PFT’s Week Nine picks

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We had our best showing of the season last week, with 12-2 records and a lingering tie through eight frames of a 17-round fight.

This week, MDS and yours truly disagree on two games of the 13-contest slate. All picks, along with the reasoning for them, appear below.

For the year, we’re tied at 80-39, a 67.2-percent success rate.

Browns at Bengals

MDS’s take: Johnny Manziel on the road against a tough Bengals defense? I think I know how this game is going — toward a blowout that people will turn off at halftime and go to bed.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 30, Browns 10.

Florio’s take: The last time Johnny Manziel started against the Bengals, the Browns lost by 30. In Cleveland. This time, the game is in Cincinnati. Which is bad news for the Browns.

Florio’s pick:  Bengals 37, Browns 13.

Dolphins at Bills

MDS’s take: When these teams met in the Joe Philbin era, the Bills won 41-14. Dan Campbell may be a better coach than Philbin, but he’s not that much better. The Bills are still the superior team.

MDS’s pick: Bills 27, Dolphins 17.

Florio’s take:  The Bills helped get Joe Philbin fired by embarrassing Miami in their home opener. The Dolphins could return the favor by extending Buffalo’s home losing streak to four. The Bills, rested and healthier, can’t let that happen.

Florio’s pick: Bills 23, Dolphins 20.

Packers at Panthers

MDS’s take: This is a tough one. Aaron Rodgers looked like a mere mortal on the road against a good Broncos defense, and now he has to face a good Panthers defense on the road a week later. But I think Rodgers will bounce back and have a big game, and the Packers will win a good game.

MDS’s pick: Packers 24, Panthers 21.

Florio’s take: Green Bay emerged from Sunday night’s game humbled. Carolina emerged from Monday night’s game exhausted. Advantage Packers.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 27, Panthers 24.

Rams at Vikings

MDS’s take: This is a very intriguing game in the NFC playoff race. It’s also going to be one of the few times in Adrian Peterson’s career that he hasn’t been the best running back on the field. Todd Gurley will have a huge game and the Rams will establish themselves as playoff contenders.

MDS’s pick: Rams 28, Vikings 20.

Florio’s take: In five wins, the Vikings have beaten teams with a combined record of 9-30. The Rams’ victories include wins over the Seahawks and Cardinals, who have won 10 games between them. As the Vikings enter a six-game stretch that will show the world whether they’re for real, the run begins with a loss to a team better than anyone Minnesota has beaten.

Florio’s pick: Rams 20, Vikings 17.

Washington at Patriots

MDS’s take: The easiest pick on the board. The Patriots are the best team in the NFL right now, and although Washington is trending upward, they’re not ready to win at New England.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 38, Washington 17.

Florio’s take: Eight years ago, the Patriots beat Washington 52-7. This year, it could be just as bad.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 42, Washington 10.

Titans at Saints

MDS’s take: Ken Whisenhunt went 3-20 as the head coach of the Titans. Now they’ve fired him and hired Mike Mularkey . . . who went 3-20 in his last 23 games as a head coach, in Jacksonville and Buffalo. The coaching change won’t make the Titans any better.

MDS’s pick: Saints 33, Titans 20.

Florio’s take: The streaking Saints got a gift this week — a visit from a one-win team that fired its coach on Tuesday.

Florio’s pick: Saints 34, Titans 14.

Jaguars at Jets

MDS’s take: I picked the Jets last week and immediately regretted it when Ryan Fitzpatrick went down on the first series. This week Fitzpatrick will be back, but I think the Jets can beat the Jaguars no matter who’s playing quarterback.

MDS’s pick: Jets 24, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: The Jets are reeling, but quarterbackRyan Fitzpatrick is playing. Which will give the Jets a chance to turn things around against a Jaguars team that may be rested but ultimately isn’t ready to pull off a road win in New Jersey.

Florio’s pick: Jets 26, Jaguars 15.

Raiders at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Raiders are a better team than they’ve been given credit for, and I regretted picking against them last week. And yet I think the Steelers’ passing game will make enough big plays against the Raiders’ secondary that they should be able to win a high-scoring, back-and-forth contest.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 35, Raiders 31.

Florio’s take: A ‘70s-era AFC rivalry is renewed, with major postseason implications. The Steelers don’t have Le’Veon Bell — but they do have Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and enough pieces to avoid losing back-to-back home games.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 23, Raiders 20.

