2013 Week 6 NFL Picks: Scottie vs. Mattyoshow

John-Clayton-This-is-SportsCenterAfter a stunning loss on Monday night by the Atlanta Falcons, Scottie and I both finished the week on a down note.  However, I am starting to get back on track, posting a 9-5 record with 67 confidence points in week 5.  Scottie managed just a .500 week, at 7-7 with 55 confidence points.  Scottie is now 49-28 on the season with 415 confidence points.  I am starting to pull myself out of the massive hole I dug to start the season.  On the year, I am 40-37 with 383 confidence points.  I’m not going to talk any trash, it’s not the time for that.  I’m just gonna keep Sportscenter on the TV, keep checking stats and match-ups like an animal, and when it’s all said and done, there’s no shot I’m losing to Scottie.  Let’s do it…

Matty still watches SportsCenter.  Enough said.

Giants @ Bears

Scottie: Bears 10

There is a sadistic side of me that has enjoyed watching the Giants be awful this year.  Maybe it is the jealous Patriots fan in me that has always believed the Giants are frauds and only won 2 Super Bowls against us by sheer luck.  Right when it looked like David Wilson was getting on track, he injures his neck.  A co-worker who is a big Giants fan has joked they are playing for the first pick in the draft.  The Giants are bad.  But they aren’t Jaguars bad.  On the Chicago side of the equation, the Bears have enjoyed the emergence of Alshon Jeffrey.  The Bears are slowly becoming a real threat in a loaded NFC North.

Mattyoshow: Bears – 10 CONFIDENCE POINTSAlshon-Jeffery

I can’t lie, I love seeing the Giants suck.  I only picked the Eagles last week because I thought it would be awesome to see the Giants start the season 0-5, however I truly believed that the G-Men would win.  However, after the beatdown that Nick Foles put on the Giants, I have no choice but to go with my boy Alshon Jeffrey and the Bears tonight.

Packers @ Ravens

Scottie: Packers 7

The Ravens almost blew a two score lead against the Dolphins last week.  Somehow they survivied.  I want to hammer on the Ravens every week because I think they are awful.  At the end of Week 5, they sit at 3-2 in a three way tie for the division lead.  Maybe the Ravens aren’t as bad I as I think they are.  Green Bay sits at 2-2.  They have added an element to their offensive attack with the ground game.  They are 5th in the NFL in rushing.  Packers are the better team and they will get the win on the road.

Mattyoshow: Packers – 5 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The Ravens finally started to play Baltimore Ravens football again last week, making Ray Rice the focal point of their offense in last week’s win vs. Miami.  But, as Scottie mentioned, they still almost blew the lead against the Tannehill-led Dolphins.  I’m sorry, but the NFL’s highest paid quarterback is lucky if he breaks my top 15 QB rankings.  Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are getting healthy on offense (however, Clay Matthews going down sucks), Eddy Lacy is pounding the rock, and Randall Cobb is a man!

Bengals @ Bills

Scottie: Bengals 13

I heard a fascinating stat about the Bengals.  They have not allowed a 300 yard passing game in the last 9 weeks.  In today’s NFL, that is absolutely incredible.  Thaddeus Lewis has been signed off the practice squad by the Bills.  he won’t throw for 200 yards, let alone 300.  I keep waiting for the Bengals to break away from the Ravens and Browns and cruise to the division title.  Maybe that starts this week.

Mattyoshow: Bengals – 12 CONFIDENCE POINTSThaddeus Lewis

Thad Lewis.  Enough said.

Lions @ Browns

Scottie: Lions 4

The Browns have stunned the NFL winning three games in a row after trading Trent Richardson.  The problem is, they lost Brian Hoyer last week for the season.  Not that Brian Hoyer is a franchise savior, but he at least looked competent running an offense as opposed to Brandon Weeden.  The Cinderella Browns’s streak will end here as the Lions will be too much to handle even if they don’t have Calvin Johnson.

Mattyoshow: Lions – 9 CONFIDENCE POINTS

I was leaning heavy on the Browns initially in this game.  Their defense has been my surprise of the season thus far.  Their run game hasn’t really missed a beat since they traded Trent Richardson.  Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron look like the next installment of Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark (BOLD!).  But then I remembered, the Browns are stuck with Weeden.

Rams @ Texans

Scottie: Texans 6

Houston fans are losing their patience with Matt Schaub.  A fan went to Schaub’s house to voice his displeasure with the starting quarterback’s play.  They are screaming for TJ Yates.  Imagine if Sam Bradford was a Texan?  What would that reaction be like?  Bradford should be grateful he is in St. Louis where the focus at the current time is baseball.  In fairness to Schaub, Andre Johnson has been banged up and Owen Daniels will be out 4-6 weeks.  His only weapon in the passing game is DeAndre Hopkins. The Rams have one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. Arian Foster and Ben Tate might each hit the century mark in yards on Sunday.  Matt Schaub might live to see another day.

