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FOOTBALL FREAK: Should teams have a penalty review option in NFL?

['John Turner']
['John Turner']

Columnist offers pick on Chiefs-Patriots’ primetime showdown

The NFL needs to review these personal foul penalties that are being called for a blow to the head as it cost the Giants a game against Carolina last week.  
The game is too fast for these officials to try and make these calls, and their mistakes are costing teams wins as the league tries to clean up the game.
The Freak is all for player safety, but maybe they should make these penalties reviewable, or give each team one “penalty review” per half.  

Sure thing
What Minnesota team will show up at home against Arizona? The team that lost to the Bills, or the team that showed up in Philly? Go with the team that was in Philly. The Vikes beat the Cards.
The Bills are a tough team to pick each week as they are 2-3 (won-lost), and are not as bad as we think. However, the Texans can move the ball, are a solid team at home and can get pressure on rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Houston beats the Bills.
Can anyone stop the Rams? They hit the road in Denver, whose D made Jets receiver Robbie Anderson look like Jerry Rice and running back Isiah Crowell look like Barry Sanders. Guess what? Todd Gurley will be Todd Gurley, and that will be enough to beat the Broncos.

Don’t mortgage the house
It’s the beginning of the London NFL games, so exciting! Hats off to the NFL for sending both Seattle and Oakland eight time zones away to play a football game. Both teams will be sleepwalking in this one as kickoff in London is 6 p.m., and for both teams it will feel like 10 a.m. Seattle will pound the rock against the weak Oakland run defence. ‘Hawks win a sloppy one.
The Freak isn’t sold on the Packers as they can’t win on the road. But this game on Monday night is at home against the 49ers. San Fran is really banged up offensively, and it will show as Green Bay takes this one easily.
Miami is starting to play like Miami – losing its last two games after starting 3-0. The Bears are coming off a bye, and there is no sign of hibernation with this defence. Real bears don’t like the heat, and the Chicago Bears won’t mind it for one game. The Bears feast on the Dolphins.
The Jets are a decent team at home while Indy is a much different team with Andrew Luck back under centre. Luck will make more plays through the air than rookie Sam Darnold. The Colts get a nice road win.
Unless the game is in a dome the Atlanta Falcons can’t score points. This game is at home against the Bucs. The Falcons will score a pile of points, and so will the Bucs against this banged up Atlanta defence. In another Sunday shootout, the Dirty Birds win.

Flip a coin
There’s a great game on Sunday night as the unbeaten Chiefs head to Foxboro to play the Patriots. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has Bill Belichick’s number, winning both of his games against him as the Chiefs coach. The Pats can’t stop the KC offence with their invisible pass rush, but Tom Brady and the offence can score against this defence. In a classic shootout, the Pats win on a dramatic Brady game-winning drive.
Both Baltimore and Tennessee are coming off disappointing road losses last week. This game will be a yawner, but in the end the Titans always seem to win these ugly games at home.
What happened to Jacksonville after its great start? The real Blake Bortles showed up, and he’s cost his team a couple of games with his terrible decision making. Dallas can’t play on the road, but this one is in Big D. Bortles ruins another game for the Jags. Take Dallas in this one.
Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Browns are no longer a basement dweller, and without some of their early-season kicking woes, they could be easily 4-1. It seems like the Chargers play in Cleveland every season and have trouble there. The Browns will give them trouble once again, and pull out a tight victory.
The Panthers head up to Washington to face another NFC East team. Will the result be the same? Doubt there will be another 63-yard game-winning field goal in this one. Take the Redskins at home.

Upset special
In a big AFC North game, the Steelers travel to Cincinnati.  
The Bengals are sitting atop the division at 4-1 (won-lost) while the struggling Steelers looked to have fixed some of their defensive issues against a good offensive team in the Falcons.  
Pittsburgh can still score, and the Bengals are one of the top scoring teams in the league as well.
The Steelers upset the Bengals in another shootout.

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.

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