NFL Week 6 Picks

Here are my not so expert week six picks for the NFL.

Thursday Night Football:

Denver @ San Diego – Broncos

Sunday Games:

San Francisco @ Buffalo  – Bills

Jacksonville @ Chicago  – Jaguars

LA Rams @ Detroit   – Lions

Pittsburgh @ Miami   – Steelers

Cinncinati @ New England   – Patriots

Carolina @ New Orleans   – Saints (my upset pick of the week)

Baltimore @ NY Giants   – Ravens

Philadelphia @ Washington   – Eagles

Cleveland @ Tennessee   – Titans

Kansas City @ Oakland   – Raiders

Dallas @ Green Bay   – Packers

Atlanta @ Seattle   – Falcons

Indianapolis @ Houston   – Texans

Monday Night Football:

NY Jets @ Arizona   – Cardinals

The wise will not take my picks as expert or pro. Save your mortgage payment and grocery money for more useful purposes.

Should be tons of close games this weekend. At least that’s how I see it, from the bleacher seats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Game Picks Week 5

My not so expert picks for week 5:

Thursday Night:

Arizona vs San Francisco – Cardinals

Sunday :

Houston vs Minnesota – Vikings

Washington vs Baltimore – Ravens

New England vs Cleveland – Patriots

Philadelphia vs Detriot – Eagles

Chicago vs Indianapolis – Bears (my upset pick)

Tennessee vs Miami – Titans

New York Jets vs Pittsburgh – Steelers

Atlanta vs Denver – Denver

Cinncinati vs Dallas – Bengals

Buffalo vs LA Rams – Buffalo

San Diego vs Oakland – Raiders

Sunday Night:

New York Giants vs Green Bay – Packers

Monday Night:

Tampa Bay vs Carolina – Panthers

 

These are my not so perfect picks. The wise will not wager mortgage payments or college funds based on my selections.

This weeks NFL results, as I see them, from the bleacher seats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles vs Lions Preview

Eagles vs Detroit Lions. Sunday October 9th @ 1:00pm est (10:00 pst). Ford Field in Detroit.

Weather: Domed Stadium

All Time Record: 32 games (1 playoff) Eagles 16w 14l 2ties

Last Game: 2015 @ Detroit. Lions 45 Eagles 14.

The Philadelphia Eagles fresh off their bye week travel to Detroit to face the Lions in an NFC matchup. The Eagles will be looking to atone for last seasons Thanksgiving 45-14 blowout loss at Ford Field. The Lions fell last week in a close game to the Bears in Chcago 17-14. Philadelphia will be looking to hold onto its lead in the NFC East division with a win.

Will Carson Wentz continue his incredible run of play as a rookie? So far the number two pick has been lights out and seems to have a favorable matchup against the Detroit defensive unit. Having Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews return to the lineup only adds bullets to the Eagles offensive weaponry. I would look for the Lions to try and find a way to get pressure on the young quarterback. For the Lions to succeed the pressure must come from the defensive line. Blitzing linebackers or safeties will only open up more passing options for the Eagles. If Detroit can pressure Wentz they may finally find a way to force the Eagles into turnovers. The Eagles will look to run the ball. Mathews, Sproles and rookie Wendell Smallwood give the Birds plenty of ground options. Short to medium range passes to Ertz and Jordan Matthews should free up the occassional long ball to either Nelson Algohor Dorial Green-Beckham.

The Lions at 1-3 cannot afford another loss at this point in the season. With Minnesota off and running and the Packers already in front of them another loss would be a huge blow to the Detroit season. I would look for Matthew Stafford to try and get the ball to Golden Tate as often as possible. Detroit is going to have to find a way for their battered backfield to rush the ball. Falling behind and beling forced to pass will allow th Eagles defence to rush and blitz Stafford into oblivion. Philadelphias defence has been beyond good so far, giving up on average 9 points a game. I don’t see the Lions racking up much more than that without a great special teams performance.

The Wentz magical rookie tour continues as the Eagles avenge last years blowout loss.

 

Prediction: Eagles 31, Lions – 13

At least that’s how I see it, from the bleacher seats.

Eagles @ Bears on MNF

It’s the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at the Chicago Bears (0-1) on Monday Night Football (8:30pm est, 5:30pm pst).

Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz certainly looked like an NFL quarterback last week in a 29-10 victory against the not so mighty Browns of Cleveland. Passing for 278 yards with no interceptions Wentz looked poised and confident.

