Category: 2013 NFL Predictions

09/21/13

NFL 2013 Week 3 Predictions

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NFL's second week of action produced great fantasy stats for lucky team owners. Julio Jones (182 yards, TD), Jimmy Graham (179, TD) & James Jones (178) posted monster yard totals. Aaron Rodgers tossed for 480 & 4 scores to lead QB's. Packers backup RB James Starks filled in admirably for injured 1st stringer to post 158 combined (rush/receiving) and a TD.

Week 3 represents early season must win games. NY Giants have been horrible & might catch a break in Carolina. Redskins rebound? Vikings victorious? Will Tampa Bay buck their losing ways? We'll soon find out.

I posted 10 correct picks last weekend. Season total after two weeks stands at 23-9 (72%). Time to get back on track (home teams in CAPS).

THURSDAY
Chiefs 24 EAGLES 21
SUNDAY
Packers 35 BENGALS 31
COWBOYS 27 Rams 10
Chargers 30 TITANS 17
VIKINGS 31 Browns 3
PATRIOTS 35 Bucs 10
SAINTS 35 Cardinals 3
Lions 23 REDSKINS 17
PANTHERS 20 Giants 13
RAVENS 28 Texans 21
Falcons 24 DOLPHINS 20
JETS 17 Bills 16
49ERS 27 Colts 17
SEAHAWKS 33 Jaguars 0
Bears 21 STEELERS 20
MONDAY
BRONCOS 52 Raiders 7

09/12/13

NFL 2013 Week 2 Predictions

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Week 2 predictions (home team in CAPS). 13 correct picks in Week 1. Time to call my bookie after finishing 13-3.

THURSDAY
PATRIOTS 37 Jets 10
SUNDAY
FALCONS 31 Rams 17
Panthers 27 BILLS 14
Vikings 21 BEARS 17
PACKERS 38 Redskins 20
COLTS 24 Dolphins 21
CHIEFS 28 Cowboys 24
RAVENS 31 Browns 0
TEXANS 35 Titans 21
EAGLES 42 Chargers 14
Lions 30 CARDINALS 16
Saints 31 BUCS 17
RAIDERS 13 Jaguars 9
Broncos 45 GIANTS 35
49ers 21 SEAHAWKS 20
MONDAY
BENGALS 23 Steelers 21

09/05/13

NFL 2013 Week 1 Predictions

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Are you ready for NFL 2013? Buckle up! Another sensational season kicks off beginning with a rematch from the AFC Championship Game. Denver appears to have the best team on paper as they seek revenge vs last season's Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore lost a slew of All Pro defensive player (retired).

There's plenty to talk about heading into the new season. NY Jets open the season with rookie Gino Smith at QB attempting to wake up one of the leagues ugliest offensive systems. Can Minnesota's MVP RB surpass 2,000 yards in back to back seasons? Does San Francisco have what it takes to get back to the Super Bowl this season? Can Eli Manning survive one of football's worst offensive lines and weak running attack? Who else agrees Cleveland will not win a single game this year? Will Dallas finally return to the playoffs? Philadelphia rebuilding or rejuvenated with a new head coach? Answers will be coming soon.

Week 1 action is here. Time for annual All World All Sports week by week predictions (home team in CAPS)

THURSDAY
BRONCOS 38 Ravens 14
SUNDAY
Patriots 34 BILLS 10
BEARS 20 BENGALS 17
Dolphins 28 BROWNS 3
SAINTS 38 Falcons 31
Texans 27 COLTS 23
Bucs 24 JETS 14
STEELERS 23 Titans 17
LIONS 33 Vikings 28
COLTS 24 Raiders 7
SEAHAWKS 30 Cardinals 6
Chiefs 24 JAGUARS 6
RAMS 27 Cardinals 14
49ERS 31 Packers 27
Giants 35 COWBOYS 28
MONDAY
REDSKINS 24 Eagles 23
Texans 42 CHARGERS 21

NFL 2013 Predictions

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The 2012 NFL season was one to remember. It was a rough beginning thanks to replacement referee's dominating headlines with one bad call after another. When regular ref's returned, so did spectacular play capped off by sensational playoff action.

Defending Champion Baltimore Ravens attempt to become the first back to back champs since the 2003-04 New England Patriots. The Ravens will have their hands full after a busy off season of retirements and roster changes. Can Baltimore pull it off? Odds are long. Only time will tell.

NFC
EAST

1) NY Giants - Offensive line will make or break Giants chances in '13.
2) Washington Redskins - RGIII and company take next step forward. Is he knee sound?
3) Dallas Cowboys - Big D soap opera continues. Same old questions linger. It's all up to Romo.
4) Philadelphia Eagles - A new era begins.

NORTH
1) Green Bay Packers - Playoff frustrations continue. Explosive offense. Suspect defense.
2) Minnesota Vikings - MVP Peterson ran wild for 2,097 yards. Can he break 2,000 again?
3) Detroit Lions - Offense will roar if line can offer protection.
4) Chicago Bears - Tough division. Bears foes getting stronger. Began 7-1 last year before stumbling to 10-6 finish.

SOUTH
1) Atlanta Falcons - 13-3 last year before painful 1st round playoff exit.
2) *New Orleans Saints - Bountygate is over. Coaching staff returns. Brees primed to light up scoreboards.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs quickly maturing. Tenacious D. Offense has weapons. Don't be surprised if TB has big season.
4) Carolina Panthers - Taking baby steps. Steve Smith is only bonified WR and will be doubled all season long. Others must step it up when number called or it's going to be a very long season.

WEST
1) San Francisco 49ers - Poised to battle for division crown vs Seattle for years to come. Exciting offense, stingy defense.
2) *Seattle Seahawks - They came together in 2nd half of season. Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and hard hitting defense set the tone.
3) St. Louis Rams - One small step at a time.
4) Arizona Cardinals - It's going to be a long year in Arizona.

NFC Champion - Green Bay Packers

AFC
EAST

1) New England Patriots - Brady's offense has new faces. Results will be same in soft division.
2) Miami Dolphins - Maturing team hopes to win more than they lose.
3) New York Jets - Ugly from top to bottom beginning with pathetic front office and coaches.
4) Buffalo Bills - No place to go but up.

NORTH
1) Baltimore Ravens - Super Bowl Champs have plenty of new faces on D. Flacco steady as they come under pressure.
2) Pittsburgh Steelers - Aging quickly. Is there enough gas left in the tank for a playoff run?
3) Cincinnati Bengals - Division contenders if they finally learn to stop making stupid mistakes.
4) Cleveland Browns - Get ready for Charlie Brown football highlights.

SOUTH
1) Houston Texans - They were rolling until costly injuries took hold. They lost final 3 of 4 and didn't look good in playoffs.
2) Indianapolis Colts - 11 wins stunned football world. NFL is ready for them this year. 11 will be tough to repeat.
3) Tennessee Titans - Will excel if line creates running lanes for Chris Johnson.
4) Jacksonville Jaguars - Long rebuilding process underway.

WEST
1) Denver Broncos - Poor coaching decision in Championship Game cost Broncos a trip to the Super Bowl. Manning has new weapons and is on a mission.
2) Kansas City Chiefs - Andy Reid has these guys ready to play.
3) San Diego Chargers - Norv Turner era finally over. Rivers & Co. need to stay healthy.
4) Oakland Raiders - Get ready for ugly football.

AFC Champion - Denver Broncos
Super Bowl Champions - Denver Broncos

01/31/13

Super Bowl XLVII - Super Prediction

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-Digger's Daily-

The time has come to crown a new NFL champion. It's dubbed the "Brother Bowl". Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) are 3 1/2 point favorites to beat brother John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens (10-6).

