Week 4 Picks: For the Love of Refs

Ladies and Gentleman … Welcome back to the Gun Show!!

So after another putrid week we take a look into Week 4, I won’t tell you my last record because I’m not proud of it. Rather I’ll speak of the referees coming back. Thank god because that Monday night game was atrocious and how they handled the Sunday night game was embarrassing. Welcome back Carrey, Hochuli, Green and all the other real Zebras! But I will miss the Referee Memes, I was addicted, but now I am cleansed. I am not saying these guys are perfect, but they are better. They get calls wrong, but it doesn’t take 15 minutes for them to decide and they know the rules and are not afraid of the players. These guys are the real deal!

Sad, Sad day

So let’s get this thing started:

THURSDAY

Browns @ RAVENS – I respect Torrey Smith more than anyone in the world right now as of Sunday. His brother passed away and less than twenty-four hours later he was on the field in Baltimore ripping apart the Patriots Secondary and was forced to answer constant questions about his brother directly after the game. Joe Flacco put together another very nice game and Ray Ray continued to play well despite this new pass first offense. Ravens are at home on a short week against the irrelevant Browns. Trent Richardson has looked pretty good so far as a rookie, but Weeden is meh and no Joe Haden means fantasy dream matchup for Flacco.

SUNDAY

Panthers @ FALCONS  – Scam Newton has come out and said that the Giants didn’t beat the Panthers, they beat themselves.  Listen, Mr. Newton (sighs) … you were embarrassed on NFL Network by Eli Manning and his backups, enough said. What a joke … and that is why when he goes to Atlanta this week, him and his team will yet again get rolled. Matt Ryan is looking like a top 5 quarterback and he has possibly the best 1-2-3 combo in the NFL with Rowdy Roddy, Julio (who likes oddly like the Predator, less now with no dreadlocks ) and the ageless Tony Gonzalez. Also be aware of Jacquizz Rodgers, the next Darren Sproles.

PATRIOTS @ Bills – Tom Brady and Bill Belchick would have been the embarrassment of the replacement referees until they did their work on the Packers game. Welker came alive when Edelman left the game with an injury, and it appears they stopped punishing him, for now. The Bills running game has looked great, no matter who has been in there, but now both running backs might be headed for an unexpected Week 4 return, which is good and bad. Who gets the majority of the carries? Not a bad problem to have! These Pats are angry after Belichick has been fined and couldn’t get a review on that awfully close kick.

Vikings @ LIONS – If not, for the Cardinals, the Vikings might be the biggest surprise at 2-1 in the NFL. They took down the mighty 49ers at home and didn’t get pushed to the end. They had them right where they wanted them the whole game. The Lions now have a legitimate running back it appears. Calvin Johnson is 3 games down 13 to go to beat the Madden Curse. Stafford might have avoided an injury that could cost him a game. Jim Schwartz allowed Shaun Hill to lose the game on 4th and 1 in Overtime last week, so they’re in need of a win. I see the Lions winning this and returning to last year’s form.

CHARGERS @ Chiefs – The Chargers have quietly been good. Rivers is playing alright and the Defense looks good. If Ryan Mathews stays healthy they could be a much better team. The Chiefs pulled off a ridiculous comeback win in Saint Louis as Jamaal Charles put up Madden numbers against a horrific Saints defense. Arrowhead is a very tough place to win a game and usually this is a very hard-fought game. I don’t see the Chiefs repeating their second half success from last week simply because they have been embarrassed by the Falcons and the Bills.

Seahawks @ RAMS – This is the definition of a letdown game. The Seahawks were just gift-wrapped a game by the replacement referees who were promptly returned to their shelves where they belong. The Seahawks defense has looked great but their offense is simply meh right now. The Rams have been in 2/3 games they have played, the only one they never seemed to be part of was in Soldier Field against the Bears, an outdoors game. But now they go back home to face the Seahawks. Seahawks are pretty high on themselves I’m sure right now.

49ERS @ Jets – If Revis was playing in this game I’d think about taking the Jets, but without him they’re a completely different team. Trying out Joe McKnight at corneback??? (Slaps hands against face) R-E-A-L-L-Y? The Niners are coming off a bad loss in Minnesota and yes they’re are traveling yet again, but last year they did well in 1 o’clock games on the East Coast. They could lose but simply because of the travel factor, but that defense is just something else and will probably make Sanchez look like a backup QB. I am taking the angry 49ers in this game.

