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NFL Picks: Super Bowl 50 Prediction

Here we are. Finally, the Super Bowl is upon us and we are fortunate enough to witness both #1 seeds from the AFC and NFC. We couldn’t be more excited to see the young and explosive Cam Newton of the Panthers to face one of the best quarterbacks of all time, veteran Peyton Manning of the Broncos. The 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl will be one to never forget. We are all just hoping that it’s nothing like the last time the Broncos were in the Super Bowl, when they lost to the Seahawks 43-8. Since I know you just want to see our picks, here they are! Our Super Bowl 50 picks!

Last week: Scott: 1-1 (5-5 overall)

Zito: 1-1 (5-5 overall)

Super Bowl 50

Scott’s Pick: Carolina. I couldn’t be any happier to see Cam Newton and company in the Super Bowl and it’s even better that Peyton Manning is in it as well. Cam Newton is unlike any quarterback we have seen before. The consistency he brings to the football field is unbelievable especially what he can do on the ground. Cam Newton has had a staggering, 10 touchdowns on the ground this year, including 2 in the playoffs. Cam Newton has proved to everyone that he is unstoppable and many people have said that the Broncos defense is the only thing that can stop him. Who can blame someone for saying that? The Broncos have forced 36 turnovers this season, 14 of those have been interceptions. The Broncos defense has also acquired 52 sacks during the regular season. You read that right. The combination of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware is a deadly combination. The two have a combined 18.5 sacks and they are by far, in the top tier of the NFL in pass rushing and pressuring the quarterback. Miller in particular has been scary this season. His elusiveness and strength at the linebacker position. This defense alone scares me to believe they might win this game.

The Broncos offense? That’s another story. To put it lightly, the Broncos offense has looked atrocious this year at times. The #1 problem this year was Peyton Manning. The veteran has thrown only 9 touchdowns this year, granted he did suffer and injury earlier in the year. What makes this all worse is that he threw 17 interceptions. This all adds up to a measly 67.9% passer rating. These numbers he posted this season are going up against, arguably, the second best defense in the NFL. As bad as Manning looks at this point, it gets worse. He is not a dual threat quarterback so now that idea of him taking off and running is out of the Panthers mind and one less problem to worry about. Oh yeah, and Luke Keuchly will probably have an interception or two.

Every bit of me is hoping that this game is close. Last years Super Bowl was amazing from beginning to end. Unfortunately, if Cam continues playing how he has all season and Peyton Manning plays how he has all year, this game will not be close at all. The Panthers are the best team in football. I know I said the Cardinals were but given the circumstances last week, the Panthers reign supreme in the NFL. I’ll just come and say it, the Denver defense has bailed them out A LOT this year and that offense has not impressed me enough this year to say that they will win the Super Bowl. The way they’ve been playing on offense, they’re lucky they won their division. It sounds harsh but it is the cold reality for Bronco fans and their true colors will show on Sunday.

Carolina will win their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday. The final score will be 31-21 Carolina. This will also make Cam Newton the first quarterback EVER to win the Heisman Trophy, College National Championship, MVP, and the Super Bowl. Forever solidifying his place as a future all-time great in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers, 2016 Super Bowl Champions.

Zito’s Pick: Carolina. A matchup nobody can be upset about. The top seeds from each division will face off to lay claim to the Lombardi trophy. The top offense in the Panthers will take on the top defense in the Broncos. People are already comparing this to the Super Bowl matchup in 2014 between the Broncos and Seahawks but fail to realize that the Panthers hoist the second best defense in the NFL behind Denver. Something Denver lacked that last time they visited the Super Bowl. After hearing enough talk about the game and how Denver’s defense will dominate Cam Newton. I however don’t see that to be the case. Yes, Denver has a tremendous defense we’ve known that all year, but the praise they seem to be getting should reflect a perfect 19-0 record up to this point which they clearly don’t have, and yet nobody is acknowledging, nor respecting the powerhouse offense for Carolina led by Cam Newton. Contrary to popular belief the Denver defense has flaws and it is possible to score on them. Cam Newton is not an easy man to stop and he has a niche for finding the end zone; very few teams have slowed him down all year, and even when he does struggle your offense must manage to put up points against league’s second best defense.

