Monday, November 12, 2018

NFL - Week Ten Review

Who Dat?
The New Orleans Saints (8-1) completely destroyed the Cincinnati Bengals, 51-14 as quarterback Drew Brees (pictured left) threw for three touchdowns and also had a rushing score and running back Alvin Kamara scored two rushing touchdowns to pace the rout, which was the eighth straight win for the Saints.
New Orleans totaled 509 yards (including 244 yards rushing) in offense while building up a 35-7 halftime lead, which ballooned to 45-7 after three quarters.
Last Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) had a similar result as they crushed the visiting Carolina Panthers, 52-21 behind a huge game from QB Ben Roethlisberger, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week.  Big Ben (pictured below right) had 328 yards passing and threw five scoring passes while the Steelers defense held the Panthers to 242 yards in total offense and forced two
The Los Angeles Rams (9-1) knocked off the Seattle Seahawks, 36-31 but later found out they lost wide receiver Cooper Kupp for the rest of the season to a knee injury.
The game had four lead changes before the Rams took control following a fumble recovery which they converted to a score when Brandin Cooks scored on a nine-yard run to give them a 36-24 lead with 5:49 remaining in the game. The Seahawks (4-5) rushed for 273 yards in the losing effort.
The Chicago Bears (6-3) beat the Detroit Lions, 34-22 behind QB Mitch Trubisky, who passed for 355 yards and three touchdowns, including two to WR Allen Robinson (six receptions, 133 yards). Meanwhile, the Chicago defense totaled six QB sacks and forced three turnovers, including two interceptions.
The Tennessee Titans shocked the visiting New England Patriots, routing them 34-10 as QB Marcus Mariota had two TD passes and RB Derrick Henry had two rushing scores. The Patriots were limited to just 40 rushing yards in the game.
Kansas City (9-1) knocked off the Arizona Cardinals, 26-14 for a home win as QB Patrick Mahomes threw two TD passes to WR Tyreek Hill, who celebrated one of the scores by going into the stands and taking over the TV camera and putting it on his teammates in the end zone.

                                           Elsewhere Around the NFL  . . . . . . .     

The Los Angeles Chargers (7-2) beat the Oakland Raiders, 20-6 for their sixth consecutive victory behind a pair of scoring passes from QB Philip Rivers, including a 66-yard strike to RB Melvin Gordon . . .  The Washington Redskins (6-3) beat Tampa Bay, 16-3 despite their defense allowing 501 yards to the Bucs. The difference in the outcome was four turnovers by the Buccaneers . . .  The Green Bay Packers had an easy home game, beating the Miami Dolphins, 31-12 as Aaron Rodgers had two TD passes and Aaron Jones rushed for 145 yards and two more scores . . .  The Cleveland Browns won at home, topping the Atlanta Falcons, 28-16 as Nick Chubb went 92 yards for a TD run while also hauling in a 13-yard TD pass from QB Baker Mayfield, who had three TD passes in the win . . .  Buffalo stormed past the host New York Jets, 41-10 as backup QB Matt Barkley had two TD passes and RB LeSean McCoy ran for 113 yards and two TD to lead the rout . . .  The Indianapolis Colts forced a crucial fumble late in the game to thwart a Jacksonville Jaguars rally as they won, 29-26. Colts QB Andrew Luck had three TD passes in the win . . .  In the Sunday night game, the Dallas Cowboys surprised the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20 for their first road win of the season, riding RB Ezekiel Elliott's (151 yards rushing) two touchdowns, including the game winner on a one-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had a TD pass and a scoring run in the win while Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw two TD passes in the loss. Both teams are now 4-5 and trail the Washington Redskins (6-3) by two games in the NFC East race . . .  The New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-23 on Monday Night Football, snapping a five-game losing streak as QB Eli Manning had three TD passes, including two to WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and the game winner to WR Sterling Shepard in the fourth quarter.

