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Prognostication Is My Business: Week 3 in the 2012 NFL

Does anyone like Thursday night games? I know the players don’t as several will miss the games with injuries that typically take a full week to almost heal and I’m pretty sure the fans don’t even like it. They can only be seen on the NFL Network and your team will only be on there once a year, which is hardly a reason to switch to dish and they completely ruin Sundays if your team is playing. To be perfectly honest I don’t even like Monday Night Football. I like my Sundays. I digress. The Patriots nearly came from behind, but still lost, in a game they were favored by nearly two touchdowns while the Giants completed the comeback and won by a touchdown. Buffalo had no need for a comeback as they blew out the Chiefs and the Jets had no chance as they were stifled by the Steelers. Let’s see how they will fare this week.

@ Carolina Panthers -2.5 New York Giants

This is an awful spot for the G-Men. Hakeem Nicks, David Diehl, Ahmad Bradshaw and Domenik Hixon are all out. They are on the road against a dynamic player in Cam Newton who can eat up defenses. The reasons why the Panthers are favored is obvious and as a prognosticator I think it’s the safe bet, but induldge me for a moment and I’ll tell you why as a fan I believe they will win. We still have Eli Manning and Victor Cruz. I don’t think Bradshaw is a feature back, so that isn’t a huge loss. They haven’t had the same offensive line seemingly since 2008. Newton is prone to make mistakes in the form of interceptions so the name of the game is contain and force him to pick apart the secondary. Big Blue is a more seasoned team and can take advantage of the up and coming Panthers. Plus the Giants always do the opposite of what you think they will.

New York Jets -2.5 @ Miami Dolphins

Anything can happen in road games and more importantly in divisional games. The Jets look like a mediocre team this year, which is more than you can say for the fish. Sure both teams are 1-1, but the Dolphins had the luxury of playing a west coast team on their home turf, where they all have trouble adjusting to the new time zone. The Jets will have no such problem and will move the ball on that weak d like an offensive lineman on a buffet. Ryan Tannehill will have more growing pains. Off the field he was winning the battle with his smoking hot wife Lauren, but the Jets are pulling closer as Mark Sanchez is dating Eva Longoria. Or are they winning?

Buffalo Bills -3 @ Cleveland Browns

I’m back in on the Bills. Well in certain situations like playing quite possibly the worst team in the league. CJ Spiller is my proudest prediction thus far. Have I mentioned that yet? I think I may have. I believe that Fitzy will have a big game passing for 300 plus yards while there is another dominating performance for everybody’s favorite losers.

@ Baltimore Ravens -3 New England Patriots

My how the mighty have fallen. The Pats looked like they would roll through this season straight into their second straight Superbowl. We knew they would lose a couple, because everyone does, but the Arizona Cardinals? Now the world has lost faith in this squad as they are road dogs. The Ravens lost last week too remember? I think that Belichick has had this game circled on his calendar for months and will be prepared to baffle Flaco, shut down Ray Rice and allow Tom Brady to do what he does best. Pats win on the road.

-Erik

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Try, Try Again – Week Three Picks

Make fun of Tom Brady for the Uggs commercials but you can’t question the toughness of anyone who will get in Ray Lewis’ grill.

It’s been a pretty rough first couple weeks in terms of picking for us here at SeeYouInOctober. Last week I finished with a 1-2-1 mark thnaks to the Giants hitting the seven points on the head. Overall this season I am now 2-4-1. That’s not exactly stellar but last weekend I went 9-0 (and 6-2 against the spread) in picking college games of my full-time gig so I have a feeling things are going to start turning around.

New York Jets (-2.5) at Miami Dolphins

I’m taking another New York team on the road in this one. Miami is just so bad. I know the Dolphins took down Oakland last week but the Jets won’t be recovering from a late Monday night game and have had a full week to prepare. Revis is still questionable to play which could hurt but if the Jets secondary can’t stop Tannehill without Revis I’m not sure that they can with Revis.

Snaps for Tebow: Seven. I think the Wildcat gets a few more laps around the track this weekend. I also predicted Tebow’s first pass attempt of the season.

