NFL Q&A with Allen and The Ace is a weekly Wednesday column featured on TJRsports.com. Allen and The Ace are big time NFL junkies and are Falcon and Packer fans, respectively. Each week the guys will ask questions and TJRsports.com editor-in-chief, John Canton will also ask a question for both guys.

The Ace: This is the 9th installment of Allen and The Ace and like a fine wine; we’re getting better as we age. You and I, along with the others that appeared on my radio show last Tuesday threw out some pretty passionate rants when it came to the replacement referees. We then had our article last Wednesday that featured a lot more opinion from us on that topic. Some twelve hours after our article was put online, the replacement referees were history and the regular referees were back on the field Thursday night. Coincidence? I think not. The thing about any sort of officials whether they’re replacement scabs or they’ve been in the league for 20 years, everyone gets calls wrong. The worst thing to watch in the first three weeks were the amount of bad calls, the slow pace of the game and that the referees had no control. This past week the pace seemed so much quicker, when there was a flag, it didn’t take 3 minutes to explain the call, and if there was a scrum between players, like we saw Thursday night between the Browns and Ravens, the referees quickly stepped in and it was over before it started. There were still some bad calls, and I won’t be playing the ‘Sad Packer Fan’ card, but during their nail biter against the Saints, there was a terrible pass interference call against the Packers and a non-call of a Darren Sproles fumble on a kick return. Aaron Rodgers looked good, their defense looked decent, and their offensive line stepped up and protected Rodgers. Enough about my 2-2 Packers squad, how was the fourth week of the NFL season for you, pal?

Allen: I really don’t want to talk about the refs anymore. Thanks for coming back, NFL fans missed you guys. Now back to actual football, which almost consisted of giving me a heart attack based on the wild Falcons game. I’m going to get into the Falcons soon enough but other than that, many games were very enjoyable this week. Eagles-Giants and Packers-Saints were two games that I watched just about every minute of and couldn’t get enough of. Fantastic close games where the right team won based on how much better they played. It seemed like a breath of fresh air with the refs back and many good games went down to the wire. I’m also jumping up and down at the fact that my long time nemesis the New Orleans Saints are still winless. Anyway let’s get on with it and talk about the best quarterback in the NFL right now. After Sunday's heroics, Matt Ryan continues to play like the best quarterback in football. Now I'm not saying he's the best quarterback in the league because that's going overboard but there is nobody that has played better than Ryan in the first four weeks of the season.

Where does Ryan stand with you and is he elite yet?

Ace: When I hear the term ‘Elite Quarterback’ I think of two things: What have they done in the playoffs and are they the leader of their team? When I think ‘elite’ I think of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. Those six guys could have their backs against the wall, down by 6 with two minutes left and no timeouts and they could be cool, calm and collected, lead their team down the field for a win and smile when they’re being interviewed after the game. In my opinion, the next crop of quarterbacks goes Ryan, Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers and Tony Romo. Ryan is a Top 10 quarterback in the league and he’s moving up quickly. It’s not his fault that he’s ranked where he is; it’s his coaching and team philosophy. They were a run first team the last four years with Michael Turner. Matty Ice hasn’t thrown for more than 30 touchdowns in a season in his career and just last year he eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career. To put things into perspective in how much Atlanta has changed their game plan, Ryan has 1,162 yards passing and 11 touchdowns. (He’s on pace for 4,648 yards and 44 touchdowns) The Falcons clearly know they have a quarterback who is on the verge of becoming elite and joining the company of those quarterbacks listed above. The Falcons are 4-0 and Ryan is a huge reason why. If he can take the Falcons deep into the playoffs, even a Super Bowl run, people will mention him in the same sentence as those other guys, but for now Matt Ryan is one of those guys on the bubble to becoming an elite quarterback in the NFL, he just needs a playoff win or two under his belt before we can start to call him ‘elite’.

