Week 10: Separation of Bad vs. Good

After missing out on last week’s Thursday Night game we went 8-4 Money Line and 6-6 Against the Spread. Some teams suffered serious injuries last week, none bigger than that of the Green Bay Packers. Some teams are poised to get stars back like the Falcons and the Giants. Let’s jump into this week:

THURSDAY:

png-12 Vikings @ Redskins png-19 – MONEY LINE: Redskins — SPREAD: Redskins (-2.5)

The Redskins eeked out a win in overtime as Darrell Young scored three touchdowns. RGIII is picking and choosing his games to progress his performances. If he can stay consistent this team can catch fire and win the division. The Vikings lost a game on the coaches’ shoulders on Sunday. Leslie Frazier has the best 50 yard field goal kicker in the NFL and he went for it on 4th and 5 from the Cowboys 35 yard line and didn’t get it. The game could have looked different, but it didn’t and Tony Romo took the Cowboys back and won the game.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Week 9: Fine Nines!

Last week we shaped up and went 10-3 in Money Line picks and 6-7 Against the Spread. Let’s keep the ball rolling. We missed the Thursday Night game so we will ignore that game to be fair. Here we go:

Watch the Dez Bryant tirade for yourself:

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BYE WEEK: Broncos, Giants, Lions, Cardinals, 49ers, and Jaguars

SUNDAY

chiefs Chiefs @ BIlls  png-9 – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Chiefs (-3.5)

The Chiefs still remain undefeated and get to face Jeff Tuel on the road. I would’ve seen this as a trap game if Thad Lewis was playing, but now the sledding will get a lot easier. C.J. Spiller needs to get healthy for the Bills to compete and so does E.J. Manuel.

png-12 Vikings @ Cowboys png-1 –MONEY LINE: Cowboys — SPREAD: Cowboys (-9.5)

The Vikings continue their awful ways and will keep Christian Ponder under center. They need to stop abandoning the run when they get down by two scores because it takes the ball out of the hands of their best player. The Cowboys lost another game in typical 2000s Cowboys fashion as Matthew Stafford won with one of the most headsup football plays I’ve ever seen. Dez Bryant exploded on the sidelines and got more bad press because of it. LEAVE DEZ ALONE!

png-20 Titans @ Rams  rams– MONEY LINE: Titans — SPREAD: Titans (-3.5)

Jake Locker and the Titans come off their bye to face the Kellen Clemens led Rams. The Rams put up a fight against the Seahawks on Monday Night with the performance of their defense mostly. The Titans lost their owner Bud Adams during their bye week and I expect the emotional victory here.

saintsSaints @ Jets images – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Jets (+6.5)

The Saints are coming off a shellacking of the Bills at home and they will go outdoors in windy MetLife Stadium. Jimmy Graham still isn’t at 100 percent. The Jets are coming off a beating in Cincinnati and I expect a bounce back as the Jets seem to do this year.  Even though Rob Ryan will be dialing up blitzes to get Geno Smith off his game, but according to his inconsistency this year, Geno will have a good game.

chargers Chargers @ Redskins png-19 – MONEY LINE: Redskins — SPREAD: Redskins (-1.0)

The Redskins took a beating in Denver after being up 21-7 and then the Broncos offense started clicking. The Chargers are coming off their bye and travel east to play at 1 PM. I never like West Coast teams in this game even though the Redskins’ defense is horrible and Philip Rivers is playing much better this year and Keenan Allen has emerged as his go to receiver.

falcons Falcons @ Panthers png-3 – MONEY LINE: Panthers — SPREAD: Falcons (+7.5)

The Falcons are bad and were embarrassed by the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona last week. They are struggling with injuries especially those to their wide receivers. The Panthers have had a long week to rest up after bombing the Buccaneers on Thursday Night last week. The Panthers look like a complete team and get more dangerous as Jonathan Stewart comes back from injury.

png-18 Eagles @ Raiders  png-16MONEY LINE: Raiders — SPREAD: Raiders (E)

The Eagles looked bad once again against the Giants as Matt Barkley was rushed into the fire once again when Michael Vick pulled up limp with his hamstring injury again. Terrelle Pryot set an NFL record with his first quarter run last week against the Steelers’ defense that was easily fooled. This might be an ugly one as Nick Foles gets the start.

png-6 Buccaneers @ Seahawks png-2 – MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Buccaneers (+16.5)

The Bucs were embarrassed on Thursday Night by the Panthers as Mike Glennon looked lost against the Panthers, imagine how the Seahawks will make him look. The Seahawks escaped a scare on Monday Night against the Rams, but they did suffer a pretty big loss, Sidney Rice tore his ACL on Monday Night and there goes the teams real deep threat. They will rely heavily on Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin now as they await Percy Harvin’s return.

png-4 Ravens @ Browns png-23 – MONEY LINE: Ravens — SPREAD: Ravens (-3.0)

The Ravens are coming off their bye and John Harbaugh is a master after the bye, his Ravens have gone 5-0 since he took over. This team has lost two straight and now finds themselves 2 games back in the division but can make up ground with a win in Cleveland. Jason Campbell gave the Chiefs a scare last week and he needs to continue to feed his two best players in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.

png-21 Steelers @ Patriots png-8 – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Steelers (+7.0)

The Steelers were humbled in Oakland last week after winning two games in a row and it appeared they were turning things around, but Terrelle Pryor’s legs had different ideas. The Patriots were getting run over by the Dolphins in the first half last week, but Joe Philbin thought it was a good idea to change the game plan leading to a comeback by the Pats. The Pats at home against a bad Steelers team, but without Aqib Talib and with Le’Veon Bell turning into a legit starting running back give me the points.

png-17 Colts @ Texans texans – MONEY LINE: Colts — SPREAD: Colts (-2.0)

The Colts suffered one of the biggest losses this year when they lost Reggie Wayne for the year. Keep Calm and Move On, Indy. The Colts are coming off their bye and so are the Texans. Case Keenum will be under center again for the Texans and that is why I am picking the Colts.

MONDAY

png-15 Bears @ Packers packers – MONEY LINE: Packers — SPREAD: Packers (-7.5)

The Bears come off their bye after losing Jay Cutler to a serious groin injury. Josh McCown will get the start against the Packers defense that seems to be hitting a stride even without their best player in Clay Matthews. The offense hasn’t missed a step without Randall Cobb and James Jones or even Jermichael Finley. This game might be close at first because of the old rivalry but I expect a blowout in the end.

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SURVIVOR PICK

  • RAVENS
  • SEATTLE
  • COWBOYS
  • CHIEFS

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UPSET ALERT

  • PATRIOTS
  • COLTS
  • REDSKINS

Week 8: Calling all Favres … Calling all Favres

So the news broke earlier today that the St. Louis Rams, who recently just lost their starting quarterback to a torn ACL, reached out to retirement flirt Brett Favre. Please for the love of God don’t start this up again! I know he has said he is staying retired to all news outlets, but I also know they will still run with it. As many of you might have seen the injury bug bit the NFL pretty hard last week, as starting quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers all went down projecting to miss significant time or the rest of the season. These teams have to continue to push on just as we do with another so-so showing. 8-7 Money Line last week and Against the Spread we were 6-9 (better than the past few weeks!) Let’s jump into Week 8 and see where these injuries will take us:

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BYE WEEK: Colts, Bears, Titans, Chargers, Ravens & Texans

THURSDAY

png-3 Panthers @ Buccaneers  png-6 – MONEY LINE: Panthers — SPREAD: Panthers (-6.0)

Thursday Night games have been pretty awful this year. The Panthers seem to be hitting an eye-brow raising stride, and it’s mostly because of their defense. The front seven is ferocious even after giving up Jon Beason and after all the injuries to the defensive backs. Cam Newton is connecting on 68% of his passes over their past three games. The Bucs let go of Freeman and Glennon has been serviceable but they are misusing their best defensive weapon in Revis by not allowing him to shadow opponents’ #1 receivers. I don’t like taking the Panthers against the spread, but I’m doing it.

