Thursday, November 29, 2012

Moose's Weekly Picks

In case you were curious, that is the logo for the Palmer High School Moose.  Great football program run by Coach Rod Christiansen up there in Palmer, Alaska.  Also, in case you were curious if you mix up the "s" and "p" in blogspot in the web address www.thatllputleadinyourpencil.blogspot.com you get redirected to some wacko religious site.  The spread is a real thing folks, and it is amazing how well it works.  Moose went another level week at 7-7-2 last week with some zany finishes that contributed to a .500 finish yet again.  With that said, we have also seen that the spread can be cracked.  Thus, the cause endures.  To week 13!

New Orleans (+3.5) at Atlanta
PICK: New Orleans.  Tough loss at home last week for the Saints.  They will be fighting for their playoff lives this week and it will show. 

Seattle (+3.5) at Chicago
PICK: Chicago.  The Seahawks stink on the road.  Should be a good smash em up old time football game though.

Minnesota (+8) at Green Bay
PICK:  Minnesota.  I like AP to run wild against a shaky Packers defense.

San Francisco (-7) at St. Louis
PICK: San Francisco.  San Fran has figured something out with terrorist look-alike Colin Kaepernick.  Is he the next Steve Young? No.  He's not an asshole.

Arizona (+4.5) at NYJ
PICK: NYJ.  This seems like one of those games that the NYJ will randomly win, just when you think they are totally hopeless.  They are also free from the yoke of Fireman Ed, which will buoy their spirits immensely.

Carolina (-3) at Kansas City
PICK: Carolina.  I keep picking against teams fresh off victories against the Eagles, and it keeps backfiring.  I'll change my ways this week.

Indianapolis (+4.5) at Detroit
PICK: Detroit.  The Lions got screwed against one of the best teams in the league on Thanksgiving.  I like them to handle their business at home this week.

Jacksonville (+5.5) at Buffalo
PICK: Jacksonville.  The Jags have been scoring points in buckets lately.  One thing that will hurt them though, is the signing of all-pro bozo Jason Babin. 

NEP (-7.5) at Miami
PICK: NEP.  The Pats defense is looking mighty good all of a sudden.  Although you can never script a NEP-Buffalo or an NEP-Miami game.

Houston (-6) at Tennessee
PICK: Houston.  Poop.

Tampa Bay (+7) at Denver
PICK: Tampa Bay.  Legbreaker Schiano keeps games close.  Plus his bookies heard a lot of people are taking Denver in this one.

Pittsburgh (+8) at Baltimore
PICK: Pittsburgh.  Despite having a Charlie D'Donte Batch at qb, the Steelers can usually keep the game pretty close.  I expect a whole lot of running the ball in this one.

Cleveland (pick 'em) at Oakland
PICK: Cleveland.  The Brownies are flying high after a big win against the Steelers.  I would rather be a fan of them than the Eagles right now.  That is awful.

Cincinnati (-2.5) at San Diego
PICK: Cincy.  The Chargers will find a way to lose this game. 

Philadelphia (+10) at Dallas
PICK: Dallas.  Yes sir, chalk it up as my NO DOUBTER of the week.  It will be interesting to see the new ways that Eagles Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles has developed to give up touchdowns. 

NYG (-2.5) at Washington
PICK: NYG.  I have gotten the Giants games wrong a good amount this year as well.  Tough to forecast.  I think the Redskins are due for a reality check though. 


LAST WEEK: 7-7-2
SEASON RECORD: 76-77-5
NO DOUBTER RECORD: 5-5-1
(Wow.)




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Moose's Weekly Picks

An ugly week last week dropped Moose back under .500 on the season.  I caught Foles fever and it hindered my ability to impartially pick games.  However, I thought I had several good potshots in my commentary, and we will continue with that positive momentum.  The other good news is that Thanksgiving week will let me get right back to work.  We will right the ship this week!

Houston (-3) at Detroit
PICK: Houston.  It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a Detroit Lions loss.  Ndamukong Suh's recklessness will be center stage as well.  Look for him to deliver the Hogan leg drop to somebody.

