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Week 11 NFL Thursday Pick
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NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 11

Ive long gone on record as saying that I despise these Thursday Night games, if the NFL network wants a game to play why not an extra Monday Night game. A doubleheader of 7 and 10:15 would be good and West Coast teams would be getting plenty of primetime exposure with out having to start at 5 and 6pm their time. I loved the late Chargers-Raiders 11:35p EDT start and the first Monday doubleheader is just cool. Why not do that for the whole season. You avoid the short turnaround weeks that seem to be nothing but injuries waiting to happen. The only Thursday games should be Thanksgiving and that’s a tripleheader now, whats wrong with keeping that Thursday sacred in football mentality. OK I’m off the soapbox. The rest of the picks drop tomorrow or Friday. Odds provided today by ESPN since I didn’t feel like looking it up on bodog.net and since its for entertainment and comparison purposes only, it shouldn’t be something you take to your bookie and bet with.

 

Thursday, November 14

 

Colts (6-3) @ Titans (4-5)

LP Field Nashville, 8:25 (NFLN)

Favorite Colts by 2½

Last Week Colts lost to Rams 38-8, Titans lost to Jaguars 29-27

Fast Fact Colts have won eight of last nine meetings.

Both teams may have have got a case of the look-aheads and come in off of embarrassing losses. The Colts got hammered by the Rams in front of a shocked and sullen home crowd while the Titans suffered the humiliation of not only losing to woeful Jags but allowing their highest point total of their woeful season. The Titans are scrambling after the season ending injury of QB Jake Locker and haven’t really had a lot of offensive punch in spite of scoring 28 and 27 points the last two weeks. I think the Colts 30 point thrashing at the hands of the Rams, was a bad aberration. Andrew Luck should find the sledding much easier against a weak Titans secondary and with a real chance to bury the AFC South competition (if you want to call it that) the Colts will cash in big time.

Pick-Indianapolis

NFL Week 10 Thursday Pick
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The picks in full on Friday or Saturday...until then. (Sigh) I hope against hope here...

 

NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 10

 

Thursday, November 7

 

Redskins (3-5) @ Vikings (1-7) 
Mall of America Field @ HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis 8:25 (NFLN)

Favorite Even

Last Week Redskins defeated Chargers 30-24 in OT, Vikings lost to Cowboys 27-23

Fast Fact Redskins RB Alfred Morris 5.2 yards per carry leads the NFL

The Redskins are searching for consistency in their very uneven season but are still very much in the weak NFC East, they have yet to win back to back games but face a woeful Vikes team that lost another heartbreaker last week against the Cowboys. RGIII seems to be rounding back into the dynamic form that made him a football darling last year. The Vikes still are a mess at QB. Christian Ponder is slated to start and his play has been vanilla at best, with no real threat from a passer the Redskins will likely follow the stop AP module. I keep tilting at the windmills, hoping for the breakout game for AP that the Vikes ride to a win. Maybe they get it here…maybe…

Pick-Minnesota

NFL Week 9 Pick (The Rest of Em)
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Last week was a good one, the three losses I had were tossups that I could have went either way and justified them. So as long as the dumb loss picks are a bare minimum, it should keep the corporation happy. This is the second of the bye heavy weeks with six teams Arizona (4-4); Denver (7-1); Detroit (5-3); NY Giants (2-6); San Francisco (6-2); Jacksonville (0-8)  being off the latter two coming off their sojourn to London and in an ironic note all but the woeful winless Jags who lost to the Niners hitting their bye on wins. Submitted for your review, perusal and approval are this week’s picks with the odds provided courtesy of ESPN since the odds link at  bodog.net is still showing last week’s odds. I provide these for comparison on and entertainment purposes only. If you get in bad with your bookie, because you took these lines and got took that’s on you.

 

Sunday, November 3

 

Falcons (2-5) @ Panthers (4-3)  

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

Favorite Panthers by 7½

Last Week Falcons lost to Cardinals 27-13 Panthers defeated Buccaneers 31-13

Fast Fact The Panthers have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three games, all wins.

