Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 10
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 Week 10 the current standings are:
Last week I mentioned we had a new co-leader in the standings. This week, on the strength of 3 for 3 last week, we have a new sole leader in the clubhouse which of course is me because if it was BSM or Chris I wouldn’t be writing this much about it. Based on this amount of gloating, I’m sure my stay atop the leaderboard will be brief, but I’ll take what I can get. Due to the Packers BYE week, the Vikings @ Bears game is our make-up game of the week.
Vikings over Bears - Haven’t seen an encounter of this kind since the Iran/Iraq war. Most Packer fans would be happy if a catastrophic event befell both of these teams. But that would be redundant, since the Bears already have Jay Cutler at QB and the ‘Queens have ’4′ who has given his coach a “Chilly” reception. So I guess I’ll have to pick a winner. The Vikings pulled their heads out of their ass for one quarter against a choking AZ team and think all their problems are solved. Sorry, I’m not buying in. On the other hand, Bears have been more lucky than good for most of this season. It says something about both of these teams that I changed my pick 3 times up to this point. I’m not crazy about the Vikes outside on the road, but Vikings pass rush against the Bears (truly) offensive line is a bad matchup for the home team.
Steelers over Patriots - The last time I used the Cleveland Browns as a litmus test in picking the Steelers to win they failed miserably at New Orleans. Since I’m kind of a slow learner, let’s try this one more time. If Peyton Hillis and the Browns can run roughshod over the Patriots defense, imagine what Rashard Mendenhall and the Steelers will do to them. I swear if New England wins this game, I’m never picking the Steelers again.
Eagles over Redskins - Earlier this season, the Redskins went into Philadelphia and beat the Eagles. That game was billed as Donovan McNabb’s revenge on the Eagles and the Redskins managed to win almost in spite of themselves. A lot has changed since then. Philadelphia has gone 3-1 since that time and Michael Vick has established himself as the Eagles starting quarterback (Kevin Kolb played in the first game). In the meantime, coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins have become so disenchanted with McNabb that they actually turned to backup Rex Grossman to finish out their last game (excuse me for a moment while I stifle my laughter and climb back onto my chair). Shanahan tried to spin it that McNabb was ‘aerobically challenged’ and Grossman was better equipped to run his two minute offense; sort of the football equivalent of the dog eating his homework. Paybacks are a bitch, as the Redskins are about to find out.
Bears over Vikings – This game is the most angst ridden match-up of the weekend for Packers fans. Either way you’re you pick you’re rooting for a division rival which is just so very, very wrong. I just can’t pick the Vikings to win, just can’t do it even though A) I should be rooting for the Vikings based on the NFC North Standings & B) I think the Vikings are better. This game is the most angst ridden match-up of the weekend for Packers fans. Even typing ‘I should be rooting for the Vikings’ made me feel dirty, so I’m going Bears here.
Patriots over Steelers – I think last weekends loss to Cleveland for Brady & Co will be all the motivation the Patriots need to bring their A+ game to this game. This really will be a statement game for both teams so no matter what, will be a great one to watch.
Eagles over Redskins – Vick is back and looking good which is all the reason I need to pick the Eagles over here. I think that the Redskins are bordering on dysfunctional and coming off of a BYE week or not, I don’t think that their troubles are behind them yet.
Vikings over Bears – Much to my chagrin, MN woke up just in time to complete a tremendous comeback over AZ last Sunday. This was especially irritating because a loss would probably have blown the wheels off the team and sent the whole operation careening over a cliff. As it is, they stopped the bleeding, gained some momentum, and now with Sidney Rice possibly back from injury, I think they have to be the favorite to top a Bears team that is simply not as good as their record suggests.
Steelers over Patriots – CLE’s stomping of Team Belichick last weekend probably is a good thing for NE in advance of their game in PIT. I think the Browning they got should wake them up and fully focus their attention. PIT, on the other hand, seems to be rolling, winning three of their last four. They are not the prettiest outfit around, but they seem to get the job done. I like the Steelers at home in what I think should be a close game, potentially the best of the weekend.
Eagles over Redskins – PHL seems to have it going on, winning three of their last four (which seems to be the thing for teams from Pennsylvania to do). The Dog Slayer has been more than sound at QB for the Eagles, lifting the entire team. Meanwhile, WASH is coming off a bye and trying to bury the stench of mendacity leftover from the McNabb benching down the stretch v. DET. It is hard for me to pick against a team coming off a bye, but I think PHL will be too much for the Skins, even on the road.