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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

OH Thursday
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Let’s put aside the NFL off field drama and get back to the game on the field.

Here we are 4 weeks into the NFL season, at the quarter pole as they say in horse racing and …

This is what impressed me most in week 4:

-The Cowboys total domination of Drew Brees and the Saints led by RB Demarco Murray


-Eli Manning becoming an effective “west coast” QB in a blowout win over the Redskins.

-Aaron Rodgers  just relaxing while leading the Packers to a  win over a good Bears team.


- Alex Smith picking apart the Patriots defense to the tune of 300+ 1st half yards enroot to a 41-14 win


Other points of interest:


The Raiders best chance of winning a game this season was probably last week in New England.

missing that opportunity, a coach is fired

The Vikings beat the high scoring Atlanta Falcons without Adrian Peterson and Matt Cassell.  QB Teddy Bridgewater and RB Mike Asiata put the question out there who are you, who who


Stat of the week: Andrew Luck;  20-41, 393 yds, 4 TD ,1 Int


Oldharry’s ¼ pole MVP:  Dallas RB DeMarco Murray

 4 games,  99 carries,  534 yds, 5.4 ypg,  5TD’s


Oldharry’s 1/4th of the way to the promised land

Power rankings:

1. Cincinnati     3-0 still unbeaten

2. Arizona          3-0 still unbeaten

3. Seattle           2-1 next real test is week 12 vs Arizona

4. San Diego    3-1 next real test is week 8 vs Denver

5. Denver            2-1 next real test is at 4:00 PM vs Arizona

6. Detroit            3-1 If Calvin Johnson gets healthy…on a roll

7. Houston          3-1 How long can you keep winning w/o a QB

8. Dallas               3-1 Romo learns to ride DeMarco

9. Philadelphia    3-1 Reality check in SF

10. Baltimore      3-1 can they stop the Lucky Colts this week?


11. San Francisco 2-2 If they get by KC & Stl. They meet Denver

12. Indianapolis       2-2 Will probably score 40+ every week, can they stop anyone?

13. Kansas City     2-2 RB Tandem of Davis and Charles…scary

14. Green Bay       2-2 Relax, the schedule doesn’t get easier

15. Atlanta               2-2 All those points and only 2 wins




Youngsters Derek Jeter, Arod and Nomar ( remember these three)



London calling The London fans were once again able to get their fix of American football when juggernaughts Miami and Oakland squared of with  Don Shula and QB Bob Gresie beating John Madden and QB Kenny the Snake Stabler  38-14 or at least todays versions of that classic matchup.


The NFL seems bent on putting a franchise in London in the next decade. The logic and logistics of such a move still escape me but what’s common sense have to do with it anyway?

Some day an aging Rob Gronkowski will get his wish when the red clad “little nutcracker dudes” from London come to Gillette to play the Patriots.

Think of the revenues that could be garnered from the selling of signs saying;

 “The British are coming” or

 “One if on the ground, Two if by air old chap”




Boys of October MLB playoffs:

The Wildcard play in games-

AL       Oakland      Kansas City


NL       Pittsburgh     San Francisco


Ditkahs rocked the lanes again

Wining two games and the total for a 6-2 night and a jump into 5th place overall in the 30 team league. I and mrsharry bowled our averages while my son bowled a 525 and our buddy Jake bowled  a 227, 216, 225 for a 668



Next week... Age and the QB...adjustments need to be made can Tom learn what Peyton knows?

Fall pictures

sunrise on Monday

my changing maples

mrsharry's pot o gold

support our troops, pray for those in harms way

fall colors


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Musings From The Hoodwood 9-30
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Tags: NFL College Football MLB

Was I there? You betcha!


