2013 Week 9 NFL Picks: Scottie vs. MattyOshow

Last week’s results:

Matt: 10-3 81 CONFIDENCE POINTS
Scottie: 9-4 78 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Overall on the season, Scottie is 76-44 with 653 Confidence Points.  Meanwhile, I’m making slow progress.  My record is 70-50 with 642 Confidence Points.  Not much to say other than Scottie better step it up or I’m stealing the title for the 3rd straight year…

Byes: Cardinals, Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, Giants, 49ers

Bengals @ Dolphins

Scottie: Bengals  6

The wheels are coming off the bus in Miami.  They blew a 2 score lead last weekend in New England.  They have an offensive lineman who is AWOL because he was the victim of a prank.  The team is not buying into the gameplanning.  A once promising season is turning into a disaster.  The Bengals obliterated the Jets last week, throwing up 49 points.  Marvin Jones is turning into a nice compliment to AJ Green.  With the Dolphins in disarray having lost 4 in a row and the Bengals firing on all cylinders, this is a no-brainer.

MattyOshow: Bengals – 4 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Last week against the Pats, Ryan Tannehill was exposed for the terrible quarterback that he is.  Mike Wallace looks to be the most overpaid receiver in the league.  The Dolphins were able to move the ball on the ground against the Pats, but they were forced into passing situations because the Patriots finally put up some points.  The Bengals are on fire, and Tannehill sucks.

Falcons @ Panthers

Scottie: Panthers  7

The Falcons have gone from Super Bowl contenders to looking at a top 10 pick in the draft in just under a months time.  They have not been able to overcome injuries to Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Steven Jackson. Meanwhile the Panthers have won three in a row and Cam Newton is playing like Superman.  The offense has put up over 30 points in the three straight wins.  Suddenly the Panthers are contending for a playoff spot.

MattyOshow: Panthers – 3 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Cam Newton and the Panthers are finally playing like the team that we all expected.  The Panthers are above .500 for the 1st time since 2008.  That is ridiculous!  The Falcons, on the other hand, just somehow lost to the Cardinals, and were expected to be big sellers at the trade deadline yesterday.  They didn’t make any moves, but I think they are playing their way well out of contention.

Vikings @ Cowboys

Scottie: Cowboys 11

The Cowboys let me down last week.  They were unable to even slow down Calvin Johnson let alone stop him.  Fortunately for Big D, the Vikings don’t have anyone that can blow up their secondary.  The Vikings don’t have anyone that can throw the ball into their secondary, more like throwing “to” their secondary.  The Cowboys are getting DeMarco Murray back this week and they will roll over the Vikings.

MattyOshow: Cowboys – 7 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Is it Ponder?  Is it Freeman?  Does it matter?  Absolutely not.  The Vikings are a mess (although they scored more points than I anticipated against the Packers).  The Cowboys are atop the NFC East, and really should win the division.  In Dallas, I don’t see much hope for the Vikings in this one.

Saints @ Jets

Scottie: Saints  10

If the Jets defense is giving up 49 points to the Bengals, what is going to happen when they face Drew Brees and the Saints?  I don’t see the Jets stopping the Saints passing attack.  Geno Smith was pulled in favor of Matt Simms last week after turning the ball over twice.  Rob beats Rex on Sunday.

MattyOshow: Saints – 11 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The Saints are notoriously a much better team at home than they are on the road.  However, like gets a little easier when you get to play Geno Smith and the Jets.  I knew that the Bengals were going to win last week, but I didn’t see a 49-9 beat down coming.  I’m actually kind of interested to see Rex against Rob, I think that is the most riveting matchup in this one.

Titans @ Rams

Scottie: Titans 9

Mike Munchak is planning on giving the ball to Shonn Greene 15 times on Sunday.  I don’t believe this will actually happen and that this is more of a ploy to motivate Chris Johnson.  The Titans are coming off a bye while St. Louis is still licking its wounds after realizing Kelen Clemens is their quarterback for the rest of the season.  The Titans are a better team than most give them credit for.  They will easily handle the Rams.

MattyOshow: Titans – 6 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The Rams and Kellen Clemons put up one hell of a fight against the Seahawks on Monday night, but I just don’t see that effort as being sustainable.  Jake Locker is back, and I think that means the Titans are getting back to their winning ways (I NEVER thought I would say that!).  Rule #1 for Tennessee, don’t let Locker get hit.

Chiefs @ Bills

Scottie: Chiefs 12

Another week and another win for the Chiefs.  The Bills are looking at starting Jeff Teul or Thad Lewis.  I actually have something in common with those guys.  I wasn’t drafted either! The Chiefs shall roll yet again.

