Posts tagged ‘Buffalo Bills’
Well I didn’t consider the Buffalo Bills a potential home for the loud-mouth Terrell Owens, but I suppose it fits. The Bills do need wide receiver help but they don’t need someone like T.O. to completely hamper their young quarterback, Trent Edwards.
I would have rather seen T.O. go to Oakland, where receivers turn to crap during their tenure, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see with Buffalo. He received the expected one-year contract that will force him to either put up the big numbers he needs to get another contract or retire.
I just can’t wait to hear about all the people saying that Buffalo is the front-runner for the division, the conference, perhaps even the Super Bowl. You know it’s coming.
Buffalo Bills’ Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested in California yesterday. This is not the first time that Lynch has been involved with the law.
The police report stated that officers saw a 2006 Mercedes Benz with three men inside, one of which they recognized as former California running back Marshwan Lynch.
“A subsequent field investigation led to the discovery of a loaded firearm,” the report said. “The officers determined the gun belonged to Lynch and he was arrested for possession of a concealed firearm.”
So they stopped the vehicle because Marshawn Lynch was inside? Were they just hoping to get an athlete in trouble? Did black men in a Mercedes make it a need to pull a car over? This whole “subsequent field investigation” by the police is a little more like “suspicious field investigation”. I understand that gun safety is a huge deal in the NFL after the Plexiglass Burress incident, but that idiot shot himself. You had to do something with that moron. Lynch was concealing a weapon and not acting a fool. Perhaps he should be able to conceal seeing as how he has been the subject of a drive-by just three years ago.
Athletes are in the spotlight and they have to watch every move they make, I understand that. But if an athlete is minding his own business and not blatently breaking the law…leave ’em alone. Now, if they were to arrest him because of his unfortunate looks…that would be a little more justified.
Not a whole lot changed over the past week that influenced any major changes to the Lucky Seven. In fact, only one team dropped one position and one new team took the place of an old one. Take a look and get ready to see some fireworks around the NFL this week.
1.) Tennessee Titans (1) – This team has to be the most feared team in the NFL right now. They go against the Indianapolis Colts this week in a match up that a lot of people are saying is in the favor of the underdog. Say what you want, I like the Titans entire team.
2.) Pittsburgh Steelers (2) – Smash mouth football is defined when you watch a Steelers game. This team is so physical and their defense is a nasty group of huge guys. I would take the Pittsburgh Steelers over almost anyone in the NFL right now, even without Willie Parker.
3.) New York Giants (3) – They didn’t just beat the 49er’s last week, they shut down the 49er’s last week. Although Frank Gore has been up and down recently, the Giants’ defense put a padlock on his ankles and allowed him to do absolutely nothing (which resulted in a fantasy loss for me). Brandon Jacobs seems to be getting better every week and the Giants haven’t shown any rumble in the tank after dropping a big one to Cleveland. However, these Eli v. Big Ben comparisons are absurd and there is no way that I will convinced that Eli is better than Ben Roethlisberger. Check out the match-up this week when the sack-leading Steelers pressure little Eli ten times more than Cleveland did….then come back and talk about comparisons.
4.) Washington Redskins (4) – It has gone from home team bias to pure truth, the Redskins are a good football team. They have already proven the critics wrong by winning 4+ games and I believe that, if they can get past a Detroit Lions team this week (yes the Detroit Lions), then they can win 7 of their last 8. And the reason I say ‘get past the Lions’ is because, we have yet to see the Skins demolish an opponent who they are actually suppose to demolish. They looked past the Rams and it bit them, lets see how it changes against the worst team in the league.
5.) Tampa Bay (NR) – Wow. The Tampa Bay Bucs have gone from nothin to somethin pretty quick. Jeff Garcia is back and he is certainly doing what we all know he is capable of. The defense is stellar and the Bucs look like the current front-runner in a real toss-up division. Looking at their remaining games, this Bucs team could be on to something pretty special. I’m just guessing, but I would say that the Bucs are going to be favored in the all but maybe two of their last nine games unless something odd were to happen.
