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As I posted on the college football thread forgot to post my NFL pick last night as well and of course I mention it cause it was a winner also.
But hopefully some jumped on Buffalo or a pretty easy win.
Friday's List of 13: Things I'm looking for this weekend.......
13) Andrew Luck’s first genuinely big game as Colts’ QB, in Foxboro. When schedule came out last spring, no one thought this would be a big game anymore, but it is.
12) Kansas State’s last road game is at Baylor; win there, then beat Texas and its off to play for a national championship.
11) Chargers had a 24-0 halftime lead first time they played the Broncos; they lost 35-24. This is Norv Turner’s last stand coaching San Diego- they won't make playoffs if they lose here. Broncos covered their last five games as a favorite.
10) Are there any polls that recognize Ohio State, even though they’re on probation? If there are, Buckeyes have shot at a mythical national title. This is very tough game for them, at Wisconsin.
9) Jets and Brian Schottenheimer parted ways after last season; now they meet up again, with Mark Sanchez in a funk, having been blanked by his college coach last week. Now he faces his old coordinator. Rams are 3-0 in games where spread is 3 or less points.
8) Jim Mora Jr gets his first shot at crosstown rival USC; you get idea the gap between Bruins-Trojans is getting smaller, but until UCLA beats them couple times, LA is still the Trojans’ town.
7) Red Sox are right now worst team in AL East, by far; supposedly they tried to get in on the Marlins’ fire sale, but didn’t get a deal done. When are they going to make moves, and what will they be?
Would make sense if they panicked and threw a pile of cash at free agent OF Josh Hamilton. Not sure it would work out well, but it would quiet people.
6) Oakland Raiders gave up 42-55 points last two weeks, now Drew Brees and the Saints come to town; good luck there. New Orleans gets back to .500 with win here.
5) Vanderbilt is favored over Tennessee for third time in last five years, but they’re 1-13 in last 14 series games. Much like Norv Turner in Denver, this could be Derek Dooley’s last stand with the Vols.
4) Clippers beat Miami Wednesday, host the Bulls Saturday and visit San Antonio Monday; tough stretch of games. How is it as soon as Grant Hill leaves Phoenix, he’s out hurt again? What is it about the Suns’ trainers that kept him healthy those years in the desert?
In five years with Phoenix, Hill played in 91.7% (362 of 392) Suns' games; he hasn't played in any of the Clippers' eight games this year.
In six years in Orlando, the six years before Phoenix, he played in 32.0% (131-410) of Magic's games. Suns' trainers must be pretty good.
3) Ravens at Steelers is always a big game, with Roethlisberger out this week, tough game for Steelers to win. Whats up with Baltimore running a fake FG last week, when they led 41-17 late in third quarter?
2) This Saturday used to be Rivalry Saturday in college football, the best day of the whole year, including New Year’s Day; the BCS nonsense and the expansion of the season finished all that, to point where half the SEC is playing I-AA teams this week. Seriously; 20 years ago, this week was the end of the regular season in college ball, except for 10-12 rivalry games Thanksgiving weekend.
1) Alex Smith is expected to play Monday night; not so sure about Jay Cutler. Bears’ two losses this year are at night; they haven’t beaten 49ers in Candlestick since 1985.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday for anyone that missed the college football thread....
13) Didn't take Alabama long to get back in the national title picture, with both Oregon/Kansas State losing, the SEC almost has to have a team in the national title game, and against Notre Dame, unranked at the start of the season. Irish should beat USC next week, with Matt Barkley separating his passing shoulder at the end of the UCLA game. On a side note, cant wait for the BCS playoffs and this is why they should have an 8 team playoff. How does the SEC get away with playing Division II type schools and move up in the polls. How does Notre Dame get a free ride into the National Championship game without having to play in a conference let alone a conference championship game. But Im not angry or anything.
12) Huge day for Jim Mora Jr, who Bruins now will take to the recruiting trail with a bounce to their step after beating USC 38-28; UCLA is also going to the Pac-12 title game, as champs of the Pac-12 South. They've got a strong nucleus of young players, especially on offense.
11) As for Lane Kiffin, his Trojans are first preseason #1 team to lose four regular season games since 1984; they could be first one to lose five regular season games since 1964 if they lose next week. He must fire his father and get a defensive co-ordinator that knows what he is doing. A fucking shame what the coaching staff did to this team this year.
10) Rough day for the Wake Forest athletic department; Deacons were lifeless in a 38-0 pummeling in South Bend; the basketball team was down 48-13 to Iona in the Virgin Islands, in the first half, the same Iona team that lost Friday.....to Quinnipiac. Wake wound up losing 94-68.
9) Seven SEC teams played I-AA opponents this week; not a good time of year for that. Alabama-West Carolina game had a total of 100 plays, as the timekeeper probably played running time.
