KANSAS CITY'S CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS ANOTHER CHIEFS VICTORY AND OTHER COLLEGE AND PRO FOOTBALL BETS!!!
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NFL and College Picks
Well everybody in Kansas City are excited about the prospect of an undefeated 5 and 0 Chiefs team come this Sunday. Our team for once seems to be leading a blessed life. The Chiefs will play their strongest opponent of this season so far this Sunday when they face the Titans. Tennessee is a field goal away from being 4 and 0, they have a top rated defense and a solid offense. The Titans have a problem they lost their star quarterback, Jake Locker. Hip injury. The Titans will have to start former Buffalo bust, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Ryan played well last week in replacing Jake near the end of the Jets game. However, advantage Chiefs. In fact, KC is now favored by 3 on the road. I picked KC last week in a walk and that’s just what happened. I was even close on the final score which I had at 27 to 10, the real final was 31 to 7.
I hope and trust Andy Reid, John Dorsey and Owner Clark Hunt are having lengthy meetings daily about finding a solid receiver, running back and one more offensive lineman. Like most teams, the Chiefs are thin with quality backup players especially on offense. Now that KC is the surprise team of the entire NFL and currently the second or third best team in the AFC behind Denver, we don’t want to waste this opportunity. If our defense holds up and the offense gets one step better, then yes, the Kansas City Chiefs are an AFC Championship contender. What’s scary is that our offense is built around Jamal Charles, everything goes his way. The problem is Jamal is badly worn down by being overused and having no relief. Clearly, Andy Reid does not trust any of the other backs as Charles is in on ninety percent of the plays. He needs help. Everyone questions Alex Smith’s arm strength. I don’t. It’s pretty tough to go deep when you have no receiver that can break open and do just that. Dwayne Bowe is starting to look like an old man out there. Bowe had a garbage touchdown at the end of the Giant’s game, where was he the rest of the game? Chiefs’ fans say, ‘Well he’s always double covered’. First off, that isn’t true, secondly so are all good receivers, it’s his job to get open once in a while. Donny Avery played well against the Eagles but had a couple of drops last week. Also scary to think our best receiver is Sean McGrath, a former third string tight end. Hey, who knows, maybe he’s the next superstar tight end in the league.
The best news was the Chiefs found a top notch corner back this past Sunday in Rutgers’ Cooper, a rookie. Frankly, he looked better than Flowers has so far. He was one of the key reasons the Chiefs were able to shut the Giants down in the second half of the game. So what have we learned? The Chiefs are definitely a solid playoff team, however, they will have to go outside of this roster to improve this offense and take them to the elite level. Alex Smith is good enough to get you into a Super Bowl. Power Rankings have the Chiefs anywhere from 3rd to 6th, their best ranking since 2003.
College has better picks this week than the pros. Vanderbilt should handle MU at home, Kansas has no shot at beating Texas Tech. I like the big boys to win, Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon, Alabama…I see no likely upsets this week with the top ten.
Vanderbilt (-1 ½) over Missouri
Texas Tech (-12) over Kansas on a tease with Georgia (-5 ½) at Tennessee
Ohio State (-1 ½ ) over Northwestern on a tease with Oregon (-33) over Colorado
LSU (-4) over Mississippi State on a tease with Georgia (-5 ½ ) over Tennessee
Stanford (-2) over Washington on a tease with LSU (-4) over Mississippi State
Indianapolis (+9) over Seattle teased with Denver (-3) over Dallas
KC Chiefs (+3) over Tennessee on a tease with the New Orleans Saints (+6) over Chicago
Atlanta (-4) over the Jets on a tease with Denver (-3) over Dallas.
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