After a more in-depth approach to my weekly picks, I improved to a 12-4 record after posting a subpar 8-8 last week. So far, my overall record is 40-24. Not too shabby huh?
The phrase expect the unexpected is the theme of this year’s NFL season. The Arizona Cardinals are undefeated and the Drew Brees led Saints couldn’t buy a win, even if it was on layaway.
Quarterbacks such as Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Kevin Kolb and Matt Schaub, have an overall better record than the likes of the usual suspects; Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Eli Manning. (14-2 to 8-12 respectively)
And the ONLY reason why Rex Ryan and the Jets haven’t given up on Mark Sanchez is because of pride. It’s evidently not money because they signed Sanchez or San-chise as they like to call him, to an extension in the off-season.
Ryan is beating that same drum over and over and over again, “Sanchez is our quarterback.”
It was the defense and a sound running game that led them to two back-to-back AFC championships, not the GQ model Sanchez.
Trust me, I have more on Sanchez later.
As I resume…
While we strap ourselves down to this roller coaster ride of a season, let’s look at who’s making some noise and who’s barely creating a whisper:
Houston Texans (4-0)
With the franchise’s first 4-0 start in team history, no team is hotter than the Houston Texans right now, period. Quarterback Matt Schaub is the NFL’s 3rd leader in passer rating with 105.3, and they have the NFL’s sack leader. (J.J. Watt-7.5) Only a quarter through the season, you can start to hear chatter of this team going undefeated.
San Diego Chargers (3-1)
Every year someone always pick the Chargers to represent the AFC in the Superbowl, only to have them inexplicably to spiral into a freefall and miss the playoffs. Perhaps this season may be different, or perhaps this talented-rich team is teasing us once more.
Atlanta Falcons (4-0)
Ahh yes, another undefeated. The Falcons have won shootouts, clawed their way back from the brink of defeat, and just flat out steamrolled their opponent. On the offensive side of the ball, it’s pick your poison with Michael Turner out the backfield, and Roddy White and Julio Jones on the outside; not to mention future hall of fame tight end Tony Gonzales. However, my final judgement will depend on how they do in the playoffs.
Is it me, or have we heard this story before? Botched snaps, late fumbles and costly interceptions? Let me know when you have read something new about Romo. This guy is an accident waiting to happen. With 5 INTs thrown, and 2 returned for touchdowns in the Monday Night drumming by the Chicago Bears, Tony “Uh-Oh” was up to his old tricks.
49.2 completion percentage, 813 yards, 5 TDS, 4INTs, and a 69.6 passer rating… can you hear the chants? Tebow… Tebow… Tebow… Oh yeah, their next game is against arguably the best team in the NFL, the Houston Texans. Someone should warm up the bench for Sanchez.
Tied for last; New Orleans Saints (0-4) and the Cleveland Browns (0-4)
Never thought i’d see the day when the Saints and Browns would be mentioned in the same sentence. The Saints are snake-bitten this season. For those who believe in karma, this disappointing start to the season would lead you to believe Bounty Gate was true. I truly believe the absence of Head coach Sean Payton illustrates how coaching is undervalued. The NFL has granted him to attend the games, but of course not to coach. Maybe his presence will ignite a flame in his team.
Browns’ fans, Kyrie Irving is recovering well from his broken hand. Oh, I’m sorry, wrong sport. With a 28-year-old rookie quarterback, Brandon Weeden better start winning now; and fast. Once Trent Richardson is 100 percent, they can lean on him more, which will take a load off of Weeden.
That is all. Thank you.
Thursday Night Football; Rams over Cardinals 21-18
Week 5 NFL Predictions tomorrow
*In other news*
According to an ESPN article,
The NBA will penalize floppers this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league official said has “no place in our game.”
Those exaggerated falls to the floor might fool the referees and fans during the game, but officials at league headquarters plan to take a look for themselves afterward.
Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Six or more could lead to a suspension.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul flopping from a slight bump by Heat guard Dwayne Wade. Can you determine the call?
You have to be kidding me with this?
If I’m not mistaken, which I’m not, isn’t it the refs jobs to determine the deception by players? Most flops stick out like a sore thumb; you can easily tell when a player fakes flying 10 feet backwards by the flick of fingernail over an actual incidental elbow to the face.
Flopping as been around forever. (see Vlade Divac) In my eyes, flopping is pure gamesmanship. Players are not gaining a competitive advantage, they are trying to win by any means necessary. The goal is to get the refs to call foul on the offensive player. In a sports you compete, compete means to strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others who are trying to do the same.
So the NBA is going to fine players because they want to win?