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Sports Friday with Hal: NFL NOTES FOR U2
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Tags: NFL Football U2

Happy Friday!


“These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill

These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill…”



Ah, the days do run away from me (and us all). Dirty Day is the massively underrated song from U2’s album “Zooropa” way back in 1993. I have been listening the hell out of my “free U2 album” Songs of Innocence since it was released free on iTunes. I am sure I will eventually get my hands on a “real” copy since the deluxe cd has acoustic versions and unreleased songs that I just know I will have to get eventually.


I’m a huge U2 fan, but was slow to get on the bus. They were just another band when I was young and I lumped them in the INXS and REM grouping as good music but not rocking out like what any teen boy of the 80s wanted to listen to. I was all over the “hair bands” of the era and a big Aerosmith fan (as they were just making their “Permanent Vacation” revival). U2 got under my skin as I got to college and “Achtung Baby” was on permanent rotation on MTV (back when non hip-hop/rock videos got air time) and on the radio. By college, Zooropa dropped and I must have listened to that CD non-stop for years while in school.


Numb and Lemon were the two big hits from the album...it was much more experimental and electronic than anything else out in rock music at the time….perfect for a kid in college and growing up a lot in short period of time.


Wow, quite the diversion there. The point was that ending chorus from “Dirty Day” was stuck in my head as time seems to have flown recently. Autumn? Summer is over? Week eight of the NFL kicked off with Denver and San Diego on Thursday Night Football? Where has the time gone?




I loved the New York Jets desperate gamble on Percy Harvin as they traded for the mercurial receiver from a Seattle squad more than happy to unload a clubhouse cancer for pennies on the dollar. My opinion is that the 1-6 Jets and general manager John Idzik need a reason to jettison head coach Rex Ryan soon and with so much support from owner Woody Johnson, Idzik needs to be able to say “Hey, I got the big play guys on offense...Rex screwed it up!” so he can fire Ryan and stay on as GM.


Just a theory, but I believe Idzik thought he would have brought in his own coach last year (he inherited Rex) and Johnson inexplicably kept Ryan on after the Jets won their last two meaningless games against Cleveland and Miami after both squads quit down the stretch.  Idzik is from Seattle, and he wants to bring in his guy to implement his defense and offense and put his own stamp on the team.


Should make for some fun in New York, though with Head-case Harvin running around half-cocked.


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Colt McCoy in Washington? Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston? Austin Davis in St. Louis?  Zach Mettenberger in Tennessee? Brian Hoyer in Cleveland? A dearth of quality quarterbacks is on display this week in the NFL. Washington needs RG3 back. Houston needs to draft one next year. St. Louis is in a tough spot with that defense and Bradford likely gone. God knows what is going on Tennessee at QB. Cleveland has Johnny Football coming soon.


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All right, that is all for this distracted week.


Have a great weekend, and be sure to check out the always entertaining StorminNorman over here next door. ---->


NFL Week 8 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions


A decent week, but there were games that I should have known better and picked anyway. The picks will get better, I’m sure of it. The odds are provided by ESPN.com and are provided for entertainment and comparison purposes only. If you take the lines and get took, I’m way too broke to pay bookies for you.

Thursday October 23

Chargers (5-2) @ Broncos (5-2)

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Broncos by 9½

Last Week Chargers lost to Chiefs 23-20, Broncos defeated 49ers 42-17

Fast Fact Broncos QB Peyton Manning has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every meeting against the Chargers

The Broncos have little time to celebrate their QB’s record accomplishment, as they face a tough divisional opponent. The Chargers though are coming off a loss in which their potent offense saw very little of the field with only 21 minutes of possession time. To keep up with the high powered Denver offense, the Chargers may have to play some ball control of their own which means that Branden Oliver will have to play big. Whoever controls the ball will likely claim this critical midseason matchup. Im taking the home team



Sunday October 26

Lions (5-2) vs. Falcons (2-5)

Wembley Stadium; London, England 9:30a (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 3½

Last Week Lions defeated Saints 24-23, Falcons lost to Ravens 29-7

Fast Fact Falcons have won the last five meetings but have lost 11 of last 12 overall away from the Georgia Dome

That time for the game is not a misprint, the kickoff is at 2:30p London time which means this game will be done before many Atlanta and Detroit residents get home from brunch after church. The Lions offense has been fairly pedestrian with the absence of Megatron Johnson but the defense is just about lights out. I once trusted Matty Ice and the Falcons offense to be able to put up points but they’ve badly regressed and the Lions are just playing better.



