First off, shout-outs to both New York teams for their big wins last week. I was impressed with how both teams dug deep and played the kind of football that they are capable of playing. Keep it up. To my fantasy football family, the bye weeks have started. Pay attention to your squad so you dont get caught out there like I have so many times before. Make sure you start or sit the right people.
Thank God the Saints have a bye this week. They need it. Now they can go back to the lab and try to fix the problem. This is a good team that needs to find out whats going wrong before it gets to late in the season. With Deuce McAllister out for the season, its time for Reggie Bush to find his inner 619 and step up. Hey, it worked for Rey Mysterio. DeAngelo Hall, you got off easy with just a fine from the team for your actions in last Sundays game. Chill out brother, its not that serious. You had a bad game, make up for in this one. Youre too good of a player to act that way and disrespect your head coach in that manner. Like I told the Jets fans last week, have some class. I was thinking about saying something about Michael Vick testing positive for marijuana but then I figured, why do that? That would have been 10-15 precious minutes of my life I wouldnt get back. Here are my picks for Week 4:
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Matt Schuab is coming home to the team that drafted and then traded him to the Texans. The team that traded him, the Falcons, probably wished they hadnt. With an offensive line thats been blocking for him very well in the first three games of the season, I see Schuab having a big game against his former team. If vengeance is a dish, best served cold, then you better grab your hoodies because its going to be freezing in A-T-L.
Hopefully Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino paid attention to whats going on in Chicago and starts newly signed QB Byron Leftwich instead of Joey Harrington. Also the Falcons need to try and establish their running game to wear out a good Texans D-line and air it out to their receivers if theyre going to win this game.
My Pick: Texans
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Buffalo is banged up and theres no indication that QB J.P. Losman will start for the Bills this game. With Losman out, rookie QB Trent Edwards will get the start. Other than the interception Edwards had in last weeks game against the Pats, he didnt have a bad game. Look for a solid balance of run and pass from the Bills to try and wear down the Jets defense.
The Jets had a good win last week, and I expect to see that again this week. With all of the injuries to the Bills defense, the Jets will probably have a field day picking it apart. With RB Thomas Jones getting his first 100-yard rushing game for the season last week, I think he will vibe from last weeks performance and carry it over into Ralph Wilson Stadium.
My Pick: J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets
Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
As this is being typed, theres still no word on whos going to start for the Ravens. If Steve McNair gets the start, the Browns need to put pressure on McNair and his injured groin and to get backup QB Kyle Boller into the game. Im not saying they should knock him out the game, but if he misses a couple of series throughout the game, the Browns should try and capitalize on it.
The Ravens just need to do what they do best. That is, play hard nose defensive football. If the Ravens put pressure on QB Derek Anderson and stop RB Jamal Lewis from running up and down the field in his homecoming this Sunday, the Ravens will have this game won by the first half.
My Pick: Ravens
Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
As soon as Rams RB Stephen Jackson comes alive, hes dead again. Jackson will be out of this Sundays game against the Cowboys. This is just another blow for a team that is already plagued by injury. The Rams will start rookie RB Brian Leonard against a good Cowboys defense on Sunday. Since the Rams offensive line is a little shaky, I see big numbers for the Cowboy D-line.
Tony Romo looks good, Terrell Owens looks good, Marion Barber looks good, and the Cowboys defense looks good. In my opinion, thats all you need right now. Many have them as an early lock to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Well see. What I do see is the Cowboys going 4-0.
My Pick: Cowboys
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Common said,Yeah you know how we do; we do it for the people. Well the people have spoken and Bears head coach Lovie Smith got his Talib Kweli on and Listened. Ten-year veteran QB Brian Griese will start for the demoted Rex Grossman. Damn, Griese has been in the NFL for 10 years already? Where did the time go? Coach Smith said in his press conference that Griese doesnt have to look over his back while he has the starting job and that hes safe ..for now. Well see how long this one last. I think the Bears offense will be better with Griese as the quarterback. Hell make some better decisions and better reads than Grossman when hell get pressured.
WR Calvin Johnson bruised his back in the second quarter in last Sundays game. I think it will be a game time decision on whether or not he plays. Chicago has been bitten by the injury bug on offense and defense. If the Lions are going to strike, strike now while the iron is scorching.
