Week 8 Picks: Xavier Huntington

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Xavier didn’t write an intro. He is whooping me in the picks count so far as well. I asked him about all of the upsets he picked this week, his answer was that they are at home and he doesn’t expect all of them to be right, so, here’s his picks:

Xavier Huntington’s Week 8 Picks:

Thursday Night Football
Buccaneers vs. Vikings – Vikings, I think this one will be close. The Vikings have been a surprising team atop the NFC North this year, and I think they continue their winning ways. The Bucs have kept each game close in their losses, but I think their trend of losing a late game lead continues this week.

Sunday Football
Colts vs. Titans – Colts, I think Chris Johnson regresses to having very few rushing yards for about the 80th time this year. Luck has a solid game against what the Titans have been calling a defense since the departure of Jeff Fisher.

Patriots vs. Rams – Rams, This Pats team has a lot of question marks, and from a fantasy perspective a lot of mouths to feed on offense. Their continued ability to win masks the problems they are having defensively. The Patriots have already lost to 2 NFC west teams previously. I think the Rams pull off the “upset” by getting in Brady’s face and taking him off his game.

Dolphins vs. Jets – Dolphins, The Dolphins are a team performing well under the radar. With no super star names they have been consistently winning somehow. Despite Sanchez performing well against the Patriots he will go back to his old Sanchez ways and fail to throw a touch down or eclipse 200 yards passing.

Falcons vs. Eagles – Eagles, The Falcons have won their last 3 games by very small margins. This Eagles team, if it can clean up the turnovers on offense is pretty good. Perhaps the firing of the defensive coordinator will reengergize their stagnant offense?

Redskins vs. Steelers – Steelers, A gut call more than anything. I don’t feel as though the Redskins can maintain a winning streak, while the Steelers, while aging now, have proven year after year that they can.

Panthers vs. Bears – Bears, The Bears have been a dominant team this year, riding superior special teams, an always tough defense, and an improved offense to 5 victories. They will continue their winning ways even against the electric Cam Newton, who is in a significant sophomore slump, and has yet to convince me that his rookie year wasn’t a fluke.

Chargers vs. Browns – Browns, The Chargers have not been playing well to this point, and even when they are playing well they are supremely boring to watch. Sorry Chargers fans. I think the Browns pull off the upset here.

Seahawks vs. Lions – Lions, Just a gut feeling really. All their wins, and even their losses have involved late 4th quarter comebacks. I think the offense gets in synch earlier in the game and runs away with it. Even with the Seahawks suffocating defense.

Jaguars vs. Packers – Packers, Should be an easy win. I expect the Packers to run away with it and move to their ground game (?) late in the 3rd.

Raiders vs. Chiefs – Chiefs, I have a really hard time calling Raiders games, even when they are “improving” they never seem to. Against a nearly winless Chiefs team I really have no vested interest in this game (exception being Jamaal Charles). The Raiders won last week and I don’t think the possess the ability to win 2 in a row. Plus they are at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs have a significant homefield advantage. May not so much over a good team, but against the Raiders I’ll take the Chiefs at home. This likely works the other way around too.

Giants vs. Cowboys – Cowboys, I think the Cowboys are seeking vengeance for their week 1 loss to the Giants. I have a hard time believing in either of these teams for the long run. They both fluctuate too much between great and dismal.

Sunday Night Football
Saints vs. Broncos – Saints, Can anyone stop Drew Brees? The Saints are on a 2 game winning streak (finally) and I don’t think the Broncos stop them, even after their bye. Peyton has been getting most of his numbers in garbage time, making games look closer than they really are. They lose this game, but still end up winning the division.

Monday Night Football
49ers vs. Cardinals – 49ers, The 49ers have more than a week to prepare for this game and I think Harbaugh has them ready for it. After a hot 4-0 start the Cardinals have followed that up with 3 straight losses. Divisional games are always close and both these teams play stifling defense. However the 49ers have an offensive identity that actually exists (except on 3rd downs) where as the Cardinals really don’t. The Cardinals will go as far as their offense will take them this year. See: Not far.

Pink penalty flags?

October 24, 2012 1 comment

The NFL referees during the Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday will be throwing pink penalty flags. October is breast cancer awareness month and the NFL typically shows support throughout the month with pink cleats, pink gloves, pink towels, pink cups, pink hats, pink logos, you name it and they have done it. If not, they’ll probably end up doing it one of these days.

