Thursday, December 15, 2011

Week 15 NFL Picks/MVP Watch

Jacksonville (4-9) @ Atlanta (8-5)

Atlanta is on the road to a 5 seed in the NFC if they can win their remaining games, which are all against weak opponents.

Atlanta 31 Jacksonville 10

Dallas (7-6) @ Tampa Bay (4-9)

If the Cowboys blow this one, they may as well kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. Tampa is looking like one of the worst teams in the league at this point.

Dallas 34 Tampa Bay 13

Miami (4-9) @ Buffalo (5-8)

Speaking of one of the worst teams in the league, the Buffalo Bills have gone from contenders halfway through the year, to a team who will be picking high in the draft.

Miami 28 Buffalo 14

Seattle (6-7) @ Chicago (7-6)

The Seahawks have come out of nowhere and are now in the hunt for a wildcard spot. But it won’t be easy flying across the country for this one. And even though the Bears defense choked against the Broncos last week, they should hold up against Seattle.

Chicago 16 Seattle 7

Carolina (4-9) @ Houston (10-3)

Is Houston QB T.J. Yates for real? He will be for another week as he and the rest of the Texans potent offense go up against a bad Panthers defense.

Houston 27 Carolina 14

Tennessee (7-6) @ Indianapolis (0-13)

It’s almost over, Colts fans.

Tennessee 24 Indianapolis 14

Green Bay (13-0) @ Kansas City (5-8)

The Packers also want the regular season to be over already, but for different reasons.

Green Bay 37 Kansas City 13

New Orleans (10-3) @ Minnesota (2-11)

The Saints playing for a two seed in the NFC and a first round bye means they will punish the Vikings, who are a lock for the #2 or #3 selection in the draft.

New Orleans 32 Minnesota 17

Washington (4-9) @ NY Giants (7-6)

These are the kind of emotional letdown games that the Giants always seem to lose. But you would think they could gather up enough energy to beat the Redskins.

NY Giants 30 Washington 10

Cincinnati (7-6) @ St. Louis (2-11)

The Rams continue to shock people with how big of a backwards step they’ve taken this year.

Cincinnati 24 St Louis 6

Detroit (8-5) @ Oakland (7-6)

Tough to side with the Raiders right now, after they went on the road and embarrassed themselves in Miami and Oakland.

Detroit 24 Oakland 21

Cleveland (4-9) @ Arizona (6-7)

There is really nothing good to say about this game other than props to the Cardinals for making a late season run.

Arizona 23 Cleveland 13

New England (10-3) @ Denver (8-5)

There’s no effing way Tebow..

New England 27 Denver 17

NY Jets (8-5) @ Philadelphia (5-8)

I have a feeling that the Eagles that everyone thought we’d see this year will show up in these last few weeks of the season when the team is already out of playoff contention, and save Andy Reid’s job in the process.

Philadelphia 27 NY Jets 24

Baltimore (10-3) @ San Diego (6-7)

The Ravens need to keep winning to hold off the Steelers for the AFC North title.

Baltimore 24 San Diego 22

Pittsburgh (10-3) @ San Francisco (10-3)

Not sure if Roethlisberger will be able to play this game or not…if so, he obviously won’t be 100 per cent and facing a stingy Niners defence will cause him problems.

San Francisco 23 Pittsburgh 20

MVP Watch (Last week’s rank in brackets)

5. Matthew Stafford (5) QB Detroit 3754 YDS 29 TD 14 INT

The Lions looking like they may sneak into a wildcard spot in the NFC.

4. Tom Brady (4) QB New England 4273 YDS 33 TD 11 INT

He keeps bailing out his defense every single game.

3. Drew Brees (2) QB New Orleans 4368 YDS 32 TD 11 INT

Needs 717 yards in the final three weeks to break Dan Marino’s single season passing yardage record. That would be an average of 239 yards a week. So in other words, it’s happening.

2. Cam Newton (3) QB Carolina 3573 yds 15 TD 16 INT 13 rushing TD

If Andy Dalton wins offensive Rookie of the Year over Newton, it would be an absolute joke.

1. Aaron Rodgers (1) QB Green Bay 4125 yds 39 TD 6 INT

His star receiver, Greg Jennings, went down last week which begs the it time to rest Rodgers before he becomes the next one being carted off?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Week 13 NFL Picks/MVP Watch

Philadelphia (4-7) @ Seattle (4-7)

Vince Young has played better in two games than Michael Vick has all year, which will raise Young’s stock as he looks for a starting job next year. And assuming LeSean McCoy plays, the Eagles should roll on Thursday night.

