Well the Contenders have bounced back in a big way. Mr. Lions fan became the first picker this year to go perfect. Who says Michigan doesn’t know how to get things done?
GAME 1: KC @ Indy -7.5 (Phil picked KC, MLF picked Indy)
Phil: Well I thought this would be high scoring, boy was I wrong. The Chiefs actually did have a good chance to win this game (or at least cover) so I don’t feel so bad. The AFC South now has four 3-2 teams. Wild.
Mr. Lions Fan: The Colts don’t have to do much to beat you. They hang around and keep it a one possession game for long enough, and all they need is that one late TD drive to take the W. It was an ugly game – uglier than I thought – and KC actually looked really solid on defense. But in the end, as I predicted, Indy won by a decent 10 point margin. Not the game you dream about.
GAME 2: St. Louis @ Detroit -3 (Phil and MLF both picked Detroit)
Phil: Wow, this is the only game we both picked correctly and we did it by picking the Lions! Weird. As a Baltimorean, I am a Terps fan, so I enjoy seeing Shaun Hill is continuing on in the long line of pretty good Maryland QBs. Pick Danny O’Brien in your 2016 fantasy drafts. He’ll be like, a back up on the Los Angeles Jaguars at that point and will totally get you 15 points one week. Take that Towson State!
Mr. Lions Fan: This is the first time in three years I’ve predicted a Lions win and been correct! In my defense, it’s only the second time in three years I’ve predicted a Lions win…the last was also against the Rams. As crazy as it sounds, Detroit is a near-legitimate team in the NFC North this year. Our offense can really role, Calvin Johnson is a freak, Best has some serious open-field potential, and Stafford’s coming back soon (Sorry Terps fans). Think about it: with the struggling Vikings, the self-mutilating Packers, and the Bears who are the worst 4-1 team in the league, we could actually be a contender. Had the refs not robbed us of the win in Chicago, we’d be 1 game back from first place in the division.
GAME 3: Jacksonville -1.5 @ Buffalo (Phil picked Buffalo, MLF picked Jax)
Phil: A surprisingly high scoring game. The Jags are the worst 3-2 team in the league other than the Cardinals. The Jags are -30 points despite the 3-2 record. The Cards are -50, and are almost giving up 30 points a game. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The NFC West sucks.
Mr. Lions Fan: I was a little worried that I would be wrong with this pick for the first half. Buffalo came out with heart and energy, and Phil is right about the Jags having a better record than team. But in the end, Buffalo’s ineptitude was too much for themselves. For some reason, the Bills have always been a team you want to pity; at least when I was a kid they were pitied for losing the Super Bowl every year, not for losing in the regular season.
Congrats again to MLF, 3-0 is nothing to sneeze at. Until next week….
STANDINGS: Phil 6-9-0 CONTENDERS: 8-7-0