Week 4 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live Thread

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9/30/12 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Blog Photo - Week 4 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadWelcome to FanIQ's version of the NFL Sunday Pre-Game Show, where we'll make our picks, analyze the teams, and discuss the games with the FanIQ faithful - you!

Today we talk with FanIQ's very own sports expert, Scott! If you don't know Scott, this is the guy who you should usually listen to when laying money on games. If I was smart, I would probably just leave this blog to him and let him do all the talking. But, we all know I'm not always that smart.  


Early Games

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Scott: Through 3 weeks, the Falcons look like the class of the NFC South. Carolina is struggling on both sides of the ball. I see more trouble for Cam Newton and another steady performance from Matt Ryan. Pick: Falcons

Jess:
I love watching this Falcons team play this year so far, especially at home. This team is legit. Carolina is a mess. I don't see anything changing this week. Pick: Falcons
 

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Scott: Patriots are a more dangerous team when they open up the playbook and let Tom Brady throw the ball around the field. The retooled Bills defense will have their hands full. I expect a high scoring game with the Bills pulling off another surprising home win against Brady. Pick: Bills

Jess:
I don't really know a whole lot about the Bills defense this year, but the Pats are never easy to hold back. I also see a high scoring game, coming down to the wire...but I'm not sure the Bills will prevail this week. I'm going the other way. Pick: Patriots
 

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Scott: Vikings certainly raised some eyebrows with their upset win over the 49ers last week, but I look for the Lions to bounce back at home. This game will be closer than what most people think. Pick: Lions

Jess:
I'm not quite ready to say that Vikings game against the Niners last week wasn't a fluke, unfortunately. And I don't see the Lions allowing the kind of points from the Vikings as they did last week. Pick: Lions
 

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Scott: Chargers laid an egg at home in week 3 and now face a Chiefs team that put up over 500 yards on offense against the Saints. I like Jamaal Charles to run wild once again and lead the Chiefs to a big division win. Pick: Chiefs

Jess:
I don't think the Chiefs will run all over San Diego like they did the Saints. The Chargers don't seem to be gelling, but this might be the week. Arrowhead is tough, but it is a division game, and Chargers do have the potential to make big plays. Pick: Chargers
 

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Scott: Lost in all the hoopla over the Monday Night game, the Hawks are a good and dangerous team, especially defensively. The Rams main weakness is their offensive line, which means the Hawks are going to be coming after Sam Bradford as much as they did Aaron Rodgers. If the Rams can slow down Marshawn Lynch and make Russell Wilson beat them with his arm, I like their chances. Pick: Rams

Jess:
Again, I never pick games when my team is playing. I'm a little scared of this being a trap game for the Hawks, but they're also coming in with something to prove after last week. It should be interesting.
 

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Scott: Both teams suffered huge losses in week 3, the 49ers to the Vikings and the Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for the year to a torn ACL. I expect a low scoring, defensive battle with a fired up 49ers squad coming away with the win. Pick: 49ers

Jess:
Unless the Niners are actually regressing and last week wasn't a fluke, the Jets don't stand much of a chance against this team. As a fan of a division rival I hope that loss to the Vikings was a sign of unraveling, but I have a feeling that's not happening. Pick: Niners
 

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Scott: IMO, the Texans are the most complete team in the NFL. Tennessee will need Jake Locker to go off again in this game like he did against the Lions. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening against the league's #1 defense. Pick: Texans

Jess: I agree - I don't think that the Titans have that strong of a team this year. They looked great against Detroit at first, but I think their young QB will struggle against the Texans, and their D won't be able to contain Foster & Co. Pick: Texans

Late Games

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Scott: Even though the Raiders have won 4 straight in Denver, I think this matchup favors Peyton Manning more than it does Carson Palmer. Broncos finally buck the trend of falling behind by 20, rallying to trail by 6 before losing in the end. Pick: Broncos

Jess:
Peyton is coming off of a pair of tough losses. That's all I really need to know about this game to know the Raiders won't win their 5th in Denver today. Pick: Broncos
 

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Scott: Rookie quarterback heading to the desert to take on a Cardinals defense that bruised and battered the previously unbeaten Eagles in week 3. I predict a long day for Ryan Tannehill. Pick: Cardinals

Jess:
University of Phoenix Stadium isn't far behind CenturyLink in opponent false starts. Arizona is also a lot better team than anyone expected them to be. Between the hostile crowd and that Cardinals D, Miami will have a tough day in Glendale. Pick: Cardinals
 

