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I like to think I’m the type of person who welcomes a degree of change in his life. I went about as far from home as possible for college, I changed majors three times at Columbia, I’ve changed careers twice before 30, and I moved to Philadelphia with my girlfriend two years ago after being together only 10 months. This week’s blog, I find myself continuing that pattern of embracing one change, while taking a deeply principled stance against another. Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NFL picks on Sunday morning instead of Friday afternoon. Both of you who read this weekly (hey mom and dad!), I apologize for the disruption, but it’s a needed move to lighten my work load during the work week and so that the #freemoney doesn’t get lost in the wave of game day posts Friday and Saturday.
This would be me embracing change.What follows is an example of me staunchly resisting change.
Moving the extra point back this season is the picture of needless tampering and I’m tired of it. I’ve heard all the reasoning and all of it is 1000% unadulterated crap. Things you may have heard: “It needed changing.” “The game is more exciting now.” “The kicks were too easy.”
It’s important you recognize that these are lies. They changed this for the sake for change, and there is NO legitimate reason. Look at those specious reasons. LOOK AT THEM. What’s the old axiom? If it ain’t broke, make sure you tinker so that casual passerby thinks that you fixed something.
As always, home teams in bold.
Giants (-4) over Washington Professional Football Team
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FUN WITH STATS: Kirk Cousins has thrown as many interceptions as RG3 (23) in 45.5% as many attempts. Yet Griffin is described as washed, while Cousins is said to have potential. I wonder what the real reason for the difference in perception of these two is. Huh.
Falcons (-2) over Cowboys
Julio and company versus the walking wounded in Jerryworld? To coin a phrase, “GETCHA POPCORN READY!”
Can’t be 16-0 without being 3-0.
Colts (-3.5) over Titans
The Colts have made their bones as a franchise by feasting on the assorted carcasses of the rest of this putrid division. Now, the Colts have a quarterback with a great propensity for turning the ball over, a lame-duck coach who hates the GM and a GM that is sick of the coach. And they’re STILL gonna win this garbage collection of teams.
Raiders (+3.5) over Browns
Thumbing your nose at young Jonathan Football Cleveland coaching staff? Well, that’s what you get for putting John Defilippo on the payroll. Prepare to get rolled over by the Derek Carr machine (this is not likely, please don’t gamble on this game).
Bengals (+3) over Ravens
Losing Suggs has hurt this defense a lot more than they’re letting on. Something has to give and it will be the Ravens defense, over and over and over again.
Patriots (-14) over Jaguars
Welcome to the largest line of the 2015 season. *whispers* And it’s not high enough.
Panthers (-10) over Saints
Damn impressed with how Cam and company have acquitted themselves with the football equivalent of the French Army as their receiving corps. No Brees equals HUGE problems for a Saints team looking for win number one.
FUN WITH STATS PART DEUX: This is the first time both McCown boys have started on an NFL Sunday since 2007. This stat provided by momma McCown.
Jets (-2.5) over Eagles
Hahahahahahahahaha. SHIT WAS ALL GOOD JUST A YEAR AGO CHIP.
Hashtag the way we were.
Texans (-7) over Buccaneers
Chargers (+1) over Vikings
Wait, so maybe sitting a year for beating the hell out of your kid ISN’T conducive to still being a top tier back? GO ON… Also, I’m not sure how great AD is running out of the gun, as he’s spent his ENTIRE life running behind a fullback, and this whole experiment might be a bad idea.
Rams (+2) over Steelers
Gurley’s potential first NFL action and a fired up Rams defense means I’m taking the home team. Bell’s return and Antonio Brown being Antonio Brown means I’m probably wrong.
Cardinals (-6.5) over 49ers
I cannot believe I’m buying into the Carson Palmer nonsense. They should just bench him now, and wrap him in bubble wrap until the playoffs. Basically, his knee is a pinata, and someone is getting that sweet, sweet knee candy sooner or later.
Bills (+3) over Dolphins
Rex may not have the offense he wants quite yet, but I bet that his team keeps it close in Miami this week.
Seahawks (-15) over Bears
NEW HIGHEST LINE! Wait, wait, wait, wait. So not only is it Seattle’s home opener, but they’re hosting the Bears. Not only are they hosting the Bears, but Jimmy Clausen is starting. Not only is Jimmy Clausen starting, but Kam Chancellor is back to feast on some horrific quarterbacking.
Broncos (-3) over Lions
Lego neck and noodle arm notwithstading, I’m not ready to keep picking against Peyton at night. Not yet.
Packers (EVEN) over Chiefs
I think Bovada has this even due to the Eddie Lacy uncertainty. Never one to look #freemoney in the mouth, I’ll take the home team.
I survived Baton Rouge and New Orleans last week. I’ll survive a horrific week 2 of picks.
Last Week: 4-12-0
This Week: 1-0
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According to my TimeHop, this is about the time where, in the past couple of years, Georgia has started to make the news in the offseason. This has not been a good thing as it has led to heavy personnel loss, and it is refreshing to *knocks on wood* not have surprise attrition in 2015. #In SchottenheimerWeTrust, I guess.
Anyhow, the big news of the week is Nick Saban
caught a fish bigger than him whined about the Big Ten and their satellite camps, intruding on the SEC’s fertile recruiting ground. The goal of the league’s coaches is to have them banned by 2016, and Mike Slive/Greg Sankey are on record as saying that the SEC will allow them if other conferences continue to do so. The golf potential for Steve Spurrier in California, a return of Bret Bieliema to Wisconsin, and the prospect of Les Miles yukking it up somewhere in the Northeast all make this an exciting prospect for me.
