How did everyone do last week? I'm glad you asked.
Week 6 proved to be harder to predict...Much harder, especially for the guy writing this. Our top reader entry went 8-6 (GizzardFanny again) with a nice guy named Bryce coming in a distant but respectable second via email. As for the staff, we also took a step backward after week 5. Josh Boeke held onto his lead, with Kyle, Laura, and Brent close behind, and yours truly going 5-9.
Here are this week's staff picks:
As for week 7, there aren't many games that look like a sure thing, but that didn't stop our entire staff from picking New England and Chicago. After their frustrating loss, it's hard to imagine the Patriots losing at home to their old buddy Rex Ryan. Chicago is a home team allowing half as many points as they score, which is usually a formula for success.
Overall, this is a week full of fun and intriguing NFL games. There is a matchup of teams that barely play defense but don't have elite quarterbacks (Tennessee and Buffalo), and a something’s-got-to-give game between a maligned defense and an overall anemic offense in Tampa Bay. Also in a battle for rookie quarterback bragging rights, our own Andrew Luck and the Colts will take on the photogenic Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns. Weeden actually leads all rookies with 1,519 yards.
Here's a full run-down of this week's games:
|SEA @ SF||
This was a 13-6 fantasy football wasteland, but a good old-fashioned defensive struggle.
|TEN @ BUF||This weekend, if Hasselbeck and Fitzpatrick play well, we could see a re-enactment of Baylor versus West Virginia.|
|DAL @ CAR||Carolina is trying to remember how to score touchdowns. Dallas barely lost to the Ravens last week. Then again, this is the any given Sunday league, and Carolina is at home.|
|BAL @ HOU||Houston will be looking to rebound from the shellacking they took against Green Bay. Baltimore is riding the arm of Joe Flacco, especially after the devastating injuries on defense.|
|WAS @ NYG||RGIII is completing an astounding 70% of his passes. Eli has thrown 11 touchdowns. This one could be a scorcher, but if it comes down to needing a stop, I'd go with the Giants.|
|NO @ TB||The Saints are allowing points and yardage at an alarming rate, but the Bucs are struggling to move the ball. Somebody is going to make an improvement this week. But who?|
|GB @ STL||The Packers wasted Houston in Week 6, but don't discount the home team. The Rams reminded us that they CAN move the ball with 462 yards last week. Now if they can just put it in the end zone.|
|ARI @ MIN||Raise your hand if you thought this would be a meeting between 4-2 teams. Arizona gains less than 300 yards per game and will be starting their backup QB, John Skelton.|
|CLE @ IND||Many people are concerned about Richardson, though he averages 3.6 ypc. That doesn't mean much going against the Colts' defense, but this is still a home game against a 1-5 team. Go Colts.|
|JAX @ OAK||High value on special teams? A team that took a punter in the 3rd round takes on a team that once drafted a kicker in the 1st. Oh, and they're each 1-4.|
|NYJ @ NE||I wonder if there will be any trash talking in this one...|
|PIT @ CIN||Cincinnati has home field advantage, but allows a ton of points per game. Pittsburgh will be playing to keep their playoff hopes alive and to get their first road win.|
|DET @ CHI||One team is holding opponents to 14 ppg. The other is the Detroit Lions. The Lions will be hoping Cutler revives his old habit of throwing passes to the defense.|
Update - Notable Readers, in no particular order (Way to go, Daniel Graham, aka @ColtsInsider). A couple readers may not have been charted on here. I focused on the ones who did particularly well:
I would've picked SF.
Anyway, onto Sunday
BUF over mia
CAR over dal
HOU over bal
IND over cle
MIN over ari
NO over tampa
GB over stl
NYG over was
OAK over jax
NE over nyj
CIN over pit
CHI over det
That was quite chalkish
I thought my picks sucked last week. Guess all is relative ;-) Probably can't live up to these first weeks as the season goes by.
SF (Yay!), BUF, DAL, HOU, IND, ARI, NYG, GB, TB, NE, OAK, CIN and CHI.