NFL 2014 Week 12 Picks & Analysis – FootballSunday, November 23, 2014 9:40
Picks and analysis for Week 12 of the 2014 season.
NFL WEEK 12
NFLPA NOT AN INNOCENT PLAYER IN SCANDAL-PLAGUED NFL
You’ve already read our thoughts on the Adrian Peterson mess; which ties directly into the Ray Rice mess. Both cases indicate the NFL, under Roger Goodell’s rudderless leadership, has no consistent policies on how to address player misconduct off the field—and the only guiding principal undergirding the NFL’s actions on these and every other incident involving player misconduct is at all costs, in all cases…PROTECT THE SHIELD…
Translated into colloquial American: COVER YOUR ASS!
Given the homogeneity corporate America cultivates, we can’t be shocked the league lives by those words, then feels comfortable suddenly stipulating a new policy—six weeks suspension—regarding domestic violence.
The owners’ ostensible reasoning is, Peterson wasn’t being punished when he received nine paychecks and a nine-week vacation while his case wound its way through a Texas court.
Since Peterson pled “no contest” to child abuse charges, the NFL, according to its unique pretzel logic, simply implemented the new “policy” and suspended Peterson for the required six weeks.
The NFLPA could have stopped the owners from changing conduct policy on their own and demanded to collectively bargain any changes to that policy. The Union won’t intervene for Rice or Peterson. Could it be because the crimes involve women and children?
From Leonard Little’s and Josh Brent’s murderous drunkenness, to Bill Belichick’s cheating, to the baseless assault allegations pinned on Big Ben, to the 56 cases of domestic violence, including female battering and vicious child abuse, court jesters creating public opinion have spent the bulk of their online time attacking individual athletes, coaches, or teams.
Some jokers have made it their life’s work to post column after column raking Roger Goodell and his 32 puppet masters over the white-hot coals of ridicule.
Excuse me, while I clear my throat…Sip of water…
The one entity seemingly to have escaped scrutiny is the NFLPA.
Having been born and bred in Pittsburgh, escaping from what a Union is or should be, and how important Unions are to America is literally impossible.
Family political discussions almost never centered upon which party one favored but which Democrat you were going to vote for. My grandfather proudly wore scars from beatings suffered at nascent Union gatherings. My father tells a story about attending a Union meeting at age 10.
What the hell kind of Union is the NFLPA? Besides collective bargaining, workplace injustice, and corporate tyranny, doesn’t any responsible Union have a duty to protect law abiding and socially conscious members from the criminals in its ranks?
Why didn’t the Union go to the wall to protect Rice and Peterson from the capricious and arbitrary punishments, or non-punishments administered by the hypocritical and haphazard owners via Roger Goodell?
Was it the pictures of Adrian Peterson’s son’s shredded ass?
Was it the brutal video of technically perfect Ray Rice left hook colliding with his soon-to-be wife’s jaw?
Have we deluded ourselves into believing we care so much about children while we don’t demand their excellence and accountability at home or in school?
Do we really care about women whose voices we ignore when they cry “rape”
Ask Bill Cosby.
How about the black and blue women we send home to their abusers—do we really care?
It’s not like the NFL and its PA haven’t colluded to cover the league’s ass on several, far more sickening occasions…
Here’s a shameful blast from the NFL’s past:
After leaving a birthday party in 1998, Little crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler in St. Louis, Missouri. When tested, his blood alcohol level measured 0.19 percent, a level in excess of the statutory level of intoxication (0.08) in the state of Missouri. Little received four years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
On January 18, 2003, with charges dating back to 1999, Little was charged with communicating threats and making harassing calls according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department…
..He was inactive for four games before being placed on the non-football injury list due to legal issues surrounding his drunk driving accident.
The NFL suspended Little for 8 games of the 1999 season.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland wideout, returns to the field this week after a 10 game suspension for loving marijuana. After being exonerated of assault charges in Georgia, Big Ben was suspended 4 games.
Players, some of whom made innocent mistakes and took meds or supplements containing banned PEDS are suspended 4-6 weeks.
Noticing a pattern? A pattern of inane logic, disproportionate consequences and arbitrary administration?
Blame the NFLPA, and remember, it didn’t start in 2014.
Let’s revisit the case of Cowboy’s defensive lineman, Josh Brent. You remember Ol’ Josh, don’t you? On December 8th, 2012…Blood alcohol level .018…Speeding, (110 to 134 MPH), car hit a curb and spun out of control—killing teammate Jerry Brown Jr.
The NFL suspended Brent 10 games and initially barred him from the Cowboys’ complex until Week 7. Brent immediately challenged the ruling. And because the NFL didn’t hear Brent’s appeal during the time window prescribed under the collective bargaining agreement, a door opened that allowed the conditions to be changed.
