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Jeremy Sneed Week 8 NFL Picks


Thursday Night Football 7:25
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) @ Tennessee Titans (3-4)
-This is a matchup that I am actually really excited and I think will be an exciting game. The Jaguars had won back to back games prior to their loss last week to Oakland. The Titans fell victim to the same fate after winning back to back games. I am predicting an upset as I believe the Jaguars offense will come out swinging and knock off the Titans. Final Score: 27-24

Sunday Morning Football Game (In London) 8:30 AM
Washington Redskins (4-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
-Yet another game in London, but at least this one is being broadcasted on Fox. I think this is a good game for London because it involves two really good teams. The Redskins had won four in a row before losing last week and the Bengals have been underperforming all season. In this neutral site game, I think Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will outscore Andy Dalton and the Bengals.
Final Score: 32-17

Sunday Noon Games
Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
-Ever since getting demolished by the Steelers, the Chiefs have won two straight and the defense has looked pretty well in doing so. The Colts have too many issues on offense relating to T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle being the only targets. I think the Chiefs defense will be too strong and lead Kansas City to the victory.
Final Score: 24-16

Oakland Raiders (5-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)
-The Buccaneers are 0-2 at home and the Raiders are 4-0 on the road. That is a recipe for disaster for Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. I am going with the Raiders in a not so close win.
Final Score: 38-27

Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1) @ New Orleans Saints (2-4)
-The Seahawks are coming off of an abysmal game Sunday night in which they tied with the Cardinals at 6-6. However, their defense looked fantastic and I think it will be too much for Drew Brees and the Saints. I am going with the Seahawks in a close victory.
Final Score: 26-23

Detroit Lions (4-3) @ Houston Texans (4-3)
-This could be the second hardest game to predict besides the Cardinals-Panthers game. These teams are very similar in that if their offense isn’t clicking, the game is pretty much over. I do think the Texans defense is much stronger than Detroit’s, and I think that will lead to a Houston win.
Final Score: 34-26

New York Jets (2-5) @ Cleveland Browns (0-7)
-The Browns are a team that shouldn’t be winless. If it wasn’t for Cody Parkey, the Browns would have at least one win. Last week, Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched, but got called into action when Smith tore his ACL leading to a Jets win. I am a believer in the Browns this week and they are my upset pick of the week as they will defeat the Jets. Final Score: 28-21

New England Patriots (6-1) @ Buffalo Bills (4-3)
-In week 3, the Bills defeated the Patriots 16-0. That was with a banged up Jacoby Brissett and barely any production from Gronk. This week will be much different, considering that LeSean McCoy is injured now. I think the Patriots will blow out the Bills to continue their dominance with Brady at the helm.
Final Score: 41-17

Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-5)
-Like I mentioned earlier, this is by far the hardest game to predict this week. The Panthers could get going any second and start looking like the Super Bowl contenders they were last year. The Cardinals have had a very up and down season with David Johnson being the lone bright spot on offense. I think the Panthers upset the Cardinals, if we can call it an upset. Coming off of a bye week can be crucial for teams, and I think it will be for Carolina.
Final Score: 24-23

Sunday Afternoon Game 3:05
San Diego Chargers (3-4) @ Denver Broncos (5-2)
-Despite the Chargers defeating the Broncos a few weeks ago, I am picking the Broncos because Trevor Siemian is back for this matchup. I think it will be a close game through three quarters, but Denver will pull away in the 4th.
Final Score: 30-20

Sunday Afternoon Game 3:25
Green Bay Packers (4-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
-I am very confident that the Packers will put out a win this week. The offense had been weak leading into their Thursday night victory last week against the Bears. But the offense looked to be in sync in that game. I think the Packers take that confidence and take advantage of a poor Atlanta defense.
Final Score: 34-27

Sunday Night Football 7:30
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
-Some of you might be asking, “Well isn’t this one a tough game to predict?” I really don’t think so. The Cowboys have been looking better and better each week as Prescott and Elliott continue to shine. The Eagles have been looking worse and worse with Carson Wentz struggling prior to their win last week. I think #DakAttack and Ezekiel Elliott will run right through the Eagles defense and dominate this game from beginning to end.
Final Score: 36-26

