Posted on: December 15, 2009 10:39 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2009 8:06 pm

Week 14 Review and Week15 NFL Picks

So last week I went 10-1 with my serious picks minus the dream picks.  So not bad for the first week picking games.  Week 14 saw a lot of history being made and hopefully week 15 will have plenty more in store. 

New Orleans @ Atlanta.  Saints  W
Denver @ Indianapolis.  Colts    W
Buffalo @ Kansas City.  Bills    W
Detroit @ Baltimore.  Lions.     DREAM PICK NOT COUNTED
Miami @ Jacksonville  Dolphins.   W
NY Jets @ Tampa Bay.   Bucs.  DREAM PICK NOT COUNTED
Cincinatti @ Minnesota     Vikings.  W

Green Bay @ Chicago    Packers. W

Carolina @ New England   Panthers. DREAM PICK NOT COUNTED
Seattle @ Houston      Texans. W

Washington @ Oakland      Redskins. W

Saint Louis @ Tennessee   Titans.  W
San Diego @ Dallas       Chargers.  W

Philadelphia @ NY Giants       Giants.  L
Arizona @ San Francisco        Niners.  W

On to Week 15:

Indianapolis at Jacksonville:  This game hinges on who plays for the Colts.  Looks like Peyton and at least Reggie Wayne will play, so  they'll take care of business.  Colts

Dallas at New Orleans:  Dallas has really struggled in December and I think it is in their heads.  They didn't play too bad against a really hot Chargers team. New Orleans didn't look too sharp yesterday.  Until Dallas wins a game in December, I am  picking against them.  Saints.

Arizona at Detroit:  Poor Detroit.  I want them to be good, but they just aren't there yet.  Give Jim Schwartz a few years and I bet they  get better.  Arizona always worries me picking because they are just so unpredictable as to which team will show up.  But this is the Lions, so they should be able to win regardless of which team shows up.  Cardinals.

Cleveland at Kansas City:  Talk about crummy game of the week.  Chiefs.

San Francisco at Philadelphia: Going out on a limb here. As I grew up in the Bay Area I would love to see the Niners get competitive again.  I think this defense looks pretty good.  Upset special.  Niners

Chicago at Baltimore:  As a Titans fan, I need Chicago to win here.  Bears.

New England at Buffalo:  New England has looked bad at times this year, but I think they can handle the Bills.  Patriots.

Miami at Tennessee:  I, of course, have to pick my team but it won't be easy as Miami is a good, physical team.  This wil be a Jeff Fisher, type game and he does well in those games.  Titans.

Houston at St. Louis:  Houston.

Atlanta at N.Y. Jets:  Again, need the Falcons to win to help the Titans out.  Falcons.

Oakland at Denver:  Not much to say here.  Broncos.

Cincinnati at San Diego:  Chargers can take care of business here, they are the better team and they want to keep the #2 seed.                                      Chargers.

Green Bay at Pittsburgh:  Need Green Bay to win, and at this point I believe Green Bay is the better team.  The Steelers have lost 5straight and it will be tough for them to lose six.  But I am still picking the Packers. I think that defense is ferocious and will get after Big Ben.  Packers.

Tampa Bay at Seattle:  Crummy game #2 of the week.  Seahawks.

Minnesota at Carolina:  Expect a heavy dose of AD in this one.  Vikings.

N.Y. Giants at Washington:  The Giants fought hard Sunday night and I think they will take care of business here.  Giants.
Posted on: December 15, 2009 9:56 pm

My final word on Vince Young vs. Kerry Collins

This is how I feel about the debate between Vince and Kerry that seems to still be going on.

Here's my take on the whole situation.  I think Collins was much better than old Vince.  He was erratic and unpredictable.  I still liked him mainly for what he did for me as a Longhorn's fan.  He went 8-8 in the first year and thrilled with some crazy comebacks.  Stats not so good but he made it happen.  To be fair to Collins though, he had NO time with the team that year as he was picked up late after the McNair and Volek mess.  He was thrown in there and was ineffective. 

So, that leaves us with 2007 where Vince was the full time starter now.  He struggled, which many second year QBs do.  If I am not mistaken this was also the last year that Norm Chow was O-Coordinator (what a mess that was.  He really hindered Vince's progress imo)  Vince let his head get all screwed up thinking he had to become the everydown drop back passer, which he isn't.  I took that season with a grain of salt also because the receivers were downright awful.  They couldn't catch a lick even when Vince threw good passes (which he was very inconsistent about doing that year).  So ok the next off season they fire Chow and bring back Heimy (Thank you).  Heimy knows how to use this sort of QB who is a dual threat and I was very encouraged at the progresion.  Report from camp says Vince was making huge strides. 

Then comes the infamous Jacksonville game.  We all know what happened there, so no need to rehash it, but as far as his performance went though, he threw a TD to CJ, but threw two picks.  One was just awful and the other was just a ridiculously athletic play by the DE.  So he wasn't playing too bad and the team had a lead when Collins came in.  So it appeared that Vince did make strides in his game in my opinion but his head and maturity weren't right.   I honestly think that the death of McNair really got Vince getting his priorities right and I saw a difference in his attitude since then, even before he got the job back.  He still has a tendency to try and do too much and force things (he got lucky several times this season with dropped picks) but otherwise I see an improved guy. 

