2016 Conference Championship Sunday

Let me start off by saying, thank God for last Sunday.  Before the Packers took on the Cowboys last Sunday, 6 Playoff games had been played.  In those 6 games, the average margin of victory was 18.3 pts.  AWFUL!  Fortunately, we were all saved by the Packers winning on a last second field goal, and a kicker’s delight game in Kansas City, which saw a total of 7 FGs!

So here we are.  The Final Four.  Arguably the best Final Four QBs that the NFL Playoffs has ever produced.  Brady vs Roethlisberger.  Rodgers vs Ryan.  This should be a heck of a day of football.

Sunday, January 22nd:

#4 Green Bay Packers at #2 Atlanta Falcons

  • I’m going with the Green Bay Packers, and not just because I’m a shareholder.  Rodgers has been on an absolute legendary tear, ever since talking of “running the table” back in the regular season.  The Packers haven’t lost a game since November 20th, and I don’t see the Falcons defense stopping the train now.  It’s going to be a high scoring game, with two high powered offenses, but I have to give the nod to Green Bay, simply because of their QB.  Packers win 38-35.

#3 Pittsburgh Steelers at #1 New England Patriots

  • I predicted before the season that Pittsburgh would be in the Super Bowl, and I’m not changing my mind now.  Everyone in the AFC knows that the road to the Super Bowl, goes through Foxborough.  This season is no different.  Brady has had one of, if not the best, seasons of his historic career, and is trying to get to an unprecedented 7th Super Bowl.  However, I don’t think he has the parts to help him on defense.  Roethlisberger has the help of arguably the best RB and WR in the NFL.  Steelers win a tough one, 24-19.

To recap, my picks:

  • Green Bay
  • Pittsburgh

My Record: 172-90-2 (.6578)

2016 Divisional Playoffs

The NFL, its fans, and everyone on the planet, is hoping that this weekend will be more exciting than NFL Wild Card Weekend.  This weekend should be full of competitive games.  This weekend traditionally is the most exciting weekend of the Playoffs, but we’ll see.  Here we go!

Saturday, January 14th:

#3 Seattle Seahawks at #2 Atlanta Falcons

  • Seattle beat Atlanta back in October, 26-24, in Seattle.  Atlanta is the better team, and has been all season.  Seattle’s inconsistency, especially outside of Seattle, will ultimately be their downfall.

#4 Houston Texans at #1 New England Patriots

  • This one feels like such a sure thing, that people are beginning to be skeptical of calling it for the Patriots.  That being said, I won’t be trapped.  Houston stands no chance against New England, even in Houston.  Tom Brady is going to another AFC Championship game.  Write it down.

Sunday, January 15th:

#3 Pittsburgh Steelers at #2 Kansas City Chiefs

  • Pittsburgh blew out Kansas City earlier in the season.  Pittsburgh is the better team.  Kansas City has the home field advantage in this game, but that’s the only advantage that they have.  Hopefully, this game is competitive.

#4 Green Bay Packers at #1 Dallas Cowboys

  • Two weeks in a row, where the Green Bay Packers will be in the game of the week.  In my opinion, the winner of this matchup is going to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.  No one can discredit what the Cowboys did during the Regular Season, but when it comes to the Playoffs, they have very little experience.  This game could come down to the final possession at the end of the game.  Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 4 TDs and over 300 yards in three straight games.  If he continues that run, no one will be able to stop the Packers from walking into Houston in February.

To recap, my winners:

  • Atlanta
  • New England
  • Pittsburgh
  • Green Bay

My Record: 168-90-2 (.65)

2016 Wild Card Weekend Picks

It’s Playoff Time!

Wild Card Weekend is the weekend where we tend to see teams shock the world…for one week. A wild-card team has won the Super Bowl 6 times since 1970. Chances are, the 5 and 6 seed teams aren’t doing much, beyond this weekend. But hey, they made the Playoffs, so anyone has a chance! Here we go!

Saturday, January 7th:

#5 Oakland Raiders at #4 Houston Texans

  • Houston and Oakland both are bad teams. Oakland would have had the 2-seed and a bye, had their star QB Derek Carr not gone down in Week 16 against the Colts. My pick, Houston’s defense is too much for Oakland. Houston’s offense will do just enough to lock in a likely matchup with New England.

