Week 3 Picks

This has been a crazy NFL season already, Pats losing to the Cardinals; the Saints are 0-2, Cowboys got smoked by the Seahawks but hey it just makes the sport more interesting! Once order I’ve figured out what the hell is going on in the NFL season I know these picks will get better.

So, Barely made it out of Week 2 with a .500 Record 8-8 … gross! Week 3 won’t get any easier, but the picks’ll get better!

C’MON MAN!!!!

THURSDAY

GIANTS @ Panthers – I am very concerned about the G-Men. No Nicks, Bradshaw, Hixon, and Diehl because of the huge roles 3/4 play on offense. However, last year the Giants didn’t have Nicks, Bradshaw, David Baas and Henry Hynoski when they traveled to Foxboro and beat more formidable opponent than the Panthers they are about to face. However, Cam and Brady are two different Quarterbacks. The Giants will have their hands full but last year went 3-1 on short rest. Look for big games from Andre Brown and Rueben Randle, as well as the return of the Prince! No doubt that Cam and Steve Smith put up fantasy numbers though!

SUNDAY

Rams @ BEARS – Jay Cutler angry. Jay Cutler Smash (and it’s not J’Marcus Webb). It’s the Rams defense, but watch out for a Cortland “THE Instigator” Finnegan vs. Brandon Marshall bout at some point in this game. The Rams have played both of their games valiantly, but both have been indoors. The Bears have one of the toughest home field advantages and that will be on display this weekend. In addition, Steven Jackson, the Rams best offensive player is banged up and is a game-time decision.

You won’t like him when he’s angry!!

BILLS @ Browns – Yeah the Browns have challenged both teams they’ve played, but they’re still BAD. The Bills defense might be starting to click and is salivating at Brandon Weeden’s early tendency to make mistakes. CJ Spiller is playing out of his and the rest of his team’s mind right now. Trent Richardson will have to carry most of the load this game if they are to win.

Buccaneers @ COWBOYS – Wow, talk about a let down game after a nice win in Metlife Stadium against the champs? I will repeat what I’ve been saying that the Buccaneers are underrated, but that was a heart-wrenching loss for them last week after owning the first three quarters against the Giants. The Cowboys are looking to light up the scoreboard in their home opener and now Jason Witten should be 100% in Week 3. Romo is out to put a smile back on Mr. Glory Hole’s face.

LIONS @ Titans – Chris Johnson is playing like he’s worth every penny! Hang on choking on my sarcasm … Anddd we’re back. The Lions are coming off a tough loss against maybe the most complete team in the NFL, the Niners. The Titans are just not producing on offense and allowing opponents’ offense to produce WAY too much. The Lions need a bounce back game and they got the team to get it against. The Lions have a strong front seven, so I would expect Chris Johnson to struggle. The Lions are getting Mikel Leshoure back from injury and suspension so now they have two capable backs, dangerous. Also, Calvin Johnson doesn’t have a TD yet, in other word’s … HE’S.DUE.

Jaguars @ COLTS – This is just an ugly matchup. I am picking the Colts because their QB is simply better and they are at home where Luck seemed to play pretty well. Maurice Jones-Drew typically goes more than HAM against the Colts … let’s say he goes Double HAM typically. If the Jags defense steps up and Maurice Jones-Drew does his thing against the Colts, the Jags could be looking at their first of an expected one or two wins, but don’t bet on it!

Jets @ Dolphins – The Jets looked utterly lost last week and Reggie Bush looked utterly dominant. I am glad Reggie Bush is finally succeeding as an every down running back, but I don’t expect him to go off like that again this week against a much better Jets defense. Tannehill still doesn’t look great, but is finding a connection with Brian Hartline and has no problem handing the ball back to Reggie Bush. . If Dustin Keller plays this should be a sure win for them, if not don’t be surprised if the Dolphins no name (besides Cameeron Wake) defense wreaks havoc on the Jets.

49ERS @ Vikings – Honestly, I can see the Niners losing this game because they have to travel back across country for the third time already this year. The only problem is they’re playing the Vikings who’s best weapon, Adrian Peterson, goes head to head against the 49ers beastliest side, their front seven. The Niners look as complete as any team in this league and they shouldn’t slip up against the lowly Vikings.

Chiefs @ SAINTS – Who Dat Who Dat Who Dat ain’t going 0-3??? That’d be the Saints … this is the game where Drew Bees “Breesy” and puts together a W for his team. The Chiefs only hope is to let Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis run amock in the Thunderdome, but they’re going to be so far behind that it won’t be the case. Expect the Saints to come out firing! Pierre Thomas looked like the one of old last week with over a hundred yards. Dwayne Bowe proved that he is Matt Cassel’s ONLY target last week and should be.

Will the Bags make a return???

