By The Numbers: Week 14, 2018

I still had a slight bit of hope for the season going into this week’s matchup against the 2-9 Cardinals. Then, somehow or another, we lost yet another game. The Packers are pretty much guaranteed to be sitting at home come January, so the season has lost its appeal for me. After the loss, the team parted ways with long-time coach Mike McCarthy, and though I have my doubts that he is the problem, I also know that sometimes change brings greatness. Perhaps we end up with a damn fine coach and we finally get a few more rings with Rodgers at the helm before moving onto the next amazing quarterback. In reality I’ll take just one more and be happy, and I doubt we have another QB like Rodgers anytime soon.  Let’s check my picks for last week:

Saints 30, Cowboys 20
Ravens 27, Falcons 17 – Correct
Broncos 21, Bengals 20 – Correct
Rams 35, Lions 20 – Correct
Packers 27, Cardinals 13
Texans 28, Browns 21 – Correct
Colts 24, Jags 14
Dolphins 21, Bills 10 – Correct
Bears 23, Giants 16
Panthers 24, Buccs 19
Chiefs 40, Raiders 20 – Correct
Titans 20, Jets 13 – Correct
Patriots 28, Vikings 20 – Correct
Seahawks 27, 49ers 14 – Correct
Steelers 30, Chargers 27
Redskins 24, Eagles 16

This week’s scoreline: 9-7. Better than last week.
Season score: 108-93

I’m doing okay still for the season. At least I’ll finish over .500 — I wish I could say the same for my beloved Packers. Let’s make some picks for next week:

Titans 27, Jags 21
Bills 21, Jets 10
Panthers 28, Browns 7
Packers 21, Falcons 20
Texans 30, Colts 17
Chiefs 35, Ravens 24
Patriots 28, Dolphins 13
Saints 30, Buccs 21
Redskins 24, Giants 19
Chargers 27, Bengals 14
Broncos 28, 49ers 21
Cowboys 24, Eagles 20
Steelers 31, Raiders 3
Rams 35, Bears 24
Seahawks 21, Vikings 17

At this point I’m just pinning this column on having a better score overall than last year. I’ll try to keep my predictions hot, so that I can feel better about a dismal season for my team. Until next week, goodbye!

By The Numbers: Week 13, 2018

When looking at the Vikings rematch, I thought to myself, yeah if we win this game we have a pretty good looking schedule for the rest of the season and could easily end up in the playoffs still. After losing said rematch against the Vikings however, it appears that the season is close to being over. I haven’t gone into December thinking this in years, but after missing the playoffs last season, it seems like there’s a bit of a hangover there and I’m not exactly sure what it is. Our defense has been pretty good this year. Our offense hasn’t done too much though, despite having a decent receiving core and a pretty damn good running back. I don’t get it, outside of the shitty calls that have cost us too many games at this point, but even that is an excuse. Injuries aren’t something new, so I can’t use that excuse, as we’ve made it to playoffs even with Rodgers out with a broken collarbone for weeks, so why can’t we pull shit together now? I can’t remember the time when we couldn’t win a road game. People are calling for McCarthy’s head, but I’m not sure he’s the problem, given his record. Maybe not having a group of superstar receivers is a problem. Maybe we shouldn’t have given up on Jordy Nelson. I’m grasping at straws here. We have the same record as the Cleveland fucking Browns this isn’t possible. Theoretically if we were to win out we’d be like 9-6-1 and I just don’t see it happening, but magic happens in December. I still don’t see the playoffs meaning much besides a one and done if we managed to sneak in, but then it could happen and I’d be a true believer again. It’s a tricky spot that I haven’t been in much as a Packers fan. Let’s get on with the grades:

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

I went 7-8 this week, and I don’t care. This was a fun way to talk shit about football and see how good I was at the guessing game and with my team floundering I find less enthusiasm for this column. I’m now 99-86 on the season for those of you keeping track. Here are my picks for next week:

Saints 30, Cowboys 20
Ravens 27, Falcons 17
Broncos 21, Bengals 20
Rams 35, Lions 20
Packers 27, Cardinals 13
Texans 28, Browns 21
Colts 24, Jags 14
Dolphins 21, Bills 10
Bears 23, Giants 16
Panthers 24, Buccs 19
Chiefs 40, Raiders 20
Titans 20, Jets 13
Patriots 28, Vikings 20
Seahawks 27, 49ers 14
Steelers 30, Chargers 27
Redskins 24, Eagles 16

All my whining aside, I do look forward to football each week and I’ll still watch the remaining Packers games. We should be able to get a couple more wins on the books at least. See you next week.

By The Numbers: Week 12, 2018

Another heartbreaker last Thursday. Coming off of a short week, the Packers flew into Seattle and started off with a dominant performance. Three things changed the game. Crosby missed one kick early in the game which would have meant a tie at the end of the game. Then, there was an incomplete pass by the Seahawks that was challenged resulting in the pass being deemed a catch, which ended up leading to another “catch” that McCarthy should have challenged and didn’t. This resulted in what would be the game winning touchdown. Also, who the fuck punts on 4th and 2 when you have one of the best QBs in the league and a hot running back? Anyway, what’s done is done. I wouldn’t say we’re out of playoff contention just yet, but it’s not looking so great. Let’s grade last week’s picks:

Packers 28, Seahawks 21
Cowboys 21, Falcons 17 – Correct
Bengals 27, Ravens 21
Panthers 24, Lions 13
Titans 30, Colts 16
Buccs 21, Giants 20
Texans 20, Redskins 10 – Correct
Steelers 27, Jaguars 20 – Correct
Cardinals 13, Raiders 10
Chargers 31, Broncos 23
Saints 35, Eagles 21 – Correct
Bears 27, Vikings 23 – Correct
Rams 30, Chiefs 27 – Correct

6-7 on the week, my worst score in weeks. This brings my season total to 92-78. A couple more bad weeks like this and I’ll drop below .500 again. Well, let’s see if we can do better next week:

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

Fingers crossed for a better week, both here on the column and for my team. If we can just finish out the game without a penalty that costs us the win, we should be able to beat the Vikes like we really should have back at the beginning of the season. That tie should be in our win column, and 5-5 does sound better than 4-5-1, but I’ll take 5-5-1 after this week. Go Pack Go!

