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Posted on: October 26, 2009 10:03 am
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3-Way?

Tie for the NFC East division lead, that is.  If the Eagles beat the Redskins tonight (which should happen, considering how terrible the Skins have been), the top three teams in the division will be at two losses, with the Giants on top because they haven't had their bye week yet.

Giants vs. Cardinals

And speaking of the Giants, how disappointing was that?  I went to bed feeling sick because of that loss last night.  Though it looked like Eli would drive back and tie the game, he uncharacteristically threw an interception in the clutch when Steve Smith wasn't able to wrestle the ball away.

Steve Smith actually had a fantastic day, making a few key 3rd down catches, and remains as Eli's safety net.  Kevin Boss took a HUGE shot but held onto the ball, gaining a ton of respect from me and many other Giants fans.  Nicks, despite the fact that his TD was very lucky, is emerging as one of the Giants better receivers, and I'm hoping he'll continue to improve.

But one guy I just can't stand is Mario Manningham.  I don't like his attitude, his effort, and most of all, his hands.  He dropped an easy touchdown pass which would have put the Giants down by 3, instead of having to settle for a FG.  Eli, who was shaky all game, threw a perfect pass to him, but he dropped it.  This guy had character issues in college, which is why the Giants were able to get him in round 3 of the 2008 draft, but he's dropped many key passes so far.  Give the ball to Nicks or Smith.

Blowouts

Six games this weekend were decided by more than 28 points.  Most surprising of all these games was the Bengals domination of the Bears, and Palmer's 5 TD game.  Many people (including myself) thought that the Jay Cutler acquisition would benefit the Bears greatly, but he's been wildly inconsistent over his first 6 games.

Also, I can't stand the fact that the Raiders still want to start JaMarcus Russell.  He was terrible, and at least Gradkowski gave people the impression that he could play above a 60 passer rating.  The worst part is that Russell doesn't take any blame, while the rest of his team does.

Eagles vs. Redskins

As a Giants fan, I would love to see the Redskins pull off an upset to take down the Eagles, but I really don't see that happening.  Andy Reid is too good of a coach to let his team lose back to back games to below average teams. 

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 25, 2009 10:25 am
 

Week 3 Picks

After an 8-8 finish last week against the spread, I've landed at a mediocre 16-15.  Here are my picks for next week!

New York Giants (-6.5) over Tampa Bay.  The Bucs are allowing way too many yards and points, and will probably be playing catch-up most of the game.

Green Bay (-6.5) over St. Louis.  The Packers are going to be very angry about their loss last week, and McCarthy will make sure this isn't a close one.

Kansas City (+9) over Philadelphia.  Kevin Kolb doesn't get it done here, and Cassel will be looking for his first win in a Chiefs uniform.

Atlanta (+4) over New England.  The Patriots aren't scoring do to poor timing.  Though this game will probably close and could be won by the Pats, I'll take the points.

New York Jets (-2.5) over Tennessee.  I like the Jets run defense against Chris Johnson, which is the key to the game.  But will the Titans really fall to 0-3?

San Francisco (+7) over Minnesota.  The 49ers could be the surprise of the year, and the Vikings really haven't been challenged yet.  Look for Shaun Hill to take these guys by surprise.

Jacksonville (+4) over Houston.  Despite their recent success, the Texans defense is giving up way too many points, which is exactly what MJD wants to see.

Washington (-6.5) over Detroit.  The Redskins offense has to start clicking at some point, and this would be their opportunity to do so.

Baltimore (-13.5) over Cleveland.  This is the only team I'd give up this many points again.  Plus, the Ravens are all-around one of the best teams in the NFL.

New Orleans (-6) over Buffalo.  This mas more to do with the Saints offense than the Bills defense.  Brees is just too good.

Cincinnati (+4) over Pittsburgh.  Another tough division game for the Steelers, and I think it'll end with them winning by a field goal or less.

Chicago (-2) over Seattle.  Without Hasselbeck, I'm looking for the Seahawks to return to 2008 form, if only temporarily.

Miami (+6) over San Diego.  Both teams are struggling, but the Dolphins looked better last week against a great Colts team.

Denver (-1.5) over Oakland.  Can the Broncos really go 3-0?  Against this team they can.

Indianapolis (+2.5) over Arizona.  This is going to be a fun one to watch, very high-scoring.  I trust Peyton more than Warner in this game, seeing as both defenses can't stop much.

Dallas (-9) over Carolina.  The Cowboys are going to be very angry about last week and put up 30+ points.  I don't think the Panthers can catch up.
Posted on: September 24, 2009 7:23 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2009 9:45 am
 

Power Rankings, Week 2

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Considering half of my previous top 5 lost, my rankings have been somewhat turned upside down!  This was a pretty crazy week in the NFL, so enjoy!

