Category Archives: Predictions/Previews

Week Four Picks

Picks:

  • Cincinnati over Miami
  • Indianapolis over Jacksonville
  • Carolina over Atlanta
  • Baltimore over Oakland
  • Detroit over Chicago
  • Tennessee over Houston
  • New England over Buffalo
  • Seattle over New York (J)
  • Washington over Cleveland
  • Denver over Tampa Bay
  • Arizona over Los Angeles
  • New Orleans over San Diego
  • Dallas over San Francisco
  • Pittsburgh over Kansas City
  • Minnesota over New York (G)

Week Three Picks

Picks:

  • Houston over New England
  • Arizona over Buffalo
  • Carolina over Minnesota
  • Denver over Cincinnati
  • Detroit over Green Bay
  • Baltimore over Jacksonville
  • Miami over Cleveland
  • Washington over New York (G)
  • Oakland over Tennessee
  • Seattle over San Francisco
  • Tampa Bay over Los Angeles
  • Indianapolis over San Diego
  • New York (J) over Kansas City
  • Pittsburgh over Philadelphia
  • Dallas over Chicago
  • Atlanta over New Orleans

Week Two Picks

Picks:

  • New York (J) over Buffalo
  • Carolina over San Francisco
  • Baltimore over Cleveland
  • Detroit over Tennessee
  • Kansas City over Houston
  • New England over Miami
  • New York (G) over New Orleans
  • Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
  • Washington over Dallas
  • Arizona over Tampa Bay
  • Seattle over Los Angeles
  • Denver over Indianapolis
  • Oakland over Atlanta
  • San Diego over Jacksonville
  • Green Bay over Minnesota
  • Philadelphia over Chicago

Week One Picks

Picks:

  • Carolina over Denver
  • Tampa Bay over Atlanta
  • Buffalo over Baltimore
  • Houston over Chicago
  • Green Bay over Jacksonville
  • Kansas City over San Diego
  • Oakland over New Orleans
  • New York (J) over Cincinnati
  • Cleveland over Philadelphia
  • Tennessee over Minnesota
  • Seattle over Miami
  • New York (G) over Dallas
  • Detroit over Indianapolis
  • Arizona over New England
  • Pittsburgh over Washington
  • Los Angeles over San Francisco

Super Bowl Preview

Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos

Previewing the Panthers: During the regular season, the Panthers finished with the top seed in the NFC with a 15-1 record. Quarterback Cam Newton is expected to win the league’s MVP award. He is the centerpiece of the Panthers’ multidimensional offense, which finished second in the league in rushing offense and 11th in passing during the regular season. The Panthers frequently use spread formations, which isolate tight end Greg Olsen and create mismatches with wide receivers and running backs. RB Jonathan Stewart has been very productive and notched his first Pro Bowl invite of his eight-year career.

The Panthers defense has forced turnovers all year. Cornerback Josh Norman locks down receivers on the perimeter and the front seven has disrupted opponents’ passing and rushing offenses. The special teams unit has been productive with kicker Graham Gano, punter Brad Nortman, and returner Ted Ginn Jr.

Previewing the Broncos: The Broncos have been able to win games with elite defensive play and a steady offensive attack. QB Peyton Manning, who will be the oldest signal caller to start a Super Bowl in NFL history, missed several games this season with an injury, but backup QB Brock Osweiler filled in and led the Broncos to a 5-2 record as a starter. The Broncos are very balanced with their passing and rushing  offenses, which is spearheaded by RB’s CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

The Broncos finished first in the league during the regular season in total defense. With a dominant front seven led by outside linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos have pressured opposing quarterbacks at an unprecedented rate. CB’s Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib have been shutdown corners, and the entire unit has been nothing short of spectacular. During their 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots two weeks ago, the Broncos hit QB Tom Brady 20 times. If they can contain the Panthers’ top receiving targets, pressure Newton, win the turnover battle, and stay balanced on offense, they will be in great position to win.

Pick: Broncos, 20, Panthers, 17

Championship Round Preview

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

The Patriots edged the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20. The return of wide receiver Julian Edelman was extremely beneficial for quarterback Tom Brady and company. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was dangerous as usual, and the defense maintained their “bend but don’t break” style of play. However, in his career, Brady is 2-6 in Denver. He is facing the Broncos’ defense, which is statistically No. 1 in the league. If Broncos QB Peyton Manning and the offense score early and often and allow the defense to pressure Brady, the Broncos will find themselves in their second Super Bowl in the past three seasons.

Pick: Broncos, 27, Patriots, 20

Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers

The Cardinals edged the Packers last week in what was one of the most exciting games in recent postseason history. The Cardinals love to stretch the field with down-field passing, but it will be a tall task against the Panthers’ defense. Led by QB Cam Newton, the Panthers’ offense is as multidimensional as it gets in football.

Pick: Panthers, 33, Cardinals, 27

Divisional Round Preview

Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots

The Chiefs extended their win streak to eleven games with a 30-0 victory over the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs last week. The Chiefs have shown a tremendous amount of consistency during their win streak. The defense has been stingy and quarterback Alex Smith has been very steady. The Patriots stumbled into the playoffs with two consecutive losses, and likely won’t be playing at full strength. While wide receiver Julian Edelman is expected to return after missing seven games with an injury, tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with knee and back injuries. However, with QB Tom Brady at the helm, the Patriots are always dangerous in the playoffs.

Pick: Patriots, 24, Chiefs, 20

Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals

During their 35-18 victory over the Washington Redskins last week, the Packers were finally clicking. The Packers had a slow regular season, but QB Aaron Rodgers and co. appeared to be on the same page in the first round of the playoffs. The Cardinals have one of the league’s most well-rounded rosters and can win relying with heavy volume passing or rushing. QB Carson Palmer is one of the top signal callers in the league and has been fantastic throwing the deep ball all season. The defense is one of the top units in the league. In Week 16, the Cardinals defeated the Packers 38-8.

Pick: Cardinals, 30, Packers, 21

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers

This game features two of the top young quarterbacks in the league: Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. Wilson has been on a tear recently, but is facing an elite defense. Newton and the Panthers went 15-1 in the regular season and are the #1 seed in the NFC. When these two teams colliding in Week 6, the Panthers won 27-20.

Picks: Panthers, 27, Seahawks, 20

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos

The Steelers are banged up following their 18-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Star WR Antonio Brown and running back DeAngelo Williams have already been ruled out and QB Ben Roethlisberger is questionable. Meanwhile, the Broncos played very well with QB Peyton Manning back in Week 17, had a bye week, and have home-field advantage.

Pick: Broncos, 27, Steelers, 13