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NFL Week 6 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 9-5 (48-26)
Ray: 8-6 (40-34)

Games Nathan Ray
CIN @ NYJ JETS JETS
MIA @ HOU DOLPHINS DOLPHINS
CHI @ ATL FALCONS FALCONS
DET @ MIN VIKINGS VIKINGS
CAR @ TB BUCS PANTHERS
BAL @ IND COLTS RAVENS
OAK @ NO SAINTS SAINTS
STL @ WAS RAMS SKINS
JAX @ DEN JAGS BRONCOS
GB @ SEA PACK PACK
DAL @ ARI COWBOYS COWBOYS
PHI @ SF EAGLES EAGLES
NE @ SD PATS CHARGERS
NYG @ CLE GIANTS GIANTS

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT – Week 5 (Nathan)

So, in a week where the MLB saw the Cubs and Angels get eliminated from the playoffs, and the NHL started another season, with two games over in Europe, there was another week full of upsets and surprises in the NFL. The stock market continues to hit rock bottom and the presidential candidates continue to tour the country in hopes of people’s votes. Wachovia was bought out by Wells Fargo, and the University of Michigan got blown out of the water by the Fighting Illini and Juice Williams. As society continues to go downhill, the thoughts of where this world will be one year from today is just scary and unpredictable. But when times turn rough, you can always count on these blogs to cheer you up.

Atlanta vs Green BayAaron Rodgers vs Matt Ryan. Both very young inexperienced, starting quarterbacks and Lambeau Field on the first weekend of October, it does not get any better than this. People were unsure of how Rodgers would play because of his shoulder injury, but in an attempt to beat Brett Favre’s record setting streak of continuous starts, Rodger suited up and played. In the end, Matt Ryan was the quarterback who was leaving the field as a winner. This is the third week in a row that I have had to write about the Packers which is not a good thing. Hopefully they get the team back on track on their way to Seattle to visit former head coach Mike Holmgren.

San Diego vs Miami – So as I should have done when picking my picks for the week, the Chargers will now be known as the Padres. Hopefully this will give them a reason to start winning… Miami once again surprised the league with another upset victory. The Miami Dolphins are the team that everyone is going to overlook this season. Expect the Dolphins to finish at least .500 this season. They are that good. Or that average. However you want to look at it.

Buffalo vs Arizona – If any Buffalo Bills fans thought that JP Losman was a good quarterback hopefully this week proved something to you. The only good thing JP is good for is riding the bench and maybe giving the plays to the quarterback. On his first drive, JP lost a fumble and the Cardinals subsequently scored on the following drive. Hopefully, Trent Edwards can heal up over the bye week and come back in two weeks and start at quarterback. Concussions are so unpredictable so I’m sure we won’t find out until next week whether he can play or not.

Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville – Once again, the Jaguars let me down. Their lack of a running game has imploded my fantasy teams all season long and until they find a decent tandem in the backfield, it’s going to be a long season for the Jags.  Jones-Drew and Taylor must pick it up for Jacksonville’s success. The Steelers are going to have another dominant year in their division and will end up making the playoffs once again.

So, as this will be my last blog before the NHL Season officially starts on Thursday, let me finish this by saying Go Wings… HEY HEY HOCKEYTOWN!

– Nathan

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Baseball, Football, Hockey | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Execution Day II; WTHWWT – Week 5 (Ray)

This NFL season is turning out to be one of the weirdest I have ever seen. Teams keep blowing their 4th quarter leads, there is a new injury every week, and the teams that do win do not deserve to. Let me get started.

Tennessee 13 Baltimore 10

The Titans are the weakest 5-0 team I have seen in my life. They are not that good and are way overrated. Kerry Collins is nothing special and neither is their running game. Their defense is good but there is no way they should be 5-0 right now. The Ravens should have won this game, hands down. They let it slip away from them, when they had the Titans where they wanted them. I see the Titans as an average .500 team still, despite their record.

