Don't think, not even for a second, that Kash is planning to change his ways with his NFL picks. So what if the harbor seal from Miller Park Zoo lost more ground to his human rivals last week?
Even after going 9-7 while everyone else was 12-4 or better, Kash yet again will venture on his own more than anyone else. This week, he's the only one taking Indianapolis, Houston and Cincinnati. The only other solitary choices this week come from overall leader Joe Deacon (Minnesota over Atlanta) and last week's winner, Randy Sharer (Denver over Miami).
Sharer turned in a 14-2 performance and moved within two games or Randy Kindred for second place. Deacon improved to 118-58 and maintained his three-game advantage over Kindred as both went 13-3. Randy Reinhardt and Jim Benson both went 12-4, allowing Reinhardt to remain a game ahead.
Our panel was evenly split on one game this week: Thursday's Washington-Dallas contest. Five games drew unanimous choices: Green Bay over Tampa Bay, New England over Buffalo, the Chargers over Cleveland, the Rams over Arizona and Oakland over the Giants (with Eli Manning benched).
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|WSH @ DAL||WSH||DAL||DAL||DAL||WSH||WSH|
|TB @ GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB|
|MIN @ ATL||ATL||ATL||ATL||ATL||MIN||ATL|
|SF @ CHI||CHI||CHI||CHI||CHI||SF||SF|
|DET @ BAL||BAL||DET||DET||BAL||BAL||BAL|
|DEN @ MIA||MIA||MIA||MIA||DEN||MIA||MIA|
|IND @ JAX||JAX||JAX||JAX||JAX||JAX||IND|
|HOU @ TEN||TEN||TEN||TEN||TEN||TEN||HOU|
|KC @ NYJ||KC||NYJ||KC||KC||NYJ||KC|
|NE @ BUF||NE||NE||NE||NE||NE||NE|
|CLE @ LAC||LAC||LAC||LAC||LAC||LAC||LAC|
|CAR @ NO||NO||NO||NO||NO||CAR||CAR|
|LAR @ ARZ||LAR||LAR||LAR||LAR||LAR||LAR|
|NYG @ OAK||OAK||OAK||OAK||OAK||OAK||OAK|
|PHI @ SEA||PHI||SEA||PHI||PHI||PHI||SEA|
|PIT @ CIN||PIT||PIT||PIT||PIT||PIT||CIN|
What once looked like a showdown in the NFC East now is a matter of survival for Dallas and Washington.
A Redskins victory or tie clinches the division for what has been the league's team of the year, the Eagles. Yes, not even into December and folks in Philly could be celebrating — even if that means rooting for the despised team from the nation's capital.
Dallas still is without suspended running back Zeke Elliott, and the offense has stagnated in his absence. The Cowboys really need a healthy Sean Lee at linebacker, too.
Yes, with suspensions and injuries, these teams barely resemble how they began the schedule.
"Sometimes we have to trust it," Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says of playing while surrounded by fill-ins. "We have to go and just play and believe that, however new this player is, he's got to make the play and he's got a jersey and a number, and he can do it."
Dallas is a 1-point favorite and all those missing players for the Redskins make them impossible to select. COWBOYS, 24-20
KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP
Time to go back to the Cleveland's opponent theory. That would be the CHARGERS this week.
Houston at Tennessee: Too many points to give Texans, who could spring surprise. BEST BET: TITANS, 22-17
Detroit at Baltimore: Lions keep wild-card hopes going, hurt Baltimore's chances. UPSET SPECIAL: LIONS, 23-13
Carolina at New Orleans: Looked at this for upset special. PANTHERS, 31-30
Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers: Didn't even remotely consider this for upset. CHARGERS, 30-6
Philadelphia at Seattle: It must be a special year for Eagles if they are favored so strongly at Seattle. SEAHAWKS, 21-20
Minnesota at Atlanta: Another terrific matchup for Week 13. FALCONS, 21-17
New England at Buffalo: Patriots closing in on another AFC East crown even with Brady taking physical beatings. PATRIOTS, 27-16
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (Monday night): Steelers aren't blowing out anyone right now. STEELERS, 23-20
Denver at Miami: Shield your eyes for this one — and not from the Florida sun. DOLPHINS, 17-15
Indianapolis at Jacksonville: After last week's stumble, Jaguars will have mean edge vs. Indy. JAGUARS, 30-19
Kansas City at New York Jets: Really worried about Chiefs, but they squeeze by here. CHIEFS, 20-16
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams: Breather in difficult stretch for NFC West leaders. RAMS, 32-16
New York Giants at Oakland: Long trip for Giants to get whipped, though Raiders are undermanned, too. RAIDERS, 24-14
San Francisco at Chicago: Joe Cool vs. Monsters of Midway? Not quite. BEARS, 16-13
Tampa Bay at Green Bay: Packers could have won at Pittsburgh, will do so here. PACKERS, 16-13
RECORD: Last week: 14-2; Season: 110-65; Best Bet: 9-3; Upset special: 8-4.