Bengals @ REDSKINS – The Bengals just simply don’t look like the Bengals of 2011, mainly on defense. The Bengals racked up a whole lot of points last week, against the lowly Browns, but gave up a ton to those same Browns as well and to the no-huddle Ravens. RG3 knows what he can do offensively and now he’ll have his home opener. The only rough patch for the Skins is the fact that Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker are done for the year, both integral parts of their defense. This game is probably a toss-up but I’m going with the home team and the inspiring rookie QB.

EAGLES @ Cardinals – 2-0 vs 2-0 (WHAT???) … The Cardinals have played exceptional on the defensive side of the ball, but offense has been U-G-L-Y, and the same for the Eagles. They have turned the ball over nine times and Vick is responsible for seven of those. Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett will be looking to get into the backfield and test the toughness of Vick’s flak jacket. There is no Jeremy Maclin and no King Dunlap, but as the Giants proved anybody can step up and help a team get a nice W. All that matters is LeSean Mccoy is still there and the Eagles defense is playing great. Eagles will show Kolb why they don’t regret trading him away.

FALCONS @ Chargers – Another 2-0 vs. 2-0 game. The Chargers have played two pipsqueaks so far, Raiders and Titans. The Falcons have played the Chiefs and the Broncos, and until the fourth quarter of their game with the latter have handled their business. The Falcons will continue their winning ways while making it look easy against the Chargers. The Chargers need Ryan Mathews back soon and it appears he’s headed back, but this is a tough front seven to get your first real game action against.

Texans @ BRONCOS – Yeah the Texans and the Niners are probably the most complete teams. But the Broncos defense are sneaky good (shut the Falcons down when it mattered last weekend, most of their points were given up with their backs against the goal line because of Peyton’s mistake). Peyton won’t make those same mistakes two weeks in a row and at home this time around. The Texans with the best 1-2 RB punch and Andre Johnson are good on offense but even more sound on Defense, but travelling to Denver is going to be tough. These Broncos fans love them some Peyton. 

STEELERS @ Raiders – No Polamalu, Harrison or Mendenhall? No problem! The Steelers took care of the Jets, who besides Run DMC, probably have a similar offense to the Raiders. The Jets defense is much better and the Steelers put some points up on them, so expect the same this week as Mike Wallace doesn’t have Antonio Cromartie on his tail. The Raiders are scary desperate at 0-2, but the Steelers will not start this year at 1-2, they will go into the Bye at 2-1 and welcome back their star running back, Rashard Mendenhall.

Patriots @ RAVENS– No Hernandez, and coming off a loss to the Arizona Cardinals are the Pats. They have been barely using their most consistent offensive weapon in Wes Welker. Stevan Ridley is developing rather nicely for them, but what other team consistently disrupts Tom Brady’s pocket presence besides the Baltimore Ravens?? These same Ravens are out searching for some sweet revenge after they missed out on a trip to Superbowl 46 because of Lee Evans’ dropped pass and Billy Cundiff’s botched kick. If the Ravens run their no-huddle offense, there’s no way the Pats defense can stop them.

“Never Forget 01/22/12”
-Baltimore Ravens’ Fans

PACKERS @ Seahawks – The Packers are very well rested after destroying the Bears last Thursday night. The Seahawks are coming off a big win at home against the Cowboys, but will not repeat their performance against this team. Clay Matthews, sitting at six sacks already, will lead the Packers better looking defense against rookie Russell Wilson. The Seahawks defense is underrated, but everyone is simply anticipating Aaron Rodgers to have one of his games, which he didn’t the first two games (three tough defenses in these first three games though: Niners, Bears & Seahawks).

Scary ass …

Okay, done with the pictures for this week, let’s get onto two new things for week 2…

SURVIVAL PICK:

Week 1 – I took the Texans vs. Jaguars, Week 2 – Bengals vs. Browns.

This week’s Survival Lock is the Steelers vs. Raiders. (If used: Bears vs. Rams)

UPSET ALERT:

Technically the Broncos are an Upset alert so we’ll keep them there, but if you want a real upset keep an eye on the Cardinals … 9-2 in their last 11 games dating back to last year. It’s not pretty but they find a way to win games.

Those are my two cents … cash them in!

Anthony (T-Catz)

5 Things We Learned: The Game is 60 Minutes Edition

Week 2 saw a lot of highs, lows, and many in between performances. Without further ado, here are the 5 things we learned from Week 2.

1- Teams that looked sensation in week 1, came back down to Earth this weekend. You may be wondering who these teams are, and they go as follows:

The New York Jets came spiraling down to earth after a complete dismantling of the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Granted, the Jets were without their best defender in Darrelle Revis, and last season’s team leader in receiving yards, tight end Dustin Keller, the way they played terrible. On the flip side, the Pittsburgh Steelers were also without their elite defenders, Troy Polomalu and James Harrison. The Jets were expected to take advantage of those key injuries and failed to. The offense looked good on one drive where Mark Sanchez was able to connect with Santonio Holmes on a 14 yard touchdown pass. The rest isn’t worth mentioning. Sanchez missed his receivers at times, his receivers missed the ball at times, and the spark the Jets had in week 1 was also missing from the game as well.

