Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

NFL Picks Week 7

The tally:

Peter King: 8-6 in week 6 (51-39, a .567 win percentage)
Andrew Hamm: 6-8 (47-43, .522)
George Washington: 5-9 (40-50, .444)
Greyson's Dad: 9-5 (53-37, .589)
Rick Olson: 7-7 (46-28, .622)

The picks:

Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
  • Peter: Falcons. Stat of the Week: Matt Ryan is 15-1 at the Georgia Dome, and Michael Turner rushes for 104 yards per game at the Georgia Dome. Factoid of the Week That Should Interest You: This game is at the Georgia Dome.
  • Andrew: Falcons. Just the matter of the better overall team winning.
  • George: Falcons.
  • Rick: Falcons. Two struggling QB's, two decent D's....I think it'll be about 13-10.....which means it'll really be 35-34
  • Ryan: Falcons.

Buffalo Bills (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
  • Peter: Ravens. Poor Bills. I'll tell you the most amazing thing I discovered as I went about my exhaustive research this week making these picks. (I spend at least 45 seconds hours doing my research, you know. Call me the Ron Jaworski of pick research.) These two teams met fairly recently, in 2007, and Buffalo won 19-14. Newbies Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice will have something to say about this rematch.
  • Andrew: Ravens. Puh-lease.
  • George: Ravens.
  • Rick: Ravens. This should be a big game for everyone on the Ravens.
  • Ryan: Ravens.

San Francisco (1-5) at Carolina Panthers (0-5)
  • Peter: 49ers. Aubrayo Franklin, Isaac Sapoaga, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis will be the big factors in this game, because the Panthers will have to run DeAngelo Williams to win. Glad to see Matt Moore get another chance to quarterback the Panthers and prove I wasn't a total ditz in saying he was going to have a good year. But I don't think he'll be the difference-maker this week.
  • Andrew: 49ers. Both teams are a mess, but Carolina is much messier.
  • George: Panthers.
  • Rick: Panthers...... Next please.
  • Ryan: 49ers.

Washington Redskins (3-3) at Chicago Bears (4-2)
  • Peter: Redskins. Donovan McNabb returns to Chicago, where he's had some very good days as a visitor. Four of them, actually, in five career outings at Soldier Field. To win this one, he's going to be very happy to hand the ball 23 times to Ryan Torain.
  • Andrew: Redskins. I find myself sliding precipitously off the Bears bandwagon, and not just because they're facing my Redskins. A big game for Ryan Torain and a couple game-changing big plays to emerging wideout Anthony Armstrong should ensue. I think Cutler is one hit away from visiting Dr. Gumby with the complaint, "My brain hurts." It will have to come out.
  • George: Redskins.
  • Rick: Redskins. The Bears are no good. The Redskins are relatively good.
  • Ryan: Redskins.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-2)
  • Peter: Titans. Here's a strange one for you: Tennessee is 11-0 against NFC teams in the past 24 months. I say it gets to 12, narrowly, even if Vince Young has to give way to Kerry Collins. In fact, after watching the Monday-nighter, that might be better for Tennessee.
  • Andrew: Titans. A close one, but I like the Titans' efficiency.
  • George: Eagles.
  • Rick: Titans. Total Pick'em game. I'll go with the home team.
  • Ryan: Eagles.

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2)
  • Peter: Steelers. Just between us, I think there are about 22 million reasons James Harrison won't retire.
  • Andrew: Dolphins. Honestly, logic has gone so completely by the wayside this year that I'm just picking a couple upsets each week based on hunch and vibe. And I think James Harrison is going to hit someone hard just to make a point--and might find himself ejected for it to make a better one.
  • George: Dolphins.
  • Rick: Dolphins. Just a gut feeling that Miami is better than people think and Pittsburgh isn't as good as people think.
  • Ryan: Steelers.

St. Louis Rams (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
  • Peter: Buccaneers. I know this game seems like a clunker -- it is a clunker -- but the one thing about it I really like is that we'll be seeing two quarterbacks (Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford) who'll be among the top 10 in the league in 2017.
  • Andrew: Rams. One of these teams is going deep into the playoffs--next year.
  • George: Rams.
  • Rick: Buccaneers. Two up and coming teams. but I'll take the Bucs in a close one
  • Ryan: Buccaneers.

