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Bandits Week 1 NFL Picks
Category: NFL
Tags: Picks & Predictions

Has it been 7 months??? 7 Months since the Saints completed a magical run to their first Super Bowl title. The picture of Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees holding his young son in Sun Life Stadium in Miami as the confetti fell about was truly a heartwarming scene. Though your scribe is a Vikings fan it did feel good to know the good people of the Big Easy finally had their long suffering as fans eased now being home of the best football team on the planet.

 

But that was 7 months ago and a football lifetime ago. Now we begin a new march to another Super Bowl, this year’s destination is Dallas and the billion dollar playpen of Jerry Jones. Another year means another year of prognostication from your humble scribe, last year was pretty successful and as always I aim to use my football knowledge and insight to predict a good majority of the outcomes of the NFL games.  

 

For those new to my picks I try to correctly the weeks slate of games straight up, Im not bright enough to pick with points. I do post the point spread for entertainment and comparison purposes I have two headliner picks, the Upset of the Week which is the against the grain pick for one reason or another. Then there is the Lock of The Week. Now I’m not saying to bet the house payment or the little ones college fund on it. But if you’re betting a soda on it, more often than not this pick gets that ice cold refreshment. Last year the locks were perfect the whole year, 17 weeks, 17 correct. I’m hoping to keep that streak going deep into this year. I'll repeat the mantra that the odds that I am providing this week are from Yahoo Sports and for comparison and entertainment purposes only. If you bet the lines and lose, I don’t pay off anyone’s losses. The records by every team this week is their 2009 record.

 

 

 

NFL SCHEDULE – KICKOFF WEEKEND

Thursday, September 9

Vikings (12-4) @ Saints (13-3)               

Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans 8:30 (NBC)

Favorite Saints by 5½

Fast Fact Though the Vikings have won the last four regular season meetings and lead the postseason series, the Saints are quite happy with their only postseason win over the Vikings.

A rematch of last years thrilling NFC championship kicks off the 2010 season. The Saints have been basking in the glow of their Super Bowl title and get the honor of hosting the opening game on the national stage. The Saints return pretty much intact with the same high powered offense and underrated yet big play defense. The Vikings held their collective breath most of the summer for QB Brett Favre’s diva like return though there are now more lingering questions about the ankle that he injured in this very same venue. I think the Super Bowl hangover does not apply here and that these teams have a tendency to play entertaining high scoring shootouts. Though I want to be wrong on this, I think the Saints will be just a bit better at home

Pick-New Orleans


Sunday, September 12

Falcons (9-7) @ Steelers (9-7)               

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Falcons by 1

Fast Fact The Falcons have never won in Pittsburgh (0-5-1)

With Ben Roethlisberger suspended, and Byron Leftwich injured the Steelers will turn to Dennis Dixon to pilot the offense. The Steelers have more questions on offense than a congressional inquiry. The Falcons are coming off their first consecutive winning seasons in team history and sports a underrated defense and a solid all-points offense behind the steady hand of Matt Ryan and the solid running of Michael Turner. Most folks say don’t bet against the Steelers in a home opener but I think that despite Dixon’s mobility the Falcons defense throws enough wrinkles at him to make it an unhappy opener.

Pick-Atlanta (Upset of the Week)

Panthers (8-8) @ NY Giants (8-8)                

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

Favorite Giants by 7½

Fast Fact A win will give coach Tom Coughlin his 60th as Giants coach, tying his predecessor Jim Fassel for 3rd in team history.

Both these teams are a crossroads, with the Panthers undergoing a mammoth transition at QB after saying goodbye to Jake Delhomme. Matt Moore will direct a run oriented ball control offense that features DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The G-Men are their usual inconsistent and puzzling self as Eli Manning pilots an offense that can score at will but has to since their defense gives it up just as fast. With Giants formally christening their new stadium, I think the G-Men have enough offensive firepower to keep the Panthers at bay and send the Gotham faithful home happy.

Pick- New York Giants

 
Bengals (10-6) @ Patriots (10-6)

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

Favorite Patriots by 4½ 

Fast Fact The Bengals have not won in Foxboro since 1986

A pair of 2009 playoff teams square off here, the Bengals have added another talkative WR in Terrell Owens while the Pats just seem to be their usual model of consistent winning over the last decade. With the exception of 2008, Tom Brady usually has really good opening days. The Pats defense is getting old really fast and I’m concerned that they may have some trouble against what could be a multifaceted Bengals offense. That said, I think the Bengals have the potential to win but they just have a bad history in Foxboro.

