Sunday, September 14, 2014

NFL Week 2 Picks

It has been a heck of a week in the NFL. The week began with the folly that was the Ray Rice suspension.  Most fans thought the 2 game suspension for knocking out his then girlfriend was a joke, but apparently, the NFL needed to see the graphic footage that they claim they could not get (yet, TMZ could) before they realized that it was a round house that knocked out Janay Rice.  Baltimore dropped Rice, and the league suspended him indefinitely. This is one of the things about the NFL and other leagues that I do not care for.  Ray Rice was not the first, and he probably won't be the last. There have been two more incidents since that February night.  My team the Chiefs have had to deal with these issues, too.  There was Larry Johnson who seemed to have an inability to control his temper around women, and the worst possible case of Jovan Belcher and the murder of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins almost two years ago. The revamp of the policy is a step forward, but there needs to be so much more done to prevent these incidents from happening.

There is one more they don't even talk about-Darren Sharper.  I'll admit that I was a fan of Sharper during his time in the league, but the league fired Sharper and has barely made mention of the fact that he may have been a serial rapist while employed by the league's network.

Then, there is Adrian Peterson. For the past few years, Peterson has been one of the faces of the NFL, but after this weekend, who knows.  Peterson was charged and booked on child abuse charges in Texas.  Peterson claims he just gave his son a "whooping" to discipline him. Now, I'm the product of corporal punishment, but there comes a point where you cross the line. Peterson crossed the line. I've seen the pictures, and as a teacher, I would have had to report him too.  He is deactivated this week. Just another crack in the NFL armor.

There are days that I regret being a fan...

Last week, I had a bad one, 7-8. Sigh, this is half-hearted right now.
Sunday, September 14
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills:  Miami
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals:  Cincinnati
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings:  New England
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins:  Washington

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns:  New Orleans
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants:  New York
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans:  Dallas
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers:  Detroit

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers:  Seattle
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Tampa Bay

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos:  Denver
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers: Green Bay
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders:  Houston

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers:  San Francisco
Monday, September 15
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts:  Indianapolis
Thursday, September 18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons:  Atlanta

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NFL Week One: The 2014 Edition

Hey, hey, everybody! Wow! I can't believe that I haven't written a post since February.  Yikes! It's been a rather busy time folks. The end of the school year, summer, a school trip during the summer, preparing for school to start, and of course, the first days and weeks of school.  A teacher's job is never done.  Oh, well...So much happened during the past off-season that I don't feel right just skimming over it, but the Chiefs signed Alex Smith, Michael Vick is a Jet, Mark Sanchez is an Eagle, and Jimmy Graham will remain a Saint and a tight end (and pay $30,000 for his dunks over the goal posts).  Just scratching the surface.  I won't even go into the Ray Rice fiasco.  Suffice it to say, 2 games, no way...

This will be the first time in 17 years that I will not get to see my favorite player play.  Tony Gonzalez retired after 17 seasons.  He will be appearing every Sunday and some Thursdays on CBS's NFL Today.  I would like to take a moment to thank CBS for firing Shannon Sharpe, not because I'm a Shannon Sharpe hater (and I am), but because I never have to hear James Brown call his name again, which is why I switched to FOX's pregame.  Good Luck, TG!!

So here are my predictions that will fail miserably by the middle of the season.  I have not consulted any preseason shows, because yeah, busy...

NFC East-Washington
NFC South-New Orleans
NFC North-Green Bay
NFC West-Seattle

Wildcards-San Francisco and Chicago

AFC East-New England
AFC South-Indianapolis
AFC North-Baltimore
AFC West-Denver

Wildcards-Pittsburgh and Kansas City

NFC Champs-Seattle                      AFC Champs-Denver  

Super Bowl Champs-Denver (as much as that statement makes me sick.  Man, I hate the Broncos.)

Week 1 picks.  Every one is a 0-0 except Seattle who took out the Packers on Thursday night. 
Sunday, September 7
       New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans
       Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams-Minnesota
       Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears-Chicago
       Washington Redskins at Houston Texans-Washington
       Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens-Baltimore
       Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs-Kansas City
       New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins-New England
       Oakland Raiders at New York Jets-New York
       Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles-Philadelphia
       Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers-Pittsburgh
       San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco
       Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina
       Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos-Denver
Monday, September 8
       New York Giants at Detroit Lions-New York
       San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals-San Diego

That's it everybody until next week,