So much has happened this week in NFL, I dont know where to
begin. The Colts lost their 2nd
straight game and DT Dwight Freeney who is out for the season.
Vikes RB, Adrian Peterson, has a torn
lateral collateral ligament in his right knee and will probably miss this
Sundays game. And now, the NFL has
reinstated RB Ricky Williams. He
will rejoin the Miami Dolphins next Monday when they begin practice for their
Nov. 26 match-up against the Steelers.
Why? Why is it, the NFL keeps giving this guy chances? The only reason he plays football is because
you cant get paid to smoke weed all day.
Does the NFL not realize that the more he plays, the more he gets
paid? The more he gets paid, the more
weed he buys. The more weed he buys, the
higher he gets. The higher he gets, the
chances of him getting suspended again are greater. The vicious cycle continues with another reinstatement.
The NFL is ready to suspend
Broncos RB, Travis Henry, for 4 games because marijuana was found in his
system, yet you reinstate Ricky Smoke Dogg Williams. Nice job in keeping the image of the NFL
clean. Ive got an idea, why dont you
reinstate Adam Pac-Man Jones, and he and Ricky can do a United Way commercial explaining the
importance of saving your money for a rainy day and planting trees in the
community. What a joke.
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
The Falcons have won 2 games straight with QB Joey
Hamilton leading the charge. Now, Byron
Leftwich is healthy and may start this Sunday against the Bucs. Bad move.
Hamilton is not the greatest of QBs, but hes the Falcons hot hand. Hes won 2 straight for the Falcons and the
running game is looking alive. Head
Coach, Bobby Petrino, needs to stick to what he has been doing on
offense for this Sundays game and try to test the Bucs defense.
The Bucs have the 6th ranked defense in
the league while the Falcons have the 27th ranked offense. Since the running game is working, the
Falcons need to stick with it and wear down the Bucs defense so that they can
make some big plays. The Falcons also
need to contain Bucs QB Jeff Garcia and disrupt as many plays as
possible on offense.
The Bucs WRs need to get in the heads of the
Falcons Secondary and set the tone for the Bucs offense. Thats the key match-up for this game. Its going to be interesting to see the how
the Bucs WRs match-up against the Falcons DBs. The Bucs have the 16th ranked passing offense while
the Falcons are tied for 10th in pass defense. With the better defense and the better QB,
it looks as though the Falcons may be back to their losing ways.
My Pick: Buccaneers
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati,
The Cards defense
stepped up in last weeks win against the Lions. The Cards defense held the Lions to -18 rushing yards for the
game. Thats making a statement. The Bengals defense also looked alive last
Sunday against the Bills with a win.
Now both of these teams need to carry that same attitude into this
The Cards defense is
tied with the Falcons as the 10th ranked defense against the
pass. The Bengals are the 5th
ranked passing offense in the league.
Thats the match-up right their.
With WR Chris Henry back with the Bengals, the WR trio of Henry, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Chad Johnson is lethal against
With the Cards
forcing the 9 turnovers against the Lion and the Bengals forcing 6 turnovers
against the Bills, the defensive pressure should be in effect this Sunday. The Cards need to put pressure on QB Carson
Palmer and throw off the Bengals offense while the Bengals need to do same
thing to Cards QB Kurt Warner.
The Cards have the
better defense overall and with the Bengals run game still trying to find
itself, its looks as though the Cards will get to .500 this Sunday.
My Pick: Cardinals
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Both teams are 6-3 and are in the middle of a playoff
push. Whoever wins this game, will be
in the drivers seat for 1 of the 2 NFC Wild Card spots. The Lions have surprised everyone with their
explosive offense and the Giants defense has been reminiscent of the old Bill
Parcellss defense of the late 80s an early 90s.
As mentioned in the previous 2 picks, this is another good
match-up of WRs vs. DBs. The Lions are
the leagues 9th ranked passing offense while the Giants are the
leagues 9th ranked passing defense.
