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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.

Jeremy Sneed NFL Week 4 Picks

Thursday Night Football 7:25         

Miami Dolphins (1-2) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-2)

-I would love to be able to say that I think the Dolphins will win, but they should be 0-3 if it wasn’t for a missed FG from the Browns last week.  I think the Bengals get a much needed in this week at home.       Final Score: 34-23

Sunday Morning Football In London 8:30 AM

Indianapolis Colts (1-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)

-In my upset pick of the week, I think the Jacksonville Jaguars will get their first victory of the year in London.          Final Score: 27-24

Sunday Noon Football

Tennessee Titans (1-2) @ Houston Texans (2-1)

-The Texans will most likely be without JJ Watt for the rest of the season but I don’t think that will matter too much this week.  I think the Houston offense is strong enough to hold off the Tennessee Titans this week.            Final Score: 24-14

Cleveland Browns (0-3) @ Washington Redskins (1-2)

-The Redskins are riding high after getting their first win of the season especially because it was against the divisional rival Giants.  Even though rookie QB Cody Kessler looked pretty good last week, I think the Redskins will easily win this one and improve to 2-2.  Final Score: 37-17

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) @ New York Jets (1-2)

-This game is tough to predict because the Seahawks are dealing with a multitude of injuries to Russell Wilson and Thomas Rawls.  The Jets turned the ball over 8 times against the Chiefs last week including 6 interceptions from Fitzpatrick.  With that being said I believe in the Jets this week and think they will get the victory.            Final Score: 20-17

Buffalo Bills (1-2) @ New England Patriots (3-0)

-The Patriots are 3-0 and have done it without Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and a third string rookie QB (for one game).  Now that Gronkowski is going to be a 100% for this one, it doesn’t matter who the Patriots start at quarterback because I am still going to pick them to win this week.         Final Score: 35-21


Carolina Panthers (1-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

-The Panthers currently have as many wins as they had all of last season.  The Falcons are 2-1 after dropping 45 points in New Orleans on Monday night.  I think the Panthers will bounce back and pick up a huge road win against the divisional opponent Falcons.  Final Score: 29-22

Oakland Raiders (2-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-0)

-I think this is going be the most interesting game of the week.  The Ravens are undefeated but have yet to beat a good team.  The Raiders aren’t necessarily a good team but they are much better than the Jaguars, Browns and Bills.  I think the Raiders offense will be too much for the Ravens and they pull off the upset.            Final Score: 37-30

Detroit Lions (1-2) @ Chicago Bears (0-3)

-To put it lightly, the Bears stink and I don’t think it’s going to get any better anytime soon.  With the fact that the Bears cannot win at home, I think the Lions will win this one.

Final Score: 34-17

Sunday Afternoon Football 3:05

Denver Broncos (3-0) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)

-I really thought the Buccaneers were going to be pretty successful this season, and they still might.  But, the Broncos defense is on another level and now the offense is starting to put up big numbers.  I think the Broncos remain undefeated and win big in Tampa.  Final Score: 42-20

Sunday Afternoon Football 3:25

Los Angeles Rams (2-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (1-2)

-Even though the Rams are 2-1, I am still not a believer.  Even though the Cardinals offense looked dreadful last week, I think they will muster up enough offense to get past the tough LA defense.    Final Score: 27-14

New Orleans Saints (0-3) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2)

-The Saints are coming off of a heartbreaking loss Monday night on their 10th anniversary of returning to the Superdome post Hurricane Katrina.  The Chargers on the other hand have a very strong offensive output this season but don’t have much of a defense.  With all that being said I think that Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the Saints get a much needed win this week on the road and avoid a 0-4 start.        Final Score: 45-37

Dallas Cowboys (2-1) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-2)

-Fans and critics alike all want to see Colin Kaepernick get some playing time instead of Blaine Gabbert.  Even if they do play Kaepernick, the offense has too many inconsistencies to handle the #DakAttack and the Dallas Cowboys.  I think the Cowboys will improve to 3-1 with a solid road victory.         Final Score: 29-13

Sunday Night Football 7:30

Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)

-The Steelers got embarrassed by the Eagles last week losing 34-3.  But now they are getting Le’Veon Bell back and I think the Steelers will get back to their winning ways Sunday night.  Final Score:         31-20

Monday Night Football 7:30

New York Giants (2-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (3-0)

-You might tell someone that the Vikings are 3-0 and they would say, “Well yeah with that defense, Bridgewater, AP…”  You cut them off and let them know that Bridgewater is hurt and AP is hurt and that Sam Bradford is leading them.  Whatever the Vikes are doing it’s working and they think they will improve to 4-0 this week because I think their defense will smother Eli Manning and the Giants offense.        Final Score: 27-16