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NFL Week 8 Pick (Thursday Opener)
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NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 8

 

Thursday, October 24

 

The week starts with another divisional game in the NFC, odds provided by bodog.net and are for comparison and entertainment purposes only

 

Panthers (3-3) @ Buccaneers (0-6) 

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 8:20 (NFLN)

Favorite Panthers by 7

Last Week Panthers defeated Rams 30-15, Buccaneers lost to Falcons 31-23

Fast Fact A win by the Panthers moves them over .500 for the first time in five years

The Panthers are playing much better after a sluggish start while the Bucs are trying to grasp on to anything positive in this nightmare season, I like the play of Cam Newton who has been developing into the leader that Carolinans have dreamed he would be. Quick who is the Bucs QB? You wouldn’t know even if I told you that it was Mike Glennon. I think that despite a potentially rowdy crowd in Tampa I think that the Panthers slug out a tough win

Pick-Carolina

NFL Week 7 Picks
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Sunday, October 20

 

Bills (2-4) @ Dolphins (3-2)

SunLife Stadium; Miami Gardens, FL 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Dolphins by 7

Last Week Bills lost to Bengals 27-24 in OT, Dolphins were on a bye

Fast Fact Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 24 times and is on pace to be sacked 76 times which would be a league record

The Bills are coming off a painful loss where they rallied sharply only to fall falt in OT and face a well rested Dolphins squad. The Bills are tough team to figure though they did play will under journeyman starter Thad Lewis last week. The Dolphins started strong but after getting housed by the Saints and edged by a beatable Ravens squad the whispers are getting louder that they were a September flash. Tannehill h as got to stay upright and expose the Bills leaky run defense as well who can give up yards but the Fins are clearly lacking in that department as they only gained a pitiful 22 yards rushing last week. The Bills may be without Stevie Johnson again and that weakens an already suspect offense. Im thinking that a showdown of teams badly in need of a win that the home team comes out on top this time.

Pick-Miami

 

 

Bears (4-2) @ Redskins (1-4) 

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Bears by 1

Last Week Bears defeated Giants 27-21, Redskins lost to Cowboys 31-16

Fast Fact Redskins have won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including the last four

The Bears are doing it again, the minute that you think that they are a legit team they wander off into a myriad of puzzling play. Just when you are just about to write them off they leap up and slam someone. Im still nowhere close to being sold on Jay Cutler being an elite QB or that the Bears offense will ever be legit. But then again when you compare them to the Redskins who beyong RGIII is the definition of frustrating the Bears look like a deep and complete team. I think that Cutler should be able to pick on a a suspect Washington secondary and the Bears defense should be able to keep RGIII in check.

Pick-Chicago

 

Bengals (4-2) @ Lions (4-2)

Ford Field, Detroit 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Lions by 3

Last Week Bengals defeated Bills 27-24 in OT Lions defeated Browns 31-17

Fast Fact Bengals have won four straight and the last two times they have faced the Lions have gone on to win the AFC North

A good matchup of big cats in Motown. The Bengals tried hard to give a big lead away in Buffalo but won in OT. The Lions looked very crisp in dismantling the Browns. Many critics are quick to dog Bengals QB Andy Dalton who’s play has teetered between unremarkable and lousy, but he has won the most recent AFC player of the week piloted the Bengals to the lead in the AFC North. The Lions offense may be the best challenge that the Bengals defense has faced all season. Multifaceted and high powered the Lions have big names at plenty of positions, this will be a good close tight game but Im still not sold on the Bengals winning games on the road, since I have to call an upset this will be the one.

