Column has been enjoyable, but now it's time to move on

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"It's time to move on ... It's time to get going ... What lies ahead I have no way of knowing ..." -- Tom Petty, Time to Move On

Five and a half years ago I found myself stuck on that very same Tom Petty song as I left my home and moved to Augusta. Well, it's time to move on once again.

This will be my last column with The Augusta Chronicle . I only hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

Sure, some of those sleeper picks were stinkers and some of those start and sit choices should've been reversed, but as most of you know, nobody's perfect.

During my stay in the Garden City I've seen a lot of people come and go. Some for the better and some for the worse.

Now that it's my turn, I can only see good on the horizon.

I'd like to thank my colleagues for helping me become a better writer, my friends for helping me through the tough times and The Chronicle for giving me the opportunity to bring the public this column over the past five years.

So here are my last picks. Thank you for reading.

START 'EM

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: The Lions have given up 18 passing touchdowns this year and are 30th in the league in passing defense. If Manning's line gives him time, he could have a huge day.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, Oakland: First-round pick JaMarcus Russell might see some action, but Culpepper is a solid start against the Vikings' 32nd-ranked pass defense. And remember the last time he started against a former team he accounted for five touchdowns.

Willie Parker, RB, Pittsburgh: The Jets have the worst rush defense in the league and Parker is near the top in rushing yardage. Another solid option, just like last week.

SIT 'EM

Any offensive starter for the Jets: Pittsburgh's defense is ranked No. 1 in the league overall, against the run and the pass. They got stung in the first half against Cleveland before waking up. Don't look for a similar sting to be visited upon them against the anemic Jets offense.

Jon Kitna, QB, Detroit: The Giants will probably be in a bad mood after losing to Dallas and Kitna has been sacked more times than any other quarterback in the league (37). The Giants also have the most sacks in the league with (31).

Clinton Portis, RB, Washington: The Cowboys haven't given up a 100-yard rushing performance this year and Portis will have a tough time running against Dallas' revamped defense.

WAKE-UP CALL

Marc Bulger, QB, St. Louis: The Rams picked up their first win of the year last week and could make it two in a row against a struggling San Francisco squad and its 21st-ranked pass defense.

Reach Raymond Beasock at (706) 823-3221 or raymond.beasock@augustachronicle.com.


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