Lingering comments, questions and concerns from week 3
-If I would’ve told you before the season “Hey, two of the last three unbeaten teams are going to be the Bills and the Lions” you would’ve thought either a) I was clinically insane or b) we took a time machine into the early 90s. Now while I do miss the 90s, it’s true right now in 2011. The Buffalo Bills AND the Detroit Lions are two of the teams that are still 3-0. Most people had the Lions making a huge leap this year because of their abundance of young talent but these Bills? C’mon now. I knew they had it in them to beat the Patriots but they did it in the most exciting fashion. I just think next time they need to refrain from having the winning score be a field goal in the last minute…I’m sure Bills fans would agree that they don’t want to go through that sort of suspense.
-While I’m proud of my Raiders pick, I completely missed on my Eagles-Giants pick (I see you Gabbo) so now I have no idea what to think about either team. The Giants were able to work the “elite” Eagles secondary with big plays like it was nothing. Tack on the Vick injury and the Eagles looked completely lost on offense. I also don’t know what to think of the Vikings. It’s now three weeks that they’ve had a fourth quarter lead, only to give it up and lose in the end. Just hand it to Peterson and waste time when you have a lead. If only it was that simple, right?
-I’ve always been fascinated with obscure scores when it comes to NFL games. This week featured two: A 13-8 win for the 49ers over the Bengals (did anyone watch that boring game?) and my Cowboys being too out of sync to score a touchdown but still beating the Redskins with SIX field goals. On a side note, I’m completely terrified and not looking forward to what Calvin Johnson AKA Megatron is going to do to our secondary. Even if he is on my fantasy team.
Enough of my complaining. This week’s games:
NFL Week 4 Preview
Lions AT Cowboys (-1.5)
Saints (-7) AT Jaguars
49ers AT Eagles (-9)
Redskins (-2) AT Rams
Titans AT Browns (-1)
Bills (-3) AT Bengals
Vikings (-2) AT Chiefs
Panthers AT Bears (-6)
Steelers AT Texans (-3.5)
Falcons (-4.5) AT Seahawks
Giants (-1) AT Cardinals
Dolphins AT Chargers (-7)
Broncos AT Packers (-12.5)
Patriots (-4) AT Raiders
Jets AT Ravens (-3.5)
Colts AT Buccaneers (-10)
Game of the week
-New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens-
A great matchup to end Sunday’s day slate. I don’t see the Jets winning this game in the end but I do like this to be a very physical game. The Ravens have showed potential of being the AFC’s best team and last week, their passing game came alive. The Jets running game needs to be established early on in this game in order to beat the Ravens. Last week they were burned by the running game, so look for Ray Rice to be used early and often by Baltimore.
Upset pick of the week
-Oakland Raiders over New England Patriots-
The Patriots, led by THE Tom Brady, losing two in a row? Yes, I’m taking it. I’m riding these Oakland Raiders, especially against finesse teams like the Patriots. It’s inconceivable to think that Brady will throw four picks again but the Raiders are the kind of grind-it-out team that can sort of bully the Patriots. Oakland’s defensive line can get to Brady as well. Look for McFadden to have another monster game and as long as Jason Campbell doesn’t make huge mistakes, I’m taking the Raiders.
Close call of the week
-Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys-
I know. I said that I’m terrified that of Calvin Johnson but my Cowboys just seem to be caught in close games. It’s been nine in a row now where Dallas’ games are decided by three points or fewer. Dallas has been able to grind out games this season and if they can keep Romo somewhat protected against the beast Suh, then the Cowboys are going to be able to control the ball and the clock. Double team Johnson, double team Suh and well…let’s hope the Cowboys receivers know what the hell they’re doing this time.
STONE COLD Steve Austin LOCK of the week
-Green Bay Packers over Denver Broncos-
Even though the Packers have been in close games so far this season, they have come out victorious. I see this game as one where the Packers can finally get their defense together against a stale Broncos offense. If the Packers are going to be seen as the elite team in the NFL, this is the game to prove it. Look for Rodgers to establish a lead early due the matchup problems they present against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos could cover late but I see this one over by the 3rd quarter.
*NOTE: If my writing is completely off or any of these picks sounds absolutely crazy it’s because I’m fighting a throat infection at the moment. It doesn’t help that my girlfriend is a med student so she’s “being an expert” and giving me all kinds of medicine to make me feel better.