Louisiana Tech, in their loss to Utah State, ran 108 plays for 629 yards, all by themselves. KState-Baylor game had 163 plays, NC State-Clemson game had 190 plays. Alabama ripped off its fans with a glorified scrimmage.
8) Winless Southern Miss scored with 2:48 left to get within 34-33 of UTEP, then for some reason, went for two points, despite their QB being 4th-stringer Arsenio Favor. When you're winless, that stuff never works, and the Golden Eagles lost again. They had 18 consecutive winning seasons before this year, and now they're winless. Yikes.
7) When (former Southern Mississippi coach) Larry Fedora took over at North Carolina, he asked each of his offensive linemen to lose 20-25 pounds, to better block for the spread offense. Tough adjustment for the kids, but Tar Heels are 7-4. Fedora did inherit some talented players. .
6) Wouldn't want to be at season-ending banquet for Washington State's team; older players apparently hate Mike Leach, and feeling seems to be mutual. Coogs have been outscored 100-7 in the first half of their last three games-- doubt Senior Day will be whole lot of fun, either. If Leach can keep his job long enough, he'll win up there, but it'll take a while.
5) Kicker from Rice named Chris Boswell made FGs of 53-51-56 yards, tying a record, so good for him. How does Rice have a great kicker but not some of the bigger name teams?
4) Utah State is 9-2, a tremendous accomplishment for a program that hasn't won very much; they led 41-14 at Louisiana Tech with 1:00 left in third quarter, but Bulldogs made another wild comeback and took game to OT, where State prevailed, 48-41. Can Aggies keep coach Gary Anderson long enough for him to coach in the MWC next year?
3) Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, who seems like a good guy, has won four of his last five games with the Wildcats-- he is the first Arizona coach to go bowling in his first season in Tucson. Good for him; we liked him on CBS Sports Network last year, after getting canned at Michigan. .
2) Michigan State is the first team since 1971 to play seven games in a row decided by 4 or less points. Spartans lost to 8-3 Northwestern team that led in 4th quarter in all three of its losses.
1) It is now entirely possible that the nation's only unbeaten team won't even go to a bowl; Ohio State. If Notre Dame were to lose the national title game, that would leave the Buckeyes as the lone unbeaten, assuming they beat Michigan in their rivalry game. Then what?
Will anyone declare them mythical national champs, or co-champs, if they're the only unbeaten team when the season ends?
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday..........
13) Coming into this week, NFL teams that were +2 or better in turnovers were 52-8SU; on a strange November Sunday this week, they were 6-3, as the three teams who lost in OT all led by double figures at one point. Jags, Browns, Panthers, all teams trying to learn how to win. It ain't easy.
12) Six teams didn't turn the ball over this week; they all won. If you're an underdog and don't create turnovers or score on special teams, how do you beat a superior opponent?
11) Falcons won one of weirdest games in recent memory, beating Arizona 23-19 despite turning ball over six times on 15 drives. Matt Ryan threw three INTs in first quarter, but Cardinals were so inept on offense they benched starting QB Skelton in favor of San Diego State rookie Lindley after he was 2-7 passing to start the game.
Matt Ryan is first QB since 1967 (Bart Starr) to throw five INTs in a win, with no TD passes. Green Bay won the Super Bowl that year.
Redbirds started five drives in Atlanta territory, and scored 13 points. On a day when the Falcons tried to give a game away, Arizona wouldn't take it.
10) New Orleans scored four TDs on nine drives, added a defensive TD in an easy 38-17 win at Oakland; Saints are now 5-5 after an 0-4 start. If I had a vote for NFL Coach of the Year and the Saints made the playoffs, I'd vote for Drew Brees. Seriously. No way he isn't the unofficial coach of this team.
9) Andre Johnson put up Arena League numbers, 14 catches for 273 yards, as Houston came back from 34-20 down with 21:00 left to beat the spunky Jaguars 43-37 in OT. Jacksonville is 5-0 vs spread on road, but 1-9 where it counts, in the overall standings.
8) Tennessee Volunteers fired Derek Dooley Sunday; not sure where they go from here. Coaching in the SEC is almost as bad as the NFL, because recruiting wars might be more intense than the actual games. Not enough good players in Tennessee to sustain an SEC program, so you have to hire a coach who is a nationwide recruiter. Not a lot of those out on the street.
Probably didn't help Dooley any that his dad is best coach in Georgia's football history; Vince Dooley was Herschel Walker's college coach.
7) Has a guy ever been MVP and Comeback Player of the Year in the same season? Peyton Manning has a pretty good chance this year.
6) Not sure why I thought of this today, but I did; best part of the HBO Hard Knocks series this summer was when Miami Dolphins traded CB Vontae Davis. GM Jeff Ireland call him into his office, tells him he's been traded, and all he wants to know is, "For who?" Isn't that the first question you'd ask, who did you trade me for?
