Category:NFL
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:27 pm
 

The surprises of the NFL season (so far)

What do you think are the biggest surprises of the NFL season now that most teams have entered the second quarter of their seasons? Here are 10 that stand out to me, but there are many, many more:

10. Bay City teams rolling. The Oakland Raiders are 3-2 and appear dangerous. The San Francisco 49ers are 4-1 and are clearly the best team in the NFC West.

9. Cam Newton is all that. The top pick in the draft came into the league with a lot of doubters and even more questions. All he has done his rookie year is instantly become one of the most exciting players in the NFL.

8.  Jets’ ground and pound grounded and pounded. The New York Jets can still be a good football team. But with an offense in disarray thanks in large part to offensive line woes, this 2-3 hardly looks like the Super Bowl contender coach Rex Ryan promised.

7. Peyton Manning: The Most Valuable Player in the history of sports. Who knew that Peyton Manning was the only player separating the Indianapolis Colts from total dysfunction? You could have anticipated the offensive difficulties with Manning sidelined, but I don’t remember him lining up at free safety, linebacker and corner, too. The Colts are neck-and-neck with the Miami Dolphins in the Suck for (Andrew) Luck Sweepstakes.

6.  The Bills are due. You knew from watching the Buffalo Bills last year – a max-effort team that played hard enough to win, but would come up short – that this year would see improvement. But if Buffalo goes to MetLife Stadium Sunday and beats the New York Giants, a distinct possibility, then Buffalo has to be considered one of the elite teams in the AFC. Either way, the Bills are legit playoff contenders. The debate over that is over.

5. Victor Cruz. Victor Cruz! Victor $%#*@%$ Cruz. My man Victor Cruz. C’mon Victor … The fate of the New York Giants may rest on wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is turning into a one-man highlight reel for the season – both good and bad.

4. Dan Marino’s 1984 record could be broken … into a lot of pieces. Dan Marino’s record 5,084 passing yards in a season has stood for going on 27 years. You need to average 318 yards a game to break it.  Right now five quarterbacks are ahead of that pace.

3. Wes Welker is on his way to greatest season by a wide receiver –  ever. The New England Patriot slot receiver already the record for most receiving yards after five games. At his current  pace he would break Jerry Rice’s record for receiving yards in a season … by 500 yards.

2. The nightmare that is the Philadelphia Eagles. The best off-season of any NFL team has quickly turned dark as the “Dream Team” has stumbled to a 1-4 start  — and looked bad doing it.

1. The Detroit Lions aren’t just good. They could be Super Bowl good. The Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956 – the year before they won their last NFL title. They are not just a Cinderella feel-good story. They are a for-real dangerous team that could go-toe-to-toe with the reigning champions Green Bay Packers.

Posted on: January 16, 2009 5:43 pm
 

NFL Championship Weekend picks

  • Regular Season = 153-100-1
  • Playoff Record = 4-4
  • Overall Record = 157-104-1
NFL Championship Weekend

NFC (FOX, 3:00 PM ET): Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals

AFC (CBS, 6:30 PM ET): Baltimore Ravens @ PITTSBURGH Steelers

With my credibility shot, my self respect in tatters, I offer this last-gasp stab at redemption. The Eagles-Steelers matchup is the logical selection. So …:

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at ARIZONA CARDINALS: The Eagles, by all appearances, are the 2008 edition of last year’s Giants. But the Eagles are beaten up, and Arizona — a dangerous home team all season — proved they are legit with the trouncing of the Carolina Panthers. Cardinals 29 Eagles 17

BALTIMORE RAVENS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS: It’s incredibly hard to beat the same team three times in one season. Ask the 2007 Cowboys, who beat the New York Giants twice before losing to them in the playoffs. Ask the 2008 Giants, who suffered the same fate at the hands of the Eagles (memo to self: do not blog while fighting vicious head cold. Nice catch, Adam.). In a razor-tight game, that could be enough. Ravens 17 Steelers 13.


*Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on Sunday, February 1 (NBC).

