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2014 NFL Week 9 Predictions

Tom Brady has won four straight since losing to Peyton Manning. Manning VS Brady is the oldest rivalry in sports. Want proof? We have Peyton Manning and Tom Brady trolls in the Draft Utopia message board that talk shit about each quarterback.

New Orleans Saints 3-4-0
Carolina Panthers 3-4-1

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Carolina Panthers. New Orleans Saints are 0-3 on the road.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

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Why the New Orleans Saints will win Both of these teams have quarterbacks that should have big games with Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. Both teams have middle linebackers with Curtis Lofton as the middle linebacker of a New Orleans Saints team that ranks 10th in run defense while Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers led the NFL with 89 total tackles after 8 weeks.

Mark Ingram and Jimmy Graham are both back. Marques Colston and Kenny Stills have been hot for two games in a row and Brandin Cooks has experience as a #1 receiver, but looks much better in the slot. Carolina ranks 21st in pass defense and 28th in run defense.

Why the Carolina Panthers will win Carolina has Antoine Cason, Roman Harper, and Thomas DeCoud. New Orleans ranks 28th in pass defense.

Cam Newton should be able to pick apart a weaker pass defense. The more assistance Newton gets from his running game the better.

Prediction: The Saints enter as a 2.5 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $130 dollars on New Orleans. Drew Brees is now fourth in passing yards. I think that will be the difference. New Orleans is a much different team when all of their guys are healthy.

Final Score Saints 35 Panthers 27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-6-0
Cleveland Browns 4-3-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Browns. Tampa Bay traded Mark Barron. Now Hoyer will have a field day with a weak Buccaneers defense that was already suspect before Barron’s departure.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

Only 4 people have picked for all 8 weeks on our forums. Those people are Jason Bantle, SPECULATION SPORTS, theDUDE, and myself.

Jason Bantle is currently 74-47 after 8 weeks. I am 73-48 after 8 weeks. SPECULATION SPORTS is 64-57 and theDUDE is 60-61. Everyone else has been either too busy to pick games or not active enough on the message boards.

Our Draft Utopia forum is now at 24 members and we had a Week 8 game recaps thread with up to four pages of responses.

Here are weekly results for the week 8 games on the Draft Utopia message boards. Everyone except Kirby had a winning record.

  1. WilliamJeffersonKeleher 11-4
  2. ProfessorYogaPants 9-6
  3. Jason Bantle 9-6
  4. BoukenGreen 9-6
  5. ChrisRansom 8-7
  7. theDUDE 8-7
  8. Kirby 7-8

Will agreed with Jason and I on most of the games, but picked the Steelers, Raiders, Saints, and Redskins for the final 4 games. My cousins strategy to copy Jason and my picks for the early games only to pick the opposite of the teams we picked during the late games worked like gangbusters. Good job Will.

Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will win Tampa Bay will have an easy time stopping the run with Gerald McCoy being able to beat the backup right guard and backup center thanks to the loss of Alex Mack. This 23rd ranked Buccaneers run defense will be able to take away the running game.

There were trade rumors about Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson being dealt at the trade deadline. Both guys are still with Tampa Bay. That may motivate Mike Glennon and this Buccaneers offense to go into Cleveland and get an upset win.

Why the Cleveland Browns will win Tampa Bay is 30th in pass defense. Losing strong safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams also hurts.

This secondary is also good you got Joe Haden at cornerback, Donte Whitner at strong safety, Tashaun Gipson at free safety, Buster Skrine as a #2 cornerback, and Justin Gilbert as a nickel cornerback. How does Tampa Bay expect to stop this tandem.

Prediction: The Browns enter as a 6.5 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $265 dollars on Cleveland. At the same time there are just as many gamblers that are taking Tampa Bay and the points. Vegas will win some and lose some money with this game meaning it the Casinos and Sportsbooks will not lose much on this game. Cleveland should win, but Tampa Bay will cover. This offense will be more productive with all their players back without being traded.

Final Score Browns 24 Buccaneers 21

Arizona Cardinals 6-1-0
Dallas Cowboys 6-2-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Cardinals. Cowboys will play poorly following Monday Night Football Loss. The uncertainty of Tony Romo starting is also a concern.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

This just in. Jerry Jones has just hired former Initech Vice President Bill Lumbergh as the new GM and team consultant for the Dallas Cowboys. Every week we will get Lumbergh’s two cents on the Dallas Cowboys. So far Lumbergh is 6-1-0 after taking over as GM in week 2. The Cowboys won in Lumbergh’s first six games as General Manager/Team Consultant.

Here is this weeks advice from Bill Lumbergh.

