WEEK 14 PICKS

Here’s this week’s podcast:

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This week we’re using David Rappoccio re-imagined NFL logos with a silly British twist at DAVE’S ART LOCKER: http://daveartlocker.blogspot.ca/2013/02/what-if-all-nfl-logos-were-british.html

These logos are sillier than the ministry of silly walks:

Enjoy.

This week we’ve now also included a link to NFL.com’s game summary for each team’s previous game to refresh your memory.

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(2-10) Houston Texans at (3-9) Jacksonville Jaguars

jags at texans

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Jacksonville Jaguars 32 at Cleveland Browns 28  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120101/2013/REG13/jaguars@browns#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Jacksonville scored their 6th passing TD of the season in the 4th quarter against Cleveland. Keep in mind that both Peyton Manning and Nick Foles each did this in one game this season. Our highlight is this sweet touchdown pass thrown by MJD:

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New England Patriots 34 at Houston Texans 31 http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120109/2013/REG13/patriots@texans#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The Texans came up short against the Patriots. There have been allegation of New England spying, but this seems to be unsubstantiated and merely sour grapes from defensive lineman Antonio Smith: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1871917-antonio-smith-says-hes-very-suspicious-of-patriots-after-loss?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nfl

He has since admitted he was “joking”. What a maroon…

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The Jags have won 3 straight games. Houston have lost 10 in a row. So this game is essentially race for the 1st in 2014 draft, loser takes all. We recommend you watch “Glee” on Thursday night instead of this game.

In keeping with our strategy of always picking the home team on the short week, we’ll take:

JAGS

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ONE O’CLOCK SUNDAY GAMES

(8-4) Indianapolis Colts at (8-4) Cincinnati Bengals

colts at bengals

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Tennessee Titans 14 at Indianapolis Colts 22  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120102/2013/REG13/titans@colts#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The Colts seem less complete with the loss of Reggie Wayne, but managed to get the win last week against the Titans. Adam Vinatieri kicked 5 field goals. You’re a “one and done” playoff team if you’re relying on your kicker to win games for you. Still Adam “Nougatieri” is the oldest player in the NFL  (he’ll be 41 at the end of this month) and he deserves  better commercial endorsements than this:

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Cincinnati Bengals 17 at San Diego Chargers 10  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120110/2013/REG13/bengals@chargers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

We still don’t believe in Rusty Dalton, but he did play better than Phillip Rivers and got the win for the Bengals. Cincinnati, like Indianapolis also feel like a “one and done” playoff team.

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We’ll take the home team without any confidence:

BENGALS

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(4-8) Buffalo Bills at (3-9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

bills at bucs

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Atlanta Falcons 34 at Buffalo Bills 31 (OT)   http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120107/2013/REG13/falcons@bills#menu=highlights&tab=recap

This home game for the Bills was played indoors at the Rogers Centre. The Bills are now 1-4 in their Toronto series in the last 5 years and can’t seem to ever get it done. Even the initial running touchdown by EJ Manuel was only granted after a coach’s challenge and there was a questionable illegal touch penalty late the game as well. Despite the Bills having the lead in the 4th quarter, they fumbled twice and the Falcons were able to capitalize by tying and then winning by a field goal in overtime in front of a meager crowd of 39,000.

Our highlight is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was in attendance. After being mobbed by “fans” at halftime, he was advised by Toronto Police to leave the stadium before the end of the game. Here he is enjoying a chicken wing:

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For those of you who only know Mayor Ford for his crack use, he is also a rabid football fan and coaches at the high school level. Here he is at a press conference earlier this year demonstrating a “football play”:

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 at Carolina Panthers 27  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120100/2013/REG13/buccaneers@panthers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Tampa Bay have had a resurgence late in the season but just couldn’t keep up with the playoff bound Panthers.

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Neither of these teams is going anywhere in January. We’ll take the home team:

bucs

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(9-3) Kansas City Chiefs at (3-9) Washington Redskins

chiefs at skins

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Denver Broncos 35 at Kansas City Chief 28  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120103/2013/REG13/broncos@chiefs#menu=highlights&tab=recap

While we usually like to pile on Alex Smith for being a check down Charlie, we can’t fault his game. His wide receivers dropped alot of catchable passes and the defence is starting to show some chinks. Peyton found the one on one mismatch and threw to wide receiver Eric Decker for 3 touchdowns.

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New York Giants 24 at Washington Redskins 17  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120111/2013/REG13/giants@redskins#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The big story of this game was the officiating confusion, where the Redskins thought they had a first down, ran a play (a deep pass), only to be told it was in fact 4th and inches. Here’s the clip from Sunday Night Football:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000291662/article/nfl-play-should-have-been-stopped-in-giantsredskins

The NFL has admitted the referee should have stopped the clock and measured.

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We’ll take the playoff bound team:

kc

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(3-8) Minnesota Vikings at (6-6) Baltimore Ravens

viks at ravens

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Pittsburgh Steelers 20 at Baltimore Ravens 22  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013112802/2013/REG13/steelers@ravens#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The highlight of this game seemed to be this play, where Mike Tomlin claims he was watching the jumbotron and unaware of his presence on the field.

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While this has inspired lots of internet memes feature Mike Tomlin, the NFL is investigating and will likely fine Tomlin and the Steelers in the 6 figures and maybe even strip them of a draft pick.

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The smirk afterwards probably won’t help his case and many Ravens fan probably wished that Jacoby Jones had ploughed right into him.

But it did give us this:

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and countless other Mike Tomlin memes

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Chicago Bears 20 at Minnesota Vikings 23  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120104/2013/REG13/bears@vikings#menu=highlights&tab=recap

After getting the field goal in OT and then having it called back on a face mask penalty, the Vikings had to watch Chicago’s Bobby Gould kick and miss, before they could recover the ball and try again for the win.

Superfan of the afternoon goes to this guy with a teddy bear impaled on one of his viking horns:

VIKINGS SUPERFAN

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Ponder went out with a concussion in the Chicago game and there’s no word who is starting in this game against Baltimore. We say put in Josh Freeman! Regardless of who’s quarterbacking for Minnesota we’ll pick the home team:

ravens

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(4-8) Cleveland Browns at (9-3) New England Patriots

Browns at Pats

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New England Patriots 34 at Houston Texans 31 http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120109/2013/REG13/patriots@texans#menu=highlights&tab=recap

In the Denver-New England game a few weeks ago, Tom Brady could be heard audibling “Cougar! Cougar! Linda” at the line, prompt some reporters to ask who is this cougar named Linda? Bil Belicick’s long time girl friend is named Linda, and Linda is an often used offensive code for go left, or to indicate the pass rush is coming from the left. Either way, it did result in a Gronk touchdown. Listen carefully:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-fantasy/0ap2000000287711/QB-Brady-to-TE-Gronkowski-6-yd-pass-TD

Superfan Fail of the Day:

big head Brady

We really hate this guy and feel sorry of the people sitting behind him. You can’t bring a bag bigger than your hand into a stadium unless it’s clear, but Big Head Brady cut outs are okay? Damn you NFL and your nonsensical rules!

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Jacksonville Jaguars 32 at Cleveland Browns 28  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120101/2013/REG13/jaguars@browns#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The Browns almost got the win by taking the lead late in the 4th quarter, only to blow it at the end. Brandon Weeden is likely to get cut at the end of the season, as it’s unlikely he has any trade value, despite being a first round draft pick last year. Oh, wait, the Jets will likely sign him…

We noticed for the first time in the Browns-Jaguars game, Cleveland’s mascot “Brownie”, who had been retired since 1969, but is back this season:

brownie

He’s a creepy elf.

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/sports/football/browns/return-of-brownie-the-elf-cleveland-browns-unveil-mascot-sunday-at-halftime-vs-bengals

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Leave your big head Brady cut outs:

PATS

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(4-8) Oakland Raiders at (5-7) New York Jets

raiders at jets

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Oakland Raiders 24 at Dallas Cowboys 31 http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013112801/2013/REG13/raiders@cowboys#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Despite starting strong and playing well on Thanksgiving against Dallas, Oakland failed to get the win with QB Matt “McLovin'” McGloin.