Mattyoshow: Rams – 1 CONFIDENCE POINTMatt Schaub

Do I think that the Rams are going to win this game?  Absolutely not.  Do I just want to see the reaction on Scottie’s face if the Rams do win?  Absolutely.  Do I think that Sam Bradford would be a potential hall of fame quarterback if he were on the Texans?  Without a doubt.  This one is for you Scottie.  Go Bradford!

Panthers @ Vikings

Scottie: Vikings 2

When I look at a game and truly have no idea who to pick, I go with the home team.  In that case, it is the Vikings.  The Vikings are also coming off a bye.  I showed faith in Cam Newton and Ted Ginn last week.  They rewarded me by getting spanked by Carson Palmer.

Mattyoshow: Panthers – 7 CONFIDENCE POINTS

So the Josh Freeman signing basically means that Minnesota has admitted that the Christian Ponder experiment was a complete disaster, right?  I mean you can’t bring in a guy that said he’ll go somewhere where he believes that he can start and then expect your young quarterback’s confidence not to be shot.  The Vikings are a disaster.  They should just stick with Cassel.  Cam Newton does work for my fantasy team this week.

Raiders @ Chiefs

Scottie: Chiefs  14

Jump on that Chiefs bandwagon while you still can!  The Chiefs moved to 5-0 on the season after they disposed off the Titans.  Jamal Charles will gash the Raiders defense.  Alex Smith will continue to be conservative and not turn the ball over.  Lastly, Terrell Pryor has no shot of getting anything going against the best defense in the league.  Hail to the Chiefs!

Mattyoshow: Chiefs – 11 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Hate the Chiefs.  Hate Alex Smith.  I think the Chiefs might be the most overrated team in NFL history.  Remember last year when Arizona started the season 4-0 and some were anointing them as the best team in the NFL?  Well, they proceeded to lose 11 of their next 12 games.  Hello Chiefs!  That’s your destiny.

Steelers @ Jets

Scottie: Jets 3

Suddenly, the Patriots win over the Falcons isn’t all that impressive anymore.  What was impressive was Geno Smith’s efficency against the Falcons last weekend.  He was 16-20, 199 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over.  Big Ben has stated publicly the Steelers are the worst team in football.  Heck of an endorsement from your star player.  The Jets defense stop Pittsburgh’s feeble offense, leading the Jets to victory setting up a Week 7 showdown with the Patriots with the AFC East division at stake.

Mattyoshow: Steelers – 6 CONFIDENCE POINTSgeno_smith_photo_725610135

No shot Geno Smith can pull off two good weeks in a row.  Get it done against the useless Atlanta defense and you have just simply shown me how bad Atlanta’s defense is.  Dick Lebeau is a different animal.  Troy Polamalu will be going airborne at least 10 times on Sunday to take Geno out.

Eagles @ Buccaneers

Scottie: Eagles 1 point

I want to say this is the week Doug Martin finally breaks out and has a big day leading the Bucs to their first win of the season.  The problem is I see a quarterback controversy storyline unfolding in Philadelphia.  I believe Nick Foles will play well enough to make people think Mike Vick’s starting job is in jeopardy.  Tamba Bay coach Greg Schiano might be unemployed by next week.

Mattyoshow: Buccaneers – 4 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Word on the street (mainly on the updates for my fantasy football team) is that Mike Vick has actually been participating in practice this week.  Whether or not he has a chance to play on Sunday, I’m not sure.  However, if Vick doesn’t play, and you give a decent Bucs secondary a week to prepare for Foles, that isn’t a good situation for the Eagles.  Their run defense is porous, and I think that this is the week Doug Martin goes off.  Plus the Bucs are coming off of a bye.   On a side note, no QB controversy in Philly, Vick is Kelly’s guy.

Jaguars @ Broncos

Scottie: Broncos 15

The only question here is if the Broncos will cover the 28.5 spread.  I believe they will.  I also hope they pull Peyton after the first half seeing that I am facing him in fantasy football this week.  Hopefully the Broncos use this game to work on some weaknesses and let someone else have huge stats instead of Manning.

Mattyoshow: Broncos – 15 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Broncos cover the spread.  The Jags have no emotion.  MJD needs to be traded.  Gabbert needs to be cut.

