Clearing the Deck – NFL Week 15

December 15, 2013

Time to go around the NFL for week 15…

* The “D” in “Big D” stands for dysfunctional in Dallas. Losing a 23 point lead against the Packers and now the turmoil is ratched up with coaches now calling up QB’s. Good times!

* Big weeks for the Chiefs, Colts and the Dolphins, who all get much needed wins.

* Have a day Jamaal Charles – 215 all purpose yards and 5 TD’s. Bazinga!

* Jay Cutler’s start in Cleveland wasn’t exactly what he had in mind with two early INT’s.  3 TD’s and win later, cooler heads prevail in Chicago as the Bears stay in contention for the NFC North Title.

* Can you believe the Cardinals at 9-5 still wouldn’t make the playoffs?

* Philly, just like Dallas and New England, just can’t stand prosperity as all 3 come up with lousy losses in winnable spots.

* ICYMI, the Jets won’t be making the playoffs after NY’s loss in Carolina, a win the Panthers desparately needed.

* Raise your hand if your saw the Rams upset of the Saints (or St.Louis’ 1st half onsides kick) coming? Yeah, didn’t think so.

* Don’t look now, but the 49ers keep getting better the closer we get to postseason.

* Just in case you had any doubts, the Seattle Seahawks are clearly the best team in football.

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NFL Week 14 – Clearing the Deck

December 8, 2013

Clearing the deck for a snowy week 14 of the NFL season…

* The Patriots win the battle (13 points in the final 63 seconds in a comeback vs. Cleveland) but may have lost the war, losing TE Rob Gronkowski with a reported torn ACL.

* The Chargers, Dolphins and Packers survive!

* Yes, NFC, there’s still some fight left in San Francisco.  Just ask Seattle.

* Ditto in the AFC with the Chiefs.

* Can the last one in Washington, DC please turn off the lights? Pitiful.

* The Lions can’t stand prosperity.  The Eagles, in a blinding snowstorm, sure can though.

* If you missed the final few minutes of Ravens/Vikings, do yourself a favor and watch it on replay. Six, yes 6, fourth quarter lead changes!

* Somehow, the Cardinals continue to win. Yet, at 8 wins, they’re on the outside looking in for the NFC Playoffs.

* Don’t look now, but the Bengals are still undefeated at home and looks like they’ll be there for at least one playoff game this January.

* The Broncos put up 51 points against the Titans, but keep an eye on Wes Welker, who suffered in second concussion in less than a month.


NFL Picks – Week 12

November 21, 2013

Saints at Falcons (Thursday 8:25pm)
At one time, this would’ve been a must see game. Not this week.
Winner: Saints

Jets at Ravens (Sunday 1pm)
It’s Rex Ryan and Ed Reed’s homecoming.  The guests should be very helpful to the home team.
Winner: Ravens

Panthers at Dolphins (Sunday 1pm)
Can you say “trap game” for the Panthers, coming off an emotional win Monday night over the Patriots?
Winner: Panthers

Bucs at Lions (Sunday 1pm)
This will be better than you think.
Winner: Lions

Steelers at Browns (Sunday 1pm)
The Browns shouldn’t be giving as many gifts as the Lions did last week to Pittsburgh.
Winner: Browns

Vikings at Packers (Sunday 1pm)
Hard to believe that this is a must win already for the Packers.
Winner: Packers

Jaguars at Texans (Sunday 1pm)
The Battle for the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is on in Houston.
Winner (or is that loser): Texans

Chargers at Chiefs (Sunday 1pm)
Two words for Jamaal Charles: “field day.”
Winner: Chiefs

Bears at Rams (Sunday 1pm)
To say that Chicago is having 2nd thoughts about a long-term deal for the injured Jay Cutler is an understatement.
Winner: Bears

Colts at Cardinals (Sunday 4pm)
Hard to believe that at the end of the day, these two teams will have the same record.
Winner: Cardinals

Titans at Raiders (Sunday 4:25pm)
Run, run, run Rashard Jennings.
Winner: Raiders

Cowboys at Giants (Sunday 4:25pm)
Eli Manning owns the Cowboys.  If that stays true, Giants would be 5-6 after an 0-6 start. Wow!
Winner: Giants

Broncos at Patriots (Sunday 8:30pm)
How often do you see the Pats have a two game losing streak in November?  It’ll be cold in Foxboro Peyton.
Winner: Patriots

49ers at Redskins (Monday 8:40pm)
Time for both RGIII and Colin Kaepernick to get well here.
Winner: 49ers

Last week: 9-5
Season: 105-56


Clearing the Deck – NFL Week 11

November 17, 2013

Clearing the deck for a Sunday afternoon full of surprises in week 11…

* Thoughts and prayers are with everyone touched by the dramatic tornadoes in the Midwest Sunday.

* With that having been said, the Bears OT victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens despite a two-hour weather delay with those tornado warnings and playing with a backup QB is a good thing on a bad day.

* There’s no doubt the Saints (23-20 winners over SF) and the Seahawks (41-20 over Minnesota) are the class of the NFC at this point.

* Don’t look now, but the Cardinals are just as good (record-wise) as the 49ers at 6-4.

* Hello roller coaster: the Giants have now four in a row and are now just a game out of first place after stating the year 0-6. Who are they behind? The 6-5 Eagles and 5-5 Cowboys.

