Welcome back, football fans, to our quasi-professional football picks! Each week we will pick game winners based on Vegas over/under lines, and add some the greatest preview commentary in the world! That’s right, ESPN, we said it.

The insanity continues into Week 4, as games are as sure as replacement officials are about their game calling.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

LINE: Ravens by 13


Rob Wheatley:

Well, it seems that my extensive research on this game you call ‘football’ was for nothing. Last week’s picks were another small disaster, not just for me, but for our other writers here, and seemingly for the whole of America. Now, I’ve been saying for sometime that this NFL business is far too complicated, nobody really understands how the game is played, there are constantly team members coming and going off the pitch, and not only that, they all wear helmets so you can’t tell who is who, and if that isn’t enough to deal with, every game features rows of dancing girls jumping and jiggling on the sidelines…how is anyone meant to follow the action with all that going on ? I’ve come up with a much simplified version : The ref flips a coin….yep, that’s it, saves all that messing about.

Pick: Browns-WIN

Darby Shaw: Browns-WIN

Steve Elle: Ravens-LOSS

Evil Peyton Manning: Ravens-LOSS


Sunday, September 30th, 2012


Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

LINE: Falcons by 8


Steve Elle:

On Sunday Scam Newton takes his pouting to Hotlanta. This should give him another opportunity to throw inaccurate passes and do his now vintage ‘surprise’ planned QB draw which was only a surprise until about mid season 2011. It seems as if the film has caught up with Newton and now he might have to actually develop as a QB. I know, sounds tough. On the other side the already well developed (QB wise, while he still looks like Howdy Doody) Matt Ryan should have no problem passing on the Panthers. Nor should Michael Turner have too much trouble.

Pick: Falcons-LOSS

Rob Wheatley: Falcons-LOSS

Darby Shaw: Falcons-LOSS

Evil Peyton Manning: Falcons-LOSS





New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills

LINE: Patriots by 5


Steve Elle:

The Patriots lost by the slimmest of margins Sunday which in today’s NFL means that aside from the official loss, they might have actually won. They won’t lose twice though. Buffalo – who knows what to make of this team yet? Their offense seems to be…ok. Ditto their defense. But Brady will not mess around and the Pats and Belichick will look to make quick work of the Bills. All of that said, this is a potential upset special.

Pick: Patriots-WIN

Rob Wheatley: Patriots-WIN

Darby Shaw: Patriots-WIN

Evil Peyton Manning: Patriots-WIN





Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions

LINE: Lions by 5


Darby Shaw:

This is the year the Lions make the leap! Look at their offensive firepower, with a blossoming young quarterback and a receiver nicknamed “Megatron” because of his hands (we’ll ignore the fact that this nickname makes no sense whatsoever, at the moment)! Look at their improved defense, with a stacked defensive line! Look at… err, the fact that they’re 1-2 and at the bottom of their division. I guess at least they’ve still got the Red Wings to be excited ab–oh. Yeah. At any rate, the one thing they’ve got going for them is at least they’re not the Vikings.

Pick: Lions-LOSS

Rob Wheatley: Lions-LOSS

Steve Elle: Vikings-WIN

Evil Peyton Manning: Lions-LOSS




San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

LINE: Chargers by 1


Darby Shaw:

The Chiefs finally gathered the first win of their underwhelming season under human Weeble Romeo Crennel. Down three to the Saints late in the game with two minutes left and forty yards to march, the Chiefs boldly marched down the field to score. Which is to say, they timidly ran the ball until they got just into field goal range and squeaked one in, leading to an equally pansy-ass overtime which involved the teams trading ineffective plays until the Chiefs stumbled into field goal range one more time to win it. The Chargers, on the other hand, are coming off an ass-whipping from the Falcons in which their only positive was that they didn’t get shut out completely. Look for both teams to return to form this week, with the Chiefs playing chicken-ball and the Chargers doing just enough to win against a team they should beat handily.

