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Oct 29

Week Eight Picks


I’m late with my picks this week. I had a very busy week at work and little time to devote to this. Let’s jump right in.

Cardinals vs Ravens

The Ravens are coming off of an embarrassing offensive display on Monday Night Football that was the impetus to their loss against the Jaguars. The Cardinals, meanwhile, lost to the Steelers in their own house. Joe Flacco better get settled in and start performing. Let’s put his performance in context: he has a lower QB rating than Donovan McNabb. Clearly, though, the Cardinals are not a good team and I don’t see them winning on the road.  Ravens 28, Cardinals 10.

Vikings vs Panthers

Cam Newton is the rookie of the year at QB in passing yards (but Andy Dalton has a higher QB rating – and more wins). Christian Ponder has dimples and a cute laugh… but was a bit erratic in the passing game last week. First start notwithstanding, Ponder is likely to start getting in a groove during this game, but I don’t think it will be enough to give the Vikings their first win against the Panthers at home. Especially with a sulky Donovan McNabb running his mouth from the bench.  Panthers 27, Vikings 24.

Jaguars vs Texans

The Texans are really coming into their own this season. Of course a Peyton Manning-less Colts team doesn’t hurt in the division. The Jaguars crushed the Ravens under their collective paw in front of Odin & everyone on MNF. The Jags will be amped up after a big win, while the Texans are working towards their first play-off berth in franchise history. Texans with the edge in the Lone Star state. Texans 31, Jaguars 17.

Dolphins vs Giants

The Dolphins have a coach on the hot seat. Sparano also has his house on the market amid swirling rumors that the Dolphins have reached out to Bill Cowher. One has to think that Reggie Bush is wondering why the football gods have turned against him as Eli Manning is magically in the top 4 QBs when looking at QB ratings (he’s at 101.1 – right behind Drew Brees). Brandon Marshall is positive the Dolphins are going to win this one. I’m not. Giants 27, Dolphins 13.

Saints vs Rams

The Saints are coming off of a classless trouncing of the beleaguered Colts, while the Rams can’t catch a break, with Sam Bradford being ruled out again, leaving AJ Feeley with the start. The Rams have scored less than 60 points all season, while the Saints scored 62 last week. None of this bodes well for the Rams. Saints 42, Rams 7.

Colts vs Titans

The Titans are not looking like… well, Titans. The Colts are definitely looking like newborn foals trying to find their feet. I’m not saying that Matt Hasselbeck is going to have a monster game, but I am going to predict that Curtis Painter isn’t going to have one. I’m tired of the announcers talking about “how much Peyton Manning means to this team”. Dear announcers: Peyton Manning doesn’t play defense. Titans 21, Colts 13.

Redskins vs Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a top 10 QB by rating this season. Rex Grossman (recuperating from pneumonia) is now occupying McNabb’s former seat on the bench, leaving John Beck to pick up the Redskins’ pieces. Santana Moss has a broken hand and I don’t think that’s the end of the bad news for the ‘Skins this weekend. Bills 31, Redskins 14.

Lions vs Broncos

The Motor City Kitties head to Mile High Stadium after 2 disappointing losses at home. The Broncos are coming off of a spectacularly bad performance – save the last 5 minutes of the game – against the Dolphins. Stafford suffered an injury but is expected to start, while Tebow will be attempting to deliver a Sermon on the Mount. I don’t think the Lions will be interested in what Tebow has to say. Lions 24, Broncos 17.

Patriots vs Steelers

Tom vs Ben. One of them has the 2nd highest QB rating. The other is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers allowed a very bad Cardinals team to score 20 points on them last week. The Patriots have a QB that has passed for over 500 yards in one game this season. For some reason this feels like a trap game to me. Maybe it’s the Heinz Field location – or maybe it’s the Patriots’ history of occasionally falling down. I’m going with my instinct instead of my brain here. Steelers 27, Patriots 24.

Bengals vs Seahawks

Andy Dalton is quietly having an efficient first season as a rookie QB. Apparently Pete Carroll had considered drafting Dalton, but went with T-Jack instead. T-Jack won’t be playing again today and Charlie Whitehurst will be leading the Seahawks’ offense. What’s unclear is if T-Jack has been benched or if he’s still recovering from his pectoral injury. It doesn’t matter though. The Bengals have this one in the bag. Bengals 17, Seahawks 13.

