Jones, Gar­rett re­spon­si­ble for Cowboys’ medi­ocrity

Look for Pack­ers to bounce back at home

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS - John Turner John Turner is a Sum­mer­side school teacher and coaches youth foot­ball. His col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day dur­ing the NFL sea­son. Feel free to e-mail ques­tions and com­ments to ssidespar­tans­foot­ball@yahoo.ca.

Be­ing a New York Gi­ants’ fan, The Freak is very happy that Jerry Jones and Ja­son Gar­rett con­tinue to op­er­ate and coach the Dal­las Cowboys.

Jones, who has that im­por­tant “I know best” at­ti­tude, con­tin­ues to make per­son­nel de­ci­sions for his team that back­fire, which is won­der­ful for all the other NFC teams.

Gar­rett, on the other hand, has been coach­ing this team for over eight years, and his de­ci­sion-mak­ing and play-call­ing is ques­tioned ev­ery game. A num­ber of times it has cost the Cowboys wins, and with the so-called “Jerry tal­ent” on pa­per their record should be bet­ter than what it ac­tu­ally is. The Freak is sure that Jerry will have an­other great draft in his mind and will en­dorse Gar­rett, once again, at the end of the sea­son. One thing we can be guar­an­teed is that the Cowboys will, once again, be medi­ocre next sea­son. Go Jerry!

Sure thing

Kansas City is home to Ari­zona, and that’s all you need to know. The Car­di­nals don’t have an of­fence that can stay with the Chiefs, even to half­time. Get your Chiefs’ play­ers in on your fan­tasy team as this will be a blowout.

The Pack­ers have lost last two games on the road to the Pa­tri­ots and Rams, and need some good home cook­ing to turn this sea­son around. Mi­ami isn’t a good cold­weather road team, and goes against a des­per­ate Green Bay team. Rodgers and the Pack are back to their win­ning ways for at least one week.

The Charg­ers have won five in a row while Oak­land got ham­mered by a bad 49ers’ team in its last game. Oak­land will play bet­ter at home, but it won’t be enough to beat the solid Charg­ers.

The Los An­ge­les Rams’ de­fence will have a sour taste in its mouth after los­ing to the Saints. Aaron Don­ald, for some rea­son, didn’t

show up last week when they needed him. He will show up this week, and be in the Seat­tle back­field all day. The Rams beat the ‘Hawks in sunny L.A.

Don’t mort­gage the house picks

New Or­leans has looked like the best team in foot­ball the past month, and maybe this is a trap game in Cincy. The Freak would pick an up­set here if AJ Green was play­ing as the Ben­gals can score with him in the lineup. It will be close, but the Saints find a way to win a cold-weather out­door game.

Ten­nessee pulled the up­set in Big D, and heads home to face the Pa­tri­ots. Al­though the Ti­tans’ D is in the top five in the league, I don’t think they are a good enough team of­fen­sively to beat New Eng­land, even at home. The Bears are home to the Lions in an NFC North bat­tle. Chicago is win­ning with its de­fence as quar­ter­back Mitch Tru­bisky is very in­con­sis­tent, just like the Lions. De­troit looked lost in Min­nesota, and it will con­tinue in Chicago.

Buf­falo trav­els to the Big Ap­ple to play the Jets in an AFC East yawner. Funny how New York thought Sam Darnold was the next Joe Mon­tana when he was win­ning, and now he’s play­ing bad he’s the next Mark Sanchez. Good old New York! How­ever, Darnold is out and Josh McCown is in, which makes the Jets a bet­ter team than the Bills. Take Gang Green.

A Cowboys and Ea­gles’ matchup is al­ways a big NFC East di­vi­sional game. Philly is com­ing off a bye, and Dal­las has the short week. The Freak hates the Cowboys on the road, even with ev­ery­thing else equal. Well, it’s not. The Ea­gles and their fans are rock­ing after thump­ing the hated Cowboys.

Flip a coin

Wash­ing­ton is re­ally banged up on the of­fen­sive line, and faces a pretty good pass rush with JPP, who has eight sacks this sea­son. The Bucs can’t stop any­one, but can score some points. Wash­ing­ton can pro­tect Alex Smith, and that means a Tampa win.

This is the ugli­est Mon­day night game in the his­tory of the NFL. It in­volves the low­est win­ning per­cent­age teams after Nov. 1st to play on Mon­day night.

The 49ers are at home and the Gi­ants’ of­fen­sive line couldn’t block the 200-pound Freak! San Fran wins with its third-string quar­ter­back.

Indy can score some points, and its de­fence is im­prov­ing. The Jags are a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment after start­ing the sea­son well. An­drew Luck or Blake Bor­tles, who will make more plays in the fourth quar­ter? The Freak’s money is on Luck, and the Colts win late.

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