Pick-New England

 

Browns (5-11) @ Buccaneers (3-13)                 

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Buccaneers by 2½

Fast Fact The Browns won the first five meetings, but the Bucs have won the last two.

The Mangini watch begins in Florida , I have the feeling that Browns team president Mike Holmgren is watch the Man-Genius closely. If the Browns come out as sluggish and apathetic (Game against Steelers excepted) as they did last year, Mangini might not make it a month. The young Bucs are just that, young and their growth is slow and painful. Josh Freeman might have a better go against a weak Browns defense. I think the Bucs play over their heads at home and the noose gets tighter against Mangini’s neck.

Pick-Tampa Bay
 

Broncos (8-8) @ Jaguars (7-9)                 

Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Jaguars by 2½

Fast Fact The Jaguars had the most home TV blackouts in the NFL in 2009 (7 of 8)

A pair of middling teams tangle in north Florida . I’ve never been a Josh McDaniels fan and I think Kyle Orton is not a top shelf quarterback. The Broncos are trying to puff themselves up as an elite team but they are only kidding themselves. Add the loss of Elvis Dumervil their suspect defense gets even more painfully so. I don’t think that highly of Jacksonville in their offense other than Maurice Jones-Drew and their emerging WR Mike Sims-Walker but I think that they have enough to beat the Broncos.

Pick-Jacksonville

 

Lions (2-14) @ Bears (7-9)                

Soldier Field, Chicago 1:00 (FOX)

Favorite Bears by 7½

Fast Fact The Lions have allowed 400+ points in each of the last three seasons

The Bears unveil their new-look offense run by offensive guru Mike Martz who coached a pretty pedestrian Lions attack in 2007 & 2008. QB Jay Cutler claims that the Bears preseason offensive ineptitude was due to not wanting to give away their offensive secrets but I think that its because of who is running it. Still I think that the Bears have enough tools to beat an improving Lions squad and Cutler had best keep an eye out for the havoc created by Lions rookie DT Ndamukong Suh.

Pick-Chicago

Colts (14-2) @ Texans (9-7)

Reliant Field, Houston 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Colts by 2½

Fast Fact The Colts 115-45 record was the past decade best record

The Texans want to take that next step. Problem is, taking the next step means beating perennial AFC South bully (and defending AFC Champ) Indy. Matt Schaub is a solid QB, they have a good running game and WR Andre Johnson is one of the game’s best and they have the tools and talent to be a handful. Still the Colts are the Colts and that guy named Peyton Manning is still running that multifaceted high-powered offense. Is the defense shaky? Yup. Will that make a difference? Nope. The Colts are 15-1 against the Texans who are fast improving but still are not ready.

Pick-Indianapolis

Dolphins (7-9) @ Bills (6-10)

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

Favorite Dolphins by 3

Fast Fact The Bills were the only team that played the whole decade in the AFC that missed the playoffs. Though their last playoff game was January of 2000.

The Dolphins are not one of the AFC’s glamour teams; they win games in a gritty gutty manner. Meanwhile the Bills are blander than a Buffalo winter. (I’ve been up there in winter it’s pretty bland) unimaginative on offense and pretty pedestrian on defense. In what used to be an exciting divisional matchup, this one is pretty blah. I think the Dolphins have enough weapons on both sides of the ball to bring the boo birds out in Western New York pretty fast.

Pick-Miami

Raiders (5-11) @ Titans (8-8)                

LP Field, Nashville 1:00 (CBS)

Favorite Titans by 7

Fast Fact In 2009 the Titans became the first team to finish .500 after starting 0-6.

A new year and a new QB (like usual) for the Raid-ahs. Jason Campbell is the latest victim…uhhhh quarterback to take the reins. Quick name all the starting quarterbacks that the Raiders have had since they lost the Super Bowl 8 years ago? That’s ok, I have Princess Katie’s Quinceañera to go in a bit (I know she’s 13) The Titans are now Vince Young’s squad and with the dynamic running of Chris Johnson (the top pick in all three fantasy league’s I'm in) the Titans are a tough squad to prepare for. The Titans are always tough at home and West Coast teams traveling east usually are road kill in 1:00p starts.