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Miami Dolphins 23 at New York Jets 3  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120105/2013/REG13/dolphins@jets#menu=highlights&tab=recap

A brand new low for the Jets with their 3rd straight loss and rookie QB Geno Smith finally being pulled in the 4th quarter in favor of back-up Matt Sims. There are no highlight from this game. This may seal Rex Ryan’s firing, along with Geno Smith’s. Which means a new coach could give Sanchez another chance in 2014… Same old Jets.

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We can’t pick the Jets anymore. They’re dead to us:

RAIDERS

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(7-5) Detroit Lions at (7-5) Philadelphia Eagles

lions at eagles

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Green Bay Packers 10 at Detroit Lions 40  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013112800/2013/REG13/packers@lions#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Detroit easily beat up a Green Bay team that couldn’t score any touchdowns offensively. Despite 2 fumbles (for a loss) and 2 interceptions thrown by Stafford, the Lions didn’t beat themselves only because the other team played so badly.

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Arizona Cardinals 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 24  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120106/2013/REG13/cardinals@eagles#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Philly QB’s Nick Foles streak with no interceptions almost came to an end when he threw a pick but it got called back after a defensive penalty. He now has 19 TDs and 0 INTs.

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We’ll go with the hot hand QB at home:

EAGLES

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(6-6) Miami Dolphins at (5-7) Pittsburgh Steelers

fins at Steelers

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Miami Dolphins 23 at New York Jets 3  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120105/2013/REG13/dolphins@jets#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Miami took care of the Jets handily, but that’s not saying much because the Jets are terrible. Really terrible.

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Pittsburgh Steelers 20 at Baltimore Ravens 22  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013112802/2013/REG13/steelers@ravens#menu=highlights&tab=recap

We already covered the Mike Tomlin incident in the discussion of the Baltimore game, so we’ll give you one more meme:

tomlin-swayze-farley

So wrong.

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This is a tough game to pick. We’re still not convinced that Miami and QB Tannehill have turned the corner, and no doubt the Steelers are angry after such a close loss to their division rival last week. We’ll go:

STEELERS

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(3-9) Atlanta Falcons at (5-6) Green Bay Packers

falcons at packers

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Atlanta Falcons 34 at Buffalo Bills 31 (OT)   http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120107/2013/REG13/falcons@bills#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The Falcons got it done on the road against a Buffalo team that beat itself with fumbles and bad call by the referees. It was odd that there was a lots of cheering in Toronto when the Falcons won against the Bills

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Green Bay Packers 10 at Detroit Lions 40 http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013112800/2013/REG13/packers@lions#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Without Aaron Rodgers who’s not slated to return until next week, this team is terrible.

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Again, we’ll reluctantly go with the home team, but an upset is not out of the question:

packers

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FOUR O’CLOCK SUNDAY GAMES

(5-7) Tennessee Titans at (10-2) Denver Broncos

titans at broncos

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Tennessee Titans 14 at Indianapolis Colts 22  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120102/2013/REG13/titans@colts#menu=highlights&tab=recap

We don’t understand why Tennessee didn’t go for 2 after this go ahead touchdown. It makes no sense to us.

Indy-Tenn go for 2

Kicking the point after makes no sense in this situation. If you go for 2 you have a field goal lead. If you miss it, you still have the one point lead. Bad coaching. In the end it made no difference as Indy won by 4.

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Denver Broncos 35 at Kansas City Chief 28  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120103/2013/REG13/broncos@chiefs#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Peyton does what Peyton does. 5 touchdowns, 3 of them to wide receiver Eric Decker. Enough said.

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Lock it up! Take it to the bank:

BRONCOS

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(5-7) New York Football Giants at (5-7) San Diego Chargers

giants at chargers

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New York Giants 24 at Washington Redskins 17  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120111/2013/REG13/giants@redskins#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The Giants got it done at home against the Skins. We covered the 4th down/1st down officiating fuck up earlier..

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Cincinnati Bengals 17 at San Diego Chargers 10  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120110/2013/REG13/bengals@chargers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Rivers and the Chargers usually play well in December. This was not the case on December 1st.

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Neither of these teams is making the playoffs. We’ll take the home team reluctantly:

Chargers

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(11-1) Seattle Seahawks at (8-4) San Francisco 49ers

seahawks at 49ers

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New Orleans Saints 7 at Seattle Seahawks 34

What a beat down. Seattle’s defence held Drew Brees to 147 yards and just one touch down. And then they made crazy plays like this to put away the game in the third quarter:

seattle TD

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Saint Louis Rams 13 at San Francisco 49ers 23  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120108/2013/REG13/rams@49ers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Nothing to say about this game…

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Seattle are the first team to clinch a playoff spot, but we feel they are always a different team on the road, and coming off a short week, we’ll take:

49ERS

But we could be wrong…

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(5-7) Saint Louis Rams at (7-5) Arizona Cardinals

rams at cards

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Saint Louis Rams 13 at San Francisco 49ers 23  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120108/2013/REG13/rams@49ers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

The Rams tried to fake a punt against the 49ers. They didn’t bite on this for a second.

fake punt rams

Clearly the SF special teams had been watching film from week 2 against Dallas:

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Arizona Cardinals 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 24  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120106/2013/REG13/cardinals@eagles#menu=highlights&tab=recap

Carson Palmer made up for not throwing any picks in his last two games by throwing 2 INTs against the Eagles.

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We reluctantly go with Carson Palmer and the home team:

cards

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(9-3) Carolina Panthers at (9-3) New Orleans Saints

panthers at saints

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 at Carolina Panthers 27  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120100/2013/REG13/buccaneers@panthers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

We love that Panther’s coach Ron Rivera has gotten the nick name “Riverboat Ron” for his penchant for going for it on 4th down. This poster was seen at the game and is all over the internets:

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http://scottfowlerobs.blogspot.ca/2013/11/riverboat-ron-gets-his-own-poster.html

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New Orleans Saints 7 at Seattle Seahawks 34

This was beat down for New Orleans and we’re still upset with the result. Thankfully Ed Hochuli was the referee and gave us this gem of an explanation, condensed here into a Vine video:

https://vine.co/v/hxaPi9z2lvh

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This is the first of two meeting of these division rivals which is why NBC flexed the game into Sunday night. While we’re impressed with Carolina’s franchise record of 8 wins in row, we feel the Saints bounce back from their Monday night beat down. We’re taking the home team:

SAINTS

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(7-5) Dallas Cowboys at (6-6) Chicago Bears

cowboys at bears

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Oakland Raiders 24 at Dallas Cowboys 31  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013112801/2013/REG13/raiders@cowboys#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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Chicago Bear 20 at Minnesota Vikings 23  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013120104/2013/REG13/bears@vikings#menu=highlights&tab=recap

What a yawn. We’ll take:

dallas

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WEEK 13 PICKS / WEEK 12 RECAP

We’ve re-tooled the blog and podcast, since we’re releasing it later in the week to emphasize our upcoming picks, instead of recaping what’s happens.

You can also download the podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/53johnsons-podcasts/id705309250

We’re as excited as Mugatu for this Thanksgiving week of football.

16 games, no more bye weeks, baby!
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This week we’re using NFL logos re-imagined as European football clubs by “six co-workers based in Minneapolis, MN” http://www.footballasfootball.com/about to illustrate the week 13 match ups.

Check out all their designs here:

http://www.footballasfootball.com/

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All point spreads quoted are from sportsbook.com, but suggest you check out the VegasInsider.com that show you lines from the most common sports books:

http://www.vegasinsider.com/nfl/odds/las-vegas/?s=1083

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THANKSGIVING THURSDAY 12:30PM GAME

(5-5-1) Green Bay Packers at (6-5) Detroit Lions (-6.5)

GB at Detroit

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 at Detroit Lions 21  /  Minnesota Vikings 26 at Green Bay Packers 26 (TIE)

Aaron Rodgers has not practice on the this short week and is not likely to start. Green Bay are going with long time back-up Matt Flynn, who was put in last week after Scott Tolzien started and made this nifty spin move in the first quarter:

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Surprisingly, some players still didn’t know that a regular season game can end in a tie, as reported on Twitter by Sports Illustrated Scott Klemko:

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Full story here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1864217-multiple-green-bay-packers-had-no-idea-game-could-end-in-a-tie?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nfl

C’mon Man!

