NFL Week 8: The week’s 5 best bets

*Home team in CAPS

Giants over the COWBOYS-   We picked the Giants over the ‘Skins last week and see no reason why they shouldn’t repeat this week vs the ‘Boys in Dallas. After all, since the $1.2 billion stadium was built in Dallas in 2009, the Giants have had ‘home field advantage’, going 3-0 in their building! Injuries will have a greater impact on the Cowboys this week as RB DeMarco Murray will sit out for another game and RB Felix Jones is questionable. Dallas will also be without their starting center and their leading tackler Sean Lee who’s out for the remainder of the season (toe). The Giants will have Chris Canty, Prince Amukamara, and a healthy Hakeem Nicks, all of whom were missing in the season opening loss to the Cowboys.

JETS over the Dolphins- The 3-3 Jets beat the Dolphins in Miami 23-20 in week #3 and we think history will repeat itself at Met Life Stadium this Sunday. Although Miami boasts the receiver who came into last weeks games leading the NFL in receiving yardage, Brian Hartline, he was held to just one reception for 41 yards when these two teams last met. Could be because at the end of last week, the Jets have  given up the least amount of fantasy points to wide receivers in the league. That will mean a lot of Reggie Bush, something that the Jets are well aware of. Kerley, Hill, & Keller should all have a decent day against a Dolphins team that yields the 8th most fantasy points to wide receivers- if Sanchez gets the time. A victory gets the Jets another divisional win and evens their record at 4-4 going into their bye week. They’ll take it… Read more…

NFL Week 7: The week’s 5 best bets

Eli Manning has winning on his mind as the G-Men want some payback from their two losses to the ‘Skins last season.

GIANTS over the Redskins- It took six games for the mighty Giants defense to show up and after their brilliant performance in San Fransisco last Sunday we think it will carry over into this week’s divisional contest with the Redskins. We might not see the six sacks and three interceptions that did the 49ers in last week when Washington comes to East Rutherford because they are more of a ground & pound team with Alfred Morris & RGIII leading the way. Eli & his receivers are salavating at the ‘Skins lack of defense which yields an average of 417 yards to opposing offenses per game. They also have a bit of a ‘revenge’ factor going into this game as the Redskins did beat the Giants in both of their meetings last year. Giants are 4-2 but are 0-2 in their division and need this one.

RAIDERS over the Jags- After nearly pulling out what would have been the biggest upset of the week, the Raiders return to the Black Hole knowing that if they almost beat the undefeated Falcons on the road they certainly should have an easier time with the anemic Jags in their building. The Raiders defense will shine this week as they will face QB Blaine Gabbert who has been sacked 15 times this season and has thrown for 200 yards only once. Outside of RB Maurice Jones-Drew, there is little to get excited about as WR Justin Blackmon, the Jags 1st round pick, has yet to live up to the hype entering this season. The Silver & Black should romp in this one. Read more…

Fantasy Football: Week 2 studs and duds

Eli ManningThere were many outstanding performances in Week 2, some were even record-breaking. Some with names that you probably don’t even have on your roster. And then there were those that disappointed the owners who drafted them so soon (and in most cases so high) on draft day. Here is a list of both studs and duds that stood out last week:

STUDS

Eli Manning-QB-Giants- Against a pretty good defense that had given up only 10 points to Cam Newton and the Panthers a week earlier, Eli and the Giants teed off for quadruple that amount on Sunday at Met Life Stadium. Down by as many as 14 at one point, Eli threw the rock 51 times for 520 yards eclipsing the previous record held by Phil Simms who set it in 1985 with 513 passing yards. The only other Giants QB to pass for 500 or more yards in a game was Y.A. Tittle; 505 yards in 1962.

Donte Rosario-TE-Chargers- How many of you had him on your roster? QB Philip Rivers has his number in the red zone several times on Sunday as Rosario had four receptions for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Here’s a guy that hadn’t scored a touchdown since he was with the Panthers in 2009! In fact he had never scored more than two TD’s in one season in his five-year career! Antonio Gates (sore ribs) is expected back this week so don’t go & grab Rosario up off of waivers just yet. Read more…

Eli Manning inconsistent, not hall of fame worthy

20120805-191817.jpgEli Manning, winner of two of Super Bowls in the last five years, including, two super bowl MVP’s and his last name is Manning. Crazy how quick times change, last year Eli Manning’s name would have never came up in a discussion of élite QB’s in the game.

One “decent” year and a team that came together at the right time can change that apparently.

When I look at Eli Manning I look at a QB who is inconsistent and a high volume interception thrower.

How we went from inconsistent QB to as Phil Simms said a “Hall of Fame QB” I’ll never understand.

But in this world of sports we all have our opinions, so here is mine on Eli Manning. In today’s day and age we love to compare players, so for the sake of this blog let’s compare Eli Manning to Aaron Rodgers. I think Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the league. The last three seasons in which they both have won a Super Bowl and the season where neither won a Super Bowl.

In the last three seasons Rodgers has one Super Bowl MVP trophy, thrown for 12,999 yards, 103 TD’s and 24 INT’s. Eli Manning has one Super Bowl MVP trophy, thrown for 12,956 yards, 87 TD’s and 55 INT’s.

That stat line in itself is shocking. As with any great sports run we like to be prisoners of the moment. Read more here…

Eli Manning doesn’t make top 100, now 31?

Giants quarterback Manning holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots  in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game in Indianapolis

When NFL Network unveiled its list of the Top 100 players as voted on by their peers last year, one of the biggest subjects of debate was why Eli Manning didn’t make the list. When Manning won the Super Bowl MVP in February, it was obvious that Manning would make the list this year, and he has made it: Manning checks in at No. 31 on this year’s list.

That ranking is already drawing criticism in New York, where some are wondering what more Manning could have done than lead the Giants to another Super Bowl title to get himself into the Top 30.

Among quarterbacks, Manning ranks fifth, a year after he was criticized by some for saying he considers himself one of the Top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL. The Top 30 players haven’t been revealed yet, but it’s obvious from looking at the players whose spots in the Top 100 haven’t come up yet that Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady (in some order) will be the top three quarterbacks, andBen Roethlisberger will be the fourth quarterback ranked ahead of Manning. Read more here…