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Sports Friday with Hal: NFL NOTES RETURN
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Tags: NFL NFL Draft Football NFL Regular Season

Happy Friday!


Yeah, don’t ask. I was AWOL last week. Wrote up my blog as usual in GoogleDocs (gotta be able to write anywhere anytime) and then somehow thought I had posted it Thursday night. Went to bed. Went to work. Went out Friday night to the Providence Bruins (minor league hockey). Had the usual crazy busy weekend. Went to the Gab Monday am to check the blogs and realized ***holy shit*** what did I forget!?!?!?


Much apologies, so enough with the mea culpa’s and on to the NFL this week:


Adrian Peterson continues to dominate NFL news as now he is potentially in violation of his criminal bond in violation of his criminal bond. This could--depending on the levels of a drug test--put him in violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy or--if he was already an offender it bumps him up a level. As far as character it is a strike if he is going to be incarcerated with his bond rescinded. For Peterson, it is another strike in the eyes of the public opinion.




In New York, the Jets head coach Rex Ryan is in a fight for his job as the 1-4 Jets play the two teams from the AFC Championship last season in the next seven days. Sunday Peyton Manning could have a chance to break Brett Favre’s touchdown record with the Jets horrid secondary. On Thursday night Sexy Rexy faces his nemesis (and complete opposite in dealing with the media) Bill Belichick. If the Jets cannot figure out a win, they could be 1-6 and how exactly do you keep a coach who has been consistently bad the last three years?


The Jets have second year quarterback Geno Smith missing meetings off the field while at a movie and offering a lame excuse about the time zones. Rather than bench his quarterback, Ryan sent the wrong message and started him against San Diego. Does anyone think Manning or Brady miss practices while sitting at a movie stuffing popcorn down their throat? The only movies those two watch is in the film room breaking down the opposing defense.


Michael Vick played in the second half but there was no controversy since he stunk just as bad as Smith. Now Ryan is sticking his neck out as he did last season when the Jets celebrated finishing .500 and saving their buddy, the head coach, his job by winning the last two games. They celebrated like winning the Super Bowl after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs. That is the sign of a team that is never going to win anything important anytime soon.




The idiot move of the week was the Lions fan who shone a laser pointer at the Buffalo Bills players. Instead of a punishment, he was awarded by being banned from Ford Field and not having to watch head coach Jim Caldwell stand passively as a talented team stands to potentially lose its two best players: Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson. Suh is a free agent and someone will overpay for the talented but petulant star. Johnson, despite signing a 7-year deal in 2012, is carrying a cap charge over $20 million next year. With his ankle injury limiting him, the Lions front office must be thinking what they can do with the money allocated to him and Donkey Kong since Megatron’s health issues could lead to some thinking about rebuilding the team in multiple positions with the surprising play of Golden Tate and the development of 2014 draft pick tight end Eric Ebron.




The 2015 NFL Draft is already getting interesting as projected top running back Todd Gurley had just two jobs this year a Georgia: stay healthy and keep your nose clean. Health is not an issue, but now he is suspended indefinitely due to an investigation into whether he violated a rule (of which there is no real explanation yet as to what the rule actually is). Now this is no guarantee of him dropping out of the draft or anything, but it is a dumb move by a kid who is already costing himself money in the next year. At 230 pounds and faster than anyone that size should be, he is still going to be a high draft pick. Talent trumps all else in the NFL, after all.




Denver Broncos lost the disappointing running back Montee Ball for a few weeks to injury after Denver oddly failed to re-sign Knowshon Moreno. Ball’s groin injury opens the door for Ronnie Hillman to start. A third-round pick in 2012, the short, fast, back has yet to make an impact in the NFL. Fumbling issues derailed any playing time for Hillman, so he has some work to do Sunday to keep hold of the job. First job, hold onto the ball. Peyton Manning is not going to deal with any back fumbling away a chance to win.




OK, this time it’s posted! :)


Have a great weekend, all!

OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Ditka NFL Manning Brady


As I put together my thoughts on this week’s sports blog my mind keeps going to the serious problems in the world.

Many Christians are being executed for standing up for their faith in Iraq.

Beheadings by the Islamic extremist terrorists has become common place in both Iraq and Syria.