The Pick: Jets 24 Dolphins 12

New York Giants (+2.5) at Carolina Panthers

Boy do I love me some Cam Newton. The dude is just a beast. Reminds me a bunch of Daunte Culpepper with his ability to throw and

Love Killa’ Cam but I’m taking the Giants this week.

run over dudes. He’s better than Vick because he doesn’t crumple like wet paper towels when he gets hit. In fact he often brings the pain more than takes it. I am wary about him because he reminds me of a young LeBron and I’m terrified he will do something a la the decision that will make me turn on him.

Anyway I really like the Giants in this game. I think that win over Tampa Bay really got the momentum going and even with Hakeem Nicks and most of the rest of the roster out, Eli has clearly made it to the elite level. I also think the Panthers, while a team that will be a ton of fun to watch this season, is still locked for a 7-9 year or thereabouts.

The Pick: Giants 28, Panthers 21

Buffalo (-3) at Cleveland

C.J. Spiller is getting ready for a “Get on my back and I will carry you to 2-1″ game. The Browns actually played well in week two and Brandon Weedon actually looked like a real NFL quarterback. This week the pass rush, led by Mario Williams might be too much for the 28-year-old rookie and if Spiller is for real (and I am all in on that being true) the Bills will put up their second blowout in as many weeks. Otherwise the Browns will be 2-1 and tied for first in the AFC North and really who thinks that’s going to happen?

The Pick: Bills 31 Browns 14

New England (+3) at Baltimore

From 13.5 favorite to three-point dogs. That’s what a 20-18 loss to to the effing Cardinals will do to you. Still the Patriots probably would not have been favored in this game anyway. Both teams are coming off of tough losses and desperately want  a win to stay above .500. Plus the bad blood between these teams tied in with the Patriots narrow win in the AFC title game make this a HUGE week three matchup. Still this game seems perfect for Baltimore who even without T-Suggs has a strong defense and will be out for blood against New England. Needless to say I am not looking forward to the painful Sunday night I will be enduring.

The Pick: Ravens 27 Patriots 20

-Phil

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Like A Boss Week Two

In a complete reversal from week one, the week two Like A Boss award nominees come from the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. It’s pretty simple. You win and you get nominations. You lose and you get mercilessly left out. So let’s get to those nominees.

1 – Eli Manning

He certainly didn’t look Boss-like in the first half when he was completing more passes to the Buccaneers than his Giants teammates but the new king of comebacks turned it on in the second half. Peyton’s little brother was actually able to bounce back from those turnovers to finish with 510 yards passing and three passing touchdowns while leading the team to 25 points, that’s right 25 points, in the fourth quarter. To put that in perspective 15 teams (including Peyton’s Broncos) didn’t score 25 points in the four quarters they were involved in.

2 – Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz

These two get co-nominations since they both were unbelievable against Tampa Bay. Eli wouldn’t have had  the game he  had without Nicks and Cruz catching any and all objects thrown in their direction. Rumor has it that Cruz caught a cornerbacks mouth guard that flew out on a running play early in the second quarter. Nicks caught 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and Cruz caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a score. It’s really a toss up who was more important which is why these two will share the nomination just like they share Eli’s passes.

3 – C.J. Spiller

If you haven’t read the Bills recap for this week then you missed out on my gushing about Clifford Spiller and his single-handedly carrying my fantasy team, oh and the actual team he plays for, this past weekend. With Fred Jackson down, Spiller was given the reigns to the offense and racked up 123 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. Plus he caught a few passes for 47 yards.  Now if we can just figure out a sick nickname for him he will officially ascend into a stratosphere a Bills player hasn’t been in in a long time.

And the award goes to:

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz!

Did I mention that Nicks was playing with an injury that will keep him out this week? Did I mention that both had games that would make Jerry Rice jealous? Did I mention that Nicks was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week? Well who am I to question what the NFC has already awarded.

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Spilling Points All Over The Chiefs

Introducing the Buffalo Bills 2012 offense. (buffalobills.com)

What just happened? Last week the Buffalo Bills were busy getting trounced by an offense led by Mark Sanchez and then this past weekend the Bills looked like Oklahoma State to Kansas City’s Savannah State as they rolled up a 35-17 win that wasn’t even that close against the Chiefs. Win a blowout, lose in a blowout. At this rate the Bills will be 8-8 at the end of the season with a top tier offense and a defense near the bottom of the league. I guess that’s improvement.

