NFL 2014: Week 3

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On the road for business, I'll edit some thoughts in here later when I have a chance.

Pick 'Ems

Dallas @ St. Louis
Baltimore @ Cleveland
San Francisco @ Arizona
Denver @ Seattle
Chicago @ NY Jets

Make your Week 3 picks now!
NOTICE: Please enter your name exactly as it appears on the site. That means letter capitalization too. Guru, talking to you here. Otherwise, the sheet treats them as separate names and your totals will get borked unless Stele notices and hand-fixes them.

Week 2 Results:
Vector : 4 - 1
AnimeJ : 4 - 1
Stele : 3 - 2
Dysplastic : 3 - 2
Neozilla : 3 - 2
thegameguru : 3 - 2
Nomad : 2 - 3
Cube : 2 - 3
Secret Asian Man : 2 - 3
EvilDead : 2 - 3
kaostheory : 2 - 3
Minase : 2 - 3
boogle : 2 - 3
tboon : 2 - 3
S0LIDARITY : 2 - 3
mudbunny : 2 - 3
jonfentyler : 2 - 3
FSeven : 2 - 3
thejustinbot : 2 - 3
Kush15 : 2 - 3
Oddsmakers : 2 - 3
oldmanscene24 : 1 - 4
mrwynd : 1 - 4
Infyrnos : 1 - 4
iaintgotnopants : 1 - 4
Bubs14 : 1 - 4
Certis : 1 - 4
TempestBlayze : 1 - 4
UpToIsomorphism : 1 - 4
Gumbie : 1 - 4
Jayhawker : 1 - 4
onewild : 1 - 4
garion333 : 1 - 4
Elliottx : 1 - 4
karmajay : 1 - 4
Jolly Bill : 1 - 4
MilkmanDanimal : 1 - 4
Zaque : 1 - 4
Top_Shelf : 1 - 4
McFinn : 1 - 4
Leroyog : 0 - 5
LeapingGnome : 0 - 5
billt721 : 0 - 5

Season to Date:
Stele : 8 - 2
S0LIDARITY : 7 - 3
Dysplastic : 7 - 3
Neozilla : 7 - 3
jonfentyler : 7 - 3
Zaque : 6 - 4
Vector : 6 - 4
Secret Asian Man : 6 - 4
Minase : 6 - 4
EvilDead : 6 - 4
TheGameGuru : 6 - 4
Oddsmakers : 6 - 4
iaintgotnopants : 5 - 5
oldmanscene24 : 5 - 5
kaostheory : 5 - 5
Jayhawker : 5 - 5
mudbunny : 5 - 5
Nomad : 5 - 5
Gumbie : 5 - 5
TempestBlayze : 5 - 5
Cube : 5 - 5
Top_Shelf : 5 - 5
Kush15 : 5 - 5
onewild : 4 - 6
Cobble : 4 - 1
Jolly Bill : 4 - 6
garion333 : 4 - 6
Jowner : 4 - 1
Certis : 4 - 6
Elliottx : 4 - 6
tboon : 4 - 6
boogle : 4 - 6
MilkmanDanimal : 4 - 6
infyrnos : 4 - 6
karmajay : 4 - 6
Leroyog : 4 - 6
billt721 : 4 - 6
McFinn : 4 - 6
Kosars : 4 - 1
thejustinbot : 4 - 6
AnimeJ : 4 - 1
Bubs14 : 4 - 1
Atras : 3 - 7
sr_malo : 3 - 2
FSeven : 3 - 2
Xeknos : 3 - 7
LeapingGnome : 2 - 3
bighoppa : 2 - 8
mrwynd : 2 - 3
UpToIsomorphism : 1 - 4

By randomly picking the winners, I'm in the top-10.

Figured some of my picks would be against the grain, but looking at the few already entered... It really does pain me to pick both Dallas and Chicago to win ><

I feel good about my picks this week. That means I'm going straight to 0-5.

Dallas @ St. Louis - This should be the battle of the hand-off. Stl because they don't have a QB and Dallas because Dallas.
Baltimore @ Cleveland - I don't know how to feel about this one. On the one hand Baltimore hasn't looked all that special to me. I don't trust their offense and I don't trust their defense. On the other hand, Cleveland. I really don't know what to think about them, but I'm throwing my support behind them in this one.
San Francisco @ Arizona - 49ers should have a chip on their shoulder after losing their stadium opener to my Bears last week. Arizona is a team I haven't paid any attention to this season. Apparently Carson Palmer is hurt. I'm shocked. Shocked.
Denver @ Seattle - Closer than the Super Bowl, but not super close.
Chicago @ NY Jets - J. E. T. S. Jets Jets Jets! One botched timeout away from a win last week. I don't think Geno Smith has what it takes to beat the Bears through the air. This is the Bears' third week in a row facing a mobile QB (Manuel, Kaepernick). In each game, they've begged the QB to beat them with their arm, and have won that matchup. In week one, their offense made mistakes and let Buffalo score most of their points in the short field. In week two, the offense didn't throw the game away and the defense made big plays at the right times. I expect the Bears to finally start to put it together to the detriment of the Jets' chances.