The Giants have the edge due to their 9th best rushing
defense in the league while the Lions are ranked 29th in rushing the
Even with RB Kevin Jones slowly getting his groove
back in running the ball, the Lions will still have to rely on their passing
game. Hopefully the Lions paid
attention to the Giants Secondary in last Sundays game and noticed how the
Cowboys took advantage of the Giants DBs in the 2nd half. The Giants still have the better D-line and
that will allow them to shut down the run and focus on stopping the pass. Lets just hope the past doesnt catch-up
with the Giants and they can finish the 2nd half of the season on a
high note and not fumble it away like theyve done in seasons past.
My Pick: Giants
(4-5) vs. Green Bay Packers (8-1)
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
this is a 1pm game. That way all of the
elderly people can stay up and watch 2 old men play QB in this match-up. Vinny
Testaverde will get the start for the Panthers this Sunday against Brett Farve and the Packers. You know the game ball will smell like Icy Hot and Ben Gay by the end of the game.
Panthers defense used to be a force to reckon with. Now injuries have decimated this team and it looks as though
things arent looking any better. The
Packers are on fire and they have found a running game in RB Ryan Grant. In the 3 games since their
Week 7 bye, hes averaging 22 carries for 97 yards with 4.1 yards per carry and
1 touchdown. Not bad at all. But the Packers are ranked last in the
league in rushing defense and the Panthers have the 18th ranked
rushing defense in the league. Mr. Grant
will have a challenge ahead of him this Sunday.
the running game isnt the greatest for the Packers, the Panthers have to stop
Farve and the passing game. The Packers are ranked 10th in total
defense while the Panthers are ranked 28th in total offense. With
the better defense and the better QB playing, the Packers have the edge.
My Pick: Packers
City Chiefs (4-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (7-2)
Location: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN
rash of injuries, the Colts look to be in dire straits before season ends. Will they make the playoffs? Yes.
Will they have a bye in the first round? Not if they keep losing.
If the playoffs started today, the Colts would have a 1st
round playoff game against the Chargers.
What a difference 2 weeks can make.
The Chiefs also lost 2 games in a row as well, but with the AFC West
being as week as it is, they still have a chance to win it. They control their own destiny.
Colts will need some one other than Safety Bob
Sanders to step up for the defense.
Hence, recently signed DE Simeon
Rice, who was a solid pick-up for the Colt this week. The Colts are the leagues
3rd best defense and with the addition of Rice, the rich get
richer. He will definitely be a
major contributor to the Colts defense and will fill the hole that was left by
Freeney due to injury.
Chiefs will start Brody Croyle this Sunday at QB. Hopefully he will give the Chiefs offense a
spark. TE Dallas Clark is good
to go this Sunday, but WR Marvin Harrison is questionable. Even with out Harrison, the Colts will still
move the ball with the other weapons they have on offense. And as long as Manning is leading the
charge, it may be a long day for the fans at Arrowhead.My Pick: The Colts
Location: Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
QB Daunte Culpepper faced of against 1 of his old teams earlier this
year when the Raiders beat the Dolphins back in Week 4. Can he do the same against the team who
drafted him? Yes. The Vikes have the leagues29th
ranked defense while the Raiders are ranked 17th. With rookie RB Adrian Peterson out of this
Sundays game with an injury, Chester Taylor will get the start. The Raiders have a solid defense, but their
offense is week. Dont be surprised if JaMarcus Russell comes into Sundays game if Culpepper starts to
their running game injured, weakness at the WR spot, and a revolving door of
QBs this season; the Vikes are struggling to put the pieces together. There are too many issues on the offensive side
of the ball for this game that gives the Vikes a chance. Look for the Raiders defense to attack the
line and put pressure on Tavares
Jackson. With the Raiders having the leagues 4th
best pass defense and the Vikes having the leagues 31st ranked passing
offense, the Vikes may as well add another L to the loss column.
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Dolphins need to try their best to attack the Eagles from the start. They need to try and set the tone on
defense. Come at the Eagles with
everything they got and play this game as if it was their last. Its going to be a task considering that the
Eagles offense can be very explosive when they put their minds to it.
McNabbs knee is
getting better and although he didnt practice for 2 days with a knee injury, Andy
Reid expects RB Brian Westbrook to play this Sunday. The Dolphins have decided to start Rookie QB
John Beck this Sunday.
