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NFL Weekly preview As always, I'm your boy, Ray, and I'm here with my guys Laurence Owen, Keith McPherson and Joe New Beau.
What's happening, Gentlemen, How's everybody doing? Skipping church, ready to watch football? All right, all right.
No, Before we get into our picks of the day, I want to just get everybody's quick opinion on Antonio Brown, who will be eligible to play after next week.
And yes, Lawrence, I looked into it.
He is eligible to play after next week, signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Apparently, Tom Brady had a big influence in getting a B onto the team.
Bruce Arians, who and I believe in May, said that he wouldn't fit the Buccaneers culture.
And now I wonder who really runs that team.
Tom Brady or Bruce Arians? Keith, I'll start with you.
What was your reaction to the rich getting richer in Tampa Bay, at least offensively, and Antonio Brown signing with his new BFF Tom Brady? He didn't sign with the Seahawks.
Yeah, I thought he was supposed to go over there with Russell Wilson.
I saw some videos of them in a tropical place, running routes.
Tom Brady runs that team.
And when I say Tom Brady runs that team, what I mean is the organization.
The owners know that Tom Brady runs that team it.
Bruce Arians came out and said he wouldn't be a locker room fit.
And there were even some commentators that they said, I think it was Bart Scott and someone else said, No way.
No way would he do that.
And it tells you that Tom Brady is still over there as the goat saying, Hey, I need more.
I need more add to this Dream Team fantasy team of mine.
I need Mawr and they got it done.
I don't I don't know.
I don't know what to expect from Antonio Brown, because after last year, the antics that he pulled the things that he did, he is the wild card.
So we'll see now, Joe, I know that Ravens fans, like Patriot fans, were quite upset that they didn't both our teams didn't even make an attempt to sign Antonio Brown.
Now from a locker room thing and from an antics perspective, I will say it's been a few months since we've heard from Antonio Brown, and he's really made any splashes.
But he's also been out of the spotlight.
So who knows where we'll go from there? But what's your general input on Antonio Brown signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? And how much better does he make that team? Because when he joined New England last year, the one week I think you're like 123 yards and a touchdown, he joined that offense immediately.
What are you expecting? Uh, in his new role with his new team down in Florida? Yeah, I will say he has been, you know, he's been quiet, which is surprising because usually a B needs to be the center of attention every single day.
And, uh, he has been, you know, pretty **** quiet.
But for the bucks, man, you know, probably their best move with signing general manager Tom Brady to the team.
I mean, you know, Tom Brady is making the decisions there.
It's clear to me, because how does your head coach come out and say, We don't want him and then, you know, six months later o bring him in, you know? So it's it's clear who's running the team, like you said Ray.
Um, but I like the move.
I mean, I think that it gives obviously, Tom Brady.
Like I said, if this move happened, we we talked about it before then.
They have the best receiving court in the NFL, in my opinion, when everybody is healthy and I think that that's that's what Tom Brady is working with, man.
And that's why I like the Bucks, not only because of this receiving corps in this office, the top Brady's gonna be running, but also we talked about a man.
That defense is looking very nasty, is looking very good.
So the Bucks, they are looking good, man, they are looking scary, and I'm liking my NFC pick right now for the Bucks.
A little bit of a different question for you, Tom Brady.
If I just finished reading the dynasty by Jeff Benedict a few weeks ago, where it outlined Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's relationship and one of the things that Tom Brady was very upset about it.
Apparently, he learned it from your guy, Peyton Manning.
Thank you so much for that was that Peyton had a lot of influence on the roster in Indianapolis, and Tom Brady was hardly ever asked.
The only guy he was ever asked about was Antonio Brown.
And that was by Robert Kraft, not by Belichick.
And Brady went all in, I guess, for that one week now, Bruce Arians was insistent that he did not want Antonio Brown in that locker room.
But with Tom Brady's insistence and pushing, they decided to sign him.
If this blows up, if Antonio Brown becomes a distraction, if it turns into the A B we saw in Pittsburgh, Oakland and New England, will this be a really bad look on Tom Brady? And perhaps, you know, with the narrative become, this is why Bill Belichick never asked Tom Brady what his opinion is before I answer that question, I have a question for you since you cover the Patriots.
What was the reasoning that the Patriots originally released Antonio Brown? Okay, so all those two accusations came out about Antonio Brown about ***ually assaulting two women.
That's not the reason that they cut him.
It's because from what I understand is they told a B.
Okay, keep your mouth shut focused on football.
And he started a group text with his lawyer, two of his friends and one of the accusers, where he then posted pictures of his quote, her quote unquote ugly Children bum past it her and insulted her as his lawyer kept his mouth shut.
And she just submitted all that evidence to the NFL.
From what I heard, Robert Kraft was overseeing season business.
Saw the story called Belichick flipped out.
From what I understand, Belichick actually tried to convince Craft to keep him on the team.
And basically, Robert Kraft was sick of his.
Ah, lot of the media was bringing up Myra Kraft, his deceased wife, who was very community oriented and women strong and kept telling Robert Kraft how disappointed she'd be in him.
And that enough was enough.
When he started victim shaming the victim or the accuser on a group text that he included her in, he told Belichick, Get this guy out of town.
Okay, well, that clears up a little bit, because now that makes you kind of think a little bit about where Tom Brady.
Obviously, Um right now, all he cares about is stats on the field, right? Because he I mean, you wouldn't want to bring this guy You Obviously, he brought, uh, a bit of shame in that aspect when he was on the Patriots, when he said, you know, I would not do some stuff like this, and he goes off and does it anyhow, So for Brady toe, want him back on Tampa Bay.
