Monday, December 11, 2017

NFL - Week Fourteen Recap

It was the good, the bad and the ugly this weekend around the NFL as two teams clinched division titles and punched their tickets to the NFL playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (both 11-2) did just that on Sunday as they won  exciting games. Philadelphia beat the Los Angeles Rams, 43-35 on the road, and that was the good. But the bad was they lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz for the rest of the season with a torn ACL knee injury.
Wentz left the game after throwing four touchdown passes as the Eagles amassed 455 yards in  total offense. The Rams took a 35-31 lead early in the fourth quarter on running back Todd Gurley's second TD run of the game. But the Eagles rallied with two field goals and a defensive score as time expired to win it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won at home, 39-38 over the Baltimore Ravens as QB Ben Roethlisberger lit  up the vaunted Ravens defense with 506 passing yards and two touchdown passes to lead the way. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal in the final minute to make the difference. It was the fourth time this season Boswell has been the hero with a late kick to win the game. Ravens QB Joe Flacco had two TD passes in the setback, which dropped Baltimore to 7-6.
The Carolina Panthers outlasted the Minnesota Vikings, 31-24 to improve to 9-4 and force a first place tie with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. Running back Jonathan Stewart (103 rushing yards) scored three touchdowns, including the game winner from one yard in the final two minutes of regulation.
Jacksonville (9-4) won a chippy game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, 30-24 as both teams scored at will after a 3-0 Jags lead at halftime. Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles had two TD passes and the defense intercepted three passes. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had three TD passes in defeat.
Last Thursday night, the host Atlanta Falcons (8-5) beat the New Orleans Saints, 20-17 in a huge NFC South showdown. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant made a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to provide the winning margin. The Saints have lost two of three games after an eight game winning streak.

                                                        Elsewehere Around the NFL  . . . . . . .  

The Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) won a big game at home as they pounded the Oakland Raiders, 26-15. The Chiefs defense forced three turnovers and had three sacks to pace the win while kicker Harrison Butker drilled four field goals . . .  The Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) blasted the Washington Redskins, 30-13 as QB Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two scores while the defense limited the 'Skins offense to only 201 yards in total offense . . .  The Green Bay Packers kept slim playoff hopes alive with a come-from-behind 27-21 victory in OT as QB Brett Hundley threw a 25-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Davante Adams . . .  The Buffalo Bills (7-6) outlasted the Indianapolis Colts, 13-7 in OT in a blizzard as LeSean McCoy (156 rushing yards) scored on a 21-yard run to win the game . . .  Detroit (7-6) won in Tampa Bay, 24-21 as kicker Matt Prater made a 46-yard field goal with 20 seconds left. Running back Theo Riddick had two rushing touchdowns in the win as well . . .  The Denver Broncos dominated the visiting New York Jets, 23-0 as their defense held the Jets to just 100 yards total offense. Jets QB Josh McCown suffered a broken hand in the loss . . .  The Chicago Bears came out of hibernation, snapping a five-game losing streak in a 33-7 rout at the Cincinnati Bengals. Bears QB Mitch Trubisky had a scoring pass and run and RB Jordan Howard went off for 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns . . .  The Dallas Cowboys broke open a close game with three scores in the fourth quarter of a 30-10 road win against the New York Giants. Running back Rod Smith scored twice in the decisive quarter and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had three TD passes in the win . . .  San Francisco won a second consecutive game for the first time in three years as QB Jimmy Garoppolo had a TD pass and kicker Robbie Gould made four field goals to make the difference in a 26-16 road win against the Houston Texans . . .  The ugly game of the week took place in the Arizona desert as the host Cardinals beat the Tennessee Titans, 12-7 behind four field goals by Phil Dawson. The loss dropped the Titans to 8-5 and out of first place in the AFC South division . . .  The Miami Dolphins surprised the New England Patriots, 27-20 on Monday Night Football behind three TD passes from QB Jay Cutler and a solid defensive effort that limited the Pats to just 248 yards in total offense while intercepting two passes.

                     Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week - Ben Roethlisberger  (QB-Pittsburgh Steelers)

Atlanta 20, New Orleans 17
Chicago 33, Cincinnati 7
Green Bay 27, Cleveland 21 (OT)
Buffalo 13, Indianapolis 7 (OT)
Detroit 24, Tampa Bay 21
Carolina 31, Minnesota 24
Kansas City 26, Oakland 15
San Francisco 26, Houston 16
Dallas 30, NY Giants 10
Denver 23, NY Jets 0
LA Chargers 30, Washington 13
Philadelphia 43, LA Rams 35
Arizona 12, Tennessee 7
Jacksonville 30, Seattle 24
Pittsburgh 39, Baltimore 38
Miami 27, New England 20 

Friday, December 8, 2017

NFL - Week Fourteen Preview

It's getting to be crunch time around the NFL as the final four games of the season kickoff this weekend.
Some of the bigger games feature the Minnesota Vikings playing the Carolina Panthers, Seattle vs. Jacksonville, Oakland at Kansas City, Philadelphia traveling to face the Los Angeles Rams and the Sunday night game featuring the Baltimore Ravens at the Pittsburgh Steelers in a huge battle in the AFC North division. In fact, the Steelers can clinch the division title with a win.
The five games mentioned above will have a big impact on the playoff race.
The Vikings have been rolling at 10-2 and are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot in the NFC race. The Carolina Panthers (8-4) need a win to get back some momentum after falling to the New Orleans Saints a week ago.
The Eagles-Rams game is also huge as far as the NFC race is concerned. Philadelphia (10-2) just had their nine game winning streak snapped last Sunday night in a 24-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, the Rams (9-3) can pass the Eagles in the NFC playoff seedings with a win.
The Oakland Raiders (6-6) travel to play the Kansas City Chiefs (6-6) in a suddenly jam packed AFC West division. These two teams are in a three-way tie for the division lead with the Los Angeles Chargers. Oakland nipped the Chiefs, 31-30 back in October. Expect a close game once again this Sunday.
The Seahawks will face the Jaguars (both teams are 8-4) in Jacksonville and it's the first time in a decade the Jags are playing meaningful football games in December while that's been the norm for Seattle throughout the current decade.

The rest of the games this weekend are featured below in the capsule style previews, followed up by the Heftyinfo predictions for Week Fourteen.

Indianapolis (3-9) at Buffalo (6-6) - If the Bills want to remain in wild card contention, they have to win this game.

Chicago (3-9) at Cincinnati (5-7) - Who cares?

Green Bay (6-6) at Cleveland (0-12) - Can the Browns actually win a game this weekend? It's possible, but not likely to happen.

San Francisco (2-10) at Houston (4-8) - The Texans are desperate for a victory, but the 49ers don't roll over for anyone.

Detroit (6-6) at Tampa Bay (4-8) - Lions in a must win game usually means a recipe for disaster.

Tennessee (8-4) at Arizona (5-7) - Cardinals are pretty much out of the playoff chase, but they could spring the upset in this one.

NY Jets (5-7) at Denver (3-9) - Can the Jets keep up the surprising success they have enjoyed to this point?   Maybe.

Washington (5-7) at LA Chargers (6-6) - Chargers can't let their guard down against a team now playing out the string.

Dallas (6-6) at NY Giants (2-10) - Giants Coach Ben McAdoo is out and quarterback Eli Manning is back starting again. Cowboys are in desperation mode.

New England (10-2) at Miami (5-7) - Patriots should win this game, but the Dolphins always seem to give them fits when they are in South Florida.

