Coming Off The Bye Week … Refreshed

Yes, the preacher’s bye week came at the right time. I was able to regroup. It’s game-on once again.

My beloved Buccaneers face the Native Americans this week. Let’s see how they manage to lose this time! Anyone care to venture a guess? I’ll give it a shot: Forth quarter lead, a bone headed pass, a penalty call, a time-out intended to ice the opponent’s kicker–on a kick he actually missed, and then with the reboot he hits it, and another long walk off the field. Oh wait–that was last week.

Did you say 40 points behind by halftime? (That was two weeks ago!)

Carson Palmer’s great year wasn’t in the cards. Or Cards, for that matter. The Cardinal signal caller has been shelved with a torn ACL. Ouch. There’s more to the story. For one, Palmer was wired for sound by NFL films when he was injured. Do you want to hear a man scream in pain and realize his season has ended? Coming to a YouTube player near you, soon. And that’s not all. This season ending injury came ten days after he signed a contract extension. Deja vu? Check the history on his 2006 ACL injury. Ten days after … (Insert Twilight Zone creepy music.)

Oh, and in Houston, the Ryan Mallett era begins. We Patriot fans will enjoy seeing this play out. It was never going to in New England. (Have you seen this pic? Mallett carrying Hoyer and Brady’s pads at practice. Hmm.)mallett

Ok, so picks! Enough rambling. Prognosticating excellence, coming right up. Here are my ‘out-of-the-bye-and-armed-with-a-contract-extension’ picks for Week 11: Dolphins over Bills, Bears over Vikings, Former Pats QB Hoyer’s Browns over Former Pats QB Mallet’s Texans, Panthers over Falcons, Saints over Bengals, Bucs over R’Skins, Broncs over Rams, Niners over Giants, Chiefs over Seahawks, Chargers over Raiders, Lions over Cards, Packers over Eagles, Pats over Colts, Steelers over Titans.