I’ve been following sports and wrestling since I can remember. Not too much, aside from my family, gives me as much joy as watching my Raiders, Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox or WWE. Add in some honey Jack to sip on and that’s the equation for a perfect evening!
Last week we had a bit of a Christmas present for you with another pretty solid week. You should be close to if not at the top of your pool by now – you’re welcome! Here is hoping that the picks just keep on giving for you! Have a happy and safe holiday season everyone!
Week 16 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – KANSAS CITY over Cleveland – The Chiefs haven’t lost a game seemingly since VHS was a thing. They host the Browns this week…Merry Christmas Chiefs!
15 – SEATTLE over St Louis – Seattle continues to roll on their way to the post-season. Russell Wilson continues to shine as his backfield continues to crumble.
14 – BUFFALO over Dallas – So many fans will be watching this game just thinking about Super Bowl matchups in the early 90s – Cowboy fans more so since they actually won those games.
13 – TAMPA BAY over Chicago – It’s the Lovie Bowl! New Lovie will have the young Bucs hungry to play their hardest against Old Lovie.
12 – OAKLAND over San Diego – The Raiders were originally on a lower line, but add in the emotions of what will now be Charles Woodson’s last home game and a Raider win is almost a sure thing…helps that they’re playing the Chargers.
11 – MINNESOTA over New York Giants – No O’dell Beckham for the Giants means that they won’t have a way to combat the stingy Viking defense.
10 – Carolina over ATLANTA – The thriller in Jersey last week might just be the last chance of seeing a not round number in the L column for the Panthers this season. If you don’t think Cam is the MVP, you’re doing it wrong.
9 – DETROIT over San Francisco – The Lions offense seems to have returned a bit. Doesn’t matter though, they get to play the 49ers anyway.
8 – Pittsburgh over BALTIMORE – Antonio Brown has been called the Jerry Rice of this era…can you argue against that? My BOLD PREDICTION for this week is that ANTONIO BROWN WILL HAVE ANOTHER 200 YARD RECEVING GAME.
7 – ARIZONA over Green Bay – Ladies and gentlemen, introducing David Johnson. Packer fans will probably be sick of hearing his name by the end of the night.
6 – DENVER over Cincinnati – This can’t be! Monday Night Football actually has a top matchup of the week? Not two team battling for the top spot…in the draft?? What a concept! The Broncos defense will take advantage of the new Bengals starting QB in this one.
5 – Houston over TENNESSEE – Houston seems to have taken control of the AFC South after a big win in Indy last week. Their reward is a game against the lowly Titans with a backup quarterback.
4 – NEW ORLEANS over Jacksonville – The Saints need to start re-building – a Drew Brees foot injury could very well be the nudge needed to take that step.
3 – NEW YORK JETS over New England – Who knew that this late season matchup of old rivals would actually end up being a good game … with the possibility of the Jets winning?
2 – MIAMI over Indianapolis – Miami has been a big disappointment this year. The only other team that would have the same consideration for disappointment of the year are the Colts. At least the Dolphins get this game at home.
1 – Washington over PHILADELPHIA – The Redskins should pull out a big road win in the race to see who will be the tallest midget in the NFC East.
Another strong week to help with our own “playoff push” in confidence pools!
The stories are starting to pop up now about whether the Panthers will rest players or not during the last three weeks of the season. This is something you need to keep in mind when making your picks as well. If you think that Cam Newton, Greg Olsen and the majority of Carolina starters will spend most of the game on the bench, you probably don’t want the Panthers too high on your sheet.
Week 15 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – NEW ENGLAND over Tennessee – The Pats are back after a strong showing in Houston. Their reward is the late season equivalent of a bye week.
15 – SEATTLE over Cleveland – Some teams seem to rest at the end of the year to prepare for the playoffs, but it seems like Seattle rests at the beginning of the season and dominates at the end for momentum into the playoffs. Looks like that is their strategy yet again this year.