Seahawks (3-3) @ Panthers (3-3-1)

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

Favorite Seahawks by 5

Last Week Seahawks lost to Rams 28-26, Panthers lost to Packers 38-17

Fast Fact

The Seahawks are suddenly looking very mortal falling to the Rams and their bevy of gadget plays, meanwhile the Panthers are winless in their last two after getting housed in Lambeau. I’m not real savvy on either team and with the Seahawks making another east coast trip I’m so tempted to pick the home team in a slight upset, but I really don’t trust the Panthers on either side of the ball and I still like Russell Wilson running the Seahawks offense as efficiently as he has been doing



Rams (2-4) @ Chiefs (3-3)

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 1:00 (FOX)


Last Week Rams defeated Seahawks 28-26, Chiefs defeated Chargers 23-20

Fast Fact The Chiefs have averaged 28.8 points in winning three of their last four

The Rams surprised many in the football world, me included with a gadget play filled win over the Seahawks while the Chiefs rumbled their way over the Chargers. I’m thinking the Chiefs are getting their collective minds right at the right time. Though the young Austin Davis is looking like he could make the oft injured Sam Bradford expendable I don’t think he will fare well against a tough KC defense and an amped Arrowhead crowd

Pick-Kansas City


Texans (3-4) @ Titans (2-5)

LP Field, Nashville 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Texans by 3

Last Week Texans lost 30-23 to Steelers, Titans lost 19-17 to Washington

Fast Fact

The Texans melted down in Pittsburgh last Monday while the Titans continue to spin their wheels fruitlessly. If there was ever a chance for a team to catch its collective breath and bear down on someone it’s here. Rookie Zach Mettenberger is making his first NFL start and will likely get an up close intro to JJ Watt. I’m thinking that it won’t be pleasant and it may be done repeatedly



Ravens (5-2) @ Bengals (3-2-1)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Ravens by 1

Last Week Ravens defeated Falcons 29-7, Bengals lost to Colts 27-0

Fast Fact Bengals outscored opponents 80-33 in 3-0 start but have been outscored 107-54 in going 0-2-1 to follow

The Ravens are looking fearsome in winning 5 of 6 while the Bengals have went from talking Super Bowl to fighting for their collective lives in an 3 game winless streak that has seen them fall all the way to 3rd in the division in a blink of an eye. I’ve never been a big fan of the laconic Joe Flacco but he seems to be on point when needed and the Ravens defense has been playing very well. The Bengals lack of credible running game is hurting them with the lack of a big play receiver. I want so bad to see the Bengals revert to their September modus operandi and knock the Ravens off. But I just can’t see it happening.



Dolphins (3-3) @ Jaguars (1-6)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Dolphins by 6

Last Week Dolphins defeated Bears 27-14, Jaguars defeated Browns 24-6

Fast Fact After surrendering an average of 435.4 yards a game in their first five, the Jags defense only allowed 266 total against the Browns to snag their first win of the season

The Dolphins looked like the meant business as they stomped the Bears in the Midway while the Jags pulled a serious show shocker with a stunning rout of the Browns in front of a deliriously happy home crowd. The Jags are learning fast and look like that they could be the handful on occasion but I think the Dolphins are a little better than the Browns on both sides of the ball and will be able to force the young and improving Blake Bortles into enough mistakes to get the win



Bears (3-4) @ Patriots (5-2)

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

Favorite Patriots by 6

Last Week Bears lost to Dolphins 27-14, Patriots defeated Jets 27-25

Fast Fact Pats have won 12 consecutive home games and Bears have never won in Foxboro

I am getting to really dislike Jay Cutler his maddeningly inconsistent play is making it harder and harder to pick Bears games. Meanwhile the Pats are looking more and more like their reliable selves though they did struggle more against the Jets than I thought that they should have. But extra rested and at home, I’m banking on Brady on the more reliable Pats defense to give the Bears a hard time.

