Thursday, December 24, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

What a week 15!  My guess is Vegas lost a few bucks last week, and will follow up with a tougher than normal week 16.  Let's try our very best to keep that momentum going though.  After all, it is the season of giving.

SAN DIEGO (+5.5) at OAKLAND: The Raiders have some very good pieces in place for the first time in a long time.  Silver and black coming back baby!  Meanwhile, San Diego basically only has a quarterback, and may have just played their last game in San Diego.  I'm feeling a let down for them this week.  PICK: Oakland

WASHINGTON (+3) at PHILADELPHIA: The Iggs got blown out by Arizona at home last week, but I really didn't think they played that badly (on offense at least).  The Skins meanwhile, are looking like they are worthy of the NFC East playoff spot.  I think this will be a close game, but Washington should be able to run over the Iggs, who are suffering from some key injuries on defense.  Live look at the Skins running game on Saturday night:

  PICK: Washington


NYG (+5.5) at MINNESOTA: Ladell Beckman is suspended for this game, which basically kills the Giants entire offense.  They battled valiantly against Carolina, but I think this game might be moot by the time it is played and the G-Men will fold.  At least Odell can fall back on his track background!  PICK: Minnesota



CHICAGO (+3) at TAMPA BAY: Lovie Bowl!  I dunno, both of these teams stink.  I guess I'll go with Chicago?  PICK: Chicago

CAROLINA (-7) at ATLANTA: Atlanta finally won again last week.  Shocking.  That boy Cam is really playing must watch football this year.  Rumor has it the Panthers are going to bring hockey sticks onto the field this week.  PICK: Carolina

DALLAS (+6) at BUFFALO: Is the Rex honeymoon over in Buffalo already?  I think Dallas can win this game with no Shady McCoy in the backfield for the Bills.  PICK: Dallas

JACKSONVILLE (+3.5) at NEW ORLEANS: Brees out with a torn plantar fascia (the hottest injury of the year), and the Saints playing absolutely zero defense at all makes this one pretty easy on paper.  PICK: Jax

SAN FRANCISCO (+9.5) at DETROIT: The Lions looked okay in the dome last week, but I think the 9ers can keep them within 9.  Dump told me that's why they call them the Niners actually. PICK: San Francisco

CLEVELAND (+11) at KANSAS CITY: Fat Andy has won eight in a row and is challenging for the AFC West title.  Cleveland is awful.  Seems like a No Doubter right?  You don't know Andy like I do.  This is that weird end of season game that he screws up.  PICK: Cleveland

INDIANAPOLIS (+2.5) at MIAMI: Can I pick neither team here?  PICK: Miami

NEP (-3) at NYJ: The Jets played the Pats pretty close in New England when everybody was healthy, but I think BB has got Todd Bowl and Fitzy in his back pocket.  PICK: NEP

HOUSTON (+4.5) at TENNESSEE: Brandon Weeden to the rescue!  Actually, I think Hoyer is back this week.  Mariota is out on the other side.  I don't trust a team with Dickey Bettenberger at quarterback. PICK: Houston



GREEN BAY (+4.5) at ARIZONA: The Iggs knocked Honey badger out for the year last week, but I still can't pick against the Cards in the desert.  PICK: Arizona



ST. LOUIS (+13.5) at SEATTLE: Weeks ago, the Rams beat Seattle in overtime in the Edward Jones dome.  Things have changed since then.  I don't think I can in good conscience pick Jeff Fisher to beat the Seahawks again.  I did consider it though.  Seattle is making another Super Bowl run.  PICK: Seattle

PITTSBURGH (-10) at BALTIMORE: The Ravens are cracking me up right now.  Matt Schaub not cutting it at backup qb?  Enter Jimmy Clausen.  What's that?  He isn't leading you to glory?  Here comes Ryan Mallet.  Ryan Mallet can't even make a team flight, but he is the answer at starting qb.  NO DOUBTER here.  PICK: Pittsburgh

CINCINNATI (+3.5) at DENVER:  Tough call here.  Brock isn't living up to the hype, but the Bengals are on the road and have AJ McCarron starting.  I'll take the Broncos at home I suppose.  PICK: Denver

LAST WEEK: 12-3-1
OVERALL: 115-101-8
NO DOUBTER: 7-8

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

The engines are humming after a 10-6 week in the trenches.  Being under .500 on No Doubters is disconcerting, but we can only deal with that one game at a time.  Let's keep moving on into a crucial Week 15 for many teams.

TAMPA BAY (+2.5) at ST. LOUIS: I think the Bucs are better than the Rams, but I'm not sure.  Or are the Rams gonna go on a streak to end the season, leading me to think they will be good next year?  That seems more likely.  PICK: St. Louis


NYJ (-3) at DALLAS: Dallas has a shot at the number one pick and I think they go for it.  Meanwhile, Fitzy, Marshall and Decker have become quite a trio on offense.  They should roast the Cowboys pretty good on Sunday.  PICK: NYJ

CHICAGO (+5.5) at MINNESOTA: The Bears lost to the Vikings at home earlier this year.  I think Adrian Peterson could have one of those games this time around.  You know, 200 yards and a couple of tds.  PICK: Minnesota

ATLANTA (+3) at JACKSONVILLE: With nobody home at quarterback for the Colts or Texans, this division could be the Jaguars to win.  Need to see it for my boy Shahid Khan.  Also, can first year coach Dan Quinn get fired after starting 5-0 and finishing 6-10?  PICK: Jacksonville


HOUSTON (+1) at INDIANAPOLIS: TJ Yates versus Charlie Whitehurst?  Or does the plucky one play?  It's not looking like it.  Picking this game without their starting quarterbacks is worse than Homer having to decide between Mountain Dew or crab juice.  PICK: Houston


KANSAS CITY (-7.5) at BALTIMORE: Is Jimmy Clausen playing for the Ravens?  He is?  Oh, then I am taking the Chiefs and making it my No Doubter.  PICK: Kansas

BUFFALO (-1) at WASHINGTON: The Skins are in the driver's seat in the NFC East with the easiest game this week amongst the three division leaders.  Kirk Cousins also plays best at home.  Something tells me the Skins blow it though.  PICK: Buffalo

TENNESSEE (+14) at NEP: Serious question: Who is the Titans running back?  Is it still Bishop Sankey? Why is there a picture of a dentist playing the bagpipes here?  Is anybody reading this? PICK: NEP

ARIZONA (-3.5) at PHILADELPHIA: Tough one to call.  The Cards are not in the desert, and I honestly haven't seen them play too much this season.  I think Larry Fitz is going to abuse the Eagles secondary though, because he always does.  PICK: Zona

CLEVELAND (+14.5) at SEATTLE: Seattle looks like the best team in the NFL right now.  Their defense is back to its usual potency after jettisoning Cary Williams who is a piece of trash.  Somehow, the offense has gotten better after losing Jimmy Graham too.  Addition by subtraction I suppose.  Meanwhile, does Cleveland draft another quarterback this offseason?  PICK: Seattle

CAROLINA (-5) at NYG: This is one of those games I could see the Giants being up for.  A great battle will be Josh Norman versus Odell Beckham.  Screw it, gimme the G Men.  PICK: NYG

GREEN BAY (-3) at OAKLAND: The Packers are going to win this division again unfortunately.  Maybe Khalil Mack can sever Aaron Rodgers spine.  PICK: Green Bay