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My year to date totals don't seem to be including last week. Granted last week was a disaster, but still.

Dallas @ St. Louis. Ugh. Seriously, can we get a Jags game to pick? NO ONE. I AM PICKING NO ONE AND DON'T CARE THAT I GET NO POINTS FOR DOING SO. THIS IS A PROTEST!

Baltimore @ Cleveland. Gotta go with the homer pick here in Baltimore. This may be closer than history tells us it should be.

San Francisco @ Arizona. Patrick Peterson for the win. Arizona.

Denver @ Seattle. Oh man. Seattle at home. Gotta play those odds regardless of who is coming to town.

Chicago @ NY Jets. The Jets have been competitive running Chris Ivory. CHRIS IVORY! I like Chicago and their Who You Gonna Cover set of receivers better though.

garion333 wrote:

Dallas @ St. Louis. Ugh. Seriously, can we get a Jags game to pick? NO ONE. I AM PICKING NO ONE AND DON'T CARE THAT I GET NO POINTS FOR DOING SO. THIS IS A PROTEST!

I actually made all the choices on the form required so good luck with that.

Wow, 7-3. In my second year consistently following NFL football, I've either become an idiot savant or am just stupidly lucky. Probably the later.

I'm taking Dallas over St. Louis - Romo's too inconsistent to be consistently terrible 3 games running.
Baltimore over Cleveland - they looked dominant in their win over Pittsburgh last week, and I don't see Cleveland bringing anything new to the table.
San Francisco over Arizona - San Fran can't let Arizona go 3-0 in a divisional matchup. They're also talented enough to stop them. Count on Kaep keeping his mouth shut.
Seattle over Denver - last week was the exception that proves the rule. No way they're losing at home, especially to a weaker Denver receiving corps.
Chicago over the Jets - I just can't pick the Jets to win anything.

Last week was rough, but this week might not be much better.

I predict I call Josh McCown bad names three times tonight.

Stele wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Dallas @ St. Louis. Ugh. Seriously, can we get a Jags game to pick? NO ONE. I AM PICKING NO ONE AND DON'T CARE THAT I GET NO POINTS FOR DOING SO. THIS IS A PROTEST!

I actually made all the choices on the form required so good luck with that. ;)

I know, I just want a gimmee easy pick against the Jags.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

I predict I call Josh McCown bad names three times tonight.

Only three? Never thought I'd see you predict a good game for Josh McCown.

I think DAL and Santa Clara have their seasons start going off the rails this week.

Neither of those teams is equipped to handle adversity. Can't wait (for Cowboy and 9er tears)!

Rough week for me...

And if you still don't think domestic and family violence is an issue in the NFL...

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11...

As a Cowboys fan new to these parts, I feel like I should just embrace all the hate around here and go full on wrestling heel.

"Tony Romo, the greatest quarterback in the history of football, shall lead the Cowboys to glorious victory over the joke of a team known as the rams. DeMarco Murray will run for 400 yards, and our no-name defense will CRUSH whoever plays QB for St Louis, and they'll need 2 backups to play again."

I'll see myself out.

Neozilla wrote:

As a Cowboys fan new to these parts, I feel like I should just embrace all the hate around here and go full on wrestling heel.

"Tony Romo, the greatest quarterback in the history of football, shall lead the Cowboys to glorious victory over the joke of a team known as the rams. DeMarco Murray will run for 400 yards, and our no-name defense will CRUSH whoever plays QB for St Louis, and they'll need 2 backups to play again."

I'll see myself out.

Very nice. We had a Cowboys fan years ago, and his "I think this is the year Roy Williams turns it around" post and the subsequent not turning it around seemed to end his posting.

As a Bucs fan, I obviously know nothing about having optimism for bad football teams.

I appreciate my standing after two weeks being listed as 4-1, but sadly I know this is only a dream: I'm 3-7. At this point, I just want to have a week over .500. That being said, my picks:

Dallas over St. Louis: I sense a cripple fight here, I take the team with something resembling a functional offense.
Baltimore over Cleveland: Two anemic offenses, I take the team with something resembling a functional defense.
San Francisco over Arizona: Hard one, but I bet the Niners come out pissed off in a divisional matchup after being upset at home in primetime. No new-stadium-smell fumes to dizzy anyone, either. I'm betting against the Cardinals, again, which is a dangerous proposition, but I think this will be the litmus test for them. They win this one, I think they're for real.
Seattle over Denver: I'm really shaky on this one, but I probably shouldn't be. I'm betting on Seattle's defense, at home, pissed off after last week.
NY Jets over Chicago: This could be a cripple fight. Taking the Jets at home, pissed off after last week, against a Bears team on the road for the second straight week.

I basically took all of the Vegas favorites, which was not my intent. I took my dad's opinion under consideration as well, he talked me into the Seattle and Jets picks and agreed with me on the first three. Once more into the breach!

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Neozilla wrote:

As a Cowboys fan new to these parts, I feel like I should just embrace all the hate around here and go full on wrestling heel.

