It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for Sunday’s game. Get it right, and you will become a MOVIE STAR. James Cameron will hire you to star in his next 3D epic! You’ll play a quadriplegic American soldier sent to a distant planet to mine precious minerals. Along the way, you’ll be transformed into a giant blue alien cat person. You will then infiltrate a tribe of alien blue cat people and fall in love with an alien blue cat girl whose private parts are located on her shoulder. IT’LL BE THE MOVIE TO CHANGE ALL MOVIES. And it will kind of suck. Get it wrong, and you can be an extra in “Old Dogs 2”. Here we go:
Scott Crisp: Cowboys 23, Chargers 21
Josh Alper: Chargers 27, Cowboys 19
Bill Simmons: Not in yet.
Peter King: Cowboys 30, Chargers 27. “So why do I have this strange twist of fate, the Cowboys beating the third-hottest team in football, a team with impossible matchups in the passing game? Because I think the Chargers can be run on (they've allowed 5.5 yards per rush in the past three weeks), and because I think Felix Jones and Marion Barber are the guys to do it.” I’d agree with that assessment if Barber didn’t fumble and Felix Jones ever got playing time.
70% Of SI Users: Chargers.
Five of Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. An even split! That hasn’t happened at ESPN since 1807!
Michael Silver: Cowboys.
64% Of Yahoo! Users: Chargers.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 14, Chargers 7 (“I promise you, this is the game where revivied LaDainian goes back to being old and horrible LaDainian.”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Chargers. (Index Card record: 6-5)
The Wife: Cowboys.
Me: The Chargers are an obvious pick here, given their hot streak and the Cowboys’ December woes. Like Peter King, it would also be terribly easy to go against the grain and predict the Cowboys will reverse their fortunes. But I don’t see it. The Chargers have their issues, but they have their act together, and the Cowboys are till a disorganized team that usually wins games on the strength of its talent, and by counting on the other team to screw up. San Diego is not that team. Chargers 35, Cowboys 21.
Yours in the comments.