In my first few blogs of the NFC West this year, I was right on with my picks for the most part, and sounded like I knew what the heck I was talking about. Not anymore. I'm starting to wonder if I'm a reverse barometer. The Cardinals and Rams both made me look bad last Sunday, and I for one am happy the Cards will not mess me up this week. That game against the Cowboys was definitely one of mixed emotions for me. They did go against my pick, but they beat one of my least favorite teams in sports... and ohbytheway, they are also leading the division. Then, we have the Rams. Beating the Redskins. Really. No, really? I'd bet more than a few elimination pool players went down on that game. I did pick the Seahawks to lose a close one to the Packers. I was half right. They lost. Not close. Also, the 49ers did as I told them and lost to the Eagles. Thanks niners.
So, what to do this week? I'm thinking no picks. If last week's game was a must win, this week's game is a can't lose. Or it is completely over. Good news... the Seattle Seahawks have NEVER lost a game in Tampa Bay. Bad news... Tampa is undefeated at home this year at 3-0 with victories over Atlanta, a drubbing of Carolina last week, and also, a victory over those same Packers who whipped our tail last Sunday. Good news... The Buccaneers starting QB Brian Griese is out. Bad news... You won't be able to tell the difference with Jeff Garcia in. Worse news... Matt Hasselbeck is still out for us. Seneca Wallace may play, which would be okay, or we have another start for Charlie Frye, which probably won't. Good news... I really don't have any more good news.
The only positive I can see is that Holmgren and his team knows that this is it. The end of the season already. They are 10 1/2 point underdogs in a game that could turn the rest of the season into meaninglessness. (new word I just made up there) Holmgren has had to watch film of that game this week and realize that he would've loved to be the Green Bay coach against the Seahawks last week. I said we would need to run and run often. They did and still got killed. This week I'll say we need to run and run well, and occasionally throw the ball DOWNFIELD. There was no threat of a deep play. None. Holmgren would've teed off agaisnt his own game plan. He's still a good coach though, and must know that he's got to open up the secondary at least a little bit if he wants to have any chance at all. Most of the passes that Frye threw were little dump-offs. Those can work if we open things up some with the long ball. He has to trust in Frye at least a little bit, or it will be another string of 3 and outs and a 1-5 record.
Like I said, no picks this week. Just a plea. We need a little hope. You are on national television. This is Mike's last season. Win a game. Please? We don't want to be rooting for a good draft pick. Please.