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Eagles – Giants Preview

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Date and Time: Sunday, September 30th, 2012 – 8:30 PM
Spread:
Eagles, -2
Broadcasters:
Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth
Last Meeting: November 20th, 2011 – Eagles def. Giants, 17-10

The History

These two longtime rivals first met on October 15th, 1933. On that day, the Giants thrashed the Eagles, 56-0. For the sake of the collective psyche of Philadelphians, let’s hope tonight’s affair isn’t a mirror image of the inaugural meeting between these two franchises. Overall, the Giants lead the all-time series 83-75-2. New York and Philadelphia have also met four times in the postseason with each team winning two meetings. Most recently, the Eagles triumphed over Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin in the 2008 Divisional Playoffs en route to their fourth NFC Championship game defeat in Arizona one week later. Sports Illustrated ranked the Eagles-Giants rivalry as the fourth best rivalry in the history of the NFL (behind Chiefs-Raiders, Bears-Packers, and Cowboys-Redskins). The teams split their head-to-head meetings last season. But, the Eagles had won six in a row and 12 of 18 prior to 2011.

The Pick

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Tonight is Brian Dawkins’ retirement ceremony prior to the game at the Linc. Many Eagles fans are hoping that the spirit of the evening and the inspiration provided by Weapon-X will propel the Eagles to a victory against their hated rivals.

Sure, Dawkins’ return and number retirement will fire up the crowd and almost certainly the Eagles’ defense. I expect a strong game from the midnight green defenders. Eli Manning has looked superb this season (as he has the past few seasons). But, the Eagles have had plenty of success against Eli his entire career.

My problem with the Eagles in this game is (unsurprisingly) their offense. The only thing the Eagles’ offense proved last week is that the play calling still stinks and the line sans Jason Kelce is very poor. Granted, the Giants’ pass rush has not been tremendously successful this season. But, how can one have faith in Michael Vick to not turn the ball over against the Giants’ blitz? His numbers against the Giants in his career suggest that you should have a little faith:

7 G, 5 W, 2 L, 60.7 CMP%, 5 TD, 3 INT, 83.6 QB Rating

But, Vick has played worse this season than he has at any point in his Eagles’ career. Meanwhile, the offensive line has played just about as poorly as they have since 1998. If Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Osi “Ballerina” Umenyiora have a field day; the Giants will win.

Giants win, 20-14

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Week Four Picks

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Last Week: 10-6
2012 Season: 27-20-1

Cleveland Browns (0-3) AT Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

The Spread: Baltimore by 12
The Pick: Cleveland
The Score: Baltimore, 27-17
The Rationale: Twelve points is a lot. Even if the Ravens are playing the lowly Cleveland Browns. After back-to-back weeks against tough opponents in Philadelphia and New England, I could see a bit of a letdown here. I’m not picking Cleveland to win. But, I think they’ll hold on and cover what is a very large spread. 

Carolina Panthers (1-2) AT Atlanta Falcons (3-0)

The Spread: Atlanta by 7
The Pick: Carolina
The Score: Carolina, 30-28
The Rationale: The Falcons, my preseason Super Bowl pick, are off to their finest start since their 1998 Super Bowl campaign. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders and Boston College’s Matt Ryan is a frontrunner for MVP. Meanwhile, Carolina is coming off a brutal loss to New York in which they were dominated in every facet of the game. So, naturally, I’m going with Carolina to pull the upset. It’s a must win for the Panthers if they hope to remain relevant in the NFC South.

New England Patriots (1-2) AT Buffalo Bills (2-1)

The Spread: New England by 4
The Pick: New England
The Score: New England, 27-20
The Rationale: Who would have thought that the Patriots would be the team needing a victory here. New England lost in Buffalo last year, but had won seven straight in Orchard Park prior to that defeat. I’ll go with Belichick and Brady when they need a win over Gailey and Fitzpatrick any day of the week.

Minnesota Vikings (2-1) AT Detroit Lions (1-2)

The Spread: Detroit by 4.5
The Pick: Detroit
The Score: Detroit, 30-14
The Rationale: This pick is on the basis of Matt Stafford being able to play through the hamstring injury he incurred last week in Tennessee. I think the Lions could win even with Shaun Hill playing (as long as he isn’t calling any QB sneaks). But, I’m confident that Detroit will have their way at home in a game they need to win with their 5,000 yard signal-caller in the huddle. 

