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NFL Picks Week 3

By Jeremy Sneed & Xavier Cantrell

Sunday September 27

12:00 Bengals (2-0) @ Ravens (0-2)

Xavier: Without defensive leader Terrell Suggs, the Ravens defense has been struggling mightily.  I think the Bengals offense will expose their weaknesses and win the game 24-10.

Jeremy: With the pressure of falling to 0-3, I think the Ravens offense will support their struggling defense and pull out their first win, 26-21.

12:00 Raiders (1-1) @ Browns (1-1)

Jeremy & Xavier: With Josh McCown returning to the starting spot for the Browns, we think that the Cleveland fans will be all over the staff cheering for Johnny Football.  Youngsters Derek Carr and Amari Cooper are coming off a really strong performance against the Ravens.  Final score: 31-21 Raiders!

12:00 Saints (0-2) @ Panthers (2-0)

Xavier & Jeremy: After a rough first week for Cam Newton, he really showed us the real Cam in his win against the Texans.  We believe Cam will be his regular superstar self at home against a struggling Saints Defense.  Also, with Brees coming off of a minor shoulder injury, the Saints offense will be a little rusty.  Final score: 28-14 Panthers!!

12:00 Buccaneers (1-1) @ Texans (0-2)

Jeremy & Xavier:  With the QB carousel going in Houston, the Buccaneers defense will benefit off of the inconsistent Texans offense.  Winston had a bounce back performance in week 2 against the Saints and we think he will dominant the Texans defense this week.  Final score: 21-6 Bucs!

12:00 Falcons (2-0) @ Cowboys (2-0)

Jeremy & Xavier: Pretty simple, without Romo and still no Dez Bryant, Falcons win this one 24-14.

12:00 Colts (0-2) @ Titans (1-1)

Xavier: I am confident in my hometown town and that Andrew Luck will give the Colts their first and much needed win. Colts: 20-17

Jeremy: This will be Marcus Mariota’s first home start with the Titans.  I think the energy in that stadium will be too much for the struggling Colts defense.  Mariota throws 3 more TD’s and the Titans win 21-14.

12:00 Jaguars (1-1) & Patriots (2-0)

Xavier & Jeremy: The Jaguars team is too inconsistent for the high powered New England offense.  Brady and Gronk roll over the Jaguar defense and win this one 42-6.  Sorry Jacksonville.

12:00 Chargers (1-1) & Vikings (1-1)

Jeremy & Xavier:  Bridgewater, Peterson and Rudolph made their presence known against divisional rival Detroit last week.  Despite a strong Chargers offense, we think the Vikings defense will withstand the Chargers fire power and win this game 28-21.

12:00 Steelers (1-1) & Rams (1-1)

Xavier:  Big Ben and Antonio Brown will be too much for the Rams defense connecting for two touchdowns.  Despite the return of Todd Gurley for the Rams offense, Pittsburgh wins this one easily, 27-10.

Jeremy:  The Rams have been inconsistent this season opening with an upset against the Seahawks and then losing to the Redskins in week 2.  With Todd Gurley making his first career appearance, I think the Rams will run all over the Steelers defense with a couple more TD’s from Foles.  The rams win this one 28-15.

12:00 Eagles (0-2) & Jets (2-0)

Jeremy & Xavier:  With DeMarco Murray’s recent hamstring injury, the already sluggish Eagles offense will be impacted greatly by that injury.  After a great Monday night performance from the Jets, We think the Jets will carry this momentum into week 3 and win this one easily 20-9.

3:05 49ers (1-1) & Cardinals (2-0)

Jeremy:  In the upset of the week, I think Kaepernick will have another good game and start connecting with Anquan Bolding and Vernon Davis and pull out a hard fought win, 20-17.

Xavier:  After two dominating performances against the Saints and Bears, I think the Cardinals offense will keep on rolling against the 49ers.  I think they will easily win 38-27.