Ebola outbreaks are getting out of hand around the world even in the US and now in Spain.

Our government is supplying weapons to moderate extremists if that descriptive name is even possible.

Anti Semitism in Europe is at a dangerously high level.

Our best and most loyal ally in the volatile Mid East region has national security problems that are being ignored by the administration because of the president’s personal feelings about Israel.

A US Marine, arrested in Mexico 6 months ago, remains in prison there because our president’s personal feelings about Marines apparently.

Our Vice President continues to insult and then apologize to our allies around the world.

My writing these thoughts in a public forum is probably dangerous, I could be targeted by the IRS or the Secret Service or the Administration’s Special PC police for my harsh and irreverent words…Lets see if they are listening…”REDSKINS”   I said “REDSKINS”


And now my public service message:

My point in the above is that it's inevitable that our Military will continue to be placed in danger around the world so please take a few minutes of each day and pray for those who have volunteered to fight to protect our freedoms and our lives


Now back to sports;

Because of the heat one Thomas Brady has been taking lately I’ve been thinking about the longevity of NFL QB’s

The NFL rules committee has made life easier for QB’s to stay upright and reduce the hits they once took. Deacon Jones will not slap you upside the head…Bret Farve played into his 40’s, Peyton Manning is 39, Tom Brady is 37

Playing a lot of consecutive games takes a good QB with good health, loads of luck and a good relationship with his coach.

As the resident Stat Man I can’t help but give this list of leading consecutive QB starts including both regular season and playoff.


1. Bret Farve                        321                 9/1992   -   12/2010

2. Peyton Manning               227                  9/1998    -    1/ 2011

3. Eli Manning                    167                 11/ 2004      current

4. Philip Rivers                   142                  9 / 2006     current

5. Tom Brady                      128                    9/ 2001    -   9/ 2008

6.Ron Jaworski                      123                 9 / 1977   - 11/ 1984

7. Joe Flacco                         114               9 / 2008       current

8. Joe Furguson                      110               9/ 1077   -    9 / 1984

9. Dan Marino                         99                10 / 1987   - 10 / 1993

10. Tom Brady                       94                 9/ 2009       current          


   Everyone here at the Gab is familiar with these guys or at least there names, as an older guy, I can say I’ve seen them all play. I can tell you they share a few common traits;

   They were all basically pocket passers. They all have the reputation of being tough enough to take a good hit, smart enough to throw the ball away when necessary, pocket presence to where they could feel pressure and take a step up and get rid of the ball, also all possess strong arms to go with field leadership qualities. They all played thru slumps and bumps so there are no wimps here either.

   Some learned to adjust to their aging and changing bodies and diminished skills, some did not.

Bret Farve was a tough son of a gun but never wanted to admit his feet were slower and his arm weaker as he aged. He is the leader in the club house with games played and seasons ended on a pass that he should have stuck in his pocket. The gunslinger reputation is cool as long as the gunslinger can still sling…in the end Bret could not.

    Peyton Manning is the guy I most respect when it comes to tweaking his game as he aged. Peyton understands his body and it’s limitations and operates within those parameters. 55 TD’s at age 38 was not a product of good luck and good receivers, it was a product of the field general running his offense with good weapons and an understanding of their capabilities not just his own. Will Peyton win another SB in his career? Who knows but will it matter for this 1st ballot sure fire HOF QB? I don’t think so.

    There are better QB’s than Peyton but he is top 5 all time without a doubt and probably top 3. As much as I hate seeing his mug on the field ( I’m a Brady guy)I have to admit that he has transcended the time and took the strong armed rookie and matured into the respected veteran who’s name will always be associated with what the NFL wants to portray as it’s face, a genuine roll model type.

Peyton is a family man with a sense of humor and a great ability to motivate those around him.

   Can Tom Brady learn what Peyton knows? Tom is right behind Peyton in age and as he said, he wants to play until he’s into his 40’s or until he just plain sucks.

   Not blessed at this time with a good offensive line and knowing that the word has been out since the 2007 Giants SB win over the Pats, Get in Toms face and make him uncomfortable and you can beat him.