Pick-Tennessee
 


Cardinals (10-6) @ Rams (1-15)              

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis 4:15 (FOX)

Favorite Cardinals by 3½

Fast Fact The Cards have won 3 times as many games in the last two years as the Rams have in the last three (19 for AZ, 6 for STL)

The Sam Bradford era begins in St. Louis as the Rams face a Cards team in flux. With the retirement of Cards (& Rams) legend QB Kurt Warner, the loss of WR Anquan Boldin and the hobbling of WR Larry Fitzgerald the Cards offense is far from the juggernaut it was last year. I still think the Cards defense will prove tough enough for the young Bradford to solve.

Pick-Arizona

Packers (11-5) @ Eagles (11-5)                

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia 4:15 (FOX)

Favorite Packers by 2½

Fast Fact This will be the first game that Andy Reid coaches the Eagles without Donovan McNabb on the roster

Both of these teams finished with the same record in 2009, but while the Packers could realistically improve their record with a high powered offense led by Aaron Rodgers and a big play defense, the Eagles are starting over with Kevin Kolb at the helm and a fast aging defense. I think the Pack will be way too strong for the Eagles to deal with despite a talented LeSean McCoy.

Pick-Green Bay



49ers (8-8) @ Seahawks (5-11)

Qwest Field, Seattle 4:15 (FOX)

Favorite 49ers by 3

Fast Fact The Seahawks defense was the ultimate Jekyll & Hyde outfit in 2009, giving up 30 or more points 6 times, but also posting 2 shutouts.

Many pundits see the Niners as the sexy pick to win the NFC West; I still see them as a one dimensional team with a shaky quarterback in Alex Smith. The Seahawks though are not scaring anyone, even with a new attitude brought by USC escapee Pete Carroll whom I don’t think very highly of as a pro coach. The Seahawks so-so offense will need some of Carroll’s old boosters from USC to inject some life and points. The Niners aren’t the flashiest of teams but they have enough to beat the Seahawks.

Pick-San Francisco

Cowboys (11-5) @ Redskins (4-12)                

FedEx Field; Landover , MD 8:20 (NBC)
Favorite Cowboys by 3½

Fast Fact The Cowboys have not given up a point in their last 8 regular season quarters.

A classic matchup closes the Sunday slate of games; The Pokes have serious aspirations of being the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl on its home turf. They have a deep and talented team. The Skins have a new coach in Mike Shanahan who has won big games and a new yet hobbled QB. But they still have the same deficiencies and a hard hitting fast moving Cowboy defense will show McNabb no quarter.

Pick-Dallas

Monday, September 13

Ravens (9-7) @ NY Jets (9-7)               

Meadowlands Stadium; East Rutherford , NJ 7:00 (ESPN)

Favorite Ravens by 2½

Fast Fact The Ravens have won the last five meetings

The NFL continues its tradition of its opening week Monday doubleheader for ESPN since there is no week 17 Monday game. The Jets have suddenly become the darlings of the pundit’s circles with the motormouthed Rex Ryan leading the way. The Jets have a solid defense led by the recently re-signed CB Darrelle Revis, and a decent offense led by Mark Sanchez. The Ravens have been stockpiling solid receivers for the highly capable QB Joe Flacco and Ray Rice is more than enough of a headache for opposing defenses. Revis may have an island but he can’t cover all of the WR’s. I still think the Jets are one of the more overrated teams in the NFL and I think the Ravens balanced offense and aging yet still lethal defense exposes them as such in front of a national audience

Pick-Baltimore

Chargers (13-3) @ Chiefs (4-12)               

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City 10:15 (ESPN)

Favorite Chargers by 4½

Fast Fact The Chiefs lead the overall series (50-48-1) but the Chargers have won the last 5 meetings.

The back half of the Monday doubleheader is likely the week’s biggest mismatch. The Chiefs are still a work in progress offense and a total mess on defense. The Chargers are a playoff liability but are lethal in the regular season and are way too balanced on both sides of the ball to have much trouble with the Chiefs even on the road.

Pick-San Diego (Lock of the Week)

 

Last Year:  177-79 (regular season only)

Locks: 17-0

Upsets: 10-7

 

Oh and for good measure here's a quick rundown on who I think will win their respective divisions

 

AFC

East: New England

North: Cincinnati

South: Indianapolis

West: San Diego

Wild Cards: Baltimore, Houston

AFC Championship: Cincinnati over Indianapolis

 

NFC

East: Dallas

North: Minnesota

South: New Orleans

West: San Francisco

Wild Cards: Green Bay, Atlanta

NFC Championship: Minnesota over New Orleans

 

Super Bowl 45: Minnesota over Cincinnati (And yes I know that I picked both of them to lose this week)

 

Thats the view from up here in the Cheap Seats...Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!

