Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 15
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 Week 15 the current standings are:
Well, like I said last week no real change in the standings beyond the points totals. Almost identical picks again this week except for our first game so we’ll see who’s the NFC East genius although admittedly I’m just picking the Eagles because Vick is my fantasy QB & I need a win to advance to the championship in my league.
Giants over Eagles – This is a meeting for control of the NFC East but even the loser still has an inside track on a Wild Card playoff spot. The Eagles have one of the top offenses in the league (2nd in scoring avg. & 1st in yards) and won the initial matchup between the teams in Philly last month. You would think that the Giants would at least possess an advantage in the running game but the stats are nearly even. The Eagles have been more impressive team for most of the season, led by resurgent quarterback Michael Vick. But the Giants have the superior defense and are at home this time. My first instinct is to pick the Eagles because of Vick but they’ve had some notable stumbles this season and I think this will be one of them. The Giants may not always look pretty but more often than not they find a way to win.
Patriots over Packers – I’m tempted to take the Packers in this one, if only because I’m pretty sure both of my colleagues will pick the Pats and it would give me a chance to pick up a game on Wally. But the reality of their situation is unavoidable. Let’s face it; this game would have been an uphill battle even if the Packers had a healthy Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. With backup Matt Flynn as the likely starter, it’s completely unreasonable to expect the Pack to pull off the upset. I’ll be rooting for Green Bay as hard as usual on Sunday, maybe even more than normal. And hopefully, this will be a coming out party for Flynn even if they lose. Having said that, I just don’t see that the Packers have the horses to compete with way that New England is playing right now.
Bears over Vikings – Who’s the home team here? Chicago, Minnesota or Atlanta? The Metrodome won’t be available for this game so it’s scheduled to be played at the University of Minnesota’s outdoor TCF Stadium. Because of the difference in seating capacity/configuration between the two, it will also be the second consecutive Vikings “home” game with festival seating. There were reports that the Bears were unhappy with the venue and there was consideration for moving the game to the GeorgiaDome. What does it say about the Vikings that they have a better chance of winning this game if it’s played across country than across town? Minnesota is kind of in the same boat as the Packers in that they’re not sure if starting quarterback Brett Favre will be able to play. Except that they’re not in a playoff race, have literally had the roof cave in on their season, and have absolutely no reason not to mail this one in. On the other hand, the Bears horseshoe has been upturned all season and there’s no reason to believe their luck will run out against the Vikings.
Eagles over Giants – This will be the first of three games (2 of which appear in this weeks PDP) that Packers fans will be tuned into, hoping for a Giants loss. I think that the Vick led Eagles will do just that, beating the Giants at home although I do anticipate a close game.
Patriots over Packers – Well, I had this one penciled in a loss when I did my pre-season predictions and am going to stick with that. For the record, no matter who is under center come Sunday night, the Patriots are just too en fuego right now to realistically pick against them, especially at home. All that being said, I’ll gladly accept a loss of a point in the standings if the Packers win.
Bears over Vikings – This is another games that Packers fans will be having to root for the lesser of two evils, cheering on the Vikings. Perhaps better said is cheering against the Bears. We’ve all been waiting for that collapse from the Bears & it very well could happen this game. The problem is, the Vikings are just so messed up right now that the Bears would have to collapse to the point of not even showing up for the Vikings to win.
Giants over Eagles – This looks to be the featured match up in the NFL this weekend. The Eagles are flying high behind MVP candidate and hopeful future dog owner Ron Mexico, having won five of their last six. They are also the less injured team, as the New Jersey (Football) Giants come in with 11 guys on IR and nursing injuries to some key players (e.g. Mario Manningham). This time of the year, it is usually all about injuries and weather. The injuries favor PHL, but the weather favors NY with its ground game and defensive orientation. Moreover, the G-Men are at home. I think its second ranked defense prevails over Philly’s top ranked offense at the Meadowlands.
Patriots over Packers – I would really like to craft an scenario in which the Packers pull out a win v. NE on the road. Doing so strains credulity, at least in an epistemological sense. Pats roll…even if Aaron Rodgers’ head clears enough to allow him to con the doctors into letting him play.
Bears over Vikings – I would like to congratulate the Vikings on the inaugural game in their new, open air stadium. The ground will be hard enough to make some nostalgic for the old AstroTurf at the Metrodome. But even if Bud Grant prowls a heater-less MN sideline, the Bears at the better team at this point. They are built with outdoor December games in mind (sadly for them, so was NE last week) and the Vikings, behind Tarvaris Jackson, are not. I think the Bears surprising season continues this weekend in the Twin Cities.