Daily Archives: October 14, 2010

Suicide Pool Suggestions Week 6

Bears LBs Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs

We’ve hit a lull in our suicide pool suggestions, as the Texans laid an egg at home last week. But this week offers much better choices for players.

1. Bears over Seahawks – Seattle is 2-2, but they’ve looked bad away from home. The Bears should have a solid home-field advantage, and their defense is plenty good enough to shut down Seattle’s attack. So if Jay Cutler plays OK, the Bears are a safe choice. Note that over the last couple of years, the Bears have done a good job of putting away bad teams, which makes them a safe suicide-pool pick.

2. Steelers over Browns – This is the ultra-safe pick of the week, but we’re going to leave the Steelers on the table for later in the year. Pittsburgh’s defense has been dominant all season, and with Ben Roethlisberger starting against rookie Colt McCoy, the Steelers have a ton more offense at their disposal as well. If you’re risk-adverse, this is your pick.

3. Giants over Lions – The Giants have played well the last couple of weeks, and now they welcome in the Lions, who haven’t won a road game in what seems like forever. Detroit has played pretty tough in games like this, but they haven’t broken through and won, which makes the Giants a good bet.

Trap to avoid – Chargers at Rams – The Chargers have a highly rated offense and defense, but special-teams meltdowns have cost them. They’re 0-3 on the road, and the Rams are 2-1 at home. Given those trends, and given the fact that the Rams seem to be ascending, this is a time to stay away from the Bolts.

Results
Week 5 – L Houston (vs. N.Y. Giants)
Week 4 – L Tennessee (vs. Denver)
Week 3 – W Baltimore (over Cleveland)
Week 2 – W Oakland (over St. Louis)
Week 1 – W N.Y Giants (over Carolina)

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RB shuffle

The Eagles and Browns shuffled backup running backs Wednesday, trading Mike Bell for Jerome Harrison. Below are some thoughts on the move; we’ll compare it to other trades in a post next week.

New Eagle Jerome Harrison

In a classic change-of-scenery trade, the Eagles and Browns traded backup running backs. Harrison had some huge games down the stretch for the Browns last year, but even in most of those games he wasn’t breaking big runs. He’s not huge, but he can make one cut and go. He was surpassed this year by Peyton Hillis in Cleveland, and so the trade makes sense. His running style and receiving skills seem to fit better in Philadelphia’s West Coast offense. Bell, who signed as a free agent with the Eagles in the offseason, is more of a banger who runs a lot like Hillis and who makes more sense as a Hillis-style runner for Cleveland. Since both players are on the final year of their contracts, both teams are looking for someone who better fits their offense right now, and thus this trade is a why-not-try scenario.

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