Thursday, December 26, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Merry Christmas all of you scalawags!  Moose was out of the office last week and couldn't provide a full update of all the goings on in the NFL.  This week, we will do a full debrief.  8-8 two weeks in a row.  For you sticklers out there, I forgot to pick the Seahawks/Giants game two weeks ago, but would have picked the Seahawks.  Cut me some slack.  That leaves us week 17 to get back to even.  Gotta go 11-5.  Let's give it a shot.  I didn't get all dressed up for nothing.

Carolina (-6.5) at Atlanta: Atlanta gave San Francisco a run for their money last week, and have been playing better lately.  Carolina however can clinch a first round bye with a win.  I think Carolina wins, but Atlanta makes a game of it.  PICK: Atlanta

Chicago (pick 'em) at Green Bay: Golly, what a game.  Crybaby Cutler versus Rodger Dodger (or more likely Matt Flynn) for the NFC North crown.  Either way, the NFL fan loses.  I'll take the Bears to rebound from the beat down the Eagles put on them last week.  PICK: Chicago

Houston (+7) at Tennessee: Houston doesn't want to screw up that #1 pick.  It would also be pretty funny to see L14 next to Houston in the standings.  They started out 2-0 LOL.  PICK: Tennessee

Cleveland (+7) at Pittsburgh: Big Ben is fighting for a playoff spot.  I'm not betting against that man.  That would be like picking against Drederick Tatum in his fight against Homer.  PICK: Pittsburgh

Washington (+3.5) at NYG: I don't think Koey even wants to watch this game.  Washington has given teams a run for their money the past few weeks.  I'll take my chances on them again.  PICK: Washington

Baltimore (+6) at Cincinnati: Huge game for Baltimore.  They need a win to make the playoffs.  The Bengals say they are going to play their starters and try for the first round bye, and they are also undefeated at home.  Tough call, but I think if the Bengals win, they don't win by much.  PICK: Baltimore

Jacksonville (+11.5) at Indianapolis: The Colts have an outside shot at a first round bye, but New England and Cincy would have to lose.  The Jaguars are playing hard and will not roll over.  PICK: Jacksonville

Philadelphia (-6.5) at Dallas: I don't know what kind of parlor games Dallas is playing, but even if Romo is out I don't think the Eagles win by 7 or more.  This game will have me more nervous than Bart was when he re-entered the Try-N-Save after getting banned for trying to steal Bonestorm.  PICK: Dallas

NYJ (+5.5) at Miami: Miami needs a win and will get after Geno Smith.  I don't know what my record is with Jets games this year, but I think its pretty bad.  PICK: Miami

Detroit (+3) at Minnesota: Earlier this year in my predictions I penned; "Detroit Lions (8-8) - The Lions quickly fell apart after a great season two years ago.  They look unstoppable at times, and then follow it up with a stupid penalty or turnover.  They underwhelm this year and head coach Jeff Schwartz finally gets the axe for a lack of discipline." A little on the nose don't you think?  Except I think his name is Jim Schwartz. PICK: Detroit

Buffalo (+9) at NEP: The NEP's demolition of the Ravens last week was a complete anomaly.  They have played every team close all year until last week.  They win this week and get the first round bye, but 9 is too many to cover.  PICK: Buffalo

Tampa Bay (+12.5) at New Orleans: The Saints have played a few stinkers lately, and could still lose out on a playoff spot.  I think they win, but legbreaker keeps it close.  PICK: Tampa Bay

Denver (-12) at Oakland: Yes, Denver can clinch home field advantage this week.  Yes, the Peyton can pad his touchdown pass record for the annals of history.  But the real story here is, who is the better qb: Foles or Manning?  7 touchdowns against Oakland or GTFO, Manning.  PICK: Denver

San Francisco (-1) at Arizona: The only thing I have learned this year is that crazy things happen in the desert.  PICK: Arizona

Kansas City (+9.5) at San Diego: Heh?  Had to double check and make sure I read that right.  PICK: Kansas City (No Doubter)

St. Louis (+10.5) at Seattle: St. Louis is another team that can go screw.  They should play the Jets for all eternity.  PICK: Seattle

OVERALL: 114-119-6

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Live from Swingbelly's

Miami (-2.5) No Doubter
Indy (+6.5)
Cincy (-7.5)
Denver (-10.5)
Carolina (-3.5)
Jacksonville (+5.5)
Washington (+3.5)
Cleveland (+2.5)
Tampa Bay (+5.5)
NYG (+9.5)
Seattle (-10.5)
Pittsburgh (+2.5)
Oakland (+10.5)
Baltimore (-2.5)
Chicago (+3.5)
San Francisco (-12.5)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rodger Dodger

Submitted for the approval of the TPLIYP readers, I would like to get the pulse of the nation (Northeast) on Aaron Rodgers.  What do we think of this guy?  He is a Super Bowl champion, former NFL MVP, and has had multiple Pro Bowl seasons.  He is also the star of State Farm's nation-wide ad campaign (although it could be argued that the fat guy is the real star) and inventor of the discount double check.  With all those accolades, I still can't help but think that Aaron Rodgers is a huge asshole.  His smugness and general lack of enthusiasm during his collarbone injury has only strengthened my opinion of this.

In his 15 years in Green Bay, Brett Favre came to be a symbol of the Packers and of Green Bay as a whole.  He espoused toughness, simplicity, heart and a competitive fire that was unmatched.  Say what you will about his propensity to huck the ball into triple coverage, but you couldn't fault Favre for his effort on the field.  He was, and continues to be, Green Bay's hero.  They even named a street after him by the stadium, and continue to flock to Brett Favre's Steakhouse in droves on game days.  No light praise in a town where some other guy named Lombardi also coached a football game or two.  Favre's exit however was made a little ugly due to the emergence of a plucky young qb named Aaron Rodgers.  A quarterback who doesn't seem to espouse any of the characteristics that Favre and Lombardi personified in Green Bay.

Having delivered a Super Bowl championship, I'm sure Rodgers is liked just fine in Green Bay.  However, I don't think he will ever be on a Favre level there; and from an outsiders perspective, he just seems like a cocky wimp.  I first started to think this about Rodgers a few years ago, when I found out that he is really sensitive about his height.  He gets offended when people say that he is not that tall.  He is 6'2".  Who would honestly care at 6'2"?  Maybe the rough and tough qb is more sensitive than we think.

My opinion of Rodgers has really been swayed the last few weeks by his continuing recovery from a broken collarbone.  He has always carried with himself a sort of air of cockiness when he answers media questions, but lately it has been insufferable.  Since his injury in week nine, we've been getting interviews like this one.  Totally wishy-washy.  Cracking a smile throughout the interview.  Sounding like he wants to get out there, but not really.  Just thinking that he is better than the media it seems to me.  Now, I know nothing about collarbone injuries but after seven weeks it would seem Rodgers would be dying to get back out there.  Do you think Favre would have let this injury sideline him for more than a week or two?  Especially with the Packers in the thick of the NFC North  playoff race.  I'm not saying that Favre was smart, but that is what Green Bay loved about him.  His toughness and determination.  It would seem that Rodgers doesn't have any of that.

