Welcome to Who to Root For for Week 10 of the NFL season.
Each week I break down the schedule in grammatically incorrect fashion. That is, of course, unless you consider avoiding awkward constructions to be the heart of proper grammar in which case this column will be near and dear to your heart. Though it likely means you aren't a big football fan, in which case this will be irrelevant to your life.
EASY CALLS (Home team in bold)
Jaguars over Titans
Ravens over the Bengals
Cardinals over the Texans
Chargers over the Broncos
The big games are the Jags, Ravens and Chargers games. These are simple calculations of rooting against teams with the better record and/or rooting against AFC South teams.
Dolphins over the Buccaneers
Raiders over the Giants
Because the Colts odds of winning the South are so high, we'll root for their strength of schedule to go up. It's hard to see a scenario where the Dolphins and Colts finish tied for a playoff spot at this point. Rooting for the Raiders boosts Indy's strength of victory.
I'm still gonna root for the Peyton Manning... I mean the Broncos or whatever the team is, when he's not playing against the Colts.
It's possible to be both a grammar scold (part of my M-F job) and a football fan (after hours), of course.
Personally, I'll defend the word "whom" for all it's worth, but the rule about ending sentences with prepositions should be flushed down the toilet. Especially in cases (like this one) where the preposition is part of a set phrase that pretty much makes it functionally part of the verb. (That is, we're not engaged in "rooting" (which would make Australians giggle), but in "rooting for.") So I'd go with "Whom to root for."
You forgot one of the games, Nate. Now I'm not sure exactly where BYE is based, but I'm rooting for them to absolutely trounce New England!
@gizzardfanny Yes, we should. Nice catch.
@paulcareyjr Agreed, but not for another month. Still in "root against all playoff teams" mode.