Sunday, October 23, 2016

College Football Top Ten

The Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten          (Week ending October 23)    

1.  Alabama (8-0)
2.  Michigan (7-0)
3.  Clemson (7-0)
4.  Washington (7-0)
5.  Ohio State (6-1)
6.  Louisville (6-1)
7.  Nebraska (7-0)
8.  Baylor (6-0)
9.  West Virginia (6-0)
10.  Texas A & M (6-1)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

NFL - Week Seven Preview

Here's a question football fans ...  Which game this weekend features the two top scoring teams in the NFL?

That would be the game between the San Diego Chargers (2-4) and the Atlanta Falcons (4-2) this Sunday in Atlanta.
The Falcons have scored 199 points in six games (33.2 average per game) while the Chargers have amassed 173 points in their first six games for a 28.9 points per game average.
Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers have two of the highest ratings in the league and each has thrown just three interceptions through the first six games. Ryan has 15 TD passes and Rivers has tossed twelve touchdowns.
Figure for this game to be a high scoring affair that could be decided by which team has the ball last.
Another game that (on paper) looks to be a good one is the New England Patriots at the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is out for this one and so it stands to reason that New England, with Tom Brady rolling right along in his first two games back after a four-game suspension, figures to beat the Steelers this Sunday.
Brady has been his usual brilliant self for the two games, compiling a 135.5 QB rating with 782 passing yards while completing 76 percent of his passes. He has thrown for six touchdowns with no interceptions.
Roethlisberger left last week's game with a knee injury and was leading the NFL with 16 touchdown passes at the time.
In his place will be Landry Jones to lead the offense that still has running back Le'Veon Bell (5.5 ypc average) and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who already has 41 receptions for 486 yards and five touchdowns.
Two other big match ups in Week Seven include the Arizona Cardinals (3-3) taking on the Seattle Seahawks (4-1) in the Sunday night game. This key NFC West battle could go a long way to determining the eventual division winner this season.
The Monday night game will see the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos (both 4-2) going at it in the Mile High City. Former Broncos QB Brock Osweiler returns to try and lead his new team to victory in Denver.
The season is nearing the halfway point already and this week's action should become more intense as the teams continue to jockey for playoff positions.

The following offers a look at the games along with the Heftyinfo picks for this weekend.

Chicago (1-5) at Green Bay (3-2) - The oldest rivalry in the NFL . . . take the Packers.

NY Giants (3-3) vs. Los Angeles (3-3)  game in London, England -  The two biggest cities in the United States playing a football game in England.  Go figure.

New Orleans (2-3) at Kansas City (3-2) - Did you know that Hall-of-Fame Coach Hank Stram once coached both of these teams?

Indianapolis (2-4) at Tennessee (3-3) - Colts coming off a crushing defeat while the Titans are starting to believe they can contend in the AFC South.

Minnesota (5-0) at Philadelphia (3-2) - Former Eagles QB Sam Bradford returns to Philly . . . Can the Eagles knock off the NFL's only unbeaten team?

Cleveland (0-6) at Cincinnati (2-4) - With the Indians going to the World Series, nobody notices the Browns are winless. Bengals are struggling as well.

Washington (4-2) at Detroit (3-3) - This should be a very entertaining game with both teams playing well right now.

Oakland (4-2) at Jacksonville (2-3) - This game used to determine which team would get the number one NFL draft pick.

Buffalo (4-2) at Miami (2-4) - The Bills have won four in a row, but usually struggle in Miami.

Baltimore (3-3) at NY Jets (1-5) - Ravens have lost three straight games and the Jets have dropped four in a row. Something has to give.

Tampa Bay (2-3) at San Francisco (1-5) - Who cares?

San Diego (2-4) at Atlanta (4-2) - The Chargers are NFL's best team with a losing record. Falcons are the highest scoring team in the NFL. This should be a high scoring game.

New England (5-1) at Pittsburgh (4-2) - No Big Ben for Pittsburgh means a long day vs. Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Seattle (4-1) at Arizona (3-3) - The Cardinals are tough at home and these two teams don't like each other.

