NFL season is well under way. Heading into week 9, we pretty much have an idea of which teams are good and which teams suck. For example, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars… SUCK! Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants and Green Bay Packers… GOOD! For all of you out there that like to bet on NFL Football, I have a lock for you this week. Sunday Night Football, Dallas Cowboys against the Atlanta Falcons, in Atlanta. The Falcons are favored by a measly 4.5 points. The Falcons, as many of you already know, are 7-0 this year. They have a top 5 quarterback in Matt Ryan, top 5 running back in Michael Turner, a top tier tight end in Tony Gonzalez and top tier wide receivers in Julio Jones and Roddy White. They’re defense isn’t as great but are ranked 10th in passing. Fortunately for them, the Dallas Cowboys are coming to town. The same ‘boys who are ranked 28th in the league in rushing. They have an overrated quarterback in Tony Romo, no running game, a diva WR in Dez Bryant and an aging defense. Now its time for you to cash in on this. Take the birds, put the house on it… Thank me Monday morning.
What a game today against the Chargers! Ok, maybe it wasn’t that pretty of a game but it went to overtime and in the wee minutes of the extra period, Tim Tebow, the prophet, marches his followers down the field and puts his team in a position to win it with a field goal… and they do. I’m not hear to talk about the Xs and Os of the game. I’m here to say one thing: Tell John Elway and John Fox to get off the bandwagon. I’ve never, ever, in any sport, seen 2 guys high up in an organization VERBALLY and PUBLICLY throw one of their own under the bus week after week. Everyone has said that Tebow couldn’t make it as a starter in the league; how it was a mistake that the Broncos drafted him; how it was a mistake to bench Kyle Orton and then even release him. Well folks, here’s a slice of crow’s pie. Tebow is 5-1 in his last 6 starts and has put his team in a position to win the AFC West. The San Diego Chargers are out. The Kansas City Chiefs are out. If the Broncos defense led by Von Miller, Champ Bailey and Elvis Dummerville can continue doing what they do, this fairytale ride might not end as soon as you think. Next up for the Broncos, the struggling Vikings in Minnesota.
Just when you thought that Randy Moss would take a team to the next level…BOOM! Wrong again. They didn’t need him in New England after he kept mouthing off about his contract. He turned the Minnesota Vikings into a bigger circus, if that’s even possible. Then they released him too. And now in his debut with the Titans, they lose to the hapless Miami Dolphins. Sure, the Titans didn’t have Vince Young and Kerry Collins got injured in the game but they still had enough fire power to win this games. I’m a big believer in team chemistry and locker room cancers. Randy Moss is about to join the Terrell Owens club of “plenty of talent, but no takers…” There is no specific event that triggered Moss’ fall from grace. He wasn’t happy in Minnesota when they had Chris Carter and Dante Culpepper. He wasn’t happy in Oakland (understandably so). He barked up the wrong tree in New England and got traded for a measly mid-round draft pick. He couldn’t get it together in Minnesota and now this. I got a feeling that Jeff Fisher is going to regret this decision in a few weeks. Moss is a sure fire hall-of-famer but his reputation is being tarnished. It’s a good thing this is the MLB where players are judged on their character along with their stats. Look what happened to Albert Bell. Stay tuned next week for the continuation of this soap opera, the saga continues.
5-0!!! 5-0!!! 5-0!!! For those of you who haven’t been following/profiting from my picks over the past month, I’ve hit a career high 5 “LOCK of the Week”s in a row. Yeah, I’m bragging and jinxing but I do know at least one person has been profiting from my “advice.” The secret to my success…well, I can’t tell you or else it wouldn’t be a secret and you wouldn’t need me anymore. Enough of the boasting, time for business. This week’s spreads are pretty tough. There aren’t that many games that I like but you know me, I haven’t let you down in over a month and I don’t plan on doing so now. So without further adue, the LOCK of the Week is NY Jets -3 at the Oakland Raiders. Take the Jets -3, take it now, take it before the spread moves. Vegas has the line at -3 and well, that’s where I’ve placed my bets. These two franchises are going in two different directions. The Jets are serious playoff contenders and the Raiders, well I hate to use a cliche` but they are MAJOR pretenders. The Jets are coming off a solid performance against the Bengals while the Raiders, just another embarrassing 34-3 loss at the hands of the Saints.
