By Mike Thayer
Football is my favorite sport. On Saturday's, Sunday's, Monday nights and Thursday nights, you most likely will find me in front of a TV watching games or at the very least paying close attention to game updates on a tablet or cell phone.
Week four of the 2019 NFL season is now in the history books and my Bears, yes, I'm a Bears fan, took care of the Vikings 16-6 on Sunday.
With the accuracy of "professional" predictions for game outcomes this season being all over the place and not really playing out as hyped after three weeks of play, I said to myself, "What the heck, I'm throwing all football analysis, Vegas odds, so-called guru expertise, scheduling, home/away, injury lists, insider information and commentary, etc., for picking games out the window."
For the rest of the season I decided, I'm picking game winners by what mascot would logically kick the other mascot's butt. Surely it can't be any worse than the guessing game that is NFL game prognostication.
I went 7-7 in my NFL week four games. Not a winning record, but at 7-7, actually better than some of those so-called experts we watch on TV.
Here's the Week 5 Schedule and my predictions:
Thursday Night Game,10/03 - - Rams vs. Seahawks: The herd scurries for cover from the dive bombing Seahawks.
Sunday Games, 10/06:
Jets vs. Eagles: The Jets never get off the ground, Eagles fly to victory.
Jaguars vs. Panthers: In a battle of big cats, Jaguars prove superior.
Vikings vs. Giants: Viking numbers and their weapons are too much for the Giants.
Falcons vs. Texans: I'll try this for the second week in a row, don't mess with Texas.
Buccaneers vs. Saints: This is almost a good vs. evil matchup..... I'm thinking swords and guns outmatch a team working with a quarterback prayer.
Bills vs. Titans: The herd is squashed before they can stampede.
Cardinals vs. Bengals: A lame bird vs. a tiger. So far Cincinnati has been a paper tiger, but perhaps the claws will finally come out for this one.
Patriots vs. Redskins: Muskets over arrows.
Ravens vs. Steelers: The Steeler fire is not hot enough to prevent the Ravens from bringing out their inner Alfred Hitchcock.
Bears vs. Raiders (London): I'm a Bears fan. da Bears.
Broncos vs. Chargers: A bucking horse is no match for lightning.
Packers vs. Cowboys: Packers bring box cutters to a gun fight.
Colts vs. Chiefs: Chiefs tame the young horses.
Monday Night Football, 10/07 - Browns vs. 49'ers: Another gold rush is happening in California.
It's going to be another entertaining week of NFL football! Let's see if I improve on my mascot prediction record of 7-7. Remember, my record is better than how some of the analyst pros are forecasting outcomes, 'jus say'n.
Enjoy the games my friends!