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The Hardest Opponent

In the off-season, NFL players train to get ready for the season. They run, lift weights and do all kinds of things to make sure they are in tip-top shape for the grind that is the NFL season. As the season goes along, teams suffer loses. It’s gonna happen. There’s some tough teams in the NFL. But to me, it seems like the biggest opponent so far isn’t a team.

The bye week has been a killer this year. It seems like teams that come out of the bye week have typically come out looking a little lost. An example of that is the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday. Sure, they lost to the Texans 41-7. But looking deeper into that loss, it seemed like a lot of the timing was off and it also seemed like some guys missed the week of work. Now, it is up to the players to get up for games, but byes seem to throw that rhythm off just a little bit.

NFL players, like most people, are creatures of habit. They do certain things at certain times. Each player has a particular routine as to how he gets ready for the game. It may be listening to music. It could be going to sleep. The point is, there’s a routine that is followed that allows these players to go out and perform at their best week after week. When that routine is disturbed by the bye week, it seems like some teams can withstand that more than others.

My advice to coaches is schedule a scrimmage during the bye week. Keep things as normal and routine as possible. Anything to keep the rhythm of your team going. If you don’t, you could be headed for a major letdown on Sunday. Nine of the 12 teams that have had byes so far have lost coming out of the bye. So, for the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, I hope you prepared. If you’re not, you could be on the bad end of a real terrible loss. The bye week doesn’t play and it continues to be the hardest opponent for each team in the NFL.

Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week-Week 7

Boy oh boy! Some good play. Some bad play. And Ballers and Wankstas involved in all! Let me introduce you to my Ballers and Wankstas of the Week!

Ballers Of The Week

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (31/35, 325 yards, 5 TDs)
Brees’ night against the Colts was just that: a breeze. He did any and everything he wanted to Sunday to the Colts and the bad thing is there was nothing they could do about it.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys (25 carries, 253 yards, 1 TD)
Ladies and gentlemen, could this be the newest running back to take over in the Cowboy backfield? Well, early impressions are he is the guy, not Felix Jones. Of course, it was the Rams though. It should be interesting to watch his production as he is given more opportunities.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans (25 carries, 115 yards, 2 TDs; 5 receptions, 119 yards, 1 TD)
How many times do you look up and see a RB as the leading receiver in addition to the leading rusher? Not very much. Foster ran hard and also made plays in the passing game. He did any and everything he wanted to versus the Titans defense.

Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars
Scobee was the offense in Jacksonville’s big win over Baltimore. Scobee hit 4 FG’s including 3 over 50+ yards). Huge win for the Del Rio regime.

Wankstas Of The Week

QBs Carson Palmer and Kyle Boller, Oakland Raiders (15/35, 177 yards, 0 TDs, 6 INTs)
I never thought I would say this, but the Raiders missed Jason Campbell. He may not have been a star, but he didn’t turn the ball over and he just made the simple plays. Palmer and Boller must step up their games up or step out. Period. Another thing. Am I the only one that is trying to figure out how Kyle Boller is still in the NFL?

Baltimore Ravens Offense
The Ravens had 11 first downs, 146 total yards and 2 turnovers in one sad offensive performance against the Jaguars. If they have aspirations of winning a title this year, they can’t lay eggs like this. This play was unacceptable.

Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns
Welcome to the offensively-challenged game. To be honest, I feel both of these teams couldn’t get out of their own way. Cleveland won the game, but they can’t escape the uglyness that was this game. I wonder if fans watched this game with their hand across their face, peaking through the cracks in their hand.

Minnesota DE Brian Robison
For those that don’t know who Brian Robison is, he’s the Minnesota player that kicked Packers OL TJ Lang below the belt in the game Sunday. There’s just certain things you don’t do. And kicking another man in his manhood is a serious no-no in my book. Sad display right there Mr. Robison.

These are my Ballers and Wankstas of the Week. If anyone has a Baller or Wanksta they would like to add, please feel free to drop a comment!

The Everyday Mailbag- 10/25/2011

Many games. Many questions. Many answers. Hopefully I won’t disappoint this week with my answers like the Baltimore Ravens did on Monday Night Football. Without further adieu, here are this week’s sports questions that the Sports World wants to know!

