Guru makes picks and discusses Eagles against Cowboys, Romo out for Week 17

By  Trey Crosby III

My goodness, I had another (9-7) week. If you’re counting that’s three consecutive weeks with that mark.

I do have another week to work everything out and finish the regular season on a high note.

Final regular season commentary for the Guru. What could possibly be on my mind?

Ask and you shall receive. ROMO ROMO ROMO!!! You guys have been watching ESPN right?

The big news came out from Dallas early this week. After the Cowboys squeaked by the Redskins last week to set up a winner take all NFC East showdown against Philly on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Tony Romo had a herniated disk and would be shut down for the rest of the season.

Jason Garrett held a press conference and told reporters that the previous report was not accurate “Thats a lot of reporting” and no decision had been made on the status of Tony Romo for Sunday Night’s game.

All that said, it seems as if Romo will not suit up Sunday and backup Kyle Orton will get the start.

The Cowboys have also signed Jon Kitna this week for insurance purposes. Before Cowboys fans go shaking their heads, I have good news for you.

Romo NOT playing actually gives Dallas a punters chance at winning this game. We know Dallas “and in particular Tony Romo” always comes up short in December.

This eliminates the “non-clutch” factor of the game. No Romo also means Cowboys OC Bill Callahan WILL BE FORCED to run the ball.

The Cowboys can hand the ball off to Demarco Murray and let him go to work.

Dallas needed a Christmas miracle and although they still might get their backside handed to them Sunday, Santa gave them something money can’t buy…HOPE.

The Saints are officially headed in the wrong direction.

New Orleans lost control of the NFC South last week due to an impressive game winning drive by Cam Newton.

It’s not just a cliche thing to say anymore, New Orleans really has trouble going on the road to play anybody.

Three weeks ago in the dome, Carolina couldn’t sniff Drew Brees as he had all day to throw leading to a route.

Fast forward to last Sunday, outside at Bank of America the Saints had nowhere to hide as a monsoon came about soon after the 3rd quarter began.

Drew Brees was sacked a season high six times and threw two interceptions.

That high powered offense only mustered up 13 points against a stingy Carolina defense and we also found out that rookie OL Terron Armstead isn’t ready to go up against the League’s premiere defensive lineman as “The Kraken” Greg Hardy racked up three of those sacks by himself.

New Orleans went from having a number two seed, to potentially missing the playoffs depending upon what happens Sunday. WOW!! How the mighty have fallen.

Finally, any momentum the Ravens had was officially stomped on and thrown out of the door after a 41-7 shellacking at the hands of the New England Patriots.

I laughed at Ray Lewis the other Monday night when he said the Ravens could make a Super Bowl run, and well, I’ll just let Stephen A. Smith respond.
2013-2014 Season picks record
Upset Special (4-12)
GuruDAMNtee (11-5)
Last Week (9-7)
Overall (135-104-1)
Browns 16 @ Steelers 31
Redskins 30 @ Giants 24
Ravens 28 @ Bengals 33
Texans 10 @ Titans 27
Jaguars 20 @ Colts 28
Jets 24 @ Dolphins 27
Lions 34 @ Vikings 30
Panthers 29 @ Falcons 21
Bucs 17 @ Saints 45 *GuruDAMNtee*
Bills 13 @ Patriots 24
Rams 24 @ Seahawks 23 *Upset Special*
Packers 21 @ Bears 23
49ers 28 @ Cardinals 31
Broncos 37 @ Raiders 16
Chiefs 20 @ Chargers 34
Eagles 31 @ Cowboys 30
Are the Saints playing at home? Then yes, I will take them with my “GuruDAMNtee” pick against Tampa Bay.
Yes folks, the Seahawks dropped one last week against Arizona at home. I think they stumble into the playoffs with another home loss against an emerging St. Louis Rams team.

Vegas has STL as 10 point underdogs, but I have a feeling they want to end the season on a high note. This is a long shot, but don’t be surprised if we see a good competitive game out in Seattle.

Miami has been disappointing at times, but with a chance at still going to the playoffs, I think they get it done against the Jets.

You never know what to expect with New York, so it’s anybody’s guess as to how this game goes.

I’ll take the Bears over the Packers. As of now, we don’t know who will be starting at QB for the Pack, so I will assume that Rodgers will not. “Da Bears” were just embarrassed last week against Philly so look for them to right the ship “sort of” this week at home. If Rodgers plays though…ehhhhhh???

Arizona looks like they are on a roll. San Francisco closed out Candlestick in historic fashion on Monday Night. This is another game that is very close to call. Arizona just has more to play for than Frisco at this point.

“Cardinals are currently not in the playoffs” The NFL flexed the Saints/Bucs game to make sure that by kickoff time this game will have the potential of playoff implications.

Arizona will take care of business and I’m sure they will also be scoreboard watching while they pray for a Saints loss to get them into the playoffs.
The Chiefs are stumbling.

Vegas doesn’t have any confidence in them this week and neither do I. San Diego has an outside chance of making the playoffs and I believe they will do all they can to make that happen.

Give me the Chargers at home by a lot. What happened to that ferocious Chiefs defense from early this season???

In the Game of the Week, I’m going to take Philly in a close one that will live up to its billing. Foles is rolling and Dallas still hasn’t found a defense. Dallas is going to have to keep the ball on the ground and if Romo doesn’t play, that can happen.

I think Dallas has a shot, but lets be real…Its Dallas, in December. GAME PHILLY.

The Guru hopes you and yours are having a great holiday season. Watch some football Sunday. Jim Schwartz, black Monday is coming up….COURAGE


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