Category Archive: NFL

Oct 23

2014 Week 8 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Chargers vs Broncos Broncos Mile high oxygen sparse air and all that…
Lions vs Falcons Lions Falcons don’t seem much of a threat these days.
Seahawks vs Panthers Seahawks Seahawks need to turn things around.
Ravens vs Bengals Ravens Bengals haven’t won for a month. I think the trend will continue.
Dolphins vs Jaguars Dolphins Don’t make me cry, Dolphins.
Rams vs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs at home. Unless the Rams fake a punt and pretend to field one.
Bears vs Patriots Patriots Bears have locker room drama, if reports are to be believed.
Bills vs Jets Bills Orton isn’t spectacular but he’s better than Geno Smith. Will Percy prove me wrong?
Vikings vs Buccaneers Vikings They probably won’t win, but what the hell.
Texans vs Titans Texans JJ Watt will be the difference maker.
Eagles vs Cardinals Cardinals Going with the home team in this aerial match-up.
Raiders vs Browns Browns Going with the home team and the uglier uniform.
Colts vs Steelers Colts Colts are running hot.
Packers vs Saints Saints Maybe more aspirational than fact based given my hatred for both teams.
Washington vs Cowboys Cowboys In the house that Jerry built.
Week 5 Results Correct:

TBD

Incorrect:

TBD

2014 Regular Season Correct:

61

Incorrect:

45

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Oct 22

2014 Week 7 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Jets vs Patriots Patriots Patriots With just seconds on the clock, the Patriots block the game winning field goal. Nice try.
Falcons vs Ravens Ravens Ravens Total blow out.
Vikings vs Bills Bills Bills Oh Vikings… so close, yet so far.
Dolphins vs Bears Bears Dolphins By Odin I hate both of these teams so much. Neither ever does what I pick them to do.
Saints vs Lions Lions Lions Saints attempted a comeback. Brees got picked.
Panthers vs Packers Packers Packers Someone please start stomping the Packers.
Bengals vs Colts Bengals Colts Ignoring instinct going forward. Note to self: Bengals haven’t won for a month.
Browns vs Jaguars Browns Jaguars Oh Browns… you fell to the 0-6 Jaguars? I guess they had to win at some point.
Seahawks vs Rams Seahawks Rams Seahawks got spanked.
Titans vs Washington Titans Washington Like I said…. Ignoring instinct going forward.
Chiefs vs Chargers Chargers Chiefs Andy Reid’s magic of 2013 has waned.
Giants vs Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys lit up the Seahawks… look for a Bad Eli appearance.
Cardinals vs Raiders Cardinals Cardinals Going with the Cardinals in this match up.
49ers vs Broncos Broncos Broncos You don’t argue with Peyton Manning (or his forehead) at home.
Texans vs Steelers Steelers Steelers I wavered between the Texans and the Steelers. Went with the home team.
Week 5 Results Correct:

9

Incorrect:

6

2014 Regular Season Correct:

68

Incorrect:

39

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Oct 16

2014 Week 7 Picks



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Jets vs Patriots Patriots I don’t see the Jets, at 1-5, winning this divisional match up.
Falcons vs Ravens Ravens Flacco and Ryan were drafted in the same year. Matty Ice needs help on the road.
Vikings vs Bills Bills Until the o-line is better, I’m not picking the Vikings to win anything at this point.
Dolphins vs Bears Bears Bears are 0-2 at home. Maybe this game will break the curse.
Saints vs Lions Lions Lions at the top of the NFC North. That’s better than those Packer losers.
Panthers vs Packers Packers I’d love to be wrong about this.
Bengals vs Colts Bengals Going on instinct here.
Browns vs Jaguars Browns Jaguars are 0-6. I don’t think this game is going to help them.
Seahawks vs Rams Seahawks This could be a trap game for the Seahawks after the Cowboys stomped them.
Titans vs Washington Titans Another instinct pick.
Chiefs vs Chargers Chargers Andy Reid’s magic of 2013 has waned.
Giants vs Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys lit up the Seahawks… look for a Bad Eli appearance.
Cardinals vs Raiders Cardinals Going with the Cardinals in this match up.
49ers vs Broncos Broncos You don’t argue with Peyton Manning (or his forehead) at home.
Texans vs Steelers Steelers I wavered between the Texans and the Steelers. Went with the home team.
Week 5 Results Correct:

TBD

Incorrect:

TBD

2014 Regular Season Correct:

57

Incorrect:

33

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Oct 16

2014 Week 6 Picks Results


I did pretty well this week, if I do say so myself.

