Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 9
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 9 the current standings are:
We have a new leader…er…co-leader after last week’s picks. I picked up 2 and Chris & BSM each 1. We have a make-up game this week as the Packers play on Sunday night so maybe that will help mix things up more come next week.
Texans over Chargers – Two teams that have traditionally underperformed have continued those trends into this season. To be honest, I haven’t paid that much attention to either one of them but I know they’ve combined to play a lot of uninspired football this season. Since I don’t have a feel for either of one of these teams, I’ll go to the default position and take the home team.
Packers over Cowboys – This is the type of game that usually worries me as the Packers habitually play down to the level of competition. And the way the Cowboys have played this year, there’s a lot to play down to. Certainly the Cowboys are capable of rising up and there are no sure things where the Packers are concerned this year. But Dallas has been so dysfunctional and Wade Phillips doesn’t exactly inspire confidence as an emotional leader rallying the troops from adversity. If the Cowboys haven’t figured it out by now, there’s little reason to believe they ever will. I’m betting that a national TV audience on Sunday night and the aura of the would be ‘America’s Team’ going into the bye week will be enough to keep the Pack from taking this one for granted.
Steelers over Bengals – I was really hoping that the Bengals would put in a waiver claim for ex-Viking, ex-Raider, ex-Patriot, ex-Viking WR Randy Moss. Oh, the hijinks that would ensue with ‘The Mooner’ playing alongside T.O. and Chad ’85′. Alas, the Bengals (like the rest of the NFL, save the Titans–literally) heeded Dylan’s advice in being “like a rolling stone” (i.e.-gathering no Moss). Pittsburgh should be focused after stumbling last week at New Orleans; can’t imagine them losing two in a row in a division game to boot.
Chargers over Texans – As much improved as the Texans have been, the Chargers are just more of a complete team. While rookie running back Ryan Matthews has been a little underwhelming for San Diego (and my fantasy team), Mike Tolbert has made up that ground creating a nice tandem back field for the Bolts. Add in TE extraordinaire Antonio Gates (if he plays), the Chargers will be the ones to put more points on the board.
Packers over Cowboys - Trap game, schmap game. I’m sure the only people more disappointed than Cowboys’ fans is NBC as what looked like a stellar primietime game for Sunday Night Football at the beginning of the season is anything but. The Packers, for once, won’t play down to the level of competition and win this one handily.
Steelers over Bengals – I want to pick an upset last week, but going against the Steelers two weeks in a row is pushing it. Add in to the mix that this is a division game, the Steelers will have licked their wounds and will come out strong beating the Bengals in their stadium.
Chargers over Texans – What’s wrong with this picture: SD leads the AFC in total offense and total defense…and is sitting at 3-5. The problem: Turnovers. SD also leads the AFC with 12 fumbles and owns the worst turnover differential in that conference. Not surprisingly, they are 0-4 on the road. So this should be a bounce-back week for a Texan’s team that was unimpressive in losing at Indy last Sunday, right? Wrong. I think SD is too good to continue sucking this bad away from Qualcomm. I look for the Chargers to get off the road schneid this week at HOU.
Cowboys over Packers – I said this on the Packers Therapy podcast Sunday night and I will repeat it now: This is a trap game for GB. Every indicator points in the Packers favor: Despite their epidemic of injuries, they have won back to back games, and are returning home in First Place to face a 1-6 Cowboys team that has lost its QB seems to be imploding. But here’s the problem – other than the OL, DAL has a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. They won’t rally behind Bum’s Son and Win One for Wade because I don’t think they respect Phillips, but I suspect their personal pride has been wounded and they want to show well in Prime Time. So I expect Sallad to pull things together and punk a Packers team that might be looking ahead to its bye week.
Steelers over Bengals – I realize it’s damning with faint praise to say it, but I think CIN is a better team than they’ve shown. They aren’t as bad as their 2-5 record suggests, although I doubt they are much better than mediocre. So I just don’t see their rather bland offense being able to do much against one of the league’s best, most opportunistic defenses. I like PIT to win on the road.