How To Make A Football Team Banner

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NFL Picks Week 10

Games being played November 15 and 16, 2015

The spreads and over/under’s were taken from the MGM Grand Sportsbook as reported by www.vegasinsider.com on November 15, 2015.

This is the latest I’ve ever written and posted my picks article.  It is 10:00 AM EST on Sunday November 15, 2015 just to be clear.  If my predictions are perfect this week, please believe that there was no funny business or post editing involved.  I’ve sacrificed early week predictions for more thorough research, so hopefully, it pays off in a better success rate.

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
November 15, 2015
Pick: Cowboys -1

They Cowboys are a point favorite but I think they’re a lock to win this game.  Matt Cassel is starting to settle into the offense so scoring point should be an issue for Dallas.  Their defense is strong enough to hold Jameis Winston in check.  Tampa Bay has been impressive at times and I fully expect them to play well this game.  I look for this to be a surprisingly tough fought, entertaining game with Dallas pulling away at the end.


Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans
November 15, 2015
Pick: Panthers -4 1/2

I know Marcus Mariota has been great.  Frankly, I’m shocked how well he has played.  And, yes, in their first game with a new coach last week, Tennessee looked good.  But forget all that noise.  Lining up with three Tight Ends isn’t going to fly against Carolina.  I expect the Panthers to blow-out Tennessee in this game.  This is as certain as I’ve felt about a prediction all year.


Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
November 15, 2015
Pick: Broncos -4 1/2

I’m making this pick on the belief that whatever happened last week in Indianapolis was a fluke. Also, I’m picking this game on the fact that Denver plays better at home.  Their defense looks impenetrable when they’re in the comfortable surroundings of Sport Authority Field.  As long as Peyton Manning could manufacture 6 points I believe that will be enough to win.


Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
November 16, 2015
Pick: Texans +10 1/2

The Texans have had a disappointing year and the Bengals are the darling of the league with their undefeated start (8-0).  But 10 1/2 points!!!  That’s ridiculous.  Houston is a competent NFL team that has underperformed only at a couple key positions.  They still can compete with any team in the league on any given day.  It is far more likely this game ends up being close than it does a blow-out.

Week 11 Recap

The first annual Pick Bonanza didn’t go they way I had hoped (5-7).  I made money from slot machines and table games but nothing from sports betting.  For awhile in the fourth quarter of the 1:00 PM games, I had a six game parlay hitting.  The experience was entertaining and fun.  Next year’s trip to Windsor, Ontario should be even better and hopefully more lucrative.  Here’s how the picks worked out.

WINS

(W) Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 14

I took the Cowboys to beat a 1 point spread against them.  They came through without much trouble.

(W) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45 Philadelphia Eagles 17

I got the win by taking the Buccaneers to beat a 6 point spread against them.  Thanks, Sanchez.

(W) Washington Redskins 16 Carolina Panthers 44

This was a prediction that Carolina would cover a spread of 7 points, which they did easily.

(W) New York Jets 17 Houston Texans 24

I bet this game would go under 44 1/2 points.  A rare win on Over/Under for me.

(W) Denver Broncos 17 Chicago Bears 15

My only other win on over/under bets this week.  This game was a bet on under 41 total points.

LOSSES

(L) Oakland Raiders 13 Detroit Lions 18

I predicted Oakland would cover a 1 point spread in their favor.  It all looked promising until the Raiders lost their starting center to injury late in the game.

(L) Indianapolis Colts 24 Atlanta Falcons 21

I’m not sure what’s going on with the Falcons anymore.  I’m giving up the idea that they will regain their early season form.  This was a loss that the Falcons would cover a 6 point spread in their favor.

(L) St. Louis Rams 13 Baltimore Ravens 16

Case Keenum did not look better than Nick Foles as I predicted, but I’m still I lost this.  The Rams were up most of the game and at one point I stopped watching because I thought this game was a lock for me.  I ended up losing this game on a bet that the Rams would beat a 2 1/2 point spread against them.

(L) Oakland Raiders 13 Detroit Lions 18

I double dipped on the loss in this game predicting this game would go over 48 points.  What happened, Amari?

(L) Indianapolis Colts 24 Atlanta Falcons 21

Another double loss.  This time I predicted this game would go over 47 1/2 points.  Close, but Atlanta let me down again.

(L) St. Louis Rams 13 Baltimore Ravens 16

More over/under woes.  This time, I predicted Case Keenum would light it up and put plenty of points up on the board.  This was a loss on predicting the game would go over 41 points.

(L) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45 Philadelphia Eagles 17

A big ol’ L for picking this game to stay under 45 points.