6.) Buffalo Bills (5) – They did win a tough game against San Diego last week, but its hard to put them above the Cardinals after the Cardinals have already pounded them three weeks ago, 41-17. Buffalo is a good football team and I think they make it to the playoffs, but their record isn’t all that strong. The only team they have beat thus far worth arguing for is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sure San Diego is a good team, but they have underachieved this year and the Chargers had to make the cross-country leap. Buffalo makes the playoffs, but is possibly the weakest team there.
7.) Arizona Cardinals (6) – I think it’s only fair because they beat two really good teams (BUF and DAL) before going into their bye week. During the bye week they got some rest and brought back some guys, including the crazy-nice Anquan Boldin. I look for the Cardinals to continue their little winning streak on way to capturing the NFC West with a possible record of 9-7 or better.
The NFL last week look like a mid-season Saturday in the world of college football. There were some five or six last second victories, including the dismal Rams field goal over the Skins while time expires, and the weekly card was hard to win with. This is how I see the power rankings after last Sunday:
1.) Tennessee Titans (2) – They had a bye last week and obviously stayed undefeated. You may not believe in Kerry Collins, which I don’t either, but there is no reason the Titans shouldn’t be number one.
2.) Pittsburgh Steelers (6) – They had a bye week and the Steelers jump four spots? I know, I understand. But everyone else in the top seven from last week lost games that they shouldn’t have. It just so happens that the two teams that rise the ranking board didn’t actually play last week. The bye week didn’t make the Steelers any less physical, and I still remember the Jags game.
3.) New York Giants (1) – I still feel that they’re overrated and Eli is no where near as good as Peyton. However, they’ve beat the Redskins (who have beaten the Cowboys and Eagles) and until the G-Men actually play those two division foes, we won’t know the truth about them. I know one thing, they had no idea what smacked them on Monday Night. I don’t see this team as a huge threat, sorry Giants’ fans.
4.) Washington Redskins (3) – The did lose to arguably the worst team in the NFL, but it was the best thing that could have happened to the Skins. Washington players and coaches claimed they didn’t pay attention to the media and critics, which is complete crap. They listened to the media, their head grew to the size of a blimp, and they looked past the winless Rams. They showed strength by overcoming their first three turnovers of the season, but refused to put the Rams away on the numerous opportunities that they had to do so. The loss is humbling and the Redskins should pick it back up.
5.) Buffalo Bills (NR) – They also had a bye last week, but they are still 4-1. Trent Edwards went down but is expected to make a full recovery and return this week. They have a tough next couple games against division teams and this is where they send a message that the Bills are for real. I like the Bills and I think they can prove it, now they need to put the money where my mouth is.
6.) Arizona Cardinals (NR) – Why not? They’re going to win the NFC West. Kurt Warner seems to know what he’s doing. They’re headed into a bye week after an awesome game against Dallas, which they thoroughly deserved. And I think that when Boldin comes back, Breaston will be a strong third receiver, and the Cardinals are ready to roll. Their defense is suspect, but their next four games should be butter (CAR, STL, SF, SEA).
7.) Dallas Cowboys (4) – And here is where the Cowboys crumble. Pacman is Pacman. Romo goes down for four weeks. And Felix All-Purpose is out for over a month. This all means less playmakers for the Cowboys, but more importantly it means that T.O. is contemplating suicide. The Cowboys’ aquiring of wide out Roy Williams is HUGE, but they gave up waaaay too much for him. Williams will certainly be more productive in Dallas than in Detroit, but he needs to pray that Brad Johnson can deliver for four weeks. With your Pro-Bowl quarterback out and a horrific secondary, I no longer see this team as the SB favorite.
Yesterday was a little off as I went 1-2 in college ball. Maryland was completely blanked, which I mentioned was a realistic possibility, and Rice was a play around game. Navy pulled out the win and I am fortunate enough to have a few home teams that allow me to be the homer I love to be. This week in the NFL I like a few plays in the early games.