    The Patriots need to make that transition, Tom works best out of the shotgun like Peyton, Tom reads defenses well and has a quick release. Tom needs to take the tempo back and dictate not react to defensive pressure. It was what we saw Sunday night in Foxboro. Still possessing a strong arm and a load of confidence Tom can get the Pats back on track if…if BB and Josh McDaniel learn what Peyton knows… Give me time and I’ll give you wins.

    These QB’s are generals, you just can’t use Tom as a second lieutenant. Tom’s success comes from making things happen and not from waiting for them to happen.


The NFL had but two unbeaten teams going into this past weekendArizona had to play old Peyton and Cincinnati had to play old Tom…no unbeaten teams remain and the corks in Miami were popping early this year.



-Peyton Manning 503 TD passes just 5 behind the all time leader Bret Farve


-Tom Brady, 50,000 yards passing. 6th place all time.

Tom is 1243 yards behind the Bronco’s great John Elway.

The Patriots play the Broncos in week 9 in Foxboro. Tom would have to average 311 yards per game to pass Elway playing vs the Broncos.

It is possible but unlikely seeing how Brady’s high water mark for this season is 292 yards.

The next 3 games will tell the story as the Patriots play Buffalo, NY Jets and the Bears leading up to the Bronco’s game. It will more likely happen when playing the Colts or Lions in mid November.


-Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots place kicker moved into 2nd place

All time in Field Goal % with his 5 for 5 day on Sunday.

Stephen has a record of 221 made of 256 attempts for a 86.3%

He trails only Mike Vanderjaqt whose record is 230 of 266 and 86.5%

Dan Bailey of Dallas has a 90.826% but has only 99 career attempts.


The Big Shakeup

Week 5 NFL rankings

1. San Diego 4-1 and this weeks patsy is the 0-4 Raiders

2. Denver 3-1 and this week it’s the horrible 1-3 Jets

3. Seattle 3-1 and this week it’s the 4-1 Cowboys

4. Philadelphia 4-1 and this week…the 3-2 Giants

5. Cincinnati 3-1 and they take on the 3-2 Panthers

6. Dallas 4-1 with a big test in Seattle

7. Indianapolis 3-2 next up the 3-2 Texans

8. Arizona 3-1 should right the ship vs Washington

9. SanFran 3-2 take on StLouis on Monday


Eight teams are tied at # 10, interchangeable parts

 Kansas City 2-3  have the bye before going to San Diego

 New England 3-2 and a trip to 3-2 Buffalo

 Green Bay 3-2 Travel to 2-2 Miami

 Detroit 3-2 Lions face Minnesota

 Baltimore 3-2 faces Tampa Bay

 Buffalo 3-2 host 3-2 NE

 Carolina 3-2 goes to visit angry Bengals

 Houston 3-2 sees Indy Thursday night

And you could probably throw in the Giants and Steelers too

On the other end are 

The worst 5 stinking teams looking for the first pick in the 2015 draft

32. Oakland     0-4

31. Jets            1-4

30. Jacksonville 0-5

29. Tennessee    1-4

28. Tampa Bay   1-4



The Ditkahs swept thru another night of bowling and pushed our record to 30-10 to move into a 2nd place tie. Jake and Chris again carried the team bowling 646 and 631 respectively.


Me and the lovely Mrsharry are heading off on a road trip to Maryland to visit our daughter and her hubby. I can’t wait.

I need someone to take over this coveted spot on Thursday Oct 16th

I would greatly appreciate the help.

If you can … let me know, and let the big dogs Sully and Beeze know too.


Have a great week and don’t forget to read Lanz

Over there to my right


Musings From The Hoodwood 10-7
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL College Football MLB NBA

Classy look by the Pats Cheerleaders....


Greetings from the Hoodwood, where summer and warm weather left and didn’t even leave a goodbye letter.