Now let’s look at this from the perspective of the Broncos offense vs the Carolina defense. Broncos are 19th in points/game (22.2), 16th in yards/game (355.5), 14th in passing (248.1), and 17th in rushing (107.4). None of these numbers stand out, and would most likely suffice if the Panthers didn’t hold such a dominant defense. Carolina’s secondary are ball hawks, and the linebackers are the best set in the league. Even if the Broncos slow down Cam they still have to be productive on offense which is something they have done very few times this year, and that’s not facing any notable defenses. Manning hasn’t been very efficient all year and will most likely see a lot of pressure which will cause him to force throws to a dangerous secondary which has the most interceptions in the league with 30 total coming into this game. (Reg. Season: 24, Post-season: 6) let’s not forget Manning also still leads the league in interceptions. I will acknowledge that Peyton has looked better the past few games, but his receivers are becoming notorious for dropping balls.

Newton is a dual threat QB that is throwing with the best of them, but will also kill you on the ground; he is also bigger than a majority of the people defending him. Cam will also be standing behind one of the better offensive lines in the league which has protected him remarkably well this post season. Broncos have ruthless defense and could very will hit Newton a lot, but he is capable of dealing out some blows himself in the run game. This isn’t a Tom Brady or an immobile Big Ben, he will exploit the defense if they allow it.

For the Broncos to win this game they must play the best offensive football they have all season and can’t solely rely on the defense to carry them to the win. That won’t work against this team. This will come down to which defense plays better against the opposing offense and quite frankly I don’t think the Broncos have nearly a good enough offense to do damage against the Panthers. Whereas Carolina has dominated all five games they’ve had against top ten defenses.

I have to go with Carolina to win their first Super Bowl with a comfortable score. 28-17.

**There you have it, that is our Super Bowl 50 predictions. Since Zito and I entered the game tied 5-5 and we both picked the Panthers to win, we will end in a tie for our playoff picks. Either 5-6 or 6-5 overall. Thank you for sticking with me since I started these NFL Picks articles over two months ago. Your support has helped me with a lot of my writing this season. Another update, the progress that has been made on the podcast has been great, we should have the show up and running soon but there is still a lot of work to be done.**

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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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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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NFL Week 16 Picks

Last week: 10-6

*Bold indicates the winner of the match-up*

San Diego @ Oakland– San Diego is coming off a big win against Miami and Oakland just endured a loss to the Packers at home. Momentum won’t play a big part in this match up for the Chargers. San Diego may have just been pumped up knowing it may have been their last game played in San Diego. Oakland should have no problem rebounding from last week.

Washington @ Philadelphia- Yes, according to this prediction I believe the Redskins will win the NFC East. The Eagles can be argued that they are  a fluke and the redskins have been motivated by Kirk Cousins performances this season. Although Bradford has looked better, the Redskins should win in this high scoring affair.

Indianapolis @ Miami– Indianapolis has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL, but so have the Dolphins. What I took into consideration for this pick is that the Dolphins offense is very good most weeks and the Colts defense is bad…most weeks. The Dolphins should pull off the victory in Miami.

New England @ New York Jets- On paper, the Patriots are a better team than the Jets, but the Jets are also known to play spoiler to many different teams throughout the past couple years. Coach Bill Belichick is also considering resting his starters for the playoffs. I doubt that Belichick would ease off of the gas pedal this close to the playoffs. New England should win handily this week.

Houston @ Tennessee- Houston, as mentioned last week, is one of the hottest teams in football, and coming off of a huge division win on the road to Indy, there’s no stopping them now. To make matters worse for the Titans is that star rookie quarterback, Marcus Mariota, is out for the season with a knee injury. The Texans should hopefully be able to hold off the vulnerable Titans on the road.

