7 touchdowns!!! WOW! Whoever had Peyton playing on their fantasy league probably won their week already. The passes Manning was throwing weren’t even bullets. Shows how much accuracy is more important than strength. Ask Greg Maddux. As for the Baltimore Ravens, what a difference an offseason makes. They lose 10 starters including Ed Reed and Ray Lewis and their defense couldn’t stop nobody. I’ll give them this, their offense didn’t help them out with all those 3 and outs but the Ravens look like a fraction of themselves. Manning on the other hand, 1 game, 7 touchdowns, ties an NFL records. I bet you Bill Belichik was smiling when Wes Welker fumbled that punt return in the 1st quarter but way to go Wes by rebounding with 9 catches and 2 touchdowns.
What a way to start the NFL season!!! Throw in some betting while your at it and you got a fun 4 months coming up. Head over to Doc’s Sports Service for all the newest odds and spreads.
If you haven’t placed a wager on the many Superbowl odds and prop bets so far, you’re probably the only person in the WORLD!!! Go to Docsports right now, and that’s an order. This is probably the most interesting game in ages. You have the aging Baltimore Ravens trying to “win one for Ray” and the San Franciscoe 49ers trying to “just win one.” My heart wants the Ravens to win but my gut is telling me the Niners are going to blow them out. San Francisco is favored by 4 points and even though that line has fluctuated between 4.5 and 3.5 over the last 2 weeks, I think it’s not even gonna be close. The 49ers are putting up big points and I don’t think the Ravens office has enough mojo to hang with them. So head over to Docsports and take the 49ers with the points, take the over, and thank me in the morning. Enjoy the game!!!
Could the NY Jets be the real deal? I hate to say it, let alone think of it. I’m not gonna crown ’em yet. Sure Mark Sanchez is proving Pete Carroll and all the naysayers wrong. He makes plays when his team needs them and rarely makes mistakes. Ladanian Tomlinson appears to have drank from the fountain of youth because on Sunday against the Bills he decided to reel off 133 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Braylon Edwars, since his little D.U.I. incident a few weeks ago, is averaging 86 yards and 1 td in the last two games. They lost their first game of the season to the Ravens. They’ve won 3 straight since including games against rivals Patriots and Dolphins. Now if they beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, I might start jumping on the bandwagon. If there’s 1 high profile game you wanna watch next weekend, it’s this one. Witness a star quarterback in the making. How does that chant go? J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS?!?!?!
The most anticipated game of the opening weekend and all we got was a 10-9 struggle. Sure the Ravens won, we’re happy about that. We’re happy that the Jets couldn’t do shit on offense. 74 passing yards for “phenom” Mark Sanchez. I’m not sure I’ve written it down before but I’ve said it many times to date, Mark Sanchez is going to have a not-so-spectacular year. He’s not the quarterback y’all think he is. He is no Brady, Manning, Brees, or Rogers. Frankly, he’s no Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb or even Carson Palmer. I’d even take Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, and Eli Manning over him. This kid is average at best. He won’t lose again, but he won’t win one for you either. The Ravens, on the other hand, got the victory. But I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed with the 10 points. This team was supposed to be much improved offensively. They signed Anquan Boldin and Houshmanzadeh, 2 marquee receivers. Add them to Derrick Mason, Todd Heap and that 2 pronged running attack of Ray Rice and Willis McGahee and these guys should easily be putting up gaudy numbers week in and week out. I’m gonna chalk this one up to a combination of the Jets’ D and first game jitters. But I better see some fireworks next week at Cincinnati.
