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SIU gets win number 1 of 2016

By Patrick Codo

The Southern Illinois men’s basketball team was able to get its first win of the 2016, 2017 season with an 85-64 win over Missouri Southern State. The Salukis were able to pound on the Lions throughout the whole game with their size but the first half was a struggle, as both teams combined for 32 fouls and 24 turnovers. The Salukis were able to hold the Lions to 20 points in the first half. In the second half the Lions cut the deficit to 51-40, but the Salukis had other plans by going on a 27-2 run to put the game away even though Missouri Southern State went on a 14-3 run to end the game.
Coach Hinson challenged his defense at the end to finish but it didn’t work. What Hinson said about that was, “We just gotta figure out how to get stops, guys if we play the last three and a half minutes they went on a 14-3 run to end the game, this is after I challenged those guys at the three-and-a-half-minute mark to finish the game and win the last three minutes and thirty-three seconds, I will never give that speech again to that group it didn’t work, 14-3 run to end the game.” So the Saluki defense will need to step up for the next game.
For the Lions, only three of their players had double digits as Ji Cratit had 17 points. The Lions were 22-61 on field goal attempts and 12-28 on three point shots. The only lead the lions had was a two-point lead after the first 3 of the game was shot by Ji Cratit but they for sure did not see the lead again after that.
The Salukis were able to click on all cylinders as Sean O’Brien led the team scoring with 19 points and had 10 rebounds. Although him and Thik Bol had double double’s as Bol had 10 points and 17 rebounds. O’Brien and the team had some issues in the first half but they were able to clean things up in the second half as he stated, “I think just pushing the ball once we got on transition that helped us out lot I think even it carried over in the second half a little bit, the first five minutes we were sloppy and then we finally started getting stops, rebounds, and just getting out and running”. Those really payed off in the second half.
The Salukis are now 1-2 on the year and will head to Edwardsville to play the Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars and looking to get payback on the Cougars after coming into the SIU arena last year and beating the Salukis 76-74. The game will start at 7 o’clock.
The Lions are now 2-1 on the year as they will host William Jewell College on Saturday at 3 o’clock.

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Thursday Night Football 7:25

New Orleans Saints (4-5) @ Carolina Panthers (3-6)

-For once, we have a Thursday night game to look forward to.  This game is very tricky because the Panthers are much better than their record suggests.  With that being said, I think this game is going to be a shootout and I think the Panthers come out on top.

Final Score: 36-30

Sunday Noon Games

Chicago Bears (2-7) @ New York Giants (6-3)

-This one is easy, Giants all the way.

Final Score: 41-24

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5) @ Cleveland Browns (0-10)

-This is another easy one.  Pittsburgh wins and Browns lose again.

Final Score: 31-17

Baltimore Ravens (5-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-1)

-The Dallas Cowboys have finally answered their quarterback controversy by announcing that Tony Romo will be the backup this week.  I think the Cowboys win again as #DakAttack and Ezekiel Elliott dominate once again.

Final Score: 34-14

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7) @ Detroit Lions (5-4)

-I think the Detroit Lions are one of the most underrated teams in the NFL.  The Lions are currently first place in NFC North because of the landslides of Green Bay and Minnesota.  I think the Lions improve to 6-4 with a home win over the Jaguars.

Final Score: 37-27

Tennessee Titans (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

-In what should be another shootout, it will be a battle of #2 overall picks Luck and Mariota.  As much as I want to pick the Titans, it is hard to go against teams coming off bye weeks. I think Luck and Hilton connect twice and the Colts offense outduels Tennessee’s.

Final Score: 45-41

Buffalo Bills (4-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1)

-The Bengals and Bills are both recovering from tough losses.  Despite the Bills coming off a bye, I think the Bengals will bounce back and get a much needed victory this week.

Final Score: 24-20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)

-The Buccaneers offense erupted against a lackluster Bears defense in week 10.  The Chiefs came back from a 17 point deficit to defeat the Panthers in week 10.  I think the Chiefs will find a way to win this one and improve to 8-2.

Final Score: 18-14

Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-4)

-I think the landslide of the Vikings will continue this week as they will lose their 5th straight game.  I am going with the Arizona Cardinals over the Vikings.

Final Score: 25-17

Sunday Afternoon Game 3:05

Miami Dolphins (5-4) @ Los Angeles Rams (4-5)

-Somehow, the Rams are able to win games without even scoring a touchdown.  They’ve done that twice this season!  However, I think the Dolphins will win this week and put the pressure on the Rams to play Jared Goff.

