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Expert Picks Against the Spread: Week 12

Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 12 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread.  (We are NOT responsible for any money lost)         odds courtesy of

Game Time Teams NYBobby MatthewToddErich Scher Thing
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Minnesota Vikings (+6.5) @ Chicago Bears (-6.5) Bears Bears Bears
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Oakland Raiders (+8) @

Cincinnati Bengals (-8)

Bengals Bengals Raiders
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers (-2) @ Cleveland Browns (+2) Steelers Steelers Browns
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Buffalo Bills (+2.5) @ Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) Colts Colts Colts
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Denver Broncos (-10) @ Kansas City Chiefs (+10) Broncos Broncos Chiefs
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Seattle Seahawks (-3) @ Miami Dolphins (+3) Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1.5) Buccaneers Falcons Falcons
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Tennessee Titans  (-3.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5) Titans Titans Titans
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Baltimore Ravens (0) @ San Diego Chargers (0) Ravens Ravens Ravens
Sunday, November 25, 2012: San Francisco 49ers (-2) @ New Orleans Saints (+2) Saints Saints 49ers
Sunday, November 25, 2012: St. Louis Rams  (+1.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (-1.5) Cardinals Cardinals Rams
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Green Bay Packers (+2.5) @ New York Giants (-2.5) Giants Packers Giants
Monday, November 26, 2012: Carolina Panthers (-2.5) @

Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5)

Panthers Eagles Panthers
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Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 5

Jesus is just alright with me, but I think it would be better left around.

The first quarter of the NFL season is out of the way and teams are starting to show their true colors.  We have had some great stories in the first part of the season and I for one am extremely excited to see what else we have in store.  This week holds a couple of extremely enticing matchups, including Brady vs. Peyton, which every NFL fan is anticipating.  As great as some of the games might be this week, the real excitement comes from your fantasy football teams.  So here are our week 5 picks to help improve your lineups in the final seconds before the 1 o’clock games.

Andrew Hawkins:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Will Cinci stay Green with envy, or switch up with Andrew?

One of the things that has stayed consistent in the first quarter of the season is the Cincinnati Bengals QB, Andy Dalton, and his love for his #1 receiver, A.J. Green.  That love affair is known across the league now so defenses are being designed to shut it down.  That means that Dalton will need to find new toys to play with on his receiving core.  That’s  where the second year man out of Toledo, Andrew Hawkins comes in.  While Hawkins has had a pretty quiet start to the season, he has been able to break a couple of big plays that went for touchdowns.  He will never be a heavily targeted receiver, but if you are in need of a “flex” position player and are looking for a big play guy, Hawkins is the way to go this week.  He has ridiculous speed and always has one-on-one coverage because of the before mentioned Green.  While his game won’t be earth-shattering, I do feel he will make a couple of big plays to boost his fantasy numbers against an inconsistent Miami defense.

Predictions for week 5:  4 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown

Randall Cobb:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Rogers with probably pop his corn off this Cobb.

The Green Bay Packers have been struggling this season, but the truth of the matter is that if they didn’t get robbed by the worst call in NFL history, than they would be 3-1 right now.  That being said, they are 2-2 and have played without a healthy star receiver, Greg Jennings, for most of the early season.  NFL M.V.P Aaron Rodgers has had to find other favorite targets to help the pass-happy offense of the Packers move up and down the field.  This week Rodgers has the luxury of facing off with the inexperienced Indianapolis Colts where, like Burger King, he should have it his way.  Rodgers’ #1 is Nelson and #2 is Jones, but this week I am focusing on the Packers #3 receiver and punt returner, Randall Cobb.  Cobb is arguably the fastest wide out the NFL has to offer and he has been targeted by Rodgers way more than anyone would have expected.  In a big game against the Saints last week, Cobb pulled in 7 catches.  I expect him to have a really good day against a Colts defense with no real stars.

Predictions for week 5:  7 receptions for 110 yards, Punt Return for a touchdown

Jacoby Jones:  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones
Believe in me
Help me believe in anything
I want to be someone who believes.

Joe Flacco is having an MVP type start to his 2012-13 season.  Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin have both been stellar this year in catching anything that Flacco throws at them.  Ray Rice seems to be pushing through any defender that tries to touch him and the Ravens defense is looking as good as the old days.  Things seem to be clicking for this AFC powerhouse and I feel that today’s game against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs with be the coming out party for the former Houston Texan, Jacoby Jones.  Jones is one of those rare receivers that actually puts his body on the line for his team.  While I’m not comparing his skill level to Keyshawn Johnson, Jones does possess a lot of the same receiving attributes that Johnson once dominated the NFL with.  While Jones is not a go to target for Flacco too often, whenever Boldin, Smith and Rice need a rest Jones will get a look.  I am imagining a huge blowout today in Kansas City where Flacco will be throwing for nearly 400 yards.  I expect Jones to be on the receiving end of a large chunk of those.

Predictions for week 5:  6 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown

Mike Tolbert:  Sunday 4:05 PM EST

Tolbert will circle the end zone and end up with the carry-on.

The original “vulture,” who stole so many touchdowns from my boy Michael Turner for 3 straight years in Atlanta, has moved to the Carolina Panthers.  Entering the season, many people were saying that Carolina had the best rushing attack in the NFL with names like Stewart, Williams, Tolbert and of course Cam Newton.  While they haven’t performed to the standards that we all predicted, they have shown signs of life and seem to have a breakout game coming in the near future.  If you pick Tolbert up in your fantasy league and expect him to get a lot of touches or even be in a lot of plays for that matter, you are sadly mistaken.  Tolbert is a “vulture” specialist, and for all you people who don’t watch “The League” and have no clue what a vulture is then here you go.  Vulture: Any player who steals a short touchdown after his teammate gets the ball down the whole field to inside the 5 yard line.  I’m expecting this to happen at least once for Tolbert this week and I even think he will be on the receiving end of a couple of ugly screens from Newton.