MIAMI (+1.5) at SAN DIEGO: I am seething at Dan Campbell after losing in fantasy football by four points last week.  He is a monumental dumbass.  I've got a running back that has 85 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, what should I do?  Oh yeah, I should give him the ball only five more times the rest of the game, let Ryan Tannehill suck throwing the ball, and put in guys named Jay Ajayi (what the fuck is that?) and Damien Williams.  Sorry madman Dan, you ain't getting a head coaching gig after this season.  PICK: San Diego

DENVER (+6.5) at PITTSBURGH: John Elway is probably grinding his gigantic teeth right now trying to figure out who to start at quarterback for the Broncos.  I love it.  He brings in one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and he sucks, then replaces him and the replacement sucks.  If this isn't God punishing him for benching Tebow then I don't know what it is.  PICK: Pittsburgh

CINCINNATI (-4.5) at SAN FRANCISCO: I'm kind of interested to see what A.J. McCarron can do at quarterback for Cincy.  But don't let that fool you into thinking that I am actually watching this game.  PICK: Cincy

DETROIT (+3) at NEW ORLEANS: Detroit has checked out, and so have I.  PICK: NEW ORLEANS

LAST WEEK: 10-6
OVERALL:103-98-7
NO DOUBTER: 6-8

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

7-9 last week with the playoffs looming and my record teetering ever so close to .500.  Let's call in Matt Foley to get us BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK after that.  Teams are jockeying for playoff position this week, while others will begin to take a long winter's nap into that first overall pick in the draft.  Let's try and break it down something proper.

MINNESOTA (+11) at ARIZONA: At first you are like' "11 points?  Aren't the Vikes 8-4?"  Good first instincts, but the Vikings eight wins come against teams with a combined record of 34-47.  Their four losses have come against teams with a combined record of 29-19 (partially skewed by the lowly Niners).  Arizona has a winning record, and this game is in the Desert.  GIMME Zona.  PICK: Arizona

PITTSBURGH (+3) at CINCINNATI: I am looking for Pittsburgh to re-stake their claim to this division on Sunday.  Big Ben has three bonafide targets at WR, and Deangelo Williams has not missed a beat filling in for Leveon Bell.  The Bengals haven't played anybody good since they stubbed their toes two weeks in a row against Houston and Arizona.  PICK: Pittsburgh

BUFFALO (-1.5) at PHILADELPHIA: Well, the Iggs pulled off the improbable last week against the pitter Pats.  I was more shocked than anybody.  It was like the two teams switched places last week.  Very strange.  Anyway, another week and another AFC East foe.  Rule of thumb after a Rex win is a loss the next week.  I'll take that bait.  PICK: Philadelphia

ATLANTA (+7.5) at CAROLINA: The Panthers blew what seemed like an easy No Doubter for me last week.  This week I think they continue to roll, and Atlanta continues their downfall.  I am also continually amazed by Cam Newton.  On a weekly basis he makes a play that defies the physical abilities of a human being.  He also seems like a nice guy.  PICK: Carolina

SAN FRANCISCO (+1.5) at CLEVELAND: The thought of watching this game makes me sicker than Homer was after eating the expired Kwik-E-Mart ham.  PICK: San Francisco


WASHINGTON (+3) at CHICAGO: Washington stinks on the road.  The Bears stink at home.  Something's got to give.  I'll take the Skins I suppose.  PICK: Washington

DETROIT (-2.5) at ST. LOUIS: At first I thought the Rams made out like bandits on the Foles deal.  Then I thought it was a wash (2nd round pick not withstanding).  Now is it possible the Eagles won that deal?  I suppose we'll find out in the next few games.  Anyway, in this one I will go with the team with Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford over the team with Case Keenum and Wes Welker.  Make it my No Doubter.  PICK: Detroit

SAN DIEGO (+10) at KANSAS CITY: Kansas City and Fat Andy are on a hot streak, but 10 points is a lot to give up to a division rival.  Especially a division rival with Big Phil Rivers at quarterback.  PICK: San Diego

NEW ORLEANS (+4) at TAMPA BAY: I've been mulling this one over in my head for a while.  The Saints defense is god awful, but Famous Jameis isn't exactly lighting the world on fire in terms of td passes.  I guess I will still bet on the famous one though.  Also, I apologize for not posting the Jameis touchdown counter last week.  PICK: Tampa


INDIANAPOLIS (+1) at JACKSONVILLE: Is plucky Luck back yet?  Easier test for the Colts this week, and Hasselbeck beat them last time.  PICK: Indy

TENNESSEE (+7) at NYJ: Fuck Tennessee. All hail Fitzy! PICK: NYJ

NEP (-3) at HOUSTON: Gronk was seen practicing this week.  That is a good thing for football.  I can't remember the last time the Pats lost three in a row.  BB has O'Brien in his back pocket.  PICK: NEP

OAKLAND (+7.5) at DENVER: The Silver and Black were contenders for a hot minute, but have fallen to 5-7 on the year.  I see the Brockos taking them to school.  PICK: Denver

DALLAS (+7) at GREEN BAY: Did the Packers get their mojo back last week?  If it means they beat Dallas this week, I hope so.  A Rod should be able to pick apart the Dallas defense at Lambeau.  PICK: Green Bay

SEATTLE (-9) at BALTIMORE: Live look at Seattle:

PICK: Seattle

NYG (-1) at Miami: Gotta think the NYG are able to beat the Phins.  Coughlin, pull your damn head outta your ass for one game.  PICK: NYG

LAST WEEK: 7-9
OVERALL: 93-92-7
NO DOUBTER: 6-7





Thursday, December 3, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

We're back to full power after a weird Thanksgiving week where I was banished to the basement to survive on only Mountain Dew and Funyuns.  In that primordial state of sensory deprivation, I was able to bear down on my picks however.  My prediction that Calvin Johnson would torch the Iggs secondary proved sublime, and MWP are back in the black overall.  Let's try to keep the momentum going with some tough to call matchups this week.

GREEN BAY (-3) at DETROIT: Green Bay has looked pretty blah as of late.  Their offense hasn't been revved up all season long, and their defense doesn't scare anyone.  I'll take the monsters of Motor City to keep it going this week.  PICK: Detroit

SAN FRANCISCO (+7) at CHICAGO: The Niners have not won on the road all season long.  I expect that trend to continue this week.  PICK: Chicago

CINCINNATI (-9.5) at CLEVELAND: Omg barf.  Does John Football see the field this week?  Trick question: nobody cares.  PICK: Cincy

JACKSONVILLE (+2.5) at TENNESSEE: Jacksonville has some spunk.  They are not just rolling over every game.  Tennessee I hate.  Therefore I will choose the Jags.  Look for big Julius Thomas to get loose in the red zone area.  PICK: JAX

HOUSTON (+3) at BUFFALO: The Bills are coming off of a tough three game road trip and need a big win at home.  The Texans have won four or five in a row despite my doubts about them.  Perhaps Big Vince has taken control of that locker room.  This is a tough call, but I will take Big Rex to keep his playoff hopes alive.  PICK: Buffalo

BALTIMORE (+4) at MIAMI: Baltimore stole a win last week in Cleveland, but still has Matt Schaub at qb.  Miami has looked dreadful the past few weeks though.  I still can't in good conscience bet on Schaub.  PICK: Miami

