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Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 03:43 PM

***SEC NETWORK 7PM EST UTAH ST at TENNESSEE PICK & WRITEUP***

Yesterday 2-1
UCF -2 
UVA +20 
Maryland -23.5 

Tonight:
Tennessee comes into tonight with a lot of hope and potential. The skilled position guys are very talented. James Worley is back at QB and he has a bunch of explosive options to throw to. Including Pig Howard, Marquez North, Von Pearson and 5 star Josh Malone. At RB Tennessee returns the efficient Marlin Lane, Devrin Young and 5 star Jalen Hurd. The offensive line is very green with only 6 combined starts however they did bring some star Juco talent to help out. 
On defense Tennessee is very young but talented. Anchoring the defense will be middle linebacker AJ Johnson who led the team in tackles and will provide the Senior leadership it needs to this unit. Up front Tennessee will rely on a lot of young 4 star guys to step in and make something happen. Last year the Dline was weak so it could be better with the new guys stepping in. The secondary of Tennessee will be one of the best in the SEC. With Coleman, McNeil, Sutton and Randolph these guys are super solid. 
Utah St is coming off a year where they lost Chuckie Keeten and still were able to be one game away from winning the conference championship!! The main reason was an amazing defense for Utah St. One that will have a whole lot of turnover especially in the secondary. Utah State has to replace 3 of 4 starters and 4 of the top 6 backups in the defensive backfield. Up front the Aggies do have some talented playmaker... [More]

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2012 08:06 PM

***STANFORD AT WASHINGTON PICK AND WRITEUP***

Tonight in Seattle will be the "Blackout of the Century". There is gonna be a crazy rowdy crowd to cheer on the the Huskies creating an electric atmosphere. Historically Washington has done well with the "blackout" thing and I'm expecting them to do just as well here against a superb Stanford defense. Now even though Stanford has been excellent with their cover 2 they have yet to face an athletic QB such as Keith Price. Last game they crushed the Matt Barkley statue, really taking him out of his game and not able to challenge the Stanford secondary. Alot of it also had to do with the poor play calling by goof coach Lane Kiffin. Tonight Husky coach Sark knows the Stanford weakness right in the middle of the cover 2 and I expect TE ASJ to have a huge game. On the other side of the ball Washington is gonna have a hard time stopping ALL-Pac 12 RB Stepfan Taylor. Stanford QB Josh Nunes gets his first start on the road tonight and in this electric atmosphere I can see him making several mistakes. With that said I believe the side line in this game is spot on but the total is very low at 48. I believe we will see alot of scoring between these two. A. from a high octane Washington offense who has had a whole lot of prep time for this Stanford defense. B. From a Stanford offense going up against a Washington defense who is completely undersized against this power running game from The Cardinal. Therefore I will be on the over in this one as I can easily see this game exceeding the 48 ... [More]

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 05:42 PM

***KENT ST AT BUFFALO PICK AND QUICK WRITEUP***

Kent St has the best and deepest defensive front in the MAC. Led by Roosevelt Nix. Dude is simply a beast. They will look to slow down the rushing attack of the Bulls led by stud Bo Oliver. On defense Buffalo is horrible allowing FCS Morgan St score 34 points. Kent St will have lots of room to make plays behind explosive Dri Archer who is also an exciting kick returner. Kent St also has the more experienced QB so in my opinion I expect a better managed game offensively from them. The wrong team is favored in this one and I will be on Kent St getting the points.

KENT ST +3.5


Posted Sunday, September 09, 2012 03:46 PM

***NBC 8:20PM EST PITTSBURGH AT DENVER PICK & WRITEUP***

NFL YTD: 1-0

Last Play: Dallas/NY Giants Under 45 

The Pittsburgh Steelers get a chance at immediate revenge tonight for their playoff debacle last season. However the Broncos have a new sheriff in town by the name of Peyton Manning who everyone is excited to see back at QB. Manning this preseason did not look very sharp early on showing some rust but in the 3rd preseason game which essentially is the "dress rehearsal game" Manning slinged it for 10/12 122 yards and 2 td's against the tough San Fran D. I think its safe to say he is pretty much back. What will be interesting to see is how the Bronco Oline protects Manning against this Steelers pass rush. The Broncos Oline did look pretty good in preseason behind a quick trigger Manning but they have yet to face a Pass Rush as solid as the Steelers. Even without Harrison in this game the Steelers should be able to bring it as OLB Lamar Woodley looks bigger and faster than ever and OLB Chris Carter who has filled in for Harrison has looked very solid. Not to mention Timmons is back in the middle. The Dline of the Steelers is extremely deep and talented with veterans Hampton and Keisel as well as the young studs Ziggy Hood and Heyward. These guys should be able to keep McGahee and the Bronco running game in check. The question of the Steelers D though is the secondary but I would imagine that solid CB Ike Taylor who had his worst game of his career against Denver wideout Thomas will be sure to raise his game to... [More]

