Broncos vs Saints: Week 5's prediction for the Super Bowl

It’s now five weeks into the season, and the standings are getting rattled. New England and Seattle have finally lost. Denver, Kansas City and New Orleans continue to dominate. Three AFC North teams are 3-2. The NFC East is led by a sub-.500 team. It’s a very tumultuous time indeed, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 8: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 5 »

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Patriots vs Saints: Week 4's prediction for the Super Bowl

It seems like only yesterday we were all excited for the NFL season to finally begin. Now, it’s already a quarter over. The season has already been filled with some massive surprises. The Falcons are 1-3. The Chiefs are 4-0. New England is working smoothly with its rookie receivers. The Texans are sliding. Detroit is leading the NFC North. Even the Giants are winless. It’s been a completely wild four weeks, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 1: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 4 »

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Wes Welker left Tom Brady for Peyton Manning; how will this affect the dynamics of the AFC? (denverbroncos.com)

The NFL season is finally here, which means it’s time for our annual Pick ‘Em competition. With some big free agent moves and a veritable coaching carousel, things have really been shaken up across the league. What will that mean for the standings following Week 17? That’s what we’re here to bring to you.

Our group of experts has selected their choices for the top six teams in each conference. For scoring, we each get one point for correctly guessing a team to make the playoffs, or two points for guessing a division winner instead. Getting the #1 seed exactly is worth six points, then five points for #2, and so on. Guessing the top team in the whole league is worth two points. In the event of a tie, we’re also selecting which team will wind up with the #1 draft pick, then #2 pick, then #3.

It’s a diverse set of picks, with several teams in an early position as favorites. Defending champion Baltimore look to have a tough time after losing some big defensive names, while New Orleans looks to get back in the playoffs after getting their head coach back. Seattle and San Francisco are still going strong, as are Denver and New England (despite the complete overhaul of Tom Brady’s weapons). On the flip side, the Jets and Jaguars are looking to have a very difficult year, and the Raiders aren’t getting any love either (Matt Fynn just can’t seem to win a starting job to save his life).

So there you have it. The complete pick sets are below, and the results will be given at the season’s conclusion. Until then, you can scope out the picks below, and feel free to add your two cents in the comments section. Continue reading 2013 NFL Regular Season Expert Picks »

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2013 NFL Preseason: Ready for Some Action?

August 2, 2013 at 7:46am in NFL

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to get ready for some NFL betting action. The NFL preseason kicks off this Sunday, August 4th when the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys meet in the annual Hall of Fame Game, which is set to follow the induction ceremonies held on the previous day.

Although this is a preseason game, the match offers fans and bettors with the chance to see Miami’s recent acquisitions, including former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, who signed a five-year contract for an estimated $60 million. Other free agents stated to make their debut with Miami are former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, former Oakland Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler, former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller and former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson. In addition, 2013 draftees Dion Jordan (defensive End), Jamar Taylor (Cornerback), Dallas Thomas (Tackle/Guard), Will Davis (cornerback), Jelani Jenkins (Linebacker) and Dion Sims (tight end) are also stated to make their professional during the preseason. Continue reading 2013 NFL Preseason: Ready for Some Action? »

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Aaron Hernandez (Courtesy ESPN)

Details are beginning to emerge about a possible connection between New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and the body of a 27-year-old man that was found in an industrial park not far from the player’s home in North Attleboro. Sources have told ABC news that a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that was recovered near the scene led investigators to Hernandez. According to ABC, investigators are seeking a warrant to search Hernandez’s home in connection with the death and he has been uncooperative with police up to this point.

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said during a press statement that the body was found around 5:30 p.m. Monday in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard. Due to the “nature and circumstances” of the body, Sutter indicated that the investigation would be handed over to Massachusetts State police detectives. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Hernandez was questioned by Massachusetts State police on Monday and echoes ABC’s claim that law enforcement officials were interested in possibly searching his home. SI says that Hernandez “is not believed to be a murder suspect, according to a source, but a vehicle rented in his name has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the investigation.” Continue reading Report: Police Question Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez in Potential Murder Investigation »

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LeGarrette Blount (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

The Patriots went into the 2013 Draft with just five picks, but raised that number to eight on Thursday by trading their first-rounder to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for four later selections. Bill Belichick largely addressed his team’s needs by taking two wide receivers and two defensive backs, but drafted just one defensive lineman, instead bolstering the linebacking corps with two more picks.

On Saturday, the Patriots traded the seventh-rounder they’d received from Minnesota, along with Jeff Demps, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for running back LeGarrette Blount. The pick in question (no. 229 overall) ended up going full circle, as the Bucs traded it back to the Vikings.

Let’s take a look at the seven rookies, and one veteran RB, that the Patriots added over the weekend:

Continue reading Recapping the Weekend: Patriots Draft 7, Acquire Blount »

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Bill Belichick, Paul Pasqualoni (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, and the New England Patriots approach it with just five picks, as a result of having traded their fourth-round pick for Aqib Talib, their fifth-rounder for Albert Haynesworth and their sixth-rounder for Chad Johnson over the last two years. The Patriots received Tampa Bay’s seventh-round selection in the Talib trade, giving them two picks in the final round, but will have no compensatory selections this year. All in all, these are the Pats’ five picks:

1. Round 1, Pick 29

2. Round 2, Pick 27 (59 overall)

3. Round 3, Pick 29 (91 overall)

4. Round 7, Pick 20 (226 overall, from Buccaneers)

5. Round 7, Pick 29 (235 overall)

Let’s take a look at the three positions the Patriots most urgently need to address in the Draft, and some of the players they could target come Thursday. Today, we look at defensive back.

Continue reading 2013 NFL Draft Preview: Patriots Could Use More DB Depth »

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