With some slip ups among my upset picks last week, I have allowed these merely decent pickers back into the game, stupid Bills and Cowboys. There are some further changes this week, please see after the jump! The gang has until tomorrow night to get their picks in.
Joe P. 60
Needless to say, the gang has some definite ideas as to what a winning team is, since we have the Packers, Cowboys, Ravens, Saints, and Steelers all winning. The Panthers get the most support since the 1st game of the season as well this week.
|SEA at CLE|
|WAS at CAR|
|HOU at TEN|
|DEN at MIA|
|CHI at TB|
|ATL at DET|
|PIT at AZ|
|KC at OAK|
|GB at MIN|
|STL at DAL|
|IND at NO|
|BAL at JAX|
WABillsfan's Pick Justifications:
Panthers: John Beck, nothing else needs to be said.
Titans: Oilers of old beat the Oilers of new, plus the Titans will be looking to hurt someone.
Broncos: Tebow, lose in Florida? I don't think he will start now, against THIS team. I agree with Ron, who put it so much better, and so much simpler.
Bears: I think Cutler and Co. are starting to roll, though Morris might actually be smart enough to NOT kick it to Hester.
Lions: Atlanta is in big trouble, Lions are going to be PISSED.
Raiders: They have some weird Al Davis in the backfield thing going on right now.
Packers: Double Duh.
Cowbys: Triple Duh.
Saints: The Suck for Luck bus keeps rolling!
Ravens: Ray Lewis, meet rookie, rookie meet your maker!
Ron's Pick Justifications:
Chargers: Jets were being dominated by the Dolphins for most of the first half.
Texans: This is Houston's year to finally make the playoffs and this game puts them on the path to division winner.
Broncos: Can't pick against Tebow in Florida.
Lions: Jim Schwartz is out for blood....Falcons, head coaches, cute puppies, whatever.
Browns: Colt McCoy makes Holmgren look smart.
Redskins: Orakpo, Brian.
Steelers: Who is the other team again?
Raiders: Carson Palmer to start? Okay, maybe not this week...
Packers: Ponder against Clay Mathews? Yeesh
Cowboys: Tony Romo isn't bad enough to lose this game.
Saints: Drew Brees coming off a loss? This could get out of hand quickly.
Ravens: How did this game get scheduled for Monday night? Oh, yeah, Del Rio cut his starting QB on the eve of the regular season.
Kurupt's Pick Justifications:
Jets: I don't trust the Chargers on the East Coast at 1pm. This is going to be one boring game.
Broncos: The Dolphins offense is horrible. Even though a Tebow-led Broncos attack won't be great, they should be able to put some points on the board, at the very least.
Titans: Chris Johnson is going to have a monster game sooner or later.
Bucs: Tampa has the "home field advantage" having played in London in 2009. Plus, Jay Cutler stinks.
Falcons: Remember when Atlanta won 13 games last year? I think they are about to go on a role, and this could be a make or break game for them. I'm not convinced Detroit is ready to consistently win these types of games.
Panthers: It's about time Cam Newton lead this team to a victory against a solid team when they've come so close, so many times. Plus, John Beck, ewwww.
Steelers: Super Bowl XLIII rematch, haha. Arizona just isn't very good, though it wouldn't shock me if they knocked off the schizo Steelers.
Chiefs: Carson Palmer will be one of the five worst starting QB's in the league when he steps on the field, this week or next. Kyle Boller is much, much worse. The Chiefs have quietly started to play a little better and could still cause some problems this year.
Packers: Rookie Christian Ponder against one of the best defenses in the league and the best offense in the league on the other side of the ball? Not a chance
Cowboys: Even Tony Romo can't screw up this game. I bet Brandon Lloyd has a monster game, though.
Saints: Why can't they flex these games earlier in the year? I'd rather watch about 7 other games before considering this one. Also, how unfair would it be if the Colts end up with Andrew Luck after having had Peyton Manning for well over a decade?
Ravens: The Monday night schedule looks horrendous from here on out. I bet the Jags keep this one really close though. Ray Rice is just too good and too much for a solid Jags D.
Krytime's Pick Justifications:
Tampa Bay: Going with the fact(?) that their owner once owned a soccer team over there. They should get some kind of "home field" advantage for that.