Back to the 80s: The Royals and Orioles return to the spotlight

I grew up in the 80s, ESPN wasn’t the monolith that it is now, and was a nice supplement to sports page. You didn’t have fifty thousand specialty sports channels, depending on your point of view could be a good or bad thing. The baseball playoffs were the center of the sports universe in October, the League Championship series were a best of five prelude to the fall classic. Teams like the Royals and Orioles were postseason staples. The Orioles won the World Series in 83 when I was in the 6th grade, beating the Wheeze Kid Phillies in 5 and The Royals won the series 2 years later finally beating in state rival St. Louis in 7 thrilling games. No one ever figured when Cal Ripken caught the last line drive in the 83 season that it would be 14 years before they would return to the postseason and no one thought that when Bret Saberhagen and George Brett watched the final out of the 85 series arm in arm before setting off a riotous celebration that it would be 29 years before the Royals would be playing in October again. No one thought the 85 title would be the capstone of a franchise that was considered the model modern day franchise. From 76-85 The Royals would finish no lower than second in any full year,  and made the divisional series in the strike shortened ’81 season (They called them the mini-playoffs then, cute) and had only one losing season (but finished 2nd that year) After winning the series in 85, they stayed respectable winning as many as 92 as late as 1989 and 84 in 1993, though they finish 2nd in 1995, they were 30 games back of the Indians and wouldn’t get close to the first division again for nearly 20 years the nadir being losing 100 or more games in four of five seasons between 2002-2005 with only an 83-79 aberration in 2003. The Royals were the Pirates of the AL, small market team crying that they couldn’t compete but after winning 86 games in 2013 and staying in the playoff race until the last week of the season optimism was high for 2014 and the Royals cashed in leading the division for much of the year, though they faded somewhat down the stretch they hung on for their first playoff appearance since winning it all in 1985. Many pundits figured the Royals might be a token player against the playoff tested A’s but after rallying to win the wild card game in a frantic nail biting thriller, the Royals headed west to face the 98 win Angels who sported MLB’s best record. Undaunted the Royals won two more extra-inning games before stunned crowds in Anaheim before putting the Angels out of their misery Sunday, thrashing the AL West champs 8-3 before a deliriously happy throng in KC. Sporting signs like party like its 1985. Royal fans haven’t had this much fun in a generation. Only 2 players in their starting lineup were even born when the Royals won it all.

On the other side you have the Orioles, a team that after being long time sad sack as the old St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became respectable in the 60’s steadily climbing as the Mantle Yankee dynasty was crumbling, molding themselves into the model modern franchise upsetting the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series and under the stewardship of the crusty irascible managerial genius of Earl Weaver won 100 or more games 5 times and winning the 1970 World Series. From 1967-1985 The Orioles never had a losing record and finished no worse than 4th in that period. They were the gold standard of baseball in the American League. The Oriole way was the way baseball was supposed to be played when I was growing up, but after Earl Weaver retired and his right hand man Joe Altobelli stepped away himself the Orioles began to slowly fade away till they bottomed out in 1988 with the horrendous 0-21 start and 54-107 season, they were more or less the dregs of the American League for a while and aside from a brief renaissance in 1996 & 1997 where they made the playoffs were mediocre more or less the whole entire time. The Orioles faded as the Yankees and Red Sox rose back to prominence, and the Orioles playing in their beautiful ballpark played middle of the road baseball for the part of the last decade.  So now you have two teams that have been out of the spotlight for so long that their collective arrival is a breath of fresh air.

College Football: Frantic Saturday

It really began on Thursday when Arizona went to the Autzen Zoo and stunned the #2 Ducks. You just don’t go into Autzen and knock the Ducks off and it wasn’t a fluky game, they dominated Oregon and the zoo got quieter and quieter. Then the madness continued on Saturday where #1 Bama got zapped in Oxford by Ole Miss settling off the wildest of postgame celebrations in the fabled grove. But just across the state, Mississippi State routed #6 Texas A&M in Starkville more or less putting Kenny Trill’s Heisman threat on ice. But it didn’t stop there, TCU played a late pick six to knock off Oklahoma. So if you’re counting that is four top ten teams including the top two teams. Notre Dame needed a late score to beat Stanford. Add to the mix Arizona State stunning USC on a hail Mary; Northwestern shutting down Wisconsin’s feared running game and Utah State thrashing Brigham Young in Provo and you had no fewer than 7 ranked teams taking an L this past Saturday. This is way more than the every weeks a playoff concept, the upset make college football must see TV

