NFL Week 10 Results: Makin’ Moves

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

Week 10 of the 2013 NFL season has ended and it appears that the playoff picture is starting to clear up, though the way the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts played this week do they really deserve to make the playoffs?

Yes of course those two teams deserve to make the playoffs if their records warrant it; that’s a stupid question, but it’s a question I saw frequently on message boards, forums, and reddit. If your record qualifies you for the playoffs, you deserve it because you won the games on your schedule. Nothing else to it, really. Whichever team actually decides to win the NFC East also deserves to be in because that team will have done what they have to do to get into the playoffs.

Fans are too emotional after losses, especially after a two game losing streak (Bengals). There are plenty of weeks left in the season to regroup and become the teams that they were earlier in the season. My message to fans (not including fans of JAX, OAK, TB, HOU, ATL, BUF, PIT, and MIN): relax, we have plenty of football to go and your team likely has a semi chance to make the playoffs.

Now let’s see if I can gain any traction on Andrew, but my gut feeling says I didn’t gain any ground – like usual.

(Source: Wikipedia)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Remember green is correct; red is incorrect. Purple is a tie (there were no ties this week, just making sure you are paying attention.)

Teams on their ‘Bye’ week: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Here are my prediction results:

Thursday, Nov. 7

Redskins @ Vikings — 8:25 p.m. Vikings 20 Redskins 14

Sunday, Nov. 10

Bengals @ Ravens — 1 p.m. Bengals 24 Ravens 13
Lions @ Bears — 1 p.m. Lions 21 Bears 16
Eagles @ Packers — 1 p.m. Packers 30 Eagles 12
Rams @ Colts — 1 p.m. Colts 28 Rams 18
Seahawks @ Falcons — 1 p.m. Seahawks 22 Falcons 21
Raiders @ Giants — 1 p.m. Giants 38 Raiders 7
Jaguars @ Titans — 1 p.m. Jaguars 13 Titans 10
Bills @ Steeelers — 1 p.m. Steelers 17 Bills 10
Panthers @ 49ers — 4:05 p.m. 49ers 20 Panthers 10
Texans @ Cardinals — 4:25 p.m. Cardinals 31 Texans 20
Broncos @ Chargers — 4:25 p.m. Broncos 35 Chargers 17
Cowboys @ Saints — 8:30 p.m. Saints 34 Cowboys 31

Monday, Nov. 11

Dolphins @ Buccaneers  8:40 p.m. Dolphins 27 Buccaneers 21

Week 10 Record: 9-5

Season Record: 82-65

Not too shabby. Staying very consistent the past few weeks, which has always been difficult with predictions being made before a season even began.

Former Ravens safety, Ed Reed, was released by the Houston Texans today. (Source of picture: Wikipedia)

Former Ravens safety, Ed Reed, was released by the Houston Texans today. (Source of picture: Wikipedia)

Here are Andrew’s prediction results:

WEEK 10

Thursday, Nov. 7

Redskins @ Vikings — 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Bengals @ Ravens — 1 p.m.
Lions @ Bears — 1 p.m.
Eagles @ Packers — 1 p.m.
Rams @ Colts — 1 p.m.
Seahawks @ Falcons — 1 p.m.
Raiders @ Giants — 1 p.m.
Jaguars @ Titans — 1 p.m.
Bills @ Steeelers — 1 p.m.
Panthers @ 49ers — 4:05 p.m.
Texans @ Cardinals — 4:25 p.m.
Broncos @ Chargers — 4:25 p.m.
Cowboys @ Saints — 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 11

Dolphins @ Buccaneers — 8:40 p.m.

Week 10 Record: 7-7

Season Record: 89-58

Wow! We both called the Jacksonville Jaguars winning this week, though I am almost certain each of us predicted the Jaguars to win a game or two earlier in the year as well. And I did gain ground for once this week! Woohoo! Still I am seven games back, but gaining two games will help tremendously in this stretch run.

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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!