Browns vs 49ers

The Browns are at .500 for the season, while the 49ers are at 5-1. Colt McCoy may want to change his first name since that name seems to have bad karma this season. Jim Harbaugh is likely to be cackling with glee again this week, but hopefully he’ll hide his mirth until he’s in the locker room. We don’t need to see another ugly coaching incident on the field this season. 49ers 24, Browns 10.

Cowboys vs Eagles

This is one of the vaunted rivalries in the NFL. Romo, who makes bad mistakes at bad times is facing a defense that is good at forcing turnovers. The Cowboys are prepping for Vick by having Dez Bryant “play” him as the 1st team takes their reps on defense. Given the home venue for the Eagles, and despite the Vikings rolling them there last season with rookie QB Joe Webb, I think they have the advantage. Eagles 28, Cowboys 21.

Chargers vs Chiefs

Last week, against the prevailing winds, I picked the Chargers to lose against the Jets. While Arrowhead Stadium is a difficult venue for anyone, I don’t know if it has enough magic to prevent the Chargers from electrocuting the Chiefs this week. Cassel and Rivers are surprisingly very close together in QB rating – but even more surprising than that is that they both have lower ratings than Donovan McNabb. I’m going to finish this week’s picks with a stunning defeat for the Bolts. Chiefs 24, Chargers 19.

Those are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

 

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Oct 24

Week Seven Picks: How Did I Do?


Week 7 is in the hopper. How did I do? Scroll down to find out!

Redskins vs Panthers: Panthers 27, Redskins 17
Right. 30-20, Panthers.

Seahawks vs Browns: Browns 21, Seahawks 19
Right. 6-3 Browns. Something tells me this was a boring game to watch.

Falcons vs Lions: Lions 24, Falcons 20
Wrong. 23-16, Falcons. Well, the Lions’ magic is dead it appears. And Stafford has had his requisite injury for the season. MRI scheduled for Monday.

Broncos vs Dolphins: Broncos 20, Dolphins 9
Right. 18-15, Broncos, in a crazy Tebow-led comeback – 2 TDs, a 2 point conversion and a field goal in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter. Maybe he is the second comi…. No. He’s not. But that whole situation left me with a raised eyebrow.

Chargers vs Jets: Jets 27, Chargers 20
Right. 27-21, Jets. Oooo… I *almost* got the score right, too!

Bears vs Buccaneers: Buccaneers 31, Bears 21
Wrong. 24-18, Bears. Why must the Bears always disappoint me?

Texans vs Titans: Texans 24, Titans 17
Right. 41-7, Texans. Dare I say the Texans might make the playoffs this year?

Steelers vs Cardinals: Steelers 21, Cardinals 13
Right. 32-20, Steelers.

Chiefs vs Raiders: Raiders 28, Chiefs 10
Wrong. 28-0, Chiefs. Somehow I didn’t envision THAT much QB drama for the Raiders. Holy buckets!

Rams vs Cowboys: Cowpokies 24, Rams 10
Right. 34-7, Cowboys.

Packers vs Vikings: Pukers 27, Vikings 19
Right. 33-27, Pukers. Ponder was ok. Our defense…. well, read my post game recap.

Colts vs Saints: Saints 31, Colts 14
Right. 62-7, Saints. Yeah. 62. Points. The Saints treated this as a nationally televised practice session. And Chris Collingsworth kept blathering on about how much Forehead Manning means to the Colts. Well, Chris, Mr. NFL Color Commentator – here’s a clue: the Forehead doesn’t play DEFENSE. And I believe when a team scores 62 points on you (the pick-6 notwithstanding) it’s a DEFENSIVE breakdown. Can I please have Collingsworth’s job? I promise I’ll be better.

Ravens vs Jaguars: Ravens 28, Jaguars 7
Wrong. 12-7, Jaguars. This game made me feel better about the Vikings against the Bears in prime time. Talk about a meltdown. Wow, Ravens. Dirty birds, indeed.

Summary

RIGHT

WRONG

9

4

Running Total

67

36

 

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Oct 20

Week Seven Picks


It’s time for my Week 7 picks. If you wonder how I’m doing with these, I can tell you I’m better than Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk, Mortenson at ESPN and Brinson over at CBS… but not quite as good as the Yahoo users! Of course, I’d have been better off not consistently picking the Vikings to win and the Packers to lose during the first 3 weeks of the season. If I’d been “picking for real” I’d have 6 more “rights” than I do now.