Greetings from the Hoodwood where the locals are preparing for Princess Katie’s 18th Birthday


I am one of the first to lambaste the lemming like followers of Ohio State, but I had the chance to head to the belly of the beast this past Saturday. I got tickets to see my beloved alma mater take on the fearsome Ohio State University in a rare night game in Ohio Stadium. Yes the Bearcats were better than 2 touchdown underdogs, they were well represented fan wise in the massive crowd filing to the imposing 100k-plus arena in the heart of the Columbus campus. I have been to Ohio Stadium a number of times, but usually with a press pass, so though I would be on the field I had to be a neutral observer. When the Bearcats played in Columbus in 2004 and 2006 they were hammered both times, the games never close. This time, I had my tickets I had my gear on and was ready for my Bearcats to shock the world.

The game started auspiciously for the Bearcats, they received the opening kickoff and three plays into the game, Gunner Kiel dropped back and went deep, Chris Moore had a step on his man and hauled in the pass. Moore steamed into the end zone and 84 seconds into the game…the scoreboard looked like this and the boisterious Buckeye crowd sat blinking as the scoreboard looked like this

The Bearcats came out looking less like Kent State who looked and played like a patsy and more like Virginia Tech who came ready to play and win. The problem was the Bearcats defense was virtually non existent, the Bucks drove right back down the field and 2 minutes later had the game tied. Where it looked like it would be a tight game even with the Bucks pulling ahead with 4:30 left in the first when Ezekiel Elliot crashed over from a yard out, the game looked like it would be a dogfight but the Bucks forced the issue with a massive hit on Kiel on the Bearcats subsequent possession which caused a fumble the ball bounded toward the end zone where it was batted out of the end zone which was a safety. The Bucks took the free kick and roared back down the field where JT Barrett found Devin Smith on a crossing pattern and Smith scampered in from 19 yards out, it suddenly was 23-7 at the end of the first and the Bucks looked dangerously close to making the game a joke before the sun had went down in the western sky and when Evan Spencer hauled in another TD strike from Barrett the game was disintergrating into a rout. I sat in my upper deck seat in shell shock, the Buck fans around me taunting me with glee. The Bearcats weren’t any better than Kent State in their eyes and they were already making dinner plans

But a funny thing happened, the Bearcats hung in. Kiel found Johnny Holton on a go route cutting the lead to 16(yawn snore go the Buck fans many of whom were already calling for the Bucks to score another 30 points in response.) and late in the half , Moore found a seam, Kiel zipped the ball to him and it was off to the races and a nine point deficit. The score at the half was 30-21 (yawn but no snore, the crowd seemed to take more delight in the halftime show taking potshots at hated rival Michigan than anything. The Bucks took the 2nd half kickoff and again sauntered down the field but for the first time a drive stalled. The Bucks had to take a field goal and were up 12, the Bearcats took the kickoff and after a first down pass again went long. Kiel went deep to Moore whos 3 catches were all for touchdowns and were for a mind boggling 223 yards. My UC math has that as a 74.3 yard per catch, that’s an NCAA record and earned Moore conference player of the week. The score was now 33-28 and while the scattered Bearcat fans celebrated, I stood tall and screamed “We’re still here! Oh yes we are STILL HERE!” The yawns and snores were gone. It was a five point game This is where the Bearcats had a chance to make their bones and really make a game of it. I opined to my friends that if the Bearcats were leading or within 5 to start the fourth, the Bucks would crumble from panic thinking “Oh no, its Va. Tech all over again.” The Bearcats again went deep but the pass fell short and a flag was down, offensive pass interference was called and Bearcats head man Tommy Tuberville came close to popping a gourd in protest. The Cats were pushed back to 1st And 25, the Bearcats went meekly and only gained 5 yards and punted. Bucks fans grinned conspiratorially as the knew that they got a favorable call. The Bucks steamed back down the field and Dontrae Smith was wide open in the end zone for a score and the roof more or less fell in. The Bucks added a late score in the 4th to finish a 50-28 rout. The Bearcats gave up over 700 yards of offense and 45 first downs. The Bearcats were defeated but played the Bucks tough and I was proud that they competed. The game was played in front of the largest Ohio Stadium crowd ever. Not for a Michigan game, not for Penn State or Sparty against Cincy. 108,362 were in attendance. One of whom…was your humble scribe.  

