MFST’s NFL Pick’em: Thursday Night Picks
Welcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season.
Standings after Week 2
Dan Schalk: 21-10
Brandon Reid: 23-8
Orlando Torres: 17-14
Something new we are running this week through the end of the season is adding our own “celebrity picker” which will bring another challenger to the race. The “celebrity pickers” will rotate each week to see how they fare against the MFP crew. Each week, we will tally up their picks and one “celebrity picker”will be crowned the best of the rest.
This week our celebrity picker is no other than MFST’s own Casey Birch….
Thursday Night Picks
LA Rams (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (0-2)
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. Honestly, I do not have the slightest clue who will win this game. I like the Rams defense, but the Washington backfield ran through them last week. I think both starting QB’s are nothing more than career backups, but Brian Hoyer has looked especially painful. My head says Aaron Donald with one game under his belt will return to form and dominate the trenches. Give me the Rams…I guess.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. The Rams are still the Rams and I’m still not buying Jared Goff. Plus, every Thursday night pick I have made so far has been wrong. The 49ers did play tough at Seattle last week, so I’ll go with the slight upset.
Orlando Torres: San Francisco 49ers. Thursday nights are ugly games and both times this season the underdog/road team has won each time. However, even after seeing Gurley look good and Cooper Kupp continues to see targets, I’m going with the Niners at home because I love what Carlos Hyde brought against a stiff Seattle defense, and I think their defense can stop the Rams in an ugly game.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): LA Rams. Welcome to the second edition of Thursday Night Football: The Toilet Bowl. This game doesn’t hold much more promise than last week’s Cincinnati vs. Houston matchup. Let’s hope that at least one of the teams can manage a passing touchdown. In evenly matched rivalry games it’s best practice to pick the home team. But let’s be honest, San Francisco really isn’t that far from Los Angeles. In addition, the Rams home stadium is usually half-filled, with a majority of the fans rooting for the away team anyway. So let’s remove the home-field advantage factor from this game. In the first two weeks the Rams have been much improved and more consistent than last season. Jared Goff hasn’t been turning over the ball often and Todd Gurley is looking more like the running back we knew in 2015. On the other side, the 49ers are struggling to find any offensive momentum. Brian Hoyer has done everything in his power to remind fans why he’s been nothing more than a journeyman quarterback throughout his career. Both defensive units look fairly stout, but with some key players unavailable due to injury, the 49ers are going to get outdone by Rams and fall to 0-3 to start the season.