San Diego Chargers (2-1) AT Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)

The Spread: Kansas City by 1
The Pick: San Diego
The Score: San Diego, 28-13
The Rationale: The Chargers have won seven of their last nine games against Kansas City. I think they will make it eight of ten unless Jamaal Charles has another Herculean effort like the 233 yard outburst he provided in New Orleans. 

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) AT St. Louis Rams (1-2)

The Spread: Seattle by 2.5
The Pick: St. Louis
The Score: St. Louis, 24-21
The Rationale: I’m not sold on Russell Wilson after what was an otherwise brutal performance turned victory on Monday night. The Seahawks have won 13 of their last 14 against St. Louis. But, after all the hoopla this week, I think Seattle is going to find it hard to focus on winning in a tough Edward Jones Dome.

San Francisco 49ers (2-1) AT New York Jets (2-1)

The Spread: San Francisco by 4
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 27-12
The Rationale: The Jets squeaked by in Miami last weekend thanks in large part to Dolphins coach Joe Philbin icing kicker Nick Folk by calling a timeout right before Folk yanked the game winning kick wide. Moments later, the Jets were victorious after the former Dallas Cowboy connected on his do-over. San Francisco’s defense should wreak havoc on Mark Sanchez. The Tebow watch begins in the Big Apple.

Tennessee Titans (1-2) AT Houston Texans (3-0)

The Spread: Houston by 12
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: Houston, 38-31
The Rationale: These two teams have split their season series each of the past three years. The Titans defense has looked brutal in the early going, allowing at least 34 points in each of their first three outings. Houston QB Matt Schaub lost part of his ear last week, and he won’t be able to recover in time to cover this huge spread against a division rival. 

Oakland Raiders (1-2) AT Denver Broncos (1-2)

The Spread: Denver by 6.5
The Pick: Denver
The Score: Denver, 24-16
The Rationale: Peyton Manning’s honeymoon in Denver is coming to an end. His opening week victory over the Steelers is becoming overshadowed by his mediocre performances thereafter. Oakland, meanwhile, was able to get by Pittsburgh last week. But, the Mile High City will be no kind land for the Raiders. 

Miami Dolphins (1-2) AT Arizona Cardinals (3-0)

The Spread: Arizona by 6.5
The Pick: Arizona
The Score: Arizona, 29-17
The Rationale: How is the spread for this game just 6.5? Arizona gets to stay at home against a brutal Dolphins’ offense a week after they made the Eagles’ O’ look like Penn State’s. Arizona all the way.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 2.5
The Pick: Cincinnati
The Score: Cincinnati, 25-19
The Rationale: The Bengals have rebounded nicely after a blowout week one loss to Baltimore. Their victories over Cleveland and Washington were just warm-ups for the tougher games ahead on the schedule. This, however, is not one of them. The Bengals should have an easy affair in a sparsely populated EverBank Field.

New Orleans Saints (0-3) AT Green Bay Packers (1-2)

The Spread: Green Bay by 7.5
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 34-21
The Rationale: Talk about a tough one for New Orleans to take. The Saints are winless and have to head to Lambeau to take on an angry Green Bay Packers team after Monday night’s debacle of a game. Aaron Rodgers should have a field day against a bad New Orleans defense. 

Washington Redskins (1-2) AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)

The Spread: Tampa Bay by 3
The Pick: Washington
The Score: Washington, 28-21
The Rationale: I’m not sold on Tampa Bay. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not sold on Tampa Bay. 

New York Giants (2-1) AT Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 2
The Pick: New York Giants
The Score: New York Giants, 27-24
The Rationale: Andy Reid proved last week that he is a terribly inconsistent coach who cannot alter his strategy in-game. This week is Brian Dawkins’ retirement ceremony. Maybe if the Eagles still had some players with Weapon-X’s heart, I’d pick them.

Chicago Bears (2-1) AT Dallas Cowboys (2-1)

The Spread: Dallas by 3.5
The Pick: Dallas
The Score: Dallas, 17-13
The Rationale: Anyone actually still think Jay Cutler is a championship caliber QB? The only thing worse than the hissy-fits that Cutler will throw this Monday is the play of his offensive line. When DeMarcus Ware is on the other side, this is never a good thing.

ImageThe day was August 29th, 2011. The story was Michael Vick’s new $100 million contract. The city was abuzz with the news that Vick would be the Philadelphia Eagles’ new franchise Quarterback for years to come. But, less 13 months later, the city’s love affair with their enigmatic signal-caller has waned. 

