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 17 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 16

New Orleans Saints 31 – Pittsburgh Steelers 28
The Saints clinched a first-round bye with the victory, while the Steelers fell out of the playoff picture after the loss, falling behind the Baltimore Ravens (for the AFC North title) and the Tennessee Titans (for the second wild card), who had both won Saturday.

The Steelers entered the fourth quarter, leading 28-24. And for most of the fourth quarter, that lead remained in place, with the Steelers failing to add points, while the Saints went 3-and-out and had a blocked field goal. After that blocked field goal, the Steelers were holding onto the ball, trying to get a first down to run some time off the clock. On 4th-and-5, the Steelers seemingly lined up to punt, only to fake the punt and come up a yard short.

The Saints took control of the ball with 4:06 left on the clock at the Pittsburgh 46 yard line, and unlike their opponents, they were able to run down the clock, driving the field and scoring a touchdown with 1:25 left on the clock. This left the Steelers with plenty of time left to score, and after a converted 4th-and-15 (upheld on review), the Steelers were on the drive to at least attempt a game-tying field goal. Instead, JoJo Smith-Schuster fumbled after a reception, allowing the Saints to fully run out the clock and earn the victory.

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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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NFL Week 8 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. 

Surprising Results from Week 7

This week went pretty much as expected, but there were still some results that were unexpected based on my personal preseason expectations. These three scores stood out to me during the sixth week of the season:

New England Patriots 38 – Chicago Bears 31
I was a little off in my score prediction (I thought the Pats would win 30-24), but it was just as exciting as I expected the game to be. The Bears jumped out to a 17-7 lead after a Jordan Howard TD, but Cordarrelle Patterson returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to pull the Pats within 3. A James White touchdown reception before the half put the Pats in the lead at 21-17, only to see the Bears open the second half with a touchdown drive to retake the lead. The Pats then scored 17 unanswered points, seemingly locking up the game, only to hold on down the stretch as the Bears faltered on the game-tying drive as time expired. The Pats look secure in first place in the division (as always) and a game against Buffalo this week may be a nice respite from the past two weeks against top clubs. They also may not need to score in the 30s to win in Buffalo, either. 

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NFL Week 6 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. 

Surprising Results from Week 5

This week went pretty much as expected, but there were still some results that were unexpected based on my personal preseason expectations. These three scores stood out to me during the fifth week of the season:
Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 23
The Lions have had an up and down stretch recently. Two weeks ago, they defeated the Patriots in a Sunday night game, never letting the Pats get close. Last week, they lost to an average Cowboys team – albeit on the road – and fell to 1-3 on the young season. On Sunday, they never trailed against the Packers, leading 24-0 at halftime and then holding on as Aaron Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers Things. The Lions head into their bye week on a high note, while the Packers will hope a game against the Jimmy G-less 49ers is enough to correct their season’s trajectory, otherwise Rodgers and Company might be on the outside looking in when the playoffs start, unless…

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