In the Detroit-Tampa match up Matt Stafford threw 4 interceptions, and Tampa Bay got their 3rd win of the season.

Despite the loss, the Lions are still the 3rd seed in the NFC at 6-4, although Chicago are also 6-4 and Green Bay are 5-5-1. 

Without Rodgers, and despite Detroit’s ability to beat itself, we can’t help but pick:

LIONS

However it’s unlikely they cover the spread, so take Green Bay for the points.

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THANKSGIVING THURSDAY 4:30PM GAME

(4-7) Oakland Raiders at (6-5) Dallas Cowboys (-9.5)

Raiders at Cowboys

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Dallas Cowboys 24 at New York Football Giants 21  /  Tennessee Titans 23 at Oakland Raiders 19

Dallas is favored, but we feel Romo slipped the noose last week by not doing something stupid against the Giants and getting the win. This means he’s overdue for a major choke out against a mediocre team like Oakland.

We also really like Raiders’ QB Matt McGloin, aka McLovin’

So we’re taking:

RAIDERS

for the upset on Thanksgiving!

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THANKSGIVING THURSDAY 8:30PM GAME

(5-6) Pittsburgh Steelers at (5-6) Baltimore Ravens (-3)

Steelrs at Ravens

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New York Jets 3 at Baltimore Ravens 19  /  Pittsburgh Steelers 27 at Cleveland Brown 11

Big Ben and the Steelers seemed to have found their mojo, and have improve to the projected 7th seed in the AFC, and are ahead of the Ravens in the division (the Bengals lead it and the Browns are in last place).

Baltimore are favored because they are the home team, and the general consensus is that these two division rivals always split their wins (Steelers winning in Pittsburgh in week 7), but after Joe Flacco & co’s lackluster performance against the Jets last week, we are not convinced.

Even if they are the defending Super Bowl champions, we’re picking:

STEELERS

for the upset on Thanksgiving!

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SUNDAY ONE O’CLOCK GAMES

(3-8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at (8-3) Carolina Panthers (-8)

BUCS AT PANTHERS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 at Detroit Lions 21   /  Carolina Panthers 20 at Miami Dolphins 16

Carolina are coming off their 8th straight win and are currently the 5th seed right behind division leader New Orleans (who they still have to play twice before the end of the season!). This can be considered another trap game, like last week against Miami, who they barely beat in the 4th quarter.

Tampa Bay seem to be surging, after starting 0-7 and have won 3 straight games. Our only reservation about taking them for the upset is that corner back Darrell Revis went out last week with a groin injury and that usually doesn’t heal 100% in 7 days.

We’ll reluctantly take:

PANTHERS

We don’t think they’ll cover the 8 point spread, so better to take Tampa for the points.

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(2-9) Jacksonville Jaguars at (4-7) Cleveland Browns (-6.5)

JAGS AT BROWNS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Jacksonville Jaguars 13 at Houston Texans 6  /   Pittsburgh Steelers 27 at Cleveland Brown 11

With another win last week over division rivals Texans, the Jags are no longer in last place in the league or in their division!

Browns third starting QB of the season Jason Campbell sustained a concussion in the third quarter last week and it looks like Cleveland are back to where they started in week 1 with quarterback Brandon Weeden, who took over, and will get the start against the Jags.

Because of Brandon Weeden, we pick:

JAGS

Better to avoid watching this game entirely… or take Jags and the points, as we predict no touchdowns and a final score of 6-3.

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(5-6) Tennessee Titans at (7-4) Indianapolis Colts (-4.5)

TITANS AT COLTS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Tennessee Titans 23 at Oakland Raiders 19  /  Indianapolis Colts 11 at Arizona Cardinals 40

Everyone is writing off the Colts, even though they still have a 2 game lead in their division lead over the Titans. We agree that the Trent Richardson trade was a joke, and find it disconcerting that they won’t admit to their mistake and run the ball with Donald Brown (only got 2 carries last week).

It’s hard for us to pick the Titans, as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick aka “The Amish Riffle” is streaky at best, even if he was growing a beard before it was hipster cool. Still, most analysts seem to be on the Titans’ bandwagon.

We hate bands and the wagons that carry them, so we’re going with:

COLTS

But if you can stay away from this game, then do.

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(8-3) New England Patriots (-9) at (2-9) Houston Texans

PATS AT TEXANS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Denver Broncos 31 at New England Patriots 34 (in OT)  /  Jacksonville Jaguars 13 at Houston Texans 6

This game is so lackluster that CBS flexed it out of it’s 4:25pm start and moved it back to 1:00pm (in favor of the Broncos-Chiefs re-match).

New England is coming off their Sunday night overtime victory over Denver. If you didn’t watch this game, what’s wrong with you? We know the Pats were down 24-0 at the half, but this was  Belichick and Brady at home.

Granted they had turned the ball over 3 times half way through the first quarter.

Our highlight was Brady’s attempted “tackle” on Von Miller after the Ridley fumble:

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But in the end it was Wes Welker who won the game, albeit for his old team:

welker muffed punted

Welker stepped up after the game and admitted it was all his fault.

Houston are terrible and now occupy the 32nd spot on most analysts’ team power rankings. Of course we’re taking:

PATS

And given how bad JJ Swatt and the Houston defence has been playing, expect New England to comfortably cover the 8 point spread. Patriots’ Back up QB Ryan Mallett could even make an appearance in the 4th quarter.

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(6-5) Chicago Bears (-1) at (2-8) Minnesota Vikings

BEARS AT VIKS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Chicago Bears 21 at Saint Louis Rams 42  /  Minnesota Vikings 26 at Green Bay Packers 26 (TIE)

Even the oddsmakers can’t really decide who should win this game as Chicago is still starting QB Josh McCown for the injured Jay Cutler and the Vikings are starting…. does it real matter anymore? We’re told it’s Ponder, but again, does it really matter anymore.

We flipped a coin and we’re taking:

BEARS

Stay away from this game…

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(5-6) Miami Dolphins at (5-6) New York Jets (-1)

FINS AT JETS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New York Jets 3 at Baltimore Ravens 19  / Carolina Panthers 20 at Miami Dolphins 16

Both teams have a losing record and are coming off losses, which is why oddsmakers again can’t decide who’s favored (anything under -3 should be considered a pick’em)

The Jets QB Geno Smith was really bad last week at Baltimore going 9/22 for 127 with 2 INTs. Perhaps he should consider switching to wide receiver. Our only highlight of this game was when Josh Cribs and Geno Smith switched positions, and Geno got a first down as a wide receiver:

cribbsgeno

As for Miami, our biggest confusion last week was when Miami coach Joe Philbin took a time out on defence with :46 left, when the Panthers had no time outs. It made no sense to us…

As the RealMrPlus pointed out, Joe Philbin looks like a clueless dad from an 80’s sitcom:

Joe+Philbin+Miami+Dolphins+Rookie+Camp+d754hXbIc2ol

At home, in the cold, we’ll take the home team:

 JETS

but we’re not confident about our pick and are tired of riding the Geno-coaster.

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(7-4) Arizona Cardinals at (6-5) Philadelphia Eagles (-3)

EAGLES AT CARDS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Indianapolis Colts 11 at Arizona Cardinals 40  /  Philadelphia Eagles: bye week

Apparently we now have to take Arizona seriously as they are now the 6th seed in the NFC. Carson Palmer has now gone two games in a row without throwing a pick.

However, Philadelphia QB Nick Foles has 16 TDs and 0 INTs, albeit in 5 starts (8 games played total this season).

While the Chip Kelly offense has not revolutionize football, we think it’s enough to beat Carson Palmer who’s due for a bad game on the road:

EAGLES

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FOUR O’CLOCK SUNDAY GAMES

(2-9) Atlanta Falcons at (4-7) Buffalo Bills (-3.5) — GAME IN TORONTO, CANADA

FALCONS AT BILLS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New Orleans Saints 17 at Atlanta Falcons 13  /  Buffalo Bills: bye week

This counts as one of Buffalo’s home games, although it will be played inside at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. We saw the Bills beat down the Jets live at Orchard Park, New York two weeks ago, but we can’t think of a bigger snooze fest than this game.

