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NFL Preview Week 15

The hunt for the Lombardi Trophy is in full force. December games are always ones that can make or break a franchise’s playoff hopes, and there are still 23 teams eligible to make it into the playoffs. There are a number of games this week that could be critical to a teams playoff chances. Let’s take a look at week 15’s top 5 match-ups.

Sunday 1:00

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Philadelphia Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens

After settling with a tough loss last Monday night to the New England Patriots, tempers flared this week at Ravens practice as veteran WR Steve Smith slammed his helmet in frustration and walked off the practice field. It will be interesting to see if the many veterans on the team can settle the squad and move to this week’s matchup with the Eagles. Philly looks to rebound from their four game losing streak and douse Baltimore’s hope at sneaking into the playoff picture. This game will definitely have a playoff atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow. Ravens will use some of that old magic and Coach John Harbaugh will have his troops ready, Ravens win.

Ravens 28-Eagles 17

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Detroit Lions @ New York Giants

The Giants are coming off  a huge win last week against the division leading Dallas Cowboys. Their defense seems to be firing on all cylinders and offseason acquisitions Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon seem to be worth every penny. Detroit currently has a two game lead in their division, but Aaron Rodgers seems to be getting back into his old self and the Packers are rolling . And trust me, Detroit does not want to let them back into the picture. This is a must win for both teams. Although Detroit is in better position to make the playoffs, my senses tell me that when Giants are in the playoff hunt, they’re probably going to win.

Giants 24- Lions 17

4:25

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New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

Mile High has never been a friendly place for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as it is one of the only places they have a losing record in the Belichick era. However, this is a much different Broncos team than what we saw in January of last year. No Peyton Manning and no CJ Anderson means that it is a whole new ball game and the advantage goes to the Patriots. Brady seems to have found comfort in rookie Malcolm Mitchell and newcomer Chris Hogan. The Pats also have Dion Lewis and Legarette Blount in the backfield this time and Denver can’t stop the run. Advantage Patriots. Although you can never predict what will happen in Mile High, I still think it’s pretty clear. Pats win

Patriots 31- Denver 14

8:30

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys

At the beginning of the season, no one would have guessed that the Bucs would be in the playoff hunt and the Cowboys would be at the top of the NFC. But they are and this is going to be a FANTASTIC football game. Dak Prescott vs. Jameis Winston. Two future star NFL QB’s squaring up for their first real December football game with playoff implications. If you look at the standings, this game on paper is needed more by the Bucs to keep their playoff hopes alive as they sit 6th in the NFC.

As we have heard from Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, he loves his quarterback situation and he sees both as potential Super Bowl winning players. This might give pause to Dak Prescott, making him feel as if he is on the hot seat after losing to the Giants in New York. If he loses again, Tony Romo might get the nod to go for the rest of the season. It will be very interesting to watch. I love Dak Prescott and I think his future in the NFL is bight, but the Bucs are on a roll and I think they keep it going Sunday Night in Jerry’s World. Bucs win.

Buccaneers 27-Cowboys 24

Monday Night 8:30

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Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins

Another good Monday Night match up will leave NFL fans happy as the Washington Redskins look to keep their playoff hopes alive with a big win at home against the reigning NFC champions Carolina Panthers. This game has A LOT more implication than that. Former Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman will be suiting up with the Redskins in his first game against his old team. He has shown a lot of animosity towards them due to this past offseason when they chose to part ways instead of making Norman the highest paid CB in the NFL. This would be a great way for him to show his old team what he’s worth. With a big victory as well as kicking the Panthers while they’re down after their abysmal season. Redskins get the W.YOU LIKE THAT!

Redskins 34- Panthers 24

 

 

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Not Forgotten

The last time the Patriots and the Ravens met was during the playoffs. The Ravens went up by 14 points twice in the game, and the Patriots still managed to clutch out a win featuring one of the greatest trick plays in franchise history. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl that year.

The Ravens didn’t forget about that game one bit.

Monday Night’s premiere matchup was a hard-hitting game that was exciting right until the very last play. The Ravens defense wanted to make a point from the get-go that they haven’t forgotten about such a tough loss as they came out of the gate chippy and aggressive. The Patriots offense again found a way to seem through the defense beautifully as they chipped away and managed to score a touchdown every quarter of the game.