On the heels of the Everett Golson rule, CAN WE PLEASE GET OUR LEAGUE BACK ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY?!?
Meanwhile, ESPN in an attention-grabbing headline says the SEC West hasn’t lost its luster. (Or bluster.) No s**t.
Finally, you know college football is at least on the horizon when you start getting over/unders. 5 Dimes, God bless ’em, was first to the party. Following is the divisions ranked by their projected line.
South Carolina 7
Vanderbilt 3 (lol it’s funny but it’s not)
Ole Miss 8.5
Texas A&M 7.5
Mississippi State 7
Let’s just say there are some juicy potential bets in there.
From that: would a 5th place division finish put Les Miles on the hot seat? I think I agree with SBN’s Ian Boyd when he says it would definitely get much warmer.
I have long been diametrically opposed to posting on recruiting on this site, because following the whims of 16-18 year old boys still in high school is creepy. However, with Georgia’s recent loss of its class’ only running back, and the overlap between Georgia fans and Falcons fans (not to mention the fun that we have with Bobby Petrino on the DudeYouPodcast, this has some relevance.
South Carolina’s Mr. Football, running back Matthew Colburn, committed to Louisville back in June. With Signing Day just 36 hours away, Petrino and the Cardinals pulled Colburn’s scholarship- even though Colburn refused to take calls or visits to any other schools. The scatback (apparently 5’7 172 with a 4.3 40) is now scrambling to find a place to play his college ball.
This is a disgusting and cowardly act that has become more and more prevalent in the game of recruiting, albeit one that comes as no surprise from Petrino. This is the guy who told UL he wasn’t interviewing with Auburn as he was interviewing with Auburn, the guy who left the Falcons in the middle of the night, and the guy who took the world’s greatest motorcycle ride at Arkansas.
He also has a way of getting high-profile transfers from other schools, as Georgia fans know all too well. Just yesterday, it was announced that former Big XII defensive player of the year Devonte Fields would be suiting up for the Cardinals.
As Signing Day approaches, you won’t hear anything more from me until the smoke clears. In the meantime, let’s check one more in the box of #DeathtotheNCAA and a vote for an early signing period in football– something that every other collegiate sport already possesses.
I was dreading writing this edition of the Knee Jerk Reactions, I’m not going to lie. Mustering the appropriate vitriol to combat the “Fire Mark Richt” trolls on the internet was going to prove tough, especially since I’m still legally drunk on turkey. Imagine my excitement when I logged on, and saw Andrew and Chad had already done the heavy lifting, so tip of the cap to those guys. As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read their blogs yet, go do that, and come on back.
Back to the matter of the day, the loss to Georgia Tech. It happened, none of us can avoid it, but let it be known that I expected it to hurt more. Maybe it was the Arkansas loss to Mizzou, maybe it was the ebb and flow of the crazy game, or maybe it was the copious amount of whiskey flowing through me, we may never know. The bottom line is, the nerds won a weird, wild game in Athens, and it’s my job to write about it.
This was the Techiest game to Tech that I’ve ever seen Tech. #ThatsSoTech
— DPalm (@dpalm66) November 29, 2014
– Hutson Mason has caught a lot of hell from the UGA faithful this season, and through it all, he remained a steady hand for an offense that saw it’s fair share of ups and downs all year. He went above and beyond the decided upon narrative of ‘game manager’ and emerged as the leader of an offense that saw more adversity than any other I can remember. Saturday was no different as he spearheaded a balanced attack, finding a seemingly game-winning touchdown to Malcolm Mitchell in crunch time.
– Chubb and Michel performing alongside each other showed just what good hands this Georgia rushing attack will be in for the next few years. Along with the offensive line, they set the pace for the game early, running at, over and through Tech defenders. Slowed late, their tenacity never gave way to exhaustion, rushing as determined in OT as they did in the first quarter.
– Damien Swann over everything.
– Faking field goals! Blocking field goals! Blocking extra points! YOU DID IT @UGASpecialTeams!
– The injuries had to catch up at some time, right? Sure, we didn’t run out of running backs (came close though!), but leaning on freshmen in the marquee positions, can have major, but foreseeable, drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is fumbles, and after avoiding that bug for so ling, it finally bit on a big stage. Micro, this is a bad, real bad. Macro? It might have been unavoidable.
– One of my go to clichés has been “The other guys get paid too”, meaning that other coaches get paid to scheme for UGA as well, as evidenced by the on the field changes that Tech made on Saturday. Going to the faster B back in the second half paid dividends for the Jackets, and his ability to hit the hole at speed altered the entire game.
– Getting field goals blocked. Deciding collectively not to return a kick-off. The decision to squib after the Mitchell touchdown with 18 seconds left. 18. Seconds. You did it, @UGASpecialTeams.
– Mason’s final pick was a marriage of a late throw, a well scouted UGA route, and a GT defender playing the ball perfectly. Bad? Eh. Ugly? YOU BETCHA.
Senior day will always carry special memories for me, as it is one of my fondest memories from playing college football. Running out on the field to meet my parents was great, but winning the last time on my home field was even better. While these UGA seniors didn’t get to end their time between the hedges winners one more time, I look forward to Bowl season, when they get the opportunity to cap their careers right.
Doing something twice in a row makes it a tradition right? Well, allow me to indulge myself with my annual tip of the cap to the Columbia Football Class of 2007. We got the chance to end our careers at home with a win, and the next week, we all hung up the pads after beating Brown on a last second field goal. I know that no one else cares, but as long as Andrew lets me write for this site, I’m gonna care loudly at least once a year.
Go Dawgs, and Roar Lion Roar.
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