PFT’s Week 13 picks

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It’s the first non-bye week since September, with a full slate of 16 games. And MDS and yours truly agree on the outcome of every game.

This means that a three-game spread will persist, with four weeks to go. After we each finished 8-4 on Sunday/Monday of Week 12, I’ve got a season-to-date record of 112-64 (63.6 percent). MDS is 109-67 (61.9 percent).

Also, check out the weekly “best bets” video. Last Sunday, MDS and I were each 2-1.

Saints at Cowboys

MDS’s take: The Cowboys could make a major statement in the NFC playoff race with a win here, but I just don’t see it happening. The Saints are too good.

MDS’s pick: Saints 27, Cowboys 20.

Florio’s take: Sean Payton reminds Jerry Jones why Jerry Jones may still eventually try to hire Sean Payton.

Florio’s pick: Saints 34, Cowboys 17.


Ravens at Falcons

MDS’s take: The Falcons’ defense isn’t very good, but I have a feeling the Ravens’ offense is going to fail to exploit it, as Lamar Jackson will struggle. Atlanta takes this one at home.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 23, Ravens 16.

Florio’s take: Lamar Jackson takes his starting show on the road, and he quickly realizes that the Falcons aren’t the Bengals or the Raiders.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 24, Ravens 14.


Panthers at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had his best game of the season last week, but Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will outplay him this week.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 31, Buccaneers 21.

Florio’s take: The Panthers get a good draw as they try to end a three-game losing streak.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 41, Buccaneers 30.


Bears at Giants

MDS’s take: Chase Daniel over Mitchell Trubisky? I’m not sure it will make much difference. The Giants’ offense has been playing well recently, but not against the Bears.

MDS’s pick: Bears 20, Giants 10.

Florio’s take: It’s a trap game for the Bears, who will be facing a feisty Giants team that doesn’t care about winning its way to lower draft slots.

Florio’s pick: Bears 23, Giants 20.


Bills at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Bills look like they’re starting to get things going, but the Dolphins should be able to beat them at home.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 20, Bills 17.

Florio’s take: Finally, a game the Dolphins should be able to win.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 20, Bills 10.


Colts at Jaguars

MDS’s take: The Jaguars’ offseason decision to commit to Blake Bortles was unwise, but that doesn’t mean benching him for Cody Kessler will be the answer, especially not against a Colts team that is playing very well right now.

MDS’s pick: Colts 24, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: The Colts possibly are becoming what the Jaguars were supposed to be.

Florio’s pick: Colts 27, Jaguars 13.


Browns at Texans

MDS’s take: The Browns have definitely played better since firing Hue Jackson, but the Texans’ winning streak will keep going.

MDS’s pick: Texans 24, Browns 14.

Florio’s take: The Browns and Baker Mayfield could make this one interesting, but the Texans are simply too good.

Florio’s pick: Texans 30, Browns 23.


Broncos at Bengals

MDS’s take: It’s a tough spot for new Bengals starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, as the Broncos are getting things turned around and potentially marching toward the playoffs.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 28, Bengals 23.

Florio’s take: The Broncos are unexpectedly surging, the Bengals are expectedly falling apart.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 27, Bengals 17.


Rams at Lions

MDS’s take: Sean McVay has shown how quickly a good coach can turn around a bad team. Matt Patricia has shown how quickly a bad coach can make things worse.

MDS’s pick: Rams 30, Lions 20.

Florio’s take: The Rams keep pushing toward the playoffs, and the Lions keep pushing toward the NFC North basement.

Florio’s pick: Rams 34, Lions 20.


Cardinals at Packers

MDS’s take: I don’t think the Packers are going anywhere this season, but they’re at least playing well enough that beating the Cardinals at home shouldn’t be a problem.

MDS’s pick: Packers 24, Cardinals 10.

Florio’s take: Poor Cardinals.

Florio’s pick: Packers 38, Cardinals 13.


Chiefs at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Chiefs are the best team in the AFC and the Raiders are the worst team in the AFC. Enough said.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 31, Raiders 13.

Florio’s take: One of the NFL’s best rivalries won’t be on Sunday.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 37, Raiders 16.