Monday Night Football 7:30
Minnesota Vikings (5-1) @ Chicago Bears (1-6)
-The Vikings lost a tough one last week to the Eagles in a game where the offense looked awful. Just like how the Packers worked out their flaws against the Bears last week, I think the Vikings will come back to form and beat the Bears. Whether or not Jay Cutler plays, I think it will be a long night for the Bears as the offense will struggle against the strong Minnesota defense.
Final Score: 29-13

Daniel Hartmann NFL Week 8 Picks


JAGUARS (2-4) AT TITANS (3-4)
The Jaguars have looked better over the last two weeks, but Blake Bortles has not. On the other side, of the football the Titans have looked even better than the Jaguars. Demarco Murray put up another big week, and should find some running room again Thursday Night. Mariota makes enough plays to win this one.
FINAL: Titans 24- Jaguars 17

REDSKINS (4-3) AT BENGALS (3-4)
The Bengals just seem better than a typical 3-4 team. Andy Dalton has played well, he has AJ Green, a solid two in Brandon Lafell, and a good running back duo. But the Redskins just keep finding ways to win. Kirk Cousins is the master of the play-action, and the Bengals linebackers aren’t good enough to slow him down.
FINAL: Redskins 31- Bengals 24

JETS (2-5) VS. BROWNS (0-7)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m on the Browns bandwagon. If they’re going to win a game soon, it needs to be now. Ryan Fitzpatrick throws this one away again for the Jets.
FINAL: Browns 17- Jets 14

SEAHAWKS (4-1-1) AT SAINTS (2-4)
The Seahawks are all D and no O. The Saints are all O and no D. The difference between the two is that the Seahawks offense doesn’t commit turnovers, while the Saints can be fairly careless with the football. My gut? This is your upset of the week. Drew Brees has too many weapons, and Russell Wilson only has Jimmy Graham, and sort of Doug Baldwin.
FINAL: Saints 24- Seahawks 20

CARDINALS (3-3-1) AT PANTHERS (1-5)
If the Panthers are going to make a move back into the playoff conversation, it needs to be this week. They can’t wait anymore. The Cardinals should have won last week and didn’t that cost them playoff positioning as well. Both teams are desperate, but only one is at home.
FINAL: Panthers 34- Cardinals 24

PATRIOTS (6-1) AT BILLS (4-3)
The Bills are good. The Patriots are better. Without Shady at full health, the Bills don’t have enough weapons in this one. Brady can pick apart the Bills however he wants.
FINAL: Patriots 28- Bills 16

LIONS (4-3) AT TEXANS (4-3)
A tale of two quarterbacks in this one. Matthew Stafford is playing the best ball of his career. Even at his worst though, he’d still be better than Brock Osweiler. The Texans D can at least slow Stafford, but that won’t matter when they’re too gassed to move in the second half.
FINAL: Lions 31- Texans 13

RAIDERS (5-2) AT BUCCANEERS (3-3)
This is the offensive match-up of the week. The Raiders are still building up their reputation, but their offense is for real. Shut down one option, and two more take its place. The Buccaneers can’t match up to the Raiders with so many guys hurt, but Jameis Winston and Mike Evans will give it their best shot.
FINAL: Raiders 45- Buccaneers 31

CHIEFS (4-2) AT COLTS (3-4)
The Chiefs are criminally underrated again this year. They started slowly and people forgot about them. But the defense is scary, Alex Smith has weapons everywhere, and the Chiefs are back to destroying people. The Colts are only good on one side of the ball. Andrew Luck can’t do it all himself. Chiefs in a blowout that seems worse than the score.
FINAL: Chiefs 31- Colts 20

CHARGERS (3-4) AT BRONCOS (5-2)
The Chargers are the best 3-4 team in football. Since Joey Bosa started playing, the defense can actually play defense! Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perriman look great too. Oh, and Phillip Rivers is throwing it back to his MVP candidate days. The Broncos defense is good, and Devontae Booker is breaking out in a hurry for the offense. But the Chargers are too scary right now.
FINAL: Chargers 21- Broncos 17

