Monday, October 12, 2015

NFL - Week Five Review

Quick Hits - The Kansas City Chiefs not only lost the game on Sunday, 18-17 to the Chicago Bears, they also lost star running back Jamaal Charles for the season with a knee injury . . . . .  The Cincinnati Bengals did the near impossible by coming from 17 points down in the second half to defeat the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 27-24 in overtime . . . . .  Aaron Rodgers threw his first interception in Lambeau Field in nearly three years as the Green Bay Packers beat the St. Louis Rams, 24-10 . . . . .  Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson intercepted Denver quarterback Peyton Manning twice in a 16-10 loss against the Broncos . . . . .  both Manning and Woodson entered the NFL in 1998 and Woodson had never been able to pick off a Manning pass until this weekend and then he did it twice . . . . .  All five teams that entered the weekend unbeaten stayed that way . . . . .  The Detroit Lions were trounced at home 42-17 by the Arizona Cardinals and are the only winless team left in the NFL.


TOP PASSERS - Eli Manning (NY Giants) 441 yards; three TD
                              Josh McCown (Cleveland) 457 yards; two TD
                              Sam Bradford (Philadelphia) 333 yards; two TD
                              Andy Dalton (Cincinnati) 331 yards; two TD

TOP RUSHERS - Thomas Rawls (Seattle) 169 yards; one TD
                               Todd Gurley (St. Louis) 159 yards
                               Devonta Freeman (Atlanta) 153 yards; one TD
                               Doug Martin (Tampa Bay) 123 yards; two TD

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week - Eli Manning (New York Giants QB) had three touchdown passes to go with 441 yards passing in a 30-27 come from behind win.

Game Highlights -  The Atlanta Falcons held off the Washington Redskins in OT, winning 25-19 on a 59-yard "pick six" interception return by cornerback Robert Alford . . . . .  The Philadelphia Eagles finally got the offense rolling by piling up 519 yards and routing the New Orleans Saints, 39-17 . . . . .  The New England Patriots rolled past Dallas, 30-6 behind two TD passes from Tom Brady and a defense that limited the Cowboys to just 264 yards in offense . . . . .  Cincinnati's Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns and kicker Mike Nugent made a game tying 31-yard field goal as time expired, then drilled the game winner from 42 yards in OT to help the Bengals shock the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24 . . . . . Cleveland stunned the host Baltimore Ravens, 33-30 in OT on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Travis Coons along with 457 yards passing and two TD passes from QB Josh McCown . . . . .   The Arizona Cardinals crushed the host Detroit Lions, 42-17 as QB Carson Palmer threw for three scores and the defense forced SIX turnovers . . . . . The Chicago Bears rallied from a 14-point deficit to win a road game in Kansas City, 18-17 as QB Jay Cutler (two TD passes) hit running back Matt Forte with a seven yard scoring pass with just 18 seconds remaining in the game . . . . .  The Monday Night Football game had a very bizarre finish as backup QB Michael Vick led the Pittsburgh Steelers on a game winning touchdown drive to defeat the host San Diego Chargers, 24-20 as RB Le'Veon Bell scored on a one yard run as time expired.

Indianapolis  27, Houston 20
Chicago 18, Kansas City 17
Green Bay 24, St. Louis 10
Buffalo 14, Tennessee 13
Cincinnati 27, Seattle 24 (OT)
Cleveland 33, Baltimore 30 (OT)
Philadelphia 39, New Orleans 17
Atlanta 25, Washington 19 (OT)
Tampa Bay 38, Jacksonville 31
Denver 16, Oakland 10
Arizona 42, Detroit 17
New England 30, Dallas 6
NY Giants 30, San Francisco 27
Pittsburgh 24, San Diego 20

                       NFL CHEERLEADER PHOTO OF THE WEEK


Friday, October 9, 2015

NFL - Week Five Preview

When the NFL schedule was released back in the spring, the Week Five game between the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys looked to possibly be the tops for the season.
But no one can predict injuries and the Cowboys are decimated by them heading into the game this weekend in Dallas. Meanwhile, the Patriots are looking a lot like the offensive juggernaut that dominated the NFL in 2007 when they went unbeaten in the regular season.
In fact, New England is a big favorite in this game with Dallas being without quarterback Tony Romo and star wide receiver Dez Bryant.
There are a couple of other interesting match ups in Week Five as the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) travel to face the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals, who have looked dominant in three of their four games this season.
The Monday Night Football game will see the Pittsburgh Steelers playing against the San Diego Chargers on the West Coast. Both teams are 2-2 and need this game.
Both teams are also beat up with injuries early on. The Steelers won't have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) for at least another three or four weeks and the Chargers' roster looks like a M*A*S*H unit with numerous players nursing injuries.

