NFL 14: Week 10 Matchup Predictions

If you think the first  half of the current NFL season were a sight to behold,  you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  There may be a couple of 10-win teams that don’t make the playoffs, and some new kids on the block as well.  Here are the week 10 predictions:

 

Browns @ Bengals:  If the Browns are going to make the post-season, they must beat the Natti and use Crowell in the screen game from here on out. PICK:  Browns

 

Chiefs @ Bills:  This is as good as it gets for a matchup this late in the season; Bills and Chiefs?!!  I know right?!!!  PICK:  Chiefs

 

Dolphins @ Lions:  Phins are tryin’ real hard to not be forgotten; I bet the Lions don’t after this one. PICK: Dolphins

 

Cowboys @ Jaguars: PICK: Cowboys

 

49ers @ Saints: Both of these two have fallen off the wagon. PICK:  Not sure

 

Titans @ Ravens:  I still can’t get over what the Ravens allowed  “Hamburger”  to get away  with Sunday night. PICK:  Ravens

 

Steelers @ Jets:  Steelers are makin’ a serious playoff push; we all know what can happen if they get in! PICK: Steelers

 

Falcons @ Buccaneers:  Lovie & co. finally get off the snide. PICK:  Bucaneers

 

Broncos @ Raiders:  Raiders will put up a fight, but Peyton preys on the bums. PICK: Broncos

 

Rams @ Cardinals:  Arians is tough to beat at home. Rams have a way of doing the unthinkable.  PICK: Cardinals

 

Giants @ Seahawks:  Eli may not be  “Elite”  after all. PICK:  Seahawks

 

Bears @ Packers:  Cutler is overrated. PICK:  Packers

 

Panthers @ Eagles:  Panthers have been decimated by injury.  Can the Eagles still soar under Sanchise?  PICK:  Eagles

 

Bye week teams:  Colts,  Vikings,  Patriots,  Chargers,  Redskins,  Texans

 

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NFL 14: Week 3 Matchup Predictions

As I said in the not to distant past,  when it comes to predicting the outcome of an NFL game, expect the unexpected. How else do you explain the Browns victory over the Saints? An experience not seen in this town since 2004; a win in the home opener that is. That being said, here are my picks for week 3:

Buccaneers @ Falcons: Lovie is good for the Bucs’, but still many pieces need before fruition takes place. Matty Ice has a new weapon in Devin Hester, and at home is the best place to show it off. PICK:  Falcons

Chargers @ Bills:  Prior to this season, I would’ve looked at this game and told you the Bills have no chance. Sittin’ at 2-0 in the ” Patriot East”,  I tell you the Bills’ will see your chance, and raise you another. PICK: Bills

Cowboys @ Rams: Boys’ seemed to have righted the ship, but let me point out that it was against the Titans. Rams are in for a tough season without a viable option at QB. PICK: Cowboys

Redskins @ Eagles: Cousins’ may be serviceable for the time being, but Eagles will be a disservice to many teams this season, including the Skins, division game or otherwise. PICK: Eagles

Texans @ Giants: Can the G-Men win at home? Will they win at all this season?  Not if J.J. Watt has anything to say about it. PICK: Texans

Vikings @ Saints:  Vikings can’t afford to play this one without AP; Saints won’t lose at home after losing to Browns. PICK: Saints

Titans @ Bengals: Titans are a headscratcher and Bengals are scratchin’ folks out the picture already. With, or without  A.J. Green. PICK: Bengals

Ravens @ Browns: I still think Ravens will win the North, but Browns showed a moxy in beating Saints not seen in this town since the days of Bernie Kosar. That alone is good enough to garner my vote this week. PICK:  Browns

Packers @ Lions:  Lions couldn’t win the North when it was handed on a silver platter, and they won’t beat the Packers when it counts ever; sorry Mr.Caldwell.  PICK: Packers

Colts @ Jaguars:  Man, oh man, was I wrong about the Jags; until they put in Bortles anyway. Andrew doesn’t need any luck to beat these guys. PICK:  Colts

Raiders @ Patriots:  Silver and Black are a far cry from what they used to be under Al Davis. Patriots won’t get caught napping in this one. PICK:  Patriots

49ers @ Cardinals:  Carson Palmer has to suit up in this one for the Cards to even have a chance. Niners will still have the taste of the 17-point comeback by the Bears in their mouth. PICK: 49ers

Broncos @ Seahawks: Peyton’s regular season performances outweigh his post-season performances, which makes absolutely no sense. The Hawks have what it takes to beat him; if not, the 12th Man sure as he#$ does!!  PICK: Seahawks

Chiefs @ Dolphins:  Niles Davis (Chiefs) is a beast filling in for Charles. Is he and Alex Smith enough to beat the Phins down in the Sunshine state? Not sure. PICK: Pick em’

Steelers @ Panthers: Steelers physical style of football seems to have taken it’s toll…ON THE STEELERS!  Panthers like playing smash mouth too. PICK:  Panthers

Bears @ Jets:  Jets let one get away against the Pack, and Bears took one away from the Niners. Whoever has the advantage in takeaways takes this one. PICK: Pick em’

I’m not even sure I should be doing this anymore. If somebody out there is using my picks to make their own, I apologize for not winning you any money. If your’s are any better, please let us know. http://www.theshopreport.com

Up Next: Week 4

NBA 2K13 In Season Review: Oklahoma City Thunder

I don’t usually deviate from my blog script, but last week’s blog about the L.A. Clippers instead of the Oklahoma City Thunder was, in my estimation, absolutely necessary given the fact both the Clippers’ and Lakers’ are the talk of the town despite OKC holding the best overall record in the NBA at 28-8. It’s not to say OKC is not worthy of conversation, it’s just not Hollywood;- and we all know Hollywood rules!! So they say.