SUNDAY

png Giants @ Eagles png-18 – MONEY LINE: Eagles — SPREAD: Eagles (-6.0)

The Giants got their first win of the season Monday Night, in the ugliest Monday Night game I have ever seen. Peyton Hillis averaged 2 yards per carry and Eli Manning only had 200 yards. The good news is the Giants didn’t lose the turnover battle. The Eagles put Foles behind the wheel and as I expected he did poorly and then he was concussed. The “high-powered” offense only mustered 3 points against the banged up Cowboys’ defense. Michael Vick returns under center unfortunately for the G-Men, but he may still be hobbled limiting his running plays. We will see.

png-1 Cowboys @ Lions png-13 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Cowboys (+3.5)

The Cowboys won an ugly on in Philly on Sunday. The defense looked much better against the Nick Foles-led Eagles. The Cowboys offensive line will be tested against the Lions defensive line. The most intriguing match-up is two guys who won’t be on the field at the same time at any point, Dez Bryant vs. Calvin Johnson. The Lions lost a heart-breaker at home to the Bengals last weekend even with Calvin Johnson’s monster line.

png-23 Browns @ Chiefs chiefs – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Chiefs (-7.0)

The Browns are bad, even worse they benched Brandon Weeden for Jason Campbell. Joe Haden will shadow Dwayne Bowe, not that that matters since Bowe has been downright awful all year. Maybe the Browns are trying to save Brandon Weeden because Campbell will be under duress all day from the Chiefs. Alex Smith keeps his label as the “Game Manager of the Year”. The defense is what is winning the Chiefs these games, along with Jamaal Charles. Good Luck Mr. Campbell.

png-22 Dolphins @ Patriots png-8 – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Patriots (-6.5)

The Dolphins have dropped three straight and now head into Foxborough to face the ticked off Patriots. Gronkowski is healthy and Amendola should play, this offense is only going to get better now. Aqib Talib will be coming back and will mostly likely face off on Mike Wallace. Ryan Tannehill won’t stop turning the ball over after many thought this season would be one of progression, but his offensive line isn’t helping his cause.

png-9 Bills @ Saints saints – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Saints (-12.5)

The Bills are coming off an upset of the Dolphins in Miami, but head into the Thunderdome. Thad Lewis is doing just fine under center filling in for E.J. Manuel. The Bills need Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller to get healthy, but Spiller might sit this week, which could help him get healthy quicker. The Saints are coming off their bye and might be without Jimmy Graham. Drew Brees will miss him, but it will be noticed. Drew Brees will handle his business and Rob Ryan will make life for the Bills hell.

49ers 49ers @ Jaguars download – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: 49ers (+16.5)

The 49ers seem to be clicking on all cylinders. The Jaguars don’t seem to have any cylinders. I gave them a chance last week with all the possibilities of a trap game for the Chargers, but they are just too bad to capitalize on things like that. Now they head to London to face the 49ers who probably won’t take their foot off the throttle. However, I’m going to swallow the 16.5 points even though the London games usually don’t get ugly, I can’t trust the Jaguars.

imagesJets @ Bengals png-14  – MONEY LINE: Bengals — SPREAD: Jets (+6.5)

The Jets pulled off a miracle win at home against the Patriots. Geno Smith is due for his bad game as he seems to have one every other game. The Bengals got another road win against the high-powered Lions. Both defenses are going to make life hell for the opposing quarterbacks. I expect the Bengals to be in the backfield all day against the Jets, and I might be crazy picking the Bengals with the points.

png-21 Steelers @ Raiders png-16 – MONEY LINE: Steelers — SPREAD: (-2.5)

The Steelers have won two in a row as they have found a running game and their defense is getting healthy and is starting to click. The Raiders are coming off their bye and are going to have to protect their quarterback better than they did against the Chiefs when Pryor was sacked 10 times.  I expect Mike Tomlin to continue righting this ship that is the Pittsburgh Steelers, although it seems that Terrelle Pryor is becoming an NFL quarterback.

png-19Redskins @ Broncos broncos – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Redskins (+13.0)

The ‘Skins are coming off an exciting victory in Soldier Field against the Bears. The defense is still too leaky, but RGIII is rounding into form with his legs and his arm, and they seem to have a two-headed monster in Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Jordan Reed will be an asset to this team going forward. Peyton lost his homecoming in Indy as he was outdone by Andrew Luck. Expect a lot of points in this one.

falconsFalcons @ Cardinals png-10 –  MONEY LINE: Falcons — SPREAD: Falcons (+2.5)

Matt Ryan found confidence in Harry Douglas and Harry Douglas played with a ton of it. If Roddy White can’t go it appears Steven Jackson is finally set to return and they need him. The Cardinals stunk it up against the best defense in the league on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals stayed at home and the Falcons got a big divisional win as they look to stay alive.

packersPackers @ Vikings png-12 – MONEY LINE: Packers — SPREAD: Packers (-9.5)

The Packers found silver in Jarrett Boykin. Jermichael Finley suffered a scary injury and our prayers are with him for a speedy recovery. It doesn’t matter who Rodgers is throwing the ball to, he’ll get it done. Eddie Lacy is turning into the best Packers’ running back since Ahman Green. The Vikings are in trouble and AP is banged up. Josh Freeman was diagnosed with a concussion which means they are forced to turn back to Christian Ponder. Good Lucky keeping up with the Packers.

MONDAY

Seahawks @ Rams – MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Seahawks (+10.5)

The Seahawks embarrassed the Cardinals on Thursday night and will have eleven days off to face a Rams team that is forced to play Kellen Clemens. This will be an ugly one and I don’t expect anything less than a blowout. The Seahawks don’t usually play well on the road, but it doesn’t matter when your opponent is this bad.

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UPSET ALERT

  • BENGALS
  • STEELERS
  • CARDINALS
  • LIONS
  • BUCCANEERS
  • EAGLES

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SURVIVOR PICK

  • 49ERS
  • PANTHERS
  • CHIEFS
  • PACKERS
  • SAINTS
  • PATRIOTS

Week 7: Unlucky Sevens?

The Broncos didn’t blow out the Jaguars and didn’t beat the spread. John Fox probably had money on that game, I mean honestly Peyton throws a pick-6 to the Jaguars? Don’t even get me started on the New York Football (but not really) Giants. Another above .500 week for the Money Line picks at 9-6, but this was my worst week for picks Against the Spread going 2-13. I don’t want to talk about it, but hey it happens.

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THURSDAY

png-2Seahawks @ Cardinalspng-10– MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Cardinals (+4.5)

The Seahawks didn’t look that great against the Titans and that was at home, that’s the second week in a row the Seahawks haven’t looked like the top dog, but this could be a bounce back week. I never really like them on the road to beat the spread. Percy Harvin may be only a couple of weeks away from contributing to this team, which would make them even more dangerous. The Cardinals turned the ball over too much to compete against the Niners and Carson Palmer has not excelled as many expected in Bruce Arians’ offense.

