If I ever have to listen to just one song…. #PearlJam

It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we are free to do anything.
Experience.
THE BEST GAME IN THE NFL

The last time the Detroit Lions beat the San Francisco 49ers the year was 1995 and Matt Stafford was entering the first grade. The Lions have gone 0-13 since then but the organization has made some obvious changes in the past few that seem to have broken the miserable Motor City mould. Timing is perfect for the feature game as both teams are 1-0 and have a lot riding on them after successful campaigns last year. Let’s not forget the events that occurred after their last game, which will no doubt be something to keep an eye out for just in case. Today I pick who I think will have the biggest impact on the game, thus making him my InGamer Captain.

The pressure to be #1 is officially on for the 49ers after a big victory against the Packers; but it’s more on quarterback Alex Smith than anything. This is why I would avoid captaining him at all costs. I would even wait to see how his first quarter goes before I even think of putting him in the game.

If this is the case look to the defense, San Fran’s strongest suit. Stafford is known for taking big hits and getting up, so I’m sure the 49ers are looking for some sacks. I recommend ILB Patrick Willis, LB Ahmad Brooks and LB Patrick Willis as any good bets to rough up young Matt.



On the offense there’s some obvious choices for stand outs. In the air WR Calvin Johnson is a threat each week, so consider CB’s Tarrell Brown andCarlos Rogers at the same time to maximize effectiveness. On the ground I would opt for RB Frank Gore, the best alternative in case of a Smith let down.The 49ers are solid as they have yet to give up a turnover in six games dating back to the regular season last year, but with pressure like that on Smith you never know how he’ll handle it.



My Special Pick of the game will go to two players; WR Titus Young, a much discussed fantasy sleeper and second option for Stafford should Johnson be kept with double coverage. The other goes to K David Akers after nailing the 63-yarder last week in Green Bay. For 1 point per yard in a game that I’m expecting to be close it may come down to the kicker. At least we know Akers is good for it and has shown he deserves a chance.

My pick…The 49ers!!!!

xoxo,
Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.
 - Abraham Lincoln. My kind of guy. #hustler
I drew “The Swan” when I was 17… should it be brought to life?
#tattoo #serenity #calm #LeftRib

I drew “The Swan” when I was 17… should it be brought to life?

#tattoo #serenity #calm #LeftRib

THE BEST OF WEEK 2

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Well last night’s game was fun?! I almost forgot how sappy Jay Cutler could look without his helmet coming off after countless three and outs. How many sacks can Cutler take? I’m putting the over/under at 20 this year. After the first full week of football where anything can happen, we now enter Week 2; a no excuses from here on out kind of game, and another early but influential piece in the Super Bowl chess game. This week I round up the best of the best!



Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Sunday, 1pm EDT
How the Eagles didn’t lose to the Browns after a Mike Vick meltdown is still a run in my stockings, but the Browns have just got to be the saddest crayon in the box. The purple of the Ravens however are putting on a strong suit with 44 points for and only 13 against in their home opener versus the Bengals (a team only slightly better than the Browns.). Both these teams enter each season with lofty expectations and this year one of them needs to deliver. While the critics have been hard on Joe Flacco despite his four straight playoff appearances since entering the league, I see him as a more refined producer this season, and possibly the stand out of the year. The Eagles may be without receiver Jeremy Maclin, and with a defense that only allowed one touchdown last week sans star Tyrell Suggs, should have no problems against a guy who threw four interceptions and is often recovering from injury. My pick: The RAVENS!!!

New Orleans Saints (0-1) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Sunday 1pm EDT
The Saints may have blown their first tires on a surprise team like the Redskins, but they won’t allow sophomore Cam Newton and the meagre Panthers a repeat performance. The Panthers seem like they’re headed for another season of really close games, and again I have a feeling they’ll be on the losing side more often than not. Which is not GREAT news for me since Newts is my starting quarterback in my traditional fantasy league, but hey fantasy isn’t about losing the game it’s about getting the points. So now  that the Saints have some of their defense back and quaterback Drew Brees has been roughed up for once, his rebound game should be exemplary and I’m expecting over 300 yards a few touchdowns and a clean sheet on interceptions. My Pick…. The SAINTS!!!!


Denver Broncos (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Monday 8:30pm EDT

Peyton Manning didn’t miss a beat last week in the win against the Steelers and that’s why I’m thinking every game featuring the Broncos will be one worth writing about. This week he faces Matt Ryan, who reminds me of the Joe Flacco of the NFC; a strong arm with a functioning peanut, just a little soft around the edges and needs a bit more toughening up. It’s guys like him who need to take a stand against legends like Manning if they want to set themselves apart in the NFL. Especially if he’s coming off a one-year layover, a loss for Ryan would really put his abilities into question. What sucks is the Falcons just lost corner back Brent Grimes to an Achilles injury, putting him out for the whole season. Hopefully Julio Jones, who’s predicted to be a big target for the dirty birds (he went quick in the draft!) and Roddy White can mix it up with Michael Turner, pending he doesn’t get in an injury. I say the Manning train stops here and it’s back to reality on Monday so My Pick…. THE FALCONS!!!!

This Saturday I’ll share my InGamer strategy on how to play the feature game… The Lions vs. 49ers!!!!

xoxo,
What will happen more often this season… a Jay Cutler SACK? or a Jay Cutler INTERCEPTION?

I’m putting the over/under at 20.

xoxo,

What will happen more often this season… a Jay Cutler SACK? or a Jay Cutler INTERCEPTION?

I’m putting the over/under at 20.

xoxo,

Strolling the streets of #NYC. I really do enjoy the company of #Americans

JETS Season Opener walkout…. at MetLife Stadium!