Even without the point spread, picking winners consistently in the NFL can be maddening. Taking a new approach to the question, “who is the better team?”, last week we introduced a regular feature, in which we attempt to pick winners based on their relative virtue.
We’re off to a bumpy start:
Good Men Picks Record: 0-1, thanks to a couple thousand penalties from the Jets.
The Manning brothers face off for the second time ever this weekend. The Colts are coming off a week-one loss to their old whipping boy, the Houston Texans. The Giants, on the other hand, spanked the Carolina Panthers in their season opener in the new stadium.
So, who deserves it more? Eli or Peyton?
New York Giants
Poor little Eli. Four years ago, he lost the first Manning Brothers Showdown, 26-21. Despite winning a Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP—over Colts nemesis the New England Patriots—he’s still in Peyton’s shadow. While it might not mean anything to the Giants outside of another win, it’ll be huge for Eli to get the win over big bro, regardless of what he says. Anyone with an older brother knows that.
Tom Coughlin is a coach we like. He’s a hard-ass, old school coach, but from all accounts, he’s a great guy off the field. He looks like a bomb ticking towards an explosion, so we wouldn’t mind seeing him win this one. He got no respect until he led the Giants to the Super Bowl, but he’s now sitting comfortably through 2012. He also created the Jay Fund, a non-profit foundation that helps children with cancer.
There’s still $110 million in debt on the now-demolished Giants stadium, yet they just opened a new $1.6 billion stadium. New Jersey residents have to love that. Are we sure someone from Goldman Sachs wasn’t behind this?
They just lost a Super Bowl. As damn perfect as Peyton Manning seems, he’s not great in the playoffs.
Head coach Jim Caldwell inherited a great team, but that’s all he’s got right now. Despite reaching the Super Bowl, he’s not respected as an NFL coach.
It’s Indianapolis versus New York. What city could use it more? That was a joke. Is there anything else to do in Indy other than watch the Colts? Seriously, one of its nicknames is “Naptown.” They’ll get our sympathy vote here, if they’re awake.
But there’s a better reason why the Colts don’t get our vote here: they’re a stolen franchise. Indianapolis robbed the Colts from Baltimore, like thieves in the night—literally. After owner Jim Irsay agreed to a deal with the city of Indianapolis, moving trucks were sent to the franchise’s Maryland complex. The Colts were completely gone by 10 AM the next morning.
That won’t cut it for “Good Men Picks.” This week we’re rooting for Eli and the Giants. You should too—if you know what’s good for you.