I proved to myself and everyone last week that if you get into your own head you can never truly be successful. I tried to out think the room and it has bitten me for two straight weeks. There were many circumstances that added to my misery last week. Jay Cutler went down with a groin injury, the Patriots decided to completely collapse against a team that they have owned for years, Andy Dalton thought it would be a good idea to play to his potential and the Broncos forgot that they were the best team in the NFL.
Excuses aside, this week will prove to be the make or break for the season. We are officially at the half way point and I’ll need some pretty impressive numbers to bring myself back to respectability. This will also be a hard week of picks with injuries all over the NFL last week. Looks like all the rule changes hasn’t prevented big name players like Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, Brian Cushing, Reggie Wayne and Doug Martin to go down with some horrible, season ending injuries. All the better…I love a challenge.
Let’s get to the picks!
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)
I might still take the Chiefs if the spread was 27.5. Since Brian Hoyer went down with a knee injury, the Browns have looked lost. They’ve looked so lost that even their defense has begun to play down to the level of their offense. Obviously Weeden isn’t the answer so the Browns decided to let Jason Campbell take a shot under center…why not?! They don’t have anything to lose at this point. The Chiefs and Mr. Kool Aid himself, Andy Reid, are just rumbling through their schedule and will cruise through this game with ease. I know that on any given Sunday, blah, blah, blah…the Chiefs are playing the BROWNS! Enough said. This one isn’t going to be pretty. Maybe Rob Chudzinski can take some pointers from that woman in Texas and file a bullying report with Roger Goodell after this game is done.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-10.5)
I am doing two things that I said I wouldn’t do for the rest of the season, which is pick any game that involved the Saints and pick a game with more than a 10 point spread. Well, it looks like some rules will be broken this week. I have to take this one…the Saints are 4th in the league in points allowed with only 17.2 points per game. Sean Payton and Drew Brees are also very good coming off of a bye week. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for a Bills team that hasn’t looked great. Their defense is one of the worst in the league and even if the Bills offense was average they won’t be able to score against a very good Saints defense. Consider this one a lost cause for the Bills.
Pick: New Orleans Saints (-10.5)
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (+8.5)
Well, it looks like the Josh Freeman experiment lasted all of one week for the Vikings. He will be out this week with “concussion” symptoms. That kid is naturally dizzy but the Vikings coaching staff just needed a reason to sit him. Next up for the Vikings…Christian Ponder! Yes, folks, step right up and watch the disappointment of the Vikings franchise throw more interceptions than touchdowns while the best RB in the NFL watches the best years of his career go down the shitter. Adrian Peterson should go on an all out rampage in the locker room and beat the crap out of the whole team. I don’t normally feel bad for professional athletes but this is one of my exceptions. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack are going to go into Minnesota and absolutely donkey punch the Vikings with a brick. The only reason this spread isn’t at 20 is because of Peterson. I know Rodgers hasn’t played extremely well the past few weeks but when you play the Vikings all of your poor play goes away!
Pick: Green Bay Packers (-8.5)
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams (+10.5)
I know, I know…I said I wouldn’t pick another game over 10 points but it’s the Seahawks and they’re playing a bad Rams team without Sam Bradford. Bradford is gone for the season after he shredded his knee last week. Seattle has one of the best defenses I’ve seen in a long time. They will go up against a Rams offense that was bad with their “savior” under center. They even put in a cal to Brett Favre this week to see if he would come out of retirement. YUP, TRUE STORY. Since Brett said no because he was busy taking dick pics with his new phone, the Rams are turning to Kellen Clemens. The Seahawks are going to eat this kid alive. Seattle might actually win this game with defensive scores alone. The offense will help cover the 10.5 point spread though.
Pick: Seattle Seahawks (-10.5)