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NFL Week 5 Picks


I’m back for more in-depth analysis and picks!

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers

We all know that the Saints have a high-powered offense, but can their defense hold its own in this one? With the dynamic Cam Newton at QB, it’s hard to say this will be a total blowout, I honestly believe Carolina’s offense will keep them in this game, but New Orleans will still hold on to get the W.

NO over CAR by 10

Saints QB Drew Brees will look to light up the Carolina defense and spread the ball around (ucs.louisiana.edu)

Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts

Because of the Jamaal Charles injury, the Chiefs had to split carries between Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones. Considering neither are great backs, Matt Cassel had to put the team on his back in order to win. Cassel just isn’t a QB that can take over a game like Brady, Rodgers, or Vick can, so I see a bit of a problem with the Chiefs. I also think Indy wins their first game of the season right here against the hopeless KC Chiefs.

IND over KC by 7

Painter will get another start at QB for the Colts on Sunday. How do you think he'll perform? (wikimedia.org)

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills

Both teams are coming off close Week 4 loses, so both will have something to prove coming in. While the Bills do have a better record, the Eagles have much more explosive players that can breakout at any moment. I think Andy Reid takes advantage of these weapons (Vick, Jackson, McCoy) this Sunday and leads his team to a victory.

PHI over BUF by 3

Jackson will have to make a few big plays for the Eagles to win this game (bleacherbumsports.net)

Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants

Ah, the New York Giants, my favorite football team. Although I don’t normally like to play favorites, I don’t see a way that the G-men can lose this one. However, they almost (should’ve) lost to the Cardinals last week, so keep that in mind this week.

NYG over SEA by 17

Manning will look to lead the Giants to a victory against the Seahawks at home (nflpassers.com)

Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Last week, we watched as the underdog Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills to put ’em at 3-1. While the victory was by no means decisive, a win is a win in my book. I think they will carry the momentum from last week into this week and jump on the board early to put the Jags in a tough spot. That alone will be too much for Gabbert and MJD to handle.

CIN over JAC by 14

Green is the Bengals' best offensive weapon, so look for Dalton to connect with him early and often (hiphopsince1987.com)

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Titans are a mixed bag this year; first Hasselbeck’s hot, then CJ starts to get going (finally!), now they face a stout Steel Curtain in Week 5. Will it be too much to overcome? I think so, especially because I don’t think Hasselbeck will stay hot for too much longer,though I think CJ might be able to break a few long runs here and there. Also add in the fact that Pitt is playing at home, and you have a win for the Steelers in order.

PIT over TEN by 14

CJ will keep the Titans in the game, but it won't be enough to win (trendsetter.net)

Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans

In this matchup, we’ve got the Oakland Raiders traveling to Houston to take on the Texans. Even though I think Matt Schaub and Arian Foster will perform well in this game, I’m a bit skeptical either way because of Andre Johnson’s injury. Who do you think will be Schaub’s main guy? Personally. I think he’s going to spread the ball out much more than he usually does. On the Oakland side, besides Run DMC, this team doesn’t have any offensive weapons that are explosive.

HOU over OAK by 10

Foster will probably get a lot of carries on Sunday because of Johnson's injury (cdn.com)

Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings

Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals are looking good so far this season, while I can’t say the same about the Vikings. This is a game that Arizona should win, but if the Vikings can stop Kevin Kolb and force Wells to run it, they have a good chance to win.

ARI over MIN by 7

If Kolb succedes, the Cardinals will win. However, if the Vikings can force TO's, it can go the other way in a hurry (onlinesportshandicapping.com)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay is just coming off a win against the Colts, while the 49ers defeated the “Dream Team” last week. Considering each team’s matchups, I think the 49ers had the more impressive win. However, we’ve seen what Josh Freeman can do in the 4th quarter. His clutch play can carry his team to a W, so I’, not sure about either team in this one. Ultimately, I feel that San Fran will be able to get to Freeman a bit a force some TO’s, which will win them the game.