Pick-Cincinnati (Upset of the Week)

 

 

Cowboys (3-3) @ Eagles (3-3)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 3

Last Week Cowboys defeated Redskins 31-16 Eagles defeated Buccaneers 31-20

Fast Fact Eagles have lost eight straight home games which ties a franchise record set back in 1936-37

The Pokes actually played a solid game on Sunday night and clobbered their archrivals. The Eagles are getting really happy with the play of Nick Foles who played well enough in beating the Bucs to be named offensive player of the week. The Pokes offense is hurting with the loss of DeMarco Murray but young Joseph Randle looks primed to step into the breech. On the defensive side DeMarcus Ware continues to rail that he would be ready to play in this matchup but you think that it really wouldn’t be a good idea. I worry that if I pick the Pokes the Eagles are going to finally break out of their home doldrums and if I pick the Eagles the Boys come to town and act up. Im going to regret this but I think the Pokes are the better team and despite their deficiencies will eke out a win.

Pick-Dallas

 

 

 

Patriots (5-1) @ NY Jets (3-3)

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

Favorite Patriots by 4

Last Week Patriots defeated Saints 30-27, Jets lost to Steelers 19-6

Fast Fact Tom Brady is 18-4 against the Jets in his career and has won the last six meetings

The Pats took it to the wire to escape with a thrilling win over the Saints while the grins and jeers from Jets head buffoon were few and far between as they took to a horrid loss to the previously winless Steelers The Pats struggled mightily in the September rain in their previous meeting and I still think Brady and his crew are shadows of their dominant selves of years past but, they are still light years better than the Jets who despite the promising play of rookie Geno Smith are still a weak team and should be dominated by the Pats

Pick-New England

 

 

Chargers (3-3) @ Jaguars (0-6) 

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Chargers by 9

Last Week Chargers defeated Colts 19-9, Jaguars lost to Broncos 35-19

Fast Fact The Jags are the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to lose their first six games by double digits.

The Chargers grinded out an ugly win over the Colts while the Jags played courageously and honorably in a loss to the rampaging Broncos. The Chargers are the toughest team in the NFL to figure, Philip Rivers is fast regaining his elite status and Antonio Gates is just defying father time with his solid play, but the lack of a credible running game is a burden and hurt them against tougher defenses. The Jags are playing better and are scoring more now but their offense is still too spotty. If there was an upset to be had it could be here since the Chargers are a west coast team coming east for an early game off a  short week. That usually portends to a dead team walking. I think that this will be a tough one but the Chargers will pull it out.

Pick-San Diego 

 

Rams (3-3) @ Panthers (2-3)

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

Favorite Panthers by 7

Last Week Rams defeated Texans 38-13, Panthers defeated Vikings 35-10

Fast Fact Rams QB Sam Bradford posted a career best single game QB rating of 134.6 against the Texans last week.

Both teams were in the rare role of road bully dealing out stunning beatdowns and are both playing surprisingly well as of late. You can never be sure of which team will show up from week though. Im liking the quiet effectiveness of the Rams defense as of late. Im also liking Cam Newton getting his big play on with the Panthers underrated corps of receivers. This is a tossup and then some so Im going with the home team and am probably going to regret it.

Pick-Carolina

 

Buccaneers (0-5) @ Falcons (1-4)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Falcons by 7

Last Week Buccaneers lost to Eagles 31-20 Falcons were on a bye

Fast Fact Bucs have lost three of their five games by three points or fewer

The Falcons are coming apart at the seams. More injuries and the loss of stud receiver Julio Jones helps not a bit. The rumors that Tony Gonzalez wants to be shipped back to KC wont quit and the Falcons are a shadow of the team that was a game away from the Super Bowl but if there is one team that might be a bigger mess in the NFC South, it’s the Bucs. No running game as Doug Martin is a shadow of himself and tons of questions at almost all the offensive skill positions. This is a tossup for all the wrong reasons. Even with their holes the Falcons are still the better team

Pick-Atlanta

 

 

49ers (4-2) @ Titans (3-3)

LP Field, Nashville 4:05 (FOX)

Favorite 49ers by 4

Last Week 49ers defeated Cardinals 32-20, Titans lost to Seahawks 20-13

Fast Fact The Titans have lost their last four games vs NFC opponents by a 156-47 margin

The Niners have clearly shook off the brief two game lull and have roared through 3 impressive wins. The Titans on  the other hand have faded badly in their last two games after a strong 3-1 start. The Titans are still waiting for Chris Johnson to return to his once dominant form or at least be dependable like the Niners Frank Gore. Colin Kaepernick is rounding into top form after an uneven start but the Titans are searching for a dependable replacement for the injured Jake Locker and no one is really confident that the well traveled Ryan Fitzpatrick can fit the bill. Im not sure that the Titans can slow the surging Niners up enough to hang with them.