Washington (+3.5) at Dallas
PICK: Dallas.  Once again, don't be fooled into thinking that any team is good after they beat the Eagles.  On a side note, I am very disappointed with the dismissal of the robotic turkey on FOX.  His replacement CLEATUS is nowhere near as annoying/awesome.  He also doesn't respond to my tweets asking about the robotic turkey.

NEP (-6.5) at NYJ
PICK: NEP.  I am hesitant to make this pick with no Gronk for the Pats.  However, their defense is looking up and their offense is still pretty scary.  I hope they wear those nice red unis as well.

Oakland (+8) at Cincinnati
PICK: Cincy.  The Bengals defense is pretty good.  Carson Palmer also hates playing in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh (pick 'em) at Cleveland
PICK: Cleveland.  With no Big Ben, Cleveland wins this game to show that they are this year's "good bad team" a la the Lions of years past.

Buffalo (-3) at Indianapolis
PICK: Indy.  The Colts return home licking their wounds, but they will beat the Bills.

Denver (-10.5) at Kansas City
PICK: Denver.  The Chiefs might want to kick the tires on Elvis Grbac or Steve Deberg at this point.

Tennessee (-3) at Jacksonville
PICK: Tennessee.  Over under on QB changes in this game is 1.5 as well.

Minnesota (pick 'em) at Chicago
PICK: Chicago.  The Bears looked pretty putrid against San Francisco last night, but will likely have Jay Cutler back against the Bikes.  They will also be able to contain Adrian Peterson I think.

Atlanta (-1) at Tampa Bay
PICK: Atlanta.  The leg breaker pulled a fast one on me last week.  This week he is not so lucky.  I'll make this my NO DOUBTER of the week.

Seattle (-3) at Miami
PICK: Seattle.  And now the award for the team that traveled the furthest to be here...

Baltimore (-1) at San Diego
PICK: Baltimore.  Despite the injuries, the Ravens are still playing tough.  Meanwhile, fun fact about Norv Turner; "Turner has coached the most games in NFL history among head coaches with an overall losing record." -Wikipedia

San Francisco (-2) at New Orleans
PICK: New Orleans.  The Saints are on a roll.  I would consider them a legitimate threat to win the NFC at this point.

St. Louis (+2.5) at Arizona
PICK: Arizona.  I can't believe I'm picking Arizona.  This is silly. 

Green Bay (+2.5) at NYG
PICK: Green Bay.  The NYG have looked pretty meek over the last few weeks.  That said, they always beat the Packers, so I dunno.

Carolina (+2.5) at Philadelphia
PICK: Carolina.  How on earth are the Panthers underdogs?  The Eagles literally do nothing well. 


 LAST WEEK: 5-9
SEASON RECORD: 69-70-3
NO DOUBTER RECORD: 5-5








Thursday, November 15, 2012

Moose's Weekly Picks

The spread did its job again last week as Moose went an even 7-7.  After racking my brain for hours upon hours, I would have done just as well flipping a coin.  This week we have quite a few divisional match ups to separate the men from the boys.  Let's get right into it.

Miami (+2.5) at Buffalo
PICK: Buffalo.  The Bills can't play defense at all, but they sure can play offense.  I'll take them and 2.5 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the cold weather.

Philadelphia (+3.5) at Washington
PICK: Philly.  Nick Foles is gonna be living large in the city of Philadelphia after this week.  All hail the Foles Dynasty!  Having lost five in a row, nothing could make me more confident in the Eagles as my NO DOUBTER OF THE WEEK!

Green Bay (-3.5) at Detroit
PICK: Green Bay.  Detroit got shredded by the Vikings last week, and now face an even more prolific offense.  By the way, does anybody else really hate the young kid version of the fat Aaron Rodgers fan from the state farm commercials?

Arizona (+10) at Atlanta
PICK: Atlanta.  I haven't checked, but I'm assuming Arizona has kept losing since week 4?

Tampa Bay (-1.5) at Carolina
PICK: Carolina.  Trap game for leg-breaker Schiano and his bookies.

 Cleveland (+8) at Dallas
PICK: Cleveland.  Dallas has only won one game by more than 8 points, and that was a fluky game last week against St. Nick Foles.

NYJ (+3.5) at St. Louis
PICK: St. Louis.  Slingin' Sammy B has got his #1 target in Danny Amendola back, and the Jets are calling each other turrible.