Redskins vs Panthers

Rex Grossman shares the same fate as Donovan McNabb this week: bench warming, with no Bob Lurtsema in sight to keep him company. So John Beck is going to jump in and lead those Redskins to a win, right? Maybe not since it’s been reported that some of the other players on the team think Grossman should still be at the helm. Cam Newton isn’t facing any of that drama, which is why I think the Panthers will win at home. Panthers 27, Redskins 17.

Seahawks vs Browns

This is a classic match up of Colt McCoy and …? Seattle has yet to name a QB for this game. Charlie Whitehurst is taking all of the 1st team snaps as T-Jack recovers from his pectoral injury, but Pete Carroll says the QB could be a game time decision. I don’t think any of that bodes well for the Seahawks. On the other hand, Mike Holmgren isn’t sure that Colt McCoy is a franchise guy. Seems like a lot of QB drama brewing with these teams. Browns 21, Seahawks 19.

Falcons vs Lions

Raptors vs land-bound predator. With questions around whether or not Jahvid Best will play this Sunday after suffering yet another concussion, the Falcons are prepping for the new reality of Ford Field: crowd noise. I know – I can’t believe I just wrote that either. Matt Ryan and his receivers haven’t produced this season. Matt Stafford, on the other hand, has been hanging tough – and isn’t even injured yet! Advantage: Megatron. Lions 24, Falcons 20.

Broncos vs Dolphins

With Kyle Orton having joined Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman on the “Thanks but No, Thanks” list of washed up (or under-appreciated, depending upon one’s perspective) QBs, Tim “Second Coming of the Christ” Tebow is leading the Broncos to… well that remains to be seen. He’s like the Pied Piper for those Floridians though. Sun Life Stadium in Miami is almost going to sell out on its own with Tebow’s arrival! Miami is in it to win it… the Suck for Luck Bowl, that is. Broncos 20, Dolphins 9.

Chargers vs Jets

With Rex Ryan stirring the pot by stating that had the Chargers given him the HC job, they’d have 2 SB titles under their belt by now, Philip Rivers (with HC Norv Turner) is headed to Meadowlands to face off against LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie, who, as it turns out, wasn’t happy with the Chargers. The Chargers are 5-1 while the 3-3 Jets are coming off a less than perfect performance. Neither team is performing to expectations, but I think the home team brings home a win. Jets 27, Chargers 20.

Bears vs Buccaneers

It’s London, baby! Having lived and traveled abroad, I have to think that the Buccaneers are taking the right approach with this game. They flew to London on Monday and had Tuesday off to see the sights and adjust to the time zone. Lovie Smith – who just called a time-out 2 minutes into my post – decided that the Bears won’t leave until tomorrow. Lovie – I disapprove. Buccaneers 31, Bears 21.

Texans vs Titans

In this divisional match up, Matt Schaub, whose hip checked out fine this week, will go up against a revitalized Matt Hasselbeck. Schaub will be missing Andre Johnson, who is out for 6 weeks, while Chris Johnson continues to struggle, averaging just 50 yards per game and 3.0 YPC. Adrian Peterson doesn’t have much to worry about there. This is a home game for the Titans, but that home field advantage isn’t as beneficial when it comes to defense, and the Texans have a better one, despite the Titans being one spot higher for Total Defense. Texans 24, Titans 17.

Steelers vs Cardinals

With Troy Polamalu (and his flowing locks) passing his concussion test, the Steelers’ defense will be back in full this week. Meanwhile, Kevin Kolb has a sorrowful receiver in Minnesota’s own Larry Fitzgerald Jr. The Cardinals certainly don’t want to lose this home game, taking their record to 1-5 (hmmm… that sounds familiar!), while the Steelers know they need to keep winning if they’re going to give the Bengals & Ravens a run for their money. Let’s face it: the Cardinals are worse than the Vikings. Steelers 21, Cardinals 13.

Chiefs vs Raiders

The Raiders are +2 in the win column, ahead of the Chiefs. However, they’ve got Carson Palmer starting at QB for the first time this season (with any team) while Matt Cassel has been a steady, if somewhat unreliable, presence for the Chiefs. With the “Just Win Baby” mantra echoing through the Black Hole in Oakland, I believe the Chiefs will get sucked right in. Raiders 28, Chiefs 10.

