Super Bowl LIII – Patriots v Rams

Super Bowl LIII

New England Patriots (11-5) v Los Angeles Rams (13-3)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
February 3, 2019 – 6:30pm EST (CBS)
Line: Patriots (-2.5); O/U 56.5

Championship Recap

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two weeks since we’ve seen meaningful football. And the two championship games we saw were probably some of the best non-Super Bowl games that we have seen in quite some time. The first had a controversial finish after a blatant penalty wasn’t called, leading to the second straight season of heartbreak for the home team. The second featured a bunch of points in the second half, and an overtime period that may cause the NFL to re-examine how it breaks ties (again). 

I went 1-1 in picking winners last week, and 1-1 in picking against the spread and 0-2 on the over/unders:

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NFL Conference Championships

NFL Playoffs

We have reached the penultimate weekend of NFL action (as long as you ignore the Pro Bowl, which I think most people do), and the final four are the top two seeds from each conference yet again – this seriously happens most of the time – so we should have just expected to be playing these games in Kansas City and New Orleans from the very beginning of this thing a few weeks ago.

I went out on a limb last week and simply picked the higher-seeded clubs, which resulted in a 4-0 record (and 7-1 for the playoffs). We’ll just ignore my picks regarding the various spreads and over/unders.

Or not. Here’s how that went:

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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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