THU, OCT 11
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans 8:20 PM
Andrew – Steelers. I have little hope for the Titans offense, who are ranked 27th for points scored. We’ve seen some weird games this year in the NFL, but I don’t think this will be one of them.
Greg – Steelers. It’s a good thing I don’t have NFL Network, because I will not be watching this game. I think it will be close for a little while, and then the Steelers will pull away in the 3rd quarter.
SUN, OCT 14
Oakland Raiders at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM
Andrew – Falcons. We all saw how well the Raiders did on their last trip across the country (stomped by Miami), so I’m not expecting anything different this time.
Greg – Falcons. The Raiders coming across the country here (agreeing with Andrew). Also, the Falcons got their sloppy close game out of the way last week with the Redskins.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM
Andrew – Bengals. Ugh Ohio, am I right? Browns haven’t won a game yet, but Joe Haden returns finally, and I think he’ll give their ailing defense a boost…. just not enough this game. Soon though, they shall claim their first victory.
Greg – Bengals. The Bengals struggled last week, maybe that’s what they needed to get things back in line. And who better to make sure everything is right then playing the Browns?! Nice little pick up game!
St. Louis Rams at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM
Andrew – Dolphins. Going with home team and defense here. I don’t know what what to make of the Dolphins, but I do think they will give Sam Bradford enough problems to keep him off balance and ineffective.
Greg – Rams. I have liked the way the Rams have been playing the past few weeks. I think they pull this one out and expose the Dolphins for what they are — a mediocre team.
The rest of the picks after the jump!
Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets 1:00 PM
Andrew – Colts. Wow, Colts have to feel like they’re on top of the world after the last minute victory over the Packers. On the flipside, Rex Ryan and the Jets probably feel like they’re in some kind of Mark Sanchez hell. It’s probably because the Jets haven’t been playing God’s begotten son, so he hath smiteth them.
Greg – Jets. I am …this is tough. Never thought this game would be a toss up, but it really is. The Colts are coming off an emotional high, which leads to a disappointing next week. The Jets are just in shambles..a mess. However, they have been in shambles almost every season and still find a way to turn things around, maybe this is that week!
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM
Andrew – Lions. Attack of the inconsistencies! I don’t know what to make of either of these two teams – the Eagles have played awful, but managed to win 3 out of 5 games. The Lions have played better (especially on offense) but have lost 3 out of 4 games. I’m going with the team coming off their bye week, longer to prepare for this game, and more rested, but… it could go either way.
Greg – Eagles. I am sticking to my guns, I think the Eagles are still a good team. If they can just have a game with only ONE turnover, they would win 40-14 every time. But instead, they love giving the ball up. Should be interesting with the Lions front 4 against Vick though. GET LOOSE BACKUP WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS!
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM
Andrew – Baltimore Ravens. Dallas’s struggles with turning the ball over have done them in this season, and despite coming off a bye week, I don’t think they’ll get a break from the ball hungry Ravens defense. The Cowboy’s defense may be able to keep this game close for a while, but one or two turns overs and this game could be over in a heartbeat.
Greg – Cowboys. Dallas is another team I always think is better than they are, maybe it’s the media shoving it down my throat. Can they just throw the ball to Dez every play? No one can guard him. Just have him run 30 yards, Romo drops back, launches the ball. It will work 50% of the time.
Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM
Andrew – Buccaneers. I have little respect for the Chiefs offense, and I’m pretty sure it’s come down to a coin flip for which QB will lead their offense out for the standard 3-and-outs. If the Buccaneers can muster up any offensive power then they should pretty much be able to handle this game.
Greg – Buccaneers. I don’t even care about this game…but then again, I never care when the Bucs are playing.
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM
Andrew – Patriots. I’ve been picking against the Patriots a lot, not because I think they’re a bad team, but I think they tend to hit inconsistent patches. This will be a tough test for them in a tough environment. I’m not expecting much from the Seattle offense, so I think that Tom Brady and company should win this game, but it might be closer than people think.
Greg – Patriots. Oh hello again Pete Carroll.
Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM
Andrew – Cardinals. Another match up of two inconsistent teams. I believe the Cardinals defense will be able to hold the Bills in check, but the real question here is which QB will show up – good Kolb, bad Kolb, John Skelton!? If it’s the last option, then I’m not worried, but if it’s bad Kolb, than anything goes.
Greg – Cardinals. Doesn’t get much easier for the Bills. As I said last week, the game against the 49ers was their make or break for the season..and it broke. The Bills begin their free-fall a bit early this year!
New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 PM
Andrew – 49ers. The 49ers have struggled at times against solid defenses, and no one gets after the QB quiet like New York does, so this game might be the opposite of Alex Smith’s last game, however, I think San Fran’s defense will be able to keep Eli in check as well, making this a good, but low scoring affair.
Greg – 49ers. This is a good payback game for the 49ers — remember the playoffs last year!? That would be my hype speech if I were Harbaugh. That’s all you need to say. Go out there and crush this team, and I believe they will. The Giants are a team masking a lot of bad plays throughout the game and finding ways to win..like they always do, but this week they will be exposed.
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins 4:25 PM
Andrew – Vikings. It’s with a heavy heart that I anticipate the Redskins dropping another game at home. I would love for them to bounce back from last week’s closer-than-people-thought-it-was-going-to-be game against Atlanta and win one for the fans while getting get back to .500 but, I look to last year’s game when the Redskins took on the beleaguered Vikings on Christmas eve, knocked out their two best players Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder on back-to-back plays and yet, Toby Gerhart and Joe Webb still put the screws to the Redskins. Yes, things are better on offense with RGIII, but clearly nothing has changed on defense (for instance, we picked up yet another safety who can’t stay healthy long enough to start a single game). There is little chance to win, when the defense can’t stop the other team from scoring.
Greg – Vikings. We are now at 8 straight home games the Redskins have lost in a row. That is not a good stat…at all. RGIII is coming off a light practice week and a concussion, maybe he’ll be a bit more timid when scrambling out of the pocket and Jared Allen chasing after him? This should be a interesting game though to see if anything has changed in Washington..
Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans 8:20 PM
Andrew – Texans. Aaron Rodgers is finally playing like a human being again (as opposed to superhuman), and yet he seems to be on the receiving end of the blame for losing the game against the Colts. That is confusing to me, so let me review this for our benefit – the Packers were up 21-3 at the end of the first half. For the game Aaron Rodgers threw one interception… however, his passer rating was above 100, and threw 3 passing touchdowns. He even threw a touchdown to reclaim the lead at 27-22, after the Colts scored 19 unanswered. That story reads like the defense just completely shit the bed, not Aaron Rodgers. It’s nice and all that he goes out and says he’s not playing to the level he would like, but realistically… he’s still playing pretty well. I think people failed to realize how awful the Green Bay defense was last year, in fact, I bet the average Joe has no idea that the Green Bay defense was the worst defense last year (ranked 32nd) and they clearly haven’t improved this year. Aaron Rodgers is also on pace to be sacked 67 times this season, already being sacked 21 times this year, one below the highest total of any QB (Kevin Kolb 22), and 6 more above the third highest (Sam Bradford 15). In conclusion, the Packers can’t stop opposing offenses and can’t protect their star player – good fucking luck against the Texans (drops mic).
Greg – Texans. Whoa did anyone actually read what Andrew just wrote? An epic. Yeah, Cushing is gone for the season, but that’s the thing with the Texans…their roster is incredibly deep. They are able to just plug and play with almost anyone. This game should be a lot of fun to watch though, looking forward to it!
Monday, October 15
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers 8:30 PM
Andrew – Chargers. This is a toss up for me. Peyton has been struggling in the first half, and no one likes not finishing strong like Philip Rivers. I saw Chargers get 21 in the first half, Broncos get 21 in the second half, we see our first tie game since 2008, and Donovan McNabb still doesn’t understand how it happens.
Greg – Broncos. Agree with Andrew that it is definitely a toss up, but I’m going with the Peyton arm here. I watched him last week for the first time all the way through — and while he is no where near what he was circa 2009, he is still a force. This should be a high scoring affair, perhaps a last minute drive by Peyton to win it?!
·Bye: Chicago, New Orleans, Carolina, Jacksonville