Phat Dap

To the New England Patriots who in the middle of their 43-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night took time to give love to Devon Still whose daughter is fighting cancer. The Pats cheerleaders were all wearing Devon Still jerseys in honor of Leah’s fight and there was a presentation on the jumbotron and the Kraft family donating $25,000 to the cause. Say what you want about Belichick, Brady and the actual football team, but the organization is pure class

Head Slap

To the stupid antics of the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot who thought it would be cute to make fun of the Pittsburgh terrible towel. Nothing wrong with making fun of it. I’ve seen opposing players and fans use the towel as shoeshine rag, handkerchief and mock toilet wipe. Jackson De Ville the mascot went way too far sporting a sign that said “Towels have Ebola” How stupid can one be, making light of a deadly disease and one that could be in the country is not funny at all. The Jaguars were highly apologetic and said that the matter would be handled internally, but I like others failed to see where there was any humor here.

Quick Hits

Are there people that think that Kobe’s return will make them a 50 win team?

Harper and the Nats go to Frisco and win…that series is going the distance.

The Cards and Dodgers really don’t like one another, and the chirping is making the series a real doozy

My fantasy team finally escaped winless island…while my other is still unbeaten but we got away with a tie.

Hockey season is about to start…wait didn’t the Kings just raise the Cup last week???

Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

The Crucial Catch
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL cancer awareness: Here's to the Haters.

Now, I'm no NFL apologist.  I do, however, like to call out BS especially when the person(s) spewing the BS doesn't realize how craptastic they sound.  Today, we're going to rant on the NFL's Crucial Catch haters.

The NFL finds itself in a bit of a bind – I mean they wind up taking it from all angles.  This year, Breast Cancer Awareness month couldn’t really come at a more awkward time for the league, but over the last few years the league has been scrutinized for how much does – or doesn’t – get donated for awareness.  Google “NFL Breast Cancer…” and one of those autosuggestions is “…scam.” 

The issue is this – the league donates a certain percentage of the profit from the sale of their pink ribbon gear, and apparently that percentage isn’t enough for some.  One article suggests it’s a scam because the NFL has given “a mere $4.5 million” to breast cancer research.   The idea is that a $10-Billion organization can and should give more.  8% of the profits from the pink gear goes to research. 

So, somehow the league owes more than that to research.  8% of the profits from that gear isn’t enough.  The message that mammography screening saves lives is “overly simplistic.”  They’re not doing enough, they should do more.

Just how angry do you have to be to take this position?  I mean, let’s talk about the NFL’s track record on women’s issues.  It’s not great.  As a Patriots fan, I don’t have to think very long to recall Lisa Olsen, Zeke Mowatt, and Victor Kiam.  We can argue whether the league should have something to say about domestic abuse – but the way the Ray Rice situation has played out hasn’t been great for the league.

So how is it that a month of free marketing for breast cancer awareness and a small cut of the proceeds isn’t a good thing?  The league doesn’t need to be doing anything for cancer research.  Consider how much advertisers PAY to get that kind of attention from the league.  Consider how much the league is foregoing by focusing on cancer research.  There’s plenty of other worthy causes that would love $4.5 Million and free publicity from the league.

According to at least one feminist website, domestic violence is one of the top women’s issues today.  We all know the league has an interest in appealing to female fans and as such breast cancer research is good business.  Women’s groups are outraged that the “Crucial Catch” campaign is “misdirection,” and a “scam.”  A quick google search of “most important women’s issues” shows that while “health care” is important, breast cancer specifically doesn’t show up.  Domestic violence does, so perhaps the league should pull the plug on cancer awareness – I mean, since they’ve only given a “mere” $4.5-Million, it’s clearly not a lot of money for researchers – and redirect their campaign attention to violence prevention.   They fail to note that the league is giving away millions in promotional time for people to donate on their own - my guess is that awareness may only get $4-Million from the league directly, but makes millions more from their outreach.

Highlighting the issue of domestic violence CAN STOP violence, and any money raised would only help increasing awareness AND providing services for women who need a safe place to stay.  I’m guessing $4.5-Million would be wildly helpful. 