Atlanta 27 Green Bay 24

I hate Matt Ryan. Let me get that statement out of the way first. The Packers defense has reverted back to the old days of letting people score all over them. Al Harris’ injury has been big and Charles Woodson has not been 100% either. The Pack must get Ryan Grant more involved. As soon as they get behind, it is all put on Aaron Rodgers. Stick with Ryan Grant. It works when he gets the ball. The Packers are still 2-0 in the NFC North, which is important, but if they cannot beat teams like Tampa and Atlanta, I am going to have to start picking against them.

Indianapolis 31 Houston 27

I had this game picked! Sage Rosenfels decided he wanted to blow a 17 point lead with 5 freakin’ minutes left. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. Houston has got to learn how to seal a deal. I realize they are winless but come on, every team needs to have some sort of victory escape plan. The Colts have cemented the fact that they are average. This win proves nothing about them, besides that they are terrible. Peyton looks mediocre, as does Addai. They better pick it up if they want to even MAKE the playoffs.

Washington 23 Philadelphia 17

I am not ready to concede that Washington is a good team. I just can’t seem to fit them in with the elite teams in the NFL (there really aren’t any though). The defense is pretty good, but nothing spectacular. Clinton Portis is a solid back, but can be fairly inconsistent. Jason Campbell is improving but when the big game comes around in December and January, I think he will crack. Get on me all you want Skins fans, your team is not as good as you think. It is all one, big mirage.

New England 30 San Francisco 21

This was a last minute change for me.  Woe is me for picking against Bill Bellicheck after a bye week, but what the hell?  I thought the 49ers could take advantage of being at home and they didn’t play poorly, they just turned the ball over too much – 3 INT.  The Patriots had the ball for almost 40 minutes, and that is why they won.  J.T. O’Sullivan is definitely a competent quarterback, but it is becoming clear to me that teams these days do not care as much about the run anymore.  Frank Gore only had 12 carries.  Frank is a very, very good back.  The Big Dawg’s gotta eat.  Give him the ball more San Francisco!

Minnesota 30 New Orleans 27

OK, evidentally I have some sort of NFC North curse where whoever I pick does the opposite.  The Saints deserved this win and they blew it.  Martin Gramatica blew it.  Fire him right now.  He is garbage beyond belief.  Sign Morten Anderson.  Gramatica sucks.  Reggie Bush had two punt return touchdowns and Brees had over 300+ yards passing.  The defense played well.  But the Saints decide to take so many penalties and have turnovers galore.  Adrian Peterson was invisible.  This is all on Gramatica.  The NFL’s worst kicker.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 5 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 8-5 (39-21)
Ray: 7-6 (32-28)

Games Nathan Ray
TEN @ BAL TITANS RAVENS
KC @ CAR PANTHERS PANTHERS
CHI @ DET BEARS BEARS
ATL @ GB PACK PACK
IND @ HOU COLTS
SD @ MIA CHARGERS DOLPHINS
SEA @ NYG GIANTS GIANTS
WAS @ PHI SKINS EAGLES
TB @ DEN BRONCOS BRONCOS
BUF @ ARI BILLS
CIN @ DAL COWBOYS COWBOYS
NE @ SF PATS
PIT @ JAX JAGS STEELERS
MIN @ NO SAINTS SAINTS

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT – Week 4 (Nathan)

It’s time for change. Instead of starting out complaining about how often the teams I want to win actually lose, and vice versa, I’m going to start out on a decent note. After burying his infant child on Saturday afternoon in Texas, Matt Bryant, kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, converted 3 field goals and led his team to victory. Just being in the game was a victory for Bryant, but kicking his team to a victory was just a miracle. Any guy who can have that much courage and just be in the state of mind to do his job a day after burying a family member, especially one whose life was cut way to short, is remarkable. And even though he defeated my team, he still deserves some props. To all the Bryant family, sorry for the loss.. From Both of us who write these blogs, our hearts and prayers are with you.

