NFL 2014 Week 15 Picks & Analysis – FootballSunday, December 14, 2014 8:00
Picks and analysis for Week 15 of the 2014 season.
NFL WEEK 15
AMERICA…LAND OF THE FEAR MONGERS AND HOME OF THE CRAVEN…
November and December of 2014 might one day go down in history as “The Winter of Darkness.”
First, Michael Brown’s murderer cop, Darren Wilson, walks away scot free, quickly followed up by no true bill for Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD Eagle Scout who strangled Eric Garner to death on a New York sidewalk.
Revisited during the investigations of those two murders was a recent settlement with the victims’ families and indictment of one of 60 or so Cleveland pigs who broke the law, department protocol, and every tenet of common sense by engaging an obviously frightened and desperate couple, Timothy Russel and Malissa Williams, in a high speed chase action film director, Ridley Scott, couldn’t dream up.
It ended up with those ass clowns with badges spraying the windshield of “the subject’s” vehicle with 137 rounds. Eye witnesses described one psychopath, indicted police officer Michael Brelo, standing on the hood of the car, emptying his weapon—15 rounds plus 30 prior to the hood shots—into the already shattered late model Malibu.
It was a massacre Al Capone and his gang would have saluted.
Thank God, Brelo was indicted along with five supervisors who failed to control the chase.
On the two-year anniversary of that bullet-ridden lynching, the nine coppers disciplined in the case sued the city because they are not Black and the victims were…
You almost have to laugh…
Until you hear about some jerk cop in Cleveland, again Cleveland, speeding to a park where a little 12 year-old kid is “waving a gun” he rolls up to three feet of “the perpetrator”- within two seconds the kid is dead—his BB gun on the ground next to the body.
That lying gutless punk cop called it in describing “the Actor” as being 20 years of age.
Nobody needs to be reminded what racial characteristics belong to the murderers or their victims.
“IT STOPS NOW…IT ENDS TODAY”
Et tu, CIA…
Here’s a shocker, the victims of American Torture also had darker hued skin—and their lives and souls were treated with the same respect by their Torturers, just like the coppers named above valued their victims lives..
I damn near puked when I heard the CIA’s Prick-in-Chief, John Brennan try to Orwell his way around the word TORTURE with the innocuous acronym, EITs.
I can’t take it anymore. I’m a writer; the last time I checked…
WORDS HAVE DEFINITIONS!!!
Those in power not only routinely violate our lives, they violate our language…
They have to…It is the easiest way to sell the American public on the value of fear.
The marketing techniques are as ingenious and evil as any Goebbels dreamed of.
There wasn’t a politician, at least I don’t remember one, in the days and weeks after 9/11, who had courage to address the fear we all felt after watching the Towers collapse into rubble. In the guise of “Homeland Security” or “keeping us safe” we authorized our government to—in secret and without debate—pass the Patriot Act.
TORTURE: the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
Nowhere in that definition of torture does it stipulate the confession is true or the information obtained accurate.
In every report I’ve read, in every account by every expert via experience or education, torture does not yield accurate, actionable information or reliable confessions.
THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FEARS
The George Bush administration—with approval by both major political parties—was not challenged when it desecrated the Constitution and changed the nature of the American character by authorizing torture, extraordinary rendition, and the systemic devaluing of human lives.
That craven desecration wrought from the fears of a traumatized citizenry has further poisoned the philosophical well America draws from—a well already contaminated by slavery and genocide.
Those poisons have trickled down to Main Street America…
The Patriot Act codified almost any abuse, any actions, virtually any means necessary in the pursuit of “keeping us safe.” What’s more, it gave community cops like Brelo, Pantaleo, and Wilson and their brethren inalienable license to justify similar actions if the officer was “in fear for his life.”
That’s why St. Louis prosecutor, Robert McCullough and Staten Island prosecutor, Daniel Donavan held “Special” grand juries. The “defendants” extensively testified and were not subject to cross-examination.
No transcripts were released from Staten Island. The Ferguson murder transcripts were released.
Judge for yourself how expertly Darren Wilson uses the power of fear to sway the jurors—to sell them on is right to murder… He describes Michael Brown as a “demon”….Thought he “would be killed”….”Feared for his life…”
If I choked a cop to death because I caught him molesting a 5 year-old, I would be arrested and my attorney would advise me NOT to testify.
