Margaret Wood Makes Her Picks

Margaret Wood has been following the NFL religiously for more than 30 years now, and has a keen understanding of the game. Today, she offered her opinion on several topics, including former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin's arrest last Friday for posession of a crack pipe; a pipe he said belonged to a friend.

"The way I feel about it is, let the law handle it," Margaret said.  "He's innocent until proven guilty, so let it die."

And despite the bad timing, it shouldn't affect his chances of being voted into the hall of fame.

"If he's proven innocent, then they should disregard it," she said.

And how important is it for him to take a drug test?

"I think it's very important," she added.  "If he's innocent, he won't be afraid to take a test."

Speaking of the Cowboys, they play rival New York in a key divisional matchup Sunday. A game in which Margaret is going with her heart and picking Dallas.

"If I wanted to be neutral," she admitted, "I would pick the Giants over the Cowboys, but I haven't done it because I want to be a fan, and I want [the Cowboys] to win."

She stays with an NFC East team for her upset of the week, picking the 5-6 Eagles over the 9-3 Seahawks, a Seahawks team she feels is overrated.

"They really dragged it out the other day, really dragged it out [against the Giants]," she said.  "Those [three missed] field goals [by the Giants] were a joke."

She didn't go too far out on a limb to pick her lock of the week. She's going with 11-0 Indianapolis at home to beat Tennessee.

"Yeah, that's a sure win," she said confidantly.  "I have a gut feeling about them this year. I think they're going to go all the way."

The Colts are poised to become only the second team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated, matching Margaret's beloved 1972 Miami Dolphins, the team that helped her fall in love with the game.  But she seems OK with that.

"I think that they've had the title a long time," she said.  "You know, let's share it."

Kevin Berns reporting.