3:25 Bills (1-1) & Dolphins (1-1)

Xavier:  Going into week 3, Tyrod Taylor does not look like a QB who has just played his first two NFL games.  I think Taylor will have another solid performance and the Bills tough defense will shut down Tannehill and the Dolphins.  Final score: 24-17

Jeremy:  This is the home opener for the Dolphins and newcomer Ndamukong Suh.  I think Tannehill and Suh will dominant both sides of the ball and win this game 21-13.

3:25 Bears (0-2) & Seahawks (0-2)

Jeremy & Xavier:  Despite a 0-2 start from the reigning NFC champs, Cutler’s out and the Bears have too many banged up receivers.  Seahawks get their first win with a 24-7 win at home.

7:30 Broncos (2-0) & Lions (0-2)

Xavier:  The Broncos offense will be way too strong for the Lions, even on the road.  CJ Anderson breaks through and rushes for a couple TD’s as the Broncos win this one 35-21.

Jeremy:  This is the home opener for the Lions and I think they pull off the upset victory on Sunday Night Football.  I think the Lions defensive lineman force Manning into 3 interceptions and the Lions win this game 20-10.

Monday Night Football

7:30 Chiefs (1-1) & Packers (2-0)

Xavier & Jeremy:  With Jordy Nelson out for the season, Rodgers and the Packers have looked past it with two dominating wins over the Bears and the Seahawks.  We think this week will be no different and with a banged up Eddie Lacy look for James Starks to take charge at running back.  We think the Pack win this game easily 42-10.

Donets: More shame on the Hardwood

Salukis Still Can’t Get Catch a Break

Sam Donets

It was another agonizing defeat for the Salukis after a poor showing against regional rival Saint Louis University Billikens.

I could write to you all about positives from the game, but this time I can’t. After the Dawgs were upset against one of the worse D-2 school’s in the country, expectations were at a minimal for Tuesday night’s game.

Once again the Salukis were out coached, and were put into a system that has not worked since the 2008-2009 basketball season. It is clear that once games that mattered rolled around, Saluki head coach Chris Lowery has no idea to effectively use his team to win games.

The fans are upset, administration is upset, and more importantly the players are embarrassed. It’s a circle that runs on each other. If the team is doing good, the team has something for the Administration to sell to fans. Fans come to the games provide energy for the team, the team feeds off the energy and win games. If the team comes out flat the fans come in flat, and if the team and fans come out flat, we have a problem with administration as they cannot sell the team back to the fans. Confusing I know, but if one breaks down, the entire system breaks down.

As the Salukis looked to bounce back from a loss to Ohio Dominican in its first test against Coach Rick Majeruse’s SLU Billikens. The Salukis for the second week in a row, took almost 3 minutes to score its first 2 points of the game on a jumper from Junior Jeff Early. The Salukis kept the game close trailing SLU 8-6 at the 12:44 mark, but SLU’s offense took advantage of Southern’s poor play on both sides of the ball.

In the first half of play Freshmen Treg Setty led the way for the Salukis with 6 points coming from 2 Field Goals and 2 Free Throws. Jeff Early and Justin Bocot each had a basket going 1-3 from the field. Those were the only positives come from the first half offense. Yes you read that right, the Salukis only made 4 shots from the floor in the first half, scoring 15 points by shooting 4-22 in Field Goals and 7-9 in Free Throws, an improvement from last week.

Defensively in the first half we can only talk about Freshmen Dantiel Daniels and his 3 blocks. He was stellar under the post doing the best he can to contain the SLU’s offense. Unfortunately he cannot do it all by himself.

As fans started to get upset the Dawg Pound started to slowly dwindle heading into the second half as the entire SIU Arena was dull and again in shock for another poor first half start.

The Salukis didn’t come out any better in the second half. Trailing SLU 37-15, SIU found itself in a panic mode and saw some effort coming from its players for the first few minutes.

The effort did not translate into points.

It took a little more than 2 minutes to get record its first point coming from Diamond Taylor’s free throw. It took the Salukis 11 minutes for them to make a basket thanks to a lay up by Jeff Early. Yes you read that right, 11 minutes went by until a Southern Illinois player scored.

