It's that time of year folks! Who to Root For is back.
As always, I realize the grammatically correct headline is "For whom to root", but the douce-level of that phrase is almost incalculable.
We start off with a relatively easy slate to pick this week, but as the season goes along and tie-breakers come into play, things will get more hairy. This column will strive to keep it all straight for you so you can scoreboard watch in confidence.
Saints over the Jets
Rams over the Titans
Bills over the Chiefs
Redskins over the Chargers
Steelers over the Patriots
Most of these are AFC teams playing NFC teams, so the rule of thumb is always to root for the NFC. The Pats and Colts are vying for a bye, so the Steelers are the play there. Same thing goes for Kansas City.
Just one minor one this week. Root for the Raiders over the Eagles. Indy isn't likely to need to worry about the Raiders, and a victory by Oakland boosts Indy's strength of victory tiebreaker. It's a minor point, but that's the reason this column exists.
I generally have no problem knowing who to root for. My mind generally tackles deeper mysteries, such as wondering if that Verizon Star Wars trick or treat commercial reflects Nate's life. After all, I can totally see him dressing a pug as Darth Vader.
I needed this article before the Thursday night game. I ended up rooting for the Dolphins, which I think was the right call. The Bengal's loss gives the Colts a better shot at a bye. However, the Dolphins now have the three way tie breaker between the Colts and Bengals. That should only come into play if Miami overtakes the Patriots for the division (or both the Bengals and Colts collapse back to the wildcard) though.
sober, gentle, and sedate.
"stories which would have outraged their douce minds"
@thejoshbaker I hope you are ragging on Nate for his choice of bad grammar and not just pining for Hemingway to publish another novel from beyond the grave (he published more books posthumously than when alive). I, for one, refuse to even read this column more than, five or six times, or comment more than a few times, until the title changes. But that's just I.
@DougEngland I'm tellin' you all, that commercial has basically inspired Nate's and Luke's next Halloween plan.