It has been a somber week for everyone here at LynchyRightNow.Com, our beloved Cowboys have had more drama than an episode of General Hospital, and my passion, the Boston Red Sox, are down with an eight count. Despite all that, we move toward week seven in the NFL, full steam ahead (maybe half steam) to the picks:
Dallas -7 @ St. Louis No doubt, I can't ignore them this week. The Rams may have snuck up on Washington, but not this week. One could argue that a Cowboys loss this week, would be the apocalypse, I might be that "one." At 4-2 the Cowboys have upcoming games against the Rams, Bucs, and Giants. Consider this a must win. Brad Johnson shakes off the rust against the leagues 22nd ranked pass defense. Barber rushes for 160. COWBOYS -7
Minnesota +3 @ Chicago In '07, Vikings RB, Adrian Peterson, ran for 302 yards on 40 attempts against the Chicago Bears. In '08, those same Bears are the 5th ranked defense against the rush, allowing just 74.3 yards a game. After an embarrassing loss at the hands of rookie Falcon quarterback, Matt Ryan, in week 6, the Bears look to rebound. A Bears win coupled with a Packers loss puts them atop the NFC Norris Division. Bears win, but not by enough to cover. VIKINGS +3
Pittsburgh -9.5 @ Cincinnati Have you seen what the Steelers (4-1)upcoming schedule looks like? After the Bengals this week, Giants, Redskins, Colts, and San Diego. In a word, OUCH! 0-6 and Marvin Lewis is STILL the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Yea, this world is fair. Since their week 1 thrashing of the Texans, Pittsburgh has won 3 games by an average of 4 points. Things will get better for the Steelers this week. Having Ryan Fitzpatrick under center helps the Bengals efforts to remain winless. STEELERS -9.5
Seattle +10.5 @ Tampa Bay I can't figure out Tampa Bay for the life of me. 30 points against Green Bay, 27 points against Carolina, yet only 13 against Denver, who has given up 26 points per game. The Seahawks, at 1-4, give up 30 points a game, nearly 40 in two road games this season. My cash will not be involved in this type of game. Then again, I do have a couple gambling rules, and one of them is: If Charlie Frye is quarterbacking any team, bet against him. BUCCANEERS -10.5
Cleveland +7 @ Washington Thank you Cleveland. The Browns huge win on Monday Night against the Giants may have kept quarterback, Derek Anderson and head coach, Romeo Crennel employed . . .FOR NOW. If Braylon Edwards decides to show up for a second straight week, the Browns have a shot. If he goes back to averaging 24 yards per as he was the first four games, the Browns have NO SHOT. However, Cleveland's 25th ranked rush defense will have problems with the leagues leading rusher, Clinton Portis. REDSKINS -7
Denver +3 @ New England (Monday Night) The Broncos allow 137 yards on the ground per game, 256 through the air, and have the 30th ranked defense in the league. Fortunately for Broncos, they have the 4th ranked offense in the NFL averaging 400 yards of offense per game. A Brady-less offense in New England has scored more than 20 points in only 1 of their first 5 games and given up more than 20 in 3 games. Denver makes the Patriots situation a whole lot worse. BRONCOS +3
After watching Texas QB, Colt McCoy, beat the previously top ranked Sooners and watching LSU get destroyed in 'The Swamp' I'm off college football. See you next week!