The former Virginia Tech standout is just 9-7 since the deal with a Jon Kitna’esque 19:20 touchdown to interception ratio. With the promise of rookie QB Nick Foles lurking in the shadows, will this be the final year of the Vick experiment in the City of Brotherly Love? Should the Eagles decide to cut ties with Vick, they can avoid paying millions of dollars in bonus money owed in the latter parts of the now infamous deal. 

There’s no doubt that Vick can be an exciting and dangerous player when his head is on straight. But, the fact of the matter is that he has never improved his decision making or proficiency against the blitz. This past Sunday was no exception. In the Eagles’ 27-6 loss in Arizona, Vick dropped back to pass 46 times and was blitzed on 24 of those downs. Thanks to profootballfocus.com, we can dive even further into these statistics. Against the Cardinals’ blitz, Vick completed just 5 of 21 passes for 109 yards and his QB rating was a disastrous 48.7. This, of course, also raises the question as to why the Eagles don’t utilize LeSean McCoy more in the early parts of games. Andy Reid has always preached that his philosophy is to pass to get the lead and run to preserve said lead. But, when you’re saddled with a signal-caller who cannot read defenses and protect the football, it might be time to change your philosophy. That, or find a new job elsewhere. 

Anyone who thinks that the Eagles will not be facing a dramatic package of blitzes this Sunday night against the Giants is kidding themselves. Opponents have blitzed Vick to the tune of 38 percent of passing plays. This is a staggering number that is only trumped by the amount of blitzes that the Giants have thrown at Vick. In the three games in which New York and Vick have toiled with each other, Tom Coughlin has called on the blitz an average of 46 percent of the time. 

The good news, however, is that Vick has had success in the past against the Giants. He’s 5-2 with a completion percentage of 60. The bad news is that Vick has customarily gotten more inconsistent as the season has gone on over his career:

September: 329-580 (56.7%), 4108 yards, 25 TD – 13 INT, 83.9 rating (15-9 record) 

October: 307-508 (60.4%), 3938 yards, 20 TD – 18 INT, 83.1 rating (15-9 record)

November: 372-666 (55.9%), 4427 yards, 28 TD – 13 INT, 82.2 rating (15-13-1 record)

December: 426-809 (52.7%), 5683 yards, 37 TD – 31 INT, 74.5 rating (19-14 record)

As one can see, Vick has had to pass the ball much more as the season has gone on. This is also something that Andy Reid has become addicted to. When the weather gets worse, most teams choose to run the football to protect the rock. But, Andy Reid, the contrarian that he is, chooses to buck the trend. 

Heading into the season, most fans were concerned that Vick might not finish the season due to the amount of hits he receives and the possibility of another nagging injury hampering his success. Less than a month in, and the story has been re-written. Fans are now calling for his replacement not due to injury, but because of his sheer incapability to lead this team to where they need to be. Is Nick Foles the answer? Probably not. But, at the rate this season is going, we will find out sooner rather than later if Reid and Vick have the goods to deliver a Lombardi Trophy before their time runs out.

 

Week Three Picks in Review

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Blue = Correct Pick
Red = Incorrect Pick
Black = Push

New York Giants (1-1) AT Carolina Panthers (1-1)

The Spread: Carolina by 1
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 28-24
The Verdict: New York, 36-7

St. Louis Rams (1-1) AT Chicago Bears (1-1)

The Spread: Chicago by 7
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 27-17
The Verdict: Chicago, 23-6

Buffalo Bills (1-1) AT Cleveland Browns (0-2)

The Spread: Buffalo by 3
The Pick: Buffalo
The Score: Buffalo, 31-17
The Verdict: Buffalo, 24-14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) AT Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The Spread: Dallas by 7
The Pick: Tampa Bay
The Score: Dallas, 24-19
The Verdict: Dallas, 16-10

Detroit Lions (1-1) AT Tennessee Titans (0-2)

The Spread: Detroit by 3.5
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: Tennessee, 28-24
The Verdict: Tennessee, 44-41

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) AT Indianapolis Colts (1-1)

The Spread: Indianapolis by 3
The Pick: Indianapolis
The Score: Indianapolis, 27-14
The Verdict: Jacksonville, 22-17

New York Jets (1-1) AT Miami Dolphins (1-1)

