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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: October 5, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Giants vs. Chiefs

The score really didn't quite indicate how well the Giants dominated the Chiefs.  Cassel had two garbage time TD throws, and Larry Johnson did basically nothing against the Giants maligned defense.  I'm honestly shocked at how well the Giants passing game has been going, even though they haven't really had a challenge so far.

I'll start off with what I'm concerned about.  Obviously the biggest concern at this point is Eli Manning's ankle/foot.  Such a strange way to get injured.  It seems as though he'll be available for next week, and let's be honest, David Carr could probably beat the Raiders.  He's certainly better than JaMarcus Russell.  If Eli does play, they will most likely run the ball more, and perhaps put in Carr if they lead by enough at the half or end of the 3rd quarter.

One major thing I'm a bit concerned about is the upcoming schedule.  The Giants have a bye week at week 10, but face (after the Raiders) the Saints, the Cardinals, the Eagles, and San Diego.  Assuming they beat the Raiders, I would hope the Giants could win 3 of those 4 games reasonably.  2-2 in that stretch would be okay, landing them at 7-2 at the bye.

Going along with the schedule concern, these upcoming games will really test the Giants ability to defend the long ball.  Drew Brees can clearly punish defenses with a deep ball, as can Warner, McNabb, and Rivers.  The Giants also don't have the luxury of an early bye week where they can rest their injured players.  And boy do they have an injured secondary.  This could turn into the perfect storm in late October and November.

As for the good: the Giants are 4-0, with two division wins.  A win against the Raiders would go a long way considering their upcoming schedule.  A healthy Eli Manning means pressure off the running game, and the combination of Jacobs and Bradshaw has been stellar lately.  They've both on pace to run for more than 1,000 yards this season, and Manning over 4,000 yards passing.

Their defensive line has done a great job of confusing offenses, and spreading the wealth around their expansive depth.  They will HAVE to use this to their advantage against their ugly 4 game stretch.  If they can heal their wounds and focus on the game ahead of them, I could realistically see them at 8-1 going into the bye week, though 7-2 wouldn't be the end of the world.
Posted on: October 2, 2009 12:08 pm
 

Importance of the Tandem Rushing Attack

One thing that most people have noticed this year in the NFL, is that the passing game has become more prevalent, while the rushing game has diminished a bit.  With that said, it has only been 3 weeks.  One important factor in most passing games is the weather.  As it gets colder out, the rushing game becomes exponentially more important, and may decide who is built for the playoffs and who isn't.  Here are 6 teams that I sincerely believe will have a hard time later in the season due to a lack of a rushing tandem:

1) Cleveland Browns.  Though they may have more to worry about than their rushing game, come December, who are they going to turn to?  Jerome Harrison has to step up because clearly Jamal Lewis is at the end of his career.

2) Kansas City Chiefs.  Many people, including myself, thought that Larry Johnson would bounce back this season.  He hasn't.  Jamaal Charles hasn't gotten many touches yet, but he could be their answer soon if LJ continues to perform the way he has.

3) Arizona CardinalsEdgerrin James couldn't do it last year, and it doesn't look like Hightower will be either, though he catches more passes from Warner.  The Cards, however, were able to survive with this problem, leading them to the Superbowl.

4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Cadillac just can't stay healthy, and their run game was murdered by the Giants defense.  It'll help that they're in the South, but cold away games will be very difficult for them.

5) San Diego Chargers.  Without LT, they virtually have 0 rushing game.  Sproles is great for check-downs, but can't carry the load.  If LT comes back at 90% or better, they'll be fine.  Otherwise, they better pray they can dump the entire load on Rivers... and maybe they can!

6) Houston Texans.  What bothers me most is Slaton and Chris Brown's YPC, both under 3.5.  Once again, they benefit from warm weather, but down the stretch they won't have a chance up North.

Others to consider: Oakland and Washington

On the other end of the spectrum, these teams will have what it takes to win in cold weather, and be able to control the games themselves:

1) Denver Broncos.  What a great way to take the pressure off of Josh McDaniels and Kyle OrtonKnowshon Moreno isn't even at 100% and is making a large impact.  Buckhalter has been stellar.

2) Miami Dolphins.  If any team can withstand the loss of their QB, it would be Miami and only a few others.  Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have amassed 417 rushing yards combined, and will take even more now that Pennington is gone.

3) Baltimore Ravens.  Quite possibly the best 3-way rushing tandem so far.  With McGahee and Rice averaging over 5 YPC, they'll be a conference favorite in December.

4) New York Giants.  Though not as good as last year, the combination of Jacobs and Bradshaw is hard to contain.  The Giants are a clock-management team, and will keep the ball away from opposing offenses.

5) Buffalo Bills.  Marshawn is back.  They'll need Lynch and Jackson to play out of their minds if they want a shot at the playoffs.

6) New York Jets.  Both Leon Washington and Thomas Jones are capable of Pro Bowl seasons, so nothing should get in their way.  This is exactly what Sanchez needs as a rookie.

Others to consider: New Orleans, Indianapolis, Dallas

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!



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.

 
 
 
 
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