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

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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)


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!


Patriots 2014 opponents set

December 25, 2013

With the AFC East clinched (again) for the Patriots, we now know what the schedule (opponents-wise anyway) will look like in 2014.  From the NFC, it’s the NFC North, but don’t worry, no Patriots on Thanksgiving since the Lions come to Foxboro.  It’ll be either the Dolphins or Bills in Pontiac since it’s CBS’s turn for that game (unless something changes).   You can probably pencil that Pats/Packers in for SNF though.

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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 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 13

November 27, 2013

Packers at Lions (Thursday 12:30pm)
This one would be a whole lot different with Aaron Rodgers playing for Green Bay.
Winner: Lions

Raiders at Cowboys (Thursday 4:30pm)
Typical trap game for Dallas after an emotional road win at the Giants last Sunday that puts them back in a first place tie with the Eagles in the NFC East.
Winner: Cowboys

Steelers at Ravens (Thursday 8:30pm)
Hard to believe that the winner here is in pretty good shape in the AFC Wild Card race.  Hard-nose, hard-fought, physical football is a perfect way to end Turkey Day!
Winner: Steelers

Patriots at Texans (Sunday 1pm)
Houston makes it a perfect 10 in a row.  Losses that is.
Winner: Patriots

Dolphins at Jets (Sunday 1pm)
If anyone tells you they absolute
ly know what’s going to happen in this game, they’re lying.  Two teams riding the roller coaster all season long.
Winner: Dolphins

Bucs at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
Don’t be surprised if the Bucs have a chance to win this one late in the fourth quarter.
Winner: Panthers

Jaguars at Browns (Sunday 1pm)
The Jaguars are so bad they’re trying to mess up getting the #1 pick by winning lately.
Winner: Browns

Titans at Colts (Sunday 1pm)
Mt. Irsay, otherwise known as the Colts owner, erupted on Twitter this week. If Indy’s offense doesn’t erupt, the AFC South top spot will be up for grabs.
Winner: Colts

Bears at Vikings (Sunday 1pm)
The Bears can’t stop the run.  The Vikings have Adrian Peterson. That could be a bad combo for Chicago.
Winner: Bears

Cardinals at Eagles (Sunday 1pm)
How is this not the Sunday night game of the week? Best game of the week candidate here.
Winner: Eagles

Falcons at Bills (Sunday 4pm)
Unfortunately, this is the NFL’s gift to Toronto this year.
Winner: Bills

Rams at 49ers (Sunday 4pm)
The 49ers are getting healthier and getting better. Both things are bad news for the rest of the NFC.
Winner: 49ers

Broncos at Chiefs (Sunday 4:25pm)
The winner has the inside track on the top seed in the AFC.  The loser could be the 5th seed.  That’s how much the Broncos needed to hang on to their 24-0 lead in Foxboro last Sunday night.
Winner: Chiefs

Bengals at Chargers (Sunday 4:25pm)
Phillip Rivers is getting hot and the Chargers have four home games in the next five.  Keep your eyes on the Bolts.
Winner: Chargers

Giants at Redskins (Sunday 8:30pm)
Why is America subjected to this in the primetime game of the week.  Bad job not flexing this one out NFL!
Winner: Giants

Saints at Seahawks (Monday 8:40pm)
If the Saints can’t beat Seattle here, their road to the Super Bowl gets dramatically tougher.
Winner: Seahawks.

Last week: 6-7-1
Season: 111-63-1