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S.O.B.’s Terrifically Tasty NFL Weekend Preview (Sponsored By T.G.I. Friday’s)

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Another weekend of NFL action is upon us – well, there was a game last night, but it involved the 49ers, so there you go – and if you’re anything like me, you have begun to savor each and every Sunday of games, knowing that the regular season is in its last legs and soon enough, the playoffs and Super Bowl will be quickly here and gone and we will be left with no football for seemingly an eternity. Oh sure, there will be Arena League Football games come March, but isn’t that the viewing equivalent of wasting time watching a professional floor hockey league, if there ever were such a thing?

Hey, on second thought, that not be such a bad idea…

(Note to self: initiate online campaign, announce tryouts for the USFHL. Oh man, this is gonna be awesome!)

Anyhoo, moving on, let’s take a look at some of the super terrific NFL games on this weekend’s docket, shall we? The USFHL will have to wait a minute, but do not worry, I will keep you updated regarding any developments.

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field, Sunday
4:15 ET (CBS)

What in the heck has happened to the Jets? Was everything about them, from Hard Knocks to all the smack talk and posturing simply a case of false bravado? It certainly appears that way. After getting their butts whipped in embarrassing fashion by the Patriots two weeks ago, the Jets laid an epic egg at home against the average Dolphins in what should have been considered a must-win game. Heck, Rex Ryan was so desperate prior to the Miami game he buried a freaking game ball from the Patriots in an impromptu “funeral.” At least we can all take solace in the fact that Jets superfan Fireman Ed hasn’t assaulted anyone since the preseason.

The Steelers, on the other hand, are exactly who we thought they were. They weathered Roethlisberger’s early season suspension relating to his alleged bathroom bar horndoggery much better than anyone anticipated and Roethlisberger weathered a broken nose which resulted in the bones in his schnozz resembling Corn Flakes. Yep, everything’s coming up Tomlin these days, not that we should be surprised. A win over the Jets on Sunday would maintain the Steelers one-game lead over the Ravens in the AFC North with Baltimore facing a hot New Orleans squad on Sunday and more than anything, would make this gal extremely happy:

Weed’s call: Pittsburgh 27, Jets 13

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
TCF Bank Stadium, Monday
8:30 ET (ESPN)

Jeez Louise, has this game turned into one hot mess. Actually, make that one frigid mess. The Metrodome implodes, the game is moved to the Gophers’ new stadium – which is still being dug out, mind you – and players on both teams are grousing about what is sure to be a playing surface unfairly compared to concrete. Unfair because concrete would have more give than the turf will have on what the forecast predicts will be a chilly night up here in Minnesota. Perhaps fittingly, the Vikings will be celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary on Monday night, so it makes perfect sense for the game to be played outdoors when honoring such greats as Bud Grant, Alan Page, Jim Marshall, Fran Tarkenton, etc.

The Bears, meanwhile, are probably still licking their wounds from the beating they took at home from the Patriots – who aren’t those guys destroying? – and are likely hoping that the shattered season and accompanying malaise of the now nomadic Vikings will prove to be the elixir that puts them back on the right path. Currently, the Monsters of the Midway hold a one-game lead over the Packers and it looks like they will be without Aaron Rodgers this weekend. Chicago could go a long way in securing the NFC North title with a victory over the Purple.

On a side note, has a team that has stunk so bad generated as many headlines and been such a central topic of conversation during an NFL season than these miserable Vikings? And this is coming from a Vikings fan. What a horrible, horrible season this has been. I can’t wait until it’s over and I can stop hearing about this underperforming team, a thought I am sure is shared by many of you reading this preview. I suppose no image better represents the lost season of the Minnesota Vikings than this awkward image:

Hoo boy.

Weed’s call: Minnesota 21, Chicago 17 (what a homer – let’s attribute it to the Magic Of Bud Grant)

There you have it, folks. Enjoy the games.