Q: What did u think of Tim Tebow’s performance and will he succeed?
-Michael C., Las Vegas, NV

A: I thought he had an uneven performance overall. Now in saying that, when it comes to winning time, he comes thru. He is a winner. Now he has to take the rest of his game to where his leadership abilities are. If he does that, then he will succeed.

Q: ‎​How do you see the Chiefs finishing the season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: Good question. In the unpredictable AFC West, I still see them finishing second. I think either the Raiders or Chargers will win the division.

Q: What do you think about a one loss Alabama or LSU making it 2 the championship game?
-David D., Murfreesboro, TN

A: I think that could potentially happen and I would be fine with that. To me, these two teams have been the most consistently impressive teams each week. And it isn’t like they have been playing awful teams every week either.

Q: Do you see Green Bay losing at all this season? And if so, which team will hand them the first loss?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I would like to say that I do see them going undefeated this season, but I would be lying. Now I’m not saying they’re not a great team, but I see one of two teams beating them this year: the Giants and the Lions, provided Stafford stays healthy.

Q: Do you think the BCS system is that bad?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I think it makes every game count but in the same instance, puts teams at disadvantages. Disadvantage is the way teams are ranked before the season starts hurts them at times. Another thing that you don’t see is teams battle it out to become the official national champ. I would like to see a tournament for that myself personally. The BCS is ok, but not great in my opinion.

Q: What’s wrong with the Titans?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think the main things that are showing right now is they can’t stop the run and they can’t run the ball. I believe the Titans have to get back to being even more physical in their offensive line. Its not all Chris Johnson’s fault that the running game isn’t producing. Defensively, its all about making the right fits, taking the right angles and making the play. The Titans do those things and they will be fine.

Thanks for the questions everyone! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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Is All Hope Lost?

Listening to the NBA talk today between the NBA players and the owners, it seems like all hope is fading away fast. The owners want the players to negotiate with them on the others issues, but only if they agree to a 50/50 revenue split. The players don’t want to do that at all. In fact, they’re looking for a 53/47 revenue split. It sounds like we are going to be losing a season, or at least most of it. As a fan of basketball, this saddens me. I know that the NFL and college football are in full swing, but I was looking forward to seeing that first drive by LeBron James to the rim for a dunk on someone. I was also ready to see the electrifying moves of Derrick Rose as he comes back to defend his MVP trophy.

  Once again, lost in the struggle between the rich and the wealthy that is the lockout, the everyday fan gets punished. It always seems like an innocent bystander has to be the one to suffer when an argument happens. My message for the fans of the NBA, you may as well find some more things to do for a while, because this is going to get ugly. The owners are going to try to strong-arm the players. This is obvious. The waiting game has now reached a new level. Will the players crack or will they continue to stand united? Well, I have some thoughts on how this thing is going to play out.

  The owners are wealthy people. They can afford to lose money in one business and make it up in another business. The average NBA player, on the other hand, does not have the other business ventures, or revenue streams, that a top superstar would have. Sure, there is the option for them of going overseas, but there are rules that go along with going over there. The most important one is that there is a limit of how many American players can be on a team. Because of the limitations of the average NBA player, I believe there will be a breakdown and the players will more than likely accept a deal that they really did not want. Now, that’s just my opinion, but I believe the wealthy will outlast the rich. Now I’m in no way condoning the owners and the way they are being right now, but the reality is that the owners hold all the power.

   The next question I have will be what will the reception be of the players be from the fans that have missed them playing? After all, we’ve already had 2 weeks of the season cancelled. Will we love them? Will we hate the owners? Will we hate Stern? Will we hate the players? It should be interesting to see what happens as this all pans out. Hopefully all will be settled sooner than later.

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The Everyday Mailbag-10/18/2011

The weekend that was in sports was great! Lots of excitement. Lots of big plays. And like always, lots of questions as well. Let’s see what the Sports World wants to know!

Q: ‎​Who is the best team in the NFL?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: ‎​Without a doubt, its the Green Bay Packers. And the scary thing is they have room for improvement.

Q: Would you consider Devin Hester to be an MVP candidate should Chicago will a lot of games?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I think that Hester is a play-maker, but as far as I’m concerned, he isn’t considered an MVP candidate. Not enough touches to put up stats comparable to MVP candidates.