The Dallas Cowboys, riding a tremendous season opening win at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, fell victim to the Seattle Seahawks. As you may recall, the last time Tony Romo and Co. visited Seattle, they left the game feeling very sleepless to say the least. This time was slightly different, as the Seahawks put the game away earlier than anyone expected. These are your current generation’s Cowboys folks. They go out and win a game against a really good team, then they lay an egg the following week against a lowly team like the Seahawks.

The Denver Broncos also hit a roadblock in the form of the Atlanta Falcons. Peyton looked like he was in character for a commercial, and his objective was ‘how can I make the Falcons defense look elite?’ He would have received an Oscar for the performance he put on, because he executed that role down to a ‘t,’ or in this case ‘I” for interception.

2- One guy can really lose your team a football game. Insert Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan jokes here. Josh Morgan committed one of the dumbest and most selfish penalties in the history of the NFL. But let’s not forget that Cortland Finnegan was able to get away with the initial push of Morgan, which occurred right in front of the referees. Lesson learned: The referees never seem to notice the first contact.

3- If you didn’t think it was possible, the replacement referees took another step backwards and became worse. All the blame can’t be placed on these men and women because they were ‘promoted’ to a level they were clearly not ready to officiate. In the Jets/Steelers game, there was a phantom defensive pass interference called charged to Ike Taylor. Video link after the jump.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gJzK6-p9KEQ

In the the Sunday Night Game of the Week (49ers/Lions), there was a play in which quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked while trying to evade a tackle. The real-time game footage clearly shows that Stafford’s knee makes contact with the grass. The replacement officials missed this entirely, and allowed Stafford to get back up and continue play, which resulted in the Lions losing 6 more yards. This mishap led to the Lions having to challenge the play in order to stay within field goal range.

Then, there is the one hour long first quarter that the entire country had to sit through this past Monday night. At what point does the NFL reach out to its veteran officials and negotiate in good faith, allowing a fair and reasonable deal to get done? The amount of bad calls will only increase as the season progresses. If your team hasn’t been on the wrong side of a blatantly obvious call, give it time, because it’s coming.

4- Football is a 60-minute game. Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano will make sure you know that going forward. By now, everyone knows about the kneel down heard ‘round the world in the Giants/Bucs game. It was totally uncalled for to say the least. Sure, Schiano is giving everyone the impression he is trying to change the culture down there in Tampa Bay, and that is commendable, people get it, but going 100% on a play in which you know the offense is surrending…you’re better than that Schiano. That is not the way you go about showing your fan base and the football world that you want to be taken seriously as a franchise. What worked for Rutgers, should stay at Rutgers. This is the NFL and you better believe teams took notice of what happened at the end of the game, and the Bucs will have to deal with it in the coming weeks.

5- You cannot hit the panic button on an 0-2 team…just yet. This means you New Orleans. The last team in the NFL to start a season 0-2, and then win the Super Bowl was the New York Giants in the 2007 season. If that team could finally get it going after surrendering more than 90 points in the first two games to the Packers and Cowboys, surely Drew Brees and Co. can go marching into their next two games and rewrite their season. Stranger things have happened in this league, so don’t count the Saints out…yet.

Honorable Mention


-Drafting Chris Johnson is the worst decision you probably made in your fantasy draft. It’s up there with your decision to sit back on Adrian Peterson because every “expert” informed you he would not be close to 100% until mid season.

#BookIt

-The Ravens/Patriots Sunday night game will be the one everyone is talking about next week at the water cooler.

-The Patriots are going to look ‘human’ without Aaron Hernandez. What does human consist of? Oh you know, any other above average offense which contains a solid quarterback, 2 strong options at wide receiver, a decent, yet vastly unproven running back, and a more than serviceable tight end. Thus, they are not going to scare anyone with that offense. The Cardinals sure welcomed the one tight end formation in the second half of their win over the Pats last Sunday.

-This is the year of the backup running back!

-The NFL will not have turn-around games every week next season. It benefits no one but the NFL, and can lead to more injuries because of the shorter rest between games.

-The Saints are going to rout the Chiefs this weekend!

The McKayla Is Not Impressed Award for Week 2 goes to Atlanta Falcon Michael Turner. Congratulations Michael! He scored a 1 yard touchdown on Monday night and wanted to celebrate after the game. He took celebrating to a whole new level though, when he decided to go out and get a DUI later that evening.

According to police reports, Turner went to Magic City, an infamous strip club in Atlanta, after the game. Turner told the arresting officer that he did not remember how many shots he had while there, but that it “was less than 10 shots, but approximately five,” said the officer.

Michael Turner, clearly you can score yourself a touchdown in the NFL, so why not score yourself a ride home from your post game celebrations?! McKayla is not impressed!

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)