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)

Friday, October 17, 2014

NFL - Week Seven Preview

Looking ahead to this weekend's action around the NFL as the season already is in Week Seven there are several games that should be exciting and will have impact on division races.
The Denver Broncos host the surging San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night as quarterback Peyton Manning will attempt to pass Brett Favre as the NFL's all time leader in passing touchdowns. The 49ers have won three straight games and are right behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West division. The Broncos are in second place in the AFC West.
The Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the Indianapolis Colts, winners of four in a row after starting the season 0-2 while the Bengals have lost and tied their last two games after a 3-0 start.
One of the top defensive teams in the league is the Detroit Lions and they will be hosting the New Orleans Saints, who are off to a slow start and without their top receiver, tight end Jimmy Graham, heading into this game.
One of the AFC's top teams, the San Diego Chargers, will be at home playing the Kansas City Chiefs, and will be going for their sixth straight win. San Diego QB Philip Rivers leads the NFL in passer rating and their defense is among the top of the league as well.
The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their big upset win at Seattle last week, will be going for the sixth consecutive win as well when they face the New York Giants in Big D on Sunday. The Cowboys have a solid running game, led by the NFL's leading rusher DeMarco Murray, who has topped the 100-yard mark in all six games so far this season.
The following previews offer a glimpse into the action this week and of course, the Heftyinfo predictions follow.

Atlanta (2-4) at Baltimore (4-2) - Can Ravens QB Joe Flacco possibly duplicate last week's numbers?

Tennessee (2-4) at Washington (1-5) - The Titans can win this game on the road against one of the NFL's weaker teams.

Seattle (3-2) at St. Louis (1-4) - Where have you gone Percy Harvin?

Cleveland (3-2) at Jacksonville (0-6) - The Jags just might be up to springing a surprise on the Browns.

Cincinnati (3-1-1) at Indianapolis (4-2) - The Colts are rolling and should continue to do so again this week.

Minnesota (2-4) at Buffalo (3-3) - Who cares?

Miami (2-3) at Chicago (3-3) - Can the Bears defense do to Miami what they did on the road in Atlanta last week? The Dolphins are still reeling after letting the Packers steal the game late last week.

New Orleans (2-3) at Detroit (4-2) - Drew Brees and company need to get it going or they may be in for a long season.

Carolina (3-2-1) at Green Bay (4-2) - The Pack is back it appears ... pack it up Carolina.

Kansas City (2-3) at San Diego (5-1) - The Chiefs need some of that magic from the KC Royals to rub off on them if they want to beat the 'Bolts on the road ... Chargers roll!

Arizona (4-1) at Oakland (0-5) - The Raiders are going to win a game at some point this season, right? Not this week if the Cardinals have anything to say about it.

NY Giants (3-3) at Dallas (5-1) - Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and company should continue their winning ways again this week.

San Francisco (4-2) at Denver (4-1) - Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's TD passing record and the Broncos win again.

Houston (3-3) at Pittsburgh (3-3) - The Steelers usually rise up to the occasion on the national TV stage, especially when their backs are against the wall.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  10-4-1