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 8, 2009 12:25 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2009 5:31 am
 

NFL Divisional Weekend picks

  • Regular Season = 153-100-1
  • Playoff Record = 4-4
  • Overall Record = 157-104-1

NFL Divisional Playoffs Weekend

Saturday, January 10
AFC:     4:30 PM (ET)
Baltimore (11-5) at Tennessee (13-3) (CBS-TV)

NFC:     8:15 PM (ET)
Arizona (9-7) at Carolina (12-4) (FOX-TV)

Sunday, January 11
NFC:    1:00 PM (ET)
Philadelphia (9-6-1) at New York Giants (12-4) (FOX-TV)

AFC:    4:45 PM (ET)
San Diego (7-8) at Pittsburgh (12-4) (CBS-TV)

There is a lot of talk of teams of destiny this week, what with two six seeds moving on to divisional rounds and four road teams favored during wild card weekend. (Both five seeds lost.)

This weekend, I’m staying home with the picks. Logic dictates there is an upset looming; I just can’t find/buy it.

In your twist of the week, all 4 games are rematches of at least one regular-season contest.


Saturday's Matchups:

TENNESSEE Titans (1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (6): Both teams win with defense, asking their QBs merely not to screw up. Playing at home, against a rookie, I have to go with Kerry Collins having a better chance of minimizing mistakes than Joe Flacco. Titans 17 Ravens 9.

(FINAL SCORE: Ravens 13 Titans 10)

CAROLINA Panthers (2) vs. Arizona Cardinals (4): The Cards played the Panthers tough in Week 8 before losing 27-23. But Arizona’s Anquan Boldin will be hobbled if he plays, and the Cardinals are a different team on the road, having lost its final two away games (Eagles, Patriots) by a combined 95-27. Panthers 31 Cardinals 16.

(FINAL SCORE: Cardinals 33 Panthers 13)

Sunday's Matchups:

NEW YORK GIANTS (1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6): This is the game that smells like a looming upset, but don’t be fooled. The problem with the Eagles, the designated "2008 Giants" team of destiny, is they're playing the Giants. Giants 27 Eagles 20

(FINAL SCORE: Eagles 23 Giants 11)

PITTSBURGH Steelers (2) vs. San Diego Chargers (4): The Chargers will likely be without LaDainian Tomlinson — not a bad thing considering the emergence of Darren Sproes. The rested Steelers defense will be too much for the Chargers, who showed grit winning their final four and beating the Colts in OT last week. Steelers 20 Chargers 13.

(FINAL SCORE: Steelers 35 Chargers 24)


Where is the upset looming? What am I missing?

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks
 
Posted on: January 1, 2009 1:01 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2009 6:51 pm
 

NFL Wild Card Weekend picks

  • Regular Season = 153-100-1
  • Playoff Record = 3-1
  • Overall Record = 156-101-1

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND
Saturday, January 3

  1. NFC:    4:30 PM (ET)
    Atlanta Falcons (11-5) at Arizona Cardinals (9-7) (NBC-TV)
  2. AFC:    8:00 PM (ET)
    Indianapolis Colts (12-4) at San Diego Chargers (8-8) (NBC-TV)

Sunday, January 4

  1. AFC:      1:00 PM (ET)
    Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at Miami Dolphins (11-5) (CBS-TV)
  2. NFC:      4:30 PM (ET)
    Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1) at Minnesota Vikings (10-6) (FOX-TV)

I have never rooted for the Miami Dolphins. Never.

Check that … nope, I was right the first time. Never.

I will this weekend. That’s how much respect I have for not only Chad Pennington and his comeback, but this team.

Too bad they’ll probably lose.

This may be the most unique wild card weekend you’ll ever see: All four road teams are favored. All four games are compelling in distinct ways. There isn’t a dog game in the bunch.

Saturday's Matchups:

CARDINALS over Falcons. Yes, the Cards are the worst playoff team in memory, and the Falcons are one of the best NFL stories this season. But Arizona plays well at home, and receiver Anquan Boldin is expected to play. CARDS 28 FALCONS 23. 

