Seattle @ St. Louis
One thing has
become clear after the oft-discussed Monday Night Football game between
Seattle and Green Bay, the Seahawks never say die. What an heroic
effort. One other thing that may not be as clear to the ignoramuses out
there is that the Hawks D has become a force. Should they be reckoned
with? Probably not. In their last 11 games the Hawks have given up more
than 20 points only once in regulation, and that was in a game against
the Redskins that I'm still convinced didn't actually happen. In the
2012 season Seattle is allowing 13 points per game, which is the lowest
average in the NFL. Not to mention the fact that .... wait a minute, you
guys know I'm picking the Hawks right? Ok.
Carolina @ Atlanta
Falcons may just have the best resume in the NFL so far. But if you look
closer you'll see a lot of padding. For instance, they put down that
they were an "Executive Assistant" from '03-'06, I mean, that's just a
fancy way of saying secretary right? I'm not sure I'm buying it just yet
Atlanta. Though, I'm absolutely sure I'm not buying into the Panthers
after their Thursday night stinker against the Giants in which Cam
Newton still saw fit to do his Superman celebration after getting into
the end zone to make the score 23-7 en route to a 36-7 loss. It was the
equivalent of Clark Kent waiting until Metropolis is mostly rubble then
saying, "Alright, I should probably find a phone booth."
New England @ Buffalo
Patriots come in to this game actually trailing the Bills in the AFC
East standings. That shouldn't be a problem for Bill Belichick though,
even if he has to chase down Buffalo himself, grab them by the arm and
shout at them. He's normally pretty good at that. I just can't imagine
New England losing a third straight game, but if it does happen it
oughta be a lot of fun for everyone, right?
Minnesota @ Detroit
getting extremely lucky on a Hail Mary pass that probably shouldn't have
counted the Lions proceeded to blow their game against the Titans in
overtime last week on a fourth down sneak that apparently wasn't even
supposed to have actually happened. Jim Schwartz tried to play it cool
later on, but it was clear that, as is normally the case for him after a
game, he was shaken up. Now Detroit will attempt to bounce back against
the Vikings, who are led by world-beater Christian Ponder. Were you
aware that he currently has a 104.9 passer rating, and his QBR is ...
oh, never mind, nobody cares ESPN ... seriously nobody. Well maybe this guy, but that's it. As improved as Ponder has been I think
the Lions have to have this one, a mindset that teams should always
take into games, because it always results in a win (of course, that
would mean that every team would win every game, but isn't that a world we'd all like to live in?).
San Diego @ Kansas City
week I picked the Chargers to beat the Falcons. They proceeded to lose
27-3. I don't have much of a point, I just figured I'd display some
humility. Can you guys believe how humble I am? After their embarrassing
loss, San Diego looks to rebound against a Chiefs team that has built
some confidence with a road win over the Saints. In that win, Jamaal
Charles had a 91 yard touchdown run and if he can manage two or three of
those against the Chargers I think KC will have a good shot in this one
(though they'd evidently be losing the field position battle).
San Francisco @ New York Jets
what exactly happened to the 49ers last week? Was it merely a fluke, or
a sign of things to come? Or maybe a flukey sign of things to come. No.
That one doesn't make any sense; but neither did San Fran's loss to the
Vikings last Sunday. Don't you see? Well I don't, I got lost in some
sort of downward spiral on this one and I'm not sure I can pull myself
out, so let's just get to the prediction. I think the Niners will handle
the Jets here, unless Tebow gets in for an extended period of time,
because that would, of course, result in a New York victory and squeals
of glee across the nation.
Tennessee @ Houston
think both teams should wear throwback Oilers uniforms in this game,
just to mess with people. Unfortunately if they did, I'd guess that it
would also "mess with" the players on the field, leading to a record
number of interceptions and goofy blooper plays. While the five year old
kids in attendance would be jazzed it's probably just not realistic.
Alas, we're left with merely a normally uniformed match-up between the
two, one which I'm not sure will be much of a contest.
