Quiet here on the blog lately but NFL season gets my butt back in gear. Doing NFL picks started on the radio show in 2008 and then I moved it over to the blog. The name came from a listener who asked if I’d ever thought of using “Carnell Knowledge” as the name for a segment. Works for this so I’ve used it the past few seasons.
On Twitter, I picked Denver over Baltimore on Thursday. I’ll use Twitter to make the Thursday picks since that game is so much earlier than the majority of the week. For those new, I just pick winners. No point spreads. I list the games, then my pick followed by any comments I might have.
OAKLAND AT INDIANAPOLIS
Indy made the playoffs last year at 11-5. However they were outscored by opponents by 30 points. Huh? No wonder many people like me picked them to lose in that playoff game. They were beat by the eventual Super Bowl champions 24-9. Meanwhile the Raiders are the Raiders.
MINNESOTA AT DETROIT
Vikings made the playoffs thanks to Peterson but Ponder is still their QB. Lions I think is an 8-8 team who will surprise Minnesota in Week 1.
MIAMI AT CLEVELAND
2 teams who should be better than last year, just going with the Browns on a whim.
CINCINNATI AT CHICAGO
Quietly the Bengals have made the playoffs 2 years in a row. Even I forgot about that until the pre-season. Chicago has Jay Cutler and I’m never sold on him.
SEATTLE AT CAROLINA
Super Bowl contender against one of the most overrated QB in the league, easy pick for me.
KANSAS CITY AT JACKSONVILLE
Andy Reid now coaching KC with Alex Smith. A QB who has won a Super Bowl, well he lost his job to the guy who got them to the big game but a ring is a ring. Jaguars are airing the NFL Red Zone channel on their jumbotron during home games. All you need to know about that franchise.
TAMPA BAY AT NY JETS
Neither team I have much faith in this season. A pick em.
ATLANTA AT NEW ORLEANS
Sean Peyton back as head coach after his suspension, New Orleans had one of the worst defenses ever last season. So they can’t be that bad again.
TENNESSEE AT PITTSBURGH
Who do the Titans have at quarterback? Jake Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Dog’s breakfast there.
NEW ENGLAND AT BUFFALO
Pats usually pound the Bills so that’s enough time on this one.
GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO
49ers spanked the Packers in the playoffs last season and this game is San Francisco so I’ll go with them.
ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS
Carson Palmer now in Arizona. Cardinals were in such bad shape that Palmer is a big upgrade. In one of the strangest stats of 2012, what team in the NFC West had the best division record? It wasn’t Seattle or San Francisco, it was the Rams who were 4-1-1. Go figure.
NY GIANTS AT DALLAS
Early season big games, Dallas likes to show up. End of the season is a different matter altogether as we’ve seen many times.
PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON
My team is the Redskins but I don’t know what to expect in Week 1 with RGIII. And the Eagles a re a mystery too since new coach Chip Kelly has kept things under wrap. Flip a coin and I went with Philly.
HOUSTON AT SAN DIEGO
Chargers finally fired Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith. Too little, too late for the Chargers. And it is now 10 years ago when they traded Eli Manning to the Giants and got Phillip Rivers. Eli wasn’t going to play for them so can’t blame them too much for that. However San Diego later on letting Drew Brees leave and going with Rivers? Not the best decision.
Houston is a team I never believe in. Last year was that comical Monday Night game against the Patriots. Where they showed up all wearing custom made Letterman jackets like a high school team, and proceeded to get their ass kicked 42-14. Playoff time they get the Patriots again and lose 41-28.
They did make the playoffs however, so this week I’ll pick them over San Diego.
Another year of a blog on Super Bowl Sunday with myself and others doing picks.
But first up, somehow on January 16th, 2012 I predicted the media coverage of this year’s game.
I decided before the 2012 AFC/NFC Championship games to write on what the possible Super Bowl
storylines could be. Since Baltimore-San Francisco was an option last season this was what I
thought might happen.
“49ers-Ravens. By far, the one the media would have the easiest time with. John Harbaugh, coach
of the Ravens. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers. 2 brothers against each other. They played each
other this season on Thanksgiving Night, so they can grab the videos done for that week and
recycle them quite easily. Piece of cake.”
Got that one correct. I’ve seen those Thanksgiving clips so much during the last 2 weeks it’s
crazy. John and Jim before the game, the brothers with their parents after the game, etc. It
took 12 months but that paragraph came true.
