Thursday, October 20, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

7-6-2 last week.  Baby steps back to the promised land.  Injuries have affected a lot of games this week, so the picks become that much more difficult.  To the action!

CHICAGO (+7.5) at GREEN BAY: The Packers looked miserable last week, and lost their home mojo.  Everybody is starting to question Aaron Rodgers.  Does he bust out of his slump this week?  Methinks not.  PICK: Chicago

NYG (-3) at LA (London) RAMS: Good win for the G-Men last week despite more antics from Ladell Beckman.  I understand that the criticism of him is probably overblown, but when somebody acts like that regularly you can tell that they are very concerned about what others think of them.  Therefore Ladell is already in his own head.  With that said, I think the G-Men put Fisher back on the hot seat this week.  PICK: NYG

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Can't trust a country that calls french fries "chips".  Chips are the greatest snack ever invented, although I try not to eat a lot of them." PICK: Giants

MINNESOTA (-2.5) at PHILADELPHIA: Two bad losses in a row for the Iggs.  The Jim Schwartz effect of taking a lot of penalties is starting to rear its ugly head.  Some are calling this a trap game for the Vikes, but I think the Eagles probably end up beating themselves here.  PICK: Minnesota

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "People say I look a lot like Carson Wentz because of the red hair and the beard.  If he's anything like me, his knee is probably in extreme pain from pulling his pants up in the bathroom.  So I'll take the Vikings." PICK: Minnesota

NEW ORLEANS (+6.5) at KANSAS CITY: Interesting dichotomy here: one team with a great offense and no defense versus a team with a good defense and minimal offense.  This is a tough one.  I'll take Fat Andy at home.  PICK: Kansas

WASHINGTON (+1.5) at DETROIT: This one seems like Vegas knows something we don't.  Washington has won four in a row and is getting points?  I'm stupid enough to fall for that I suppose.  PICK: Washington

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "The Skins have been cursed by Shears this year.  That probably has something to do with the black smoke I saw from 200 miles away the other night.  Bad omen." PICK: Washington

CLEVELAND (+10) at CINCINNATI: Toilet Bowl 2016.  Cincinnati has lost all discipline whatsoever, and the Brownies are still looking for a win this season.  They might not win this weekend, but they cover at least.  PICK: Cleveland (No Doubter)

BUFFALO (-3) at MIAMI: Buffalo has looked like a juggernaut the last few weeks.  Seems like the perfect time for a dumbfounding loss for Rex Ryan, right?  PICK: Miami

OAKLAND (+1) at JACKSONVILLE: Long trip for the Raiders, but I think they get the job done in the Bold New City of the South.  The return of Latavius Murray should help give the run game of the Raiders a little juju.  Also, I never bet against the van.  PICK: Oakland

INDIANAPOLIS (+2.5) at TENNESSEE: I have never seen a more impotent finish to a game than the Colts pathetic squandering of the lead against the Texans last week.  Every season it seems like the Colts come into the year with glaring weaknesses at some positions, and they never seem to address them.  Its just the same cast of characters every year.  Pagano has gotta Pagan-GO.  PICK: Tennessee

BALTIMORE (+1) at NYJ: Geno Smith.  PICK: Baltimore

SAN DIEGO (+6.5) at ATLANTA: Tough loss for Atlanta last week, but they showed a lot of moxie in one of the toughest places to play.  I think they take care of the Chargers pretty easily this week.  PICK: Atlanta

TAMPA BAY (-2) at SAN FRANCISCO: It's been a while since we had the Jameis TD counter.  Purely an oversight on my part.  We still love Jameis here on the blog.  We do not love Chip Kelly though.  Fat toad.  PICK: Tampa

NEP (-7) at PITTSBURGH: No Big Ben for Pittsburgh means that this should be a cakewalk for Brady and the boys.  Hopefully the Brady/Edelman connection is rekindled this week. PICK: NEP

SEATTLE (+2) at ARIZONA: Ooh man this is a tough one.  We are in the DESERT, but I suggest we pump the brakes on saying the Cardinals are back.  They beat 49ers and the Jets.  A highschool team could do that.  Gimme Seattle and the points.  PICK: Seattle

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Arizona?  Isn't that where all those lungers went in that movie that wasn't as good as Wyatt Earp?  I bet there are some good honky tonks there."  PICK: Arizona

HOUSTON (+7.5) at DENVER: Denver has been shaky the past two weeks after looking unbeatable for the first four.  I think the absence of Demarcus Ware is really hurting them on defense.  Also, Trevor Siemian is a rookie after all.  Call me crazy, but I think Brock Ostreicher and the boys pull off an upset in Denver this week.  PICK: Houston

LAST WEEK: 7-6-2
OVERALL: 28-31-2

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

And we're back!  After an inconspicuous two week absence we return to the game we love so much.  This hasn't been a great year so far, but there is still plenty of time to right the ship.  Now that each team is starting to show its identity, let's try to really nail down these week six matchups.

