The Green Side of Life

Marion Layman was all alone at the top when the dust settled from the Week 16 Gridiron Green.

The Durangoan picked 14-of-16 correctly and scored a one-point victory over a pair of unlucky 13s.

The 15 other champions to date all finished in the middle of the pack, with a troika of champions just outside the 1st and Goal and one just outside the 4th and Long.

The Gridiron Guru was a mediocre 8-8 in Week 16 and stands at 140 for the season, 20 points behind “commute29,” our overall Gridiron Green leader who will carry a one-point lead over three players into the final week.

Sunday, Dec. 29

Green Bay at Chicago – Win, and they’re in. And without Aaron Rodgers, the wind blows for the Windy City. Pick: Bears, 30-27. Line: Off.

Houston at Tennessee – Make that 14 in a row. Pick: Titans, 20-10. Line: Titans by 7.

Philadelphia at Dallas – Win, and they’re in. And without Tony Romo, the love flows for the city of Brotherly Love. Pick: Eagles, 28-23. Line: Eagles by 7.

Detroit at Minnesota – It could be a black Monday for both head coaches. Pick: Vikings, 28-23. Line: Vikings by 3.

Tampa Bay at New Orleans – Home sweet home has been nothing but Big Easy for the Saints. Pick: Saints, 37-20. Line: Saints by 12½.

Carolina at Atlanta – And your 2013 champions of the AFC South are ... Pick: Panthers, 27-20. Line: Panthers by 8.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh – After a surprising 0-4 start, Big Ben and the Steelers pull the Steel Curtain on a .500 season. Pick: Steelers, 28-16. Line: Steelers by 7.

Washington at N.Y. Giants – The last time the Giants played at home, they were shut out at the Meadowlands. But that was the Seahawks, and this is the Redskins. Pick: Giants, 24-16. Line: Giants by 3½.

Baltimore at Cincinnati (KCNC, KREZ) – From Super Bowl champion to super bust. Pick: Bengals, 17-14. Line: Bengals by 6.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis – The Jaguars’ second-half rally was impressive, but the Colts will be playing in the tournament. Pick: Colts, 30-15. Line: Colts by 11½.

N.Y. Jets at Miami – If the Guru is correct and Baltimore loses, then the Fish swim into the postseason. Pick: Dolphins, 17-13. Line: Dolphins by 6½.

Buffalo at New England – A dozen wins for Coach Belichick and this Brady Bunch is most impressive. Pick: Patriots, 23-14. Line: Patriots by 9½.

Denver at Oakland (KCNC, KREZ; KRSJ 100.5 FM) – How many touchdown passes will Peyton Manning settle for? 55? And will the Broncos reach 600 points? Yes. Pick: Broncos, 45-23. Line: Broncos by 12½.

Kansas City at San Diego – If the Chargers could’ve finished on the winning side of the ledger in a couple of those early season close-but-not-close-enough defeats, they would’ve been a dangerous playoff team. Pick: Chargers, 27-10. Line: Chargers by 9½.

St. Louis at Seattle – The Seahawks get back on track in the Seattle Sound to win the NFC West and home-field advantage in the playoffs. Pick: Seahawks, 21-13. Line: Seahawks by 10½.

San Francisco at Arizona – And this year’s hard-luck losers go to the Cardinals, which will hold the distinction of being the best team not in the tournament. Pick: 49ers, 20-19. Line: Cardinals by 3.

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