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NFL Divisional Round Predictions

Lets try this again, shall we? I was brutal with my picks last week going just 1-3 against the spread and 2-2 overall. Last year I went 8-3 against the spread in the playoffs.

The 49ers and the Saints get us underway today. Being a 49ers fan I obviously hope the team can get me a nice birthday gift and deliver a win. I have to say I am more optimistic today of the 49ers chances then I was all season as everyone began to project the playoff matchups. Take a look at this screen grab from ESPN earlier today.

The Saints are a different team outside of the Superdome. The 49ers have almost no shot getting to 40 points but Alex Smith can get them to the mid 20s. Can the defense and the running game slow down Brees? The 49ers have done a great job protecting the ball all season. They had a +28 turnover ratio compared to a -3 for the Saints. If Gore and Smith can protect the ball I think we are headed for an upset here. The Saints have NEVER won a road playoff game. I am going to take the 49ers +4 to win outright. Nothing against Brees or the Saints, they’ve had an amazing year but this 49ers team will pull off one more surprise today.

I feel dirty rooting for a Patriots win but you have to believe Brady and Belichick got sick and tired of listening to Tebow talk this week. Give it to Tebow though, that throw in OT was impressive despite the terrible defensive play call from the Steelers. A couple of big Tebow plays and this weak Patriots defense does scare me somewhat but I don’t think this run has to end at some point so why not today? I have to give Bill Belichick enough credit as a defensive mind that he won’t let Tebow have his way. Heck, maybe they just got Josh McDaniels to tape a Broncos practice now that he is back on the payroll! The Broncos will cover the 14 point spread but the Patriots will host the AFC Championship game next week.

Hats off to the Texans. Big win for them last week and given all the injuries they’ve had this year it has been one very good season for them on the field. Do they have one more win in them? T. J Yates will try to become just the 3rd QB to win two playoff games as a rookie (Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco are the others). Speaking of Flacco, I didn’t like his media session on Wednesday. He came across as a guy who is far too concerned with what others think about him. I think the game will be close to I’ll take the Texans +9 but Ravens will win a field goal game.

A lot of people have been comparing this Giants team to the one that won a Super Bowl four years ago. A playoff game in Lambeau brought even more of that talk this week. I just don’t see things working out the same for the Giants though. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are just playing at a really high level and as good as the Giants defense has been I don’t think they will be able to slow down the Packers. I’ll take the Packers -9 to win by double digits.
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2011 NFL Predictions

Are you ready for some football?

Who are you picking to make the playoffs this year? Here’s how my picks shape up.

NFC Division Winners – Saints, Packers, Eagles and Rams
NFC Wildcard Winners – Lions and Falcons

AFC Division Winners – Jets, Chargers, Ravens and Texans
AFC Wildcard Winners – Patriots and Steelers

AFC Championship Game – Jets over Ravens
NFC Championship Game – Packers over Saints

Super Bowl – Packers over the Jets

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2011 MLB Over/Under

Do any of you out there play over/unders for any sports? I’m not asking if you gamble on it. Just if you play them at all. I am going to try and doing these for every sport from now on. They are fun to look back at over the course of the season. 


These are the numbers I used to make my picks.  



Here we go:

  • Arizona- Over
  • Atlanta- Under
  • Baltimore- Under
  • Boston- Over
  • Chicago C- Under
  • Chicago W- Over
  • Cincinnati- Over
  • Cleveland- Over
  • Colorado- Under
  • Detroit- Over
  • Florida- Under
  • Houston- Under
  • Kansas City- Over
  • LA Angels- Over
  • LA Dodgers- Over
  • Milwaukee- Over
  • Minnesota- Over
  • NY Mets- Over
  • NY Yankees- Under
  • Oakland- Under
  • Philadelphia- Under
  • Pittsburgh- Over
  • San Diego- Under
  • San Francisco- Over
  • Seattle- Over
  • St. Louis- Under
  • Tampa Bay- Under
  • Texas- Under
  • Toronto- Over
  • Washington- Over

Faraz and I decided to a friendly game where each of us picked six teams. The only condition was that we both couldn’t pick the exact same team going in the same direction. We were allowed to pick the same team going in different directions. 


