Ron Glover’s NFL Predictions: Week 8 (10/30/11 – 10/31/11)

Not much in the way of glamour matchups this weekend in the NFL. There are plenty of games that will effect some division races and probably some playoff positioning down the stretch. Tim Tebow faces a huge test against an angry Detroit Lions defense. The Bills are looking to keep pace in the NFC East when they take on the Redskins. The Cowboys and Eagles renew their rivalry. And the Steelers host the Patriots in a possible playoff preview.

Byes this week: Bears,  Buccaneers, Falcons, Jets, Packers and Raiders

Sunday October 30, 2011

Games Beginning at 1pm:

Miami Dolphins (0-6) at New York Giants (4-2) – Ahmad Bradshaw is running hot right now – not good news for Tony Sparano who has had everything go wrong this season.

Giants 27 – Dolphins 10

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) at Houston Texans (4-3) – The Jags maxed out against the Ravens last week. A win on the road against these up and down Texans would go a long way.

Texans 24 – Jaguars 17

Indianapolis Colts (0-7) at Tennessee Titans (3-3) – The more I looked at Peyton Manning last week, the more I felt like he’s not coming back. Unfortunate to hear rumors about Jim Caldwell’s future.

Colts 20 – Titans 1 7

Minnesota Vikings (1-6) at Carolina Panthers (2-5) – Cam Newton is everything that they said he’s not – and then some.

Panthers 30 – Vikings 20

Jimmy Graham Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring a touchdown over  Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans at the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Texans 40-33.

New Orleans Saints (5-2) at St. Louis Rams (0-6) – The nightmare season for Sam Bradford and the Rams continues…

Saints 31 – Rams 13

Arizona Cardinals (1-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2) – Ed Reed has been living in Kevin Kolb’s head all week long.

Ravens 21 – Cardinals 20

Games Beginning at 4:05 pm or Later:

Detroit Lions (5-2) at Denver Broncos (2-4) – The last thing the Lions need is Tim Tebow going off in his home debut as a starter. Curious to see how Suh and the D-line hold up in the mile high air while chasing Tebow around.

Broncos 24 – Lions 27

Washington Redskins (3-3) at Buffalo Bills (4-2) – The Bills get a much needed win at home, the Skins slide out of the NFC East race begins today.

Bills 28 – Redskins 13 

New England Patriots (5-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) – The Steelers have been putting it together the last few weeks. I see alot of scoring in this one.

Steelers 30 – Patriots 28

Cleveland Browns (3-3) at San Francisco 49′ers (5-1) – Will the Niners be the NFL’s first division winner? Jim Harbaugh coach of the year for the first half of the season?

Niners 23 – Browns 21

Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) at Seattle Seahawks (2-4) – Cover your eyes and hold your nose.

Seahawks 17 – Bengals 15

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) – This rivalry has no juice unless someone has a winning record.

Eagles 24- Cowboys 23

Monday October 31, 2011 8:30 pm:

Dwayne Bowe Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a touchdown reception over Usama Young #28 of the New Orleans Saints on November 16, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

San Diego Chargers (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) – The Chiefs could be in a tie for first place with a win on Monday night, no one thought that when Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry were lost for the season.

Chiefs 28 – Chargers 23

Last Week: 8-5

2011 Season: 54-38

38 Responses to “Ron Glover’s NFL Predictions: Week 8 (10/30/11 – 10/31/11)”

  1. Temple3 says:

    QB draw on 3rd and 4 — with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Mark it down.

  2. Temple3 says:

    Panthers may regret that less than aggressive call.

  3. Origin says:

    Yeah Temple they did end up regretting that play. That was a dumb play and they pretty much game that game away with that crap. Add to the Ticky Tac holding call on steve smith to end the game. It took the second half for Rivera to realize that you don’t leave your LT all alone against Allen.

    I swear as I say every Sunday you see some of the worst coaching on Sundays in the NFL. The Cardinals wait till the Ravens are 15 yards from from scoring their 20th point before they realize that Peterson needs to be guarding Bolden since Flacco is throwing nothing but jump passes to him.

    So I see that Flacco decided to show up in the 3rd and 4th Qtrs and Kolb decided to sit out the 3rd and 4th Qtrs.

