Thursday, December 31, 2015

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NFL - Week Seventeen Preview

The final week of the NFL's 2015 regular season is here and all of the games will be played on Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings playing at the Green Bay Packers on the Sunday night game to determine the winner of the NFC North division and the number-three seed in the NFC playoffs.
The rest of the NFC is set as the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals will have the first round "byes" and the Washington Redskins are locked in at number-four as the East division champion. The two wild cards will be Seattle and the loser of the Minnesota at Green Bay game.
The AFC has New England, Denver, Cincinnati and Kansas City already in while the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts all are still vying for the final two playoff spots.
If the Jets win at Buffalo, they are in as a wild card team. The Steelers have to win and need the Jets to lose to get in. In the AFC South, Houston will win the division title (home game for them) if they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts are on "life support" regarding the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL and are riding a nine game winning streak heading into their finale at home against Oakland. They can still win the AFC West if they win and the Denver Broncos lose at home to the lowly San Diego Chargers.
Got all that?
Once the action is finished up Sunday night, the teams and matchups will be set and the 2015 season will roll into the post-season and on toward Super Bowl 50 on February 7 in San Francisco.

The following offers a look at all of the games this week along with the Heftyinfo picks for the games.

New Orleans Saints (6-9) at Atlanta Falcons (8-7) - This should be a high scoring game between two former NFC South powers.

New York Jets (10-5) at Buffalo Bills (7-8) - Former Jets Coach Rex Ryan would love to stick it to his former team and keep them from making the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) at Carolina Panthers (14-1) - Panthers roll!

Detroit Lions (6-9) at Chicago Bears (6-9) - The battle to avoid the NFC North basement.

Baltimore Ravens (5-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) - Bengals still have a slim chance for a first round bye.

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-12) - The Steelers MUST put last week's devastating loss to Baltimore behind them.

Washington Redskins (8-7) at Dallas Cowboys (4-11) - Redskins just looking to get out of this game with no injuries to key players.

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) at Houston Texans (8-7) - Texans roll!

Tennessee Titans (3-12) at Indianapolis Colts (7-8) - Colts miserable season comes to a close.

Oakland Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) - The Chiefs have been amazing the last two months.

New England Patriots (12-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-10) - The Patriots are playing for something (number-one seed in AFC playoffs) and they will not be denied.

Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) at New York Giants (6-9) - Eagles Coach Chip Kelly coached his last game for the team, will the same hold true for Giants Coach Tom Coughlin following this one?

St. Louis Rams (7-8) at San Francisco 49ers (4-11) - The Rams should win this one and finish at .500 for the season.

San Diego Chargers (4-11) at Denver Broncos (11-4) - Broncos need a win to get a first round bye in AFC playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks (9-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-2) - The Seahawks would love to stop Arizona's roll and it could happen.

Minnesota Vikings (10-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-5) - The final game of the regular season with the NFC North division title on the line.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  8-8


Lock of the Week Record:  12-4

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

So Long 2015

The year's top political and sports events in pictures  . . . 

House Speaker John Boehner resigned his post

TPP - Bad idea President Obama

Democratic Presidential primary debates
Republican Presidential primary debates
Brady and the Patriots win Super Bowl
Dumbest play call in Super Bowl history cost Seattle
Golden State Warriors win their first NBA title in 40 years

The Chicago Blackhawks won their 3rd Stanley Cup in six years
Kansas City Royals win World Series


Monday, December 28, 2015

NFL - Week Sixteen Review

Ten Down, Two To Go - The NFC playoffs are set with all six teams in and four of six spots are also set in the AFC as Kansas City, Washington and Minnesota won this weekend to clinch playoff berths.

The Minnesota Vikings blasted the New York Giants, 49-17 on Sunday Night Football as they rushed for 218 yards while kicker Blair Walsh made five field goals. Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson (104 yards and one TD) and Jerick McKinnon (89 yards and two TD) paced the offense and the defense intercepted three passes, including a "pick six" return for score by Harrison Smith . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs beat the stubborn Cleveland Browns 17-13 to wrap up at least a wild card spot and can still win the AFC West. It was the ninth straight win for the Chiefs as quarterback Alex Smith threw two TD passes . . .  The Washington Redskins wrapped up the NFC East division with a 38-24 win at Philadelphia on Saturday night behind four TD passes by QB Kirk Cousins (365 passing yards), including two to tight end Jordan Reed.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK SIXTEENKirk Cousins (Washington)  365 yards and four touchdowns;  Drew Brees (New Orleans)  412 yards and three touchdowns;  Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) 368 yards and four touchdowns.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK SIXTEEN - Tim Hightower (New Orleans) 122 yards and two touchdowns;  Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) 104 yards and one touchdown;  DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh) 100 yards and two touchdowns;  Johnny Manziel (Cleveland) 108 yards;  Darren McFadden (Dallas) 99 yards.