Honestly it seems like the Bills were not as bad as they were last weekend but they are not as good as they were against the Chiefs. (Spoiler Alert: Kansas City is pretty awful). Still after it seemed like the Bills were ready for a nice 6-10 campaign they got right back into the mix and are currently tied for first, through a whole two weeks!

Now let’s get to the real reason to talk about the Bills. My man C.J. Spiller.Some interesting facts about Spiller. He graduated from Clemson. He was born in August. He currently leads the league in rushing yards (292).  He can rip a phone book in half with just his index finger. One of those facts may or may not be true.  As correctly predicted by the crack investigative journalists here at SeeYouInOctober the Spill-man (working on a nickname. Suggestions are welcome) is absolutely crushing it this season. Spiller ran for 123 yards on just 15 carries and got into the end zone twice in the win over the Chiefs. He is the reason the Bills are currently the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL and for why my fantasy team, Killa Cam’s Mind Tricks, obliterated it’s competition last weekend. Plus Spiller can catch the ball (three receptions, 47 yards) making him possibly the second best non-quarterback offensive player  in the AFC East behind Rob Gronkowski. I know it’s been just one week of this but Bills fans could really get used to Clifford Spiller.

The strong running game allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to turn back into the solid game manager he is meant to be. Fitzy completed 10-of-

Well put sir. (buffalobills.com)

19 passes for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns to bounce back from a horrendous performance in week one against the Jets. Still that is not great news for Bills fans considering this man is making franchise quarterback money while putting up numbers that would look good in a Pop Warner game.

On defense the Bills got two sacks from a guy with the last name Williams! Unfortunately it was nose tackle Kyle Williams and not defensive end Mario Williams. You know, the guy the Bills signed for six years with $50 million guaranteed. So far this season Williams has three tackles and a pass defended. It’s way to early to call bust but I know Bills fans want to see the next Bruce Smith right now not in week six. Mario should also consider upping the production if he really wants his cereal to take off. Other than that the defense was solid and although it gave up 422 yards that  was mainly in garbage time in the second half when I’m pretty sure Buffalo State alums were being asked to play cornerback.

So week two is in the books and really there still isn’t a book written on the Bills. The prevailing feeling is that they are somewhere in between their first two efforts. How close they are to the second week team, especially Spiller, is how close they could be to really contending for a playoff spot.

-Phil

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Prognostication Is My Bussiness: Week 2 in the 2012 NFL

Thank goodness for the New England Patriots. If it weren’t for the hall of fame tandem of Mr. Brady and Coach Belichick both Phil and I would have totally struck out on the opening weekend. Buffal Oh No! I was nervous about that pick going into the game and they showed us why. Rex Ryan may actually know what he’s doing? And leave it to the New York Football Giants to be the first team in history to lose a slam dunk home opener post Superbowl championship. It’s always interesting here in the northeast where we shrug off losses like these and keep our sights set on the playoffs.

@ New York Giants -7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Have to believe the G-Men will rebound this weekend. They can’t start the season 0-2 at home and with an extra three days of rest and preparation, they will come out hungry. I think this Tampa team is much closer to the 10-6 team of two years ago rather than their putrid four wins last season, but this is a really bad spot for them. Victor Cruz dropped a few sure catches last week so you have to be worried about a sophomore slump. HOWEVA, he dropped a couple in the opener at Washington last season and was written off as fans clamored for Steve Smith. How’d that work out? Big Blue will be fine.

@ New England Patriots -13.5 Arizona Cardinals

Oh it is so tempting to say that no NFL team can win by two touchdowns. HOWEVA, these New England Patriots don’t play by those rules. The Cardinals are still trying to figure out who they are and who their quarterback is for that matter, but the Pats know exactly who they are. They are the Superbowl runner-ups (zing). That makes them angry and I almost feel bad for the teams on their schedule. With a revamped defense and an improved running game they will dominate the line of scrimmage, time of possession and, most importantly, the scoreboard.

