Week #8 Picks Recap…5-0.

Posted in Week #8 Picks on November 1, 2011 by robertdunn22

  Picks 2 Click: 5-0….Meh.

Week 8, in honor of Halloween, was like “taking candy from a baby”. It was also a week where we saw the “Mile High Messiah” not join the “Mile-High Club” (That makes two of us Tim)…..Heck, he hasn’t joined the “Sea Level Club” yet. Don’t sweat it. On a serious note, that might have been Vegas’s biggest “mis-line” of the year. 3 points versus a fired up Lions team coming off two tough losses to quality opponents? Hmmm…..Every once in a while you can catch Vegas odds-makers sleeping. This was your chance. Don’t expect them to go to bed for a few weeks….

Game 1: Tennessee 27. Indy 10. Spread was 9.5. Despite holding Chris Johnson to a whopping 34 yards rushing, out-gaining the Titans 399-311, and ringing up more first downs, the Colts stood no chance. Curtis Painter’s bangs blocked his eyesight on two occasions leading to costly interceptions. Tennessee played mistake free football, and took a 20-0 halftime lead and coasted to the easy W.

Game 2: Houston 24. Jacksonville 14. Spread was 8.5. Houston’s defense showed up in this one, and brought a little offense unlike Baltimore last Monday night. Houston more than doubled up Jacksonville in total yards (358-174), and dominated on 3rd down (10/17). Houston did cough up the ball on their own 8 yard line, leading to a game tying TD early for Jacksonville. A late Rackers FG with 18 seconds covered the spread. Hey, I never said it would be easy ! (like Sunday morning)…Lionel Richie did though… (“Easy”, 1977).

Game 3: Buffalo 23. Washington 0. Spread was 6. Well well well…Chris Berman and I’s squad prevailed in this one eh? Ah geez, really an “eh” bomb? Quite possibly the most pathetic attempt for a joke. If you ever drop that joke its obvious you have nothing else in your arsenal….So stop it. Nonetheless the Toronto crowd was rowdy in this one helping the Bills, who registered only 4 sacks in the first 6 games. They had 9 in this one. Marcell Dareus was a complete beast in the middle shifting over to Nose Tackle with the injury to Pro Bowler Kyle Williams. Ryan Fitzpatrick proved his worth after recently signing his $59 million dollar contract extension. Fred Jackson will be next to sign. He now has over 1,000 yards through 7 games, and runs the ball with the same purpose as Adrian Peterson. And he can pass block with the best of them. Don’t sleep on this guy. He is the real deal.

Game 4: Detroit 45. Denver 10. Spread was 3??? Yes the spread was a FG. Tim Tebow, who can hardly throw a spiral, with no running game, a lackluster defense, and the recent departure of their best WR (Brandon Lloyd) vs. The Lions, led by Stafford, Megatron, and a coach that called out and chased down Jim Harbaugh. Wow I love that guy. Yes I get it, God is on Tebow’s side…whoa whoa whoa. No, Tebow is on God’s side. And I’m fine with that. But….I will leave you with this from Andre Agassi’s Autobiography:

On Michael Chang: “He thanks God — credits God — for the win, which offends me. That God should take sides in a tennis match, that God should side against me, that God should be in Chang’s box, feels ludicrous and insulting. I beat Chang and savor every blasphemous stroke.” When Chang wins the 1989 French Open, Agassi thinks, “I feel sickened. How could Chang, of all people, have won a slam before me?”

Game 5: Cincinnati 34. SeaChickens 12. Spread was 2.5. The Bengal’s are legit. The defense is for real. They iced this one with a late punt return for a TD, and a pick 6. The game was never really in doubt. Seattle can hardly run the football, and versus a top defense like Cincinnati that leaves you with little chance. Seattle drops to 2-5, and is probably wishing they didn’t win those first few games so they can enter the “Andrew Luck Sweepstakes”. Perhaps, Pete Carroll and company now have their eye on QB Landry Jones from Oklahoma. They need someone, because Jackson and Whitehurst just aren’t very good. At least it was a beautiful day in the Northwest to watch a game….and spend $11.50 on an over-rated bowl of clam chowder in a soggy sourdough bread bowl. That food is for the SeaGals, errrr, Seagulls… Gulp!

Lets keep the ball rolling into Week 9. On first glance, it doesn’t look as sexy as week 8, but there is always a handful of Picks 2 Click. Mount up!

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Week #8 Picks: Confidence Poll

Posted in Poll's on October 27, 2011 by robertdunn22

NFL Week #8 Picks 2 Click

Posted in Week #8 Picks on October 27, 2011 by robertdunn22

  It’s my first week, so I am only going to give you my favorite 5 games. I have one rule; I am going to stray away from the word “lock” to the best of my ability. After the Baltimore debacle last Monday Night, we all found out nothing is a lock. Vegas not only cleaned up on the spread, but the money line as well. Oh well, that was the past, and as we approach the 2nd half of the NFL season, its time to bring home the bacon….