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week  -  Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins - Quarterback) led the way for the Redskins first playoff appearance in three years with 365 passing yards and four touchdown passes as they won the NFC East division by beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-24 on Saturday night.

Game Highlights -  The Atlanta Falcons handed the Carolina Panthers their first loss of the season in a 20-13 victory as wide receiver Julio Jones hauled in a 70-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan and the defense stopped the Panthers offense twice in the final two minutes to preserve the win . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers saw their playoff hopes take a big hit as they lost at Baltimore, 20-17 as the Ravens defense intercepted Ben Roethlisberger twice . . .  The New York Jets beat the New England Patriots, 26-20 in overtime behind three TD passes by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, including the game winner to WR Eric Decker in the OT period . . .  St. Louis surprised the Seattle Seahawks with a 23-17 road win as linebacker Akeem Ayers ran 45 yards for a score off a fumble recovery. The Rams defense forced three turnovers and sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson four times, ending Seattle's five game winning streak . . .  The Arizona Cardinals dominated the visiting Green Bay Packers, 38-8 as their defense scored twice on fumble returns and registered nine QB sacks to go with a pair of TD passes by QB Carson Palmer . . .  The Houston Texans routed the host Tennessee Titans, 34-6 as backup QB Brandon Weeden threw for two touchdowns and also ran for a score to help the Texans (8-7) inch closer to wrapping up the AFC South division title, which they can do with a win next week at home vs. Jacksonville . . .  The Indianapolis Colts kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 18-12 road win against the Miami Dolphins as RB Frank Gore scored two running touchdowns . . .  The New Orleans Saints won a home shootout, 38-27 to eliminate the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) from playoff contention as QB Drew Brees played through a severe foot injury by passing for 412 yards and three scores.  Jags QB Blake Bortles had four TD passes in the loss . . .  The Chicago Bears held off the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-21 behind a pair of touchdowns by reserve running back Ka'Deem Carey and four field goals by kicker Robbie Gould . . .  The Detroit Lions won at home, 32-17 against the San Francisco 49ers as QB Matthew Stafford had a pair of TD strikes and kicker Matt Prater made four field goals to lead the way . . .  Buffalo won a 16-6 yawner at home against the Dallas Cowboys as they rushed for 236 yards in the game . . .  The Oakland Raiders rallied for a 23-20 OT victory against the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve in defensive back Charles Woodson's final home game in Oakland as he is retiring following an 18-year NFL career . . .  The Denver Broncos clinched a playoff spot by coming behind from a 14-point deficit to beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17 on Monday Night Football. Kicker Brandon McManus made a 37-yard field goal in the overtime to provide the difference as the Denver defense recovered a fumble to end the game.

Oakland 23, San Diego 20 (OT)
Washington 38, Philadelphia 24
Atlanta 20, Carolina 13
Chicago 26, Tampa Bay 21
Detroit 32, San Francisco 17
Buffalo 16, Dallas 6
Kansas City 17, Cleveland 13
NY Jets 26, New England 20 (OT)
Houston 34, Tennessee 6
Indianapolis 18, Miami 12
Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17
Arizona 38, Green Bay 8
St. Louis 23, Seattle 17
New Orleans 38, Jacksonville 27
Minnesota 49, NY Giants 17
Denver 20, Cincinnati 17 (OT) 

                                                          NFL FANS PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Arizona fans enjoyed a laugher on Sunday in the desert.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

NFL - Week Sixteen Preview

Merry Christmas!

The NFL has a game on tap tonight (Christmas Eve) as the San Diego Chargers face the Oakland Raiders and then on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins in a crucial battle in  the NFC East race.
The Redskins are 7-7 and in first place while the Eagles and New York Giants (both 6-8) are just one game back with two weeks left in the regular season.
The New York Jets (9-5) play host to the New England Patriots (12-2) this Sunday and both teams need the win. The Jets are in a three-way battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs for the final two wild card playoff spots. The Patriots want to have the "home field" advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers play at the Arizona Cardinals as both teams jockey for seeding position in the NFC playoff picture. The Cardinals clinched the NFC West last week and the Packers can clinch the NFC North with a win and a Vikings loss in the Sunday night game (in Minnesota) against the New York Giants.
The Monday night game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos (in Denver) is huge as the winner of this game will all but be assured of a first round bye for the AFC playoffs.

The rest of the action is also featured in capsule style previews with the Heftyinfo predictions following up.

San Diego (4-10) at Oakland (6-8) - It's Christmas Eve in the "Black Hole" . . . expect a nail biter in this one.

Washington (7-7) at Philadelphia (6-8) - It's do or die for the host Eagles.

Carolina (14-0) at Atlanta (7-7) - Panthers better be ready . . . hold that champagne '72 Miami Dolphins.

Dallas (4-10) at Buffalo (6-8) - Two teams playing out the string.

San Francisco (4-10) at Detroit (5-9) - See above comment.

