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Thumper's Picks - Week 13

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    By Thumper
    <em>Bolt Talk Staff Writer</em>

    <img width="231" height="173" align="left" title="NFL Logo" alt="NFL Logo" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/NFL_LOGO.jpg" />Chris Carter has pulled away from the pack, but there is still plenty of football to be played this season. I have, however, moved into a three way tie for second place with Chris Collinsworth and Bob Costas. Dan Marino is trailing a game behind.

    I'm off to Buffalo this week to see the Bills, Chargers game. They are expecting snow for the game. Living in California, I don't have a lot of cold weather gear, but I'll make due. So while I'm thinking about what I need to do to avoid frost bite, I'll go straight to this weeks picks.

    <strong>Chris Carter 111-65
    Thumper 105-71
    Chris Collinsworth 105-71
    Bob Costas 105-71
    Dan Marino 104-72</strong>

    <strong>Thursday, Nov. 30</strong>

    <em><strong>Baltimore 27, Cincinnati 30</strong></em>
    The Ravens have been on fire defensively with 9 sacks last week. This week they face a team that has exploded offensively the last few weeks. If the Ravens can create enough pressure to force Bengals QB Carson Palmer to making some bad decisions, they'll win this game. If Palmer can avoid turnovers, Bengals take it at home.

    <strong><em>Sunday, Dec. 3</em></strong>
    Arizona 19, St. Louis 28</strong></em>
    Rams RB Steven Jackson should have a 100+ yards rushing against a Cardinals defense that gives up at lot of rushing yards.

    <em><strong>Atlanta 19, Washington 21</strong></em>
    Last week the Redskins were able to slow down Steve Smith and the Jaguars. This week they are going to have to keep Michael Vick in the pocket and force him to pass. Vick can pass, but lately his receivers have had hands of stone.

    <em><strong>Detroit 10, New England 24</strong></em>
    The Patriots lost Jr. Seau for the season last week to a broken arm, but the Lions are banged up as well. The Lions RB Kevin Jones will be out with a sprained ankle.

    <em><strong>Indianapolis 31, Tennessee 20</strong></em>
    Vince Young showed he's got what it takes to be a NFL QB last week against the N.Y. Giants. Unfortunately the Titans don't have enough talent around him to beat the Colts.

    <em><strong>Kansas City 24, Cleveland 17</strong></em>
    The Brown's TE Kellen Winslow Jr. might be a solder, but the Chiefs RB Larry Johnson will run all over this Browns defense.
    Minnesota 10, Chicago 21</strong></em>
    The Bears QB Rex Grossman had a bad outing last week against the Patriots. Look for him to rebound this week against the Vikings. The Bears defense will step it up, again.

    <em><strong>N.Y. Jets 21, Green Bay 24</strong></em>
    Last week Packers QB Brett Favre was off his game. He'll do better this week, but it's still going to be a close game. I'm going with Green Bay because of the home field advantage.

    <em><strong>San Diego 24, Buffalo 10</strong></em>
    Early in the season the Bills seemed to be able to stop the run, but as the season has worn on, they have weakened against teams that can run the ball. It's not a good thing for them that all-pro RB, hell all-world RB LaDainian Tomlinson is coming to town. Snow is in the forecast, so expect the Chargers to lean toward the run.
    San Francisco 18, New Orleans 28</strong></em>
    The Saints QB Drew Brees is turning in a pro bowl season, but so is the 49ers Frank Gore. This week the pass is mightier than the run. The Saints will overwhelm the 49ers.
    Houston 14, Oakland 17</strong></em>
    Does it really matter who wins this game? Both of these teams are out of the playoff hunt. If they had met earlier in the season, I would have said the Texans take it easily, but the Raiders defense has improved as the season has gone on. That should be enough for the Raiders to get their 3rd win of the season.
    Jacksonville 20, Miami 21</strong></em>
    This looks like a repeat of last season for the Dolphins. They are coming on strong late in the year, but like last year, it's too little – too late in the tough AFC. Miami continues their surge with a very tough win.

    <em><strong>Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 21</strong></em>
    I wonder if Eli Manning wishes he hadn't slighted the San Diego Chargers when he was drafted. He would be in a much better situation if he had gone to the Chargers. Tony Romo has lit a spark on this Cowboys squad. He has yet to have a bad game. He'll continue that streak against the Giants.
    Tampa Bay 16, Pittsburgh 24</strong></em>
    Look for the Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger to rebound after a bad week in which h was sacked 9 times.

    <em><strong>Seattle 23, Denver 17</strong></em>
    Denver has announced that rookie QB Jay Cutler will get the start for the Broncos. The expert's consensus seems to be that this is the right move. It may be in the long run, but I expect to see this rookie struggle. The Seahawks on the other hand have their starting QB, Matt Hasselbeck back on the field. They also have back last years league MVP, Shaun Alexander who showed

    <strong>Monday, Dec. 4 </strong>

    <em><strong>Carolina 24, Philadelphia 13</strong></em>
    Panthers WR Steve Smith and RB DeAngelo Williams will have a big day against a depleted Eagles team.

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