Week 15: Punch Your Tickets if You Can!

The Fantasy Football playoffs are upon us, most leagues started last week. I wanted to post my teams at the beginning of this year with how ridiculous I thought they were, but then they got better. I am in the semi-finals in four out of five leagues (thanks to three byes). So good luck to all in their respective playoff match-ups!!! A present for everyone at the bottom, but for now, onto the picks:

THURSDAY NIGHT

chargers  Chargers @ Broncos broncos – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Broncos (-10.5)

SUNDAY

png-19 Redskins @ Falcons falcons – MONEY LINE: Falcons — SPREAD: Redskins (-6.0)

49ers  49ers @ Buccaneers png-6 – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: Buccaneers (+5.5)

png-10 Cardinals @ Titans png-20 – MONEY LINE: Cardinals — SPREAD: Cardinals (-2.5)

saints Saints @ Rams rams – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Saints (-6.0)

png-2 Seahawks @ Giants png – MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Giants (+7.0)

png-15  Bears @ Browns png-23 – MONEY LINE: Bears — SPREAD: Bears (+1.0)

texansTexans @ Colts png-17 – MONEY LINE: Colts — SPREAD: Texans (+5.5)

png-9  Bills @ Jaguars download – MONEY LINE: Bills — SPREAD: Bills (-2.5)

png-8Patriots @ Dolphins png-22 – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Patriots (-2.5)

png-18Eagles @ Vikings png-12 – MONEY LINE: Eagles — SPREAD: Eagles (-5.0)

images Jets @ Panthers png-3 – MONEY LINE: Panthers — SPREAD: Jets (+11.0)

chiefsChiefs @ Raiders png-16 – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Chiefs (-4.0)

packers Packers @ Cowboys png-1 – MONEY LINE: Cowboys — SPREAD: Cowboys (-7.0)

png-14  Bengals @ Steelers png-21 – MONEY LINE: Bengals — SPREAD: Steelers (+3.0)

MONDAY NIGHT

png-4  Ravens @ Lions  png-13 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Ravens (+6.0)

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UPSET SPECIAL

  • BENGALS
  • CARDINALS
  • PATRIOTS
  • BROWNS

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SURVIVOR POOL

  • COWBOYS
  • CHIEFS
  • PANTHERS
  • EAGLES
  • COLTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 14: The One Before 15 …

FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS!!!!

Smooth like Keith Stone !

THURSDAY

texansTexans @ Jaguars download – MONEY LINE: Texans — SPREAD: Texans (-2.5)

SUNDAY

chiefs  Chiefs @ Redskins png-19 – MONEY LINE: Chiefs — SPREAD: Chiefs (+2.0)

png-12 Vikings @ Ravens png-4 – MONEY LINE: Ravens — SPREAD: Vikings (+7.0)

png-23  Browns @ Patriots png-8 – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Browns (+10.0)

png-16Raiders @ Jets images – MONEY LINE: Jets — SPREAD: Raiders (+3.0)

png-17Colts @ Bengals png-14 – MONEY LINE: Bengals — SPREAD: Bengals (-5.0)

png-3 Panthers @ Saints saints – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Panthers (+4.0)

png-13  Lions @ Eagles png-18 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Lions (+3.0)

png-22 Dolphins @ Steelers png-21 – MONEY LINE: Steelers — SPREAD: Dolphins (+3.5)

png-9 Bills @ Buccaneers png-6 – MONEY LINE: Buccaneers — SPREAD: Buccaneers (-2.5)

png-20  Titans @ Broncos broncos – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Broncos (-12.5)

rams Rams @ Cardinals png-10 – MONEY LINE: Cardinals  — SPREAD: Rams (+6.0)

png  Giants @ Chargers  chargers  – MONEY LINE: Chargers — SPREAD: Giants (+3.5)

png-2Seahawks @ 49ers 49ers – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: Seahawks (+3.5)

falcons Falcons @ Packers packers – MONEY LINE: Packers — SPREAD: Falcons (+3.0)

MONDAY NIGHT

png-1 Cowboys @ Bears png-15 – MONEY LINE: Cowboys — SPREAD: Cowboys (-1.0)

BYEAHHHHH!!!!

BYEAHHHHH!!!!

