NFL 2011 Week 8

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You know, I was thinking during the day games on Sunday that there wasn't a lot of touchdowns being scored. Then came Sunday night, which pretty much balanced the scales.

Seahawks 3 - Browns 6: I want all of the 5 minutes of my life that Redzone covered this game back.

Falcons 23 - Lions 16: It's like San Francisco last week figured out what buttons to push to take down Detroit, then Atlanta came in and pulled off the proverbial ha-dou-ken all over again. Are the Lions in trouble? Depends on if they can bounce back and what happens with Chicago.

Texans 41 - Titans 7: Even NFL Redzone's Scott Hanson couldn't contain his glee over what Arian Foster did for his fantasy team. Tennessee and any fantasy owner playing against him probably wanted to vomit.

Tebows 18 - Dolphins 15: The final five minutes of regulation will make the Faithful forget about the first three and a half quarters. The final five minutes of regulation will make the detractors unable to get a word in edge wise about the first three and a half quarters.

Chargers 21 - Jets 27: I really want to know what was said in the post-game handshake. Norv Turner probably said something like, "Nice to see Plaxico not shooting you guys in the foot."

Bears 24 - Buccaneers 18: Apparently Tampa Bay doesn't do long trips all that well. Oh, I don't believe Matt Forte when he said he slept on the flight to London: I think he just ran across the Atlantic.

Redskins 20 - Panthers 33: Cam Newton's probably wondering where all the attention being showered on him went. And Mike Shanan should thank whoever infected Rex Grossman with that flu bug so he can turn around and say that even if he wanted to start Grossman, he couldn't.

Chiefs 28 - Raiders 0: Now I really, really want to know what was said in this post-game handshake. And Hue Jackson should be damn lucky Carson Palmer didn't get hurt when he was thrown to the wolves; clearly they have absolutely jack-crap going with Kyle Boller.

Steelers 32 - Cardinals 20: Really, Arizona? You scheme and plan to prevent Mike Wallace for beating you on a big play and what does he do? Beats you on a big play.

Rams 7 - Cowboys 34: Wait, Dallas has a running back now? Oh, wait, DeMarco Murry did it against St. Louis. Yeah, we'll wait and see how that pans out.

Packers 33 - Vikings 27: Of the games on Green Bay's schedule going forward, it was hard to imagine Minnesota being a potential trap game. Can this team run the table with the rest of the regular season? Somehow rookie Christian Ponder almost did it despite throwing two into the hands of Charles Woodson. Looking ahead, the Pack will have a tough go of it, with San Diego, a rematch against the Vikes, Tampa Bay, the Giants, and a double-shot of the Lions. The '72 Dolphins will have to keep their champagne on ice, but maybe they can pop the cork before January.

Colts 7 - Saints 62: This about sums things up as it sits for Indianapolis:

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Ravens 7 - Jaguars 12: I think Baltimore just played their way out of the "Best Team in the AFC" conversation. Plus Joe Flacco being an elite NFL QB, etc.

Week 8 Pick'Em: Ah, now here's where things are getting interesting. Lots of us were flirting with the .500 mark this time around and newcomer hoosierjoe was the sole inhabitant of Perfection Island. I call it beginner's luck:

My record: 3-2

Your records:

hoosierjoe: 5-0

bighoppa: 4-1
TheGameguru: 4-1

Xeknos: 3-2
Minase: 3-2
Elliottx: 3-2
boogle: 3-2
Jayhawker: 3-2
LeapingGnome: 3-2
Kush15: 3-2

*Legion*: 2-3
iaintgotnopants: 2-3
Nightmare: 2-3
oldmanscene24: 2-3
Atras: 2-3
Enix: 2-3
Landhsrk83: 2-3*
garion333: 2-3

MilkmanDanimal: 1-4
Gumbie: 1-4

* = For some reason for your wild card you said Cowboys over the 49ers. Not going to ding you for it, just thought I'd point it out.