Q: Will Roddy White break out if his slump?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: With the injuries he is fighting thru and the renewed focus on the running game, he may be due for a down season this year.

Q: Who do you think is the best team in the AFC?
-Jeremy W., Winnipeg, Canada
A: I think that right now, you have to say the Ravens are the best team in the AFC. They are solid on offense and still a very good defense.

Q: Do you think the Georgia Bulldogs will win the SEC East?
-Jordan J., Memphis, TN

A: As the SEC East stands right now, I think that the Bulldogs will win the East. South Carolina lost pretty much all hope when they lost Marcus Lattimore for the season.

Q: ‎​Who will win coach of the year?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think that the two guys who were involved in “Handshakegate” will be the two lead candidates. But ultimately, between Schwartz and Harbaugh, I think that Harbaugh will win the award based on what all he’s done with practically the same roster from last year’s team.

Thanks for all the questions! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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Ballers And Wankstas Of The Week- Week 6

The Ballers balled. The Wankstas played. The difference is that the Wankstas didn’t get it done and the Ballers did. Without further adieu, here is the Player Of The Week!

Ballers Of The Week

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers(17/20, 310 yards, 3TDs and 1 INT)
The Surgeon was at it again. The Rams got to feel his wrath as he passed and made the Rams defense look silly.

Frank Gore, RB, San Franciso 49ers (15 carries, 141 yards, 1 TD)
Gore played hard and played well. He was the engine for the 49er offense Sunday. Seems like the 49ers are on their way back.

WR Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (5 reception, 105 yards)
Maclin is proving more and more each week that he is the most consistent player for the Eagles receiving corps. I personally think he’s more consistent and dangerous than DeSean Jackson.

Cincinnati Bengals
Who had the Bengals winning 4 games this quick? I won’t raise my hand and I bet most of America would not have had them at 4-2 so far. I’m still shocked and trying to figure out how in the world they are 4-2. Props to Marvin Lewis for the job he’s doing so far.

Wankstas Of The Week

Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins (9/22, 143 yards, 4 INT)
Grossman became the Grossman of old on this past Sunday. I don’t think he could have hit any WR in the game if they were wide-open. Good news is he hit Kurt Coleman for some big plays. Bad news is they were big plays for the Eagles because Coleman is a DB for the Eagles.

Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions (12 carries, 37 yards, 0 TDs)
Best was not at his best on Sunday. In fact, despite on good start of the season, the Lions running game has been non-existent for the most part. In order for them to be the team they think they can be, the running game has to get going and that starts with Best.

Josh Cribbs, WR, Cleveland Browns (2 receptions, 30 yards. 0 TDs)
Cribbs may have well stayed in his crib yesterday. Maybe he’s a victim of less opportunities to make plays, but either way, he is the most dangerous weapon on this team and I expect more from him.

Miami Dolphins
It seems to me that the Little Tuna’s time is coming to an end. His team looked very bad. Injuries or not, they got dominated by an offensively-challenged Jets team that also has an issue stopping the run. The Sporano Watch is on.

These are my Ballers and Wankstas of the Week! Feel free to drop a comment if you feel a Baller or Wansktas was left off the list.

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The Everyday Mailbag- 10/12/11

The Lions and Bills are the talk of the league. Once again, the Lions and Bills are the talk of the league. And with the talk of the NFL and other things, there are always questions! Let’s see what the Sports World wants to know!

Q: ‎​How will Philly finish the season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: Philly will finish 9-7. I think that this is the lowest that they will sink and the revival will start this weekend with their game in Washington.

Q: ‎​Who’s the truly best team in the AFC after 5 weeks?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: ‎​The most complete team currently is the Bills. I must say that I have been dead wrong on my thoughts on this team. I think they can be better than third in the division if the Jets don’t pick it up. They are playing the best in the AFC right now.

Q: After Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh, do you see the Tennessee Titans as a playoff contender?
-Herman P., LaVergne, TN

A: I see the Titans still as a playoff contender. Its only one loss and the division is there for the taking for them. Its between them and the Texans.

Q: Will Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson be the greatest WR of all time?
-Cory C., Iowa
A: I don’t think he will be the greatest receiver of all time. That title goes to Jerry Rice. When Johnson plays 15 or so seasons at a pretty high rate for and has a 1,000 yard receiving year at age 40, then he can get put in that category. I’m not saying he isn’t good, but he isn’t in the realm of all-time just yet.