Cleveland (3-11) at Kansas City (9-5) - Chiefs looking to make it nine wins in a row . . .  they will.

Indianapolis (6-8) at Miami (5-9) - The Colts MUST win this game if they want to be a playoff team.

NY Giants (6-8) at Minnesota (9-5) - This is the SNF game and both teams need a win . . . should be a good one.

Jacksonville (5-9) at New Orleans (5-9) - The Jags could spring a surprise on the Saints, who have struggled at home this season.

New England (12-2) at NY Jets (9-5) - Big game for both teams . . .  take the Patriots.

Chicago (5-9) at Tampa Bay (6-8) - Bucs Coach Lovie Smith would love to lower the boom on his former team.

Houston (7-7) at Tennessee (3-11) - The Texans are looking to win the AFC South and the Titans would love to play spoiler.

Green Bay (10-4) at Arizona (12-2) - The Cardinals are looking to wrap up a first round bye in the NFC playoffs.

St. Louis (6-8) at Seattle (9-5) - Seahawks roll!

Pittsburgh (9-5) at Baltimore (4-10) - Remember when this game meant something . . . it still does for the Steelers.

Cincinnati (11-3) at Denver (10-4) - This game will decide which team gets a first round bye in the AFC playoffs.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  13-3


Lock of the Week Record:  11-4

Monday, December 21, 2015

NFL - Week Fifteen Review

Win and In -  The Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks all clinched playoff berths with wins this weekend.
The Packers jumped out quick on the host Oakland Raiders and then had to come back to win 30-20 behind a balanced offense and a defensive score on a "pick six" interception return by Damarious Randall . . .  The Bengals knocked off the host San Francisco 49ers, 24-14 as backup quarterback A.J. McCarron had a touchdown pass and running back Jeremy Hill scored twice on the ground to lead the way while the Cincy defense forced four turnovers  . . .  The Seahawks routed the visiting Cleveland Browns, 30-13 as QB Russell Wilson had three TD passes, including two to wide receiver Doug Baldwin, giving him ten receiving touchdowns in the last four games.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK FIFTEEN David Johnson (Arizona) 187 yards and three touchdowns;  Rashad Jennings (New York Giants)  107 yards and one touchdown;  Alfred Blue (Houston) 107 yards;  Cam Newton (Carolina) 100 yards.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK FIFTEENKirk Cousins (Washington) 319 yards with four TD passes and one rushing touchdown;  Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) 380 yards and three TD;  Cam Newton (Carolina) 340 yards and five TD;  Eli Manning (New York Giants) 245 yards and four TD;  Russell Wilson (Seattle) 249 yards and three touchdowns.

Heftyinfo NFL co-Players of the WeekCam Newton (Carolina Panthers QB)  had FIVE touchdown passes and also ran for 100 yards in a 38-35 win . . . Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers WR) had 16 catches for 189 yards and two scores in a come-from-behind 34-27 triumph.

Game highlights -  The Carolina Panthers (14-0) stayed undefeated with a wild 38-35 win at New York, holding off a furious fourth quarter rally by the Giants. Panthers QB Cam Newton led the way with five touchdown passes and kicker Graham Gano made a 43-yard field goal as time expired for the win . . .  The Washington Redskins toppled the visiting Buffalo Bills 35-25 behind four TD passes from QB Kirk Cousins, who also had a rushing touchdown to place the 'Skins all alone in first place in the NFC East . . .  The New England Patriots rolled past the visiting Tennessee Titans, 33-16 behind two TD passes from Tom Brady while the defense had three turnovers, including a fumble recovery for a score . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs won for the eighth consecutive game, blasting the host Baltimore Ravens, 34-14 as their defense scored twice (fumble and interceptions returns) to go with a balanced attack on offense . . .   Houston took over first place in the AFC South with a 16-10 win at Indianapolis as third string QB Brandon Weeden came off the bench to throw a TD pass while kicker Nick Novak made three field goals for the difference . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a 17-point first half deficit to knock off the visiting Denver Broncos, 34-27 behind a big day from QB Ben Roethlisberger (380 yards passing and three TD) and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who had 16 catches for 189 yards and two scores . . .  The San Diego Chargers won what might be their last ever home game in San Diego by a 30-14 score over the Miami Dolphins as RB Danny Woodhead scored four touchdowns (three receiving and one rushing) and QB Philip Rivers had the three TD passes along with 311 passing yards . . .  The Minnesota Vikings smashed the Chicago Bears, 38-17 in a home win as QB Teddy Bridgewater had four TD passes and a rushing touchdown to keep the Vikes within a game of Green Bay for first place in the NFC North division . . .  Atlanta surprised the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-17 to all but end the Jags playoff hopes as kicker Shayne Graham made three field goals to provide the difference in the outcome . . .  The St. Louis Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-23 as Tavon Austin scored twice to offset a big game from Bucs QB Jameis Winston (363 passing yards and two TD) last Thursday night . . .  The New York Jets (9-5) beat the Dallas Cowboys, 19-16 to stay in the running for an AFC wild card spot as kicker Randy Bullock made a 40-yard field goal late in the game . . .  The Sunday night game saw the Arizona Cardinals (12-2) crush the host Philadelphia Eagles, 40-17 that clinched the NFC West title for them. Running back David Johnson rushed for 187 yards and scored three times on the ground to pace the rout . . .  The Detroit Lions held off the host New Orleans Saints, 35-27 in the Monday Night Football game as QB Matthew Stafford had three touchdown tosses. Saints QB Drew Brees also had three TD passes in the loss.