SF over TB by 7

We all know what Freeman can do in the 4th Quarter (blogspot.com)

New York Jets @ New England Patriots

Tough matchup for the Jets, going into Foxboro with the pats coming off a decisive win against the Raiders. Personally, I don’t think the Jets can pull this one off. They look dazed and confused out there, and with the Patriots coming off that W, I don’t thin the jets have any chance.

NE over NYJ by 21

Brady's going to look to light up the Jets D in this game (pollsb.com)

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos

As my Twitter friend https://twitter.com/#!/jstar1973 said: “Let the Tim Tebow chants begin.” Denver has no real running game and a pretty bad passing attack. Combine that with their horrendous defense, and you got yourself a Chargers win.

SD over DEN by 24

Rivers won't have any problems attacking this Denver D (blogspot.com)

Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Despite the fact that Atlanta’s at home for this one, the GB Packers are just too good. Their high-octane passing attack and decent defense will make this an uphill battle for the Falcons. Julio Jones will be Matt Ryan’s No. 1 target, because you can expect Roddy White to get double teamed and matched up with GB’s 1st corner (Woodson).

GB over ATL by 10

The rookie receiver from Alabama will be catching passes left and right in this one (usatoday.net)

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

Detroit is still on a monster roll, while Chicago hasn’t found it’s rhythm yet. Detroit is not the place to find your rhythm (unless you’re the Lions). As long as Megatron and Stafford stay healthy, this team will go 11-5. It’s a close one, but Detroit wins in glorious fashion.

DET over CHI by 7

Stafford will look to connect with Johnson to put Detroit over Chicago (footballhunger.com)

That’s all my picks, comment and tell me if you agree/disagree.


Madden 12 Franchise on Halt: Bad Glitch


Last week, I started writing about my Madden 12 Buffalo Bills Franchise. It was going pretty good until I realized that a horrible A.I in this game causes undrafted free agents (UDFAs) to take over the league by year 2. Basically, instead of CPU teams re-signing their veterans/ draft picks, they cut ’em and sign these garbage undrafted players. So, by year 2 or 3 there’s just about nobody in the game that is in the NFL right now.

That’s no fun right? This is the reason I’ve put the project on temporary halt. There’s gonna be a patch either in October or early November, so I guess when that gets fixed (IF it gets fixed) I will keep you updated on that.

Thank you for understanding. Now, I’ll be focusing 100% on real sports!


NFL mediation to begin Monday; Rangers win 10th in a row


As the days go by, I notice there’s less and less NBA news to report. Obviously, the lockout is the reason for this (they’re not really getting any talking done, so you can’t report what hasn’t happened right?). If you check on espn.com, you’ll see from yesterday to today there was NO NBA NEWS. I’ve never seen that before; a whole 24-hour period with no news? I’m surprised there’s no news of the NBA/NBAPA getting together to talk, but I guess there’s just too many issues to do anything at this time.

NFL mediation to begin Monday

Sources indicate the NFL and the NFLPA will have mediated talks, beginning on Monday. Just another step towards ending the lockout I guess. It certainly seems we’re getting close, hopefully by next week the CBA can be finalized and we can have a full 16 game season minus the preseason games. I’m not getting Madden 12 either way; they’ve sucked me into buying the last 7 so I need a break. My choice is NCAA Football 12 this year.

NFLPA, get a deal done! Photo Cred thesportsbank.net

Rangers win 10th in a row behind Kinsler

Kinsler hit two home runs last night to propell the Texas Rangers to their 10th win in a row. They beat the Mariners 5-1 while also beating them in the hit department 13-6. Anytime you can double the amount of hits your opponent has, your chance of winning increase greatly. How long can they keep this up? Will it go till the end of July? I doubt it; they’ll lose sometime in the next 5 games.

