2014 NFL Week 8 Powre Rankings


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2014 NFL Week 8 Powre Rankings
M.D. Wright

The injury bug is starting to take over, and it is adversely affecting some teams more than others. However, injuries are part of the game, and if you are not playing well, you will be affected in the rankings, as always.

1. Denver Broncos (5-1).
The Broncos can do whatever they want offensively, and their defense is back to 2012 season levels, when they were Top 3 until the playoffs arrived.

2. Arizona Cardinals (5-1).
The Cards keep ticking, picking right up where they left off last season. Had they simply beaten San Francisco late in the season last year, they would have made the playoffs instead of the 49ers.

3. Dallas Cowboys (6-1).
The other shoe will drop eventually. This team is doing it with smoke and mirrors defensively.

4. Green Bay Packers (5-2).
Are Packers fans R-E-L-A-X-E-D yet?

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2).
Impressive shutout, regardless of whether the Bengals had AJ Green or not. People regard the Colts’ defense as lightweight, but it has not played like it since getting ripped off by the officials on Monday Night Football vs. Philadelphia in Week 2.

6. San Diego Chargers (5-2).
They were not going 15-1, and a close loss to a good team is not shame-worthy.

7. Baltimore Ravens (5-2).
Still… how?

8. New England Patriots (5-2).
Smoke and mirrors, but wins are wins. Their injuries may be catching up with them now, however…

9. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1).
They get a rude awakening coming right out of their bye week.

10. Detroit Lions (5-2).
The Lions should have dominated every facet of the game with the Saints and shouldn’t have needed a late comeback in the first place, but they showed moxie in doing so.

11. Seattle Seahawks (3-3).
Reports of their demise are grossly overstated, but they do miss Bobby Wagner. His presence, or lack thereof, CANNOT be overstated. The Percy Harvin trade was bad timing in terms of the team’s focus, and they will probably rattle off six straight wins now.

12. Buffalo Bills (4-3).

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3).
Pittsburgh has gotten a couple of easy ones to help right the ship, and they needed it in the worst way.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3).
Ryan Tannehill has no excuse for not being as efficient as he was in Week 7 nearly every week.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3).
The Chiefs run Jamaal Charles, they win.
The Chiefs fail to run Jamaal Charles, they lose.

It’s that simple.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1).
They have looked brutal over the past three games.

17. San Francisco 49ers (4-3).
Just not buying them this season, regardless of injuries or suspensions. 

18. Carolina Panthers (3-3-1).
They have no defense anymore, and their offense does not have enough bullets to get it done. Riverboat Ron’s seat is getting warmer with each passing week.

19. New York Football Giants (3-4).
The Giants get their bye a week earlier than usual, and they need it. They have three difficult games coming up out of the gate, two of which they must win to have any chance of remaining alive for a Wild Card berth and set up for another 2007 run to ruin Dallas’ season, which is looking eerily like 2007 in every way, shape and form.

20. Cleveland Browns (3-3).
The Browns laid a foul-smelling egg in Jacksonville. And it was much uglier than the score suggests.

21. Chicago Bears (3-4).
The Bears have still yet to win a home game this season, (0-3).

22. Houston Texans (3-4).
They need Jadeveon Clowney to be ready to play 40+ snaps in Week 8, because their defense cannot continue to bail out their pathetic offense, led by pathetic Ryan Fitzpatrick all season. Their season is on the brink of being lost with another loss or two.

23. St. Louis Rams (2-4).
Richard Sherman recovered Tre Mason’s fumble.

24. New Orleans Saints (2-4).
The Saints still don’t matter.

25. Washington Redskins (2-5).
You get no points for sweating out a last second walk-off FG against a backup QB and RB.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6).
The Jags were due, they had been playing much better since Blake Bortles was inserted as starter over Chad Henne. They have finally allowed him to throw the ball downfield more, and even though he had a few turnovers in the past three games, he has shown progression.

