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NFL Week Eight Wrap-Up

October 30th 2014 09:54
NFL Week Eight Wrap-Up

ChatNFL.com's #NFL game picks are 30-11

Denver 35, San Diego 21 – When the Denver offense is running like it was on Thursday night, two turnovers is way too many. San Diego didn’t have much of a chance all game as everything was clicking for the Broncos on both sides of the ball. The Chargers’ running game was stifled and Ronnie Hillman occupied the ball and the clock very well for Denver. WR Emmanuel Sanders is having a breakout year and snagged all 9 passes Peyton Manning threw his way for 120 yards and 3 scores.

Detroit 22, Atlanta 21 – It wasn’t exactly a shootout but it was a tale of two halves in Dickens’ homeland. The Falcons very smartly ran a balanced attack on offense to take a 21-0 lead into halftime. But then the Lions took their turn and put up 22 unanswered including the game-winner as time expired. So they gave Londoners an exciting matchup and given it’s a land where the other kind of football rules I’m sure they didn’t mind the low score.

Cincinnati 27, Baltimore 24 - The Ravens’ highly paid QB Joe Flacco had a terrible game (2 INTs and a 43.1 QB rating). But the team was able to stay in the game until the end when Cincy QB Andy Dalton was pushed into the endzone by his offensive lineman and running back. It was a hard fought game with most of the significant moments coming in the ground game. WR Mohammed Sanu is turning heads around the league as he’s stepped up big-time (152 total yards) while his star mate A.J. Green works his way back from injury.

Houston 30, Tennessee16 - Rookie QB Zach Mettenberger had a solid debut but was no match for a hungry Houston team working their way back to playoff contention. Arian Foster accounted for 173 yards and 3 TDs as Houston pulled to 4-4. The Titans just got grinded by the running game and couldn’t get things going offensively. J.J. Watt continues his domination with 2 sacks and plenty of pressure for the rookie.

Kansas City 34, St. Louis 7 – It’s another lost year for the Rams as two more starters go down for the season (OT Jake Long and WR Brian Quick). They managed a pitiful 200 total yards on offense and couldn’t do anything to stop the ultra-efficient Chiefs offense. Robert Quinn did finally get going on defense (5 tackles, 2 sacks), but was overshadowed by a whopping 7 sacks by the Kansas City defense including 3 from Justin Houston.

New England 51, Chicago 23 – Two first half turnovers by the Bears fed the scoring onslaught by the Patriots and the score was 38-7 at halftime. The Bears scored 16 points in the second half, but the Pats scored 13 and kept their large margin to victory. New England leaves with a swagger and the Bears depart the region wishing they knew what was massively wrong with their team.

Buffalo 43, NY Jets 23 – Well the running game was great and the defense was decent yardage-wise. But they allowed 5 TDs and committed an astounding 6 turnovers on offense. That’s not going to win games. Out of that game came the decision to give the reigns to veteran QB Michael Vick to see if he can salvage the season.

Minnesota 19, Tampa Bay 13 – In the end of a slow tie game, it came down to two rookies vying for glory. The Bucs’ TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught the first overtime pass from QB Mike Glennon and turned to take it up field for his team, but fellow rookie OLB Anthony Barr ripped it from his arms and had the awareness and athletic ability to pick up his own forced fumble and take it in for the game-winning score. Glory achieved.

Seattle 13, Carolina 9 – Well it was Seattle winning it on a last minute score after breaking a trading of field goals QB Russell Wilson threw a 23 yard TD to TE Luke Wilson. The defense was able to step up for Seattle limiting the Panthers to a mere 266 total yards.

Miami 27, Jacksonville 13 -Miami’s pass rush nabbed 4 sacks and got a lot of pressure on rookie QB Blake Bortles which also led to two pick-sixes on the rookie. The only plus is that their conversion of rookie Denard Robinson from college QB to NFL running back is on track as he posted his first 100 yard game. The Dolphins certainly earned the win but QB Ryan Tannehill and WR Mike Wallace still have yet to lock in good chemistry in the passing game as they only connected on 2 of 7 targets. Brian Hartline also has to get more involved to keep the wins coming.

Arizona 24, Philadelphia 20 – Well it wasn’t the track meet on the scoreboard, but it was in yardage like I thought it might be. They combined for 921 total yards and an exciting 75 yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to WR John Brown in the last 2 minutes gave the Cardinals the home victory. We can start talking about them being the best team in the NFC. Everyone else has been too inconsistent, only Dallas has shown the resolve and focus that Arizona has.

