Wednesday, November 23, 2005
NFL "EXPERT" Picks
Q&A with Pat Neshek
Twins Relief Pitching Prospect
Good Morning everyone! Quick update on "The Stone." I don't know. I could just leave it at that. I haven't had any pain since about Friday, but nothing has "passed" either. So, this morning, when you read this, I may be at the hospital getting another CT scan to find out what is going on. Hopefully we'll know more then!
I know that yesterday I said that I would be posting a Questions for Seth article here and asked for you to e-mail me a few questions. Because I am so excited about today's Q&A with Pat Neshek, I decided to post it right away today. Because of that, I will be posting your questions for me on Friday. (Note - There will be no new posting tomorrow, Thanksgiving, so be sure to come back on Friday!) I did receive a bunch of great questions from you, but can still use more. So, if there is anything you would like me to answer or respond to, simply send me an e-mail and I'll do my best to respond.
A couple of quick links:
First, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Be sure to check out my annual Thanksgiving posting. In it, you will find plenty of former ball players with names associated with Thanksgiving. I should probably add the name of Felix "Pumpkin" Pie to the list as he could be the Cubs CF this year. Of course, his name is pronounced (pee-AY), but that's ok.
Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, do me a favor and check out a really great site written by a contributor to this site, Dewey Moede. It is called Dewey's Daily Cup and it frequently offers very positive and caring and sometimes inspirational thoughts. So, please take a minute and check it out. (Note - I have added Dewey's site to the list of sites on the left, under the Twins-related sites. So please, bookmark it and check it out daily if you like.)
Secondly, from the title of today's entry, you know that I am posting a Question and Answer segment with one of the Twins stop relief pitching prospects. Well, in a way, I've got two Q&A's for you today. Over at MLB.com, there is a Q&A with Jesse Crain, the Twins rookie reliever. Check that out too.
Now, back to the topic at hand today... I am thrilled to post another Question and Answer session with Pat Neshek. If you missed it, Pat's First Q&A for this site was late in February, before spring training. He was really excited about heading to minor league camp, looking to improve on what was a disappointing, or weird, 2004 season for him.
Pat came through with a really great 2005 season at AA New Britain. He spent the entire season as the Rock Cats closer. Overall, he went 6-4 with a 2.19 ERA. He led the league with 24 saves. His WHIP was 1.09, and he struck out about 10.5 hitters per nine innings. As we know, Pat is a side-winding righty blessed with a fastball that reaches 93-94 miles per hour. His website, On the Road with Pat Neshek, is one of the great places to learn first-hand the life of a minor league ball player. As you know, last Friday, the Twins made it official that they decided to add him to their 40 man roster, protecting him from the Rule V draft. Really, what it means is that the Twins are very high on his abilities and what he can be and how he can contributed to the Twins major league club. Essentially, he now gets three options, or three years to stick with the Twins. Fact is, he would probably be ready to help the Twins bullpen in 2006. At this point, it is really about getting an opportunity and a roster spot opening up to him. It is yet another case of how strong the Twins pitching staff is. It isn't just starting pitchers, but guys like Travis Bowyer, Willie Eyre and Pat Neshek are ready to help in the bullpen too.
On another note, Pat has always been great to me, always willing to answer my questions. Sometimes after I hit send, I feel bad, that maybe I asked something a little too much. But he always answers the questions with honesty and I certainly appreciate that. I don't know Pat personally, but just from reading his website, and from his responses and from the time he takes for fans and others, he seems to be a great guy, a hard worker and certainly has the will to drive himself. I really have no doubt that Pat Neshek will be a Minnesota Twins reliever. Maybe not until September 2006, or maybe even 2007, but I really believe that he will make it. And when he does, I'll be able to write on here that his website is one of the great places to learn first-hand the life of a Major League Ball Player!
Thank you to Pat for taking the time to answer my questions. I always end up asking too many questions and telling the subject of the Q&A that they really don't need to answer each question. I know that they are busy and are working out and have family and other commitments to take care of. But Pat took the time to answer every single question for me. And again, I really, really appreciate that!
If you have any comments for me or Mr. Neshek, please e-mail me, and I will try to answer your questions or forward them on to him and see if we can get you an answer.
And, when you are done reading this, be sure to check out the World of B site. He is a former high school teammate and friend of Pat Neshek's. He recently did a Q&A with Pat that is very entertaining. His questions are far more creative than mine! But again, read mine first! Please!
