Merry early-Christmas, OHP readers!
As people everywhere are just finishing up (or just starting!) their holiday shopping, I’d be remiss to forget about the wild weekend of football that is ahead of us. Quite a few playoff spots are on the line–and some will stay on the line until the final weekend of the season. Things start to get extremely interesting this time of year, so sit back–or if you’re a fan of a team who’s right on the cusp of a playoff berth, I’m sure your sitting on the edge–and try to enjoy some football. At the very least it’ll give you some time away from the myriad family parties you’re likely to be attending over the next week.
Also! For all you Lions and Falcons fans (and those who enjoy listening to Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden babble), don’t forget that the “Monday Night Football game”–due to the dates Christmas Eve and Christmas–will shift back to Saturday for the first time in ages. Saturday football in December used to be a mainstay, but money, and, well, money, led the NFL to make a few changes which pissed some people off and continues to do so. So savor it(?).
Quick recap before the picks. After going a cool 13-3 last week, the season total bumps up to 138-86.
On we roll.
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions, Saturday 8:30pm — Falcons win 34-21
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles, 1pm — Redskins win 27-24 (would absolutely love to be wrong about this one)
New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys, 1pm — Saints win 37-27
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers, 1pm — Packers win 24-20
Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs, 1pm — Colts win 21-10
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins, 1pm — Dolphins win 28-7
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets, 1pm — Chargers win 38-16
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 1pm — Steelers win 24-23
St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1pm — Bucs win 32-28
Oakland Raiders @ Carolina Panthers, 1pm — Panthers win 27-13
New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1pm — Pats win 35-9
Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans, 1pm — Texans win 38-27
Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos, 4:05pm — Broncos win 34-17
Chicago Bears @ Arizona Cardinals, 4:25pm — Bears win 13-10
New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens, 4:25pm — Ravens win 23-20
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks, 8:20pm — Seahawks win 28-21
Enjoy the games. Enjoy the presents. Enjoy the time with family. Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!