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Scott: Bengals really impressed me with their performance against the Redskins. Maurice Jones-Drew is always a threat for the Jaguars. This game will go back and forth before Andy Dalton and AJ Green lead the Bengals to a 4th quarter win. Pick: Bengals

Jess:
The Bengals and Jags both surprised me last week, so this is a tough one to call. I still think that the Jaguars don't really have a complete team right now, and the Bengals are quietly producing. Plus, I'm riding your coattails. Pick: Bengals
 

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Scott: Saints just seem like a different team without Sean Payton. The offense has been inconsistent and the defense has been awful. The Packers are going to be pissed after what happened on Monday Night. Pick: Packers

Jess:
I really really wouldn't want to be a Saints fan today. The Packers are not happy, and they're going to want to take it out on somebody. Unfortunately, the Saints D is already no match for the explosive GB offense. I have a feeling this is going to be an ugly blowout. Pick: Packers
 

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Scott: While the Redskins are having trouble stopping opponents, no team is struggling to move the ball more than the Bucs. That means something must give and I see it being the Bucs offense. They break out in a big way. Pick: Bucs

Jess:
I think that Washington is on the verge of doing something exciting offensively. I'm going with them in this game. Pick: Redskins


Primetime

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Scott: Giants come into this game with some positive momentum after dominating the Panthers in week 3. If the Eagles want to win, they'll need improved play and less turnovers from Michael Vick. This should be your typical NFC East war and I like the Giants to come up big. Pick: Giants

Jess: Ahhh my favorite rivalry game! I think that the Eagles started their season with a couple of lucky wins, but they've been exposed, and they're just really no good right now on offense. At least under center. I do think they'll put up a bigger fight than expected, however. Nevertheless, Pick: Giants

Bonus MNF Pick

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Scott: Both teams have really bad offensive lines. Both teams have defenses that are really good. This will be a dogfight that will come down to which quarterback makes the least amount of mistake. Pick: Cowboys

Jess:
This will be a more interesting game than it appears on the outside, I think. As inconsistent as both teams and their quarterbacks are, the Bears are usually good for at least one surprisingly dominant game against a strong opponent, and I can't help but wonder if that's going to be this week. Just for kicks... Pick: Bears
 



Thank you, Scott, for taking the time to share your picks and analyses with us. 

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10/1/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Scott wrote:
True, but in the most important game my Rams still beat your Seahawks wink

Aha - but I didn't pick that one...therein lies the only plus side in that game.


(you're a cruel man, reminding me of that mess. *sigh*)

10/1/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Jess wrote:
ooh I'm pretty proud of myself - I got two right that Scott got wrong. I need to mark this on the calendar, because that doesn't happen. Ever. 

True, but in the most important game my Rams still beat your Seahawks wink

10/1/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

Jess wrote:
ooh I'm pretty proud of myself - I got two right that Scott got wrong. I need to mark this on the calendar, because that doesn't happen. Ever. 

I just hope he's correct about the Cowboys.

10/1/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

ooh I'm pretty proud of myself - I got two right that Scott got wrong. I need to mark this on the calendar, because that doesn't happen. Ever. 

10/1/12   |   amonug

richard_cranium wrote:
No one wins with this game, all that happens is either a Giants or Eagles fan is happy, cause their team won. That is not good for anyone!

Oh yeah, Go Injuries! That is the only way anyone else wins!

No matter what you think and what you say, the "BLUES" are still going strong and must always win!!!!!

9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

JenX63 wrote:
lol, how did you know I was talking about you? mmhhmmm, (cranky)

Let's see Zero Bears fans have posted in here today.

Two Cowboys fans have posted in here today and one of them hasn't posted in 3 hours.

So common sense said that you were talking about me.

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
Nah I would feel that way if the game was already played and Dallas won. I would feel that way if your redskins were playing either the giants or eagles. 

lol, how did you know I was talking about you? mmhhmmm, (cranky)

9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Some folks are a little cranky having to wait for their MNF game!

Nah I would feel that way if the game was already played and Dallas won. I would feel that way if your redskins were playing either the giants or eagles. 

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Some folks are a little cranky having to wait for their MNF game!

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
No one wins with this game, all that happens is either a Giants or Eagles fan is happy, cause their team won. That is not good for anyone!

