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Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 4

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Week 3 was all about maintaining the status quo. Stella and I put up identical 11-5 records and so saw no movement in the overall race, with me maintaining a two-game lead.

One would think that 11-5 would be good enough to make some progress, but this is Kibbles and Picks – there’s no such thing as good enough. With a sharp like Stella in the mix, I can’t let my guard down for a second, or else she’ll smell my weakness and pounce.

This week, we’re looking at seven head-to-head matchups. So hey – looks like there’s going to be some movement for sure. What that means is yet to be seen, but I’ll admit to some nervousness.

Stella, as always, remains unconcerned.

First up is the Thursday night game. I’m taking the visiting Eagles to take down the Packers. While the injury issues in Philly are troublesome, I like the potential for a bit of a bounce here. Expect a solid game out QB Carson Wentz, so long as the offensive line can keep him upright. I anticipate a lot of Zach Ertz. Stella’s much more of a Green Bay believer than I am; she’s convinced that there’s a bit more vintage Aaron Rodgers left in the tank. She likes Davante Adams to shake off the season’s slow start and put up a big game. She also thinks the Packers D will handle its business.

I’ve got the Falcons winning at home against Tennessee. While the Falcons haven’t been all that impressive thus far this season, you can see hints of offensive breakout potential. Matt Ryan is shaping up and Julio Jones remains the most talented receiver in the NFL. If Atlanta’s defense can play even just OK, they’ll win easily. Stella doesn’t think it’ll be as easy as all that; she’s a believer in what she’s seen from Derrick Henry and thinks this Falcons team will struggle to stop him. Her expectations of Marcus Mariota aren’t high, but she doesn’t need him to be great. Just manage the game and the Titans win.

Put me in the Daniel Jones camp for now – I’m picking the Giants to win at home against Washington. Yes, Saquon Barkley’s absence is devastating, but Jones looks like he could be the real deal under center. Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram are going to see a LOT of targets, and the Washington secondary can’t really stop anyone. Stella recognizes the flaws in the Washington D, but she also thinks that the Giants are going to struggle; Washington can sell out to stop the pass, which will rattle NY’s rookie QB. She’s a big fan of Washington rookie Terry McLaurin and is calling another TD reception for him.

For the Carolina/Houston tilt, I’m going with the home Texans to handle the Panthers. While the offense has been inconsistent, there are few QB/WR combos more talented than Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. They’re going to be tough to shut down. And that Texans defense looks pretty frisky right now – especially against a backup QB. Stella likes that backup QB; she’s of the mind that Kyle Allen is at least as good as the clearly injured Cam Newton was. Plus, Christian McCaffery is here, and he’s just one of the league’s best three-down backs. It’ll come down to whether the Panthers defense can keep Watson in check; she thinks they can.

This next one was a tough call. I went with my gut and picked the road Vikings to go into Chicago and beat the Bears. While I don’t love Kirk Cousins as a passer, he’s shown a steady, albeit unimpressive hand. Enough to make sure that Dalvin Cook can run roughshod over just about everybody. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are in the mix, too. Stella likes Minnesota, but she doesn’t think they’ll have much a chance against the elite Kahlil Mack-led Chicago defense. No, she doesn’t think last week’s performance is a glimpse of the new Mitchell Trubisky, but she figures that the QB can handle putting up the fairly low number of points necessary for a win.

In a game that’s a contender for worst of the week, I’m picking the Jaguars to go into Denver and take down the Broncos. Why? I couldn’t really say. Gardner Minshew has been fun as a replacement for QB Nick Foles. Running back Leonard Fournette might still be good. The defense is decent, even with Jalen Ramsay’s vocal desire to get out of town. Stella went with the Broncos for similarly vague reasons. It’s not that she likes Joe Flacco under center, but that she figures it’ll be less bad than that of the Jags. The defense is kind of meh, as well, but hey – this game is pretty much a shoulder shrug anyway, right? Either way, it’ll be low-scoring and dull.

Finally, I’m picking the Saints to win at home against the Dallas Cowboys. This feels like a scarier pick than it should. Sure, New Orleans has the Teddy Bridgewater/Taysom Hill combo at QB, but they’re throwing to a dude like Michael Thomas. They also have Alvin Kamara, who’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Stella actively scoffs at this pick – she thinks Dallas will beat the Saints with little trouble. She’s loved what she’s seen from Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continues to trample every defense that stands in his path. Plus, the Cowboys D is starting to look not just good, but elite. My dog rarely actively judges my picks, but she’s made her feelings clear on this one – she thinks I’m dumb.

And that’s it. Seven games. Let’s see if I can’t grow that lead.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, Sept. 26

PHILADELPHIA at Green Bay

Sunday, Sept. 29

Tennessee at ATLANTA

NEW ENGLAND at Buffalo

KANSAS CITY at Detroit

Oakland at INDIANAPOLIS

LA CHARGERS at Miami

Washington at NY GIANTS

Cleveland at BALTIMORE

Carolina at HOUSTON

Tampa Bay at LA RAMS

SEATTLE at Arizona

MINNESOTA at Chicago

JACKSONVILLE at Denver

Dallas at NEW ORLEANS

Monday, Sept. 30

Cincinnati at PITTSBURGH

Week 3 record: 11-5

Season record: 33-14-1

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, Sept. 26

Philadelphia at GREEN BAY

Sunday, Sept. 29

TENNESSEE at Atlanta

NEW ENGLAND at Buffalo

KANSAS CITY at Detroit

Oakland at INDIANAPOLIS

LA CHARGERS at Miami

WASHINGTON at NY Giants

Cleveland at BALTIMORE

CAROLINA at Houston

Tampa Bay at LA RAMS

SEATTLE at Arizona

Minnesota at CHICAGO

Jacksonville at DENVER

DALLAS at New Orleans

Monday, Sept. 30

Cincinnati at PITTSBURGH

Week 3 record: 11-5

Season record: 31-16-1

Last modified on Thursday, 26 September 2019 08:53

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