After Monday Night's game between Green Bay and Seattle, it
was pretty obvious the talk the next day would be about the replacement
officials. I was always one to say that in any sport, especially
football, teams need to play around the referees and that the stripes
really don't cost any team a win. I don't think that anymore after
Monday's debacle. It was embarrassing, disgraceful, and
something needs to be done about it now. The league has actually been
in talks with the referee's union since last October, because it was
known it was going to come to this. I find it disturbing that this
hasn't been solved yet. I am not necessarily saying give the officials
anything and everything they want, because that is wrong. They should
not be allowed to get pensions as part time employees because full time
employees of the league do not receive that benefit. But something
should have been done to keep everybody happy.
The regular officials must be loving what they see right
now. Total incompetence, confusion and outright terrible calls. They
have all the power right now and they know it. I think the league ( and
especially the greedy owners ) thought the games would be ok with
replacement officials and the integrity of the game wouldn't be lost.
They could not have been more wrong. The planning was so poor that the
official who made the terrible touchdown call in Monday Night's game
was a HIGH SCHOOL official. Not a Division One college ref. High
School. The league and owners made their bed. Now they have to lie in
As always, home team in CAPS.
BALTIMORE 13 Cleveland
The Ravens are coming off of a big win Sunday Night, and now basically
have a bye week. Even with the short week I don't see any issues for
Seattle 2 1/2 ST. LOUIS
Even though the Seahawks got a gift win Monday Night, they aren't too
bad. The Rams are about evenly matched. I would like to think that
Seattle has some momentum from Monday's win, but I think the Rams take
ARIZONA 6 Miami
The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time in their history, and they
deserve it. I don't know how long it will last, but I think it goes on
for at least one more week. I don't think Miami is terrible, but they
aren't good either. I'll take Arizona.
ATLANTA 7 Carolina
The Falcons are a mild surprise at 3-0. They have looked good. I
thought Carolina looked pretty decent until last week's pasting at the
hands of the Giants. They aren't that bad, but I don't think they are
good enough to be a hot Atlanta team right now either.
DENVER 6 1/2 Oakland
This should be a nice bounce back game for the Broncos, who have lost
two in a row. The Raiders did win last week, but they aren't much. I
think the Broncos win this game, fairly easily.
Cincinnati 2 1/2 JACKSONVILLE
The Bengals have won two in a row, and they could be a dark horse in
the AFC. As for the Jaguars, um, no. They will end up being one of the
worst teams in the league despite winning last week. I don't think the
Bengals win easily, but a cover shouldn't be a problem.
San Francisco 4 NEW YORK JETS
The 49ers got stunned last week, and with the emergence of the
Cardinals, they need to get the ball rolling. This one won't be easy,
but the Jets did lose Darrell Revis for the year. That is a big loss.
Something tells me though that the Jets pull this one out. May be being
at home will help.
New England 4 BUFFALO
The Patriots are below .500 for the first time in years, and have
gotten off to a very disappointing start. Buffalo is 2-1, and they
could be interesting down the stretch. I think, though, that the
Patriots vent their frustrations this week. I can sense a blow out in
Buffalo. If the Patriots lose and fall to 1-3, I think all hell might
break lose in New England. To some, I think it already has.
TAMPA BAY 2 1/2 Washington
This is a battle of the mediocres, and I think Tampa has the better
team. I had a feeling that the Redskins would slip, but it is a long
season. I'll take the Buccaneers at home.
KANSAS CITY 1 San Diego
The Chiefs finally won last week, and may be they will finally go on a
run. The Chargers are no longer undefeated, but I don't think they were
that good anyway. Winning here could propel the Chiefs a little bit.
San Diego doesn't impress me. I'll take the Chiefs.
HOUSTON 12 Tennessee
The Texans passed their first big test last week, so they can't afford
a let down against an inferior team. Right now they are the class of
the AFC. I don't think the Titans get in their way this week.
DETROIT 4 1/2 Minnesota
There is no doubt the Lions have been a disappointment. The Vikings are
what everybody expected, though they did stun San Francisco last week.
If the Lions are to be taken seriously, they need to start winning. No
better time than the present.
DALLAS 4 Chicago
Both teams are pretty good, but I am not sold on Chicago. I am never
sold on Dallas as long as Tony Romo is under center. I think Dallas
needs this game more because Chicago is suddenly playing in a weaker
division, for now. I'll take the Cowboys at home.
Game of the Week
PHILADELPHIA 2 New York Giants
Michael Vick has been borderline terrible this year, and it is amazing
he hasn't gotten seriously hurt. The Giants are good, and could be
really good by year's end. I can't trust Michael Vick right now. I can
trust Eli Manning. I'll take the Giants in this one.
Stinker of the Week
GREEN BAY 7 New Orleans
I can't believe I am doing this, but this has to be the Stinker. I do
believe, as do most people, that the Packers should be 2-1. But they
are not. The Saints are an unbelievable 0-3. They really miss Sean
Peyton. The Packers are likely going to be in a really bad mood, but so
are the Saints. I have to take Green Bay. I think the Saints are an
absolute mess right now.
Record For Week Three: 5-10-1 ( 8-8 without spread )
Record Through Week Three: 20-25-2 ( 27-21 without
the spread )
Game of Week Record: 1-2
Stinker of Week Record: 1-2
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