Pocket Doppler Prognosticators – Week 8
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 10 the current standings are:
An interesting week last week, resulting in the Angels tied for the lead. The games this week proved, for the editor anyway, to be challenging to pick. Let’s see how everyone
Jaguars @ Packers – Well, another week, another win……and another significant injury for the Packers. This time, it’s veteran safety Charles Woodson who will be lost to the team for 6 weeks or so with a broken collarbone. Much like Ravens’ LB Ray Lewis, Green Bay may feel the loss of Woodson’s experience and leadership more than his actual play on the field. It will be incumbent upon the remaining young players in the secondary to grow into their roles more quickly for the defense to be effective. If nothing else, the timing is beneficial to the Packers with the offense finally finding its compass and the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to town. Yeah, I know, on “any given Sunday”……blah, blah, blah-whatever. The fact of the matter is that Jacksonville isn’t very good and that was before they lost star RB Maurice Jones-Drew and nominal starting QB Blaine Gabbert to injury. Gabbert did practice this week and he’ll probably play, but so what? Bet the house and the kids because this is the proverbial stone-cold, lead-pipe lock for the Packers.
Saints @ Broncos – Well, another week and yet another prime time game for the Denver Broncos. With all the exposure they’re getting, you’d think they had a future Hall of Famer playing at quarterback or something. Just imagine what kind of run they’d get if they were actually a good team. They currently stand at 3-3 and that’s only because Charger QB Philip Rivers gift-wrapped 6, count ‘em, SIX(!) turnovers to hand the Broncos last week’s game in San Diego. On the other hand, you have the New Orleans Saints who have simply been exposed. Of course, this week they see the return of interim head coach Joe Vitt, who completed his suspension for his supposed role in the alleged bounty-gate scandal. This one should come down to which quarterback can put up bigger numbers against the opposing mediocre defense. Normally, I wouldn’t like the Saints on the road even if they were playing well, but I have a hunch they’re going to spring an upset this week.
49ers @ Cardinals – Speaking of ‘exposed’, that’s exactly what the Arizona Cardinals have been in losing their last 3 games after starting quickly out of the season’s gate. The Cards are still capable of playing solid defense but their offense is so pathetic that they can’t even get any production out of premier WR Larry Fitzgerald. The Arizona home field and both teams’ style of play will probably keep this one close but, by the time it’s over, San Francisco should establish a firm hold on the NFC West division.
BigSnakeMan’s Picks: Packers, Saints & 49ers
Jaguars @ Packers – You have to continue to feel good about how the Packers are playing, injuries notwithstanding, as they approach the mid-part of the season. The offense is beginning to click & the defense is for the most part holding its own, even with key players being out. One more key player on the D will be out now for an extended time, but I have confidence in Jerron McMillian and with this game against the Jaguars followed by the Cardinals it’ll give the rookie time to get acclimated before the real tests start after the bye week. As for this game against Jacksonville, should be a walk in the park as the Packers return to Lambeau & keep the faithful happy with a trouncing win.
Saints @ Broncos – Why yes, it does seem we’re picking Broncos games all season, just how it lines up sometimes I guess. The Saints seem to be on a roll of late, but not necessarily against the strongest of opposition. The Broncos will be coming off their BYE week, so should be well rested for this Sunday night affair. I’ve been on the side of the Broncos so far for this season, at least when I have to pick them, so will stick with what’s working & say the Broncos will win this game at home, bringing the Saints back to reality.
49ers @ Cardinals – I gambled last weekend in the MNF game by picking the Lions, that was stupid but if you want to make up points sometimes you have to take those chances. This week though there’s no way I’m talking myself into that, the 49ers are just too good of a football team & the Cardinals not so much. Should be a blowout with San Francisco winning by double digits.
Wally’s Picks: Packers, Broncos & 49ers
Jaguars @ Packers – Good God I hope the Packers are able to hand the junior varsity NFL team its butt on a platter considering the the Jacksonville JV squad is bigger walking wounded band of players than even the Packers. The team is a hot mess. The Packers are looking the Packers we have come to know and love. Wish I could be at the game, but chances are I have a date with the Pacific ocean and a boogie board.
