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November 22, 2013

Week 12 NFL Picks

I’ve been stalled at $3,305 for over a month now. With the Will’s Northwoods Inn keg party, I should be able to at least get to around $3,500. I am within striking distance of my $5,000 goal — also the amount at which I will ‘Office Space’ my printer — and would greatly appreciate any and all support towards getting there. Again: My PayPal is email hidden; JavaScript is required and you can email me if you would prefer to mail me a check. Think of the mouth you would feed.

On to the picks…

Ryan
Last Week: 6-7-2
This Week (so far): 0-1
Season: 77-80-5

Asif
Last Week: 6-7-2
This Week (so far): 0-1
Season: 84-74-5

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Minnesota @ Green Bay (-5)

Ryan: During the week before Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter and NFL Hall of Famer Bob McGinn wrote that the Packers could win without Rodgers:

The theory goes that it makes no difference what players might be behind Rodgers. If No. 12 goes down, all hope is lost — the Green Bay Packers would be finished. Every coach, player and executive working at 1265 Lombardi Ave. should take that as a personal affront.

We’ve seen Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson, their staffs and the players overcome more injuries in the last four seasons than any National Football League team. Time and time again they’ve lost key players only to plug in well-prepared backups and keep on winning. They’ve never had to make do without possibly the finest player in the league. Losing Rodgers to major injury would be the nightmare of all nightmares. He makes everyone’s job easier.

Yet, no organization would be better equipped to handle it than Green Bay.

Since then, a bunch of morons have claimed that McGinn somehow jinxed the Packers with this column and have directed their ire at him accordingly. While that assertion and behavior is aggressively stupid, we’ve now had a large enough sample size without Rodgers to assert that McGinn’s supposition was incorrect.

Before Green Bay played Philly two weeks ago, Bill Simmons noted that Aaron Rodgers was worth nine points to the Packers’ spread. After seeing the team play without him for essentially three games now, I’d argue that he’s even more valuable than that. Yes, there have been a monumental amount of injuries on both sides of the ball this year, but you’d have to think that if Rodgers were fully healthy that the Packers would’ve been at least 2-1 versus the Bears, Eagles, and Giants.

None of this is a knock against Scott Tolzien, who has played about as well as you could expect anybody to, but the idea that Rodgers is and has been supremely and irreplaceably valuable to this team has been fortified in his absence. Vikings cover.

Asif: What has to be sad for Vikings fans is that Scott Tolzien is probably better than whoever Minnesota has under center on Sunday (I didn’t bother to check because does it really matter?). Packers cover.

Tampa Bay @ Detroit (-9)

Ryan: Tampa continues to be a little bit underrated due to the tyrannical megalomania of Greg Schiano. The Bucs have won their last two games and covered three in a row. They’re bad, but not terrible — there’s a difference.

The Lions, meanwhile, had the chance to control their own destiny in the NFC North until getting popped in the mouth in Pittsburgh last week. I don’t fully know what to make of them. When they are firing on all cylinders, they can beat almost anyone in the League. However, once every few weeks — seemingly without rhyme or reason — they just can’t get out of their own way. I have no idea how one would logically project when that happens. Bucs cover.

Asif: I’m seeing a bounceback for the Lions. Detroit covers.

Jacksonville @ Houston (-11.5)

Ryan: I had a tremendous triumph when I was doing laundry earlier this week. My dryer costs $1.50 per hour cycle, but if you put a quarter in when it’s already running it adds 15 minutes. Therefore, you can save about 75 cents (stuff only really takes 45-50 minutes to dry) if you get down there right as one is ending.

So anyways I got downstairs, there was one minute left on the timer, and I beat the buzzer. Such a wonderful moment. The opposite actually happened a few weeks ago, and it was day-altering. Jacksonville covers.

Asif: Is there a less compelling division than the AFC South? It’s not the worst of the divisions quality-wise (hello there NFC East), but I’ll be damned if it isn’t filled with teams that no one rightfully gives two shits about. Has anyone ever gotten pumped for Jaguars-Texans?

And while I’m on a rant, what’s with the stupid team names in this division? I guess the Colts are okay, but Jaguars? Pretty sure there aren’t any in Jacksonville. Titans? Dumb. Texans? Oh, is that what you call people from Houston? If I were made NFL-god-commissioner I would contract all three of those teams and/or move them to LA.

