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 5

October 3, 2013

Bills at Browns (Thursday, 8:25pm)
When the Browns traded RB Trent Richardson 3 weeks ago, everyone thought the season was over. With a win here, Cleveland would be 3-0 after the trade with QB Brian Hoyer at the helm.
Winner: Browns

Patriots at Bengals (Sunday 1pm)
The Pats receiving corps is down to signing WR Austin Collie. Crazy! Yet, they’re still undefeated.
Winner: Patriots

Ravens at Dolphins (Sunday 1pm)
The Dolphins D can’t be any worse than Monday night in New Orleans. Heavy dose of Ray Rice should be on tap for Baltimore.
Winner: Dolphins

Saints at Bears (Sunday 1pm)
The Sean Payton welcome back tour is 4-0. Things won’t be so welcoming in the Windy City.
Winner: Bears

Jaguars at Rams (Sunday 1pm)
10 days off and a gift from the NFL is on tap in St.Louis for the Rams.
Winner: Rams

Eagles at Giants (Sunday 1pm)
Think of it this way Giants fans, you’re only 2 games out of first place. Not bad for an 0-4 team.
Winner: Giants

Lions at Packers (Sunday 1pm)
A rested Packers after the bye week. RB Eddie Lacy returns from a concussion. Lambeau is always a horror show for Detroit. Get the picture?
Winner: Packers

Chiefs at Titans (Sunday 1pm)
If QB Jake Locker were healthy (hip), things might be different. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is no Jake Locker.
Winner: Chiefs

Seahawks at Colts (Sunday 1pm)
Perfect spot for the Colts to do a two-step over the NFC’s best after already routing the 49ers two weeks ago.
Winner: Colts

Panthers at Cardinals (Sunday 4pm)
Would it surprise you to know that the Cardinals have allowed fewer points than the 49ers (69-79)? Or that the Panthers have given up just 36 points in 3 games?
Winner: Cardinals

Broncos at Cowboys (Sunday 4:25pm)
Can anyone stop Peyton Manning? Not likely to happen in Dallas this week.
Winner: Broncos

Texans at 49ers (Sunday 8:30pm)
The 49ers must be licking their chops after watching Matt Schaub throw away a sure victory to the Seahawks last week.
Winner: 49ers

Chargers at Raiders (Sunday 11:35pm)
Midnight special for you folks in the East! QB Phillip Rivers looks amazing so far for the Bolts (11 TD’s, 1199 passing yards).
Winner: Chargers

Jets at Falcons (Monday 8:40pm)
No need to watch the 2nd half here. Unless you want to hear a ton of time-filling Jon Gruden “Chucky-isms.”
Winner: Falcons

Last week: 10-4
Season: 44-18

NFL Picks – Week 4

September 28, 2013

Ravens at Bills (Sunday 1pm)
The heart says Bills.  The head says Ravens.
Winner: Ravens

Bengals at Browns (Sunday 1pm)
With Brian Hoyer and Jordan Cameron around, the Browns offense has finally come to life.
Winner: Browns

Bears at Lions (Sunday 1pm)
Chicago will have its hands full here.
Winner: Lions

Seahawks at Texans (Sunday 1pm)
Me thinks the Texans just aren’t as good as the pundits make them out to be in the off-season.
Winner: Seahawks

Colts at Jaguars (Sunday 1pm)
This is the NFL’s gift to Indy for going to Frisco and mocking the 49ers last Sunday.
Winner: Colts

Giants at Chiefs (Sunday 1pm)
Yup, raise your hand if you had the Chiefs at 4-0. OK, now put your hand down and tell the real truth.
Winner: Chiefs

Steelers vs. Vikings in London (Sunday 1pm)
Sorry London, but at least it’s not the Jags you’re watching yet.
Winner: Vikings

Cardinals at Bucs (Sunday 1pm)
Welcome to the NFL back-up QB Mike Glennon. RB Doug Martin will make your first start much easier.
Winner: Bucs

Jets at Titans (Sunday 4pm)
Just think, Tennessee really should be 3-0 coming in to this one.
Winner: Titans

Eagles at Broncos (Sunday 4:25pm)
The over-under on plays in this one is 157.
Winner: Broncos

