Thursday, December 28, 2017

Week #17 - The End (NFL Regular Season)

Time to fill the final slots for the playoffs. . . this will be interesting

My record so far:

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
Week #12: 13-3
Week #13: 9-7
Week #14: 6-10
Week #15: 10-6
Week #16: 11-5
Week #17: 9-7
............................. 169-87 Regular Season Final Score

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Here's My Week #17 Predictions

OAK @ LAC: Surely, the Raiders can win their final game against their hated rivals, the Chargers.

GB @ DET: The Lions have been roaring, and Rodgers has nothing to play for - if he plays.

HOU @ IND: I can't see the Colts finishing without Luck. Texans are younger and hungrier.

CHI @ MIN: The Vikings may be among the best teams in football, right now.

NYJ @ NE: Will the Patriots go all the way ... again?  Tom Brady seems to be getting better as he gets older.

WAS @ NYG: New York has been without a soul ever since the Eli Manning benching controversy.  Redskins have been solid (or at least they were last week against Denver).

DAL @ PHI: Without Wentz the Eagles are vulnerable.  They are hoping Wentz will be ready for the playoffs.

CLE @ PIT: The Steelers are good enough to beat New England.  The hapless Browns don't have a chance.

CAR @ ATL: Ryan pulls off a big win.  Enough for the playoffs?

CIN @ BAL: Ravens are playoff hungry and ready.  Cincy is looking forward to the draft.

BUF @ MIA: Bills are playoff hungry, and give Miami a good beating for their final regular season performance.

NO @ TB: Saints finish top of their division, poised for a deep playoff run.

JAX @ TEN: The Titans and Mariota are better than the Jaguars think, and shock at the end.

KC @ DEN: Kansas City is ready to recapture their early season splendor.

SF @ LAR: Are the Rams the best team in the NFC?  Super Bowl bound?

ARI @ SEA: Is it possible for the Seahawks to recapture their past greatness?  Not this year, but beating the Cardinals at home will keep them hoping.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Week #16: NFL Predictions on Finale Eve

The Raiders are finished, the Eagles found a way to win, and Drew Brees continues to show us that the Saints are a major contender.  The NFC South remains interesting as New Orleans, Carolina, and Atlanta battle it out down to the wire.  The Steelers nearly dethroned New England in a game everyone thought Pittsburgh had won, and the Rams continue to dominate in ways that even Russell Wilson could not figure out.  Are the Vikings top tier? Can the Eagles continue to win with Wentz sidelined?  Kansas City's quick start out the gate may have been enough to keep the division for them, but the Chargers are charging forward anyway . . . making the Chiefs very nervous.

This is the second to final week of the regular season.  Who will be the cream at the top?

My record so far:

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
Week #12: 13-3
Week #13: 9-7
Week #14: 6-10
Week #15: 10-6
............................. 149-75 Record So Far

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Here's My Week #16 Predictions

OAK @ PHI: With Wentz out, I wanted to say the Raiders can win this one, but the Raiders offensive line has not been protecting Quarterback Derek Carr, and the rest of the team has been only lukewarm.  Philly wins at home with a "win one for Carson Wentz" attitude driving them forward from the moment they run out of the tunnel.

IND @ BAL: The lead the wild card race, and will play like it.  Easy win over the Luckless Colts.

MIN @ GB: Vikings will continue to play like one of the best teams of 2017 (thanks to a very good defense, and an adequate offense).

TB @ CAR: Panthers abuse the Bucs as North Carolina claws its way through the final moments of the season in the hopes of winning the division.

CLE @ CHI: Tough call, but Da Bears have the better defense, and will have the home crowd.

DET @ CIN: Cincy is eliminated and has nothing to play for.  Detroit leads the pack in the NFC wild card hunt.  Pulls this one off in a squeaker.

MIA @ KC: The Chiefs are trying to pull it all together, and really wants to win the division.  Woins big at home over the Dolphins.