Rams vs Cowboys

The Rams showed a complete lack of horns last week at Lameblow while the Cowboys dropped yet another game – this time to the Patriots. Tony Romo didn’t win back any of his detractors with that performance, but he has a good chance this week to bring home a win – even if it is just against the Rams. I still don’t think that’s going to impress anyone in the house that Jerry built. Cowpokies 24, Rams 10.

Packers vs Vikings

Well – what to say about this? McNugget got his dipping sauce benched this week so rookie QB Christian “Dimples” Ponder is all set to take the helm. Or, at least will have 3 days of taking 1st team reps in his back pocket. Last week, Bernie Berrian more than doubled his number of catches for the season, but I don’t expect to see him Plank & Catch again any time soon. The good news here is that Clifton & Bulaga are out so the Pukers’ Michelin-Man O-Line isn’t at full strength. That should open the door for a plethora of delicious ARodg face plants as delivered by my favorite DEs: 69 & 96. Pukers 27, Vikings 19.

Colts vs Saints

A rematch of the Super Bowl that the Vikings should have won – minus a Manning. Curtis Painter hasn’t been able to lead the Colts to a win, and Kerry Collins wasn’t any better. The Colts are 0-6 while the Saints are 4-2, with a divisional loss putting them in 2nd place in the NFC South. I’m sorry to say for Indy fans that the Colts aren’t going to avoid 0-7. Saints 31, Colts 14.

Ravens vs Jaguars

Joe Flacco vs Blaine Gabbert. Another Bird/Cat match up (see: Falcons v Lions). The difference here is that, while the Big Cat team has the home field advantage in this game, too, the Ravens actually have proven they can consistently deliver a win. Not only that but they’ve got the #1 defense against the pass and the #3 defense against the rush – that doesn’t leave a lot for the Jaguars to do on offense. Ravens 28, Jaguars 7.

Those are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

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Oct 17

Week Six Picks: How Did I Do?


Panthers vs Falcons: Falcons 28, Panthers 19
Right. 31-17, Falcons. Cam Newton was picked off 3 times, including the last play of the game.

Colts vs Bengals: Bengals 20, Colts 14
Right. 27-17, Bengals.

49ers vs Lions: Lions 28, 49ers 24
Wrong. 25-19, 49ers. Damn you, Lions. I wanted you to remain undefeated.

Rams vs Packers: Pukers 42, Rams 7
Right. 24-3, Pukers. Al Harris against his former team, Ben Leber inactive but not injured… and atrocious Puker throw-backs. Blech.

Bills vs Giants: Bills 27, Giants 20
Wrong, 27-24 Giants.

Jaguars vs Steelers: Steelers 31, Jaguars 10
Right. 17-13, Steelers. Didn’t expect that close of a game. Have the Steelers lost their edge?

Eagles vs Redskins: Redskins 24, Eagles 21
Wrong. 20-13 Eagles. I didn’t know Rex Grossman was planning to throw 4 INTs, resulting in his benching in favor of Beck. Dear Vikings: do not queue up Grossman for a purple and gold Vikings uniform next year.

Texans vs Ravens: Ravens 24, Texans 20
Right. 29-14, Ravens.

Browns vs Raiders: Raiders 28, Browns 17
Right. 24-17, Raiders. Despite losing Campbell for the season with a broken collar bone, the Raiders won this one at home.

Cowboys vs Patriots: Patriots 34, Cowboys 20
Right. 20-16, Patriots. Tom Brady had a 2 minute offensive drive that led to the win.

Saints vs Buccaneers: Saints 27, Bucs 13
Wrong. 26-20, Bucs. Drew Brees intercepted in the end zone, giving up what would have been the game winning TD. Where was that Drew Brees during the 2009 NFCCG?

Vikings vs Chicago: Bears 21, Vikings 17
Right. 39-10, Bears. Yeah – I didn’t get the spread right at all. The Vikings looked terrible in all phases and McNugget got benched. Embarrassing.

Dolphins vs Jets: Jets 24, Dolphins 13
Right. 24-6, Jets. The Dolphins couldn’t have done more to give this one away.

Summary

RIGHT

WRONG

9

4

Running Total

58

32

 

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Oct 14

Week Six Picks


So I wasn’t overly thrilled with my results last week – I think I could have done better than 8-5. Hopefully this week my omnipotence will only be exceeded by my prescience.