Let the Questions Begin!
SethSpeaks: Alright, the first time we had a Q&A was right before you were off to minor league training camp in March. Just last week, you found out that you were added to the Twins 40 man roster which means that you not only get to, but are required to go to Major League Spring Training. How excited were you to hear the news that you were added to the 40 man roster?
Pat Neshek: Again Seth, thanks for having me answer some questions on your site. It’s always a pleasure! Getting added to the 40-man roster was probably some of the best news I have ever heard in my life. It ranks right up there with getting drafted or signing a letter of intent to play D1 baseball. I think it is even more sweet than getting drafted or anything because I really put a lot into this season and the past off-season. You also have every guy in the organization striving to get on the roster and these are some talented guys not college guys or rookie ball players. So when you add all that together and the level where we compete it really means a lot.
SethSpeaks: What was the reaction to those closest to you, those who know how hard you worked to get to where you are?
Pat Neshek: Well I think everyone in my family knew what it meant because I have been talking about it for the last three years. My dad and I would always talk on the phone and 40-man roster speculation came up a bunch of times. We both knew I had an excellent year but wondered if there were so many spots open, who they were keeping and what the Twins were thinking about me. You never really know until they actually put you on. When I got the call I immediately called my dad and let him know the good news. My girlfriend Stephanee knew that I wanted to get on the roster and that was one of our goals this past year. When I got off the phone I smiled really big and she knew exactly what happened. My mom messed around with me and said “what does that mean?” I wanted to hang up the phone because I thought she was serious but then she turned it around and said she was joking. My brother Paul was pumped because he knows that I pretty much have to be on the 40-man to get called up to the Twins. He told me that if I can hurry up and get up to the Dome we would be the only Player/Grounds Crew combo in the Big Leagues. My brother Jake was also excited more so because I get to go to Big League camp! My friends for the last couple years ask me when are you going to get called up or questions like that and I would reply whenever I can get on the 40-man roster. Not a lot of people understand that you pretty much have to be on the roster to get called up, if you’re not on it you’re going to have to have a lot of luck and a hell of a season. Most of my friends were pretty fired up when I told them the news, hey why not give some shout outs!!! Shane Stegeman, Ryan Lundervold, Paul Beck, Rex Eaton and Jason Cierlik, you guys rock!
SethSpeaks: On your site, you commented that with this, you are working twice as hard at this point as you were a year ago. What does your offseason workout consist of? Have you developed your own training program, or do you use a program set up for you by the Twins?
Pat Neshek: Well it’s a little of both. The Twins always give out a workout program that the strength coach made. It’s a very good work out and I usually stick to this. Right now I am running about 6 days a week usually around 30 mins right now. In the next couple weeks I am going to mix in sprints during two days a week. I pretty much am right on que with the Twins strength program, lift 4 days then an off day and back on again for 4 days. The main difference in last year is the running and some of the lifts I have been doing. Last year was pretty much the first year I took the off-season pretty serious. Another thing that I am building on this year is what I eat. I have been shifting more towards eating whole foods…natural foods…stuff that comes from the earth. I started doing this last year and to be honest I don’t really get tired or out of energy anymore. I’ve been juicing vegetables 2-3 times a day focusing on mostly carrot/kale/spinach (it sounds terrible but it’s not too bad and probably the best stuff in the world to drink.) Stephanee also cooks me some great meals every night!
SethSpeaks: OK, let's just talk for a few questions about your 2005 season. Overall, how happy were you with your performance this year?
Pat Neshek: Very happy, I never felt tired, my arm didn’t hurt and I pitched A LOT not to mention the many times I got up and never went in. It was an excellent year and I think I was most proud about how consistent I was with everything that was thrown at me.
SethSpeaks: You had 24 saves in the Eastern League. However, how often did you just pitch one inning? From a distance, it appears that the closers in the Twins farm system are pitching two or even three innings. It made your job tougher and yet the results more impressive. Do you think that those experiences, often coming into the game in the 7th or 8th inning prepares you more for a role with the major league club?
Pat Neshek: I think from June on I really didn’t have too many outings that were only 1 inning long, 2 inning outings were pretty normal. What was tough was pitching back to back to back days doing more than one inning and this happened a couple times. Stu is really easy to play for, he always told me if I feel tired or pain just to let him know and I could take a day off. I think there was one time this season where I asked him to have a day off. I think coming into games early in the game definitely helps because ultimately my role in the big leagues will probably not be closing!
