PSA ANNOUNCEMENT: Tropic Thunder is free to watch on YouTube.. So, that's cool.
Editor’s Note: First of all, I’m not 100% sure why that PSA was posted but Tropic Thunder is a quality film. I’m really not sure why it needed to be on the right side of the document, but hey, you could fill a warehouse with things I don’t know. Also, “PSA Announcement” is a tad redundant. I’m wondering if whoever wrote this knows that PSA stands for Public Service Announcement. So that reads Public Service Announcement Announcement. I suspect this may be the handiwork of the same person that once said “Japan People” while referring to the Japanese in Political Science class in high school…
Usually by Week 10 one or two of us have pulled away in these picks. Well, with results like last week, it seems we are in for the long haul with these picks. Don’t believe me? Take a look at lasty week’s records for yourself.
Week 9 Records
Blind Owl: 8-6
It truly seems whoever is in last in this thing has a great performance. Brendawn once went 0-13 and now he’s posting 10-4 records. Talk about back and forth, almost schizophrenic picks. It truly makes it interesting. Here’s how our very temperamental picks have impacted the overall standings.
Blind Owl: 67-62-7
This thing is tighter than TB12’s profit margins. I’m still in the lead (don’t you forget it) but I am only 2 games up on both of these troglodytes. If we’re going to be honest about it, both the Cowboy and I should be embarrassed that we’ve let Brendawn climb back into this thing. We should’ve buried him, and yet here we sit. Could he continue the Cinderella story and take the lead? Or will the universe right itself? Find out in our picks for Week 10 in the NFL:
CAR @ CHI: CHI -3.5
Blind Owl: Yuck. Nobody wants to watch this one. I was hoping for a better game on the night before a long weekend but instead I get this garbage. It’s a weird feeling when I have to pick the Bears with the points but here I sit a few beers deep on a Thursday night. I really hate this pic, but I have to go with the Bears here.
Concret3Cowboy: Young stinks.. but to be fair, he really doesn’t have anything helping him out. A Panther I’ve been a fan of for years (a sleeper in Madden) in D’Onta Foreman is on the Bears. I wanted Carolina to do something last week and helped add to my misery of a sub .500 week. But what is the story of life without second chances, burn me again Carolina.
BrendawnoftheDead: disgusting excuse for a "prime time" game. I'll pick the team not starting their backup for no reason honestly. Both teams would lose this game if it were at all possible. Carolina I guess…
IND @ NE (GERMANY): IND -2.5
Blind Owl: Are there any more of these European games? I hope not. They’ve all been pretty lame. I mean I’m an early morning guy but these games just haven’t cut the mustard. As for the game itself, the Pats are bad. THe Colts are slightly less bad. I had a conversation with a friend about Mac Jones yesterday and he mentioned how boring he is and how that was different from Tom Brady. I brought up the point that Brady was just as boring. The only difference was Tom Brady won football games. The Colts do have some potential. Minshew is decent, having Taylor back is good and the receivers aren’t half bad. I’m going to go with Colts because the Pats are not only bad, but they’re decimated with injuries on the defensive side of the ball. The Pats fall from grace continues.
Concret3Cowboy: A game that used to mean everything, how times change. The Colts have a really bad defense but field some decent weapons on offense. The Pats had a good defense, until the players’ bodies went on strike. Part of me thinks this can be a classic Patriot dominance out of nowhere kind of game but I think that's just the trauma the Patriots have inflicted on me over the years. Colts do work.
BrendawnoftheDead: Kind of a no brainer here, New England stinks. There's talk of firing Belichick before returning to US soil…crazy times we live in. Ideally, they just agree to relieve him of his GM duties. As far as the game goes, the Patriots can't score points and are extremely thin at corner. Tough combo, Colts cover.
HOU @ CIN: CIN -6.5
Blind Owl: This game is very interesting. Both of these teams seem to be hitting their stride at the same time. The Texans look much better than I thought they would. The Bengals have been on an upward trajectory, even though Joe Burrow got his best receiver by hideously underthrowing him. Jamar Chase hurting his back is going to really hurt them. If you’ve ever had a back injury, it can take forever to feel right again. I think the Bengals will still win this game, but it’ll close. I’ll take the Texans with the points.
Concret3Cowboy: Ooo, Houston has turned its head around and bit me a few times this season. Cincy looks like the contender that everyone was expecting when the season started. Weird how much a quarterback's calf means to a team. I’ll probably watch this a good bit on Sunday Ticket. I haven’t watched/seen anything really from the Texans. This is a good game to see what they are. I said last week that their no-name defense has played really well this year. I’m going to go with the Bengals, I don’t hate the Texans to cover. I just think the Bengal receivers will be healthy and active in this game.