You might be one of many people thinking pink penalty flags are over the top. You also might be wondering who suggested the referees throw pink penalty flags? An 11-year-old suggested it in a letter to Roger Goodell, for breast cancer awareness month.

Tradition goes deep. Past-times are cherished. For a group of role models, from the players to the coaches and owners and staff and the groups they form that make the national football league, to remember that children are most important overall, that can make anyone smile. Including kids is one thing, involving them is a whole other ballgame. That kind of attitude is that makes tradition, and also what makes the NFL so great.

When you reach out to the people that give you their time, their energy, their attention, you build a connection between the community and the game, and that connection is bonded with that connection being between people who care. Whether they care about the game, themselves, or others, once that connection is made they will feel you and everything you feel. Tough bonds to break.

With the Visa contest for a kid to interview Ray Lewis, and now this suggestion from a fifth-grader to further support breast cancer awareness month in a new kind of way, the NFL is definitely heading in the right direction. Good job NFL, sincerity is noticed and so is effort.

Fantasy Week 7 Matchup

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Last week I lost 63-74, putting my record at 2-3-1. There were a lot of busts from starters across the league, definitely one of the lowest scoring fantasy weeks we’ll see this season. This week I go up against XH whose fantasy team name is Baltimore Gentlemen. I grabbed Ryan Fitzpatrick, Scott Chandler and the Packers D/ST off waivers, dropping Matt Schaub, Jacob Tamme and the Bengals D/ST. Between having 6 players on their bye weeks and the large amount of  points the Baltimore Gentlemen score each week, I had to make some moves heading into this week.

Current Week 7 Lineups:

Sacramento Footlong (2-3-1)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick –  Buf vs Ten
RB Frank Gore – SF vs Sea
RB Fred Jackson – Buf vs Ten
RB/WR Trent Richardson – Cle @ Ind
WR Steve Smith – Car vs Dal
WR Stevie Johnson – Buf vs Ten
TE Vernon Davis – SF vs Sea
D/ST Packers D/ST – GB @ StL
K Lawrence Tynes – NYG vs Wsh
Bench
QB Matt Ryan –
QB Peyton Manning –
RB Darren Sproles –
WR Eric Decker –
WR Brian Hartline –
TE Scott Chandler –
D/ST Falcons D/ST –

Baltimore Gentlemen (4-2)
QB Tom Brady – NE vs NYJ
RB Ray Rice – Bal @ Hou
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cin vs Pit
RB/WR Nate Washington – Ten @ Buf
WR Brandon Marshall – Chi vs Det
WR Vincent Jackson – TB vs NO
TE Aaron Hernandez – NE vs NYJ
D/ST Cardinals D/ST – Ari @ Min
K Greg Zuerlein – StL vs GB
Bench
QB Joe Flacco – Bal @ Hou
RB Jamaal Charles – Bye
RB Reggie Bush – Bye
RB Willis McGahee – Bye
WR Roddy White – Bye
WR Antonio Brown – Pit @ Cin
TE Kyle Rudolph – Min vs Ari

Frank Gore and Vernon Davis played Thursday night, Gore scored 20 fantasy points while Davis dropped an egg with 0 points. This should be a close matchup this week but I’ve got a shot at beating the league owner! You’re going down!

Now all I have to do is hope my players don’t follow suit with Vernon Davis. Easier said than done.

Week 7 Games to Watch

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Every week there are some matchups that we should all watch, and some we wished we had watched. The Seahawks vs 49ers game this week was one of them, but that game is being played right now. A little late. There are still other potentially great matchups!

Week 7 Games to Watch!

Ravens (5-1) vs Texans (5-1)
This game could have a combined score under 30 points and also at the same time it could have a combined score over 60. These are two of the top defenses in the league without question, but both sides have suffered key losses. The Texans lost Brian Cushing for the year, which showed during their first loss of the year last week. The Ravens lost Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb last week, with Terrell Suggs still out this game. The defensive struggle we expect to see, may or may not happen.

The reason this is a game to watch this week isn’t just because of the team records or the solid defenses, these are two of the best, if not the top two, running backs in the league competing against depleted defenses. Matt Schaub has shown he can play well, and with Arian Foster the Texans stand to earn some yardage and put some points on the board. The Ravens have Joe Flacco who normally wouldn’t be a threat but he has been throwing the ball deep fairly well, not to mention Ray Rice who gains yards on any defense, especially this Texans defense.