I think the better comparison would be Vince right now and Collins right now.  We don't need to drudge up the past and everything.  Right now, this season.  I believe Vince is better.  Does he deserve God-like status and worship.  Not by a longshot.  But right now he gives this team the best chance of winning.  I stand behind that. 

Also,  some fans said they want to see Vince play a full season when the pressure is on, because right now they are in a nothing to lose situation.  Next season will REALLY tell where he is at.  If he picks up where he is at this season at the start of next season and plays consistently throughout next season then this debate needs to be over.  I am no blind follower who thinks Vince is the end all be all everything.  He is not.  He is however a talented and athletic player who has a knack for dramatic comebacks and is fun to watch, especially lined up next to CJ.  I think he has the potential of being great at this level if he keeps his head in the game and builds his work ethic to be a student of the game and listen to criticism as help  not as a slight, which he seems to be getting that now.

Here, to hoping for a bright future.  This was long I know but I felt I needed to be specific and articulate this.  Opinions commence.
Posted on: December 12, 2009 9:34 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2009 9:36 pm

Week 14 NFL picks

Well I am going to pick the NFL games coming up this week, although the Steelers-Browns game has already been played (Go Browns! btw)  Here is how I see/hope week 14 going down:

New Orleans @ Atlanta.  Saints. Next.  
Denver @ Indianapolis.  Colts need this to take Home Field.  So I say they take it.   
Buffalo @ Kansas City.  Buffalo.  Sorry KC.    
Detroit @ Baltimore.   I really would love it if Detroit pulled the upset.  It seems like the season for upsets and Ed Reed dosen't play in this game, so I am hoping for the Detroit Upset.  Lions.     
Miami @ Jacksonville  All I can say is go Dolphins.   
NY Jets @ Tampa Bay.  Mark Sanchez isn't going to play, so I like Tampa with the upset.  Bucs.   
Cincinatti @ Minnesota    Minnesota gets back on track here.  Vikings.  

Green Bay @ Chicago    Green Bay plays a cleaner game and beat the BearsPackers.

Carolina @ New England   Pats are falling apart a little bit and players don't seem to be buying into the philosophy anymore.  Moss is quitting on routes.  I highly doubt this will happen and this is a dream pick.  Panthers.
Seattle @ Houston      Houston has been close in almost every game.  They close here.  Texans.

Washington @ Oakland     Oakland suffers a let down after that win at Pittsburgh last week.  Redskins.

Saint Louis @ Tennessee    I gotta go with my favorite team.  St. Louis isn't as bad as their record indicates, hopefully the Titans come to play.   Health concerns with Vince Young and Chris Johnson, but they will play and be good enough to win.  Titans.
San Diego @ Dallas        Tough call, but I look at Dallas' record in December and it's hard to pick them. Chargers.

Philadelphia @ NY Giants      This is a tough call, both are pretty desparate teams, but I look for the Giants to get the win.  Giants.
Arizona @ San Francisco          'Zona played some good football last week, but the Niners are the more desparate team, and I think they look for this primetime game to show up and play.  Niners.

These picks are part how I hope things go and part actual opinions.  More than likely you can distinguish which is which. 
Posted on: December 11, 2009 8:42 pm

Grinds my Gears

You wanna know what grinds my gears? People in the 19th century.  Why don't they get with the freakin' program.  It's called an automobile, it's much faster than a horse!

Well, not to sound like Peter Griffin I need to vent about a couple of things that are grinding my gears.  First off,  I really hate how the media digs and digs and digs on people until they get their story.  Like this Tiger Woods business.  Here is a respected sports figure and role model.  I know the guy messed up and committed some personal woes, but this guy deserves his privacy.  I mean, it is NONE of our business what he does in his personal life.  He is a human just like the rest of us and makes mistakes.  I am in no way defending him because I aboslutely hate infidelity and I am in no way a Tiger fan. I HATE golf!  But this guy really deserves for people to leave him the F alone and let him deal with the personal business.  I just hate the way the media needs to keep talking about a story over and over again until something juicy comes up for them to talk to.  Now it is to the point where Tiger is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the game.  Not because he can't handle the stress of the game, because he knows he will be hounded by the media and will have to answer the same questions over and again, because the media won't let it go.  Let the guy be in peace!

Fair weather fans grind my gears!  These are the fans that will be all about the trendy team of the moment, the hot team or the streaking team.  I am a Tennessee Titans fan.  Have been for about 11 years now.  I started getting interested in them in 99 when, yes, they were doing well and on a Super Bowl run, but I stayed with them, through the 4-12 and 5-11 seasons.  The ups and the downs.  But bandwagoners jump on the train because it is interesting and fun, but when things go south and the moment passes they are off onto the next thing.  I am sure a lot of people jumped on the Titans bandwagon when they started winning since Vince Young took over, but after they lost to the Colts, a lot of the Bandwagoners have gone away onto the next hot team.  It just drives me crazy.  If you want to be a fan, find a team and stick with them.  I look at my uncle, who is a die hard 49ers fan.  He is born and raised in the bay area and have rooted for them since the beginning. He wears his red and gold just as proudly now as he did in the glory days when the Niners won all their championships.   To me this is what it means to be a fan.  To root for your team in the good and the bad.  Be just as passionate about them when they are down as you are when they are up.  It is easy to root and cheer for a winning team, not so much for the losing ones.  So fair weather fans:  either find a team and stick with them or go home and start watching more golf or something.
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