I think I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, particularly before this column:
I am a snob.
I make harsh judgements about people who like Nickelback and think Taylor Swift is some kind of revolutionary; I look down on people who misuse there, their, and they’re; and pretty regularly, I find myself listening to other sports fans and wondering how they can be so clueless.
Because so often, conventional wisdom just seems so wrong.
Chiefs at Patriots: Sometimes, I can’t help but see things through a handicapper’s point of view. This is one of those times. After 11-straight wins, the support for the Chiefs is understanding, but it’s as understanding as it is ill-placed. Kansas City hasn’t played a single good team in those 11 – with wins over Denver and Pittsburgh coming while both were hurting badly at the quarterback position. The Chiefs are a horse whose won a ton of races at a lower-level track like Finger Lakes, then comes to Saratoga and gets stomped. Especially in New England, because people seem to have forgotten how good New England was early in the year – when they had many of the players they’re getting back from injury this week. Patriots
Packers at Cardinals: The Cardinals’ bandwagon was lonely for a long, long time; I was alone up there for much of the season. Now, it’s standing room only, because the rest of the world is starting to see the truth: The Cardinals are the most well-rounded, perhaps best team in the NFL. Cardinals
Seahawks at Panthers: On a neutral field in a late afternoon or night game, I think I’d take Seattle. But they’re not playing on a neutral field. And they’re not playing a late afternoon game. Instead, they’re playing in Carolina, at what will feel like mid-morning to a team that just played on Hoth and had to fly back to Seattle before flying all the way to Carolina. That stuff matters. More than people think. So I’ll take Carolina, but in fairness, this is a toss up game. Panthers
Steelers at Broncos: I can’t believe people honestly thought Brock Osweiler might be starting this game over one of the top three quarterbacks of all time. With weeks to get his health back in shape, I’ll roll with Peyton. Broncos
PICKS 52-31-4 (49-32-4 in Regular Season, 3-1 Last Week)
Author: Joe Bianchino
Joe Bianchino is a writer, producer, and radio host located in upstate New York. He is a life-long New York sport fan, Chelsea supporter, and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBNTS. Email him at Joe@noticketsports.com.