Jets at Titans

MDS’s take: It’s getting rough for Todd Bowles as he heads into what looks like his last month as the Jets’ head coach. Another loss should just about seal it.

MDS’s pick: Titans 28, Jets 14.

Florio’s take: The Titans face an uphill climb to get to the playoffs, but they’ll hold serve against an inferior team.

Florio’s pick: Titans 27, Jets 17.


49ers at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The Seahawks are playing hard and appear to be heading toward the playoffs in what easily could have been a rebuilding year. That’s a credit to Pete Carroll.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 34, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: Richard Sherman returns home with a chance to spoil a Seattle playoff run. Unfortunately for Sherman, there aren’t enough players as talented as Sherman around him.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 24, 49ers 13.


Vikings at Patriots

MDS’s take: One of the best games of the day feels like it could go either way, but I like the Patriots to pull it out late.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Vikings 21.

Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 31, Vikings 20.


Chargers at Steelers

MDS’s take: This is a very big one in the AFC playoff race, perhaps a must-win for the Chargers if they have any hope of catching the Chiefs in the AFC West. I don’t think it’s going to happen.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 21, Chargers 20.

Florio’s take: Austin Ekeler will need to step up if the Chargers will have a chance to win this one. Even if he does, the Steelers are still good enough to get their act together after an unexpected loss in Denver.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Chargers 23.


Washington at Eagles

MDS’s take: I was ready to write off the Eagles a couple weeks ago. I’m not anymore. I’m expecting a three-way tie atop the NFC East after Week 13.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 20, Washington 17.

Florio’s take: Every week it seems there’s another NFC East favorite, with Dallas losing to the Saints, the Eagles can make it a three-day tie for now, setting up for another showdown in Dallas next weekend.

Florio’s pick:  Eagles 31, Washington 17.

83 responses to “PFT’s Week 13 picks

  1. Saint over Cowboys – The Cowboys have been finding ways to get a win but the Saints are to much for them..

    Falcons over Ravens – The Ravens have done ok with 2nd string qb Jackson though he heavily relies on him running… Falcons puts a stop to that and get the win..

    Panthers over Bucs – the bucs do not have any more teams this year that will GIVE them a win like their last opponent… Panthers will pad their win column with this game..

  2. Florio’s take: Finally, a game the Dolphins should be able to win.

    Florio’s pick: Dolphins 20, Bills 10.
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    Right, great pick, problem is the Dolphins have not played a defense like the Bills either. They won’t score 20 points.

  3. Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
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    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.

  4. Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
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    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.

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    Funny, I don’t remember any pundit picking the Vikings to make it to the SB……ever….

  5. Vikings again will fail to show up in a big game that they need more than the Patriots. What will undo them this time? Penalties at the absolute wrong time? Turnovers? Dumb coaching decisions? I expect all of the above.

  6. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
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    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.

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    Funny, I don’t remember any pundit picking the Vikings to make it to the SB……ever….

    ****

    Where were you last year?

  7. Cowboys over Saints – 1st upset of the week

    Falcons over Ravens

    Panthers over Buccs

    Bears over Giants

    Dolphins over Bills

    Colts over Jaguars

    Broncos over Bengals

    Rams over Lions

    Packers over Cardinals

    Seahawks over Niners

    Patriots over Vikings

    Chargers over Steelers – 2nd upset of the week

    Eagles over Redskins

  8. Andy Reid, your team needs to win games they’re supposed to. I don’t care if Gruden is your friend and you think keeping scores respectful is part of the game.

    Remember the colts playoff game? This isn’t peewee football, Hill, Hunt and Kelce can all have 3tds and Mahomes can throw for 8 of them. And then after they achieve that, probably the 3rd quarter or so, you can put Chad Henne in.

    Release the Chiefs!

  9. There’s no sense to making these predictions if you guys aren’t going to call for any upsets. There’s a good chance both the Chargers and Cowboys get wins this week. The Saints have the 30th ranked passing defense, the Chargers are ranked 7th in scoring points, the Cowboys are ranked 3rd in scoring defense, and the Saints haven’t faced any great teams on the road so far this season. Even the Browns racked 35 points on the Bengals and NO beat the Ravens because Tucker missed an extra point.

