NFL Divisional Playoff Picks

January 10, 2014

Saints at Seahawks (Saturday 4:35pm)
Rain and a a very loud 12th man in Seattle could stunt that stout Saints offense.  So could a very good Seahawks defense.  The x-factor will be the very inconsistent QB play of Russell Wilson.  Which ones shows up could be the difference between a blowout and an upset.
Winner: Seahawks

Colts at Patriots (Saturday 8:15pm)
After all is said and done, it’ll be the Patriots running game that should be the difference.  The Patriots are almost a lock in the Divisional Round after getting the 1st round bye (only a loss to the Jets in the 2010 Playoffs blemishes the Brady/Belichick record).  That having been said, the Colts and Andrew Luck should still be around to make things interesting in the fourth quarter Saturday night.
Winner: Patriots

49ers at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
SF is hands down playing the best football in the NFL right now.  Home, away, warm, cold, rain, snow, it hasn’t mattered lately.  The question is can the Panthers defense hold the Niners down long enough (like they did in November in SF) so that Cam Newton and the Panthers offense can make enough plays to win.
Winner: 49ers

Chargers at Broncos (Sunday 4:40pm)
It’s the spot Peyton Manning fans dread most.  The 1 and done spot. Peyton’s 9-11 playoff record speaks to that in the 3rd matchup of the season between these two (each winning on the road). It’s hard to see Manning acting like Andy Dalton did last week.
Winner: Broncos

Last week: 2-2
Season: 168-90-1


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 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 7

October 17, 2013

Seahawks at Cardinals (Thursday 8:25pm)
Trap game for Seattle as they start a two-game road trip through Arizona and St.Louis?
Winner: Seahawks

Patriots at Jets (Sunday 1pm)
Is there anyone left to play for the Patriots? No Wilfork, Mayo. Maybe no Amendola, Talib, Kelly…etc.  But, will it matter?
Winner: Patriots

Bills at Dolphins (Sunday 1pm)
It’s only week 7, but a must win game for the Dolphins if they’re to remain playoff contenders in the AFC.
Winner: Dolphins

Buccaneers at Falcons (Sunday 1pm)
Label this one the Disappointment Bowl.
Winner: Falcons

Bears at Redskins (Sunday 1pm)
Wouldn’t Jay Cutler just love to stick another “L” next to Mike Shanahan’s name this week?
Winner: Bears

Cowboys at Eagles (Sunday 1pm)
Sadly enough, this is a battle for the top spot in the NFC East even though neither team is over .500.
Winner: Eagles

Chargers at Jaguars (Sunday 1pm)
This is San Diego’s third trip cross country in just six weeks.
Winner: Chargers

Rams at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
Will the real Rams and Panthers please stand up? Who saw St.Louis routing the Texans in Houston? Or who saw a 4 TD week from Cam Newton on the road in Minnesota?
Winner: Panthers

Bengals at Lions (Sunday 1pm)
Both teams are 4-2, but you just get the sense that the Bengals continue to be underachievers.
Winner: Lions

49ers at Titans (Sunday 4pm)
You’d like to see this matchup in about four weeks when Titans QB Jake Locker returns from injury. UPDATE: Titans announce that Locker will surprisingly start Sunday.
Winner: 49ers

Texans at Chiefs (Sunday 4:25pm)
Talk about the ultimate two teams going in different directions! Step for Houston: try to end their five game streak of giving up pick-6’s.
Winner: Chiefs

Ravens at Steelers (Sunday 4:25pm)
This used to be a marquee matchup.
Winner: Steelers

Browns at Packers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Green Bay’s defense surprisingly got better without Clay Matthews last week in Baltimore. Anamoly or the real deal?
Winner: Packers

Broncos at Colts (Sunday 8:30pm)
A return to Peyton’s Place for Manning.  Don’t let the homecoming fool you.  Manning will be all gameface by 8:30pm.
Winner: Broncos

Vikings at Giants (Sunday 8:40pm)
Josh Freeman gets his first start at QB for Minnesota.
Winner: Giants

Last week: 12-3
Season: 64-28


NFL Wild Card Playoff Picks

January 4, 2013

Bengals at Texans (Saturday 4:30pm)
It’s a rematch of last year’s AFC Wild Card game. Same day. Same time. Same result (barely). Popular pick says Cincy here and you know what that means.
Winner: Texans

Vikings at Packers (Saturday 8pm)
Adrian Peterson has run for over 400 yards (409 to be exact) against the Packers in two games this season. He might need to rush for 300 more to keep Minnesota alive with the Packers WR corps the healthiest they’ve been all season.
Winner: Packers

Colts at Ravens (Sunday 1pm)
This is not your father’s Ravens defense, even with Ray Lewis back on his retirement tour. But, can Andrew Luck win the turnover battle in his first playoff game (17 turnovers on the road)?
Winner: Ravens

Seahawks at Redskins (Sunday 4:30pm)
Toughest game of the weekend to pick. Seattle gets Brandon Browner back in the secondary after his four game suspension. Plainly put: Seattle’s defense is MUCH better than Washington’s.
Winner: Seahawks

Last week: 14-2
Season: 171-84-1