Oh yeah, Go Injuries! That is the only way anyone else wins!

That's not nice!

9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

Jess wrote:
I heart the primetime game this week. Go Eagles! Go Giants! Go Football! I don't even care who wins, I just love these games. One day I will go to one. 
(Edited by richard_cranium)

No one wins with this game, all that happens is either a Giants or Eagles fan is happy, cause their team won. That is not good for anyone!

Oh yeah, Go Injuries! That is the only way anyone else wins!

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

I heart the primetime game this week. Go Eagles! Go Giants! Go Football! I don't even care who wins, I just love these games. One day I will go to one. 

9/30/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24904 respect

how ugly was that Miami - Arizona game? yuck

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

(Edited by JenX63)

and they fall apart again......*sigh* 

but they won.....*sigh*

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

*sigh* Whatever.

9/30/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24904 respect

what makes me a happy boy? the Broncos winning.. What makes my month? Trouncing the Raiders

suck it Trebek

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

oh, real refs.... lol

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It's not paranoia when they actually are out to get you.

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Jess wrote:
He has been awful.

Seems we fix one problem and the old one pops up....ugh

9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Cundiff, really? You get paid to make them between the posts! 

Pssst, if your team has a kicker that played for the Cowboys. He is probably aweful, Jerry thinks kickers are a dime a dozen!

9/30/12   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect



If i were skins i would cut Cundiff before game ended !

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Cundiff, really? You get paid to make them between the posts! 

He has been awful.

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

JenX63 wrote:
One more quarter, one more quarter...can they hang on? Never has 15 mins seemed liked an hour than today.....

Doesn't help that your kicker is 0-3 in field goals.  Redskins should be up by at least 2 scores

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Cundiff, really? You get paid to make them between the posts! 

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Who wants to bet some Q bucks that Brian Hartline will be fantasy football's most picked up player heading into next week?

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

One more quarter, one more quarter...can they hang on? Never has 15 mins seemed liked an hour than today.....

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Rodgers gets hurt, and Graham Harrell needs one play to become Curtis Painter 2.0, fumbling the ball near the goal line and turning it over. I'm just going to go ahead and give up on football the rest of the year.

9/30/12   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect



Raiders D is a juggernaut compared to the disgrace on the field that call themselves Saints

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
You're mad at football?

I've had problems all year getting into football. There are some external reasons I've identified (the Penn State thing, the Orioles success), but otherwise I really don't know what's up. Last Monday's game certainly didn't help though.

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Oh, and the Raiders defense stinks

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

And in other news.... that choking sound you hear coming from the Chicago area isn't the Bears but the US golf team after their historic collapse in the Ryder Cup

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

Jess wrote:
That was awesome! 

I had a slight stroke, but yes!

9/30/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

NFL scoreboards on Q are frozen. I sent an email.

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
OH, Falcons WIN! :)

That was awesome! 

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

lol @ missed calls with the real refs. I don't know why I find it amusing, but I do.

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Skins up 21-3....Yeah! I do hope they came to play all 4 quarters. The drinking has begun! Go Skins!

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

OH, Falcons WIN! :)

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Another uncalled push-off against the Packers! It would be infuriating if I didn't barely care these days.

You're mad at football?

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Another uncalled push-off against the Packers! It would be infuriating if I didn't barely care these days.

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Refs miss an obvious push in the back by Colston on a touchdown reception.  The real refs have gone from heroes to zeroes in less then 1 quarter in Lambeau

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The Snyder Era in DC personified: Two Redskins collided in pre-game warm ups and are now inactive.

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

Sharp Square wrote:


Could next week be Tebow time wink

What he said.


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9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

Sharp Square wrote:


Could next week be Tebow time wink

Don't start that sh!t!

9/30/12   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Houston Texans play at New York Jets next week on MNF.  Looks like they couldn't be catching the Jets at a better time.



Could next week be Tebow time wink

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

Houston Texans play at New York Jets next week on MNF.  Looks like they couldn't be catching the Jets at a better time.

9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

If I am the Lions owner, I am telling the score keeper to show that it is the 4th quarter the entire game!

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

I'm having flashbacks to the Rams/Lions game from week 1.  Rams are in the prevent defense and letting the Hawks move down the field.  

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

Texans with their second INT-return today!

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

JJ Watt with the fumble recovery. He is simply amazing...everywhere all the time!

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

5 years and counting and the Rams still can't get into the end zone with any type of consistency when they are inside the 10 yard line

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Got to get 7 here Rams.

