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)
Bears over the Ravens
Let's get Baltimore out of the playoff chase. They annoy.
Browns over the Bengals
This would help Indy secure the three seed.
Broncos over the Chiefs
No one wants to see Denver in round one.
Panthers over the Patriots
That two seed is still a reality.
49ers over Saints
Seahawks over Vikings
These are simple strength of victory games.
Jets over the Bills
Here's the logic. The Jets suck. I'd love to see Indy play the Jets in the first round of the playoffs. A Jets win is a step toward that happening.
Jaguars over the Cardinals
Texans over the Raiders
Indy plays Jacksonville twice and Houston twice, so this is a double dose of strength of victory. Also, the worse the draft pick the Jags and Texans get, the better.
Your last sentence makes complete sense, I know it's logical. But I still can't route for the Texans. I don't worry about the Jags since they'll blow their draft anyway. I was at the game Thursday night and talked to a lot of Titan fans. Almost universally they want a new head coach. I don't think they're right, but I love it when teams in our division are in turmoil.
Nate, Any chance of adding an explanation for the non-obvious NFC Niners over Saints game?
(Yeah , I know strength of victory, but in my mind it was "just because")
Or, in the parlance of the movie Good Will Hunting, when his dad put out a belt, and yardstick, and a length of pipe, Matt Damon picked the pipe. Robin Williams asked him why....
If you recall his response, same basic reasoning to always pick against the Saints for me here.
NE is as big a mystery as the Colts. They've looked so ordinary most of the year for well documented reasons, yet they keep winning. Is it the competition? Strange bounces of the ball? Are they coming back together? (Talib due back soon) Hard to say. Before the Rams game, I was pretty sure the Colts were the better team. Now, not so sure. I DO know, however, that I'd prefer to face them in Indy than in Foxboro. Go Panthers!
@Bobman1 I get the sense that Patriots are slowly getting better and better and their defense, in spite of losing Wilfork and Mayo, are becoming a well glued group, more like defenses of the past. At least that is my impression, that by playoffs time they will become a force to be reckoned with.