Philadelphia 27 Seattle 9

Tennessee (6-5) @ Buffalo (5-6)

The Bills are looking like a team that may not win one more game this year, while the Titans need to win because with Houston’s quarterback circus, Tennessee still has a legit shot at the AFC South Crown.

Tennessee 24 Buffalo 21

Kansas City (4-7) @ Chicago (7-4)

Speaking of fallen quarterbacks, here are two teams who have also lost their starters for the year. The difference here is Chicago’s run game and defense.

Chicago 20 Kansas City 6

Atlanta (7-4) @ Houston (8-3)

Nobody knows who’s starting at quarterback for the Texans but much like the Bears, I see Houston’s run game and defense stealing this game away from Atlanta. Now let’s just hope that T.J Yates/Kellen Clemens/Jake Delhomme can manage the game well.

Houston 23 Atlanta 19

Oakland (7-4) @ Miami (3-8)

I need Oakland to lose this game to keep San Diego’s slim playoff hopes alive. So that means they’ll probably win.

Oakland 16 Miami 13

Denver (6-5) @ Minnesota (2-9)

It’s not Tebow who keeps winning these games. It’s the defense who keeps winning these games

Denver 19 Minnesota 13

Indianapolis (0-11) @ New England (8-3)


New England 42 Indianapolis 17

Cincinnati (7-4) @ Pittsburgh (8-3)

Really don’t like Andy Dalton’s chances coming into Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh 24 Cincinnati 20

Carolina (3-8) @ Tampa Bay (4-7)

Horrendous game. Give me the home team.

Tampa Bay 22 Carolina 19

NY Jets (6-5) @ Washington (4-7)

Rex Grossman won a game last week. It’s against the rules of football for Rex to have two good games in a row.

NY Jets 27 Washington 13

Baltimore (8-3) @ Cleveland (4-7)

I would actually laugh if the Ravens blew yet another winnable road game. They can’t do it again, can they?

Baltimore 33 Cleveland 10

Dallas (7-4) @ Arizona (4-7)

Anybody who’s not in buying into the Cowboys should give their head a shake.

Dallas 28 Arizona 16

Green Bay (11-0) @ NY Giants (6-5)

If Eli’s a top 10 quarterback like everyone seems to think, he wins this game.

Green Bay 30 NY Giants 21

St. Louis (2-9) @ San Francisco (9-2)

I actually just spent five minutes trying to think of something to write about for this game…

San Francisco 25 St. Louis 13

Detroit (7-4) @ New Orleans (8-3)

Just like it was for the Giants last Monday, it is gonna be a looooong night for Matthew Stafford and company.

New Orleans 34 Detroit 13

San Diego (4-7) @ Jacksonville (4-7)

The Chargers haven’t won since October 9th. If they lose this one, Norv HAS to be fired two seconds after the game clock hits 0.

San Diego 29 Jacksonville 18

MVP Watch (Last week’s rank in brackets)

5. Matthew Stafford (5) QB Detroit 3119 YDS, 26 TD 13 INT

The only reason his team still has a shot at the playoffs

4. Tom Brady (4) QB New England 3627 YDS 28 TD 10 INT

Tore apart the Eagles and now has the Colts this week.

3. Cam Newton (3) QB Carolina 3093 yds 12 TD 14 INT 10 rushing tds

Another rushing TD against the Colts, two back of the QB record.

2. Drew Brees (2) QB New Orleans 3689 YDS 27 TD 11 INT

Absolutely flawless against the G-Men.

1. Aaron Rodgers (1) QB Green Bay 3475 yds 33 TD 4 INT

The burning question is.. Do the Packers rest him at any point?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Week 12 NFL Picks/MVP Watch

Green Bay (10-0) @ Detroit (7-3)

The Lions are the first team in NFL history to comeback from 17 point deficits three times in one season. This stat might impress some, however it doesn’t impress me one bit. If the Lions want to be taken seriously, continuously falling behind by huge margins needs to stop. They have no hope of ending the Packers undefeated season.