As I just mentioned, the OKC Thunder are a league best 28-8, but I hate to have to be the one to tell you that an NBA Championship is not in the cards for the Thunder this year, and this time it won’t be because of David Stern. This OKC team reminds me-in many ways- like the 2006 Dallas Mavericks. A team that scores in bunches (105.7 per-leads the NBA), shoots well from the 3-pt line(39.6% also 1st-NBA), 1st in ft% at 84%- which is a crucial element come playoff time- and are 3rd overall from the field at 48.9%. These are the types of offensive numbers that can win you a regular season and maybe a playoff round or two, but is it enough to win it all? That’s the million dollar question. Let’s not forget: Live by the jumper, die by the jumper; anyone who watches the NBA knows Durant, Westbrook, and Kevin Martin are all volume shooters!!! No matter how much of an offensive threat a team is, establishing an inside presence and defense are key components to winning a title.

When it comes to rebounding the ball, the numbers are contradictory to say the least. They rank 24th overall in offensive rebounding with 379 (lg avg-417), and 7th in defensive rebounding with 1182. This contradiction gets lost in the fact that OKC is 10th in the league in pts allowed at 96.5. I’m not suggesting that defense is totally absent in OKC, i’m merely pointing out the fact that offensive rebounding deficiency has a funny way of rearing it’s ugly head the further you advance in the playoffs. The game is shortened and slowed down in the playoffs; long jumpshots lead to long run-outs for the other team.

Free-throws are not only playoff crucial, but it’s an area where the Thunder(84%-NBA best) don’t have any worries as long as they can maintain it during the pressure packed moments that each playoff round brings. Despite all the fancy, more games are won/lost at the free-throw line than they are by taking jumpshots. Look it up.

OKC on paper can run/outrun any team that’s put in front of them on any given day. The absence of Ibaka’s 14.3 per/g on the inside, Westbrook’s ability to make good decisions and control “game tempo”, and Durant posting up like Dirk in 2010, will not only have their fans’ “running for the exits”, but send OKC home with another silver medal.

The Misery- Tality of Cleveland Sports’

I’ve been a Cleveland sports fan for practically my entire life. In all those years’ of fandom and blind loyalty I could never have forseen a time when I would be embarrassed to make such a claim.Not because our teams’ are, and have been abysmal, but because of the fickel (Cleveland) fan and the “Lovable Loser” mentality that -in my estimation- has more to do with the culture of losing than the mis-management from those who reside in the front office.

Do the Dolan’s, Shapiro, Shurmur,Holmgrem,Chris Grant, and Byron Scott deserve their fair share of blame from the Cleveland fan and media alike? Of course. But who’s to blame for the Browns’ being worth a billion-dollars after more than a decade of horrible football!?

For example, in the “tip off” section of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s sports page (11/11/12), the columnist who writes the section is sounding off on the firing of former Lakers’ head coach Mike Brown. This columnist claims to understand that firing Brown was necessary due to the Lakers’ poor start to the 2012-2013 NBA season. 0-8 in the pre-season, 1-4 (at the time this blog was intially supposed to written) to start the regular season, yet the columnist felt that Brown deserved more time to see if his putrid Princeton offense was right for a Laker team that was missing two of it’s key off -season acquisitons in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash due to injuries. It doesn’t take a rocket scientst to realize that even with a healthy Nash and Howard, Mike Brown still needed to be fired. Only in Cleveland is it a question whether or not “Pat Brown”, or “Mike Shurmur” should be fired. The Princeton offense is designed for teams’ who don’t have the athleticism of a Howard, or the shooting ability of a Nash. Mike Brown got Mike Brown fired – not Nash and Howard’s nagging injuries.

Last but not least, the columnist finishes the short passage by saying, ” I wish Mike Brown were still here.” Why!? So the Cavs’ could try and surpass being one of only three teams in NBA history to win 66+ games (72-73 Celtics,06-07 Mavs) in a season and not win the title!!? I’m sorry, but that’s absurd. A friend once asked me, ” what do you do on Monday’s after a Browns’ loss? My reply was practical; ” When I was 10, crying was the order of the day; now that I’m in my forties, I get up and feed my kids!!!!!! It’s time for Cleveland to accept some accountability in this ongoing sports’ misery. Who do you think Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam is going to listen to? A fan base that would gladly accept LeBron back, or the group of investors’ who helped pay for this mess? For the columnist to say, ” I wish Mike Brown were still here” tells me that mediocre is okay if you’re a nice, or locker-room guy. Games are not won in the locker-room. Mediocrity should be unacceptable regardless the size of the market your team plays in. Thus, the Misery-Tality of what is Cleveland Sports’ continues…