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The Ravens really played us well, this game was revealing of a lot of our holes on defense. What I enjoyed most here is that some of our biggest liabilities came back and became big playmakers as well. Take Shea McClellin for example; a linebacker splitting snaps on defense and primarily playing special teams. Shea had a bad accident on a punt return, accidentally batting the ball into the end-zone so the Ravens could start from the 25 yard-line field position. From my seat I groaned and asked why we had him around in the first place, as it always seems like he’s making bone-head plays. Shea came back big the next special teams play, as the Ravens set up to kick a field goal from the exact same drive that started with the batted ball. He managed to leap over the line and block the field goal with his body, eliminating points on the board. Shortly after, linebacker Kyle Van Noy leapt up to swat a ball on defense after missing a few crucial tackles. If players screwed up big time, they found a way to get back some respect.

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Pressure was on Brady all game, causing a couple questionable throws and one interception in the end-zone. Still, he threw for 3 touchdowns and posted his 9th 400 yard game in his career. Did I mention the Ravens are statistically considered the best defense in the league? No problem for Tom.

In the past few weeks, other MVP candidates Derek Carr and Matt Ryan had some wash games that arguably eliminate them from contention. Carr choked in one of his first primetime games as he was unable to surpass the 200 yard mark on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs for the division. Matt Ryan threw a pick 6 and a pick 2-point conversion, both of which got returned by Eric Berry, against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks back. This means one of two things. One, Brady is most definitely the frontrunner for the MVP spot now as he has yet to play a bag game this season. For two, the Kansas City Chiefs are having a way of eliminating people from the MVP race so it’s probably good we don’t play them during the regular season.

If the Patriots can win next week they clinch a playoff spot. There’s no better play to do that then in Denver against the Broncos.

Week 14 Preview

College Football can finally take a backseat to the NFL this week as we only have the Army-Navy game to “enjoy”, and the selection of the Heiman trophy winner, should be Deshaun Watson, but I digress. The Kansas City Chiefs flexed a fat muscle on the Oakland Raiders Thursday night and are now in a first place tie with those said Raiders. The AFC West is by far the best AFC conference as they have a chance of getting three teams into the playoffs.

What teams and games should we be watching this week around the NFL? Buckle up amigos, we are going on a drive.

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Honkytonk Heroes (Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans):

Marcus Mariota is sneaky balling out for the Tennessee Titans this season, and he has the Titans at a very respectable 6-6 considering his team’s history. Also, 6-6 is also good enough to get into the playoffs in the AFC South, and this will be a huge test for the Titans this week. I like the Titans in this game for no reason other than I want them to win, and I like my chances of being right. DeMarco Murray is going to run the ball down the Broncos throats and have himself a 100 plus yard rushing day with two touchdowns. Titans are on a collision course to host a Wild Card game and get absolutely manhandled in that game by either Oakland or Kansa City, and I cannot wait. Titans 24-16.

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Philly Cheese-miSteak (Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles):

Remember when the Eagles were 5-0 and everyone was like wow the Eagles are nasty, well I was never convinced, and they have proved me correct. The Eagles are struggling but still have a chance, but not this week against the Washington *Racist Name*. Kirk Cousins is a bad man who really likes winning. Washington is going to get this win 31-17 and they are going to find themselves in a Wild Card game come playoff time.

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1-15 (Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns):

The Cleveland Browns would lose to Alabama in a game, no disrespect, but this week they are going to beat the Bengals and avoid the winless season. Robert Griffin III is back and he’s going to throw for like 450 and 4 touchdowns, and the Browns are going to shock the world big time in this one. I feel like Cleveland needs this, or their fans are just going to lose it even more. Browns suck, Bengals sucks, go Browns, 35-28.

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Foxboro Foe (Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots):

The Baltimore Ravens love beating the Patriots in big games, but don’t the Pats love beating the Ravens too? We have had some great playoff battles with the Ravens over the years, and nothing feels better than beating a team full of scums like Baltimore. I say “we” because my roots technically lie with the Patriots, but like I don’t really care anymore. I like Baltimore in this one, I feel like the Pats have been playing boring uninspired football, and maybe a loss to the Ravens will wake them up. Joe Flacco is an elite, someday to be Hall of Famer, Ravens 27-24.

