Punt, Pass and Pick: Week 6
Jon: Well last week was embarrassing. If it wasn’t for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Detroit Lions, I would have had a decent chance to beat my old roommate.
However, Fitzpatrick couldn’t get the Titans offense down the field at the end of the game, and Detroit essentially did nothing without Calvin Johnson. But on to the next week.
Maybe I’ll have better luck against someone that I have never lived with, and frankly I’ve never met in-person, even though he writes for me. You’ve got to love the 21st century.
Justin: Greetings sports fans and fans of the Towerlight alike. My name is Justin Manry. I am a columnist here at the T-light, a senior majoring in mass communication, a connoisseur of American football, and a fairly accomplished ping pong player if I do say so myself.
Jonathan Munshaw is riding a wave of pure elation after his Browns won their third game in a row, (something that hasn’t happened since the Nixon administration I believe), and his overconfidence shall be his downfall.
Green Bay Packers -3 at Baltimore Ravens
Jon: The Packers are much better than their record suggests, but there’s no denying that there’s a huge difference between being 2-2 (Green Bay) and 3-2 (Baltimore).
The Ravens could presumably have Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown back this week, giving them a much better passing threat than what they put on the field in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins.
But they’ll be taking on a team who held the Detroit Lions (sans Calvin Johnson) to nine points and Reggie Bush to his lowest yardage total of the year.
Clay Matthews is out for Green Bay for about a month, but the Ravens will have to throw to keep up with Aaron Rodgers, and Baltimore is at its worst when it has to throw 45 times in one game rather than sticking with the ground game.
Packers 27, Ravens 20
Justin: Now this may come as a shock to all the Marylanders out there, but I grew up in Harford County and am NOT a Ravens fan.
It has considerably stunted my social growth, and alienated me from many of my friends, and enemies come to think of it… But enough about my personal problems, this game will be all about Aaron Rodgers vs. the Ravens defense, and how many interceptions Joe Flacco decides to throw this week.
In the end, Joe thinks he’s in a Papa John’s commercial and throws a pick-six to the Cheeseheads.
Packers 30, Ravens 17
New Orleans Saints +2.5 at New England Patriots
Jon: How are the Saints getting points in this game?
This is the same team who has scored 31, 38 and 26 points in the last three games going up against a team who has scored 23, 30 and six points in the same span.
Tom Brady will likely get Rob Gronkowski back at tight end, but no one knows how healthy he’ll actually be, and Drew Brees has thrown at least one touchdown in each of his last nine games, including two in Week 5 against the Chicago Bears.
If you have money on this game, pick New Orleans to cover the spread.
Saints 33, Patriots 28
Justin: I don’t think a team should be able to claim an entire region. I mean, come on Patriots, pick a state at least.
And with that logic, I think that Drew Brees and his face scar will make a mockery of the Vince Wilfork-less Patriot defense.
I also believe Tom Brady will lose his temper at least 30 times because his receivers can’t catch or run routes.
Saints 35, Patriots 28
Tennessee Titans +13.5 at Seattle Seahawks
Jon: I know I was wrong on the Titans last week, but I definitely expected the spread to be much closer in this one.
The Titans have the ninth best passing defense in the league, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t thrown for more than 210 yards in the past four games, including one game of 142 yards and one of 123.
I would make the case for turnovers being the deal breaker, but the Titans have eight more turnovers than their opponents and the Seahawks have seven more.
At this point, Seattle is just the better team by the eye test, and while Tennessee has a solid record they don’t have enough offense to beat the Seahawks, although they will cover this huge spread.
Seahawks 24, Titans 17
Justin: Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.
The Seahawks have the loudest stadium in the country (except maybe Johnny Unitas Stadium on any given Saturday… #UpRoar!) Anyways, what was I saying?
Oh yeah, the Titans are going to lose very badly, and Chris Johnson will continue to disappoint fantasy owners everywhere.
Seahawks 50ish, Titans 3
Washington Redskins +5.5 at Dallas Cowboys
Jon: This is traditionally a good game, which is why it’s even up for discussion this week.
But I’ll keep this one short. The Redskins have allowed nine passing touchdowns in four games, and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has thrown 13 touchdowns in five games.
Dallas wins this one.
Cowboys 30, Redskins 17
Justin: Full disclosure here, I have an undying man-crush on Robert Griffin III.
And I don’t see anything wrong with that. Other than that it’s kind of creepy. Anyhow, I realize that the RG3 and the Redskins have had a slow start on offense this season, but after the Bye Week they’ll be rolling, and Tony Romo will throw an interception at the worst possible time.
He always does. And I will continue to daydream about Robert asking me to brunch with him… It could happen.
Redskins 27, Cowboys 20
Detroit Lions -2.5 at Cleveland Browns
Jon: I’m torn on this one. The Lions (my pseudo-favorite team to show disdain for the Trent Richardson trade and overall management of the Browns) and my actual favorite team (the Browns).
Brandon Weeden takes over the starting quarterback role now that Brian Hoyer is done for the year, which is a huge blow to Cleveland’s offense. But I think this one hinges on if Calvin Johnson plays or not.
If he doesn’t play, the Browns can focus on Detroit’s rushing game and put seven or eight men in the box to stop Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
If he plays, it’ll be a fantastic showdown between Calvin and Joe Haden. Even if Johnson plays, the Packers showed us in Week 5 that if you can slow down Detroit’s run game, it pretty much stops the rest of their offense, and the Browns are only allowing just over 94 rushing yards per game to opponents.
Browns 14, Lions 13
Justin: The oldest “young” quarterback in the league, Brandon Weeden, is back at the helm in Cleveland.
I’m pretty sure he’s already getting a senior discount at some local restaurants. Anyways, Matt Stafford plays like someone with bipolar disorder, he’s hot then he’s cold, he’s yes then he’s no, etc.
This game will come down to Reggie Bush, who is on my fantasy football team, having the game I know he’s capable of, and the Browns coming back down to Earth after the amazing Hoyer hurt himself trying to slide. Poor Browns fans…
Lions 40, Browns 2