 

The Washington Redskins Final Cuts Point To The Future
Category: NFL
Tags: Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan NFL Jon Jansen Ladell Betts Willie Parker Nick Novak Patrick Ramsey




In a day where two Heisman Trophy winners, several Pro Bowl players, quite a few former first round draft picks, and even a Rhodes Scholar were directed to the unemployment line, the Washington Redskins trimmed their roster down to the 53 players they feel best give them a chance to win a championship.

There were few surprises in the final cuts, with the exception of possibly guard Chad Rinehart and C/ G Erik Cook. Rinehart was listed as the reserve right guard to newly acquired Artis Hicks, and some thought the recent release of second-year pro Edwin Williams signified the move to 2010 seventh round pick Cook as the new incumbent to aging center Casey Rabach. They opted to keep Kory Lichtensteiger, who was drafted by head coach Mike Shanahan in his last season as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Though the Redskins appear dangerously thin along the offensive line right now, after cutting five men in a few days, there is a good chance they could soon be scouring the waiver wire for reinforcements.

Here is a list of players the Redskins released :

Chad Rinehart : When Washington drafted him in the third round of the 2008 draft, many thought the team had a steal. He started four games in 2009 before breaking his leg. His days may have been numbered after being arrested for public intoxication eight months ago.

Willie Parker : "Fast Willie" was plodding by the time the Redskins hired him a few months ago. The two-time Pro Bowler enjoyed three 1,000 yard seasons and two Super Bowl wins after making the Pittsburgh Steelers roster as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2004. He had a great career, yet it is possible someone still signs him this year.

Bobby Wade : Wade was trying to make his fifth team since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 draft by the Chicago Bears. A solid slot receiver who carried the ball 12 times for the Bears in one season, we might not have seen the last of the 29-year old receiver. It says a lot that the 93-year old Joey Galloway beat him out for a roster spot.

Tyrone Carter : Carter had a great collegiate career, winning the Jim Thorpe and Jack Tatum Awards, before becoming a fourth round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2000. After three years with the Vikings, and one with the Jets, he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers and stayed there as mostly a reserve the next six year. After being cut, the Redskins signed him ten days ago before releasing him. He was a member of two world championship squads in Pittsburgh.

Carey Davis : He made the Atlanta Falcons squad as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2004, then joined the Indianapolis Colts later that season. He joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007, lasting three years with them, and earned a Super Bowl ring. He might find a squad in need of a blocking fullback.

Darrion Scott : He was drafted in the third round of the 2004 draft by the Vikings. He earned a starting job at defensive end in 2006 and held onto it until the end of the next year, getting 9.5 sacks. He was cut after 2007 after being injured. He hasn't played in the NFL since, and may be heading back to the UFL.

Howard Green : Drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 draft by the Houston Texans, he played one game that year for the Ravens. He then joined the New Orleans Saints for two years, starting in 12 games one year. He went to the Seattle Seahawks in 2007, ands lasted two year while getting his only career sack. He played 12 games with the Jets last year, and was brought into the Redskins camp because of his experience at nose tackle.

Ryan Torain : Torain was drafted by Shanahan in the the 5th round in 2008 with the Broncos. He got a start, running effectively for 68 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown, before suffering a season ending injury. He hasn't played since.

Rob Jackson : He was the Redskins seventh round pick in 2008, and spent two years as a reserve defensive end with two different numbers on his jersey.

Robert Henson : Henson was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He got in six games, recording one tackle. With his job on the line in the last 2010 preseason game, he stood out until he was injured. He might help someones special teams somewhere, or is headed for the UFL. He is on the Injured/ Waived list.

Ramzee Robinson : He was Mr. Irrelevant in 2007, and made the Detroit Lions for two years. He split time between the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles last year.

Lee Vickers : Vickers is a mammoth tight end who has bounced around practice squads with the Steelers, Eagles, and Giants since 2006. He played in nine games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, starting two games and catching two balls.

