Another week and we have more NFL football picks. As many of you read, I mercilessly mocked the Concret3Cowboy last week for having one of those “jobs'' and turning in his picks late. Well, I have to take a slice of blame pie this week. I forgot to send him the spreads until this morning, so if our picks are a little late, blame me.
That being said, let’s see if my trash talk paid off and check the records.
Week 5 Results:
Blind Owl: 10-5-1
You may notice we had our first push of the year. And coincidentally, it was a game we picked opposite of each other. That aside, I continue my string of dominance with 10 wins to the Cowboy’s 7.
Let’s let the totals speak for themselves:
Blind Owl: 43-36-1
Unless my math is wrong (which is totally possible I had to do the math on the totals twice), I push my lead up to 11 games. That isn’t good for the Cowboy. The bye weeks are beginning, that means there’s fewer games per week. The Cowboy is going to have to make some seriously risky picks to try and catch up. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and have no bad weeks. Let’s see what he can do to catch up in Week 6.
TB @ PHI: TB -7
Blind Owl: Here we go again with a dreadful TNF game. This is an awful matchup. Philly has made some strides, but they aren’t in the same class as Tampa. Again, Tampa has weak corners, if you have any Philly wideouts in fantasy consider starting them. But, Tampa is going to win easily.
Concret3Cowboy: Tampa did what everyone else is doing to Miami (except New England) and going into a short week it’s got to feel good to have that kind of a walk through. The Eagles are not a bad team, they just won’t be able to handle this Tampa team on both offense and defense. The Eagles did edge out Carolina in Carolina last week, they’ll be close to .500 at the end of the season.
LV @ DEN: DEN -3.5
Blind Owl: I liked the Raiders at the beginning of the year. Jon Gruden is a serious rump swab for writing those awful things. It’s a little messed up the NFL can just release emails from years ago but that’s what he gets for being dumb enough to say that shit, nevermind sending it in emails. That’s email 101 don’t send stupid stuff. That being said, losing Gruden is going to have a huge impact on their offense and team morale as a whole. So unless Teddy Bridgewater sent some vulgar emails in 2011, I’ll take Denver at home.
Concret3Cowboy: First things first, F Jon Gruden. It’s one thing for a 12 year old to use that language in an Xbox party but for a grown man that’s supposed to be leading other grown men, disgusting. The Raiders were trash against the Bears after the first email recoveries were leaked. The Broncos need to bounce back after dropping two in a row, albeit injuries are mounting up. The Broncos also looked bad for 3 quarters against the Steelers until Shurmer gave up play calling power (which is the way it should stay). Broncos should cover.
DAL @ NE: DAL -3.5
Blind Owl: Other than the Bucs, New England has had a weak schedule. That being said, they almost lost to the absolutely dreadful Texans last week. Now they draw a good Dallas team that will put up some serious points and easily beat the Pats struggling defense.
Concret3Cowboy: Go 12 rounds with the Bucs, go 12 rounds with the Texans… makes sense, in New England. They also have Miami their only win for the season. Surprising to most after Kraft opened the check book this season and Bill seemed hellbent to not have a losing season. Dallas has looked very good on both sides of the ball. I almost don’t want to say Dallas has the spread in this game, but they’ve played two great teams in the Chargers and the Buccaneers. And Dallas has put up points.
MIA @ JAX(LONDON): MIA -3.5
Blind Owl: Ugh. These London games are almost as bad as TNF. I can’t stand these things. I do enjoy football all day, but we get Miami and Jacksonville. This game may put me back to sleep on Sunday morning. I don’t want to pick this game, but I have to. So give me the Phins.
Concret3Cowboy: This… this is what they send to London to represent the NFL? Or did they send them because no seats would be sold? I just couldn’t be lower than I am on Urban Meyer, really not a fan of Trevor Lawrence at all either. Given the fact Myles Jack won’t even be suiting up in the United Kingdom smells like Miami covering.
CIN @ DET: CIN -3.5
Blind Owl: I got to give the Bengals credit, they took Green Bay to OT. Thankfully for me, Mason Crosby won it for them and gave me the push to save my winning ways. I think Cincy will build off of that and put a beating on the Lions who will do what they usually do and lose at home.
Concret3Cowboy: I want Detroit to get a win so badly! After a 0-5 start, that includes a 66 yarder from Justin Tucker and another heartbreaking field goal lost to the Viking. Dan Campbell broke down at the podium. you don’t see that after coaches lose Super Bowls, never mind halfway through October. I’m a big fan of how Cincy is going, even though their rookie kicker doesn’t know what a good field goal looks like. The Bengals added Tre Flowers to their secondary from the Seahawks. This defense was already pretty stout BUT the Bengals love to play in close games. I’m picking Detroit and not only do they cover but MC/DC will have tears of joy on Sunday.
KC @ WAS: KC -6.5
Blind Owl: The Chiefs didn’t impress last week against the Bills. Which works well for the rest of the AFC West. Thankfully for them, they get a weak Washington team to take out some frustrations. Chiefs are the easy pick here.
Concret3Cowboy: Washington will be honoring the great Sean Taylor Sunday by retiring his #21, but that’s not going to help them on the scoreboard. Kansas City doesn’t know how to feel with the September and October they’ve had. They’re offense is still very good, but god is that defense porous. They will be able to out pace Heinicke and the maroon and gold.
