Thunderblog NFL Cold Hard FAILS: 2016 Week 14 Edition

My favorite part of the week. Cold. Hard. FAILS. We tied last week which I guess got Matt too flustered to write the LOCKS this weeks. Before we jump into the picks, let’s recap the scoring:

We tied Week 13 at 9-6, G-Man leads Weekly Series: 8-2-3 (Clinched 2016)
G-Man Overall: 121-71
Matty D Overall: 109-83

Week 14 Cold Hard FAILS

By now you’ve seen the scores so I’m going to show who we picked…

Chiefs down Raiders 21-13 – I picked Oakland while Matt took KC: 0-1 G-Man/1-0 Matty D – My AFC West pick needed this game for their divisional hopes to be a little easier down the final stretch. Oakland’s final three games are: @ SD, vs. Indy, and @ Den. KC’s final three games are: vs. Ten, vs. Den, and @ SD. KC has been great at home and has the head-to-head edge on Oakland so Derek Carr and crew will need to get it in gear.

Steelers ring Bills’ bell with Bell 27-20 – We both picked Pittsburgh: 1-1 G-Man/2-0 Matty D – Le’Veon Bell recorded a monster day and single-handedly knocked me out of the semis of our fantasy league.

Titans edge Broncos 13-10 – We both picked Denver: 1-2 G-Man/2-1 Matty D – The Titans’ defense stepped up big in a must-win for Tennessee. With no more games against the Colts, the Titans need all the wins they can scoop up.

Redskins squeak out 27-22 win over Eagles  – I picked Washington while Matt went with the Eagles: 2-2 G-Man/2-2 Matty D – I tried to go for the contra-pick again and I end up getting it right. I thought going in either the Redskins would dismantle the Birds or Cason would squeak out the win. The latter almost came true until a redzone muffled snap. Eagles need a lot of help on the offensive line. Lane Johnson’s suspension exposed it and the injuries have furthered the issue.

Dolphins eek out W over Cards 26-23 – I took Miami while Matty D went with Arizona: 3-2 G-Man/2-3 Matty D – This win came at a cost, Ryan Tannehill busted his knee in the win. Miami is tied for the final Wild Card spot with Denver at the moment but I’d expect them to fall off given the loss of their QB.

Panthers short Chargers 28-16 – We both picked Carolina: 4-2 G-Man/3-3 Matty D – Should have been called “Could Have Been Bowl.” Both teams could have been a lot better this year and this game would have a lot more hyped up.

Bengals smack Browns 23-10 – We both picked Cincy: 5-2 G-Man/4-3 Matty D – Cincy could have been the last winnable game for the Browns. Watch out.

Lions comeback over Bears 20-17 – We both picked Detroit: 6-2 G-Man/5-3 Matty D – Stafford won’t win the MVP award but he absolutely deserves a few votes

Texans edge Colts 22-17 – I picked Indy while MPD took Houston (of course): 6-3 G-Man/6-3 Matty D – Andrew Luck turned the ball over three times against the Houston defense, tough to overcome that.

Vikings down Jags 25-16 — We both picked Minnesota: 7-3 G-Man/7-3 Matty D – Even Sammy Sleeves can take down the Jags. Both of us agree that JAX is a few pieces away from being decent, however. Despite their TERRIBLE record.

Jets beat Niners 23-17 in OT – I took the Jets while Matt picked Chip Kelly: 8-3 G-Man/7-4 Matty D – Just a gross, gross game.

Bucs beat Brees and Saints 16-11 – I picked Tampa Bay while Matty D wanted some chaos in the South: 9-3 G-Man/7-5 Matty D – Rough day for Drew Brees and his three interceptions.

Falcons dismantle Rams 42-14 – We both picked Atlanta: 10-3 G-Man/8-5 Matty D – Look at this NFC South chase! Atlanta and Tampa Bay are in an arms race for the crown. Matty Ice took care of the Rams’ and Jeff Fisher’s job.

Packers smack Seahawks 38-10 – We both picked Green Bay: 11-3 G-Man/9-5 Matty D – Figured the Pack would win at Lambeau but not this big. Watch out for the Pack.

Giants edge Cowboys 10-7 — I picked Dallas while Matty D picked against Dallas, of couse: 11-4 G-Man/10-5 Matty D – THE DERP KING STRIKES AGAIN! Sidenote: If Matt’s picks for the Cowboys were all right, I’m almost positive Dallas would be 1-12 right now. He is the truest of homers.

Pats down Ravens 30-23 — We both went with Brady…

G-Man wins Week 14 at 12-4 to 11-5, G-Man leads Weekly Series: 9-2-3 (Clinched 2016)
G-Man Overall: 133-75
Matty D Overall: 120-88

13up with three weeks to go overall. I could put this completely out of reach before we even get to Week 17. Props to Matty D for making the finals of our fantasy league after taking down Commissioner Logan whereas I lost to Logan’s older sister and defending champion Lauren. Matty D has been pretty cocky all season but will have his work cut out for him as Lauren touts the dominate force that is Le’Veon Bell. Either way the final goes, we’ll have our first two-time champ in our third season: Matt won in ’14, Lauren in ’15, and one them will take ’16. I face the corrupt commission for third place as both of couldn’t handle the limelight in our first playoff appearances and I fell victim to the 1-seed curse (we can call it now that it’s been three years). Pick’em is all I really have and Matt is terrible at it. Keep an eye out for the link to our College Bowl Pick’em group as I’ll be making that within the next day or so. Matty D should be back later this week with the Week 15 LOCKS. Until then…



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