SUNDAY

png-8Patriots @ Jetsimages – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Jets (+4.0)

The Patriots pulled off a stunner with five seconds left in regulation at home against the Saints. Rob Ryan was disgusted when his defense gave up the last second touchdown to Brady & Co. Aqib Talib, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola (SHOCKER!) won’t be playing Sunday most likely. The biggest hit is Talib, and as you may remember he intercepted Geno Smith twice when they played in Week Two. The Jets stayed at home after losing an ugly one to the Steelers. Smith seems to play better every other game and he won’t have to face Talib, Wilfork and Mayo now. I like the Jets with the points at home.

chargers Chargers @ Jaguars download – MONEY LINE: Chargers — SPREAD: Jaguars (+7.5)

The Chargers stopped Andrew Luck from scoring a touchdown on Monday Night and the defense looked great, or was it the Colts’ play calling? No matter Philip Rivers looks like he’s refined himself and although he might not be the quarterback he used to be he has definitely matured into a leader and he has a new play-toy in Keenan Allen. The Jags are awful, but played up to the Broncos on Sunday in Denver. They will win a game at some point, but I don’t know when, but be warned. Call me crazy but the Chargers played on Monday Night and it’s a West Coast team coming to the East Coast, I smell a loss.

texansTexans @ Chiefs  chiefs – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Chiefs (-4.5)

The Texans have now lost Matt Schaub to a gruesome ankle injury, and the Houston fans cheered. Seriously??? The Texans were embarrassed by the Rams 38-13 and another pick-6 was thrown by a Texans’ quarterback. Arian Foster looks rejuvenated, but he will have a tough test against the Chiefs’ defense allowing only 10.8 points per game. Alex Smith is showing why he has the label of a game manager, but Jamaal Charles looks like a typical Andy Reid running back and that defense is fierce coming off a ten sack game against the Raiders. Chiefs at home against the lowly T.J. Yates.

png-14  Bengals @ Lions  png-13 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Lions (-2.5)

The Bengals were up on the Bills and turned off the heat leading to a Bills comeback, but took it in overtime. The Bengals have been great on the road the past few years, but teams always seem to have trouble in Buffalo. The Lions exploded as Brandon Weeden handed away the game. The offense is getting better as Calvin Johnson is getting healthy and Stafford found himself a tight end in Joseph Fauria (WHO????!!!). I want to like the Bengals because of their away success, but it’s hard with Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush healthy.

png-9Bills @ Dolphins png-22 – MONEY LINE: Dolphins — SPREAD: Bills (+10.5)

The Bills almost pulled off a stunner at home against a good Bengals team. Now they head to warmer weather to play the Dolphins coming off their bye. The Dolphins are getting Cameron Wake back, but might not have Dannell Ellerbe. Ten points is a lot to give a 3-2 team in a division game. I know the Dolphins will win and I would play their defense in fantasy leagues. Dolphins here but I don’t know about that spread.

png-15  Bears @ Redskins png-19 – MONEY LINE: Bears— SPREAD: Bears (E)

The Bears took advantage of more Giants’ turnovers on Thursday night and have had eleven days off to prepare for the ‘Skins. The bears defense is opportunistic and the offense is clicking. The Redskins defense is miserable, but played up to the Cowboys’ offense on Sunday Night on the big stage, but I expect Cutler and Brandon Marshall to have a field day. RGIII had more runs that made him look like himself as he is starting to heal even more, but the play calling and the clock management is simply horrendous. Bears here, but I smell an upset.

png-1  Cowboys @ Eagles  png-18 – MONEY LINE: Cowboys— SPREAD: Cowboys (E)

I don’t know why I picked them. Probably because of the talent on offense and how Nick Foles fell back to earth last year after a couple of good games, but this one’s a toss-up between the top two teams in the NFC East. Dez Bryant will feast on this bad Eagles’ secondary this weekend.

rams Rams @ Panthers   png-3 – MONEY LINE: Panthers — SPREAD: Rams (+6.0)

The Rams took it to the Texans as Sam Bradford only had to throw for 116 yards last week, but tossed three touchdowns. The Rams were the beneficiaries of bad Matt Schaub play. The Panthers took it to the Vikings as Matt Cassel kept turning the ball over. The Panthers are bipolar so don’t be surprised if they lose this one easily.

png-6  Bucs @ Falcons  falcons – MONEY LINE: Falcons — SPREAD: Bucs (+7.0)

The Bucs have yet to win a game. Are they due? Maybe. Mike Glennon has begun his tenure as the Bucs starting quarterback and he looked decent against the Eagles and things won’t get harder against the Falcons bad defense. Matt Ryan comes out of his bye and will not have Julio Jones, Roddy White and Steven Jackson. His offensive line is banged up and he can’t rely on his defense to keep opponents from scoring, so he is going to lean heavily on Tony Gonzalez, who came back for one last run at a title. So much for that!

49ers  49ers @ Titans png-20 – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: 49ers (-4.5)

The 49ers housed the Cardinals last week at Arrowhead as Colin Kaepernick realized who his best receiver is, his tight end, Vernon Davis. They connected for 180 yards and two touchdowns as Vernon Davis showed us why everyone is always so high on him. The defense will enjoy this game against Ryan Fitzpatrick. When will the Kenny Britt saga end? Nobody knows, but what could they get in return for a guy who will be a free agent next year anyway?

png-23 Browns @ Packers packers – MONEY LINE: Packers — SPREAD: Packers (-10.5)

The Browns look a lot different and more turnover-prone with Weeden under center. They will probably be playing from behind most of the time so Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron will keep producing numbers. The Packers lost Randall Cobb (out for 6-8 weeks) and James Jones both to injury, even though Jones might play this week. The Packers are going to rely more on Eddie Lacy now with those injuries, but he looks more than capable. Also one of the more underrated plays I have ever seen was Eddie Lacy going down before the end zone against the Ravens to waste the clock last week.

png-4 Ravens @ Steelers png-21– MONEY LINE: Ravens — SPREAD: Ravens (+1.5)

The Ravens looked ugly against the Packers last week, but are the better team here and are getting points. They need to get the ball in Ray Rices hands 20-25 times a game and we all know that. Their defensive front will be feasting on Big Ben all day. The Steelers got their first win against the bipolar Jets in MetLife Stadium. Big Ben needs to be kept upright and Leveon Bell needs to keep pushing the pile. This is the best rivalry in football right now even with the Steelers being 1-4.

broncos  Broncos @ Colts png-17 – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Colts (+7.0)

Bad win for the Broncos as they failed to embarrass the Jaguars at home. But Peyton Manning is coming back to Indy this week and Jim Irsay’s quotes have just made this more memorable. Andrew Luck is coming off one of his worst performances of his young career. Trent Richardson is not living up to that first round pick price they paid. This will be a great game to watch but a more memorable one for Peyton coming back “home”. Also Von Miller comes back, and his workouts were ridiculous while he waited for his suspension to end.

MONDAY

png-12 Vikings @ Giants png – MONEY LINE: Vikings — SPREAD: Vikings (+4.0)

Josh Freeman is starting after a week to get the playbook. Adrian Peterson will probably be running a muck in MetLife. The Giants are in shambles even coming off one of their best games of the year, a loss to the Bears. Brandon Jacobs looked like Jacobs circa 2007, but he hurt his hammy and they signed Peyton Hillis. Desperation moves. Reuben Randle and Eli Manning need to get on the same page otherwise the interceptions will keep mounting.

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UPSET ALERT

  • GIANTS
  • BRONCOS
  • PATRIOTS
  • PANTHERS
  • LIONS
  • CHARGERS

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SURVIVOR PICK

  • SEAHAWKS
  • PACKERS
  • 49ers
  • DOLPHINS

Week 6: Props to Those Still in Survivor Pools

So as the headline says, if you are still in your survivor pool, good for you! I was in two, find myself in a loser’s bracket in my big money one, but lost this past week thanks to the Atlanta Falcons (sucksters). At least I still have fantasy football, five leagues, I just finished off my second 5-0 week in a row as I am paying equal attention now to all teams, so WATCH OUT! Last week saw an improvement at 9-7 Money Line and  8-8 Against the Spread (.500 for the first time all year!) Let’s take a look at our Week 6 Matchups!

