Bills at Ravens, for Bills fans this game has all the markings of being Shelia from “Army of Darkness”, post-Necronomicon; “Honey, you got reeeal ugly!”.
The Ravens are coming off of a tough loss at New England. The Bills are coming off of a bye week where I am sure the reality of how far they are from being good was hammered home. The Bills cannot stop the run. The Ravens have Ray Rice. If you have Ray Rice on your fantasy team let me congratulate you in advance for winning your game this week. I see him going for 250 all purpose yards and 3 TDS.
Ray Lewis and the returning Ed Reed will punish the Bills offense. There is no other way to put it, the Bills will pay for the Pats comeback last week.
Ravens 38 Bills 6; “Mark it Dude”.
Well that feels better. I am not sure what got into me but I picked 10 of the 14 NFL games this weekend correctly. It would’ve been better news had Joe Munley over at The Altered States of Munley not picked 9 correctly, but what can you do?
So the margin on the season is now Munley +1 (50-49). Here’s hoping that both of us can continue on the upward trend. It was more than a little pathetic the prior two weeks.
Best Bet of the week, pick against the Bills. I know, it is pretty obvious, but this week it makes even more sens than it normally would. They suck and the Ravens have to be steamed after last week’s loss. Oh and Ed Reed returns this week. It is the perfect storm for a new low for the 2010 Buffalo Bills.
For What it’s Worth, I will not waste my time going through the schedules picking apart each game trying to factor in injuries that have not occurred yet if they will at all. So does it matter who I think will win the KC – STL matchup in week 15? No, but I will take K.C.; this is more a broadstrokes take on how I see the 2010 NFL season, AFC style.
1. Oakland – I know it seems as insane as Al Davis to pick them up here, but this division is weak sauce. I think the Raiders may be the team to be the best of the worst.
2. San Diego – I am not a fan of the hardball A.J. Smith played with Marcus McNeil. You don’t do that to a young Pro Bowl Left Tackle. I think that he could be the loose string that pulls apart the Charger sweater.
3. Kansas City - I think that Weis and Crennel will make both units that much better. I love Jamaal Charles, and not just because he is a member of Davie Hogan’s Blueberries.
4. Denver – Josh McDaniels is a world class D-bag. I hate their moves in the offseason, from trades to drafts I think this team has taken a major step backwards.
1. Pittsburgh - I know that Big Ben is on the shelf for 4 games, and that does hurt the Steelers. But with Ed Reed out for 6 games in Baltimore and the Bengals destined to make more noise on Twitter than on the field I still think that Pittsburgh is the team to beat.
2. Baltimore – Losing Ed Reed is beyond huge. I also have questions about whether Ray Rice can take the workload he did last year. That was a key to their success and this division will pound you for almost half your schedule.
3. Cincinnati – Carson Palmer looked awful at the end of the year. They could add 80′s era Jerry Rice as a target and if he does not get it together it would not matter. I am a huge fan of their starting corners, and think they could make noise in the division with the top two teams facing lost leader issues in the early going.
4. Cleveland – I used to love Jake Delhomme, used to. I am sure that the Big Show will get them in the right direction, but this year they will be a non factor.
1. Houston – “All Good Things…”, this is the year. I think that if the Texans can get a decent running game again this year they will take it. Gut feeling, that is all.
2. Indianapolis – This year’s Colts team reminds me of the 1995 Bills. They have lost something with that Super Bowl loss. They will go through the painful truths that all dynasty teams do, the day of mediocrity is coming.
3. Tennessee – They are a QB1 away from having a shot in this division. Vince Young is as fragile as a leg lamp.
4. Jacksonville – Coming soon to a LA Stadium near you.
1. New England – I know they looked vulnerable last year, but that was last year. Tom Brady was coming off a knee injury, and it showed. Now they could be lumped with Indy, but unlike Indy the Pats are coming off an overall weak year. One more kick at the can for New England this year.
2. New York – Too much bravado for a team with a mediocre QB. I know Peyton Manning had a rough first year as well. If you think Mark Sanchez is the next Peyton I have some lake front property I would like you to see. They are tough, but too noisy for me to take seriously.
3. Miami – I think that next year they will be in the top 2, but they need another off-season to reach the level of the two teams above them.
4. Buffalo – Comments to come in future post. Obviously I am sad about having to pick them this low.
Wild Card teams : Baltimore, Indianapolis
AFC Champion: New England
Super Bowl : New England vs New Orleans
Champ: New England