Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week 15 NFL picks

Last week: 9-7 Overall: 108-88-4 An abbreviated version of picks this week. Before we get to them, some random thoughts on Week 16. I know some of you care, and some of you care less, so here's the latest on the T.O.-Witten-Romo saga in Dallas. Owens and Witten reportedly exchanged words before having to be separated in the Cowboys locker room Friday. Hugh Douglas, anyone? Anyway, looking forward to seeing how this plays out in tonight's game against the Giants. Speaking of dysfunctional NFC East teams, the 'Skins take on the Bengals in a game many of us in the Philadelphia area will see. Apparently Clinton Portis and Jim Zorn have cleared the air, but we'll see how they respond in a must-win game. Eagles fans, wondering who to root for? Put on your Bucs hat in the Tampa Bay-Atlanta matchup at 1. Obviously Cowboys and Redskins losses help. And a Vikings loss to the Cardinals wouldn't hurt. Arizona has the division locked up. Minnesota will battle Chicago for the NFC North and the other will be in wild-card contention. Now on to the picks: PACKERS (-2.5) at Jacksonville LIONS (+17) at Colts BENGALS (+6.5) vs. Washington FALCONS (-3) vs. Bucs SEAHAWKS (-2.5) at Rams DOLPHINS (-6) vs. 49ers -- MC's pick of the week BILLS (+7.5) at Jets TEXANS (+3) vs. Titans RAVENS (-2.5) vs. Steelers BRONCOS (+7.5) at Panthers CHARGERS (-6) at Kansas City VIKINGS (+3) at Cardinals PATRIOTS (-7) at Raiders GIANTS (+3) at Cowboys And of course, any week of picks would not be complete without C-Nast's episode recap of The Office: What happened: Phyllis, who took control of the party planning committee because she knows Angela is getting busy with Dwight while still engaged to Andy, organizes a Moroccan-themed Christmas party. At the party, Meredith has a few too many of Michael’s scotch-absinth-rum-gin-vermouth-triple sec-Splenda drinks and, in a drunken stupor, lights her hair on fire. Michael tries to stage an intervention with the often-inebriated Meredith and even tries to force her into a rehab center. Angela, fed up with Phyllis, fights back, only to have Phyllis spill Angela’s secret to most of the office, except Michael, Meredith and, luckily for now, Andy. Grade: C+ -- Pretty random and awkward episode overall, with some decent Andy and Dwight comments. Should be interesting to see where the Andy-Angela-Dwight love triangle progresses from here, though. Quote of Week, from Andy: “When I was in college, I used to get wicked hammered. My nickname was ‘Puke.’ I would chug a fifth of SoCo, sneak into a frat party … polish off a few people’s empties … some brewskis, some Jell-O shots, do some body shots off myself … pass out, wake up the next morning, boot, rally, more SoCo, head to class. Probably would have gotten expelled if I let it affect my grades, but I aced all my classes. They called me ‘Ace.’ It was totally awesome. I got straight Bs. They called me ‘Buzz.’” Lines used are from sportsbook.com. Monday night game will be picked Monday.

Week 15 NFL picks

Last week: 9-7
Overall: 108-88-4

An abbreviated version of picks this week. Before we get to them, some random thoughts on Week 16.

I know some of you care, and some of you care less, so here's the latest on the T.O.-Witten-Romo saga in Dallas. Owens and Witten reportedly exchanged words before having to be separated in the Cowboys locker room Friday. Hugh Douglas, anyone? Anyway, looking forward to seeing how this plays out in tonight's game against the Giants.

Speaking of dysfunctional NFC East teams, the 'Skins take on the Bengals in a game many of us in the Philadelphia area will see. Apparently Clinton Portis and Jim Zorn have cleared the air, but we'll see how they respond in a must-win game.

Eagles fans, wondering who to root for? Put on your Bucs hat in the Tampa Bay-Atlanta matchup at 1. Obviously Cowboys and Redskins losses help. And a Vikings loss to the Cardinals wouldn't hurt. Arizona has the division locked up. Minnesota will battle Chicago for the NFC North and the other will be in wild-card contention.

Now on to the picks:

PACKERS (-2.5) at Jacksonville

LIONS (+17) at Colts

BENGALS (+6.5) vs. Washington

FALCONS (-3) vs. Bucs

SEAHAWKS (-2.5) at Rams

DOLPHINS (-6) vs. 49ers -- MC's pick of the week

BILLS (+7.5) at Jets

TEXANS (+3) vs. Titans

RAVENS (-2.5) vs. Steelers

BRONCOS (+7.5) at Panthers

CHARGERS (-6) at Kansas City

VIKINGS (+3) at Cardinals

PATRIOTS (-7) at Raiders

GIANTS (+3) at Cowboys

And of course, any week of picks would not be complete without C-Nast's episode recap of The Office:

What happened: Phyllis, who took control of the party planning committee because she knows Angela is getting busy with Dwight while still engaged to Andy, organizes a Moroccan-themed Christmas party. At the party, Meredith has a few too many of Michael’s scotch-absinth-rum-gin-vermouth-triple sec-Splenda drinks and, in a drunken stupor, lights her hair on fire. Michael tries to stage an intervention with the often-inebriated Meredith and even tries to force her into a rehab center. Angela, fed up with Phyllis, fights back, only to have Phyllis spill Angela’s secret to most of the office, except Michael, Meredith and, luckily for now, Andy.

Grade: C+ -- Pretty random and awkward episode overall, with some decent Andy and Dwight comments. Should be interesting to see where the Andy-Angela-Dwight love triangle progresses from here, though.

Quote of Week, from Andy: “When I was in college, I used to get wicked hammered. My nickname was ‘Puke.’ I would chug a fifth of SoCo, sneak into a frat party … polish off a few people’s empties … some brewskis, some Jell-O shots, do some body shots off myself … pass out, wake up the next morning, boot, rally, more SoCo, head to class. Probably would have gotten expelled if I let it affect my grades, but I aced all my classes. They called me ‘Ace.’ It was totally awesome. I got straight Bs. They called me ‘Buzz.’”

Lines used are from sportsbook.com. Monday night game will be picked Monday.

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