Pocket Doppler Prognosticators – Week 4
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 has joined the team. Like always, we’ll keep a running tally throughout the season.
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators. Entering into Week 4 the current standings are:
Yes, you’ll note that each person who picked the Packers to win the game against the Seahawks got credit for picking it right. What small justice can be done in this situation will be done. You’ll also notice that BigSnakeMan does not sit alone atop the leader board any longer. What a shocker! Let’s see how this week’s picks shape up.
Saints @ Packers – Two teams with playoff aspirations, each seriously in need of win. Both have also had their fortunes altered by the NFL league office. New Orleans, of course, is still reeling from the fallout from “Bountygate” while the Packers, as everyone around these parts (if not around the country) is well aware, fell victim to the most insidious incident of ‘hosebaggery’ since the Russians stole the gold medal from the USA basketball team in the 1972 Olympics. As former Denver and Tampa Bay safety John Lynch pointed out on the Dan Patrick show this week, Roger Goodell’s stance on the “replacement officials” who worked the first 3 weeks in the absence of the regular arbiters, seriously undermines the league’s position on the alleged bounty scandal and calls the NFL commissioner’s credibility into question. As for this game, given the inflamed reaction of some Packers’ players, it’ll be interesting to see if the team suffers any hangover effect from the debacle in Seattle. The defense has largely carried the Packers so far while the Saints haven’t really stopped anyone yet. I predict the Packers offense will finally get untracked in this game after a slow start.
Giants @ Eagles – Philly head coach Andy Reid, asked on Monday about the status of his starting quarterback, assured reporters that he was committed to Michael Vick “for now”. Later in the day, Reid had to clarify (or, is it backtrack?) his answer when the media seized on the timely characterization of his comment. Both of these NFC East teams are 2-1, but that’s pretty much where any similarity ends. The Eagles somehow managed to squeak by Cleveland and Baltimore before getting a comeuppance in the Arizona desert last Sunday. For his part, Vick has been a turnover machine with twice as many INTs as TD passes. The Giants took the opposite tack, inexplicably losing their opener to Dallas before righting their ship against Tampa and laying a beatdown on Carolina last week. The recent trend would suggest an easy win for New York but the Eagles still possess enough talent to make this close. I believe the G-Men will prevail in a close contest.
Bears @ Cowboys – Another matchup of 2-1 teams. There’s an old saying in sports that you’re never as good nor as bad as you think you are. That could apply to both of these teams who looked like world beaters in their respective season openers and truly horrible in their sole losses. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between but it may be too early to know where. Considering Dallas QB Tony Romo’s penchant for reckless play, Chicago’s defense certainly has the wherewithal to spring a road win. But the guess here is that Dallas makes just enough plays to hold serve at home.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, Giants & Cowboys
Saints @ Packers – I think we all expected the Saints to be less then great this year after the bounty thing, but did you really expect them to be 0-3? I know I didn’t, which makes me a little nervous. However, we all know that the Packers have to have a chip on their shoulders after this past Monday night & I do think that will show. I think this will be the game the offense starts to click, I think this is the game where the defense continues to dominate & I think there’s no way the Packers lose on Throwback Weekend.
Giants @ Eagles – The Eagles aren’t good & their luck finally ran out last week against Arizona. The Giants are good & they showed that when they blew out Carolina. Even with the game being in Philadelphia, the Giants should win this one handily.
Bears @ Cowboys – One of those games where you have a little difficulty picking the winner because you dislike both teams. Also some difficulty because I think these two teams may be rather evenly matched in their mediocrity. So, the lesser of the two evils here & going with the Cowboys.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, Giants & Cowboys
Saints @ Packers: I’m still so mad at the screw job the Packers received I would cheer if they took a knee with every down to protest the Commish and his lack of spine, cojones and/or integrity. But since that isn’t going to happen, I really feel sorry for the Saints. Wait, who am I kidding, I can’t stand the Saints. Talk about lacking any and all integrity. That said, being on the receiving end of a whole lot of hurt this week could not happen to a better team. The Packers are out for blood and to prove themselves to the world at this point. Lesser teams would crumple after something like the Fail Mary, but I have a feeling this will be a positive turning point and the Packers are still very much in control of their own destiny.