But the same people complaining that the league isn’t giving enough, isn’t doing enough, isn’t accurate enough in their cancer awareness would be the same people decrying the league changing their focus.  Instead of supporting the league’s efforts and seeing it as an opportunity to increase the volume for themselves, some would rather belittle the work of others.   What’s outrageous isn’t that the league hasn’t pried a bigger crowbar into its wallet, it’s that there are those who think it’s helpful to criticize what the league is doing instead of making helpful suggestions.   Clearly, if you're not doing what we want you to be doing, in the proportion in which we want you to be doing it, it must be a scam.

Look, don't buy the Pink Merch - the league's business is getting you into some new gear with your favorite team on it, they're not going to give all proceeds to the American Cancer Society, that cuts too close to the business model - but they will skim a little off the top.  Go make a donation to the ACS.  If the League's message is overly simplistic, so be it.  Maybe one person goes to the doctor and gets a check up because of the message.  Maybe people decide to learn more about early detection -- it's not the NFL's raison d'etre to educate on cancer, it's a personal responsibility.  So go do your own research.   And a scam?  Please.  Susan G Komen's founder and chief executive makes something like $650,000 yearly, an amount completely disproportionate with the size of the charity.  The NFL makes no bones about the fact that it is not a charitable organization.  I wonder if those who think the league's "mere" $4.5-Million donation think Nancy Brinker's salary is a "Mere" $650-k.  

Defy the haters - and educate yourself and maybe donate.  


NFL Week 5 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions




Vikings (2-2) @ Packers (2-2)

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 8:30 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Packers by 7 ½

Last Week Vikings defeated Falcons 41-28, Packers defeated Bears 38-17

Fast Fact Something has to give the Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has averaged 309 yards passing in his last nine games against the Vikings, the Vikings have yet to allow a 300 yard passer this season

With Teddy Bridgewater offering a hopeful glimpse of the future in a solid win at a rollicking TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings are still faced with the cold reality of having to start Christian Ponder against the Pack. Meanwhile Aaron Rodgers backed up his soothsaying comments with a solid performance in a rout of the Bears. If the Vikes had Adrian Peterson, I would like them to play ball control against the Pack’s weak running defense. They have to hope instead that the development of Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon will continue. As much as I hope that Im wrong, I think Rodgers and his battery of receivers wear the tired Viking defense out and pull away late

Pick- Green Bay

Sunday October 5


Ravens (3-1) @ Colts (2-2)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 3

Last Week Ravens defeated Panthers 38-10, Colts defeated Titans 41-17

Fast Fact The Colts have the NFL’s highest scoring offense averaging 34 points a game

The Ravens thrashed the Panthers and have put their opening week loss far in the rearview, Colts have shaken off their own slow start with a pair of high scoring routs over divisional opponents. I like the balance of the Colts offense, even if Hakeem Nicks thinks he’s the best receiver in the NFL (I think Messrs. Johnson, Marshall, Green, Bryant and Fitzgerald might disagree but I digress) the Colts can score points. I just don’t trust the Ravens scattergun running game and Joe Flacco is way overdue for one of those head scratcher games.



Texans (0-0) @ Cowboys (0-0)

AT&T Stadium; Arlington, TX 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Cowboys by 6½

Last Week Texans defeated Bills 23-17, Cowboys defeated Saints 38-17

Fast Fact Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has gained at least 100 yards and scored a touchdown in each of his first four games, joining a select company of RB’s to have done so (Jim Brown, OJ Simpson & Emmitt Smith)

The Texans used their rugged defense to stop the Bills in Houston last week while the Pokes shined in a primetime beatdown of the Saints. The Texans will need to test the Pokes defense with a real balanced attack and see if Arian Foster is all the back from nagging injuries because it’s dangerous to depend on Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tony Romo’s sycophantic faithful will point to his recent performances a proof that his is truly an elite quarterback, Ill reserve my doubtful judgment for later in the year but as it stands now the Pokes are overdue for a flat performance and I think the Texans defense will be able to slow their running game and put more pressure on Romo and steal a win

Pick-Houston (Upset of the Week)


Rams (1-2) @ Eagles (3-1)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 6½