Cleveland Browns (1-5) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)
  • Peter: Saints. Ben Roethlisberger one week, Drew Brees the next, and, after the bye, Tom Brady. Nice way to break into the NFL, Colt McCoy. (And if you're asking me if I think McCoy will still have the job two weeks from now, the answer is yes -- as long as this game against the Saints is not an abject disaster.)
  • Andrew: Saints. I almost picked this upset. Then I remembered it was the Browns.
  • George: Browns.
  • Rick: Saints. Drew Brees should chew up the Browns.
  • Ryan: Saints.

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
  • Peter: Chiefs. The Chiefs are getting good before our eyes. I said this week I think they'll win the AFC West, and after watching the first six weeks of the season, I think it might not be close.
  • Andrew: Chiefs. Okay, I'm convinced. The Chefs are good. Great googly moogly.
  • George: Jaguars.
  • Rick: Chiefs. It's Trent Edwards, it's Matt Cassel. The NFL, where greatness thrives!
  • Ryan: Chiefs.

Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
  • Peter: Seahawks. Watch for the dynamic duo of Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch (don't laugh; that's a heck of a 1-2 punch) to take over this game. The Cards are allowing 140 rushing yards per game.
  • Andrew: Cardinals. How about that Max Hall?
  • George: Cardinals.
  • Rick: Seahawks. I like the Seahawks at home. Mike Williams for comeback player of the year.
  • Ryan: Seahawks.

Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Denver Broncons (2-4)
  • Peter: Broncons. Look at the Broncos' receiving corps. Jabar Gaffney 37 catches, Brandon Lloyd 34, Eddie Royal 32. Wait 'til Demaryius Thomas gets his pro legs under him. Denver's receivers will rival Indy's.
  • Andrew: Raiders. With all the hype about the amazing Broncons offense, you'd think their win-loss record would be flipped. But no. They're a badly unbalanced team. So is Oakland, but still...
  • George: Raiders.
  • Rick: Broncons. Oakland made SF look good last week. I gotta think that Kyle Orton lights them up.
  • Ryan: Broncons.

New England Patriots (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-4)
  • Peter: Patriots. Tom Brady wins a shootout. Tough call, because the Chargers need this game badly (oh really?), Philip Rivers is on fire, and the Patriots' young secondary is amazingly generous, allowing foes to complete 71 percent of their throws. I'd pick the Chargers if half their offense wasn't on the sidelines at practice Wednesday -- and particularly if I could count on Antonio Gates being the real Gates with his toe injury.
  • Andrew: Patriots. I just see them getting better and better, and I'm glad the Redskins aren't playing the AFC East this year.
  • George: Patriots.
  • Rick: Chargers. This has become a bit of a rivalry. I expect Rivers to chew up the Pats' secondary.
  • Ryan: Patriots.

Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-3)
  • Peter: Vikings. The Vikes' defensive front will dictate this game. Very odd so far that Minnesota has six sacks in five games, and the dangerous Jared Allen has but one. I think you remember what Allen did to the Packers last year in Sackville: 7.5 in two games. Expect him to be very happy to see the Sunday night national TV audience (he likes the attention) and the Packers offensive line across from him.
  • Andrew: Vikings. The Packers are a MASH unit, and the Vikings are slowly gelling. This is the week they start coming together.
  • George: Packers.
  • Rick: Packers. I don't care if injuries force the Packers to re-sign Tony Mandarich and Eddie Lee Ivory, I'll never pick Favre to beat the Pack.
  • Ryan: Packers.

New York Giants (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
  • Peter: Cowboys. At some point, Tony Romo's going to walk into his huddle and say, "This is #%&^*# ridiculous, you bunch of $%%#&@. Let's get our #$%$^ in gear and earn our millions." Or something like that. This is the night.
  • Andrew: Cowboys. Once or twice a year an NFC East team wins a game against a divisional opponent they have no business beating. This is it.
  • George: Giants.
  • Rick: Giants. The D-Line of the G-Men should be on Romo all game long.
  • Ryan: Cowboys.



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