Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:02 pm

NFL Tidbits & Rumors - 1/10/11

Hey, gang.  Since the offseason has started for most of us, here's a gander at the latest NFL dirt & gossip floating around the web.  I will try to do an "NFL Tidbits & Rumors" blog twice per week this offseason.  Enjoy the read. 

Three-time Raiders Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has had the option year of his contract voided for failing to meet several incentives this past season, making him free to sign with any of the league's 32 teams. "The contract is voided, but we have to wait on all the ramifications of the CBA before we really move on from there," Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Sunday in reference to the uncertain status of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that has yet to be renewed. Asomugha, who turns 30 before training camp begins next season, could have been retained by the Raiders for 2011 had he reached any of several likely-to-be-earned incentives this past season.


The Carolina Panthers coaching search has gained a bit of steam, as they're working to arrange a second interview with San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. While a second interview has been requested, no time has been set for the meeting. Owner Jerry Richardson said last week that finalists would be brought back to him after his football and business-side decision-makers canvassed the early candidates. It's worth noting that when John Fox was hired in 2002, he was the only candidate to get a second interview.


Kevin Kolb isn't one for ultimatums – he handled his demotion this season with class – but the backup quarterback wants out if the Eagles plan on bringing Michael Vick back as their starting quarterback, a source close to the situation said. Kolb wants to start and whether that's for the Eagles or not, he will let coach Andy Reid know that during a scheduled Monday meeting. The 26-year-old has been the Eagles' backup for most of four seasons. Asked what would be a best-case scenario for next season, Kolb said, "To start."

"I love it here, as everybody knows," Kolb said after the Eagles' 21-16 playoff loss to the Packers. "My family's settled in here. I would love to be starting here. But I want to be starting somewhere." Kolb was then asked if could take another season in Philadelphia as the backup.

"I can't answer that question," he said. Kolb is under contract for another season, though. The Eagles gave him a one-year extension and an $11 million bonus last April after they traded away Donovan McNabb and gave him the starting job. But he's slated to earn only $1.4 million next season, which is a very low sum for a backup.

Vick, however, is not under contract for next season. The Eagles are expected to franchise him if there is a tag in the new collective bargaining agreement as most assume there will be.


Now that the Kansas City Chiefs' season is over, the team is strongly considering Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as the replacement for Charlie Weis, according to sources. Weis is leaving the Chiefs after one year as offensive coordinator to accept an identical assignment with the Florida Gators. McCoy joined the Broncos in 2009 when Josh McDaniels was hired as head coach. McDaniels handled play-calling but McCoy assumed those duties when McDaniels was fired on Dec. 6. The playbook and terminology that was employed by McDaniels and McCoy is comparable to what the Chiefs have utilized since Todd Haley became coach in 2009.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised their 1-year option on general manager Mark Dominik. On Saturday, they exercised their 2-year option on head coach Raheem Morris for $2-million a year. Dominik directed an overhaul of the Bucs, which began when he took over as GM two years ago, purging veterans and transforming the Bucs into the youngest team in the NFL.


Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was back at work on Sunday, breaking down film of Green Bay and Seattle. He didn't want to discuss his interview with Cleveland on Saturday. "I'm going to pass on commenting about that," Mularkey said. Mularkey was set to interview with Denver on Friday, by canceled that interview because he felt it would take away from his preparation for the Falcons divisional playoff game at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.


DeSean Jackson wants a new contract. This is no secret. "Hopefully," the wide receiver said after the Eagles' season-ending playoff loss to the Packers on Sunday. "But you can't force it." Jackson spoke briefly about his contract situation long after a throng of reporters had left his stall. For eight minutes of that group interview, the explosive receiver tried to explain why the Eagles weren't able to get their biggest playmaker involved in the offense yet again. "It's never about myself, there are still 11 guys out there on the field," Jackson said. "At any given time somebody has to make a play, and if it's not myself, you have other players that are paid and professionals like myself.


When Perry Fewell was hired by the Giants last year, he made an immediate impression as an incredibly excitable coach. The Denver Broncos have now found that out, too. Fewell, the Giants' defensive coordinator, arrived in Denver on Saturday and formally interviewed with the Broncos Sunday for their head coaching vacancy. And in a video produced for the Denver Broncos' website, it was clear that Fewell was ready to jump at that chance. "It's a situation that you are so excited about that you're ready to jump out of your skin," Fewell said……


New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips reports for his first day of work with the Texans today. Phillips and coach Gary Kubiak will meet to go over candidates to coach linebackers and defensive backs. Those positions became available when Johnny Holland and David Gibbs were fired. Texans offensive cooridnator Rick Dennison will interview for the Denver head coaching job on Tuesday. Dennison, who played and coached at Denver before coming to the Texans last season, will interview with John Elway, the Broncos' new vice president of football operations.


After a season of big plays made on offense and given up on defense, what else did you expect from the first week of the Raiders' offseason? Five days after Oakland chose not to pick up the option on head coach Tom Cable's contract, it was revealed that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is, surprise, an unrestricted free agent. The four-time Pro Bowler didn't reach "likely to meet" incentives in an injury-plagued season, thus voiding the last year of his three-year, $45.3 million contract. Asomugha missed two games with an ankle injury and played hurt in others.


"The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald are having preliminary discussions about extending the wide receiver's contract that will likely pay Fitzgerald between $40 million and $50 million in guaranteed money, according to sources. Fitzgerald, who turned 27 last month, signed a six-year, $60 million contract after the Cardinals drafted him third overall in 2004. After his performance triggered significant escalator clauses during his fourth year and presented salary cap challenges for the Cardinals, Fitzgerald then signed a new four-year, $40 million deal in 2008. Fitzgerald will enter 2011 in the final year of that contract and his new deal could make him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history. Fitzgerald has expressed his frustration with the Cardinals' dismal season in 2010. He still caught 90 passes for 1,137 yards as the Cardinals juggled quarterbacks throughout the season. But Fitzgerald's frustration was tied to the team's 5-11 record, raising some doubt about whether he would reject the team's overtures on a new contract."


Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is emerging as the frontrunner for the Browns head coaching vacancy, ESPN's Chris Mortensen said that NFL executives have told him. Shurmur, 45, spent nine seasons working in Philadelphia with Browns general manager and under coach Andy Reid. Shurmur is well-versed in the West Coast system that Browns president Mike Holmgren and Heckert have spent their careers in.


Broncos football boss John Elway strongly refuted a nationally televised report Saturday that implied he might trade quarterback Tim Tebow to the next team that employs Josh McDaniels. Tweeted Elway: "Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false."


Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was one of four NFL defensive coordinators the Carolina Panthers met with as the team's executives conducted a whirlwind cross-country tour that concluded Saturday. Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney and president Danny Morrison met with Cleveland's Rob Ryan on Wednesday, the New York Giants' Perry Fewell on Thursday, Rivera on Friday and San Francisco's Greg Manusky on Saturday.









Category: NFL
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:47 pm

Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions

Hey, Gang.  Here are my picks and predictions for the FINAL week of the regular season.  Can you believe it's gone by THAT fast already?  In case I don't post between now and Saturday, a HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR to everyone. 

Dolphins @ Patriots-- I have a feeling that with the #1 seed locked up, the Patriots won't keep their starters out there too long. There's already talk by the team that back-up QB Brian Hoyer might play. Plus a lot of the starters are banged up, so resting the starters make sense. The Dolphins can't score and can't win at home, but they seem to be OK on the road. I'll take the Dolphins starters over the Patriots back-ups. PREDICTION: DOLPHINS

Bills @ Jets-- After a poor performance by the Jets defense last week, I think they bounce back against a Bills team that only managed 3 points last week. The Jets clinched a playoff berth already. But, I don't think Rex Ryan will let the team ease up. Jets big at home. PREDICTION: JETS

Bengals @ Ravens--The Bengals have won two in a row, and finally seem to have figured out that Chad "Ochocinco" and Terrell Owens are not the answer at WR. Too bad they play a Ravens team that's still fighting for a possible division Championship. The Bengals gain nothing by winning this game. The Ravens possibly gain the #2 seed with a win. I trust the Ravens more to rise to the occasion. PREDICTION: RAVENS

Raiders @ Chiefs-- The Raiders are an improved team over 2009's collection of misfits. But, they still don't know how to win; even when teams like the Colts and Jaguars give them chances. They basically have no run defense. Not good when you're facing Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. The Chiefs are playing for a possible #3 playoff seeding, and will not be resting starters for this one. Chiefs BIG at home. PREDICTION: CHIEFS

Steelers @ Browns-- The Browns have their QB in the future in Colt McCoy and their RB of the future in Peyton Hillis. Now, they need about eight or nine other quality players on offense who can contribute. They just don't have the talent to match a Steelers team who will be playing for a first round bye in this one. Closer game than people think, but the Steelers take it. PREDICTION: STEELERS

Vikings @ Lions-- I like what Jim Schwartz has done with the Detriot Lions. The team has gotten BETTER as the season has gone on. That's what you want to see from a young coach and a young team. Winning three games in a row against winning teams with your 3rd string QB is impressive. Most of all, I like how the Lions defense looks; with Ndamukong Suh leading the charge. Favre or no Favre, Peterson, or no Peterson, the Vikings are on a short week. I like the Lions to finish the season with their fourth straight victory. PREDICTION: LIONS

Buccaneers @ Saints--The Saints defense seems to have come back to life after some lack-luster performances. We all know what the offense can do. Raheem Morris' Bucs should consider this season a success; win, lose, or draw here. I just don't see how this squad beats Drew Brees and the Saints on the road for a second-straight season. PREDICTION: SAINTS

Panthers @ Falcons-- Why the Falcons suddendly fell apart at home and couldn't win the battles at the line of scrimmage last week is beyond me. Michael Turner single-handedly ruined my chances at a Fantasy Football Championship. 1st and goal from the 1 yard line, and he fumbles; something he hadn't done all season. Wow. Anyway, personal feelings aside, I think the Falcons bounce-back against the hapless Panthers and their laMe-duck coach John Fox. PREDICTION: FALCONS

Jaguars @ Texans-- The Texans are just pathetic on defense. No one knows why. No one can explain it. They're drafted nothing but defense in the first round for - how many years in a row now? They seem to have the talent and ability; yet consistently under-acheive. Even if they somehow keep Kubiak, it's definitelty time for a new DC. This guy Bush, or whatever-his-name-is clearly isn't cutting it. On the other hand, the Jaguars seem to be doing some folding down the stretch as well. They lost a game against the Colts that they could have won, then lost to the Redskins with Rex Grossman at QB. Amazingly, they still have a shot at the NFC South Title. I don't see how it happens. Also, the Jaguars will be without Maurice Jones-Drew. They couldn't even beat the Redskins without him last week. The Texans pull out a win for their lame-duck defensive coordinator. PREDICTION: TEXANS

Cowboys @ Eagles-- The Eagles will be resting Michael Vick for the playoffs. He's banged up anyway. Kevin Kolb hasn't played in a while. I'd expect some rust there. I don't think it really matters to Andy Reid whether or not the Eagles are the #2 seed or #3. The priority here will be to rest Vick to get him healthy. The Cowboys will try to win this one to prove last week was a fluke, and also to prove that Jason Garrett should be their coach next season. I think the Cowboys surprise everyone, including the Eagles here. PREDICTION: COWBOYS