The Falcons are just not playing very good as of late, period and are giving up points at a frightening clip. This is not the ideal to face a surging Panthers team whose confidence growing with each win. I keep hoping for a breakout performance by Matty Ice but I just don’t see that coming against the underrated Panthers defense that has been playing lights out as of late. True it’s been against the dregs of the NFL but they are wins nonetheless. I don’t see that trends breaking anytime soon.

Pick-Carolina

 

Chiefs (8-0) @Bills (3-5)

Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, NY 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Chiefs by 4

Last Week Chiefs defeated Browns 23-13, Bills lost to Saints 35-17

Fast Fact The Chiefs are allowing a league low 12.3 points a game and lead the league in sacks

The Chiefs are rolling along nicely, though some poo-pooh a soft schedule for their fast start but rolling the Browns being the latest in what has been a dream season so far. The Bills have done their usual mediocre first half start where you are never very sure which team will show up. They went to the Big Easy and were blasted by the big play capabilities of the Saints. The Chiefs are not so much big play but a grinder team one that pounds you relentlessly with the astute passing of Alex Smith the relentless running of Jamaal Charles and a big play ball hawking roughneck defense that keeps giving their offense the ball in favorable positions. You can never be too sure on what quarterback will be at the helm of the Bills from week to week and facing this defense, that’s not a recipe for winning.

Pick-Kansas City

 

Vikings (1-6) @ Cowboys (4-4) 

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

Favorite Cowboys by 10

Last Week Vikings lost to Packers 44-31, Cowboys lost to Lions 31-30

Fast Fact The Vikings are one of two teams (Atlanta) to have given up 23 or more points in every game

As an unabashed Viking fan, it pained me not only to watch them get pounded by their despised rival Packers but to hear wonks whine that the Vikings would be better served gutting the team for draft picks including trading off defensive stud Jared Allen and reigning MVP Adrian Peterson. Its tough watching the Pokes too, they blunder along in mediocrity and are giving points up at a frightening clip. Add the tantrums of WR/diva Dez Bryant and the Pokes situation is at its usual soap opera standards. I don’t trust either team and its hard to pick against my beloved Vikes, especially to the arrogant Cowboys who still think that they are an elite team. I’ll be defiant, Adrian Peterson has a breakout game and Jared Allen leads a defense in need of a signature win. The upset has already happened…so I can’t call it that way. But still this one will make Jerry Jones very upset.

Pick-Minnesota

 

New Orleans (6-1) @ NY Jets (4-4)

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

Favorite Saints by 6½

Last Week Saints defeated Bills 35-17, Jets lost to Bengals 49-9

Fast Fact Saints DC Rob Ryan is 0-4 against twin brother Rex in matchup where both were either coordinators or coaches

This has the makings of a perfect storm, the Saints flying high after rolling deep on the Bills face a ragged Jets team that got stomped on by the Bengals. I’m hearing Jets fans try to reason that their teams up and down fortunes mean that after the pitiful loss that they will bounce back strong and whip the Saints. No disrespect to Red Dalton, but if he was able to strafe the Jets for 5 scores, what makes you think that Drew Brees wont? Exactly.

Pick-New Orleans

 

Chargers (4-3) @ Redskins (2-5)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Chargers by 1

Last Week Chargers were on a bye, Redskins lost to Broncos 45-21

Fast Fact The Chargers have won the last three meetings after the Redskins had won the first six meetings between the two teams.

