NFL 2011 Week 6

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The autumn wind is a Raider. RIP, Al Davis.

Chiefs 28 - Colts 24: Just when you thought Indianapolis might be able to do something without Peyton Manning, this happens. Conversely, just when you thought Kansas City had a shot at getting Todd Haley fired or to still being in the running for Andrew Luck, this happens.

Cardinals 10 - Vikings 34: Well what do you know? Minnesota maintained a double-digit lead after halftime.

Seahawks 36 - Giants 25: For some reason, I now get a kick whenever an NFC East team loses.

Titans 17 - Steelers 38: That's it; whenever Big Ben has an injury he's trying to play through, give the edge to Pittsburgh.

Saints 30 - Panthers 27: Carolina quite possibly is the best 1-4 team in the league. They may even be a better team than teams with better records.

Bengals 30 - Jaguars 20: Meanwhile, Cincinnati is quietly putting up wins and Andy Dalton would be in the running for offensive rookie of the year if not for some guy named Cam Newton.

Raaaaaaaaaaiders 25 - Texans 20: An emotional nail-biter of a victory, just the way Al Davis would have liked it.

Eagles 24 - Bills 31: When you paint a target on your back, it just makes it that much easier for people to hit you.

Buccaneers 3 - 49ers 48: Seriously, who are these guys in San Francisco? I know they have mostly the same names and numbers as the team from last year, but they're playing a whole new kind of ball. Is it simply just because Jim Harbaugh is the head coach now?

Chargers 29 - Tebows 24: I foresee Denver being the new Tennessee. As soon as Tim Tebow struggles a bit, they'll put Kyle Orton back in and vice versa ad nauseum until somebody decides to pull the plug.

Jets 21 - Patriots 30: Oh look, New England has a running game. Now if only their defense can hold a team to under three touchdowns or so.

Packers 25 - Falcons 14: Like their feathered brethren in eastern Pennsylvania, perhaps it's time to take the "For Real" tag off of Atlanta.

Bears 13 - Lions 24: Yep, you read it right: Detroit's 5 and 0. I could have sworn I saw a dog and a cat living together.

Week 6 Pick 'Em: See, sometimes it pays to pick an upset. Just look at Jayhawker and myself, who were the only two to go 5-0 this week thanks mainly to the San Francisco 49ers. It pays to have cojones. Now, for how things shook down:

My record: 5-0

Your records:

Jayhawker: 5-0

MilkmanDanimal: 4-1
Xeknos: 4-1
Nightmare: 4-1
iaintgotnopants: 4-1
garion333: 4-1
Atras: 4-1
Gumbie 4-1
LeapingGnome: 4-1*

Minase: 3-2
boogle: 3-2
oldmanscene24: 3-2
TheGameguru: 3-2
bighhoppa: 3-2
Landshrk83: 3-2
Kush15: 3-2

*Legion*: 2-3

Enix: 1-4
Elliottx: 1-4

* = Since you didn't get your pick of the Saints in on time, I'm dinging you with a loss. Too bad, too, since you would have gone 5-0.

And the season to date totals:

My record: 21-4

Your guys' record:

Minase: 21-4
Nightmare: 21-4

garion333: 20-5

TheGameguru: 19-6
oldmanscene24: 19-6
Gumbie: 19-6
MilkmanDanimal: 19-6
Kush15: 19-6

Xeknos: 18-7

Enix: 17-8
boogle: 17-8
LeapingGnome: 17-8
iaintgotnopants: 17-8

*Legion*: 16-9
bighoppa: 16-9
Jayhawker: 16-9

Landshrk83: 15-10

Elliottx: 13-12

I looked and I looked and couldn't see a post from Jolly Bill (12-8) and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with Atras because some weeks he didn't have picks. As you can see, it's still possible to climb your way out of the cellar if you start swinging for the fences. On byes this week are Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle. Man, bye weeks makes making picks a bit harder. This week's West Coast biased picks are:

Panthers at Falcons: As been discussed to death, Carolina has been competitive in every game they've played in, including the losses. After Atlanta lost their lead to Green Bay, I'm smelling upset. Panthers.