Jacksonville remains the worst team in the league, but Houston has had a nightmare scenario of a season. Considering all that’s gone wrong for the Texans, I can’t justify leaving this many points on the table. Jacksonville covers.

San Diego @ Kansas City (-5)

Ryan: And in the spirit of my aforementioned laundry situation, let’s talk about overrated and underrated chores/responsibilities. IMHO:

Not as bad as you think it’s gonna be: Laundry, dishes, taking out the trash, paying bills online (when you have the money), going to the gym (actually usually ends up being awesome), standardized tests, getting groceries
Even worse than you realize beforehand: Going to the dentist, shoveling, physically mailing anything, watching your team lose any football game, getting rid of a cough, stuffy nose, or sore back/neck

Chiefs cover.

Asif: San Diego is the definition of a league average team. The Chiefs are something better than that. Chiefs cover.

Carolina (-4) @ Miami

Ryan: This fascinating hypothetical was presented in the wake of Carolina’s controversial late victory on Monday night:

Let’s just say there would have probably been some backlash about Newton’s maturity and all sorts of backlash to that backlash. And since we’re on the topic, this was exquisite sarcasm after the Panthers scored late to take the lead:

Panthers cover.

Asif: All the talk about how the ref’s decision to pick up the flag on the final play of Monday Night’s game didn’t really affect the outcome is nonsense. Of course it affected the outcome, it was the last play of the game. Would it have been assured that the Pats would have scored a touchdown on the next play? No, but they absolutely deserved the chance to. The Panthers should be mad as well that their signature win will now carry the taint of that terrible decision. Carolina covers.

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland (-2)

Ryan: As Gregg Rosenthal notes, Ben Roethlisberger is 15-1 in his career against the Browns. Steelers cover.

Asif: Gross. Pittsburgh covers.

Chicago @ St. Louis (-1)

Ryan: I’m jusssst about done reading Boss, Mike Royko’s biography of Richard Daley, and it was fantastic. I learned untold amounts about Chicago’s history of corruption and racism — I hadn’t even realized that Martin Luther King spent a significant amount of time here — and it really helped me understand a lot more about why the city looks the way it does today. I hate it when engrossing books like this end, but I am sure I will really enjoy re-reading it in five or ten years.

I don’t have the slightest clue why the Rams would be favored in this game. Bears cover.

Asif: I can’t think of a single reason to pick the Rams here. Bears cover.

NY Jets @ Baltimore (-4)

Ryan: No idea how one would go about having a good feel on this game. Ravens cover.

Asif: Two teams that will either miss the playoffs or get bounced in the first round. Ravens cover.

Tennessee @ Oakland (-1)

Ryan: You cannot stop Matt McGloin, you can only hope to contain him.

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Oakland covers.

Asif: Doooooon’t care. Tennessee covers.

Indianapolis @ Arizona (-2)

Ryan: If the Colts had Carson Palmer and the Cardinals had Andrew Luck, the Colts would be a lot worse than 7-3 and the Cardinals would be a bit better than 6-4. That is such a meaningless hypothetical — if clouds could support human weight, they’d be really comfortable beds — but it just popped in my head, and I have about five or 10 of you captive right now, so you’re just gonna have to deal with it.

Gonna do the George Costanza opposite method on this one, because that’s seemed to work well. Cardinals cover.

Asif: So basically whoever made the lines this week was drunk right? Colts cover.

Dallas @ NY Giants (-2.5)

Ryan: Reports of the Giants’ magical resurgence have been greatly exaggerated. Their four consecutive wins have come against teams starting Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor, and Scott Tolzien. Not exactly a murderer’s row, unless you’re talking about what you’d expect to happen to their own teams. (I know I just said earlier that Scott Tolzien is not terrible, but I also broke the news that he’s not Aaron Rodgers, either.) Cowboys cover.

Asif: Since Ryan took my line about the QBs the Giants have faced on their four game winning streak, I will point out that Tony Romo may be better than those guys, but he’s just as capable of throwing a terrible pick at the most inopportune moment. Giants cover.

Denver (-3) @ New England

Ryan: If I have the time and mental capacity for it in the next couple days I will expand on this thought, but Wes Welker really shouldn’t be playing for the Broncos on Sunday. We just saw Brett Favre, who retired just three years ago and was asked to play by the Rams a few weeks ago, look like a broken man earlier this week. In the event that you ever forget what that feels like, you’ll be reminded of it by Wes Welker sooner or later.