"Tony Romo, the greatest quarterback in the history of football, shall lead the Cowboys to glorious victory over the joke of a team known as the rams. DeMarco Murray will run for 400 yards, and our no-name defense will CRUSH whoever plays QB for St Louis, and they'll need 2 backups to play again."

I'll see myself out.

Very nice. We had a Cowboys fan years ago, and his "I think this is the year Roy Williams turns it around" post and the subsequent not turning it around seemed to end his posting.

As a Bucs fan, I obviously know nothing about having optimism for bad football teams.

I have no optimism about my team either, and know we're pretty much screwed until Jerry Jones dies, which will probably be never. Just embracing the hate.

I mean, GREATEST FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME.

Neozilla wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Neozilla wrote:

As a Cowboys fan new to these parts, I feel like I should just embrace all the hate around here and go full on wrestling heel.

"Tony Romo, the greatest quarterback in the history of football, shall lead the Cowboys to glorious victory over the joke of a team known as the rams. DeMarco Murray will run for 400 yards, and our no-name defense will CRUSH whoever plays QB for St Louis, and they'll need 2 backups to play again."

I'll see myself out.

Very nice. We had a Cowboys fan years ago, and his "I think this is the year Roy Williams turns it around" post and the subsequent not turning it around seemed to end his posting.

As a Bucs fan, I obviously know nothing about having optimism for bad football teams.

I have no optimism about my team either, and know we're pretty much screwed until Jerry Jones dies, which will probably be never. Just embracing the hate.

I mean, GREATEST FRANCHISE OF ALL TIME.

There is an alternate history where that is true, but in it Jimmy Johnson eats Jerry Jones heart and becomes GM/Owner/Coach of what he calls "his 'boys" as he leads them to 5 back to back championships.
Instead you got a Switzer-bowl and Jones having to be restrained from drafting a 21 year old known sh*t head.

Damn coin flip gave me the Rams this week.

And the Browns. I hate the Browns.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Neozilla wrote:

As a Cowboys fan new to these parts, I feel like I should just embrace all the hate around here and go full on wrestling heel.

"Tony Romo, the greatest quarterback in the history of football, shall lead the Cowboys to glorious victory over the joke of a team known as the rams. DeMarco Murray will run for 400 yards, and our no-name defense will CRUSH whoever plays QB for St Louis, and they'll need 2 backups to play again."

I'll see myself out.

Very nice. We had a Cowboys fan years ago, and his "I think this is the year Roy Williams turns it around" post and the subsequent not turning it around seemed to end his posting.

As a Bucs fan, I obviously know nothing about having optimism for bad football teams.

Dude drafted all the Cowboys the last year he was here. Did pretty well too.

Don't think that'd be true this year so far.

Cowboys fans only come out when their team is good... otherwise you get exactly what happened at their last "home" game.

Dallas @ St. Louis: One of the laws of football nature; the Cowboys have to be just impressive enough to give fans hope. I don't think it lasts long this year with the steaming excrement that represents their defense.

Baltimore @ Cleveland: Good things are mathematically unlikely to happen in Cleveland in consecutive weeks. I'm not being cruel; it's science.

San Francisco @ Arizona: Ray MacDonald and Jonathan Dwyer, at the 50, with bats. Winner gets nothing. Also, I just can't convince myself to vaguely trust Carson Palmer.

Denver @ Seattle: How is this not a night game everybody sees? Seriously?

Chicago @ NY Jets: How is this a night game everybody sees? Seriously?

TheGameguru wrote:

Cowboys fans only come out when their team is good... otherwise you get exactly what happened at their last "home" game.

I unfortunately wasn't into sports until I went to college in 2004, and although I may have watched those super bowls, I didn't really care like I would now. So I've only known the great mediocrity of the last decade, and compared to his immediate predecessors, Romo is still above and beyond Quincy Carter, Drew Bledsoe, etc. He was my quarterback the year I won my first fantasy football championship. Of course, CJ2K was the reason.

I was watching the draft in horror as Johnny Football was sitting there. Even my brother-in-law the Aggie wanted us to stay far away.

Neozilla wrote:

Romo is still above and beyond Quincy Carter, Drew Bledsoe, etc.

not a statement I would think i'd ever see

Hey look TB did something right... oh wait, another turnover.

My wife is watching The Biggest Loser in the other room, but I think I'm The Biggest Loser watching this game. TB looks wretched so far + Phil Sims = sadness.

Edit: What's the Josh McCown bad-word count at, Milkman?

tboon wrote:

My wife is watching The Biggest Loser in the other room, but I think I'm The Biggest Loser watching this game. TB looks wretched so far + Phil Sims = sadness.

Edit: What's the Josh McCown bad-word count at, Milkman?

HOW DO YOU STARE A WR DOWN ON THIRD AND LONG INSIDE YOUR OWN TEN YOU GODD*MN DICKBUCKET

HOLY F*CK Devin Hester is fast. Man Chicago wasted him...

Man I dislike football right now I can't even semi-root for a local team cause it would be Carolina.

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