Monday, November 15, 2004
NFL Week 10 Picks
NFL "EXPERT" PICKS
Week 10 Round-up
Good Monday morning! Barry Bonds should win MVP #7 today! And, in honor of that, today's entry will just be a quick update, primarily football (sorry baseball only fans). Tomorrow we will get back into the Top 100s that Justin Ahern did for us. We will work our way across the outfield, starting with the left fielders tomorrow. Friday will be the big Overall List of the Top players of all-time. Until then, if you haven't seen all of the Top 100 Lists, check them out here (If you would like some background on the process used to develop this report and ranking, please click here.):
All-Time Top 100: Catchers
All-Time Top 100s: First Basemen
All-Time Top 100s: Second Basemen
All-Time Top 100s: Third Basemen
All-Time Top 100s: Shortstops
If you have any questions for me, or if you have any questions for Justin, please e-mail me, and I will be sure to forward your thoughts to him.
Well, I correctly predicted a three point game between the Vikings and Packers yesterday. Unfortunately, the wrong team won with the Packers getting a 33 yard field goal from Ryan Longwell as time ran out. It was the Vikings third straight loss and pushed them into a tie with the Packers in the NFL North.
There were a few positives to take from the game. Daunte Culpepper continued to be amazing. He went 27-44 for 365 yards and four touchdowns. In the absence of Randy Moss, Nate Burleson continued to play great. He caught 11 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Jermaine Wiggins is a huge target for Daunte, catching six balls for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Unfortunately, there were also a number of negatives. Michael Bennett got the start and got just five carries for 21 yards. Onterrio Smith had the same line (5 rushes, 21 yards). That just isn't enough yards rushing, but that isn't because of a lack of productivity. I mean, each averaged over four yards a carry. The problem is that they only got five rushes. That is pathetic for a team that prides itself on its running attack. Now sure, the Vikings were behind and had to pass, but even down 14 or so there is still a need to run.
The lack of running game makes Daunte's game even more impressive. He brought the team back from 14 down, and he led the team to the game-tying touchdown with just 1:21 left in the 4th quarter. He is showing everything that Vikings fans would hope from their quarterback. All negative Culpepper talk must stop!
Also on the negative side, again, is the Vikings defense. Sure, credit does need to be given to the Packers for a more balanced offense. Ahman Green rushed for 145 yards. That helped Brett Favre to a 20-29, 236 yard, four TD performance. He was basically able to do whatever he wanted. How many times does he just throw the ball up and let his receivers make plays? How many times is Javon Walker going to make those kinds of plays? Well, it just keeps happening! Some credit belongs to the Packers! Some blame needs to be put on the Vikings defense again.
And finally, after that game tying Vikings drive, the special teams gave the Packers the ball at midfield. Sure, they probably should have been given the ball after forcing a fumble, but you can't let any NFL team get that kind of field position in that situation. Once the Packers were given the ball, I knew the game was over.
The Vikings are now 5-4. They will host the Detroit Lions who, after starting out 4-2, have also lost three in a row and sit at 4-5.
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NFL WEEK 10 THOUGHTS
A quick thought or two from the rest of the week's NFL action:
Who needs Priest Holmes anyway?! The Chiefs replaced the injured Holmes in the lineup with Derrick Blaylock who has been injured the last couple of weeks. He looked healthy yesterday racking up 186 yards rushing, 38 yards receiving and a touchdown. Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, they lost to the enigmatic New Orleans Saints. The Saints were led by Joe Horn who had five receptions for 167 yards and a TD.
There were three overtime games this week and each ended a little differently.
The Lions were able to take the Jaguars to OT, but backup QB David Garrard, in just his second NFL start, hit Jimmy Smith for a game-winning TD to Jimmy Smith. Fred Taylor, following a few bad weeks, came back with 165 total yards (144 rushing). The Lions offense has been horrid of late. Their two touchdowns on the day were both scored by Eddie Drummond... on punt returns of 55 and 83 yards.
