It’s almost Halloween and our picks this year have definitely been scary. I know I’ve been frightened by some of my decisions. This also has been the year of the screw up by me. I had all the spreads out by Thursday morning, but I forgot to create the chart at the bottom. You’d think I would make a draft of this thing and save myself some time. Yet here we are and I just made the chart on Sunday morning at 8:54am. Brendawn is lucky, it was my fault I forgot to put the chart so I’ll fill it out for him. The Cowboy on the other hand is yet to write his picks, so he has to do it himself. So yeah.
Before we get into this week, let’s take a look at how we did last week.
Week 6 Records:
Blind Owl: 8-6
Hey! I actually won! There’s a first time for everything this year. That being said, it’s not like I won big or something. I won by one game. But hey, a win is a win. Let’s see how much ground I made up in the totals.
Blind Owl: 37-53-3
This year we’ve been all hanging around. It’s not like last year when I pulled away quickly and never looked back. I’m in last and I’m only 3 games back. Brendawn is just one back. The Cowboy should be feeling a little scared of us breathing down his neck.
Enough of my ramblings. Let’s have a look and see if Brendawn and I can keep the heat on the Cowboy. Or if the big guy down in Florida can turn on the a/c and cool us off in Week 7:
NO @ ARI: ARI -2.5
Blind Owl: Yet another Thursday snoozer coming our way. Amazon must be thrilled about these horrid matchups they’re being forced to air. When it comes to my pick, I have to root for my fantasy success. I have Kyler Murray and I’m an undefeated defending champ. I’m predicting a BIG Arizona win.
Concret3Cowboy: Unlike these other two bores, I think this will be a solid game. Is it a coincidence that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is available tonight (albeit it is just the campaign) and Arizona is playing… yes totally but it is funny for all the talk about Kyler sucking after CoD gets released. Back to this game, the Saints have a really good defense. However, they do shoot themselves in the foot and that’s going to show up a few times in this game. The trade for Robby Anderson is whatever, but D Hop is back.. That’s a problem for Denis Allen’s squad. Defense can always make games tighter than they should be but I don’t see the Saints putting up too much of a fight.
BrendawnoftheDead: Both teams stink. Kyler Murray is a disappointment, the Saints QB situation is laughable, but I still believe we will get multiple offensive touchdowns tonight in a sloppy but significantly less boring game. I guess I'm picking Arizona, mostly because the Saints seem to play everyone tough but ultimately find a way to lose. AZ by 3.
NYJ @ DEN: DEN -1
Blind Owl: You all read my thoughts on WIlson last week. He’s a failed experiment. Well, I got what I wanted. Wilson is out and I’m rejoicing. Now I have to put my money where my mouth is. I can’t talk that kind of big game and then pick against Brett Rypien. So I have to take my Broncos.
Concret3Cowboy: I’m going to go out on the edge here. The Jets don’t have a pass rush, and that will help the Broncos “Ryp-it.” I feel better about this game with Wilson being out, usually not the feeling you’re supposed to have when you have a $240 million QB on your team.
BrendawnoftheDead: Wilson being out is addition by subtraction, but it isn't enough. The Broncos stink and are boring, they won't win. The Jets are sneaky half decent but are held back by bad QB play. The Jets take this one by 3.
ATL @ CIN: CIN -6.5
Blind Owl: I’m sure the Cowboy is riding high from last night’s LSU beat down of Ole Miss. I had no opinion on the game but I do love rooting against LSU because it bothers him. For this game, Atlanta has been better than a lot of people thought, which may be a bad thing for their draft position. CIncy hasn’t shown anything like they did last year. Joe Burrow hasn’t been that game changing QB everyone and their brother was hoping for. Unless you count getting sacked a lot as changing the game. I have to go with the Cowboy and Cincy here. I just think they’ll have a good offensive performance. Atlanta won’t be able to keep up.
Concret3Cowboy: 6.5 points is a lot for this game. Atlanta plays good football, they just lack the talent to really do anything with it. Cincy has been turnover prone and will give up sacks. There’s something I don’t understand for this big of a spread for this one. If you look at the Falcons game scores, it’s all pretty impressive. Give me Atlanta.