Pick-New England


Bills (4-3) @ Jets (1-6)

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

Favorite Jets by 3

Last Week Jets lost to Patriots 27-25, Bills defeated Vikings 17-16

Fast Fact Jets have won 12 of the last 16 meetings and last four

The Bills played beat the clock and did so in knocking off the Vikings while the Jets played honorably in a tight loss to the Pats last Thursday. I’m liking the cohesiveness of the Bills play as of late, though I just have the bad feeling that the Jets are going to play them extremely tough



Vikings (2-5) @ Buccaneers (1-5)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Buccaneers by 2½

Last Week Vikings lost to Bills 17-16, Buccaneers were on a bye

Fast Fact The Bucs have allowed a league worst 72 points in the 1st quarter

The Vikes lost a heartbreaker in Buffalo while the Buccaneers are still woozy from the beating they got before their bye. Teddy Bridgewater is due for a breakout game and I think that the Vikings running game will get healthy against the weak Bucs defense. I’m hoping that this is one of the rare weeks that the Vikes get to be a bully



Eagles (0-0) @ Cardinals (0-0)

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

Favorite Cardinals by 2

Last Week Eagles were on their bye, Cardinals defeated Raiders 24-13

Fast Fact Cardinals have won seven of the last nine meetings in the desert

This is probably one of the best games that most people outside of Arizona, Philly and Cincy won’t get to see. Philly’s fast break offense, well rested after the bye gets to face a solid Cards defense who toyed with the Raiders in the east bay before easing to the win. I’m thinking that the Eagles offense will be a real test not so much for the Cards defense but their offense whom I’m still not wholly trusting under the stewardship of Carson Palmer



Raiders (0-6) @ Browns (3-3)

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Browns by 7

Last Week Raiders lost to Cardinals 24-13, Browns lost to Jaguars 24-6

Fast Fact The Raiders 0-6 start is their worst since 1962, when they went 1-13

The Raiders are getting close to the hopeless case status while the Browns blew their chance to be a road bully in Jacksonville. This really should be a game that the Browns should roll deep on but the thing that worries me is that most of the time that you think that the Browns are ready to ascend that they fall flat on their collective faces. I really want to call this an upset for Oakland but I just can’t



Colts (5-2) @ Steelers (4-3)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 4:25 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 3½

Last Week Colts defeated Bengals 27-0, Steelers defeated Texans 30-23

Fast Fact

The Colts were crisp and efficient in dismantling the Bengals while the Steelers took advantage of every Texan miscue to rally smartly for the win. As much as everyone wants to believe that the Steelers are still a viable playoff type team, they are a shell of their former formidable selves. If they plod along like they did in the first half against the Texans they won’t be down 13, they’ll be down 28 and they won’t come back from that. The Colts are scary fast and are playing with a chillingly ruthless efficiency that won’t allow for a lacking performance



Packers (5-2) @ Saints (2-4)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Saints by 2½

Last Week Packers defeated Panthers 38-17, Saints lost to Lions 24-23

Fast Fact

The Packers are rolling along and dismantled the Panthers easily, while the Saints took a stunning late game pratfall to the Lions in Motown. The Packers will have their hands full dealing with the notoriously rowdy Superdome crowd who will be amped up for primetime. Drew Brees is needing a bounce back game but I just can’t see it happening against a Packers defense that is quietly one of the leagues better units I’m calling this an upset only because a Saints loss in the Big Easy is super rare in the Brees/Payton era.

Pick-Green Bay (Upset of the Week)



Monday October 27


Washington (2-5) @ Cowboys (6-1)

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

Favorite Cowboys by 10

Fast Fact Cowboys five game win streak is its longest since2007

Last Week Washington defeated Titans 19-17, Cowboys defeated Giants 31-21

The Pokes are riding high after a solid divisional win while Washington was cheered by a tight win over the Titans. The Pokes running game is clearly the leagues best and has been the engine of their winning ways, meanwhile Washington might have to turn to Colt McCoy (Is he still in this league) to try to pilot their sputtering offense. This is almost too easy, I’m almost afraid to have any confidence in the Pokes for fear they might turn into the Bears. But as long as DeMarco Murray is lugging the loaf as well as he has been the Pokes will look really good. As much as I fear doing it

Pick-Dallas (Lock of the Week)


Last Week: 9-6 (Lock Correct Upset Incorrect)

Overall: 60-45-1

Locks: 6-1

Upsets: 2-5



Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Another Thursday another crazy week in the NFL. I went to the patriots-Jets game last Thursday heavy rain and rush hour traffic allowed for a 3 hour commute to Gillette Stadium which is normally maybe 40 minutes on a Sunday. It’s ok I talked to my neighbor who left and hour before I did and his commute was three hours and 20 minutes.