Bears @ Packers-- The Packers are playing for a playoff berth, and come off a very impressive performance against the Giants. The Bears come off a win against the Jets. However, the defense seems to be struggling a bit at the wrong time. The Packers defense is playing much better, and they're at Lambeau. Advantage Packers. PREDICTION: PACKERS

Cardinals @ 49ers-- The 49ers play their final game of the season with an interim head coach. I have a feeling Mike Singletary was part of the problem; not the solution in SF. John Skelton may be the QB of the future for the Cardinals, but he still can't seem to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and some of his other playmakers enough. Interim head coaches have done well this season, so I'll go with the trend here. PREDICTION: 49ERS

Chargers @ Broncos-- I like Tim Tebow. I think he's a QB who's going to prove all of his doubters wrong eventually. But, not this day. I don't think he's ready for the Chargers defense, and I can't see him outscoring Philip Rivers; not even at home. PREDICTION: CHARGERS

Giants @ Redskins-- The New York Giants have been an absolute disgrace since the middle of the 4th quarter in week 15. They come out in Green Bay last Sunday - after getting disgraced at home against the Eagles - and absolutely lied down and DIED against the Packers. There's just nothing positive you can point to about their play lately. If you can't get up for a game with a playoff berth on the line - after you've just been disgraced at home, then you don't deserve to go to the playoffs. There's nothing I can't point to right now to make me believe in this team. Absolutely NOTHING. New leadership is needed; starting with the head coach. PREDICTION: REDSKINS

Titans @ Colts-- The Colts running game and defense seem to have improved as of late, and Peyton Manning is still making enough plays to win. I don't think the Colts will go to far in the playoffs. But, I DO think they'll take care of business against an underacheiving Titans team who seem to quit on their coach whenever the mood strikes them. PREDICTION: COLTS

Rams @ Seahawks-- I love what the Rams have done this season to turn things around. They drafted Sam Bradford; then had the guts to start him in week 1 and stuck with him since. Way to go, Spagnolo!!! You coach to win. You don't coach scared. I also think the Rams defense gets a little better each week. I don't think Charlie Whitehurst and this Seahawks offense scare anyone at this point. The Rams secure their division championship with their rookie QB. Early playoff exit or not, Rams fans should be proud of what this team's done. PRECITION: RAMS

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:21 am

Week 16 NFL Picks & Predictions

No point in beating around the bush.  I sucked last week.  With the Giants's historic, epic collapse and going 6-10 in the pick 'ems last week, I'm going to skip the commentary and just make my picks this week.  Logic didn't seem to work for me last week, so let's see how just picking the winners goes. 

Panthers @ Steelers-- STEELERS

Cowboys @ Cardinals-- COWBOYS

Lions @ Dolphins-- LIONS

Ravens @ Browns-- RAVENS

Patriots @ Bills-- PATRIOTS

Redskins @ Jaguars-- JAGUARS

Jets @ Bears-- BEARS

Titans @ Chiefs-- CHIEFS

49ers @ Rams-- RAMS

Colts @ Raiders-- RAIDERS

Chargers @ Bengals-- CHARGERS


Giants @ Packers-- PACKERS

Seahawks @ Buccaneers-- BUCCANEERS

Vikings @ Eagles-- EAGLES

Saints @ Falcons-- FALCONS

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:14 am
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:26 am

Week 15 NFL Picks & Predictions

I find it hilarious when someone comes onto my blog to tell other posters that I'm a moron; then accuses me of being unfair when I delete his post.  My response to that poster is - NO - I don't delete posts everytime someone disagrees with me.  Silly me for not tolerating being called a moron on my own blog.  LOL. 
People crack me up.  Anyway, enjoy the read gang. 

@ Chargers -- I would like to pick the 49ers here. They showed some intensity last week on offense and defense. But, they face a Chargers team that get's Vincent Jackson back this week, which adds to an already-potent passing attack. The Chargers haven't been a great team. But, with the playoffs on the line and the return of Vincent Jackson, I don't see how they lose this one at home. PREDICTION: CHARGERS

Bills @ Dolphins -- I don't care if the Dolphins did beat the Jets on the road last week. They still look lack-luster, lost, and unimaginative on offense. They don't know how to utilize Ronnie Brown or Brandon Marshall, and they can't score. Worst of all, they can't win at home. With the Bills, I know what I'm getting - a team that's not very talented, but plays hard, will continue to play hard, and is not going to lay down because they have no playoff shot. I don't know what I'm getting with the Miami Dolphins week to week, and I just can't trust a Dolphins team that pays Brandon Marshall what they're paying him; yet can't get the guy the ball. He's 27th in the NFL in receiving yards with two TD's. They could have gotten that from Ted Ginn for a lot less money. Look for another mind-boggling home game letdown. PREDICTION: BILLS

Eagles @ Giants -- Both teams are battling their share of injuries. The Eagles have lost several starters on defense, while the Giants have lost WR Steve Smith for the season. But, the Giants have been running the ball well, and the Giants defense has only surrendered 10 points in the past two games; 13 points in the past 10 quarters. Because of their defense and resurgent running game, I think the Giants match up better this time around. I think they control the clock with the running game and limit Vick's production on defense by getting after him and shutting down his running lanes. The Giants are due for a win in this series, and DeSean Jackson is due for some humble pie. PREDICTION: GIANTS

Jaguars @ Colts -- I think people are reading too much into the Colts victory over the Titans last week. What escapes most people about last week is the fact that after the Colts had a 21-0 lead, they were outscored for the remainder of the game 28-9. This was a Titans team that had been horrible on offense; the same Titans team that got shut out by the Texans. The Colts don't impress me; particularly their defense. They just don't have the look of a playoff team. The Jaguars are one of the best rushing teams in the league. The Colts are one of the worst rushing defenses in the league, plus they can't run the ball. The Jaguars will use Jones-Drew to control the clock and keep Peyton Manning off the field. The Colts defense has not shown me they can stop anyone. I don't think Peyton Manning bails this defense out again this week. PREDICTION: JAGUARS

