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BASN NFL Picks: Week Five
By Tony McClean
Updated: October 5, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — One month into the NFL season, here are some brief thoughts and small observations going into Week Five.
– While Da Bears whupping of the Seahawks on national TV was a definite eye opener, I was more impressed with how the Jets and Saints hung tough in the fast of their their last second losses. It appears early on that both of these teams may be in it for the long haul.
– Albert Haynesworth should have received at least a 10-game suspension from the league. Not only was what he did stupid, it was arguably the most cowardly act since Bill Romanowski’s mugging of a teammate in practice a few years back. As a Titan fan, I was embarrassed and ashamed for him to to be associated with the team.
– The Patriots’ win at Cincinnati only proved to me that the Bengals still can’t consistently stop the run. To me, New England isn’t the same team that they’ve been over the last few years. To quote that great scholar Eddie Murphy, “I’m not fallin’ for the banana in the tailpipe, man!!!”
– Finally, this is the only mention that I’m giving the Dallas at Philly game this week: Eagles 24, Cowboys 17. That’s it! I’ve got $2.00 worth of reasons why I won’t mention it anymore.
FACTOID OF THE WEEK
Running back Laurence Maroney leads the Patriots and all rookies with 294 rushing yards. His two touchdowns in Sunday’s 38-13 win at Cincinnati marked the first time a New England rookie registered multiple rushing touchdowns in a game since Curtis Martin (5) did it in 1995.
Indy’s Marvin Harrison has the most career receptions by an active wide receiver with 956 catches. Which active player is second?
A. Keenan McCardell
B. Isaac Bruce
C. Terrell Owens
D. Rod Smith
(The answer comes at the end of the column)
LAST WEEK: 8-6 (38-19 overall)
This could have been much, much worse. We’d like to thank the Dolphins, Seahawks, and 49ers for not showing up to their games. Just let me know next time when you phone it in, fellas!! We did have the Ravens and Panthers, but they definitely made us sweat for it.
BILLS at BEARS
The good news in Buffalo is that the Bills are 2-2 and could have been 3-1 if they’d just showed up in the second half of their opener at New England. The bad news is that they’re facing an undefeated team in their house and that’s coming off a major win. As much as Dick Jauron (above) would love to go back to Chi-Town and get a win against his former employees, the odds are probably against him. Buffalo look to keep it close, but eventually Da Bears will pull it out.
JETS at JAGUARS
Call this the “Thundering Herd” Bowl as two of Marshall’s finest QBs meet in Jacksonville. After two big home wins, the Jags have lost two straight including last week’s overtime shootout at FedEx Field. We mentioned earlier how we were impressed with how Gang Green showed some toughness against the Horseshoes before falling in the end. With both teams at 2-2, this is a pivotal game for each squad. I usually don’t go against Jacksonville at home, but I get the feeling that New York may find a way to pull this off.
REDSKINS at GIANTS
When we last left the Giants, the Mariners, Sonics, and Storm had all scored against them in a rout at Seattle. New York left cussin’ and pointing fingers at each other. Not exactly a great atmosphere for a supposedly contenting team. During that same time, Grandpa Gibbs’ bunch righted themselves at reached the .500 mark. While others are focusing on another NFC East game, this one may have a bigger bearing on the long term race. Just a hunch, me thinks Big Blue gets themselves back on track.
STEELERS at CHARGERS
An October game on national TV featuring the Chargers in San Diego? That can only mean one thing. Time to pull out the old Keith Lincoln, Lance Alworth, Ernie Ladd baby blue jerseys from the AFL days. But will it be enough for the Bolts as they face a Steeler squad that’s still muttering to themselves following a home loss to the Bengals? Considering how San Diego fell late last week, both teams will probably be in dueling foul moods. That should make for a great game. I think I’ll go with the home team for this one.
RAVENS at BRONCOS
A late game-winning drive by “Air” McNair propelled Baltimore to win in their battle of unbeatens against the Chargers. Now the Lewis Gang heads to Denver looking to remain perfect against a Denver team that two weeks ago methodically took apart the Patriots at Foxboro. The Ravens have never been 4-0 and if they look to go 5-0 they’ll need to jump out early on the road. Look for Jamal Lewis to be the bulk of the offense for Baltimore, but will it be enough? We think so.
Patriots over Dolphins: It appears we were all drinking from the wrong Kool-Aid cup in regards to the Fish.
Panthers over Browns: Charlie Frye is progressing nicely, but he get a serious dose of Peppers on Sunday.
Rams over Packers: Marc Bulger must be licking his chops after watching the Monday Night game.
Colts over Titans: The education of Vince Young continues at the dome.
Vikings over Lions: To use Roy Williams’ math, the Boys from Motown are closer to 40 wins over the last few years than 40 losses (Yeah, I don’t know what the hell he meant either!!!)
Saints over Bucs: This loss wiil put Chucky’s boys in deep doo-doo.
Cardinals over Chiefs: Again just a hunch. I’d like to think that they’d at least can score on K.C.
49ers over Raiders: Sorry, Coach Shell. Welcome to another week in the season from Hell.
BYES: Falcons, Bengals, Texans, Seahawks.
TRIVIA ANSWER: B. St. Louis’ Isaac Bruce is second (833) to Marvin Harrison for the most career receptions by an active receiver. San Diego’s Keenan McCardell is third with 831 grabs.