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.
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 worst of all in terms of NFL picks, and based on the recent trend, my picks seem to be getting worse and worse. I managed to predict only six correct games out of fourteen, and if the tread holds true, I will only have five correct this week. I am still set on getting at least one perfect week this season so this week, with every team playing once again, I am determined to get it right. Week twelve of the NFL season starts with the great tradition that is Thanksgiving football. There are three games being played this Thanksgiving so I will be expecting a day full of football, food, and family. In the first game to be played, I expect the Lions to defeat the Eagles, and in the late afternoon matchup of the Cowboys and Panthers, I fully expect the Panthers to put up a large score and keep their undefeated season going. Game three of Thanksgiving is an NFC North matchup of the Bears and Packers, and while the Bears have played well as of late, they will fall to the Packers in this game. As for the first of the Sunday games the Bills will beat the Chiefs in a blowout, the Bengals will defeat the Rams, and the Texans will win a close game against the Saints. The surging Buccaneers will defeat the Colts, the Chargers will beat the Jaguars, and the Dolphins will defeat the Jets. The Vikings will win an interesting game against the Falcons, and in a pivotal game for the weak NFC East division title, the Giants will defeat the Redskins. The Raiders will beat the Titans, the Cardinals will dismantle the much weaker 49ers, and the Steelers will win a close game against the Seahawks. As for the primetime games, we start with an interesting matchup of the undefeated Patriots and the Broncos, I expect the Broncos defense to hold strong against the heavily injured Patriot lineup and get a big win. The Monday night game will be something of a snoozer as two teams with lost seasons look to battle for the bottom of their division. I expect the Ravens to win the final game of the week against the Browns, even though they will be playing short handed. There you have it for my week twelve picks, hopefully I can break the streak of terrible weeks, enjoy the extended Thanksgiving weekend everybody.
I tried my luck at getting a perfect week, but unfortunately I went 11 for 15 on my week four picks. While 11 correct isn’t too bad, I’m sure I can manage to do better. Here is my shot at perfection. Week five is when teams begin to know who they are, and while every team is still technically in contention, this week is when we start to separate the “contenders” from the “pretenders.” In tonight’s game I have the weaker Texans defeating the heavily injured Colts. The Bills will bounce back and beat the Titans, the Ravens will defeat the Browns, and the Chiefs will win an easy one against the Bears. The Bengals offense will be too much for the strong defense of the Seahawks and they will manage to win, while the Packers will continue to roll in a win over the Rams. In the inter-Floridian matchup of two of the league’s weakest teams, the Buccaneers will defeat the Jaguars, and the Saints will stomp all over the hapless Eagles. The Falcons will beat the Redskins, the Cardinals will win over the Lions, and the Broncos will easily defeat the Raiders. I have chosen against the Cowboys every week, and with their current injury issues, and the fact that they are facing the league’s most impressive team, I would be a fool to choose them now. The Patriots will blow out the Cowboys this week. As for the prime time games the Giants, who have played extremely well over the past couple of weeks, will win against the 49ers in a very close game, and the Steelers will manage to get back to their roots of running the football in order to defeat the Chargers. Well there you have it for my week 5 picks, I am not 100 percent confident in my Thursday night pick but I think this has a great chance of being a perfect week.
During my week 3 NFL picks post, I said I would do better than the seven correct picks from previous weeks, and I was nearly perfect last week. I was correct on 13 of 16 games, and I am confident that I will manage to have a perfect week at some point in this NFL season. This week has been quite hectic so I will have to just list my picks for today, next week will return with more of a synopsis of my picks.
Steeler win against the Ravens
Jets over Dolphins
Panthers defeat the Buccaneers
Bengals defeat the Chiefs
Colts beat the Jaguars
Chargers over the Browns
Giants beat the Bills
Raiders beat the Bears
Falcons beat the Texans
Redskins over the Eagles
Vikings over Broncos
Packers beat the 49ers
Cardinals defeat the Rams
Saints over the Cowboys
Seahawks defeat the Lions
These picks are my best bet for week 4 of NFL action, I won’t guarantee perfection this week, but with football, anything is possible on a week by week basis.