Q: Who will garner more attention in the off-season…Prince Albert of Prince Fielder?
-Pop Fly Boys, Whereabouts Unknown

A: I think Prince Albert will get more on the open market because he brings a Gold Glove defensively, instant leadership, winner’s mentality and, of course, offense. With Prince, he brings offense, but prevailing thoughts are that he will end up being a DH sooner rather than later.

Q: Can the Eagles recover from a 1-4 start?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: Yes they can. With the lack of a strong team in this division, there’s a slim chance they can still win the division. Also, with the lack of strong teams in the NFC, they could conceivably still be a wildcard team.

Q: Worst BCS conference team: Minnesota or Kansas?
-JW, Lafayette, IN

A: Tough call there. Can we have a tie here? Just kidding. I think that Minnesota is a bad team. Can’t pass. Can’t run. But Kansas does these thing worse. Kansas is the worst of these two.

Q: Since WR Josh Morgan got hurt and Braylon Edwards is out, do you see the 49ers signing another receiver? If so, who do you think they sign?
-Ken L., Silver Valley, NC

A: I’m hearing that they will promote from within, maybe a receiver off their practice squad or a lesser-name receiver. This will give everyone the chance to see 2nd year WR Kyle Williams. He will now get a chance to make some plays and also look for more gadget plays from the 49ers to get the ball in the hands of return man/wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

Q: Will Calvin Johnson continue his monster run?
-Steven H., Westbury, NY

A: No question. He is 6’5″, 235 pounds with excellent speed. Megatron is the new cheat code of the NFL. And I mean that in the best of ways.

Thanks for all the questions folks! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

Dr. Patton’s Fantasy Football Office- 10/7/2011

The doctor’s office is now open. Taking in all Fantasy Football patients. Let’s see who we have come in today for treatments and prescriptions!

Q: Should I start Philadelphia RB Shady Mccoy vs Bills this week?
-Mike S., Waldorf, MD

A: I would say yes. I think the Eagles will try to redeem themselves this week and give him more carries. He got too few opportunities last week.

Q: Who gets the call?Atlanta’s Roddy White or Julio Jones?
-Pop Fly Boys, Whereabouts Unknown

A: I would go with Julio Jones because Roddy White is going to draw the best CB and Julio will have a mismatch with any of the other DBs that Green Bay can throw out there. But none of that matters if ATL can’t protect Matt Ryan.

Q: What do you think of Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald? Top 5 WR in production by end of year?
-Steven H., Westbury, NY

A: I think that Fitz is an exceptional player and he is a Top 5 WR. If you have him, I would play him every weekend because he is one of the few WRs that will consistently put up numbers on anyone.

Q: Who should I go with after the bye week Hightower or Torain?
-Bobby B., Arnold, MO

A: I would go with Hightower. Torrain is still injury-prone and Hightower will be able to get it going, especially with the Redskins facing the Eagles next.

It was a slow day at the office, but I still helped some people. I wish my patients well this weekend. See you all next week! The doctor’s office is now closed.

The Everyday Man’s College Football Prediction- Week 6

Another exciting weekend of college football is upon us. Some teams have some stiff challenges in front of them. Some teams have to prove they’re for real. Others have to try to right the ship. Without further adieu, here are my picks for the top games in college football this weekend.

Maryland vs (13) Georgia Tech
Maryland heads to Atlanta to take on the red-hot Yellow Jackets. QB Danny O’Brien and crew must get it going offensively this game. If they put together consistent drives and take time off the clock, they may make Georgia Tech come out of their game plan. Georgia Tech has to be licking their chops. They are leading college football in rushing yards per game and they will be facing the ACC’s worst defense. Maryland just hasn’t looked good the last few games and I don’t think they will look great this game going against an option-style offense.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 41, Maryland 20

(3) Oklahoma vs (11) Texas
The Red River Shootout pits the veteran Sooners against the young Longhorns. Expect Oklahoma to keep the tempo at a high pace. Continuing to do this will tire out the Longhorn defense. If Oklahoma doesn’t do that, then expect Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz to crank up the pressure from all angles. For Texas, its all about making sure to stay on schedule offensively. If the Longhorns start getting into 3rd-and-long situations, it could be a long game. I suspect that Texas’ youth will work against them.
Prediction: Oklahoma 34, Texas 23