49ers at Lions: At the end of MNF, Mike Tirico asked for a show of hands of people who thought this would be the game of the week. Well, it is. It's easy to say a 5-0 team has an edge, but there's something about how Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco team has been playing. 49ers.

Browns at Raiders: Cleveland's heading out west to face an Oakland team playing with a lot of emotion and maybe a bit of the ol' swagger that the late Al Davis instilled in them back in the glory days. Yeah, where do you think I'm going with this? Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiders.

Texans at Ravens: It could be very, very easy to immediately say Baltimore, especially with Houston now out not just Andre Johnson but Mario Williams as well. But hey, what did conventional wisdom get a lot of people last week? A lot of 4-1 records, that's what. Ravens. *runs and hides*

For my wild card, I'm setting my sights on Cowboys at Patriots, if only to cover myself for picking Carolina. True, seems like every time Tony Romo gets ridiculed he comes back in the next game to hush his detractors for one week. Except this time. Patriots.

Enjoy the week, folks.

Panthers at Falcons

49ers at Lions

Browns at Raiders

Texans at Ravens

Wildcard:

Cowboys at Patriots

49ers at Lions: At the end of MNF, Mike Tirico asked for a show of hands of people who thought this would be the game of the week. Well, it is. It's easy to say a 5-0 team has an edge, but there's something about how Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco team has been playing. 49ers.

I need to watch both the Niners and Lions games from last week. It's going to be about which defense steps it up. Then I'll pick.

Texans at Ravens: It could be very, very easy to immediately say Baltimore, especially with Houston now out not just Andre Johnson but Mario Williams as well. But hey, what did conventional wisdom get a lot of people last week? A lot of 4-1 records, that's what. Ravens. *runs and hides*

Unless you're like me and made the stupid mistake and thought Atlanta would bother showing up for once. I picked the Niners, but I didn't pick the Packers. What's wrong with me?

Clearly my tactic of going against Rat Boy's picks was ill-advised.

Panthers at Falcons: The Falcons win at home, and Cam Newton is just getting his butt kicked out there. He's going to get hurt soon.

49ers at Lions: Lions are at home on their sprinting turf, and I'm pretty sure unless Calvin Johnson is eaten by a goat in the next few days he'll score.

Browns at Raiders: Run run run run run.

Texans at Ravens: This would have been a tougher pick if the Texans hadn't lost their two best players.

Wildcard, Saints at Bucs: I have decided my wild card picks will be all Bucs. I do not believe the Bucs are vaguely as bad as they looked last week; they basically realized they were beaten and stopped playing hard, and the 49ers kept playing as hard as they could. It was like watching a college game in lots of ways. That being said, Tampa's secondary has been pretty bad this year, and I expect Brees to pick them to pieces. Fortunately, I'll be driving during the early games so I won't have to see it.

Rat Boy wrote:

I looked and I looked and couldn't see a post from Jolly Bill (12-8) and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with Atras because some weeks he didn't have picks.

That's annoying, I thought I put up picks for week 1. It would have been 2-2, but you have gone with giving failed picks to late additions, so pencil me in at 0-4 for week 1.

For this coming week:
Panthers at Falcons: Falcons need to be in panic mode at this point, and they might be, but given how close Carolina got this week, I am going with the Panthers.

49ers at Lions: After a blow-out, I expect a bit of a slump. After a sloppy game, I expect it to turn around. I expect the Lions to lose one sooner or later, but not this week.

Browns at Raiders: First home game without the boss around? Raiders win one for the deceased.

Texans at Ravens: Too many good players missing from Texas, this loss induces serious panic mode for Houston.

For the wild card, I take a look at New York vs New Jersey - Bills @ Giants. A win keeps Buffalo ahead of my Patriots, but I love seeing the Giants lose, so that will be my hope.

I seem to recall a lot of people picking against the 49ers last week too.

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Stele wrote:

I seem to recall a lot of people picking against the 49ers last week too. ;)

One of the few games I got right in my pick em pool.

