Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday Night Football pick
Time again for a Thursday Night Football pick. At least last weeks was one of the few I got: Chicago Bears @ Miami Dolphins: I'm just gonna come right out and say it; I have no idea how the Bears keep winning games. How, how? Their offensive line is terrible. They'd struggle to get a push going against a bunch of freshman college kids. Their pass protection is even worse. Cutler is mistake prone. And while the defense is definitely the strong point, even their they have a laundry list of woes. This is why I'm taking Miami. They're the opposite of Chicago. They have some great receivers in Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline (under rated). Tight End Anthony Fasano is one of the best in the league at his position when you factor in run blocking and receiving. They have a solid offensive line. A great pass rush, led by Cameron Wake. A very solid linebacking corps. Maybe you could argue they're a little thin on the back end, but strong safety Yeremiah Bell and corner Vontae Davis don't get nearly enough credit for the work they do. Now that said, much hinges on quarterback Tyler Thigpen. I like Thigpen. He came in and played well on the back end of last weeks game against the Titans. The question is can he start and carry that level of play he showed last week through a whole game, as the Dolphins let him loose with much of the playbook? I believe so. From what I've seen of Thigpen through the years since he was drafted in 2007, I think he's ready. And if Thigpen goes down? Well, the Dolphins are probably crossing every finger and toe that it doesn't happen, but if they need to they should have Patrick Ramsey on the bench. Ramsey played well in the pre-season for the Saints and the terminology of the offense shouldn't be too foreign to him, having essentially moved from one "West Coast Offense" to another. He showed good footwork and accuracy for the Saints, though the timing will probably be a bit shaky. In short; Dolphins win. Now before I finish for the day, I just want to direct you towards this article by Michael Lombardi. It now seems that Lombardi's articles are a bit like buses; you wait ages for a good one and then two come along at once. Have a great day everyone.