So, it looks like it might all go down this week. For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past year, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and head coach Lane Kiffin have been butting heads. Davis wants Kiffin to quit so he doesn’t have to pay his contract. Kiffin wants to be paid. In Kiffin’s defense, Davis is a moron. I wouldn’t quit either. I want my millions. Kiffin was a solid coach in SC. He’s done the best he can with a horrible team, let alone a meddling miser like Davis. Davis has been keeping this team down for years. He didn’t like Mike Shanahan and look what he’s done/doing in Denver. There’s a line that owners aren’t supposed to cross and Davis crossed it years ago. The owner is supposed to “own.” Davis is trying to play head coach. He wants Kiffin to be a puppet. Let me tell you, I’ve hated the Raiders ever since I could remember (go Chiefs!!!). But now I just feel sorry for those players. The Raiders have talent. They have McFadden, Jamarcus and Michael Bush for starters. Rumors have Davis interviewing the coaching staff for a replacement like Paul Hackett. If you don’t know who he is, go and see what he did with the USC Trojans and the Kansas City Chiefs. If this team is going to move on, they need to “cut” Davis. Unfortunately, he holds the cards. Frankly, the league needs to step in. The Clippers of the NFL are making fools of themselves, and they owe it all to their owner. Time to start the movement, FIRE AL DAVIS!!! FIRE AL DAVIS!!! FIRE AL DAVIS!!!
2 LOCKS so far this season and twice I got ’em right. You gotta stick with what’s hot, and right now ONTHEBUZZER is sizzling. Alright, enough bragging. My pick for Week 4 of the NFL season comes from the San Diego Chargers -7 at the Oakland Raiders game. If anyone watched what the Chargers did last Monday night to the Packers, you’ll know that this is money in the bank. The Raiders suck, period. They don’t even know who’s gonna be their coach. On the othe hand, if you’ve seen Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers (and I hate to admit it), he’s been playing at whole different level. The Charger defense is finally coming around. A divisional game, they (the Chargers) don’t have a choice. It’s just a matter of whether they’re gonna blow them out early or late. I’d put my money on early but let’s not get carried away. Chargers -7. Enjoy the $$$.
Football season is underway and it’s time for us regular folks to make some money. After running through this weekend’s NFL and NCAA football games, I’m ready to let you in on my “LOCK” of the week: the San Diego Chargers at the Denver Broncos. It’s a pick ’em. After the way the Broncos torched the Raiders last week (I know, it’s the Raiders), I’m beginning to believe the Jay Cutler hype. This guy is turning out to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league. We all know about that Mile-High mystique. Denver’s not the easiest place to play in. Plus, don’t think that the Broncos forgot what happened the last time these two teams met when Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers began trash tralking at the end of a meaningless win over the Broncos. As for the Chargers, they struggled against Carolina last week. LB Shawne Merriman is officially out for the rest of the season. Plus, the Chargers are notoriously slow starters. Frankly, I’m not sold on Rivers. It’s payback time for the Broncos and hopefully payday for all you who like to dabble in the art of sports betting. Well folks, there you have it. Put the house on it or just put a $20 spot on it, it’s your call. You can thank me on Monday. And remember, I accept tips…
Folks, it’s week 13 and finally we have a JaMarcus Russell sighting. The #1 draft pick by the Oakland Raiders/holdout made a brief appearance today. 4-7, 56 yds, no tds, no pics, no thanks. I wonder how good this guy would be by now if he went to training camp and took in a couple of reps. The fans have been waiting for this guy with open arms. The Oakland quarterback job has been filled and unfilled by many, from Culpepper, to McCown to the janitor in Section 256-A. While Russell might not get a decent chance to play this year, he should get the starting nod for the 2008 season. if he’s half the quarterback he was at LSU, Raider nation might see some clear skies in the horizon, might.
I doubted him, I hated on him, “he’s too small,” and then on October 29, I picked him up on my fantasy league. The results: 384 rushing yds, 2 tds, 67 receiving yards in 4 games. Not bad for a guy whose started off the season behind Lamont Jordan and in front of overrated Dominic Rhodes. Oakland Raider running back Justin Fargas isn’t a premier back in the league, but he is definitely getting the job. For a Raider team that hasn’t had much to celebrate in say 20 years or so, Fargas has given them something to look forward to. The Raiders went into Arrowhead on Sunday and beat the Chiefs 20-17, with the go ahead score coming on Fargas’ 14 yd touchdown run. It’s no surprise to many that this guy is a former USC Trojan. That’s probably where he’s learned the Xs and Os of the game. Fight on Fargas, Fight on!!!
Warn the town! Kudos to Raider QB Daunte Culpepper for everything he’s been through. After being escorted of Dolphins’ premises in the offseason, he was signed by the Raiders, only to find out that he is 3rd in-line behind #1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell and journeyman Josh McCown. Russell held out over contract negotiations, and Culpepper watched as McCown led the Raider to a 1-2 records. Well, on Sunday, he finally got his change, not only to start, but to show the Dolphins was Trent Green will never give them. Culpepper’s line: 75 passing yds, 28 rushing yds, 5 total tds, and most importantly, the win. The knee looked fine to me folks. I had this guy on my fantasy team when he threw 40 tds in a year but was overshadowed by Peyton Manning’s records setting year. I’ve been lobbying for him to start and it look like he’s finally got his chance. Good luck, buddy, keep that train rolling…