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Posted on: October 22, 2009 11:28 am
 

Week 7 Picks

Many of my ridiculous picks looked brilliant last week, giving me a 10-4 boost... overall record is at 49-40.  Shall I be equally as ridiculous this week?  All I know is that this week has a bunch of good games, my favorite being the Steelers and Vikings game, at Heinz Field.  The Steelers have come back from a 1-2 start, winning three straight, while the Vikings beat a very good Ravens team last week.  Anyways, here are the picks, according to the line as of Thursday:

Green Bay (-6.5) over Cleveland.  As bad as the Packers offensive line may be, the Browns as a whole are pretty bad.  After shutting out the Lions, I could easily see the Packers winning another 20+ point game.  With no answer for their quarterback position, how do the Browns put up enough points?  Yeah, they scored well against the Steelers, but the Steelers cannot close games this year. 

San Francisco (+3.5) over Houston.  Many people are quickly jumping off the 49ers bandwagon, but I still like their chances.  Houston has been wildly inconsistent, and I think a strong ball control team could beat them this week.  With Frank Gore, the 49ers can control the clock, and keep the ball away from Shaub.  Plus, Crabtree might have an impact.

Kansas City (+4.5) over San Diego.  I really like the chances of the Chiefs pulling this one out, especially at home.  The Chargers have a ton of weapons, and are probably the smart pick in this game, but the Chiefs have been looking better and better every week.  Both teams basically have to win to stay in playoff contention.

Indianapolis (-13) over St. Louis.  I think that Steven Jackson will finally get his first TD, and the Rams offense will probably score more than their 9 point average per game... but it still won't matter.  With two weeks of rest and preparation, Peyton Manning will be able to pick apart their defense even easier.

Tampa Bay (+14) over New England.  This is an unpopular pick, but hear me out.  The Patriots will still win this game, but there are too many factors in this one (being in London) to not take these points, at least in my eyes.  I just don't see the Patriots blowing a team out two weeks in a row, even if it is the Bucs.

Minnesota (+4) over Pittsburgh.  I've been doing very well picking against the Steelers because they usually win it in close games (relative to the spread), so I'll do it again.  Like in previous weeks, the Steelers will probably win the game, but they can't close.  Favre usually takes advantage of those types of teams...

Buffalo (+7.5) over Carolina.  This is a funny pick because I love the Panthers running game, and still have faith in Jake Delhomme.  The Panthers can't win big, though, and I like Fitzpatrick.  Bottom line, this is going to be a rushing game, and usually that means the score is going to be close.

New York Jets (-7) over Oakland.  Despite losing three in a row, the Jets defense will EASILY be able to handle JaMarcus Russell.  I'd be willing to say that Sanchez will be better (how can you get worse?) and Braylon Edwards will get the ball more often.  I picked the Raiders last week because I didn't like the Eagles defense, but the Jets D is much better.

Chicago (+1.5) over Cincinnati.  I strongly believe that the Bengals will not make it to the playoffs.  Why?  Yeah, they were a miracle play from starting 5-0, but look at their wins.  Benson and Ochocinco had to have an above average game in each, but they barely won.  Plus, losing Odom is bad when you're playing Forte and Cutler.

Atlanta (+3.5) over Dallas.  Dallas is favored?  Really?  They're something fundamentally wrong with that team, and I can't quite pinpoint it, but it has to do with Wade Phillips.  Bill Parcells left him with a dynamite team, and Phillips couldn't manage to win a playoff game.  Now the team is going downhill, and they'll be looking to hire Shanahan or Gruden next year.

Miami (+6.5) over New Orleans.  I'm a complete sucker for the wildcat.  Wildcat!  I actually don't know who will win this game, but I do know that Miami will try to control the ball.  This means a lower score for the Saints.  The Dolphins may lose just like they did against the Colts, but it will still be close.

Arizona (+7) over New York Giants.  I'm just terrible when it comes to Giants games.  It's probably because they're my favorite team, but I just hit it wrong every week.  Why am I taking the Cardinals?  The Giants secondary is banged up again, and Larry Fitzgerald is a beast.

Washington (+7) over Philadelphia.  I've always thought it was the playcalling that was the problem in Washington.  And their ownership.  And their ridiculous spending.  But still, a switch in the playcalling might take the Eagles by surprise, who are already reeling because of that awful loss in Oakland.

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Posted on: October 19, 2009 9:05 am
 

That Was Depressing...