Houston (4-2) at Denver (4-2) - Texans QB Brock Osweiler returns to Denver, where he helped the team to last year's Super Bowl run while playing for the Broncos.

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

Green Bay over Chicago
NY Giants over Los Angeles (game played in London, England)
Kansas City over New Orleans
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Philadelphia over Minnesota
CINCINNATI over Cleveland
Detroit over Washington
Oakland over Jacksonville
Miami over Buffalo
NY Jets over Baltimore
Tampa Bay over San Francisco
Atlanta over San Diego
New England over Pittsburgh
Arizona over Seattle
Denver over Houston

Last Week's Record:  10-5


Lock of the Week Record:  6-0

Monday, October 17, 2016

NFL - Week Six Review

The Dallas Cowboys continue to serve notice to the rest of the NFL that they are for real, even with two rookies leading the way on offense.
The Cowboys improved to 5-1 this season with a 30-16 win in Green Bay on Sunday as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott (pictured right) had three touchdown passes and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 157 yards to help them win their fifth straight game. The Cowboys defense forced four turnovers in the game, including three fumble recoveries.
The Miami Dolphins surprised the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-15 as running back Jay Ajayi scored two touchdowns and ran for 204 yards in the win. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left the game with a meniscus injury and will likely be out for next week's game.
The Seattle Seahawks (4-1) rallied back in the final minutes to win 26-24 over the visiting Atlanta Falcons (4-2) after blowing a 14-point halftime lead. Seahawks kicker Matt Hauschka made a 44-yard field goal to decide the game. Seattle RB Christine Michael had two rushing touchdowns while Atlanta QB Matt Ryan (335 yards passing) had three TD passes in the loss.

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Drew Brees
The Detroit Lions held on for an exciting 31-28 victory against the Los Angeles Rams as Matt Prater kicked the game winning 34-yard field goal  . . .  Washington (4-2) won their fourth consecutive game, beating the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20. Kirk Cousins threw for two scores to offset a defensive score and a kickoff return for touchdown by the Eagles . . .  The Jacksonville Jaguars stunned the host Chicago Bears, 17-16 as they scored all their points in the fourth quarter, including a 51-yard TD pass from Blake Bortles to Aurelious Benn in the final minute of play . . .  New England steam rolled the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-17 in Tom Brady's first home game this season. Brady had two TD strikes and passed for 376 yards to help the Patriots improve to 5-1 . . .  The New Orleans Saints knocked off the visiting Carolina Panthers, 41-38 on a Wil Lutz 52-yard field goal with eleven seconds remaining. Saints QB Drew Brees had 465 passing yards and four TD passes to earn the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week . . .  The Buffalo Bills blasted the San Francisco 49ers, 45-16 behind RB LeSean McCoy (140 yards rushing and three TD runs) to spoil the season debut of QB Colin Kaepernick for San Francisco . . .  The New York Giants got a huge game from wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (eight receptions for 222 yards and two TD), including the game-winning 66-yard TD pass from QB Eli Manning (403 pass yards and three TD) in a thrilling 27-23 win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens  . . .  Kansas City squashed the host Oakland Raiders, 26-10 as the defense limited the Raiders to just 286 total yards in offense. The Chiefs (3-2) rushed for 183 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns in the win  . . . The Tennessee Titans (3-3) held off the Cleveland Browns, 28-26 for the win. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for three scores and the defense limited the Browns (0-6) to just 40 yards rushing for the game . . .   The San Diego Chargers shocked the visiting Denver Broncos, 21-13 last Thursday night behind a TD pass from QB Philip Rivers and four field goals by kicker Josh Lambo . . .   The Sunday night game saw the Houston Texans rally back big time in the fourth quarter to stun the visiting Indianapolis Colts, 26-23 in overtime when Nick Novak nailed the winning 33-yard field goal. Texans QB Brock Osweiler silenced the boo birds with two TD passes in the final two minutes of regulation to force the extra session . . .  Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson scored three touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards while the defense had two interceptions and limited the New York Jets to 230 total yards in offense in a 28-3 thrashing in the Monday Night Football game.

