Clearing the Deck – NFL Week 17

December 29, 2013

Clearing the deck for the final week of the regular season in the NFL…

* Kudos to the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and Panthers who did what they were supposed to do Sunday – win and keep their respective 1 and 2 seeds in the AFc/NFC.

* The same can not be said of the Bears, Dolphins and Ravens, who all blew a chance to get into the playoffs with a win.

* Congratulations to Rex Ryan, you earned the right to return to the Jets for 2014 and what should be a contract extension coming.

* The Steelers probably wish KC’s Ryan Succop was a better kicker. His 41-yard FG miss at the end of regulation cost Pittsburgh a spot in the AFC playoffs (won by SD).

* Black Monday is here around the NFL and the firings will be swift.  Already reportedly out: Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland and Mike Shanahan in Washington.  Moves could be coming in Oakland, Minnesota, Tennessee, Detroit and Tampa Bay (Schiano to Penn State?). (UPDATE: Chudzinski already fired as of 9:30pm Sunday night)

* Do you think the Seahawks are a little concerned with Russell Wilson’s play the last month heading into the playoffs?

* Do you think Aaron Rodgers makes a little difference in Green Bay?

* Talk about being stacked in the NFC: the 49ers and Saints are 5th and 6th seeds.

* Who’s a bigger disappointment in the NFC North: Lions or Bears?

* Give the NFL its due, week 17 was full of drama!

* Let the playoffs begin!


NFL Picks – Week 16

December 19, 2013

Dolphins at Bills (Sunday 1pm)
Suddenly, the Dolphins have playoff life after last week’s upset over the Patriots.  Win out over the Bills and the Jets and they’re into the 2nd season. It doesn’t hurt this week that Thad Lewis is in for EJ Manuel even though Lewis beat the Dolphins in Miami earlier this season.
Winner: Dolphins

Saints at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
The NFC South Title is on the line here in a rematch of two weeks ago. Don’t count on the Panthers being as bad this Sunday as they did then. Saints could be dropping to a possible 5th or 6th seed witih a loss here.
Winner: Panthers

Vikings at Bengals (Sunday 1pm)
No cupcake for the Bengals, who suddenly find themselves with the Ravens breathing down their neck in the AFC North.
Winner: Bengals

Broncos at Texans (Sunday 1pm)
Time for Peyton and crew to wrap up that #1 seed.
Winner: Broncos

Titans at Jaguars (Sunday 1pm)
Two teams working on keeping momentum for 2014.
Winner: Jaguars

Colts at Chiefs (Sunday 1pm)
Playoff preview in KC as these two teams are likely to meet in the 1st round.
Winner: Chiefs

Browns at Jets (Sunday 1pm)
Can the Jets finish .500 to save Rex Ryan’s job?
Winner: Jets

Bucs at Rams (Sunday 1pm)
Too bad for St.Louis that last week’s win over the Saints is the exception rather than the rule in 2013.
Winner: Rams

Cowboys at Redskins (Sunday 1pm)
An absolute and utter mess.  That applies to either team. It’s just a matter of who’s going to give it up last.
Winner: Cowboys

Giants at Lions (Sunday 4pm)
The Giants are looking towards 2014 on their own.  As for the Lions, Justin Tucker’s 61-yard FG may have them looking towards 2014 as well.
Winner: Lions

Cardinals at Seahawks (Sunday 4pm)
This could get ugly in Seattle.  The Cards are good, but the matchup is scary bad for them this week.
Winner: Seahawks

Patriots at Ravens (Sunday 4:25pm)
Two teams seemingly going in opposite directions.  Grab your lunchpail, it’s always a battle between these two teams.  Expect nothing less this time.
Winner: Ravens

Steelers at Packers (Sunday 4:25pm)
To Aaron Rodgers or not to Aaron Rodgers.  That is the Packers question as they climb right back into the NFC Playoff Race, courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys.  UPDATE (Fri 2pm): Aaron Rodgers officially out for week 16.
Winner: Packers

Raiders at Chargers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Hail Mary time for the Chargers.  Win out and have the Ravens and Dolphins lose out.  Not likely.
Winner: Chargers