Falcons at 49ers

MDS’s take: Colin Kaepernick was playing poorly enough that his benching is justifiable, but if you think Blaine Gabbert is the answer to the 49ers’ problems, please contact me directly for any bets you’d like to place. The Falcons will hammer Gabbert & Co.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 28, 49ers 10.

Florio’s take: The 49ers reportedly hand-picked the Falcons as the team against which Blaine Gabbert should debut. That should go over well with the Falcons.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 27, 49ers 13.

Giants at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Buccaneers are starting to come around and play better football, but I don’t think their secondary is quite good enough to stop Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. The Giants will win a close game.

MDS’s pick: Giants 28, Buccaneers 24.

Florio’s take: The up-and-down Giants are due to win, assuming they can hold the Buccaneers to fewer than 50 points. The Bucs have scored plenty of points in recent weeks, before allowing the other team to come back.

Florio’s pick: Giants 30, Buccaneers 23.

Broncos at Colts

MDS’s take: Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis comes as the Broncos are coming off their most impressive win of the season, and the Colts are reeling from an ugly loss. The Broncos’ defense will make life miserable for Andrew Luck.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 20, Colts 10.

Florio’s take: Peyton Manning returns to his adopted home with a defense that could win games even if Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter were taking the snaps. The only question is whether it’s a big enough embarrassment to spark a coaching change.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 42, Colts 20.

Eagles at Cowboys

MDS’s take: If Tony Romo were playing, I’d pick the Cowboys. I might even pick the Cowboys if Brandon Weeden were playing, given that Weeden played pretty well against the Eagles after Romo went down in Philadelphia. But with Matt Cassel at the helm? The Eagles will take this one.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 17, Cowboys 6.

Florio’s take:  The Cowboys handled the Eagles in Week Two on their own field. Dallas hasn’t won since. With Dez Bryant a little healthier and the defense showing it knows how to slow down the Eagles, it’s time for the home team’s long-overdue Win No. 3.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 27, Eagles 20.

Bears at Chargers

MDS’s take: This looks like one of the worst prime time games of the season, as the Chargers are in terrible injury shape and the Bears are just terrible. Philip Rivers is playing well enough that I’ll take the Chargers.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 23, Bears 21.

Florio’s take: The perils of making a full-season Monday Night Football schedule in April will be on full display as the 2-5 Bears take on the 2-6 Chargers. Chicago isn’t as bad as its record reflects; the Chargers may be worse.

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Chargers 20.

104 responses to “PFT’s Week Nine picks

  1. I can’t look at “Jets/Jaguars” without thinking of the Godzilla vs Megalon episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

  2. Have to say as a Raider fan, this game makes me nervous. Ben will be healthier than last week and our secondary is weak. It may help if we can contain the run and make them one dimensional. Brown will be tough to stop even still along with Bryant.

  3. There are 3 picks I would disagree with. I would take Panthers over the Packers by the score of 24 to 13 because I think the Packers offense is facing a defense with almost the same level of intensity as last week and their defense has some holes. Next I would take the Vikings over the Rams 31 to 24 because it’s in Minnesota and I think the Vikings defense will bottle up Gurley for his first under 100 yard game. Finally I will take the Eagles over the Cowboys by the final score of 28 to 12 because the Cowboys passing game has been a joke since Romo went down. As for the Patriots vs. Redskins game I think it will be closer than anticipated I will take the Pats to win 38 to 27.

  4. If the Packers/Panthers game was at lambeau, I would definitely go with GB. They have extra players on the field there wearing stripes. But since it is in Carolina, I am giving the edge to Cam and Co.

    I like that you picked the Rams. MN has won 5 or 6 in a row at their temp home. So, we will see.

    Gurley is a great back but 3or 4 games is not enough to crown him better than AP.

  5. Peyton Manning returns to his adopted home with a defense that could win games even if Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter were taking the snaps.

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    Wow, just wow…

  6. Vontaze you better check your twitter after the game tonight. I’m sure you will be threatened again after we go 8-0. Somebody please let the dogs out…WHO DEY.

  7. Whenever I need some optimism about my dismal Cowboys, I need only go so far as the latest Florio ranking or prediction.