Lock of the Week Record: 5-1

Monday, October 13, 2014

NFL - Week Six Review

How 'bout them Cowboys!
The Dallas Cowboys went into Seattle and won a hard fought game, 30-23 as their defense limited the Seahawks to just nine first downs and 206 yards in offense. Quarterback Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes and running back DeMarco Murray ran for 115 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the way as the Cowboys amassed 401 yards in offense.
It was Dallas' fifth straight win and ties them for the best record in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, who also won their fifth straight game, a 31-28 road win at Oakland.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns and running back Branden Oliver rushed for 101 yards and scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge with just under two minutes remaining. Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr had four TD passes in defeat and was intercepted at the Chargers five-yard line by rookie cornerback Jason Verrett to seal the game.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco had a huge game in rout of Tampa Bay.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had four TD passes and 361 yards through the air to lead the way in a 37-22 win at Buffalo. The Patriots lost running back Stevan Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo (season ending) to injuries in the game.
The Baltimore Ravens trounced the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-17 as Joe Flacco, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, threw five TD passes in the first half. Baltimore raced out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter and had a 38-0 halftime lead before coasting to the easy win the rest of the way.
Detroit beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-3 as the Lions defense recorded eight QB sacks and intercepted Vikes' QB Teddy Bridgewater three times.
The Green Bay Packers rode the arm of QB Aaron Rodgers to victory once again as they beat the host Miami Dolphins, 27-24 on a four-yard TD pass from Rodgers to tight end Andrew Quarless with three seconds left in the game.
The Cleveland Browns served notice they are for real as they drilled the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-10 as running backs Ben Tate (78 yards and two TD) and Isaiah Crowell (77 yards) each scored  and QB Brian Hoyer threw for a TD to pace the win.
There was a tie game for the second consecutive season as the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals finished in a 37-37 deadlock as Cincy kicker Mike Nugent missed a potential game winning 36-yard field goal wide right as time expired in the OT session.
Bengals RB Gio Bernard (137 yards rushing) went for a 89-yard scoring run and QB Andy Dalton had two TD passes while Panthers QB Cam Newton also had two TD passes to go with a 12-yard scoring run in the game.
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler passed for 381 yards and one touchdown and RB Matt Forte scored two touchdowns and had 80 yards on the ground and also 77 yards receiving in a 27-13 win on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bears defense sacked Falcons QB Matt Ryan four times and picked off a pass as well.
Denver held off the New York Jets, 31-17 as QB Peyton Manning threw for three scores and CB Aqib Talib clinched the win with a 22-yard interception return for touchdown. The Broncos defense had four sacks and limited the Jets to just 204 total yards in offense, including a meager 31 yards rushing.
Tennessee survived a scare at home against winless Jacksonville, 16-14 as Titans kicker Ryan Succop made three field goals and RB Jackie Battle scored on a one-yard run to provide the difference. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had 336 passing yards and a TD pass and one interception in the loss.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 4-1 and first place in the rugged NFC West with a 30-20 home win against the Washington Redskins behind a pair of TD passes from QB Carson Palmer, who was starting for the first time since the season opener, and a 28-yard pick six INT by safety Rashad Johnson.
The Indianapolis Colts won at Houston, 33-28 last Thursday night as QB Andrew Luck (pictured left) had three TD passes and 370 yards passing while WR T.Y. Hilton had nine receptions for 223 yards and a score. Texans RB Arian Foster ran for 109 yards and two scores in the loss. The Colts had a 24-0 lead after one quarter before the Texans mounted a furious second half comeback that was squelched by two turnovers in the final four minutes of the game.
On the Sunday Night Football game, it was no contest as the host Philadelphia Eagles shut out the New York Giants, 27-0 behind a pair of TD passes from QB Nick Foles and stellar defense that limited New York to 253 yards in total offense and sacked Giants QB Eli Manning eight times. The Giants lost WR Victor Cruz to a season ending knee injury as well. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy had 149 yards rushing in the win.
The Monday Night Football game was a tail of two halves as the host St. Louis Rams raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead before the San Francisco 49ers stormed back to win the game, 31-17.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns and Dontae Johnson brought back an interception 20 yards for the clinching score late in the game. Rams QB Austin Davis had a TD pass and the pick thrown in the loss. The win was the third in a row for the 49ers (4-2) while the Rams slipped to 1-4 for the season.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NFL - Week Six Preview

The Sunday Night Football "prime time" game appears to be the match up to watch this weekend when the Philadelphia Eagles will host the suddenly surging New York Giants.
New York and quarterback Eli Manning looked downright awful in the team's first two games this season before winning the next three in convincing fashion. Meanwhile, the Eagles are 4-1 and can boast of a road win against AFC power Indianapolis so far this season.
While these two teams will be battling it out for what could very well be a first place tie with Dallas in the NFC East, those Cowboys will have already played their game. The Seattle Seahawks will host the 'Pokes in the Great Northwest as Tony Romo and company will try and prove they are for real going against the defending Super Bowl champions.
The New England Patriots, who got up off the mat last Sunday night, will travel to Buffalo to face the Bills in a game that will see the winner alone in first place in the AFC East. Tom Brady looked like the quarterback we all remember last week when the Pats destroyed the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals. The Bills gave the starting QB spot to Kyle Orton and the Bills won on the road against the toothless Lions, who lost offensive spark plugs Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson to injury in the game.
One other game that could provide many offensive fireworks features the Chicago Bears playing on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams are 2-3 so far in the 2014 season, but they both can put points on the board with high powered offense and defenses that struggle to stop their opponents.
For a brief look at the week's action, the following previews provided in capsule style give some perspective to the games and are followed by the Heftyinfo predictions, which had a good week by going 13-2 in the Week Five forecasts.