Maybe I am totally wrong about this.  Maybe Rodgers is a nice guy and a die-hard competitor.  You certainly can't fault a guy for winning a Super Bowl and re-writing the NFL record books for passing.  Maybe the Packers are just playing it super cautious with him because he is their franchise player.  It seems to me though, that Rodgers is over all of this.  He's reached the top, and now he thinks he is better than everybody else.  He has no urgency and doesn't want to get back out there with his teammates.  He is just enjoying his life.  Nothing wrong with that.  It just doesn't seem to me like that is what the town of Green Bay stands for, and certainly comes off as disingenuous to the average NFL fan.  All I'm saying is, don't look for Aaron Rodgers way any time soon in Green Bay.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

No Direction Home

There is a reason why Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is known as "Ruin Tomorrow Jr." in many circles, and it is on display this off-season in Philadelphia.  A man who has recklessly spent money signing free-agents, traded away the farm system for mid-season help, and failed to develop any young players in the name of being competitive in the past has the Phillies going absolutely nowhere for the foreseeable future.  This off-season more than any other, he has proven that he has no idea what he is doing as a GM and ought to be sent out of town on a rail.

For five years in a row, the Phillies were the class of the National League East.  First it was hitting that carried the team, then superior pitching.  Over the years though, it became clear that the team was past its expiration date.  Ruben Amaro seemed to realize this a few years ago when he traded away players like Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, et al in an attempt to restock a dwindling farm system.  It seemed likely that Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and company were the next pieces of the former puzzle to go in an effort to start over.  However, somewhere along the way Ruben Amaro decided that this was still a championship caliber team, and re-signed both Utley and Rollins, gave a huge extension to Cole Hamels, and threw way too much money at Jonathan Papelbon.  Now we have a real mess on our hands.

Instead of having just one untouchable contract (the abortion that is Ryan Howard's contract (which was given to him as an extension while he was still under contract for at least two more years)) Rube now has about 5 or 6 (Rollins, Utley, Howard, Papelbon, Hamels, Lee) and is receiving a declining product.  This is nearly impossible to navigate around, and Phillies fans are basically waiting for these contracts to expire while we hopefully can stock up on high draft picks.  But just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Rube is trying his best to make it so.

Convinced that this is still a contending team, Ruben Amaro is now reportedly trying to trade away are two best building blocks (Cole Hamels, Domonic Brown) in an attempt, I'm not sure.  But if we are rebuilding, why was veteran outfield Marlon Byrd signed for $16 million this off-season?  Not only that, it has also been reported that he is actively trying to move Jimmy Rollins and Jonathan Papelbon.  Wait.  So, we are trying to win now because we are a contender, but we are also trading away our veterans to rebuild?  I wish Tex was around so he could tell me what the hell is going on.

What we have here is a general manager that has no idea what he is doing.  He has no plan, and is too stubborn to admit that his core of World Series champions is over the hill.  Ruben Amaro is delusional if he thinks that the Phillies can still win with this squad, and has wasted money on veteran players that should have gone towards rebuilding.  The worst part is, all we can do as fans is wait for these contracts to expire and hope that Ruben gets fired as well.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Big week last week.  10-6 and right back in the thick of things. If Moose has proven nothing else, it's that you can count on the No Doubter picks.  I probably just jinxed myself good.  One more good week can get me back to even in the overall category as well.  Moose will channel his inner Cramer this week. 

San Diego (+10.5) at Denver: Wow.  Tough one right out of the gate.  Big Phil Rivers has looked sharp as of late, but Peyton has got his eyes on bigger things.  I don't think he will be stopped in this game.  PICK: Denver

Washington (+6.5) at Atlanta: Shanahan has given up on this team.  Even Atlanta could beat them at this point.  Plus RG3-13 has a nice ring to it.  PICK: Atlanta

San Francisco (-5.5) at Tampa Bay: Schiano and the legbreakers have quietly won four out of five.  San Francisco is riding high after a big win against Seattle.  Trap game?  Nah.  PICK: San Francisco

Arizona (-2.5) at Tennessee: What was I thinking picking against the Cards in the desert last week?  Big time no-no.  I'll make up for it by believing in them on the road this week.  PICK: Arizona

New Orleans (-5.5) at St. Louis: I will admit, I was low on the Saints going into last week.  Crazy to pick against them at home though.  St. Louis is basically a home game for them as well.  PICK: New Orleans

Chicago (pick em) at Cleveland: From section 316 last week, Cleveland looked like Flanders house from the outside after it was rebuilt following the hurricane.  In the fourth quarter they crumbled faster than the wall after Rod took down the load bearing poster.  Chicago is in the thick of the playoff hunt, they would be wise to stick with McCown here.  If they do, they win.  PICK: Chicago

Houston (+5.5) at Indianapolis: Indy the first team to clinch their division despite a -3 points differential.  Kubiak axed down in Houston.  This game has the potential to be wacky.  PICK: Indy

Buffalo (-2) at Jacksonville: The Jaguars are getting more respectable by the week.  Meanwhile Buffalo continues to disappoint.  Jags owners Shahid Khan is no doubt hoping for a big win at home this week so he can unleash his trademark middle eastern ululations.  PICK: Jacksonville

NEP (-2.5) at Miami: Another Pyrrhic victory for the NEP last week.  Amazing comeback, but Gronk out for the season.  TB12 often has some shaky games in Miami, and his offense just got shaken up worse than a Duff beer can on April fools day.  That said, the NEP have been finding a way to win the close ones all year long.  The Pats clinch their 11th division in 14 years this week.  All hail BB.  PICK: NEP

Philadelphia (-4.5) at Minnesota: Trap game?  SI cover jinx? Neither of those are worse than good old-fashioned Philadelphia pessimism, and that has been waning every week.  This Eagles team is defying expectations, starting with the defense, and the fans are starting to believe.  No way they lose this week.  That's right, tack the TPLIYP curse right on there as well.  It doesn't matter.  PICK:  Philadelphia

NYJ (+11) at Carolina: I bet the Jets are the team I have picked most incorrectly all season long.  Fuck them.  They aren't worth Moose's time.  PICK: Carolina

Kansas City (-4.5) at Oakland: Kansas City loses two games to Denver and is all of a sudden dogshit in the spreads.  Smart money is here.  PICK: KC (No Doubter)

Green Bay (+7) at Dallas: Picked Chicago against Dallas with my heart last week and it paid off.  Is there any chance A-Rod comes back just to troll Dallas?  Hope so.  PICK: Green Bay

Cincinnati (-2.5) at Pittsburgh: This sounds like a game that would be painful to play in.  PICK: Cincy

Baltimore (+6) at Detroit: Flacco isn't ready to cede the division to the Red Rocket yet. Side note: I was a big Reggie Bush fan until last week when he pussied out of playing five minutes before the game.  You poisoned my team, son.  PICK: Baltimore

OVERALL: 98-103-6

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

 Get it?  Moose.  Pick.  My genius is unparalleled.  My football knowledge however is very ordinary after another down week at 6-9-1.  It seems after every good week, I have one just as shitty to follow.  I need a monster week.  Time is running out.