Final Score: 26-16

Sunday Afternoon Games 3:25

New England Patriots (7-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-8)

-One more easy prediction: Patriots win.

Final Score: 51-14

Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)

-I really wish this game was the Sunday night football game because this has the making of a classic.  The Eagle got a much needed win last week, and the Seahawks held on to beat the Patriots.  I think the Seahawks will win again this week, but I think the Eagles will keep it close.

Final Score: 29-26

Sunday Night Football 7:30

Green Bay Packers (4-5) @ Washington Redskins (5-3-1)

-In my opinion, this game is the toughest one to predict because I think the Packers are another team that is much better than their record shows.  However, I think the Redskins take advantage of the Packers’ reeling defense and win this one in a shootout.

Final Score: 38-31

Monday Night Football (In Mexico City) 7:30

Houston Texans (6-3) @ Oakland Raiders (7-2)

-The Oakland Raiders really made a statement in their week 9 win over the Broncos.  Coming off of a bye, I think the Raiders keep on rolling and defeat the Texans in Mexico.

Final Score: 34-27

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Thursday Night Football 7:25

Cleveland Browns (0-9) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-4)

-The Ravens were able to end their 4 game losing streak last week, but I am still not a fan of this football team.  With my upset of the week, I am going with 0-9 Cleveland Browns.  They only lost by 5 in week 2 and Isaiah Crowell was a huge factor in that game.  He has cooled off since then, but I think he will have a big game and help the Browns get their first and possibly only win of the season.

Final Score: 27-24

Sunday Noon Games

Chicago Bears (2-6) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5)

-The Chicago Bears are an interesting team who seem to be do better on the road than at home.  They are also interesting in the fact that they like to lose to bad teams, the beat good ones.  With both teams coming off of bye weeks, I think the Chicago Bears get another road win and with Eddie Royal coming back, Cutler has a big game.

Final Score: 31-26

Green Bay Packers (4-4) @ Tennessee Titans (4-5)

-Aaron Rodgers called out his teammates after their loss Sunday to the Colts.  He said they lacked energy.  With Mike McCarthy on the hot seat, I think Rodgers and the Packers step up and get an important win to put them back on track.

Final Score: 34-25

Minnesota Vikings (5-3) @ Washington Redskins (4-3-1)

-The Vikings are a team, similar to the Ravens, who I think people were too quick in jumping on their bandwagons.  They have now lost three in a row, and I think the Redskins will make it four in a row and help their playoff push.

Final Score: 27-21

Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) @ Carolina Panthers (3-5)

-This game is very interesting on paper because of the fact that the Chiefs seem to find ways to win regardless of how they do so.  The Panthers started 1-5 and have since won two in a row.  I think Cam Newton is hungry to get the Panthers back to .500 and I think they upset the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

Final Score: 24-17

Atlanta Falcons (6-3) @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

-Carson Wentz started the season looking like a seasoned vet leading the Eagles to a 3-0 record.  Since then, he has begun to look like a rookie and the Eagles find themselves at 4-4.  I think the Falcons offense is too explosive and the defense was able to put pressure on Tampa Bay last week.  So as long as the offense stays strong and they can put pressure on Wentz, I think they’ll win.   Final Score: 37-22

Los Angeles Rams (3-5) @ New York Jets (3-6)

-I really want to pick the Rams this week, but I just think it’s going to happen.  I think the Jets win, Case Keenum struggles and Jared Goff makes his debut.

Final Score: 23-10

Denver Broncos (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (4-4)

-The Broncos lost a tough game Sunday night in Oakland.  I think they will bounce back this week against a not so good Saints defense.  I think New Orleans keeps it close, but Denver pulls away late.

Final Score: 38-28

Houston Texans (5-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)

-As much as I would like to pick the Jaguars, they are just plain bad.  It doesn’t help that Allen Hurns is in concussion protocol and the offense itself is shaky.  I think the Houston Texans coast to an easy win this week.

Final Score: 29-14

Sunday Afternoon Game 3:05

Miami Dolphins (4-4) @ San Diego Chargers (4-5)

-The San Diego Chargers have been a pleasant surprise in the NFL this season and find themselves one away from being in playoff contention.  I think they get that win this week against a lackluster Miami team.

Final Score: 41-31

Sunday Afternoon Games 3:25

Dallas Cowboys (7-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)

-It is a little too early for me to decide this one.  I think if Dak Prescott starts, the Cowboys win.  I think if Tony Romo starts, they lose.  Assuming that Dak Prescott starts this week, I will predict a Cowboys victory.