27. Atlanta Falcons (2-5).
The Falcons can’t win anywhere right now, but DEFINITELY not on the road.

28. New York Jets (1-6).
It doesn’t get any easier for them with the Bills defense coming to town.

29. Tennessee Titans (2-5).
Finding ways to lose since 2010.

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-5).
What is with these guys? They put the clamps right back on Teddy Bridgewater (granted they were playing a ferocious defense on the road.)

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5).
There isn’t anything redeeming to say about this team.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-6).
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OMW’s I-95 Adventures, Vol. LXVII


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OMW’s I-95 Adventures, Vol. LXVII
M.D. Wright

Sometimes, I am not in the mood for “adventures”, and I am all business, with not much time for extra-curriculars or nonsense.


The first half of the trip was about as planned, and even with a dozen moving parts and several considerations (including being unable to lock in my rental or lodging until the day before the trip itself, because it took two business days to get an important check to clear), everything went off without a snag. Well, beyond the expected snags. You see, in most of Essex County, you cannot park on the street during certain hours of the early morning, which obvious affects all aspects of travel planning when a rental car is involved. This matter was the chief cause in curtailing what could have been a day longer trip. I had hoped to see some friends down in the “DMV” region, including one I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years. But it was not to be.

Once the check cleared, I booked at my typical, LaQuinta. I didn’t want to be in Baltimore proper, and booked for Jessup, so I could hide away. I never know who is tracking me ha. And no, I am not paranoid. The car rental was virtually free, which is obviously a good price in my book. However, I could not take advantage of the “pick up/return” service that Hertz provides for Gold Club members, because East Orange sucks anus in every fathomable way. There is no business here, no banks want to deal here unless it is near a train station, and so many conveniences are sorely missing. You have to go to Montclair or downtown Newark, or somewheres like West Orange  and points north to get the conveniences that someone say, from New York City, would virtually take for granted. The bus costs more than a train ride (within the same zone), and usually doesn’t run close to the places that I must go, which makes public transportation mostly useless for me unless I am heading to South Orange, Newark or into the city.

Why do I say all of this? There used to be a Hertz in West Orange, as I remembered years ago. I began my search there, only to find out that it had been closed. Next option was Montclair. I called the location to get pick up service, since I currently do not have a car (will be the first item on the agenda once I am working again, best believe). The rep said that they cannot come to East Orange because it is “too far” (four miles, mind you), because it is more than 15 minutes round trip. Balderdash. But I dealt with them anyway, because it was last-minute. They were otherwise cool, so I let it go. Having to call for cab service is another one of those aforementioned conveniences that you take for granted in the city. You don’t NEED to call for car service unless you absolutely want to. There wasn’t a single day in recent memory that I left my building and didn’t have a Black car honk at me in case I needed a lift. And even though the cab discrimination has legs (and justifiably so, if you knew what cab drivers in NYC deal with from riff raff from Uptown), you can get a yellow cab at about a 1 in 10 rate for available cabs when you are Black or Brown (as opposed to 9 out of 10 for everyone else, and all women).

This is not the case out here. Yes, I lived out here before, so none of this is news, but it is annoying. It adds to the length of trips. Instead of being able to hail a black car, or better yet, have the company pick me up as a Gold Club member, I had to call a cab, wait for him to arrive, and pay commensurately. A minor annoyance. I needed coffee and some cash for tolls and what not, so I made a stop in my usual playground in the Paramus area, got both and zoomed down Route 21. I needed to do my wash, also, so I had thrown that in the car, knowing I would be able to do it at the hotel. I had been up since about 8:30 am nonstop running and finalizing plans so that I could enjoy myself at the wedding; the reason I was heading to Baltimore to begin with. Jace is like the older sister I never had ha, so seeing her get married really inspires me to kind of check myself. God knows I am 35 now and was seemingly 25 just a year ago. Time for me to get serious about this. Attending weddings make me wistful and self-reflective (which has been mostly ugly since I am one of those casualties of the Recession who has seemingly been black-balled in the market since 2009).