Kinsler had his eye on the ball last night. Photo Cred nolanwritin.com

Comment! I know it was a short post, sorry guys nothing from the Big 4!


Slow day in sports


Once again, another slow day in sports..Where’s the news about Brett Favre’s return? I think he should announce his ‘coming back’ to the NFL after this whole labor dispute is resolved. Speaking of that, word is that the two sides are looking to ratify a deal by July 21. The link is http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6756301. Pretty good news..

Here’s what I think of the labor dispute: The deal will get done by the date stated (July 21). It will include an approximate 50/50 split of the $ between the players and the owners. What do you think?

Mike Vrabel announced his retirement yesterday after 14 years in the league. He was a member of the KC Chiefs for the past two seasons after being with the Patriots for eight years. Instead of “taking his talents to South Beach”, the former Chief will coach the linebackers at Ohio State University. What made him decide to retire? I guess he was bored playin football and would rather coach young players. I’ll tell you one thing: he chose the perfect college, minus the scandals of course. Maybe he can get people to forget about all the scandals OS has had recently…

That’s all for now, till next time,

The Sportz Guru


What the hell happened?


I’d never thought I’d see the day where the ESPN.com front headlines are US soccer….US SOCCER! What the hell happened? What happened to the drama of the NBA Finals or the Drama of the Super Bowl? What happened to fantasy football? What happened to drinking beers and eating chips on a Sunday afternoon?

GONE. It’s all GONE.

And it may be gone for quite some time. Although I think the NFL will end the lockout sometime this month, I’m a bit unsure about the NBA. Hell, if the NFL doesn’t sign on the dotted line this week, games WILL be missed. What’s gonna happen to fantasy football then?

SHIT. No fantasy football…

Oh well. On to soccer:

U.S beat Brazil on Penalty Kicks…What? How did U.S beat Brazil? Those damn Brazilians are trained from BIRTH to play soccer, while us Americans are trained to eat cookies and donuts.

Nothin else huge to report, so I’ll leave it at that.

 

What the hell happened?


49ers end workouts; Vick gets a deal; more football news in this edition!


Everyone’s anxious about the NFL Lockout. When will it end? Will it affect games? Hell, will there even be a season next year? I got all those questions (and more) answered in this edition of The Sportz Guru.

49ers, Smith end informal workouts

Let’s start with some 49er’s news. Yesterday, the San Fran 49ers officially wrapped up their informal workouts. The workouts were obviously “informal” because the lockout isn’t allowing them to work out the way they usually would. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Alex Smith’s taught as much as Jin Harbaugh’s West Coast offense as he possibly can. He also feels that these workouts puts the 49ers a step ahead of the competition, mainly because some of the other teams didn’t have informal workouts like the 49ers did. These workouts were held at San Jose State, and they did NOT include defensive players; only offensive. It really sounds like Smith’s taking the team on his back here and becoming the leader we all thought he’d be. Now if he can only perform better in the actual GAME, then people would start to realize this guy is for real. I like this idea by Smith; just get the guys workin a bit, doesn’t have to be full on-contact drills, but at least get ‘em workin so when the lockout ends and trainting camp starts they’re close to being ready.

Smiths's effort during this lockout is surely appreciated by 9er fans across the USA. Photo Cred http://helmet2helmet.net

Nike re-signs Vick to an endorsement deal

In other news, Nike re-signed Michael Vick to an endorsement deal yesterday. This comes four years after dropping him for his problems with the law. As you may recall, Vick served 21 months in prison after admitting his involvement in a dog fighting ring. “Vick was voted The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing two seasons and playing sparingly in 2009”(Credit ESPN.com). What a comeback indeed. Even though a TON of people still hate on him, but I have much respect for a guy that admits he’s guilty, especially when he knows he’s getting a ton of time in the slammer. What do you think of Vick? Do you think Nike did good signing him or do you think they should’ve not signed him?