Allen: You couldn’t have said it better. I’ve been telling people that Matt Ryan is the best quarterback in the 2012 season. That doesn’t mean he’s the best, I’m aware that players like Brady, Rodgers, Brady, Roethlisberger, and the Manning’s are still better. Matt Ryan is right after them based on his play so far. Matthew Stafford has been lackluster, Cam Newton has been inconsistent, Phillip Rivers was dominated by the Falcons defense, and Tony Romo is an absolute mess if you want to even bring him up. You can’t deny that Ryan has been the most consistent quarterback this year with 11 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions with a rating of 112. Those are scary numbers and it goes to show you what changes can be made with a new offensive coordinator. After the debacle in New York last year when they scored 2 points (I paid a nice $269 to attend the game like a true Falcons fan), it was clear that Mike Mularkey was going to be fired. He is too predictable as a coordinator and wants to still run a run first offense. Julio Jones has openly said that last year it was just deep route every play for him and he was sick of it. Roddy White said at one point that the deep ball isn’t even relevant in the game plan. Mularkey was a cancer and I couldn’t be happier seeing him lose in Jacksonville. Dirk Koetter comes on as offensive coordinator and makes sure that the Falcons are going to air it out. It has been a huge success so far with the Falcons averaging 31 points a game like they should be. This offense is too talented not to succeed and Ryan is finally getting the reigns to let loose. Despite all the praise, Ryan plays quarterback and you need to win playoff games to be elite in that position. Roddy White is an elite player along with Tony Gonzalez, who doesn’t seem to age. Skill players aren’t judged by playoff success, it’s on the quarterback. We shall see in January to see if Ryan cements his status in elite category. I’m liking his odds right now especially after his performance against Carolina, which was really special.

Ace: Ryan clearly is above the best of the rest, and you nailed it right on the head, Ryan’s come from behind win was really special, because wins like that separate quarterbacks from average to elite. Switching conferences, the Buffalo Bills led the New England Patriots 14-7 at halftime on Sunday. Buffalo came out in the 3rd quarter and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on a sixty-eight yard touchdown pass to Donald Jones. At that point Buffalo was up 21-7, and I honestly thought that game was over and New England would be looking up at the division with a 1-3 record. New England responded by going on a 45-7 run in the final quarter and a half. Tom Brady threw three touchdowns and ran for one, while running backs Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden each ran for one. The final score was 52-28.

Will this be the turning point in the Patriots season, or will they continue to struggle and show some signs of an aging offense?

Allen: I didn’t watch the game live and seeing my Falcons struggle with the Panthers, it didn’t really strike me that they were down 21-7. The Patriots offense is still an elite offense and it scares me that they have a duo at running back. It was bad enough that Tom Brady has so many weapons to throw to but now a running game is starting up in New England? Ridley and Bolden could be a serious problem for defenses if they continue to run the ball well. That will open up play action and its bad enough to try to stop Brady when its not play action. I saw the Patriots against the Ravens and they looked great. I’m not sure where the aging offense label came from, what holds back the Patriots have to be the lackluster defense. Chandler Jones has been disappointing so far and hasn’t provided the spark that the pass rusher needs. The Patriots still have the scariest offense in the league and they play in arguably the worst division in the league. They will breeze by the division and still be one of the top teams in the AFC although they got some catching up to do with the Texans rolling. Another thing to note with the Patriots is the return of Aaron Hernandez, which is about two weeks away. He’s adds another dimension to the offense that is already scary. With Brandon Lloyd starting to gel in the offense, Patriots are just getting started with their offensive dominance.

Ace: The aging offense thing I wonder about too. Sure Brady is getting older and his line is a bit older too, but his weapons are young and as long as Tom is throwing the ball well, he has playmakers that can do the rest. You are right though; the defense concerns me a bit after last year. New England and Green Bay were 31st and 32nd in defense last year, and both teams stocked up in the draft, right now Green Bay’s defense looks a bit better than New England’s, but their offenses are a different story.

‘Allen & The Ace’s Quarter Way Through Awards’

                                                                         The Ace’s Awards

Most Surprising Team: Minnesota Vikings (3-1)

Most Disappointing Team: New Orleans Saints (0-4)

Offensive MVP: Matt Ryan, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons

Defensive MVP: Clay Matthews III, linebacker, Green Bay Packers

Least Valuable Player: Tony Romo, quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

Rookie of the Year: Greg Zuerlein, 12/12 FGs, 5/5 XPs, 45 YPFG, 3 from 50+, Long 60