The parity of the NFL when it comes to talent makes it one of the most difficult sports to predict. It is true that on “any given Sunday” the best team may not win, and my errant picks have shown that. Last week I was a day late on my picks so I missed the Thursday game, this week I will make sure that I get all of the action in this post. Just like in week one, I was correct on seven of my picks. Hopefully I will be able to get at least 10 this week. My Giants have let me down two weeks in a row in an inexplicable fashion, the mistakes they have been making late in the game are unacceptable. I just can’t see them losing three in a row to start the season, so the Giants will bounce back and defeat the Redskins. The Bengals will defeat the Ravens in a high scoring matchup, while the Panthers will defeat the Saints in a low scoring, run heavy game. The Buccaneers will beat the Texans, the reinvigorated Jets will crush the Eagles, and the Raiders will defeat the Browns. Tom Brady will continue to “thumb his nose” at the NFL commissioner, as the Patriots blow out the much weaker Jaguars. I have chosen against the Cowboys three weeks in a row, and now that they are suffering from injuries at key positions, I believe I will definitely be correct this time as I have the Falcons beating them in a surprisingly close game. The Colts will finally get a win and defeat the Titans, the Vikings will beat the Chargers, and the Steelers will easily handle the Rams. In the late Sunday games, The Cardinals will defeat the 49ers, the Bills will easily defeat the Dolphins, the Seahawks will finally win over the Bears, and the Broncos will beat the Lions in a very close game. The Monday night matchup pits two quarterbacks that competed to be the first overall pick in 2005 against each other, in a fun matchup for sports historians. Alex Smith, the eventual number one pick turned pseudo bust, and his Chiefs, will match up against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, the slighted player that ended up becoming a league champion and MVP. The Packers will easily win this game, but it is always fun to speculate on how different the league would be if Rodgers went first in that draft. My picks are set and the games will soon begin, I would be happy if the only correct pick I made is a Giants win, but I will have to wait until tonight to see if they can deliver.
NFL week one is over, and while I was terribly upset by the play of the Giants, there was some great football to be seen throughout the league. Last week I decided to make a prediction for each game and I ended up being correct on seven of my sixteen picks. I am confident that I can do better than seven correct, so I will be giving it another try for week two of the NFL season. The first game is a division matchup of the Patriots and the Bills, and while New England looked unstoppable last week, I can see the Bills pulling out an upset in a close game. The Panthers will win in a not so competitive matchup against the Texans, and The Bengals will defeat the Chargers in a high scoring shootout. After getting torched by a rookie QB last week, the Buccaneers won’t stand a chance against Drew Brees and the Saints. The Steelers will defeat the 49ers, the Cardinals will beat the Bears, and the surging Titans will win a close one against the Browns. The Rams will easily defeat the Redskins, and the Vikings will have a bounce back game as they defeat the Lions in a slight upset. I stated earlier that I was very unhappy with how the Giants played in week one, but I am still picking them to win in week two, they will have less mistakes and manage to defeat the Falcons in a very close game. The Ravens will defeat the Raiders, The Dolphins will win over the Jaguars, and the Eagles will find a way to beat the Cowboys in a matchup that I feel will be decided by the mistakes of the losing team. As for the prime time game, The Packers will defeat the Seahawks by exploiting the weaknesses in their secondary, I am sure that once the Hawks are 0-2 they will decide to pay Kam Chancellor the money he has been asking for. The last game of the week pits the surprisingly potent Jets offense against the surprisingly feeble Colts defense, the Colts are a good team but they will not be able to defeat Jets if they keep playing the way they have played thus far. I can’t wait for the games to start tomorrow, hopefully I have more than seven correct picks this time.
As expected, the NFL season opener was an offensive masterpiece, well at least for the New England Patriots. Tom Brady threw for 4 touchdowns as I predicted, but my prognostication of a Steelers win was incorrect. This weekend has been quite busy for me, due to it being wedding season apparently, so today while I have a bit of time, I would simply like to give my picks for week one of this year’s NFL action. The NFL is back and in full swing, this Sunday there will finally be a full slate of NFL games, and the fun will continue for the rest of the year. I will start my picks with the Packers beating the Bears by a wide margin, Aaron Rodgers is too good for the depleted Bears defense. The Chiefs will beat the Texans in a low scoring, possibly boring game. The Jets will will manage to handle the much weaker Browns in another low scoring matchup. The Colts will beat the Bills, but the game will be much closer than many expect. I’m picking the Dolphins over the Redskins, the Panthers over the Jaguars, and the Lions over the Chargers. The ever powerful Seahawks will have no trouble defeating the Rams, as their is a huge disparity in their offensive talent, and the Cardinals will defeat the Saints in what looks to be a close matchup. The Buccaneers will defeat the Titans, in a highly anticipated first meeting of rookie quarterbacks, I expect both of the league’s newest additions to play in a manner that proves they deserve to play at this level of football. I have the Raiders winning over the Bengals in a slight upset, and the Broncos beating the Ravens. In the prime time matchups we will see three great games, the first being my New York Giants facing the dreaded Dallas Cowboys, I am expecting the Giants to win in an extremely close and exciting game. As for the Monday night games, I have the Falcons beating the Eagles in a surprise blowout, and the Vikings defeating the 49ers in dominant fashion. Well there goes my picks for this week’s games, I will return with another blog post tomorrow, as I recover from this multiple wedding weekend.