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Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears

By on October 22, 2014 at 11:45am
bears-vikings-football-chris-cook-alshon-jeffery_pg_600 Alshon Jeffrey and the Bears offense present the Patriots with a unique challenge this week. Photo Courtesy of nflrush.com.

The Bears will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to face the Patriots and will bring with them one of the most difficult to defend offenses in football. Their mix of dominant wide receivers, and elite running back, and matchup nightmare tight end make them a challenge for any defense. The wild card is their quarterback who can both destroy his opponents or his own offense. This should be a fun match up to watch across the board and the Patriots defense will have to come with their A game to slow the Bears down.

Every offense starts at the quarterback position and the Bears have the enigmatic Jay Cutler at the helm. When playing well, Cutler can carve up defenses and look like one the best quarterbacks in the National Football League but he has a habit of having off days or throwing inexplicable interceptions that kill drives and cost games. Continue reading Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears »

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2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips

October 23, 2014 at 6:19pm in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Top Story
Eagles vs Chargers: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Week 7 in the NFL was a rather lackluster week, as I recorded a 2-2 record last week. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had no trouble covering, but that was not the same story for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, as they both flamed out. I look to have a better showing in Week 8 in the NFL. My overall record for the year is currently 14-11.

Take the San Diego Chargers (+9) over the Denver Broncos.

I am not one to usually give advice about the Thursday Night game, but this is a different situation. Continue reading 2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips »

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Chandler Jones could be sidelined a month due to a hip injury. Jones, a third year pro out of Syracuse, has been an every down defender for the Patriots and their top pass rusher this season with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Jones played 84 of 87 snaps in last Thursday’s win against the Jets and first showed up on the injury report Tuesday morning. He had battled a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but did not miss any games because of it. The loss of Jones will leave a void at defensive end for the Patriots, who may look to fill the void from within or with their two newly acquired players.

The Patriots traded for Akeem Ayers on Tuesday from Tennessee and signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch, formerly of the Bills. Ayers is closer to Jones as far as skill set and position than Branch but neither one will be able to replace Jones’ production and ability to affect games from the edge. Branch will hopefully provide depth at defensive tackle, a position that has been a weakness for the Patriots through the first seven games of 2014. Continue reading Chandler Jones Out 1 Month With Hip Injury; Patriots Sign Alan Branch »

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The Patriots bolstered their thin linebacking corps by trading for the Titans' Akeem Ayers. (NFL.com)

It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start.

The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday  in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.

Continue reading Patriots Trade for Titans LB Akeem Ayers »

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Cowboys vs Broncos: Week 7's prediction for the Super Bowl

After seven weeks, both conferences have new leaders. Multiple division leaders are starting to slip, while other teams are responding by making a move in the standings. Defending champion Seattle lost their second straight game, getting upset by special teams trickery in St Louis. The Jaguars finally got a win, leaving Oakland as the lone winless team. With plenty going on in late October, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 21: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 7 »

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Peyton Manning is now the sole record holder for most touchdown passes in NFL history, surpassing Brett Favre. (Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports)

Move over, Brett Favre. There’s a new sheriff in town.

Though he may not be the gunslinger Favre was, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is the new record holder for all-time touchdown passes in NFL history. He threw for his record 509th touchdown on an eight-yard pass to Demayrius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half of the Denver Broncos’ Sunday Night Football contest against the San Francisco 49ers.

As a New England Patriots fan, I extend my begrudging congratulations to Mr. Manning. I pure hate you, but after playing you so many times after all these years, dang it do I respect you. Continue reading Peyton Manning Sets All-Time TD Record in First Half vs. 49ers »

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NFL Week 7 Betting Tips

October 19, 2014 at 11:00am in NFL, Opinion

It looked like it was going to be another tough day at the office, after the Houston Texans kicked off week 6 in the NFL with a tough 33-28 loss. Fortunately, my other three picks in the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys all covered easily. My overall record this year is now looking a little better at 12-9, and we look to keep the trend of winning alive.

Take the New York Giants (+5) over the Dallas Cowboys.
Last week these two teams could not have been a part of two completely opposite games. The Cowboys traveled to Seattle and came out with a 27-24 victory; to give the Seahawks their first home loss in over two years. The Giants, who came into last week as one of the hottest teams in the NFL winning three games in arrow, got thumped by NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles 28-0. The Giants will rebound in their second consecutive NFC East matchup, after being thoroughly embarrassed one week ago. The Cowboys are going to still be riding high after getting a road win in the toughest environment in the entire NFL. The Giants are going to upset the Cowboys 30-21.

Take the New Orleans Saints (+2) over the Detroit Lions
The Saints are 0-3 playing on the road this season with losses to the Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. Two things that will be going in favor of the Saints are they are coming off a bye week, and most likely have heard they can’t win on the road for two weeks straight. New Orleans is going to come into Detroit motivated, rested, and hungry for their first road won of the season. Detroit is the No.1 ranked team in total defense, so a road win coming against the No.1 defense will send a message to every team in the NFL that the Saints are still here. The Saints and Lions will both be without one of their best players in Jimmy Graham and Calvin Johnson. New Orleans will leave Detroit capturing their first road win 27-21.

Take the Indianapolis Colts (-3) over the Cincinnati Bengals
The Colts are now one of the hottest teams in the NFL, as they have now won four games in arrow. Indianapolis last win came 10 days ago at Houston, and they are now well rested, and back at home to take on a Bengals team that have struggled mildly on defense. The Bengals gave up 37 points at home last week against the Panthers, who have an average offense at best. Life is only going to become much harder for the Bengals having to play on the road against the NFL’s league leader in passing yards in Andrew Luck. The Bengals will also be without their best player for a second straight week in arrow in A.J Green. The Colts will defeat the Bengals rather easily 31-20.

Take the San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) over the Denver Broncos
This is the marquee matchup this Sunday, and these two teams are built on different principals. The Broncos are built on their overpowering offense, and the 49ers, despite being beat up, are built on their ferocious defense. The 49ers will be missing a lot of their key players on defense, but that has been the story all year, and they still own a 4-2 record. One thing the 49ers do very well which will help their defense in stopping the Broncos is run the football and run it well. The 49ers offensively lean on their run offense, and if they can continue to run the ball well, they will keep that high powered Broncos offense on the bench. I believe the 49ers will lose the game outright, but will cover 27-24.

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