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BlackBandit20's Week 7 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

Peyton Manning has my eternal gratitiude, I was all ready to write up a post bemoaning a bad week. I was cursing my upset as a perfect bookend to another bad week of picks. I picked Pittsburgh as a lock to beat the Titans who were looking comicalÖthat pick went south and I figured that the upset pick of Denver over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium was going south as well. But Manning rebounded from a horrible first half to rally the Broncos to a 35-24 win and got me a .500 week. Its pretty bad when I wax philosophic on a game that prevented a losing weekÖOh well. Itís a light week with only 10 non-primetime games on Sunday and most of the games are early. Submitted for your review and perusal are this weeks picks with the odds provided by bodog.net. Im sick and have had to pay for doctors and meds so Im not paying your bookies if you bet the lines and lose.

BYE WEEK Ė Atlanta (6-0); Denver (3-3); Kansas City (1-5); Miami (3-3); Philadelphia (3-3); San Diego (3-3).


Thursday, October 18

Seahawks (4-2) @ 49ers (4-2)

Candlestick Park, San Francisco 8:20 NFLN

Favorite 49ers by 7Ĺ

Last Week Seahawks defeated Patriots 24-23, 49ers lost to Giants 26-3

Fast Fact 49ers have not lost back to back games since 2010

I picked the Niners in this one simply because they are the home teamÖ.

Pick-San Francisco

Sunday, October 21

Cardinals (4-2) @ Vikings (4-2)

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

Favorite Vikings by 6

Last Week Cards lost to Bills 19-16 in OT Vikings lost to Redskins 38-26

Fast Fact The Vikings have won six straight against the Cards in Minneapolis

Both teams come off of tough losses, the Vikings fell behind big and after rallying to close it to 5, then letting RGIII drop a gamebreaking touchdown run on them. The Cards got the game saving field goal with Jay Feely nailing a stunning 61 yarder (with room to spare) but the real stunner was Feely slamming the would be winning field goal off the upright from a makeable 38 yards in OT. Im not banking on John Skelton to be the real answer for the inconsistent Cards offense especially facing a good Vikings defense itching to atone for the shredding by the Skins.


Ravens (5-1) @ Texans (5-1)

Reliant Stadium, Houston 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Texans by 7

Last Week Ravens defeated Cowboys 31-29; Texans lost to Packers 42-24

Fast Fact Arian Foster did score twice against the Packers but only gained 29 yards on 17 carries

The Ravens took advantage of bad clock management by the Pokes to win a tight one, while the Texans looked very much like primetime neophytes that were in awe of the spotlight as they got hammered by the Pack. I think the loss of Ray Lewis to a triceps tear will hurt much more than they want to admit. The Ravens wont be able to get as many clean pockets and free looks on offense as they did against Dallas. And Iím sure that the Texans will be eager to atone for their primetime mishap.


Browns (1-5) @ Colts (2-3)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 3

Last Week Browns defeated Bengals 34-24; Colts lost to Jets 35-9

Fast Fact The Colts have not won when the QB Andrew Luck completes less than 52 percent of his passes.

The Browns finally put it all together as they bounced the Bengals while the Colts just looked totally lost in Gotham as they got housed by the Jets. Im not real sure on which team is going to show up in this game. The Colts are improving week by week but they have their missteps. The Browns are just about as hopeless as you can get but they can make teams work. Im not anywehere convinced that the Browns can win on the road.


Cowboys (2-3) @ Panthers (1-4)

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

Favorite Cowboys by 2

Last Week Cowboys lost to Ravens 31-29, Panthers were on a bye

Fast Fact The Cowboys have never lost in Charlotte in the regular season (they have lost both playoff meetings in Charlotte though)

As mentioned before the Pokes found a new and exciting way to bungle a clock, and still had a chance to win the game but for Dan Bailey badly missing a 51 yarder at the gun. Cam Newton is way overdue for a breakout game and why do I get the feeling the overrated Pokes defense will be the catalyst.

Pick-Carolina (Upset of the Week)

Packers (3-3) @ Rams (3-3)

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

Favorite Packers by 6

Last Week Packers defeated Texans 42-24; Rams lost to Dolphins 17-13

Fast Fact The Rams have only scored Nine TDs all season, the Packers have scored that many TDís in their last two games.