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

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

Last Week's Record -  12-4 


Lock of the Week Record -  11-2 


Monday, December 4, 2017

NFL - Week Thirteen Recap

The Seattle Seahawks knocked off the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, 24-10 on Sunday night, snapping the Eagles nine-game win streak and that also allowed the Minnesota Vikings (10-2) to forge a tie atop the NFC playoff race standings.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for three scores and the Seattle defense forced a pair of turnovers from Eagles QB Carson Wentz.
Meanwhile, the Vikings beat the host Atlanta Falcons, 14-9 as their defense limited the Falcons (7-5) to only 275 yards in total offense and no touchdowns. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had a pair of touchdown passes to make the difference.
The New Orleans Saints (9-3) took over first place in the NFC South division with a 31-21 win against the visiting Carolina Panthers (8-4) as running back Alvin Kamara had two touchdowns and QB Drew Brees threw for another one.  Panthers QB Cam Newton had two TD passes in the loss.
The New York Jets surprised the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-31 as QB Josh McCown had a pair of rushing touchdowns and a scoring pass as well. Chiefs QB Alex Smith had 366 passing yards and four TD passes along with a 70-yard run in the loss, which was the team's sixth in the last seven games.

                                                        Around the NFL   . . . . . . .

The Los Angeles Rams defeated the host Arizona Cardinals, 32-16 as QB Jared Goff had two TD passes and the defense scored a touchdown to boost the team to a 9-3 record and a one-game lead in the NFC West . . .  The Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) beat the winless Cleveland Browns, 19-10 as Philip Rivers had a TD pass and Travis Coons nailed four field goals . . .  The Oakland Raiders (6-6) forged a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West by beating the New York Giants, 24-17 as RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 101 yards, including a 51-yard TD romp . . .  The Tennessee Titans (8-4) bested the Houston Texans, 24-13 as Derrick Henry had a 75-yard scoring run and Marcus Mariota threw for another score to keep the team tied for first place with Jacksonville . . .  The Jaguars throttled the Indianapolis Colts, 30-10 to improve to 8-4 as their defense had two interceptions and four QB sacks while QB Blake Bortles had 309 passing yards and a pair of scoring passes . . .  The Baltimore Ravens (7-5) smashed the Detroit Lions, 44-20 as QB Joe Flacco had two TD passes and the defense scored as well in a 24-point outburst in the fourth quarter . . .  New England (10-2) won a yawner in Buffalo, 23-3 as the defense held the Bills to only 268 yards of total offense. Patriots RB Rex Burkhead scored two rushing touchdowns . . .  Green Bay (6-6) kept very slim playoff hopes alive with a 26-20 overtime home win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Packers running back Aaron Jones scored the winning touchdown on a 20-yard run . . .  The San Francisco 49ers beat the host Chicago Bears, 15-14 as former Bears kicker Robbie Gould made all five field goal attempts, including the game winning 24-yarder with four seconds remaining . . .  The Miami Dolphins smashed the hapless Denver Broncos, 35-9 as QB Jay Cutler had a pair of scoring passes and the defense recorded two safeties and also had a pick six interception return to pace the win . . .  Last Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys blew out the Washington Redskins, 38-14 behind two TD passes from QB Dak Prescott and a scoring run by RB Alfred Morris, who went for 127 yards rushing . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2) roared back from a 17-0 deficit in the second quarter to defeat the host Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20 on Monday Night Football. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made a 38-yard game winning field goal as time ran out. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell each scored touchdowns to offset Bengals QB Andy Dalton's two TD passes to WR A.J. Green.

                            Heftyinfo  NFL Player of the Week -  Russell Wilson  (QB-Seattle Seahawks)

Dallas 38, Washington 14
San Francisco 15, Chicago 14
Minnesota 14, Atlanta 9
Baltimore 44, Detroit 20
NY Jets 38, Kansas City 31
Tennessee 24, Houston 13
Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 10
Green Bay 26, Tampa Bay 20 (OT)
New England 23, Buffalo 3
Miami 35, Denver 9
New Orleans 31, Carolina 21
LA Chargers 19, Cleveland 10
LA Rams 32, Arizona 16
Oakland 24, NY Giants 17
Seattle 24, Philadelphia 10
Pittsburgh 23, Cincinnati 20 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten          (Week ending December 3)      

1.  Clemson  (12-1)
2.  Oklahoma  (12-1)
3.  Georgia  (12-1)
4.  Alabama  (11-1)
5.  Ohio State  (11-2)
6.  Wisconsin  (12-1)
7.  Penn State (10-2)
8.  Auburn  (10-3)
9.  USC  (11-2)
10.  UCF  (12-0)

Friday, December 1, 2017

NFL - Week Thirteen Preview

The month of December is here and that means the 2017 NFL season is into the "home stretch" as Week Thirteen takes place this weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks (7-4) host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football in what should be an exciting game. The Eagles (10-1) have won nine games in a row while the Seahawks have been sputtering of late with three of the four members of the famed "Legion of Boom" secondary in their defense missing games recently with injuries, including (cornerback) Richard Sherman and (safety) Kam Chancellor being out for the season.
Philadelphia leads the entire NFL in scoring while Seattle ranks ninth overall in points allowed, so something may have to give. But keep in mind the Eagles defense (190 points allowed) has given up less points this season than the Seahawks.
Minnesota plays Atlanta this Sunday in a huge NFC showdown. The Vikings (9-2) have been rolling (seven straight wins) while the resurgent Falcons (7-4) have won four of their last five games to get back into the thick of the NFC South race with both Carolina and New Orleans standing at 8-3 and facing each other in the Superdome on Sunday with first place at stake.
The Panthers have won four straight while the Saints just had their eight-game win streak snapped last week in s 26-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It's always a great battle when quarterbacks Cam Newton and Drew Brees go head to head on the gridiron.
The Monday night game will have the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2), winners of six in a row,  facing the host Cincinnati Bengals (5-6) as they look to increase their stranglehold on the AFC North division lead. The Bengals might have to win out to get a wild card spot in the AFC post-season.
The rest of the action can be seen below in the capsule style previews followed up by the Heftyinfo predictions for Week Thirteen.

Detroit (6-5) at Baltimore (6-5) - The Ravens defense will look to shut down the Lions attack in this key battle for two teams looking to gain a wild card in the playoffs.

New England (9-2) at Buffalo (6-5) - The Bills need to win this one to maintain momentum after snapping their three-game losing streak. The Patriots have won seven games in a row.

San Francisco (1-10) at Chicago (3-8) - The 49ers will have Jimmy Garoppolo starting at QB and he will face a decent Bears defense. Flip a coin in this one.

Tampa Bay (4-7) at Green Bay (5-6) - The Packers would like to win this one at home against a lackluster Buccaneers squad.

Indianapolis (3-8) at Jacksonville (7-4) - The Jaguars should win this one, but the Colts will not just roll over for them.

Denver (3-8) at Miami (4-7) - Dolphins QB Jay Cutler faces his old team in battle of crappy teams.

Kansas City (6-5) at NY Jets (4-7) - Is it time to panic in Kansas City?

Houston (4-7) at Tennessee (7-4) - Titans should roll in this one . . . The Texans are awful.

Cleveland (0-11) at LA Chargers (5-6) - The surging Chargers are on a big time roll, but keep in mind they were the only team to lose to the Browns last season. Not this time !

LA Rams (8-3) at Arizona (5-6) - Just going on a hunch and picking the Cardinals at home in this game.