#6 Detroit Lions at #3 Seattle Seahawks

  • I may get burned on this one, but that’s the name of the game. Seattle has been very inconsistent this season. With a battered defense, going up against a Detroit Lions offense that has been throwing with the best of them, I believe that Detroit will upset Seattle.

Sunday, January 8th:

#6 Miami Dolphins at #3 Pittsburgh Steelers

  • This one is straight forward. While Miami did whip Pittsburgh earlier in the season, in Miami, the Playoffs are different. Mike Tomlin, LeVeon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown will be too much for Miami, especially in Pittsburgh.

#5 New York Giants at #4 Green Bay Packers

  • This is the game of the week easily. Either team could win this game. Both teams are playing Super Bowl contending football. I have to give the nod to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, especially in Lambeau. Don’t sleep on the Giants though.

To recap, my picks:

  • Houston
  • Detroit
  • Pittsburgh
  • Green Bay

My Record: 165-89-2 (.6484)

2016 Week 17 NFL Predictions

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  What better way to celebrate a new year, than with NFL football?  It’s finally here, Week 17.  For most teams, it’s the end of a long season, and the beginning of an even longer offseason.  For others, their season is only getting started.  Anything can happen in the Playoffs, but first, you must get to the Playoffs.  Let’s go!

Sunday, January 1st:

Baltimore Ravens(8-7) at Cincinnati Bengals(5-9-1)

Houston Texans(9-6) at Tennessee Titans(8-7)

Carolina Panthers(6-9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(8-7)

Cleveland Browns(1-14) at Pittsburgh Steelers(10-5)

Dallas Cowboys(13-2) at Philadelphia Eagles(6-9)

Buffalo Bills(7-8) at New York Jets(4-11)

Chicago Bears(3-12) at Minnesota Vikings(7-8)

Jacksonville Jaguars(3-12) at Indianapolis Colts(7-8)

New England Patriots(13-2) at Miami Dolphins(10-5)

Kansas City Chiefs(11-4) at San Diego Chargers(5-10)

Arizona Cardinals(6-8-1) at Los Angeles Rams(4-11)

Oakland Raiders(12-3) at Denver Broncos(8-7)

New York Giants(10-5) at Washington Redskins(8-6-1)

Seattle Seahawks(9-5-1) at San Francisco 49ers(2-13)

New Orleans Saints(7-8) at Atlanta Falcons(10-5)

Green Bay Packers(9-6) at Detroit Lions(9-6)

To recap, my winners:

  • Baltimore
  • Houston
  • Tampa Bay
  • Pittsburgh
  • Dallas
  • Buffalo
  • Minnesota
  • Indianapolis
  • New England
  • Kansas City
  • Arizona
  • Denver
  • New York Giants
  • Seattle
  • Atlanta
  • Green Bay

My Record: 153-85-2 (.6569)

2016 Week 16 NFL Predictions

Getting off to a late start this week, but better late than ever. With Christmas being tomorrow, it’s been a busy week for myself, as I imagine some of you can relate. So let’s get right to it. Week 16, here we go!

Thursday, December 22nd:

New York Giants(10-4) at Philadelphia Eagles(5-9)

Saturday, December 24th:

Miami Dolphins(9-5) at Buffalo Bills(7-7)

Atlanta Falcons(9-5) at Carolina Panthers(6-8)

Washington Redskins(7-6-1) at Chicago Bears(3-11)

San Diego Chargers(5-9) at Cleveland Browns(0-14)

Minnesota Vikings(7-7) at Green Bay Packers(8-6)

Tennessee Titans(8-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars(2-12)

New York Jets(4-10) at New England Patriots(12-2)

Indianapolis Colts(7-7) at Oakland Raiders(11-3)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers(8-6) at New Orleans Saints(6-8)

San Francisco 49ers(1-13) at Los Angeles Rams(4-10)

Arizona Cardinals(5-8-1) at Seattle Seahawks(9-4-1)

Cincinnati Bengals(5-8-1) at Houston Texans(8-6)

Sunday, December 25th:

Baltimore Ravens(8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers(9-5)

Denver Broncos(8-6) at Kansas City Chiefs(10-4)

