Monday, October 27, 2014

NFL - Week Eight Review

Tom Brady
If you are a fan of high scoring NFL games, then this weekend was for you.
'Big Ben' Roethlisberger
There was no shortage of touchdowns as two teams hung "50 Burgers" on their opponents.
The New England Patriots crushed the Chicago Bears, 51-23 while the Pittsburgh Steelers buried the Indianapolis Colts, 51-34 to highlight the offensive barrage.
Heftyinfo NFL co-Players of the Week  Tom Brady (30-35 passing for 354 yards and FIVE TD) and Ben Roethlisberger (40-49 passing for 522 yards and SIX TD) obliterated their opponents with their passing as their teams continue to rebound into contention in the AFC.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a huge game in the blowout win, catching nine passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns as New England built a 38-7 halftime lead.
Earlier in the day in London, England the Detroit Lions won a last second thriller 22-21 against the Atlanta Falcons as kicker Matt Prater made a 48-yard field goal as time expired following a missed 43-yard try that was nullified by a delay of game penalty against the Lions.
Detroit stormed back from a 21-0 halftime deficit as they turned the tables on the Falcons, who could not maintain the big lead in the fourth quarter.
The Buffalo Bills blasted the host New York Jets, 43-23 as QB Kyle Orton threw four TD passes while the Bills defense forced six turnovers (including three INT from Jets QB Geno Smith) in the rout.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 6-1 with a thrilling 24-20 home win against the Philadelphia Eagles as QB Carson Palmer connected with wide receiver John Brown on a 75-yard scoring pass with just over a minute left in regulation. The Cardinals defense held firm from there to secure the win.
Cincinnati won at home against Baltimore, 27-24 as an offensive pass interference penalty against WR Steve Smith negated his touchdown reception in the closing seconds that would have won the game. Bengals QB Andy Dalton ran for two scores in the win while the Bengals defense intercepted Ravens QB Joe Flacco twice.
The Seattle Seahawks hung on for a 13-9 road win against the Carolina Panthers as QB Russell Wilson threw a 23-yard TD pass to Luke Wilson with 47 seconds left to play.
Kansas City blasted the St. Louis Rams, 34-7 as running back/kick returner Knile Davis ran for one score and took a kickoff back 99 yards for another touchdown while backfield mate Jamaal Charles also scored two rushing touchdowns to pace the Chiefs rout.
The Houston Texans rolled past the host Tennessee Titans, 30-16 as running back Arian Foster had a big day, rushing for 151 yards and scoring three touchdowns.
The Cleveland Browns topped the visiting Oakland Raiders in a 23-13 win as running back Ben Tate scored a rushing touchdown and QB Brian Hoyer had a TD pass to go with three field goals by kicker Billy Cundiff.
The Miami Dolphins had two "pick six" interceptions against Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles as they knocked off the host Jaguars, 27-13 to improve to 4-3 for the season. Louis Delmas took one interception back 81 yards to pay dirt while Brent Grimes took another one back 22 yards for a score.
The Minnesota Vikings toppled the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-13 in OT as linebacker Anthony Barr had a 27-yard fumble return for the deciding score. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh forced the extra session with a 38-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation.
The Denver Broncos pulled away from the visiting San Diego Chargers in the second half, winning 35-21 last Thursday night as QB Peyton Manning had three TD passes, all to WR Emmanuel Sanders, who had nine receptions for 120 yards. Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman gained 109 yards on 20 carries to balance the offensive attack. Chargers QB Philip Rivers had three TD passes and two
interceptions in the loss.
The Sunday Night Football Game wasn't quite the shootout mist expected as the New Orleans Saints rolled the visiting Green Bay Packers, 44-23 as QB Drew Brees (pictured right) had three TD passes to lead the second half surge (28-7) that propelled the Saints to victory.
New Orleans running back Mark Ingram rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown as the Saints snapped the Packers four game winning streak. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 418 yards with a TD pass and two interceptions.
The Washington Redskins stunned the host Dallas Cowboys, 20-17 in overtime on Monday Night Football as Kai Forbath made a 40-yard field goal to provide the difference. Reserve QB Colt McCoy passed for 299 yards (30-35 passing) and scored a rushing touchdown while Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray ran for 141 yards in the loss.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

College Football Top Ten

The Heftyinfo College Football TOP TEN       (Week ending October 26)          

1.  Florida State (7-0)
2.  Mississippi State (7-0)
3.  Auburn (6-1)
4.  Alabama (7-1)
5.  Oregon (7-1)
6.  Michigan State (7-1)
7.  Notre Dame (6-1)
8.  Georgia (6-1)
9.  TCU (6-1)
10. Ohio State(7-1)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NFL - Week Eight Preview

Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning square off on Thursday Night Football.
The NFL season gets into Week Eight with a good one on Thursday Night Football as AFC West rivals go at it in Denver when the San Diego Chargers take on the Broncos.
The Chargers (5-2) had a five game winning streak snapped last weekend when they lost at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-20 that knocked them out of first place in the division. The Broncos (5-1) rolled over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, 42-17 as quarterback Peyton Manning set a new NFL record for career touchdown passes.
The Chargers are led by a high powered offense with Philip Rivers at quarterback and a stingy defense that is much improved from a year ago. The Broncos feature Manning and a plethora of weapons on offense and also boast a much improved defense that gets after opposing quarterbacks and also is among the best in the NFL against the run.
Look for a game that could go down to the wire as the teams split last season's two regular season games, with each team winning on the road. The Broncos won the third match in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, 24-17 in Denver last January en route to an appearance in the Super Bowl.
There is another game in London, England this weekend as the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons will go at it across the Atlantic Ocean with a 9:30 am (ET) kickoff.
The red hot Baltimore Ravens will travel to face the slumping Cincinnati Bengals in a big AFC North battle while the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Indianapolis Colts in what should be a great game. Two teams with identical 5-1 records in the NFC will play each other as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to play the Arizona Cardinals. Two other NFC teams will be featured on the Sunday Night Football Game as the Green Bay Packers will play the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy.
With Aaron Rodgers (18 TD passes and just one interception this season) leading the attack, the Packers can put up some points and the Saints are certainly capable of doing just the same thing with Drew Brees at quarterback.
All in all it looks to be another exciting weekend looming for the NFL as the season gets to the midway point as October is winding down. The Heftyinfo predictions follow up after another decent week, going 10-5 in Week Seven.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Eight  . . .     (Home teams are listed in BOLD type and Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