St. Louis 31, Tampa Bay 23
NY Jets 19, Dallas 16
Minnesota 38, Chicago 17
Atlanta 23, Jacksonville 17
Cincinnati 24, San Francisco 14
Pittsburgh 34, Denver 27
Houston 16, Indianapolis 10
Carolina 38, NY Giants 35
Washington 35, Buffalo 25
New England 33, Tennessee 16
Kansas City 34, Baltimore 14
Green Bay 30, Oakland 20
San Diego 30, Miami 14
Seattle 30, Cleveland 13
Arizona 40, Philadelphia 17
Detroit 35, New Orleans 27

                                               NFL CHEERLEADERS HOLIDAY CHEER 


Sunday, December 20, 2015


With the 'controversial' movie Concussion coming out on Christmas Day later this week, here's a clip from 1976 showing a brutal tackle in an NFL game.
The game definitely is changing regarding safety for the players and that's always a good thing. Having played the game through my college years (Division I AA at the time) I know how vicious it can be, so to see the changes being made assures me that our society in America isn't spiraling out of control just yet, inspite of MMA and UFC coming into the main stream in recent years.
That's a whole other subject there (see ancient Rome and the gladiators games) as these folks will fight (pun intended) all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary to avoid a concussion protocol in their venue.

Friday, December 18, 2015

NFL - Week Fifteen Preview

Only three weeks left for the 2015 NFL regular season and then it's on to the playoffs for twelve
But first, there are some key games to be played this weekend to help determine just who those teams will be come January.
The Denver Broncos (10-3) travel to face the surging Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5), a team that continues to score points with ease while winning four of their last five games. The Broncos feature the best defense in the league this season.
Another game to note is the Sunday Night Football game that was "flexed" into the prime time schedule, featuring the Arizona Cardinals (11-2) playing on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) who are in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East division.
The undefeated Carolina Panthers (13-0) will be in New York facing the Giants (6-7), who are in the same boat as the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in the putrid NFC East. The Panthers can clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with two more wins or a win and an Arizona loss this weekend.
It should be another exciting finish to the season and Week Fifteen promises to add to the suspense of the season.

The Heftyinfo capsule style previews follow and also include the predictions for all of the action this weekend.

New York Jets (8-5) at Dallas Cowboys (4-9) - The Jets continue to roll along while the Cowboys are just playing out the string of games.

Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-9) - Chiefs should win this game between two solid defensive clubs.

Houston Texans (6-7) at Indianapolis Colts (6-7) - The battle for first place in the AFC South.

Atlanta Falcons (6-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8) - Can the Falcons stop their free fall after their 5-0 start?

Chicago Bears (5-8) at Minnesota Vikings (8-5) - Bears feel they should have beaten the Vikings last time they played each other . . . Here's their chance to prove it.

Tennessee Titans (3-10) at New England Patriots (11-2) - The Patriots should win this one easily.

Carolina Panthers (13-0) at New York Giants (6-7) - Will the 1972 Miami Dolphins be able to uncork their champagne this week?  Maybe.

Buffalo Bills (6-7) at Washington Redskins (6-7) - The loser of this game (especially if it's the Bills) will be out of the playoff picture.

Green Bay Packers (9-4) at Oakland Raiders (6-7) - This game could go down to the wire.

Cleveland Browns (3-10) at Seattle Seahawks (8-5) - Seahawks roll!

Denver Broncos (10-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) - Big Ben and company will find a way to win this game against the NFL's top defense.

Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-9) - Yawn.

Miami Dolphins (5-8) at San Diego Chargers (3-10) - See above comment.

Arizona Cardinals (11-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) - The Eagles need this one bad . . .  the Cardinals looking to clinch a first round bye for the NFC playoffs.

Detroit Lions (4-9) at New Orleans Saints (5-8) - The Monday night game should be entertaining from an offensive game stand point.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  14-2


Lock of the Week Record:  10-4

Monday, December 14, 2015

NFL - Week Fourteen Review

Carolina Domination - The Carolina Panthers thoroughly dominated the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 38-0 to improve to 13-0 for the season. Quarterback Cam Newton (pictured left) hooked up with wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. for two of his three touchdown passes and the Panthers defense limited the Falcons, who lost their sixth consecutive game, to just 230 yards of total offense.