Houston (-3) at Jacksonville: Who's pumped up for Thursday Night Football?  Not Moose.  PICK: Jacksonville

Kansas City (-3) at Washington: Fat Andy had another tough loss to Denver last week.  He needs this one to stay alive in the AFC West picture.  PICK: Kansas City (NO DOUBTER)

Minnesota (+6.5) at Baltimore: Baltimore continues its postseason push at home.  PICK: Baltimore

Cleveland (+12) at NEP: No word on who the starting QB will be for Chudzinski and Co.  But I'll take Tocuhdown Tommy at home.  Side Note: Moose will be in attendance at this game.  I hope to catch a glimpse of the man, the myth, the legend: THE CHUD.  PICK: NEP

 Oakland (+3) at NYJ: These are the Jets that I thought we would see all season long.  PICK: Oakland

Indianapolis (+6) at Cincinnati: Tough call here.  I think Cincy's defense puts the clamps down on Luck at home though.  PICK: Cincy

Carolina (+3) at New Orleans: New Orleans is tough at home, but I think they are fading.  Carolina keeps winning games, despite having an offense more boring than Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge.  PICK: Carolina
Detroit (+3) at Philadelphia: Talk about the game of the week!  Two 7-5 teams with their playoff hopes on the line.  I picked against the Iggs last week, and was pleasantly surprised.  We will see if they can slow down Megatron, but the real question is; can the Lions slow down Foles?  PICK: Philadelphia

Miami (+3) at Pittsburgh: Mike Wallace returns to Pittsburgh.  I know that is not a great teaser, but it's all I got.  PICK: Pittsburgh

Buffalo (+2.5) at Tampa Bay: Buffalo has been a bigger mystery this year than the spot which bears that name in Springfield.  No idea what to make of them on any given week.  PICK: Tampa Bay
Tennessee (+12) at Denver: Manning is out to set the record for most TD passes this week.  Not to mention clinch the AFC West and move closer to the #1 seed in the AFC.  PICK: Denver

St. Louis (+6.5) at Arizona: The Iggs dinged up Carson Palmer last week and provided a blueprint against a good defense.  For the first time seemingly all season, I will choose the away team knowing full well that crazy things happen in the desert.  PICK: St. Louis

NYG (+3) at San Diego: San Diego beat the Iggs and 'Boys, but lost to the 'Skins.  Big Phil Rivers needs a bounce back week.  PICK: San Diego

Seattle (+2.5) at San Francisco: Seattle is looking like a juggernaut.  I don't see San Francisco giving them much of a fight.  PICK: Seattle

Atlanta (pick em) at Green Bay: Rodgers might be back, and the game is at Lambeau.  PICK: Green Bay

Dallas (+1) at Chicago: Need a loss by Dallas here.  Hopefully Jeffery and Marshall can have huge games.  PICK: Chicago

OVERALL: 88-97-6

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims!  Moose really killed it last week with a 9-5 record.  Taking down Vegas like a steely eyed veteran, and making strides back towards .500.  Let's get rolling on week 13 before the tryptophan and coors light knocks us all out at 5:30pm.

Green Bay (+6) at Detroit: Detroit is reeling after an unexplainable loss to Tampa Bay.  I think this is Schwartz's downfall in the making.  PICK: Green Bay

Oakland (+9.5) at Dallas:  Dallas will manage to keep Oakland in this game.  PICK: Oakland

Pittsburgh (+3) at Baltimore: Pittsburgh is on a roll.  And Big Ben probably really wants to eat a turkey leg.  PICK: Pittsburgh

Tennessee (+4.5) at Indianapolis: Andrew Luck misses his security blanket Reggie Wayne more than Bart misses his soul after he traded it to Milhouse for some sponge dinosaurs.  PICK: Tennessee

Denver (-5) at Kansas City: Kansas City's defense is hobbled and just gave up 41 points to Big Phil Rivers.  PICK: Denver

Jacksonville (+7) at Cleveland: Brandon Weeden at qb?  PICK: Jacksonville  (NO DOUBTER)

Tampa Bay (+8) at Carolina: Carolina has been winning, but the games have been close.  Tampa is also on the upswing.  PICK: Tampa Bay

Chicago (+1) at Minnesota: Minnesota refuses to acknowledge that giving Adrian Peterson the ball on every play would give them the best chance to win.  PICK: Chicago

Arizona (+3) at Philadelphia:  The Cardinals defense is LEGIT.  I know we are not in the desert (where crazy things happen as we know) but I think the Eagles get lambasted here.  PICK: Arizona

Miami (+2) at NYJ: The NYJ have been shit lately.  But I think they pick up a home win here.

Atlanta (+3) at Buffalo:  A shitty Falcons team heads up to Ralph Wilson Stadium where they are going to get destroyed.  PICK: Buffalo

St. Louis (+8.5) at San Francisco: The Rams pull off the upset here.  PICK: St. Louis

New England (-7.5) at Houston:  Huge win for the Pats last week.  BB and TB12 will be all business this week.  PICK: NEP

Cincinnati (+1) at San Diego: I like the Bungals after a bye week.  Hopefully Big Phil Rivers gets a few fantasy points though.  PICK: Cincy

NYG (-1) at Washington:  Hmm.  RG3-9.  PICK: NYG

New Orleans (+5) at Seattle: Seattle's defensive backs are all getting suspended.  No bueno.  PICK: New Orleans

OVERALL: 82-88-5

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

I feel as stupid as this guy looks after going a measly 3-8-3 last week.  That hurts big time.  No doubt going to be tough to bounce back from. Only one way to do it though.  Win the whole...fuckin...thing.

