The NFL may be able to fine Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats, but they clearly can’t stop him from doing what he believes in. After Marshall torched the Giants defense for nine grabs and two touchdowns, I’m thinking he should wear the green cleats every week. Not only is he raising awareness for mental health, but he’s donating the same amount of his fine to charity supporting the cause and he’s killing it on the field. Maybe the Giants should come up with some angle like this to actually NOT turn the ball over, stop teams on defense and win a game. Who’s up for Eli Manning wearing a purple jockstrap next week? I know the Giants’ fans out there are. Whatever it takes!
After a strong Week 5, I fell flat on my face in Week 6 with my worst week of the season. I’m still two games ahead of Reggie after last night, so I’ve got that going for me.
Locks of the Week:
BALTIMORE +3.5 over Green Bay
The public perception of the Packers is great to bet against. They were gifted an easy win last week when Calvin Johnson sat out, but what exactly have they done to earn more than a field goal on the road against an improving defense? Clay Matthews is out for at least a month and Joe Flacco's home splits over the last two seasons show he'll be ready to take on a questionable Packers secondary this week.
HOUSTON –7.5 over St. Louis
This is exactly the kind of game that Houston needs to get their heads right. Only three teams allow more rushing yards per game than the Rams and that’s exactly what the Texans intend to focus do early and often. Now who’s showing up to Matt Schaub’s house this week?
SEATTLE –13.5 over Tennessee
As highlighted in the survivor pick from yesterday, Seattle’s defense performs much better at home. Look for RyanFitzpatrick to commit a few turnovers, get sacked a few times, and Seattle to cruise easily in this one.
Trap Game of the Week:
Carolina +2.5 over MINNESOTA
News this morning of Adrian Peterson dealing with a sad family situation clouds what may happen on Sunday. Obviously things like this are more important than football, but for this column’s sake, one has to wonder if he misses the game. It seems like one of those situations where he plays, he’s motivated, runs for 300 yards, and ESPN does a feature on it next week. All the signs point to Carolina pulling this off since they’re a top 10 defense against the run and Minnesota is third-to-last in passing yards allowed per game while being average in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. You just never know with motivational factors like what Peterson’s dealing with.