San Diego over Denver
Detroit over Atlanta (Game is in London, England)
Kansas City over St. Louis
Houston over Tennessee
Tampa Bay over Minnesota
Seattle over Carolina
Cincinnati over Baltimore
Miami over Jacksonville
New England over Chicago
NY Jets over Buffalo
Philadelphia over Arizona
Cleveland over Oakland
Pittsburgh over Indianapolis
New Orleans over Green Bay
DALLAS over Washington

Last Week's Record:  10-5


Lock of the Week Record:  6-1


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NFL - Week Seven Review

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning became the all-time NFL leader in passing touchdowns on Sunday night when he threw for four scores (giving him 510 career TD passes) in Denver's 42-17 rout of the visiting San Francisco 49ers.
Manning passed Brett Favre (508 career TD passes) as the all-time leader in that category when he hooked up with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on an eight yard score in the second quarter that gave Denver a 21-3 lead at the time. The Broncos improved to 5-1 and first place in the AFC West division with the win.

The Broncos are alone at the top of the AFC West because earlier in the day, the Kansas City Chiefs surprised the host San Diego Chargers, 23-20 as kicker Cairo Santos made a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the game.
The Chiefs (3-3) took a play from the San Diego (5-2) playbook and held the ball for 39 minutes  in the game to keep the high powered Chargers' offense off  the field.
The Green Bay Packers made it four wins in a row as they rolled to victory 38-17 against the visiting Carolina  Panthers as QB Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes while running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks scored rushing touchdowns.
Jacksonville stormed back at home and pounded the Cleveland Browns, 24-6 to get their first win of the season. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had a TD pass and the defense scored a touchdown as well.
The St. Louis Rams used a fake punt from their own 18-yard line to hold off the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 28-26 while QB Austin Davis threw for two scores and Stedman Bailey took a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passed for 313 yards and ran for 106 yards in the loss.
The Indianapolis Colts won their fifth straight game as they shut out Cincinnati, 27-0 by limiting the Bengals to just 135 yards of total offense. Colts QB Andrew Luck had two TD passes as they rolled up 506 yards in offense.
Baltimore improved to 5-2 with a 29-7 win at home against the Atlanta Falcons. Ravens QB Joe Flacco overcame two interceptions with two TD passes while the defense held the Falcons to 254 yards in offense.
The Detroit Lions rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting New Orleans Saints, 24-23 as QB Matthew Stafford threw two TD passes in the final four minutes of the game. The Lions defense came up with a big interception of Saints QB Drew Brees (342 passing yards and two TD) to set up the winning score.
The Dallas Cowboys won at home, 31-21 over the New York Giants as QB Tony Romo had three touchdown passes and running back DeMarco Murray (pictured left) scored a rushing touchdown to go with 128 yards on the ground. It was Murray's seventh consecutive game with 100-plus rushing yards in a game to open the season, which is a new NFL record.
The Miami Dolphins dominated in a 27-14 road win against the Chicago Bears as their defense limited Chicago to 224 yards of offense while coming up with three turnovers (two fumble recoveries and interception) and also held the ball for nearly 38 minutes. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill passed for two scores in the win.
The Washington Redskins got a late field goal to top the visiting Tennessee Titans, 19-17 as kicker Kai Forbath made a 22-yarder as time expired.
The Buffalo Bills edged the Minnesota Vikings, 17-16 as QB Kyle Orton connected with WR Sammy Watkins for a two-yard scoring pass with just one second left in the game.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 5-1 on the season with a 24-13 road win against winless Oakland as QB Carson Palmer had two TD passes and the Cardinals defense held the Raiders (0-6) to just 220 yards in offense.
The New England Patriots won at home last Thursday night 27-25 against the New York Jets, who dropped their sixth straight game after winning the season opener. Despite holding the football for nearly 41 minutes and out gaining New England by 100 yards, the Jets still lost to their arch rivals as Pats' QB Tom Brady had three TD passes to offest 107 yards rushing and a touchdown by Jets' running back Chris Ivory.
In the Monday Night Football game, the host Pittsburgh Steelers held off the Houston Texans, 30-23 as they took advantage of turnovers in the second quarter to get the win. In a span of just over one minute, Pittsburgh scored three touchdowns as the Texans (two fumbles and one INT in the game) turned the football over twice deep in their own territory inside the two-minute warning.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had two TD passes in the win while Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick also threw for a pair of scores.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for career touchdown passes by throwing his 509th (career) touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for an eight-yard score in Denver's Sunday Night Football Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

College Football Top Ten

The Heftyinfo College Football TOP TEN       (Week ending October 19)       

1.  Florida State (7-0)
2.  Mississippi State (6-0)
3.  Mississippi (7-0)
4.  Auburn (5-1)
5.  Alabama (6-1)
6.  Oregon (6-1)
7.  Michigan State (6-1)
8.  Notre Dame (6-1)
9.  Georgia (6-1)
10. Ohio State (6-1)
10. (tie) TCU (5-1)