The picks are in for Week 14. Picking against my wife sounded like a fresh idea until someone told me later that ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons was doing it already. It’s always nice to be perceived as a copycat, particularly in my line of work, but even better to have no idea what one of the Web’s best-read commentators is writing. That’s what happens when you spend your free time figuring out how many yards Shaun Alexander averages on first down from one-back, two-tight sets (6.6).
Back to the picks: This week could provide a chance for my wife to rebound, something she hasn’t thought about much since attending Mark Olberding‘s basketball camp for kids back in her formative years. She trails by six games in picks made on the blog. We disagree on seven games this week, a season high. Those games are in green at right. I initially didn’t notice that she took the Browns to win in Pittsburgh. “Good luck with that one,” I said, instantly dooming the Steelers to defeat.
I feel pretty good about the Jaguars and Cowboys at home. My thought on the Lions was that they would win four or five games this season, so this might as well be one of them. I’ll stick with the Giants one more week; they played well enough to beat a pretty good Dallas team last week. I was a little nervous picking the Eagles, but that game should be a lock after seeing my wife took the Redskins, a team she can’t seem to figure out. I took the Chiefs to win at home against the Ravens, mostly on the home field.