  4. Miranda says:

    I hope the Steelers keep beating up on Brady in the second half.

  5. Miranda says:

    I know a lot of people who are weeping at their picks this week. Thanks a lot Rams! UGH!

  6. Temple3 says:

    I’m going to say it because I don’t know how popular the sentiment is…but I wonder if Drew Brees’ contract dispute is an impediment to him providing the type of vocal leadership needed to keep this team focused. If they keep losing to inferior opponents, they’re going to find themselves playing a playoff game on the road in bad weather — again.

    Steelers looked good against NE today. Ben’s mistake with the pick and Rashard’s decision to run out of bounds with a lead and 8 minutes remaining no doubt pissed off the coaches. I don’t think he got more than 1 touch after that.

    Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are very good receivers. I’m comfortable with them in any situation right now. If the offensive line can get through the Baltimore and Cincinnati games, this could be an interesting season. The young guys on defense were ballin’.

    Ike Taylor was man-to-man on Welker for most of the game. 6 catches for 39 yards. Ike Taylor is one of the best kept secrets in the league. He can cover with just about anyone — he just cannot catch or make big plays on the ball. No Aaron Smith, no Harrison, no Farrior, no Hines Ward…Woodley for 3 quarters. Not bad effort all around.

  7. kos says:

    T3 -

    Did you notice that the Steelers actually played press man for most of the game? I’m glad to be wrong. LeBeau actually changed up his defense and limited Tom Brady to under 200 yards passing.

    I think another big key was that the Steelers sustained their drives and jumped on the Patriots early as opposed to letting the Pats get a big lead. Of course, that also has to do with the Pats defense not being that good this year.

    I’m still not too happy that the Steelers didn’t finish some of those drives. They still don’t punch it in the end zone when they get close enough to make me think that they have what it takes to win it all.

  8. Miranda says:

    Harpo? Who dis team be on my TV? Dis da iggles??

  9. Origin says:

    HAHA Miranda……..this si typical Andy. Lose the first few games, get off to a slow start then turn it on midway through the season.

  10. thomas says:

    Damn, Vick and Shady destroyed the Cowboys. Oh yeah Tebow looked a mess again.

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  11. Corin Brown says:

    Just finished the Pats/Steelers game. (There should be congressional hearings held on forcing employees to travel on Sundays during football season.)

    1. Steelers LOOKED good because they ARE good. Offensively they did whatever they wanted today. (Defensively, for that matter too. Throw in Special Teams, while we’re at it.) Although, I think New Mexico State could have run up the score on the Pats today. Miller had like 6 catches in the first quarter! There was no way NE ever comes close to winning that game without Guyton’s pick. The only way they got the ball back was recieving kickoff’s for pity’s sake! PIT didn’t punt until their last possession in the game. Anytime NE’s defense had PIT in 3rd & long, BR would hit Brown and the other guy – they were WIDE open every time. I haven’t had a chance to look at the box score (I’ll probably skip it) but PIT had to be over 75% on 3rd down offense. They also could have run the ball all game too if they wanted. True olé defense by NE today.

    2. With NE’s sorry pass rush and marshmallow soft zone, their only hope in any game is to win the turnover game and keep teams out of the end zone and score TD’s every time they get the ball. They actually did the first two today but Brady couldn’t do anything to help. That’s the only reason the score wasn’t more gruesome – the pick and, as someone mentioned above, PIT’s failure to finish drives convincingly.

    3. Brady laid an egg. But the PIT D came to play. They were in Brady’s grill all game without blitzing much at all, as far as I could see, which meant they were simply beating the Pats line one-on-one. PIT has a very good pass rush but the Pats O-line also particularly sucked today. Mankins had two false starts; Vollmer was overmatched by whoever lined up against him, etc., etc. Pats receivers couldn’t get open either. Excellent coverage, to be sure, but what exactly is Taylor Price doing in this league? Because it isn’t to play football. And Polamalu proved that all you need to do to throw Welker off his game is to ring his bell hard and he folds like a sissy. Gronk and Hernandez sucked too when Brady wasn’t missing them.

    3. Why didn’t BB challenge the Gronk TD with 4 minutes left? He wasted 90 precious seconds punching it in for a second time.

