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The playoffs are finally here. Things kick off with a losing team (Carolina) against one working on a third-string quarterback (Arizona). The Lions have made it back in, while Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off in the AFC (always a great game). With how long it took to settle so many spots, this should be a very good postseason to watch.

To that end, we’re here once more to bring you our selections for how the postseason will turn out, starting with the Wildcard Round. Only one game was picked unanimously, while two others were relatively clear to our panel, and the final game being much closer.

For our Pick ‘Em, scoring is as follows:

  • 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 out of the way, our selections our below. Results will be presented following the conclusion of the Wildcard Round. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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2014 NFL Expert Picks: Results

December 29, 2014 at 10:10pm in Featured, NFL, Now!, Opinion, Patriots
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The NFL season is over, and what a season. Just the second losing team has made the playoffs. Every other playoff team racked up at least 10 wins. Plenty of rookies made large waves, and plenty others barely made a ripple. Half of the divisions were decided in Week 17. After such a great season, it’s time for a playoffs that should be even better.

But that’s for next weekend. For now, it’s time to present the results of the regular season Pick ‘Em. With so many pieces and seeds decided so late, it made for a great contest that was anyone’s games. So without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NFL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NFL Expert Picks: Results »

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Just two games remain in the season. Still, though, several teams remain alive. Even in the NFC, with the way so many of the best teams are playing, one loss means the difference between #2 and #6. In the AFC, the strong North Division, Johnny Football excepted of course, is threatening to put three teams in the postseason, though plenty of other teams a game behind are looming. The AFC has locked up three division winners, while only one playoff spot is clinched in the NFC so far. With so much to decide, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, December 16: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 15 »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 14's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just three games remain in the season. No one clear contender has emerged, and the AFC Wildcard hunt could especially turn upside down in the next three weeks. The AFC South will now mathematically be won by a team that finishes .500 or worse. Despite leading the NFC, questions remain about Arizona’s ability to compete with the best in their current state. The Rams, with two straight shutouts, are poised to be a really big spoiler. With December football set to be as great as always, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 10: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 14 »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 13's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just a month remains in the season. Nobody has clinched a spot yet, though Denver and Indianapolis will get the first chances next week. Cincinnati suddenly has some breathing room in the still highly competitive AFC North. Atlanta and New Orleans continue to lead the NFC South at 5-7, where even 2-10 Tampa still has a shot at the postseason and where talk for playoff reseeding continues to fall on the NFL’s deaf ears. The NFC’s top spot has a three-way tie going, and after a rough patch, Seattle all of a sudden could easily wind up as #1 by season’s end again. With so many ways the season could go in the last four games, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, December 2: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 13 »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 11's prediction for the Super Bowl

Coming up on Thanksgiving, races are still tight. Four teams in the AFC are only half a game behind the last Wildcard spot, for example. The Seahawks and 49ers are still hassling the NFC. Even the 2-8 Buccaneers are just two games away from their division’s lead. Other than the conference leading Pats and Cardinals, all divisions are led by no more than a game. The winless Raiders are now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, starting an interesting race for the top draft pick as well. A lot will go on in the final month and a half of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 19: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 11 »

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When the Patriots face the Lions on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, they will have to defend the NFL’s best wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson is in his eighth season and has been dominant in each of them. He has had over 1,000 yards in 5 of his previous seven seasons and has 520 yards and three touchdowns this season despite only playing seven games due to injury. His best season was 2012, in which he had 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big play machine who is averaging 16 yards a catch and has averaged the same number through the course of his career.

Johnson is routinely double and tripled teamed and is always the focal point of his opponent’s defensive game plan. He is 6’5” tall, 236 pounds, and is one of the fastest receivers in the league. He has great hands and high football intelligence, meaning that he is rarely out of position and does not make many simple mistakes that hurt his team.  In the GIF below, one of Johnson’s best plays of his career is shown. He is triple covered in the end zone and is still able to come up with the catch. The special piece about Johnson is plays like this are not once-in-a-career plays, but rather plays that he can make regularly. Continue reading All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense »

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