Monday, November 28, 2016

NFL - Week Twelve Review

Cowboys' rookies led the way to a 10th straight win.
The Dallas Cowboys won their tenth consecutive game on Thanksgiving Day, beating the Washington Redskins, 31-26 behind two rushing touchdowns by running back Ezekiel Elliott and another scoring run from quarterback Dak Prescott.
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had three touchdown passes to go with 449 yards passing in the loss.
The Detroit Lions outlasted the Minnesota Vikings, 16-13 on a 40-yard field goal by Matt Prater as time expired to take over first place in the NFC North division.
The night cap game saw the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the host Indianapolis Colts, 28-7 as QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns and running back Le'Veon Bell gained 120 yards on the ground and scored a TD as well to pace the easy victory. The Steelers defense intercepted Colts QB Scott Tolzien twice.
The Sunday night game saw a great finish in the fourth quarter as the Kansas City Chiefs scored with just twelve seconds remaining and then converted a two-point play to force the overtime session before emerging with a 30-27 win against the host Denver Broncos.
Tyreek Hill scored three touchdowns for the Chiefs (rushing, receiving and kick return) and kicker Carlos Santos drilled a game winning 34-yard field goal in the OT that spoiled a big game from Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, who had 368 yards passing and three touchdown passes. 

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Quarterback Matt Ryan hooked up twice for scoring passes with wide receiver Taylor Gabriel as the Atlanta Falcons (7-4) beat the Arizona Cardinals, 38-19 . . .  LeSean McCoy had two rushing TD (including a 75-yard scoring run) to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 28-21 home win against the Jacksonville Jaguars . . .  Baltimore beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-14 as the Ravens defense forced two fumbles and kicker Justin Tucker made four field goals to lead the way . . .  Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week Drew Brees had four TD passes and a rushing TD to lead the New Orleans
Drew Brees had a huge game for the Saints
Saints to a 49-21 rout of the Los Angeles Rams in the Big Easy. The Saints piled up 555 yards in total offense while their defense limited the Rams to just 247 yards in offense . . .   The New York Giants won their sixth consecutive game with a 27-13 road win against the Cleveland Browns (0-12). Giants QB Eli Manning had three TD passes to lead the way . . .  The New England Patriots (9-2) rallied in the fourth quarter for a 22-17 road win against the New York Jets as QB Tom Brady threw an eight yard scoring pass to WR Malcolm Mitchell in the final two minutes . . .   The Miami Dolphins won for the sixth straight time as they held off the visiting San Francisco 49ers, 31-24 as QB Ryan Tannehill had three TD passes to offset three scoring passes (and 113 yards rushing) from 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick . . . San Diego QB Philip Rivers had three TD passes and the Chargers defense had three interceptions and a fumble recovery resulting in a 21-13 road win against the Houston Texans . . .  The Tennessee Titans beat the Chicago Bears, 27-21 as QB Marcus Mariota had two TD passes and Derrick Henry scored on an 11-yard run. Bears backup QB Matt Barkley threw for three touchdowns in the loss . . .  Tampa Bay won 14-5 over visiting Seattle in a yawner game as QB Jameis Winston had two scoring passes in the first quarter and the Bucs defense made it stand as they limited the Seahawks to just 245 yards in offense . . .  The Oakland Raiders (9-2) squandered a 17-point halftime lead but managed a fourth quarter comeback to beat the visiting Carolina Panthers, 35-32. Raiders QB Derek Carr had two TD passes and Kahlil Mack scored a TD off an interception to pace the win. Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart had two rushing touchdowns in the loss . . .   The Green Bay Packers beat the host Philadelphia Eagles, 27-13 on Monday Night Football as QB Aaron Rodgers threw two scoring passes to WR Davante Adams.