In a meeting of two teams that would have made Job perturbed, the Chargers head east to face a Redskins team that started strong against the Broncos and were thinking of a Rocky Mountain sized upset, but instead blew a tire and let the Broncos rip off 38 straight points to get blasted. The Chargers are a team that’s hard to figure. Philip Rivers is fast returning to big number elite status but lack of a consistent running game and an inconsistent defense have them looking way up at the teams in their division. The Chargers have been brutalized by the schedule that has had them come east of the Mississippi for the fourth of five road trips and I long maintain that teams coming east for early games are dead meat, but they have won 3 games. I get the feeling even with the rest, that they are overdue for a flat performance. The Redskins are better than their 2-5 would indicate and I think that they will have the Chargers number

Pick-Washington

 

Titans (3-4) @ Rams (3-5)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Titans by 3

Last Week Titans were on a bye, Rams lost to Seahawks 14-9

Fast Fact The Titans scored 24.5 in a 3-1 start but only 15.7 in their current 3 game losing skid

A pair of mediocre teams meet up in the heartland. The Titans are rested after a bye but are on the road facing a Rams team that turned in a heroic though futile effort against the Seahawks this past Monday with four chances to win the game outright inside the Seattle 5, the Rams came up empty. The Titans will look to take advantage of the Rams weak run defense though they did play much better in the aforementioned loss. The Rams questions at QB and their lack of real offensive punch behind journeyman Kellen Clemens troubles me and though the Rams are showing signs of marked improvement, I’m just not totally sold and think that a Titans win over their longtime former coach wouldn’t be so farfetched.

Pick-Tennessee

 

Eagles (3-5) @ Oakland (3-4)

O.co Coliseum, Oakland 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite Raiders by 2½

Last Week Eagles lost to Giants 15-7, Raiders defeated Steelers 21-18

Fast Fact Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor busted out a 93 yard touchdown run last week against Pittsburgh the longest ever TD run by a QB

The Raiders seem to think that they are legit playoff contenders after a slug it out win over the Steelers facing the highly puzzling Eagles it’s hard to quell that winning thinking. The Eagles play horridly against the weak G-Men in a winnable home game and now travel cross country to face a team with a better offense and defensive capabilities. Are the Raiders a legit playoff team? I’m not convinced in the least. Are they better than the Eagles, especially at home in front of their insane fans? No question.

Pick-Oakland

 

Buccaneers (0-7) @ Seahawks (7-1)

Century Link Field, Seattle 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite Seahawks by 16

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Panthers 31-13, Seahawks defeated Rams 14-9

Fast Fact The Seahawks have the longest current home win streak in the NFL at 11.

Normally, I’d say that this has the makings of a trap game The Seahawks may be playing on a short week, with the Bucs in contrast coming off a long layoff. But let’s keep it 100, the Bucs aren’t coming cross country to beat the Seahawks at Century Link where they are near impossible to beat. You’re asking a little too much out of a winless team.

Pick-Seattle (Lock of the Week)

 

Ravens (3-4) @ Browns (3-5)

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 

Last Week Ravens were on a bye, Browns lost to Chiefs 23-17

Fast Fact The Ravens have won 11 straight over the Browns

The Ravens have had a week to stew over a galling loss to their despised rivals while the Browns showed heart but were not really close to beating the Chiefs in KC.  I’m just not feeling either team offensively. Joe Flacco has regressed badly and quick name the Browns starting QB? I think it’s going to be Jason Campbell, but you are never quite sure from week to week. The temptation is there to say the improving Browns spring a mild upset at home in front of crazed fans that hate the Ravens with fervor to break their long losing skid against them but I can’t do it.

Pick-Baltimore

 

Steelers (2-5) @ Patriots (6-2)  

Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, MA 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Pats by 6½

Last Week Steelers lost to Raiders 21-18, Patriots defeated Dolphins 27-17

Fast Fact The Steelers are not the best of starters as of late being outscored 54-19 in the first quarter so far this season.

The Steelers looked lost in Oakland and despite a late rally feel to the Raiders. The Patriots toyed with the Dolphins before roaring past them with a relentless rally. The Steelers are a mess offensively and defensively scare no one but their fans.  The Steelers talk tough but in reality Tom Brady should have enough time to strafe the weak secondary. I’m not banking the Steelers can do cross country and back then go to Foxboro and get a win. That would have taxed the best of Steeler squads and will devastate this one.  