MattyOshow: Chiefs – 10 CONFIDENCE POINTS

And the reign of bullshit games continues for the Kansas City Chiefs.  They head into Buffalo, where Thad Lewis has bruised ribs, EJ Manuel has been ruled out, and it’s looking like CJ Spiller won’t play.  You’re welcome KC, here’s another powder puff game for you.  Seriously, they must have the easiest schedule in the history for the NFL.

Chargers @ Redskins

Scottie: Redskins 2

I am going with the Redskins here because Matty has the Chargers.  I want to say RG3 will recover from his dreadful perfomance against the Broncos last week.  I want to say the Redskins will be able to contain Phillip Rivers.  I want to say Alfred Morris will finally get it going.  I want to say Jordan Reed is the next Julius Thomas/Jordan Cameron.  Maybe they will surprise me.

MattyOshow: Chargers – 2 CONFIDENCE POINTS

I’m sticking with the hot team in this one.  The Chargers had a bye last week, which gave them 2 weeks to prepare for the Redskins.  The only think going for Washington right now is Alfred Morris, and fittingly San Diego has one of the best run defenses in the NFL.  Until RG3 proves to me that he is healthy, I can’t roll with the ‘Skins.

Eagles @ Raiders

Scottie: Eagles 1

I just can’t quit the Eagles.  I am going with them again fully expecting to be wrong.  I hate myself for it.  I just can’t fathom how a team with so much talent can be so bad.  Terrelle Pryor has turned into a mini savior for the Raiders and is probably the only reason to watch them.  It will be interesting to see how the Raiders do over the next two seasons.

MattyOshow: Raiders – 1 CONFIDENCE POINT

The Eagles are forced into starting Nick Foles again, while the Raiders are coming off a tough win over the Steelers and seem to have stumbled on one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL a couple of seasons ago in the supplemental draft.  The Eagles are a different team with Mike Vick, but until he’s healthy I don’t have a lot of faith in Philly.

Buccaneers @ Seahawks

Scottie: Seahawks 13

I’ve been saying it for years.  Seattle doesn’t lose at home.  The Bucs have a less than zero chance of winning this one.  In fact the Bucs are better off trying to get that number 1 pick over Jacksonville at this point.  Doug Martin should join Mike Williams and take the rest of the season off.

MattyOshow: Seahawks – 13 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Scottie is right, the ‘Hawks don’t lose at home.

Ravens @ Browns

Scottie: Ravens 8

Who would have thought Brian Hoyer was the answer in Cleveland?  If Hoyer was still under center, I’d be tempted to pick the Browns here.  I can’t say the same for Jason Campbell.  I hate picking the Ravens but I just have to.

MattyOshow: Ravens – 5 CONFIDENCE POINTS

I feel for the Browns.  You see the effort.  Their defense is studly.  They might even be a better team without Trent Richardson.  Sadly, they have absolutely nobody that can play quarterback on that team, and it kills them every week.

Steelers @ Patriots

Scottie: Patriots 3

Hometown team.  I am not going to go against them.  The Patriots were resilient in their comeback win over Miami.  Tom Brady was not at his best, the defense is all banged up, and they still were able to win.  The Patriots will get Talib back this Sunday.  I don’t see Pittsburgh moving the ball effectively with Talib on the field.

MattyOshow: Patriots – 8 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The offense has to click eventually right?  I mean, Brady can’t be this bad forever, can he?  Is anyone listening?  Anyways, this isn’t the same Steelers team that we have seen in years past.  Big Ben doesn’t have much help on offense.  They cough up the ball way too many times.  Their defense looks like an old, slow unit.  I gotta stick with the Pats here.

Colts @ Texans

Scottie: Colts 4

I will be interested to see what the Colts look like without Reggie Wayne.  Who will become Andrew Luck’s primary receiver? TY Hilton or Darius Heyward-Bey?  No matter the answer, the Colts are still good enough to bear the Texans in Houston.  The Texans offense is non-existent without Arian Foster and/or Ben Tate.

MattyOshow: Colts – 9 CONFIDENCE POINTS

The Texans are banged up big-time, while the Colts are well rested after a bye week.  Advantage, Indy.

Bears @ Packers

Scottie: Packers 5

It amazes me how different the Bears are without Jay Cutler.  And normally, I love to bash Cutler.  Jarrett Boykin has filled in nicely for Randall Cobb in the Packer offense.  Eddie Lacy has added some stability to their rushing attack.  In a very important NFC North matchup, I like the Packers.

MattyOshow: Packers – 12 CONFIDENCE POINTS

No Cutler = no chance for the Bears.

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One Response

  1. Heading into Monday Night:

    Scottie: 9-3 62 Confidence Points
    Matt: 7-5 56 Confidence Points

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