(FINAL SCORE - Cardinals 30 Falcons 24)

Colts over CHARGERS. The Chargers stormed into the playoffs despite a meager 8-8 record. The Colts are the quietest 12-4 team in memory. Peyton Manning has had an MVP season. Do not be surprised if the winner of this 4-5 game finds its way into Super Bowl XLIII. Colts 34 Chargers 20.

(FINAL SCORE - Chargers 23 Colts 17)

Sunday's Matchups:

Ravens over DOLPHINS. The Dolphins don’t turn the ball over, but the Ravens will change that. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, like Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, doesn’t look like a rookie. He won’t have to do much; just enough. Ravens 17 Dolphins 13.

(FINAL SCORE - Ravens 27 Dolphins 9)

Eagles over VIKINGS. Minnesota slipped into the playoffs by beating a New York Giants team that had pulled its starters in what was to them a meaningless Week 17 game. Meanwhile, the Eagles demolished the Dallas Cowboys in a game that had everything at stake. In the end, who do you trust, Donovan McNabb or Tarvaris Jackson? Eagles 24 Vikings 17.

(FINAL SCORE - Eagles 26 Vikings 14)

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks
 
Posted on: December 27, 2008 6:04 am
Edited on: December 29, 2008 5:17 am
 

WEEK #17 NFL Picks

  • Week #1 record = 11-5
  • Week #2 record = 10-5
  • Week #3 record = 11-5
  • Week #4 record = 6-7
  • Week #5 record = 7-7
  • Week #6 record = 9-5
  • Week #7 record = 10-4
  • Week #8 record = 7-7
  • Week #9 record = 8-6
  • Week #10 record = 10-4
  • Week #11 record = 11-4-1
  • Week #12 record =  9-7
  • Week #13 record =  9-7
  • Week #14 record = 10-6
  • Week #15 record = 9-7
  • Week #16 record = 7-9
  • Week #17 record = 10-6

Overall record = 153-100-1

The last regular season picks:

Sunday, Dec. 28th

Falcons Over Rams (Falcons Won)

Patriots Over Bills (Patriots Won)

Chiefs Over Bengals (Bengals Won)

Packers Over Lions (Packers Won)

Bears Over Texans (Texans Won)

Colts Over Titans (Colts Won)

Giants Over Vikings (Vikings Won)

Panthers Over Saints (Panthers Won)

Steelers Over Browns (Steelers Won)

Buccaneers Over Raiders (Radiers Won)

Cardinals Over Seahawks (Cardinals Won)

Ravens Over Jaguars (Ravens Won)

Dolphins Over Jets (Dolphins Won)

Cowboys Over Eagles (Eagles Won)

Redskins Over 49ers (49ers Won)

Chargers Over Broncos (Chargers Won)

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Picks
 
Posted on: December 18, 2008 10:33 am
Edited on: December 27, 2008 5:57 am
 

WEEK #16 NFL PICKS

  • Week #1 record = 11-5
  • Week #2 record = 10-5
  • Week #3 record = 11-5
  • Week #4 record = 6-7
  • Week #5 record = 7-7
  • Week #6 record = 9-5
  • Week #7 record = 10-4
  • Week #8 record = 7-7
  • Week #9 record = 8-6
  • Week #10 record = 10-4
  • Week #11 record = 11-4-1
  • Week #12 record =  9-7
  • Week #13 record =  9-7
  • Week #14 record = 10-6
  • Week #15 record = 9-7
  • Week #16 record = 7-9
  • Week #17 record =

Overall record = 143-94-1


 Just … End … The … Season …

Thursday, Dec. 18

Colts Over Jaguars (Colts Won)

Saturday, Dec. 20

Cowboys Over Ravens (Ravens Won)

Sunday, Dec. 21

Browns Over Bengals (Bengals Won)

Saints Over Lions (Saints Won)

Dolphins Over Chiefs (Dolphins Won)

Patriots Over Cardinals (Patriots Won)

49ers Over Rams (49ers Won)

Buccaneers Over Chargers (Chargers Won)

Steelers Over Titans (Titans Won)

Broncos Over Bills (Bills Won)

Texans Over Raiders (Raiders Won)

Jets Over Seahawks (Seahawks Won)