NY Giants (2-9) at Oakland (5-6) - No Eli Manning starting at QB for the Giants for the first time since 2004 season.  Doesn't matter because the Raiders should crush them.

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

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

Last Week's Record -  14-2


Lock of the Week Record -  10-2 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Republican Tax (Plan) SCAM

Let's cut the bullshit and just call this tax plan what it  really is  . . .


Donald Trump is the so called President of the United States of America, and he never showed his taxes while running for the office, but yet we the American people are supposed to trust him and the republicons in the United States congress? 

How stupid are the American people? 


This is a bunch of crap and I only hope this country wakes up and punishes all these evil doers involved in this massive give away to the richest of the rich and the corporate world. 

What is left of the middle class in the USA will be extinguished in a few short years and the poor, well they might as well just forget about it because they are done if this SCAM passes and winds up being signed into law by the idiot-in-chief known as Trump. 

God help us all.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

NFL - Week Twelve Recap

The top three teams rolling along in the NFL all won again this past weekend as the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers all won home games to maintain their edge in their respective conference playoff races.
The Eagles (10-1) buried the hapless Chicago Bears, 31-3 behind a fierce defense that allowed just SIX rushing yards and 140 total yards in offense for the Bears. Meanwhile, quarterback Carson Wentz tossed three touchdown passes, including one to ex-Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
The Patriots (9-2) steam rolled the Miami Dolphins, 35-17 as QB Tom Brady (pictured upper right) had four TD passes while the defense dominated, allowing only 221 total yards. New England has a seven-game winning streak going and a firm lead in the AFC East.
The Steelers (9-2) won a 31-28 squeaker on Sunday night against a resilient Green Bay Packers team as kicker Chris Boswell made a 53-yard field goal as time elapsed. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown had two touchdowns along with ten receptions for 169 yards while QB Ben Roethlisberger had four TD passes to go with 351 yards passing. Packers QB Brett Hundley had three TD passes in defeat.
The big game of the week in the NFC on Sunday saw the Los Angeles Rams hold off the New Orleans Saints, 26-20 which snapped the Saints eight-game win streak.
Rams QB Jared Goff had a pair of touchdown passes and Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals to help provide the outcome. Running back Alvin Kamara scored twice for the Saints while rushing for 87 yards and catching six passes for 101 yards.

                                                                  Around the NFL  . . . . . . .   

The Atlanta Falcons knocked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-20 as wide receiver Julio Jones finally went off for a huge day, making 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Falcons RB Tevin Coleman had two scores as well to help pace the win . . .  Carolina won a road game, 35-27 against the New York Jets as their defense and special teams scored touchdowns. Jets QB Josh McCown had three TD passes in the loss . . .  The Seattle Seahawks topped the host San Francisco 49ers, 24-13 behind solid defense and a pair of scoring passes from QB Russell Wilson . . .   Buffalo surprised the host Kansas City Chiefs, 16-10, sending the Chiefs to their fifth loss in six games. Three field goals from kicker Stephen Hauschka made the difference in this defensive struggle . . .   Tennessee held off the Indianapolis Colts, 20-16 in another defensive game as DeMarco Murray's one-yard TD run in the fourth quarter made the difference . . .  The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-24 as Phil Dawson made a 57-yard field goal with one second left to win the game. Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert had two TD passes to offset Jags QB Blake Bortles two scoring runs . . .  The Oakland Raiders won a hard fought battle, 21-14 over the visiting Denver Broncos. Raiders QB Derek Carr had two TD passes while Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had two fourth quarter scoring strikes to make it exciting. Broncos DB Aqib Talib and Raiders WR Michael Crabtree were ejected in the first quarter for fighting . . .   The Cincinnati Bengals blasted the winless Cleveland Browns, 30-16 as QB Andy Dalton had two TD passes . . . The Thanksgiving Day games saw the Minnesota Vikings (9-2) beat the Detroit Lions, 30-23 behind two TD passes and a TD run by QB Case Keenum . . .  Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers had 434 yards passing and three scoring passes while completing 82 percent of his passes in a 28-6 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Chargers WR Keenan Allen also had a big day, making 11 catches for 172 yards with a touchdown . . .  The Washington Redskins won a 20-10 snoozer in the night cap against the visiting New York Giants by scoring ten points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Washington QB Kirk Cousins (two TD passes) hooked up with WR Josh Doctson for a 14-yard scoring pass to break the tie . . .  The Baltimore Ravens defeated the visiting Houston Texans, 23-16 on Monday Night Football behind the defense forcing three turnovers, two rushing scores and three field goals from Justin Tucker to stay in playoff contention in the AFC.

                                      Heftyinfo  NFL  co-Players of the Week 

 Philip Rivers  QB- Los Angeles Chargers  and   Julio Jones  WR - Atlanta Falcons


Minnesota 30, Detroit 23
LA Chargers 28, Dallas 6
Washington 20,  NY Giants 10
Philadelphia 31, Chicago 3
Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 20
Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 16
Carolina 35, NY Jets 27
Tennessee 20, Indianapolis 16
Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10
New England 35, Miami 17
LA Rams 26, New Orleans 20
Seattle 24, San Francisco 13
Arizona 27, Jacksonville 24
Oakland 21, Denver 14
Pittsburgh 31, Green Bay 28
Baltimore 23, Houston 16

Sunday, November 26, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten        (Week ending November 26)   

1.  Wisconsin  (12-0)
2.  Clemson  (11-1)
3.  Oklahoma  (11-1)
4.  Auburn  (10-2)
5.  Georgia (11-1)
6.  Alabama  (11-1)
7.  Miami, FL  (10-1)
8.  Ohio State (10-2)
9.  TCU (10-2)
10.  USC  (10-2) 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NFL - Week Twelve Preview

The tradition of the Thanksgiving Day football games continues with three games scheduled once again this year.
The first game features the Minnesota Vikings playing at the Detroit Lions. The Los Angeles Chargers travel to face the Dallas Cowboys and the night cap will be the Washington Redskins playing host to the New York Giants.
Two of these three games have important implications as far as possible playoff positioning is concerned. Washington (4-6) and the New York Giants (2-8) are very unlikely to make the post-season in the NFC chase.
The Chargers (4-6) just dismantled the Buffalo Bills, 54-24 last week and their defense is on a roll as far as quarterback sacks and turnovers are concerned. They had five interceptions in the first half of their rout of the Bills. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) have struggled without All-Pro players Ezekiel Elliott (running back) and (offensive left tackle) Tyron Smith.
The early game in Detroit features NFC North rivals Minnesota Vikings and the Lions, who have won three games in a row following a three-game losing streak. The Vikes (8-2) have won six straight games and blew up the Los Angeles Rams, 24-7 last weekend. In addition, Minnesota plays strong defense and ranks fourth in the league in points allowed.
One other key game this weekend will feature the Rams (7-3) hosting the New Orleans Saints (8-2), who are perhaps THE hottest team going in the NFL, riding an eight game winning streak.
The Saints offense came alive in the final three minutes of regulation in a 34-31 OT win against Washington last week, scoring 15 points to force the overtime session before kicker Wil Lutz ended it with the game winning field goal.
The Rams looked terrible in their loss to the Minnesota Vikings and need this one to get back into the fold in the NFC race and maintain their slim one-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West division. 
The rest of the NFL action is in the capsule style preview form, followed by the Heftyinfo predictions for Week Twelve.

Happy Thanksgiving !

Tampa Bay (4-6) at Atlanta (6-4) -  The Falcons are looking better in the past few games while the Bucs have been listless all season long.