Saints vs. Giants:

Looks like the Giants aren't as good as I thought!  Their defense was almost non-existent, and Eli did not look comfortable.  I can't even begin to express how disappointing that loss was.  And what the heck is wrong with Brandon Jacobs?  Bradshaw continues to play pretty well, but Jacobs just doesn't have the magic that he had last year.

Now I hate it when Patriots fans make excuses for why their team lost, so I'll try not to be "that guy," but there are a few (and I mean very few) good things to take away from this game.  First, the Giants have been so terribly banged up in their defense, that I think they could have held the Saints to a little less points.  Aaron Ross and Michael Boley both didn't play, and Kenny Phillips is out for the season.  Also, that is one brutal stadium to play in.  My hat is off to those Saints fans, they are truly the 12th man.

I also think that the Giants needed to be knocked back to Earth.  After playing 5 teams that probably won't make the playoffs, they needed some good competition, and they certainly got it from the Saints.

Also, the Eagles lost!  To the Raiders!  Are you kidding me?  I'm hoping the Eagles are truly THAT bad, because they play them in Week 8.

Other thoughts about the week:

Where to start?  I'm absolutely loving how well Favre is playing.  I've loved this guy since I was young, and can't stand it when people think he's "washed up" and an "egotistical maniac."  The guy was completely exploited by the media and his "indecision" was completely overexaggerated by the media.  Anyways... what a great game.  Many will point to the Vikings win as lucky, but being lucky is just a product of being well-prepared, and it seemed as though the Vikings were able to outplay the Ravens defense, at least early on.

I honestly don't think that the Ravens are as bad as their record indicates at 3-3.  The one thing they really have going against them is the strength of their division, even with the loss of the Bengals.  Just like that, the Steelers are tied for first!

As for the New England/Tennessee game... what the heck?  I originally got really angry at the Patriots for running up the score, but from what I can tell they actually tried to lay off, but the Titans defense was THAT bad.  I guess we can finally say that the Titans are just a bad team.  Brady looked comfortable too, which is a scary thought.

Bad Bad Games:

I've got to go back to the Eagles game, solely because I think it's hilarious.  It's great when Eagles fans think their defense is so fantastic, and then JaMarcus Russell, the worst QB in the NFL, puts up over 200 yards on you.  How can Andy Reid let that happen to Philly?  That was not McNabb's fault either, he had zero time in the pocket and their receivers did a poor job getting open.  The Raiders pass defense is actually a little above average.

Speaking of teams that shouldn't have won, how about those Bills?  They played poorly and didn't quite deserve to win, but Sanchez gave away that game.  Fitzpatrick wasn't great, but do you consider playing him instead of Trent Edwards?  At least Fitzpatrick tries to make plays to put them in a situation where they can win. 

Finally, it's nice to see Matt Cassel get a win, even if it is against the Redskins.  He is a pretty good quarterback but has no run support.  The Skins are just terrible too, from top to bottom.

Broncos vs. Chargers:

Since I have no allegiance to either team (besides fantasy players), I hope this is a close game.  Or perhaps a blowout so I can go to bed early.  Either way, I'm excited for this game, mostly because I want to see if the Broncos can go to 6-0 against a bitter AFC West rival.  They are the real deal, but can be considered one of the top 3 teams in the league if they win. 

Next Week:

Look at these great games... Minnesota at Pittsburgh, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Miami, Arizona at New York Giants, Atlanta at Dallas.  Plus, who doesn't want to see how many points the Colts can put up against the Rams?  Should be an interesting week, and I'm sure I'll somehow find a way to drown my sorrows from the Giants loss!


Posted on: September 15, 2009 8:43 pm
 

Week 2 Power Rankings

Though it's hard to gauge how good teams really are after one week, I've drafted my Power Rankings for the upcoming Week 2.  Enjoy!

32) St. Louis Rams (28).  They could give the 2008 Lions a run for their money.  The only shining light is that their defense was only slightly below average.

31) Detriot Lions (30).  I don't care if they put up 27 points, they were playing a terrible Saints defense.  Stafford didn't play well either.

30) Kansas City Chiefs (32).  They gain two spots only because they put up 24 points against a great Baltimore team.  It will be interesting to see how Cassel does in his return.

29) Cleveland Browns (31).  AP ran all over them, but they managed to initially make a game out of it.  Quinn will only get better, hopefully.

28) Cincinnati Bengals (23).  The Broncos defense is supposed to be bad, yet they only score 7 points.  They should have won, but even if they did they would still be down here.