Posted Friday, August 31, 2012 02:32 PM

***ESPN 8PM BOISE ST AT MICHIGAN STATE WRITEUP & PLAY***

GOOD AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN!! COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK AND ALONG WITH THAT MY LIFE IS BACK!! HAHA
TONIGHT WE HAVE TWO TEAMS BREAKING IN NEW QB'S. MICHIGAN ST WITH ANDREW MAXWELL AND BOISE ST WITH JOE SOUTHWICK. BOTH QB'S HAVE SHOWED ALOT OF PROMISE IN THE SPRING AND BOTH COACHES ARE CONFIDENT EACH QB CAN LEAD THEM TO SUCCESS. WHAT I LIKE TO DO AFTER NOT SEEING A WHOLE LOT OF GAME FILM ON EACH QB IS I LIKE TO WATCH INTERVIEWS OF THE PLAYERS TO DETERMINE WHICH ONE SEEMS SHARPER. 
http://youtu.be/Kfxulo_9z7I
http://youtu.be/1YtYS5nkQr4
FROM THE TWO INTERVIEWS I'M MORE IMPRESSED WITH SOUTHWICK. HE SEEMS LIKE A VERY BRIGHT KID. HE ALSO HAS A STRONG ARM AND IS MOBILE. IN MY VIEW BOISE ST HAS THE BETTER QB HERE.
NOW ALOT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT MICHIGAN ST'S DEFENSE ABOUT HOW DOMINANT THEY WERE LAST SEASON AND HOW THEY WILL BE AGAIN THIS SEASON. WHILE THERE IS NOW DOUBT THEY ARE GOOD I DONT BELIEVE THEY ARE DOMINANT. THEY DID PLAY SOME INEPT OFFENSES LAST YEAR SUCH AS NEBRASKA. OHIO ST, INDIANA, CENTRAL MICHIGAN ETC....WHAT PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET HOWEVER IS HOW THEY WERE SLICED AND DICED BY GEORGIA AND WISCONSIN LAST YEAR. 
RUNNING AT THAT DEFENSE FOR BOISE ST IS SHIFTY 6 YEAR SENIOR DJ HARPER WHO PROBABLY IS THE MOST TALENTED RB BOISE ST HAS HAD THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. KNEE INJURIES HAVE HELD HIM BACK FROM BEING "THE STUD" IN THE BRONCO STABLE. HERE'S A HIGHLIGHT VIDEO OF THIS GUY, HE IS AWESOME!! 
http://youtu.be/gp0Wu7B99yM
JUST WHAT YOU NEED AGAINS... [More]

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:11 AM

***MINNESOTA AT CHARLOTTE LARGE PLAY & WRITEUP***

LAST NIGHT 2-0
MILWAUKEE 
MEMPHIS  
TONIGHT:
MINNESOTA IS PLAYING A BACK TO BACK WHERE ALL STARTERS LOGGED OVER 35 MINUTES. THE TEAM IS REALLY BEAT UP RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE ONLY 1 PG IN RIDNOUR WHO HE HIMSELF IS BANGED UP. THIS IS MINNESOTA'S 9TH ROAD GAME OUT OF THEIR LAST 10 AND I JUST DONT SEE A FULL EFFORT FROM A TEAM WHO NEEDS TO WIN ON EFFORT TO GET A W. CHARLOTTE HAS DROPPED 4 STRAIGHT. 
Is the offense or defense more salvageable? Team captain Corey Maggette believes they’re better scorers than they’ve appeared.


“We’ve got guys who can score. We just haven’t been making shots,” said Maggette, who thinks rebounding and low-post defense are greater issues. The Bobcats have the third-worst rebound percentage (47.1 percent) and give up about 50 points per game in the lane.

“We need to be tougher. We can’t have guys come in here and punk us as if we’re little girls on the court,” Maggette said. “A lot of times that has happened, giving up 60 to 70 points in the paint.”

TONIGHT AGAINST MINNESOTA THE CATS SHOULDNT WORRY ABOUT POINTS IN THE PAINT AS PEKOVIC IS OUT AND MINNESOTA HAS ATTEMPTED ALMOST 30 3PT SHOTS PER GAME. MINNY AT THIS POINT IS MORE OF A JUMP SHOOTING TEAM.

FOLKS THIS IS A GAME CHARLOTTE CAN WIN THEY ARE HUNGRY FOR A W HERE AT HOME AND AGAINST THE STRUGGLING AND BEATUP TWOLVES THIS IS A REALITY. 

