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NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 8

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On 10/30/2011 12:18 PM in NFL
New Orleans -13.5 over St. Louis:
For the second straight week, the New Orleans Saints' high-powered offense gets to face a winless team with a highly vulnerable defense. If the Saints' performance in that spot was any indication, the St. Louis Rams could quickly find themselves on the wrong end of another one-sided score. New Orleans, which put up more points last week than the Rams have all season, tries to build on its record-setting outing Sunday when it visits a sputtering St. Louis team that could again be without Sam Bradford. Coach Sean Payton broke his tibia and tore his MCL in a sideline collision during the Saints' sloppy 26-20 loss at Tampa Bay on Oct. 16, forcing him to move up to the booth and relinquish his sideline play-calling duties against Indianapolis last Sunday.

That gave offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. a chance to call plays for the first time, and his team didn't disappoint. New Orleans responded by matching the highest point total since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. The Saints (5-2) scored at least 13 points in each quarter while crushing the Colts 62-7, setting franchise records for points and margin of victory. Brees completed 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, only failing to extend to five games his NFL-record streak of at least 350 yards passing because the Saints turned to backup Chase Daniel late in the third quarter. New Orleans still scored two more touchdowns in the fourth and finished with a team-record 36 first downs.

Keeping up with the NFL's highest-scoring team (34.1 points per game) certainly figures to be trouble for the Rams (0-6), who are last in the league with 56 points - six fewer than New Orleans scored last week. St. Louis is also 31st in scoring defense (28.5 per game), edging only the Colts. Making matters even worse for the Rams is the possibility that Bradford, who is nursing a high left ankle sprain, will miss a second straight game. Backup A.J. Feeley was under center last Sunday against Dallas and couldn't ignite the offense in a 34-7 loss. Feeley, making his first start since 2007, threw for 196 yards with an interception as the Rams finished with 265 yards.

The Rams are an NFL-worst minus-115 in scoring differential, while the Saints are outscoring their opponents by 81 points - the second-best mark in the league. St. Louis' biggest problem defensively has come against the run. The Rams allowed unproven Dallas rookie DeMarco Murray to rush for 253 yards, the ninth-best single game in NFL history. They are allowing an average of 183.8 rushing yards, putting them on pace for the league's worst mark since the 1981 Patriots gave up 184.4 per contest. St. Louis' defense now has to try to slow Brees - the NFL's leader with 2,477 passing yards and second with 18 touchdowns - while also honoring a ground game that finished with 236 yards last week, New Orleans' highest total since a 249-yard game in 1990. Need I say more? Name your score.






















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10/30/2011 12:28 PM
San Francisco -9 over Cleveland:
San Francisco will seek to win five straight for the first time in nearly a decade Sunday when it hosts the Cleveland Browns. San Francisco, which hasn't won a division title or posted a winning record since 2002, can help its cause with its first five-game win streak since Nov. 4-Dec. 2, 2001. It's unknown whether the 49ers will have former Browns receiver Braylon Edwards available against Cleveland. Edwards returned to practice for the first time since right knee surgery Tuesday, but Harbaugh said he would need "more evaluation" before determining his status. Edwards had four receptions for 59 yards in his only previous game against Cleveland, a 26-20 overtime victory for the New York Jets on Nov. 14. He played his first four-plus NFL seasons for the Browns after being drafted No. 3 overall out of Michigan in 2005.

Cleveland expected to have running back Peyton Hillis back in the starting lineup after he missed a game with a strained hamstring, but he hasn't practiced since suffering a setback Wednesday. Hillis is listed as questionable. Montario Hardesty had 95 yards on 33 carries in his place during last week's 6-3 win over Seattle, which snapped a two-game skid. The Browns (3-3) had a season-high 45 rushing attempts in that game after passing a combined 106 times in the previous two. Despite his team showing more balance, quarterback Colt McCoy was sacked four times and hit on several more occasions. Hillis, who also missed a win over Miami on Sept. 25 after his agent advised him not to play with strep throat, has never faced the 49ers. Phil Dawson had a pair of field goals during the most recent matchup, a 20-7 home win for Cleveland in 2007.

Dawson converted two 50-plus yarders in one game for the first time in his career last week against Seattle despite a bruised right thigh. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Benjamin Watson are both recovering from concussions - Watson was cleared to play but Massaquoi wasn't - and starting right guard Shawn Lauvao has an ailing knee. The Browns are 5-4 in San Francisco all-time, but they travel to the Bay Area for the second time in three weeks as one of the NFL's lowest-scoring teams (16.2 points per game). Cleveland's defense, though, ranks in the top five with 291.0 yards allowed per game and in the top 10 in average points allowed (20.0). San Francisco has been even better in giving up just 16.2 points per game, and it's among the league leaders in scoring (27.8 ppg) despite an offense that ranks 27th with 302.5 yards per contest. Alex Smith is ninth in the NFL with a 95.2 passer rating, but Frank Gore may again be a focal point for the 49ers, having rushed for at least 125 yards and a touchdown in each of the last three games. Gore has never posted four straight 100-yard games in his career. Guess there really is always a first time for everything.