Panthers vs Falcons:

Despite Cam Newton’s impressive stats, the Panthers are at 1-4. The Falcons let us down AGAIN last week with yet another loss to the puke green and gold. They sit at 2-3 and Hotlanta waits for the Matty Ryan aerial show to materialize. The Falcons are back at the Georgia Dome this week and the 12th man will make it tough for the vistors. Falcons 28, Panthers 19.

Colts vs Bengals:

This is an interesting match up. Curtis Painter was the 3rd string QB for the Colts and Andy Dalton is a rookie trying to back fill for the missing Carson Palmer (Retired? On the trading block? AWOL?). A home game for the Bengals, it’s likely that the game isn’t sold out – unless the Indy fans make the 1.5 hour drive down to Cinci to cheer on their team. Based on recent performance, one might pick the Colts here – but something tells me that Bengals defense is going to overwhelm the Colts’ offensive line. Bengals 20, Colts 14.

49ers vs Lions:

People – the Lions have sold out a home game. It’s been a long time since that has happened. The 49ers are coming off a game where they posted almost 50 points against a lethargic Buccaneers team. This is going to be a tough game. I think Matt Stafford is making a name for himself as a QB, as I suspected he would when he first joined. And he’s still healthy! The 49ers are 4-1, but against the Lions at home, I don’t see them moving to 5-1. Lions 28, 49ers 24.

Rams vs Packers:

As much as I hate to say it, it looks like the Packers are going to remain undefeated with this match up. For those Puker fans going to the game, enjoy yourselves, because I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of the Rams suddenly finding that spark that they flirted with last season. It’s too bad too, as having the green & gold undefeated is really bugging me. Pukers 42, Rams 7.

Bills vs Giants:

The Bills beat a lackluster Eagles team on their home turf. This week they’re traveling to Meadowlands – just outside Metropolisland, where the only “meadow” is Central Park. The Giants lost to the Seachickens – also at Meadowlands. The “Sad Eli” face that says “I just threw another INT” reared its ugly head several times. Manning vs Fitzpatrick in this match up. Last week I thought the Giants would get it together and win. This week they’re facing a better team. Bills 27, Giants 20.

Jaguars vs Steelers:

The Steelers seem to have woken up from whatever ailed them at the start of the season and are coming off a win against the Titans. Meanwhile the Jaguars were dominated by the Bengals. Yeah  – the ones from Cincinnati. I don’t see any possible way the Steelers are going to allow the Jaguars to upset them at home – especially after they allowed the Ravens to do already this year. Steelers 31, Jaguars 10.

Eagles vs Redskins:

The Eagles lost to the Bills last week, putting the aspirations of a “Dream Team” behind them and making Andy Reid kinda hot around the collar. The Redskins were on a bye. Will that make them slow and sluggish as they attempt to re-engage or will they appear rested and rejuvenated? I’m opting for the latter. Redskins 24, Eagles 21.

Texans vs Ravens:

The Texans disappointed me last week against the Raiders, while the Ravens were on a bye. I believe Flacco can out-play Schaub, and the Ravens defense will bring the pressure against the Texans’ offensive line, keeping Schaub under pressure. This is likely to be a close game, but ultimately, the Ravens will triumph. Ravens 24, Texans 20.

Browns vs Raiders:

The Raiders are coming off an emotional win and will have the home-field advantage. The Browns are coming off their early bye. With the memory of Al Davis looming large in the home stadium and the Browns having had 2 weeks since their last game, I believe Jason Campbell will lead past Colt McCoy and the Browns in an emotional home tribute to their fallen leader. Raiders 28, Browns 17.

Cowboys vs Patriots:

The Cowboys are 2-2 while the Patriots are 4-1. Tom Brady is respected but not necessarily loved in Beantown while Romo can swing from adoration to repulsion from game to game with his fan base. The Cowpokies are coming off a bye, and Romo’s last performance put him in the doghouse with the Dallas fans. I don’t think he’s going to win their love back with this game. Patriots 34, Cowboys 20.

Saints vs Buccaneers:

The Buccaneers were manhandled by the 49ers in Candlestick Park last weekend. The Saints allowed Cam Newton and the Panthers to score 21 points against them on the road. This is a home game in Tampa, where the fans don’t usually turn out en masse, removing that 12th man element from the equation. I think Josh Freeman will continue to struggle to find his groove, while Drew Brees will throw with ease. Saints 27, Bucs 13.