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS +5.5 LARGE


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012... [More]

Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 10:41 AM

***8PM EST ESPN BOSTON AT PHILADELPHIA PLAY & WRITEUP**

THE SIXERS COME INTO THIS GAME LOSING 4 OF THEIR LAST 5. THOSE LOSSES CAME AGAINST MIAMI, CHICAGO, INDIANA AND NEW YORK ALL TEAMS THAT ARE PLAYING EXCEPTIONAL BASKETBALL RIGHT NOW. TONIGHT THE SIXERS FACE THE CELTICS PLAYING THEIR 8TH STRAIGHT GAME ON THE ROAD NOT TO MENTION ON A BACK TO BACK AS BOSTON DEFEATED THE BUCKS LAST NIGHT IN MILWAUKEE. TONIGHT THEY PLAY A PHILLY TEAM WHO NEEDS A WIN IN THE WORST OF WAYS AND PHILLY AT HOME IN FRONT OF AN ESPN AUDIENCE THEY WILL GET IT DONE. BOSTON BLEW THEIR LOAD LAST NIGHT WITH ALL STARTERS LOGGING REGULAR MINUTES AND THOSE OLD LEGS WONT BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE YOUNG AND ATHLETIC SIXERS. PHILLY ACTUALLY PLAYS SOLID DEFENSE UNLIKE THE BUCKS WHO BOSTON PLAYED LAST NIGHT. THE 76ERS IN EVERY STATISTICAL CATEGORY IS BETTER THAN BOSTON AND IN A SPOT LIKE TONIGHT WE WILL SEE A BLOWOUT.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS -6.5


Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2012 04:14 PM

**LARGEST PLAY OF THE YEAR & WRITEUP**2/22

HAVE BEEN HITTING 50% ALL YEAR BUT TONIGHTS GAME IS A GEM IN MY EYES AND IM GONNA MAKE IT MY LARGEST PLAY OF THE YEAR.


MINNESOTA THE LAST FEW GAMES HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST TEAMS THAT CAN SHOOT THE 3. THEIR PERIMETER DEFENSE HAS BEEN SUBPAR AND THEY HAVE BEEN BURNED BY THE LIKES OF NORTHWESTERN, WISCONSIN AND OHIO ST ALL TEAMS THAT CAN HIT THE SHOT FROM THE OUTSIDE CONSISTENTLY. TONIGHT THE GOPHERS FACE A MICHIGAN ST TEAM WHO'S WEAKNESS IS SHOOTING THE TREY ONLY AT 30% IN THEIR LAST 5 AND ON THE ROAD YOU NEED TO HIT THE TREY TO WIN CONSISTENTLY ESPECIALLY AGAINST THIS GOPHER SQUAD WHO'S STRENGTH DEFENSIVELY IS DEFENDING INSIDE ALLOWING OPPONENTS TO HIT ONLY AROUND 40%. . MICHIGAN ST ONLY SHOOTS IT 26% OF THE TIME FROM BEYOND THE ARC SO THEY WILL BE GIVING MINNESOTA A HEAVY DOSE OF PAYNE, NIX, AND GREEN. HOWEVER, THE GOPHERS DO HAVE THE BODIES TO MATCH THE SPARTANS INSIDE UNLIKE THE BOILERMAKERS ON SUNDAY. 
NOW OFFENSIVELY THE GOPHERS HAVE A TOUGH TASK AGAINST THIS MICHIGAN ST TEAM BUT THEY DO HAVE A NICE BALANCE OF AN INSIDE OUT GAME THAT THEY CAN KEEP THE SPARTANS GUESSING. THEY HAVE HIT ABOVE AVERAGE IN ALL SHOOTING CATEGORIES AND THIS TEAM WILL NOT GO INTO DROUGHTS LIKE PURDUE DID TO OPEN UP THE 2ND HALF ON SUNDAY WHICH LED TO THEIR DEMISE. THE GOPHERS ARE A MUCH BETTER OFFENSIVE TEAM THAN PURDUE.
IN CONCLUSION I REALLY BELIEVE TUBBY WILL HAVE HIS BOYS READY TO PLAY TONIGHT AS MINNESOTA REALLY NEEDS THIS WIN TO GET INTO THE TOURNEY. I TRULY BELIEVE... [More]