Two 5-1 teams going head-to-head is always a game to watch.

Redskins (3-3) vs Giants (4-2)
The Redskins have woken up this season, again, and are likely to rise to the challenge of great teams. The Giants shut down the 49ers and have been scoring on everyone this year. Combine that with two defenses that can put up a fight and we’ve got ourselves a game. Both quarterbacks appear to find ways to dismantle defenses as the game goes along, overcoming the challenges before them. That is a sign of greatness, and there are two of them in one game.

The Giants have a traditional run game with running backs, while the Redskins have Robert Griffin III. Rushing for over 100 yards last week after suffering a concussion in Week 5 and putting up consistently big numbers, Robert Griffin III has given the Redskins new life and a fighting chance. The Giants have Eli Manning at the helm, with a solid list of offensive weapons. If these two quarterbacks get into a shootout, this could end up being the best game of the week.

Dueling quarterbacks with a green light to air it out make this a game to watch.

Titans (2-4) vs Bills (3-3)
This is an interesting matchup. The Titans have scored against poor defenses, while the Bills score on every defense. The Titans don’t have any consistent players, while the Bills consistently turn the ball over. The Bills have a great running game, while the Titans manage to get it done, very well, without a running game. Sounds like this could be a good game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing interceptions left and right, while managing to throw enough touchdowns to keep the Bills in most every game this season. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller make up a strong backfield for the Bills. The Titans had a backfield last year with CJ2k Chris Johnson, they have no backfield this year. Somehow though, the Titans continue to get it done with good numbers and enough points to make every opponent take them seriously.

One team’s plan is throwing more touchdowns than interceptions and the other somehow getting it done on the scoreboard though nobody knows how are what make this a game to watch.

Sleeper of the Week
Cowboys (2-4) vs Panthers (1-4)
The Cowboys always have the potential to score 30 points, lucky for us so do the Panthers. This could be the week both teams find their groove. Let’s hope so.

Week 7 Picks: Wayne Dobbs

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Been away for a couple of days, and I missed Xavier Huntington’s wedding. But I’m back posting just in time for the picks Thursday!

Wayne Dobbs’ Week 7 Picks

Thursday Night Football
Seahawks (4-2) vs 49ers (4-2): 49ers – The Seahawks defense and run game have been solid almost every game this year. This will be a tough game, but the team with the best rushing should pull it out. With Brandon Jacobs active for this game, look for the 49ers backfield to gash, mash and slash the Seahawks defense.

Sunday Football
Cardinals (4-2) vs Vikings (4-2): Vikings – The Vikings are turning out to be quite the team, while the Cardinals continue to skirt by with average play and low scoring games. The Vikings will prevail in this one, their score ending somewhere in the 20s.

Ravens (5-1) vs Texans (5-1): Ravens – This is a tough game, with the slightly weaker Texans offense with no injuries or the slightly weaker Ravens defense with injuries. Between Joe Flacco becoming a QB this season, and Ray Rice doing what Ray Rice does, this game should go to the Ravens.

Browns (1-5) vs Colts (2-3): Colts – The Colts are the better team, everyone would agree. The Browns have been scoring against defenses better than the Colts, but the Colts defense plays close to their offense. As long as Andrew Luck can make something happen, this should be the Colts game to lose.

Redskins (3-3) vs Giants (4-2): Redskins – My upset of the week! The Redskins will go into MetLife Stadium and beat the Giants. That is all.

Titans (2-4) vs Bills (3-3): Bills – I am tempted to go with a better all-around team in the Titans, but the Bills have the pieces to explode against teams in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes. No matter how many turnovers they have, a stellar offense should keep the Bills scoring more than the Titans can handle, unless the Titans think the Bills are the Lions.

Saints (1-4) vs Buccaneers (3-3): Buccaneers – The Saints should beat the Bucs, but I smell a 20-something point game from the Saints. As long as the Buccaneers can do anything they did last week, they can win this game.

Packers (3-3) vs Rams (3-3): Packers – The Rams defense is great this year. The Packers offense has woken up this year, and is great every year. The Packers have too many weapons, when they play well and right now they are playing well, for the Rams to handle.