Cleveland (0-10) at Cincinnati (4-6) - The Bengals should win this game, but they can be their own worst enemy at times.

Tennessee (6-4) at Indianapolis (3-7) - Titans need to win to keep pace with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Colts could be just the tonic.

Buffalo (5-5) at Kansas City (6-4) - Two teams that have been struggling going at it. Take the Chiefs, but only because they are at home for this one.

Miami (4-6) at New England (8-2) - Patriots roll BIG TIME in this one.

Carolina (7-3) at NY Jets (4-6) - The Panthers have been improving week to week and the Jets are in need of having to win out to be a playoff team.

Chicago (3-7) at Philadelphia (9-1) - Eagles soaring high and mighty above the entire NFL. Bears have lost two straight close games. Take the Eagles.

Seattle (6-4) at San Francisco (1-9) - The Seahawks famed "Legion of Boom" is banged up and that could mean trouble again. 49ers have nothing to lose. Beware!

Jacksonville (7-3) at Arizona (4-6) - The Cardinals are pretty much done in the NFC playoff chase. The Jaguars haven't seen this much success in ten years.

Denver (3-7) at Oakland (4-6) - The Raiders should win this one, but they have not been that good since their 2-0 start. Broncos have dropped six straight games.

Green Bay (5-5) at Pittsburgh (8-2) - The Sunday night game and the networks are reeling that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is out with injuries for this one. "Big Ben" and company roll.

Houston (4-6) at Baltimore (5-5) - Ravens should win this game, but they have been so inconsistent this season.

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

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

Last Week's Record -  10-4 


Lock of the Week Record -  9-2 


Monday, November 20, 2017

NFL - Week Eleven Recap

The Philadelphia Eagles soared mightily once again this past weekend as they blasted the Dallas Cowboys, 37-9 on the Sunday night game.
The Eagles (9-1) pretty much sealed up the NFC East division title with the win as they now have a four-game lead over Dallas. The Philly defense intercepted three passes and scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery as well while quarterback Carson Wentz (pictured left with Dallas QB Dak Prescott) threw for two more scores in the rout.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2) rolled past the visiting Tennessee Titans last Thursday night, 40-17 as QB Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes, three of them to wide receiver Antonio Brown (ten receptions for 144 yards) and kicker Chris Boswell drilled four field goals.
The New England Patriots (8-2) smashed the Oakland Raiders, 33-8 as QB Tom Brady had three TD passes and the defense held the shutout until the fourth quarter while forcing two turnovers.
The Minnesota Vikings won at home, 24-7 over the Los Angeles Rams as their defense held the explosive Rams offense in check with just 254 total yards. Vikings running back Latavius Murray had two rushing touchdowns and QB Case Keenum hooked up with WR Adam Thielen on a 65-yard scoring pass to clinch the win.
The New Orleans Saints (8-2) stormed back in the final three minutes of regulation, scoring 15 points to force overtime before beating the visiting Washington Redskins, 34-31. It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Saints as QB Drew Brees (385 passing yards) passed for two fourth quarter scores to spark the comeback.
Washington QB Kirk Cousins had three TD passes and 322 yards passing in the loss, which dropped the 'Skins to 4-6 for the year.

                                                      Elsewhere  around  the  NFL  . . . . . . .

The Los Angeles Chargers routed the visiting Buffalo Bills, 54-24 as their defense (six forced turnovers) picked off five passes (one for a touchdown) and also had another score off a sack and fumble recovery return. Chargers QB Philip Rivers twice threw TD passes to WR Keenan Allen, who had 12 receptions for 159 yards. Bills QB Nathan Peterman was intercepted five times in the first half of his first NFL start . . .  The Detroit Lions (6-4) survived on the road in a 27-24 win against the Chicago Bears as kicker Matt Prater drilled a 52-yard field goal with just under two minutes to play. From there, the Bears drove into field goal range, but kicker Connor Barth missed badly from 46 yards out to decide the final outcome. Lions QB Matthew Stafford had 299 passing yards and two scoring strikes in the win . . .  The Baltimore Ravens shut out the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field, 23-0 as the defense forced five turnovers in the easy win . . .  The Houston Texans outlasted the visiting Arizona Cardinals, 31-21 behind two fourth quarter rushing touchdowns by RB D'Onta Foreman. Cards QB Blaine Gabbert had three TD passes in defeat . . .  The Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) won on the road at Cleveland, 19-7 as their defense scored a touchdown, gathered five turnovers and five QB sacks while limiting the Browns to only 184 yards in offense . . .  Tampa Bay finished strong in a 30-20 road win against the Miami Dolphins after blowing a 13-point lead in the second half. Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had two TD passes to pace the offense . . .  The New York Giants surprised the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 12-9 in overtime as kicker Aldrick Rosas made a 23-yard field goal to win the game. Giants WR Roger Lewis made a spectacular lunging catch on fourth down to set up the winning kick . . .  The Cincinnati Bengals won, 20-17 in Denver, sending the Broncos to their sixth consecutive loss. Bengals QB Andy Dalton had a pair of scoring passes to help lead the way . . .   In the Monday Night Football game, the Atlanta Falcons held off the host Seattle Seahawks, 34-31 as kicker Blair Walsh's 52-yard field goal attempt fell just short of sending the game into overtime. Falcons QB Matt Ryan had two TD passes and Adrian Clayborn scored on a fumble recovery as well. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had two TD passes and a rushing touchdown in defeat.

                  Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week -  Ben Roethlisberger  (QB - Pittsburgh Steelers)

Pittsburgh 40, Tennessee 17
Detroit 27, Chicago 24
New Orleans 34, Washington 31 (OT)
Baltimore 23, Green Bay 0
NY Giants 12, Kansas City 9 (OT)
Houston 31, Arizona 21
Tampa Bay 30, Miami 20
Jacksonville 19, Cleveland 7
Minnesota 24, LA Rams 7
LA Chargers 54, Buffalo 24
Cincinnati 20, Denver 17
New England 33, Oakland 8
Philadelphia 37, Dallas 9
Atlanta 34, Seattle 31 


Sunday, November 19, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten      (Week ending November 19)               

1.  Alabama  (11-0)
2.  Wisconsin  (11-0)
3.  Clemson  (10-1)
4.  Miami, FL  (10-0)
5.  Oklahoma  (10-1)
6.  Auburn  (9-2)
7.  Georgia (10-1)
8.  Ohio State  (9-2)
9.  Notre Dame  (9-2)
10.  USC (10-2)

