Guess who’s back??? The Guru went 10-6 last week and I think I’m back on track as far as picking games are concerned. It takes a little while to get the ball rolling in the right direction when picking games in the NFL. There is so much parity in the league that it takes a few weeks to figure out what everybody is doing and how certain teams will look. A couple things are for certain 1. This NFL season is exciting 2. THE GURU IS BACK … BEEP BEEP BEEP
If you’ve been keeping up with me the last few years, then you would know that Philip Rivers is one of my favorite quarterbacks in the entire league. He has San Diego on a roll right now. You can’t deny greatness folks and Philip Rivers is great. This might just be the year he takes the Chargers deep and I mean real deep.
Cincinnati looks like the best team in the entire league right now. DO NOT BE FOOLED. You ever watch “The Perfect Storm” ? Yes, the movie. No matter how many times you watch it and no matter how hard you pull for Clooney and Mark Wahlberg…THEY DIE. The script remains the same for Cincy. I don’t care how good they look. That ship will be lost at sea come playoff time. Replace Clooney and Wahlberg with Dalton and Marvin Lewis. Folks, they’re going down. Just don’t say I didn’t give you the “ABANDON SHIP” warning.
During Aaron Rodgers’ weekly radio show he gave the folks in Titletown a five letter message. R-E-L-A-X. I like his bravado and I’m inclined to believe him. Packers fans should relax. It’s not time to hit the panic button yet. It won’t even be time to hit the panic button if Green Bay falls to Chicago this week. Trust, Aaron Rodgers, it’s not like he’s the main reason they have two losses right now anyway.
Sheesh. That Eagles/Redskins game was a doozy last week. We had an all out brawl after a Nick Foles interception (that ended up not being an interception) in which he got clocked during the return. I had no problem with Chris Baker knocking out Nick Foles on that return. The hit was legal and Foles violated two rules that are known to everybody who suits up in pads. 1. Protect yourself at ALL TIMES 2. Head on a swivel. Foles should have known better than to leisurely trot over by where the return was taking place. If quarterbacks don’t want to be blocked during interception returns, then immediately after throwing the pick they should be forced to crouch down in the fetal position for the duration of the play.
Finally, everybody STOP IT. Overtime rules were in place for the last three years. I’m sorry the golden boy Peyton Manning didn’t get to touch the ball in OT as Russell Wilson drove down the field and kicked the Broncos in the tush yet again but enough is enough. Manning had 60 minutes to win the game and he didn’t do it…Sorry Charlie. Oh and while we’re at it how about some love for Russell Wilson. No, he’s not as talented a player as Andrew Luck. But the debate has to end somewhere and it should end with results.
Wilson is a WINNER. PERIOD. I love Dan Marino as much as the next guy, but at the end of the day Brady was a winner Marino wasn’t. Montana was a winner and Marino wasn’t. That’s what separates players when we are deciding greatness. I’m not saying Luck isn’t a winner because the jury is still out on that one. But, I can only go on what I know right now and right now I know that Russell Wilson can win football games. End of story. Also, he’s 7-1 against the likes of Manning/Brady/Brees/Rodgers. I don’t know if I want to throw that elite word around, but time after time he’s going against the “elites” and handing it to them.
Overall Record (23-25)
Last Week (10-6)
Upset Special (0-3)
New York Giants 21 @ Washington 27
Buffalo 21 @ Houston 17
Carolina 27 @ Baltimore 26
Green Bay 24 @ Chicago 27
Detroit 31 @ New York Jets 20
Tennessee 16 @ Indianapolis 32 *GuruDAMNtee*
Miami 16 @ Oakland 21 *Upset Special*
Tampa Bay 14 @ Pittsburgh 23
Jacksonville 10 @ San Diego 30
Atlanta 31 @ Minnesota 23
Philadelphia 24 @ San Francisco 28
New Orleans 28 @ Dallas 27
New England 19 @ Kansas City 24
Give me Oakland as my upset special for the week. The QB situation in Miami is bleak and Derek Carr has to get his first win at some point. My apologies to the good people in London for being stuck with watching this game. Bloak. (Don’t know why I said that but I had to say bloak at some point right?)
GuruDAMNtee this week goes to Indy at home versus the Titans. Not much to say here except I don’t see many possible scenarios where the Colts lay an egg.
I like Washington over the Giants in the major market matchup for the week. Kirk Cousins has played lights out since taking over for Robert Griffin. This week shouldn’t be much different. If Washington can contain Rashad Jennings they’ll be alright.
The ghost of Steve Smith is back to play the Panthers this week. I was inclined to pick Baltimore until I saw Carolina get hammered by the Steelers last Sunday night. Carolina should take care of business. Smitty will see his fair share of targets and I wouldn’t be surprised if he got into the endzone but I’m not sure it will be enough to take down a Panthers team that has to be fuming.
Aaron Rodgers told fans to relax this week. He’ll have to do more of the same once they lose to Chicago. I’m somewhat concerned about the health of Brandon Marshall, but with Alshon Jeffery lining up on the other side and Jay Cutler throwing darts around the field I’m picking DA BEARS…BEAR DOWN
Finally, although we know of the struggles that New Orleans has on the road. I’m going to take them against Dallas this week. If they lose however, they can kiss any chances of making a deep run in the playoffs goodbye. This team has got to figure out how to win on the road. Beating Dallas would be a good start.