New Orleans (-9) at Atlanta: The Falcons are pathetic.  I bet Tony Gonzalez is glad he stuck around for another year.  PICK: New Orleans

Tampa Bay (+9) at Detroit: Detroit had a bad loss last week, and Tampa Bay is building momentum.  If Detroit gives the ball to Reggie Bush more they cover.  But they won't.  PICK: Tampa Bay

Jacksonville (+10) at Houston: Ugly ugly game.  PICK: Jacksonville

Minnesota (+4.5) at Green Bay: Ugly ugly game.  PICK: Minnesota

San Diego (+5) at Kansas City: Big Phil Rivers has fallen way off from his early season productivity levels.  Kansas is looking to beat up on someone after that tough game against the Broncs.  PICK: Kansas City

Carolina (-4.5) at Miami: Cam is looking pretty legit.  Look for Carolina's defense to absolutely destroy Ryan Tannehill too.  PICK: Carolina

Pittsburgh (+2) at Cleveland: Sucker bet?  I'll bite again.  PICK: Pittsburgh

Chicago (+1.5) at St. Louis: I have no idea what to make of Chicago.  This team is all over the place.  I guess I'll take them as dogs in St. Louis though.  PICK: Chicago

NYJ (+3.5) at Baltimore:  The NYJ can hang with the best at home, but on the road they are more bumbling than a pair of Simpson and Son revitalizing tonic salesmen.  PICK: Baltimore (NO DOUBTER)
Tennessee (-1) at Oakland: Another confounding team.  The Tennessee Titans.  Their defense seems to be stepping up to the plate.  I hate picking Fitzy though.  PICK: Tennessee

Indianapolis (+2) at Arizona: The Colts have struggled lately, while Carson is starting to shine.  And the fact that crazy things happen in the desert has been well documented.  PICK: Arizona

Dallas (+2.5) at NYG: Tony Romo is by no means a superstar quarterback, but he is better than Terrelle Pryor, Matt Barkley, Scott Tolzien and Josh Freeman combined.  This game will be a good litmus test for the Giants four game winning streak.  PICK: Dallas

Denver (-2.5) at NEP: The NEP have a legitimate gripe about the end of last week's game.  However, they were also lousy on 3rd down defense and turned the ball over in the red area.  I don't think they get Manning off the field enough this week despite their amazing record at home in the later months.  PICK: Denver

San Francisco (-6) at Washington: Washington is a bad football team.  Mike Shanahan has lost it as a coach.  RGIII is also going right along the same path of development as the McNabbs, Vicks and Youngs of the NFL.  It is funny when its happening to another team.  PICK: San Francisco

LAST WEEK: 3-8-3
OVERALL: 73-83-5

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

I need in this fraternity like Taco Bell needs to start selling chili.  We are just talking about no-brainer type stuff here.  I'd turn the Loyal Order of Moose into a well-oiled machine in no time.  Enjoying the most moose-ish of pursuits.  I'm gonna do some research, but right off the bat it sounds Canadian.  That could pose a problem.  Anyway, I was 6-8 last week.  Not great, but there were several surprising games.  Any given Sunday indeed.  Let's move forward.

Indianapolis (-3) at Tennessee:  The Colts got smacked by the Rams last week, and Tennessee lost to the Jaguars.  I bet they are both happy it was a short week.  I like the Colts defense to get after Fitzy.  He is a turnover machine.  PICK: Indy

Atlanta (-1.5) at Tampa Bay: Big win for Tampa on Monday, but they lost another running back in the process.  I like a team with a white starting running back though.  PICK: Tampa

NYJ (+1) at Buffalo:  The Jets are coming off of a bye and have the ground game working.  I thought they were going to be absolutely terrible this year.  I stand corrected.  PICK: NYJ

Detroit (-2.5) at Pittsburgh: Technically I lost taking Detroit -2.5 last week, but I'm counting (not officially of course) it as a win because they beat Chicago in Soldier Field in a tough game.  Pittsburgh has shown life lately, but I don't think they can stop the Lions. PICK: Detroit

Washington (+3.5) at Philadelphia: The Eagles have improved a lot on both sides of the ball since week 1.  Still, this will be a close game, and the Eagles are at home.  PICK: Washington

San Diego (-1.5) at Miami: Miami has been completely derailed by Jonathan Martin's bullying accusations.  PICK: San Diego (NO DOUBTER)

Baltimore (+3) at Chicago: Baltimore at home and on the road are two different teams.  The Bears are really dinged up though.  PICK: Baltimore

Cleveland (+6) at Cincinnati: Chudzinksi has got me back in his camp.  PICK: Cleveland

Oakland (+7) at Houston: Case Keenum is making the Texans forget about Matt Schaub faster than Bart, Homer and Co. forgot about Santa's Little Helper when Bart bought Laddie.  Seriously though, that episode almost made me cry.  That's not good pet ownership.  PICK: Houston

Arizona (-7) at Jacksonville: Big win for the Jags last week.  Moose has been bullish on the Cards all season though.  PICK: Arizona

Kansas City (+8) at Denver: The game of the year.  We'll see how good the Chiefs really are.  Kansas City's defense is good enough to keep them within 8 points, and Andy Reid beat Peyton and killed Austin Collie last time he played them.  PICK: Kansas City

Minnesota (+12.5) at Seattle: It hasn't always been pretty, but Seattle is 9-1.  Minnesota doesn't stand a chance.  PICK: Seattle

San Francisco (+3) at New Orleans: New Orleans at home.  Can't bet against that.  PICK: New Orleans

Green Bay (+5) at NYG:  The Giants have won three in a row against Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley and Terrelle Pryor.  Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien shouldn't stand in their way of win number four, but I think it remains close.  PICK: Green Bay

New England (+2.5) at Carolina: In head to head matchups between AFC/NFC teams this season, it is tied up 23-23.  In the head to head matchups involving some of the better teams from each conference, the AFC have had the upper hand I believe (think NYJ over New Orleans, Indy dismantling SF and beating SEA, Cincy beating DET and GB).  Combine that with the fact that BB has had an extra week to carve up the Panthers defense.  PICK: NEP

OVERALL: 70-75-2

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Shout out to the University of Maine at Augusta Moose!  Great team name, great logo, great school.  The Harvard of central Maine is how I've always heard it described.  Moose will need a little support this week after a lackluster and listless week nine.  6-7 won't cut it.  Let's press on!

Washington (-2.5) at Minnesota: Minnesota is a little bit better than their 1-7 record would dictate.  But they seemingly find ways to lose games.  I'll take the Washington RATskins in this one.  PICK: Washington

Jacksonville (+12) at Tennessee: It is becoming a pain to try and calculate how much the Jags are going to lose by each week.  But with wide receiver Justin Blackmon suspended again for hood rat things, the Jags will have no offense.  PICK: Tennessee

Philadelphia (+1.5) at Green Bay: I want to believe in Nick Foles and the Eagles.  I really do.  I would love to see them come in here and make a statement against Green Bay.  A win at Lambeau is a win even with Seneca Wallace at qb.  Fuck it, I'm all in on Foles.  PICK: Philadelphia
 America's Bad Boys 2013

Buffalo (+3) at Pittsburgh: Ben looked good last week (what else is new?) and the pump fake is in vintage form.  The defense should have an easier time against Buffalo.  Side note: Troy Polamalu has turned into a really bad player.  PICK: Pittsburgh

Oakland (+7) at NYG: The NYG have been playing better defense lately. And if Nick Foles can throw seven tds against the Raiders then Eli should be just fine. PICK: NYG

St. Louis (+9.5) at Indianapolis: T.Y. Hilton is starting to take it to the next level.  Colts romp in the dome against prep school Clemens.  PICK: Indy

Seattle (-6.5) at Atlanta: Atlanta has gone to shit this season.  Seattle has been playing poorly lately too.  This game will be all about toughness though, and Atlanta has none.  PICK: Seattle