Why ? Because I would give the prosecutor—who gets 99.9% of the indictments he instructs a grand jury to give him—testimony to introduce at trial. When a non-copper testifies at trial, grand juries acquiesce to a DA’s wishes because they view regular citizens as criminals. After all the DA wouldn’t go through all this trouble if this “perp” wasn’t guilty as hell.
Cops are seen in a whole different light. They “keep us safe.” They “risk their lives every shift.” They must be given deference if they even think they may be in fear for their lives…
That is the power of fear.
Police testimony is given significantly greater weight in any proceeding. That’s why the prosecutors in the predominantly white enclaves of Ferguson and Staten Island made sure the respective grand juries heard the most testimony from the perpetrators of each crime.
Quick, to whom does the word “perpetrator” refer? The murdered, young, Black men, or the murdering cowardly, fearful White cops?
Notice how the word “perpetrators” sort of scrubs the humanity from the breathing, living, human soul who the cop may have murdered. The same can be said for words like “actor” or “subject’—designed to obscure the humanity of people not wearing the badge.
How do those words compete with “Peace Officer” or “Detective” or “Agent” all of whom “keep us safe?”
Google the cases I cite above. Decide for yourself. My reading reveals ours is a craven system of inequality designed to insulate the powerful and the privileged from the justice they and their victims deserve. Designed to cultivate and feed our fears to minimize dissent and mute resistance…
How many rights, how much freedom and equality are we willing to sacrifice in the name of safety?
WEEK 14 PICKS
We had a good week—but we need several more to climb out of the muck…
Here’s the tally:
WEEK FOURTEEN ATS = 10 – 6 CUMULATIVE ATS = 103 – 103 – 2
SPECIAL TALLY WEEK FOURTEEN = 4 – 0
CUMULATIVE SPECIALS = 32 – 25
WEEKLY SPECIALS 4 – 0
GAME OF THE WEEK 7 – 7
LOCK OF THE WEEK 6 – 9
UPSET SPECIAL 6 – 8
O/U OF THE WEEK 13 – 1 WEEKLY O/Us 3 – 1
PREMEIRE PARLAY 2 – 1 CUMULATIVE O/Us 36– 25
WEEK 15 PICKS
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA CARDINALS @ ST. LOUIS RAMS -5.5 40.5
Damn, we were frighteningly prescient with our calls on the Week 15 TNF contest: http://www.deepintosports.com/2014/12/11/nfl-2014-week-15-thursday-night-pick-analysis-football/#more-4250
If we can manage another double-digit success rate the next two weeks, we may find ourselves in the rarified air of people who actually are successful handicappers.
Don’t hold your breath. Remember Week 15 proceeds two weeks where some teams may have locked in a seed or otherwise clinched a playoff berth. The whole thing could blow up in our face like a firecracker-laced cigar.
OAKLAND RAIDERS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – 11.5 41.5 [O]
We liked the hook in this AFC West matchup a touch more than the spread in the NFC showdown between the Niners and ‘Hawks in the Great Northwest.
The 49ers have the look and sound of a thoroughly beaten team; what we saw as an overblown point spread against the defending champs looked a lot less inviting as we got closer to the weekend.
Da Raidas on the other hand spanked those same Niners a week ago. They out hit, outcoached and out gunned a team that ended their last three seasons in a championship game.
The Jim Harbaugh effect had a strong influence in that result, but the Raiders have shown some character after a 51-0 thrashing at the hands of the Big Horns a couple of weeks ago.
More importantly the Raidas are showing talent. Derek Carr has a head to match his arm and the Raiders linebackers are making a bigger impression every game.
No doubt, Oakland has more holes than cheese grater but so does Kansas City.
Week 15—and the Arrowheads have ZERO touchdowns thrown to a wide receiver. That’s incredible.
The Chiefs lopsided offense in favor of the run has resulted in a knee injury to Jamaal Charles and mediocre performances by Alex Smith whose status as a “game manager” is starting to be one of those lamentable nick-names permanently attached to the hip, like “much maligned Mark Malone” or “Bill Walsh, genius.” Those monikers start out as positive description then take on a negative life of their own. For instance, in non Bay Area circles Walsh’s complimentary label quickly sounds like ‘Wiley Coyote, Genius.”
