NFL Week 4

8-8. You do not make the playoffs (normally) but your head coach does not get fired (normally). Thats what my record was last week in my Week 3 picks. My upset special came through, thanks in large part to New Orleans kicker Garret Hartley. Yet, I picked the Jacksonville Jaguars to defeat the Eagles as well as the Texans over the Cowboys and neither of those turned out that way.

Enough whining about how bad the Jaguars look and that they look as bad as ever… oh i have not even written that yet. Anyways here are my picks for Week 4. Go to your local bookie or see Collin Douglas and make your money thanks to these selections.

Indianapolis Colts visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. I am a fan of the Jaguars. I am surprised at how bad they have played the last two weeks. David Garrard looks as though he has never played QB before. Yet, I am tempted to pick the Jaguars this week. Only because everyone is going against them. I could try and convince you that the run game will pick up for MJD and will keep Manning off the field. I could say that newly acquired Aaron Kampman will pressure Manning and throw him off. But all that is necessary just to give the Jaguars a chance. Enough. JAGUARS win 28-27

ATLANTA over 49ers- The Falcons are coming off a huge victory against the Saints. If the Falcons were traveling to the west coast I would pick the 9ers but they are not so the Falcons continue their surge to be a top team while the 49ers fall to 0-4 and fire the defensive coordinator. FALCONS win 27-20

Cincinnati at Cleveland- Carson Palmer does not look good compared to the old Carson Palmer. The only problem here is that the opposing QB is worse. Cleveland still has not learned how to pull out a close victory. BENGALS win 23-20

New York Jets visit Buffalo Bills- Buffalo is not that good. They got better by releasing Trent Edwards and starting Fitzpatrick but they are still not that good. Partly due to the fact that they do not give the ball enough to CJ Spiller. The Jets escaped Miami with a win and thats exactly what they will do this week. JETS win 17-13

Seattle visits St. Louis- Both teams are coming off upsets victories. Bradford has looked very solid all things considered. RAMS win 24-14

Denver Broncos visit Tennessee Titans- Chris Johnson got back to his old ways last week against the Giants. This continues against the Broncos who have turned into a pass heavy team. The Broncos Kyle Orton will thrown two INTS and head back to Denver 1-3. TITANS win 28-17.

Detroit at Green Bay- Detroit has made strides this season. They seem a little more competitive this season than in years past.  Yet, the Packers are heading home after a tough loss against the Bears and will take it out on the Lions. Rodgers will throw for well over 300 yards but watch for John Kuhn to get 2 goal line TDs. PACKERS win 38-20

Baltimore at Pittsburgh- This game is going to be a great hard hitting event. Two defenses that hate each other. Steelers are on their 4th QB yet remain undefeated while the Ravens finally got Flacco back to form in week 3. The Ravens will not allow the Steelers many scoring opportunities. RAVENS win 16-10

Carolina at New Orleans- New Orleans wins. Its that simple. They win big.              SAINTS 31-17

Houston at Oakland- Andre Johnson is not 100 percent. Thats ok. TEXANS win 30-20

UPSET ALERT. Washington at Philadelphia- The return of McNabb and Mike Vick is the starter at Philly, it is such a good story line. An even better story is McNabb winning. Thats what will happen. It will happen in exciting fashion. McNabb throws a game winning score to Chris Cooley. Watch. SKINS win 30-28.

Arizona at San Diego- San Diego must truly mean what Will Farrel said it did. At least after their performance in Seattle last week. Lucky for them, they get the Cardinals this week. These arent your older siblings Cardinals. These are the Anderson Cardinals. Thus, CHARGERS win 31-20.

Chicago at New York Giants- Cutler did not look to have his best stuff last week. They still won. The Giants lost a game many thought they would win. Turnovers killed the Giants last week. This week the Giants end the Bears undefeated run. GIANTS win 23-20

New England at Miami- New England looked good on offense last week. So did Miami. Miami lost last week. New England won. That will not be the case this week. DOLPHINS win 28-24

what a game

controversy has once again reared its ugly head. as i was watching the game it became very obvious that the Cardinals were getting tagged for many questionable calls. A team that averaged around 40 yards a game in penalties all of a sudden hits well over the century mark. Three personal fouls are called on one drive alone. now understand that i am not a Cardinals “fan” but i was rooting for them over one of my least favorite teams. i was getting rather diturbed by the amount of calls. however, it is the two calls that they did not call that have me more upset than anything. Santonio Holmes makes the catch of his life which i will give him credit for but with alot of luck seeing as how he let the previous thow go right through his hands. After his touchdown he decides to pull a Lebron James and act like hes pouring powder out of the football and throw it into the air. Right then the whistle should have blown and laundry chould have littered the air. “Personal foul #10, unsportsmanlike conduct for using the football as a prop in a celebration.” I hate that rule but they have been calling players for less than that all year. Then the “fumble”. After seeing this play over and over i am convinced that the ball was not fumbled but should have been ruled an incomplete pass. My question is why did the officials not review this call? they had already had four reviews throughout the game and they missed the most important one. Its the last play of the game and they never even took another look to make sure they got it right. I am not saying they robbed Arizona of a championship but they definitely robbed them of the opportunity at the end. 

Overall, the game turned out to be one of the best games ever. Had the Giants not won the previous year the way they did this Super bowl might have been the best finish. My hate for the steelers continues. I can only pray that the Jaguars get better and crush all opponents who stand in their way next season.

jaguars in review

i know what you are thinking right now. why are you reading anything on the sweet team known as the jacksonville jaguars. how do you think i am feeling? i am the one writing this for some reason. the jaguars entered the season with the hope of a super bowl championship. the expectations did not seem unrealistic following the 2007 season that ended when dennis friggin northcutt dropped a touchdown late in the game against the then undefeated patriots. but that was then this is now.

i would like to start with the preface that i love the jaguars through and through but this year has been the toughest. if i come across as harsh or overly critical i will be glad to get that across. the jaguars season was off to a horrible start when offensive lineman richard collier was shot and hospitalized. not only was this tragic for the obvious reason of it changing this mans life but it also meant that 2007 Left Tackle would continue starting. i will not mention his name. it dare not leave my lips. then in first game of the year the jaguars lose two guards for the season. needless to say they were desimated at the offensive line. 

however, the most disturbing trend of the 2008 season was the lack of “clutchness” by the team. too many games were lost because the team could not come up with just a play or two to win a game or put a team away on defense. week in week out either the offense or defense failed the team. there were no games where the jaguars looked anything close to 2007. overall the jaguars as well as their fans are ready to turn the page to 2009. 

a few positives are in order after negative comments. maurice jones drew is superman. the more he touched the ball the stronger he seemed to get. his 15+ TD season will be strong momentum heading into 2009. on the defensive side there are two players who deserve credit. derrick harvey and gerald sensabaugh. i understand that derrick harvey did not tear the opponents offensive line apart but he did lead the team in QB hurries and pressures. as he got more playing time he seemed to gain confidence and play stronger. Gerald Sensabaugh has earned himself a starting role at safety with Reggie “cant cover a soul” Nelson needing to be moved to corner or the bench. Sensabaugh has 4+ INTs and a leader in tackles. 

overall the 2008 season has been nothing less than a failure/ dissapointment/ suckfest. look for 2009 to be much improved. the talent is there to contend and if a few changes are made along the offensive line and defensive line the jaguars should be back. heres to 2009!!!!