SethSpeaks: Do you look at your statistics throughout the season? If so, which stats do you look at?
Pat Neshek: Yeah I’m pretty obsessive about stats. I always look at era, hits per inning, k’s per 9, bb’s per 9 and avg against. That’s pretty much it for me. Other guys and coaches care about other things but me it’s def the above. At the level I’m at if I can have a k ratio that’s over 10 I’m happy. If I can walk 1 guy every three innings or more I’m happy. If I can give up a lot less hits than innings pitched I’m happy. If those things are where I want them the ERA should be fine. I also look at first pitch strikes, total strikes and pitch selection. The Twins keep these stats and after every game you can check them out. Radar gun speeds are also fun to look at:)!
SethSpeaks: Saves are nice and Wins are great, but they really don't tell the story of how well a pitcher pitches. Your WHIP was 1.09, which is excellent. You averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings which is right up there with the tops in the Twins organization. 4.5 K/BB is also very good. Do any of these types of numbers mean anything to you, or do you maybe just track that you did your job in X games out of the 55 games that you pitched in?
Pat Neshek: Well I guess individually you want to do those things well and that’s what I strive to do, those stats you mentioned are on the top of my lists. But really what you are doing out there is competing. When you get on the mound you don’t think about any of that stuff…walking guys, giving up hits blah blah blah, you want to close out the game and get out of there no matter what it takes. Everything is fueled by your competitiveness and instinct to win when you get on the hill. When the game is over I usually look at the stats and see where I need to improve. From this you can change things when you get on the mound or try to get better. Your stats tell a story and it’s your job to figure out what type of pitcher you are and master your game. You can always get better and that’s what makes baseball awesome. I also think a big part of my game is studying hitters and seeing what type they are. Do they swing first pitch, will they be up there hacking, are they quick and like to bunt. When you understand what type of hitter they are you get a plan. Mix all this together and can kind of see how I approach the game.
SethSpeaks: You have pretty much solely been a reliever in your pro career. What is your mentality when you go into the game?
Pat Neshek: Get outs, strike outs, ground outs, whatever, just get outs. If you make the pitches, the hitters will get themselves out and that’s what I try to do. Whenever I go into the game I have a lot of nervous energy and that is what I live for, it’s do or die late in the game and I know they are going to bring everything at me and they know I’m coming at them hard. The game is a lot about luck and a lot about being prepared. Even the best closers in the game get beat up and you have to accept this. If you have a bad night, throw it away and get ready tomorrow. It’s kind of scary if you sit back and think about a bad outing because you question yourself. The quicker you can realize it’s just a game and you lost that night the better you will be!
SethSpeaks: Tell us a little about the other guys that you spent much time with in the New Britain bullpen.
Pat Neshek: Great guys, never a dull moment, always a laugh. We like to have a lot of fun and that’s what happens almost every night. If we didn’t have fun we would go insane!
SethSpeaks: Any PG-13 rated stories that you can tell us about?
Pat Neshek: There’s a bunch but I think the funniest of the year involved the bullpen and the grounds crew. We would get bored a lot of times and design images on the bullpens and sometimes we would get cup games going with the goal of seeing how many cups you can float in the air and get to stand in the dirt. Well we thought it would be cool to make a cup game “Hole” We dug a three foot by three foot hole about 8 inches into the ground and played cups for a couple games. Well the grounds crew got mad and filled in the hole. Well we dug it back up and kept playing. Also we designed a cool logo of New Britain in the mounds…(Yes we get bored easy and it sounds really dumb but to us it was relief!) Well the next day the grounds crew spray painted “Grow up” on the mounds. Stu our pitching coach flipped out and said something like what the heck is going on. Well we stopped playing cups and stopped the designing on the mounds. The next day on the bullpen bench was a bunch of writing talking crap about all the players. Well it took about 2 seconds to see who wrote it (grounds crew.) We kept writing back until pretty much the entire bench was covered in…lets say crap talk haha. Well to make a long story short Stu talked to the head grounds crew and we settled our differences. Just one of the funny little stories from the year.
