By Scoop Fox
Oh it’s good to be back. That’s right folks, it’s time for Scoop Fox’s Pick’ems. Even with the penalty last week, yours truly was able to score double digits in correct picks. Not a bad way to start the season. This week we're faced with a few divisional rival match ups as well as a sibling rivalry. Now let’s hope to it with the Pick’ems.
Disclaimer: Don't take it too personal if I don't pick your team. Also please do not use these pick'ems for actual Vegas Picks. If you do, the author demands 59.952 % of the cut.
Week 1 Record: 11-5
Season Record: 11-5
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Let’s be honest: both offenses are hurting. The Jets offense has no weapons outside of rookie QB Geno Smith. However the Patriots are going to be without TE Rob Gronkwoski, RB Shane Vereen, WR Danny Amendola. All their hopes will be on an oft-injured WR Julian Edleman, Fumbles Mcgee in RB Steven Ridely, and the rest. Rex Ryan may be a horrible coach but he’s a defensive guru. Look for him and the Jets D to plague Tom Brady all night.
St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta had the hiccups last week against the Saints defense. However they were going against a defensive guru in Rob Ryan, who knows how to coach a defense. All though the Rams have gotten nice little pieces themselves on defense (DEs Chris Long & Robert Quinn, LB James Laurinaitis, and DB Cortland Finnegan), they’ll still be outgunned by the Falcons’ receiving corp. Not to mention newly acquired Falcons’ running back, former Rams, Steve Jackson will be pumped up going against his former team.
San Diego Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Here’s what will happen: Chargers will get up by like 20. Eagles will just run and run and run. Chargers choke lead. Eagles kick game winning field goal and talks of Chip Kelly as coach of the year will start happening. God I hate the f-----g Eagles but…ugh….
Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs
You would think that the Cowboys would have it easy in this one. However Chiefs HC Andy Reid has practically seen everything in the Dallas playbook due to his time in Philly. Not to mention that Dallas QB Tony Romo was banged up against the Giants, specifically in the ribs area. Chiefs fans will be buzzing when their team matches their 2012 season wins total in just Week 2 of 2013.
Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts
Both teams have slipshod running games. Both teams have adequate defenses. The Colts have a QB of the future who can perform in big games in Andrew Luck. The Dolphins…well….at least their QB has a swell and respectable first name.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Texans showed some heart last Monday night, coming back from a 28-7 deficit midway through the 3rd quarter in San Diego to win 31-28. Although the Titans got an upset W over the Steelers, the Texans have a more potent offense with more weapons as well as a defense led by the stud known as DE J.J. Watt.
Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers
Looks like there is some rust on RGIII, throwing 2 INTs and nearly losing the football. You know he’s going to improve. However the Redskins defense is going up against Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 333 yards and 3 TDs against a really good 49ers defense. I give this to the dairy products of Green Bay.
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
No matter how bad the Ravens were torched in Denver, at least they were able to score more than 20 points.
Carolina Panthers @ Buffalo Bills
Bills were one WR Stevie Johnson dropped pass from stealing a victory against the Patriots. That’s gotta account for something right?
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Here's a messed up number that people will not believe: 0. That’s how many times Bears QB Jay Cutler was sacked in week 1. I guess amidst all the anti-Cutler chants by everybody that the Bears players actually like the guy.
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Time for Darrelle Revis to put up or shut up. After squandering his chances last week against Geno Smith, he’ll be going up against one of the elites in Drew Brees. If that doesn’t worry him, then perhaps the imminent implosion of his team will.
Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald will break his 2012 mark of 4TDs catches just alone in this game. Not to mention that Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson will be more than enough to take down Megatron. Cardinals, transform and roll out!
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders
Last week, I predicted the Raiders would go 0-16. However the Jaguars scored only 2 points against the Chiefs while the Raiders nearly ran off with a victory against the Colts. This time, I decided to go with the lesser of the two evils. Oakland has little talent but it still beats Jacksonville’s talent.
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants
We all know about the Eli-Peyton Commercial where they were pretending to rap or something. But this classic gem fits better for this week:
That’s right folks, it’s another Peyton vs. Eli showdown. Both quarterbacks are elite and have won their fair share of big games and both are on offenses with receiving corps that other teams wish they could have (D. Thomas, Welker, Decker, J. Thomas for Denver and Nicks, Cruz, Randle, Meyers for New York). But it will all come down going to be which defense can stop which offense. Hate to say this but when it comes to quarterbacking, Peyton can read defenses faster and make less mistakes than younger brother Eli as shown last week (0 INTs to 3 INTS). Eli shows his brilliance when the game is on the line but it’ll be hard to come back after a 3 TD deficit.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Matchup everybody wants to see is 49ers WR Anqain Boldin against CB Richard Sherman. Boldin is coming off a 208-yard performance against the Packers. But overall, both teams have strong running backs, stout defenses, and a mobile QB that can throw (Colin Kapernick for 49ers & Russell Wilson for Seattle). However because it’s in Seattle, you know the 12th man will play in affect.
Monday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 1-3 against the Steelers and in the last match up in Cinncy, Steelers CB Ike Taylor held Bengals WR A.J. Green to one catch. Now the Bengals got former Steelers LB James Harrison, you can bet Dalton and Green are getting tips on how to beat the Steelers D. No need to worry about the Steelers’ offense, they got nothing on there.
That’s all folks. Tune in next time for another fun episode of Fox’s Pick’ems and be sure to tune in Wednesday nights 8-10 p.m. for mean Psycho Sports. In fact here's a preview of next week's show with Michael Parente as (played by Sylvester Stallone) and Kevin Aherne (played by the other dude) about steroids in baseball.
This is Scoop Fox, signing off.
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