Pick: Chargers-WIN

Rob Wheatley: Chiefs-LOSS

Steve Elle: Chiefs-LOSS

Evil Peyton Manning: Chargers-WIN






Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams

LINE: Seahawks by 3


Evil Peyton Manning:

Let me be the first to say that I completely agree with the Hail Mary call at the end of the Seahawks/Packers game. Golden Tate did nothing wrong, and had full possession of the football for the winning touchdown. I say this because it gives me hope that, one day in the near future, I too can somehow be the recipient of a game-winning touchdown by merely sitting on my couch and calling to an official that “I caught the ball.”

Pick: Seahawks-LOSS

Rob Wheatley: Seahawks-LOSS

Darby Shaw: Seahawks-LOSS

Steve Elle: Rams WIN




San Francisco 49ers @ New York Jets

LINE: 49ers by 5


Darby Shaw:

Last week, the 49ers fell back to earth after an embarrassing showing against the lowly Vikings. It was a classic “trap” game. Not because they’d just knocked off the Packers and Lions, who were supposed to be the elite of the NFC. No, it was a trap game because Randy Moss was supposed to have a big game in his return to the Metrodome (err, Mall of America Field, what the hell ever) in red and gold. Unfortunately, they forgot to take into account the fact that Randy Moss is 130 years old and, last season, was the first player in NFL history to suck for three teams in a season. On the bright side for Moss, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is out of the season, so expect the 49ers receiver to explode for 4 catches and 29 yards. On the other sideline, the Jets finally found an offense that produces results: the “fourth and short fake punt formation with Tebow.” Watch for further razzle-dazzle with such plays as the “fake extra point with Tebow,” the “fake field goal with Tebow,” and the “fake going into the locker room at halftime with Tebow.”

Pick: 49ers-WIN

Rob Wheatley: 49ers-WIN

Steve Elle: 49ers-WIN

Evil Peyton Manning: Jets-LOSS





Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans

LINE: Texans by 12


Rob Wheatley:

I wanted to make some comment here about the World economic crisis that USA caused, a subtle and witty play on words perhaps that would weave its way into your subconscious and have you frantically researching the subject by lunchtime. I wanted to inspire you to seek the truth, to fight for justice and fair compensation for all those who lost their homes, jobs and trousers in the 2008 crash. I wanted you to rise up as one and shout from the rooftops, “lock up the bankers” and “eat the rich”. I wanted you to feel empowered to take a stand against the tyranny of financial inequality and bring down the houses of those who caused the nation so much pain. But all I could come up with was “Titans Tighten their belts”, so I gave up.

Pick: Texans-WIN

Darby Shaw: Titans-LOSS

Steve Elle: Texans-WIN

Evil Peyton Manning: Titans-LOSS





Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

LINE: Broncos by 7


Evil Peyton Manning:

The formula of “best quarterback in the league + best defense in the league = WIN” doesn’t seem to be catching on in Denver, as the Broncos defense decided that their job is done after they get a safety. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders got their first win of the season in the only way they know how: off the foot of 90-year-old Sebastian Janikowski.

Pick: Broncos-WIN

Rob Wheatley: Broncos-WIN

Darby Shaw: Raiders-LOSS

Steve Elle: Broncos-WIN





Miami Dolphins @ Arizona Cardinals

LINE: Cardinals by 7


Steve Elle:

Ah, the Dolphins, soundly defeated last week by Dan Carpenter and Joe Philbin, ironically both from the Dolphins. It doesn’t get any easier this week as they face the apparently powerful Cardinals. Who knew? Kevin “corn on the” Kolb has somehow backed his way into yet another starting QB spot. His career thus far seems to be one of the unlikelier paths ever taken to undeserved NFL riches. However he has a HOF WR in Larry Fitzgerald, a decent running game and an active defense. The Dolphins can make some noise but a smooth, Bush free Miami team has a lot to overcome.

