2013 Week 13 NFL Picks: Scottie vs Mattyoshow

A rather busy week for this guy.  Apologies for not giving any rhyme or reason for my choices this week.  But then again I am smoking MattyO like a nice fat Cuban so I don’t need to explain myself.

Last Week:

Scottie: 7-6-1 – 54 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Mattyoshow: 6-7-1 – 41 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Overall:

Scottie: 108-67 -1 895 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Mattyoshow: 99-76-1 – 878 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Packers @ Lions

Scottie: Lions 13

Mattyoshow: Lions – 14

On a short week, with little preparation time, I’m just not sure if Matt Flynn can get the job done.  He looked decent last week when he led the Packers back to force a tie against the Vikings.  But then again, it was against the Minnesota Vikings.  I think that the Lions defensive line will be able to put a lot of pressure on Flynn, therefore not allowing the Packers to score enough to keep up with the Lions.

Raiders @ Cowboys

Scottie: Cowboys 15

Mattyoshow: Cowboys – 13

When the NFL made their Thanksgiving day schedule, they must have anticipated that every household would be enjoying Turkey around 3:30pm and not tuning in to watch football, because this game sucks.  The Raiders are…the Raiders.  The Cowboys love sloppy football.  I’m not sure if I will watch 1 minute of this game.  Cowboys win, that’s all.

Steelers @ Ravens

Scottie: Ravens 4

Mattyoshow: Steelers – 5

The Baltimore Ravens are a mystery to me.  Their defense shuts down the Jets last week, but then surrenders 23 points to the Chicago Bears, led by Josh McCown, the week before.  Offensive inconsistency has plagued the Ravens all season.  They are ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing.  Yes, Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens are near the bottom of the league in rushing.  The Steelers are hot, but their consistency hasn’t been awesome either.  They are ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing.  I have more faith in Roethlisberger than I do in Flacco, so I’m going with the Steelers to keep their hot streak going.

Titans @ Colts

Scottie: Colts 5

Mattyoshow: Colts – 9

The Colts have to win soon, right?  They can’t keep playing this poorly, right?  I don’t really know how to explain blow out losses against the Rams and Cardinals for the Colts.  Andrew Luck hasn’t been good.  Trent Richardson continues to struggle.  Their defense hasn’t been able to stop a nose bleed.  I’m just not sure what to make of this Colts team.  I think that at home, the Colts get the win, but I’m not overly confident.

Jaguars @ Browns

Scottie: Browns 12

Mattyoshow: Jaguars – 1

You might be asking yourself, “Matt, why the heck are you picking the Jaguars to beat the Browns?”  My answer is simple: Brandon Weeden.

Buccaneers @ Panthers

Scottie: Panthers 16

Mattyoshow: Panthers – 15

The Bucs have been hot lately, having won 3 games in a row against some decent opponents, Miami, Atlanta, and Detroit.  However, no team in the NFL has been hotter than the Carolina Panthers, who have won seven games in a  row and eight of their last nine.  Combined with some luck and favorable calls, the Carolina Panthers have been exceptionally steady on both sides of the ball, and I look for that to continue at home against a divisional opponent.

Bears @ Vikings

Scottie: Bears 6

Mattyoshow: Vikings – 2

I’m not on the Christian Ponder bandwagon.  Josh McCown has played pretty well in relief of Jay Cutler over the past few weeks, but the loss to St. Louis last week baffled me.  I think that the Vikings will be able to control the clock with Adrian Peterson (the Bears have the worst rush defense in the NFL), and win a close one at home.

Patriots @ Texans

Scottie: Patriots 14

Mattyoshow: Patriots – 16

The Texans will get after Tom Brady.  J.J. Watt seems to love smashing Tom Brady into the ground.  The Texans have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL (statistically the best), so I expect the Pats to try and move the ball on the ground with Brandon Bolden and LaGarette Blount (Ridley is in the doghouse), and utilize the screen game with Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola.  Bill Belichick vs Case Keenum = advantage Patriots.

