Punt, Pass and Pick: Week Six
Jon: GOOD NEWS EVERYONE, I finally got all the games right last week. Except Matt picked the same teams as me, so technically I only tied.
That means I’m going for my first win this week against Jeff McDonough, who relieved my duties as women’s soccer beat writer so I had more time to focus on actually winning Punt, Pass and Pick. I have not found time to do that yet apparently.
Let’s hope he at least picks one game different from me.
Jeff: I may be new to The Towerlight, but gambling… I mean, uh, “making picks,” is something that I do have familiarity with.
For some background on me, I am a senior and am currently interning for ESPN in Washington, D.C. for their show “Pardon the Interruption.”
It’s pretty much the coolest job ever, and it should give me the edge I need this week. A little inside information never hurt anybody. Well, Martha Stewart might not completely agree with that statement, but I digress.
Dallas Cowboys +3.5 at Balitmore Ravens
Jon: Coming off a bye week, the Cowboys are looking to break .500 against the Ravens, who squeaked by the Chiefs last week. The Ravens defense hasn’t looked too sharp lately, allowing 140 yards on the ground to Jamal Charles last week and 47 rushing yards and 57 receiving to Browns’ running back Trent Richardson the week before that.
Tony Romo hasn’t been that fantastic either, though, throwing five interceptions in Week 4 against the Bears, making it a total of eight on the season. The Ravens have gotten pretty lucky so far, but I don’t think Romo will have enough in him to upset them at home.
Ravens 28, Cowboys 24
Jeff: OK, I will preface this by saying that I am a Ravens fan. However, I might be the most pessimistic and self-deprecating fan there is, other than my grandfather. After Joe Flacco throws an incompletion on the first drive of the game, my grandfather might be compelled to throw his arms up in defeat and say, “Well, it’s over.” So no one’s ever accused me of being a “homer.” Bottom line: a quarterback who threw five picks in his last game travels to a team with a 14-game home winning streak, including the playoffs. Say no more.
Ravens 27, Cowboys 20
Green Bay Packers +3.5 at Houston Texans
Jon: This is definitely going to be a year the Packers will want to forget. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack took a huge hit this weekend as they allowed the Colts to beat them, and they lost their only legitimate running back Cedric Benson for a few weeks with a Lisfranc foot injury. What a Lisfranc is, I have no idea, but either way, he’ll be out for Week 6 and quite possibly beyond that. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has stolen the spotlight this year, with eight-and-a-half sacks, 20 tackles and eight passes defended. Watt and the rest of the Texans defense will be too much this week for the cheese heads.
Texans 31, Packers 20
Jeff: An undefeated team hosts a team with a losing record. Why is this spread so close? Oh because the 2-3 team is the Packers who have the reigning MVP, won 15 games last year and may have gotten screwed by the replacement referees in one of their losses. Hey, all I have to say on that is I credit Golden Tate for fighting and making sure he never let go of that ball. His team is 3-2 now. Green Bay has looked unimpressive on the road, so I don’t see their luck improving this week.
Texans 34, Packers 22
New England Patriots -3.5 at Seattle Seahawks
Jon: This just in: Tom Brady is really good. So far this year he has thrown eight touchdowns and only one interception, and has completed 67 percent of his passes for a 77.5 QB rating, and that’s with a 30.6 rating against the Cardinals in Week 2. What’s making the Patriots even better is that although their multiple running backs make for a fantasy nightmare, they have all been performing well. Stevan Ridley has 490 yards on 102 attempts and four touchdowns, his counterpart Danny Woodhead has 119 yards on 36 carries and Brandon Bolden, who took the second-most snaps at RB for the Patriots last week, has 206 yards and two touchdowns. The Pats win this one for sure.
Patriots 30, Seahawks 18
Jeff: Last week the Patriots implemented a no-huddle offense where they used one-word play calls. Why does this matter? A standard play call in the Patriots offense could be “Flip right, double-X jet, 36 counter, naked waggle, X-7, X-quarter,” according to The Boston Globe. How did it work last week? New England set franchise records in first downs (35) and plays ran in a victory (89) and Tom Brady improved his career record against arch nemesis Peyton Manning to 9-4. Good luck, Seattle.
Patriots 38, Seahawks 17
Denver Broncos +2 at San Diego Chargers
Jon: The Chargers are on my good side this week, since they lost to the Saints, giving the Browns the worst record in the league and the chance to draft USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the draft this April. However, I don’t think my blessings will carry them to a win this week, as Peyton Manning has thrown for 1,507 yards so far this year, along with 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. San Diego’s pass defense hasn’t proved that it would be able to stop numbers like that, giving up 6.7 yards per competition to opposing teams.
Broncos 23, Chargers 14
Jeff: Peyton Manning is a four-time MVP, but I will continue to bash him for his career losing record in the playoffs and his one lonely ring after playing on so many talented playoff teams. And that sole ring came in a postseason where he threw three touchdowns and seven interceptions, and beat Rex Grossman. Now Peyton is a noodle-armed shell of his former self, with every pass seeming to wobble. Question is, can he lead the Broncos to a division title and a playoff victory like Tim Tebow did last year? I highly doubt it.
Chargers 20, Broncos 17
New York Giants +5 at San Francisco 49ers
Jon: Most interesting man in the world meme:
I don’t always break 49ers team offensive records,
But when I do, I’m a sub-par quarterback
Alex Smith and the 49ers win this one by a bunch.
49ers 36, Giants 20
Jeff: Eli Manning is great and his two runs to championships were incredibly clutch. But do you know how many seasons with at least one playoff win the Giants have had in Eli’s eight seasons with the team? Two; the two times they won the Super Bowl. So it’s been “boom or bust” with the Giants, and this season doesn’t really have that “boom” feeling to it. However, there is certainly some “booming” going on in San Francisco.
49ers 27, Giants 10