Last week’s winner, Smoot’s Yacht Rental, is deployed in Afghanistan, so he’s tardy with his prize, which is a guest post. Like he gives a shit.
I do want to say, though, that we’re honored and delighted to have a reader over there. Let’s hope the Skins win on Sunday to give him a little joy.
Now, on with the picks. The way it works is our staff posts predictions before each game, and you’re encouraged to do the same. Whichever reader comes closest to nailing the outcome (winner plus score) gets to post whatever they want the following week.
Matt Terl: Rams, 24-10
I can’t put my finger on why, but I’ve got a really bad feeling about this one. I hate the matchup against 0-3 teams, especially when the 0-3 team in question didn’t expect to be terrible — I think the possibility of not getting a win in the first quarter of the season makes players and coaches desperate. And maybe I’m just scarred from the trip to St. Louis last year, or the Rams’ visit to FedEx in 2008, or even the matchup in 2009 which managed to somehow be a demoralizing win for the Redskins. Whatever the reason: bad feeling about Sunday.
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 27-13
The winless Rams have been pretty awful this season. They are scoring 12 points per game, while allowing 32 per game, second-worst in the NFL. It’s hard to imagine the Skins defense, which has been among the stingiest in the league so far, letting St. Louis light it up against them. And their offense has moved the ball effectively enough that they should be able to put up more than enough points to win. While this feels like the proverbial “trap game,” all signs point to an easy Washington win en route to a 3-1 first quarter of the season.
Andy Peden: Rams, 24-20
I hate this game. I’m already having flashbacks to the Pete Kendall fumble before half game. That Rams game, I believe, was right before the bye week and that Rams team, like this one, was terrible. So I’m going with Rams 24-20. FML
JP Finlay: Redskins, 31-16
The Skins get back to what worked for most of the game Monday night. Run the ball, make tackles and don’t all out blitz on 3rd & 21. The defense comes out fired up and batters poor Sam Bradford. Hightower and Helu combine for 150 yards, Rex only has one turnover to go with two touchdowns, and the Skins win with relative ease.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 35-10
Classic trap game, boring stadium, a team that’s way better than their record. All the elements for a standard Synder-regime meltdown. Times are changing and the cold, heartless style it really takes to win in the world of Shanahan begins to show. No doubt about it.
Jack Kogod: Rams, 23-17
I believe in nothing.
Me: Redskins, 27-16
Composite prediction: Redskins, 24-18