William Robinson : An undrafted free agent offensive tackle who spent time on the Seahawks practice squad in 2008 and part of 2009 before the Redskins claimed him. He appeared in one game last year.

Richard Bartel : He went undrafted in 2007, then spent almost two years on the Cowboys practice squad before the Jacksonville Jaguars put him on their practice squad. He spent last year on the Browns practice squad.

Curtis Gatewood : He played six games as an undrafted free agent rookie for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, and hasn't played since.

Clint Oldenburg : After being drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by the New England Patriots, he appeared in two games for the Jets that year and hasn't played since. He is on the Injured/ Waived list.

Erik Cook : He was drafted by Washington in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.

Terrence Austin : OK, Galloway is not 93, he is going to be 39 in a month. Still ancient for an NFL wide receiver. Austin was drafted in the seventh round and was solid most of camp, but fell victim to the numbers game despite leading the team with 10 catches for 146 yards and a score in preseason games. He should get a look by other teams.

Selvish Capers : Capers was drafted in the seventh round by the Redskins in 2010.

Anderson Russell : He was an undrafted free agent rookie from Ohio State University trying to make the team as a safety.

Shay Hodge : He was a free agent rookie wide receiver.

It is also time to pay tribute to a few ex-Redskins let go by other teams recently, thus probably signaling the end to their football careers. Many gave the Redskins many good times, and will not soon forgotten.



Jon Jansen : He was a second round draft pick of Washington in 1999. He started every game played until he missed one in 2006, then he played just one game the next season. After starting 11 of 14 in 2008, he went to the Detroit Lions and started two games last year. A gritty right tackle who played well enough to make "The Hogs" proud Jansen was a Redskin.

Ladell Betts : a second round pick by the Redskins in 2002, he spent his first four seasons as an oft-injured reserve halfback. After Clinton Portis went down early in 2006, Betts picked up the slack as the feature back by grinding out 1,154 yards on the ground while getting another 445 on 53 receptions. All were career high marks, as was his five touchdowns. He spent the next three years as an oft-injured reserve before being released at the end of 2009. He recently tried to make the New Orleans Saints, but was let go.

Patrick Ramsey : He was the Redskins first round draft pick in 2002. Starting five games as a rookie, he led the NFL in yards per completion. The offensive scheme of then-head coach Steve Spurrier left Ramsey exposed to big hits. He lost his starting job by 2005, after two injury filled years, then was released. He spent the next three years as a little used reserve for the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, and Detroit Lions before being recently cut by the Saints.

Colt Brennan : After a illustrious collegiate career, Washington drafted him in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. Though he never got into a regular season game, many fans cheered for him in exhibition games. He was released after 2009, and was just cut trying to make the Oakland Raiders.

Nick Novak : A local product from the University of Maryland, Novak joined the team as a free agent rookie after incumbent John Hall was injured. His first game saw him have a game-winning kick against the rival Dallas Cowboys. When Hall healed, he was released after the fifth game and later replaced the injured Neil Rackers for the Arizona Cardinals for five games.

He came back to Washington the next year to replace an injured Hall again,and kicked a 47-yard field goal to beat Dallas again. He was released after six games, replaced by Shaun Suisham. After being out of the league a year, he won the starting job for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and was replaced by Connor Barth after six games. He has been out of the league since, and was recently waived by the San Diego Chargers. In the vagabond world of the NFL kicker, we will probably see Novak again.

Randy Thomas : Though released a week ago by the Miami Dolphins on an injury settlement, after lasting one week in camp, Thomas is worthy of mention. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1999 draft. After four solid seasons, he and three teammates joined the Redskins in 2003. He played right guard next to Jansen, and they were very effective as a duo. He played 5 total games in 2007 and 2009 due to injuries, so the team released him. He started in all 143 games he played over 11 years.

Marko Mitchell : Known as the last draft pick Vinny Cerrato ever made for the Redskins, he showed some promise in the teams 2009 training camp and caught four balls that year before being released at seasons end. He was recently cut by the Minnesota Vikings.

Matt Leinart Wants Reasons To Why The Arizona Cardinals Dislike His Weak Arm
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Arizona Cardinals USC NCAA Matt Leinart Derek Anderson Kurt Warner Heisman Trophy Pro Bowl Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks

 

Matt Leinart never had a chance, even when chances were repeatedly handed to him. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was the tenth overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, a draft considered a weak quarterback class. Vince Young and Jay Cutler headline the group, followed by career backups like Tavaris Jackson, Charlie Whitehurst, Kellen Clemens, Brodie Croyle, and Bruce Gradkowski.