I wanted to avoid tolls on the way down, because I knew I would most likely need to use the Turnpike on my way home. I took Route 1 down to 130 and 295 until I got to the Delaware Memorial. Made great time, as it was early afternoon and not much traffic. I was in Baltimore by 4:30, and got to Jessup about 20 minutes later. Check-in was swift and pain-free (which is a rarity  nowadays, given all the of the tooth-pulling I have had to deal with from Comcast and others who I have to double back with four and five times to have simple matters resolved). I was able to get my shirt and tie ironed and hopped back into the car back to Baltimore with about 20 minutes to spare before the 7 pm start time. We were apparently on CP time, so I was actually about an hour early ha. But no harm done, my slate was blocked off for this purpose, so I had nowheres to be anyway. One thing about running around all day, particularly when some of it is driving, is that you can get by on adrenaline, but once you sit down, the fatigue and double lassitude begin to kick in.

I like being spontaneous, that’s why there’s never really a dull moment around me, and some people are “entertained” by my rants and what not. My road rage has calmed down a great deal, which was apparent in the fact that I did not lose my voice by screaming and cursing out drivers left and right, which was a hallmark of being in the car with me for years. I was in a pretty mellow and laid back mode on this day. Wasn’t in a bad mood, wasn’t hopping with energy (mostly because of mental fatigue).

I took the scenic route through Baltimore to get to the church where the wedding was held. They have really cleaned up certain areas around the city, I will say that much. I did spit on Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and thankful that we won’t hear anymore Seven Nation Army “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” chants anytime soon. M&T Bank Stadium is next door, as anyone who has been down on the harbor knows. I have no problems with the Ravens or their fans, so I just took in the view (since I am dolo for a lot of these trips, you all miss out on some great picture ops — especially after the reception in the midnight lights, as the stadium is a good view from Johns Hopkins).

The wedding was pretty smooth and (thankfully) lacking that tension and anxiety that you sometimes see. The bride and groom were genuinely glad to be there and without being worried about every single detail (which is what leads to a lot of that tension that sometimes makes weddings unenjoyable). After the ceremony, we headed off to the reception over by Towson State University. Naturally, being the handicapper I am, I got about 27 notifications about bettor’s lines, and a couple of calls and texts asking for advice heading into the game, and for 1st half calls ha. You would think I still made books like I did back in high school, or were a degenerate gambler. I am neither. Just a mere handicapper at this point.

The point here is that I got lost in everything until nearly halftime. I was awaiting the wedding party to arrive, as I was one of the first people to the reception. The next thing I know, I walked in, and they were about ready to be presented to the onlookers. I had been given a specific seat and table, and missed out on my placement because degenerate gamblers suddenly became chatty as soon as I leave home for a day. Nevertheless, it was a good time and an honor to be in the presence of a new husband and wife. Couldn’t be more genuinely happy than I am right now.

This is where the warm fuzzies stopped, however. Well, other than running into some chicks from Towson, leaving a party on York Road ha, and then heading over to see what was going on at Johns Hopkins.

I got back to the hotel, and my swipe card had demagnetized, and had to request a new one at 1 AM. THEN, I had to fit in time to do my wash. I got half of it done before I got tired and crashed at 3 am. I knew I had to get an earlier start before checkout, because I had several errands to run. One of my friends back home wanted to get some cheaper smokes (they are ridiculous enough in NYC at $12 per pack on average, and only a couple bucks cheaper out in Jersey), so ANYTHING cheaper seems like winning the lottery. Once I finished the wash first thing this morning, I checked out and hit the road. I didn’t even have a chance to have coffee, which probably contributed to my mood all day (and the burgeoning and throbbing headache that was on its way to making me snap by the time I got back to Montclair.)

