2015 NFL Picks – Week 1

3 September 2015

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Last year we were 164-91-1 (.642) during the regular season. We were 22-12 (.647) in our non-repeat team lock picks. Now we’re back for a ninth year of NFL prognostication.
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2014: 164-91-1 (.642) 22-12 (.647)
2013: 160-95-1 (.627) and 24-10 (.706)
2012: 170-85-1 (.666) and 29-5 (.853)
2011: 176-80 (.688) and 28-6 (.824)
2010: 159-97 (.621) and 23-9 (.719)
2009: 177-79 (.691) & 31-3 (.912)
2008: 159-96-1 (.623) & 25-8-1 (.750)
2007: 154-98 (.611) & 12-5 (.706)
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Week 1 Locks
Lock to Win:   Carolina Panthers
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  St. Louis Rams
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Week 1 Picks
NE over PITT
GB over CHI
HOU over KC
NYJ over CLE
INDY over BUF
MIA over WAS
CAR over JAX (Winner Lock)
SEA over STL (Loser Lock)
ARI over NO
DET over SD
TB over TENN
CIN over OAK
DEN over BAL
DAL over NYG
PHI over ATL
MINN over SF
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Super Bowl XLIX Champions

2 February 2015

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The Patriots were able to shrug off DeflateGate and earn their fourth Super Bowl as I predicted.
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Super Bowl XLIX Result: 1-0
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  9-2 (.818)
Pro Bowl: 0-1
Overall Total:  163-88-1 (.649)
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Deflategate

1 February 2015

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By Cy Holt
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Seeing how I cant turn on ESPN (or any other news program for that matter) without hearing about the Patriots “deflategate”, I decided to research the impact this scandal had on the fan favorite team for the Super Bowl.  It seemed like after last years Super Bowl victory, everyone was cheering for them to do as badly as possible.  It was as if everyone turned against them.  Even up to the NFC championship game everyone wanted a Packers win.
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When that didn’t happen the world, to me, turned to the Patriots as the knights in shining armor that could take down the reigning champion Seahawks.  But then it happened.  The story leaked that the Pats could have purposely deflated several footballs in the AFC championship game against the Colts, making them easier to grip, throw, and catch in the cold New England weather.  Whether or not they are guilty, there is a strange feeling in the air as America chooses a side for this years Super Bowl.
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I wanted to see the reaction of the NFL fans… so I started local.  I posted a picture on Instagram asking everyone to comment who they thought would win the big game.  43 people said Seahawks, Hawks, Seattle, or not the Patriots. Only 11 people commented for the Pats.  It shocked me, because I feel that people who are rooting for the Seahawks (that aren’t from Seattle) are considered bandwagon fans as of late.  I wanted to then find out if that was just a local trend or if America agreed.
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So I jumped on over to ESPN.com and found three polls on the matter.  The first one asks, “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?”  Not surprisingly 55 percent of the nation predicted that New England would win.  But the chart shifts to almost 55 percent in favor of Seattle when asked, “Who they will be rooting for?”  The last poll compliments the second.  It asks, “Do you consider the Patriots cheaters?”  63 percent of America said yes.  63 percent!  That speaks volumes about who the fan favorite team is this year.
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If the Pats win then 63 percent of the nation, in my opinion, will always say, “well, they did use those deflated balls”.  There will always be a mini asterisks in their minds.  On the other hand if Seattle wins, it is a clean win.   And the deflated balls topic will slowly fade away.
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To conclude, I believe originally most people wanted to see Tom Brady and the Pats whoop on the very cocky, but very talented Seahawks at first.  But now I believe that because of “deflategate” most people are backing the Hawks and want to see the so-called “cheaters” lose.
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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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Divisional Round Results:  3-1
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Regular Season Lock Picks: 20-12 (.625)
Regular Season Total:  154-85-1 (.644)
Playoffs Picks:  6-2 (.750)
Overall Total:  160-87-1 (.647)
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Conference Championship Round Picks
New England Patriots over Indianapolis Colts
Seattle Seahawks over Green Bay Packers
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