The Packers looked like they got their swagger back somewhat as they dominated a star-struck Texans squad on Sunday Night. The Rams piled up the offensive numbers but fell flat in South Beach. Are the Packers all the way back? Offensively they have never really have faded, its just their defense that is so dang suspect. Nevertheless they have more than enough to be the Rams who donít have the offensive horses to keep up.

Pick-Green Bay

Saints (1-4) @ Buccaneers (2-3)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Saints by 3

Last Week Saints were on a bye; Buccaneers defeated 38-10

Fast Fact The Saints ranked dead last in the NFL in yards allowed per game

Fresh off a bye after what many said was a season saving win over the Chargers, the Saints begin the arduous task of trying to climb back into the NFC playoff race (They aint catching Atlanta) The Bucs are feeling good after taking the Chiefs back of the woodshed and play tough in front of their home crowd. I get the feeling that Drew Brees is just hitting his stride and will have another shootout like game. I cant bank on Josh Freeman to begin to keep up.

Pick-New Orleans

Titans (2-4) @ Bills (3-3)

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

Favorite Bills by 3

Last Week Titans defeated Steelers 26-23; Bills defeated Cardinals 19-16

Fast Fact The Bills and Titans are next to last and last in points allowed (32 and 34 ppg respectively

The Titans shocked the football world with a gutty win over the Steelers, while the Bills bounced back from a pair of humiliating losses to edge the Cards in the desert. Has anyone seen Chris Johnson (is he still in this league?) The Bills defense played markedly better against the Cards but their offense is still waiting for more production from Ryan Fitzpatrick though their running game has shown consistency. This is a tough game to call because you are never really sure which offense will come out. Im going with the home team, though it will be a close high scoring game.


Redskins (3-3) @ NY Giants (4-2)

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

Favorite Giants by 6

Last Week Redskins defeated Vikings 38-26; Giants defeated 49ers 26-3

Fast Fact The Giants are only 2-5 at home in divisional games since moving into MetLife Stadium.

The Skins rode the arm and legs of RGIII to an impressive win while the G-Men were simply dominant in smashing the Niners. Tough game to call, but the Giants have been playing a lot better as of late and I think that they can come up with a formula to keep RGIII bottled up, the diverse Giants offense will be able to grind better on the Redskins often inconsistent defense who were able to key on Adrian Peterson. This game will be tight and low scoring which is just the way Big Blue likes it

Pick-New York Giants

Jaguars (1-4) @ Raiders (1-4)

O.co Coliseum, Oakland 4:25 CBS

Favorite Raiders by 4

Last Week Jaguars were on a bye; Raiders lost to Falcons 23-20

Fast Fact The Jags have only 3 sacks.

Ok, the Raiders didnít get housed like I thought they would in Hotlanta but they still came out losers. The Jags are just a hot mess, offense is offensive the defense couldnít stop anything faster than a turtle and that gets at least 300 yards of offense and doesnít get sacked. The Raiders are bad but they have more than enough to run on the Jags and pound them defensively.


NY Jets (3-3) @ Patriots (3-3)

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

Favorite Patriots by 11

Last Week Jets defeated Colts 35-9; Patriots lost to Seahawks 24-23

Fast Fact The Pats have outscored the Jets 112-40 in winning the last three meetings

The grins and jeers are back for Rex Ryan as his Jets whipped the weak Colts, now bolstered by that meaningless win, he has decided to shoot off his mouth again, guaranteeing a win over the Pats. Im sorry, thatís just not going to happen. The Jets can get their run on against a weak Colts but the Pats are a different story especially at home. I think that the Pats are a flawed team, but they have more than enough to beat the Jets who I donít think are that good. I donít care where they have Tebow atÖ

Pick-New England (Lock of the Week)

Steelers (2-3) @ Bengals (3-3)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 8:20 (NBC)

Favorite No line due questionable status of multiple Steelers

Last Week Steelers lost to Titans 26-23; Bengals lost to Browns 34-24

Fast Fact †Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 7-1 in Cincinnati

The Bengals lost a pair of winnable games to fall back to .500 while the Steelers have had a long weekend to stew over a puzzling loss to the Titans. The Bengals want to be an elite team but you have that feeling that they are just waiting to be punked by the bully Steelers. Hey, I want to be wrong here but I think that the Steelers will use this game as a bounce back and despite a rowdy crowd expected in Cincy for their first NBC Sunday night home game, they will not have much to cheer about.