This week Wentz and the Eagles are on the road to face the Bears in Chicago at Soldier Field. Chicago let a 14-10 halftime lead vanish last week in a 23-14 loss against the Texans. Jay Cutler was sacked 5 times by Houston which may indicate the Eagles should be able to pressure him on a regular basis.

Philadelphia will play without tight end Zack Ertz and cornerback Leodis McKelvin. Ertz will be replaced by capable veteran Brent Celek so the Eagles offensive scheme should go relatively unchanged with the exception of their two tight end sets. Replacing McKelvin may prove to be much more challenging with Philadelphia thin at cornerback with the recent trading of Eric Rowe.

Chicago will be looking to do a much better job of protecting Cutler than a week ago. While the Eagles lack a JJ Watt they do have an above average defensive line led by Fletcher Cox and linebackers able to pressure the quarterback or drop back in coverage. I would expect the Bears to try and run the ball early to open up time and passing lanes for Cutler. Alston Jeffery had 4 catches for 105 yards last week and will give the Eagles coverage and matchup problems all evening. If Cutler can find enough time and a way to get 2015 first round pick Kevin White involved the Bears should have some success through the air. The Bears have won 4 of their last 5 appearances on Monday Night Football.

Weather: Overcast with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Warm with a slight wind. If the weather turns for the worse the edge will go to the team best able to rush the ball.

44th all time meeting.

All Time Record: 30-12-1 Bears

Last Game:Eagles 54, Bears 11 in 2013.

I think the Eagles run game finds a way to grind out the needed yardage from Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles to allow Wentz to find Jordan Matthews and Nelson Algohor enough times to secure the rookies second, and the Eagles second win of the season. The weather situation may lead to tight end Celek featuring in a more than expected role.

Final Score:  Philadelphia Eagles 31, Chicago Bears 27.

That’s my view, from the bleacher seats.

#eagles, #bears, #mnf

 

 

 

 

 

The Sad Saga of Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is injured, again. A back injury suffered on the third play of the Cowboys third preseason game. The litany of injuries he’s suffered continues to grow and it makes me wonder just how much time at age 36 he has left, if any.  In 2010 he sprained a shoulder and missed 10 games. In 2013 in the last game of the year he herniated
a disc in his back leading to back surgery. In 2014 he fractured his back in two places and missed 10 games. In 2015 he broke his collarbone not just once but twice. How much can one player endure?  You may not like the Cowboys, you may even loathe them as I do but the will to compete and the strength he has inside almost forces you to respect Tony Romo.

This is a guy who ranks #1 on the Cowboys all time in passing yards (34,154) which is better than Roger Staubach, and better than Troy Aikman. He is #1 on the Cowboys all time touchdown list (247). He’s ranked 27th all time in passing yardage and is tied for 21rst all time in touchdown passes.

How does one reflect on the career of Tony Romo as the clock winds closer to his final snap? Does he get remembered as one of the finest quarterbacks of his generation? Or do we look at him the way we look at Dan Marino, Dan Fouts or Fran Tarkenton? A very good or even great quarterback that never won the game by which the greatest are measured and remembered? Is the vision of him crumbled on the Financial Field grass clutching his shoulder how he is remembered? Or is it for one simple play gone horribly wrong on a cool overcast 2007 night in Seattle? “The Flub”, a botched snap on a extra point length field goal that would surely have sent the Cowboys to Chicago for the NFC Championship game. That one play in and of itself defines Tony Romos career, so close. So close you can taste the win, the winds of victory pushing the air around a packed stadium only to have fate snatch it away at the last second. I remember the high fives, the cheers as I watched the Cowboys implode on national tv, loved it. Loved watching Dallas once again find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Now I feel for Tony Romo, I watch that play and know of the injuries and the missed games to come. The flubbed opportunity for greatness which so seldom comes along to even the greatest qbs not named Brady or Montana. While my disdain for the Cowboys continues to exist and I revel in every loss and every failure my respect for Tony Romo has grown. If his time has come, and it certainly is beginning to appear that it has I want to remember Romo as a fighter, a battler and one of the best quarterbacks ever to play. I will save my enjoyment of the flubbed snap for the Cowboys in general. Tony Romo has had a heck of a career, and if it’s over then Mr Dak Prescott has some pretty big shoes to fill.

Kudos to you Tony Romo, if you find a way to come back and play yet again I hope we all, Cowboy lovers and haters look at you with newfound admiration and respect.

It has been a long strange saga for us, and for Tony Romo.