The Windup’s Re-Preview

Raphael Haynes
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Ah yes, fresh off a bye week, we’re back. This NFL weekend will fall in the middle of Halloween fever. So let’s break out the treats and tricks and all those scary sights we have to turn our head to avoid seeing.


Buy or Sell
I’m Buying:
Jay Ajayi ( 535 rush yards and five touchdowns ) being a real threat at running back. The Miami Dolphins’ youngster has two spectacular games in a row with over 200 yards rushing. Not saying he will reach those numbers every week but he’s definitely finding his holes, breaking tackkes and taking advantage of getting more carries (6.4 yards per). Miami has won both of those games and can finally find some balance to their offense
The Houston Texans offense. Poor DeAndre Hopkins (36 receptions, 390 yards and three touchdowns) was promised a good young quarterback after the fiasco they had at that position last year. Brock Osweller is ranked 20th amongst starting quarterbacks in passing yards and he has thrown eight interceptions to match his eight touchdown passes. Bill O’Brian is known to be this big time quarterbacks guru. It seems he might need a better caliber of player to run his system.


Predictions sure to come back and haunt me
Julio Jones would like the referees to do the job they are getting paid for. His Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers in what should be an old fashion gun fight. Injuries have plagued both teams but each respective offense should be ready to light up the scoreboard. Jones (40 catches, 830 yards and three touchdowns) should be salivating at a Packers secondary that’s missing a few starters. Matt Ryan has shredded defenses this year. He ranks second in passing yards and third in touchdowns, he’s keeping the Falcons’ offense at the very top of the league. The Packers should be confident in its top ranked rushing defense especially with the running backs being banged up for Atlanta. Of course the Packers can score with best of them, running backs or not. Even though they are middle of the pack (no pun intended) in scoring (14th), we’ve seen Aaron Rodgers rise up in these situations (again no pun intended). A shoot-out is inevitable. Last team with the ball wins. I’ll take Falcons 34-31.

The 90s version of the Dallas Cowboys offense featured three dynamic players known as the “triplets” (Troy Aikman, Michael Irving and Emmitt Smith). The 2016 version features a pair of dynamic rookies that I have deemed “The twins”. Dak Prescott (seven passing touchdowns and one interception) and Ezekiel Elliott ( 703 rush yards) have powered the team to an early division lead at 5-1. The Philadelphia Eagles has an equally talented rookie at quarterback in Carson Wentz (eight passing touchdowns and three interceptions). The three front runners for Offensive Rookie of the Year will all be on display Sunday night and I’ll go with the “twin peaks”. Dallas squad 24 -16 over Philadelphia.

Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers take their high flying act into the mild high air to challenge the Denver Broncos. Rivers has led his team to the second ranked offense in the league (points for) and a win over the Broncos two weeks ago (21-13). Conversely, Denver comes in ranked third defensely (yards against). Von Miller and company will look to avenge that affirmentioned loss. I think they will fall short again though. I like San Diego to pull away late 27-14 over the Broncos.



Raphael Haynes

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