UPSET ALERT

  • DOLPHINS
  • SAINTS
  • CARDINALS
  • 49ERS
  • COWBOYS

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SURVIVOR POOL

  • PATRIOTS
  • BRONCOS
  • CHIEFS
  • RAVENS

Week 13: Giving Thanks

Three Football games on Thanksgiving? Well thank you very much! Happy Thanksgiving to all and your families!

Football Thanksgiving

THURSDAY

packers Packers @ Lions png-13 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Lions (E)

png-16 Raiders @ Cowboys png-1 – MONEY LINE: Cowboys — SPREAD: Raiders (+9.5)

png-21 Steelers @ Ravens png-4 – MONEY LINE: Ravens — SPREAD: Steelers (+3.0)

SUNDAY

png-20 Titans @ Colts png-17 – MONEY LINE: Colts — SPREAD: Colts (-4.5)

broncos Broncos @ Chiefs chiefs – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Chiefs (E)

downloadJaguars @ Browns png-23 – MONEY LINE: Browns — SPREAD: Jaguars (+7.0)

png-6 Buccaneers @ Panthers png-3 – MONEY LINE: Panthers — SPREAD: Buccaneers (+9.5)

png-15  Bears @ Vikings png-12 – MONEY LINE: Bears — SPREAD: Vikings (+2.5)

png-10Cardinals @ Eagles png-18 – MONEY LINE: Cardinals — SPREAD: Cardinals (+3.5)

png-22 Dolphins @ Jets images – MONEY LINE: Jets — SPREAD: Dolphins (+2.0)

falcons Falcons @ Bills png-9 – MONEY LINE: Bills – SPREAD: Falcons (+3.5)

rams Rams @ 49ers 49ers – MONEY LINE: 49ers — SPREAD: Rams (+7.5)

png-14  Bengals @ Chargers chargers – MONEY LINE: Bengals — SPREAD: Bengals (-1.0)

png-8Patriots @ Texans texans – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Patriots (-7.0)

png Giants @ Redskins png-19 – MONEY LINE: Redskins — SPREAD: Giants (+2.5)

MONDAY

saintsSaints @ Seahawks png-2 – MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Seahawks (-4.5)

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UPSET ALERT

  • BENGALS
  • CARDINALS
  • BEARS
  • RAVENS
  • LIONS
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SURVIVOR POOL

  • PATRIOTS
  • PANTHERS
  • COWBOYS

Week 11: Oops

So we forgot to make picks last week to help you all out, but here we are today in Week 11:

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BYE TEAMS: Cowboys & Rams

THURSDAY:

png-20 Titans @ Colts png-17 – MONEY LINE: Colts — SPREAD: Colts (-2.5)

SUNDAY:

falconsFalcons @ Bucs png-6 – MONEY LINE: Falcons — SPREAD: Falcons (E)

imagesJets @ Bills png-9 – MONEY LINE: Jets — SPREAD: Bills (-1.0)

png-13Lions @ Steelers png-21 – MONEY LINE: Lions — SPREAD: Lions (-3.0)

png-19Redskins @ Eagles png-18 – MONEY LINE: Redskins — SPREAD: Redskins (+3.0)

chargers  Chargers @ Dolphins png-22 – MONEY LINE: Chargers — SPREAD: Chargers (-1.0)

png-4  Ravens @ Bears png-15 – MONEY LINE: Ravens — SPREAD: Ravens (+2.5)

png-23  Browns @ Bengals png-14 – MONEY LINE: Bengals — SPREAD: Browns (+6.0)

png-16 Raiders @ Texans texans – MONEY LINE: Texans — SPREAD: Texans (-7.0)

png-10Cardinals @ Jaguars download – MONEY LINE: Cardinals — SPREAD: Jaguars (+6.5)

png-12Vikings @ Seahawks png-2 – MONEY LINE: Seahawks — SPREAD: Vikings (+13.5)

49ers  49ers @ Saints saints – MONEY LINE: Saints — SPREAD: Saints (-2.5)

packersPackers @ Giants png – MONEY LINE: Giants — SPREAD: Packers (+7.0)

 

 

chiefs  Chiefs @ Broncos broncos – MONEY LINE: Broncos — SPREAD: Chiefs (+7.5)

MONDAY NIGHT:

png-8Patriots @ Panthers png-3 – MONEY LINE: Patriots — SPREAD: Patriots (+2.5)

SURVIVOR PICK:

  • TEXANS
  • SEAHAWKS
  • CARDINALS

UPSET ALERT:

  • SAINTS
  • BILLS
  • EAGLES
  • JETS
  • BENGALS
  • BEARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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!

