Worst NFL Game of the Week – Baltimore at Cincinnati is going to be an ugly blowout. Kansas City at Oakland features two teams playing together that nobody really wants to watch. There is some hope their, though – Oakland is coming off a win, and Kansas City at least has shown offensive potential. It won’t be a good game, but it at least has the potential to be interesting. The clear winner, though, is Miami at St. Louis. Miami is fine, but St. Louis is so indescribably bad that there can’t be one positive thing said about them, or one good reason to watch this one.
Best NFL Game of the Week – There are really only three contenders here. The Giants at Washington is a decent divisional showdown, though it would be better if Washington wasn’t slumping. Chicago and Minnesota is another good divisional tilt with big playoff implications. The clear winner, though, is Pittsburgh at New England. We get to see the suddenly invincible Matt Cassel face his biggest defensive test yet, and the game has huge implications for the playoffs in all sorts of ways.
Game With Teams With the Most to Prove – Arizona at Philadelphia. The Eagles need to prove that their disaster on Sunday was just a blip (not that I think it was). The Cardinals need to start winning games against evenly matched teams – there are no weaklings to beat up on in the playoffs.
Oddest Line – Given the fact that Seattle has been a perennial contender for years now, it seems very odd to see Seattle as 12.5 point underdogs on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. I bet the TV executives are thrilled about that one.
Best College Game – There are a few to choose from here. Florida at Florida State is a good rivalry with all sorts of BCS implications for both teams. Auburn at Alabama shouldn’t be close, but it’s another good rivalry, and it will be interesting to see where Alabama’s head is at. The big Big 12 game of the week is probably the winner yet again, though. Oklahoma needs to beat their state rivals to maintain the momentum they built against Texas Tech.
Filling Me With Dread – The Michigan season is, mercifully, over. Next year cannot possibly be worse. Can it?
Four Interesting Games Between Unranked Teams – Kent State (+10) at Buffalo. I have a thing for Buffalo, and a win here secures them a much deserved spot in their championship game. Colorado (+16.5) at Nebraska. Colorado becomes bowl eligible with a win. Nebraska secures a pretty sweet bowl if they win. Who wants it more? Virginia (+8.5) at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech needs a win in this fun rivalry to secure a spot in the championship game. North Carolina (-8) at Duke. Just close your eyes and pretend this one is taking place on a basketball court.
Biggest Line – Texas A&M (+34) at Texas. Remember when the Aggies used to be relevant? It seems almost impossible to believe that it wasn’t that long ago.