"Hi Jason. Um yeah! I am kind of upset about losing to the Redskins in overtime. The Arizona Cardinals have the best record in the NFC and we need to complete our TPS reports on the Arizona Cardinals if we expect to reclaim home field. Jason if you could just do those TPS reports on the Arizona Cardinals that would be great."

Why the Arizona Cardinals will win The Arizona Cardinals have a potent passing attack with Carson Palmer throwing to guys like Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown. This defense has talent as well with a 3rd ranked run defense despite injuries up front. The Arizona Cardinals have a cornerback tandem featuring Patrick Peterson and Quentin Jammer that looks good the past two weeks.

Why the Dallas Cowboys will win DeMarco Murray has 1,054 rushing yards in 8 games. Those numbers are unreal. Dallas will continue to play balanced football and block effectively as a pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking unit. First round draft picks like left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick, and right guard Zack Martin will continue to play at a high level. The tight end tandem of Gavin Escobar and Jason Witten will be more important than people think this week. Murray’s 8 game streak of 100 rushing yards in a game or more may come to an end if Tony Romo’s injury at quarterback is serious.

Prediction: The Cowboys are a 3.5 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $180 dollars on Dallas. This game is a toss up that could go either way. Come Sunday, I like the Cardinals. The fact that Romo may or may not be 100 percent sells me on Arizona winning.

Final Score Cardinals 28 Cowboys 21

Philadelphia Eagles 5-2-0
Houston Texans 4-4-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Eagles. Nick Foles is a franchise quarterback or at least a great starter for now. You cannot say the same for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

Bill Clinton’s College Football Playoff Selection Special

The College Football Selection Committee Released their first poll with Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, and Ole Miss in their top 4. Here is my top 4.

  1. Mississippi State Bulldogs: Mississippi State beat Auburn convincingly dropping 28 points on the Auburn Tigers. After watching Florida State nearly lose to Notre Dame I am convinced that the SEC Southeast Collegiate Pimps got this one right by making Monica Lewinsky State #1 in the polls.

  2. Previous Ranking: #1

  3. Florida State Seminoles: At #1 we have the Florida State Seminoles or as I call them the Semites. The Semites are led by the food stealer. Jameis Winston. So Winston stands up on a table and yells blank her in the pussy. Then Florida State suspends him for an entire game. Winston causes Florida State to drop to third in our poll because of his behavior. Then Notre Dame nearly beats Florida State despite the food stealer going 15/16 in the second half. Did Winston steal Brian Kelly’s playbook or Manti Te’o’s girlfriend. That is what I would like to know. Also I want to be seamus as semen on that blue dress. I did not have sexual relations with Miss Monica Lewinsky.

  4. Previous Ranking: #2

  5. Ole Miss Rebels: Despite losing to LSU on a National Game on College Gameday, Ole Miss is still my third best school. If they beat Auburn, they could move up, and still beat Alabama. It is nothing against Auburn, but they do not have a statement win against an SEC school, and they lost to Mississippi State, which I am taking into account at this point. Ole Miss also known as Ole Monica the rival school to Monica Lewinsky State. Ole Miss dethroned the pimp known as Nick Saban.

  6. Previous Ranking: #3

  7. Alabama Crimson Tide: I have Alabama at #4. After Alabama I got 8 more teams in the running for a playoff spot Auburn, Oregon, a TCU team that dropped 82 on Texas Tech, Michigan State, Kansas State, Notre Dame, an East Carolina team with only one loss to South Carolina, and an undefeated Marshall squad. I went with Saban cause he is a pimp with the best team. Yahoo man.

  8. Previous Ranking: #4

Why the Philadelphia Eagles will win The Eagles have a legit quarterback unlike the Texans with Nick Foles. Foles is a lot better than Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The pass rush should also step up. Trent Cole is one of the best 3-4 right outside linebackers in the game as he can give any left tackle fits. Connor Barwin was a 3-4 left outside linebacker with the Texans across from Mario Williams before jumping ship to Philadelphia to play next to Cole.

Why the Houston Texans will win Arian Foster will have a big game on the ground. Foster is second in the NFL with 766 rushing yards.

Philadelphia has no identity at cornerback and Houston has wide receivers with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. Fitzpatrick can pick apart this defense if his receivers get open and catch balls.

Jadeveon Clowney is due for his first career sack. It is not just Clowney, you have Brooks Reed complimenting him at outside linebacker. You also have a couple of 3-4 defensive ends with 3-4 right end Jared Crick and 3-4 left end J.J. Watt. As much as I love the Eagles offensive line with Jason Peters at left tackle, Jason Kelce at center, Todd Herramans at right guard, and Lane Johnson at right tackle, this Texans defense has Philadelphia’s number. Foles will see pressure and constant blitzes from this front 7.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the secondary. Houston has a Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson at cornerback along with safeties D.J. Swearinger and Kendrick Lewis.