How I and the G-Men Feel

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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SURVIVOR POOL PICKS

  • Colts
  • Bengals
  • Ravens
  • Redskins (ballsy at 0-3)

 

Week 2: Aftermath of Week 1

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RIP Kaep … Ouch-town Population you, Bro! (Pepper Brooks)

What did we look like after Week 1 you ask? Taking a look at the money line Sports Gone HAM went a solid 11-5, but against the spread we were a truly disappointing 4-10-2 (pushes). We will get better on the spreads, but it is the first time we are trying and Week 1 saw some head-scratchers. Let’s get into week one and reflect on some injuries and Week 1 games during each match-up:

THURSDAY

Jets @ Patriots (-12.0) – Money Line: Patriots —- Spread: Jets (+12.0)

The Pats are hurting on offense and it showed last weekend. Stevan Ridley has struggled to hold onto the ball ever since the playoffs last season and now Shane Vereen, his talented backup, is out until at least Week 10. Danny Amendola is not expected to play and they are still missing Gronk. It looks like Thompkins and Edelman will be the one-two punch. The Jets pulled a win out of nowhere last Sunday as Geno Smith scrambled out of bounds and was inexplicably pushed out of bounds by Lavonte David. The Jets defense looked solid as usual last weekend, but the offense looked somewhat anemic in Smith’s first start. He did show some maturity throughout the game taking some sacks and not making horrible throws. I like their defense to keep this game somewhat close.

SUNDAY

Chargers @ Eagles (7.5) – Money Line: Eagles —- Spread: Eagles (-7.5)

The Chargers had an epic collapse with only twenty minutes to go in their Monday Night Football game against the Houston Texans. From what I saw in the first half, Philip Rivers looked pretty good and crisp after an off-season where his possible regression was called into question. The second half happened and it looked like the critics could be right, but only time will tell. The Eagles fumbled the ball on a questionable call their first drive, but dominated after that. They ran 53 plays in the first half with their new Oregon offense and looked sharp. They play fast because that’s what their top three guys have, speed and lots of it (Vick, Jackson and McCoy). Look for the Eagles to tire out the Chargers and coast in the second half.

Browns @ Ravens (-6.5)  – Money Line: Ravens —- Spread: Ravens (-6.5)

The Browns looked lost at home against the Dolphins. Besides Jordan Cameron, Trent Richardson is the best receiving option and he lines up in the backfield. The Ravens defense will be angry after being embarrassed, man-handled, torched and simply run off the field by the Broncos and Peyton’s seven touchdowns on Opening Night. The Ravens offense was average with a lack of talent in their receiving corps as well. Marlon Brown seems like he might make a nice addition in the slot, but Torrey Smith can’t man the outside by himself. This will be interesting and even though I think 6.5 is a lot of points, I still go Ravens at home.

Titans @ Texans (-9.0) – Money Line: Texans —- Spread: Texans (-9)

The Titans looked good, but that was against a really bad offense that calls its home Pittsburgh. That line is horrific and made the Titans defense look like … well the Steelers’ defense. Chris Johnson found some lanes against a stout run defense, but his sledding won’t get easier against the tough Texans defense. The Texans looked disastrous in the first half against the Chargers, but turned into the AFC South champs in the second half. Andre Johnson did his Andre Johnson thing and broke 100 yards as Matt Schaub abused him in the target area. Arian Foster looked a little rusty and Ben Tate looked poised to take over when he could. Gary Kubiak said they might need to split the carries more evenly if this keeps up. I still like Texans giving the 9.

Dolphins @ Colts (-3.0) – Money Line: Colts —- Spread: Colts (-3.0)

The Dolphins beat a bad looking Browns team while leaving their most talented player on offense out of the equation, which left him pretty upset with the coaching staff. Mike Wallace needs to be given the ball because he’s a play-maker, and if their run game can’t get going he has the talent to make something out of nothing. The Colts looked flat for some reason against a bad Oakland defense. The Colts line still isn’t the best and their run game is at the bottom of the pack. If Ahmad Bradshaw can’t overtake Vic Ballard, it could mean more passes for Andrew Luck each game. At home I like the Colts

Panthers (-3.0) @ Bills – Money Line: Bills —- Spread: Bills (+3.0)

The Panthers front seven looked great against a great run team in the Seahawks. However, that team had traveled from the other corner of the country and played at 1 P.M. and I don’t care who you are, that’s never easy. The Panthers offense looked horrendous against a great defense, so try and get a read on that one. The Bills looked pretty good against the Patriots and took them to the wire, but couldn’t finish the job. E.J. Manuel had a couple of nice throws, but his defense couldn’t hold up against Tom and the Pats beat-up offense. I like the Bills at home.

