Nov 282013
 

On the MoneyFirst, accept our wish that you have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. The Ghost Rat and Rat’s Widow have a hectic but fun day of turkey, pie, conversation, and football ahead of us, and hope that each of you has similar joys. Our race for the weekly picks contest is tight, with DJ Crash trailing Ghost Rat by only one game, and Fat Jesus sitting five games off the pace. The Widow has fallen to 14 back but still leads a couple of our contributors, and when we finally reveal how she made her picks this season, you will be duly impressed. Trust me.

Both Ghost Rat and DJ Crash are ahead of PFT’s Michael David Smith (113-63), while Mike Florio would be another five games behind (108-68). To be fair, they both recorded last week’s Packers-Vikings game as a loss, which we find unnecessary. Ties are so rare in the NFL that no one would predict them, so taking a flyer on the game seems like a better option. We factor ties out of the weekly picks contest.

Here are the standings through Week 12:

ContributorWLGB
Fat Jesus17788X
Ghost Rat174913
DJ Crash174913
Flip Stricland170957
Brodrick Kincaid169968
Country Preacher168979
Sharpe16410113
Like Gandhi, But Taller16110416
Reyno Island16010517
Rat's Widow15511022
Guest Quarter (coin flip)13013547
updated 2/1/14

We all had rough weeks in Week Twelve, with the Quarter tying Gandhi for week with an 8-5 record. Everyone else was worse. This week, we generally like the Lions and the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, while the Ravens-Steelers game drew a divided group. This weekend, we like the Patriots, Browns, Colts, Jets, Panthers, Bills, 49ers, Broncos, Giants and Seahawks. The Widow and I are both holding out on the Chiefs taking out the Broncos in Kansas City, and our cast was divided on the Bears-Vikings and Chargers-Bengals contests. Here are our picks for the week:

WriterGB @ DETOAK @ DALPIT @ BALNE @ HOUJAC @ CLETEN @ INDCHI @ MINMIA @ NYJ
Brodrick KincaidDALDETPITNECLEINDMINNYJ
Country PreacherDETDALBALNECLEINDMINNYJ
DJ CrashDETDALBALNECLEINDCHIMIA
Fat JesusDETDALBALNECLEINDMINMMIA
Flip StriclandDETDALBALNECLETENMINMIA
Ghost RatDETDALBALNECLEINDCHIMIA
LGBTDETDALPITNECLEINDMINNYJ
Rat's WidowGBDALBALNECLEINDCHINYJ
Reyno IslandDETDALPITNECLEINDCHINYJ
SharpeGBDALPITNEJACINDCHIMIA
Guest QuarterDETOAKPITNEJACINDCHINYJ
WriterAZ @ PHITB @ CARATL @ BUFSTL @ SFDEN @ KCCIN @ SDNYG @ WASNO @ SEA
Brodrick KincaidPHICARBUFSFDENSDNYGSEA
Country PreacherPHICARBUFSFDENSDNYGSEA
DJ CrashAZCARATLSFDENCINNYGSEA
Fat JesusAZCARBUFSFDENSDNYGSEA
Flip StriclandAZCARBUFSFDENCINNYGSEA
Ghost RatAZCARBUFSFKCSDNYGSEA
LGBTAZCARBUFSFDENCINNYGSEA
Rat's WidowPHICARATLSFKCCINWASSEA
Reyno IslandPHICARATLSFDENCINWASSEA
SharpeAZTBBUFSFDENSDNYGSEA
Guest QuarterAZCARATLSTLKCCINWASSEA
Nov 272013
 