Cowboys (2-3) vs Panthers (1-4): Cowboys – The Panthers haven’t had a great game all season, their best was a loss to the Falcons at the end of the game. The Cowboys have been falling apart this year, but they have picked up the pieces after their bye week and should be coming into Pantherville guns-a-blazing.

Jaguars (1-4) vs Raiders (1-4): Raiders – The Raiders aren’t as bad of a team as they appear to be. The Raiders defense, despite being 32nd in the league, can create turnovers and cause receivers issues with their secondary. The real two reasons the Raiders win this game? The Jaguars don’t score points, the Raiders do. No matter who either team has been playing.

Jets (3-3) vs Patriots (3-3): Patriots – I want my Jets to score big again, but it just isn’t going to happen. The Patriots produce numbers on the defensive side of the ball, and not just points scored on them by opposing teams which they appear to be competing for. Between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Rex Ryan’s Hot Sauce, this game should go to the Patriots. The Patriots actually show results on the field when a guy like Rex sends bench players at his guy’s knees, so, if the Jets know what’s good for them they won’t do anything dirty. Pissing off some of the best opposition in the league isn’t exactly a fantastic idea, like I said, they respond with performance on the field.

Sunday Night Football
Steelers (2-3) vs Bengals (3-3): Bengals – The Steelers are the better team, but the Bengals will win this one. That’s just all there is to it.

Monday Night Football
Lions (2-3) vs Bears (4-1): Bears – The Lions haven’t quite gotten into a stride yet this season, while the Bears and their monster of a defense have been eating teams alive, though the scores don’t quite show it that way. The Lions and the Bears are two of those teams that everyone enjoys watching play, they go at each other. Bears are the better team and should win this game.

Week 7 Picks: Xavier Huntington

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

By Xavier Huntington

Here are my picks for NFL week 7. I didn’t submit any picks last week because I was busy getting hitched. Im back in the swing of things and plan to pick to perfection from here on out.

Xavier Huntington’s Week 7 Picks:

Thursday Night Football

49ers vs Seahawks, 49ers: The 49ers coming off a terrible homefield loss to the Giants will have something to prove. The Seahawks have been playing well and are challenging for the division. A low scoring, defensive affair. I give the 9ers the edge at home.

Sunday

Browns vs Colts, Colts: Luck continues to play well against a sad Browns team.

Packers vs Rams, Packers: Chance Aaron Rodgers could be more or less shut down again against a tough Rams defense in St. Louis. The Rams however don’t have enough offensive capability to keep up even with a less than stellar performance from GB.

Cardinals vs Vikings, Vikings: This team is very under the radar. A good defense and an offense that is coming into it’s own with Ponder at the helm. The cardinals defense, while still good has started to fall off a bit. The majority of their wins have been by less than a touchdown, that kind of luck wont continue, especially with their dreadful offense.

Redskins vs. Giants, Redskins: Close divisional game, I think the Skins w/ RG3 pull a fast one here.

Titans vs. Bills, Bills: The Titans have not played well this year, I expect that trend to continue against the potentially dangerous offense of the Bills

Saints vs. Bucs, Saints: Coming off their bye I think the Saints are well prepared for this Bucs team

Cowboys vs. Panthers, Cowboys: The up and down Cowboys should pull out the narrow win over Cam and the Panthers, this is not based on any logic.

Ravens vs. Texans, Texans: After their blowout loss to the Packers the Texans are at home w/something to prove against the 5-1 Ravens missing the majority of their defensive nucleus.

Jaguars vs. Raiders, Who cares: Im sure someone does, but it aint me. Both these teams suck. I guess I’ll go with the Jags because they have MJD and Palmer likes to throw interceptions.

Jets vs. Patriots, Patriots: At home in Boston they are hard to beat. I expect the Jets to play well against their rival and Rex Ryan’s nemesis, or if not play well then at least keep the game competitive

Steelers vs. Bengals, Bengals: I still like this Bengals team, especially the combo of Dalton and Green, the Steelers are not the same team, especially defensively, that they have been for the past decade.

Monday Night Football

Lions vs. Bears, Bears: The Bears are as complete a team, offensively and defensively, as they’ve ever been. The Lions seem to have regressed from last year. Give me the Bears at home in this one, thanks.