The boring way to end an overtime game is with a field goal, but that's how the Ravens ended their game with the Jets. Curtis Martin continues his comeback with another 119 yards and two more touchdowns. Quincy Carter had an efficient 175 yards passing in his first Jets start in place of the injured Chad Pennington. Hey! Kyle Boller threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens!
Adewale Ogunleye has a fun name to say (not to type). He won the game for the Chicago Bears with an overtime safety when he tackled the Titans Billy Volek in the endzone. Volek had an impressive statistical game with 334 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Drew Bennett had 148 of those yards and one TD.
OK, how good is Peyton Manning? Yes, Daunte is having an incredible season, but Peyton Manning is the best QB in football. In yesterday's 49-14 win over the Texans, Manning threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns! The amazing thing about the five TD passes is that he threw two to Brandon Stokely, two to Dallas Clark and one to Reggie Wayne. Each is a good receiver, but no Manning to Harrison TD connection!
The Steelers just keep winning! That defense is incredible and is making me start to this of that Ravens Super Bowl team of a couple seasons ago. Yes Ben Roethlesberger has been solid, but certainly not spectacular. He simply is successful by managing the team well. He doesn't turn the ball over and he hands off to Duce Staley or Jerome Bettis and let them wear down the opponent's defense. Yesterday, he was 10-16 for 134 yards. Very efficient. Bettis rushed for 103 yards and two more touchdowns. Of course the story of this game happened before the opening kickoff. The Browns William Green and the Steelers Joey Porter were having a spat when Green thought Porter spit at him. At that point, they got into a brawl and both were ejected before the game even starter. How fun!
Atlanta beat Tampa Bay 24-14. Pretty much nothing exciting happened in the game! TJ Duckett had two TDs for the Falcons, but there wasn't a spectacular performance by anyone in this game!
The good Rams team showed up yesterday as they defeated the Seahawks for the second time this year. Sure, Josh Brown had four field goals for Seattle and Jeff Wilkens had three for the Rams, but the Rams got two early TDs for the difference. Marshall Faulk finally had a good game rushing. 18 carries for 139 yards (7.7 yds per carry, for those curious). Stephen Jackson had 47 yards rushing on 10 carries, including one of the TDs.
Rudi Johnson rushed for 102 yards and a TD. Carson Palmer was 24-39 for 217 yards and a touch. But there wasn't much exciting in this matchup of two bad teams. Oh, Joe Gibbs finally went to Patrick Ramsey in place of Mark Brunell! Can you say "About Time!" before me!
In a battle of two really bad teams, the Carolina Panthers scored 34 second half points to beat the 49ers 37-27. Jake Delhomme threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. All three were to Muhsin Muhammad (40, 4, 26), who had six catches for 123 yards.
Denny and the Cardinals got another win. This week the NY Giants were their victim. I hate to do it every week, but the Giants beat the Packers and Vikings on the road and have lost to the Bears and Lions and now the Cardinals! On a positive note, Tiki Barber rushed for 108 yards and another touchdown. Josh McCown was just 12-24 for 90 yards. Emmitt Smith rushed 19 times for 67 yards and two TDs.
Imagine how good the Patriots could be if they ever scored touchdowns instead of field goals. Against the Bills last night, they had two TDs and five Adam Viniteiri field goals on their way to a 29-6 win. Their defense is incredible too. The lone Bills TD came on a 70 yard punt return by Jonathon Smith. Drew Bledsoe was 8-19 for 76 yards and 3 INTs. JD Losman came in and was 1-2, with another interception. Willis McGahee has been a stud the last few weeks. He was held to 37 yards rushing. Corey Dillon led the Pats with 151 yards rushing. Tom Brady threw for 233 yards and two TDs.
Do you have any thoughts on the week's games? Tonight, the Eagles should crush the Cowboys on Monday Night football. Any thoughts on any of this? E-mail me.
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NFL "EXPERT" PICKS
Based on my picks, I was quite impressed to see that three people in our panel went 10-3 this week. But then I saw that our very own Melissa Olson went a remarkable 12-1 this week! And her lone wrong selection was the Titans, who lost in overtime! So, our winner this week, Melissa Olson!
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That's it for today. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Have yourself a really great week! If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future topics, please e-mail me.
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