Me

Brewers Over
Angels Over
Cardinals Under
Mets Over
Orioles Under
Diamondbacks Over

Faraz

Blue Jays Over
Royals Under
Cardinals Over
Twins Over
Giants Over
Braves Under

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2011 MLB Predictions

I realized that I hadn’t gotten around to putting my 2011 MLB predictions on here.

AL 

East
Red Sox
Yankees
Blue Jays
Rays
Orioles

Central
Twins
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals

West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners

MVP – Adrian Gonzalez
Cy Young – Jon Lester
Rookie of the Year – Kyle Drabek
Manager of the Year – Mike Sciosca

NL

East
Phillies
Marlins
Mets
Braves
Nationals

Central
Brewers
Reds
Cardinals
Cubs
Astros
Pirates

West
Giants
Rockies
Diamondbacks
Dodgers
Padres

MVP – Prince Fielder
Cy Young – Roy Halladay 
Rookie of the Year – Aroldis Champan
Manager of the Year – Ron Roenicke

Playoffs

Division Series

Angels over Yankees
Red Sox over Twins
Phillies over Brewers
Giants over Reds

League Championship Series

Red Sox over Angels
Giants over Phillies

World Series

Red Sox over Giants

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2011 MLB Predictions

Here is how I see all the 2011 MLB Season playing out.

AL 

East
Red Sox
Yankees
Blue Jays
Rays
Orioles

Central
Twins
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals

West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners

MVP – Adrian Gonzalez
Cy Young – Jon Lester
Rookie of the Year – Kyle Drabek
Manager of the Year – Mike Sciosca

NL

East
Phillies
Marlins
Mets
Braves
Nationals

Central
Brewers
Reds
Cardinals
Cubs
Astros
Pirates

West
Giants
Rockies
Diamondbacks
Dodgers
Padres

MVP – Prince Fielder
Cy Young – Roy Halladay
Rookie of the Year – Aroldis Champan
Manager of the Year – Ron Roenicke

Playoffs
Angels over Yankees
Red Sox over Twins

Phillies over Brewers
Giants over Reds

Red Sox over Angels
Giants over Phillies

Red Sox over Giants

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2010 NFL Conference Championship Predictions

I came back down to earth last week with a 2-2 record but I still hold a very respectable 6-2 record for the playoffs.

Collectively we had an average week at best.
Me: 2-2
Swarheit: 2-2
rkref: 2-2
spudsfan: 2-2
Rovitz: 2-2
Faraz: 2-2
Imran: 1-3
natthedem: 1-3

Here are the overall standings so far.

Me: 6-2
spudsfan: 5-3
Swarheit: 4-4 
rkref: 4-4
Rovitz: 4-4
Faraz: 4-4
natthedem: 4-4
Imran: 3-5
Here are the lines we will be using this week. 
Packers (-4) over the Bears
Jets (+3.5) over the Steelers
I am a big fan of old school rivalries. The Bears have had a great run but it ends this week. The Packers will win and cover. I just don’t think Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher will be able to make the Packers miserable enough. Hats off to Aaron Rodgers, he truly has taken that step into the top tier of NFL Quaterbacks. What a performance it was from the Packers last week against a very good Falcons team. I was watching “Sound FX” on NFL network this week and it showed that Mike Smith wanted to go for a Field Goal at the of the first half on the play that resulted in the pick 6 going the other way. He changed his mind after consulting with the offensive coordinator. That play ended up being the final nail in the coffin. The game time temperature is expected to be 18 degrees! It would have been better if there was also snow in the forecast. Don’t expect weather to be a problem for Aaron Rodgers.

In his career, including playoffs, Rodgers is 7-3 in games when the temperature is 30 degrees or below, according to ESPN Stats and Information. In those ten contests, Rodgers has 25 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, with a passer rating of 109.4. 

Barack Obama made some news this week by announcing his plans for Super Bowl Sunday.

“Oh, if the Bears are in the Super Bowl, we’re going.” 

He would be the first President to attend but like I have mentioned before, I don’t have a problem with his trips to sporting events because he is a legitimate fan
In case you haven’t heard, the New York Jets “CAN’T WAIT!” for this Sunday. Actually words don’t do it justice. I’ll let Bart Scott explain it better. 

