Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Free Pick, Trends, and Preview

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(5-2, 4-3 ATS)

Atlanta Falcons
(5-2, 4-3 ATS)

First place in the NFC South is on the line at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to pull off the shocker against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bucs have been a real head scratching team this year. They really don’t seem to have any business of having five wins at the halfway point of the season, but they have played a schedule just chock full of teams that just aren’t very good. The two legit teams they ran up against this year, the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers, have absolutely killed them. Tampa Bay has a real leader that has emerged this season, as QB Josh Freeman has really been great. The second year man out of Kansas State is really doing a great job hanging onto the football, as he only has three INTs and has completed 60.3 percent of his passes. He has generated a number of comebacks this year and has sparked some hope for a franchise that has been down in the dumps for over a year now. The running game is a very interesting story. RB Cadillac Williams has started all seven games this year, but all of a sudden, RB LeGarrette Blount busted onto the scene last week with his first career 100 yard game. Blount has three of the Bucs’ four rushing touchdowns this year, while the Cadillac has been parked outside of the end zone all year.

The Falcons know that this is a great chance to really hit the second half of the year running towards the second season, and with so many other teams in the NFC struggle, this is a team that is becoming a trendy Super Bowl pick. A great battle to watch this week is going to be the duel between Tampa Bay DB Aqib Talib and Atlanta WR Roddy White. White has been one of the best receivers in football all season long, as he has 54 catches, 747 yards, and five scores this season. QB Matt Ryan has clearly been the happiest man in Atlanta because of White. The former Boston College Eagle has completed 61.9 percent of his passes this year for 1,714 yards and 12 TDs against just five picks. He also has gotten some great work from his two running backs this year. RB Michael Turner has 131 carries for 587 yards and three scores, and he is well on his way to another 1,000 yard season. DE John Abraham has sacked opposing quarterbacks six times this year, and the end result of all of that pressure on the QB has been 11 picks in just seven games for the ‘D’.

This is a heck of a lot of points to be giving the Bucs. This isn’t the same Tampa Bay team from last year that was rolled over by teams like this all season. The Bucs had covered five straight in this series before the January tussle last year in the Sunshine State. Don’t be shocked if this one ends up being very touch and go for both teams.

Pro Football Free Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +9

Obituaries for Feb 13, 2008

The Sun – Naperville (IL) February 13, 2008 | MACTIVE General information concerning the obituaries page A detailed paid obituary may be ordered to appear in The Naperville Sun when funeral arrangements are made, and must be submitted in writing. Information about charges for detailed obituaries may be obtained from area funeral directors or by calling the obituary de partment at (630) 844-5837. A 24-hour fax service is of The obituary department is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Obituaries, In Memoriams and Cards of Thanks may be submitted at the front counter from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Naperville Sun, 1500 West Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60540. site ft myers fl

Friends may visit www.legacy.com to express condolen ces and sign a guest book.

Kenneth G. Carmignani Kenneth G. Carmignani, 71, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Naperville, IL, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2008. He was born February 22, 1936 in Chicago, IL to the late Mamie and Nello Carmignani.

Beloved husband of 47 years to Jackie Carmignani (nee Filippi) of Ft. Myers, FL; cherished father of Paul (Patricia) Carmignani of Naperville, IL, Lora (Woody) Johnson of Sugar Grove, IL, Diane (Steve) Obey of Aurora, IL; loving grandfather of Anthony, Daniel and Eileen Carmignani; dear brother of Joan (Orlando) Lenzi of Burr Ridge, IL and brother in-law of Dr. Richard Filippi (the late Cecile) of Sylvania, OH.

Ken grew up in Chicago, graduating from St. Mel’s High School in 1954. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he met his wife Jackie, the sister of his roommate. After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1958, he and Jackie were wed on June 25, 1960. Ken and Jackie were members of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, IL for over 35 years. During his career, Ken worked for 25 years in Municipal Government. He served as City Engineer for Naperville from 1968 to 1972, as Village Manager of Woodridge from 1972 to 1976 and Village Manager of Oak Brook from 1976 to 1985. During the late 1970’s, Ken taught college engineering courses in the evenings at the Midwest School of Engineering in DuPage County. Ken received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Benedictine University in 1985. He was active in many civic organizations, including the DuPage Mayors and Managers Association. He retired from James J. Benes, Inc. as Vice President of Operations in 1996. Ken was involved in the development of Naperville during a period of rapid growth, serving as an appointed member of the Naperville Planning Commission in the 1990’s. After retirement, he relocated to Ft. Myers, FL and was active in several social and charitable causes including volunteering at Lee Memorial Hospital and serving on the board of Whiskey Creek Country Club. Ken’s most joyous times were spent with his family and friends, in his woodworking shop and on the golf course.

A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 15, 2008 at 9:30 AM at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, IL. A memorial visitation will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2008 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday, February 15, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville, IL. Inurnment will be at Ss Peter and Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL. see here ft myers fl

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hope Hospice House, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. For further information, please call Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home at 630-355-0213.

Norma (Kies) Eck Norma (Kies) Eck, 80, of Naperville, formerly of Aurora and Holland, MI, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Naperville. She was born on May 30, 1927 in Aurora, the daughter of the late Harry N. and Gladys (Hanosh) Kies.

She grew up in North Aurora and was a 1945 graduate of West Aurora High School. She married Donald W. Eck in 1947 and moved back to Aurora where they raised their family. Norma lived in Holland, MI from 1999 until 2007. She then moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Naperville.

She is survived by her daughters, Sally (Stuart) Jones of Holland, MI and Lynda (James) Sherman of Naperville; grandchildren, Mark (Amanda) Jones of Grand Haven, MI, Jacob, Joshua and Lydia Sherman, all of Naperville; sister, Gladys Marilyn Hoffman of Aurora and brother, Wayne H. Kies of North Aurora.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald W. Eck and brother, Robert E. Kies.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 from 4 PM-7 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at the chapel. Interment will be private at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 800 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

For further information, please call 630-897-9291 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com.


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