  10. Patriots 30 Vikings 24 it will be close but some passing to Edelman will probably be the difference. Saints 38 Cowboys 21 Brees and company are going light the Boys up. Ravens 21 Falcons 13 the Falcons D is nothing special and the Ravens look better on offense with Flacco gone.

  11. Vikings at Patriots

    MDS’s take: One of the best games of the day feels like it could go either way, but I like the Patriots to pull it out late.

    MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Vikings 21.

    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.

    Florio’s pick: Patriots 31, Vikings 20.
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    I not saying the vikings are going to win, but comon the vikings dont match up well? I think its the other way around. The vikings stop the run, 3rd in the NFL, the pats like the pound the rock, When the pats throw the ball, The vikings are tied for 3rd in the NFL in sack and generate pressure up the middle with guys like Richardson and Joseph. Minnesota is 5th in passing defense and number one in third down defense. On Offense Cousins best games this year have been on the road, outside…The vikings offense passing wise is rated 7th with the pats defense rated 22 against the pass. The vikings biggest weakness their oline, the pats are 30th in sacking the Qb. Like i said im not saying the vikings are going to win, but to say they dont match up, is wrong, they match up pretty well.

  12. **Cowboys over Saints
    Bill over fins
    Chargers over Steelers

    Don’t sleep on the Browns (take the points)

    ** Admitted Cowboys fan and Homer

  13. Wouldn’t be surprised if Ravens beat ATL in a close upset. Ravens’ defense can contain Falcons’ offense. ATL’s defense is bad. As long as the Ravens move the ball on the ground and Jackson minimizes throwing errors, I think Baltimore takes it.

  14. Last year the Patriots got to the Superbowl with a “smoke and mirrors” defense. This year, their offense has the same feel as that. I have a bad feeling about the Patriots’ chances in this one.

  15. I’d like to know why the Vikings don’t match up well against the Patriots. Yes, the Patriots should win at home, but I expect a close game (as always, pending turnovers). Brady and team like the quick passing attack, which takes a sustained drive to score. And they do that well. But, the Vikings also are one of the top defenses abasing third down and in the red zone.

    No team matches up well against Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph, and occasionally Cook. I’ve seen team after team take away Theilen or Diggs, but never take away both. And last week, Rudolph joined the party.

    When the Vikings have lost, it has been self inflicted wounds of turnovers, bad O-line protection, and penalties. And last weekend, the Vikings picked up the blitz pretty good. Cousins could have thrown for 5 TD’s and 450 yards if the Vikings weren’t stubborn on those draw plays.

    I fully expect this to be a 6 point ball game, even though the Vikings are on the road.

  16. mmmpierogi says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    Wouldn’t be surprised if Ravens beat ATL in a close upset. Ravens’ defense can contain Falcons’ offense. ATL’s defense is bad. As long as the Ravens move the ball on the ground and Jackson minimizes throwing errors, I think Baltimore takes it.

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    Also, completely forgot that ATL is 4-7 this year with most of their wins against soft teams. Why are people favoring them so much in this game? I get that Lamar Jackson’s green and doesn’t look like a consistent passer yet, but that’s completely discounting the Ravens defense and running game (which isn’t great, but also not bad).

  17. Noah Powell says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    you guys picked every game the same way……

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    Did you figure that out by it being mentioned three times in the prologue, or did you actually count them on your fingers and toes?

  18. SWFLPC.INC says:

    Funny, I don’t remember any pundit picking the Vikings to make it to the SB……ever….
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    Were you born yesterday?

  19. conormacleod says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    I’d like to know why the Vikings don’t match up well against the Patriots.

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    Because the Patriots have a winning record and the Vikings have Kirk Cousins

  20. .
    The Patriots /Vikings and Steelers /Chargers should bring some clarity to the AFC playoff picture. I’ll keep my money in my pocket on those two.
    .

  21. “Matt Patricia has shown how quickly a bad coach can make things worse.”

    I’m no fan of the Lions or Patricia, but OUCH. I don’t know that you can blame him right now. They have no one.

  22. Ravens running game has gone from 27th to 11th since Lamar and Gus Edwards took over at their positions, they are the number 1 defense going against Atlanta who hasn’t scored more than 19 points the last 3 games. Atlanta’s defense stinks, so why is Atlanta getting the Love here?