SethSpeaks: Alright, when the season ended, the team asked you to play Winter League ball down in Venezuela. Many of your New Britain teammates, and others in the Twins organization are playing down there. What were the factors you used to decide not to go down there to play?
Pat Neshek: The main factor was that I wanted to get some rest. Two years ago I played in the Arizona Fall League after a long season of getting promoted twice and playing on three different teams it got old. When the fall league got over in December I felt worn out. Next thing you know it’s late February and spring training is coming around. I really just needed a rest. So when Venezuela came around this year I thought about and really wanted to do it but I knew I would get burned out. Plus I wanted to lift all the time and run and do other things away from the field. I’m very happy that I did not go this season and can rest my arm and get ready for the upcoming season!
SethSpeaks: Just asking for an opinion here, but I have noticed that when pitchers have moved from Ft. Myers to New Britain, they generally struggle with control. Maybe I'm wrong, but we have seen it with numerous players. What is that jump from Hi-A ball to AA like? Are strike zones smaller? Are the hitters just more advanced and professional? Maybe some combination of the two?
Pat Neshek: Basically bigger crowds, guys who take the game a lot more serious and are older players. The balls fly more in the EL and the parks are smaller. It’s a hitters league. Guys will crush mistakes and when you make a mistake, you know, and pray they don’t hit it.
SethSpeaks: Baseball is a game of frequent adjustments. Have you found that you had to adjust from last season, from the beginning of the season, or even from game to game?
Pat Neshek: It’s game to game for the most part at least for me. Sometimes it’s team to team. Like I said you have to know your game and make adjustments when you feel they are needed.
SethSpeaks: Scouting reports are obviously a big part of the game, even in the minor leagues. Do the pitchers and catchers meet before each game or each series, and generally, what types of things are discussed?
Pat Neshek: Not really, sometimes when a guy is on a tear or has kicked our butts earlier in the season the coaches will say something. It’s basically up to the pitcher to make their own scouting reports and not many guys do. I usually discuss what pitches I want to throw a hitter. Such things like “I’m going to go fastball, fastball slider” or “This guy cannot touch the slider, lets go at him hard and see what he does.” I like meeting with the catcher to discuss the first pitch of the inning and who is coming up, I’m not sure if other guys are like this.
SethSpeaks: When you're on the mound, and the hitter is a highly touted prospect like Lastings Milledge or Eric Duncan, do you think anything different or can't you really afford to?
Pat Neshek: To me a name really doesn’t mean much when I’m on the mound. I kind of think it’s funny how some guys are prospects and how some guys don’t get any credit. For the most part every player is the same and really doesn’t stick out too much from the other. What you have to look out for is a guy with a hot bat, that’s scary. I use to always watch for big names my first couple years in pro ball and think they were better. Things have changed a little!
SethSpeaks: Since I brought it up. Who are some of the guys that you faced this year that you just know are going to be stars?
Pat Neshek: Man there were a lot. I liked Chris Ray, Mike Jacobs, Brad Snyder, Ryan Zimmerman, Brett Harper, Anderson Hernandez, Joel Zumaya, Donald Kelly, Chris Begg, Brian Wilson, Chris Durbin, David Murphy, Jon Lester, Bronson Sardinha and Ben Julianel to name a bunch
SethSpeaks: When you see guys like Jeff Franceour or Jeremy Hermida or others called up from AA and be so successful, what does it make you think? Eager for a shot? Confidence, knowing you may be closer than you thought?
Pat Neshek: It’s cool seeing guys you played against do well and wish that you could someday get the call. It’s funny because we played Franceour in his first minor league game. I came in to close the game with 2 outs in the 9th and bases loaded. I hung a change up and he crushed it to the warning track (I thought it was gone) and the outfielder caught it!
SethSpeaks: Along those lines, you've played with a number of the Twins. How do you feel when former teammates get "The Call"?
Pat Neshek: Awesome because I know that it’s everyone’s dream that plays this game to get up there.
SethSpeaks: Being relatively close, are there a few things that you feel you still need to work on technically, mechanically or other, or is it really just about getting the opportunity?
Pat Neshek: There are a lot of things to do, basically stay in shape and staying on top of the game. When you have those in place then it becomes just getting the opportunity.
SethSpeaks: How has the website been going? Do you still enjoy writing for it when you have a chance?
Pat Neshek: Yeah, I think I enjoyed it a lot more this year than the previous year. The first year I felt controlled to write every night. Now I write whenever I feel like it and the fans have been excellent. I like where it has went!