That makes you question Tom Brady's ethical decisions.
I would say, you know, off the field.
Um, but when it comes to your original question, um, you got to remember Peyton Manning wasn't just a quarterback or or the leader of the team.
He was that guy who studied every aspect of football in general, right? That's why he had a lot of those decisions on how the team was put together was because he was.
He was a star student of the game the entire game, just not the quarterback.
And it wasn't just about him.
It was about winning with the team and a good look with the team.
So, um, for me, if Antonio Brown goes to Tampa Bay in a similar situation happens where Antonio Brown kind of gives the Buccaneers a bad look, even if he's not, even if he is producing on the field.
I think that could be a bad, you know, rip part there on Brady's defense.
I don't I don't think I think Brady's not making a good decision in this, in my opinion, unless he knows him a whole lot better than we do.
Well, from what I understand to is that, believe it or not, Antonio Brown was not a locker room problem in New England.
Um, now he was only there a week, but from all the reports that came out, all the guys kind of said it wasn't what he was doing in the lock.
Apparently in the locker room, he was pretty quiet, humble, you know, a tentative and meetings asked good questions.
It was his off field antics that got him into trouble.
It's my hope to be honest, guys that Antonio Brown got some mental health help and it just hasn't been made public and that he's, you know, getting over whatever has happened with him.
Um, there's obviously you guys know what I do for a living.
And, um, I've a buddy of mine Before the whole Oakland situation even blew up a buddy of mine who's in the field were talking.
And we both agreed that there was some sort of trauma in his life.
Um, and he needed psychiatric help, and then it just it spiraled My hope.
This is that he hit rock bottom and that he's starting to build himself back up because he's a hell of a talent, right? Eso it's gonna, you know, it's gonna be really interesting to see how things work out.
Because if it doesn't work out, it's gonna be a bad look for Tom Brady because he complained that he never had any sort of, you know, he was never able to contribute to who should be on the team.
And now, if he pushes for a guy and it doesn't work or it turns into a distraction that they don't want, it's gonna be a bad luck.
Speaking of bad looks, let's start talking about our picks for the week.
Gentlemen, I was awful last week, barely going over 500.
Um, I was embarrassed and almost quit the show because I didn't want to give my picks anymore.
So we're gonna go through these games.
Guys, I asked that we keep our assessments to, like, 45 seconds to a minute at the most because we stretch this on a little bit too much.
Lawrence, I'll start with you for this game.
You've got to Detroit Lions visiting the new look Atlanta Falcons.
What are you thinking for this game? I'm thinking this could be Ah, nice test for the Falcons defense.
I would like to see how they handle Matt Stafford and what he does on the field.
I actually like the Lions in this game, even though the Falcons, as I predicted last week, would really show up Offensively.
I just feel, is, though, that the Lions, I think that was Ah ah, one and done situation at that time.
It was just the perfect time for them to pull the upset.
I think the Lions win this one.
All right, Joe, what do you Who? You taking this game? So before I make my pick for that game, I just want to put on record because I forgot to make my Thursday night pick on ESPN.
So it's not officially on, you know, listed on here.
But for the record, I would have picked the Eagles.
Okay? Just wanna put that out there.
Okay? So for this game, I actually have the Lions as well, Lawrence.
And it's pretty much for the reasons you stated. Yeah.
You know, the Falcons coming out with their coach fired, they were bound to have that big game.
Julio was coming back.
I was expecting a big game out of him, and that's exactly what happened.
But this is the Lions were talking about again.
I don't think their playoff team, like some of us did think, you know, at the beginning of the season.
Um, but I do think that there are good enough team that they're able to win a game against the Atlanta Falcons.
So I have the Lions winning this one.
Matt Stafford might have a huge day.
All right, Keith, what are you thinking? You're muted.
Still muted their ugo.
I'm gonna go with the line.
I just think that they can figure out how to stop Julio how to stop Calvin. Ridley.
They got the DVS good they got pass rushers.
I don't think the Falcons are a good team.
I don't think anyone to be fooled into thinking that they're going to start winning football games after what we saw last week.
So perhaps maybe the Lions don't end up being a playoff team.
But I'm gonna put the prediction now that they could have a better record than the top team in the NFC East this year.
Yeah, but I'm not losing faith in my lines yet.
And I have all the same agrees with you guys.
I think the lines they are, the Falcons had their win.
I actually think that the Detroit is a better team, UH, ESPN users disagreeing 65% going with the Atlanta Falcons.
But I think we're gonna go with the Queen's clean sweep here on sports investigators.
I think I'll take the Detroit Lions.
I think this will be a very good game to kind of Judge Jeff ***uda against Julio Jones.
All right now the next game is very interesting because you've got the Buffalo Bills at the New York Jets and 2% of people in the NFL world have lost their mind and take in the New York Jets, 98% of ESPN users going to Buffalo.
But Buffalo's going into this game with no tight ends, not a single one.
They're all on the covert reserve list because and I was told he couldn't hit Buffalo by Bills fans.
But apparently it can.
So could this be the game? I mean, we all.
I think that I've said the Jets were gonna win a game somewhere down the line.
Oh, and it's just it's hard to go on 16 as it is to go 16.
And, oh, even the Bengals pulled off a win last season.
Could this be the game? They've got defensive problems in our defensive injuries in Buffalo.
