I am in an extremely bad mood; you have been warned!
The inevitable occurred just before midnight on Monday, and I’m shocked it took so long. I almost made it through eight weeks of the NFL season without throwing my plush, Dallas Cowboys, football across the living room. Nothing is more frustrating than watching your team lose to their biggest rival in overtime AND losing to your Fantasy Football nemesis by 1.44 points because of that outcome. I have never played tackle football, so I could be wrong, but the two instances below blow my mind (considering you have the NFL’s leading rusher on your team):
- Your franchise quarterback is in the locker room, injured. You are losing 10-7. An offensive drive begins on your forty-three yard line. The league’s leading rusher gets your team to the opposing team’s three yard line in two plays, TWO PLAYS. The back-up quarterback is allowed to throw the football the following two plays and your team kicks a field goal.
- Your over-achieving defense does just enough to get you a possession in Overtime, holding the opposing team to a field goal. The league’s leading rusher gains eight yards on first down. The following three plays are passing plays delivered by your obviously uncomfortable, injured franchise quarterback. If you did not watch the game, those three passes did not result in a first down.
I do not usually take information from websites while creating these posts, but ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings summed up my frustration much quicker than I just did.
“DeMarco Murray gained an incredible 5.2 yards before contact on his average rush Monday night. Somehow, with Tony Romo injured in an overtime loss, Murray had a season-low 19 rushes.”
I woke up Monday morning confident the Cowboys would take a 1.5 game lead in the NFC East, hoping I would squeak out a win against Lucas, and rise from fourth in the Showtime 3.0 standings. I went to bed in eighth place in Showtime 3.0 and with Colt McCoy on my television. Where is that damn plush football?
I warned you, and quite frankly this post may make my mood worse. May make my mood, say that three times fast! Think of happy things: puppies, my beautiful wife, rainbows, pumpkin beers, sunny days, money, boobies, and good enough I’m ready for Week Nine. I think Chelsey only reads these posts when I ask her to read them. Honey, I was referring to Blue-Footed Boobies, DUH! Gentlemen of 3.0, good luck; I guess…
Showtime 3.0 (22-18 Overall)
C.W. vs. Alex – I desperately need a win and this battle of friends will be settled on Monday Night Football. The plush football will be close by! Both Alex and I are missing key contributors, Matt Forte vs. Jordy Nelson, due to these players being on their bye week. Replacing those voids will be vital for this week’s result. Those replacements are Reggie Wayne at Flex vs. Michael Floyd and I would consider those players question marks, at best. Six total players will be squaring off on Monday Night (Randle and Wayne vs. Luck, Allen, Vinatieri, and D’Qwell Jackson). I believe I will need at least a fifteen point lead on Monday morning to withstand the plethora of points Alex will gain on Monday Night. To do so, I need big performances from Brady, Gronkowski, and Murray. I don’t feel good about this week, so I will side with Alex. Note: Reggie Wayne is questionable and may not be in my starting lineup on Sunday.
Mikey vs. Zach – Is it possible for a team to earn their first win with Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson on their respective bye week? Sure, why not! The feat seems unlikely, so I expect it to happen. Mikey and Zach have had nearly the same amount of bad luck this season, and Mikey is missing Alshon Jeffery, Joique Bell, and Matt Ryan. From here on out, when I say a player is missing just assume they are on their bye week. Two things stand out for this matchup. Desean Jackson is under-projected with only 3.93 points, which benefits Mikey. The other interesting tidbit here is that Philadelphia plays Houston this week and Mikey and Zach own their defenses. I expect the Eagles to win on the field, so I will side with Zach off of the field.
Cribb vs. Deavers – Let’s point out the “missing” players and get that out of the way. (Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall vs. Matt Stafford) The replacements at the quarterback position are Nick Foles vs. Ryan Tannehill. I like Nick Foles best, between these two. I also like that Cribb picked up Ben Roethlisberger this week, just because he knew Deavers needed a quarterback. Like last week’s vetoed trade story, Cribb took to Twitter to explain himself. The rest of this matchup is pretty interesting, but Foster and Charles are getting hot. Cribb owns both. Those guys paired with Ahmad Bradshaw are simply better than Ellington, Ingram, and Edelman in my opinion. I’ll take Cribb.
Joe vs. Lucas – Joe has no one of relevance on their bye, while Lucas is “missing” Randall Cobb, Boobie Dixon, Steven Jackson, and Detroit’s Defense. Why would I mention Boobie and Jackson, you ask? They both started for Lucas last weekend when he defeated me. Joe is projected to win this matchup by more than fifteen points. I am not sure I have seen that big of a spread this season. I like Bryant and Brown better than Maclin and James Jones. I like Lynch and Tate more than Stewart and Richardson. Both of those likes favor Joe, so I will pick him to win. Lucas cannot be as happy without Boobie(s), especially if you read my intro. Note: If I were Joe, I would be extremely scared of Peyton Manning, Jeremy Maclin, and Seattle’s Defense.
Tov vs. Paul – Tov is “missing” Eddie Lacy, Sammy Watkins, and Julio Jones, while Paul is “missing” Golden Tate and Roddy White, advantage Paul. That sentence may preview this entire matchup because I hate Tov’s team this week, with the exception of Drew Brees. Looking at the other side, I only like Philip Rivers, Demaryius Thomas, and JJ Watt for Paul. I will side Paul, on the right side of your screen.
NFL Picks (73-47-1 Overall)
Saints over Panthers
Cowboys over Cardinals (RUN THE FOOTBALL!)
Browns over Bucs
Eagles over Texans
Chiefs over Jets
Bengals over Jaguars
Chargers over Dolphins
Vikings over Redskins
49ers over Rams
Patriots over Broncos
Seahawks over Raiders
Ravens over Steelers
Colts over Giants
Colt McCoy has outperformed my Slam Dunk predictions in a game and a half. To honor Colt, I will make my Slam Dunk prediction from the state of Texas. JJ Watt will outscore all of Tov’s position players this week (Cooks, Allen, Gray, Taliaferro, Ertz, and Fitzgerald). THIS IS WHAT I KNOW!
*All fantasy projections are subject to change and I cannot be held responsible for bad predictions or typos, as I do not have an editor or research team.