Vikings vs Chicago:

Oh man. The last 2 times we played at Soldier Field, the results were not what had hoped. That’s a kind way of saying we didn’t win. The Bears struggled against the Lions on MNF. Jay Cutler made some good plays – but usually didn’t have enough time to plant, let alone get off a decent throw. The Vikings’ defensive front 4 can hold their own by comparison with the Lions, but Cutler can out perform McNabb in the passing game. Will Adrian Peterson be the difference? Bears 21, Vikings 17.

Dolphins vs Jets:

Meadowlands is having a busy weekend. In this match up the blow-holed mammals from Miami are making their way up the Atlantic seaboard to take on a Jets team that isn’t doing so well this season. The Jets are 2-3 while the Dolphins remain at 0-4 coming off their bye. Might this match up come down to coaching? Will Ryan triumph over Sparano? Or will this be a battle of the struggling Sanchez vs a Matt Moore who was just elevated to starter with our own favorite Rosencopter as his back up after Henne got hurt? Jets 24, Dolphins 13.

Those are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!

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Oct 09

Week 5 Picks: How Did I Do?


Eagles vs Bills: Bills 28, Eagles 21
Right. 31-24, Bills. The Eagles aren’t going anywhere this year.

Saints vs Panthers: Saints 34, Panthers 21
Right. 30-27, Saints. Saints played dirty in the end zone and Cam Newton held his own.

Raiders vs Texans: Texans 28, Raiders 24
Wrong. 25-20, Raiders win in a tribute to Al Davis in a game that went down to the last play.

Chiefs vs Colts: Colts 24, Chiefs 21
Wrong.  28-24, Colts. Another game that went right down to the wire.

Bengals vs Jaguars: Bengals 24, Jaguars 13
Right. 30-20, Bengals.

Cardinals vs Vikings: Cardinals 28, Vikings 24
Wrong. 34-10, Vikings. Same team, nothing’s changed other than the Cardinals sucked way more and had no fight in them.

Seahawks vs Giants: Giants 24, Seahawks 17
Wrong. 36-25, Seahawks. Seachickens got an upgrade at QB when T-Jack went out with a boob injury. Eli wore the “I just got intercepted.” Sad Eli face today.

Titans vs Steelers: Titans 27, Steelers 20
Wrong. 38-17, Steelers. Even though Big Ben limped into the locker-room prior to the game – but wasn’t hobbled enough to fail.

Buccaneers vs 49ers: 49ers 24, Bucs 20
Right. 48-3. The Bucs never showed.

Chargers vs Broncos: Chargers 31, Broncos 19
Right. 29-24, Chargers. Even the second coming of Jesus couldn’t propel the Broncos to victory.

Jets vs Patriots: Patriots 34, Jets 24
Right. 30-21, Patriots.

Packers vs Falcons: Pukers 28, Falcons 20
Right. 25-14, Pukers. Stupid Falcons. Not the first time they’ve let us down.

Bears vs Lions: Lions 31, Bears 21
Right! 24-13, Lions.

Summary

RIGHT

WRONG

8

5

Running Total

49

28

 

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Oct 06

Week Five Picks


It’s week 5 of the 2011 NFL season. The Norsemen, having had an apparent apocalypse (versus being the Norsemen of the Apocalypse) are 0-4. Will they go 0-5? Read on and see if I think they will or not.

Eagles vs Bills

The Eagles are 1-3 while the Bills are 3-1. Who could have seen that coming? Mike Vick doesn’t want to talk about the “Dream Team” anymore while Ryan Fitzpatrick is quietly building a case for a media upgrade for his QB abilities. Given that the Eagles can’t seem to get it together (or protect Vick) and the Bills are still in possession of Arthur Moats, who famously ended Brett Favre’s consecutive start streak last season (on my birthday, no less!), I think the Bills go to 4-1 while Andy Reid continues to bemoan his fate to the football gods. Bills 28, Eagles 21.

Saints vs Panthers

Cam Newton is having what some pundits are calling the “best rookie season ever”. Drew Brees’ shiny face still graces NFL marketing 2 years after the Saints late-hit their way into the Super Bowl. This match up takes place near the Atlantic Ocean, not the Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think the Carolina location is going to be enough to propel the Panthers over the Saints. Saints 34, Panthers 21.