Bears at Eagles (Sunday 8:30pm)
O-F-F-E-N-S-I-V-E S-H-O-O-T-O-U-T!!!
Winner: Eagles

Falcons at 49ers (Monday 8:40pm)
The 49ers are the 2nd best time in the NFL. Unfortunately for them, they will be a 5th seed in the NFC Playoffs.
Winner: 49ers

Last week: 9-7
Season: 144-78-1


NFL Picks – Week 14

December 5, 2013

Texans at Jaguars (Thursday 8:25pm)
Not exactly the matchup the NFL envisioned for its Thursday night primetime showcase. Just 5 wins between them and 3 of those coming in the last 4 weeks for the Jags.
Winner: Jaguars

Browns at Patriots (Sunday 1pm)
If you contain Josh Gordon, it’s pretty much a done deal for the Pats.
Winner: Patriots

Dolphins at Steelers (Sunday 1pm)
Welcome back Mike Wallace! Good bye playoff chances Miami!
Winner: Steelers

Raiders at Jets (Sunday 1pm)
The Jets can’t be any worse than they’ve been the past two weeks. So expect the unexpected.
Winner: Jets

Vikings at Ravens (Sunday 1pm)
Just like last year, the Ravens may be righting the ship at the right time.
Winner: Ravens

Colts at Bengals (Sunday 1pm)
Pretty much a playoff game for the 3rd seed in the AFC right here. Trust Cincy a little bit more at home.
Winner: Bengals

Falcons at Packers (Sunday 1pm)
To play Aaron Rodgers or to not play Aaron Rodgers. That is the quandry for the Pack. They should win either way against a bad Falcons team.
Winner: Packers

Lions at Eagles (Sunday 1pm)
A mini-playoff game in week 14. The question is can the Lions stand the goodwill and prosperity?
Winner: Eagles

Bills at Bucs (Sunday 1pm)
If only the season started in November for the Bucs.
Winner: Bucs

Chiefs at Redskins (Sunday 1pm)
Will the real Chiefs stand up? The one that won 9 in a row to start the season? Or the one that’s lost 3 in  a row?
Winner: Chiefs

Titans at Broncos (Sunday 4pm)
This one could be closer than you think as the Broncos come back home after back-to-back emotional games on the road.
Winner: Broncos

Rams at Cardinals (Sunday 4:25pm)
The Cardinals defense keeps them in playoff contention.  The Cardinals offense might get them in. Michael Floyd is making a difference.
Winner: Cardinals

Giants at Chargers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Payback for Eli Manning not wanting to go to San Diego 10 years ago?
Winner: Chargers

Seahawks at 49ers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Seattle is the best team in the NFL right now. Period.
Winner: Seahawks

Panthers at Saints (Sunday 8:30pm)
The first of 2 over the next 3 weeks between these two. Saints pretty much unbeatable in the Dome.
Winner: Saints

Cowboys at Bears (Sunday 8:40pm)
Can either team stop the other? Can Jay Cutler return in time to get the Bears in the playoffs?
Winner: Bears

Last week: 10-6
Season: 121-69-1


Clearing the Deck – NFL Week 13

December 1, 2013

Clearing the deck for week 13 of the regular season around the NFL…

* Can you really blame the Patriots for a 1st half letdown against the 2-9 Texans? Thankfully for New England, the Pats rebounded in time to make it the 2-10 Texans.

* Keep those Cam Newton for MVP buttons as the Panthers roll over the Bucs and now face New Orleans two of the next three weeks.

* Don’t look now, but the Jaguars are now winners of 3 after upsetting the Browns.

* Speaking of the Browns, how about Josh Gordon?!! Dude became the first person in NFL history to have back-to-back 200+ yard receiving weeks, posting 261 Sunday before a head injury after whipping the Stelers for 237 last Sunday.

* The Bears just can’t stand prosperity.  They’ll be happy to get Jay Cutler back next week after an OT loss in Minnesota.

* Is that the Fat Lady we’re heading for head coach Rex Ryan and Geno Smith?

* The 49ers are back on track.  Watch out NFC!

* Sorry Canada, but the Falcons, Bills was the best the NFL could give ya. At least you got overtime!