Monday, October 22

Lions (2-3) @ Bears (4-1)

Soldier Field, Chicago 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Bears by 6

Last Week Lions defeated Eagles 26-23; Bears were on a bye

Fast Fact Bears have won 7 of the past 8 meetings, the only loss was on a Monday Night

The division leading Bears have had a week to bask in the glow of their last game which was also on a Monday night. The Lions stunned the Eagles in Philly and are desperately trying to correct their poor start. Im still not real sold on Jay Cutler but heís got more weapons at his disposal, the Lions have the offense but their defense is wildly inconsistent. Like the opener im gonna toss a coin and go with the home team in this one.


Last Week 7-7 (Lock incorrect, Upset Correct)

Overall 50-41

Locks: 3-3

Upsets: 3-3

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Another Thursday as arrived and the weeks are flying bye. Letís jump into and talk some sports. This week there was actually some movement with the NHL lockout no in depth research like last week on this subject but the owners have overed the players a 50/50 split on Hockey Revenues. Itís up to old Don Fehr and the boys now. If accepted they will be playing a full 82 schedule starting November 2.. The Union will met on Thursday to review the offer. According to TSN.Ca †Bob McKenzie Donald Fehr††isnít thrilled with the offer.

Baseball fans we will have to wait until this afternoon for the Yankee elimination party after last nights game was postponed due to rain. Of course when I tuned in it wasnít raining in Detroit but they were expecting it and got it. Meanwhile the Cardinals have taken a 2-1 lead in the series. They just keep finding away to get the job done as do the Tigers. Iím not counting the Giants out by any means because they also seem reselliant.and keeping bouncing back as well. This could go 7 but anything is possible in baseball.

The Patriots surprised everybody finding a new way to loose.Coach you have the lead against a solid Defense when you can get an easy three donít go for it on fourth down. Iím all for adjusting to the opponent and I know Seattle has an awesome run defense but test it donít abandoned the run which seems to be your bread and butter. They did rack up 475 yards of total offense only 87 on the ground and they couldnít punch it home on the ground a few times.††

They are 3-3 and good easily be 6-0. Losing three games by a grand total of four points. The secondary is getting torched because they simply get no help and no pressure on the Quarterback . They almost (the key here is almost won a Superbowl last year with the same lackluster effort on defense). But eventually, not being able to put pressure on the QB and exposing and helping out a weak secondary will catch up to you. They got better last year as the year went on but Iím not sure about this year. What they have going for them is a weak division and an overall weak AFC.

You canít take anything away from a solid Seattle Defense and Russell Wilson just finding some very athletic receivers. This week itís the Jets at Foxboro and we can only see what that brings. Iíll be there hopefully to see a Patriots win and hopefully they donít make Mark Sanchez look like Aaron Rogers.

The Lil Hockey Team got a huge thrill last week playing at Division 1 Merrimack Colleges Ice. Big thrill for the kids to walk down along corridor under the stands and enter the ice from the bench at center ice. The parents liked playing in a warm rink with chair seats instead o wood or aluminum bleachers as well. Lil Lanz started the scoring with his second goal of the season. I saw this one kind of I was coaching the defense and talking to the pair going for the next shift saw the puck go in and looked up it was lil Lanz in the slot. A 7-6 win over a team from Nashua NH.

Saturday was another crazy day. I did 5 Football games from Thursday to Monday, Fridays off and the flexibility to get out of work early when week day games come about helps. Middle Lanz ended up refereeing Three soccer games than playing his final baseball game off the season. Two of the soccer games were out of town like the first game was against a team from our town so I knew some parents on the sidelines. The next one was two teams I could of cared less about. I rushed him back to our town and just made it for his third game of the day. His baseball team went on the road against a town with a great baseball program. They pulled out a nice come from behind win. Of course I dropped him off at the third game and rushed lil Lanz to Hockey luckily his baseball game was only ten minutes from lil mans hockey.