BrendawnoftheDead: 2 weeks ago, I would have taken Houston. The Bengals are coming off wins over the 49ers and Bills, both teams that would wax the Texans. Joe B One is healthy, Jamar is cooking, Tee Higgins looks like his old self. I like what Houston is doing, but there are levels to this. Cincy takes it.
GB @ PIT: PIT -3.5
Blind Owl: Green Bay is bad. Like REALLY bad. Pittsburgh just loves keeping games close and really helped me last week. So i’ll ride the momentum and take the Titsburgh Feelers.
Concret3Cowboy: Pittsburg because they screwed me last week and Green Bay is poo trash booty butt. I will watch this game for 0 seconds.
BrendawnoftheDead: Jordan Love stinks and GB lacks yinzer bullshit magic. I'll take Pittsburg.
TEN @ TB: TB -1.5
Blind Owl: Will Levis is halfway decent, but his team isn’t. Tampa has surprised everyone and will continue to do so. Go Bucs.
Concret3Cowboy: Tampa. I said I’m on the Will Levis train but Tampa still has a good defense and it's not Baker’s fault they are 3-5. I think the Bucs win and cover pretty easily.
BrendawnoftheDead: I like Tampa here. They aren't good, but they are scrappy. Excluding last week's performance, their defense is solid and might be able to confuse the rook into a mistake or too. I hope levis continues to play well, the NFL is better with jacked hardos playing QB. Tampa wins by a late score.
CLE @ BAL: BAL -6.5
Blind Owl: I actually agree with the Cowboy here. This spread is worrisome. Honestly I would feel better even if it was just a half point less. Cleveland’s defense is good enough to hold almost anyone to within 7. With that said, I’m on the #GusBus. Once your on the #GusBus there’s no getting off. Keep riding the #GusBus. Ravens cover.
Concret3Cowboy: Ooooooo, do not like this spread. Baltimore has an 6-3 ATS record. The O/U is only 38 points. These are two of the top defenses. The Ravens did win 28-3 the first time these squads met up. Watson is playing (does that mean nothing to you? Because it should) albeit he has been ass since being in a Cleveland uniform. End of the day, I’ll take the coaching and the team that is more “ready” is the Baltimore Ravens. Watch them win by 6 though.
BrendawnoftheDead: I know they're really good but my brain doesn't trust Baltimore. Something about these big spreads, just doesn't sit right. I think they'll win, but it wouldn't shock me if it was by 3. What gives me more pause is DeShaun Watson. He sucks, especially against competent defenses, which Baltimore is. I'll take the team without the suck QB.
SF @ JAX: SF -3
Blind Owl: I too don’t get how Brendawn can pick these games at random (CC: proof that he waits for my picks to then do his). I personally have to go in order or I’d definitely forget one. I guess Whiskey Brendawn can focus better than Sober Owl. But that’s neither here nor there…As for this game, San Fran was clearly feeling like their shit don’t stink. They got humbled and they will now go back to their winning ways. 9ers will win by more than 7.
Concret3Cowboy: I’ll never understand how Brendawn bounces around the game when he picks him. As I write these, he has done a few random games and the Owl has only done Thursday’s and the Germany game. My phone died last night and I haven’t charged it because I know he’s nagging me to do mine. As for this game that is super intriguing and doesn’t matter as much as it’ll be marketed as, since these are out of conference games. The 49ers could have a 4 game losing streak after this game. Jacksonville is 6-2 with their record as well as ATS. San Fran is 4-4 ATS, which you would expect with their losing streak. Give me the 49ers for the same reason I picked the Ravens, coaches and I think they’ll be ready coming off their Bye.
BrendawnoftheDead: Deebo is supposed to play, gives SF their full offensive arsenal. The Jaguars are a cute story but there are levels to this. San Francisco wins and covers. To answer your question fellas, I pick the ones that I don't have to any thought into on Saturday, then make the rest on Sunday over coffee.
NO @ MIN: NO -3
Blind Owl: I have no reason to do this. But I’m feeling Josh Dobbs in this game. Give me the Vikes.
Concret3Cowboy: I liked Josh Dobbs a lot when he was a Vol at Tennessee, much like how I’ve liked Cousins since his days in Spartan green. Dobbs never really got his shot in Pittsburgh and has been a journeyman since, never really getting a shot til this season in Arizona. Carr is so meh, as much as I like the Saints defense to do work. I just don’t care for Carr. The Saints are also ass at covering.
BrendawnoftheDead: Eff the saints!
