Totally Biased NFL Picks: Week 9, NYG @ NE Special!
Last week was as crazy as ever, with Kris catching up to me on the final night, with the Kansas City Chiefs whacky win over the San Diego Chargers. Other marquee games saw the Patriots and their horrendous defense fall to the Steelers in Steel City, the Ravens with a huge comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals, and the Giants surviving a scare at home against the winless Miami Dolphins.
As every educated NFL fan knows, every year, a division from the NFC is matched up with a division in the AFC, taking up four of the games on the schedule. For example, this season, the NFC East is playing the AFC East. This isn’t random by any means, as it rotates every four years, so each team will have played every team in the other conference, over the span of 64 games [four seasons]. To balance things out further, two of these games are at home, and two of them are on the road.
The NFC East vs the AFC East brings some great match-ups. The high flying Eagles offense will take on the stout Jets defense, the Cowboys will tussle with the newly built Bills juggernaut, and who could forget the game of the year, the Washington Redskins and the powerhouse that is the Miami Dolphins.
Of course, the game everyone cares about between the two divisions from the East, is the New York Giants traveling to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots.
Well, we here at Totally Biased came up with a great idea. Why waste our time giving insight on the other games, when all we give a shit about, and most likely all YOU care about, is the Giants and Pats game? So, below, you will find Kris and I’s selections, with our opinion on the Game of the Week coming at the end.
Enjoy, and let us know how you’ve been doing!
Lock of the Week: 2-0
Trav: Atlanta Falcons
Kris: Atlanta Falcons
Trav: New York Jets
Kris: Buffalo Bills
Trav: Houston Texans
Kris: Houston Texans
Trav: Miami Dolphins
Kris: Kansas City Chiefs
Trav: San Francisco 49’ers
Kris: San Francisco 49’ers
Trav: New Orleans Saints
Kris: New Orleans Saints
Trav: Dallas Cowboys
Kris: Dallas Cowboys
Trav: Oakland Raiders
Kris: Oakland Raiders
Trav: Cincinnati Bengals
Kris: Cincinnati Bengals
Trav: Arizona Cardinals
Kris: St. Louis Rams
Trav: Green Bay Packers
Kris: Green Bay Packers
Trav: Pittsburgh Steelers
Kris: Pittsburgh Steelers
Trav: Philadelphia Eagles
Kris: Philadelphia Eagles
Kris: Why New England will DESTROY the Giants
If there’s ever a week where I’m iffy on the Patriots, then it’s definitely not this week. New England had a terrible outing against a very strong Pittsburgh defense and this week they face a grueling challenge in the Giants front 7. The Giants are coming off a shaky performance against the winless dolphins and have some key players injured. I expect a great game with a little bit of bad blood from Super Bowl XLII. Patriots win a close one 72-7.
Trav: Why Big Blue is bound to win this Sunday
For my write-up, I figure I would give it to ya straight. Cold. Hard. Facts. Something Kauffman obviously knows little-to-nothing about. The Giants and Patriots last met in Superbowl 42, on February 3rd, 2008. If you wikipedia this day, one of the links might also direct you to, “Greatest Day of My Life”. Ok, it probably won’t… But it should!
It was incredible game, in which Eli Manning pulled a Tom Brady, and came back in the fourth quarter to defeat Mr. Tom Terrific himself. Since that day, however, both teams have had their ups and downs. They’ve both made the playoffs every year since, save for one season, 2008 for the Pats, and 2010 for the Giants.
This year, both teams are performing to their expectations, with the Giants perhaps exceeding theirs. With victories against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, a place with little New York success over the years, and against the Buffalo Bills at Metlife Stadium, their resume leaves a lot to be desired, with those being the only wins over legitimate contenders.
The G-Men are just now hitting the tough stretch, which has become known on ESPNNewYork.com as “Murder Row.” Over the next six weeks, they play New England, the upstart 49’ers, Philly, New Orleans, Green Bay, and Dallas. Even with a tough schedule, if the Giants can take the divisional games, they are poised to make the playoffs after a one year absence.
On Sunday, the brutal stretch will start against Brady and Company. I think a tale of the tape is certainly in order.
Eli Manning has led the Giants to a tremendous 5-2, with much of the success coming through the air. The ground attack that Giants teams are usually known for, as you can see, is doing horrible. In the NFL of old, there was a saying that if you could run, AND stop the run, you were halfway to a championship. Thankfully, the Colts, Saints, and Green Bay Packers, have begun to prove this saying wrong.
The NFL is changing into a pass first league, and I now believe that using the pass to set up the run, and not vice versa, is the new norm.
The Patriots have one of the best offense’s in the NFL, as shown by there passing yards per game, which ranks second to only the Green Bay Packers. Brady has done an incredible job of using every weapon at his disposal, from Gronkowski, to Welker, and everyone else. He’s even used Chad Ochocinco… oh. He hasn’t. Ok, well, everyone ELSE then.
The Patriots, I expect, will have a much more balanced attack this week, since the Giants couldn’t stop a runningback right now if he was chained into the ground. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should exceed 100 yards, and the Pats could do an incredible job of controlling the clock.
The Bare Essentials
Player that matters most: Wes Welker, WR, NE
The Giants have a horrible linebacking crew, and they are almost entirely responsible for the exploits that offensive coordinators love to base their attack on. Welker practically owns real estate in Linebacker City. In fact, he doesn’t just OWN it, he’s practically the Donald Fuckin’ Trump of the city. Like, he’s got the Key to the City. And can do whatever he wants. If Welker goes off, the G-Men are toast.
Number that matters most: 26.0
The G-Men lead the NFL in sacks this season, and finally, the entire D-Line is healthy. In 2007, prior to the Superbowl, Brady had been sacked eight times ALL season. Michael Strahan and teammates were able to get to TFB a whopping five times, and it proved extremely crucial. If the Giants get to Brady early and often, it could be a long day for Brady, most of it spent on his back. Just where Justin wants him.
Final Score: NYG wins, 31-21
Of, course, I HAVE to with Big Blue! Why? Because I’m biased as all HELL! Truthfully, it will definitely be a close game, but I think all of the G-Men in the locker room know what kind of a statement game this could be. I think Eli steps up, and edges Brady, again. I mean, he has less picks on the year than Tom Terrific ;)