BUF @ NE: Patriots survived a close one with the Steelers, and the adrenaline is still pumping.  They dismantle the Bills in an ugly way.

ATL @ NO: This is the battle football fans hope for.  Winner could be the division winner, possibly setting Atlanta up to play Carolina for the division crown in a grand finale next week.  However, Drew Brees will be in true form.  New Orleans will win, with the roar of the crowd serving as a valuable 12th Man.

LAC @ NYJ: Chargers continue to apply the pressure, showing Los Angeles that the Rams may not be the only new gun in L.A. that can make a playoff run.

LAR @ TEN: Rams are barreling through games, with few misfires.  They flatten the Titans, and turn enough heads as they become an NFC favorite for the Super Bowl.

DEN @ WAS: While they have little to play for, the Denver defense steps forward as the Redskins stumble.

JAX @ SF: Has the Jaguars finally emerged as a serious threat?  The 49ers will think so as Jacksonville stampedes over the Niners.

NYG @ ARI: Both offenses are struggling.  Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention.  Eli Manning is the better quarterback, over back-up Cards QB Drew Stanton.  While Drew still has his target, Larry Fitzgerald, still healthy, and he is wanting to use this game as an audition for other teams to use in their consideration to pick him up next year, Arizona's injuries, and Manning's desire to prove himself as still a viable quarterback in the league, will be too much to overcome.

SEA @ DAL: The Cowboys and the Seahawks are still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, but the demasculinization of the 'Hawks last week by the Rams was demoralizing.  The 'Boys are in a better place emotionally, and by way of momentum.  After defeating the Raiders last week, the Dallas streak against teams on the West Coast will continue - as they hope and pray for a little help to get them into the playoffs.

PIT @ HOU: The Steelers nearly won last week against the Patriots, and believe the game was taken from them.  They will take it out on the Texans, further establishing themselves as the team to beat in the AFC, taking a number two seed in the playoffs as they plan for a deep run, and an inevitable rematch with New England in the AFC Championship Game.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Week #15: A Chance to Reprove Myself

After doing so well all season long, with only Week #6 not being a winning day (7-7), Week #14 was disastrous for me.  Even the New England Patriots lost.  Wow, what a week.  Let's see if I can pull myself out of that one week slump this weekend.

While the Patriots have proven that they can lose, it was a temporary moment of weakness against a Miami team searching for some kind of identity.  The Raiders have underachieved, and some say it's because the all black offensive line is refusing to protect quarterback Derek Carr because he disagrees with the players who have been kneeling during the National Anthem.  While Carson Wentz went down in injury, and Andrew Luck remains out with injury, Aaron Rodgers may be a return from his injury this weekend.  He says he's not there to save the Green Bay Packers, but the truth is, they need the saving.  The two major candidates in the NFC, division rivals Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, square off in a battle that may have more impact on the overall playoff picture than most realize.  The bubble is dwindling.  Who stays in the playoff hunt?  Who's out?  This is the week that will separate the contenders from the teams who will be watching the playoffs from home.  The games will be fierce.  There's a lot on the line, as the end of the regular season approaches rapidly.

My record so far:

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
Week #12: 13-3
Week #13: 9-7
Week #14: 6-10
............................. 139-69 Record So Far

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Here's My Week #15 Predictions

DAL @ OAK: With Wentz going down, leaving the Eagles without their starting quarterback, and the reality that the Raiders will be facing Philadelphia in the next week game after this one, suddenly a glimmer of hope is shining for the Raiders in this game that many thought would be more important than it has turned out to be.  It will be close.  Dallas should win this one.  An Oakland win is dependent upon the offensive line.  If Carr is protected, he'll make the big plays.  If the lack of protection continues, the game will belong to the Cowboys.  At home, in front of the eyes of the Oakland fans, the O-Line will likely do their job . . . especially now that the accusation that they allowed Carr's back injury earlier in the season as punishment for his stance on the National Anthem has been floating around and is looking more and more believable.  The Raiders need to win all of their remaining games, and get a little help, if they are going to be able to get into the playoffs.

