My record from last week shows why I do not gamble. Like the rest of the masses, I was about 50-50. A record like that does not bode well in Vegas at all. Hopefully this week I can do better.
At this point in the season most of the division races are starting to take form with the competitors rising to the top and the rest of the debris settling somewhere near the bottom. Some of those races will be further defined or muddied once this week is over.
The Domestic Beer Games (You might as well get loaded since these games will not be that great and you will not miss a thing when you go to the bathroom):
Panthers at the Saints: I feel sorry for the Panthers in this one, I really do. They do not have a chance in hell. The Saints will take what claws the Panthers still have in an embarrassing route, 49-7.
Chiefs at Jaguars: So far the most offense the Chiefs have mustered are the comments running back Larry Johnson made in reference to his coach. Jaguars prevail 24-19.
The Imported Beer Games (generally better than your domestics and if they aren’t they cost too much to chug):
Chargers at Giants: After a strong start to the season the Giants have lost 3 in a row (including the division lead). I like the Giants to right the ship this week by airing it out more and getting Steve Smith more involved in the game (like they did in their first 4 games- all wins). Phillip Rivers will strut his stuff, but in the end it will be Giants 28-24 returning to contention in the NFC East.
Texans at Colts: The only team that has a chance at challenging the Colts in the AFC South is the Texans. Even with one loss the Colts would still have a two game lead though. A win over the Texan’s divisional albatross would be a huge lift to the confidence of the Texans. The native Texan in me requires me to call this my upset of the week- Texans, 38-31.
The Best Damn Beer on Earth Games (Put a 6 pack in a cooler and set it next to your chair because you do not want to miss a second of these games):
Cowboys at Eagles: As much as I despise McNabb and the Eagles, they have been playing phenomenal ball of late. The Eagles have beaten every other team in the division; the Cowboys lost their only division game to date. A win for the Eagles would put them in the driver’s seat for the playoffs. I look for Romo to keep both teams in it, but for Miles Austin, Marion Barber, and the defensive front four to save his behind, 27-24.
Ravens at Bengals: A win by the Bengals would give a definite edge to their division title hopes with two wins over the Ravens and one over the Steelers (with the Steelers next on the list in Week 10). Carson Palmer is starting to look like the Carson of old after the 5 TD performance in Week 8. Flacco and the passing offense of the Ravens are pretty surprising as well with 11 TDs and 3 300+yard games. I see NFL rushing leader Cedric Benson and the balanced attack of the Bengals winning this one, 17-13.
I am sure the winning teams will have no problem lifting a few beers with the name Victory once the games are done next week. The losing teams might feel like they just weathered the storm making the Storm King Imperial Stout from the Victory Brewing Company the perfect beer. As the American Whole Flower hops tease your nose you will not be able to resist the rich, full bodied, dark chocolate flavor of this beer as it cleanses your pallet. As the hops and dark chocolate flavor subside your senses will be taken over by the roasted malt as your taste buds kick into overdrive. At 9.1% ABV it is the perfect beer for enjoying a win of forgetting a defeat.