Blade sports writer Dave Hackenberg is on vacation, but his friend the Swami, that mystical seer and prodigious pigskin prognosticator, phoned in his weekly NFL picks, much like the Minnesota Vikings have elected to phone in the rest of the season. What a bunch of quitters. The Swami figures someone must have spiked his eggnog last week, which might explain why he tabbed Randy Moss to actually care and the Vikings to win. Never again. Tennessee 24, Cleveland 10 (Injuries, tough slate down stretch continue to pound Brownies). Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 6. Chicago 17, Detroit 10 (Bears have surrendered exactly 200 fewer points than have 1-13 Lions). Miami 28, Atlanta 24. Pittsburgh 21, Cincinnati 13 (Win clinches homefield edge throughout playoffs for Men of Steel). San Francisco 38, Dallas 28. Philadelphia 21, NY Giants 17 (Giants fall from Super Bowl to Tidy Bowl as Iggles claim NFC Least title). Denver 24, Oakland 17. St. Louis 45, Indianapolis 24 (Could be ugly; Rams have scored 430 points - Colts have given up 434). Green Bay 33, Minnesota 3.
Last week: 7-3.
Dave Hackenberg is a Blade sports writer.