ATL @ ARI: ATL -2.5
Blind Owl: Arizona does love to cover the big spreads, but 2.5 doesn’t really qualify. The Falcons are just better. At least we know Kyler Murray wasn’t watching any tape this week in preparation for Call of Duty, so Atlanta is an easy choice.
Concret3Cowboy: Kyler is back… the same weekend that the new Call of Duty drops. Coincidence? No, the football Gods are testing him. I like Atlanta winning by a touchdown, but I must follow my own rules. Arizona is the underdog, therefore I must pick them.
BrendawnoftheDead: why am I picking Atlanta? Because I think Dobbs is a better quarterback than a rusty, first game post acl tear, codmod3 release window Kyler Murray. We all know he didn't study any film this week, the Cardinals should have stuck to their guns and kept the film clause in his contract. Dirty birds!
DET @ LAC: DET -3
Blind Owl: Two teams are squaring off here that are about to take the next step. Here’s a prediction, these two will one day play against each other in a Super Bowl. You heard it here first. My first instinct was to pick the Lions, but the Chargers being underdogs at home made me have second thoughts. I’ll take the Super Chargers to lose but cover.
Concret3Cowboy: The Chargers have been able to beat up on inferior squads the last few weeks with the Bears and the Jets being the more impressive game. To be honest, I’m not that high on the Lions as of late. That Ravens dismembering and escaping a game against the Raiders is a little scary. Coming off their bye they’re looking to have a good game all 4 quarters. To help Denver’s little hopes of making the playoffs, I need Detroit to win here so I’ll take them in an effort of trying to will it.
BrendawnoftheDead: Why do teams like the Chargers and Vikings exist? To disappoint you silly. All the talent in the world but a crippling lack of discipline and a bafflingly stupid head coach. Detroit doesn't have those issues so I'm taking them straight up. Also the Chargers pass defense has major issues.
NYG @ DAL: DAL -17
Blind Owl: Seeing how the Cowboys beat the Giants by 40 with their starting QB, 17 seems a little low. They will be ‘dem Boyz and beat the holy snot out of the G-Men.
Concret3Cowboy: 17 points? Sounds right.
BrendawnoftheDead: you know what? Yes.
WAS @ SEA: SEA -6
Blind Owl: Washington and Howell showed some early promise but have since come back to Earth. I’m not saying Howell is bad. Quite the opposite. I think he’s very good. He’ll be good very soon. Geno Smith has sort of become the same guy we knew he was. So I’ll take potential over bad Geno. Commanders!
Concret3Cowboy: Geno has not been what he was last season, amazing what some tape on a guy does in this league. They beat the Browns and then get destroyed by the Ravens. Both of these teams are about .500 ATS. I want to pick Washington but my head won’t let me. GIve me the Hawks for the coast to coast travel the Commanders have to do.
BrendawnoftheDead: Washington has been bad against the pass, very very bad. The Seahawks, unlike the Patriots, are a modern NFL team that can throw the football with reasonable proficiency. The Commanders showed me absolutely nothing last week that leads me to believe they can beat a decent team, so picking the Seahawks here.
NYJ @ LV: LV -1
Blind Owl: This literally just comes down to who can score. The Raiders seem to be able to. The Jets are unable. Give me THE RAAAIIIIDERS (Chris Berman voice).
Concret3Cowboy: Crosby is such a tool. A generic ginger with zero muscle tone shouldn’t be good at football, but clearly he is the exception to the rule. Raiders stink, screw it.. Give me the Jets.
BrendawnoftheDead: I can't pick a team that can't score… maybe Antonio Pierce can pull another rabbit out of his hat?
DEN @ BUF: BUF -7
Blind Owl: I’m not as confident in my Broncos as the Cowboy down here, but the Bills are falling off. The Broncos are trending up. Couple that with the fact I’m rolling out Russ in fantasy. I’m feeling good. The Bills will probably pull this one out, but I’ll take my Broncos to cover. I’m catiously optimistic.
Concret3Cowboy: I’m setting myself up for depression but Denver wins this game, fuck that 7 points, they win. Now hear me out, their defense has become what they were supposed to be coming out of the gate and have one of the greatest turnarounds in season. The Bills held their second players-only meeting in recent weeks because they can’t pull their heads out of their asses. Bing says the Bills have a 75% chance of winning this game.. Fuck that skynet shit. Editor’s Note: Bing? Is he referring to the search engine? Is that still a thing? Second editors note: Bing> Google and it isn't close - BoD
BrendawnoftheDead: Sorry fellas I have to. Bills figure their (insert expletive) out and run the Broncos over. They don't have anyone that can cover Diggs and that will be their death nail.