9/30/12   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect


Stafford cant even spell the word clutch indecision

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

I stand corrected.  That was a bonehead call.  Hawks have to settle for the field goal.  16-13 Rams early in the 4th quarter

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Damn. I was hoping Pete Carroll would get flustered and keep throwing the ball.  Looks like he's right the ship and gone back to the running game that the Rams can't stop

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

Texans back on a roll.

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Garcon may play a bit today. Things are looking up.
What's up with the Pats? Go Bills!

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The Rams kicker is freaking ridiculous.

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Ugh this game is giving me a headache.

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
Thanks DircTV for the game mix channel. No particular game of interest and lots of guys in fantasy playing!

I prefer the game mix channel over the red zone. 

9/30/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

Thanks DircTV for the game mix channel. No particular game of interest and lots of guys in fantasy playing!

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Scott wrote:
Pete Carroll goes for the onside kick to start the second half and Greg "The Leg" makes him pay with a 60 yard field goal.  Rams up 16-7

That was a stupid call. Hate that  - even if Hawks had recovered, that's a ridiculous call.

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Pete Carroll goes for the onside kick to start the second half and Greg "The Leg" makes him pay with a 60 yard field goal.  Rams up 16-7

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

Watching Niners/Jets game over here  and I am wondering when the Jets are going to jump in.

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

Time to take Cassel out. Just to try something different. Whoever has the Chargers D is having a great game.

9/30/12   |   Sharp Square   |   11935 respect



Pat's just dodged a before half bullet , way to fumble it away bills ! angry

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Two words...

Greg Zuerlein

9/30/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The Chiefs have played about as badly as possible so far, but Jamaal Charles just ripped off the most absurd TD run. Ballgame. 

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Rams run the fake field goal to perfection.  

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

If Sam Bradford could ever develop some consistency, he could be a damn good quarterback

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This is how I'm rolling right now:

  • On TV, flipping between the Orioles game and Red Zone
  • On the computer, streaming the Ryder Cup
  • Also on the computer, one window with Yahoo GameChannel, and another with Yankees/Jays on MLB.com Gameday
In a related story, I have a short attention span.

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

Dunta Robinson is still a hot head, and inconsistent being that he's on our D, but he is playing much better this year so far. I hope he can keep it up. And, I HATE when the commentators talk about us... it stresses me.. DO NOT keep calling out our streaks or how well we are doing at something, you're ruining it! I've been nauseous since kickoff, btw. I'm having a drink now.

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

Rams defense looks like they've settled down. Too bad the offense is still in their Jekyl and Hyde ways

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

Jess wrote:
Um...apparently our awesome secondary aren't morning guys. Get those dudes a Starbucks.

I always assumed that's what was really in the Seahawks' gatorade bottles...Starbucks.

9/30/12   |   Scott   |   51932 respect

I'm not a huge fan of Jim Harbaugh but I love the fact that he just ran the wild cat with Kaepernick right in the face of Rex Ryan's defense.

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Mike Carey is hosting (reffing) your game! Awww!

I know. I was excited!

9/30/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

Jess wrote:
Um...apparently our awesome secondary aren't morning guys. Get those dudes a Starbucks.

This made me LOL! It's early Jess...Hang in there. wink

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

Jess wrote:
Um...apparently our awesome secondary aren't morning guys. Get those dudes a Starbucks.

Mike Carey is hosting (reffing) your game! Awww!

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

See....Caramel Macchiatos work every time cheeky

9/30/12   |   Jess   |   34372 respect

Um...apparently our awesome secondary aren't morning guys. Get those dudes a Starbucks.

9/30/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Wan the Chiefs are a disaster

9/30/12   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

I'll be watching NASCAR before going golfing, but GO REDSKINS!!

9/30/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Long day for me between football, the Orioles, and maybe the Ryder Cup.

9/30/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5008 respect

9/30/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61188 respect

Go Falcons!

9/30/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Yeah I'm not sure about that Bills pick... I just have a hard time seeing the Pats start off the season 1-3.

9/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32428 respect

The Bills are the most surprising team (imo) so far this year. Definitely a team to watch. I am pulling for my Skins as usual and hope you are right Jess, they need to do something.  

9/30/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19812 respect

BILLS...........BUCS and GIANTS are the ones i see you getting wrong SCOTT.......GOOD LUCK.....