This is the final week of the NFL season, and I have yet to get every game right for a week. I have come close on a couple of occasions, but the goal of a perfect week has since eluded me. Last week I didn’t do well at all, I had my worst week of picks ever with ten incorrect picks. I won’t let a bad week hinder my progress so here is my final shot at a perfect week. In the first games of week seventeen the Texans will defeat the Jaguars, the Steelers will beat the Browns, and the Jets will defeat the Bills. The Patriots will win against the Dolphins, the Titans will beat the Colts, and the Bengals will defeat the Ravens. The Redskins will beat the Cowboys, the Falcons will defeat the Saints, the Lions will beat the Bears, and the Giants will end their season with a win over the Eagles. In the late afternoon games of this week the Rams will blow out the 49ers, the Panthers will win a close game against the Buccaneers, the Chiefs will win against the Raiders, the Broncos will blow out the Chargers, and the Cardinals will defeat the Seahawks. On this last Sunday of the season, most of the games have little importance, almost every game features two teams with nothing to play for other than pride, the Sunday night game is possibly the only important game this week. On Sunday night the Packers and the Vikings will be playing for the NFC North title, and I expect the Vikings to come away with a big win. This is the final week of regular season football, after this the real tournament starts, I can’t wait for the playoffs.
There are two weeks left in this football season, and as the year dwindles down so goes my chances of perfection. Last week was one of my best weeks yet as I managed to select 12 correct games out of the 16, and I hope to build on that success as I race towards a perfect week. This week starts with a Christmas Eve matchup of the Raiders and the Chargers, I expect the Raiders to start their Christmas on a happy note with a big win. Saturday’s game features two teams vying for the NFC East title, with the Eagles facing the Redskins. I expect the Eagles to win the game and to keep their playoff chances alive. On the Sunday after Christmas the NFL gave to me, a full slate of action packed games. In the first Sunday game the Dolphins will defeat the Colts in a close one, the Buccaneers will defeat the Bears, and the Chiefs will dismantle the Browns in a blowout. In a northeastern grudge match between the Jets and the Patriots, I expect the Patriots to come home with a win. The Cowboys will defeat the Bills, the Panthers will beat the Falcons by a large margin, and the Lions will defeat the 49ers. The Texans will defeat the Titans in a shockingly playoff relevant game, and the Steelers will defeat their long time rival Ravens. The late afternoon games look to be quite exciting, even though all of the teams playing are not in playoff contention. In the first game, the electrifying Jaguars offense will win big against the porous Saints defense, the second game will be a defensive battle but the stronger Seahawks will defeat the Rams, and in the final afternoon matchup the Cardinals will defeat the Packers in a very close game. The Sunday night game features the Vikings and the Giants, and while my head wants to pick the Vikings, I must go with my fandom and choose the Giants, hopefully they can keep the playoff hope alive. In the final game of the week, we have a Monday night matchup of the Bengals and the Broncos, while both of these teams are playoff bound, injuries have considerably hurt their team depth. I expect the Broncos to win this game due to their strong defense, however this game will have an incredibly low combined score. There is only one week to go after this one, I think this week seems like a perfect time for a perfect week. Merry Christmas Everyone, enjoy the games.
During this past weekend of football there were some fantastic games, and there was no game more interesting than the game between the undefeated Panthers and the Giants. The Giants were down by 28 points in the second half, and they managed to fight back to tie the game in the fourth quarter, ultimately to lose the game by three points. Aside from the action going on during the actual matchup, there was quite a brawl going on between two of the stars of the game. Odell Beckham Jr and Josh Norman seemed to be having their own personal battle, which led to multiple personal foul penalties and dozens of penalty yards. There is speculation about the events that caused all of this animosity and while no official report has been made available publicly, the outcome of the game’s extracurricular activities will be the one game suspension of Odell Beckham. The Giants will be missing their most explosive offensive weapon for a crucial Sunday night game, and I don’t think the NFL correctly assessed the situation before handing down the punishment. I understand that the league wants to show that they do not play favorites when it comes to punishing players, but they already failed in proving this point by allowing Odell to complete the game. Both Norman and Beckham should have been ejected from the game on Sunday, but since the NFL wanted to keep its stars on the field they allowed these players to literally fight each other throughout the game. Perhaps it is due to poor officiating, or a lack of control by coaches, but these players should have been dealt with before the league had a chance to step in. I know that I am speaking from the point of view of a Giants fan, and that I am personally upset with the fact that Beckham will miss a game, but I think the league should have at least punished both players for their roles in this scuffle if anyone at all. I don’t condone the actions of Beckham, but I do believe that it takes two to fight, and the fact that the league only punished one combatant is a bit alarming. The NFL needs to better instruct their officiating crews when it comes to fights on the field, if the league doesn’t want players in this already brutal sport to fight, then they must start ejecting them before the fights escalate. The NFL is a contact sport and players get emotionally heated, I don’t think a suspension is warranted in most cases, especially when two players are allowed to “duke it out” all game long. Hopefully Beckham will win his appeal this week, or else Sunday’s Giants game will be much less interesting and competitive.
