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OUT OF BOUNDS: NFL Week 3 Picks /Week 4 Poll

The Best NFL franchise…period

ESPN.com’s

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2 ranked the best NFL franchises…period.  The top 10 teams are:

 

Dallas CowboysPittsburgh SteelersSan Francisco 49ersMiami

DolphinsDenver BroncosOakland RaidersMinnesota VikingsWashington RedskinsSt. Louis RamsNew England Patriots

 

So, do you agree or disagree with theses rankings? Discuss. You

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ALLHipHop’s NFL Game of the Week for Week 4

Poll Answers

ALLHipHop’s NFL Game of the Week for Week 3

Sunday, 9/21/08, 4pm

Pittsburgh

Steelers (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

Lincoln

Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

 

When I started typing up this week’s picks, the

Cowboy/Packer game was in the lead for Game of the Week. Then something told me

to take one more look. Lo and behold, the tide changed and now, the

Steelers/ Eagles game became this week’s match-up.

 

It’s the battle for bragging rights in the Keystone

State. The Steelers are ranked 4th in total defense

while the Eagles are ranked 3rd in total offense. This game will be

a battle and I got …wait for it…the Eagles for the win. 

 

I know the Steelers are the better team on paper, but after

watching the Monday Night Game versus the Cowboys,

the Eagles look like they can hang with the best teams in the league. As long

as they stay away from the mental

mistakes, they can beat the Steelers at home.

 

My Pick: Eagles

 

Sunday 9/21/08

1 pm games

 

Kansas

City Chiefs (0-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-1)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

 

Brodie

Croyle, out (right shoulder injury). Damon Huard, out (head and neck injury).

In steps Tyler

Thigpen. Who? That’s exactly my point. I’d rather have Pigpen from Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang at

QB before I have Thigpen.

 

The league’s 31st rushing defense (Chiefs) will

square off against the league’s 2nd ranked rushing offense (Falcons).

Good luck with that Herm

Edwards. Can you say “coach on the hot seat?”

 

My Pick: Falcons

 

Oakland

Raiders (1-1) at Buffalo Bills (2-0)

Ralph

Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY

 

Did anyone know that the Bills’ defense is currently ranked

5th in the league? Neither did I, you learn something new every

day. 

 

The Bills’ offense is a little overwhelming for the Raiders

and their 18th rank defense. After last week’s rushing performance

from the Raiders, look for them to go to the ground game again.  This is game will be a battle of the running

backs and whichever team runs the ball well, and throws the ball well, and will

win the game.  The running game will open up

the passing game for the winning team. 

 

If the Bills can get Marshawn Lynch going and open up

the passing game against the

Raiders’ not so strong secondary, they have this game in the bag.

 

My Pick: Bills

 

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers (1-1) at Chicago Bears (1-1)

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

 

Tampa’s offense is ranked 12th in the league and

the Bears, who have surprised me lately, are ranked 6th in total

defense.  The Bears’ offense is ranked 24th

in the league while the Bucs’ defense is ranked 23rd.  

 

The Bucs’ seem to have the numbers on their side, but the Bears

defense has been consistent and with the young Matt Forte running the ball, the Bears

have the edge in my eyes.

 

My Pick: Bears

 

Houston

Texans (0-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-0)

LP Field, Nashville, TN

 

The Texans were off last week due

to Hurricane Ike. I know the Titans are

the better team on paper, but the Texans are coming into Tennessee with their

fans on their minds.  This game won’t

just be a win in the record books for the Texans; it will also be a win for

their fans recovering from Ike.

 

My Pick: Texans

 

Cincinnati

Bengals (0-2) at New York Giants (2-0)

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

 

The Bengals are ranked 29th in total offense, the

Giants are ranked 3rd in total defense.  Plus the Giants have a solid offense while

the Bengals have no defense at all. You do the math.

 

My Pick: Giants

 

Carolina

Panthers (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

Metrodome,

Minneapolis, MN

 

Apparently the Vikes felt they weren’t getting the most out

of QB Tarvaris Jackson. So head coach Brad Childress has opted to start veteran

QB, Gus Frerotte to get the offense

going.  Why mess with a good thing? 

 

Look, I know the Vikings haven’t

started the season off on the right foot (0-2) but look at it like this; you basically

have the same offense you had last year and you added WR Bernard Berrian

in the off-season to get stronger.  You

got Jared Allen in a trade during the 2008 draft to strengthen your defense. Jackson was hurt for most

of the preseason and missed a few reps, so he’s gonna be rusty.  Plus, the play calling has been very

conservative in the past two games and you’ve run the hell out of Adrian Peterson.

 

If this Jackson is going to

be your future QB, he’s going to have to play, bottom line. If he screws up, he

screws up.  The organization decided to

make him the starter, they need to deal with it. Confusion at the QB

spot is not a good look. Maybe it will work out for them, maybe it won’t. We’ll

have to wait and see.  For now, I can’t

have faith in a team that switches up their QB only in the 3rd week,

and the switch isn’t injury related.

 

If you’re gonna have issues at the

QB spot, maybe you should look elsewhere

for a new QB…or a new job at the end of the season.

 

My Pick: Panthers

 

Miami Dolphins ()-2) at New England

Patriots (2-0)

Gillette

Stadium, Foxboro, MA

 

“If it’s not Tom Brady, it

shouldn’t be that hard…You treat him like you treat a backup. How do you prepare

for a backup? He don’t get that many snaps, right? So you throw the kitchen

sink at him. That’s what we’re going to do.”

 

That’s just a little tidbit from an

interview

Dolphins’ LB Joey Porter had with reporters about this

weekend’s game against the Pats.