You've got no tight ends in Buffalo, which is going to work against Josh Allen is well, from a blocking perspective, Joe, Can the Jets pull off the upset? Or is this me just trying to dig to make a story here? Yes, I think you're reaching here, Ray.
Um, I think the Bills could roll out their entire fifth string, you know, roster and they'll still absolutely destroy the Jets.
The Jets are that bad, in my opinion, they are that bad.
Listen, the Bills have lost two in a row.
I don't see them losing three in a row.
We have seen Josh Allen turned back to what he is, which is, you know, plays well against bad teams and then can't step up against better competition.
Um, but I like the bills here.
It's the Jets, man. They're they're horrible.
Last night I actually realized that I can see MetLife Stadium from my like, other window in my like hallway.
I was like, What's those green lights, jet like stadium lit up last night.
They're gonna get lit up today.
The bills have a 10 point spread to cover.
They're going to do that.
And some I know there's some.
There's some chatter around here that no, like Sam Donald's coming back and Denzel Memes And like, you know, these guys are gonna be ableto put up some points.
It's not Nah, that's still the Jets and the Bills.
They're gonna handle business today.
They should blow the Jets out.
This is the exact game that the Bills need before they start looking ahead to, I think they put the Patriots next week.
They're coming off a two tough games.
This is to get right game for the Bills.
Expect them to throw everything out and try and crush the Jets.
Well, yeah, and this is a huge game for Buffalo because I lost today and the Dolphins win and the Patriots win today, going into having to play the Patriots next week at the end of next Sunday.
If they were to lose today, they could see themselves third in the division and going from having a dominant in the, you know, being first in the A F C East.
Uh, this next two weeks the same.
I've been saying that this is the Patriots biggest two games of the season.
San Francisco in Buffalo.
I think it's the same for the Bills.
I do think they're gonna win this game.
I don't think they're gonna cover 10.
I got a feeling this game could be a little chippy.
Er, um, and with all those missing pieces, the Jets could make it a little bit of a game.
But I still think Buffalo is gonna walk away and win this game.
Lawrence, what are your thoughts? Well, I'm thinking I'm looking at this uh, depth chart here.
And I'm seeing Sam. Donald.
Still questionable Mukai Beckton.
It's still questionable.
Crowder is a game time decision.
I mean, yeah, man, If Joe Flacco was starting this game, you could go ahead.
You can go ahead and increase that and be like, you know what? I think Buffalo win by 14.
15 at least, uh, respectful you just saying, because Buffalo's defense can get after the quarterback and if beckon isn't playing, yeah, and Flacco is Look out because Flacco will be throwing that football faster than he ever would be like a hot potato.
Oh, check down Joe every day, man.
Yeah, that's the way to do it.
All right, we've got an A F C.
North battle today with the foreign to Cleveland Browns, who got taken down to Earth a little bit last week by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Perhaps Joe Dida's well, by seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers dominate Cleveland.
They're taking on the Cincinnati Bengals, who I think everybody is waiting for them to explode.
But it's probably not gonna happen this season.
Keith will start with you, who's walking away with this Game five and O versus five and oh, somebody's got to take a L.
And I think it's gonna be the Titans.
They've been some closer games.
They've been in the Browns and the Bengals. Brown.
Oh, sorry about that.
I'm thinking I'm looking at the four and two Browns and the one and four and one Bengals A F C North Brown's Bangles.
Browns have to win this game.
They can't have a let down in Ohio in that rivalry and just talking about that division staying in that division.
I look for Baker Mayfield to have a better performance bounce back performance.
Hopefully, get Odell going.
I'm taking the Browns in that one.
I'm calling this the Odell Beckham Jr game, and I think if he doesn't have the performance of the Bengals are actually, um, explore.
The Browns are expecting out of them.
I do believe I don't say this often.
This isn't a homer thing, but I do believe you'll see Odell Beckham Jr in the Patriots jersey sooner rather than later.
Um, this season, if he has a good game, he's not going anywhere.
And I think this is the game that's going to define it all.
He had another Odell Beckham Jr temper tantrum last week.
Um, the talks are wild about him, and, uh, the New England Patriots need a receiver, and I think this is gonna be the game.
Unfortunately for Patriot fans, I think he's going to light up the field today and run all over this Bengals defense.
And I think Baker's gonna bounce back.
Plus very much like Buffalo.
Cleveland knows they need to win this game because Baltimore and Pittsburgh could make things.
They both have the tie breakers.
Now everything is going towards those two teams that will make their lives.
Even they might be done.
If they lose this game, I'm gonna go with Cleveland.
There's no Joe mixing in this game.
So I mean, there gonna be relying on Giovani Bernard E.
I gotta change my fantasy. Yeah.
I don't see much of a chance here for borough and company to put up enough points.
Um, to keep up with what the Browns is going to do with them.
I honestly, I honestly think that the Browns will blow up a little bit through the air in this game as opposed to what you've seen over the past, you know, 56 weeks.
That's what they've done on the ground.
I think they'll they'll do a lot better in the air.
Kind of similar to how they played the, uh, the Indianapolis Colts a couple weeks back.
And Joe, what do you think? What do you think of this game? So I gotta be honest this whole time.
When Lawrence mentioned it, all I was thinking about is What do you think it's like to be a guy like Giovanni Bernard? You know, he's not a star.
He's on a Not a, not a high, you know, uh, publicized team.
I don't know anyway, eso for this game.
Baker has to have a good game and the Browns have to win.
They have no choice.