Because the Falcons are really bad and the Bills merely mediocre we’ll take:

BILLS

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(7-4) Cincinnati Bengals at (5-6) San Diego Chargers (-2)

BENGALS AT CHARGERS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

San Diego Chargers 41 at Kansas City Chiefs 28 / Cincinnati Bengals: bye week

The Chargers game last week against the Chief had 8 lead changes , culminating in this game winning touchdown from AJIROTUTU!!!

ChargersGameWinner

At -2 for San Diego is it virtually a pick ’em, but we feel that Cincy, coming off the bye will have the edge, and Phillip Rivers is always inconsistent, especially this time of year, so we’ll take:

BENGALS

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(5-6) Saint Louis Rams at (7-4) San Francisco 49ers (-9.5)

RAMS AT 49ERS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Chicago Bears 21 at Saint Louis Rams 42  /  San Fransisco 49ers 27 at Washington Redskins 6

This is a division game with SF coming off a short week with victory over Washington on Monday Night Football. Although the Rams had a convincing win at home last week against the Bears, we think with the return of Kapernick’s favorite target, wide receiver Michael Crabtree,  we can’t help but pick:

49ERS

who, at home, should cover the spread.

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(9-2) Denver Broncos (-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

BRONCOS AT CHIEFS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Denver Broncos 31 at New England Patriots 34 (in OT)  / San Diego Chargers 41 at Kansas City Chiefs 28

Both teams lost last week and both teams are both 9-2, with Broncos having the lead because they beat KC two weeks ago. They play for all the marbles, as the winner will lead with the 1st seed in the AFC regardless of how everyone else plays.

Peyton seemed to struggle in the cold in the cold last week against the Patriots, and the big move was Belichick deferring to the Broncos in overtime, so that they could play offense with the wind. Basically saying we don’t think Peyton can throw into the wind, in this cold, after playing for 60 minutes.

We doubt this will be an issue against Kansas City, so we pick:

BRONCOS

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(4-7) New York Football Giants (-1.5) at (3-8) Washington Redskins

GIANTS AT REDSKINS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

Dallas Cowboys 24 at New York Football Giants 21  /  San Fransisco 49ers 27 at Washington Redskins 6

Not much of an evening game, but I guess NBC couldn’t flex the Denver-KC game into prime time twice in three weeks.

We could care less about either of these team, but we’ll pick:

GIANTS

But we wouldn’t put any money on it.

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(9-2) New Orleans Saints at (10-1) Seattle Seahawks (-6)

SAINTS AT SEAHAWKS

LAST WEEK’S GAMES FOR BOTH TEAMS:

New Orleans Saints 17 at Atlanta Falcons 13  /  Seattle Seahawks: bye week

This is definitely the game of week. Both teams are well rested, Seattle coming off a bye, and New Orleans having played on Thursday night last week. It is also their first game together since the playoffs two years ago where the Seattle won their division with a 7-9 record, forcing the Saints at 10-6 into a road playoff game (and a loss)

We’re annoyed that the Saints didn’t cover the 9.5 point spread last week against the Falcons. TheRealMrPlus says this was predictable.  I’m going to avoid the Christmas rush and start hating him now.

Our highlight of this game was when Jimmy Graham bent the uprights with his post TD signature dunk. Wonder if he’ll get fined by the league for wrecking their shit:

Graham week 12 dunk

Nice work Jimmy

Graham bent goal posts

For this reason alone we pick:

SAINTS

Prepare to get bent, Seattle.

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WEEK 11 RECAP / WEEK 12 PICKS

This week we’re using Charles Sollars’ helmet redesigns to illustrate the game match ups:

http://www.brobible.com/sports/slideshow/gallery-awesome-nfl-concept-helmets

He also has redesigns for college football helmets too.

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No podcast this week and our coverage is less in depth, as we did not watch NFL Redzone, because we were at the Bills-Jets game in Orchard Park, New York:

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THURSDAY NIGHT GAME

(4-6) Tennessee Titans 30 at (7-3) Indianapolis Colts 27

titans at colts

The Titans got off to a good start going up 14 points in the first quarter, on one drive being gifted three 15 point penalties in a row from Colts, including this disgraceful play from Erik Walden, pulling off Delanie Walker’s helmet…

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and then head butting him:

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He will likely be fined by the league and the rules committee will no doubt amend the rules  to make this an automatic ejection. Currently a player can only be ejected for using a helmet as a weapon, but head butting a helmet-less player is currently a gray area.

Supposedly Andrew Luck gave a fiery half time speech and the Colts managed, once again, to come from behind and win the game. The turning point really came at the end of the third quarter after the Titans fumbled and lost a kick off return, which lead to this Andrew Luck running touchdown where he froze out the linebacker who thought he was going to throw it:

andrew luck td run

Our other favourite part of the coverage of this game was when NFL Network threw up this info-graphic comparing Ryan Fitzpatrick with Alex Smith:

fitzpatrick&alexmsith nflnetwork graphic

Both are back-up worthy stats. We’d still chose Fitzy over Smith, because Fitzy will at least throw crazy down field Favre-like passes into triple coverage!

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ONE O’CLOCK SUNDAY GAMES

(5-5) New York Jets 14 at (4-7) Buffalo Bills 37

jets at bills

We’re tired of riding the Geno-coaster and we want off. So did Rex Ryan, as he pulled the QB in the 4th quarter and put in back up Matt Sims, after Smith had thrown 3 picks (one pick 6) and fumbled multiple times (one resulting in a turnover).

It seems ridiculous now that we posted a Bleacher Report video last week predicting a Saints- Jets Superbowl.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1841980-nfl-bracketology-for-week-10?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nfl

What’s even more ridiculous is that the Jets are still currently the projected 6th seed in the AFC, although with the Dolphins also at 5-5 and seven other teams at 4-6, it’s probably only temporary:

playoff picture week11

Now 10 games into the season is Geno Smith really an upgrade over Mark Sanchez?

They both know how to butt fumble:

sanchez butt fumble

geno butt20

Sigh…

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(4-6) Baltimore Ravens 20 at (6-4) Chicago Bears 23

ravens at bears

This game experienced a 2 hour weather delay due to thunderstorms at Soldier Field, and then went to overtime, so it took almost 6 hours from start to finish.

Not much to say here other than Flacco and the Ravens are pathetic as defending Superbowl champions and that Bears back-up QB Josh McCown might be better than Jay Cutler who didn’t start because he was injured (again).

Our only other comment on this game was this screen grab from the local broadcast posted on Gawker.com… What’s wrong with this picture?

bears storm

Gawker link: http://gawker.com/bears-game-postponed-but-the-action-is-just-starting-1466258091?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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(4-6) Cleveland Browns 20 at (7-4) Cincinnati Bengals 41

browns at cincy

Rusty Dalton and the Bengals bounce back with a decisive win over the Browns and 3rd starting QB of the season Jason Campbell.

We had high hopes for the Browns and had placed them in a 3 game parlay bet with the Jets and the Steelers. Despite getting 13 unanswered points in the first quarter, the Bengals bounced back scoring 31 points in the second quarter and eventually winning the game by 3 scores.

Cincinnati are now in first place in the AFC North at 7-4 with Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all at 4-6.

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(4-6) Oakland Raiders 28 at (2-8) Houston Texans 23

raiders at texans

The story of this game was that Gary Kubiak, back fromh is stroke two weeks ago, decided to pull Case Keenum from the game in the 4th quarter and Matt Schaub back in. The crowd’s booing at home was so loud that the Texans had to switch to a silent snap count.

Disgraceful.

This lead to Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub having it out on the sidelines…

matt-schaub-and-andre-johnson-have-words-after-loss-to-oakland

…and Johnson storming off to the locker room with :58 seconds left in the game.

Not good.

andre-johnson-walks-off-field

We think Gary Kubiak should get fired, but naming Wade Phillips as your interim coach could actually make things worse.

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(6-4) Arizona Cardinals 27 at (1-9) Jacksonville Jaguars 14

cards at jags

Somehow, without any one really noticing, the Arizona Cardinals are now 6-4. Carson Palmer was 30/42, 419 yards, 2 TDs and NO INTERCEPTIONS (the first game of the season where he’s thrown no picks).

