Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live Thread

Interim Invasion! NFL Sunday Fan Sound-Off [NFL Sunday Live Thread]

10/7/12 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

This week we welcome Marcus_Nyce to the Pre-Game show, with his picks and thoughts on NFL Sunday in Week 5. Marcus is a Saints fan who's been with the site for nearly 4 years and keeps us entertained almost daily in the Locker Room. While I usually add my own thoughts about the matchups, I think I'll just briefly give my picks and let Marcus run with this one. You'll find out why. Read on...

Intro from our guest: The "Year of the Interim" continues with my replacement grade prognostication and not ready for prime time takes. For the record, I had Arizona on Thursday night. A few weeks ago, they could have shown the NFL Replay of the game and have had my pick stand. So in true "Goodellian" form, I'm retroactively confirming that as the correct call and apologizing for it, in a round about way, in the same statement.

Early Games:

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Dolphins @ Bengals
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadTannehill! Hartline! Tannehill's foxy wife! USC era Reggie Bush! The sky's the limit on South Beach! Right? Well it was a nice breakout game, but I think they fall back to earth this week. Except for the young and talented Mrs. Tannehill. Her stock is still rising. As feisty as the Dolphins have been, I think the Bengals take care of business at home. Look for Dalton and Green to continue raising eyebrows like the first time people try Skyline chili. The chili and that combo are that good. I like the Bengals by a touchdown.

Jess: I like the Bengals in this game too. That's seriously Tannehill's wife? Whoa.

Packers @ Colts
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadBack to back interims for the Pack! Just what the doctor ordered. If this season has taught us anything, it's that the interim label (see: referees, Saints) is a stench that can only be dealt with by burning clothes and taking a tomato juice bath. Even with the Pink Ribbon Mojo in the building and the "Let's win one for the coach!" sugar rush of emotion, the prognosis for this game does not bode well for Indy. They will, however, get a questionable review go their way, because the forces that be are determined to give Coach McCarthy an aneurysm. Luck makes some plays, but Green Bay wins.

Jess: Unfortunately for Luck & Co. I think this is Green Bay's breakout game, refs or not.

Ravens @ Chiefs
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThere are already a number of Facebook groups and message board campaigns to get Cassel benched. Par for the course for the overweight lover Romeo C. Clearly, lingering effects of having an interim label last year. The Ravens are just going to exacerbate the whole situation. If you're starting Ray Rice in your fantasy league this week, you can go ahead and start gloating and taunting your opponent too. This is the game you stop paying attention to midway through the 3rd quarter. The Ravens in a yawner.

Jess: I think the Chiefs might take this one. My upset special...

Browns @ Giants
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Giants got 'got' in Philly, so the usual home letdown game may not be in play this week. Actually it won't be in play. At. All. The only reason we aren't talking about the hapless Browns is because the Saints are stealing their smelly thunder. Weeden? Really? Meh. The Browns' leading receiver after 4 games has 11 - ELEVEN! - receptions. Richardson is having a decent-ish year (3.4 avg/rush) considering all 11 defenders are in the box every play. This feels like a 'turn the season around' game for Big Blue. Take the over.

Jess: Giants. That is all.

Eagles @ Steelers
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadAndy Reid can not handle the last two minutes of halves and games any worse! He's my odds-on favorite to ice a punter and somehow have it blow up in his face. Then challenge the play without having any timeouts left. Bank it. How is this team 3-1 with a negative, double digit point differential?!? The Steelers are getting a little healthier this week and do not want to drop 1-3. Somehow this game stays close, but Big Ben comes through down the stretch (using his own sandlot plays to antagonize Todd Haley) and their D seals it with a "WTF is Vick doing!?" pick.

Jess: The Eagles are easily the worst 3-1 team in the league. Steelers.

