Pocket Doppler Prognosticators – Week 2
Each week last season, the 3 Founding Fathers of Pocket Doppler (Wally, BigSnakeMan & Chris Richards), Senior Angel Colleen and favored stepson Rich 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 going to make another valiant attempt at it this year. Unfortunately Chris had to bow out for this season (or happily escaped, take your pick) so Angel Kelly will join the team. Like always, we’ll keep a running tally throughout the season.
Welcome to this edition of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators. Since the Packers play Thursday night this week, this edition is a bit early. Entering into Week 2 the current standings are:
Only BigSnakeMan was smart (?) enough to pick against the Packers, but Wally and Kelly also sit atop the standings. Let’s see where this week takes us….
Bears @ Packers – Sadly, both of my predictions about the Packers came true last week. First, that they would lose their opener and, second, that the national media would largely write them off as a Super Bowl contender. (Shouldn’t I get two points for that, Colleen?) (Editor’s note: Nice try, BSM. No.) Anyway, based on the small sample size we’ve seen so far, it’d be hard to make a case for the Packers this week, too. But, from what I saw of the Bears game last week, they weren’t as formidable as the final score would suggest; at least until Colts heralded QB Andrew Luck started playing like a rookie. Chicago won’t have that advantage (or the home field) this week, as Packers’ signal caller Aaron Rodgers should be highly motivated to keep his team from falling to an 0-2 start at home. Admittedly, this pick is based more on hope and (to this point) unjustified faith than on any sort of intuition but I’ll take Green Bay to edge da Bears.
Lions @ 49ers – In this corner, we have Jim Schwartz, coach of the Lions. In the other is San Francisco head man Jim Harbaugh. “It’s best two out of three ‘falls’….. Let’sssss go to ringside!” The rematch of two of the more cantankerous coaches in the league will make for an interesting sideshow (and perhaps plenty of baiting of the replacement officials), but the game will come down to the play of the teams on the field. If there was any lingering doubt about the 49ers, it was erased when they came out of Green Bay with an impressive win last week. The Lions won their opener as well, but struggled for much of their game with the upstart Rams. The only way I can see Detroit winning this game is some sort of 49er letdown after their big Week 1 victory. Harbaugh’s history with Schwartz and the Lions should be enough to prevent that from happening.
Broncos @ Falcons – Interesting matchup. Both teams looked pretty strong in their debuts while playing still questionable competition. I’d rate this game as a tossup but for a couple of things. The Falcons are at home and the Broncos are still working quarterback Peyton Manning into their system, or maybe that should be vice versa. Either way, Atlanta should be a little farther ahead in their program-that and the home field gives them the advantage.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, 49ers, & Falcons
Bears @ Packers -Most of us were planning on being 1-0 going into this Thursday night match-up, that unfortunately isn’t the case now is it. Any game against the Bears is important, not only because it’s within in the division but also because it’s the Bears, but now it seems to take on a little more importance. The Packers in general looked anemic last Sunday with a few flashes here & there. The Bears are not the 49ers though, even though they hung 41 on the Colts last weekend, it was the Colts after all. I do think this will be a hard fought match though, it always is when playing the Bears. In the end the Packers shake off the loss from Sunday and walk out of it at .500 for the young season.
Lions @ (ugh) 49ers – I would have been picking the 49ers no matter here, but after seeing what I saw last Sunday there’s zero doubt in my mind now. The 49ers are really just that good and the Lions aren’t quite there yet. That’s not to say the Lions are a bad team, they’re well past that but they are not on the same level as San Francisco. I don’t expect a blow out here, but I do expect the 49ers to reach 2-0 easily once it’s all said & done Sunday evening.
Broncos @ Falcons – Peyton Manning showed he still has it last Sunday night & the Falcons put a beat-down on the Dolphins previous to the showing in Denver. I’m a little up in the air on this one. If it was in Denver I’d go with Broncos but something is telling me to side with the home team on this Monday Night game. That being said, I’m not going to go with the home team but rather with the team that beat the more quality opponent the week before, so Denver remains unbeaten in the second game of the Manning era.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, 49ers & Broncos
Bears @ Packers – Here’s the deal. I am probably the most superstitious fans on the entire planet. I haven’t seen a Packer field goal attempt since the Clinton’s first term. I hate going on the record making a pick in the Packer game because when I pick them, they typically get their butts handed to them on a silver platter. Oh, you’re silly, you say? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Exhibit A: last Sunday. But all kidding aside, when you get your rear kicked into next week, you tend to come out guns blazing and mop the floor with the next team. How convenient Jay Cutler is on the docket for Thursday!
