Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 6
Last year, each Friday the 3 Founding Fathers of Pocket Doppler (yours truly, BigSnakeMan & Chris Richards) would square off in picking the winner of the Packers, Sunday night & MNF games in an attempt to prove their football acumen and entertain. We’re not sure either of those things happened. So this year, the Founding Fathers will be joined by two Pocket Doppler veterans: favored stepson Rich & Senior Angel Colleen. Like last year, we’ll keep a running tally throughout the season.
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators. Entering into Week 6 the current standings are:
We have a leader in the clubhouse now with BigSnakeMan correctly guessing on all the games, distancing himself from Colleen who whiffed on the Bears/Lions game. I made some ground up by also nailing all 3 games correctly, tying with Rich who got two picks correct. Chris hits the basement with only his Monday night pick getting into the W column. Let’s see who has what for Week 6.
Rams at Packers – This is the proverbial trap game. The Packers are coming off a big comeback victory at Atlanta last Sunday night and next week face Minnesota in a divisional matchup. That means they’ll be looking past the Rams this week. Or not. Green Bay has been playing with a quiet confidence all season and St. Louis isn’t nearly talented enough to come into Lambeau Field and disrupt that. The only way the Packers lose this game is if QB Aaron Rodgers confuses his own team’s throwback colors with the Rams’ uniforms and throws the ball to them. And probably not even then. Besides, St. Louis needs to be held accountable for inflicting the Cardinals on us.
Vikings at Bears – Wow, do this year’s primetime NFL matchups suck or what? The season of one of these teams is circling the drain while the other’s has already been flushed down through the pipe and into the sewer. Minnesota thought that Donovan McNabb was going to be the answer to their quarterback quandary and all he’s done to this point is raise more questions. Meanwhile, even McNabb has the kind of offensive line that his Chicago counterpart Jay Cutler can only dream about. The new NFL rules on kickoffs have managed to neuter the rest of the Bears’ “attack”, rendering Devin Hester almost an afterthought. Basically, this comes down to a showdown between running backs Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte. Peterson may be the better back but Forte has more around him and is at home. That should be enough for Chicago.
Dolphins at Jets - New York is finding it difficult early in the season to live up to head coach Rex Ryan’s bravado. Ryan is getting so frustrated, he’s even considering calling Joe Namath for advice. Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason expressed concern over the Jets’ offensive philosophy and got ‘rewarded’ for his veracity with a trade to the Houston Texans. Former Jet and current Dolphin defensive end Jason Taylor said that Miami QB Chad Henne was better than former teammate Mark Sanchez, and that was after Henne was lost for the season to shoulder surgery. He may have a point; ‘The Sanch-ize’ actually posted a negative fantasy score against the Ravens two weeks ago. Unfortunately for Miami, they’ve replaced Henne with journeyman Matt Moore, who will need more than the bye week to become more capable than George “Scrap Iron” Kadasky (obscure AWA reference). The Dolphins won’t be able to jump through enough hoops to defeat the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! in New York.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, Bears & Jets
Rams at Packers – On paper, this game looks to be a mismatch. That’s probably because it is. The only thing that might help the Rams is that they are coming off a bye week. Even with that, it is hard to imagine a winless team taking down an undefeated Packers team at Lambeau. I know stranger things have happened, but I don’t think a Rams upset this weekend will be among them.
Vikings at Bears – MN got off the schneid last weekend while the Bears became the latest chapter in the storybook season the Lions are having. Bears seem to be a much better team at home than on the road, and they will benefit by playing at Soldier Field. However, MN brings one of the top ground games to face the Bears defense that is in the bottom half of the league, so that should make this game closer than many expect. Trouble is, if CHI stacks to stop the run, their pass defense has been nothing special, either. Lucky for them that the Vikings are a horrendous passing team at this point. I expect the Bears to prevail at home.
Dolphins at Jets – MIA coming off a bye week, so they have that going for them…which is nice. Otherwise, they appear to be another winless team going on the road to get splattered. However, we have to remember they are playing the over-hyped, overheated Jets, losers of three in a row. That gives them a puncher’s chance. Still, I like the Jets to hold serve at home.
Chris’s Picks: Packers, Bears & Jets
Rams at Packers – Can you even imagine if the Packers lost, at home, to the Rams on Throwback Weekend? No, me either. While this won’t be the blowout that happened when Denver came to visit, the Packers should and will win handily. The only thing that could possibly slow down the Packers in this game is if they’re held up trying to to get into Lambeau due to the new security procedures.
Vikings at Bears – Picking in the division is always tough because at some level, you’re rooting for a team which you may very well despise. Now, I can’t muster any negative emotions for the Lions, at least not yet, but these two teams are at the top of my scorn list. For the longest time at the top of my personal pillar of hate were the Vikings, and for old time sakes they still are at the top, but of late the Bears are chipping away at that title. So my pick of the Bears winning is less about what I think they can do, but more about my remaining, festering dislike of the Vikings.