14 – MINNESOTA over Chicago – The Vikings need to get back on track before the playoffs start. Lucky for them they get a confusing Bears team that are coming off of losses against the “mighty” Redskins and 49ers.
13 – Cincinnati over SAN FRANCISCO – Cincy is on their backup quarterback as they make their playoff run – that’s a small negative. They get to play the Niners this week – that’s a major plus!
12 – NEW ORLEANS over Detroit – This was a playoff game just a few years ago. I’ll go out on a limb and say it won’t be a playoff matchup this year.
11 – PITTSBURGH over Denver – Yes, it’s odd to see Denver this high on the list on the losing side, but the Steelers seem to be running on all cylinders at the right time.
10 – Kansas City over BALTIMORE – Justin Houston may be out for the Chiefs, but against this depleted of a Ravens’ offense, you don’t really need to play 11 guys on defense to win.
9 – Carolina over NEW YORK GIANTS – If the Panthers start to sit players for the playoffs, it won’t be this week. Sorry Giants!
8 – Arizona over PHILADELPHIA – The dysfunctional Eagles team can handle a home game against the Bills, but not the Cardinals.
7 – New York Jets over DALLAS – The Cowboys are still eligible to win their division AND are still eligible for the #1 pick in the draft! This week will show they are closer to the latter.
6 – OAKLAND over Green Bay – By the time you finish reading this, Khalil Mack will have another sack! Watch out Aaron!
5 – ST LOUIS over Tampa Bay – I’d have something intelligent to say about this game, but I am just WAY too distracted by the uniforms these teams plan on wearing!
4 – WASHINGTON over Buffalo – The Skins seem to be the lesser of four evils in the NFC East this year. This week’s BOLD PREDICTION is that THE REDSKINS WILL WIN THE NFC EAST.
3 – SAN DIEGO over Miami – In August, this game was viewed as potentially huge in the race for the wild card in the AFC. Now its viewed…by nobody outside of San Diego and Miami.
2 – INDIANAPOLIS over Houston – Even after three months of disappointment the Texans and Colts will still battle for control of the division. Colts take this one because they are at home.
1 – JACKSONVILLE over Atlanta – It’s hard to argue that the Falcons have thrown in the flag on the 2015 season. That’s good news for Jacksonville’s division hopes.
Which could very well mean that your fantasy football season is over! Sorry, but you know it’s a fact. There is still time to salvage something from this season though. Let’s start the final stretch of the season in a positive way!
Week 14 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – CAROLINA over Atlanta – If you don’t have Cam Newton down as your MVP this season, you’re doing it wrong.
15 – DENVER over Oakland – The Raiders have proved over the last month that they are still steps away from being a playoff contender – which will bode well for the resurgent Broncos.
14 – NEW YORK JETS over Tennessee – Marcus Mariota has been a beast the last few weeks. I see things slowing down for the rookie against the Jets defense though.
13 – GREEN BAY over Dallas – Well the game doesn’t exactly have the same allure as their playoff matchup did this past January but the outcome should be the same.
12 – ARIZONA over Minnesota – The Viking showed last week that they may not have what it takes to run with the top of the conference just yet.
11 – KANSAS CITY over San Diego – Don’t worry Charger fans…the season will end soon!
10 – Seattle over BALTIMORE – Shame on you for sleeping on the Seahawks! (yes I know I picked against them last week!) Seattle is a second half of the season team and the Ravens are a waiting for next season team.
9 – TAMPA BAY over New Orleans – In the first third of the season the Rookie of the Year award was set to go to Amari Cooper. In the second third Todd Gurley snuck into the top spot. In the final third it seems like Jameis Winston may lay claim to the award.
8 – ST LOUIS over Detroit – Oh the Lions will apparently always be the Lions! I see their offense just shutting down this game – something the Rams’ defense will be sure to help with.
