WEEK 3 Picks: Learning On the Fly

Posted: September 25, 2011 by Keith Stone in 2011 NFL Picks, football, NFL

It’s getting to the point in the season where it’s easier to figure things out. It’s like when you start college. At first, you don’t even know where the dining hall is. Next thing you know, you’re fingering a drunk sorority chick at a bar in Alphabet City. As such, our picks have been improving. And yes, the Chiefs are the drunk sorority chick. We all went over .500 last week, with Rory backing up his 9-win prediction by nailing 11 picks to set the pace for WEEK 2. The success may have gone to his head, however, as he has guaranteed to win the overall title, despite not being a football fan. I guess a kid’s gotta do something during the NBA lockout. Onto the picks:

49ERS AT BENGALS (-2.5)
Stone: 49ers
I picked the Niners to win the West. If they’re going to, this is a game they need to win.

Rodave: Bengals

Rory: 49ers

DP Animal: Bengals

Phanatic: 49ers

PATRIOTS (-8.5) AT BILLS
Stone: Bills
I’m officially on the Bills’ bandwagon, which is great because…

Rodave: Patriots

Rory: Bills
I went back and forth on this.  I think this game will be close in the “Cam Newton cheap touchdown to cover the spread against Green Bay last week” sense.

DP Animal: Bills
Figure the Pats will win, but I like the Bills to cover at home.  Biggest game in Buffalo in a few years!

Phanatic: Patriots
Sorry bills fans, they’re not for real and they’re not meant to go 3-0.

TEXANS AT SAINTS (-3.5)
Stone: Saints
It’s going to be close but I like the home team.

Rodave: Saints

Rory: Saints

DP Animal: Saints

Phanatic: Saints

DOLPHINS AT BROWNS (-2.5)
Stone: Dolphins
Can we contract some teams here?

Rodave: Browns

Rory: Dolphins
I just don’t like Ohio this week.  And, ever.

DP Animal: Browns
In a matchup of mediocre vs. bad, I’ll take the mediocre home team.

Phanatic: Dolphins

BRONCOS AT TITANS (-6.5)
Stone: Broncos

Rodave: Titans

Rory: Broncos
Still unsure about what to think of the Titans.  Or the Broncos.  Or Obama’s job plan.

DP Animal: Titans
Denver is a mess right now, and Tennessee is quietly playing very well.

Phanatic: Broncos

LIONS (-3.5) AT VIKINGS
Stone: Lions
They’re for real.

Rodave: Vikings

Rory: Lions
This Donovan McNabb situation is playing out eerily similar to the Brett Favre situation.  I’m expecting penis shots on Deadspin any day now.

DP Animal: Lions

Phanatic: Lions

JAGUARS AT PANTHERS (-3.5)
Stone: Jaguars
Will Cam Newton ever come down to earth?

Rodave: Panthers

Rory: Panthers

DP Animal: Panthers

Phanatic: Panthers
Ugh. Is it just me or are there a lot of terrible games this week?

GIANTS AT DREAM TEAM (-7.5)
Stone: Giants
Bow wow.

Rodave: Dream Team

Rory: Dream Team
The Giants didn’t invent winning ugly, or perfect winning ugly, but last week they might have submitted winning ugly for the approval of the Midnight Society.

DP Animal: Dream Team
Since Vick will play, I expect the Eagles to roll.

Phanatic: Giants
These teams always play on each other’s level when they meet. Gonna be a close one.

CHIEFS AT CHARGERS (-14.5)
Stone: Chiefs

Rodave: Chargers

Rory: Chargers
Or -114.5.  Doesn’t matter at this point with the Chiefs.

DP Animal: Chargers
Don’t love laying more than 2 TDs, but the Chiefs look utterly finished.

Phanatic: Chargers

JETS (-2.5) AT RAIDERS
Stone: Raiders
Somebody might be a little overconfident after last week.

Rodave: Jets

Rory: Jets

DP Animal: Jets
The Raiders are feisty, but the Jets are really good.  That should be enough.

Phanatic: Jets

RAVENS (-3.5) AT RAMS
Stone: Ravens
The Ravens seem to fluctuate as much as Oprah’s weight.

Rodave: Ravens

Rory: Ravens

DP Animal: Ravens
Bounceback game for Baltimore…playing the NFC West sure is nice.

Phanatic: Ravens

FALCONS AT BUCCANEERS (-1.5)
Stone: Falcons
Still not convinced about the Bucs.

Rodave: Falcons

Rory: Falcons

DP Animal: Falcons
The comeback in Minnesota might have saved the season for Tampa Bay, but I’m not sure they have enough to get past a very good Atlanta team.

Phanatic: Falcons

CARDINALS (-3.5) AT SEAHAWKS
Stone: Seahawks

Rodave: Cardinals

Rory: Cardinals

DP Animal: Seahawks
This line makes no sense to me.  Yes, the Seahawks are 0-2 and looked terrible last week.  But they were playing at Pittsburgh.  They’re a vastly better team at home, and the Cardinals have holes up and down their roster.

Phanatic: Seahawks
A barnburner for all 13 people that will tune in.

PACKERS (-3.5) AT BEARS
Stone: Packers
Can’t wait to see Jay Cutler scowling on the sidelines.

Rodave: Packers

Rory: Packers

DP Animal: Packers

Phanatic: Bears

STEELERS (-10.5) AT COLTS
Stone: Steelers
I hope the Colts have their rape whistles handy for this one.

Rodave: Steelers

Rory: Steelers
I kind of envy Colts fans.  As a Nets fan, I’d rather lose a star to an injury than lose him for Rafer Alston’s and Tony Battie’s expiring contracts.  At least they’ll get the star back at some point.

DP Animal: Steelers

Phanatic: Steelers

REDSKINS AT COWBOYS (-6.5)
Stone: Redskins
The Skins might be better off if Romo plays. A cracked rib is not a fun injury.

Rodave: Cowboys

Rory: Redskins
Go meteorite!

DP Animal: Redskins

Phanatic: Redskins

CURRENT RECORDS
Stone: 18-12 (Last week: 10-6)
Rory: 16-14 (11-5)
Rodave: 15-15 (9-7)
Phanatic: 14-16 (9-7)
DP Animal: 13-17 (9-7)

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