Monday, April 17, 2017

NBA PLAYOFFS - Previews and Forecast

The 2016-17 NBA Playoffs are underway and the favorites without a doubt to win the NBA championship are the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors (67-15) closed the regular season on a 15-1 roll to clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs, including the NBA Finals. Led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, they should cruise to the NBA title for the second time in three years.
The only team that could possibly stop them would be the San Antonio Spurs (2-1 vs. Golden State in the regular season, including a 20-plus point blowout victory when Durant was active for the game) who finished the season with a 61-21 mark, but staggered home by going just 9-7 to close the regular campaign.
The Spurs are led by Kawhi  Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge and still have two of the "Big Three" in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, along with a deep bench with Patty Mills and David Lee among the stalwarts.
Look for these two teams to clash in the Western Conference Finals in a series that may very well go the full seven games.
In the East, it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers (defending NBA champs) will get back to the Finals once again. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead the way for the Cavs and only the Boston Celtics have an edge (or so it seems) against Cleveland as they are the number-one seed in the playoffs.
The dark horse team could be the Washington Wizards, who finished strong and are looking healthy as the post-season begins.

PREDICTIONS - Western Conference
Golden State over Portland in four games
San Antonio over Memphis in five games
Houston over Oklahoma City in six games
Los Angeles Clippers over Utah in seven games

Semi-Finals
Golden State over Los Angeles Clippers in four games
San Antonio over Houston in six games

Western Conference Finals
Golden State over San Antonio in seven games


PREDICTIONS - Eastern Conference
Boston over Chicago in seven games
Cleveland over Indiana in six games
Milwaukee over Toronto in six games
Washington over Atlanta in seven games

Semi-Finals
Boston over Washington in seven games
Cleveland over Milwaukee in five games

Eastern Conference Finals
Cleveland over Boston in six games


NBA FINALS -  Golden State Warriors over Cleveland Cavaliers in five games.




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview

The Stanley Cup Playoffs get it going this week and the favorites to advance to the Finals are the Chicago Blackhawks (Western Conference) and the Washington Capitals, the top team in the Eastern
Conference, who also had the best record in the NHL this season.
The Caps have been labeled as "chokers" in recent years after posting big regular seasons before exiting the playoffs short of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Blackhawks were one of the hottest teams going from early February all the way through the end of March, which catapulted them past the Minnesota Wild to win their division as well as compile the most points in the West.
The question is whether either team can make it to the Finals this year. The Blackhawks bowed out early in last year's playoffs the year after winning their third Stanley Cup in a six year span.
Both conferences have several teams that could get hot and make it to the Finals, so that makes the playoffs look like they will be ultra-competitive, at least on paper.

For a look at the playoff chase for the 2016-17 NHL season, Heftyinfo will attempt to pick the Stanley Cup champion.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers -  Canadiens in five games.
Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins -  Senators in six games.
Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Capitals in six games.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Blue Jackets in seven games.

Second Round
Montreal Canadiens over Ottawa Senators in six games.
Washington Capitals over Columbus Blue Jackets in seven games.


WESTERN CONFERENCE
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators -  Blackhawks in six games.
Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues -  Wild in six games.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames -  Flames in seven games.
Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks -  Sharks in six games.

Second Round
Chicago Blackhawks over Minnesota Wild in five games.
San Jose Sharks over Calgary Flames in six games.

Conference Finals
EAST -  Montreal Canadiens over Washington Capitals in six games.
WEST - Chicago Blackhawks over San Jose Sharks in five games.




                                                                  STANLEY CUP FINALS

              
   Montreal Canadiens over Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.


























Sunday, April 9, 2017

War Is Sell

Here we go again.
After fourteen years, the republicans once again have complete control of the power in Washington, D.C. and the drums of war are starting again. Cue the music reminiscent of the Bush/Cheney years (2002-03 to be exact) when they and their cronies went on the political talking shows on TV and radio and sold the American people that a Middle East war was necessary to keep America safe.

Yeah right.