Pick- New England

 

Colts (5-2) @ Texans (2-5) 

Reliant Stadium, Houston 8:30 NBC

Favorite Even

Last Week Both teams were on a bye

Fast Fact Though the Texans are the NFL’s top ranked defense (measured in yards allowed), the rank a dismal 27th in scoring defense

Both teams come in rested for what has become a decent rivalry over the past few years. Case Keenum now has the starting QB job but will face a withering and relentless Colt pass rush. With Arian Foster not at 100% the Texan offense gets weaker and facing a Colts team that can score points, it will be tough sledding. Though the Colts will dearly miss veteran receiver Reggie Wayne lost with an ACL injury, the Colts still have a formidable offensive presence. The Texans wonder how come they can’t get a break on when we’re on national TV, as they are always are getting shredded by a big name QB, this won’t be any different.

Pick-Indianapolis 

 

Monday, November 4

 

Bears (4-3) @ Packers (5-2)

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Packers by 10½ 

Last Week Bears were on a bye, Packers defeated Vikings 44-31

Fast Fact Packers have won the last six meetings, and the last five at Lambeau

The only meeting between teams with a winning record this week closes out Week 9, and a classic one to boot. The Bears still stinging after a shootout loss to the Redskins in Week 7 now face their northern nemesis in full swagger mode after slapping around the Vikings on Sunday Night. With Jay Cutler out, the Bears have to hope Josh McCown can play another decent game, he has most of his weapons available but the defense is banged up and that might be trouble facing a red hot Aaron Rodgers who was dicing up the Vikes last week with surgical precision. Packers at home is always tough to pick against, but maybe Josh McCown has the game of his life and…come on who am I trying kid here?

Pick-Green Bay

 

Last Week: 10-3

Overall: 75-44 (Lock Correct, Upset not selected and will be counted as incorrect)

Locks 7-1

Upsets 5-3

 

NFL Week 8 Picks
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A moderately decent week, the NFL thins out its schedule some as the World Series takes center stage. 12 teams will take their bye week between this and next week. Submitted for your review, perusal and approval are this weeks semi-infallible picks Odds provided by bodog.net except where starred and those are provided by ESPN. These odds are for entertainment and comparison purposes only. I say that for a few reasons, since I used to make book at one time I know that statement needs to be put in for legal purposes and Im not trying to get a visit from a bookies enforcer because you took the lines, got took and are trying to pass the blame off. I would invite the enforcer in for a cold one (cause I probably know him) and give him your hideout address. Im just that kind of guy…

 

Sunday

 

Bills (3-4)  @  Saints (5-1) 

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

Favorite Saints by 11*

Last Week Bills defeated Dolphins 23-21, Saints were on a bye

Fast Fact Saints QB Drew Brees has completed a league high 69 passes to his running backs

The Bills walked tall in a road win in Miami but the stakes get a lot higher facing a rested Saints squad in the Big Easy. Drew Brees is back to his high powered point producing self. If only the Saints had a reliable running game to complement Brees and Company’s passing they would be a real fearsome force. In any case, I still think that they are better than a Bills squad who plays inconsistently on their best days, last weeks solid effort notwithstanding. I think its too tall an order for the young Bills to go into a much tougher road venue and get a win

 

 

Browns (3-4)  @ Chiefs (7-0)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Chiefs by 7½

Last Week Browns lost to Packers 31-13, Chiefs defeated Texans 17-16

Fast Fact Chiefs have given up a league low 81 points and no more than 17 in any game.

Info on the game

The Chiefs got an unexpected home fight from the Texans and I think that they might be made a better team for it. The Browns after showing some promise during a shocking three game win string have return to their Clownish form and have dropped two straight. The Chiefs are humming along with a workmanlike offense and an underrated defense while the Browns are just searching for another spark. Cant say that I think that they will get it in rowdy arrowhead

Pick-Kansas City

 

Cowboys (4-3) @ Lions (4-3)

Ford Field, Detroit 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 3

Last Week Cowboys defeated Eagles 17-3, Lions lost to Bengals 27-24

Fast Fact Lions have zero rushing touchdowns in the last three games

The Pokes slugged through a grimy game with the Eagles and find themselves in firm control of the NFC East as three of their four wins are against their divisional foes. The Lions lost a shootout with the Bengals and failed to take firmer control of an up for grabs NFC North. The Pokes and Lions are a lot alike with gambling QB, big play receivers and defenses that can either play big or get played. Romo and Bryant have been putting up gaudy numbers  as have Stafford and Megatron. Im seeing another thrilling shootout. And for some reason Im gonna regret this either choice I make, but Im going with the home team. Romo is overdue for a stinker.

