NFL14: Week 16 Matchup Predictions

Let’s get right to the action for this penultimate week to the 2014 regular season…

Tennessee Titans (2-11) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11)
Look at the records and ask yourself if you were really interested in my thoughts for the winner.
PICK: OMITTED

Philadelphia Eagles (9-5) @ Washington Redskins (3-11)
No upset here, the Eagles still have much too much for the Redskins and are looking to turn around a two game slide.
Pick: EAGLES

San Diego Chargers (8-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (7-7)
This one is going to be tough, but I’m going to pick the Chargers to end their winless drought on the road thanks to vintage Philip Rivers at QB
Pick: CHARGERS

Detroit Lions (9-4) @ Chicago Bears (5-9)
The Lions are surging, beating the teams that they should for the last three weeks.  Benching Cutler as QB will not bring enough continuity to beat a league leading defense.
Pick: LIONS

Baltimore Ravens (9-5) @ Houston Texans (7-7)
I think this is a win for Baltimore, with the running game as strong as its been.

Pick: RAVENS

Green Bay Packers (10-4) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12)
Expect Green Bay to win this one, no upset this week.  Aside from the Saints (who could still end up at .500) the Packers have not lost this year to a sub .500 team.

Pick: PACKERS

Atlanta Falcons (5-8) @ New Orleans Saints (6-8)
The only thing worse than a Saints defense is the Falcons, which perplexes me because they each practice against an elite QB week after week.  Pick the Saints to seize and hold the division lead.
Pick: SAINTS

Minnesota Vikings (6-8) @ Miami Dolphins (7-7)
I like the Dolphins to hold serve and win at home given their ability to (usually) shut down opponents passing attack.

Pick: DOLPHINS

Cleveland Browns (7-7) @ Carolina Panthers (5-8-1)
A neophyte at NFL QB Manziel vs a QB returning from a car accident, Cam Newton.  The one thing that the Browns do well is force turnovers, but if the offense doesn’t stay on the field long enough they’ll get what happened last week, a loss.  Same story here.

Pick: PANTHERS

New England Patriots (11-3) @ New York Jets (3-11)
Just like the records indicate, where the Jets struggle, the Patriots excel.  I’m picking the Patriots to win.
Pick: PATRIOTS

Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
Steelers winning ways will be on full display.  The Steelers will have a tough time with the Chief’s passing defense but the Steelers are far from a one-trick pony.  The Chiefs will soon find out
Pick: STEELERS

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New York Giants (5-9) @ St. Louis Rams (6-8)
The never say die Rams are continuing to surprise teams with their tough defense.  But the Giants are prepared, and with Mr. Beckam continuing to produce, I think the Giants will take this one
Pick: GIANTS

Indianapolis Colts (10-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
Home field advantage means to the Cowboys as all of their 4 losses were home games.  Then again, as long as their not hosting beyond the divisional round, they’re doing themselves a favor by knowing how to win on the road.  This week though, the Cowboys will figure it out for the home finale (regular season).
Pick: COWBOYS

Buffalo Bills (8-6) @ Oakland Raiders (2-12)
What the Bills did last week was not a fluke, beating Green Bay was a testament to fearless and imposing defense.  Look for them to finish this game on top.
Pick: BILLS

Seatlle Seahawks (10-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (11-3)
The Seahawks have been winning lately by dictating the opponents offense with the Legion of Boom.  No reason for it to change this week.
Pick: SEAHAWKS

Denver Broncos (11-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (9-4-1)
Trending against the Bengals is that they’ve lost to Brady, Luck, and Roethlisberger; QBs that can truly pass the ball. Trending for the Bengals is that the Broncos pass defense is also rather porous.  All in all, I think the Broncos will get this one.
Pick: BRONCOS

NFL14: Week 12 Matchup Predictions

D Gulley from The Shop Report with this week’s NFL Picks.

As the playoff picture really starts to take shape, there are some who are already in grave danger of missing out.  Let’s see how week 12 looks for the teams.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) @ Oakland Raiders (0-10)

  • Against better judgment, I picked against the Chiefs last week vs the defending champs.  The Chiefs league best pass defense and punishing running attack should make themselves at home in the Black Hole keep the Raiders winless this week.

