Sounds fun. Since I did not do this last week, I will continue by using the record I had in the internal football pool I run at work. I went 11-5 there, losing with Carolina, Buffalo, Tennessee, Arizona and Los Angeles.
WEEK TWO 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Jets @ Bills, 8:25pm- The Jets D-Line will dominate this game. Rexy may try to sneak onto the other sideline by the end. He also might just try to steal some of the post-game spread since he gave up on the lap band. Supporting his bro? Sure. Nice story, bro.Jets
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Bengals @ Steelers, 1:00pm- This game is always brutal. I'll be in Vegas this weekend and it will take more shots than a Johnny Football purchased round at a college bar to get me to bet on it. Steelers
Titans @ Lions, 1:00pm- Jim Bob Cooter for life. Stafford has about a 11:1 TD:INT ratio with him so far. The Titans were a bit disappointing for me last week. Winston will win the QB war for the 2015 Draft. Mariota is probably a Matt Hasselbeck with more mobility.Lions
Ravens @ Browns, 1:00pm- By next season, the Browns will have 30+ players on their roster with 2 or less years service time in the league. They have to "hit" on about 1/3 of those players, I think, to be good by 2018. The NFL average is about 20% for drafting starters. I really hope this is finally the right regime. Ravens
Cowboys @ Redskins, 1:00pm- The Cowboys will be fine and win a few games. It still won't be the 9 it will take to win the formally great NFC Least. The Washington management crew was smart to not trust 8 good games from Kirk Cousins and make him earn this season. Last Monday, he was not impressive versus an equally unimpressive Pittsburgh secondary. Cowboys
Saints @ Giants, 1:00pm- Some might have been unhappy with Ezekiel Elliott's debut in the league, but I was more impressed by the performance by the Giants defensive line. Sure, some of that was against Doug Free, but they were good all game. Also, no more pics of JPP's hand, please. I've had enough. At least run a PSA about fireworks when you do it FOX, geez. The Saints defense is still as bad as we expected. Easiest eliminator pool pick of the week, IMO. GIANTS
Niners @ Panthers, 1:00pm- The Niners on a short week versus a pissed off Panther team that has 10 days to prepare? Okay, THIS is the easiest elimator pool pick of the week. The Emotionally Shattered Blaine Gabbert may have more rushing first downs than Torrey Smith has catches in this one. Panthers
Dolphins @ Patriots, 1:00pm- If the Dolphins had a decent quarterback, they would have beaten Seattle on the road. If Kenny Stills had remembered that he has to receive the ball before scoring the touchdown, the Dolphins would have beaten Seattle on the road. If Russell Wilson had not built up his testosterone with horizontal exercising since his marriage, I dunno if his ankle would have held up to finish that game. Oh, for you ATS people, I love getting +6.5 with Miami in this one. This is my upset of the week. Miami
Chiefs @ Texans, 1:00pm- This is the toughest game of the week for me to pick, but that Texans line is truly terrifying. The Chiefs needed some lucky plays, a huge injury and bad coaching on the other side of the field to beat the moribund Chargers franchise. Maybe the Chargers shouldn't move at all and just drive throughout the land, bringing "energy" wherever they go. Sure, the mood of that energy is like a Siberian Gulag, but the tag line is just too good not to use. Texans
Seahawks @ Rams, 4:05pm- Case Keenum said he was "seeing ghosts" against the Niners last week. Jared Goff can't beat him for the starting job. Jeff Fisher is still coaching the team. Why did Los Angeles want the Rams back? Do they prefer to hate their own sports teams when they suck rather than cheer them on when they are good? Is that so Los Angeles elites can feel better for themselves? Seahawks
Bucs @ Cardinals, 4:05pm- I think this is going to be a really fun game to watch. I am on the Bucs bandwagon but not as much as I am on the board of the Bruce Arians Totally Plutonic Love But I Still Built a Shrine in My House Club. Cardinals
Jaguars @ Chargers, 4:25pm- See previous comment on Chargers. Jags will be one of the more fun teams to watch this season. They still won't make 8-8, but it will be fun. I see this as their first win, though. South Jacksonville High
Falcons @ Raiders, 4:25pm- Julio Jones tweaked whatever his perennial leg issue is and will still catch 8 for 115 with a score. It won't be enough as the Raiders win a game where they don't allow a 98 yard touchdown. They still might allow one for 85 yards. BlackJack of the River doesn't even need the ghost of Tom Osborne in this one. Raiders
Colts @ Broncos, 4:25pm- I will consider Andrew Luck's season 50% over after he peels himself off the turf for the 15th time before halftime after a fluke early touchdown leads to Chuckster eschewing the run game after 4 carries in the first quarter. I talk all the time about what secrets Jeff Fisher must have on his superiors. I wonder the same thing about what John Elway has done to turn his team to the best performing team as a whole on game day (Well, teams not coached by Darth Hoodie, anyway). If the quarterback sucks and no one can catch, someone else will find a way to pave a victory from nowhere. Broncos
Packers @ Vikings, 8:30pm- Last week, the Vikings won behind two defensive touchdowns despite averaging 1.6 yards a carry. Aaron Rodgers will have more variations on the same commercial than interceptions thrown this season. No win for the Bud Grants. Packers
Monday, September 19, 2016
Eagles @ Bears, 8:30pm- The first game I ever went to as a season ticket holder of the Chicago Bears was on October 3, 2004. The future five-win Bears lost to the Super Bowl bound Eagles 19-9 after letting Jonathan Quinn Medicine Woman throw a football 43 times (for 215 yards). This game will probably end with the same score except this Bears team may let Jay Cutler get hit 43 times. I don't like the Eagles. Eagles
LAST WEEK: 11-5
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