@ Buffalo Bills -3 Kansas City Chiefs

I may not claim to know very much about the NFL, but I do know that good teams bounce back at home and you should never put too much stock in any individual game. HOWEVA, I didn’t like what I saw at all from the Bills last week. I don’t think they’re a good team, so the first rule doesn’t apply and they looked small compared to the Jets, which doesn’t get better. This KC team remembers what happened last year and after seeing what happened last week they are licking their chops. It’s going to be a rough couple weeks for the Bills, but give it a few weeks for CJ Spiller to really establish himself and for the coaching staff to put together a better game plan. Just not this week.

@ Pittsburgh Steelers -5 New York Jets

Do you think the 2012 Steelers are a good team? I’m really not sold. They are aging defensively and have some serious issues on the offensive line. In many ways they remind me of the New York Giants, but I don’t have a vested interest in their success, so I have my doubts. HOWEVA, I really did like what I saw from the Jets week one and it wasn’t the ground and pound. It was the uptempo short throws with a balanced running attack to set up play action. The defensive front line was unimpressive, but nobody can bring down Big Ben. If Revis plays, I think the Jets can win it. Either way it’s a field goal difference.

-Erik

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Not Overreacting – Week Two Picks

IF anything about the Bears-Packers game on Thursday night taught us, it’s that week one doesn’t decide the entire season. The Bears were chucking the ball around the field like the ’07 Patriots last Sunday while the Packers couldn’t handle Alex Smith at home. However last night the Packers brutalized Jay Cutler and the Chicago offense en route to a 23-10 win.

Maybe the Bears offense looked so great because, I don’t know, they were playing a team that won TWO games last season? Perhaps the Packers struggled against a Super Bowl contender from a year ago that only got better on offense in the off-season.

So with the example fresh in my mind it’s time for this weeks picks where the Jets soar into Pittsburgh, the Bills try to regroup against Kansas City, the Giants get rested for Tampa Bay and the Patriots bring in an NFC West team not named San Francisco.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants (-7)

The optimist says: Giants played a typical Giants game where they made some bad decisions and let a game get away from them. There is no way that Eli Manning will play that badly this season. There is also the distinct possibility that the Cowboys might actually be good this season (GASP!) and the Giants were just beaten by a good team. You know who isn’t a very good team? Tampa Bay.

The pessimist says: Victor Cruz has crashed back down to earth and the running game was less than stellar. Maybe the Manning’s only have a finite amount of talent they can use and Eli was only great because Peyton was out for a year. Also Tampa Bay doesn’t have Raheem Morris coaching them anymore.

The Pick: New York Giants 27 Tampa Bay 13

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots (-13.5)

The optimist says: Kevin Kolb is playing quarterback. That’s right that Kevin Kolb. The guy who was benched for John Skelton to start this season. Now he’s got to contend with the greatly improved Patriots defense and the beast that is Chandler Jones. Plus this game is in New England. Plus the Pats scored 34 points last week while looking pretty mediocre in the passing game. For God’s sake Wes Welker had three catches for 14 yards! Oh and now they can run the ball. Now this line seems to low.

The pessimist says: Being favored by two touchdowns is always disconcerting. It’s just such a daunting number. Didn’t you see Kevin Kolb look like Joe Montana when he led that comeback in the desert last week? Tom Brady didn’t look sharp ALL game just most of it. Plus I’m not convinced this Welker production drop might not be a result of the contract negotiations.

The Pick: New England 38, Arizona 17. I really struggled with this. I had a whole section typed where I picked the Cardinals to win with the points but the more I thought about it I just couldn’t see the Cardinals scoring enough to do so.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills (-3)

The optimist says: Last week was just a bad week one. This team is still working out the kinks. Other than a disastrous first half the Bills ended up looking okay. No one comes into the Ralph and pushes the Bills around. Also no one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.

The pessimist says: Ryan Fitzpatrick is our franchise quarterback. A guy that couldn’t cut it in Cincy and played football at Harvard is supposed to carry us to the promised land. While teams like Washington and Indianapolis get RG3 and Andrew Luck somehow the quarterback the Bills invest the franchise in is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Plus the Chiefs might have ended up getting blown out by Atlanta last week but the Chiefs played with them in the first half (Trailed 20-17 at half).

The Pick: Kansas City 24 Buffalo 20

New York Jets (+5.5) at Pittsburgh 

The optimist says: J-E-T-S Jets. Jets. Jets. Did you see the offense last week. Sanchez didn’t even care about Tebow. Or maybe he did and it motivated him to finally not play like crap. Stephen Hill is the real deal and the best wideout this team has had since Keyshawn was being thrown to by Neil O’Donnel.