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Bye Weeks: FALCONS, MIAMI THURSDAY

pngGiants @ Bears png-15– MONEY LINE: Bears — SPREAD: Giants (+8.0)

This is the worst season I have watched as a Big Blue fan, and now they will be without David Wilson. Everything that can go wrong has and the sledding won’t get easier against a Bears team that has dropped two straight games and get to play at home. The Bears looked bad against a surging Saints’ defense. Jay Cutler has to get the ball to Brandon Marshall more, but now Alshon Jeffery has solidified himself as an asset after his ridiculous Week 5 performance, which he was probably on Fantasy Football benches for. Again we use opening lines for each week:

SUNDAY

png-16Raiders @ Chiefschiefs – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Raiders (+10.5)

Terrelle Pryor is coming into his own and looked good against the Chargers at home last week. The defense isn’t all that good, but Pryor can keep the team in games with his legs and apparently now his arm. The Chiefs survived a scare in Nashville last week against the Titans. The Chiefs still look like a complete team and their defense has become smothering under Andy Reid. Jamaal Charles will most likely have a field day against the Raiders.

png-18 Eagles @ Bucs png-6– MONEY LINE: Bucs — SPREAD: Bucs (+1.5)

The Eagles beat up on the bad Giants as Nick Foles had to come in and finish off the G-Men. Vick is banged up, yet he wasn’t even hit. The Bucs are coming off their bye and have now rid themselves of Josh Freeman and Mike Glennon will take control under center. I think this is the week they get their first win as Nick Foles will lead a fast-paced spread offense that he isn’t built for. The Bucs defense is still better than many and will most likely shot down an offense that without Vick lacks its second-best weapon.

packers Packers @ Ravenspng-4– MONEY LINE: Packers — SPREAD: Packers (-3.0)

The Packers won an ugly one in Green Bay last weekend against the Lions, but their defense showed up against the Megatron-less Lions. They shut down Reggie Bush and the Lions only scored a touchdown, but not without a price. Clay Matthews is out for at least a month with a fractured thumb. Rodgers will have to produce more with the defense now lacking its best pass-rusher. The Ravens are suffering because of Ray Rice’s inability to break tackles this year and put up Ray Rice numbers. If this continues, Joe Flacco will have to carry the load and a defense that is beginning to click will have to step up even more.

png-13 Lions @ Brownspng-23 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Lions (-2.5)

If Megatron plays this will stay, if he doesn’t I will come back and change this pick you have my word. The Lions looked horrible without the best WR in the league right now, that can’t continue they need to make something of their other players. The defense held up pretty well against Rodgers until the end of the game, but the sledding is easier against the Brandon Weeden led Browns. Hoyer is down and Weeden takes back over. They were 0-2 with Weeden under center, but he won in emergency work last week against the more banged-up Bills. Browns’ players have said they have instilled their confidence in Weeden and we will see how it plays out. Haden vs. Megatron would be fun to watch!

png-3 Panthers @ Vikingspng-12 – MONEY LINE: Vikings — SPREAD: Vikings (-2.5)

The Panthers looked awful and Cam looked scared last week against the Cardinals front seven. How is this team supposed to be taken seriously after performances like that??? The Vikings are coming off their big win in London and their bye week. Matt Cassel will be under center, but now Josh Freeman is in the picture. All I can think is Adrian Peterson and the wide receivers are thinking pick one and stick with him … as long as his name isn’t Christian Ponder.

ramsRams @ Texanstexans – MONEY LINE: Texans — SPREAD: Texans (-7.0)

The Rams beat the future 0-16 Jaguars … Congrats, guys! Now you play a real team that just took a beating at the hands of the 49ers. Last year the Texans took a beating from the Packers 42-24 (not as close as the score says), then they turned around and demolished the Super Bowl Champion Ravens 43-13 at home. The Rams offense is ugly and a mess right now even after scoring 34 on the lowly Jags. The Texans’ fans might be calling for Matt Scahub’s head but they have no better option right now, so suck it up!

png-21Steelers @ Jets images– MONEY LINE: Jets — SPREAD: Jets (+2.5)

This line has swapped as the Jets are now 2-point favorites. Geno Smith was calm under the 0 pressure he faced from the Falcons on Monday and he knocked tons of people out of Survivor Pools everywhere (hate you, Geno). The Jets defense is as solid as ever even without Revis, it’s mainly their front seven that’s supplanting their 3-2 record. The Steelers are as bad as the Giants, but they are hoping a steady run game will help them, but they still have no offensive line and they need to find a defensive groove, good luck with all that.

png-14 Bengals @ Bills  png-9– MONEY LINE: Bengals — SPREAD: Bengals (-7.5)

The Bengals played an ugly game with the Patriots in Cincy last weekend 13-6 with some good defense. The Bengals will get to feast on Thaddeus Lewis for the Bills as E.J. Manuel is going to miss over a month. They will also get Leon Hall back, sorry Thad. The Bills need to establish a run game with their two-headed beast in Spiller and Jackson. Thaddeus Lewis is most likely going to have to check down a lot to the running backs. The Bills always play up at home and I wouldn’t be shocked if they were in this game the whole way.

png-20Titans @ Seahawks png-2– MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Seahawks (-13.5)

The Titans fought with the Chiefs, but came up short at home. Now they travel to the Seattle to face a Seahawks team that lost a heart-breaker to the Colts in Indy last week. The defense will be angry after giving up 24 (one touchdown was scored on a blocked punt) to the Colts. The Titans defense is a quietly good unit, but Ryan Fitzpatrick will not be able to outmatch the Seahawks defense. Russell Wilson needs to gain some consistency this year for his team to take the next step, especially on the road.

download Jaguars @ Broncosbroncos – MONEY LINE: Jags (Not even a little funny?) — SPREAD: Broncos (-28.0)

The biggest spread in the history of the game. I will still take the Broncos who survived a scare against the Cowboys on Sunday. The Jags are turning back to Chad Henne because Gabbert is hurt … again. Peyton will keep the machine rolling against the Jags and hopefully “no Jags will be harmed in the making of this.” Avert your eyes Jaguar fans … all 10 of you.

png-10 Arizona @ 49ers 49ers – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: Cardinals (+10.5)

The Cardinals defense was everywhere on Sunday and made Cam Newton pay. The defense will be just as ferocious against the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick continues to struggle this year as defenses are getting more and more after him. He still hit Vernon Davis on a touchdown pass, made mostly by Davis ridiculous 4.38 speed. The 49ers defense will be the reason they win this game, but the Cardinals’ defense is underrated as Cam Newton saw.

saintsSaints @ Patriotspng-8 – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Saints (+2.0)

This will be a good one. Two teams with good defenses, when no one though they would have solid defensive units. The Saints are coming off a big win in Chicago, where Drew Brees was winless prior to Sunday. Brady & Co. are coming off an ugly loss to the Bengals where his touchdown streak was halted. One would expect the Patriots to bounce back and pounce the next opponent, but they face a really good Saints team. Gronk should be back and Danny Amendola actually didn’t get hurt last week. This is a toss-up.

png-19Redskins @ Cowboyspng-1 – MONEY LINE: Cowboys — SPREAD: Redskins (+4.5) The ‘Skins are coming off their bye. Their defense is really bad, but RGIII (not his legs) are keeping them in games or almost pulling off comebacks. Let’s see how healthy RGIII’s knee is after the off week. The Cowboys were in a shootout with the Broncos and lost on a crucial Tony Romo interception … SHOCKER! The pick wasn’t that bad and Danny Trevathan made an unbelievable play. Romo will look to turn it around against an easy feast in the Redskins’ defense.

