Week 13 Patch Pick'Em

Fair Lawn residents Stuart Pace, Steve Brown,Rich Seibel and Zak Koeske make their fantasy football selections for the weekend

Welcome to the weekly Patch NFL Pick 'Em, where Fair Lawn residents and wannabe NFL prognosticators Stuart Pace, Steve Brown, Rich Seibel and Zak Koeske offer up their picks for three games each week and dish out a little fantasy football advice to boot.

If you'd like our opinion on fantasy roster moves, have a fantasy football question you'd like answered or would like to compete against us as a Guest Picker, email Patch NFL Pick 'Em at zak.koeske@patch.com

This week's Pick 'Em games:

  • Indianapolis Colts (7-4) @ Detroit Lions (4-7) -- Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) @ Denver Broncos (8-3) -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
  • Cincinnati Bengals (6-5) @ San Diego Chargers (4-7) -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to see this week's Patch Survivor picks.

Stuart Pace’s Game Picks:

Detroit, Denver and Cincinnati

Detroit Lions over Indianapolis Colts -- Jim Stafford don't like spiders and snakes. Matt Stafford don't like INTs and incompletes. This is a game between a team on the rise and a team that should have risen. Epic fail by the Lions this year and Jim Schwartz looks like he is having a coronary every game. But this is the Lions on 10 days rest after getting SCREWED by the refs. Taking the home team to teach Luck a lesson. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Denver Broncos over Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Greg Schiano will not have an answer for Peyton Manning. As well as the Bucs are playing, they are facing a playoff team for the second week in a row. Freeman is good, but Peyton is better. If this were in Florida, I would take a chance on Tampa. Confidence Level: 2

Cincinnati Bengals over San Diego Chargers -- Norv stands for "Needs On-site Recreational Vehicle" someplace he can pack his things and get out of town in. Rivers' funky delivery and lack of fire dooms one of the worst coaches ever in the NFL. Remind me why San Diego fired Marty after going 14-2? Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Upset of the Week

Miami Dolphins over New England Patriots -- I'm calling it right here. Dolphins to defeat Brady and Patriots with a valiant defensive effort!

Sleeper of the Week

Cecil Shorts, WR (JAC) -- As long as Henne doesn't soil his shorts, Cecil should have another busy day against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has been a sieve lately on D and Henne has a rapport with this kid.

Bust of the Week

Russell Wilson, QB (SEA) --Bears at home, licking their chops. Stop the run of Marshawn Lynch and Wilson becomes average. 

Steve Brown’s Picks:

Indianapolis, Denver and Cincinnati

Indianapolis Colts over Detroit Lions -- The Colts now have two cheerleaders who look like Sinead O’Connor, but at least they shaved their heads in support of Chuck Pagano. Tough game here, the Lions might have trouble coming up with a new way to lose this game, but I think they will manage. A weak secondary and a hot young QB spell a Lucky day for the Colts. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident) 

Denver Broncos over Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- No more Yo Ho Ho for me now its Yippee Kayay! Schiano may have asked to much of Connor Barth trying that 56-yarder late against the Falcons…I guess it is man overboard for me as I leave the Bucs ship and start riding the Broncos. Confidence Level: 2 

Cincinnati Bengals over San Diego Chargers -- Simple gambling rule of thumb: Always bet on the team that still cares agaisnt a team that doesn't. Philip Rivers once had an offensive line, LT, Vincent Jackson and a healthy Antonio Gates. Now he has fond memories and a lot of bruises. Give me the Bengals by hope against those that are hopeless. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Upset of the Week

Washington Redskins over New York Giants - To be truthful I don't love any upsets this week, but I do remember it took a miracle catch by Victor Cruz to put the Redskins away when they played early this year at the Meadowlands. The Skins look to be seriously on the ascent and it may just be one good offseason and draft before they own the NFC east. Their time isn't here yet but it may be close enough that they win this one at home. And yes I did see the Giants dismantle the Packers last week so no need for any comments about it.

Sleeper of the Week

Knowshon Moreno, RB (DEN) -- Last week I called him Knowplay Moreno and touted Ronnie Hillman, oopsie! This week I'll take Knowshon from the Mighty Middletown South Eagles to carry the load against the Bucs and likely put up another 100 + total yardage game.

