The 2013 NFL season continues as we analyze games, pick winners, and be wrong about everything in our asinine analysis!
These predictions should not be taken seriously by anyone, considering I pick wrong more often than right.
Last Week’s MRP (Most Ridiculous Player)
This week, I give the MRP award to ets rookie quarterback Geno Smith for his ridiculous behind the back pass to himself in his own end-zone that resulted in a fumble for a defensive touchdown by the Tennessee Titans. There were many other ridiculously awful plays by Smith, but this one is insanely ridiculous.
It’s like BUTTFUMBLE 2.0. This isn’t basketball, Geno. When a 350 pound man hits you at full speed, you better be sure to have the football protected and not just secured between your fingers behind your back.
Thursday, October 3rd
Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns
LINE: Browns by 4
Oh, joy. Thursday night football is back to what it’s best at: showing games that nobody cares about because not everyone gets the NFL Network. I was starting to wonder for the last couple weeks.
And what a barn-burner it is. C.J. Spiller! Willis McGahee! Fred Jackson! Some other running back on the Browns who couldn’t replace Trent Richardson! Stevie Johnson! Josh Gordon! E.J. Manel! Brian Hoyer! And let’s not forget the veteran 2nd year quarterback who’s older than the sum of all their ages, Brandon Weeden!
I pick the Browns to win and cover. Sorry, Buffalo, but yes, this year you’re worse off than the Browns.
Sunday, October 6th
New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears
LINE: Saints by 1
I think it’s safe to say that Sean Payton meant a lot to this Saints team. Around this time last year, the team was 0-4 under interim to the interim coach Aaron Kromer. Now they’re 4-0 with an even crazier defensive coordinator in Rob Ryan. It’s funny how things work out.
The Bear are reverting back to their old ways as well. You know the drill: Cutler drops back. Cutler is sacked. Cutler loses the football. Wash, rinse, repeat. Now even the Saints can sack him at will.
I pick the Saints to win and cover. Eventually I’ll have to pick against them, but not today.
New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals
LINE: Bengals by 1
Poor Tom Brady. Once he gets in sync with a new group of receivers, that group gets hurt, or his old receivers that he hasn’t worked with during game time this season, start threatening to come back. How much more insecurity must a multi-millionaire Hall of Fame-bound quarterback with 3 Super Bowl rings, 2 Super Bowl MVPs, and a hot wife, deal with?
Speaking of insecurity, I introduce you to the Cincinnati Bengals, who just lost to the Browns.
I pick the Patriots to win, cover, whatever.
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
LINE: Packers by 8
The good news is, the PAckers are coming off a bye week. Even better news is, Eddie Lacy and Jermichael Finley are back. Even more better news, which is bad English, is clay Matthews will probably suit up after injuring his hamstring by scaring schoolchildren with his Hulk Rage dance. Allegedly. Even much more better news is that Aaron Rodgers is still around.
Well, that’s all good news if you’re the Packers. Good news for the Lions? Reggie Bush hasn’t sustained an injury this week. Yet.
I Pick Packers to win outright, but Lions will cover.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Tennessee Titans
LINE: Chiefs by 3
So far, the Chiefs are 4-0. That’s already double the amount of wins the team had last year, so it’s safe to say that, yeah, the team has improved. Unfortunately, this also means that fans in Kansas city think it’s their year. We’ll see if they still believe that after playing the Denver Broncos.
This week, however, they play the Tennessee Titans, who have improved their defense immensely. Unfortunately, Jake Locker has succumbed to his yearly injury.
I pick the Chiefs to checkdown, like always, and cover.
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts
LINE: Seahawks by 3
The Seahawks have arguably the best defense in the league. They even share the best record in the league. They do not, however, have the best quarterback in the league, and they may need to throw a bit more at an away game, something they still haven’t done very well.
The Colts haven’t needed much luck so far, just Luck. Unless you think it’s luck that got them Trent Richardson to fill that running back void that they’ve had for years.