The first place I went was the one I had singled out from the start. I get there, and John Wu wants me to wait for an hour for his shipment to arrive. YEAH RIGHT. (Imagery from Cam’ron’s “Shanghai” song were playing in my head.) I’ve got time to make, and I wanted to get back on THIS side of New Brunswick before traffic got out of hand (more on that later; I obviously failed, which was the impetus for writing this piece.) He had no Newport Lights whatsoever, short box  or 100’s, so I had to scramble to find someplace else in a radius that made sense (i.e. heading northward along the way.) I ended up going to two places in the Severna Park/South Baltimore areas, one had a carton of short box Newport Lights, but no 100’s. Got the short box for my friend, who smokes those, and continued looking for the 100’s. Ended up in PARKVILLE, just outside Baltimore on the north, and ended up sitting at light after light, only to find out the place had been converted into a Subway restaurant. After that, it was about 1:30 and just broke down and got them from the gas station. Still $5 cheaper per pack than in NYC, and $2-3 cheaper than in Jersey. Win. I guess. But now I am getting close to my limit on time. I had to pick up some things from Wal-Mart that I absolutely needed to have.

This is when my patience ran out for the rest of the day.

First of all, the store was riddled with Ravens fans. I saw people wearing jerseys of guys who hadn’t played since like 2001. It’s like Ravens fans try hard to prove that they are longtime diehards of a team that hasn’t even been in the area for 20 years. We get it, you don’t want to be called a bandwagoner. But literally 1 in 3 people had on some sort of Ravens paraphernalia, had a disgusting beer gut (women included), a couple of chins, and had this weird accent that you don’t really hear in the Baltimore area (I was in Nottingham/White Marsh). These were Duck Dynasty types. And boy, the store was managed like it. Logical items that one would figure to be juxtaposed with like items were on the complete opposite side of the store, and items that make no sense being together were sharing aisles. Of course, this meant zig-zagging the store twice. I was zooming through like I was on Supermarket Sweep, though. I had a list and stuck to it. But once I went to checkout, I nearly lost it. I am not insensitive to those with limited mobility, but I got stuck behind TWO people in carts. When I have no pressures for time, I don’t mind. They often talk to me when I stand on a line behind them. It’s like they can pick up that I was mostly raised by people much older than my parents when I wasn’t WITH my parents. That’s why older people don’t view me with the same disdain as if I were some disgusting miscreant, like they do many people in the generation behind me. But today was not the day for that. I knew I needed to allow at LEAST three hours flat to get back to East Orange and clear out the car before heading back to Montclair before the location closed for the evening.

I stood on line for 30 minutes before I even got to checkout, because out of all of the weave queens with no edges and the large number of chicks with the “I like Black guys” haircut and disposition running around the store with their heads cut off, not a SINGLE ONE got on a register. I stared a hole through one of them, and I guess she thought I was flirting, but I was incensed, because she stood and chatted about something petty for a good 5 minutes with a co”worker” instead of opening a line. The lines were backed through the aisles into the shopping area, because there were only three lines open for about 50 people standing on line.

Needless to say, I was in DEFCON-1 mode from there. I knew I had to be prepared for the typical Friday evening peak hour congestion on the Turnpike and Parkway, and I got both. I zoomed through Maryland and Delaware, and the first 30 miles on the Turnpike. Surely people were not heading to the shore (Exit 7) when it is going to be in the low 50s on Sunday for a HIGH. There was no wreck. No stalled vehicles. Once I hit Exit 7, traffic hit a dead stand-still, and remained that way until hitting the Edison exit about 20 miles up the road. That’s about an hour and 10 minutes to move 20 miles, if you are scoring at home.

