NFL Pre-Postseason Rumblings

4 01 2011
  • For those of you into sports betting, the early lines are out on this week’s NFL Playoffs games.  Here are my picks:
  1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -2.5 Green Bay Packers – These team’s met earlier this year and the Packers were the victors but these are now much different teams.  The Eagles have suffered a lot of defensive injuries but the presence of Michael Vick along with home field advantage have me rolling with the Birds.
  2. New Orleans Saints – 10.5 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – O.K. the Seahawks limped into the playoffs at 7-9 and may very well be the worst team in NFL Playoff history.  All that aside, they were 5-3 at home and 10.5 is just too hefty a line… even if they’re up against the defending Super Bowl Champions.
  3. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS -2.5 New York Jets – Jets were my preseason AFC Champion but going into Indy while stumbling down the stretch is just too tall of a task.
  4. Baltimore Ravens -2.5 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Just a few weeks ago, I was ready to declare the Kansas City Chiefs my playoff sleeper team but after an embarrassing 31-10 defeat at home to the Oakland Raiders last week, I think they’re still a bit away.  Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens have been one of the more consistent teams all season long, in addition to perhaps being the most well balanced team in terms of talent in the entire playoffs.
  • A number of team’s are in need of quarterback help this coming offseason.  One name to keep an eye on is Billy Volek, who is now a free agent following the conclusion of  a three-year deal that garnered him a total of $9 million to be the Chargers’ backup quarterback.  Volek has long been considered one of the most talented backups in the league and would be an excellent short term solution for a team looking to groom a young qb.  One destination that comes to mind is Denver, where it appears Kyle Orton is destined to be traded.

Thursday’s Week 14 Pick

3 12 2008

Yay, this will be an exciting game. Good thing no one gets the NFL network. I’ll probably watch a little bit of it then switch to college basketball.

Let’s get to this week’s edition of the West Coast Follies

Oakland Raiders ( 3 – 9 ) v. San Diego Chargers ( 4 – 8 )

Both teams suck. Oakland was expected to suck, and San Diego wasn’t. How they weren’t expected to suck with Norv Turner as their coach is way beyond me.

The game basically boils down to this, San Diego is far better than Oakland (who called the KC game by the way? GENIUS!!!) I expect San Diego to out run them, out pass them and out play them.

MY PICK: Chargers (but they won’t cover)

Is Anything Wrong with the Chargers?

6 08 2008
We have a secret about Vincent Jackson you will want to know about.

We have a secret about Vincent Jackson you will want to know about.

One of the best regular season teams over the past few seasons has been the San Diego Chargers.  Unfortunately, that regular season success has not translated into much post-season success.  After talking to Chargers beat reporter Kevin Acee, from the San Diego Union-Tribune, this could be the season that doesn’t end prematurely.  “I’d be foolish not to pick the Chargers to be in the Super Bowl,” said Acee in an interview on the Mike Gill Show on ESPN Radio 1450.

It’s no secret that the Chargers have a ton of talent at their Chargers Park training site.  Read the rest of this entry »