Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 6
Each Friday during the football season the 3 founding fathers of Pocket Doppler (yours truly, BigSnakeMan & 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 6 the current standings are:
Well, suppose that’s what I get for cocking off last week. Both BigSnakeMan & Chris picked up 2 points while I only got 1, putting BigSnakeMan back in the lead. Chris & I got together and figured that the only reason ‘BigSnakeMan’ is actually winning is he’s using a cool ( ahem ) moniker. So to combat that this week I’ll be known as EnormousWalleyeGuy and Chris will be GargantuanLizzardDude. So with that, on to the picks.
Packers over Dolphins – This is a very tenuous prediction based on the expectation that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to play on Sunday. As of this writing, Rodgers was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and the Packers hadn’t yet elevated QB Graham Harrell from the practice squad. which suggests to me that the Packers must feel optimistic about Rodgers ability to play. Now they just have to worry about what to do with the rest of the roster. The way things are going for the Packers these days, there’s no reason to believe they can beat the Dolphins, who have already won on the road at Minnesota. But the way this NFL season is progressing, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
Colts over Redskins – The Colts have been uncharacteristically shaky this season while the Redskins have been winning with smoke and mirrors. Indy isn’t as likely to let Washington hang around as their last opponent. For one week in this game at least, order is restored to the league as Indy stabilizes themselves long enough to put Washington back in its place.
Titans over Jaguars – How this dog of a game got scheduled on a Monday night is beyond me. The Titans are fast gaining a reputation as the dirtiest team in the league; no doubt taking their cue from defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil, the headhunting former safety of the Packers. On the other side, Jacksonville has a Green Bay connection of its own with former Packer defensive end Aaron Kampman. I would like to pull for Kampman to get a win here but underachieving Jags’ running back Maurice Jones-Drew has already almost single handedly destroyed my fantasy team. So they must be held responsible here with a loss.
Packers over Dolphins – Banking on Aaron Rodgers to play here, and by all accounts it appears as though he will. We’ll be entering the post-Finley era but Rodgers has more than enough talent in the receiver corp to make up for it, hopefully placating Greg Jennings this week. Perhaps the one thing I will be most interested to see in this game though is if Brandon Jackson’s performance last week was just an aberration or not.
Colts over Redskins – While the Redskins eeked out a win last week against a team they should have lost to, this week they will lose to a team they’re supposed to lose to.
Jaguars over Titans – This is my feel good, upset special of the week. Actually, I have no real basis to make this pick other than Aaron Kampann now plays for Jacksonville. I’m sure Chris Johnson will run for a 200 yards and score 3 TDs just to prove me wrong.
Dolphins over Packers – While I am not ready to thank the Packers for their participation in this year’s NFL Championship Season, there is a great darkness that shrouds Packerland. GB’s injury situation is absurd, and not even having Aaron Rodgers available for this game will compensate for the devastating losses in other areas of both sides of the ball. Fish swim by Pack.
Colts over Redskins – Last week’s Packers loss at FedEx Field was instructive: It revealed that the Skins aren’t a very good team. The Colts, on the other hand, are pretty good. I can’t see IND falling victim to the same pitfalls (and pratfalls) as GB did last week. Colts over Skins.
Titans over Jaguars – Maybe it’s just me, but these are two teams I have a hard time getting on fix on. In many ways, I see them as similar in that they are both 3-2, rather bland and nondescript; maybe that’s just how it is with teams that like to run the ball and don’t pass it all that well. JAX is riding a two game winning streak and is at home; TN is due for a loss (given alternating outcomes so far this season). So with all indicators favoring the Jags, I will go with my gut and pick the Titans to win the Nondescript Bowl.