Prediction: The Eagles enter as a 2 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $120 dollars on Philadelphia. The Texans are on a hot streak and something tells me Houston is motivated to pull the upset if Arian Foster has a big day.

Final Score Texans 24 Eagles 21

New York Jets 1-7-0
Kansas City Chiefs 4-3-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Jets Michael Vick will be way better than Geno Smith and will defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead. This is my upset of the week.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

Listening to ESPN talk about the College Football Playoff Committee each week will get tire some. Instead I thought it would be cool to ask former Colts head coach Jim Mora how he feels about the New College Football Playoff.

Why the New York Jets will win I cannot see the Jets winning this game in Kansas City. If this contest was in New York maybe the Jets would have a slight chance.

Why the Kansas City Chiefs will win The Kansas City Chiefs came off a huge win against the San Diego Chargers. You just need to run the ball and win the time of possession battle.

Prediction: The Chiefs are a 6.5 point favorites. The average gambler wagered $285 dollars on the Kansas City Chiefs. I am surprised that the average gambler did not bet more on the Chiefs.

Final Score Chiefs 35 Jets 0

Jacksonville Jaguars 1-7-0
Cincinnati Bengals 4-2-1

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Bengals. Do the Jaguars really have a chance against my Cincinnati Bengals?

Chris Ransom’s Pick

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Why the Jacksonville Jaguars will win Like Jason Bantle said they won’t.

Why the Cincinnati Bengals will win Cincinnati will go 5-2-1 with or without A.J. Green. Green should be back by week 10 next week with a team that looks like they are pumped for another AFC North Division Title.

Prediction: The Bengals are a 11 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $575 dollars on Cincinnati. Cincinnati takes care of business against a weak Jaguars squad. This game ends up being a push with the consumer losing money.

Final Score Bengals 24 Jaguars 13

San Diego Chargers 5-3-0
Miami Dolphins 4-3-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Chargers. San Diego has to end their losing streak. Also Rivers is better than Tannehill.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

NFL DVD Commentary finally aired our first episode following the pilot with poor sound. I have to say that the quality of the sound, was much better than the first episode. We also have the Draft Utopia podcast on Talkshoe. You can check out Episode 1 of NFL DVD Commentary and our latest episode to Draft Utopia by listening to our podcasts on our picks page.

NFL DVD Commentary is better than my second podcast Phone Tators which was an absolute flop. I still think NFL DVD Commentary is a work in progress compared to Draft Utopia.

Why the San Diego Chargers will win The San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins both have a lot in common. Both teams have underrated quarterbacks, both teams have shaky pass blocking units, both teams lack depth in the running game, both teams are stacked with playmaker wide receivers, and both teams are stacked on the secondary.

One guy that has to step up for San Diego this week is tight end Antonio Gates. Miami has a stout secondary, but strong safety is the weakness on this secondary. Gates plays tight end and the strong safety has to cover the tight end. Gates will have no problem catching short and medium passes versus these Dolphins’ linebackers.

Why the Miami Dolphins will win Both of these teams are more evenly matched than you think. Miami has the pass rush with Oliver Vernon and Cameron Wake.

You also have to consider that the Dolphins are on a two game winning streak while the Chargers are on a two game losing streak. Momentum matters in the NFL.

Prediction: The Dolphins are a 2 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $120 dollars on Miami. Miami wins and San Diego covers in a one point Dolphins victory.

Final Score Dolphins 28 Chargers 27

Washington Redskins 3-5-0
Minnesota Vikings 3-5-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Redskins. Colt McCoy is 2-0 in his last two appearances. Bridgewater’s win in Tampa Bay was a fluke.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

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Why the Washington Redskins will win I will use real statistics instead of the Jameis Winston joke that has gotten beyond repetitive at this point. Jay Gruden deserves to remain the head coach for the next two years after this season because the Redskins are fifth in total passing yards despite the fact that they have had to use three different quarterbacks this season.

Washington is also 7th in pass defense and 15th in run defense. Having Ryan Kerrigan who has 7.5 sacks in 2014 line up against Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil who has been declining as a pass blocker this season has to make you believe that Teddy Bridgewater may be in for a long day.

Washington and Minnesota are both evenly matched. Giving Alfred Morris the ball and keeping Teddy Bridgewater off the field will be huge.

Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and tight end Niles Paul have to win coverage matchups against a healthy Vikings secondary featuring cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, strong safety Robert Blanton, and free safety Harrison Smith. If the Redskins do this, then Colt McCoy will be 3-0 when taking the field and 2-0 as a starter in 2014.