Once the road split (the middle lanes are completely shut off while they finish paving and striping them below Exit 8), and the trucks and buses do what they know they need to do, I was able to get up to “Average Madden Overall Rating” (so as not to “incriminate” myself ha) to make up SOME of the time, but it didn’t matter. I had hoped to be back home by 4:45/5:00, with about 15 minutes to unload the car and get it back before 6 pm. Unlike Newark Airport, which runs 24 hours, this location closes at 6 pm, so I was on a tighter run. Naturally, everyone and their mother was out in Newark and East Orange when I got back. Oh yeah, the 15th was just a couple of days ago. Makes sense.

But I hustled everything upstairs in about 4 trips (returning to walking 5 miles every time I head to class has helped with my conditioning; I nearly DIED moving in here in August, this time, I was fine.) Afterward — thankfully, I had gotten gas as soon as I got off the Parkway — I was on two wheels on the back roads up to Montclair. Thank God the attendant was still there, and didn’t give me a hassle, since I was an hour and a half late.

I had to call car service FOUR times to get the guy to come, but he finally did; at nearly 8 pm. So a day that began at 8:30 and culminated some 12 hours later, after nonstop, perpetual motion came to an end. I barely even had the energy to go to the fridge for some salami and make some popcorn later; much less cook. And I’m fine with that. I got to witness a beautiful wedding, got away the monotony for a couple of days, got back safely and in one piece, without spending much money (critical), and another set of memories are added to the bank in OMW’s Adventures, as another weekend of huge college and NFL games are set to be consumed by me nonstop for the next two days.

Besides, it beats THIS — which I sat in from Exit 6 all the way to the Lincoln Tunnel a few years ago in a snowstorm that arrived a few hours earlier than I expected at that time:





2014 NFL Week 7 Bettor’s Guide


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2014 NFL Week 7 Bettor’s Guide
M.D. Wright

Not too shabby last week, but as always, there were two or three games that either finished with a tie or a late score that swung SUs and ATSs.

Last Week:
SU: 9-6
ATS: 8-6-1

SU: 54-37
ATS: 48-42-1

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
New England Patriots 3

My Call: NYJ +9.5
Over/Under: Over 44.5

The Jets usually play the Patriots tough; as Rex Ryan’s front sevens tend to give Tom Brady fits. However, Brady tends to find the right guys at the right moments in the 2nd halves of these games to put them just out of reach. The Jets will either hold on for the cover, or achieve it with a late score.

NY Jets                         13
New England               20

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis Colts

My Call: IND -3
Over/Under: Over 49.5

Andy Dalton has now been forced to go through all of his progressions, instead of focusing on AJ Green one out of every four passing targets, which is his typical average with Green playing. Mohamed Sanu is versatile, and can run all of the routes within the tree, which he displayed vs. Carolina. Whether Green plays or not, the Colts are in some groove on both sides of the ball. The Bengals have been relatively shoddy on the road, and the Oil Drum will be loud on Sunday.

Indianapolis                        31
Cincinnati                            27

Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins
FedEx Field
Landover, Maryland
Washington Redskins 3

Call: TEN +5
Over/Under: Over 46

The Titans will likely have Jake Locker back for this game, and with the Redskins’ pass rush being what it is, Locker will be fortunate to finish the game, with his propensity of getting hurt every time he gets hit (seemingly). The Titans are a middling offensive team, but the Skins don’t necessarily blow out anyone themselves. Stay away from this game. It could go either way.

Tennessee               23
Washington             27

Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Bears 11

My Call: CHI -3
Over/Under: Under 49

You know things have changed when the Bears have still failed to win a home game thus far this season. You have to question whether they will do it here, although the Fins ultimately find ways to lose games. You cannot trust Ryan Tannehill to do it for 60 minutes, even with Jay Cutler often scissoring his team’s hopes away with bad turnovers. Knowshon Moreno is out for season for the Fins, and Matt Forte, along with Martellus Bennett, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall are healthy. That SHOULD be enough for the Bears to win.

