NFL Thursday Night Carolina at Tampa Bay

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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These two are weak where the other is strong and strong where the other is weak.  How do you pick something like that?  Cam Newton seems to be getting back to his previous season’s performance levels but reality is that neither team is that good — wins they’ve had (the few wins) have been against teams that are not power houses.  I’ll take Carolina and Cam and his head towel at home.

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NFL Week 6 … it’s that time boys and girls

WEEK 6

It’s not getting better and it sure isn’t getting easier.  Teams that should win lose and teams that should lose win, sometimes over stupid penalties and wild plays and surprise injuries (not that injuries in the NFL are a surprise).  The season is bursting at the seams with underdogs upsetting things; favorites shitting the bed (sometimes their own), and plain old WTF was that moments.  Enough bitching and complaining and explaining why I can’t pick my way out of a wet paper bag … and on to Week 6.

Going in with 45-32.

Chicago over The Giants – Thursday night – got that one

Baltimore Ravens over Green Bay – this is one that can go either way

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Philly – Freeman is gone and they do have a reasonable D – Philly has a next to nothing D – all the new guy should have to do is make a connection.

The New York Jets over Pittsburgh Steelers – the Jets might be tired after playing Monday Night and Pittsburgh should be rested after a bye last week.  I still like the Jets here and hope they’re on a roll.

Minnesota Vikings over Carolina Panthers – Took them before the Peterson tragedy and staying with them.  Not watching though because if he plays like he says he will, the cameras and media will most likely be zooming in … and I can’t bear to watch that.

Kansas City over Oakland – I think Kansas can do it.

Houston Texans over St. Louis – The trouble with this one is that St. Louis has beaten teams that aren’t that good.  Houston has lost to teams that are that good.  So who is better?  Time will tell.

Cincinnati Bengals over Buffalo – you know how I feel about Buffalo – but I also actually like Cincie here.

Cleveland Browns over Detroit – Will Megatron play for the Lions this week?  Can one man make that much difference?

Seattle Seahawks over Tennessee Titans – Seattle is just plain better at home …especially when they’re pissed at losing last week.

Denver Broncos over Jacksonville Jaguars – with an epic (and historic) spread (Denver -28.5) they should just skip the game.  Stranger things have happened… but not usually at Mile High Stadium.

New Orleans over New England – went back and forth on this one.  New Orleans is due for a loss but will it be at the hands of the Patriots?

San Francisco 49rs over Arizona Cardinals – San Fran @ home shouldn’t have a problem with this match up.  It only takes one point to win.

Dallas Cowboys over Washington – Washington is rested after a bye and Dallas may still be recovering from their battle with Denver last week.  However the look on owner Jones’ face as his team lost makes me think that whatever meetings occurred over the last few days between players and management would leave the impression that it better not happen again … tired or not.

Indianapolis Colts over San Diego Chargers – these two are fairly well matched in the “points for” department.  Indy has allowed 50 (or so, math is not my strong point) less points and they can bring it to the other teams home field.  So Indy it is.

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Week 4 NFL Picks, Pokes, and Ponders

Yes, I picked St. Louis for Thursday Night — Unfortunately St. Louis didn’t pick themselves and this display of Kaepernick -ing by Robert Quinn

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Was a little bit premature…. in the grand scheme of things as San Fran did beat them 35 to 11.  Yeah, thanks for that.  More time playing please and less time on the theatrics.

WEEK 4 PICKS — THE REST

GOING IN AFTER WEEK 3 @ 30-18 (not counting that Thursday Night debacle just yet)

In London — Pittsburgh over Minnesota Vikings — Someone’s gotta win and someone’s gotta lose.  Hopefully Big Ben, in close proximity to the actual Big Ben, will get his timing right.  Maybe there’ll be some sort of almighty syncing of all things football.

Baltimore over Buffalo — you know by now how I feel about Buffalo — and it stems back to that Quarterback (who shall remain nameless) that wore a freaking white head band — and it wasn’t the 80s — play football for God’s sake — screw the hair — get dirty.  I digress — Baltimore over Buffalo.

Cincinnati over Cleveland — just because that’s what I think.  Well, apparently Orange is the new Black.

Indy over Jacksonville — we shouldn’t have to talk about this.

Seattle over Houston — I think Russell Wilson, the least hyped of the new young QBs, has got it going on.  Seattle Seahawks are better at home, but they’re getting better on the road.

Tampa Bay over Arizona — this one troubles me somewhat.  Two crappy teams playing each other usually means a crappy game …. but Any Given Sunday … anything can happen.

Chicago over Detroit — I may regret this one but Detroit hasn’t fully proven their ability yet, they’re a little all over the place and they have some injuries.  We’ll see.

Kansas City Chiefs over The New York Giants.  There is no reason why Kansas can’t win this.

I’m going way way  way out there and taking The New York Jets over Tennessee.

Dallas over San Diego — This is another tough one in a week of tough ones.

Washington Redskins (are they going to change that name?) over Oakland.  Oakland’s got a tough defensive line but Washington can put up some points.  It’s time for Washington to get their fingers out of their collective butts and get to playing some football.

Denver over Philly — The elder Manning ain’t giving up anything in his own backyard.  His house, his rules.

New England Patriots over Atlanta — New England isn’t putting up a lot of points — just enough to win, which in the straight up world I’m living in, is in fact, just enough.

New Orleans over Miami — I expect the Big Fish to put up a good fight when the Saints try to reel them in.  If New Orleans doesn’t run out of steam they’ll be having a good ole fish fry after the game.

 

Katy Perry’s “Roar” not loud enough for the Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals’ new anthem lasted one week. The Bengals are dumping Katy Perry‘s “Roar” after unveiling the song as the team’s pregame, in-game and postgame song, according to The Wall Street Journal. The change comes after fans complained about the new anthem. “I think some fans proved that there’s an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that’s what we’re going to do this game,” the Bengals’ director of sales and public affairs, Jeff Berding, said. “Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field.”

It’s a little soft for the NFL …

And then there’s week 2

These pre games still … irk me.  So, many injuries taking players out for the season.  But it is what it is.

Detroit didn’t prevail week 2 against the BrownsPhilly did beat out Carolina — and it looks like Vick’s got the the starting QB slot — and the Ravens edged the  Falcons

The Seahawks 40 — Denver 10 — WTF?

Week 3 begins with

New England vs Detroit

Baltimore vs Carolina

I want Detroit to … let’s call it … do better.

We’ll see.