Bust of the Week

Jay Cutler, QB (CHI) -- And if you buy that I will give you Brandon Marshall free of charge. Yes, two Bears Busts for the price of one. Just pay separate shipping and handling charges for the BM I'm going to send you. (please cut that after the word "Charges" Zak)....Seattle has young fast pass rushers and the Bears have a Swiss cheese offensive line and a vested interest in keeping Cutler from getting cut up, concussed and cuffed around which would leave them Campbelled again. Expect a health does of Forte and Bush as the Bears hope to keep Jay OK to Play another day.    

Rich Seibel's Picks:

Detroit, Denver and San Diego

Detroit Lions over Indianapolis Colts -- While I like what Luck has done at 7-4, I think they are maxed out. Meanwhile, as much as the Colts have overperformed the Lions have underperformed. Detroit at 4-7 is a train wreck, but at home the bookies have them favored by 4.5 and I think they will win big, finally. Confidence Level: 2 

Denver Broncos over Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Mile High is a mile high and a very difficult stadium to come into and win. The Bucs from Florida will have a very tough time and are an underdog by 7. Bucs go down with the ship. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

San Diego Chargers over Cincinnati Bengals -- The Bengals are favored by 1.5 and the Chargers are another group of under achievers at 4-7. However, this is a long way to go for Cincinnati and they are due for a big letdown. Chargers by 3. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Upset of the Week

San Diego Chargers over Cincinnati Bengals -- I think the Bengals are up and comers, but I see a big letdown in the near future and this is it.

Sleeper of the Week

A.J. Jenkins, WR (SF) -- Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter are done. That can only mean one thing, here come the rookies. A.J. Jenkins and CK7 connect deep and often and a new Niners legend is born.

Bust of the Week

Sam Bradford, QB (STL) -- Bradford is facing a different Niners team than he did three short weeks ago. The new QB on the Niners makes the entire team better, especially the defense. I like Bradford, I think he is underrated but there may be a false sense of confidence here as an angry Niners defense looks to make another statement on the road.  

Zak Koeske's picks:

Detroit, Denver and Cincinnati

Detroit Lions over Indianapolis Colts -- When in doubt, go with the home team. Despite the Lions' poor record, they've been in every game they've played this year and have played some strong teams tough at home. Coming off two straight excruciatingly tough home losses, this one is a must-win for Detroit if they want to maintain even the faintest of hopes about sneaking into the playoffs. With the exception of wideout Titus Young, they'll be laying it all on the line on Sunday. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Denver Broncos over Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- His schedule has been pretty soft and he's lost some of the zip on his throws, but at 36 and one year removed from a career-threatening injury, it's hard not to be impressed by Peyton Manning. Statistically, he's in the midst of the second best season of his 15-year career. Tampa Bay is an exciting young team that certainly has the firepower to pull an upset, but I'll take the savvy veteran at home to torpedo the upstart Bucs. Confidence Level: 2

Cincinnati Bengals over San Diego Chargers -- Efficiency is the name of the game for Andy Dalton, who's thrown for only 639 yards in his last three games, but racked up 9 touchdowns without an interception over that span. He should continue rolling on Sunday against the dispirited Chargers, who have now lost six of seven. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Upset of the Week

Tennessee Titans over Houston Texans -- Going out on a limb here, but the Texans have looked incredibly shaky the past two weeks against lesser opponents and it's only a matter of time before they lose to one. The Titans may be able to eke one out at home with Houston looking ahead to New England next week.

Sleeper of the Week

Beanie Wells, RB (ARI) -- You could do a lot worse than to start Beanie Wells this week. Reinstated from IR last week, Wells cemented his status as the Cards' top back by scoring two touchdowns. Expect Arizona to rely on him near the goal line again this week with an inexperienced signal caller under center.

Bust of the Week

Ryan Mathews, RB (SD) -- What has happened to Ryan Mathews this season? He's yet to record a 100-yard game and has scored only one rushing touchdown on the year. Don't expect more than another middling 70-yard performance against the Bengals this week.


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