My Pick: Lions
Location: Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FL
I really dont have much to say about this game. Honestly, I really dont care. Its going to be a snoozer. Id rather watch paint dry or watch grass grow than watch this game. So Ill just say a little something to keep you reading and to be fair to the teams.
Raiders QB Josh McCown is out with a broken toe. So Dante Culpepper gets the nod and hes probably going to come out with a chip on his shoulder since he was released from the Phins the end of last season. I will say this, both teams have solid RBs in Ronnie Brown and LaMont Jordan and I do think the Phins have the better defensive squad.
My Pick: Phins
Location: Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
Brett Farve will break the record on Sunday around the middle of the first quarter, everyone will rejoice, hell get the game ball, and then well finish playing the game. Yay. The Packers look good and if they keep with their winning ways, the Nov. 29 game against the Cowboys may have some serious play-off implications. If the Packers can slow down LaDainian Tomlinson, imagine what they could do with a rookie like Adrian Peterson.
My Pick: Packers
Location: Monster Park, San Francisco, CA
Whichever team wins this game will have sole possession of the NFC West for the time being. The Niners defense is improving and the Seahawks defense is about the same it has been for the last few years. The Seahawks have the better receivers, but the Niners have the younger, healthier running back in Frank Gore. Shaun Alexander has a broken wrist and is wearing an air cast over it. Lets see if thats going to affect him when he carries the ball. I think the Niners run game gives them the win, but it will be close.
My Pick: 49ers
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Theres still no word on whether or not Jake Delhomme or if Mr. White Gloves David Carr will get the start this Sunday. I do feel that the Panthers have the better defense and better running back in DeShaun Foster. If I had to take my pick between the Panthers Steve Smith and the Bucs Joey Galloway, Im going with Mr. Smith.
My Pick: Panthers
Location: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN
Is this game a possible AFC play-off preview? I dont know, but it looks like it to me. The Colts are winning despite the fact that the defense is just barely holding up for them. Last season, the Colts defense was weak, then the play-offs hit and it was a new team. If it worked last year, why try and fix it this year?
The Broncs look solid and should win the AFC West this year. Jay Cutler is a solid quarterback and hell get his numbers in Sundays game. I feel that the running backs for both teams, Joseph Addai and Travis Henry will have big games. I just dont think the Broncos secondary is ready for the Colts wide receivers.
My Pick: Colts
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Expect the same outcome from the Steelers this week that you got last week. The Steelers defense is very good. In four games, the Steelers have allowed 8.7 points a game. Thats sick.
The Cards subbed veteran QB Kurt Warner in the middle of the second quarter in last Sundays because Matt Leinart was getting rocked and just couldnt get the job done. Cards head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Leinart is their guy of the future. Well that future is looking pretty bleak against the Steelers defense. Oh by the way, dont expect any big yards from Edgerin James; the Steelers will shut that down immediately.
My Pick: Steelers
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
The Chargers will get it together in this game. I can feel it. Not really, but I had to find a way to keep you interested. I do think that the Chargers will win the game. I think they have the better team all around. Look for the Chargers offense to get out of their funk and step it up on Sunday.
My Pick: Chargers
Sunday Night Game:
Location: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
The Eagles will continue to rise from the ashes of controversy like the Phoenix and put the hammer on the Giants. The G-men may have been able to pull off the win last week against the Skins, but the Eagles have too much on offense and defense for the Giants to handle. I know I showed the Giants some love in the beginning, but Im just calling it like I see it.
My Pick: Eagles
Monday Night Game:
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Its the Patriots. Thats all I can really say right now. Im trying to pick out a weakness and I cant. The Bengals look soft right now with their defensive play making. The Bengals barely beat the Ravens, they had a shoot-out with the Browns and lost, and they went back and forth with the Seahawks and lost that game also.
The only thing the Bengals are favored for in this game is whether of not they can hold the Pats under 100 points. And the odds of that are pretty slim. The Pats have too many weapons on offense and defense. Nothing against the Monday Night Football crew, but if theres a new show youve been wanting to see or you want to catch up on a previous show or some reading, this game may be the game you could afford to miss. Its going be ugly.
My Pick: Patriots