BrendawnoftheDead: Atlanta has overachieved this year. They were supposed to be in the running for the first overall pick, but they've won games and beaten decent teams. On paper this is a blowout for Cincy, but Cincy hasn't shown that ability this year. They get the win but Atlanta covers.
DET @ DAL: DAL -7
Blind Owl: Well, the FEEL THE RUSH era is over. Couldn’t have happened at a better time for me. Dak is back and gets a soft Detroit team to ease his way back in. He’ll get a chance to chuck the ball around against a soft defense and a Lions offense that will hang around enough to keep Dallas throwing. This pick is easy for me. Dallas all the way. I hope the Lions are ready to suck some Dak.
Concret3Cowboy: Lions. They’re underdogs, their defense is horrible but I think Dak will be off.
BrendawnoftheDead: I want Detroit to win because I can't stand Dallas since Troy Aikmen retired, which was a long #$$ freaking time ago. I would love to pick Detroit to cover but I don't think it's happening. The Patriots made a mockery of them and Dallas has better weapons. Dallas wins 8.
IND @ TEN: TEN -2.5
Blind Owl: This one is a coin toss. I’ve been burned by both teams this year. Including the Colts tying the Texans in Week 1. I guess I have to pick the more talented team. Tennessee I suppose.
Concret3Cowboy: I like the Titans in Nashville. Besides the Bills game they’ve been a pretty stout football team. The Colts are weird, but I think late in the season they’ll have their problems mostly figured out. Titans here.
BrendawnoftheDead: The king took his head…left him broken and dead…All Hail King Henry. He's starting to look like King Henry again, which is bad news for the rest of the league. The Colts kind of stink too, so Titans by 3.
GB @ WAS: GB -5
Blind Owl: Green Bay has been atrocious. That douche Aaron Rodgers has clearly checked out. Washington on the other hand has their better starting QB in the game now. Heinicke could be the difference maker in this one. I don’t think the Reds…Commanders will win, but they’ll hang around.
Concret3Cowboy: I don’t trust Green Bay to do anything. All this talk about Hackett being bad in Denver, but what has Green Bay’s offense been without him? I think Heinicke does something this game, the Packers defense hasn’t been exactly as advertised. Commanders, despite their trash owner.
BrendawnoftheDead: Once again, the Commanders are the worst franchise in professional sports. Now they're without their starting QB. The Packers are low key bad, but still good enough to cover here. Still looking forward to seeing Aaron Rodgers pout at least once.
TB @ CAR: TB -11
Blind Owl: This Tampa team keeps making me look like an idiot. I don’t really need help doing that. The schedule just keeps putting them against worse and worse teams with big spreads. Not only are they going against the Panthers this week, but they’re against the McCaffrey-less Panthers. I hate doing it but I have to pick Tampa again…
Concret3Cowboy: I’m usually not a big fan of big spreads but this game has some extra stuff to it. Carolina just traded away their offense and Tampa has too much of a veteran presence to lay another egg against a crappy team. Tom is losing Gisele’s magic, the chick is an actual witch.
BrendawnoftheDead: TB is the definition of mediocre. Was it worth your marriage Tom? Was it!? The Panthers are the definition of atrocious. Mediocre beats atrocious and Tampa's defense will have a field day against whoever the heck is playing offense for the Panthers. Tampa covers the huge spread.
NYG @ JAX: JAX -3
Blind Owl: I was called “crazy” for picking Saquon Barkley this year in fantasy. Well, I’m undefeated and doing great with that choice now. The Giants have been a pleasant surprise. They’ve beaten bad teams but still. It is tradition not to pick the Jags…ever. I’ve known that for quite some time. So I have to stick to conventional wisdom and pick the G-Men. Big game from Saquon today.
Concret3Cowboy: I don’t know what fantasy league the Owl is undefeated in, he’s 2-4 in the league we both occupy. But the Giants have been playing very much over their heads this season. Jacksonville has been super hit or miss this season, that’s probably just their youth showing. So give me the Giants. (Editor’s Note: I sent him the evidence of being undefeated as I watched him type this)
BrendawnoftheDead: Is this a typo? Jax is favored against a 5 win team? How strange. I don't know how Jacksonville will stop Barkley and Brian Daboul is coaching very well. G-men by a lot.