The pessimist says: Darelle Revis might not play because of a concussion. The Bills might be pretty awful. The Steelers are at home in desperation mode after a week one loss to Denver. Ryan Clark couldn’t play at Mile High because of health issues but he’ll be plenty ready to go meaning the Pittsburgh secondary will be stronger than the one Peyton Manning faced last week. Mark Sanchez is not Peyton Manning. Plus there is always the threat that Heinz Field might  get blown up followed by the city of Gotham er Pittsburgh being overtaken by a masked man.

The Pick: Pittsburgh 25 New York Jets 21

-Phil

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The Jets Aren’t Who We Thought They Were

Jeremy Kerley and Mark Sanchez had big days in the Jets opener. (newyorkjets.com)

New York Jets 48 Buffalo Bills 28

In a battle of two teams with completely opposite expectations it’s safe to say this may have been one of the more surprising outcomes in the opening weekend of the 2012 season. Obviously this isn’t RGIII beating the Saints, but when a team that only mustered one touchdown in the preseason wins in week one 48-28, people are going to stand up and take notice. How did that happen?

The most obvious answer is Ryan Fitzpatrick is the mediocre quarterback we thought he was before his magical first six games last season. He was late on a throw that was picked off by Darelle Revis and didn’t look crisp as he labored to heave the ball to his intended targets. It was a combination of poor decision making and lack of accuracy which led to three interceptions. It was truly a Fitztragic day for the Harvard man as he struggled to complete 56% of his passes. There seemed to be a huge discrepancy in talent as the Jets secondary blanketed the receivers.

Gang Green came out and looked sharp from the second series. Sanchez made one stupid play in the first series as he attempted to flip the ball to a receiver

This was probably an interception. (buffalobills.com)

who wasn’t even looking on a broken play. I said in my prediction that this play would decide the game and against a good team it will, which is why I can’t feel confident about this squad as a true contender. There were also a few can’t miss throws to receivers that Sanchez missed. Other than that it was an impressive first day for Tony Sparano who called an uptempo game with sprinkles of the wildcat and Tim Tebow. There were lots of three step drops and play action calls that made the offensive line look like a brick wall. It was a sharp contrast from the turnstile they resembled in the preseason.

While the football season is one-tenth the length of baseball’s 162 game marathon, it is still a long journey. I’m not going to say too much about what this performance means after week one because I’ve been wrong enough already. What we do know is that the Jets aren’t the dumpster fire we thought they were and the Bills aren’t going to vie for the AFC East this season. The truth for both teams is somewhere in between and over the coming weeks we will discover who they truly are and I can’t wait.

-Erik

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Prognostication is my business: Week 1 in the 2012 NFL

Well I certainly don’t like to be wrong, but I’m starting this week off 0-1. The Giants went out on Wednesday and looked like, well the world Champions from last season as only they can. They lost another game they should have one and looked awful doing so. Such is life for fans of Big Blue. Let’s move past that. It’s time to turn on sports again. The Yanks, G-men, Mets and Sox all look fairly equally pitiful right now so how about Gang Green, the Bills and Pats?

New England Patriots (-5.5) at Tennessee Titans

This is a no-brainer. When pro bowl quarterbacks face non pro bowl quarterbacks they win something like 80% of the time. It’s that simple in this game. Bill Belichick and Mr. Brady are never satisfied and will be on a mission this season to show the league that they are the best team in football. And the Titans are starting Jake Locker? Well he might put up some numbers against the porous secondary, but ask Chad Henne how it feels to get into a shootout with the Pats week one. It’s like riding a horse and buggy in a NASCAR race.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-3)

Even as I write this I have no clue how this game will go. Buffalo dropped both their games to Gang Green last season and they really weren’t close in the first meeting and the second time we saw Steve Johnson being Steve Johnson. I have to go with Buffalo because of the way they seem to start the season when they feel confident. I foresee a tough low-scoring and boring affair, but hey anything is better than watching the Yankees this week. I’m thinking somewhere in the area of 17-13. The difference will be a Mark Sanchez interception, which I hate to say because the last thing I want is for the Jets’ backup to take his job. Now I’m reconsidering. Phil and I picked the same teams and last season he resorted to coin flips… should I pick the Jets? Maybe he knew I’d read his post and switch to them. Well played sir. So I’ll pick Rex… Fitz… ummmm. Yes the Bills. Buffalo get ready to start the hype machine another 1-0 start is in your future.

