Running back Marion Barber of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for Sunday’s game. Get it right, and you’ll call into your local sports talk radio station to tell them that YOU ARE A GENIUS, AND THAT YOUR PROPOSED BRAYLON EDWARDS TRADE LAST MONTH THAT TOTALLY WOULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD THE JETS NOT SWOOPED IN. Get it wrong, and you’ll fall into a deep depression, leaving you bed-ridden and eligible for any and all future health care death panels. YOU AND BRIAN WILSON ARE NO LONGER FIT FOR GOVERNMENT CARE. Here are our picks, plus picks from across the rest of the media.
Scott Crisp: “Man, this team is confusing. I'll say 24-10 Cowboys. Anything less than a red-ass beatdown should set off red flags in Dallas.”
Josh Alper: Cowboys, 27-17.
Bill Simmons: Chiefs. “Why does everyone think Dallas is good? What am I missing?” Uh, who thinks the Cowboys are good?
Peter King: Cowboys 26, Cowboys 16. “The Cowboys are averaging 24 points and 401 yards, ranked 12th and fourth in the league, respectively. All is not lost on offense, despite the braying and moaning heard from Cowboy Nation. The problem? Third downs. They're converting one of every three, on average. That's what the Rams are doing too, and it's got to change for Dallas to be the offensive team it thinks it should be.” Actually, I think a bigger problem is that Dallas ranks in the bottom third of the league in total defense and turnover ratio. That tends to offset offensive productivity.
64% Of SI Users: Cowboys.
Michael Silver: Cowboys.
95% Of Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Chiefs. BOLD!
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 45-0. (“Game ends at halftime. I could see the Chiefs losing so badly in the first half that Todd Haley decides then and there to just murder every player in the locker room at the half. Don’t tell me he isn’t capable of it. That guy’s psycho.”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Chiefs.
The Wife: Cowboys
Me: The Cowboys have already gone on the road once this year to beat down a team (Tampa) it clearly SHOULD have beaten. So Dallas does have the ability to take care of business when presented with a horrible opponent. And make no mistake, the Chiefs are horrible. Think the Cowboys have problems? I assure you, they are a drop in the bucket compared to KC’s miseries. Like I said, this will be a frustrating week, because the outcome isn’t going to tell you all that much about whether or not the Cowboys are back to playing consistent football. But for now, a blowout win will soothe your troubles. Cowboys 37, Chiefs 20.
Yours in the comments.