It’s getting towards crunch time. The playoff races in the NFL are starting to shake out and I think we are now headed down the home stretch. Things are definitely starting to heat up in the BO Blogs NFL Pick race. Harsh words are flying back and forth on text threads and childish names are being thrown around. I, for one, am all in on all of that. Before we dig into the games for Week 11, let’s see how things shook out in Week 10:
Week 10 Records:
Blind Owl: 8-5
Just like most of the year, we are very close again. I’ll definitely take any kind of win I can muster up these days. How did my squeaker of a win impact the total standings? Let’s take a gander shall we:
Blind Owl: 67-75-5
Uh oh. Someone is getting closer. But, it is in my nature to have cautious optimism. Just gotta keep moving forward and I’ll be ok. The Cowboy is still in a good position. It’s never a bad thing to have a lead. Brendawn on the other hand needs to start thinking about making some changes, like maybe a toupee. This is looking like it is going to turn into a two man race. A big move is not out of the question though. Let’s see what happens in Week 11:
TEN @ GB: GB -3
Blind Owl: I said I would never pick the Packers again this year. I’m sticking to my word.
Concret3Cowboy: I’ve been very good on Thursday night games. So let’s ruin it… Green Bay.
BrendawnoftheDead: I'm with Blind Owl on this one. The Packers were finally led to victory by Mike McCarthy… who coaches Dallas. Mike Vrabel is a lot of things, stupid isn't one of them. Tennessee covers.
(Editor’s Note: Concret3Cowboy’s picks were dictated and not read. That way when he loses he has a reason to bitch about it. And he will. I also dictated this note to him)
NYJ @ NE: NE -3
Blind Owl:The ghosts will be out in force today. The Patriots will win big.
Concret3Cowboy: Now that I put myself into a hole with Thursday Night let’s get serious. No one really knows what Jets team is going to show up. I want to pick the most consistent team, but who is even that? Give me the Jets, we’re reaching already.
BrendawnoftheDead: The Jets seem to be the popular pick amongst "experts". I can't pick them to beat NE until Zach Wilson stops throwing the ball to the Patriots defense. Pats win and cover.
LV @ DEN: DEN -2.5
Blind Owl: SImilar to my Green Bay take here. I’ve picked the Raiders a couple times this year and it’s bitten me right in the rump. I thought the Raiders would have been decent this year and apparently I was wrong. They’re awful. My Broncos on the other hand are also bad. They’re just not as bad as the Raiders. I’ll pick with my fanhood and go with the Broncos.
Concret3Cowboy: I don’t know man, the Raiders only offensive showing was against this very good Broncos defense. Russell Wilson is calling audibles from his Seattle playing time. So I’ll stay with my primitive mindset. Fuck the Raiders.
BrendawnoftheDead: The Raiders won't fire McDaniels because… they can't afford to. They spent too much on that stadium and gruden I guess? I'd take him back as the Patriots offensive coordinator in a heart beat though. Broncos stink but slightly less than the Raiders. Broncos cover.
CHI @ ATL: ATL-3
Blind Owl: Ugh. Thankfully I won’t have to watch a second of this atrocious matchup. Never thought I’d say this but Fields is the better QB in this one. I don’t think he’s good, I just think he figured out he’s a running back who throws the ball occasionally. Da Bears will win, not just cover.
Concret3Cowboy: They already have Fields on a pitch count and I”m not sure if Atlanta can score enough points to cover. I have no idea which defense is actually better. I’m sticking with the Bears.
BrendawnoftheDead: I think Fields can have "Field Day '' (yeeeeeaaaahhhhh) with the falcons defense. Plus the dirty birds just lost to the damn Panthers. Chicago wins.
CLE @ BUF: BUF -8
Blind Owl: This game is supposed to be in Buffalo where there is a shit ton of snow. Somehow they moved it to a more miserable place and they’re playing in Detroit. I suspect the Bills will actually be happy weather wise and will put up some numbers. A hurting will be put on the Browns. The Bills will play pissed off and win by double digits.
Concret3Cowboy: I think the wagon is falling apart. The meltdown against the vikings was historic. Cleveland doesn’t have Justin Jefferosn but the Bills have dropped a lot of games recently. Josh Allen looked healthy but he’s going to continue to deteriorate. Buffalo wins but Cleveland covers.
BrendawnoftheDead: I wanted to watch this in 6+ feet of snow! Chaos is great television. Bills gotta have this one to keep pace for the division title and they will do just that… by 9.
PHI @ IND: PHI -7
Blind Owl: Philly losing last week was what put me over the top for the win. As a reward for that, I’ll pick them to beat the hell out of the Colts. Nothing Jeff Saturday can do about this one.
Concret3Cowboy: Philly fucked me. They let Arizona, Washington and Houston cover. They did pick up Suh and Joseph, and the Colts offensive line hasn’t been what it’s supposed to be. But I think the Colts cover here. I don’t know if it’s because I keep getting burned by the Eagles or if the Colts are going to get that little “interim head coach” boost.
BrendawnoftheDead: Indy bad, Philly good. Worked for most of the season, no reason to change now. Philly covers.