The Redskins have scored a minimum of 20 points in the two games Colt McCoy has played. That means Washington should be competitive when you consider that Minnesota defeated Tampa Bay 19-13 in overtime last week.

Why the Minnesota Vikings will win While the Redskins are 7th in pass defense, the Vikings are fourth in pass defense. Also right end Everson Griffin has 8 sacks. Sure the run defense ranks 17th, but I love what Mike Zimmer has done with a defensive line consisting of Griffin, Brian Robison at the other defensive end spot, Former Giant Linval Joseph and second year starter Shariff Floyd form an underrated defensive tackle tandem.

The linebacking core featuring Anthony Barr at right outside linebacker with 54 total tackles, Jasper Brinkley at middle linebacker with 45 total tackles, and Pro Bowler Chad Greenway at left outside linebacker with only 37 total tackles after missing time with injuries. Barr, Brinkley, and Greenway form an excellent linebacker tandem.

Mike Zimmer is a defensive mind with an awesome 4-3 scheme and an outstanding foundation in place on the front 7. Zimmer has one strength outside of strategizing and motivating people as a former defensive coordinator. That strength is coaching up players on the front 7, you cannot say the same thing for Jay Gruden who is an offensive mind.

This front 7 should dominate against one of the worst offensive lines in the league featuring third string right tackles and average right guards starting at left guard along with a backup right guard starting at right guard. Minnesota should take away Morris and may give Colt McCoy some fits in the pocket.

Teddy Bridgewater is going up against a Redskins secondary that does not have DeAngelo Hall covering opposing players. I think that may be the difference, but Bridgewater has yet to defeat a challenging defense. This defense is easier than the Bills or Lions defense, but will still be a difficult defense for Bridgewater to game plan against. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner used to be a head coach on the Redskins so it will be up to Norv to carve his former team.

Prediction: The Vikings are a 1.5 point favorites. The average gambler is betting $115 dollars on Minnesota. Both teams have outstanding kickers with Kai Forbath and Blair Walsh. The team that has the ball last should win. Marvin Lewis told me the Vikings would win in the Go Animate interview so I think I will take the Vikings.

Final Score Vikings 23 Redskins 20

St. Louis Rams 2-5-0
San Francisco 49ers 4-3-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

49ers. Time for San Francisco to kick Rams butt part 2.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

My Stepbrother Ward is a 49ers fan and he is making a surprise visit today. It is the same Ward that talked about Fantasy Football during my last visit after coming to our home. This means that the 49ers will win. Also tonight is game 7 of the World Series.

Why the St. Louis Rams will win Greg Robinson may be more confident with playing left tackle instead of left guard because that was the position Robinson played at Auburn. Playing next to Robinson are offensive linemen like Roger Saffold at left guard, Scott Wells at center, Davin JOseph at right guard, and Joseph Barksdale at right tackle. Austin Davis will have to deliver without Jake Long acting his blindside.

Patrick Willis missed last weeks gams and a 49ers defense without Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, or Navarro Bowman is not really a defense. St. Louis has receivers like Kenny Britt and Brian Quick. you also have a two tight end set featuring Jared Cook Jr. and Lance Kendricks. While this tight end tandem struggled at first, the patience is starting to pay off. Not to mention the three headed backfield featuring rookie Tre Mason along with Benny Cunningham from Middle Tennessee State along with last years rookie Zac Stacey. St. Louis has a lot of ammunition up front and they are not afraid to unleash it.

It is not just the offense, it is also the defense. The defensive line features stud right end Robert Quinn. While Chris Long may be injured at left end, you have a lot of depth at defensive tackle. Kendall Langford, Alex Carrington, Michael Brockers, and Aaron Donald all split reps on this defensive line at defensive tackle with Brockers being the most effective among the defensive tackles. You have a strong linebacking core featuring Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis, and Jo Lonn Dunbar as well. St. Louis may have the advantage when you consider the fact that 49ers inside linebackers are both injured with Aldon Smith still suspended.

Adding strong safety Mark Barron at the trade deadline was huge. Now you have Janoris Jenkins as your field cornerback, Barron at strong safety, T.J. McDonald at free safety, E.J. Gaines as your boundary cornerback, LaMarcus Joyner as your nickel cornerback, and Trumaine Johnson as your dime corner. When all of these cornerbacks are healthy, you can give each corner rest when one cornerback fatigues. I love the depth St. Louis provides this week.