Titans @ TEXANS– Is there a more complete team in the NFL right now? The answer is no. They look good running the ball, passing, special teams, and especially on defense. They almost let the Broncos back in the game when they fell asleep, but so did the Falcons. They sit at 3-0 and the Titans are coming off a pretty luck win where Jake Locker looked pretty solid. The Texans defense will feast on the pathetic likes of Chris Johnson who is still averaging 1.4 YPC and has less total rushing yards than Jake Locker. The Texans average 14.0 Points Allowed, enough said.

Raiders @ BRONCOS – The Raiders pulled off a comeback of their own against the Steelers, whose defense  did not look good at all last Sunday. The Raiders also benefited from a bad penalty call that moved them up fifteen yards enabling them to kick the game-winning field goal. The Broncos keep putting themselves in holes and almost digging themselves completely out. I don’t expect a hole this Sunday. No Heyward-Bey after he got demolished by Ryan Mundy means less of a vertical threat for the Broncos to watch out for. No Joe Mays because of his vicious helmet to helmet hit on Matt Schaub, which helps Darren McFadden.

Dolphins @ CARDINALS – Could the Cardinals get a better game to continue their roll and keep their confidence? The only issue they might suffer here is Darnell Dockett vs. Reggie Bush, because Darnell Dockett is doubtful and probably won’t suit up, but Reggie Bush will be. Tannehill is showing signs of readiness, but his weapons are seriously lacking. The Cardinals defense looks good and the Dolphins doesn’t look that bad either. Kevin Kolb is simply not turning the ball over, and last week did exactly what he should be doing, throwing the ball at Larry Fitzgerald. The home crowd was loud last week against the Eagles, and they shouldn’t be any quieter for a team looking to start 4-0.

BENGALS @ Jaguars – The Bengals offense has looked surprisingly good. They’re defense hasn’t looked great, but hey if you score more points that’s all that matters. AJ Green is filthy and could be better than Julio Jones this year after the way he torched the Redskins secondary last weekend. Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t look like he missed training camp in the least bit, feasting on the Colts as he usually does. The Bengals will roll through these Jags and enjoy the nice Florida weather.

Saints @ PACKERS – Pissed off Packers vs. the Beat-up, beat-down, no hope Saints. Aaron Rodgers is licking his chops with how bad this Saints’ defense is. This game is also in Lambeau, where the Packers typically don’t lose games. The Saints have looked like a completely different team without Sean Payton and have become a joke to the rest of the NFL I’m sure after Roger Goodell made an example out of them during the offseason. Aaron Kromer, the interim to the interim, is clearly in over his head and should just let Drew Brees call all the plays, maybe even on defense. Has anyone noticed how bad Steve Spagnuolo has been since he left the Giants by the way. Let’s not forget how Brees plays outside and it’s always cold in Lambeau.

ANDDDD …. THEY’RE BACK!!!

REDSKINS @ Buccaneers – RG3 continues to play very very well especially for a rookie. He fought them back into a game in which the Bengals were torching the Redskins defense, which does not look the same without Orakpo and Adam Carriker. The Buccaneers suffered another ugly loss, this team by the hands of the Cowboys. Josh Freeman was an abysmal 10/28 last game and hopes to improve on this. Both rookie running backs have looked strong in their first three games. The Bucs are at home but I like RG3 to carry his team to victory in this one as Freeman struggled to find his accuracy.

GIANTS @ Eagles – The Eagles offensive line showed its real worth last game as Michael Vick was torn to shreds by the Arizona Cardinals front 4, which is not as talented as the Giants’. The Giants embarrassed the Panthers last Thursday and have had a lot of time to rest, but will still be without star receiver Hakeem Nicks (damn my fantasy team). Ramses Barden stepped up nicely in the absence of Domenic Hixon and Nicks, and will need to build off that game if the Giants have a shot. Andre Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw will be splitting carried out of the backfield. Michael Vick must simply not turn the ball over if he wants to control this game and it should be easier with his best receiver, Jeremy Maclin returning to the lineup. If Shady McCoy goes off it’ll be a W for the Eagles, but if the turnover woes continue, expect Eli Manning to lead his Giants to victory.

