NFL WEEK #3 PICKS

    Wow, this NFL season has been exciting so far to say the least.  There have already been many story lines that have been written and there are many more to come.  First of all…after the upset on Thursday…Andy Reid and the upstart Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0.  Thursday Night’s game was special for Reid, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles for Fourteen Seasons, and this was his first game against his old club.  Even making the night more special, was the retirement ceremony of Donovan McNabb’s Number at Halftime.  Remember, It was Andy Reid that took Donovan McNabb with the third pick in the 1998 Draft…amidst much criticism.  No one can forget that day when over 100 members of the Eagle’s Dirty Thirty made their way to New York City and proceeded to boo radically when the Eagles drafted #5, as Donovan refers to himself now.  The majority of Eagles fans that season thought they should draft Ricky Williams.  Well, the rest is history.  Donovan McNabb (Love him or hate him) is the best quarterback to ever suit up for the Eagles in history.  He holds just about every passing record, including wins and playoff games and wins.  The only thing that escaped Andy Reid and his protege, #5 was a Super Bowl Ring.  And that folks is the only reason that Andy Reid is now the Head Coach of the Chiefs.

     Anyways…Andy Reid received much praise by the Philadelphia Faithful, much to the dismay of the National Media, who had hoped for the usual drama that occurs surrounding this city and it’s sports lure.  Remember, Santa Claus…J.D. Drew and the Batteries…The horror stories of the Philadelphia Fans.  Well, Philly showed the Nation that they can play with dignity and that the fans could show restraint.  However, the Eagles Offense was also restrained…as Michael Vick reverted back to the Vick of old, the turnover machine.  It is pretty ironic that the Eagles were playing under such a big microscope and with Andy Reid present in the building, Vick appeared to be the same Vick as last year that struggled in Andy’s porous offense and the offensive line looked like swiss cheese once again.

     Ok, there have been many more story lines in the NFL already.  We had Peyton Manning and the 7 TD Performance in Week 1.  Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns star running back traded to the Indianapolis Colts, just two weeks into the season.  The Manning Bowl with Peyton coming out on top.  The Seattle Seahawks completely annihilating the San Francisco 49ers at home on a Monday Night in the “LOUDEST STADIUM” today.  The slow start of Tom Brady and the Patriots.  The  list can go on and on.  That is why there is a sixteen week season and byes, as well as the playoffs.  And just like the past few years, this league is anyone for the taking’s thus far.  So here we are…it’s that time again.  THE BIRD vs SAVAGE.  So far, THE BIRD is winning the points total as far as record against the spread.  However, Aaron took the Chiefs to win outright on Thursday, while I took the Eagles with a final score of 31-27.  My…oh my…how wrong was I.  The Eagles had better learn to play defense soon or else they will be 2-14 like the Chiefs last year.  I am scared to watch the Eagles next game, next Sunday at Denver.  Anyways, without further a due…here are my Week #3 Picks:

1) San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans- The Chargers are underdogs on the road, despite their past week beating of the Eagles.  The Titans are favored by three points.  Philip Rivers does look composed and more focused this season.  The Chargers passing game has been the strength thus far.  However, The Titans have a good secondary and they can play the run well also.  Antonio Gates can be a beast, but I am going to go with the safe pick this week with the Titans winning the game and beating the spread.  Just a hunch.  Titans-20-Chargers-16.

2)  Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings- The Browns just traded their star running back and are starting their third string quarterback.  I would say this is a team in much disarray.  The trade is a move that signals that they are already giving up on this season (wusses).  In contrast, the Vikings still feature Adrian Peterson, the best running back in the game.  The Vikings are favored by seven and I can see this game getting ugly if they can get an early lead.  Vikings win and beat the spread.