The NFL is split into eight divisions, and every year each of these divisions is required to crown a champion. It is a given that the best team in the division will have earned the right to host a playoff game, but with the state of the NFC East, it is not only difficult, but also absurd to label any of the four teams a champion. The NFC East currently has three teams tied for first place, and the forth team is only one game back, that seems reasonable until you realize that all four of these teams have more losses than wins this season. The NFC East has been plagued with poor play and damaging injuries, and while some teams have managed to play relatively solid football, huge mistakes have cost this division many crucial games. I personally have a stake in the outcome of this division because my favorite team, the Giants, happens to be mired in the mess of “contenders” for the title. The Giants are quite possibly the most frustrating team in the NFL, as they have lost five games this season while holding a lead within the last 72 seconds. I understand that anything is possible when it comes to sports, but the NFC East has given football fans all over America a reason to shut off their televisions in disgust. The football season is winding down, and as this awful division fights feebly to decide a champion, all of the other NFL teams and fans will be left with the realization that a team with a losing record will be awarded with home field advantage for at least one game in the playoffs.
Last week’s NFL games were fun and almost all of them were actually exciting. I was especially intrigued by the endings of the primetime games on Sunday and Monday even though the game on Monday featured two of the league’s worst teams. I was correct on ten out of sixteen games this week, so while I still haven’t reached perfection, I am trending the right way and I am left with five weeks to go to hit my goal of a perfect week. The Week 13 games start with a surprisingly relevant matchup of the Packers and the Lions, and I expect the Lions to pull off a huge upset and win this game by a touchdown. As for Sunday, the Bills will defeat the Texans, the Dolphins will beat the Ravens, and the Bengals will take out the weak Browns team. The Bears will beat the 49ers, the Jaguars will defeat the Titans, and the Vikings will get a big win against the Seahawks. Sunday’s games are headlined by a rare inner city rivalry matchup of the Giants and the Jets, and as a Giants fan I will always pick the Giants in this match. The Cardinals will win a close game against the Rams, and the Buccaneers will upset the Falcons in what should be an interesting game. The afternoon games of this week feature some of the league’s best talent and these will be the games to watch for football fans. The Broncos will defeat the Chargers, the Raiders will defeat the Chiefs in a very close game, the Patriots will win a close one against the Eagles, and the undefeated Panthers will keep their record perfect against the Saints. The primetime games of this week may look boring, but after watching last week’s games I wouldn’t be surprised by a few interesting endings. The Steelers will win big against the Colts on Sunday night, and on Monday, the seemingly hapless Cowboys will play inspired football and get a win against the Redskins. With five weeks left in the season, every game counts, and this season is looking like it will end on an exciting high note.
Last week was my worse week yet with only 7 out of 14 games correct for Week 10. The games of last week were extremely exciting as most of them were won within the last minute, or by a low score differential, I definitely didn’t expect to be as entertained as I was with the games. I fell like I would have had a better percentage of correct picks if the ball had a few favorable bounces, but I will make up for my poor picks with a perfect week this time. Tonight’s game features a showdown of two of the NFL’s least interesting teams, the Jaguars and the Titans, and I expect a Jaguars win in a blowout. Sunday is when all of the real excitement begins, as several teams will be fighting for position in an intriguing playoff race. The Rams will defeat the Ravens, The undefeated Panthers will beat the Redskins, and the Bears will defeat the Peyton Manning-less Broncos. The Cowboys will extend their losing streak to eight against the Dolphins, The Raiders will defeat the Lions, and the Jets will win against the Texans. The Falcons will return to their winning ways against the Colts, the Buccaneers will defeat the Eagles, and the Chiefs will win against the Chargers. In a battle for NFC North supremacy and prime playoff position, the surprisingly good Vikings will be taking on the reeling Packers. I expect the Vikings to come away with a huge home win over their long time rivals. The Seahawks will beat the 49ers in a low scoring matchup, and in the primetime games the Cardinals will defeat the Bengals, and the Bills will win against the undefeated Patriots in a huge upset. My picks are in, hopefully I can do much better than 50% this week and for the rest of the season.
Last week was my worst week yet when it comes to picks, I only managed to get seven out of thirteen picks correct. It seemed like I was cruising towards a perfect week with the early games but once the afternoon rolled around all of my picks looked terrible. I am still attempting to have one perfect week of picks this year, so I will just have to have a massive rebound today. To start off my week ten picks, we have a Thursday night game between the Bills and the Jets, and I can see the Bills coming away with a big victory. Sunday’s early games seem pretty easy to pick since most teams have already proven their status, but few of these games seem very compelling. In the first Sunday game, the Ravens will easily defeat the Jaguars, the Steelers will defeat the Browns, and the Panthers will keep their undefeated record with a win against the Titans. The surprisingly resilient Bears will put up a big score as they defeat the Rams in an upset, and the Cowboys will continue their losing streak against the Buccaneers. The Lions will put up a good fight but end up losing to the Packers in a close game, the Dolphins will defeat the Eagles, and the Saints will get a much needed win against the Redskins. The late afternoon games on Sunday are going to be much more entertaining than the early bunch, the first game features two of the league’s best young quarterbacks in a matchup of the Vikings and the Raiders, and I expect the Raiders to be victorious in a very close game. The second game is an AFC West showdown of the Chiefs and the Broncos, in which the Broncos will be Victorious. The final Sunday afternoon game is a fun and familiar matchup of the Patriots and Giants, this matchup is familiar because we have seen the undefeated Patriots put their record on the line against the Giants twice before, and it is fun because the Giants seem to have the patriots number in these matchups. I expect the Giants to once again defeat the Patriots on a last minute field goal or touchdown. As for the prime time games, I expect the Cardinals to defeat the Seahawks on Sunday, and The Bengals will blowout the Texans on Monday night.
