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Out of Bounds: Halloween Edition, Game of the Week, Week 08 Picks

Zoinks! We’ve reached the halfway point of the season in this Halloween edition of OUT OF BOUNDS. Speaking of Halloween, what a scary season it has been. It’s as if the supernatural and paranormal has wreaked havoc on the NFL so far this season with all of the strange happenings. Teams like the Colts, Chargers and Cowboys, who were going to be killers like Michael Myers, are now looking to be victims like Laurie Strode.

 

The nightmare hasn’t only been on Elm Street either. Freddie Krueger has made a home in Cincinnati while teams like Tennessee, have been fighting off this nightmare season as if they were Nancy Thompson.

 

Therefore, before we get into the games, I want to share with you the scariest things to happen in the history of the NFL and quite possibly in Hip-Hop. Other than the night Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Thiesman’s leg, this is the only other thing that can scare the bejesus out of me. Every time I see this, I have to turn my head. If you have a weak stomach or a bad heart, skip down to the games. This is not for the squeamish. Only the brave can handle something as terrible as this:

 

 

 

If the rapping of Jim McMahon and Steve Fuller doesn’t scare the hell out of you, I don’t know what will.

 

Lil Wayne’s ESPN Blog

I don’t know if any of you guys have been following his blog or not, but Lil’ Wayne has been on a roll. I just caught up with his blog today and Wayne has been sounding off on a number of topics. Just a note to Haughville, who has become the voice of Cowboy fans for this site; peep the title of Wayne’s latest post. After you see the title and read his thoughts, I may have some more company on your hihaters.net list.

 

To read latest and archived blog post from Lil Wayne for ESPN the Magazine’s online edition, click here.

 

Congrats to Lil’ Wayne on the birth of his son. God Bless and many more.

 

ALLHipHop’s NFL Game of the Week for Week 09

 

 

Poll Answers

ALLHipHop’s NFL Game of the Week

Monday Night Football, 10/27/08, 8:30pm

Indianapolis Colts (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (6-0)

LP Field, Nashville, TN

 

Halloween falls on a Friday this year. For the Colts, it may come a little early this year because Monday Night they face the only undefeated team in the league and that may end up as a Fright Night for the Colts.

 

One week the Colts offense is destroying their opponents.  Another week they look like they forgot how to play football.  This team has been very inconsistent this season. It’s as if this team has taken to a Jekyll and Hyde mentality. If they want to win this season, they need to be more Hyde than Jekyll.

 

The Titans have been finding ways to win because of great defense and solid, smart football. They have the third best defense in the league and the offense has been playing well despite being ranked 21st in the league. Because of the Colts inconsistency this season, the safe bet is the Titans in this game.

 

My Pick: Titans

 

Here are the rest of the games for Week 08 in the NFL.

 

Sunday, 10/26/08, 1pm games

San Diego Chargers (3-4)  at New Orleans Saints (3-4)

Wembley Stadium, London, England

 

For the second year, the NFL is taking a trip across the pond to Jolly Ole England. The league’s leader in passing yards, Drew Brees, looks to get revenge against his old team while Philip Rivers is hoping to add to his league leading 108.5 QB rating. This game will be the “Battle of the QBs.”

 

Both teams lost last weekend, so both of these teams are looking impress the overseas fans, and to get back on the winning track.

 

Although the Saints’ offense has been explosive this season, I have to go with the Chargers. The reason why the Saints’ offense has been so explosive is because of RB Reggie Bush and Bush is out with an injury. That leaves the Saint’s offense a little flat.  Look for the Chargers to try to establish their rushing offense and run away with the victory against the Saints.   

 

My Pick: Chargers

 

Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) at New York Jets (3-3)

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

 

With the Chiefs suffering injuries at the QB position, Ty Thigpen will get the start this weekend.  The Chiefs can’t afford another QB injury. Before you know it, head coach Herm Edwards will be under the center taking snaps.

 

With Thigpen at QB and RB Larry Johnson deactivated for a second week in row, the Jets have the edge. Now that I think about it, the Jets had the edge before the injuries and the deactivation. The Jets have the better personnel on both sides of the ball and the Chiefs are just hurting right now. The safe bet is the Jets in this game. 

 

My Pick: Jets

 

Atlanta Falcons (4-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

 

In the “Battle of The Birds”, both the Eagles and the Falcons will meet up after their bye week.  The safe bet in this game is the Eagles.  The Eagles are ranked 10th in the league while the Falcons are ranked ninth overall in the league. The x-factor, the Eagles defense is ranked seventh overall in the NFL while the Falcons’ defense is ranked 25th.

 

Since the Eagles have the better defense, I’m going to roll with the Eagles in this match-up.    

 

My Pick: Eagles

 

Buffalo Bills (5-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-4)

Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FL

 

This is the perfect game for the Bills to pad their AFC East lead. Although the Dolphins have made a little noise this season with their wins against the Pats and the Chargers, they’ve lost their last two games and are looking like the Dolphins of old.

 

The Bills’ offense is moving the ball well and the Bills’ 10th ranked defense looks to be too much for the Dolphins and their 17th ranked offense to handle.

