Friday, December 20, 2013

NFL 2013 NFL Week 16 Predictions

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Last weekend was featured crazy games highlighted by another Dallas Cowboys December choke. St. Louis surprised New Orleans. Miami bested New England. San Diego knocked off Denver.

Only two weeks remain. NFL playoff picture coming into focus. Must win scenarios for a select few this weekend. Digger slipped off track nailing only 8 of 15 (147-76, 65.9%).

Week 16
Dolphins 28BILLS 10
BENGALS 32Vikings 24
CHIEFS 27Colts 23
RAMS 24Bucs 17
Browns 30JETS 14
REDSKINS 28Cowboys 27
PANTHERS 31Saints 28
Titans 24JAGUARS 23
Broncos 38TEXANS 34
LIONS 27Giants 13
SEAHAWKS 24Cardinals 20
PACKERS 27Steelers 21
CHARGERS 31Raiders 17
Patriots 30RAVENS 23
EAGLES 27Bears 20
49ERS 26Falcons 24

Friday, December 13, 2013

NFL 2013 NFL Week 15 Predictions

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Only three weeks of games in the 2013 NFL season. Indianapolis is the only team to have locked up a division title (1 of 8). There's plenty left to be determined from division winners to wild card teams. (NFL standings).

East: New England (10-3) holding a comfortable lead over Miami (7-6). These two play in Miami on Sunday. Must win for Miami's wild card aspirations.
North: Cincinnati (9-4) maintaining 2 game lead over Baltimore (7-6). Baltimore edges Miami in tie-breakers for AFC's final slot.
South: Indianapolis clinched. Rest of the division playing for self respect (all eliminated from playoff contention).
West: Denver (11-3) holding onto 1/2 game lead over Kansas City (10-3). Denver holds tie break advantage having dumped KC twice. KC is suddenly slumping - losers in 3 of past 4 games after beginning 9-0. One win and KC is playoff bound. San Diego (7-7) is on the outside looking in but it's not over yet after last nights upset victory in Denver.

East: Philadelphia (8-5) has won 5 straight with Nick Foles leading their rejuvenated attack. Foles had thrown 19 TD's without an INT until last weekend. Dallas (8-6) is trying to keep pace. But, as all fans in Dallas are well aware, December football has not been favorable to this squad in recent years.
North: It's a logjam. Detroit (7-6) holds tiebreaker over Chicago (7-6). Green Bay (6-6-1) is keeping pace. These three teams have been battling key injuries all season long. This division may come down the final snap of regular season action.
South: New Orleans (10-3) coming off a huge win over Carolina (9-4) last weekend. Saints undefeated at home. Carolina looking good for wild card birth - unless they fold in final weeks.
West: Seattle (11-2) appears to be NFC's best. They're coming off a last minute loss to San Francisco (9-4). A win would have locked up the West. Arizona (8-5) has been playing solid football. Prognosticators barely mention Cardinals advancing to playoffs which works well for this squad. They're currently reside in 7th place (top six make playoffs). They finish the year playing Seattle & San Francisco.
Weekend 15 is huge for all teams trying to advance. Weather will be a big factor as winter storms show up again for the second consecutive weekend. Digger's picks went 11-5 last week raising the season total to 139-69 (66.8%). Time for Week 15 selections (home teams in CAPS).
(missed deadline for Thursday night game)

Week 15
Redskins 27FALCONS 24
Bears 17BROWNS 16
COLTS 33Texans 17
DOLPHINS 27Patriots 23
Eagles 30VIKINGS 20
Seahawks 24GIANTS 7
49ers 27BUCS 14
JAGUARS 27Bills 17
Chiefs 38RAIDERS 10
COWBOYS 31Packers 28
Cardinals 23TITANS 21
Saints 35RAMS 16
Bengals 20STEELERS 17
LIONS 28Ravens 24

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NFL 2013 NFL Week 14 Predictions

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Now, that's a nice comeback! 12 of 16 correct picks increases Digger's season total to 128-64 (66.7%). Week 13 featured a bevy of great games and huge stats for fantasy coaches.
-Cleveland's Brandon Weeden armed 370 yards & 3 TD's in a losing effort against the suddenly hot Jacksonville Jaguars. Jags pulled off the win in the closing seconds when Chad Henne found Cecil Shorts III for a 20 yard TD play. Browns WR Josh Gordon finished with 261 yards receiving (2 TD). His second consecutive 200+ yard game. He's only 41 yards away from breaking the franchise's all time single receiving record.
-Pittsburgh & Baltimore battled in another typically close game. Steelers comeback efforts fell short by way of a missed 2 point conversion attempt.
-Minnesota & Chicago went toe-to-toe. This game was decided in OT on a Blair Walsh 34 yard FG. Vikes Adrian Peterson rumbled for 211 yards. Bears Josh McCown threw 249 of his 355 yards to WR Ashlon Jeffery. Jeffery's second 200 yard game of the season!
-Nick Foles has Philadelphia playing championship caliber football. Foles 3 TD tosses on Sunday gives him 19 on the season...with ZERO interceptions. He's the highest rated passer in the NFL - 125.2 Eagles improved to 7-5 after edging Arizona 24-21.
-Denver overcame a 21-7 deficit to win a 35-28 thriller in KC. Manning went over 400 yards again. Why didn't I draft him in 1st round???
-New England survived Houston 34-31. Brady to Gronkowski for 127 (TD). Texans backup HB Tate scored 3 times.
-Seattle creamed New Orleans clock on Monday Night Football (34-7) in every area of the contest. Seattle must be considered the NFL's best at this point in time.

Four weekends of football remain. Seattle clinched the NFC West. Indy on the verge of capturing AFC North. Every other division is up for grabs. Every second, every inch, every play magnified the rest of the way.

Let's get to it. Digger's Week 14 selections... (home team in CAPS).
Week 14
JAGUARS 30Texans 24
BENGALS 27Colts 23
*PACKERS 28Falcons 14
Falcons 24**PACKERS 13
PATRIOTS 37Browns 21
Raiders 24JETS 7
EAGLES 35Lions 31
Dolphins 28STELLERS 24
BUCS 28Bills 14
Chiefs 24REDSKINS 23
RAVENS 27Vikings 16
BRONCOS 55Titans 17
Giants 27CHARGERS 21
Seahawks 3049ERS 16
Panthers 33SAINTS 31
BEARS 28Cowboys 20
* = Packers win if Rodgers starts.
**= Packers lose if Rodgers does not start.