They cannot afford to lose this game.
They've gotten blown out by my Ravens by the Steelers.
They need to win this division game.
It's It's kind of the same, you know, off of week one.
They got blown out by the Ravens and they came up against the Bengals and they had to have they had a have a good game and now they're coming off a blowout loss to the Steelers but wasn't too surprising for me.
There's these things called the ways of the A F C North.
And no matter how good the Browns look, they get destroyed by the Steelers and the Ravens.
The big brothers.
So, anyway, I just wanted to put that out there.
But, yeah, I do have the Browns winning.
Baker needs to have a good game because there's already rumblings of case.
I've heard it everywhere, so that's that's not That's not a good look.
That is not a good look.
But, yes, I do have the Browns winning this one already on.
Then you got the battle of the greatest division in football, the NFC East.
I don't know how any team would shake in their boots having to play any of those four teams.
You've got the second place two and four Dallas Cowboys versus he still in it.
One in five Washington football team.
Keith will start with you.
There's a **** boys day or is it the big D big disappointment date for those Cowboys? Big disappointment.
Still, I don't know what's going on with this team.
Uh, it is gone from worse to worser thing.
Cowboys haven't covered to spread all year, and that's why I keep telling people Do not bet on him.
But the line changed.
It was Cowboys minus one.
Now it's I was gonna say Redskins, Washington football team minus one.
I don't know, man.
If the Cowboys were wearing these blue jerseys, we're gonna lose.
If they If they go out there in a different jersey, we might have a chance.
But we lose in the blue jerseys.
I'm taking the Redskins to figure out how toe beat the Cowboys today.
Believe it or not, I'm going with now.
First of all, we got to say that I don't think we can blame anti Andy Dalton for what happened last week.
My God, that guy got no help whatsoever.
They could have actually one in a blowout last week if they would have caught balls.
And you know what I mean? And stayed on the field longer and blocked.
And everything else.
Andi, I think that that's gonna cause a big issue.
That defensive line in Washington, I believe, is healthy now, Lawrence, if I'm not mistaken, I think that, um, Chase is gonna be all over him.
He's gonna eat all day.
Um, I had the Cowboys originally going into this week, and yesterday I made my change to the football team.
I'm taking Washington as well, Lawrence.
If wow, I'm picking Washington, I mean, the cowboys, As you said, the Cowboys offensive line just looked God awful in their last game, right? And And now you got what All these guys on the on the on the D line from from Washington is gonna be coming after Andy Dalton.
That's not a good look.
And Kyle Allen's throwing over 71% completion percentages.
Oh! Oh, my, um, this This could This is a game that could really get out of hand of Washington Does not turn the football over.
Our boys will turn it over.
That's what That's what crushed this.
Last week, I drafted sick in the first round and he fumbles everything.
Anyway, Okay, so the fact that we're all picking Washington here is insane.
And yes, that I said we all are, because I'm also picking Washington.
I think that the defensive line is going to destroy this cowboys offensive line that is dealing with so many injuries.
Andrew Dalton is gonna be there, standing in the pocket like a statue, and he's gonna be getting hit from left and right.
It's not gonna be pretty.
I like Washington's defense toe pretty much shut down the Dallas Cowboys, man.
Yeah, that's it's tough, considering that this was one of my sleeper teams, Uh, the Dallas Cowboys, one of my sleeper teams coming into the season.
They've been very disappointing.
Now this next game was a game that back in May or April, whenever the schedule came out, I had circled on my calendar.
Not so much anymore.
The Green Bay Packers had over to Houston, uh, to take on just a team that there's trade routes around and they fired their coach and GM.
Um, look, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers got embarrassed last weekend by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Um, you know, everybody always talks about Tom Brady when he's angry.
You never want to deal with an angry Tom Brady.
I think one guy that doesn't get talked about enough is you don't want to deal with an angry Aaron Rodgers and I was watching parts of his press conference this week, and he isn't He basically told the reporters that every question they asked was stupid.
And he's an angry guy.
And unfortunately, I think he's gonna take it out on Houston before they start their fire sale after this game leading into the trade deadline.
I've even heard names like J.
Watt on the block and wouldn't be surprised to see a full rebuild here.
I gotta take Green Bay just to absolutely destroy Houston today.
I don't care what the spread is.
They cover it. Lawrence.
What do you think? I'm gonna pick the upset? Mhm.
I think that yes, green bass got a good, um, Green Bay secondary is a little bit questionable.
Obviously, the Texans secondary is is awful.
It's bottom five in the NFL.
But I like what d Shawn Watson has weapons wise right now over what Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Rodgers look pedestrian in the last game.
Right against granted.
Tampa Bay has got a really great defense, but I'm wondering, can J.
J and Whitney merciless get Aaron Rodgers and make him for some of those throws that we saw the week prior? If they can.
I think I think, uh, the Houston Texans has a has a shot.
I think this is gonna be a shoot out game.
Um, I think that this is a game that I don't I don't know what the over under is, but if it's not at least 50,000 points.
Yeah, I was getting ready to say it's not over 55.
That definitely take the over at 57.
I'd still take the over, but I got the Texans actually winning their second game of the year in a big upset.
I wish I had last word on this, Joe, please set him straight.
Tell me you're going to set them straight.
There's no way, Lawrence, I'm sorry.
I just don't see it happening.
I think that Aaron, we're gonna see a focused Aaron Rodgers.
We're gonna see a killer mentality, Aaron Rodgers.
