Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Reunion Week in G.B. and N.E.

We’ll do our full coverage of this week’s roster moves tomorrow, but two reunions this week are worth special attention – Junior Seau returning to New England and Mark Tauscher returning to Green Bay. Here are some thoughts on both moves.

The Patriots brought back Junior Seau, who will now take part in his 19th NFL season. He’s no longer the wide-ranging playmaker he was back in his days with the Chargers, but he does provide a veteran presence for a linebacking corps that is incredibly young, especially inside. Jerod Mayo is healthy again, and he’s the real deal, and Gary Guyton has showed flashes. But Seau adds depth in case more injuries strike. This seems more like an insurance policy than an impact move, but for a contender depth can prove to be vital late in the season.

Green Bay has had perhaps the worst offensive line performance of any team in the league. After Chad Clifton got hurt, the Packers have had a gaping hole at left tackle. Daryn Colledge has been a turnstile, allowing Jared Allen 4.5 sacks alone at that spot, and the Packers have given up five sacks per game, which is a ton. So the Packers brought back Tauscher, who is coming back from a bad knee injury that cost him his spot as Green Bay’s starting right tackle. Tauscher has been a Packer since 2000, and his presence could help. But getting Clifton back from his ankle injury, which could happen as soon as this week, would be a far more important move.

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Suicide Pool Suggestions – Week 6

Now we’re on a roll. The Eagles came through for us this week, and now we’re streaking in our suicide-pool suggestions. We actually hit our top 3 picks, and one of our traps to avoid was Dallas’ stomach-churner against K.C. And now that we’ve identified the dregs of the league, it’s easier to land on which games to pick. Let’s move forward with this week’s picks.

1. New York Jets over Buffalo – The Jets have lost two in a row, but both losses were to good teams on the road. Now they return home to take on a horrid Bills team that is falling apart before our very eyes. So this matchup isn’t close on paper, and you’re not going to get a more favorable matchup from Rex Ryan’s crew at any point this season because their games against Oakland and Tampa Bay are on the road. So we’ll go ahead and call on the Jets for the win here.

2. Pittsburgh over Cleveland – Like the Jets, the Steelers are a good team facing off against a terrible one in this game. I’d rather save the Steelers for later this season than I would the Jets, because I have a smidgen more confidence that the Steelers will be a top-level team all the way through December. And there’s a tasty home game against Oakland in Week 13 to save the Steelers for. But if you’ve used the Jets, the Steelers are a great solution for your suicide pool this week.

3. Jacksonville over St. Louis – The Jaguars have been the bane of my suicide pool picks, but a home game against the Rams should be a sure-fire win. Maybe Torry Holt will want to exact some specific revenge, which could serve to make sure the Jags are fired up for this one. Green Bay over Detroit is another solid pick, although the Lions are competitive each and every week.

Traps to avoid: Washington over Kansas City, Carolina over Tampa Bay – The Redskins still haven’t faced a team that came in with a single win, but they have looked so unimpressive that it’s easy to see K.C. getting off the schneid here the way the Lions and Panthers did against the Skins. Don’t get cute with that pick. The Bucs are also an awful team that we usually recommend picking against, but the Panthers haven’t played well enough for you to assume they can win on the road against anyone.

 

Week 5: W Philadelphia (over Tampa Bay)
Week 4: W San Francisco (over St. Louis)
Week 3: L Houston (over Jacksonville)
Week 2: L Jacksonville (over Arizona)
Week 1: W New Orleans (over Detroit)

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