I’m convinced Thursday Night was made for ugly football the teams aren’t sharp and the games lack intensity. The Jets hung in there and I swear they ran the same three plays the whole game . Ivory inside, than outside and then old G. Smith would hit somebody down the seem.

I thought the Jets played the Patriots mucher tougher than anybody expected but than again nobody expected much. People are talking about Rex Ryan getting fired from my stand point the guy can coach and he has a little bit of fun and puts a little humor into as well I think a coach is only as good as what the player personnel guy has to work with it. Other than a solid offensive line and my man Ivory the Jets really don’t have a lot in the skill position area. Let’s face it Geno isn’t Tom Brady who can overcome sucha short coming and make a marginal receivers look good.

The talking heads  on the radio started the whole 3rd grade argument of whose better Brady or Peyton. I guess I like both guys, some how I think a team would be ok with either guy even with both guys in their late 30’s

That the same fo Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers ,Drew Brees, and I may even through Andrew Luck in the mix. Speaking about Luck and the Colts. I watched them play the Bengals Sunday. I like the Colts on Defense they hit hard and they hit in the middle of the body. It was nice to see a team play some defense without the yellow hankie coming out.

In Dallas Demarco Murray is just fun to watch these days and I’m sur eit’s been a blast for Cowboys fans as well. The kid is the real deal.


Dear Boston College

Your Senior Kick can't kick field goals. Your Freshman Kicker can't either. 

Did you ever think about using your Punter. After all he does in practice is kick footballs,

Then again that's all the other two kids do as well.

Speaking about Punters whatever happend to the Coffin Corner Punt?


The Royals finally lost a playoff game in Grand Fashion  on Tuesday Night. Losing 7-1.The Royals managed to get 7 of there own on Wednesday to tie the series at1 apiece. The Royals will have to take at least one of the next three in SF. I would like to see a couple of close games. We may not see Hunter Strickland in another starting role after letting his emotions get to himas he strred down Salvatore Perez.


NHL Update

Player flipped off the fans. Player got fined. Lanz traded Sully for player, what was Lanz thinking.

LIL Warrior Report

The boys got a W Saturday Night and Got crashed Sunday. Lil Lanz missed one from the point. Nexst week they start league play. The competition will be more even going forward. The boys should end up being alright.

Laser went out on the mound Saturday. the Young Lefty came in at Garbarge Time with an 11-1 lead. It wasn't pretty he left with 11-5 lead and runners on. He couldn't get the ball down in the zone. He said after the game" If those kids were just a little taller I would have hit the zone every time"

Zebra Tales

I was the Head Linesman Saturday and sometimes despite your best efforts they get you. I got rolled up pretty good Saturday on the first play from scrimmage. An end run came out my way took my position to let the play go buy me so I could trail . A kid came flying in  to make the tackle  he missed it but got the official (yes that was me) He got my leg good I finished the game bad bruise no breaks but I have been limping all week. It’s just the nature of the game..


OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB O's Royals Giants NFL Manning Rex

Oldharry here, back in town after the wife and I enjoyed a nice week away with my little girl.

My daughter and her hubby are a happy couple entering their third year of holy matrimony, they remind me of me and Renee back when we were kids…I mean when she was a kid and I was a fumbling 30 something about to marry this beautiful 22 year old …way over my head. We are closing in on 28 years and I am a lucky guy. My daughter’s hubby married over his head too and I made sure I let him know!

His family, living in Northern Maryland are Orioles fans, I thought I new what sports heartbreak was like

That is until I spent several days with these ardent Orioles’ fans. After advancing to the ALCS by dispatching the Angels these fans were talking World Series like it was a given.

And then the Royals happened…happened to be better. I watched  games 2,3 and 4 with my daughters in laws and there neighbors (most of them over the road truck drivers in this middle class hard working lunch pail neighborhood) sit and watch and hover on every pitch and I saw grown men cry. Big strong men, veterans of foreign wars, guys who make the economy move literally. Shedding tears for their beloved team that was breaking their sports hearts.

They have their 48” flat screen on the covered porch and they sit around a great fire pit watching the games… a fine set up.

