Tom Brady's interception towards the end of the first half was especially brutal given the importance of tonight's game. (MassLive.com)

I write this trying to remind myself that the New England Patriots were still winning by four points at halftime and set to receive the ball to start the second half.

But Tom Brady has two interceptions, just one less than he had for the season coming into Week 11, and the second one was especially back-breaking heading into halftime.

Continue reading Why Tom Brady’s INT at the End of 1st Half was Especially Egregious »

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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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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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Tom Brady and Andrew Luck square off on Sunday Night Football with not only important AFC seeding on the line, but an imaginary midseason NFL MVP trophy, too. (Boston.com)

Last week, ESPN’s 32 NFL beat writers cast their votes for who they thought was the MVP through the midway point of the 2014 NFL season.

With 22 touchdowns and only 3 INTs, and a particularly hot stretch before the bye that saw his offense average 40 points over five games, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received more votes than any other player, tallying precisely half  of the vote total (16). But even with the top seed in the AFC heading into Week 11, is Brady really the best choice among the NFL’s MVP candidates?

Continue reading Tom Brady, Midseason NFL MVP? Not If Luck Has Anything to Do With It »

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T.Y. Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh

When the Patriots face the Colts on Sunday, much of the hype surrounding the Colts offense will be centered on quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so. Luck is already a star and is in the process of becoming the next great NFL quarterback, a generational talent. However, the person at the top of the Patriots’ priority list on defense this week should be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

When most of the elite receivers in the NFL are brought up the conversation generally shifts to larger, stronger body types such as Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon. Hilton may not be as naturally gifted as those receivers at 5’9”, 178 pounds but he can create matchup nightmares for defenses. Continue reading How the Patriots Can Contain T.Y. Hilton »

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10 weeks into the season, and injuries continue to take their toll. Major suspensions are starting to expire, which should help the affected teams. The AFC North has only winning records, while the NFC South has only losing records. Wildcard races remain crowded, especially in the AFC. A lot is happening right now in the NFL, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 11: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 10 »

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Against the Denver Broncos, Patriots QB Tom Brady joined a short list in the NFL record books by throwing for 3 TDs in his fourth straight game. Another one, and he's be in even more elite company. (ESPN.com)

It’s no secret that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing at a pretty high level right now.

After last Sunday’s shellacking of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Brady has thrown 18 of his 22 touchdowns on the season in his last five games, including at least three TD passes in each of the past four weeks. That four-game streak of three or more touchdown passes has put him not only tied for third in the NFL in touchdown passes this season (behind Manning and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, who will play the Patriots after the bye), but also among some rather rarified company, as that feat of four straight games of at least 3 TDs has only been accomplished 26 times in NFL history.

Continue reading With One More Game of 3 TD Passes, Tom Brady Would Join Rarified Company »

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