Painful first half, glimmers of hope, ceiling falls in, too little too late at the end. For Broncos fans, it was less painful than last week, but at the end the Broncos once again came up short.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Painful first half, glimmers of hope, ceiling falls in, too little too late at the end. For Broncos fans, it was less painful than last week, but at the end the Broncos once again came up short.
Friday, October 29, 2010
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...it was NFL Week 7. For the first time that I can remember, I hit a game on the nose as I predicted the Panthers would beat the 49ers 23-20, and what do you know? That was the exact score! Of course, before you start anointing me Nostradamus 2, I also picked the Broncos to beat the Raiders 27-0...so I was only SLIGHTLY off of the the 59-14 Raiders win. Egads. Well, here is my latest attempt at pretending I know what is going to happen before it actually does....
Dolphins at Bengals - After getting screwed a week ago against the Steelers, the Dolphins take their revenge on a different AFC North team. If the Bengals were a game show contestant, they'd be about to learn that they were going to be getting a copy of the home game. Dolphins 31 Bengals 17
Jaguars at Cowboys - Who sucks more in this one? I don't want to pick the Jags on the road, considering they are a somewhat dreadful team, but then, do I really want to pin my hopes on...
I don't like doing it, but I'll go with the Cowboys since they are the home team and I'll just pretend like Jon Kitna ISN'T playing a major role in their chances. I won't be surprised if the Jags end up winning, but egads, is this a terrible game on paper. Cowboys 19 Jaguars 16
Redskins at Lions - It's weird, but despite the fact that the Lions are 1-5 and the Redskins are 4-3, I still feel like the Lions are the better team. Lions 33 Redskins 26
Bills at Chiefs - My Cleveland friend Adam has been touting the Chiefs as great all season. I don't share his opinion of their greatness, but I think they win the AFC West by default due to lack of interest by anyone that should be opposing them in harmony with one of the easier schedules in modern football history. The cupcake tour rolls on with the horrible Bills coming to town. Buffalo gave the Ravens a handful last weekend, I don't see them having two good games in a row like that. Chiefs 30 Bills 13
Panthers at Rams - Chances are very good that the Rams are legitimately a decent team these days. Less likely that Carolina is. I'll take my second Missouri team in a row, here. Rams 20 Panthers 14
Packers at Jets - The "Spurned by Brett" Bowl goes down in New Jersey this weekend. Both teams appear to be better as a result of no longer employing Favre, although the Jets seem to have their house in much greater order than the Pack. The Jets defensive strength gets to go up against the weak offensive line and terrible running game of Green Bay. All in all, I see bad things ahead for the boys from Wisconsin. Jets 34 Packers 21
I'll be watching and hoping that my boys can bounce back from giving up 59 to the Oakland Raiders, if they're going to do it playing a crappy Niners team on a neutral site in Europe is as good a place as any, I guess. Broncos 19 49ers 10
Titans at Chargers - The Chargers have looked like stale crap thus far this season. I think they are in a hole too deep to pull their way back past Kansas City, but I think they are due. Plus, the Titans lost at home to my Broncos, so I have a hard time being completely sold on them. Chargers 31 Titans 27
Buccaneers at Cardinals - I find it hard to believe I live in a world where neither or these teams have a losing record. I don't believe in either of them, but I guess I'll go with the Bucs, as I believe in the Cards even less than Tampa on the road. Buccaneers 17 Cardinals 13
Vikings at Patriots - Would Brett Favre have to be actually missing a limb to decide not to play a game? Also, can we make that happen? I predict that the purple princess keeps his games started streak intact and also continues what has been a somewhat nightmarish season going on the same path by getting obliterated by a Patriot team that appears back to the smoke and mirrors style of play they won with so regularly before their insane 18-1 season. Patriots 41 Vikings 10
Seahawks at Raiders - Raiders are not that good, the Broncos were just that bad. I have a hard time believing they will bring it that strongly two weeks in a row. I'll take the Hawks in a squeaker. Seahawks 20 Raiders 19
Steelers at Saints - Not sure what is wrong with the World Champs, but I know for certain that playing a game against the Steelers is not the cure. Steelers 24 Saints 13
Texans at Colts - Prepare for the end of days...I'm predicting that the Texans run the table this season against the Colts, and I'm almost certain that is one of the signs of the impending apocalypse. Texans 30 Colts 27
Week 7: 8-6
Season to Date: 58-46
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Inexcusable. Embarrassing. Disgusting. Worthless. Heartless. Hopeless. Gutless. Pathetic. Other than that, no problem.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Redskins at Bears - Feels like a low scoring snooze fest of a game to me. Bears 13 Redskins 6
