So what a stinker the Redskins have been for awhile now. Their lost on Monday Night took them to a new low in the national spotlight. Their new football CZAR Bruce Allen saw he has a huge challenge but he has the eye for talent and character. I witnessed this while he was working with the Raiders who have yet to make the playoffs since he fled for Tampa after the 2003 season. This is a years long process of getting rid of players, coaches and front office people who do not want to win, who do not know what it takes to win. After this thinking is established, they will build from there and hopefully the Redskins will be competitive in a very tough division. If the Ravens and Broncos win out they lock up the wild cards, if not 6 teams will compete for those spots!
The two bowl games, I was so off. That quarterback for BYU can play and carved up the Oregon State secondary in a route. The Mountain West came away with another victory last night against another PAC 10 team, CAL. Quarterback, Riley and coach Tedford did not lead up to the expectations this year and are looking like they will fall again next year. This was their year to take a shot at the PAC 10 title as USC reloads next season to contend for a National Title.
At Tennessee -3 San Diego
San Diego is playing for a first round bye this week. Phillip Rivers is a uber competitor and trash talking, play maker. The Titans have been playing with everything to prove. The game for Vince Young has slowed and he is playing like a professional and not a rookie. But the San Diego defense is playing for a weeks rest in the most crucial point of the season. This game will be close but the Chargers will pull away late and win by a touchdown.
At Green Bay -14 Seattle
The Packers are fighting for a wild card birth but play the Seahawks this week and finished with division winning Arizona. Although definitely not a walk through, the Packers have a clear path to a playing on wild card weekend. They will play inspired ball and roll over the Seahawks at home.
At Cleveland -3.5 Oakland
Did Jamarcus Russell win his starting job back? What a late game performance by young quarterback. Look for more Michael Bush this week against a soft Cleveland defense. Both quarterback situations in this game are intriguing, young guys looking to build for next year, redeem themselves and take their teams to the next level. Both of these quarterbacks have made some plays, but for both of them, the game seems to move to fast. Last week, on the last drive, Russell seemed to catch up to the speed, will it continue. Oakland by a touchdown.
At Miami -3 Houston
The team of two CHADS. Which either team looses this game, they also loose hopes for the playoffs. When Chad Pennington went out for the season with an injury, I thought the Dolphins were going they way of their one win season, last year. Coach Spranao has motivated his players and they have responded as true professionals. The Texans have a talented team and will keep this close for a while. Miami by a touchdown.
At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore
If Baltimore wins this game, they only have to beat Oakland to assure a wild card spot in the playoffs. Pittsburgh has some fight left in them and this game will be super competitive. My head is still hurting from watching these two teams play several weeks ago. Again head will be banging and hats will be flying. Easily the best match up of week, but instead we get Dallas vs Washington Sunday night. I thought they put the best game on Sunday night. Ravens by a field goal.
LAST WEEK: 1-3