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 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 is the day that the NFL season finally starts. I know I have been heavy on the football posts as of late, but it is my favorite sport, and quite possibly my favorite pastime. The NFL season will be kicked off by a matchup of the perennial powerhouse, Pittsburg Steelers, and the defending champion New England Patriots. Tonight’s game looks like it will be a total “shootout,” both teams boast incredibly high powered offenses, while holding exceedingly average defenses. I fully expect both quarterbacks to take advantage of the holes in the defenses and I am eager to see an incredibly high scoring game. The story of this offseason was the “deflategate” scandal that involved the altering of game equipment by the New England Patriots, while it has been widely accepted that the Pats are guilty of cheating, a court order has rescinded the suspension that was once given to Tom Brady. With the “new life” given to Brady by the courts, I expect him to play the greatest game of his career tonight, and to throw for at least four touchdowns. I am going to make one of my not so accurate predictions for tonight’s game, I believe the Steelers will win this one in a high scoring thriller by the score of 38 – 31. Tom Brady will have a big game, but defense will be the downfall of the Patriots, as I just don’t think they will be able to keep up with the speed of Antonio Brown. I am very excited for the start of this NFL season, with game one being mere hours away, it is looking like we are going to be in for an enjoyable couple of football filled months.
Deflategate is a foolish word, made to describe the foolish actions of New England Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady. A recent investigation has shown that the quarterback not only knew about the case of the deflated footballs his team was accused of late last year, but he also directed the individuals who perpetrated the act. Brady held a long press conference in which he basically lied about his involvement in the case, while throwing the men he appointed to commit the acts under the bus, many felt he was being dishonest based on the fact that the quarterback is in charge of making sure the football is in playing condition. I am not surprised at the actions of Brady or the Patriots, as this is just one offense in a long list of indiscretions by the team. The Patriots have cheated before by filming the practice routines of other teams, the fact that they cheated again makes it seems as though they really have no remorse for getting caught, and no regard for the integrity of the game. The penalties have been handed down for the team’s involvement in these despicable acts, and in my opinion the punishment amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist. This billion plus dollar team has been fined one million dollars, and Tom Brady has been suspended for four games, the team also loses a couple of draft picks in the next two year. The fine that the team has to pay is a joke, Tom Brady, who is suspended without pay makes about 500,000 per game, so the team ends up making money on this punishment. Another issue I have with the “punishment” is how the team will lose draft picks, the only people hurt by this penalty are draft prospects, since one player will make substantially less money than he would have if all 32 teams picked in the first round. Overall I think the NFL dropped the ball on this punishment, and as a football fan, I just hope the NFL will be a bit more strict on repeat offenders in the future.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest days in sports and probably the biggest day in advertising. Today’s game matches the stellar defense of the Seattle Seahawks with the mammoth offense of the New England Patriots, truly a game for the ages. During the season both teams had their issues with personnel and play calling, but they have shown their resiliency in winning their way to the big game. If I was told at the midpoint of the season that these two teams would be playing in the Super Bowl, I would have scoffed at the absurdity of the prediction. Both teams looked far from the level of champions, but they have since shown that they are more than qualified to be crowned the best team in football. My prediction for this matchup is the Seahawks will win 27 – 17, the Seahawks defense is way too tough for the Pats, and they will be sure to keep New England quarterback Tom Brady on the run. The Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, will roll all over the Patriots in this one and it will be game over by late in the third quarter. I’m sure the first half will be competitive, but the Seahawks will keep the ball away from Brady and win their second championship. Hopefully my prediction is correct, either way I will surely be enjoying a great game.