While currently the 7th seed, we doubt the Cards will make the playoff, ahead of Green Bay, Dallas,  Chicago, or even the New York Football Giants in the NFC:

playoff picture week11

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(3-7) Washington Redskins 16 at (6-5) Philadelphia Eagles 24

redskins at eagles

Is it time to believe in Nick Foles? With these stats in 5 starts, he seems to have won the starting job over Michael Vick for the remainder of the season:

foles stats

RG3 on the other hand is clearly having a sophomore slump:

rg3 stats

At his post game press conference he seemed to criticize the coaches, and veteran receiver Santana Moss said Wednesday that Griffin needs to share the blame for the team’s shortcomings:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000284007/article/rgiii-philadelphia-eagles-d-knew-what-was-coming

While the Redskins won’t make the playoffs this year, neither RG3 nor the Shanahans are going anywhere in 2014, where barring injury, the duo should bounce back to 2012 form.

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(6-4) Detroit Lions 27 at (4-6) Pittsburgh Steelers 37

lions at steelers

The Steelers pulled the only underdog win of the week despite being forced to wear their 1934 “bumble bee” uniforms at home:

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If you’re interested you can buy this jersey on eBay for $99.99:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PITTSBURGH-STEELERS-Ben-Roethlisberger-Alternate-Throwback-Game-Jersey-XL-/281210045276

But don’t be surprised if the Steeler fans justifiably beat the shit out of you for wearing it.

The biggest criticism of the game was this failed fake field goal by the Lions:

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Dick Lebeau and the much maligned Steeler’s defense manage to neutralize the Lions and Calvin Johnson who scored 0 points in the second half. Currently the projected 10th seed, no one in the AFC wants this team to heat up and get a wild card spot. Here’s their remaining schedule:

steelers sched

Even if they lose to Green Bay and Cincinnati, they’ll still be 8-8 which just might be enough to get them a 6th seed.

Don’t sleep on the Steelers.

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(2-8) Atlanta Falcons at (2-8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

falcons at bucs

The Falcons are bad, and on most analysts’ team power ranking, they have replaced Tampa Bay at the 31st spot (the Jags are universally 32nd).

The Buccaneers might finally be righting the ship with their 2nd win of the season after starting 6-0, and coach Mike Schiano might keep his job (he is only in his 2nd year of a 5 year contract).

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FOUR O’CLOCK GAMES

(4-6) San Diego Chargers 16 at (5-5) Miami Dolphins 20

miami at chargers

Not much to say here except that Phil Rivers and the Chargers can’t seem to get the wins when they should.

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(6-4) San Francisco 49ers 20 at (8-2) New Orleans Saints 23

49ers at Saints

The turning point of this game was the roughing the passer penalty by Ahmad Brooks (who was later fined $15,750 by the NFL). Watch it here in freaky super motion:

DrewBreesNeckSuperSloMo

This penalty set up the Saints to win by field goal with no seconds left.

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(5-5) Green Bay Packers 13 at (4-6) New York Giants 27

giants at packers

The Packers without Aaron Rodgers are not the same team. Scott Tolzien threw 3 picks, including this pick 6 right to Jason Pierre Paul. Like taking candy from a baby:

JPPInt on Tolzien

While the Packers will no doubt bounce back when Rodgers returns (could be week 13, Thanksgiving against Detroit), it’s the Giants that might run the tables and beat out everyone else in their division for a 4th seed. Here’s their remaining schedule:

giants sched

They can conceivably beat all these teams (even the Seahawks who they play at home). Like the Steelers, this is not a team any one wants to play coming off a late season hot streak in the playoffs (especially New England in an another Superbowl match up). We’ve all seen this movie before.

Don’t sleep on the Giants.

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Minnesota Vikings 20 at Seattle Seahawks 41

 viks at seahawks

Another “who cares” game. Minnesota are bad and still can’t decide who their bad quarterback is, with both Ponder and Cassel getting a chance to disgrace themselves.

Percy Harvin was back after injury and ran this kick off back 58 yards:

HavringReturn

The Seahawks are definitely clicking on all cylinders and currently the #1 seed in the NFC and getting their bye next week. Here’s their remaining schedule:

seattle sked

We believe all these games are winnable and especially look forward to their Monday night game against the Saints, a re-match of the wild card round in the 2010 playoffs where Marshawn Lynch’s  67 yard touchdown run caused a seismic event:

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Kansas City Chiefs 17 at Denver Broncos 27

chiefs at Broncos

This went as we predicted. Alex Smith and the Chiefs are a good team that can beat bad teams, but they can’t beat a great team. We predict they will also lose in week 13 when they play the Broncos again at home. While we love to criticize Alex Smith, we must give him credit for playing well and his receivers dropping some very catch-able balls.

KC’s defense failed to rattle Peyton Manning and got no sacks.

We and everyone else is also questioning Andy Ried’s decision not go for it on 4th down when down by 2 scores with 8 minutes left. We think it speaks to Ried’s opinion of Alex Smith as a game manager and his inability to make big clutch plays.

So much for winning a Superbowl with that opinion of your QB. While KC will likely make the playoffs, we are sure they will be one and done, whether they play in the wild card or divisional round.

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

New England Patriots 20 at Carolina Panthers 24

pats at panthers

The most impressive play of this game was Cam Newton’s run in the second half where he caused 4 Patriots defenders to miss.

We suggest watching the GIF of this play with the Benny Hill “Wacky Sax” theme as its soundtrack:

cam newton run

But the real controversy of the game was the final play, where a flag was thrown for holding/pass interference against the Gronk, and then picked up as a no call:

Gronk defensiveholding

The non-call is explained in this post game interview with referee Clete Blakeman:

http://nesn.com/2013/11/officials-defend-call-at-end-of-patriots-panthers-game-to-pick-up-flag-on-luke-kuechly-rob-gronkowski-pass-interference/

Their reasoning was that Gronkowski couldn’t have made a play on the ball so there was no foul. While we agree it’s not pass interference, it does look like holding.

Brady was not happy:

tom-brady yells at ref

NFL VP of Officiating gives his explanation, in which he refused to throw his referees under the bus, but he does explain the rule as: if the defender is touching the receiver prior to when the ball is touched, it’s holding:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap2000000284753/Blandino-We-feel-the-officials-followed-proper-protocol

We count three seconds in slow motion of defensive contact before the ball is intercepted, and therefore we think it was a bad call. Given that the NFL likes to err on the side of the offense, they should have let Brady & co. run one more play.

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WEEK 12 PICKS

Bolded are E Dog Ditty’s picks. Listen to the Thursday podcast to hear TheRealPlus give his:

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(8-2) New Orleans Saints (-9.5) at (2-8) Atlanta Falcons

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SUNDAY ONE O’CLOCK GAMES

(5-5) New York Jets at (4-6) Baltimore Ravens (-4)

(4-6) Pittsburgh Steelers at (4-6) Cleveland Browns (-2)

(2-8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at (6-4) Detroit Lions (-9.5)

(2-8) Minnesota Vikings at (5-5) Green Bay Packers (-5)

(1-9) Jacksonville Jaguars at (2-8) Houston Texans (-10) ***WORST GAME OF THE WEEK***

(4-6) San Diego Chargers at (9-1) Kansas City Chiefs (-5)

(7-3) Carolina Panthers (-4) at (5-5) Miami Dolphins

(6-4) Chicago Bears (pk) at (4-6) Saint Louis Rams (pk)

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SUNDAY FOUR O’CLOCK GAMES

(7-3) Indianapolis Colts at (6-4) Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)

(4-6) Tennessee Titans at (4-6) Oakland Raiders (-1.5)

(5-5) Dallas Cowboys at (4-6) New York Giants (-2.5)

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(9-1) Denver Broncos (-2.5) at (7-3) New England Patriots

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

(6-4) San Francisco 49ers (-4.5) at (3-7) Washington Redskins

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WEEK 10 RECAP / WEEK 11 PICKS

Here is the week 10 recap podcast. We’ve decided to re-tool the blog and release it later in the week so we can review all the games, not just those on Redzone.

We’ve also included a preview of next week’s games (week 11) along with our picks.