3)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New England Patriots-  The Patriots are far from the team that many of us are used to.  Tom Brady has been un Brady like.  The Patriots have not been sharp and are barely winning games.  The once potent offense has disappeared and there are many question marks.  In my mind, there is no doubt that the loss of Wes Welker hurts this team.  I mean, you can say all you want about Edelman…but he is not WELKER.  The Buccaneers still have not totally shown their true colors.  Doug Martin can pound the ball and Josh Freeman has two very talented receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.  However, there has been talk that Freeman is requesting a trade.  This cannot be good for the morale or the locker room.  The Patriots have to come out firing sometime and I feel this is the week.  Patriots win and beat the spread.

4)  Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens-  Despite the losses on defense for the Baltimore Ravens, this game should be a very close game and it will probably come down to turnovers.  The Texans are stronger this season with Andre Johnson and Arian Foster and they have been better in close games.  Although the Texans are favored by 2 Points…I am not ready to give up on the Ravens.  Baltimore wins at home and gets their swagger back.

5)  Saint Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys-  The Cowboys are favored by 3.5 Points.  However, the NFC East is 0-5 outside of the Division.  The Rams have shown that they can put up some offense and also have a good secondary.  If the Cowboys are going to win they will have to run the ball with Demarco Murray.  The Cowboys do present some matchup mismatches with Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Murray on offense.  All four players are good in traffic and are good after the catch.  I am going to stick with the law of averages and take the Rams in an upset.

6)  Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints-  The Saints have been much more consistent this season and still run that high octane offense.  Their defense is also much improved.  Drew Brees is due for a breakout game and Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham should be able to stretch the weak secondary of the Cardinals.  It is also still unknown if Larry Fitzgerald will play in this game.  The Saints are favored by 7.5.  The NFL is much more close these days so I am going to take New Orleans, but they will not beat the spread.

7)  Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins-  This game is so hard to get a beat on right now that its a Pick Em.  The Redskins have yet to get their offense in sync as of yet, while RGIII continues to heal from his offseason surgery.  Alfred Morris did have a nice game in Week 2 so look for the Skins to try and control the clock, especially against the pass happy Lions.  Matt Stafford has many weapons at his disposal with Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush.  The Lions also bring it on Defense all day.  I would love to pick the Lions, but I see this as a dire game for the Skins in front of their home crowd.  The Redskins win this one in a nail biter.

8)  Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals-  The Packers are favored by a field goal.  However, they will be missing their starting running back Eddie Lacy, Safety Morgan Burnett and Cornerback Casey Hayward.  Green Bay does have all of the hoopla and star power on offense, however if any team has a Front Seven that can neutralize Aaron Rodgers and the passing game its the Bengals.  I am taking the Bengals to win as home underdogs.

9)  New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers-  The Giants were just embarrassed by the Broncos at home.  They are only favored by 1.5 Points on the road.  This tells me that the consensus is that this Giants team is lacking the dominance it once had in the NFC.  If Carolina can get a consistent rushing game against the Giants and take pressure off Cam Newton, he could be in for a big day.  I am taking the Panthers to beat the Giants in easy fashion.

10)  Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins-  The Fish are finally getting some recognition around the league.  Miami is actually favored by a field goal at home.  Atlanta will be without their star tailback, Steven Jackson, for at least two weeks.  They have also not been protecting Matt Ryan the best.  The Dolphins are playing two dimensional football and they still pack power on Defense.  They are good at rushing the passer and should be able to neutralize the Falcon’s Air Game.  The Dolphins win this one and beat the Spread.

11)  Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers-  The Niners are favored by 10!!  Wow, ten points.  The Colts just upgraded their rushing attack to go along with Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne.  The Niners are coming off that ASS KICKING.  I really feel that the Colts are underrated.  Nonetheless, the Niners will win the game but they will not cover.  They win by six or seven tops.

12)  Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks-  The Seahawks are favored by 19.5 Points.  Right now, the Seahawks look like the best team in football and the Jaguars are definitely the bottom feeders.  Seattle has a balanced attack with Marshawn Lynch at Tailback and Russell Wilson behind the Gun.  However, the true strength of this Seahawks team is their DEFENSE.  There will be at least five turnovers in this game and possibly three defensive scores as the Seahawks demolish the JAGS.  Seahawks win 41-10.

