The New York Giants have plenty to consider this offseason, especially when it comes to free agents. In 2014, GM Jerry Reese attempted to rebuild the ailing franchise by spending a whopping $115 million, which led to a disappointing 6-10 finish. With little room to play with under the cap this year and five star players about to become free agents, Big Blue needs to proceed carefully.

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Although the sixth-year player Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 season with 12.5 sacks, he has struggled with nagging back problems and has not performed anywhere near the level he did during the 2011 Super Bowl run. The Giants put the franchise tag on him in order to keep him around. While no long-term deal has been hammered out, coach Tom Coughlin stated he would like to see Pierre-Paul retire in Giants blue. Continue reading Pierre-Paul, Rolle Among Giants’ Top Free Agents »

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Former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has been seen working with the team at this year’s NFL Draft Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Scarnecchia’s role is unclear but it likely has to do with the Patriots need at offensive line entering the draft. As detailed in the positional grouping review piece earlier this week, the Patriots need an infusion of talent along the offensive line especially at guard.

Scarnecchia is probably assisting the Patriots in finding an interior lineman to draft in the first two rounds. Continue reading Dante Scarnecchia Working With Patriots Through NFL Draft »

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Well the 2014 NFL season came to an exciting — and for some, controversial — end, with the New England Patriots winning their 4th Super Bowl since 2001 under the leadership of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. For all of the diehard and loyal Patriots fans, this was a great experience and being able to silence the people who criticized the Patriots this season just made things that much sweeter.

Deflate-gate was the topic of choice by many and seemed to draw a lot of attention from the league and other outside entities. I don’t condone cheating in any way, but the NFL could have used its resources more effectively in a different manner. Now that the season is officially over, it’s time for the NFL to crack down on off-field activities that poorly represent the NFL. It’s only been 4 days since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but already things are going wild and it’s time for the NFL to step in and put a stop to this. Continue reading It’s Time for the NFL to Crack Down After Flurry of Arrests »

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With an incredible game in the books, filled with circus catches and debatable play calling, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions. The Pats were down by 10 in the 4th quarter and came back, but still gave up multiple big plays to Seattle. And with nobody expecting a pass play, that could have been a great play call to end the game; it just didn’t happen to work out (maybe not lining up in the gun would have helped).

Such back-and-forth action really put our Pick ‘Em up for grabs. But when the dust settled and the Patriots had emerged victorious, who reigned supreme atop our standings? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014-2015 NFL Playoff Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl Results »

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The Patriots and Seahawks duke it out for the Lombardi Trophy on everybody's favorite day of the year, Puppy Bowl Sunday. (AP Photo/Animal Planet, Keith Barraclough)

Welcome to Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots and Seahawks are ready to fight for the Championship in Arizona. Everything has come down to this one game, both for these two franchises and our panel of experts. With odds makers not making either team favored, it’s pretty much a pick the winner scenario. That caused a split in our panel in choosing whether the unstoppable force in New England’s offense or the immovable object in Seattle’s defense will emerge victorious.

There’s also a disagreement as to how high-scoring the game will be, though the passing attack is thought to give way somewhat with Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount giving an explosive element on the ground. And for the Super Bowl, in such a quarterback driven league, only one pick set has a quarterback as the game’s MVP.

Scoring will be largely as before, with the addition of choosing the game’s MVP. Furthermore, ALL POINTS WILL BE DOUBLED! In addition, in the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing the length of the game’s longest drive, in minutes and seconds.

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth four points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth two points if guessed to within one, or four points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the MVP of the game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth two points if guessed to within 50, or four points if guessed to within 10, or ten points if guessed exactly right.
  • Guessing the length of the game’s longest drive, IN MINUTES AND SECONDS, is for tiebreaking purposes only.

So with that out of the way, pick sets are below. And be sure to come back post-game for the final results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Expert Picks: Super Bowl »

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The Conference Championships are complete, and the Super Bowl is set. Seattle completed a record-setting comeback over Green Bay, and saving Russell Wilson from a quarterback rating of literally zero. The Patriots slaughtered the Colts with a completely demoralizing second half in a rainy New England night later on to advance to face Seattle in Arizona.

While the Pats game didn’t do too much in our standings, the Seahawks sure did; with the Packers not walking away with the win, those who picked Seattle saw their stock on the rise quite a bit, particularly those who correctly guessed a total of five touchdowns in the game (and those who saw a minor day overall for the passing game).

With the shakeups, be sure to check below for the updated results, and come back in two weeks for the Super Bowl selections. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Conference Championship Results »

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The Conference Championships are here. The Patriots face the young upstart Colts, while the Packers visit Seattle as they did for the season’s first game. The round has a great mix of great offenses and defenses, which will certainly make for two great games.

For our picks, one game was easier to pick than the other, which caused a split vote from our panel. Either way, the defenses in Seattle are thought to make that game less of a shootout than their New England counterparts.

As before:

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So with that, check out the picks below, and come back later in the day after the games are finished for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks – Conference Championships »

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