Pick: Cardinals-LOSS

Rob Wheatley: Dolphins-WIN

Darby Shaw: Dolphins-WIN

Evil Peyton Manning: Dolphins-WIN





Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars

LINE: Bengals by 3


Evil Peyton Manning:

In my attempt to provide commentary for this game, I couldn’t get over the fact that a game ticker showed that Blaine Gabbert’s injury was to his “buttocks.” I’ve bruised my tailbone at an ice rink, but your buttocks? I don’t get it, so instead of focusing on game highlights and stats, I have been picking words out of post-game commentary that could have to do with buttocks. The list so far includes: stunning; wipe; pounced; jogged; whizzed; Paul Kuharsky; behind. The Bengals, surprisingly, have no comic relief or jail time leading into Week 4, as the Sarah Jones jury trial will have to wait until October 10th.

Pick: Bengals-WIN

Rob Wheatley: Bengals-WIN

Darby Shaw: Bengals-WIN

Steve Elle: Bengals-WIN





New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay Packers

LINE: Packers by 8


Evil Peyton Manning:

If the Saints are faring this badly against teams that they should have been dominating, there’s no telling when their first win will come. At the very least, they will be able to tie in Week 6, their bye week, but if this season has shown me anything, it is that anything is possible. An example? The Packers game last week that is sure to fuel Clay Matthews’ Hulk-Rage.

Pick: Packers-LOSS

Rob Wheatley: Packers-LOSS

Darby Shaw: Saints-WIN

Steve Elle: Packers-LOSS





Washington Redskins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LINE: Buccaneers by 3


Darby Shaw:

The Redskins are a team on the rise. Which is to say, the replacement refs are getting a rise out of their offensive coordinator, Kyle “No seriously, I’m a real OC, not just because of my dad” Shanahan, and quarterback Robert Griffin III keeps giving the media a raging hard-on every time he takes the field. Meanwhile, the Bucs are staying off the radar, providing an unimpressive win over Carolina and two close losses to the Giants and Cowboys. No doubt this is a ninja-like distraction technique, to lull opposing teams into a false sense of security; at this point, they’re one Matt Ryan injury away from being the NFC South champs. And with head coach Greg Schiano playing so dirty that not even a victory-formation kneel-down is safe, I wouldn’t be surprised if Schiano hires a free-agent linebacker off the streets for one game just to take Ryan out. (Seriously, why has no coach ever done this?)

Pick: Redskins-WIN

Rob Wheatley: Redskins-WIN

Steve Elle: Buccaneers-LOSS

Evil Peyton Manning: Redskins-WIN





New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles

LINE: Eagles by 1


Steve Elle:

This is a tough game to handicap. The Eagles have a good chance to beat the Giants, but in the end I think Michael Vick will have a tough time with the Giants defensive line. I can see JPP having a breakout game on Sunday. I can also see Eli Manning having a hard time if the Eagles can bring some heat. But since they usually bring some cool instead, that might not work out. However the most interesting drama is between LeSean McCoy and Osi Umenyiora. I’m not sure exactly what this drama is, perhaps it has to do with video games or stolen Pokémon cards, but I hear there’s some bad blood between them. Namaste, guys.

Pick: Giants-LOSS

Rob Wheatley: Eagles-WIN

Darby Shaw: Giants-LOSS

Evil Peyton Manning: Giants-LOSS




Monday, October 1st, 2012


Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys

LINE: Cowboys by 4


Rob Wheatley:

Wouldn’t it be great to be a bear ! Imagine it, eating honey by the huge pawful, standing on the top of a mountain bellowing for all you’re worth, swiping the face off anybody that dares enter your forest wearing hair gel or shampoo or something, but most of all, imagine the fun you could have when taking a crap !  All your friends would be waiting with baited breath, just to see where you actually did lay your pipe. You could saunter off in the direction of the woods, yes, but then maybe veer off towards a stream or picnic table, your friends following at a distance so as not to be seen, but you’d know they were there. I mean, if YOU had a bear for a friend, wouldn’t you want to know if he really did it in the woods ?  Cowboys are a different matter, nobody cares where they take a dump. Nature is strange like that.

Pick: Bears-WIN

Darby Shaw: Bears-WIN

Steve Elle: Cowboys-LOSS

Evil Peyton Manning: Bears-WIN





Steve Elle: 34-29

Rob Wheatley: 33-30

Evil Peyton Manning: 28-35

Darby Shaw: 27-36

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