Because the one thing that you think of on that bucks game is Aaron Rodgers doing the single make cranberry right? That's always gonna stay in everybody's mind.
And then he proceeds to get blown out after that happened.
So, um yeah, Rodgers ain't playing no games today, man.
Straight up, I Oh, he is coming out, and he is focused.
He is coming out to destroy these Texans.
And, yes, I could see a fire sale, ****, But the problem is the Texans don't have any first round picks.
So what, they're taking for no reason at this point, shout out to Bill O Brien.
But, yeah, Aaron Rodgers, the Packers, they're gonna I feel like they're going to destroy the Texans.
Somebody who has that he has a need on defense that that will push him over the edge will give up a first for J.
J. Watt. I guarantee it.
Keith, what do you got caught in this game? Yeah, it's week to week.
And after the week that the Packers had the Texans looking at that film, gotta be thinking like, Hey, we could do this to We could get toe Aaron Rodgers to weaken, disrupt him a little bit, too.
But it's just gonna be Aaron Rodgers on a mission to come out and prove that he's still the guy and he's gonna be swinging it around and they're gonna be taking shots and expected to be a shootout.
The Sean versus Rodgers.
But expect Green Bay toe win.
They got a better defense.
They got Aaron Rodgers.
I'm taking the Packers.
An early loss in the first five or six weeks can help a team, and I think that that loss may have brought Green Bay down because again, they were angry going into this season, that whole team.
And then they got a little light.
And I think it's not just a loss but an embarrassing loss on the national game.
You know what? The 4 25 game, uh, can change things around, but I'm not gonna talk too much because I already gave my points.
Um, this game is actually a huge game, and it's the Carolina Panthers with New Orleans Saints Panthers of three and three Saints and three and two.
If the Saints dropped this game there, there, their playoff aspirations could be out the door, let alone winning the division.
I think Michael Thomas is out again. Correct.
That's what Fantasy is telling me for a non U.
So you got two receivers out and I don't think Thomas is out for injury related issues, so he should be out the door anytime soon.
Lawrence start with you, man, who you take in this game, man without Emmanuel Sanders and without Michael Thomas.
I expect Alvin Kamara to probably get about 40 freaking touches this game like we saw the first few weeks in a losing effort, which is scary.
Uh, I don't even like Carolina a ZA team as a whole, but they've shown that they have a lot of grit and fight in them.
And I think that this is one of those games that that grit and fight will get them over the hump.
And when against hurt offense with the New Orleans Saints.
Yeah, I could totally see that happening, but the Saints are coming off their bye.
That has to be a factor.
Sean Payton is a really good coach.
I'm sure he figured something out here.
He's like, You know what? We don't have our receivers.
We need to figure something out.
So I'm not putting it past Sean Payton that he has a game plan for these Panthers.
The Saints kind of need to win here because they can't afford to lose here and go below the Panthers, right? And the bucks.
They need to stay in the division race.
So somehow some way camera is probably going to go for like, 300 yards, which I will love because he's on my fantasy team.
Eso I have the Saints winning, but just because they're coming off their bye Keith Yeah, I don't know.
I wanted to pick the Panthers.
I think I'll take the Panthers against the Spread because the spread is seven in favor of New Orleans.
Bridgewater hasn't been great the last couple of weeks, but I think the Panthers still have this, like chip on their shoulder, where they're trying to stay in that division in the hunt and they're gonna play well.
But I think the Saints at home even without two of their best receivers even, you know, I think I get it done.
I'm gonna take the Saints toe, win it, and I think they're letting fans in today.
So maybe that will give them a little extra boost coming off the bye week.
Who? Dat nation entering the building? Look, um, the loser of this game will basically right themselves out of the playoffs.
The way the rest of the NFC is plain between the Bears and the Packers, and then I mean that whole West.
I mean, there's three teams out of that West going in the playoffs.
Even with the expanded playoff package, I think the losers know that this is it, Uh, and I think the Saints are looking going.
You know, if the bucks could fall one more time and we got one more game against them, we could find our way back to the top of this division.
And I think today they take care of business at home against a divisional rival.
I got the Saints winning this game as well the next game that I can't believe state.
At one o'clock, I thought the NFL would have shifted this somewhere.
The Battle of the five and owes the Tennessee Titans are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, both teams, whether Joe wants to admit it or not looking for Riel, Um, it's going to be, I think, a pretty good battle between those teams who comes away staying six and oh, who moves to five and one.
You've got a two great defense is too great run games.
You've got a Canadian hero in Pittsburgh.
Trust me, he's become a new Canadian hero up here, up north.
It's gonna be great.
Lawrence, you started the no.
I who started the last one.
I think it might have been Lawrence.
Last word. So, Joe, I'll give you first. Go on this.
All right? This is the game I'm watching today.
This is TV one for me, for sure.
Um, Steelers fans want you to believe that this is Oh, ****.
Did that. I did that. Go. Okay, okay.
Steelers fans want you to believe that this is a different year.
This is a different team.
We are for real Steelers, right? We're 50 for the first time since, like the 19 nineties.
I believe we'll see.
This is the game.
This is the game to prove that this year is different.
If you can beat the Titans, and then you gotta face up against Baltimore next week and I have a feeling that Steelers fans and the Steelers themselves air peeking ahead because Mike Tomlin tends to do that.
I'm just gonna put that out there.
Which is why I have the Titans winning this game.
Look for Ryan Tannehill to have a big game against that secondary that showed some holes showed some weakness is again, I don't care what they did to the Browns.
