October 11, 2013

Eli Manning is NOT a hall of fame QB

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

During last night’s game, which of course the Giants lost, one of the announcers mentioned that Eli Manning is a future hall of famer. To that, I respond: What?! Why?!

Manning has never been one of the top three quarterbacks in the NFL, but we’re supposed to believe that because he won two Super Bowls, he deserves to be enshrined in Canton.

Do people forget that the youngest Manning is a turnover machine? Or that he has never led the league in anything other than interceptions?

How many hall of fame QBs in their prime started out a season 0-6?

Even in Manning’s best statistical season, he was just third in the league in passing yards. He only has one season in which he threw for more than 30 TDs as well.

All of this adds up to a mediocre QB with a famous last name. The reality is that Eli may have won two Super Bowls, but that’s the only positive on his hall of fame resume.

Honestly, the only way that Eli should be standing on a podium in Canton on enshrinement weekend is when he inducts his brother Peyton there.

So give it up that any QB with Super Bowl rings should be in the hall of fame, it doesn’t make sense.

The lines are from Vegas and the home teams are in CAPS.

KANSAS CITY -10 over Oakland

I don’t feel good about it, but the Raiders would have blown that late Sunday nighter badly at home if not for the old Phil Rivers stepping in.

TAMPA BAY +1 over Philadelphia

Mike Glennon vs. Nick Foles? It’d be smart for both coaches to just run the ball all day. I’ll take the home dog coming off their bye.

Green Bay -3 over BALTIMORE

The Ravens eked out a win in Miami and are great against the run, but the Packers can pass them to death.

Detroit -2.5 over CLEVELAND

After last week’s shock of seeing Calvin Johnson on the sidelines, I’ll bet he’s back this week. Also, do you really want to bet on Brandon Weeden?

Carolina +3 over MINNESOTA

How well will Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder play knowing that their job is essentially gone with Josh Freeman coming aboard? The Panthers aren’t as bad as last week’s game looked.

St. Louis +9 over HOUSTON

You know you’re in trouble when your coach has to defend starting you, right Matt Schaub? Aside: I’ll bet Schaub doesn’t throw another pick-six this week – that would just be nutty.

Pittsburgh +3 over NEW YORK JETS

I never thought that the Jets would have a let-down game this season, but this is it. And the Steelers desperately need to get off the schnied.

BUFFALO  +9 over Cincinnati

It feels weird to back a QB that’s starting after being on the practice squad last week, but Thad Lewis fits the Bills overall gameplan better than Jeff Tuel. Plus, getting nine points at home is pretty nice when your running game is on fire.

SEATTLE -14 over Tennessee

The Seahawks at home facing Ryan Fitzpatrick? Seems almost too easy.

Jacksonville +27 over DENVER

It’s just way too many points. The Jags are awful and the Broncos will score more than 40, but I see this line getting decided by a garbage time TD.

Arizona +11.5 over SAN FRANCISCO

Even with Carson Palmer playing awfully, the Cards aren’t so terrible. The defence is good while the Niners are getting more banged up by the week.

NEW ENGLAND -2.5 over New Orleans

Whoever thought a game featuring Brady vs. Brees would actually be a defensive struggle? Lay the points thanks to Brady’s excellent home record and Gronk’s return.

Washington +6 over DALLAS

After last week’s letdown, the Cowboys get a rivalry game in prime time. That’s a classic setup for disaster.

Indianapolis (pk) over SAN DIEGO

The Colts are on an incredible hot run right now and I don’t see a trip to sunny San Diego stopping it.

This week: 0-1
Last week: 5-8-1
This season: 34-40-3

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