Sunday, September 24, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten     (Week ending September 24)   

1.  Alabama (4-0)
2.  Clemson (4-0)
3.  Oklahoma (4-0)
4.  Penn State (4-0)
5.  USC (4-0)
6.  Washington (4-0)
7.  Michigan (4-0)
8.  Wisconsin (3-0)
9.  Ohio State (3-1)
10.  Georgia (4-0)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

NFL - Week Three Preview

Two teams will be traveling "across the pond" this Sunday as the NFL once again has games being played in London, England.
The Baltimore Ravens face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the game and the Ravens are big favorites to win this one after getting off to a 2-0 start while allowing just ten points overall and their defense has forced TEN turnovers in the first two games. Jacksonville is 1-1 after a surprisingly easy win over Houston in Week One, followed by a loss to Tennessee.
A match up between a pair of 2-0 teams takes place in Detroit where the Lions host the Atlanta Falcons, who looked rather dominant against Green Bay last Sunday night. The Lions have impressed so far with wins over Arizona and the New York Giants.
Both Matt Ryan (Atlanta) and Matthew Stafford (Detroit) have done well at the quarterback spot heading into this one. Ryan has completed 69 percent of his passes with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. Meanwhile, Stafford has six TD passes already along with one interception and a 71 percent completion rate.
NFC East rivals Philadelphia and New York will go at it in the city of brotherly love. The Eagles are 1-1 thus far while the Giants have really struggled so far, scoring only 13 points in two games. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has resembled a tackling dummy as he was sacked five times in the Monday night loss to the Lions.

The rest of the action is in capsule style preview and is followed up with the Heftyinfo predictions for Week Three.

Denver (2-0) at Buffalo (1-1) - Broncos have been playing great football so far, but don't sleep on the Bills at home. Buffalo defense is strong.

New Orleans (0-2) at Carolina (2-0) - Saints defense is terrible so look for a high scoring game that could go down to the wire. Panthers playing a light schedule so far.

Pittsburgh (2-0) at Chicago (0-2) - All signs pointing to a Steelers blowout victory, but this is the NFL in 2017, so all bets are off.

Cleveland (0-2) at Indianapolis (0-2) - The stinker game of the week in the NFL. Someone has to win.

Tampa Bay (1-0) at Minnesota (1-1) - This game should be a tight one. Flip a coin here.

Houston (1-1) at New England (1-1) - Patriots are banged up, but seemed to be back on track last week. Texans offense has struggled so far.

Miami (1-0) at NY Jets (0-2) - The Dolphins lucked out to win last week. The Jets may the be the worst team in the NFL.

Seattle (1-1) at Tennessee (1-1) - Toss up game here. Both teams haven't shown much to impress yet.

Cincinnati (0-2) at Green Bay (1-1) - The Packers were blown out last week, so expect a long day at Lambeau Field for the Bengals, who have scored only nine points in the first two games.

Kansas City (2-0) at LA Chargers (0-2) - The Chargers have had very hard luck in two losses while the Chiefs are on top of the NFL world so far.

Oakland (2-0) at Washington (1-1) - The Sunday night game should be a good one. The Raiders offense leads the league in scoring. Redskins coming off a road win.

Dallas (1-1) at Arizona (1-1) - Two teams still feeling their way along through the first two games. Pick 'em game here on Monday night.

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

LA Rams over San Francisco 
Baltimore over Jacksonville (Game played in London, England)
Buffalo over Denver
Carolina over New Orleans
Pittsburgh over Chicago
Atlanta over Detroit
Indianapolis over Cleveland
Tampa Bay over Minnesota
New England over Houston
Miami over NY Jets 
Philadelphia over  NY Giants
Seattle over Tennessee 
GREEN BAY over Cincinnati
Kansas City over LA Chargers
Oakland over Washington 
Dallas over Arizona 

Last Week's Record -  12-4


Lock of the Week Record -  2-0

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NFL - Week Two Recap

Denver is playing Mile High so far in 2017
The Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders all served notice in Week Two to the rest of the NFL they are the teams to beat.
The AFC West is loaded with all three of those teams now at 2-0. Heck, even the LA Chargers (0-2) are decent as they have lost two nail biters in the closing seconds or they could be undefeated.
Denver deserves top billing this week after dismantling the Dallas Cowboys, 42-17 behind stellar defense (limiting Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to just 8 yards for the game) and four touchdown passes by much maligned QB Trevor Siemian.
The Chiefs held off the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20 before a raucous crowd at Arrowhead Stadium as rookie RB Kareem Hunt scored two more touchdowns to lead the way. Hunt has five touchdowns already in his first two NFL games.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders buried the New York Jets, 45-20 in their home opener as QB Derek Carr had three  TD passes and RB Marshawn Lynch scored another on the ground. The Raiders lead
the NFL in scoring with 71 points through the first two games.