    Thanks Flo

  8. Florio are you kidding me. Phila takes Dallas hands down Dez Bryant might be good but he needs a QB to throw to him. We will pick Cassel at least 3 times. De Marco runs for over 100 yds

  9. As sad as it is, because both teams are 3-4, the Phins/Bills is a huge game for the AFC. The loser will be done, confidence shot- both teams would have their reasons. The winner could get a boost and make a run.

    Go Bills.

  10. Green Bay emerged from Sunday night’s game humiliated. Carolina emerged from Monday night’s game undefeated.

    There, fixed it for ya. Rodgers struggles against elite defenses on the road.

  11. The only question is whether it’s a big enough embarrassment to spark a coaching change.
    ________________________________

    Wow you’re really beating this one into the ground aren’t you? They made a coaching change last week. Andrew Luck is a pick machine. The only thing Pagano has done to hurt the team this year is not bench Luck.

  12. I’ll be rooting for Peyton coming back home to play the Colts, but I think the Colts will get rolling with the change at offensive coordinator, and pull off the upset.

  13. In five wins, the Vikings have beaten teams with a combined record of 9-30.

    All true, now why weren’t you picking on the Broncos in the same fashion when they were racking up wins against the ash & trash of the NFL?

  14. I still can’t get my head around people picking the packers.

    Its on the road. Its a good defense. Rodgers doesn’t play well against good defenses on the road.

    Do people really think the packers defense is going to outscore the panthers offense?

  15. The Vikings should’ve also lost to the Bears last week:

    “Running into the Kicker. It is a foul for running into the kicker if a defensive player:
    (a) contacts the kicking foot of the kicker, even if the kicker is airborne when the contact occurs;”

    Everyone saw it….it wasn’t called.

    If it had been……..game over.

  16. Why do they keep putting the same 4 or 5 teams in the prime time games? I’m tired of watching the Bears, Cowboys, Chargers and Giants. And now, as usual, you cant watch the Thursday night game unless you pay your cable provider the “bundled” extortion money for extra channels you dont want or watch…

  17. In 4 games you all-ready are calling Gurley better then AP, lets pump the brakes a lil bit, He is a fantastic rookie, but I would be AP out rushes him this year and probley next.

  18. .
    It’s New England, Denver, Cincinnati, with the Raiders coming up fast on the outside.

    Oakland’s game at Pittsburgh should give a concrete indication as to whether the recently resurgent Raiders are contenders or pretenders.
    .

  19. Why do they keep putting the same 4 or 5 teams in the prime time games? I’m tired of watching the Bears, Cowboys, Chargers and Giants. And now, as usual, you cant watch the Thursday night game unless you pay your cable provider the “bundled” extortion money for extra channels you dont want or watch…

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    Thursday night games are also on CBS.

  20. Will Andy Dalton be able to perform well in prime time? I have no dog in this fight (not even on the fantasy front). But don’t forget, that’s a *real* question until he goes out there and lays that question to rest.

  21. Eagles defense leads the league in takeaways, and you take the team who’s deploying Mr. Lame Duck Cassell at QB, huh Florio? Your Eagles hate continues.

    Eagles 24 Cowboys 7 (garbage time Dez TD)

  22. Please don’t choke again. Pleeease. My low self esteem and poor self image can’t take anymore. If Green Bay doesn’t win this game, I’m going to feel very angry. You don’t want to see me angry.

  23. Raiders are on a roll and the coaching staff is on point with schemes week to week. Raiders will beat the Steelers on the road.

  24. Vikings D is built to stop the run and blitz statue QB’s like Nick Foles. If they can slow down Gurley they will win a close one.

  25. niners816 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:22 AM

    Niners are gonna wi….oh wait, we have Gabbert starting. Someone get me a beer, please.

    =====================================

    American Horror Story: Santa Clara

  26. “djteknision1200 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:45 AM
    Beware of Andy Dalton during prime time games. Can’t trust him.”

    I look forward to retraction tomorrow after he posts a QBR over 100.
    I also encourage you to join us here in 2015.

  27. tajuara, Thursday night games are now on the NFL network. That’s not really the point tho.

