Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks.
There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style points and who teams played will not matter.
On the heels of last week’s hugely successful Polar Vortex edition of Against The Spread we bring you the even harsher Lake Effect version.
If you happen to be hunkered down in a western New York snow cave while reading this, don’t fear. Not only do I bring you successful picks, but also the best FanDuel plays for Week 12.
Normally I do not cross into the baseball world while doing my weekly football piece, but I have to give props to the Kansas City Royals. I did predict them to make the playoffs (at 89-73, thank you very much), but their historic run through the postseason was even beyond my expectation.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer left the team’s Thursday Night Football game against the Buffalo Bills with a right knee injury. Now reports are coming in that the Browns fear their newly-anointed signal-caller has torn ligaments in the knee.