The Spread: New York by 2.5
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 20-10
The Verdict: New York, 23-20

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) AT Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

The Spread: San Francisco by 7
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 34-10
The Verdict: Minnesota, 24-13

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) AT Washington Redskins (1-1)

The Spread: Washington by 3
The Pick: Washington
The Score: Washington, 29-24
The Verdict: Cincinnati, 38-31

Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) AT New Orleans Saints (0-2)

The Spread: New Orleans by 8.5
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: New Orleans, 30-23
The Verdict: Kansas City, 27-24

Atlanta Falcons (2-0) AT San Diego Chargers (2-0)

The Spread: San Diego by 3
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 24-21
The Verdict: Atlanta, 27-3

Houston Texans (2-0) AT Denver Broncos (1-1)

The Spread: Houston by 2
The Pick: Houston
The Score: Houston, 23-17
The Verdict: Houston, 31-25

Pitttsburgh Steelers (1-1) AT Oakland Raiders (0-2)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 4.5
The Pick: Pittsburgh
The Score: Pittsburgh, 36-17
The Verdict: Oakland, 34-31

Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) AT Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 4
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Philadelphia, 21-14
The Verdict: Arizona, 27-6

New England Patriots (1-1) AT Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The Spread: Baltimore by 3
The Pick: New England
The Score: New England, 26-20
The Verdict: Baltimore, 31-30

Green Bay Packers (1-1) AT Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The Spread: Green Bay by 3
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 28-10
The Verdict: Seattle, 14-12 (Damn referees)

All in all, it was an improvement once again. After a .500 opening week and a 9-6-1 week two, Skood Sports improves to an impressive 10-6. It even could have been 11-5 if the replacement refs didn’t have the eyesight of Mr. Magoo and the brainpower of George W. Bush. Overall, this puts Skood Sports’ record at 27-20-1 through three weeks.

Next week’s picks should be up soon. Be sure to check them out if you’re interested in winning some money.

Week Three Picks

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Last Week: 9-6-1
2012 Season: 17-14-1

New York Giants (1-1) AT Carolina Panthers (1-1)

The Spread: Carolina by 1
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 28-24
The Rationale: This is a tough nut to crack for a couple of reasons. First, the Giants haven’t looked very consistent this season. They usually struggle towards the beginning of the year before turning it on late. Second, Carolina is at home on a short week whilst New York must travel and play a full game after a hard-fought comeback victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. I have more faith in the Giants’ weapons to get it done. But, I’m not very confident. 

St. Louis Rams (1-1) AT Chicago Bears (1-1)

The Spread: Chicago by 7
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 27-17
The Rationale: I like what Jeff Fisher is doing with St. Louis. I also think Sam Bradford may have turned the corner last week. But, the Chicago pass rush dwarfs the Washington pass rush sans Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker. Meanwhile, Jay Cutler and Mike Tice will have 11 days to prepare for whatever Fisher will throw at them.

Buffalo Bills (1-1) AT Cleveland Browns (0-2)

The Spread: Buffalo by 3
The Pick: Buffalo
The Score: Buffalo, 31-17
The Rationale: I picked the Bills in week one and then went against them in week two. I lost both times. I liked what I saw from Weeden and Co. in their loss to Cincinnati. But, the Browns’ run defense is putrid, and CJ Spiller is out to make a name for himself. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) AT Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

The Spread: Dallas by 7
The Pick: Tampa Bay
The Score: Dallas, 24-19
The Rationale: I proclaimed my love for the Cowboys last week and they left me at the altar. So, I’m not going to be fooled by another outlandish spread. Dallas is a good team. I think they’ll win this game at home. But, I don’t have enough faith in the mental makeup of the team. Especially when compared to Greg Schiano’s Bucs. 

Detroit Lions (1-1) AT Tennessee Titans (0-2)

The Spread: Detroit by 3.5
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: Tennessee, 28-24
The Rationale: The Titans can’t possibly fall to 0-3, right? Chris Johnson has to get it together eventually, right? I think at least one of these two are true. Matt Stafford has been turnover prone in his young career, and playing on the road is never a good recipe for a dome team.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) AT Indianapolis Colts (1-1)

The Spread: Indianapolis by 3
The Pick: Indianapolis
The Score: Indianapolis, 27-14
The Rationale: On paper, the Jaguars may have the better offensive weapons. But, I’ll take Andrew Luck over Blaine Gabbert any day of the week. Jacksonville, as I have mentioned previously, is in for a long season. If they lose this game, they stare at a potential 0-5 start heading into their week six bye. 