GhostThe Seahawks enjoyed a bye week and held on to first place in our Power Rankings, but the rest of the top five was in turmoil with Kansas City falling to San Diego and with New England storming back to beat Denver in an overtime thriller. We welcome the Carolina Panthers to the top five this week, off of the team’s gritty win over Miami. Seattle nabbed all but one of our six first place votes, while New England grabbed the remaining tally (again, not from Ghost Rat). Here are our Week Thirteen power rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1) [1] – The Seahawks’ secondary forming Dopers’ Anonymous group
2. New England Patriots (8-3) [5] – Another week, another critical missed pass interference call; the Patriots rebounded from this one
3. New Orleans Saints (9-2) [4] – Dangerous if they get home field
4. Denver Broncos (9-2) [2] – That’s the Wes Welker New England fans came to be frustrated by
5. Carolina Panthers (8-3) [6] – We’re still torn on Cam, but they just keep winning
6. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) [3] – Will nine straight wins be followed by seven straight losses?
7. San Francisco 49ers (7-4) [7] – Healthy receivers makes this team a whole lot better
8. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) [9] – Injuries promising to undo a promising season
9. Arizona Cardinals (7-4) [12] – Just when we write Carson Palmer off, he starts looking like a real quarterback again
10. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) [8] – Even Luck can’t save them now
11. Dallas Cowboys (6-5) [14] – In a division of turds, this may be the shiniest
12. Detroit Lions (6-5) [10} – Missed a big opportunity to create distance with the Packers; Thursday is make or break
13. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) [13] – Chip might be longing for Oregon
14. San Diego Chargers (5-6) [16] – Better coaching than previous years, but they need better defense
15. Chicago Bears (6-5) [11] – Got too old too fast
16. Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) [15] – Nothing without Rodgers, and that tells you the flaw in the team’s personnel management
17. Baltimore Ravens (5-6) [19] – They still wasted $120 million
18. St. Louis Rams (5-6) [23] – The Mighty Lambs
19. Miami Dolphins (5-6) [18] – Good defensive line and quarterback; that’s about it
20. Tennessee Titans (5-6) [20] – Stole one from the Raiders to temporarily grab the sixth seed
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) [25] – Sorry Steelers, but you can’t play the Browns every week
22. New York Jets (5-6) [17] – The every other week strategy finally blew up
23. New York Giants (4-70 [22] – Bigger disappointment: Eli Manning or Hakeem Nicks?
24. Cleveland Browns (4-7) [21] – Mike Polk, Jr. sums it up again
25. Buffalo Bills (4-7) [24] – Too many injuries, not enough talent or depth
26. Oakland Raiders (4-7) [27] – Dennis Allen is getting the most out of that talent
27. Washington Football Club (3-8) [26] – Snyder and Shanahan worst owner/head coach combo in the NFL
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) [30] – Lovie’s next stop?
29. Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) [31] – Free Adrian Peterson!
30. Houston Texans (2-9) [28] – Shocking how quickly this went to hell
31. Atlanta Falcons (2-9) [29] – Shocking how quickly this went to hell
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) [32] – Can’t even lock up the first draft pick

Nov 212013
 

On the MoneyArticle to come tonight; just putting up the picks now so that we are ahead of the first game of the week.

WriterNO @ ATLJAC @ HOUNYJ @ BALCAR @ MIACHI @ STLSD @ KCMIN @ GB
Brodrick KincaidNOHOUBALCARSTLKCGB
Country PreacherNOHOUBALCARSTLKCGB
DJ CrashNOHOUBALCARSTLKCGB
Fat JesusNOHOUBALCARSTLKCGB
Flip StriclandNOHOUBALCARCHIKCMIN
Ghost RatNOHOUBALCARCHIKCGB
LGBTNOJACBALCARCHISDMIN
Rat's WidowATLHOUBALMIASTLKCGB
Reyno IslandNOHOUNYJCARCHIKCMIN
SharpeNOHOUBALCARCHIKCGB
Guest QuarterNOHOUBALCARCHIKCGB
WriterTB @ DETPIT @ CLEIND @ AZTEN @ OAKDAL @ NYGDEN @ NESF @ WAS
Brodrick KincaidDETPITINDTENNYGDENWAS
Country PreacherDETCLEAZOAKNYGNESF
DJ CrashDETPITAZOAKDALDENSF
Fat JesusDETCLEAZTENNYGDENSF
Flip StriclandDETCLEAZTENNYGDENSF
Ghost RatDETCLEAZOAKNYGNESF
LGBTDETCLEAZOAKDALDENSF
Rat's WidowDETCLEINDTENDALDENSF
Reyno IslandDETCLEINDTENDALDENSF
SharpeDETCLEAZOAKNYGNESF
Guest QuarterTBPITAZTENNYGNEWAS
Nov 212013
 

