Of course! I knew Week 8 had to have been an outlier! I knew there is no way I could get that many picks right without it being a fluke.
I returned right back down to earth in Week 9 in part because of Jeff Tuel's pick 6, that swayed the Bills/Chiefs game. If they handed it off to Fred Jackson and scored there, I would have gotten the Upset Pick right and that would have atleast made up for everything else. BUT NO!
I got the Upset Pick wrong, all 3 of my Against the Spread picks wrong, my Ravens lost, the Red Sox won the World Series, and my Fantasy Football team lost. It was not a good week for me.
So a message to all of you reading this column: PICK AGAINST MY PICKS! I can almost guarantee you will make millions just by picking the opposite of what I pick. Hopefully this week will be better...
Week 9 Results: 6-7
Game Picks Overall: 79-54
Upset of the Week Overall: 3-6 (Picked Bills over Chiefs, Lost)
Eliminator Challenge Pick: 8-1 (Picked Cowboys over Vikings, Won)
Against the Spread: 4-8 (Got Bengals -3, Seahawks -16, and Ravens -2.5 wrong)
Week 10 Picks (Bold Indicates My Pick):
Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings: After two weeks of only handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson 13 times, they finally woke up and gave him the ball a decent amount in Week 9. This is going to be another sloppy Thursday night game and it involves two units I don't trust: the Vikings offense and the Redskins defense. At the end of the day, I trust the Redskins to outscore the Vikings pathetic offensive attack. Redskins by 7.
Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons: The Seahawks almost lost last week at home vs the Buccaneers...wait...what? Now the Seahawks travel out east to play a Falcons team that is just not that good. Matt Ryan is throwing too many picks and the Atlanta defense can't even stop the most anemic of offenses. Imagine how many picks Ryan will throw vs the Legion of Boom! Marshawn Lynch should have a field day. Seahawks by 14.
Buffalo Bills @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Bills and Steelers are coming off of devastating losses. The Bills had the Chiefs on the ropes until Jeff Tuel threw a 14 point swing, goal-line pick-six. The Steelers were tied with the Patriots late in the 2nd half before getting lit up in the 4th quarter by Tom Brady. They gave up the most points in franchise history. E.J. Manuel returns this week for the Bills and I think he's going to look rusty in Heinz Field. Steelers by 4.
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears: There is a three team tie at the top of the NFC North and this game will have a huge impact on who may win the division. With Aaron Rodgers out for a while, this division is there for the taking for Chicago and Detroit. After getting a very solid performance from Josh McCown, the Bears will get Jay Cutler back this week. I expect a very high scoring game that should come down to the wire. Bears by 3.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens: This is the first time in five years that I will be picking against my Ravens. They have just not looked good this year. They can't establish anything on the ground, yet continue to try pounding the ball while only giving Vonta Leach two snaps. I don't get what they are trying to do and I have no confidence in them anymore. This may or may not be a reverse jinx attempt to try to get my Ravens in the win column. COME ON SETH PICK CURSE! Bengals by 4.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers: It's amazing how much can change in a week. The Eagles went from an offense which couldn't score a touchdown to a team that tied an NFL record for passing touchdowns in a game. The Packers offense was starting to really take shape before they lost Aaron Rodgers on the first drive of last Monday's game. Will Nick Foles prove that last week's performance wasn't a fluke? I think he does. Eagles by 7.
St. Louis Rams @ Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck led the Colts to another clutch miracle win Sunday night vs the Texans. I don't think any late game heroics will be needed this Sunday vs a Rams team that has no threat in the passing game. If you listened to my preseason fantasy football advice and drafted Zac Stacy...your welcome. Colts by 13.
Oakland Raiders @ New York Giants: Everyone that had a pulse picked the Raiders last week and they rewarded them by getting dragged across the field for 60 minutes against the Eagles. They better play better against the pass this week, as the Giants take plenty of shots down the field. The Giants get back Andre Brown this week and he could be a huge boost to a running attack that has been brutal this year. I think the Giants will take advantage of the same mistakes the Eagles did in the passing game. Giants by 10.
Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers: Both the 49ers and Panthers have 4+ game winning streaks against weak competition after starting the season slow. Whatever defense forces the most turnovers in this game will wind up winning. I think both of these defenses are similar but I trust the 49ers offense a little more than the Panthers, especially at home. 49ers by 3.
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers: The Chargers schedule gets a lot harder from here on out. After a rough overtime loss to the Redskins in Week 9, they take on arguably the best team in football. The Broncos will be fresh coming off the bye and should put up plenty of points in this one. Broncos by 13.
Houston Texans @ Arizona Cardinals: The Texans may have found their franchise quarterback in Case Keenum and this week will be a big test for him. The Cardinals defense at University of Phoenix Stadium is a very tall task for the un-drafted rookie and I think he'll struggle. Cardinals by 7.
Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints: This Cowboys defense is horrible. They have allowed every team they played against to throw all over them. The Saints are coming off of a tough loss on the road to the Jets. They almost never lose at the Super Dome and I don't think this Sunday will be any different. Saints by 14.
Seth's Upset of the Week:
Miami Dolphins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: We get another pretty awful matchup on Monday Night Football this week. Both the Buccaneers and Dolphins have been involved in a ton of controversies off the field this year; which brings me to this question: Will Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden talk about the controversies more than the actual game? The Dolphins have had the most recent issue to deal with of the two teams in the Richie Incognito bullying case and I think that will be too big of a distraction to overcome on the road. Buccaneers by 3.
Seth's Eliminator Challenge Pick:
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans: I've picked the Jaguars to win once this year and I don't think I will ever again. Pick against them every week without even thinking about it. You could be looking at the 2nd 0-16 team in NFL history.
Seth's Against The Spread Picks of the Week:
Seahawks (-5): In the past it would be absurd to be confident picking the Seahawks to win big on the road and pick against the Falcons at home. But with the way the Falcons are playing I don't think this is that hard of a pick.
Broncos (-7): I just don't think this game is going to be close. I don't think the Chargers' defense is very good. I'm pretty confident in taking the Broncos to win by more than a touchdown considering they do it almost every week.
Panthers (+6): I really think this Panthers vs 49ers game is going to be decided by 3 points. Both defenses should keep this game fairly low scoring, so I think it's safe to take the points here.
That's it for this week. If you'd like to see me tweet about football during the week please follow me at @RavenNation21. I'd also be glad to answer any fantasy football questions you may have for me. Have a great Week 10!