Rams at Buccaneers - At the beginning of the year, who would have thought that neither of these teams would have a losing record when this game happened? The Rams will have a losing record after it's over, though. Buccaneers 24 Rams 19
49ers at Panthers - West coast team flying East to play a team that they should probably beat. I'm not so sure they do. I refuse to believe in the 49ers. The dreadful Panthers get their first win. Panthers 23 49ers 20
Bills at Ravens - There aren't a ton of hard and fast rules in NFL predictions, but when the worst team in the league goes on the road to play one of the top 2 teams in the league, I think it's probably wise to take the home team. Ravens 38 Bills 3
Eagles at Titans - I have the Eagles as the best team in the NFC right now, and yet, I think they'll have trouble against a middle of the pack AFC team this weekend. I am still going to take Philly to win, but I think it'll be close. Eagles 17 Titans 16
Jaguars at Chiefs - I don't want to pick this Chiefs team, but the Jaguars are not good enough to take on the road to me. Chiefs 27 Jaguars 14
Steelers at Dolphins - Steelers are due for a random letdown game, why not in Miami? Dolphins 19 Steelers 16
Browns at Saints - I read that Bill Simmons feels like the Browns can with this game. I don't share his convictions. Saints 23 Browns 16
Cardinals at Seahawks - I like the Hawks to level the Cardinals record at 3-3...and I also think the Cards don't sniff over .500 for the rest of the year. Seahawks 24 Cardinals 14
Patriots at Chargers - The Chargers have been dreck on the road, but have been pretty decent at home. The Pats usually seem to have San Diego's number, but the Chargers need this one. Chargers 26 Patriots 23
Raiders at Broncos - Broncos should win, but I don't know that they are good enough to blow anyone out. I'm going to pick this one with my heart though. Broncos 27 Raiders 0
Vikings at Packers - Favre Bowl III. I'm not going to hype this one any more than necessary, as it's probably going to get plenty already seeing as how it is THIS game. Packers 29 Vikings 13
Season to Date: 50-40
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
1. Steelers (4-1 +54) - This team became much harder to cheer for once Ben Roethlisberger returned to the fold. The NFL is deep in the middle of a season of ultra parity, but if any team is going to be dominant this year, it feels like the Steelers have the best chance.
2. Jets (5-1 +58) - Got lucky in Denver, but this Broncos fan finally admits that it was okay for the ref to throw the pass interference flag in the fourth quarter. I still think he should have let it go, and that is an awful way for a game to be decided, but I must admit, the Jets are a good team.
3. Patriots (4-1 +38) - Tom Brady talking smack to the Ravens might be more intimidating if he didn't look like a 16 year old pop music star while he was doing it. Still, "They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years." is a glorious quote.
4. Ravens (4-2 +17) - I think Tom Brady better watch out if the Ravens meet up with the Patriots in the postseason. I have a feeling the Ravens will get their second win in the past 9 years against New England if that happens.
5. Colts (4-2 +38) – It seems like the Colts are winning on muscle memory. They appear to often be very average, and yet they get it done more often than they don’t. I think this season is the beginning of the end for Indy, though. They’ve had a very nice run, though.
6. Eagles (4-2 +33) – It’s a rare luxury to have two quarterbacks that you can trust, and the Eagles appear to be in that luxurious situation. The Browns, Cardinals and Panthers are exceptionally jealous. Also, how much better is the AFC than the NFC? We don’t get our first NFC team until number six, and even then I am hard pressed to say who the best team in that lesser conference is.
7. Saints (4-2 +22) – New Orleans stomped out the Buccaneers, but questions remain if this team is back or if that result was an anomaly.
8. Giants (4-2 +16) – Getting themselves on a roll, but I’m still wary of New York after the way the were rolled in back to back weeks by the Colts and Titans.
9. Falcons (4-2 +29) – The week that everyone anoints them the class of the NFC is the week they get throttled by Philly. The NFL is unpredictable.
10. Texans (4-2 -14) - If the Texans are legit, it's time to prove it, they have the Jets, Chargers and Colts as three of their next four opponents.
11. Chiefs (3-2 +16) - I still have my doubts about the legitimacy of the Chiefs, but if they are actually a good team, they need to pound the Jaguars. Good teams destroy Jacksonville.
12. Bears (4-2 +15) - The Bears have yet to beat a team that currently sports a winning record. Their 4-2 record feels a bit inflated.
13. Packers (3-3 +27) - What happened here? We knew the game against Favre and the Vikings was a big one, but it may be one the Packers have to get if they want to turn their season around.
14. Titans (4-2 +64) - How did this team lose to my Broncos? I saw it happen, and I still am confused by it.
15. Redskins (3-3 -6) - Donovan McNabb...meh. The Redskins are at .500 now, and feel like they will be at .500 ten games from now.
