Guest picks of the week

By Brendan Nelson

Once I go 10-2, I might come back next week and humblebrag.

DALLAS -1.5 OVER CAROLINA

Jason Garrett gets fired if he loses this game. Something to think about, Jason Garrett.

CLEVELAND +3.5 OVER INDIANAPOLIS

Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Bad” wouldn’t watch this game with an endless supply of meth.

NEW ORLEANS -2.5 OVER TAMPA BAY

I just don’t like taking Josh Freeman over Drew Brees. Plus, the Saints are off a bye, and you know, that means something.

WASHINGTON +6.5 OVER NEW YORK

Don’t the Giants never cover these games??? What am I missing???

BALTIMORE +6.5 OVER HOUSTON

I like when FOX showed Ray Lewis in street clothes on the sidelines during the meltdown against Dallas, the announcers failed to say a word about what happened. Scott Hanson needs a raise, right now.

ST. LOUIS +5.5 OVER GREEN BAY

Bigger douche: Aaron Rodgers or Justin Verlander?

ARIZONA +6.5 MINNESOTA

I’m pretty sure John Skelton delivered me a pizza from Papa John’s at 2 a.m. this past weekend. Yes, I stole that joke. From RJ in Vegas, NFC dogs are like 34-4 straight up or something. Aren’t the Cardinals kinda good?

TENNESSEE +3.5 OVER BUFFALO

If you haven’t seen this clip, you need to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Buh6lUixvo

NEW ENGLAND -10.5 OVER NEW YORK

I’M NOT TAKING MARK SANCHEZ ON THE ROAD AGAINST BILL BELICHICK OFF A LOSS. I’M NOT TAKING MARK SANCHEZ ON THE ROAD AGAINST BILL BELICHICK OFF A LOSS. I’M NOT TAKING MARK SANCHEZ ON THE ROAD AGAINST BILL BELICHICK OFF A LOSS.

JACKSONVILLE +4.5 OVER OAKLAND

Remember when Carson Palmer was a Pro Bowl quarterback? Or how about, when have the Jaguars nailed a draft pick?

PITTSBURGH -2.5 OVER CINCINNATI

If I had lots and lots of monies, I would bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers in this game. I KINDA like them.

CHICAGO -5.5 OVER DETROIT

How does America react when we watch Jay Cutler hold up the Lombardi trophy while embracing Kristin Cavallari? I think about these things before I go to sleep at night.

Play ‘Em, Sit ‘Em or Fuck Me Right? A look at Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers, Busts and Guys We Just Don’t Know About

By: Bobby Cole

Whether you’re the commissioner of your league or the dude who was suckered into playing because his buddies need an extra guy, everybody can use a bit of fantasy football advice now and then. At this point in the season, everyone knows that Matt Ryan, Calvin Johnson, Ray Rice and Arian Foster should be in your lineup every week. But who could have seen the rise of Alfred Morris before the season started?

Each week we’ll look at three different players. One guy who should start, another to sit and a third who will leave you saying “well fuck me then right” because he either goes off on your bench or fizzles out in your lineup.

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The Little Coin vs. The Big Hurt

by Little Coin (aka Michael Scully’s pompous ego.)

The Motivation behind this is two-fold: One, I want to enlighten more people to this: People have no skill of picking spreads. Read it I’ll wait.

Okay, now you’re back. Two, I like to flaunt when I’m right. So, now introducing myself, Little Coin, Little Coin I will be picking each spread for the rest of the year, and we’ll see if I can knock down the Big Hurt. So Here’s how I will pick:

1. I will always pick the Houston Texans (because I’m biased, but not in flipping.)
2. I will use my buddy randomizer, to randomly list the games for the week.
3. I will flip myself, Heads means I take the points. Tails means I give the points.