Cincinnati (-1.5) at Baltimore: Baltimore lost to the Browns last week.  The Bengals lost to the Dolphins.  Ugly.  This is a statement game for Cincy in the AFC North.  Gotta go through the champs.  Prove it.  PICK: Cincy

Detroit (-2.5) at Chicago: Everybody is high on Chicago since Aaron Rodgers got hurt.  They are the Flaming Moe (or Meaux) of football right now.  I just don't see it.  Their defense is still in trouble with injuries, while the Lions offense is shining brighter than Homer's head after he stuck it in the Shine-O Ball-O.  PICK: Detroit

 Carolina (+6) at San Francisco: This should be a great game.  Carolina is on an absolute roll.  San Francisco is coming off a bye and is at home though.  Harbaugh should be able to pull this one out.  PICK: San Francisco

Houston (+2.5) at Arizona:  I think Case Keenum injects some life into this offense and gets the team going.  Arizona is lifeless but has a legit defense.  I like Andre Ellington in the backfield as well.  PICK: Arizona

Denver (-7) at San Diego: Peyton Manning had two weeks to study the San Diego defense.  PICK: Denver (NO DOUBTER)

Dallas (+7) at New Orleans: Fuck the Saints for ruining me in suicide pool last week.  But I also want them to beat Dallas.  Sproles is back as well.  PICK: New Orleans

Miami (-3) at Tampa Bay: JFK: American Experience; Ghostbusters II; Forrest Gump; Global Supercard Wrestling.  All things on tv Monday night that I will be watching instead of this game.  PICK: Miami

OVERALL: 64-67-2

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Back to back solid weeks for the Moose and two No Doubters in a row slammed home.  Talk about easy money.  If you were placing bets on No Doubters, you'd be living in the Hollywood Hills by now.  In week nine, we get over the hump for the season.  Let's go!

Cincinnati (-3) at Miami: The Bengals rolled the Jets last week and are looking mighty strong.  I think they sink the floundering Dolphins.  Make Thursday night my NO DOUBTER again.  PICK: Cincy

Atlanta (+7.5) at Carolina: Cam is looking good.  Matty Ice is looking bad.  7.5 is a lot to give up in a divisional game, but I think the Panthers cover.  PICK: Carolina

Minnesota (+10.5) at Dallas: I don't think Minnesota has the defense to control Dallas, or the offense to keep up with them.  PICK: Dallas

New Orleans (-6) at NYJ: The NYJ are very up and down.  They get pasted by Cincy last week, but beat the Pats the week before.  I think the downward trend continues.  PICK: New Orleans

Tennessee (-3) at St. Louis: Kellen Clemens does not inspire any confidence.  Prep school face like you read about though.  PICK: Tennessee

Kansas City (-3) at Buffalo: Kansas City is due for a let down.  And nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.  PICK: Buffalo

San Diego (-1) at Washington: San Diego off the bye week.  The Skins haven't played a full four quarters all season.  PICK: San Diego

Philadelphia (+2.5) at Oakland:  Hopefully Foles can avoid another concussion this week.  Against the Cowboys he looked like he went a few rounds with Drederick Tatum.  If he stays healthy I think the Eagles defense can contain the Raiders and score some points.  PICK: Eagles

Tampa Bay (+16) at Seattle:  Seattle's offense is a little ragged.  If Tampa can limit the turnovers, they can cover.  A big if.  PICK: Tampa Bay

Baltimore (-2.5) at Cleveland: Yuck.  PICK: Baltimore

Pittsburgh (+6.5) at NEP:  The best description I heard of this game is that it will be "a rock fight."  NEP by a TD.  PICK: NEP

Indianapolis (-2.5) at Houston: Gotta think the Colts are going to dominate here.  PICK: Indy

Chicago (+10.5) at Green Bay: Who is Chicago's qb now?  I was a big fan of Hanie.  PICK: Green Bay 

OVERALL: 58-60-2

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

In hindsight, Moose Calls would have been a brilliant name for my weekly picks.  I'm not surprised that I didn't come up with something that clever though.  I can take solace in a 9-6 week seven however.  Let's continue the march towards .500!

Carolina (-6) at Tampa Bay: Unfortunately Tampa Bay and Jacksonville don't play each other this year.  That would be must see tv.  Carolina is at .500 after a miserable start to the season.  Look for them to throttle the Bucs.  PICK: Carolina NO DOUBTER

San Francisco (-16.5) at Jacksonville: The London Jaguars are a mighty foe, and should be able to keep the 49ers from winning by 17.  PICK: Jacksonville

Dallas (+3) at Detroit: Dallas held the Eagles to three points last week and are pretty proud about it.  The Lions are going to score way more than that.  PICK: Detroit

NYG (+5.5) at Philadelphia:  If the Eagles win, it is going to be close.  Not sure how healthy Vick is, and the Giants defense is improving.  PICK: NYG

Cleveland (+7.5) at Kansas City: Cleveland's defense is strong enough to hold the Chiefs offense in check.  But this all comes down to Jason Campbell at quarterback.  I could see the Browns scoring 0 points on Sunday.  Chudzinski is probably so sad right now.  PICK: Kansas City

Buffalo (+11.5) at New Orleans: The Saints are coming off of a bye after a tough loss to the Pats.  They get real and act real against Buffalo.  Side note: Demamp has REALLY aged the past two years or so.  PICK: New Orleans

Miami (+6.5) at NEP: The NEP make a statement this week after an embarrassing and questionable loss to the NYJ last week.  PICK: NEP

NYJ (+6.5) at Cincinnati: The NYJ got everyone's hope us last week.  Let down city this week.  PICK: Cincy

Pittsburgh (-2.5) at Oakland: Steelers and the Raiders.  40 years ago this game really would have meant something.  Classic autumn wind is a Raider game.  PICK: Oakland

Washington (+12.5) at Denver: Washington is going to get blown out by the Denver Broncos.  It's been really exciting to watch Robert Griffin press conferences since Tuesday though.  PICK: Denver

Atlanta (+2.5) at Arizona: Atlanta bounced back with a win last week.  But strange things happen in the desert.  The Cards are bringing the Guatemalan insanity peppers on D, and Carson will have his spirit guide with him this week.  PICK: Arizona

Green Bay (-9) at Minnesota: Good call on Josh Freeman!  Are we sure he doesn't have a permanent concussion?  Even with injuries, look for Rodgers to romp.  PICK: Green Bay

Seattle (-11) at St. Louis:  No Slingin' Sammy B for the Rams has me excited to start Seattle's defense in fantasy football this week.  PICK: Seattle

OVERALL: 49-56-2

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Catch 22

Now that my Brandel Chamblee rant is over and done with, I can now start with my think-piece on the NFL as promised.  Roger Goodell and the NFL have come under increasing fire in the past few years to protect the athletes from injury in the NFL.  Changes have been made to protect the quarterback, protect defenseless receivers, and most recently to prevent one player from pushing another player in the back to block field goals (mentioned in jest).  Despite these changes however, concussions still appear to be on the rise in the NFL.  Part of this is no doubt attributable to the improvement in diagnosis of head injuries, but could another part of it be the evolution of the passing game?