Today I will be making my picks for the weekend NFL games once again. I have definitely hit a groove when it comes to my number of correct picks since I have been regularly getting ten correct, a number that I once again managed to attain in week eight. I am not a gambling man, so I consider these picks a fun way to interact with my favorite sport, but I’m sure my talent for making predictions could be quite marketable to some. In the first game of week nine, we have an interstate matchup of the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, I expect the Bengals to win this game due to their strong offensive play. In Sunday’s action the Bills will find a way to defeat the surging Dolphins in a close game, and the Jets will definitely beat the Jaguars. The undefeated Panthers will face their first true test of the season in a matchup against the Packers, and I’m sure they will come away with their perfect record intact. The Vikings will defeat the Rams, the Saints will defeat the Titans, the Raiders will shock the Steelers, and the Patriots will easily defeat the weak Redskins. In the late afternoon games, the Falcons will defeat the 49ers, the Giants will bounce back from the disastrous defensive showing of last week and defeat the Buccaneers, and the undefeated Broncos will keep that status against the Colts. The night games this week are actually somewhat boring, but I will be picking a team that I have never chosen before in this blog, and that I would never root for in my life. In The Sunday night game between the Cowboys and the Eagles I am going with the Cowboys finally ending their month long losing streak in a big win. As for the final game of the week, I am certain that the Chargers will defeat the Bears in what looks to be a blowout.
Week seven is in the books, and now we are officially at the halfway point of the NFL season. Last week, I managed to be correct on the usual 10 out of 14 picks, and while I expect perfection I am starting to feel ok with the consistency, for now. This week starts with an interesting one on Thursday night as the undefeated Patriots face off against the resurgent Miami Dolphins. I expect this game to be close and high scoring but the Pats will definitely win. In the early morning game from England, I expect the Lions to defeat the Chiefs in blowout, the Chargers will defeat the Ravens, and the Cardinals will beat the Browns. The Bengals will win a close game against the Steelers, the Vikings will win against the Bears, and the Texans will end their losing streak with a win against the Titans. The Giants will win against the Saints, and the Rams will defeat the 49ers. In what looks to be a massive upset the Buccaneers will defeat a very strong Falcons team, and The strong Jets defense will secure a win over the Raiders. The Cowboys are looking to bounce back from a four game losing streak but unfortunately they have to meet the reigning champions of the NFC, the Seahawks, I expect the Cowboys to lose this one by at least ten points. This week’s night games are going to be massive, with three undefeated teams playing in the games, I’m sure there will be some fantastic football. In the Sunday night game the Broncos will end the undefeated run of the Packers, and in the Monday night game the Panthers will keep it perfect with a win over the Colts. I am still hoping for perfection, but I think I will be fine once I get past this hurdle of ten correct picks. I would love to make this the start of my weeks of perfection, either way, enjoy the games everybody, I sure will.
Fantasy football is a fickle little game. I posted before about how fantasy football has gained a significant following in recent years, and along with that following has come the online gambling that is weekly fantasy games. Weekly fantasy football leagues are the heavily advertised and not at all regulated flavor of the week. If you have ever watched any sporting event or even turned on a television show that is geared towards millennials, you probably have seen the countless ads for Fanduel and Draftkings, which are the two competing fantasy for money websites. These companies advertise a chance to win millions for dollars, by simply picking your favorite players and enjoying the games you love, but this week both companies have come under fire for the actions of their employees. An employee of Draftkings won $350,000 from Fanduel after leaking sensitive information about player ratings, then using that data to his benefit. The knowledge this employee had on players and the similarity of the two companies gave this individual a distinct and unfair advantage over his competition. Both fantasy companies have since barred their employees from playing on either site, but there are more issues with these games than just “insider trading.” The problem with these fantasy sports betting sites is that they are completely unregulated. I am not the biggest fan of government regulation, but these companies are controlling way too much money to be able to freely share data with employees who have a chance to make a financial gain from it. Many people have called these websites the new stock market, I just hope this whole fantasy sports betting thing doesn’t get out of hand. Too many people have too much at stake when it comes to sports betting and this whole ordeal may run them the wrong way. I expect some sort of regulation to come out of this mess within the next few months, but until then, I would be wary of putting money into fantasy sports.