It’s been a while since the last lock. I know many of you are lost without my picks. But I had to do it…for you of course. I wasn’t seeing straight. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t work. But after taking a few weeks out and tinkering around with my delivery, I’m back, just in time for the AFC/NFC Championship with not just 1, but 2 locks of the week. Go ahead, parlay it. Let’s start with the Eagles -3.5 at the Cardinals, battle of the birds. Now you tell me, if an Eagle and a Cardinal duked it out, who would win? That’s why I’m taking the Eagles (just kidding). No, I’m really taking the Eagles, but for a different reason. This team is on a mission. Plus they have one thing that the Cards don’t, a little thing called DEFENSE. Game two is a good old fashion battle in the Baltimore Ravens at the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the home team favored by 6. Now I do think that the Steelers are going to win, but 6 is too much for Ray Lewis and company. This game is going to end on a last minute field goal…
8-7 on the year isn’t spectacular, but it’s over .500. This week’s lock of the week comes a little early, but then again, it is a Saturday game. That’ll give you more time jump to place your bets. Vegas has the Baltimore Ravens @ the Dallas Cowboys -4.5. Take the Cowboys and the points. Both these teams are battling for playoff spots. The Ravens are coming off a tough/controversial loss against the rival Steelers. The Cowboys, well they just took down the mighty NY Giants. Their offense is coming together after T.O.’s latest rant and their defense, well, they shut down Eli. The Ravens just can’t put up enough points to hang with that potent offense. I know you’ve heard this before, but this is a no-branier. When my back is against the wall, I have and will step up. Vegas has them at 4.5 right now. You better move before everyone else figures out this one and the spread goes up. Happy Holidays!!!
The 1-15 season for the Dolphins just ended. Enter Bill Parcells. Exit Dolphins’ head coach Cam Cameron, a.k.a. the goat. Everyone threw this guy under the bus, saying he was the reason that teh DOlphins lost 13 in a row. Not the injury plagued roster, not the talentless and emotionless players left on the field. And most definitely not the front office. Everybody forgot what this guy did before he came to Miami. Offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers (when they were good). Remember when Ladanian Tomlinson broke the single season TD record? Cam Cameron for you. Let me tell you something… quality coaches ALWAYS bounce back. And off to Baltimore went Cam. What’s he doing there…mmmmmmm…..guiding the Ravens to a probably playoff appearance, molding rookie Joe Flacco into one of the best quarterbacks today. Remember the Ravens’ defense. Well, let me introduce you to the Ravens’ offense. The same offense that has scored over 20 points in 9 of 13 games this year. I’m done stroking Cam. He deserves it. Look at the aftermath in San Diego since he’s left. Miami…they’re playing out of there asses.
First sacrifice to the NFL gods has been made. The Baltimore Ravens cut head coach Brian Billick. The same guy that led them to a win in a Superbowl in 2001. The same guy that led the Ravens to a 13-3 record last season. I guess a 5-11 performance as an encore wasn’t acceptable. Look, I’m all for changes, but the Ravens’ problems run way deeper than Billick. They don’t have a quarterback and don’t tell me Boller and McNair were injured or whatever. Their defense is getting old and frankly, is a fraction of what they used to be in ’01. Their play calling has always been suspect. Even when they won the Superbowl, the Ravens were never putting up big points. In the same division as Pittsburgh, Cincy and Cleveland, these guys have a lot of changes to make before going to camp next year. Hopefully the new guy can right this ship. Did someone say Bill Cowher???
Here’s my take on this game, the Steelers just suffered a tough loss at home and the Rams, well they just keep losing. The spread is Steelers, -7.5. I say take the Steelers. They need this win to keep ahead of Cleveland in the Division. Plus, the Rams just can’t seem to keep their quarterbacks healthy. Pittsburgh should key in on Steven Jackson if they wanna win this game. The Rams passing game has been inconsistent at best while their running game is producing. I’m thinking that coach Mike Tomlin should be able to catch that and run with it. As for their offense, look and see what Ryan Grant did to them a couple of weeks ago and Willie Parker should have a field day. That will open up the passing game for Big Ben and booo ya, ch-ching. It’s a tough game to pick, but take the Steel Curtain. The Sunday loss against the Jags is still fresh on their minds.
THE MIAMI DOLPHINS WIN…their 1st game. On Sunday afternoon, the Ravens went into Miami, took a 13-3 lead and then took the rest of the game off. The Dolphins pulled it out in overtime after Ravens kicker missed what would have been a game winner. Now the Dolphins aren’t special anymore, they just suck. As for the Ravens, have some freakin’ pride man, sorry, woman. To get outplayed by a quarterback named Cleo, a team who was 0-13, is probably a franchise low. But don’t worry, you still got 2 more games to lose this season. I do find it ironic that the first time I played Baltimore defense in my fantasy league, this happens. Hmmm….