7 – CINCINNATI over Pittsburgh – While this divisional road game will be tougher than last week in Cleveland, the Bengals are on too good a roll to stop.
6 – New England over HOUSTON – There is a legit chance that the Patriots could lose three games in a row…it won’t happen…but there is indeed a chance!
5 – JACKSONVILLE over Indianapolis – The Jags almost won in Indy when Andrew Luck was at quarterback, they should be able to handle the Colts at home.
4 – CHICAGO over Washington – Ugh…just ugh…
3 – New York Giants over MIAMI – I feel that the Giants offense is ready to just explode. My BOLD PREDICTION for this week is that THE GIANTS WILL PUT UP AT LEAST 40 POINTS AGAINST THE DOLPHINS THIS WEEK.
2 – Buffalo over PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles shocked the world in Foxboro last week. It’s really hard for me to think that they can put together two consecutive solid performances though.
1 – CLEVELAND over San Francisco – I think the Browns will win this week…would you put them higher than the one point line?
We are coming towards the end of the season. Every possible point is critical! This week will go a long way in determining how your standings will lay out. Looking at the schedule, the majority of the games this week could be very close with very close match-ups. In the games where there is a big difference in record, the better team is on the road.
So let’s put that strangle hold on the top spot for good!
Week 13 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – NEW ENGLAND over Philadelphia – Tom and Bill lose – Tom and Bill mad – Tom and Bill take out frustrations on next opponent.
15 – CHICAGO over San Francisco – Yes, it’s a 31 point confidence pool turnaround for the Bears from last week to this week. I guess winning in Lambeau then hosting San Francisco will do that for you.
14 – Carolina over NEW ORLEANS – The Panthers defense made Tony Romo feel like his broken collarbone was the best part of his Thanksgiving. The Saints offense isn’t what it used to be and won’t be able to do any real damage. This week’s BOLD PREDICTION is that THE PANTHERS WILL FINISH THE SEASON UNDEFEATED!
13 – PITTSBURGH over Indianapolis – I can see Antonio Brown having another huge game in this one. The Colts won’t have the fire power to keep up.
12 – Cincinnati over CLEVELAND – The Browns couldn’t even beat a depleted Ravens team last week at home, how can you even think they’ll be able to tame the Bengals?
11 – MINNESOTA over Seattle – The Vikings loss to the Packers a couple weeks ago was all due to their mental mistakes – they have corrected those and seem to be more focused than ever.
10 – BUFFALO over Houston – We saw last week the offensive weapons that the Bills have to utilize with big games from LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins. With a playoff spot in sights, look for Buffalo to keep the excitement level high.
9 – OAKLAND over Kansas City – The Raiders are up with another “must-win” game this week – they seem to do better at home with those.
8 – TAMPA BAY over Atlanta – Jamies Winston is doing what he can to sneak the Rookie of the Year award away from Todd Gurley. Lucky for him the Falcons are also doing what they can to hand games away.
7 – Arizona over ST LOUIS – Another divisional road game for the Cardinals. This will be tougher than it was in the bay, but the outcome should be the same.
6 – NEW YORK GIANTS over New York Jets – This is a game that the Giants will utilize their home field advantage to propel them to victory! … … … wait a minute … … …
5 – Green Bay over DETROIT – Can anyone figure out these Packers? The only think I can think of is that they will be playing mad tonight after losing to these Lions at home a few weeks back.
4 – Denver over SAN DIEGO – After handing the Patriots their first lost you would think the Broncos would be higher on this list. There’s just something about road division games that gets me a little worried.
3 – WASHINGTON over Dallas – The Cowboys are now without Tony Romo at quarterback again – we’ve all seen how this story goes.
2 – MIAMI over Baltimore – Well this looked like a great late-season matchup in August! Now, not so much. The Dolphins are at home so they get to win.
1 – Jacksonville over TENNESSEE – I put my faith in the Jags and they have let me down so far. Lucky for them they get a chance at redemption by playing the lowly Titans.