As always, the week 14 headlines are dominated by either Brett Favre scandal or drama. Not one to give Favre the spotlight he so richly desires, we’ll focus our attention on the event that I feel is the most notable during this week’s games… the shocking interference of a team’s sideline personnel with an opposing player during a live play. Not shocking is that the event involved a New York team IN a game being played in New York. Well, New Jersey actually, which is even more fitting because the offender’s name is Sal Alosi… does that sound like a Jersey Shore character or what? I’m sure he wishes his situation was different now.
To his credit, Alosi immediately admitted tripping Miami’s Nolan Carroll during the special teams play. He also immediately knew his ass was grass and showed his remorse in a tearful press conference in which he accepted full responsibility and begged for forgiveness. Since we are in an age where player safety is of the utmost concern, actions like that certainly have no place in the game. My assumption was that he would be dismissed, but the immediate action, taken by the Jets not the NFL, was that Alosi was suspended for the remainder of the 2010 season without pay. He is banned from the players, the facilities and team functions during that time period. He was also fined $25,000. Whether or not the Jets dismiss him after the conclusion of the season remains to be seen. I have a feeling that will be the case though.
In other AFC East events, the Patriots continued their domination of the NFL by posting over 30 points for the fifth straight game, but this time in a snow storm… and against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Who knew that the New England offense would get BETTER with the trading of Randy Moss.
The Patriots will be featured in prime time again this Sunday night as they host the Green Bay Packers. They may very well have the chance to score 30+ again if Aaron Rodgers continues to sit out with a concussion.
As for our “Beat the House” competition, it was a blocked extra point that could have swayed this week’s results. The unpopular House picks this week of Buffalo beating Cleveland, Washington beating Tampa Bay and the Chiefs topping the Chargers mostly fell the way the members called it. However, had the Redskins converted the extra point to tie the game in the final seconds of the contest, we could have a majority that favored the House.
One bad snap later, the House fell.
The rest of the week’s results went as follows:
Since the House was beaten again, TMR member gattic is our week 14 winner, with 14 correct picks and 142 correct picks on the season… which is a first-place tie among all members in 2010. Great picks! We will be in touch with you regarding your DVD/Blu-ray prize pack and Nerf Football.
Be on the lookout for the week 15 picks and predictions, which should be going live sometime early Wednesday. Also, look for the results of the Jagermeister Players of the Week contest, which are usually revealed on Wednesday evenings.