Detroit 16, Minnesota 13
Dallas 31, Washington 26
Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7
Tennessee 27, Chicago 21
Miami 31, San Francisco 24
San Diego 21, Houston 13
NY Giants 27, Cleveland 13
Baltimore 19, Cincinnati 14
New Orleans 49, Los Angeles 21
Atlanta 38, Arizona 19
Buffalo 28, Jacksonville 21
Tampa Bay 14, Seattle 5
Oakland 35, Carolina 32
New England 22, NY Jets 17
Kansas City 30, Denver 27 (OT)
Green Bay 27, Philadelphia 13

Saturday, November 26, 2016

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten              (Week ending November 27)         

1.  Alabama (12-0)
2.  Ohio State (11-1)
3.  Clemson (11-1)
4.  Washington (11-1)
5.  Michigan (10-2)
6.  Wisconsin (10-2)
7.  Oklahoma (9-2)
8.  Penn State (10-2)
9.  Colorado (10-2)
10.  Oklahoma State (9-2)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NFL - Week Twelve Preview

It's Thanksgiving and that means one thing beside family gatherings and turkey and pumpkin pie.
The Detroit Lions will be playing in the annual Thanksgiving Day game at home against the Minnesota Vikings this year. It's a big game because both teams are currently 6-4 and share first place in the NFC North division.
The Lions edged the Vikings 22-16 in overtime three weeks ago up in Minnesota as the Vikings blew a late lead. Lions kicker Matt Prater nailed a 58-yard field goal as time expired to force the OT and the Lions drove right down the field and won on a touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Golden Tate.
This game should be a good one with the Vikings looking to make amends for their miscues at the end of the game in Minneapolis.
The middle game of the three being played will feature the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Redskins. Dallas has won nine in a row and owns the NFL's best record at 9-1, which is good for first place in the NFC East division.
The Redskins (6-3-1) have also been rolling lately, coming off a 42-24 blowout win on national TV Sunday night against Green Bay. Dallas won a 27-23 squeaker in D.C. back in Week Two, but look for the 'Pokes to roll the 'Skins this time around.
The night game will have the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) facing the Indianapolis Colts (5-5) in Indy.
But the Colts will be without starting QB Andrew Luck (concussion) for this one. Scott Tolzien (former back up to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay) will get the call for the game and the Steelers beleaguered defense will be looking to make the most of their chance to prove their critics wrong.
It should be a great Turkey Day for the NFL with these three games, along with the rest of the action taking place on Sunday and Monday night.

For a look at all of the games, the following offers a capsule style preview and of course, the predictions for the games.

Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Detroit Lions (6-4) - This game could be another OT thriller.

Washington Redskins (6-3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (9-1) - Cowboys cannot be stopped.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5) - Colts will likely struggle without starting QB Andrew Luck . . . Take the Steelers.

Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Chicago Bears (2-8) - The stinker game of the week.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) at Buffalo Bills (5-5) - Bills should win this one.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) at Baltimore Ravens (5-5) - What has happened to the Bengals this season?

Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4) - The Falcons soar at home against a struggling Arizona team.

New York Giants (7-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-11) - The Giants are going for six wins a row.

Los Angeles Rams (4-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-6) - Drew Brees and company need this one. The Rams have a winning record on the road this season.

San Francisco 49ers (1-9) at Miami Dolphins (6-4) - The Dolphins are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.

San Diego Chargers (4-6) at Houston Texans (6-4) - The Chargers continue to find ways to lose games, especially in the fourth quarter.

Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) - The Seahawks better be ready or the Bucs will sting them.

Carolina Panthers (4-6) at Oakland Raiders (8-2) - The Raiders have won three straight games and QB Derek Carr is now in league MVP talk.

New England Patriots (8-2) at New York Jets (3-7) - This game was "flexed" out of the Sunday night prime time slot. Good reason for that . . . Patriots roll !

Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Denver Broncos (7-3) - The winner of this one will be in a very good spot going forward as far as playoff contention is concerned.

Green Bay Packers (4-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) - The loser of this Monday night game will likely not make the playoffs.

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

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

Last Week's Record:  10-4

SEASON RECORD:  102-57-2

Lock of the Week Record:  11-0

Monday, November 21, 2016

NFL - Week Eleven Review

The Dallas Cowboys just keep on rolling along, winning at home, 27-17 against the Baltimore Ravens as quarterback Dak Prescott had three touchdown passes, including two to wide receiver Dez Bryant. It was Dallas' ninth consecutive win.
The Seattle Seahawks blasted the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-15 as QB Russell Wilson passed for 272 yards and a touchdown and also caught a touchdown pass to go with a 72-yard TD run by C.J. Prosise. The Seattle defense intercepted Eagles QB Carson Wentz twice in the win.
The New England Patriots handed the host San Francisco 49ers their ninth straight loss in a 30-17
Xavier Rhodes had a huge game in Vikings win
contest as Pats QB Tom Brady had four TD passes.
The Minnesota Vikings (6-4) snapped a four-game losing streak thanks to two huge plays in a 30-24 win against Arizona.
Cordarrelle Patterson took the second half kickoff back 104 yards for a touchdown and Xavier Rhodes, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, had two interceptions, including a game changing 100-yard touchdown return of a pick. The Vikings defense rose to the occasion and also had four QB sacks to go with the two interceptions.