CAROLINA (-7) at NEW ORLEANS: Uncle Frank?  Is this a joke?  Seriously am I missing something here?  No Doubter.  PICK: Carolina


SEATTLE (pick em) at MINNESOTA: Two strong defenses and good running games.  This is a for sure toss up.  Seattle doesn't play well on the road, but methinks Minnesota is quite as good as their record would indicate.  PICK: Seattle

ARIZONA (-6) at ST. LOUIS: Seems like a home run, no-brainer for Arizona right?  Hold on there juuuuuuust a minute.  The Rams are 3-0 against the NFC West, and beat the Cardinals in the desert believe it or not.  I'll take the Rams and the points, but I wouldn't be surprised if they get blown out.  PICK: St. Louis

ATLANTA (+1.5) at TAMPA BAY: Everybody is jumping on Matt Ryan this week as if he has gotten off scot-free his whole career for the Falcons struggles.  Truth is, the whole team has stunk lately.  I don't see their troubles ending this week though.  Famous Jameis has that Bucs offense humming.  PICK: Tampa

NYG (+2) at NYJ: Koey's seeing double here!  No idea who to root for!  This is going to be a tougher decision for him than when Homer had to decide between Kodos or Kang for president.  PICK: NYG


SAN DIEGO (+4) at DENVER: This is Brock's tour; and now it's Brock's turn.  Ostreicher won a big game at home last week against the Pats with the help of some dubious penalties.  No matter though, easier game this week.  Should be a W for the Broncs.  PICK: Denver

KANSAS CITY (-3) at OAKLAND: Andy has got his boys on a winning streak.  I think they keep it going this week.  God I wish the Eagles had kept Maclin.  PICK: Kansas

PHILADELPHIA (+9.5) at NEP: The Pats are gonna dust em.  Doesn't matter who is injured.  If I had to pick somebody to have a big game, I would guess Blount.  PICK: NEP

INDIANAPOLIS (+7) at PITTSBURGH: The Hasselbeck show rolls on!  Big Ben is coming back from a concussion, but I think they finally put an end to the Hasselbeck reign of terror.  PICK: Pittsburgh

DALLAS (+4.5) at WASHINGTON: Is Washington really going to win the NFC East this year?  It's beginning to look that way.  Ugh.  PICK: Washington

LAST (2) WEEK(S): 16-13-1
OVERALL: 86-83-7
NO DOUBTER: 6-6

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

Good week last week.  Let's do this real quick.

Philadelphia (+2.5) at Detroit: Mark my words Megatron is going to have a monster game. PICK: Detroit

Carolina (+1) over Dallas (No Doubter)

Green Bay (-8.5) over Chicago

Houston (-3) over New Orleans

Minnesota (+1) over Atlanta

St. Louis (+9) over Cincy

Indy (-3) over Tampa

Washington (+2.5) over NYG

Oakland (-2) over Tennessee

KC (-6.5) over Buffalo

Miami (+3.5) over NYJ

Jax (-4) over San Diego

Arizona (-10.5) over SF

Seattle (-4) over Pittsburgh

Denver (+3) over NEP

Cleveland (-2.5) over Baltimore

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

An absolutely dreadful performance by Moose last week has me hoping that the law of averages will help me out a little bit this week.  Last week the underdogs had their way, covering 10 out of 14 games and outright winning 9 of those 10 games.  Very bizarre.  Vegas is up to something.  Trying to get their money back from ol' Moose.  Let's try to rectify the situation this week and get the record back over .500 again.

TENNESSEE (+3) at JACKSONVILLE: Mariota got shut down by the Panthers last week, but should have an easier time against the Jags.  Vice versa, the Jags won a wild one in Baltimore last week but should have a tougher time with the Titans.  Honestly, we have to start with Tennessee after a bad week?  PICK: Tennessee

WASHINGTON (+7) at CAROLINA: The Panthers offense looks a lot like the early 2000's Eagles.  Everything runs through the qb who is basically a second running back.  It is tough to stop even with scrubby wide receivers on the outside.  Washington's defense is okay, but in Carolina I can't bet against Cam.  PICK: Carolina Ribs

OAKLAND (-1.5) at DETROIT: Oakland is leaking oil all of a sudden after a few big wins (Side note: often times I catch myself typing "wings" instead of wins).  Meanwhile, Detroit did the improbable and won a football game last week after the great management purge of 2015.  I think Detroit is due for a letdown.  The autumn wind sweeps through Ford Field this weekend.  PICK: Oakland

DALLAS (pick em) at MIAMI: Miami stole one against the Iggs last week.  It won't happen this week with Tony Romo back.  It is a sad state of affairs when I have more confidence in Tony Romo after eight weeks on the shelf than I do in any Eagles quarterback.  PICK: Dallas

INDIANAPOLIS (+6) at ATLANTA: Speaking of teams leaking oil, Atlanta is leaking faster than Burns Slant Drilling Company.  Even without Plucky Luck, I think the Colts win this game.  PICK: Indiana


ST. LOUIS (+2.5) at BALTIMORE: St. Louis is 3-0 against their division and 1-5 against everybody else.  Such a confounding team.  Now throw Case Keenum into the mix.  PICK: Baltimore

NYJ (-2.5) at HOUSTON: The frauds from Houston somehow not only covered against Cincy last week, but beat them straight away.  Meanwhile, the Jets absolutely blew it against Buffalo.  Hoyer questionable for Sunday has me thinking that the Jets have to win this one.  PICK: NYJ

GREEN BAY (+1) at MINNESOTA: Minnesota is 7-2?  How?  Where?  Who told them to say that?  Meanwhile Green Bay is still sputtering.  I think the Vikes put the NFC North in a stranglehold this week.  PICK: Minnesota

TAMPA BAY (+5.5) at PHILADELPHIA: I'm getting sick of watching this Eagles team stink up the joint.  Mistakes left and right, and bar none the worst receiving corps in the NFL.  I will however enjoy watching Famous Jameis operate against them.  No way in hell the Iggs cover 5.5.  Put it down as my No Doubter of the Week.  PICK: TAMPA


DENVER (+1) at CHICAGO: Peyton Manning is OUT for the Broncs.  This is the week of the backup qb: Sanchez, Hasselbeck, Keenum, maybe Yates, and Osweiler.  Osweiler can't be worse than Manning was right?  His name also sounds like Chris Ostreicher aka Oz from American Pie.  Can't pick against those good vibes.  PICK: Denver


CINCINNATI (+5) at ARIZONA: THERE is the Cincy team we know!  Dropping a prime time game at home and looking miserable in the process.  Now they go to the Desert and play an Arizona team that just won a huge Sunday night game in Seattle.  I think everyone knows where I'm going with this.  PICK: Arizona


SAN FRANCISCO (+12.5) at SEATTLE: Here is my question: Can Seattle score enough to win by 12.5?  Follow up question: Can San Francisco score at all?  Real Chinese riddle.  PICK: Seattle

SAN DIEGO (+3) at KANSAS CITY: Don't look now but Dandy Andy and the Chefs have won three in a row, and could make a move on the AFC West.  I'm not sure if San Diego has any players left on their team.  PICK: Kansas


BUFFALO (+7) at NEP: Losing Edelman was a big blow for the NEP, but in the house that the Surgeon built the rule is "next man up."  Meanwhile, a little birdie told me that since 2012 Rex Ryan is something like 4-17 after a win.  This little birdie knows a big head when he sees one, and Rex's head might not fit into the stadium after last week's win.  What a prick.  PICK: NEP

LAST WEEK: 5-9 (audible gasp)
OVERALL: 70-70-6
NO DOUBTER: 4-6

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

Yuck.  A 5-8 week last week has Moose ready to move on to week 10 of the NFL slate.  The Titans have my head in a mental pretzel once again.  I can't stand that team and I vote that they are the team to move to Los Angeles.  My mind is weary from even thinking about having to pick the Titans game, but I will have to muddle through somehow.  Let's take a look at some interesting games this week.

