Saturday, February 06, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Pick

Super Bowl 50
Panthers vs. Broncos (Sunday 6:30pm)

The cagy veteran vs. the new face of the NFL. Peyton Manning vs. Cam Newton.  Does Peyton, on the heels of his latest HGH controversy and injury-filled season, go out in style winning the Super Bowl and retiring?  Can Cam capture the first Super Bowl Championship in Carolina history?  The question will lie in the defenses of both teams.  Denver will have a tougher time containing Newton than they did Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Plus, the Panthers have a running game to deal with in the combination of Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert (and others).  For Carolina, can Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman and friends take away Manning's weapons and running game to put the game on his shoulders? And, will the inexperience of Carolina on the big stage of the biggest game come in to question if they don't get off to a lead from the get-go as they've done so many times this season, including a 17-0 first quarter edge over Arizona in the NFC Championship Game. So, will it be 2 for Peyton or 1 for Cam?  On paper, I think it's Carolina all the way.  But funny things happen at the Super Bowl, as we here in New England are all to aware about, right?!
Winner: Panthers

Sunday, January 24, 2016

AFC/NFC Championship Game Picks

Who's going to Super Bowl 50? Here's our best guess....

Patriots at Broncos (Sunday 3pm)
You just knew it would be these two battling it out for the right to go to the Super Bowl again. Brady vs. Manning 17 (and possibly final time) is set but it'll be the defenses that decide this one.  Can Denver contain Tom Brady in the pocket with enough pressure to contain Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski? Can the Patriots force Peyton Manning to throw deep and make mistakes?  Close one here sealed with a late Pats score.
Winner: Patriots

Cardinals at Panthers (Sunday 6:40pm)
If not for their second half woes this season, the Panthers would be an overwhelming favorite here.  Can the Cardinals head East in less than ideal conditions to stop Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart? Can the Panthers D stop the speed and athleticism of Arizona WR's Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown? Another close one to close out Championship Sunday.
Winner: Panthers

Friday, January 15, 2016

NFL Divisional Playoff Picks

After four wins by the road teams last week.....

Chiefs at Patriots (Saturday 4:35pm)
Everything here says Chiefs are ripe for the upset win. KC's won 11 in a row. Pats have lost 4 of 6.  NE's offense is wildly unhealthy (Brady, Gronk, Edelman, Amendola, offensive line, etc). Plus, they have the distraction of Chandler Jones.  So, having said all that, just a hunch...
Winner: Patriots

Packers at Cardinals (Saturday 8:15pm)
The Cardinals whooped up on Green Bay a few weeks back and know that an upset by GB undoes everything they've done all year. They'll be ready.
Winner: Cardinals

Seahawks at Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
Let's be honest, as good as Seattle is, they're lucky to be here thanks to the shank by Minnesota's Blair Walsh last Sunday.
Winner: Panthers

Steelers at Broncos (Sunday 4:40pm)
No Bell, No Brown, No Williams and possibly no Big Ben.  The Broncos must be licking their chops even if Peyton Manning doesn't play well.
Winner: Broncos

Saturday, January 09, 2016

NFL Wild Card Playoff Picks

The NFL playoffs are here! Who will survive Wild Card weekend.....

Chiefs at Texans (Saturday 4:35pm)
The Chiefs beat the Texans in week 1.  The Chiefs have won 10 games in a row.  The Chiefs are the better overall team. But...
Winner: Texans

Steelers at Bengals (Saturday 8:15pm)
Rain in the forecast for Saturday night in Cincinnati.  Can AJ McCarron do what Andy Dalton couldn't - win a playoff game? Can the Steelers regain the rhythm they had three weeks ago?
Winner: Steelers

Seahawks at Vikings (Sunday 1pm)
The high temperature will be 6 degrees.  The Seahawks destroyed the Vikings in Minneapolis during the regular season. The Vikings are playing better, but the Seahawks are the hot pick in the NFC.  Turnovers in cold temps will spell the difference.
Winner: Seahawks

Packers at Redskins (Sunday 4:40pm)
Yes, Aaron Rodgers is better than Kirk Cousins.  But there's something just not right about Green Bay.
Winner: Redskins

Saturday, January 02, 2016

NFL Picks Week 17

Quick picks for NFL Week 17, the final week of the regular season.

Patriots over Dolphins
Jets over Bills
Falcons over Saints
Lions over Bears
Bengals over Ravens
Steelers over Browns
Cowboys over Redskins
Texans over Jaguars
Colts over Titans
Giants over Eagles
Cardinals over Seahawks
Panthers over Bucs
Broncos over Chargers
Chiefs over Raiders
49ers over Rams
Packers over Vikings