Cincinnati Bengals 2014 Season Predictions

If it wasn’t for the Bernard fumble at the end of the first half of their 2013 playoff loss to the Chargers, the Bengals may have won that game.  Sure, Dalton lacks composure in high-pressure situations, but he will not be the biggest issue for the Bengals going into 2014.  Dalton has displayed ability to play at a high level on a more regular basis as his career progresses.  There is good reason to believe that Dalton will have a better 2014 season than 2013.  He is entering a contract year and has another year of experience under his belt.  That being said, the Bengals have new coaches at Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator.  Current members of the coaching staff were elevated from within the ranks and this may help with team continuity.  Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer were high quality coaches and the Bengals will miss what they brought to the table, though.

The Bengals lost Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  However, they have resigned Brandon Tate and Vincent Rey.  This “win some, lose some” has been the Bengals approach in recent years.  To make bigger strides they will have to hit big in the draft.  I would suspect their focus to be mainly on defense – at all positions but especially cornerback.

There doesn’t seem to be any effort to spend much of the 24 M in available cap space this offseason.  At some point they will have to use it per the new CBA rules.  I’m sure Dalton and Green will see a large chunk of that cash, but I would think that they would spend on a big name free agent eventually.  Probably next year.

The NFL is a very competitive league where not much separates a winning team from a losing team.  Success can be fleeting.  It’s a game where qualities like “winning culture” and “swag” are genuinely sought and discussed by team executives.  To me, this is evidence of just how tenuous a winning season can be (see 2013 Texans as evidence or 2013 Chiefs for the other side of that coin).  Unfortunately, the Bengals will be candidates as proof of this argument going into 2014.

They have a strong roster, though, and it’s unlikely that they’ll fall very far in the overall AFC playoff picture.  Prediction: the Bengals will have an up and down, 8-8 season as the coaching staff grows into their new roles.

NFL Picks Week 9

Games being played November 8 and 9, 2015

The spreads and over/under’s were taken from the MGM Grand Sportsbook as reported by www.vegasinsider.com on November 7, 2015.

I’ve been slacking on my research and game studying.  For that reason, I’ll only be picking a few games this week.  Hopefully, with a short mid-season break, I’ll feel rested and ready to get back to a full schedule of research and watching games.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets
November 8, 2015
Pick: Jaguars -7 1/2

I like the Jaguars to be competitive in this game.  They continue to play slightly better as the season progresses.  Conversely, the Jets have not looked as dominate defensively as when the season started.  The extra half point in this point spread is important from my perspective.  I expect the Jets to win and win convincingly.  I just don’t think they’ll win by more than 7.


St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings
November 8, 2015
Pick: Rams +2

It’s the absolute kiss of death to try and pick the Rams on the road.  I’m doing it anyway.  It’s impossible for me to ignore that the Vikings will be without Kendricks, Floyd and possibly Barr this week.  Without those key players, Minnesota will not be able to hold up against the Rams brutal run game.  Teddy Bridgewater has looked good this season, but the Rams defense will splash some cold water on his development.  I expected to be a growing pains moment for Teddy.


Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
November 8, 2015
Pick: Eagles -2 1/2

I got burnt picking against the Cowboys last week but that’s not going to stop me from picking against them this week.  The Eagles should dominate the Cowboys defensively the same way the Seahawks did last week.  The difference will be that the Eagles will be able to do a better job keeping possession and converting their scoring opportunities.  I expect DeMarco Murray to get his revenge and have a big game, leaving Cowboy fans feeling foolish.


Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers
November 9, 2015
Pick: Bears +4

Without Keenan Allen, the Chargers offense is not the same.  They’ll possibly be without Ladarius Green as well, and Antonio Gates may not be full strength.  That will all be a disastrous situation for the Chargers who will be facing an underrated Bears team.  Chicago is getting their shit together, which will be evident in this primetime, Monday night matchup.

NFL Picks Week 12

Games being played November 29, 2015

The spreads and over/under’s were taken from the MGM Grand Sportsbook as reported by www.vegasinsider.com on November 29, 2015.

The picks below are ones that I am most certain about this week.  Last week, I was working with specific parameters and picking more games than with which I would normally be comfortable.  My accuracy percentage for the week reflected those conditions.  This week should be better.

St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals
November 29, 2015
Pick: Rams +9

The Bengals have struggled the last couple weeks against teams with good defenses.  I expect that trend to continue this week against the Rams.  Hugh Jackson has a lot of toys to play with, but he appears to be enamored with his options instead of being strategic about how he attacks his opponents.  This, not Andy Dalton’s performance, is the downfall of the Bengals.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts
November 29, 2015
Pick: Buccaneers +2 1/2

I recognize a hot team when I see one.  Indianapolis has down a nice job staying competitive and eking out wins in the absence of Andrew Luck.  That will come to halt this week as they face a team that is on the rise and focused.


Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
November 29, 2015
Pick: Raiders -1 1/2

The Raiders had a tough loss last week but should be able to bounce back this week.  They’ve had a whole week to get ready to play without their starting center, Rodney Hudson.  They’ll be able to compensate and overcome against the Titans.  I’m pretty down on Mike Mularkey as a head coach and think it was the wrong move for the Titans to promote him to head coach mid-season.


Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks
November 29, 2015
Pick: Steelers +3 1/2

Seattle has been playing up to last years form the last couple of games and that should continue.  However, the Steelers are a dangerous team and capable of playing well on the road even in a hostile environment such as Seattle.  The Steelers have a decent shot to win this game if they can force a turnover or two.  The fact that they get 3 1/2 points is too tempting to not bet.  Seattle could win but if they do, it’s unlikely it will be more than 3 points.

Week 12 Recap

My winning percentage has fallen off the last couple weeks.  I’ll work hard to regain my earlier season form, but it will require some more diligent working in watching games and staying up to date with new articles.  Below are my lessons learned from last week.

WINS

(W) Oakland Raiders 24 Tennessee Titans 21

In my lone win this week, I took the Raiders to cover a 1 1/2 point spread in their favor.  It took a last minute defensive effort but a win is a win.

LOSSES

(L) St. Louis Rams 7 Cincinnati Bengals 31

Hugh Jackson proved me wrong and the Bengals covered a 9 point spread in their favor.  The Rams are trending way down.  It may be due to the quarterback instability and underperformance.  It could be the Jeff Fisher is losing his team.  I don’t know, but I won’t be putting anymore faith the Rams for the rest of the season.

L) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 Indianapolis Colts 25

This was a loss from taking the Buccaneers to beat a 2 1/2 point spread against.  The new offensive coordinator for the Colts seems to be fitting well into his new role.  What a strange season for the Colts.  The still make the playoffs and be capable of advance a round or two.

L) Pittsburgh Steelers 30 Seattle Seahawks 39

I lost here by taking the Steelers to beat a 3 1/2 point spread against them.  They almost did but an injury to Ben Roethlisberger ended a late rally and killed any chance to beat the spread.  For their part, the Seahawks played great…better than I expected against the Steelers defense, anyway.  Good for them.  It looks sustainable, also, since the offense isn’t revolving around Russell Wilson’s improvisational play as much.

NFL Picks Week 13

Games being played December 6, 2015RGIII

The spreads and over/under’s were taken from www.vegasinsider.com on December 6, 2015.

Between the holidays and waning interest, I’ve put far less time into watching games and reviewing reliable new sources.  Consequently, my winning percentage has fallen off a bit.  I’m down to 52.5%  overall for the season.  The season has become a bit of a grind for me.  I’ll try to regain my earlier season form, put in the time necessary, and bump my winning percentage up near the target mark of 55% by the end of the season.  Here are my picks this week.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
December 6, 2015
Pick: Bengals -9

I love the Browns but they are as bad of a team that you will find in professional sports.  Poorly coached, poorly managed, and mostly talent-less.  This is easy money.  Bengals will beat the snot out of the Browns.  The Browns will take it lying down, because this team gave up on the season back in August.


Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennesse Titans
December 6, 2015
Pick: Jaguars -2 1/2

The Jaguars are coming on a bit late here in the season.  They have a lot of fight in them for a 4-7 team.  Marcus Mariota has been great as a rookie starting quarterback, but that is about it for the Titans.  Jacksonville’s defense will shut down the Titans giving their offense a chance to run away with this game.


Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
December 6, 2015
Pick: Panthers -6 1/2

I don’t think I’ve lost all year when taking the Panthers.  I know New Orleans plays better at home and this is a divisional game.  The Panthers are just bad as hell.   It might take the Panthers winning the Super Bowl before everyone fully recognizes how dominate and good this team is.  They’ve been getting a good share of publicity and recognition but it’s seems like it is of the back-page variety.  Even with the MVP discussion.  Cam Newton is a unique player and no one could run that offense as effectively as he does.  His team is undefeated and maybe the best in the NFL.  No way is he a distant second to anyone for the MVP award.


Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
December 6, 2015
Pick: Patriots -8

I don’t think the Lions just caught the Eagles by surprise on Thanksgiving or that they had an anomalous game.  The Lions beat the Eagles ass because the Eagles are not very good.  The struggle on offense.  Have all season.  Despite have a solid defensive front, they struggle in the secondary.  Teams have figured out how to beat them and they are not equipped to changed tact mid-season.  They don’t have the talent and they’re system this point is about schematic variety.  The Patriots are certainly a team that can take advantage of a predictable talent-challenged team.