Starting today, our live threads for football Sunday will open up with some insight on each game, with weekly special guests - You! At FanIQ, we like to challenge the "experts", and who better to go up against the celebrity blow-hards than the fans? And instead of pretending to be fair and unbiased, we are allowed - and encouraged - to let our fan flags fly.
This week we pick Sid's brain (Sharp_Square), and he'll be briefly breaking down the games and giving his picks. Of course I'm not being let off the hook - I'll be making my picks and giving thoughts for all to see as well.
Without further ado, let's get down to business.
1:00pm GamesSid: Rams are coming off a home win vs. the Skins, but hard to see them beating the Bears this week, especially at Soldier Field. Bears got embarrassed last week at Green Bay and will be looking to rebound. Pick: Bears
Jess: I agree - the Rams have a lot of great pieces falling together right now, and Fisher has been turning this team around, but the Bears are hungry and at home. Not a good combo for a young inconsistent opposing team. Pick: Bears
Jess: I don't know a lot about either of these teams, but I'm picking the Bills here too. They put up good numbers in both weeks one and two. I look for them to do the same this week. Pick: Bills
Jess: This one's tricky, as both teams are coming off tough losses and both are bi-polar. If this game wasn't in Dallas I would pick the Bucs, but I just can't see Dallas losing this game at home. Pick: Cowboys
Jess: Jags and Colts always put on a good show, but I think the Colts are getting it going and the Jags are struggling with leadership, chemistry, and morale, on and off the field. Pick: Colts
Jess: Aha! Finally one we disagree on. I think that the Dolphins win this one, keeping it on the ground. The Jets are still a confused mess, and the Phins are at home. Pick: Dolphins
Jess: Part of me wonders if the Saints are going to be that team that gets halfway through the season without winning a game, while another part of me thinks there's no way Brees will let that happen. I'm going to go with the former here, just to be obnoxious, Sid. Pick: Chiefs
Jess: I like the Titans in this game for no real reason other than the facts that Stafford seems to be having troubles, and Chris Johnson's got to have one good game this year, right? Pick: Titans
Jess: I think the Skins will have a lot of ups and downs this year, and I think this week will be another up. Griffin will have a good game at home. Pick: Redskins
Jess: This game has been the talk of my house over the last several days. Obviously I would love to see the Eagles take this one on the road, but I'm nervous about it. Both of these teams have benefited from luck, penalties, bad play by opposing teams - neither are as good as their records, in my opinion. I'm going to pick the Eagles and cross my fingers really hard. It should be an interesting game.
Jess: I can't wait to see what this Falcons defense does to Philip Rivers. Pick: Falcons
Jess: I think this will be a good game (I've been wrong about that before though). The Texans seem to always have Peyton's number, and that was even when the team was struggling. That being said, I think Manning bounces back after that rough game in Atlanta. Pick: Broncos
Jess: Do you know how difficult it is to pick a winner in this game, for a life-long Seahawks fan? A tie here would be good, but if I'm being realistic I have to go with the better team. Pick: Steelers
Sid: This is such a talented Ravens team, but they just seem to really lose focus just out of nowhere someweeks. I am hoping this isn't one of those weeks and the Pats walk into a buzz saw. Ravens D isn't quite the same without Suggs, but still a talented bunch and hopefully bring pain against the Pats and Ms. Brady this weke. Yes you're correct, this is an anti Pats pick, 'cause well, I can't stand 'em. Pick: Ravens
Jess: I always like the Ravens, but I think the Patriots are going to come in to this game hungry for a W, after an embarrassing loss to the Cardinals last week. Pick: Patriots
Bonus MNF Pick
Sid: The Seahawks and their talented rookie QB seem to be a team on the rise and have improved on defense. But I don't think they have enough to take down the Packers even at home. Pack have their struggles on defense, but the offense is still a power house and I think Aaron Rodgers starts to find a better groove this week. Hawks should hang in but won't have enough down the stretch in this one. Pick: Packers
Jess: I never like to pick or bet on a game when my team is playing. I will say that special teams could very well be a deciding factor in this game. I just hope Seattle's secondary shows up for this game, and the pass rush continues to improve. They need to put pressure on Rodgers, and Seattle's offense will need to take less time getting warmed up than the past couple of games. And the defense has to get better on third down! I will be without a voice on Tuesday, but being there with 67,000 of my fellow 12th Man for MNF will be worth it.
We appreciate your time, Sid! And good luck on all of your picks.
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