BUFFALO (+2.5) at NYJ: The NYJ had to scurry to beat the Jags last week, while Buffalo stomped out madman Dan Campbell and the Phins.  The Bills will no doubt want to help Big Rex stick it to his former team and Rex seems to do well in these types of games, but I think the Jets at home with a healthy squad will prevail.  PICK: NYJ

DETROIT (+11) at GREEN BAY: How on Earth did Jim Caldwell survive the ax in last week's head-rolling in Detroit?  The guy inspires 0 confidence in anybody and is expressionless.  Furthermore, he is depriving us of one of the greatest possible coaching regimes in the history of the NFL!  Gimme the Pack to heal some of their offensive woes at home and rout the Lions.  Then maybe we will get to see this man at the helm.  PICK: Packers


DALLAS (+1.5) at TAMPA BAY: Dallas played pretty admirably against the Iggs last week, and Matt Cassel is starting to spread it around to many receivers.  The Bucs are playing better, but their defense is still a sieve.  I think Dallas gets their first win of the Cassel Administration this week.  Hopefully Jameis proves me wrong though. PICK: Dallas


CAROLINA (-5.5) at TENNESSEE: Ugh.  Here we go.  Here is my logic for this week: the Titans actually haven't won a game at home all season.  The Panthers play well on the road because they have a good defense.  Seems logical right?  But then you throw in the Mularkey effect and Mariota coming off of a 4 td performance.  I gotta stick with my guns and take Carolina though.  This will be playing in my head all weekend.  PICK: Panthers


CHICAGO (+7.5) at ST. LOUIS:  The Rams play pretty well at home and the Bears have a crummy defense.  I see the Rams scoring roughly 26 points and the Bears scoring roughly 17.  PICK: Rams

NEW ORLEANS (-1) at WASHINGTON: The Skins got embarrassed by the Pats last week, and the Saints were confounded by those mind-bottling Titans.  This one is a toss up for me.  Heads its the Saints, tails its the Skins.  PICK: Washington

MIAMI (+6.5) at PHILADELPHIA: The Iggs showed me something last week.  They absolutely needed a touchdown in overtime and got it.  I wasn't going to play the field goal game.  It sounds funny saying this, but with rookie ILB Jordan Hicks out for the season with a torn booby the Iggs might have lost their defensive MVP.  That hurts.  However, I think the madman Campbell effect has worn off in Miami.  The offense does not scare me, and the defense is much weaker without Cameron Wake on the edge.  PICK: Iggs


CLEVELAND (+4.5) at PITTSBURGH: Big Ben is out again.  Landry Jones has played ok in his absence, but it's like, is life really worth living?  Johnathan Football says he missed a few throws last Thursday.  I don't know man.  This game kind of sucks in my opinion.  PICK: Cleveland

JACKSONVILLE (+5.5) at BALTIMORE: The Ravens defense sucks this year, and their offense keeps losing players.  With that said, the Jag-offs haven't won on the road all season.  This one is another toss up for me.  I guess I''l take the Jags.  Cut to Shahid Khan when he found out I picked the Jags.  PICK: Jags




MINNESOTA (+3) at OAKLAND: Are the Raiders legit?  God I hope so.  Silver and Black baby.  The world is a better place when the Raiders are good.  1984, 1985, 1990, 2000: All years that were pretty rad.  All years that the Raiders were good.  You can't argue with science.  Minnesota says Teddy Bridgewater will play, but he was snoozin' on the field on Sunday so that seems whack.  We are at the portion of the blog where I lose my focus.  If Bridgewater plays, I imagine it will look something like this.  PICK: Oaktown

KANSAS CITY (+6.5) at DENVER: Dandy Andy is coming off of a bye week.  He is 11-5 after a bye week.  Meanwhile the Broncs dropped one to Plucky Luck and the Colts in Indy last week.  This game is going to be closer than you might think.  I think the Broncos win, but not by 6.5.  How does that sound?  PICK: Kansas

NEP (-7) at NYG: Oh dolly talk about your game of the week.  The last time the Pats beat the Gints, we were young men at Giants Stadium watching Tom Brady, Randy Moss and the Patriots make history.  That was almost eight gall durn years ago.  Now our hair has grown short, our bellies have been bloated, the ravages of old age have set in, and the harvest is no longer as fruitful as in days past.  On paper, the Pats have been coasting through the NFL schedule all season long, and the Giants defense shouldn't be able to stop them.  However, the Pats are dealing with several key injuries this week.  Going by the theory that the Giants always play to the level of their competition, I am going to take them thinking that they will keep it close.  PICK: NYG

ARIZONA (+3) at SEATTLE: The Hawks swept the Cardinals without Carson last year, but won't have that luxury in 2015.  Carson is back and the Seahawks are no longer invincible at home.  Can the Cardinals take the NFC west by the throat this week?  I'm not so sure. PICK: Seattle

HOUSTON (+10.5) at CINCINNATI: Cincinnati is undefeated and is playing at home.  The Texans are 1-3 on the road, with that one win coming against Jacksonville.  Their other two wins are against the Mariota-less Titans and a week 3 Jameis.  Gotta think Cincy blows their doors off here.  Make it my NO DOUBTER.  PICK: Cincy

LAST WEEK: 5-8
OVERALL: 65-61-6
NO DOUBTER: 4-5





Thursday, November 5, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

Another week above ground for Moose is a good week.  I thought I did better, but 7-5-2 is not bad.  Shame on me for ever picking the Titans as a No Doubter.  Anyone who knows this blog knows that the Titans are one of my least favorite teams to pick.  I am always wrong about the Titans.  Always.  We will get into it more in their game breakdown, but this week doesn't look any easier.  Anyhow, let's get to the games.

