Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NFL - Week Twelve Preview

It's time for the annual Thanksgiving Day football games again.
Every year the NFL has a game hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys (every season since 1978 for the Cowboys) with the "night cap" game added in recent years.
This year, the Lions will host the Philadelphia Eagles while the Cowboys will play the undefeated Carolina Panthers. The night game will feature the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers in a NFC North division tilt.
The legendary quarterback Brett Favre will have his number 4  retired in a ceremony, which is expected to be attended by another Packers legend, as none other than Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bart Starr will be on hand.
It should be quite a day of football on Thanksgiving and then the usual round of games (as the NFL returns to a full slate of 16 games weekly now that every team has had their "bye" week) on Sunday and Monday Night Football.

The Heftyinfo predictions follow the capsule style previews for all of the action.

Philadelphia (4-6) at Detroit (3-7) - The Lions have begun to roar again in recent weeks while the Eagles have been grounded.

Carolina (10-0) at Dallas (3-7) - The Panthers have the look of a true Super Bowl contender.

Chicago (4-6) at Green Bay (7-3) - Brett Favre back in Lambeau for a retirement ceremony ... Packers roll!

Minnesota (7-3) at Atlanta (6-4) - The Vikings had a hiccup (at home) last weekend. The Falcons have been reeling after a hot start.

St. Louis (4-6) at Cincinnati (8-2) - The Bengals looking to end a two-game losing streak against Rams backup QB Case Keenum ... Take the Bengals.

New Orleans (4-6) at Houston (5-5) - Two teams headed in opposite directions.

Tampa Bay (5-5) at Indianapolis (5-5) - Surprise!  The Tampa Bay Bucs win again.

San Diego (2-8) at Jacksonville (4-6) - What's this? The Jaguars in playoff contention? How about that!

Buffalo (5-5) at Kansas City (5-5) - This game has the makings of a good, old fashioned brawl.

Miami (4-6) at New York Jets (5-5) - Flip a coin in this one.

Oakland (4-6) at Tennessee (2-8) - Raiders desperately need a win.

New York Giants (5-5) at Washington (4-6) - The loser of this game is STILL in contention for the NFC East title.

Arizona (8-2) at San Francisco (3-7) - The Cardinals seem to be on a mission.

Pittsburgh (6-4) at Seattle (5-5) - This game should go down to the wire.

New England (10-0) at Denver (8-2) - The Sunday Night Football game has lost a lot of luster due to injuries for both teams.

Baltimore (3-7) at Cleveland (2-8) - Two woeful teams on Monday Night Football ... Yawn.

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

Detroit over Philadelphia
Carolina over Dallas
GREEN BAY over Chicago
Atlanta over Minnesota
Cincinnati over St. Louis
Houston over New Orleans
Tampa Bay over Indianapolis
San Diego over Jacksonville
Kansas City over Buffalo
NY Jets over Miami
Oakland over Tennessee
NY Giants over Washington
Arizona over San Francisco
Seattle over Pittsburgh
New England over Denver
Cleveland over Baltimore

