Saturday, October 18, 2008

NFL Week 7 Pick'em

I have been lax again this week - I'm going to blame it on being sick the last three days. But being sick cannot keep me from making my picks for this weeks NFL matchups. Here we go ...

San Diego over Buffalo
Chicago over Minnesota
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
Tennessee over Kansas City
Carolina over New Orleans
Dallas over St Louis
Baltimore over Miami
NY Giants over San Francisco
Houston over Detroit
NY Jets over Oakland
Washington over Cleveland
Indy over Green Bay
Tampa Bay over Seattle
Denver over New England

Quick thoughts:
Carolina and Baltimore are coming off losses. I expect them to be playing angry, inspired football. Same for the Redskins - Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio picked the Redskins as his lock for the week, saying the Redskins would just demolish the Browns. I couldn't agree more.

I think the Colts have found their way. The announcement that Peyton Manning had a second surgery prior to the season definitely helps to explain the slow start for the Colts. Manning looked a lot better last week and I think the Colts will get back into form even more this week.

There are questions in Dallas - have been all weeks. No Adam Jones, would it be Romo or Johnson starting, etc. Yesterday it appeared that Brad Johnson would start and Romo would be the wild card if needed. Either way, I think the Cowboys can beat the Rams. despite the Rams' win last week. Though, if the Cowboys do not get some control over the constant chaos they are going to start to falter.

Last week was crazy - which of course made this week a lot more difficult to pick, but I feel pretty good about my choices. We will have to see how it plays out.

I'm very much looking forward to watching Oklahoma/Kansas and Missouri/Texas today - Is the Big 12 stacked or what? Another awesome weekend of football.

Oh yeah - I think the Red Sox just may force a Game 7 tonight. Tampa Bay has had lots of time to think about how they gave up a 7 run lead in 2.33 innings - Young players, like the majority of the Rays players, do not always handle that sort of pressure as well as a team like the Red Sox who have been in this position a couple times before. If it does go to Game 7 - the Red Sox should win the series.

Now, off to get the flu shot - as random as that seems.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Crazy Ending in Atlanta

What an ending to the Falcons/Bears game. Orton puts together an awesome drive for a touchdown and they go up by 1 with 11 seconds left. Ryan comes out - passes a gem under pressure to the 30 of the Falcons and his received goes out of bounds with 1 second left. Out trots Jason Elam and he nails the 48-yd field goal. Wow - that was crazy and awesome.

I am thinking the Falcons are legit - they are going to be very good in the near future. I am impressed by Matt Ryan's development and his poise under pressure. He has the potential to develop into an excellent, top-notch NFL quarterback.

The Texans yanked it out against the Dolphins and Tampa Bay made Carolina look bad. So I'm already down five games today, but as I said earlier, I do not mind being wrong about Indy and I'm excited about Atlanta, so I am only bummed by 3 of the wrong picks. Looking forward to more fun this afternoon!

Wrong About Indy

I am going to be wrong, very wrong about the Indy and Baltimore game, but I am okay about that. The Colts have barely won the couple of games they had won prior to this week. They have been a kicking post for many in the last couple of weeks. Finally this week it appears that Peyton Manning and the Colts have it all figured out, on both sides of the ball.

31 points of offense - including 3 TDs by Peyton Manning in the first half (two to Marvin Harrison) and so far they have held the Ravens to just 3 points. The world feels a bit more normal with the Colts playing the way they have in the last several years. I think the Colts are back and will be a force to be reckoned with the rest of the year.

Interesting Morning so far ...

This has been an interesting morning in football so far.

Detroit is beating Minnesota 3 to 2 ... in the 3rd quarter! Are the playing baseball?

Indy may have finally woken up 24-0 over Baltimore at the half. Pretty amazing considering the Ravens' Defense.

Washington vs St Louis is close - which I never would have expected honestly.

The Texans are leading the Dolphins, Cincy is hanging with the Jets, and Atlanta is beating the Bears. Though Atlanta better figure out how to get more than some field goals or the Bears will get them in the second half.

Looking forward to seeing how the rest of these games play out!

Advanced Apologies

I am not getting to watch the early games today, because of many different things going on, so I apologize that I am not going to have much to say the early part of this day. I'll be back either during the second games today or definitely for tonight's games.