    4. Pats should have recovered the ball on that strip sack on BR in the fourth. That was a crucial recovery by PIT.

    5. Sweet onside kick.

    6. I hate it when O’Brien throws the running game out the window before the game even starts. Actually, I just hate O’Brien all the time.

    7. I also agree with the above general assessment of the NFL coaching performance.

    8. I should be the Pats OC. DC, while I’m at it too.

    9. Still, I’m fine with 5-2, as long as I see more BJGE down the line.

  12. Patrick says:

    ESPN’s Trent Dilfer has always been a constant Vick critic, but it appears he didn’t have much to say about the Eagles’ beatdown of the Cowboys … That “powerful” Dallas defense that Dilfer has constantly referred to, didn’t look very powerful last night.

    @ Origin: It has been rare to see ‘Shady’ McCoy have back-to-back 20+ carry games. Hopefully, this is a trend and it will be great to see Ronnie Brown get more opportunities. Brown shouldn’t be in Reid’s doghouse at this point.

    @ Miranda, did you see Keith Brooking out there for the Cowboys — out of position, missing tackles– just like the ol’ days in Atlanta when he was costing Vick and the Falcons games in the 4th quarter back in 2005 and 2006…

  13. Patrick says:

    How in the heck could a veteran 38 year old kicker miss a virtual chip-shot 31-yard field goal– at home?

    For Carolina, if it isn’t the run defense for three weeks, then its the kicker missing chip shot field goals…

    Cam has been impatient at times which led to costly INTs, but sometimes I wish he would run a tad more on first or second down on designed runs or bootlegs. At 6’5, 250, defenders are not as eager to tackle Newton and he has already established the fact he can throw the football.

    At times, Cam and Steve Smith are able to move the ball down the field, but the Panthers really need to get more out Jonathon Stewart and DeAngelo Williams as well.

  14. Temple3 says:

    @kos:

    I did notice the coverage. I’m wondering if they would have done that if Harrison and Farrior were healthy. Maybe not. Anyway, I said a few weeks ago that they needed to let the young guys play. Keenan Lewis was beaten on one td by Branch, but otherwise had a strong game. Ryan Clark was ferocious out there.

    This is also their best o-line combination in my opinion — but they’ll get a totally different test next week. Starks-Kemo-Pouncey-Foster-Gilbert…that’s the group that needs to stay healthy and on the field. When Scott has to play, it’s trouble. They need to cut him at the end of the season.

    I really like Gilbert at RT. It’s not his natural position, but I didn’t miss Willie Colon for a minute today.

  15. Temple3 says:

    @ C.B.:

    I’m still waiting to see how good the Steelers really are. I’ve felt like this is the game plan they should have used against NE ever since Dillon left. Defensively, they’re looking like the real deal.

    There are 2 huge concerns for me. The defense has to get takeaways in order to be a dominant unit. That’s not really happening yet. I suspect that if they can get Harrison and Woodley going for 3 or 4 weeks in a row, they’ll get FRs and INTs, but other guys need to do that now.

    Then there is the RZ off. It’s been a problem for years — mainly because the o-line isn’t a great drive blocking line. They’re big, but they don’t blow people off the line running straight ahead – and the tend not to feature Miller in the RZ — so lotsa FGs. I started Suisham today. They need to fix that too.

    Then, I’m all in.

  16. Corin Brown says:

    Pats could use someone like Ryan Clark. Every D needs a guy willing to take a personal foul and maybe a fine in order to establish physical superiority and intimidation. Merriwether was always streaky and I don’t necessarily miss him but at least he wasn’t afraid to get his nose dirty. Pats D has always had that one physical DB (Lawyer Milloy, Harrison, Merriwether) and not having one now is just one of their legion problems. Chung tries to be that guy and he is hard and tough but he’s just too little to inflict much damage. Shalise Manza Young (one of the Pats beat writers for the Globe) tweeted that besides Chung and McCourty every remaining Pats DB is off the street or was an undrafted FA. 32nd against the pass indeed.

    I agree that the Steelers O-line is the key and I like their personel too but it’s tough to draw many conclusions from their quality when they face such insipid competition like they did today with the Pats.