Cardinals @ Panthers -- Well, the Cardinals finally figured out that Derek Anderson isn't the answer. Too bad they're about 15 weeks too late. The rookie John Skelton isn't great, but he's still a step up. The Cardinals are running the ball better, and their defense is getting better. That will help. The Panthers just have nothing going on to make me believe they'll win any of their remaining games. When they get some kind of legit supporting cast around Jimmy Clausen, they might start winning some games. PREDICTION: CARDINALS

Saints @ Ravens -- A lot of people are picking the Ravens to win this game. I have no idea why. The Ravens blew a sure victory against the Steelers, and let the Houston Texans outscore them 28-7 in the second half Monday night to force overtime. That's not the look of a team that's ready to beat the defending Superbowl Champs. These aren't the Ravens of old, and the Saints seem to be clicking at the right time. I'll take Drew Brees and HIS defense over Joe Flacco and his. PREDICTION: SAINTS

Lions @ Buccaneers -- The Buccaneers have lost several of their starters on defense. Still, I don't see anything in the Detroit Lions to make me believe that Drew Stanton will outscore Josh Freeman. The Lions defense has improved, but not enough to overcome their lack-luster offense. PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS

Chiefs @ Rams -- I don't think Matt Cassel's absence was the reason the Chiefs lost last week. I think it was horrible play-calling and even poorer game-planning. Everyone saw how the Raiders ran the ball all over the Chargers, so what do the Chiefs do? They barely give Jamaal Charles the ball. You've gotta be kidding me. Let's just say I trust Sam Bradford and the Rams to bounce back more than I trust the Chiefs. I think the Rams take it; whether Cassel plays or not. PREDICTION: RAMS

Browns @ Bengals -- Jake Delhomme sucks. There's just no kind way to put it. I don't think we see him back as the starting QB unless Eric Mangini is actually trying to lose his job. Either McCoy (if he's healthy) or Wallace will be taking the snaps this Sunday. The Bengals, on the other hand, are in self-destruct mode. They've lost 10 games in a row, and you have idiot players like Terrell Owens publicly blaiming the coaches and owners for the way things are going. Browns complete the season sweep and win the battle of Ohio. PREDICTION: BROWNS

Texans @ Titans -- The Texans showed great resilliency coming back against the Ravens and forcing overtime. There's talent there. They just can't seem to do anything with it. I think the Titans are the perfect cure. 39-year-old Kerry Collins and Randy Moss aren't exactly keeping opposing defensive coordinators up at night, and teams have figured out how to slow down Chris Johnson. Arian Foster is having the better season, and will have the bigger impact in this contest. I'll take Matt Schaub and Arian Foster over Kerry Collins and Chris Johnson. PREDICTION: TEXANS

Redskins @ Cowboys -- The Cowboys running game seemed to come back to life last week; while the Redskins are struggling to find an identity. Releasing your punter isn't the answer after a bad snap costs the team the game. Why not just have the back-up QB hold the ball on extra point attempts? Why fire your punter; leaving you short on your special team unit? Just one of many boneheaded moves this season by Shanahan. Jason Garrett hasn't made too many dumb moves so far as head coach. I think the Cowboys simply out-score the struggling Redskins in this one. PREDICTION: COWBOYS

Falcons @ Seahawks -- The Seahawks got blown out by the same 49ers team they blew out earlier in the season. They're back home, where they play better, but that won't matter here. The Falcons are hitting on all cylinders, and I've seen nothing to indicate to me that an upset here is even possible. Blow out. PREDICTION: FALCONS

Jets @ Steelers -- The Jets have gone 2 games without a TD, and now face the #1 rushing defense in the Steelers. If they can't run the ball, it will be up to Mark Sanchez to try to win it for them. How's that been working out lately? The Jets can try to cheat again if they want, but I don't think it will matter. Expect at least one pick six by the Steerers D'. PREDICTION: STEELERS

Broncos @ Raiders -- The Broncos may as well start Tim Tebow and see what he's got. They drafted him in the first round, so why not? By trading up for him, they must have thought he could be the starter someday, so what's the point of keeping him on the bench with the season going nowhere?  What have they got to lose aside from another game?   The season's over, and Kyle Orton hasn't been winning games, so what's the point of keeping him out there? Anyway, the Broncos run defense is atrocious, and the Raiders are one of the better running teams in the league. You do the math. PREDICTION: RAIDERS

Packers @ Patriots -- They're not even sure Aaron Rodgers is playing Sunday. Given how Matt Flynn and the team performed in his absence makes this pick a no brainer. Another blow out. PREDICTION: PATRIOTS

Bears @ Vikings -- This will be a brutal outdoor game at the University Of Minnesota. It will be about 10 below at kick-off time. I don't expect there will be a lot of passing, which will make the running game the key to victory. I think the Vikings have the edge in that category. Matt Forte has done almost nothing for the Bears all season. I think Adrian Peterson has a bounce-back game here and helps decide the outcome. Upset alert. PREDICTION: VIKINGS

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 8:55 am

Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

Hey, How's everyone doing?  10-6 last week; not horrible, but not great either.  Here are my picks & predictions for week 14. Enjoy. 