Rams @ Falcons (-7.0) – Money Line: Falcons —- Spread: Rams (+7.0)

The Rams came roaring back against the Cardinals and used “Legatron” to cap off the come from behind victory. Bradford looked better than the past few years behind a revamped offensive line featuring newly acquired Jake Long. He has explosive weapons all over the field, Richardson, Austin, Givens, and Cook and he seems to be hitting it off with all. The defense is underrated and can get in the backfield as well as force turnovers. The Falcons are coming off a heart-breaker against their arch-rival Saints. Their defense played better than anyone expected with Asante Samuel, but their offense looked nothing like last years with Roddy White being banged up. I want to pick the Falcons, but their defense and the speed around Bradford worry me.

Redskins @ Packers (-7.0) – Money Line: Packers —- Spread: Redskins (+7.0)

RGIII looked rusty, but then he settled in against the Eagles defense. Alfred Morris did not look like himself on a very costly fumble, and the defense was tired after the Eagles ran their up-tempo offense. The defense will need to shore up against Rodgers and the Pack to have a shot. The P ackers put up a good fight against the reigning NFC Champions, but simply couldn’t put a cap on the Kaep. Their secondary was lit up by the likes of Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, which makes RGIII feel confident. The Pack tried to establish the run game while airing it out with Rodgers. They have a good fit in Lacy and he likes what he saw from McCoy’s performance on Monday night I’m Sure.

Cowboys @ Chiefs (-2.5) – Money Line: Cowboys —- Spread: Cowboys (+2.5)

The Cowboys defense looked great forcing 6 turnovers against the Giants, but the offense was unable to capitalize on each turnover as the Giants were on the verge of a comeback until the final turnover did them in. Tony Romo suffered bruise ribs after getting finally hit by the Giants defensive linemen. The Cowboys still looked like the better team on Sunday and could be a force with all their talent if they can get the offense really flowing. The Chiefs looked well-rounded, but that was against the lowly Jaguars. The defense forced turnovers and got into the backfield, which could help against the Cowboys O-Line. Their defense will need to perform up to better standards to stop the Cowboys offensive weapons. I like the ‘Boys here even with Dez Bryant injured.

Vikings @ Bears (-6.0) – Money Line: Bears —- Spread: Bears (-6.0)

The Vikings pass game is going to be a problem for a while unless someone can teach Christian Ponder how to be an NFL quarterback. As was the case last year, Adrian Peterson will face a lot of “full box” situations because most teams want leave the game in Ponder’s hands. The Vikings corners looked good last week shutting down Calvin Johnson, but the whole defense was embarassed by probably the most dangerous open field player in the NFL in Reggie Bush. The Bears withstood a tough test from the Bengals last week and somehow Jay Cutler did not take a sack. Brandon Marshall and Cutler are on a whole other level right now. Their defense isn’t the same without Urlacher and Tillman was abused by AJ Green, but the Vikes don’t have that type of outside weapon so Bears here.

Saints (-3.5) @ Buccaneers – Money Line: Saints —- Spread: Saints (-3.5)

The Saints defense stopped the Falcons. Say what? The Saints offense looked pretty good with Sean Payton back, but they can definitely do more. Just wait till they hit their stride, but their defense will leak and won’t hold teams to 17 very often to be honest. The Bucs lost in shocking fashion. Their defense looked good with the addition of Revis, but the offense looked lost. Josh Freeman is in a make or break year, his contract year, and he has weapons that most quarterbacks would thrive with. They need to fix his focus otherwise it’ll be another long season to the team with pewter helmets. Saints here.