MIN @ CAR: MIN -1
Blind Owl: Like it or not, I have more faith in Kirk Cousins than I do in Sam Darnold. Carolina will have McCaffrey back in full this week, but it won’t make a difference. The Vikings will put up some offense here.
Concret3Cowboy: Cousins and Zimmer are throwing punches at each other, but it’s not what you’d think. They actually like each other. And although they sit separated by plexiglass (this is the world we live in) while they watch film together, they are actually holding hands. The Vikings are the best 2-3 team while the Panthers are the worst 3-2 team. So I’ll take the point with Minneapolis.
HOU @ IND: IND -10
Blind Owl: Oh dear. This is a tough one. Houston is ATROCIOUS. But Indy isn’t great, but they did give the Ravens a run for their money. I have to stick with my guns though. Colts all the way because Houston is ABYSMAL.
Concret3Cowboy: The Colts had it figured out, until the Ravens figured them out on Monday night. Wentz showed a glimpse of what many wanted from him going into the season. He will build on that here against a pathetic Houston squad, who’ve lost 4 in a row. I want to remind everyone in week 1 I said they’d be fired up that week just to do this.
LAR @ NYG: LAR -9.5
Blind Owl: The Giants lost to division rival Cowboys last week. And the Rams got a nice division win in Seattle. That trend will continue here and LA will crush the Giants.
Concret3Cowboy: Rams found the win column again against the Seahawks after Arizona had something to say about being second best in the west. The Giants have had a lot of fight in them, at least on the scoreboard with their biggest loss being last week against the Cowboys. This will be a tune up game for the Rams.
LAC @ BAL: BAL -3
Blind Owl: The Ravens were not impressive last Monday night. They almost lost to a not very good Colts team. The Chargers meanwhile won in an absolute shootout that sent my fantasy score into the 200s. I was honestly shocked to see Baltimore favored in this game. I thought the Chargers would be easily favored. Hey, I would have picked the Chargers if they were giving 3 points. So I’ll take the points then.
Concret3Cowboy: Game of the week? No, you're right. Game of the week is still Miami and Jacksonville. But I got to say, this Chargers team is very complete and seems to be a very tight knit group, which is terrifying as a Broncos fan. I don’t see Baltimore being able to go punch for punch for four quarters. I’m actually surprised the Ravens are favored.
GB @ CHI: GB -4.5
Blind Owl: Green Bay got a scare last week. Cincy gave them all they could handle. Meanwhile, Chicago got a nice win in Vegas (but we may know why now). Da Bears now have to prove themselves against the class of the AFC North. They won’t prove anything other than my theory that Ohio State QBs suck.
Concret3Cowboy: Has “Lazer'' figured out the Bears offense for Nagy? Meh… I still don’t believe in the Packers defense and for Mason Crosby’s sake, I hope this doesn’t come down to kicks. Soldier Field isn’t exactly air tight, it’s more of a wind tunnel. I listen to every Aaron Rodgers Tuesday on the Pat McAfee Show, and the dude isn’t a total twat like you’d think. He’s a brainy bastard, he’s also said 1pm eastern games are his favorite to play so for that I’m choosing the Packers to cover.
ARI @ CLE: CLE -3
Blind Owl: Cleveland put on a show with the Chargers. Wish I could’ve watched it but instead I got Cowboys/Giants in a boring game. Arizona got a good division win against the 49ers. The Cardinals will continue to roll here in another shootout. I’ll take the Cardinals with the points in Cleveland.
Concret3Cowboy: Cleveland is favored? What news do I not know? Ok, probably a lot, I am the guy that drafted Gus Edwards the day he tore his ACL. I will note I was driving down the East coast and switched from driving 2 minutes before the draft. But there’s no “I” in excuse. But for real, Cleveland is favored? I’ve been saying the Browns are a very complete team (even though their defense has been letting up a lot of points) but this Arizona offense will take advantage of their defense.
SEA @ PIT: PIT -5
Blind Owl: This game should just be called schadenfreude. I love to see the Seahawks suffer. Losing Russell Wilson for a while will hurt them beyond repair. He is their only hope. The Steelers beat my Broncos last week and will continue their winning ways against Geno Smith. TJ Watt will be harassing Smith all night.
Concret3Cowboy: Who is Pittsburg? What are they about? I sure as hell don’t know. They make a mockery of the Broncos for three quarters, knock out Teddy Two Gloves and then let them get back in the game. A better question would be, who the hell is Seattle? They’ve lost to bad teams and only beat teams with broken or out QBs. This is a tough one, but give me Seattle only because 5 seems like a lot.
BUF @ TEN: BUF -5.5
Blind Owl: A tremendous win for Buffalo over the defending AFC Champs last week on Sunday night football. This should be an easy win for them against the Titans, who lost to the Jets by the way. Derrick Henry will probably get his, so Josh Allen will just need to do what he does and put up points. Bills all the way.
Concret3Cowboy: I mean, do I have to talk about this one? Tennessee lost to the Jets, Buffalo has been dog walking teams since the shocking loss to the Steelers. Josh Allen MVP.