Another week, another 2/3 performance. Really thought the Bears would be the team at home but Houston had other plans. There are some very big games this week but being a Ravens fan (and a slightly superstitious lad), I’m not going to touch it. Also this week I’ll have some help with this as Mike joins to offer his thoughts on our slate of games. This weeks lines come courtesy of carbonsports.ag
New York Jets @ St. Louis (-3.5)
Lee’s Take – This has not been a good week for Rex & Co. Not only does this team flat out stink, they have a handful of spineless players anonymously criticizing Tebow to the media. This is a team and a locker room in turmoil that I don’t see finding a rallying point to pull them up. Sanchez stinks-period. The Rams will bring the blitz and he will be forced into mistakes with a sad group of receivers. Steven Jackson ran his butt off against the 49’ers and I expect that to continue this week.
Rams – 28 Jets – 17
Mike’s Take – The Rams are a team that I think is better than their record reflects. Coach Fisher has appeared to breath new life into the aging Steven Jackson and Bradford is finally playing like we all thought he could. The Jets on the other hand, are possibly the most overrated AFC team over the last few years. Coaching, mess. QB situation, mess. The locker room, disastrous mess. They should have traded Tebow when they had the opportunity if you ask me. Great kid on a train-wreck of a team. Rex is in a no-win situation, and I don’t just mean their season record. The Rams will roll over the Jets in this one unless Sanchez can manage to not be terrible.
Rams – 31 Jets – 10
New Orleans (-4.5) @ Oakland
Lee’s Take – At first glance one could laugh at a 4.5 point line but with the Saints, you never know what defense will show up. Oakland has been blown off the field the last two weeks but their offense continues to put up points despite a total lack of a running game. If they expect to have any chance here they need to find a way to slow the game down and keep Brees off the field. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening.
New Orleans – 42 Oakland – 24
Mike’s Take – I am a little biased on this one, being a Denver Bronco fan and all. That said, I am glad that we played the Saints when we did because they are straight up surging right now and re-vitalized. I am not sure anyone wants to play this team, let alone the craptastic Oakland Raiders. Palmer has looked decent, but how much of that is jaded by garbage time and being forced into passing situations from blowouts? I just cannot see the Raiders keeping up with a team hitting on all cylinders right now. Even at home. New Orleans may have a horrible defense, but in a shoot out I don’t think it’s even a question.
New Orleans – 38 Oakland – 27
Philadelphia @ Washington (-3.5)
Lee’s Take – Been quite an interesting week for the Eagles. Rookie Nick Foles get the start and my only advice to him would be to buckle up. The Skins see a Philly line can’t protect a speedy QB like Vick and will be drooling with the prospect of Foles back there. The key for Andy Reid will be to put a game plan in place that gets the ball out quickly and attacks a suspect Redskins secondary. With all of the talent on the field this game will still come don to who screws up less. If the Skins offensive line can give him some time to throw, expect RG3 to have a solid day. Washington comes off a bye week and with this being at home I give them the nod.
Redskins – 27 Eagles – 17
Mike’s Take – The Eagles will find out a lot about their team this week because everyone is going to have to step up in support of their new, NEW QB. Foles is talented, but that line might just get him killed. The question in my mind is, how bad is the offensive line and was it made to look worse with a non-traditional QB taking snaps? I say that after watching the line here in Denver improve by changing quarterbacks. Not a coincidence. Philly has a decent defense but Washington has the edge in their run defense. Like my partner here, I expect RG3 to have a big day. The other rookie? Not so much.
Redskins – 24 Eagles – 7