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



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