New York Jets (1-1) AT Miami Dolphins (1-1)

The Spread: New York by 2.5
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 20-10
The Rationale: I love this pick. In fact, I don’t see any way you shouldn’t be putting money on New York this weekend. The Dolphins beat a brutal Oakland team last week and have a cross-country trip to Arizona on the horizon. If Darrelle Revis is back, put this one in the stone-cold, lead-pipe lock column.

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) AT Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

The Spread: San Francisco by 7
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 34-10
The Rationale: Yes, it’s a road game. But, the 49ers have already proven they can go in to tough environments and win. The Vikings have looked about as good as their record this season. They’ve gotten lucky to have played Jacksonville and Indianapolis the past two weeks. Alex Smith and the 49ers’ defense will remind Vikings’ fans of their place in the NFC North. 

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) AT Washington Redskins (1-1)

The Spread: Washington by 3
The Pick: Washington
The Score: Washington, 29-24
The Rationale: Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III has taken the NFL by storm. Come Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals will be the next victim. I think these two teams may be about as equal in talent as possible in the NFL. But, home field and RG3 will be the difference in this affair. 

Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) AT New Orleans Saints (0-2)

The Spread: New Orleans by 8.5
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: New Orleans, 30-23
The Rationale: This matchup of disappointing 0-2 teams will take place Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs have their work cut out for them. This spread is a bit too high for my taste. If it were 6 or 7, I might bite. I think New Orleans wins this one. But, I have enough faith in a team trying to keep their season from spiraling out of control to keep this one close.

Atlanta Falcons (2-0) AT San Diego Chargers (2-0)

The Spread: San Diego by 3
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 24-21
The Rationale: I don’t get the hype for the Chargers. Who have they played? They beat the hapless Oakland Raiders on the road before triumphing at home against a banged up Tennessee Titans’ squad. Atlanta has proven time-and-time-again that they are good enough to win the big games. Norv Turner has never proven anything but gross incompetence. 

Houston Texans (2-0) AT Denver Broncos (1-1)

The Spread: Houston by 2
The Pick: Houston
The Score: Houston, 23-17
The Rationale: The Texans finally get a true test after kicking off the season against Big Ten teams Jacksonville and Miami. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster have looked good, and Peyton Manning looked abysmal against Atlanta. I expect the Texans to run many of the same coverages that were so successful for the Falcons. 

Pitttsburgh Steelers (1-1) AT Oakland Raiders (0-2)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 4.5
The Pick: Pittsburgh
The Score: Pittsburgh, 36-17
The Rationale: I think I’ve made myself clear in my utter disdain for the Oakland Raiders. The Carson Palmer trade has turned into a disaster and their offense is entirely too reliant on Darren McFadden. The Steelers looked impressive on defense in their win over the Jets. The New York offense may not be anything to write home about. But, when compared to the Raiders’, Rex Ryan’s group resembles the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. 

Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) AT Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 4
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Philadelphia, 21-14
The Rationale: I want to pick this to finish in a one-point game. But, then I’d have to pick Arizona. I just can’t foresee Kevin Kolb actually beating the Eagles if they get a decent pass-rush. My biggest concern right now is the Philadelphia offensive line after losing C Jason Kelce and LT King Dunlap. 

New England Patriots (1-1) AT Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The Spread: Baltimore by 3
The Pick: New England
The Score: New England, 26-20
The Rationale: Both teams are talented. Both teams know each other. The rematch of last January’s AFC Championship Game pits two teams coming off their first loss of the season. Does anyone really think Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will fall to 1-2? Oh, and coming this Christmas for your child’s delight, a new book from the creator of “Where’s Waldo?” It’s called, “Where’s Welker?!?” If you can find him, let his fantasy owners know. 

Green Bay Packers (1-1) AT Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The Spread: Green Bay by 3
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 28-10
The Rationale: Seattle is the toughest place to play in the NFL according to many studies. I learned the hard way last week that picking against Seattle when they’re at home is a bad strategy. So, I’ll echo the definition of insanity and try the same thing again. Typically, I would learn from my mistakes. But, like Mitt Romney in a presidential campaign, I’ll just keep doing the same old thing. 