Ace: We’ll do our Midseason awards following Week 9 and our 3/4 of the Way Awards after Week 13. My most surprising team so far is the 3-1 Minnesota Vikings. Some of you might be thinking, ‘Wait a second, the Arizona Cardinals are 4-0, why not them?’ I knew Arizona had talent and I had them making the playoffs, to me that wasn’t a surprise. The Vikings escaped defeat against the Jaguars, nearly came from behind to defeat Andrew Luck and the Colts, had their most dominating win at home against the 49ers and just last weekend, despite their offense not scoring a touchdown, their defense and special teams propelled them to victory over the Lions. Their schedule gets tougher, but the team may have found their franchise QB with Christian Ponder. Right now any other wins are profit, seeing as they went 3-13 and have matched their win total in the first four weeks. The most disappointing team so far has to be the New Orleans Saints. My prediction for the Saints was for them to be 4-1 at their bye week, not 1-4, which is if they can defeat San Diego this weekend. The offensive MVP has to be Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons. He’s having his best season as a pro (69.4%, 1,162 Yards, 11 TD’s, 2 INT, 112.1 rating) and Atlanta is using him in the role he needs to be in. This could be the best team in the NFC right now, but defensive injuries might limit them in the playoffs. My defensive MVP is a guy who should have one on his mantle already and that’s Clay Matthews III from Green Bay. Matthews should of won the award in his 2nd season, and there’s another 2nd season guy who could be the favorite as well and that’s JJ Watt from Houston. I chose Matthews over Watt because CM3 was completely taken away as a defensive threat last season, and through four games we know the defense has improved because Matthews is being freed up to rush the quarterback. No disrespect to Matthews’ teammates, but Houston’s defense is much more talented right now than Green Bay’s.

My Least Valuable Player of 2012 is Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. If you throw out the dominating opening season victory over the Giants, Romo has been the worst starting quarterback in the league. Monday night against the Bears he was 31 of 43 with 5 interceptions, technically he was 36 of 43, but they don’t keep track like that. Romo is one of the most overrated players in the NFL, who has had more celebrity girlfriends in Jerry Jones’ suites than he has playoff victories. His completion percentage goes up and down faster than Kelly Kelly on a WWE airplane during an overseas trip. He’s had one good game this season and the rest has been pretty average to below average for me. When you’re a leader of the Dallas Cowboys, you need to separate yourself from the pack, right now he’s in the bottom 20 in the NFL and when you’re ranked around the same area as Blaine Gabbert and Mark Sanchez, you definitely aren’t tops in the NFL. Finally, and you may laugh at this one, but my Rookie of the Year is St. Louis Rams kicker Greg ‘The Leg’ Zuerlein. What a crazy year for rookie kickers. Zuerlein has some monster numbers (12/12 FGs, 5/5 XPs, 45 Field Goal Average, 3 from 50+, Long 60). Again lets keep in mind, he’s a rookie! It’s not easy for anyone to step in and kick, let alone a rookie. Obviously, this award will go to someone like Robert Griffin III but along with Zuerlein, I want to give props to Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh. Walsh is 9/9 on Field Goals, 9/9 on Extra Points and his longest is 55 this year. Walsh set a Vikings record by kicking field goals of 50+ in 3 straight games.

 

Allen’s Awards

Most Surprising Team: Arizona Cardinals (4-0)

Most Disappointing Team: New Orleans Saints (0-4)

Offensive MVP: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Defensive MVP: J.J Watt, Houston Texans

Least Valuable Player: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Allen: The Vikings are an excellent pick but I’m going with the Cardinals. I really didn’t see this coming but this defense is playing scary. The secondary worries me considering Ryan Tannehill threw all over them, but not every defense can be perfect every game. Arizona deserves major praise for their start and they are my pick. Nobody can dispute the Saints being the most disappointing team. Nobody saw this coming considering they had home games against the Redskins and Chiefs, which were very winnable games. Matt Ryan is another easy pick that can’t really be disputed. No quarterback has played as well as Ryan on a consistent basis. People want to bring up passing yards but I find that stat overrated. Its not Ryan’s fault that two of the four games he’s played in were over by the 4th quarter. When I look at a quarterback, I’m looking at touchdowns, completion percentage, and passer rating. Ryan is either leading the league or in the top three in those categories. Matthews is another great pick but J.J Watt has been too good. You make a good point about Houston having a far better supporting cast, but Matthews has been quiet the past few weeks. Tony Romo has been pretty brutal since opening night and I still don’t think I’ve stopped laughing from that Kelly Kelly joke. That being said Romo will bounce back, he just has too many weapons and he still can make plays. Mark Sanchez has just been painful to watch this year. I know he had that great game against the Bills but what else? I’m sure Blaine Gabbert would be a good pick but were there really any major expectations for him this year? Sanchez knows that his job security is on a short leash with Tim Tebow as his backup. So far he has done nothing to deserve that job and it’s only a matter of time before Tebow gets a chance to show what he’s got to offer. Sanchez is still collecting some fine women at the moment; Eva Longoria was my celebrity crush going up. That being said, if Sanchez keeps playing like this he’ll be on the unemployment line. The other award I’m completely disagreeing on is the rookie of the year. A kicker will never win the award and I’m picking realistically so I have to go with Griffin. He’s won two games on the road already, which is an impressive achievement for a rookie quarterback. Griffin looks like a star right now and is going to be a problem for years to come as long as he watches out with his running style. I’ve already seen him take some nasty shots even though he is tough for his size. There is only so much punishment you can take so I want to see Griffin play safer in the future. Griffin seems to enjoy it and maybe Washington will continue to feed him more of the ball except hopefully he doesn’t wave his arms in the air like some rip off of a Jewish lunatic monster gimmick.