Last Week's Record:  10-4


Lock of the Week Record:  9-2

Monday, November 23, 2015

NFL - Week Eleven Review

The Chargers retired LT's number 21
Dominators -  The Carolina Panthers (10-0) completely crushed the Washington Redskins, 44-16 as quarterback Cam Newton had five touchdown passes while the defense held the Redskins to just 186 total yards in offense, including only 14 yards rushing for the game . . .  The surging Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat host Philadelphia, 45-17 behind five touchdown passes from rookie QB Jameis Winston and 235 yards rushing from Doug Martin. Tampa Bay totaled 521 yards in offense against the Eagles defense . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs also were dominant as they pasted the hapless San Diego Chargers, 33-3 to spoil the festivities in San Diego as they honored all-time Chargers leading rusher LaDainian Tomlinson by retiring his jersey number 21 in a ceremony.  Reserve running back Spencer Ware ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the rout as Kansas City improved to 5-5 with their fourth straight win.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK ELEVENCarson Palmer (Arizona) 317 yards and four touchdowns;  Andy Dalton (Cincinnati) 315 yards and two touchdowns;  Cam Newton (Carolina) 246 yards and five touchdowns;  Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay) 246 yards and five touchdowns;  Russell Wilson (Seattle) 260 yards and three touchdowns.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK ELEVENDoug Martin (Tampa Bay) 235 yards;  Thomas Rawls (Seattle) 209 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving);  Darren McFadden (Dallas) 129 yards;  Jonathan Stewart (Carolina) 102 yards;  Eddie Lacy (Green Bay) 100 yards;  Spencer Ware (Kansas City) 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Cam Newton
Jameis Winston
Heftyinfo  NFL co-Players of the WeekCam Newton (Carolina Panthers QB) and Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB) each posted the same numbers of 246 passing yards and five TD passes in helping to lead their teams to easy victories.

Game Highlights . . . . .  Dallas won for the first time in nine weeks with a 24-14 road win at Miami as QB Tony Romo had two TD passes in his first game back from a broken collar bone that sidelined him since Week Two . . .  The Seattle Seahawks beat the visiting San Francisco 49ers, 29-13 as QB Russell Wilson threw for three scores and back up RB Thomas Rawls ran wild for 209 yards and scored two touchdowns . . .  Indianapolis rallied to beat the host Atlanta Falcons, 24-21 as linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Matt Ryan and scored on the return to tie the game in the fourth quarter and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri drilled a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining to win the game . . .  Arizona won a thriller against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 34-31 as kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 32-yard field goal with one second to play. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw four TD passes in the win . . .  The Denver Broncos held off the Chicago Bears, 17-15 for a hard fought road victory as backup QB Brock Osweiler had two TD passes and the Denver defense intercepted Bears QB Jay Cutler twice and then stuffed RB Jeremy Langford on a potential game tying two-point conversion run attempt . . .  Last Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the visiting Tennessee Titans, 19-13 as QB Blake Bortles had a touchdown pass in the win . . .  The Houston Texans improved to 5-5 with a 24-17 win against the fading New York Jets (5-5) as backup QB T.J. Yates had two scoring passes while the defense intercepted Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick twice . . .  Detroit held off the visiting Oakland Raiders for a 18-13 home win as kicker Matt Prater kicked a pair of field goals and QB Matthew Stafford ran for the go ahead score in the final quarter. The Lions defense limited Oakland to just 214 yards in total offense . . .  The Green Bay Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-13 road win against the Minnesota Vikings behind two TD passes from QB Aaron Rodgers and six QB sacks by the defense . . .  Baltimore beat visiting St. Louis, 16-13 in what proved to be a costly win as they lost both QB Joe Flacco (knee) and leading running back Justin Forsett (broken arm) for the season . . .  The New England Patriots stayed undefeated (10-0) with a hard fought 20-13 win against the visiting Buffalo Bills on the Monday Night Football game.

Jacksonville 19, Tennessee 13
Denver 17, Chicago 15
Detroit 18, Oakland 13
Baltimore 16, St. Louis 13
Houston 24, NY Jets 17
Dallas 24, Miami 14
Indianapolis 24, Atlanta 21
Carolina 44, Washington 16
Tampa Bay 45, Philadelphia 17
Kansas City 33, San Diego 3
Seattle 29, San Francisco 13
Green Bay 30, Minnesota 13
Arizona 34, Cincinnati 31
New England 20, Buffalo 13

                                                 NFL CHEERLEADER PHOTO OF THE WEEK 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten            (Week ending November 22)