Remember the "weapons of mass destruction" that now deceased Iraqi leader Sadaam Hussein supposedly had possession of and was ready to hit the United States with?
Me neither.
There were NONE, but Hussein did gas his own people, much like what happened in Syria in recent days.
So now here is Trump and his minions beating the drums of war once again. In fact, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was stating we should have a repeat of the actions from 2003 and do for Syria (and possibly other Middle Eastern countries) what we were supposed to do back when W and company were running things.
We all see how that has turned out.
Never again people . . .  NEVER AGAIN!
It doesn't work and causes even more terrorism to form among the people living over there. They hate us for the actions taken and will do so again.
So why bother repeating these same failing policies and put our troops at risk?
As Ozzy and Black Sabbath said decades ago in song, "The war machine keeps turning."
Indeed it does and now with the GOP in charge of things (thanks idiot voters) after the 2016 elections, look for the worse to come in the next four years (possibly two years if the American voters can get their heads out of their collective asses) as the same old tired policies take shape again.
We have seen this show before my fellow Americans and it doesn't turn out well . . .  for anyone.
But the political talkers will be following in lock step with the mantra we must fight the "war on terror" and repeat the actions of 2002-03 and invade foreign countries, destroy their infrastructure and then rebuild them.
Dramatic pause . . . 
The congressional elections are in less than two years (November 2018) and that will be the chance for the American people to send a real message to the powers that be that we the people do not want this crap again like we saw a decade-and-a-half ago.
Vote the bums out (if you can get to the polls thanks to the aggressive voter suppression efforts as well as gerrymandering via the republican parties in control in so many states) in November of 2018 and replace them with leaders who will enact a different strategy.
The United States of America cannot go down this road we are currently on any longer.
We cannot afford it, in human or monetary losses.

Stay tuned . . .








Thursday, April 6, 2017

MITCH McCONNELL HIJACKS DEMOCRACY

Today, democracy died in  the United States of America.
McTurtle
 The U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch (McTurtle) McConnell, a REPUBLICAN, decided to use the so-called "nuclear" option to blow up the Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, a radical right-wing extremist for the United States Supreme Court.
McConnell is nothing more than a corporate shill and this action further proves just that after he bowed to his corporate masters once again.
This same spineless McConnell is the one who refused to give a hearing to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for the SCOTUS last spring, following the death of Antonin Scalia.

Hey Mitch McConnell, you are a TRAITOR to the United States of America . . . Gorsuch will always have an asterisk next to his name regarding being a justice on the United States Supreme Court.





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

North Carolina Reigns Once Again In College Hoops

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 71-65 to capture their sixth overall NCAA Basketball championship.
It was Gonzaga's first ever appearance in the championship game while the Tar Heels were able to get a measure of redemption after losing a close one last year to Villanova in the title game.

Congratulations  NORTH CAROLINA . . .  2016-17 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions !!!






Friday, March 31, 2017

Major League Baseball - 2017 Season Preview

Play Ball !

The 2017 Major League Baseball season begins on Sunday as the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs (yes, that is correct Cubs fans) take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the "prime time" Sunday night opener.
The New York Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays while the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks in two other games earlier on Sunday. The rest of the 30 major league teams get it going on Monday.
It will be very interesting to see if the Cubs can do it again after a memorable seven game Fall Classic last year that saw them beat the Cleveland Indians to claim their first World Series title in 108 years.
The Boston Red Sox spent some money and also mortgaged their future by trading big time prospects to land Chicago White Sox ace pitcher Chris Sale to go along with David Price and Rick Porcello in the starting rotation. Porcello enjoyed an especially big time career season in 2016 when he led baseball with 22 victories.
The Bosox seem to be the overwhelming choice to win the American League pennant and face the Cubbies in the 2017 World Series.

Not so fast !

There are many teams that will contend in the loaded American League as well as numerous teams in the National League that will surely challenge the Chicago Cubs to represent the senior circuit in the World Series.
For a look at the 2017 pennant chase, Heftyinfo will attempt to break down the division races for the 2017 MLB season and also predict the playoff winners and World Series champions as well.

Here goes nothing . . .

AMERICAN LEAGUE 

East Division
1.  Boston - The Red Sox payroll makes winning it all a must.
2.  Baltimore - Every season, the Birds are written off and yet they are always in contention for the division title.
3.  Toronto - They will definitely miss Edwin Encarnacion's bat this season.
4.  New York Yankees - They could be a surprise team this year and actually make the playoffs.
5.  Tampa Bay - The Rays could play .500 ball this year and still finish in the basement in the best division in the big leagues.

Central Division
1.  Cleveland - The Tribe is loaded and can win it all this season IF they stay healthy.
2.  Detroit - The Tigers last hurrah?
3.  Kansas City - Far cry from the team that won it all just two years ago.
4.  Minnesota - Which Twins team will show up this year?
5.  Chicago White Sox - The rebuilding has begun.