MONDAY

png-17 Colts @ Chargers chargers – MONEY LINE: Colts — SPREAD: Colts (E)

Andrew Luck leads another furious comeback and takes down a Goliath. This kid is turning into an elite quarterback in front of our eyes. If they can get Trent Richardson going, watch out. The Chargers looked bad against the Raiders on Monday and this team is a story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It all depends on how Philip Rivers performs, but expect Andrew Luck to put up a ton of points in this one. Todays_Special UPSET SPECIAL

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  • STEELERS
  • VIKINGS
  • EAGLES
  • BEARS

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Week 5: Bring on the Byes

7-8 Money line for the week and against the spread we went 5-9-1… Another bad week unfortunately, but let’s delve into Week 5 as more byes have come into play with the Redskins, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay all having their off week.

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THURSDAY

Bills @ Browns – MONEY LINE: Browns — SPREAD: Browns (-3.5)

Bills pulled off a shocker at home against the Ravens as their defense picked Flacco five times, The rookie quarterback-led Bills head to Cleveland where the Browns have rattled off two straight W’s with Hoyer under center now. The Browns defense will prove too much for EJ Manuel to handle.

SUNDAY

Chiefs @ Titans – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Chiefs (-3.0)

The Chiefs kept Big Blue’s embarrassing season rolling as they routed them in Arrowhead. Now they head to Nashville to face a Titans coming off their own rout of a New York Team, Gang Green. The Titans lost Jake Locker for at least four weeks to a rib injury and now have to rely on Mr. Harvard, Ryan Fitzpatrick. I can’t believe this spread is only three.

Ravens @ Dolphins – MONEY LINE: Ravens — SPREAD: Ravens (+3.0)

Joe Flacco threw five interceptions and this team still almost won. Ryan Tannehill was embarrassed and constantly under duress during his Monday Night bout with the Saints’ defense. The Ravens will be ready to feast on a turnover-happy Tannehill and the Dolphins’ defense will be looking to avenge their performance against the Saints.

Jaguars @ Rams – MONEY LINE: Rams — SPREAD: Rams (+13.0)

The Jags are bad and playing for the first pick, easily demonstrated by them sticking by Blaine Gabbert. They have been monster underdogs in the two games preceding this one and are again big underdogs. I want to take the Rams, but with the way they’ve performed since pulling off a comeback win against the Cardinals, it makes it tough. Sam Bradford doesn’t have a better opportunity to put his offensive weapons on display than this game.

Patriots @ Bengals – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Patriots (+2.0)

Tom Terrific did this thing again on Sunday Night against the beat up Falcons’ defense. The Falcons offense only got really going in the fourth quarter as the Patriots are back to playing physical defense, but will now be without Vince Wilfork. The Bengals lost a bad game to the Browns away from home and are probably seething for that reason. I know the Bengals are very talented but Andy Dalton would have to beat Tom Brady on this night and I don’t see it.

Seahawks @ Colts – MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Seahawks (-3.0)

The Seahawks pulled off a miraculous comeback thanks to Matt Schaub and Richard Sherman, who play on two different teams. The Colts whooped the Jaguars, to put it nicely. People keep saying the Colts defense is underrated and we will see that get tested this week. We will also see how the Colts offense can hold up as the Seahawks get some of their premiere defenders back.

Lions @ Packers – MONEY LINE: Packers — SPREAD: Packers (-6.5)

The Lions took it to the Bears last week. The Packers were off and Lacy is coming back from his concussion. Expect a lot of points in this one. Rodgers will be on the money this week.

Saints @ Bears – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Saints (E)

The Saints had their way with the Dolphins on Monday Night. Drew Brees is having fun this year and Rob Ryan has shocked the world by turning this defense around completely. The Bears almost had a last minute comeback against the Lions last week but came up short. Jay Cutler finally main some mistakes this year and it cost the Bears.

Eagles @ Giants – MONEY LINE: Giants — SPREAD: Eagles (+3.0)

I don’t want to talk about this game … but I have to. The Eagles offense was outdone completely by the Peyton Manning show. The Eagles question is their defense if the offense can’t score. The Giants are a mess and the season may be in the tubes already after four weeks if it wasn’t for their weak division. This team needs a run game and needs to keep Eli upright.

Panthers @ Cardinals – MONEY LINE: Panthers — SPREAD: Panthers (-2.0)

The Panthers are coming off their bye. The front seven is simply loaded and Jon Beason is getting healthy. The Cardinals beat a beaten Bucs team that has switched quarterbacks and may switch coaches soon. I don’t really like this pick with the Cardinals at home.

Chargers @ Raiders – MONEY LINE: Raiders — SPREAD: Raiders (+5.5)

The Chargers pulled off an upset at home beating the Cowboys. Philip Rivers looked decent again. The defense looked solid, but now Dwight Freeney is done for the year. Terrelle Pryor who has been surprisingly better than average this year will draw the start in a game that was moved to 11:35 ET from 4:35 thanks tot he Oakland A’s playoff game. I am going ballsy on this pick.

Broncos @ Cowboys – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Broncos (-6.0)

The massacres continue. Peyton Manning is toying with the league as he has yet to throw an interception. The Cowboys looked bad again against the Chargers last week. The ‘Boys have demoted Morris Claiborne and their defense does not look good, so their offense will have to keep up with Peyton & Co. against a stout Broncos’ defense.

Texans @ 49ers – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: Texans (+7.0)

The Texans lost a heart-wrencher as Matt Schaub threw away their sure-fire 3-1 record to Richard Sherman. Arian Foster seems to be rounding back into form. The 49ers returned to beating up teams as they took it to the Rams last Thursday night. I like the 49ers because of the extra rest, but it should be close with the Texans’ defense knowing how to shut quarterbacks down.

MONDAY

Jets @ Falcons – MONEY LINE: Falcons — SPREAD: Falcons (-9.0)

The Jets looked horrible against the Titans. They have no hope this week as they will be without Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes. The Falcons almost pulled off a comeback against the Patriots. The banged-up defense will be facing a banged-up offense. I expect a blowout in Atlanta.

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  • 49ERS
  • CHARGERS
  • DOLPHINS
  • BENGALS
  • SEAHAWKS

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Week 4: Recovery Time

Last week was a rough 5-10-1 against the spread … we got worse. 8-8 money line. I will fix this issue, but what a week that was! Too many upsets and we see a lot of teams going 0-3 that are quite puzzling, Giants and Redskins! Thursday night is here and I know you want to see the picks for Week 4!

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How I and the G-Men Feel

THURSDAY

49ers @ Rams – Money Line: 49ers — Spread: Rams (+3.5)

The 49ers kept up their poor play against the Colts. Andrew Luck didn’t have a great game but he commanded it while his counterpart in Colin Kaepernick struggled mightily against a Colts team not known for its defense. Did the league figure out the 49ers’ read option over the offseason or is this just a bad stretch of games for the Niners and their 2012 hero? The Rams looked awful in Dallas last week and I expect them and their underrated defense to bounce back this Thursday night. Both teams coming off bad losses and the 49ers will probably be without Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith.

SUNDAY

The rest of these will not have blurbs for this week … sorry to disappoint!

Steelers @ Vikings – Money Line: Steelers — Spread: Steelers (E)

You sound like you’re from London!!!

Ravens @ Bills – Money Line: Ravens — Spread: Ravens (-3.5)

Ravens big win and Bills bad loss in Week 3, expect the Ravens to have fun with EJ Manuel and the injury ravaged Bills’ defense.

Bengals @ Browns – Money Line: Bengals — Spread: Bengals (-4.5)

I’ll regret this one because the Browns and Bengals always play close.

Colts @ Jaguars – Money Line: Colts — Spread: Colts (-9.0)

Big win for the Colts last week in San Fran and this is definitely a let down game, but I can’t pull myself to take the Jags.

Seahawks @ Houston – Money Line: Seahawks — Spread: Seahawks (-3.0)

‘Hawks embarrassed the Jags last week, now they go on the road to play a Houston team probably upset at the way they got manhandled by the Ravens last week.