You  can also download the podcast at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/53johnsons-podcasts/id705309250

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This week we’ll be using Max O’Brien’s re-designed NFL logos:

ospreydawn NFL LOGOS

You can check out his website at http://www.ospreydawn.com/

and find the full res images here as well: http://imgur.com/a/yGJKk#byXKkRj

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We posted this earlier in the week on our facebook fanpage, but it bears mentioning again here:

johnsonchart

Follow the link here: http://www.sbnation.com/2013/11/6/5064338/breaking-madden-calvin-johnson-lions?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=nextclicks&utm_campaign=articlebottom

He signs every player named Johnson to the Lions in Madden. The result is the the best wide receiver core in the history of the NFL with Calvin (99), Andre (97), Stevie (89), Damaris (67). Unfortunately, there are very few kickers named Johnson, so point afters and field goals are a problem:

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Washington Redskins 27 at Minnesota Vikings 34

redskins vikings

We have been boycotting the Thursday night games for the last few weeks but decided to watch this one, if for no other reason that Uwin.com gave us a free $10 parlay bet which we placed on the Vikings.

Due to injuries, the Vikings only dressed 44 players instead of the allowed 46, and this included all 3 quarterbacks (Ponder, Cassel and Freeman).

Ponder dislocated his shoulder in the third quarter lunging for a touchdown (which was short of the goal line and overturned on review):

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Fortunately, it was his non-throwing shoulder, and given they don’t play for another 10 days he may still start in week 11 when they face the Seahawks. Cassel closed the game, and given he accounts for their only other win in London against the Steelers, we’re not sure why the Vikings have gone back to Ponder.

The biggest almost blunder of the game was when the Vikings decided to call a time out with :38 seconds left in the game, with the Redskins in the red zone and with no timeouts of their own. You could see Greg Jennings freaking out at this point as he clearly doesn’t agree with the coach’s decision to stop the clock:

jennings

Even if the Vikings garner a few more wins, we won’t be surprised if Coach Leslie Frazier gets his pink slip at the end of the season. We agree with Greg Jennings that this was a bone headed move, that fortunately didn’t cost them the game.

The only other highlight of the night was NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci arriving to the game on back of Ragnar’s motorcycle:
ragnar and steve

This is also the first GIF file we have created ourselves from video and we’re pretty proud of it.

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THE ONE O’CLOCK SUNDAY GAMES

Buffalo Bills 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers 23
Bills Steelers

Even though the Bills picked off Roethlisberger on his first series, they couldn’t disappointed couldn’t pulls off the upset win, even with E.J. Manuel back as QB.

Neither QB put up great numbers and there was very little excitement in this game.

he biggest story seemed to be a rumor that Big Ben will be seeking a trade at the end of season. Roethlisberger denied the rumor after the game.

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Seattle Seahawks 33 at Atlanta Falcons 10

seahawks falcons

Seahawks get it done on the road against a floundering Falcon’s.

Our only comment is to Mike Smith who needs to throw his challenge flags with flourish instead of placing in gently on the field in front of the referee.

Golden Tate’s one handed catch and touchdown at the end of the first half was definitely the play of the game.

tatecatch

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Cincinnati Bengals 17 at Baltimore Ravens 20

bengals at ravens

This was the only over time time, caused a ridiculous Hail Mary play by Rusty Dalton play at the end of the game connects with A.J. Green off a deflection:
aj green

Despite this catch that tied the game, they failed to score in OT, despite winning the toss. Doesn’t help when you do this on 4th down:

bernard ot run
This was a division game and dominated by bad quarterback play on both sides of the ball with Rusty Dalton and Joe Flacco being sacked 5 times each. Dalton was picked off 3 times and Flacco twice.

Terrible game.

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Detroit Lions 21 at Chicago Bears 19

bear lions

This was not the offensive shoot out we thought it would be with Smokin’ Jay Cutler returning from injury to QB for Chicago. He ended up rolling his ankle and Josh McCown came in with 2:13 left in the game and throws to Marshall with :40 left. Chicago failed on the 2 point conversion even after drawing a penalty on the first attempt and getting a do over. Nick Fairly stuffed the Forte on the run and Detroits won.

Here’s is Fairley’s high step celebration after stopping the 2 point conversion:
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Philadelphia Eagles 27 at Green Bay Packers 13

eagles GB

The Packers lost at home after losing starting back-up QB Seneca Wallace with a groin pull in the first half:

wallace

Enter Scott Tolzien, signed from the practice squad this week. The results were not good:
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Meanwhile Philadelphia’s Nick Foles was channeling his inner Brett Favre at Lambeau field throwing into double coverage to DeSeann Jackson for the first of 3 touchdown passes in this game:

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Needless to say, Green Bay is supposed to work out former back up QB Mat Flynn who was cut by Oakland and the Bills this year.

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Saint Louis Rams 38 at Indianapolis Colts 8

rams colts

This was definitely the WTF game of the week where Saint Louis marched into Indianapolis and blew them out.
Andrew Luck had a terrible game, fumbling the ball in the first quarter that has recovered by the Rams who ran it back for a touchdown:

ChrisLongFumbleTD

and then it all went down hill from there. Trayvon Austin scored on this special teams play where there was clearly confusion on the Colts’ part as to whether he had called for the fair catch:
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Andrew Luck was pick 3 times, all in the red zone and were only able to score once in the second half.

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Oakland Raiders 20 at New York Giants 24

raiders giants

The Giants fumbled and lost the ball on the initial kick off, resulting in the Raiders scoring within 45 seconds of the start of the game with a run from Pryor. Despite this bad start the Giants manged to get the win at home and having started the season winless are now 3-6, and only 2 games out of first place in the NFC East division where Philly and Dallas share first place at 5-5.

We are contemplating taking a small wager on the Giants to win the Super Bowl, where they’re now 10-1 odds as they could still win the division and make a run…

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Jacksonville Jaguars 29 at Tennessee Titans 27

jags titans

Tennessee also fumble it’s initial kickoff return, resulting in Jacksonville scoring early. Jake Locker went out and back-up Titan’s QB Ryan “The Amish Rifle” Fitzpatrick took over in the second quarter. But the Titans couldn’t get it done at home and the Jaguars get their fist win of the season and are now 1-8.

On Monday, the Titans placed Jake Locker on IR with a lizfranc injury so it looks like it’s Fitzy time in Tennessee for the rest of season.

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THE FOUR O’CLOCK SUNDAY GAMES

Carolina Panthers 10 at San Francisco 49ers 9

panthers 49ers

This was a defensive grind, with Carolina holding on for the biggest underdog win of the week on the road. Their defense was able to hold Kapernick and the 49ers to just 3 field goals and no touchdowns. As a result there weren’t many highlight on NFL Redzone.

Play of the game was when running back Mike Tolbert ran into and over Eric Reid:
mike tolbert hit

Both teams would earn the playoff wild slots in the NFC if the season ended today, as both teams are now 6-3 records.

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Houston Texans 24 at Arizona Cardinals 27

texans cards

Not much to say here. The Texans failed again to get a win with QB Case Keenum and fall to 2-7 on the season. Arizona are now 5-4, and can be considered to be in the hunt for a wild card spot in the playoffs.

The Texans released safety Ed Reed on Tuesday and placed him on waivers… this means he getting $6 million for playing 7 games. Not to shabby…

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Denver Broncos 28 at San Diego Chargers 20

broncos chargers

Denver got it down, coming off a bye with coach John Fox, who is recovery from heart surgery.

Payton Manning had an average day throwing only 4 TDs for 300 yards going 25/36. Hoepfully Manning with pull himself out this slump and point some points on the board down the stretch.

Next week the Broncos host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in the marquee division match up of week 11.

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Dallas Cowboys 17 at New Orleans Saints 49

cowboys saints

What can we say: Drew Brees is awesome at 34/41,  392 yards and 4 TDs.

Tony Romo is not quite so awesome at 10/24, 128 yards and 1 TD.

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 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Miami Dolphins 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22

dolphins bucs

Bucs got their first win of the season going up 12 points (1 TD, 1 FG and 1 safety) before Miami woke up at the end of the first half and started stopping them and putting points on the board.

Our favourite highlight of this game was when 6’6″/340Lbs eligible tackle Donald Penn score the first touchdown of the night and makes the dunk:

DONALD PENN TD

Save that ball, big guy!