Falcons @ Redskins
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadMatty Ice is finally living up to his name. It's not just an easy punchline anymore. He's been great. Their defense has been even better. This is the kind of away game they may have struggled with in the past, but the Dirty Birds seem to be able to rise up and take their show on the road for wins this year. I think the Redskins oblige. Washington's D is banged up (keystone cop style) and their offense is only intermittently effective. I like RGIII, but this isn't a game he will shine in. Expect Atlanta to keep forcing turnovers and for Julio Jones to finally have a 'game'.

Jess: I'm excited for this one; I think it will be a good game. Falcons win though.

Late Games:

Seahawks @ Panthers
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe wheels may be coming off both of these QB's bandwagons. Actually, if I were Matt Flynn I'd be extra ready to go in this one. The Seahawks can't keep hoping to win games with Russell Wilson throwing the ball out of bounds or to the other team. He has elite intangibles and well, yeah. That. Cam on the other hand may sulk a little and try to play a little too much hero ball, but he does have elite talent...right? We aren't sure. What we are pretty sure about is that he won't be able to show it against that rabid Seahawk D. I think Seattle pulls out a win via a QB change at halftime. Flynn comes ynn for the wynn. (Cheesy. I know, I know.)

Jess: Shhh...

Bears @ Jaguars
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadSpeaking of elite talent with questionable intangibles, Jay Cutler everyone! When he's clicking with another notorious head case in Brandon Marshall and a healthy Forte is at full stride, they are tough to handle. I also like their D to absolutely smother the Jags' Yo Gabba Gabbert offense. Their top receiver has 9 receptions in four games. That makes Cleveland look like Air Coryell. If I were MJD, I'd go back to holding out until the team moves to L.A. Verdict: Dah Bairz!

Jess: Jags might surprise us here. I'm calling this my 2nd upset of the day.

Titans @ Vikings
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadAre the Vikings actually good? It doesn't really matter, because the Titans aren't. And now they're going with their own version of "interim stink" with the return of "Matthew" Hasselbeck and a Walking Dead version of Chris Johnson. Check that, it's just his corpse because zombies still have a little semblance of life in them [Rim shot!] This could be a beast mode game for AD opening things up for some Ponder to Harvin fireworks. I'm going with Minny as my highest scoring team in Week 5.

Jess: Vikings. *sigh* Hass should have just retired a couple of years ago. And "Beast Mode"? Wrong game, sir.

Broncos @ Patriots
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadI'm still not sold on Manning's ramen noodle arm or New England's Kraft mac & cheese defense. They're both kind of getting the job done when they have to without any real satisfaction. This may be the most interesting QB match-up of the season so far, but I don't see Denver keeping pace with New England coming off that "Eff U" game in Buffalo. Throw in a stadium full of drunk Pats Truthers who absolutely despise Manning and this doesn't look good for Denver. It's still a mile-high work in progress, but New England is working toward something even bigger at this point. This is just another step for them. I like the Pats and the over.

Jess: I love Peyton Manning, but I think the Pats take this at home too.

Bills @ 49ers
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Bills can't throw the ball downfield or stop anybody from throwing the ball downfield. The Fitzpatrick and Williams's contracts are looking worse and worse every week. Circled wagons or not, the Niners can probably already smell the blood in The Bay. Coming off a loss to a 'maybe' good Vikings team, San Fran unleashed their version of the Wild Kaep(ernick) in the Meadowlands last week and I expect them to do their collective 'foot on the throat' of Buffalo's 'Million Dollar Baby' defense. This won't end well either, but it won't come as a shock to anyone. I look for Moss to factor in this week's manhandling as well.

Jess: Please, for the love of all that is decent and holy, let the Bills win this game. (SF takes it. Blech.)

Primetime:

Chargers @ Saints
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadI sense a shoot out. Fantasy owners rejoice! Typically this would be an early season Norv-ocalypse game for the Chargers. Not this year though, because the interim-interim filth on the Bayou is like getting sprayed by a skunk in a port-a-potty, then falling head first into the receptacle below. Norv keeps the Saints in the game, then Brees throws them out of it in the 4th trying as hard as he humanly can to keep his own D off the field. Side Note: Brees is on pace to go 0-16 with 5,400 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and 20 picks - a quadruple crown in my books. Let's see Miggy Cabrera do that!