Pick-San Francisco

 

Ravens (3-3) @ Steelers (1-4)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Steelers by 1

Last Week Ravens lost to Packers 19-17, Steelers defeated Jets 19-6

Fast Fact Last week against The Steelers had their first turnover free game of the season.

The Steelers finally escaped winless island with a grimy gritty win in Gotham but continue to be seriously banged up. The Ravens had chance after chance to beat the Packers but fell flat on their collective faces.  The Ravens have played exceptionally well in Pittsburgh winning their last four and Im thinking that this trend should continue. The Steelers have a leaky run defense and facing Ray Rice who is way way overdue for a breakout game that isn’t the recipe for breaking the Ravens streak of wins in Pittsburgh

Pick-Baltimore

 

Browns (3-3) @ Packers (3-2)

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Packers by 10

Last Week Browns lost to Lions 31-20, Packers defeated Ravens 19-17

Fast Fact The Packers have won 10 straight at home

The Packers tried mightily to give away their game against the Ravens but survived. The Browns? Well just about the time that you were taking them seriously. They turn back into the Browns with a chucklehead performance at home against the Lions. The Packers are a walking MASH unit with more and more players on the injured list, but with all their injuries they are still more talented than the Browns, who are just waiting for something else bad to happen. The spread is too high but I think that the Pack at home is pretty solid.

Pick-Green Bay

 

Texans (2-4) @ Chiefs (6-0)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 4:25 CBS

Favorite Chiefs by 7

Last Week Texans lost to Rams 38-13, Chiefs defeated Raiders 24-7

Fast Fact Arrowhead Stadium set a Guinness World Record for the loudest outdoor arena last week, a sustained roar of an eardrum-splitting 137.7 decibels which is louder than a jet engine (Yowsa! Better invest in good ear plugs)

The Chiefs are clearly the NFL’s biggest surprise this year and have been winning with a slick combo of efficient passing by Alex Smith, bruising running by Jamaal Charles and a tough defense (You forgot that this squad sent six players to the Pro Bowl last year, didn’t you?) The Texans on the other hand are clearly the most disappointing team in the NFL. Matt Schaub has been mercificully sidelined with an injury suffered in an awful beating to an otherwise middling Rams squad and instead of vet TJ Yates the Texans are calling on Case Keenum to start. In KC? Did Gary Kubiak miss the memo on how frighteningly loud Arrowhead can get? And hes throwing a rookie in there…good luck kiddo. You’re gonna need it.

Pick-Kansas City (Lock of the Week)

 

 

 

Broncos (6-0) @ Colts (4-2)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Broncos by 7

Last Week Broncos defeated Jaguars 35-19, Colts lost to Chargers 19-9

Fast Fact Broncos have scored 31 points or more in all six of their games.

The much anticipated homecoming of Peyton Manning comes amid the glare of the Sunday Night Hype machine. Manning facing his successor and more acrimony from the front office than he was expecting. Though the Broncos got pushed by a surprisingly game Jags squad they managed to wear them down while the Colts offense sat and stewed watching their defense get worn out in San Diego. I think that this might be the best defense that either QB has faced this season. You have to wonder if Luck will be ready for all the hubbub that his predecessor is generating. I know one thing that the Colts defense will have their hands full with Manning. It will likely be the tightest game that the Broncos have had all season but they should be

Pick-Denver

 

 

Monday, October 21

 

Vikings (1-4) @ NY Giants (0-6)

MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Giants by 3½

Last Week Vikings lost to Panthers 35-10, Giants lost to Bears 27-21

Fast Fact The Vikings have won in five of the last six trips to New York, including the last two visits.