If you were to take a look at the top-10 NFL career passing yardage leaders, only one of them (Fran Tarkenton) played before the 1980s.  When expanded to the top-20, you could add Dan Fouts, Johnny Unitas and Jim Hart (and one year of Joe Montana).  All the rest of the quarterbacks have played in an age where passing has become option #1 and rule changes have been make to proliferate passing yardage.  Hashmarks have been moved in, the quarterbacks have been given more protection, and basically any contact with the receiver beyond five yards has been outlawed.  What has been the result?  Record passing and receiving numbers, yes.  Record attendance and viewership, yes.  But could this also be contributing to more and more injuries? 

Think about it; receivers like Calvin Johnson and Malcom Floyd that are 6'5" and 225 pounds can now run their routes at sub 4.5/40 speeds without a defensive back being allowed to do anything to slow them down.  He is basically forced to stay away from the receiver until the last second when the ball arrives.  That all but guarantees that the two players are going to collide with a pretty fantastic amount of force.  That might not be contributing to all of the head trauma in the league, but I would argue it certainly has head an effect and certainly could be avoided.  Why hasn't the NFL corrected this problem?  Simple, follow the money.

Long gone are the days when a successful team won games 14-6 with a "three yards and a cloud of dust" mentality.  The NFL recognized that that style didn't garner viewers or sell tickets.  So they took the reins off of offenses in order to get more butts in the seats.  When it is apparent that this stressing of the passing game has coincided with increased head injuries in the game, they have balked at changing the rules because the money keeps rolling in.  They pay lip service to caring about the players, but the bottom line is the bottom line. 

There is no doubt that this is not the only factor in the rise in concussions in the NFL.  Players are bigger, stronger and faster than ever.  Concussions that would have gone undiagnosed in the past are now being treated with better technology and training.  These things have certainly contributed to the rise in reported concussions over the year.  However, the NFL has had its own hand in the rise in concussions by chasing viewership, attendance and ultimately money.  In an effort to become a pass happy league, the NFL has allowed players to reach dangerous speeds on the field, which has no doubt led to more concussions as well.  Re-instituting hand-checking, bump and run coverage, etc. would no doubt slow these receivers down and cut down on some of the high-speed injuries that have occurred.  But would the NFL make more money?  That is the question that they are more concerned with.

Building His Brand(el)

I was working on a nice little think-piece about the NFL and Roger Goodell, but unfortunately that will have to wait because I am fired up right now about this Brandel Chamblee story.  For those of you who are not familiar with Brandel Chamblee, he is a former PGA Tour golfer that now works as an analyst on the Golf Channel.  He has been extremely critical of Tiger Woods this year ever since his two-shot penalty at the Masters, and recently published a puff-piece giving Tiger Woods a grade of "F" for the 2013 season.  Tiger's agent has since responded, threatening legal action and blowing the story up even more.  As a die-hard Tiger fan, I can't help but have an opinion on this.  However, I will try to be impartial and easy on the vitriol in this response.  It's tough when you have to look at that wimp with a stupid haircut though.

First of all, it would be crazy to think that Brandel Chamblee does not have it out for Tiger for some reason.  Whether he doesn't approve of his lifestyle and decisions, or he is jealous of his skill level and fame, something irks Brandel Chamblee about Tiger.  What else could explain the article he wrote for  Under the guise of season-ending grades for the top golfers on tour, Chamblee light-heartedly recaps 13 other professional golfer's seasons with humorous anecdotes.  He comments on Jason Dufner's wife, how many autographs Phil Mickelson signed, and how pretty Adam Scott is, while spending no more than a sentence or two on any one golfer.  Then he gets to Tiger.  In a paragraph, Chamblee explains how his fourth grade teacher caught him cheating and gave him a 100 on the test, then crossed it out and wrote "F" which he then does for Tiger as well.  It appears that Brandel Chamblee never really grew up from that fourth grade moment as he continues rather transparently to attack Tiger Woods without any real agenda.

After Tiger's agent responded, Chamblee said he was merely defending his "opinion" that Tiger cheated several times this year.  This is an interesting departure from Chamblee's comments earlier this year when he stated it was not his opinion, but fact, that Tiger cheated.  Take a look at this Twitter interaction between Chamblee and resident Golf Channel babe Win McMurry right after Tiger's penalty at the Masters in April:

13 Apr
I appreciate standing up for the RULES of GOLF against who is standing up for HIS OWN OPINION of right/wrong

13 Apr
it's not an opinion that he gained an advantage by taking an improper drop Win.

Chamblee insists it is not his opinion that Tiger gained an advantage by taking an improper drop, but that it is somehow factual and can be proven that Tiger got an advantage and is a cheater.  Now he is saying that it is just his opinion that Tiger was "cavalier with the rules" at the Masters, as well as at other tournaments.  Interesting flip-flop there after he totally crucified Tiger during the Masters and said that his entire career would have a cloud over it if he kept playing and didn't disqualify himself.  

I have a few conclusions to draw from this series of events:

1) Brandel Chamblee is a petty person, and has it out for Tiger Woods for some reason
2) If statement 1 is not true, then Brandel Chamblee must be trying to gain financially off of being the anti-Tiger Woods personality somehow (something I have always accused Phil Mickelson of as well, somewhat jokingly)
3) Statement 2 could be construed as the comments of a blind Tiger supporter.  I'll admit that.  But why else would Chamblee continue to slam Tiger Woods?  He made a stink around the Masters, then stirred the pot again after the season is over?  What is the point?  Ask David Portnoy.  Pageviews = internet dollars.  I feel bad even writing about this because it is just creating more buzz for Chamblee.  Such an irrelevant person should be ignored.
4) Chamblee has no idea what it is like to be under such intense scrutiny and media spotlight, so maybe he should just save the criticism for someone who was actually good at golf:

Brandel Chamblee

Results in major championships

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

5) Brandel Chamblee wouldn't have a job if it weren't for Tiger Woods.  Think about that.  He is paid money because of this person that he thinks is such a disgrace.  Can't be that bad I guess.

6)  Say what you want about Tiger; he should know the rules better, maybe he did wantonly disobey the rules, maybe he should sign more autographs, maybe he shouldn't have cheated on his wife.  But don't be a little bitch who writes a thinly veiled article whose only purpose is to blast someone you don't like.  Be a man, not the fourth grader you so eloquently describe in your article.  Which, by the way, I give an F. 

7) Elk might have said it best right here:

If Tiger Woods sued Brandel Chamblee for his comments what would he hope to get? Some hair spray & a short snap hook ....

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Another sub-par week for old Moose.  Pretty soon my bookie will have my head on his wall.  5-10 isn't going to cut it in this day and age.  I need a big week this week to get back on track.  Let's get it done!

