By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at 9:50 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Get the losses out of the way early, and then go for a strong finish, I say.
That was obviously my strategy as in today’s Bay Area News Group editions as I whiffed on both the New Orleans-Seattle and Jets-Indianapolis games.
That gives you ample time to load up on Sunday’s Baltimore-Kansas City and Green Bay-Philadelphia games and go the other way for big bucks.
My latest e-mail came from someone named Terry Parks, who wrote, “I just cancelled my subscription to your newspaper, because you sure as hell don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Mr. Parks has obviously been talking to my wife and kids, and I’d add that if he was subscribing to the paper solely on my ability to predict football games, he probably can’t afford his mortgage, anyway.
The onslaught has been slow outside of Mr. Parks, however. When I wrote off the Saints a couple of weeks back in my weekly NFL column, a lot of the same people that hammered me for picking Indianapolis over New Orleans in the Super Bowl were reminding me of my mistake.
Don’t think I’l hear from many of them today, although I picked their team to beat Seattle.
Outside of the wild card games, another quiet day for the Raiders.
A couple of notes:
– I know Hue Jackson said execution was the problem against Indianapolis and not the game plan. But it sure seemed to me the New York Jets had a better idea about how to attack a perimeter based defense than the Raiders did in Week 15.
– The National Football Post named tackle Jared Veldheer to its All-rookie team along with Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, St. Louis tackle Roger Saffold, 49ers guard Mike Iupati and Seattle tackle Russell Okung.