Jess: I think the Saints are primed to win this game. Is there something about the Chargers just screams "impending implosion" to you, or is it just my imagination?

MNF Bonus Pick:

Texans @ Jets
Blog Photo - Week 5 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadCan you smell that? It's not a landfill in New Jersey; it's the interim tag being slapped on the front of The Sanchise's helmet. Fireman Ed is unleashing a YMCA style, spell-it-out T-E-B-O-W chant after the first one-hopper Sanchez throws to a wideout we've never heard of. Just like in Denver's 5th game last year, it's officially Tebow time again! Basically it's like an annual NFL version of Indian summer. I know this is a HUGE primetime statement game for the Texans, but I can't go 'chalk' with all my picks. I have to go out on a limb with at least one of these. So why not take the MNF home dog points and divine intervention? That's right baby, the eventual 15-1 Texans' only loss of the season comes via some Tebow Magic! I'm already excited for #Timsanity to start trending around 10pm Monday night. That was your totally irrational, Skip-Bayless-fever-dream-induced, Upset of the Week.

Jess: Uhm yea I'm gonna have to disagree with you here. Unless the Texans just don't show up, they'll go 5-0 this week. 

Thank you SO much for joining us, Marcus! I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say this pre-game chat has been a very fun read. Good luck to your Saints this week!


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10/9/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61953 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Yeah. I was holding the live threads back.

No.

10/8/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
That was a good read.... as usual.

Yeah. I was holding the live threads back.

10/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61953 respect

That was a good read.... as usual.

10/7/12   |   Redmania4life   |   78 respect

Jess wrote:
I just had a little mini heart attack. Good thing D came to play.

Oh your really going to be sick when the Patriots come to town... hope your seahawks find a way to score because if they dont they are going to end up being chicken dinner for sure!

10/7/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7411 respect

Aw.  I shoulda started the Reggies this week.

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

(Edited by Scott)

First time I've had a chance to really watch Cam Newton this season and he looks like a totally different QB this season... and not in a good way.

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

That was scary for a little while. I might need BP pills for Seahawks season.

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

I just had a little mini heart attack. Good thing D came to play.

10/7/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25331 respect

PFM

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

Scott wrote:
Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne are about to drop an upset loss on the Packers.

LOOOOOOOOOVE IT......CAREER DAY FOR BOTH LUCK AND WAYNE...........

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

Scott wrote:
The power of Chuck Pagano is with Indy.  Colts upset the Packers

yesssssssssssssssssssssss....PACKERS ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER RATED.................COLTS DESERVED AND EARNED THAT WIN..............

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

The power of Chuck Pagano is with Indy.  Colts upset the Packers

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne are about to drop an upset loss on the Packers.

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

Hawk time! Legion of Boom! Beast Mode! Questionable QB crap! 

10/7/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I think the refs have now cost the Chiefs 2 TDs in the past 3 minutes. Doesn't make up for Cassel the fumbling machine, but still...

10/7/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

never mind, he actually got lucky and made one

10/7/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Turn to the Washington Game, Billy Cundiff is about to miss another field goal!!!

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

I'd be shocked if RG3 makes it the whole season.

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

lol @ announcer at Falcons/Redskins: "If they can hold them to three here...."  uh...that's assuming Cundiff can kick a FG.

10/7/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Matt Cassel is so, so, so bad. 

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

Scott wrote:
Andrew Luck is having no luck against the Packers.  They are teeing off on the rookie right now

SLACKERS ALWAAAAAAAAYS beat up on the lower tier teams......but when the BIG BOYS come calling.....a different story............

10/7/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61953 respect

Go Falcons! post...cause I gotta.




I shall return.

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Andrew Luck is having no luck against the Packers.  They are teeing off on the rookie right now

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

This Giants game is bizarre, but at least now it's starting to make more sense. Lots of penalties...strange ones too.

Know what I find odd? That the Hawks are on the East coast and are playing the afternoon game. So they're playing a 4:00 game in Charlotte? Is this normal?