West Division
1.  Houston - The Astros have no excuses this year.
2.  Texas - The starting pitching looks shaky after Darvish and Hamels.
3.  Seattle - This team has potential, but can they maintain for the entire season?
4.  Los Angeles Angels - They should fend off the A's to avoid the basement.
5.  Oakland - At least the A's are staying put in Oakland.


NATIONAL LEAGUE 

East Division
1.  Washington - Can the Nationals put it all together this year?
2.  New York Mets - Pitching, pitching, pitching.
3.  Atlanta - The Braves may surprise some people.
4.  Miami - Too many question marks with their pitching staff.
5.  Philadelphia - The Phillies are getting better, but . . .

Central Division
1.  Chicago Cubs -  Go Cubs Go!
2.  St. Louis - The Cardinals will hang with the Cubs most of the summer. Wild card team for sure.
3.  Pittsburgh - The Pirates need a big turnaround after last season's debacle.
4.  Milwaukee - The Brew Crew will be improved, possibly a .500 team this season.
5.  Cincinnati - The Reds have a long way to go.

West Division
1.  Los Angeles Dodgers - This team is loaded and could get to the World Series this year.
2.  San Francisco - Never count the Giants out. Manager Bruce Bochy is among the best in baseball.
3.  Arizona - The Diamondbacks need a better season from their starting pitching. Offense is solid.
4.  Colorado - They hit lots of home runs, but the pitching is still going to hold them back again this season.
5.  San Diego - This is basically a glorified Triple A ball team.

AL Wild CardsBaltimore over Detroit

NL Wild Cards - San Francisco over St. Louis

American League Division Series
Baltimore over Cleveland
Boston over Houston

National League Division Series
Chicago Cubs over San Francisco
Los Angeles Dodgers over Washington

ALCS
Boston over Baltimore

NLCS 
Chicago Cubs over Los Angeles Dodgers



WORLD SERIES                                                      

Chicago Cubs over Boston Red Sox























Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Madness - The Final Four Is Set


The NCAA Basketball tournament is down to the Final Four next weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be facing the South Carolina Gamecocks, the "Cinderella team" in one national semi-final game. The other game will feature the Oregon Ducks playing the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Bulldogs are in their first ever Final Four as is the South Carolina team. Meanwhile, the Oregon Ducks are making their first appearance since the 1939 NCAA tournament.
The Tar Heels, considered a "blue blood" program by many collegiate sports analysts, will likely be the favorite to win the championship game next Monday night.
However, the old saying "that is why they play the games" rings ever true regarding this year's NCAA tournament.
South Carolina has especially been the big "bracket buster" this March and they could knock off the 'Zags and quite possibly win it all.
Go back and check history when North Carolina State did the impossible and knocked off the high flying Houston Cougars (known as Phi Slama Jama) back in the 1983 tournament. Not to be outdone, the Villanova Wildcats stunned the heavily favored and defending national champion Georgetown Hoyas two years later in the 1985 championship game.
So it is NOT a far reach to pick a championship game between Oregon and South Carolina. How about North and South Carolina going at it for all the marbles? That would be one for the ages.
Gonzaga finally got the monkey off their backs and will have a chance to cut the nets down in Phoenix as well. They would be a big favorite against Oregon, but would likely be the underdog against North Carolina.
Just three games left in the 2017 version of March Madness.
Stay tuned.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Wide Open Race

This year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is wide open and should provide some real excitement over the next three weeks.
Here are Heftyinfo picks to advance to the FINAL FOUR for the 2017 tournament.

Villanova is the pick to win it all again, which would make them the first back-to-back champions since Florida ten years ago. 







March Madness

It's selection Sunday . . . let the (March) madness begin.

Monday, March 6, 2017

AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 46

 And the beat (ing) (of the United States of America) goes on.

These bastards have got to go!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

College Basketball Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Basketball Top Ten            (Week ending March 5)                  
                

1.  Kansas (28-3)
2.  Villanova (28-3)
3.  UCLA (28-3)
4.  Gonzaga (30-1)
5.  North Carolina (26-6)
6.  Oregon (27-4)
7.  Arizona (27-4)
8.  Kentucky (26-5)
9.  Louisville (24-7)
10.  Baylor (25-6)
 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

College Basketball Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Basketball Top Ten                   (Week ending February 26) 


1.  Kansas (26-3)
2.  Villanova (27-3)
3.  UCLA (25-3)
4.  North Carolina (25-5)
5.  Gonzaga (29-1)
6.  Oregon (26-4)
7.  Arizona (26-4)
8.  Kentucky (24-5)
9.  Louisville (22-6)
10.  Baylor (23-6) 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Freedom Of The Press

Would be dictator wants to dumb down the American people with a fabricated war on the free press right here in the United States of America.