Here's a quick look at the games on tap for this weekend, with the Heftyinfo predictions following up.

Washington (2-2) at Atlanta (4-0) - The Falcons soar again.

Cleveland (1-3) at Baltimore (1-3) - The loser of this game can start making plans for next season's NFL draft.

Seattle (2-2) at Cincinnati (4-0) - The Bengals looking strong; Seahawks still finding their way so far in 2015.

St. Louis (2-2) at Green Bay (4-0) - The Packers looking unbeatable at home ... Rams play good defense. Take the Pack!

Chicago (1-3) at Kansas City (1-3) - Chiefs are in desperation mode.

New Orleans (1-3) at Philadelphia (1-3) - Two struggling teams going at it in Philly.

Jacksonville (1-3) at Tampa Bay (1-3) - Who cares?

Buffalo (2-2) at Tennessee (1-2) - Flip a coin and take your pick.

Arizona (3-1) at Detroit (0-4) - Upset special ... Take the Lions.

New England (3-0) at Dallas (2-2) - Patriots roll!

Denver (4-0) at Oakland (2-2) - Broncos haven't been real impressive even if they are undefeated... Beware!

San Francisco (1-3) at New York Giants (2-2) - The 'Niners are struggling mightily and the Giants are on a roll after 0-2 start.

Pittsburgh (2-2) at San Diego (2-2) - Philip Rivers and company shine on the Monday night stage.

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

Indianapolis over Houston
ATLANTA over Washington
Baltimore over Cleveland
Seattle over Cincinnati
Green Bay over St. Louis
Kansas City over Chicago
Philadelphia over New Orleans
Tampa Bay over Jacksonville
Tennessee over Buffalo
Detroit over Arizona
New England over Dallas
Denver over Oakland
NY Giants over San Francisco
San Diego over Pittsburgh

Last Week's Record:  11-4


Lock of the Week Record:  3-1

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Major League Baseball - Post-Season Preview

After a long summer, another Major League Baseball season is over and now it's on to the playoffs.
Last season saw the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants surprise everybody and go from the Wild Card round all the way to the World Series, where the Giants rode the pitching of Madison Bumgarner to the championship title.
So, the point is ... anything can happen and usually does.
The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros have crashed the party this year and both would be big time under dogs to reach the Fall Classic, but don't count them out.
Other surprise teams making the post-season are both New York teams, the Yankees and the Mets.
The Toronto Blue Jays made huge changes at the July 31 trade deadline and it paid off as the team from Canada finally made the playoffs after a 22-year absence.
Kansas City is back, but the San Francisco Giants are out this year and will not be able to defend their crown. The Los Angeles Dodgers, led by their one-two pitching tandem of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, will be tough to beat after winning the National League West division.
The Central division in the National League has THREE  teams in the playoffs as the Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals all made it.
The Cardinals have to be the odds-on favorites to reach the World Series as they are baseball's only 100-win team this season.
The Yankees and Astros get it all started tonight in the Bronx while the Cubs and 22-game winner Jake Arrieta will face the Bucs and their ace, Garrett Cole tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
The Heftyinfo predictions for the MLB post-season follow up and here's hoping the post-season and World Series are as exciting as the past season was.


Wild Card - Yankees over Astros

ALDS - Kansas City Royals over NY Yankees is four games
              Toronto Blue Jays over Texas Rangers in three games

ALCSToronto Blue Jays over Kansas City Royals in five games


Wild Card - Pirates over Cubs

NLDS - Pittsburgh Pirates over St. Louis Cardinals in five games
              New York Mets over Los Angeles Dodgers in four games

NLCS - New York Mets over Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games

                                                    WORLD SERIES
                               New York Mets over Toronto Blue Jays in six games




Monday, October 5, 2015

NFL - Week Four Review

With the bye week coming into play this weekend, NFL fans didn't get to see the best team in the NFL as the New England Patriots were off, but the Green Bay Packers continued to roll along as they beat down the San Francisco 49ers, 17-3 to improve to 4-0 for the season.
Green Bay, New England, Atlanta, Carolina, Cincinnati and Denver are the unbeaten teams after four weeks.


Passing - Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) 358 yards and three touchdowns.
                 Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) 359 yards and two touchdowns.
                 Josh McCown (Cleveland Browns) 356 yards and two touchdowns.
                 Nick Foles (St. Louis Rams) 171 yards and three touchdowns.

RushingChris Ivory (New York Jets) 166 yards and one touchdown.
                    Ronnie Hillman (Denver Broncos) 103 yards and one touchdown.
                    Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) 81 yards and one touchdown.
                    Todd Gurley (St. Louis Rams) 146 yards.

 Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week - Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons) The running back scored three  more touchdowns and paced the offense as Atlanta remained undefeated through four games.