There's things called the ways of the A F C North.
That's all I'm gonna say.
But I do have the Titans winning.
But if the Steelers win, I'll also be kind of happy because they're gonna come into Baltimore undefeated, and there will be nothing more that I would love than to just shatter their dreams and break that undefeated season.
Joe staying objective is ever off course.
Keith, what do you got? Who are you taking this game? So back to this game? Because I already spoke on it prematurely, and I think I started saying something about not really believing in the Titans.
And, you know, the Steelers being for Riel and a five and O team versus another five and o team.
Somebody's gotta take the L.
And I think it's gonna be the Titans.
I think the Steelers are for rial.
Think they have Ah, better offense and defense, a more balanced offense.
Some dogs on that defense that are gonna make Ryan Tannehill throw the ball and not saying that he hasn't throw the throwing the ball, but they're not gonna be able to rely on King Henry ripping off 90 yard runs against the Steelers defense.
Tannehill is gonna really have to throw the ball and get them down the field to score with these guys.
So I'm taking the Steelers.
I was just looking at the Titans wins, you know, When the Titans played the Texans last week, it was a close game.
They ended up in late, winning by six.
They blew out the Bills, but they only beat the Vikings by one.
They only beat the Jaguars by three.
I think we're looking at, you know, to five and O teams, but the Steelers arm or dominant team give me Pittsburgh.
I went back and forth with this game.
I couldn't figure out who was the better team.
They all do that.
Both teams do things very, very well.
Honestly, this game came down to the home team.
For me, it came down to comfortable ity.
It came down to familiarity and that's exactly why I went with the Tennessee Titans.
I'm gonna be straight up.
I could be wrong in this game.
It's not a game that I feel confident with the Titans vet pick, but I wouldn't feel confident with the Steelers better.
Well, um, if I was betting on this game, I wouldn't I wouldn't put a bet down on this game.
I think it's gonna be too close.
I'm very happy the Patriots were playing at 4.
25 because this is gonna be the game that I'm watching at one o'clock.
Lawrence, give you last word on this game.
This is interesting.
Um, you know what? The Tennessee Titans have the number 10 passing offense in the NFL, and but the Pittsburgh Steelers have, like, the fourth best passing defense in the NFL.
So that's gonna be that's That's what we're watching.
I'm not really too worried about the run games on either one of them, because I, as many of you say, I don't think that Derrick Henry is gonna go big.
I don't think the running game on the Pittsburgh side is gonna go too.
I think it's gonna be which offense and which defense passing wise is gonna available to stop the other team.
Um, I think Ryan Tannehill the only issue here is Kan, Tennessee Protect Ryan Tannehill long enough for him to get the football out because of this aggressive blitz Berg pass defense.
And I don't know, this is such a tight game.
Um, I'm gonna go with Tennessee, but barely.
I mean, e think they win by three or less.
Okay, moving into Juan Taylor Lewan.
Gotta say his name. Taylor Lewan.
Moving into our next game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a statement last week against the Green Bay Packers trying to show dominance.
Not just in there.
The North of the North, right? Or leave the north of the South whatever division they plan NFC South and the rest of the NFC showing that they're for real.
Moving to foreign, too.
The Las Vegas Raiders were sitting at two and three right now, has showed glimpses of greatness and showed glimpses of mediocrity.
It's going to be interesting this you could win this game, and I think both teams know that these are must win games.
Tampa If they want to keep their clutch on the division and the Raiders, no, they need to win this.
If they have any opportunity to try to make a run for the playoffs, Keith will start with you who you've got winning this game.
I just I want to believe that the Raiders are a good team.
I want to believe that the Raiders conduce to it.
I watched them beat the Saints, and I'm like all the Raiders air.
I watch them beat the Chiefs.
I'm like, you know, the Raiders got talent.
They got guys, but they've been hit by the coronavirus this week.
Uh, their offensive line has had, you know, break up and, you know, they're having that whole thing.
They're going through that.
I don't think they're gonna be ready for the Bucks this week.
The Bucks Air coming off a huge victory last week, the high of signing Antonio Brown.
Obviously, he's not gonna play this week, er e mean, even if he does not gonna make an impact.
But I think the bucks keep rolling ahead.
I think that the Bucks beat the Raiders in Vegas today.
You know, it's really funny.
Everybody talked about this All star lineup that Tom Brady had, and the moment he signed with Tampa Bay was just give him the ring.
So it makes you wonder why they even needed Antonio Brown of its soul all star studded.
The reason they got Antonio Brown is because of injuries, But I don't think Evans and Godwin have performed the way Brady was hoping for when he's made that sign with the team.
That being said, Tampa Bay was the first team in the NFL, if you think about it, to deal with the coronavirus.
But they dealt with it all the way back in April and May, when it didn't matter and you weren't on the field.
It's now starting to affect everybody else.
I agree with Keith.
The momentum of beating the Packers last week will not lead to a letdown game this week.
It's only gonna build confidence.
I watched Tom Brady for 20 years play on confidence.
It's hard to beat a confident Tom Brady unless you're going in against a team that has his number.
And historically, Tom Brady has the Raiders number going all the way back to the Tuck rule.
I gotta go with the Buccaneers. Lawrence.
What do you say? Last word on this game? Oh, no, not last word.
What do you say on this game? Tampa Bay's offense is fully healthy, completely healthy.
There's not a Mike Evans dealing with an injury.
There's not Chris Godwin dealing with an injury or anything of that nature.