Friday, November 17, 2017

NFL - Week Eleven Preview

There are some big games taking place in the NFL as the season grinds along.
The Thanksgiving holiday is just a week away and Week Eleven promises to be a good one as the divisional races continue to heat up.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Los Angeles Rams and both teams are 7-2 and lead their respective divisions in the NFC.
The Vikes have been getting stellar play from quarterback Case Keenum, who has been rock steady leading the offense while Sam Bradford has been injured. The Rams are an offensive scoring machine, led by QB Jared Goff (16 TD passes and just four interceptions) and running back Todd Gurley, who has scored ten touchdowns this season.
Both teams play pretty well on defense too. The Rams have allowed 162 points (17.1 points per game) and the Vikings have given up 165 points.
The key to this one will be the Vikings containing the explosive Rams offense. If they do, they win the game.
The New England Patriots (7-2) will square off against the Oakland Raiders (4-5) in Mexico City on Sunday. Tom Brady and company are starting to get it going as they always seem to do once November rolls around.
They crushed the Denver Broncos last Sunday night. Meanwhile, Oakland is coming off a bye week and need this game to stay within two (or possibly one) games of the first place Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West division.
The Sunday night game features the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL best 8-1 record) playing at the Dallas Cowboys, who lost in Atlanta last week to drop to 5-4 and three games back of the Eagles in the NFC East division race. Carson Wentz, the Eagles QB, has been on fire all season, throwing for 23 touchdowns with just five interceptions for the NFL's second highest scoring offense.
Dallas will be WITHOUT running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is finally serving his suspension mandated by the NFL for a domestic policy violation. He will be back with the Cowboys in Week 16, when they host Seattle.
The Monday night game will also be a good one as the rejuvenated Atlanta Falcons (5-4) travel to face the Seattle Seahawks (6-3), who will be without All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, one of their key defensive players.
This game could very well come down to the last possession as 'Hawks QB Russell Wilson has been playing well and staging fourth quarter comebacks all season long. The team fell just short of victory two weeks ago in a 17-14 loss against Washington, but then rallied in the fourth quarter and held off the Arizona Cardinals, 22-16 in a nail biting finish.
All in all, it looks to be another competitive schedule for the NFL and the rest of the action is in capsule style form preview. As always, the Heftyinfo predictions will follow.

Detroit Lions (5-4) at Chicago Bears (3-6) - The Lions facing a Bears team that was stung by a banged up Green Bay team.  Beware!

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-9) - The Jags were extremely fortunate to escape with a win last week at home against the Chargers. The Browns play hard, but they are winless.

Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-4) - Flip a coin for this game. Turnovers likely decide the outcome.

Arizona Cardinals (4-5) at Houston Texans (3-6) - Two under achieving teams going at it.

Washington Redskins (4-5) at New Orleans Saints (7-2) - The Saints are on a roll. But they will face a challenge with this Redskins team.

Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) at New York Giants (1-8) - The Chiefs should win this one, but the Giants have to win a game eventually.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-5) - The game for the battle of Florida? Hardly.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) at Denver Broncos (3-6) - Who cares?

Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-6) - Two teams that are currently in a funk face each other . . .  Something has to give.

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

PITTSBURGH over Tennessee
Detroit over Chicago
Jacksonville over Cleveland 
Green Bay over Baltimore
Houston over Arizona
Minnesota over LA Rams
New Orleans over Washington
NY Giants over Kansas City
Denver over Cincinnati  
Miami over Tampa Bay 
LA Chargers over Buffalo
New England over Oakland  (Game played in Mexico City) 
Philadelphia over Dallas 
Seattle over Atlanta

Last Week's Record -  10-4


Lock of the Week Record -  8-2 

Monday, November 13, 2017

NFL - Week Ten Recap

The New Orleans Saints served notice they are to be taken seriously when it comes to the NFC playoff race.
The Saints (7-2) won for the seventh consecutive game as they blasted the host Buffalo Bills, 47-10 as they had six rushing touchdowns in the win. Running back Mark Ingram rushed for 131 yards and three scores while Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Trey Edmunds each had rushing touchdowns. The Bills were limited to 198 total yards in offense by the Saints defense.
Not to be outdone, the New England Patriots also served notice they are the defending Super Bowl champions with a 41-16 rout of the host Denver Broncos, who lost their fifth straight game. New England has won five in a row as QB Tom Brady passed for 266 yards and had three touchdown passes while Dion Lewis rushed for a score and also had a 103-yard kickoff return TD as well.
Brady also completed passes to nine different players in the game. The Patriots defense/special teams  also got two turnovers and a punt block to help pace the rout.
The Los Angeles Rams (7-2) continued to steam roll the opposition as they won 33-7 at home against the Houston Texans, who have lost two straight games since losing QB Deshaun Watson to a season ending knee injury.
Rams QB Jared Goff had 355 passing yards and also three TD passes, including two to wide receiver Robert Woods, one of which was a 94-yard scoring pass.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings (both 7-2) won close games to continue to lead their respective divisions. The Vikings won 38-30 over the host Washington Redskins as QB Case Keenum had four TD passes along with 304 yards through the air. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had two rushing touchdowns and a TD pass in the loss.
The Steelers survived a 20-17 win at Indianapolis as kicker Chris Boswell made the game winning 33-yard field goal as time expired. The Colts blew a 14-point lead as Pittsburgh QB Ben Rosthlisberger had two scoring passes to aid the comeback win.

                                                  Elsewhere around the NFL  . . . . . . .  

The Detroit Lions kept the Cleveland Browns winless with a 38-24 win at home as QB Matthew Stafford had three TD passes in the second half . . .  The Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) won a gift wrapped game against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17 in overtime as kicker Josh Lambo nailed a 30-yard game winner following his 34-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation. The Chargers defense twice intercepted passes with a 17-14 lead in the final two minutes but the offense could not muster up a first down to clinch the game . . .  Tennessee rallied for a 24-20 home victory against the Cincinnati Bengals as Titans running back DeMarco Murray scored his third TD of the day on a seven-yard pass from QB Marcus Mariota . . .  The San Francisco 49ers won their first game of the 2017 season with a 31-21 home win over the hapless New York Giants (1-8), despite two TD passes from QB Eli Manning. 49ers QB C.J. Beathard had two TD passes and the offense was balanced while gaining 474 yards . . .  The Green Bay Packers snapped a three-game losing streak as they beat the Chicago Bears, 23-16 behind a 37-yard scoring run by Ty Montgomery and a 19-yard TD pass from Brett Hundley to WR Davante Adams . . . The Seattle Seahawks won 22-16 over the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday night as QB Russell Wilson and tight end Jimmy Graham hooked up twice on scoring passes . . . The Atlanta Falcons beat Dallas, 27-7 as QB Matt Ryan had a pair of TD passes and Adrian Clayborn had SIX QB sacks. The Falcons defense registered eight sacks for the game . . .   The Carolina Panthers (7-3) routed the visiting Miami Dolphins, 45-21 on Monday Night Football. Panthers QB Cam Newton had four TD passes and also 254 pass yards and 95 rushing yards as they amassed 548 yards of offense.

                                                       Heftyinfo  NFL  co-Players of the Week

Adrian Clayborn  (Defensive End - Atlanta Falcons) 
                                                                                              Mark Ingram (RB - New Orleans Saints)

Seattle 22, Arizona 16
Green Bay 23, Chicago 16
Detroit 38, Cleveland 24
Minnesota 38, Washington 30
Jacksonville 20, LA Chargers 17 (OT)
Pittsburgh 20, Indianapolis 17
Tampa Bay 15, NY Jets 10
Tennessee 24, Cincinnati 20
New Orleans 47, Buffalo 10
LA Rams 33, Houston 7
Atlanta 27, Dallas 7
San Francisco 31, NY Giants 21
New England 41, Denver 16
Carolina 45, Miami 21

Saturday, November 11, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten                  (Week ending November 12)              

1.  Alabama  (10-0)
2.  Wisconsin  (10-0)
3.  Clemson  (9-1)
4.  Miami, FL  (9-0)
5.  Oklahoma  (9-1)
6.  Auburn  (8-2)
7.  Georgia  (9-1)
8.  Ohio State  (8-2)
9.  USC  (9-2)
10.  Oklahoma State (8-2)   

