Well, I got four games right so far in week 4, and a Patriot win tonight would make it 5. Just awful. But I have to gloat a little about the few things that did go well.
I picked a Tampa Bay win over Carolina to take the lead in the NFC South, and picked Jermaine Phillips, who got the game's only interception, as the Game MVP. Nice.
I had Favre throwing for 2 TDs and 0 INTs, but underestimated his completions, yards, attempts, and completion %. But a win is a win, and he was certainly the MVP.
I picked Joseph Addai as my Game MVP for Indy-Denver, and nailed it. He didn't get as many carries as I had predicted, due to going out with an injury, but still got within 10 yards of my predicted totals, and got that touchdown I was talking about. And after Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson wrote a great article about him, I'm glad to see that one of my new favorite guys in the league should be fine for next week.
And while my MVP of the Arizona-Pittsburgh game was probably wrong - I'd have to give it to Larry Fitzgerald over Kurt Warner for hauling in 11 passes from two different quarterbacks - this is where I really have to gloat, because this is the game that everyone panned me on. The quarterback tandem worked, as each led the team to a touchdown. That'll be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks. Furthermore, with all the upsets that happened, my absurd prediction at the top of the page was "The number of undefeated teams is reduced to 4, and it's not the Packers that will lose." If the Patriots win, I was dead on.
But all that good stuff pales in comparison to how I did in all the other games. Some of my MVPs played well in a loss: Bart Scott, Devin Hester, Matt Schaub, LaDainian Tomlinson. Another didn't play, Brian Westbrook, and his presence might have altered the outcome of the game. Forget McNabb; Westbrook is the most indispensable guy on that team.
This has nothing to do with a prediction, but while I was sad to see LaMont Jordan get hurt in what had been a Comeback Player of the Year-type season, it was exciting to see Justin Fargas light up the Chargers in relief. Fargas has always been an unsung favorite of mine, dating back to playing Madden 04 on my roommate's GameCube. I would play as the Raiders a lot, because Rich Gannon was a beast, and loved giving Fargas more carries than he should have gotten. I'll be honest, it was mainly because I loved the name. When we started playing Settlers of Catan (a great board game), there was a pawn that represented "The Thief." I decided the thief needed a name, and named him Fargas MacScourge, which later also became the name of my NCAA 06 "Rase For the Heisman" character. If anyone plays Settlers, please start calling The Thief Fargas MacScourge - the name has already spread to players in at least four states - I want to make it his official name.
So here's to week 4, to upsets, and to that awful but oh-so-true cliché: "Any Given Sunday."