Why the San Francisco 49ers will win San Francisco is coming off a bye week and the offensive line is finally fully healthy. Joe Staley continues to play at a high level at left tackle. Mike Iupati is back at left guard. Rookie center Marcus Martin will make his first start in week 9 after missing the first seven games with an injury. Expect a lot from the former USC Trojan. Alex Boone is back at right guard instead of having to fill in at left guard or center. Boone improved his versatility, but he needs to start at right guard. Finally Anthony Davis is back as well. Having Davis and backup Jonathan Martin split reps at right tackle while Rams left end Chris Long is injured will be a huge advantage for the 49ers offense. That means this offensive line only has to worry about Quinn, and Joe Staley will do a better job against Quinn this time around.

It is not just the offensive line. Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, and Brandon Lloyd are all healthy at wide receiver. Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington are awesome backups that can step in if one of these four wide receiver studs gets injured. San Francisco also has three tight ends with Vernon Davis, Derek Carrier, and Vance McDonald. All three tight ends can be playmakers that contribute.

Fullback Bruce Miller can act as an extra blocker. Having two backs with Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde anchor your backfield is huge.

San Francisco may struggle on defense, but the 49ers offense has enough depth and firepower to outscore the Rams again even though this will be like the Monday Night Football game where the Rams get off to an early lead.

Prediction: The 49ers are a 10 point favorites. The average gambler wagered $400 dollars on San Francisco. When you look at how weak the 49ers defense is without Smith, Willis, and Bowman, you have to think the Rams will cover the spread even if San Francisco wins. 49ers win in offensive shootout.

Final Score 49ers 35 Rams 28

Denver Broncos 6-1-0
New England Patriots 6-2-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Broncos. This time Peyton will beat Brady in Gillette Stadium during the regular season.

@CockyBelichick is my favorite Twitter user of all time. His twitter feed is that epic. He always inserts the #kisstherings hashtag and it is badass. I’m going to post his 5 best tweets on our site every week like David Letterman does with his top 10 jokes until the owner of this twitter feed requests I take them down because his tweets are that epic.

We found that out after idiots in fantasy leagues took Matt Prater over my man Gostkowski.

Papa Smurf will be holding tryouts for the New England Patriots to see which red, white, and blue smurfs he will add to New England next July at Patriots training camp.

From now on I am going to say Suck my defense instead of suck my dick.

I have 12 endorsements for Football on LinkedIn and Trent Dilfer only has 10 endorsements for Football. I’ve been wondering for years if I am a sports genius or if Trent Dilfer is the only mentally challenged quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl. Thanks for clearing that up Coach Belichick.

Even if Manning wins another trophy he will still have one less than Brady. I doubt Manning plays for three more years just to get more Lombardi Trophies than Tom in a feeble attempt to spite Brady.

Why the Denver Broncos will win Denver is the defending AFC Champion. Quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 22 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in 7 starts. A wide receiver tandem featuring Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Wes Welker along with tight end Julius Thomas is truly one for the ages.

Peyton Manning will have excellent blocking from the offensive line and should have little trouble getting it to these guys. New England is banged up at linebacker, so Ronnie Hillman may explode onto the scene in this game after showing flashes of extreme promise at home against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos’ offensive line consists of Ryan Clady at left tackle, Orlando Franklin at left guard, Manny Ramirez at center, Louis Vasquez at right guard, and Chris Clark at right tackle.

DeMarcus Ware is a better 4-3 right end than Shaun Phillips. Ware currently has 7 sacks. Outside linebacker Von Miller has 9 sacks on the year and has gotten by left tackles, left guards, right guards, and right tackles by using his versatility and pass rushing off the edge to get to the quarterback.

Defensive tackles Terrence Knighton and Sylvester Williams can take away the running game and give opposing offensive linemen problems. That may explain why the Denver Broncos have the top ranked run defense in the entire NFL with only 72.4 yards per game allowed. The fact that Stevan Ridley is out could make things even easier for this excellent defensive tackle tandem that knows how to clog up the running lanes.

Denver has 5 cornerbacks that provide incredible depth. Those guys are field cornerback Aqib Talib, boundary cornerback Chris Harris, nickel cornerback Kayvon Webster, dime cornerback Bradley Roby, and quarter cornerback Tony Carter. It is not just these cornerbacks, you also have excellent safeties with strong safety T.J. Ward and free safety Rahim Moore. With this much talent on secondary it will be very interesting to see how Denver responds.

Why the New England Patriots will win New England is 4-0 at Gillette Stadium this season. In four home games Brady threw 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Also Brady threw 14 touchdowns and 0 interceptions during his four contests in the month of October. One of those games was a road win against a Bills team where he threw 4 touchdowns with lousy pass protection. Brady has 18 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on the year. Both Manning and Brady are elite quarterbacks with Hall Of Fame credentials.

