Posted Sunday, December 28, 2014 04:12 PM
Posted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 02:29 PM
Much has been made of the Atlanta Falcons in recent weeks concerning
their improved play. In the last 8 games the Falcons are 4-4 and have
finished within one score of the opposition in all their loses. However,
the full game, especially in the last 3, has told a different story as
they have been outscored 58-20 in the first half during that span.
Atlanta's opponents over the last 3 games have been good, but the
final score doesn't tell the whole story. Green Bay had all but won the
game by halftime, up 31-7. Pittsburgh was leading 20-7. New Orleans,
although the favorite last week, finished the season 2-5 and may lose to
Tampa Bay today. This isn't to diminish what the Falcons accomplished
in the second half of those games, as they showed they won't give up.
However, it does show how bad their defense has been, not only the last 3
but the entire season.
The defense for the Panthers has been the complete opposite of late.
Since the bye week the Panthers defense has allowed only 14 points per
game and have been stifling against the pass. That doesn't bode well for
the Falcons offense that has very good wide receivers, but are all
playing through injuries. In the beginning of the season the Panthers
were playing with new defensive personnel, but have since come together
and seem to be playing much closer as a unit.
In addition to their improved defense their running game has been
great. Over the last 3 they are averaging over 200 yards per game. This
is a running attack that gets DeAngelo Williams back too. Newton and
Benjamin have also developed a chemistry beyond the raw talent that he
possesses, contributing to a much more balanced attack.
With a bad Atlanta defense and a very good running game for
Carolina, the Falcons will have a tough time stopping the Panthers.
Carolina will run the ball and maintain possession throughout the game.
The Panthers will also take shots down field when they have the
Give me the better defense, more consistent and conservative
offense, over an Atlanta team with a head coach in limbo regardless of
the results. The experience of the Panthers will be on full display and I
expect the Panthers to come out on top and take the last playoff spot.
Posted Monday, December 22, 2014 12:26 PM
This is a ranting message to anyone that thinks games are fixed...
I'm not sure whether these people actually believe games are fixed or they are just bitter that they can't pick any winners. First of all,
virtually all of this "fixed game" nonsense is posted by people that are claiming the game they just bet was fixed. They then move on to their next bet... Try to follow that logic.
Some people who believe games are fixed continue to bet games. Why? Some people continue to bet because they have a problem, for which those people I feel bad for. Some continue betting using paradoxical logic for which I will never understand and simply complain when they lose, these are the most childish and annoying. I've even heard people saying that they know games are fixed but continue to bet because they think they can pick the correct "fixed" side, that is just arrogance.
People that believe this are a joke... Go ahead and keep betting "fixed
games" if you wish. Just don't cry that games are fixed when you lose, because in
reality you are just terrible handicappers.
The fact is, they're just degenerate gamblers that needs to bet regardless of what they think they know. If you're getting that emotional to claim games are
fixed, you clearly don't have the money to be betting.
all for adding insight and perspective but crying "fix" is
amateurish... Let the adults bet for now and come back when you can
handle what you're getting into.
seriously recommend picking games without actually betting them and see
how you do. You may find it more enjoyable or just come to the
realization that you are not good at this.
are lots of things I can't do, like skateboard, draw pictures, speak
other languages, or match clothes very well. But I'm aware of that, so I
don't do those things. Maybe betting sports is something that you can't
do. You're good at complaining, so you have that going for you.
For all of you claiming that games are fixed, I sincerely hope you take this advice and I wish you good
luck in your soul searching experience.
For me, I must get back to doing grown up things.
Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 07:02 PM
The theme for tonight’s game should be “Blinded by Peyton in
Primetime”. Everyone is claiming that since Denver is looking for a bye that
they will win this game. The other narrative that people are sticking to is the
fact that Andy Dalton can’t play in big primetime games.
