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Jeremy Sneed Week 6 Picks

Thursday Night Football 7:25
Denver Broncos (4-1) @ San Diego Chargers (1-4)
-While the Broncos did look pretty bad last week against the Falcons, things will much easier this week. The Chargers defense and the offense’s inability to close has led to their 1-4 start. I think the Broncos will get back to their winning ways Thursday with an easy win against their divisional foe.
Final Score: 34-16

Sunday Noon Games
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) @ Chicago Bears (1-4)
-This is a really tough for me to predict because the Bears have actually looked pretty decent since Brian Hoyer took over, but they are still 1-4. The Jaguars defeated the Colts before going on their bye week so they should have plenty of confidence. I think the Jaguars win this game, but very narrowly.
Final Score: 27-24

San Francisco 49ers (1-4) @ Buffalo Bills (3-2)
-The 49ers are finally letting Colin Kaepernick again. The only problem is that they are playing on the road and against the 3-2 Bills. Sorry Kaepernick and sorry niners fans but I think the Bills will win this week.
Final Score: 28-20

Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) @ Washington Redskins (3-2)
-This is a really tough game to predict now that the Eagles actually lost a game. It doesn’t help that the Redskins have won three games in a row. I am a believer in Kirk Cousins though, so I am going to pick the Redskins this week over the Eagles.
Final Score: 24-21

Cleveland Browns (0-5) @ Tennessee Titans (2-3)
-This could be the best opportunity for the Browns to get their first win of the season. But the Titans have started to play some good football lately following Marcus Mariota. Sadly, I think the Browns lose again this week.
Final Score: 32-21

Baltimore Ravens (3-2) @ New York Giants (2-3)
-This is another really tough game to predict because both teams have very up and down this season. The Ravens started 3-0 but have lost back-to-back. The Giants have looked great at times and poor other times. I think the Giants pull out a big win this week at the Meadowlands to even their record up at 3-3.
Final Score: 23-18

Carolina Panthers (1-4) @ New Orleans Saints (1-3)
-The Panthers lost a close one Monday night but did so without Cam Newton. With Cam Newton likely back this week, I think the Panthers will get back to their winning ways this week.
Final Score: 41-31

Los Angeles Rams (3-2) @ Detroit Lions (2-3)
-I picked the Rams last week and they lost…so I don’t really know how I feel about picking them again this week. I think with the Lions signing Justin Forsett, their running game will be elevated. Also, Theo Riddick had an insane game last week. I am going to pick the Lions this week.
Final Score: 33-27

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) @ Miami Dolphins (1-4)
-The Steelers is absolutely electric and is going to be too much for the Miami Dolphins. In the easiest game to predict this week, I am going to pick the Steelers over the Dolphins.
Final Score: 42-20

Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) @ New England Patriots (4-1)
-I think the Bengals really needed to beat the Cowboys to have the momentum and confidence to take down Brady, Gronk and the Patriots. I believe the Patriots will improve to 5-1.
Final Score: 37-27

Sunday Afternoon Game 3:05
Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) @ Oakland Raiders (4-1)
-This is that classic matchup of a good defense against a better offense. The Chiefs normally good but has been torn apart a couple times this season. The Raiders offense has been consistently explosive this season. In this matchup I’m a believer in the explosive Raider offense. I think Carr, Cooper and Crabtree will get the job done.
Final Score: 39-30

Sunday Afternoon Games 3:25
Atlanta Falcons (4-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
-Part of the reason why I haven’t had any upset picks so far is because almost all of the games this week will be very entertaining and are hard to pick. This game is no exception. The Falcons have already beaten the Panthers and Broncos this season but now face the Seahawks. I am no completely sold on the Falcons because last season they started 5-0 and didn’t even make the playoffs. I am going with Seattle this week because they are at home.
Final Score: 23-16