RobbedThe Kansas City Chiefs finally (and predictably) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week, hanging tough with the Denver Broncos but ultimately coming up short in a 27-17 loss. The Seattle Seahawks claim the top spot with five first-place votes, while the Broncos come in at #2 with two first-place votes. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers pulled off an upset of the New England Patriots with the aid of a bad… no, horrible call that prevented the Patriots from getting final shot at the end zone. The result is a shake-up in our power rankings this week, though even our contributors couldn’t quite cast enough votes to put the Panthers ahead of the Patriots. Further down the chart, the Cardinals and Eagles continue their march towards the top ten, while even the Buccaneers were able to escape the #31 ranking on the back of a second straight wining performance. Here are our Week Twelve Power Rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1) [2] – Best team in football with five weeks left
2. Denver Broncos (9-1) [3] – Colts and Patriots may be their kryptonite
3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) [1] – Alex Smith managed to lose
4. New Orleans Saints (8-2) [5] – Can they win on the road?
5. New England Patriots (7-3) [4] – Nuts and bolts, they got screwed (see photo)
6. Carolina Panthers (7-3) [8] – Cam had a coming out party, complete with a gift
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) [7] – Teams have figured Kaepernick out, and he hasn’t adjusted
8. Indianapolis Colts (7-3) [9] – Continuing to dig holes will result in getting buried
9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) [10] – Heading to playoffs in weak AFC North
10. Detroit Lions (6-4) [7] – Megatron can’t do it all by himself
11. Chicago Bears (6-4) [11] – Does anyone really see the Bears paying Cutler this off-season?
12. Arizona Cardinals (6-4) [14] – Move ’em up; Bruce Arians does it again!
13. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) [15] – No more quarterback controversy in Philly
14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) [13] – Way too much talent for a 5-5 team
15. Green Bay Packers (5-5) [12] – Hey Rodgers – discount double-check that collar bone
16. San Diego Chargers (4-6) [16] – Same old Chargers…
17. New York Jets (5-5) [17] – Will the real Geno Smith please stand up?
18. Miami Dolphins (5-5) [20] – Tannehill better, but team too inconsistent
19. Baltimore Ravens (4-6) [19] – Average quarterback, average team; so much for $120 million
20. Tennessee Titans (4-6) [18] – If CJ doesn’t carry this team, no one does
21. Cleveland Browns (4-6) [21] – The Factory keeps producing…
22. New York Giants (4-6) [24] – There they go again…
23. St. Louis Rams (4-6) [22] – Could be great with a real quarterback
24. Buffalo Bills (4-7) [24] – EJ Manuel proving to be a quick study
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) [26] – Big Ben is on a roll
26. Washington Football Club (3-7) [25] – Buh bye, Mike Shanahan?
27. Oakland Raiders (4-6) [29] – Not bad for a patchwork defense
28. Houston Texans (2-8) [27] – Buh Bye, Gary Kubiak?
29. Atlanta Falcons (2-8) [28] – Poor pigeons; need some bread?
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) [31] – Can they do enough to save Greg Schiano’s job? Do they want to?
31. Minnesota Vikings (2-8) [30] – AP not a free agent until 2018; start looking for a loophole now
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) [32] – A win is a win until you lose again

