By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
This N’ That With Tony Mack: NFL Picks: Week 7
While the ALCS and NLCS were battlling down to their Game 7 dramas, the NFL trading deadline was finishing with a flourish. It was a wide reciever blowout day which saw:
– Future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice dealt to the Seattle Seahawks for an unannounced draft choice.
– The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent disgruntled WR Keenan McCardell to the San Diego Chargers, also for an unannounced draft choice.
– The Browns and Cowboys exchanged recievers with Quincy Morgan going to Dallas for Antonio Bryant.
These are the first transactions on the day of the trading deadline since 1999. On October 19 of that year, Cleveland acquired running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar from Miami for draft choices, and Jacksonville obtained defensive end Regan Upshaw from Tampa Bay for a draft pick.
Meanwhile, our NFL factoid of the week deals with the league’s hottest quarterback. That being Minnesota’s Daunte Culpepper.
Through six weeks, no QB has been better on third downs. Culpepper has completed 32 of 40 attempts for 516 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception, posting a 147.9 third-down passer rating — tops in the NFL. Culpepper’s 18 touchdown passes overall through the first five games are the most at this point all-time.
Just something to chew on while wondering how many Yankees will be out of a job after blowing a 3-0 lead to the Boston Red Sox (OUCH!!!)
LAST WEEK: 13-1 (53-36 on the year)
That’s no missprint, boys and girls. Only the Titans’ loss to Houston kept yours truly from having a perfect week. That tapping you here in the background is me patting myself on the back. I’d like to thank my parents, my publicist, my hairdresser……..Well, you get the idea…..
JETS (5-0) at PATRIOTS (5-0)
New England had their way with Seattle last week while Gang Green outlasted a major scare from the Niners. The matchup will be only the fourth time in NFL history that teams with at least a 5-0 record meet. And it is only the third time ever that two teams in the same division started 5-0. Here’s something to think about: The Jets are 5-1 at Foxboro since 1998.
CHARGERS (3-3) at PANTHERS (1-4)
Two teams coming off tough road losses (San Diego at Atlanta, Carolina at Philly) who are going in opposite directions. Adding the aforemention McCardell clearly means that the ‘Bolts think they have a shot at the postseason. The Panthers are slowly playing themselves into a top five pick in the draft. The key matchup: Can Carolina put the clamps on LaDainian Tomlinson? I don’t think so.
EAGLES (5-0) at BROWNS (3-3)
On paper, this looks like a walkover for Philly right? Yeah, but any true NFL fan knows that games like these can be very decieving. Especially when you see that the Browns are 3-0 at home this year (and could go 4-0 for the first time since 1963), where they have surrendered an average of 11.0 points. That clashes with the Eagles’ 27.4 points per game this season. I smell upset.
JAGUARS (4-2) at COLTS (4-1)
Just three weeks ago, the Colts gave the division-rival “Cardiac Cats” their first defeat of the year, 24-17. The Jags, needing a late TD, fell short on a 4th-and-one attempt. That was unusual for Jacksonville. Three of their victories have come in the last 45 seconds of play. The Colts are coming off a bye, while the Jags completed another comeback in their win against K.C. last week. How about a little revenge for Byron and the boys?
Ravens over Bills: Even without Jamal Lewis, this should be an easy one for Baltimore.
Falcons over Chiefs: Michael Vick vs. the Chiefs’ D. Nuff said.
Rams over Dolphins: Unless Martz completely loses his mind.
Vikings over Titans: Randy Moss is a game-time decision, but Daunte should still have his way with Tennessee.
Lions over Giants: Just a hunch. Plus, it just seems like the boys from Motown play better on the road.
Bears over Bucs: Watch this game only if you have to.
Seahawks over Cardinals: Star 80 will contribute in his first game wearing that godawful jersey.
Packers over Cowboys: How does a cold tuna taste with a hot bratewurst?
Saints over Raiders: Ugly, Ugly, Ugly, Ugly…….
Broncos over Bengals: This game is so bad, I didn’t even include it in my main picks section.