SethSpeaks: Do you ever worry about saying "too much" and someone from the Twins organization reading it and getting upset?
Pat Neshek: Not really. I’m pretty good, I think, with what I say and if I think I went too far I usually ask my mom what she thinks.
SethSpeaks: What kind of feedback have you received from other players, coaches or the Twins management?
Pat Neshek: They love it and ask me how I set it up because they want one for themselves. I think some guys are jealous jk. I bet in the next 20 years it will be very common for most players to have sites and I bet most of them will try to interact with fans. It should be interesting to see.
SethSpeaks: Do you have any plans for it throughout the offseason?
Pat Neshek: Too update whenever and see how the autograph scene is treating people and also to be there to answer questions for fans.
SethSpeaks: Finally, I'm going to do a little more of the "Lightning-round" as we did last time. Just 10-20 words on the following players, if you don't mind. I know that you answered this on some of these guys a year ago, but after another year, probably know them even better:
Francisco Liriano – Like I said before dominating, will be a good one
Levale Speigner – Gamer, competes and is hard nosed on the mound
Justin Olson – Throws gas and is RIPPED
Jim Abbott – Man he pitched awesome during the 2nd half
Matt Yeatman – Red Neck, Wore The Same Blue Shirt style the entire year
John Thomas – Funny funny guy, it’s very hard not to like him
Kevin Cameron – Underrated – Deserves a shot – Probably best cutter in the minors –
Jason Miller – Same as Cameron – Sneaky – Funny funny guy also
Daylon Childress – Competes, never gives up, funny guy in the bullpen
Jannio Gutierrez – coolest VZ guy I ever met, he’s one to watch if gets chance
Errol Simonitsch – Smart – Cool, laid back guy, Can’t say anything bad about!
Nick Blackburn – Knows how to pitch, good guy
<And the hitters:>
Dan Matienzo – Probably the funniest guy on the team, Can Hit, He’s been my sleeper to make it up to the bigs since the Cape Cod league.
Doug Deeds – Best hitter on the team, really really underrated…I don’t know why
Alex Romero – Great hitter will be in bigs soon
James Tomlin – Fast, funny can track down nearly any ball
Denard Span – Same as Tomlin, can track down nearly anything, love how he plays.
Luis Jimenez – Big dude, Probably hit the farthest balls in BP I have ever seen in my life
Gil Velasquez – Excellent infielder, saved my butt many times
JR Taylor – Can flat out hit, he always gets left behind a level and I was pumped to finally play with him again this year. He’s going to surprise some people
Tommy Watkins – Team captain, funny guy, community guy, Could run for mayor of New Britain people love him wherever he goes.
Matt Moses – Young, plays hard, darn good power
Felix Molina – Another underrated guy who can hit, wouldn’t surprise me if he hit over .300
Luis Maza – What can I say the best fielder I have ever played with and he can hit.
Bryan Kennedy – Gamer, always played no matter how hurt he was, Leader
Kyle Phillips – Young guy, great catcher, picked me up nicely and helped my game
Gabby Torres – Leader, good guy, good player and excellent catcher, knows how to call a game
SethSpeaks: Finally, do you have additional plans or goals heading into next spring training than you did a year ago?
Pat Neshek: Not really just keep doing what I’ve been doing and I should be fine.
SethSpeaks: That's it. Really, I promise! I thank you again, very much, for this.
Pat, thank you again very, very much for taking the time to answer all of these questions so soon and so thoroughly. I know that you're incredibly busy, so it means a lot that you were able to do this.
Do you have any thoughts or questions for Pat Neshek or me? If so, please feel free to e-mail me.
If you would like to read any previous Q&A's, here is a checklist:
11/15/05 - Q&A with Jeff Dooley (the voice of the New Britain Rock Cats)
11/8/05 - Q&A with David Dorsey (local writer for The News-Press in Ft. Myers, FL)
11/1/05 - Q&A with Aaron Gleeman (Twins Blogger Extraordinaire)
10/25/05 - Q&A with Mark Sheldon (Twins Beat Reporter for MLB.com)
10/18/05 - Q&A with Kevin Slowey (another top pitching prospect, Twins 2nd round pick in 2005)
10/11/05 - Q&A with Wes Holtsclaw (local writer for the Elizabethton Twins)
10/5/05 - Q&A with Eli Tintor (Minnesota-native, catching prospect who played 2005 in E-Town)
7/28/05 - Q&A with Jim Mandelaro (local writer for the Rochester Red Wings)
2/28/05 - Q&A with Pat Neshek (Minnesota-native, reliever prospect who played 2005 at New Britain)
1/27/05 - Q&A with Stick and Ball Guy (one of the best bloggers out there!)