10/7/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25331 respect

so much for that Browns potential upset

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

anthonyrichardlouisnaught wrote:
Hey, Jess, about the threads for the football games--when do you want me to give my insight on the games, when do you need me to fill out the threads on the games?

If you've signed up in the poll, I will send you a message on the week of the games when it's your turn cheeky

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Manning to Cruz combo gets their 2nd touchdown.  Giants finally pull ahead of the Browns

10/7/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1754 respect

Scott wrote:
Only 2 touchdowns scored so far today and both are by the Cleveland Browns.  Giants are sleepwalking thru the first 5 minutes of the game and trail 14-0. 

are you freaking serious? Giants lose to Cleveland, we might as well prepare for top 5 pick in draft with the schedule we have.

10/7/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1754 respect

Hey, Jess, about the threads for the football games--when do you want me to give my insight on the games, when do you need me to fill out the threads on the games?

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Ryan to Gonzalez for a touchdown

Fear_the_Stache finally gets some fantasy football points

10/7/12   |   Sharp Square   |   11945 respect


How Cundiff still has a job is stupid in itself enlightened

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

Scott wrote:
Chiefs are playing keep away from the Ravens offense.  34 plays, 30 of them running through the first half

a running back over a 100 yards vs the RAVENS.........not an easy thing to do.............

10/7/12   |   JenX63   |   32776 respect

Skins/Falcons game here...awesome game, just friggin awesome...

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Matt Ryan is killing my fantasy team right now

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Chiefs are playing keep away from the Ravens offense.  34 plays, 30 of them running through the first half

10/7/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25331 respect

I think there's a glitch in the matrix

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Helluva defensive play by Ryan Kerrigan.  Matt Ryan tries a swing pass and Kerrigan reads it for a pick 6. 

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Ravens need to keep feeding the beast that is Ray Rice.

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

And the Eagles are right behind the Chiefs as Michael Vick loses his 2nd fumble against the Steelers

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Chiefs now a -17 in turnover ratio

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

*sigh* ohhhh Cassel. 

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

Scott wrote:
NFL Red Zone.  The greatest channel on cable

I actually kinda hate the Red Zone channel. We've had it since we got Sunday Ticket several years ago, but I don't like *just* watching the scores. I love so many aspects of the game that you just don't get with RZ. Game Mix is good, but it would be better with a 90" TV.

10/7/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25331 respect

this made my morning

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Jess wrote:
What's everyone watching? Ravens/Chiefs here, but I'm not married to it.

My local channels have Ravens/Chiefs and Packers/Colts.  Late game is Broncos/Patriots

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

Jess wrote:
What's everyone watching? Ravens/Chiefs here, but I'm not married to it.

PACKERS-COLTS..................GIANTS-BROWNS...........BASEBALL....lol

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Jess wrote:
What's everyone watching? Ravens/Chiefs here, but I'm not married to it.

NFL Red Zone.  The greatest channel on cable

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

Only 2 touchdowns scored so far today and both are by the Cleveland Browns.  Giants are sleepwalking thru the first 5 minutes of the game and trail 14-0. 

10/7/12   |   Jess   |   34869 respect

What's everyone watching? Ravens/Chiefs here, but I'm not married to it.

10/7/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   27331 respect

More of my picks that didn't make the article...
MLB - Detroit, Washington and Baltimore

Over/Unders: 
Andy Reid - OVER .5 kickers frozen for no reason
Michael Turner - OVER 5.5 tiny bottles of vodka on the flight back to Atlanta
Pagano references OVER whatever the number is?

I also like the Lockout at -175 over NHL games in 2012

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

Scott wrote:
I think the Bears defense might kill Blaine Gabbert.

the ONLY thing that will keep this close is an erratic JAY CUTLER.............lol

10/7/12   |   Scott   |   53745 respect

I think the Bears defense might kill Blaine Gabbert.

10/7/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19893 respect

i got the PANTHERS..............SAINTS...........AND TEXANS.................as our  only differences........