Twenty-four total shots were taken in the second half, only 7 of those went in. All of which with under ten minutes left in the game. Surprisingly enough with the amount of free throws made, SIU outscored the Billikens 27-24 in the second half.

Not much can be said about the second half defense, as Daniels recorded 2 blocks, and Treg Setty had a steal.

The senior leaders of Justin Bocot and Mamadou Seck were held in check and limited in their scoring after both scoring 18 in the first game. Secks 7 points came from the charity. His ability for low post scoring has hit a snag and knowing Seck, he will be the first to admit that he isn’t playing as well as he would like to.
The Salukis have the rest of the week to adjust before their next game this Saturday in Boston against Northeastern. The Huskies are currently 1-1 and coming off a loss to MassU. If there is a game they need to win this season it would be this one, to avenge the brutal 1-point loss from last years season opener.

Player Grade


Justin Bocot: Bocot did as much as he could, but the super sensitive refs seemed to be on him more then every other player on the court. His shooting wasn’t as lively as we have seen in the first three games including preseason, but that is because there weren’t many created shot opportunities for him. Overall I think it was a less then average night for him but I expect him to bounce back against Northeastern unless coach Lowery forgets about him on the bench towards the end of the second half…
Mamadou Seck- This was probably one of the worse games I have seen him play. Mamadou missed all four FG attempts but was able to go 7 of 8 from the free throw line. His effort was there; but SLU’s D was able to contain him under the post with multiple 6’11” defenders. If anyone is going to have emotions for the Northeastern game, it will be Mamadou.


T.J. Lindsey- Lindsey did the best he could, but he did not get in much during the second half in favor for Freshmen Josh Swan. He looked confused at times, but it may be because this offense and defense is not for him. Lindsey was 1-4 in the field. I still have faith in him running an offense in the future, but until he gets fully comfortable it could get ugly.

Jeff Early- Early hasn’t looked like the player I thought he was going to be. Against SLU he didn’t look as fired up as was against Ohio Dominican to make a play. There was effort coming from him early in the second half, and he did take shots going 2-5 from the field. If he is going to succeed he needs to take better shots. Just like Mamadou Seck last year, it should take a few games until he starts to show complete progress.

Kourtney Goff- Goff only played for 7 minutes and he was over matched in the 7 minutes. He was whistled for a foul and committed a turnover without shooting the ball or picking up an assist. Hopefully next time around he will adjust into the player he was at the JUCO level.


Diamond Taylor- Taylor looked rusty in his first game where he got major minutes but his stat line was unimpressive for the 30 minutes he played going 0-5 in the field and had the Salukis lone Assist. He did see success by drawing fouls and going to the line 8 times making 6 free throws. I can only expect that Diamond will be a starter from here on out.


Treg Setty- Setty had 8 points in the game going 3-8 in the field. His three boards looked cleaned, but some of his D was under a tight microscope from SLU. He likes to take control of the game and shows signs that he will be an impact player in the near future.

Dantiel Daniels- Daniels was stellar on D setting the pace with 5 blocks. Unfortunately his shooting was not there missing all 4 shots and going 3-6 at the line. He did come as advertised playing bigger then his 6’6’’ frame and is already turning heads. If he wants to be the complete player, he needs to work on his shooting game before conference play.
Josh Swan- Swan got major minutes in the 2nd half and looked comfortable running the offense. As most people are speculating he may have won the starting PG spot in place of
T.J. Lindsey. However he has a lot of work to do after not converting any of his shots. He shows promise, just needs to fully adjust to the college game.

Harry Whitt- Whit has become a fan favorite in the Dawg Pound as he got a warm ovation from the crowd when he entered the game with 5 minutes left. It’s kind of a shame that it took Coach Lowery 35 minutes to put in the freshmen big man. He made an immediate impact once he came into the game drawing a foul and making his two free throws. However he played like a freshmen making common mistakes. His up and under shots were unsuccessful but has shown his range when playing defense as he was all over the place. If only the coaching staff knew how to exploit his talents.

