For Entertainment Purposes …

December 12th, 2010


Editors note: This is a Patriots cheerleader, not LeGarrette Blount in drag.

Editor's note: This is a Patriots cheerleader, not LeGarrette Blount in drag.

Now Joe is sure 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 tplease 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.

Fox gives you a handful of games here every week. To date, Fox is 30-21 on the season.

By BOB FOX analyst

Tampa Bay Bucs 20, Washington Redskins 17

The 7-5 Bucs have to quickly forget about their painful loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week, as they prepare to face the 5-7 Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland. For a young team like Tampa Bay, it might be difficult to get over the type of loss they suffered against the Dirty Birds last Sunday. But the Bucs have to, especially if they expect to make a run for a wild card spot. The Redskins seem to be imploding, as head coach Mike Shanahan suspended DT Albert Haynesworth for the rest of the season earlier this week, and Shanahan has had issues with other players, most notably QB Donovan McNabb earlier in the year. Still, the Skins can be dangerous, as they have beaten the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Washington has the 32nd ranked defense in the NFL right now, and the Bucs have to take advantage of that weakness. QB Josh Freeman is having a nice sophomore season and should be able to take advantage of the 29th-ranked pass defense in the NFL. The secondary of the Bucs will have to overcome the season-ending hip injury to CB Aqib Talib, and one can expect McNabb to test the Bucs’ pass defense, as he leads the 9th-ranked passing offense in the NFL. It won’t be easy, but I see the Bucs getting their fifth road victory.

New England Patriots 24, Chicago Bears 20

The Patriots (10-2) might be coming off the best played game of the entire NFL season, as they hammered the New York Jets 45-3 at home on Monday night. This week the Pats will be facing a surprising 9-3 Chicago Bears team that continues to prove the “experts” wrong. Today’s game will be played at Soldier Field and I expect the Pats to continue to play at a high level, although da Bears third-ranked defense will cause occasional issues for Tom Brady and company. Brady is having a MVP type season with 27 toucdhdown passes to just four interceptions for 3,029 yards and a NFL leading 109.5 QB rating. Brady has weapons galore to throw to with players like WR Wes Welker, WR Deion Branch and RB Danny Woodhead, as well as the great rookie combination at TE of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is keeping defenses honest with his production on the ground too, as he has rushed for 699 yards and 11 TDs. The Bears have been much better on offense as of late. QB Jay Cutler has not made the mistakes he is prone to. Cutler has thrown 17 TD passes, compared to 10 interceptions, which is a lot better than the 26 picks he threw in 2009. RB Matt Forte is also having a very nice season as he has run for 748 yards and five TDs, plus three receiving TDs. Still, my money is on Brady and the Pats to win, as I see the Patriots forcing Cutler into mistakes (he has been sacked a NFL leading 41 times), similar to what the Pats did against QB Mark Sanchez on Monday night.

New York Jets 24, Miami Dolphins 17

The game today will have huge ramifications in the AFC playoff race. The Jets (9-3) will be trying to erase the 45-3 shellacking they received from the Patriots on Monday night, while the Fins (6-6) will be trying to keep alive their hopes to become an AFC Wild Card. Both teams have top-10 defenses going into this contest, as the Jets’ D is ranked eight, while the Miami defense is ranked fourth. The Jets run the ball much better though, as they are fourth in the NFL in rushing behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonne Green, while the Dolphins are only ranked 18th in rushing. The key to the game will be the play of the quarterbacks, and even with the bad game he played on Monday night, I see Mark Sanchez (16 TD passes to 11 interceptions) performing better than Chad Henne (12 TD passes to 15 interceptions). The Jets also have a better secondary than the Dolphins, led by CB Darrelle Revis. However, the loss of S Jim Leonhard to a season ending broken leg last week prior to the game against the Patriots makes the secondary of the Jets more vulnerable to the pass.Bottom line, I see the Jets making more big plays than the Fins this Sunday as they try to close in on a playoff spot.

San Diego Chargers 27, Kansas City Chiefs 20

The game will be like Little Big Horn for the Chargers, just as it was for General Custer. This game in San Diego will definitely be the Lightning Bolts’ last stand, as one more loss will stop any dreams about an AFC West title, along with any hopes for a wild card spot. For a team that is just .500, the Chargers (6-6) continue to statistically lead the NFL, as they are ranked second in total offense and first in total defense. However, the fifth-ranked San Diego rushing defense was gashed by the Oakland Raiders run game last week in the Chargers’ 28-13 loss to the Raiders last week. This week, the Chargers will be facing the NFL’s leading rushing offense led by RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. QB Matt Cassell of the Chiefs (8-4) had an appendectomy earlier this week and his status for the game is uncertain. Cassell has had a fine season for the Chiefs, as he has thrown 23 TD passes to just four picks this year. If he was not in the lineup, it would be a major blow to Kansas City. We know that the Chargers will be led by QB Phillip Rivers, who is also having a fine year, as he has thrown 24 TD passes compared to 10 interceptions for 3,642 yards and a 102.5 QB rating. Unlike Custer at the Little Big Horn, I see Rivers and company winning this last stand.

4 Responses to “For Entertainment Purposes …”

  1. Pete 422 Says:

    I’m on my way back from South America & will be on the flight for most if not all of the game. Go Bucs, get to 8-5!!!!

  2. McBuc Says:

    That is on hot chick Joe…Thanks!

  3. Pruritis Ani Says:

    She’s got some pretty thick legs…

  4. Gary Says:

    U guys are crazy. I’m with Joe on this one that chick is nasty. I can’t believe she is an NFL cheerleader looking like a man.