Miami                          17
Chicago                       27

Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
EverBank Field
Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Jaguars 4

My Call: CLE -5.5
Over/Under: Under 45

The Browns SHOULD win this game handily, but the Jaguars do not take their losses lying down. Brian Hoyer has the Browns rolling, though. Tread lightly with that 5.5, however. The Browns played down to the Titans for a half in Week 5 and put bettors’ hearts in their throats all game.

Cleveland                  24
Jacksonville              15

Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Rams 3

My Call: STL +6.5
Over/Under: Over 43.5

There are not only questions about Seattle’s offense, but also now, their defense. MLB Bobby Wagner has a sprained toe, and even if he plays, will not be 100%. RCB Byron Maxwell has an ankle and will miss some time. This shakes up what Seattle likes to do on the back end; although there isn’t a Dez Bryant on the Rams to force Richard Sherman to trail the best receiver all game, which he did last week. Cannot trust Seattle with the points with their very predictable offense led by offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell asleep at the wheel of late.

Seattle                                 24
St. Louis                              20

Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay Packers 12

My Call: GB -7
Over/Under: Over 48.5

Panthers bettors: R E L A X.

Carolina                           20
Green Bay                        31

Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore Ravens 3

My Call: ATL +7
Over/Under: Under 49

Your guess is as good as mine with the Ravens. The Falcons ARE on the road, however, which is enough to take the Ravens straight up, but you cannot trust the Ravens with 7 points.

Atlanta                        17
Baltimore                    20

Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Orchard Park, New York
Buffalo Bills 4

My Call: MIN +5.5
Over/Under: Under 43

After laying an egg in an important game at home vs. Detroit, it is tough to trust the Vikes on the road, against an equally tough defense.

Minnesota                         16
Buffalo                              20

New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Lions 3

My Call: DET -2.5
Over/Under: Under 48.5

The Saints just are not the same without Darren Sproles. And their road woes, coupled with facing the statistically best defense in the NFL do not bode well. The Lions will likely be without Calvin Johnson, however.

New Orleans                      17
Detroit                               24

Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, California
San Diego Chargers 3

My Call: SD -4
Over/Under: Over 45

The Chiefs are coming off a bye, in which Andy Reid apologized for the 75th time for under-utilizing his star running back in a game since 1999, almost all resulting in losses almost directly due to this fact. Expect a heavy dosage of Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, but the Bolts are stingy against the run. Philip Rivers is playing at an MVP level, and with the way he spreads the ball around to everyone on the field, don’t expect the Chiefs to be able to slow the Bolts much.

Kansas City                               17
San Diego                                 31

New York Football Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Dallas Cowboys 2

My Call: NYG +6.5
Over/Under: Over 48

The Giants are suddenly banged up in their secondary, which is not a good thing; although Dallas does not pass as much as they have in recent years (yet). DeMarco Murray has carried Dallas all year, and helps keep their otherwise leaky defense off the field and out of bad situations as frequently as they found themselves in recent seasons. The Giants lost the Eagles game before it began due to a severely flawed game plan, so there is not much to take away from that game and apply to this one. The Eagles are not as good as they appeared on Sunday night, and the Giants are not nearly as bad. This will be a close game, but whoever commits the damning turnover in the 4th quarter will be the loser; unless the Giants completely fail to stop the run, which could happen.

NY Giants                        24
Dallas                              27

Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, California
Oakland Raiders 3

My Call: ARZ -3.5
Over/Under: Over 44

The Cards should win this game with ease, but the Raiders did not lie down against the Bolts in Week 6. The Oakland passing game is their only strong point right now. But be wary of the spread after Week 6’s results.

Arizona                        27
Oakland                       19

San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos
Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High
Denver, Colorado
Denver Broncos 4

My Call: DEN -7
Over/Under: Under 49.5

1. Peyton Manning will break the record in the first half.
2. One of the Thomases will catch the record breaking pass.
3. Colin Kaepernick is going to turn over the football three times.

This is a bad match up for San Francisco. They will not be able to run the football effectively, and Kaepernick is a mistake waiting to happen in Denver.

