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NFL Week 4 2009

By: Nick Popyack

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       To whomever is reading this blog, let me tell you this before I get started: I absolutely love the fact that the Lions beat the Redskins. Not only is it a testament to how bad the Redskins are, but it also is a huge lift for the fans and players in Detroit. If you read my post last week, you might remember me saying that game could be Detroit’s first win after losing 19 straight. However, I didn’t have it in me to pick them to actually win the game. Curse my common sense! Here’s week 4.

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
[Sunday 1:00]

       The Lions have finally beaten a team after 19 consecutive failed attempts [though two of those were really close], but the rest of the league isn’t going to stand still for them. I like what Jim Schwartz is doing for their team, but he has a tough matchup this week in Chicago. One of last year’s premiere runners, Matt Forte, has had a slow start but should have a big game against a team that’s allowing 4.5 yards per rush. While Chicago’s defense hasn’t impressed me very much this year, Detroit’s is even less impressive. While I expect much from Detroit in the future, I’m not very trusting for this week.
Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
[Sunday 1:00]

       The Browns may not be the worst team in the league, but they’re certainly close. I’m still firm in my belief that the Rams are the worst, but to each his own. However, when it comes to one of the most important statistics, points allowed, the Browns are the absolute worst. They’ve allowed at least 27 points in each of their first three games, and have yet to crack 21 on their own. This does not look good for Eric Mangini, a defensive-minded coach. Starting a different quarterback after keeping who was the starter a secret from the entire team is not a good way to show people you know what you’re doing. Derek Anderson needs to have a good game, or it seems Mangini will just pull him for Brett Ratliff. On the other side of the state, the Bengals hung in for a tough dramatic win against the Steelers. Carson Palmer looked like the top 5 QB he used to be, though with less weapons, I should add. The defense looked really good, and they’re looking like contenders for the time being. Easy win for the Bengals.
Cincinnati Bengals

Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans
[Sunday 1:00]

       The Texans defense is so bad. Just terrible [436.7 yards per game]. They can’t stop anyone on the ground. No one. This is also coming after three weeks of facing primarily running teams, but their pass defense has yet to impress fans as well. 2 interceptions and 2 sacks is not the way to start the year on defense. It’s a good thing they can score a whole bunch of points, but even an offense like theirs hasn’t been able to overcome their poor defensive play. While the Raiders don’t have a great offense, they have a decent enough rushing attack to make the Texans just a little scared. Based purely on last year’s outcome [27-16, Raiders], I’m taking the silver and black.
Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts
[Sunday 1:00]

       The Seahawks are very close to seeing another 2008 campaign. What happened last year was Matt Hasselbeck was injured for the majority [9 games] of the ’08 season. They really didn’t do very well under Seneca Wallace [or Charlie Frye, for that matter], and they may be headed down that path again. This year, however, they have a solid rushing attack and their defense has turned up the heat, recording 9 sacks in their first three games. Despite their defensive success, I can’t ignore the Colts, who have one of the most consistent offenses in the league behind Peyton Manning’s arm. Seattle will fall when faced with an elite offense.
Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
[Sunday 1:00]

       Another week, another disappointing loss for the Titans, a team that a year ago posted a league-high 13 wins and only three losses, which is already their total in ’09. What’s even worse is that they’ve lost every single game by seven points or less. It’s an unfortunate start for Jeff Fischer’s team, who’ll try to become one of only a handful of teams to make the postseason after an 0-3 start. They can start off against the Jaguars, a team that listened to me last week [doubtful] and got the ball into Maurice Jones-Drew’s hands. The result? 147 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns, and, more importantly, a win. For those who think the Jags are on their way back to the top, take a look at Tennessee’s run defense, allowing only 2.2 yards a carry. Without success on the ground, the Jags will once again turn to David Garrard. I do, however, expect the Titans to be successful on the ground as well as through the air. Tennessee will finally get a win.
Tennessee Titans

New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs
[Sunday 1:00]

       Man, the Giants looked good last week against the Bucs. Granted, they were playing the Bucs, but nonetheless, they were impressive and shut out Tampa Bay after getting slashed for 251 rushing yards against the Cowboys. The daunted Giants rushing attack was back last week and they don’t look like they’ll concede to the Chiefs. Whether you think Eli Manning is good or not [Me? That’d be a ‘Not’], you can’t deny that he has a great team around him. The Chiefs are just struggling to find some sort of direction under Matt Cassel. If they fix their offensive line problem, they can win. Until then, I’m going with the Giants.
New York Giants

Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
[Sunday 1:00]

       This is an intriguing matchup. You have the epitome of consistency in Tom Brady against one of the best rising talents in Joe Flacco. While the Patriots are certainly glad Tom Brady is back, they have to be frustrated with their lack of success in the red zone. The Ravens, however, haven’t done much wrong this season and are second in offensive yards and points behind the Saints. Though I feel their pass defense has regressed, they are completely stuffing teams’ rushing attacks. This game will be a telling one for the Patriots, as we’ll see how they do against a clear playoff contender. In the end, the Patriots will have to score touchdowns, not field goals, and I’m not sure if I can trust them to do that. I don’t doubt that Bill Belichick will figure something out, but until then, I’m going with the Ravens. Red zone success is a must in this league. And here’s an interesting fact that many might not be aware of: The Patriots haven’t recorded an interception since December 21, 2008. They have to do something about that.
Baltimore Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins
[Sunday 1:00]

       Oh, the Redskins. If they have to fight for a victory against the Rams and can’t even get one against the Lions, I don’t see them doing much in a very tough division. The same could be said for the Buccaneers, but these teams are very different in their shortcomings. While the Bucs can’t seem to move the ball at all, the Redskins are in the top half of the league when it comes to producing yards, but are in the bottom five when it comes to scoring points. For whatever reason it is, the Redskins can move the ball towards their endzone, but just can’t reach it. Their defense hasn’t been nearly as productive as they would have hoped. After signing Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo, you’d think they could manage more than 4 sacks and 1 interception. They haven’t even been playing good offenses [Minus the Giants]! They can’t stop the pass, they can’t stop the run [Allowing 4.4 yards a carry, again, against very bad offenses]… It’s really one of the more surprising things to happen in 2009. The Bucs look just as bad, though it should be noted that they’ve been playing significantly better teams than the Redskins [Again, minus the Giants]. The Bucs have a worse pass defense than Washington, allowing 7 touchdowns through the air in their first three games. Despite the fact that Haynesworth and Clinton Portis may not even play in this game, the Redskins actually did score some points last week.
Washington Redskins

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
[Sunday 4:05]

       What a blow for the Dolphins. With such a great rushing offense, it’s easy to sometimes overlook how good Chad Pennington was for them. Now, he’ll be watching the game from the sidelines, and Chad Henne will take his place. I’d like to think that any quarterback could step into this position and succeed, given the fact that the Dolphins can run the ball so well, but it’s the receivers of the Dolphins that are struggling. If they could have stepped up their game just a little in the Indianapolis game, the Dolphins would have won a game they clearly should have. Without Chad Pennington’s accuracy, I’m not optimistic about the passing offense of the Dolphins. Their passing defense could use some work as well, as they’re in the no-interception club with the Patriots and the Browns. The Bills, are succeeding with their no huddle offensive strategy, and get back Marhsawn Lynch this week. You can bet on a lot of rushing yards this week, with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams facing Lynch and Fred Jackson. Maybe the Bills will get T.O. involved this week. In a close one, I like the more experienced quarterback and wide receivers.
Buffalo Bills

New York Jets @ New Orleans Saints
[Sunday 4:05]

       You know, for how explosive the Saints are on offense, no one’s talking about how good their defense has been this year. It’s easy to overlook when your offense is averaging 40 points a game, but the Saints are leading the league with the Packers with 7 interceptions. They’re also allowing only 3.2 yards per rush, and have let in only 5 offensive touchdowns all year. The Saints offense is definitely playing towards this, as other teams have been throwing the ball more than 40 times a game against the Saints, but it’s given them a 3-0 start. It’s quite clear that the Jets have a good defense as well, seeing as they’ve held some of the best offenses in football to 7, 9 and 17 points. Against the Saints, I expect their defense to finally get to Drew Brees. This will be one of the better matchups we’ll see this year. Another close one, but I like the Saints defense overwhelming Mark Sanchez.
New Orleans Saints

Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Broncos
[Sunday 4:15]

       The Broncos are 3-0. They’re tied with the most sacks in the league, haven’t allowed a passing touchdown and have 5 interceptions. They’re allowing a league low 5.3 points a game and 214.7 yards a game. How do the Broncos have the best defense in the league? By playing the Raiders and the Browns, that’s how. They have yet to face a decent offense this year. One might argue that the Bengals look like they have a good offense, but when they started out the year [Against the Broncos], they beat themselves with a plethora of dropped passes. I’m not counting them at that time as a good offense [Besides, they should have won that game]. Against a powerful rushing team like the Cowboys, and with a defense that has turned up the heat, I think we’ll find out how good [Or bad] the Broncos really are.
Dallas Cowboys