Colts @ Titans-- It is no longer a given that the Colts will win games just because of Peyton Manning. They have glaring weaknesses on defense, and a QB who's suddenly making poor decisions on a consistent basis. The Titans are an equally desperate team, looking to end a five game losing streak. I think they turn to Chris Johnson more in this game against a Colts defense that's 29th in the league against the run. The Titans have the better run defense, the better running game, and they're at home. I like the chances for an upset. PREDICTION: TITANS

Browns @ Bills-- The Browns impressive run since their 1-5 start continues. Eric Mangini, who I have never liked, is my pick for coach of the year. They don't have many weapons, but their best weapon - Peyton Hillis - faces a Bills defense that's dead last in the NFL against the run. The Bills play hard, but haven't learned how to close the deal in the end and win, and will just be outmatched and out-manned in this one. PREDICTION: BROWNS

Packers @ Lions-- The Lions are an improved team despite their record. But, playing hard and coming close to winning doesn't really count for much. Matthew Stafford is throwing this week, but will not start this game. That makes this pick pretty easy. PREDICTION: PACKERS

Giants @ Vikings-- The Giants have played the Vikings on the road @ Minnesota for so many years in a row, I've lost count. Why the game is there every season instead of taking turns is beyond me. Anyway, I don't expect the Giants to get embarrassed by the Vikings the way they were last year. Leslie Frazier has named Brett Favre the starter for this one "...if he is healthy...", which tells me that Favre and the coach are more interested in Favre's consecutive starts streak than doing what's best for the team. The Vikings SHOULD see if Tavaris Jackson is the answer for the future, but they won't. Favre's ego is more important than the team. Wow. Expect the Giants defense to set the tempo early and limit Adrian Peterson's production. Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith are still banged up, but are expected to get playing time and contribute. Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul will get at least one sack apiece. PREDICTION: GIANTS

Bengals @ Steelers-- The Bengals outplayed the Saints in the second half last week, but still found a way to lose the game. What happened to Carson Palmer? Maybe Chad "Ochocinco" should have concentrated on improving his receiving skills rather than making head-line grabbing name changes and appearing on reality shows. The defense hasn't just taken a vacation. It's gone. Not seeing much chance for an upset despite last week. PREDICTION: STEELERS

Raiders @ Jaguars-- I still don't understand the Raiders. They can't beat a pathetically-predictable Dolphins team at home, yet managed to shut down Phillip Rivers and the Chargers on the road. The Jaguars have been the much more consistent team and have run the ball better than any team in the NFL the past couple of weeks. Sounds like the recipe for another win to me. PREDICTION: JAGUARS

Falcons @ Panthers-- The Falcons are hitting on all cylinders right now, while the Panthers are simply trying to find an identity and somehow save their coach's job. I guess this is what happens when you draft nothing but O-line, RB, and linebacker several years in a row, and address nothing else. Jonathan Stewart being back helps their running game, but with no legit talent at WR, TE, or QB, I don't see even the possibility of an upset. PREDICTION: FALCONS

Buccaneers @ Redskins-- Donovan McNabb simply doesn't have the talent around him to compete with an improved young Bucs team. And, the talent that IS out there for the Redskins seems pretty disinterested. Perhaps a little less big $$$ free-agency signing and a little more building the team through the draft (The way the Bucs are doing it) would bode well for the Redskins and Mike Shanahan's future. PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS

Rams @ Saints-- I would have been tempted to pick the Rams here in an upset if the game was in St. Louis. But, the Rams have not demonstrated the ability to win on the road consistently. I also expect the Saints defense to bounce back in this one. I like Sam Bradford, but I'll take Drew Brees at home. PREDICTION: SAINTS

Seahawks @ 49ers-- I thought the 49ers actually played a decent game last week until they started missing tackles and let the game get away from them in the 2nd half. I think they bounce back this week at home; regardless of who plays QB. The running game and the defense will determine the outcome. I don't see Marshawn Lynch repeating last week's performance. The 49ers defense plays with some pride at home. Anthony Dixon and Bryan Westbrook do enough on the ground to win it in a close one. PREDICTION: 49ERS

Patriots @ Bears-- The Patriots played like a team possessed Monday night. The Bears have played well, but I'm not convinced they're an elite team. Their defense has played well, calls have gone their way to hand them victories they didn't earn, and Cutler's gotten the job done against lesser competition. Still, I'm not convinced yet. If they beat the Patriots at home, I'll be a believer. Let's see Jay Cutler throw multiple TD's against the Patriots. Until then, I remain unconvinced. PREDICTION PATRIOTS

Dolphins @ Jets-- I'm officially off the Chad Henne bandwagon, though he is far from the Dolphins only problem. When you sign a guy like Brandon Marshall and pay him the money the Dolphins paid him, and you can't get him the ball, I blame the offensive coordinator for that as much as the QB. Chad Henne's regression is alarming. Even more alarming is how unimaginative and bland the offense is under Dan Henning. And, what happened to that running game? You've got one of the best O-linemen in the game in Jake Long, and you can't run the ball? Wow. A team that is 1-5 at home and can only win road games outside of their own division lacks a certain toughness. So much for that toughness we saw earlier in the year. This team is soft. I can guarantee this is not what Bill Parcells envisioned. I doubt he sticks around after this season. This team is a perfect remedy for a Jets team that just got embarrassed last week. Somehow, I don't see the Jets being soft like the Dolphins. PREDICTION: JETS

Broncos @ Cardinals-- The Cardinals have finally done something right. They benched Derek Anderson. They should have never left the team in his hands to begin with. Anyone that knows me knows I've been saying that since the preseason when they released Matt Leinart. How intelligent is that move looking now? LOL. Well, they start John Skelton, which is the right move, but I don't see him outplaying Kyle Orton in his first ever start. Broncos win by a score of 9-6. PREDICTION: BRONCOS

Chiefs @ Chargers-- The Chargers got destroyed by the Raiders running game last week, and didn't have much of a running game of their own. The Chiefs are an even better running team with a better defense. Phillip Rivers won't be able to win this one by himself. The Chiefs are the new top dogs of the division, and will prove it in this contest. PREDICTION: CHIEFS