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The Buffalo Bills snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-12 road win at Cincinnati as kicker Dan Carpenter made three field goals to provide the difference . . .   The New York Giants outlasted the visiting Chicago Bears, 22-16 for their fifth consecutive victory. Giants QB Eli Manning hit WR Sterling Shepard on a 15-yard scoring pass late in the third quarter to provide the winning margin . . .   The Detroit Lions won a thriller over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 26-19 as Andre Roberts took a punt back 55 yards for a score and Eric Ebron's one-yard scoring run made the difference . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers won at Cleveland, 24-9 to snap a four-game losing streak. Le'Veon Bell scored a touchdown and rushed for 146 yards to lead the way . . .   The Indianapolis Colts nearly squandered a 21-0 lead but held off the visiting Tennessee Titans, 24-17 as QB Andrew Luck had two TD passes . . .   Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw two TD passes and the Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter to squeak out a 14-10 win at Los Angeles to spoil the debut of Rams rookie QB Jared Goff . . .  Tampa Bay beat the host Kansas City Chiefs, 19-17 behind four field goals by kicker Roberto Aguayo and a stellar defense that limited the Chiefs to just 82 yards on the ground and also forcing two turnovers . . .   Last Thursday night, the host Carolina Panthers built a 20-point lead and then  held on for a 23-20 win against the New Orleans Saints. Kicker Graham Gano made three field goals and RB Jonathan Stewart scored a rushing touchdown to offset two TD passes from QB Drew Brees . . .  The Washington Redskins squashed the visiting Green Bay Packers, 42-24 in the Sunday night game as QB Kirk Cousins had 375 passing yards and three touchdown passes to go with Robert Kelley's three rushing touchdowns and 137 yards on the ground. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 351 yards and three scores in the loss . . .  The Oakland Raiders (8-2) defeated the Houston Texans, 27-20 in come-from-behind fashion in the Monday night game as QB Derek Carr had three touchdown passes, including the game winning 35-yard TD pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper late in the fourth quarter.

Carolina 23, New Orleans 20
NY Giants 22, Chicago 16
Tampa Bay 19, Kansas City 17
Dallas 27, Baltimore 17
Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 9
Buffalo 16, Cincinnati 12
Detroit 26, Jacksonville 19
Indianapolis 24, Tennessee 17
Minnesota 30, Arizona 24
New England 30, San Francisco 17
Seattle 26, Philadelphia 15
Miami 14, Los Angeles 10
Washington 42, Green Bay 24
Oakland 27, Houston 20

Sunday, November 20, 2016

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten              (Week ending November 20)    

1.  Alabama (11-0)
2.  Ohio State (10-1)
3.  Clemson (10-1)
4.  Michigan (10-1)
5.  Wisconsin (9-2)
6.  Oklahoma (9-2)
7.  Penn State (9-2)
8.  Washington (10-1)
9.  Louisville (9-2)
10.  Colorado (9-2)

Friday, November 18, 2016

NFL - Week Eleven Preview

The NFL season is getting into crunch time as far as teams going for the playoffs are concerned.
Three of the bigger games this weekend include Philadelphia playing at Seattle, Green Bay at Washington in the Sunday night game and the Houston Texans facing the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Monday Night Football.
Both the Texans (6-3) and Raiders (7-2) are in first place in their divisions, so this game has big meaning as teams head toward the home stretch of the 2016 season.
The Redskins (5-3-1) are in the thick of the NFC wild card race while the Packers are struggling at 4-5, but are just one game back of the NFC North lead.
The Seahawks (6-2-1) have been getting it going again, including a huge road win against New England last week as the defense rose to the occasion as the game ended with a goal line stand. Philadelphia (5-4) is in last place in the strong NFC East division, but they know with a win this weekend, they could leap frog the Redskins and match the New York Giants for second place.

