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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Eric's Week 7 Picks

Eric’s Picks Week 7



New Orleans -1 @ Tampa Bay

NO’s record is awful but they’re better than this. Coming off a bye, the team should have their heads on straight and put some of the drama behind them. They’re certainly not a playoff team but neither is Tampa Bay. Tampa has found something to behold in its running game but the Josh Freeman era is likely coming to its unceremonious end. Look for a little old school Saints football to put on a show in Tampa.

NO 35 TB 17


Tennessee +3 @ Buffalo



Cleveland @ Indianapolis -1

CLE 18 IND 24


Green Bay +5.5 @ St. Louis

GB 35 STL 24


Arizona +6.5 @ Minnesota

ARI 17 MINN 14


Washington +6 @ NY Giants

WASH 24 NYG 28


Dallas @ Carolina +3

For whatever reason, this particular Cowboys incarnation has sickened me more than any other. I stopped paying attention to football on purpose, didn’t want the chance of a Dallas ESPN segment ruining my day. I witnessed the latest frustration in person. The stadium was packed with the Cowboys faithful. My buddy, a season ticketholder for over 10 years, commented he’d never seen more opposing team jersey’s at a Ravens home game. There was a sense of faith, of knowing, a belief that this was the game where we would start to right the ship. My Ravens fan buddy and his father each leaned over at different moments to sincerely say…We (Baltimore) are going to lose….you guys look good. A Romo pick here, a blown specials teams play there, Jason Garrett’s coaching led us to a heartbreaking loss. What makes this all the more insufferable is Jerry Jones insisting the Cowboys are in Super Bowl contention. The grace of those early Super Bowls is long gone. We no longer expect anything but hype followed by disappointment. In the good years, we display flashes of what could be then disappoint in the most beautifully heartbreaking manner imaginable. I don’t mind optimism, I don’t mind marketing but I can’t take this particular brand of ignorance. Who knows what Dallas team shows up this weekend, but even in their finest moment of 2012 (the opening night win) this team couldn’t get out of its own way.

DAL 21 CAR 24


Baltimore @ Houston -7

Baltimore let Felix Jones run all over them, wait until they get a taste of Arian Foster.

BAL 17 HOU 33


Jacksonville @ Oakland -6.5

JAX 14 OAK 20


New York Jets @ New England -10.5

It might be time to go whole hog on triple option. Denver rode it to the playoffs and the Jets certainly aren’t riding Sanchez anywhere.

NYJ 10 NE 28


Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati -1

PITT 24 CIN 21


Detroit +6.5 @ Chicago

DET 30 CHI 28

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