If I count right, I went 9-4 last week, which isn't too bad. So why did I fall four places in my football pool, from 4th to 8th? Blame it on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills.
Not only was I stupid enough to let some decent play from Buffalo of late convince me to pick them over Matt Hasselbeck, Chris Johnson and the rest of the Titans, I was also foolish enough to put nine points on the game. And that cost me. Big time.
If Fitzpatrick's second-half performance isn't enough to convince the league (and me) that he's a not-ready-for-prime-time player, I don't know what is. Fitzy was awful at the worst possible moments in the game.
The amazing thing is, the other three games I got wrong were games upon which I risked the lowest number of points possible, so the damage could have been much worse.
I risked three points on the Cleveland-Indianapolis game and, in this battle between two young teams struggling to get better, I picked the wrong one. I should have gone with the home side.
I lost only two points in picking Carolina over Dallas. Even though the Panthers have been pathetic this year, I picked them to win. Why? Because I detest Dallas. I have to learn that personal feelings should not get in the way of my football picks I guess.
And finally I dropped a single point in Cincinnati's self-implosion against the Steelers. Yes, the Bengals should have won but at least I didn't lose big on the game.
Some other thoughts coming out of Week Six:
The Jests continue to play just well enough to lose, don't they? This time, they wasted a decent passing day by Mark Should-be-Tebowed Sanchez in losing to a Patriot's team that is maddeningly inconsistent.
And didn't I get the Baltimore situation right? Poor Ravens, having to adjust on defense to the loss of two key starters while preparing for that whirlwind Texans offense. No fair, really. Baltimore could have used the bye last week, not this week so much.
I'm now worried about Jay Cutler and his throwing arm, after that Suh-plex he received in last night's game. Yikes, it looked bad. Can Chicago continue to win if Cutler goes down for a couple of weeks? I'm not so sure.
And I'm kind of thinking Green Bay has righted its ship and ready to run the table. Don't count the Packers out of the playoff race... or Super Bowl contention.