And the season to date totals:

My record: 28-7

Your guys' record:

Minase: 28-7

Nightmare: 27-8

TheGameguru: 26-9

Gumbie: 25-10
garion333: 25-10
Xeknos: 25-10
Kush15: 25-10

oldmanscene24: 24-11
boogle: 24-11
LeapingGnome: 24-11

MilkmanDanimal: 23-12
Jayhawker: 23-12
bighoppa: 23-12

Enix: 22-13
*Legion*: 22-13
iaintgotnopants: 22-13

Landshrk83: 21-14

Elliottx: 20-15

Atras: 18-17

Definitely starting to see some separation and hopefully this week will make things more interesting. On byes are Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay. Our picks for this week include:

Vikings at Panthers: Ordinarily I'd says this would be a snoozer and given the full advantage to Carolina, but christian Ponder really showed up to ball against the Packers in his debut. He also has more weapons to choose from than Cam Newton and a better defense. Vikings.

Patriots at Steelers: With Baltimore getting de-feathered by Jacksonville, this game may end up deciding who the best in the AFC is. Both teams have good offenses, but I give the edge in this regard to New England, who can make star receivers out of nobody. And while one is tempted to point out that Pittsburgh traditionally has a good defense, they're not quite the Steel Curtain anymore. New England.

Cowboys at Eagles: Ah, another "Which team is coming to the game?" match-up. Is the turnaround in Philly for real or is Dallas the one who's playing a different tune. Kind of a coin-flip choice, but I'm leaning towards...Cowboys.

Chargers at Chiefs: The question here is if Kansas City's performance in Oakland was either trend or fluke. Unless Phillip Rivers tosses six picks, I'm going with fluke. Chargers.

For my wild card, I have the Giants over the Dolphins. Oh, and one last item of business: the best two captions to that photo of Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz from last week. Get a room you two:

*Legion* wrote:

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"Galileo, Galileo! Galileo Figaro!"

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

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"We will not let him go!"

"Let him go!"

"We will not let him go!"

"Let him go!"

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no!"

Enjoy the week, folks.

"Hey, Jim, your team just won the Super Bowl!"

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"Hey, Jim, Peyton's being eaten by a wolf!"

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"Hey, Jim, a giant asteroid is about to obliterate all life on the Earth!"

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"Hey, Jim, Art Shell called, he wants his face back!"

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Every post about Caldwell Face will make me laugh. Every time.

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2 girls one cup reaction face

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Reaction while having a rectal exam......................that was administered by The Thing from the Fantastic Four.

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Funny, they're both making the same face

Rat Boy wrote:

Get a room you two:

Milkman only shares a room with Josh Freeman.

I only share a room with Karen Gillan.

Spoiler:

... and maybe Josh Scobee.

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QBs make it too easy..

Vikings at Panthers: Ponder threw a number of almost-interceptions this week which don't show in the stat sheet. Almost-interceptions become interceptions with worse luck.

Patriots at Steelers: In a wildly inconsistent year, the Patriots have been slightly less inconsistent than the Steelers.

Cowboys at Eagles: I have absolutely no idea which Eagles team will show up. The bad one, I guess?

Chargers at Chiefs: I can't pick a team whose running backs include guys named "Dexter" and "Jackie".

Wildcard, Lions at Broncos: Tebowmania will end about five minutes into this game.

*Legion* wrote:

I only share a room with Karen Gillan.

Apparently I need to watch more Dr. Who

Texans
Texans
Texans
Texans
Wildcard: Texans

That's right, I'm back on the kool-aid this week, and it tastes great!

Forget game-worn jerseys - buy yourself some game-worn Tebow pants.

Vikings at Panthers

Patriots at Steelers

Cowboys at Eagles

Chargers at Chiefs

WC: Lions at Broncos

I saw someone in the Football Outsiders comments talking about this week being one of the worst ever, and I thought, "hey, sounds like Milkman!"