16. Vikings (2-3 -1) - Beating Dallas either set this team on the path back to relevance or was a last gasp of the Favrian Empire. I'm hoping it's the latter.
17. Dolphins (3-2 -23) - NFC North teams should fear when the Dolphins come calling, they have gone into Green Bay and Minnesota and came back with surprising wins.
18. Bengals (2-3 -2) - How can a team lose to the Browns and the Bucs, but beat the Ravens? Weird team, these Bengals of Cincinnati.
19. Seahawks (3-2 +1) - I'm wondering if the Hawks will keep alternating wins and losses all year? If so, this next Sunday is a loss against the Cards.
20. Rams (3-3 -10) - After being hopeless last season, this team is quickly rising to the level of mediocrity. They may be a contender in a year or two.
21. Cowboys (1-4 -9) - Team Dumpster Fire. You want to look away, but you can't help but stop and smell the burning garbage.
22. Jaguars (3-3 -57) - It's hard to rally your fans when there are only six of them, and your rally cry is, "Let's wear Teal."
23. Chargers (2-4 +31) - The curse of Norval is finally reeking it's vengeance on the Bolts. He is not a good coach, but this team should be better than they are thus far. It's a total Jekyll and Hyde team. They are gangbusters at home and a disaster on the road thus far. They have outscored their opponents 79-23 at home, and have been outscored 78-103 on the road.
24. Broncos (2-4 -16) - My boys aren't very good, but they at least put up a good struggle and fight hard...except when they go to Baltimore. Other than that, this is a lovable, if horribly flawed team. It was nice to see them actually have a running game against the Jets for a change.
25. Cardinals (3-2 -50) - This team has a winning record, but I refuse to believe that they are a good team. There is just no way. Unless you believe in Max Hall. Let's look at their rankings in the NFL: Offensive Passing 30th, Offensive Rushing 29th, Defensive Passing 26th, Defensive rushing 29th. Can you look at that and explain to me how they have won more than they have lost?
26. Buccaneers (3-2 -31) - Another of those bad teams masquerading as a winning team. Bucs are not as good as their record would indicate.
27. Raiders (2-4 -31) - Every year the Raiders get sleeper buzz, every year they don't deserve it. As an avid Raider hater, I enjoy this cycle. Can we please keep this lather, rinse, repeat cycle going?
28. 49ers (1-5 -46) - I love the denial in the 49ers camp. You have to love an owner staring at an 0-5 record and honestly believing he is going to still make the playoffs.
29. Lions (1-5 +6) - How can a team have only won one game in six tries and STILL have a positive plus minus?
30. Browns (1-5 -37) - The Browns can take solace in knowing that they are still much better than Carolina or Buffalo.
31. Panthers (0-5 -58) - The fanbase is excited...but only because college basketball season is starting before too long.
32. Bills (0-5 -74) - If you can't say something nice about a football team, you're probably talking about the Buffalo Bills.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
LaDainian Tomlinson and the Jets just barely squeaked by a very game Broncos team in Denver on Sunday.
"Grand Theft: Football Game." I tweeted this out as I angrily walked back to my car after from Invesco Field on Sunday. I was livid at the end of the game, and now that I've had time to digest it, I'll concede that MAYBE it was conceivable for the ref to toss a flag for pass interference on 4th and 6 which basically handed the game to the Jets. However, I still believe the ref really should have kept the flag in his pocket.
Are you ready for the confusion, though? named my monkey "Bear." Yes, he is a monkey named Bear. My son's bear is creatively named "Broncos Bear." So on a Sunday at my house "Bear" and "Broncos Bear" get dressed for the game, only they aren't both Bears, but they are from Build-A-Bear. Got it?
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Chilean Miners were rescued this week, and the rescue brought to light many things other than just miners who had spent 69 days underground. Things like mistresses, the Chi Chi Chi Le Le Le chant, and the fact that Face Ventura has a very loose handle on the news.
Face, the Whale and Craig talked miners for awhile, and then challenged the Blogtalk record for number of times the word "penis" was said on a show as we discussed the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger controversy.
Finally, we broke cereal down in glorious detail and Face and I each unveiled our Magnificent Seven: Top 7 cereals list.
