RSO Staff Picks: Week 6

Updated: October 13th 2018

Week 5 Results

T1. English – 9-6

T1. Papson – 9-6

T1. Wendell 9-6

Overall Standings

1.  English – 45-31-2

2. Papson – 44-32-2

3. Wendell 41-35-2

For the second straight week, everyone goes 9-6 and gets there a bunch of different ways. Chiefs and Rams remain undefeated and the BROWNS get a big home win (in OT of course) to improve to 2-2-1, which ties them for last with the Steelers in the tight AFC North (Bengals lead at 4-1). Tom Brady looks ageless and there is simply no way the Patriots lose the AFC East (although he will have a tough test in Foxboro this weekend as Patrick Mahomes and the undefeated Chiefs come to town). The Titans have hung around and scratched out three wins in the AFC South, but I think the Jaguars are the best team and will be in first come the end of the season. With a big win against the Giants on TNF, the Eagles are back atop the NFC East, where I think they remain by going just 10-6 and taking care of weaker opponents in their division. The Bears are perhaps the biggest surprise so far this year at 3-1 and favored on the road this week against 3-2 Miami. Speaking of ageless, Drew Brees deserves as much praise as Brady, as he has the Saints 4-1 and Mark Engram back from suspension. The Panthers will give them a run for their money, but Saints look like a playoff team for sure. Lots to unfold still with only five weeks plus a game in the books. Here are our picks for Week 6:

NFL Game Picks

Game

Wendell

Papson

English

PHI @ NYG

TB @ ATL

PIT @ CIN

LAC @ CLV

SEA @ OAK

CHI @ MIA

ARI @ MIN

IND @ NYJ

CAR @ WAS

BUF @ HOU

LAR @ DEN

JAX @ DAL

BAL @ TEN

KC @ NE

SF @ GB

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RSO Staff Picks: Week 5

Updated: October 7th 2018

Week 4 Results

T1. English – 9-6

T1. Papson – 9-6

T1. Wendell 9-6

Overall Standings

1.  English – 36-25-2

2. Papson – 35-26-2

3. Wendell 32-29-2

Lots of different picks from us, but the end record is the same, as we all go 9-6 on the week and the overall standings stay the same. Through the quarter pole of the season, there are only two undefeated teams left in the NFL, the Rams and the Chiefs. The Arizona Cardinals are the only team that does not have a win. Shaping up to be a wild and unpredictable season for sure. Huge AFC game today as the Jags take that great defense to Arrowhead against the current the MVP through four games of the NFL season, Patrick Mahomes. The Steelers (1-2-1) and the Falcons (1-3) are in an absolute playoff like must-win game at Heinz Field today. Here are our picks for the week (we all had the Pats on Thursday night).

NFL Game Picks

Game

Wendell

Papson

English

TEN @ BUF

MIA @ CIN

BAL @ CLV

GB @ DET

JAX @ KC

DEN @ NYJ

ATL @ PIT

NYG @ CAR

OAK @ LAC

MIN @ PHI

ARI @ SF

LAR @ SEA

DAL @ HOU

WAS @ NO

IND @ NE

Everyone enjoy the games in Week 3 and best of luck this week in your leagues!

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RSO Staff Picks: Week 4

Updated: September 27th 2018

Week 3 Results

1. English – 8-8

2. Papson – 7-9

3. Wendell 6-10

Overall Standings

1.  English – 27-19-2

2. Papson – 26-20-2

3. Wendell 23-23-2

Rough week for us with several big upsets, including the Browns getting their first W in over 600 days. Other big upsets included Redskins holding home turf against the Packers, the Bills going on the road to Minnesota for the win destroying survivor pool hopes across the country, the Giants getting a big W on the road in Houston, the Titans getting a HUGE road win at Jacksonville, and the Lions getting Matt Patricia his first win against his former Patriots. Once the dust settled, Kyle won the week going an even 8-8, giving him the year long lead at 27-19-2, one game ahead of Matt, and four games ahead of me at a very mediocre 23-23-2. Week 4 kicks off tonight with Vikings on the road against the formidable Rams. You will have a myriad of options to watch tonight as Amazon Prime begins its coverage, including the first all female broadcast team with Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer calling the game. Here are our picks for the week:

NFL Game Picks

Game

Wendell

Papson

English

MIN @ LAR

PHI @ TEN

NYJ @ JAX

MIA @ NE

HOU @ IND

BUF @ GB

DET @ DAL

TB @ CHI

CIN @ ATL

SEA @ ARI

CLV @ OAK

NO @ NYG

SF @ LAC

BAL @ PIT

KC @ DEN

Everyone enjoy the games in Week 3 and best of luck this week in your leagues!

