NFL Divisional Round

NFL Playoffs I still don’t know why they don’t call this round the Conference Semifinals, but I guess that is a dumb thing to care about. After last weekend’s results, I am just picking winners this week, since I can’t seem to come anywhere near where the final scores actually end up.  Seriously, look at … Read moreNFL Divisional Round

NFL Week 15 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to … Read moreNFL Week 15 Preview

NFL Week 12 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to … Read moreNFL Week 12 Preview

NFL Week 11 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft. 

The Top Games From Week 10

This space will be less about games that were shocking based on preseason expectations and more about the games that had the most impact on the standings as we move past the halfway point in the schedule. This game was kind of a dud in overall impact to the playoff seedings, though it did set up a Week 11 that will feature a couple of “win or (possibly) go home” games. One top game was featured as the Game of the Week last week (which didn’t really pan out) and the other features a team that we talked about a lot the first few weeks of the season that might have playoff implications down the road.

Pittsburgh Steelers 52 – Carolina Panthers 21
I was way off in my prediction for this one. So much for a low scoring game.

The Panthers took the early lead in this one, but the rout was on by the end of the first quarter. The Panthers never got closer than that initial 7-0 score, with their other touchdowns making the score 24-14 Steelers and the final score above. Christian McCaffery scored all three Panthers’ touchdowns (1 rushing, 2 receiving), but Ben Roethlisberger had five touchdown passes to five different receivers. It sure wasn’t pretty, and the Steelers moved into second place in the conference after New England’s surprising loss to the Titans on Sunday. The Panthers fell another game behind the Saints, but are still leading the wildcard race in the NFC.

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NFL Week 10 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft. 

The Top Games From Week 9

This space will be less about games that were shocking based on preseason expectations and more about the games that had the most impact on the standings as we move past the halfway point in the schedule. Now that every team has played at least eight games, we are officially at the halfway point, so we’ll be featuring the playoff picture every week. Because of this, we will cover only two games per week in this space, unless there is a third game that really caught our attention.

New Orleans Saints 45 – Los Angeles Rams 35
The final undefeated team has fallen.

I predicted a score of 34-31 in favor of the Rams, so I was off yet again. Todd Gurley was held in check by the Saints defense, only accounting for 79 total yards and one touchdown. On the other side, Drew Brees had more touchdowns than incompletions for a while, and ended the game only 25 of 36, which actually lowered his completion percentage on the season (which is currently an NFL record 76.3%). Nevertheless, he threw for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns, perhaps trying to cement himself as an MVP candidate in his own right, and in this game, he outplayed Gurley for the honors.

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NFL Week 9 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft. 

The Top Games From Week 8

This space will be less about games that were shocking based on preseason expectations and more about the games that had the most impact on the standings as we move past the halfway point in the schedule. This week, I’m highlighting two games because of brief coverage about the trade deadline, but it will usually be three games like it has been in previous weeks. Here are the two games that had the most impact:
New Orleans Saints 30 – Minnesota Vikings 20
I predicted a score of 31-27 in favor of the Saints, so I was pretty close (for them at least), so revenge was had… in a mid-season game that they would have had months to recover from anyway. But a win is a win, and with both teams fighting for their lives within their divisions, the Saints are probably quite pleased to come away with a victory. Drew Brees had only 120 yards passing and a touchdown, but the Saints were bolstered by their defense, with P.J. Williams returning a Kirk Cousins’ interception for a touchdown late in the third quarter which put the Saints up by two touchdowns. They added a field goal to go up 30-13, and only a late Adam Thielen touchdown made the score look as close as it ended up, and the Saints left Minnesota 6-1 (with six wins in a row) and in first place in the NFC South. 

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