It almost seems as if, through the years, they've deliberately been kept apart. In the last 16 years they've met only three times. The Giants never tested Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain Super Bowl champs of the '70s. Pittsburgh never tangled with the
Even this Sunday's venue, Pittsburgh itself, is terra incognita for the Giants. In 36 years, the Giants have traveled there only once. You get the feeling that a good, healthy rivalry could have flourished -- if only they had seen more of each other.
They are very similar. The platform for their success is strong running and stifling defense, especially against the run. They don't give up anything cheaply. The focus of Pittsburgh's defense is a deep, talented corps of linebackers, two of them who rush from the edges on passing downs. The Giants' strength comes from a beautifully integrated front four that maintains constant pressure.
Neither team figures to run that much. The Steelers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last nine games. For the Giants, the figure is eight. I don't know whether or not
Yards and points will be dearly won. I
A team changes coaches, bet it the following week. That formula is 1-1 so far. This week it serves up the Niners, giving five to the Seahawks, who look as though they're cooked.
Now if the Browns actually play better because of this, then it tells me they feel that Kellen's a whiner who got what he deserved. If they're secretly fuming, then it will show itself on the field and help the Jaguars. I believe the latter will happen. I believe in the right to self-expression, even though NFL players sign it away with their contract.
I predicted that
I just had a strange vision. What if the Chiefs pull a St. Looie and win in a blowout? Can you imagine the furor in the Monday New York papers? And Tuesday, Wednesday...what comes after Wednesday?...and Thursday and the rest of them?
Buffalo has beaten the Dolphins in seven of the last eight, including three of four in Miami. Now they're favored by a mere 1 1/2 down there, despite their pretty 5-1 record. I'm a Bills' fan, of sorts, but I'm sacrificing that to present you with one of those quirky, formula type picks,
I know, you're sick to death of hearing about my magic formula, but it made a 5-0 comeback last week, even though I had gotten away from it. Now it's back, me along with it. The following two are formula selections.
Last week: 4-4-1