Lions @ 49ers – Maybe Jim Schwartz thinks the Lion’s have a snowball’s chance in hell. Isn’t that sweet of him? The 49ers are true contenders while the Lions have a rolling tally of Who’s Busted that is fun to follow. Stafford is good and I hope he scores me plenty of fantasy points. But he’s still stuck with the Lion’s defense. As much as I would love to see the 49ers knocked down a notch, that’s just not going to happen, at least not this week. But that’s not to say I wouldn’t mind a Boy Called Suh stomping on someone like a Randy Moss who is the football equivalent of herpes.He is irritating as can be and seems to pop up all the time.
Broncos @ Falcons – Hey, the Broncos didn’t stink and Manning didn’t have a dead arm! Never thought I’d ever say this, but Manning is growing on me. Granted, he pimps himself to endorse anything and everything that I am just waiting for him to hawk tampons or something you use for that Not So Fresh Feeling. But he’s also demonstrated a lot of class in hand-picking a new team that did not involve a bittercakes interview with Greta Van Susteren or offers to share insider information with Philly or Washington. Meanwhile there is no ignoring the power that is Julio Jones (Roll Tide!) He’s powerful and young. He’s got a lot of potential if you can forget that he is a bit of an injury magnet. But I don’t think Julio is enough to tip the Falcons into the win column this week.
Kelly’s Picks: Not the Bears, 49ers & Broncos
Bears @ Packers – Sigh. I kind of wish we didn’t pick the Packer game every week. I’m not one of those people who is on the edge of the cliff, but I have to admit to being pretty disheartened by what I saw from the Packers last week, especially on defense, which looked very confused on far more plays than they should have, even with all the new players. On the other hand, Brandian Ross has now been consigned to the clown car or Practice Squad (see what I did there?) and Erik Walden, who looked really good in preseason play, rejoins the defense for what is obviously a very important game. The Packers can ill afford a conference loss on top of a division loss if they are planning on having home advantage through the playoffs (or even perhaps making the playoffs). It is Bear Week, Aaron Rodgers was about as pissed as I’ve ever heard him in his weekly radio show and Mike McCarthy is one irritated Irishman. It’s going to be close, but I’m going with the Packers.
Lions @ 49ers – I’m going to hope that the coaches get into it before the game and both get suspended. For multiple games. After last week, not only do I hate the 49ers, I loathe Jim Harbaugh. Even if he likes Colin Kaepernick. What a douche. For that matter, I’ve never liked Schwartz. He allows his players to behave like undisciplined thugs on the field (and never mind what they get into off the field) and he shows precious little discipline or class himself. The 49ers, sadly, did look impressive in their game and while I didn’t watch the Lions, they should not have struggled against the Rams. 49ers it is. Barf.
Broncos @ Falcons – For once, I think this is going to be a good Monday Night game. I might even watch it, probably with the sound off so I don’t have to hear ‘That Guy’ drone on and on. From what I could see through my puffy (from crying) eyes last week, Peyton looked awfully good, but the Falcons seem to be in top form as well. Granted, that form will fold when they get to the playoffs, but still. Hard choice here, but I’m taking the Falcons since they are at home.
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, 49ers & Falcons
Bears @ Packers -Funny story, today at work (business office with close to 100 employees, required dress: business attire), we were alerted via company-wide email to the fact that Packers attire would be accepted in tandem with jeans in honor of tomorrow’s match. This warmed my heart, as I always jump on the opportunity to don my
Mark Chmura Brett Favre Charles Woodson jersey. However, some some snarky Bears fan, who happens to be our resident IT guru, “replied all” with “I’m surprised the SPAM filter didn’t catch this.”
Naturally, I threw his Mac out the window and went Ditka on him (birds a flyin’)…Okay, no I didn’t. But this stupidly simple email, similar to Cutler’s ‘Good luck, Green Bay’ comment reminded me why I despise not only the franchise but the entire fanbase.
The Bears might not still suck, but my hatred reigns aplenty.
Lions @ 49ers -Remember when Florida State won by 50 last weekend?
Broncos @ Falcons -I will no longer bet against Peyton Manning, especially now that he has a defense.
Rich’s picks: Packers, 49ers & Broncos