MONDAY

Bears @ COWBOYS – Both teams played ugly offensive games last week. Don’t expect that to continue for Tony Romo as he takes his Cowboys back to the Big Stadium. His offensive line is still playing like a D-3 college team, but luckily for him the opponents’ line isn’t any better. Both teams should be playoff contenders, but have played pretty bipolar football so far. Cutler keeps turning the ball over and Romo can’t seem to score with a high-powered offense that Jerry Jones has presented him with. This should be a good game for MNF though.

UPSET ALERT – The Rams are my upset alert. This is your letdown game after the Seahawks are flying high and think they’re God’s gift Jeff Fisher’s feisty team will bring them back down to earth. (Honorable Mention: Chiefs vs. Chargers – As I said, Arrowhead is a tough place to go in and win a game, and this matchup is always a tough game, period. Jets )

SURVIVAL PICK  – Last week I suffered a heartbreaking loss because of the Raiders. This week I am still picking against them as I will be choosing the Denver Broncos. I don’t see Peyton Manning’s team going 1-3 and the Raiders are not as good of a team simply put. The Broncos’ defense, although lacking Joe Mays, are still a solid group. (If Picked Already: Cardinals)

Those are my two cents … cash ’em in!

Anthony (T-Catz)

Week 2 Picks

So after going 9-7 I think I need a better showing this week.

So here.we.go.

Bears @ PACKERS – No way these guys lose two in a row to start the season at Lambeau. Greg Jennings might not play, which only hurts their chances The Bears looked real good against the Colts, not saynig much, but Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler will only get better as the season goes along. I can see the Bears winning this game, but it’s tough to pick against the GB Juggernaut.

Bucs @ GIANTS – Yes the Bucs looked better, especially their defense against the Panthers, but it’s the same Panthers that went 6-10 last year. On the other hand the Bucs went 4-12. This should be a good game as Doug Martin looks to reproduce what DeMarco Murray did to the Giants D and Eli Manning looks to help his receivers get over their drop issues from the season opener.

Chiefs @ BILLS – The Chiefs looked good in the first half of their game against Atlanta, but the second half, not so much. Jamaal Charles looks to be picking up where he left off in the 2010 season (torn ACL last year in Game #1), but the Bills defense will be out for the kill after an embarrassing loss to what was supposed to be an anemic offense of the Jets. Chiefs may pull out a win, but the games in Buffalo, not Arrowhead. Also, CJ Spiller … What was that game? Don’t look for a repeat performance but he just eased the pain of losing Fred Jackson for Buffalo. Don’t forget nobody circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills!

Browns @ BENGALS – What team looked more awful and almost won their game besides the Browns? Brandon Weeden threw four picks (so did his adversary Vick) and the defense he’s about to face was a good one last year. They did just get torched against the Ravens, but they run a no-huddle which is impossible to adjust to in the first game of the season. Joe Haden will not play, which means AJ Green is about to have himself a nice Sunday afternoon.

VIKINGS @ Colts- What will happen here? Luck didn’t look great against the Bears, but they’ve got a solid D. AP came out of nowhere with 84 yards and 2 TDs, the man’s an animal. He’s not human. He will dominate a shaky Colts D that will be without its best player in Dwight Freeney. Luck will have a better game than last time, but his defense will cost him this game.
RAIDERS @ Dolphins – The Raiders pulled a reverse Chargers and lost their last game because of poor Special Teams. Denarius Moore is coming back and Darren McFadden looked like a beast again. Palmer didn’t throw a pick. On the other side, I feel bad for Reggie Bush who will have to carry this team led by rookie QB Ryan Tannehill and my siblings as wide receivers (seriously Davone Bess is the #1) Raiders go enjoy the Miami weather and win this one.

Cardinals @ PATRIOTS – Skelton’s hurt so enter the most expensive backup in the NFL! The Pats barely used Wes Welker, for their sake I hope they stop trying to punish him for trying to get a bigger contract. Shame on him for trying to get paid! The Patriots offense scored 34 points, 1 point under my guarantee for every game this year, but don’t worry they’ll pile them on this week folks.

SAINTS @ Panthers – Who saw loss coming? RG3 announced his arrival to the world by going into the not-so-Superdome and ripping apart the Saints. Saints are looking to score and score they will! Cam Newton and his offense had a less than stellar game, but Jonathan Stewart should be back this week, not that he’ll help them beat the Saints, but he’ll help.