Finally on Wednesday Night we got more thrills than the made for TV Non presidential Debate. I thought neither guy acted very statesman like. But we had a 4.0 Earthquake come out of Waterborough Maine. We felt†it here pretty good North of Boston. I'll sum up the damage with this Photograph.

Musings From The Hoodwood 10-16 (The Too Short edition)
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL MLB NCAA Football

Down 24-0??? Don't worry, I got this!

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where they are trying to just keep smiling more often than not.

Its been a hectic week on this side of the keyboard so this column might be a fairly short one, but there is plenty to talk about

MLB: Jeter goes downÖYanks following fast?

Im no Yankee fan, I read once that rooting for the Yanks was like rooting for US Steel and more often than not I agree. Im not fan of the preening A-Rod and am openly enjoying his struggles in the playoffs. I am not pleased to see Derek Jeter getting hurt. The iconic Yankee captain fractured his ankle late in game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers and is out for the rest of the postseason. Jeterís career isnít over, I think that he has a couple seasons left in the tank. I just think that what little chance that the Bombers had to beat the Tigers got slim after Jeter (who was the only Yankee consistenly hitting) went down to just about nil after losing the first two games to damn near hopeless with the knowledge that they have to still face Justin Verlander (fresh off a clinching shutout against the Aís in the ALDS) and Max Scherzer in the wide open spaces of ComericaÖYeah good luck Yanks, get those tee times ready.

NFL: Pokes, Pats, Chargers †meltdowns on tap

It shocked me little that the Cowboys found a way to screw up what should have been a rollicking comeback win in Baltimore. After rallying from ten down to get within two with under a minute left the Pokes got the TD but managed to screw up the two point conversion.† But the Pokes got the ball back on an onside and with a timeout† in the pocket to boot, but as the Pokes meandered downfield and managed to get all of one play off in a little over a minute of game clock time. ONE PLAY! Dan Bailey then had to make a 51 yarder and missed it badly. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett then bizarrely praised his squad for fighting hard. Huh? This was a a winnable game for the Pokes and they blew it. This type of nonsense is going on way too much in big D and become a disturbing habit.

The team that no one expected to have a mental meltdown was the Pats, up 23-10 in Seattle they seemed to be on cruise control but there was one small problem. The Seahawks werenít going away and buoyed by their crazy crowd and the resilient play of Russell Wilson rallied to steal a 1 point win. The thing that no one expected was Tom Brady and the Pats to go out so weakly. The Seahawks Richard Sherman talked mass smack at Brady and the Pats as they dejectedly left the field. Sherman tweeted later "He told me and earl (Seahawks safety Earl Thomas) to see him after the game when they win..... I found him after...."The Seahawks have a long way to go to be NFL royalty like the Pats but they can walk the talk on this day.

Finally, I was dejected as the Chargers roared out to a 24-0 lead against the Broncos on Monday Night. The Broncos got a bad case of turnover-itis including a 80 yard pick six on an uncharacteristic bad read by Peyton Manning. †Philip Rivers was smoking hot and the Chargers were thumping the Broncos, game over right? Wrong! Manning threw an opening drive TD that steadied the Broncos, the Bolts fumbled the ball and the Broncos took it in for another score, then Manning just put on a show throwing for back to back scores as the Broncos roared back including an absolutely sick throw to Brandon Stokley to get the Broncos the lead. A Chris Harris pick 6 iced the game and the Broncos finished the greatest comeback in the history of Monday Night FootballÖever 42 yearsÖ667 games greatest comeback ever and the Chargers and their stunned sullen fans at Qualcomm Stadium left with the wreakage of a massive meltdown.

Not these blankety-blanks!

You know that I hate them, you know that I despise their coach but this is getting ridicuoulus. You know that Im talking about Notre Dame. They are now ranked in the top 5 after their 20-13 OT win over Stanford. The Irish scored first in overtime to take the lead but the Cardinal got inside the 5 with a first down the Irish made a legit goal line stand but on fourth down the bullshit came out. Stanford was stopped on its initial surge but a second effort got the Cardinal into the end zone. The Irish swore that there was a whistle but replays showed that† Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor never hit the ground and was still fighting forward. I was watching the end of the game and told the Lady Bandit ďThe refs wont overturn the callÖnot if they want to get out of South Bend alive.Ē The refs upheld the goalline ďstandĒ and the Irish got the win. Of course they Irish will be protected, they are the team that hasnít been relevant since Reagan was still president (Shaddup Irish fans, your last title was 1988, Reagan was still president, Bush Sr. was president-elect) Head Irish wonk Brian ďThe WeaselĒ Kelly acted like it was providence that the Irish won. Im still banking on Oklahoma and or USC to give the Irish their deserved comeuppance. If they run the table, it will not be a happy Hoodwood.