 

Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Colts vs Texans Colts Colts Fairly close game; Colts squandered a sizable early lead.
Patriots vs Bills Patriots Patriots Decisive 15 point victory for those “has-been” Patriots.
Panthers vs Bengals Bengals TIE Game went to OT. And then they tied. The end.
Steelers vs Browns Browns Browns Steelers got whooped.
Packers vs Dolphins Packers Packers Breaking news: Packers resort to cheating with a fake spike to win.
Lions vs Vikings Vikings Lions Clearly I was drunk when I picked the Vikings to win anything.
Broncos vs Jets Broncos Broncos Broncos handled the Jets pretty handily on their own turf.
Ravens vs Buccaneers Ravens Ravens Ravens destroyed the Bucs. Lovie/Leslie: bad combo platter.
Jaguars vs Titans Titans Titans Just a 2 point victory for the Titans over the now 0-6 Jaguars.
Chargers vs Raiders Chargers Chargers Raiders came close, though.
Washington vs Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals A late interception killed any chance for Washington to tie.
Bears vs Falcons Falcons Bears Bears stomped the Falcons in their own house.
Cowboys vs Seahawks Seahawks Cowboys Seahawks were stunned by a fired up 5-1 Cowboys team.
Giants vs Eagles Eagles Eagles Giants were shut out. Let’s hope Victor Cruz & Sproles are ultimately ok.
49ers vs Rams 49ers 49ers Rams fought hard.
Week 5 Results Correct:11 Incorrect: 4
2014 Regular Season Correct:57 Incorrect:33

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Oct 12

Week Six: Vikings vs Detroit


The Vikings are 2-4 Vikings Nation. Not where we wanted to be.

Where to start with this game? I could talk for days about the atrocity that is the offensive line. Or I could drone on about needless penalties. Or I could lament the lack of Cordarrelle Patterson in Norv Turner’s offense, who I believe may be completely demotivating Mr. Patterson with his offensive “game planning”. Should we talk about turn-overs? Oh, so much to say.

But first, let’s start with some of my favorite quotes from Coach Mike Zimmer in my new post-game section, “Zimmerisms”.

Coach Zimmer isn't taking any crap from undisciplined dodos.

Coach Zimmer isn’t taking any crap from undisciplined dodos.

Zimmerisms:

  • “I’m the boss. Their job is to please me. Not the other way around.” (This nearly contained an “f” bomb!)
  • “This team cares. When things are going good we are pretty good… Trust me, we are going to get disciplined.
  • “I expected better today. It was disappointing.”
  • “I’m extremely disappointed about this loss. I can handle getting beat, but I can’t handle getting our butts whipped like that.”
  • “They kicked our butts.”
  • “We didn’t block guys… and until we can figure out that this game is about blocking and tackling and catching the ball… doing your job, we’re going to have results like this.”
  • “I think we physically got beat.”
  • On Cordarrelle Patterson: “if he wants the ball he has to get open”.
  • Question: “Overall, were you pretty pleased with the defense?” After a long pause, Zimmer shook his head and said “I don’t know… (pause) we were better on 3rd downs.”
  • Not a direct quote, but Zimmer said he’s been fining players for showing up late to meetings and treatment. And those fines are about to go to the max allowed. Quote: “Those fines are going to start going to the max. I’m tired of it.” My thoughts: a) he’s pissed about it, otherwise a head coach wouldn’t say this to the press and b) money talks and that money is saying that Zimmer isn’t taking any amateur crap from a bunch of kids. I like this coach!
Teddy has lots of upside at this point.

Teddy has lots of upside at this point.

The Good

  • The Vikings have some new players and a new head coach this week. Leading the team is “Don Zimmer”. New players: CORD-ar-elle Patterson. Matt Ahzee-AY-ta. Brian ROBE-isson.
  • It was still just 10-0 going into the 4th quarter. It felt like it should have been 34-0 at that point. 9 missed points on fields goals helped…. speaking of which…
  • Prater is not the answer to the Lions’ field goal problem, ensuring that the beating the Vikings took didn’t look as bad if you just looked at the score.
  • The defense finally found a bit of a groove in the game but it wasn’t enough.
  • Bridgewater didn’t give up. Despite multiple tipped passes for INTs, a number of dropped balls and a continually collapsing pocket, he kept soldiering on.
  • There was a Greg Jennings sighting.
  • The Vikings weren’t completely shut out. At home. On a nice day.
Is Robison only good when Jared Allen is on the other end?