1.  Clemson (11-0)
2.  Alabama (10-1)
3.  Iowa  (11-0)
4.  Notre Dame  (10-1)
5.  Michigan State (10-1)
6.  Oklahoma (10-1)
7.  Ohio State (10-1)
8.  Baylor (9-1)
9.  Oklahoma State (10-1)
10.  Florida (10-1)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NFL - Week Eleven Preview

When it comes to the NFL, who knows what to expect any more.
There were mega upsets last week, including the Detroit Lions (2-7) knocking off the Green Bay Packers (6-3) in Lambeau Field for the first time in 24 years. The week concluded with Houston (4-5) going into Cincinnati and knocking off the Bengals, which was their first loss this season.
So now it is on to Week Eleven in the NFL and will there be more surprises like last week?
Who really knows?
The week gets going tonight with what appears (on paper) as a bum match up between the Tennessee Titans (2-7) playing at the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6), who surprised the dismal Baltimore Ravens, 22-20 last week with a last second field goal.
This is also the final week teams will have their  "bye week" as the season gets ready to enter the home stretch.
A big game this Sunday afternoon will feature the Green Bay Packers traveling to face the Minnesota Vikings, who have won five straight games. Meanwhile, the Packers are reeling as they have dropped three in a row.
The Sunday Night Football game saw a switch as the Kansas City-San Diego was moved out of "prime time" in favor of the Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) at the Arizona Cardinals (7-2),  and both of these teams played in the night games last week.
The Dallas Cowboys, who have been downright awful since starting quarterback Tony Romo was injured in Week Two, will travel to face the Miami Dolphins as Romo returns from the injured list. Dallas has lost seven in a row since Romo went out with his broken collar bone.
One other interesting game will have the surging Chicago Bears (4-5) hosting the Denver Broncos (7-2), a team that has dropped two straight games and will be without starting QB Peyton Manning, who has two nagging injuries that may sideline him for quite some time.
Another note of interest to this game is Bears' Head Coach John Fox getting to face his former team, which he helped lead to the Super Bowl just two years ago.
It looks to be another interesting week in the NFL, and one knows to expect the unexpected as it gets going tonight.

The Heftyinfo previews and picks for Week Eleven follow up after a rough week (5-9) that was the first losing record for the weekly picks this season.

Tennessee (2-7) at Jacksonville (3-6) - The Jaguars are a much improved team from recent seasons. Tennessee has been bad again this year.

Indianapolis (4-5) at Atlanta (6-3) - Two teams coming off their bye weeks. Who knows what to expect in this one.

St. Louis (4-5) at Baltimore (2-7) - The Rams got pasted at home last week against Chicago while the Ravens blew their home game to Jacksonville. Ouch!

Washington (4-5) at Carolina (9-0) - The Panthers better be ready because the Redskins are playing good football lately.

Denver (7-2) at Chicago (4-5) - The Bears have playing out of their minds all of a sudden and Head Coach John Fox would love to stick it to his former team.

Oakland (4-5) at Detroit (2-7) - Can the Lions roar again this week?

New York Jets (5-4) at Houston (4-5) - The Texans have suddenly looked like a decent team once again in recent weeks.

Dallas (2-7) at Miami (4-5) - Tony Romo is back!

Green Bay (6-3) at Minnesota (7-2) - The game of the week with first place in the NFC North at stake.

Tampa Bay (4-5) at Philadelphia (4-5) - The Buccaneers could surprise the Eagles in this one.

San Francisco (3-6) at Seattle (4-5) - What is wrong with the Seattle Seahawks this season?

Kansas City (4-5) at San Diego (2-7) - The streaking Chiefs face the reeling Chargers  . . .  Something has to give.

Cincinnati (8-1) at Arizona (7-2) - Cardinals QB Carson Palmer faces his old team in this one in "prime time."

Buffalo (5-4) at New England (9-0) - Patriots roll!