GO FUCK YOURSELF TRUMP! 




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another Good One Gone

                                                               Rest In Peace  Alan Colmes 



Sunday, February 5, 2017

PATRIOTS STUN FALCONS TO WIN SUPER BOWL

Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP Award
The New England Patriots won Super Bowl 51, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 as they came back from a 25-point deficit in the first ever Super Bowl to be decided in overtime.
Patriots running back James White scored his third touchdown of the game on a two-yard run to win the game in the OT session. For the game, White also had 14 receptions for 110 yards and a receiving touchdown to go with his two rushing scores.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and two touchdowns to earn the Most Valuable Player award, his record fourth MVP honor in a Super Bowl. In addition, it was the fifth Super Bowl title for the Patriots in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.
The Falcons built a 21-3 halftime lead and scored right out of the gate in the third quarter to make it a 28-3 lead when QB Matt Ryan threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a six-yard strike to running back Tevin Coleman.
From there, New England outscored the Falcons 31-0 (including the game winning TD in the OT) to give them their fifth overall Super Bowl title.
One of the key plays for the Patriots was a circus catch by wide receiver Julian Edelman that kept the fourth quarter drive going as they mounted the furious comeback win.
Atlanta's defense was swarming in the first half as they harassed Brady, including an 82-yard interception return by Robert Alford for a touchdown to make it 21-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
So, the Atlanta Falcons are left to wonder what might have been as they squandered the biggest lead ever to lose a Super Bowl game.
As for the Patriots, the dynasty run continues as they get their fifth Super Bowl title since 2001 and Brady and Belichick solidify their legend as the greatest player-coach duo ever in NFL history.

L.T. Headlines 2017 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Class

LaDainian Tomlinson is Hall-of-Fame bound
The Pro Football Hall-of-Fame selected seven new members to be inducted into the shrine in Canton, Ohio next summer and leading the way will be former running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who set numerous records in his 11-year NFL career, including the first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
Tomlinson smashed the NFL record for rushing touchdowns and points scored by an individual player for a single season in 2006 when he scored 31 total touchdowns (186 points) which included an astounding 28 rushing touchdowns.
In fact, in that 2006 season,  L.T. outscored the Oakland Raiders team by himself. Tomlinson ranks third all time in the NFL in touchdowns scored (162) and fifth on the leading rushers list with 13,684 yards.
Along with Tomlinson, the 2006 NFL MVP, being inducted will be Kurt Warner (QB- Rams, Giants and Cardinals), who appeared in three Super Bowls with one title while playing in St. Louis.
Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis will also go in along with kicker and all-time NFL scoring leader Morten Andersen and defensive standout Jason Taylor. Kenny Easley, an All-Pro with the Seattle Seahawks in the 1980's and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will also be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

SUPER BOWL 51 PREVIEW

Here it is, Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, the two top teams in the NFL,
going at it in Houston on Sunday.
The Patriots have been rolling, winners of nine straight games heading into this one. The Falcons have won six consecutive games and boast the league's highest scoring offense, averaging 33.8 points per game, including 40 points per game in two playoff games.
The Patriots defense led the NFL in scoring points allowed, giving up just 15.6 points per game in the regular season. In the playoffs, they have allowed 16.5 points per game so it will be interesting to see how they will stop or at least slow down the high flying Atlanta offense.
The Patriots figure to put some points on the board as quarterback Tom Brady and company have averaged 35 points per game in the post-season as they torched both Pittsburgh and Houston, which had the NFL's top overall defense this past season.
The Falcons are led by QB Matt Ryan, who had his best ever season in his nine-year NFL career in
Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been huge in the playoffs
2016, throwing for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions. He can get the ball to many different targets, including perhaps the NFL's best wide receiver Julio Jones, who had 83 receptions for 1,409 yards and six scores. Jones scorched the Green Bay Packers for nine catches and 180 yards with two touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game.
Also in the mix is Mohamed Sanu (59 catches for 653 yards and four TD) and Taylor Gabriel, who averaged 16.5 yards per grab with six touchdowns.
The running game is among the best in pro football with the tandem of Devonta Freeman (1,079 yards rushing and eleven touchdowns) and Tevin Coleman, who scored eight rushing touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The pair also combined for 75 receptions, which was good for five touchdowns.
The Falcons defense was suspect at best this past season, giving up 25.4 points per game, but has been much better in the playoffs, giving up 41 points in their two games while walloping both Seattle (36-20) and Green Bay (44-21) in the process.
The Patriots have Brady (four Super Bowl titles in six appearances) leading their offense as he had 28 TD passes and only two picks thrown in the regular season.
Tom Brady is looking for another Super Bowl title
Among Brady's favorite targets are Julian Edelman (98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three TD in regular season), Martellus Bennett (55, 701, seven TD), James White (60, 551, five TD) and Chris Hogan, who had nine receptions for 180 yards and two scores in the AFC Championship Game win against Pittsburgh.
New England will be without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been on the injured reserve list since late November.
The Pats can also run the football as LeGarrette Blount went for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. Dion Lewis recently returned to the lineup following numerous injuries and had a huge game in the Divisional Round playoff game, scoring three times against the Houston Texans.
Look for both teams to attempt to mix it up on offense in what could very well be a high scoring affair. The Patriots are a three-point favorite to win the game, with the total points scored sitting at 58 1/2 points.
That doesn't mean it will come to be as many factors could occur in the Super Bowl. After all, no one can predict injuries or turnovers and those two always contribute to change the outcome of a game.
The call here is for a close game, with the Patriots pulling it out as Tom Brady gets yet another Super Bowl MVP award.