Dolphins at Jets – The Jets will be looking for some payback after their loss last week to the Patriots and unfortunately for Miami fans, the Dolphins will feel the brunt of that. Beyond the desire of the Jets to get back in the W column, the Dolphins just aren’t that good so the Jets should roll here.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, Bears & Jets
Rams at Packers – A long, long time ago (in April, that WAS a long time ago and now feels like it was in a galaxy far far away), while gazing at the Packers’ forthcoming schedule trying to decide on a game to attend, I locked on this game. I was originally planning on going to the San Diego game. I figured the airfare would be less from Boise and the climate (might be) better. The more I looked at it though, the more a few things became apparent: 1) The airfare wasn’t really any different from going to Cali. 2) Only a few fellow TwitPackFans might be able to make it; and I was really wanting to meet some of you folks and 3) I was looking for a game I was pretty sure would be a win. The rest is Throwback Weekend history.
Okay, enough nostalgia and patting of one’s own back. I really did think the Packers would win this when the schedule was published. The Rams weren’t very good last year. The Rams REALLY aren’t very good this year. The Packers are obviously 5 and oh and while the defense continues to struggle at least a little, the 2nd half of the Atlanta game reassured me that Woodson & Co. can pull it together against a team with potential. The Rams don’t have any potential. Any given Sunday, blah blah blah. No contest, Packers win.
Vikings at Bears – I would like to point out here that Chief Wally Pingel is a man with an evil streak. Why on earth are we picking this game? Why are you making me contemplate this ugliness? I hope a meteor hits the stadium. I so, so, so don’t care about this game. I’d pick the Bears, but they can’t do anything right. Therefore, I will still pick the Bears, because surely they can’t screw me two weeks in a row. (They can, I know. They probably will. Can you IMAGINE being a Bears fan? The horror.) Bears win.
Dolphins at Jets – The Jets looked moderately awful against the Patriots. It’s always fun to see Rex turn red and look like somone just stole his wife’s new toenail polish. The Dolphins, however, have serious issues, especially now at quarterback with Chad Henne being out for the year. If the Dolphins are miserable, the Jets only less slightly so. The AFC bears very little resemblance to what I envisioned it to be after the Super Bowl. J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets it is, only because they suck slightly less.
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, Bears & Jets
Rams at Packers – Over before it begins.
Vikings at Bears – The Vikings and Bears…yawwwwwnnn…Where was I?
As John Rehor often emphasizes daily, “the Bears still suck.” Jay Cutler has been sacked nearly 20 times in 5 games, and his receiving corps isn’t doing the pouty quarterback any favors. I almost feel bad for him, almost. Also, Mike Martz is not an offensive genius. Enough of that talk. Heck, he’s probably beneath the 50 percentile of offense minds in the XFL. The last time he was worthy of any praise, any at all, he had Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, and some guy named Kurt Warner leading the way. The Bears are not the high-flying, Superbowl-winning Rams. Yet Martz, a one-trick pony, can’t seem to fathom an offense not adhering to his pass-pass-pass scheme. But Minnesota…yawwwnnn…is worse. Adrian Peterson may go off for another 2-3 touchdowns, but Chicago – despite Martz – will not lose at home after last week’s embarrassment. This should be a hard-fought, good ga…yawwwnnn…
Dolphins at Jets – With widereceiver Brandon Marshall feeling the urge to step out of Miami’s shadow of irrelevence, he took his lone moment in the spotlight to let us all know he plans on “playing like a monster” Monday night and hopefully will get kicked out by the 2nd quarter. Up next, threats of eating children (Cromartie’s most likely, lord knows he has enough to spare).
“I don’t care if I have two, three cameras on me. I don’t care if I have penalties. It doesn’t matter; I’m going to let it all out. I don’t care what you guys write or what the commentators say. I’m just going to play football. That’s what I’m best at. I’m best when I play emotional. I’m best when I play with passion. You guys are going to see that on Monday Night Football. I don’t know if it’s throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder [penalty], or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game. But something is going to happen. I’ll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.”
Asked if was kidding, Marshall said: “I’m not joking. I’m serious.
They want to fine me, hit me with a $50,000 fine…”
Gold right here:
“…I’m going to play. The quarter and a half I’m out there, I’m going to play like a monster. I might get into a fight with Bart Scott.
[Antonio] Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens. We’ll see.”
How can I bet against that kind of intensity? Easily. The Jets let loose a few weeks worth of pent up frustration, Rex Ryan overcomes Mark Sanchize’s (worse nickname than Matty Ice) shotty play and Marshall stays silent the entire game – statistically, at least.
Rich’s picks: Packers, Bears & Jets