Pick-Detroit

 

Dolphins (3-3) @ Patriots (5-2)

Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, MA 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Patriots by 6½

Last Week Dolphins lost to Bills 23-21, Patriots lost to Jets 30-27 in OT

Fast Fact Patriots have not lost back to back divisional games since 2006, when they lost to Jets and Dolphins

Both teams come in off tough losses but the Fins have fallen off badly after a surprising 3-0 start. The Pats meanwhile are brooding over a puzzling loss to the inferior Jets. Tom Brady is not as dynamic as in years past but is getting the job done. I just do no trust the Fins offense to generate points consistently. The Pats aren’t scary good like in days past but they are still tough to beat at home

Pick-New England

 

NY Giants (1-6) @ Eagles (3-4) 

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 6

Last Week Giants defeated Vikings 23-7, Eagles lost to Cowboys 17-3

Fast Fact Eli Manning has started 141 straight games as the Giants QB, in that time the Eagles have started 9 different QB’s

The G-Men finally got a chance to shine, sort of beating the scuffling Vikings in an at times unwatchable game. The Giants are far from a team ready to make a turnaround, and facing an Eagles team that has ten types of QB problems (as usual) is scuffling along trying to find some consistent punch in their offense. The Eagles have been rotten at home too. So why do I think the Eagles win other them being way overdue for a home win? Just a hunch a I guess, and the G-Men will likely make a monkey out of this pick too.

Pick-Philadelphia

 

49ers (5-2) vs Jaguars (0-7)

Wembley Stadium; London England 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite 49ers by 17

Last Week 49ers defeated Titans 31-17, Jaguars lost to Chargers 24-6

Fast Fact

Londoners must wonder what they did to deserve this, they got three winless teams visiting in their two games at venerable Wembley. The Niners are playing rather crisply and dispatched the Titans with an almost businesslike boredom. Just when you thought that the Jags were poised to make a statement win, especially after a brave performance in Denver they revert to their toothless ways and play horridly against the Chargers. Basically the Niners are better on both sides of the ball, the Londoners will wonder why they get the dregs of the NFL but you know that the Cowboys wont go to London…ooops the Pokes are heading to London in 2014

Pick-San Francisco (Lock of the Week)

 

NY Jets (4-3) @ Bengals (5-2)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 7

Last Week Jets defeated Patriots 30-27 in OT, Bengals defeated Lions 27-24

Fast Fact

The grins and jeers from Rex Ryan were never bigger or louder after the Jets sprung a stunner on their hated rival Pats but the learning curve gets a bit steeper as his squad takes on a quietly confident Bengal squad that keeps winning barn burners behind the fast developing talent of Andy Dalton. The Jets defense will be able to give the Bengals run game some trouble but has shown a predilection to get burned pass wise. Geno Smith is developing quickly but faces a stern test in a physical Bengals defense that seems to get into the backfield with frightening frequency. I think the Bengals are bankable here.

Pick-Cincinnati

 

Steelers (2-4) @ Raiders (2-4)                                     

O.co Coliseum, Oakland 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Steelers by 3

Last Week Steelers defeated Ravens 19-16, Raiders were on a bye

Fast Fact After allowing an average of 27.5 points in their 0-4 start the Steelers have allowed 22 total in their 2 wins

Remember when this used to be a marquee matchup or am I just that old? (shaddap!) The Steelers are feeling quite froggy after shaking off the nightmare of an 0-4 start with a pair of solid wins. The Raiders will make any prognosticator queasy with their maddeningly inconsistent play. Rested after a bye, its tempting to pick the Raiders at home, but they are less trustworthy than the Steelers who are quietly playing better.

