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NFL week 15 picks, Part II


Well, after a very solid Week 14 and a promising start to Week 15 — taking the Jacksonville Jaguars to cover against the Indy Colts — the Lineman is on a roll going 5-2 in the last seven picks.

But we still have a big weekend ahead, including Pick of the Week. Hopefully the Lineman can provide a little Holiday Cheer.


Arizona Cardinals (8-5) at the Detroit Lions (2-11) (Line Cardinals minus 10 1/2)

The Cardinals are fuming following a fumble-fest loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday and are ready to take out it out on the whipped Lions.

Week 14 NFL picks


Could see the blitz coming last week but just could not stop it. The Lineman’s Spider sense told him something just felt wrong but ignored the danger and well…the end result was a crushing 1-5 Week 13.

But we have followed up disappointing weeks with big ones all season and we are still hanging just above .500 so bounce back week is in order.

Tomlinson charges ahead of Hall of Famer Jim Brown


Before the season began, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was miffed at Hall of Famer Jim Brown for calling Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings “hands down, the best running back in the NFL”. Aided by a cane, Brown returned to Cleveland Sunday night to watch Tomlinson pass him for eighth place on the career rushing list.

The Chargers star ran for 64 yards to give him 12,321 – nine more than Brown – and needs 419 more to pass Tony Dorsett for seventh. Tomlinson also became the fastest player ever to score 150 touchdowns, achieving the milestone in his 137th career game. In a sign of respect after his touchdown, Tomlinson pointed his finger at Brown who was following the game from a suite.

NFL picks week 13


Lucky Week 13 and the Lineman is worried because he spotted six games he liked right away and has not switched off any of them. Usually the Lineman will have second thoughts about a few games and tosses and turns over others.

But we like what we see this week. Ummm, that a good thing or a bad omen? Guess we’ll find out on Sunday.

Week 12 NFL Picks, Part I


NFL/We are still undoing the damaging from CBall’s 1-5 week and a 2-4 fumble by the Lineman in Week 10 but 5-1 last week has the team back on track.

This is gut check time for a number of teams who could see their post-season hopes hinge on the  outcome of this week’s results.

Pats’ Belichick played the right odds, Harvard economist says


belichik1Bill Belichick has been crucified metaphorically by many pundits and fans for his gamble late in a National Football League game against the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts, but one top economist says the coach many previously called a genius made the right decision Sunday even if it backfired on him.

Belichick chose to have the Patriots go for a first down late in the fourth quarter with his team deep in its own territory and clinging to a lead on the road. New England failed to convert and the Colts immediately drove for the winning score in its 35-34 victory. And the second guessing began.

What was Bill Belichick thinking?


coltsBonehead move or brilliant gamble? Gutsy call or clueless mistake?

With the New England Patriots leading the surging Indianapolis Colts 34-28 with just over two minutes to play and staring at a fourth and two gamble on their own 28 yard line, was Bill Belichick’s decision to go for the first down rather than punt the ball away the right one?

The result, a shock 35-34 Colts comeback victory says Belichick made a boo boo.

Right or wrong, “The Call” sparked a debate more heated than healthcare reform across the United States on Monday and threatens to rage on for weeks to come as fans and commentators try to get inside one of the NFL’s greatest minds and get the answer to one question; “What was he thinking?”

Week Nine NFL Picks


schaubOkay, the first string is back calling the shots this week after Week 8 backup CBall got pounded 1-5 (ouch).

CBall’s fumbles have left Team Lineman (6-0 in the Lineman’s last start in Week 7 in case anyone forgot) perilously close to the .500 mark but the big guy is back and so is the momentum as we head into the second half the schedule.

Lack of direction in Green Bay after Favre return


favreTo understand what the National Football League and the beloved Packers mean to the residents of Green Bay you need only ask for directions.

Chances are that sooner or later you will find yourself on Lombardi Ave or Holmgren Way, or might swing by Brett Favre Pass or find yourself on the newly paved Aaron Rodgers Avenue.

Week Seven NFL Picks


breesThe Lineman had been in a bit of slump the last three weeks. After a very solid start to the season he has picked just six winners the last three weeks.We were hit hard by upsets last week (give me a break Raiders and Bills both picking up wins). But we are still ..500 on the season and Pick of the Week is back at .500.

Record: 18-18. Last week 2-4. Pick of the Week: 3-3


New Orleans Saints (5-0) at Miami Dolphins (2-3) (Line Saints minus 6 1/2): OK, am I missing something? The Saints have won every game by more than 14 points, last week they torched the unbeaten New York Giants 48-27 and quarterback Drew Brees has put on an air-tossing 13 touchdowns including four against the New Yorkers, who came into the Big Easy with the NFL’s top ranked defence.