The Vikings got flat blasted at home by a weak Panthers team as the Matt Cassel experiment seems to have run out of steam quickly. New acquisition Josh Freeman will take over the reigns at QB  and I think will bring a dynamic edge to this offense not seen since the brief tenure of Brett Favre. The G-Men are just a flat out mess, no credible running game and Eli Manning is a walking turnover machine. The G-Men will get a win or two but I don’t think that they will get one here.

Pick-Minnesota

 

Last Week: 10-5 (Lock & Upset Correct)

Overall 56-36 (Thursday Results are not in this total)

Locks: 5-1

Upsets: 4-2

 

 

 

 

Bandits Week 7 Thursday NFL Pick
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A decent week last week in the pick department and the week seems to fly by, and a key NFC West divisional starts out the 7th week and the halfway point of the fantasy season...odds provided by bodog.net for comparison and entertainment purposes only. 

 

Seahawks (5-1) @ Cardinals (3-3)

University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, AZ 8:20 (NFLN)

Favorite Seahawks by 7

Last Week Seahawks defeated Titans 20-13, Cardinals lost to 49ers 32-20

Fast Fact Cards have won six of the last seven home games against Seahawks

Though they dominated statistically the Seahawks let a weaker Titans team hang tough with them for too long while the Cards, to no ones surprise saw the Niners pull away from them late. The Cards seem to have trouble with strong running squads and the Seahawks boast one of the leagues best. I recall last year a decent Cards team started 4-0 and were on a Thursday Nighter, got run down and went into a 9 game freefall that cost their coach their job.  Could something like that happen again? I think the Seahawks are the better team and recent struggles in the desert not withstanding should roll to a pretty easy win will the Cards go into a their usual reeling tailspin because of the loss, we’ll see…

Pick-Seattle

NFL Week 6 Pick (The Rest of Em)
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Another decent week in the books, though there are still games that are head scratchers. Im finding out that the two teams on bye this week : Atlanta (1-4); Miami (3-2) are becoming increasingly unreliable picks, both those misses kept me from a crisp 11-3 week. Once again submitted for your perusal, review and approval are this weeks picks. Odds are provided by bodog.net with the exception of the starred ones which are provided by ESPN, these odds are only being provided for entertainment and comparison purposes only. If you take that ridiculous line and lose the house payment, you cant stay with me.

 

 

Sunday, October 13

 

Panthers (1-3) @ Vikings (1-3) 

Mall of America Field @ HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Vikings by 3

Last Week Panthers lost to Cardinals 22-6, Vikings were on a bye

Fast Fact The Vikings have scored a touchdown in the first quarter in eight straight games, longest current streak in the NFL

The Vikings will be playing with extremely heavy hearts as their dynamic RB Adrian Peterson deals with the senseless death of his young son on Friday, as this column is written it is unclear if Peterson will play. I would think that even if Peterson doesn play the Vikings are still marginally better than the Panthers who other than running wild on the woeful Giants cant score many points. I think the Vikes rally hard for their grieving teammate and pull out a tough win.

Pick- Minnesota

 

 

Bengals (3-2) @ Bills (2-3)

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

Favorite Bengals by 7

Last Week Bengals beat Patriots 13-6 Bills lost to Browns 37-24

Fast Fact The Bills have won the last six meetings in Buffalo

The Bengals surprised many an expert by slogging through a rainy messy track to upend the Pats at home. The Bengals offense has been missing in action as of late but the defense has been solid enough to frustrate three different Super Bowl winning QB’s this season. The problem is that journeyman Thad Lewis is nowhere close to a Super Bowl QB and the Bengals have had trouble with the average QB…The Bengals have also had trouble in Western New York where they haven’t won since 1985 and are 3-9 but the Bengals are the better team, but why do I feel like they will make this harder than it should be