As I mentioned last week, people just aren’t giving this Jets team any credit. This team did go 11-5 right? This team did just beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady the last two weeks, correct? The Jets did just become the first team in NFL history to win 2 road games in the playoffs in back to back years, correct? Their 2nd year Head Coach/Quarterback are 4-1 in their short playoff careers, correct? Once again I am going with the New York Jets to win outright. Not to turn this into a lecture of some sort but what more does this team need to do? I have had people tell me this week that Mark Sanchez will have his “deer in the headlights” moment this week. People do realize that he did play in the AFC Championship game last year right? Don’t get me wrong, the Steelers are a very good team and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them win but I just think the Jets are Super Bowl bound this year. It really has been one of those years for them. Earlier this year they became the first team in NFL history to win back to back road games in overtime. There have been people downplaying the Jets win in Pittsburgh earlier this season because Troy Polamalu missed that game. In the words of the ESPN’s NFL Countdown crew, “C’mon Man!”

Speaking of ESPN, have you guys been following the Tom Jackson debacle this week?

After a relatively quiet week the Jets have been calling out Hines Ward for his dirty play the last couple of days. ESPN New York notes that the two playoff wins so far this year are worth an extra $500,000 to Mark Sanchez. Rex Ryan is just the 5th coach in the Super Bowl era to make it to the Conference Championship game in his first two years. I’m hoping Tomlinson gets his first shot at a Super Bowl ring.

Other picks:
Swarheit – Packers and Steelers
Spudsfan – Packers and Jets
rkref – Packers and Jets
rovitz – Packers and Steelers
natthedem – Packers and Jets
Faraz – Packers and Jets
Imran – Packers and Steelers
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2010 NFL Divisional Round Predictions

Great week for me last going 4-0 as the Seahawks not only covered but they won outright. Had I stuck with my gut feeling I would have gone 4-0 in picking the winners too. Lesson learned for this week hopefully. Feel free to post your picks even if you didn’t take part last week.

Here is how everyone did last week.
Me: 4-0
natthedem: 3-1
spudsfan: 3-1
Faraz: 2-2
Swarheit: 2-2
rkref: 2-2
Rovitz: 2-2
Imran: 2-2


Sorry for putting these up so late. I will just rush through the picks this week.

Ravens (+3) over the Steelers
Packers (+3) over the Falcons
Seahawks (+10) over the Bears
Jets (+9) over the Patriots

I am taking the Ravens to beat the Steelers outright. This has been a really heated rivalry in recent years and Hines Ward’s hit on Ed Reed certainly didn’t help to calm things down. Speaking of Ed Reed, there is still no update on his missing brother.

It was great to see Aaron Rodgers get a playoff win under his belt  last week after yet another NFL season that was dominated by Brett Favre headlines. Two of the best young Quarterbacks in the league going head to head here and I am really looking forward to this one. I felt going into last week that their defense would do the job against the speedy Eagles. I am taking the Packers to win outright on the road for the 2nd straight week.

Bears/Seahawks is a tricky one for me. The Seahawks will definitely cover and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them pull off the win here. I just don’t think the Bears are that good. Whoever wins here loses next year to the winner of the Packers/Falcons game. Looks like I didn’t learn my lesson from last week because gut feeling says that Seattle wins.

I am really looking forward to the Jets/Patriots. Call me crazy but I think the Jets win this one. Yes, the Patriots did win their last meeting in a really lopsided game but this Jets team had one hell of a year. For whatever reason this team never gets any credit. Rex Ryan has called this the 2nd biggest game in franchise history. I’ll have to read into it a little bit more but this is an important game for the team. A win here would go a long way towards silencing critics here at home. Last time these two teams met in Foxboro, Tom Brady threw 2 interceptions in a 28-14 Jets win. A 9 point line is absolutely ridiculous here. I am taking the Jets to win outright and go to the Conference Championship game for the second straight yet.