Raiders vs Texans

The Texans are coming off a win against the Steelers while the Raiders lost to the Patriots – and pretty badly at that given that the Patriots had lost to the Bills the previous week. The Texans didn’t disappoint me last week, but the Raiders may be looking to get right back on that winning train. Road games don’t seem to phase the Raiders too much so that might negate the home-field advantage usually cited by the “experts”. At the end of the day, I think Schaub takes better care of the ball than Campbell. Texans 28, Raiders 24.

Chiefs vs Colts

The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a brilliant win against 2011’s first-half powerhouse, the Minnesota Vikings. The Colts are debating whether Kerry Collins (2nd string QB) or Curtis Painter (3rd string QB) is going to get the start. And the Colts just lost to the Buccaneers, who had gotten off to a slow start (again). This will be a close match up as both teams are missing star players. The good news for the Colts is that Manning has been cleared… to stand on the sideline. Colts 24, Chiefs 21.

Bengals vs Jaguars

The big cats go at it in Jacksonville. It will be interesting to see if the Jags have sold out this game or not. They have troubles with that, you know. The Bengals are showing some pretty good defense and Andy Dalton isn’t half bad. The Jags have rolled the dice with the QB position, landing on Blaine Gabbert. I don’t think Blaine and the Jaguars’ offense will be able to fend off Cinci’s defense, even at home. Bengals 24, Jaguars 13.

Cardinals vs Vikings

The Vikings’ consecutive sell-out streak continues… thanks to some corporate sponsors I’d guess – complete with Chris Kluwe handing out tickets at MOA week after week. That’s good news since I’d hate to not be able to watch the Vikings lose the game in the comfort of my own home. If either of these teams were good, a McNabb/Kolb duel might garner some interest. Things being what they are, I imagine we’ll get the FOX F-Squad again this week. Given that Leslie Frazier’s head is still firmly planted where Chilly left it last year and McNabb is starting yet again… Cardinals 28, Vikings 24.

Seahawks vs Giants

Eli Manning and T-Jack have met before. At the end of the 2008 season, T-Jack kinda led the Vikings to a victory over the play-off bound Giants. T-Jack traded Purple & Gold for silvery blue and some other shiny colors – and snow for rain. But even a change of scenery isn’t going to be enough to give T-Jack QB skills that will allow him to lead the Seachickens past the Giants who are hosting the squawkers in NYC. Giants 24, Seahawks 17.

Titans vs Steelers

Matt Hasselbeck has been the surprise of the season so far – at least to me. One wonders if Pete Carroll rues swapping out his QBs. The Steelers are fresh off a loss to the Texans and perhaps won’t be the powerhouse they were last season when they made Vikings fans everywhere weep in February. Theoretically, the Steelers have home field advantage at Heinz field, but I think the Titans may not care. Titans 27, Steelers 20.

Buccaneers vs 49ers

Candlestick Park could be hosting one of the closest games of Week 5. These teams are both 3-1 and both have struggled to get those wins. I’m not sure this one comes down to offense – the key may lie in the defense. The question is whether or not Josh Freeman or Alex Smith will be less effected by the pressure. I predict that, for this game, home is where the heart is. 49ers 24, Bucs 20.

Chargers vs Broncos

The Broncos have won just 5 of their last 20 games. That’s right – they’ve won one fewer game than the Vikings. The Chargers, by all accounts, have started str0nger than in previous seasons, but I don’t believe that’s because they’ve played any better. Nevertheless, most people would side with me on this: Philip Rivers can out play Kyle Orton – at sea level or a Mile High in the air. Chargers 31, Broncos 19.

Jets vs Patriots

The Patriots just smacked down the Raiders while the Jets lost to the Ravens – in a tremendously non-spectacular offensive display. Tom Brady cut off his hair, according to reports, but I don’t believe that will impact his ability to sling the football down field. Sanchez, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same finesse. Patriots 34, Jets 24.

Packers vs Falcons

We’ve all seen the “bad blood” ads for this match up. It’s not like these teams face off on an annual basis so, aside from a disappointing Falcons performance last post-season, how “bad” is this match up going to be? Apparently Ryan Grant will be back for the Pukers, perhaps causing them to focus on their run game… meaning we won’t have to watch ARodg throw to imaginary receivers… but will still get to see him be face planted in the astroturf at the Georgia Dome. Pukers 28, Falcons 20.

