For the first time in a long time, I won’t be screaming at my Philadelphia Eagles.
Their season effectively came to an end last Sunday when they got crushed by the Dallas Cowboys. That loss eliminated them, thankfully, from the dreadful NFC East race. They do get to play spoiler if they can beat the Washington Football Team Sunday night, which would mean the winner of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game Sunday afternoon would win the division.
Whoever wins the division will have a losing record. Good times!
I’m happy the Eagles are out of it. It’s time for significant changes. Whether it’s general manager Howie Roseman being fired or kicked upstairs, or head coach Doug Peterson is relieved of his duties or has the offensive play-calling taken away from him, something needs to be done.
My only complaint is that NBC couldn’t find a better game to show Sunday night. The WFT-Eagles matchup isn’t attractive, especially since who knows Washington’s starting quarterback is going to be. Not even the drama of having the NFC East title on the line makes this compelling television.
Speaking of titles, Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss is eyeing her third straight championship over me. She went 12-4 in her Week 16 picks to improve to 160-79-1. I was 11-5 to go to 159-80-1.
You can play The Daily Gazette U Pick ‘Em Football Contest by going to https://dailygazetteprofootball.upickem.net/.
Here are my Week 17 picks.
Baltimore 34, Cincinnati 20
Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 19
Minnesota 34, Detroit 10
Buffalo 28, Miami 24
N.Y. Jets 27, New England 8
Dallas 34, N.Y. Giants 17
Tampa Bay 31, Atlanta 16
New Orleans 35, Carolina 21
Tennessee 30, Houston 17
Las Vegas 21, Denver 18
Arizona 20, L.A. Rams 13
Green Bay 35, Chicago 21
Kansas City 21, L.A. Chargers 17
Indianapolis 34, Jacksonville 6
Seattle 30, San Francisco 20
Washington 14, Philadelphia 13
WEEK 17 TV SCHEDULE
(Announcers, games subject to change)
FOX23 (WXXA) — Dallas at N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews); Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver).
CBS6 (WRGB) — Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, AJ Ross); Arizona at L.A. Rams, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson).
NBC13 (WNYT) — Washington at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Jennifer Hale); Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Joe Davis, Robert Smith, Kristina Pink); Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn); Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuletta); N.Y. Jets at New England, 1 p.m. (Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely); Seattle vs. San Francisco at Glendale, Ariz., 4:25 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake); New Orleans at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak); L.A. Chargers at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Kugler, Brock Huard, Laura Okmin); Tennessee at Houston, 4:25 p.m. (Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Amanda Balionis); Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m. (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss); Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (Beth Mowins, Tiki Barber).