Miami vs (21) Virginia Tech
Jacory Harris leads this Hurricane squad into Blacksburg to take on a Virginia Tech squad that’s still smarting from last week. For Miami, they must lean on the running game, strong LB play and timely passing if they are to win. If Harris is forced to have to pass to win the game, then we could see the Virginia Tech defense start to come to life. As far as Virginia Tech, they must also lean on the running game and hope that their young QB learns from the last game against Clemson. My thinking is that Virginia Tech just isn’t ready for primetime offensively this year.
Prediction: Miami 20, Virginia Tech 10

Vanderbilt vs (2) Alabama
The Commodores enter their October to remember by taking on the Crimson Tide. Now, an upset is highly unlikely, but if Vandy is to upset Alabama, they must get better play from QB Larry Smith and more production out of the running game. If neither of these two happen, look for Alabama to take control and leave no doubts early. Trent Richardson will be a handful for Vandy. Vandy’s defense has been good, but the difference between this game and last is that Steven Garcia will not be at QB throwing interceptions this week.
Prediction: Alabama 38, Vanderbilt 13

Ohio State vs (14) Nebraska
The Buckeyes make their first conference trip to Nebraska to take on a Husker team that is still searching for some answers. Well, the best thing for Nebraska is they play the Buckeyes. Ohio State has been pretty bad offensively and they will still be missing a few key players from last season( Posey, Herron). Expect the Huskers to get healthy this game. The challenge for the Huskers will be finding out if Taylor Martinez is truly the QB for them to succeed. With Martinez, the Huskers are handicapped in the passing game. It should be interesting to watch the Buckeyes try to stop the Huskers. Look for this game to be close.
Prediction: Nebraska 24, Ohio State 16

Georgia vs Tennessee
The Bulldogs travel to Rocky Top to take on a Vols team that got back on the winning track last week against the University of Buffalo. Georgia has played against the Magnolia State(Mississippi, Mississippi State) the last few weeks and seems to be hitting their stride. For them to continue building momentum, Isaiah Crowell must continue to provide balance to what QB Aaron Murray can do in the passing game. Tennessee must put pressure on Georgia and make them one-dimensional by taking away Crowell. For Tennessee, they must get the ground game going. If they do, expect more things to open up for super-soph Tyler Bray and crew in the passing game. I expect the Vols to have their rough spots without another super-soph, WR Justin Hunter, but they will work through it and pull this game out at home.
Prediction: Tennessee 27, Georgia 21

California vs (9) Oregon
Cal heads to Oregon to take on a team slowly creeping their way back to the top. Cal was famous for players getting “injured” and slowing the Duck’s pace on offense last year. Well, I would expect them to possibly try the same thing this game. The only thing is they would be just delaying the inevitable. I know that WR Keenan Allen is playing well for California, but he just isn’t enough, especially on the road.
Prediction: Oregon 47, California 20

(23) Florida State vs Wake Forest
Will EJ Manuel be back this week? That’s the big question. If he is back, it should be interesting to see if he is his usual self or if he is protective of his shoulder. The Deacons hope that he doesn’t play because they know where QB Clint Trickett will be all game: in the pocket. Manuel would cause them serious issues. Expect Florida State to sling the ball around the yard regardless of who plays QB. For Wake Forest, they are equally adapt to passing the ball as well. In fact, if the Wake Forest passing game doesn’t get going, then expect plenty of trouble for them against a speedy Seminole defense.
Prediction: Florida State 34, Wake Forest 17

Missouri vs (20)Kansas State
Missouri heads to the Little Apple this week to take on a tough Kansas State team. For Missouri, they must get balance offensively. If they have to throw every play to win, they could be in trouble against this athletic defense. For Missouri, the gameplan is simple: make the Wilcats have to throw. The Wildcats are going to try and run the ball over and over and over again. In passing situations, their offense looks pretty inept. I think Missouri goes into Manhattan, Kansas and shows us all that the Wildcats aren’t for real.
Prediction: Missouri 30, Kansas State 24