Redskins at Raiders (Sunday 4:25pm)
Hard to believe that Washington has a real shot at being 0-4. The Raiders are not pushovers at home.
Winner: Raiders

Cowboys at Chargers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Don’t get giddy Dallas Nation.  You’re two wins are against teams with a combined 1-6 record.
Winner: Chargers

Patriots at Falcons (Sunday 8:30pm)
Game of the day, but no Gronk and no Amendola for the Pats. Hard to think they keep up offensively here.
Winner: Falcons

Dolphins at Saints (Sunday 8:40pm)
Battle of the unbeatens on the Bayou! Real good test to see if the Miami’s defense is as good as advertised.
Winner: Saints

Last week: 8-8
Season: 34-14


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)
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

NFL Conference Championship Picks

January 18, 2013

NFC Championship – 49ers at Falcons (Sunday 3pm)
The Falcons are the biggest home underdogs in an NFC Championship Game in the modern era (+4.5).  Can the Falcons cover TE Vernon Davis a week after seeing Zach Miller torch them? Can 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick run for nearly 200 yards like he did against the Packers?
Winner: 49ers

AFC Championship – Ravens at Patriots (Sunday 6:30pm)
Patriots are 7-1 in AFC Championship Games, including a 23-20 win last season in Foxboro over the Ravens (only 38-34 loss was in 2007 to the Colts after losing a 21-3 lead).  Stopping WR Torry Smith deep will be a focus for the Patriots.  Stopping TE Aaron Hernandez and WR Wes Welker in the middle of the field will be a focus for the Ravens.  Will it come down to the final play again as it did in the Pats win last season and the Ravens victory in week 3 in Baltimore (31-30).
Winner: Patriots

Last week: 1-3
Season: 176-87-1

NFL Divisional Playoffs Picks

January 10, 2013

Ravens at Broncos (Saturday 4:30pm)
Could this be Ray Lewis’ last stand? Can Peyton Manning shake his sub-par 9-10 Playoff Record (7 times he’s lost his first playoff game)? Or will it be a continuation of his dominance over the Ravens: 9-2 vs. Ravens including 9 straight wins and 2-0 in postseason.  Another quick stat: Manning is 0-3 in playoff games where temps are below 40 degrees (1 TD and 7 INT’s). Saturday’s temps in Denver will be in near 20 degrees.
Winner: Broncos

Packers at Bronocos (Saturday 8pm)
This one comes down to the trenches.  If the Niners can get after Aaron Rodgers enough to slow him down, they can move on.  If they can’t, it could be another long night by the Bay and the Packers will have revenge for the Niners week 1 win in Green Bay.
Winner: Packers

Seahawks at Falcons (Sunday 1pm)
Suddenly, the Seahawks are America’s darlings.  There’s a good reason for it: they’re the fastest team top to bottom in the playoffs. Seattle will miss leading sacker Chris Clemons, who blew out his ACL in the win last Sunday against the Redskins. Atlanta and Matt Ryan have to prove their not just a regular season fluke.
Winner: Seahawks

Texans at Patriots (Sunday 4:30pm)
New England thumped the Texans 42-14 just a month ago in Foxboro.  If it’s going to be any different, Matt Schaub is going to have come up huge and outplay Tom Brady, who with a win will surpass Joe Montana for most playoff wins of all-time (now tied at 16).  Do you like those odds?
Winner: Patriots

Last Week: 4-0
Season: 175-84-1

NFL Playoffs Schedule

December 30, 2012

Saturday, January 5 (Wild Card)
4:30pm Bengals at Texans (NBC)
8pm Vikings at Packers (NBC)

Sunday, January 6 (Wild Card)
1pm Colts at Ravens (CBS)
4:30pm Seahawks at Redskins (FOX)

Saturday, January 12 (Divisional)
4:30pm Lowest AFC Remaining at Broncos (CBS)
8pm Highest NFC Remaining at 49ers (FOX)

Sunday, January 13 (Divisional)
1pm Lowest NFC Remaining at Falcons (FOX)
430pm Highest AFC Remaining at Patriots (CBS)

Sunday, January 20
3pm NFC Championship Game (FOX)
6:30pm AFC Championship Game (CBS)

Sunday, February 3
6:18pm Super Bowl 47 (CBS)