  28. Hey Uncle Buck, I have a TV schedule, the TNF are not broadcast again this season over the airways. It is a huge affront to me that the NFL wants me to pay $100 a month to see these games. I do not watch college ball since they broadcast their championship games on cable. And it makes me furious that that two playoff games were cable only in the NFL last year. As soon as a new league starts up I’m supporting them 1000% Back in the eighties, during a strike, scab players came in. I was surprised at how good the games were. I would be extremely glad to ditch the NFL for a new league.

  29. PRIMETIME for Andy Dalton…Bengals on Thursday Night Football, at home versus the Browns should be a layup win right? Wrong. Browns “shock” the world and pull off the upset.

    Bengals record on Primetime TV last season: 1-4
    Week 5, SNF: Bengals 17 Patriots 43
    Week 10, TNF: Browns 24 Bengals 3
    Week 16, MNF: Broncos 28 Bengals 37
    Week 17, SNF: Bengals 17 Steelers 27
    WILD Card: Bengals 10 Colts 26

    Primetime Bengals PF 84 PA 148 DIFF -64

  30. Mike,

    I have to disagree with your Cowboys pick over the Eagles. I just think it is very difficult for two evenly matched teams to have one of them sweep the two game division series. However this game is in Dallas so I might give pause on your pick. But, the Eagles by 10. Look for Murray to shine. Not Bradford.

  31. Looking forward to see whether either of you two favorite-pickers have the cajones to take Eli over Brady next week.

  32. Sorry Mike Florio but ONE AGAIN you and the other Raiders hater will be eating your words.. I love how you don’t say what games you two were wrong about last week…
    You picked The Raiders to get destroyed by the Jets, WRONG! You guys both picked Chargers to destroy Raiders..WRONG!
    You will be wrong again this week as Raiders are the best team in the NFL. Obviously people are not watching what The Raiders have been doing but no team can stop that offense now. This game won’t even be close. AGAIN Raiders will blow out another team and this time it’s Florio’s Steelers. Big Ben is not even close to 100% and he will throw another 3 ints. If you been paying attention you can’t have turnovers against The Raiders OR you will get blown out… The Steelers fans will be excited when they gave first opens but that will quickly die down and you won’t be seeing many towel’s in the 4th quarter or even 2nd quarter as Raiders will be up by 3 touchdowns by 2nd quarter. Remember I’m UNDEFEATED in picking games this year as if you pay attention to my comments here you know. Raiders win this game;
    Raiders 38
    Steelers 28
    (Steelers get points in garbage time)

  33. imodan says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:50 AM
    I’m guessing the volume will be set to max on the speakers at the RCA Dome. It’s really the Colts only chance.
    ————
    You would be correct if this was 2007. They play in the Lucas Oil Stadium now.

  34. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:11 AM

    The Vikings should’ve also lost to the Bears last week:

    “Running into the Kicker. It is a foul for running into the kicker if a defensive player:
    (a) contacts the kicking foot of the kicker, even if the kicker is airborne when the contact occurs;”

    Everyone saw it….it wasn’t called.

    If it had been……..game over.
    ___________

    I know Packer fans love to whine about the officiating, but do you need to carry it over into games that don’t involve your team? I guess you must be getting a little nervous.

  35. “Hitting at 67.2%, without the spread, and with all the gimmes this year.. I like the Vikings chances since you both picked the Rams.”

    Actually, 80-39 is pretty damn good. I am in a pick em pool with 95 people in it, and the current leader is 83-36. 80-39 would be 9th out of 95 people. It’s possible, I guess, that everyone in my pool is terrible at picking games, but I doubt that. It’s really mostly a crapshoot.

  36. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:11 AM

    Everyone saw it….it wasn’t called.

    If it had been……..game over.
    _______

    And if Aaron Rodgers had passed for more than 80 yards, the Packers might have gotten within 18 points of the Broncos.

  37. jagmankane says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:50 AM

    Jags will beat the jests, 24-17
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    Jags are not beating the Jets.. Even if Geno Smith starts Jags can’t beat The Jets.. You think JAGS have a chance because Raiders were so dominate. That’s because Raiders are the best team in the NFL this year. Patriots could barley get by Jets, Raiders Destroyed them. Jags made the mistake in taking Bortles over Carr…
    It will go down as the biggest blunder ever.
    Jets 21
    Jags 10

  38. thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:51 AM

    “djteknision1200 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:45 AM
    Beware of Andy Dalton during prime time games. Can’t trust him.”

