Super Bowl XLIX NFL Pick

26 January 2015


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Pro Bowl Result: 0-1
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  8-2 (.800)
Pro Bowl: 0-1
Overall Total:  162-88-1 (.647)
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Super Bowl XLIX Pick
New England Patriots
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Super Bowl XLIX is less than a week away. There will still be plenty of DeflateGate talk during Super Bowl Week, but other topics and storylines will arise? Will any of those stories have an impact on the Super Bowl? Will DeflateGate hurt or hinder the New England Patriots?
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The Patriots are no strangers to controversy. They dealt with Spygate in the past and were able to keep their winning ways intact. With so much at stake on Sunday, look for the Patriots to focus on the task at hand.
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The Patriots will have to deal with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks’ imposing defense and Marshawn Lynch’s physical running style. I am convinced that DeflateGate will not cause Tom Brady or Bill Belichick to use any sleep, but the Legion of Boom may.
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As NFL fans, I would encourage you to move past the controversy and the Super Bowl hype. Instead, start planning for  your Super Bowl party. Get all of your recipes in check. Make sure you have plenty of cold beverages on tap. If you are a Patriots or a Seahawks fan, you may want to keep the less-than-casual football fans invited to a minimum. You want to see the game, not talk about the latest neighborhood gossip.
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Put some skin in the game. Yes, it’s fun to watch the game. The commercials and the Halftime Show provide some entertainment, but if you want a little more excitement, I recommend to do some NFL Betting here. Don’t just pick a random site to bet with. Make sure it is private and secure. 
TonyBet is one to consider. It’s easy to use whether you go online or use their mobile app.
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You’re not limited to just the Super Bowl. You can wager on the NBA, tennis, golf, etc. Before you know it baseball season will be upon us. Add a little excitement to America’s Pastime.

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Conference Championship Round Results:  2-0
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  8-2 (.800)
Overall Total:  162-87-1 (.650)
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Pro Bowl Pick:
Team Carter
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2014-15 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski averaged 74.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He had 108 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens. Gronk had 71 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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2. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener averaged 48.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game, but finished the year averaging 61.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in the final five games of the regular season. He is averaging 33.5 yards per game in the Colts’ two playoff wins, but he ripped the New England Patriots for 144 yards during the regular season.
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3. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Dwayne Allen averaged 30.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He had 30 yards in both playoff wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos. Allen scored a touchdown against Denver. He is not going to overwhelm you with receiving yards, but he’s a solid bet to get in the end zone.
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4. Luke Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Luke Wilson averaged 24.1 yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game on the year. He exceeded expectations last week with 68 yards and a score in the playoff win over the Carolina Panthers. Wilson had one yard in the first meeting with the Green Bay Packers so don’t expect a repeat playoff performance.
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5. Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless averaged 20.2 yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He caught four passes for 31 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. His touchdown was his first in two months. Quarless did have 26 yards in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks.
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Other Options
6. Tim Wright, New England Patriots
7. Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
8. Michael Hoomanawanui, New England Patriots
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NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants.
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The 2014 wide receiver draft class was one for the ages. It yielded four high-end dynasty options and a few other solid options.
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1. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr.  had 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games. His jaw-dropping catches made him a human highlight reel. Not only is he the top in his class, he’s already among the top in the league. ODB averaged 123.3 yards with 11 touchdowns in the final 10 games of the year. He’s locked in with Eli Manning, which should make a sophomore slump unlikely.
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2. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans had 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns despite alternating between Mike Glennon and Josh McCown. Evans is likely to get a quarterback upgrade in the 2015 NFL Draft. He averaged 76.1 yards per game with 12 touchdowns in the final 12 games of the season. At 6’5″ he will continue to be a nightmare to cover, particularly in the red zone.
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3. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers 
Kelvin Benjamin quickly built a strong rapport with Cam Newton. He had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, which ordinarily would have him ranked number one on this list. That just speaks to how deep this draft class is. Benjamin had 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Benjamin also stands 6’5″.
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4. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins was my preseason favorite from this class, but quarterback play hurt him. He still finished with 982 yards and six touchdowns. Assuming he gets better QB play Watkins should take a step forward. He’s further proof of the depth of this class.
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5. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews finished with 872 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 66.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns in the final nine games of the season. He’s in a great spot in one of the most explosive offenses.
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6. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Brandin Cooks finished with 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. He averaged 68 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the final four games of the year. He should take a step forward next year with Drew Brees.
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The Next Batch
7. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
9. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
9. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
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T.Y. Hilton
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2014-15 NFL Playoffs.
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1. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton averaged 96.1 yards in the first 14 games of the regular season. He is averaging 87.5 yards in two playoff wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos. Hilton was limited to 24 yards in the first meeting with the New England Patriots.
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2. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson averaged 94.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns during the regular season. He was held to 22 yards in the playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. He did have nine catches for 83 yards in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks, but they are playing a tough brand of football right now.
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3. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb averaged 80.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had 116 yards against the Cowboys. Cobb had 58 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks in Week 1. Facing Seattle limits his value.
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4. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman averaged 69.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game on the  year. He caught eight passes for 74 yards in the playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens. He also threw a long touchdown pass. Edelman had 81 total yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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5. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin averaged 51.6 yards per game during the regular season. He had 38 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win against the Carolina Panthers. He had just 14 yards in the first meeting with the Packers.
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Other Options
6. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
7. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
8. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
9. Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts
10. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
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Marshawn Lynch running
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Here are the Lester’s Legends running back rankings for the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2014-15 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch averaged 104.6 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just 65 total yards in the playoff win over the Carolina Panthers, but has averaged 96.7 total yards and a touchdown in his past six playoff games. Lynch rolled on the Green Bay Packers for 124 total yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 1. Look for Beast Mode to surface against the Pack because after all, he all ’bout that action boss.
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2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy averaged 97.9 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had a tough start to the season with 45 total yards against the Seattle Seahawks. This week probably won’t be a lot easier, but Lacy is superior to the alternatives. He had 111 total yards during the playoff win against the Dallas Cowboys.
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3. Daniel Herron, Indianapolis Colts
Daniel Herron averaged 73.5 total yards in the final six games, but has really come alive in the NFL playoffs. He debuted with 141 total yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Herron followed that effort up with 95 total yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. He’ll look to stay hot against the New England Patriots, thought he Pats ranked ninth in run defense with 104.3 yards per game allowed and were one of three teams to allow six or fewer rushing scores. Herron’s ability to produce in the passing game leaves him only a shade behind Lacy this week.
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4. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen averaged 52.4 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just one carry for six yards in the win against the Baltimore Ravens, but he caught four passes for 39 yards. Vereen had 77 total yards in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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5. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount averaged 59.8 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns after returning to the New England Patriots. He had three carries for one yard against the Ravens. You never know how Bill Belichick will use his backs. Blount seems the most likely to score a short touchdown.
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Other Options
6. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks
7. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
8. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots
9. John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
10. Zurlon Tipton, Indianapolis Colts
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