Elsewhere around the NFL in Week Two . . .

Baltimore throttled the visiting Cleveland Browns, 24-10 as their defense once again came up with five turnovers (that's TEN already in just two games) to pace the win. Ravens QB Joe Flacco had a pair of touchdown passes . . .  Tampa Bay beat the Chicago Bears, 29-7 as their defense took an interception back for a score and limited the Bears to just 20 yards rushing in the rout . . .  Pittsburgh topped Minnesota, 26-9 as Ben Roethlisberger had two TD passes, including a 27-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who missed all of 2016 due to suspension . . .  The Tennessee Titans blasted the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars, 37-16 behind a balanced offense (179 rushing yards and 211 passing) and the defense getting three turnovers . . .  The New England Patriots bounced back from their opening game loss by knocking off the host New Orleans Saints, 36-20 as QB Tom Brady had three TD passes and 447 yards passing to lead the way . . .  Carolina won a 9-3 yawner over visiting Buffalo, but lost their All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen for 6 to 8 weeks with a broken foot . . .  Washington beat the host LA Rams, 27-20 as RB Chris Thompson had two scoring runs, including a 61-yard romp. Rams RB Todd Gurley scored twice in the loss . . .  The Miami Dolphins lucked out in a 19-17 win at Los Angeles, spoiling the Chargers home debut in their new city. Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds that would have won the game. Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey made all four of his field goals in the win  . . . The Sunday night game saw the Atlanta Falcons destroy the Green Bay Packers, 34-23 as QB Matt Ryan had a scoring pass to WR Julio Jones while RB Devonta Freeman had two rushing touchdowns. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a pair of scoring passes in defeat . . . The Detroit Lions served notice they are for real as they beat the host New York Giants, 24-10 on Monday Night Football. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford threw for two scores and the Lions defense sacked Giants QB Eli Manning five times. Jamal Agnew raced 88 yards on a punt return touchdown to seal the win for the Lions.

                             Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week  -  Trevor Siemian (QB - Denver Broncos)

Houston 13, Cincinnati 9
Tampa Bay 29, Chicago 7
Arizona 16, Indianapolis 13 (OT)
Pittsburgh 26, Minnesota 9
Carolina 9, Buffalo 3
Tennessee 37, Jacksonville 16
New England 36, New Orleans 20
Baltimore 24, Cleveland 10
Kansas City 27, Philadelphia 20
Oakland 45, NY Jets 20
Washington 27, LA Rams 20
Miami 19, LA Chargers 17
Seattle 12, San Francisco 9
Denver 42, Dallas 17
Atlanta 34, Green Bay 23
Detroit 24, NY Giants 10

Sunday, September 17, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo  College Football Top Ten    (Week ending September 17)         

1.  Alabama (3-0)
2.  Clemson (3-0)
3.  Oklahoma (3-0)
4.  Penn State (3-0)
5.  USC (3-0)
6.  Washington (3-0)
7.  Michigan (3-0)
8.  Wisconsin (3-0)
9.  Oklahoma State (3-0)
10.  Ohio State (2-1)

Friday, September 15, 2017

NFL - Week Two Preview

With Week One in the books around the NFL, it's now on to Week Two and the prime time Sunday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons is the featured game this week.
The Packers defense shined bright last week in a 17-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks while the Falcons won a squeaker in Chicago, 23-17 as their defense rose to the occasion in the closing minute with a goal line stand to preserve the win.
Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are two of the premier quarterbacks in the league and will look to show NFL fans just why that is so once again in this game. The last time the Packers faced the Falcons (in last season's NFC Championship Game), they were blown out by a 44-21 score.
Both teams have explosive offenses, while the Packers look to rate a slight edge on defense. This game will likely come down to the final possession as these two teams are so evenly matched.
Other big time matchups include New England traveling to face the New Orleans Saints as two of the greatest QB's will battle it out.
Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees . . . it doesn't get any better than that for football fans.
The season is just getting started, so it's really still too early to get a real accurate read on the teams. But as past experience shows, teams that start out 0-2 face very insurmountable odds to make the playoffs.

The following offers a capsule preview of all the action this weekend, along with the Heftyinfo predictions for all the games.

Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (1-0) - The Ravens should smash the Browns, but again,  it's only Week Two around the league.

Buffalo (1-0) at Carolina (1-0) - This game features two teams that are looking to get a good start to the season.  Take Carolina.

Arizona (0-1) at Indianapolis (0-1) - Both of these teams laid an egg last week so something has to give.

Tennessee (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0) - Can the Jaguars get off to a 2-0 start? It's possible.

Philadelphia (1-0) at Kansas City (1-0) - Following this game, the Eagles (just like the Patriots) will likely be asking - Who are these guys? 

New England (0-1) at New Orleans (0-1) - The loser of this game could be in danger of missing the playoffs. Take Brady and the Patriots in a high scoring game.