Last Week Rams were on their bye, Eagles lost to 49ers

Fast Fact The Eagles have won five of the last six meetings in Philly

Info on the game The Rams had a week to think about their inglorious fall from ahead loss to the Cowboys, while the Eagles are trying to figure how to play with a lead. The Rams are still trying to find some kind of identity on either side of the ball and asking young Austin Davis to continue to keep the Rams modest offense output going. I think asking Davis to win in the hostile Linc environment is a bit too much at this juncture

Pick- Philadelphia


Falcons (2-2) @ Giants (2-2)

MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Giants by 4

Last Week Falcons lost to Vikings 41-28, Giants defeated Washington 45-14

Fast Fact Eli Manning has nine TD passes in four games in 2014 exactly half the number that he had in all of 2013

The Falcons got trampled by the Vikes and despite their prolific offense are having trouble stopping other offenses. The G-Men are feeling good after Eli Manning led them to a big Thursday night win. I have no doubt that Matty Ice will put up big numbers and the Falcons will score, but that defense….ehhhh. I don’t trust the Falcons outside the dirty dirty and I think the G-Men are good enough to continue their recent win streak.

Pick- New York Giants


Steelers (2-2) @ Jaguars (0-4)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Steelers by 6

Last Week Steelers lost to Bucs 27-24, Jaguars lost to Chargers 33-14

Fast Fact The Steelers are 2nd in the NFL in penalties at 11 per game

The Steelers are reeling after a humiliating last second lost to the woeful Bucs before a stunned home crowd, but facing a Jags team that is just not that good one would think that they would have their way. Offensively inept and defensively worn out, it’s just a matter of time before the Jags find a way to crumble. The Steelers should bring a legion of their notoriously rowdy partisan fans to fill EverBank Field and make it a semi-home game for the visitors.



Bills (2-2) @ Lions (3-1)

Ford Field, Detroit 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 6 ½

Last Week Bills lost to Texans 23-17, Lions defeated Jets 24-17

Fast Fact Lions are allowing an NFL low 267.3 yards a game

The Bills took a tough road loss in Houston and in are in the unfortunate position of catching the rising Lions in their formidable crib, but the Bills may have caught a break with possible absence of Megatron Johnson. Starting wily well-traveled vet Kyle Orton who has some familiarity with the Lions, the Bills have at best a puncher chance. I think the Lions stingy defense makes life tough for Orton and the Lions continue their impressive start

Pick- Detroit


Bears (2-2) @ Panthers (2-2)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Panthers by 2 ½

Last Week Bears lost to Packers 38-17, Panthers lost to Ravens 38-10

Fast Fact Bears RB Matt Forte is averaging 6.3 yards a carry in four games against the Panthers

The Bears were repeatedly strafed by Aaron Rodgers in taking a sound beating at home, while the Panthers got hammered by the Ravens. I am no fan of Jay Cutler’s play but I think for some bizarre reason he plays better on the road than in the supposed friendly confines of Soldier Field. With the Panthers seemingly giving a tryout to any every serviceable running back in the area the burden falls even heavier on Cam Newton. I think that the Bears defense recovers enough to hold their own and Cutler get the Bears enough scores to get the win



Buccaneers (1-3) @ Saints (1-3)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Saints by 10½

Last Week Buccaneers defeated Steelers 27-24, Saints lost to Cowboys 38-17

Fast Fact Saints have won nine straight at home and five in a row over Tampa Bay

The Bucs stunned the Steelers and most of the football world with a gutty last minute game winning drive. The Saints looked discombobulated in a getting housed by the Pokes in primetime. I think that both results were one off flukes, the Bucs have a book full of problems on both sides of the ball and heading into the Big Easy at the wrong time. The Saints have a milieu of problems themselves but their offense playing at home will cover a bunch of those warts. It’ll be an ugly game to be certain but the Saints are money at home and I’m hoping the Bucs don’t burn me again on a lock

Pick-New Orleans (Lock of the Week)


Browns (1-2) @ Titans (1-3)

LP Field, Nashville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Titans by 1 ½

Last Week Browns were on their bye, Titans lost to Colts 41-17

Fast Fact Browns have lost 22 of last 24 road games.

The Browns are a tough team to figure but have been showing real promise, the same can’t be said for the Titans who’s big win at Kansas City in week 1 looks more like a massive fluke that a sign that they are turning the corner to being respectable. I know the Browns are a really bad road team as of late, but something is telling me that they are due for an upset win.