Bengals All Thumbs -  The Pittsburgh Steelers went into Cincinnati and dominated the Bengals, 33-20 as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was lost for an undetermined amount of time with a broken thumb on his throwing hand.
Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams had two rushing touchdowns and William Gay took an interception back 23 yards for another score to lead the way in the win.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK FOURTEENIsaiah Crowell (Cleveland) 145 yards and two touchdowns;  Todd Gurley (St. Louis)  140 yards and two touchdowns;  Eddie Lacy (Green Bay) 124 yards and one touchdown.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK FOURTEENEli Manning (New York Giants) 337 yards and four touchdowns; Russell Wilson (Seattle) 292 yards and five touchdowns;  Drew Brees (New Orleans) 312 yards and two touchdowns;  Cam Newton (Carolina) 265 yards and three touchdowns.

Raiders linebacker Kahlil Mack

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the WeekKhalil Mack (Linebacker - Oakland Raiders) had FIVE quarterback sacks to help lead the way as Oakland won at Denver, 15-12. The Raiders defense held the Broncos without a touchdown in the game.

Game highlights -  Quarterback Kirk Cousins ran for a score and threw for another as the Washington Redskins won their first road game this season, beating the Chicago Bears, 24-21. Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a 50-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter . . .  The Oakland Raiders stunned the host Denver Broncos, 15-12 as the defense limited the host team to just four field goals while Raiders QB Derek Carr threw two TD passes . . .  Jacksonville smashed the visiting Indianapolis Colts, 51-16 behind three touchdown passes from QB Blake Bortles and touchdowns on defense (Andre Branch 49-yard fumble return) and special teams (Allen Hurns 73-yard punt return) to climb to within one game of first place in the AFC South . . .  The Philadelphia Eagles held off the Buffalo Bills, 23-20 as kicker Caleb Sturgis' 30-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference . . .  The New York Jets won their third straight game as they pounded the visiting Tennessee Titans, 30-8 behind three TD passes from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick . . .  The Seattle Seahawks served notice they are not to be forgotten as they blew out the host Baltimore Ravens, 35-6 behind FIVE touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and superb defense that limited the Ravens to just 28 yards rushing in the game . . .   The Kansas City Chiefs won their seventh consecutive game, beating stubborn San Diego, 10-3 as their defense held the Chargers on a goal line stand as time expired . . .  The New Orleans Saints knocked off the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-17 behind two TD passes from Drew Brees . . .  Cleveland won a home game, toppling the San Francisco 49ers, 24-10 as QB Johnny Manziel had a TD pass and RB Isaiah Crowell scored two rushing touchdowns while the Browns defense had nine quarterback sacks . . .  The Green Bay Packers rolled over the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 28-7 as QB Aaron Rodgers had a pair of scoring passes while the offense amassed 230 yards on the ground and Green Bay held the ball nearly 38 minutes . . .  The St. Louis Rams won 21-14 over the visiting Detroit Lions behind two rushing scores from RB Todd Gurley and a 58-yard "pick six" interception return by Trumaine Johnson . . .  The Arizona Cardinals held off the Minnesota Vikings, 23-20 last Thursday night as kicker Chandler Catanzaro drilled a 47-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining for the winning score as the Cardinals won their seventh game in a row . . .  The Sunday Night Football game had the New England Patriots blasting the Houston Texans, 27-6 as QB Tom Brady had two TD passes and the Pats defense limited the Texans to 189 yards in offense. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Patriots . . .  The New York Giants got a big road win against Miami, 31-24 on Monday Night Football as QB Eli Manning had 337 yards passing and four TD passes (two to WR Odell Beckham, Jr.) to keep the Giants in a first place tie in the NFC East division with Washington and Philadelphia.

Arizona 23, Minnesota 20
Washington 24, Chicago 21
Seattle 35, Baltimore 6
Cleveland 24, San Francisco 10
Pittsburgh 33, Cincinnati 20
Carolina 38, Atlanta 0
New Orleans 24, Tampa Bay 17
Philadelphia 23, Buffalo 20
St. Louis 21, Detroit 14
Kansas City 10, San Diego 3
NY Jets 30, Tennessee 8
Jacksonville 51, Indianapolis 16
Oakland 15, Denver 12
Green Bay 28, Dallas 7
New England 27, Houston 6
NY Giants 31, Miami 24

                                                         NFL FAN PHOTO OF THE WEEK 

Green Bay Packers fans had plenty to cheer about in a 28-7 rout of visiting Dallas.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

NFL - Week Fourteen Preview

Without question, the game football fans will want to see this weekend is the game in Cincinnati between the AFC North division leading Bengals (10-2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5), a team that has been racking up large point totals in recent weeks.
Cincinnati has been solid all season long, including when they beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh on November 1st by a 16-10 count. In fact, in five of their last six games, the Bengals have given up a total of just 36 points.
Meanwhile, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense has been flying high, and they blew out the Indianapolis Colts, 45-10 on Sunday Night Football last weekend.
The rest of the slate for this week is kind of lackluster as the 2015 season heads into the final four weeks of the regular season schedule.