And I’m complicit in all this because it’s not like my disgust is gonna keep me from watching. Broncos cover.

Asif: Dear Jack Del Rio,

Can I kindly ask what the fuck is wrong with you? After Montee Ball fumbles on his first carry of the game, you still give him not one, but two goal line carries that result in touchdowns after letting Knowshon do all the heavy lifting? How are you going to do Knowshon like that? You cost me a spot in the playoffs you twat.

Sincerely,

Every person who has Knowshon Moreno in fantasy. Pats cover.

San Francisco (-5) @ Washington

Ryan: Feels like stealing. 49ers cover.

Asif: It’s been delightful watching Washington fans turn on RGIII, if only because now I can constantly accuse them of racism, because we all know that they’re racist. 49ers cover.


November 21, 2013

Quick Pick: Saints @ Falcons

New Orleans (-8) @ Atlanta

Ryan: I am honestly unsure if the Falcons would beat the Jaguars on a neutral field at this point. They’ve lost four in a row now by a combined score of 135-51 and that might even be closer than these games have been. Saints cover.

Asif: One-sided beat down alert. Saints cover.


November 15, 2013

Week 11 NFL Picks

I’ve been stalled at $3,305 for about a month now. With the Will’s Northwoods Inn keg party (postponed again due to my assorted busyness), I should be able to at least get to around $3,500. I am within striking distance of my $5,000 goal — also the amount at which I will ‘Office Space’ my printer — and would greatly appreciate any and all support towards getting there. Again: My PayPal is email hidden; JavaScript is required and you can email me if you would prefer to mail me a check.

It takes a lot of work to make these, so if you enjoy them please consider contributing to their continual existence. Also, we’ve now apparently reached the point in the season where it is quite lucrative to bet against me.

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Ryan
Last Week: 3-11
This Week (so far): 0-0-1
Season: 71-72-4

Asif
Last Week: 5-9
This Week (so far): 0-0-1
Season: 77-66-4

Atlanta (-1.5) @ Tampa Bay

Ryan: One of the things that has gotten burned in the Greg Schiano dumpster fire is the fact that the Buccaneers are not actually that atrocious of a football team. They’re 20th in DVOA, which isn’t great or anything, but it’s by no means 1-8 bad — they’ve been right in six of their eight losses, but found very new and excruciating ways to make those happen.

The Falcons are worse than people realize. They’ve lost their past three games by a combined score of 94-33, can’t rush the ball, and have a terrible run defense. Bucs cover.

Asif: This game is just a big bowl of yuck, so instead of talking about it, I’m going to talk about another piece of Atlanta sporting news. This week, the Braves announced plans to move out of Turner Field to a new stadium in suburban Cobb County in 2017. In the process, the team plans to bilk Cobb County tax payers out of $300 million. It’s been proven time and time again that public financing of stadiums is a losing proposition for municipalities and no one seems to like the practice, yet for some reason we keep doing it.

The Braves’ move is even more egregious because they only started playing in Turner Field in 1997. The team can justify the move by claiming that Turner needs a $150 million renovation – maybe they shouldn’t be handing out huge contracts to the likes of BJ Upton in that case. They can also say that the move will bring the team closer to their suburban fan base – god forbid those people ever have to interact with a black person in downtown Atlanta. Still, none of this makes paying for the stadium make any sense for Cobb County. It’s this kind of race to the bottom idiocy that’s ruining everything. Falcons cover.

Continue reading Week 11 NFL Picks


November 14, 2013

Quick Pick: Indy @ Tennessee

Indianapolis (-3) @ Tennessee

Ryan: One of the unfortunate things about attending NFL games is that you miss all the hot, sweaty football action going on around you. As such, I have no idea whether the Colts got SHELLACKED by the maybe-not-that-terrible Rams, or if there was an assortment of bad bounces and calls. And, no, I’m not going to go back and watch it now.

I think this will come to be seen as a random blip for the Colts, and will be much more alarmed if they fail to take care of business against Ryan Fitzpatrick and a Titans team that lost to Jacksonville last week. Indy covers.

Asif: No Fitzmagic is going to be happening here. Indy covers.


November 8, 2013

Week 10 NFL Picks + 10 Thoughts About Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin

Dolphins

In no particular order, these are my thoughts about all this Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin stuff:

1) Jonathan Martin apparently did not pan out very well as a football player for Miami. This obviously does not mean that he somehow deserves to be tormented and extorted by his teammates, but this would be the primary reason for that to be the case, as opposed to anything about his reserved temperament or elite education.