  23. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Funny, I don’t remember any pundit picking the Vikings to make it to the SB……ever….
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    On PFT’s season predictions, Curtis Crabtree picked the Vikings to beat the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

  24. I hate the Cowboys with a passion…..but I think they’ll give the Saints a run for their money tonight. One of those strange feelings….

  25. The Ravens will realize the Falcons aren’t the Raiders or Bengals? The Falcons got smoked by the Browns a few weeks ago, and also lost to the Bengals. Raiders actually beat the Browns. So maybe the Falcons are a little better than the Raiders? Not sure I follow the logic. Falcons still stink. Raven’s running game and defense keeps rolling.

  26. Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
    Florio’s pick: Patriots 31, Vikings 20.

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    The Vikings defense is really good. If the Patriots can still put up 31 on them… I like their chances a lot for a 3rd straight Super Bowl appearance. 🙂

  27. letsberealpatsfan says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    Last year the Patriots got to the Superbowl with a “smoke and mirrors” defense. This year, their offense has the same feel as that. I have a bad feeling about the Patriots’ chances in this one.
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    Not to me. It’s a completely different offense and system, and one that happens to match up very well against the Kansas City Chiefs defense and their weaknesses. It’s Sony and White time!

  28. discountdoublecheck says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    Michael Thomas is going to feast tonight.
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    Not when he lines up against PFF’s #1 rated corner, Byron Jones. He’ll catch some balls when the Saints move him around, but not much of anything against the best corner in the game.

  29. Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
    —————————————

    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.
    _________________

    Salty much?

    You see…This!………..This, right here!
    This is the very reason it’s so enjoyable to laugh right in every Barney’s face.
    skoLOL!!!

  30. wafflestomp says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
    —————————————

    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.
    _________________

    Salty much?

    You see…This!………..This, right here!
    This is the very reason it’s so enjoyable to laugh right in every Barney’s face.
    skoLOL!!!

    ***

    …huh?

  31. Saints will beat an slightly above average Cowboy team. Funny to see how enamored everyone is for “Americans team” when they haven’t done anything. The Saints are crushing teams but aren’t the apple of the media’s eye…so every article refers to their demise (Sean coaching in Dallas, Drew Brees being a free agent, can only win at home (their undefeated on the road this year), only stop the run because of the offense scoring quickly….blah blah. If it’s so easy in this league why are they with the longest winning streak in the league. Dallas gets blown out by 14+.

  32. Colts fans last week: ermaghad the AFC Least is so terrible, the Patriots get 6 free wins a year so unfair.
    Colts fans this week: Behold our glorious 27-24 home field victory over the Dolphins! Never a’fore hath a colossus strode the land like we do with the severed head of our mighty foe! Twas an epic struggle that near rent the heavens you guys!

  33. jimmylikesthat says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Turning into a “banner” year for the Colts
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    Man, that’s hilarious!
    Think of that all by yourself?

  34. weepingjebus says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    Colts fans last week: ermaghad the AFC Least is so terrible, the Patriots get 6 free wins a year so unfair.
    Colts fans this week: Behold our glorious 27-24 home field victory over the Dolphins! Never a’fore hath a colossus strode the land like we do with the severed head of our mighty foe! Twas an epic struggle that near rent the heavens you guys!
    ___________________
    How much do the Colts pay to rent that space in your head?

  35. Viking fans are setting themselves up for a big disapointment. Their wins are against San Fran, Eagles, Cardinals, Jets, Lions and Packers. Fraud team. They’re coming off 2 tough division gms. They have to go to Seattle next week for a big gm with playoff implications. In a classic sandwich setup, with key players banged up, they have a road gm against an AFC power that is healthy, almost never loses @ home and is poised for their annual Dec/Jan roll. I don’t care if the Vikes are 3rd in this or 7th in that. No reason to even show up.

  36. 13worldchampioinships says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
    —————————————

    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.
    _________________

    Salty much?

    You see…This!………..This, right here!
    This is the very reason it’s so enjoyable to laugh right in every Barney’s face.
    skoLOL!!!

