It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for Sunday’s game. Get it right, and you will already be a leg up in the New Year. You’ll be 1-0. A winner. Maybe this is the year your life finally turns around. Maybe you’ll finally drop that weight, and get your own place, and meet someone a special someone who shares your bizarre interest in celebrity-shaped Corn Flakes. THIS COULD BE THE START OF A WHOLE NEW LIFE FOR YOU. Get it wrong, and it’s just another year of overeating, overdrinking, overscotching, and crushing personal isolation. Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys 24, Eagles 23. “Game-of-the-year type game, and somehow I see a Miles Austin-DeSean Jackson duel in Arlington. I love this game. Both teams will enter the postseason playing better than the Vikes and Saints.” And yet, earlier this week, King said that Bengals-Jets was the obvious choice to the be the Sunday Night showcase game. This man defines consistency.
86% Of SI Users: TBD. TBD? Did the entire readership decide to take a week off?
Bill Simmons: Eagles. “Dallas doubles Philly's time of possession, Philly somehow pulls out a dramatic W, Wade Phillips does a lot of staring with his mouth agape.” Anyone else notice Simmons only gives his call of the week to himself? Jerk.
Five of Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. Another even split down the middle. As rare as Merril Hoge making a valuable point.
Michael Silver: Cowboys.
54% Of Yahoo! Users: Eagles.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 44, Eagles 6 (“PAYBACK IS A BEEEEEEYOTCH!”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Eagles. (Index Card record: 7-6)
The Wife: Eagles.
Me: It’s an even split down the middle in terms of picks this week, so there’s no grain to go against. Both teams are playing well. But I’m not as convinced that both teams are as “red hot” as everyone makes them out to be. The Cowboys just shut out a Redskins team that was done. The Eagles let the Broncos storm back from a 27-10 deficit. Both teams are still prone to massive defensive and coaching lapses, and the winner of this game will be the team that commits the fewest of said lapses. I don’t believe the Cowboys, despite their recent successes, are consistent enough to make a clean run. Eagles 31, Cowboys 20.
Yours in the comments.