I thought back to recent history and how lucky I am

        2012 last place

 2013 WS Champions              Red Sox sandwich

       2014 last place

The last time the O’s won was in 1985

After the final loss in the sweep by the Royals, one of the guys turned some of his anger and frustration towards me and reminded me that the Ravens beat the Patriots on the way to the SB a couple of years back. And that Flacco is already better than Brady…

My sensitive response was, “don’t go there for your own good, I don’t want to remind you that since this century began one city has a leg or two up on all of the others with Champions”

One guy from across the street, a guy with a deep woods West Virginia accent said “Hay, we won the SB in 2000 and again in 2012…”

One of the others, a guy named Dale said to him,” Gordy, his Pats won three and his Red Sox won three and seein he’s a Boston guy he probably follows hockey and them guys won a Cup and the basketball team musta won one or two so don’t rag him it a bee a mistake cause they got the hardware.”

We enjoyed the fire some beverages (some sweet homemade moonshinish shots were available but being a guy who likes to keep his wits and hold his tongue, I stuck to the beer and wine and wings. We talked families, fishing, driving and football…baseball was then off limits. Overall they were a great bunch of guys who just lost in four to the Royals.


New NFL Rankings

1. Denver           6-1 and back on top with that demolition of SF

2. Arizona          5-1 this is a good team

3. Dallas             6-1 Murray is the MVP

4. Philly              6-1 Defense isn’t bad either

5. San Diego       5-2 another division game following a close win in Oakland and close loss to KC

6. Green Bay       5-2 Is anyone playing like Rodgers/ Nelson/ Cobb

7. Detroit             5-2 Golden Tate has been a nice surprise

8. Indy                 5-2 Andrew Luck is a monster

9. Baltimore         5-2 I don’t trust them going forward

10. New England  5-2 Injuries may derail them with tough six game stretch ahead,

Five of them are listed above And here is the Patriots remaining schedule:

Chicago        3-4                     10/26

Denver          6-1                      11/2


@ Indy          5-2   Sun night   11/16

Detroit           5-2                     11/23

@ Green Bay 5-2                    11/30

@ San Diego  5-2   Sun night  12/7

Miami              3-3                   12/14

@ Jets              1-6                    12/21

Buffalo             4-3                   12/28



I bet you haven’t heard…

 Peyton Manning (510) passed Bret Farve (508)and moved into the lead in career TD passes.

Marino has 420, Brees 374, and Brady 372. My bet is that Peyton adds another 75 or so and nobody ever comes close to that.


Other NFL news, The Jets and Seahawks made a mid season move with Persey Harvin that will help both teams. Seattle gets rid of 7 million dollars and a guy who reportedly has had an altercation with all of his coaches and half of his teammates in just the past 3 months. The Jets get a dynamic offensive player to force opponents to game plan for a compliment to that run run running game. Harvin will make Geno better and I’m banking on Harvin getting a load of looks and touches to help put the wheels back on my Gab Fantasy football team.

The Jets season thus far was spelled out by Radadz on Sunday, go back and take a look if you missed it.:

Rex is on the hot seat, I personally like Rex and would miss him in the AFC East. This move by the Jets makes them a spoiler for the rest of the season. They won’t run the table but with a favorable schedule ahead they can still save Rex’s job.

One of my favorite Rex Ryan quotes was when asked a couple of years back at a press conference before a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Patriots how he matches up with Bill Belichick.

“We are two great athletes… we are, obviously solid. I think I could’ve held my own with him on the football field but I know he was also a lacrosse player. I would have no idea what I was doing playing lacrosse although hitting people with a stick has some appeal  to me so I guess I would do ok in that match up”

Sean Peyton quote post game:

Next question….ok next smart question


World Series


The Royals and the Giants opened the 2014 WS on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

The Giants took game one in Kansas City which kills my prediction of the home teams winning every game.


My son Middle Harry (I have 5 kids and my number three son is smack dab in the middle of five.)

He is also first born of my young bride which gives him all the benefits of being a first born and the curse of being the middle child.

He is gifted with his mother’s striking good looks and superior brain and his father’s love of sports, food and cooking.

This weekend he made his soon to be famous   “ bean free chili”

Here is the recipe, you won’t be disappointed.

-First you replace any thoughts of beans with 1.5 lbs of Apple Smoked Bacon.

Cook this any way you like but I prefer a large cast iron skillet.

Drain and set aside to dry and cool.

Next is the 4 lbs of ground beef, pre cook in a large cast iron skillet and use some of the leftover bacon grease…after all it’s good for you, it’s  bacon.

