For Entertainment Purposes …

November 6th, 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 to give you a few games every week. On the season, Fox is an impressive 20-12.

By BOB FOX analyst

TCU Horned Frogs 35, Utah Utes 31
This game is definitely the game of the week in college football, as the No.4 TCU Horned Frogs will be face the No. 6 Utah Utes in Salt Lake City in a Mountain West Conference battle (only the game of the week because they’re ranked so high).  A loss will drop the loser out of the BCS top 10 for sure. Here is what we know:TCU thrashed Utah in Fort Worth last year 55-28.  Both teams can score a bunch, but TCU has more weapons, in my opinion. The Horned Frogs love to run the rock, as evidenced by RB Ed Wesley, who has  938 yards rushing and 10 TDs. TCU can also pass though, as QB Andy Dalton has 16 TD passes., as he has led the Frogs to a 40.8 points per game average. The Utes are led by their QB combination of Jordan Wynn (13 TD passes, 6 INTs) and Terrance Cain (6 TD passes, O INT). Utah also averages 45.3 points a game. I see a much closer game than last year, but I still see the Horned Frogs being on top again.  
Atlanta Falcons 27, Tampa Bay Bucs 20
Before I begin my observations about this game, I want to let it be known that I am 0-4 picking Bucs games this year. I have predicted two wins and two losses, and I was wrong in every case. I also want to say that the NFC South is the best division in the NFC, as all teams are good, except for the woeful Carolina Panthers, who the Bucs should clobber again next week. That being said, I just don’t like the matchups in this game for the Bucs.  Yes, I know the Bucs lead the NFL in interceptions, and have won at least two games because of their secondary, but the Bucs are also 30th in the NFL in rushing defense. The Falcons run the rock real well, behind Michael Turner and company. The Dirty Birds are No. 5 in the NFL in rushing as a matter of fact, and are 6th overall in total offense behind QB Matt Ryan. I just don’t see Ryan making the mistakes that Max Hall, Derek Anderson, Carson Palmer and Jake Delhomme have made vs. the Bucs. I do see QB Josh Freeman continuing his climb as one of the best young QBs in the NFL, but he has to be careful, as the Falcons are fourth in the NFL in picks. The Bucs are a team on the rise and play very well on the road (undefeated), but the Falcons are also undefeated at home, and I see Atlanta getting the victory Sunday.
Baltimore Ravens 24, Miami Dolphins 20
There will be some pad popping and helmet smashing in this game. I think there could also be some money collected as well after the game in the suddenly fine-happy NFL. When did Gary Bettman become commissioner of the NFL?  Anyway, the Dolphins come into this game having never lost on the road so far in 2010. However, the Ravens are also undefeated at home, similar to the quandary in the Bucs-Falcons game. The Ravens lead the AFC Central along with Pittsburgh, and once again defense is part of the reason why. The Ravens are 10th in the NFL in defense right now, and have improved on offense as well, as QB Joe Flacco has some nice weapons at WR, plus RB Ray Rice behind him. The Fins are ranked 13th in offense, as QB Chad Henne has a solid run game and stretches the field with WRs Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess. Miami is also ranked 8th in total defense led by OLB Cameron Wake. The game will be physical, but ILB Ray Lewis and company will get the last laugh. 
Oakland Raiders 30, Kansas City Chiefs 20
It’s hard to believe that I have ranked this game as one of the best in the NFL this week. Believe it or not, the Chiefs lead the AFC West with a 5-2 record, while the Raiders (or Raidas if you are Al Davis) are 4-4 and have been blowing up their competition as of late. This game almost has an early 1970’s feel, with Len Dawson squaring off against Daryle Lamonica. The Chiefs lead the NFL in rushing behind RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. The Chiefs are less than awesome however in the passing game, as they are ranked 31st behind QB Matt Cassel. The 14th ranked Kansas City defense better come ready to play against the eighth-ranked offense of the Raiders, led by RB Darrell McFadden.  Oakland is also the 9th ranked defense in the NFL, but they may have some issues with the Chiefs run game, as the Raiders are only ranked 25th vs. the run.  It also looks like the Raiders could be without CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Still, the Raiders have outscored their opponents the last two weeks by a 92-17 margin, so I see the Raiders making Al happy once again.

3 Responses to “For Entertainment Purposes …”

  1. New Era Buc Says:

    The bucs prediction may very well happen, but Ryan by no means owns the bucs. Just take a look at his career stats vs bucs. The good times may come to a end this weekend but I’m rolling with Freeman to pull out another late victory. Ryan’s ice is about to melt!

  2. Flavio Says:

    Something really screwy about this Raiders run. Imagine they’ll keep rolling.

  3. Eric S Says:

    I thought the TCU game was easy to predict. I didn’t think it would be close and it wasn’t. It almost sounds like Bob was predicting TCU was going to cover, but no outfit had TCU under 4. So I guess he was predicting Utah plus the points. I am 8-5 so far in my picks contest. Need to sweep the last 7 games to have a great week.