2) The idea that he should have responded to any purported bullying “like a man” by punching Richie Incognito in the teeth is completely moronic. (Hi, Mike Ditka.) Are we really supposed to believe that he would have garnered more respect if he had thrown a punch and subsequently gotten the shit kicked out of him? Or, what if the violence escalated and a gun came into play?

3) Noting again that advocating violence is aggressively stupid, there are indeed ways to directly handle these situations “like a man”. None of us know what really went on behind the scenes, and this may have happened, but suppose that Martin pulled Incognito aside and said to him, “I don’t think that this is your intent, but the way that you treat me makes me feel like I am not a valued member of this team. We all want to protect the quarterback and win games. Knowing myself as only I do, the buttons that you are pushing are not going to have an optimal effect.”

This could have been a private, one-on-one interaction before also trying to enlist the support of sympathetic allies on the team (if there were any) in a respectful, but confident manner. Again: we have not heard one way or another whether Martin tried this or not. If he did, and it failed, then everything is even more troublesome.

4) It seems like extortion of exorbitant amounts of money is commonplace in the NFL. Dez Bryant had to pick up a $55,000 tab. Rich Gannon and Nate Jackson have talked about similar, but less egregious, occurrences. This practice obviously need to end, and this situation will probably be the Bountygate-like catalyst for that.

5) After everything that’s come out in the past week, I wouldn’t be too psyched to go to Vegas with Richie Incognito, either. It would probably be one of my least favorite things to do. He seems like the type of person who would spend 72 consecutive hours force feeding you jager bombs and cocaine, get you kicked out of multiple establishments, and coerce you into getting sleeves of regrettable tattoos.

6) The extent to which the Dolphins players have come out in favor of Richie Incognito, and therefore tacitly against Jonathan Martin, has been astounding. They haven’t even been bland or PC about it. They’re all in. This means that this situation is either something like Penn State where an entire micro-society is bonkers and has no perspective on right vs. wrong, or that perhaps there are still layers to this story yet to be explored.

7) As Tim Keown wrote, Richie Incognito’s characteristic brand of sociopathy is a valued commodity in NFL huddles. Just as Martin’s subpar play is probably the reason he was picked on, Incognito’s violent, uncaring tendencies are why his teammates want him with them in the trenches.

8) With this story and the health issues of John Fox and Gary Kubiak fresh in mind, working in the NFL in any capacity seems like it would be a wholly miserable existence. Why on Earth would anybody want this shit to be his career?

9) I have a much bigger problem with DUIs and domestic violence — from football players, as well as the general population — than anything specific that Incognito has been accused of so far with regards to Martin. Like, isn’t the fact that he allegedly rubbed his dick on a woman at a team golf outing, and the accusation that team officials did nothing about it, the single most concerning detail we’ve heard so far? It is very odd where we decide to focus our collective outrage.

10) The biggest blame in all of this lies institutionally with Dolphins leadership. Without taking more of your time hashing specifics, they were aware that Incognito behaved like a criminally rabid animal for a sustained period of time and took no corrective action because they needed his help to (not) win (that many) football games.

So that was fun! On to the picks:

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Just kidding, I’m gonna ask you for money again first. I’ve been stalled for a few weeks at $3,305. With the Will’s Northwoods Inn keg party (I think happening next Friday), I should be able to at least get to around $3,500. I am within striking distance of my $5,000 goal — also the amount at which I will ‘Office Space’ my printer — and would greatly appreciate any and all support towards getting there. Again: My PayPal is email hidden; JavaScript is required and you can email me if you would prefer to mail me a check.

It takes a lot of work to make these, so if you enjoy them please consider contributing to their continual existence.

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Ok, really this time:

Ryan
Last Week: 6-7
This Week (so far): 0-1
Season: 68-62-3

Asif
Last Week: 5-8
This Week (so far): 0-1
Season: 72-58-3

Jacksonville @ Tennessee (-13)

Ryan: Tied with the Dolphins and Chargers, the Titans are just a half-game behind the Jets for the sixth-seed in the AFC. Jake Locker is 4-2 as a starter this season, and he ranks 11th in Total QBR — ahead of people like Tony Romo, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson. Considering that they really should have beaten Houston in Week 2, Tennessee is a little bit better than people realize.

Everybody is well-aware of how terrible the Jaguars are, but this line still doesn’t seem high enough to even consider picking them. Titans cover.