The Colts fill that void this week, covering the spread and winning outright.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ St. Louis Rams
LINE: Rams by 13
You know it’s a painful season for a team when the Rams are favored by double digits against you, but that’s been the Jaguars’ season so far. It’s been the Jaguars, period, since last season, and that’s being nice. Things may change since Justin Blackmon is coming back, which means there may be one less defender crowding the box for MJD to run.
The Rams should probably try to swing a trade for MJD during half-time, considering how much of a mess their running back situation is.
I pick the Jaguars to beat the spread. Probably barely.
Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins
LINE: Dolphins by 3
Good news for the Ravens! They actually get a star player back on their team. No, I don’t mean Anquan Boldin or Ed Reed or Ray Lewis. I mean Ray Rice, who as merely hurt rather than traded, released or retired.
The Dolphins got a taste of reality last week when they played the Saints to show them that beating the Falcons doesn’t automatically put you into Super Bowl contention. There is still that team in New Englad you have to deal with. First, however, is the defending Super Bowl champions who beat that team up in New England.
I pick the Ravens to beat the spread and win outright.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
LINE: Giants by 1
Holy shit does the NFC East look pathetic. It reminds me of those years that St. Louis or Seattle would win their divisions with a .500 or less record. Now we have a 1-3 Eagles team and a 0-4 Giants team fighting for second place behind the 2-2 Cowboys.
With both teams’ defenses playing flag football, this may actually be a high-scoring game. As long as Eli Manning remembers that he’s throwing to the blue jerseys.
I pick the Giants to cover and win, because, seriously, they have to win sometime.
Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals
LINE: Panthers by 2
This week’s “who gives a shit” game features the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals! Both Cam Newton and Carson Palmer have been playing below expectations. In case you were wondering, yes, Carson Palmer had expectations, modest though they may have been.
On the flipside, both defenses have been playing at expectations. Yes, the Panthers defense was expected to be a little less than this good.
But I’m going to throw away those ideas and pick the Cardinals to cover the spread and win outright. Why? Because, seriously, who gives a shit about this game?
Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys
LINE: Broncos by 9
The Peyton Manning woodchipper’s next stop seems to be Dallas. It’s not a question of how many touchdowns he’ll score. It’s really a question of who will catch those touchdowns. Will it be Wiley Wes, Dodgy Demaryius, Jukin Julian, or Erratic Eric? Don’t worry, I’ll come up with better names eventually.
The Cowboys have been doing their normal high-low season. My guess is, against the Denver offensive and defensive juggernauts, this will be part of the lows.
Broncos cover, win, and eat Tony Romo’s ribs.
Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers
LINE: 49ers by 6
This game is about 2 teams that have defied my expectations of decency. The Texans were expected to be a top 5 defense, and seem to allow as many points as Peyton Manning scores. The 49ers were expected (before everyone got hurt) to be a top 10 offense, and can’t seem to do anything that looks close to a successful read-option with Colin Kaepernick.
At least, in this game, someone will live up to those former expectations, for better or for worse.
I pick the Texans to at least cover the spread.
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
LINE: Chargers by 4
Nothing says “America’s Pastime” like pushing a football game into the 8:30PST time-slot, but that’s what the Oakland Athletics have done. Hopefully Qualcomm Stadium organizes its waste management this time, or else we’ll have to forever change the nickname of “The Black Hole” to “The Shit-hole” and leave it there until a new stadium is built.
Amazingly, this game between the Raiders and the Chargers may be exciting! Well, not as far as the Raiders doing anything, but the fact that it is the next stop of the Philip Rivers Revival Tour.
I pick Phoenix Rivers and company to cover the spread.
Monday, October 7th
New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons
LINE: Falcons by 11
Normally, I would call an 11 point spread against a Rex Ryan defense to be way too big, but this is a special situation.
For one, the Jets are down to their second string practice squad receiving corps. It’s gotten so bad that Geno Smith tried to pass the ball to himself, behind his back, just to get a completion.
Another point is the Falcons lost at home last week in a game they should have pulled out. That makes players angry, so they will probably show us all how many points they can score by running it up before they take a break next week on their bye.
Falcons cover their double digit spread.