Eagles @ Cowboys-- The Cowboys have averaged 33 points per game in their last four contests. They face an Eagles team with a QB in Michael Vick who's been banged around a lot lately. Andy Reid recently complained that defenses were hitting Vick too hard. Not sure what his issue is. Last time I checked, this was tackle football. Anyway, expect the Cowboys to get after Vick and do some more hitting, and to once again step it up against another winning team. Another upset. PREDICTION: COWBOYS

Ravens @ Texans-- The Texans simply look to me like a team that doesn't think they should win. They took a sure win at Philadelphia and just gave it away. I expect their generosity to continue agaisnt a Ravens team that also had no business losing last week. Of the two teams, I trust the Ravens to bounce back more. PREDICTION: RAVENS

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:30 pm

Week 13 NFL Picks & Predictions

I took Thanksgiving week off and was not near a computer, so I apologize to those who look forward to this blog.  I did manage to get my GB10 picks entered in for the pick ems contest before going and went 12-4 on the week.  Hopefully, I can match that or better. 
Enjoy the read, gang. 


Texans @ Eagles - Somehow, I don't see the Texans repeating that defensive performance they had against the rookie QB of the Titans. Until I see that defense perform well consistently, I'm still not a believer. Eagles BIG at home. PREDICTION: EAGLES



Bills @ Vikings - I like the way the Bills are competing. They should have beat the Steelers last week, but a dropped pass in the end zone gave the game away. They play hard but are not yet a team that believes they can win. Until that changes, I must continue to pick against them. Leslie Frazier makes it 2-0 as a head coach. PREDICTION: VIKINGS

Saints @ Bengals - The Bengals are the most disappointing team of the season. Their defense has vanished, they can't sustain drives on offense, and Carson Palmer has turned into a below-average QB. Not seeing much chance for an upset. Saints continue to roll. PREDICTION: SAINTS

Bears @ Lions - The Lions starting QB and back-up QB are out for the season; leaving them with Drew Stanton at the helm. Their defense has slacked off as of late, and players are starting to question each other's effort. Not an ideal situation to be in when preparing for a red hot Bears team. Even if you expected the Lions to come in last again, they've been a huge disappointment. Chances for an upset here - ZERO. PREDICTION: BEARS

49ers @ Packers - The 49ers got back to the formula that worked for them in late '08; running the ball well, limiting mistakes in the passing game, and playing solid defense. I expect more of the same in this contest. Even though they're not playing against Derek Anderson this week, I'm worried about the Packers. They remind me of the Packers from the 90's. They can put up points and chunks of yards here and there, but they can't run the ball. When you're one-dimensional on offense, it will catch up to you. Just ask the '09 Colts. With Greg Jennings questionable to even play Sunday, they will need their running game to step up more than ever. I don't see how it happens when Aaron Rodgers is their biggest running threat. Upset alert. PREDICTION: 49ERS

Jaguars @ Titans - The Titans are a mess, and it's not just because Jeff Fisher shelved Vince Young for the remainder of the year. Forget the fact that Kerry Collins and Rusty Smith don't exactly keep opposing head coaches up at night. What shocks me most is Chris Johnson being held to 5 yards rushing against the dead-last-ranked Texans defense. Even more confusing to me is why he only got 7 carries for the entire game. Wow. The Jaguars were at least competitive last week, and stuck to their running game even when the Giants started shutting it down. The Jaguars seem to be making better decisions and seem to have a bit more fire and effort in their play. PREDICTION: JAGUARS

Broncos @ Chiefs - Is there a bigger loser currently in the NFL than Josh McDaniels? I'm not sure what's worse; knowing about that taped walk-through or NOT knowing about it. Anyway, I like the Chiefs running game and Dwayne Bowe to steal the show at Arrowhead. The much-improved Chiefs hold onto first place for another week. PREDICTION: CHIEFS

Browns @ Dolphins - Jake Delhomme has been named the starter preliminarily for this contest. That means it will be up to Peyton Hillis to try to beat the Dolphins by himself like he did against the Panthers. The bad news for Hillis - this isn't the Panthers. With Chad Henne back; playing against Jake Delhomme, I expect the Dolphins to get their 2nd home win of the season. PREDICTION: DOLPHINS

Redskins @ Giants - It's anyone's guess whether or not the Giants will actually give a full effort for all four quarters. But, they have the talent advantage on both sides of the ball, and I don't think Donovan McNabb has the talent around him to pull this one out. GMEN SHOULD win by at least a TD. PREDICTION: GIANTS

Raiders @ Chargers - The Raiders are regressing at the wrong time. The Chargers are having their usual late-season streak before collapsing in the playoffs. Nothing unusual or unpredictable going on here. I'll roll with Philip Rivers and the NFL's #1 'D' in this one. PREDICTION: CHARGERS

Cowboys @ Colts - I'm almost tempted to pick the Cowboys here after what I saw from both of these teams last week. But, Dez Bryant seems to be regressing, and I don't see Peyton Manning playing as poorly as he did for a 2nd week in a row. The Colts will NOT let the Jaguars take sole possession of 1st place. Bank on it. PREDICTION: COLTS

Rams @ Cardinals - Derek Anderson is the starting QB of the Arizona Cardinals. Is there any point at all in doing further analysis? PREDICTION: RAMS

Panthers @ Seahawks - The Panthers and the Seahawks are not that far apart in run defense (25th & 22nd respectively). However, with Jonathan Stewart back healthy, and Mike Goodson proving to be a viable pass-catching threat, I've gotta give the Panthers the advantage in rushing here. The Seahawks have no legitimate receiving nor rushing threats to speak of. The Panthers at least have a running game. Upset alert #2. PREDICTION: PANTHERS

Falcons @ Buccaneers - The Buccaneers played a competitive game last week against a team some feel will represent the AFC in the Superbowl. However, I just don't trust them to score enough points against good defenses. The Falcons definitely have that, plus Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Michael Turner. I'll take these guys over Josh Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, and Mike Williams. PREDICTION: FALCONS