Vike signed an endorsment deal with Nike yesterday. Photo Cred http://images.forbes.com

NFL Lockout questions

Now I’ll get to the questions I mentioned above. The lockout will end; in fact I’ll even tell you when! It will end during the month of July, mark in on the calendar baby, cuz Goodell and Smith are pretty damn close! It will NOT affect any games during the 2011-2012 season. Obviously, if it the lockout ends this month, there’s gonna be a season, so that question is already answered for us.

Have questions, problem with what I said, answers, anything? COMMENT.


No football? No basketball? No problem.


As I sit here at 12:40 in the morning, I think about the NBA and NFL Lockouts. The NBA Lockout is technically still *pending*, but it’s gonna happen one way or the other. The NFL Lockout situation looks ok; both sides seem to be doing well negotiating their issues including the rookie wage scale, the length of schedule, and how to split the damn $9 billion. Just thinking about all that money makes me bite my fingers as I try to stay awake writing this…

At first, I’d be hard to live without the NFL or NBA, even if it was only for one season. I think all NFL/NBA fans definitely need to come up with back-up plans for these lockouts, just in case they go deep into their respective seasons. So, instead of watching the NFL, I can watch the MLB instead, specifically the New York Mets. Yes, I know what you’r gonna say, they suck, whatever. They’re not that bad this year! Jose’s really carrying them, and him being healthy the whole year has made it fun to watch them again! In addition, I can focus more on my studies and my schoolwork, as I am now going into my sophomore year in high school.

However, the NBA situation is a bit different. You see, from November to February I play for my HS’s basketball team. So, I’ll need to devote my time to that as well as my schoolwork. I’d spend a combined 80% on those 2 things, and save the other 20% for a social life :). By the way, the sports blogging counts as schoolwork, so I’ll be spending lots of time on that.

I can live without the NFL or NBA, but I don’t wanna have to.

So please, Goodell and Stern, shut up, let the players play, let the coaches coach, and lets get a deal done!


Verlander Goes Hard in the Paint; Extra Sports Edition


In all of our 53 posts so far, we’ve written about 1 sport specifically. I feel that our horizons need to be expanded. We can do this by writing about a variety of sports in 1 post, covering the most important stories from the “Big 4” of sports. I’d love to know if you guys don’t like this idea; comments are welcome! I plan to switch up the sports I write in these “variety” posts.

This idea was brought to my mind by @jstar1973, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/jstar1973.

This post is sorta like his show, minus the unnecessary arguments :). Photo credit cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com

Football:

The lockout is still on, but most NFL fans have hope that the 2011 season will happen. Just ask @Sports_R_Me_MP3, @MrStats11, or anybody from #SportsBlogMovement on Twitter. To find us, follow @Sports_R_Me_MP3, go to his lists, you’ll see a list with that name. There’s also a rumor lurking that tips off the 4th of July as a day the new CBA will be signed. We’ll just have to wait and see; if you got any news on it, message me on twitter at @TheSportzGuru or comment below.

In other football news, Big Ben might need surgery to repair his broken foot. This announcement brings a huge blow to the Steelers, mainly because he’s the face of the franchise and they really don’t have a good enough replacement for him should he miss a couple weeks to start the season. I think if he needs surgery, he’s gonna have to miss a minimum of 6 games, which would render the Steelers a bit vulnerable.

Madden 12 Looks awesome this year; you can play as Goodell, or Smith! Photo Cred madden-school.com

Baseballl: Justin Verlander is becoming a joy to watch. Last night, he struck out a career-high 14 batters as he won his 10th game of the season.For Christ’s sake, in his last six games he’s 6-0 with a .72 ERA. He leads the Majors with 124 strikeouts and has an ERA of 2.38 this year. The fans would be stupid to not let this guy start in the MLB All-Star Game. Glad I have him on my fantasy team!

In related news, CC Sabathia was officially the first MLB pitcher to reach the 10 win mark this season, beating the Rockies last night 8-3. I really don’t like the Yankees, but you gotta tip your hat to CC, he’s pitching great.