Cleveland @ Kansas City– The Chiefs defense is rolling, Alex Smith is clicking on all cylinders, and the Cleveland Browns are the Cleveland Browns. Barring an unexpected upset, The Chiefs will roll on through to week 17.

San Francisco @ Detroit– The Lions just came off of a huge win versus the Saints in New Orleans. Matt Stafford has fell into a groove on offense and nothing is stopping him from dropping a massive amount of touchdowns to finish the year. Besides, every time I pick the struggling 49ers for an upset, it is me who gets upset in the end.

Carolina @ Atlanta- This is a game to watch. Carolina is undefeated and the Atlanta Falcons are going to want some revenge for that embarrassing display of football a couple weeks ago. Atlanta can be the team to beat the Panthers, especially if they are at home. Nonetheless, Carolina is still a dominant force and realistically they should have no problem handling the Falcons on both sides of the ball.

Chicago @ Tampa Bay– Jameis Winston is still, in my mind, a solid quarterback. Maybe not the most polished rookie we’ve seen but he can get the job done. Match him up against the shaky Chicago defense and he should be able to handle the Bears easily. The Bears, however, have shown signs of playing better on offense so this game could be high scoring. Bucs win at home this week.

Dallas @ Buffalo– Dallas just can’t seem to win. Buffalo also can outplay them at almost every position on both sides of the ball. Dallas does seem to play better on the road and both teams are destined to be out of the playoffs again so it would be no surprise if this game was close. Buffalo will still be able to win in week 16.

Pittsburgh @ Baltimore- Pittsburgh’s offense just walked through the Denver defense and the Baltimore defense is no where close to that caliber. The Steelers have also looked a little better on defense the past few weeks there is no way, they should have a problem facing the Ravens this week. Pittsburgh should dominate this game.

Jacksonville @ New Orleans- Jacksonville is arguably better than Detroit, who just beat the Saints at home, and they have all of the tools to spoil the Saints final home game of the season. Drew Brees has been throwing really well so I would expect a high scoring game this week considering both teams are a capable of losing a game because of defense. Jags should come out on top this week.

Green Bay @ Arizona– Arizona is really good on both sides of the football. Green Bay is good on offense and have an average defense. That defense may not be enough to stop one of the bets offenses in the NFL. The only chance the Packers have is if their run game shows up. Since the game is at home for the Cardinals and they are still in contention for home field advantage, they should have enough motivation to win.

St. Louis @ Seattle– No one can argue that the Seahawks are the best team in the NFL. There’s no doubt. Even though Gurley from the Rams has looked better this past week, I think the Seahawks can overcome that obstacle and be able to put up a lot of points against the Rams. It can be high scoring, surprisingly, but the Seahawks are just a better team overall.

New York Giants @ Minnesota– The Giants have almost no shot to win the NFC East and the Vikings are a game out of first place. With more on the line and more to play for in their division. The Vikings have looked revamped this year and the Giants have absolutely no life in the fourth quarter and with Beckham out for this game, Minnesota should have a good grasp on this game.

Cincinnati @ Denver– Assuming Andy Dalton doesn’t play, Denver should win this game easily. Now it should be a fairly low scoring game but it has potential for both sides to put up a lot of points. Denver is still a force to be reckoned with, even with a young quarterback starting for them and A.J. McCarron has potential to do great things with the Bengals but for now I believe that Denver should handle him pretty well.

NFL Week 15 Picks

Last Week: 11-5

*Bold indicates the winner of match-up*

Tampa Bay @ St. Louis- Tampa Bay isn’t good, but they are good enough to beat the Rams on any given day. One of two outcomes will happen between these two team: Tampa will over come the Rams defense or both teams will be held to a low score. Either way, the Buccaneers will come out on top.

New York Jets @ Dallas- Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing very well  which is enough to convince me they will win. I can’t imagine the banged up Cowboys stopping them, especially with Matt Cassel under center. The Jets should be able to leave Dallas with a victory.

Carolina @ New York Giants- Carolina is 13-0 and Cam Newton is making average receivers look like Pro Bowlers. It’s hard to picture the Giants stopping that high powered offense. If the Giants have any hope for a win they need to put up some numbers on offense like last week, but then again Josh Norman will be shadowing OBJ all game.