Swarheit – Ravens, Falcons, Bears and Jets
rkref – Ravens, Falcons, Bears and Jets
spudsfan – Steelers, Packers, Seahawks and Patriots
Rovitz – Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks and Jets
Faraz – Ravens, Packers, Bears and Patriots
Imran – Ravens, Packers, Seahawks and Patriots
Natthedem – Ravens, Packers, Seahawks and Patriots


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2010 NFL Wildcard Round Predictions

Through the NFL Playoffs I will be picking the games against the spread. Just for continuity I will be using the bodog.com lines from ESPN. I’m looking for some challengers. If you want to put your picks on the record just post them here or send it to me via Twitter or e-mail. When you submit your picks feel free to send me a link to your Twitter feed, blog, Tumblr, etc. and I’ll link to it here. I’ll keep standings for picks against the spread but feel free to post your picks for winners if the two are different.


Here are my picks, please use the same line to make your picks.


Seahawks +10.5 over Saints
Jets +3 over Colts
Ravens -3 over Chiefs
Packers +2.5 over Eagles


Yes, I am well aware of how bad the NFC West was this year but 11 is a really crazy number for a playoff line. Saints will pull off the win but the game will be a lot closer then people think.


I am taking the Jets to win outright over the Colts. The Jets are better then people give them credit for. This team did 11 games this year but if you looked around people almost act as though they were 8-8. I love Rex Ryan. People used to rip into Eric Mangini in New York because he had no personality but a lot of those same people are now opposed to Rex Ryan because he is the exact opposite of Mangini. How does that work? I try to stay away from picking against Peyton Manning but his defense will let him down here. The Jets have a very good running game and I think Mark Sanchez will flourish in the Dome too. Plus there is that little business of payback for last year.


I’ll take the Ravens to win easily. They are giving 3 points here but honestly I don’t think this game will be close. I give a lot of credit to Todd Haley. He has done a very good in Kansas City but he’s just running into a better team here. I think Ray Rice (286 all purpose yards in 2 career playoff starts) will have a big playoff run and take that step into the top tier of HBs.


The biggest win of Michael Vick’s career came at Lambeau Field as a member of the Falcons. He’s had a fantastic year and I for one am glad to see him come back strong. Heck, he even has Barack Obama in his corner. There are a lot of people who are are still vocal opponents of Vick being back in the NFL but it is hard to argue that NFL fans want him there when he had the 5th best selling jersey in the NFL this year. Vick really is the wildcard here. He could just put on one great show in front of a national audience and win the game by himself and no one really would be surprised. I think it is not that big of a stretch to say that he is the best player in the league right now. That being said, I am taking the Packers to win here. I think Clay Matthews and the Packers defense will contain him. Lets not forget that they have a pretty good quarterback themselves and with all of the Brett Favre drama this year it will be great to see Rodgers have a good game here in the playoffs.


Other Picks


Swarheit – Saints (-11), Colts (-3), Ravens (-3), Packers (+2.5)
rkref – Saints (-11), Jets (+3), Ravens (-3), Eagles (-2.5)
spudsfan – Saints (-11), Jets (+3), Ravens (-3), Packers (+2.5)
Rovitz – Saints (-11), Jets (+3), Ravens  (-3), Eagles  (-2.5)
Faraz – Saints (-11)Colts (-3), Ravens (-3), Packers (+2.5) 
Imran – Saints (-11), Jets (+3), Ravens  (-3), Eagles  (-2.5)
natthedem – Seahawks (+11), Colts (-3), Ravens (-3), Packers (+2.5) 
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Quick MLB Playoffs Predictions

Baseball playoffs…..or as TBS refers to it “programming we air in the middle of Conan promos!”

I’m taking Twins in 5 over Yankees. Twins probably need Liriano and Pavano to come up big but Yankee pitching after Sabathia is shot. Liriano has to find a way to outduel Sabathia.

Rays in 4 over Texas. Angels dropped the ball on Vlad last off season so it is good to see him get another crack at a ring eventhough I don’t see them beating Tampa.

As much as it pains me to say it, Phillies in 4. It can easily be a sweep. I want t see Halladay do well since I’ve always been a big fan of his but I just wanted the Jays to trade him to a team I didn’t hate.

Giants in 3. Bobby Cox’s career will end with yet another early exit from playoffs. I love the Giants pitching.

Rest of the Playoffs:

Rays over Twins in 5
Giants over Phillies in 7

Rays over Giants in 6

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