Predictions for week 5:  6 rushes for 5 yards and a touchdown, 3 receptions for 15 yards

Mario Manningham:  Sunday 4:25 PM EST

He may not be super, but Mario will be more than Manningham enough.

Sorry Bills fans, but you are going to have to suffer through everything the Jets did last week.  Maybe not as bad as we did, but it will be painful because the 49ers have a ridiculous team with talent at every position.  Alex Smith has been looking good and everyone on the receiving core has seemed to step up in different games.  Last week against the Jets, Smith seemed to have targeted Manningham almost every pass; it was laughable.  I do feel that the former Giants wide receiver is a very good player that just hasn’t had his moment to shine yet.  This week Manningham will have a field day with the terrible secondary that the Bills put out there on a weekly basis.  Mario’s stat line has stayed pretty consistent for the first 4 weeks of the season where he seems to pull in roughly 4 catches a game totaling 30-40 yards.  The big advantage with Manningham on your fantasy team is that he also gets a couple of carries on San Fran’s trickery end-around’s.  He has already gotten nearly 60 yards on the ground and now has the luxury of going up against a defense that gave nearly 1,000 points to the Patriots last week.

Predictions for week 5:  6 receptions for 80 yards and touchdown, 1 rush for 30 yards

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Cry Me A River Baby Mario

I was cryin’ just to get you
Now I’m dyin’ ’cause I let you
Do what you do – down on me.

I find it extremely annoying when professional athletes reduce themselves to whining little babies when things don’t go their way.  We have all seen the Miami Heat players argue every call ever made against them while they flop all over the court, and most of us can remember the Yankees Paul O’Neill cry every time a strike was called against him, but the way that Mario Williams acted after the Jets blowout yesterday takes the cake.  Williams was the most hyped Free Agent during the NFL offseason last year and when he signed with the lowly Buffalo Bills everyone thought he would be their savior.  People even went as far as saying that Buffalo had one of the best Defensive Lines in the NFL along with the New York Giants.  Well, after the Jets smacked the Bills on Sunday it seems as if people are changing their minds fast and instead of taking the loss like a man, Mario Williams acted like a punk with his babyish excuses.

Austin powers through super Mario.

After the Jets set a franchise record for most points on opening day (48), “Baby Mario” addressed the media and said the following, “”Pass blocking doesn’t consist of illegal hands to the face just about every play… You’re getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally — not by accident — just about every other time, and that’s a penalty, last time I checked, unless they changed it with the new CBA or something. Last time I checked, that’s a penalty.”  HAHAHAHA!  Are you kidding me?  Sure it’s easy to point fingers at the replacement refs and say that they are the reason for you failures, or you can man up and take responsibility for playing like a chump and getting shut down by a guy who has only started 2 games in his entire career.  The man that Baby Mario is claiming was putting “illegal hands on his face,” is the Jets new starting Right Tackle, Austin Howard.

1,000 words not needed.

When the preseason got underway, the Jets weakness was considered their offense and was primarily pointing the finger at the Right Tackle position for their inadequacies.   The Bills started the preseason with a newly built Defense lead by the $100 million man Baby Mario himself.  For the entire week leading up to opening day, all I heard was how Baby Mario and his teammates were going to eat Howard and the rest of the Jets O-Line alive.  I heard how Mark Sanchez was going to be hit so much that he would end up eating more grass than a stoned cow.  Well a stunning turn of events occurred and not only did Howard win the battle with Baby Mario, but the entire Jets O-Line gave Sanchez all day to throw and didn’t allow a sack.

Howard you feel if the spirit is Williams, but the flesh is weak?

After hearing Baby Mario’s comments, Howard replied with, “From what I saw from the film, and what I know from the game, the game is moving so fast and people are moving so fast you can’t purposely put your hands anywhere every single time. It’s impossible!  Me and him had really good battles last night and if he feels that way, I don’t know what to say about that. I didn’t see any flags or as much on the film either.”  I didn’t see any flags on you either Austin and I think you had a great and legal performance.  When Howard was named as the replacement for the awful Wayne Hunter, there was a lot of people, including myself, that had their doubts.  Well, after shutting down one of the best pass rushers in the game all day long, I think those doubts have been lifted.

The Jets pay their Bills on time.

The Bills have sucked for a long time and it seems as if they are going to continue with their pathetic ways, but with Baby Mario and his new excuse making habits, Buffalo has just earned an even worse reputation then they already had.  Hey, guess what Baby Mario, if someone was hitting me illegally in the face all day I would hit them back 10 times harder.  But instead of being a man, you chose to not complain all game about the “illegal hits,” and then once the blowout score was finalized you cried to the media like a baby without its bottle.  Baby Mario:  You are a 7-year veteran that is 6’6 and nearly 300 lbs, you just signed a 5-year $100 million contract and yet you have the audacity to whine to the media after a far more inferior player in Howard shut you down all game.

I’m over 200 years old and I could still beat Mario’s ass!

A smart man named Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”  So according to Benjamin Franklin, Baby Mario is good for nothing.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand Baby Mario’s frustration, but he should relax a little because he plays for Buffalo and no one really ever expects much from them.  One week into the season and Baby Mario is on pace to earn $1,250,000 per tackle he records over his 5-year contract with the Bills.  Good investment Buffalo!