    ***

    …huh?
    ***********

    I realize that a majority of Viking fans are somewhat illiterate, but try reading it again, perhaps a little slower this time.
    Keep trying, you’ll get it. 👍🏻

  37. wafflestomp says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
    —————————————

    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.
    _________________

    Salty much?

    You see…This!………..This, right here!
    This is the very reason it’s so enjoyable to laugh right in every Barney’s face.
    skoLOL!!!
    ___________

    I’m sorry, I fail to see what you have to laugh about right now. Your team sucks and just got beat by the team you’re laughing at. I think we’re all enjoying laughing at you and the rest of the people who had the Packers in the Super Bowl.

  38. How’d it work out when the Vikes played other big boy teams? like the Bears, Rams and Saints? Bills, I’ll grant you that blowout loss. That’s a powerhouse right there.

  39. Rate This
    weepingjebus says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    Colts fans last week: ermaghad the AFC Least is so terrible, the Patriots get 6 free wins a year so unfair.
    Colts fans this week: Behold our glorious 27-24 home field victory over the Dolphins! Never a’fore hath a colossus strode the land like we do with the severed head of our mighty foe! Twas an epic struggle that near rent the heavens you guys!

    —————————-

    Colts fans have no idea what you just said

  40. For people picking the Chargers over the Steelers this week and wondering why others aren’t picking them, do yourself a favor and count how many teams with winning records they’ve beaten in the last two years.

  41. Steelers beat the Chargers 48-44.
    Chiefs over Faiders 49-17.
    Pats over Vikings 31-16.
    Bills 30 Phins 17

  42. orndorf2 says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Saints will beat an slightly above average Cowboy team. Funny to see how enamored everyone is for “Americans team” when they haven’t done anything. The Saints are crushing teams but aren’t the apple of the media’s eye…so every article refers to their demise (Sean coaching in Dallas, Drew Brees being a free agent, can only win at home (their undefeated on the road this year), only stop the run because of the offense scoring quickly….blah blah. If it’s so easy in this league why are they with the longest winning streak in the league. Dallas gets blown out by 14+.

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    The Saints are undefeated on the road because they’ve played the almighty and powerful Atlanta Falcons, those 3-8 New York Giants super bowl contenders, the 6-5 Baltimore “Tucker’s first missed extra point in his career” Ravens, the 6-4-1 Vikings (only good road win), and the 5-6 Bengals which the Browns just scored 35 points against. They had a good win against the Rams, but that’s it. The Bengals have the 32nd ranked scoring defense in the league. They have the longest winning streak because this is the regular season of playing scrub teams.

    They have the 30th ranked passing defense and rank 15th in scoring defense. The scoring defense stat for the Saints sounds good until you find out that they’ve played teams, such as the Browns, Buccs, Falcons, and Bengals. I’m not sold on this team until they win a playoff game against a team with a winning record when it matters most.

  43. I don’t see the Cowboys beating the Saints, but it’s not gonna be a blowout. The Cowboys defense is legit, they’re the only team that hasn’t given up 30+ points this season. If Dallas doesn’t turn it over, I can see them playing a ball control, grind it out game with Zeke. The problem is, if you finish 7-8 minute drives with FG’s like they often do, you aren’t gonna keep pace with the Saints. Cowboys keep their fans up for the entire game, fail to go down the field on their final possession, Saints win 28-20.

  44. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    November 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Florio’s take: Vikings simply don’t match up well with a Patriots team that matches up well with pretty much everyone. This could get ugly.
    —————————————

    From the same guy who picked the Packers to make it to the Super Bowl. Crow must taste good to some people.
    _________________

    Salty much?

    You see…This!………..This, right here!
    This is the very reason it’s so enjoyable to laugh right in every Barney’s face.
    skoLOL!!!
    ___________

    I’m sorry, I fail to see what you have to laugh about right now. Your team sucks and just got beat by the team you’re laughing at. I think we’re all enjoying laughing at you and the rest of the people who had the Packers in the Super Bowl.
    ________________________

    Alright, I’ll try and walk you through it.
    Please try and keep up.

    We all laugh at you because of the fact you Barney’s get so salty and triggered over weekly picks, power ratings and a slew of other opinion based crap that has no real meaning or relevance over anything.

