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The scene Thursday night in downtown Boston could have been taken straight from a bad sci-fi movie. The roles were reversed this time as it was the Red Sox suffering from an atrocious defense. The Cardinals capitalized off a bad throw by Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow, which led to the game deciding run to come across home plate. The Cardinals took game 2 by a final score of 4-2. It was a pitcher’s duel through six as both starters Michael Wacha and John Lackey were sending batters down with regularity. Wacha’s performance was slightly disappointing considering how well the rookie phenom has been pitching in the postseason, but he still only allowed two runs (a David Ortiz two run homer) on three hits, while walking four, and striking out five. Lackey was strong as well through six, but due to the seventh inning miscues, ended up being charged with three runs, on five hits.

Game three moves the series from the Green Monster to the Gateway Arch. At this point it is anybody’s series. As a bit of preview for game 3 here are the keys to the game for both teams.

Red Sox

Key #1- Wake the bats up! The Red Sox are hitting an abysmal .188 this series. To make matters worse, they will be without Catalyst Mike Napoli tonight, due to having no DH. Opposing pitcher Joe Kelly is not someone who is unhittable. In his last outing against the Dodgers, Kelly went five innings, allowing four runs, and taking a loss. He is someone who the Red Sox could, and need to hit around if they have hopes of taking game 3.

Key #2- Defense. The same rule that was stated to the Cardinals after game 1 has to be applied here. These teams are so evenly matched, that the series could very well come down to defense. The Red Sox exhibited stupid decision making in the aforementioned seventh inning, where the Cardinals put three runs on the board. If the Sox want to gain some momentum back, they need to make a statement with their bats and gloves tonight.


Key #1- Neutralize Big Papi. The sole member of the Red Sox who is hitting consistently right now is David Ortiz. He is 4-6 with 2 HR and 5 RBI this series. For the Cardinals to take game 3, they need to cool him off. Oritz hit .309 this season, with 30 HR and 103 RBI. It doesn’t help that Kelly is a right hander, which Ortiz feasts off of. Without Napoli protecting him, it will be easier for the Cardinals to pitch around him, but they need to avoid the mistake pitch that the Detroit Tigers and Michael Wacha know too well of.

Key #2- Get ahead early. The St. Louis Cardinals have the momentum right now. They are coming off a win, facing a pitcher who gave up 7 runs in his last start, and are playing at home with one of the best fan bases in all of sports. If the Cards can put a couple of runs on the board early, the sea of red may be able to carry them the rest of the way.

Game 3 starts at 8:07 on FOX (check your local listings)


So you want your predictions for this weeks games? Well here they are from the pros at the fifth quarter themselves!















Oren’s Picks

Dallas over DET 31-27

KC over CLE 35-16

NE over Miami 31-14

NO over BUF 38-17

PHI over NYG 27-24

San Fran over JAX 24-17

PIT over OAK 27-20

DEN over WAS 42-31

ATL over ARI 24-20

GB over MIN 28-13

SEA over STL 37-13



Daniel’s Picks

DAL beats DET 28-21

KC over CLE 42-17

NE over Miami 35-10

NO over BUF 28-3

PHI over Giants 35-17

SF over JAX 28- 17

OAK over PIT 35-32

DEN over WAS 49-38

ARI over ATL 28-10

CIN over NYJ 31-28 OT

GB over MIN 28-7

SEA over STL 35-10



Jeremy’s Picks

DET over DAL 38-31

KC over CLE 21-10

MIA over NE 24-21

BUF over NO 27-24

NYG over PHI 31-24

SF over JAX 31-6

PIT over OAK 17-15

DEN over WASH 42-38

ATL over ARI 28-14

CIN over NYJ 28-20

GB over MIN 31-10

SEA over STL 35-3



Avi’s Picks

DET over DAL 24-20

SF over JAX 24-13

KC over CLE 23-14

NE over MIA 31- 21

NO over BUF 35-10

NYG over PHI 24-21

CIN over NYJ 27-17

PIT over OAK 20-17

DEN over WAS 38-30

GB over MIN 28-13

AZ over ATL 20-17

SEA over STL 24-9



Gary’s Picks

DET over DAL 27-24

SF over JAX 27-10

KC over CLE 24-6

NE over MIA 34- 21

NO over BUF 31-24

PHI over NYG 17-10

CIN over NYJ 31-10

PIT over OAK 20-17

DEN over WAS 48-38

GB over MIN 24-13

ATL over ARI 20-17

SEA over STL 34-10


1.      Matt Prater (Den)

2.      Matt Bryant (Atl)

3.      Blair Walsh (Min)

4.      Stephen Gotskowski (NE)

5.      Sebastian Janikowski (Oak)

6.      Dan Bailey (Dal)

7.      Alex Henery (Phi)

8.      Mason Crosby (GB)

9.      Ryan Succop (KC)

10.    Phil Dawson (SF)



Hey fans and welcome to our fantasy top 10 of week 8 ! For our studs and duds and everything in between lets rank our players at each position on the field with their matchups this week.

The QB. The leader. The position that controls the field. We have see Bradford, Cutler, Manuel, Schaub, Locker, Gabbert and our fan favorite Sanchez go down this year so far. All we need is Tebow to sign now with a team that needs a QB.

To start off the list we have a QB who tends to let the ball run into the endzone more. Colin Kaepernick who had all the hype coming into the season starts the list at #10. Going against a winless jaguars team he should have fun picking the defense, but get ready for a closer matchup than expected.

# 9 As much talent as this future HOF QB has he hasn’t flourished as much as he did with a deeper WR core. Brady is my #9 because of his matchup and GRONK being back. Hopefully he gets to be the Brady of old because that is an entertaining football game when he is there.

#8 is Matt Ryan. Lost his best receiver and replaces him with a man who drops 100+ yards and a score. As good as his receivers are with Tony Gonzales, Roddy White, and Douglas the man has talent.

When you play Denver you are usually playing from behind. After the shootout he had although 3 TDs were from his RB RGIII is the man in the 7th spot on our list. He will make moves with his legs and escape the pocket and with Reed as his TE he is flourishing.

At the 6th spot we have someone who has the beauty of play actions and screen passes called in his offense and going against an injured Dallas defense and has a WR who has the name MEGATRON for heaven’s sake. Stafford is in for a great week with a healthy Bush and Calvin Johnson. You cant guard a deep threat and a screen pass on the other side of the field all at once.

Tony Romo. Who else would deserve a #5 spot on our list this week. Going against a Lions team who just got torched by AJ Green get ready for Dez Bryant to go ape on them also and Romo to be the beneficiary of those precious yards and a score. Without that much of a running game Romo should be back on track to throw more this week.

The #4 QB this week is Brees. With a NO offense that just cant stop coming off a bye week and a heartbreaker loss against NE get ready for a mess in BUF with Brees throwing for 275 yards and a pair of TDs.

In the 3 hole we have that man from GB. He goes by Aaron Rodgers. Without his weapons he has been stealing the “Brady affect” and making his WR stars. Going against a team that allows 300+ passing yards a game he is an easy start and high value this week as usual.

Our #2 QB for this week is Michael Vick. Going against the Giants defense unlike last time he played them he will probably be in there the entire game. His versatility with Desean Jackson and his own legs he will be making plays all day.

As a shocker to the world we have at last Peyton Manning going against a weak Washington secondary as our clear cut #1 QB of the week. With WR like Welker, J. Thomas, D. Thomas, and Decker how can a team stop them all the entire game. As good as the colts showed they were they fell apart at the end of the game and due to a badly timed fumble they can still be undefeated. On his record breaking pace he has little to no competition on being a consistent #1 QB here.