* Don’t blame Alex Smith for the Chiefs 2nd loss to the Broncos in 3 weeks. Peyton Manning 5 TD’s – 4 to Eric Decker.  Hello, KC defense!

* Start penciling in the Colts and Bengals for playoff home games the first weekend in January.

* Wouldn’t mind seeing the Cardinals and Eagles again come playoff time.  That’s the game we should’ve seen on SNF (sorry Giants/Redskins).


Clearing the Deck – NFL Week 10

November 10, 2013

Clearing the deck for week 10 of the NFL season…

* Broncos Nation is holidng its collective breathe as Peyton Manning has his MRI on his lower right leg Monday.  Up next for the 8-1 Broncos, the 9-0 Chiefs.

* Who saw this one coming: Rams 38 Colts 8?!

* How ’bout them Panthers – 5 wins in a row after silencing the 49ers in SF, 10-9. Up next for Carolina: MNF at home against the Patriots.

* The Lions rule atop the NFC North.  Let that marinate around for a bit.

* A by-product of the Lions win, Jay Cutler’s out again for the Bears.

* Good news, bad news for the Steelers: they beat Buffalo, but trade rumors begin for Big Ben.

* Think about this: Nick Foles has 16 TD’s (10 in the past two games) and 0 INT’s this season.

* Don’t look now, but the AFC North is dogfight again with both the Ravens and Browns just 1.5 games behind the now slumping Bengals.

* Case Keenum is exciting, but the Texans just aren’t that good right now.

* Yes Jacksonville, you will not go winless this season.  And that as the Titans blow a golden chance to sneak up on the Colts in the AFC South.


NFL Picks – Week 3

September 19, 2013

Chiefs at Eagles (Thursday 8:25pm)
Andy Reid’s homecoming to Philly. KC’s better, but can they handle the hurry-up offense?
Winner: Eagles

Bucs at Patriots (Sunday 1pm)
The Bucs are in disarray, much like the Patriots offense. FG’s could decide this one.
Winner: Patriots

Texans at Ravens (Sunday 1pm)
No Ray Rice for the Ravens could spell 1-2 for Baltimore. As for the Texans, they’ve lived on the edge with 2 last drive wins so far.
Winner: Texans

Giants at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
Can we call this the disappointment bowl already?
Winner: Giants

Lions at Redskins (Sunday 1pm)
O-F-F-E-N-S-E!!!
Winner: Redskins

Chargers at Titans (Sunday 1pm)
The Titans are better than you think and should be 2-0 if not for a last second meltdown in Houston last Sunday.
Winner: Titans

Cardinals at Saints (Sunday 1pm)
The Saints have that swagger again, courtesy of Sean Payton.
Winner: Saints

Packers at Bengals (Sunday 1pm)
The biggest question is can Andy Dalton keep up with Aaron Rodgers? Me thinks, no.
Winner: Packers

Rams at Cowboys (Sunday 1pm)
Didn’t Dallas say the offense would be better this year?
Winner: Cowboys

Browns at Vikings (Sunday 1pm)
Congratulations Browns Fans, your team is already looking towards 2014 after trading RB Trent Richardson to Indy.
Winner: Vikings

Falcons at Dolphins (Sunday 4pm)
We may see if this Miami team is different than those of recent history. This is the spot the Dolphins would normally chuck up a stinker.
Winner: Falcons

Bills at Jets (Sunday 4:25pm)
Battle for the AFC East basement in NJ! At least the Bills have a QB upside, right?
Winner: Jets

Colts at 49ers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Good news for Trent Richardson: you’re out of Cleveland. Bad news for TR: you’re facing the 49ers this week.
Winner: 49ers

Jaguars at Seahawks (Sunday 4:25pm)
Seattle should be cruising by about 4:40pm (ET).
Winner: Seahawks

Bears at Steelers (Sunday 8:30pm)
These are not your father’s Steelers folks.
Winner: Bears

Raiders at Broncos (Sunday 8:40pm)
Peyton to Thomas. Peyton to Welker. Peyton to Thomas. Peyton to Decker. Peyton to 3-0.
Winner: Broncos

Last week: 13-3
Season: 26-6