Lions (-1.0) @ Cardinals – Money Line: Cardinals —- Spread: Cardinals (1.0)

The Lions newest offensive toy looked fantastic against the Vikings; however, they can’t rely on Reggie Bush to beat better teams like the Arizona Cardinals. Calvin Johnson will needed to produce more than 4 catches for the Lions to keep winning games. Suh made another stupid mistake that cost him a ton of money. The Cardinals looked good throughout the game against a good Rams defense and Carson Palmer seems to fit Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme. Their defense looked solid as well and they have talent that’ll surprise most. I think at home the Cardinals will take this one.

Jaguars @ Raiders (-6.0) – Money Line: Raiders —- Spread: Jaguars (+6.0)

The Jaguars looked historically bad. Gabbert is out (apparently with an injury) and Henne is in. Henne produced decent numbers last year while filling in for Gabbert. I like Maurice Jones-Drew this week against a bad Raiders defense, but it’s hard to expect much from the Jags’ offense. The Raiders looked surprisingly decent against the Colts in Indy on Sunday. Until the final drive where they turned the ball over, the Raiders looked serviceable. I like the Raiders here because of the elusiveness of Terrelle Pryor, but with Henne under center I don’t like them by more than 6, but I might change my take on this game.

Broncos (-5.0) @ Giants – Money Line: Giants —- Money Line: Giants (+5.0)

The Broncos looked scary on Opening Night as Peyton tossed seven touchdowns at Mile High. Their defense, even without Von Miller and Champ Bailey looked pretty solid against the defending champs. I am worried about what the Broncos are capable of this year in a division with zero defense. The Patriots record of points scored and Tom Brady’s touchdown record have been warned. The G-Men. Where to start? Six turnovers doomed the Giants on Sunday night and no team could recover from that. Except, the Giants almost had the game won before the last turnover. The defense looked good and held Dez Bryant to two catches. If David Wilson can fix himself and the line can protect Eli, the Giants could surprise people here with a win against Big Brother. These are the games the Giants always step up and win.

49ers @ Seahawks (-3.0) – Money Line: Seahawks —- Money Line: Seahawks (-3.0)

Could be one of the games of the year. The 49ers took down the Packers using Anquan Boldin last week at Candlestick. Kaepernick proved yet again he can toss the ball around with the best of them. The Niners defense, even giving up 28 points still looked like a bunch of studs. The Seahawks looked jet-lagged in Carolina and eeked out a 12-7 win. These are probably the two best teams in the NFL and they play in the same division. I can’t wait to sit down and watch this outright brawl as this rivalry has become grounded in their hatred and their physical play. I like the Seahawks at home. Remember last year’s game?

MONDAY

Steelers @ Bengals (-7.0) – Money Line: Bengals —- Money Line: Bengals (-7.0)

The Steelers’ offense looked as bad as the Jaguars’ did. Big Ben can’t stand in the pocket for more than four seconds and his receivers, maybe excluding Antonio Brown, are a bunch of B-listers and below. He will continue to struggle without his safety blanket in Heath Miller. The defense looked more fresh against the bad Titans’ offense, but they will truly be tested against a young Bengals offense. The Bengals lost a heart-breaker to the Bears last weekend in Soldier Field. The defense wasn’t able to get to Jay Cutler which is puzzling considering the front seven this team has. The defense and the offense are both solid units making this Bengals team my favorite to still take home the AFC North. This will be a physical game, but I like the Bengals even with the big spread.

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UPSET SPECIAL

My Upset Alerts for this week fall on the BroncosLions , Chiefs, Falcons and Panthers. All of these teams are favorites, three of which are on the road. Keep an eye on these games ladies and ‘gents.

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SURVIVOR POOL

So last week I actually took the Colts and survived by the hairs on my chin (there are none right now). For this week the teams I like, depending on who you have chosen are:

  • PATRIOTS
  • RAVENS
  • COLTS
  • TEXANS
  • EAGLES

Good luck this week to all!

5 Things We Learned: The Refs are Back, Jack Edition!

Let’s get right into another wild week of lessons we learned in Week 4 of the NFL.

1) Your ‘favorite’ zebra-striped officials are back and better than the same as ever. One week removed from being screwed over by a blatantly obvious bad call by the refs on Monday Night Football, the Green Bay Packers found themselves benefitting from blatant bad calls in their games vs. New Orleans. A key fumble by Darren Sproles went the way of the Packers, despite replay showing otherwise. If refs aren’t getting calls right with replay, we’re in trouble going forward.