And now time to write about my mistakes.

Green Bay 20 Tampay Bay 31 – Is it me or do the Packers always have a tough time playing in Tampa Bay? Aaron Rodgers and Brian Griese both threw three interceptions, but the key to the game was Rodgers self-proclaimed separated shoulder. Tests are being done today on his shoulder, but until the results come back, the Packers season is in limbo(Upgraded to shoulder sprain). Matt Flynn, who beat out Brian Brohm during the preseason, is their second string quarterback, and with his lack of experience, the Packers may be in trouble. The Packers play the young and upcoming Vickless (still funny) Falcons next week in Green Bay. Dealing with the loss of a family members, the Bucs played like they had a chip on their shoulder, and with the help of Matt Bryant and his son, who was watching the game from up above, the Bucs finished on top. The Packers are now on a 2 game losing streak heading into a week full of questions and concerns.

Arizona 35 vs New York Jets 56 – I guess Brett Favre’s ankle is fully healed, and not to mention his shoulder. Brett Favre tapped into the record books again yesterday by leading his team to 34 points in the second quarter. Brett Favre picked apart the Arizona Cardinals defense, who decided they were going to play a soft zone defense, for 6 touchdowns and close to 300 yards. Anyone who doubted his ability, owes Brett Favre and for goodness sakes Deanna as well, an apology. If the Jets allow Favre to play like he did this week, then they surely will be fighting the Bills for top spot in the AFC East. And as an avid supporter of Brett, I’m proud to still own my Favre 4 President 08 shirt!

Dallas 24 vs Washington 26 – Once again, TO has the chance to prove himself and what does he do… EPIC FAIL! Over one-third of the plays Dallas did on Sunday were directed towards TO and what did he do…not a damn thing. Its a shame that someone that cocky and ignorant can talk the talk but cannot walk the walk. Oh yea, not to mention, he was still upset because not all the plays went to him. What a punk! Oh yeah Redskins, Good Game. Way to show the NFC East that you are back in it… for now.

Philadelphia 20 vs. Chicago 24 – Wow! The Bears actually did something productive. They actually beat someone who is “good”. Yeas, the Eagles were without their RB but they still have Donovan McNabb and he’s good enough by himself to beat the Bears, on most nights. The NFC North is going to be a tough division this year, minus the Lions that is. The Bears, Packers, and Vikings all have a chance to win the division… Keep your eyes out on this division!!!

I think it’s the appropriate time to say a fond farewell to a great friend and horrible human being. In six years, this fellow did absolutely nothing for the NFL and it’s most definitely a good thing that he has been axed! Times can’t get any worse for the team that he drove right into the ground. Thanks Matt for all you have done, and lack thereof.

Matt Millen- Finally Gone!!!

Have a good week everyone…

– Nate

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT – Week 4 (Ray)

Starting this week’s version, I want to say that I hope Aaron Rodgers is OK, and able to continue. I learned that Denver doesn’t know how to beat weak teams, and that my theory on the overrated Cowboys came true. Yet, the experts are completely shocked they lost? Unbelievable. Someone hold another Inquisition and execute all these dunces. They are polluting the airwaves more than the Paris Hilton sex tape. I also learned that Chicago must hate me, because every time I pick them to win or lose they do the opposite. I handed that game over to Nathan though. It’s exhausting writing about Chicago. I feel sorry for their beat writers. Scott Linehan is the first coach to get beheaded in the season. The Rams fired him this morning. Jim Haslett will take over as interim coach. Enjoy that crapshoot Jim. Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Kansas City 33 Denver 19