San Francisco                    13
Denver                               34

Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Steelers 1

My Call: PIT -3
Over/Under: Under 44.5

The Steelers have had their manhood questioned all week. Even if DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) plays — in which case he is a 50/50 chance of doing so — the Steelers are going to come out to prove a point.

Plus Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Texans’ QB.

Houston                         17
Pittsburgh                     24

BYE: Philadelphia (5-1), Tampa Bay (1-5).


2014 NFL Week 6: What We Know


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2014 NFL Week 6: What We Know
M.D. Wright

One thing we have learned for sure in today’s NFL is one week does not a team make. However, some players can make their names in this league with just one big game, and one game can also teeter one team’s fate at the end of the season.

– Andrew Luck is simply carving up the NFL at an alarming rate. If not for the standard set by Peyton Manning in 2013, he would be heralded with platitudes left and right at his record-breaking pace.

– Touchdown T.Y.

– Arian Foster can rush for 100 yards every game, but the Texans’ QB is still Ryan Fitzpatrick.

– Andre Johnson has the yips now?

– The Football Giants completely embarrassed themselves after talking a much bigger game than the one they played.

– Ben McAdoo showed that he was a rookie offensive coordinator on Sunday.

– Nick Foles continues to turn the ball over at a disturbing rate, despite the Eagles’ record. It will doom them in the end.

– LeSean McCoy finally had a 100-yard rushing game.

– Get well, Victor Cruz.

– Blake Bortles is showing and proving why he was drafted before flashier-named QBs.

– Cecil Shorts back?

– Clipboard Jesus gets the W for the Titans in spot duty.

– Joe Flacco is maddening. One week he can’t complete simple dumpoff passes, the next he lights up the skies at a record pace for touchdowns.

– Then again, that is the way the Ravens play every week.

– Justin Forsett.

– Peyton Manning may have been point shaving in order to break the all-time TD pass record at home.

– The Jets were never in that game after the 2nd quarter, despite the score.

– Theo Riddick?

– “TAWWWM BRAAADY” somehow gets it done with no names.

– Happy trails, Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley.

– Who dug up Brandon LaFell from the dead?

– Doug Marrone is on the gang plank…

– Only the Bengals could bungle a game even into OT and fail to win it. A tie may kill them late in the season, as the Ravens and Steelers have both beaten the Panthers.

– Gio Bernard YAWN.

– Mohamed Sanu NOT yawn.

– Brian Hoyer managed 217 yards passing on just 8 completions, in blowing out the Steelers.


– Branden Oliver continues paying dividends for the Bolts with his hard running style.

– Derek Carr is the real deal.

– The Bears can’t win at home, but they sure can win on the road against tough defenses and teams that tend to play great at home.

– Dallas (Tony Romo) was on the verge of choking in a game yet again, but Seattle did not capitalize, unexpectedly.

– Carson Palmer picks right up where he left off in Week 1.

– Larry Fitzgerald made some ridiculous catches in that game, as well.

– Kirk Cousins DEAR GOD. And not in a good way.

– The Rams continue to find ways to lose games, in getting away from what works. Usually they start slow and finish quickly, in Week 6, it was the reverse.



2014 NFL Week 7 Powre Rankings


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2014 NFL Week 7 Powre Rankings
M.D. Wright

A big shake up this week, with tons of injuries affecting teams left and right.

1. San Diego Chargers (5-1).
The Bolts got caught off guard by the Raiders, but they are just racking up wins.

2. Denver Broncos (4-1).
Some believe that Peyton Manning was shaving TDs so that he could break the  record on national TV. I tend to believe it. They should have beaten the Jets by 5 TDs.

3. Arizona Cardinals (4-1).
The Cards have Carson Palmer back, and pick right up where they left off when he was injured in Week 1.

4. Dallas Cowboys (5-1).
The game was more about what Seattle didn’t do, rather than anything Dallas did. Dallas still found a way to choke the game away and Seattle did not capitalize.