The other game this weekend are on tap below, with the capsule previews and followed by the predictions for the outcome.

Pittsburgh (4-5) at Cleveland (0-10) -  The Steelers have to get things going, right?

Baltimore (5-4) at Dallas (8-1) -  Will the Cowboys ever lose a game again?

Jacksonville (2-7) at Detroit (5-4) - The Lions have been playing good football . . . Jacksonville, not so much.

Tennessee (5-5) at Indianapolis (4-5) - This is a big game in the AFC South as both teams are chasing Houston.

Tampa Bay (4-5) at Kansas City (7-2) - Chiefs have won five straight games . . . The Bucs have been very erratic this year.

Buffalo (4-5) at Cincinnati (3-5-1) - The Bills have been reeling while the Bengals haven't been doing much better. Flip a coin in this one.

Chicago (2-7) at New York Giants (6-3) - The Bears have been awful while the Giants have won four in a row.

Arizona (4-4-1) at Minnesota (5-4) - The Vikings have lost four in a row and the Cardinals seem to be back on track after a terrible start.

Miami (5-4) at Los Angeles (4-5) - Rams rookie QB Jared Goff makes his debut this week against a red hot Miami Dolphins squad.

New England (7-2) at San Francisco (1-8) - The Patriots will be very angry after losing at home last week. The 49ers have lost eight straight games.

Philadelphia (5-4) at Seattle (6-2-1) - Take the Seahawks.

Green Bay (4-5) at Washington (5-3-1) - The Redskins can really knock the Packers down with a home victory in "prime time."

Houston (6-3) at Oakland (7-2) - Two first place teams going at it down in Mexico. Go figure.

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

Carolina over New Orleans
Pittsburgh over Cleveland
Dallas over Baltimore
Detroit over Jacksonville
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Kansas City over Tampa Bay
Cincinnati over Buffalo
NY Giants over Chicago
Arizona over Minnesota
Miami over Los Angeles
NEW ENGLAND over San Francisco
Seattle over Philadelphia
Green Bay over Washington
Oakland over Houston  (in Mexico City, Mexico)

Last Week's Record:  6-8

Lock of the Week Record:  10-0

Monday, November 14, 2016

NFL - Week Ten Review

It was a weekend of fantastic and strange finishes around the NFL as several games came down to the wire, including the Dallas Cowboys stunning 35-30 finish against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There were three touchdowns scored in the final two minutes of the game. The game had five lead changes and the Cowboys finally won it when running back Ezekiel Elliott (114 rush yards, 95 yards receiving) romped untouched for a 32-yard TD run (his third of the game) with just nine seconds remaining.
The Steelers had gone back in front when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (408 yards and three TD passes) threw a 15-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown with 42 seconds remaining.
But Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (319 passing yards and two TD) led the drive down the field that led to the winning score. The win was the eighth in a row for the Cowboys.
The Sunday night game was equally exciting as the Seattle Seahawks got a huge road win at New England, beating the Patriots, 31-24 as QB Russell Wilson led the way with three TD passes along with 348 passing yards. The game saw seven lead changes and the Seahawks scored with 4:08 left on Wilson's third TD pass to WR Doug Baldwin.
From there, the Patriots drove to the Seattle two-yard line, where the Seattle defense rose up and made a goal line stand to win the game. Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, made the play against tight end Rob Gronkowski to end the drama. Chancellor (pictured left) made eight tackles in the game and also forced a fumble.
Pats' RB LeGarrette Blount scored three rushing touchdowns in the loss.
The Denver Broncos outlasted the host New Orleans Saints, 25-23 thanks to a blocked PAT kick that was returned for two points by Will Parks in the final minute of play.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had two TD passes in the win while Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 303 yards with three TD strikes and two interceptions.
The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the host Carolina Panthers, 20-17 as kicker Carlos Santos made a 37-yard field goal as time expired. It was the fourth field goal for Santos. Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry took an interception back 42 yards for the only touchdown for Kansas City.
A strange fourth quarter in San Diego saw Chargers QB Philip Rivers intercepted FOUR times as the Miami Dolphins rallied back from an early deficit to beat the host Chargers, 31-24. Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso took a pick back 60 yards to the house to make the difference with just a minute to play in the game.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers smashed the Chicago Bears, 36-10 as the defense forced four turnovers, including a "pick six" interception by safety Chris Conte and also scored a safety to lead the way . . .  The Houston Texans held off the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-21 as QB Brock Osweiler threw two TD passes and Kareem Jackson took an interception back 42 yards for a score . . .  The Washington Redskins handed the Minnesota Vikings their fourth consecutive loss with a 26-20 home win. 'Skins QB Kirk Cousins had a pair of TD passes to offset Vikings QB Sam Bradford's two scoring passes. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins made four field goals in the second half to provide the difference in the outcome . . .  The Los Angeles Rams rode three field goals by kicker Steve Zuerlein to beat the New York Jets, 9-6 . . .   Philadelphia got a home win against the Atlanta Falcons, 24-15 as RB Ryan Mathews scored a pair of rushing touchdowns . . .  The Tennessee Titans had a 47-25 rout of the visiting Green Bay Packers as QB Marcus Mariota threw four touchdown passes and RB DeMarco Murray (123 yards) scored on a 75-yard run to lead the way. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had two TD passes (and two INT) and a rushing TD in the loss  . . .   The Arizona Cardinals held off the stubborn San Francisco 49ers, 23-20 as kicker Chandler Catanzaro  drilled a 34-yard field goal as time ran out to send the 49ers to their eighth consecutive defeat . . .  The Baltimore Ravens rolled the visiting Cleveland Browns, 28-7 last Thursday night as the defense limited the Browns (0-10) to a paltry 144 total yards in offense. Meanwhile, Baltimore QB Joe Flacco had three TD passes to pace the easy win . . .  Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns and the New York Giants used a balanced offensive attack to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 21-20 on Monday Night Football.

