After yet another fantastic Monday Night Football game, Week 2 of the NFL has come to an end. Here at Total Sports Blog, we’ll take some time to analyze the biggest match-ups, upsets and standout fantasy performances of the week as we get ready for Week 3.
There was no Thursday night game this week, packing Sunday chock full of 15 hard hitting games. If you listened to TSB’s Week 2 Fantasy Football Podcast, Scott and I gave you a couple of players to look out for and boy did these guys produce. I hope you didn’t panic over your first round pick Andre Johnson’s abysmal Week 1 performance as he realized he’s the best WR in the league and put up a monster 158 yards and 1 TD on 12 catches. DeSean Jackson hooked up with Michael Vick for 135 yards and a score, and Miles Austin had 142 yards on 10 receptions. Read the rest of this entry »
Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs are TSB's Best Bet for Week 2
Last week I was so wrapped up in the start of Fantasy Football, that I forgot to put out my picks for the week. So from now on, I’ll post my picks for each game and keep a running tally to see what my winning percentage is for the year from week 2-17. So without further ediu….TSB’s week 2 picks.
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Kansas City @ Cleveland (-3)
Last Monday night Kansas City showed the 57 people still awake at 1:30 AM, that they are on the way to turning this ship around. The Chiefs have become super athletic, and can obviously run the ball. The Browns on the other hand can’t run or throw the ball. The only chance they have to score is on a punt or kick return by Josh Cribbs. Not that it would help if he was on the field, but QB Jake Delhomme looks like he’s not going to play and career backup Seneca Wallace will be running the show for the Browns. BEST BEST Pick: KC RESULT: WIN
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At long last, the NFL season has arrived. Now that Week 1 is officially in the books, we can all take some Tums, digest those hot wings and try to process the 3 days of football that kept us glued to the TV for hours on end.
The NFL kicked off the season with a rematch of last year’s NFC title game, featuring the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints vs a banged up Minnesota Vikings squad. Brett Favre was in for a long night, as his receiving core had more injuries than the Gloucestershire Annual Cheese Roll. With all the migraines and hip replacements, the only reliable receiver the Vikings had left was TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Along with Pierre Thomas of the Saints, Shiancoe was one of the few players in the game to wrack up significant fantasy points. In a lackluster 14-9 game, the Who Dat Nation came out with the W even with kicker Garrett Hartley going 0-2 on FG attempts (including a chip shot from 32 yards out that my little sister could have made). If you’re the proud owner of Adrian Peterson or Brees in your fantasy league, you had some work left to do.
With the Thursday night opener leaving football fans a bit deflated, Sunday’s 13 games couldn’t come soon enough. Whether you got to the bar at 12:45 so you could get your combo platter order in before the rush or you spent the day at home on the couch with your laptop, you were ready for a long day of football. Sunday’s games didn’t disappoint. We had blowouts, upsets, close games, nail biters, controversial calls. You name it, these games had it.
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It almost felt like the NFL season would never get here. But thankfully, last night was the season opener and this Sunday is the first of the 2010 NFL season. Personally, I am not in love with the Thursday night game to open the season, but I’m not really going to complain either.
I am going to attempt to make predictions on the upcoming season. 95% of them will probably be wrong, but if 5% are right, at least I’ll know that I’m smarter than most of these idiots that call themselves “experts”.
I listed everyone in their division in the order of finish.
NFC Seeds: 1. Packers 2. Saints 3. Cowboys 4. Cardinals 5. Vikings 6. Falcons
AFC Seeds: 1. Colts 2. Chargers 3. Pats 4. Ravens 5. Jets 6. Texans
NFC Wild-Card Round: Cowboys over Falcons, Vikings over Cardinals
AFC Wild-Card Round: Patriots over Texans, Jets over Ravens
NFC Divisional Round: Packers over Vikings, Cowboys over Saints
AFC Divisional Round: Colts over Jets, Chargers over Patriots
NFC Championship: Cowboys over Packers
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Every year, NFL junkies get their hands on Las Vegas over/under lines before the season starts. For those not familiar with this it’s pretty simple. After the NFL draft, Vegas odds makers assess each team’s draft and free agency moves along with each team’s strength of schedule. They come up with an expected win total and attach a 1/2 game to ensure no ties on bets. Along with this, there are odds assigned to either taking the under or over on this number of wins. So for example, the Colts over/under number is 10.5 wins. The odds on taking the OVER 10.5 is -140 and UNDER 10.5 is +120. This means if you think the Colts will win 10 games or less, you will win $120 for every $100 you bet. And if you think they’ll win 11 games or more, you’ll have to bet $140 to win $100.
Now that we got that straightened out, here are Scott and Hook’s NFL over/under picks for 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones are doing away with the past. We’re not talking about the 5 Super Bowl trophys. We’re talking about expensive, unproductive veterans. 5-Time Pro Bowl left tackle, Flozell “The Hotel” (he’s 6 foot 7 inches tall and 340 lbs) Adams and 2007 Pro Bowl safety Ken “my neck is so long that I should be on a National Geographic special” Hamlin, were cut by the Cowboys Thursday. Adams and Hamlin both signed six-year deals through 2013 before the 2008 season. Adams, who will turn 35 in May, was due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June and a $5 million base salary for the 2010 season. Ken Hamlin’s base salary this season was to be just over $5.5 million.
Ordinarily, moves like these could possibly cripple a team’s salary cap space. Like when the Cowboys cut Terrell Owens prior to the start of last season (he was cut after 1 season after signing a 4 year contract extension). Instead of dealing with all of the distractions he brought to the team, they took a $9 million cap hit. $9 million of dead cap space just to rid themselves of a cancer. But this year, due to the owners and players association not coming to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, there is no salary cap. Hence, no penalty for releasing overpaid veterans. This move saved the Cowboys $13 million for the upcoming season.
Normally, you would think that Jerry Jones would be licking his surgically enhanced chops when he hears the words “Uncapped Season”. OK, he might be licking them, but not reaching for his wallet at the same time. This seems to be a new and improved Jerry that we are seeing. After opening “Jerry’s World” last year, millions upon millions of dollars of new revenue are streaming into his bank account. But this hasn’t meant that Jerry will open his checkbook and spend as much as possible. The uncapped season is letting owners shed these bad contracts in order to re-position themselves with younger players for the long haul. With the Cowboys, this means getting wide Receiver Miles Austin signed to a long-term deal. That $13 million coming off the books makes this possible.