Happy Holidays to all, and a very special Happy One Year Anniversary to This Is Sports Zone!!  This week we’re going to do things a little different, with no show yesterday and the Thanksgiving games in the books, we’re going to take a look back at yesterday’s games, then do my game picks for the rest of the weekend, and finish it up with who to Sit and who to Start out of the remaining games.  First up:

– For the second week in a row Houston had to go the distance and pull out a victory in the Overtime period as the Texans pulled out a squeaker against the Lions 34-31.  The Lions actually led most of the game, but were never really able to pull away, and Houston didn’t go away.  Matt Schaub couldn’t match last weeks numbers, but he did finish with 315 yards and a score, as the running game returned, with Arian Foster and Justin Forsett combining for 189 rush yards and three TDS, including Forsett’s 81 yard run when his knees didn’t go all the way down in the third.  Jim Schwartz cost the Lions the game basically by throwing a challenge on a scoring play when he didn’t need too, which negated the review and also penalized the Lions with unsportsmanlike conduct. Calvin Johnson and Ryan Broyles combined for 266 of Matt Stafford’s 441 passing yards in the defeat.  Wonder if Ndamukong Suh is going to be fined for this kick.

-Dallas was getting manhandled 28-3 at halftime, and they did lose the game, but give them credit for making it close, with the final being 38-31.  Tony Romo threw a couple of bad picks early, Dez Bryant lost another fumble, but the big story was RG3s big day with his arm, as he threw four TDs to four different receivers, and ended the day with 311 passing yards.  Miles Austin went out early, Romo hit the ground often as he was plagued by poor offensive line play and shoddy snapped balls all game, but ended with 441 passing yards and 3 TDs, two to Dez Bryant, one being an 85 yard bomb in the third that made it 28-13, and an 11 yarder in the fourth after a terrible snap to make it 35-28.  But Dallas’ D couldn’t hold the Redskins, and Kai Forbath’s field goal effectively iced the game.  Dallas and the Skins are going in different directions, with the Skins possibly eying a playoff run now, and Dallas needing a miracle to make a run at this point.  I’ll say this, Romo’s one of the few people who can make spectacular plays and spectacularly terrible plays in the same quarter.  If he could ever stop doing the latter, and maybe not end up on his back after every play, he’d really be something.  RG3 is probably Rookie of The Year this year.

-And the Jets fell behind early too, but they couldn’t make a game out of it, and they were embarrassed by New England 49-19.  Tom Brady threw for three TDs in the first half, but the bigger story was Pats D-Back Steve Gregory, who tortured the Jets, with two fumble recoveries and an interception on the day. SO much for the Jets running the table and making the playoffs, as a certain former coach would say- “PLAYOFFS? Are you kidding me?”

Time for game picks folks:

-Den stomps KC.

-Indy dominates the Bills

-Pit and Charlie Batch beat the Browns

-Cincy beats the Raiders

-Seattle spanks the Dolphins

-Atlanta beats TB

-Chicago ponds the Vikings

-Jacksonville surprises the Titans

-Baltimore beats the Chargers

-Rams beat the Cards again

-49ers beat the Saints

-Packers beat the Giants 27-24

-Panthers can beat the Eagles too, and will on Monday.

Sit Em’ Start Em’ Time!!!

START: QB- Chad Henne, Jax- With Blaine Gabbert on IR and coming off a 354 yard-4 TD performance, Henne’s now the man for the Jaguars.  And while he may not duplicate last week’s totals, he is facing an exploitable Titans defense in what should be another high scoring game.  If you have an injured QB, take a chance with Henne.

SIT: Josh Freeman, TB- Freeman’s thrown three Td’s in a game in 4 of his last 6, but I just wonder if he’ll do it again this week.  Atlanta’s defense has been relatively solid this year (top 10 in passing yards allowed in the league), and unless the game is a blowout, I think Doug Martin’s the guy to start, Freeman’s due a bad week and it might be this week.

START: Jalen Parmele, Jax-  MJD is out, and Rashad Jennings is ineffective, bring on Parmele!!.  He’s facing a defense ranked 28th in the league in stopping the run and doesn’t look to have an competiton.  His 80 yards in last week’s game is just the beginning.

SIT: Bryce Brown, Phi- So LeSean McCoy is out this week and the rookie Brown will be toting the rock instead.  Problem is, the Eagles offensive line is still one of the worst in the league, and it took one of the top backs in football to overcome that.  Brown isn’t McCoy, he could be good, but you gotta wonder how that line holds up for him in his first start.  Carolina isn’t anything special on defense, but they do have young playmakers like Luke Kuechly who can exploit a weak O-Line.  Be wary.

START: TY Hilton, Ind- Donnie Avery may not play, he’s got a great connection with Andrew Luck building, the Colts are at home and its the Bills secondary.  What’s not to like?

SIT- Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, Phi-  Two receptions combined for these guys last week. And that was with an established back.  Do not trust Philly until they give you reason to, and I don’t think its this week.

Happy One Year Anniversary to the Sports Zone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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