13)  Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets-  The Jets are favored by 2.5 Points at home.  If this game was on the road the Bills would be favored.  The Jets have not shown me anything this season and Rex Ryan will be done before the season in my opinion.  The Bills have yet to get going with their power running game.  CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson have only been a little above average.  The Bills continue to struggle with their passing game as well.  However, this could go either way so I am taking the Bills to win on the road.

14)  Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers-  This game should be a grind them out type of Sunday Night Football Game.  The Bears are really impressive as Jay Cutler continues to work magic with Brandon Marshall.  Matt Forte is off to his best start of his career as far as overall numbers.  The Steelers have been inconsistent thus far and Rothlisberger looks out of sync.  I am going Bears to win 24-17 as they are favored by two.

15)  Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos-  What more can we say so far about the Broncos besides they are the toast of the AFC.  They are favored by 15.5 Points.  Despite how good the Broncos are playing right now, the Raiders are a much improved team and I do not see them getting blown out.  Denver wins but does not cover.

****THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS….STAY TUNED FOR THE SAVAGE AND HIS WEEKLY PICKS******

And as I close, I wish all of my followers and fans alike good luck with Fantasy Football this week.  Week 3 is usually the week where teams either start to falter or take off.  We shall See.  LeSean McCoy already had a huge game as did Jamal Charles.  What other running backs will enjoy success?  Sunday is right around the corner.  And also, stay tuned as I will continue my series on TOP 20’s, this time picking the TOP 20 Running Backs from 1990-2010.ImageImageImageImage

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NFL WEEK#1 RESULTS AND FANTASY FALLOUT

     WEEK #1 OF THE 2013 NFL SEASON IS IN THE BOOKS.  IT WAS A WEEK THAT SAW THE MOST CLOSE GAMES ON OPENING DAY SINCE 1970.  THE WEEK BEGAN ON THURSDAY EVENING, WHEN PEYTON MANNING PUT ON A SHOW AGAINST THE REIGNING SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS.  PEYTON HAD 400+ PASSING YARDS AND TIED A LEAGUE RECORD WITH SEVEN TOUCHDOWNS.  THEN ON SUNDAY, ADRIAN PETERSON WITH ANOTHER HUGE TOUCHDOWN ON THE FIRST DRIVE OF THE GAME.  WE SAW THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS BLOW OUT THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS.  NOW DONT GET ME WRONG, THE JAGS ARE DEFINITELY THE DOORMAT OF THE NFL.  HOWEVER, ANDY REID WAS IMPRESSIVE IN HIS DEBUT.  THE PATRIOTS BARELY GOT BY WITH A TWO POINT WIN AGAINST THE BUFFALO BILLS.  THE PATRIOTS ARE BANGED UP AT TIGHT END AND SEEM TO LACK THE STAR POWER THAT THEY USED TO HAVE.  THE MIAMI DOLPHINS SMOKED THE CLEVELAND BROWNS, WITH A SOLID OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE.

     SEATTLE WAS BARELY ABLE TO BEAT THE CAROLINA PANTHERS, DESPITE A SOLID 300 YARD PASSING PERFORMANCE BY RUSSELL WILSON.  THE BEARS BEAT THE BENGALS DESPITE A HUGE GAME BY WIDEOUT A.J. GREEN WHO HAD 9 CATCHES FOR 162 YARDS AND TWO TD’S.  JAY CUTLER AND BRANDON MARSHALL CONTINUED THEIR CHEMISTRY AS MARSHALL WENT OVER 100 YARDS ONCE AGAIN AND SCORED A TD.  THE DETROIT LIONS BEAT THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS BY TEN POINTS IN A GAME THAT SAW REGGIE BUSH RUSH FOR 90 YARDS AND CATCH FOUR PASSES FOR 101 YARDS AND A SCORE IN HIS DEBUT.  MATT STAFFORD CONTINUED HIS ARM SLINGING AND CALVIN JOHNSON WAS PRETTY MUCH SILENT IN THIS ONE.  INDY BEAT THE RAIDERS AS ANDREW LUCK MANGED THE GAME IN PROLIFIC FASHION.  THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS UPSET THE ATLANTA FALCONS AS MATT RYAN AND DREW BREES BOTH THREW FOR 300 YARDS.  HOWEVER, THE SAINTS DEFENSE WAS IMPRESSIVE IN STOPPING THE FALCONS HIGH FLY OFFENSE.  