-Erik

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Do you Billieve in Fitzmagic?

After an active off season will the Bills translate their success to the field?

There are times when I really wish I was still in Buffalo. When I’m craving Duff’s chicken wings or the original wings at the Anchor Bar, on summer nights when the Bisons are in town or just to hit Chippewa again, I get nostalgic for the 716. However, none of those things compare to the greatest time of year in Buffalo: the day the Bills’ season opens and fans are brimming with optimism. I was there for the benching of Lossman leading to the excitement of  Trent Edwards (Buffalo fans remember him. Anyone else?). When Beast Mode was rocking the NFL and giving the Bills a hot start, but they always seem to falter leading into the second half of the season. So here we are again. Buffalo looks to be improved and while fans and prognosticators alike Billieve this could be the year they return to the playoffs, there are some questions that need to be addressed.

1. How will Fred Ex bounce back from injury?

Last season the Bills all purpose back really carried the team. As a safety valve for Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson accumulated 432 yards on 39 catches in only ten games last season. He can be an elusive runner in the open field and has a way of turning broken plays into big gains. On the ground Jackson came up just shy of the 1,000 yard mark, but given six more games there is no doubt he would have eclipsed that mark. He also found the end zone six times for Buffalo. It would have been a career year for the back if not for injuries, so now at the age of 31 what can fans really expect? I think a step back for Jackson is not the end of the season for the Bills. It has transitioned to a passing league making Jackson more valuable as a receiver than a back. The Bills did a nice job creating a

CJ Spiller could be the next big star in Buffalo. (David Duprey/AP)

running game out of screen passes last season taking a page from New England’s playbook. This year I don’t expect Jackson to be the Bills leader.

2. Will CJ Spiller have a breakout year?

Ok I was kind of foreshadowing to this, but I say yes. Spiller was an amazing talent coming out of Clemson, but struggled to make an impact in his first season. It was an odd pick at the time with Fred Ex and Beast Mode in the Bills stable, but after shipping MarShawn Lynch and his baggage to Seattle, Spiller moved up to the number two position and gained 830 all-purpose yards. That number won’t blow you away, but as the feature back for the last six weeks he gained nearly 500 yards on the ground in games where the Bills were often trailing and relying less on the running game. Spiller also had three rushing touchdowns and two receiving during that stretch accounting for all but one of his scores. He is ready.

3. Will Mario Williams give the Bills a pass rush?

The answer will undoubtedly be yes. Williams was the number one draft pick who went ahead of Reggie Bush and it seems in hindsight the Texans made the right decision. His signing with the Bills is one major reason fans are singing “Don’t Stop Billievein’” this year from Amherst to West Seneca and all the way to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. It was an unexpected move and made the rest of the league step up and take notice. His numbers have been diminishing, but his presence on this line will command double teams and hopefully free up other rushers. Last year Buffalo couldn’t get to the quarterback in practice. They would have made Eli and Payton Manning, Drew Bledsoe and Derek Anderson look mobile. With Williams on this D-line the Bills are going to have more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, more tackles for losses and force more arrant throws for the ball hawks in their secondary.

4. Steve Johnson…?

I wasn’t sure how to phrase this one. When it comes to talent Johnson is clearly an upper-echelon guy who lit up Darelle Revis last year when they played the Jets, but he is also immature and costs his team yards with penalties. I guess my question would be can Steve Johnson be the Diva wide receiver without the

Johnson asked the question “Why so serious?” two seasons ago. Answer: Because dropped passes and excessive celebration penalties don’t win games.

drama. Looking around the league the Divas are gone. TO and Ocho, I mean Chad Johnson, (or is it Ocho again?) were both cut and while Randy Moss attempts a comeback with the 49ers it looks like the league is taking a no nonsense approach. The guys who are emerging as the next class resemble Jerry Rice much more than the guys who brought more antics than catches. Andre Johnson and Megatron are two examples of what works long term in this league: hard work and discipline. There’s a reason why Megatron is the only Lions wide-out to make an impact after they drafted a team full of them throughout the past decade. Johnson will put up decent numbers, but I don’t know if he can be that true number one with his attitude.

