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The Denver Broncos fell flat against the St. Louis Rams, losing 22-7 to open the door for the New England Patriots going into their Sunday night matchup. (Denver Post)

The NFL is a league of parity. Just look at the New York Jets beating the Pittsburgh Steelers after Ben Roethlisberger had thrown for six touchdowns in consecutive weeks, or the Seattle Seahawks falling to 6-4 after being crowned one of the likeliest repeat champions in several years.

Still, despite the knowledge that anything can happen in a given week in the NFL, the outcome of this week’s game between the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams was decided before the opening coin toss.

Or so we thought, until the Broncos scored just a single touchdown in losing to the Rams, 22-7.

Continue reading Did the Denver Broncos Really Lose to the St. Louis Rams? »

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Randall Jette (UMassAthletics.com)

Ball State, 10; Massachusetts, 24

UMass put together a well-rounded effort in a home win over Ball State that shouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Minutemen were solid on both sides of the ball but couldn’t put the game away until the final quarter.

They didn’t have any trouble moving the ball on the game’s opening drive, which ended with a three-yard touchdown by running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The Cardinals brought it right back and quarterback Jack Milas hit wide receiver Jordan Williams for a 33-yard TD to tie it. Later in the first quarter, the Minutemen again made it into the red zone, but QB Blake Frohnapfel had his pass intercepted by safety Dedrick Cromartie, preserving the 7-7 score. Continue reading College Football Week 12 Roundup: UMass Survives Frohnapfel Injury »

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NFL Week 11 Betting Tips

November 16, 2014 at 11:00am in Featured, NFL, Opinion
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The first week of November treated the so called “Betting Expert” rather rude, as I recorded a 1-2 record last week. The one win as well was not pretty, as Kansas City just squeaked by Buffalo 17-13. I look to make this week a lot more memorable for winning reasons. I currently am saddled with a 16-16 overall record, and will pick three games once again in Week 11.

Take the St. Louis Rams (+9.5) over the Denver Broncos
This seems to look like a pick that could be troubling, as the Broncos are arguably the best team in the entire NFL, and the Rams currently sit in last in the NFC West. What the Rams have been doing the past few weeks is getting after the quarterback, and playing great defense. St. Louis even had the team with the best record in the NFL in Arizona on the ropes last week, until Austin Davis turned into a turnover machine. The Rams are going back to veteran backup Shaun Hill, which is a very good move for them. Hill is much less turnover prone than a young gun slinger in Davis, which will bold well for a team with a ferocious defense. The Rams tenacious front is exactly the type of defense that can cause Peyton Manning and the Broncos all kinds of problems. St. Louis will keep Denver in the 20’s, and cover in a tight 24-20 loss.

Take the Chiefs (-1) over the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is not nearly the same team when they are away from their home field. The Hawks have compiled an unimpressive 2-2 record on the road this season. Russell Wilson, who has been just about unbeatable at home in the regular season (19-2), is not the case when he hits the road (11-9), and winning in Arrowhead Stadium is no picnic. Last time a team came to Kansas City as a favorite or close to that, the Chiefs decimated that opponent in the New England Patriots (41-14). Kansas City is one of the hardest places to get a win, and the Chiefs have continued to stay hot. The Chiefs have won five of their last six games, and that trend will continue. Kansas City will put another impressive win on their resume 27-24.

Take the Minnesota Vikings (+2.5) over the Chicago Bears
The Bears have quit on their coach and themselves this season. The past three weeks, Chicago have lost by a combined 69 points to the New England and the Green Bay Packers, (were on a bye week in between). The Bears are playing like a team wishing their season was over, and the Vikings are playing like a team inspired. Since Teddy Bridgewater took over as Vikings starting quarterback, they have played really sound football. Bridgewater has started five games, and Minnesota has recorded a 3-2 record. The Vikings will go on the road and continue to give the Bears more 2014 season woes after a 28-21 victory.

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With everyone focused on the insight of Rajon Rondo's friend, they missed what Kendrick Perkins was really trying to say. (indmix.com)

It’s been a few days since former Boston Celtic Kendrick Perkins returned to his old stomping grounds, and I can’t get his interview with the local media out of my mind — but not for the reason you might think. He gave hope to Celtics fans far and wide for Rajon Rondo’s impending free agency.

“I think this is a great place for him. I think he wants to stay here. We talk on the regular. I think he should stay. If I was him, I’d stay.”

Former teammate + close friends + everything we’ve all been wanting to hear = HOPE. Right?

Continue reading Rondo Should Stay, Boston’s Great, and What Kendrick Perkins Was Really Trying to Say »

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Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

 

After Friday night’s loss, the Celtics have scored the second most points in the league while allowing opponents to score the second most points as well. Additionally, the Celtics have been outscored by opponents  72-41 in the fourth quarter of the last two games. Keep in mind that the C’s had sizable leads in both of these games. These two stats are the most indicative of this year’s Celtics team and its struggles. Closing out games has presented itself as the key issue for Boston early in the season.

Last night marked LeBron James’s first time in the TD Garden as a Cavalier since the Celtics defeated Cleveland in the six-game series which eventually resulted in James “taking his talents” to the Miami Heat. James typically receives a slightly colder reception in Boston than other cities, considering his history with the Celtics, and generally plays a little bit more aggressively as well, averaging over 30 points a game. Last night was no exception, as even when most of his teammates were struggling early on, James was finding and taking easy shots, eventually finishing with 41 points on an efficient 16-27 shooting. Continue reading Celtics Blow another Lead, Lose to Cavaliers 122-121 »

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Moving on up: Against the Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo passed Paul Pierce to move into fourth all-time in Celtics history in assists. (Celtics Hub)

Sure, Rajon Rondo may be a point guard, and Paul Pierce a small forward, but it was still somewhat startling to learn on tonight’s broadcast that Rondo had already surpassed the longtime Celtics captain on the franchise’s all-time assists list.

Rondo’s first assist of the game broke a tie with Pierce and moved him into fourth place in franchise history with 4,306 assists in his nine-year career. Continue reading Rondo Passes Pierce for Fourth on Celtics’ All-Time Assists List »

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Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron

When Zdeno Chara was hurt it was assumed that the Bruins would have a tough time without him. They started off strong in his absence winning six out of seven games including a five game winning streak. However, the past two nights have been lackluster performances on the road against Toronto (6-1 loss) and Montreal (5-1) loss. The total goal differential in those two games of -9 is one of the worst two game stretches the team has had since Claude Julien became head coach.

The next ten games for the Bruins will be a severe test of what they are capable of doing without their captain. I wrote previously that four to six weeks off for Chara could end up being a good thing as long as the Bruins stayed in playoff position with him out. The next three weeks will tell us a lot about their mental toughness as well as their ability to stay in playoff position. Continue reading Bruins Face Trying Times During Next Three Weeks »

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