Phat Dap/Head Slap


Continued Dap to my beloved Bearcats who went to 5-0 with a 49-17 win over Fordham, the Bearcats did have to shell out $375K to get the Rams to come to Cincy on short notice to fill in for TCU who desert the Big East for the Big 12 and wouldnít honor the date. The Bearcats seem to be doing just fine without that traitor former coach who is coaching that aforementioned team in South Bend


To Time Warner Cable and ESPN3 who so fucked up the feed that I couldnít watch the game via my computer which was the only place to watch the game live from the Hoodwood. Im glad thast it wasnít a drama filled tight contest. But Im really starting to hate having to fish around to see my beloved Bearcats play.

Like I said it was a short one this week. Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

Monday Moaning 10-15-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL NCAA MLB NHL College Hockey Notre Dame Cleveland Indians Terry Francona Uppercut Food Little Beeze Derek Jeter Bill Burr Lance Armstrong

Welcome to another week...First, check out the College Football WRAP_UP...

So after all that, Sunday night the first BCS rankings were released...1. Alabama...2. Florida...3. Oregon...4. Kansas State...5. Notre Dame...I'm okay with those rankings...While 'Bama hasn't played anyone of any significance, they're power-house, and I see them rolling through their schedule...Florida has earned a top 3 spot...Oregon is a mother fucker...Shit, Nick Saban is already crying about how fast-paste their offense is, and wants rule changes to slow them down...Bastard is already looking ahead to playing them for the championship, and is scared...Kansas State has been cock-strong, and their schedule is solid, especially since the Big-12 looks like the toughest conference this year...And Notre Dame has told Rick Riley, and all other haters, to eat their ass...Hard-nosed defense, and timely plays on offense has them undefeated, and looking to really screw up the BCS....

After the top five it gets messy...LSU is 6th, which is fucking retarded since they lost to Florida, squeaked past South Carolina, and played nobody else...South Carolina is 7th...They play a tough schedule but this is too high after losing to LSU...Oregon State is 8th...Undefeated, and 8th...That's Bullshit...Undefeated Miss State is 12...Again, bullshit...They should be higher...Really, everything below the top five is a mess, and a lot of guess work...A big pile of bullshit is Ohio University not making the top 25 at 7-0...They finally cracked the AP, at 25...Bunch of crap...

-Last week the Cleveland Indians named Terry Francona their new manager...There wasn't too much fanfare, considering how it's football season, and baseball takes a back seat...I'm happy as hell about this...This is the best managerial hiring the Indians have made since Mike Hargrove....Everyone after him has been a mistake, that all got too long to try and prove themselves...Francona is legit...If he can't turn the Tribe around in few years, they should just contract the fucking team...

-The Cleveland Browns got their first win this week, beating the Cincinnati Bengals...I didn't watch it...we had the Little Beeze's birthday party this morning/afternoon, at Chuck-E-Cheese...With Molly's issues after her surgery, he kinda got shafted on his birthday, so we made it up to him...

After we got home, I put on the Browns for a few minutes...I watched Trent Richardson stand there and let a defensive lineman run right past him, and sack Brandon Weeden...Right then I turned it off...There were toys to play with...I didn't need another fucking Browns headache...SO they won, and I missed it...I don't feel like I missed anything...

Local Sports guy Jim Donovan was talking about the win on the news...He was acting like it was the greatest moment in Cleveland Sports history...Like they won the Super Bowl...He was almost in tears...They beat the Bengals...Once...Holy shit, calm down guy!

-So the NHL has fucked up again...Bill Burr put it best this past week on Opie & Anthony..."The NHL has a fear of success." They must, because they were doing well, and then they lockout the players...A day after a bunch of owners threw insane money to sign players to contracts...But they're crying about not making enough money, and players salaries being to high...It's your faults assholes!