Antonio Bryer- Can’t say much about Bryer who only played for two minutes and had a personal foul. I don’t expect him to get much playing time unless an injury happens to one of the forwards. Hey wouldn’t it be cool if for those last five minutes, we saw ALL five freshmen on the court?

Sam Donets is the Sports Director at WIDB.Net He may be contacted via e-mail @

Weekend Sports Broadcasts

Football vs. Eastern Illinois 2 p.m.
PBP- Sam Donets
Color- Jake Rainwater
Board- Dan Valle

Basketball vs. Ohio Dominican 7 p.m.
PBP- Joe Ragusa
Color- Evan Collins
Board- Jake Rainwater

Football post game and Basketball pregame show 6:30 p.m. Dan Valle and Jake Rainwater

Saluki Men’s Basketball Reaction Against Illinois- Springfield

Sam Donets’ take of the Saluki MBB team.

Justin Bocot did exactly what I expected him to do by being aggressive by shooting the ball and drawing fouls. During the first half it felt like he was at the line every two minutes. Also I liked how he finished a lot of plays and moved the ball pretty well. His break out season hopefully will come this year. I almost got scared for a minute when he was very slow to get up after a hard foul on his missed dunk in the 2nd half.

Mamadou Seck was a leader on the court today and was rebounded a ton during the first half. Looked to be in the right spot 90% of them time. Other then that he looked about the same from where he left off from last year just not as many points as I expected him to have.

Jeff Early can fly. He was all over the place and really likes to get physical. He was diving for balls and making sure UIS’s guards couldn’t get the ball out. I think his ball handling skills could use some work because he did lose the balls when running down the court. Did anyone else see that beastly finish on the Ally Oop? I did it was pretty awesome, to bad there was a charge on it, but good read from Setty to set him up for it Early came out of no where for it.

T.J. Lindsey was pretty impressive and definitely a better PG then what we had to watch last year. He can jump and pass the ball but like Early, he could probably use more work when dribbling the ball. But in his first game as a Saluki I think he came as advertised when I first about him. He also came out of no where on a few rebounds which was nice to see effort coming from a JUCO transfer.

Kourtney Goff really impressed me today. I was expecting an average player at best to eat minutes overall if Lindsey and Early get into foul trouble as they did. But wow this kid can play D. 4 steals today 2 in each half. I could see this kid getting a scholarship by the end of the season if they have any remaining. He won’t be an offensive threat but if SIU is going to need a defensive stop during the season he could very well be the best option for that.

Dantiel “Mufasa” Daniels looked a lot like the player SIU once had in Anthony Booker his freshmen year. Big man that likes to get his hands dirty and finish plays on both sides of the ball. He plays much bigger then his size and did come as advertised. He looked like he was having fun on the court today as he should. If he continues to strive I like his chances as Valley Freshmen of the Year. He needs to work on his free throws though he only went 3-8. Defensively he was astonishing he has a bright future.

Treg Setty played solid for his first d-1 game. He may have had only 5 points but his ability to shoot the ball was impressive. He’s a very positive person and likes to talk but his size needs to improve. I can easily see Saluki fans fall in love with this kid in a matter of weeks when he gets used to college basketball and not being the go to guy right away.

Harry Whitt great defense and poise, and he LISTENS. I saw for a good couple of seconds he was talking to Lowery during a free throw shot by UIS to understand what he did wrong. He moves his feet a lot and plays to his size. He should of had 4 maybe 5 blocks in the game if it weren’t for fouls being called. He is growing as a player and by his senior year IF he is here, he should be very special for us by then.

Josh Swan shoots the ball a lot and plays D. Very nice kid and learned from his mistakes. After he adjusts he should be fine and comfortable in this rotation. He too was hungry for the ball but needs to take better shot selection.

Overall I thought it was very watchable. I mean yes there was a lot of sloppiness on the court but they certainly played hard in the first preseason game. I think by game 5 they will have a full understanding of what they need to do to be better. I saw a lot of great ball movement today passing, and some of the players looked like Wide Receivers today when catching long passives. This game only made me more excited for next weeks tune up game against S&T. I really want to see a few more dunks coming from Early, and Bocot if possible.

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