The Heftyinfo predictions have been on a roll of late after a two-week slump about a month ago and they are here again, following the capsule style previews for all of the action around the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-2) - The Thursday Night Football game should be a good one in the desert.  Take the Cards.

Atlanta Falcons (6-6) at Carolina Panthers (12-0) - Can the Panthers stay unbeaten? Of course they can . . . the 1972 Miami Dolphins have to keep their champagne on ice.

Washington Redskins (5-7) at Chicago Bears (5-7) - If the Bears were in the NFC East (like the Redskins are) they would be in a tie for first place.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (10-2) - The Bengals can clinch the AFC North division title with a win.

San Francisco 49ers (4-8) at Cleveland Browns (2-10) - Who cares?

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) - The Jags can get to within one game of first place in the AFC South with a win.

San Diego Chargers (3-9) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) - The Chiefs are going for their seventh straight win . . .  this season cannot end fast enough for the Bolts.

Tennessee Titans (3-9) at New York Jets (7-5) - The Jets have been a big surprise team this season.

Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) - Shady McCoy and the Bills would love to stick it to Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

Detroit Lions (4-8) at St. Louis Rams (4-8) -  Both of these teams have been big disappointments this season.

New Orleans Saints (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) - The Bucs are in the wild card race in the NFC while the Saints are playing the spoiler role.

Oakland Raiders (5-7) at Denver Broncos (10-2) - Broncos have been rolling with Peyton Manning sitting on the sidelines nursing a foot injury . . . go figure.

Seattle Seahawks (7-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-8) - The Seahawks are on a roll and the Ravens are banged up and simply playing out the string of remaining games.

Dallas Cowboys (4-8) at Green Bay Packers (8-4) - Packers roll!

New England Patriots (10-2) at Houston Texans (6-6) - Brady and company are slumping with so many key players out with injuries.

New York Giants (5-7) at Miami Dolphins (5-7) - This game is big for both teams, but the Dolphins cannot lose or else they are out of the AFC playoff race.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  12-4


Lock of the Week Record:  9-4


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NFL - Week Thirteen Review

Miracle finish -  The Green Bay Packers stunned the host Detroit Lions last Thursday night as Aaron Rodgers (pictured left) completed a 61-yard  'Hail Mary' touchdown pass to tight end Richard Rodgers as time expired for a 27-23 victory that capped a big comeback from a 20-point deficit.
The win put the Packers (8-4) back on top in the NFC North division with Minnesota (also 8-4), which lost on Sunday against Seattle.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK THIRTEENLamar Miller (Miami) 113 yards;  Marcus Mariota (Tennessee) 112 yards and one TD;  Thomas Rawls (Seattle) 101 yards and one TD.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK THIRTEENCam Newton (Carolina) 331 yards and five TD;  Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) 364 yards and four TD;  Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) 322 yards and five TD;  Carson Palmer (Arizona) 356 yards and two TD;  Tom Brady (New England) 312 yards and three TD.

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the WeekCam Newton  (QB- Carolina Panthers) passed for 331 yards and FIVE touchdowns in a come from behind 41-38 win at New Orleans which kept the Panthers (12-0) unbeaten for the season.

