Speaking of reality, let’s review Week 12.
Turkey day meltdown in Dallas: Tough times don’t last always, but they are sticking around a little longer than usual at Jerry’s World. If you were a New Orleans Saints fan (loyal or bandwagon) you partied. Were you down with the Dallas Cowboys? Well, bubbles busted and Thanksgiving dinner just didn’t taste right. The Cowboys lost a thriller at home Thursday, losing 30-27, after overcoming a Saints 20-3 halftime lead. They have the third toughest schedule in the league and it gets harder this Sunday as they travel to Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. So, hope Roy Williams isn’t still licking his wounds after the fumble late in the fourth, which instead of sealing the deal, eventually costs them the game and that iron-man award.
Finnegan’s set up: the fight between Tennessee Titan DB Cortland Finnegan and Houston Texan WR Andre Johnson was bound to happen. Those who watch the NFL know Johnson is the strong silent type-a big receiver who goes about the business of producing yards after the catch without being loud and boisterous. But as the obviously undersized defender, Finnegan talks a lot of noise and pulled out all the mind games to get that mental edge. And with a smirk on his face he apparently warned a few Texans he was about to make it ugly. Looking at this video Finnegan got in his ‘mental’ and laughed about it, but Johnson got his punch across and his team got the last laugh, shutting out the Titans 20-0.
Anderson loses cool: Not a good way to get TV time. After his Arizona Cardinals team got embarrassed at home by the San Francisco 49ers and losing their seventh straight game 27-6, QB Derek Anderson was drilled by a reporter who wanted to know why he was cheesing on the sidelines when his team was losing on national TV. It was hook, line and sinker. He tried to deflate it but the reporter came stronger. Anderson took the bait thus on our list of all-time NFL tirades. So, Anderson may have to get used to the fact that it’ll be a while before we let him live this one down. If ever.
Houston Texans vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles)
New Orleans Saints vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Saints)
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (Lions)
San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay packers (49ers)
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Chiefs)
Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins (Browns)
Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings (Vikings)
Washington Redskins vs. NY Giants (Giants)
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans (Jaguars)
Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers (Chargers)
St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals (Cardinals)
Dallas Cowboys vs. Indianapolis Colts (Cowboys)
Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks)
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bucs)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Ravens)
NY Jets vs. New England Patriots (Jets)
From the Sidelines-Preview of week 13 : Somebody has to be the team to fall victim to a major upset at the hands of the Detroit Lions and maybe, just maybe they could pull off an upset at home over the Bears; the Cowboys seem to be hotter on the road (2-4) than at home (1-4) and now that they’re only playing for pride, may as well make a splash and silence the crowd in Indy as they did in New York; 49ers surgence was unfortunately at the expense of losing Frank Gore for the season but thanks to Brian Westbrook, who I’m thinking can take that same intensity from the backfield to Green Bay; Sunday and Monday night football should be back to back must-see TV-both AFC games include a tense dual between the Steelers and Ravens and the coaching comedy and genius of the Jets and Patroits.