CLEVELAND (+11) at CINCINNATI: Is anybody else glad this game is finally here so we don't have to see any more of those stupid commercials with the judge and the hot dog vendor?  No way to put lipstick on this pig, and the NFL just made it worse with those commercials.  Ohio probably cares so much about this game, and nobody else in the world gives a damn.  I have gone on record, and will continue to say that Ohio is the worst state in the country.  PICK: Cincy

OAKLAND (+4.5) at PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh can't beat the injury blues this year.  Big Ben comes back, Leveon Bell goes down.  Meanwhile, Oakland is playing their best football in years.  I will still take the Stillers in this one though.  PICK: Blitzburgh

JACKSONVILLE (+6.5) at NYJ: Fitzy is playing with a busted-ass hand, and the Jets are coming off of a deflating loss in Oaktown last week.  Despite those blues, I think the defense is gonna give Jacksonville fits.  PICK: NYJ

ST. LOUIS (+2) at MINNESOTA: This game could go either way. Two good defenses and two good running games on display here.  Two young quarterbacks and two speedy receivers as well.  So this is what its like when doves cry?  Good for you if you got that reference.  PICK: St. Louis


MIAMI (+3) at BUFFALO:  This is another tough one.  I don't think Buffalo's offense or defense will be able to frustrate the Dolphins as much as BB and the NEP did.  But the Bills have had a week to rest, and T-Mobile their savior should be back at QB.  PICK: Miami

TENNESSEE (+8) at NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans has had a resurgence on offense lately.  They put up 52 on the NYG last week (why didn't fucknuts punt it out of bounds, Koey?) and Drew Brees looks healthy again.  Then we have the Titans.  Fuck the Titans.  Mariota is probably going to play which could screw this whole thing up.  Fuck the Titans.  PICK: New Orleans

WASHINGTON (+14) at NEP: I played basketball with a Skins fan the other day.  At first I was like fuck no, but then he turned out to be a pretty good player and we won a few games.  PICK: NEP

GREEN BAY (-2.5) at CAROLINA: Carolina got lucky last week.  They had the game in hand and let the Colts right back in.  That won't work against the Packers.  However, the Packers defense is beginning to be exposed as a fraud.  Gotta think Rodgers can get it done here though.  PICK: Green Bay

ATLANTA (-7) at SAN FRANCISCO: Atlanta is starting to look crappy again, and now have to go on the road after a tough loss at home.  But then on the other side of the coin, San Francisco is starting Blaine Gabbert and is signing running backs off the street.  It's all relative people.  Throw this one up as my NO DOUBTER.  PICK: Hotlanta

NYG (-2.5) at TAMPA BAY: Tampa Bay got a big win at Atlanta last week, and all of a sudden Jameis is looking like the #1 pick with no turnovers in his last three games.  Meanwhile, the Giants defense is an absolute sieve (Why didn't fucknuts punt the ball out of bounds, Mudd?).  You might think this leads me to pick the Bucs.  But nay, the Giants offense will be able to overpower the Bucs defense, and Jameis won't be able to keep up.  Maybe he will pad the TD counter a bit though (couldn't find a flaming 12).  PICK: Giants


DENVER (-5) at INDIANAPOLIS: Plucky Luck looked a bit better last week, but still couldn't get it done.  The task only gets tougher this week.  The Broncos defense won't go into low gear if they are up by a few like the Panthers did.  Plus Peyton is returning to Indy so all the Colts fans will be like "Aw shucks."  PICK: Denver

PHILADELPHIA (-2.5) at DALLAS: The Iggs are healthy, the Cowboys are still not.  Unfortunately, I think this game will still be close but I think the Iggs will pull it out.  Their offense can't possibly play worse than it has so far.  They just can't.  PICK: Iggs

CHICAGO (+4) at SAN DIEGO: Big Phil Rivers might need to go to a two tight end set.  He has no other targets left.  The Bears likely won't have Matt Forte as well.  This game should suck.  PICK: Chargers

LAST WEEK: 7-5-2
OVERALL: 60-53-6
NO DOUBTER: 4-4

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

I'll keep this quick since I am on vacation and don't have a lot of time before I'm due on the first tee.  Good week last week.  Good...not great.  Let's push forward. No frills this week.

NEP (-8) at MIAMI: Miami is the hottest team in the NFL right now, and will certainly give the NEP a game.  Big Suh will probably try to get in a few cheap shots on Brady as well.  However I think BB out coaches the young buck for the Dolphins.  PICK: NEP

DETROIT (+5) at LONDON CHIEFS: Andy Reid is probably demolishing fish and chips in London.  This is going to be an ugly game, but I think Detroit's offense should flourish.  It has to, right?  PICK: Detroit

MINNESOTA (-1) at CHICAGO: AP will be too much for the Bears defense I believe.  PICK: Minnesota

TAMPA BAY (+7) at ATLANTA: Hotlanta has looked rather pedestrian the past few weeks.  Famous Jameis is scoring TDs, but the defense is also giving them up quite easily.  If you make Kirk Cousins look good, then you are a bad defense.  Gimme Hotlanta.  PICK: Hotlanta


NYG (+3) at NEW ORLEANS: Both teams won last week, but the G-Men should be back to full strength this week.  I'll take them and the points.  PICK: NYG

SAN FRANCISCO (+8.5) at ST. LOUIS: Did somebody say the Rams are playing a divisional foe this week?  San Francisco is on blowout alert.  PICK: St. Louis

ARIZONA (-4.5) at CLEVELAND: The Browns stink.  They should have never fired the Chud.  Even though Arizona is on the road I will take them in a rout.  PICK: Arizona

PITTSBURGH (pick 'em) at CINCINNATI: He is risen.  PICK: Pittsburgh

SAN DIEGO (+3) at BALTIMORE:

PICK: Baltimore

NYJ (-2.5) at OAKLAND: The NYJ put up a good fight against the NEP last week, but now have to travel cross-country to Oak-town.  I think they are in for a let down.  PICK: Oakland

TENNESSEE (+4) at HOUSTON: Houston is absolute garbage.  Too many personalities, not enough heart.  Now they are down Arian Foster as well.  I'll take the Titans as my NO DOUBTER.  PICK: Tennessee

SEATTLE (-6) at DALLAS: Dez is back.  But who will deliver him the ball?  PICK: Seattle

GREEN BAY (-3) at DENVER: Game of the week.  Two undefeateds battling it out in the Mile High City.  Green Bay's offense has left much to be desired, and I think their defense is a bit overrated.  Therefore, I will take dirty Peyton and the boys.  PICK: Denver

INDIANAPOLIS (+7) at CAROLINA: Carolina ran over the Iggs last week, and should have no problem doing the same against Indianapolis.  Chuck Pagano has gotta be getting fired pretty soon, right? PICK: Carolina

LAST WEEK: 8-6
OVERALL: 53-48-4
NO DOUBTER: 4-3

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

What goes up must come down.  Spinning wheel, round and round.  5-8-1 and a botched No Doubter last week.  Always hurtling towards mediocrity.  Here we go for week seven.

SEATTLE (-6.5) at SAN FRANCISCO: Seattle is sitting at 2-4 right now.  This is the week that decides if Seattle is a contender once again, or yet another Super Bowl loser that falls off the map the following season.  I think they come out angry this week.  PICK: Seattle

BUFFALO (-4) at JACKSONVILLE: The London Jaguars have never won a game at their home stadium.  I expect that trend to continue.  I can't imagine what the Brits think football is after being subjected to the Jags every year.  PICK: Buffalo

CLEVELAND (+6) at ST. LOUIS: The Rams have looked pedestrian against everybody but their powerful division rivals.  Cleveland played the Broncs tough last week and are on the upswing.  PICK: Cleveland

PITTSBURGH (-2.5) at KANSAS CITY: Pittsburgh took down the mighty Cardinals last week with Landry Jones at quarterback.  Their offense is almost back to full health, while the Chefs are sputtering with no Jamaal Charles.  PICK: Pittsburgh

NYJ (+9) at NEP: Game of the week right here.  The Pitter Pats didn't lay the beatdown that everyone expected on Indy last week, and division games are usually pretty close.  NYJ is also coming off of a bye week and their defense should be completely in tact (and COMPLETELY WATERPROOF!). I'll take the NYJ and the points here.  PICK: NYJ


MINNESOTA (-2.5) at DETROIT: The Lions got into the win column last week, but Minnesota's defense is starting to hit its stride here.  What in the world happened to the Lions high-powered offense?  PICK: Minnesota

