Friday, October 10, 2008
The Hail Mary - Week 6
I need football Sunday, work has been kicking my butt, as has life. But for 10 hours Sunday I don't have to care about any of that and that is why I love the NFL. A couple good games this weekend, let's get going.
Games That I Will Be Watching
St. Louis (0-4) at Washington (4-1)
People are nervous in the DC area. They keep talking about this being a trap game and how the Redskins can't take the Rams lightly. Honestly, I think things are different this year and Redskins fans have to adjust their thinking. Maybe the Redskins are finally an elite team, the kind of team that wins the tough games and then shows their dominance in the easy ones. I will go on record now as saying the Skins will go 3-0 through this cupcake portion of their schedule.
Prediction: Washington 28, St. Louis 17
Dallas (4-1) at Arizona (3-2)
I already hated the Dallas Cowboys and this year they are making it even easier to hate them. Their head coach Wade Phillips is a buffoon, their star WR Terrell Owens is an emotional wreck and the whole team has a sense of entitlement around them that they haven't earned. You want to be considered elite? Then damn right you are going to get called out for nearly blowing a 17 point lead at home to a lousy Cincinnati Bengals team. All of that being said, the Cardinals aren't on Dallas' level.
Prediction: Dallas 31, Arizona 27
New England (3-1) at San Diego (2-3)
The San Diego Chargers are a hard team to figure out, just when you think they are starting to get back on track they lose to the Dolphins. But all is OK according to RB LaDanian Tomlinson because the Chargers like to lose early so they can see how they need to improve or some BS. LT, instead of being alright with losing how about you start scoring some TDs so I don't feel like I wasted my #1 fantasy draft pick on you. The Patriots finally figured out that I could be throwing the ball and as long as I threw it deep for WR Randy Moss he is likely to come up with it. San Diego plays better when it's desperate, and Patriots QB Matt Cassell will be overwhelmed by the setting.
Prediction: San Diego 21, New England 20
New York Giants (4-0) at Cleveland (1-3)
Unfortunately the NFL's league offices also bought into the unjustified hype for the Cleveland Browns and decided to put them on national TV 5 times. As expected by anyone that wasn't a Cleveland fan the Browns stink and the rest of America will now be forced to watch them stink.
Prediction: New York Giants 31, Cleveland 14
The Rest of Week 6
Baltimore (2-2) at Indianapolis (2-2)
The Indianapolis Colts are insanely lucky to be 2-2 and not 0-4 right now. QB Peyton Manning hasn't been his usual excellent self but even his mediocre self can be good enough to help the Colts win games. Other teams imploding has also helped them. Ravens QB Joe Flacco impressed me in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago but no way the Colts start 0-3 in their new stadium.
Prediction: Indianapolis 21, Baltimore 18
Detroit (0-4) at Minnesota (2-2)
The Minnesota Vikings earned a must win against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, now the schedule eases up a bit, starting with the dreadful Lions.
Prediction: Minnesota 28, Detroit 13
Oakland (1-3) at New Orleans (2-3)
Need a victory? No better solution than having the Oakland Raiders come to your building. Maybe they won't kick to Reggie Bush, seemed to be a hard concept for the Vikings to figure out.
Prediction: New Orleans 24, Oakland 10
Cincinnati (0-5) at New York Jets (2-2)
The AFC East has proven to be much better than people expected and the Jets can't afford a slip up here if they want to stay in the race for the division.
Prediction: New York Jets 28, Cincinnati 24
Chicago (3-2) at Atlanta (3-2)
I'm surprised to see both these teams above .500. The Chicago Bears defense is looking like the defense from two years ago, while Atlanta's QB Matt Ryan is proving the skeptics wrong that you shouldn't start a rookie QB. However, I think he will be shell shocked by the Bears defense.
Prediction: Chicago 21, Atlanta 13
Carolina (4-1) at Tampa Bay (3-2)
Carolina has always had trouble in Tampa Bay. I think Tampa's defense will make life miserable for Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme and do enough to earn the victory.
Prediction: Tampa Bay 24, Carolina 16
Miami (2-2) at Houston (0-4)
Houston Texans QB Sage Rosenfels was ready to take the starting job from Matt Schaub. Then he decided it would be a good idea with a 10 point lead to do a helicopter spin and then with a 3 point lead to hold the ball out for any defender to take from him. Schaub should start this one, but Ronnie Brown and the "Wildcat" offense bring the Dolphins another win.
Prediction: Miami 20, Houston 17
Jacksonville (2-3) at Denver (4-1)
I still believe in the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are much like the Chargers where they seem to win when their backs are against the wall. Denver is hurting on offense and that will be enough to get the Jags a tough road win.
Prediction: Jacksonville 27, Denver 24
Philadelphia (2-3) at San Francisco (2-3)
Note to Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb: Please shut up. No one cares if you think you're team is better than everyone, your teams record indicates you aren't. Win games, then talk.
Prediction: Philadelphia 23, San Francisco 20
Green Bay (2-3) at Seattle (1-3)
Things are going to start to get ugly in Green Bay after they drop their fourth in a row here.
Prediction: Seattle 30, Green Bay 24
Last Week: 8-6