Cardinals (3-0) @ Broncos (2-1)

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite Broncos by 7½

Last Week Both teams were on their bye

Fast Fact Peyton Manning needs one touchdown pass to be 2nd QB to hit the 500 mark (Brett Favre)

Both teams are coming into this game well rested but off different scenarios the Cards have used a bruising defense to win their first three games, the Broncos are still trying to figure out their Seattle jinx as well as try to locate their missing running game. As much as the Cards Drew Stanton has been a capable fill in for the injured Carson Palmer, I think that asking him to pull a win out of the nasty environs of the Mile High madhouse is asking too much. Manning may struggle some with the rugged Cards defense but I think that he does enough to get them the win.



Jets (1-3) @ Chargers (3-1)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 4:25 (CBS)

Last Week Jets lost to Lions 24-17, Chargers defeated Jaguars 33-14

Fast Fact Chargers by 6½

The Jets were beat up by the Lions and the questions arise anew for the jeering grinning Rex Ryan, how long will it be before he’s forced to go back to Geno Smith who just clearly looked uncomfortable as Jets signal caller. As it stands now, Michael Vick is running things in Gotham, meanwhile things couldn’t be brighter for the Chargers who show no ill effects of their opening Monday loss and have rattled off three wins in a row. I like what grizzled vet Philip Rivers is doing with the Chargers offense and their defense is quietly one of the best in the conference. The Jets are just not up to snuff.

Pick-San Diego


Chiefs (2-2) @ 49ers (0-0)

Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, CA 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite 49ers by 5

Last Week Chiefs defeated Patriots 41-14, 49ers defeated Eagles 26-21

Fast Fact The Chiefs have only played on the other side of the bay 5 times winning once…in 1971 their first visit to San Francisco

The Chiefs pounded the Pats on Monday night firmly reestablishing themselves as an AFC contender, meanwhile the Niners rallied smartly to garner their first ever win in their new crib. Many are playing up the Alex Smith returning to the city where he was initially drafted but I think that the real story will be how Jamaal Charles holds up against the Niner defense that still have many of the elements of the solid unit. I’m still not really sold on the Niners offensive output for the long term. Can the Chiefs come into the big blue jean and steal a big win. I’m thinking that they can

Pick-Kansas City


Bengals (3-0) @ Patriots (2-2)

Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, MA 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Bengals by 1

Last Week Bengals were on their bye, Patriots lost to Chiefs 41-14

Fast Fact Patriots QB Tom Brady needs 60 yards to pass the 50,000 mark

Suddenly the it club on every pundits lips the Bengals are getting the kind of pub as a potential AFC shot caller that they’ve not seen since the halcyon days of Sam Wyche, Boomer Esiason and Ickey Woods, they face their first real test heading into Foxboro for a primetime date with the Pats who got humiliated on a Monday night primetime stage last week in Kansas City. I see the Bengals as better on both sides of the ball, offensively solid though their run game lacks a real home run back. Peerless on the defensive side with enough ballhawkers and bighitters to make any offense worried. The Pats are at the weakest that I’ve ever seen them in the Brady/Belichick era, Tom Brady is not getting the time to even come close to consistently make an impression. I just keep getting the feeling that the Bengals while solid are overdue for a headscratchingly flat performance and betting against Brady and the Pats especially at home can be dangerous. This is going to be an “I should have known better” pick



Monday, October 6


Seahawks (2-1) @ Washington (1-3)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Seahawks by 7½

Last Week Seahawks were on their bye, Washington lost to NY Giants 45-14

Fast Fact Nighttime aint the right time for Washington, they have lost their last six games played at night.

Seattle comes cross country rested and ready after winning a taut duel with the Broncos in week 3, Washington has had a long time to ponder over Eli Manning destroying them a week ago Thursday as they go from first to last game of the week. If the Giants could befuddle Kirk Cousins, what makes you think that the Seahawks rugged defense wouldn’t? I’m thinking that the Seahawks offense will do just enough to roll to the win



Last Week:  7-6 (Lock Incorrect/Upset Correct )

Overall: 34-27

Locks: 3-1

Upsets: 1-3

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