St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
[Sunday 4:15]

       Man, what a close game the 49ers lost against the Vikings. It just speaks volumes about a team that lost its top runner, Frank Gore, and was still winning a game against a great team until the final minute. Because Frank Gore is injured, his back up, Glen Coffee, will get the majority of carries. Coffee looked great in the preseason and he faces a team that’s allowing 4.3 yards a carry. The Rams haven’t done much right in their first three games, and, as I have stated many times before, I think they’re the worst team in the league. Their chances of getting their first win won’t get easier with Marc Bulger missing practice, but at least Steven Jackson is getting the ball. Giving the ball to your best offensive player is the first key to offensive success. It won’t be enough, however, to get past the great defense of the 49ers.
San Francisco 49ers

San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
[Sunday 8:20]

       The Steelers do not look good. They completely relaxed after taking a 20-9 lead on the Bengals, and suffered for their cockiness. It’s clear after their consecutive losses that the Steelers defense without Troy Polomalu can be picked apart by the elite quarterbacks. Phillip Rivers has to be considered one of the elite after his first three games this year. Vincent Jackson has emerged as a clear number one receiver, and despite their lack of rushing success, the Chargers still have LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles. Well, they might have LT. After missing two weeks with an ankle injury, he’s practicing again and looks to prove that he’s still the best back in the league, though few believe him. With the Steelers, it’s hard to side on a team that has blown two leads and is a Jeff Reed field goal away from being 0-3. The former champions have a great quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, but, uncharacteristically, their defense has failed to make key stops like they did last year. Polomalu is the key. Until he gets back in the mix, I’d be wary to pick the Steelers.
San Diego Chargers

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
[Monday 8:30]

       Damn you, Greg Lewis. If you had made plays like that for the Eagles, we would have won a few more games, and you’d probably have a bigger contract. The lone catch of the year for former Eagle receiver Greg Lewis just happened to be for the win in a dramatic game for the Vikings. What a surprise: Brad Childress signed a former Eagles player. He didn’t stray from his strange fascination in players that Andy Reid has coached when he signed Brett Favre [Coached by Reid from ‘92-‘98]. Did anyone else notice that? … Anyway, the Vikings won a tight game against the 49ers, and their offense has really taken flight with Brett Favre under center. The Packers, however, are having some offensive problems, specifically on the offensive line. For those who think that the offensive line isn’t the most important unit on a football team, watch this game. Aaron Rodgers is the most sacked quarterback in the league this year with 12, and the dysfunction on the line has a 4,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard rusher and two 1,000 receivers stuck at 22nd in the league in yards gained. Facing a defensive line like the Vikings’, I’m not predicting a very pretty day for Aaron Rodgers.
Minnesota Vikings

Recap:
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Oakland Raiders
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
New York Giants
Baltimore Ravens
Washington Redskins
Buffalo Bills
New Orleans Saints
Dallas Cowboys
San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers
Minnesota Vikings

Bye weeks: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles

Last week’s winner: Nick [11]
Season totals:

Pat: 33
Nick: 32
Kavik: 28


       Every week, I participate in 610 WIP’s “Suicide Pool”, in which you must pick a team every week that you think will win. The only catch is you can only pick each team once the entire season, meaning, if you last the entire season, you will have picked 17 different teams. Last week, my pick was:

Week 3 Suicide Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Fantasy Football: The story of Team Nate Kaeding [0-3]

       Dropped RB Fred Taylor, RB Le'Ron McClain and Texans D/ST and picked up WR Mario Manningham, WR Pierre Garcon, and Bills D/ST. Once again, I was leading going into the final Sunday game, but my opponent had Peyton Manning to play. If I had played half of the other teams in my league, I would have won. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and I lost, 96-112. My team is constantly scoring more points, but we can’t get a freakin’ win. We’re like the Titans.

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1 comment:

  1. The worst team in the NFL is no other than the Oakland Raiders!
    Why well when you see all the sites saying that the Oakland Raiders running game will beat Houston because of Houston,s bad run defense they overlooked one thing.
    That is the Oakland Raiders have a very bad passing game and there is no need for Houston to even line up and guard any WRs just stop the run and they did and the Raiders lost again.
    So the Oakland Raiders are the worst team in NFL and might not win another game all season.
    You heard it here The Gator says so....

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