Month: January 2016

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NFL Picks: Conference Predictions

Only two weeks of the NFL are left (besides the Pro Bowl) and Zito and myself are back once again with our playoff picks! We are currently tied with our picks but anything can happen at any given week so we’re going to continue on through the Super Bowl to see who will win the bragging rights between us. On to more important matters, this week was very tough to pick. The top 2 teams in each conference are playing each other and that makes it hard enough. Add in the Brady/Manning rivalry and the two hottest teams in the NFL and it makes everything a lot tougher. As tough as it was, here are our Conference championship picks:

Last week: Scott: 1-3 (4-4 overall)

Zito: 2-2 (4-4 overall)

AFC

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

Scott’s Pick: New England. What some people fail to realize, is that just because the Broncos defense is that dominant, doesn’t mean that they are invulnerable. The Patriots scored 27 points and didn’t commit one turnover against the Chiefs who have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Now that Edelman proved he’s back and healthy and Gronk is still as dominant as ever, the Patriots look like they have returned to Super Bowl form. The only thing that can potentially hold back the Patriots back is their banged up offensive line and backfield, which had 38 total rushing yards last week. A win is a win, especially in the playoffs, but the Broncos barely squeaked by the Steelers who didn’t even have their all-pro wide receiver, Antonio Brown. The Broncos have had too many struggles on offense. The only part of their offense that I have been impressed with is their running game. Statistically, they aren’t great, but Anderson and Hillman are a good pair and can go off for 100 yards during any given game. Peyton Manning didn’t do that bad last week but he wasn’t spectacular either. If you exclude the drops committed by the Broncos receivers, Manning would’ve done really well, but that’s IF they didn’t drop any. The Patriots are too good and a much better football team than the Broncos and that will definitely show on Sunday in the AFC Championship.

Zito’s Pick: New England.

We will witness yet another Manning vs Brady matchup come Sunday afternoon. Historically, Brady owns the field when facing off against Manning and I don’t expect that to change. The Broncos cut it a little close last week and won another game due to big plays made on the defense while the offense underperformed. Manning looked good against the Steelers but his receivers failed to show up. With Denver, it seems to be either the wide receivers show up or Manning doesn’t, or vice-versa. They have failed to establish any solid front on the offensive side of the ball leaving it up to the defense to win the games, which in some cases is a good strategy but not good enough to win the Super Bowl, or better yet, win the AFC title game. Tom Brady will have all of his weapons back come Sunday which is dangerous for any caliber defense. Gronk is near impossible to cover, and Edelman is a tier 1 receiver when he holds on the ball. James White has proved himself a valuable asset out of the backfield to split snaps with Jackson. The Patriots are great in the post season and have all of the weapons on offense to continue on to the Super Bowl. The Patriots defense also holds their own especially in big games. I think Brady tops Manning once again for another shot at the Lombardi trophy.

NFC

Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers

Scott’s Pick: Carolina. As much as I have been praising the Cardinals all year and in the post season, I just can’t pick them this week against Cam Newton and the Panthers. Newton can just make so much out of so little and has made that work all season and last week he even led his team to beat the reigning NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Jonathon Stewart came back from injury stronger than ever, rushing for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. With the Panthers having this many weapons on offense and with Luke Kuechly returning interceptions for touchdowns like it’s his job, this team looks scary.  The Cardinals on the other hand, are still a very good football team and should not be taken lightly. They still have an amazing receiving core, with the likes of Fitzgerald, Floyd, Brown, Nelson, and Johnson out of the backfield. Carson Palmer has exceeded expectations this year as a top 5 quarterback in the NFL and their defense is also very good, being led by Patrick Peterson. I will officially pick the Panthers to go to the Super Bowl, but, do not be surprised if the Cardinals beat the Panthers in Carolina. This is the game we have all been hoping for as football fans and now is the game we have all been waiting for. This should be one of the best showdowns we will see in postseason history.

Zito’s Pick: Carolina.