    Mendenhall looked frisky in the first half today. They coulda worked him harder. But that’s a rough critique to make when everything on O was working.

    Looks like the Pats still haven’t discovered the proper adjustments to make when facing a D who has skillfully prepared for their over-elaborate, precision passing attack (Jets, Balto…) Like running BJGE behind Gronk and Solder every down.

    I missed all the other games but I guess Reid finally made the commitment to the run everybody at TSF has been clamoring for. Don’t worry, he’ll go back to messing up soon. Also, you won’t be playing Dallas every week either. The Boys are so bad that they made the Pats D look good 2 weeks ago.

  17. Temple3 says:

    LOL @ Ryan Clark. He’s one of about 15 guys on defense willing to do that.

    We’ll know everything we need to know about that o-line in the next two weeks. Baltimore’s combination of Suggs and Ngata has been lethal; and Cincy’s ability to blitz and keep tight coverage has also been an issue.

    I see Antonio Brown and/or Sanders have high catch, 100 yard games against Baltimore and Cincinnati (assuming low to no turnovers on offense to shorten drives).

  18. eric daniels says:

    What’s up fam, after watching last weekend’s games I was amazed at how the Steelers offense did the opposite and controlled the clock against the Pats and made Tom Brady look mortal on defense.

    Don’t look now but the Eagles have a running game to take pressure off Vick, let’s hope Reid does not sabatage it , they may yet give themselves a chance this season.

    Is it me or if Tim Tebow were Black he wouldn’t had a chance to play QB and there wouldn’t all these excuses from people like Skip Bayless and others that he should be a TE in the NFL?

    The Niners look like a threat to win the NFC, they are tough, hard and are well coached.

    Cam Newton really needs to get a running game to help him, he is becoming the most polished rookie QB since Marino.

    The Denver Broncos could sure use Donavan Mc Nabb or David Gerrad right now.

  19. Corin Brown says:

    Not sure Garrard can get out of bed at the moment let alone play football. Didn’t he just have back surgery? Still anybody from their hospital bed might be better than Tebow. Tebow throws the ball like he’s right handed and just throwing lefty for kicks. Problem is that he IS left handed! He’s terrible. He could he their strength & conditioning coach.

  20. Miranda says:

    Good Lord Tebow has been crucified today (pun was right there). The Denver Post was merciless.

  21. Corin Brown says:

    Haha! The Tebow criticism from today will never be enough to satisfy his bloodthirsty haters. I’d feel sorry for him if he wasn’t a pro athlete.

  22. Miranda says:

    I haven’t been watching much of the game, but are the Chiefs giving Rivers fits or what? Is it just bad luck? I thought for sure this would be a relatively easy game for the Chargers…guess not.

  23. Corin Brown says:

    Despite Haley’s ineptitude, Crennel is still an excellent coach. Rivers has been off too. He’s been wild with his control all year. Rivers made the Pats D look halfway decent, after all.

  24. Ron Glover says:

    Emmitt Thomas, despite losing Eric Berry has kept the corners focused, they played well last night

  25. Temple3 says:

    It’s just too funny that a devout Christian was fed to the Lions on Sunday. I’m still ROTFLMBAO!!

    Rivers has been terrible and most of it is his own fault, but some of it is because Ryan Mathews is just a newbie and not a good all-around back. He still fumbles the rock. He doesn’t pick up blitzers. He’s got room to grow as a receiver as well. He runs well enough between the tackles, but he’s simply not a refined running back. LT2 and Sproles gave them much more versatility in the running game and the passing game.

    Norv Turner needs to go. He’s Gary Kubiak with more weapons than Andre Johnson. Antonio Gates needs to take a month off. He is not ready to go. The Chargers are fading from relevance. They no longer dominate this division. Last year, the Raiders beat them twice. If KC had Jamaal Charles, they might have beaten SD twice this year. I think this team needs to retool for ’12 — even though they’re still tied for first place.

    Matt Cassel throws 2 picks, fumbles the rock, and the Chargers still lose? That’s just lame.

  26. kos says:

    Next Sunday’s Steelers-Ravens game should be a good one. Baltimore better not start out like they did against the Cardinals, because the Steelers aren’t going to let them come back on them like that.