Pick CHIEFS

Cleveland Browns (6-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-6)

  • Both of these teams are worse than they should be; the Browns had better exploit the league’s worst pass defense (especially with Josh Gordon’s return) because the running game may have a tough time against the top 10 run defense of the Falcons. I’m taking the Falcons.

Pick FALCONS

Tennessee Titans (2-8) @ Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)

  • Every game counts; and margin of error decreases at week 10.  Philadelphia and Chip Kelly know this – which is why they’ll win this one handily vs the Titans who had everything slip away (including their momentum) last Monday.

Pick EAGLES

Detroit Lions (7-3) @ New England Patriots (8-2)

  • The best overall defense in the league travels to Foxboro in what could quietly be a Super Bowl matchup.  I actually like the Lions to win this game in Foxboro.  Stranger things have happened (the tuck rule… oh wait…) Still, I’m going with the Detroit.

Pick LIONS  

Green Bay Packers (7-3) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-6)

  • The Vikings claimed Ben Tate off waivers from Cleveland this week and he plays running back; not corner back, or safety.  Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay’s quarterback.  See the problem that the Vikings haven’t solved?  Good for Tate to become a feature back, but wait until next week perhaps for it to spell a victory.

Pick PACKERS

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) @ Indianapolis Colts (6-4)

  • I have no idea what the Jaguars can do to mimic the Patriots who visited and thrashed the Colts last week in Lucas Oil Stadium.  Furthermore, I haven’t seen Luck and company ever play the same type of bad game two weeks in a row.

Pick  COLTS

Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1) @ Houston Texans (5-5)

  • I’m struggling to figure out why the Bengals beat the Saints but won’t beat the Texans, I’d like to not make a gut feeling about this one.  Thank you Ryan Mallett, your running game and receiving core, and the front 4 on defense for bailing me out.

Pick TEXANS

New York Jets (2-8) @ Buffalo Bills (5-5)

  • This is going to be a bit of an emotional game for the city of Buffalo, where The Day After Tomorrow poured mountains of snow on the city and on a serious note, some people have died as a result.  This will be a rallying cry for the team to play Grade C football, which is all it takes to beat the Jets.

Pick BILLS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) @ Chicago Bears (4-6)

  • I’m going with the Bears and to continue to correct the ship, and win another one at home.

Pick BEARS

Arizona Cardinals (9-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

  • I like the Seahawks to win this game at home, getting back to their old ways and figuring out how to win despite their lingering Lynch problem . Still, a loss this week doesn’t mean that the Cardinals aren’t still the best, it’s just that you can’t win them all.

Pick SEAHAWKS

St. Louis Rams (4-6) @ San Diego Chargers (6-4)

  • The Chargers need it more, and the playoff (and legacy) window is closing quicker by the week.  Expect the Chargers to defy the “Any Given Sunday” axiom and beat an inferior Rams team.

Pick CHARGERS

Miami Dolphins (6-4) @ Denver Broncos (7-3)

  • Since this is a home game for the Broncos, I expect that they’ll win this on that advantage alone.  Miami doesn’t turn the ball over a lot, but they don’t score a lot either.

Pick BRONCOS

Washington Redskins (3-7) @ San Franciso 49ers (6-4)

  • The only player more toxic on a team than Marshawn Lynch is for Seattle is RGIII for Washington. Compound that with a visit to San Francisco, with a league leading 16 interceptions and you have a victory for the Niners

Pick 49ERS

Dallas Cowboys (7-3) @ New York Giants (3-7)

  • Their team standings run parallel to each team’s progression.  The Cowboys are truly an elite team, and the Giants era of greatness is just about over.  The Giants do force a good deal of INTs but unfortunately, Eli Manning is giving them right back (if last week is any indication).

Pick COWBOYS

Baltimore Ravens (6-4) @ New Orleans Saints (4-6)

  • The Saints do not like the AFC North because they match up too well with them (reference losses to the Browns, and Bengals).  The Ravens are tougher than both of those teams, and I think Monday night will be another example, especially given the injury situation.

Pick RAVENS

BYE WEEK: Pittsburgh, Carolina

NFL14: Week 11 Matchup Predictions

This is D_Gulley from The Shop Report making the picks this week, while Barbershop J is away.  Here’s my take on this weeks matchups…

Bills (5-4) @ Dolphins (5-4)

  • In September, a Bills-Dolphins matchup was not expected to be relevant for either one, let alone both, teams.  Alas, here we are.  Dolphins will get this one as the Bills continue to struggle with the enemy within (their division).