Indianapolis (+9) at NEP
PICK: Indy.  This will either be a Colts win, or a blowout by the Pats.  I'll take my chances with nerdy voice Andrew Luck.

Jacksonville (+15.5) at Houston
PICK: Houston.  The Jags have already lost by 17 or more a total of 5 times.  Their owner could also double as the fall guy in a low-budget action film.

Cincinnati (-3.5) at Kansas City
PICK: Cincy.  Who did the Chiefs beat?

New Orleans (-5) at Oakland
PICK: New Orleans.  I'll take the gold and black over the silver and black.  The Saints are starting to look mighty once again.

San Diego (+7.5) at Denver
PICK: Denver.  I'm tired of looking at pockmark faced Norv Turner on the sidelines.  The San Diego sun has done nothing for his complexion.

Baltimore (-3.5) at Pittsburgh
PICK: Baltimore.  Byron Leftwich.

Chicago (+5.5) at San Francisco
PICK: Chicago.  In a battle of backup qbs, Jason Campbell will prove how worthless Jay Cutler really is. 

LAST WEEK: 7-7
SEASON RECORD: 64-61-3
NO DOUBTER RECORD: 5-4

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Moose's Weekly Picks

A report surfaced that Las Vegas reported record losses after last week's NFL slate came to an end on Sunday evening.  Knowing that, it is abundantly clear that MWP is creating worldwide intrigue and the glitterati of the gambling world are taking notes.  After a blistering 10-4 record last week, Moose is back in the black baby!  In addition, I am back to .500 on No Doubters, and finally picked a Titans (fuck them) game correctly.  Let's keep the good times rolling with this week's picks.

Indianapolis (-3.5) at Jacksonville
PICK: Indy.  They are really rallying around their coach, and are actually a good team.  Jacksonville is not.  NO DOUBTER of the Week coming on Thursday night?  LET'S DO IT!

Buffalo (+11) at NEP
PICK: NEP.  Nobody has the wheels fall off the wagons like the Buffalo Bills. By the way, Happy Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, Athena Snowstorm, Soren Kierkegaard Day, Feast of St. Bartholomew, Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium), Polish Independence Day, and any others before fat Berman wishes them to you days in advance in a pretend sincere fashion.

NYG (-4) at Cincinnati
PICK: NYG.  Bad loss last week, but they should be able to beat up on Cincy.

San Diego (+3) at Tampa Bay
PICK: Tampa.  Doug Martin is looking like a young Emmitt Smith, and Norv Turner is actively trying to be fired at this point I think.

Denver (-4) at Carolina
PICK: Denver.  Colts 2.0 are off and running and their defense is quick enough to contain Killa Cam.

Tennessee (+6) at Miami
PICK: Miami.  You know why.

Oakland (+7.5) at Baltimore
PICK: Baltimore.  The Raiders backfield is in shambles on the road against a still solid defense, I'll take the Edgar Allan Poes. 

 Atlanta (-2.5) at New Orleans
PICK: Atlanta.  Don't let the game against the Eagles lead you to believe that the Saints are good.  The Falcons will torch their defense.

Detroit (-2.5) at Minnesota
PICK: Detroit.  The Lions are coming on strong and the Vikings are fading.  Adrian Peterson could always rack up like 250 yards though and turn this game the other way.

NYJ (+6) at Seattle
PICK: Seattle.  The NYJ might turn to Tebow in this one, but the 12th man will reign supreme.

Dallas (-1.5) at Philadelphia
PICK: Dallas.  I'll take the team that can throw the ball sometimes and get after the QB over the team that turns the ball over, can't block, can't tackle, can't defend the pass, can't pressure the QB and can't score in the red zone.  Wait 'til you hear the boos in this one.  Fire the spare tire!

St. Louis (+11.5) at San Francisco
PICK: St. Louis.  That is a lot of points to give up to a decent division rival.

Houston (+1) at Chicago
PICK: Chicago.  Tough call, essentially which conference do you like better.  I'll take the Bears at home.

Kansas City (+12.5) at Pittsburgh
PICK: Pittsburgh.  Kansas City should be relegated to the UFL after this season.  Call up the Las Vegas Locomotives!



LAST WEEK: 10-4
SEASON RECORD: 57-54-3
NO DOUBTER RECORD: 4-4