NFL 2011 Week 4

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Bwah? Are my eyes decieving me? The Lions and the Bills are 3 and 0? Wha...what happened? Er, never mind; let's rolling, starting with the first piece of evidence that we're living in Bizarro World:

Patriots 31 - Bills 34: True, New England's defense has been a tad questionable for the past few weeks, but this is definitely a statement game for Buffalo. However, do they belong in the conversation? I would prefer not to...er crown them with only three weeks in books.

49ers 13 - Bengals 8: There was little here to remind anyone of the two Super Bowl showdowns San Francisco and Cincinnati had during the 80s except for the 49ers winning.

Dolphins 16 - Browns 17: Colt McCoy's odyssey during this game might make for a good movie, though I imagine the screenwriters would set it somewhere other than Cleveland.

Broncos 14 - Titans 17: Denver.

Lions 26 - Vikings 23: Uh, Minnesota? There are two halves to a football game, remember?

Texans 33 - Saints 40: I've seen that look on Wade Phillips' face before...during pretty much every game he coached for the Cowboys.

Giants 29 - Eagles 16: Hey Philly: you know when you were signing players left and right during the short off-season? Did you spend any of it on offensive linemen?

Jaguars 10 - Panthers 16: The way the rain was coming down and how the field wasn't able to absorb it, it might have been quicker for players to slide their way to the endzone.

Jets 24 - Raiders 34: Does it really matter if Jason Campbell is the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders if the running game is that good? And I bet New York fans wished CBS switched to Heidi.

Ravens 37 - Rams 7: I foresee a huge fight in fantasy leagues to sign Torrey Smith of Baltimore.

Chiefs 17 - Chargers 20: About the only thing that Kansas City can take away from this is that they weren't blown out...and that Todd Haley will be fired soon.

Packers 27 - Bears 17: No, I didn't see the hold, either. Did see a lot of Jermichael Finley, though.

Cardinals 10 - Seahawks 13: If I weren't emotionally invested in the NFC West and didn't have RedZone, I might just refuse to watch any games played by any team in the division.

Falcons 13 - Buccaneers 16: Smile, Atlanta; you just got Buc'ed. New Orleans versus Tampa Bay is going to be epic.

Steelers 23 - Colts 20: Yeah, uh Pittsburgh? This was supposed to be a gimmee. You let Indianapolis do that to you without Peyton Manning, you're begging to be withheld from the playoff conversation.

Redskins 16 - Cowboys 18: Now that was a sloppy one. Oy.

Pick 'Em Week 4: Well, quite a number of squeakers this week in the main batch of picks. Congratulations to/Damn you *Legion*, Nightmare, LeapingGnome, and Gumbie for joining me on Perfection Island for this week. Here's how it all broke down:

My record: 5-0

Your records:

*Legion*: 5-0
Nightmare: 5-0
LeapingGnome: 5-0
Gumbie: 5-0

oldmanscene23: 4-1
gizmo: 4-1
garion333: 4-1
Kush15: 4-1
MilkmanDanimal: 4-1
Minase: 4-1

Jayhawker: 3-2
Atras: 3-2
Xeknos: 3-2
boogle: 3-2
Enix: 3-2
bighoppa: 3-2
TheGameguru: 3-2
iaintgotnopants: 3-2
Lankshrk83: 3-2

Elliottx: 2-3
Cobble: 2-3
Jolly Bill 2-3

And the year to date totals, featuring special guest star Jolly Bill:

My record: 13-2

Your guys' record:

Minase: 13-2
Nightmare: 13-2

Enix: 12-3
TheGameguru: 12-3
garion333: 12-3
*Legion*: 12-3

oldmanscene24: 11-4
Kush15: 11-4
Gumbie: 11-4

Elliottx: 10-5
Xeknos: 10-5
MilkmanDanimal: 10-5

boogle: 9-6
Landshrk83: 9-6
bighoppa: 9-6
LeapingGnome: 9-6

iaintgotnopants: 8-7
Jayhawker: 8-7
Jolly Bill: 8-7

Didn't get an entry from Coolbeans (who's sitting on 4-6) and still didn't get any from Lars (4-1) and jowner (3-2) from the second week in a row. Anyway, we have an all AFC selection this week, featuring:

Titans at Browns: Hmmmmmm. Tennessee doesn't have Kenny Britt for the rest of this year, but I'm thinking it probably doesn't matter much. Titans.

Steelers at Texans: Houston sneaks back into the pick'em for the second week in a row. Tough call here. Steelers.

Patriots at Raaaaaaaaaaaaaiders: I'm going out on a limb here and picking the upset. Raaaaaaaaaaaaiders.

Jets at Ravens: Slightly easier here. Ravens.

For my wildcard, I'm turning my attention to Falcons at Seahawks. Second week in a row that Atlanta's on the road and this time at one of the hardest places to play in the NFL. But, I'm going with the Falcons.

Enjoy the week, folks.

The no bolding wonder's picks are:
Titans
Texans
Patriots
Ravens
And for the wildcard, bears over panthers.

