Hard to believe that here we sit just a few days away from week seven, and as the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, there is plenty to discuss as we get set for Sunday’s 12 games and a Monday night NFC East showdown in Big D between the Giants and Cowboys.
* The bomb threat thing that went down on Wednesday really puts life into perspective. It quickly reminds us of 9/11, and sends a message that we are never out of the woods when it comes to threats and what could happen if we are attacked again. With that said, I am glad that the league is not jumping to any great extremes and calling games or moving them in the cities that were mentioned in the threats. The league did a great job in jumping into action with Homeland security to research the “threat,” and find out it was not credible. I have no problem with extra security at games, but we as a country cannot be afraid and jump through hoops everytime someone posts threats on the internet.
* Back on the field, the Bears were dealt a blow on Wednesday as it was reveled that safety Mike Brown is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right foot. The loss of Brown is a pretty big blow to the 2nd ranked defense in the league, which looked like it was starting to crack Monday night in Arizona. Let’s not forget that the Bears have struggled over the past few seasons when Brown has been injured. He is one of their emotional leaders and a player that can make a big impact on and off the field. The Bears have sometime to make adjustments to losing Brown, as they have a bye, then two weak teams coming into Solider Field the following two weeks in San Fran and the Dolphins.
* Brett Favre spoke out Wednesday against the league suspending wide out Koren Robinson for the remainder of the season reportedly due to a drunken driving charge. Favre, who has had his problems as well over years (remember the pain killers?) was not shy in stating he felt that Robinson got a raw deal. “I don’t like the way the league has, in my mind, turned their back on him,” Favre stated. “I’m not against banning him for the year, but to boot him out, clean out his locker and say you can’t have no contact with this team?” You have to wonder what Favre is thinking on this one. Robinson has been a problem for sometime, with multiple charges while playing with the Vikings, Seahawks, and now Green Bay. I realize that people make mistakes and should get more than one chance, but Robinson has had those chances, and should pay the price for his mistakes. And Favre should worry more about holding onto the football and getting the Packers some wins.
* Giants running back Tiki Barber is talking about walking away from the game at years end. Barber, who has a radio show already with his brother on Sirus radio and has been in TV commercials, pretty much can be assured that he will have a regular gig on TV and or radio when he steps away from the game. The 31-year-old leaving the Giants would leave them in a huge hole at the running back spot, as unless they want to see what Brandon Jacobs can do with the rock 20+ times a game, they are going to have to look to the market or draft for a replacement to Barber. “It comes to a point where your body just doesn’t want to take it anymore,” Barber said Wednesday. “I’m excited about the rest of my life as well as I am about this football season. We’ll see what happens.”
* Not an easy week in week six in the picks department for yours truly. I had a sneaky suspicion that it was going to be a bad week after going 12-1 the week before. Overall I ended 7-6, with the Broncos and Bears bailing me out of what would and probably should have been my first losing week of the season. That leaves me 30 games over .500 heading into week 7 at 57-27. A quick glance at this upcoming week has some tough games to call. Carolina at Cincy is a tough one to get a grip on. The Green Bay at Miami game is a bad game, but a tough one to predict. Pitt at Atlanta is another one that won’t be easy. As usual, I will have picks posted about 8am EST on Friday.