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It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you'll be granted full control of your choice third world Middle East country. You'll rule with an iron fist. You'll demand that national TV only show movies about you and TV shows about how handsome you are. You'll give yourself a ludicrous title like Colonel Supreme Of Her Legions Armies And Navies. You'll make up all kinds of medals to give yourself, including the Medal of Fortitude. Then your people will rise up against you and overthrow you and try you for sedition and hang you. So much fun! Here we go:
Peter King: Falcons 23, Eagles 17. "I just think it's a backs-against-the-wall game for Atlanta." And for your Super Bowl pick, Peter. NOT a lofty choice.
Eight of Ten ESPN Experts: Falcons. (no score) Eight of ten! It's like they didn't even watch football last week. And a quick update on our Jaws/Hoge tracker: Jaws picked against the Eagles (guess he doesn't love them so much after all), but Hoge remained consistent and also chose against them. That's twice in a row that Hoge has picked against Philly. CLEAR PROOF OF BIAS.
72% Of Yahoo! Users: Eagles (no score).
Pete Prisco (CBS): Falcons (no score).
AJ Daulerio: Eagles.
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Eagles (Card Record: 1-0)
The Wife: Eagles.
Me: I don't like the Falcons to rebound in this game because I'm not convinced that the Falcons are all that good. I also think the hometown crowd will cheer lustily for Vick, so much so that it screws with Matt Ryan's head. Vick tends to shine in big moments like these, and I fully expect him to do so once more. Watch for ends Ray Edwards and John Abraham. If they can get to Vick and drag him down, then the Falcons have a chance, and you'll know that this o-line could be a season-long problem. EAGLES 42, FALCONS 25.
Yours in the comments.