Despite having a 4-5 record, the Eagles have the 7th ranked
defense in the league. Talk about
throwing this kid into the Lions den. The Eagles have too many weapons for the struggling Dolphins on
both sides of the ball and its going to take a miracle for Beck and the
Dolphins to pull out a win this Sunday.
Game of the Week: San Diego Chargers (5-4)
Location: ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
Chargers had a good win last week against the Colts in the Sunday Night game
while the Jags defense and ball control helped beat the Titans. Both teams are in the thick of the playoff
hunt and this game has a playoff feel to it.
Chargers have the lead in the AFC West while the Jags are 1 game behind the
Colts. So theres no need to get into
the importance of this game. The
Chargers made 1 fatal mistake last week against the Colts; they let their guard
down. They allowed the Colts to get
back into the game. They cant allow
that to happen this late in the season, they have to go for the jugular from
the get go.
that hurts them the most is their passing game. The Chargers are ranked 25th in the league in passing
offense. Thankfully, the Jags have the
25th ranked passing defense.
QB Philip Rivers has been off his game this year in throwing the
ball. This may be the game where he
gets his rhythm back.
need to run the ball against a weak Chargers rush defense. The Chargers are ranked 21st in
the league in defending the rush and the Jags have two solid RBs in Fred
Taylor and Maurice Jones- Drew.
The Jags have the leagues 3rd best rush offense with those
two leading the way. With the Chargers
D-line beat up, the Jags chances to win this Sunday is very strong.
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore,
The Ravens have always depended on their defense to
come through for them to win games.
Well, you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Although the Ravens have the 5th
best defense in the league, their offense is in shambles. The Ravens have the leagues 23rd
ranked offense. With confusion at the
QB position and a head coach who is as egomaniacal as Megatron, it looks as though there may be some
changes in Baltimore at the end of the season.
Kyle Boller will
get the start this Sunday. He didnt start in the Week 4 match-up against the
Browns. The Browns won that game
27-13. The Browns are playing good,
solid, fundamental football on the offensive side of the ball. The Browns have the 10th best
passing offense in the league. The Ravens have the 13th best pass
defense in the league. The Browns have
to do the same thing they did in this game that they did in the first match-up,
attack the Ravens from the air. The
Browns had 202 passing yards in the last match-up and with Kellen Winslow, JR and Braylon Edwards having
a good year; look for the Browns to use the same formula again.
The Ravens need to grind it out on the ground with
RB Willis McGahee and their run game. The Browns are ranked 28th in
rush defense. If they can establish the
run game, they can wear down the Browns defense and got to the big plays in the
air. But the Browns like a shoot-out
and with Boller as the starter, theres not enough ammo for the Ravens to hang
with the Browns.
My Pick: Browns
New Orleans Saints (4-5)
vs. Houston Texans (4-5)
Stadium, Houston, TX
Saints started out cold, then got hot, and then lost to the Rams last
Sunday. The Texans started out hot,
then got cold, and then beat the Raiders 2 weeks ago before their bye. The Texans have the 18th best
defense in the league while the Saints have the 6th best
offense. Lets be clear, the Saints
can move the ball. Reggie Bush
has stepped up his games as the main RB for the Saints and Drew Brees is
throwing the ball very well. The Saints
need to continue to use a solid mix of run and pass to catch the Texans defense
off guard for big plays.
Texans need to attack the ball. They
need to go after anybody and everybody who has the ball in their hands. It doesnt matter if its the ref, they need
to let their defense do the talking in this game and shut the Saints offense
down early in the game. If the Saints
get the win, theyll be .500 and right in the middle of the NFC South
race. It looks as though the speed and
ability of the Saints offense is too much for the Texans defense.
The I Could Care Less Game of the
Steelers (7-2) vs. NY Jets (1-8)
Location: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford,
Steelers are ranked #1 in every
defensive category in the league. The
Jets lead the league in having the most fans leaving by halftime due to their
poor play. The Jets are already out of
the playoffs, so this is a good time for the Jets and Head Coach Eric Mangini to start some of
the young guys on the team and give them some real playing experince.
If the Jets can try to establish the run on offense and attack the
Steelers O-line , they have a chance to win this Sunday. The Steelers have too much on both sides on
the ball for the Jets to handle and it looks as though the Jets will have a
long day in the Meadowlands.