I’ve gone back and forth on who might win. First other people and their choices.
One of the many Queen’s Alumni that are around, Andrew Bucholtz. Who runs the Yahoo! Canada
“55 Yard Line” blog.
“I’ll go San Fran 28, Baltimore 24. Kaepernick and Gore too tough for Ravens to stop, in my
Matthew Bisson, who I used to work with at the CFRC Sports department. Now a News Editor at 1310
News in Ottawa.
“Cheering for the 49ers, but expecting a Ravens win. Just seems to be their year. Hope I’m
Another Queen’s/CFRC Alumni, Julie Stewart-Binks. Sports Anchor on CTV Regina and also
involved in hockey scouting.
My Scouting Geekery: A Brief History
Julie went with the 49ers as did Jody Vance who is now at Breakfast Television at City in
Formerly known as CityTV. They all dropped the “TV” part of the station name this month. Just
“City” now. One of those random little tweaks a company will do.
Up next a pick from Natalie Thomas, who is on maternity leave from The Weather Network. Someone
who defeated me in 2011 doing NHL playoff picks on this blog. You can look that up and see.
She had it clinched before the finals. We both picked Boston over Vancouver since obviously
that was the only choice.
“Hmmmm. I’m out of the loop…but I’ll take Baltimore. :)”
Since Natalie just had a baby girl in January that explains her being out of the loop. Finally BJ Stewart,
Weather Network Morning Show Producer
“Geography says I should go with the Ravens…but I kinda like the 49ers grit. Think I’ll go with SF”
I’m picking Baltimore to win, 24-13. I can see 49ers winning but after the Ravens knocked off Manning
and Brady in back to back weeks they are on a roll. Also the 49ers defense hasn’t been great lately.
I’ll be rooting for the Niners since Ray Lewis is unbearably annoying at this point.
Since I predicted the media coverage a year ago, I will predict the shot from this game that will be
run for years to come. The handshake or hug at the end of the game between the coaches. Easy
prediction of course. One brother just won the biggest game of his life, and the other one
just lost it. You never see the coach’s handshake in the highlight package but every channel
will be showing that on Monday morning.
NFC/AFC Championship today. 3 out of the 4 teams were all in the same place last season. For all the talk of “parity” we get a rematch of Patriots/Ravens and the 49ers are back again after losing to the Giants a year ago. Both games are tough to call, so I could 2-0 or 0-2 pretty easily.
Ravens at Patriots
Baltimore always plays well against New England. Steam rolled them in the playoffs 4 years ago. Almost beat them a year ago to make the Super Bowl. The Week 3 game where Baltimore won in Foxboro was one of the ‘replacement ref’ games. Which I haven’t heard one person mention this week. A win is a win, but that game was one of the worst games when it cames to the officials. The game dragged, it was on national TV Sunday Night with the announcers pointing out the bad calls. And at one point the crowd started a “BULLSH*T” chant after a call. What crowd gets that riled up about Week 3? And Bill Belichick grabbed an official after the game. It was that bad.
Saying that, I am picking New England. Pats easily beat Houston last week. And they had a first round bye. Usually that can help a team, but Baltimore is also coming off a Double Overtime game. A game where running back Ray Rice said it was one of the toughest games he’d ever been in with the cold conditions. I see their run of playoff wins coming to an end.
No way I’m picking a team that messed up like that. Atlanta was up by 2 so a long Seattle field goal would’ve won it for the Seahawks. 49ers are better coached than that.
Divisional Weekend, which doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Wild Card’ Weekend. We’re stuck with the name though.
Baltimore at Denver
Peyton Manning’s playoff record, 9-10. Cold weather playoff games where the temperature is below 40F, 0-3. Amount of times he’s been ‘one and done’ in the post season, SEVEN. That`s a lot for one of the so-called greatest quarterbacks of all time. Heck, Eli has twice as many Super Bowl rings as him.
Denver is on an 11 game winning streak, however how many of those wins against winning teams? Two. And by the end of the year the Broncos had the 2nd easiest strength of schedule in the NFL. Colts last week came in with 11 wins, and Baltimore beat them pretty soundly.
Houston at New England
No chance I`d put money down on Houston after not showing up earlier in the season against the Pats. And barely beating the Bengals last week. Not much else to add.