San Diego 21, Denver 13
Jacksonville 17, Chicago 16
Detroit 31, Los Angeles 28
Dallas 30, Green Bay 16
Miami 30, Pittsburgh 15
NY Giants 27, Baltimore 23
Tennessee 28, Cleveland 26
Washington 27, Philadelphia 20
New Orleans 41, Carolina 38
New England 35, Cincinnati 17
Buffalo 45, San Francisco 16
Seattle 26, Atlanta 24
Kansas City 26, Oakland 10
Houston 26, Indianapolis 23 (OT)
Arizona 28, NY Jets 3 

Bears Fan Upset After Loss To Jaguars

Friday, October 14, 2016

NFL - Week Six Preview

There are two very big time games going on this weekend in the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. The surprising Atlanta Falcons are 4-1 and fresh off a huge road win against the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, and will now face the Seattle Sehawks in the great northwest.
The Cowboys have won four straight games and lead the NFC East at 4-1 while the Packers are 3-1 and need a win at home this weekend to keep pace with the undefeated Minnesota Vikings (5-0) in the NFC North division. The Vikings have their bye this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Falcons have been on fire, averaging 35 points per game so far this season. They will face their second straight road test against a solid Seahawks' defense that is allowing just 13.5 points per game.
One other Sunday afternoon game that should be interesting to watch has the Kansas City Chiefs playing at the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West battle that could create a big log jam in the division race.
The Raiders are 4-1 and lead the AFC West while the Chiefs (2-2) are looking to get back into the top spot. A win against Oakland would do wonders for the Chiefs, who are coming off their bye week after getting embarrassed on national TV two weeks ago in Pittsburgh.
The Raiders had a big come from behind win against San Diego last week, but they were very fortunate to win as the Chargers found another way to lose a football game in the fourth quarter.
All in all, it should be fun to see what unfolds this weekend as the division races continue to take shape around the league.

The following offers a 'capsule style' look at all of the games on tap this week, along with the Heftyinfo predictions for Week Six.

San Francisco (1-4) at Buffalo (3-2) - The Bills are suddenly a hot team.

Philadelphia (3-1) at Washington (3-2) - BIG NFC East match up this weekend ... Take the Redskins.

Cleveland (0-5) at Tennessee (2-3) - The yawner game of the week.

Baltimore (3-2) at NY Giants (2-3) - Can the Giants get back on track this week? Ravens just fired their Offensive Coordinator.

Carolina (1-4) at New Orleans (1-3) - A battle between two under-achieving teams.

Jacksonville (1-3) at Chicago (1-4) - The Bears will not lose at home to this team.

Los Angeles (3-2) at Detroit (2-3) - The Lions are coming off a big win against a previously unbeaten team (Philadelphia) while the Rams were humiliated on the road. Lions roar again!

Pittsburgh (4-1) at Miami (1-4) - Trap game?

Cincinnati (2-3) at New England (4-1) - Tom Brady and the Patriots are on a mission.

Kansas City (2-2) at Oakland (4-1) - Old AFL rivals going at it once again ... Take the Raiders.

Atlanta (4-1) at Seattle (3-1) - Can the Falcons win against a solid foe on the road again?

Dallas (4-1) at Green Bay (3-1) - This is the GAME OF THE WEEK in the NFL. The Cowboys and the Packers in Lambeau Field in October. It doesn't get any better than that for football fans.

Indianapolis (2-3) at Houston (3-2) - The Sunday night game with first place on the line in the putrid AFC South.

NY Jets (1-4) at Arizona (2-3) - The Monday Night Football game with two stinkers going at it.