27) Denver Broncos (29).  Though they barely won, they still need to vastly improve in order to challenge the Chargers for the division.

26) Houston Texans (16).  Boy was I wrong last week.  They looked terrible against the Jets, and Andre Johnson almost had no effect.  They have to bounce back next week.

25) Jacksonville Jaguars (24).  I don't know what to make of this game to be honest.  Their defense heldn the Colts to 14 points, but their offense looks very bad.

24) Oakland Raiders (27).  Great showing against San Diego.  I'm still not convinced they're an above average team, but I could very well be proved wrong in the next few weeks.

23) Miami Dolphins (20).  Turnovers killed them, which is something they avoided last year.  I don't see them repeating as division champs.

22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26).  Just like the Jaguars, I don't know where to place this team.  Dallas passed all over their defense, but they're offense looked better than anticipated.  Cadillac Williams looked amazing.

21) Arizona Cardinals (18).  Warner looked old.  They could easily lose 3-4 division games this year if they continue to play like that.

20) Buffalo Bills (22).  They were a fumble away from winning, and showed that their offense exists.  They should bounce back from that agonizing defeat next week against the Bucs.

19) Chicago Bears (15).  There's not a heck of a lot going for them after losing Urlacher and Cutler's terrible performance.  Less turnovers, more wins.

18) San Francisco 49ers (25).  Great win against the former division champs.  It may be them and the Seahawks contending for the top spot this year.

17) Washington Redskins (14).  They didn't show up offensively.  Campbell looked good at times, but their running game struggled.

16) Seattle Seahawks (19).  Hasselbeck is back.  Their defense really showed the Rams who's boss, but they'll face a tougher 49er defense next weekend.

15) Dallas Cowboys (21).  Tony Romo and Roy Williams showed that they meant business.  With a win next week they could be the team to beat in the NFC.

14) Carolina Panthers (6).  Wow, Jake Delhomme was bad.  If he plays poorly next weekend, they'll be looking for someone else to step up.

13) New Orleans Saints (13).  Same story as last year: their offense looked great, their defense looked bad.  They should not have let the Lions score that many points.

12) New York Jets (17).  Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan may save this team.  If they can win against the Pats next week, they could legitimately make a run at the playoffs.

11) Tennessee Titans (9).  Chris Johnson was held to minimal yardage, which hurt them.  The defense did look good, especially against the run.

10) Philadelphia Eagles (12).  What a blowout.  Their defense proved me wrong and make have taken Delhomme's starting job from him.

9) Minnesota Vikings (10).  It was close early on, but Peterson showed why he was ranked the best running back in the game.  Statistically, Favre played very efficiently.

8) Baltimore Ravens (11).  Although they played the Chiefs, Flacco seems to be avoiding the sophmore slump.  Ray Rice was stellar.

7) Atlanta Falcons (7).  Great win.  Matt Ryan looked solid, and the Gonzalez acquisition paid off.

6) Green Bay Packers (8).  Their offense should have scored more, but Rodgers clicked when he needed to.  How about that defense!

5) San Diego Chargers (4).  Though it was a close game, that will be the toughest division battle they face all year.  Hopefully LT will show up next week.

4) Indianapolis Colts (2).  I'll give them a mulligan for that close victory.  Their defense played well against MJD, but their offense needs to be more consistent.

3) New York Giants (5).  The score didn't indicate how well the Giants played against the Redskins.  They've got to improve their pass defense within the two-minute warning.

2) New England Patriots (3).  This may very well be more than they deserve, but we'll see how they fare against the Jets.

1) Pittsburgh Steelers (1).  Ben Roethlisberger was poised with no running game and constant pressure.  No matter who is injured on their defense, they have the depth to recover.

Posted on: September 2, 2009 10:43 pm
 

Preseason Power Rankings

Since the large majority of starters will not be playing in the fourth preseason game, I figure that now is as good a time as any to make my first power rankings of the 2009 NFL season.  They may slightly contradict earlier posts because of recent developments (Flacco being a stud, the Brandon Marshall saga, Favre, etc).  Anyways, here we go:

32) Kansas City Chiefs.  You know it's not looking good when you're starting QB may be out for a month and your offensive coordinator gets fired two weeks before the season.  Can we really expect too much from Larry Johnson?

31) Cleveland Browns.  This team just bothers me.  Dropped passes, inconsistent run game, and a Swiss cheese defense won't help Brady Quinn if he gets the nod.

