By Scoop Fox
Hello everybody, welcome to another edition of Fox’s NFL Pick’ems. Remember when I said that my week 4 Pick’ems were bad? I’ll correct that, Week 5 was even worse. I’m sinking faster than the Atlanta Falcon’s season now that Julio Jones is on IR. I’ve made worse picks last week than Eli Manning would be proud of. I embarrassed myself worse than the Jaguars’ pitiful performance this season. I....I....I....
Okay I’ll stop the banter. Last week was last week. This week is a whole new week and that means new picks to be made. So enough talking, on to the picks!
Week 5 Record: 6-8
Season Record: 46-31
Byes: Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins
Thursday 8:25 p.m. EST
New York Giants @ Chicago Bears
Stevie Wonder could have seen who I was going to pick. I’m a fan of Big Blue but I’m not a lemming like Patriots fans.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. EST
Green Bay Packers @ Baltimore Ravens
This game pits two Super Bowl champions in the past 3 years with QBs who were MVPs of said Super Bowls (Rodgers for Packers in SB XLV & Flacco for the Ravens in XVLII). The Packers’ defense is going to sorely miss LB Clay Matthews as he is going to miss a few weeks due to a thumb injury. That will prove costly as that will free up Ravens RB Ray Rice, who can create a mismatch since he can run and catch out of the backfield. However the Ravens defense will have a hard time against the Packers offense that’s 3rd in scoring (29.5 ppg) and the 4th best passing offense (312.2 ypg).
Cincinnati Bengals @ Buffalo Bills
For all the crap that the Bengals are getting on offense, they have one of the more gritty defenses in the league (7th in scoring with 17.4 ppg and 8th overall with allowing 316.8 ypg). They’ll be taking on a Bills offense lead by a 3rd string QB (Thadeus Lewis) and we all know how that’s going to turn out.
Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns
Drew Carrey....take it away.
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.
St. Louis Rams @ Houston Texans
It’s not a fun week to be Texans QB Matt Schaub. Aside from blowing against the 49ers, you had a fan come to your home to curse you out and you lost one of your passing targets (TE Owen Daniels) to injury and he’ll be out for a while. At least the defense is holding up somewhat and the best part, they’re going to be facing the 30th rushing offense (66.4 ypg).
Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota Vikings
Vikings head coach Leslie Fraizer said that Christian Ponder will be starting in this game instead of the recently signed Josh Freeman. But who are we kidding? Hell they could bring back QB Fran Tarkenton and he could put up 300+ yards passing and 3 TDs against this Panthers defense.
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
What’s really messed up is that the last few match ups the Raiders beat the Chiefs, including a 15-0 shutout last year. However The Chiefs have not looked this good for a long time under Andy Reid. It’ll be a tough game at first, given that the Chiefs are facing a divisional opponent. But we all know how this will turn out in the end.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Jets
Steelers could use these little guys as replacements for their piss poor backfield.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After this game, Eagles RB Lady Gaga is going to try to start a twitter war with Bucs RB Doug Martin by saying he sucks and that some other running back on another team is better. Hopefully Bucs DT Gerald McCoy can shut up his Eagle counterpart. That's assuming that he doesn't become another victim in the recent staph infection outbreak down in Tampa Bay.
Sunday 4:05 p.m. EST
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Denver Broncos
You know you suck when one team scores the same amount of points in one game you’ve scored in an entire season. Jaguars might catch a break and score more than 20 points going up against a Broncos defense that’s 26th in points allowed (27.8 ppg). It’s weird that back in the late 90s, the Jaguars used to own the Broncos. But that was when the Jags were good. Now…not so much…
Tennessee Titans @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle’s ‘Legion of Boom’ got lit up by the likes of Andrew Luck and the Colts last week in that stunning 34-28 loss. This time they’re up against an average QB and Ryan Fitzpatrick and a below average RB in Chris Johnson. The Seahawks cannot screw this one up.
Sunday 4:25 p.m. EST
New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots
Last time these two teams met was back in 2009 in New Orleans where the Saints proceeded to kick the Patriots ass 38-17. Now things might be different this time around. The Patriots’ defense has improved slightly (giving up only 345.0 ypg (16th overall) and 14.0 ppg (2nd overall) respectively) since then but they still have no answer for the versatile RB Darren Sproles (averaged 4.1 ypc and 11.8 ypr) as well as the likes of TE Jimmy Graham (who leads the league in receiving yards with 593, is 2nd in receiving TDs with 6, and 3rd in catches for over 20+ yards with 10). Not to mention that the Saints defense has become one of the more aggressive and better defenses now that Rob Ryan has taken over as defensive coordinator. But hey, at least the Patriots get back TE Rob Gronkowski. That counts for something…..said the optimistic yet stupid Patriots fan.
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
The match up that will be key in this is 49ers RB Frank Gore against the Cardinals’ front 7. Gore is 8th overall in rushing yards (376) and is his team’s top rusher while the Cardinals are 3rd in rushing defense (allowing 79.0 ypg) and have not allowed a rusher to go over 100 yards this season or the past 8 games going all the way back to December 16, 2012 (Last time was Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch with 128 in a 58-0 W over the Cardinals back on December 9th in Seattle). Throw in the fact that 49ers OLB/DE Aldon Smith is going to be locked up for a while on a few felony charges and this should be a Cardinals’ victory.
Sunday Night Football 8:30 p.m. EST
Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
I cannot believe I’m saying this but last week’s loss was not Tony Romo’s fault. Though he did throw that costly interception, it’s kind of hard to win games when your defense gives up 51 points. It seems like Tony Romo is our generations version of Don "Dandy Don" Meredith, does good in the regular season and then gets the blame when the team losses in the postseason. Lucky for Mr. Romo, he’s going up against the worst defense in the league (440.5 ypg allowed) that includes the 28th ranked passing defense (298.2 ypg allowed). Oh and here’s the funny. That interception Tony threw was his 2nd interception of the year. He's stepped up his game, let's hope his 28th ranked defense does the same.
Monday Night Football 8:40 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers
Already QB Andrew Luck is showing that he’s the cream of last year’s QB draft as he’s guiding the Colts to an impressive 4-1 start. Right now the team is riding high right now, winners of their last 3 games in a row. Two of those victories came against the two elite NFC teams: a 27-7 drubbing of the 49ers in San Francisco and a stunning 34-28 W against the Seattle Seahawks with their ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary. San Diego, on the other hand, is having its typical up-and-down season. In odd number weeks (1, 3, 5) they’re 0-3 while in even number weeks (2, 4) they’re 2-0. You would think because of that logic the Chargers will win in week 6. That would only apply if they were playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, which sadly they’re not.
That’s all folks. Tune in next week for another fun episode of Fox’s Pick’ems as I will hopefully be back to my winning ways.
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This is Scoop Fox, signing off. Peace out everybody.
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