By The Numbers: Week 11, 2018

Another “W” in the win column means the season isn’t done yet. The Packers are currently listed as the 7th seed, and as we all know that’s not good enough, but they’re still far enough of some of the other teams trying to vie for playoff contention that they should be able to hold onto hope. The game against the Dolphins showed two new strengths for the team that were previously missing. Aaron Jones has proved his worth as a starting running back, and the defense held the Dolphins to four field goals and zero touchdowns. These are two pieces of the puzzle that tends to lead teams to championships. However, it could be argued that the Dolphins aren’t that great of a team, but they did have a better record than us going into Sunday’s matchup, so I’m going to say it’s a marked improvement and move on. One week at a time. Let’s look at my picks for the week:

Steelers 27, Panthers 24 – Correct
Bears 30, Lions 20 – Correct
Saints 31, Bengals 24 – Correct
Falcons 27, Browns 10
Jags 28, Colts 21
Chiefs 32, Cardinals 17 – Correct
Jets 20, Bills 13
Redskins 23, Buccs 19 – Correct
Patriots 31, Titans 20
Chargers 27, Raiders 10 – Correct
Packers 27, Dolphins 13 – Correct
Rams 35, Seahawks 20 – Correct
Eagles 24, Cowboys 20
49ers 21, Giants 15

I went 8-6 with my picks, bringing my season total to 86-71. I should be able to maintain a decent record come the end of the season as long as each week I’m still picking more correctly than not. It’s a fickle game I play here, as each week some picks are easy, but most are difficult. Any given Sunday and all that. Let’s make some picks for week 11:

Packers 28, Seahawks 21
Cowboys 21, Falcons 17
Bengals 27, Ravens 21
Panthers 24, Lions 13
Titans 30, Colts 16
Buccs 21, Giants 20
Texans 20, Redskins 10
Steelers 27, Jaguars 20
Cardinals 13, Raiders 10
Chargers 31, Broncos 23
Saints 35, Eagles 21
Bears 27, Vikings 23
Rams 30, Chiefs 27

It’s a short week for the Packers, coming off a Sunday victory but having to fly cross-country to play in Seattle on Thursday night. It’s not a welcoming place, but we have had some decent performances there, and tacking on another win puts us in a better wild card position while simultaneously hurting the hawks’ chances. After putting up a battle against the Rams and Patriots — arguably the best teams in the league right now, I think we have what it takes to dismantle the Seahawks on their home turf. Fingers crossed and all. I leave you with this:

Go Pack Go.

By the Numbers: Week 10, 2018

I was surprised that the game turned out the way it did this past Sunday. The Packers came into the game with a 3-3-1 record and really could have used the win against New England. This season has been a story of upsets when it comes to the way games were called that shot us in the foot with a combination of the team making its own mistakes. Ty Montgomery running out the ball and fumbling at the end of the Rams game put us a game back. The tie against the Vikings shouldn’t have happened, we should have won that game. I’ll give the Redskins their win, but the Lions weren’t deserving either. We have been in holes like this before and made the playoffs still, but a team I was expecting to be more dominant this season has looked a bit weak. When it came to the Patriots, we had a nice 17-17 score line that made it felt like we really could have won, but fumbling happened again and we just couldn’t recover in the time left. One positive thing to come out of the game was that Rodgers wasn’t wearing the knee brace anymore, so at least he’s healed up. I think we can run the table if we put our minds to it. Let’s check my scores for the week:

Raiders 24, 49ers 21
Ravens 21, Steelers 17
Bears 27, Bills 14 – Correct
Panthers 30, Buccs 20 – Correct
Chiefs 35, Browns 20 – Correct
Dolphins 23, Jets 17 – Correct
Vikings 27, Lions 24 – Correct
Redskins 28, Falcons 24
Texans 26, Broncos 19 – Correct
Seahawks 20, Chargers 17
Rams 27, Saints 26
Packers 24, Patriots 21
Cowboys 25, Titans 21

Not a great week. I went 6-7, bringing my season total to 78-65. Staying ahead of the curve, but not great. Like the Packers, I’m floundering. I hope that the ship gets righted soon. Rumors are swirling around Mike McCarthy needing to do something if he wants to keep his job. I think he’s been a good coach, and I don’t think the performance here is his fault. I do believe that they can make the playoffs again, after missing for the first time last year in nearly a decade. Let’s make some picks for this weekend and move on.

Steelers 27, Panthers 24
Bears 30, Lions 20
Saints 31, Bengals 24
Falcons 27, Browns 10
Jags 28, Colts 21
Chiefs 32, Cardinals 17
Jets 20, Bills 13
Redskins 23, Buccs 19
Patriots 31, Titans 20
Chargers 27, Raiders 10
Packers 27, Dolphins 13
Rams 35, Seahawks 20
Eagles 24, Cowboys 20
49ers 21, Giants 15

Facing the Dolphins this week, I don’t see it being much of a challenge, but there have already been a number of games this year that I felt should have been victories that turned into losses. It’s only the mid way point in the season, but being so far back on the “in the hunt” chart doesn’t feel good. I can remember years where we were 4-4 or even 4-5 and still managed to string together wins… it’s a long season and there are still 8 games to play. If at least 6 of those are wins, we should be able to make our way in.