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 05:09 PM

ESPN3 8:00PM BAYLOR BEARS AT KANSAS ST BIG PLAY & WRITEUP

YTD: 0-0
I HAVE BEEN WAITING UNTIL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON WAS OVER, WATCHING AND OBSERVING BASKETBALL GAMES NOW I'M READY TO MOVE IN FOR THE KILL!!
TONIGHT 1 PLAY:
The Baylor Bears have started off the season going 15-0. This has been done by being exceptional in all facets of the game. FG%, 3pt%, FT%, Rebounding, defense is all above average both on the road and at home. They are a solid basketball squad thick and through and this is why they are a top 5 team in the nation.
K St comes into this game off of a huge win against Mizzou at home. They were able to play tight D on the Tigers and because of Missouri's struggles in rebounding the ball, K St was able to dominate that game. Missouri came into that game ranking 213th in the nation in rebounding not good when you face a team that plays great D and is number 11 in the nation in rebounding. It was a great win for the Wildcats giving them confidence for tonight.
Tonight Baylor comes into town and Kst is fresh off their big win and are looking to upset the Bears..Well keep dreaming!! This Baylor team in my opinion maybe a top 3 team in the nation. They do everything right and tonight against K st they will prove just that. K St wins games by playing tight defense and rebounding well the only problem is Baylor rebounds the ball just as well and plays just as tight of defense. The Bears on the offense will prove to be just too much for the Wildcats to hang with not to mention Kst is a horrible FT shooting team ... [More]

Posted Monday, November 07, 2011 04:15 PM

**NO FUN LEAGUE MONDAY NIGHT WINNER & WRITEUP**

NFL YTD: 29-16-2 64% 
YESTERDAY: 0-1  CLEVELAND +10.5 

TONIGHT:
Mike Vick has bounced back from the four-interception disaster at Buffalo three games ago to post two outstanding performances against divisional opponents in the last two weeks, throwing 18/31 for 237 yards, one TD and one interception with 7/54/0 rushing at Washington on October 16th, and then 21/28 for 279 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with 7/50/0 rushing vs. Dallas on October 30th. During the two-game winning streak, he's thrown at Brent Celek the most (18 targets for 11/136/2), followed by DeSean Jackson (12 for 6/77/0), Jeremy Maclin (10 for 8/155/2) and Jason Avant (nine for 8/102/0). Right now, the Eagles' offense is hogging the clock from game to game, with 42:09 time of possession vs. Dallas and 38:08 at Washington. It's all good for Philadelphia on offense right now, as they are moving the ball virtually at will in both phases of the game.

The Bears' pass D is ranked 28th in the NFL right now, averaging 271.9 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given up over seven contests vs. eight interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and just 15 sacks (tied for 22nd) generated to date. Tampa Bay posted 29/52 for 250 net yards, two TDs and four interceptions vs. Chicago two weeks ago; Minnesota scraped up 28/42 for 233 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions back on October 16th.

Mike Vick and company are far better in this phase of the game than Tamp... [More]

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 01:38 PM

***NCAAF SATURDAY WINNERS***

NCAAF YTD 42-48

YESTERDAY 0-2

BIG COMEBACK TODAY:

MIAMI -15.5 LARGE!!!

TCU -19

FLORIDA INT -3

LA MONROE +5.5

CAL  -8

SOUTH FLORIDA -2.5

OREGON ST +21.5

BOL.........


Posted Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:04 AM

NCAAF SATURDAY ALL DAY THREAD

NCAAF YTD 35-40
TODAY:
NORTHWESTERN -8
KENT ST +3.5
FLORIDA +3 
TEXAS A & M -10
CENTRAL FLORIDA -29
SOUTH CAROLINA -3
NEBRASKA -4
LA MONROE -6
WAKE FOREST +7
MINNESOTA +16
MARYLAND -7

THATS ALL FOLKS BOL TODAY....ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!!








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Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 04:40 PM

NCAAF SATURDAY NIGHT WINNERS!!!!

NCAAF YTD 32-33

LAST NIGHT 

SYRACUSE BIG WINNER!!

TONIGHT:

MIAMI OH +16.5

STANFORD -18.5

OKLAHOMA -29

OREGON ST  +3

WISCONSIN -7

NOTRE DAME -9.5

COLORADO ST +10

GUYS I AM VERY CONFIDENT IN ALL OF THESE PLAYS.....

TIME TO CRUSH THE BOOKS!!! 




Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 10:09 AM

NO FUN LEAGUE WEEK 6 PICKS AND HUGE WRITEUPS

NFL YTD 17-11-1: 61%
TODAY:
Fred Jackson has been outstanding over the past three weeks, with 55/251/3 rushing and 20 targets for 16/204/0 receiving during that span of time. He led the Bills in rushing (26/111/1) and receiving (6/85/0) last week. C.J. Spiller is an after-thought this year, with 6/28/0 rushing and four targets for 4/5/0 receiving. Brad Smith popped in a TD against the Eagles last week with 4/12/1 rushing to his credit, and Smith may be on the field more going forwards thanks to the injury to Donald Jones, so there may be a few touches for him each week going forwards.