If you watched any games this weekend, compare the reactions the fans gave the refs at the beginning with the jeers they received towards the end. The officiating wasn’t top-notch, but I am willing to cut them slack…they were rusty.

2) Tony Romo is never going to turn the corner. Every season, all the experts tell us that this is Romo’s year to breakout and show the world that he is one of the elite quarterback’s in the NFL…and then he steps on the field and has a game like he did Monday night vs. Chicago. It’s the type of game that makes you scratch your head and wonder why Jerry Jones and Co. are actually considering giving an extension to this guy.

I’m sure Tony is a stand-up guy off the field, but on the field he’s a sit down guy, as in all he usually does is throw picks in crunch time and goes back to sitting down on the bench. Romo played in his Super Bowl opening night when Dallas took on the Giants. The Cowboys actually haven’t looked that good since Week 1 too.

3) If the New Orleans Saints keep this up, Sean Payton should be a unanimous choice for Coach of the Year. This is coming from the same school of thought that Peyton should’ve won MVP last season because of his team’s abysmal performance all season long. The Saints should be able to go out and win games in spite of the absence of their head coach. This should be firing them up if anything.

The complete opposite is occurring though. They are playing well enough to keep their fans hopes alive until the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The play-calling doesn’t appear to be different from the naked eye. Drew Brees is doing the same thing he did last season: Brees drops back, checks his reads, throws a strike to (insert Saints wide receiver here), and then repeat; it’s like the cycles on a washing machine. For a man that is making 40 million dollars this season, Brees should have his team in a complete “us against the world” mentality, thus using Bountygate as bulletin-board material. Instead, they look more “woe is me.”

4) A quarter of the way through this NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals look better than people expected. Regardless of whether or not the Cardinals beat the Rams this evening, they have looked solid throughout the first four weeks of the season.

No one can use the excuse that they haven’t played anybody good because it would be dishonest to say so. The Cardinals handed the New England Patriots a loss at Gillette, a feat not many teams have accomplished during the Brady/Belichick era. On top of that, they convincingly beat down the Philadelphia Eagles at home. Their other two wins have come against the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins, the latter of which has one of the stingiest run defenses in this early season.

I’m not saying they are Super Bowl contenders just yet. Looking ahead, the Cardinals could very well be undefeated going into their match-up vs. San Francisco in three weeks. Not that NFL teams will admit to looking that far ahead, but I am sure the Cardinals understand that game will be their measuring stick for how where they rank amongst the class of the NFC.

5) The beef between Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is over…and by over I mean it was never really much of a ‘beef’ to begin with. Leave it to major sports outlets (mainly ESPN), to overhype something that never had much air under it.

Tupac and Biggie had a beef. Magic and Bird had a beef. Jay-Z and Nas had a beef. I could go on, but you get the point: those were actual feuds between two individuals who just did not get along. Osi and LeSean exchanged comments about each other through Twitter of all places. That alone is by no means an outlet that people will take you mildly serious on.

Kudos to them both though for providing the media, and both Giants and Eagles fans, entertainment to get us through the week leading up to the rivalry games these past two seasons.

#BookIt

-Brian Hartline is gone in every fantasy league you are in.

-Mr. Hartline is going to disappoint you big time this weekend coming off that monster game vs. a relatively sound Cardinals secondary. Cincy will be ready!

-Tebow will be starting for the Jets by/if not before Thanksgiving

-CJ2K is NOT back, and Sunday vs. Minnesota will show that his overdue 100-yard rushing performance was a fluke.

-RG3 WILL run away with the Rookie of the Year award, literally.

Week 4’s recipient of the McKayla is Not Impressed award goes to the New England Patriots. Let’s not run amuck declaring the Patriots offense is back and here to stay after they hung 52 points on the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday. The Jets hung 48 on them for crying out loud! If you didn’t expect the Patriots to go out and do the same thing, then I would question your football knowledge big time. The Bills are about as good on defense as the Phoenix Suns, and what is that saying? Absolutely nothing!

I reiterate, on behalf of NFL fans around the world: No one is impressed that the New England Patriots did something that was on par with an accomplishment that the New York Jets achieved in their season-opener vs. the Buffalo Bills.

With that said, if the Patriots come out and put on an offensive clinic against the Denver Broncos, then we can start saying the Patriots have found their offensive mojo once again.

Editor’s Update: The Cardinals may still have their San Francisco game circled, but they will not be undefeated going into it.