     THE 49ERS EDGED THE PACK BY A TOUCHDOWN AS COLIN KAPERNICK HAD A CAREER DAY THROWING FOR 412 YARDS AND THREE TOUCHDOWNS.  ANQUAN BOLDIN HAD THIRTEEN RECEPTIONS FOR 208 YARDS AND A TD WHILE VERNON DAVIS ADDED SIX FOR 98 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS.  AARON ROGERS HAD 333 YARDS PASSING, BUT THE 49ERS WERE JUST TOO MUCH.  THIS GAME SHINES A LIGHT ON GREEN BAY’S WEAKNESS ON DEFENSE.  THE RAMS SAW JARED COOK CATCH SEVEN BALLS FOR 141 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS AS THEY BEAT ARIZONA.  IN THE DALLAS/GIANTS GAME, ELI MANNING THREW FOR 450 YARDS PASSING AND FOUR TOUCHDOWNS, BUT ALSO HAD THREE INTERCEPTIONS.  TONY ROMO HAD A DECENT GAME AND DALLAS WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WITH A KEY DIVISIONAL WIN.  THE EAGLES UPSET THE REDSKINS BEHIND THE NEW HIGH FLY “CHIP KELLY” OFFENSE.  LESEAN MCCOY WAS A BEAST.  HE RUSHED FOR 184 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN.  MICHAEL VICK WENT TURNOVER FREE.  AND FINALLY, AFTER BEING DOWN 28-7, THE HOUSTON TEXANS STORMED BACK TO BEAT THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS IN THE LAST GAME OF WEEK #1.

     OK, SO AS FAR AS AARON SAVAGE AND MY PICKS, WEEK #1 SAW MY RECORD BEGIN AT 10-6 WHILE AARON WENT 8-8.  STAY TUNED FOR OUR WEEK #2 PICKS AND ANALYSIS COMING LATER IN THE WEEK.  WEEK #1 SAW MANY CLOSE GAMES, A FEW UPSETS, AND ALL IN ALL WAS A GREAT FIRST WEEK.  EVERYBODY IS HAPPY TO SEE THE NFL BACK.  I THINK THE BIGGEST SURPRISES IN MY OPINION WAS NEW ENGLAND BARELY BEATING BUFFALO, THE SAINTS UPSETTING ATLANTA ON THE ROAD, THE RAMS BEATING ARIZONA, THE JETS UPSETTING THE BUCCANEERS, AND THE EAGLES BEATING WASHINGTON ON MONDAY NIGHT ON THE ROAD.

     NOW LET’S VISIT THE FANTASY FOOTBALL WORLD.  OBVIOUSLY, THE PLAYER OF THE WEEK WAS PEYTON MANNING WITH HIS HUGE PERFORMANCE ON THURSDAY WITH 450+PASSING YARDS AND SEVEN TOUCHDOWNS.  HE WAS ONE OF MY MUST STARTS.  ANQUAN BOLDIN HAD A HUGE GAME WITH 13 RECEPTIONS, 200 YARDS RECEIVING AND A TOUCHDOWN.  A.J. GREEN FROM THE BENGALS PUT UP 164 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS.  REGGIE BUSH HAD 98 YARDS RUSHING AND 100 YARDS RECEIVING.  ANOTHER HUGE PERFORMANCE WAS COLIN KAPERNICK FROM THE 49ERS WHO HAD OVER 400 YARDS PASSING AND THREE TOUCHDOWNS.  SURPRISINGLY, ONLY SHANE VAREEN AND LeSEAN McCOY WENT OVER 100 YARDS RUSHING IN WEEK#1, ALTHOUGH MANY BACKS HAD BIG GAMES INCLUDING THE UNANIMOUS NUMBER ONE PICK A.P. WHO HAD 78 YARDS RUSHING AND A TOUCHDOWN.  FINALLY, JASON WITTEN HAD THE BEST START AT THE TIGHT END POSITION.  

