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Friday, October 20, 2006

NFL Week 7 Picks

*For once, the talk all week wasn't about T.O. Well, at least not all of it. Most of the talk this week centered around Giants RB and all-time leading rusher Tiki Barber, who is saying that he will likely retire at season's end. I can't say I see why he wants to walk away now, seeing as he's coming off a career season in which he ran for 1,860 yards, 9 TDs and 2,390 yards from scrimmage, the second most in NFL history(Marshall Faulk had 2,429 in 1999). Not to mention, he currently ranks 21st all-time in rushing yards (3rd active leader) and should pass the 10,000 yeard mark later this season. Sure, there's a lot to be said for walking away at the top of your game like Jim Brown or Barry Sanders (or even more recently Vikings RB Robert Smith), but I think there's more to be said for finishing what you started. After years of playing on mediocre teams, the Giants are entering a period where stars like Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey are coming into their prime, so why walk away now? Not to mention, Tiki would be leaving more than $8 mil on the table and would more than likely end up a top 10 all-time rusher. Seems like enough reasons to stay for me, but what do I know. Barber is saying that he's intrigued by outside projects like television and working with children. I mean come on, he's acting like if he played a few more seasons he would be too old to do these things. He's only 31! Well, if he does choose to retire, this may be one of the last times you get to see him on a national stage. So make sure to tune in Monday night, because I'm sure the Giants will continue to screw me, as they are 1-3-0 against the spread when I pick them this season.*

Week 7 Picks
San Diego Chargers (-5.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs
Carolina Panthers (+3) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts (-9) vs Washington Redskins
Atlanta Falcons (+3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots (-5.5) @ Buffalo Bills

Monday Night
New York Giants (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys

Last Week:
3-3-0

2006 Season:
19-14-4 (.578)

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