Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 14
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 early edition of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators. Entering into Week 14 the current standings are:
The status quo held at the top of the PDP rankings with last week’s picks. BigSnakeMan was the only one to really gamble but it cost him a spot. Rich takes the #3 spot vacated by BigSnakeMan & is now within striking distance of Colleen & if he’s lucky &/or I’m not, even rising farther.
(BSM has pretty much conceded the season standings to Wally/Colleen and will spend the remainder of year voting his conscience….and correcting the typing/spelling errors of his colleagues.)
Raiders at Packers – The other day a friend suggested to me that Oakland was a good team. I countered that they are “AFC West-good”; an oxymoron that encompasses the division and goes a long way toward explaining the Tebow conundrum in Denver. AFC West-good only means something when playing within the division or at home; an advantage that is forfeited when playing against a good team or on the road. Both of those concepts apply in this case, which isn’t good news for the Raiders. Quarterback Carson Palmer has played almost well enough to justify half of what the Raiders gave up for him. As for the Packers, it appears they may again be without their starting middle linebackers so Robert Francois (The Pastry Chef) gets another start. On the other hand, it does look like DB Charles Woodson will be available to play. I guess the ‘mild’ part of that concussion thing allows one to play the following week. That, plus the Lambeau magic, should be enough to propel the Pack to 13-0.
Giants at Cowboys – What to make of this game? The visiting team is in the throes of a 4 game losing streak and the hosts actually lost last week to the Arizona Cardinals (ha, ha, ha, ha) after head coach Jason Garrett took a time-out to “ice” his own kicker, in the process taking the winning points off the board. Rumor has it Princeton contacted him after the game and asked for their degree back. The loser of this game will probably only make the playoffs by backing into them, so pretty much everything is on the line. Dallas is at home and this should be their “up” week but the G-men showed some signs of life last week in losing to Green Bay. Since my conscience won’t allow me to actually pick the Cowboys, I look for the Giants to stay alive in the divisional race.
Rams at Seahawks – The hierarchy at ESPN must be so full of themselves that they actually believe they can market virtually any pile of dog crap that appears on their radar. Are they kidding with this? Some of the previous Monday night matchups could at least be rationlized by the idea that some of the teams didn’t fulfill preseason expectations but there was never any reason to believe this would be a game worth watching by anyone outside of the St. Louis/Seattle metro areas. And probably not even a lot there. Matchups like this have left the Monday Night Football franchise teetering on the precipice of irrelevancy. The four-letter would be better served getting some of its 114 NFL ‘analysts’ to petition the league for better games than to try to convince anyone to waste 3+ hours and valuable sleep time on this nonsense. Anyway, since they’re at home, the Sea-dogs should herd the Rams into submission.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, Giants & (reluctantly) Sea-dogs
Raiders at Packers – A very losable game for the Packers. But it’s hard to imagine OAK flying more than halfway across the country and beating GB in cold weather with a QB the picked up off the street a month ago…especially with that eye patch. Of course, the Packers really aren’t a cold weather team any more, and their defense…ah, how should I put this? Yeah, their defense sucks. Should be good enough to get over on the Raiders this weekend, however.
Giants at Cowboys – Da ‘boyz are the better team and playing at home, so it should be an easy win for Sallad, right? Not so fast, my friend. Before choking one away in OT v. PHX last weekend, DAL narrowly escaped being upset by MIA on Thanksgiving, and squeezed by in OT the week before–a juggernaut, they are not. And they are just a game ahead of a battered Giants team which will have blood in its eye after getting edged at the finish by a Mason Crosby FG. If I didn’t think NYG was running on fumes, I would pick the upset. But I think Dallas has just enough to prevail.
Rams at Seahawks – I am sure this game is important to STL and SEA fans everywhere. But I think it is safe to say that this game doesn’t stir the passions of most neutral NFL fans. STL is playing out the string, and SEA is on life support, groping on the fringes of the playoff picture. SEA gives off a less pungent odor and is playing at home where they tend to show better, so I nod in their general direction.
Chris’s Picks: Packers, Cowboys & Seahawks
(Wally has pretty much conceded that BSM has conceded the season & will spell as many wurds rong as possibel so BigSnakeMan haz sumthing to0 due)
Raiders at Packers – Four games to go, three out of the four at home and a very solid chance at a perfect season. That run for perfection continues on Sunday with the Packers sending the Raiders back to The Black Hole with their tails tucked underneath their legs in abject, losing shame.
Giants at Cowboys – I was a little impressed with the Giants last week when they played the Packers. The G-Men hung in there and made the Packers work for the W. I expect Eli & Company will take the momentum they gained from game and carry it through to this division match-up & hand the Cowboys a loss in the Jerry Dome.