Nov 142013
 

Alex Smith(1)The Kansas City Chiefs are at the top for another week by virtue of a bye as we all gear up for the long-anticipated Sunday night showdown in Denver. The Chiefs got four of five first place votes, while the Patriots ended up earning a single vote (and not from the Ghost Rat!).  Carolina moves up to #8 this week on the heals of an impressive defensive win over the 49ers, and the Monday night match-up with the #4 Patriots promises to be an intense contest. Here are our Week Eleven Power Rankings:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) [1] – Here comes the biggest test of the season
2. Seattle Seahawks (9-1) [2] – Very good… but lacking something?
3. Denver Broncos (8-1) [3] – Do we separate the MANnings from the Smiths this weekend?
4. New England Patriots (7-2) [5] – Pretty good team when healthy
5. New Orleans Saints (7-2) [7] – Offense. Offense. Offense.
6. San Francisco 49ers (6-3) [4] – Twitter’s not the answer, Colin.
7. Detroit Lions (6-3) {9] – Calvin and his friends keep carving up the competition
8. Carolina Panthers (6-3) [10] – Great defense and play from Cam, but in need of a ground game
9. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) [6] – Too inconsistent to be ranked higher, or to go very far in playoffs
10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) [8] – See #9
11. Chicago Bears (5-4) [13] – They out-thought themselves on the conversion, but McCown should have been in earlier
12. Green Bay Packers (5-4) [11] – Going down…
13. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) [12] – Can Tony Oh-No lead them to nine wins?
14. Arizona Cardinals (5-4) [17] – Carson Palmer 5.0 and a good defense have them competing
15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) [20] – We told you Foles was good!
16. San Diego Chargers (4-5) [14] – Chargers’ mantra: We confuse everyone because we’re not supposed to be good!
17. New York Jets (5-4) [19] – If games only counted every other week…
18. Tennessee Titans (4-5) [15] – How can they not be able to run the ball???
19. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) [18] – Remember when we won the Super Bowl last year?
20. Miami Dolphins (4-5) [16] – Too bad they can’t bully their opponents…
21. Cleveland Browns (4-5) [21] – Is Campbell enough to get them to 8-8?
22. St. Louis Rams (4-6) [23] – Is Zach Stacy the new Steven Jackson?
23. Buffalo Bills (3-7) [22] – CJ Spillered all over the place
24. New York Giants (3-6) [28] – Eli = Elite? Not!
25. Washington Football Club [24] – RG3 is almost back
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) [27] – Big Ben is falling down, falling down…
27. Houston Texans (2-7) [26] – Ben Tate gets his shot.
28. Atlanta Falcons (2-7) [25] – Falcons now called the Pigeons
29. Oakland Raiders (3-6) [29] – Pryor better than many expected
30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) [30] – AP should be thinking trade
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) [31] – Bucs’ third string is their best
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) [32] – Thanks, Tennessee!

Nov 142013
 

On the MoneyThis week there is a fair amount of agreement this week among our contributors, where we all agree on the Colts over the Titans, the Bengals over the Browns, the Giants over the Packers, the Seahawks over the Vikings, and the Broncos over the Chiefs. So naturally that means at least three of those five teams will lose this week. Our hottest contest is the Monday night battle between the Patriots and the Panthers, where the Patriots earn a 6-4 edge among our crew. It should be an excellent test for both teams. Here are our Week Eleven predictions:

WriterIND @ TENNYJ @ BUFBAL @ CHICLE @ CINWAS @ PHIDET @ PITATL @ TBAZ @ JAC
Brodrick KincaidINDBUFCHICINWASDETTBAZ
Country PreacherINDNYJCHICINPHIDETTBAZ
DJ CrashINDNYJBALCINPHIDETTBAZ
Fat JesusINDBUFBALCINPHIDETATLAZ
Flip StriclandINDBUFBALCINPHIDETTBAZ
Ghost RatINDNYJCHICINPHIDETTBAZ
LGBTINDNYJCHICINPHIDETTBJAC
Rat's WidowINDNYJBALCINWASPITATLAZ
Reyno IslandINDNYJBALCINPHIDETATLAZ
SharpeINDBUFCHICINPHIDETTBAZ
Guest QuarterINDNYJBALCINPHIDETTBAZ
WriterOAK @ HOUSD @ MIASF @ NOGB @ NYGMIN @ SEAKC @ DENNE @ CAR
Brodrick KincaidOAKSDNONYGSEADENNE
Country PreacherOAKSDNONYGSEADENCAR
DJ CrashHOUSDNONYGSEADENCAR
Fat JesusHOUSDNONYGSEADENNE
Flip StriclandHOUSDNONYGSEADENNE
Ghost RatOAKSDNONYGSEADENNE
LGBTHOUSDNONYGSEADENCAR
Rat's WidowHOUMIASFNYGSEADENCAR
Reyno IslandOAKSDNONYGSEADENNE
SharpeHOUMIANONYGSEADENNE
Guest QuarterOAKMIANONYGSEAKCNE

Looking at our standings, your Ghost Rat holds a slim two game lead in a tight race. Almost all of us had bad weeks in Week Ten, and we are hoping to right our ships this week. Here are the standings to date:

ContributorWLGB
Fat Jesus17788X
Ghost Rat174913
DJ Crash174913
Flip Stricland170957
Brodrick Kincaid169968
Country Preacher168979
Sharpe16410113
Like Gandhi, But Taller16110416
Reyno Island16010517
Rat's Widow15511022
Guest Quarter (coin flip)13013547
updated 2/1/14
Nov 072013
 

On the MoneyNo time for chatter this week. The Widow’s picks are in, but will be posted later tonight. We all had miserable weeks last weeks, but several of us are still ahead of the guys over at PFT. Reyno went 9-4 last week leading the way, while the Preacher’s run of good fortune ended with a 4-9 week. Most of us came in 8-5 or 7-6.