It isn’t just that, Brady has his offensive line back at full health after injuries to start the year up front. Now you have Nate Solder at left tackle, Marcus Cannon at left guard, Ryan Wendell at center, Dan Connolly at right guard, and Sebastian Vulmer at right tackle. Brady got this offensive line back at full health last week and dropped 51 on Chicago.

Rob Gronkowski is back at full health and looks just as productive as Julius Thomas who began the year with a bang by catching Peyton Manning’s first four passing touchdowns on the year while posting 9 receiving touchdowns in his first five games before fizzling the last two weeks with 0 receiving touchdowns in his last two contests. Gronkowski is on a hot streak while Thomas is on a cold streak and that may work in the Patriots favor. The emergence of Brady’s second tight end Tim Wright also helps.

New England may have a shaky front 7. One thing they do have is an awesome secondary. You have Darrell Revis as a field cornerback, Brandon Browner as a boundary cornerback, Alfonzo Dennard as a nickel cornerback, Logan Ryan as a dime cornerback, and Kyle Arrington as a quarter cornerback. Like Denver New England has five cornerbacks that can play different roles. The Patriots, unlike the Broncos have depth at the safety position. Patrick Chung starts at strong safety while Duron Harmon is an effective backup. Devin McCourty once a cornerback, now starts at free safety and has been that way for a while with Tavon Wilson being the backup free safety on the Patriots.

New England has an abundance of depth on the secondary. Both of these teams have 5 cornerbacks that can cover, but may be useless against the two best quarterbacks in the AFC in terms of experience and overall talent. The fact that New England is second in the NFL in pass defense while having the depth at safety is what gives the Patriots the advantage in my mind.

Prediction: The Broncos enter as a 3 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $160 dollars on Denver. This game will be a shootout. I think a trifecta of Gostkowski field goals may put New England over the top following a low scoring first half.

Final Score Patriots 37 Broncos 35

Oakland Raiders 0-7-0
Seattle Seahawks 4-3-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Seahawks. Do you really expect me to believe that the winless Raiders will beat the Super Bowl Champions in Seattle?

Chris Ransom’s Pick

It is time for a weekly update on the Obamacare Fantasy Football League that I created for fun back in July. Here to breakdown the highlights is none other than Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert: Week 8 saw 4 democrats facing 4 democrats. Besides Obama’s 700-0 thrashing of Sarah Palin, every person that won this week represented the Tea Party.

Herman Cain defeated Bill Clinton thanks to the brilliance of Rob Gronkowski. Cain and Obama are both 7-1 now.

Newt won again because his team had Drew Brees, Arian Foster, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Greg Olsen. Newt also had Pierre Garcon and Golden Tate on his team with Garcon as a flex option and Jones as a sub. Hillary Clinton falls to 3-5 after a 3-0 start folks. Newt Gingrich is getting hot at the right time folks, and back in the preseason I predicted that Newt Gingrich would dethrone Obama folks. Herman Cain already has a spot in the Republican Primary Semifinals. Herman Cain has to defeat Hillary Clinton while Newt Gingrich draws Joe Biden.

Romney had some guys like quarterback Tom Brady, wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd along with Cordarrelle Patterson in the flex and Julius Thomas at tight end. Romney was able to use these players to overpower Joe Biden. Romney is now 4-4 after defeating Joe Biden. Biden is 2-6, but he still has an outside shot of making the playoffs if he wins out against Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton.

Gingrich is 5-3 and Romney is 4-4. Gingrich won both head to head games against Romney meaning that Romney would need to go 6-4 defeating Obama and Herman Cain while Gingrich loses to Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Romney is still in, but his odds are 1 and a trillion at this point folks.

The most offensive thing about the Democratic Conference in this Fantasy Football league is the fact that Obama is 7-1 while Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are both 3-5 as both Clintons split the regular season matchup. Hillary gets Cain in week 9 and Obama in week 10 to wrap up the season. Bill Clinton gets Sarah Palin in week 9 and Joe Biden in week 10. We have to see a candidate with a .500 record or lower squeeze into the playoffs.

Nation, this league should be like Blitz The League. Your team has to win 7 out of 10 games to make the Championship. The fact that it is not like Blitz the league makes it exciting because you do not get a knuckle sandwich from Quentin Sands plus there the possibility of Obama losing to an average Joe.

Why the Oakland Raiders will win Oakland is 0-7 and is likely going to start 0-8. Derek Carr faces a secondary featuring cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor, and free safety Earl Thomas. Boundary cornerback Byron Maxwell has a calf injury and if he is out, the inexperienced Tharold Simon will have to start. Derek Carr can throw it Simon’s way.