Though I find out later that my moms neighbor who is a diehard Ohio State alum and fan tells me on Monday that she had been looking for me, as she had a pair of extra lower deck tickets that she was looking to bestow on me for free…arrggh.

Phat Dap

To Jordan Zimmerman of the Nationals, who finished the MLB regular season with a no-hitter preserved by AAA player of the year Steven Souza who entered as a defensive replacement and made a spectacular catch for the final out. The Nats have home field advantage in the NL playoffs and will be a tough out in the postseason.

Head Slap

To the Michigan Football team, who got housed by Minnesota 30-14 to lose the Little Brown Jug for the first time since 2005, the Wolverines have 3 losses before the 1st of October for the first time in school history. Brady Hoke is likely seeing for sale signs outside his house. I overheard Buck fans at the game Saturday in real fear that Hoke will be fired and Michigan will go after and hired embattled 49er coach Jim Harbaugh a former Michigan player. That might not happen but that would even the playing field in the OSU-Michigan rivalry in a hurry.

Quick Hits

Dennis Allen the now former head coach of the Raiders. Allen got the gate after the Raiders were routed by Dolphins in London. Allen was 8-28 in 2+ seasons in the East Bay. The Raiders are on a 10 game losing streak. Allen was a scapegoat of a larger problem, this is the Raiders 10th coach in the last 20 years a sad mark of a once proud franchise.

Charlie Weis got the gate from Kansas 6-22 in 2+ seasons, hes more a coordinator than coach

Steve Smith had a real grudge against the Panthers the Ravens took his lead and took the Panthers back of the woodshed

Goodbye Gardy, the Twins give the longtime skipper the gate after 13 seasons. The Twins have had all of 2 managers in the last 29 years.

Bucs get hammered by the Falcons, then turnaround and stun the Steelers at Heinz Field no less…

Im still proud of my Bearcats…

Until next post fellow sports fans…

Sports Friday with Hal: NFL Notes Week Four
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Happy Friday!


Fighting a head cold and spent the week on the road for some training with the Feds so it looks like a little short and sweet this week. Sorry about that. On to the NFL:




Some good news this week as on Thursday Cincinnati defensive lineman Devon Still’s four-year old daughter had her tumor removed. Leah still has another round of chemo, radiation, stem-cell transplants, and recovery, but Holy Christ, pediatric cancer has to be one of the scariest things in the universe. I have a couple of kids and I cannot imagine how someone can function in that situation. Scariest thing in the world. Great work by Still using his family struggle to help raise money for research and the NFL kicking in and contributing money from the sale of Still jerseys for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research unit. Double-kudos to Saints coach Sean Payton who purchased 100 jerseys himself.  With all the Ray Rice/Domestic Violence and all the other crap around the NFL this year, what an inspiring story of an amazing player and the league jumping to his support.




The Miami Dolphins made a stir this week when head coach Joe Philbin did not name starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill the starter for Sunday’s game in London against Oakland. Philbin is on the hot seat and after being New England in week one the Dolphins have lost two straight. Philbin should have been fired last year with the Richie Incognito crap and his team quitting on him for the second straight season and is again mishandling the team in 2014.


Matt Moore is not the answer at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill is still young, still inexperienced (he arrived at college as a wide receiver and was converted to quarterback) and the Dolphins offensive line is terrible. They brought in a new offensive coordinator who wants to run the Philadelphia offense with Mike Wallace (bust alert!) and Brian Hartline at wide receiver.


Personally, I am a big fan of Tannehill. He has a strong arm, athleticism, and seems like a smart kid. He is struggling learning a new offense but was excellent last year after a strong rookie season. I spent some time debating it with some Dolphins fans this week and they are ready to throw out Tannehill and start over. I think they are nuts. Give the kid a chance to succeed. He has the tools, he just needs time to integrate the new offense, the overpriced and underperforming receivers, and some blocking up front to get over the hump.




Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas died in a single-car accident last Saturday. He was reported missing right before the accident and reports say he was enraged and threatening other drivers before the accident. Former teammates do not believer he was depressed or suicidal or enraged. It was a weird circumstance. It was a tragedy. But who knows if we’ll ever know what really happened.




