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1. Patriots Preview – @ Buffalo Bills:

* Brandon Spikes is working up to a foam

* Freddy Jackson has over 250 yards after the catch (I love his game)

* It’s amazing how much better the Bills skilled weapons are – Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson, CJ Spiller, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler (its not even close)

* Bills already have 17 sacks – Marcell Dareus has 5

* Kicker Dan Carpenter is 4-5 from 40 yards out (including 58 yarder last week to win it)

* Team only has one rushing TD

* Patriots are 65-41-1 against Bills

* At least three time All Pros in Bills history: 8 x Bruce Smith / 5 x Billy Shaw / OJ 5 / 3 x Mike Stratton / George Saimes / Joe Delamielleure / Butch Byrd / Tom Sestak Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Columbus Day Weekend – Enjoy »

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Redraft King: Week 6 2014 Advice

October 9, 2014 at 2:15pm in Fantasy, Opinion
Jay Cutler can tell his team to calm down: the Bears won't plunge in the rankings because of his broken thumb. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports)

Unfortunately for this column I have set the precedent of reviewing my advice from the prior week. I wish I hadn’t. But I did. Here it goes.

Week 5 Recap:

Why didn’t I promote Austin Davis, Branden Oliver, Kendall Wright or Tim Wright! My week 5 advice didn’t happen to highlight those relatively obscure players who lit up fantasy scoreboards last week. I’ll take my lumps and continue to forge ahead seeking out players who have high upside and comparatively low cost. If you want to see the full carnage just check out last week’s column for yourself.  Continue reading Redraft King: Week 6 2014 Advice »

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2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 6

October 9, 2014 at 2:10pm in Featured, NFL, Now!, Opinion, Top Story
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Week five in the NFL was a step in the right direction. My record last week was 3-1, with the Washington Redskins letting me down late to a perfect week. My prediction with the Kansas City Chiefs winning outright against the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t a complete disaster, as the Chiefs covered. I will be looking to replicate or step it up a notch this week, as my record now is 9-8. Continue reading 2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 6 »

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Chris Kelly (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

The Bruins season started off with a bang as the Bruins got goals from Reilly Smith and Chris Kelly to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on opening night. Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for his first win.

It’s just the first game of the season so we should take everything with a grain of salt, but the team looked good in all three periods. They dominated the play in the first and third periods, keeping the puck in the Flyer’s zone and generating scoring chances. The Flyers had some stretches where they carried the play, but for the most part the Bruins were able to suffocate them and keep their forwards quiet.

I had a few thoughts coming out of this game:

  • Great to see that the Bruins powerplay is already looking good. They were able to move the puck pretty well and generated good chances. Carl Soderberg‘s pass to Smith made Philly’s PK look silly.
  • Great game for Chris Kelly. This is the kind of play we need from him in order to really justify his $3m contract. He was passing well and forcing turnovers. Hope we see more from him like this.
  • Not the best game for Dougie Hamilton. Expectations are high for this kid and he looked pretty shaky in Game 1. There were some pretty bad turnovers and entire shifts where he couldn’t handle the puck or get it out of his zone

Continue reading Bruins defeat Flyers 2-1 in Season Opener »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

Over the course of the last week and a half, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were under the microscope after their 41-14 loss on September 29th to the Kansas City Chiefs. In the days after this game leading up to Sunday, the Patriots were the recipients of many negative comments and there were even talks that Tom Brady was planning to leave the team.

Now to some this might be a valid thing, but to loyal fans such as myself I believe that things are improving and that they simply had a bad week against a good team. It has taken some time for the offensive line to finally get on the same page and this was seen during their most recent game against the Bengals. Despite all of the criticism, I feel that it was helpful in a way. At the beginning of the game against the Bengals, we saw a more focused and motivated version of Tom Brady, albeit a very angry one at that. Continue reading Tom Brady’s Days Numbered with Patriots? We’ll See… »

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2014-2015 NHL Expert Picks

October 8, 2014 at 8:27pm in Bruins, Featured, NHL, Now!, Opinion
Who will win the 2015 Stanley Cup? (http://www.thehockeynews.com/)

The NHL season is finally here. It’s the second season under the new divisional playoff format, and plenty of big moves happened in the offseason to make things interesting. Will Ryan Miller make Vancouver a contender? How about Jaroslav Halak and Johnny Boychuk for the Islanders? Or perhaps Jarome Iginla for the Avalanche?

In bringing you our picks for how the season will turn out, scoring is as follows:

  • Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point.
  • Picking the #1 team in each division exactly is worth three points, then two points for #2 and one point for #3.
  • Picking the first Wildcard from each conference exactly is worth two points, then one point for the second Wildcard.
  • Picking the best team in the league is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie in the standings, we’ll also be selecting which team will wind up with the NHL’s worst record, then second worst, then third worst.

So with that out of the way, check below for everyone’s picks, and come back once the season is complete to see how everyone did. Continue reading 2014-2015 NHL Expert Picks »

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When the Bills moved up to fourth overall in May’s draft to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they got a physical specimen who was polished enough to be an instant play maker. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said, “We thought it was a calculated risk and a risk we were willing to take.” The Bills are hoping that risk turns into an elite playmaker for a franchise that has been at the bottom of the AFC East for a decade.

A rib injury cut in to Watkins’ training camp, forcing him to miss significant time and preventing him from ever getting in a rhythm with Manuel. Through four games, Watkins has shown flashes of that ability but has also lacked some effort on plays across the middle and did not click with E.J. Manuel. He seemed to be on the same page with new starter Kyle Orton, registering seven catches for 87 yards in a 17-14 win in Detroit. He also made a key 20-yard grab to set up the Bills winning field goal. Continue reading Containing Sammy Watkins Will be a Priority for the Patriots »

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