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Giant Redemption (Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants):

This has potential to be the game of the year in the NFL. The Cowboys have one loss this season, and opening day loss at home to the Giants. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot are not going to let that happen again. I this game will go score for score and pound for pound but I think the difference is the Cowboys offensive line which will allow Zeke to run wild and Dak to find the boys downfield. I am all in on the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl this season so I like Dallas 38-31 in this game.

Week 13 Preview

How ‘bout them Cowboys!? Dak and Zeke are taking the league by storm and they are running away with the NFC East title. A huge road victory on Thursday night up in Minnesota has lifted the Boys to 11-1 on the season. I truthfully think they are the clear cut favorite to win the NFC crown and play in the Super Bowl.

With that being said, what other games this weekend should we be watching this weekend around the NFL? Let’s take a peak, shall we?

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Hotlanta Hiccup (Kansas City @ Atlanta):

The Kansas City Chiefs are sitting pretty for a wild card spot in this year’s playoffs, but this weekend they are heading down to the hip hop capital of the world to play the Dirty Birds at the Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a huge win over the Cardinals and I look for them to continue that success this week against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have allowed over 300 passing yards in each of the last two games, and I see no reason to believe that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones won’t pick apart the KC secondary. Alex Smith is elite, but not elite enough this week ladies and gents, Falcons get the victory 38-24.

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Baltimore Blues (Miami @ Baltimore):

Miami is 7-4 and very much in the running for a wild card spot, while the Baltimore Ravens are 6-5 and are in first place in the AFC North, I look for that to change this Sunday. After a dismal 1-4 start, Miami has won 6 straight and are on a role. I believe Ryan Tannehill will lead the Fins into Baltimore and secure a huge win for Miami, and solidify their rise in the league. Jay Ajayi is running wild right now and he gets a chance to go up against the league’s best run defense, I cannot wait to see that matchup. Call it a hunch on this one, I just see the Dolphins snagging a much needed road victory this week, Fins 20-17.

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Lambeau Life-support (Houston @ Green Bay):

Green Bay is hanging on by a thread right now, and they are very much still alive in the NFC North race. The Vikings lost Thursday and the Lions have a tough task this week with the New Orleans offense, so the packers might be able to get into a second place tie by the end of the weekend. Houston has a great defense, no offense, so this poses as an interesting matchup. Aaron Rodgers needs to have a good game if the Packers are going to in this game, and I think he will, Packers 31-24.

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Steel City Showdown (New York Giants @ Pittsburgh):

The Giants are a sneaky 8-3 and are the only team that can say they beat the Cowboys this season, but they run into a Steelers team that is fighting for a division title with Baltimore. Huge bonus to the Steelers for being at home in this one. I love the Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr headline in this one, whoever scores more will be on the winning side, and for me that’s Pittsburgh. I think Big Ben and the steel curtain will shut Eli and OBJ down to take sole possession of first place in the AFC North this week. Steelers 35-23.

Quick Picks:

Detroit @ New Orleans: Detroit

LA @ New England: New England

Denver @ Jacksonville: Denver

Philadelphia @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati

San Francisco @ Chicago: San Francisco

Buffalo @ Oakland: Oakland

Washington @ Arizona: Arizona

Tampa Bay @ San Diego: Tampa Bay

Carolina @ Seattle: Seattle

Indianapolis @ New York Jets: Indianapolis

What to Watch: NFL Week 11

We’re actually into the NFL season! It feels weird. Once you’re deep into the season, you forget about the early season woes. On a sidenote, the NFL should take notes from last week. Do you want good ratings? Make the good teams play eachother on primetime. That doesn’t mean make the NFC East teams battle off, it means make the quality teams go head-to-head. Last week’s primetime game was easily the best of the year. Let’s look at Week 11…

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1:00 Games:

Ravens @ Cowboys –  It seems as if the Cowboys starting Quarterback has been decided, even though I was supporting the other guy. Either way, you really can’t lose. Dak has shown he’s capable of starting and succeeding in the NFL, there’s no denying that. He gets to show off yet again against the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off of a strong win last Thursday against the Cleveland Browns. I have this down as a game to watch because we all know Baltimore is exactly the type of team to win this game. They are always capable of beating a top team, and I’m not sure why or how but there’s a possibility it happens this week. There’s also a possibility they fold, either way it’ll be fun to watch. 
Prediction: Cowboys win

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Cardinals @ Vikings – This game could be very enjoyable or it could be very ugly. Both of these teams have shown flashes of both great play and atrocious play this year, so we will have to wait until kickoff to see which kind of game we’re going to get. Both teams are in a position where they are losing the division they once held the title for, so this is a must-win game for both parties.
Prediction: Cardinals win

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4:00 Games:

Dolphins @ Rams – Why do I have this game down as a game to watch? Because Miami is kind of hot right now and the Rams defense is actually enjoyable to watch. That, and, I don’t know, the #1 pick in the draft will finally get time on the field this week. That’s right, Jared Goff is apparently ready to play ball after being benched until he showed enough progress to play in the league. For the dumpster fire that the Rams prove to be, they’re really not so bad. A talent at Quarterback could prove to be a game changer for them, that is, if he actually is talented. He will have a solid test against the Dolphins, who refuse to slow down. 
Prediction: Dolphins win

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Eagles @ Seahawks – This could be the game of the week in my opinion. It could also be a blowout, but hey, I’m more of a glass half-full type of guy. The Seahawks are coming off of a solid statement win, and they could easily feast on a struggling rookie Quarterback in one of the toughest arenas to play in. Send out a prayer, Wentz, you’re going to need it this week. On the other hand the Eagles are still good and very interesting; they have a solid defense and spectacular special teams along with a well-rounded run game. Don’t count them out, they can compete. If Russell Wilson is on fire like the past few weeks, the chances of the Eagles winning are slim, but it could still be a good game.
Prediction: Seahawks win

Primetime Game:

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Texans @ Raiders – Laugh all you want at Brock Osweiler, but the Texans are still finding a way to win. Sure, they have one road win, and sure, the rest of their road losses have been blowouts. Still, why not watch for the entertaining Raiders squad as they face a Texans defense that knows how to compete. The flip-side of the field (Raiders D vs. Texans Offense) might be a snooze, but the fun part will be fun enough to watch the whole thing.
Prediction: Raiders win

NFL: Watch to Watch in Week 9

The NFL season is in full swing and the New England Patriots seem to be on their way to the AFC Championship game, while Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have asserted themselves as the favorites in the NFC. Thursday night we saw the Atlanta Falcons take down the super good Tampa Bay Buccaneers…HA! Matty Ice and them Dirty Birds are on their way to an NFC South championship, but can they win the NFC? We’ll have to see what happens throughout the rest of the season.

But what about this week? What games should we focus on? And what teams are going to get those critical wins in such a short season?

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Minnesota Downfall (Detroit @ Minnesota):

Am I the only one that knew the Vikings weren’t for real? I can’t be. The Vikings have an amazing defense, but we all knew Sam Bradford couldn’t continue this charade for the duration of the season. On the other hand, the Detroit Lions are rolling. Matt Stafford is proving that he doesn’t need Megatron to be effective and get his team victories. I look for the Lions to win this game in a close one, and this will further reassure that the Vikings aren’t for real and that the NFC North still goes through Green Bay.

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Crab Cake Catastrophe (Pittsburgh @ Baltimore):

We all remember when Baltimore was 3-0, but we all knew that wouldn’t last either. Something about teams in purple starting off hot and falling off isn’t really too surprising anymore, unless it’s Clemson. Anyways, Ben Roethlisberger is still hurt, but I find Landry Jones to be a more than a capable backup considering he has Antonio Brown to throw too. Pittsburgh doesn’t have too much of a defense, but their offense is the only one that I think can challenge the almighty Patriots for the AFC crown. Steelers by 14 this weekend folks.