Game highlights -  The San Francisco 49ers stunned the host Chicago Bears, 26-20 in overtime as QB Blaine Gabbert completed a 71-yard TD pass to Torrey Smith for the winning score. Gabbert also had a 44-yard TD run to tie the game. Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a potential game winning 36-yard field goal as time expired in regulation . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to their sixth consecutive win with a 34-20 triumph at Oakland behind two touchdown passes by QB Alex Smith to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and a defensive score by Tyvon Branch off an interception . . .  The surging Seattle Seahawks crushed the host Minnesota Vikings, 38-7 as their defense limited the great Adrian Peterson to only 18 yards rushing while QB Russell Wilson had three touchdown strikes to lead the offense . . .  Cincinnati improved to 10-2 with a dominating 37-3 road win at Cleveland as QB Andy Dalton had two TD passes and a rushing touchdown . . .  Arizona improved 10-2 with a 27-3 beat down of the host St. Louis Rams behind a pair of TD passes from QB Carson Palmer . . .  The Buffalo Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 30-21 win against the visiting Houston Texans as QB Tyrod Taylor had three touchdown passes . . .  The New York Jets tripped up the New York Giants, 23-20 in OT as kicker Randy Bullock made a 31-yard field goal in the OT session to win it. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with WR Brandon Marshall on a nine-yard scoring pass with just 27 seconds left in regulation to force the overtime . . .  The Philadelphia Eagles scored twice on special teams (punt block and punt return by Darren Sproles) and also had a 99-yard INT return for a score by Malcolm Jenkins to stun the host New England Patriots, 35-28 . . .  The Denver Broncos won a ho-hum game at San Diego, 17-3 as their defense scored off a pick-six INT and QB Brock Osweiler had a TD pass to send the Chargers to their seventh loss in eight games . . .   Carolina stayed unbeaten at 12-0 with a wild and hard fought 41-38 win at New Orleans as QB Cam Newton threw FIVE touchdown passes to out duel Saints QB Drew Brees, who had three TD passes in the loss . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the Sunday Night Football game as they won, 45-10 against the Indianapolis Colts behind 364 yards passing and four touchdowns by QB Ben Roethlisberger . . .  Miami outlasted Baltimore 15-13 for a home win behind a TD pass from QB Ryan Tannehill and a defensive score off a pick six INT by Derrick Shelby . . .  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knocked off the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 23-19 as QB Jameis Winston ran and threw for scores . . .  The Tennessee Titans got three TD passes from QB Marcus Mariota and also an 87-yard TD run by the rookie signal caller to hold off the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-39. Jags QB Blake Bortles had 322 passing yards and five touchdown passes in the loss . . .  Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey drilled a game winning 54-yard field goal with only nine seconds remaining to help the Cowboys beat the host Washington Redskins, 19-16 on Monday Night Football.

Green Bay 27, Detroit 23
San Francisco 26, Chicago 20 (OT)
Miami 15, Baltimore 13
Cincinnati 37, Cleveland 3
Arizona 27, St. Louis 3
Seattle 38, Minnesota 7
Tennessee 42, Jacksonville 39
Tampa Bay 23, Atlanta 19
Buffalo 30, Houston 21
NY Jets 23, NY Giants 20 (OT)
Carolina 41, New Orleans 38
Philadelphia 35, New England 28
Denver 17, San Diego 3
Kansas City 34, Oakland 20
Pittsburgh 45, Indianapolis 10
Dallas 19, Washington 16

                                                 NFL  CHEERLEADER PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking good.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten                  (Week ending December 6)           

1.  Clemson  (13-0)
2.  Alabama  (12-1)
3.  Oklahoma  (11-1)
4.  Michigan State  (12-1)
5.  Ohio State  (11-1)
6.  Stanford  (11-2)
7.  Notre Dame  (10-2)
8.  Iowa  (12-1)
9.  TCU  (10-2)
10.  North Carolina  (11-2)

Friday, December 4, 2015

NFL - Week Thirteen Preview

It's the month of December and the NFL is headed into the home stretch for the 2015 season.
Who would have thought the Carolina Panthers would be 11-0 at this point or the San Diego Chargers would be cellar dwellers in the AFC West with a putrid 3-8 record?
The New England Patriots are coming off their first loss of the season as they look to host the suddenly hapless Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) who have been blown out in consecutive weeks while allowing 45 points in those two games. The Pats have been ravaged with injuries in the past two weeks, and may or may not have receivers Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola this week for Tom Brady to throw to.
A big showdown in the NFC will feature the Seattle Seahawks (6-5) playing on the road against the Minnesota Vikings (8-3 and in 1st place in the NFC North) on Sunday.
The Sunday Night Football game will have the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the suddenly surging Indianapolis Colts, who have been doing just fine with 40-year old Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback while regular starter Andrew Luck has been out with injuries.
It should be another interesting week around the topsy turvy NFL in this 2015 season, which has been very unpredictable indeed.

The Heftyinfo predictions follow up the capsule style previews for Week Thirteen.

Houston (6-5) at Buffalo (5-6) - The Bills are tough at home, but the Texans have been on a roll of late.

San Francisco (3-8) at Chicago (5-6) - Why bother?  Bears roll!

Cincinnati (9-2)  at Cleveland (2-9) - Here's Johnny?  Not!  Manziel will be on the bench even with starting QB Josh McCown out for the year with a collar bone injury...  Bengals roll!

Baltimore (4-7) at Miami (4-7) - Who cares?

Seattle (6-5) at Minnesota (8-3) - Can the slumping Seattle defense control NFL leading rusher Adrian Peterson? That will be the key to this game.

Carolina (11-0) at New Orleans (4-7) - Can the Saints pull off a miracle at home?

New York Jets (6-5) at New York Giants (5-6) - This is a road and home game for these teams, isn't it?

Arizona (9-2) at St. Louis (4-7) - What has happened to the Rams in recent weeks?

Atlanta (6-5) at Tampa Bay (5-6) - The loser of this game can pack it in for the 2015 season.

Jacksonville (4-7) at Tennessee (2-9) - The Titans have been awful this season ... the Jaguars haven't been much better.

Kansas City (6-5) at Oakland (5-6) - The Raiders still in desperate need of a win ... Chiefs have won five straight.