Week Ten Scores
Baltimore 28, Cleveland 7
Washington 26, Minnesota 20
Tampa Bay 36, Chicago 10
Kansas City 20, Carolina 17
Los Angeles 9, NY Jets 6
Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 15
Houston 24, Jacksonville 21
Tennessee 47, Green Bay 25
Denver 25, New Orleans 23
Dallas 35, Pittsburgh 30
Arizona 23, San Francisco 20
Miami 31, San Diego 24
Seattle 31, New England 24
NY Giants 21, Cincinnati 20


Sunday, November 13, 2016

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten                  (Week ending November 13)     

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

NFL - Week Ten Preview

It's a flashback weekend in the NFL when the Dallas Cowboys face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
These two storied franchises have played in many classics through the years, including going at it in three Super Bowls.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowls 10 and 13 over Dallas (21-17 in 10 and 35-31 in 13) before the Cowboys got some revenge 17 years later by winning 27-17 in Super Bowl 30.
Some of the names throughout the years include Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, "Mean" Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Andy Russell, Mel Blount, Drew Pearson, Tony Dorsett, Bob Lily, Randy White, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith and countless others.
Let's not forget the legendary coaches either.  Chuck Noll and Tom Landry in the 1970's along with Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson (and yes Barry Switzer) in the 1990's.
This Sunday when they meet up in Pittsburgh, it will be Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott's turn for Dallas and Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown for the Steelers.
The Cowboys have been rolling since losing the season opener to the New York Giants, winning seven consecutive games.  The Steelers are 4-4 and are coming off a loss to the Baltimore Ravens (on the road) last week. Roethlisberger saw action in the game after missing two weeks with a knee injury.
Regardless the outcome this weekend, these two teams should be in contention for the playoffs the rest of the way.
For a brief look at all of the games, here is the capsule previews for all of the action.

Minnesota (5-3) at Washington (4-3-1) - This game could go either way, although the Vikings have been reeling lately.

Green Bay (4-4) at Tennessee (4-5) - Who cares?

Chicago (2-6) at Tampa Bay (3-5) -  See above comment.

Kansas City (6-2) at Carolina (3-5) - Both of these teams are hot right now.

Atlanta (6-3) at Philadelphia (4-4) - The Eagles need this game.

Los Angeles (3-5) at New York Jets (3-6) - Joe Namath played for both of these teams once upon a time.

Denver (6-3) at New Orleans (4-4) - The Saints are rolling right now, the Broncos not so much.