And they're going up against the Raiders, who are, like 26th in the NFL and pass defense.
I think this is a game where Tom Brady can legitimately go out there and throw 300 plus yards, and those yards were turned into points We saw last time he played where he was getting.
He had like, four or five touchdowns, but had ah, subpar in yardage.
He's going to get those yardage and those touchdowns.
I see Tampa Bay really coming away big in this game.
Final word on this game? Yes.
So there was a report, I guess, yesterday that came out that actually the offensive line is available to play in this game.
So my friends, Raiders fan and he's always sending me ridership, even though I don't care about it.
But anyway, um, I do have the Bucks winning this game.
I think this will be an entertaining game. Toe watch.
I think the Raiders are going to put up a fight, but I think at the end of the day, talent will out weigh the coaching.
You know what? Jon Gruden has done an amazing job with this roster.
Like I said, I don't think it's the greatest roster.
But by the way they've been playing, they've been playing hard.
And it's It's very evident, Um, but I do like the Bucks just because I think that the talent will outweigh the coaching.
Here, let me throw this one question.
It's all of you real quick.
Would you be surprised? Like, would you be shocked if the Raiders won this game? Lawrence.
Yes or no? No, not shocked.
If they could get some turnovers and and getting this game, I wouldn't be shocked.
Next games of divisional game It's the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Denver Broncos.
I'll start with this one.
Denver beat the New England Patriots last week, and what could only be described as the worst Patriot's performance, probably since the year 2000.
Uh, that being said 18 points scored by the field goal kicker, zero points scored by the offense and two of the stupidest passes I ever seen in the fourth quarter to almost blow the game.
I get it to division game I get.
It's the high altitude. I get it.
You know, in Denver, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to stomp the Broncos and bring those fans that fan base a little bit back down to Earth.
Lawrence, what do you say? I say that Denver's pass defense isn't terrible, and I think they have some players.
I think they're gonna pick on Kareem Jackson.
I think the Kansas City Chiefs will pick on that strong safety quite a bit by using play action to draw Kareem up with, uh, ch ch.
This is a game where I think ch will probably get a lot of receptions as where you know Kansas City fans was hoping for and have not seen in the last few weeks.
Um, this is a game where I I think Kansas City really just shines in that play action pass.
So have we just eliminated the Edwards and inclined over her health care? Just quite alert.
A just perfect Joe.
What are you saying for this game? I also have the Chiefs listen.
Six field goals are not going to cut it against the Chiefs straight up.
You know you can come out with that type of performance and expect toe win games.
Believe me, as a Ravens fan, there was a long period of time where Justin Tucker was our Onley scorer on offense.
We wouldn't be able to score without Justin Tucker.
If the Broncos continue playing like that, they're not winning many games.
I like the Chiefs to come out on fire.
They're coming off that Bills win and they're going to destroy the Broncos.
Huge win last week for the Broncos.
Honestly, I I didn't see that coming, but with the coronavirus and the Patriots not practicing and whatever, they were able to go in the Foxboro and steal one. Cool.
It's week, two weeks.
I've been saying that to everybody. It's week to week.
It's matchups. Matchups.
Don't expect the Broncos to come out today at home and shocked the Kansas City Chiefs.
They're not gonna be able to put it together back to back weeks.
I think the Chiefs, after last week having to run the ball and change their offensive philosophy and kind of grind that went out.
I think the Chiefs, they're gonna today put their full offense on display.
It doesn't matter if it's snowing.
It doesn't matter if it is, you know, different altitude.
They already announced that leave.
Ian Bell is expected to split, carries the C E H.
And I think they're gonna put their full offense on display.
Try and hit some deep balls.
Pat Mahomes talked about liking snow games.
We've seen Bell in some snow games.
I'm taking the Chiefs, and I'm taking the Chiefs to cover that 7.
All right, uh, next game.
Jimmy Garoppolo returning to Gillette Stadium for the first time since being traded in 2017.
So the Patriots could keep Tom Brady so he could go signed with Tampa Bay.
Um, big game for both teams trying to fight and survive inside their their divisions.
Lawrence will start with you ESPN user picks.
It's 50 50 across the board.
It's literally 50 50.
It's literally 50.
For the first time I've seen that Lawrence, who you take in this game you want to make sure I won muted myself.
I, uh San Francisco, as much as I like where they're headed, I don't see them having the proper, um, people in the passing game to be able to take advantage of, uh, the Patriots.
I mean, just flat out because they don't have Raheem Mostert no more.
You know, they got Jerick McKinnon running the football.
And I like Samuel.
I love Kittle, but that's well, Kendrick borns all right? He can He can flash from time to time.
But this is a game where I think that the Patriots secondary is just gonna lock this passing game down because they're not gonna be afraid of the run game.
And I got the Patriots winning quite quite well as long as long as Cam Newton has a bounce back game.
All right, Joe? Yeah, and I think Cam Newton will have that bounce back game.
I also have the Patriots winning.
I got to say I am very surprised that it's 50 50 because as we talk about ESPN users are very, they live in recency bias.
At least it seems so.
I'm surprised a lot of people are picking the Patriots to win this game, But yes, I do have the Patriots winning.
Like you guys said, I think the defense is going to come out on fire.
You know how he after a loss? It It's like you don't want to play the Patriots coming off a loss, right? So, um, and the Niners, there's still a good team.
There's still solid, but like I said, they're due for a little bit of a Super Bowl hangover, in my opinion, and I think that that's going to go into this game.
