The swamis had another good week.
Dottie Weiner, Don Healy and Mike Vanderjagt tied for the best, scoring 10-5 marks, while Roger Raymond tallied 9-6 for the week.
The score meant that no one moved up, or down, for the season. Weiner stays in first at 129-71, Healy second at 128-72, Vanderjagt third at 127-83 and Raymond fourth at 116-84.
This week there are six games where swamis differ.
The major match-up game is the New York Giants hosting Philadelphia.
Only Vanderjagt takes Michael Vick and the Eagles. Vick got bounced around by Dallas, although the Eagles eked out a 30-27 win last week. The Giants clobbered Minnesota.
Both are 9-4 and leading the NFC East. With three games to go, the winner holds the edge for the NFC automatic playoff spot, while the other goes into the wild card race.
Healy noted that the Giants have fewer days to prepare because of their Monday night game, but he also thinks “Vick got dinged up in the Dallas game and may not play at 100 percent.”
Raymond thinks his Giants choice is an upset pick.
“All aboard the Vick bandwagon,” says Vanderjagt as he feels confident of an Eagles win.
Only Raymond takes the Minnesota Vikings over Chicago. It’s a home game for the Vikings, but it looks like they will not play in their stadium, due to the roof collapsing from the weight of an extremely heavy snowfall last weekend.
Healy, who is getting to think his picks are jinxed, chooses Chicago, saying, “I hate to put the kiss of death on them, but Chicago should win.”
Houston and Tennessee both had tough losses last week and are most likely playing out the season with 5-8 records. Weiner is the only swami taking Houston on the road to Tennessee.
Raymond says his pick of Tennessee is his upset pick.
Another major game, based on their records, is Jacksonville at Indianapolis. The Jaguars, 8-5, have a one-game lead over the Colts, 7-6, in the AFC South. With those records it could be that only the division winner advances to the playoffs.
Vanderjagt is the only swami taking Jacksonville.
“I might be wrong, probably will be,” Vanderjagt says of his shaky pick.
The swamis are evenly split for the Arizona at Carolina contest.
Carolina has but one win, yet Healy says the Cougars are the better team and Vanderjagt agrees.
Raymond goes alone in his choice of Cleveland at Cincinnati.
Everyone takes Tampa at home against Detroit, but Vanderjagt says, “it will be a better game than a typical Bucs-Lions game.”
A surprise might be that the swamis all take Baltimore when they host Super Bowl champs New Orleans.
Weiner takes the Ravens because it is an outdoor game. Raymond says it is another upset pick for him.
The New York Jets have been playing dismal football and no one takes them at Pittsburgh.
“I’m officially off the Jets bandwagon,” Vanderjagt says after the Jets and Mark Sanchez have been embarrassing in their last two losses.
Check here next week to see how the swamis did and who they like in the next round.