We've listened to a few sideshows heading into the big game.
- Super Bowl XLVII represents Ravens LB Ray Lewis final NFL game. He's been equally admired and criticized all week. Admired for his sensational play on the field. Severely criticized for three things...1) his involvement in a fight years ago leaving one man dead. No one was ever convicted and Lewis has refused any and all commentary. 2) Criticized for appearing to place himself above Ravens teammates by way of solo celebrations and post-game interviews. Most shockingly 3) accused of using PED's in a Sports Illustrated article. The magazine said Lewis sought help from a company that says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a banned product connected to human growth hormone.
- 49ers WR Randy Moss declared himself the best wide receiver in NFL history. Jerry Rice was quick to point out Moss hasn't won any Super Bowl's nor is he the leader in most receiving statistics. Moss is no stranger to controversy which seems to erupt in every city he's played during a fine career.
- 49ers DB Chris Culliver was forced to quickly take back anti-gay comments made earlier this week. During a live radio interview Culliver quipped: "I don't do the gay guys, man. I don't do that," Culliver said during the one-minute taped interview. "Ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff." So much for freedom of speech. 49ers officials quickly clamped down on Culliver.
- Legendary Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino was exposed for fathering a child out of wedlock with another woman. Rumors swirl of Marino paying millions to the "other" woman to keep their affair (and child) silent. “This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” Marino said. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
- Both Jim and John Harbaugh tried keeping media focused on their Super Bowl teams instead of Harbaugh vs Harbaugh (first time in history two brothers are head coaches of Super Bowl teams).
- Marshall Faulk keeps "Spygate" alive. "Spygate" was big news when New England Patriots were caught illegally filming opponents practice sessions. Faulk's Rams were defeated by New England in SB XXXVI 20-17. "Am I over the loss? Yeah, I'm over the loss," Faulk told CSNNE.com's Tom Curran on Tuesday. "But I'll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl. That's a different story. I can understand losing a Super Bowl; that's fine … But how things happened and what took place. Obviously, the commissioner gets to handle things how he wants to handle them. But if they wanted us to shut up about what happened, show us the tapes. Don't burn 'em."
(Commissioner Goodall burned tapes submitted as evidence against New England and cleared them of wrong doing for the SB game).

So, now that we've tackled the bizaar, are you ready for some football? Who will win?

Super Bowl XLVII features two very good head coaches. Two very strong defenses. Two clutch offenses. Sunday's game is probably the best player for player matchup in recent memory. Defense is expected to rule the day. Time to break down some key elements...

QB: (even) SF is led by tattooed rookie sensation Colin Kaepernick. He runs at will and can burn defenses with strong armed throws. He started SF's final 7 games after early season starter Alex Smith was sidelined by injury. He's a handful to shut down. If there's one team capable of slowing him down it's Baltimore's tenacious defense.
Baltimore has steady handed Joe Flacco leading the way. He has good vision, strong arm and protects the ball well. He'll face a furious 49ers pass rush and ever changing defensive schemes. I'll rank them even for one main reason. Although Kaepernick is more dynamic based on his rushing ability, Flacco reads defenses better and is cooler in the pocket. K's has never faced a defense like Baltimore's. Sunday might turn out to be a daunting learning on the job experience.

RB: (even) Frank Gore (SF) vs Ray Rice (Bal). Offensive lines key for both players. Both excellent runners and receivers out of the backfield. It'll be interesting watching how their coordinators fit them into game plans.

WR: (Ravens) I give the edge to Baltimore here. Boldin, Smith, Jones find ways to get open and have played great in playoff action. Flacco and these guys are on the same page. If Ravens line gives protection then look for a big day from these guys.
Randy Moss put a bullseye on his own back and Baltimore will make him pay dearly. Crabtree has been their go to guy all season and I expect Ravens defenders to keep him blanketed all game long.

TE: (even) Vernon Davis (SF) vs Dennis Pitta (Bal). Davis is a bruiser. Defenders better square up and wrap up or Davis will run them over. Pitta is a clutch chain mover and gives Flacco options.

Defense: (even) Both teams come flying after the ball. Niether is fooled often. All players appear healthy. 49ers were burned early and often against Atlanta in NFC Championship Game. However, they clamped down in the second half and completely stymied the Falcons soaring attack. Ravens were chewed up by Denver in divisional round but rebounded to keep Tom Brady and Patriots completely off balance.

Special teams: (Ravens) Ravens have a clear advantage here. Justin Tucker converted 30 of 33 field goals. Jacoby Jones returned 3 kicks for touchdowns (1 kickoff, 2 punts). He's a big key for field position this game. Niners kicker David Akers (29 of 42) has been struggling for most of the 2nd half of the season including a miss in the Championship Game. A miss on Sunday can make or break SF. His past misses might force Harbaugh's hand into going for it on 4th down when he might normally decide to kick.

Final outcome: It's going to be a great game. I'm expecting a very tight first half. The second half will belong to Baltimore. Ravens win 30-17.

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