Minnesota (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0) - Steelers out to show that last week's sleepwalk win over lowly Browns was a fluke. Vikings impressive in opening game win over the Saints.

Chicago (0-1) at Tampa Bay (0-0) - The season opener for Tampa Bay. The Bears played pretty well last week, just missing a win against the mighty Atlanta Falcons.

Miami (0-0) at LA Chargers (0-1) - Chargers should have won last week in Denver, they will not lose their home opener.

NY Jets (0-1) at Oakland (1-0) - No "Heidi" game here . . . Raiders roll BIG TIME in this one.

Dallas (1-0) at Denver (1-0) - The Cowboys defense shined last week in easy win while the Broncos were lucky to escape their opener with a win.

Washington (0-1) at LA Rams (1-0) - The Rams will not score 46 points this week. In fact, they may not score that much for the next five games combined. 

San Francisco (0-1) at Seattle (0-1) - The Seahawks should dominate in this one.

Green Bay (1-0) at Atlanta (1-0) - This should be a great game that could very well go down to the last seconds.

Detroit (1-0) at NY Giants (0-1) - The Monday night game with the Lions coming off a huge opening day win. The Giants looked awful last week and must turn it around quickly.

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

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

Last Week's Record -  8-7


Lock of the Week Record -  1-0 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NFL - Week One Recap

The 2017 NFL season kicked off last week with the Kansas City Chiefs stunning the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 42-27 on the road to spoil the Patriots championship celebration prior to the game.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had four touchdown passes and rookie running back Kareem Hunt scored three times while rushing for 148 yards and making five receptions for 98 yards (two for TD) to lead the second half rout. New England held a 17-14 halftime lead.
The Dallas Cowboys defense dominated the New York Giants in a 19-3 win on Sunday night. The Cowboys defense held the Giants to just 35 yards rushing and QB Dak Prescott had 268 passing yards and one TD pass . . . The Atlanta Falcons held off the Chicago Bears, 23-17 with a goal line stand in the final seconds while QB Matt Ryan (321 passing yards) hit Austin Hooper with a 88-yard TD pass to help make the difference . . . The Los Angeles Rams throttled the Indianapolis Colts, 46-9 as their defense returned two interceptions for scores. Rams QB Jared Goff had 306 yards passing in the win . . .  Aaron Rodgers passed for 311 yards and one scoring pass as the Green Bay Packers knocked off the listless Seattle Seahawks, 17-9 . . .  The Detroit Lions roared back to defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 35-23 behind four TD passes by Matthew Stafford while the defense intercepted Cards QB Carson Palmer three times . . .  The Philadelphia Eagles beat Washington, 30-17 as Carson Wentz threw for two scores and passed for 307 yards . . .  The Baltimore Ravens crushed the host Cincinnati Bengals, 20-0 as their defense forced five turnovers (four INT and a fumble from Bengals QB Andy Dalton) while running back Terrance West ran for 80 yards and scored a touchdown . . .  Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette went for 100 yards and scored a TD to help pace the 29-7 win at Houston . . .  The Oakland Raiders rode the arm of QB Derek Carr (262 yards passing and two TD) in a 26-16 road win against the Tennessee Titans . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers survived an opening game scare at Cleveland, 21-18 as QB Ben Roethlisberger threw two scoring passes to tight end Jesse James . . .  The Minnesota Vikings rolled past the New Orleans Saints, 29-19 on Monday night as QB Sam Bradford had three TD passes (two of them to WR Stefon Diggs) and 346 passing yards while rookie running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards to spoil former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson return to Minnesota . . .  The Denver Broncos blocked a field goal at the buzzer to preserve a 24-21 win against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. Denver QB Trevor Siemian had two passes to lead the offense while Chargers QB Philip Rivers had three TD passes in the loss.

                  Heftyinfo NFL Player of the WeekAlex Smith (QB- Kansas City Chiefs)

Kansas City 42, New England 27
Pittsburgh 21, Cleveland 18
Detroit 35, Arizona 23
Atlanta 23, Chicago 17
Green Bay 17, Seattle 9
Philadelphia 30, Washington 17
Carolina 23, San Francisco 3
LA Rams 46, Indianapolis 9
Buffalo 21, NY Jets 12
Baltimore 20, Cincinnati 0
Jacksonville 29, Houston 7
Oakland 26, Tennessee 16
Dallas 19, NY Giants 3
Minnesota 29, New Orleans 19
Denver 24, LA Chargers 21

Sunday, September 10, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten    (Week ending September 10)                

1.  Alabama (2-0)
2.  Clemson (2-0)
3.  Oklahoma (2-0)
4.  Penn State (2-0)
5.  USC (2-0)
6.  Washington (2-0)
7.  Michigan (2-0)
8.  Wisconsin (2-0)
9.  Oklahoma State (2-0)
10. Ohio State (1-1)