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“Pick Six” for Week 5

Each Friday we will be giving you our “Pick Six” for the upcoming week’s schedule. Here is your Week 5 installment of “Pick Six”

Cleveland Browns @ NY Giants – The Browns are one of the league’s worst, sitting winless in the bottom of their division. For such a bad team, it’s hard to believe they’ve only given up 25 more points than they’ve scored, especially if you’ve watched them this season.  On the other side of the ball are the New York Giants, who also sit at the bottom of their division but at 2-2. It’s a small technicality that has them sitting there but none-the-less, there they are. They barely lost to the Eagles last week and in any given week I would take a squad being led by Eli Manning over one being led by Brandon Weeden (or 99% of the other QBs in the league.

This is a game that will prove how good New York is. If you are a good team, then you destroy those teams that you are supposed to be so much better than. I don’t think this one is close and I see monster games from Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre Paul. The Giants are favored by 9.5 at home and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue. I see a 2 TD win at the very least.

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals – I think one is going to be a very close game. Yes, the Bengals got a good old fashioned ass kicking in week 1 when they played the Ravens but since then, they’ve won 3 straight and their defense looks a lot better, although their run defense is still mediocre. Miami, while 1-3, is not a team that is as bad as a 1-3 record would suggest.

If Miami is going to win, it’s going to be the ground game that wins this one for them. The Bengals have been inconsistent defending the run and the Dolphins are fourth-best at running the ball. That’s not a good matchup at all. Look for Miami to exploit the Bengals’ weak run defense with a good dose of Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. A good ground game will limit the Bengals’ offensive opportunities, which you want to do because the Dalton, Green and Hawkins tandem will kill you given the opportunity.

Miami wins this one late in the 4th Quarter.

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From The Bleachers 3.23.12

As the end of the week approaches, a pair of OWS contributors banter about some of the important (and not so important) news items of the week.

…the Saints.

 
Oh, big fucking surprise, Bob Costas was outraged over what the Saints did. You’re telling me Costas wants to deliver a soliloquy of finger-wagging and holier-than-thou rhetoric? Shocker. You know what’s a great way to sound like you have an opinion? Just be indignant about EVERYTHING. He’s turning into one of those old guys who are pining for a return to the “family values” of the 1950s. The 50s weren’t all moral and upstanding, you idiots. TV was the only thing that was different. You just remember it as being awesome because you were 9 and all you had to worry about was popsicles and baseball cards.
 
 
May I start by saying; you deserve a +2 points for the use of indignant. I’ve defended Costas on here before. It’s the 9 year old kid in me doing so, ironically. To this day all I hear when he is on NBC is the old NBA on NBC theme song with Costas voice overlaying, “This afternoon Michael Jordan and the Bull take on the Knicks and Patrick Ewing in a key Eastern Conference duel.” I guess we all have to let go of thing here — Coastas and I included.
 

The Patriots Could Close A Lot Of Loose Ends With 2012 Super Bowl Run

The 2011-12 Patriots have the opportunity to settle some serious scores for New England fans. And it can all happen in the time span of just about one month.

In one playoff run the Patriots could put a lot of New England heart and minds at rest. The team has already beat Denver to avenge what is an underrated devastating loss from the 2005 playoffs.

Baltimore dismantled the Patriots during the 2009 playoffs. I was at Gillette Stadium that afternoon. It was cold. And it was absolutely miserable.

You might recall one more big playoff loss — this one from the 2007 season. That was when the Giants put a stop to the “best team ever” talks very quickly. Talk about miserable for New England fans.

The Broncos are in the rear-view. Next up; the Ravens. If New England makes it past this weekend, two more storylines can unfold.

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