Now in a large cooking pot pour ½ cup of spring water (tap water has chlorine, ammonia and fluoride added…none recommended for consumption.) Put on a medium heat.

Then add 9 ripe Tomatoes from Dad’s garden harvest.

Puree them or have your father do that.

Stir as needed and it is needed.

Add 5 chopped green and red sweet peppers and two jalapeños

Have Dad slice 2 large onions from his garden, it will keep him out of the way for at least a few minutes

While Dad is crying over the onions pour in a Shipyard Pumpkin Ale and stir.

Add the onions and open a Shipyard for Dad and send him away to relax.

Add various spices including but not limited to crushed red pepper flakes, celery salt,

Paprika, ground black pepper, kosher salt,  2 heaping tablespoons of dark brown sugar, oregano…

Bring to a simmer

Get out Mom’s large crock pot, Put the beef and bacon in and pour the rest of the contents in. Stir it up with a good wooden spoon and leave it on a medium heat.

Taste often, stir often and it will be perfect in four hours.

Serve with football, beer and these guys.   CH


Later Gabbers, thanks for reading and commenting,

Thanks to IHM for filling in last week, a fine job as usual

Check out Lanz to my right

NFL Week 7 Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks & Predictions

Week 7


Jets (1-5) @ Patriots (4-2)

Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, MA 8:25 (CBS/NFLN)

Favorite Pats by 9½

Last Week Jets lost to Broncos 31-17, Patriots defeated Bills 37-22

Fast Fact The Jets 5 game skid is the longest of the Rex Ryan Era

The grins and jeers long gone from Ryan he is just trying to make it through a season where almost everyone is in agreement that he will likely be fired. The Jets put a good fight up against the Broncos but their upset bid was poleaxed by a soul crushing pick-six late. The Pats look like they are fully recovered from their KC swoon that had the doubters out in full force but are now back grumbling  about Brady and his receivers. By and large the road team gets hammered in these Thursday night farces…uh matchups. I don’t think the Jets care that much at present and the Pats are the better team on both sides of the ball

Pick-New England



Falcons (2-4) @ Ravens (4-2)

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


Last Week Falcons lost to Bears 27-13, Ravens defeated Buccaneers 48-17

Fast Fact Joe Flacco’s 5 TD passes were done in a mindboggling 18 minutes of gameplay

The Falcons look stunningly flat at home versus a middling Bears squad and got thumped, while the Ravens started nuclear hot and never let off the gas in their could have been much, much worse blowout of the Bucs. I doubt that Joe Flacco could pull a trick like he did against the Bucs this week. Or probably any more in his career, but I think he will be able to strafe the weak Falcons secondary



Titans (2-4) @ Washington (1-5)

FedEx Field; Landover, MD 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Washington by 5½

Last Week Titans defeated Jaguars 16-14, Washington lost to Arizona 30-20

Fast Fact Washington QB Kirk Cousins is 1-7 as a starter

A real snoozer in the nation’s capital where Washington and the Titans have one thing in common beating lowly the Jags. Both teams do a lot of things and all of them bad, Washington has no running game though the Titans run defense is virtually no existent. The Titans passing game is nauseatingly bad, but then again Washington’s puts little fear in defenses. Who wins? Who cares? Toss a coin and hope that you don’t have seat near a TV that has this game. I’ll probably be wrong but Ill bank on Alfred Morris being overdue for a breakout game and that gets the home team the win.



Seahawks (3-2) @ Rams (1-4)

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

Favorite Seahawks by 7

Last Week Seahawks lost to Cowboys 30-23, Rams lost to 49ers 31-17

Fast Fact Seahawks have not lost back to back games since October 2012

Bottled up and beat down, the defending champs lost a tough one at home to Dallas, while the Rams came out fast then fizzled on Monday night. The Seahawks demise I think is greatly exaggerated and they are looking to take their anger out on someone. The Rams were a chic pick to make noise in the NFC look lost more often than not on both sides of the ball and lack a clear direction. The Seahawks should bounce back easily and whip the struggling Rams



Browns (3-2) @ Jaguars (0-6)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Browns by 5 ½

Last Week Browns defeated Steelers 31-10, Jaguars lost to Titans 16-14

Fast Fact Browns offense will be playing without longtime center Alex Mack who before going down with a broken fibula last week hadn’t missed a snap in his career, playing in all 5289 offensive snaps until injured

