If you traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday I hope you made it back safe and sound, and if you flew I hope you weren’t on Odell Beckham’s plane because, man, this looks like a lot of drama.
After being kicked off the flight, Odell had to take the infamous walk around the airport, for which I won’t blame him, because who didn’t take the infamous walk.
Beckham was trying to fly from Florida to California, which is the flight the Miami Dolphins will fly this week, so maybe he should just fly with them. I don’t know why I’m talking about Odell now. I have a choice to make, so let’s get on with it before I get distracted again.
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NFL Week 13 Pick
New York Jets (7-4) – Minnesota (9-2)
13:00 ET (CBS)
I’m not sure what the plot of the next Star Wars movie will be, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Zach Wilson influences it in some way, because judging by his body language on Sunday, it’s only a matter of time before he transitions to dark side.
Sure, I’d probably make the same face too if I had just been on the bench and then had to sit out in the rain for three hours straight, watching the guy I was deposed for (Mike White) plays so well that it’s definitely stealing my work for good.
Under White, the Jets look like a completely different team. I understand he’s only played the Bears so I shouldn’t get too excited, but this isn’t the first time he’s thrown in huge numbers (he threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns against Chicago).
With Wilson hosting the show, the Jets’ attack was like a turtle stuck on its back, but with White at the center, it’s like someone flipped the turtle over, put it on a skateboard, and then attached rockets to the skateboard.
If the Whites play well this week, the Jets will have a real chance of beating the Minnesota. However, even if he leaves, the Jets defense will still have to figure out how to stop Justin Jefferson if New York is going to win. The good news for the Jets is that they have the perfect guy for it: Sauce Gardner.
Not only has the rookie been one of the best corners in the NFL this year, but he’s already been tested by some of the league’s top wide receivers. Gardner has already seen Stephon Diggs, Tyreke Hill and Ja’Marr Chase in 2022, and those three guys only averaged 56.3 receiving yards per game against him. If Gardner keeps Jefferson anywhere near that number, the Jets will definitely be thrilled.
So who do I choose here?
Usually when I pick Jets games I just rely on the all-knowing coin, but this week the coin actually skipped picking so I’m not sure I can trust it this week.
You know what, it’s the coin’s fault that she missed the game. Coin had no idea that the Jets were going to delay their starting QB in Week 12. I loosen the coin a bit and we both upset the Jets this week.
Choice: Jets 26-23 over Vikings
Tennessee (7-4) v Philadelphia (10-1)
13:00 ET (Fox)
It’s now 12 weeks into the season and I have to admit I still have no idea what to do with the Titans. I think they are a good team but every time they play a good team they end up losing. This season, the Titans have played five teams that currently have a winning record, and they have won 1-4 in those games. Of course, the flip side of this is that they could have won 4-1 very easily.
- They lost to the Giants in Week 1 because their kicker went on a 47-yard field goal in the final game.
- They went into overtime with the Chiefs in Week 9, even though they had to play a rookie QB who was just starting his career for the second time.
- They lost to the Bengals on Sunday in a game that ended in a draw in the fourth quarter.
If the Titans are going to prove they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, they need to beat a really good team, and this week is just the right time for that.
Tennessee’s biggest advantage in this game is that if you could build a team that could beat the Eagles, it would be literally the Titans. The Eagles can run all over you, but that won’t bother the Titans because their biggest defensive power is to stop running. The Eagles are averaging 162.5 yards per game on the ground, the third best in the NFL, but it will be hard to beat that against a Titans team that is only 84.5 yards per game behind this year. Starting in week two, the Titans became the best team in the NFL, trailing just 69.2 yards per game.
The Eagles gained more yards in Week 12 (363) than the Titans lost in their last FIVE games combined (349). I have no idea why I’m telling you this, but if you have loved ones, you might want to say goodbye to them before this game starts, because the universe could explode when these two get into action.
Another reason this is a good matchup for the Titans is because the Eagles’ only defensive weakness is stopping runs, which isn’t exactly the kind of weakness you want to have when you’re going to fight Derrick Henry.
The Titans are the clear underdog here, and let me tell you, in NFL history, there is no better coach in winning as a clear underdog than Mike Vrabel. Since he took a job coaching the Titans in 2018, Tennessee has trailed three or more points 28 times, with Vrabel down 19–9 in those games. Under Vrabel, the Titans have mastered the art of winning games they shouldn’t be winning, and I think they’ll do it again…