    I look forward to retraction tomorrow after he posts a QBR over 100….

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for any retractions since a QBR can only go as high as 100.

    The arguably much better passer rating, which uses an actual formula based on non-subjective stats, thus not ESPN (a/k/a BSPN) subjective like the QBR, can go over 100 (up to 158.3).

  39. “Why do they keep putting the same 4 or 5 teams in the prime time games?”

    I’ll let you guess which teams get large national TV draws, even when their records aren’t great.

  40. tajuara says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:29 AM
    Why do they keep putting the same 4 or 5 teams in the prime time games? I’m tired of watching the Bears, Cowboys, Chargers and Giants. And now, as usual, you cant watch the Thursday night game unless you pay your cable provider the “bundled” extortion money for extra channels you dont want or watch…

    —————————————————–

    Thursday night games are also on CBS.

    ________________________________________

    Not anymore they aren’t. NFL Network only now.

  41. no comment about Big Ben being 1-4 against the Raiders all time……his only victory is the game Big Rich Seymour got ejected after he slpped Bens glass chin, and Ben dropped like a rag doll to his knee.

    With that said will be a tough game for both teams, but think the Raiders have played better each and every week since the season began. Hopefully Ben is 1-5 all time against the raiders when all done and said

    GO Raiders!

  42. Last time the raiders came to the east to play at 1, they lost to the Bears who didn’t have Alshon. They are overdue for a letdown as well. I like the steelers a lot this week despite Ben being 0-6 in his second game back from injuries. MNF aren’t all bad. Last weeks game was awesome! Speaking of which, Green Bay will bounce back against an overconfident, undefeated team coming in on a short week in a game that went to OT. Packers will win that game. Rodgers hasn’t lost back to back games in a decade.. If Dalton and the Bengals don’t destroy the Browns tonight, expect another one and done in the playoffs. This team needs to prove they can play when everyone is watching. They could go 14-2, which may not be good enough for a BYE. One and done. It’s going to happen.

  43. @whywerule

    I think you knew what my shorthand meant. No one cares about ESPN’s made-up “QBR” stat. It’s irrelevant, and I have no intention of treating it otherwise.

  44. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 5, 2015 12:07 PM
    stellarperformance says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:11 AM

    Everyone saw it….it wasn’t called.

    If it had been……..game over.
    _______

    And if Aaron Rodgers had passed for more than 80 yards, the Packers might have gotten within 18 points of the Broncos.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Denver earned their impressive victory fair and square. See the difference? Your point…..is pointless.

  45. Bears – Chargers will be fun. Neither defense is very good and both QBs love to sling it. Neither team is going anywhere and they all know it. Without any real pressure, they’re going to score a ton of points.

  46. Neither the Falcons nor the Packers can be trusted on the road.

    The Bengals-Browns game will be closer than people think, even though the Bengals will win.

    As will the Pats-Washington game, though the Pats will win.

    Thus, the Saints-Titans game should be the easiest pick of the week. Firing a 3-20 coach midseason and replacing him with another 3-20 coach? This is why some teams stay bad for a long time.

    I understand why the Cowboys moved to Cassel, but I don’t agree with it. They’ve been worse since the switch, and Weeden would be in much better shape now, with the extra experience and return of Dez. They’ll be at least a couple extra losses down when Romo returns, and that might be too much to come back from.

    A real shame. The Cowboys could be the top NFC team right now, with Romo.

  47. “I think you knew what my shorthand meant. No one cares about ESPN’s made-up “QBR” stat. It’s irrelevant, and I have no intention of treating it otherwise.”

    Now now, the Pats haters love the QBR because it consistently puts Brady as the worst or near worst QB in the league.

  48. It’s funny how Viking fans are so obsessed with the Packers. “No way the Packers beat the Panthers”, followed by a dreamed up excuse or reason. The Panthers may win the game, but Green Bay is a better team. They laid an egg in Denver, it happens. Meanwhile, Minnesota hasn’t beat anyone. The Rams are pretty tough this season with a refreshed running game and a new quarterback. Their Defense is improved as well. The Vikings may win, but the Rams are obviously a better team. The Vikings are going to drop a few games in the next 6 weeks or so. Tough schedule coming up. The part that Green Bay already went through and finished 6-1. Meanwhile, Green Bay has a favorable schedule after the Carolina game.