Pick- Cincinnati

 

 

 

Detroit (3-2) @ Browns (3-2)

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 FOX

Favorite Lions by 2 ½ *

Last Week Lions lost to Packers 22-9, Browns defeated Bills 37-24

Fast Fact Browns seeking their first four game winning streak since the close of the 2009 season

The Browns have been feeling quite froggy after a rip-roaring win over Buffalo last Thursday, the Browns have embraced their no-name commonailty and have ripped off 3 wins over favored opponents. Meanwhile the Lions up and down season continue to pitch and yaw in directions no one is sure of. With the uncertain status of WR Calvin Johnson, its hard to tell which offense will show up, the team that scored 40 on the Bears or the one than eked out 9 against the Pack. Though the Browns are back to Brandon Weeden at QB, I like the way the Browns are playing as of late and think that they will continue.

Pick-Cleveland

 

 

Packers (2-2) @ Ravens (3-2)

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

Favorite  Packers by 3

Last Week Packers defeated Lions 22-9 Ravens defeated Dolphins 26-23

Fast Fact The Ravens set a franchise scoring record (since broken) the last and only time the Packers came to Baltimore.

The Pack got back to even with a sluggish win over the Lions while the Ravens won a tight game in Miami. The Pack’s lack of a running game is hurting them more and more every week now their defense further weakened with the loss of Clay Matthews the onus is put even more on Aaron Rodgers. But for some strange reason, I see the Pack as a team that can go into Baltimore and steal a win. Is this an upset? No, I just don’t think Joe Flacco can really carry a team (beyond his fluky Super Bowl run of last year)

Pick-Green Bay

 

Eagles (2-3) @ Buccaneers (0-4)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 2

Last Week Eagles defeated Giants 36-21 Buccaneers were on a bye

Fast Fact The Bucs are last in the NFC in scoring (11 ppg) but the Eagles are 30th in points allowed

The Eagles were for one week the toast of the NFL then reality set in as their offense just had too many bugs to be turned around  by Chip Kelly’s offense. The beat the equally sad sack G-Men to stay in contention in the weak NFC East. Their cause will be further bolstered by playing another sad sack team in the Bucs who ran Josh Freeman off and turn their QB duties over to the young Mike Glennon who is talented enough by inexperienced. Michael Vick is a tossup to be the starter and the tea leaves say that he will be part of the cap and clipboard ilk. Nick Foles would get the start in Vick’s stead and while not the household name Vick can pilot the offense with a fairly steady hand. I see an ugly game brewing and Eagles will make fewer mistakes and get the win.

Pick-Philadelphia

 

Steelers (0-4) @ NY Jets (3-2)

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

Favorite Jets by 3

Last Week Steelers were on a bye, Jets defeated Falcons 30-28

Fast Fact Steelers last 0-4 start was 1968, 4 years before Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin was born

The Steelers have had nearly two weeks to stew on their debacle in London while the Jets fresh of a short win upset win in the ATL are full of fire. Everything points to the surprising Jets continuing to play beyond all expectations. Geno Smith has looked like he could be a keeper and with the Steelers shockingly weak pass rush should be able to throw the ball readily. The Jets defense has played decent but has a predilection to giving up way too many big plays. The Steelers defense is getting pounded; their offense is still searching for a spark and with a miniscule running game you wonder where the points are going to come from. This game screams a walkover win for the Jets, but something keeps nagging at me that the Jets are overdue for a flat performance.

