Pocket Doppler Prognosticators – Week 7
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 7 the current standings are:
Looks like having faith in the Packers (and, ugh, Mike Shanahan) pays off, as Colleen moves into the sole lead at least for the time being. BigSnakeMan whiffed, so now the females are atop the standings and there’s a tie for 3rd. (Yeah, the editor is trying not to brag at this point. Sort of. Oh, who am I kidding, yes I am.) No doubt there will be much more movement as the season wears on, let’s see what happens this week:
Last week’s slate of NFL games brought back into question everything we thought we knew about the NFL this season. Personally, I would like to thank our own young Mr. Ward for dragging me down with him last week. Of course, if I have to, I can easily live with being wrong about the Packers losing and/or the Vikings winning. Either way, we’ll try to stop the bleeding this week.
Packers @ Rams – Speaking of tourniquets, the Green Bay Packers applied a big one to their season last Sunday night with a win over the ‘Not-ready-for-prime-time-Texans’. Unfortunately, it cost them the services of linebacker D.J. Smith, who was already subbing in place of the injured Desmond Bishop. It remains to be seen if the win over Houston signifies a wake-up call for the Packers or simply a temporary reprieve. Even if it’s only the latter, the Packers should still have more than enough to handle the Rams in St. Louis.
Steelers @ Bengals – Pittsburgh seems to be quickly showing signs of age while the Queen City Kitties remain largely mediocre. The traditionalist in me still expects the Steelers to right their ship but there is very little evidence so far to support that notion. Since last week robbed me of most of my preconceived ideas, I’ll go with the home team here.
Lions @ Bears – Detroit is looking for a bounce from an overtime win in Philadelphia while the da Bears had the week off to prepare for this Monday night contest. The Lions suprisingly rank second in the league in total offense but so far it hasn’t translated into a winning record. Meanwhile, Chicago’s 3rd ranked defense has left them at the top of the NFC North Division. It’s premature to anoint the Bears’ defense with a championship but it should be sufficient to carry them over the Lions at home.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, Bengals & Bears
Packers @ Rams – Feels good to have a complete win, against a quality team, under our belts now doesn’t Packers fans. What’s even nicer is that it was a win without Greg Jennings, Cedric Benson or BJ Raji even playing. What wasn’t nice of course were the injuries to DJ Smith & Brandon Saine. While the Saine injury isn’t that critical the Smith one definitely stinks as he was already filling in for the IR’d Desmond Bishop. We’ll see who comes in to fill that ILB spot & it’s a good thing the Packers are playing something of an anemic foe in the Rams to let whomever get some playing time under their belt as well as let the defense as a whole adjust to the new personnel. I like to think the Packers are ‘over the hump’ here after last weekend so am looking for something of a blow out here with the Packers carrying on from where they left off on both sides of the ball.
Steelers @ Bengals – A match for second place, or at least a second place tie, in the AFC North here with the Bengals currently holding the lead at 3-3 vs the 2-3 Steelers. The Steelers have not playing well on the road this season, 0-3 away from Heinz Field so far & the Bengal are .500 when at home. I think the Bengals will push that home winning streak to above .500 this Sunday night with a close win.
Lions @ Bears – After last year Lions fans had to be thrilled looking forward to the 2012 season, only to have those hopes dashed as the Lions just are not playing well, sitting in the cellar of the NFC North right now. The Bears on the other hand have been something of a surprise to me. I didn’t expect them to be bad but I didn’t expect them to be this good either, although a lot of that is due to an opportunistic defense putting points on the board but that’s part of the game. The easy pick here would be the Bears, especially at home, but I feel bad for Lions fans, so going with Detroit with the upset at Soldier Field on Monday Night. Call it my pity pick of the week if you want.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, Bengals & Lions
Packers @ Rams – Would lightning strike twice with a second trap game of the season? Yeah, I doubt it. Sunday night shook the complacency cobwebs away and the Packers we have come to know and love had returned. And the Rams, well they just lost to the Dolphins. Rodgers has told the critics to put a sock in it and proved that he has chemistry with the tight end. Granted, the TE is named Tom Crabtree and he can block and catch the ball.
Steelers @ Bengals – Shhhh, double top secret confession…my favorite AFC team is the Steelers, Big Ben notwithstanding. The Bengals, well they just stink. Okay, so the Steelers aren’t the force that they were in the 2010 season. But the Bengals have nothing other than Green going for him. He’s nice on a fantasy football team, but one guy can’t overcome 52 other bits of mediocrity.
Lions @ Bears – I’m picking a meteor. I’m talking a giant flaming rock ball of doom. Wipe out both teams and leave a smouldering crater where Soldier Field once stood. Look, I’ve hardly gone out on a ledge predicting the first two games, so I’m going with the dark horse on this one. Jim Schwartz and his band of imploding men are due a win.
What better place for that to happen than in the City of Bad Breath?
Kelly’s Picks: Packers, Steelers & Lions
Packers @ Rams – Unlike Throwback Weekend 1, when I picked the Rams game to attend specifically because I knew the Packers would win, I think this will be a more competitive match. The Rams have been uneven (as, of course have the Packers), but Jeff Fisher has already made an impact on that team, albeit one that will not be fully recognized until future seasons. The Rams come into this with the same record as the Packers, but from what I’ve seen (admittedly not a lot when it comes to the Rams) there is a big difference in the potential of these two teams. The Packers will win this one, handily, and be ready to take on Jacksonville in front of yours truly.
Steelers @ Bengals – The NFL gods seem intent on having the Sunday and Monday night games be ones I really, truly, could care less about. This, really is one of them. Oddly, the Bengals are atop the Steelers in the standings, and the Bengals are coming off an embarrassing loss to Cleveland. They are hosting at home. That said, they are also the Bungles. They are also leading the Steelers in many stats. Maybe, just maybe, Big Ben is finally starting to lose it (couldn’t happen fast enough for me to see that toad retire). I’m taking the Bengals.
Lions @ Bears – I was just saying about the NFL gods? While, at first glance, this is indeed a meteor game, at a closer view this game has great significance for the Packers. The Bears are now atop the NFC North thanks to the Vikings showing their true colors. The Lions are at the bottom of the standings, and squeaked out a win for their (annoyingly immature) coach over the Eagles. Matthew Stafford has been playing poorly, unusually, and Jay Cutler has been playing poorly, as usual. Yeah, this is kind of a craptastic coin flip of a game. I guess I’ll take the Motor City Kittehs as my late friend @t2ed used to say, because I’m hoping the Bears lose.
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, Bengals & Lions
Packers @ Rams – Another road loss to an inferior team? Not this time. Question, though, would Rams fans rather have three 1st round picks and Sam Bradford, or Robert Griffin III?
Steelers @ Bengals – I feel sorry for Ben Roethlisberger’s wife. Terrible, terrible human being.
Lions @ Bears – The Lions are back to being the Astros.
Week 6 knee-jerk reaction: “Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…”
Rich’s picks: Packers, Steelers, Bears (Editor’s note. Rich rocks. He can knock out stuff that’s funny in 10 minutes that I can’t in 10 weeks. And he puts up with my nagging.)