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So today, as Brian Dawkins officially retires as an Eagle, it will be an emotional day for anyone that has any connection with the Philadelphia Eagle’s Organization (past or present) wether it be Players, Coaches, Ownership, Fans, and the list continues. Brian Dawkins is a Legend…An Icon in the Philly Sports Realm. Being an Eagle’s fan for my whole life there have been many great players that have donned the Green! Wilbert Montgomery, Mike Quick, Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner, Troy Vincent, Keith Byars, Keith Jackson, Ricky Waters, Donovan McNabb, Deuce Staley, Brian Westbrook, Hugh Douglas, Jeremiah Trotter, Terrell Owens, Michael Vick, Deshaun Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Trent Cole…the list could go on forever if you are a die-hard Eagle’s fan. Well…for me Brian Dawkins is my all time favorite Eagle notwithstanding Reggie White. Brian Dawkins is the epitome of the Philadelphia Sports History. He wore his heart on his sleeve 100 percent of the time and then some. He gave his heart and soul to this team and city. He played relentless defense at a position that has become more important every year as the Athletes are getting better and better…especially tight ends who the Safety is generally responsible for covering. When Brian would hit an opponent…there was no question wether he was in the play or not. I rank him right there when it comes to the hardest hitting safety’s in NFL history…right there with Andre Waters, Ronnie Lott, Darren Woodsen and Ed Reed. Brian is also known for his faith off of the field as he is truly a Godly Man. But when he is on the field of battle…there was no player of my time that brought the intensity, the tenacity, and the energy to the field. I can remember years ago when I would sit in the end zone and Dawkins would run onto the field and bring the crowd to an absolute frenzy!!! When this team let Brian Dawkins walk into free agency…I did not want to be a fan anymore. That’s how much this player meant to me…I have a Dawkins shrine in my basement. My sister even named her dog Dawkins. My buddy Kenny also named his dog Dawkins. I would be willing to bet many other Eagle’s fans named their pets after this absolute legend. Also known as WEAPON X…it will be so great to see his number retired in an Eagle’s uniform. I am sure there will be many tears shed as the ceremony takes place tonight in South Philly. What better team to be playing than the New York Giants! Brian…we all Love You and miss your presence on the field, and you will never be forgotten. Your hits galore…the time you crunched Crumpler in that NFC Championship. The hit on Vick in that same game, You raising the NFC Trophy high and proud…your blood sweat and tears in the 2004 Superbowl…countless memories. Brian…no one deserves this more than you. You will never be forgotten.
Ok…now that I got that off my chest…onto my picks.
1) New England @ Buffalo- The Patriots are favored by 3.5 points in this one. The Patriots are in danger of losing 3 in a row which has not happened since 2002! As good as Buffalo is this year…cannot see them beating Tom Brady and Company! Take the Patriots in this one with the points.
2) Carolina @ Falcons- The Falcons are favored by 7 in this one. Look for the Falcons to continue their winning streak, but the Panthers will cover the spread as these games are always close.
3) Minnesota @ Detroit- Detroit is favored by 4.5. The Vikings looked solid last week but look for the upstart offense of the Lions to wreak havoc in this game. Take the Lions with the points.
4) Titans @ Texans- Houston is favored by 11.5 and usually I would say this is a fair line but they are playing the Titans. The Titans have not been great but for some reason they always play the Texans tight. This is my upset of the week…Go with the Titans.
5) Chargers @ Chiefs- The Chiefs are favored at home but only by a point. The Chargers are playing much better so I’m taking them on the road.
6) San Francisco @ NY Jets- The Jets are favored at home by 4 but the 49ers will be hungry after being upset by the Vikings last week. Look for the Niners to win this one easily on the road against the Jets minus Durelle Revis.
7) Seattle @ St. Louis- The Rams are favored by 3 but I am taking the Seahawks on the road in this one. I agree that they lucked out in Green Bay and won on a horrible call…but one cannot deny that they played a very good Green Bay offense to the T! Seattle wins.
8) Bengals @ Jaguars- The Jags are only favored by 1.5 in this one but Cincinnati has been absolutely horrible on the road. Jacksonville has been playing much better. Look for Jones-Drew to tear up the Bengals poor run defense. Jaguars by a Touchdown.
9) Raiders @ Broncos- The Raiders are favored by a Touchdown on the road in Denver where they have owned the Broncos. However, Peyton Manning is still out to prove that Indy made a huge mistake letting Him go. The Broncos win this one by a field goal.
10) Dolphins @ Cardinals- The Dolphins are favored on the road by 4.5 against the Cardinals. Last year I would have said take Miami, but Arizona is turning a lot of heads. They have beat New England and Philly in the past 2 games. Look for the Cardinals to continue their win streak.
11) Saints @ Packers- The Saints are favored by 7.5. This game will be a shootout. I’m taking the Saints due to the law of averages. I cannot see a talented team such as the Saints starting 0-4. Saints win but the Packers cover.
12) Redskins @ Buccaneers- Washington is favored by 2 on the road. My money is on the Bucs with their surprise Defense.
13) Giants @ Eagles- The Eagles are favored by 2.5 @ home, which I think is a stretch. However, The Eagles will win this one and cover the points due to an emotional Brian Dawkins retirement ceremony that will give Home Field Advantage another Meaning!
14) Bears @ Cowboys- Monday night madness in Dallas. Dallas is the better team but I’m taking the Bears on the road and to improve their Monday Night Record.
Start Ems/Sit Ems
QB- Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning.
RB- Maurice Jones Drew, Matt Forte, Arian Foster
WR- Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall.
TE- Brent Celek, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez
K- Henry, Hanson, Crosby
D- Eagles, 49ers, Jaguars

QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick, RJ3, Michael Vick
RB- Shonn Jones, Steven Jackson, Demarco Murray
WR- Deshaun Jackson, Wes Welker, Steve Smith
TE- Rob Gronkowski, Jermichah Finley, Jason Witten
K- Nick Folk, Lawrence Tynes, David Buehler
D- Saints, Packers, Lions



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  1. Aaron

    With the Yankees and Orioles tied atop the AL East with only 4 games remaining, it is kind of hard for me to wrap my head around football this weekend as I am pulling hard for those Orioles. In any case, here are my week 4 picks.

    The Ravens are 12 point favorites at home over the Browns. Look for the Ravens to win this one easily as well as cover the spread.

    The 49ers are 4 point favorites over the Jets on the road. Look for the 9ers to cover easily on the road behind a great defense that should be too much for an inconsistent Jets offense that is short on weapons. 9ers win this one by a touchdown.

    The Eagles are 2 point favorites at home in an NFC East showdown with the red hot Giants. Take the Giants in this one to win outright. There is just to much inconsistency and lack of identity with the Eagles against a Giants team that is confident and seems to have a never ending wealth of options on offense. Last year it was the emergence of Victor Cruz. Last week Bradshaw and Nicks go down only to watch their replacements, Andre Brown and Ramses Barden match, if not outperform, the guys whom they were filling in for. It has truly become an embarrasment of riches for the Giants.

    The Patriots are 4 point favorites on the road in Buffalo. Take the Pats to cover easily. The Pats are long overdue for a statement game and Brady for an outstanding performance. No way do the Pats fall to 1-3.

    The Lions are 4 1/2 point favorites at home against the Vikings. The Lions win this one and cover the spread.

    The Falcons are 7 point favorites at home against the Panthers. The Falcons win outright, but take Carolina with the points.

    The Chiefs, at home against San Diego, are favored by a point. They don’t cover and the Chargers win outright.

    The Texans are 12 point favorites at home against the Titans. Look for the Texans to remain undefeated, but they won’t cover this spread. Take the Titans with the points.

    The Rams are 2 1/2 point dogs at home against Seattle. The Seahawks win this one on the road and cover the spread.

    The Cardinals are at home against Miami and are favored by 5 1/2 points. The Cardinals defense will be too much for the Dolphins and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill and they will cover the spread.

    The Broncos are 6 1/2 point favorites at home against the Raiders. Look for the Broncos to win this one, but it will be close. Take the Raiders with the points.

    The Bengals are 2 1/2 point favorites on the road against the Jaguars. I think the Bengals cover in this one.

    The Packers are 7 1/2 point favorites at home against the Saints. The Packers will win this game, but they won’t cover this spread. Take the Saints with the points. This game will be a shootout and feature a plethora of big plays.

    The Bucs are 2 1/2 point favorites at home against the Redskins. The Bucs defense will take advantage of the rookie RG3 and win this one, covering the spread.

    This week’s Monday night matchup features the Cowboys at home as 3 1/2 point favorites over the Bears. Look for the Bears to win this one behind Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and a strong defensive performance.

    Just when you think you have the answer, I change the question!

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