But there's still hockey out there folks...The AHL season got going...And so did college hockey...The Fighting Irish started their season by winning the Ice Breaker Tournament...Friday night They beat Maine 1-0...Then Saturday night they beat Nebraska Omaha 3-2...Listen people...It's not the NHL, and that's not a bad thing...There is some great college hockey being played out there...If you need a fix, check it out...

-Saturday night after The Fighting Irish stuffed Stanford at the goal-line, The Mrs. and I Went to see "Argo"...Great movie...A true story that was kept quiet until 1997...Seriously, and amazing story...And again, Ben Affleck showed that he's a better director then he is a actor...Although he isn't bad in the movies he directs...Check it out...

After the movie we grabbed a late dinner...We were in the mood for steak...The wife had a filet and baked sweet potato...

Dude, that Sweet potato is huge...I think it weighed more than my 24 ounce Porterhouse...

The service blew, but the steaks and beer were good...While sitting there, keeping an eye on the college football games I saw it come across that Derek Jeter broke his ankle...I have to say, I wasn't sad...I got nothing against Jeter, except that he is a Yankee...So him going down is fine with me...Just puts more pressure on A-Roid, who is just a fucking choke machine!

And why is it that people are so forgiving of A-Roid and Andy Pettite, and others, who got busted for PED's...I've spent plenty of time bashing Lance Armstrong since it has come out that he is God's gift to cheating...Just as I have with A-Roid and others...But it seems that the media, and most people have forgotten the number of high-profile people who have been busted for cheating...But they're okay beating on Armstrong...Don't get me wrong...Hammer away on him...He's lied and cheated, and it makes me sick...But let's not forget other cheats...Why isn't anyone saying 'A-Roid is in the tank because he's finally off the juice, and he's shit without it!' I'm sick of the media harping on a topic for a week or so, and then just forgetting all about their outrage...

-I have one political comment to make...For the first time since I started voting, I just don't fucking care who wins the election....I'm so sick of the ads...I'm so sick of the non-stop bullshit...The lies on top of lies...Both sides, just fucking being assholes...And I'm tired of both sides saying they have a plan to get the economy working, and creating more jobs...But no one is actually showing or telling us their "plan"...And how the fuck are these guys going to just magically create jobs? Are they going to just make up a bunch of federal jobs...Then everyone will be bitching about our tax dollars being wasted on that...I'm sorry Mitt...I'm sorry Mr. President...I'm calling bullshit...You're making promises you know you can't keep...The truth is, you, just like most people have no idea how to get more people working...And Mr. Ryan, could you please actually explain your idiotic budget plan, instead of saying, "I don't have enough time to explain it." Yes you do, you just don't know how to answer the tough questions about it...

Seriously, I'm sick of it all...I have no faith in any of these dolts...The system is broken...And as much as they all say they care about us, they've done nothing to prove that.

And before I go...Just remember...Don't fuck with a Cleveland BUS_DRIVER!

Have a week...

The Beeze.

BlackBandit 20's NFL Week 6 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

I want to know who it was that decided that all my Thursday pick would bomb... hopefully it wonít be a portent of things to come. All odds are provided by bodog.net and are for entertainment and comparison purposes only, I donít pay bookies so itís on you if you bet these lines and lose the mortgage payment.


Sunday, October 14

Bengals (3-2) @ Browns (0-5)

Browns Stadium, Cleveland 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bengals by 3
Last Week Bengals lost to Dolphins 17-13; Browns lost to Giants 41-27

Fast Fact Browns have lost 11 straight overall

The Bengals just did not have the wherewithal to run the ball last week and they paid for it in their loss. The Browns started fast but faded badly against the G-Men. Which team rebounds? The Bengals are better on both sides of the ball, and given the Browns poor run defense itís a good bet that the Bengals will have a more balanced offense. This will be a tight game because itís a rivalry but I think the Bengals resist the temptation to look past this game to their Sunday Night matchup with the Steelers and edge the Browns.