Don't ask me about Jax, Philly, Houston, Indy.... bleh you get the point.

Panthers at Falcons: Panthers
49ers at Lions: Lions
Browns at Raiders: Raiders
Texans at Ravens: Ravens
WILD CARD
Cowboys at Patriots: Patriots

**NOTE** RatBoy, you had me down as (4-1) for Week 5, but I picked the Bucs and Colts last week, so I was actually (3-2).

I miss Buddy Ryan and the old days.. at least if we were going to stink and be hated we took out that anger on our opponents in the way of cheapshots and attempts to injure and maim.

If I feel miserable every Sunday than damnit I want my team trying to ruin our opponents season every chance we get as well.

RIP #20...

TheGameguru wrote:

I miss Buddy Ryan and the old days.. at least if we were going to stink and be hated we took out that anger on our opponents in the way of cheapshots and attempts to injure and maim.

If I feel miserable every Sunday than damnit I want my team trying to ruin our opponents season every chance we get as well.

RIP #20...

I wish just as many cheap shots on the Eagles as you wish for other teams. I don't respect people who look to have other people hurt. It's comments like that, that make me glad the Eagles haven't had anything to put in the trophy case since 1960.

Like everyone doesn't wish Vick broke his leg on every play... come on! I mean this team and it's fan base is hated almost universally outside of Philly.. might as well live up to the reputation.

Good fandom is fueled by hate.
I for one am at awe in the gaping maw that is the expanse of hate in a Philadephians heart.
I can only muster that vitriol for a few specific teams, not whole leagues.

boogle wrote:

Good fandom is fueled by hate.
I for one am at awe in the gaping maw that is the expanse of hate in a Philadephians heart.
I can only muster that vitriol for a few specific teams, not whole leagues.

well.. our true hate is reserved for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans lol.

Panthers
Lions
Raiders
Ravens

Vikings over Bears - I can't believe I'm making this pick but did you see Jahvid Best tear up the Bears? Adrian Peterson is better than Jahvid Best.

Panthers
Lions
Raiders
Ravens

Wild Card: Packers over the Rams

TheGameguru wrote:
boogle wrote:

Good fandom is fueled by hate.
I for one am at awe in the gaping maw that is the expanse of hate in a Philadephians heart.
I can only muster that vitriol for a few specific teams, not whole leagues.

well.. our true hate is reserved for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans lol.

Today I name you brother.

boogle wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

well.. our true hate is reserved for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans lol.

Today I name you brother.

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iaintgotnopants wrote:

Vikings over Bears - I can't believe I'm making this pick but did you see Jahvid Best tear up the Bears? Adrian Peterson is better than Jahvid Best.

I think there is an excellent chance the Bears will have more combined holding/false start penalties than points in that game.

*Legion* wrote:
boogle wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

well.. our true hate is reserved for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans lol.

Today I name you brother.

IMAGE(http://www.jetsblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/tony-romo-is-sad.jpeg)

All the Cowboys need to do is sign a Manning and the circle would be complete.

OMG I LUV THE COWBOYS NO EGLUS 4 ME

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Kush15 wrote:

**NOTE** RatBoy, you had me down as (4-1) for Week 5, but I picked the Bucs and Colts last week, so I was actually (3-2).

Fixed. All that text starts to blend together after a while.

*Legion* wrote:
boogle wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

well.. our true hate is reserved for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans lol.

Today I name you brother.

unspeakable object of hatred

You live within slapping distance now.

He's kinda looking like a stockier Noah Wyle there =P

Falcons
Lions
Raiders
Ravens

Wild Card: Packers over the hapless Rams.

OK, no more stupid picking.

Falcons
Lions
Raiders
Ravens

Wildcard: Packers over St. Louis, a sissy pick to try and get back on track.

Falcons
Lions
Raiders
Ravens
Packers

I'm a sheep.

boogle wrote:

Falcons
Lions
Raiders
Ravens
Packers

I'm a Parisian dandy.

Fixed that for you.

Anyone have any thoughts on the Eagles vs. Redskins game?

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