Houston (5-3) at Jacksonville (2-6) - The Jags could win this game. Which Houston team will show up?

Miami (4-4) at San Diego (4-5) - The Dolphins have won three straight games, but that streak ends this weekend against the Bolts.

Dallas (7-1) at Pittsburgh (4-4) - Can the Steelers slow down the Cowboys? This game likely will go down to the wire.

San Francisco (1-7) at Arizona (3-4-1) - Cardinals roll !

Seattle (5-2-1) at New England (7-1) - The Sunday night "prime time" game between the two teams that went at it in the memorable Super Bowl two years ago.  A must see game!

Cincinnati (3-4-1) at New York Giants (5-3) - Eli and the G-men taking on the Bengals on Monday Night Football . . . take the Giants.

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

Baltimore over Cleveland
Washington over Minnesota 
Green Bay over Tennessee
Tampa Bay over Chicago
Carolina over Kansas City
Philadelphia over Atlanta
NY Jets over Los Angeles
New Orleans over Denver
Jacksonville over Houston
San Diego over Miami
Pittsburgh over Dallas
ARIZONA over San Francisco
New England over Seattle
NY Giants over Cincinnati

Last Week's Record:  11-2


Lock of the Week Record:  9-0


Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Donald Trump is the President of the United States?

Strange but true.

Monday, November 7, 2016

NFL - Week Nine Review

The Oakland Raiders are for real.
They showed that Sunday night in Oakland as they manhandled the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, 30-20 as running back Latavius Murray scored three touchdowns to lead the way to victory. The Raiders defense limited the Broncos to a paltry 33 yards rushing in the game.
The New York Giants held off the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-23 behind four touchdown passes from Eli Manning and the defense getting two interceptions, plus holding the Eagles four times on fourth
Lions kicker Matt Prater was clutch.
The Detroit Lions stunned the Minnesota Vikings, 22-16 in overtime for a big road win. Detroit trailed 16-13 with just over 30 seconds to play in regulation when QB Matthew Stafford rallied them down the field to set up kicker Matt Prater, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, for a game tying 58-yard field goal as time ran out.
In the extra session, Stafford connected with wide receiver Golden Tate for a 28-yard TD pass to win the game and send the Vikings to their third consecutive loss.

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The Dallas Cowboys won their seventh straight game as they blasted the host Cleveland Browns, 35-10 as QB Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns and RB Ezekiel Elliott scored two rushing touchdowns . . .  The Carolina Panthers won a yawner on the road, 13-10 over the Los Angeles Rams despite gaining just 244 total yards in offense . . .  The Indianapolis Colts knocked off the host Green Bay Packers, 31-26 behind a pair of scoring runs by Frank Gore and a 99-yard kickoff return by Jordan Todman. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes in the loss . . .   Baltimore beat the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-14 to spoil the return of QB Ben Roethlisberger. A 95-yard TD pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace and a blocked punt for a score made the difference for the Ravens in the win  . . . New Orleans (4-4) steam rolled past the host San Francisco 49ers, 41-23 as QB Drew Brees had three TD passes to go with 323 passing yards. Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 158 yards and scored twice as both teams combined for 1,057 yards in offense . . .   Kansas City beat the stubborn Jacksonville Jaguars, 19-14 as kicker Cairo Santos made four field goals to offset two TD passes by Jags' QB Blake Bortles . . .  The  Miami Dolphins (4-4) won a wild game against the New York Jets, 27-23 in a game that had four lead changes. Kenyan Drake took a kickoff back 96 yards for the deciding touchdown in the fourth quarter after Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an 18-yard TD pass to WR Jalin Marshall . . .  The San Diego Chargers put on an offensive show as they toppled the visiting Tennessee Titans, 43-35. Chargers RB Melvin Gordon had a career best 196 yards rushing and 65 receiving yards to go with a touchdown while QB Philip Rivers had two TD passes and the Chargers defense scored two touchdowns (fumble return and interception). Titans QB Marcus Mariota ran for a score and threw for three more scores in defeat . . .  The Atlanta Falcons blasted the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 43-28 last Thursday night as QB Matt Ryan had 344 yards passing to go with four TD passes . . .  In the Monday Night Football game, the Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) beat the Buffalo Bills, 31-25 behind a pair of TD passes from Russell Wilson to tight end Jimmy Graham. The loss was the third straight for the Bills, who slipped to 4-5 for the season.