Cleveland 23, Oakland 13 – The Browns kept their fans nervous until a 14 point 4th quarter put away the Raiders. They forced 3 turnovers and made none themselves which is a great path to victory. They keep getting steady play from Brian Hoyer and their defense. What they need to worry about going forward is only gaining 39 yards on 25 rushes against one of the worst run defending teams in the league. Paul Kruger added 3 sacks to the Browns’ winning efforts.

Pittsburgh 51, Indianapolis 34 – Well Roethlisberger had an incredible game, the Steelers defense, not so much. 1087 yards were gained in the game between the two teams. The Steelers erupted in the 2nd quarter with 28 points and added 16 more points before it was over. Andrew Luck and the Colts offense managed a lot of yards against a good defense but couldn’t make up that huge difference.

New Orleans 44, Green Bay 23 – Well it would have been closer had the Packers had done better in two categories (aside from defense, obviously). They only converted 1 of 6 third downs and they committed 3 turnovers. The Superdome was rocking as rookie WR Brandin Cooks had a huge game and the Saints did indeed seem to find the right mix in their offense. They will hope to replicate that the rest of the season. RB Mark Ingram offered the great balance he was drafted for years ago with a 172 yard, 1 TD explosion. There were no punts in the game for either side, which translates to no defense…

Washington 20, Dallas 17 – It wasn’t in the cards for Dallas to win as native Texan QB Colt McCoy stole the show from the Cowboys. Other than an interception he played very well it what would be the last fill-in before RGIII returns to D.C. The Cowboys come out of the game with their most glaring shortcoming now glowing bright: lack of a pass rush. They’ll need to find a way to blitz without giving up the deep play or their early season luster will start to wear off.

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NFL Week Eight Quick Picks

October 24th 2014 00:25
NFL Week Eight Quick Picks

San Diego @ Denver – Both Denver and San Diego have been among the highest scoring offenses in the league. The Denver defense is hitting their stride and the pass-rushing team of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware have 15 sacks between them, that’s better than 14 teams in the league. That’ll make the difference and Denver wins again.

Detroit vs. Atlanta – London gets another NFL show and it could be a shootout. The Falcons are again not living up to their potential and they don’t have the excuse of their star receivers being hobbled. The fault lies with their linemen on both sides of the ball. Detroit’s defense is one of the best in the league and will make all the difference, Detroit wins.

Baltimore @ Cincinnati - The Bengals have been slipping this season especially on defense. They’re not creating as many turnovers or pressuring the passer as much as they have in the past. And the offense is one of the worse at converting third downs. But a hunch tells me they’ll be able to turn things around with the help of their home crowd and some renewed focus.

Houston @ Tennessee - It'll be the rookie Zach Mettenberger this week at QB and the Titans don’t have the kind of offensive system and rhythm to be able to overcome the upheaval at the most important position on the field. Their penchant for penalties will also do them in and the up and down Texans will be up for this one, Houston wins.

St. Louis @ Kansas City - The Rams lost DE Chris Long at the beginning of the season to injury, but that blow shouldn’t explain the insanely low 4 total team sacks they’ve tallied so far. DE Robert Quinn (2nd in the NFL last year with 19 sacks) and the rest have severely underachieved. They won’t fix things quick enough to defeat the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Chicago @ New England – The Pats are on a 3 game win streak and have established themselves once again at the top of the AFC East. The Bears have been reeling, making simple mistakes losing games at home and paradoxically playing much better on the road. Jay Cutler will be looking to once again shutting up his critics with a solid performance but won’t be able to out-duel the great Tom Brady, New England takes it in a close one.

Buffalo @ NY Jets – Some say a running game and a good defense are enough to win in the NFL. In the Jets’ case, they haven’t been able to translate those successes into enough points on the scoreboard to avoid a 1-6 record. The Bills have been boom or bust this year but QB Kyle Orton has brought a boost to the offense. But with their top two backs hobbled (C.J. Spiller & Fred Jackson), they won’t have enough to get past the Jets in NY.

Minnesota @ Tampa Bay – Two bad teams in desperate search for a win. The Vikings have little going for them with the Adrian Peterson fiasco and inconsistency at QB. But the Bucs are statistically one of the worst teams in the league on offense and defense so things will look up for a bit for the Vikes when they take a win in Tampa Bay.

Seattle @ Carolina – Maybe now Seattle has learned that they got rid of too many members of the “Legion of Boom” this past offseason. Their once top pass defense is very average and they sit at a nervous 3-3 looking up at the Niners and Cardinals. Carolina is tops in their division but with merely a .500 record. The Panthers really want this one to show last season’s playoff appearance wasn’t a fluke and Seattle, being the defending champion, needs a win before the locker room falls apart. This will be a really close one and I think Carolina will take it on a last minute score.