Pick-Pittsburgh

 

Falcons (2-4) @ Cardinals (3-4)

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Cards by 2 ½

Last Week Falcons defeated Buccaneers 31-23, Cardinals lost to Seahawks 34-22

Fast Fact  Cards QB Carson Palmer has thrown 11 of his 13 interceptions in the past five weeks

A matchup a pair of inconsistent birds here, both the Falcons and Cards have both slapped around the Bucs as one of their wins so its hard to figure how good or bad these teams are. The Falcons got it done without either of their big play receivers as Julio Jones is out and Roddy White is still hobbled. I feel bad for Larry Fitzgerald who besides being bothered with a balky hamstring has to deal with the mercurial play of Carson Palmer. The Falcons aren’t a good team but they are still marginally better than the Cards who’s lack of a running game put even more of the onus on Palmer who when pushed will make the dumb throw.

Pick-Atlanta

 

Redskins (2-4) @ Broncos (6-1) 

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Broncos by 14

Last Week Redskins defeated Bears 45-41, Broncos lost to Colts 39-33

Fast Fact

The Redskins won a thrilling shootout with the Bears and are quietly righting themselves after a slow start but it’s a bad bad time to face the Broncos, stung after taking an unexpected pratfall against the young Colts. Peyton Manning supposedly has a bum ankle but I seriously doubt it will hamper his ability to strafe a weak Redskin secondary that got picked on by Josh McCown. The Broncos are fearsome at home and I just cant see RGIII doing that much to pull the upset.

Pick-Denver

 

Packers (4-2) @ Vikings (1-5)

Mall of America Field @ HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Packers by 10

Last Week Packers defeated Browns 31-13, Vikings lost to Giants 23-7

Fast Fact Vikings RB Adrian Peterson got nearly 25% of his 2012 rushing total in two games versus the Packers.

The Vikings stunk the joint out last week in Gotham, and their QB merry go round spins on. Christian Ponder is once again slated to start at QB with Josh Freeman dealing with concussion symptoms. The Packers will no doubt be cheered by the fact that the predictable Ponder will not threaten their secondary with long or accurate throws and be free to load up the box to stop Peterson who has been dealing with a hurting hammy. As much as I want to scream this is a trap game for the Packers, Im a realist. The Packers are simply better on both sides of the ball and as a Vikings fan I fear the worst. If Carolina and the G-Men could thump the Vikings, you know Aaron Rodgers is drooling over the opportunity to show out in Primetime. How I wish I would be wrong here.

Pick-Green Bay

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 21

 

Seahawks (6-1) @  Rams (3-4)

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Seahawks by 11

Last Week Seahawks defeated Cardinals 34-22, Rams lost to Panthers 30-15

Fast Fact

The sports nation turns its eyes on the Midwest where the Rams host the Seahawks at the same time that their baseball counterpart Cardinals host the 4th game of the 2013 World Series. The Seahawks have been rolling nicely and despite playing a 2nd primetime road game in a row are decently rested as a schedule quirk had them playing the first game of last week and the last game this week. The Rams were desperate enough to reach out to Pappy Favre to gage his interest in a return that should tell you how bad the Rams offense has sunk. That is not a good recipe to beat a surging Seahawks defense who complements solid play from their offense. St. Louis fan had best hope that the Cards aren’t down 3-1 in the World Series as it might not be the best time to be a sports fan in the Gateway.

Pick-Seattle

 

Last Week 9-6 (Lock & Upset Correct for the fourth straight week)

Overall: 65-41

Locks 6-1

Upsets 5-2

HAL B.’s FANTASTIC FRIDAY SPORTS SPECTACULAR - 10/25/13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Football Patriots World Series NFL Picks NFL Predictions

Hey, hey, it’s Friday! Every office has a company fridge thief...the tuna sandwich was great, Sully. (Sorry!)