Saints @ Broncos – It’s a storied tale: two teams with good quarterbacks. Two quarterbacks I can’t stand. Two teams that I really, truly do not like. One team that pays to main, the other has a horse-faced general manager. Yeah, that sums it up. But don’t count Peyton out. He was only mostly dead last year. And there is nothing more satisfying than watching Brees artificially jack up his stats to celebrate himself. Oh, wait, there is. Watching him lose while jacking up stats. Shows where his priorities lie.
49ers @ Cardinals – Screw you Cardinals! I’ve held a grudge since you knocked the Brewers out of the playoffs last year as well as the World Series when I was in sixth grade! I hope the Tigers eat you for lunch. Wait, wrong Cardinals? In this case, the ARIZONA Cardinals stink. So much for that stellar record in the first quarter of the season. But then again, this is why a season is 16 games and not just the first 4. Even with the hit or miss Smith, the 49ers are tough. Really tough. And in both cases, the Cards don’t stand a chance.
Kelly’s Picks: Packers, Broncos & Tigers, I mean 49ers
Jaguars @ Packers – I will be at this game. It is not the playoffs. (‘Playoffs?’) Yeah. Packers got this.
Saints @ Broncos – WHY are we picking a Broncos game again? Why? Why? Because apparently everyone thought Peyton Manning was going to be good again this year after a year off. He’s not bad, but he’s not back to his usual level and despite the Broncos making the playoffs last year, now that they’ve lost their heavenly touch as really just so-so. The Saints are finally starting to play at a level that might be expected of them, however, they are not home, so this could be a really competitive match. Hell, I don’t care who wins this game, but I’ll say the Saints. Because Drew Brees sold his soul to the devil.
49ers @ Cardinals – I would have been rooting for the Cardinals on this for two reasons – I was worried about the 49ers having home field advantage through the playoffs and I have a soft spot for Daryn Colledge, plus Korey Hall had gotten picked up by AZ. Korey retired (sigh) and the 49ers don’t look as dominant as they did against the Packers. Still, since the Packers haven’t looked all that dominant either, I definitely don’t want the 49ers to win this game. The Cardinals have a horrible offensive line (DON’T SAY IT, BIG SNAKE MAN) and a fairly crappy QB and the 49ers have….well, they have Colin Kaepernick and a guy named Crabtree, even if he isn’t the right Crabtree. So, there’s that. 49ers. (PS – Cardinals Eat Babies.)
Colleen’s Picks: Packers, Saints, 49ers.
Jaguars @ Packers – It is my belief that you can judge a quarterback’s worth by his name; yes, his full name. Sure, there are a select few who defy the odds – Warren Moon, for example (Warren is an awful first name) – but for the most part, if you have a terrible name you will not be a successful quarterback in the NFL. When Cade McNown was drafted in 1999, I instantly wrote him off. Lord, we all know Trent Dilfer was an abomination. More recently, evaluate the play of Kevin Kolb and Jon Beck. Goodness. In this decade, however, there was a new quarterback to set the standard. His name, Blaine Gabbert. Poor guy – like the Jaguars this week (and as long as he’s a member of the Jacksonville team) – they never stood a chance. This fact is also the reason I gave up my dream to sling the pigskin in the NFL… Richard Lee Ward III was doomed for NFL failure before he ever learned to walk. As a comedian, however, well, you be the judge.
Saints @ Broncos – Scott Fujita versus Roger Goodell is a battle of epic proportions. Somebody please set up a steal cage match between these two. My money is on the Mexican Dish (Scott’s wrestling name, I decided). Look for me in the front row of Wrestlemania with a “Goodell, Bad NFL!” sign. Special guest referees, David Stern and Gary Bettman. All that said, I like the Broncos at home.
49ers @ Cardinals – I like San Francisco 6-4 in this one (not the MLB Giants, the 49ers).
Rich’s picks: Packers, Broncos & 49ers.