Week Two Picks in Review

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Last week, SkoodSports’ picks were the definition of mediocrity at 8-8. Now I know how the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles felt, when a season of hope and promise concluded at a disappointing .500. Let’s see how I did this week:

Blue = Correct Pick
Red = Incorrect Pick
Green = Push

Chicago Bears (1-0) AT Green Bay Packers (0-1)

The Spread: Green Bay by 6
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 28-21
The Verdict: Green Bay, 23-10. The Packers rebounded from a poor effort in week one to absolutely trounce their rivals from the Midway. Jay Cutler had the worst game of his career, completing just 11 passes whilst being sacked seven times. 

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) AT Buffalo Bills (0-1)

The Spread: Buffalo by 3
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: Kansas City, 24-21
The Verdict: Buffalo, 35-17. My preseason confidence in Kansas City seems to have led me astray here in the early weeks of 2012. The Kansas City defense and special teams were absolutely overmatched a week after their defense resembled the Duke Blue Devils in a loss to Atlanta. 

Cleveland Browns (0-1) AT Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 7
The Pick: Cleveland
The Score: Cincinnati, 14-10
The Verdict: Cincinnati, 34-27. Pass defense was nonexistent in this game as QB’s Brandon Weeden and Andy Dalton combined to go 50-68 for 640 yards and five touchdowns. Trent Richardson had a memorable day, as well. The rookie RB from Alabama rushed for over 100 yards with a rushing and receiving touchdown. He’s the first rookie to accomplish this feat since the Packers’ Samkon Gado in 2005. 

Minnesota Vikings (1-0) AT Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

The Spread: Minnesota by 2
The Pick: Minnesota
The Score: Minnesota, 28-17
The Verdict: Indianapolis, 23-20. I overestimated Adrian Peterson’s effectiveness. Vikings’ QB Christian Ponder was strong (27-35, 245, 2 TD). But, Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck grabs his first victory in his first home game. 

Oakland Raiders (0-1) AT Miami Dolphins (0-1)

The Spread: Oakland by 3
The Pick: Miami
The Score: Miami, 19-16
The Verdict: Miami, 35-13. Glad to see I saw through this spread. Oakland traveling across country to play an early game in Miami? No thanks. Ryan Tannehill (18-30, 200, 1 TD) became the second rookie QB to grab his first victory in week two. 

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) AT New England Patriots (1-0)

The Spread: New England by 14
The Pick: Arizona
The Score: New England, 30-17
The Verdict: Arizona, 20-18. Let me say that I was shocked when Stephen Gostkowski shanked a chip-shot field goal in the waning moments to clinch New England’s first home-opening loss since 2001. But, let the record show that I did believe that New England would have to play well to win this game. We will just call this sweet redemption for Billy Cundiff in the AFC Championship Game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) AT New York Giants (0-1)

The Spread: New York by 9
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 41-21
The Verdict: New York, 41-34. The Giants rebounded from an early hole to make this pick close. Eli Manning (31-51, 510, 3 TD – 3 INT) went from first half dog to a record setting day.

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) AT Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

The Spread: Philadelphia by 2.5
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Philadelphia, 26-23.
The Verdict: Philadelphia, 24-23. Let the record show that I am completely at ease with losing this pick. I went back and forth on it and had originally picked Baltimore to cover. But, my confidence rose during the week, and, if it weren’t for five turnovers (what else is new), the Eagles would have covered with ease.

New Orleans Saints (0-1) AT Carolina Panthers (0-1)

The Spread: New Orleans by 3
The Pick: Carolina
The Score: Carolina, 31-24
The Verdict: Carolina, 35-27. It doesn’t get much better than that. I picked Carolina as a home underdog to beat the defending NFC South champions by 7 and they take it by 8. Cam Newton (14-20, 253, 1 TD) rebounds from a difficult opening week to lead the Panthers to their first win.

Houston Texans (1-0) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

The Spread: Houston by 8
The Pick: Houston
The Score: Houston, 24-13
The Verdict: Houston, 27-7. I wouldn’t call this a difficult pick. The Texans are the undisputed class of the AFC South and have developed into one of the finest franchises in football. The Jaguars, meanwhile, have one foot on the gas pedal to Los Angeles. Arian Foster earned his status as #1 fantasy pick by galloping 28 times for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Washington Redskins (1-0) AT St. Louis Rams (0-1)

The Spread: Washington by 3
The Pick: St. Louis
The Score: St. Louis, 26-23
The Verdict: St. Louis, 31-28. Bang! Nailed it. Sam Bradford (26-35, 310, 3 TD) and the Rams’ offense looked dynamite even without veteran RB Steven Jackson. Meanwhile, special thanks to Washington WR Josh Morgan for throwing the ball at Rams’ CB Cortland Finnegan after a catch late in the fourth. The resulting 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took the Redskins out of field goal range and prevented a trip to overtime.