PACKERS (4-2) AT FALCONS (4-3)
The hardest pick of the week for me. Aaron Rodgers showed last week that he’s still Aaron Freaking Rodgers. The Packers stuck a receiver in the backfield and he ran for 60 yards. The defense still looks awesome. But I can’t shake the feeling that this is the week the Falcons turn it back around. They’ve been on and off lately, but this is a momentum changer for them at home.
FINAL: Falcons 27- Packers 24

EAGLES (4-2) AT COWBOYS (5-1)
A good primetime football game? Gasp! Two stellar rookie quarterbacks. Two good defenses. The difference is in the run game. The Dallas offensive line is the best in football bar none. The Eagles ground game is just decent. Carson Wentz just doesn’t get the help he needs in this one. Dak keeps the pressure on Jerry Jones.
FINAL: Cowboys 23- Eagles 18

VIKINGS (5-1) AT BEARS (1-6)
For such a terrible team, the Bears have an inordinate amount of nationally televised prime time games. Even with Jay Cutler back, the team is just bad. The Vikings got out Vikinged last week, but they’re still the best defense in football. Bad news for the Bears offense.
FINAL: Vikings 21- Bears 6

10/28/16 SIU Women’s Volleyball vs Bradley University


by Claire Patri

The Salukis women’s volleyball team challenged the Bradley Braves from Peoria, Ill Oct. 29 at
7p.m. Head Coach Carol Price-Torok geared her team toward better defense against star Salukis
player Alex Rosignol. Middle hitter Rosignol from Mount Carmel, Ill., come out strong for the
kill. Setter Hannah Kaminsky from Woodridge, Ill., with the kill following in the next set play.
Rossignol again with another kill with great fierceness on the court in their formation to stay
organized and structured to produce a score. Outside hitter Abby Barrow out of Metamora, Ill.,
opens with a kill. Brave Erin Olson had her first serve, SIU returned it over the net with a out of
bounds kill that gained Bradley a point. Olson serves making SIU struggling to keep ball in the
air with a eventual tip over the net for a point. The middle of court proved to be a weak spot for
the Salukis because it was wide open for the ball to land for a opponent point. The Braves took
advantage of this weakness, but the Salukis seemed to quickly close this team formation gap to
protect their score momentum. Rosignol with the serve, 3-4, then tied 4-4 with a out of bounds
by Bradley. Middle hitter Kolby Meeks showed she is definitely a vital part of the Salukis team
as she kills many shots of the night. SIU setter Alayna Martin with the serve, ending in a Brave
kill. A Lot of Brave determination and heart demonstrated, striving to regain the ball in the air.
SIU outside hitter Andrea Estrada with the kill while the score is 8-7. Outside hitter Mariana
Pilon showed heart, upon a serve from Brave Kelsey Cave ending in a point for SIU. Pilon with
the serve, Braves return a out of bounds which gave SIU a point.

There was nice back and forth returns continuously throughout the match, full of passion for the
points accumulated on the scoreboard. Kaminsky and Estrada definitely showed teamwork that
night as they just wanted to play the game for the game. Braves are tough battle because they
have heart to produce a point. The Braves call there first time out at 19-14 in the first set. SIU
win first set.

Kaminsky opened second set with a serve, SIU and Braves fight for a score and Braves end up
getting first point of this set. Brave Erica Haslag who had the most kills for the Braves at 9. She
served, ending in a point for SIU. Barrow with serve and a point gain for the Braves. Estrada and
Meeks kill consistently throughout this match showing their determination and love for the
volleyball sport on their home court. Outside hitter Shannon Hagen and Nellie Fredriksson who
had the second most kills with 11, both also showed heart to produce a second set win 25-12.
Barrow had the most kills at 14 on the attack. She opened the third set with a easy dominated
kill. Fredriksson and Rosignol both produce kills consistently against Brave defense. Brave
Hanna Alexander with the serve, ending in a SIU return, Brave return, SIU return and Braves
return with a out of bounds kill ending in point for SIU. This was a recurring situation of both
teams going back and forth across the net and neither team gaining a point because of the others
out of bound kill. Meeks was on the net with a couple tip overs to get sneaky points on the
scoreboard as Barrow gave powerful kills from the side of the court. The Salukis ended this set
with a win 17-25.

