NFL Week 2
At one point last Sunday I had a legitimate shot at 4-1 on the week. Alas as the Steelers faded on Sunday night we wrapped up the week at 3-2. Not bad for opening week. We’re still in the black. We also found out the replacement refs have a much tighter interpretation of holding, while almost anything goes in regards to contact with receivers. I was stunned on Sunday night to hear the NFL contracted to replacements for week 2. They flat out blew an illegal block in the back call the changed the Pittsburgh/Denver game. I was not impressed. Week 2 doesn’t seem to offer hope of anything less volatile.
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Ravems (-1) over EAGLES. As a general rule I pick games that have to do with our area. There is a strong contingency of Eagles, Giants, Jets and Steeler fans. There’s not a whole lot to like in this game. We found out King Dunlap isn’t that good, and the Eagle offensive line tumbles like dominos if there’s a weak link. Michael Vick isn’t good when he tries to be a conservative pocket passer, and Demico Ryans can flat out play. Read the Philadelphia press and you’d think they lost by 40 points. The good news if you’re an Eagle fan is last week was the kind of game they lost over the past 7 years. That counts for something. The Ravens have not been very good on the road since their Superbowl year, and this is not the shut down dominant defense of ravens lore. The good news for Ravens fans is the Eagles have lost their home opener the past three years, and those teams went on to win the Superbowl (Saints, Packers and Giants). Ray Lewis is still Ray Lewis, and Ed Reed is still Ed Reed. They’ve decided Joe Flacco is the real deal and can carry the team. I’m looking at a low scoring game, edged by the Ravens
Raiders (-1) over DOLPHINS. Raider long snapper Jon Condo left last week’s game with a concussion and all hell broke loose. The Raiders should have won. They also cover ont eh road (7 of their last 9They’ve has time to find a new one. Raiders on South Beach
GIANTS (-7) over Buccaneers. I’m still trying to figure out if the Bucs played over their heads two years ago, or under achieved last year. I think both. The Giants are tough at home. It’s where they usually discover their identity. I’m not sold on Victor Cruz and I still don’t know how they won the Superbowl last year. But I do know the Giants are a better than .500 team and the Bucs are not. G-men in this one.
Vikings (-1) over COLTS. The Vikings went from a 2.5 point dog to a 1 point favorite. Adrian Peterson can still play, and the Colts don’t cover at home. Now that Payton is in Denver that won’t change anytime soon. I think Andrew Luck is the real deal, just not this week. Vikings
Jets (+5) over Steelers. The Steelers should have won a game that got out of control last week, partly because of the refs. They missed a call on a pivotal punt return, and took their time spotting the ball near the goal line that allowed Payton Manning to change the play. It sort of gave the Broncos 5 extra seconds and they maxed out on the opportunity. I saw three unlikely Steeler things last week: Their missing the “put the game away” running back, Big Ben Roethlisberger looks like all of those hits are starting to add up, and James Harrison the undervalued star of the defense. The Jets are a cover machine (20 of their last 28 on grass). Jets this week
Cowboys (-3) over Seahawks. Tony Romo doesn’t screw up the games they’re supposed to win before week 8. Pokes in a romp
PANTEHRS (+1) over Saints. When the NFL handed out suspensions to the Saints coaches over the bounty scandal they knew it was their version of the NCAA’s “ death penalty.” Not to take anything away from RGIII, but no rookie should have looked that good against that defense in his first NFL game. It was a bad game plan that was made up for by a lack of leadership. It’s a lost year in the big easy. Meanwhile the Panthers have lost the last 4 against the Saints. This is a statement game for them