RAVENS @ Eagles – This will be the best afternoon game of Sunday. The Eagles narrowly escaped a monumental loss to the Browns. Vick didn’t look good at all, but they squeaked a W out. The Ravens tore up the Bengals with their new no-huddle offense. Ray Rice only ran the ball 10 times … that would’ve meant a loss in prior years. These defenses are ferocious and the offenses can put up a lot of points = great game. I say Ravens because they look real good already.

TEXANS @ Jaguars – Yeah, Gabbert looked good and will continue to develop as he didn’t seem as scared as a five year old in the pocket. However, it was against the Vikings and the Texans are a much better defense (understatement). The Texans looked solid against the Dolphins, Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub looked healthy. It looked like they won’t miss Super Mariot too much this year. MJD pulled an AP and stole the show last game when he wasn’t even supposed to play more than 1 down per series basicaly. If him, Gabbert and Blackmon can restore order to this Jags offense they could win a few games this year.

REDSKINS @ Rams – I am currently Griffin-ing … not really. This one is a little more farfetched then Tebow-ing, guys have celebrated from their backsides before. Regardless of this the Skins looked great (unfortunate for the Saints and the NFC East) on defense and on offense. This trade to get the second pick, may not hurt them after all, but only time will tell for that. The Rams caught the Lions off guard and almost beat them. Jeff Fisher knows how to turn a bad team into a respectable one, at least for one game, let’s see how he does the rest of the year, but I’m going Skins with RG3.

COWBOYS @ Seahawks – All that hoopla surrounding Russell Wilson was put on hold when he got out-dueled by John Skelton (FORDHAM!!!) and Kevin Kolb. The Cowboys showed they were ready for 2012 by beating the champs on national TV at MetLife Stadium (Ouch 😦 ). The Cowboys will keep their offense running on all cylinders (KEVIN OGLETREE???) against the Seahawks, as Russell Wilson will try to find a groove for himself.

Jets @ STEELERS – This should be a good game. The Jets blew up on the Bills (how?). Marky Mark threw for 266 yards and 3 TDs, Greene had 94 yards and Stephen Hill busted onto the scene for 2 Tds and 90 yards. This is a more experienced defense though, one that has been together for a while, and that won’t happen. The Steelers will not stand for starting 0-2 with both losses coming against 2 AFC playoff hopefuls. Jonathan Dwyer is salivating at what Spiller did to this Jets D, if only Mendenhall was back!

Titans @ CHARGERS – Chargers won an ugly won in Oakland and Titans got stomped by the Pats. CJ2k was almost CJ2 … where is the passion in this guy’s game anymore. Their QB of the future is banged up and they’re #1 wideout is coming back from suspension and a monstrously torn ACL. The Chargers still don’t have a run game but at least they’re at home. This won’t be pretty, but expect Rivers to have 300+.

Lions @ 49ERS – Damn did one team look like crap and the other look like gold (get it 49ers?). The Lions came close to embarrassing themselves to the Rams. Megatron didn’t catch a touchdown *GASP* MADDEN CURSE!!! (I hope he doesn’t get hurt now) and Stafford threw three picks. The defense looked “meh”, but they’re going to need to sharpen up to play with the revamped Niners offense. THe Niners D is a thing of beauty that kept disrupting the best QB in the game and made him look like human. Frank Gore found the fountain of Youth last game and Kendall Hunter may be the best #2 in the league. Niners take it to the Lions at home and Harbaugh kindly shakes hands with Schwartz (maybe).

BRONCOS @ Falcons – The Broncos D did a solid job against the Steelers (not much to my surprise), but the Falcons absolutely torched the Chiefs and now return home the comfort of their weather controlled Dome. This should be a great game and I can’t wait to see if on MNF. Peyton had a nice return and is looking to build off of it, but it will be a tough go against Matty Ice, Hurricane Julio, Rowdy Roddy and T-Gone. The Broncos D will continue to surprise, however.

Let’s hope I better my 9-7 record from last week … it’s always tough at the beginning of the year when you’re not sure who’s who yet!

Like he said!!

Those are my two cents … cash them in!

Anthony (T-Catz)