    ED -

    Reid will continue to run the ball until the Eagles clinch a berth in the playoffs, then will decide that the ball needs to be thrown 55 times a game. Seriously, they need to look for some O linemen in the next draft!

    The Panthers problem is more defense. With Beason and David hurt, their linebacking corps is seriously depleted. The running game is a lot better than it was the first two weeks, when Cam had 3 less yards than Williams & Stewart combined.

    Tebow was screwed from the start. You could see it coming. They trade away his #1 receiver before the deadline. He wins a game in the last 3 minutes against the 27th ranked pass defense in the NFL, and folks start deifying him. Folks got excited when he came back against the Texans last year, who had the 32nd ranked pass defense. He goes up against the 6th ranked pass defense and gets thrashed. Oakland is up next with the 25th ranked pass defense, so he should have an easier time. Bottom line, if he has to face a top pass defense, Denver is probably going to get thrashed.

    Reading on Yahoo! Sports, most of the Lions defense thought he was in over his head. This is what the Tebow fans wanted, though! In the end, Brady Quinn might get a chance to prove that he’s back-up material!

    Rivers has stunk this entire season. I haven’t watched a full Chargers game this season, so I couldn’t tell everything that was wrong. But, what I did see, Gates shouldn’t be playing. It’s clear that he’s playing hurt and isn’t on his game. T3 is right about Matthews being incomplete. He may grow into it, but it’s too late for this year. That’s management’s cheap ass fault. Norv Turner hasn’t been much of an upgrade from Marty.

    Looks like between Denver playing musical QB’s trying to please their fan base, Oakland having to go with Carson Palmer at QB, and San Diego not being good so far, KC might win this division again.

  27. eric daniels says:

    What’s up kos,

    You are probaly right about Philly, Reid will run the ball until they clinch a playoff berth and then feel like he has to pass 35 times and run near the goaline and then fuck it up.

    I forgot about the Panthers linebacking core out for the season, but I am surprised that Cam has stepped his game up to Marino-like levels.

    I just think that people (mostly white evangelicals)think Tebow is going to be a future President of the United States and are in denial about his ability as a QB when he should be an H- Back, TE, or FB because he does not have the skill set to play QB in the NFL. But Mc Daniels drafted him and Elway inherited him and somebody should tell that young man the truth right now.

    The AFC is a mess right now and anyone can win the Conference because there is no big difference between the elite teams in the conference. I want to see how the Ravens- Steelers game shakes out to as a favorite. In the NFC it’s the Packers and everybody else but the Packers haven’t played anybody outside of their division or sub- 500 teams yet.

  28. Temple3 says:

    To me, the gaps between Green Bay, Pittsburgh, New England, Baltimore isn’t all that significant. I’d throw the Jets in there, but I think the retirement of Kris Jenkins is catching up with them. Sanchez has to get the offense to another level in order for them to remain in that top group.

    Detroit, Buffalo, Houston, San Francisco are all right there as well — but I put them a step down because none of them have a QB that has won a memorable game, let alone a big game.

    Atlanta, San Diego, New Orleans, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Kansas City are all dangerous — if they catch you at home and the weather is cooperating, but they’re not in the upper echelons of teams.

    And the Giants and Philly just have too much to sort out. I don’t know where they fit just yet, but we’re going to find out about both of them real soon.

  29. Corin Brown says:

    Right on, T. I think SF has really got a great groove going – best in the NFL at the moment. And if Alex Smith didn’t have such a dreadful portfolio up until this season, it’s the kind of groove they might ride pretty far.

  30. Temple3 says:

    Shhhh!! Quietly, very quietly none other than Tarvaris Jackson has thrown for 300 yards in each of his last 2 full games: home losses to the Falcons and Bengals. I don’t know how well he played, but he’s definitely under the radar.

    @ Dallas
    Baltimore
    @ St. Louis

    I guess it could get better before it gets worse.

  31. eric daniels says:

    Temple,

    How are you doing I may agree with about the elite teams in the AFC but I think teams like the Niners and the Giants could travel to Green Bay in December or January and beat them because they run the ball and play great , tough defense. And is Tarvaris throwing for 300 yards the last 2 games? Isn’t Pete Carroll a defensive guru.

