Hello Everyone! Week Eight is here for the First Annual Gridiron Gab Pick ‘Em Challenge! I’ve been a little under the weather this week, so I promise I’ll post results next week. Remember that each weekly winner is eligible for the playoffs at the end of the season, as opposed to the original format in which the top 16 in the standings advanced to compete for the prize of your favorite team!
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Now, to this week’s games. (Link to this week’s games HERE)
Minnesota Vikings (1-6) at Carolina Panthers (2-5) – 5 Points
Christian Ponder played well in a loss to the Packers last week in his first career start, while Cam Newton has arguably been the front runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL. Both teams are a long way from competing for conference championships and Super Bowls, but seem to have strong foundations at the QB position. You can probably expect a ton of highlights from this one, but it’s going to come down to which rookie makes the fewest mistakes – Cam Newton, or Christian Ponder?
Detroit Lions (5-2) at Denver Broncos (2-4) – 5 Points
The Lions have snapped back to reality, losing two-straight after getting off to a blazing 5-0 start. Meanwhile, the Broncos shuffled in the “Tebow Era” last week against Miami, and good golly was it ugly. Matt Stafford and the rest of the Detroit offense should rebound nicely against the Denver ‘D’, but there’s always the Tebow Factor; the kid simply will not fail.
Cleveland Browns (3-3) at San Francisco ’49ers (5-1) – 5 Points
Cleveland won an ugly, extremely ugly, game last week against Seattle and must find a way to regroup against a surprisingly good ’49ers team led by Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore. The Browns ‘D’ has provided a surprise of their own, and rank among the top 5 in the NFL in most statistical categories. Both teams have QBs that statistically aren’t very good, in Alex Smith and Colt McCoy, though Smith has a different role in his offense than does McCoy. This one will come down to defense, both are good.
New England Patriots (5-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) – 5 Points
This could be a future match-up in the playoffs, though both teams have unexpected hurdles to climb within their own divisions in the Bills and Bengals. Pittsburgh’s ‘D’ has struggled this season, which probably has Tom Brady licking his chops. However, the Steelers have Big Ben, and the Patriots ‘D’ isn’t exactly a top tier defense themselves. Expect a lot of points scored, with the outcome being decided with turnovers.
*Game of the Week*
Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) – 10 Points
This is a match-up of the league’s top run defense and one of the league’s top rushing offenses. I think both fan bases agree that their teams have greatly underachieved this season, but both still have their sights set on a divisional title. No game in the NFL has a match-up of two teams with more drama. Will Tony Romo once again choke-away a big lead? Will Dez Bryant stay healthy the entire game? Will the Eagles “Dream” secondary continue to get scorched deep? Will Michael Vick get the calls he deserves? Don’t forget to tune-in for the rest of the story on “Days of Our Lives”.
Happy Picking and Good Luck!