Is Robison only good when Jared Allen is on the other end?

The Bad

  • Dropped balls. Asiata. Jennings. Patterson. Wright.
  • Deflected balls.
  • Deflected balls resulting in 2 interceptions.
  • Can passing plays to players behind the line of scrimmage be taken out of the playbook? I’m tired of watching those fail. You need a stout o-line for that to work and we don’t have that.
  • Norv Turner’s play calling. I remain completely unimpressed with him. He started out with a great reverse. And it worked, so consequently we’ll never see it again. I sometimes wonder if old Norvy thought Musgrave’s play list was too extensive.
  • The defense looks perpetually confused for the first 2 defensive drives of every game. Yes, EVERY game. As a result, teams march right down the field and score. And this after the Vikings defer when winning the coin toss. You can’t defer if you can’t trust your defense.
  • Penalties. Every. Freakin. Week. I don’t know what’s wrong with the discipline on this team, but for YEARS this has been an on-going issue.
  • The lack of high-impact defensive plays. No forced fumbles. No interceptions. Vikings lost the turnover game again.
  • Asiata’s running production: 2 carries for -5 yards. His longest run was -2 yards.
Matt Kalil: still getting beat.

Matt Kalil: still getting beat.

The Ugly

  • The Vikings’ offensive line. Especially Matt Kalil. It took our former star Running Back years to learn how to pick up a blitz. Jerick McKinnon isn’t going to be able to do it in a few weeks. Consequently, Teddy was sacked 8 times. EIGHT!
  • 9 penalties for 60 yards. If you’re a mediocre team, you can’t afford to have 9 penalties week after week. Nice to know the lack of discipline extends to the in-week activities, too. [heavy sarcasm]
  • Norv Turner’s plan for the 4th quarter. With time being short, Turner kept the plays centered on… dink & dunk away from the sidelines and running plays. When you’re down 17 points, you conserve time. You put your team in the position to do a long ball or two to someone like… Cordarrelle Patterson. You don’t eat up time in the middle of the field.
  • Red Zone Efficiency (when they could get there): 0%
  • Third Down Efficiency: 21% (this is not going in the right direction)

The Even Worse

  • The FOX announcers for today’s game. Now, granted, a team performing like the Vikings is not going to get the A squad… but this was like a couple of local Pop Warner announcers trying hard to sound smart.
  • There are still 10 games left in the season for the Vikings. Plenty of opportunity to continue to rip our hearts out and stomp all over them.

So that’s it, my Vikings friends. Another week, another loss. Next up, the Bills.

 

 

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Oct 09

2014 Week 6 Picks


Let’s see if the Vikings can get a win this week.

 

Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Colts vs Texans Colts I’d watch JJ Watt dance all day… but those Texans aren’t in a groove.
Patriots vs Bills Patriots Tom’s back.
Panthers vs Bengals Bengals Bengals didn’t win last week but they’re home this week.
Steelers vs Browns Browns Call me crazy…
Packers vs Dolphins Packers This’ll be the week the Dolphins win. I’d be happy to be wrong here…
Lions vs Vikings Vikings Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!
Broncos vs Jets Broncos Geno Smith made sure Ponder didn’t have the lowest QB rating last week.
Ravens vs Buccaneers Ravens Ravens should have this one in the bag.
Jaguars vs Titans Titans This will be a close game.
Chargers vs Raiders Chargers This CA match up probably won’t be all that close.
Washington vs Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals will win at home.
Bears vs Falcons Falcons LOLBears. I hate that team. Matty Ice is on his home turf for a likely win.
Cowboys vs Seahawks Seahawks Tony Romo isn’t choking much but the 12th man will be active.
Giants vs Eagles Eagles This is a toss up… but I’m going to predict that Bad Eli makes an appearance.
49ers vs Rams 49ers Hmmm… Rams. No.
Week 5 Results Correct:

10

Incorrect:

5

2014 Regular Season Correct:

47

Incorrect:

