As the old saying goes, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family.”
Thankfully though, you can also pick NFL games. This week, we at Grubb Hub were invited along with other local St. Louis celebrities that have no doubt been on national television at one time or another to take part in the Charter Football Contest.
We thought it would be fun to put our unlimited NFL knowledge and wisdom to test. After all, we were the ones that predicted that Josh McDingleberry would run the Denver Broncos into the ground after trading Jay Cutler to the Bears for no good reason. And look how right we were there!
Actually, the jury is still out on that one. You can do all the fist-pumping you want Josh, it’s still only six wins. Save your fist-pumping for when you win something that matters.
Anyway, feel free to enter the contest yourself and join all the local celebrities at the Fox & the Hound in Chesterfield Sunday, Nov. 8, from noon to 4:00pm. Your picks might even turn out to be smarter than ours! (Not likely)
So without further hors d’oeuvres here’s Grubb Hub’s NFL Week 9 Picks:
Washington at Atlanta
For a guy that thought he could simply buy a championship, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder picked the wrong sport. Sorry Daniel, that’s Major League Baseball that hands out its titles to the highest bidder. In the NFL, you have to win with the guys you draft, and the guys you draft suck. You might also want to try not changing your coach every year. He’s not the problem. The guy that hired him is.
Falcons 27, Redskins 10
Baltimore at Cincinnati
If not for a lucky, one-in-a-million, BS tipped pass in Week 1, the Bengals would be 6-1, and flaming cars would be getting overturned in downtown Denver right about now. Cincinnati has experienced a resurgence, thanks primarily to the newly found health of quarterback Carson Palmer, and the newly found desire of running back Cedric Benson. This week, the Bengals move to 7-1…I mean 6-2.
Bengals 34, Ravens 31
Houston at Indianapolis
The Colts are undefeated. Gary Kubiak’s Houston squad has been better than advertised. But only an idiot (or a clairvoyant) would go against Peyton Manning and Co.
Colts 34, Houston 20
Kansas City at Jacksonville
This is a match up of two pretty terrible teams. However, Jacksonville is clearly less terrible, and also at home. The 30,000 or so Jaguars fans with nothing better to do on a sunny Florida afternoon should will them to victory.
Jaguars 20, Chiefs 10
Miami at New England
We at Grubb Hub like quarterback Chad Henne. He’s big, got a strong arm, and throws a good deep ball. You know, all the things Josh McDaniels hates. Even though he’s been statistically up and down, the Dolphins offense has exploded since he’s taken the reigns. Could it be because defenses have to loosen up on Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams now that Miami has discovered the forward pass? And so, in summation, New England wins.
Patriots 24, Dolphins 19
Green Bay at Tampa Bay
Back in the day, the Battle of the Bays used to be a biannual rite of passage…that no one ever saw. Unless of course, you happened to be a part of the CBS’s worst broadcast team in the 1980’s and early 90’s. At 0-7, the Buccaneers proudly carry on that tradition of ineptitude. Unfortunately, Green Bay does not.
Packers 28, Buccaneers 14
Arizona at Chicago
Jay Cutler carves up the Cardinals and their 20th-ranked pass defense. He does it by throwing something other than a wide receiver screen. The Bears will get their fifth win, but head coach Lovie Smith will resist the temptation to do the quadruple fist pump like a lunatic because he knows it’s only five wins.
Bears 28, Cardinals 24
Lock of the Week: Pittsburgh at Denver
Denver scores twice on tipped Kyle Orton passes that fall magically into the hands of Bronco receivers for touchdowns. Eddie Royal returns both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown. Josh McDaniels strains his bicep from over-fist pumping. Actually, Denver is playing a quality Pittsburgh team. So as long as every break in the world does not go its way, Denver will lose, and its offense will look extremely boring in doing so.
Steelers 24, Broncos 10
The Best of the Rest of Week 9:
Cowboys 31, Eagles 27
Saints 38, Panthers 13
Seahawks 24, Lions 14
Titans 21, 49ers 17
Giants 27, Chargers 24