Our two losses last week, the Giants and the Browns, held us to 3-2 for the week which put us at 29-16 on the season. The G-Men forgot how to stop the run and yielded 147 yards to Isaac Redman which prompted coach Ton Coughlin to call his run defense “Soft”. That will probably change this week vs the Bengals as the Giants defensive line took offense to that remark.
The Browns, our other loss, who played so well IN Baltimore losing by a TD when they faced the Ravens the first time this season, were our upset special but there was nothing special about their performance last Sunday. Here now are this week’s Best Bets…
*Home team in CAPS
Giants over the BENGALS- It didn’t take much to ruffle some of the Giants player’s feathers after their poor showing vs the Steelers in East Rutherford last week. 147 yards to Redman on the ground really upset Tom Coughlin & I would be surprised if the lawfirm (BJGE) has a similar day vs Big Blue this weekend. Bengals WR A.J. Green had some unflattering comments about the Giants secondary which prompted Antrel Rolle, who’s never at a loss for words, to come out with this stinger, “I’ll talk with my pads come Sunday. If he (A.J. Green) sees me he better duck!” Eli, with some tips from his brother (8-0 vs the Bengals) will help the Giants garner the victory.
Broncos over the PANTHERS- Peyton to Decker has been very successful the last few games and the elder Manning should have no problem keeping it coming vs Carolina this Sunday. Cam Newton just hasn’t been the same this year and he’ll face a pretty staunch Broncos defense who won’t make it an easier for him. The Giants earlier this season crushed the Panthers by 29 points so maybe Peyton will be asking Eli for some pointers in this one although he really doesn’t need any.
BUCCANEERS over the Chargers- A lot of pundits in the papers and on TV don’t see the Chargers losing to Tampa Bay this week and I cannot figure out why. I mean what have they done so far this season? They have four wins but two of them were against Kansas City! Cmon Man!! They’re travelling cross country, never an easy task, and playing an early game. As for the Bucs, they have been an offensive juggernaut scoring 28 points or more in four straight games; a franchise record. RB Doug Martin has been improving each week with rushing totals of 85-135-251 yards in his last three games. T.B. is only favored by 3. S.D. has a fairly decent defense (see last week), but they aren’t the 1985 Bears!
SEAHAWKS over the Jets- Seattle (5-4) is one team that truly defines the term ‘Home Field Advantage’. They are beasts in their building having played four times there- winning all four. They give up the least amount of fantasy points to quarterbacks at home and have held opponents to 16 or less points in six of their nine games this season. The Jets have an anemic offense at best scoring 17 points or less in half of their games. The Seattle Sack Exchange of Clemons and Irvin will give Mark Sanchez fits all afternoon.
DOLPHINS over the Titans- Miami (4-4) is coming off of a heartbreaking 3 point loss to the Colts which followed a rout of the Jets 30-9 at Met Life Stadium. The Fish get to return home for the first time since week 6 and there’s nothing like home cooking to help bring them a win. Prior to the loss to the Colts, Miami was on a modest three game winning streak & should be able to start a new one this week vs the Titans who have been giving up points at record breaking proportions. In seven of their nine games this season they have allowed 30, 34, 35, 38, 38, 41, and 51 to their opponents. WR Brian Hartline and RB Reggie Bush should have an offensive ‘field day’ while the Dolphins defense tries to limit Chris Johnson’s production.