Home stretch! Literally. The Eagles play their last two games at the Linc, hosting the Vikings this week and the Cowboys next.
So now we're on to will he or won't he? Farve and play of course. This feels so familiar.
And if he doesn't, there's no real way to prepare for Joe Webb since there's about a minute of film on him.
And there's the spread: 14 points? Yikes.
And the Eagles really need to win out if they have any hope of earning that bye and not having to play the Giants again (please God, I don't want to see the Giants again this year. They HAVE to be pissed).
And there's the whole "trap game" worry.
Oddly enough, I'm not worried about any of that. Which worries me. Typical Eagles fan.
My pick? Eagles, of course, and to win out (so I'm giving away next week, too).
In the rest of the matchups:
Panthers at Steelers: This game should be rated NC-17 for Excessive Violence. You might not want to let the kids watch. Is there any chance the Steelers don't stomp the Panthers? No, there is not. Steelers.
Cowboys at Cardinals: Dear NFL, THIS is your idea of a Christmas gift? Were they out of flaming bags of dog poo? Cowboys.
Titans at Chiefs: Chiefs. Who just might win the AFC West this year. I know this is probably the fifth time I've written that, but I have to keep saying it because it still doesn't seem possible.
Ravens at Browns: Chef Spouse has been obsessing about playoff scenarios since before Thanksgiving, and he assures me that it's nearly impossible for the Ravens to steal the AFC North from the Steelers, not least of which because that would involve the laughable notion that the Steelers would lose to the Panthers or the Browns. So we could see two teams at 12-4 in the same conference, because the Ravens are definitely going to beat the Browns this week and the Bengals next.
49ers at Rams: I don't think it's going to matter which Smith starts. The 49ers will win this one.
Redskins at Jaguars: My prediction? Sexy Rexy will play pretty well again, and lead the Skins to another loss against the Jags unstoppable ground game.
Patriots at Bills: Bills. SIKE! But wouldn't that be crazy? Sadly, it's also impossible. Patriots.
Seahawks at Buccaneers: I'm picking the Bucs. Which, assuming I'm right about Rams/49ers, would leave the West with three 6-9 teams with two one game to play. In other words, whoever wins the division would not have a winning record. Think about that for a minute.
Jets at Bears: Jets. I'm not just picking the Jets because it helps the Eagles. The math really does indicate a Jets win. And it would really help the Eagles.
Lions at Dolphins: Dolphins. Also, if this is the only game playing in your area, there's no time like the present to get those snow tires put on! Yes, even if you live in Miami. And you might want to sack up and get the Sunday Ticket.
Texans at Broncos: Texans. But I suspect The Tebow will at least be worth watching.
Colts at Raiders: The math says Raiders. Wow. Really? Yep - double checked it. Ok, Colts. Come on, the Colts are NOT going to miss the playoffs. And they have to win out to stay ahead of the Jags.
Giants at Packers: The math says Giants. But it doesn't know what went down last week, either on the side of the Packers almost beating the Pats with a rookie QB or with the Eagles pretty much crushing the Giants spirits. Plus Aaron Rodgers should be back, and the Pack are playing for their playoff lives. Packers. Message to the Pack: there's a bonus in it in the form of delicious homemade baked goods if you pull off the upset win. Ask around. I'm worth it.
Chargers at Bengals - Chargers. I can't think of anything funny to write about this, other than you've probably heard by now that Ochocinco and Marvin Lewis have been sniping at each other in the media. Junior high much? I knew TO would be a bad influence on him.
Saints at Falcons: I know the Falcons are unbeatable at home. But this is the Saints we're talking about here. And the math is clear. And the Saints are also playing for almost the best spot in the NFC playoffs: #5, where you actually get a bye in the form of playing the NFC West Wildcard Weekend.