ATLANTA (-4.5) at TENNESSEE: Looks like no Marcus Mariota in this one.  I'm not sure if last week for Atlanta was just a Thursday night dud, or a sign that they are not actually that good.  I will bet on the Thursday night dud though.  PICK: Hotlanta

TAMPA BAY (+3.5) at WASHINGTON: Can Jameis show a new side after the bye week?  I have no doubt that he can.  Does that mean I make this my No Doubter?  No.  Hit me with the counter!  PICK: Tampa Bay


NEW ORLEANS (+4.5) at INDIANAPOLIS: The Colts are beginning to round into form I think.  New Orleans got a big win last week, but that was in the dome.  Look for Plucky Luck to reassert himself as a good quarterback this week.  PICK: Indiana

HOUSTON (+4) at MIAMI: The Phins came out with a vengeance under new coach Dan Campbell.  They actually ran the ball too, which was a godsend to take pressure off of Tannehill.  I think they keep it rolling this week, and I shall choose them as my NO DOUBTER.  PICK: Miami

OAKLAND (+4) at SAN DIEGO: I really enjoy watching the Chargers play.  Big Phil Rivers chucks it all over the field, but then somehow get stymied in the red zone every time.  It doesn't make sense.  Methinks it has to do with the running game.  I'll take them this week after a frustrating loss to Green Bay last week.  PICK: San Diego

DALLAS (+3.5) at NYG: God the NYG looked bad last week.  It seems like the Iggs are the only team that can do that to them though.  There ain't no way that Dallas and their achy-breaky offense musters anything against this defense.  Note to Dallas fans: if you are excited about Matt Cassel being promoted to starter, then you're gonna have a bad time.  PICK: NYG

PHILADELPHIA (+3) at CAROLINA: The Panthers defense is pretty stout, as is the Iggs.  Both offenses leave something to be desired.  This should be game of the week 2.0.  Cam usually comes up big in the prime time games, and the Panthers usually get home cooking from the refs in Bank of America Stadium.  Those facts swing this one to the 'thers.  PICK: Carolina Ribs

BALTIMORE (+7.5) at ARIZONA: Live look at John Harbaugh:

PICK: Arizona


LAST WEEK: 5-8-1
OVERALL: 45-42-4
NO DOUBTER: 3-3






Thursday, October 15, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

When Moose's back is against the wall, he has no choice but to respond.  After a positively dreadful week four, Moose is back with a monster week five.  9-4-1 overall with another No Doubter that was true.  Let's keep the momentum going in week six.  Now cue my music!


ATLANTA (-3.5) at NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans got embarrassed by the Iggs last week, while the cardiac kids won another nail biter in Atlanta.  I can only assume the Falcons will keep rolling this week, with or without Julio Jones.  PICK: Hotlanta

DENVER (-4) at CLEVELAND: The Brownies are up after a miracle win against Baltimore last week.  Based on the law of Cleveland, what goes up must come down even further.  The Brownies will wilt under the pressure of the Broncos defense.  This will be one of those games where the Browns don't know who to start at qb after the game, and it sets their franchise back another year.  PICK: Denver

CINCINNATI (-3.5) at BUFFALO: The Bills squeaked one out against the Titans last week, and now take on the undefeated Bungals in Orchard Park.  I've been saying that the Bills are a fraud all season long, too late to turn back now.  PICK: Cincy

KANSAS CITY (+4) at MINNESOTA: Dandy Andy lost his top running back Jamaal Charles for the season and his offense seems to be sputtering.  Minnesota should hit them with a heavy dose of AP.  PICK: Minnesota

HOUSTON at JACKSONVILLE (pick 'em): Barf.  Even the oddsmakers wanted nothing to do with this game. PICK: Jacksonville

CHICAGO (+3) at DETROIT: The Lions are due for a win.  They gotta get a win here, right?  Win or lose, you have to assume Jim Caldwell is gone sometime this season.  PICK: Detroit

WASHINGTON (+6) at NYJ: The NYJ are coming off of a bye week and should be able to throw the kitchen sink at the 'skins vaunted offensive line.  Six points is a lot, but I think the Jets can cover.  PICK: NYJ

ARIZONA (-3) at PITTSBURGH: Mike Vick isn't gonna get away with those shenanigans against the Cardinals defense.  Look for Carson and Larry Fitz to have another big day.  PICK: Arizona

MIAMI (+2.5) at TENNESSEE: Philbin is gone and a 35 year old tight ends coach is now at the helm of the Dolphins.  That just goes to show you how bad Philbin was as a coach.  I'll take the Titans and Hawaiian god Marcus Mariota to win at home.  PICK: Tennessee

CAROLINA (+7) at SEATTLE: Seattle has looked extremely vulnerable this year, and Carolina might even have the better defense in this matchup.  Seattle might win, but the Panthers will cover.  PICK: Carolina

SAN DIEGO (+10.5) at GREEN BAY: San Diego's defense is softer than the Charmin that Phil Rivers wipes his butt with.  The Packers offense hasn't been firing on all cylinders this season, but this could be the game where everything clicks.  PICK: Green Bay

BALTIMORE (-2.5) at SAN FRANCISCO: Hard to believe that these two teams played in the Super Bowl three years ago.  Both of them have been failing to close out tight games, and just like Garfunkel, Messina, Oates and Lisa I would go to their games just to boo them.  PICK: San Francisco



NEP (-8) at INDIANAPOLIS: The Pats have slaughtered the Colts the last five or so times they have played them.  What's worse than that, they have done the same thing every time by running the ball down the Colts' throats.  Indy knows what is coming and they can't do anything about it.  I'll go NO DOUBTER here for the second week in a row.  PICK: NEP

NYG (+4) at PHILADELPHIA: FINALLY, and NFC East game of consequence.  The NYG have been playing well the past few weeks, but are a little dinged up coming into this one on Monday night.  The Iggs finally put a four quarter effort together against the lowly Saints, and hopefully that revvs up the Chip Kelly offense.  I expect this to be a close game, and it could come down to a field goal.  In that case, I will take the G-Men and the points.  PICK: NYG

LAST WEEK: 9-4-1
OVERALL: 40-34-3
NO DOUBTER: 3-2




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

Yuck!  After a stellar week three, Moose gives it all back going 5-9-1 in week four and bumbling the No Doubter.  Let's try to get back on the right track in week five.

