It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you'll be able to pay a lawn service to come pick up your leaves. Get it wrong, and it's sixty hours of tortuous rake labor for you, the skin of your palms torn off completely by the rake's unforgiving wood handle. DAMN YOU, RAKE! IF ONLY YOU COULD AFFORD A BLOWER! Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys 26, Seahawks 20. “Tarvaris Jackson starts for Seattle. I don't think it matters much. But Sean Lee out for a while at linebacker for Dallas? That matters -- if the 'Hawks can get Marshawn Lynch going." So it matters. Unless it doesn't. Got all that?
Ten of Ten ESPN Experts: Cowboys. The ESPN braintrust unanimously picked seven games this week. Not very risky. And you must take risks if you want to succeed in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL.
Yahoo! Users: Cowboys.
Mike Silver: Cowboys.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Cowboys.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 50, Seahawks 13 (“If we lose, Jerry's head may explode, so I'm kinda rooting for Seattle.”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Cowboys. (Card Record: 5-2) Even the card is on the wagon!
The Wife: Cowboys
Me: Everyone's picking the Cowboys, which is giving an awful lot of credit to a team that has a losing record. That's what happens when you play the likes of Seattle. But the Seahawks have a way of surprising you when you least expect it. They beat the Giants on the road (juh?) and they nearly beat the Falcons at home (juh juh?), so you never know when Pete Carroll's team will stumble into playing competent football. Meanwhile, Sean Lee is doubtful and the offense was invisible last week. I dunno. Call it a win, but it'll be uncomfortable. COWBOYS 17, SEAHAWKS 13 (2011 picks: 5-2)
Yours in the comments.