The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
RAVENS over TEXANS- We said in our week 6 ’Best Bet’ picks that the Ravens are arguably the best team in the AFC. We have no reason not to feel the same way today, by virtue of their dominance over the teams they have beaten, and now outscored 135-45. Pretty impressive. Yesterday they took care of business in what we said would be a lopsided affair, 29-14. Houston’s last score was midway through the 3rd quarter, although they were playing without stand-out WR Andre Johnson. The Ravens defense sacked Schaub four times and forced two fumbles. Now at 4-1, they’ll face Jacksonville, Arizona, and Seattle in 3 of their next 4 games, as well as the Steelers who they already beat 35-7.
49ers over LIONS- We picked the Lions who had the lead by one with 1:51 to go in the fourth quarter. And then Alex Smith burst our bubble with a 6 yard pass to Delaine Walker who now has more TD’s so far this year than in his previous five. Megatron went over the century mark with 113 yards receiving but alas, there were to be no touchdowns on this day. The 49ers continue to play an awesome defense, not only stopping Calvin Johnson’s string of TD’s and completely shutting down the Lion’s running game; Jahvid Best was held to just 37 yards on 13 carries, but their ‘D’ line chipped in with 5 sacks on the day. Stafford still managed to get just shy of 300 yards passing on 50 attempts. This was a tough loss for us an even tougher for Detroit losing their first game of the year.
BEARS over VIKINGS- This was just U-G-L-Y! The Bears destroyed the Vikes 39-10 in last night’s game, highlighted by Jay Cutler’s two TD passes and no INT’s which gave him a quarterback rating of 115.9 for the game! He had thrown four picks in his previous five but decided it would be better to throw the ball to the guys wearing the same uniform as him…The Bears also stifled the Viking’s running game, limiting Adrian Peterson to just 39 yards on 12 carries, although he did manage the only touchdown Minny would see all day. Jared Allen, who we mentioned in our pick, had the lone sack of Cutler and that was key. Props to Devin Hester and his 48 yard touchdown reception as well as his 98 yard kick-off return for a score. Give Da Bears credit; they brought their ‘A’ game because they didn’t want to hear it from the fans or the media …for at least another week.
* Last week 2-3
** Season 16-9