• How could the Raiders and the Titans possibly be that bad this week?  My picks were ugly.  After going 6-6 (65-31) straight up and 4-7 (33-33) against the spread this week, I’ll be spending every chance I get studying week 8′s games so I don’t look like a total moron two weeks in a row.  Also, right now the Texas Rangers have two on and one out in the bottom of the 8th in a tie game.  I may be a wee bit distracted.  I wish I could blame my bad picks on something this riveting.

    Three Things I Know Today

    Cam Newton will be the offensive Rookie of the Year.  Against the Redskins, Newton passed for 256 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions on his way to a 127.5 QB rating in a victory.  Add his 59 rushing yards and another touchdown and you’ve got a 315 yard, 2 TD day that would be headline news if it weren’t for Tim Tebow playing Jesus and Drew Brees throwing for enough yards to get the Colts back home to Indianapolis.

    Newton is 4th in the NFL in passing yards (2,103) and 2nd in rushing TDs (7).  Combine his passing and rushing stats and you’ve got 2,369 yards and 15 TDs.  Assuming Newton plays this well, a 4,800 combined yards and 30 TD season will get him Rookie of the Year honors.

    Miami and Indianapolis remain neck and neck in the Andrew Luck campaign.  I refuse to call it #SuckForLuck.  The Dolphins were up 15-0 with five minutes to go in the game, yet somehow pulled off a miracle come from ahead loss against the Tim Tebow led Denver Broncos.  In could have been the most important fourth quarter of the season for Miami, they came through in the clutch and gave up two touchdown passes and a two point conversion to Tebow and kept their clutch performance going in overtime by giving up a field goal to ensure the loss and preservation of their winless record.

    The Colts game, on the other hand, was never in doubt.  Indianapolis gave up the most points since the merger (62, tied with 3 other teams) and lost by the most points since the merger (55, tied with 3 other teams).  It was a no doubter, and considering the thoroughness of the beating, it’s surprising that Saints QB Drew Brees threw any incompletions at all.  After going 31-35 for 325 yards and 5 TDs, those 4 missed passes had to have kept Brees up at night.

    Chris Johnson has a Barry Sanders contract and Tommy Vardell stats.   Johnson will make $13 million this season.  After 7 weeks of football, he’s rushed 98 times for 268 yards.  That’s 44.7 yards per game and 2.9 yards per carry.  If you’ll excuse my impropriety, that sucks.  After this horrid start, even if Johnson rushes for 100 yards and a TD per game, he’ll only total 1,068 yards and 9 TDs.  Don’t worry, hold out haters, he won’t look that good.  Johnson held out for a huge contract.  It’s too bad the Titans can’t convince him to go back home.

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