CLE @ BAL: BAL -6.5
Blind Owl: The Browns lost to Bailey Zappe. And I ruined the game for a friend of mine who recorded it and planned to watch it later, which makes me laugh. The Browns will now lose big to the Ravens. Lamar is going to go off in this one. Also, if you need a RB in fantasy, pick up Drake if he’s available.
Concret3Cowboy: Ravens I guess? I don’t care for teams that are named after fecal matter.
BrendawnoftheDead: Baltimore because they have Lamar and Cleveland does not. Hopefully Chubb gets me fantasy points, the squad could use it. Baltimore by 7.
HOU @ LV: LV -7
Blind Owl: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it right now. Davis Mills isn’t bad. He’s not great, but he’s not bad. Mock me if you want, but I know I’m right. I said the same thing about Ryan Tannehill like 5 years ago and nobody believed me. I’m not saying Hall of Fame, just pretty good. Mills and Houston are going to lose by around 20, but I like Mills for some reason.
Concret3Cowboy: I refuse to pick the Raiders.
BrendawnoftheDead: Houston is bad, Vegas isn't great either. Spread seems a little high but Houston is tanking… so Vegas! McDaniels keeps his job this week.
SEA @ LAC: LAC -6
Blind Owl: I tried the Geno Smith hypothesis in fantasy last week. I won but I wasn’t happy about it. So those days are done. The Chargers will win big. Hopefully Keenan Allen is back soon.
Concret3Cowboy: I’m going with the Seahawks because fuck my 1 game lead so far this season. Time to fuck it up.
BrendawnoftheDead: umm this is tough. Seattle has surprised me this year and Herbert is having his worst season statistically. I don't trust Geno Smith so I suppose I'll go with the Chargers. I'm not confident in this one.
KC @ SF: KC -2.5
Blind Owl: This spread seemed small to me. Perhaps it changed a bit because of McCaffrey going to San Fran? Anyway, I don’t know what my guy John Lynch is doing. He loses his “starting QB” and is now loading up with trades? He did hit a lot of people really hard, maybe he’s got a screw loose. Anyway, I think KC will hold on and win this one, but I don’t think San Fran will go away quietly. The Chiefs will win with a late score.
Concret3Cowboy: San Fran can keep this game close and maybe steal it. But it’s more likely that the Chiefs run away with it.
BrendawnoftheDead: KC. I don't trust San Francisco this year, too inconsistent. Jimmy G is handsome but not great under center. McCaffrey can't know the offense yet so I don't expect him to do much. KC will overwhelm SF early and coast to victory.
PIT @ MIA: MIA -7
Blind Owl: Tua and his swiss cheese brain is back! LIke I said last week, no Tua, no picky. But he’s back. So I’ll pick the Phins in a very boring Sunday night game that I probably won’t watch much of.
Concret3Cowboy: 7 points? I’ll bite, give me the Phins… I don’t like it though. The Steelers offense is too bad to make me think differently.
BrendawnoftheDead: Pittsburgh is a trainwreck. Miami is less of a trainwreck. Basic logic says pick the lesser of two trainwrecks. Tyreek and Waddle are too fast to be stopped forever. Pittsburgh has an issue scoring touchdowns, that is a problem against explosive offenses. Miami covers.
CHI @ NE: NE -7.5
Blind Owl: Chicago is incredibly bad. We’re talking not fact checking a Twitter DM and reporting it as fact bad. Isn’t that rIght Ben Volin? I don’t care if it’s Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe or me under center, the Pats will win big.
Concret3Cowboy: As bad as the Broncos are, they aren’t the Bears. Imagine being a Bears fan and living in Chicago, like what do you even live for? At least New England has like a month of good weather and Dunkin’ Donuts on every street and across the street from each other. Maybe this game is why Boston College made an 80% deadlier version of Covid, to finally put Chicago under.
BrendawnoftheDead: The Bears are almost as terrible to watch as the Broncos, but they have an exercise. The Patriots will beat a bad team with either Mac or Zappe and it won't be close. Pats win by 14 plus.