LAR @ NO: NO -3
Blind Owl: Ugh. No Kupp for the Rams may be the most significant injury in modern NFL history. He was that whole team. They were only able to hang in some of those games because of him. New Orleans has a good defense. I honestly have no idea where to go here. I guess I’ll take the points and pick the Rams? Why not I guess.
Concret3Cowboy: Unlike the Eagles, the Saints have been pretty good for me this year. The Rams offense has been garbage and they lost their number one threat which may help McVay. It’s easier to gameplan when you know the offense is going to do. I’m taking the Saints.
BrendawnoftheDead: No Kupp makes this entirety too interesting. The saints are a disaster no matter who suits up. I guess I pick the Rams but honestly this could go either way.
DET @ NYG: NYG -3
Blind Owl: Hey! There’s going to be a beat down in Detroit and for once, the Lions will have nothing to do with it! That’s gotta be something right? Saquon Barkley is going to run wild on the Lions in this one.
Concret3Cowboy: You know the rules. Taking the Lions.
BrendawnoftheDead: Giants surprisingly good, lions unsurprisingly bad. G-men win, Lions can't stop them.
CAR @ BAL: BAL -13
Blind Owl: These big spreads always kill me. I know the Ravens are going to win, but will they sleep walk their way to a 31-21 game? Carolina is really bad. No matter what I do, the opposite will happen. So I’ll take the Ravens and live with a 12 point win.
Concret3Cowboy: Carolina’s got a solid defense and a good defense. 13 points is a lot. The Panthers have an extra day that will help a lot too. Carolina it is.
BrendawnoftheDead: This spread is gross. I think the Ravens will win big but the Panthers are feisty on occasion. Going with Baltimore and will likely be let down
WAS @ HOU: WAS -3
Blind Owl: Only 3? Washington beat the previously undefeated Eagles. Heinicke commands respect (see what I did there?). Go Commanders.
Concret3Cowboy: I fucking hate Washington. Every time I pick them they don’t cover. I like Wentz but Heinicke is the better option. He’s got that Brett Favre gene, without the fraud. Houston stinks unless they play Philadelphia. So I’ll take Washington.
BrendawnoftheDead: Houston is actively trying to lose, the Commanders are not and look like an actual NFL team with Heinicke. He will make at least one dumb throw, but Mills will make at least two. WAS covers
DAL @ MIN: DAL -1.5
Blind Owl: Dallas is favored? I had to look at this a couple times to be sure. Now the Cowboys do have Zeke and that 1, 2 punch back in the backfield. But the Vikings beat the Bills (even though they shouldn’t have) and Buffalo is the class of the NFL. Dallas definitely has a better defense in this one. I just worry that the offense can’t keep up. Can Captain Kirk keep his cool while being harassed by that vicious D-Line? I’ve talked myself into it. I’m going with Big D.
Concret3Cowboy: How the fuck is Dallas favored? They just lost to the abysmal Packers and the Vikings just beat the Bills in Buffalo. This is a typical Dallas team, they win one game and everyone gets excited. Big Mike stinks and is fat. Captain Kirk all the way.
BrendawnoftheDead: I could see a hangover from the game of the year, but it's against the cowboys and I won't allow myself to pick Dallas. It is against my religious principles to pick them to win a big game. Minnesota wins because of a nonsensical moral code.
CIN @ PIT: CIN -4
Blind Owl: Sorry folks my picks aren’t that exciting this week. I think up to this point I’ve picked every favorite. This game is no exception. It is going to be closer than it should be because it’s the AFC North, but Cincy will win by 10. It’ll look closer than it really was though.
Concret3Cowboy: This. Pittsburgh isn’t going to have the pass rush they did when they beat Cincy the first time. Pickett is going to throw a couple picks with his tiny hands. Brendawn can relate. Pittsburgh stinks. Tomlin is going to have his first losing season. They aren’t sweeping the Bengals.
BrendawnoftheDead: yawn. Cincy.
KC @ LAC: KC -6
Blind Owl: Another game that isn’t going to be that close. Yet another favorite I’m going to pick. KC will put up a ton of points. The Chargers will put up a half ton of points. Unfortunately, a half ton is less than a full ton. It’ll be close for the first half but that’ll be it. The Chiefs will cover.
Concret3Cowboy: Well, it’s been a typical season for the Chargers. All hype, injuries and under achieving. KC spanks ‘em.
BrendawnoftheDead: KC has entirely too much fire power for the very injured Chargers squad. This is a track meet and LA can't keep up. KC by 2 scores.
SF @ ARI: SF -8
Blind Owl: Who’s playing at QB for the Cardinals? Does anyone know? If you do have that info please let me know. I picked up Colt McCoy because my undefeated season in fantasy is on the line. I have both of them. It should work out for me right? Oh yeah, I’ve got to make a choice here don’t I? When you don’t know who the QB is you have to go with the other team don’t you? 9ers easily.
Concret3Cowboy: That’s a toughy. I like San Fran but I don’t know if I trust them enough to stomp out a team they should. Give me San Fran to win 27-17 or something like that. I just don’t like Arizona.
BrendawnoftheDead: The 49ers are overrated but a decent football team. They will beat a bad team in the Cardinals and heck they'll cover.