     THERE WERE ALSO SOME FANTASY DUDS.  I HAD CALVIN JOHNSON AS A MUST START AND HE ONLY ENDED UP WITH FOUR RECEPTIONS AND A LITTLE OVER 40 YARDS.  CJ SPILLER HAD A QUIET GAME AS DID MIKE WALLACE FROM MIAMI.  I HAD PEYTON MANNING ON MY TEAM AND I STILL BARELY WON MY GAME AS THE REST OF MY TEAM WAS QUIET.  MY NUMBER ONE RUNNING BACK ALFRED MORRIS DID NOT REALLY MAKE AN IMPACT.  THERE WERE MANY OTHER DUDS OF THE WEEK.  THE JAGUARS WERE THE WORST AND MJD, MAURICE JONES DEW WAS NON-EXISTENCE.  STAY TUNED LATER IN THE WEEK WHERE I WILL GIVE YOU MY MUST STARTS/SIT-EMS.Image

NFL WEEK 7 PICKS/FANTASY START EMS- SIT EMS

Week # 7….Both Aaron’s favorite team and my favorite team are on byes so I will actually be able to focus more on The Fantasy Realm. Anyways here are my picks for Week # 7:

1) Washington Redskins @ New York Giants- The Giants are favored by 5.5 points in this one at home. The Giants have been unstoppable on Offense and they really made a statement by blowing out the 49ers at San Francisco. Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw are in post season form already and Victor Cruz is showing that he is not a one year wonder. That being said…this is a Division Game against a fierce rival. The Redskins are coming off a tough game last week and this has the makings of let down game for the Giants. I’m taking Washington to pull out a last minute win.
2) Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills- Buffalo is favored at home in this one by 3.5. Tennessee has struggled mightily this year, especially on the road. They have a horrible run defense so the Bills 1-2 punch of Jackson/Spiller should be able to control the clock. I’m taking the Bills and the points.
3) Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts- The Browns got their first win of the season and the Colts lost a close one. Andrew Luck still looks green, but he does have a few weapons…Reggie Wayne seems to have an extra gear this year. Indy is favored by 2.5 in this one. My hunch is that Cleveland will win it’s second game of the year.
4) New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Saints are favored on the road in this one by 2.5. The Saints are still a great offense, but their defense is terrible. Tampa Bay has been impressive and their defense is one of the tops in the league. Josh Freeman is coming into his own as is sophomore receiver Mike Williams. I’m taking the Bucs to upset the Saints.
5) Dallas Cowboys @ Carolina Panthers- The Panthers have been embarrassing and The Cowboys are team inconsistent. Dallas is favored by 2.5 on the road so Vegas is not too confident in this one. Dallas is too good to lose against a poor team like the Panthers, but stranger things have happened. Take the Cowboys by a field goal…they barely cover.
6) Green Bay Packers @ Saint Louis Rams- Green Bay is favored by 5.5 on the road this week. Aaron Rodgers looked like a man possessed last week with a career high 6TD passes. Saint Louis has been inconsistent at best. The Packers run all over a week Rams Defense and win outright.
7) Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesotta Vikings- The Vikings are favored at home by 6.5. Both teams have pretty decent records and both have performed better than expected. The Vikings have been more consistent on both sides of the ball though. The Vikings win but the Cardinals cover.
8) Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans- The Ravens will be playing this game without 3 Pro Bowl Defenders. Houston is favored by 6.5 at home and can really distance itself with a win against the upstart Ravens. I’m taking Houston to win the game but the Ravens will cover.
9) Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders- The Raiders are favored by 4.5 at home. The Jaguars have been terrible but are coming off a much needed bye. Expect the Jags to pound the football. I expect a big game from Maurice Jones Drew. Jaguars win.
10) New York Jets @ New England Patriots- New England is favored by 10.5 at home. Last week they were favored by 9.5 and were upset by the Seattle Seahawks. I believe the Patriots will win but a better Jets team down this stretch will cover.
11) Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinatti Bengals- The Steelers are favored by 1.5 in this one. Pittsburgh is not firing on all cylinders and the Bengals have been playing better football. I’m taking Cincy to squeak this game out in a nailbiter.
12) Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears- Nothing like this division rivalry. These games are always hard fought battles. 2 of the best receivers are playing in this one. It will be close as Chicago wins but Detroit will cover.