The first post season game in which a QB taken first over all from each team will face off. Carson vs Newton, the top two MVP candidates will matchup with what I believe to be the two best teams in the NFL. I have been waiting for this game all year. Heck, if it could be, I would rather see these two teams face off in the Super Bowl believing they are both superior to the Patriots and Broncos. Unfortunately, only one team gets to move on. The Panthers are hot again, and nobody wants to defend against a Cam Newton led offense when he is firing on all cylinders. Newton has a great connection with Greg Olsen which will be key to moving the ball on Saturday. Arizona has what looks like the most complete team in the league when playing well. They have a great defense, as well as offense when they show up to play. They have lacked on the offensive side of the ball their past few games with Palmer making some bonehead decisions. If the Cardinals offense gets rolling they will make it tough for Carolina to walk away with the win. Even if the Cardinals play great I don’t see them topping the Panthers. Carolina is hot, it’s hard not to bet against them. Carolina tops Arizona to advance to the Super Bowl.

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NFL Picks: Divisional Predictions

Last week, I told all of you that my good friend Zito was going to help me with my picks to add more depth to my article. It also helps because it allows the reader to view a second opinion on the matchup for the weekend.  Just like the last week, there is only four games this week so we tried our best to write just enough on the games to make them lengthy but not too long. Disclaimer: These games were so tough to choose that I did not look at the email that Zito sent me containing his picks until I finished picking and writing my side. I was worried I would be influenced and not make my picks purely off of my knowledge. Here they are, our Divisional Round picks!

Last week: Scott:3-1

Zito: 2-2

AFC

#5 KC @ #2 NE

Scott’s Pick: Kansas City. Houston was embarrassed last week by the Chiefs and my pick was spot on. The Kansas City defense would show up and Alex Smith would do just enough on offense to get the job done. The Patriots have been battling injuries a lot this year and even though they will likely have Edelman and Amendola back, the Chiefs defense is scary. They will constantly be pushing around the Patriots offensive line and pressuring Brady. I will say this again, Alex Smith is not a great but he is good, which means that this game has a lot of potential to be low scoring. The Chiefs will have to rely heavily on the run game if they want to win. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Chiefs can score a touchdown in the first eleven seconds of the game.

Zito’s Pick: Kansas City. Kansas City is the hottest team in the NFL and their defense is scary. They have an efficient offense especially on the ground to compete with any team in the league and dominate on the defensive side of the ball forcing turnovers more often than I can count. The Patriots offense is dominant but who knows how they’ll respond to the Chiefs pass rush and exceptional secondary. I am picking another road win by the Chiefs to top the Patriots and advance to the AFC championship game.

#6 PIT @ #1 DEN

Scott’s Pick: Pittsburgh. One of the tougher games to pick, I’m hoping that Big Ben can work some more magic this week. Denver is an absolute huge question mark, especially with Peyton Manning playing. From what I have seen this year, I can’t put my faith in the hands of Manning. When I picked the Steelers to win earlier this year against the Broncos, I said it would be low scoring and it obviously wasn’t. The Steelers running game will be non-existent this week and the Broncos are good at home so I do expect this game to be close. At the end of the day, Roethlisberger will show up and do what he does, and that is win.

Zito’s Pick: Pittsburgh. This is going to be a very tough matchup. The Steelers are coming off a crazy road win in Cincinnati with the help of an undisciplined Bengals defense. Denver is the top seed in the AFC and playing at home (which by the way, they are pretty good at home) fresh off of that first week bye. The Steelers may be entering this matchup banged up and missing a few key players in Big Ben and Antonio Brown. (I made my pick with consideration that they will both be active) Denver hoists the NFL’s top defense, but were not able to hold off Antonio Brown in their last matchup that Pittsburgh won. With Peyton Manning getting the start for Denver, their offense hold a big question mark as to how they will perform. I am picking the Steelers to get another win on the road to face either the Patriots or the Chiefs.

NFC

#5 GB @ #2 ARI

Scott’s Pick: Arizona. I have said it for weeks and I still believe that Arizona is the best team overall in the NFL. This was the matchup they were hoping for, considering they just recently routed the Packers in week 16. The Packers took advantage of a vulnerable Redskins team last week and Aaron Rodgers finally decided to show up. The Cardinals defense is much better than the Redskins and so is their offense. Palmer is experienced and skilled enough to pick apart the Green Bay defense, again.  Arizona has even proved that you could put just about anyone in their backfield and they will produce. Green Bay has not looked good enough at all this season to compete with the Cardinals and they will be exposed, again. The Cardinals will win this game quite easily just like the last time and advance to the NFC Championship.

