Saturday, October 22, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 7 Picks

*Before I went completely nuts, my judgment got the better of me and I dumped one pick last week (Cleveland) in favor of the Nappiest pick of them all (Tampa). Was it a sign from above? No. It was just common sense poking its head out yet again. Hopefully this week I can get all my picks settled before I post any of them. On another good note, my Monday Night streak is over and I am back to my winning ways. So lets keep this train moving!*

Week 7 Picks
Tennessee Titans (+5.5) over Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos (+2.5) over New York Giants
Baltimore Ravens (+2) over Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills (+3) over Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers (+4.5) over Philadelphia Eagles

Monday Night
Atlanta Falcons (-7) over New York Jets

Record: 17-11-2
Monday Night: 4-3-0

Money line on the Buffalo Bills vs the Oakland Raiders (+140)
*For all of you not familiar with the money line, this means you would win $140 for every $100 you bet.

Record: 1-1-0

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
*This is the first real game so far this season with playoff implications. The Bengals can stake a huge claim of the NFC North with a win this Sunday. A win would make them 6-1, and the closest teams in the division would be Pittsburgh and maybe even Baltimore and Cleveland at 3-3. But this Steeler defense is going to put Carson Palmer and the explosive Bengal offense to the test. Pittsburgh is a tough team and they like to play smashmouth football. What that means is getting up in your face on defense, and tough run blocking on offense. If Pittsburgh's power running attack can get going then it may be a long day for the Bengals. The health of Ben Roethlisberger is important only because he is not mistake prone. He's not great, and certainly not as good as Palmer, but he limits his mistakes and allows the running attack to move the ball down the field. This is a statement game for both teams and should be very fun to watch. Hopefully Chad Johnson gets into the endzone and shows us some new dance or celebration, even though he says he is running out of ideas. Say it ain't so Chad! Say it ain't so!

NFL News and Notes
*Mike Tice still has a job. So yes, anything is possible.

*Tony Dungy goes for his 100th win this week. He still has yet to win any important playoff games. So the question remains, is he a great coach? Or is he just a coach that has managed to surround himself with good players, but lacks the strength and intellect himself to put his teams over the top? Well with the Colts at 6-0 and clearly atop the AFC right now, it may be now or never for Tony to prove himself. I mean you don't want to end up like Bill Cowher, that's for sure.

*Another story from the "who cares" files. Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia are battling for the starting QB job in Detroit. I know you're asking yourself, "Rooch, nobody likes the Lions so why would you even talk about this?" Well, there is a good reason to talk about this issue. And it is...ok fine you got me I was just tryin to fill space. Lions, suck. Matt Millen, sucks. Garcia, Harrington, suck and suck. So there! I won't say Mooch sucks, because I kind of like him. Although there is a lot of evidence out there (see 13-23 record as Lions head coach) to support the claim.

*Brian Westbrook has been openly complaining about how he thinks he needs to be more involved in the offense, and I don't blame him. He only touches the ball an average of 16 times a game, and has only rushed for 231 yards total this season. Hopefully the Eagles will realize what they are wasting before it costs them. He is such a weapon in both the rushing and passing game that Westbrook should be getting at least 25 touches (20 carries and 5 catches) per game. If Philly really wants to know how to utilize an explosive and versatile RB, all they have to do is look across the field on Sunday at Ladanian Tomlinson.

Other News
*Leo Mazzone has signed on to be the pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He's said it was always in his mind the promise that he and current O's coach Sam Perlazzo made to each other when they were coming up together, that if they were ever in the position to work together, they would take advantage of it. So now that fate has landed them together, let's see if Mazzone can bring his already Hall of Fame caliber career to new heights. Its going to be tough in Baltimore, not to say that it was easy in Atlanta. But here he will face a team that hasn't been to the postseason in about a decade, and a pitching staff that is going to need some retooling in the offseason. One intriguing point however, is the signing of Mazzone enough to keep free agent closer BJ Ryan from bolting to greener pastures?

*Apparently at the last Miami Hurricanes home football game, a graphic was displayed on the jumbotron that read "Mexicam". Above the graphic was nothing less than a Mexican man (who supposedly gave consent to participate in the "stunt"). I'm going to go ahead and say that's terribly inappropriate, but at the same time I can't stop laughing.

*My prediction at the beginning of the season you ask? Marlins over Yankees in 7. Ok safe to say that didn't happen. But now that the matchup is set, I get a new shot at predicting the outcome of the Fall classic. It just so happens, I don't really like the White Sox, so despite the fact I think they may be the better team, my choice is the Astros, but probably in the full 7 games. MVP: Lance Berkman


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