Sunday, September 25, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 3 Picks

**Just when I thought that I went 3-2 last week, I realized I had the Chargers listed as 3 point favorites when they lost 20-17 to the Broncos in Denver. Fact is, they were a 3 point dog on the road, which means push city! This week I hope to build on my strong start, and who knows, if I keep this up I may even start betting myself.**

Week 3 Picks
Carolina Panthers (-3) over the Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots (+3) over the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.5) over New York Jets
Oakland at Philadelphia over 46
New York Giants (+6) over San Diego Chargers

Monday Night
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) over Denver Broncos

Record: 7-2-1
Monday Night: 3-0-0

New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Pretty much everyone has a different tactic on how to choose a winner in this game. I am not going to sit here and pretend that the Steelers are awful, or say that the Pats rolled the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the 04 AFC title game, or even say that the only reason the Steelers won their matchup last year was due to the absence of both Corey Dillon and Ty Law. What I will say is that both teams should be well prepared for this game, but it is the first real test for a Steeler team that battered cupcakes Tennessee and Houston the first two weeks of the season. Its the first real offense and defense that the Steelers will face, while New England went up against a good Oakland team in week 1 and one of the NFC's top teams (and defenses) in Carolina in week 2. Big Ben will need to continue his good play so he doesn't allow New England to stack 8 and 9 men in the box to shut down Willie Parker. For my sake, I hope the Patriots can avoid the penalties (12) and poor offense that plagued then last week on the road in Carolina. Either way this should be a great game to watch, and will put one team stop the AFC power structure with the already impressive Colts.

NFL News and Notes
*So, Kyle Boller is injured. So what does that mean for the QB situation in Baltimore? Not much. Now all it means is they have another awful QB guiding their fairly inept offense. Brian Billick chose not to upgrade with a veteran backup in the offseason even when people were saying Kyle Boller was going to be terrible, nevermind hurt. With the defense looking like a shadow of the one that won the Super Bowl in 2000. Want to stop the Ravens? Just pile all 11 guys up into the box, and call it a game.

*Bill Belichick mad a call this week to install cameras on the goaline for use in instant replay. I have always been in favor of instant replay, and I figure if you're going to do it you might as well take advantage. And besides, what calll is more important than whether a play was a touchdown or not? These cameras would be similar to the ones used in tennis on the baseline and would leave no doubt as to whether the ball crossed the plane. I don't want there to be a million different camera angles to look at, but I feel this one is too important not to be included in the review process. And besides, if Bill suggested it, it's probably the right thing to do.

*Fact of the matter is, going into week 4 the following teams could be undefeated: NY Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Tampa Bay Bucs. So you have to ask yourself, are you prepared to live in a world where the Bengals are undefeated and their QB isn't Boomer Esiason? I didn't think so.

Boston Red Sox Recap
Record: 90-64
Standings: Tied for AL East lead with NY Yankees


Saturday, September 17, 2005

NFL News, Notes and Week 2 Picks

** After a nice start to the season, I actually had an easier time picking games that I liked this week. Is that a good thing? We will just have to wait and see **

Week 2 Picks
Tampa Bay Bucs (-2) over Buffalo Bills
Atlanta Falcons (+1) over Seattle Seahawks
Kansas City Chiefs (-1) over Oakland Radiers
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets under 37
San Diego Chargers (+3) over Denver Broncos

Monday Night
Washington Redskins (+6) over Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants (-3) over New Orleans Saints

Record: 4-1-0
Monday Night: 1-0-0

NFL News and Notes
* Two major injuries last weekend with Kris Jenkins (DT Carolina) and Javon Walker (WR Green Bay) going out for the season with torn ACL's. This means, as much as I would like to, I can not change my Super Bowl prediction, even though with Jenkins going down, the Panthers will need to step up big time to account for his absence. I have him ranked as the second best D-lineman in the NFL behind Richard Seymour, and a player like that is extremely difficult to replace. As for Walker, well the Packers weren't really going anywhere this year, so all this does is make his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, squirm a little, which can't be a bad thing.

* Jim Klecko, the former Jets DT and father of NE Patriot Dan Klecko, killed a bum when he hit him with his car on the Eagen Expressway.....just throwing that out there. And oh yea, he wasn't drunk and he hung around to wait for the police.

* After being ejected from the Monday Night game before it started for fighting, Atlanta Falcons CB Kevin Mathis may have suffered a career ending injury on Wednesday during practice. While defending a pass during a drill Mathis came down wrong on his leg and tore several ligaments including his ACL. Let this be a lesson to you all that what goes around comes around! Yea I'm not even sure that saying fits in this situation, but you see where I was goin.

* To quote Larry Johnson, "This is something I don't want to be named for as a woman beater because that is not my M.O. That is not how I was raised." Hey Larry I have a brainstorm. If you don't want to be labeled a wife beater, don't beat your wife! P.S. I have $20 that says Larry Johnson has no idea what M.O. stands for.

Boston Red Sox Recap
Record: 86-61
Standings: 1.5 game lead on NY Yankees with 15 games remaining

**The Sox lost a coin flip this week, so if the Yankees and Red Sox were to tie for the American League East title, the tie-breaker would be held at Yankee Stadium.**

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

NFL Predictions and Week 1 Picks

2005 NFL Predictions

AFC East
1. New England Patriots
2. New York Jets
3. Buffalo Bills
4. Miami Dolphins

AFC North
1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Cleveland Browns

AFC South
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Houston Texans

AFC West
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Oakland Raiders
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Card Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets

AFC Championship: New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs

NFC East
1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Washington Redskins
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. New York Giants

NFC North
1. Minnesota Vikings
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

NFC South
1. Carolina Panthers
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West
1. St. Louis Rams
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. San Fransisco 49ers

NFC Wild Card Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals

NFC Championship: Carolina Panthers vs Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl Prediction: New England Patriots 31 Carolina Panthers 27

MVP: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Offense POY: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Defense POY: Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
Offense ROY: Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, Tampa Bay Bucs
Defense ROY: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
Coach of the Year: John Fox, Carolina Panthers

WEEK 1 Picks
New England Patriots (-7.5) over Oakland Radiers
St Louis Rams (-6) over San Fransisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals (-3) over Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens under 46
Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions under 46

Monday Night
Atlanta (+2) over Philadelphia

Last Season: 34-19-5
Monday Night: 7-5-1

* yes, I am aware that the Patriots game already happened...but I picked it, so I am taking credit for there!