The first set had 17, second set had 18 and the third set had 16 kills for the Salukis. The set
scores were with SIU at 3 and Bradley with 0.

10/27/16 SIU Women’s Basketball vs William Woods University


by Claire Patri
The Salukis women’s basketball team encountered the challenge of achieving a win against the
William Woods Owls at 6p.m. in SIU Arena this past Oct. 27. Named the 10th head coach in
Southern Illinois women’s basketball history in 2013, Cindy Stein prepared the Salukis for the
Owl defense, showing elements of teamwork and focus on a point gain. SIU players Oliva
Bowling out of New Haven, Ky., Kristen Nelson out of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Kim Nebo
out of Katy, Texas were some of the couple starting five lineup against Owls Bailey Rollins from
Windsor, Mo., Jasmine Brown from Georgetown, S.C., and Jess Schmidt from St. Charles, Mo.
that fall night. The first quarter opened with teamwork, hustle and execution by SIU who
challenged the athleticism performed by Owl Peyton Greenlee out of Marshfield, Mo. There
followed aggressive play by Owl Gebke at the ball net, as her team looked for their first point
shot in a while with a timeout called with 4 minutes left with the Salukis ahead 16-2. Owl
Greenlee’s determination was shown with 3 minutes left, 18-5 SIU. With SIU team’s second
team foul already accumulated of the first quarter, Salukis guard and forward Tiajaney Hawkins
from the east side of Chicago shots a 3 point shot bringing the score to 21-7 with Crawson
bringing the ball up the court again for another 2 point gain for SIU. Throughout the start of the
first half there were ball steals by SIU from the Owls, struggling to gain ball possession at a fast
pace with 23-9 with SIU fourth team foul. Owl Kennedy Volkart gets 3 point shot as Saluki
Lauren Hartman gains the rebound ending in the first quarter total 26-11.

The second quarter havey teamwork performed by William Woods to gain a point. With a foul,
Owl Lexy Ganaway receives her first personal. Salukis Brittany Patrick out of Bolingbrook, Ill.
demonstrated her leadership and defense being strong on her feet. Owl Gebke also shows her
team leadership, gaining a 2 point score for her team 47-28. She then takes the drive, comes up
short and the ball was taken away by SIU. Owl Bethany Bloss with a nice rebound. SIU has nice
passing among the Owls defense strategy. They take their official time out at 51-36 with a air
ball follow the conclusion of the third quarter at 51-40.

Hawkins with the rebound as there is a second time-out with 30-14 and 4 minutes left on the time
clock still in the first half. Nebo knocks in another point for SIU at 37-16 with Owls slacking
behind as a third time out was called with one minute left. Salukis win 11-11 in the second
quarter.

Opens the third quarter with a 2 pointer showing great teamwork and trust for each others ability
to execute a shot. There was a tip away by the Owls, SIU grabs ending in Bowling earning her
first personal foul. During this quarter, SIU and Owls get a little more aggressive. A lot of
dysfunction, fumbles seen by Owl defense ending in not much points. Salukis guard Kylie
Giebelhausen out of East Peoria, Ill. takes her time to execute a point gain. Under a minute,
attempted pass gains SIU with the ball and aggressive finish. 74-57 is the score with SIU having
a very dominant game. Owl Brown under pressure gets help from Gebke with 50 secs left to go
ending with Bowling earning another personal foul. Number 18 has good drive and execution
with SIU Carlie Corrigan out of Plainfield, Ill. regaining a rebound from Owls as guard and
forward Caitlyn Claussen out of Manhattan, Kan. wide-open for a gain under 10 secs left in the
third quarter.

Beginning the last quarter strong and fast pace as SIU does trick moves, fake passes to confuse
Owl defense. Corrigan had nice hustle and determination performance as Salukis Nicole Martin
earns the rebound and gets a point for SIU. Owl Bailey Rollins out of Windsor, Mo. executes
points for Owls at score 64-47. Brown showed nice drive, speed down the court to get points
although getting her first personal foul pushing off Martin. There was an official time out called
after both teams hustle for the ball ending up out of bounds with under 4 minutes left. This game
ended with a Salukis win 42-60 overall.