Ace: Zuerlein would be a heck of a story if he came away with it, but you’re totally right, no way a kicker wins it. I’d pick Griffin too. Since we are 1/4 of the way through the season, we've already given out our 'Quarter Way Awards', but we have yet to look at the teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today. The eight division champions would be the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers and New York Jets. The four wild card teams would be the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos.

Typically, there are six new playoff teams every year, of these twelve teams, which team’s do you think fall off the radar and miss the playoffs?

Allen: Clearly we have some teams that certainly don’t belong. The Jets are finished and will probably have the worst offense in the league. Without Santonio Holmes for at least the next few weeks, they have zero players that make you a bit worried. Shonn Greene may be the most overrated running back in the league now that Michael Turner seems to be rejuvenated. They just have no threats offensively and it’s going to get ugly for Rex Ryan’s squad. I’m still not sold on the Vikings although they are making a great case right now to be legit. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they match up with the Bears and Packers. The Chargers are another team that I think will be pretenders. I’ve got to see them play against Atlanta and they were manhandled. They are winning the games they should, but the defense looks suspect and I’m starting to believe Phillip Rivers is missing Vincent Jackson more than I thought. When they play against tough defenses, will see what Chargers team show up. Right now they haven’t done much to impress me. Other than that, I really like most of the teams that are doing well. Pittsburgh will eventually come back into the picture and could take the Bengals spot, but Cincinnati has really played well this year. It’s too early to judge the contenders to the pretenders but I’m convinced that the Jets will definitely not be involved in the playoff hunt. Vikings and Chargers are next on the list of teams that don’t strike me as playoff teams but they still can prove themselves by beating quality opponents, which they have the potential of doing.

Ace: There’s two teams I know won’t make it in and there’s two I’m on the fence about. The first is the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, they have a very nice story going on with a 3-1 start; they could very well be 4-0 if they could have taken down Andrew Luck at home. The Vikings have done what they were supposed to do with their schedule, beat bad teams. They surprised a lot of people with their win against San Francisco, but they were supposed to win the rest and they did, their schedule gets tougher, so I see them fading away. The next team is the New York Jets. They’re 2-2, and they’re just atop their division because everyone is 2-2, with the exception of Miami. We’ve talked a lot about the Jets, so I won’t get into that too much. The two teams I’m on the fence about are the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles. I think both teams are talented and can make it in, but I believe what ultimately will kill the Eagles is their turnover problem. You can’t put the ball on the ground as much as they do and expect to be a playoff contender. The Chargers have a very good offense but their defense is something to be concerned about. The only problem with their good offense is the fact that when Philip Rivers gets down, he gets frustrated and you can tell, and if your defense isn’t stopping anyone, it makes it very hard to come back and win.

Allen: The Pennsylvania bowl is happening this weekend between the Eagles and the Steelers. Pittsburgh is coming off a bye week but they have started off the season slow. They always seem to be floating under the radar and it seems to be that year again. They go up against an Eagles team that continues to squeak out victories.

If they lose Pittsburgh will drop to 1-3, is this a must win game?

