Picks Record Through Week 9
Straight Up: 86-43 Against the Spread: 72-57 Over/Under: 63-66
Colts/Pats off Sunday Night Schedule!
Ya think? Peyton Manning is anticipating such a terrible season that he held a “spontaneous” (yeah, right) press conference at his locker, stating that he must return to the practice field in December so that the Colts have a chance to evaluate him. Wow.
Translation: “I’m going to prove to you that you don’t need to go nuts and draft Andrew Luck.” Stay tuned.
As for last week’s picks, I admit it, I got caught up in the euphoria and picked Kansas City and Philadelphia. Shame on me. I’m a sucker for a good coaching story and I thought we had two.
I still think that Haley and Castillo are good coaches. And if they don’t get summarily fired, their guys will improve.
Castillo has the D-line cooking; the secondary is meshing. So let’s cut him some slack on those linebackers. Out of the three starters and the three backups, two are rookies, two are sophomores, and one is a third year man. They’re hardly out of diapers! And they are getting better.
I just clearly overestimated both their ability to deal with Cutler, Forte and Barber and Vick’s ability to deal with Briggs and Urlacher. Maybe the Chicago D read how I was calling them old. Please don’t tell them where I live.
Sometimes one just has to go with picks that seem a bit crazy. This is one of those weeks. Feel free to laugh at my logic and not follow my lead!
Oakland at San Diego
Straight Up: San Diego
Against the Spread: Oakland +6.5
Over/Under: Cloudy and cool—theoretically good weather for both QBs to get on track. Over 48
I don’t know how many more different ways that Philip Riverscan blame himself for everything. Enough already. It’s not all his fault. He probably thought he’d have a running game. Ryan Mathews is probable, so maybe he will. The one game in which Mike Tolbert was extensively utilized, the Chargers won. But WR Malcolm Floyd is out for this one. Great.
It’s not all Carson’s fault either. He probably thought he’d have a running game. McFadden is out.
I keep thinking that the Chargers simply must rally, but this is their third game in 11 days (including the game days). That’s pretty brutal. We can say this is a “must win” all we want to and it may not translate into a victory.
But I am going to pick them because their best feature is their secondary, anchored by Weddle (a free agent actually earning his contract). You couldn’t prove this premise based on their performance against Aaron Rodgers, but I think they’ll be more disruptive against a Carson Palmer, who may wish he’d stayed in his living room.
Watch the Chargers in the fourth quarter—they’ll be tired.