Asif: Vintage Chris Johnson second straight week, here we go. Titans cover.

Philadelphia @ Green Bay (-2.5)

Ryan: I had honestly forgotten how life-altering a particularly brutal football loss can be until Monday night. It is absurd how much of my personal happiness — and even self-esteem — is tied up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, but being aware of that oddity doesn’t mean that it is something I can control. When he went down, no Seneca Wallace Uncle Rico dropback ever felt like it would go for positive yardage, and the defense wore down and started missing an abominable amount of tackles, my mood sunk like the Titanic. I had to take a two-hour nap in the middle of Tuesday afternoon because I had just no hope of functioning like a real human being.

I don’t think Seneca Wallace will be as bad this week — how could he be? — but I would genuinely and sincerely feel better about the team’s chances if Tim Tebow or Brett Favre were starting on Sunday. That barometer represents the ultimate vote of no-confidence in your quarterback, and it is one that Packers fans have been supremely spoiled in largely avoiding the past 20 years. (Obvious caveat: I’m talking about 2013 Brett Favre, not any previous incarnation.)

Clay Matthews should provide a jolt to the D, but it was alarming that they were gashed up and down the field by a McCown brother. As a whole, the unit ranks 28th in the NFL in takeaways — they simply must force more turnovers.

Vegas clearly thinks that Nick Foles’ explosion on Sunday was an aberration, and I’m inclined to agree, but have some real structural concerns about the Packers headed into this week. Eagles cover.

Asif: The Packers offense looked abysmal without Aaron Rodgers last week. Eagles cover.

Continue reading Week 10 NFL Picks + 10…


November 7, 2013

Quick Pick: Washington @ Minnesota

Washington (-2) @ Minnesota

Ryan: More and more, the move is just to avoid watching these Thursday night games entirely. If we know they are going to be sloppy sludge fests because players’ bodies haven’t fully recovered from the week before, and watch them anyways, then we are complicit and can’t really complain.

I have a theory that I’ll explore in depth at some point, but I really think that the NBA is going to syphon off a lot of market share from the NFL. Even though there are a million games and the regular season is of very little importance, I’d much rather watch Clippers-Heat than this garbage. Even just a year or two ago, this would have seemed unfathomable to me.

Redskins cover, but who really cares.

Asif: Agree totally, these Thursday games are abysmal, and I don’t see a reason for them to exist. Redskins cover.


November 1, 2013

Week 9 NFL Picks

Crowd-funding these picks update: I’m stalled at $3,305. With the Will’s Northwoods Inn keg party I’ve talked about the last few weeks, I should be able to at least get to around $3,500. I am within striking distance of my $5,000 goal — also the amount at which I will ‘Office Space’ my printer — and would greatly appreciate any and all support towards getting there. Again: My PayPal is email hidden; JavaScript is required and you can email me if you would prefer to mail me a check.

Ryan

Last Week: 5-8

This Week (so far): 0-1

Season: 62-55-3

Asif

Last Week: 9-4

This Week (so far): 0-1

Season: 67-51-3

Atlanta @ Carolina (-7.5)

Ryan: You can only play the teams on your schedule, but those that the Panthers have beaten (Giants, Vikings, Rams, Bucs) are a combined 6-19. In part because of their putrid schedule, Carolina is only a half-game behind Detroit for the 6th-seed in the NFC right now. Their schedule gets a little bit harder after this week, though, with later games against New England, San Francisco, and two against New Orleans still to come. It’s hard to believe that the Falcons are this bad, but they were hapless in Arizona last week. If this slide continues this season, Atlanta will have a difficult decision to make on Mike Smith. On one hand, he has an 87-58 record with the team. On the other, sometimes the locker room needs to hear a new voice. Panthers cover.

Asif: I don’t think that Mike Smith is the problem with the Falcons. The real issue is their personnel. They started this season coming off a great 2012 that if you look back, was padded by a really easy schedule. They had a suspect defense from the start and their offense was highly reliant on two players who have histories of getting hurt (Julio Jones and Stephen Jackson) and Roddy White, who looked like he was in decline last year. In retrospect, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that things turned out the way that they did. Panthers cover.