 

Oh really? Let’s look at some of

the facts going into this weekend’s match-up Mr. Porter:

 

You

play for the DolphinsMatt

Cassel and the Pats are playing solid football without BradyCassel’s teammates have his backYou’re

playing in Foxboro this weekendYOU PLAY FOR THE FREAKIN DOLPHINS!!!!!

 

You’ve lost way before you

opened your mouth.

 

My Pick: Patriots

 

Arizona

Cardinals (2-0) at Washington Redskins (1-1)

FedEx Field, Landover, MD

 

The Cards are ranked 7th in total offense and

defense.  The Skins are ranked 11th

in total offense and 14th in total defense.  The numbers are in the Cards favor and with

the way Kurt

Warner has been managing the offense, it would be hard for me

not to pick the Cards in this match-up.

 

My Pick: Cardinals

 

4 pm games

St.

Louis Rams (0-2) at Seattle Seahawks (0-2)

Qwest Field, Seattle, WA

 

Y’all smell that? Did you step in something before you came

in? Check your shoes.  You sure you

didn’t step in…never mind, that‘s the smell from this match-up. This game

stinks.

 

The Seahawks are beaten up with injuries and the Rams look

terrible. The Rams just can’t get it together. This game

is going to be a snoozer. But, I gotta pick a winner, so I’m gonna have to go

with the Seahawks.  They may be beaten

up, but they’re a little more organized than the Rams.

 

My Pick: Seahawks

 

Detroit

Lions (0-2) at San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

 

The 49ers offense is ranked 14th in the

league.  The Lions defense is ranked 31st

in the league.  It looks as though the

Lions have a big task ahead of them on the defensive side on the ball.

 

Their main weakness is in their passing defense. The 49ers

are ranked 10th in passing offense while the Lions are dead

last.  Add in the 49ers’ defense and you

have to go with the 49ers in this game. 

 

My Pick: 49ers

 

New Orleans Saints (1-1) at Denver

Broncos (2-0)

Invesco

Field, Denver, CO

 

The Broncos have the best offense in the league. Jay Cutler is playing well and with Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall catching the ball,

this young gunslinger (Cutler) looks to have a career season ahead of him. 

 

As solid as the Saints’ offense looks, their

defense looks iffy in this week’s match-up.  The Broncos’ offense is too much for the

Saints’ defense and it looks to be a long day for the visiting team.

 

My Pick: Broncos

 

Jacksonville

Jaguars (0-2) at Indianapolis Colts (1-1)

Lucas Oil

Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

 

The Colts pulled out a good win last Sunday against the

Vikings.  The Jags tried to stage a

comeback against the Bills, but fell short. Don’t look for the

Jags to fall short this Sunday.  Peyton

still looks rusty and the Colts’ rushing defense is still suspect.

 

Look for the Jags’ rush offense to step up this Sunday

against their divisional foe and run away with the victory.

 

My Pick: Jaguars

 

Cleveland

Browns (0-2) at Baltimore Ravens (0-1)

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

 

The Ravens have the #1 defense in the league. The Browns’

offense is ranked 30th in the league. Ouch. With a sub-par offense

and a defense that’s not making any noise either, 28th ranked in the

league, it doesn’t look good for the Browns.

 

My Pick: Ravens

 

 Sunday Night Football

9/21/08, 8 pm

Dallas

Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Lambeau

Field, Green Bay, WI

 

Whenever the Cowboys and Packers have met in the past, the

home team has won the match-up. The Packers are at home, so history

suggests that the Packers will win. Truthfully, if this game was played in

Texas, the Packers would win.

 

Aaron Rodgers  and the Packers are on a high. They’re playing

well and at the moment, they feel unstoppable. This is the big game and the Packers need to show everybody that they’re ready for the big

guns in the NFC. Look for the Packers to come into Sunday’s game with memories

from last year’s match-up and give the

Cowboys a run for their money.

 

My Pick: Packers

 

Monday Night Football

9/22/08, 8:30pm

New

York Jets (1-1) at San Diego Chargers (0-2)

Qualcomm

Stadium, San Diego, CA

 

How much does your life suck right now if you’re a Chargers

fan? You lose the 1st game of the season to the Panthers in the final minutes.  Then you lose your 2nd game to the

Broncos in the final minutes, with a little help from the ref.

 

My next question is this, how much does you life suck if you’re

a J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets fan?  Your

team is going into San Diego to face off against an angry Chargers squad.

 

The Chargers have momentum on their side in this game so look for the Chargers to stand-up and get their “Howard Beale” on against the Jets.

They’re not gonna take to losing anymore.

 

My Pick: Chargers

 

Quick Thought:

“Officials strive

for perfection — I failed miserably.” That’s the response NFL referee

Ed Hochuli has been running with

since his blown call in last Sunday’s game between the Chargers and the Broncos.

 

Should Hochuli have let the game play out? Yes. Should Hochuli have

called Jay Cutler’s slipped ball a fumble and given the Chargers the

ball for the win? Yes. But he didn’t. He made a mistake. Was it an impulse?

Maybe it was.  Was it an involuntary

reaction? You can roll with that. Whatever the case, death threats

aren’t the answer. 

 

Is he paying for his mistake now? Yes he is. He’s devastated.

Will he pay for it down the line when the

playoffs come around? Probably.  But he has the full support of the peers and

all we can do is chalk this up to human error. 

 

Email all the bad words you want, say everything you can

possibly say that can hurt the man’s feelings, but death threats are just dumb.

Remember, this is just a game. A win or loss from your favorite team doesn’t

make or break us a person. Be a fan, not a fanatic. Don’t let the sins of the

fans affect the overall image of the team.

 

Side Note:

Next week is the start of the Bye Weeks, so Fantasy Football

Players need to keep their eyes open for any roster changes.

 

You

can always check out new and past posts on the Out of

Bounds blog at: outofbounds-therowdyone.blogspot.com

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