Oakland can win if they control the time of possession by running the football. Oakland has a really strong interior offensive line this week with rookie Gabe Jackson at left guard, Stephen Wisiewski, and right guard Austin Howard, who was a right tackle with the New York Jets form an outstanding interior offensive line which can make it easy for the backfield. Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Latavius Murray. Oakland has three rushers and three interior offensive linemen. Left tackle Donald Penn can run block, but he cannot pass block like the other interior offensive linemen. Right tackles Khalif Barnes and Menelik Watson are not qualified to start in this league. Oakland will need to reload at offensive tackle in the offseason, but for now, the Raiders can make ends meet with this run blocking offensive line and this backfield.

Why the Seattle Seahawks will win Seattle has a balanced offense as well with Russell Wilson at quarterback and Marshawn Lynch at running back. There is a good chance both Darren McFadden and Lynch become free agents following this season.

Seattle ranks 5th in total rushing yards. Both teams need to stop the run. Seattle is sixth in run defense so the Seahawks should win.

Prediction: The Seahawks are a 15 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $1,150 dollars on Seattle. This is one of the bigger wager of the entire season. I think Oakland will cover because as long as Vegas wins this game they will still get a majority of money.

Final Score Seahawks 24 Raiders 20

Baltimore Ravens 5-3-0
Pittsburgh Steelers 5-3-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Steelers. Pittsburgh has been the hottest team in the NFL during the past two weeks at Heinz Field. Joe Flacco must endure more AFC North woes on the road.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

The Saints defeated the Packers. This means Rodney Harrison will join Michele Tafoya in the Semifinals. This week another semifinals spot is up for grabs as Dan Patrick and the Ravens face Hines Ward and the Steelers.

Al Michaels voted off the Island After losing to Team Collinsworth in week 1. Players saw him as a threat in week 1.

Bob Costas was originally ruled safe. Costas was nominated and when Collinsworth and Dungy used immunity idols to take themselves off the block. Bob was the next to hand us his torch.

Cris Collinsworth was disqualified from the island for cheating during commentary of Bengals VS Patriots match up in the second quarter.

Mike Florio got evicted after a Giants team he ran lost 27-0 to an Eagles team operated by Hines Ward. Hines cried about the Steelers losing to the Browns despite this, Florio still got his ass kicked of the island.

Peter King and the 49ers lost to a Denver Broncos squad operated by Tony Dungy. It turns out Peter King wanted dirt on NBC that he could post in his Sports Illustrated Pieces.

Why the Baltimore Ravens will win Baltimore and Pittsburgh both have very similar teams. Both teams have franchise quarterbacks, both teams have running backs that rank in the top 5 in rushing yards, both teams have run blocking offensive lines, both teams run 3-4 defenses, and both teams have Pro Bowl caliber strong safeties anchoring each secondary. One thing Joe Flacco has is the Steve Smith and Torrey Smith lining up against decent cornerbacks. While these guys struggle to cover, they intercepted Andrew Luck, so the Steelers’ secondary deserves credit in that regard.

Baltimore has 4 3-4 outside linebackers with Courtney Upshaw, Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs, and Pernell McPhee. All four 3-4 outside linebackers have a combined total of 14.5 sacks. Pittsburgh has one of the worst pass blocking units, but both teams are depleted at cornerback.

When you have depth at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme along with depth on secondary you have a pass defense that will rank in the top 10 on a consistent basis. As long as they keep that foundation in place, it will be tough to beat Aaron Rodgers or the Green Bay Packers in general.

Baltimore has two 3-4 middle linebackers with Darryl Smith and C.J. Mosley who have each notched a minimum of 70 total tackles or greater. The Ravens rank 13th in total defense, 7th in run defense, and 22nd in pass defense.

Why the Pittsburgh Steelers will win Pittsburgh has a potent offense. Having three playmakers at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver that rank in the top 5 in statistics always helps. Ben Roethlisberger ranks second in the NFL with 2,380 passing yards following his record-setting game versus Andrew Luck. Le’veon Bell ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards with 691 rushing yards. Wide receiver Antonio Brown ranks second in the NFL with 852 receiving yards. Boundary cornerback Jimmy Smith is injured and will miss this game. Pittsburgh’s receiver across from Brown whether it be Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, Martavius Bryant, Justin Brown, or Darius Heyward-Bey.

