Totally Biased NFL Picks: Week 5

I’d like personally welcome you, NFL fan, to the 2nd edition Totally Biased’s NFL Picks, brought to you by Kris Kauffman. Week 4’s picks brought Travie and myself to a stand still with both of us picking 11 games correctly. But, by default, yours truly will be bringing you this week’s action. And also, by default, it’s because I won last week. Also, because I called the Pats winning in blowout fashion. Oh, and because the Giants lost to the Eagles. AAAAANNND while we’re at it, because Travis’ confidence got the best of him.

Ole Travie picked the Cowboys to shut down Da Bears and Jay Cutler in Dallas. So, what does Tony Romo do? Well, he does what he always does! He throws 5 INTs and leaves Travis in tears, begging for mercy! Didn’t Trav mention he would eat crow if he was wrong?!? Do it! Do it!

Well, enough about him. Let’s talk about me! Okay, okay. Fine! We’ll talk about football. UGH!

Alright, where to begin… Oh! Did anyone else notice the real refs are back?! Well, I certainly did. From 24 penalties in the last New England game, at Baltimore, to only 4 penalties in Buffalo. The real refs have restored order and sanity to players, coaches and fans around the the league. Thank you, Roger Goodell, for listening. It took you long enough…

Week 4 was exactly what everyone, or mostly everyone, wanted. From the Cardinals squeaking one out against Miami and staying undefeated, to RGIII showing he has what it takes to lead his team to victory in the closing seconds. The Pack survived a tough, physical contest against the now 0-4 Saints and the Vikings are showing that they may be a legitmate team in the NFC North. The Niners, Broncos and Patriots all flexed a little muscle this week against lesser opponents in blowout fashion.

A big game to watch for this week is definitely going to be Denver coming to visit the Patriots in the annual Manning vs Brady Bowl. The Pats and Broncos are both coming off huge games with the Broncos beating down the Raiders and the Pats being, well, the Pats. Down 21-7 in the 3rd quarter to the Bills and the grasp on the AFC East crown looking much more difficult to hold, Tom Brady and the Patriots do what they always seem to do and scored 45 points in a quarter and a half. That’s all. No big deal! The Pats ousted Buffalo to the tune of 52-28, leaving Buffalonians speechless.

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The Leaderboard

Travis: — 41-22 — 65%
Kris: —– 35-28 — 55%

Lock of the Week: 3-1

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Thursday Night Throwdown: The Undefeated Cards Visit the Underrated St. Louis Rams

Trav: St. Louis Rams
Kris: Arizona Cardinals

Kris: The Arizona Cardinals. The Undefeated Arizona Cardinals, I should say. The Power-house of the NFC West. Does that make sense to you? Because it doesn’t to me! Their defense has brought them to a whole new level. This week against the Rams should be no different. The Cards are out to show the league that they are for real. It’s hard to argue a 5-0 record. I don’t  see St. Louis slowing this train.

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The Opening Slate: 1pm Games

Trav: Baltimore Ravens
Kris: Baltimore Ravens

Trav: The Ravens have looked phenomenal this season, and Joe Flacco looks like he has finally taken the next step. The defense is still as good as ever, and they should have their way with Kansas City on Sunday. I can’t really see this one being very close. Ray Rice is just too good, and Torrey Smith is making quite the name for himself. Take the Purple and Black with the utmost confidence.

Trav: New York Giants
Kris: New York Giants

Trav: Watching Lawrence Tynes’ missed field goal at about midnight on Sunday night was the equivalent of a punch straight to the gut. Thank God we have Cleveland traveling to MetLife Stadium this Sunday. The Giants can’t fall into a trap, especially with the Niners on deck for next Sunday. I think Eli Manning and Victor Cruz have some big plays, especially with star cornerback Joe Haden sitting out his final game of a four game suspension. Big Blue rolls on.


Trav: Pittsburgh Steelers
Kris: Philadelphia Eagles

Kris: I’m not sure if the Eagles 3-1 is legitimate or not, but they beat a good football team in the Giants last week. Sneaking by with a 19-17 victory over Big Blue and “ELIte” Manning really makes my day.

The Steelers haven’t been playing very good football lately. Running the ball 112 times for 2.9 YPC is not good, sound football. And losing to the Raiders isn’t either! James Harrison and Troy Polumealuaeluaua should be back in the lineup to help bolster that defense. I’m going to take the hot team in Philly to edge out the Steelers.

Trav: Green Bay Packers
Kris: Green Bay Packers

Trav: I think I can speak for the entire country when I say, I’m simply waiting for the Packers to lock it down and explode for some serious points. I think it finally happens this Sunday. People are quick to forget that A-Rod is dealing most of his damage without his number one target in Greg Jennings. Jordy Nelson and James Jones have done a fantastic job stepping up to the plate, and I can’t see Andrew Luck and the Colts putting up much of a fight. 