PREDICTION -  New England Patriots 31,  Atlanta Falcons 24




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What A Farce

Trump's choice for the Supreme Court of the United States in a nut shell . . .


                          FILIBUSTER

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Falcons, Patriots Advance to Super Bowl

It will be the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI in two weeks.
The Falcons crushed the Green Bay Packers, 44-21 while the Patriots blasted the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17 to move on to the Super Bowl for a record ninth time, including the seventh time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (pictured left) had four touchdown passes (and one rushing TD) along with 392
passing yards while wide receiver Julio Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta defense harassed Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (287 pass yards, three TD, one interception) all game long, which included two sacks.
It's the Falcons first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998 season, when they lost to the Denver Broncos in that one in what was Broncos' Hall-of-Fame QB John Elway's last game.

Tom Brady and the Patriots are Super Bowl bound again
In New England, the Patriots dominated the Steelers in a rout as QB Tom Brady threw for 384 yards and three scores while his main targets were wideouts Chris Hogan (9 receptions for 180 yards, two
TD) and Julian Edelman, who had eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots defense bent, but did not break as they limited Pittsburgh to just 17 points and gathered two turnovers. Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell was limited to just six carries for 20 yards and left the game in the first half with a groin injury and didn't return for the remainder of the game.
So now it is on to Houston and Super Bowl LI for the Patriots as Brady looks to become the all-time leader in Super Bowl victories for a quarterback while Belichick attempts to do likewise among NFL Head Coaches in a career.





AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - DAY THREE

Alternative facts?  There is no such thing. 


Saturday, January 21, 2017

AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - DAY TWO


NFL PLAYOFFS - AFC and NFC Championship Games Preview

Here we go football fans.
The AFC and NFC Championship games take place on Sunday with a trip to Super Bowl 51 on the line.
Once again, the New England Patriots are there as they make a record sixth consecutive appearance when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC match. The early game will be the NFC title tilt between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons in the last game being played in the Georgia Dome.
All in all, it looks to be a great day of football ahead as quarterbacks Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan lead the way in these games.
The Packers have been rolling, winning eight straight games heading into this one. The Falcons beat Green Bay, 33-32 back in Week Eight in Atlanta.
Both teams can score tons of points to go along with suspect defenses, so look for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Falcons Matt Ryan to spread the football around and the scoreboard to light up as these two teams go back and forth in what should be a high scoring affair.
Meanwhile, in the AFC game that follows up, the Patriots rate a slight edge simply because they are so tough to beat at home. The Steelers offense has to perform better than last weekend when they couldn't put the ball in the end zone in a victory at Kansas City.
New England can score and of course, QB Tom Brady had another monster season (28 TD passes with just two interceptions) and did that without his favorite target Rob Gronkowski, who is out for the season after going on IR after playing roughly half the season.
The Patriots defense led the NFL in scoring 'D', giving up just 250 points in the regular season. The Steelers defense has been steadily improving as the playoffs approached and has given up only 28 points in two post-season games.
This game might not be as high scoring as most "experts" might think even with Brady and Ben Roethlisberger leading the two dynamic offenses.

Heftyinfo predictions -  Green Bay 35, Atlanta 31
                                        
                                       New England 24, Pittsburgh 17


Last Week's Record:  2-2
  
Playoffs Record:  5-3