Someone tell me what the over/under is for Rex Ryan being fired. Starting Geno Smith over Michael Vick. Going from Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at quarterback to...well, who

ever they have with 2013 first round pick Dee Milliner having issues staying on the field and free agent signing Dimitri Patterson having imploded, gone AWOL, and released in the preseason. Now they roll out frick and frack and wonder why they lose. Now this week top free agent signing on offense, former Broncos receiver Eric Decker, had an injured hamstring and was marched out on Monday night to play. Guess what...he reinjured the hammy. Decker may play this weekend, he may not. But he missed much of Monday and may not be 100% all year. Hammies can be difficult to heal when reaggravated. I was shocked Ryan came back the last two years as his shlock routine runs its course quickly. It may finally have done so this year.




The NFL returns to London this week. With three regular season games the league has certainly made a clear commitment to international expansion. Personally, based on the lack of success with the NFL Europe, the clear choice is the American Football mad Germans, but the NFL wants England so London it is. The NFL knows it needs to grow across the pond, and there are 400,000 Sky Sports viewers (per NBCSports.com) each week watching the NFL game of the week there.  Not English Premier League games there type numbers for SkySports (probably four times the viewers) but a significant chunk to build upon for the NFL.  I still think the logistics won’t work for a team in London, but expect more regular season games in Europe over the next decade.




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NFL Week 4 Picks
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Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

Last week was a decent bounceback and it would be nice to avoid anymore horrid weeks, but the number of games are reduced and the marging of error much smaller. The bye weeks start, earlier than ever. And it takes two of the three unbeaten teams out of the mix for the week so that 1972 Dolphins will have to keep that champagne waiting for at least another week. The Cardinals (defeated 49ers 23-14), Bengals (defeated Titans 33-7), Browns (lost to Ravens 23-21), Broncos, Seahawks (Seattle defeated Denver 26-20 in OT) & Rams (lost to Cowboys 34-31)  on their respective byes. The odds are provided by ESPN and are for entertainment and comparison purposes only. Money is a rumor in my house so I haven’t a dime to spare you if take these lines and lose. 


Thursday September 25

Giants (1-2) @ Washington (1-2)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Washington by 3

Last Week Giants defeated Texans 30-17, Washington lost to Eagles 37-34

Fast Fact Washington has scored 75 points in the last two games, most in the NFL

The G-Men finally awoke to slam the Texans  while Kirk Cousins has been the tonic that DC has needed, waking up a sleepy offense and despite a loss to Philly has suddenly been lighting up the scoreboard. Im not really sold on either one of teams but I don’t trust Eli Manning that much to begin with (Though selfishly Im hoping that he has a decent game for my fantasy team, hes my fill in for his brother) I think that Cousins continues to play well and make the cries for his permanent insertion into the starting lineup grow louder


Sunday September 28


Packers (1-2) @ Bears (2-1)

Soldier Field, Chicago 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Packers by 1½

Last Week Packers lost to Lions 19-7, Bears defeated Jets 27-19

Fast Fact Since 2010 The Bears have returned 19 interceptions for touchdowns most by any team in that span

The Bears looked uneven but still had more than enough to ease past the Jets in Gotham, while the Packers just looked plumb comfused (sic) in Motown. Aaron n Rodgers tells Pack Nation to relax, but falling to 1-3 with a loss to their hated rival to the south would get the radical fringe in Green Bay to hunting up for sale signs to plant on Mike McCarthy’s lawn. I still don’t trust Jay Cutler though he is beginning to click nicely with his deep receiving corps. The Bears defense also plays scattershot though I was pleasantly surprised to see the secondary play at a high level in spite of losing Peanut Tillman. Tough game to call and I expect it to be close. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cutler make a liar of me and play like a schlep again, I’m picking the Bears to push the Packers (and their fans to desperation)



Bills (2-1) @ Texans (2-1)

Reliant Stadium 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Texans by 2½

Last Week Bills lost to Chargers 22-10, Texans lost to Giants 30-17

Fast Fact The Bills are 0-10 since the start of last season if they trail by 10 or more points

The Bills got smacked around by the Chargers who shut their fragile and fledgling offense down while the Texans got hammered by the G-Men in Gotham. Ryan Fitzpatrick needs the dynamic running of Arian Foster to keep opposing defenses honest and will especially need it against a withering Bills pass rush, a team that he was once the supposed franchise quarterback. Their current franchise QB is still suffering through growing pains and I just don’t feel that I can trust the Bills on the road yet.