Seattle (-5.5) at Arizona: In the desert, but Seattle is good enough to hold Arizona in check even though their defense seems legit.  PICK: Seattle

NEP (-4) at NYJ: BIG win for the NEP last week.  Injuries will hurt them this week on defense, but I think the offense comes out firing on all cylinders finally.  PICK: NEP

San Diego (-7.5) at Jacksonville: San Diego beat the Colts last week.  Watch them lose to Jacksonville this week. PICK: Jacksonville

Houston (+6) at Kansas City: Houston fans got their wish with Matt Schaub getting hurt.  They get blow out by Fat Andy at Arrowhead this week.  Is Eric Berry NFL MVP?  I can't think of one other good safety.  PICK: Kansas City

Cincinnati (+2.5) at Detroit: Detroit has too many weapons on offense.  Call Joseph Fauria Cris Carter because all he ever does is catch touchdowns.  I wish the Fauria spike was passed down to him though.  PICK: Detroit

Buffalo (+7.5) at Miami: Doug Marrone has been keeping games close with even the most putrid of QBs.  Enter Matt Flynn.  The Bills QB situation this year is resembling the Broncos running back carousel of 2008.  PICK: Buffalo

Chicago (Pick 'em) at Washington: Robert Griffin III looked better last week.  I like the Bears in a toss up though.  PICK: Chicago

Dallas (+3) at Philly: The Eagles haven't won a game at home since 2011.  That's a fact.  Despite D. Ware and D. Murray being out, I think Bryant, Austin and Witten shred this secondary.  PICK: Dallas

St. Louis (+6) at Carolina: Is Cam Newton starting his late season resurgence early?  I think so.  PICK: Carolina

Tampa Bay (+7) at Atlanta: Atlanta is in free fall mode with all of their injuries.  They can still beat the Bucs though.  PICK: Atlanta

San Francisco (-4) at Tennessee:  The Titans keep it close for a while, then field hand Gore breaks free to put it out of reach.  NO DOUBTER.  PICK: San Francisco

Cleveland (+10) at Green Bay: I want to believe in Chudzinski, especially with the Packers down a few wide receivers.  Brandon Weeden is the quarterback though.  PICK: Green Bay

Baltimore (+2) at Pittsburgh: Sucker bet?  Once again, I'll bite.  PICK: Baltimore

Denver (-6.5) at Indianapolis: Game of the week here.  The Colts bounce back from a stinker and Manning face for all!  PICK: Colts

Minnesota (+3.5) at NYG: The NYG gotta win sometime.  PICK: NYG

OVERALL: 40-50-2

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Tough week for the Moose, going 5-9 and losing my perfect No Doubter streak to start the season.  Every week is a new picture though, and as Rod Stewart tells us; "Every Picture Tells a Story."  Great album by the way.  Got it on vinyl.  RAT is probably jealous about that.  Let's see what we can learn from the story of week 5 and try to right the ship this week.

NYG (+7.5) at Chicago: The Giants have lost five in a row to start the season, and managed to get beaten badly by the lowly Eagles last week.  This would seem like a slam dunk for the Bears, but I think Chicago is on a downward slide of their own and the Giants have to win sometime.  PICK: NYG

Oakland (+9) at Kansas City: Fat Andy is 5-0.  Fucking great.  I think they win this week, but not by 10 or more.  PICK: The Autumn Wind is a Raider

Philadelphia (-1.5) at Tampa Bay: Tampa is 0-4, but is coming off of a bye week.  The Iggs have switched gears to Nick Foles at QB with Vick hurt.  I hate to say it but I think Tampa gets their first win this week.  If not, Schiano gets canned.  Mark it.  PICK: Leg Breakers

Green Bay (-3) at Baltimore: Baltimore at home is always risky to pick against.  I'm taking the Packers offense though.  PICK: Green Bay

Carolina (+2.5) at Minnesota: Minnesota now has three bad quarterbacks.  Adrian Peterson probably longs for the days of Tarvaris Jackson.  Yikes.  PICK: Carolina

St. Louis (+7.5) at Houston: Houston looks really bad one week, then trounces a good team the next.  It doesn't make any sense.  The home crowd is gonna turn on Schaub right out of the gate.  Gimme the Rams.  PICK: St. Louis

Pittsburgh (+2.5) at NYJ:  Well now, the NYJ are 3-2.  I still don't understand it.  But I'll roll with it.  PICK: NYJ

Detroit (-2.5) at Cleveland: PICK:


Cincinnati (-7) at Buffalo: No E.J. Manuel for the Bills, and the Bengals managed to hold Tom Brady to no touchdowns last week.  Smart money is on the Red Rocket this week.  Crazy things can happen at Ralph Wilson Stadium though.  PICK: Cincy

Tennessee (+13.5) at Seattle: Seattle looked bad against the Colts last week, but the Seahawks at home is a different animal altogether.  Fitzy goes for multiple picks in this game.  PICK: Seattle

Jacksonville (+27.5) at Denver:  Largest spread in history.  I'm taking the points.  Denver will probably be up 35-0 at halftime and then put in their backups the rest of the game and win by 24 or something.  PICK: Jacksonville

Arizona (+10.5) at San Francisco: We thought Arizona's defense seemed legit last week, and we still think so.  I like them to cover this week but not win per se.  San Francisco's defense got old fast.  PICK: Arizona

New Orleans (+2.5) at New England: The NEP looked putrid last week.  I think their offense has a hard time keeping up with the Saints even with Gronk back in the lineup.  PICK: New Orleans

Washington (+5.5) at Dallas: Dallas ran up the scoreboard last week against Denver but still lost.  I think they hold Washington in check this week.  PICK: Dallas

Indianapolis (-1.5) at San Diego:  This line is so close it makes you wonder if its a sucker bet.  I'll bite.  PICK: Indianapolis

OVERALL: 35-40-2

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Another week, another No Doubter slammed home.  Not to mention, a robust 10-5 record in week 4.  This week should be interesting with a lot of good teams playing each other, and several bad teams playing each other.  Let's keep on rolling in week 5!