  32. Origin says:

    @ Patrick – Yeah its nice to see Reid give Shady some carries. Shady has been carrying the ball so much the last 2 games he must think he is still back at Pitt running over sorry ass Notre Dame. But you know Reid that nut will pass the ball 55 times come playoff time and set Vick up to fail…..just like Mcnabb.

    @ Temple “It’s just too funny that a devout Christian was fed to the Lions on Sunday. I’m still ROTFLMBAO!!”

    Man that is some of the funniest stuff I have ever read………I am laughing so hard tears are coming ot of my eyes…LOL!!!

    @ Miranda – Did you see Stephen Tulluck “Tebowing” when he sacked Tebow…LOL!!! Man watching these last 2 games Tebow has played is must see TV. My wife has watched the last 2 games and that sista is straight up cold blooded all she does is bust out laughing every time that dude passes. She doesn’t even watch college football so she really didn’t know too much about him until he went pro. But all she does is keep asking me during the game…how did this dude get drafted and he can’t throw the ball better than an 8 year old….Like I said the sista is heartless LOL!!!

    Speaking of Tullock……..Miranda can you call E-40 on your girl Jemele Hill? She sure had her captain Save a Hoe costume on with the article she wrote today. Boy do jokers like her serve their masters well.

    @Kos – Yeah when it comes to the Broncos organization Tebow got the black QB treatment when they traded his best WR. But unlike his black counterparts he gets cheers when his team gets blown out and when he has a bad game insted of boos and death threats. So its not so bad for old Timmy. Tebow will be fine there will always be a spot for him as a backup QB, I wouldn’t doubt that his career lasts longer then Culpepper’s and Shaun King’s combined if he wants to ride the bench. Then after he retires he will have a nice seat on ESPN if he wants or even be able to pursue politics.

    @ED – If Tebow was a black QB he would have never been drafted (the media and the fans would have started a riot). It would have been play another position or you won’t ever sniff the NFL unless you buy a ticket to watch a game. There have been streaky to bad passers in this league but I have never seen a pro QB that threw the ball this bad in my life. I have watched arena football, CFL and world league football and I still haven’t seen anyone this bad. I mean the dude is out there playing like “hot cat piss” its freaking sad, really its like watching a freak show at the circus or something.

    This whole Tebow thing reminds me of that episode of the old Twilight Zone where the young boy is friends with the boxer. The young boy wishes and hopes so hard that the boxer will win his next fight that he actually changes the out come of the fight and the boxer wins. Well thats what some folks are doing with Tebow they think that they can wish and hope so hard that Tebow will all of a sudden become Payton Manning or Tom Brady.

    The funniest thing is you had fans in Denver standing up giving high fives to each other as Tebow ran for 20 yards in the 4th Qtr in a 45-3 game. Then when he threw to the TD pass to make it 45-10 folks were going crazy.

    In all of this I feel sad for Kyle Orton dude has been Negrofied. This kat ends up getting benched for Grossman and Tebow, two of the most sorriest busta ass busta QBs who have ever played QB in the NFL.

    * Side Note – Has anyone heard from Charlie Casserly? All these jokers who dogged out Cam before the draft have been hiding. Not to mention that SOB Nolan Nawrocki saying the other day that he still thinks Cam will be a bust and won’t be able to handle the success in the offseason. Oh and didn’t Mayock say that Blaine Gabbert was the best QB in this past draft….LOL!!!

  33. GrandNubian says:

    I’m looking forward in watching “Playbook” on NFL Network this week….especially after Sterling Sharpe was the only one of the 3 analysts to predict a Steelers win. He (Sharpe) also said LaMarr Woodley would dominate the game. I wonder if the other two (Baldinger & Millen) will eat crow? (Warren Sapp did after calling the Steelers “old & slow”).

    It’s going to be interesting to see who they pick in the Ravens-Steelers re-match.