Miami @ Jacksonville - Miami’s pass rush was much better than the sack line (3) would dictate. Credit the Bears offense line with holding them to 3 and Jacksonville’s line is not even close to Chicago’s. That’ll be the difference in the game. Miami takes it, Tannehill have another efficient day and the Jaguars go back to losing.

Philadelphia @ Arizona - Both teams are among the best in the NFL as they sit at 5-1 despite not playing to their full potential. I foresee a massive shootout with scores in the 40s with the Cardinals getting the nod with home field advantage. With a track meet like this is going to be, the crowd will keep them pumped and overcoming the exhaustion.

Oakland @ Cleveland – The Browns just made the Jaguars no longer winless and have no intention of letting that happen again at home as they host the Raiders. Oakland’s rumored again to be moving to L.A. very soon and with the deficiencies they have (dead last in rushing offense, and near the bottom in passing and defending the run) will not get them past a very motivated Cleveland team.

Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh – The Colts have won 5 in a row and they’ve done it by having the best passing offense in the league. For this matchup, I predict stellar performances by Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. I think the defense will solve at least for one game the things Indy QB Andrew Luck and his solid group of receivers (including the rising star T.Y. Hilton) do well.

Green Bay @ New Orleans – The Sunday night matchup will be the wild shootout everyone expects. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will score, and Saints QB Drew Brees will finally lead the explosive output everyone’s been expecting from the Saints. They underestimated how much they would miss RB Darren Sproles (Eagles) and will finally solve the right offensive mix to replace that production. They’ll win a close one.

Washington @ Dallas – The Monday night game will be one of domination by the Cowboys. They’ll start off slow due to the building pressure of early season success, but will gain their composure and handily beat Washington. D.C. benched QB Kirk Cousins for some reason and will go with Colt McCoy while they wait for RGIII to return. By then it will be too late and they will spend another year sitting at home for the playoffs (no way they make it after 6 losses).

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NFL Week Seven Wrap-Up

October 21st 2014 10:04
NFL Week Seven Wrap-Up

Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16 – It came down to a last second TD toss by Kyle Orton but the Bills won it and move to 4-3 on the season. Everson Griffen and the rest of the Vikings’ defensive line grabbed 6 sacks but couldn’t pressure enough in those last seconds. It’s another great example how close each team is in quality in the NFL and how close victory and defeat is as well.

Miami 27, Chicago 14 – Well I was wrong about this was due to Miami QB Ryan Tannehill’s performance (78.1% completion rate with 277 yards and 2 TDs for a QB rating of 123.6 & he even ran for 48 yards). It was the best game of his three-year career; Bears’ offense could not keep up and the defense couldn’t stop him.

Detroit 24, New Orleans 23 – Well the Lions surprised me and everyone when they staged a furious two touchdown comeback in the last 4 minutes. If the Saints could have gotten their running game going better they could have closed out the game by soaking up the clock. Instead they sit at 2-4 and will have to play a lot of mistake-free ball to keep their playoffs hopes and expectations alive.

Green Bay 38, Carolina 17 – The Packers are now back where they should be, keeping pace at the top of the NFC North. The Panthers just don’t have near the talent that Green Bay has and while Carolina kept up in team stats, they didn’t on the scoreboard, which is all that matters. Aaron Rodgers further padding is fantastic 111.4 QB rating for the season with an insane 154.5 rated afternoon in front of the home crowd.

Indianapolis 27, Cincinnati 0 – This game was all Colts on both sides of the ball as the Bengals gained an alarming 135 total yards and converted 1 of 13 first downs. Despite two lost fumbles the offense exploded for 505 yards and the defense was just as awesome. It was pure domination for Chuck Pagano’s team.

St. Louis 28, Seattle 26 – I was wrong again and Austin Davis turned in a very efficient game to key a big win for the Rams (2 TDs and a 85.7% completion rate). Russell Wilson tried to do it all again (313 yards passing, 106 rushing) by himself which may be the reason they weren’t able to catch up. It’s like sometime when an NBA player hogs the ball and scores 40 or 50 the rest of the team is out of rhythm and unproductive. Locker room issues aside, the Seahawks should have done more to avoid trading playmaker Percy Harvin.

Washington 19, Tennessee 17 – It wasn’t pretty, but D.C. did end their losing streak and can work to try to catch up with the Eagles and Cowboys in their division. QB Charlie Whitehurst filled in for Jake Locker and although he played well, he wasn’t able to move the offense when it counted most. For Washington, Kirk Cousins was surprisingly benched for Colt McCoy after2 first half turnovers and only being down 10-6… Maybe that’s Jay Gruden’s way of instilling confidence in RGIII that the job is his when he returns from his ankle injury…

Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 6 – Well this prediction failed along with the offense and the defense of the Browns. Jacksonville didn’t have much of a passing game (Bortles and Hoyer each had sub 50 QB ratings) but former University of Michigan QB Denard Robinson’s transformation into an NFL running back took a big leap forward today with a 127 yard 1 touchdown performance against a very solid defense.

