sidebysideWell it’s the halfway point of the season. Sort of. This bye week stuff sure does mess with math. Then again, as a Buccaneer fan, we wish that every week was a bye week!

How about my Bucs last week. They fought their way back into a game against a cream-puff opponent, won the toss in OT, and had a fumble returned for a touchdown against them on the first play from scrimmage. Like Lovie said, we’re getting better.

What’s this out of Tennessee that the Titans’ brass made newly anointed QB Zach Mettenberger get a haircut and shave before his first start? How Steinbrenner of them! But here’s the troubling part for me: they never made Charlie “Clipboard Jesus” Whitehurst tame his locks! I smell a discrimination lawsuit! See for yourself in the photo evidence–unkempt Zach on left, Clipboard Jesus on the right. (And tell me when you look at Charlie you don’t think Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell.)

Injuries are mounting. Rosters and depth charts are in flux. But in DC, RGIII is back from injury. Colt McCoy’s 15 minutes are up. And there’s blood in the water in Atlanta. Rumor has it that Head Coach Mike Smith’s house is on the market. Vegas odds say he won’t make it to the end of the year. Good thing for him: it’s his bye week. That means he won’t lose on Sunday … and he’s got a few days off to scour the job market.

Enough chatter. I went a respectable 10-5 last week. My midseason report card will wait ’til next week. In the meantime, it’s time for my ‘Lovie-make-it-better-we-can’t-lose-to-the-Browns’ picks for Week 9: Saints over Panthers, Bengals over Jags, Browns over Bucs, Cowboys over Cards, Texans over Eagles, Chiefs over Jets, Chargers over Dolphins, Vikes over Native Americans, Niners over Rams, Pats over Peytons, Seahawks over Raiders, Ravens over Steelers, Colts over Giants.