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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:05

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 7

Holy s—t.

In the years since I started Kibbles and Picks, I’ve grown accustomed to the notion that my dog is better at picking winners than I am. It’s not a great feeling, mind you, but it is one that I’ve gotten used to.

However, every once in a while, there’s a week where she just lays the smack down in such a brutally thorough manner that I find myself wondering why I put myself through this week after week, season after season.

We were at odds on six games in Week 6. I was correct on exactly one of them – Stella nailed the other five. That means that I’ve gone from a tie to a four-game deficit in a single Sunday. And if the Buccaneers had managed to pull off a comeback, it would have been a shutout.

And with the byes coming faster, the opportunities to catch up are going to become fewer. This week, for instance, we’re going head-to-head in just five games. The only way I can fully catch up is to sweep them, but honestly, any gain will be welcome.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:26

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 6

It was only a matter of time.

I had been maintaining my slim single-game lead over Stella through the past couple of weeks, but Week 5 finally gave her the chance to close that gap. She went 10-5 for the week – one game better than my 9-6 – and so we are now all tied up, thanks to an ugly victory by the Texans over the Cowboys that gave her four wins to my three across the seven games on which we differed.

This time through, we’re at odds on six games. Usually, things stay pretty close, but the truth is that one of us could make a serious move if we go on a run within that half-dozen.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:15

Brees eclipses Manning’s yardage record

There’s a new all-time NFL leader in passing yardage.

In an Oct. 8 game against the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees became the most prolific passer in the history of the NFL, passing Peyton Manning.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:02

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 5

That’s more like it.

After a solid performance in Week 4 from both sides – identical 10-5 records for Stella and myself – I maintain my slim one-game lead through the season’s one-quarter mark. We split the six games on which we differed – for the record, I had the Bears, Texans and Saints; Stella had the Cowboys, Raiders and Ravens.

As for Week 5, we’re at odds on almost half the slate – seven out of the 15 scheduled games.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:26

Patriots Progress Report 2018 – First Quarter

It seems like just yesterday that the Patriots were utterly failing to stop the Philadelphia Eagles offense in the Super Bowl. And yet here we are, already a quarter of the way through the new season.

It has been a rocky road for the Pats thus far – and that’s putting it in far gentler terms than some of the team’s more hardcore supporters might. It hasn’t been an outright dreadful start, but considering the expectations, 2-2 isn’t exactly great.

New England has only looked really good once so far, and that was against a suspect Miami team. They were OK at best against the Texans and worse than that against the Jags. And of course, they were awful against the Lions.

Add it all up and it starts to look like maybe this season won’t be the cakewalk to the playoffs that many of us anticipated. Still, what’s done is done – let’s look back at how we got here.

And now, ladies and gentlemen - the Progress Report.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:30

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 4

Not going to lie to you – that one was rough.

Neither Stella nor I had anything resembling a good week. However, since Stella’s was marginally less terrible than mine – she went 8-8 while I stumbled to 7-9 – she’s cut my lead down to a single game. And if the Steelers hadn’t pulled it out on Monday night, we would have been tied.

As for Week 4, we stand in opposition on six of the 15 games on the slate.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:23

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 3

All right then.

We maintained the status quo after Week 2. Stella and I both wound up with identical 9-6-1 records (yet another tie – we’re hoping we’re done with all of that, but considering how lousy the kicking has been across the board, we might be in for more).

On our differences of opinion, we both batted .500. I was right on three, she was right on three and then there was of course Green Bay/Minnesota. For the record, I predicted victories for the Chiefs, the Colts and the Cowboys, while Stella picked Cincinnati, Miami and Chicago to win.

This week, we’re again at odds on seven different games.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:48

Kibbles and Picks 2018 – Week 2

Obviously, this isn’t going to last.

Yes, I have a two-game lead over Stella after Week 1’s games, sitting at 11-4-1 to Stella’s 9-6-1 (thanks to the still-kind-of-inexplicable Browns/Steelers tie). But does anyone out there REALLY think that this is any kind of harbinger of what is to come?

Basically, the Jets blowing out the Lions on Monday night was the difference between the 5-3 head-to-head record I put up and a 4-4 wash. Doesn’t seem likely that I’ll get that lucky every week.

As for Week 2, Stella and I are at odds regarding seven games on the slate. A lot of them have me picking the road team, while Stella prefers home cooking; we’ll see if that comes back to bite me.

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 10:51

Kibbles and Picks 2018 - Week 1

With the NFL season set to kick off mere hours from now, it’s time for the continuation of what has become a football season tradition.

That’s right – Kibbles and Picks is here again. For the sixth year, I will be picking the winners of every NFL game this season. And for the sixth year, my dog Stella will also be making her picks. We’ll go head to head in a classic battle of man versus beast … although to be honest, it hasn’t been much of a battle – Stella has beaten me the last three years and four years out of five overall.

Every year, it becomes increasingly obvious that my dog is a far superior football pundit (pun-dog? pup-dit?) than I am. But I’ll be damned if I’ll let that stop me. Besides – I feel good about what I’m bringing to the table this year.

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