Giants @ Eagles: Two quarterbacks that I cannot stand. Where’s Eli? Getting a perm, I think. While I still think Eli is very much a whinysack, his teams has the upper hand in this match-up. Vick has peaked and is on the down slide of his career and seems to like to hold on to the ball more than he should. The Eagles are a hot mess right now and are quite vulnerable. This may be the year Reid is finally put out to pasture.
Bears @ Cowboys: Enough with the teams I really can’t stand! Oh Jay Cutler, you are such a walking disaster. And you have no targets even though Chicago think they upgraded and thought they brought in new talent for you to pretend to throw to. Normally I would expect Romo to start imploding and throw an INT to kill that last drive that may push Dallas into the win. But the season is early and Romo doesn’t look that bad. Granted, if this was week 12, I would expect the stinky-stank Romo to return and for Jerry Jones to once again threaten to grind him into cat food.
Kelly’s Picks: Packers, Giants & Cowboys
Saints @ Packers – Well, this IS Throwback Weekend….it is also the first game I will have seen at Lambeau since that bloody mess in January. I’ve only seen the Packers lose in person once…I never want to see it again. And I won’t. The Packers have to be very angry now and despite the fact the Saints’ backs are against the proverbial wall, I think Drew Brees will have his back against the Frozen Tundra quite a bit on Sunday too, courtesy of Clay Matthews III. Can’t wait to see that flashed up on the new big screens in the stadium.
Giants @ Eagles – This would be the game I would pick as a ‘meteor’ game except for we’re also picking the Bears game this week…so I guess this one doesn’t exactly qualify. The Eagles suck, they’re going to suck, and Mike Vick sucks. And I couldn’t be happier. I don’t like the Giants, but I do like Tom Coughlin and he’s going to make sure his team gets the job done. Again.
Bears @ Cowboys – Yep, meteor game. I don’t want the Bears to win because a) they’re the Bears and b) a division rival, but I don’t want the Cowboys to win….well….because they’re the Cowboys. Duh. These teams should be evenly matched on the suckfest at quarterback, if not everywhere else. I predict Jay Cutler will win the Douchebag of the Week award, but Tony Romo will win the Loser Douchebag of the Week award. Bears have this one, unfortunately.
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, Giants & Bears
Saints @ Packers – The NFL is lucky they struck a deal before Sunday’s game. Sending replacement referees to Lambeau Field would have have been suicide – seriously. Green Bay will not fall to 1-3; they will not lose at home; and they will make a statement following Monday’s farce (in every sense of the word). By the way, the zebra who signaled touchdown in Seattle? Yeah, he has never coached higher than NCAA Division III college football. I’m 5’8” and 150 pounds – I played (actually played) division III football for a time. Exactly.
Knee-jerk reaction #1: Pete Carroll is Satan, probably paid the ref with Heisman fees. (Editor’s note: That would explain a great deal.)
Giants @ Eagles – Um, no analysis. Eli Manning good. Michael Vick bad. Lesean think Osi weak. Feh.
Knee-jerk reaction #2: Even puppies are starting to feel bad for the inevitable Vick benching.
Bears @ Cowboys – I’ve have a head cold for the past three days, where my brain feels clouded and I sound like I’m under water when I speak. My hands are frozen and clammy, and my lower back starts to sweat at the most random of times. People avoid me. I can’t sleep, waking up blows, and all the energy a cup of coffee used to provide has dissolved into dehydration. I now know what it’s like to be Jay Cutler every time he faces a dominant defensive player. Demarcus Ware, you’re up.
Knee-jerk reaction #3: (AaaCHOO) Jerry Jones would have made it rain fire had the replacement referees from Seattle made that call in Dallas.
Rich’s picks: Packers, Giants & Cowboys