Titans @ Seahawks

Scottie: Seahawks 12110802-12th-man

The Seahawks are at home.  The Seahawks do not lose at home.  The Seahawks defense will destroy Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Chris Johnson will be of no help to the Titans because he has been useless since September 1, 2011.  That was the day he agreed to a 4 year $53.5 million dollar extension.  He has done nothing since he signed his name to that paper.  He is the poster-child for getting paid and then doing absolutely nothing to earn that money.  There is nothing worse in the world than wasted talent.  That is what Chris Johnson is.

Mattyoshow: Seahawks – 14 CONFIDENCE POINTS

I’m actually starting to believe what Scottie is saying above me here.  The Seahawks just don’t lose at home.  The 12th man is real.  Ask my man CV who is out in Seattle.  He shits his pants when he walks into that stadium because it’s so loud.  Fitzpatrick will be playing with a huge load in his draws. That has to be uncomfortable!

Saints @ Patriots

Scottie: Saints 9

After the pathetic display put forth by Tom Brady and the Patriots offense last week, I am inclined to say I do not see any possible way the Pats beat the Saints.  If the defense holds the high flying Saints to 20 points, that’d be a small victory for the team.  Talib and Denard will be 1 on 1 with Colston and Meachem or Stills.  But who covers Jimmy Graham? Double coverage?  No Vince or Tommy Kelly on the D-Line to disrupt Brees.  This has disaster written all over it. The problem is the Patriots can’t put points on the scoreboard.  I am not convinced Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are fully ready to return, either.  It will be a long day on Sunday in Foxboro.

Mattyoshow: Patriots – 2 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Think the Saints win this one, but Scottie went with the Saints and I need to make up ground.  It makes life easier when I can root for the Pats because I am a fan AND because I pick them to win.  However, I am not confident at all in this offense yet.

Cardinals @ 49ers

Scottie: 49ers 8colin-kaepernick

I would really appreciate it if Colin Kaepernick got his act together.  My wallet would appreicate it even more.  What happened to the unbelievable athlete that pranced the field like a gazelle last season? Whatever happened to Kapernicking? Yes, his lack of weapons is troubling.  Fortunately for the 49ers, they oppose Carson Plamer.  The NTCF faithful know even Matty and I agree that Palmer is deplorable.

Mattyoshow: 49ers – 13 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The Cardinals suck.  Carson Palmer might be one of the worst quarterbacks in NFL history (besides Tannehill, Weeden, and Gabbert of course).  He is actually decent for like 25 throws a game.  Then for another 6-8 throws you are sitting there thinking, “How the hell is this asshole even in the NFL.  I mean, he wouldn’t make an arena league squad with that throw!”  49ers are hitting their stride.

Redskins @ Cowboys

Scottie: Cowboys 5

Classic Tony Romo last week.  The guy is snake bitten.  Every year he makes a notable turnover that allows the haters to continue sipping their haterade.  He might be the best worst quarterback of all time.  I still think RG3 is not up to snuff.  I think the Cowboys will be over the Skins at home in a crucial NFC Least matchup.

Mattyoshow: Redskins – 3 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The Cowboys are coming off of a huge emotional loss against the Broncos, and Jason Garrett notoriously has a tough time building his team back up mentally after a tough defeat.  RGIII needs to get his head out of his ass.  The ‘Skins are coming off of a buy, so they have had two weeks to prepare for the Cowboys.  Given two weeks, Shanahan is tough to beat.

Colts @ Chargers

Scottie: Colts- 11Andrew Luck

I can’t really offer up any analysis on the Chargers and their game last week.  The game ended at 3 am?  I wake up to find they lose to the Raiders? The Chargers are the most bi-polar team in the NFL.  Ryan Mathews is out with a concussion.  Old friend Danny Woodhead has become the main option in that offense.  Everyone knows I love the Colts this year.  They have more firepower than the Chargers.  If the Chargers couldn’t slow the Raiders offense, there is no way they are slowing down Andrew Luck, who just beat the Seahawks one week ago.

Mattyoshow: Colts – 8 CONFIDENCE POINTS

I actually kind of feel bad for Philip Rivers.  The dude has absolutely no help.  Ryan Mathews was a terrible pick in hindsight.  Danny Woodhead is serviceable, but he’s bound to get broken.  Their defense couldn’t stop me and Scottie, even playing without an offensive line.  It’s just pathetic in San Diego.


3 Responses

  1. Going into Sunday night

    Scott: 9-4 – 84 points
    Matt- 12-1- 105 points

  2. Heading into Monday night:

    Scottie: 10-4 89 points
    Matt: 12-2 105 points

    That’s how work is done…

  3. We again end the week on a down note…

    Scottie: 10-5 89 points
    Mattyoshow: 12-3 105 points

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