Chicago (2-3) at Atlanta (2-3) - This game could see both teams put up 35 or more points ... buckle up!

Jacksonville (0-5) at Tennessee (1-4)  - How did the Titans let that game get away last week? Jags played better last week, but still lost.

Baltimore (3-2) at Tampa Bay (1-4) - The Ravens should roll in this one, but the Bucs did top the Steelers two weeks ago.

Denver (3-1) at New York Jets (1-4) - Peyton Manning and company should have another big day in this game.

Detroit (3-2) at Minnesota (2-3) - The Vikings just might spring a surprise on the Lions, who might not have Calvin Johnson again this week.

New England (3-2) at Buffalo (3-2) - The QB battle between Brady and Orton ... take the Patriots.

Carolina (3-2) at Cincinnati (3-1) - The Bengals are licking their wounds after being blown out in New England last week. This game should be close.

Pittsburgh (3-2) at Cleveland (2-2) - Can the Browns win this one against their hated AFC North rival? Maybe so after that huge comeback win at Tennessee last week.

Green Bay (3-2) at Miami (2-2) - Aaron Rodgers and the Packers seem to have things going in the right direction after their slow start.

San Diego (4-1) at Oakland (0-4) - The perfect storm brewing for an upset as Chargers have been rolling while winless Raiders have a new Head Coach coming into this game. Beware!

Dallas (4-1) at Seattle (3-1) - The Seahawks want to show the Cowboys what life at the top of the NFL is like ...  Seahawks roll!

Washington (1-4) at Arizona (3-1) - The Cardinals lost their first game of the season last week while the Redskins have lost three in a row.

New York Giants (3-2) at Philadelphia (4-1) - This should be the game of the week ... Eagles in a squeaker.

San Francisco (3-2) at St. Louis (1-3) - The Rams seem to play the 49ers tough on their home field and it is Monday Night Football.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  13-2


Lock of the Week Record:  4-1


Monday, October 6, 2014

NFL - Week Five Review

Peyton Manning became the 2nd NFL QB to pass for 500 TD in a career.
Some of the top plays of the week included Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, going off on the rugged Arizona Cardinals defense for 479 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-20 home win. Included was Manning's 500th career touchdown pass for the game's first score.
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had eight catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer led the biggest come from behind road win in NFL history as he passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner to wide receiver Travis Benjamin with 1:09 remaining in the game, to shock the Tennessee Titans, 29-28.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers flung three TD passes and running back Eddie Lacy had two rushing TD and 105 yards on the ground against the visiting Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night in a 42-10 rout that put the Packers back into a first place tie with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.
The Lions blew a 14-point lead and lost at home against the Buffalo Bills, 17-14 on Sunday as Bills kicker Dan Carpenter nailed a 58-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. Buffalo QB Kyle Orton (300 passing yards in the game) atoned for an earlier pick six interception with a TD pass and a two-point conversion run by Fred Jackson to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 136 yards (his fifth consecutive game with over 100 yards to start the season) and QB Tony Romo had two TD passes to lead the 'Pokes to a 20-17 overtime home victory against the Houston Texans. Arian Foster scored two rushing touchdowns and went for 157 yards in the loss.
The New York Giants made it three wins in a row (after 0-2 start) as they stormed back from a ten-point deficit to beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 30-20 behind a pair of TD passes from Eli Manning and three field goals by kicker Josh Brown.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees overcame three interceptions (including a pick six INT) thrown with 371 passing yards and two touchdowns while RB Khiry Robinson ran 18 yards for the winning score in OT as the Saints beat the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37-31. Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon threw for two scores in the loss as the Saints scored the game's final 17 points to get the win.
Philadelphia nearly coughed up a 27-point lead but held off the visiting St. Louis Rams, 34-28 as their defense and special teams scored a touchdown and QB Nick Foles threw for two scores. Rams QB Austin Davis had three TD passes in the setback.
The Indianapolis Colts won a yawner at home, 20-13 against Baltimore as their defense limited the Ravens to only 207 total yards in offense.
The Carolina Panthers came back from 14 points down in the first half to beat the visiting Chicago Bears, 31-24 as QB Cam Newton hit tight end Greg Olsen for two touchdowns, including the deciding score with just over two minutes remaining in the game. The Panthers defense came up with four turnovers, including a big fumble recovery at the Bears' 23 yard line to set up the game winning drive.
Pittsburgh beat the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-9 as QB Ben Roethlisberger had a touchdown pass and Brice McCain took an interception back 22 yards for another score. The Steelers defense limited the Jags to just 243 offensive yards.
The San Diego Chargers dominated the visiting New York Jets, 31-0 as QB Philip Rivers had three TD strikes, including two to tight end Antonio Gates. Reserve running back Branden Oliver scored twice (rushing and receiving TD) and gained 114 yards on the ground against the league's top run defense. San Diego's defense limited the Jets to only 151 total yards in offense, including a paltry 60 passing yards.
The San Francisco 49ers held off the Kansas City Chiefs for a 22-17 home victory as kicker Phil Dawson made five field goals and QB Colin Kaepernick hooked up with WR Steve Johnson for a nine-yard scoring pas to provide the difference.
The Sunday Night Football game saw the host New England Patriots destroy the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengal, 43-17 as QB Tom Brady had 292 passing yards and two TD passes and RB Stevan Ridley went for 113 yards rushing and scored a touchdown in the rout.
The Monday Night Football game had the Seattle Seahawks knocking off the host Washington Redskins, 27-17 behind a big night from QB Russell Wilson, who passed for 221 yards and two scores and also rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown to lead the way. Washington QB Kirk Cousins had 283 passing yards and two TD passes in defeat. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