29

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Oct 07

2014 Week 5 Picks Results



Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Vikings vs Packers Packers Packers Well. That was embarrassing.
Bears vs Panthers Bears Panthers As usual, the Bears have let me down again. But good for the division!
Browns vs Titans Browns Browns Nail-biter but the Browns got it done.
Eagles vs Rams Eagles Eagles Eagles squeaked out a win.
Falcons vs Giants Giants Giants Non-Bad Eli led the Giants to a victory.
Buccaneers vs Saints Saints Saints I hate the Saints. And, as I anticipated, they won.
Texans vs Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys It went to OT and the Cowboy’s place kicker redeemed himself.
Bills vs Lions Lions Bills Well – the Lions may not be as good as we thought they were. Again.
Ravens vs Colts Ravens Colts Why not the Ravens? Because the Colts won by a TD.
Steelers vs Jaguars Steelers Steelers Steelers grabbed another win.
Cardinals vs Broncos Broncos Broncos Cardinals are good but the Broncos are at home.
Chiefs vs 49ers Chiefs 49ers Should have gone with my head instead of my instinct on this one.
Jets vs Chargers Chargers Chargers The Jets have QB issues. As we know.
Bengals vs Patriots Bengals Patriots Reports of the Patriots’ demise were premature. Including my own.
Seahawks vs Washington Seahawks Seahawks Duh!
Week 5 Results Correct:

10

Incorrect:

5

2014 Regular Season Correct:

47

Incorrect:

29

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Oct 02

Week Five: Vikings vs Packers


There was lots of angry, aggressive typing at my house tonight as I live tweeted during the game. This showing by the Vikings was absolutely pathetic. I understand we’re down 5 starters, but that’s no excuse for the poor game planning, the offensive travesty and the absolute lack of run stopping by the defense. Heck – the Vikings defense managed to make chunky Eddie Lacy look like a power running back with finesse. Frankly, I cannot believe I watched the whole game. But, I did.

Let’s break it down.

The Good

  • The Vikings managed to score a touchdown, thereby avoiding a complete shut-out.
  • Teddy will be back next week.

The Bad

  • The Vikings on the national stage. The Vikings cannot play in nationally televised games. The NFL should stop putting them in those time slots. I don’t care if they have a rotation. Just stick the Vikings in the early games on Sunday and move on. NFL – I will call you if the Vikings are ever ready for the national stage. I hope I’m still alive when that happens.

The Ugly

  • Ponder’s QB rating barely made it to double digits.
  • The offensive line was like a sieve.
  • Patterson was barely utilized again. Someone needs to explain to me what the hell Norv Turner is doing. Because I don’t understand it.
  • The first three defensive series.
  • Matt Asiata fumbling.
  • Christian Ponder throwing interceptions.
  • 3rd down efficiency at 33%.
  • 9 penalties for 91 yards.
  • Red zone efficiency: 33%

The Worst Thing Ever

  • Christian Ponder starting a game as a Viking. I never want to see that again. Someone please get McLeod John Balthazar Bethel-Thompson off the practice squad and put him in as the 3rd string QB. Stick Ponder on the practice squad. Guaranteed he’d get there because no one would claim him off waivers.

I am going to work really hard at forgetting this game ever happened.

Skol, Vikings Nation. Next up: Lions. If only they still sucked.

 

 

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Oct 02

2014 Week 5 Picks


Well, here we go. Let’s see what this week brings.

 

Match Up Pick Winner Commentary
Vikings vs Packers Packers We’re down 5 starters. Possibly 6. No way we’re winning.
Bears vs Panthers Bears They’ll probably let me down. Again.
Browns vs Titans Browns Browns are probably up to the task.
Eagles vs Rams Eagles The Eagles have been looking pretty good. Rams lost to the Vikings.
Falcons vs Giants Giants Falcons could win this if Bad Eli shows up. Eli is unpredictable though.
Buccaneers vs Saints Saints I hate the Saints.
Texans vs Cowboys Cowboys Romo has not been choking. He still could, but maybe not this week.
Bills vs Lions Lions Lions are pretty decent this season. Which is troubling.
Ravens vs Colts Ravens Why not the Ravens?
Steelers vs Jaguars Steelers Jaguars could surprise us.
Cardinals vs Broncos Broncos Cardinals are good but the Broncos are at home.
Chiefs vs 49ers Chiefs This was my gut instinct. My head doesn’t agree but I’m trying things the other way.
Jets vs Chargers Chargers The Jets have QB issues. As we know.
Bengals vs Patriots Bengals The Patriots are not what they were.
Seahawks vs Washington Seahawks I think we can all agree on this one.
Week 5 Results Correct:

TBD

Incorrect:

TBD

2014 Regular Season Correct:

37

Incorrect:

24

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