The Giants' rush D is sub-par this year, allowing an average of 122.2 yards per game (21st in the NFL) with six rushing scores handed over to date. Seattle's bevy of ball-carriers combined for 29/145/1 rushing last week (a 5.0 yards per carry average), led by Marshawn Lynch's 12/98/1 rushing (an 8.2 yards allowed per carry average for the Giants). Chris Wells and company rolled to 32/156/3 rushing vs. New York two weeks ago. The Giants' rush D is an embarrassment right now.

Advantage, Jackson and the Bills.

Ahmad Bradshaw has seen the lions' share of the work over the last three weeks, with 44/183/1 rushing and 15 targets for 11/91/1 receiving, while Brandon Jacobs (who was out last week due to a knee injury) has also scored two times during that span with much less work (16/37/1 rushing and four targets for 3/42/1 receiving). Bradshaw posted 17/58/0 rushing and 2/27/0 receiving... [More]

Posted Friday, October 14, 2011 04:35 PM

**WACKY WAC FRIDAY REDEMPTION PICK & ANALYSIS**

NCAAF 28-32
LOST MY BIG PLAY LAST NIGHT ON CAL...
OBVIOUSLY PICKED A WRONG SPOT TO GO BIG. CAL TURNED OVER THE FOOTBALL 5 TIMES LAST NIGHT SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY UNCHARACTERISTIC OF THEM AS BEFORE LAST NIGHT THEY HAD ONLY TURNED OVER THE BALL 4 TIMES TOTAL ALL YEAR. YOU CANT WIN FOOTBALL GAMES WHEN YOU LOSE THE BALL 5 TIMES PERIOD....ANYWAYS ON TO TONIGHT.
TONIGHT:
I believe San Jose St will give Hawaii all they can handle behind a balanced offensive attack led by RB Brandon Rutley and QB Matt Faulkner. Rutley is currently 10th in the nation in all purpose yards and that is with also missing a game last week. Faulkner for San Jose St is a QB that has really flown under the radar, the kid has been successful at the high school level and at the Juco level. Its unfortunate he never really got a chance until his senior year to have a starting job for D1 school. Here's a couple links for a little more in depth info about Faulkner....
http://recruiting.scout.com/2/932509.html
http://www.gobulldogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/faulkner_matt00.html
So far this year Faulkner has been pretty accurate completing 62% of his passes and I believe we have yet to see the best out of this guy. Tonight against Hawaii in primetime on national TV will be his time to shine. 
The Warriors have traditionally played weaker away from the island as they lost to horrible UNLV by 20 earlier in the year. In that game UNLV put intense pressure on Moniz and forced many mistakes. I ... [More]

Posted Thursday, October 06, 2011 03:16 AM

2 FOR THURSDAY MIDDLE TENNESSEE COVERS AND CALIFORNIA MAY WIN OUTRIGHT!!

Western Kentucky should not be playing D1 FBS football!! Middle Tennessee is a machine on offense averaging 465 yards on offense. That was even against some of the big boys. They will lay the smackdown on this weak WKY defense. The Hilltoppers have been impotent on offense averaging only 13.8 pts per game. Oh and BTW did I mention WKY got rolled by a Div 2 team?? Indiana St! HAHAHA Middle Tennessee wins this one big!!!
MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST -11.5

WOW I cant believe this line when I saw it Oregon -24!! Oregon I guess has been cash cows the past several weeks and that has made people believe that can cover this spread against CAL. Well I'm here to tell you not only will Oregon struggle to cover this spread they will have trouble to win the game.!! Cal's offense has been awesome thus far. Tedford took over calling the plays this year and the unit has flourished. Cal's QB Maynard makes big plays happen both with his arm and feet and he may have the best WR duo in the country to throw to. Cal's D aint bad either dont look at the Washington game that Huskies offense can move the football on anyone in the country! Cal should stay in this ball game all night and maybe get the W. Dont misunderstand me I know how good the Ducks are but 24 is wayyyyy too many points in this one to give an undervalued California team. 
CALIFORNIA +24 BIG
CALIFORNIA ML VERY SMALL
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Posted Monday, October 03, 2011 01:19 PM

**MONDAY NIGHT NFL INDIANAPOLIS AT TAMPA BAY WINNER & WRITEUP***

NFL YTD: 15-7-1
YESTERDAY POSTED 3-0
LIONS   
SKINS   
CHEIFS  
TONIGHT:
Josh Freeman struggled at home vs. Atlanta last week, with 22/32 for 180 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (despite taking no sacks during the game). Mike Williams (eight targets for 5/43/0), Earnest Graham (eight for 7/37/0) and Luke Stocker (two for 2/33/0) were the leading receivers during the game, though Kellen Winslow (five for 20/20/0) and Arrelious Benn (four for 3/19/0) also found ways to chip in. The Buccaneers managed to win 16-13. To date, Freeman is 72/106 for just 682 yards, two TDs and four interceptions (with 17/77/1 rushing) to his credit. There is substantial room for improvement on this squad.