Seattle at Atlanta
It`s Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. If you’ve read the blog during the season you know I’m no fan of them. Seattle playing great and this is a road game in a dome. Which negates a lot of home field. Falcons had Green Bay at home couple seasons ago, didn’t help them any.
Green Bay at San Francisco
Aaron Rodgers against the team he grew up rooting for, and who ended up drafting Alex Smith over him. Smith is on the bench right now by the way. Rodgers is a guy who holds a grudge very easily as the 60 Minutes piece on him showed. So now he gets one of his BIGGEST grudges in the playoffs. Not a recipe for good things.
Also San Fran’s defense hasn’t been that good lately. Giving up 34 points to New England, then 42 points against Seattle. Ended the season with a 27-13 win over Arizona, a team whose coach and GM were fired the following day so not exactly a good team. A shootout with Green Bay is not a good idea.
Almost typed 2012 in the title. Back to picking NFL games after a 2 week absence.
Bengals at Texans
After all these years it is time to pull out a saying. Houston, we have a problem. Had a chance for a bye and lost to the Colts last week. Had a chance to be 1st seed in the AFC and pissed that away over the course of December. Had a chance to prove critics wrong against the Patriots on national TV, lost 42-14. I can’t pick Houston against the Bengals.
Vikings at Packers
Minnesota beating Green Bay 2 weeks in a row? Their quarterback Christian Ponder did play well last Sunday. Odds of that happening a week later I’d say is slim.
Colts at Ravens
Former Baltimore Colts vs Baltimore’s current team. Head coach of Indy, Chuck Pagano vs the team he was a coach with the previous 4 seasons. Neither team I believe in. Ravens do have a lot more playoff experience so I’ll pick them.
Seahawks at Redskins
Which team on a streak do I go with? Washington, just because they are home. Seattle 2-5 on the road, I don’t count the Toronto win against the Bills as a road game. That was neutral site as anyone here in Ontario would tell you. It was a game they were trying to sell tickets to by the fact a one hit wonder was playing halftime.
And I’m not picking against Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. Seattle can win, however that road record is just not good enough for me to pick them.
Funny thing happened as 2012 wrapped up, missed blogging about the last 2 NFL weekends. Funny because last Sunday’s blog was done and written. Somehow got home Sunday morning and forgot to post it. Time I realized that was Sunday night so too late to post.
Last week of the season didn’t have much intrigue as usual. AFC playoff teams were all set in stone, just playing for seeding. Redskins/Cowboys was the marquee match, and that wasn’t till Sunday night. Thought about doing Week 17 and with me working over the holidays decided to take a break. I worked December 21st through 25th, so got done with work Boxing Day around 7am. Christmas flies by when that happens.
Happy to say my Redskins won, and a season I had written off in the pre-season as “this will be a season for Robert Griffin III to learn”. Playoffs weren’t on my mind. First NFC east title since 1999? A pleasant surprise over the holidays.
2012 was the year I returned to the east coast. Hit Moncton for ECMA 2012. I still didn’t write a blog post about it. Finally getting the pics together from the trip. Might just post the pictures as a blog post. Trying to write about a trip that involved me riding a train from Kingston to Moncton and back along with ECMA week would be a long story. Just pictures might work better.
Happy New Year to everyone. Lucky ’13.
Giants at Falcons
NY spanked Atlanta in the playoffs last year. Atlanta/Houston are in the same boat. Teams with a lot of wins that don’t really come across as that great.
Packers at Bears
Chicago continued to slide last week, I correctly picked Minnesota to beat them.
Redskins at Browns
Almost picked Cleveland. Robert Griffin III is out for this game, Kirk Cousins is starting. Reason I’ll go with the Skins is that the Browns defense game planned for RGIII and now that is thrown out the window. I see a close, low scoring game.
Vikings at Rams
Minnesota has a QB who quite frankly, sucks. Christian Ponder has 12 INT, 14TD and 3 fumbles. But they have Adrian Peterson so that makes up for Ponder.
Jaguars at Dolphins
2 teams going nowhere.
Bucs at Saints
New Orleans pretty much out of it, so it’s up to them to keep their division rivals from getting in the playoffs.
Broncos at Ravens
Manning over Flacco.
Colts at Texans
After a humiliating loss on Monday they should have enough to beat the Colts. Houston for some reason kept pumping up last Monday’s game against the Patriots as they’re biggest game ever. They’ll learn now to tone it down when it comes to hype.