Titans (1-2) @ Colts (1-2)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 7½

Last Week Titans lost to Bengals 33-7, Colts defeated Jaguars 44-17

Fast Fact The Colts have won 10 of the last 11 meetings both in the series and in Indy

The Titans got hammered in Cincy and now face a Colts squad that pounded the Jags to get their first win. The Titans have more and more questions on both sides of the ball and I’m getting to think that the win in Kansas City was more a fluke. The Colts offense hasn’t really been a concern, and as long as the running game continues to be solid the Colts will win more than their fair share of games. The Titans have way too many issues to give the home team anything more than token resistance



Panthers (2-1) @ Ravens (2-1)

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 3½

Last Week Panthers lost to Steelers 37-19, Ravens defeated Browns 23-21

Fast Fact Ravens receiver Steve Smith is the Panthers all-time leader in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns (836-12197-67)

Beat up and worn down in front of a sullen home crowd, the Panthers ineptitude was as startling as it was complete. They face a Ravens team that is rounding back into form after an opening weekend loss. The once proud Panthers defense got trampled by the Steelers and the Ravens have a solid running game as well; combine that with the so-so play from Cam Newton. I just think the Panthers are in a whole heap of trouble on the road.



Lions (2-1) @ Jets (1-2)

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

Favorite Lions by 1½  

Last Week Lions defeated Packers 19-7, Jets lost to Bears 27-19

Fast Fact Jets are one of six teams that have yet to record an interception

The Jets believe in Geno…so they keep saying. The grinning jeering Rex Ryan tries to make it sound like he’s not worried about the 2nd year players skittish play. But the truth is Smith isn’t playing well and the Jets may crash and burn because of it. Facing a Lions squad who played and ugly but effective in knocking off the Pack, they will have their hands full trying to contain Megatron Johnson who has a dependable receiving mate in Golden Tate, I’m thinking that the Lions will force Geno and the Jets into enough mistakes to get a close win



Buccaneers (0-3) @ Steelers (2-1)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Steelers by 7½

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Falcons 56-14, Steelers defeated Panthers 37-19

Fast Fact The Bucs have never won in Pittsburgh (0-3) this is only their 2nd visit to Heinz Field

It doesn’t seem fair; the Bucs got took an awful nationally televised beatdown against the Falcons and now have to travel to Pittsburgh to face a revitalized Steeler team that smashed a solid Panthers squad. (On national TV no less) The Bucs are a mess and asking them to get their first win in a city that they have never won in, is asking a little too much.

Pick-Pittsburgh (Lock of the Week)


Dolphins (1-2) vs Raiders (0-3)

Wembley Stadium; London, England 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Dolphins by 3½

Last Week Dolphins defeated Chiefs 34-15, Raiders lost to Patriots 16-7

Fast Fact This is one of three games played in London this year. The first time that the Dolphins have made the trip across the big pond

What looked to be a promising start of a season for the Dolphins is getting buried under a pair of routs and a QB controversy that doesn’t really need to happen.  The only team that might be a bigger mess (outside of Florida) is the team that they’re playing. The Raiders are impotent offensively and clueless defensively. The NFL continues to stupidly push the idea of a team in London but if they are insistent on sending this product to Britain, the locals will think that the Barclays Premier League is more top flight than the American curiosity. Once upon a time this was a marquee matchup, now I think that the Dolphins are more coherent on office, if barely. But that’s more than the Raiders who lack focus and direction