32) St. Louis Rams (32).  7 points in two games is not very good, even if your defense stepped it up in the second game.  They have a tough one against an angry Green Bay team next week.

31) Detroit Lions (31).  They didn't face an easy opponent in the Vikings this week, and their first win in awhile will come sometime this season.  Stafford needs to play better.

30) Cleveland Browns (29).  That was pitiful against the Broncos.  The question shouldn't be Anderson or Quinn, it should be McCoy, Tebow, or Bradford.

29) Kansas City Chiefs (30).  They were close to beating the Raiders, and they certainly stopped their offense for most of the game.  Hopefully Cassel will be able to turn those games into more wins.

28) Jacksonville Jaguars (25).  They couldn't stop Kurt Warner in any way.  A crucial game in Houston awaits them, and could possibly redeem this slow start.

27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22).  They don't have a heck of a lot going for them, and after they face the Giants they have a heck of a division schedule to play.

26) Oakland Raiders (24).  Although they're 1-1, the Raiders are still going to need to clean up their offense.  The defense looked solid.

25) Washington Redskins (17).  Yeah, they won, but that's about it.  They're offense is terrible and they might face a loss to... yes, the Lions.

 

24) Denver Broncos (27).  Definitely the worst 2-0 team in the NFL at this point.  Their defense looks much better though, and we'll see how Orton performs down the stretch.

 

23) Cincinnati Bengals (28).  There's that offense we've all been waiting for!  Can they beat the Steelers next week?

 

22) Miami Dolphins (23).  Their wildcat offense worked like magic, and Pennington was efficient as ever... but they lost.  In the AFC East, 0-2 won't cut it.

 

21) Seattle Seahawks (16).  No Hasselbeck = no success.  They'll need him back soon in order to challenge the Cards and 49ers for the division.

 

20) Carolina Panthers (14).  This team just can't put together a win.  A tough game against a very angry Dallas will decide whether they have enough to make a playoff run.

 

19) Dallas Cowboys (15).  Romo will bounce back, but what about their pass defense?

 

18) Arizona Cardinals (21).  Warner returned to better form, and Hightower has emerged as a great pass target.  Can Kurt hold up throughout the season?

 

17) Chicago Bears (19).  That was a much better team against the Steelers, but I'm still not buying the hype without a decent receiver and no Urlacher.

 

16) Houston Texans (26).  Their offense was brilliant, but their defense did almost nothing against both the Jets and Titans.

 

15) Buffalo Bills (20).  They're a fumble away from being 2-0, and should probably be higher on this list.  Let's just hope they don't blow it in typical Bills fashion.

14) Tennessee Titans (11).  Definitely the best 0-2 team out there, but the Jets could make that 0-3.

13) Philadelphia Eagles (10).  Kolb certainly isn't the answer, and they'll have to wait until McNabb gets back to improve their record.

 

12) New England Patriots (2).  No defense and an uncomfortable Brady.  They're no longer the class of the AFC, and must regain it to have a chance in a tough division.


11) San Francisco 49ers (18).  Frank Gore certainly bounced back from a bad first game and led them to a victory.  Can they do the same against the Vikings?

10) Green Bay Packers (6).  They have a dynamic offense, but dropped passes and poor defensive play lost them the game.  A gimme against the Rams awaits them next week.

9) San Diego Chargers (5).  Once again, the Chargers have all the weapons of a championship team, but manage to flounder against a good team.

8) Minnesota Vikings (9).  2-0, but they haven't faced a tough opponent yet.  A crucial battle of the unbeatens comes along next week, and we'll see how they handle it.

7) New Orleans Saints (13).  That offense is just ridiculous.  Their defense could use improvement, but the Saints strategy of "the best defense is a great offense" has worked so far.

6) New York Jets (12).  They've beaten two tough opponents and face another one against the Titans.  Does Sanchez know he's a rookie?

5) Atlanta Falcons (7).  A very complete team.  The play the Patriots next week, and could solidify themselves as the class of the NFC with a win.

4) Baltimore Ravens (8).  What's not to like about this team?  Everything is clicking for them right now.  Key matchups week 4 and 5 against the Patriots and the Bengals.

3) Pittsburgh Steelers (1).  I'm not really sure what happened against the Bears, but that running game needs to get better.  It looked like they really missed Polumalu.

2) Indianapolis Colts (4).  Peyton was Peyton, but their run defense needs some work.  It'll be a shootout next week against the Cardinals.

1) New York Giants (3).  Though their run defense did nothing against the Cowboys running game, Eli Manning was able to mirror it on offense.  A soft spot in their schedule may keep them here for a few weeks.

 

I had a very tough time doing the middle 10, but I think it worked out pretty well.  Let me know what you think!



 
 
 
 
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