Washington: Taking the Skins here for two reasons. One being I have a lot of friends who live in Charlotte and I love to pick against them and their "2nd favorite" team, and two, hoping Washington doesn't lose two in a row before they play Buffalo.
San Diego: That Jets win against Miami was fraudulent. Also, just picking against Aaron Maybin.
Seattle: I like Cleveland, the city. I don't like Pete Carroll. But I'm guessing he wins this one.
Houston: Battle of under performing FF RBs?
Denver: Just love picking against Miami. How come we're not collectively glowing about their horrible season thus far?
Detroit: I thought Atlanta was overrated last year, and I still think the same. Nevertheless, can't wait to see Schwartz handshake after the game.
Kansas City: I wish I could make trades in my personal life with the Oakland Raiders. I'd be so far ahead.
Pittsburgh: Hemming and hawing on this pick. Could see Arizona pull off an upset here.
Dallas: Dallas gets a gimme here. If you're in a survivor pool, my guess is this is your pick.
Green Bay: See above comment. And stand up and take your rightful beating to those who wanted McNabb as a Bill two years ago.
New Orleans: Will see lots of Halloween costumes here; should see a "Zombie" Colt get up or two. That team is dead.
Baltimore: Again on the Halloween theme - 40,000 empty seats disguised as fans.
Silverstreak's Pick Justifications:
Jets: flying east is a chore, and the chargers have been and continue to be over-rated, although i pick this in trepidation as i think the jets are pretty bad themselves....
Bears: tampa is over-rated and looks like cutler is on track finally
Panthers: carolina's rookie qb is better than washingtons
Lions: good team, playing at home, atl struggling this year
Seahawks: because the other team is cleveland
Broncos: love tebow, hate the fish
Texans: hasselbeck came back down to earth and will continue his fall
Raiders: KC is terrible and will continue to be so until they replace their HC and get healthier
Steelers: after a rocky start, Pitt has come alive and is dominating
Packers: do i really need to explain this one?
Cowboys: banged up bradford gets even more banged up
Saints: no peyton, no winning (anyone else still wonder who is the most vauable player in the league? brady goes down, ne still makes the playoffs, peyton goes down, indy is picking in the top 5!
Ravens: they are on fire, and jax still has some growing pains at qb. Also how did jax get two mnf games and buff still doesnt get a nod??
Poz's Pick Justifications:
Chargers: Rex Ryan should have kept his mouth shut, Chargers play inspired for Norv Turner, not like they needed to anyway to beat the Jets
Seahawks: Charlie Whitehurst makes this team much better
Panthers: Ive been picking them a lot this season and they will get their W after being competitive with much better teams.
Texans: I expect the Texans to give a Titans team that can't handle it a heavy dose of running the ball
Dolphins: If your fans were honoring the enemies QB, the anointed one, when you were in the middle of a winless season you would bring 120% to take him down. The Dolphins will play lights out.
Bears: Just the better team here. Matt Forte is unreal this year, Jay Cutler is better than he gets credit for, and the Bears defense is tough. As much as I like the Bucs, the Bears were still in the NFC Championship game and this is a tougher pass defense than appreciated. Freeman will struggle.
Falcons: The Falcons have talent, we all know that, and the Lions are due to come back to Earth. They are still a good team but I dont think they are above losing two in a row.
Steelers: The Cardinals defense will have no answers for Big Ben and Mike Wallace and Kolb simply hasnt been good enough.
Raiders: Kyle Boller is not as bad as everyone remembers him being. Dont get me wrong, hes not good. But he wont get in the way of Darren McFadden.
Minnesota: Christian Ponder gives the Vikes a spark and the Packers are caught napping against a team they should beat. Even the Packers are susceptible to trap games, and this is a big one.
Cowboys: The Boys will win the NFC East and the Rams dont have players to move the ball consistently against this defense. Given what I expect the Cowboys offense to do to the Rams defense, it wont be enough to win.
New Orleans: Does this require an analysis. Im sure others will cover it.
Ravens: I badly wanted to pick the Jaguars, I like their defense in this matchup but Ray Rice is too elite, even if the Jags have been run stoppers this year.