LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 27: Marcus Mason #32 of the Washington Redskins is tackled during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on December 27, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 17-0. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for Sunday night’s game. Get it right, and you will be worshipped by all. Vegas will open its high roller suites to you and you only. MIT grads will study your handicapping technique. NFL front offices will consider offering you a job before deciding it too wacky. Get it wrong, and you’ll spend your week as you always do: mainlining Easy Cheese while ignoring that smell in the corner of the apartment. Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys 31, Redskins 23. “Jim Haslett's guys get in six or eight great shots on Tony Romo, who takes a licking but keeps on throwing.” Ah, the Timex Indiglo analogy. It has no expiration date, I tell you.
Bill Simmons: Redskins. “The Cowboys remind me of the Kardashians in that their strongest talent is a relentless ability to remain relevant.” And you wonder why I turned against Bill Simmons four years ago. Even I know that analogy is fifty different kinds of asinine.
Nine of Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. Your lone holdout? Adam Schefter, who secretly knows Tony Romo has a meth addiction and is keeping it to himself for gambling purposes.
Michael Silver: Redskins.
NBCDFW and The Fan's Newy Scruggs: Cowboys 21, Redskins 10. Had Cowboys 31, Redskins 10 before forecast of rain.
81% Of Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 47, Redskins 0 (“I’m very excited to see Skins fans get all excited for the McNabb Era, only to watch him bounce five passes in the first ten minutes of the game. You can actually hear the excitement drain out of a fanbase when that happens.”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Redskins.
The Wife: Cowboys
Me: I’m genuinely stunned by the number of people picking Washington. Even the index card, which I thought would have more good sense than that. The Redskins have an injured QB, a shaky line, no #1 tailback, no wideouts, a disgruntled fatty of a DT, and a suspect secondary. They’re still working out the kinks of a whole new way of doing things. Maybe Orakpo gets to Romo a few times. But if the Cowboys are smart )never bet on such things), they won’t need to go to the air much at all. COWBOYS 34, REDSKINS 14.
Yours in the comments.
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