CHI @ DET: The Bears have a good defense, and that is it.  Every once in a while a glimmer of brilliance shines through, but not this weekend.  The Lions will win this division match-up.

LAC @ KC: Tough call.  The Chargers rose out of loserville as the great Kansas City Chiefs who shot out the gate with 5 wins has suddenly found a way to continuously lose.  I am going to take KC.  I think they are the better team.  But, I will be honest, LA's quarterback Philip Rivers Defensive End Joey Bosa have been exciting to watch when they are on target.  The target will elude them in Kansas City, as the wave of red fans make a difference in this game.

DEN @ IND: Normally, I wouldn't pick Denver to beat anybody, but without Luck, the Colts won't be able to do much against the Denver defense.

MIA @ BUF: Will the win by the Dolphins over the New England Patriots last week launch them into back-to-back wins?  Momentum and emotions play huge factor in the NFL, and the Bills are still having all kinds of locker room problems over the games being played by the powers that be, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor.  Dolphins win, bringing Miami up to .500, and knocking the Bills down to .500 as both hope and pray a wild card spot might be in their future.

GB @ CAR: Without Aaron Rodgers, Carolina wins.  If Rodgers is there, Green Bay wins.  I think Aaron Rodgers will do everything he can to not only be in the game, but to grind out a win.

BAL @ CLE: Baltimore is playoff bound as a wild card, I think.  Cleveland will continue to be winless, and get the number one spot in the draft.

HOU @ JAX: The Jaguars really want to get into the post-season, and they have a chance for a top-two seed.  Houston's loss of Savage adds to the Texans' long list of injured players.  A Jacksonville win here gives the Jags an even shorter road to winning the division.

CIN @ MIN: The Vikings might be the best team in the NFC.  Cincy's only 5-8.  Minnesota has the second most wins in the league.  Their defense turns it on, and the Vikings win in a dominant fashion.

NYJ @ NO: The Jets have pulled off some pretty interesting upsets this season.  They won't pull one off in New Orleans.  Last week's loss to Atlanta put the Saints on notice.  It's time to win.  Carolina is tied with New Orleans for the lead in the division, and Atlanta is only one game back.  The Saints have Atlanta next week, and Tampa Bay as a finale - which makes this game very important.  Especially since Carolina's schedule is the same (also facing the Bucs and Falcons to finish the season). . . but a loss to Green Bay this week by Carolina may be eminent, and the division decider if the Saints win today.  Granted, in the event of a tie for the division, the Saints swept Carolina, and so wins the head-to-head.  That said, the Falcons are still knocking at the door, and face both Carolina and New Orleans the final two weeks, and could win the division with their own wins ... making this game HUGE.

PHI @ NYG: Philly is without Wentz, and that will be as devastating to their chances to win as was the loss of Carr to the Raiders with one week remaining last year.  The Eagles have already clinched the division, and will go into easy-does-it mode, anyway.  The Giants, while with only two wins, they have nothing to prove, will rally behind Eli to prove they believe he should be behind center, despite the messages from leadership.  Giants win - but don't fall asleep watching this one.

ARI @ WAS: Both teams have slim chances for the post-season, but without Carson Palmer throwing the ball for the Cardinals, the Redskins will win easily at home.

LA @ SEA: Clash of the NFC West leaders.  The Rams maintain an overall one game lead over the Seahawks, while Seattle has a one game advantage when it comes to division record.  I think the Rams are for real, and they beat the Seahawks in Seattle.  The game will be epic, though.  This will be a fun one.

NE @ PIT: I don't normally vote against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  Tom Terrific has been nearly unbeatable, this year.  But, for some reason, I see the Steelers stealing this one, pulling it off in the fourth quarter in front of their home crowd.