Essentially, I’ll take the games in order of time as assign them a number from one to sixteen. Then, I’ll randomly arrange the games in a list like {2,4,7,5,3,8,9,10,1,15,13,12,14,6,11} . Then, I’ll flip myself, on each game.
So without further ado, here’s this week’s picks from me, Little Coin.

Game Pick
5 – Kansas City Chiefs +0.5
9 – Denver Broncos -6.5
8 – Houston Texans -12.5
14 – New York Giants +2.5
7 – New York Jets +3.5
15 – Chicago Bears +3.5
11 – Cincinnati Bengals -1.5
6 – Seattle Seahawks -2.5
12 – New Orleans Saints +7.5
4 – Detroit Lions -6.5
13 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5
10 – Miami Dolphins +6.5
3 – Buffalo Bills +3.5
1 – Cleveland Browns +12.5
2 – Atlanta Falcons -7.5

The Not So Blown Call

written by RJ Wallace
edited by Michael Scully

As you all know by now, article 3, item 5 says: Simultaneous Catch. If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.

Looking at the ESPN highlight you might be unsure. Here’s the best image they showed of it:

Tate Catch Front

I don’t know how the play last night should have gone. However, watching it again, there is never a time that Tate let go of the ball. Look, the back view shows Tate’s hand (that neon green glove under all the green and yellow) is clearly on the ball, ironically, it’s right underneath Jennings hand.

Tate Catch Back

I would call that simultaneous possession. Also, it does not look like Jennings gained control first, if anything, on the way down, he pulled it to his body and away from Tate. The rule says nothing about a player having more of the simultaneous possession than another player.

So I don’t have a problem with the refs calling that a catch, and therefore a touchdown. I wouldn’t have a problem with them calling it a pick either because the rule is not clear enough for human error. The video booth officials are unable to review a simultaneous in the current rules.

And yes Tate did push off, but no official, replacement or not is going to call that. Don’t forget about the missed pass interference on the packers a few plays earlier. The calls go both ways. They are not one sided which is how the games seemed to be with the regular officials.

*UPDATE* ESPN reports that the NFL upholds the Seahawks Victory. Their statement is almost the same we released earlier stating Tate did push off, and that once ruled a reception; simultaneous possession is not reviewable. The play was reviewed by the NFL, and the NFL stands by its substitute refs saying no indisputable evidence to overturn the reception existed for the replay booth.

The truth is, green bay let Seattle win. One first down would have put the pack in the victory formation. Maybe Jennings shouldn’t have tried to up his interception total and knock the ball down like all DB’s are taught to do in that situation. If he had so much “more simultaneous possession,” he surely could have knocked the ball away.

Even though Jon Gruden’s hate for the replacement referees has now grown larger than John Madden’s love for Brett Favre, my thoughts stay the same. The new referees are bad and the old referees are also bad.
Madden Loves Favre

Week 3 Picks

By Ryan Faherty

At long last, Fall is finally here. Leaves changing, temperatures dropping, and degenerates gambling. Nothing like football season to bring out the compulsive gambler in us all. Unfortunately, as is the case in all gambling ventures, the house wins more often than not. Well I’m personally tired of watching people throw their hard earned money away, so on behalf of the good folks at NeutralFan, I’m here to give you the inside scoop on what to expect each week. And hey, if worse comes to worst, at least you’ll have someone to blame in the event you gamble away your life savings. (Sidenote: In no way do I advocate gambling away one’s life savings. What kind of idiot are you?)

Without further ado, let’s dive into our Week 3 NFL matchups:

CHICAGO (-7) over St. Louis

DA BEARS. I’m higher on Sam Bradford than most, but have a feeling that Julius Peppers and co. will be in his grill all day. I expect the young QB to get hit early and often, which will probably yield a turnover or two. This Bears team was declared a contender in the off season, despite their glaring flaws on the offensive line. If they want to justify this hype, they need a big time performance from Jay Cutler and the offense, which should be manageable against a weak STL defense. Fear not, Bears fans. Clay Matthews is a long ways from Chi-town.

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