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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Eric's Week 6 Picks
New England -3 @ Seattle
There’s a lot of reason to pick
Seattle to get an upset. The crowd, cross country trip, their powerful defense.
However, I simply can’t imagine a scenario where the Seahawks score enough
points to keep pace. It appears Pete Carroll jumped the gun by placing Russell
Wilson in the starting spot so soon. He looks overwhelmed at times. Matt Flynn
was brought in to cure the inconsistencies of Tavaris Jackson and they should
have stayed the course. New England’s defensive front has been getting after
opposing QB’s and Wilson will have to play beyond his years to upset the
New England 30 – Seattle 17
Kansas City +4.5 @ Tampa Bay
I’m feeling a little Brady Quinn
rejuvenation for a Kansas City team that nearly beat the Ravens by playing tough
defense. Tampa’s offense, despite the additions, struggles to move the ball and
rarely takes deep shots downfield. Brady Quinn’s bounced from place to place
without much of a chance to start. KC is at the end of their rope with the
Cassel experiment. If he shows something, just about anything, the starting job
could become his for the rest of the year, which is a lot like being promoted
to manager at Ruby Tuesday’s, but it’s something right?
KC 17 TB 14
Oakland @ Atlanta -9.5
OAK 17 ATL 34
Dallas @ Baltimore -3.5
Jason Garrett seems like a model
citizen and someone who will focus on getting the “right kind of guys” on his
team, guys with high moral character and a dedication to the game (aside from
Dez). He should be commended for this. However, he’s gotten worse each year as
the head of this offense. The line is a train wreck but there’s enough skill
and talent out there to not be the worst scoring team in the NFL. The offense
moves best when the called play breaks down and Romo improvises. Garrett got
away with blaming the defense last season and an early injury to Romo the
season prior. How different the football world may have been if Jerry let
Garrett go to Baltimore a few years ago? Tony was a train wreck against
Chicago, but what do you expect when receivers can’t catch, the line can’t
block and he is forced to make it happen. I’ll be in the Harbor for this one,
let’s hope I make it out alive. Ravens dominate.
DAL 10 BAL 24
Cincinnati -1 @ Cleveland
CIN 17 CLE 14
St. Louis @ Miami -4
STL 16 MIA 21
Indianapolis +3.5 @ New York Jets
INDY 27 NYJ 13
Detroit @ Philadelphia -3
The tale of two teams seemingly
ready to take the next step but cannot manage enough consistency to do so.
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have failed to turn into the league’s most
feared duo and Vick appears to have regressed to the point Reid may turn to his
rookie backup. The Eagles defense wins the day and keeps Philly atop the NFC
East. I hear Michal Vick owns a dog now. There isn’t a law against such things?
I mean I’m pretty sure Jerry Sandusky couldn’t secure an adoption and eHarmony
would turn down Ike Turner.
DET 20 PHI 24
Buffalo +4.5 @ Arizona
BUFF 28 ARI 27
NY Giants +7 @ San Francisco
San Fran is beating teams down. Of
course, those teams all happen to be from an unusually awful AFC East. The
Giants keep finding talent on their bench and Eli continues to be as solid as
Sears. New York will give SF all they can handle but ultimately come up short
largely from an inability to find any traction in the running game.
NY 21 SF 24
Minnesota @ Washington
“The best laid schemes of mice and
men often go awry.” Shanahan couldn’t help but play Lennie, RG3 his rabbits. He
had the best of intentions but couldn’t help playing too rough. RG3’s ability
to run is astounding but his ability as a passer is equally impressive and more
valuable in the NFL. The threat of the run is enough to throw opposing defenses
off, sacrificing your young QB’s body in the name of a middling season insults
the investment made into the young man.