Week 9 picks.

It’s another extremely rough week for NFL games. The only match-up this week with both teams having winning records is the Bears-Packers game on Monday night. But the picks must go on!

 

1. New Orleans over the Jets- The Jets got embarrassed by Andy Dalton this week. Can they slow down the Saints at all today? Possibly but not enough for a W.

2. San Diego over Washington- The Chargers could be in the thick of things in the AFC West if they could hold onto a lead. Phillip Rivers is playing much better football this year compared to the last few and he’ll lead them to a win in the powder blues. 

3. Baltimore over Cleveland- The Browns showed some flash with Jason Campbell using the deep ball. However can the Browns have consistent QB play in back-to-back weeks? I don’t see it. Baltimore gets back to .500.

4. Indy over Houston- The Case Keenum era has started in Houston but how long will it last? Indy is coming off a bye and I am curious to see how Andrew Luck does without Reggie Wayne. Indy proves to be too much.

5. Green Bay over Chicago- Aaron Rodgers is 8-2 vs. the Bears with both losses coming on Monday Night Football. However, Brian Urlacher-gone. Lance Briggs- Out, Jay Cutler- Out. The Packers keep finding a way to win with a random assortment of offensive play-makers. 

Packs keys to a win!

The Packers take on their second NFC North opponent of the season tonight against the Minnesota Vikings. It will also be the first of two straight division opponents. Time to get to what the Packers need to do to win one last time in the Metrodome.

 

1. Don’t allow Ponder to extend plays- The Packers will have their hands full with Adrian Peterson running whether he is 100% or not. Christian Ponder is not the best passer out there but he is the most athletic QB the Vikings have and he does have the ability to scramble out of the pocket and make some plays on the run.

2. Jared Allen vs. the OT- There have been rumors of Jared Allen being traded since he is in the last year of his contract. I wouldn’t mind that seeing he plays some of his best games against the Packers. Whoever he decides to line up over throughout the game whether it be Don Barclay or David Bakhtiari might need some help chipping.

3. Take a few shots- The Packers are pretty decimated at the play-making positions but the Vikings lost impressive second-year safety, Harrison Smith for a few months. Jordy Nelson will probably be getting a lot of attention but if the run game can open the play-action passing look for a few rainbow shots to Nelson.

4. Tight ends stepping up- With Jermichael Finley out for an unannounced period of time one of the back ups needs to shine. Andrew Quarless is known for his blocking but was also an athletic tight end coming out of Penn State several years ago. Brandon Bostick will have his time to shine. Several teams asked about him in the preseason to see if they could pull off a trade but the Packers kept him around for a reason. Tonight he will have a chance to prove why the Packers kept onto him.

 

Packers get the W in primetime, 30-20.

Week 8 picks

It was a rough slate of games to choose from this week but Josh and I are going to power through this week of unstellar match-ups. 

1. Dallas at Detroit- Both teams are 4-3 and are in tight division races. Both have explosive offenses and secondaries that give up huge plays. I think Detroit takes this one because they are healthier. No DeMarco Murray or DeMarcus Ware for the Cowboys today.

  • Lions 30-24

2. Miami at New England- The Dolphins have gone as cold as it has been in Green Bay lately after a scorching 3-0 start. The Patriots losing last week made the AFC East surprisingly close. However Brady will finally have Gronk and Danny Amendola together for the first time all year. Brady could please his fantasy owners this week.

  • Patriots- 27-20

3. NY Jets at Cincinnati- The Jets have to be the surprise team of the season with a 4-3 record and being led by rookie QB Geno Smith. The Bengals have looked like one of the tops teams in the AFC the last few weeks and Andy Dalton is playing some of the best football of his young career. He might not look so good today because of the Jets front seven but I think he is able to hit stud wide receiver A.J. Green for a couple big plays today.

  • Bengals- 20-17

4. Washington at Denver- The Broncos lost to the top pick in the 2012 draft in Andew Luck last week and will see the second overall pick in RG3 today. Griffin looked better last week and Denver has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Denver is coming off its first loss of the year after Indy got after Manning who now has two sprained ankles. I don’t give Washington much of a chance to win this game but if they put pressure on Manning it could get interesting.

  • Broncos- 31-23

5. Packers at Minnesota- The Packers have won three straight while the Vikings have used three different starting quarterbacks this year. They are going back to Christian Ponder who gives the Vikings’ offense the ability to stretch plays with his athleticism. His passing has looked rough this year but Adrian Peterson 100% healthy or not I will not take them lightly. Aaron Rodgers is still putting up good numbers even without 3 of his top 4 play-makers. The Packs running game is the difference tonight.

  • Green Bay- 30-20

 

Keys to a week 6 win.

The trend continues for the next man up mentality in Green Bay. The Packers lose Clay Matthews for the next month with a broken thumb and won’t have Brad Jones against the Baltimore Ravens because of a hamstring injury. Time to look at how the Packers can pull out the W against the defending Super Bowl champs.

