Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 7
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 7 the current standings are:
Big surge by Chris this past week on the strength of his rationalism and cynicism as it comes to the Packers, picking up 3 points to BigSnakeMan’s 2 and my measly 1. So while the nicknames worked for one of us, it would appear going that route is not a cure all. We’ll need to figure out some other way to foil the BigSnakeMan. On to the picks.
Bears over Redskins – Who does one pick between two teams that are playing over their heads? I’ve yet to be convinced that either of these teams is as good as their record. Washington has the better quarterback and coaching staff. Chicago has maybe a little better overall talent and the home field advantage. Oddsmakers generally adjust the betting line 3 points in favor of the home team. That sounds about right to me; Chicago by a Robbie (field) Goul(d).
Vikings over Packers – Last week I picked against the Pack yet still fully expected them to win. With this week’s pick I harbor no such assumption. My usual m.o. is to expect the worst and hope for the best. And where the Packers are concerned this year, the worst is exactly what they’ve been getting. Unfortunately that doesn’t leave a lot of hope, at least in the short term. On the Vikings side, ol’ Grampa Brett is getting so much run for his phone usage, you’d think he had an endorsement deal with Verizon. But he probably still has enough lingering resentment for the Green Bay franchise to put the ‘queens over the injury depleted Packers. Of course I sincerely hope I’m wrong, especially since I’ll be in attendance at Lambeau Sunday night.
Cowboys over Giants – Another game in which no one knows what to make of the teams involved. Dallas kind of mirrors Green Bay in that they were a trendy pre-season Super Bowl pick yet they don’t even have the injury excuse to fall back on. They do, however, have the obnoxious over-hyped talent excuse. Dallas has turned the excessive celebration penalty into an art form. New York has been up and down and almost gave last week’s game away against the Lions, who were down to 3rd string QB Drew Stanton. While I would love nothing better than to see the Cowboys fully implode, I have to go with another uninspiring home field call.
Bears over Redskins – If this game was being played at FedEx Field I would more likely than not lean towards the Redskins, but it’s not so I have to give the nod to the Bears here. The Bears are still an enigma to me. Are they really good or actually just the recipient of some good luck and match ups.
Packers over Vikings – Unlike my compatriots, I still have some hope and belief in this Packers team. I think that with a healthy (or at least healthier) defense, the Packers will be able to get some pressure on Favre early and often to disrupt his play. I’m going to account last week as an adjustment week for the offense, getting used to playing without Finley and believe they get a better offensive performance this Sunday night as well.
Cowboys over Giants – Only reason I’m going this route is because of the home field advantage. I’m with BSM in that I really don’t know what to make of either of these teams. The Cowboys are just a fun to watch train wreck and the Giants are hit and miss. So when in doubt, go with the home team.
Bears over Redskins – As much as I’d like to see a Bears loss, I don’t believe WASH is good enough to take them down at Soldier Field. That is particularly true when the Skins will be playing without Portis again. The overriding factor for me is a gnawing belief that CHI is “that team” in the NFL this year, a club that defies everyone’s expectations and puts together a better-than-expected season. I mean, how else to explain Jay Cutler’s 93 passer rating when he far and away leads the league in sacks taken (with 23). With all that pressure you’d think he’d be throwing more picks, but he isn’t…so far, at least. So, grudgingly, I am taking the Bears over WASH.
Vikings over Packers – BigSnakeMan and I were born three days apart in the same hospital. Is it any wonder we share the same attitude about the Packers? Maybe it’s the result of seeing far more disappointing seasons than good ones. Or maybe it is this damn dark cloud that follows me around every day. But I’m having a hard time being optimistic about the Packers. MN seems to be getting it together since acquiring Moss. (Well, more precisely, since he caught that over-the-shoulder rainbow from the Ol’ Gunslinger in the 3rd quarter of that Jets game…) They were unimpressive in dumping the ‘Boys last week, but showed enough to make me think that a Vengeful Favre can play smart enough to prevail at Lambeau Sunday night.
Cowboys over Giants – Ah, the Cowboys–how ’bout ‘em? They look pathetic. Well, except when they are spinning a new Group Celebration in the end zone–then they look Awesome! That is, until the flag comes out and they are kicking off from their 15. But that nonsense pretty much sums up who they are and why they are a ridiculous 1-4 despite having some of the best talent in the NFC. Tom Coughlin would never stand for that crap, and right now his team is playing solid football. But with Sallad at home and their backs firmly against the wall, I think they will surprise the G-Men and pull out of win. They better. Otherwise, Bum’s Son might get capped right on the sidelines.