A winning quarterback has to carry his offense, sometimes will them into the end zone. Smith has managed only to get his team to the brink of where the Raiders find themselves—eliminated from playoff competition.
Take Da Oaklands, the 11.5 points and the Over.
Raiders 27 Chiefs 23
GAME OF THE WEEK
DALLAS COWBOYS @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – 3.5 55 [U]
It’s my birthday this Sunday. All will be right with my world if the Steelers post a “ W” in Georgia—but I know I’m special in God’s eye if the Cowboys also lose in Pennsylvania.
By Tuesday, I was sick of this match up as the pundits’ game of the week.
The Dallas fans and they’re ass-kissing punditry underground makes every game out to be the only one America should care about. They make excuses for a quarterback who has fallen short in almost every big game, and coddle a pampered, entitled roster which has been the very definition of a mediocre NFL team—for the last 19 years.
Yet, it would surprise nobody if that mediocre team crushed the Eagles like they crushed the Cowboys three weeks ago.
The NFC Least is the league’s weakest division. Every team has a rotten defense; each team has significant victories over better teams and losses that should never had happened. The division’s quarterbacks each have their own unique issues. Mark Sanchez has to overcome self-made memories of his forgettable play as a Jet. Tony Romo and all Cowboy lovers pray his back holds up against a Philly squad with the second most sacks in the NFL.
With two otherwise remarkably evenly matched teams, we believe the Eagles can pressure Romo more than the ‘Boys will harass Sanchez—and the game will be decided on the kick return game where the Eagles set the league standard.
Demarco Murray will have at least 32 touches—but he won’t dominate the evening. The Eagles will stack against the run and dare Romo to beat them.
He just might—but the Eagles will cover…
Cowboys 27 Eagles 25
LOCK OF THE WEEK
DETROIT LIONS @ MINNESOTA VIKINGS – 7.5 42 [O]
The Detroit Lions have been one of the absolute worst franchises in football for as long as I can remember. Just when we think they are going to make it over one hump or another they pull us back into the cesspool of futility that has defined the franchise.
Here’s the only stat you need to know: Since the merger in 1970, 45 years ago, the Lions have made the playoffs only eleven times, winning one playoff game.
The Cowboys epitomize mediocre, the Lions, awful.
Could the Lions finally erase their miserable past in the next three weeks?
Yes, they could—just as I could turn into a fairy and twinkle my way to Never-Never Land. But that transformation would require a miracle from God—and I don’t think the Creator gives a rat’s ass about Lions football.
If Detroit is serious about making a run for the ages, it starts this week against the game, but banged up and young Vikings.
It’s time for Matthew Stafford, Megatron, and a legitimate top five defense to wipe that smirk off Aaron Rodger’s and the rest of the doubters faces. It is time for the Kings of the Jungle to take the crown they’ve been looking for.
This is a must win convincingly game for Jim Caldwell’s squad; we believe the Lions will embrace that destiny.
Lions 30 Vikings 14
As always, my picks are in bold italic, below…
NFL Lines For Week 15 – 12/14 – 12/15, 2014
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At Kansas City US||-11.5 [O]||Oakland||41.5|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At Baltimore||-13.5||Jacksonville||45|
|12/14 1:00 ET||Pittsburgh||-2.5||At Atlanta||55.5|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At Indianapolis||-7||Houston||49|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At Cleveland||-2||Cincinnati||44.5|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At New England||-7.5||Miami||48|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At Carolina||-3||Tampa Bay||41.5|
|12/14 1:00 ET||At NY Giants||-6.5||Washington||47|
|12/14 1:00 ET||Green Bay||-5.5||At Buffalo||50.5|
|12/14 4:25 ET||At Detroit LW [O]||-7.5||Minnesota||42|
|12/14 4:05 ET||NY Jets||-3||At Tennessee||42|
|12/14 4:05 ET||Denver||-4||At San Diego||51|
|12/14 4:25 ET||At Seattle||-9.5||San Francisco||38|
|12/14 8:30 ET||At Philadelphia [U]||-3.5 GW||Dallas||55|
|12/11 5:00 ET||At St. Louis O/U||-5.5||Arizona||40.5|
|12/15 8:30 ET||New Orleans [O]||-3||At Chicago||54|
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