Punt, Pass and Pick: Week Eight
Jonathan Munshaw, News Editor: I don’t really know how to top some of the answers that Arts & Life gave last week, but at least the Browns were able to pick up their second win of the season last week.
It was ugly, but a win nonetheless. I don’t think winning will be a problem this week against Jeremy, who, although he is my boss, I am a firm believer that he knows nothing about sports.
I didn’t get to watch much football this weekend, as I was playing Pokemon for the majority of Hurricane Sandy, but I am confident that ESPN Stats and Information have given me the power to go for a clean sweep this week.
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Editor-in-Chief: Good afternoon, this is Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Bauer-Wolf bringing you all the football knowledge you need to know for the week.
Seriously, I do not follow football. I don’t really follow sports.
Thus, I have based my decisions solely on how wicked cool the team mascots are or are not.
I’m not too worried. It’s not like Munch has actually won.
Jon: The Broncos are coming off a 34-14 win against the Saints last week along with a strong performance from Peyton Manning, who completed 22 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns.
The running game was also strong for the Broncos, as Willis McGahee ran for 122 yards and a touchdown.
This could pose a problem for the Bengals defense, who has been giving up an average of 4.4 yards per carry.
I foresee McGahee having a similar game, and Andy Dalton not having an answer.
Broncos 30, Bengals 21
Jeremy: Have you ever Googled a bronco? I know what it is, but just perusing Google images and the Wikipedia page, I stumbled upon even more pictures of epic Ford vehicles that look like they could crush Mike Tyson and bloodthirsty feral horses.
This automatically increases the awesomeness level of the Broncos by 110 percent. Game. Set. Match.
Broncos 44, Bengals 3
Jon: This is the first time in a while that I’ve picked a Browns game, and the main reason why I wanted to pick this game is because I, along with Assistant Sports Editor Jesse Jones, think the Browns are going to finally beat the Ravens.
The Ravens, who got thrashed two weeks ago by the Texans, barely got by the Cowboys the week before that.
The Browns, on the other hand, have been on the rise, winning their second game of the year last week against the Chargers, as running back Trent Richardson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Cleveland will control the clock in this game and pull one out.
Browns 14, Ravens 10
Jeremy: OK, I know I said I’d try to avoid real game predictions, but I am a Ravens fan, (purple is my favorite color) and I am concerned with their performance as of late.
It’s not their fault. They’ve lost Ray Lewis to a tricep tear – yikes – and Webb to a ACL tear.
This resulted in a massacre to the Texans. Simply embarrassing.
And though the Browns are the Browns, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has grown significantly, completing 75 of 132 passes (57 percent) for 915 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions in the past four games, and hasn’t committed a turnover the past two games.
Browns 19, Ravens 7
Jon: This is a battle of the surprises this year.
The Vikings who are 5-3 and currently second in the NFC East, and Seattle who is 4-4 and tied for second in the NFC East, which is admittedly awful.
Christian Ponder has also been a pleasant surprise for Minnesota, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for over 1,700 yards.
This could come down to a defensive game though, as the Vikings have the fourth best defense in the league, and the Seahawks have the sixth best, according to Sporting News.
Rookie quarterback for Seattle Russell Wilson still has some kinks to work out, so I don’t see them winning this game against a strong Minnesota defense.
Vikings 30, Seahawks 20
Jeremy: Well, this is an easy call. Honestly, who doesn’t appreciate Viking culture?
They drink mead, have enormous, bushy beards that are excellent for small mammals to sleep in and they own the most ridiculously epic headpieces with horny protrusions.
Truly masterful. Their opponents are the Seahawks, which are not nearly as interesting. What can you do, seahawk? Catch fish? Go home, seahawks. Go home.
Vikings 28, Seahawks 17
Jon: Speaking of defenses, the Giants have the best in the league and are going up against the Steelers this week, who beat the Redskins last week while wearing whatever the hell exactly they were wearing.
As much as I absolutely hate the Steelers, and more importantly Ben Roethlisberger, he has had a great year, completing 66.8 percent of his passes for a 101.4 rating.
What hasn’t been great though is Pittsburgh running game.
The Steelers don’t have a single running back with more than one touchdown, and their leading rusher is Jonathan Dwyer with 299 yards.
Throw that up against Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who has 570 yards and four touchdowns.
Just based off of that, I think the Giants will win at home.
Giants 27, Steelers 24
Jeremy: While I am aware of the history of the Steelers’ name, I still don’t understand their mascot. A construction worker does not strike fear into the heart of men. You know what does? A giant. There’s a whole fairy tale written about how fearsome these bad boys are. Also, my role model in life is Hagrid from Harry Potter. He faced adversity and prejudice because of his stature and was expelled from Hogwarts for a crime he did not commit. Giant racism. I am almost positive Dudley Dursley grew up to be a construction worker as well, and if you remember what happened in the first book, Hagrid owned Dudley by enchanting him with a pig tail.Giants 35, Steelers 22
Jon: I saw a Tony Romo meme the other day that pretty much sums up the Cowboy’s season, and in particular last week’s game against the Bears.
First, picture Tony Romo with a Romo-esque smile on, with the words:
None of my receivers want to catch the ball,
So I’ll just throw it to the Bears.
Falcons 34, Cowboys 10