Pittsburgh 52, Carolina 21
Chicago 34, Detroit 22
New Orleans 51, Cincinnati 14
Cleveland 28, Atlanta 16
Washington 16, Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 26, Arizona 14
Tennessee 34, New England 10
Buffalo 41, NY Jets 10
Indianapolis 29, Jacksonville 26
LA Chargers 20, Oakland 6
LA Rams 36, Seattle 31
Green Bay 31, Miami 12
Dallas 27, Philadelphia 20 
NY Giants 27, San Francisco 23

Sunday, November 11, 2018

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten           (Week ending November 11)       

1.  Alabama (10-0)
2.  Clemson (10-0)
3.  Notre Dame (10-0)
4.  Georgia (9-1)
5.  Michigan (9-1)
6.  Ohio State (9-1)
7.  CFU (9-0)
8.  Oklahoma (9-1)
9.  West Virginia (8-1)
10.  Washington State (9-1)
(tie)10.  LSU (8-2)  

Friday, November 9, 2018

NFL - Week Ten Preview

Week Ten started off with a bang last night as the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) dominated the Carolina Panthers, 52-21 as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes (328 yards passing) to lead them to their fifth straight victory. The Panthers (6-3) saw their three-game win streak snapped in the Steel City.
The rest of the NFL action this weekend features 13 other games slated (four teams have their "bye week") with the headliners being the New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks traveling to Los Angeles to face the Rams (8-1), who lost for the first time this season last week.
The Saints (7-1) have been the hottest team in the league with seven straight wins (including the 45-35 win over the LA Rams last week) and face a Bengals team that has slowed down after racing out to a 4-1 start in the AFC North.
Drew Brees and company will look to continue to fling the football all over the field once again, but will likely be without wide receiver Dez Bryant, whom they just signed as a free agent. Bryant, the latest addition to the potent offense in New Orleans, reportedly suffered a torn Achilles in practice.
As for the Seattle-LA Rams game, if the Rams can win this one, they would open a huge five game lead in the NFC West with only six games remaining following Week Ten. The Seahawks (4-4) were on a roll until last week when the other L.A. team known as the Chargers defeated them in The Great Northwest.
The rest of the games are featured below in the capsule style previews, along with the Heftyinfo predictions for all of the action this weekend.

Detroit (3-5) at Chicago (5-3) - The Bears have been playing well this season and should beat the Lions, but you never can tell in this NFC North division rivalry.

New Orleans (7-1) at Cincinnati (5-3) - It's Who Dat (Saints) vs. Who Dey (Bengals) this week in Cincy. The big question is . . .  WHO wins?  Who Dat!

Atlanta (4-4) at Cleveland (2-6-1) - Falcons soar again this week.

Miami (5-4) at Green Bay (3-4-1) - Packers need this game and they will get it.

Jacksonville (3-5) at Indianapolis (3-5) - Can the Jaguars end their disappointment? Perhaps, but the Colts have been playing better after a rough start.

Arizona (2-6) at Kansas City (8-1) - Chiefs roll BIG TIME !

Buffalo (2-7) at NY Jets (3-6) - Both of these teams are banged up but somebody has to win. J-E-T-S - Jets! Jets! Jets!

Washington (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-5) - Redskins were routed last week at home, so they better be ready on the road against FitzMagic and the Bucs.

New England (7-2) at Tennessee (4-4) - Patriots have won six in a row, but the Titans defense could present a challenge.

LA Chargers (6-2) at Oakland (1-7) - The Chargers will be looking to keep pace with the Chiefs in the AFC West race. Raiders are terrible.

Seattle (4-4) at LA Rams (8-1) - Rams should win this game and by doing so could actually clinch the NFC West before Thanksgiving Day with another win next week . . . Incentive.

Dallas (3-5) at Philadelphia (4-4) - Eagles soar at home in the "prime time" Sunday night game.

NY Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (2-7) - The "Who Cares" game is on Monday Night Football this week.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Ten  . . . . . . .    (Home teams are listed in bold; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Pittsburgh over Carolina
Chicago over Detroit
New Orleans over Cincinnati 
Atlanta over Cleveland
Green Bay over Miami
Jacksonville over Indianapolis
KANSAS CITY over Arizona
NY Jets over Buffalo
Tampa Bay over Washington
New England over Tennessee
LA Chargers over Oakland 
LA Rams over Seattle
Philadelphia over Dallas
San Francisco over NY Giants