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

San Diego over Denver
Buffalo over San Francisco
Washington over Philadelphia
Tennessee over Cleveland
NY Giants over Baltimore
New Orleans over Carolina
Chicago over Jacksonville
Detroit over Los Angeles
Pittsburgh over Miami
NEW ENGLAND over Cincinnati
Oakland over Kansas City
Seattle over Atlanta
Green Bay over Dallas
Indianapolis over Houston
Arizona over NY Jets

Last Week's Record:  9-5


Lock of the Week Record:  5-0

Monday, October 10, 2016

NFL - Week Five Review

Tom Brady is back!
The beleaguered New England Patriots quarterback (pictured at right) returned from his four-game suspension and had 406 passing yards with three touchdown passes to lead the Patriots (4-1) to a 33-13 road win against the Cleveland Browns, who dropped to 0-5 with the loss.
The Minnesota Vikings remained unbeaten (5-0) and are the only unbeaten team left in the NFL as they routed the visiting Houston Texans, 31-13 behind solid defense (only 214 yards allowed) and a pair of TD passes from Sam Bradford. Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for another score in the win.
The Detroit Lions defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-23 to give the Eagles (3-1) their first loss this season as kicker Matt Prater made the game winning 29-yard field goal. Lions QB Matthew Stafford had three TD passes to lead the way.
The Denver Broncos (4-1) also fell from the ranks of the unbeaten as they lost at home to the Atlanta Falcons, 23-16. The Atlanta defense limited Denver to 267 yards in offense while Matt Ryan had a TD pass to go with a one-yard scoring run by Devonta Freeman.

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The Indianapolis Colts battled back to win 29-23 over the visiting Chicago Bears in a back-and-forth game that had five lead changes. Colts QB Andrew Luck threw two TD passes and kicker Adam Vinatieri drilled five field goals to pace the win. The Bears racked up 522 yards in offense in the loss . . .   The Oakland Raiders (4-1) survived a thrilling 34-31 win against the snake bitten San Diego Chargers, who saw a botched hold off the snap on a potential game tying field goal attempt late in the game ruin their chances. Raiders QB Derek Carr had a pair of TD tosses to offset four TD passes by Chargers QB Philip Rivers . . .   The Washington Redskins surprised the host Baltimore Ravens, 16-10 as Jamison Crowder took a punt back 85 yards for a score. The Ravens fired Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman after the loss . . .  The Dallas Cowboys won their fourth straight game, 28-14 over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals as Ezekiel Elliot (134 yards and two rushing TD) had a 60-yard scoring jaunt while the Cowboys defense sacked Cincy QB Andy Dalton four times . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) rolled the visiting New York Jets (1-4), 31-13 behind four TD passes from QB Ben Roethlisberger (380 passing yards) . . .   The Buffalo Bills beat the host Los Angeles Rams, 30-19 as QB Tyrod Taylor had two TD passes to go with 193 rushing yards by the Bills for their third straight win . . .  The Tennessee Titans beat the host Miami Dolphins, 30-17 behind three TD passes and a five-yard scoring run from QB Marcus Mariota. The Titans defense held the hapless Dolphins to just 200 yards in offense in the win . . .  The Arizona Cardinals rallied past the host San Francisco 49ers, 33-21 last Thursday night as the defense had seven sacks while QB Drew Stanton had two TD passes and running back David Johnson gained 157 yards and had two rushing scores to pace the victory . . .  The Sunday night game saw the Green Bay Packers win a 23-16 yawner at home against the New York Giants. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for two scores (along with two interceptions) while kicker Mason Crosby made three field goals to help provide the difference in the outcome . . .  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the host Carolina Panthers, 17-14 in the Monday night game. Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo nailed a 38-yard field goal as time expired for the win. The Tampa Bay defense forced four turnovers in the win, two fumbles and two interceptions.

                                                The Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week 

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 134 yards on just 15 carries and scored two touchdowns to pace the Cowboys easy 28-14 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Arizona 33, San Francisco 21
Indianapolis 29, Chicago 23
Detroit 24, Philadelphia 23
Pittsburgh 31, NY Jets 13
Tennessee 30, Miami 17
New England 33, Cleveland 13
Washington 16, Baltimore 10
Minnesota 31, Houston 13
Dallas 28, Cincinnati 14
Atlanta 23, Denver 16
Oakland 34, San Diego 31
Buffalo 30, Los Angeles 19
Green Bay 23, NY Giants 16
Tampa Bay 17, Carolina 14