Then I looked at the username of the commenter.

Why couldn't Oakland self-destruct like that against Houston?

*Legion* wrote:

I saw someone in the Football Outsiders comments talking about this week being one of the worst ever, and I thought, "hey, sounds like Milkman!"

Then I looked at the username of the commenter. :)

We had scores of 12-7, 6-3, and 18-15, in three of the worst-played games I've ever seen. There were 62-7. 28-0, and 41-7 blowouts. Oakland had two different QBs throw three picks EACH. It seemed like every game featured endless INTs, fumbles, penalties, and injuries. Seriously, this week just sucked across the board.

Vikings at Panthers: Panthers
Patriots at Steelers: Patriots
Cowboys at Eagles: Eagles
Chargers at Chiefs: Chargers
Wild Card Pick: Saints at Rams: Saints

Kush15 wrote:

Rat Boy, I think you have a man crush on me or something. Either that, or you put money on me to win the pick segment this year. You have me at (4-1), I went (3-2) last week, picking the Bucs and the Ravens to both win, and failing miserably.

I'm just glad there was only one error.

49ers back in action.

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"Hey Jim, Lindsey Lohan is posing for Playboy."

Bernard Berrian was cut by the Vikings.

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OK, the face is kind of appropriate there.

T.O. had a workout that aired on NFL Network...but no teams went.

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Vikings at Panthers - the Vikes are bad, Ponder or no Ponder. The Panthers are getting better, plus they get some game film to study on Pnder which will make his second less good than his first. Panthers by 4.

Patriots at Steelers - The Patsies are the best team in the AFC right now. The Steelers are up there but not at NE's level. Patsies by 6.

Cowboys at Eagles - Is this an even or odd week? Even? Then the Cowboys will be terrible. The Eagles are starting to get it together. The bye week won't hurt either. Eagles by 5.

Chargers at Chiefs - Sd is not that good, but the Chiefs are even worse: Chargers by 5

Wildcard: Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers - I need an easy one, I'm one off the pace now. 49ers by 8.

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"Rosebud was the sled, Jim!"

Vikings
Patriots
Eagles
Chargers

Wild Card: Saints over the Rams

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The Colts just traded 2 first round draft picks for Jordan Palmer.

CAR
NE
PHI
KC
And DET. Over Den.

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The horror! The horror!

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I don't get a blank look from Cladwell, I read pure sadness. I see someone in shock. Maybe he's just walked in on his wife in bed with another man. Those downcast eyes and the slackjaw expression scream of unspeakable horrors.
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Vikings
Patriots
Cowboys
Chargers

Wildcard: Colts on the road at the Titans. I'll be at the game, field level around the 30 yard line on the Colts' side of the field, so I've gotta take the homer pick on this one. Assuming the weather is decent, I'll bring my DSLR and zoom lens...I'll try to capture a Caldwell face in the wild.

* = For some reason for your wild card you said Cowboys over the 49ers. Not going to ding you for it, just thought I'd point it out.[/q]

Whoops- Must have had a bit too much to drink when I posted my picks last week.

Rat Boy, I think you have a man crush on me or something. Either that, or you put money on me to win the pick segment this year. You have me at (4-1), I went (3-2) last week, picking the Bucs and the Ravens to both win, and failing miserably.

My picks this week:

Vikings at Panthers: Vikings
Patriots at Steelers: Patriots
Cowboys at Eagles: Eagles
Chargers at Chiefs: Chargers
Wild Card Pick: Dolphins at Giants: Giants

Kush15 wrote:

My picks this week:

Vikings at Panthers: Vikings
Patriots at Steelers: Patriots
Cowboys at Eagles: Eagles
Chargers at Chiefs: Chargers
Wild Card Pick: Dolphins at Giants: Giants

Rat Boy, changing my pick from the Panthers to the Vikings. I know I will regret it, but oh well.

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