MY VALUE PICKS: 48-49 (0-6 last week)
*Note: 8-8, 12-4, 11-5, 8-8, 6-7, 7-6, 9-4, 3-10, 8-6, 9-7, 9-5, 7-9, 11-5, 10-6, 7-9, 9-7 = 134-106
Here are a few of the highlights from this Sunday’s games.
Despite a strong test from the home team Giants, the Packers were able to earn yet another win, improving to 12-0 behind 369 yards and 4 touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers. The Giants, at 6-6, have two remaining games verse the Dallas Cowboys--which will most likely determine the Giants playoff hopes.
The 49ers’ impressive season continued with a 26-0 romp over the woeful St. Louis Rams, clinching the NFC West for San Francisco. Despite a hard-fought loss to the Ravens in Week 12, the 49ers continue to play well, and with coach Jim Harbaugh- look like a serious playoff threat.
The Ravens kept pace in a brutal AFC North by taking care of the Browns, 24-10. Ray Rice had a monster game, posting 204 yards on 29 carries with 1 touchdown, as the Ravens guaranteed themselves another week atop the division standings, at 9-3.
The Steelers matched the Ravens atop the division, and also knocked the Bengals back a step with a 35-7 victory. Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall had 2 touchdowns apiece, and the Steelers ran their record to 9-3, tied for the division lead despite two losses to Baltimore this year.
In one of the most talked about games of the weekend, Tim Tebow led the Broncos to victory yet again, squeezing by the Vikings in Minnesota, 35-32. Down 3 with the ball and under 3 minutes remaining, Tebow led an impressive drive that included a 40 yard completion and set the Broncos up for a game-tying field goal. The Denver defense then promptly picked off Christian Ponder, leading to a game-winning field goal that kept the Broncos tied for the AFC West lead with Oakland at 7-5.
The Bears’ misfortune continued – after being on a rather impressive run up until Jay Cutler was injured, Chicago is now no guarantee whatsoever to make the playoffs. Sunday didn’t help, as the Chiefs came to Chicago and won 10-3, pushing the Bears back to 7-5 and keeping them in a tight battle with Detroit for second in the NFC North behind the unbeaten Packers.