Seahawks at Bills in Toronto
The Bills in Toronto series. It’s been so badly handled as a Redskins fan I had no interest in seeing Bills/Skins last year at SkyDome. This season they did smarten up and lower ticket prices. Finally. The ads for it have been selling the game on a halftime show with a soon to be flash in the pan. I’m not even typing the song or his name. It’s been driven into the ground anyway.
Needless to say I’m picking Seattle.
Lions at Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald stuck on that Arizona team. He must be having a long year.
Panthers at Chargers
With San Diego out watch them win some meaningless games now.
Steelers at Cowboys
Pittsburgh lost to Cleveland last week so they should be teed up for Dallas.
Chiefs at Raiders
49ers at Patriots
They smacked around Houston in New England, and now they have another night game at home.
Jets at Titans
Jets still have a shot at the playoffs, amazingly.
Went with Denver on Thursday night against Oakland, no surprise there.
Ravens at Redskins
With a 9-3 record Baltimore can lose this game and still be safe for the playoffs, another must win for Washington.
Rams at Bills
St. Louis got their win last week over San Francisco after a tie with them earlier in the year. On the road in cold Buffalo, I’d go with the Bills.
Cowboys at Bengals
Jerry Jones was cheering for the Redskins on Monday. Since my team beating the Giants was better for the Cowboys in the standing. Jerry said on his radio show it did feel weird going for the Skins.
Chiefs at Browns
Not a good game to watch.
Titans at Colts
Rams beat the 49ers last week so why not go with an division upset here.
Bears at Vikings
Chicago loses at home to Seattle, who had won 1 game on the road all season. Have a feeling the Bears are slipping again.
Chargers at Steelers
Rumours of San Diego finally dumping head coach Norv Turner and General Manager AJ Smith. Case of “too little, too late” as the conference has passed them by. Broncos in their division, Texans 1st in the AFC, even the Colts with a rookie QB have twice the wins that San Diego does. And Philip Rivers was drafted the same year as Eli Manning. Eli 2 Super Bowl rings and Rivers not even an appearance in it.
Eagles at Bucs
This Philadelphia team is the Titanic. From calling themselves the “Dream Team” last summer to a 3-9 record as of now.
Falcons at Panthers
Ephraim Salaam on a Grantland/ESPN podcast summed up Cam Newton, “he’s a spoiled brat”. Story came out how he acted at the Pro Bowl last week, acting like a diva and turning down a player’s request to take a picture with his kids. The only QB that was sacked and thrown to the ground by the AFC players during that all star game? Newton. This year 3-9.
Jets at Jaguars
Oh, the lowly Jets and Jaguars. Could be a 3-0 game, seeing as NY won last week 7-6.
Dolphins at 49ers
San Fran to bounce back after an overtime loss last week.
Saints at Giants
Probably more of me wanting NY to lose so my Redskins can catch up.
Cardinals at Seahawks
Seattle at home against a team that scored 6 points against the Jets last Sunday?
Lions at Packers
Detroit, 4-8 and Titus Young sums up their season. Against the Packers earlier in the season it came out he lined up incorrectly on purpose. He proceeded to yell at the receiver coach on the sidelines complaining about how they were using him. During a game against a division rival?
Apparently he kept up being an idiot and they put him on ‘injured reserve’ this week although it doesn’t sound like the injury was that bad. They were that sick of him and it was a way to send him home.
Texans at Patriots
Houston is undefeated on the road, however I’ll go with the Pats at home on a Monday night.
Day after an NFL player kills his girlfriend and mother to his 3 month old daughter. Later that morning Jovan Belcher shot himself in front of the head coach and general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. He majored in of all things, child development.
So no long NFL picks today. And of course took out the normal title which is a play on words. Just putting who I thought would win this week.
Saints, Texans, Patriots, Bills, Colts, Panthers, Cardinals, 49ers, Packers, Bears, Broncos, Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Cowboys, Redskins.
Laval beat McMaster in the Vanier Cup on Friday night. Ended up being so tired I dozed off on the couch and missed the entire first half. Woke up in time for 2nd half though. Laval pulled away and Mac never got things in gear.
Grey Cup today. My previous blog post about the train tour missing Kingston had a good response. Will write more on that later in the week. Mike Hogan and Chris Cuthbert both tweeted me back about it.