Zito’s Pick: Arizona. We finally caught a glimpse of the early season Packers again. Dominating on defense, and making big plays down the field on offense. For the first time in a while we finally saw Green Bay establish a run game which was key to their win in Washington. They will face off with what I believe to be the most complete team in the NFL. The Cardinals are capable of taking control of any game they are a part of and in their last matchup with the Packers they dominated from the start. I am picking the powerhouse Cardinals top the Packers (again) and advance to the NFC Championship game.

#6 SEA @ #1 CAR

Scott’s Pick: Seattle. Who was that one team no one wanted to face in the playoffs? Oh yeah, it’s the Seattle Seahawks. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that their poor offensive production was caused by the sub-zero temperatures. Playing in Carolina will feel like it’s summer for the Seahawks after playing in Minnesota. Seattle has a good offense when they decide to show up and I think the win on the road last week is enough to fuel this team to win. Carolina does have the one week BYE but I think their flame is finally going to burn out. The Legion of Boom will show up this weekend and shut down Carolina and advance to their third straight NFC Championship. Cam Newton should fair decently well in this game but he will have to wait to capture his first Super Bowl.

Zito’s Pick: Carolina. Seattle lucked out this weekend on a missed chip shot field by Vikings kicker Blair Walsh to walk away with the win. In my opinion, they didn’t deserve the win, nor did they play even remotely well enough to walk in to Carolina with much confidence. If Seattle plays anything like they did last week I don’t see this matchup being very close, but we all know Seattle likes to keep games close. Carolina has Cam Newton who is a very hard man to stop from reaching the end zone. Carolina is fresh off the first week bye ready to make another trip to the to the NFC championship game. With an exceptional defense and a power house offense I think Carolina will top Seattle and punch their ticket into next weeks matchup.

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NFL Picks: Wild Card Predictions

Since there are only four games this week, there is not too much to write on so I decided to add a second opinion throughout the playoffs. This week I was fortunate enough to have the help of my friend, Zito, to give me his opinions and another look at how the playoffs will play out this year. He loves football just as much as I do and I can vouch for his football knowledge. Another side note, the two teams in each conference that have the #1 and #2 seeds have BYE’s and are not included. Thank you and enjoy!

Last week: 10-6 (regular season)

AFC

#6 PIT @ #3 CIN

Scott’s Pick: Pittsburgh. We all know the caliber of offense that the Pittsburgh Steelers play at, but that’s not why I chose the Steelers as the winner. In 5 of their last 8 games, the Steelers defense gave up less than 21 points, and that is very impressive considering the amount of criticism they received during some parts of the season. A.J. McCarron is not ready to be an NFL quarterback and now that he is in the playoffs for the first time in his career, there’s little chance he steps up and leads his team to the divisional round.

Zito’s Pick: Pittsburgh. In their third match-up of the season Pittsburgh visits Cincinnati. The Steelers have the third highest scoring offense in the NFL, and in my opinion the best passing attack in the NFL led by Big Ben along with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. The Bengals are still unsure if Dalton will be back to lead the team so how their offense plays could be up to chance. The Steelers offense will dominate this game and step pass the Bengals to visit Denver next week.

#4 HOU vs. #5 KC

Scott’s Pick: Kansas City. I have been a huge fan of the Chiefs and how they have handled themselves this year. Starting off 1-5 and winning their last 10 games in a row, that’s not something you see every year. I am a firm believer that the hottest team wins in the playoffs, and this time, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs. Their defense has been outstanding this season and their offense isn’t great but they are good enough to win. The Texans are still a good team with Brian Hoyer at quarterback but I can’t picture them beating this hot of a team.