Highlights from the games played -  The New York Jets throttled the Miami Dolphins in the game played in London, England by a 27-14 score as Chris Ivory led the offense with 166 yards rushing and a score while the defense intercepted two passes . . .  Quarterback Drew Brees threw for two scores, including the game winning 80-yard strike to running back C.J. Spiller in overtime as the New Orleans Saints topped the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 26-20 . . .  The Atlanta Falcons rolled to 4-0 following a 48-21 trouncing of the Houston Texans as running back Devonta Freeman scored three more touchdowns to lead the way . . .  The Carolina Panthers matched Atlanta's unbeaten start with a 37-23 win over Tampa Bay as the defense intercepted Bucs' rookie QB Jameis Winston four times, including a "pick six" INT . . . San Diego survived the Cleveland Browns, 30-27 as rookie kicker Josh Lambo made a 34-yard field goal at the buzzer after missing a 39-yard try (second chance due to a Browns offside penalty) while Chargers' QB Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns . . .  The Washington Redskins drove 90 yards in the final minutes as QB Kirk Cousins hit wideout Pierre Garcon for a four-yard scoring pass with just 26 seconds remaining to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-20.

Stinkers of the Week -  Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay QB) threw four interceptions in a 37-23 loss to Carolina.
Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin was fired after his team lost to the New York Jets, 27-14 over in London, England on Sunday.
The ZZZZZZZZZZ in Indy as the Colts topped the Jacksonville Jaguars, 16-13 in overtime. Jags kicker Jason Myers missed two field goals (53 and 48 yards) that could have won the game.
The Buffalo Bills were whistled for 17 penalties (135 yards) in their 24-10 loss at home against the resurgent New York Giants.

Baltimore 23, Pittsburgh 20 (OT)
Chicago 22, Oakland 20
Atlanta 48, Houston 21
NY Jets 27, Miami 14
NY Giants 24, Buffalo 10
Carolina 37, Tampa Bay 23
Indianapolis 16, Jacksonville 13 (OT)
Washington 24, Philadelphia 20
Cincinnati 36, Kansas City 21
Green Bay 17, San Francisco 3
St. Louis 24, Arizona 22
San Diego 30, Cleveland 27
Denver 23, Minnesota 20
New Orleans 26, Dallas 20 (OT)
Seattle 13, Detroit 10

                                                 Fan Photo of the Week

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NFL - Week Four Preview

Here we are and the calendar is rolling over into October, meaning that football season is in full swing.
Two teams in particular have looked real dominant in the NFL with two others ranging up as well.
The Green Bay Packers (playing in San Francisco this weekend) and the New England Patriots (off this weekend) have thoroughly dominated the opposition so far in the 2015 NFL season.
The Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals both are also 3-0 so far and they have been laying claim to being elite teams in their own right. Carolina, Atlanta and Denver are the other three unbeaten teams.
Some of the six undefeated teams playing this weekend may very well fall to defeat.
The Bengals host the Kansas City Chiefs, which is never an easy task. Denver is hosting the Minnesota Vikings, which looked like world beaters last week in throttling the San Diego Chargers, 31-14 in Minnesota.
Arizona hosts St. Louis, a division rival with a tough as nails defense that can compete with the Big Red defense the Cardinals boast. Carolina has to go on the road in a division game as they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while the Atlanta Falcons will be at home against the Houston Texans and their stellar defense.
The first of the three football games being played in London, England will go on Sunday morning (U.S. time) as the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins will do battle.
All in all, it should be another exciting week of pro football and once again, Heftyinfo will give a capsule style preview of the action followed by the game picks for Week Four.

Thursday Night Football

Baltimore (0-3) at Pittsburgh (2-1) - The Steelers will be without Big Ben Roethlisberger for about a month or more. Can they survive? Their fiercest rivals will provide a stiff test right away.

Sunday Games

New York Jets (2-1) at Miami (1-2) - This game is being played in London, England ... Should be a good one between AFC East rivals.

Houston (1-2) at Atlanta (3-0) - The Falcons are unbeaten and could be on their way to a big season.

New York Giants (1-2) at Buffalo (2-1) - The Bills should win this one, but the Giants can pull off the surprise road win.  Beware!

Oakland (2-1) at Chicago (0-3) - The Bears are already beginning to clean house and now they face the surprising (and confident) Oakland Raiders.

Kansas City (1-2) at Cincinnati (3-0) - The Chiefs need a road win or else they could be facing a tough uphill battle the rest of the way.

Jacksonville (1-2) at Indianapolis (1-2) - Take the Colts.

Carolina (3-0) at Tampa Bay (1-2) - The Bucs will not be an easy game for the unbeaten Panthers.

Philadelphia (1-2) at Washington (1-2) - The Eagles may take flight just yet.