VSR finished up with the Vertically Striped Music Recommendation of "Stall Out" by Mute Math.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Falcons at Eagles – Suddenly Atlanta is everyone’s NFC darlings as they have followed up an close opening day loss to the mighty Steelers with four straight victories, but before we start getting too excited about Matty Ice (Just a dreadful nickname, by the way) and the Dirty Birds let’s remember their wins have come against the Arizona Cardinals (Who might be the worst 3-2 team in history), The Cleveland Browns (need I say more?), the struggling Saints, and the winless 49ers. The Falcons have certainly looked solid, but how about you get a signature win before we start crowning you the NFC favorite for the Super Bowl. That said, Kevin Kolb is starting for Philly this weekend, and the Eagles just aren’t very good. I think if it were Vick, I’d take the Iggles, but with Kolb, I’ll pick the Falcons, but just barely. Falcons 20 Eagles 19
Chiefs at Texans – The Kansas City Chiefs have to be the favorite to win the West right now. (So naturally, I still think the Chargers will do it.) The Texans laid a massive egg against the Giants last week. The Chiefs are probably slightly undervalued right now as they are probably better than we think, and the Texans are clearly overvalued as they appear to be not nearly as good as we thought a month ago. However, I’m still picking the team with cows on their helmets over the team with arrowheads. Texans 27 Chiefs 24 (in OT)
Saints at Buccaneers – The Bucs are to this point in the season one of the biggest positive surprises in the NFL. The Saints have been quite disappointing in their title defense thus far. I just can’t in good conscience take the Bucs right now, though. Saints 20 Buccaneers 13
Dolphins at Packers – The Packers opened the season with people thinking they are great. I think we need to downgrade that now, though. This is an average team. Of course, the Dolphins are also a pretty pedestrian team as well. So I’ll take Green Bay over Miami in the Average Bowl. Packers 23 Dolphins 14
Chargers at Rams – It’s just past the quarter pole, the Chargers look to be in disarray and are several games behind the division leader after having just dropped a game to Oakland that was so sad it sent this poor boy into convulsions.
In other words, the Chargers are right where they want to be and here comes their late season roll…Well, maybe not, but if I had to guess, that’s what I’d guess. It helps to be playing the Rams who may be looking to the stands for Wide Receivers, as they are hurting in the “people to throw the ball to” department. Chargers finally break out big. Chargers 38 Rams 3
Ravens at Patriots – The Randy Moss trade may have been a very solid move, but I think it also signifies that Bill Belichick doesn’t think his team has what it takes this year. The Ravens look like a beast to me. I’ll take Baltimore to go into New England and thump the Pats just like they did in the postseason last year. I’ll even predict the exact same score. Ravens 33 Patriots 14
Lions at Giants – Well, the Giants have clearly been up or down…Nary a close game to this point. They have won by 13, lost by 24, lost by 19, won by 14, and won by 24. Egads and Yikes…will the real New York Giants please stand up? One thing I’m not going to do is predict a close game here, and when the opponent is the Lions, well…I think I’ll pick New York to win big instead of lose big. I realize the Lions won 44-6 last week, but this is the Detroit flipping Lions. No way they blow a team two weeks in a row, not when they have only won four games in the past two and a half years. Giants 33 Lions 10
Browns at Steelers - This has to be the lock of the week, doesn’t it? It’s in Pittsburgh, the Browns are starting a rookie, Big Ben is coming back, the Steelers defense has been eating teams alive…Explain to me the scenario where Cleveland wins this game. I thought so, you can’t do it either. Steelers 29 Browns 7
Seahawks at Bears – Can Marshawn Lynch carry the Seahawks to an NFC West title? Why not? I’ll take a goofy upset here. Seahawks 20 Bears 10
Jets at Broncos – The Broncos looked dreadful last week in Baltimore. The Jets are coming on, and yet I really want to take Denver. Not because I think they are going to win, but because I’m going to be at the game cheering them on, and I hope they do win. They aren’t going to, though. Sigh. Jets 33 Broncos 23
Raiders at 49ers – How little are the Raiders respected? The Niners are 0-5 and off to a miserable start, and yet they are six and a half point favorites over the Raiders. The Niners shouldn’t be that big a favorite against San Jose State at this point. I’ll take the underdog Raiders to win outright. Raiders 22 49ers 19
Cowboys at Vikings – The battle of the underachievers! The Vikings have been putrid, but I think there is slightly more dysfunction in Dallas right now. Plus the Vikings get to play at home. Vikings 27 Cowboys 20
Colts at Redskins – The Colts aren’t as scary as they once were, and the Redskins have looked fairly legit…at least when they aren’t losing to the Rams by two touchdowns. Still, I’m going to take Peyton Manning here, because as long as number 18 is on the field, I don’t like going against him unless I feel very strong about it. Colts 31 Redskins 17
Titans at Jaguars – Ugh, Monday night football has quite the drop off from Vikings-Jets last week. These two teams are part of the four team 3-2 logjam in the AFC South. I’m going to say that the Jags are the worst log in that jam. Titans take this one on the road moderately easily. Titans 33 Jaguars 17
Week 5: 8-6
Season to Date: 41-35