2002-09-28 / Sports

Rolfe Tries To Overcome Last Week’s Football Picks

By Rolfe

Rolfe Tries To Overcome
Last Week's Football Picks

"I am so very sickened; Oh, I am so sickened now"  - Morrissey; "Suedehead"

   Another sub-.500 week (6-8) had Rolfe feeling a bit queasy himself, although not as bad as Adriana from the Sopranos. This week's article will be a bit short, as I am busy packing my bags for a trip to Jacksonville to cover the Jets. Great timing- there's 3 different hurricane systems in the area. If anything should happen to me, please have George Clooney play me in the movie, and not Marky Mark.

JAGS (-3) over Jets-

The Jets have shown absolutely no reason why you should pick them to win a game right now. As ESPN.com's The SportsGuy pointed out last week: "Maybe the Jets just aren't that good."

Giants (-3) over CARDINALS-

It's not real pretty, but the Giants are winning. Look for them to more than double last week's output (OK, I know they only tallied 9 last week) and win handily.

K.C. (+3) over Dolphins-

Even in a losing effort, Priest Holmes gets Rolfe's "Playa of the Week" award for his performance against the Pats, almost winning that game single-handedly. The Dolphins, like New England last week, are coming off a spanking of the Jets, and figure to let down enough to allow Dickie V and the Sunshine Band pull off the upset at home.

BILLS (-3) over Bears-

The Cubbies are banged up right now, and Bledsoe is still hot, coming off a tough loss in Denver. The Buffalo Soldiers should be good for a comfortable win.

Saints (-7) over LIONS-

New stadium, new QB, same results for the LLLions. (That will be 4 L's after this week.)

PACKERS (-7) over Panthers-

Green Bay has players dropping on both sides of the ball, and not just Brett Favre trying to help someone set a bogus record. Still, the Rodney Peete comeback tour will come to an end in the land of cheese.

EAGLES (-20) over Texans-

I don't remember the last time I've ever seen a 20 point spread on an NFL game. But it is this high for a reason- the Eagles are looking like the best team in the NFC, and the Texans are still just an expansion team, no matter Cowboy fans try to tell you.

Browns (+6) over STEELERS-

I'm not a huge Browns fan, but Pitt is still sending Kordell Stewart out there at QB, and Jerome "the Bus" Bettis seems to be on his last legs (or should it be "wheels"?)

Cowboys (+13) over RAMS-

After losing their opener horribly, the Boys recovered, and beat a Titans team with an injured QB and RB. "America's (Most Wanted) Team" looked terrible in Philly last week, but now face a Rams team that has an injured QB and RB. See a pattern emerging?

Bucs (-7) over BENGALS-

Injuries to two offensive linemen and a short week could leave the Grudens open to an upset. But still, let's be serious- this is the Bengals they're playing.

RAIDERS (-6.5) over Titans-

Rolfe's unnamed NFL sources (OK, their names are Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, ESPN, the Internet, etc.) are whispering that Eddie George might be done. Plus, the Titans are flying into Oaktown off a tough loss to Cleveland, while the Raiders are coming off a relaxing bye week. Take the Silver and Black and give the points.

Pats (-3) over Chargers-

 Who would've picked these teams to both be 3-0 coming into this game? This should be a low scoring contest, with the Chargers providing the toughest D that Pretty Boy Brady and crew have seen so far this year. However the Bolts have played cupcakes so far, and any soft creamy filling that they have should be exposed by the defending champs.

Vikings (+3) over SEAHAWKS-

As I'm writing this, details of Randy Moss' arrest are still being sorted out. Will he play this weekend? If yes, then look for the WR to continue his habit of raising his game on national TV (this is the ESPN Sunday Night game). If he doesn't play, Culpepper should be able to lead the team to victory himself, without having to worry about the stupid "Randy Ratio" that coach Joe Tice put into effect.

Broncos (-7) over RAVENS-

The Orange are still Rolfe's pick to be AFC Champions, and should have no problem against the Ravens.

SUPERBOWL MATCHUP PREDICTION-

Each week, Rolfe will post his current SuperBowl prediction. Hey, if I take 15 or so shots at it, I'm bound to get it right once. This week's prediction, Philly vs. Denver.

WEEKLY BEST BET:

Giants

BEST BET RECORD:

1-2

OVERALL RECORD:

19-26-1

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