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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013


A quick recap of Week 5: After starting 3-0, the Bears have lost 2 games in a row. Quarterback Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass, so Drew Brees record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass is safe for now. Also the Patriots loss which drops them from the unbeatens. Same can be said about the Seahawks. The Colts have beaten the 49ers and Seahawks, the top of the NFC West. Besides the Saints and Broncos, Kansas City is still undefeated. Baltimore needed a missed Miami field goal to keep pace with the Bengals and Steelers Browns.... no, that's correct, the Cleveland Browns. Yes, the Cleveland Browns are 3-2 and tied for first in the AFC North.

Another surprise team is the New York Jets going down to the Georgia Dome and beating the Falcons. The Jets are 3-2 while the Falcons are in danger of falling out of NFC South contention with a 1-4 record. And this team was expected to be the NFC's representative in the Super Bowl.

The NFL's winless teams are currently 4: Tampa and Pittsburgh stayed in this group because they had bye weeks while the Giants and Jaguars moved to 0-5. The Giants were my NFC East pick.... well, I think that has gone out the window.

We all saw the Broncos at Cowboys game correct? I've already covered it. No need to repeat what happened? OK, good. Moving on to the next game.

The Cowboys-Redskins rivalry is one of the most passionate in the NFL. When the NFL was looking at expansion in the early 1960s to counter the upstart American Football League, Redskins owner George Marshall blocked the Cowboys entry because he felt that the new Dallas franchise would cut into his television right because anything south of the Mason-Dixon line was considered Redskins territory. In response the NFL bought the rights to the Redskins fight song "Hail To The Redskins."

Last season the Redskins swept the Cowboys. The first coming on Thanksgiving Day where quarterback Robert Griffin III led Washington to their first victory over Dallas on Thanksgiving Day ever. The second one came in the final game of the regular season with the Redskins clinching their first NFC East Title since 1999 behind the 200 yard rushing performance of then-rookie running back Alfred Morris.

But this is about this season. Dallas is 2-3 while Washington is 1-3 and playing their first game after the bye week. Both of these teams are playing in their second NFC East division game. A win would give each team an advantage in this highly competitive division.

The following teams have a bye week in Week 6: Falcons and Dolphins. If you own any of the Falcons like quarterback Matt Ryan or Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline on your fantasy team, it would be wise to find suitable replacements for them going into this weekend's games.

Week 6 starts with a classic NFL matchup: Giants at Bears. New York is looking for their first win of the season, while Chicago is looking to halt a two game losing streak.

Sunday games features the Packers traveling to Baltimore. The Ravens are the defending Super Bowl Champions and are currently 3-2 while Green Bay won the title 2 seasons ago. Both Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers were named Super Bowl MVP of their respective games. The other AFC North 3-2 team, Cleveland, host the Detroit Lions who are coming off their 21st consecutive road loss to the Packers. And the third AFC North 3-2 team, Cincinnati, travels to Buffalo.

Down in Houston, Texans fans (fans... who knew) are getting pretty restless about their quarterback Matt Schaub. After back-to-back losses to NFC West opponents, the Texans are hosting the Rams. If the Texans lose a third game in a row... my favorite Houston Texans fan will not be a happy camper when she posts about them on Monday.

The unbeaten Saints are headed to New England for a quarterback showdown between Drew Brees and Tom Brady while Kansas City is hosting Oakland. While the Chiefs are undefeated, Oakland is surprisingly competitive.

Denver is hosting Jacksonville and is a four touchdown favorite over the Jaguars, but the Titans at Seahawks might be a better option.

Sunday Night is above mentioned Washington at Dallas. Monday night is when Colts quarterback Andrew Luck makes his first Monday Night appearance. This could set up to be a signature win for the Colts. I think a lot of people were down on the Colts going into this season (pointing at self). Maybe this is the year they return to the playoffs as a division champ.

Football picks: I have to give Eli Blake a round of applause for calling that the Colts would hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season.

But alas... I emerged victorious again, but I was unable to cross the 10-win threshold. Thanks a lot Chargers and Falcons!

Ms. Roberts ended up in third place and is currently 10 games behind first place Mr. Blake. It's not her fault; it's the government shutdown.

I have closed the gap between Mr. Blake and I to 3 games.

Week 5

Picks are in BOLD
Times are Central Time Zone
Games airing in DFW are noted by (DFW)

BYE WEEK: Falcons, Dolphins

Giants at Bears

Packers at Ravens (DFW)
Lions at Browns
Rams at Texans
Panthers at Vikings
Eagles at Buccaneers

Raiders at Chiefs (DFW)
Bengals at Bills
Steelers at Jets

Saints at Patriots (DFW)
Cardinals at 49ers

Jaguars at Broncos
Titans at Seahawks

Redskins at Cowboys

Colts at Chargers

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