Cardinals @ Bucs – Money Line: Cardinals — Spread: Cardinals (+2.5)

Bad loss to the Saints for the Cardinals and then bad loss to the Patriots for the Bucs who have now benched their “franchise” quarterback in favor of their newest rookie, Mike Glennon welcome to the fire.

Bears @ Lions – Money Line: Bears — Spread: Bears (+3.0)

Bears are really the underdog here? The Bears look like one of the best teams in the league as their line looks better and Jay Cutler seems under control. Sorry Lions!

Giants @ Chiefs – Money Line: Giants — Spread: Giants (+4.5)

Honey Badger don’t care!

Jets @ TItans – Money Line: Jets — Spread: Jets (+4.5)

Both MetLife teams on the road to win? Why not! (Herm Edwards voice)

Cowboys @ Chargers – Money Line: Cowboys — Spread: Cowboys (-1.5)

Don’t care, I wish the ‘Boys would lose though.

Redskins @ Raiders – Money Line: Redskins — Spread: Redskins (-3.0)

Redskins are going to get that win regardless of whether Terrelle Pryor plays for the Raiders.

Eagles @ Broncos – Money Line: Broncos — Spread: Broncos (-10.5)

High scoring, the Eagles won’t be able to keep up with how good the Broncos’ defense is.

Patriots @ Falcons – Money Line: Falcons — Spread: Falcons (-1.0)

No Gronk and Amendola means a loss for the Pats as Matt Ryan tosses it around the Georgia Dome where he loves playing.

Dolphins @ Saints – Money Line: Saints — Spread: Saints (-5.5)

I like the ‘Fins, but going into New Orleans Tannehill will struggle against the revamped Saints’ defense.

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UPSET ALERT

  • Chiefs
  • Titans

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  • Colts
  • Bengals
  • Ravens
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Week 3: The Real Start of the Season.

I apologize for not giving insights to the previous couple of college football games. I, however, intend, to not miss another week. This post is intended to breakdown the top 25 match ups throughout the college world. Unfortunately, this week holds a grudge match between two teams from last year. By that, I refer to the early Sunday NFL game that is Texas A&M and Alabama. With that in hand, let the madness begin!!

#25 Ole MIss. vs. Texas

With the 550 rushing yards giving up from Texas defense, the once prominent and powerful longhorns have fallen from grace. The one possible chance that can save Texas and bring them back in the polls is this chance Texas is a powerful offense and David Ash does have a plethora of weapons. Texas has the ability to beat this upcoming young Ole MIss team, but the key is defense. the defense has to shutdown the experienced receiving corps. This Big twelve defense has another task poised in front. This SEC team has the always speedy and illusive Jeff Scott. Texas is able to win if they shut them down. Ole Miss has a multitude of play makers to be shutdown on offense. Ole Miss is going to walk out of this game with a win and a statement that this team has been pieced to be a legitimate threat for South Carolina, LSU, and Georgia. Ole Miss wins 31- 21.

#24 TCU vs. Texas Tech

This is going to be an interesting game and I will say this is upset alert for the Red Raiders. TCU played LSU and lost by ten points. The next week they win by three scores but this does not matter. TCU’s defense will not match up with the up tempo no huddle that the Air Raid Raiders have to offer. In addition, the Red raider’s defense has improved a lot more recently and they are ready to be the wall that has been expected all these years. upset alert with Texas Tech winning 45-24. Sorry TCU.

#21 Notre Dame vs. Purdue

Notre Dame falls as expected because they are not as potent as they used to be. Notre Dame will win with Tommy Rees having another strong game. The defense for Notre Dame is the main concern at the moment. Purdue does not have a great offense, but Notre Dame’s defense surrendered 34 points last week which is unheard. The team was second last year in allowing the least amount of points. It is proven the team can score, but the Notre Dame defense must do its job and deny Purdue.  Notre dame takes an easy win 34- 17

#20 Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

This is going to be a fun game to watch and keep you stopped until the end. For Both teams, this is the real match up for the year and each one can win the game. I have to give it to WIsconsin at the moment. Wisconsin is prized to be more complete and impressive compared to its opponent. They have a dominant line along with the running game. All three running backs already have at least 250 yards rushing and this has been accomplished by 3 separate backs. Their quarterback (Joel Stave) has 416 passing yards with 7 tds and 2 picks. Overall, Wisconsin looks very good in his game and I look forward to seeing how well they perform. Wisconsin walks away with a nice win, but Purdue will put up points unlike the sub division A teams. 31-17 Wisconsin.

#19 Washington vs. Illinois

Washington performed a smart move by including a bye week between the past #19 ranked Boise State and Illinois so they can prepare for the long road ahead. Look for Bishop Sankey (junior) to have another strong performance against the Illini defense which has already surrendered 100 yards per game to two sub division teams. Illinois has also surrendered too many points (41 combined) to these sub division teams. Washington comes in with quarterback Keith Price ready to go and looking phenomenal off the first game performance. However, Washington’s real surprise will be the defense which only allowed Boise State to score two field goals. Washington wins 31-10.

#17 Northwestern vs. W. Michigan

Northwestern has proven me wrong in the past two weeks so I am prepared to do this right, unless they wanna lose to Western Michigan. This team has outscored the previous two teams who are not sub division teams. Northwestern’s passing game with Trevor Siemian leading is a potent attack group. In addition,  Treyvon Green has aided the team in a unopposed running game with already 4 total rushing touchdowns. Northwestern wins 38-10 with a strong performance by Siemian.

#16 UCLA vs. #23 Nebraska

I am not going with an upset alert. The reason is almost the same with Washington. This UCLA team has proven to have a strong batch of starters. The UCLA team looks to continue their defensive prowess against a very potent offensive unit. Tyler Martinez leads the Cornhuskers and has looked excellent through the first couple of weeks. The main fight for this game will be the Huskers offense and the UCLA offense. I expect UCLA to control the tempo with the run and to put the game in hand early on. UCLA wins 31-17,

#14 Oklahoma vs. Tulsa

This one is not even close like most of the remaining games. Tulsa can barely stand up to teams in their own division nowadays. Oklahoma comes in the game at home and awaiting a weak C-USA team. The strongest player in the game will Brennan Clay the runningback for Oklahoma. He has already accumulated 213 running yards with 1 touchdown in the season. The Oklahoma team has allowed 7 points in both games which is the lowest in the entire country. Oklahoma wins this no problem with no sweat or tears shed from it. 45-6 Oklahoma.

#13 South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt

This is a much more interesting game to watch. South Carolina looks to bounce back from the close loss last week to Georgia. Clowney has knocked himself out of the heisman race for the moment, but he could resurface with a strong performance against this Vanderbilt offense. Look for the Matthews to be the leading receiver in this game as Vanderbilt will throw a lot since South Carolina takes an early lead. South Carolina comes out on top though, 31-13.

#12 Oklahoma State. vs. Lamar

Another interesting game to watch out for. All the speculations and scandals about Oklahoma State can distract the team having an easy win in this sub division game. However, I could not see Oklahoma State, who is now the power house of the Big 12, side tracked that much to surrender a fair amount of points to Lamar. More or less, I could not see the Oklahoma State team side tracked to not put up enough points against this sub division defense. This game should be over around the 3rd quarter for Oklahoma State taking an easy win at home and not worrying about the scandals involving their school. Oklahoma State wins 38-10.

#11 Michigan vs. Akron

Last week Michigan accomplished the Notre Dame game as I expected they would. Devin Gardner looks good, but his full potential has not been tapped into just yet. The team scored a high 34 points against the stingy Notre Dame whom allowed very little points last year to Michigan. With Gardner, the team will take this game in an instant and not worry about this MAC opponent knocking at their doorstep. Michigan wins 45-16.

