This week we welcome Beaneaters; we'll call him Beans. If you spend much time here at all, you know him - Beans has been here nearly as long as I have and is probably more well known. He's a cool cat.
Thanks for joining us today, Beans - give us your thoughts on today's games!
Vikings @ Bears
Jess: I think this is the week we get an idea of how much trouble the Bears are actually in. For my team's sake next week, I hope this is just the continuance of an implosion. I'm going to call a tough one and say Vikings win here. If they don't, I'm scared.
Raiders @ Bengals
Here is another game that should have busy quarterbacks. Kat likes the Raiders, she is cool, so Palmer leads Oakland to a win for Kathy. Woohoo!
Jess: I would love for the Raiders to be able to win this one for Kat, but I don't know that that's going to happen, especially on the road. Bengals, but not by much.
Steelers @ Browns
I can’t figure out the Steelers this year, but I’m thinking the Browns won’t either. Steelers get a very needed win here.
Jess: Oh man, is this going to be an ugly game or what? Ben is still out, Leftwich is out...are they pulling Batch out of the home for this game? I foresee a lot of yards on the ground for the Steelers. The Browns gave the Boys about all they could handle last week, so anything could happen. Steelers win, just because I don't want them to.
Bills @ Colts
Jess: Isn't that just the way it goes sometimes? And this is another one where I'm hoping for a team to start a downward spiral because I'm selfish for the future. The Bills are frustrating, because they have shown flashes of being able to put something together. They don't have a problem scoring, but their defense seems to be lacking. They might be pulling it together, but I think the Colts win by a field goal.
Broncos @ Chiefs
The Nice Manning will make me wish he was on one of my FFL teams. I am thinking the Chiefs will be on a bus heading to the Golden Corral buffet place by the start of the third quarter.
Jess: Haha, unfortunately for the Chiefs and their awesome fan base, I'm going to have to agree with you. However, the Chiefs may just score first again, with the Broncos penchant for falling behind early so they can pull off a flashy comeback win.
Seahawks @ Dolphins
Seattle is looking mighty fine and it is a great time to be the 12th man. Lynch might get 200 yards rushing in this game. Fins on the losing end here.
Jess: It's always a great time to be the 12th Man but this year has been beyond expectations, which is always exciting. I so hope you're right about the win here. Seattle needs to figure out how to win on the road though. Regardless of whether or not they're a better team than their competition, they've found a way to shoot themselves in the foot so far outside of the Clink. They were even close to losing in Carolina. They frighten and frustrate me. As per usual, I refuse to pick this game, but I will say that I hope you're correct. It makes me nervous when Seattle is favored by the media too...but that might be something I'll have to get used to if the team keeps improving.
Falcons @ Bucs
Ha! Falcons have been nice enough to let the rest of the league catch up, now it is time to switch gears for their Super Bowl victory. OMG.
Jess: I think this will be another nail-biter. I love those...and I also think the Falcons will find a way to pull of a win, even if it looks scary at some point.
Titans @ Jags
Titans vs Jaguars, really? Does it matter? I am taking Jacksonville, mostly ‘cause somebody just has to win this.
Jess: I don't even know how to pick this game. Usually when that happens, I ask my 11yo, but she can't decide between her new 2nd favorite team and Matt Hasselbeck (though I explained he's just a backup). I'm going to say Titans here simply because they're afraid to get pink slips.
Ravens @ Chargers
Anything can happen here, if Phillip Rivers get hot, the Chargers win. Honestly, I am leaning towards a Ravens victory.
Jess: You're right - this game is crazy. Two quarterbacks capable of greatness but also capable of ridiculousness in the worst way. Neither team is impressive on a consistent basis on either side of the ball. I like the Ravens too though.
Niners @ Saints
I loathe any sports team outta SF, and I think Marcus and Sid are cooler than ice cream. So the Saints win by 50.
Jess: Ohhh I love your style! You being right here would make me ecstatic. I would love to see a Seahawks win and a Niners loss today. Oh that would make my week. I'm afraid though, that the Niners might just be too good. With all this weird "controversy" surrounding Kaepernick and Smith now that Smith's been medically cleared, nobody has any idea what's going on with that team. It's probably too much to hope for, but maybe that'll come back to bite Harbaugh. Crossing fingers.
Rams @ Cardinals
I think the Rams defense wins it here. Besides, they are Teach’s team, so heck, they could win two or three times here.
Jess: This should be an interesting game. We might just get another overtime. I'm going with the Rams here too, but it's iffy.
Packers @ Giants
Rodgers and Mouthbreather, I’m going with Green Bay.
Jess: It's still November, so even if the Giants were playing Cleveland or Jacksonville, or Carolina, I wouldn't pick them today. The Packers will walk all over them - I think this will be yet another ugly primetime blowout. Have you noticed that the best games this year have been regular-time games when the whole nation isn't watching?
MNF Bonus Pick:
Panthers @ Eagles
I believe Cam and the Panthers are due and will beat the battered and bruised Eagles.
Jess: This Eagles team just has no heart at all. Cam and the Panthers are struggling, but I think they have this one in the bag.
Thanks again, Beans, and good luck to your Falcons today!
Everyone else, grab some leftovers, sit, relax, and Q it up here for yet a second full day of Week 12 NFL Football!