Last Week's Record -  10-3

SEASON RECORD -  90-42-2

Lock of the Week Record -  7-2 

Monday, November 5, 2018

It's Your Civic Duty

NFL - Week Nine Review

Drew Brees and the Saints took it to the Rams.
There are no longer any undefeated teams left in the NFL this season.
The New Orleans Saints (7-1) outlasted the Los Angeles Rams, 45-35 to knock the Rams (8-1) from the unbeaten category, ensuring the 1972 Miami Dolphins will remain the only team to have a perfect season (17-0) for at least another year.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) to lead the way along with quarterback Drew Brees' big game, which included four TD passes (to four different players) and 346 passing yards. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards and one score as well. Rams QB Jared Goff had 391 pass yards and three TD passes in the loss.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) served notice they are the team to beat in the AFC North as they won on the road against the Baltimore Ravens, 23-16 behind a pair of TD passes and a one-yard scoring run from QB Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers defense limited the Ravens offense to just 268 total yards. Baltimore suffered their third straight loss and dropped to 4-5 in the division race.
The New England Patriots (7-2) knocked off the Green Bay Packers, 31-17 in the Sunday night game as QB Tom Brady connected with wide receiver Josh Gordon on a 55-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter to seal the game. The Patriots scored two times in the final quarter to overcome two TD passes by Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.
Pats running back James White scored two rushing touchdowns and Cordarrelle Patterson also scored a rushing TD as they won their sixth consecutive game. The Packers (3-4-1) slipped below the .500 mark this late in the season for the first time since 2005.
The Los Angeles Chargers (6-2) won their fifth straight game as they beat the host Seattle Seahawks, 25-17 as RB Melvin Gordon scored a rushing touchdown to go with 113 yards rushing in his return from a groin injury. The game came down to the wire but the Chargers defense held off the Seahawks (4-4) on the final play of the game as the pass by Seattle QB Russell Wilson into the end zone fell incomplete.
Chargers kicker Caleb Sturgis missed two extra point kicks and a 42-yard field goal to help keep Seattle in the game. As a result of his miscues, Sturgis was released by the Chargers following the game.
The streaking Carolina Panthers (6-2) stayed within one game of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South race by beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 42-28 for their third win in a row.
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey scored two rushing touchdowns and WR Curtis Samuel had two scores as well (one of them a 33-yard TD run) to offset the four TD passes by Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

                                            Elsewhere Around the NFL  . . . . . . .

The Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) hammered the host Cleveland Browns, 37-21 as QB Patrick Mahomes had three TD passes while RB Kareem Hunt scored three times in the win . . .  The Chicago Bears (5-3) crushed the host Buffalo Bills, 41-9 as their defense scored two touchdowns and forced four turnovers (one fumble, three interceptions) which included Eddie Jackson's 65-yard fumble return for TD and Leonard Floyd taking a pick back for a 19-yard score as they built a 28-0 halftime lead . . .  Atlanta (4-4) won their third straight game as they routed the host Washington Redskins, 38-14 behind four TD passes from QB Matt Ryan . . .  The Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) rolled the visiting Detroit Lions, 24-9 as their defense registered 10 QB sacks, including 3 1/2 sacks by Danielle Hunter, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week. Hunter also scored a 32-yard touchdown off a fumble recovery to pace the easy victory . . .  The Houston Texans (6-3) held off the Denver Broncos, 19-17 for their sixth straight win as QB Deshaun Watson had two TD passes. Broncos kicker Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired . . . The Miami Dolphins (5-4) beat the New York Jets, 13-6 in a defensive struggle as the two teams combined for only 21 first downs and a meager 443 total yards in offense. The Dolphins defense had four interceptions in the win, including Jerome Baker's 25-yard pick six for the only touchdown in the game . . .  In the Thursday night game, the host San Francisco 49ers blew away the Oakland Raiders, 34-3 as backup QB Nick Mullens had three TD passes . . .  The Tennessee Titans (4-4) defeated the host Dallas Cowboys, 28-14 on Monday Night Football as QB Marcus Mariota had two TD passes and a nine-yard scoring run to lead the way.

San Francisco 34, Oakland 3
Chicago 41, Buffalo 9
Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 16
Minnesota 24, Detroit 9
Kansas City 37, Cleveland 21
Carolina 42, Tampa Bay 28
Miami 13, NY Jets 6
Atlanta 38, Washington 14
LA Chargers 25, Seattle 17
Houston 19, Denver 17
New Orleans 45, LA Rams 35
New England 31, Green Bay 17
Tennessee 28, Dallas 14 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten                  (Week ending November 4)  

1.  Alabama (9-0)
2.  Clemson (9-0)
3.  Notre Dame (9-0)
4.  Georgia (8-1)
5.  Michigan (8-1)
6.  Ohio State (8-1)
7.  UCF  (8-0)
8.  Oklahoma (8-1)
9.  West Virginia (7-1)
10. Washington State (8-1)
(tie)10.  LSU (7-2)