Pick-Pittsburgh (Upset of the Week)

 

Raiders (2-3) @ Chiefs (5-0)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Chiefs by 7½*

Last Week Raiders defeated Chargers 27-17, Chiefs defeated Titans 26-17

Fast Fact Chiefs are off to their best start since starting 9-0 in 2003, but Raiders have won last trips to Arrowhead

The Raiders seemed to like the late night lights and ambushed the Chargers, meanwhile the Chiefs continue to be the under the radar hot team in their own division. The Raiders are a tough team to figure, Terrelle Pryor is suffering through the expected growing pains as a starting QB but has looked good at times, but with a skittish running game he’s often asked to do more than he should be expected to. Meanwhile Alex Smith is thriving, Jamaal Charles is running tough, and the Chiefs defense is playing ballhawking roughhouse again. The Chiefs are overdue for a flat performance themselves but are also overdue to beat their despised AFL rivals at home.

Pick-Kansas CIty

 

Rams (2-3) @ Texans (2-3)

Reliant Field, Houston 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Texans by 9

Last Week Rams defeated Jaguars 34-20, Texans lost to 49ers 34-3

Fast Fact Texans QB Matt Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown for the fourth straight game, an NFL record.

The Rams left the Jags in the game a little too long before pulling away for an expected easy win, while the whispers are turning to howls as the stunning regression of Matt Schaub continues to find new depths. Both teams are searching for consistent play and both teams are underachieving. I think that Schaub makes a last stand, albeit against a much weaker team. The Rams are still not strong enough on the defensive end to give a better balanced team like the Texans that much trouble. But if Schaub throws another pick 6…hoo boy, he might need to find a good realtor…

Pick-Houston

 

Jaguars (0-5) Broncos (5-0)

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

Favorite Broncos by 27 (that is NOT a typo)

Last Week Jaguars lost to Rams 34-20, Broncos defeated Cowboys 51-48

Fast Fact Only 5 times in the past 20 years have teams that are unbeaten in 5 or more games faced a team winless in 5 or more games. The unbeaten team has won and covered all 5 times.

Oh…boy…talk about a lamb being led to slaughter. This game is the classic mismatch, the Broncos have score more in single quarters than the Jags have in games. You wonder how long Peyton Manning will be allowed to brutalize the weak Jags defense. Hide your kids hide your wife, this one will be brutal. That line isn’t a typo the disparity between these two teams on both sides of the ball is shockingly wide. You wonder if a running clock will be needed here in the 2nd half or a boxing ref is waiting in the wings to cover the Jags up from getting punched….

Pick-Denver (Lock of the Week)

 

Titans (3-2) @ Seahawks (4-1)  

CenturyLink Field, Seattle 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Seahawks by 14

Last Week Titans lost to Chiefs 26-17, Seahawks lost to Colts 34-28

Fast Fact The Seahawks have a 10 game winning at CenturyLink Field, the longest current home win streak in the NFL

The Seahawks got caught on the wrong side of a shootout losing a tough decision to the Colts, while the Titans couldn’t avoid the turnover bug and took a tough loss. The Seahawks defense was shown to be mortal than anything and can be scored on. The bad thing for the Titans is they don’t have the skill position player that the Colts have and even worse playing in the madhouse in Seattle.

Pick-Seattle

 

Cardinals (3-2) @ 49ers (3-2)

Candlestick Park, San Francisco 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite 49ers by 11

Last Week Cardinals defeated Panthers 22-6, 49ers defeated Texans 34-3

Fast Fact Despite not having defensive aces Aldon Smith & Nnamdi Asomugha the past two weeks, the Niners defense has only allowed one TD, 501 total yards and forced 6 turnovers.

Both teams come off impressive home victories the Cards grinded out an ugly win while the Niners thrashed the Texans on Sunday Night. The Niners seem to have recovered from their two week sleepwalk and are playing much much better on both sides of the ball. Im nowhere near sold on the Cards even with a 3-2 record. The Niners defense will force Carson Palmer into his typical litany of dumb mistakes and should roll handily to the win.