What the hell happened Broncos? You rolled over and laid a giant, moldy egg – the kind Fear Factor used to feed people. Beat the teams you are supposed to. At least my main man Eddie Royal did good with 9 catches and 104 yards (excluding his fumble). Jay Cutler did not look like himself. He threw 49 times; way too much in that offense. I realize that they were behind a lot of the time but, you must establish the run game a little bit. Set up play action. I sincerely hope, Kansas City fans don’t think you guys have it together now. You don’t. Your team is not going anywhere. This was a “Thank you for watching us even though we’re not good” gift. Don’t expect anymore of it. Herm Edwards needs to be fired and you know it. Where is Dick Vermeil? Maybe he can cry you guys into the playoffs. I kid. I like Vermeil. Anyways Denver, do not do this again. I thought you were the best team in the NFL before Sunday. So much for that…

New Orleans 31 San Francisco 17

I changed this pick Saturday night, along with a few others. This game was probably the hardest to figure out. San Francisco seems capable of winning but they are still somewhat confusing. The Saints are the same way. J.T. O’Sullivan was finally brought back to the planet in this game with a 59.6 QB rating. Frank Gore did OK but he needed his QB to help out. Drew Brees was the same guy he should be throwing 3 TD’s. I really don’t think this game helped out in telling me how good these teams are. I do know that whoever said J.T. O’Sullivan was going to be the next Kurt Warner “come out of nowhere” type player, they were sorely mistaken.

Tennessee 30 Minnesota 17

OK, Tennessee should not be 4-0 right now. They are really not very good. The defense does everything. The offense is just barely competent enough. Minnesota is the exact same way yet they are 1-3? It does not make sense to me. Both had running QBs that are now replaced by old veterans. The Vikings have the better RB in Peterson. It just doesn’t add up. I am not sold on the Titans and probably will never be this season. I may be in the minority, but I feel if they were to face a really good team, they would fold over faster than Ohio State in BCS championship games or against the SEC. Call me what you want, but the Titans are not good. They will make the playoffs, sure, but will make an early exit. I won’t even say anything else about Minnesota besides that they should trade AP to the Packers.

Tampa Bay 30 Green Bay 21

This was the first game where Aaron Rodgers didn’t play very well throwing 3 INT. I wanted to see how he would respond in the second half, which wasn’t very well. He did get injured, though, and for some reason Matt Flynn came in. Brian Brohm should be the second string, not Mr. One Time LSU Wonder. Also, one of my fears is coming true – Ryan Grant was a fluke last year. He just does not look the same this year. Running backs in this day and age are not doing well. There is not a consistent runner anymore. LT can’t even give us 100 yard games that much. The Packers put up an amazing 28 yards rushing for the game. Ouch. That stat speaks for itself. The GB defense did a good job of creating turnovers but the offense couldn’t help out. This game was really important because this was a loss to an average team. People expected the Packers to lose to Dallas but not to Tampa Bay. They need to regroup, hope Rodgers is healthy, come up with a new run strategy and take care of Atlanta next week by 21. Thoughts and prayers go out to Matt Bryant of the Bucs; playing Sunday after losing your child took a lot of heart.

Pittsburgh 23 Baltimore 20

Pittsburgh is not that good. Baltimore is by far the better team. Roethlisberger is garbage and will always be garbage. Flacco is the man. That is all I have to say about this game.

-Ray

Update: Aaron Rodgers has a shoulder sprain and should be able to start Sunday
Source: ESPN

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 4 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 11-5
Ray: 9-7

Games Nathan Ray
ATL @ CAR PANTHERS PANTHERS
CLE @ CIN BROWNS BROWNS
HOU @ JAX JAGS JAGS
DEN @ KC BRONCOS BRONCOS
SF @ NO SAINTS 49ERS
ARI @ NYJ CARDS JETS
GB @ TB PACK PACK
MIN @ TEN TITANS VIKINGS
SD @ OAK CHARGERS CHARGERS
BUF @ STL BILLS BILLS
WAS @ DAL COWBOYS SKINS
PHI @ CHI EAGLES EAGLES
BAL @ PIT STEELERS RAVENS

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment