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“Pick Six” for Week 6

Oakland @ Atlanta – Do you think the bye week made the Oakland Raiders any better? Do you think a 1-3 team that must travel west coast to east coast can beat a very good 5-0 Atlanta Falcons team? Matt Ryan showed last week that while his offense can stumble from time to time, he has the team around him that can get things fixed and rolling the right way in order get the W. I look for the Falcons to rebound offensively and put the Raiders away early. Look for the Falcons to keep Richard Seymour & company quiet.

Falcons are favored by 8.5 and should easily cover this at home.

Dallas @ Baltimore – Dallas is coming off a much needed bye week where Romo needed that time to forget about his MNF performance against the Bears. Problem is, the book has been written on Romo and distributed league-wide. If you let him sit in the pocket, he will kill you. If you put pressure on him, he scrambles around and usually will get rid of the ball earlier than he wants to. I used to be a big Romo supporter, thinking he had the goods to succeed in this league but he doesn’t learn from his mistakes. Sure there are times he extends plays and looks brilliant but will usually follow that up with a pick. Baltimore has a tough defense and Ed Reid is not a guy you want on the other side of the ball when you have a tendency to throw int’s.

If Dallas can win this game, it will certainly quiet critics for a few days. If the Ravens get the win, Dallas will go back home 2-3 and all the critics will wonder if this team can ever put it together. With Jerry as a GM, the answer is no to that question. Ravens are coming of a disappointing win in KC so look for them to try and step it up.

Ravens favored by 3.5 and I think the win and cover.

Indianapolis @ NY Jets – Give the Jets credit, they hung with the Texans last week and had a chance to get the W. It’s surprising because the offense that Sanchez has to work with is pitiful. How many balls did the Jets receivers drop? Tebow comes in for a play here and there and it just doesn’t work. The  Jets running game isn’t thrilling me either. Indy is coming off an emotional win at home against the Packers. They fought and fought back and in the end they got the win. (Nice goal line awareness by Reggie Wayne)This game basically comes down to Luck v Sanchez. Who can bring it? Can the Colts keep riding the emotional Pagano storyline? I say Indy wins this one because Luck has more to work with.

New England @ Seattle – Even when Seattle isn’t a very good team, playing in Seattle is always a problem for the visitors.  Brady and his offense will have to be in sync because the Seahawks have an aggressive front that can disrupt Brady’s rhythm.  The Seattle secondary could easily cause problems for Brady as well. It’s no secret how important Wes Welker is to the Patriots offense so Seattle will need to minimize him.

Patriots D also have to be up to the task because if they aren’t Marshawn Lynch could have a big big day.

Patriots are favored by 3.5 and that is a tough one. If New England can win this game,  I think it would be REAL close but I think the home field is too much and I take Seattle to sneak out the win.

NY Giants @ San Francisco – Stop me if you’ve heard this before…NFC Championship rematch. San Fran is on a roll but to be fair, they’ve beaten the Jets and then the Bills. That’s not a very tough schedule now is it? The Giants are coming off a win against the Browns, a win where they saw Bradshaw hit the 200 mark.  Here is why I see the 49ers winning this game. On the 49ers side you have Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham who have probably been counting down to this game since the days the Giants decided they weren’t worth the money. Gore looks MUCH better than he did last year so the Giants will have their hands full there. The Giants have been struggling at getting to the QB so if that continues this week, Alex Smith will have a field day. I know Manning is on the field and he’s excellent in games like this but I thought NY was lucky the last time they came to San Fran and I don’t think they will be as lucky this time.

Niners favored by 5.5 but I think they only win by 3

Green Bay @ Houston – What will the Packers do this week?  If Green Bay watched the MNF game closely last week, they will find their key to winning this game The Jets did a great job at shutting down Andre Johnson and the Texans didn’t have much of an answer for that. If Green Bay can shut down any passing threat then they could focus on stopping the run.

As for Houston, with Cushing done for the year, they are forced to play without one of their leaders and best defenders. That’s tough. It could be a rallying point or it could be a long night.  The Texans have some adjustments to make and if they let the Packers hang around like they let the Jets hang around on MNF, there will probably be only one undefeated team left come Week 7.

I’ll go Packers in this one because I think the Cushing injury is just too big on a short week.

NFL Week 5 – Things That Caught My Eye

Who Dat In The Record Books (again)??!!

I think this column HAS to start with the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees went into this game hoping to guide his team to their first W and hoping to break a 52 year old record, a record that my dad used to tell me was unbreakable but I’ll get that in a minute. I’ll give a slow clap to the Commish for allowing a number of currently suspended Saints personnel to attend the game and watch Brees as he had a chance to break the record.

The Saints FINALLY got into the win column. To me, the thing that stands out the most when talking about the Saints this year ishow weak the Saints defense seems to be. Brees is a great QB but to constantly be in a position where you need  to battle back and get the game tied up is mentally draining on any QB. Good for them on getting the W because the Saints have too much talent to be an 0-for team. Dare I say they may have been the best 0-4 team in the history of the NFL going into this weekend?

Now, as for Brees, the guy is amazing. A no doubt a future hall of famer but I do have to separate what Johnny Unitas did and now what Drew Brees has done.  The NFL has turned into a QB’s league. Long gone are the days of smash mouth football where you give it to your back and he seems to do most of the work. You know the kind of football that was played when Johnny Unitas was throwing touchdowns.  So for me, to see a QB set a record like Unitas did back then is truly remarkable. However, defensive players now are so much better than they were back then and the game is just so different so I can’t take anything away from what Brees has done. I don’t think I could throw a TD in a single game, let alone 48 of them in a row. So congrats Drew Brees on an amazing career thus far, I just wonder at what number does your streak end.


NFL Week 4 – Three Things That Caught My Eye

Each week Darren looks back at the weekend that was in the National Football League. These are the three things that most significantly stuck out during Week 4.

The Jets Downfall?

The Jets are a complete mess but I am going to sit here and tell you that Tim Tebow is not the answer at this point. Bringing in Tim Tebow at any point other than training camp does nothing but turn the entire offense into complete upheaval. Tebow and Sanchez are very different QB’s, so the adjustments that the Jets would have to make offensively aren’t something you would want to do mid season. Should Sanchez go down with an injury, then yes, you have to make those adjustments but for god sake you don’t do that voluntarily.

The problems that the New York Jets are facing at the moment don’t rest solely on Mark Sanchez. Yes, the offense looks like pure crap but their best player, Darrelle Revis, whom the entire defense is centered around, is missing and will be here on out. Is it a surprise that the first week he’s missing, the Jets get smacked around by the opposition? It didn’t help that the opposition yesterday looks to be one of the NFL’s elite this season but I believe even the lowly Cleveland Browns might give the Jets a tough time. Look at Pittsburgh in Week 2 versus a Revis-less Jets defense.

The truth is, this isn’t the same team that went to two straight AFC Championship Game and the media circus that is going to be asking “Is It Tebow Time Yet?” week after week is going to bury this team. My gut tells me (and I can’t back this up as to statistically why it should happen) that Rex Ryan will be looking for work come January.