By Sal Capaccio
Welcome to Sal’s Friday Six-Pack. The inaugural edition. I’ll do this every week during football season, because it’s Friday, which means you got through another week, and you deserve a six-pack. Don’t drink beer? No problem. Me, neither (well, very rarely, at least). Crack open whatever it is you drink.
The six-pack will include six of a lot of different things. Mostly sports - and usually football - related. Some, just random and interesting. I’ll always include fantasy football tips for the weekend. So, for the first Six-Pack, let’s start there:
Six Fantasy Football tips for NFL Week 4:
2. Redskins WR Pierre Garcon is third in the NFL in targets and has caught at least seven passes in each game this season. And I’m sure Mike Shanahan saw what the Broncos passing game did to the Raiders (Washington’s opponent Sunday) on Monday night.
3. Bears QB Jay Cutler feasts on the Lions. Since joining the Bears in 2009, Cutler is 7-1 vs. the Lions, completing 63.5% for 1,802 yards with 12 TDs and only 1 interception.
4. Probably a good idea to avoid playing Vikings WR Greg Jennings this week (if you’re even considering it anyway). QB Christian Ponder has a rib injury, so it looks like Matt Cassel will get the start (does that really matter, anyway?); Jennings has no TDs this season, and they face the Steelers this week who, even at 0-3, are 3rd in the NFL against the pass.
5. We saw what the Jets defense did to the Bills running game. Titans RB Chris Johnson may have a tough day. As it is, Johnson is only averaging 86 yards a game, has no TDs, and only 2 receptions.
6. Don’t fall in love with Browns QB Brian Hoyer. There’s now a week of film on him, and the Bengals defense (his opponent this week) held Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to 244 yards, only one TD, and picked him off twice last week.
161 NFL teams have started the season 0-3 since 1978. Of them, five have made the playoffs.
Ranking the Six 0-3 NFL teams (from best to worst):
2. NY Giants
My first child, a boy, is due November 30th. We have a name picked out, but.....
Six names we debated that did not make the cut:
1. Salvatore, Jr.
Last month, I picked Oregon to win the national title in college football. I was ridiculed by some of you. But, four weeks in....
My Top-6 college football teams right now:
5. Ohio State
Mariano Rivera's rookie year was my Senior Year at Syracuse University (1995). I'm a Yankees fan. Thursday night's send-off was emotional. It also made me feel really old.
The Six best Yankees since Mariano Rivera’s rookie year (1995):
1. Derek Jeter
2. Mariano Rivera
3. Robinson Cano
4. Andy Pettitte
5. Jorge Posada
6. Bernie Williams
The NHL opens the regular season Tuesday night; Sabres open on Wednesday.
My top Six teams most likely to win the Stanley Cup:
1. Chicago Blackhawks
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
3. St. Louis Blues
4. Boston Bruins
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Detroit Red Wings
The Bucs have benched QB Josh Freeman for rookie Mike Glennon. That makes eight 1st or 2nd year quarterbacks who became their team's primary starter between last year and this year.
Ranking the top Six 1st or 2nd year NFL QBs as of right now:
1. Andrew Luck
2. Russell Wilson
3. Ryan Tannehill
4. Robert Griffin III (sliding rapidly)
5. Geno Smith
6. EJ Manuel
Last week was an awful week for the college football schedule. Most of the top teams were either off or played lower-level teams in order to get ready for their conference schedules.
After last week’s laughable schedule, the top Six college football games this weekend:
1. Ole Miss at Alabama (Rebels will be a true test for Tide)
2. LSU at Georgia
3. Wisconsin at Ohio State
4. Stanford at Washington State
5. Oklahoma at Notre Dame
6. South Carolina at UCF
Enjoy the games this weekend. Listen to Sports Talk Saturday 11am-2pm, and join me after the Ravens at Bills game, 6-8pm Sunday.
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