All the bye weeks are over. Now it's a race to the playoffs. And surprisingly (or at least, surprising me), the Eagles are in it.
This week the Eagles host the Giants, in a battle for the lead in the NFC East.
So far, the Giants have beat the Panthers (1-8), the Texans (4-5), the Bears (6-3), the Lions (2-7), the Cowboys (2-7), and the Seahawks (5-4, but in the JV division), and lost to the Cowboys, the Colts (who the Eagles beat two weeks ago), and the Titans (who apparently own the NFC East this year). So 2 wins against teams that are over .500.
The Eagles have beat the Lions (2-7), the Jaguars (5-4), the 49ers (3-6), the Falcons (7-2), the Colts (6-3), and the Redskins (4-5), and have lost to the Packers, the Redskins, and the Titans (see above RE: owning the NFC East). So 3 wins against teams that are over .500
The System says Giants, and after Monday on a short week, we could be due for a let down.
On the other hand, Michael Vick has clearly been eating his Wheaties and may, in fact, actually BE Batman. If he can keep playing like he did Monday, the NFL should pretty much call off the rest of the season and give the Eagles the Lombardi trophy.
Of course, he's not going to play like that every week. And the Giants - or at least Antonio Pierce - seem to think they can stop him.
But I just can't find it in myself to pick the Giants. Not after what I saw in Largo. Eagles.
In the rest of the matchups:
After last week's 5-9 debacle, am I abandoning The System? No, but it's definitely on notice that it needs to perform better, or I'm benching it favor of my usual completely unscientific method of picking: which team do I hate more?
Bears at Dolphins: Dolphins. Even though they're nearly out of Chads.
Ravens at Panthers: Ravens (didn't need The System to tell me that).
Bills at Bengals: Bengals. Kills me to make this pick, particularly after TO was tweeting smack about McNabb's new contract on Monday night. Dude, let it go. He doesn't love you any more. It's time to move on with your life!
Lions at Cowboys: The System says Cowboys and by a lot, although I'm really tempted to pick the Lions anyway, because they've owned the Cowboys lately. Oh wait - Romo's not playing. The System must know.
Browns at Jaguars: Jags by a nose. And they are at home, although I'm not sure how much of a 12th man Jacksonville is actually able to field.
Cardinals at Chiefs: Chiefs. Well, yes.
Packers at Vikings: The System says Vikings, but it hasn't seen Brett Favre's recent press conferences. I'm going with the Packers.
Texans at Jets: Jets. But the real question is: can the Jets win a game WITHOUT going to OT?
Raiders at Steelers: All my Steelers fan friends are going to kill me, but Raiders.
Redskins at Titans: So far the Titans have owned the NFC East. I don't see that stopping this week. Titans.
Seahawks at Saints: Saints. Again, didn't need The System to tell me that one, particularly with Reggie Bush back in the huddle.
Buccaneers at 49ers: 49ers. Hmmmm - interesting.
Falcons at Rams: Falcons. Again, fairly obvious choice even without the math.
Colts at Patriots: Colts. Also, this is going to be a great game.
Broncos at Chargers: Chargers. And since it's MNF, it will be broadcast whether or not the Chargers fans step up and the game sells out.