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WEEK 11 PICKS

We’re going to start giving our picks for the upcoming week. The spread numbers are from uwin.com as of Tuesday afternoon. Bold indicates E Dogg Ditty’s pick…

Thursday

Indianapolis Colts (-3) at Tennessee Titans

Sunday

Atlanta Falcons  at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (pk)

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-1.5) (NOTE: E Dogg and the RealMrPlus will be at this game in Orchard Park, New York))

Detroit Lions (-1.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)

San Diego Chargers (-1) at Miami Dolphins

Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears (-2.5)

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-5.5)

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans (-7.5)

Arizona Cardinals (-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-13.5)

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (-3)

Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (-7)

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-9.5)

Monday

New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (-2.5)

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NFL REDZONE 2013 RECAP FOR WEEK 9

Here is the week 9 podcast and sadly the 2013 is now officially past the half way point:

You can also download the podcast from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/53johnsons-podcasts/id705309250

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New Orleans Saints 20 at New York Jets 26

Family moment: the Ryan brothers before the game with their dad Buddy:

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Jimmy Graham may be be better than Gronk, as he drags a Jets CB 6 yards after the tackle for the TD:

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Kansas City Chiefs 23 at Buffalo Bills 13

We thought it was Tuel time. But no…

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Here’s the Chief schedule with the scores of the games so far. As you can see, none of these teams even as of the end of week 9 is better than .500 (with the exception of Dallas at .566 or 5-4). However in their remaining 7 games after the bye week, they still have to face division rivals Broncos and Chargers twice, and the Colts in week 16.

Mercury Morris should be chilling his champagne…

chiefs sked

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Atlanta Falcons 10 at Carolina Panthers 34

Know your Newtons:

know your Newtons

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Here’s last year’s press conference on October 21, 2012, where Cam Newton asks for a suggestion box at 2:25 of this video:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/carolina-panthers/0ap2000000083137/Newton-I-m-gonna-bring-in-a-suggestion-box

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Tennessee Titans back-up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick appropriating Cam Newton’s touchdown celebration move in week 5:

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Minnesota Vikings 23 at Dallas Cowboys 27

Not much to say about this game, except for this catch:

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…and Bez Bryant pulling an Emmitt Smith:

dez-bryant-unsportsmanlike-for-taking-helmet-off

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Tennessee Titans 28 at Saint Louis Rams 21

Jeff Fisher bowl. Who cares.

Here’s a game changing fumble if you do care:

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San Diego Chargers 24 at Washington Redskins 30 (Final OT)

Highlight: Blocked field goal:
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The Remaining games:

Philadelphia Eagles 49 at Oakland Raiders 20

Tampa Bay Bucs 24 at Seattle Seahawks 27

Baltimore Ravens  18 at Cleveland Browns 24

Pittsburgh Steelers 31 at New England Patriots 55

and Sunday night:

Indianapolis Colts 27 at Houston Texans 24

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CORRECTION:

E Dogg Ditty mentioned in the podcast that T.J. Yates was QBing for Chicago on Monday night. T.J. Yates was the former back-up QB for the Houston Texans last season. Chicago’s back-up quarter back is in fact Josh McCown, who lead the Bears convincingly to victory over the Green Bay Packers 27-20.
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NFL REDZONE 2013 RECAP FOR WEEK 8

HERE IS THE WEEK 8 PODCAST:

You can also download on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/53johnsons-podcasts/id705309250

We’re back from our bye week in week 7 (due to the fact that E. Dogg Ditty was in New York City and went to the Jets-Patriots game at the Meadowlands). This was my view of the gridiron:

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This week we’re using these awesome team logos re-imagined as Game of Thrones house sigils. For more visit this site:

http://whatshotdjroomba.minus.com/uploads

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San Francisco 48ers 42 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10  in London, UK

SF-JAX

At this point the question becomes will Jacksonville go 0-16

As The RealMrPlus points out, it’s not the best example of the NFL when you’re sending losing teams across the pond to represent the shield. Pittsburgh and Minnesota were hardly great examples of NFL play either when they played at Wembley in week 4.

In 2014 there will be 3 games played in London: Cowboys verses Jacksonville, Atlanta verses Detroit, and Oakland verses Miami

And they do indeed sing “God Save The Queen” before the game (or at least they did in week 4):

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Cleveland Browns 17 at Kansas City Chiefs 23

CLE-KC

Until the second half, Alex Smith hasn’t thrown a TD pass in 144 attempts (since week 4) because he’s a boring GAME MANAGER

Here’s the flea flicker and touchdown for Cleveland in second quarter (love the flea flicker):

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KC WOLF is the mascot for Kansas City Chiefs:

KC_Wolf

Here’s the website for The Mascot Hall of Fame:

http://www.mascothalloffame.com/

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Miami Dolphins 17 at New England Patriots 27

NE-MIA

Miami QB Ryan Tannehill and his hot wife Lauren:

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Here’s Stevan Ridley’s “drawing a door” touchdown celebration. This has to stop:

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Buffalo Bills  17 at New Orleans Saints 35

BUF-NO

This was Thad Lewis’ 3rd fumble of the game:

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New York Football Giants 15 at Philadelphia Eagles 7

NYG-PHI

WORST PLAY AND SCORE OF THE AFTERNOON:

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Dallas Cowboys 30 at Detroit Lions 31

DAL-DET

THE BEST PLAY/SCORE OF THE AFTERNOON:

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Matt Stafford goes rogue

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THE 4 O’CLOCK GAMES:

Pittsburgh Steelers 18 at Oakland Raiders 21

PIT-OAK

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Atlanta Falcons 13 at Arizona Cardinals 27

ATL-ARI

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Washington Redskins 21 at Denver Broncos 45

WAS-DEN

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New York Jets 9 at Cincinnati Bengals 49

NYJ-CIN

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NFL REDZONE 2013 RECAP FOR WEEK 6

There is no podcast this week as TheRealMrPlus was out of town for Canadian Thanksgiving. We have instead presented a more detailed version of the blog with game by game break downs of all the action from week 6’s Sunday afternoon NFL Redzone match ups.

We will be on a bye next week as E Dogg Ditty will be out of town (in New York City and he will be attending the Patriots at Jets game. GO JETS!!!).

The podcast and blog will return in all its glory for week 8!

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We stumbled upon an interesting re-design of all 32 NFL logos by Max O’Brien:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1779000-redesigned-logos-for-every-nfl-team

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We’ve used these logos to illustrates the week 6 match ups.

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cincy at buf

Cincinnati 27 – Buffalo 25
(Our Picks: Cincinnati)

This was the most entertaining game of the early afternoon, and the only game to go to overtime. The most frustrating aspect of this game was Cincinnati deciding to go for it on 4th down in the red zone on their first possession. This makes no sense. Chicago did likewise in their Thursday night match up against the Giants (and as result failed to cover the points spread of 7.5 as they only won by 6). When the score is 0-0 what is the logic of trying to score a touchdown on 4th down when you can easily kick the field goal? NONE! If Cincy had kicked the FG on their first possession, they might have handily won the game in regulation, instead of contending with Buffalo tying the game with 1:08 left.

In the end, Cincinnati got the win in overtime and is in first place in the AFC North with a record of 4-2.

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101301/2013/REG6/bengals@bills#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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Car at Min

Carolina 35 – Minnesota 10

(Our Picks: E Dogg = Carolina; TheRealMrPlus = Minnesota)

Whereas Chicago and the aforementioned Cincinnati decided to go for it on 4th down in the red zone on their first possession and failed to score, Carolina went for it  and scored. I guess the counter argument for this strategy is the momentum a team gets by risking no score and getting that first touchdown. Minnesota was barely ever in this game, and given their off field turmoil, this was not surprising.

Minnesota was on their bye week prior to this game and acquired QB Josh Freeman from Tampa Bay. This obviously sends a message that coaches and management are not convinced that either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel are the future for the franchise and indeed one or both of these signal callers will not be on the roster next season. This couldn’t have done much to Cassel’s confidence in this game as he knows his days are numbered until Freeman gets up to speed and gets the start.

There was also the horrific news that Adrian Peterson’s 2 year old son had been beaten to death by his ex-wife’s boyfriend. We were surprised that AP played in this game as we’re sure his mind was elsewhere.

