September 27, 2014

Could AP get his wish? + Week 4 picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

If you may recall, ESPN ran a feature near the beginning of the season about Jerry Jones.

In it, the Dallas Cowboys owner had a phone conversation with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in which AP said that he would like to play for the Cowboys before his career over.

After all of the controversy involving child abuse and the real possibility that the Vikings will let the superstar back go once it is all cleared up, AP might get his wish sooner rather than later.

Of course, what Peterson allegedly did to his four-year-old is horrid and deplorable. He should and will be punished by the league for his actions. But after he serves his time, wouldn’t he look great running behind Dallas’ amazing offensive line?

With DeMarco Murray a free agent after this season, the Cowboys could be in the market for a new running back.

Big D has also never been shy about signing players with checkered pasts, giving them chances at rehabbing their images.

Really, it might be the only option for the Texas native and one that is mutually beneficial to the team if it can’t retain Murray.

So, AP’s dream might come true.

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

WASHINGTON -3.5 over New York Giants

Don’t mind me, I’m just continuing my terrible streak of predicting Thursday night games. And who

switched Eli Manning and Kirk Cousins before this game? RG3, I’m looking your way!

OAKLAND +3.5 over Miami in England

Year after year it never fails: The NFL sends at least one awful team to play in England. I thought it was trying to expand its brand, not kill it. Either way, can you back a team with as much behind-the-scenes turmoil as Miami right now?

CHICAGO +1.5 over Green Bay

Both of these teams should finally be able to get their running games moving. Have to take the home dog.

Buffalo +3 over HOUSTON

If Arian Foster can’t play, it’s really tough to take the Texans. Bet the under on this game too, that’s a lock.

INDIANAPOLIS -7.5 over Tennessee

If it was Jake Locker, I could handle that. But Charlie “Clipboard Jesus” Whitehurst isn’t going to get it done.

Carolina +3.5 over BALTIMORE

The Panthers have to bounce back after that embarrassing loss in prime time. Also getting to show up former receiver Steve Smith is a bonus.

Detroit -1.5 over NEW YORK JETS

This is the type of game the Jets somehow always win, but I don’t trust Geno Smith enough to pick them.

Tampa Bay +7.5 over PITTSBURGH

The Bucs are spiralling and going to Mike Glennon at QB isn’t going to help. LeVeon Bell should be able to run freely with DT Gerald McCoy hurt too.

SAN DIEGO -13 over Jacksonville

You can’t spot Blake Bortles two touchdowns! OK, maybe you can. Rookie QB getting first start on the road against a contender? Should be an easy cover.

Philadelphia +5.5 over SAN FRANCISCO

The Eagles soar in second halves while the 49ers wilt. That could be disastrous for Jim Harbaugh’s

Atlanta -3 over MINNESOTA

Teddy Bridgewater will get his first start, but it will be without the Vikes best running back and top tight end. The Falcons are well-rested after thrashing the Bucs 10 days ago.

New Orleans -3 over DALLAS

This one looks like the one where the Saints offence really comes alive against an overmatched Cowboys defence.

New England -3.5 over KANSAS CITY

This one does sound a bit dicey with Jamaal Charles likely playing, but you have to trust Tom Brady in a night game.

Last week: 9-7

This season: 21-27

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