PICK DOLPHINS

Vikings (4-5) @ Bears (3-6)

  • The battle to get out of the NFC North cellar will prove futile for the bears against a Vikings team with a (long) shot to play in the post season.  Worse news for the Bears is that it’s a home game, where they’re 0-3.

PICK VIKINGS 

Texans (4-5) @ Browns (6-3)

  • Four weeks ago, a meeting against a winless Jaguars team proved to be a trap game for the Browns.  De ja Vu  – almost. This is a tough one, but the Browns have better options, given they have more options at the running game than one stellar Arian Foster.  Not to be overlooked are the Browns impressive D when it counts.

PICK BROWNS

Seattle (6-3) @ Kansas City (6-3)

  • This one is tougher to pick as both teams have been streaking lately.  I actually considered the Chiefs for a moment threw my self a challenge flag, and after review my pick is overturned.

PICK SEAHAWKS 

Atlanta (3-6) @ Carolina (3-6-1)

  • A late run starting with a win this week by either team could mean a good shot at narrowly missing the post season at best.  Carolina is best equipped for the task.

PICK PANTHERS

Cincinnati (6-3-1) @ New Orleans (4-5)

  • Look for the Saints to surge ahead of a winnable NFC South at home by confusing the reeling Bengals in an easy win

PICK SAINTS

Tampa Bay (1-8) @ Washington (3-6)

  • Washington – that’s it

PICK REDSKINS

Denver (7-2) @ St. Louis (3-6)

  • Another exhibition of greatness of Manning as well as the Broncos D, another easy win

PICK BRONCOS

San Francisco (6-4) @ NY Giants (3-6)

  • Look for the 49ers (without Patrick Willis) to win soundly here, despite other off-field distractions

PICK 49ERS

Oakland (0-9) @ San Diego (5-4)

  • Unfortunately for the Raiders, the season still isn’t over, and neither are the losses for a tragically talented team especially against a Chargers team that needs to end a losing streak to save a season

PICK CHARGERS

Philadelphia (7-2) @ Green Bay (6-3)

  • Expect the Packers to hold serve at home and mightily affect Sanchez ability to run the Eagles offense; that and Aaron Rodgers looking Better than the Super Bowl year of 4 seasons ago, which is scarier than Peyton’s current run

PICK PACKERS

Detroit (7-2) @ Arizona (8-1)

  • This has upset written all over it – Stanton will do just fine in his first start against a game Lions team riding a streak.

PICK CARDINALS

New England (7-2) @ Indianapolis (6-3)

  • New England will exploit the porous pass defense of the Colts to win this entertaining game – yes I know it the Colts, I know they’re at home, and I know that Luck is they’re quarterback.

PICK PATRIOTS

Pittsburgh (6-4) @ Tennessee (2-7)

  • There’s nothing about the Steelers’ loss last week to the Jets that tells me Tennessee will win at home.  Pittsburgh will resume their winning ways and serve notice to the rest of the league (especially their division) that they’re not done yet

PICK STEELERS

BYE WEEK: Dallas, NY Jets, Jacksonville, Baltimore

No “Me Too” in Mizzou

Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin on winning another Super Bowl:” To the outside world, we have arrived, but to us we’re a long way away from that mountain top called, ” arrival.”

Now to the casual fan, like a DC-10 (tan), that went right over their heads. But to the purist, it speaks directly to what winning a championship – on any level- is all about, and that he (Baldwin) is a by-product of a championship culture. A culture on talked about in Cleveland since forever. At least 1999 anyway.

If the owners of Cleveland’s three major sports’ franchises (Browns, Indians, Cavs) -especially the Browns- spent the same amount of effort into putting a championship product on the field field as they do in selling ” season tickets”, this town would have experienced a “major” championship long before now, instead of being champions in nothing more than hype (LeBron/Manziel) and headlines!!

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told his players at the beginning of their Super Bowl season that every week was championship week, stating week 1 of the pre-season. Which would indicate that there is a mindset that must first be established and shared by everyone in the organization in order to become a champion. Adding names to a roster can make you a “Paper Champion”, but not an actual champion.