Zito’s Pick: Houston. Kansas City is the hottest team in the NFL heading into the playoffs with a notable 10 straight wins. Granted the Chiefs schedule during the last 10 week has been rather weak, it is still impressive to win 10 straight in such a competitive league. They are facing a hungry Houston Texans team with a J.J. Watt led defense and a passing attack fronted by DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans barely escaped the division but I believe they are equipped with the better team. I think the Texans defense will dominate and hold Kansas City off just enough to slip by with a win at home.

NFC

#3 MIN vs. #6 SEA

Scott’s Pick: Seattle. No team, even the Chiefs, have been playing better than the Seattle Seahawks. Not only have they won 6 of their last 7, but they just beat the Arizona Cardinals on the road. Russell Wilson is playing the best he has in his career and it doesn’t look like there is much stopping him. It doesn’t matter if the Vikings just beat the Packers in Lambeau, the Packers have looked mediocre and the Vikings aren’t as good as they seem. I can’t imagine that the Vikings can put it on the Seahawks defense, seeing that they lack a true deep threat on offense. This means they will run Adrian Peterson’s legs off and the Seahawks have an elite defense that can control and limit Peterson on the ground. Seattle should win and move on to the divisional round.

Zito’s Pick: Seattle. Seattle is the most dangerous team in the NFL right now and as everyone knows they always seem to pull through in the playoffs. Minnesota clinched the division this past week and now they get to face the Seahawks as a reward. Lucky them. Minnesota doesn’t possess a strong enough defense to stop a hot Russell Wilson coming off the best regular season of his career, and if Marshawn is to return that’s a whole different problem to worry about. In their last match-up Seattle won 38-7 with the Viking’s only score coming from a kick return. I don’t imagine this game being much different. Seattle runs away with this game to advance to the divisional round.

#4 WAS vs. #5 GB

Scott’s Pick: Washington. The team we have been watching in Green Bay, is not the Packers. This team is struggling, slow, beat up, and they are just not playing at the level we had all hoped for. On the other hand, Washington is on a roll. They did win the mediocre NFC East but the level Kirk Cousins is playing at is unbelievable. He is making all of his receivers (Garcon, Crowder) look very good and the relationship he has with Jordan Reed is strong. The Washington defense can be a little shaky at times but I’m betting that they decide to show up for the playoffs. The Redskins will pull off the win at home.

Zito’s Pick: Washington.  As much as I love the Packers I just don’t see them wining another ball game. Their team is crumbling. The offensive line has been absent the past three games and the receivers are playing soft leaving too much up to Aaron Rodgers. They have become an easily defended team with an average defense and I don’t see much change coming this next week. The Redskins are playing the best football I have ever seen them play. I’m picking Washington to win at home.

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Fantasy Football Best of the Best: The Perfect Team

Since this is the last edition of this article, I decided to change the last one from the top performers of the week, to the top performers of the year. These guys are on this “perfect team” strictly for fantasy points. Clutch performances and favorites do not apply in this article. The point system is based off the standard ESPN scoring league. The FLEX position was either the third highest scoring wide receiver and running back or second highest scoring tight end. The points listed next to the players are their season total in standard ESPN fantasy leagues. Thanks for reading these articles and enjoy!

QB: Cam Newton, 373 points: Newton has had an MVP caliber season and his stats show for it. Cam threw for 3,837 passing yards and 35 touchdowns while only throwing 10 interceptions. We all know Cam can run and he definitely used his running abilities to his advantage this season. He ran for 636 yards and totaled 10 rushing touchdowns on the year. Newton will likely win MVP this season, considering he led all QB in total touchdowns, among other categories. Surely, a career year for Cam Newton.

RB: Devonta Freeman, 231 points: This breakout star made his name in week 3 of the regular season when he ran for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns. He would end the season rushing for 1,061  yards averaging 4.0 yards per carry and have 11 rushing touchdowns. He was also a threat in the passing game with 73 receptions for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had 14 total touchdowns on the year and he was the #1 running back by far this season.

RB: Adrian Peterson, 217 points: The veteran had another outstanding year and he is definitely my comeback player of the year. The Viking rushed for 1,418 rushing yards for a whopping  4.6 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns. He’s not a huge threat as a receiver but it should be noted that he had 29 receptions for a total of 221 yards. Peterson took criticism before the season started, like, that the 30 year old is running out of gas but clearly, he is not.