Start Ems:
QB- Tom Brady, Josh Freeman, Jay Cutler
RB- Maurice Jones Drew, CJ Spiller/Fred Jackson, Alfred Morris
WR- Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz
TE- Jason Witten, Fred Davis, Aaron Hernandez
K- Jason Hanson, Sebastian Janikowski, Laurence Tynes
D- Minnesota, Dallas, Chicago

SIT EMS:
QB- Mark Sanchez, Ben Rothelisberger, Matt Schaub
RB- Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall, Steven Jackson
WR- Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Lloyd
TE- Jermicah Finley, Owen Daniels, Martellus Bennett
K-Mason Crosby, Nick Folk, Mike Nugent
D- Carolina, Saint Louis, New Orleans
Looking forward to a great week 7!!!!

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WEEK 4 WINNERS & LOSERS/FANTASY FALLOUT

Well…Week # 4 of the NFL Season has come to an end, and there continues to be many surprises with the outcomes of games. At least Aaron and I faired much better this week with our winners and losers and continue to run neck and neck for the season. We both went 9-6 this week and this brings the up to date totals:
Jason: 33-30
Aaron: 30-33
Wow…there is much more parity this season than in previous seasons. I picked Tennessee as my upset of the week…and my that was a mistake. The Titans were trumped by the 4-0 Texans who look like the top team in the AFC right now. They have balance on both offense and defense. In contrast, Aaron went with the favorite in this matchup and his synopsis was correct. We both got the lock of the week right as the San Francisco 49ers absolutely destroyed the New York Jets. In the words if Rex Ryan in his post game interview he said…”They flat out kicked our ASS!”. Aaron had the Giants beating the Eagles outright and came inches away from picking that one right. But close is no cigar. The other surprise of the day was Detroit being humiliated by the Minnesotta Vikings. All in all, this has been a crazy season thus far. I am looking forward to the next few weeks as Division Rivals square off.
As far as Fantasy Football goes…I had yet another hard luck loss, dropping my record to 1-3. I ended up losing by the score of 155.44-147.02. Very close right. So close, that if I had picked just 1 different player I would have won easily. I had Vernon Davis starting at TE, once again, as he has had the best numbers thus far in Fantasy. Well, although the 49ers scored 34 points and blew out the Jets, Vernon Davis only got me 4.8 points. If I had used Jason Witten…I would have earned 30.2 and Anquan Boldin had 22.1. If I had started Witten or Boldin as the Flex and would have won. An even more dramatic statement was the fact that my bench scored 121.74 points, only 25 less than my starting team. So, I am not happy with my results so far, but I have to be happy with my team’s consistency and depth. Peyton Manning in the 10th round is looking more and more like a steal. I am confident that my luck will turn away and I have to stop facing teams that have a record week each week. Oh well…these Thursday games make it very interesting, having to pick winners and losers so early in the week. Tomorrow I will preview Thursday Night’s game and Aaron and I will give you our picks. Don’t know about anyone else…but I am truly enjoying this fall weather. It’s my favorite type of season. The leaves changing, the apples and pumpkins, the Halloween atmosphere and the Fall Football Weather. I can remember back to my days in Echo Beach where we would play Football every day after school and this weather is bringing back all sorts of memories 🙂

