The 2-3 Miami Dolphins head to Soldier Field this Sunday for a showdown with the 3-3 Chicago Bears. The Fins are looking to bounce back from last week’s heartbreaking late loss to the Packers, while the Bears will be hoping to build on a fine win in Atlanta. Fins writer Chris Smith and Bears blogger Dave Usher go head to head on how they see this one going…
If your team could add any current NFL player to it’s roster, who would you want? Do you go offense or defense? Win now or build for the future? Forget about trades, salary cap, free agency or any other such complications, this is just a hypothetical “who are you taking?”
We asked a number of Uncle Sam’s finest to give us their picks, with interesting results. Which Receiver was selected by three of our writers? Did anyone take JJ Watt? Who wants to move his current QB to Tight End to accommodate Drew Brees?
3-0 in Week 5 and 0-3 in Week 6, our ramblin’, gamblin’ son of a gun Liam O’Rourke came down to earth with a bang last week. At least he’s still at .500 and aiming to bounce back in Week 7 with six fresh picks.
Last week was a real “Come to Jesus” meeting for yours truly. After getting a perfect record on Week 5, I laid an egg on a Week 6 card I openly stated I wasn’t a fan of, made worse by some very unexpected results (when the Seahawks are losing at home, you know the week isn’t normal). But undeterred, I am back to reclaim the money that was left on the field by the Giants, Falcons and Texans.
If you’re new to NFL Handicapping, here’s a helpful guide I penned previously.
Game 1: New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Favourite: Patriots -10 over the Jets
So of the two teams with huge point spreads last week (Jets and Oakland), it was the Raiders who managed to cover, while the Jets were steamrolled once more, continuing to look like something that fell out of a dog’s ass. The Patriots looked impressive on the road, and are starting to play like a team to fear again.
But much like last week, where I used the Jets as my “general principle” play, the value in this line is all in the J-E-T-S. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think they have a prayer, and it is quite likely that this will be another destruction that will have fans longing for the days of Mark Sanchez eating green ass on national television. But double-digit favourites are not something to bet on in the NFL for this writer, and I implore you to approach with caution. As tempting as it can be, as bad as the Jets look, it’s a volatile gamble to make.
My Pick: I’m not playing it because again, it’s the Jets on the road, but if you’re a sadist, you have to play them here.
The Miami Dolphins were oh so close to beating Green Bay on Sunday, but when Aaron Rodgers is the opposing QB it’s never over ’til it’s over. Here’s Packers fan James Tweedle with his take on yet another incredible show from #12…
There’s something about the number 3 isn’t there.
Some of the greatest music ever embraced the number three: De La Soul’s Three, That’s the Magic Number and Brooklyn heroes 3rd Bass being mighty examples. And what can be cooler than having III at the end of your name? Christian Radley Burt III – that would make me a King in waiting. I have no idea what golfer Davis Love III looks like, but even if he resembles a turkey-necked US tourist nowadays, the man still is doper than a rare hip hop B–side, just by having that name.
And in Washington, they’ll soon be witnessing the third coming of a man called Robert, the star of the DC franchise and, who in 2012, gave Redskins fans real hope that better times were ahead, leading the Skins to the play-offs before tragically going doing to a torn ACL vs. Seattle. And we all know just how well the Seahawks have done subsequently.
So, when Griffin III returns (and he will do, as Kirk Cousins has proved only to be an average deputy, despite some occasional good work in the pocket, he’s been too sloppy, thrown too many interceptions and is 0-7 when starting), what can he and we expect? Importantly: less hype. The ultimate saviour tag should be diminished and this could be a huge weight off this still young QBs shoulders.
RG3 gets a lot at his door, mostly unfairly. It wasn’t his choice that Washington gambled so heavily trading first round draft picks to get him, nor his fault that Shanahan kept him out there vs. Seattle and ultimately kept him out even longer. If fully recovered to the gazelle like pace of 2012 then there has to be hope that this third entrance of Griffin III could be a success.
They’ll be doubts of course and these are legitimate. Gruden seems more in favour of the passing game, and the critics argue (fairly) that RG3 holds onto the ball too long. But, in those flashes against the Jags, there seemed to be the old spring back – and even the critics can’t argue that Robert isn’t a brave and exciting QB.
Washington’s problem – in addition to no depth at coverage positions with DeAngelo Hall side-lined – is that everything is black & white. It’s like a herd of cattle rampaging from one argument to the next. Stock should be taken for the rest of the season, get RG3 out there when fully recovered (not for the rivalry game vs. Dallas though) and get him passing and running the football.
Play-off ambitions are futile, but the Redskins DO have great receiver options in Garcon and the speed freak DeSean Jackson, plus the talented Jordon Reed fully fit at TE.
There can be better times ahead, and in the second half of the season we’ll see if those will include RG3, or, ultimately, as 3rd Bass used to threaten: Robert will get The Gas Face like poor old Vanilla Ice.
Losses in the NFL don’t come more heartbreaking than Miami’s late demise at the hands of Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Fins writer Chris Smith drags himself off the canvas…
The Jets slipped to 1-5 for the season after a 31-17 home loss to the Broncos on Sunday, but it was a much improved performance by Rex Ryan’s men and Mark Roberts saw some things to be encouraged about ahead of this Thursday night’s clash with the old enemy New England…
Chicago’s roller coaster start to the season continued as they won their third road game of the year with a dominant display in Atlanta against the free-falling Falcons. Here’s Uncle Sam’s Bears writer Dave Usher with more on a great win for Marc Trestman’s team…
Being a Viking fan hasn’t been much fun the last couple of weeks. Losing at Lambeau to the Packers was bad (if somewhat expected), but getting destroyed by the Lions at home – man, that hurts! Here’s Olav Sorumgard with three thoughts on another disappointing day for his Vikings…