It’s not always what happened in games, but often how or why
they happened. Cincinnati played most of their primetime games on the road
against very good teams. They will face another very good team at home against
Denver tonight, but there is much more at stake for Cincinnati than the
Broncos. That said, I never give the edge to a team simply because they have
more to play for. However, I will do so when the opposing team doesn’t have
much to play for.
NFL players and teams are vulnerable to human nature just
like everyone else. Denver has secured their division and need one of the next
to in order to secure a bye. But there is no such thing as a “must win” regular
season game when a team has already locked up a playoff spot. Although Denver
would like to wrap up the bye, the urgency has eased a bit knowing they are in.
We saw it last night with the Colts and Dallas, the Colts still had a chance at
a first round bye, but clearly the urgency was lost when they secured the
It’s not only for these reasons that Cincinnati has a great
shot to win this game. They have been playing much better the last 8 weeks.
Many will point to the Pittsburgh loss, but that game came after Cincinnati
played 3 straight games on the road, which is an extremely tough spot. Not only
that, Cincinnati is finally getting healthy and gaining traction in the running
game. Their defense has played much better as well, allowing 15.6 points per
game in their last 5 including the Pittsburgh 42.
Denver on the other hand has not looked good the past few
weeks, Peyton Manning especially. Luckily for Denver they have faced a schedule
conducive to running the ball. Granted, Cincinnati is not particularly tough on
the run, but if they are able to key on it, they could easily stop CJ Anderson,
who gets most of his yardage through a power run game and is not very shifty.
The reason I believe that Cincinnati will be able to key on
the run is the fact that I believe Manning is hurt, much more so than he has
ever been. The evidence is in the passing attempts that Manning has over the
last two weeks. He has thrown a combined 40 passes in the last 2 weeks, 20 each
game. The last time he has back-to-back games with less than 30 pass attempts
was 2009 with the Colts in meaningless games to end the season. Before that? 8
Peyton Manning is hurt and the Broncos are trying to
preserve him for the playoff run. He will play, because he’s not going to take himself
out of the game, but he won’t be nearly as effective as we are used to seeing.
I expect them to lean heavy on the running game without much success, and in
obvious passing downs I expect the Bengals to get after Manning with success. Denver
is banged up and looking to get healthy, not to mention they are down 2 more linebackers.
Bengals handle Denver’s limping offense, and are able to run
the ball effectively. Cincinnati wins the game outright in front of an
extremely loud crowd, that of which the Bengals are 12-2-1 in front of the last
Posted Monday, November 24, 2014 03:54 PM
How can anyone justify the Saints giving points on the road? I know the Bears are not a great team, but by no standard are the Saints any good.
Both teams have terrible defenses, but the Bears can at least get at the quarterback, something the Saints cannot do. And although the Saints and Bears have both given up a ton of points, at least the Bears have given up there big amounts to good offenses.
It's well known about the Bears locker room and off the field issues, but the Saints are having the same problems. The Saints issues are not as highly publicized but the head coach and DC are not on the same page. Whether it's what the play call is or if someone is starting or not, Payton and Ryan are not close.
The Bears OC called out Cutler and then cried about it... For some strange reason I think the offense rallies around each other and just plays. The Bears will play spoiler and beat the Saints tonight.
BEARS and the OVER
Are the Saints the team that dismantled the Packers? Or are the Saints the team that has 1 win against a winning team?
A lot of people seem very confident that the Saints will beating the Ravens tonight and I'm not saying they are wrong, but where is this confidence coming from?
I get that it's a primetime game and the Saints are home, but is that the only reason they are getting all this backing? The Saints have a bad defense, not much in the running game, and are injured at just about every position on the field.
Is it just me or is everyone drinking the ESPN kool aid?
The Ravens are not a bad team and are coming off a bye, while the Saints have lost 2 straight at home... I'd like to hear some logic in the aggressive Saints backing besides "the Saints won't lose 3 in a row at home".
To me this is a toss up, what am I missing?