The Browns have had fewer satisfying wins than hammering their hated bullies in front of a happy home crowd last week, while the Jags are trying like the good scout but still have nothing to show for it. The Browns now have the rare opportunity to be the bully in matchup and the way that the schedule sits the Browns have the opportunity to get three wins over eminently beatable opponents. The Jags are showing some improvement but the Browns are much better



Bengals (3-1-1) @ Colts (4-2)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 3

Last Week Bengals tied Panthers at 37, Colts defeated Texans 33-28

Fast Fact Bengals have not won in Indy since 1997 when current Bengals QB Andy Dalton was all of 10

The Bengals started fast with three wins but have been winless in their last two after failing to secure a win in a long overtime draw with Carolina. The Colts have been flying high with a string of wins offsetting an 0-2 start. The Bengals offense isn’t a real problem, they get they get the points, the problems is that after giving up 11 points a game in their first three wins they have given up 80 points in their last two and facing the high energy attack led by Andrew Luck. The knock against the Colts is that they are piling up the numbers against so-so divisional foes and that the Bengals defense should be a real defensive test. I just can’t shake that fast fact line, the Bengals just have trouble winning just 112 miles up the road. I see another shootout.



Dolphins (2-3) @ Bears (3-3)

Soldier Field, Chicago 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Bears by 3

Last Week Bears defeated Falcons 27-13, Dolphins lost to Packers 27-24

Fast Fact The Bears last shutout was against these very same Dolphins in 2010

The maddingly inconsistent Bears knocked off the Falcons in the dirty dirty, while the Dolphins battled the Pack to the wire but couldn’t hold off a last second score. Jay Cutler plays mediocre at home, point blank and you just can’t trust his play. I’m almost afraid to pick the Bears here for fear that Cutler will make a liar out of me yet again. The Dolphins offense is just about as inconsistent as the Cutler is and I’m less likely to trust Ryan Tannehill who has underperformed more often than not. I’m gonna regret this one



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

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

Favorite Bills by 5

Last Week Vikings lost to Lions 17-3, Bills lost to Patriots 37-22

Fast Fact Bills have yet to surrender a rushing touchdown and allow and NFL best 67.5 yards rushing

The trials of Teddy Bridgewater continue as the Vikings continue to struggle offensively, the defense plays decent but with little room for error. The Bills have a stout rushing defense and a respectable offensive output with the oft traveled Kyle Orton bringing some needed stability to the offense. I so want to see Bridgewater and the Vikes have a breakout game, but against that defense that may be wishful thinking.



Saints (2-3) @ Lions (4-2)

Ford Field, Detroit 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Lions by 2

Last Week Saints were on their bye, Lions defeated Vikings 17-3

Fast Fact Opposing quarterbacks have an 103.2 QB rating against the Saints defense, and has only forced one interception

The Saints are a week removed from their best offensive output of the season against the Bucs will have a much steeper test against the Lions who are much more stouter defensively. The Saints are very weak defensively but the Lions are missing many key components of their offensive arsenal as Megatron Johnson remains out of action and Reggie Bush is nursing a bad ankle. I’m always a fan of the electric Drew Brees but I think that the Lions defense should be able to carry the day in a low scoring slugfest



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

Lambeau Field, Green Bay 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Packers by 6½

Last Week Panthers tied Bengals at 37, Packers defeated Dolphins 27-24

Fast Fact Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is the first to have thrown 15 TDS with only one interception in his first six games and has thrown 170 pass attempts without a pick.

The Panthers hung tough in a wild shootout with the Bengals that ended in a draw while Aaron Rodgers okey doke got the Pack a last second win over the Dolphins. Both teams have played uneven as of late but Rodgers peerless play has been the real catalyst for the Pack over the last three weeks. Though Cam Newton has been playing a lot better and reincorporating his dangerous mobility to the Panthers offense, the Packers are a tough draw in Lambeau.