 

I’m getting ready to watch the World Series and my Boston Red Sox against my favorite National League team, the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, so I’m not as wordy as usual (what’s that odd noise that sounds like cheering and clapping?).  Would love to see the Sox head to the great Midwest with a 2-0 lead, but the Redbirds are likely to be a little more on their game than Wednesday night. It was entertaining with some good pitching, hitting, and bizarre plays and moved fairly quickly for a Red Sox game, but the Sox are not getting that lucky each game. Gonna be a good Series!

 

Before I get into the Week Eight NFL matchups, Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan was fined for $10 grand for grabbing his crotch during his touchdown celebration. The video of it is here: http://nesn.com/2013/10/report-logan-ryan-fined-10000-for-grabbing-crotch-during-touchdown/

Pure class there...

 

NFL PICKS:

Carolina 24 at Tampa Bay 13:

Something tells me the NFL ratings victories over playoff baseball ends Thursday night.  I’ll swing over to the NFLNetwork during commercials because I think Cam Newton is the best least talked about quarterback in the NFL. Playing in North Carolina (home of all the financial services employees who used to work in Boston & Providence) where the sports pecking order is: 1. College Basketball 2. College Basketball Pre-season 3. College Basketball signing days 4. College Basketball off-season 5. Do we really have a hockey and football team?

Tampa quit on their coach and I feel for Greg Schiano.  Hope he lands in a good spot back in college next year.

 

Dallas 31 at Detroit 34:

The Lions are kind of hard to figure out. They alternate between “juggernaut” and “pansy”...be it game-to-game, week-to-week, or quarter-to-quarter. The Lions have talent all over the place, playmakers on both sides of the ball, and one of my favorite and most respected coaches, Jim Schwartz (“May the Schwartz be with you!” for those who remember “Spaceballs”). I figure they have enough to bring down a dinged-up Cowboys team at home.

 

San Francisco 41 at Jacksonville 25:

I figure the San Francisco second team will get some valuable reps. I still think the Jaguars are headed in the right direction, I just expected more from the offensive line and Maurice Jones-Drew while the defense keeps improving bit by bit each week.  Great week to have San Francisco running backs in play.

 

Cleveland 21 at Kansas City 20:

Upset special, baby! You saw it here first! The Chiefs are probably the better team, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they win on Sunday. Maybe I’m spending too much time watching and researching Cleveland Browns football (my most recent Browns article at FirstStopFantasy.com is here: http://firststopfantasy.com/nfl-teams/cleveland-browns/cleveland-browns-game-review-trampled-by-the-pack/), but the Chiefs are due for a letdown.

 

Miami 13 at New England 30:

THIS is the week the Patriots click...right? My most recent Patriots review/preview is here at Cover32: http://cover32.com/patriots/2013/10/23/patriots-need-to-move-on-from-loss-to-the-jets/ as I go back and look at last week’s loss to the Jets and preview the Dolphins.  Starting next week I hope to have three straight days of Patriots articles on the Internet: Tuesday Game Review on Cover32.com; Wednesday Patriots “Pick Six” (six key Patriots points) at MusketFire.com; and another Patriots article on Cover32.com with a preview of the coming game.

 

Buffalo 19 at New Orleans 34:

I like the team the Bills are trotting out, and if they had E.J. Manuel at quarterback they’d have a shot to make it a game in the Big Easy, but this is a game that Drew Brees is going to bring it to get a much needed win for the Saints.

 

New York Giants 16 at Philadelphia 17:

What a horrible event last week, as the Giants rolled to victory at last. I don’t REALLY hate the Giants, I have enmity for them beating New England twice in the past six Super Bowls, but otherwise I like and respect Tom Coughlan (great job at Boston College and then Jacksonville in the NFL), Jason Pierre-Paul is a fun player to watch on defense, and Victor Cruz is just good for football in general with his rise from undrafted free agent from UMass to Pro Bowler and salsa dancing to honor his Grandmother when he scores a touchdown.  Eli Manning is just a Gomer Pyle reject.