Steelers @ Ravens - Ben Roethlisberger is wearing some kind of boot on his foot, but expects to start Sunday. Still, it's a given that he won't be 100%. That means trying to run the ball more. I don't see Rashard Mendenhall rushing for 150+ yards again against this defense. I think Joe Flacco has more success in this contest than Roethlisberger because he is healthier and has better receiving options. Steelers defense will keep it close, but not close enough. PREDICTION: RAVENS


Jets @ Patriots - I really can't stomach either one of these teams. For me, it's just one of those game that I wish would end in a zero-zero tie. But, I have to pick one winner. Well, Rex Ryan shot his mouth off again. But, it's the on-the-field action that does the actual talking. I expect Brady and the Patriots to up their game at home; where they always play better. I think Mark Sanchez turns it over in this one a couple of times and won't quite match Tom Brady's production; which will turn out to be the difference in the game. Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis runs the ball just well enough to help Brady with his play-action passes. PREDICTION: PATRIOTS

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 9:40 am

Week 11 NFL Picks & Predictions

I wonder if the Steelers fan who insulted me last week for picking the Patriots to win will be back.  LOL.  People are funny.  Anyway, hope everyone's having a good week.  Enjoy the read: 

Bears @ Dolphins-- Word is Chad Henne may be back for this game. Even if he isn't, Tyler Thigpen proved he could get the job done last week. Jake Long is probably a go for tonight's game. I hate the play-calling. It's too vanilla, and they are not using Ronnie Brown enough. The Bears, however, still have O-line woes and do not play as well on the road. Look for the Dolphins to win their 2nd home game of the season. Their contention for a playoff spot depends on it. PREDICTION: DOLPHINS

Bills @ Bengals-- The Bills beat a tough Detroit Lions team last week to secure their first win of the year. They've been competitive. But, I think the Bengals offense comes to life in this one in front of their home crowd. I'll take Carson Palmer and Cedric Benson over Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fred Jackson. PREDICTION: BENGALS

Cardinals @ Chiefs-- Derek Anderson is the starting QB of the Arizona Cardinals. Not much more to analyze here. PREDICTION: CHIEFS

Packers @ Vikings-- Brett Favre is done. Age and the injuries have caught up to him, and the coach is too stubborn to bench him. Adrian Peterson can't win by himself; especially when they call about 50 pass-plays per game to cater to Favre. Packers get the season sweep. PREDICTION: PACKERS

Redskins @ Titans-- A $78 million extension for Donovan McNabb? Really? Wow. Anyway, one of the bottom-ranked defenses takes on one of the top defenses. Add Chris Johnson to the mix, and it makes the pick in this contest pretty easy. That good start for the Redskins is quickly fading. PREDICTION: TITANS

Browns @ Jaguars-- The Jaguars won a game on a hail-mary last week. I'll go out on a limb and say that luck won't cut it this week. The Browns are a competitive; scrappy bunch, and will play much better defense than the Jaguars saw last week against the Texans. Maurice Jones-Drew should do well, but I think Peyton Hillis does better in this one. Not sure this is an upset either. PREDICTION: BROWNS

Texans @ Jets-- The Texans couldn't take advantage of a lousy Jaguars defense last week. I don't see how they do any better against Rex Ryan's Jets. The downward slide continues, and the hot seat for Gary Kubiak gets hotter. PREDICTION: JETS

Ravens @ Panthers--The Ravens are coming off a tough loss to the Falcons. I don't see them tripping up again to a Panther's team that's averaging just 11.6 points per game. Ravens BIG. PREDICTION: RAVENS

Lions @ Cowboys-- Matthew Stafford is out for the season - yet AGAIN. The rest of the team couldn't beat a winless Bills team last week. Don't see how they handle a resurgent Cowboys team. Garrett improves to 2-0 as a coach. PREDICTION: COWBOYS

Raiders @ Steelers-- The feeling here is the Steelers regroup after getting man-handled by the Patriots last week. The Raiders are improved, but they're not ready to beat a pissed-off Steelers team yet. PREDICTION: STEELERS

Falcons @ Rams-- For reasons I can't fathom, the Rams are a completely different team on the road then they are at home. I think they catch the Falcons by surprise here and pull off the upset with Bradford, Jackson, and the improved defense leading the way. Matt Ryan & company come back down to earth somewhat. PREDICTION: RAMS

Buccaneers @ 49ers-- The 49ers offense has come back to life. They may have their answer at QB with Troy Smith. I think the momentum carriers over, which is not good for a Bucs secondary that made Jimmy Clausen look good at times last week. The 49ers take another step towards a late-season run. PREDICTION: 49ERS

Seahawks @ Saints-- Drew Brees and the Saints come off a bye week; well-rested, and are at home. The Seahawks are in the middle of a long road trip. The Hawks' chances in this one are "difficult" at best, plus the Saints may have Reggie Bush back on Sunday. Saints big at home. PREDICTION: SAINTS

Colts @ Patriots-- Peyton Manning & Tom Brady are two of the best in the game. The defenses for both teams are improving. The difference in this game will be the running game. Big advantage to the Patriots. Look for Bellichik to call a lot of running plays to keep Manning off the field. It's a strategy that's often worked in Foxboro. I don't see Sunday shaping up any differently. PREDICTION: PATRIOTS

Giants @ Eagles-- The Giants sure didn't act like the NFL's #1 defense Sunday when they made Jon Kitna look like Joe Montana. Because they half-assed it and failed to game-plan properly, they now find themselves in a must-win situation on the road against a QB in Michael Vick who just scored six TD's. The Giants defense will have to have their best game of the season for the Giants to come out on top. I'm just not sure which defense we'll see out there; plus the offense has more injuries than a M*A*S*H* unit. PREDICTION: EAGLES