Baltimore 29, Atlanta 7 – Well it looks like that rebuilding process might as well start. QB Matt Ryan and star WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White will need to be patient while better talent is added around them. The offensive line got Ryan sacked 5 times and allowed pressure in all day. It could have been even worse if Ryan’s release was slower…

Kansas City 23, San Diego 20 – Wrinkles like a middle screen to fullback Anthony Sherman for a touchdown did in fact win the day for Andy Reid and the Chiefs. Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles led the offense and the defense did a great job of keeping everything in front of them, eliminating big plays. The score went back and forth and the Chargers tied in the 4th quarter but that steady offense prevailed to setup the game winning field goal in the final half minute.

Dallas 31, NY Giants 21 – The ‘Big Three’ combo of QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Dez Bryant once again totally outperformed tough competition (Eli Manning had a great game in the loss) and have the Cowboys sitting pretty at 6-1. The defense made the stops they needed to and the offense was efficient and productive converting 9 of 14 third down opportunities.

Arizona 24, Oakland 13 – Oakland remains winless and the cardinals are now very alone on top of the formerly tough NFC West. Carson Palmer was very solid in his first return against Oakland and Derek Carr was very rookie-like for the Raiders. RB Andre Ellington finally had the kind of game that Bruce Arians had envisioned for him going into the season being a versatile weapon on the ground and through the air.

Denver 42, San Francisco 17 – Peyton Manning laid waste to the vaunted Niners defense and became the career leader for touchdown passes along the way. His precision and anticipation have never been seen in the NFL and may never be again. He is a once in a generation talent in the mold of Johnny Unitas and Jim Brown. It was pure domination on an almost perfect night(157.2 QB rating) for Peyton and there’s no better teammate and person to take over all these all-time records. T.J. Ward didn’t have the big game I’d thought but Miller and Ware combined for 5 sacks, awesome.

Pittsburgh 30, Houston 23 – Things were going well for the Texans visiting Pittsburgh as they took a 13-0 lead into the 2nd quarter. Then the Steelers erupted for 24 points before halftime. Turnovers killed them and Pittsburgh’s well coached defense took advantage.

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NFL Week Seven Quick Picks

October 19th 2014 13:27
New England 27, NY Jets 25

The Jets hung around giving a valiant effort to avoid going 1-6 and guarantee their spot watching the playoffs this year. RB Chris Ivory gave another great performance but New England blocked their game winning field goal attempt at the end. It was second year DT from Bowling Green State University Chris Jones who redeemed his misstep from one of last year’s matchups with the Jets. He committed a penalty on a similar attempt that allowed New York to re-kick and make the game winner in that matchup. As a fellow BGSU alumni, I give a huge pat on the back to Jones


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NFL Week Six Wrap-Up

October 18th 2014 01:24
NFL Week Six Wrap-Up

Indianapolis 33, Houston 28 - Houston did their best trying to stay with Indy, but Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense are dominating the scoreboard year. WR T.Y. Hilton caught 9 of 9 passes thrown his way for 223 yards and a TD, that’s a breakthrough performance he’ll carry to new heights in this his second year. Special teams also did a great job and didn’t allow a single return all night. J.J. Watt tried to win the game himself with another defensive TD, but came up short. He is the premier player on defense in the NFL


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NFL Week Six Quick Picks

October 12th 2014 13:11
NFL Week Six Quick Picks

New England @ Buffalo – They both have the momentum but the Pats have all the pressure – Buffalo wins


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NFL Week 5 Key Games Review

October 8th 2014 23:19
NFL Week 5 Key Games Review

Dallas 20, Houston 17
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5 Can’t Miss Games of NFL Week 5

October 5th 2014 11:26
5 Can’t Miss Games of NFL Week 5

Houston (3-1) @ Dallas (3-1)
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5 Impact Players of NFL Week 4

October 1st 2014 23:21
5 Impact Players of NFL Week 4

1. Niner Linemen - The offensive line pushed for 218 total rushing yards at a 5.2 clip and although their QB was sacked 4 times, it was more due to his impatience than to their failures. The defensive line held the Eagles to 22 total rushing yards on 12 carries, leaving them to abandon the rush and force things through the air


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NFL Week 4 Preview

September 28th 2014 11:21
NFL Week 4 Preview

NY Giants 45, Washington 14
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