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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 24, 2013


And then there was only one.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated team remaining with a 17-16 win over the Houston Texans. Now, you would think that I would throw some shade on the Texans but they played very well. At least their quarterback didn't throw a pick-six. For Houston they get a much needed bye week.

And someone finally knocked off the Broncos. Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis was spoiled by Andrew Luck and the Colts. Also turnovers.

But the Colts victory was tempered by the loss of wide receiver Reggie Wayne to an ACL injury for the rest of the season.

It wasn't the Colts that were bit by the injury bug. Houston lost linebacker Brian Cushing to a season-ending ACL injury. Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs is out at least 6 weeks due to a left shoulder fracture and their quarterback Jay Cutler will miss 4 weeks due to a groin injury. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley had a spinal cord contusion. Fortunately for him he is expected to recover from this shocking injury that caused Lambeau Field to come to a dead silence.

Miami was upset by the Bills. The Jets were aided by another personal foul penalty that helped them win another game; this time against their hated division rival New England. Pittsburgh has now won 2 in a row. 

The wide receiver duel in Detroit lived up to its expectations as Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson each had 155 yards receiving, but Cincinnati escaped Detroit with a victory.

Oh and the Giants got their first win of the season. Sloppy win on Monday night over the Vikings, but a win is a win. Now there are two teams left that haven't won a game this season yet: Jaguars and Buccaneers.

So... the Cowboys-Eagles game.

This game will billed as a shootout, but boy that game started slow that I almost fell asleep. The first half can be summed up as follows: 13 punts, 4 number of three-and-outs. Dallas went into the locker room leading 3-0.

After the Cowboys got the ball to start the 3rd quarter, they responded with a 10 play 66-yard drive capped by a Joseph Randle 1-yard touchdown run.

A poorly thrown Tony Romo pass that was intercepted set up an Eagles field goal in the early moments of the 4th quarter. Dallas then followed it up with another 10 play drive. This time Romo found Terrance Williams for a 9 yard touchdown pass to give the Cowboys a 17-3 lead.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who starting for the injured Michael Vick, left the game with a head injury. Enter Matt Barkley, drafted out of the 4th round from USC. He started well, completing 3 of his first 4 passes for 29 yards until his 5th pass was intercepted by Sean Lee. Barkley ended with 3 interceptions that ended any hopes for an Eagles comeback.

Dallas left Philadelphia not only with a win, but also with a 3-0 division record and sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Up next for the Cowboys is a visit to Detroit to take on the Lions for another wide receiver duel. This time up and coming star Dez Bryant takes on Calvin Johnson.

Week 8 has six teams on a bye week: Ravens, Bears, Texans, Colts, Chargers, and Titans. I cannot stress this enough fantasy owners, adjust your rosters accordingly.

The week starts with the Panthers traveling to Tampa. On Sunday, the second London game of this season happens when the San Francisco 49ers travel to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Patriots host a Dolphins team that is looking for the upset. The Chiefs are looking at continuing their winning streak against the Browns.

Late games features the Redskins traveling to Denver to try to give the Broncos their second loss of the season. The Bengals are hosting the Jets and a classic rivalry continues in Oakland where the Raiders take on the Steelers.

World Series Game 4 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox takes place on Sunday Night, but if baseball is not your thing the Packers travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Last season running back Adrian Peterson rushed the Vikings into the playoffs with a 199 yard performance in a Week 17 win over the Packers.

St. Louis continues to be the center of the sports world on Monday Night when the Rams host the Seahawks. One knock on the Seahawks is that they play well only at home. Though Seattle's only loss was at the Colts, I think this is a team that plays well wherever they play. A win against the Rams would improve their chances to win the NFC West.

I finally did it. I finally caught up to Mr. Blake. The last 4 weeks I either had the best record or tied for the best record of the week. Does my streak continue?

There are only 13 games this week so I better make it count. As for Ms. Roberts, she can still end the season in first place, but it might take some risky moves that could end up setting her back. She can make up one game a week in order to erase the deficit.

Week 7

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

BYE WEEK: Ravens, Bears, Texans, Colts, Chargers, Titans

Buccaneers at Panthers

Cowboys at Lions (DFW)
49ers vs. Jaguars (at London)
Giants at Eagles

Bills at Saints
Browns at Chiefs
Dolphins at Patriots

Redskins at Broncos (DFW)
Falcons at Cardinals

Steelers at Raiders (DFW)
Jets at Bengals

Vikings at Packers

Rams at Seahawks

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