By Joel Nethery
Husky Herald Sports Writer
Poor Donovan McNabb. It looks like he’ll be headed to another team after being cut by the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Leslie Frazier said that the break up was mutual, but it never is. No one has ever wanted McNabb. He was booed on draft day because Eagles fans wanted Ricky Williams. The fans weren’t even happy after he led them to four straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. At least he can be content with the fact that he had a job longer than Terrell Owens. But enough about the unemployed, let’s talk about the guys that still have jobs. As always, lines are from ESPN and my picks are in caps.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (-2.5) at Seattle Seahawks
No Michael Vick and no Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles defense/special teams will score more than their offense. And more than the Seahawks. Again, this pick was made prior to the game.
Everything got worse for the Texans last week when Matt Leinart left the game due to injury. As it turns out, Leinart will follow Matt Schaub to injured reserve and the Texans will turn to Jake Delhomme. Just ask Panthers fans how that will turn out.
TENNESSEE TITANS (+1.5) at Buffalo Bills
Chris Johnson is slowing coming back to life and the Buffalo Bills didn’t win a game in November.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (+8.5) at Chicago Bears
CINCINNATI BENGALS (+7.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers beat the Bengals by seven when they played back in week 10 and after their struggles against the Chiefs last week, I see this game being even closer than before.
DENVER BRONCOS (+1.5) at Minnesota Vikings
Tim Tebow is 5-1 as a starter this year. A.J. Feeley started his career 4-1. Rex Grossman “led” his team to the Super Bowl. Trent Dilfer was the starting quarterback on a Super Bowl winning team. But if the Vikings are without Adrian Peterson again, the Tebow hype will continue.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (+20.5) at New England Patriots
20.5 points! By far the biggest line we have seen all season. Even so, I’m still tempted to take the Patriots. The Colts have already lost to the Texans, Saints and Falcons by more than three touchdowns. But I have to take the points here.
Oakland Raiders at MIAMI DOLPHINS (-2.5)
If the Dolphins were able to limit DeMarco Murray to 87 yards, they shouldn’t have any issues with Michael Bush.
NEW YORK JETS (-3.5) at Washington Redskins
Last weekend, Stevie Johnson caught against the Jets and mocked both Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes in his touchdown celebration. While it was clear to the fans what Johnson was mimicking, the Jets players had a different interpretation.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (+1.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Good luck finding a schedule more difficult than the one the Buccaneers have faced this year. In addition to playing Atlanta and New Orleans twice, Tampa Bay has had to take on Detroit, San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston. They’ve still got Dallas left on the schedule as well.
Baltimore Ravens at CLEVELAND BROWNS (+6.5)
Four of Cleveland’s last five games are against either the Ravens or the Steelers. That’s not the best way to finish a season. However, with the Ravens coming off a big win over the 49ers, I see this being another game where they play down to the level of their opponent.
Kevin Kolb is expected to start, which actually looks like it will be a good thing for the Cardinals. The Cowboys will forget that they should never kick to Patrick Peterson and this game will be close.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (-6.5) at New York Giants
Does anyone else have a problem with this State Farm commercial? How does that couple not recognize Aaron Rodgers? They clearly live in Green Bay as it says Green Bay underneath “State Farm” on the window of the building. Plus, a guy running around wearing a cheesehead is only normal in Green Bay. Actually, I don’t think it is even normal there.
St. Louis Rams at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-13.5)
In his one season as head coach of the 49ers, Jim Harbaugh has NEVER lost two games in a row. The Rams have had their most success this year when Stephen Jackson runs for more than 100 yards. He won’t do that against the 49ers, who still have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season.
DETROIT LIONS (+6.5) at New Orleans Saints
On Thanksgiving, Ndamukong Suh lost his temper and stomped on a guy. So what? He may be hated right now, but everyone will get over it. Athletes can always come back from ridiculous behavior. Mike Tyson once bit of someone’s ear. But all is forgiven now that he gave us a video of himself singing Girl from Ipanema.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (-2.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
ESPN couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to have the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football. I’m sure everyone wants to watch a team that just benched their quarterback of the future, Blaine Gabbert, for Luke McCown, then fired head coach Jack Del Rio and then sold the team. How exciting! I’m sure this is how all 12 Jaguars fans feel about the state of their franchise.