Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: Week 15
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 seasonLast 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 15 the current standings are:
A PDP Poem…
Wally & Colleen, their picks were the same,
So they continue to be 1 & 2, respectively by name.
BigSnakeMan did pick, and had them all right,
Creating a tie with Rich, who wasn’t as erudite.
Chris by himself, in last place he does sit,
Sort of surprising, for someone with such guile & wit.
So that was Week 14, and how it did go,
What about Week 15? Only one way to know.
Packers at Chiefs – General Manager Scott Pioli determined there were one too many Chiefs in Kansas City and lopped off head coach Todd Haley with 3 games left in the season, turning the reins over to Defensive Coordinator ( Where for art thou?) Romeo Crennel. After a couple more weeks of guiding this team, he may be asking himself the same question. Kansas City has apparently already seen enough of quarterback Tyler Palko, so the Packers will be facing either veteran journeyman Kyle Orton (who has a broken finger on his throwing hand) or rookie Ricky Stanzi from Iowa. It won’t make a difference of course but it’s a step in the right direction-at least I’ve heard of both of those guys. Green Bay will be playing for playoff home field and history (more on that Sunday); Kansas City for their playoff lives in the pathetic AFC-Worst (I know; I threw that last part in just for laughs). K.C. may get a bounce from the coaching change but the Packers should wrap this one up rather handily.
Ravens at Chargers – This is an interesting game. Baltimore is fighting for the top seed in the AFC playoffs while San Diego has been a disappointment for much of the season. Yet the Ravens haven’t exactly been overwhelming on the road and San Diego has posted decisive wins in it’s last two contests. Of course, those came against Buffalo and Jacksonville so take that under advisement. My head says Baltimore should prevail but my gut tells me to pick the home team. I absolutely hate once again putting my faith in them but, since I’m hungry for a win, I’ll take San Diego to dis-Charge the Ravens.
Steelers at 49ers – Well it took all season but this may finally be a Monday night game worth watching. San Francisco has enjoyed an amazing resurgence under first year head coach Jim Harbaugh. However, they stumbled last week against Arizona. Pittsburgh has gone 8-1 after a so-so start to the season. S.F. has pretty much locked up their playoff position so they may be suffering a bit of a letdown. Pittsburgh is also battling for the number one playoff seed and has much more experience in this situation. Both teams have superior defenses but the Steel Curtain should be able to slow the 49ers rush enough to force QB Alex Smith to beat them. That’s a matchup that favors Pittsburgh.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, Chargers & Steelers
Packers at Chiefs – The only metric by which KC beats GB is in measuring Chefs: KC has 53 of them, GB has only Robert Francois (specialty: light, fluffy pastries). Now I know the Chefs have a new head coach, and that can be invigorating. But I don’t think KC has the right ingredients to flambe the Packers. I see GB rising to 14-0.
Ravens at Chargers – Oh, they are electrified in SD right now, having gotten off their long six game slide by winning their past two. BAL should be the winner here, although I do have concerns about the Ravens flying cross-country (I recall their less than soft landing when they traversed the nation to confront the Seahawks earlier this season). I will put those fears aside and wing it here, picking BAL to take the spark out of the Chargers.
Steelers at 49ers – Serious defensive match up next to the bay. Even if the Stick was filled with nubile co-eds, Big Ben would have a hard time scoring in this one (well, if he’s able to play, that is). If Roethlisberger goes, PIT should win. If he can’t, I look for SF to carry the day. Knowing that the Large One survived bouncing his squash off the pavement in a motorcycle crash, I suspect he can endure a high ankle sprain. Hell, he played the second half with it last week. But the guess here is that the PIT coaching staff will want to get him healthy for the post season and will, therefore, rest Roethlisberger on Monday night. I don’t see Charlie Batch leading the Steelers to victory, particularly when they have to fly across the county to do it. I will take the Niners in this one.