Denver (9-2) at San Diego (3-8) - This game could be closer than most people might think.

Philadelphia (4-7) at New England (10-1) - As long as Brady is healthy, the Pats can win.

Indianapolis (6-5) at Pittsburgh (6-5) - This is a BIG GAME for playoff position in the AFC race.

Dallas (3-8) at Washington (5-6) - The Cowboys vs. the Redskins ... this matchup isn't quite what it once was.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  11-5


Lock of the Week Record:  9-3

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NFL - Week Twelve Review

Turkey Day Games -  The Detroit Lions continued their recent surge as they completely dismantled the  hapless Philadelphia Eagles, 45-14 behind five touchdown passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford . . .  The Carolina Panthers (11-0) remained unbeaten with a 33-14 beat down of the host Dallas Cowboys behind two defensive scores on interceptions. Cowboys QB Tony Romo was lost for the season with another collar bone injury . . .  The night game saw a big surprise as the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers, 17-13 as the Bears defense shut out the Packers in the second half, including a goal line stand in the final seconds, spoiling the festivities as Green Bay legend Brett Favre had his number 4 retired by the Packers at halftime.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK TWELVERussell Wilson (Seattle) 345 yards and five TD;  Matthew Stafford (Detroit) 337 yards and five TD;  Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) 456 yards and one TD;  Ryan Tannehill (Miami) 351 yards and three TD;  Derek Carr (Oakland) 330 yards and three TD;  Philip Rivers (San Diego) 300 yards and four TD.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK TWELVE - Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) 158 yards and two TD;  Spencer Ware (Kansas City) 114 yards and one TD;  C.J. Anderson (Denver) 113 yards and two TD;  Eddie Lacy (Green Bay) 105 yards;  Chris Ivory (NY Jets) 87 yards and one TD.

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the WeekRussell Wilson (QB-Seattle Seahawks)  threw for 345 yards and five touchdowns in a much needed win for his team.

Game highlights -  The Seattle Seahawks outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers, 39-30 behind five TD passes from QB Russell Wilson in a game that saw seven lead changes. Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham was lost for the season with a knee injury  . . .  Adrian Peterson rushed for two scores as the Minnesota Vikings won 20-10 on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, who lost their fourth consecutive game . . .  The New York Jets got back on track with a 38-20 home win over the Miami Dolphins as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four TD passes. The Jets defense held the Dolphins to a paltry 12 yards rushing in the game  . . .  Arizona won a road game, 19-13 against the stubborn San Francisco 49ers as QB Carson Palmer scored the winning touchdown on an eight-yard run with just over two minutes remaining . . .  The Washington Redskins beat the visiting New York Giants, 20-14 behind a running score and a TD pass from QB Kirk Cousins while their defense intercepted Giants QB Eli Manning three times . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs won their fifth straight game, 30-22 against the visiting Buffalo Bills with backup running back Spencer Ware going for 114 yards and a touchdown . . .  Houston routed the visiting New Orleans Saints, 24-6 as QB Brian Hoyer had two TD passes and the defense held the Saints without a touchdown . . .  Cincinnati beat the St. Louis Rams, 31-7 as the Bengals defense had three interceptions and QB Andy Dalton threw for three scores in the rout . . .  The Indianapolis Colts knocked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-12 as reserve QB Matt Hasselbeck had two scoring passes . . .  The Oakland Raiders kept alive playoff hopes with a come from behind 24-21 win at Tennessee as QB Derek Carr hit wide receiver Seth Roberts for a 12-yard scoring pass with 1:21 left in the game . . . San Diego snapped a six-game losing streak with a 31-25 road win at Jacksonville as QB Philip Rivers had four touchdown passes . . .  The Sunday Night Football game saw the host Denver Broncos storm back in the snow for a 30-24 win in overtime, handing the New England Patriots (10-1) their first loss of the season. Broncos RB C.J. Anderson scored twice, including the winning 48-yard jaunt in the overtime. Patriots QB Tom Brady had three scoring passes in the loss and All-Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski left the game with a knee injury . . .  Baltimore won a bizarre game on Monday night, 33-27 against the Cleveland Browns as they blocked a field goal and Will Hill scooped it up for a return touchdown to win the game.

Detroit 45, Philadelphia 14
Carolina 33, Dallas 14
Chicago 17, Green Bay 13
Houston 24, New Orleans 6
Kansas City 30, Buffalo 22
Indianapolis 25, Tampa Bay 12
Oakland 24, Tennessee 21
Minnesota 20, Atlanta 10
Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7
Washington 20, NY Giants 14
NY Jets 38, Miami 20
San Diego 31, Jacksonville 25
Seattle 39, Pittsburgh 30
Arizona 19, San Francisco 13
Denver 30, New England 24 (OT)
Baltimore 33, Cleveland 27

                                                      NFL FAN PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Browns fans were stunned the way their team lost this week.