By Scoop Fox
Hello everybody, welcome to another edition of Fox’s NFL Pick’ems. Yeah, not going to lie. Last weekend was another burnout, the first sub-.500 performance of the season. It was like running into a wall, that’s how bad it was.
Well not that literally per say. Any who, better to get it out of the way now before it hits during the latter parts. Going into this week, we still have 5 undefeated teams and winless teams. Who is going to get their first loss? Who is going to get their first win? Why am I still talking to you? On with the picks!
Week 4 Record: 7-8
Season Record: 40-23
Byes: Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
Thursday 8:25 p.m.
Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns
Could have cared less about this one. Don’t care even I made this pick a day late or a year late. Doesn't matter in the end.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals
Patriots are starting to draw some attention after their 30-23 victory last week over in Atlanta last Sunday night. However they lost NT Vince Wilfork for the season due to a torn Achilles, contradicting GM Bill Belichump’s reports that it was merely a blister. No worries though as they face a Bengals team that they pretty much have been owning, averaging 26.0 ppg while holding the Bengals to 14.7 ppg.
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
A classic divisional showdown between two NFC North teams….is what I would say if it were true. The Packers are coming off an early bye week, getting back RB Eddie Lacey from concussion. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. In the McCarthy Era (’06-Present Day), the Packers are 6-1 (.857) coming off the bye week. That’s not good for the Lions, especially since they are also 1-13 (.077) against the Pack in that same timeframe.
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts
Remember when I said that the 49ers were an elite defense? I take that back. The Seahawks are the real deal of an elite defense and a scrappy team that can fight back against adversity (see their 23-20 come-from-behind victory against the Texans last week). Best part is they did it without a key DE Bruce Irvin. Now that he’s coming back from injury, Colts QB Andrew Luck isn’t feeling so lucky anymore.
Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins received a thrashing by the Saints last Monday night but only because the Saints boast an elite offensive. Baltimore, on the other hand, are 27th in total offense (317.5ypg), including 28th in rushing (64.0 ypg), 13th in passing (253.5 ypg), and tied for 16th in scoring with the Dolphins (22.8 ppg). Not exactly something to worry about.
New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears
We all knew how the Saints would react when they got back head coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines. What we couldn’t predict was the impact of Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator. Since Rob has taken over, the Saints are 5th in scoring against (13.8 ppg), 6th in total yards allowed (304.5), and 5th against the pass (192.2 ypg). If that doesn’t convince you, then here’s a quick fact: Rob Ryan’s dad was Buddy Ryan, who was the genius mastermind behind the ‘46’ of Mike Ditka’s ’85 Bears.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
The Giants have been outscored 69-7 in the past two games while the Eagles have been outscored 74-36 in the same span. Giants lost 4 straight, Eagles lost 3 straight. Giants are 32nd in scoring defense (36.5 ppg) while Eagles are 31st in scoring defense (34.5 ppg). In short, it’s going to be an offensive field day. However the Giants are getting a big boost on defense as they recently acquired 3-time Pro Bowler MLB Jon Beason from the Panthers.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Tennessee Titans
I will admit, I am hopping on the Kansas City bandwagon and who wouldn’t. They already doubled their win total from last year (4-0), have committed the fewest turnovers all season (3), and allowed the fewest points scored on defense (10.2 ppg). They’re going up against a Tennessee Titans that they are tied with for the best turnover differential in the NFL (+9). However the Titans are going to be without QB Jake Locker and going with the incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick. Well…. All I can say is that my family in St. Louis is going to like this pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ St. Louis Rams
After trading their best offensive lineman earlier this week (OT Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens), the Jaguars have signify to their fans that they are gearing up for next year. While they are at it, let’s hope they get rid of MJD and Blaine Gabbert while they are at it.
Sunday 4:05 p.m.
Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals
Ugh…Wake me up when this snooze fest.
Sunday 4:25 p.m.
Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys
Up until this point, Broncos’ Peyton Manning TD-Int Ratio is 16:0. This could be a challenge for him since he’s going up against a legit CB duo of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Not to mention Manning will be looking over his shoulder for All-Pro DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware. But then again that’s why the Broncos went out to get WR Wes Welker. This game was meant for him.
Sunday 8:30 p.m.
Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers
49ers OLB/DE Aldon Smith will be missing this game due to his ‘rehab’ stint. Though that factor didn’t show against the lowly Rams last week. However the Texans are a vastly more talented team despite recently events and they have their best defender, DE J.J. Watt, ready to go. If that doesn’t scare 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, he’ll be on watch for future HoF S Ed Reed patrolling the Texans’ defensive backfield.
Sunday 11:35 p.m.
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
Now this is the late late late late late late late late night game, due to the Oakland A’s having a playoff game earlier in the day. Arhnuld….take it away. I’m going to bed.
Monday Night Football 8:40 p.m.
New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons
It’s the green team versus the red team down in the ‘Jewel of the South’ in Atlanta. The following clip is going to be a prediction of what we believe could happen:
So in short, gotta give it to those Red Birds.
That’s all folks. Tune in next time for another fun episode of Fox’s Pick’ems and be sure to tune in Wednesday for 990WBOB sports. Now to end it on a high note, here’s a baby following fat people around with a tuba.
This is Scoop Fox, signing off.
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