For further context, here is the Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Brent
Scroll down to the “Criminal Record” section; it will make you puke. Note how, despite repeated defiance of court orders, the court let Brent off the hook.
I wonder how many times that judge has been an invited guest to Jerry Jones’ private box.
By the way, Brent will play for the Cowboys next week.
No way Brent plays in the NFL without the support and resources of the NFLPA—Good thing no video exists of him careening into that curb at 113 mph, or no TMZ video of Jerry Brown Jr.’s crushed body. Then the NFL and its fans would really be mad…
Good thing much of America values Black men’s lives less than those of women or children.
Ask the folks in Ferguson, Missouri…
You can bet your sweet ass, Brent’s lawyers can’t challenge any NFL action without the consent and approval of the NFLPA.
Irony is, for each murderous member the Union goes to bat for, as opposed to exonerated, innocent, or first time offenders the Union doesn’t support, every member is devalued during individual contract negotiations, and in the eyes of a frustrated public—not to mention the Union’s diminished power at the collective bargaining table.
Remember, a giant multinational entity like the NFL cannot function or fail because one tentacle cramps up.
The NFL has all to willing partners in its dysfunctional morass.
Ask the Networks, the NCAA, the ever consolidating media—and insatiable fans.
The next time you hear Rusty Hardin, Adrian Peterson’s lawyer, rail against the league making Peterson pay too much for his “Disciplining of a child that went too far.” Don’t be so quick to dismiss it a typical lawyer-speak. Hardin is simply frustrated at the cluelessness of the NFLPA…Don’t believe me?
You can find this headline proudly displayed on the NFLPA website:
Players Compete in Cornhole Challenge at Outdoor Retailer
These are the same PR prodigies advising NFLPA leader Dee Smith—no doubt graduates of the same school of genius lawyers formulating the NFL’s code of conduct policy.
Just like Goodell and the owners would kill to cover their asses—or their killer employee’s asses, Hardin is just trying to protect his client.
Reminds me of an Full Bird Air Force Colonel when I was stationed at SAC Headquarters who caught me greasing my clearly-out-of-regulation- hair behind my ears.
“Porpora, what in the name of god are you doing?”
“Covering my ass, sir…”
“Let me tell you something son, just because you cover your ass doesn’t mean everyone else in the world loses their sense of smell.”
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders +7 43 [U]
Predicted Outcome: Chiefs 20 Raidas 3
Final Score: Raidas 24 Chiefs 20
Loss on Line, Total, and Special…To be reflected on next week’s score sheet…
We had a decent week on our O/Us and our Specials, but spit the bit on our other game picks…
WEEK ELEVEN ATS = 5 – 9 CUMULATIVE ATS = 79 – 80 – 2
SPECIAL TALLY WEEK ELEVEN = 2 – 2 CUMULATIVE SPECIALS = 25 – 20
GAME OF THE WEEK 5 – 6
LOCK OF THE WEEK 5 – 7
UPSET SPECIAL 4 – 7
O/U OF THE WEEK 11 – 0 WEEKLY O/Us 4 – 2
PREMEIRE PARLAY 2 – 1 CUMULATIVE O/Us 27– 22
UPSET SPECIAL 4 – 7
ARIZONA CARDINALS @ SEATTLE SEAHAWKS -6.5 42 [U]
The Rams inconsistency changed my mind on this one. I’m still picking St. Louis to win in San Diego, but, they’ve been on a roller-coaster—like many NFL teams in 2014—and Arizona is as hot as any team out there.
I checked off this marquis matchup early in the week and 60% of the money went Seattle’s way. I’m loving the 6.5 points and the momentum of the Scarlet Birds’ three game division lead, making this an easy Upset Special pick.
Seattle lost DT Brandon Mebane to IR with a bad hamstring and we think it may force what could have become a much improved late season ‘Hawks defense to take a few steps back.
The pressure in this contest is all on the world champs’ shoulders. This is a must win game for Seattle—if they want any chance of spending the playoffs at home.
The Cardinals can afford to lose a game—even within the division; they host the Hawks in Week 16. Arizona essentially comes into Century Link Field with nothing to lose. But, with a win, they virtually lock the division down.
Of course, that’s a two-edged sword. Arizona comes in loose, high energy, scores early, and takes the 12th man out of the game—or they come in too relaxed and get their ears blown off.
Bruce Arians has no peer as a QB coach and I think he’ll keep Drew Stanton and his teammates focused in what promises to be a field goal game either way.
Arizona covers Under the Number.
