NFL Wild Card Playoff Picks

January 4, 2014

It’s playoff time!!!!

Chiefs at Colts (Saturday 4:40pm)
Can the Chiefs turnaround their late season swoon? Can the Colts protect Andrew Luck enough? Can Alex Smith make enough plays?  At this point, there’s something missing from the Colts.  Jamaal Charles has to come up big for KC!
Winner: Chiefs

Saints at Eagles (Saturday 8:10pm)
Can the Saints play well outdoors below 30 degrees? Can Nick Foles keep it going in the playoffs? No Pierre Thomas for Saints, who I just don’t trust away from the Dome!
Winner: Eagles

Chargers at Bengals (Sunday 1pm)
Do you trust the Bengals – losers in the past two seasons in this spot? Can you trust the Chargers outdoors in the snow/rain? Two words: Andy Dalton.  Three words: don’t trust him.
Winner: Chargers

49ers at Packers (Sunday 4:45pm)
Ice Bowl II with below zero temps expected.  Can the 49ers put up the points to match Mr. Rodgers in the cold? No Clay Matthews for Green Bay which will be big across the middle vs. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin.
Winner: 49ers

Last week: 13-3
Season: 166-88-1


Full NFL Playoffs Schedule – 2013

December 30, 2013

WILD CARD ROUND
Saturday, Jan. 4
Chiefs at Colts, 4:35 p.m.(NBC)
Saints at Eagles winner, 8:10 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Jan. 5
Chargers at Bengals, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
49ers at Packers, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)

DIVISIONAL ROUND
Saturday, Jan. 11
TBA at Seahawks, 4:35 p.m. (FOX)
TBA at Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Jan. 12
TBA at Panthers, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
TBA at Broncos, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday, Jan. 19
3p AFC Championship (CBS)
630p NFC Championship (FOX)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII
Sunday, Feb. 2
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., 6:30 p.m. (FOX)


NFL Picks – Week 15

December 12, 2013

Chargers at Broncos (Thursday 8:25pm)
The Chargers have a knack for playing well in Denver (having won 3 of the last 4). No Wes Welker for the Broncos, but that shouldn’t stop them.
Winner: Broncos

Patriots at Dolphins (Sunday 1pm)
Life without Gronk (again) begins anew for New England. Will the Dolphins be the first beneficiaries?
Winner: Patriots

Redskins at Falcons (Sunday 1pm)
Washington is a mess even though the fallout may be that the Skins field a better QB this week with Kirk Cousins in for RGIII.
Winner: Falcons

Bears at Browns (Sunday 1pm)
Cutler or McCown. That’s the question for the Bears. The question for Cleveland is how do the Browns respond to losing a 13 point lead in 63 seconds in losing at New England last Sunday.
Winner: Browns

Texans at Colts (Sunday 1pm)
The Colts are reeling.  The Texans are reeling more.
Winner: Colts

Bills at Jaguars (Sunday 1pm)
The hottest team in the AFC South plays in Jacksonville. So, for the 2nd straight week, Buffalo will lose to a team that started the season 0-8.
Winner: Jaguars

Eagles at Vikings (Sunday 1pm)
Both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are hurt. Fantasy football players will love Nick Foles this week (again!).
Winner: Eagles

Seahawks at Giants (Sunday 1pm)
Consider this the MetLife Stadium dress rehearsal for Seattle. Opening night should come February 2nd.
Winner: Seahawks

49ers at Bucs (Sunday 1pm)
This one will be closer than you think and could be a trap game for the Niners, coming off an emotional win over the Seahawks.
Winner: 49ers

Jets at Panthers (Sunday 4pm)
Not exactly what the Doctor ordered for the Jets: a trip to Carolina to face an angry Panthers team coming off an awful night in New Orleans last Sunday.
Winner: Panthers

Chiefs at Raiders (sunday 4pm)
If only the Chiefs could face RGIII every Sunday.
Winner: Chiefs

Packers at Cowboys (Sunday 4:25pm)
Can the Cowboys “D” look any worse than they did last Monday night in Chicago? Not facing Aaron Rodgers would help.
Winner: Cowboys

Saints at Rams (Sunday 4:25pm)
Rolling, rolling, rolling. Saints in a Dome keep rolling.
Winner: Saints