'It gets real frustrating when you lose a tough, hard-fought game like this,' said cornerback Jerraud Powers after the narrow 20-23 loss to Pittsburgh. 'We had it in our hands and let it slip away. Our main thing is we've got to win. We're not out here just to get better every week.' The Colts' pass D didn't do much to slow Ben Roethlisberger down last week despite Powers' sentiments, handing over 25/37 for 341 net yards, one TD and one interception. Two weeks ago Colt McCoy was limited to 22/32 for 197 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions. On the season, Indianapolis is 18th in the NFL averaging 251.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing TDs given up vs. three interceptions and five sacks generated (12th- and 23rd... [More]

Posted Sunday, October 02, 2011 12:29 PM

NFL SUNDAY 1PM DETROIT AT DALLAS WINNER & WRITEUP

NFL YTD 12-7-1
Brandon Pettigrew broke out in a big way Sunday, setting career highs with 11 catches and 112 yards on 13 targets to help the Lions to a 26-23 overtime victory over the Vikings. 'He's a security blanket for me,' quarterback Matthew Stafford said. 'I love throwing the ball to him. He's got great hands, big, physical guy. He understands the game. He had a big game for us, caught that ball down the seam (to set up a second-half field goal) and made some big catches on first down to get us ahead of the chains. He played a great game.' Stafford threw for 378 yards and two TDs with zero interceptions (he's tossed 305 yards and three TDs at Tampa Bay and 294 yards with four TDs vs. K.C. in addition this year). To date, Stafford has the fifth-most passing yards from scrimmage in the NFL, with 977 yards, nine TDs and two interceptions to his credit. Calvin Johnson has 16/225/6 through three games - Johnson could be in the hunt to break Randy Moss's single-season TD record (23, New England 2007) this year, folks. Right now he is on pace to absolutely shatter the mark, but it is a long season ahead yet.

The Cowboys' pass D is currently 12th in the NFL averaging 226.7 net yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given up vs. three interceptions (12th in the NFL) and 13 sacks (first) generated. Detroit is tied for seventh in the league with just five sacks allowed so far, though - the OL is doing their job pass-blocking for Stafford. Rex Grossman managed 22/37 ... [More]

Posted Sunday, October 02, 2011 10:56 AM

NFL SUNDAY 1PM MINNESOTA AT KANSAS CITY WINNER & WRITEUP

YTD 
12-7-1
1PM
Matt Cassel (17/24 for 176 yards, two TDs and one interception) and the Kansas City passing attack came back from the dead last week, and just barely lost to San Diego 17-20. Dwayne Bowe looked like a #1 WR last week, with six targets for 4/67/1 receiving, while Steve Breaston also made an impact with six for 3/55/0. 'I can only do what I can do,' Breaston said. 'I just have to take advantage when the ball is thrown my way... That's instinct. That just comes from being a receiver for so many years.' Leonard Pope (three for 3/32/1) also scored, and Dexter McCluster caught five balls for 17 yards on the day. It wasn't New-Orleans-like, but at least the fantasy owners of Chiefs have some hope for their Chiefs now.

The Vikings' defense has been spotted a 17-0 lead in week two and a 20-0 lead in week three - at halftime both games - and yet has contrived to lose both games in the second halves, dropping to Tampa Bay 24-20 week two and losing to Detroit 26-23 last week. Not too good, folks. Matthew Stafford ripped this group for 32/46 yielding 338 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions last week; Josh Freeman threw 22/31 for 230 net yards, one TD and one interception at Minnesota two weeks ago. The Vikings' secondary is reeling coming into this contest.

Cassel and company got out of the basement last week, while the Vikings keep digging themselves a deeper hole in this phase of the game. Advantage, Kansas City.

Donovan McNabb is currently... [More]

Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 06:48 PM

***MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WASHINGTON AT DALLAS PICK & WRITEUP**

NFL YTD 12-6-1
NFL BIG PLAY 0-1

YESTERDAY 1-1
San Fran won outright!
Baltimore busted out a can a whip ass on the Rams which caught me completely off guard. Torrey Smith WOW! 4 early scores set the tone and St Louis couldnt recover. I was way off. Anyways on to tonight!!
Tonight:
Rex Grossman was able to engineer a second 'W' last week with 25/43 for 291 yards, two TDs and two interceptions to his credit vs. Arizona. Fred Davis (seven targets for 6/86/1), Jabar Gaffney (eight for 5/62/0) and Santana Moss (nine for 5/61/1) were the top receivers during the game. To date, Grossman has 46/77 for 596 yards, four TDs and two interceptions to his credit - so far, so good for the Redskins.

