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.
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.
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.
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.
News travels very fast these days. Just yesterday, as I finished writing about the demise of former Jets linebacker IK Enemkpali due to a terrible mistake he made, I got word that he will already get his redemption in the NFL. Rex Ryan, the former coach of the Jets, and the man who was initially behind inviting Enemkpali into the league, has decided to sign him to his new team, the Buffalo Bills. This move by Rex Ryan is no surprise to me, as he is known to be a man of theatrics, but something Ryan said in his interview struck with me. When Ryan was asked about why he signed IK, he said, “He made a mistake…There’s no question about that. But instead of listening to this person, that person, or whatever, we had IK last year, a lot of us were around IK, and he was a good teammate. Simple as that.” The words of Rex Ryan and this situation as a whole are just reminders that a solid first impression, and a good reputation are key when it comes to getting anywhere in life. The fact that Enemkpali was known by Rex as a good teammate, is the driving force behind his redemption. IK was not the greatest of linebackers, and I would not say he was a “must have” player, but the fact that he worked hard and didn’t step on any toes while Rex was around has effectively saved his career. I am glad to see that second chances can come out of a foolish situation, and I hope to see Enemkpali on the field for every game his new team plays against the Jets. I dont condone the actions that lead to his dismissal, but I still believe that one mistake should not define the life of any person.
Everybody makes bad decisions once in a while, but nobody can accurately predict the consequences of their choices. I’m sure that IK Enemkpali, a former linebacker for the New York Jets, never knew his mistake would cost him 1.8 million dollars and probably his career. A couple of days ago IK was involved in a locker room scuffle with the Jets’ starting quarterback, and while some reports have called this event an argument, many players on the team have classified this altercation as a sucker punch. The Jets starting quarterback, Geno Smith, and Enemkpali were arguing over 600 dollars the millionaire quarterback owed the linebacker, and the situation ended in an unforeseen punch. Aside from the obvious foolishness of the situation, I find it extremely alarming that this player didn’t take a moment to think about just how much that punch would cost his team and himself. In one punch he changed the trajectory of the team’s season as they are now without their projected starter for up to 10 weeks, and he also may have sent his own life into a place he would never have predicted. The New York Jets organization immediately released the linebacker after the punch with the coach saying “you don’t get a second chance after a sucker punch,” and it seems as though the NFL life of Enemkpali will end, less than two years after it began. The New York Jets have been something of a punchline in the NFL, and this punch situation shows that this “joke” of a franchise has some real work to do in order to get back to the level of discipline other teams show in this league. I wish Geno Smith a quick recovery, and I sincerely hope that this one lapse in judgement won’t mean the end of the career of Enemkpali. We all make mistakes hopefully his wont be the thing that defines him.