NFL - Week Five Preview

As October rolls around and the first quarter of the 2014 NFL season is already in the books, the division races are beginning to take shape somewhat as the 32 teams battle for playoff positions.
There are just two teams (Arizona and Cincinnati are both 3-0) that are unbeaten so it appears the 1972 Miami Dolphins will be able to celebrate their one and only accomplishment once again. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are winless this season.
Some of the better games this weekend include the Arizona Cardinals traveling to face the Denver Broncos in what could be a good one that features one of the league's top defenses going up against Peyton Manning and the mighty Broncos offense.
The Baltimore Ravens will be in Indianapolis to play the Colts while the Atlanta Falcons travel to face the resurgent New York Giants. Houston and Dallas are both 3-1 and will face off in the "Battle of the Lone Star state."
One other game that should be a good one is the Kansas City Chiefs, fresh off their 41-14 pasting of New England on Monday Night Football, going on the road to face the San Francisco 49ers.
A capsule style look at the games this weekend along with the Heftyinfo picks for Week Five follows.

Chicago Bears (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2) - This game could go to OT (and possibly end in a tie).

Houston Texans (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1) -  Two teams with (so far) solid defenses and one of them (Dallas) with a big ground game attack going at it in Texas. Should be a great game.

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Detroit Lions (3-1) - Detroit is on a roll early in the 2014 season ... they should win this one rather easily.

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2) - Joe Flacco and company against Andrew Luck and the high octane Colts offense should provide for a lot of points on the scoreboard.

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2) - Which Falcons and Giants teams will show up this Sunday?

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) -The Steelers laid an egg last week at home against winless Tampa Bay ... will they win on the road against the winless Jags? They should.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (1-3) - The Bucs pulled off the biggest surprise in the league last week ... can they do the same in the Big Easy this week?

St. Louis Rams (1-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) - On any given Sunday ... never mind! Eagles should roll in this one.

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-3) - Browns could pull this road win out ... Titans need a win in the worst way because division foes Houston and Indy are rolling early.

Arizona Cardinals (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1) - The Broncos face another stiff challenge from a good defensive team, but should be up to the task coming off the bye week.

New York Jets (1-3) at San Diego Chargers (3-1) - Philip Rivers and company are on an early season roll and should keep it going this week at home.

Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2) - This game could go down to the wire as former 'Niners QB Alex Smith has his chance to show he can beat his old team.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-2) - It seems as though everyone is writing off Tom Brady and the Patriots as the mighty (and unbeaten) Bengals come to town in a "prime time" game. Beware the Patriots!

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at Washington Redskins (1-3) - The Seahawks should roll in this one as the "Legion of Boom" defense faces a team that appears to be in disarray.

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

Green Bay over Minnesota
Carolina over Chicago
Dallas over Houston
Detroit over Buffalo
Indianapolis over Baltimore
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
NY Giants over Atlanta
Cleveland over Tennessee
Denver over Arizona
San Diego over NY Jets
San Francisco over Kansas City
Cincinnati over New England
Seattle over Washington

Last Week's Record:  8-5


Lock of the Week Record:  3-1