Dallas has the league's 16th-ranked pass D through two games, averaging 223.5 net yards allowed per contest and four TDs given up vs. two interceptions and 10 sacks generated (the Cowboys lead the league in sacks so far this year, while Washington is tied for 17th with five sacks allowed). Alex Smith was dumped for six sacks and nine hits on the QB last week en route to 16/24 for 132 net yards, two TDs and one interception. The Cowboys' pass D is getting stronger as we move through September.

Grossman has played well so far this year, but at the deafening Cowboys' Stadium on Monday Night Football he's got a tough path to tread. Advantage, Dallas.

The Cowboys got beat up in San Francisco. Tony Romo fractured at least one rib and punctured a lung; lead RB Felix Jones... [More]

Posted Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:52 AM

***BIG PLAY*** 4:10 EST BALTIMORE AT ST LOUIS WINNER & WRITEUP

NFL YTD 11-5-1
4PM
Though Baltimore dropped the game last week at Tennessee 13-26, Ray Rice was still a force as he led the team in rushing (13/43/0) and receiving (5/53/1). Through two games, Rice has 32/150/1 rushing and 9/95/2 receiving to his credit. Ricky Williams saw a total of 4/2/0 rushing last week.

The Rams held the Giants on monday night to 38 carries for 119 yards. The Giants averaged just 3.1 yards a carry. After a dismal week 1 against Philly. The St Louis run D tightened up against the Giants.


Cadillac Williams (13/36/0 rushing and 3/4/0 receiving) and Jerious Norwood (3/8/0) displayed why they are no threat to a healthy Steven Jackson on Monday Night Football. All told, the Rams managed 19/59/0 rushing at Met Life Stadium.The Ravens' rush D limited Tennessee to 29/74/1 last week (and kept Chris Johnson in a tight box for 24/53/0 rushing), after Pittsburgh was held to a paltry 16/66/0 during the Ravens' week one 35-7 victory. Through two games, the Ravens are fourth in the NFL averaging 70 rushing yards allowed per game with one rushing score given up to date. If Jackson can't go, this is a bad matchup. If he can go, consider it a tough matchup.
Sam Bradford victimized the banged-up Giants' secondary for 22/46 yielding 331 yards, one TD and zero interceptions on Monday Night Football. Danario Alexander led the team in receiving with seven targets for 3/122/1, followed by Mike Sims-Walker (11 for 6/92/0), Brandon Gibson (eight for 4/52/0) ... [More]

Posted Sunday, September 25, 2011 09:48 AM

NFL SUNDAY 1PM EST SAN FRANCISCO AT CINCINNATI WINNER & WRITEUP

YTD 11-5-1
TODAY 1PM

TE Vernon Davis admitted to being taken aback by the team's conservative offensive philosophy and by being thrown into pass protection against Dallas. 'I didn't think I would be up against Ware like that,' Davis said. 'I did everything the coaches asked me to do,' Davis said. 'I played my role. They asked me to block, I did it.' At the end of the day, Davis had two targets for 2/18/0 receiving, and San Francisco lost 24-27. Alex Smith actually threw two TDs in week two (16/24 for 179 yards, two TDs and one interception), even though he was sacked eight times during the contest. Ted Ginn Jr. led the team in receiving with seven targets for 4/38/0, while TE Delanie Walker (four for 2/38/1) and WR Kyle Williams (1/12/) accounted for the TDs. WR Braylon Edwards could miss a few weeks after a surgical procedure on his knee. Michael Crabtree is tentatively expected to be able to play.

Cincinnati's pass D is currently eighth in the NFL averaging 194.5 net yards allowed per game, but they have coughed up four passing TDs vs. one interception and four sacks generated to date. Kyle Orton led the wide receiver-challenged Broncos to 15/25 for 187 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions last week - the Bengals' pass D isn't as impressive a their yardage average indicates.


