By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN NFL Picks: Week Seven
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Before a game is even played this week, Hurricane Wilma has left her mark on the NFL schedule. The game between the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs has been rescheduled to Friday night to beat Wilma’s arrival in Florida.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET instead of Sunday afternoon, which is about when Wilma is expected to hit Florida’s southwestern coast. It’s the third time since the start of the 2004 season that the Dolphins have rescheduled a home game because of a looming hurricane.
Last year’s home opener against Tennessee was played a day early because of Hurricane Ivan, and the Dolphins’ Week 3 game with Pittsburgh was pushed back 7½ hours by Hurricane Jeanne.
In other games of note this weekend, QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return to the lineup Sunday when the Steelers visit “The Jungle” against the Bengals. The Eagles come off their bye week by hosting the Chargers.
Philly’s NFC East rivals from Dallas, go back to the West Coast when they visit the Seahawks. Finally, Monday Night Football invades Atlanta for the second time this season as the Falcons host the Jets.
FACTOID OF THE WEEK Only 11 times before in the 86-year history of the NFL has a player accomplished in a game what San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson did last Sunday – run for, catch and throw a touchdown. Since the Super Bowl era (1966), four players performed the feat before Tomlinson: Dan Reeves (1967), Harmon Wages (1969), Walter Payton (1979) and David Patten (2001).
TRIVIA QUESTION Seattle’s Shaun Alexander has already scored four rushing touchdowns in a game twice this season, including in last Sunday’s 42-10 win over Houston. What player hold the record for the most four rushing TD games in a season?
A. Gale Sayers B. Thurman Thomas C. Jim Taylor D. Marshall Faulk LAST WEEK’S ANSWER At 6-0, the Colts have matched their 1958 start under Hall of Famer Weeb Ewbank when they won the NFL championship in the famous sudden-death overtime game against the New York Giants in “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” LAST WEEK: 9-5 (50-33 overall) Okay, so we took a chance on Dah Raiders and got sent to the Black Hole of missed picks. We also got burned by the Brownies and Giants. However, we did warn you about the Vikes’ loss and we caught a serious break on a real bogus penalty late in San Antonio. Coach Haslett, I really feel for ya.
FRIDAY CHIEFS at DOLPHINS The pending hurricane makes this an even shorter work week for both teams. It will be a homecoming for ex-Dolphins DBs Patrick Surtain and Sammy Knight. Despite last week’s loss the Fish have been playing well under Nick Saban. They enter with a four game losing streak and they’ve won four of the last five meetings. But keep this in mind. Remember those two previous games that were moved due the hurricanes? The Fish lost both of those contests.
SUNDAY COWBOYS at SEAHAWKS Both teams are coming off huge home wins: Dallas in OT against the Giants, and Seattle versus the Texans. When they hooked up last year, it was one of those great Monday Night finishes as a Julius Jones scamper late gave the Tuna Helpers a 43-39 win. The Cowboys have surrendered only 110 rushing yards in their consecutive wins over division rivals Philadelphia and New York. Will they be able to contain Shaun Alexander? The Birds are tough at home, but something tells me Coach Parcells will find a way to win.
STEELERS at BENGALS Just like the old days when these teams would battle in the AFC Central, Cincy and Pittsburgh meet in a key division match up. Usually it’s Pittsburgh with the better record when these division rivals meet. In fact, this is the first time in 15 years that both teams will play each other with winning records (both 5-4 on November 18, 1990). Pittsburgh comes into the game with nine consecutive road wins, the best such mark in the league. This game will be a serious test for the Bengals’ revamped D. We think it’s a test they’ll pass.
CHARGERS at EAGLES LT vs. the Philly D. That alone should be enough for you to wanna watch this game. The Eagles are still trying to figure out what happened in Dallas while the Chargers are fresh off a whuppin of Dah Raiders. You probably know that the Eagles are 6-0 since 1999 when coming off a bye week. However, Marty Schottenheimer is 4-1 career against Philly. Either way, it gonna be close as six of their eight all-time meetings have been decided by six points or less. Just a hunch, we stick with another road team.
Pick: Chargers MONDAY JETS at FALCONS What a game of extreme quarterbacks. On one side is Michael Vick, arguably the NFL’s most exciting player. On the other side, Vinny Testaverde (insert joke here)…..Okay, Vinny’s not all that exciting, but…..Oh, well……Hey, stranger things have happened on Monday Night. Like the night Vinny and Gang Green pulled off the second “Miracle of the Meadowlands” on a Monday Nighter waaaaaaay back in 2000. In fact, Monday night will mark five years and one day ago when it happened. Sorry, I don’t think there’ll be a replay.
OTHER GAMES Giants over Broncos: Lil’ Eli and Big Blue gets back on track in a hurry.
Lions over Browns: Call it the Jeff Garcia Bowl. And if Joey Harrington missteps, Garcia may play in this game.
Packers over Vikings: Yeah, I know Brett Favre has problems in the Metrodome. Just call it last team with the ball wins.
Colts over Texans: Hide the women and children and pray that David Carr knows a good doctor.
Rams over Saints: However if there’s any justice, the Saints win on a last second field goal.
Redskins over 49ers: Grandpa Gibbs has headsets older than Alex Smith.
Bears over Ravens: Who will score more Sunday: the Chisox or Da Dears?
Titans over Cardinals: Coach Green will be looking for a fishing hole by halftime.
Bills over Raiders: Okay, Roland. Maybe Buffalo still has a chance at the playoffs.
IDLE: Carolina, Jacksonville, New England, Tampa Bay.