Jimmy Smith did an excellent job with LaDarius Webb absent in the week 2 meeting. Smith was a huge difference maker, and that could work in the Steelers favor. Pittsburgh looks like a different team after watching this squad ignite the crowd at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh will struggle in pass protection. Center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro will have easy match ups against an overrated nose tackle and a backup 3-4 left end. When you look at these match ups, Pittsburgh can use Polamalu to blitz Joe Flacco because tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels are out. Pitta got injured earlier in the season, and Pitta scored 2 receiving touchdowns in the Ravens 26-6 week 2 win over the Steelers. Pittsburgh does better when they do not have a tight end to game plan against because it gives Polamalu more flexibility to be himself by mixing things up with tackling, blitzing, and coverage. The Steeler usually win when Polamalu has that flexibility.

Prediction: This contest is a push, but the Steelers are the favorite because they are the home team.. The average gambler is betting $110 dollars on both teams. I think this game will be decided by a field goal in overtime. Final score will be 20-17 in overtime much like the Redskins VS Cowboys Monday Night Game.

Final Score Steelers 20 Ravens 17 OT

Indianapolis Colts 5-3-0
New York Giants 3-4-0

Jason Bantle’s Pick

Colts. Andrew Luck is due for a win after losing to Ben Roethlisberger at Heinz Field.

Chris Ransom’s Pick

Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters need to go their separate ways. Imagine if Pittsburgh Sports Personalities with top-notch credibility like Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi called this game instead of Tirico, Gruden, and Salters.

Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: Andrew Luck has to win on the road. I loved watching Luck crap himself against the Steelers last week, but now Mr. Luck has to take care of business against the Giants.

Pompieni: Sideline reporter Andrew Filiponi will break down the injuries from the Colts week 6 loss to the Steelers.

Filiponi: That’s right Bob, the Colts lost a lot of players in week 8 at Heinz Field. Andrew Luck had a limited number of options with Reggie Wayne injured. The Colts had no pass rush with Robert Mathis and Erik Walden out. Cornerback Vontae Davis got injured in the first quarter. Davis looks like he is questionable with his knee injury. That does not bode well when you consider that strong safety LaRon Landry is dealing with injuries as well. One more player that dealt with an injury was defensive end Cory Redding. Redding got injured in the third quarter. One promising note is that Redding will play tonight.

Madden: One of these quarterbacks will crap themselves and fold under pressure.

Pompieni: Mark Madden you need to refrain from talking about crap. We’re professionals at KDKA. Also, Hakeem Nicks used to play for the New York Giants before signing with the Colts. How will Nicks do against the Giants?

Filiponi: Nicks is a disgrace. The Giants have a weakness at safety. Tonight Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen will be key in exploiting that weakness. Also T.Y. Hilton will help my Fantasy Football team kick Mark Madden’s ass.

Madden: To hell he will. Eli better get me some points this week. I feel pretty confident because Luck has yet to beat a quality quarterback on the road. Last time Luck played on Monday Night Football, he handed the Eagles a victory back in week 2. The crime is that this game isn’t Peyton Manning VS Eli bob.

Pompieni: The fact that the Manning’s are not facing each other in this Colts VS Giants match up does kind of suck. I am not supposed to say that word on the air because it is unprofessional. We will be right back with kickoff after Matt Millen grosses us out by promoting Uncle Charley’s sausage.

Why the Indianapolis Colts will win Andrew Luck has an abundance of playmakers on offense. Why do you think he leads the NFL with 2,731 passing yards after 8 weeks? An elbow injury kept Reggie Wayne out in week 8. Luck has Boston College offensive tackles with Anthony Costanzo and Gosder Cherillus. Former Giant Hakeem Nicks and T.Y. Hilton who leads the NFL in receiving yards

The two tight end set featuring Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener should step up. Having guards like Jack Mewhort and Hugh Thornton opening up the running lanes for former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw will give Bradshaw a chance to succeed.

I expect the Colts offense to click again getting 20 points or more once again. How do the Giants expect to prepare for Luck with a defensive line that has 10 defensive linemen who have a combined total of 11.5 sacks while the Giants rank 21st in run defense and 25th in pass defense.

Why the New York Giants will win Andrew Luck has yet to defeat a quality quarterback. After Peyton Manning, Nick Foles, and Ben Roethlisberger, ever quarterback Luck faced is average. Eli Manning has a chance to step up against a Colts team with an abundance of defensive injuries.

If Reggie Wayne is out then Prince Amukamara can cover T.Y. Hilton while Dominque-Rodgers Cromartie gives Hakeem Nicks VIP treatment in coverage.

New York has a chance to win at home. The odds are stacked against them though.

Prediction: The Colts are a 3 point favorite. The average gambler is betting $160 dollars on Indianapolis. This game looks like a push, but I expect the Colts to win in a landslide.

Final Score Colts 24 Giants 21

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