Thanks for the column ratman.

The 49ers won running the "throw it to Vernon Davis" offense.

Browns over Titans
Steelers over Texans
Patriots over Raiders
Ravens over Jets
Wildcard:
Eagles over 49ers

Titans at Browns: Chris Johnson is due to break out eventually....Titans

Steelers at Texans: The Steelers O-Line has issues and if they can't stop the Manning-less Colts, they could have real issues against the Texans.

Patriots at Raaaaaaaaaaaaaiders: I would love to root for the boys from Oakland, but I just don't see how they are going to give the Pats their second loss in a row.

Jets at Ravens: A coupld of fun defenses going at it in this one. I'll take Ray Rice and the Ravens at home

For a wildcard, I'll take the Bills over the Bungals

And the year to date totals, featuring special guest star Jolly Bill:

Jolly Bill: 8-7

Giants 29 - Eagles 16: Hey Philly: you know when you were signing players left and right during the short off-season? Did you spend any of it on offensive linemen?

1) Eagles need O-line help

2) Hey Philly: you know when you were signing players left and right during the short off-season? Did you ask them if they could tackle? Thankfully I didn't see much of that game, but what I did see was the secondary blowing tackles.

Last night, my son asked me if Washington's QB was any good; I told him Rex Grossman would play reasonably well until the absolute worst possible moment for him to screw up, and then he'd make a mistake that would cost the Redskins the game. Unfortunately, he was already in bed by the time Rexy got strip sacked, so I couldn't say, "I told you so". I mean, you could see Spencer coming and you knew what was going to happen a couple seconds before the fumble happened, yet Rex seemed clueless. Ugly, ugly game.

As for being 4-1 last week, the "1" in question was I expected Tampa to lose. I will point out they tried very, very hard to lose that game, and I'm perfectly fine with getting one game wrong if it means the stinking Falcons lost while having some significant offensive line issues exposed. Also, "pressure Matt Ryan" would seem to be the idea for every team in the future.

Titans at Browns: Hasselbeck has really played well, expect it to continue.

Steelers at Texans: Wade Philips has that pass rush working, and Pittsburgh is going to be pulling hot dog vendors from the stands to play offensive line.

Patriots at Raiders: I expect a very, very angry Tom Brady.

Jets at Ravens: The Ravens are a more consistent team. Well, the Jets are consistently inconsistent.

Colts at Buccaneers: There is a current PFT headline that the Colts are trying out Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle. A little part of me (or not so little) wants some revenge for that @#$!!! MNF Bucs-Colts game eight years ago where HEY BIG SHOCKER A SEVENTH-ROUND ROOKIE CANNOT COVER MARVIN HARRISON ONE ON ONE. I flipped over to the "Top Ten Comebacks" over at NFLN during a commercial last night and they were just starting that game and I actually started yelling at the TV.

Titans at Browns

Steelers at Texans

Patriots at Raiders

Jets at Ravens

Wildcard:

Denver at Green Bay

Titans
Texans
Patriots
Ravens

Packers over Broncos

I really wanted to pick against the Vikings for the rest of the season but they're playing the Chiefs. I'm sure they'll find a way to blow that halftime lead but I'm going to go with a virtual sure thing.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Colts at Buccaneers: There is a current PFT headline that the Colts are trying out Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle. A little part of me (or not so little) wants some revenge for that @#$!!! MNF Bucs-Colts game eight years ago where HEY BIG SHOCKER A SEVENTH-ROUND ROOKIE CANNOT COVER MARVIN HARRISON ONE ON ONE. I flipped over to the "Top Ten Comebacks" over at NFLN during a commercial last night and they were just starting that game and I actually started yelling at the TV.

Funny story about that game: I was in law school at the time, and went out for some frosty cold beverages with two of my classmates. The game happened to be on. When Tampa was up big, my friend Clarissa says, "Indy will come back to win this one." Turns out, she was right.

She later ended up dating a guy on that Bucs team.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Colts at Buccaneers: There is a current PFT headline that the Colts are trying out Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle. A little part of me (or not so little) wants some revenge for that @#$!!! MNF Bucs-Colts game eight years ago where HEY BIG SHOCKER A SEVENTH-ROUND ROOKIE CANNOT COVER MARVIN HARRISON ONE ON ONE. I flipped over to the "Top Ten Comebacks" over at NFLN during a commercial last night and they were just starting that game and I actually started yelling at the TV.

Funny story about that game: I was in law school at the time, and went out for some frosty cold beverages with two of my classmates. The game happened to be on. When Tampa was up big, my friend Clarissa says, "Indy will come back to win this one." Turns out, she was right.

She later ended up dating a guy on that Bucs team.

Tennessee over Cleveland
Houston over Pittsburgh
New England over Oakland
Baltimore over NY Jets
Wild Card: NY Giants over Arizona

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DOUBLE POST ALERT, DOUBLE POST ALERT!!!!

