It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you could soon find yourself lauded as a genius! Who knows, you might even get tapped to run for public office. A group of shadowy political operatives could hand-select you as the Chosen One, the person with the right combination of looks and moxie to go ALL THE WAY. They'll give you all your talking points. They'll come up with your slogan. They'll do a thorough background check to make sure you have no skeletons in your closet. And then they'll open their corporate coffers and lavish you with fancy bus rides and seasoned aides. You'll become a star overnight. A WINNER. And then it'll all come crashing down when an uppity newspaper finds out about that time you blew up a mailbox in sixth grade. Politics: It ain't for wussies. Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys 23, Skins 20. “Sounds like Tony Romo will play and Miles Austin will not. You know what that means? Jesse Holley riding into Dallas Cowboys Stadium on his white steed Monday night, the reality TV star to the rescue again for Dallas. Maybe." POSSIBLY. Call it 40% sort of.
Seven of Nine ESPN Experts: Cowboys. There were ten games this week that the ESPN Borg collectively picked unanimously. TEN! Why not just fuse all the experts together into one person: Rondam Wickerscheftantonio?
65% Of Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 28, Redskins 6 (“For his next trick, Tony Romo will single-handedly win this game with a busted femur and three girls filing paternity suits against him.”)
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. (Card Record: 1-1)
The Wife: Redskins (DC-area native, biased).
Me: No way Tony Romo misses this game. Not after what he did last week. He isn't gonna let all that goodwill go to waste and let Jon Kitna head out there. But even if Romo plays (and again, he will), this is one beat-up outfit. If neither Austin nor Dez Bryant play (we'll see if he practices today), then Romo is stuck throwing to Kevin Ogletree and Jesse Holley. And while Holley is a nice story, I don't want him as my starting wideout. The Redskins, on the other hand, come in healthy and confident, and carrying strict orders from their little dictator owner to beat Dallas or else be subjecting to a vigorous foot-stomping tirade. I'd like to think last week's win was something that Dallas can build on. Given their injuries, I don't think that's the case. REDSKINS 18, COWBOYS 15 (2011 picks: 1-1)
Yours in the comments.