By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
OK, here’s how things have gone since Monday: Ndamukong Suh was fined again, this time $31,500 for an illegal hit on Brandon Weeden; Josh Freeman will start for the Vikings this Monday night; the Cowboys released nine year veteran all-pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff with a failed physical tag; Colts owner Jim Irsay got into a Twitter war with ESPN’s Chris Mortenson (Twitter = cyber bar fights for the idle) and Brandon Marshall’s green shoes cost him a $10,500 fine. The NFL is indeed, the No Fun League.
Unless, of course, the games are being played on Twitter.
After all the craziness of the past three days, we start this week with a potential fun one: Larry Fitzgerald and the 3-3 Arizona Cardinals at home to play host to the high-flying 5-1 Seattle Seahawks.
For a road team, Seattle is a prohibitive favorite but if Carson Palmer gets enough time to find Fitzgerald – who will be double-teamed as he often is – then this one could be close. We both like Seattle, but I’m just trying to make things interesting here.
Meanwhile, we’ll start getting serious when it comes to the weekend.
In the meantime, we have questions: Will Freeman find a new home in Minnesota (against the Giants, he might)? Will Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning kiss and make up? Will Jim Irsay and Chris Mortenson kiss and make up? Will Ndamukong Suh and the NFL kiss and make up? Will Tom Brady start screaming at his receivers and then throw the winning touchdown in the dying seconds again?
Stay tuned, it’s Week 7. The laughs are upon us.
Speaking of laughs, last week Dr. Football was 7-8 (60-32) straight up and 7-8 (42-50) against the spread and believes he would be better off if he let his beloved Bootsie the Cat make the picks this week… she’d probably do better. Meanwhile, the Coach went 8-7 (61-31) straight up and 5-10 (48-44) against the spread. He remains more committed to his picks than Sen. Ted Cruz is to tanking the Global economy.
This week, Bootsie the Cat will write our weekly dissertation on winning while the Coach sits back, makes unfounded judgments and burps.
Seattle Seahawks (5-1) at Arizona Cardinals (3-3) Line: Seahawks by 6.5
Somewhat of an interesting fact…the Cardinals have won the last two times these teams have met at University of Phoenix Stadium. It won’t happen this week. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows Cards QB Carson Palmer very well. Carroll was the head coach at USC during Palmer’s last two years in college and won a Heisman Trophy under Carroll before he was drafted No.1 overall just a few months later. Carroll knows him well, and he’ll have his defense ready. The Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald is banged up as well, so that takes one of Palmers weapons away. Seattle is the NFC’s best all-around team so far. The Coach says: I don’t love the Seahawks quite as much as the Doc and I don’t dislike Arizona all that much. But I do know that Arizona shouldn’t beat Seattle.
The Doc: TAKE THE SEAHAWKS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE SEAHAWKS TO WIN AND COVER.