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WEEK 3 WINNERS & LOSERS/FANTASY RESULTS

Wow….Thank God Aaron and I aren’t picking these games with money on the line! This week we both went 6-10 with our picks so for those of you keeping score after 3 weeks….
Jason-24-24
Aaron-21-27.
Each week we have went backwards as far as the results of our picks. There have already been more upsets this year than the entire last season. San Francisco losing to Minesotta…New Orleans losing at home to Kansas City to fall to (0-3)….Detroit losing to Tennessee in overtime after coming back from 17 down in the 4th quarter…Washington losing to Cincinnati at home…Philly losing to Arizona in the desert (they got destroyed)….Oakland beating a ferocious Steelers defensive attack…and then Monday Night’s Officiating debacle notwithstanding, The Seahawks beating Green Bay on a last second Hail Mary. This is a topic we will cover in another post…the negative outcome of replacement referees.
I don’t know too many people that picked Seattle…I was one of them, but the outcome truly came on a bad call so technically I was 5-11. That last minute gaffe was a bad call that I’m sure will be debated from now until next season. San Francisco was also upset in dramatic fashion as the Vikings played a near flawless game against the 49ers Top Rated Defense. Philadelphia was humiliated by the Arizona Cardinals! How many more times do I have to hear those infamous words out of Andy Reid’s Mouth…”Well they outplayed us and out coached us…I have to put my team in a better position…I have to be more prepared to play these games…we were not prepared”. This is getting so old. He is the most stubborn coach in the history of the NFL, as he never learns from his mistakes. With a banged up offensive line and many other weapons out of action…..why in the hell would you attempt 60 passes and run for less than 20x….especially when you have LeSean McCoy that is arguably a Top 3 Running Back! Andy never learns…every analyst could see this coming.
In Fantasy…I actually won my first game as I am now (1-2). My big stars finally performed….Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Maurice Jones Drew. Like my best friend said, our daily numbers are right in line…only the two prior weeks I face 2 teams that scored league highs, so I could very have well been 3-0 This point. I’m really hurting at Quarterback and may have to make a trade in order to get more suitable Passing Game. Vick has been a tremendous disappointment thus far. Stay tune till tomorrow…when I will pick my Winner/Loser for Thursday Night Football and any Fantasy must starts and sits. It is what it is!

