Punt, Pass and Pick: Week Seven
Jon: Well, even though the Browns and my fantasy team won this week, my picks last week didn’t go so hot, mainly thanks to Seattle, and the Packers actually playing like the Packers.
This is a new week, however, and most likely because I wore my Browns jersey on Monday they will lose to the Colts, and Calvin Johnson will strain an Achilles or Fred Jackson will decide to fumble the ball three times and have less rushing yards than Chris Johnson, and both my teams will go back to losing.
But, judging by the season so far, that means I will win my matchup, which is against Alena Schwarz this week, the sports editor. A fellow Caps and Nationals fan, Alena and I know what it’s like to suffer agonizing defeat. But, this week it’ll only be Alena who loses.
Alena: Since I’m not a huge football fan, I decided to break Towerlight tradition and let my esteemed fellow editor, Munchy-Munch Munshaw take over the Punt, Pass and Pick honors. However, this week it’s time for the senior to show the basically-freshman sophomore how it’s done.
Jon, you’re a Browns fan so you should be used to losing by now.
Seattle Seahawks +7.5 at San Francisco 49ers
Jon: As previously mentioned, the Seahawks played spoiler to my picks last week, upsetting the Patriots 24-23.
Russell Wilson has a much better QB rating than Tom Brady, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
The 49ers didn’t do so well, though, losing 26-3 to the Giants. San Francisco gave up 116 yards on the ground to Ahmad Bradshaw, and 35 yards to David Wilson. I think Marshawn Lynch has similar numbers in this game, and the Seahawks surprise the 49ers at home.
Seahawks 19, 49ers 10
Alena: Who could have guessed that Seattle would upend New England last week? Certainly not Jon. But the NFC West is really weird this year. Three if four teams have the same record, so I guess this game is important for those of you who are fans of teams out there.
Personally, I don’t have much interest in the west, but I’m against bullies. And all the smack talking Richard Sherman did to Tom Brady after the game, I consider bullying. Sure, I don’t like Brady, but the only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner. And since I like the San Jose Sharks, I’m going with the 49ers on this one because I also believe in the underdog.
49ers 24, Seahawks 19
Washington Redskins +6.5 at New York Giants
Jon: [See above game for stats about the Giants] but seriously, they played well against the 49ers.
Going up against the Giants this week is Robert Griffin III (who Tight End Fred Davis referred to as “Black Jesus”) and the Redskins.
Against the Vikings last week, Griffin threw for 182 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 138 yards on 13 attempts, and scored two touchdowns, including a 76-yard run.
I don’t see Griffin having enough to play better than Eli Manning, who has thrown for 1,772 yards so far this year, 11 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
Giants 30, Redskins 21
Alena: I’m from Northern Virginia so I’m all about the DC sports teams and the Redskins are no exception. We’re an undeterred bunch, just look at how the Capitals have done the past couple seasons.
That being said, with the Nats now unfortunately out of the playoffs and Bryce Harper back in Las Vegas, Nev. Robert Griffin III is the only person DC fans have to look forward to. And last week he certainly didn’t disappoint.
This spread clearly doesn’t appreciate the perfection that is RGIII. So Jon, I take your pick and I’ll throw it back at you.
Redskins 30, Giants 21
Arizona Cardinals +5.5 at Minnesota Vikings
Jon: After staring out 4-0, the Cardinals have lost their last two games, against the Rams and Bills, who both have losing records.
Arizona quarter back Kevin Kolb has been nothing short of sub-par, and has a 25.2 QB rating in those two losses. The Cardinals are also lacking a serious running game, with backs Beanie Wells down with turf toe for the time being, and Virginia Tech alum Ryan Williams out for the season with a left shoulder injury.
The red birds started out strong, but I expect them to drop another one against the 4-2 Vikings.
Vikings 28, Cardinals 18
Alena: After last Friday, I hope all teams with cardinal mascots never win again. I’m still only a tiny bit bitter.
Vikings 30, Cardinals 3
Baltimore Ravens +5.5 at Houston Texans
Jon: The Texans dropped their first game of the season Sunday night to the Packers 42-24, giving up 338 yards and six touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers.
Houston running back Arian Foster only had 29 yards on 17 carries, only 1.7 YPC.
Foster’s performance should improve against the Ravens, who may have lost Ray Lewis for the remainder of the season with a triceps injury. Lewis’ injury is sure to hurt the Ravens defense, who ranks 11th in pass defense and 14th in rushing defense.
The Ravens barely won again last week, needed a dropped pass by Dez Bryant to beat the Cowboys, and I think Foster has a huge game.
Texans 30, Ravens 25
Alena: Growing up in NoVa, I’d root for the Ravens, in addition to the Skins, as long as they weren’t playing each other. I naturally assumed the feeling was mutual. Oh how naïve I was. Only since coming to Towson have I realized that Ravens fans will not cheer on the Skins no matter the circumstances. So you know what? In your face Ravens, I’m picking against you this week. Take that.
But in all seriousness, losing Ray Lewis, in addition to some other important Ravens players, will make it hard for Baltimore to beat this Houston team that is soaring and healthy.
Texans 35, Ravens 25
Green Bay Packers -5.5 at St. Louis Rams
Jon: ERMAHGERD ERERN RERDGERS ERS RERLER GERD
Packers 33, Rams 10
Alena: Having to deal with former Sports Editor Andrew Constant’s love of the Packers, I’ve grown to highly not like them. And this week I’m in a very tough spot because in addition to not liking the cardinal mascot anymore, I also don’t like any team from St. Louis.
Since it would be pure foolishness to go against Green Bay and against my new personal hatred of St. Louis, I’m going to have to go with those Cheeseheads this week.
Packers, 35, Rams 6