Here in Cleveland, all you have to do is win a Heisman or be mentioned – ad nauseam- on Sports Center, and you get not only keys to the city, but a 3 year extension to boot!

I don’t know about you, but this season i’m takin’ my cue from the folks in Mizzou- THE SMALL MARKET CITY THAT DOESN’T HAVE A CASE OF THE ME TOO!!

Browns’ Dysfunction

I turned on the t.v. yesterday to watch the Cleveland Browns’ take on the Buffalo Bills in what I thought would surely be a Browns’ victory based on the somewhat decent play in their first 2 games of this 2012 season; I was wrong.As usual. Words can’t describe how pitiful a job -yet again- this team does in representing a fan base that is world-wide.This team has no business being in the NFL. What concerns me more than the decade+ losses is the lack of direction in this organization from top to bottom.When you’re already in next year’s draft talk after only 3 games,and have been in that talk for 13 years,Why come back as a team? A friend of mine said to me,we should have got a new team with a new name and new colors in 99′. Now it’s startin’ to make sense.

The Browns’ have had more difficulty since their return in 99′ trying to establish an identity as an organization,than any other NFL team I can recall.What’s really scary is that the coaches,players’,and front-office people my change,but the results are the same.Here are a few examples of what I mean:

(1) Childress/Shurmur -not sure which- have no feel for “GAMEFLOW” play calling.Understanding when to call the play is essential to that play’s execution more often than not.

(2) Weeden’s passing attempts after 3 games (115) vs. Richardson’s rushing attempts (50) makes me wonder why so many “play-action” passes were called.Play fakes don’t work if you’re not producing in the run game;or at least attempting to.

(3)Greg Little’s U-Sain Bolt impersonation after making a scoreless catch tells me that a)he suffers from delusional grandeur-itis,and b)has a false sense of entitlement. In which case it speaks more to the ineptitude of the coaching staff than Little’s overcompensatory so called self confidence.

(4)Just because Trent Richardson has the ability to make people miss doesn’t mean he should have to so on every play.Kinda hard sometimes to tell how bright the student is,or can be, if the teacher has brain lock.

(5)All the mental miscues,and not being prepared is a direct reflectionof the coaches.It’s high time the Browns’ brought in a coach who understands that maybe,just maybe, adapting his system to the player(s) is more beneficial than the player(s)to the system.

All in all, if the Browns’ are to ever experience true success as a winning organization, owner Jimmy Haslam’s shoulders must be strong enough to bare the burden of making it so.

PUT A LID ON IT

Whether you’re an average joe or someone from the local media, if you’re one of those people who think that somehow,someway, having a dome put on top Cleveland Browns’ Stadium is a bad thing for taxpayers’,- excuse my french – you’re a damn fool!!
I’m tired of hearing the same ole’ “who’s going to pay for it”, whoa is me,ye’ old taxpayer mantra; A mantra that has beleaguered this proud sports-town for far too long. No matter if you want to hear it or not, folks in this town were up in arms about the definite loss of revenue the city of Cleveland incurred (according to many)due to the “ultimate betrayal” of one said, LeBron James. Being dependent primarily on one player,or person to financially carry a city was, and will always be,– foolish!! Having a dome will attract the kind crowd with the kind of money that would allow the city to generate money in a way that used to be commonplace– by investing in it’s own.It’s unfortunate that I seem to be part of only a handful who feel that when it comes to the subject Cleveland’s Dome, what’s already understood need not be explained. Jerry Jones’ didn’t build ” Jerry’s World ” just for his Cowboys; He built it with intention of using it far more than 10 times a year. An investment you make with your own money looks alot different than one that’s inherited. Gilbert and Haslam’s approach for rebuilding this town and it’s teams’ (Indians are next)is very refreshing to a fan who still remembers Red Right 88.
I say the timing for putting a lid on Cleveland Browns Stadium couldn’t be better.With things like the Medical Mart, Horseshoe Casino,Lakefront Developement, and Convention Center, people coming to Cleveland will be coming for more than just a ” Domed Event”.

Who’s going to foot the bill for a new roof is not the question; How is it a Browns’ team that has been abysmal for more than a decade winds up being worth a billion dollars should be. I’d be far more willing to trust Jimmy and Gilbert with my taxpayer money than I would Russo and Dimora.At the end of the day,it’s not about how much it cost,more importantly, who’s doin the spendin.