5. Can Fitzmagic fool defenses again?

How in love were we with this guy weeks 1-6? He was nominated for several Like A Boss awards on this blog and was the darling of analysts like Trey Wingo and Mark Schlereth, but then the wheels came off and he ended up with nearly as many picks as touchdowns. The pieces are there with good tight ends to throw to over the middle and Steve Johnson on the outside not to mention the running backs again. After he signed the deal that officially named him a franchise quarterback and not a place holder there is a lot of pressure on Fitzy. If he can take better care of the football, this team will win eight games this year easily. Can he? I’m not certain.

6. Is Chan Gailey the coach to get the job done?

Chan Gailey is the right man right now. (Duprey/AP)

I love Chan Gailey. Just want to throw that out there. I’ve said before he has the perfect attitude to coach a Buffalo team and coming from division 2 or wherever he was coaching at Wossamotta U he is used to working with an under-skilled team. He is not a great in game strategist, but he keeps things simple and trusts his players to make the plays. It looks to me like Gailey-Fitzpatrick will have two years after this season before turning the reigns over to the next coach and quarterback tandem. Hopefully it will include a trip to the post season, but this year I’m not drinking the kool-aid. The Bills will finish 9-7, which will justify bringing both men back and they will succeed in making the Bills relevant again so the next time they look for a coach they won’t get turned down like the captain of the chess club at prom.

-Erik

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Picking It Back Up – Week One

Oh God. Do we really have to do this again this season?

Er, I mean hell yeah it’s time to pick the games each team from the Northeast is tangled in this weekend. Not only am I going to absolutely crush it this season I’m pretty sure after reading Erik’s Giants preview I won’t have to worry about having any competition.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-3.5)

Give me the G-Men here. They’re at home and they are playing a team that they just seem to always get the better of. Just ask Mathias Kiwanuka. I didn’t even know Kiwanuka was still playing for the Giants to be honest. Could have sworn JPP played every position on the defensive line. Still good to see a BC grad still getting work in the NFL.

Back to the pick, I think the Giants are going to win the NFC EAst this season and I think the Eagles are coming in second. That means that at best the Cowboys are the third best team in this division. Also I feel like New York won some kind of trophy last season that named them one of the better teams. ou;goihqjkbdgh;safg. Sorry that typing outburst was just the effect from the shock therapy collar I have that electrocutes me every time I think about last year’s Super Bo — u;qothr1iotnhtgqgr. Never mind let’s just move on.

New England Patriots (-5.5) at Tennessee Titans

This is a joke right?  A 5.5 spread versus the Titans. Honestly I feel bad this is literally stealing. The Patriots are absolutely stacked on offense (some writers think better than last season). With the addition of Brandon Llloyd to the already potent attack of Gronk, Hernandez, Welker and Brady the Pats should be running up and down the field all afternoon. Plus the Titans are starting the immortal Jake Locker at quarterback. First-time starter versus Bill Belichick’s upgraded defense? I’m excited about the Hurt Locker puns for next week’s recap already. If New England doesn’t win this game by more than twice the spread I will be pretty stunned.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-3)

Alright now we have a tough one. I think Buffalo is going to be pretty good this season. The Bills upgraded on the defensive line in getting Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. By the way the Anderson pickup is a double-edged sword because it takes the Patriots best pass rusher from last season off the team. Also Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t be playing with broken ribs all season and Fred Jackson will be healthy. On the other side the Jets have been a straight circus all summer. They couldn’t score a touchdown in the preseason until Greg McIlroy threw a scoring pass. Tebow has just made them more of a spectacle and ESPN’s new favorite team. Seriously ESPN why did every one of your NFL reporters have to go to Jets camp to report on a team that missed the playoffs last season and added a quarterback that is slightly worse than their already horrendous one? So I’m going to take the Bills.

By the way check in tomorrow for SYIO’s season previews for these two squads. I get to do the Jets one so you can expect tons of sarcastic condescension and gleeful celebration of the hilarity that is the Cirque-Du-SoJets.

-Phil

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