Final Score: 27-20

San Francisco 49ers (1-7) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)

-This game is the easiest one to predict due to the fact the 49ers are just as bad as the Browns in my opinion.  I think the Cardinals offense will stampede San Francisco and blow them out.   Final Score: 47-17

Sunday Night Football 7:30

Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) @ New England Patriots (7-1)

-I think this game will feature much more offense than must people would have thought.  In a high scoring game, I am going to go with Tom Brady, Gronk and the New England Patriots.

Final Score: 35-31

Monday Night Football 7:30

Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1) @ New York Giants (5-3)

-I believe that this game will be very high scoring and I think the Bengals will continue their slump.  I think the Giants win and improve to 6-3.

Final Score: 34-26

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Thursday Night Football 7:25
Atlanta Falcons (5-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
-I really think this will be a high scoring game, which is why I am avoiding starting Atlanta’s defense in fantasy. In this battle of poor defenses and strong offenses, I think Matt Ryan and the Falcons will outlast the Buccaneers.
Final Score: 37-32

Sunday Noon Games
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
-Basically the polar opposite of the Atlanta-Tampa Bay game, I think this game will lack scoring. These two teams always play each other hard and tough. In this hard fought battle, I am going with Landry Jones/Big Ben and the Steelers.
Final Score: 17-10

Dallas Cowboys (6-1) @ Cleveland Browns (0-8)
-I really thought the Browns were going to win last week…but they didn’t. There is no chance of a Cleveland victory this week against the Cowboys because of just how good Dallas is right now. Final Score: 35-21

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
-This game has the makings of being a very boring and dry game. Alex Smith got banged up last week, but Nick Foles played really well. So, regardless of who starts for the Chiefs, I am going with Kansas City this week.
Final Score: 24-16

New York Jets (3-5) @ Miami Dolphins (3-4)
-This is another game that could be very, very boring and I think it will. Both of these teams lack identities on both sides of the ball which is obviously an issue. In this lackluster matchup, I am going with Jay Ajayi and the Dolphins.
Final Score: 27-13

Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) @ New York Giants (4-3)
-The Eagles are coming off of an overtime loss to the Cowboys, while the Giants are coming off of a bye week. The Giants went into their bye week after a big win against the Redskins in London. I am going with the New York football Giants in this game because I think Odell Beckham Jr. will torch the Philadelphia defense.
Final Score: 31-27

Detroit Lions (4-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
-The Vikings have lost two games in a row, and both in bad ways. They got blown out by the Eagles, and held to ten points against the Bears. Now, offensive coordinator Norv Turner has resigned. I think the Lions will capitalize on all these issues and upset the Vikings.
Final Score: 28-15

Sunday Afternoon Games 3:05

Carolina Panthers (2-5) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-4)
-Cam Newton doesn’t feel safe and it was proven that the refs missed at least one roughing the passer/unnecessary roughness call on him. I think Cam will have a sort of chip on his shoulder now and come out strong facing the Rams. Also, I just think the Carolina offense will be too much for the Rams to handle. I am picking the Panthers this week.
Final Score: 26-16

New Orleans Saints (3-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-6)
-This is an easy game to pick because the Saints have an explosive offense, and the 49ers have one of the worst defenses in the league. I am picking the Saints in a blowout win on the road. Final Score: 44-17

Sunday Afternoon Games 3:25
Tennessee Titans (4-4) @ San Diego Chargers (3-5)
-The Titans have won three of their last four games, and all against some of the worst teams this season. I think they will continue that trend this week against the San Diego Chargers. I think it will be close and I think it will end in overtime, but I am sticking with the Titans.
Final Score: 29-26.

Indianapolis Colts (3-5) @ Green Bay Packers (4-3)
-Aaron Rodgers has finally returned to his old self, however, the Packers still lost a close one to Atlanta last week. I think that Rodgers and Packers will bounce back and get a huge win at home to improve to 5-3.
Final Score: 35-27

Sunday Night Football 7:30
Denver Broncos (6-2) @ Oakland Raiders (6-2)
-In my upset pick of the week, I am going with the Oakland Raiders over the Denver Broncos this week. Even though the Raiders are 5-0 now on the road, I think they pull off the upset win at home on primetime.
Final Score: 21-20

Monday Night Football 7:30
Buffalo Bills (4-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1)
-In the final game of week 9, we have Rex Ryan and the Bills against Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. With a banged up LeSean McCoy, I think the Bills offense will be unable to score enough points to surpass the Seattle Seahawks.
Final Score: 28-14