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

Jacksonville over Tennessee
Atlanta over Indianapolis
Baltimore over St. Louis
Carolina over Washington
Chicago over Denver
Detroit over Oakland
Houston over NY Jets
Dallas over Miami
Minnesota over Green Bay
Tampa Bay over Philadelphia
SEATTLE over San Francisco
San Diego over Kansas City
Arizona over Cincinnati
New England over Buffalo

Last Week's Record:  5-9


Lock of the Week Record:  8-2


Monday, November 16, 2015

NFL - Week Ten Review

The Lions stunned the Packers in Green Bay.
Upset City - This week around the NFL can be described in one word.
 The Detroit Lions pulled off the biggest stunner of Week Ten, beating the Green Bay Packers, 18-16 in Lambeau Field. It was Detroit's first victory in Green Bay since the 1991 season . . .  The Jacksonville Jaguars caught a huge break when Baltimore Ravens linebacker/end Elvis Dumervil was flagged for a face mask penalty, giving the Jags a 53-yard field goal attempt with no time left on the clock. Kicker Jason Myers made the field goal and the Jaguars shocked the host Ravens, 22-20 . . .  The Chicago Bears continue their sudden surge as they blasted the host St. Louis Rams, 37-13 behind three touchdown passes by quarterback Jay Cutler and a solid defensive effort that limited Rams running back Todd Gurley to just 45 rushing yards . . .  Last Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills surprised the New York Jets, getting a 22-17 road win . . .  The Washington Redskins completely dominated the fading New Orleans Saints, 47-14 behind a huge day from QB Kirk Cousins, who four TD passes to go with a perfect passer rating for then game and 324 passing yards . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs blasted the host Denver Broncos, 29-13 as Denver QB Peyton Manning was intercepted four times and was yanked from the game after he had set the all-time NFL record for career passing yardage earlier, breaking Brett Favre's record . . .  and the Monday Night Football game saw an upset as well as the Houston Texans rallied to defeat the host Cincinnati Bengals, 10-6 in a defensive struggle. Backup quarterback T.J. Yates threw a 22-yard TD pass to WR DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals their first loss of the season.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK TENAdrian Peterson (Minnesota)  203 yards, one touchdown;  Alfred Morris (Washington) 103 yards;  Jeremy Langford (Chicago) 73 yards, two touchdowns (one receiving);  Jonathan Stewart (Carolina) 91 yards and one touchdown.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK TENKirk Cousins (Washington) 324 yards and four touchdowns;  Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) 379 yards and three touchdowns;  Carson Palmer (Arizona) 363 yards and three touchdowns;  Jay Cutler (Chicago) 258 yards and three touchdowns.

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week - Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins QB) had 324 yards and four touchdown passes to go with a perfect passer rating in the 47-14 blowout win over the New Orleans Saints.

Game highlights  . . .   Miami battled back from an early 16-3 deficit to beat the host Philadelphia Eagles, 20-19 as QB Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores. Eagles starting QB Sam Bradford left the game with multiple injuries, including a concussion . . .  The New England Patriots remained unbeaten with a last second 27-26 road win against the New York Giants as kicker Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 54-yard field goal with one second left . . .  Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench and threw three TD passes, including two to wide receiver Antonio Brown in a 30-9 rout of the visiting Cleveland Browns . . .  The Arizona Cardinals shocked the Seattle Seahawks by getting a 39-32 road win as QB Carson Palmer led the way with three TD passes . . .  Minnesota continued to roll as they throttled the host Oakland Raiders, 30-14 behind a huge day from RB Adrian Peterson (203 rushing yards) who ran for an 80-yard score to ice the game in the fourth quarter . . .  The Carolina Panthers rode the arm and legs of QB Cam Newton (one passing and one rushing TD) once again in a 27-10 win at Tennessee to stay perfect with a 9-0 record.