1. Replacements stepping their game up– The Packers didn’t lose one middle linebacker last week against Detroit, they lost two. Brad Jones is out for tomorrow and backup Robert Francois is done for the year after tearing his Achilles. Third string middle linebacker Jamari Lattimore will get a chance to show what he can do with his first NFL start. Mike Neal will also be bumped up to the starting outside linebacker spot for Clay Matthews. Neal has made an impressive transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in just a matter of a few months. He will have to continue making plays in the backfield. Undrafted rookie Andy Mulamba and sixth round pick Nate Palmer have a great opportunity to earn a spot in the linebacker rotation in Matthew’s absence. 

2. Pressure Joe Flacco– Flacco has one of the strongest arms in the NFL but the Packers have to take advantage of getting pressure on the least mobile QB they have played in this young season. Flacco has been sacked 14 times this year and thrown 8 picks. Matthews is out so Nick Perry needs to continue playing like he did last week against Detroit.

3. Contain Ray Rice, focus on Torrey Smith– The Packers did an excellent job containing Reggie Bush last week. It also helped that Calvin Johnson didn’t play. Rice is a top five running back in this league and he needs to be the play-maker the Packers focus most of their attention on this Sunday. Torrey Smith is off to an impressive start and with his speed will be a constant threat. However there aren’t any other weapons on this offense the Packers should be too concerned about. 

4. Take some shots down the field– Aaron Rodgers was 5-7 for 200 yards and a touchdown last week on throws that traveled 20+ yards in the air. The Ravens run defense is outstanding and ranks sixth in the NFL. This could be a similar showing to a lot of Packers games the last few seasons where Rodgers is slinging it all over the field. 

Packers 27-24

Week 6 picks.

1. Packers at Baltimore

  • The battle of favorite teams between Josh Brewer and myself. Despite Joe Flacco having a rough start the Ravens are 3-2. Ray Rice and Torrey Smith are the weapons the Packers need to focus on in this game. Aaron Rodgers needs to get rid of the ball quickly to avoid the rush by T-Sizzle and Elvis Dumervil. Both teams rank in the top 6 in rush defense so this game will end up coming down to a QB showdown. Rodgers will make a few more plays to pull off the victory.
  • Packers 27-24

2. Detroit at Cleveland

  • Calvin Johnson is still iffy at the moment and the Browns have officially put QB Brian Hoyer on IR. Last week Matt Stafford didn’t look comfortable without Megatron and it allowed the Packers to focus on Reggie Bush. If Johnson is out the Browns need to key in on Bush. Cleveland also has to keep taking shots down the field to Josh Gordon and Greg Little. I’m going on a limb and saying Megatron plays just enough to make some key plays. 
  • Lions 23-17

3. St. Louis at Houston

  • The Rams have looked great at times this season and very average other weeks. They need some type of running game to help take pressure off Sam Bradford who is quietly having a very nice season. Houston needs a W in the worst way. They lose Owen Daniels for the next few months and Matt Schaub can’t take care of the football. It’s Arian Foster time this week.
  • Texans 27-20

4. New Orleans at New England

  • This would have been an epic match-up of tight ends, but Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will sit out another game. New Orleans could be the best overall team in the NFL with a much improved defense and Drew Brees slinging the ball all around the field. New England’s offense is stuck in the mud but the defense has played very well this season. The Patriots need Gronk back in the worst way.
  • Saints 31-24

5. Indianapolis at San Diego

  • Andrew Luck is quickly becoming the most clutch QB in the league. The Chargers still can’t hold onto a lead and have fallen to 2-3. Philip Rivers is having a bounce back year but they still have very little production from the run game. The Colts have some nice young weapons in T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener but they need Trent Richardson to get going with the loss of Ahmad Bradshaw for the rest of the year.
  • Colts- 28-20

Another reason why dogs are cool.

Dogs are phenomenal companions. If I had the extra time or an apartment that would allow me to have one, I would buy one in a heart beat. However I am not able to so I rely on my dog fix from friends who own them or find YouTube videos of them doing awesome things. Well meet George who loves football. I mean he really loves football. Plus his name is George! How cool is that?

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/dog-goes-crazy-told-football-tv-makes-him-172403507–nfl.html

This brings me joy.

If you have read this blog or know me I am obviously a rock and metal guy. I cannot stand country music (sorry) and I cannot stand most of the pop, rap and hip hop “music” from today (not sorry). So seeing Jimmy Kimmel’s musician read tweets about themselves gave me a huge laugh. Kid Rock is in this as well and since his music went down the shitter awhile ago I have to agree with what the person wrote to him. Enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu5Oo23G67w

week 5 picks

Time to get the picks set up quick. Was at an epic wedding for my friends Kayla and Brennan last night so just got back into town. Congrats!

Packers over Lions. 

Ravens over Dolphins.

Saints over Bears

Patriots over Bengals

Colts over Seahawks

49ers over Texans. 

Broncos over Cowboys. 

Blaine is a real American!

I can never get enough of YouTube videos that are so bad or dumb that they are funny. The latest one I have discovered is about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Now if you have followed Gabbert’s career you are probably aware than any montage made of him cannot be in support but trying to have some fun at his expense. The video I am sharing showcases his young career and highlights the five throws that Gabbert has made. Yes I am surprised he had had that many as well. It is set to the theme of Rick Derringer’s song, “Real American”. Get your weekend started off with a good laugh. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09oUUhkSxbQ