Thursday, November 9, 2017

NFL - Week Ten Preview

The Thursday night game between the Seattle Seahawks (5-3) and the Arizona Cardinals (4-4) is a big one that kicks off Week Ten in the NFL.
The Seahawks lost at home to the Washington Redskins, 17-14 last week while the Cards toppled the winless San Francisco 49ers, 20-10 to get back to the .500 mark for the season. These two divisional rivals know each so well, records don't matter because can, and usually does happen.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is enjoying a really good season and has been the backbone of the offense again this year while the defense continues to roll along at their usual brilliant level, ranking fourth in the entire NFL in points allowed.
Arizona is without starting QB Carson Palmer (out for likely the rest of the season with a broken arm) and has to rely on Drew Stanton, who delivered last week against San Francisco. But this Seattle on defense he will be facing and that will provide the difference in the outcome in this one. Figure the Seahawks to win the game by a 24-14 score.
Two teams playing surprisingly well are the New Orleans Saints (6-2) and the Buffalo Bills (5-3) and they square off against each other in Buffalo this week. The Bills were cooled off by the New York Jets last weekend while the Saints rolled to their sixth straight win with a 30-10 blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Drew Brees has been outstanding once again at QB for the Saints and Tyrod Taylor has enjoyed success this year and the team is led in rushing by LeSean McCoy, who has gained 546 yards on the ground. Not to be outdone, Saints RB Mark Ingram has 541 yards and a 4.4 yards per carry average.
This game could very well be a shootout even though both teams defenses have been playing well in recent weeks. New Orleans has held their last three opponents to under 20 points per game.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-3) face the Atlanta Falcons (4-4) and will be without (we think) Ezekiel Elliott, who has been ruled suspended for six games once again after winning a court appeal last week that allowed him to play in the 28-17 win over Kansas City. The Falcons fell to the Carolina Panthers, 20-17 as their struggles in the 2017 season continue.
The Sunday night game will feature the New England Patriots (6-2) at the Denver Broncos (3-5) as these two squads are going in the opposite directions. The Patriots are looking to get back to the Super Bowl and win it again for the third time in four seasons while Broncos were lit up, 51-23 against Philadelphia last weekend.
Denver has lost four in a row and have been outscored 124-42 in those games. Meanwhile, the Patriots have won four straight and have allowed only 51 points in the streak after giving up 128 points in the first four games.

The rest of the action is featured in the capsule style form and is followed up by the Heftyinfo picks for the games.

Green Bay (4-4) at Chicago (3-5) - The oldest rivalry in the NFL featuring the free falling Packers and the ever improving Bears in the Windy City.

Cleveland (0-8) at Detroit (4-4) - Lions roll !!

Pittsburgh (6-2) at Indianapolis (3-6) - Steelers seem to finally be rounding into form. Colts are playing out the schedule.

Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) at Jacksonville (5-3) - Can the Jaguars finally beat the Chargers? Maybe.

New York Jets (4-5) at Tampa Bay (2-6) -  The Bucs have lost five straight games so they are due. Jets have been playing above their heads so far this season.

Cincinnati (3-5) at Tennessee (5-3) - The Titans should win this game. Cincinnati just doesn't seem to have it this year.

Minnesota (6-2) at Washington (4-4) - Must win for the host Redskins and they are flying high after beating Seattle on the road. Vikings will not just roll over in this one.

Houston (3-5) at Los Angeles Rams (6-2) - The Rams lead the league in scoring average per game. Texans are banged up and coming off home loss to lowly Colts. Take the Rams.

New York Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (0-9) - The stinker game of the week.

Miami (4-4) at Carolina (6-3) - Cam Newton and company shine in the prime time MNF game.

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

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

Last Week's Record -  8-5


Lock of the Week Record -  7-2 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NFL - Week Nine Recap

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to soar with the best record in the NFL after blasting the visiting Denver Broncos, 51-23 to improve to 8-1 for the season.
The Eagles used a balanced offense (197 rushing yards and 222 passing yards) in the win as quarterback Carson Wentz threw four touchdown passes and running back Corey Clement scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) to lead the way.
The Los Angeles Rams (6-2) took over first place in the NFC West with a total domination of the host New York Giants, 51-17 as QB Jared Goff (311 passing yards) had four TD passes (two to wide receiver Robert Woods) and running back Todd Gurley scored two rushing touchdowns.
Washington held off the Seattle Seahawks, 17-14 as Robert Kelley (two rushing TD) scored on a one-yard run with 59 seconds remaining. The Redskins defense then stifled the 'Hawks on a last ditch pass as time expired. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had two TD passes in the fourth quarter comeback that put his team ahead, 14-10 prior to Washington's game winning drive.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-3) beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-17 as QB Dak Prescott had two TD passes and a rushing score to lead the way. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a score as well and had 93 yards on the ground after being cleared to play after it was ruled earlier in the week he would begin serving a six-game suspension.
Kansas City (6-3) had rallied from a 14-3 deficit to take a 17-14 halftime lead, thanks to a great play to end the first half in which QB Alex Smith threw a mid range pass to Tyreek Hill, who then followed his blockers and weaved his way to a 56-yard touchdown as the half ended.

                                               Elsewhere around the  NFL  . . . . . . 

The Jacksonville Jaguars topped the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-7 as Jaydon Mickens ran a punt back 63 yards to help seal the win. The Jags defense limited the Bengals to a paltry 148 yards in total offense . . .  The Tennessee Titans outlasted the visiting Baltimore Ravens, 23-20 as QB Marcus Mariota threw two TD passes to offset a pair of TD strikes by Ravens QB Joe Flacco . . . The Carolina Panthers overcame an early 10-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 20-17 as Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton scored rushing touchdowns and Graham Gano made a pair of field goals. Falcons QB Matt Ryan had two TD passes in the loss . . .  Two touchdown passes from QB Drew Brees and a score off a blocked punt led the way as the New Orleans Saints (6-2) knocked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-10 for their sixth consecutive win . . .  Indianapolis topped the Houston Texans (who were without starting QB Deshaun Watson) 20-14 as wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (five catches for 175 yards) hauled in a pair of TD passes from QB Jacoby Brissett . . .  The New York Jets (4-5) surprised the Buffalo Bills, 34-21 last Thursday night behind two rushing scores by Matt Forte and a TD pass and scoring run from QB Josh McCown. Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor scored a rushing touchdown and also threw two TD passes in the setback . . .  The Oakland Raiders (4-5) beat the host Miami Dolphins, 27-24 as RB Marshawn Lynch scored twice on the ground and QB Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and a touchdown. Miami QB Jay Cutler had three TD passes and 311 yards passing in defeat . . .  The Detroit Lions won for just the second time in 26 games in Green Bay as they rode the arm of QB Matthew Stafford (361 passing yards and two TD passes, both to WR Marvin Jones) to a 30-17 victory. The Lions (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak while sending Green Bay (4-4) to a third straight loss.