Vikings Over Falcons (Falcons Won)

Eagles Over Redskins (Redskins Won)

Giants Over Panthers (Gaints Won)

Monday, Dec. 22

Bears Over Packers Bears Won)

 

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL PICKS
 
Posted on: December 11, 2008 6:16 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2008 6:21 pm
 

Week #15 NFL PICKS

  • Week #1 record = 11-5
  • Week #2 record = 10-5
  • Week #3 record = 11-5
  • Week #4 record = 6-7
  • Week #5 record = 7-7
  • Week #6 record = 9-5
  • Week #7 record = 10-4
  • Week #8 record = 7-7
  • Week #9 record = 8-6
  • Week #10 record = 10-4
  • Week #11 record = 11-4-1
  • Week #12 record =  9-7
  • Week #13 record =  9-7
  • Week #14 record = 10-6
  • Week #15 record = 9-7

Overall record = 136-85-1

 

Thursday, Dec. 11

Bears Over Saints (Bears Won)

Sunday, Dec. 14

Rams Over Seahawks (Seahawks Won)

Jets Over Bills (Jets Won)

Dolphins Over 49ers (Dolphins Won)

Chargers Over Chiefs (Chargers Won)

Packers Over Jaguars (Jaguars Won)

Colts Over Lions (Colts Won)

Titans Over Texans (Texans Won)

Redskins Over Bengals (Bengals Won) Wow my team sucks!!!

Falcons Over Buccaneers (Falcons Won)

Cardinals Over Vikings (Vikings Won)

Patriots Over Raiders (Patriots Won)

Ravens Over Steelers (Steelers Won)

Panthers Over Broncos (Panthers Won)

Giants Over Cowboys (Cowboys Won)

Monday, Dec. 15

Eagles Over Browns(Eagles Won)

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL PICKS
 
Posted on: December 4, 2008 5:27 am
Edited on: December 10, 2008 6:54 pm
 

NFL Picks Week #14

  • Week #1 record = 11-5
  • Week #2 record = 10-5
  • Week #3 record = 11-5
  • Week #4 record = 6-7
  • Week #5 record = 7-7
  • Week #6 record = 9-5
  • Week #7 record = 10-4
  • Week #8 record = 7-7
  • Week #9 record = 8-6
  • Week #10 record = 10-4
  • Week #11 record = 11-4-1
  • Week #12 record =  9-7
  • Week #13 record =  9-7
  • Week #14 record = 9-6

Overall record = 127-79-1

My gut is telling me to pick the Lions! YEAH I'VE LOST IT!

Hear me out. I have my reasons for taking the Kitties. Some of them might even make sense in an alternate universe:

Yes, the 0-12 Lions playing against the first-place Minnesota Vikings. I know, the team that has a date with 0-16 infamy. And Yes, I know this same Detroit team that has been outscored 85-30 its past two games.

  1. Detroit played Minnesota tight on the road in October, losing 12-10.
  2. The Vikings two defensive tackles, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, face suspensions for banned substances. (But they may play, as they are trying to block the NFL's four-game suspension.)
  3. The Lions beat Minnesota at home last season.

Can anybody give me a good reason for making this pick? Anybody? Check, check: Is this thing on?

Too late …

Thursday, Dec. 4

Chargers Over Raiders (Chargers Won)

Sunday, Dec. 7

Bears Over Jaguars (Bears Won)

LIONS Over Vikings (Vikings Won)

Packers Over Texans (Texans Won)

Colts Over Bengals (Colts Won)

Falcons Over Saints (Saints Won)

Giants Over Eagles (Eagles Won)

Titans Over Browns (Titans Won)

Bills Over Dolphins (in Toronto) (Dolphins Won)

Broncos Over Chiefs (Broncos Won)

Jets Over 49ers (49ers Won)

Patriots Over Seahawks (Patriots Won)

Cardinals Over Rams (Cardinals Won)

Steelers Over Cowboys (Steelers Won)

Ravens Over Redskins (Ravens Won)

Monday, Dec. 8

Panthers Over Buccaneers (Panthers Won)

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