One part of today I still can’t wrap my head around. No online streaming. The game is on TSN, a cable station. Does lead to the weird fact that the Super Bowl is available across the country on CTV, however the same company has the Grey Cup on a channel you have to pay for. If they had streaming that would alleviate a lot of that. And NBC streamed the Super Bowl this year and they paid a tonne of money for that game. Bell, which owns TSN, didn’t mind streaming everything live from the Olympics. Only way you can see today’s game online is on a tape delay once the broadcast is over.
Didn’t all of Canada make fun of NBC for tape delaying the Summer Olympics? Hopefully the next TV contract solves this problem.
By the way, I should mention the ratings over the past 12 months of two big football games.
Giants-Patriots Super Bowl this past February, 8.15 Million. Last year’s Grey Cup, 4.6 Million. Those numbers from Bell press releases. That’s lost in all hoopla today.
If I’m watching TV and the CFL is on I will watch. I also watch Arena Football too in the same way, so that’s not saying much. Never gotten into the CFL as a fan. Hard to when you become a football fan living in New Brunswick and the closest team in the Canadian Football League was Ottawa. [No Montreal in late 80s/early 90s] Expanding to Sacramento, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Shreveport and the like didn’t help. At least CIS Football is coast to coast with teams in the Maritimes. Also look at the previous blog post for the boneheaded decision to skip Kingston with the Grey Cup Train tour. The league has had bad luck with me over the years.
Onto this week’s NFL picks. So far 3-0 with getting all the US Thanksgiving games right. My Redskins play the Giants next week on Monday night, which could be for the division lead? Wow. I already wrote off this season going in as a “learning year” for Robert Griffin III. Might be wrong.
I have no Grey Cup pick. Didn’t see any of the playoffs this season.
Minnesota at Chicago
Oakland at Cincinnati
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Almost beat Dallas last week, they put up a good fight most weeks.
Buffalo at Indy
Buffalo coming off extra rest after playing at home on the previous Thursday.
Denver at Kansas City
Seattle at Miami
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Tennessee at Jacksonville
Baltimore at San Diego
San Francisco at New Orleans
Saints have to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. 49ers don’t need this game.
St. Louis at Arizona
Green Bay at NYG
Sunday night Green Bay has to keep pace with the Bears in their division. Giants have been flat lately.
Carolina at Philly
Ugly Monday Night game.
The title will make sense as this blog entry goes along.
So, the Grey Cup train tour wrapped up. Those who might follow me on Twitter had seen the tweets about there not being a train stop in Kingston. Which was a head scratcher for me. Queen’s Football has a big following and the school even won 3 Cups back in the day. Looked at the schedule on train tour website and no Kingston stop to be seen. Which thankfully I have a shot of. This is where the story begins.
Others on Twitter were surprised by lack of a stop. The train was a way to bring the Cup across the country to sports fans. They had events where fans could come by and take pictures and the like. Tour even hit Newfoundland and Nunavut where they had to fly in. So the ‘Planes’ part of the title now makes sense.
So, you can imagine my surprise when on a Sunday night on TSN SportsCentre I see a quick story with the Grey Cup inside a hall at Queen’s. Huh? Checked their website again and they added a photo-op at Queen’s.
Happened early Sunday morning around 7am and was done by 8:30am. “The Grey Cup very briefly returned to one of its many former homes today, visiting Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.”
So at least it did stop in the town. No chance for the public to stop by though. What they did was drop off some championship banners for the school to recognize their Grey Cup wins. Now why they decided to stay in Ottawa for 6 entire days instead of hitting more communities, I have no clue. Bad scheduling there. Thought a main selling point of the train was going to places which don’t get to see the CFL in person.
Kate McKenna who was on the train doing reports for TSN all along the route did respond to me on Twitter about the Kingston stop. I actually saw Kate around Kingston that Saturday night. Heard her interviewed on the Jay and Dan Podcast and knew she went to Queen’s. I assumed she was in town for the Golden Gaels playoff game since I hadn’t seen any Kingston stop on the schedule.
And when she said it was a last minute change. It REALLY was. CKWS, the only TV station in Kingston had nothing about it. Kingston Whig-Standard on Saturday had articles about the Golden Gaels playoff game, no mention of anything happening on Sunday. The trophy must have traveled in an Automobile of some sort to Kingston. [That completes the title of today’s blog]
But the biggest sign that hardly anyone in Kingston knew it was happening was from an email newsletter. It’s one that supports Queen’s Football and mentions fundraising events and tailgate parties at road games. The newsletter is very connected, evidenced by the fact a few days after the Gaels were eliminated in the OUA playoffs they emailed everyone a letter written by Coach Pat Sheahan to the fans. If that group didn’t know about what was happening that Sunday morning.