Pick-Green Bay


Chiefs (2-3) @ Chargers (5-1)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego 4:05 (CBS)

Favorite Chargers by 3½

Last Week Chiefs were on their bye, Chargers defeated Raiders 31-28

Fast Fact Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles needs 53 yards to surpass Priest Holmes as the team’s all-time rushing leader

The Chiefs had a week off  after their loss to the Niners at the big blue jean to get ready for this divisional duel, the Chargers struggled with their upstate rivals but got the win, the Chiefs were scoring a high clip until being held scoreless in the last 26 minutes in their last outing. Points have been no issue for the Chargers but you have to wonder if their running game will continue to run smoothly with neophyte Branden Oliver handling the bulk of the work as long as Philip Rivers is the QB’s I’m pretty sure that the points won’t instantly dry up anytime soon. Andy Reid is a master of the post bye week game, having won 11 of 13 in Philly but he has yet to do so in KC and thought the Chiefs are a talented team on both side of the ball I think that they will have a hard time on the road in SoCal.

Pick-San Diego


Cardinals (4-1) @ Raiders (0-5)

o.Co Coliseum, Oakland 4:25 (FOX)


Last Week Cardinals defeated Washington 30-20, Raiders lost to Chargers 31-28

Fast Fact A win would give the Cards their first 5-1 start since 1976 when they finished 10-4 as the St. Louis Cardinals

The Cards bounced back strong from their first loss to whip Washington, while the Raiders may have a budding talent in Derek Carr who played smartly against the Chargers in a tough loss. The Cards are doing it with a tough defense and an offense that is looking that much better with the return of Carson Palmer who spent three hellacious years in the East Bay and was 8-16 as a starter. I think that the Raiders are improving and will get a win or two before too long. Will it happen this week? Nope

Pick-Arizona (Lock of the Week)


Giants (3-3) @ Cowboys (5-1)

AT&T Stadium; Arlington, TX 4:25 (FOX)

Favorite Cowboys by 6½

Last Week Giants lost to Eagles 27-0, Cowboys defeated Seattle 30-23

Fast Fact Tony Romo has had 197 pass attempts through 6 games, his fewest since he has become the Cowboys starter in 2007

The Giants were plumb humiliated on national TV in Philly last week while the Pokes confidence hasn’t been this high in some time after rolling into Seattle and outslugging the defending champs before a stunned Seahawks crowd. DeMarco Murray is the reason why the Pokes are growing into a formidable threat. Not having to rely on Romo to be the savior seemed to suit the Pokes well. Meanwhile, Eli Manning has painfully regressed and looked like a QB with no clue. Everything is really pointing to the Pokes looking like the heavy favorite to roll to the win, but something keeps telling me that the Pokes, gassed up on their pub and the media wonks nearly genuflecting before them on their 5-1 start are way overdue for a flat performance.

Pick-New York Giants (Upset of the Week)


49ers (4-2) @ Broncos (4-1)

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Broncos by 7

Last Week Broncos defeated Jets 31-17, 49ers defeated Rams 31-17

Fast Fact Peyton Manning needs 3 TD’s surpass Brett Favre’s all time touchdown passing mark (508)

The Broncos struggled mightily in Gotham and needed a late pick-six to ice their win over the Jets, meanwhile the Niners spotted the Rams a big lead and then stormed back with 31 straight points to win. Ordinarily I would like this as an upset for the Niners, but having back to back road games on a short week and going to Mile High on top of it is just too much. I think that Colin Kaepernick is playing fabulous and is looking more and more like a comfortable pocket passer who is very mobile instead of a running QB. I just can’t see Manning not shining in primetime and not cashing in the chance to ride a record to a win. I think this game will be a fun shootout to watch.




Monday October 20


Texans (3-3) @ Steelers (0-0)

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 8:30 (ESPN)

Favorite Steelers by 3

Fast Fact In most recent back to back losses the Texans have allowed 694 passing yards and five touchdowns

Last Week Texans lost to Colts 33-28, Steelers lost to Browns 31-10

The Texans fell behind big to the Colts but rallied hard to make it a game late though they lost, the Steelers just got housed in Cleveland and are now in dead last in the AFC North. I think the scare factor of the Steelers is over, Their running game is inconsistent and though Big Ben is still the formidable factor he can only do so much and the once proud Steelers defense is getting trucked. I don’t think that even the factor that they are playing at home holds sway as the Bucs rallied late to upset them. JJ Watt must be accounted for on every play, and I think he will be the disruptive force that makes the difference. On offense I think that Arian Foster has a breakout game and Andre Johnson makes a ton of big plays. This isn’t an upset…



Last Week:  8-6-1 (Lock & Upset Correct)

Overall: 51-39-1

Locks: 5-1

Upsets: 2-5



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