In response to JintsFan's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
Still trying to recover from an awful Week Two...picks wise and, especially, Patriots wise. After giving all of us indigestion by laying such a stink bomb on us last Sunday, the Pats owe us one. They'll get the chance to redeem themselves in the "Game of the Week":
1.) (1-1) New England Patriots (+3) @ (1-1) Baltimore Ravens: The Pats' "D" looks much improved over last year. But, much to our chagrin, the offense appears to have taken two steps back. The poor performance of the Pats' OL is the main reason, as Tom Brady hasn't looked comfortable in the pocket thus far. Much of what the Pats do in their passing game is based on timing...and the timing is off because Brady has not been given ample time to throw. Meanwhile, the Ravens' offense seems to be dramatically improved. QB Joe Flacco is playing with great confidence, and WR Torrie Smith is rapidly developing into one of the top deep threat WRs in the game. Add RB Ray Rice to the mix, and the Ravens look formidable. On defense, their strength is their secondary, led by FS Ed Reed, and their lovable SS, Bernard Pollard. Ray Lewis will be screaming, right along with those charming Raven fans. After what we saw from the Pats' last Sunday, can we really expect them to get it done in Baltimore?: PICK: Ravens;
2.) (1-1) N.Y. Giants @ (1-1) Carolina Panthers (+1): This should be a fun game to watch. The Giants were lucky to pull off an impropable comeback to beat Tampa Bay last week. Meanwhile, Carolina looked good in beating the Saints. The Giants can't run the ball, and their OL has about as many holes as Tom Brady's line in New England. Carolina QB Cam Newton should be able to buy enough time defeat the NY pass rush: PICK: Panthers;
3.) (1-1) St. Louis Rams (+7.5) @ (1-1) Chicago Bears: I've been getting burnt picking teams giving up a bunch of points via the spread all year. Still, I have to believe that the Bears will bounce back from that debacle in Green Bay last Thursday: PICK: Bears;
4.) (1-1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) @ (1-1) Dallas Cowboys: Thus far, parity is the rule in the NFL this season. Who knows what to expect from the up and down Cowboys?: PICK: Buccaneers;
5.) (2-0) San Francisco 49ers @ (1-1) Minnesota Vikings (+7): The 49ers are one of the very few NFL teams to establish themselves as elite, thus far. The Vikings gave one away to the Colts last week. Turnovers will tell the tale this Sunday: PICK: 49ers;
6.) (1-1) Detroit Lions @ (0-2) Tennessee Titans (+3): Though the Lions are one dimensional, the Tians have no dimensions at all: PICK: Lions;
7.) (1-1) Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) @ (1-1) Washington Redskins: The 'Skins gabve one away to the Rams last week. Plus, they added injury to insult last Sunday, loosing their two top defensive players, Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, for the season: PICK: Bengals;
8.) (1-1) N.Y. Jets @ (1-1) Miami Dolphins (+3): The wheels fell off the Jets' band-wagon last week in Pittsburgh. But, the Dolphins don't have the QB or the WRs that the Steelers do: PICK: Jets;
9.) (0-2) New Orleans Saints @ (0-2) Kansas City Chiefs (+9): Though the Saints are 0-2, they've put points on the board. The Chiefs are 0-2, losing both games in blow-outs: PICK: Saints;
10.) (1-1) Buffalo Bills @ (0-2) Cleveland Browns (+3): What a yawn-fest! The Browns should copyright this game, and sell it off as a guaranteed cure for insomniacs: PICK: Browns;
11.) (0-2) Jacksonville Jaguars (+3) @ (1-1) Indianapolis Colts: Got to go with Andrew Luck over Blaine Gabbert: PICK: Colts;
12.) (2-0) Philadelphia Eagles @ (2-0) Arizona Cardinals (+4): Kevin Kolb get a shot at revenge against his old team. With a win this week, the Cards can show that they're for real: PICK: Cardinals;
13.) (2-0) Atlanta Falcons (+3) @ (2-0) San Diego Chargers: The Falcons will provide yet another example this week that the NFC is the superior conference: PICK: Falcons;
14.) (2-0) Houston Texans @ (1-1) Denver Broncos (+1.5): The Texans appear to be the best team in the AFC. Peyton Manning's had a rough Monday night in Atlanta. His passes lacked zip. Could it be...oh...never mind: PICK: Texans;
15.) (1-1) Pittsburgh Steelers @ (0-2) Oakland Raiders (+5): Looks like a gift from Vegas: PICK: Steelers;
16.) (1-1) Green Bay Packers @ (1-1) Seattle Seahawks (+3.5): Seattle is tough at home. Who knows what to expect anymore in the parity driven NFL?: PICK: Packers.
BEST BETS: Steelers, Falcons, Lions.
tex, dont go down that queenie et al 'lucky' road...the only thing improbable was the jints allowing such an inferior team to outplay them for 3 qts and getting down 2 tds...the jints/eli torched tb in the 4th qt, no 'luck' involved...
RESPONSE: Come on, man! Admit it...they were extremely fortunate (lucky) to get by Tampa after spotting the Bucs such a big lead. Heck...the Pats would have been lucky to have won that putrid Arizona game, had Gostkowski made that last second FG. Like the Pats, the Giants were awful for three quarters, before turning it on at the end.
i dont disagree with ur panthers pick but not b/c of the reasons u cite; its because the gmen are decimated by injuries to key personnel.. .down 3 backliners and now this game no bradshaw, nicks, diehl or hixon...thats brutal...if jints are healthy? cam and the panthers are a bump in the road
RESPONSE: Agreed. I'm going to watch that game tonight. It should be a good one. I'm not a Giants hater. I just call 'em as I see 'em. The key to the game tonight is whether Carolina can mount enough pressure on Eli to make him uncomfortable...and whether the Giants can get to Newton. The Giants have the same issues that they had last year...only a tad worse. No running game...and a mediocre at best OL.
got guts taking the ravens here i'll give u that
RESPONSE: How can I do otherwise? The Pats OL right now is terrible. Offensively, they look clueless. They are without Aaron Hernandez. Where are all those people who were criticizing former OC Billy O'Brien? Josh McDaniels has this offense all messed up. As for the Ravens, they and the Texans look like the two best teams in the AFC. Sunday night is a huge game for the Pats. If they're going to do anything this season, they need to get it in gear in Baltimore.