Ladies and Gentlemen. We are back! Yes after a long and painful absence our Non-Award Winning Panel is back from a trip to Russia. What-had-happened-was, Mikey thought it would be funny to share a Family guy clip about a Russian cut away gag. Long story short, we were released from a Russian Prison and I finally understand the Family Guy Russian cut away gag. My anti-Russian friend from Moldova helped out with that one. Thanks Serge!
In our exit NFL games were played. We pleaded with Roger Goodell to suspend the season till we were freed, but no cigar. Despite this we continued to make our picks. Geoff won week 7 with a record of 11-2 and the best weekly record of anyone this season. Yours truly won week 8 with a record of 8-6 and week 10 with a record of 11-2-1. Week 9 saw myself, Geoff, the Infamous Boris and Brian all tie at 11-3.
In Our Absence
Well let’s catch up! Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck are both riding 4 game win streaks and impressive performances. We call that a win-win. Green Bay rattled off 4 straight wins after a rocky offense start. Don’t look now but the New Orleans Saints have won 4 of their last 5 games after an 0-4 start to the season. The opposite of that would be the Arizona Cardinals who have lost 5 straight after a 4-0 start to the season, the second team in NFL history to lose 5 straight games after a 4-0 start. Coach Green? “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!”, Thanks Coach. The Philadelphia “Egg-les” have lost 5 straight, first time under Andy Reid, after a 3-1 start to the season. And finally the New York Giants who have begun their yearly second half slide after losing 2 straight after a 6-2 start to the season.
As far as the players are concerned, we have one statement and one statement only. Doug Martin is a *bleeping* stud.
As far as the season picks, it is getting very interesting! With 7 weeks left in the 2012 NFL season, Mikey(M) and Geoff(G) are tied for the lead at 95-50. Myself(D), Donny or Dunny your choice, is behind one game at 94-51. The Infamous Boris(IB) is two games behind at 92-53 and Brian(B) leads the rear at 88-57. Yes, we all have one tie thanks to San Francisco, St. Louis and the NFL for allowing games to end in a tie. Also, we knew the overtime rules even though the men who play the game did not.
Week 11 NFL Picks
Miami Dolphins (IB)(M) at Buffalo Bills (D)(B)(G)
Buffalo ended their 3 game skid as the Dolphins entered their own 3 game skid. The Bills won 19-14. Buffalo finally figured out how to finish games with a win. Ryan Tannehill has been impressive with skill set as an NFL QB. However, he has thrown for 223+ yards only twice in 10 games this season. NFL defenses are figuring him out and he needs to show he can adjust.
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (ALL)
Shockingly, the Cardinals may still have a hope at the playoffs. Na who are we kidding! The Falcons are the team to beat in the NFC. Look for Arizona to use Jacqiuzz Rodgers more in goal line and short line situations going forward this season. Rodgers adds a dominant presence in run formations.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ALL) at Carolina Panthers
Flying under the radar, Josh Freeman. The fourth year man out of Kansas State has thrown 18 touchdowns this season to only 5 interceptions. Not only has Freeman reduced his turnovers this year, he has found a running game to relieve the pressure laid upon him last season. The Bucs have won 3 straight while Cam Newton struggles to find maturity.
Dallas Cowboys (ALL) at Cleveland Browns
The Cowboys will play 3 games before the Giants take the field again. This added advantage, assuming the Cowboys take advantage, could put the Cowboys at the top of the NFC East. The Giants have lost 2 straight during their typical late season slide.
Green Bay Packers (ALL) at Detroit Lions
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have found their game, winning 4 straight games. The same can not be said for the Lions. Matthew Stafford is struggling behind a terrible offensive line, which is directly related to Calvin Johnson’s slow start to the season. To make matters worse, RB Jahvid Best was just placed on season ending IR due to a nagging concussion issue. If the Lions can not win this game, they will may kiss their postseason chances goodbye.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (ALL)
The Houston Texans are the team to beat in the AFC. Last week they faced the biggest test this young team has endured, heading into Chicago on a rainy night. In the mud and rain, the Texans pulled out a low scoring defensive win. Proving this team is capable of playing beyond their comfort zone and win.
Cincinnati Bengals (ALL) at Kansas City Chiefs
…..Um….We’ll start debating now who the Chiefs will select with the #1 overall pick.
New York J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS at St. Louis Rams (ALL)
The Jets are a mess. The Timmy Tebow experiment has failed miserably. The entire team, city and fanbase is torn between firing head coach Rex Ryan. Long story short, this may be QB Mark Sanchezs’ last season in New York. The Rams are looking to keep pace in the NFC West.
Philadelphia Eagles (IB) at Washington Redskins (G)(D)(B)(M)
Rookie versus Rookie. QB Nick Foles makes his first NFL start for the Eagles this Sunday with Michael Vick out due to a concussion. Andy Reid and the Eagles must find a way to slow down RG3 and the Redskins, if not Reid may be looking for work.
New Orleans Saints (IB)(G)(D)(B) at Oakland Raiders (M)
Carson Palmer is 3rd in the NFl in passing yards. This is not because the man has revived his career. The Raiders seem to be playing from behind, ALOT. Don’t get us wrong. If Oakland had a defense worth mentioning, we would be talking Palmer as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (ALL)
San Diego is a mystery. They have the talent, but can’t seem to put it together. Much like the Dallas Cowboys. Some of Phillip River’s struggles can be attributed to lack of talent at WR. Peyton Manning and the Broncos have hit their stride and cruising. They also just activated LB DJ Williams to active roster after he served a 6 game suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (ALL)
With the departure of Peyton Manning I expected the yearly matchup between these two teams to be a laughing stock. This is not the case. Andrew Luck and the Colts are playing very very well. The Patriots are winning, but their defense is struggling. This game might end up a shootout. Ah like old times!
Baltimore Ravens (ALL) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Byron Leftwich will take the reins in Pittsburgh Sunday night for the injured Ben R. Not timetable has been set for Ben R’s return. However, the Ravens defense is not what it once was and the Steelers running game looks to take control early.
Monday Night Football
Chicago Bears (M) at San Francisco 49ers (D)(IB)(B)(G)
QB Jason Campbell will start for the Bears Monday night. 49er’s QB Alex Smith is still waiting to be cleared after suffering a concussion last week. If he is not cleared this game may be a battle between who has the better backup QB. I am leaning towards Collin Kapernick!VN:F [1.9.10_1130]