    And yes, though Green Bay is suffering through a disappointing season, there’s no reason to lose one’s sense of humor.
    Especially when it comes at your expense.

    Finally, and probably most humorous of all, if you honestly think there’s a great deal of difference separating the Vikings and the Packers right now in overall team talent, I’m going to have to laugh right in your face again.
    If week 2 and Sunday didn’t teach you anything, then I simply can’t help you.

    They are probably both a couple of 8-7-1 teams right now.
    Oops! Another opinion, get ready for Barney heads to explode…..3….2…1..

  45. You all like the chalk, like many of these commenters said. Sheesh. Neither of you guys want to go out on a limb and try for an upset?

  46. At least one of these outcomes will occur, in contradiction to the PFT expectations:

    Ravens (at home) over Falcons
    Buccaneers (at home) over Panthers
    Giants (at home) over Bears

  47. tedmurph says:

    Viking fans are setting themselves up for a big disapointment. Their wins are against San Fran, Eagles, Cardinals, Jets, Lions and Packers.
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    The Vikings were the only team to beat the 49ers when Garapolo played the entire game. Only the Vikings and the Lions had Garapolo in for the entire game.

    Garapolo tore his ACL in the Chiefs game. Not saying that the 9ers would have beat KC, but the game was reasonably close – 38 – 27.

    What I am comfortable saying is the 9ers, with Garapolo, would most likely not have lost to the Cardinals (twice), the Packers (final was 33 – 30 and the Packers were down by 7 with 4 minutes to go and the 49ers had the ball – a pair of 3 and outs gave the Packers the opportunity to win. 2 first downs and the Packers would never have seen the ball again), the Giants (27 – 23) and maybe not the Bucs.

    Not counting the Bucs, that would have made them a winning team this so far this season.

  48. wafflestomp says:
    November 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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    Dude. Chill. Seriously. Sit down and pour yourself a glass of wine or something. Maybe turn on some classical music. You’re starting to sound scary crazy.

  49. Pats will have Rex Burkhead, this week, too. So I hope the running back corps can carry the load. I am as big a fan of Brady as there is, but, truth be told, his performance has fallen off a cliff this year. His stats are almost the same as Baker Mayfield’s stats, and Brady has played two more games than Mayfield. And when you throw in the differences between the two teams in the receiving corps and the coaching staffs, it looks even worse.

  50. Vikings don’t match up well with the patriots? Vikings have 2 shut down corners (if Rhodes plays) that can take out Gordon and Edelman. They’ll put Jayron Kearse in as a 3rd safety to cover the running back. Their defensive line can play against the pats offensive line and could win that battle. the question is what they do with Gronk. illoka could be playing more to cover Gronk. i think Zimmer has been saving some looks for this game specifically.

    The Pats defense isn’t great either. If Mariota can make the Pats look silly, Cousins can too.

    For you to expect a blowout is just further evidence that you hate the vikings and are a sour packers fan.

    If the vikings weren’t so injured on both sides of the ball, i would almost pick the vikings in the upset. but since i don’t think diggs or rhodes will play, the pats will probably win.

  51. Where are all of you Saints’ fans at? I picked the Cowboys twice here and none of you people gave them a chance. It’s not a matter of liking them. They have a top 3 scoring defense. They aren’t bad. I’m already 1-0 for my week’s picks.

  52. As someone stated earlier it’s to bad these guys don’t pick an underdog once in a while. How was that cowboys pick. And I don’t have a dog in the game

  53. The Ravens certainly aren’t world beaters but I’m not sure where all this talk of the Falcons being that superior to a team with two more wins than them is coming from. Ravens defense is still good and healthy overall. If they run the ball effectively again this week with Edwards and don’t force Jackson to single handedly try to win the game, I honestly don’t see them losing this one on the road. Now their other two road games vs the Chargers and Chiefs are a very different story.

  54. Didn’t Florio say a couple weeks ago in the power rankings that the Cowboys might have the defense to win in January, or something to that effect? But he picked the Saints over the Cowboys. Oops!

  55. The Packers always play better with their backs against the wall, especially against a bad team at home. Packers 56 Cardinals 0

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