It's the final two weeks of the regular season and it's time for playoff contenders to finalize their plans for the post season by nailing down their spots. Twelve of this week's 16 games feature teams who are either trying to lock up a playoff berth or are fighting for home field advantage in the playoffs.
Yes, some of these teams will have spots wrapped up next week and rest some players, but in the season's penultimate week, all hands will be on deck and everything will be left on the field.
So much for those BCS supporters who claim the NFL is full of meaningless games (unlike last night's riveting Poinsettia Bowl in which BYU won exactly what?) Also it should be the nail in the coffin of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's argument for expanding the playoffs. There's plenty enough excitement in the NFL regular season and enough of a ratio between teams and those who qualify for the post season that the regular season means something. Changing the system so that, in this year's case, the Jets would be a playoff team, dilutes the product.
But I digress. We're here to pick this week's games. Last week was a tough one for both Steven and I. Steven went 7-9 (125-99). I went 8-8, my worst mark of the season which leaves me at 146-78 for the season. Let's see who we've got winning this week's games: