10/31/13

NFL 2013 NFL Week 9 Predictions

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Now that's what I'm talking about. 11-2 on Week 8 picks brings AWAS season total to 85-35 (70.8%). My bookie will be broke soon enough!

There's just one unbeaten team (Kansas City) and one winless team (Jacksonville). How long will they keep their streaks going? NFC East gets uglier by the week after Dallas complete collapse vs Detroit. Seattle and SF will battle to the final week of the season in NFC West as will KC and Denver on AFC side.

Week 9 doesn't have a single "must watch" game on paper. This is the weakest weekend I can ever remember. Just flat out ugly with the lone exception Monday night when Chicago visits rival Green Bay. Time to pick'em (home team in CAPS).

Week 9

THURSDAY
Bengals 27 DOLPHINS 17
SUNDAY
Chiefs 21 BILLS 17
COWBOYS 28 Vikings 17
Titans 27 Rams 13
Saints 37 JETS 10
Chargers 28 REDSKINS 21
PANTHERS 33 Falcons 24
RAIDERS 17 Eagles 13
SEAHAWKS 26 Bucs 14
Ravens 23 BROWNS 21
PATRIOTS 24 Steelers 20
Colts 30 TEXANS 20
MONDAY
PACKERS 27 Bears 23

Bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, NY Giants, San Francisco.

10/23/13

NFL 2013 NFL Week 8 Predictions

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Back to back 11 win weekends improves Digger's season total to 74-33 (69.2%). I'm posting on time this week after the fiasco from a few days ago. Week 7 featured Eli Manning's New York Giants winning their first of the season (1-6) and brother Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos losing their first (7-1). Kansas City remains as the leagues lone undefeated squad (7-0). Andy Reid has these guys believing. Good ball control offense and tenacious defense are ruling the day for KC.

New York Jets backed into a win over hated rival New England last weekend thanks largely to a first time ever called penalty against Pats special teams on a errant field goal attempt by the Jets. Controversy immediately irrupted after Pats special teams were called for pushing his own man aiding to block a field goal attempt. What is happening in the NFL? Stupid rules lead to stupid penalties. Technically, yes, I guess New England did commit this ridiculously stupid infraction (how did this rule ever become law in the first place???). But, to call it in OT for the first time after then type of incident happens on nearly EVERY field goal and extra point attempt is beyond believe. Long story short, Jets inched closer and kicked a game winning OT field goal to stun Patriots.

Good games featured in Week 8. Perfect time to jump between games in progress (home team in CAPS).

Week 8

THURSDAY
Panthers 31 BUCS 24
SUNDAY
LIONS 30 Cowboys 28
CHIEFS 28 Browns 10
PATRIOTS 24 Dolphins 14
SAINTS 42 Bills 10
Giants 28 EAGLES 24
49ers 36 JAGUARS 3
Jets 24 BENGALS 21
Steelers 21 RAIDERS 17
BRONCOS 48 Redskins 14
Falcons 26 CARDINALS 21
Packers 52 VIKINGS 10
MONDAY
Seahawks 31 RAMS 13

·Bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee.

NFL 2013 NFL Week 7 Predictions

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11 wins in Week 6 brings Digger's season total to 63-29 (68.4%). Week 7 predictions weren't posted due to time delay mechanism failure. Our apologies. Better late than never... here's how we had the weekend pegged
(home team in CAPS).

Week 7

THURSDAY
Seahawks 30 CARDINALS 10
SUNDAY
FALCONS 33 Bucs 17
LIONS 26 Bengals 24
DOLPHINS 20 Bills 17
Patriots 27 JETS 17
Cowboys28 EAGLES 13
REDSKINS 34 Bears 23
PANTHERS 28 Rams 14
Chargers 35 JAGUARS 10
49ers 28 TITANS 9
PACKERS 34 Browns 14
CHIEFS 27 Texans 21
STEELERS 24 Ravens 23
Broncos 37 COLTS 27
MONDAY
GIANTS 26 Vikings 17

·Bye: New Orleans, Oakland.

2013 World Series Preview: Cardinals vs Red Sox

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The time has come to crown a new World Series Champion. Two proud franchises will go head to head. St. Louis Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox. NL's best team of 2013 vs AL's best team of 2013.

Boston & St. Louis are perfectly matched teams. Both teams feature clutch hitting, aggressive base running, solid defense, strong bullpens and solid managers. Each game will be tight. Here's a break down of what to expect.

Starting pitching. If there's an edge to be had in this Series it belongs to the Cardinals rotation. Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94), Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) & Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) are projected starters in first three games. Wainwright is as clutch as they come. Devastating variety of pitchers figure to keep Red Sox hitters off balance all night long. Wacha has been lights out this post-season going 3-0 while surrendering just 1 run in 21 innings. They will be going head to head up in Boston vs Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75) and John Lackey (10-13, 3.52). There's no margin for error in World Series play. Lester & Lackey need their A games. Edge: Cardinals

Lineups: Clutch hitting Adam Craig returns to Cards lineup after a 7 week absence. He'll DH in Games 1 & 2 and relegated to PH duties when games shift to St. Louis. Top to bottom both lineups are as tough as they come. Nearly all Cards hitters get it done in clutch situations. Boston features significantly more power and have been pretty clutch themselves this post-season. The games will boil down to whichever team is successful with situational hitting vs tough starting pitching. Question for Boston is who plays 1B in St. Louis? Napoli or Ortiz. Remember, no DH in NL park. Edge: Even.

Bullpens. Very strong relievers fill both bullpens. Cards have overall edge for middle relief and setup men while Boston's closer has been lights out (Uehara).

Weather factor: A factor seldom discussed when addressing World Series games. A cold front moved into Fenway this afternoon. Cold blustery weather forecast for Games 1 & 2 in Boston could effect pitcher's ball grip. This is somewhat significant as breaking ball may not bite sharply or pitchers susceptible to hanging one from time to time. 30 degree weather has arrived. A cold front is also expected in St. Louis. 50's daytime, 30's nighttime. Edge: even.

Managers: Red Sox have been running this season. Cards hit and run. These teams love their skippers. Both experts in situational substitutions from the pen and off the bench.

Defense: Better infield D belongs to Boston. OF & C (Molina) to St. Louis. Edge: Errors are huge in World Series play.

Outlook: It boils down to Cardinals rotation vs hot Red Sox hitters. Napoli, Victorino & Ortiz have been clutch. Beltran padding record book. World Series has potential for an epic 7 games. Red Sox prevail, 4 games to 3.

10/11/13

NFL 2013 NFL Week 6 Predictions

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9 wins, 5 wrongs last week. 52-25 (67.5%) thru 5 weeks of action. And the winners in Week 6 will be.... (home team in CAPS).

Week 6

THURSDAY
BEARS 31 Giants17
SUNDAY
Bengals 24 BILLS 20
Lions 26 BROWNS 24
CHIEFS 30 Raiders 13
Panthers 27 VIKINGS 24
JETS 28 Steelers 10
Eagles 31 BUCS 20
Packers 35 RAVENS 14
TEXANS 23 Rams 14
BRONCOS 56 Jaguars 7
SEAHAWKS 24 Titans 17
49ERS 28 Cardinals 10
Saints 35 PATRIOTS 31
COWBOYS 27 Redskins 21
MONDAY
Colts 28 CHARGERS 27

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