INDIANAPOLIS (-1) at HOUSTON: After binge watching Hard Knocks the past two days, I can honestly say I don't have much faith in the Texans.  JJ Watt seems like a fraud, and Brian Cushing is a punk.  The question here though, is whether Plucky Luck will play or not.  Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of waiting until tomorrow to post this, so I am going to guess that he is not playing.  In which case, I will take the frauds from Houston.  PICK: Houston

JACKSONVILLE (+3) at TAMPA BAY: Famous Jameis didn't look too fucking good last week.  He threw the easiest pick-six I have ever seen in the NFL, and really only got a few touchdowns in garbage time.  This week he has an easier matchup, and when you are on the Famous Jameis bandwagon you never get off.  Hit me with the TD counter! PICK: Tampa


BUFFALO (-2.5) at TENNESSEE: If I can make a Jim Croce reference for a second, "It seems like such a long time ago" that the Bills were going to shake up the AFC East with their powerful defense and mobile quarterback.  Now they are 2-2 and I think Mariota tears them apart this week.  PICK: Tennessee



CLEVELAND (+6.5) at BALTIMORE: Baltimore kept their season alive last Thursday with a crazy win in overtime over Pittsburgh.  Can they keep it going this week?  Maybe, but I think Cleveland keeps it close.  PICK: Cleveland

WASHINGTON (+7.5) at ATLANTA: The Skins were gifted a win last week by the hapless Iggs.  Meanwhile the Falcons are undefeated and blowing teams out.  I don't think the Falcons are as good as they have played so far, but they are good enough to beat the Skins this week in the Dome.  PICK: Hotlanta

CHICAGO (+9.5) at KANSAS CITY: Andy Reid has had trouble outfoxing Jon Fox over the years.  9.5 is also a lot of points to give up.  PICK: Chicago

NEW ORLEANS (+4.5) at PHILADELPHIA: Sammy B looked better last week, but the Iggs were still non-existent for an entire half.  Meanwhile, the Saints played a full game and overcame the Cowboys in overtime.  Gimme the Saints and the points.  The Iggs will probably get booed off the field too.  PICK: New Orleans

ST. LOUIS (+9) at GREEN BAY: The Rams have two big divisional wins, but have looked helpless against everybody else.  Going into Green Bay is not going to help that trend.  PICK: Green Bay

SEATTLE (+3) at CINCINNATI: A true test for the Bungals.  I think they are up to the challenge though.  PICK: Cincy

ARIZONA (-2.5) at DETROIT: A stunning loss in the desert last week blew up my No Doubter and has me feeling lost and confused.  I'll take the Cardinals again on the road to make things right though.  Poor Detroit, looking to go 0-5 to start the season.  PICK: Arizona

NEP (-9) at DALLAS: It would have been easy for the Pats to overlook Dallas with Brandon Weeden at quarterback and the Colts next up on the schedule.  However, Greg Hardy did the NEP a huge favor by opening his scumbag mouth and chirping at Tom Brady.  Now the Cowboys will probably lose by 50.  Book it as my NO DOUBTER.  PICK: NEP

DENVER (-5) at OAKLAND: Things we knew before the season: Peyton Manning's arm is a wet noodle.  Things we didn't know before the season: Denver's defense is really really good.  Like Sideshow Bob with Mayor Quimby, I can't tell if this team is coming or going.  (Side note: one of my worst MS paint cut and paste jobs ever) PICK: Denver


SAN FRANCISCO (+7) at NYG: The NYG are looking up with their defense playing well, and the offense beginning to click.  I think they rout the Niners here.  PICK: NYG

PITTSBURGH (+3) at SAN DIEGO: Time for San Diego to giddy up and go.  Antonio Gates returning from suspension will help them.  Martavis Bryant returning from suspension will help Pittsburgh.  Both will help my fantasy team.  PICK: Blitzburgh

LAST WEEK: 5-9-1
OVERALL: 31-30-2
NO DOUBTER: 2-2



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

What a week!  Moose was hitting on picks early and often last week en route to a 10-6 record and another No Doubter slammed home with authority.  I took the teams giving up a lot of points and didn't look back, and it paid off in the end.  Now we are into week four and have some good divisional matchups on our hands.  These are always hard to judge, but that's why they play the game.  Take me to the river!

BALTIMORE (-3) at PITTSBURGH: No Big Ben for Pittsburgh is the biggest factor here, but as Monty G would say "Mike Vick is in da house!"  Baltimore has been playing like trash lately, but I think they get one in the win column here on Thursday night.  Vick hasn't had much time to prepare and the 'Vens are desperate. PICK: Baltimore


NYJ (-1.5) at MIAMI: I am all aboard the Fire Philbin Express after that debacle against Buffalo last week.  I also love the delicious irony of Richie Incognito being part and parcel of such a bullying by the Bills.  Somewhere, Jonathan Martin is suing a TCBY for serving his frogurt too cold.  The Jets lost to the Iggs, but should be able to beat this lowly team in foggy Londontown.  PICK: NYJ

JACKSONVILLE (+9) at INDIANAPOLIS: Plucky Luck and the boys got their first win last week against Tennessee and showed that they have some fight in them after all.  Meanwhile Jacksonville was throttled by the Pats.  I don't see them stopping the Colts at all.  PICK: Indiana

HOUSTON (+6.5) at ATLANTA: The Falcons have feasted on the NFC East for the first three weeks.  Houston will provide a different test as they focus on the run game.  However I think the Falcons will win in the Dome.  PICK: Hotlanta

CAROLINA (-3) at TAMPA BAY: I am actually pretty excited about this game.  Two of the star black quarterbacks in the game facing off.  Carolina has a stingy defense, which will make life difficult for Famous Jameis.  I think he is looking to make up for a stinky game last week though.  The Famous Jameis TD Counter should be rolling closer to 39 this weekend.  PICK: Tampa


NYG (+5.5) at BUFFALO: The NYG had a timely win against the Redskins last week, and are on nine days rest.  For Buffalo, I keep coming back to Tyrod Taylor.  There is no way he leads you to the promised land.  PICK: NYG

OAKLAND (-3) at CHICAGO: The 0-3 Bears have already started to dismantle their team.  Quickest I have ever seen it happen.  I guess that will happen when you get outscored 74-23 over the previous two weeks.  Meanwhile, with Derek Carr at the helm the autumn wind sure seems like a Raider.  PICK: Oakland



PHILADELPHIA (-3) at WASHINGTON: Well, the Iggs showed me something last week but they still didn't look to be at a high gear on offense.  I like this matchup though, as Washington will try to run the ball, but the Eagles run defense has been stout.  Maybe the 'Skins lackluster pass defense will help the Iggs get going on offense.  PICK: Philly

KANSAS CITY (+4) at CINCINNATI: Andy Reid has been showing vintage head coaching form with bad clock management and questionable decisions.  Meanwhile, Cincy just keeps on rolling.  Four points in the Jungle isn't going to help Fat Andy.  PICK: Cincy

CLEVELAND (+7.5) at SAN DIEGO: We have a full blown quarterback controversy in Cleveland.  Although I think we can all agree most of their losses stem from them not being very good, or the curse of the Chud.  7.5 is a good amount to give up for the Chargers, but I think they will take care of it at home.  PICK: San Diego

GREEN BAY (-8.5) at SAN FRANCISCO: My bold prediction for this game is that Rodgers throws his first interception of the year.  It won't matter though, because Kaepernick will probably throw about four picks, and the Pack will win by about 17 points.  PICK: Green Bay

MINNESOTA (+6.5) at DENVER: The Broncos looked pretty good last week, as did the Vikings.  I don't like the Vikes on the road though.  The warship does not travel well over land.  Peyton will pick them apart.  PICK: Broncos

ST. LOUIS (+7) at ARIZONA: Do I even need to say anything?  Just to prove a point, I will make it my NO DOUBTER.  PICK: Arizona



DALLAS (+4) at NEW ORLEANS: The Superdome has lost its significance as this Saints team has fallen off the map.  On paper, they look like the same team that won the Super Bowl a few years back.  But with some bad coaching moves and signings, they are crumbling from the inside; much like the Flanders' house after it was rebuilt after the hurricane (no Katrina pun intended).  I think Dallas would be advised to simply run over the Saints defense, and will probably be able to retain their lead in the NFC East this week.  They were still able to put up 28 points last week despite missing Romo and Dez.  I think they have no problem doing that against the 'Aints. PICK: Dallas