                           Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week -  Jared Goff   (QB - Los Angeles Rams) 

NY Jets 34, Buffalo 21
Indianapolis 20, Houston 14
New Orleans 30, Tampa Bay 10
Jacksonville 23, Cincinnati 7
Philadelphia 51, Denver 23
LA Rams 51, NY Giants 17
Tennessee 23, Baltimore 20
Carolina 20, Atlanta 17
Arizona 20, San Francisco 10
Dallas 28, Kansas City 17
Washington 17, Seattle 14
Oakland 27, Miami 24
Detroit 30, Green Bay 17

Sunday, November 5, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo  College Football Top Ten               (Week ending November 5)    

1.  Alabama  (9-0)
2.  Georgia  (9-0)
3.  Wisconsin  (9-0)
4.  Clemson  (8-1)
5.  Notre Dame  (8-1)
6.  Miami, FL  (8-0)
7.  Oklahoma  (8-1)
8.  Washington  (8-1)
9.  TCU  (8-1)
10.  Auburn  (7-2)    

Friday, November 3, 2017

NFL - Week Nine Preview

The major news that broke late in the week as the NFL heads into Week Nine is that Houston Texans sensational rookie quarterback Desahun Watson has been lost for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL (right knee) in practice on Thursday.
That is a tough break not only for the Texans, but also for the NFL as Watson has brought a breath of fresh air with his play through the first seven games the Texans played. The rookie was sporting a 103.0 QB rating along with 19 touchdown passes (tied for league lead), eight interceptions and 1,699 yards.
The team will definitely miss him the rest of the way as they already are without J.J. Watt and Matt Cushing on the defense.
The Indianapolis Colts (who play Houston this Sunday) finally pulled the plug on Andrew Luck for the 2017 season by putting him on the injured reserve list. Luck has not played a single down this season, so the Colts will be looking to play out the schedule and look to next year.
Also possibly going on the "non active" list is Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys running back), who is eventually going to have to serve a six-game suspension for violating the league's domestic behavioral policy. He has been appealing it, but a district judge in a court in New York ruled he must serve the suspension. However, on Friday it was ruled Elliott could play this week against Kansas City.
Stay tuned on this one.
As for football, Elliott has been on a roll of late for the Cowboys (4-3) as he has eight touchdowns (six rushing and two receiving) to go with 690 yards rushing, which is currently third best in the league. Dallas will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) this Sunday afternoon in a huge inter-conference showdown.
Some other games of significance include the Seattle Seahawks (5-2) hosting the Washington Redskins (3-4) on Sunday. The Seahawks are coming off the wildest game yet this season, a 41-38 last second thriller which they won against the Houston Texans. The Redskins were soundly beaten at home by the Cowboys last week.
The Philadelphia Eagles (NFL best record of 7-1) will be at home facing the slumping Denver Broncos (3-4), who were manhandled on Monday night in Kansas City. The Eagles have won six in a row after last week's 33-10 pasting of the winless San Francisco 49ers.

The rest of the action for Week Nine is previewed in capsule style format with the (red hot) Heftyinfo predictions following.  (Note- Heftyinfo is 26-2 the past two weeks picking the winners)  

Atlanta (4-3) at Carolina (5-3) - This is a big game in the NFC South as both teams are right behind the New Orleans Saints for first place. Toss up.

Cincinnati (3-4) at Jacksonville (4-3) - This game could go either way and might come down to the final possession.

Tampa Bay (2-5) at New Orleans (5-2) - The biggest disappointment on the road against perhaps the biggest surprise team in the NFC so far.  Take the Saints.

LA Rams (5-2) at NY Giants (1-6) - Upset Alert? It could happen and IF the Giants win this game, it really wouldn't be that big of a surprise.

Baltimore (4-4) at Tennessee (4-3) - The Titans would love to get on a roll, starting with this home game. The Ravens are banged up.

Arizona (3-4) at San Francisco (0-8) - Can the49ers finally get a win? Perhaps because the Cardinals will be without injured starting QB Carson Palmer.

Oakland (3-5) at Miami (4-3) - The Sunday night game featuring two under achieving teams. Flip a coin in this one.

Detroit (3-4) at Green Bay (4-3) - The Lions could very easily beat the Packers this week as reality sets in on the green and gold minus QB Aaron Rodgers.

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

Buffalo over NY Jets
Carolina over Atlanta
Houston over Indianapolis
Cincinnati over Jacksonville
NEW ORLEANS over Tampa Bay
NY Giants over LA Rams
Philadelphia over Denver
Tennessee over Baltimore
Arizona over San Francisco 
Seattle over Washington
Dallas over Kansas City
Oakland over Miami
Detroit over Green Bay 

Last Week's Record -  12-1


Lock of the Week Record -  6-2 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Houston Astros Win World Series

                       Congratulations to the Houston Astros  

                        2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS 


Monday, October 30, 2017

NFL - Week Eight Recap

For two teams that pride themselves on playing good defense, the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans sure didn't display it on Sunday. The host Seahawks beat the Texans, 41-38 as the two teams combined for 988 total yards in offense.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had four touchdown passes while throwing for 452 yards, including the game winning 18-yard scoring pass to tight end Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds left to play. Houston QB Desahun Watson also had four TD passes along with 402 yards through the air in this shootout.
The Philadelphia Eagles continued to soar high above the NFC as they pasted the woeful San Francisco 49ers, 33-10 behind two TD passes from QB Carson Wentz and a defensive score via the "pick six" interception.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) outlasted the host Detroit Lions, 20-15 on Sunday night as their defense held the Lions to five field goals while rising tall on six occasions when the Lions (3-4) were in the red zone. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in a 97-yard TD pass to give the Steelers the lead for good in the third quarter.
The New England Patriots (6-2) kept pace with Pittsburgh as they defeated the visiting Los Angeles Chargers, 21-13, snapping the 'Bolts three-game winning streak. Pats QB Tom Brady hooked up with tight end Rob Gronkowski on a two-yard scoring pass while kicker Stephen Gostkowski made four field goals to help provide the win. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (132 yards rushing) scored the game's first touchdown on an 87-yard run.

                                                 Elsewhere Around the  NFL . . . . . .   

The New Orleans Saints (5-2) won their fifth straight game, beating the Chicago Bears, 20-12 on two rushing touchdowns. Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a severe knee injury that eventually required emergency surgery . . .  The Buffalo Bills walloped the Oakland Raiders, 34-14 as LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards and scored on a 48-yard run. The Bills defense intercepted two passes and also had a fumble recovery for a score . . .  Carolina (5-3) won the yawner game of the day as they beat the listless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17-3 despite being outgained by 25 yards in the game . . .  The Cincinnati Bengals scored the winning TD on a 16-yard interception return by Carlos Dunlap in the fourth quarter in a 24-23 win against the visiting Indianapolis Colts . . . Over in London, England, the Minnesota Vikings dominated the second half as they beat the winless Cleveland Browns, 33-16. Quarterback Case Keenum had two TD passes and Kai Forbath made four field goals to provide the difference . . .  The Baltimore Ravens steamrolled the Miami Dolphins, 40-0 on Thursday night behind a dominant defense. Despite losing QB Joe Flacco (concussion), the Ravens rolled as the defense scored twice and limited Miami to just 196 total yards in offense . . .  The Dallas Cowboys (4-3) won on the road at Washington, 33-19 as running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 150 yards and scored two touchdowns  . . .  On Monday Night Football, the Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) won at home over the Denver Broncos, 29-19. Marcus Peters scored on a 45-yard fumble recovery return and also had one of the Chiefs' three interceptions in the game. Leading 17-3 at halftime, Kansas City coasted in the second half as kicker Harrison Butker made four field goals to help seal the win.

