After the wild ending Monday night, my first reaction wasn’t anger, empathy, or even joy at seeing a conference rival lose a controversial game. Maybe I’m a cocksucker but I just found it so hilarious that the saga of the replacement referees had likely concluded with the butchering of a game-changing (and possibly season-changing) final play call on national TV. Really, what were the odds of that happening? You knew the outrage was coming. Twitter was going to explode. Herm Edwards would need to be resuscitated multiple times. And of course, those Packers fans all over the country. Here’s what one of my friends wrote on Facebook after the game:
“That is officially (no pun intended) the worst call I have ever seen in a ‘professional’ football game. There were also two absolutely ridiculous calls that went against the Packers on a crucial earlier drive (defensive pass interference, roughing the passer that negated an interception) in addition to a flag on almost every play of the second half. These referees should be ashamed of themselves. Anyone who has ever bought real estate from that “head official” should be ashamed of himself. I am livid. There is no way that result should stand. No way in Hell. I cannot begin to express how unimaginably pissed I am.
PANTHERS AT FALCONS (-7.5)
Are the Falcons really this good?
As I said last week, I’m riding the wings of the Falcons!
DP Animal: Falcons
They do everything well, and Cam Newton looks lost at QB right now.
49ERS (-4.5) AT JETS
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the Jets always come through when you least expect it. I got them winning.
Vengeance week for Harbaugh.
DP Animal: Jets
They’ll dearly miss Revis, but the 49ers aren’t the team to exploit his absence.
SEAHAWKS (-3.5) AT RAMS
The Seahawks have been getting a lot of press lately, but I just don’t they’re that much better than the Rams.
Russell Wilson is the most interesting QB in the league.
After a tough loss at home, I expect the Seahawks to bounce back. Wait, what?
DP Animal: Seahawks
Two thoughts. First, leaving aside the end of the game for a second, the Seahawks defense had a coming-out party on Monday night. They’re as good as anyone in the league right now. Second, Golden Tate has a knack for getting away with theft.
I hope the Seahawks get Seahawked.
SAINTS AT PACKERS (-7.5)
They may be winless but the Aints ain’t bad.
Just playing the spread here.
Another vengeance game. Also, it turns out Sean Payton was a good coach. Who knew?
DP Animal: Packers
A matchup of the two biggest victims of Roger Goodell’s tyranny.
GIANTS AT EAGLES (-1.5)
It’s time to put these dogs out of their misery.
During football season, my blood bleeds blue.
Every time I feel super-confident about the Giants, they lose. So let’s just say, I think the Eagles will win, but not cover the spread.
DP Animal: Giants
This Eagles team is bad.
BEARS AT COWBOYS (-3.5)
The Boys go up and down more than a see saw.
I still don’t believe in this Cowboys team.
DP Animal: Bears
With the cover.
Stone: 12-6 (Last week: 3-3)
DP Animal: 11-7 (4-2)
Rory: 10-8 (3-3)
Slumdeezy: 10-8 (4-2)
DRK: 7-11 (1-5)
Phanatic: 7-11 (2-4)