5. Seattle Seahawks (3-2).
Losing key defensive players and offensive linemen will cause problems.

6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2).
The Colts are clicking in every facet, even defensively.

7. Baltimore Ravens (4-2).
I seriously do not get this team. They are as schizo as any team can be week to week.

8. San Francisco 49ers (4-2).
They deserve kudos for coming back from an early deficit and shutting down Austin Davis for the entire 2nd half, which had been his money half thus far this season.

9. New England Patriots (4-2).
Somehow they lose major players and still win.

10. Green Bay Packers (4-2).
The Packers scored a gutty win, but Aaron Rodgers just proved once again why he is the best QB in the NFL on their final three drives in the Miami heat.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1).
The Giants’ game plan was as flawed as most Notre Dame football players’ exam papers, so it was more about what the Giants failed to do in preparation than the Eagles — still the owners of the 3rd worst defense in the NFL, and a QB who threw two mind-boggling, and otherwise backbreaking INTs against a prepared team — being suddenly “dominant.”

12. Cleveland Browns (3-2).
THE BROWNS. They should be 5-0.

13. Detroit Lions (4-2).
Their kickers have missed field goals at an alarming rate. Even more alarming is how the Vikings were unable to do anything whatsoever at home against what is still an overrated defense (even if the statistics say otherwise.) The Lions aren’t good in the secondary, and yet it has not cost them — even in their losses.

14. Chicago Bears (3-3).
The Bears needed that road win in the worst way, because they seemingly cannot win at home.

15. Buffalo Bills (3-3).
The Bills are finding out that EJ Manuel was not the problem. If you didn’t know who the QB was in the game Week 6, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Their offensive scheme is terribly flawed, and it does not lend to success at the QB position. It puts their very good defense in bad positions weekly.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1).
The Bengals just don’t have the killer instinct.

17. Carolina Panthers (3-2-1).
The Panthers’ defense is gone, so it’s on Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin for now, along with occasional help from Greg Olsen.

18. New Orleans Saints (2-3).
The Saints don’t matter.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3).
Every time Andy Reid gets away from Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs lose. You’d think that simple fact would be unavoidable by Reid, but he spent 14 years in Philadelphia doing the same thing.

20. New York Football Giants (3-3).
They should just burn the film from this game, because the game plan, game preparation, approach to attacking the defense of the Eagles was backward and doomed from very beginning.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3).
The wagons are circling for Todd Haley’s dismissal. The Steelers’ offense has been putrid in all three of their losses.

22. Houston Texans (3-3).
Ryan Fitzpatrick just cannot be relied upon consistently to get it done.

23. Miami Dolphins (2-3).
The Fins find another way to lose a game they led by two scores.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-4).
How do you have Cordarrelle Patterson and not get him the football?

25. Tennessee Titans (2-4).
Someone had to win, as I said in my bettor’s guide vs. JAX.

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-4).
They can’t win on the road, and now lose at home? Not good.

27. New York Jets (1-5).
The Jets may not win another game until Week 16. Yes, we know they get up for the Patriots; and on a short week, they may have a better shot, but don’t count on it.

28. Oakland Raiders (0-5).
The Raiders are making strides. But they have two no-name WRs (both of whom had huge games vs. SD, somehow), which tells you a lot about the talent level being next to barren there. Derek Carr is the real deal.

29. St. Louis Rams (1-4).
All those draft picks from the Bob trade, and only a couple of them are productive. Janoris Jenkins needs to go to CB school, because his technique in every facet (trail, bail, press, inside/outside, shuffle) is terrible. Then again, he went to UF.

30. Washington Redskins (1-5).
The beat goes on.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6).
They let Bortles open it up a bit in Week 6, but they just do not have the weapons at WR yet.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5).
They somehow won a game, and managed to blow another one that they had won, but you cannot give up all these points and not have serious issues that are not fixable.


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