Fat Guy’s Corner

Throwing stones

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The NFL playoff picture is set in stone. The first game is set for Saturday afternoon, as the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Houston to take on the Texans. The Texans limp into the playoffs with three straight losses. A rookie quarterback in T.J. Yates is under center leading the ball club. The “Crazy Helmets” also have a rookie quarterback in the “Red Rifle” Andy Dalton. The two teams met on December 11, with the Houston Texans pulling out a 20-19 victory on the road. I also see this one being close as the “Bungles” will rely on Cedric Benson running the ball. The Texans will feed Arian Foster the rock, also keeping it on the ground. The health of receiver Andre Johnson factors in for Houston. CheeseBall prediction: An upset special: Bungle in the Jungle 21 and Houston Oilers Not Texans 20.

The next game is our beloved and hated sometimes Detroit Lions. Wait……Green Bay just scored again! What a putrid effort by the secondary last weekend in Green Bay. The referees also contributed their incompetence which factored into the Lions’ debacle of a loss. That game is in the rearview mirror and Detroit will never win in Green Bay, as long as I live, I don’t think.

Let’s turn the page and focus on Saturday night at 8 p.m. in New Orleans. Deja vu? Yes, Detroit was down there a month ago. The Saints were victorious in that contest. Remember all the dumb Lions penalties? Suh was suspended also! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Saints are the best team in the NFL at home. They also might be the best team in the NFC, if not all of football right now. Sorry, Green Bay. Drew Brees is hotter than the Fat Guy in a tanning booth. Offensively, the Saints are so dangerous. I know Detroit can score some points offensively, too. The problem is, six touchdowns to Matt “freaking” Flynn? The back end of the Lions’ defense is not playing very well at all. Drew Brees will pick apart this Lions secondary to absolute shreds. I think Drew is the NFL’s MVP winner if I had a vote. The “Cryons” are in deep black and gold trouble on Saturday night. I really feel as though this game could get ugly, and ugly fast. Remember, New Orleans lost a firstround game to Seattle that they shouldn’t have last season. They have not forgotten, trust me.

The Lions had a great season and are on the right track. They exceeded my expectations here in 2011 by making the playoffs. Let’s face the facts, the Lions and

Lions fans have many good seasons in front of them. The playoff drought is over and so is the Lions’ playoff run.

Crystal Ball

Prediction: Saints

Go Marching

On 45 A

Positive Wait

Till Next Year


The New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons open up at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons benefited from the Lions’ loss to Green Bay. Atlanta was the numberone seed last season and did nothing with it. They have a chance to defeat the Giants, as the Giants are up and down like the stock market. Eli Manning and Matt Ryan should put on an offensive show in New York. The problem and question is: What Giants team will show up Sunday afternoon? My hunch is the good Giants! Prediction: Up This Week 27 Dirty Birds Take Bath 24.

The Denver “I’ll take the backdoor way into the playoffs for 500, Alex” Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tim Tebow fever and mania will be on display late Sunday afternoon. The fever is really an ailment. The ailment is noncompletion of forward passes by Tebow. The Steelers will be a bad remedy come Sunday. The Steelers have a limping Big Ben Bad Foot. They also lost running back Rashard Mendenhall to a torn ACL. It won’t matter, as Pittsburgh will defeat a horrible Denver football team. Prediction: Steeler Nation 20 and Three Yards and a Cloud of Incompletions 6.

My NFL record last week was 9-6-1. My season record landed right at .500 due to some corrected math. A bad year for me, to be honest. Congratulations to MSU and their bowl victory over Georgia. It was nice to see. Sparty On!! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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