Chris’s Picks: Packers, Ravens & 49ers
Packers at Chiefs – So let’s see…new (interim) head coach, Kyle Orton (or possibly rookie Rickie Stanzi) starting at quarterback…c’mon, how can this game turn out any different than a dominating Packers win. I’ll admit it would be an upset of gargantuan proportions if happens that way, but there’s just no way it will. Packers by a lot.
Ravens at Chargers – I don’t care if the Ravens traveled all the way to the West Coast, then hopped a flight to Guam and back & then played this game…they’d still win.
Steelers at 49ers – This should be an interesting game, even with James Harrison in the line-up I think the Steelers D will create some havoc for the 49ers offense. That being said, as it’s in San Fran, the 49ers need this one playoff seeding & because I feel like it I’m picking the 49ers to win.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, Ravens & 49ers
Packers at Chiefs – The Packers have managed to start scaring teams into firing coaches before they play them instead of forcing teams, as was the case last year, to fire their coach after the loss that was the “last straw”. Now the Chiefs have a new interim coach, Romeo Crennel. It’s been said that the test of a man’s courage is how he performs in the face of danger, and I think playing a team that’s 13-0 qualifies as dangerous. I’m not too worried about how anyone named Romeo is going to handle this challenge. I mean, really, where for art thou Romeo? Packers win. 14-0 and home field throughout the playoffs, here we come. See you in January, Lambeau Field.
Ravens at Chargers – Hm. The Ravens are towards the top of the AFC. The Chargers are struggling. Rivers still hasn’t decided whether to get Turner fired or not. (Yes, he has, he’s just toying with poor Norv before pulling the trigger.) Obviously the Chargers don’t possess home field advantage. (thus the Packers win in SD earlier this year.) The Ravens are eminently capable of looking the fool, but they seem to have gotten it together and it’s not happening this week. Ravens win.
Steelers at 49ers – I think everyone who’s ever heard anything that I have to say about Nevada football knows how I feel about Colin Kaepernick. To say that I wish to express my extreme displeasure at how Alex Smith has been playing this season is an understatement. Worse, the 49ers have been nipping at the Packers’ heels for home field advantage througout the playoffs. While, luckily, a win over the Chiefs will lock up the home field, I want the 49ers to lose. While I hate Ben Rapelisberger with a passion, we can save his ass kicking for the Super Bowl, should he be so fortunate as to get there.(The Ravens may have something to say about that.) I am really ready for Smith to start his meltdown so that next year Kap gets the look he deserves. Steelers win.
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, Ravens & Steelers
Packers at Chiefs – Free Stanzi! During my senior year in high school, we had an excellent football team. We ended up 10-2 on the season and just barely missed making it to the state Championship.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t…(tear)…Anyways, in at least 8 of our wins, it was over by halftime. Once we were up by 30, Coach would take the starters out for the remainder. That’s exactly how MM can and should handle this game. It’s also exactly how I expect it to play out. Aaron Rodgers will be on the bench with 7 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, and the Chiefs will make their sad attempt at a comeback mid-way through the 4th. I’ll say it again, just in case you haven’t grasped the concept yet:
Just another step in the 16-0 (19-0) process. Green Bay by 73.
Ravens at Chargers – The Ravens are going dissemble the Chargers on their own turf, paving the way for thousands of “Fire Norv” chants and “for sale” signs going up all over Norv’s yard–if they aren’t already there. But he’s a great coordinator! BS. The Chargers have absolutely no excuse for being this awful, none. Even if they win out, their entire front office as well as the 22 starters–even you, Phillip–should be reevaluated (kickers don’t count). I am miffed as to how they aren’t a 12 win team each season. Miffed!
Steelers at 49ers – Road sweep! With that one guy on the Steelers
(gross) being hobbled, this feels like a game San Francisco should win to cement their status as the #2 seed in the NFC. And I’m rooting hard for it. If the Saints over-take the 9ers (“Did I catch a 9er in there?
Were you calling from a walkie-talkie?”), and they may, that makes it all the more likely New Orleans will earn the 1st round bye and home field advantage until meeting Green Bay in the NFC Championship. This we don’t want. San Francisco for the win.
Rich’s Picks: Packers, Ravens & 49ers