Buffalo 22, NY Jets 17
Chicago 37, St. Louis 13
Carolina 27, Tennessee 10
Miami 20, Philadelphia 19
Detroit 18, Green Bay 16
Jacksonville 22, Baltimore 20
Pittsburgh 30, Cleveland 9
Tampa Bay 10, Dallas 6
Washington 47, New Orleans 14
New England 27, NY Giants 26
Kansas City 29, Denver 13
Minnesota 30, Oakland 14
Arizona 39, Seattle 32
Houston 10, Cincinnati 6

                                    NFL FANS PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Redskins fans had plenty to cheer about in a 47-14 rout of the Saints.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten       (Week ending November 15)

1.  Ohio State (10-0)
2.  Clemson (10-0)
3.  Alabama (9-1)
4.  Notre Dame (9-1)
5.  Oklahoma State (10-0)
6.  Iowa (10-0)
7.  Oklahoma (9-1)
8.  Florida (9-1)
9.  Baylor (8-1)
10.  TCU (9-1)

Friday, November 13, 2015

NFL - Week Ten Preview

With just seven weeks to go in the 2015 NFL season (where does the time go?) there are still three undefeated teams (New England, Carolina and Cincinnati) remaining, which is a first in NFL history to have as many as three teams this late in the season at that mark.
Can this continue?
Perhaps, but the team facing the stiffest challenge this week is the New England Patriots as they travel to New York to face the Giants, who twice defeated them in the Super Bowl, including following the Patriots undefeated 2007 regular season.
The Bengals face the Houston Texans (in Cincinnati) on Monday Night Football while the Panthers will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans.
New England is certainly capable of laying the beat down on the Giants, because one never can be quite certain which Giants team will show up from week to week. The Patriots, on the other hand, are the model of consistency in the NFL.
No matter the outcomes this weekend, these three teams have shown they can continue their winning ways as they all look to improve to 9-0 for the season.

The Heftyinfo capsule style previews follow along with the predictions for Week Ten around the NFL.

Jacksonville (2-6) at Baltimore (2-6) - Both teams are 2-6, but the Ravens are far superior to the Jaguars.

Detroit (1-7) at Green Bay (6-2) - The Packers will take out their frustrations on the hapless Lions in Lambeau Field.

Miami (3-5) at Philadelphia (4-4) - The Eagles soar once again this week.

Cleveland (2-7) at Pittsburgh (5-4) - Take the Steelers!

Chicago (3-5) at St. Louis (4-4) - The over achieving Bears will be playing a team with a real defense this week.

Dallas (2-6) at Tampa Bay (3-5) - The Cowboys need a win in the worst way while the Bucs have been inconsistent ... Something has to give.

Carolina (8-0) at Tennessee (2-6) - Beware the Titans? Not this week.

New Orleans (4-5) at Washington (3-5) - The Saints completely laid an egg last week, can they rebound on the road?

Minnesota (6-2) at Oakland (4-4) - The Vikings can prove they are legitimate contenders with a road win in the "Black Hole."

Kansas City (3-5) at Denver (7-1) - The Chiefs have been rolling while the Broncos suffered their first defeat last week.

New England (8-0) at New York Giants (5-4) - Can the Giants knock off the Patriots? Head Coach Tom Coughlin does have a 5-1 record against Bill Belichick. Beware!

Arizona (6-2) at Seattle (4-4) - A great "prime time" Sunday night matchup. Seahawks always seem to have their way at home with Arizona.

Houston (3-5) at Cincinnati (8-0) - Monday Night Football in Cincinnati featuring the unbeaten Bengals?  Who Dey?  Bengals roll!

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

Buffalo over NY Jets
Baltimore over Jacksonville
GREEN BAY over Detroit
Philadelphia over Miami
Pittsburgh over Cleveland
St. Louis over Chicago
Dallas over Tampa Bay
Carolina over Tennessee
New Orleans over Washington
Minnesota over Oakland
Denver over Kansas City
New England over NY Giants
Seattle over Arizona
Cincinnati over Houston

Last Week's Record:  7-6


Lock of the Week Record:  8-1