Strangely some get the facts wrong after the fact. Even the local paper. From a recent Kingston Whig-Standard.
The train stopped in Kingston? No it didn’t. I know what you might be thinking: “Sun Media messing up? That never happens.” But seriously it wasn’t written by a Whig reporter who would’ve known better.
All in all, it isn’t the most important thing in the world. Was disappointing for all the football fans in the Kingston area. Especially with all the Queen’s/Kingston connections with the CFL. Sit back this will take a while.
The aforementioned Kate McKenna, from TSN went to Queen’s.
Jaime Stein used to be with the CFRC sports department when he was at the university. Jaime worked with the CFL on the digital side for a few years.
Jock Climie works on the ‘CFL on TSN’ panel and former football player. Is a member of the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame.
Rod Smith, from TSN SportsCentre was an offensive guard for the Gaels. And did play by play for the Mitchell Bowl when Queen’s beat Laval on the way to the Vanier Cup.
Neate Sager, Queen’s Alumni and writes for Yahoo Sports on ‘Buzzing the Net’ blog. Chatted with Neate on my show after Queen’s Vanier Cup win, since CFRC didn’t have a sports show at the time.
Andrew Bucholtz who runs the CFL Blog “55 Yard Line” on Yahoo. He is Toronto for the Grey Cup of course this week. You can guess where Andrew went for his post-secondary education.
Mike Hogan, born in Kingston is the radio play by play voice for the Argos. Mike will be calling the game for TSN Radio 1050 this Sunday. Also Mike co-hosts ‘Football Sunday’ a radio show with Chris Schultz and ‘Argos All-Access’ on the same station. When I used to work on Offsides with Tyler King, Mike was a guest on a few occasions so he helped us out at CFRC. And I also recall he stopped by at a halftime show of a Golden Gaels football broadcast.
Finally Chris Cuthbert, play by play voice for TSN with CFL and NHL. Who will call the Grey Cup for TSN. You might’ve heard of him. From his bio on the TSN website:
“Throughout his celebrated career, Cuthbert has covered every sport at every level. Cuthbert’s inaugural job in sports broadcasting was doing the play-by-play for Golden Gaels football games in 1978 for CFRC Radio in Kingston, Ont. while still a student at Queen’s University.”
And I found a piece Andrew wrote for the Queen’s Journal on Chris and his days at Queen’s. Worth reading for more details on how he got started.
So…… the powers at be decided there wasn’t a good reason for the Grey Cup Train tour to stop in Kingston. Perfect sense.
For fans of CIS Football tomorrow is the Vanier Cup between Laval and McMaster. Rematch of last year’s great game. I’ll be watching that. Sunday is the Grey Cup. Which I haven’t seen in a few years. I work Saturday nights at 11pm and Sunday at 11pm. Not ideal times to catch a 6pm football game on Sunday. I should record it on the PVR this year. Good luck to the media members with a Queen’s/Kingston connection covering the game this year.
Since it is US Thanksgiving today, I should have a clip from ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ to end this. It takes place on Thanksgiving and this clip has a football reference in it. Good way to wrap things up.
My birthday today so quickly will go through these picks.
Cincinnati at Kansas City
Jacksonville at Houston
8-1 over an 1-8 team. Kinda easy to pick
NY Jets at St. Louis
The Rams had a tie last week. I thought we would not see a tie again with the new rules. Rams/49ers proved me wrong. Jets are ripping each other in the media so I’ll go with St. Louis.
Cleveland at Dallas
This is a game Dallas tends to lose.
Tampa Bay at Carolina
Tampa could sneak into the playoffs if they keep things up.
Arizona at Atlanta
Last week I gave reasons why I didn’t think Atlanta would go undefeated, then I picked them to win. Silly me.
Green Bay at Detroit
Philadelphia at Washington
Eagles staring a rookie QB with Vick injured. RGIII a rookie as well but has started the whole season.
New Orleans at Oakland
Saints can’t afford a loss here.
San Diego at Denver
Indianapolis at New England
Instead of Brady vs Manning, now it’s Brady vs Luck.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
Picking Baltimore since Steelers looked bad on Monday night once Big Ben got injured.