WR: Antonio Brown, 243 points: It’s not surprising that Antonio Brown was the # 1 receiver in the NFL this year. The Pro Bowl wide out had a total of 136 receptions that went for a whopping 1,834 yards which equals a  13.5 yards per catch ratio. Brown also had 10 touchdowns this season which is outstanding that landed him 5th among all NFL wide receivers in that category. Brown had another fantastic year and next year he should perform even better considering Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t healthy all season.

WR: Julio Jones, 221 points: Julio! The Falcons receiver had another great season that he can hang his hat on. The Alabama product had 127 receptions this season for 1,722 yards which is a 13.6 yards per catch average. Jones also had 8 receiving touchdowns this season which ties his second highest total of his career. It was a pleasure to watch a healthy Julio Jones play this year because he is one of the most enjoyable players to watch week in and week out.

TE: Rob Gronkowski, 176 points: Gronk had another successful and generally healthy year this season. The Patriots tight end tallied 72 receptions for 1,176 yards, averaging 16.3 yards per catch. Gronkowski also boasted 11 receiving touchdowns on the year which ties his 3rd most in his career. Rob Gronkowski, for the foreseeable future, will continue to dominate in the NFL and set the mark for other tight ends to beat every year.

FLEX: Odell Beckham Jr., 216 points: The sophomore receiver out of LSU continues his run of productive seasons. Following his more than impressive rookie season, Beckham had 96 receptions for 1,450 yards which equals 15.1 yards per reception, all career highs. Beckham also had 13 touchdowns on the year which was also a career high for the Giants wide receiver. Beckham has a very bright future ahead of him and it should be very fun watching him perform throughout his career.

D/ST: Denver Broncos, 182 points: Going into the season, we all knew how great the Broncos defense was and this comes as no surprise that they were the best defense in fantasy. The Denver defense had 52 sacks, forced 14 interceptions, caused 22 fumbles, scored 6 touchdowns, and only allowed 296 points. They gave up an average, 18.5 points per game, which is outstanding. If they keep guys like, Talib, Marshall, Miller, and Ware, they should be set for next year as well and have the same production.

K: Stephen Gostkowski, 168 points: Stephen “GOAT-kowski” had another phenomenal year kicking for the Patriots, going 33/36 on field goal attempts, that’s making 91.7% of field goals. He made a career long, 57 yard field goal and was 4/5 from field goals attempted from 50+ yards. Not usually a problem, but since the extra point kick was moved back to a 33 yard kick and many kickers found this more difficult to make, Gostkowski treated it like an extra point from years past. Gostkowski shook off the thought of the longer kick and was a perfect 52/52 on extra points this season. What more could you want from your kicker who is that accurate?

Total: 2,027 Fantasy Points

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NFL Week 17 Picks

Thank you for reading my picks the past couple of weeks. This may be my last article for the regular season, but next week I will debut my first NFL playoff picks on my blog. Thank you again and be sure to share!

Last week: 9-7

*Bold indicates the winner of the match-up*

Philadelphia @ New York Giants: Both teams have nothing to play for this season and both teams have had very disappointing seasons considering preseason expectations. This was tough to choose but since the Eagles were relieved of their head coach, they might be able to pull something together to redeem their disastrous season. The score may be close or a blow out, it’s anybody’s call at this point, but the Eagles will finish the season a measly 7-9.

New York Jets @ Buffalo: The Jets just came off of a big win and they have better talent on both sides of the ball. LeSean McCoy is still out and the Jets run defense is already very good so it will be tough for the Bills to get anything going on offense. Watkins will likely be covered by Revis so I can’t imagine the Bills spoiling the Jets a potential playoff berth.

New England @ Miami: New England is still competing for a number one seed in the AFC and the Dolphins don’t have much fight in them right now. The Pats may be banged up but as long as Brady and Gronk are healthy, their offense can be deadly. This shouldn’t be a tough game for the Patriots to win.