  49. Ravens get a week to recover.

    Anyone have a spare wide receiver hanging around somewhere. I saw a UPS guy run up my driveway carrying a 50 pound box. He looked pretty good. Wish I would have thought to ask him if he was busy on Sundays

    Anyone seen Breshad Perriman?

  50. So….the Vikings teams they’ve beaten have a record of 9-30 and that’s why you’re going with the Rams. Hmm the Packers teams they’ve beaten have a combined record of 17-29 and only one win against a team with a winning record. Oh and their “elite” qb has 0…yes 0 come from behind wins in the fourth quarter against a winning team. But the Packers are “humble” and hungry. Got it.

  51. “Peyton Manning returns to his adopted home with a defense that could win games even if Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter were taking the snaps.”

    The above would have been appropriate if Denver defense was poor, or if Sorgi and Painter were Hall of Famers. You got this ass backwards.

  52. Kind of funny seeing the Eagles fans getting all butthurt over not being picked to win. Even funnier that they think this game is a cakewalk.

    Quickly forget that Dez didn’t play in week 2 and Romo played a very limited amount and Weeden actually threw a go ahead td pass. Also must forget just how awful your team was and continues to be, especially offensively. Last time you played a Dallas defense without Gregory, Hardy, or McClain and they made you look foolish. Not so sure what you know that everyone else doesn’t about why this is an automatic W.

    Better pray that it is though. B/c a win for the Cowboys this week means that division all but over for everyone else…

  53. obsessedvikingfan says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:28 AM
    If the Packers/Panthers game was at lambeau, I would definitely go with GB. They have extra players on the field there wearing stripes. But since it is in Carolina, I am giving the edge to Cam and Co.
    _____
    Also, consider the Colts had extra players on the field wearing stripes on Monday night, and we still won. Panthers 24, Packers 23

  54. It’s not that I’m mad they picked the Rams, but let’s look at a few things here.
    The Vikings are at home.
    The Rams offense is one dimensional, with that dimension being a rookie.
    Nobody has scored more than 23 against the Vikings, but the Rams are going to score 28 on the road?

    I’ll take the Vikings at 23-13.

  55. I totally underestimated Payton Manning’s abilities at this stage of his career, he played perhaps the best came of the entire 2015 season against the Packers. I’m not going to feel good about picking the Packers until the offense get in gear, now would be a good time to do it. A loss to Carolina all but gives the Panthers home field advantage trough the playoffs as they would need to lose at 3 games and the Packers would have to run the table, that isn’t likely to happen. The one thing I can hang my hat on, the Packers haven’t lost back-to-back games WITH a healthy Aaron Rodgers since the 2010 season, in which they ultimately won XLV. I’ll still pick my Packers but it’ll be a battle. Packers 24, Panthers 20

  56. sammievee says:
    Nov 5, 2015 2:56 PM

    “Peyton Manning returns to his adopted home with a defense that could win games even if Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter were taking the snaps.”

    The above would have been appropriate if Denver defense was poor, or if Sorgi and Painter were Hall of Famers. You got this ass backwards.

    Umm, let me translate:
    Curtis Painter>current version of Andrew Luck

  57. cin 20, cle 9
    mia 21, buf 16
    gb 27, car 17
    minn 20, stl 17
    ne 44, wash 20
    no 38, ten 24
    nyj 27, jax 13
    pitt 34, oak 31
    atl 24, sf 17
    tb 31, nyg 30
    ind 28, den 27
    phi 38, dal 17
    sd 31, chi 17

  58. I’m guessing the volume will be set to max on the speakers at the RCA Dome. It’s really the Colts only chance.
    ———————————————————-
    First, the Colts haven’t played in the RCA Dome since 2007. It’s now a convention center. Secondly, please stop with the “pumped in crowd noise” crap. It happened once and was investigated and found to be a sound feed issue with the CBS broadcast. No fines were ever levied, unlike the Falcons incident. That and Lucas Oil is not nearly as loud as the Dome was. Been to both many times. The Dome was small and had a Teflon coated roof, they didn’t need to pump in crowd noise.
    And while the Colts are a mess, I could see them winning this one, or at least keeping it close. They haven’t been blown out all season, they just put themselves in huge holes to start games then have to rally.

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