I like the Patriots to win.
All right, Keith, back to back home games for the Patriots also.
Ah, game that is gonna be personal.
I think for Bill Belichick and Cam Newton, two guys that we know are very competitive.
I don't expect them to lose back to back games.
I expect Belichick.
So look at Carl Shannon and and and basically say, Hey, man, you don't got it like Kittel.
We got something for that.
You're not gonna be able to run the ball against us, and I'm gonna make sure people know that Jimmy G.
Is not gonna beat the Patriots defense today.
Look for Cam Newton to get it done, and if he can't get it done in the air he's gonna do it on the ground.
He's gonna impose his will on that 40 Niners defense.
It should be a close game, but I'm taking the Patriots to bounce back and win this one today.
All right, this game is going to set up a lot for this NFL season for both the future of the Patriots and a little bit of a ripple across the NFL.
Because if they win this game, expect Bill Belichick to start swinging some trades and bringing some people in.
If they lose this game, I would not be shocked if we see Stefan Gilmore shipped out of town and a client picks for him.
That's where I think the Patriots are. This is a must win.
A loss today basically eliminates the Patriot from the playoffs.
Not mathematically, but the the steep The mountain gets too high.
And if you can't win with Cam Newton on back to back, and I just love that everybody keeps talking about how the Patriots aren't gonna lose back to back games with Cam Newton and Bill Belichick and even though they're just coming off back to back losses.
But we just disregard Brian Hoyer, I love it. I love it, I really do.
I'm not confident going into this game, Boys.
I have homered all season and I'm going against my Patriots today and I am taking San Francisco to come in and beat the New England Patriots.
I don't have faith in this linebacker corps.
Now. I am happy.
The offensive line is basically back intact, minus one player after it's been in shambles for the last week.
All the covert guys air back and it looks strong.
And David Andrews was taken off IR today.
But Josh was not.
And the Patriots, even against bad running back struggle against the run and with not going to be playing today, doesn't help them at all and are tight end is a mess.
I don't wanna go any further, guys.
I hate talking about the Patriots.
Losing next game is uh oh, God, the Battle of the juggernauts.
The Jacksonville Jaguars taking on the Los Angeles Chargers.
I have zero interest in a game.
I can't believe they're playing at 4 25 and didn't knock back toe one o'clock.
Oh, no, Lawrence, we'll start with you.
Who you take in this game, This is gonna be a Jacksonville blowout.
No, I think I think I think Jacksonville blows this game.
There's a reason why I say this, and I'll explain why The weakness of the Jacksonville team right now is the run defense.
They're one of the worst in the NFL.
I mean, 142 yards game rushing.
That's just that's awful.
But Joshua Kelly, they're leading rusher, is only averaging, like 3.
2 yards a carry for the Chargers.
So that's not good.
They don't think they're gonna be ableto take advantage of that.
And yet, Jacksonville's offense, it's finally healthy.
They have that deep threat D J chart, uh, the the rest of the Jacksonville team other than Tyler Eifert, who I think is overrated.
James O. Shaughnessy.
You'll see him a lot more.
Uh, Keelan Cola Viscous channel.
I think this whole office for Jacksonville rebounds and ah, lot of these questions about Gardner Minshew and whether or not they need to move on from him might be halted.
I got my popcorn.
L go ahead. Joe E.
Have a feeling that Lawrence wants these jags to look good because of what they did against the Colts in week one.
I just want to say that, but no, I was gonna be the crazy one and pick the Jags.
But after hearing Lawrence, I'm gonna go with the Chargers.
Um, nothing against you, Lawrence, but yeah, um, I just have a feeling that Herbert should have a good game.
He should have it.
He's looked a lot better than we thought he would, you know when they drafted him.
So I think that the Chargers finally get that second win of the season here against the Jags.
But I wouldn't be surprised if the Jags do find a way to pull it out.
But I just I think it's funny that you said the Jags blowout like I don't know.
I don't see that happening, but yeah, I have the chargers wedding.
I screwed up the start of this order.
Keith was supposed to get the last word, but he's gonna get the third word.
Keith, that's fine.
Uh, this is a game I circled because this is a game that the Jaguars could play spoiler.
They're still searching for that first win, right? For for Justin Herbert.
He hasn't got his first win, right? Yep.
Eso Everyone's thinking they're at home.
Today is gonna be the day.
But, man, do they Miss Austen, eh? Klar? Joshua Kelly has not been effective.
His backup, Justin Jackson, is questionable with the knee he's gonna play.
But if they can't establish to run and run that ball against the Jaguars, they're gonna be expecting Herbert toe. Win it on his own.
Henderson is out there.
There's gonna be some matchups.
Where, like, I don't know if there's any turnovers.
I wanna take the Jags, but I'm not.
I'm gonna take the Chargers to win, but I'm betting the Jags to cover that 78 point spread all day.
Eso charges to win it.
I hope they could figure out a win it, but I circled this one as if there's gonna be an upset today.
This is the upset.
Better respect for Keith.
I'm not gonna give big ****ysis because he was supposed to have the last word.
But I am gonna take the Chargers, and Justin Herbert's gonna get his first win of the season.
Um, gentlemen, that's it for the early afternoon in late afternoon games will be back.
Well, maybe Lawrence Lawrence.
My game starts at 4.
25. So we'll see when I show up.
But, uh, Sunday night football is going to be exciting tonight.
Two great teams going at it much better than the Thursday night matchup.
And the Monday night matchup should be pretty good as well.
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