Carolina is proving to be one of those inconsistent teams, that like the Jets, seem to show up every other week. After beating the Giants in week 3, 38-0, they went into a bi for week 4 and then were beaten last week by the Cardinals. We’ll have a hard time picking them at home against the Rams next week as their pattern indicates they’ll lose…

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101305/2013/REG6/panthers@vikings#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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oakland at KC

Kansas City 24 – Oakland 10

(Our picks = KC)

The Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated with game manager Alex Smith as quarterback… let’s see what happens in week 11 and 13 when they have to face division rival and the only remaining undefeated team in the league: the Denver Broncos. I think the wheels will come off the bus in both match ups at home and at mile high. However, for now it’s conceivable that they can win their next 3 games before getting a bye in week 10. They’re at home against Houston next week (big win), at home against Cleveland week 8 (should win) and on the road against Buffalo week 9 (also a should win).

All that being said, one has to admire the progress of Terrell Pryor whose throws from the pocket are improving. He was 18/34 with 216 yards passing with a touch down a further 60 yards rushing (on 10 carries). You just can’t win when you get sacked 10 times in a game.

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101304/2013/REG6/raiders@chiefs#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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pitt at nyj

Pittsburgh 19 – New York Jets  6

(Our picks: E Dogg = NYJ; TheRealMrPlus = Pittsburgh)

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ordered all games out of the locker room this week and apparently no shuffle board for Big Ben has finally resulted in their first win of the season and the Steelers are finally “off the schneid”.

Incidentally, here’s the origins of that expression from  http://www.word-detective.com/

“To be “on the schneid” means to be on a losing streak, racking up a series of losing, and especially scoreless, games. “Schneid” is actually short for “schneider,” a term originally used in the card game of gin, meaning to prevent an opponent from scoring any points. “Schneider” entered the vocabulary of gin from German (probably via Yiddish), where it means “tailor.” Apparently the original sense was that if you were “schneidered” in gin you were “cut” (as if by a tailor) from contention in the game. “Schneider” first appeared in the literature of card-playing about 1886, but the shortened form “schneid” used in other sports is probably of fairly recent vintage.”

So now you know.

We (E Dogg) know we were doomed in picking the Jets this weeks after their upset victory against Atlanta last Monday. Like the Carolina Panthers, the Jets and QB Geno Smith seem only to show up every other week. This does however bode well for next week’s divisional match up at home against the Patriots (and incidentally E Dogg has tickets to this game at the Meadowlands. GO JETS!!!)

One interesting statistical match up mentioned by the CBS commentators Jim Nantz is that the Steelers are the least penalized team this season, whereas the Jets have are the most penalized. The Jets did not disappoint in this regard racking up 7 penalties for 49 yards for this game.

Overall not an exciting game for NFL Redzone with only one TD being scored in the whole game in the third quarter.

NFL.com re-cap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101306/2013/REG6/steelers@jets#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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det at cle

Detroit 31 – Cleveland 17

(Our Picks: Detroit)

Not much to note about this game, as it went pretty much as predicted. The momentum Cleveland had with QB Brian Hoyer is starting to dissipate with Brandon Weedon and his slow release.

Weeden was especially ridiculous with this 4th quarter ball flip and interception:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000262575/article/brandon-weedens-int-in-browns-loss-to-live-in-infamy

The Browns managed to squander a 10 point lead at the half and lose at home.

The best highlight of the day on NFL Redzone was the Weiner Dog racing at half time, which as Scott Hanson said: “Cleveland wins half time” (but not the game).

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NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101302/2013/REG6/lions@browns#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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GB at baltimore

Green Bay 19 – Baltimore 17

(Our picks: Green Bay)

Not an exciting game with nothing but 2 field goals for Green Bay in the first half (yes, the score at the half was 6-0). The most ridiculous play of the game was a blocked punt on the Ravens that they somehow managed to recover and advance for a 1st down:

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Also, the Ravens defied all football logic by going for it on 4th down when down 0-3 in in the 2nd quarter when in the red zone. KICK THE FIELD GOAL AND TIE THE GAME.

The other highlight of this game was referee Gene Steratore’s 45 second long explanation at the end of 2nd quarter after Randall Cobb’s catch and injury. Truly articulate:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/settle-listen-longest-ref-explanation-ever-215602303–nfl.html

Neither of these teams looks ready for the playoffs and Green Bay is in trouble with the loss of Randall Cobb and James Jones in this game, and Clay Matthews still out for the next few weeks with a broken thumb.

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101300/2013/REG6/packers@ravens#menu=highlights&tab=recap&recap=quicktake

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rams texans

Saint Louis 38 – Houston 13

(Our picks: Houston)

Saint Louis spanked the Texans at home, and the wheels have definitely come off the Texans bus. The low point of this game was when QB Matt Schaub was injured and the crowd cheered. This after an incident earlier in the week where a bunch of disgruntled fans showed up at the QB’s house to express their displeasure with him. STAY CLASSY HOUSTON!

The classless fans got their wish as back up QB T.J. Yates finished the game with a 2 interceptions.  In the words of Smokin’ Jay Cutler:

The other off field highlight of this blow out was a tweet from former QB Vince Young:

vince young tweet

We’d go after Tebow first…

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101303/2013/REG6/rams@texans#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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eagles at tb

Philadelphia 31 – Tampa Bay 20

(Our pick: Philly)

Nick Foles gets the start as QB and had an impressive day with 3 TDs: 2 passing and 1 rushing. The Tampa Bay Bucs are still on a winless streak after trading away QB Josh Freeman to Minnesota last week. Tampa Bay lead at the half, but still managed to lose. We predict coach Schinao will be the first to get fired this season. On the upside they will probably get the first or second pick in the 2014 draft.

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101307/2013/REG6/eagles@buccaneers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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jac at den

 Denver 35 – Jacksonville 19

(Our picks: Denver)

This game had the auspicious honor of having the highest points spread of any game in NFL history (Denver by 28). Jacksonville kept it interesting by faking a punt and going for it on 4th down when still on their side of the field in the 1st quarter. While Denver was always in control of this game, the Jaguars did not embarrass themselves and put up a valiant effort, even though they are still winless at 0-6.

Here are Peyton Manning’s stats at the end of week 6. You cannot stop him you can only hope to contain him:

peyton manning end of week 6 stats

At this rate he’ll put 58 TDs on the season. Oh, and Denver’s defence gets Von Miller back next week as his suspension is over. So to any team having to play them, we again defer to Smoking Jay Cutler’s words of wisdom:

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101308/2013/REG6/jaguars@broncos#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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cards at SF

San Francisco 32 – Arizona 22

Our picks: SF

Not a very entertaining game, as Kapernick still seems to struggle without his favorite target WR Michael Crabtree still on IR (but slated to return in mid-November). Still he managed to get it done in a divisional game, albeit against a mediocre opponent.

We’re fed up with any commentators who maintain that Carson Palmer is a good or even a worthy of being a starting QB in the NFL. With 2 INTs in this game, his total picks this season is now 11 (verses 7 TDs) after 6 weeks.  The Cards are now 3-3 and at the bottom of the NFC West. Hopefully they they go after a QB in the draft as Palmer is clearly not the answer.

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101311/2013/REG6/cardinals@49ers#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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titans at seahawks

Seattle 20 – Tennessee 13

Our picks: Seattle

Not a pretty win for Seattle, but a win nonetheless at home against the Tennessee Titans and their back up QB #4 Ryan “The Amish Riffle” Fitzpatrick.

The clown shoes play of the week occurred when kicker Steven Hauschka got injured on an earlier play and the punter was forced to kick a field goal with the back-up holder. The results led to a Titans special team touchdown:

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NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101309/2013/REG6/titans@seahawks#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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NO at NE

New England 30 – New Orleans 27

Our picks: New Orleans

Definitely the marquee match up of the week and neither team disappointed. The Patriots had a 10 point lead at the half, but New Orleans managed to pull ahead in the 2nd half. With a minute and change left on the clock Tom Brady drove down the field 70 yards in 8 plays to score the winning touch down with a 1 second left on the clock.

New Orleans defensive coordinator Rex Ryan was in shock:
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And Brady did this without Gronk or Amendola (who left the game earlier with a head injury).

This was New Orleans’ first loss on the season, but both teams are 5-1 and comfortably leading their respective divisions.

NFL.com recap:

http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013101310/2013/REG6/saints@patriots#menu=highlights&tab=recap

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