Trav: Atlanta Falcons
Kris: Atlanta Falcons

Kris: I’m going to call it a hunch , but I think the Falcons are a good team. I mean, a 4-0 record is good right? Matty Ice is playing out of his mind and that defense is looking as solid as ever. The ‘Skins are coming on a last second victory over the Bucs via the foot of Billy Cundiff! Wait, Billy “Screw the Ravens out of last year’s Super Bowl” Cundiff!? Yep, on a last second field goal, Ol’ Bill knocked it through the uprights to give Washington the W.

Even with RGIII’s heroics and Billy Cundiff’s new foot, I don’t think they’ll be able to hang with Atlanta. Falcons cruise.

Trav: Cincinnati Bengals
Kris: Cincinnati Bengals

Trav: Can I just use this entire section to profess my love for AJ Green? I can say, with total confidence, if I had to take any wide receiver in the league, except for Megatron, I would take Green. He runs extremely crisp routes, and knows how to really go and get the pigskin. Miami dealt star corner Vontae Davis right before the season started, and they haven’t really found a way to contain even subpar receivers [See: Andre Roberts, Week Three]. Green will go off… Again.

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Afternoon Delight: 4:15pm Contests

Trav: Carolina Panthers
Kris: Carolina Panthers

Kris: The Seahawks, honestly, make me want to rip my hair out. One week they’re good, the next the lose to the Rams and look like a 6-10 team. I can’t figure this team out. So this week I’m not picking them, in hopes that they’ll prove me wrong and actually get a win. Let’s go, Skittles!

Trav: Chicago Bears
Kris: Chicago Bears

Trav: I’d like to use this space to apologize to Kris, because I gave him a pretty good lashing for taking Chicago in Dallas last week. I had clearly failed to account for how much Tony Romo really does suck. Luckily for Chicago, it doesn’t get much better, with Blaine Gabbert on the slate for this week. Chicago wins two in a row, and starts to look like a real contender in a surprisingly strong NFC North.

Trav: New England Patriots
Kris: New England Patriots

Kris: Oh, boy! This week is going to be fun to watch. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. What more could you ask for!? Well, I COULD ask for Aaron Hernandez in the lineup but I’ll settle for a Patriots win.

Tom Brady won Offensive Player of the Week, again, for the 21st time in his career. Tying him with who? Peyton Manning. I can’t make this stuff up. Both Brady and Manning put up MVP-type numbers last week, with both throwing for over 300 yards, 3 touchdowns and no INTs. So how does Brady win OPoTW? His hair. Patriots pick up a hard-fought win.

Trav: San Francisco 49’ers
Kris: San Francisco 49’ers

Trav: The Niners absolutely, unequivocally, thoroughly, completely DISMANTLED the New York Jets last week, and even accused the Jets defense of quitting about halfway through the contest. San Francisco was an easy choice for the Lock of the Week, as it would be very hard to picture this defense giving up very many points, or yards, for that matter, against the Buffalo Bills.

Trav: Minnesota Vikings
Kris: Minnesota Vikings

Kris: The Vikings have surprised a lot of teams, experts and others. But not me! I called it! Yup, I knew the Vikes we’re gonna be on top of the NFC North. Wow, I’m that good.

Okay, I, nor anyone else, predicted Minnesota to be 3-1 and tops in their division. That being said, I don’t think the Titans will stop them. So it’s safe to say the Vikings will be 4-1 and still on top of the NFC North.

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Sunday Night Showdown: Brees Sets Consecutive TD Record… The Only Thing Going Well For NO Right Now

Trav: New Orleans Saints
Kris: New Orleans Saints

Kris: New Orleans is in a must-win situation and it’s only week 5. If the Saints slip to 0-5, then there will be no coming back from it. No division title, no wild-card spot, no playoffs. This is a must for the Saints. All my chips are in for New Orleans to win.

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Monday Night Madness: Do The Texans Only Embarass The Jets or Do They Pulverize Them AND Take Their Mothers Out For a Lobster Dinner?

Trav: Houston Texans
Kris: Houston Texans

Kris: The Jets should be worried. They should be scared. They should tuck their heads between their legs and pray that they can get through this week unscathed. Santonio Holmes has been placed on injured-reserve and is still seeking a MRI on his ego. And now Darelle Revis is no longer alone on IR-island. With both of these guys out for the season, all the J-E-T-S can do is hope for Tim Tebow to start and possibly breathe some life into this team. Don’t let that 2-2 record fool you, either. They have just handed the Patriots the AFC East title on a silver platter and it’s only October.

The complete opposite can be said for Houston, though. The Texans are cruising through their games like it’s the preseason. Of course, you could also say the Texans should have a default of at least 6 wins because of their awful division. I won’t take anything from Houston though. They’re one of the NFL’s most complete teams, if not the most complete team.

Now taking bets on the Jets over/under of points scored! Let’s say 6 points?

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