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NFL WEEK 3 PREVIEW/PICKS

Wow….already Week#3 of the 2012 NFL season. This is the best time of the year…seasons changing…leaves falling…cooler weather…pumpkins and mums…and Football is heating up. It’s also close to Playoff Baseball and of course the NHL cannot get it’s head out of it’s ass so no season on the horizon. Anyways…it’s time for my picks of the week. Hopefully I will do much better than I did last week. Aaron and I both did not have a very good week picking winners, but I have a feeling that many people had the wrong teams. I mean let’s face it…who had New England losing at home to Arizona?????!!! Once again I will show you the matchup and then make my predictions.
1) St. Louis @ Chicago- Chicago is favored in this one by a touchdown. St. Louis has not looked terrible but I cannot pick against Chicago at home…especially after they got destroyed by the Packers last week. They have had ample time to heal their wounds. I think both Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have bounce back games and Matt Forte will have some running room. My Pick- Chicago.
2) Buffalo @ Cleveland- This is my stone cold lock if the week as Buffalo is favored by a field goal. I believe that CJ Spiller will have a career day as teams have had much success running against Cleveland. I see this game being a blow out on the road. My Pick-Buffalo.
3) Tampa Bay @ Dallas- Dallas is favored in this one by 8 points. I would normally be wary of picking Dallas by more than a Touchdown, but I think they bounce back at home against the same team that almost took the Giants to task. Tony Romo, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten all have huge games as the Giants proved that you can pass all day against the Tampa Defense. My Pick- Dallas.
4) Jacksonville @ Indianapolis- Indy is favored by a field goal at home in this one and has been the better of the two teams. Jacksonville has struggled mightly in the Red Zone. However, The Jags always play Indy tight and I think Maurice Jones Drew has a breakout game after missing the entire preseason. My Pick- Jacksonville.
5) New York Jets @ Miami- The New York Football Jets are favored by 1 point in this one. Jets/Dolphins games have always been entertaining and are usually played very close. Miami should be able to utilize Reggie Bush, who is leading in all purpose yards by Running Backs thus far in the season. My Pick- Miami.
6) San Francisco @ Minnesota- So far, San Fran has picked off right where they left off last year. They have the Top Defense in the NFL and their offense has become more dynamic. Look for more of the same in this game. The Vikings are inexperienced at the Quarterback position and the 49ers have an excellent pass rush. I think this is a unanimous vote. My Pick- San Francisco by the Touchdown.
7) Kansas City @ New Orleans- New Orleans is favored at home by 8 points. The Saints have been a huge disappointment thus far and I believe that the offseason scandal has hurt the mojo of this team. However, although they are 0-2…this team has entirely way too much talent to go 0-3. Especially against a team like Kansas City who cannot compete on offense with the Saints. My Pick- Saints win Big.
8) Detroit @ Tennessee- Detroit is favored on the road by 3.5 points. Tennessee has been much better than expected but Detroit has the potent offense to keep the Titans guessing. I do believe this game will be close and Chris Johnson should be able to run against the Lions Defense. In the end though…the Lions are looking for a breakout game from Johnson (Megatron). My Pick- Detroit.
9) Cincinnati @ Washington- Cincinnati has been a huge disappointment while the Redskins have been a huge surprise. Washington is favored in this one by 3 at home. RJ3 has been spectacular and the unknown Running Back Alfred Morris has been a huge surprise on offense. Mike Shannahan has this team playing excellent ball! I think the Redskins win this one fairly easy.
10) Philadelphia @ Arizona- Tell me how you have 9 Turnovers in the first 2 games and are 2-0 to start the season. Well…the Eagles have defied logic so far, and are a much better team on Defense this year…especially at the Linebacker position. We all know what the Eagle’s Offense is capable of but Arizona is no pushover….don’t forget they just beat New England on the road! I think this game will be very close but I am taking the Eagles by a field goal in this one.
11) Atlanta @ San Diego- Atlanta has looked unstoppable so far and they have one of the Top Offensive Teams in the NFL. However…San Diego has a solid Defense, especially against the pass. Most people are taking Atlanta on the road, but I am picking The Chargers who are favored by a field goal.
12) Houston @ Denver- Houston is only favored by 1.5 points in this one on the road. Denver looked shaky in the first half of last weeks game…Peyton Manning throwing 3 Picks. Houston on the other hand has been methodical so far this season. Arian Foster will pound the ball and this game could turn into a shootout. My Pick- Houston.
13) Pittsburgh @ Oakland- The Steelers are favored by 3.5 on the road in this one. Both teams have not been as good as advertised. However, every time I pick against the Steelers I am wrong so I am going to take Pittsburgh!
14) New England @ Baltimore- This is the battle of 2 Heavy Weights…both teams favored to make it far in the playoffs this year. Baltimore and New England both lost tough games last week…the difference being the Ravens loss was on the road. The Ravens are favored by 2.5 in this one. This game should be a very close game and could go either way, but I am going to take the Ravens at Home.
15) Green Bay @ Seattle- Green Bay is favored by 3 on the road in this one. I always have 1 crazy pick each week and I am going to take the Seahawks as a home dog to upset the Green Bay Packers.

These are my picks for the week. Stay tuned to tomorrow where I will give you my Start Ems and Sit Ems for Week #3. Good luck to the Fantasy Nation….it’s been a wild season so far and should continue to produce many memorable moments. Aaron will be on later with his picks. Until then…enjoy the rest of your night!

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