Green Bay 35 Detroit 20

Miami (3-7) @ Dallas (6-4)

Two teams on a three-game winning streak but I’m not expecting Dolphins QB Matt Moore to go into Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving Day and win. Plus I think the Cowboys are a lot better than people think.

Dallas 34 Miami 14

San Francisco (9-1) @ Baltimore (7-3)

I still can’t envision the Niners winning a playoff game. Like for example, if the Saints or Cowboys come into San Fran during the divisional playoffs, I don’t see the Niners coming out victorious. Maybe because they’ve beaten up on garbage teams and wildcard playoff teams. Now they get to face a first place team. Baltimore wins this one and silences the people who are pumping the Niners tires right now.

Baltimore 20 San Francisco 10

Minnesota (2-8) @ Atlanta (6-4)

No Adrian Peterson means no chance for the Vikings.

Atlanta 30 Minnesota 21

Cleveland (4-6) @ Cincinnati (6-4)

I really don’t believe in the Bengals…but the Browns are hopeless.

Cincinnati 23 Cleveland 10

Carolina (2-8) @ Indianapolis (0-10)

Watch the Colts win the week I finally pick against them.

Carolina 27 Indianapolis 14

Houston (7-3) @ Jacksonville (3-7)

With Matt Schaub now done for the year (and any Super Bowl aspirations for the Texans probably done for the year) the Matt Leinart experiment begins. Expect a hefty dose of Arian Foster on Sunday afternoon.

Houston 30 Jacksonville 13

Buffalo (5-5) @ NY Jets (5-5)

Any chance the Bills had in this one was dashed when they announced Fred Jackson won’t be playing. Buffalo’s season is spiralling out of control and at least something’s spiralling in Buffalo, because Ryan Fitzpatrick’s throw sure isn’t.

NY Jets 27 Buffalo 10

Arizona (3-7) @ St. Louis (2-8)

And the weekly NFC West coin toss goes to….the Rams!

St. Louis 20 Arizona 17

Tampa Bay (4-6) @ Tennessee (5-5)

Kind of a toss- up..two teams that nobody really knows what to expect from. But as I’ve said over and over, the Bucs are a different team away from Tampa.

Tennessee 24 Tampa Bay 18

Chicago (7-3) @ Oakland (6-4)

The Bears are not done yet despite Jay Cutler’s injury. The defense should get the best of Carson Palmer in this game and Matt Forte will get the ball…a lot.

Chicago 21 Oakland 13

Washington (3-7) @ Seattle (4-6)

Seattle gets the edge here because of their home field advantage, where every visiting team seems to have problems.

Seattle 24 Washington 14

New England (7-3) @ Philadelphia (4-6)

Let’s face it..the Eagles got lucky last week. Vince Young was dreadful except for one drive and Eli Manning was just as bad. No matter who starts this game at QB for the Eagles, Young or Michael Vick, they will have a heck of a time stopping the Patriots, who appear, after a brief slip, to be the threat that we all thought they would be.

New England 27 Philadelphia 24

Denver (5-5) @ San Diego (4-6)

If Denver wins this game, I’m done watching football for the year.

San Diego 24 Denver 21

Pittsburgh (7-3) @ Kansas City (4-6)

So wait, why didn’t NBC flex this game out of the Sunday night spot?

Pittsburgh 30 Kansas City 7

NY Giants (6-4) @ New Orleans (7-3)

Elisha Manning comes home to New Orleans….and gets smoked.

New Orleans 35 NY Giants 14

MVP Watch (Last week’s rank in brackets)

5. Matthew Stafford (NR) QB Detroit 2843 YDS, 25 TD 10 INT

Exploded for five touchdown passes against Carolina.

4. Tom Brady (4) QB New England 3266 YDS 25 TD 10 INT

Certainly didn’t light it up against the Chiefs but solid, nonetheless.

3. Cam Newton (3) QB Carolina 2885 yds 12 TD 14 INT 9 rushing tds

The interceptions are starting to kill him, but he continues up phenomenal rushing numbers as he sits only three rushing touchdowns behind Steve Grogan’s 1976 record for a quarterback with 12.

2. Drew Brees (2) QB New Orleans 3326 YDS 23 TD 11 INT

Bye week

1. Aaron Rodgers (1) QB Green Bay 3168 yds 31 TD 4 INT

So he needs 20 touchdowns to break Tom Brady’s single season record. With six games left, that would probably mean a minimum of three touchdowns per game and a few four or five touchdown games in there.