Minnesota @ Dallas (-10.5)

Ryan: This goes without saying, but it must have been absolutely brutal to be a Vikings fan on Sunday night. Getting dominated at home by a Packers team that is riddled with injuries. The Metrodome flooded with Green Bay fans. The NBC announcers stopping just short of fellating Aaron Rodgers as he was surgically moving the ball up the field, completing passes to people named Jarrett Boykin and Myles White. The game felt very much like a funeral. The cameras caught Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman with “Fuck, I’m gonna have to hire a real estate agent, pack up all my belongings, and move” demeanors while Jared Allen could be seen mouthing, “I’ve never played on a defense this bad.” It doesn’t particularly seem to matter who Minnesota trots out at quarterback this week — Leslie Frazier is basically refusing to say — but it doesn’t really matter, does it? Dallas covers.

Asif: Minnesota is really bad. Dallas covers. Continue reading Week 9 NFL Picks


October 31, 2013

Quick Pick: Bengals @ Dolphins

Cincinnati (-2.5) @ Miami

Ryan: I keep getting burned when I pick against the Red Rocket. Now watch me get burned the other way. Bengals cover.

Asif: This game won’t even be close, so I’m going to talk about baseball instead. As you may be aware, my beloved Red Sox just won their eighth world title, hooray! I’ve tried to remain pretty subdued about the Sox this season, but this is one of my favorite teams ever, and one of the most likable teams in memory. The 2004 Red Sox will always be tops for me, and I’ll maintain that the 2007 team was the best Red Sox team ever, but this season was special. No one expected the Red Sox to win anything before the season started. Just look at this piece from February by pube-haired bridge troll Dan Shaughnessy. But once the season started, they had that look. Just a great season. Bengals cover.


October 25, 2013

Week 8 NFL Picks

Crowd-funding these picks update: I’m stalled at $3,305. With the Will’s Northwoods Inn keg party I’ve talked about the last few weeks, I should be able to at least get to around $3,500. I am within striking distance of my $5,000 goal — also the amount at which I will ‘Office Space’ my printer — and would greatly appreciate any and all support towards getting there. Again: My PayPal is email hidden; JavaScript is required and you can email me if you would prefer to mail me a check.

On to the picks…

Ryan
Last Week: 8-7
This Week (so far): 1-0
Season: 58-47-3

Asif
Last Week: 8-7
This Week (so far): 1-0
Season: 59-46-3

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San Francisco (-16.5) @ Jacksonville

Ryan: Since the 49ers were 1-2 and it seemed like the sky was falling, they’ve gone 4-0 and outscored their opponents 132-51. Jim Harbaugh doesn’t seem like the type of guy to take mercy on the weak. 49ers cover.

Asif: In the fight world, this is what’s referred to as a squash match. 49ers cover.

Dallas @ Detroit (-3)

Ryan: One of the issues with staying in and watching the Red Zone Channel (or, in my case last week, watching it on a choppy stream with no sound on my iPhone) as opposed to going to a sports bar with eight screens is that you get less of a sense for the distinct opportunities that teams lost. I have no idea whether the Lions were outplayed against the Bengals, or whether there were random bad fumble bounces or suspect flags or some inopportune drops.

It’s not like I’m some sort of film wizard or anything, but I get a much better sense of where teams are standing when I’m watching all the plays (albeit with supremely divided attention) than when I’m watching a continuous highlight reel. (That being said, if I didn’t write this column, I’d opt for RZC almost every week because there is nothing more satisfying than sitting on the couch watching football from dawn till dusk.)

The Cowboys are an interesting 4-3. On one hand, their losses have come against three of the best teams in the League (Kansas City, Denver, and San Diego*), while their wins (Giants, Rams, Redskins, Eagles) have come against some real dog crap. This game is a good litmus test for where they stand: can they beat a Detroit team that is pretty good, but not great?

*When the Chargers are playing as well as they did against the Cowboys and Colts, not many teams can beat them. When they play as poorly as they did against the Raiders, many teams can beat them.

Dallas covers, I guess?

Asif: I feel like I should be more interested in this matchup, but the truth is I don’t really care. Lions cover.

Continue reading Week 8 NFL Picks


October 24, 2013

Quick Pick: Carolina @ Tampa Bay

Carolina (-6) @ Tampa Bay

Ryan: Any time you read Steve Smith say that Cam Newton has gone from playing checkers to playing chess, you gotta roll with that momentum. Panthers cover.

Asif: You could roll with that momentum or the fact that Junior Napoleon Greg Schiano has totally lost his team (if he ever had it to begin with), either way we’re on the same page. Panthers cover.


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