Pick-San Francisco

 

Saints (5-0) @ Patriots (4-1)

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

Favorite Patriots by 1*

Last Week Saints defeated Bears 26-18, Patriots lost to Bengals 13-6

Fast Fact Pats QB Tom Brady has yet to defeat Drew Brees as a member of the Pats (He was 0-2 vs the Chargers and 0-1 vs the Saints) his last win over Brees came while both were still in college. Brady’s Michigan squad defeated Brees’ Purdue team in 2000.
Now this is an interesting game to say the least. The Saints won a slugfest with the Bears while the Pats floundered in the Cincy rain. Both teams have future HOF QB’s who can put up good numbers but their defenses are sneaky good themselves. Getting Rob Gronkowski will help Tom Brady immensely, as you can see how the presence of Jimmy Graham is an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses to prepare for. The difference here will be the more diverse weapons that Drew Brees will have with Marques Colston and Darren Sproles these will make the difference in what should prove to be an entertaining game

Pick-New Orleans

 

Redskins (1-3) @ Cowboys (2-3)

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

Favorite Cowboys by 6

Last Week Redskins were on a bye, Cowboys lost to Broncos 51-48

Fast Fact Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw for a team record 506 yards in a loss to the Broncos last week, he not only became the 15th player to pass for more than 500 yards in a game but the 5th to do so and throw for 5 TDs in the same game

The Pokes were on the wrong end of a thrilling shootout, but Tony Romo might have gotten more dap for his heroic effort had he not thrown a damaging late INT that marred an otherwise sparkling performance. The classic rival is next and you have to wonder if the Pokes can bounce back strong. The Redskins went to Oakland two weeks ago and grinded out a needed win but this team still has some serious flaws, with Alfred Morris still trying to get back into full health the pressure rises on RGIII. Though I really like his growing trust in Leonard Hankerson, something tells me that the Pokes at home in primetime will shine. (I know im going to regret this)

Pick-Dallas

 

 

Monday, October 14

 

Colts (4-1) @ Chargers (2-3)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Colts by 1½ *

Last Week Colts defeated Seahawks 34-28, Chargers lost to Raiders 27-17

Fast Fact Chargers have won five of the past six meetings

The Colts rallied smartly the Seahawks and are are brimming with confidence. The Chargers continue to be a puzzling squad, a week after beating the Cowboys they fall behind badly against the Raiders and never recover. Andrew Luck is a keeper and he plays with a poise way beyond his years. Trent Richardson is still working his way into form with the Colts offense. The Chargers have a passing attack but their running game is skittish at best and unrealiable more often than not. This should be an interesting game but I think that young Luck will be able to get a tight win

Pick-Indianapolis

 

Last Week 9-5 (Lock & Upset Correct)

Overall: 46-31

Locks:  4-1

Upsets: 3-2

NFL Week 6 Pick (Thursday Opener)
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks and Predictions

 

The Week starts with a classic rivalry. The Bears and Giants go back, way way back. To the mid-1920’s and remains one of the leagues oldest rivalries. But doing research I thought that the two teams might have played each other like 60-70 times over nearly 90 years. The Bears lead the all time series 32-22-2 (including 5-3 in the playoffs) This matchup might have looked classic at season’s start but a winless team on national TV is never fun. Odds provided by bodog.net for entertainment and comparison purposes only.

 

NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 6

 

Thursday, October 10

 

NY Giants (0-5) @ Bears (3-2)

Soldier Field, Chicago 8:20 (NFLN)

Favorite Bears by 8

Last Week Giants lost to Eagles 36-21 Bears lost to Saints 26-18

Fast Fact  The Giants have given up 31 or more points in all 5 games.

Are the G-Men that bad? The short answer is yes. But the reasons why are complicated. Line problems on both sides of the ball, a non existant running game further hampered by the loss of the underachieving David Wilson and Eli Manning’s frightening predilection for the ill timed interception or turnover. It helps matters little that their porous defense and weak offense heads to the Midway to face Bears team that started off plenty strong but got outgunned by the Lions and uncharacteristically played tentative against the Saints. The G-Men will win games, but asking them to do so against a Bears team that is trying to hold on to a tenuous lead in the NFC North is asking too much.

Pick-Chicago

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