Cincinnati @ Jacksonville
Jaguars won a game last week! That's such an unexpected phrase that it
should be said with the same inflection as, "Daniel LaRusso's gonna
fight!" So can they make it two in a row? Perhaps, but I'll have to
crane my neck to find out because it'll be on ... (all together) ...
The corner screen at the Shack! (Wow, thanks for joining in on that with
me guys, I can really feel this gimmick gaining traction) The Bengals D
looked unimpressive again last week, but they managed to squirm away
with their 2nd win, those scumbags. If it's sort of broke, yet still
functional don't fix it.
Miami @ Arizona
I'm sure you've heard by now, the Cardinals are 3-0. And if you haven't
heard you need to spend more time at the water cooler bro. The Cards
are being discussed non-stop by casual fans, it's pretty much all that
people are talking about in regards to the NFL this year. And with good
reason, the Arizona defense has been dominate to this point, and they
show no signs of letting up. Of course, I haven't been watching them
practice, so it's entirely possible that they've been showing signs of
letting up all week, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt here.
Oakland @ Denver
was really excited that the main guy from Detroit Rock City got
his first win as coach of the Raiders. It was one of those classic
early season Oakland shootouts that seem surreal because of the
non-stop action and the fact that there's a pitcher's mound on the
field. Meanwhile Peyton Manning has made a habit of launching furious
4th quarter comebacks after digging himself giant holes to start off the
game. Manning is hoping for a more regular performance
this week, and I think he'll get just that.
New Orleans @ Green Bay
Obviously the Packers' main weakness is
defending the deep ball, which is something that Drew Brees could
certainly exploit. Unfortunately, the Saints' main weakness so far this
season has been winning games, which could prove detrimental to them as
the season wears on. It seems obvious to pick a shootout in this one,
and the 2012 season has been nothing if not obvious. I see this one
ending with Green Bay getting a late stop for once, they're due.
Washington @ Tampa Bay
the Bucs were again faced with an end of game situation in which they
were within a possession, and the other team was kneeling on the ball to
run out the clock, and what did Greg Schiano decide to do? The exact
same thing he did against the Giants in Week 2, bull rush the Center in
an attempt to cause a fumble. And ya know what? I loved it. Some folks
were in up in arms the first time around but Schiano stuck to his guns
and came out guns blazing (and yes, the guns that he stuck to and the
guns that he blazed were the very same guns). I'm sold on this guy's
New York Giants @ Philadelphia
Eagles have beaten the Giants in 6 of their last 7 meetings, but New
York has won 5 straight road games (including the playoffs), so clearly
something has to give. After the Giants came out and dominated Carolina
last week, and the Eagles offense looked lost against Arizona it would
seem logical to pick New York. But like I said last time, my new
strategy with the Giants is to go against my initial inclination, call
it the Costanza Theorem (unless somebody's already used that).
Dallas @ Chicago
teams come into this game with 2-1 records and a boatload of question
marks (Fun Fact that isn't true: "Boatload of Question Marks" was the
title of the DC comic book Batman, issue #81, in which the Riddler rigs a
yacht filled with puzzles for the Caped Crusader to solve; it's known
among fanboys as the second worst issue in the book's history). But
instead of focusing on the actual teams participating in this game I'd
like to take issue with the announcing team that will be covering it.
We've all witnessed the nasty smear campaign that ESPN and the rest of
the sports media has launched this week against those poor replacement
referees that were only doing their best during last week's Monday Night
game. Of course, the criticism originated with the announcers on the
scene, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. They treated the touchdown call as
something of a national tragedy (Gruden actually used the word "tragic"
at one point). Ok, so they thought it was clearly an interception ... or
did they!? Listen to Tirico's original call of the play here. At
the :28 mark he says, "...Simultaneous ..." So, right when the play
happened, Tirico saw the same thing as the refs on the field. Those who
live in glass announcing booths should not throw stones.