NFL Week 9 Predictions

Here is my master list of predictions on the 2013 NFL Seasonhere is Andrew’s master list.

Here are my predictions for this week:

WEEK 9

Thursday, Oct. 31

Bengals @ Dolphins — 8:25 p.m. Dolphins 35 Bengals 17

Sunday, Nov. 3

Falcons @ Panthers — 1 p.m. Falcons 20 Panthers 13
Vikings @ Cowboys — 1 p.m. Cowboys 38 Vikings 21
Saints @ Jets — 1 p.m. Saints 45 Jets 13
Titans @ Rams — 1 p.m. Rams 27 Titans 24
Chiefs @ Bills — 1 p.m. Chiefs 20 Bills 17
Chargers @ Redskins — 1 p.m. Redskins 35 Chargers 20
Eagles @ Raiders – 4:05 p.m. Eagles 17 Raiders 14
Buccaneers @ Seahawks 4:05 pm Seahawks 30 Buccaneers 10
Ravens @ Browns — 4:25 p.m. Browns 17 Ravens 6
Steelers @ Patriots — 4:25 p.m. Patriots 30 Steelers 21
Colts @ Texans – 8:30 p.m. Texans 35 Colts 28

Monday, Nov. 4

Bears @ Packers – 8:40 p.m. Packers 35 Bears 23

I sorely hope I’m wrong about tonight’s pick!

(Source: Wikipedia)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Here are Andrew’s predictions:

WEEK 9

Thursday, Oct. 31

Bengals @ Dolphins — 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Falcons @ Panthers — 1 p.m.
Vikings @ Cowboys — 1 p.m.
Saints @ Jets — 1 p.m.
Titans @ Rams — 1 p.m.
Chiefs @ Bills — 1 p.m.
Chargers @ Redskins — 1 p.m.
Eagles @ Raiders – 4:05 p.m.
Buccaneers @ Seahawks – 4:05 p.m.
Ravens @ Browns — 4:25 p.m.
Steelers @ Patriots – 4:25 p.m.
Colts @ Texans – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4

Bears @ Packers – 8:40 p.m.

Let us know what you think of our picks (remember these were made before the season even began!) in the comments.

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What If NFL Franchises Were Organized By Their Mascot?

As a child I found it very strange that the Cincinnati Bengals were not in the same division or conference even as the Detroit Lions or Carolina Panthers. Shouldn’t the ‘big cat’ mascotted (made that word up) teams be in the same division? Shouldn’t big cats be organized with other big cats? Why aren’t the Philadelphia Eagles in the same division as the Baltimore Ravens, or Seattle Seahawks? It didn’t make sense to my young, child mind.

(Source: Wikipedia)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Basically, my childhood OCD of trying to organize similar things together is coming out in full force today, but I’m going to go ahead and reorganize the divisions (and conferences) based upon their mascots because why not? If the divisions end up being more competitive looking than current ones I am going to send this straight to Roger Goodell (because, you know, he totally cares about the league). (I’m also going to ignore travel restraints and pretend that we have developed high-speed transport when travelling from the West Coast to East Coast; vice-versa).

Here is the current division breakdown in case you forget which teams are in which division.

Here is the new division breakdown:

Animal Kingdom Football Conference

Big Cat Division

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions

Jacksonville Jaguars

Bulky Quadruped Division

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Denver Broncos

St. Louis Rams

Misc. Animals

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns (They’re ‘dawgs’ right?)

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

Soaring Division

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks (Seahawk = Osprey)

Human Constructs Football Conference

All-American Division

Houston Texans

New England Patriots

New York Jets* (Rationale below)

San Francisco 49ers

Extra Humanoids/One Insensitive Name Division

Green Bay Packers

Kansas City Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington Redskins

Mythical Division

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

San Diego Chargers

Tennessee Titans

Pillager Division

Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings

Oakland Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 *I put the New York Jets in the ‘All-American Division’ because [Fighter] Jets = military, and when I think military I think ‘MERICA.

Which division do you think would be the most competitive this way? Which teams do you think should be slightly shuffled? Let me know in the comments.

I think the ‘Big Cat Division’ would be competitive (minus the Jaguars of course), as well as the ‘Soaring Division.’ The ‘Extra Humanoids’ could also be competitive and fun to watch. The names of the conferences could use some work, they don’t flow as well as saying ‘AFC’ or ‘NFC.’

How Much Do You Know About Geography?

This isn’t going to be a quiz for anyone reading this, but rather the title of this post would be the title of a show or video that I have always wanted to make while I was in university.  I was too lazy to pull the trigger because I was afraid none of my friends would help me with the production of it, even though I would just need one friend to carry around the camera on the tripod!

Nonetheless, I have noticed that Americans lack proper or even remote knowledge on geography, among other things.  Being a geographer this makes me very sad because geography is very beautiful and wonderful once a person understands it.  Geography isn’t necessarily just about GIS (Geographic Information Systems/Science), nor is it just about knowing the capitals of countries.  Geography is great when it comes to travel (understanding certain landscapes can make travelling more enjoyable), culture (again, will make travelling more enjoyable), business (“Why is business X where it’s at and succeeding, but building Z in that location and failing?”), music (Jazz in New Orleans, Hip-hop in Atlanta, Country in Nashville, etc.), and on and on and on!

The purpose of this quiz like show or video series would not be meant to shame Americans, but rather to enlighten and show them there is more to geography than just toponyms.