Chicago at San Francisco
And 2 teams with injured QBs. Go with the home team.
Before the weekly NFL picks, since it is Remembrance Day a link to The Trews “Highway of Heroes”.
Onto NFL Week 10. Writing a post about what happened with the Grey Cup tour and Kingston. A slightly long amusing story that will have to wait a few days.
Obviously would’ve picked Indy over the lowly Jaguars on Thursday. When Jacksonville fans are wearing bags over their heads I’ll be picking against them for the rest of the season.
NY Giants at Cincinnati
NY played flat against the Steelers. Pittsburgh flies in the day of the game and beats them. Giants have it easy thish season in the NFC East since the rest of the division is dysfunctional. They still won’t want to lose 2 in a row. And they have a much better road record than home anyway. It’s in Ohio so I’ll go with the G-Men.
Tennessee at Miami
Titans owner Bud Adams fired a warning shot across the entire team saying he might overhaul everything. A bit strange since their QB for the future, Jake Locker got injured so it’s not like all hands have been on deck. He should be back on Sunday. However Bud is the owner who is known for things like getting fined after giving Bills fans the middle finger at a game a couple of years ago. He’s not the most level-headed owner.
Detroit at Minnesota
Christian Ponder has been atrocious lately. Twice in the last 3 weeks he has thrown for less than 65 yards. That would be hard to do on purpose.
Buffalo at New England
Not much to say about this one.
Atlanta at New Orleans
Atlanta still undefeated. One of the more quiet streaks lately. Similar to that year where the Titans of all teams went 10-0, then lost in the first round. I still have that feeling about the Falcons. Especially after last year where none of them showed up in a playoff game against New York 24-2. That was the third straight playoff loss for Matt Ryan and coach Mike Smith too. Just keep that in mind come the post season. Can’t pick the Saints in this game however.
San Diego at Tampa Bay
Both teams are at 4-4. Tampa Bay’s record at home is 2-2, and San Diego on the road is 2-2. I don’t know who would put money down on this game. I have to pick one of the teams so I’ll go with Tampa.
Denver at Carolina
Somehow last week when I was posting the blog the section on Redskins/Panthers didn’t copy over. Oops. Picked Washington which didn’t work out.
Mentioned Matt Ryan who has great regular seasons and doesn’t do as good in the playoffs, oh look it’s Peyton Manning. You know Peyton’s playoff record? 9-10. Even worse, his teams have been eliminated in their first playoff game SEVEN times. One-and-done, 7 times. Lot of sports writers seem to erase those stats from their minds during the regular season.
Oakland at Balimore
Baltimore being 6-2 doesn’t sound right. I don’t think they’re that good. If they were playing a good team I’d pick against them.
NY Jets at Seattle
Seattle unbeaten at home. Nuff said.
Dallas at Philadelphia
Back to the dysfunctional NFC East. Jerry Jones in an interview said he probably would fire the General Manager, if the GM wasn’t Jerry himself. Thanks for that insight. In Philly, Andy Reid fires the defensive co-ordinator a couple of weeks back, even though the defense was decent.
Trying to find a scapegoat. The defense ends up being worse too after the change. Too bad the NFL doesn’t have ties anymore since that’s what these two teams deserve.
St. Louis at San Fran
Rams layed an egg in England last Sunday. A week after a game in London, they have a road game on the West Coast? That doesn’t seem fair. Especially since the Rams haven’t won in San Francisco since 2007.
Houston at Chicago
Best game of the week is on Sunday night. Going with the Texans on a hunch.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
A Monday Night game I have no interest in seeing any part of, like most of North America.
End of the Queen’s Football season. Usually when a team is up by 22 points with 5 minutes to go you will win a playoff game. Not on Saturday though as Guelph came back to knock the Golden Gaels out of the postseason.
Onto the NFL Week 9 picks. My Thursday pick of Chiefs with an upset didn’t work out.
Denver at Cincinnati
I thought Denver would lose to the Saints last Sunday night, and that wasn’t even close. AFC West is pretty crappy so Denver should win that division without breaking a sweat.
Baltimore at Cleveland
Baltimore is running on fumes, last 2 games giving up 400 yards in each. The Browns are 2-6, yet they have played tough in a lot of those games. Picking the Ravens because they are coming off their bye week.
