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Thumper's Picks - Week 11

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Thumper
    Bolt Talk Staff Writer

    <img width="258" height="193" align="left" title="NFL Logo" alt="NFL Logo" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/NFL_LOGO.jpg" />It's about the time of the season to start thinking about league MVP. A week ago I might have said all pro quarterback, Peyton Manning, from the Indianapolis Colts. Sure I get tired of all the Manning hype and the endless Peyton Manning commercials. You could make an argument that he is over exposed, but one thing you can't say is he doesn't bring it. There is probably not another player in the NFL that means more to his team than Peyton. Without Manning, the Colts are an average team at best.

    But that was last week. While Manning is still in the mix for MVP, you have to place LaDainian Tomlinson right up there as well. He's been called Superman with out the cape. I'm not sure if that's accurate. Superman could be stopped with kryptonite. Once LT gets rolling, I'm not sure anyone can stop him. Some NFL defensive players might argue with that last statement, but you can't argue with his results. 15 touchdowns in 5 consecutive games to beat a record that had stood since Jim Brown had 14 touchdowns in a 5 game stretch for the Cleveland Browns in 1958. Just incredible.

    <strong>Chris Carter 89-55
    Chris Collinsworth 87-57
    Bob Costas 86-58
    Dan Marino 85-59
    Thumper 83-61</strong>

    <strong>Sunday, Nov. 19</strong>

    <em><strong>Atlanta 14, Baltimore 17</strong></em>
    The Falcons defensive secondary has been struck with the injury bug. Expect the Ravens quarterback, Steve McNair, to take advantage of this and have a big game.
    Buffalo 15, Houston 17</strong></em>
    I don't have confidence in either of these teams this week, but one of them has to win. Home field advantage and an opportunistic defense over the past few weeks give the Texans an ever so slight edge.

    <em><strong>Chicago 21, N.Y. Jets 13</strong></em>
    The Jets did a great job getting pressure on Tom Brady last week against the New England Patriots. They will try to do the same against Rex Grossman. On the other side of the ball, Chad Pennington will have a tough day against this Bears defense.

    <em><strong>Cincinnati 27, New Orleans 31</strong></em>
    Both of these teams put up some big point totals last week, but they both lost. This is going to be a shootout as both teams come out firing. Players pointing fingers at each other won't help the Bengals cause. Only one of these teams is playoff bound, and that team is the Saints. On another note, the over / under on this game is currently at 49 points. Take the over.

    <em><strong>Minnesota 16, Miami 20</strong></em>
    Who would of thought Joey Harrington would be the answer in Miami? Harrington, along with improved defensive play has got the Dolphins playing better after a very slow start. To bad it's too little, too late to make a difference this season.
    New England 21, Green Bay 16</strong></em>
    The Patriots QB, Tom Brady, should have success against this Packers defense. For the Packers, Favre and company will struggle having settling for field goals instead of touchdowns.

    <em><strong>Oakland 10, Kansas City 24</strong></em>
    What does the Raiders offense need to do to stop being the butt of jokes? I don't know, but at least they have been playing well on the defensive side of the ball. Trent Green will be back at QB for the Chiefs. He might have a little rust, but will it matter when he hands the ball off to Larry Johnson?

    <em><strong>Pittsburgh 21, Cleveland 20</strong></em>
    Fast Willie Parker will have a big day as the resurgent Steelers squeak past the Browns.

    <em><strong>St. Louis 19, Carolina 24</strong></em>
    The Panthers should be able to run against this Rams defense. Look for the Rams to try and get the ball to their playmaking WR, Torry Holt.

    <em><strong>Tennessee 14, Philadelphia 31</strong></em>
    The Titans have been struggling all season and this week won't be any easier against Donavan McNabb and the Eagles. McNabb should have at least 3 passing TDs in this one.

    Washington 14, Tampa Bay 16
    Redskins running back Clinton Portis is out on IR for the season with a broken hand and upcoming shoulder surgery. With Mark Brunell benched, the Redskins 3rd string QB, Jason Campbell has moved above veteran QB Todd Collins on the depth chart and will be making his first career start. This might be too much to overcome against the Buccaneers on the road.

    <em><strong>Detroit 17, Arizona 15</strong></em>
    The Cardinals are used to having disappointing seasons, but this year has to be the worst. They've shown that they have some talent on this team, but they've still only managed to win one game. Arizona will win another game or two before the season is up. They might win this week against the Loins, but I'm still not going to pick them.

    <em><strong>Seattle 28, San Francisco 20</strong></em>
    Shaun Alexander is finally going to be back after a broken bone in his foot has kept him out of the game for the majority of the season. The Seahawks should win this game to tighten their grasp on the NFC West.

    <em><strong>Indianapolis 24, Dallas 29</strong></em>
    Going undefeated is too hard in the NFL. That's why it's only been done once. The Cowboys have a new confidence with quarterback Tony Romo at the helm, but the Dallas running game will be the deciding factor for the Cowboys this Sunday. A weak Colts run defense will get a big dose of Julius Jones and Marion Barber.
    San Diego 27, Denver 20</strong></em>
    This is a match up of the highest scoring team in the league against the team that has allowed fewest points in the league. Something is going to have to give. Fortunately the Chargers have LaDainian Tomlinson on their side. He's a playmaker and in this game, he will be the difference maker.

    <strong>Monday, Nov. 20</strong>

    <em><strong>N.Y. Giants 19, Jacksonville 21</strong></em>
    Giants quarterback Eli Manning struggled last week throwing 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. Those struggles will continue against the Jaguars.

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