Chicago @ Minnesota– Chicago has been playing better lately but Minnesota will probably come out with the win on Sunday. Minnesota is motivated by their position in the NFC North and has a chance to go to the playoffs. Adrian Peterson has been on fire this season and he will be able to ease his way through the Chicago defense.

Atlanta @ Jacksonville– Yes, the Jaguars put up 51 points last week but they played the defensively vulnerable Colts. On the other hand, Atlanta has been one of the worst teams in the league and the way Blake Bortles has been playing, I can’t imagine the Jaguars losing.

Houston @ Indianapolis- The Colts have looked vulnerable on both sides of the ball this season and Houston has been steadily improving as the season has gone on. Since it is a division game, it could go both ways but the Texans season is riding on this game and that will be enough for them to win in Indianapolis.

Tennessee @ New England– New England’s offense is back to it’s original form now that Gronk is back at tight end. Tennessee just lost to the Jets 30-8, which is a team that is not as talented as the Patriots. The Titans running backs, which have been non existent, will have no impact on the game and the Patriots will put the pressure on Mariota the whole game. The Patriots should win handily.

Kansas City @ Baltimore- Kansas City has been one of the hottest teams in football lately and Alex Smith is playing the best he has in a while. Baltimore on the other hand, hasn’t looked good even when Flacco wasn’t injured. The Chiefs defense has been amazing as well, they have yet to give up more than 22 points to a team since week 4. The Chiefs should have no problem handling the Ravens.

Buffalo @ Washington- This is a tough decision but the Bills are probably the most likely to win this game. The Bills have guys on all parts of offense that can get the ball downfield and Kirk Cousins can either be a hit or miss week to week. I think the Redskins will fall to the Bills.

Cleveland @ Seattle– Seattle is too good to lose this game. Not that they have a great record or anything but the way they have been playing is too good for the Browns to handle. Add in the fact that the game will be played in Seattle and it’s almost a lock that Seattle wins this game.

Green Bay @ Oakland– This might be the upset of the week but I have a feeling that Oakland may pull this off. They have a very solid offense that will face the average Packers defense. Aaron Rodgers may or may not show up this week and The Raiders defense is coming off a game where they limited the Denver offense to no touchdowns and a win. It’s going to be a win for Oakland.

Denver @ Pittsburgh– This is a tough pick but the Steelers have been playing very well and Denver has been struggling lately. The Steelers defense can easily outplay the Denver offense if they are clicking on all cylinders. The only test for the Steelers is the Denver defense. This will likely be a low scoring game with the Steelers coming out on top.

Miami @ San Diego- San Diego has been terrible. No run game. No defense. No Keenan Allen. You hate to guarantee a win especially if it’s the Dolphins but Miami should have no problem dominating on offense this week.

Cincinnati @ San Francisco- Although the Bengals lost Andy Dalton, I don’t think they will have much trouble with the 49ers. As long as they have their weapons on offense A.J. McCarron should still perform very well, being an inexperienced NFL quarterback. The 49ers haven’t  impressed much this season and it’s likely they won’t outperform the Cincinnati Bengals.

Arizona @ Philadelphia- Arizona is arguably the NFL’s best team and they still have yet to slow down on offense. The Eagles have had their fair share of struggles on defense this year as well as offense. Since the Eagles will be facing one of the leagues best defenses and considering their history of playing at home the past couple years, the Cardinals will walk out of Philly with a win.

Detroit @ New Orleans– Calvin Johnson usually shines in prime time football but I have a feeling that since the Saints are at home, they can win. Drew Brees is due to have a big game and he can make that happen against a suspect Detroit secondary. Since the Saints also have a very vulnerable defense , this game should be a shootout between two high powered offenses. It may be close but the Saints will win this week.

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NFL Week 14 Picks

*Bold indicates the winner of the match up*

Minnesota @ Arizona– Arizona is playing good ball lately and even the loss of Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson at RB wasn’t enough to slow down that offense. Minnesota just got blown out at home to Seattle, there’s not enough to convince me the Vikings will win.