 

My Pick: Bills

 

St. Louis Rams (2-4) at New England Patriots (4-2)

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

 

The Pats went to Denver and reminded NFL fans that it’s not safe to count the Patriots out just yet. The Rams, under Jim Haslett, have won two games in a row. Both wins came against NFC East teams.

 

While the Rams are riding a high, that ride is will be end this weekend in Foxboro. The Pats’ offense is rolling and although the Pats took a hit on defense with the loss of Rodney Harrison, Bill Belichick will find a way to adjust his teams’ defense.

 

As impressive as the Rams’ play has been for the past to weeks, it won’t be enough to stop the experienced Patriots.

 

My Pick: Patriots

 

Arizona Cardinals (4-2) at Carolina Panthers (5-2)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

 

The Cards have won two games in a row and their offense has looked very good in the passing game as of late. While their offense is ranked sixth in the league, their defense is ranked 14th.

 

Although the Cards offense is playing well, the Panthers have the defensive experience on their side. With the fifth best defense in the league and an offense that has found its rhythm despite being ranked 16th in the league, the Panthers have the edge in this game.

 

My Pick: Panthers

 

Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

 

The NFL’s version of the Army of Darkness was able to get the win last week for their new coach against the Jets. The Ravens were able to gain some of their dignity back with a win against the Dolphins last week. Well they’ll be able to gain some more of that dignity in this game against the Raiders.

 

The Ravens offense may not be the greatest, but their defense is the backbone of the team and that’s why they win games. You can bet a bounty that the Ravens will win this Sunday.

 

My Pick: Ravens

 

Washington Redskins (5-2) at Detroit Lions (0-6)

Ford Field, Detroit, MI

 

The Redskins got back on the winning track last week with a victory against the Browns.  The Lions couldn’t find the winning track even if Usain Bolt was running on it.

 

Don’t look for any phone calls from Joe Gibbs with clues on how to beat the Redskins for the Lions. Even with the help, the Lions still stink. This game is the Redskins’ to lose.

 

My Pick: Redskins

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) at Dallas Cowboys (4-3)

Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

 

With the way things are going in Texas, it looks as though the Cowboys’ season is going down the toilet. No pun intended. Therefore, for the first time this season, I have to go against the Cowboys.

 

There’s just too much going on with the Cowboys right now. With Romo out and the secondary hurting, the Bucs have an edge. It will interesting to see how the defense will adjust with head coach Wade Phillips taking over the defensive play calling duties from Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart.

 

The Bucs have looked solid in the NFC South and here’s their chance to make a name for themselves in the NFC with their consistent play.

 

With all of the big chaos going on in “Big D”, the Buccaneers are the safe choice.  

 

My Pick: Buccaneers

 

4pm games

Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) at Houston Texans (2-4)

Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX

 

The Texans may be 2-4, but at least they’re not 0-6 like the Bungles.  The Texans have the fifth best offense in the NFL.  Since the Bungles have no defense, the Texans should get the win.

 

My Pick: Texans

 

Cleveland Browns (2-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

Jacksonville Stadium, Jacksonville, FL

 

The Jags are coming into this weekend’s match-up after a win in Week 06 and their bye week. The Browns, who played the Giants very well back in Week 06, are coming into this game after a loss to the Redskins.

 

The Jags will win this game through their ground game. The Jags are ranked 14th in rushing offense while the Browns are ranked 26th in rushing defense. Neither team will go to the air too much in this game. Both teams are either down, or will be down a wide receiver this weekend. WR Matt Jones for the Jaguars is serving a three game suspension while Browns TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. is appealing a one game suspension.

 

With the better running attack, I’m taking the Jags in this game.

 

My Pick: Jaguars

 

New York Giants (5-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) 

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

 

The league’s best defense (Steelers) versus the league’s second best offense (Giants). This is going to be a good game. For this game, I’m going with the Giants.  The Steelers are hurting with injuries.  Although their defense is ranked first in the league, their offense in ranked 25th.

 

As already mentioned, the Giants have the second best offense in the league, but their defense is fourth best defense in the league. That’s the deciding factor in this game and that’s why the Giants will win.

 

My Pick: Giants

 

Seattle Seahawks (1-5) at San Francisco 49ers (2-5)

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

 

Welcome to the “Mike” game. Mike Nolan was fired by the 49ers on Monday. “Samurai” Mike Singletary was introduced as the 49ers’ interim head coach on Tuesday.  Some thought the 49ers’ head coaching position job would go to 49ers’ Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz, if or when Nolan left the team.

 

Now current Seahawks head coach and former 49er Assistant Coach Mike Holgrem comes into San Francisco with rumors connecting him to the 49ers head coaching position. Wow, there’s a lot happening on the West Coast right about now.

 

The Niners defense is better than how they have performed as of late. With Matt Hasselbeck most likely out of this Sunday’s game with a bad back, the Niners defense has a good chance to take it to the Seahawks offense.

 

With the Niners defense and a hurting Seahawks offense, the 49ers are the way to go.

 

My Pick: 49ers

 

Sunday Night Football

No Sunday Night Football due to the MLB World Series

 

Teams with Bye weeks: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans

 

You can always check out new and past posts on the Out of Bounds blog at: outofbounds-therowdyone.blogspot.com

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