#10 Florida State. vs. Nevada.

I would say this is an upset alert, but I called the pittsburgh vs. Florida State game completely wrong and for that I apologize to the Florida State program. This team comes in from a bye with their freshman sensation Jameis Winston emerging as a strong candidate for december. Weinston knows how to throw the ball with some purpose and how to lead an efficient attack. This is something that Florida State has looked for in their QB’s in the past but the defense has always carried them. I think Florida State keeps it close until the second half when they open it up and bench the starters with ten minutes left in the game. Florida State wins 42-15.

#8 LSU vs. Kent State

This is another strong game for the seeding team. Mettenberger has transformed into a strong quarterback who can control his offense. In addition, Kent State has not been the same team. Look for LSU’s defense to shut down Kent State and bring this game to an end quickly. However, I think Kent State has a good chance to beat their matchup in the top 10 out of all the lower teams playing against the others this week. They have a  dyanmic team who scores consistently at times, but they must out produce the home team. If they were home, I would give Kent State a higher score, but LSU stays strong with a 31-20 win.

#7 Louisville vs. Kentucky

This is Louisville’s first challenge of the entire year and a semi strong one. Bridgewater looks to continue his campaign with already 800 passing yards and seven touchdowns against the weak Kentucky team. Kentucky has been a weak team in the SEC consistently. I cannot see Louisville going wrong in this game considering they are a stronger team, but Kentucky is an SEC team and they are home. So, I can see this game being close for a while, but the talent between the two teams will begin to show and Louisville wins 35-13 against the SEC team.

#5 Stanford vs. Army

Stanford comes into this game giving a strong performance in their opener. Now, they go to Army to play the knights who have a knack for running the ball…like a lot. Gaffney has already accumulated 100 yards and 2 touchdowns in his debut nad looks to increase on the performance throughout the game. Army will be routed very quickly in this game despite being home and having a potent run game. The end score will be a little close, but the Cardinals will prevail. 28-17 goes to the Cardinals and they survive another week.

#4 Ohio State vs. California 

This is a bit of a strong one to look at. Braxton Miller is hurt and does not look like he did last year. In addition, Ohio State is going to play at California and these Golden Bears are looking for an upset alert win. They missed their chance against Northwestern in the season opener. Now, they have another shoot at taking down a top 25 team and Ohio State looks a little weak right now. Their defense looks terrible since they have surrendered so many points to weaker teams. I expect California to win by double digist, but this occurs towards the end as Miller tries to throw the ball and it is taken the other way. Cali wins 35-24.

#2 Oregon vs. Tennessee

I am not going to take long on this one. Oregon is still potent even without Chip Kelly’s offensive prowess there. The team is averaging more points with him gone than before. The original black mamba looks to turn things up with Mariota against Tennessee. The offense will be too much for this Tennessee defense which ends up in their route already. The defense will cause turnovers against Bray and the volunteers to the point that the game is out of hand in the 2nd quarter. Oregon wins 59-14 in this game.

#1 Alabama vs. #6 Texas A&M

Two of the best teams around go head to head as Nick Saban is out for sweet sweet vengeance against Manziel. Although McCarron does not look like the strong heisman candidate they were boasting about, it does not matter. The A&M defense has been almost non existent in the past couple of games. Manziel has 6 touchdowns with around 400 passing yards, but not a lot of rushing yards in hand. Look for multiple blitzs to hinder Manziel in this game. Saban has already looked all the tape on Manziel and made a sound proof strategy. He has even had a bye week to plan the game out and prep both sides of his teams to defeat A&M. The only thing to save Manziel is his line and receivers. If the line holds nad the receivers somehow get open against this athletic and powerful secondary, Manziel may pull this game out. In addition, the Aggies are also home which could help them with having McCarron not hear the snap count and the defense getting an advantage over Bama. I am going with roll tide since they are the more poweful and all around team from what I have seen in the one game they had.  31-17. Roll tide

Well, these are the predictions for the week. Thanks for reading and see you next week. Remember you heard the word from here.

What if We Could Alter the NFL Logos?

It’s Week 3 of the NFL and I’m already fully engulfed in all of the madness, but how about a little shakeup? Imagine if the NFL did a total re-haul of all the logos and what each one would look like. Recently, Barstool Sports has linked us to some of the ideas fans have had and I actually like most if not all of them. Remember when the NFL announced they were switching to Nike and dropping Reebok from their jersey production? There were images of what one illustrator thought would be possible with the new agreement with Nike and the possibility of Nike Pro Combat Jerseys, but none of that happened or even came close, except the Seahawks. If only (sighs).

Here is a link to three articles:

Simply redesigned logos

http://www.barstoolsports.com/philly/super-page/somebody-redesigned-the-logos-for-all-32-nfl-teams/

(Original link: http://imgur.com/gallery/yGJKk)

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Game of Thrones (somewhat) inspired NFL logos:

http://philly.barstoolsports.com/random-thoughts/somebody-made-nfl-logos-game-of-thrones-style-and-they-are-amazing/

(Original link: http://whatshotdjroomba.minus.com/uploads)

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Hypothetical Uniform redesigns from 2010, just to look at what could have been. Have fun with your uni’s like NCAA does! Looking at you, Nike and NFL: (Scroll through with arrows)

http://www.businessinsider.com/check-out-these-insane-nfl-uniform-redesigns-2010-11#arizona-cardinals-1

Waiting on you, Nike!

Waiting on you, Nike!

 

 

 

Week 3: Let’s not Overreact

12-4 Week 2 money line, against the spread we got better going 7-8-1 rather than 4-12 in Week 1. I’ll get better at the spreads, that’s a promise, but let’s keep the ball rolling on the money line picks ’cause we’re on fire. I will reiterate we make picks with spreads based on opening lines from Sundays before the respective week.

Off to Indy!!!

Off to Indy!!!

THURSDAY

Chiefs @ Eagles – Money Line: Eagles — Spread: Chiefs (+3.0)

The Eagles high powered offense was outmatched by Philip Rivers? The one weakness of the Eagles is what Chip Kelly fears the most, the offense sitting on the sidelines. If their opponent can dominate the time of possession then the Eagles could see a bunch of losses. The Chiefs defense is underrated after a solid showing against the Cowboys in Arrowhead. If Alex Smith can be the 13-3 Alex Smith from two years ago the Chiefs are headed to the playoffs.

SUNDAY

Texans @ Ravens – Money Line: Texans — Spread: Texans (+1.0)

The Texans keep needing late game comebacks and that will only work for so long. Ben Tate has been outplaying Arian Foster, but has only been getting about 25% of the snaps that the overused Foster has. I’m not saying Foster has lost a step after missing training camp and the preseason, but it wouldn’t be outrageous to think so. DeAndre Hopkins might be emerging as the second option behind Andre Johnson the Texans have always desired. The Ravens’ defense looked much better against the Browns last week, but the offense still looks off without many weapons. If they could get Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce on the field most of the time, they would be better off, but Rice might not play, tilting the scales.

Giants @ Panthers – Money Line: Giants — Spread: Giants (+2.5)

Eli Manning has 7 interceptions already and the G-Men have 10. Yikes. They haven’t looked like themselves, their pass rush can get no pressure leaving their somewhat surprisingly deep corners out on islands. The Giants need to give the ball to David Wilson and get over the fumbles, it’s time to turn the corner on it. They need to right this ship. Cam Newton and the Panthers seemed to find a stride somewhat against the Bills. We will see how the talent-less offense responds against the Giants’ defense at home. The Panthers front seven is surprisingly good, like the Giants on the road as dogs.