30) Detroit Lions.  Sadly, this is a compliment.  They're making strides towards bolstering their offensive line, and not drafting another wide receiver.  Hopefully Stafford will be the bright light at the end of the very dark tunnel.

29) Denver Broncos.  What a mess.  Without Cutler, their passing attack is less intimidating.  Now, Brandon Marshall may not even be in a Bronco uniform.  These players just don't seem to like Josh McDaniels.

28) St. Louis Rams.  There is potential in St. Louis if three things happen: Jackson stays healthy, Bulger stays healthy, and Spagnuolo is able to motivate the defense.  If one of these things goes wrong, however, it'll be another disappointing season.

27) Oakland Raiders.  They are a very young team that, if healthy, could challenge the Chargers.  Russell needs to step it up and McFadden needs to complete 16 games.  Their organization is holding them back.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  This depends completely on quarterback play.  If Leftwich is able to lead their offense down the stretch, they might find themselves in the playoffs.  Facing them is a tough division, a below average defense, and uncertainty at running back.

25) San Francisco 49ers.  Too many question marks will keep them out of the playoffs this year.  Given a few more years, Mike Singletary may restore 49er glory.

24) Jacksonville Jaguars.  Though he wasn't the starter, the loss of Fred Jackson will force Maurice Jones-Drew to carry the ball more.  They also don't seem to have the all-around consistency to be a major threat.

23) Cincinnati Bengals.  Just like the Rams, they need three things to happen: Carson Palmer must play 16 games, Chad Ocho Cinco has to mature, and Cedric Benson must earn his paycheck.  Oh, and the defense needs to show up.  Four things.

22) Buffalo Bills.  The absence of Marshawn Lynch will cripple them early on, and having TO may not make up for it.  If they can get better in November and December, they could make a run for a Wild Card.

21) Dallas Cowboys.  If Roy Williams is plagued with injury throughout the season, the Cowboys can kiss their playoff hopes good-bye.

20) Miami Dolphins.  Though they had success last year with the wildcat, most teams have begun to figure out how to dismantle it.  They also won't have the luck they had last year with no injuries to their starters.

19) Seattle Seahawks.  This could be a surprise team out of the dismal NFC West.  Hasselbeck looks healthy, and T.J. Houshmanzedah will help.

18) Arizona Cardinals.  Despite them making the Superbowl last year, many doubt this team (including me).  Warner is a risk at his age, and their running game is rarely utilized.  Plus, their defense is abysmal. 

17) New York Jets.  Their defense looks great, and their running game will get better if Leon Washington gets more touches.  Sanchez may not have an immediate impact, especially with the lack of a star receiver to help him out.

16) Houston Texans.  They're one year away from making it into the playoffs for the first time ever.  If Shaub stays healthy, that may come a year earlier.

15) Chicago BearsJay Cutler will give this team what the Bears franchise has always needed: consistency at quarterback.  Forte, Hester, and Olsen will see huge returns.

14) Washington Redskins.  Campbell looks much better, and Haynesworth on defense will have a large effect on the NFC East.  They just may not have enough to get the Wild Card spot with such a tough division.

13) New Orleans Saints.  Their offense ranks in the top 3, while their defense ranks in the 15-25 range.  Improve the defense, improve the record.

12) Philadelphia Eagles.  Most people have them ranked higher, but they've lost so much on defense.  Outside of Vick, they have had quite a few valuable pickups on offense.  Vick won't make an impact until his second year back.

11) Baltimore Ravens.  I thought Flacco would have a sophmore slump, but he's looked great in preseason.  Their biggest setback is their loss of Rex Ryan on defense.

10) Minnesota Vikings.  Put aside Favre, and you still have one of the best runningbacks and defenses in the league.  Throw in a veteran that knows the system, and you may have at least a division title.

9) Tennessee Titans.  Losing Albert Hayensworth may not be too much of a detriment, the system made him good, not the other way around.  Kerry Collins is another year older, though.

8) Green Bay Packers.  They could be the sleeper pick to win the conference.  Rodgers is in MVP form, and their transition to the 3-4 defense went much smoother than expected.

7) Atlanta Falcons.  Most people focus on Matt Ryan, but their defense appears to be improving the most.  Injuries and holdouts at receiver could hurt them, but Gonzalez may cancel that out.

6) Carolina Panthers.  Their only real weakness is inconsistency at quarterback.  Despite Delhomme's poor playoff performance, however, he was solid during the season.  Their running attack is one of the best in the league, too.