Seattle 17 Arizona 16
GAME OF THE WEEK 5 – 6
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS +3.5 47 [O]
This late in the season, I think the bye weeks count more than they do four or five weeks earlier. Dallas is coming off a bye. The Giants stink; they can’t stop the run…
Not rocket science is it?
Everyone in the football universe knows Dallas plans to run DiMarco Murray down Big Blue’s throat. Even if the Giants run stoppers play tight like they did last week at Levi stadium, they can’t match up a linebacker on Jason Witten or a DB on Dez Bryant.
Of course, I will be rooting full-throated against the ‘Boys just to gander upon Jerry Jones head skin splitting at the seams, but Dallas is feeling a division crown after the Eagles choked up a zeppelin sized bratwurst at Lambeau last Sunday.
Eli Manning has enjoyed a comfort level with his receivers, until injuries and a new offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo conspired to stunt Eli’s chances of digging the Giants out of a hole that may bury their playoff hopes for the third straight year.
The lone hope for a stunning New York upset: Odell Beckham Jr. The kid can play, loves the bright lights and can be a game changer. Unfortunately, nobody on the defensive side of the ball promises a similar outcome.
If the Native American’s weren’t playing the Santa Claras in Levi Stadium this would be the LOW.
I’m going with the Cowboys to cover the 3.5 and am pretty confident the Total will exceed 47.
Cowboys 30 Giants 20
LOCK OF THE WEEK 5 – 7
WASHINGTON NATES @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS -8.5 44.5 [O]
The Natives are restless in the Nation’s capitol. Rumblings from anonymous teammates about RGII being entitled—his coach calls it coddling. RGIII, like any cool professional quarterback blamed his poor play on himself—then, like a self indulgent, spoiled little pussy said this:
“It takes 11 men. It doesn’t take one guy. That’s proven. The great QBs — the Peytons and Aaron Rodgers. They don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t. We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room. And I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”
Rumor has it Griffin’s teammates have decided to remove all doubt and simply tattoo tread marks on their backs for as long as the, so far, one-year wonder quarterbacks the team.
Maybe RGIII might consider joining his teammates after head coach, Jay Gruden, spilled these explosive little beans about his QB:
“His biggest thing, he’s been coddled for so long,” Gruden said of Griffin. “It’s not a negative, he’s just been so good, he just hasn’t had a lot of negative publicity. Everybody’s loved him. Some adversity is striking hard at him now, and how he reacts to that off the field, his mental state of mind, how it affects his confidence, hopefully it’s not in a negative way…
Read the whole quote to get the full effect:
NEWSFLASH: Landover, Maryland…Owner Daniel Snyder was spotted hijacking a school bus—a short one…Witnesses report the Nate’s owner crashed through the fence surrounding the team’s practice facility and was heard shouting, “WHERE’S GRUDEN…GRUDENNNNN!!!!”
(Organ Music)…Meanwhile, in a land far, far, away, we welcome you to the NFL’s most popular soap opera, “The Desperate Football Husbands of Santa Clara County”
- Will Coach Harbaugh grant his wife one Khaki-less romp in bed?
- Will GM Trent Baalke confess Harbaugh murder fantasies to the team psychiatrist?
- Will the team psychiatrist help the GM murder the Coach
- Will linebacker Chris Borland cement his case for rookie of the year?
- Will anyone on the team remember they play a football game this Sunday?
Oh yeah, take the Niners giving 8.5 under 44.5…
49ers 24 Nates 13
As usual, my entire slate of picks follow in bold, italic…
NFL Lines For Week 12 – 11/20 – 11/24, 2014
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|11/20 8:25 ET||Kansas City O/U||-7||At Oakland||43|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At Atlanta||-3||Cleveland||47|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At Philadelphia||-11||Tennessee||47.5|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At New England||-7||Detroit||48|
|11/23 1:00 ET||Green Bay||-9.5||At Minnesota||48.5|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At Indianapolis||-13.5||Jacksonville||50|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At Houston||-2||Cincinnati||43.5|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At Buffalo||-4||NY Jets||40|
|11/23 1:00 ET||At Chicago||-5.5||Tampa Bay||46.5|
|11/23 4:05 ET||At Seattle US||-6.5 [U]||Arizona||42|
|11/23 4:05 ET||At San Diego||-6||St. Louis||44.5|
|11/23 4:25 ET||At Denver||-7.5||Miami||49.5|
|11/23 4:25 ET||At San Fran [U]||-8.5 LW||Washington||44.5|
|11/23 8:30 ET||Dallas [O] GW||-3.5||At NY Giants||47|
|11/24 8:30 ET||At New Orleans [O]||-3.5||Baltimore||49.5|
Bye Weeks: Carolina, Pittsburgh
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