Sorry that I didn't get to post my weekly analysis/inappropriate jokefest/NFL picks column this week. I was traveling most of Christmas weekend and I couldn't get in front of a computer for any extended period of time. Thankfully Gonzo and Anthony could, so I'm sure the four or five people (namely my family and maybe my girlfriend if I told her to read it) that were waiting for my post weren't too disappointed.
I don't have much time to dive into tonight's game but I'll say this: it's a must-win game for the Vikings on all sorts of levels. If we lose tonight, we can pretty much kiss the first-round bye goodbye. (Would that be called a "bye-bye"?) We need to get the sour taste out of our mouths left by our second consecutive Sunday Night Football slaughtering. A win would cure any sort of media-contrived internal strife that the Vikings are experiencing; a loss would just make the feeding frenzy worse. Most of all, we're playing the freaking BEARS! If we don't add to the "List of Reasons why Lovie Smith Should be Fired" tonight for our neighbors over at Windy City Gridiron, I'll be absolutely mortified.
The Bears are a terrible team that's ready for 2009 to be over with. The Vikes need to get a lead early to remind Chicago that they should just continue sucking to improve their draft pick next year. The longer we let the Bears hang around, the more likely they are to pull a Carolina on us.
As for my picks, I went 12-3 so far this week, which should be 13-3 after the Vikings get back on track tonight. But I won't count that towards my season total yet, which is 164-75. "But wait Eric, how do we know you're not full of it? You didn't post your picks; how do we know you went 12-3?" you ask. Here's a screenshot of my picks from the Star Tribune site to prove that I picked everything but the Saints, Giants, and Dolphins games right. Although I was incredibly foolish to think that the Redskins offense would put up double-digit points last night.