  34. kos says:

    Origin -

    Tebow will play somewhere, even as a benchwarmer. He’s too popular and you have too many teams that are just interested in making money rather than winning. You could see in college that his long, slow delivery was going to get him in trouble. Unless he gets receivers always willing to go get the ball and are always better than the DB’s on them (like at Florida), and we know that’s almost impossible in the pros, he’s not even really a serviceable NFL third stringer. Also, I’ve never seen a lefty so inaccurate. Usually, lefties are more accurate, even if they do have a pop gun for an arm.

    GN -

    Given how the Steelers traditionally play against the Patriots, I picked against them to win. I never thought that LeBeau would change up his defense for the Patriots, because up to now, he hadn’t.

    Warren Sapp is still defiant about the Steelers defense. Still says that they won’t get better as the season goes along, because that doesn’t happen with old teams. Of course, that totally overlooks the fact that the Steelers have young guys that have come in and done their jobs.

    ED -

    Can’t see the Niners marching into Green Bay and beating them in the playoffs unless there’s a heat wave in January and it’s 50+ degrees! Their running game is great, and their defense is sound, but you’re still going to need Alex Smith to make some plays. With Charles Woodson goading him, and possibly blitzing him, Alex Smith would turn into the Alex Smith of old.

    The Giants on the other hand are totally dependent on which Eli shows up. Get Bradshaw and Jacobs going, and take the pressure off of Eli, and they have their best chance. Their defensive line is good enough to wreak havoc with Rodgers’ timing.

  35. Miranda says:

    Origin…I read Jemele’s article..LMAO….damn she swooped in like “Oh Mighty Isis” for real (old school Saturday morning reference).

    Does anyone think T.O. will get a shot with a team this season?

  36. GrandNubian says:

    @kos

    I had the same reservations in regards to LeBeau, but something told me that this year the Steelers would beat the Pats. I may be wrong but I think Carnell Lake may have convinced LeBeau to change his coverage approach.

    Also, I hear you on Sapp. Sometimes I think he’s just “playing television”. Other times i’m thinking this cat probably took too many shots to the dome….lol.

    @Miranda

    T.O. is done. If I were him, i’d be concentrating on making movies at this point in my life.

  37. eric daniels says:

    Origin,

    There was one pass in the first half Tebow threw that was so over the head of the running back (and it was 3rd and three) I was laughing my ass off and the RB was so open my 68 y.o. mother could have hit him with room to spare. I thought I was watching my godaughter’s little league mighty mites. I expect bad throws from 8 y.o. not 24 y.o. Pro football QBs. Tim Tebow will be the Republican nominee for President in about 20 years is the only reason his jersey is popular.

    I think Harbraugh has been able to hide Alex Smith’s flaws, he reminds me of Trent Difler when he was with the Ravens just don’t fuck it up. The defense and the running game will take care any Smith missteps and all he has to do is manage the game, he has good WRs and a great TE in Vernon Davis. I think they can travel to Green Bay in January and beat the Packers because they are so physical.

  38. Origin says:

    @ED

    “Tim Tebow will be the Republican nominee for President in about 20 years is the only reason his jersey is popular.”

    So true man so true.

    The thing that really ticks me off is that folks for years dogged and I mean dogged Mcnabb for his bad passes. And he never ever was as inaccurate as this busta. Yet for the last 2 years folks have talked like how Tebow’s accuracy will be corrected because of his heart and work ethic. In the Miami game Salomon Wilcots would just be silent when this dude was throwing horrible passes. I mean this kat was throwing passes 15 feet over the WRs head and 30 feet beyond the WR. But I have seen games where Mcnabb would pass for 60% and 300 yard and 3 TDs and a bum like Aikman and Joe Buck would go on and on about 3 short hop passes that he threw in a game.

    Its a joke ED all these dudes that had to be converted to a WR who were QBS in college and never got a decent shot. Yet you got this dude who throws no better then my 13 year old daughter who has never played football in her life. But I am suppose to believe that he gives his team a better chance to win than Orton.

    Sunday night took the cake when Rodney Harrison was like its not all Tebow’s fault he needs help from his team. Look man Tebow in 2 games started 3 for 10 don’t give me that crap. You the same punk that was dogging out Mcnabb 2 Sundays ago talking about that he needs to get benched even though he was like 12 for 15 or something like that at half time. Even though 2 of his incompletions were dropped passes…….Harrison is a fool!!!

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