Dallas Cowboys (4-1) @ Green Bay Packers (3-1)
-This is the hardest game for me to pick this week by far. While the Packers are 3-1, they don’t really look like what a 3-1 Packer team would look like. On the other hand, the Cowboys have been awesome this year with rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott running the show. I think the veteran presence of Aaron Rodgers will outlast #DakAttack and the Packers pull out a tough, close win.
Final Score: 27-22

Sunday Night Football 7:30
Indianapolis Colts (2-3) @ Houston Texans (3-2)
-In another battle of veteran quarterback versus young quarterback in Andrew Luck and Brock Osweiler, I am going with experience once again. I am going with the Colts in what I guess could be construed as an upset pick.
Final Score: 30-23

Monday Night Football 7:30
New York Jets (1-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
-In the finale of week 6, we’ve got the Jets who have now lost Eric Decker for the season due to rotator cuff surgery. On the flipside, we have the Cardinals who were able to win last Thursday night with Drew Stanton at quarterback. I think the Jets have too many inconsistencies all over the field and I predict a Cardinal win in this one.
Final Score: 34-20

Jeremy Sneed Week 5 NFL Picks

by Jeremy Sneed

Thursday Night Football 7:25
Arizona Cardinals (1-3) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
-The Cardinals have yet to rule out Carson Palmer for this Thursday night matchup. Assuming he doesn’t play, I think the 49ers will put out an important win against the divisional foe Cardinals. Final Score: 23-20

Sunday Noon Games 12:00
Chicago Bears (1-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
-Well, my Chicago Bears picked up their first win of the season last week against the Detroit Lions. Sadly, I am still not a believer. I think the Colts offense will dominate against the Bears defense and help them to victory. Final Score: 27-17

New England Patriots (3-1) @ Cleveland Browns (0-4)
-This is the easiest game to pick probably this entire season and this why: Brady is back. Tom Brady is back for the Patriots and his favorite target Rob Gronkowski is finally 100% healthy and this will lead to a blowout road win. Final Score: 52-10

Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) @ Detroit Lions (1-3)
-The Eagles are undefeated and coming off of a bye week, so everyone will be healthy. I think this is a bad combination for the Lions who are just 1-3. I think Wentz leads the Eagles to a 4-0 record. Final Score: 31-16

Tennessee Titans (1-3) @ Miami Dolphins (1-3)
-This is a very tough game to predict because both teams are equally bad. In this battle of bad teams, I think the Dolphins will come out on top. I think the defense will get to Mariota and force him to turn the ball over. Final Score: 24-20

Washington Redskins (2-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
-Hopefully people are starting to jump off the Ravens bandwagon after their loss last week because I really don’t the Ravens are that good. It doesn’t help the Ravens that the Redskins have won two in a row and are on fire offensively. All this being said, I think the Redskins will win their third straight game this week. Final Score: 30-18

Houston Texans (3-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-0)
-This has the making to be one of the most exciting games of the week. It won’t be exciting because of offense, rather the defenses will make this exciting. In the battle of defenses, I think Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings will remain undefeated and continue their stellar season. Final Score: 17-13

New York Jets (1-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
-I think the Steelers are going to blow out the Jets due to three reasons: Le’Veon Bell, Big Ben & Antonio Brown. I don’t believe that the Jets will be able to contain this big three and the Steelers cruise yet again in a blowout victory. Final Score: 45-22

Sunday Afternoon 3:05 Game
Atlanta Falcons (3-1) @ Denver Broncos (4-0)
-I already predicted that the other two undefeated teams would win this week, and I will make a clean sweep by picking the Denver Broncos this week. I think Paxton Lynch looked really good filling in for Siemian, so if Siemian can’t play, I don’t see an issue there. Plus, the Broncos defense is insanely good. Final Score: 28-27

Sunday Afternoon 3:25 Games
Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
-I have to pick a major upset this week, but this is my first upset pick of the week. I just have a strange feeling that Andy Dalton and AJ Green will go off this weekend and the Cowboys will struggle to answer back. Final Score: 35-25