Rams at Seahawks – I don’t know what more can be said about this year’s Monday Night Football match-ups. With few exceptions they’ve all really been bad, so much so I almost feel bad for Tirico, Jaws & Chuckie for trying to turn these things into watchable affairs. For this one? Pffft…Seahawks I guess just because it’s in Seattle.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, Giants & Seahawks.
Raiders at Packers – When the morning game last week showed the Raiders vs. Dolphins, I was mildly intrigued and sat down to watch. What started out as mild intrigue turned to horrified fascination and then to utter disgust. The Raiders looked awful. I thought Carson Palmer might help this team, and maybe eventually that will turn out to be true, but Hue Jackson has a long ways to go before the Raiders regain their former status as an annual playoff contender, which I believe pretty much disappeared from Oakland about the time Charles Woodson did. I have no doubt the Raiders will play better in Lambeau (everyone’s bringing their A game to the Packers now) but I just don’t see how they’re going to be able to compete with the Pack. Plus my plane ticket to Green Bay has already booked for the 2nd weekend of the playoffs. Packers win.
Giants at Cowboys – The Giants, of course, looked far better against the Packers than they did against the Saints (see A game reference above) and this week they will be supremely motivated – not only did the loss to the Packers keep them from securing a playoff berth, they are now playing the hated Cowboys. The Giants are still in hunt and much as the Packers were galvanized by how well they did in the loss to the Patriots last year with Matt Flynn at QB, the Giants are feeling much better about themselves despite their failure to win the game. Even though they’re playing at Jerry World, I think Tony Romo is going to have his typical December meltdown. Giants get to the playoffs, beating the Cowboys.
Rams at Seahawks – Not too long ago, this would have been another “meteor hits the stadium” game for me. Maybe it still is, because I’m not much in the way of caring who wins. However, the Seahawks looking strong is of value to me. San Francisco has to head to Seattle in two weeks; I’d like some more room in the whole “home field advantage throughout playoffs” arena. The Rams continue to look abysmal; this should be a good practice session for Seattle to refine their game. Seahawks win easily.
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, Giants & Seahawks
Raiders at Packers – I feel like Skip Bayless; I hammer on a single point for 8 weeks yet am miffed when no one seems to be listening. Unless Mike McCarthy decides to rest his entire team these remaining 4 weeks, Green Bay will go undefeated this season. It’s in the stars, the tarot cards, fate, my dreams (and nightmares), even spelled out in my Alphabet Soup.
On a side note: Mr. Bayless continues to denigrate Aaron Rodgers for not having a signature, 4th quarter comeback victory. Skip, it’s impossible to tally comeback wins WHEN YOU’RE TEAM IS ALWAYS WINNING IN THE 4TH QUARTER! Literally, always leading. Oh, what’s that you say? Rodgers’ 2 scoring drives in the final 4 minutes of play on Sunday–one beginning with 50 seconds left on the clock, where #12 proceeded to complete 4 consecutive passes en route to setting up Mason Crosby with a gimme fieldgoal–weren’t impressive enough and Rodgers wasn’t under pressure because the score was tied? The Packers were on the road, with no room for error. They had no running game, and Crosby had already missed a more-than-makable fieldgoal earlier in the game. Drops were accumulating at an astonishing pace, and heading to overtime meant momentum stayed with New York. Millions of eyes were on Rodgers, with 95% of those believing he’s the clear-cut MVP and at least half rooting for him to fail. Not impressive enough?! You, sir, are a hack…an undeniable blow hard. People tune in to First Take NOT to hear you offer credible insight but to laugh at each outlandish statement you spew.
Anybody need further proof that this guy is a joke? Check out his Twitter account. Sure it’s Twitter, and he has the right to do whatever he deems worthwhile, but seriously. I’m definitely in no place to judge. But Bayless follows 1 account, First Take. And each picture posted, all of him flexing (big ceiling mirror enthusiast, I hear). Skip is in love with himself, no one else, and I truly believe he wakes up each morning already formulating a plot to violate any and all reason when it comes to analyzing sport. When Stephen A. Smith becomes the man who makes sense, you know there is devil-work at play.
What happened? I think I just blacked out. Oh yeah, Packers win. Just another step in the 16-0 process.
Giants at Cowboys – The Giants looked solid last week, while the Cowboys reverted to a sub .500 team. Thus, I’m forced to picked Dallas at home. I’m fairly certain any and all reason I used to have has now vanished. Despite picking the Cowboys to win, I’ll be cheering for another Jerry Jones scowl. Too cute.
Rams at Seahawks – The NFL really needs to figure out a way to flex Monday night games back to noon on Sundays.
Eenie-meanie-minie-Seahawks at home.
Rich’s Picks: Packers, Cowboys & Seahawks