Ace: What a difference a year makes? Last year the Eagles lost 5 out of 8 games by seven points or less. This year, they’re 3-1 and have won by a combined total of four points, despite turning the ball over 12 times. The Steelers went 12-4 last year and have already lost half as many games as they lost last season. This Steelers team is getting older and I thought earlier in the season that they might have one more run left. Three teams played in must win games this week, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans. Green Bay and New England won to even their record at .500. Pittsburgh NEEDS this win. Baltimore and Cincinnati are both 3-1, and both have a very good shot to improve to 4-1 with games at Kansas City and at Miami, respectively. If the Steelers lose, they’re essentially 3 games back of both teams. Personally, I believe that Coach Mike Tomlin will have his troops ready to go coming off the bye week. The Steelers are an organization that knows how to win, and they know that if they start off the season 1-3 that they’ll be fighting for their playoff lives in a tight AFC North. The AFC is fairly weak, so Pittsburgh could be fighting for that 6th Wild Card spot as their season goes on.

Allen: You pretty much nailed it there. A rested Steelers team can’t lose right? Pittsburgh is still a very good team that just needs to play more focused. They underestimated Oakland and lost their concentration. They are probably looking at their division and realizing that they need to step it up. I’m sure James Harrison and Troy Polamalu will be ready to go along with the season debut of Rashard Mendenhall. Even though they are an older team, they still are too talented not to make the playoffs. I’m expecting a big performance from that defense and forcing multiple turnovers on Michael Vick. This is a must win game because Pittsburgh plays in one of the toughest divisions in football and want to be in position to overtake either Baltimore or Cincinnati when the time comes to play them. AFC has gotten weaker like we’ve said over the past month so I’m confident they’ll bounce back but they really this win for momentum and to stay within range of the division.

Here is this week’s question from TJRsports.com Editor-in-chief, John Canton. Follow John on Twitter at @johnreport and @TJRsports.

After four weeks, whom are you penciling as the three worst teams in the league?

Allen:  Despite their struggles, I just can’t pick the Saints. They will bounce back at some point and be a threat in 2014. The Browns are easily on the list based on being winless and lacking talent in just about every position. Trent Richardson looks like a star but they need a lot more pieces in a very tough division. Jacksonville is another team I see being on the list despite beating the Colts. The secondary might be the worst in the league and Blaine Gabbert hasn’t looked good so far. Jacksonville looks lost all around and it’s going to be a long season. The last team I’m going to put in is the Oakland Raiders. The upset against the Steelers seems like a fluke since they’ve been blown out in just about every loss. The Carson Palmer trade looks worse, as the weeks go by. It was a desperate trade that was going to hurt them eventually. The secondary is right with Jacksonville on being the worst in the league. They haven’t really got their star player going this season in Darren McFadden. Things look bleak in Oakland and I don’t see much hope in this season.

Ace: Which team is going to ‘Fall Flat for Matt’? (Matt Barkley, QB, University of Southern California) Everyone loves a good rhyme. I’m going to agree with you on one thing, New Orleans has too much talent to be considered one of the worst teams in football. I’ll agree on two teams, the Browns and the Jaguars. What if one of those two teams finishes with the worst record in football? The Jaguars took Blaine Gabbert last year in the draft and the Browns took Brandon Weeden in this year’s draft. Do you give up on quarterbacks like that for a possible franchise quarterback in Matt Barkley? I guess we’ll have to find out. My third team might surprise some people and I’ll explain why, but it’s the Detroit Lions. In the first four weeks aside from escaping the St. Louis Rams in week one, they’ve lost three straight. Their defense is a mess and their special teams are horrible. Matthew Stafford has thrown 1,182 yards (5th in the NFL) and Calvin Johnson is 3rd in the league in receiving with 423 yards. They’ve only connected on 1 score and Stafford has 3 total touchdown passes with 4 interceptions. If they play the way they have so far, they could lose double digits. Here are their opponents that COULD give them a loss: Green Bay twice, Chicago twice, at Minnesota, Philadelphia, Arizona, vs. Seattle, Houston and Atlanta. It wouldn’t surprise me if they lost 10+ games this season if they don’t try to fix what’s going on right now.

Ace: This is Week Five of our ‘Elite Football Mind Challenge’ and we are 1/4 of the way through the season and the standings look like this: After going 3-2 last week I’m sitting at 13-7 and Allen had a great week at 4-1 and he now sits 1 game behind at 12-8.

Green Bay at Indianapolis

The Packers were nearly beaten twice in 6 days by the referees. In their first 1:00pmgame of the year, they won’t need the help of the referees. Aaron Rodgers will look phenomenal and their defense will rough up Andrew Luck. Packers win.