Buffalo Bills (2-2) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
-I’m not exactly sure if this would be considered an upset because they are 3-1, but I am picking the Rams to win and advance to 4-1. I just think the Rams defense is too good, and the Bills offense is too inconsistent. Final Score: 26-21

San Diego Chargers (1-3) @ Oakland Raiders (3-1)
-The Chargers again should have won last week as they blow a 13 point 4th quarter lead against the Saints en route to their third loss. I don’t think things are going to get any better for the Chargers as I predict a Raiders victory. Final Score: 41-31

Sunday Night Football 7:30
New York Giants (2-2) @ Green Bay Packers (2-1)
-This game is a very intriguing game. The Packers are coming off of a bye week, while the Giants are dealing with an Odell Beckham Jr. problem. With the distraction that is OBJ, I think the Packers will roll over the Giants and coast to an easy prime time victory at home. Final Score: 35-14

Monday Night Football 7:30
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) @ Carolina Panthers (1-3)
-It is time for my upset of the week: Tampa over Carolina. Regardless of whether Cam Newton or Derek Anderson starts this game, I think the Panthers are falling down a slippery slope and the Buccaneers are going to capitalize on that. Final Score: 24-23

200 pitches in a game

By Patrick Codo

The Southern Illinois Saluki softball team is 6-1 on the fall season. They are coming off a 8-0 win over the Rend Lake Warriors. Both pitchers Savanna Dover and Hannah Poynter had over 100 pitches which totaled for over 200 pitches in the game but both teams with different directions with that momentum. In the 6th inning the Warriors had most of their batters on base. Most of the Saluki scoring came in the fourth and fifth inning.

Sydney Jones hit a single to bring in Maddy Vermejann to make it 1-0 Salukis. Then Sydney Decker hit double that brought in Jones to make it 2-0 Salukis. Jessa Thomas had a sacrifice fly in the that brought in Decker for the Saluki 3-0 lead

In the fifth had themselves a rally with a bunch of scoring runs. Susie Baranski had a solo home run to give the salukis a 4-0 lead. Then came a rally of errors by the Warriors. With Maddy Vermejan and Merri Patterson on base Hannah Poynter threw a wild pitch and the Warrior defense collapsed with a bunch of errors and allowed 3 runs to score to give the Salukis a 7-0 lead.

Savanna Dover played a really good game as she only allowed 6 runners on base. 3 of them hits and 3 of them walks. The fielding was able to keep the shutout as the Salukis ended the 6th inning with a double play. Dover’s pitching performance was enough for the Salukis to get the 8-0 victory.

The Salukis will rap of their fall ball season with St. Louis later today.

Finish strong in the fall

By Patrick Codo

The Southern Illinois Saluki softball team has finished its fall play season with a win over St. Louis 5-1 which puts them at a 7-1 finish on the fall season.

Brianna Jones and Maddie Baalman both went at it as both defenses were in a battle throughout the game. The Salukis were able to get their first 2 runs by Brittany Turners scoring on a dead ball and there was a controversy ball 4 call that brought in Savanna Fisher.

In the 4th inning Mackenzie Peter hits a solo to get the first score for the Billikens but were still trailing 2-1 to the Salukis. Both the pitching for St. Louis and Southern Illinois were in a struggle so after 4 there was a pitching change for both teams. For the Billikens they brought in Kallen Loveless and for Southern Illinois. Both teams made the change in the 5th inning.

There really wasn’t a lot of hits for both team just mostly walks but St. Louis got its first hit in the in the 3rd inning with a Emma Buckles double and for the Salukis a Sydney Jones single. Maddy Vermejan was able to bring Susie Baranski to make it 3-1 dawgs. Then Merri Patterson was able to double that by bringing in Maddy Vermejan and Eyrykia Brandenburg to give the Salukis a safe 5-1 lead.  In the 7th the Salukis were able to put away the Billikens with some strikeouts and fly outs.

The Salukis should have a good few months before they get back into action come late February early March.