Much have been made of New Orleans' road problems this season; can they turn it around in frigid Philly? (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/)

The playoffs are finally here, and it looks to be an exciting round. The Saints and 49ers will have to deal with cold temperatures outdoors, while the Chiefs have to win in the stadium of a team that beat them in theirs and the Chargers have in win in a stadium where no road team has been successful this year.

In our Pick ‘Em for this season’s playoffs, the NFC road teams look to have an easier time, with the 49ers favored and New Orleans enjoying a slight edge. The Chargers and Chiefs are each getting some attention, coming from a division that sent three teams to the playoffs.

For our competition, scoring will work according to the following:

  • Picking the winner of a game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams combined is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the yards thrown for by each game’s top passer (one top-throwing quarterback only) 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 check below for the complete picks for the first round, and check back Sunday evening for the results. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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Week 17 is over, with thrilling results. With the playoffs now set, it’s time to announce the results for our 2013 Pick ‘Em for the regular season. The Broncos and Patriots did not disappoint, which is far more than can be said for the Texans and Falcons. The 49ers did well, but the Seahawks really took control for much of the year. The Packers just made it in, while the Colts are #4 despite going 11-5.

It was a huge season all around, which made the pre-season predictions look pretty interesting. As for how said predictions turned out, the winner of the 2013 NFL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013 NFL Regular Season Expert Picks Results »

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Broncos vs Seahawks: Week 16's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just one week remains in the season, and plenty remains to be determined. The last Wildcard spot in each conference is up for grabs, as are all four NFC divisions. After being in contention for #1 for some time, the Saints could still miss the playoffs entirely. The Patriots could finish anywhere from #1 to #4. The NFC East and North will each be decided by win-and-you’re-in games, including one involving the Cowboys for the third straight year. Four teams are fighting for the AFC #6 spot as well. Much is on the line in the season’s final week, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, December 24: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 16 »

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Broncos vs Seahawks: Week 15's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just two weeks remain in the NFL season, and only four out of 12 teams have clinched a playoff spot; only the fourth-seeded Colts have clinched a division. While mathematical possibilities still remain, many teams are comfortable with a spot, but seeding remains a hotly contested issue, especially with Denver losing and New Orleans and Carolina fighting for a bye. Seven team (four in the NFC, three in the AFC) remain in the hunt despite not holding a spot at the moment, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, December 17: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 15 »

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Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins to a win last week in snowy Pittsburgh.

Welcome to the PG era, folks: Post-Gronk. Luckily for the Patriots, they will be (hopefully) eased in by the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins, however, are far from an easy opponent. While the Patriots struggled with a middling Cleveland team last week, the Fins scored an impressive victory over a competitive Steelers team. Miami represents one of a handful of entirely confusing AFC teams. They appear, at times, to be a team capable of great things. Then they lose to the Bills. Which Miami will the Pats see on Sunday?

Luckily for New England, they can dictate which Fins squad they will face. The Dolphins have lost to teams that have upset their gameplan and made them think on their feet. The Bucs and Panthers provide good examples. Both teams are led by dominant linebackers, Lavonte David and Luke Kuechly, respectively. Both teams’ defenses flow through these LB’s, and this provides them with the ability to win the battles in the trenches and to keep opposing teams’ offensive weapons in check. Continue reading Week 14 Preview: Patriots at Dolphins »

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Broncos vs Seahawks: Week 14's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just three games remain in the schedule, and more teams are clinching spots. A record number of ACL tears for a season continues to grow as well, which is quite unfortunate for everyone involved, and shakes things up greatly for the teams that were counting on them. Four of the divisions are led by a game or less, which ramps up the tension and gives more and more attention to the tiebreaking scenarios. It’ll be a difficult December, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, December 10: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 14 »

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Broncos vs Seahawks: Week 13's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just a month remains in the season, yet only the 11-1 Seahawks have even clinched a spot. Other races are getting closer, particularly the Wildcard race in the AFC, where nearly everyone is still alive. And while the 49ers continue to hold onto a spot, several teams are right on their heels as well. Just about every team is playing for their lives right now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, December 3: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 13 »

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