Dallas Cowboys (1-0) AT Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

The Spread: Dallas by 3
The Pick: Dallas
The Score: Dallas, 34-14
The Rationale: Seattle, 27-7. This is the last time I exude this much confidence in Tony Romo and Jason Garrett. The “anointed one,” Garrett has looked more like Barry Switzer on the sideline than Jimmy Johnson in Big D’.

New York Jets (1-0) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 6
The Pick: New York
The Score: Pittsburgh, 17-14
The Rationale: Pittsburgh, 27-10. I thought New York could keep this one close. For much of the game, they did (13-10 Steelers at the half). But, the futility of the Jets’ offense resurrected itself in a tough road game against a fearless defense that was without SS Troy Polamalu and OLB James Harrison. 

Tennessee Titans (0-1) AT San Diego Chargers (1-0)

The Spread: Chargers by 6
The Pick: Push
The Score: Chargers, 26-20
The Rationale: Chargers, 38-10. So much for Tennessee being a sleeper pick this season. The Chargers showed that despite the exportation of so much talent recently, they still have the firepower to win the AFC West. This was San Diego Head Coach Norv Turner’s first 2-0 start in his 14 year head coaching career. 

Detroit Lions (1-0) At San Francisco 49ers (1-0)

The Spread: San Francisco by 7
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 28-14
The Verdict: San Francisco, 27-19. Barely snuck this one past the spread. The 49ers are obviously a very talented team on both sides of the ball. But, it’s truly impressive how Alex Smith, once thought of as a complete NFL bust, has resurrected his career under Jim Harbaugh. 

Denver Broncos (1-0) AT Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

The Spread: Atlanta by 3
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 34-29
The Verdict: Everybody knew the Falcons had a tremendous offense. It was their defense that made noise on Monday night against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The future Hall-of-Famer tossed three first half picks and finished with a 58.5 passer rating in the loss. 

It was certainly a rebound from last week. After an 8-8 week one, Skood Sports’ comes up with a 9-6-1 record for this past weekend. At this rate, I should be undefeated in no time. 

In a perfect world, we would all have NFL Sunday Ticket or at least the ability to choose what game we would like to watch on cable. Unfortunately, every NFL fan knows that this is not the case. This is especially the case for college students who go away to school and would still like to watch their hometown team. Which is why it is critical to check out the NFL TV Distribution Maps provided exclusively by the506.com. The method for NFL broadcasting is pretty simple. Both FOX and CBS have broadcasting rights to NFL games on Sunday between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM EST. If the game being broadcasted has a road NFC team, the game will be shown on FOX. If the road team is from the AFC, the game will be on CBS. The two networks also alternate week-by-week doubleheaders. Since FOX had the national game of the week with 49ers-Packers last Sunday, CBS will have the doubleheader this weekend. Below is a detailed listing and maps of this Sunday’s match ups and where they will be broadcasted. The color of each matchup corresponds to the area on the national map where that game will be broadcasted on cable. Once again, all credit goes to the506.com:

NFL on FOX (Singleheader)

ImageEarly Games: 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers AT New York Giants (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman)
Minnesota Vikings AT Indianapolis Colts (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick)
(yellow) Arizona Cardinals AT New England Patriots (Dick Stockton/John Lynch)
New Orleans Saints AT Carolina Panthers (Ron Pitts/Mike Martz)

Late Games:

Dallas Cowboys AT Seattle Seahawks (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/Tony Siragusa)
Washington Redskins AT St. Louis Rams (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan)


NFL on CBS (Early Game)

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Baltimore Ravens AT Philadelphia Eagles (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf)
Houston Texans AT Jacksonville Jaguars (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon)
Oakland Raiders AT Miami Dolphins (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots)
(Yellow) Cleveland Browns AT Cincinnati Bengals (Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker)
Kansas City Chiefs AT Buffalo Bills (Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein)
No game due to NFL rules.

NFL on CBS (Late Game)

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New York Jets AT Pittsburgh Steelers (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms)
Tennessee Titans AT San Diego Chargers (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts)
No game due to NFL rules.