Cleveland will try and use their defense and emphasize on the running game to slow the Niners down, but may not have much success with a better stoppage of their own. Smith will continue to flourish against teams Frisco is expected to beat, and those are the wins that are key in determining the Niner's playoff fate down the road, and perhaps along with an NFC West title. Dog pound gets slaughtered by at least 2 TDs.
















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10/30/2011 12:33 PM
Baltimore -11.5 over Arizona:
The Baltimore Ravens found out their top-ranked defense can't win games all by itself in an unexpected loss their last time out. Coming off their worst offensive performance in nearly four years, the Ravens will look to bounce back when they host the reeling Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Baltimore (4-2) dropped out of first place in the AFC North with a 12-7 loss to lowly Jacksonville on Monday night, gaining a paltry 146 yards of total offense - its fewest since mustering 104 in a 38-7 defeat to Pittsburgh on Nov. 5, 2007.

Joe Flacco threw for 137 yards, with 90 coming on the Ravens' only touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. The Ravens had a franchise-low 16 yards at halftime and didn't have a first down until the third quarter. Terrell Suggs, one of the Ravens' defensive standouts, questioned Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for providing Ray Rice with only eight carries, on which he gained 28 yards and fumbled once. Rice thinks things will change this week. Baltimore's NFL-best defense did its part Monday, not allowing a touchdown while giving up only 205 total yards. The Ravens are allowing league-best averages of 272.7 yards and 13.8 points - neither of which may bode well for a Cardinals team having offensive struggles of its own.

Arizona (1-5) has lost five straight after last week's 32-20 defeat to Pittsburgh, which included another lackluster performance from quarterback Kevin Kolb. Since a 309-yard, two-touchdown performance in a Week 1 win over Carolina, Kolb has thrown seven interceptions to only five touchdowns during the skid and his 66.8 passer rating during that span ranks last in the league. He was called for intentional grounding in the end zone which resulted in a safety last week, and 73 of his 272 passing yards came on a dump-off play to LaRod Stephens-Howling which resulted in a touchdown.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt was quick to point out, though, that Kolb isn't the only one struggling. Arizona has rushed for less than 100 yards in five of its six games, though running back Beanie Wells' knee injury isn't as serious as first thought. Wells is unlikely to play Sunday, but after further evaluation he won't be lost for the season as Whisenhunt had feared. Larry Fitzgerald has only two games of 100-plus yards this season and hasn't caught a touchdown pass in three games.

The Cardinals' defense, which allowed 445 yards to Pittsburgh, ranks 26th allowing 388.3 yards per game, and is 28th giving up an average of 25.5 points. This game could feature two veterans each facing his former team for the first time. Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin spent seven seasons with Arizona before being traded in 2010, and tight end Todd Heap was with Baltimore for 10 years before the Ravens cut him for salary cap reasons in July.

The Ravens have been subjected to much criticism for not employing Rice enough against Jacksonville. So expect a lot of the running back against an Arizona Cardinals defense that has surrendered eight rushing touchdowns, which is tied for 27th in the NFL. Also look for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to make a splash by getting the ball to Boldin, who will face for the first time the organization that drafted him in the second round in 2003. The anticipated presence of Alfonso Smith starting for Wells (knee) will warrant some attention, but the Ravens will make a concerted effort to attack Kolb.

















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10/30/2011 12:38 PM
Dallas/Philadelphia over 48.5:
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys have established one of the more intense rivalries in the NFL. Looking to stay perfect coming off a bye under Andy Reid, Philadelphia tries to slow down Dallas' rookie sensation DeMarco Murray on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. After signing several big-name free agents to go along with four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick, the Eagles entered this season looking like Super Bowl contenders. However the Eagles (2-4) have struggled to fulfill expectations early this season. After opening with a 31-13 victory at St. Louis, Philadelphia dropped four in a row before regrouping with a 20-13 win at Washington on Oct. 16.

The defense had four interceptions - three by safety Kurt Coleman - while LeSean McCoy carried the ball a career-high 28 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. McCoy is the first Eagle to score at least one TD in each of the team's first six games. During the time off, the Eagles surely focused their efforts on stopping the run. Philadelphia has surrendered an average 123.8 rushing yards and is allowing 4.82 yards per carry - the 23rd and 27th worst marks, respectively, in the league. That may not bode well for the Eagles with Murray coming off a record-setting day. With Felix Jones sidelined (left high ankle sprain), Murray ran for a franchise-best 253 yards - the ninth-highest total in NFL history - during Dallas' 34-7 win over the winless Rams last Sunday. The Cowboys (3-3) have taken four of five in this series - including a 34-14 wild-card victory Jan. 9, 2010. They sit in a second-place tie with the Redskins in the NFC East - one game ahead of the last-place Eagles.

Tony Romo, who recorded a season-low 166 passing yards and two scores last weekend, has thrown 10 TDs and 10 interceptions in seven career regular-season starts versus Philadelphia. Both these teams don't waste much tim eon the play clock and Vck and Romo have plenty of weapons in order to go strike for strike. This could mean the last team that has the ball may pull out a close cotnest, and we believe points will be plentiful against defenses that may have to make numerous adjustments. Each team should have no trouble scoring TDs this evening and the over should commence early in the 4th quarter somewhere.

Best of luck to all in week 8
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10/30/2011 12:40 PM
I love all 4 of these.. !!! (Not sure if that's a good thing for you or not however LOL)

Best of luck today JTG :)
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