                              Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week  -  Russell Wilson (QB- Seattle Seahawks)

Baltimore 40, Miami 0
Minnesota 33, Cleveland 16
New Orleans 20, Chicago 12
New England 21, LA Chargers 13
Philadelphia 33, San Francisco 10
Atlanta 25, NY Jets 20
Buffalo 34, Oakland 14
Cincinnati 24, Indianapolis 23
Carolina 17, Tampa Bay 3
Seattle 41, Houston 38
Dallas 33, Washington 19
Pittsburgh 20, Detroit 15
Kansas City 29, Denver 19 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

College Football Top Ten

Heftyinfo College Football Top Ten         (Week ending October 29)        

1.  Alabama  (8-0)
2.  Georgia  (8-0)
3.  Wisconsin  (8-0)
4.  Ohio State  (7-1)
5.  Clemson  (7-1)
6.  Notre Dame  (7-1)
7.  Miami, FL  (7-0)
8.  Oklahoma  (7-1)
9.  Penn State  (7-1)
10. Washington  (7-1)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NFL - Week Eight Preview

The NFL season is getting to the midway point as Week Eight is here and the Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) own the best record in the NFL. This weekend they host the San Francisco 49ers (0-7), who along with the Cleveland Browns (also 0-7) have the worst record in the league.
Recipe for disaster right?
Not necessarily because the Eagles are flying high while the 49ers seem to find ways to lose football games, no matter whether the scores is close or not.
Quarterback Carson Wentz (pictured at right) is starting to get consideration when it comes to Most Valuable Player talk.
Yes, Carson Wentz.
He is in the discussion at this point along with Tom Brady, Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers (until his injury), Kareem Hunt, etc. for the award.
There is always the expectation of the old phrase "On any given Sunday" which bodes well for the 49ers in this one, but the Eagles (even with their top offensive lineman out for the year with injuries) are a formidable foe this year and should win again, which would push their winning streak to six games. They have been the class of the NFC to this point.
Three teams are at 5-2 in the AFC with the Pittsburgh Steelers leading the way, followed by Kansas City and the New England Patriots are currently the number three seed. But there is still a lot of football to be played.
The Steelers are in Detroit facing the Lions on Sunday night while the Chiefs host the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
Meanwhile, the Patriots will be hosting the up and coming Los Angeles Chargers, who have won three straight games after an 0-4 start, which included three losses by a one-score count. The Patriots dismantled the Atlanta Falcons last week for their third consecutive win.
All three teams will likely win their games this weekend and keep the log jam at the top of the  AFC playoff standings intact.

The rest of the action for Week Eight is in capsule style preview form with the Heftyinfo predictions following up.

Minnesota (5-2)  at Cleveland (0-7) (London, England) - The fourth and final London game for the 2017 season. Vikings should win this one rather easily.

Oakland (3-4) at Buffalo (4-2) - These two teams always have good battles and this one could down to the wire.

Indianapolis (2-5) at Cincinnati (2-4) - The Bengals need a game like this . . . The Colts looked pathetic last week in a shutout loss to the Jaguars.

Chicago (3-4) at New Orleans (4-2) - Two teams on a roll so something has to give.

Atlanta (3-3) at NY Jets (3-4) - The Jets could win this one, the Falcons have been terrible the last three games.

Carolina (4-3) at Tampa Bay (2-4) - Raise the Jolly Roger flag in Tampa this weekend.

Houston (3-3) at Seattle (4-2) - Seahawks roll !

Dallas (3-3) at Washington (3-3) - The loser of this game is likely out of the race for the NFC East title.

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

Baltimore over Miami
Minnesota over Cleveland  (London, England) 
Buffalo over Oakland
Cincinnati over Indianapolis
New Orleans over Chicago
Atlanta over NY Jets
Philadelphia over San Francisco 
New England over LA Chargers
Tampa Bay over Carolina 
SEATTLE over Houston
Dallas over Washington 
Pittsburgh over Detroit 
Kansas City over Denver

Last Week's Record -  14-1


Lock of the Week Record -  5-2

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NFL - Week Seven Recap

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots wrapped up Week Seven with "prime time" wins. The Patriots knocked off the Atlanta Falcons, 23-7 on Sunday night in the much anticipated "rematch" from last season's Super Bowl. The Eagles topped the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, 34-24 to improve to an NFL best 6-1 record.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had two touchdown passes while the New England defense held Atlanta in check until late in the game in the easy home win to improve to 5-2. Atlanta (3-3) dropped their third straight game.
The Eagles won as QB Carson Wentz had four TD passes to outshine Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, who had 303 yards passing along with three TD passes.
The Oakland Raiders handed the Kansas City Chiefs a second consecutive loss last Thursday night, 31-30 as QB Derek Carr (417 passing yards with three TD) hit wide receiver Michael Crabtree with a two-yard scoring pass with no time left to win it.
Carr also had two scoring strikes to WR Amari Cooper, who had 11 catches for 210 yards in the game. Kansas City QB Alex Smith passed for 342 yards with three TD passes in the loss.
The New Orleans Saints won 26-17 in Green Bay as the Packers played without QB Aaron Rodgers (likely out for season with broken collar bone) as QB Drew Brees threw for a score an also had a one-yard rushing touchdown. Packers QB Brett Hundley scored a rushing TD, but was also intercepted once in the loss.

                                                     Elsewhere around the NFL . . . . . . .

The Chicago Bears blasted the visiting Carolina Panthers, 17-3 behind TWO defensive scores by Eddie Jackson (a 75-yard fumble return and a 76-yard pick six interception) to win their second consecutive game for the first time since the 2015 season . . .  The Los Angeles Rams (5-2) shut out the Arizona Cardinals, 33-0 in London, England as QB Jared Goff passed for and ran for a touchdown. Running back Todd Gurley (106 rushing yards) had a rushing TD in the win . . .  The Los Angeles Chargers also had a shutout win as they beat Denver, 21-0 behind the defense getting five QB sacks and WR/KR Travis Benjamin scoring two touchdowns. The shutout loss for the Broncos was their first since the 1992 season . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) defeated the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 29-14 as their defense dominated this one, limiting the Bengals to only 179 total yards in offense. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made five field goals to help provide the difference . . .  Dallas got on track in a 40-10 thumping of the host San Francisco 49ers as running back Ezekiel Elliott (147 yards rushing) scored three touchdowns to lead the way . . .  The Jacksonville Jaguars blew out the host Indianapolis Colts, 27-0 as their defense registered TEN quarterbacks sacks in the shutout victory . . .  Miami outlasted the visiting New York Jets, 31-28 as kicker Cody Parkey drilled a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to play to win it. Dolphins QB Jay Cutler left the game with cracked ribs and reserve QB Matt Moore had a pair of scoring passes to rally the Dolphins back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit. Jets QB Josh McCown had three scoring passes and a TD run as well in the loss . . .  The Buffalo Bills rallied back to win 30-27 against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Steven Hauschka made a 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining. Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy had two rushing touchdowns while Bucs QB Jameis Winston had three scoring passes in defeat . . .  The Seattle Seahawks knocked off the host New York Giants, 24-7 behind three TD passes from QB Russell Wilson and a dominant defense that held the Giants to just 177 yards in offense.

                                                   Heftyinfo NFL co-Players of the Week  

              Eddie Jackson (DB - Chicago Bears)  and  Ezekiel Elliott  (RB - Dallas Cowboys)


Oakland 31, Kansas City 30
Chicago 17, Carolina 3
Jacksonville 27, Indianapolis 0
LA Rams 33, Arizona 0
Tennessee 12, Cleveland 9 (OT)
Minnesota 24, Baltimore 16
Miami 31, NY Jets 28
Buffalo 30, Tampa Bay 27
Pittsburgh 29, Cincinnati 14
New Orleans 26, Green Bay 17
LA Chargers 21, Denver 0
Dallas 40, San Francisco 10
Seattle 24, NY Giants 7
New England 23, Atlanta 7
Philadelphia 34, Washington 24