Game #1 – Indianapolis @ Tennessee. Spread: Tennessee – 9.5. After Indianapolis’s dreadful performance in a 62-7 loss to New Orleans on Sunday Night, you can’t in your right mind try to convince yourself that this team isn’t in complete shambles. For years we have heard the muttering of Peyton Manning being the greatest QB of all time, or at least among the ranks. After 7 weeks, it is clear that he is all that he is cracked up to be. He made Reggie Wayne an All Pro Receiver. He made Dallas Clark an All Pro Tight End. He made Tony Dungy a Championship Coach. And he made the Colts a winning team. That they are no longer. Tennessee will look to rebound after a dreadful performance as well when they got trounced by Houston last week. They come back home in this one, desperate to get Chris Johnson and the running game going against the pitiful Colts rushing defense. Look for Chris Johnson to have his first big game of the year. Tennessee – 31. Indy – 16

Game #2 – Jacksonville @ Houston. Spread: Houston – 8.5. “Fool me once, shame on you….Fool me twice, shame on me”….yada yada yada. Jacksonville’s 12-7 victory over Baltimore was a heroic effort, and a stunning performance. I’ll take nothing away from it. Well….actually I will. Only 3 offenses looked worse than Jacksonville last week in the NFL. The Seahawks, the Browns, and the Ravens. Luckily, Jacksonville played one of them. This was a Ravens team averaging nearly 30 points coming into that MNF game. A dynamic offense right? No, not all. An average offense, and an incredible defense that created a good chunk of those points. Anquan Boldin’s route’s were lazy. Torrey Smith couldn’t stretch the field. And Ray Rice played as lackadaisical as MJD. You’re not fooling me twice in this one. Houston has a potent offense with Arian Foster getting into mid-season form, and possibly the return of Andre Johnson. Look for Foster to threaten 200 yards rushing/receiving, and the Texans to take down the Jag’s in an “Easy like Sunday Morning” fashion. Houston – 34. Jacksonvile – 17

Game #3 – Washington kinda @ Buffalo. Spread: Buffalo – 6. This is the Bills annual game hosted in Toronto, Canada. A two-hour bus ride to a city that cares not only more about hockey than football, but also baseball. And soccer. And golf. And tennis. But not Labatt Blue. Alright you get the point. It’s a half home game, and the Bills have had their mojo working at Orchard Park, going 3-0 in victories over NE, Oakland, and Philly. The crowd will be Bills Backers weighted, but by no means will it have the majestic ambience of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Yes, I am a die-hard Bills fan. But I’m not bias. Not at all (cough, cough). NFL teams are 3-9 coming off bye weeks this year, and Buffalo had one last week. That means nothing to me in this one. Stevie Johnson got some extra time to nurse his groin, along with a potential return of NT Kyle Williams. Washington lost RB Tim Hightower to a torn ACL last week, along with a hand injury to WR Santana Moss. The Redskins will field two youngsters in Ryan Torain and Roy Helu to replace Hightower to try to take advantage of the struggling, but improving Bills rushing defense.  This will be Jon Beck’s second start for the Redskins and he showed some clear signs of potential, but he’ll be missing some of their major weapons. I can’t help but not love the Bills in this one. Chan Gailey is coaching this team with grace and guts, and Fred Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick are illustrating to this league what hard work and patience can do. Look for a breakout performance from CJ Spiller, and the Bills special teams in the dome in this one. Bills – 31. Redskins – 20

Game #4 – Detroit @ Denver. Spread: Detroit -3. Time to put a little cheddar on a road team. Just two weeks ago, Detroit was on top of the world at 5-0. Two losses later, to SF and Atlanta, and they are back down to earth looking to get back on track vs Tim Tebow and company. What a fantastic finish for the Bronco’s last week right? An epic late comeback rallied on the back of Tim Tebow. I felt like I was watching “Passion of Christ Part Deux”. Spare me. If you can’t score a point on the Miami Dolphins in the first 56 minutes of a football game, I am supposed to think you have a chance versus one of the best teams in the NFC? The Lions, despite likely not having RB Javhid Best in the backfield will bounce back in this one. WR Calvin Johnson will do what he does, and I wouldn’t be shocked if DT Suh and company knock Tebow out of this one, at least temporarily until he rises from the dead to come back in the 4th to rally a comeback. This time it will end in a pick 6. Detroit – 28. Denver – 13

Game #5 – Cincinnati @ Seattle. Spread: Cincinnati – 2.5. Where to start with this one? Perhaps the sleeper team of the 2011 NFL season so far. The Cincinnati Bengals possess one of the most potent defenses in the league. I won’t get too carried away as 6 games through the season, the best teams they have played are Buffalo and SF, both at home. Nothing against those teams, but Buffalo’s offense is on the up and up, and SF is led by their stellar defense. Nonetheless, Cincy sits at 4-2, and Andy Dalton and AJ Green have formed quite the duo. WR Jerome Simpson is chipping in as well in the passing game (as well as the Marijuana distribution game in the mid-west), and they will need him in this one with Cedric Benson facing his one game suspension, and the running game will be lead by the smaller Bernard Scott. Seattle has quite the home field crowd, but when that is the one thing you have going for your football team, you are in trouble. The Seattle defense is improved from last year, but they will be without corner backs Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond III in this one. Dalton and Company will be airing it out all day in the pacific northwest, dropping the SeaChickens in another one. Cincinnati – 27. Seattle – 17

My goal is 4-1. Don’t wanna be greedy. Good night and good luck…

Heyo!

Posted in Introduction on October 27, 2011 by robertdunn22

I have some spare time on my hands, and I always have an opinion on an NFL football game. Take my predictions with a grain of salt, disregard, or go all in! I spend more time watching football than working, so I at least got that credibility. Ha. Good luck.