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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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