(5-4) vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
The Cowboys have pretty much set the tone for the NFC and it
looks as though everyone else in the NFC has to play catch-up to get within 10
feet of the Cowboys. Their offense has
been on point all season long and their defense is getting stronger each
week. They have the 2nd best
offense in the league and the 7th best defense in the league.
Whats even more impressive is that the team is more relaxed
than last years team. But if you get
to relax, mistakes will happen. The
Cowboys have to avoid making the penalties they made last week against the
Giants and keep their heads in the game.
The Redskins have to find a way to shut down the Cowboys
WRs. The Redskins are ranked 22nd
in the league against the pass while the Cowboys have the 3rd best
passing offense in the league. With
Safety Sean Taylor out with an injured knee, the Redskins ass defense is
in for a world of trouble against the Cowboys WRs.
Location: Monster Park, San Francisco, CA
is calling this game on Fox should be placed on suicide watch because this
game is going to be brutal. Both of
these teams are plagued with injury, both teams have holes throughout their
offensive and defensive lines and both teams are in the basement of the NFC
49ers looked awful in the Monday Night game and as long as the O-line keeps
breaking down and wont protect the QB, the 49ers will continue to look
awful. QB Alex Smith told the
media that hes still bothered by the shoulder injury he suffered earlier in
year. That means Trent Dilfer
will get the start at QB for the 49ers this weekend. Too bad the Rams defense will be all over Dilfer like a cheap
suit this Sunday.
offense is starting to get it together.
With the 49ers having the 21st ranked passing defense in the
league, look for the Greatest Show on Turf to live up to that claim
this Sunday in San Fran.
Location: Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
Seahawks have sole possession of 1st place in the NFC West after the
beating they put down on the 49ers. The
Bears had a good game from Rex Grossman last week against the Raiders
for the win. Wait a minute; did I just
say Rex Grossman? Yes sir. Grossman came in for Brian Griese in
last weeks game when he injured his shoulder with 2:00 minutes left to play in
the first half. It looks as though
Groosman will be the starter while Griese heals.
Seahawks defense has played well this season.
The Seahawks have the 11th ranked defense in the league and
they are taking on the 24th ranked offense in the league. The Bears need to get the running game
involved in the offense to have a chance against the Seahawks. The Seahawks have a choice between ground
and air to use against the Bears. The
Bears have the leagues 21st ranked defense this year. With all of the injuries that have taken
place on the Bears defense this year, it looks as though the Seahawks will
walk away the winners in this game.
Sunday Night Game:
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Bills have been playing good football this season and are in 2nd
place in the AFC North. They are
placing their bid for 1 of the playoff spots.
Watching the Bills, you have to admire their never give up attitude. When you look back at their Week 5 match-up
against the Cowboys, the Bills hung in there with the Cowboys until the very
end. You can teach heart, you have to
be born with it. This year Bills have a
lot of heart and it will show this Sunday Night against the Pats and Ralph
Bills can find a way to get to QB Tom Brady and shut down the passing
game, they have a good chance to win.
They also have to protect the QB and give him time to get the ball out.
RB Marshawn Lynch is out with an ankle injury, so look for the Bills to
try and air it out on offense.
just have to keep doing what theyve been doing. What do you expect me to say about a team thats undefeated? Theyre already doing whatever I would have
suggested. Lets move on.
Monday Night Game:
Location: Invesco Field, Denver, CO
Broncos are a much better team than what their record suggests. Theyve been known to make RBs out of
anybody. RB Selvin Young is
emerging to be a top RB in the league and will do so if he stays in
Denver. Too bad theyre going up
against the 2nd best defense in the league.
Titans defense has allowed 77.1 yards of rushing so far this year. The Broncos are ranked 13th in
rushing offense with 117.8 yards a game.
So whats the deciding factor for this game? The QBs. Both teams have
to go after the QB and shut them down early.
The Titans have to force Broncos QB Jay Cutler to make mistakes
with the ball while the Broncos have to shut down the Titans Vince Young and
make sure he doesnt leave the pocket.
This game comes down to which team has the better pressure on the QB. Whichever team comes the strongest will win
this game and by the numbers, the Titans have the advantage.