By The Numbers: Week 14, 2017

A morale booster, that overtime win versus Tampa Bay was. Honestly, if we could have gotten the upset over Pittsburgh the week earlier, we would be in a better position now. It’s unfortunate, but even though we got to .500 again, the road ahead is difficult and even if Rodgers comes back the week we face the Panthers, if we don’t win out the season will be for nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for him to come back and I would love to win out and still make the playoffs, but there is the chance that even doing so, being at 10-6 might not be good enough this year — despite the fact that we’ve seen a 7-9 playoff team before. I haven’t give up yet though, there’s a near certain win ahead of us this week facing the winless Browns and we could see Rodgers back which makes anything possible. Let’s see how I did last week:

Cowboys 21, Redskins 13 – Correct
Vikings 28, Falcons 24 – Correct
Titans 27, Texans 21 – Correct
Chiefs 28, Jets 10
Dolphins 20, Broncos 10 – Correct
Jags 23, Colts 14 – Correct
Packers 30, Buccs 17 – Correct
Ravens 23, Lions 19 – Correct
Patriots 31, Bills 20 – Correct
Bears 27, 49ers 7 
Chargers 30, Browns 10 – Correct
Raiders 27, Giants 13 – Correct
Saints 27, Panthers 26 – Correct
Rams 32, Cardinals 21 – Correct
Eagles 35, Seahawks 24
Steelers 31, Bengals 20 – Correct

Only three wrong this go round. Seems like I’m getting pretty good at this thing, but later in the season it almost becomes more predictable, if you’ve been paying attention. Like I said, we face the Browns this week so I expect to go to 7-6. Every game is a playoff game from here on out, just like last year and seasons before it. We’ll need some help along the way but things could always be worse. I’m writing this after the Thursday night game is already over, so we know that the Falcons won that one, and I think I would have picked against them so I guess we’ll count that one incorrect. Here’s the rest of my picks:

Bills 24, Colts 13
Cowboys 27, Giants 14
Buccs 21, Lions 10
Raiders 28, Chiefs 21
Texans 30, 49ers 10
Packers 24, Browns 13
Bengals 23, Bears 17
Panthers 21, Vikings 20
Chargers 20, Redskins 19
Jets 21, Broncos 7
Titans 27, Cardinals 14
Rams 30, Eagles 27
Jaguars 26, Seahawks 20
Steelers 28, Ravens 23
Patriots 31, Dolphins 13

We’ll see how I do next week. Until then.

By The Numbers: Week 13, 2017

What a game that was. Facing the 8-2 Steelers on the road, and Hundley puts on his best performance yet. He’s still no Rodgers, and there were still mistakes but managing to keep up with a red-hot team like that is impressive for a backup quarterback. I was impressed, but at the same time disappointed as we gave the Steelers too much time in the 4th quarter so they got into field goal range and kicked the winner. Had we not missed a long FG earlier in the game they would have needed more to win. Sad, but true. I have faith that the team can cobble together wins in the next two — we face the Buccaneers and the Browns, so we shouldn’t have too much issue there. Afterwards Rodgers just might be able to come back and lead us to the playoffs once again. He was on the field throwing balls this past weekend, so it appears that he’s on the mend and doing well, which is faster than expected and much like what happened back in 2013. Here’s hoping for his return and that playoff march. Let’s see how I did with my picks last week:

Vikings 30, Lions 21 – Correct
Cowboys 24, Chargers 14
Redskins 28, Giants 24 – Correct
Titans 21, Colts 13 – Correct
Eagles 27, Bears 10 – Correct
Panthers 31, Jets 16 – Correct
Patriots 30, Dolphins 20 – Correct
Falcons 27, Buccs 23 – Correct
Bengals 35, Browns 7 – Correct
Chiefs 23, Bills 21
Seahawks 30, 49ers 14 – Correct
Rams 21, Saints 20 – Correct
Jags 27, Cardinals 21
Raiders 28, Broncos 24 – Correct
Packers 27, Steelers 26
Ravens 26, Texans 16 – Correct