Bears vs Lions

Cutler, Urlacher. Stafford, Suh. Roy Williams, Johnny Knox. Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson. Not too much more to say here, other than these are not the Lions I used to pity and Jay Cutler is still irritating. Lions 31, Bears 21.

These are my picks this week. Agree? Disagree? Leave me a comment here or on the Purple Princess Perspective fan page on Facebook.

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Jan 22

Vikings Pillage the CFL


Emmanuel Arceneaux

The Vikings have signed Emmanuel Arceneaux as a wide receiver. Are you wondering who the heck he is, like me? Let’s take a look:

Arceneaux was born in Alexandria, LA in September 1987. He attended Alcorn State, where he actually had a GPA to write home about and was the president of the student-athlete advisory committee.

Signed by the BC Lions of the CFL in 2009 as a free agent, Arceneaux was named a member of the active roster after emerging from training camp. He started all 36 games since joining the BC Lions and in 2010, posted 1,114 receiving yards on 67 catches. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch and scored 5 TDs in the regular season.

Here’s a video that PurpleKoolaid28 shared via Twitter:

These highlights make me thankful for the superior broadcasting enjoyed by NFL fans everywhere.

You can follow him on Twitter: @Eman_Arceneaux

What are the implications of this signing? Potentially, none. There’s no assurance that Arceneaux will even make the 53 man roster. He might not even make the practice squad. Nevertheless, I think this signing is interesting in light of the fact that Sidney Rice will likely be an unrestricted free-agent (unless the CBA changes significantly) and I think we all know Bernard Berrian was worthless this year. Could be that Coach Frazier is creating competition for OTAs or may be looking for leverage with Rice. Time will tell.

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Jan 22

NFC and AFC Championship Games: Lisa’s Picks


A year ago, Vikings fans everywhere were picking up supplies for their NFCCG parties. Most Vikings fans thought we would win and go on to our first Super Bowl appearance since the 70’s. In the darkest corners of my brain, I knew that we would not win that game. In the way that I knew that we would pummel the Cowboys, my intuition told me that we wouldn’t be moving past the NFCCG. That nagging sense of doom made the game very tough to watch. Unfortunately, the sense of doom was well-founded.

This year, two of our divisional rivals are battling in the NFC Championship Game. What a terrible time for Vikings fans. I’d much rather see the Eagles and the Falcons battling for the NFC Championship. But a bird fight was not to be. Instead we have mammals who hibernate in the winter and people who pack crap. Gee, that sounds super exciting!

Here are my picks this week:

AFC

Jets vs Steelers: The Jets are angry. Very, very angry. Apparently that’s a great way for them to play because they certainly put the nay-sayers to shame last weekend when they beat the previously referenced “unbeatable” Patriots. After the game, Tigger Brady needed surgery for a stress fracture in his foot. Gee – didn’t #4 play with one of those and an avulsion fracture for most of the season? These newer models of QBs don’t seem as durable, do they. I don’t like either of these teams. In fact, the reality is that the Super Bowl Champion this year will be a team I hate… and we’ll be forced to watch all of those terrible commercials with their stupid fans jumping around as their damn team wins the game. Great! But I digress. Jets 28, Steelers 24.

NFC

Packers vs Bears: Sweet babies Odin & Thor. This is a horrendous turn of events. The last truly fabulous thing that happened in the NFC this year was the Seahawks beating the Saints. Let me marinade with that delicious outcome for a moment……… and I’m back. I’m back to the harsh reality that either the Packers or the Bears will be going to the Super Bowl this year. Personally, I can’t think of a team that deserves it less. Oh, well… maybe the Saints. But let’s look at the truth: The Bears played against back-up QBs for 37.5% of their games. That’s right: 6 times out of 16 games the Bears faced the aerial stylings of these elite QBs: Drew Stanton, Joe Webb, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Clausen and Tyler Thigpen. Yes, indeed, you’re right – there are three THIRD string QBs in there. The Bears’ record in those games? 6-0. The Packers, of course, wouldn’t even be in the post season were it not for the officials awarding them a TD for a Quarless “catch” against the Vikings… that clearly was not a catch. In that same game, the officials ruled a Shiancoe TD a NON-TD, thereby handing the Packers the game… and then called on Monday to say, “Oops… you know that actually WAS a TD. Sorry boys!” So… if not for the horrendous officiating in that game, the Packers would NOT have made it to the post-season. Which is how it should have been. Bears 24, Packers 19.

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