FanIQ GameDay Live: Week 6
Oakland at Kansas City
Sid: Oakland off a win (yes I know, how often can we say that) head out to the land of the Chiefs this week. Oakland won the turnover battle last week, which was a big part of their success, but that is unlikely to happen again on road this week in KC. I think they play okay here for a couple quarters and keep it respectable before the Chiefs pull away in second half and win this one by a couple TD's.
Eric: If the Raiders would at home, I might have the guts to pick the upset, since apparently Terrell Pryor doesn't suck. Thus, Chiefs to somehow remain undefeated, even though I can't imagine them keeping it up much longer.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
Sid: Who knows what to expect from either of these teams from week to week. The Bucs are this season's NFL soap opera team and are just a mess. Chip's Eagles a few weeks into his highly touted league changing super offense have been well underwhelming to say the least. Going to side with Eagles here by default as a mutiny in Tampa Bay against coach Schiano is very likely in the works. Eagles by 4.
Eric: Just when we thought the Bucs couldn't be enough of a disaster, MRSA comes back! Nick Foles or not, Chip Kelly growing pains or not (he needs the right personnel first, and I doubt Reid left him much), Eagles should win. The Bucs players are too busy making sure their flesh isn't being eaten.
Green Bay at Baltimore
Sid: Ravens have won 3 games but hard to say they have looked good in any of them. We all know Packers have the weapons to score on this Ravens D, but the game probably comes down to the Packers front 7 on D vs Rice and a couple turnovers. Road wins are tough to come by in Baltimore but Packers win a close one here by a couple FG's.
Eric: The Ravens have been a bipolar team so far, while the Packers for some reason have forgotten to finish drives. As a homer, I'm required to pick Green Bay and hope that was a one week aberration.
Detroit at Cleveland
Sid: The Lions have been suspect at best on the road and took a solid beat down last week at hands of the Packers only scoring 9 points. But with injury to Browns QB Hoyer last week they find themselves back in hands of previously benched Brandon Weeden, who managed to come off bench to lead them to a win against the Bills. Lack of a running game and the inconsistency of Weeden seems like a risky proposition this week and likely keys to a Lions road win. Lions by 6.
Eric: This would've been a much trickier pick if Brian Hoyer weren't hurt (I'll take "Things I Never Thought I'd Say" for $1000, Alex). However, that plus Calvin Johnson being back means the Lions are the pick.
Carolina at Minnesota
Sid: I wouldn't get behind Cam Newton unless I was pushing him down some stairs. So that alone leaves me taking the Vikes at home in this match up. Adrian Peterson off a big game in London looks to have found his groove and should carry the load for the Vikes in what may end up being a fairly ugly football game. Vikes by 7.
Eric: Sid wrote this before the tragic death of Adrian Peterson's son. Condolences to him and his family. (Pick: Vikings)
St. Louis at Houston
Sid: This Texans team needs a win in a real bad way and along come the Rams. Schaub has been the opposition's best player the last couple weeks and coach Kubiak has looked as lost as ever. So a home game against the Rams may be just what the doctor ordered. St Louis has shown some improvement but are set up here to get an all out effort from a Houston team being torn apart in the media. Texans by 17.
Eric: Oh, Rams. One week after finally looking like a real team against Jacksonville, you get make the Texans feel better about themselves. Either that, or Matt Schaub is irrevocably broken. One or the other.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets
Sid: Oh those J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets. Coming off a big win against the injury riddled Falcons, are riding high, and now get the struggling Steelers at home. The Steelers can't seem to do much of anything right this season as they deal with injuries and sub-par play in just about every part of the game. Seems like a mismatch of teams moving in different directions but c'mon this is still the NY Jets. The winless Steelers come into NY and bring the high flying Jets back down to earth. Steelers by 7.
Eric: Apparently the Jets played well Monday night. I didn't watch, as I was watching something weird and foreign called "playoff baseball." As much as I'm enjoying the Steelers fail, I still consider them impossible to kill cockroaches, so they'll find a way to win. Also, woof.
Cincinnati at Buffalo
Sid: Bills will be without starting QB EJ Manuel this week because of injury and have tabbed Thad Lewis to start in his place. Bengals are tough on defense and although I am not a fan of QB Andy Dalton and think the Bengals offense is an underachieving unit, but coupled with that stingy defense they are too much for the Bills this week. Bengals by 10.
Eric: Yeah, the Bengals offense is pretty ugly, but so will the Bills offense under Thad Lewis, so Cincinnati is the pick.
Tennessee at Seattle
Sid: The Seahawks are not gonna be a happy group coming off a road loss last week at the hands of the Colts. Seattle is one of the toughest places to play a road game in the NFL and the Fitzpatrick lead Titans have just too much to overcome this week. Seahawks rebound at home and win by a couple TD's.
Eric: Ryan Fitzpatrick in Seattle, or as the Seahawks front seven calls it, a late lunch.
Jacksonville at Denver
Sid: We keep hearing people say the Broncos offense looks like a video game this season and now enter Jacksonville. This is not going to be pretty for the Jags who may wish they were simply playing Madden. We all know Denver can pretty much pick a score in this one. Lets say Broncos by 24.
Eric: WARNING- The contents of this game are not safe for children, pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone with a significant medical condition.
Arizona at San Francisco
Sid: I am not a fan of the Niners and would like to pick against them here but a Palmer lead Cardinals team won't get the job done on the road. So I won't even try and find a way to convince myself or you the Cards can pull it off and waste our time. Niners by 17.
Eric: Niners. Whatever.
New England at New Orleans
Sid: CoC completely denies me the opportunity to voice my real opinion of the Patriots. I know we have to lose a game sooner or later. I just hope its later. Will be another test for the Saints rebuilding defense on the road and playing outside in the elements have given Saints problems in the past. Still think the Saints win by a TD. (I hope we knock the head off that **** ******* **** Brady)
Eric: Given the directions these teams are going, the Saints would be the easy pick. However, so many people are all over the Saints right now, I'll a little wary. However again, I'm dealing with an angry Cajun over here, and I don't want any trouble. Give me the Saints, and don't hurt me please.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Washington at Dallas
Sid: The Romo once again has to bounce back from another late game turnover that cost his team a chance at a win. But hell he has done it so much now its becoming second nature and he doesn't skip a beat anymore. Skins and RG3 really needed the bye week to try and get things together and I think he plays his best game of season this week. But I still don't think its enough to win in Dallas. Cowboys by 4.
Eric: I'll be watching Game 2 of the ALCS. Dallas, and me dreading whatever the aftermath is from here in DC.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BONUS
Indianapolis at San Diego
Sid: The 4-1 Colts coming off a big win against the Seahawks are with out a doubt on a high and get to travel to lovely San Diego this week. Seems like a nice match up for the Colts as the Bolts lost to the Raiders of all teams last week turning the ball over at an alarming rate. But things are never as easy as they seem in the NFL and road games are always a challenge. Rivers and the Chargers bounce back to stun the up and coming Colts. Chargers by 7.
Eric: Uh, Colts, I guess. Rivers usually fails spectacularly on Monday night.
Thank you Sid for your input. Q it up here throughout Week 6.