Jaguars (0-3) @ Chargers (2-1)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Chargers by 13½

Last Week Jaguars lost to Colts 44-17, Chargers defeated Bills 22-10

Fast Fact After starting up 17-0 in week 1 in Philly the Jags have been outscored 119-27

Very few people outside of southern California and northeastern Florida will see this dog of a game. The Chargers are quickly shaking off that opening Monday loss to flex their muscles as a sleeper AFC team, the Jags however are not impressing anyone with their play and facing a Chargers team that is starting to find itself offensively is a bad omen. Poor Blake Bortles will be running for his life from a solid Chargers pass rush. This won’t be pretty

Pick-San Diego


Eagles (3-0) @ 49ers (1-2)

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

Favorite 49ers by 5

Last Week Eagles defeated Washington 37-34, 49ers lost to Cardinals 23-14

Fast Facts The Eagles are the first NFL team to win their first 3 games after trailing by 10 or more points in all of them. The Niners have scored a grand total of 3 points in the 2nd half of their 3 games this year

The Niners again fell apart again in the 2nd half this time to a Cards team many weren’t taking seriously (I know I didn’t) the Eagles again spotted a team a double digit lead then stormed back to get the win. As much as I’m tempted to pick the Niners at home, I don’t trust their offense especially in the 2nd half of games. That’s not a good formula against an Eagles team that seems to start slow and then come roaring back in the 2nd half.



Falcons (2-1) @ Vikings (1-2)

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 4:25 (FOX)                                                                                                                                

Favorite Falcons by 6

Last Week Falcons defeated Buccaneers 56-14, Vikings lost to Saints 20-9

Fast Fact This is the first time that these teams have played an outdoor game against each other since 1991

The Falcons awoke from a short offensive slumber and laid a frightening woodshed like beating on the woeful Bucs, the Vikes feel good season opener feels a million miles away now as they stumbled through another lackluster offensive effort in a loss to the Saints. Teddy Bridgewater gets the start and lacking many of the key components to his offensive unit will struggle. Matty “Ice” will be able to pick the Vikings apart if he is not pressured and the Vikings have shown little inclination to put up a real pass rush



Saints (1-2) @ Cowboys (1-2)

AT&T Stadium; Arlington, TX 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Saints by 3

Last Week Saints defeated Vikings 20-9; Cowboys defeated Rams 34-31

Fast Fact Cowboys and Saints rank 30th and 31st in yards allowed in NFL since 2011

The Pokes are walking tall after rallying to beat the Rams, but they have a lot of questions still lingering. The Saints scored their fewest points of the young season but it was more than enough to beat the crumbling Vikings. The Pokes are a glamour team and you know that the NFL can’t resist giving them a marquee showcase, and the Saints high powered offense will give them a real test. I think given time Drew Brees should be able to pick the Pokes still suspect defense apart and while Tony Romo apologists like to point out his number of comebacks, I can’t see him doing it again even at home.

Pick-New Orleans



Monday September 29


Patriots (2-1) @ Chiefs (1-2)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Patriots by 3

Last Week Patriots defeated Raiders 16-7; Chiefs defeated Dolphins 34-15

Fast Fact Pats have eight takeaways tied with Chicago for most in NFL

These aren’t the Pats that you and I remember over the last decade and a half. Tom Brady is taking an awful beating and the Pats are barely beating teams on rep now. The Chiefs got their first win and are a hard hard team to figure. I’m having a hard time trusting their offense or defense who seem to totter between maddingly inconsistent and just incoherent.  I’m gonna take a wild gamble here, and take the home team but fear that if I’m right it’ll set the feeling dissed Pats up to trash the Bengals next week on Sunday in a statement game for them. If I’m right, this might be the beginning of the slow painful descent of the Belichick/Brady Pats dynasty

Pick-Kansas City (Upset of the Week)


Last Week:  10-6 (Lock Correct/Upset not selected and will be counted as a loss)

Overall: 27-21 (does not count Thursday loss)

Locks: 3-0

Upsets:  0-3

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