Cardinals at Titans (Sunday 4:25pm)
Must win spot for Arizona here to keep pace in the NFC Playoff Chase.
Winner: Cardinals

Bengals at Steelers (Sunday 8:30pm)
If the Bengals are to be real players in the AFC, games like this, on the road against an inferior team, are must wins.  Do you trust the Bengals?
Winner: Steelers

Ravens at Lions (Monday 8:40pm)
We keep saying it, the Lions just can’t stand prosperity.  Home loss here against a team that knows how to win in December would be devastating to the playoff cause.
Winner: Ravens

Last week: 14-2
Season: 135-71-1


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).


NFL Picks – Week 9

October 31, 2013

Bengals at Dolphins (Thursday 8:25pm)
This is exactly the type of game that the Bengals normally lose against an inferior road opponent who’s lost 4 in a row. Prove me wrong, Cincy.
Winner: Dolphins

Chiefs at Bills (Sunday 1pm)
Just a hunch here.  Say goodbye to the last undefeated.
Winner: Bills

Chargers at Redskins (Sunday 1pm)
Slowly, RGIII is looking better.  Erase the final 20 minutes of the Broncos game and the Redskins could’ve been on to something.
Winner: Redskins

Falcons at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
Cam Newton is surging and the Falcons are souring.
Winner: Panthers

Vikings at Cowboys (Sunday 1pm)
Nice way to rebound for the Cowboys after a disasterous last minute meltdown in Detroit last week.
Winner: Cowboys

Titans at Rams (Sunday 1pm)
Remember when the Titans were the NFL’s darlings after a couple of weeks? Payback time for Jeff Fisher.
Winner: Rams

Saints at Jets (Sunday 1pm)
So, let’s see, the Bengals put up 49 on the Jets (with 2 defensive TD’s) last Sunday. Drew Brees must be licking his chops after throwing 5 TD’s last week against Buffalo.
Winner: Saints

Bucs at Seahawks (Sunday 4pm)
Lucky Bucs. They’re winless, get to travel cross-country and they get to face the Seahawks, who are smarting from Monday’s disappointing performance against the Rams.
Winner: Seahawks

Eagles at Raiders (Sunday 4pm)
The Eagles are a mess right now.
Winner: Raiders

Steelers at Patriots (Sunday 4:25pm)
The Pats are simply looking to get through this one and get to the bye without any more season ending injuries.
Winner: Patriots

Ravens at Browns (Sunday 4:25pm)
Two teams with zero handle on what they are and what they can be this season.
Winner: Ravens

Bears at Packers (Sunday 8:30pm)
The Packers are rollin’ offensively, even without Randall Cobb and James Jones. That’s a scary thought.
Winner: Packers

Colts at Texans (Sunday 8:30pm)
Is there anyone left offensively for the Texans to count on? Andre Johnson’s getting awfully lonely with all these injuries.
Winner: Colts

Last week: 11-2
Season: 84-36


Clearing the deck – NFL Week 8

October 27, 2013

Clearing the deck for week 8 of the NFL season…

* Have a day Megatron! 329 yards for Calvin Johnson and a last second win over the Cowboys may have pushed Detroit back into NFC Contention.

* And speaking of dramatic, how about the Patriots turning a 17-3 halftime deficit into a 27-17 win. Turning point of the season? Could be.

* Maybe the Jaguars should just stay in London after their embarrassing rout to the 49ers.

* Hard to believe, but the 2-6 Giants are now only two games out of first place in the NFC East. How fitting is that they do it on 5 FG’s and 0 TD’s.

* The Chiefs continue to do just enough to beat who’s on their schedule each week.  Now, the true tests begin with two games with both Denver and San Diego ahead.

* Now having said that, Peyton Manning is proving human, having to rally the Broncos from a 21-7 deficit to win Sunday in Denver.

* The Saints, now disciplined under Sean Payton, are for real folks. Plus, it helps when Drew Brees throws for 5 TD’s.

* Give the Bengals credit, the Jets game was probably one they would lose in the past.  Domination comes to mind this time around though.

* Falcons 2013 – thy name is disappointment.

* Steelers 2013 – see Falcons.