Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 2
Each Friday during the football season 3 founding fathers of Pocket Doppler (yours truly, Big Snake Man & Chris Richards) will pick the winners of the Packer, Sunday night & MNF games with a running tally through out the season.
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators. Entering into Week 2 the current standings are:
Big Snake Man: 1
What the above tells me is that on any given Sunday anything can happen…or we just really suck at picking games. For now I’ll go with the former. This week’s games seem to feature a trio of no brainer picks so accordinly no one used their brains, as they just get in the way as evidenced below with what I did with my starting Fantasy QB choice last week trying to be ‘smart’, and went chalk.
Big Snake Man
Packers over Bills – Last week I “took one for the team”, using reverse psychology in picking against the Pack in an effort to help get them an opening week road win. There’s no way I can even try to sell that one this week. Buffalo isn’t completely devoid of talent but they’re simply not a very good football team. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense will be looking to get back on track after last week’s uneven performance in Philadelphia. The only way this game should be close is if the Packers have trouble adjusting to life without RB Ryan Grant, but even that shouldn’t matter here.
Colts over Giants – Indianapolis’ air of invulnerability is slipping after last week’s loss at Houston exposed their shaky defense. Losing injury prone safety Bob Sanders once again will only compound the Colts’ problems in that regard. Meanwhile, the Giants rolled over Carolina in the debut of their new stadium. Of course, it’s hard to know at this point just how good the Panthers are. I look for this one to be a close contest and, while I’m tempted to pick New York here, I just can’t see Indy falling to 0-2 on the season at home.
Saints over 49ers – San Francisco was the default pick to win the NFC West this season, but opened their season by getting embarrassed at Seattle. Niners usually play better at home but picked the wrong week to try and get well with the defending Super Bowl champs coming to town. Add in the fact that New Orleans has a couple of extra days to prepare for this one, having played in the NFL season opener last Thursday. Niner head coach Mike Singletary may have to revive his classic ‘pants on the ground’ routine to motivate his team. It won’t help. Saints improve to 2-0 with a decisive victory.
Packers over Bills – The biggest question about this game is whether or not this will be Marshawn Lynch’s last or first of many games played in Lambeau Field this year. As for the outcome, I say this is a game where Aaron Rodgers proves last week was an aberation and plays up to the MVP level that so many have piled on him. Packers win running…or rather passing, away.
Colts over Giants – For the second year in a row Eli Manning is on my fantasy team. This year I also have Matthew Stafford. So last week, after much debate I went and started Matthew Stafford because I really thought against the Chicago defense he would have the better day. Well, we all know how that turned out. So of course, unless I drop Stafford and pick another QB up, I’m left with starting Eli this weekend. That in as of itself will mean that Colts defense will be stouter than…well, something that is really stout and shut down the younger Manning allowing the elder to lead the Colts to victory.
Saints over 49ers – As much as I want to take a flyer here and say that the 49ers step up, make this a game and win, realistically it’s just not gonna happen. Saints will roll in San Francisco in what will be looked back on as the most lopsided Monday Night Football game this season.
Packers over Bills – I don’t care if Ryan Grant is lost for the season. I don’t care how pedestrian Aaron Rodgers looked against the Eagles. There is no freakin’ way the Packers should lose this game.
Colts over Giants – I wonder where Cooper Manning watches this game? My guess is in some Alphabet City flop house, unshaven, clad in a wife-beater and drinking something he found in a dumpster, muttering to himself about how he could have have been someone…while he watches Payton punk Eli’s team.
Saints over 49ers – Niners coming off a pratfall and Saints off a huge win and a few extra days rest. Home field and motivational urgency favor SF, but I can’t see NO dropping this one.