The Texans are, even as I write this, at The Linc, no doubt thinking, "Damn, it's COLD here!"
This has been a relatively high drama week for our beloved Eagles - Andy Reid went all Bill Parcells on the team after the loss to the Bears. Asante's still gimpy. Big Red called out DJax. Rumors have surfaced that his mind is on his contract and not on field. Andre Johnson, the Texans' top receiver, threw down with the Titans' Courtland Finnegan but oddly wasn't suspended, even though helmets came off, punches were thrown, and they were both ejected from the game.
Drama, drama, drama.
But to me, this whole game comes down to one fact: the Texans are 31st in the league against the pass and have given up the most 40+ yard plays of any team. The Eagles offense is 8th in passing yards, and in the top 5 teams in plays of 40+ yards. Don't get me wrong - the Texans have a hot offense, too, #7 overall, and there's a very good chance this turns into a shoot out. But I just don't see them keeping up with us over 60 minutes.
Eagles. And they better win, because I think NFC teams who aren't in the West are going to have to go at least 11-5 to get into the playoffs this year.
In the rest of the matchups:
Broncos at Chiefs - Cheaters never win. Unless they're Bill Belichick. Chiefs.
Bears at Lions - One of these seasons, it's going to be the Lions' year. Looks like this one isn't it, though. Bears.
Redskins at Giants - The Skins are going to get killed. Remember a few years ago, when Osi Umenyiora sacked DMac, like, 300 times? That's going to be mild compared to what's going to go down Sunday. I hope the Redskins still *have* a QB by 4 pm. Giants
Jags at Titans - Things are falling apart fast in Tennessee. Jags.
49ers at Packers - Even with BWest active in the backfield, I gotta go with the Packers.
Bills at Vikings - Vikings. Dear God, if they win a few more games, does that mean we STILL won't be rid of Brett Favre?
Saints at Bengals - Bengals. SIKE! Saints. Of course.
Browns at Dolphins - Dolphins. Although, to be fair, the Browns are looking much improved.
Falcons at Buccaneers - Falcons. Damn, the NFC South is tough this year. Well, other than the Panthers.
Raiders at Chargers - Chargers. It's December.
Cowboys at Colts - Colts. Even if they are starting guys they picked up off the street.
Panthers at Seahawks - Panthers. Think anyone will watch this game?
Rams at Cardinals - Rams. Yuck.
Steelers at Ravens - Ravens. I think this one's going to be a low-scoring nail-biter, but I'm going with the home team. Also, what a great game for SNF!
Jets at Patriots - And speaking of great prime time games, TWO divisional leads on the line two nights in a row. Boo-yah! Also, Jets. I think the Pats' day has passed.