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Meadowland Meltdown (Eagles @ Giants):

Maybe there’s a little bit of bias in this one, but I’ll clear the air and say right now that I hate the New York Football Giants. Carson Wentz has been incredible thus far in his rookie season, and truthfully, I can’t say I’m surprised. He led North Dakota State to years of supremacy in the FCS and now he’s doing it against the big boys, good for you Mr. Wentz. I am a sneaky Eagles fan and I root for them often. But I do believe the Eags will get a huge division win this Sunday in New Jersey. Watch for Odell to have a huge game, but for Wentz to outmatch him.

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Optimistic Oakland (Broncos @ Raiders):

Oakland is going to win the AFC West, and that’s a guarantee. Derek Carr is having a standout year, and Amari Cooper is the best receiver in the NFL. Khalil Mack is a superstar, and Latavius Murray is a top 3 running back in the league. Raiders by 35 tomorrow night ladies and gents. Bet the house on that. Thanks for reading, happy football Sunday.

What to Watch: Week 7

London Game:

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Giants vs. Rams – I honestly have no idea how this game will go. In London this week we have two teams playing who never seem to know whether they’ll have a good game or an atrocious game. The Los Angeles Rams face off against the New York Giants, and both teams are coming off good weeks so statistical trends will tell us the London game could be ugly. Here’s the real question: which team will look uglier? The team with the always-inconsistent Eli Manning and an Odell Beckham Jr. who’s on the rocks in his relationship with a punter’s net? Or, will it be the team whose offensive identity is their defense and whose head coach is on a trajectory to be the most losing coach in history? Tune in Sunday morning to find out!

Prediction: Rams Win

 1:00 Games:

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Vikings @ Eagles –The matchup of the week. Hype team versus hype team. Who will win? There’s no telling. The Vikings look to continue to ride high without most of their starters on offense this year. The Eagles have had more trouble after their bye week than they did before their bye week, but that shouldn’t matter. Both teams have solid defenses and a good offense given where people assumed they’d be when the season began. In a common theme this week, a starting quarterback (in this case, Bradford) is going against his team from last year for the first time. Yet, I anticipate this game will be better than the other game with the same storyline.

Prediction: Eagles Win

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Ravens @ Jets – At the beginning of the season I’m sure the favorite to win would be flipped. The Jets have only won one game although they were predicted to continue to give the Patriots a run for their money. The Ravens have come back to form, as is predicted when a team gets solid draft picks round after round because all of their talent was injured the year before. Will it be Terrance West who runs up on the Jets solid run defense? Or will Flacco be able to air out against the struggling Jets pass defense? Lastly, is Geno going to start at Quarterback for the Jets? Regardless of these questions, I have the Ravens winning.

Prediction: Ravens Win

4:00 Games:

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Patriots @ Steelers – A week ago, this would’ve been the clear-cut game to watch this week. With Ben Roethlisberger out, I’m not sure how exciting it’s going to be. The Steelers haven’t been so electric this year, but with the talent around that roster it’s not silly to imagine they’re able to compete this week against New England. Still, I’ll take my chances with New England as my favorite.

Prediction: Patriots Win

Primetime Game:

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Seahawks @ Cardinals – The matchup everyone usually waits for each year but everyone is kind of tired of. Maybe it’s because both teams don’t feel as explosive as they used to be, but I’m more excited for the Monday Night Game than I am this one. Still, both teams are considered top tier. Both teams have solid defense, and both teams are liable to score on you at any moment. I’m sure once the game begins, it’ll be a good one.

Prediction: Seahawks Win

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Texans @ Broncos – Part two of this week’s storyline: When a starter goes to a new team (Brock Osweiler) and faces his previous team for the first time. This game isn’t quite as explosive as the one that shares the same storyline, but there’s more drama around it. Brock was supposed to take over the reins of the Broncos after Peyton departed, but then he up and left for the Texans for more money. At first, everyone thought the Broncos were royally screwed with Mark Sanchez projected to start, but they’ve been head and shoulders above Brock and co. with Trevor Semien and Paxton Lynch starting at Quarterback. Is Brock really just a 70 million dollar system quarterback? We won’t find out this week, but watching him go back to Mile High doing significantly worse than last year will certainly make my Monday night.

Prediction: Broncos Win