Atlanta 43, Tampa Bay 28
Dallas 35, Cleveland 10
Baltimore 21, Pittsburgh 14
NY Giants 28, Philadelphia 23
Miami 27, NY Jets 23
Kansas City 19, Jacksonville 14
Detroit 22, Minnesota 16 (OT)
New Orleans 41, San Francisco 23
Carolina 13, Los Angeles 10
Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26
San Diego 43, Tennessee 35
Oakland 30, Denver 20
Seattle 31, Buffalo 25

Sunday, November 6, 2016


No matter who you should decide to vote for, just exercise your right to do so. The choice for President of the United States of America here is Hillary Clinton.
God Bless America!

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten                (Week ending November 6)     

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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

NFL - Week Nine Preview

Better late than never, but have been really busy this week (what with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years) and so now it's time for the NFL Week Nine Heftyinfo preview for the games.
There are some games that appear to be very competitive this weekend, including both prime time games on Sunday night and the Monday Night Football game.
The Denver Broncos face the Oakland Raiders (both 6-2) on Sunday night in a battle for first place in the AFC West.
The Raiders have been blistering on offense this season while the Broncos, once again are doing their thing on defense. Last week, the Broncos avenged a loss to the San Diego Chargers by knocking them off, 27-19 as they sacked Philip Rivers four times and intercepted three passes, including one for a touchdown.
The Raiders won in overtime at Tampa Bay as quarterback Derek Carr had a HUGE game, passing for over 500 yards with four touchdowns.
The Monday night game features the Buffalo Bills (4-4) traveling to take on the Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1) who lost at New Orleans last week.
The Bills have been up and down so far this season, losing their first two games and then winning four in a row prior to losing their last two games. The Seahawks have been banged up of late and are struggling on offense. The defense has been solid once again as the 'Hawks have allowed the second fewest points (109) in pro football through seven games.
Two fierce rivals go at it on Sunday afternoon when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams do not like each other and with just a game separating them in the AFC North standings, this tilt should be a good one.

For a look at all of the games this weekend (13 games with six teams having the bye week) the following offers a capsule style look, followed by the picks for the games.

Pittsburgh (4-3) at Baltimore (3-4) - The Ravens are looking to snap a four-game skid and the Steelers are without Big Ben.

Dallas (6-1) at Cleveland (0-8) - One of the NFL's best teams going against the worst team in the league.

Jacksonville (2-5) at Kansas City (5-2) - Two teams headed in opposite directions . . . Take the Chiefs.

NY Jets (3-5) at Miami (3-4) - The loser of this game faces a very tough road ahead if they want to contend for a playoff spot.

Philadelphia (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3) - These teams need to keep pace with the first place Cowboys.

Detroit (4-4) at Minnesota (5-2) - The Vikings were embarrassed by the Bears on national TV last week.

Carolina (2-5) at Los Angeles (3-4) - The Panthers could boost themselves back into contention in the NFC South. A win here would do them well. Rams are struggling.

New Orleans (3-4) at San Francisco (1-6) - Upset Alert?  It's a possibility.

Tennessee (4-4) at San Diego (3-5) - Chargers were rolling until they came across a good defense last week, but the Titans defense isn't all that good . . .  Take the Chargers.

Indianapolis (3-5) at Green Bay (4-3) - Two mediocre teams going at it in this one.

Denver (6-2) at Oakland (6-2) - The Raiders playing a division rival in "prime time" at home in the Black Hole. Must watch game here.

Buffalo (4-4) at Seattle (4-2-1) - The Seahawks should win this game,  but remember that former Seattle player Percy Harvin is back from retirement to play for the Bills.

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

Atlanta over Tampa Bay
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
Dallas over Cleveland
KANSAS CITY over Jacksonville
Miami over NY Jets
NY Giants over Philadelphia
Minnesota over Detroit
Carolina over Los Angeles
New Orleans over San Francisco
San Diego over Tennessee
Green Bay over Indianapolis
Oakland over Denver
Seattle over Buffalo

Last Week's Record:  7-5-1


Lock of the Week Record:  8-0

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Believe It !!! 

The Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Series Champions of Major League Baseball.