Cowboys (2-2) @ Ravens (4-1)

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

Favorite Ravens by 4
Last Week Cowboys were on a bye, Ravens defeated Chiefs 9-6

Fast Fact Ravens have won 11 straight at home, the longest streak in franchise history

The Ravens won a low scoring slugfest in KC while the Pokes had a full week to stew after their embarrassing loss against the Bears on Monday Night Football. I have zero confidence in Tony Romo and despite the wonks and sycophantic rantings of some, I have no reason to believe that they will be the ones to roll into the fearsome venue that M&T is becoming and score a win. I think the Ravens offense will grind on the Pokes inconsistent defense and pull out the win


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

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Eagles by 5
Last Week Lions were on a bye, Eagles lost to Steelers 16-14

Fast Fact The Eagles have won each time RB LeSean McCoy has rushed for more than 80 yards and havenít won the two times he hasnít

The Eagles are ones of the biggest enigmas of the season, one of the hardest teams in the NFL to figure out. Michael Vick is a turnover machine and the defense has to bail the erratic play of their offense out more and more. The Lions are just a big an enigma, you are never sure what team is going to show up. Their offense can play big at times but their defense goes on holiday when their defense plays well their offense goes elsewhere. This is a tough game to call. Iím going with the home team, just because Iím still not sold on the Lions being able to win outside the 313.

Pick- Detroit

Colts (2-2) @ NY Jets (2-3)

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

Favorite Jets by 3
Last Week Colts defeated Packers 28-27, Jets lost to Texans 23-17

Fast Fact The Jets are ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing defense.

The Colts played heroically in a stunning upset of the Packers while the Jets are trying their damndest not to turn into a soap opera or a laughingstock or some twisted combination. Iím waiting for the cries for Tebow to get louder with every Mark Sanchez screw up, but the problem is that the Jets can play with the best of them at times so you are never very sure which team will show up. The Colts are a young team that will grow fast and win some games but they are also likely to make some mistakes. Asking them to win on the road is still a little too much to ask right now. They will make it interesting but the Jets will hang on for a badly needed win.

Pick-New York Jets

Chiefs (1-4) @ Buccaneers (1-3)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bucs by 4Ĺ
Last Week Chiefs lost to Ravens 9-6, Bucs were on a bye

Fast Fact The Bucs have only allowed three 2nd half field goals in their last two games.

The Chiefs looked abysmal in a low scoring snoozer; they head to the RayJay to face a Bucs team that has been competitive in all their games. With Matt Cassel still a question mark after being knocked out last week, the puny Chiefs offense gets even weaker. Iím not real sold on the Bucs but I think that they will be tough to beat at home.

Pick-Tampa Bay

Raiders (1-3) @ Falcons (5-0)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Falcons by 9 Ĺ
Last Week Falcons defeated Redskins 24-17; Raiders were on a bye

Fast Fact The Raiders have been outscored 72-19 in their last two road games

The Falcons showed that they could win a tight one, while the Raiders have been licking their wounds on a bye after getting housed by the Broncos last week. The Raiders offense is just about nonexistent and if ever there was a west coast road kill theory waiting to be proven right itís here. Matty Ice and the Falcons offense is humming on all cylinders and the Raiders defense will not be able to keep up.


Rams (3-2) @ Dolphins (2-3)

SunLife Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Dolphins by 4
Last Week Rams defeated Cardinals 17-6; Dolphins defeated Bengals 17-13

Fast Fact The Dolphins have not allowed a 100 yard rusher in the last 19 games

The Rams have been feeling froggy after smacking around the Cards a week ago Thursday while the Dolphins have raised eyebrows with a solid road performance in Cincy last week. The Dolphins running game has been surprisingly solid and rookie Ryan Tannehill hasnít been a world beater but he has been decent in the first quarter of the season and that has been good enough to keep the critics fairly quiet. I do not trust the Rams on the road just yetÖ

Pick-St. Louis

Bills (2-3) @ Cardinals (4-1)

University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, AZ 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Cards by 4Ĺ
Last Week Bills lost to 49ers 41-3, Cardinals lost to Rams 17-6

Fast Fact Despite being 4-1 the Cards have yet to gain more than 300 yards offense

The Bills got took back of the woodshed by the Niners while the Cards Kevin Kolb is still checking his back for someone coming up on him after he got sacked so much in St. Louis. I just donít think the Bills are that good, though they are playing a team that has a highly suspect offense and not just their paper thin line. Iím not real sold on them pulling out a road win as UOP stadium is a tough venue for AFC teams.


