NFL Week 8 Results: Are Things Starting To Look Up?

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

Compared to my last few weeks of predictions, this week is MUCH better. It’s not that impressive and I am likely still several games behind Andrew, but is this the beginning of a comeback? Or is it just me treading water to stay semi-relevant with his picks? Let’s TAKE A GANDER!

So, Dez Bryant, who's the better wide receiver? (Source: Wikipedia)

So, Dez Bryant, who’s the better wide receiver? (Source: Wikipedia)

Teams on their ‘Bye’ week:  Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans

WEEK 8

Thursday, Oct. 24

Panthers @ Buccaneers – 8:25 p.m. Buccaneers 27 Panthers 13

This was a given when I looked over my predictions for this week a few days ago.

Sunday, Oct. 27

49ers @ Jaguars — 1 p.m. 49ers 35 Jaguars 17
Browns @ Chiefs — 1 p.m. Browns 25 Chiefs 13
Dolphins @ Patriots — 1 p.m. Dolphins 28 Patriots 27
Bills @ Saints — 1 p.m. Saints 40 Bills 17
Cowboys @ Lions — 1 p.m. Lions 28 Cowboys 20
Giants @ Eagles — 1 p.m. Giants 27 Eagles 7
Steelers @ Raiders — 4:05 p.m. Raiders 22 Steelers 21
Jets @ Bengals — 4:05 p.m. Bengals 42 Jets 10
Falcons @ Cardinals — 4:25 p.m. Falcons 24 Cardinals 17
Redskins @ Broncos — 4:25 p.m. Redskins 31 Broncos 27
Packers @ Vikings — 8:30 p.m. Packers 20 Vikings 17

Monday, Oct. 28

Seahawks @ Rams — 8:40 p.m. Seahawks 24 Rams 10

Week 8 Record: 8-5

Season Record: 65 – 55

Movin’ on up! Much better than the previous two weeks, but I can do better – well the teams I predict to win can do much better!

(Source: Wikipedia)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Let’s look at Andrew’s predictions.

WEEK 8

Thursday, Oct. 24

Panthers @ Buccaneers — 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27

49ers @ Jaguars — 1 p.m.
Browns @ Chiefs — 1 p.m.
Dolphins @ Patriots — 1 p.m.
Bills @ Saints — 1 p.m.
Cowboys @ Lions — 1 p.m.
Giants @ Eagles — 1 p.m.
Steelers @ Raiders — 4:05 p.m.
Jets @ Bengals — 4:05 p.m.
Falcons @ Cardinals — 4:25 p.m.
Redskins @ Broncos — 4:25 p.m.
Packers @ Vikings — 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 28

Seahawks @ Rams — 8:40 p.m.

Week 8 Record: 8-5

Season Record: 73-47

Well, blast it. I thought I was making some progress this week, but I’m just treading water. Here’s to picking up some steam in the next few weeks before it’s too late!

Thanks for reading!

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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.’

PokéFriday: Every NFL Team’s Logo As A Pokémon

I came across a thread on reddit yesterday and as soon as I saw the thread title I knew I would post it here on Friday.

It’s quite interesting if you’re a fan of the Pokémon series AND the NFL.  Some of the choices were ‘meh’, while some choices were great and unexpected choices.  Here are several of my personal favorites:

(Here is the source for all of these; I DO NOT OWN THESE NOR DID I MAKE THEM – ALL CREDIT GOES TOWARDS THE ARTIST.)

NFL Team: Chicago Bears Pokémon: Beartic

NFL Team: Chicago Bears Pokémon: Beartic

NFL Team: Cincinnati Bengals Pokémon: Raikou

NFL Team: Cincinnati Bengals Pokémon: Raikou

NFL Team: Detroit Lions Pokémon: Pyroar

NFL Team: Detroit Lions Pokémon: Pyroar

NFL Team: Green Bay Packers Pokémon: Pikachu

NFL Team: Green Bay Packers Pokémon: Pikachu

NFL Team: Miami Dolphins Pokémon: Finneon

NFL Team: Miami Dolphins Pokémon: Finneon

NFL Team: New York Giants Pokémon: Snorlax

NFL Team: New York Giants Pokémon: Snorlax

NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pokémon: Duskull

NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pokémon: Duskull

Are there any other NFL and Pokémon fans out there? Let me know what you think in the comments!

The artist, BKD, has set up an account on Red Bubble that allows you to buy t-shirts and other goodies from these designs!