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:

MJDPASS630

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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”:

ford_gif

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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.

TomlinUMadBroFace

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:

max-rebo-band-tomlin

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:

fake11

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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:

riverboat ron 2
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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