Week 6 Picks: Wayne Dobbs

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Results, teams, picks

Went 8-5 with my picks last week, not bad, but that tied this week with this other guy who thinks he’s just so great, which that leaves me 16-12 overall behind 18-10 for that other guy. I’ll catch up. There are a lot of easy picks this week, which means a couple of them are trap games. Fun part is figuring out which.

Wayne Dobbs’ Week 6 Picks:

Thursday Night Football
Steelers 2-2 vs. Titans 1-4: Steelers – The Steelers should win this game, probably a lower scoring game, but the Titans scored 44 points when they beat the Lions so this may not be such an easy game.

Sunday Football
Bengals 3-2 vs. Browns 0-5: Bengals – The Browns really will win a game this season. This could be one of their better chances, but the Bengals have been playing good football and their offense has started kicking into extra gears.

Colts 2-2 vs. Jets 2-3: Colts – The Jets could very well win this game, unfortunately despite the Colts’ win over the Packers last week this game is up for grabs. Colts should still be able to edge it out for the win at a minimum and if Andrew Luck continues his growth with this game we may even see a blowout.

Rams 3-2 vs. Dolphins 2-3: Dolphins – The Rams have been surprisingly good on the defensive side of the ball, fortunately for the Dolphins however the Rams have not been so great at scoring touchdowns. That is not a problem the Dolphins have, oddly enough. This game should go to the Dolphins, unless Jeff Fisher figures out yet another offense. Funny thing, the Rams keep figuring out the opposing defense which is impressive but their offensive unit just can’t seem to get the job done.

Raiders 1-3 vs. Falcons 5-0: Falcons – The Falcons will remain undefeated. The Raiders could put up big numbers again, considering they are coming out of a bye week. Trap game? New term please?

Chiefs 1-4 vs. Buccaneers 1-3: Buccaneers – The Chiefs might not have an offense without a quarterback. No passing means no running, unless Jamaal Charles can pull off some amazing moves. I’m going with the Bucs on this one, but I don’t know if they will score enough points to keep assured during the game.

Lions 1-3 vs. Eagles 3-2: Eagles – The Lions could turn things around after a week off, but I don’t think Michael Vick or any of his fumbling interception nicknames are ready to give up another game that is only close because of his turnovers. The Eagles will avoid 3-3.

Cowboys 2-2 vs. Ravens 4-1: Ravens – The Cowboys are getting no love this week. Unfortunately, they play the Ravens in Baltimore. Ravens in this one, no matter what the score is.

Bills 2-3 vs. Cardinals 4-1: Cardinals – The Bills have the most combined points for and against of any 2-3 team, so look for Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals to score a ton of points in this win. I wonder if Larry Fitzgerald will be involved in the offense this week?

Patriots 3-2 vs. Seahawks 3-2: Patriots – The Seahawks showed promise earlier in the year, even though it is only week 5 they have fallen down the ladder. The Patriots should be able to handle this one after coming together to solve their own problems on the offensive side of the ball.

Vikings 4-1 vs. Redskins 2-3: Vikings – The Vikings are looking better and better each week. The Redskins are looking worse and worse each week. What is happening here? I’m not so sure about this one, but the Vikings will win it.

Giants 3-2 vs. 49ers 4-1: 49ers – Oh boy. This is going to be a good game. Who knows who will win between these two teams? They have quite the history, rough and tough games. Alex Smith and the 49ers have really stepped up, their defense should be the key considering the 49ers offense now rivals the Giants offense powered by Eli Manning and his talented wide receivers. Look for stuffed run games and interceptions to be the key in this one. 49ers on top.

Sunday Night Football
Packers 2-3 vs. Texans 5-0: Texans – Sunday Night Football is great isn’t it? We get a recovering Packers team playing against one of the best teams in the league, the undefeated Texans. If Aaron Rodgers and his wide receivers find their rhythm tonight, the Texans will need to step up even more than just filling the shoes of Brian Cushing on the defensive side of the ball. Texans will make it out of this one.

Monday Night Football
Broncos 2-3 vs. Chargers 3-2: Broncos – Alright, the Chargers are 3-2. They should win this game against a 2-3 team that hasn’t looked so great in their 3 losses. Peyton Manning says otherwise. This should be a good game for Peyton and everyone in a Broncos jersey that can catch a ball. Broncos win this one by two scores.

I wonder how many upsets there will be this week? I say three.