Broncos @ Chargers-- Who are the Denver Broncos? Anyone got this team figured out? How do you give up 59 points to the Raiders; then put up 49 points against an improving Chiefs defense? Well, the one player in this game who has been consistent this season is Philip Rivers. If the Raiders can hang up 59 points against the Broncos defense, then I have to believe Philip Rivers will be able to outscore Kyle Orton at home. I'll go with my gut here. PREDICTION: CHARGERS
















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Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 8:45 am

Week 10 NFL Picks & Predictions

Happy Hump Day.  How's everyone doing?  Can you believe it's week 10 already?  I still remember anxiously awaiting for the preseason to get here.  Doesn't seem that long ago.  Here are my picks & predictions.  Enjoy the read: 

Ravens @ Falcons-- The Falcons are a great team at home, but I don't like the way they let the Bucs back into the game last week. If not for a heroic goal-line stand, they lose that game. If they sit on a lead against the Ravens, they will be crushed. The Ravens have their running game going, and Willis McGahee has once again become a factor in this offense to compliment Ray Rice. I'll take the team that knows how to finish games. PREDICTION: RAVENS

Lions @ Bills-- If ever there was a chance to win a game, last week was it. Instead, it was yet another let down for Bills fans. I don't see this contest shaping up any differently. Lions BIG - even without Stafford. PREDICTION: LIONS

Panthers @ Buccaneers-- The Panthers have not yet named a starter for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. It will either be Jimmy Clausen; who isn't very good; or Tony Pike; who has barely played any NFL snaps in the regular season. Jonathan Stewart is injured, and no one is stepping up on this offense. I give them a slim-to-none chance in this one against an improving young Bucs team. PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS

Vikings @ Bears-- The Vikings are a mess. Adrian Peterson is not the factor in this offense he once was because the coaches have to cater to 50-year-old Brett Favre's ego and call 50 pass plays every game. Tension between Childress and Favre on top of that. I'm not reading too much into their comeback victory against the Derek Anderson-led Cardinals last week. The Bears have their own mess. The O-line is going to get Jay Cutler killed, and Matt Forte has been a huge disappointment. I don't like either team, but I guess I have to pick one. I'll go with the team I think will screw up less in this one. PREDICTION: BEARS

Texans @ Jaguars-- The Jaguars aren't much better than the Texans on defense. They are 28th in the league. In a battle between two bad defenses, I'll go with the team with the better offense. This seems like a great spot for Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson to get things going again. PREDICTION: TEXANS

Titans @ Dolphins-- I don't like what I'm seeing from the Dolphins. That Offensive Coordinator must go.  They started off with a heavy dose of Ronnie Brown; then basically quit using him from the 2nd quarter on. Where is Brandon Marshall? Has anyone seen him? They paid big Bucks to land this guy; yet they barely call his number. I don't get it. Anyway, I pick the Dolphins in this one simply because of the law of averages. They HAVE to win at home eventually, don't they??? PREDICTION: DOLPHINS

Jets @ Browns-- I'm starting to like the Cleveland Browns. I thought letting Brady Quinn go for Jake Delhomme was beyond stupid. But, drafting Colt McCoy is looking like a smart decision. The running game is going, and the team, though absent of elite talent, plays hard every down. They are no longer push-overs, and are going out there expecting to win. The Jets, in my opinion, got lucky last week against the Lions. Luck won't cut it this week. I expect the Browns' scrappy, hard-nosed play to continue and surprise yet another AFC East team. Upset alert. PREDICTION: BROWNS

Bengals @ Colts-- The Bengals are looking more and more like the little brother in the AFC North. Peyton Manning & company come home after a tough loss to the Eagles on the road, and will look to redeem themselves. I like the Colts chances no matter how many WR's get injured; as long as Peyton Manning is taking the snaps. PREDICTION: COLTS

Chiefs @ Broncos-- The Broncos don't have much going right for them at all. Just not seeing any positives there right now. They traded into the first round to draft a QB who they only use in goal-line gimmick plays maybe once every few games. Seems like kind of a waste to me. On the other hand, the Chiefs bring an improved defense and running game to this contest. That should be enough to handle this Broncos team. PREDICTION: CHIEFS

Rams @ 49ers-- The Rams are the better team here, but the one thing that worries me is they don't seem to play well on the road. The 49ers owners and coaches are still crowning the team the future NFC West Champions despite their 2-6 start. Not sure how realistic that prediction is. The 49ers defense just doesn't seem right to me. They're too inconsistent and underacheive in too many games. Let's just say that with first place on the line, I trust the Rams to play better on the road this week more than I trust the 49ers defense to show us the effort we saw from them back in '08 and '09. PREDICTION: RAMS

Cowboys @ Giants-- Two teams going in two opposite directions. The Cowboys will have a new coach and new defensive coordinator for this game. The Giants have the league's #1 defense and #2 offense. Not seeing much chance for an upset. PREDICTION: GIANTS

Seahawks @ Cardinals-- The Cardinals have Derek Anderson as their starting QB. What else is there to say? PREDICTION: SEAHAWKS

Patriots @ Steelers-- The Patriots got flat-out manhandled by the Browns last week. They will be motivated to redeem themselves in this one. They face an excellent, but not flawless, defense in the Steelers. Roethlisberger looks good. But, I think Tom Brady outplays him in this one. Very rarely over the past several years have the Patriots lost back-to-back games. I'll roll with the odds in this one. PREDICTION: PATRIOTS

Eagles @ Redskins-- Mike Shanahan now has to go on television against Donovan McNabb's old team and try to make the home crowd forget he benched him in favor of Rex Grossman last week when the game was on the line. Good luck with that. The Eagles seem to have it more together plus a huge talent advantage on offense. Vick & company win the rematch. PREDICTION: EAGLES


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