Washington (+250) –Parlay–M.L. and OVER
All of these plays are upsets, which I love. I don’t think Buffalo should be an underdog against an Arizona team that lost Boldin and is still depleted from the routing they took last Sunday. I like Seattle because Hasselback gets two of his receivers back and, well, I just don’t like the GIants. Washington is a six point underdog and they continue to be overlooked. I like their running game against the Eagles. I like the Redskins linebackers against an injured Brian Westbrook. And I like Washington’s offensive line play against the blitz. What I do not like is the lack of pressure that McNabb will feel from the Jason Taylor-less defensive line. And the lockdown corner that placed a blanket on T.O. last week, Shawn Springs, may not play. Good luck.
It was a crazy card for Sunday’s games last week, which means that my perceived power rankings felt a bit of a shakedown. Denver dropped out all together while the Washington Redskins broke into my top seven after being in the 13-18 range last week. Here’s what I got:
1.) New York Giants (3) – The G-Men moved up two spots without even playing last week. They are, however the defending SB champs. I have a problem believing that the Giants are as good as people think; they barely beat the Redskins in week one that should have been a lot worst and they had to take the Bengals to overtime in order to seal the deal. I even like Seattle to upset the Giants this Sunday.
2.) Tennessee Titans (5) – They may not have played a lot of good teams, but their defense is as physical as anyone’s in the league. Defense can win ball games, ask the 2000 Ravens. When you look at them in the long run, their receivers are average and Kerry Collins is there starter. No, Kerry’s not racking up DWI’s anymore. He’s guiding a pretty good Titans team. Wait for these guys to beat a quality squad, possibly Ravens defense this week.
3.) Dallas Cowboys (1) – They took a tremendous loss in a division where you cannot afford to do it. And please don’t say that they had an off-day, because you’re an idiot. Players get paid millions of dollars to play and believe it or not they want to win, they were simply out-played by a Washington team that perfectly executed their game plan. Washington proved that shutting down the Cowboy playmakers is the key to victory. Regardless, Dallas is still the best talent team in the NFL.
4.) Buffalo Bills (7) – They moved up a lot in my rankings because, even though their games are close, they prove week after week that they can pull it out when it matters. I like the Bills but they have the same problem that Tennessee does, they played bags of peanuts on Sundays so far. Wait for the quality team to visit them and see where they stand. Now that I think about it, jumping three spots for beating Oakland doesn’t sound right.
5.) Washington Redskins (NR) – They lose opening week to the defending SB champions by only nine points, shutting them down in the second half. They go on to beat two high-powered offenses in New Orleans and Arizona. Then they pull up the largest upset of last week when they demolished the Cowboys. The score made the game seem closer than what it was, and the Skins had plenty of opportunities to score without committing rediculous penalties. People may be sleeping on D.C. but they have yet to commit a turnover and they control the ball very well.
6.) Pittsburgh (4) – They barely beat the Ravens who started a rookie quarterback. I expected the Steelers defense to tear apart Joe Flacco limb by limb, with or without nose tackle Casey Hampton. Now factor in the health of the backfield and you get a 2-spot drop in the rankings after a hard-nosed win.
7.) Philadelphia Eagles (2) – They lose to the Bears in a game that they should have won. However, the game proved that the Eagles’ pass defense is suspect (Orton threw for 3 TDs). They can beat Pittsburgh but they can’t beat Kyle Orton? You have to beat the good teams to be the good team. I am tempted to put Carolina in the number seven spot, but I am a firm believer in the NFC East and I believe that any NFC East team would beat Carolina by atleast six.
I can’t wait to see what happens this Sunday. I expect to see the Giants lose, Tennesse has a tough game at Baltimore, and Washington is a 5-point underdog at Philly. I’ll catch up on the rankings next Tuesday.