Only 4 missed picks this week, one of my better weeks overall. Really wish the Packers would have pulled the upset, but alas. Let’s see what’s going down this week:

Cowboys 21, Redskins 13
Vikings 28, Falcons 24
Titans 27, Texans 21
Chiefs 28, Jets 10
Dolphins 20, Broncos 10
Jags 23, Colts 14
Packers 30, Buccs 17
Ravens 23, Lions 19
Patriots 31, Bills 20
Bears 27, 49ers 7
Chargers 30, Browns 10
Raiders 27, Giants 13
Saints 27, Panthers 26
Rams 32, Cardinals 21
Eagles 35, Seahawks 24
Steelers 31, Bengals 20

Go Pack Go!

By The Numbers: Week 12, 2017

Wow, just wow. A blowout home loss for week 11, facing the 4-5 Ravens. Now granted, the Ravens are never a terrible team and always tend to do fairly well, but our offense couldn’t do shit. There were turnovers, no rhythm, just… fuck. The defense did its job early keeping the Raven’s points down during the first half, but in the second half they managed to put up points and we didn’t do shit. Now sitting at 5-5, it’s starting to feel like a slippery slope. We face the Steelers next, and that’s going to be a loss, I can already see it. They have been on fire this year, and though we probably would have been too had Rodgers not gone down, it’s unlikely that we’re making the playoffs. There are a few teams we should be able to beat going forward, but even then I don’t think there will be enough reason for Rodgers to try and come back. He should just rest at this point and we should take some quality draft picks for next year. I hate to see an 8 year playoff appearance streak go down in flames, but at this point it would almost be better to throw in the towel. I know McCarthy won’t be doing that but the agitation this backup QB has given me just makes me not want to watch football for the rest of the season. Now I know how it feels to be a Chargers fan. Sigh. Let’s see how my picks went for last week:

Steelers 27, Titans 21 – Correct
Lions 30, Bears 17 – Correct
Jaguars 21, Browns 3 – Correct
Packers 27, Ravens 20
Cardinals 21, Texans 13
Dolphins 21, Buccs 20
Rams 30, Vikings 27
Chiefs 30, Giants 10
Saints 31, Redskins 19 – Correct
Bills 21, Chargers 7
Broncos 24, Bengals 14
Patriots 32, Raiders 20 – Correct
Eagles 38, Cowboys 20 – Correct
Seahawks 28, Falcons 27

I went 6-8 on the week, so not a good round of picks. Meh. Don’t care. Let’s make some middling picks again and move on, shall we?

Vikings 30, Lions 21
Cowboys 24, Chargers 14
Redskins 28, Giants 24
Titans 21, Colts 13
Eagles 27, Bears 10
Panthers 31, Jets 16
Patriots 30, Dolphins 20
Falcons 27, Buccs 23
Bengals 35, Browns 7
Chiefs 23, Bills 21
Seahawks 30, 49ers 14
Rams 21, Saints 20
Jags 27, Cardinals 21
Raiders 28, Broncos 24
Packers 27, Steelers 26
Ravens 26, Texans 16

By The Numbers: Week 11, 2017

Surprise surprise, the Packers can get a win without Aaron Rodgers! It was the lowly Bears, but we outgained them on the ground and they have one of the better rushing offenses. This is good news going forward. Apparently Hundley finally had some big throws and the whole team is starting to connect with him. I suppose we shouldn’t have expected it to happen immediately, but I think we might have turned the corner. I wouldn’t want to face one of the NFL’s elite teams at this point, but at least we can take on the middling ones. At some point soon we’ll be playing the Browns, so that’s a gimme. At 5-4 we’re still on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs go, but that isn’t to say that we’re out. More good news: Rodgers has been in the building and is rehabbing already. He can’t return for another four weeks minimum, but if the rest of the team can keep the season afloat, there’s still a chance he comes back and we get into the post season once again. I’d hate to see that particular streak end. Let’s take a look at my picks for last week:

Packers 21, Bears 10 – Correct
Lions 27, Browns 3 – Correct
Steelers 35, Colts 20 – Correct
Jags 24, Chargers 13 – Correct
Saints 30, Bills 14 – Correct
Jets 21, Buccs 20
Vikings 27, Redskins 20 – Correct
Titans 21, Bengals 10 – Correct
Rams 30, Texans 16 – Correct
Falcons 21, Cowboys 17 – Correct
Giants 20, 49ers 13
Patriots 27, Broncos 21 – Correct
Panthers 30, Dolphins 12 – Correct

Wow, only two wrong this week. I didn’t pick the Thursday game though, but I would have picked the Seachickens to win that anyway, so a pretty damn good week overall! Let’s make picks for the upcoming games:

Steelers 27, Titans 21
Lions 30, Bears 17
Jaguars 21, Browns 3
Packers 27, Ravens 20
Cardinals 21, Texans 13
Dolphins 21, Buccs 20
Rams 30, Vikings 27
Chiefs 30, Giants 10
Saints 31, Redskins 19
Bills 21, Chargers 7
Broncos 24, Bengals 14
Patriots 32, Raiders 20
Eagles 38, Cowboys 20
Seahawks 28, Falcons 27

We’ll see how it goes. The Ravens aren’t a terrible team but they aren’t doing so hot, I think we might be able to take advantage of that and get another W in the column. Being 6-4 would be nice, all things considered. Go Pack GO!

By The Numbers: Week 10, 2017

This just in – our backup quarterback isn’t that good. I guess that really isn’t news, but it’s surprising to me that a supposed “good” quarterback in college and one who looks pretty sharp in preseason games (which are arguably still more intense than college games) can completely suck during regular games. I know my team is beleaguered by injury, but that’s nothing new. The whole league is having these sorts of issues, and the Packers always have injuries at key positions throughout each season and still somehow manage to cobble together enough wins to make it into the post season. This year it doesn’t feel like that will happen. We’re tied with the Lions for 2nd place in the division at 4-4. We were 4-1 before Rodgers went down with his injury. The Vikings are now 6-2 with no real quarterback, but the rest of their team isn’t also destroyed, so I guess it goes to show you don’t necessarily need “the man,” yet for our team you do. Sigh. I miss football. I watched last weeks game and it looked for a minute like the team might come alive. The defense produced turnovers. The offense made some last minute touchdowns but it was too late at that point. Garbage time doesn’t win games. We face the Bears this week, and though they aren’t doing so hot either, they’d still like to kick us while we’re down. I’m not holding my breath for a victory here either. Let’s check out my picks for last week.

Bills 27, Jets 20
Texans 28, Colts 14
Jags 21, Bengals 16 – Correct
Saints 28, Buccs 10 – Correct  – final was 30-10
Rams 30, Giants 10 – Correct
Panthers 27, Falcons 24 – Correct
Eagles 20, Broncos 13 – Correct
Ravens 21, Titans 7
Cardinals 24, 49ers 10 – Correct
Seahawks 30, Redskins 20
Chiefs 30, Cowboys 23
Dolphins 21, Raiders 14
Packers 21, Lions 13 

An even split week. 6-6. I did almost correctly predict the score for the Saints/Buccs game, so that’s a plus. I guess I’ll have to find my final score at the end of the season and then grade myself each year. Anyway, I spaced making this post yesterday, so I missed the Thursday night prediction. Regardless, let’s get on with the picks for this week!

Packers 21, Bears 10
Lions 27, Browns 3
Steelers 35, Colts 20
Jags 24, Chargers 13
Saints 30, Bills 14
Jets 21, Buccs 20
Vikings 27, Redskins 20
Titans 21, Bengals 10
Rams 30, Texans 16
Falcons 21, Cowboys 17
Giants 20, 49ers 13
Patriots 27, Broncos 21
Panthers 30, Dolphins 12

Hoping the Packers can finally get a win with Hundley under center. If we can maintain a record somewhere above .500 we might get Rodgers back and grab a playoff berth. Time will tell.