Colts at Buccaneers: There is a current PFT headline that the Colts are trying out Dan Orlovsky and Brodie Croyle. A little part of me (or not so little) wants some revenge for that @#$!!! MNF Bucs-Colts game eight years ago where HEY BIG SHOCKER A SEVENTH-ROUND ROOKIE CANNOT COVER MARVIN HARRISON ONE ON ONE. I flipped over to the "Top Ten Comebacks" over at NFLN during a commercial last night and they were just starting that game and I actually started yelling at the TV.

I can (barely) forgive the Bucs letting them come back (manning) but that bs "jumping" penalty at the end where the kick was no good which give Indy a second kick chance to win always irritated me.

Titans
Texans
CheatingBastardPatriots
J E T S

My Wild Card is Packers

All you jerks that picked Buffalo last week can suck it!

Titans
Texans
Patriots
Ravens

Wild Card: Bucs over the Colts

Browns
Texans
Patriots
Ravens

I'm going to go out on a limb and pick the game I'll have the most fun watching. Detroit over Dallas.

Do y'all play the spread? Otherwise, the Packers over the Broncos is about as much of a gimme as you're going to get this year.

sheared wrote:
Do y'all play the spread? Otherwise, the Packers over the Broncos is about as much of a gimme as you're going to get this year.

Last week, a lot of people took the Chargers in my work Suicide pool. I can already see the Packers picks flooding my inbox this week.

Titans at Browns: Browns at home in a close one. CJ does not get it going this week either. Sorry Gumbie.
Steelers at Texans: Texans show they are for real after a disappointing loss on the road.
Patriots at Raiders: I almost never like taking an east coast team playing on the west coast, but a) it's the Patsies, b) Brady and Belichek will be pissed after last weeks game, and c) it's the Raiders.
Jets at Ravens: Jets on the road? I think not. ravens at home? Yes, that's the correct answer.

Wildcard: Lions over Cowboys. Locusts in the mid-west, the sea turns to blood, and the sun turns black like sackcloth for the Lions will be 4-0.

Browns over Titans
Texans over Steelers
Patriots over Raiders
Ravens over Jets
Wildcard:
Giants over the Cardinals

Titans at Browns

Steelers at Texans

Patriots at Raaaaaaaaaaaaaiders

Jets at Ravens: Slightly easier here. Ravens.

Wildcard: Panthers at Bears. Julius Peppers will do something that will make every Panthers fan sad that he's not still in Carolina. Such as he did a year ago, when Peppers tipped and intercepted a screen pass from he-who-Blaine-Gabbert-gave-me-flashbacks-to-last-week-but-cannot-be-mentioned-in-the-same-post-as-the-future-savior-of-Jacksonville-Jaguars-football.

I'm to lazy to make picks ratboy

besides Packers to win the superbowl.

oh yea and Tony Romo to be hysterical this year.

Browns. Hey, why not? I actually like the Titans D in this game, but I'm giving an edge to the Browns due to special teams.

Texans. I don't like the Steelers this year. Something is off. They can't score points, while the Texans can. The Steelers defense has ONE forced turnover. One. Coming out party for the Texans.

Patriots. Running the ball doesn't beat the Patriots.

Ravens. Which Joe Flacco will show up?

Wild card: Lions over Cowboys. The Lions have given up the 3rd least points. Wow. Probably because their offense is on the field for long drives. This'll be a hard game for the Lions, but I'm hoping cause I want to see Jerry Jones cry (if he still has tear ducts, that is).

Man the NFL threads suck this year. Too many picks not enough shop talk

karmajay wrote:
Man the NFL threads suck this year. Too many picks not enough shop talk :(

I was thinking the same thing ... before I made my picks.

So, why do the Steelers kinda suck this year? Is it just age? And I think it's hilarious Brian Billick has them listed as #4 in his Power Rankings. Lol. They don't deserve that.

garion333 wrote:
karmajay wrote:
Man the NFL threads suck this year. Too many picks not enough shop talk :(

I was thinking the same thing ... before I made my picks.

So, why do the Steelers kinda suck this year? Is it just age? And I think it's hilarious Brian Billick has them listed as #4 in his Power Rankings. Lol. They don't deserve that.

There is your problem.

Browns
Steelers
Patriots
Jets

Falcons over Seahawks. This will be a nail biter of a blow-out.

Browns
Steelers
Patriots
Jets

Packers over the Broncos

Titans
Steelers
Raiders
Jets

Wildcard: Dallas over Detroit

karmajay wrote:
Man the NFL threads suck this year. Too many picks not enough shop talk :(

Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone. I actually don't read the threads as often as last year because the signal to noise ratio is so low.

Maybe a season-long thread would be better. I appreciate the work that goes into each week's starting post, but those posts could still be spread throughout one long thread.

We have a single thread for the entire season of NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA football and NCAA basketball, and they all seem to work pretty well. Some of them just meld right into playoff threads too.

I know the NFL is the most popular sport, but maybe one continuous thread would keep more people involved and coming back week to week. Off season thread, season thread, and playoff thread would probably be enough.

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