I've found that I've recently struggled with the games in the NFL because I've been posting my picks and analysis on Thursday - which gives me one less day to check out recent news, injury reports, and to see if any coaches get fired - R.I.P. to Jack Del Rio's tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This past week I was successful posting just the Thanksgiving picks on Thursday so this week I'll try the same recipe - Thursday Game prediction and then follow it up with the Sunday/Monday predictions whenever I get around to it. Just trying to give the fans what they want. Check for the Thursday Night pick after the jump...
Thursday, December 1st (8:20 ET Kickoff)
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) vs. Seattle Seahawks
If the Eagles want to hold on to any self-respect or pride that they might still have left this is a game that they can not lose. I don't care how bad your team is or what issues you have, going 1-3 against the NFC West would be unacceptable. One thing that obviously needs to change is the amount of touches that All Pro RB LeSean McCoy gets. Mostly because I'm gearing up for a couple of Fantasy Football championships but also because he's been the only consistent weapon for an otherwise erratic offense all season. There's no way Vince Young should have thrown the ball 50 times last week against the Patriots while McCoy only saw 10 Rush attempts. Unacceptable. Andy should have no problem understanding that stars need to get their fair share of the pie in order to stay happy. You don't want to make McCoy mad. In this Thursday Night battle, I'll back the Eagles to run behind McCoy to a victory at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
On a side note - this whole DeSean Jackson ordeal is getting very funny to watch from a independent fan's standpoint. The man is literally not going to risk injury - He drops passes that easily should be caught - refuses to run over the middle - throws up alligator arms anytime he hears footsteps - skips mandatory meetings - BUT still demands more money. And you know what? I'm not mad at him. If the Eagles brass wasn't so worried about winning the offseason and would have just paid Jackson his money none of this would be a distraction now. He was arguably the most liked player on a team full of characters and now he's quickly becoming vilified by Philadelphia for his on-field and off-field antics. The Eagles have clearly drawn their proverbial 'line in the sand' - and the best way for DeSean Jackson to get even is to continue mailing in the rest of the season and signing a big free agent contract for a team like oh I don't know, the Giants or Cowboys? Keep doing what you have to do DeSean, if the Eagles aren't going to pay you - someone else will.
Last Week: 10-6
Season Record: 86-82-7