I dont think Kim needs to worry about Reggie finding another ass like that in England. One of a kind.
New Orleans vs San Diego(-3, 45) At London, England
I'm tired of writing about how San Diego should be doing better. They suck, I'm done with these jokers. They aren't gonna go anywhere with this excuse for a defense. Phillip Rivers has every excuse in the world to be pissed off at the D and the lack of run production. Its sort of a shame, hes finally come into his own and now the rest of the team lets him down. Whatever, life's a bitch.
I don't think Ive gotten the chance to look the Saints over yet this year. Prob has something to do with their 3-4 record. Now, looking over some stats, the Saints have developed an interesting pattern. When their turnover differential is positive or neutral, they are 3-1. When negative, they lose. Simple concept, but important. Luckily, the D they are facing is as bad as their own, so they may have to try hard to turnover the ball. Not so luckily, Reggie Bush is out, putting the ball in Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas's hands(though neither has fumbled this year...yet). I'm not sure if these two are enough to give Drew Brees time to throw downfield.
This game will depend on how well Brees can connect with Marques Colston and Devery Henderson. If they are in sync, they may well rack up a lot of yards on San Diego and put this game out of reach for LT and company. We know Rivers can throw to ahem...Vince Jackson and...Malcolm Floyd? I don't even really know. San Diego's best chance to win this game is with an old school approach, bang the shit out of LT, and get positive yardage on every play. Find Gates and a hopefully less-injured Chambers(for fantasys sake, throw to him) for a few stretch the field plays and the Chargers can pull this off. Wow, I may have just talked myself into getting excited for this game, it COULD be good. But probably not, Chargers show the limeys how to play ball and win 31-24.
Whos a bad mofo? You a bad mofo!
Washington at Detroit(+8, 42)
Some may accuse me of picking to preview this game to pad my record. And while I wont explicitly refute these claims, I will say if it was that much of a lock, the line would be higher than +8 for Detroit. The reason it isn't can be seen in the last two weeks of subpar football played by the 'Skins. After 5 weeks of nearly turnover-free football, Washington gave up 3 fumbles and the game to the Rams in Week 6. They bounced back last week against the Giant-slaying Browns, but barely. This team is still a little iffy, even though they are verging on taking 1st place in the NFC East from the G-men. Statistically, they are sound in every phase of the game, with Clinton Portis having a phenomenal year, Jason Campbell maturing into a solid, mistake-free game manager and the defense doing a good job stopping the run.
So whats missing? To be honest, I cant really put my finger on it. These Skins have played all 7 games this season tough and close. And maybe that's what bothers me. Its understandable to lose a close one to New York, or to have the Cowboys and Eagles nipping at your heels until time runs out, but if you really are a good team, you need to bury the Cardinals, Rams and Browns of this league. Two weeks ago I picked the Redskins to demolish the Rams and they lost by 2. I think maybe this team just doesn't have "the blowout" in their playbook, which is fine as long as everyone is healthy and happy. But with weapons like Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El and Portis, you should be able to stick it to inferior teams. Winning close games is good practice for a playoff run, but if they have to limp into divisional matchups later in the season, once the injury bug has bitten(and it always does at some point), you would like to see your schedule padded with a few easy wins vs scrub teams. I still think this is one of the best teams in the league, but they still have some ground to cover if they want to make this a real fight in the NFC East.
I'm not even gonna bother talking about the Lions other than to say, there is light at the end of your tunnel, even if its a few years away.
Skins come out of their shell to win 28-10.