Our picks for the week:

WriterWAS @ MINSEA @ ATLDET @ CHIPHI @ GBJAC @ TENSTL @ INDOAK @ NYG
Brodrick KincaidWASSEADETGBTENINDNYG
Country PreacherMINSEADETGBTENINDNYG
DJ CrashWASSEADETPHITENINDNYG
Fat JesusWASSEACHIGBTENINDNYG
Flip StriclandWASSEADETGBTENINDNYG
Ghost RatWASSEADETPHITENINDNYG
LGBTMINSEACHIPHITENINDNYG
Rat's WidowMINATLCHIGBTENINDNYG
Reyno IslandWASSEADETPHITENINDOAK
SharpeWASSEACHIPHITENINDNYG
Guest QuarterMINATLCHIGBJACINDOAK
WriterBUF @ PITCIN @ BALCAR @ SFHOU @ AZDEN @ SDDAL @ NOMIA @ TB
Brodrick KincaidPITBALSFHOUDENNOMIA
Country PreacherPITBALSFAZSDNOMIA
DJ CrashPITCINSFHOUDENDALMIA
Fat JesusPITCINSFAZDENNOMIA
Flip StriclandPITCINSFAZDENNOTB
Ghost RatBUFCINSFAZDENNOMIA
LGBTBUFCINSFHOUDENDALTB
Rat's WidowPITBALSFHOUSDNOMIA
Reyno IslandPITCINSFHOUDENNOMIA
SharpePITCINSFHOUDENNOMIA
Guest QuarterBUFCINSFAZDENNOTB

Our standings to date:

ContributorWLGB
Fat Jesus17788X
Ghost Rat174913
DJ Crash174913
Flip Stricland170957
Brodrick Kincaid169968
Country Preacher168979
Sharpe16410113
Like Gandhi, But Taller16110416
Reyno Island16010517
Rat's Widow15511022
Guest Quarter (coin flip)13013547
updated 2/1/14
Nov 072013
 

Alex SmithThe Kansas City Chiefs enter their bye week at 9-0, securing the top spot for at least another week until they travel to Denver for a much-anticipated showdown with the Broncos. In the meantime, the Patriots bolstered their place in the rankings with a 55 point outing against the Steelers and the Panthers moved into the top ten with another blowout win, while the Saints and Packers both tumbled by way of upset losses. Although the Jets won again, their topsy-turvy 2013 season isn’t earning much favor among our voters. Here are the rankings as we enter Week Ten.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0, four first place votes) [1]
2. Seattle Seahawks (8-1) [2]
3. Denver Broncos (7-1) [3]
4. San Francisco 49ers (6-2, one first place vote) [5]
5. New England Patriots (7-2) [7]
6. Indianapolis Colts (6-2) [6]
7. New Orleans Saints (6-2) [4]
8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) [9]
9. Detroit Lions (5-3) [12]
10. Carolina Panthers (5-3) [15]
11. Green Bay Packers (5-3) [8]
12. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) [10]
13. Chicago Bears (5-3) [13]
14. San Diego Chargers (4-4) [14]
15. Tennessee Titans (4-4) [16]
16. Miami Dolphins (4-4) [11]
17. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) [21]
18. Baltimore Ravens (3-5) [17]
19. New York Jets (5-4) [19]
20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) [22]
21. Cleveland Browns (4-5) [27]
22. Buffalo Bills (3-6) [23]
23. St. Louis Rams (3-6) [20]
24. Washington Football Club (3-5) [26]
25. Atlanta Falcons (2-6) [18]
26. Houston Texans (2-6) [25]
27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6) [24]
28. New York Giants (2-6) [30]
29. Oakland Raiders (3-5) [28]
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7) [29]
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) [31]
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) [32]