Rams @ Cowboys – Money Line: Cowboys — Spread: Rams (+3.5)

The Rams played catch-up and almost completed the comeback against the Falcons last week. The defense is probably seething after that embarrassing first half, which is bad for Tony Romo. I will repeat the Rams have speedsters all over the field on offense, so watch out Cowboys. The ‘Boys looked real good in the first quarter, especially the connection of Romo and Dez Bryant, but they strayed away from Bryant in the second half, leading to a bad loss. They will look to rebound in Jerry’s World, but don’t expect the run game to get going against this front seven.

Chargers @ Titans – Money Line: Titans— Spread: Chargers (+3.0)

The Chargers shocked the world with their first half performance against the Texans on MNF opening weekend. Then, they froze hell over and beat the Chip Kelly Eagles in Philly. Philip Rivers looked like vintage Philip Rivers, which is something we shouldn’t count on every week. With no run game and few weapons on offense the Chargers will have trouble finding more wins, but might not be hard pressed to find one in Nashville. Nothing to say about the Titans, except their in trouble with an unhappy Kenny Britt. The biggest challenge for the Chargers is the fact they traveled to Philly, back to San Diego, only to come back to Tennessee.

Buccaneers @ Patriots – Money Line: Patriots — Spread: Buccaneers (+7.5)

The Bucs look bad, but played the hell out of the Saints. Josh Freeman is in the doghouse of Greg Schiano and probably won’t find his way out until he starts winning some games. Darrelle Revis appeared to be there as well, but he claims they have smoothed things out. The Bucs’ defense isn’t their problem it’s the offense, but that’s the problem the Pats have right now. Tom Brady has looked pedestrian through the first two weeks and I doubt it will continue when Gronk comes back, but that probably won’t be this weekend. The defenses will keep this game close.

Browns @ Vikings – Money Line: Vikings — Spread: Vikings (-3.0)

Well this is awkward. The Browns have traded away their best player and are back into a rebuilding mode after having hopes for two games? Their defense has held up their side, but the offense has not been able to get going and won’t find any more success with Richardson gone (they have replaced him with Willis McGahee) and Brian Hoyer starting now. Adrian Peterson is salivating at the thought of his Vikings competing in a game, which results in more carries for him. Expect a heavy workload for Purple Jesus this week, but this team might need to turn the page on Christian Ponder soon.

Packers @ Bengals – Money Line: Packers — Spread: Packers (+1.5)

The Packers looked like the Packers of two years ago scoring in bunches against the Redskins last week. Rodgers looked like his MVP self and his weapons are pretty solid yet again. James Starks filled in quite nicely for Eddie Lacy as he was knocked out with a concussion (no pun intended). Their defense allowed the Redskins to make a game out of it, but shouldn’t find too much trouble against the Andy Dalton led Bengals. The Bengals defense had their way with the Steelers and Big Ben. The offense struggled yet again at the hands of Andy Dalton. All of his down-field passes seem to go out of bounds. I like the Packers offense to outrun the defense of the Bengals.

Lions @ Redskins – Money Line: Redskins — Spread: Redskins (-2.5)

The Lions lost a heart-breaker to the Cardinals in Arizona last week and now have to travel back to Washington to face an 0-2, but hungry Redskins team. Calvin Johnson exploded again on Patrick Peterson in a losing effort, while Reggie Bush came out of the game all banged up, but Joique Bell has and would fill in nicely. RGIII has not been called upon to run, but now every media outlet is saying that’s why the Redskins keep losing. We will see how the game planning has changed over the past week, but expect him to stay in the pocket a lot and sling the ball around against a bad Lions defense. This should be a shootout.

Cardinals @ Saints – Money Line: Saints — Spread: Cardinals (+7.5)

The Cardinals eeked out a late win after losing a late on against the Rams in Week One. Carson Palmer is having fun with this new offense he is playing under, but Larry Fitzgerald’s injury will not benefit him. The Cardinals defense is a solid unit, but I don’t know if they can stick with the Saints. The Saints defense has looked better, but now they just lost Patrick Robinson and are very thin every where on defense. Drew Brees will explode sooner or later, and might be in for a big game at home, but I’ll take the 7.5 points considering the Cards also play in a dome.

Falcons @ Dolphins – Money Line: Falcons — Spread: Falcons (+1.5)

Steven Jackson won’t play this week and nobody knows when he will be back, but that means Matt Ryan gets to have fun. The Falcons are 1-1 after losing a heart-breaker at the Thunderdome, but face another tough defense like last week against the Rams. The Falcons are getting thinner on the defensive side after losing Sean Witherspoon to the I.R. The Dolphins are surprisingly 2-0, having beaten the Browns and the offensive line-less Colts in Indy. Ryan Tannehill has looked improved and Lamar Miller looked better last week and will look good against a bad Falcons defense again this week. If Tannehill and Mike Wallace continue to build their rapport, this team could sneak into the playoffs.

Bills @ Jets – Money Line: Jets — Spread: Bills (+2.5)

The Bills inched out an exciting win at home last week. Now they face what’s turning into a typical Rex Ryan defense at MetLife Stadium. Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are already on the same page as E.J. Manuel, spelling trouble for opposing defenses, especially if C.J. Spiller can get into the open field. The Bills defense just needs to stand its ground. The Jets lost an ugly one to the Patriots on Thursday Night in Foxborough. Geno Smith cannot keep making the mistakes he was baited into by Bill Belichick. The defense is how I’m going to make this pick.

Jaguars @ Seahawks – Money Line: Seahawks — Spread: Seahawks (-16.5)

The line has been at 20 as well, and I still would’ve taken it. The Jags look like the cream of the crap so far, and might be without Maurice Jones-Drew, good luck with that Jacksonville! The Seahawks had their way with the 49ers yet again last week even with Russell Wilson’s poor performance. The Seahawks might send out the backups after the third quarter in this one.

Colts @ 49ers – Money Line: 49ers — Spread: Colts (+10.5)

Post-Trent Richardson Trade this line has moved only half a point to a point. The Colts merely gave up a first round pick (most likely in the 20s) to get the former #3 pick overall from the Browns. They have massively upgraded their running back, but their line still sucks. Andrew Luck will now have a new play toy and a great 1-2 punch in Richardson and Bradshaw. The Niners were embarrassed on national television and I don’t think they liked it. I see them embarrassing the Colts to save face, but garbage time will see this game get closer.

Bears @ Steelers – Money Line: Bears — Spread: Bears (-1.0)

When a road team is favored, it’s never good for the home team. The Steelers can’t get much going on offense except from their speedy receivers on dink and dunk passes. The Steelers kept attempting to go to Jerrico Cotchery on Monday Night, which left me wondering what was Todd Haley smoking in Cinci. Their offensive line is horrendous and will struggle against a good Bears’ defense. The Bears offense pulled out a victory in the last seconds of their 31-30 win against the Vikings. The defense will have a better game against the mostly talent-less Steelers’ offense.

MONDAY

Raiders @ Broncos – Money Line: Raiders (just kidding, Broncos) — Spread: Broncos (-15.5)

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Charles Woodson made one of the best tackles I’ve ever seen on MJD last week to save a touchdown, but that’s all I can say about that game. Good luck, Raiders! Peyton Manning and the Broncos went into MetLife Stadium and dismantled the Giants and little brother Eli. The Broncos are firing on all cylinders already and Knowshown Moreno looks good right now and expect a lot of carries from him as the Broncos will be up early and often here. I can see the game finishing closer than expected because it is Monday Night Football after all.

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UPSET ALERT

This week I am putting the Dolphins, Panthers, Bengals, Titans and Redskins on Upset Alert. I know it’s a lot of teams but one of the most beloved things about the NFL is the parity every year.

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SURVIVOR PICK

This week let’s just say take the

  • Seahawks
  • Broncos
  • Vikings

No need to look at anyone else, the Vikings could lose, but the Browns will look bad this week.