12/17/04 - Q&A with Alexander Smit (Holland-native, pitching prospect spent 2005 between Beloit and E-Town)
5/28/04 - Q&A with CJ Nitkowski (big league pitcher, spent Spring Training 2005 with the Twins)
04/19/04 - Q&A with Jim Souhan (Star-Tribune Baseball Writer, now a columnist)
NFL "EXPERT" PICKS
With the Thanksgiving holiday, that of course, means NFL football games all afternoon. It means the Cowboys and the Lions. Along with Turkey, stuffing and family, of course. However, it also means two Thursday football games. And, since most places where you make picks will require you to have your picks turned in by the end of the workday today, I asked our panelists to try to get me their picks to help you. I know that not quite all of the picks are here yet, but as I receive them, they will be added. So, without further ado, here are our Week 12 picks:
(For more on our panel or our picks, check out the NFL "Expert" Picks page here.)
Seth Stohs Stick & Ball Guy Ben Jacobs Aaron Gleeman Grant Balfour Kevin Slowey SethSpeaks.net Stick & Ball Guy Hardball Times Aaron's BB Blog Minnesota Twins Pitcher Twins Pitching Prospect Atlanta @ Detroit Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Denver @ Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Baltimore @ Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Chicago @ Tampa Bay Bears Bears Buccs Buccs Buccs Bears New England @ Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Patriots Patriots Chiefs Chiefs San Francisco @ Tennessee Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Jacksonville @ Arizona Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Cardinals Green Bay @ Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Eagles Packers Eagles Eagles New Orleans @ NY Jets Saints Jets Jets Saints Jets Jets Carolina @ Buffalo Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Bills Cleveland @ Minnesota Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings San Diego @ Washington Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Redskins St. Louis @ Houston Rams Rams Texans Rams Rams Rams Miami @ Oakland Dolphins Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders NY Giants @ Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Pittsburgh @ Indianapolis Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Steelers by 5
Will Young Trevor Born Brent Hanson Cory Hepola Mike Brasel Melissa Lien Will's Twins Weblog Twins Junkie BrentNet KTVH-TV Fantasy FB Guru SethSpeaks.net Atlanta @ Detroit Lions Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Denver @ Dallas Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Baltimore @ Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Chicago @ Tampa Bay Buccs Bears Buccs Buccs New England @ Kansas City Patriots Patriots Chiefs Chiefs San Francisco @ Tennessee Titans Titans Titans Titans Jacksonville @ Arizona Cardinals Jaguars Cardinals Jaguars Green Bay @ Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles New Orleans @ NY Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Carolina @ Buffalo Panthers Panthers Bills Panthers Cleveland @ Minnesota Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings San Diego @ Washington Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers St. Louis @ Houston Rams Rams Rams Rams Miami @ Oakland Dolphins Raiders Raiders Raiders NY Giants @ Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Pittsburgh @ Indianapolis Colts Colts Colts Steelers
Atlanta @ Detroit – Falcons 10-1
Denver @ Dallas – Broncos 9-2
Baltimore @ Cincinnati – Bengals 10-0
Chicago @ Tampa Bay – Buccs 6-4
New England @ Kansas City – Chiefs 6-4
San Francisco @ Tennessee – Titans 10-0
Jacksonville @ Arizona – Jaguars 7-3
Green Bay @ Philadelphia – Eagles 9-1
New Orleans @ NY Jets – Jets 8-2
Carolina @ Buffalo – Panthers 8-2
Cleveland @ Minnesota – Vikings 10-0
San Diego @ Washington – Chargers 9-1
St. Louis @ Houston – Rams 9-1
Miami @ Oakland – Raiders 8-2
NY Giants @ Seattle – Seahawks 10-0
Pittsburgh @ Indianapolis - Colts 8-2
And on that note, I will call it a day. Remember, I will be back on Friday with the responses to your questions. I certainly hope that you have found the Q&A with Pat Neshek as interesting as I did. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me.
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