Monday, December 26th:

Detroit Lions(9-5) at Dallas Cowboys(12-2)

To recap, my winners:

  • New York Giants
  • Buffalo
  • Atlanta
  • Washington
  • San Diego
  • Green Bay
  • Tennessee
  • New England
  • Oakland
  • Tampa Bay
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • Cincinnati
  • Pittsburgh
  • Kansas City
  • Dallas

My Record: 145-77-2 (.6547)

2016 Week 15 NFL Predictions

It’s Week 15 already.  This NFL season has flown by, and the season is only getting warmed up.  With only 3 weeks left in the regular season, teams are clinching playoff spots every week.  Most division champions appear to be coming down to their Week 17 matchups.  We’re just getting started.  So let’s get to it!

Thursday, December 15th:

Los Angeles Rams(4-9) at Seattle Seahawks(8-4-1)

Saturday, December 17th:

Miami Dolphins(8-5) at New York Jets(4-9)

Sunday, December 18th:

Tennessee Titans(7-6) at Kansas City Chiefs(10-3)

Pittsburgh Steelers(8-5) at Cincinnati Bengals(5-7-1)

Detroit Lions(9-4) at New York Giants(9-4)

Indianapolis Colts(6-7) at Minnesota Vikings(7-6)

Jacksonville Jaguars(2-11) at Houston Texans(7-6)

Green Bay Packers(7-6) at Chicago Bears(3-10)

Cleveland Browns(0-13) at Buffalo Bills(6-7)

Philadelphia Eagles(5-8) at Baltimore Ravens(7-6)

San Francisco 49ers(1-12) at Atlanta Falcons(8-5)

New Orleans Saints(5-8) at Arizona Cardinals(5-7-1)

Oakland Raiders(10-3) at San Diego Chargers(5-8)

New England Patriots(11-2) at Denver Broncos(8-5)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers(8-5) at Dallas Cowboys(11-2)

Monday, December 19th:

Carolina Panthers(5-8) at Washington Redskins(7-5-1)

My Winners:

  • Seattle
  • Miami
  • Kansas City
  • Pittsburgh
  • New York Giants
  • Indianapolis
  • Houston
  • Green Bay
  • Buffalo
  • Baltimore
  • Atlanta
  • Arizona
  • Oakland
  • New England
  • Dallas
  • Washington

My Record: 132-74-2 (.6377)

2016 Week 14 NFL Predictions

Week 14 is here, teams have begun securing their spots in the Playoffs, and some teams are running out of time to turn their seasons around.  Several of the Wild Card spots, and some division titles even, may come down to their Week 17 matchup.  The NFL season may be coming to an end, but the excitement level is rising.  Week 14.  Here we go.

Thursday, December 8th:

Oakland Raiders(10-2) at Kansas City Chiefs(9-3)

Sunday, December 11th:

Pittsburgh Steelers(7-5) at Buffalo Bills(6-6)

Denver Broncos(8-4) at Tennessee Titans(6-6)

Washington Redskins(6-5-1) at Philadelphia Eagles(5-7)

Arizona Cardinals(5-6-1) at Miami Dolphins(7-5)

Minnesota Vikings(6-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars(2-10)

Houston Texans(6-6) at Indianapolis Colts(6-6)

San Diego Chargers(5-7) at Carolina Panthers(4-8)

Cincinnati Bengals(4-7-1) at Cleveland Browns(0-12)

Chicago Bears(3-9) at Detroit Lions(8-4)

New York Jets(3-9) at San Francisco 49ers(1-11)

New Orleans Saints(5-7) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7-5)

Atlanta Falcons(7-5) at Los Angeles Rams(4-8)

Seattle Seahawks(8-3-1) at Green Bay Packers(6-6)

Dallas Cowboys(11-1) at New York Giants(8-4)

Monday, December 12th:

Baltimore Ravens(7-5) at New England Patriots(10-2)

to recap, my winners:

  • Oakland
  • Pittsburgh
  • Denver
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • Minnesota
  • Indianapolis
  • San Diego
  • Cincinnati
  • Detroit
  • New York Jets
  • Tampa Bay
  • Atlanta
  • Green Bay
  • New York Giants
  • New England

My Record: 120-70-2 (.6302)