Baltimore @ Cincinnati: With AJ McCarron still at quarterback, the Bengals still hold legitimate chances to win any given game. The Ravens won what might have been a fluke last week against the Steelers and I doubt they can win two games in a row, especially facing the Bengals in Cincinnati. The Bengals should win, but don’t be surprised if it’s a close game.

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland: Pittsburgh suffered a terrible loss to the Ravens last week and now they are desperate for a win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive. Pittsburgh’s offense is very good and Cleveland’s defense is, well, not good enough to keep up with their offense. I doubt their offense will be that bad two weeks in a row. Pittsburgh will win this game fairly easily.

Jacksonville @ Houston: Jacksonville is an inconsistent football team but when their offense shows up, it is a good show to watch. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that they will perform very well on Sunday against Houston. Houston will be fighting for a playoff spot and have been playing well lately but sometimes these streaks come to an end and I feel like this upset is very possible.

Tennessee @ Indianapolis: Tennessee has had more downs than ups this season and those ups were possible because of Marcus Mariota. Unfortunately for the Titans, Mariota was ruled out for the rest of the season with an injury. The Colts may have to use their third string quarterback so picking this game was actually very tough, but I went with my gut and thought the Colts would be the winners at home.

Washington @ Dallas: Washington clinched the division last week and they are by far the best team in this match up. The Redskins may bench their starters, as they are already locked in the playoffs as the number 4 seed, but I can’t picture the Cowboys winning this game, especially how their season has gone so far and their record at home. It may not be a good game to watch but the Redskins should win.

Detroit @ Chicago: This game is meaningless to both teams so neither team is playing for anything. Detroit, on paper, is the better team because they have turned things around halfway through the season. Alshon Jeffrey is out for the final game of the season so the Bears only weapons on offense is Langford and Forte, and I don’t think they can carry that offense alone.

New Orleans @ Atlanta: Atlanta still has all of the tools on offense to win and they just took down the best team in the NFL. Devonta Freeman has been running better than he has in previous weeks and New Orleans is too inconsistent right now to handle the likes of Julio Jones, considering how well he has been playing this year.

Oakland @ Kansas City: Kansas City is hands down, the hottest team in football. They have won their previous 9 games. Now that they are competing for a potential division title, they should have enough fight in them to make it a 10 game win streak. Oakland is still a really good football team but I believe that the Chiefs have the divisional edge this week.

Tampa Bay @ Carolina: Although Carolina suffered their first loss last week, they are still one of the best teams in the league. Add in the fact that they are playing at home and I believe this will be an easy win for Carolina. Tampa Bay’s only hope is that Doug Martin plays like he usually does and Jameis Winston steps up, but the chances of that happening against Carolina’s stout defense is slim.

San Diego @ Denver: Denver has been a question mark these past two months but Brock Osweiler has proved he can play at the NFL level. San Diego is still not that good of a team and with the combination of Hillman and Anderson in the backfield and all of the other weapons on offense, the Broncos are destined to win this week and the AFC West division.

Seattle @ Arizona: I’ve been saying for weeks that the Arizona Cardinals are the best team overall in the NFL. Record would show that they are the 2nd best, but if you consider Carolina’s strength of schedule, I think Arizona has the edge. That being said, Arizona has already defeated the Seahawks earlier this year in Seattle. The Cards also have a shot at the number 1 seed in the NFC so hopefully that’s enough motivation for them to win.

St. Louis @ San Francisco: St. Louis has been under the radar this season with two wins against Seattle and a win against the Cardinals. Though, just when they look good one week, they do bad the next. Both of these teams have had disappointing seasons this year but the Rams are a better team. The 49ers have disappointed me in the past so I refuse to have faith in them. Todd Gurley should have a field day as the Rams win easily against the vulnerable 49ers.

Minnesota @ Green Bay: I have predicted earlier this season that the Packers would lose to both the Bears and Lions at home and I was right both times. So now, I’m going for the hat trick with the Vikings beating the Packers in Green Bay. I’m not doing this for the sake of hopefully getting it right, but the Vikings actually have a legitimate shot at winning this football game. It will surely be close but Minnesota will pull off the upset.

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