Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 4
Each Friday during the football season the 3 founding fathers of Pocket Doppler (yours truly, BigSnakeMan & Chris Richards) will pick the winners of the Packers, 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 4 the current standings are:
I suck, putting up a big ole goose egg with my picks last week while both Chris & BigSnakeMan batted over .300 , getting 2 of their picks right. One of Chris’s though was Bears over Packers so if anyone still has angst over that game, there’s your target. Let’s see what happens this week.
Packers over Detroit – All the old bugaboos that had fans concerned about the Packers coming into the season came home to roost last Monday night at Soldier Field. Bad special teams play, lack of a running game and a record-setting 18 Packer penalties along with some questionable coaching decisions and one big turnover combined to sabotage Green Bay in its loss to the Bears. Packer head coach Mike McCarthy should’ve called in ServPro to help clean up everything that went wrong against the Bears. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions are pretty much who we thought they were, especially with QB Matthew Stafford out indefinitely and rookie running back Jahvid Best possibly hobbled for this one. Lions coming to town is the perfect remedy for the Pack to get well in a hurry. Detroit is on the right track but they’re not close to being ready yet. Look for the Pack to take its frustrations out on the Lions in a big way.
Giants over Bears – All the good fortune that followed the Minnesota Vikings last season seems to have moved down to the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The Bears are one of only 3 remaining undefeated team left in the NFL, courtesy of a huge assist from Green Bay. On the other hand, the N.Y. Giants are basically playing like dog meat and not the expensive kind. So momentum would clearly dictate a Chicago win in this one. But momentum would be wrong. Chicago had a lot invested in last Monday’s game and should be due for a letdown. In the NFL, winning often comes down to which team needs it more and the Giants need will trump Chicago’s momentum in this game.
Dolphins over Patriots – It’s hard to get a good read on either of these teams. New England was supposed be a Super Bowl contender this year but struggled last week against Buffalo of all teams. Pats coach Bill Belicheck may have to break into the NFL’s evidence vault for all his old spygate films. Miami followed up a big win at Minnesota by coming home to lose to the Jets. Miami should be able to take advantage of the Patriots less than stellar defense. When in doubt, go with the home team which in this case is Miami.
Packers over Detroit – As I said this morning, the Lions coming into Lambeau on Sunday aren’t the Lions of the past two years. Jahvid Best is a legitimate NFL running back and Calvin Johnson a tremendous receiving threat. Problem is, Matt Stafford won’t be back yet and while Shaun Hill has done a good job it’s not the same. This will be a vindication game for the Packers to prove they aren’t the sloppy team we saw on Monday night so I expect the Packers to come out quick and strong and stay that way.
Giants over Bears – Sorry, but standings be damned the Bears are not as good as their record indicates. They got a gift from the refs in the first week & still had to play lights out to beat the Packers on Monday night, even though the Packers were handing them the game on a platter. The Giants aren’t no big shakes either but I just don’t see the Bears winning this one.
Patriots over Dolphins – I picked the Dolphins last week as my feel good pick and that didn’t work out so well, not did it. So I’m going with the Justin Bieber led Patriots here…and that is all the people need to know.
Packers over Detroit – Following the graceless manner in which GB peed down its leg, puked on its shoes and drove its car into the pool v. CHI on Monday night, I am tempted to go with DET here. The Lions have a nice DL and are a hungry young team that is better than its record suggests. But playing on the road without their starting QB, I just can’t see an upset happening unless something really freaky transpires–like, say, the Packers getting flagged 18 times…and that NEVER happens. So I will take GB in a closer-than-one-might-expect victory.
Bears over Giants – The Bears are, at their core, who we thought they were. They are a 1-2 team that has ridden the crest of luck to a perfect season so far. NYG isn’t that good, but someone has to stop this foolishness, right? Yeah, but it won’t the the G-Men: CHI improves to 4-0.
Dolphins over Patriots – It’s hard for me to pick against NE, but this is one of those times. I think the Patriots are vulnerable and that MIA is on the prowl, a team on the rise. Fins were a disappointment at home last week, so I can’t see that happening two weeks in row.