Patriots (3-2) @ Seahawks (3-2)

Century Link Field, Seattle 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Patriots by 4
Last Week Patriots defeated Broncos 31-21; Seahawks defeated Panthers 16-12

Fast Fact The Pats lead the NFL in points per game (33.0) and yards per game (439.4)

The Pats stood tall in an interconference showdown with Peyton and the Broncos, while the Seahawks came cross country to down the Panthers. Russell Wilson is still holding on to his job by a thread while the Seahawks defense has played good in the last couple games. Iím thinking that the Pats offense might struggle against the better than advertised Seahawks defense but then again the Seahawks offense will have all sorts of trouble against the good Pats defense. I like the Pats to pull out a tight one.

Pick-New England

Vikings (4-1) @ Redskins (2-3)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 4:25 FOX

Favorite No line due to uncertain status of QB Griffin
Last Week Vikings defeated Titans 30-7, Redskins lost to Falcons 24-17

Fast Fact Vikes are off to their best start since starting 6-0 in 2009

The Vikes have played well above expectations and are looking like they could be a tough team to deal with. The Redskins are still having growing pains with RGIII still a huge question mark after getting hammered against the Falcons. Adrian Peterson returns to the site of his traumatic knee injury and you have to wonder how much that might factor in his play. Iím still banking on the Vikes defense being able to corral the Redskins still developing offense.


NY Giants (3-2) @ 49ers (4-1)

Candlestick Park, San Francisco 4:25 FOX

Favorite Niners by 7
Last Week Giants defeated Browns 41-27; 49ers defeated Bills 45-3

Fast Fact Niners against the Bills became the first team in NFL history with 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing in the same game.

The G-Men spotted the Browns two scores then roared back to a big win, the Niners toyed with the Bills at home. Itís so so hard to bet against Eli and the Giants on the road, they seem to play better on the road and they have a recent track record of beating the Niners in Candlestick. The Niners seem to be jelling nicely under Alex Smith and that nasty defense gets nastier with every play. This will probably be the tightest game of the day. I hate the spread too, but this is the toughest game of the week to call. Iíll flip a coin and go with the Giants and that toughness on the road that you canít just dream away.

Pick-New York Giants

Packers (2-3) @ Texans (5-0)

Reliant Stadium, Houston 8:20 NBC

Favorite Texans by 3
Last Week Packers lost to Colts 28-27; Texans defeated Jets 23-17

Fast Fact Texans RB Arian Foster has 5000 yards from scrimmage in his 40th game, the third fastest pace in NFL history.†††††††††††††††††††

This may very well be the Texans introduction to the football nation at large. After an impressive 5-0 start they Texans get a second prime time date in as many weeks, but in front of the NBC glare and against a better than their record Packers that are coming off a puzzling loss to the Colts. Down a big play defender in Brian Cushing more pressure will be on JJ Watt to make the defense stay on top of its frighteningly tight game. But wait we havenít even given credit to the solid play of Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and the efficient Texan offense. I think the Packers defense will have more trouble with the Texans offense than the Texans defense will with the Packers offense which Wisconsinites will scream blasphemy but is looking very one dimensional and that dimension is getting more inconsistent. The Texans coming out party will be a rowdy and fun one if you are in the Lone Star State


Monday, October 15

Broncos (2-3) @ Chargers (3-2)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 8:30 ESPN

Favorite Chargers by 1
Last Week Chargers lost to Saints 31-24; Broncos lost to Patriots 31-21

Fast Fact Broncos QB Peyton Manning has thrown 15 interceptions in his past five meetings with the Chargers.

The weeks final game pits a pair of divisional foes and top notch QBís both teams can put up the points but both have suspect defenses that blow hot and cold. Iím wondering which QB will bounce back strong off a road defeat. I think that Manning will be able to pick on the Chargers secondary and get some big gains. I also think that Von Miller will be able to harass Philip Rivers into a couple mistakes.

Pick-Denver (Upset of the Week)

Last Week 10-4

Overall: 44-33 (Lock & Upset Correct)

Locks: 3-2

Upsets: 2-3

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