Arizona at Green Bay
Green Bay’s record is only 1 game better than the Cardinals. Strange but the Pack has woken up lately.
Chicago at Tennessee
While Green Bay is better than their record, Bears being 6-1 doesn’t sound right. Their offense is in the bottom third in passing yards per game for example. They have enough to beat the Titans, just don’t think Chicago gets far in the playoffs.
Miami at Indianapolis
Two surprising teams. Both with rookie QB’s so this one is a pure guess.
Detroit at Jacksonville
If Detroit can’t beat the Jaguars, that will be a tough hill to climb to even squeak in the playoffs. 3-5 with the Bears and Packers ahead of them in the divison. Wild Card the only route the Lions can honestly expect at this point.
Buffalo at Houston
Bills 3-4, even with their bad performances in some games that’s almost a .500 record. Not bad with the AFC being the weaker conference this season. Texans should handle Buffalo easily. I do get a feeling the Bills could lose by 20 or win by 10. That kind of team. Both squads coming off their bye weeks as well.
Tampa Bay at Oakland
Rematch of the ‘Chucky’ Super Bowl. Jon Gruden was the Raiders coach, got traded to Tampa Bay and the following season the Bucs crushed the Raiders in the Super Bowl. With the Jays trading their manager recently it reminded me of a previous time that happened. In that case Oakland started a downward spiral they still haven’t recovered from. Buccaneers won a Super Bowl so they won that trade.
Minnesota at Seattle
Seattle unbeaten at home, so an easy pick.
Pittsbugh at NY Giants
With Hurricane Sandy it has affected this game in one way. The Steelers don’t have a hotel to stay at, so they are flying in on Sunday morning. They did have rooms at a place in New Jersey however as of Thursday that hotel still did not have power. I would have leaned towards NY anyway, but that travel doesn’t help.
Dallas at Atlanta
Undefeated Falcons at home on NBC. Cowboys last week had a horrible first half, then almost came back to win. Which team shows up on Sunday? Knowing Dallas probably both.
Philadelphia at New Orleans
Eagles 3-4, Saints 2-5. A desperate game should arise since a loss for either side and the season is most likely over.
Didn’t think Tampa Bay would beat Minnesota but that happened on Thursday. Onto the rest of Week 8, day after Queen’s won a playoff game against Laurier. No contest as the Golden Gaels won 34-0. They travel to Guelph next week. Hope the CFRC radio broadcast went well yesterday. I was asleep so I’ll have to catch some of it on the archive the station has on the website. After 6 seasons of working on those broadcasts it is a bit strange to miss the entire season. 6 years is a long run though.
Washington at Pittsburgh
Steelers not as good as previous years. Redskins almost beat NY and I think the Giants are better than Pittsburgh.
Seattle at Detroit
Detroit just not clicking this season.
Carolina at Chicago
Last season and before this one I said Cam Newton was overrated. People didn’t notice how his numbers were going down the last 6 weeks of 2011. Now he’s moping and whining at press conferences. He’s like Jay Cutler in that respect. Who they are playing this week. Good timing. Either way a quarterback will be throwing a fit after a loss on Sunday.
Atlanta at Philadelphia
Michael Vick’s old team against his current one. Fans of the Falcons must be very happy how things have turned out.
New England at St. Louis
In London, England. Neutral field so I’ll go with the Patriots.
Indy at Tennessee
Just a hunch.
San Diego at Cleveland
Another hunch since both teams are bad.
Miami at NY Jets
I caught a typo where I put NJ Jets. That is more interesting to me than this game.
Jacksonville at Green Bay
The Jaguars are going to be playing 4 of their regular season home games in London over the next 4 seasons. Not that we neeed another sign that team is struggling in Florida. That is a big one when you are willing to give up a home game because the attendance is so bad they tarp off many seats. Green Bay is a small market that works. Jacksonville is just not that kind of town.
Oakland at Kansas City
I’ll go with Oakland. This is a good rivalry, not sure it will translate to the field this week.
NY Giants at Dallas
Giants need a loss here. Sounds weird but this is the New York Giants we are talking about. If they aren’t battling adversity they will not get far in the playoffs. It’s how they are.
New Orleans at Denver
Saints trying to scratch their way back. Good matchup since neither of these teams will have much of a defense.
San Francisco at Arizona
Then you have game which might be all defense on Monday night. Probably an ugly game like last Thursday’s San Fran/Seattle.