Cardinals @ Eagles

Scottie: Eagles 2

Mattyoshow: Cardinals – 8

Arizona presents a very difficult matchup for the Eagles.  I have complete confidence that the Eagles could win a game that turns into a shootout.  But, the question is can they win a defensive battle, and I think that’s what will get answered this week.  The Cardinals will stop the run (they are the 2nd best run defense in the NFL), and Patrick Peterson will lock down DeSean Jackson.  That means Nick Foles will have to win the game with Riley Cooper, Brent Celek, and company.  I don’t have that much confidence in Foles yet.

Dolphins @ Jets

Scottie: Jets 1

Mattyoshow: Dolphins – 7

This game is going to be ugly.  Somehow, both of these terrible teams are still in the playoff hunt, although they will make for an easy win if someone is lucky enough to face them in the playoffs.  The Dolphins have at least been competing lately, while the Jets have been getting absolutely smoked.  On the bright side, Geno Smith is right.  He isn’t Mark Sanchez…he might be worse!

Falcons @ Bills

Scottie: Bills 3

Mattyoshow: Bills – 4

What a terrible game.  What started as a promising season for the Bills has turned into a constant battle against injuries and some inconsistent play.  Meanwhile, the Falcons have gone from Super Bowl contenders to potential JaDaveon Clowney contenders.  EJ Manuel played well last week against the Jets, and at home in the elements, I expect him to have the advantage over Matt Ryan.

Rams @ 49ers

Scottie:49ers 9

Mattyoshow: 49ers – 12

In my eyes, the 49ers win over the Redskins on Monday night was their announcement that they aren’t going out without a fight.  Colin Kaepernick finally did’t suck, Anquan Boldin was productive, and the 49ers will get Michael Crabtree back to add yet another weapon to their offense.  The Rams have been hot lately, but I don’t think they have enough offensive firepower to stick with San Francisco.

Bengals @ Chargers

Scottie: Chargers 7

Mattyoshow: Bengals – 3

After losing 3 straight games, the Chargers pulled out a win last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.  Meanwhile, after losing 2 straight games, the Bengals picked up a win last week over the Browns.  Both teams need wins to stay either atop their division (Bengals) or in the playoff race (San Diego).  I like the Bengals in this one because of their ability to pressure Philip Rivers.

Broncos @ Chiefs

Scottie: Broncos 8

Mattyoshow: Broncos – 11

The Chiefs look like a team that is on the verge of collapse, which is weird to say about a team that is 9-2.  However, Tamba Hali is banged up and Justin Houston should miss significant time as elbow dislocations are pretty rare and somewhat complicated.  Peyton Manning and the Broncos will look to rebound after a tough loss against the Patriots.

Giants @ Redskins

Scottie: Giants 11

Mattyoshow: Giants – 6

The Redskins are on the verge of implosion.  RG3’s dad is walking into the locker room to console his baby of a son.  Mike Shanahan is running out of skin lotion and his face is as red as ever.  Alfred Morris is getting carries taken away from him by Roy Helu for some crazy reason.  Meanwhile, the Giants need to win out to have a shot at the playoffs, and will look to get that started in Washington.

Saints @ Seahawks

Scottie: Seahawks 10

Mattyoshow: Seahawks – 10

I am completely torn over this game.  The Saints have won three in a row and have a vastly improved defense than what we are used to.  Meanwhile, the Seahawks have won 6 games in a row, and as usual have a very good defense and solid run game.  I was originally leaning towards the Saints in this one because of the Seahawks woes in the secondary due to suspensions.  However, upon further consideration I don’t see the Seahawks losing at home.

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3 Responses

  1. After Thanksgiving Day:

    Scottie: 3-0 – 32 CONFIDENCE POINTS
    Matt: 2-1 – 27 CONFIDENCE POINTS

  2. Heading into Monday night:

    Scottie: 10-5 – 97 CONFIDENCE POINTS
    Mattyoshow: 12-3 – 109 CONFIDENCE POINTS

  3. Scottie- 11-5 107 Matty 13-3 119

    uh oh a come back?

    scottie;: 119-72-1 1002
    matty; 112-79-1 997

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