TEN @ SF: The Titans are still in the playoff race, but their chances are becoming more slim with each passing week.  This is a must-win for Tennessee, and Mariota will pull it off.

ATL @ TB: The Falcons hold their future in their own hands.  A win today, and wins against New Orleans and Carolina during their last two games creates a doable path to the playoffs for Ryan and crew.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Week #14 Football Predictions. . . the cream rise to the top

Week #1: 9-6
Week #2: 14-2
Week #3: 12-4
Week #4:  9-7
Week #5: 10-4
Week #6: 7-7
Week #7: 12-3
Week #8: 9-4
Week #9: 8-5
Week #10: 11-3
Week #11: 10-4
Week #12: 13-3
Week #13: 9-7
............................. 133-59 Record So Far

✘ OUCH, I lost big this week, my first losing day of the year.  6-10.

Here's My Week #14 Predictions

OAK @ KC: The Chiefs suddenly can't win, and this game is critical for the Raiders' post-season hopes.  Oakland wins, and grabs the division.  Khalil Mack's great game last week against New York carries over, and has the KC's QB running for his life most of the game.  Oakland RB Lynch breaks open the KC defense, and has yet another strong game.

NO @ ATL: The Falcons have lost that playoff feeling, and Brees will continue to solidify the Saints' place in the hunt for a Super Bowl Championship.

IND @ BUF: Both Buffalo and Indy are done for the year, but the Bills have a little more in the tank.  The Colts are waiting for next season, which is when they will get their Luck back.

MIN @ CAR: Minnesota has been proving they are one of the teams to beat. . . especially when it comes to their superior defense.  Once again, Baltimore's defense carries the day, and the offense is energized by it.

CHI @ CIN: After losing to the lowly 49ers, the Bears are emotionally bankrupt.  Bengals win at home.

GB @ CLE: Packers can't win without Aaron Rodgers. . . except maybe against the winless Browns.

SF @ HOU: Playoff hopes have been dashed, but the Texans are still willing to fight for a win.

DET @ TB: I really like Stafford, but he just doesn't have the tools around him to win.  The Bucs are not much better, but they should be able to win this one at home.

DAL @ NYG: The Giants were bad, but with Geno Smith behind center instead of Eli Manning makes them extra bad, and creates a bad environment in the lockerrom.  Dak Prescott realizes if the Cowboys are going to make it to the playoffs, it is time to win, and they have to win all of their games.  Cowboys have an easier record than many of their rivals going into the final weeks of the season, and they will be playing in high gear.

TEN @ ARI: The Cardinals have fallen to earth without Carson Palmer in there over the last month.  His broken bones have left Arizona broken beyond repair.  Meanwhile, Titans have an outside shot for playoffs, and they are going to fight for it.

NYJ @ DEN: The Broncos are finished.  Time to look for a new quarterback.  Jets aren't much better, and out of the gate I thought they would be the worst team in the NFL.  New York, however, has been an overachiever, and they are good enough to beat the Broncos.

WAS @ LAC: Three-way Tie for first going into this week, and the Chargers actually believe they can do something about it.  Philip Rivers is the NFL Player with the most consecutive games in the same uniform.  Though the Chargers gave up on San Diego, they never gave up on Rivers. . . and he hasn't given up on them.  Chargers win, keeping the AFC West very interesting.

SEA @ JAX: Russell Wilson's time for a resurgence?  Perhaps.  Jacksonville has a strong defense, but the Seattle offense might be able to break through and score.  Seahawks win a close one.

PHI @ LAR: Holy Cow those Rams have been good, but so has the Eagles . . . and despite the firm loss to Seattle last week, Philadelphia still has among the top offenses in the NFL.  Then again, so do the Rams.  Both teams have overachieving young quarterbacks and defenses that sometimes can be suspect.  Philly is slightly the better team.

BAL @ PIT: Both good teams, but the experience and toughness goes to Pittsburgh.

NE @ MIA: I haven't been betting against Tom Brady, and I am not about to start, now.