Thanks for your feedback
Sometimes when one writes a football picks piece for the newspaper, it’s easy to forget that, well, people will be reading it.
And while feedback on the column isn’t all that common, it’s often negative, as in “why don’t you pick my team?” or “why DO you pick my team?” (Yes, I have been called a jinx.)
So it’s lovely to receive a positive reaction. So thank you to Nick, age 12, and his grandmother, Gail, for reaching out to tell me they’re enjoying my return to the Armchair Quarterback world. That definitely made my week.
This has been fun, but I am hoping the actual ACQB, Steve Brownlee, is back in the near future. He’s recovering nicely from his bypass surgery and will be returning before we know it.
As for this week, here are picks from the two of us. And we both wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends, food and football.
Chicago at Detroit: Steve, bless his heart, is going with his main team, the Detroit Lions. He very well might be right, but in the first of the turkey-day trifecta, Chicago is my guess
Washington at Dallas: That gruesome injury to Redskins quarterback Alex Smith on Sunday made this pick a bit easier, for me at least. Both Steve and I choose Dallas
Atlanta at New Orleans: The Thanksgiving evening matchup is an NFC South show down. Anyone who watched the Saints demolish the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles will pick as Steve and I do. New Orleans
Seattle at Carolina: The Panthers missed some kicks and were unsuccessful on a two-point conversion in a loss to the Lions. The Seahawks showed heart in a rally to beat my beloved Packers last Thursday. Steve takes Carolina but I will go for an upset here with Seattle
New England at N.Y. Jets With no hesitation, both Steve and I pick New England
Jacksonville at Buffalo: Before the season got underway, this looked to be an exciting, impactful match up. Now it’s just a couple of underperformers meeting up. We both take the home team, Buffalo
San Francisco at Tampa Bay: Another barn-burner. Steve takes San Francisco but I will see if the home team can pull itself together. Tampa Bay
Oakland at Baltimore: The Raiders were jubilant in victory last week. They’re going to have to savor that one for a bit. We both say Baltimore
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia The Giants are improving but both Steve and I think the defending world champs will rebound from Sunday’s butt-kicking. Philadelphia
Cleveland at Cincinnati: The Battle for Ohio. Steve has Cincinnati but I will take the dangerous choice of choosing Cleveland
Arizona at L.A. Chargers: Two teams stung by close losses get together. If Philip Rivers can steady the ship, we’re both going to be right in selecting L.A. Chargers
Pittsburgh at Denver: Holy smokes, the Steelers are on fire. The Broncos might be a surprise winner, but Steve and I both go with Pittsburgh
Miami at Indianapolis: Andrew Luck has led the Colts to a resurgence. Don’t see Miami having what it takes to corral them. We both choose Indianapolis
Green Bay at Minnesota: The Vikings and Packers both lost last week in close contests.
My concern with my favorite team is this: the Packers are 0-5 on the road this year. In noisy Minneapolis, it’s not getting any easier. We both say Minnesota
Tennessee at Houston: The Texans are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Nothing about the Titans recommend them in this one. We both pick Houston
Steve’s record last week: 7-6, 54 percent. Steve’s season record: 87-62-2, 58 percent.
My record as Backup ACQB: 25-15, 62 percent