* Congratulations Texans’ fans, your team has now lost eight in a row after getting beat by Matt McGloin (3 TD’s) and the Raiders in Houston.  Oh yeah, Matt Schaub is back as your QB. Ouch!

*  Maybe the Jets should have spent more time practicing that playing at Dave & Buster’s in Buffalo this weekend.

* That’s two in a row in Tampa.

* Not even a win over San Diego will squash the bad bullying vibes in Miami.

* Just when you thought the Lions were progressing, they give up nearly 400 yards of offense and 4 TD’s to a previously struggling Ben Roethlisberger.

* Do you think Aaron Rodgers should ask the Packers (0-3 without Mr. Discount Double Check) for a raise?


NFL Week 10 Picks

November 7, 2013

Redskins at Vikings (Thursday 8:25pm)
In a vacuum, not a bad Thursday night game. This could be RGIII’s coming out party for 2013.
Winner: Redskins

Seahawks at Falcons (Sunday 1pm)
There’s something not right with Seattle, but they’re still more than good enough to beat this Falcons team.
Winner: Seahawks

Bengals at Ravens (Sunday 1pm)
If the Bengals are for real, they right the ship and put last Thursday’s bad loss in Miami behind them. Quickly.
Winner: Bengals

Lions at Bears (Sunday 1pm)
Jay Cutler is back for the Bears, which is bad news for the Lions, who – like the Bears – try to distance themselves from the now Aaron Rodgers-less Packers.
Winner: Bears

Eagles at Packers (Sunday 1pm)
Philly is 4-1 on the road this year. Don’t be surprised if they give Green Bay back-to-back home losses.
Winner: Eagles

Rams at Colts (Sunday 1pm)
This will be tougher than you think for the Colts.
Winner: Colts

Raiders at Giants (Sunday 1pm)
The road to .500 continues in NY/NJ.
Winner: Giants

Bills at Steelers (Sunday 1pm)
Can the Steelers really be this bad? EJ Manuel returns for Buffalo.
Winner: Bills

Jaguars at Titans (Sunday 1pm)
The Jaguars are still the best….at being the worst.
Winner: Titans

Panthers at 49ers (Sunday 4pm)
NFC Playoff Preview? The Panthers are better, but not ready for primetime just yet.
Winner: 49ers

Texans at Cardinals (Sunday 4:25pm)
Amazingly, this game means more to the Cardinals in terms of playoffs than the Texans.
Winner: Cardinals

Broncos at Chargers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Shootout at the Q. Do you think former Broncos coach/current Chargers head coach Mike McCoy will have a few tricks up his sleeve for his former team?
Winner: Chargers

Cowboys at Saints (Sunday 8:30pm)
Rob Ryan will be laughing at the end of this one with a little revenge on the team that fired him at the end of last season.
Winner: Saints

Dolphins at Bucs (Sunday 8:40pm)
With everything that’s been going on with the alleged bullying case in Miami, the Dolphins seem to be two things: Unified and angry.  That’ll be just enough against the winless Bucs.
Winner: Dolphins

Last week: 7-6
Season: 91-42


NFL Picks – Week 8

October 24, 2013

Panthers at Bucs (Thursday 8:25pm)
It’s time to fire up that countdown clock to Greg Schiano’s firing day in Tampa. The Bucs are winless and now without Doug Martin.
Winner: Panthers

Dolphins at Patriots (Sunday 1pm)
The good news is that the Pats are finally getting some players back: Gronk, Talib, Amendola. The bad news is that Tom Brady hasn’t
thrown a TD pass in 2 of his last 3 games.
Winner: Patriots

Cowboys at Lions (Sunday 1pm)
Expect an offensive explosion here.
Winner: Lions

Browns at Chiefs (Sunday 1pm)
Sure, KC’s undefeated but yet again, they’ll play another wounded team. Wait until they have to play Denver twice in two weeks in late November.
Winner: Chiefs

Bills at Saints (Sunday 1pm)
Slim. None. Those are the chances the Bills could actually win this game.
Winner: Saints

Giants at Eagles (Sunday 1pm)
Hard to believe that after winning just one game, the Giants could actually get back into the NFC East race with a win here.  Expect Michael Vick back this week.
Winner: Eagles

49ers at Jaguars in London (Sunday 1pm)
The Jags better hope the Niners are very jet-lagged here.
Winner: 49ers

Steelers at Raiders (Sunday 4pm)
Quietly, the Steelers are starting to get their offense back to a respectable level.
Winner: Steelers

Jets at Bengals (Sunday 4pm)
Jets have won the last four against Cincy, but it’s NY’s week to lose after beating the Patriots last Sunday.
Winner: Bengals

Redskins at Broncos (Sunday 4:25pm)
Lucky Redskins, they get to face an underachieving Peyton Manning after Denver’s first loss of the season Sunday night in Indianapolis.
Winner: Broncos

Falcons at Cardinals (Sunday 4:25pm)
This is a game the Falcons should win.  But these are not last year’s Falcons my friends.
Winner: Cardinals

Packers at Vikings (Sunday 8:30pm)
Josh Freeman threw 53 passes in a loss at the Giants. Now, after a concussion, it’s Christian Ponder taking Freeman’s spot at QB.  Lucky Packers!
Winner: Packers

Seahawks at Rams (Monday 8:30pm)

Who will score more – the Rams or the World Series-playing Cardinals?
Winner: Seahawks

Last week: 9-6
Season: 73-34


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