Verlander's looking great this season. Photo Cred media.mlive.com

Basketball: Not too much basketball news to report, besides of course the NBA Draft that took place Thursday night. It was a weird draft, with some players going where they were projected, some that fell through, and some that were picked much higher than expected. Besides the first 15 picks or so, the draft this year really lacked talent. The most “complete” player in the draft was easily Kemba Walker because of his ability to score, pass, and win; 3 very important skills to take into consideration when drafting him. Walker was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats with the 9th overall pick. In addition, Targuy Ngombo, taken with the 57th overall pick, was found to be lying about his age. He is actually a 26-year-old forward (instead of 21) and his real name is Tanguy Alban Harrys Ngombo (he switched out the “n” in Tanguy with an “r” to make his name Targuy). This makes him ineligible to be drafted. We will see what happens to him in the near future.

In other related basketball news, Scottie Pippen said on Friday that Michael Jordan is the greatest to ever play in the NBA. No duh, right? Well, last month after the Heat wiped the Bulls during the Eastern Conference Finals, Pippen said that “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game.  But I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved” (Credit ESPN.com). He’s in big trouble now; he just totally contradicted himself. Now he’s got nowhere to hide.

Walker's gonna have the "best" NBA career of the NBA Draft Class of 2011. Photo Cred cdn.everyjoe.com

Hockey: Ryan Smyth has been traded to the Edmonton Oilers, The full story is at http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nhl/news/story?id=6705940

Comments, concerns, all are welcome!


Sources Reveal Possible CBA in the Works


I remember it like it was yesterday; the day the NFL lockout started. I forget the exact day, and I’m way too lazy to Google it. It was about 3 months ago. Yet the 5 o’clock deadline still lurks in my head, just like Freddy Krueger lurks inside your dreams. About an hour ago, an article was written on ESPN.com, detailing a proposed CBA that’s in the works (the article can be found here at: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6687485). This proposed CBA is being tweeked around a bit, as the NFL and the NFLPA might be disagreeing on some issues. However, they’ve simplified the terms of the CBA. Under this agreement, the players receive 48% of all revenue, as opposed to the 60% they received under the last bargaining agreement. In addition, they are still discussing the rookie wage scale and the proposed 18-game regular season. Honestly, I couldn’t care less how much money these guys make or how many games they play; I just want football. That’s it. I find it stupid, almost obnoxious to us normal people, that they’re really fighting this hard for $9 billion. I understand that everyone wants some money, but I think the proposed 48% for the players is perfectly fine. That’s basically a 50/50 split, what’s wrong with that?

I’m just praying to god that this deal gets done before the end of August, otherwise, I’ll need to watch the MLB Playoffs and the NBA (if there is a season) to get through 4 months of no football.

This describes exactly how I’d feel if a deal gets done soon:


Terrelle Pryor Leaves OSU for the NFL


You heard me. That wasn’t a typo. On June 7th, 2011, Ohio State University star QB Terrelle Pryor announced his decision to enter the supplemental draft, thus forgoing his senior year.

It all started on December 26th of last year, when it was announced that Terrelle Pryor, 4 other players, and coach Jim Tressel were sanctioned by the NCAA. The sanction was brought about because the players sold their equipment and championship rings for a profit. This goes against NCAA rules. Coach Tress was sanctioned because he didn’t tell the NCAA about this, even thought he knew the whole time. If he told, his players would’ve called him a snitch; nobody wants that. That was definitely the reason he didn’t tell. In addition, Tress would’ve gotten in trouble too for letting this happen and he probably thought he’d get away with it.

Of course, everyone’s heard of Tress’ resignation right? Man, OSU has some big problems. At least they ain’t no USC (lol).

At least they Still have their Cheerleaders...

Now, Pryor says he refuses to play in the CFL. Well, he kinda only said he isn’t “interested”, but we all know what that means…..
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