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RSO Staff Picks: Week 3

Updated: September 20th 2018

Week 2 Results

T1. English – 10-5-1

T1. Wendell 10-5-1

3. Papson – 9-6-1

Overall Standings

T1. English – 19-11-2

T1. Papson – 19-11-2

3. Wendell 17-13-2

Solid week for all of us with another crazy tie thrown into the mix. Definitely a weird first couple weeks of the season. Personally, I watched a lot of the Saints-Browns game and if Zane Gonzalez is still a kicker in the NFL by the end of the year, he has more mental fortitude than most humans. Just an excruciating game for him and another heartbreaking loss for the Browns, who are still looking for their first win in about 650 calendar days. Other surprises…FitzMagic knocks off the SB Champions and may have cemented the starting position until he regresses to the mean (would you take him out if you were the head coach?), the Dolphins are 2-0 and look pretty decent, Patrick Mahomes is on pace to be the best QB ever (and with Andy Reid as his coach, this could get real fun to watch), Rams are as good as last year and the Cardinals are just plain awful, Jon Gruden’s Raiders can’t get to Las Vegas soon enough, the Bears Defense led by Khalil Mack is the real deal, and the Jaguars are probably the best team in the AFC. It’s been two weeks, but with the NFL, extrapolation with little data is the name of the game. We start tonight with the Browns looking for a big win at home with Sam Darnold’s Jets coming to town. Here are our picks (Mr. Papson is on an island a bunch down there – could be a big week for him if things work out):

NFL Game Picks

Game

Wendell

Papson

English

NYJ @ CLV

NO @ ATL

SF @ KC

OAK @ MIA

BUF @ MIN

IND @ PHI

GB @ WAS

CIN @ CAR

TEN @ JAX

DEN @ BAL

NYG @ HOU

LAC @ LAR

CHI @ ARI

DAL @ SEA

NE @ DET

PIT @ TB

Everyone enjoy the games in Week 3 and best of luck this week in your leagues!

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RSO Staff Picks: Week 2

Updated: September 13th 2018

Week 1 Results & Overall Standings

1. Papson 10-5-1 

2. English – 9-6-1

3. Wendell – 7-8-1

Mr. Papson picks up right where he left off last season with the best record this week, which is traditionally a tough week to pick games as you just never know who is new and improved and who is not. We will all have a tie on our records for the year and the Browns scratched out an impressive tie against the Steelers. Other surprises included a one-legged Aaron Rodgers coming from way behind to beat the Bears (well I guess that is not a surprise if you are a Bears fan), Dallas looking abysmal in Carolina, the new look Redskins going on the road and trouncing the Cardinals, the Bucs/Saints combining for nearly 100 points with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm in TB, and the Jimmy G show getting a reality check against one of the league’s best defenses in Minnesota. Great storylines from Week 1 and even more to develop as we look to Week 2 with a classic AFC North battle between two 1-0 teams tonight between Baltimore and Cincinnati to kick us off. Our picks for the week are below:

NFL Game Picks

Game

Wendell

Papson

English

BAL @ CIN

PHI @ TB

CAR @ ATL

SD @ BUF

MIN @ GB

HOU @ TEN

CLV @ NO

MIA @ NYJ

KC @ PIT

IND @ WAS

ARI @ LAR

DET @ SF

OAK @ DEN

NE @ JAX

NYG @ DAL

SEA @ CHI

Everyone enjoy the games in Week 2 and best of luck this week in your leagues!

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RSO Staff Picks: Week 1

Updated: September 6th 2018

And. We. Are. Back. The NFL season kicks off tonight in the City of Brotherly Love as Matt and my beloved Eagles play host to the Atlanta Falcons in a playoff rematch from last year. With Carson Wentz not back from injury yet, Nick Foles gets the opportunity to prove that last year’s magical run was not a fluke and that with our without him at the helm, the Eagles are a true threat to defend their Super Bowl Championship in 2018-19. In this post last year, we spoke about Tom Brady and getting back to the Super Bowl game, which he did, coming up just short but playing one of the best games by a QB ever (not just in a Super Bowl). Which teams will surprise in 2018 and which familiar squads from last year’s playoff picture will make another run? Cannot wait to find out. As we have in prior years, Matt, Kyle and I will pick each game every week of the season (the rest of the writers will join us for the playoffs). Matt won again last season in an extremely tight year long race where every one of us had a really solid win-loss record. We look to get off to a hot start again this year with our Week 1 picks, which are below. Enjoy the games!

NFL Game Picks

Game Wendell Papson English

ATL @ PHI

PIT @ CLV

CIN @ IND

TEN @ MIA

SF @ MIN

HOU @ NE

patriots patriots

TB @ NO

JAX @ NYG

BUF @ BAL

KC @ LAC

SEA @ DEN

WAS @ ARI

DAL @ CAR

CHI @ GB

NYJ @ DET

LAR @ OAK

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