DENVER (-3) at SAN DIEGO: Trevor the Kid is back for the Broncos tonight, that should put the team at ease after a tough loss to Atlanta last week.  The Chargers meanwhile have injuries at several key spots.  PICK: Denver

CINCINNATI (+9) at NEP: The Bengals looked feckless and weak against the rough and tumble offensive line of the Cowboys last week.  Now they have to head to an even tougher place to play in New England in Brady's first home game since returning from his suspension.  PICK: NEP (No Doubter)

BALTIMORE (+3) at NYG: The NYG have lost three in a row, and two tough road contests.  They should rebound against the Ravens at home.  PICK: NYG

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "The Giants don't run the ball outside enough which really confounds their offense.  I've got Baltimore steamrolling them." PICK: Baltimore

CAROLINA (-3) at NEW ORLEANS: Carolina is definitely suffering from the Super Bowl hangover.  They are on a short week and now have to head to the Dome.  I think the beat goes on and the Panthers fall further behind the 8 ball.  PICK: New Orleans

PITTSBURGH (-7.5) at MIAMI: The Steelers have responded to the drubbing the Eagles handed them with two 20+ point wins.  They should be too much for Miami to handle this week.  PICK: Pittsburgh

JACKSONVILLE (+2.5) at CHICAGO: Barf.  PICK: Jacksonville

SAN FRANCISCO (+8) at BUFFALO: True wildcard game here.  Kaepernick is IN, Gabbert is OUT.  I think Shady runs wild on Chip Kelly's boys.  PICK: Buffalo

LA RAMS (+3) at DETROIT: Detroit can beat anybody if they get the calls that they got at home last week.  Two mediocre coaches doing battle here.  PICK: Detroit

CLEVELAND (+7) at TENNESSEE: Here we are in week 6 and there are already so many teams whose seasons are over.  Cleveland is obviously one of them.  Meanwhile, I am over here with my Carson Wentz jersey (soon to be arriving from China) with plenty to play for still.  Thank god for the Browns.  PICK: Tennessee

PHILADELPHIA (-2.5) at WASHINGTON: The Iggs got screwed by the refs last week to be sure, but they also didn't look so great for much of the game.  Are they beginning to show their weaknesses? Quite possible.  I can't in good conscience take them on the road while giving points.  PICK: Washington

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Curse of RAT strikes again here as the Skins lose on the final series.  Now, should I watch the game at 4 Courts or Clydes?" PICK: Philadelphia

KANSAS CITY (pick em) at OAKLAND: The Raiders are riding their fancy Carr to victory.  Should it break down, they always have a nice van as a backup option.  PICK: Raiders

ATLANTA (+6.5) at SEATTLE: The Falcons have racked up some nice wins in hostile environments so far.  In Seattle after a Seahawks bye week is a different story altogether.  I think they get their wings clipped this week.  PICK: Seattle

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Mark Ryan, good BC product at qb for Atlanta.  However, the Falcons offense seems a little unwieldy, and the defense is basically useless." PICK: Seattle

DALLAS (+4.5) at GREEN BAY: The Dallas offense is legit.  Even without Dez Bryant they made it look easy against the Bengals last week.  This game has all the makings of a shootout, and since the Packers are at home I will give them the nod.  PICK: Green Bay

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "I wonder what kind of cheese the Packers fans wear on their heads.  Its well known that Swiss doesn't keep well in cold temperatures.  Probably some kind of gruyere." PICK: Dallas

INDIANAPOLIS (+3) at HOUSTON: The AFC South is an abomination.  PICK: Indy

NYJ (+7.5) at ARIZONA: Oh yes baby, we are in the desert.  The Cardinals looked putrid for a few weeks, but I think big bad Bruce Arians has turned the corner with the team.  Meanwhile, Fitzy is the Fitzy of old, throwing numerous INTs.  PICK: Arizona

OVERALL: 21-25