Back for another round of predictions is Randall Thomas; and you all know Delonte Wooten. You know the drill BrooksWeekly faithfuls, read ’em and weep.
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|Broncos vs Bengals||Broncos||Broncos||Chargers|
|Ravens vs Browns||Ravens||Ravens||Broncos|
|Cardinals vs Packers||Packers||Packers||Packers|
|Bears vs Titans||Bears||Bears||Bears|
|Dolphins vs Colts||Colts||Colts||Colts|
|Panthers vs Redskins||Panthers||Redskins||Redskins|
|Lions vs Jaguars||Lions||Lions||Lions|
|Bills vs Texans||Texans||Texans||Texans|
|Buccaneers vs Raiders||Buccaneers||Raiders||Buccaneers|
|Vikings vs Seahawks||Seahawks||Seahawks||Vikings|
|Steelers vs Giants||Giants||Giants||Giants|
|Cowboys vs Falcons||Falcons||Cowboys||Falcons|
|Eagles vs Saints||Saints||Eagles||Saints|
Denver Broncos (4-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
My preseason pick of Peyton Manning as the league MVP looks to be coming to fruition. Manning has thrown 14 TD passes in the last 5 games, in which 4 out of 5 he has thrown 3 TDS. He has also thrown for 300 plus yards in that span of games. Manning can tie the record set by Hall of Famer Steve Young, who posted five straight games of 300 yards and 3 TDs for San Francisco during the 1998 season.
Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Indianapolis Colts (4-3)
As dazzling as RGIII is, the number 1 overall pick has led his team to a 4-3 record (Redskins are 3-5). Thanks to Andrew Luck, the Colts are the 9th best passing team in the NFL. Barring any catastrophic meltdown, Luck will win the honors of offensive rookie of the year.
Are the Dolphins for real? After their BYE week, they dismantled the New York Jets cruising to a 30-9 victory. They are on a 3 game winning streak and 2nd in the AFC East behind the division leading Patriots.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at New York Giants (6-2)
Eli Manning and “Big Ben” Roethlisberger will be forever linked as both are multiple Super Bowl winners who were selected in the 2004 draft. (Manning went number 1 overall and Roethlisberger went 11th)
Pittsburgh’s posses the NFL’s top passing defense allowing 182.6 yards per game. Manning will struggle, but like Roethlisberger, he has an uncanny ability to exceed late in games. (24 4th quarter comebacks in his career)
For the record, this is definitely a hot seat game for Norv Turner. If he doesn’t win this one, we can see Him Charging out of San Diego.
Buffalo Bills (3-4) at Houston Texans (6-1)
If Houston beats the Ravens the way they did, then we can only imagine what’s going to happen. Look forward to a blowout in this one.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at New York (6-2)
This one will be good. The only problem is that Polamalus & Co. is still injured Eli may pull down the steel-curtains.
In the midst of the NFL season, the NBA has returned.
*The defending champions started off their title defense with a bang, defeating the Boston Celtics in a competitive 120-107 victory. Newcomers Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis combined for 29 points.
*Lakers fans, settle down. On a scale from 1-10, your panic level should be at a -2. When the Heat formed their alliance of super friends, they were winning on talent alone with little chemistry and they still reached the Finals. With 80 games left on their schedule, this team should easily win 50+ games
*It made total sense for the Oklahoma City Thunder to choose Serge Ibaka over James Harden. For one, scorers are easily plugged into a line-up, and two, in the small market of Oklahoma City, they could not afford 3 max contracts. But after signing a 5-year 80 million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets, in the words of my colleague and BrooksWeekly writer Justin Long, “James Harden just got breaded up like fried shrimp.” In his Houston debut, Harden finished with 37 points, 12 assist and 4 rebounds.
*The “brow-ed bomber” and number 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, debut stat-line was 21 points 7 rebounds and 1 block. Portland’s number 6 overall pick out of Weber Sate, Damian Lillard finished with 23 points, 11 assist and 3 rebounds. The more coveted rookie such as Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards and finished with 8 and 3 points respectively.
Kudos to the NBA
*Because of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the league postponed the opener between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. It would have been a great sight to see these neighborhing franchises square off, but traveling through the effects of Sandy wasn’t worth the trouble.
Thanks for reading.