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.
Last week was one of the most exciting weeks of the season so far. I managed to get nine out of my sixteen predictions correct, and most of them were with almost pinpoint accuracy. I still have a few more weeks to improve my pick percentage so I will get right into it. The first game of this week features two very good teams fighting for prime playoff position, I expect the Cardinals to defeat the Vikings by at least two touchdowns. On Sunday, I expect to see the Lions defeat the Rams, the Bears win against the Redskins, and the Bills winning over the Eagles. The NFL’s only remaining undefeated team, the Panthers, will face off against the Falcons who are currently on a five game losing streak, and I expect both streaks to remain intact. The 49ers will win a close game against the Browns, The Buccaneers will continue their hot streak with a win against the Saints, the Seahawks will beat the Ravens, and the Chiefs will get a big blowout win against the Chargers. The Jaguars will defeat the Colts, the Titans will win a close game against the Jets, and the Steelers will defeat the Bengals by a close margin in a huge divisional matchup. Sunday’s late afternoon games seem to be predictable enough, as we will see a couple of contenders facing off against weaker opposition. I expect the Broncos to win against the Raiders by less than a touchdown, and I believe the Packers will put up a huge score as they defeat the Cowboys. The Sunday night game pits the Texans against the heavily injured Patriots, who happen to be coming in with their first two game losing streak in years, I expect the Patriots to win this game, but they will make enough mistakes to keep it close. The last game of the week is going to be an important one for the Giants, as their season hinges on their ability to secure a win against the sometimes formidable Dolphins, the Giants will win this game and make a statement that they are better than they have been showing. There you have it for my week fourteen picks, I will definitely enjoy this week’s games, hopefully this will be the perfect week.
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.
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.
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.