Saturday, October 8, 2011

Munch's Hunches: NFL Week 5

Greetings Stunt Dad Nation and welcome to week 5 of the NFL 2011 season.

The Detroit Lions are 4-0? Michael Vick has more rushing yards than Chris Johnson? Brett Favre will be in a Colts, err, Dolphins jersey by November? It's been a wild month and will continue to get crazier throughout the year, starting with new weekly Stunt Dad feature called Munch's Hunches.

As some of you may know, my son Munch has 2 great loves in his young life: football and animals.

He has not missed a week of football this year and can now correctly identify a lion, zebra, tiger, and monkey in his favorite picture book. That said, all of us here at Stunt Dad are encouraging this little fella to combine these (2) passions to become the world's youngest sports betting expert.

Each week, we will pit my son (Munch) vs. Stunt Dad by selecting 3 games for Munch to give us his hunch. (1) game from the 1pm ET games, (1) game from the 4pm ET games, and (1) game from either of the 8 ET Sunday or Monday games. Stunt Dad will analyze Munch's selection and either approve or not approve the selection. At the end of the NFL season, we will either be calling the Guinness Book of World Records or introducing Munch to baseball.

Without further ado — here....we....go......

The Early Game
  • Match-Up: Kansas City at Indianapolis
  • Rationale: As leading contenders in the Andrew Luck Lottery, we'd like to see just how far these two 2010 playoff teams have fallen off the map.
  • Munch's Hunch: Ponies have shiny fur. Go Colts!
  • StuntDad Diatribe: Saddle up and ride, the Kid is spot on. When KC said goodbye Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL, they also bid adieu their season. Sure, the Chiefs beat the Vikings last week, but I know 9 kids at Munch's daycare that could put on pads and eventually knock Donovan McNabb out of a game. Everyone knows that Todd Haley has an unorthodox coaching style, but he's now calling Matt Cassel names on the sidelines now? Name calling? Really? Sunday will be Curtis Painter's coming out party. He'll be good for +300 yards with touchdowns to Wayne and Garcon in this week's Toilet Bowl. Indy wins 30-17.
The Late Game
  • Match-Up: Tampa Bay at San Francisco
  • Rationale: These teams are both leading their divisions at 3-1, which is typically an automatic Game of the Week in my book. But, am I the only one who finds this match-up as exciting as listening to the joint broadcasting team of Joe "Don't Call Me Jack" Buck and Troy "One Too Many Concussions" Aikman?
  • Munch's Hunch: Pirates are scary and fog makes me sleepy. Go Bucs!
  • StuntDad Diatribe: Argh, rookie mistake by mistake by the Kid. I have Josh Freeman and Mike Williams on my fantasy football team, which says enough right there, as I'm 1-3. Former number 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith is still a major bust, but not quite Ryan Leaf bust—yet. (and just for fun Niner fans, Aaron Rodgers was picked number 25 that year—just sayin'!) The difference in this game will be defense, and the Niners have one of the league's best. They are 4th against the run, and that is all Tampa has, or had, after Patrick Willis gets finished with them in this week's Snooze Bowl. SF eeks to 4-1 with a 24-21 win.

The Night Game
  • Match-Up: Chicago at Detroit
  • Rationale: (1) It's Monday Night Football. (2) No one has paid the city of Detroit at any attention since—well, never really— but the Lions actually look good this year. (3) In fact, they look REALLY good.
  • Munch's Hunch: My Teddy's name is Lovie. Go Bears!
  • StuntDad Diatribe: Once again, I'm going with the Kid. Truth be told, this is a more of homer vote, but if the offensive line can give Jay Cutler any time at all in the pocket, then we could see a Mike Martz Miracle in the Motor City (holy alliteration!). There is just something about the history of Detroit Lion football that won't let me say they will be 5-0 with any confidence. They have an amazing offense, killer front four, and two major comebacks in the past two weeks, but - come on - IT'S THE LIONS. Regardless, this will be what Monday Night Football is all about. Division rivals, high scoring offenses, and punishing defenses in this week's Black and Blue Bowl. Bears in a shocker 34-31.
Now, we turn to StuntDad Nation on your thoughts on these and other games from around the league. Likes, dislikes, hits, & misses?
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