 

Pittsburgh 27 at Oakland 13:

Don’t look now, but the Steelers are quietly crawling back into the AFC Wild Card race…

 

New York Jets 7 at Cincinnati 24:

I think the Jets are due for a letdown after winning their Super Bowl last week at New England and a vote of confidence for Rex Ryan. The Bengals have A.J. Green back in the offense and producing again, so the Jets are in a tough spot on the road again. I--in an obvious sign of the coming Apocalypse--wrote a Jets article (and I refrained from calling Rex Ryan a smug douchebag!!!!) as a favor with a regular writer out at FirstStopFantasy which is here: http://firststopfantasy.com/nfl-teams/new-york-jets/can-the-new-york-jets-carry-momentum-forward-from-win-over-patriots/  Interesting to do as a lifelong Patriots fan, but probably good for growth and maturity and all that jazz.

 

Atlanta 23 at Arizona 13

Arizona is lost in the desert again (Carson Palmer, yuck!) and the Falcons, while underachieving much of the season, are better than their record.

 

Washington 24 at Denver 38

I would love to pick against Denver, but not at home, not with RGIII not playing to 2012 standards, and not with the game in October instead of December or January when Peyton Manning runs out of steam. The Redskins have struggled to run the ball, still lack weapons in the passing game, and the defense took a step backwards this year. Of course, Dallas could fold in the second half **SARCASM ALERT** <> **SARCASM ALERT** and let the ‘skins back in the race. Oh yeah, no “Redskins” name talk here...other, smarter writers than me have covered it better here on the Gab.

 

Green Bay 31 at Minnesota 13

The Packers are not the beast that they looked to be with their injuries on offense, but the defense is improved and the Vikings...well, the Vikings are the Vikings.  Quarterback remains a quagmire (where have you gone, Daunte Culpepper? Lonely Vikings fans turn their eyes to you, ooh-ooh-ooh) and Adrian Peterson is suffering from eight-in-the-box-itis. Aaron Rodgers is just too good right now to lose these kinds of games

 

Seattle 33 at St. Louis 3

I love a good Monday Night Blowout!

 

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Getting back to the fridge thief pic that kicked the blog off, I remember at my first real “office” job after college and the disappointment that the thief who stole my snacks, half-sub saved for later, sodas and used all my coffee creamer was the Executive Vice President who made over $200k while I pulled down the tidy sum of about $9 bucks an hour (I’d figure it after commuting costs but I don’t need to make myself cry).  A harsh lesson in economics right there for young and idealistic Hal B.--the rich will take and take and take from the poor until the poor can take no more. Of course, how much money did he save not buying lunch in the city? Sad ending to the story, I went back to work for him after the company I was at closed (he had a start-up competition) and suffered for another couple years (but kept my food out of the fridge).  

 

While I’m on a roll with funny stories, at his company (I went because the Senior Vice President/General Manager he hired was a good friend and mentor of mine) the CEO/President ended up buying the office a Gevalia single-cup coffee thingy back in the day when they were much, much more expensive. My friend the SVP/GM and I would go out for coffee every day around 10am to get some fresh air, chat about my kids/his grandkids, and go to Dunkin Donuts because the coffee in the office was abysmally weak and bitter. So one day the CEO/President calls us in his office to ask out what we are conspiring about. We thought he was joking until he confronted us about leaving the office to talk each day. Once we picked our jaws off the table we explained his coffee in the office was crap and we wanted a decent “cuppajoe:. He says to us “so if I get good coffee you won’t leave the office?”  So we said yes, he bought the system and stocked it (set up my office across the hall from the kitchen when we moved to a bigger office on another floor soon after), and I left there after two years with a twelve-cup a day coffee habit and addicted to Colombian roast.

 

OK boring stories are over, hope you all have a great weekend of sports.  Football (college and pro), World Series baseball, hockey, and the kickoff of the NBA makes for a fun time.  Busy but fun weekend ahead, make it a great one! Thanks as always for reading!

 

 

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