(15)Auburn vs (10) Arkansas
The Tigers head to Fayetteville to take on a fired up Razorback team. RB Michael Dyer was outstanding last week in his matchup against the Gamecock defense and I expect him to pick up where he left off. He will be key for this Tiger team because if he runs well, they will be able to control the pace and limit the possessions that Arkansas has. For Arkanas, its all about getting the ball in its playmakers’ hands. If QB Tyler Wilson can distribute the ball around, look for the Tigers to have a long day defensively. This game will more than likely be a barnburner.
Prediction: Arkansas 38, Auburn 34

(17) Florida vs (1) LSU
John Driskel, I hope you’re ready! Florida QB John Brantley is out for the game, so expect LSU to crank up the pressure on the young freshman QB. For Driskel to be effective, he needs help out of his running game and he also needs to be put in positions that play to his strengths, like bootlegs or designed roll-out passes. But even with that, the athleticism of the Tigers could negate that still. For LSU, Jarrett Lee has to get back focused. If the running game of the Tigers is going good, Lee will have plenty of chances to take advantage of the young CBs of the Gators. Expect the Gators to fight hard, but in the end, they fall short.
Prediction: LSU 31, Florida 17

These are my predictions for the week! Let the games begin!

The Everyday Mailbag- 10/5/11

The NBA lockout may be depressing to some, but hopefully the Everyday Mailbag is a light to many. Let’s see what the Sports World wants to know!

Q: Are South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier and QB Stephen Garcia the new Steinbrenner and Martin?
-Kevin H., Columbus, OH

A: I wouldn’t go that far, but its got to be disappointing to Spurrier that Garcia hasn’t gained any consistency over the years at South Carolina. Sad thing for him is that Garcia is his best option. No offense to Connor Shaw, but he isn’t ready.

Q: What’s the major hole that’s preventing the Eagles from winning?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I think that the Eagles can’t stop the run. Teams have been running at will on them. If they don’t sure that up, then they won’t be going too far this year.

Q: Four weeks into the NFL season, who do you think made the largest strides of improvement from last year?
-Ryan J., Henning, TN

A: I would defintely say the Lions. Better offense and defensively, they are making more plays that they ever have. I thought they were one year away, but they are trying to show me that next year is right now. I expected them to be better, but 4-0 better? I didn’t expect that.

Q: ‎​When will NBA owners break?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I don’t think the NBA owners will be the first to break. Reason being is that the owners can last longer without the NBA money than the average player can, but both will miss the money though.

Q: Which team do you think will come out of the always weak NFC West?
-Chris R., Vancouver, Canada

A: I had the St. Louis Rams coming out of the NFC West before the season started, but they just seem like it isn’t coming together for them. The most solid team in the division is the 49ers at this point and I think this may be the year they win the West.

Q: Do you think the Steelers will get out of their slump anytime soon?
-Steven H., Westbury, NY

A: I think they may break out soon and they better, because the way the Ravens are playing, it could be serious trouble if they don’t. The good thing about this week is they have had the Titans number the last few times.

Q: Who will lose first: Lions or Packers?
-Sam, Highland Park, IL

A: I would say the Lions will lose first. I think they will take their first loss against Chicago while Green Bay wins again in Atlanta.

Q: Is Andrew Luck a lock as the first pick in the draft?
-Jeremy W., Winnipeg, Canada

A: As good as Luck is, no one is a lock to be the first pick in the NFL Draft. A prime example of that is former USC QB Matt Leinhart. His redshirt junior year, he was said to be the top pick. He decided to come back to school and people just assumed he would be the top pick the next year. Well, the joke was on him because didn’t go first the next year.

Q: Why is nobody calling out Jason Garrett for how undisciplined the Cowboys look?
-JW, Lafayette, IN

A: Personally, I think the bigger issue is why he is calling passing plays when the team his up 24 points in the third quarter. I think plenty of teams can be looked at as undisciplined this early in the season.

Q: Do you think Alabama and LSU will stay undefeated heading into their showdown on Nov 5?
-Jeremy W., Winnipeg, Canada

A: I hope that both teams will stay undefeated until the November 5th matchup. But the funny thing is that on any given Saturday, any team can lose.

Q: ‎​How do you think Dallas will finish the season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think that Dallas will finish 9-7 this year and be one of the Wild Card teams. For all that has gone wrong, they are still 2-2 despite that.

Thank you to everyone who sent in questions and remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!!

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