DETROIT (+10) at SEATTLE: I took Seattle giving up big points at home last week.  I guess I should let it ride and take them again.  Detroit hasn't looked very good at all this year, and has committed many turnovers.  The Seahawks should feast on that, especially with all the "12s" going crazy.  That is officially the stupidest nickname in all of sports.  PICK: Seattle

LAST WEEK: 10-6
OVERALL: 26-21-1
NO DOUBTER: 2-1

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Moose's Weekly Picks

Here we are in week three.  Some teams are who we thought they were, to borrow a quote from my good friend Denny Green, and some are completely different.  A strong finish to last week's picks put Moose in the black for the week and the season, even though we got burned on a No Doubter. All in all, I'll take it.  In other housekeeping news, you might notice that the normal MWP logo is not up today.  Moose the Patriot was posted in honor of another good friend of mine not named Denny Green.  Phil Daley is currently in the midst of a 10 day hike from Massachusetts to Canada in order to raise awareness and contributions for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  He took that picture at a stop along the way, and you can follow his journey on his website www.philshiketocanada.com. Be sure to check out his daily blog replete with photos, and don't be a cheapskate and drop in a few shekels to the cause if you can.  Now, let's get back to the lecture at hand.

WASHINGTON (+3.5) at NYG: Tough game to call.  The G-Men have lost two heartbreakers at the end of the game, but the fact that they have been in the lead against both teams is a good sign.  The Redskins were my pick to be laughingstock of the league, then somehow dismissed the Rams in week two.  I think the fact that it is a home game has me leaning towards the NYG.  PICK: NYG

PITTSBURGH (-1.5) at ST. LOUIS: Speaking of the devil, here we have St. Louis back at home where they beat the Seahawks in week one.  I am going to chalk that up to knowing their divisional opponent more than being a really good team.  Big Ben also gets a weapon back in the form of L'eveon Bell.  As if I needed another reason to pick Big Ben.  PICK: Blitzburgh

SAN DIEGO (+2.5) at MINNESOTA: The battle of the two teams that have beaten the Lions and looked bad in their other respective games.  San Diego's defense needs to show me what they are made of on the road.  PICK: Minnesota

TAMPA BAY (+6.5) at HOUSTON: This Texans defense has been all bark and no bite so far.  I also don't think the debate between Mallett or Hoyer is relevant, because they are both not gonna take you too far.  Houston is a possible landing spot for Robert Griffin III in my opinion.  Would make a lot of sense.  Meanwhile, Famous Jameis has no regard for human life and is scoring touchdowns like they are going out of style.  Somebody needs to start a Famous Jameis touchdown counter to keep track of all of them.  Wait, I am just the Moose to do it.  PICK: Tampa


PHILADELPHIA (+2.5) at NYJ: You can't play the game that the Iggs played last week and ever expect to have anybody bet on you the next week.  That was downright pitiful.  Worst game I have ever watched.  Let me recap the Eagles possessions for you: Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Blocked Punt for TD, Punt, Int, Field Goal, Fumble, Int, Touchdown in garbage time.  Enough said?  PICK: NYJ

NEW ORLEANS (+6.5) at CAROLINA: Boy the Saints don't look too good at all.  I think that Jimmy Graham trade hurt both teams, as football trades often do.  Now Drew Brees is dealing with a bum rotator cuff but will try to play.  Sounds like home cooking with some Carolina rice.  PICK: North Carolina

JACKSONVILLE (+13.5) at NEP: Our first monster spread of the season.  The Jags defense averages 20 points per game allowed, the Pats offense averages 34 points per game scored.  This game is in New England.  I'll take the NEP despite the points.  This could be one of those games where BB and Brady prove a point to the rest of the league.  PICK: NEP

CINCINNATI (+2.5) at BALTIMORE: Baltimore has looked pretty bad so far, especially last week against the Raiders of all teams.  They ruined my No Doubter while they were at it.  It is tempting to take 2-0 Cincy and the points, but I think the Ravens will out-coach the Bengals and the crowd will be rocking for the home opener.  PICK: Baltimore

OAKLAND (+3.5) at CLEVELAND: A lot of pundits are crushing the Browns for benching John Football once again, but I think I understand it.  I won't understand it if one bad series or game leads them to putting him right back in.  Coach Pettine wants a steady qb.  That is what he had with Hoyer and that is what he will get from McCown.  Score just enough points for the defense.  Tampa Bay Bucs '02-'03 baby (sheds tear).  PICK: Cleveland

INDIANAPOLIS (-3) at TENNESSEE: Plucky Luck has looked egregious so far, and Indianapolis is another one of the surprising 0-2 teams.  Could Pagano be fired in week three if they don't win?  I doubt it, but he and Chip Kelly are in the same boat.  Both of them reshuffled their offense in the offseason, and both of them have average at best defenses.  Mix in some turnovers with that and you've got a recipe for something more disgusting than Homer Simpson's cloves/tom collins mix/pie crust special.  Let's go find mom.  PICK: TENNESSEE


ATLANTA (-1.5) at DALLAS: Big D is 2-0 so far, but the injuries have got to catch up with them.  Brandon Weeden for a whole game is much different than Brandon Weeden for one and a half quarters up by 10 points.  Atlanta has also proven they can play good defense and make plays to win at the end of the game.  PICK: Hotlanta

SAN FRANCISCO (+6.5) at ARIZONA: Let's take a look at the checklist:


  1. Carson Palmer is playing.  He is 14-2 as the Cardinals starter.
  2. The 49ers got embarrassed on the road by Pittsburgh last week.
  3. We are in the desert
Sounds like a check mate for Arizona.  Abandon hope all ye who enter here.  PICK: Arizona


CHICAGO (+14.5) at SEATTLE: What did I say about Seattle last week?  Oh yeah; "I think the Pack put them at 0-2 for the season.  Pray for the Bears in Seattle in week three."  Throw into that mix that Jimmy Clausen is starting for the Bears now.  This is a huge line, but I am making it my NO DOUBTER for this week.  Home opener in Seattle, Kam Chancellor back in the lineup, and Jimmy Clausen and the Bears coming to town.  PICK: Seattle

BUFFALO (+3) at MIAMI: Miami hasn't wowed at all this season.  They squeaked by the Skins in week one, then lost to hapless Jacksonville in week two.  Now there has been some talk of dissension among the ranks already.  Mark my words; Philbin is gone after this season.  They have given him all the pieces and he screws up every year.  PICK: Buffalo

DENVER (-3) at DETROIT: ANOTHER surprising 0-2 team.  If you had told me that Philly, Seattle, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Detroit would all be 0-2 before the season started I would have said "HEH?"  More surprisingly, Denver is winning games with their defense.  Kind of like they did when they had that other quarterback.  You know, the guy who John Elway kicked aside in favor of perennial playoff goat Peyton Manning.  Anyway, the Broncos have been getting lucky so far.  I'll take the Lions in their home opener, but will probably regret it.  PICK: Detroit

KANSAS CITY (+6.5) at GREEN BAY: Rodgers is god-like at home.  I'll take the Pack by a touchdown.  PICK: Green Bay

LAST WEEK: 9-7
OVERALL: 16-15-1
NO DOUBTER: 1-1