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 able to afford everything on your Christmas wish list: the Brookstone taco warmer, the velvet duvet cover, the monkey that downloads music from MegaUpload for you, the HD digital aquarium, the custom gumball machine, EVERYTHING. Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys 37, Bucs 17. “I'm guessing 40 to 50 percent of the fans at the Pirate Ship Saturday night will be Cowboy fans, and that's good for the Bucs. Maybe the Dallas cheering will drown out the calls for Raheem Morris' job." Dude, people in Tampa don't care enough about this team to call out for Morris' job. They didn't realize Morris was the head coach until four weeks ago.
Ten of Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. And I feel like that's more an indictment of the Bucs than an endorsement of the Cowboys.
Mike Silver: Cowboys.
Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 30, Bucs 0 (“Somehow, they'll still manage to look incompetent despite this score.”)
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: 9-4.)
The Wife: Cowboys
Me: This game screams out for a contrarian alert. I mean, the Cowboys are a wreck right now. They've lost two games in a row in the worst way imaginable, and now DeMarco Murray is done for the season. That means they're gonna have to rely on Felix Jones, and that always ends badly. HOWEVER, I can't get past the fact that the Bucs were ready to fire Raheem Morris this week, only they couldn't because they literally wouldn't have enough coaches on hand to finish out the season if they did. Now THAT is a team that doesn't have its act together. This game is a gift. COWBOYS 20, BUCS 7. (2011 picks: 9-3)
Yours in the comments.