Buffalo @ Philadelphia– Coming off of a win in Foxborough, The Eagles may have finally turned a corner. Granted, 21 of their points came off of defense and special teams, they may have that momentum that they need to win. The Bills will be outplayed by the Eagles defense this week.

Tennessee @ New York Jets– Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off of one of his best game of 2015 and is having one of the best seasons he has had and welcoming a Titans team that has been nothing short of inconsistent this season, this game may be close but the Jets will pull off the win.

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati- This game will be a shootout. A healthy Ben Roethlisberger is a force to be reckoned with. DeAngelo Williams has been nothing short of amazing since Bell has been out and the receiving core is frightening to face. The Bengals top 10 defense may not be able to keep up with the high powered offense from Pittsburgh. It will be high scoring but Pittsburgh will out play the Bengals on offense and win.

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville- Besides last week, Matt Hasselbeck has been a great replacement for Andrew Luck and they should get the ball rolling again against the Jaguars who surrendered 42 points to the Titans last week. Bortles and Hasselbeck should be chucking the ball up and down the field but the Colts will edge the Jaguars.

San Diego @ Kansas City– Kansas City is rolling and San Diego has been struggling. The Chiefs have been too good of a team lately to lose this game at home, considering how well Alex Smith has been playing as of late. San Diego has one of the worst defenses so that alone is enough to determine the Chiefs as winners this week.

Washington @ Chicago- I’ve liked the way Kirk Cousins has been playing lately. He is an average QB who is due to have a good game at any given week and combine that with a vulnerable Bears defense and that equals a Redskins win in Chicago.

Atlanta @ Carolina– Carolina is STILL undefeated and the Falcons have displayed some of the worst play since last season. If you add in that Carolina is at home, this seems like a lock for this week.

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay– Tampa Bay just beat the Falcons at home and Jameis Winston has been looking really well. New Orleans produced 38 points against the Panthers elite defense last week so I would expect this game to be high scoring with Tampa coming out on top.

Detroit @ St. Louis- Detroit looked good for the entire hour time limit last week against the Packers, unfortunately the Packers got a free play with 0 seconds on the clock to convert a hail mary to win the game. St. Louis has been terrible and with Nick Foles and Case Keenum under center, I can’t imagine St. Louis winning this game.

San Francisco @ Cleveland- San Francisco just overcame Chicago in the final seconds of the game last week and with Shaun Draughn and Blaine Gabbert settling into the offense, the 2-10 Browns will have trouble again this week and the 49ers will get the win.

Seattle @ Baltimore- The Seahawks just beat the Vikings in Minnesota and Matt Schaub versus the Legion of Boom? I can’t see this going any other way other than Seattle leaving Baltimore with a win.

Oakland @ Denver– Oakland has shown signs of life this season with the revamped offense but lately they have struggled, losing badly in the 4th quarter to the Chiefs. I also like how Denver has been playing with Brock Osweiler at QB. Also, that Denver defense is enough to convince me they will win.

Dallas @ Green Bay– Even losing some terrible games, we all know that the Green Bay Packers are a good football team. The Cowboys just have too many injuries to deal with the Packers in Green Bay. Regardless of how vulnerable we’ve seen the Packers at home recently, the Packers will leave Lambeau with a victory.

New England @ Houston- Desperate for a bounce back week to get them back on track to a number one seed in the  AFC, the Patriots will come out on top this week in Houston. It’s hard to imagine a locker room with Brady and Gronkowski to keel over and die. The Houston Texans will struggle more than likely despite Brian Hoyers above average play this season.

New York Giants @ Miami- The New York Giants are in the midst of a division race and there is too much talent to waste in this crucial game against the Dolphins. Both defenses will struggle to contain the offenses they will face so I would expect this to be a fairly high scoring game with the Giants getting the win in Miami. The Giants may also never win a game again this season, this is their best chance for a win the rest of the way.