Leinart has outperformed all except Young, Jackson, and Cutler, but not by much in cases like Gradkowski. Not the results the Arizona Cardinals were looking for, so they signed 2007 Pro Bowler Derek Anderson after Kurt Warner retired. Anderson was a sixth round draft pick in 2005 now on his third team.

As I predicted upon his signing, Anderson has won the starting job as quarterback of the Cardinals. Now Leinart is crying to the media exclaiming the Arizona coaches never gave him an explanation as to why they went with someone other than him.

Welcome to the NFL Prima donna, a world that sometimes touches a reality many of Earth experience.

Leinart was known as the pretty boy in college, a guy who some were trying to put in the category of future Hall of Famer Tom Brady as far as good looks combined with winning games. He led his Alma mater, USC, to a BSC Championship and AP Championship and some NFL scouts thought his game would translate to the pros.

Unfortunately, like many Heisman winners, his game soon was shown to not have what it takes to be an effective NFL player. Even in the modern where rules are heavily slanted to the quarterbacks favor. Some will say his party boy attitude early in his career derailed his progress, but the real reasons run deeper.

One huge reason is his lack of an NFL arm. The Cardinals run an offensive system where a strong arm with accuracy is needed to succeed. Leinart has neither. To have Anderson, coming off a terrible 2009 season, and a not much better 2008, replace him as he learns a new system on the fly speaks volumes.

Leinart wants a reason, and perhaps the truth will set him free. He was an overrated, overhyped college athlete surrounded by immensely talented teammates. The best comparison to him might be Todd Marinovich, a weak armed lefty drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1991 draft. The 6'4" Marinovich, an inch shorter than Leinart, was a USC product who partied his way out of the league after just two years.

Though it appears likely Leinart is destined to be playing his last year in Arizona this season before embarking on a journeyman career bouncing around the league, some think his skill set better fits the dink/ dunk game of the West Coast offense.  It is forseeable he ends up in Seattle next year, rejoining college coach Pete Carrol, though it is improbable he could unseat incumbent Matt Hasselbeck or even move on top of Charlie Whitehurst in the depth chart.

Perhaps not all is lost for Leinart. There certainly no guarantees Anderson excels or even stays healthy a full season. It is likely he will be given yet another chance to redeem himself. What he does with it, if given the chance, is also unknown. Yet all signs point to disappointment. 

Something he has been since entering the NFL. 

Fantasy Football Draft
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Fantasy Football

Just completed my fantasy football draft. 10 teams with positions 2 (QB), 4 (RB). 5 (WR), 2 (K), 2 (DEF).

 

This is who I selected in the order in which I picked. I had the 4th overall pick.

1. RB Ray Rice Balt

2. RB Rashard Mendenhall Pitt

3. WR Mikes Austin Dal

4. Steve Smith NYG

5. QB Matt Schaub

6. DEF Philadelphia

7. RB Johnathan Stewart Car 

8. WR Jeremy Mackin Phil

9. K Rob Bironas Tenn

10. QB Joe Flacco Balt

11. RB Marion Barber Dal

12. K Sebastian Janikowski Oak

13. WR Justin Edelman NE

14. WR Pierre Garcon Ind

15. DEF Tennesse

 

Had it all automated. Show the drafted selections on a 47 inch TV and a running ticker at the bottom. It was pretty cool.

 

How do you think I did.
 

Ben-Gal Jones Wins $11M libel case
Category: NFL
Tags: Cincinnati Bengals libel Ben-Gals

As a Sporting News blog refugee who hasn't quite gotten the hang of this "You Gab Sports" website yet, I do recognize that it is my responsibility to keep everyone informed about cheerbabe news, and this week we have a whopper, as Sarah Jones of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals won $11 million in a libel suit against a website that "that falsely reported she has been exposed to venereal diseases." http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2010/08/bengals-cheerleader-std/1

Here's Sarah's Ben-Gal page:

http://www.bengals.com/team/cheerleaders/Sarah-J/772eb0af-d35f-4c26-b862-10f658415317

There's no word yet on whether she's going to stay on the team once she gets all that loot (assuming the judgment survives the inevitable appeals, of course.)

Here she was on the cover of the team calendar from a couple years ago.


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