Next thing he wanted to do was immediately call his mother, which was odd, but Ireland talked him out of it, fed him some BS lines that GMs do when they trade a player, then they sent him on his way to call mom. Good TV.
5) Speaking of Miami, two weeks in a row they haven't had an offensive play of 20+ yards; other teams had an average of 4.81 per team this week.
4) New England had Tom Brady throwing ball with a 52-24 lead and 5:40 left in the game; isn't that an invitation for someone to take a cheap shot? I mean, whats the point?
3) Teams that had a 10+ yard edge in field position were 7-1 this week; Buccaneers somehow had an 11-yard edge in field position, despite being -2 in turnovers. Arizona lost despite a 17-yard edge in field position.
2) Favorites are 7-6 vs spread this week, home teams 4-9, over is 5-8.
1) Three Thursday games on Thanksgiving this week, with night game on NBC for the first time. Good sports week, with lot of college hoop and a bunch of college football rivalry games.
The Worst Of Week Eleven in the Spooky world - one of the greatest posts ever
Being the total sheep that I am, commercials often sway my purchasing patterns. Now I don't care for Guinness, but I admit that their new black lager has me intrigued. Every time that those commercials are on, my interest is even more piqued. It helps that the actor guy looks so damn familiar. So I did some digging, and yup, that fella in those commercials is none other than Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire. Terrific. He is much cooler on that show than he is with that wiener voice and his allowance of a woman to steal his beer. Plus, half face is always better than full face. So whenever I can get my hands on a Black Lager, I will simply to put money in Richard Harrow's pockets. He's earned it for putting up with all of Jillian's whore nonsense. Onto the worst of the week which takes an extended tour thru Lions country this week
Greg Jennings - How annoying is it that Jennings is showing up in every other fucking commercial like he is some sort of superstar now when he hasn't played barely at all this season? Who decided that Jennings was a good product spokesman? FUCK GREG JENNINGS.
Matt Ryan - Atlanta needs to get their shit together because they are not winning anyone over with how they have been playing over the last month. Yeah, they won, but if their QB is going to launch five picks, they are going to go winless in January again. They barely beat Ryan Lindley AKA Ryan Lolzlol. Not good.
Browns Discipline - FUCK! These talent-rich losers should have won in Dallas yesterday but they blew it because they have no discipline. I saw the stat that they had TEN penalties that gave the Cowboys first down. Bunch of shit. Pat Shurmur is ass. And the Cowboys are terrible. Redskins are going to beat them on Thursday.
Fat Stafford - 22 incompletions...took 5 sacks...threw 2 picks and one got housed. Not good. Lions season = OVER. He fucking overthrew about a half dozen passes and 3 of them could have resulted in a touchdown. And when they have a chance to ice the game and score a touchdown and not leave the door open for State Farm Rodgers he fucking falls into the ground. I think Stafford and Matt Barkley should double date next week with each other.
Mason Crosby - He has the name of a plantation owner and he likes to miss easy kicks.
Chiefs, Rams, and Panthers - These losers lose all the time. No reason to dive any deeper. Although Carolina's loss was chock full of DERP. Josh Freeman sure is playing like a free man.
Nick Foles - Just by glancing at the box score, it looks like the Redskins PWNED the Eagles yesterday. AND THEY DID. RG3 was back to being TRANSCENDENT! The defense played well. Actually, it could have just been because Foles is so bad. Seriously, he is SO bad. Phillyfan is already talking about tanking out the rest of the season. I like that attitude. I am rooting for the DREAM TEAM to finish 3-13. Bring back McNabb!
Wade Phillips - Woof, how do you make Chad Henne look like Chad HENNELITE? I bet on JAX yesterday at +14.5 because I figured that Houston would mail it in with the Thanksgiving road trip coming up. I was right. I just didn't expect them to get torched by the King of the Forehead Flab.
Carson Palmer - No one owns garbage time more than the guy who hates Cincinnati the most. I like how when the Raiders lose, they get slaughtered. There is no in between with them. The Saints have battled back to .500 which is absolutely amazing. What I'm trying to say here is clearly that Joe Vitt is the greatest coach of all time.
Andrew Luck - Ouch. The goblin decided to defecate all over the memories of the Brady/Manning rivalry, I see. I guess that this will be a week where everyone talks about how great RG3 is instead of Luck. These stupid radio show segments seem to change every week.
The Chargers - I just can't watch this team. They are so boring. They do nothing well. When SD is on RedZone, my mind immediately wanders. To me, they are less interesting than Jacksonville. I wish that I lived in San Diego (for many reasons) simply because they are always blacked out.
That will do it for today. FYI, read the fucking Cool Blue post and help feed a homeless Gook. Gooks are people too.