It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you'll be granted full control of your choice third world Middle East country. You'll rule with an iron fist. You'll demand that national TV only show movies about you and TV shows about how handsome you are. You'll give yourself a ludicrous title like Colonel Supreme Of Her Legions Armies And Navies. You'll make up all kinds of medals to give yourself, including the Medal of Fortitude. Then your people will rise up against you and overthrow you and try you for sedition and hang you. So much fun! Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys 27, 49ers 17. “Romo's Resuscitation." And tune in next week for Romo's Resurrection, followed by Romo's Renaissance, with a quick detour to Romo's Revival, ending on Romo's Rejuvenation.
Eight of Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. Nine games this week got unanimous picks from the ESPN borg. Such timidity. By the way, Seth Wickersham has gone against Dallas two weeks in a row. HATER! GET HIM!
79% Of Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 30, 49ers 20 (“In honor of Jimmy Johnson's first NFC title game win. And Romo can't possibly screw up two games in a row”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Cowboys. (Card Record: 0-1)
The Wife: 49ers. "I go by which city I like better." Them's fightin' words, lady.
Me: King points out that Dallas next games are against Detroit and Washington, two teams that posted impressive wins a week ago, so the Cowboys need to win this game, or else the ball will start rolling downhill and they'll never get it back up. After what happened in 2010, it's perfectly acceptable for you, Mr. Cowboys Fan, to be terrified of the team nosediving out of the gate the way they did last season. Especially after what happened on Sunday Night. That was as bad a collapse as I've ever seen, and now the Cowboys have to stay on the road and play a team that showed plenty of friskiness last week in crushing Seattle. I know the Seahawks are awful, but with Ted Ginn back there and a receiving trio (Crabtree, Davis, Edwards) that can exploit the injured Cowboys secondary, I'm wary of the Niners. Very wary. 49ERS 28, COWBOYS 21 (2011 picks: 1-0)
Yours in the comments.