Carolina is well-rested from its bye, but now has to face a San Francisco squad similarly known for great defense and a dynamic quarterback. (sacurrent.com)

The NFL is down to its final eight teams, and after the first round, expect big things this weekend. Denver looks to overpower the upstart Chargers, New England looks to continue their rivalry against the Colts, Seattle and New Orleans lock up in a classic offense vs defense battle and the 49ers and Panthers dual with defense and quarterbacks.

In the spirit of Colts/Chiefs from Wildcard Weekend, the AFC is predicted by our panel to produce two shootouts, while the NFC looks to be more tactical. And like the first round, home-field doesn’t guarantee anything.

Scoring will work as in the first round:

  • 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 now that that’s out of the way, check below for the complete picks for the Divisional round, and come back Sunday to see how things went. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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San Diego impressed in Cincinnati; now they get a tough rematch in Denver as a reward. (http://assets.ilounge.com/)

The first round was complete, and was even more thrilling than anyone could have imagined. From Indy’s wild comeback to San Francisco’s buzzer-beating field goal in four degree weather, and big road wins by the Saints and Chargers in between, we can only hope we get games with a fraction of the entertainment value in following rounds.

The Chargers were the team with the least amount of selections from our panel to win, and their 17-point victory is much more lopsided than the one, two and three-point victories that occurred around them. The middle of our panel is pretty clustered, with some picks cancelling each other out when compared to the picks of other experts. The Colts and Chiefs were significantly more high-scoring than anyone picked, while the other games were less productive than many had in mind.

And while our early leader had a knack for picking games and stats in the first round, there’s still plenty of time left for everyone else to picks up some points and do so quickly. So check below for the Wildcard Round results, and come back Saturday for the next set of picks. Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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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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"Pro Wrestling," NES

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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