Just when you think you have seen everything in the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins give you something that causes you to shake your head. The Vikings traded a third round pick for WR Randy Moss only to release him four games later, because he was acting like a head case. This same team traded him to the Oakland Raiders in 2005, because he was behaving the same way. Did they not realize what they were receiving from New England?
Moss has been a distraction wherever he has gone.Even New England had to put up with his quirky behavior and strange press conferences. Moss's press conference was over the top last week, but it goes back to what did the Vikings expect. Terrible decision to waive him a month after trading a third round pick for him.
Then there is Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan. Apparently, Shanahan was too busy losing in Denver in 2006 and 2007 to realize what a terrible quarterback Rex Grossman was for the Chicago Bears. Yet, with two minutes left in the game he benched starting QB Donovan McNabb and put in Grossman. I have been as critical of McNabb as anyone has; I believe he is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. I also am grounded in reality; there is no way that anyone should believe Grossman gives their team a better chance to win than McNabb. Shanahan should be fired or at least have to spend five minutes in the corner for allowing that delusion to actually make it to a real NFL field.
These decisions are what make the NFL interesting and impossible to predict.
My season record heading into Week Nine is 63-54. Here are my picks for this week.
1) Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Baltimore Ravens (5-2) - The unbelievable statistic of the season is that the Dolphins are 4-0 on the road and 0-3 at home. In a league where road wins are so hard to come by, the Dolphins have been able to flip that statistic. A lot of that has to do with the competition. The record of the teams they have beat on the road is a combined 9-20 with the Green Bay Packers being the only team with a winning record. The record of the home teams they have lost to is a combined 17-5.
The Ravens are a tough home team with a record of 3-0 and their defense allows only 18.4 points per game. I think the Ravens stuff the Dolphins running game and K Dan Carpenter kicking five field goals is not going to be enough offense for the Dolphins to win in Baltimore. Winner: Baltimore...