Buffalo (+3.5) at Cleveland: TCFL -Team Chudzinski for Life.  PICK: Browns

Kansas City (-3) at Tennessee: I never know what to make of Tennessee, but with Jake Locker out, I think they struggle against the Chiefs defense.  PICK: Kansas City

Baltimore (+3) at Miami: Baltimore has struggled on the road, including a loss to the Bills last week.  PICK: Miami

Jacksonville (+11.5) at St. Louis: I wanted to pick the Rams in my survivor pool, but a famous bozo once told me; "don't bet on a bad team."  I think Justin Blackmon is back this week.  PICK: Jacksonville

New England (+1.5) at Cincinnati: The Pats are getting better every week despite missing key players on offense.  The Bengals come off of a huge win against the Packers with a loss to Chudzinski.  PICK: NEP

Seattle (-3) at Indianapolis: Tough game to call.  I'm going with defense though.  PICK: Seattle

Detroit (+7) at Green Bay: The Lions offense is going to give Green Bay fits.  PICK: Detroit

New Orleans (Pick Em) at Chicago: This New Orleans team appears to be on another level after dismantling the Dolphins on Monday.  They are going to be in the NFC Championship picture.  PICK: New Orleans

Philadelphia (+2) at NYG: I want to think the Eagles can win this, but their defense is so bad.  I think any QB could throw for 300 yards on them at this point.  PICK: NYG

Carolina (-2) at Arizona: Another blah game.  Arizona's defense seems legit.  PICK: Arizona

San Diego (-4.5) at Oakland: Philip Rivers is back and cocky as ever.  PICK: San Diego

Denver (-7.5) at Dallas: Denver is proving just how bad the NFC East is this year.  PICK: Denver

Houston (+6.5) at San Francisco: San Francisco had a big win last week and has had a long break.  PICK: San Francisco

NYJ (+10) at Atlanta: The Falcons have shown us nothing this year, but I still think they beat the Jets here.  Make it my NO DOUBTER of the week.  PICK: Atlanta

OVERALL: 30-31-2

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

I am doing what I can to get to make ends meet after a tough week last week.  Moose went a paltry 4-11-1 in a week of upsets and blowouts, and needs to get back on track in week 4.  Let's have a look at this week's matchups

San Francisco (-3) at St. Louis: The Niners are coming off of two bad losses in a row and Colin "Heliocentric" Kaepernick-us is doing commercials for what have to be the worst wings I have ever seen.  Harbaugh must be so pissed.  They gotta win this week or he kills somebody.  PICK: San Francisco

Pittsburgh (-2.5) at the London Vikings: Big Ben in London?  Makes sense.  I'll take the Steelers despite the Vikings' raucous home crowd. PIC: Steelers

Baltimore (-3) at Buffalo: The Ravens defense is starting to gel it seems.  Also, the EJ/CJ combination is stalling out.  PICK: Ravens

Cincinnati (-4.5) at Cleveland: Just when I lose faith in Chudzinski, he totally redeems himself!  I'm on board for life. Remember, Chudzinski is watching you!  PICK: Browns

Indianapolis (-8.5) at Jacksonville:  Jacksonville has a legit chance to go 0-16.  PICK: Colts

Seattle (-2.5) at Houston: Reliant Stadium is a tough place to play, but I think the Seahawks are going to go in there and smack Matt Schaub around.  PICK: Seattle

Arizona (+2.5) at Tampa Bay: Arizona has looked okay at times, and Tampa is starting rookie Mike Glennon.  Legbreaker might be swimming with the fishes if they start 0-4.  PICK: Arizona

Chicago (+3) at Detroit:  Tough call.  I'm thinking to myself; "Chicago is 3-0 and is a 3 point dog?  C'mon man!"  But I'm gonna take Detroit.  PICK: Detroit

NYG (+4.5) at Kansas City: Andy Reid vs. Tom Coughlin.  PICK: Kansas City

NYJ (+3.5) at Tennessee: How the Jets are 2-1 is completely beyond me.  Hopefully Tennessee demolishes them.  PICK: Tennessee

Dallas (-2) at San Diego: Phil Rivers' offensive magic sputtered out last week just in time for me to reap no fantasy points from Eddie Royal.  Meanwhile Dallas realized that running the ball is good.  PICK: Dallas

Washington (-3) at Oakland: No reason to have any faith in Washington right now.  Gotta prove it if you are the favorite.  PICK: Oakland

Philadelphia (+10.5) at Denver:  This game should be fun to watch.  I'm hoping the Eagles showing last week was attributed to the lousiness of Thursday Night Football, but I'm sensing a Broncos blowout and a long undefeated start for Peyton Manning.  Make it my NO DOUBTER of the week.  PICK: Broncs

New England (+2) at Atlanta:  Atlanta has been listless lately.  Moreover, their defense has been porous.  Listless and porous is no way to go through life.  PICK: NEP

Miami (+6.5) at New Orleans: Let's see if the Dolphins are for real this year.  PICK: Miami

LAST WEEK: 4-11-1
OVERALL: 20-26-2

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Moose's Weekly Picks

Great week last week as Moose went 10-6.  Well, that's probably enough small talk wouldn't you say?  Let's get into the picks with kickoff only a few hours away.

Kansas City (+3.5) at Philadelphia: The Iggs defense is in shambles.  Expect the Fat Man to at least keep it close, if not walk out with a win.  PICK: KC

San Diego (+3) at Tennessee: San Diego's offense has been rejuvenated with a new coach.  I think they can get by the Tight ones.  PICK: San Diego

Cleveland (+6.5) at Minnesota: What's going on in Camp Chudzinski?  Richardson traded and Weeden benched?  Doesn't bode well for the Brownies.  PICK: Minnesota

Tampa Bay (+7) at NEP: The flying Elvises have been anything but flying high despite being 2-0.  But the Bucs offense has been even worse.  Still, the Pats have only won by 5 points combined in their two games.  PICK: Tampa

Houston (-2.5) at Baltimore: Houston's offense might overwhelm this Ravens team like the Broncos did in week 1.  PICK: Houston

St. Louis (+4) at Dallas:  Dallas has played two very poor games but is somehow 1-1.  Gimme the lambs.  PICK: St. Louis

Arizona (+7.5) at New Orleans: The Saints are looking like the Saints of old.  Going to the Superdome is always a challenge as well.  PICK: New Orleans

Detroit (+2) at Washington: Washington has gotten blown out in its first two games.  Depending on the health of Reggie Bush, Detroit could put a big number on the 'Skins as well.  I'll make this my NO DOUBTER of the week.  PICK: Detroit

Green Bay (-2) at Cincinnati: The Bungals have looked a bit lackluster the first two weeks.  Meanwhile the Packers have been piling on the points.  PICK: Green Bay

NYG (+1) at Carolina: Eli has been turning the ball over in prolific fashion.  Carolina is awful though.  Not really sure about this one.  PICK: NYG

Atlanta (+2.5) at Miami: Miami is 2-0.  Smokescreen.  PICK: Atlanta

Indianapolis (+10) at San Francisco: San Francisco is going to beat up on the Colts after getting flattened by the Seahawks last week.  I bet Coach Harbaugh ripped up Kaepernick's drawing on the fridge after the game Sunday night.  PICK: San Francisco

Jacksonville (+19.5) at Seattle: Wow. What a spread.  The Seahawks will probably overlook the Jagoffs after last week's emotional win.  They only win by 14 or so here.  PICK: Jacksonville

Buffalo (+2.5) at NYJ: EJ Manuel looks fairly mature.  Geno Smith does not.  PICK: Buffalo

Chicago (-2.5) at Pittsburgh:  Pittsburgh has Big Ben and nobody else.  Chicago looks pretty good so far.  PICK: Chicago

Oakland (+15) at Denver: Oakland's defense isn't that bad.  PICK: Oakland

OVERALL: 16-15-1