Cleveland (1-2) at San Diego (1-2) - The Chargers finally put it all together and get a big win at home this week.

St. Louis (1-2) at Arizona (3-0) - The Cardinals and the Rams are two good defensive teams . . . expect a slugfest in the desert.

Minnesota (2-1) at Denver (3-0) - This game should be a good one. The Broncos can't run the ball, but the Vikings sure can. Something has to give.

Green Bay (3-0) at San Francisco (1-2) - the 49ers got crushed last week and now they get the Packers. Ouch!

Dallas (2-1) at New Orleans (0-3) - Drew Brees, where are you?  Saints fans want to know. Dallas without Romo and Dez Bryant once again.

Monday Night Football

Detroit (0-3) at Seattle (1-2) - Seahawks roll!

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

Baltimore over Pittsburgh
Miami over NY Jets
Atlanta over Houston
Buffalo over NY Giants
Chicago over Oakland
Cincinnati over Kansas City
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Carolina over Tampa Bay
Philadelphia over Washington
SAN DIEGO over Cleveland
Arizona over St. Louis
Denver over Minnesota
Green Bay over San Francisco
New Orleans over Dallas (only if Drew Brees plays) 
Seattle over Detroit

Last Week's Record:  12-4


Lock of the Week Record:  2-1

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

U.S. House Rep. Kevin McCarthy Needs To Resign

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is unfit for duty as a U.S. House Representative, let alone being next in line for U.S. Speaker of the House after John Boehner (R-OH) abruptly resigned last week.
Need proof, watch the VIDEO and see how this traitor played a role in a conspiracy to take down the Obama Presidency by sabotage methods, which the Republicans have been doing for the last seven years.

Kevin McCarthy is unfit for duty and should be indicted for treason and conspiracy not only to the Obama Administration, but also for his efforts in trying to take down Hillary Clinton with the sham known as the "Benghazi hearings."

What a disgrace he is, along with the Republican leadership in our nation's capitol.

Monday, September 28, 2015

NFL - Week Three Review

Quick Hits -  The New England Patriots continued to roll in the early part of the season as they squashed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 51-17 . . . Atlanta continued to surprise going to 3-0 with a come-from-behind 39-28 win at Dallas . . . Seattle got it's first win this season with a 26-0 shutout of the Chicago Bears, limiting the Bears to just 146 total yards in offense . . .  A trio of wide receivers had huge days this week as Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) had 13 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns - A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals) made 10 grabs for 227 yards and two scores and Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) had 12 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

TOP RUNNERS - Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) 126 yards and two touchdowns . . .  Chris Johnson (Arizona Cardinals) 110 yards and two touchdowns . . . Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders) 139 yards and one TD . . . Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons) 141 yards and three TD . . . Joseph Randle (Dallas Cowboys) 85 yards and three TD . . .  Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles) 108 yards and one score.

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Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week - Preston Brown (Buffalo Bills linebacker) who had two interceptions, including one for a "pick six" 43-yard TD return in the Bills' 41-14 rout of the Miami Dolphins.

TOP PASSERS - Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals) 311 yards and two TD . . .  Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders) 314 yards and two TD . . .  Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo Bills) 277 yards and three TD . . .  Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) 315 yards and two TD . . . Tom Brady (New England Patriots) 358 yards and one TD . . .  Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) 383 yards and three TD . . .  Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) 362 yards and two TD . . .  Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) 325 yards and two TD . . .  Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) 333 yards and FIVE touchdowns.

Notable events from Week Three in the NFL -  Pittsburgh Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger was injured (knee) and will likely be out 4 to 6 weeks . . .   The Chicago Bears were shut out for the first time since the 2002 season . . . LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills RB) injured his hamstring and will likely miss next week's game vs. the New York Giants . . .  San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick threw two "pick six" interceptions in his first two passes of the game in a 47-7 blowout loss to Arizona . . .  The Chicago Bears dealt defensive players Jared Allen and Jon Bostic to Carolina and New England, respectively, today for future draft choices  . . .  Five winless teams got their first taste of victory . . .  Seven teams remained unbeaten and four teams are still winless, including the Baltimore Ravens, who started a season 0-3 for the first time in team history since they relocated from Cleveland prior to the 1996 season.

NY Giants 32, Washington 21
Indianapolis 35, Tennessee 33
Philadelphia 24, NY Jets 17
Pittsburgh 12, St. Louis 6
Houston 19, Tampa Bay 9
New England 51, Jacksonville 17
Minnesota 31, San Diego 14
Oakland 27, Cleveland 20
Cincinnati 28, Baltimore 24
Carolina 27, New Orleans 22
Atlanta 39, Dallas 28
Seattle 26, Chicago 0
Buffalo 41, Miami 14
Arizona 47, San Francisco 7
Denver 24, Detroit 12
Green Bay 38, Kansas City 28

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