5) New York Giants.  Their receivers will either be the end of them or bring them to the Superbowl, since Eli Manning needs a deep threat.  Canty, Bernard, and Boley will add tremendous depth to their already stellar defense.

4) San Diego Chargers.  With Merriman and Cromartie back from injury, their defense will take a major step forward.  Rivers, Gates, Tomlinson, Sproles, Jackson, Chambers... get ready.

3) New England Patriots.  While everyone is focusing on Tom Brady, they've quietly added key players to their defense.  The loss of their offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and a surgically-repaird knee could keep them out of the Superbowl this year, however.

2) Indianapolis Colts.  Most people forget they won their final 9 regular season games last year.  Manning comes into this season healthy, but without Tony Dungi they'll have to work under a new system.

1) Pittsburgh Steelers.  This is not just because they won the Superbowl.  20 of their 22 starters are back, plus the coaching staff remains intact.  A fairly easy schedule almost guarantees a playoff spot and division title.  Plus, their defense is nasty.
Posted on: August 31, 2009 11:04 pm
 

Gregg Doyel is a moron

I don't usually post entries like this, but enough is enough.

Gregg Doyel's latest blog entry, all about how Favre is faking an injury, has set me off.  What complete bull this guy is posting.  He believes that Favre is faking having a cracked rib because he thinks Brett is a crybaby diva.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.

And to top it off, he takes a shot at Roethlisberger, and praises Phillip Rivers.  First, Big Ben just won two Superbowls (while Rivers hasn't), so he is entitled to do whatever he likes.  Second, Rivers is one of the biggest hot-headed crybabys in football!  I like Rivers as a fantasy quarterback, but despise the guy because of his actions on the field and against Cutler.

Not to mention, this entire "cracked rib" story was exaggerated by the media, not Favre.  Favre talked about being hit by the Chiefs and how he felt old when he couldn't breathe for a bit.  He said he thought he might have cracked a rib.  Now every major sports outlet blows up the story!  Unbelieveable.

Worst of all, Doyel puts in his two cents (which is around what his job at CBSSports is worth).

How does this guy have a job?
Category: NFL
Posted on: August 28, 2009 2:34 pm
 

The "Rift" in Minnesota

Give me a break.  This "rift" in the Vikings locker room is no different than any other controversy over the past 10 years, it's just Favre gets way more media attention because they're addicted to him.  As Adam Schefter reported on ESPN, the "rift" is only a few players supporting Jackson and Rosenfels.  Yet when Rosenfels was signed by the Vikings and there were even more Jackson supporters, the media didn't cover anything.  And they shouldn't.  Because it's a non-issue.  This is what happens in football locker rooms.  You can't expect every single person to agree with the starting personnel all of the time.

I understand that Favre did not go through training camp and looked a bit rusty in his first preseason game, but that doesn't mean that it has caused a massive rift in the locker room like some media outlets like to think it is.  As much as people like to point out Favre as the instigator of this problem and that he's an egotistical maniac, they couldn't be farther from the truth.  In fact, Favre hasn't really done much at all to deserve the media attention he's getting.  He is the same humble athlete he has been for awhile, he only wants to play football.  The media just goes after him because there's nothing else to report about during the offseason.

As for the people who believe that he'll last about 8 games this year, here's what I have to say: the Vikings aren't as stupid as you think.  They realize that Favre is not in the same shape he used to be.  However, this is the guy who has the record for most consecutive starts for a quarterback.  Favre has played through worse and has come out better for it.  With the Vikings, they don't expect him to be in his 2007 form.  In fact, they don't need him to do a heck of a lot if you consider the Vikings of last year. 

Minnesota made the playoffs despite very poor play by their quarterback position.  With Adrian Peterson having one more year of experience under his belt, it would make sense to bring in a guy that will keep defenses from spying AP every play.  Favre will keep defenses honest without having to throw the ball that much.  The Vikings are a run-first team, and don't need to put up 4,000 yards passing next season.  Favre will throw the ball less this season than he ever has before, because they don't need him to.  This way he minimizes the risk of re-injury.

Bottom line is that this Favre situation has gotten out of control NOT because of Brett Favre, but because of how overblown the media has become.  From a strictly business standpoint, acquiring Favre makes sense.  He's better than the quarterbacks they have, and he will make Adrian Peterson a better running back.

Forget the "rift" in the locker room, because the Vikings will be making a run for the playoffs in December.  And then hopefully the Favre haters will stop complaining.
 
 
 
 
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