Punched Out: Reaction to Reid, FB Picks, W2W4 the Weekend

Posted: January 4, 2013 in Arts
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It’s worth considering the notion that Kansas City’s waistline can’t expand any further to make room for more fat coach jokes, particularly during the holiday season.

Mark Mangino, Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, and now Andy Reid. Let the laughs begin, right?

Fact is, no one’s been laughing during a period of time where only another team down I-70, the St. Louis Rams, has been mired in as much mediocrity. How did things get so bad, a transition from beloved characters (Dick Vermeil, Will Shields) to comic book-esque villains like foul-mouthed Todd Haley and Scott Pioli?

So perhaps it’s someone who’s dealt with it himself who can dig one of the NFL’s more storied franchises in the Chiefs out of tragedy. Somewhat like the team Reid left, and another team picking in the top five of this year’s NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions, the Chiefs have cornerstones to build around with upward trajectory in sight. Jamaal Charles is a speed back who figures to fit appropriately into Reid’s history of speed backs with the potential to catch a vast number of balls out of the backfield. Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson are Pro Bowl pieces in the front seven, and Eric Berry is around to fill the playmaker role ala Brian Dawkins at safety.

Though many said the same about Pioli previously, it’s a fine grab by Clark Hunt and the Chiefs, giving them a guy who instills a greater level of confidence than Herm Edwards did at the helm. Reid has his quirks (pass first) and flaws (a bit gadget-play obsessed), but he at least temporarily clears the dark shroud that’s grown increasingly opaque this past season. Now, the rest of the NFL figures to wonder how Reid and his yet-to-be-named GM will handle the first pick in the draft.

Speaking of, a few quick picks for this weekend:

  • Seattle 24, Washington 17 – Chances are the Rookie of the Year award is decided in this one. Here’s the tantalizer in Russell Wilson indicators for this game: Do you go buy Wilson’s unimpressive away split (9/8 TD-INT ratio), or believe that he’s not the same QB he was in the season’s first half? There’s no doubt that CenturyLink Field serves as a distinct advantage for the Seahawks. A few factors play into this pick: Brandon Browner returns from his four-game suspension, returning the secondary to full strength, and KR Leon Washington gives the Seahawks the advantage in the third phase. 
  • Houston 23, Cincinnati 20 – Both teams seem to be going in opposite directions, but I don’t think they’ve crossed each other at the pass just yet. The Bengals have feasted on a number of weak teams in the second half, and Andy Dalton seems to make too many critical mistakes at the worst times, and for a quarterback who works best when he has plenty of time, that may prove problematic with J.J. Watt coming full throttle. Both quarterbacks might make a mistake that has their fan base face-palming, but I think a clock-eating drive and a game that sees Houston lean on the run game allows the Texans to win this one on a late field goal.
  • Texas A&M 38, Oklahoma 27 – A conservative prediction, this one could get uglier. Johnny Manziel is the chic story in Friday night’s game, but the Aggies will really punish Oklahoma on the ground. Texas A&M has plenty of motivation, and Manziel erased doubt that he can deliver against a top-notch defense when they put Alabama to rest.

If you’re out or watching otherwise, I recommend you save space on your DVR for a few other contests this weekend:

  1. CBB – Ohio State @ Illinois (Saturday, 2:15 ET, Big Ten Network)
  2. CBB – Georgetown @ Marquette (Saturday, 2:00 ET, ESPN3)
  3. Serie A, AS Roma @Napoli (Delayed, Sunday, 9:00 ET, beIN Sport)
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