Atlanta at Washington

I don’t want Allen on my bad side, but the Falcons had a huge come from behind win on Sunday against an athletic quarterback and this was at the Georgia Dome. I think Robert Griffin III gives similar problems to Atlanta, and the Falcons drop this one by 3 or less. Redskins win. I doubt Allen retaliates by picking the Colts over the Packers.

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is coming off the bye week, it’s a home game and it’s as big of a must win game in Week 5 as you can play. Pittsburgh wins.

Denver at New England

Denver could be considering this game a must win, but I don’t think it is. New Orleans might knock off San Diego at home this weekend and if Denver is able to knock off New England, they’ll head into their Week 6 showdown for sole possession of 1st place in the AFC West. I think the Patriots win, and next weeks Denver/San Diego game becomes a battle for control of that division.

Arizona at St. Louis

I wasn’t sure how many times we would talk about John Canton’s St. Louis Rams in our prediction piece, but to quote Spiderman on Family Guy, ‘Everybody gets one.’ Unfortunately for the Rams, the 1 will be applied to their loss column. Cardinals improve to 5-0.

Allen: Another week in my quest to get my first place crown back. Here we go! How shocking is that were not covering Sunday Night or Monday Night football. That’s what happens when the team headlining those games are winless and a complete train wreck. The Rams versus Cardinals deserve to get in; both teams are actually some great football.

Green Bay at Indianapolis

I’m expecting a much better defensive performance by the Packers. I’m expecting to see the defense to make life difficult for Andrew Luck. Colts defense is absolute garbage and Rodgers should have a field day. Green Bay rolls with ease.

Atlanta at Washington

I’ve been talking about a lot of bad pass defenses but Washington is ranked 31st. to top it all off They have to go against Matt Ryan with no Brian Orakpo, yeah good luck. Robert Griffin III will have his moments of glory but I don’t like his odds in a shoot out. Ryan has another lights out game, Ace taking a silly upset pick. Falcons continue to roll.

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

The Eagles seem to just be getting by. A healthy Steelers defense against a turnover machine like Michael Vick has my pick already made. Steelers win and it could get ugly at one point for the Eagles.

Denver at New England

The epic matchup is back again. I can’t wait to see these two legends go at it. Brady against Manning will never get old. This game will go back and forth as usual between both players. Denver’s pass rush always worries me but I just can’t go against Brady at home. Patriots win in an instant classic that will be remembered after the year is done.

Arizona at St. Louis

This is my upset of the week. The Cardinals are due to lose a game after barley squeaking by Miami. The Rams defense is very underappreciated and is going to give Kolb fits. I’m still not a believer in Kolb and he’s going to have a long night. The Cardinals defense will give Bradford just as many fits but I’m expecting Steven Jackson to have a big game with a captain’s like effort. Rams get the upset and the NFC West becomes the most balanced division in the NFL.

Ace: Should be an interesting week of matchups, I think there will be a bit more clarity on who is who in the NFL. All five games we just mentioned have some sort of implications on the outcome. I hated to pick against your Falcons, but I’m sure they’ll come through in flying colors; I just don’t want to pull ahead too far in our picks! My Packers should have an easy victory at Indianapolis, but I’ll knock on wood, cross my fingers and rub my lucky rabbits foot now that I said that. Enjoy this weekend’s matchups and if you haven’t already done so, check out last nights Macho Men Radio!

Allen: Don’t want to pull too far ahead? That’s some arrogance then again you’ll need it since you are failing miserably in our fantasy league. Could the Falcons lose this week? Sure but Griffin better be ready to put up over 35 points, which doesn’t seem likely. I hope you enjoy the easy win this week, since next week Green Bay has to travel to play the best team in the league on Sunday Night in Houston. Hopefully Atlanta can get by with a win, and then they play home against the Raiders which automatically is a win. I’m really looking forward to the Thursday night game for some reason. No, John Canton didn’t hack my account or slip me a 20 for saying that, its just I’m starting to buy into the Rams. That defense is going to get some major publicity after knocking off the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Remember that folks also remember to keep checking out Macho Men Radio. Sadly my work schedule doesn’t allow me to come on that much, but Ace & C-Mac are great along with other future guests. You can like, comment, debate, or tell us how Tony Romo threw you an interception on the comment box below. Have a good week.

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