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Week 5 Picks

Picks:

  • Green Bay OVER Minnesota
  • Chicago OVER Carolina
  • Dallas OVER Houston
  • Detroit OVER Buffalo
  • Indianapolis OVER Baltimore
  • Pittsburgh OVER Jacksonville
  • New Orleans OVER Tampa Bay
  • Atlanta OVER Tampa Bay
  • Philadelphia OVER St. Louis
  • Tennessee OVER Cleveland
  • Denver OVER Arizona
  • San Diego OVER New York (J)
  • San Francisco OVER Kansas City
  • Cincinnati OVER New England
  • Seattle OVER Washington

Week 8 In Review

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Photo taken by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson played like a Hall of Fame wide receiver against the Dallas Cowboys.

Headlines:

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC Greg Schiano’s hot seat status was reinforced in their 31-13 loss against the Carolina Panthers
  • Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who hauled in a ridiculous 329 receiving yards, led his squad to a 31-30 victory against the Dallas Cowboys
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars were squandered 42-10 across the pond against the San Francisco 49ers
  • The Kansas City Chiefs snuck past the Cleveland Browns 23-17 and remain undefeated
  • The New England Patriots overcame a 14-point deficit against the Miami Dolphins and won 27-17
  • The New Orleans Saints’ offensive unit exploded in their 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills
  • The New York Giants snagged a second victory in a row, as they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7
  • Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton and his five touchdowns pushed the team past the New York Jets 49-9
  • The Oakland Raiders’ conservative playing style was enough for a 21-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • The hapless Atlanta Falcons fell to 2-5 after a crushing loss to the Arizona Cardinals 27-13
  • The Denver Broncos 31 fourth quarter points were too much for the Washington Redskins, who lost 45-21
  • The Green Bay Packers put up 44 points in their victory over the divisional foe Minnesota Vikings, who totaled 31 points
  • The Seattle Seahawks offense struggled, but prevailed in a 14-9 win over the St. Louis Rams

Extended Opinion: Why Darkness Will Flee For Cleveland

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Photo taken by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Losing has grappled the best of Cleveland city sports. 

Locked in the frigid cellar of the brutal, bruising AFC North, the Cleveland Browns have been asphyxiated, tarnished, and squashed. The Browns have been consistently weak, and offer no competition to the NFL elites.

Constant coaching and front office shuffling has put this team in a never-ending cycle of dismay and loss. Dating back to 2008, the team has not surpassed five wins in a regular season.

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Photo taken by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

However, two prodigious signs are pointing to at least minimal improvement for the Browns. QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson both have a year under their belt and will mature as football players, the new front office/head coach group is strikingly smart.

Weeden and Richardson were the Browns’ 2012 first round picks. In 2012, Weeden threw for 3385 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. Expect those numbers to rise/sink to around 3800 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Last year, Richardson rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns, and expect 1250 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Secondly, the Browns have a new owner, CEO, GM, and Head Coach. All this turnover will change the direction of the team. Why?

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Photo taken by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Experience.

Owner Jimmy Haslam has been in the business world for years, and understands the important nature of growing a unit. CEO Joe Banner has been in football front offices since 1994. GM Mike Lombardi has worked in front offices from 1981-2007, before becoming an analyst and writer. HC Rob Chudzinski has been coaching since 1994, most recently as offensive coordinator of the explosive, Cam Newton-led Carolina Panthers.

Haslam, Banner, Lombardi, and Chudzinski are smart and innovative. Weeden and Richardon’s maturity tagged with the new front office/head coach quad will generate improvement in the win column. They won’t be in the playoffs this January, but expect between seven to eight wins for Cleveland.

Purple Power: Ravens Knock Off Niners

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A thrilling Super Bowl undoubtedly, this game will be a classic for years to come.

The Baltimore Ravens have defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a thriller. We saw a power outage, bewildering halftime show by Beyoncé with a reunited Destiny’s Child group, and a late 49er push. Ravens LB Ray Lewis rides into the horizon with a ring, meanwhile the 49ers left with a loss. John Harbaugh beat out his brother Jim.

It was a fantastic game, where the Ravens flat-out dominated early on. Niners QB Colin Kaepernick energized his ball club following an agonizingly long power outage. The Ravens stayed strong and will be receiving their rings.

Two days ago, we picked Ravens QB Joe Flacco to be MVP along with a Ravens victory of a 3-point margin.

A more interesting spin:

We picked this exact game to occur and a Raven victory back on September 6th. 

Debating Points: How To Make The Sport Safer

Recently, US President Barack Obama stated that if he had a son, he would have to look very carefully at letting him play the sport of football in an interview with the New Republic. 

Football is a dangerous collision sport. Physical pain and neurological damage is almost ubiquitous from all levels of play. Parents are even starting to not let their children play the wonderful sport despite letting them watch it on TV.

To make the game safer, kickoffs were moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line. New, innovative helmet technology has surfaced in recent years, and pads are getting lighter yet more protective.

Drastic changes could be made, however, and they will shape the future of football. There could be a one-and-done rule, meaning one concussion could take a player out of the season. All professional and collegiate football teams should have sideline concussion testing and concussion experts during games and practices. High school teams should be required to get new helmets every five years and new pads every seven years.

Middle school teams and below should eliminate kickoffs, and also utilize the equipment and helmet revamping systems stated above. This will ensure top-tier quality and technology is constantly flowing from the lower levels of football to the NFL.

More parents would be much more comfortable with letting their children play real, tackle football with these rules in place. It would not hurt gameplay and would ensure consistent play from all levels.