For Entertainment Purposes …

October 9th, 2010

Now Joe is sure all his readers fly to Vegas to wager legally, versus placing bets with the guy whose cell number changes every week. 

Regardless of how or why you wager, Joe knows there are many aspiring handicappers reading. So to please the gambling crowd, Joe has turned to superpicker Bob Fox. A writer for various sports publications over the years, Fox flashed his stellar picking skills back in 2008 on, when Joe had a contest here among sports media members.

Fox will be here weekly to give you a few games. Last week he was 4-0!

By BOB FOX analyst

Florida Gators 20, LSU Tigers 10
There are some really interesting college games this week. Besides this one, there is also No. 23 ranked Florida State vs. No. 13 ranked Miami, plus 17th-ranked Michigan State vs. 18th-ranked Michigan. This particular game has the No. 12 LSU Tigers coming into the swamp to face the No. 14 Florida Gators. The Tigers got extremely lucky in their win over Tennessee last week, while the Gators self destructed in their 25 point loss at Alabama. I look for the luck to run out for the Tigers and for the Gators to correct their mistakes. It appears Tigers head coach Les Miles will keep Jordan Jefferson in as his starter at QB. Look for plenty of errors in the decision making process for Jefferson. Gators QB John Brantley got hit hard at Alabama, but still stayed in the game. Brantley is a much better QB than Jefferson, plus has better weapons to utilize. The Gators can also use change of pace QB Trey Burton, who has rushed for 7 TDs. The Tigers defense is very tough (ranked 6th nationally), but I expect Brantley, Burton and other Gators like RB Jeff Demps to make more big plays than the Tigers will on offense.
Green Bay Packers 27, Washington Redskins 20
The Packers come into this game like a MASH unit, as they have already lost RB Ryan Grant, S Morgan Burnett and probably ILB Nick Barnett for the season due to injuries. The Redskins haven’t escaped the injury bug either, as RB Clinton Portis will be out several weeks, plus had to place former Green Bay and Tampa Bay punter Josh Bidwell on IR with a hip injury. The reason I like the Packers in this game is their offense is still very lethal, with QB Aaron Rodgers and his assortment of weapons like TE Jermichael Finley, while the Redskins defense comes into this game ranked 30th in the NFL overall, including 30th vs. the pass. QB Donovan McNabb has had success against the Packers in the past (remember 4th-and-26), but I don’t see him matching Rodgers and company point for point. CB Charles Woodson of the Packers continues to amaze, as he returned his 10th pick for a TD last week vs. Detroit. Only Rod Woodson (12) and Darren Sharper (11) have ever returned more in NFL history.
New York Giants 27, Houston Texans 21
The Texans took a step back last week in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys, while the Giants showed what a formidable pass rush can do to an opponent. Ask Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, who is out this week with a concussion. The Texans have the 2nd ranked offense behind QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster and WRs Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter. The bad news is that Schaub is sacked a lot (11), and that’s what the Giants do best. The Giants have the 3rd ranked overall defense in the NFL, plus lead the NFL in sacks along with Green Bay and Tennessee. Expect Schaub to get hit a lot. The Texans on the other hand, are ranked 31st in the NFL in defense, so expect QB Eli Manning to utilize his weapons at WR like Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham quite often, as the Texans are also ranked 31st in pass defense. 
New York Jets 20, Minnesota Vikings 17
QB Brett Favre is coming back home to New York Monday night, where he played for one year after his messy divorce from Green Bay. I don’t think he will be treated kindly, either. The good news for Favre is that he finally able to get WR Randy Moss on his team, after two years of asking for that same scenario in Green Bay, only to see his hopes squashed. But Moss is indeed Favre’s teammate now, as he is back in Minnesota, after his trade by the New England Patriots.  Moss will definitely help Favre in the passing game, as will RB Adrian Peterson in the rushing game, but the Jets will make enough big plays both offensively and defensively to win the game. The Jets have won three games in a row and have put it together offensively behind QB Mark Sanchez, who has 8 TD passes and has not thrown a pick. RB LaDainian Tomlinson has also proven that he is still a force in the rushing game as well. Favre only has a 60.4 QB rating with two TD passes to six picks. I expect him to force some throws Monday night.

5 Responses to “For Entertainment Purposes …”

  1. McBuc Says:

    What a beautiful picture Joe, thanks.

  2. Richie Says:

    Oooh. I’d but a side bet with Mr. Fox that the Texans not only beat the Giants but win handily.

  3. Favre'sDingDong Says:

    Don’t think Favre will have anywhere near the problems most QBs do against Jets blitzes. Jets are most overrated team in football.

  4. Dave C. Says:

    It’ll be a miracle if the Gators score 17. LSU 20, Gators 13

  5. Pete 422 Says:

    Wow, look at her!