Andy Dalton fought through his sore wrist to set a record for Cincinnati rookie QBs last week - 27/41 for 332 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. Not too bad, hu... [More]

Posted Monday, September 19, 2011 03:23 AM

ESPN 8:30 EST ST. LOUIS AT NY GIANTS WINNER AND WRITEUP

NFL YTD 11-4-1 
YESTERDAY 5-3-1
TONIGHT:
The Rams breathed a sigh of relief when they found out that the finger injury QB Sam Bradford suffered Week one is not serious and is just a bruise

On the field last week the Eagles' new-look secondary did a fine job containing the Rams' passing attack - when the dust settled St. Louis had posted 19/36 for 181 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions, with Bradford accounting for 17/30 for 188 gross yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions. He lost WR Danny Amendola for several weeks due to a dislocated elbow (Amendola had six targets for 5/45/0 before being knocked out of the game), and so turned to Brandon Gibson (five targets for 3/50/0) and Cadillac Williams, in for Steven Jackson, for 10 targets yielding 6/49/0 receiving. We'll see who steps in for Amendola this week - prospects are Greg Salas (three for 1/21/0) and Mike Sims-Walker (four for 1/5/0).

The Giants' pass D was shredded by 'Good' Rex Grossman during week one, allowing 21/34 for 258 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. The Giants did create four sacks and seven hits on Grossman during the game, but their injury-depleted secondary didn't capitalize on the pressure up front with any turnovers. The New York secondary looks fairly vulnerable entering week two.

Bradford should be able to take advantage of this matchup.

Eli Manning underwhelmed against Washington last week with 18/32 for 268 yards, zero TDs and one interception (that was r... [More]

Posted Sunday, September 18, 2011 08:08 PM

ESPN 8:25 EST PHILADELPHIA AT ATLANTA WINNER AND WRITEUP

YTD 10-4-1
TODAY:4-3-1

TONIGHT
Michael Turner opened the season with a great game vs. the hard-nosed Bears, posting a long run of 53 yards on the way to 10/100/0 rushing and four targets for 3/40/0 receiving. Jason Snelling (2/10/0 rushing and 5/32/0 receiving) and Jacquizz Rodgers (2/0/0 rushing with 3/33/0 receiving) also contributed to the team effort, but Turner handled over 70% of the available carries during week one of regular season. The Falcons' stable of backs did their jobs in week one folks.Turner blew up in week one against the tough Bears - he should have a great outing against the suspect Eagles at home on Sunday Night Football.

The Eagles' D crumbled in the face of St. Louis' stable of backs, giving up a 47-yard TD run to Steven Jackson to open the game and eventually coughing up 26/154/1 to the Rams as a team (a 5.9 yards allowed per carry average). As feared, the center of the Eagles' defensive front was vulnerable - Jackson went right up the middle with his long TD run.

LeSean McCoy shredded the Rams in week one, with 15/122/1 rushing - a ridiculous 8.1 yards per carry average - and he added 2/15/1 receiving to his lofty rushing total. Mike vick averaged an even more ridiculous 9.8 yards per carry on his way to 10/98/0 rushing as the Eagles rolled to 31/237/1 rushing as a team. The Eagles looked like an irresistible force in this phase of the game during week one.

The Falcons' rush D was 10th in the NFL last year allowing an average of 1... [More]

Posted Friday, September 16, 2011 05:36 AM

ESPN2 8:00 ET IOWA ST AT UCONN PICK AND WRITEUP

NCAAF YTD 12-8
NFL YTD 6-1
LAST NIGHT: LOST ON MISS ST +4.   THEY HAD ALL THE CHANCES IN THE WORLD TO COME OUT ON TOP OR AT LEAST COVER AND THEY JUST ACTED LIKE THE BIGGEST PUSSIES ON OFFENSE. I UNDERSTAND LSU'S DLINE AND DBACKS ARE DOMINANT BUT MAN UP AND MAKE A PLAY RELF! HE LOOKED SO SCARED AGAINST THE TIGERS.
TONIGHT:
Uconn is coming into this game losing to a very experienced Vanderbilt Squad on the road in a tight one 24-21. Vandy despite their terrible offense pulled this out on 3 big plays. A 42 yard touchdown, a 40 yard run and 50 yard pick 6 by Super stud CB Casey Hayward. No Joke Vandy has a solid defense and for first year starter Johnny McEntee playing on the road against this defense was too much for him to handle. He threw 3 picks and Uconn also fumbled away one. No team can recover from these mistakes. Even so Uconn was able to keep it close and were up in the beginning of the 4th Q to only give away the lead to a pick 6 by Hayward late in the 4th. 
Now Iowa St comes into this game off of a rivalry win thriller against the much hated Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa St won the game behind JC transfer Steele Jantz. This dude threw for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns!! What a turnaround from week 1 where he threw 3 ints the week before on the road. Jantz I guess felt more comfortable at home didnt he? Iowa moved the ball well against Iowa St but couldnt punch the ball in for touchdowns to take advantage of the 3 turnovers by the Cyclones and 11 penal... [More]