NFL Picks – Week 14

3 December 2008

These picks are from 2008.
Click here for my 2009 Week 14 NFL Picks.

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Last Week:    10-6 (ARI, BUF, SD, OAK, NE, NYJ) let me down
Lock Picks:  1-1

Previous Lock to Win Picks:  NE (W), NYG (W),  BUF (W), SD (W), DAL (W), WAS (L), HOU (W), NYJ (W), JAX (L), CAR (W), PHI (Tie), CHI (W), TENN (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  STL (W), BUF (L), CIN (W), KC (L), MIA (L), DET (W), SEA (W), NO (L), OAK (W), CHI (W), HOU (W), SD (W), PHI (L)

Overall Lock Picks: 17-8-1 (.673)
Season Total:  122-69-1 (.638)

Week 14 NFL Picks
Lock to Win:  Minnesota
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Cleveland

San Diego over Oakland
Chicago over Jacksonville
Minnesota over Detroit (Winner Lock)
Green Bay over Houston
Tennessee over Cleveland (Loser Lock)
Indianapolis over Cincinnati
Atlanta over New Orleans
New York Giants over Philadelphia
Miami over Buffalo
Denver over Kansas City
New York Jets over San Francisco
New England over Seattle
Arizona over St. Louis
Pittsburgh over Dallas
Baltimore over Washington
Tampa Bay over Carolina

The LEV Report

29 November 2008




Written by LEV

Observations and Predictions…
LEV from Crazy Colored Glasses checks in with his look back at Week 12 and a preview to Week 13.

The Cowboys ran out to a big lead against the Niners and than held on as the Niners scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys started the game looking flat while the Niners ran out to a 6-0 lead. That all changed in a flash as Romo found Owens for 75 yard score. After that play the Boys were energized and went on to dominate the 2nd and 3rd quarters while letting up a bit in the fourth. Dallas improved their playoff chance by upping their record to 7-4 with a very winnable game against Seattle on Thursday afternoon.

The Jets handed it to the unbeaten Titans. They are a team to be reckoned with in the AFC. All the papers here in NYC are starting to get really excited about the possibility of an all NY Super Bowl (although both teams play in Jersey). Giants beat the Cardinals a little more easily than I thought they would. The Pats pulled away in the fourth against the Dolphins in a high-scoring affair. The death knell sounded on the Eagles season (and possibly Andy Reid‘s tenure) as the Ravens blew out Philly.
Top Performers of the Week
QB-MattCassel: A second 400+ yard week. Cassel is a free-agent at the end of this season and based off these last two games should have plenty of suitors. This kid can run an offense.
RB-Michael Turner: Turner led the Falcons past the Panthers with 100+ yards and 4 scores. 
WR-Terrel Owens: He lit up his former squad to the tune of 213 yards and a score. Could be the breakout game we’ve been waiting for all year. I’m sure he’s happy to have Romo back.
TE-Tony Gonzalez: Even in a losing effort he put up 117 yards and a TD.
Defense-Baltimore: They shut down a high-powered Eagles defense and even sent McNabb to the bench in favor of Kevin Kolb.
Special Teams-Buffalo Bills: Strong returns helped get Buffalo in great field position all day long against KC. 
This week sees a trio of games on Thanksgiving. None of them seem overly competitive. I think all 3 have the potential to get ugly. The Titans will be looking to take out last weeks loss on the winless Lions. The Cowboys look to continue marching towards the playoffs in dismantling the Seahawks, and the Cardinals should throw all over the Eagles. I’m expecting 3 double digit victories. The Bucs defense should have enough to slow down the high flying Saints attack. The Giants should again blitz Jason Campbell and the Skins into submission. The Jets will continue to roll over the Broncos. While the Pats will eeek one out against Pittsburgh. Bears over Minny in a battle for first place (watch out for Matt Forte, he loves them domes).
The rest of the week looks like this (10-6 last week). Indy over Cleveland. Ravens beating the Bengals. Miami over the Rams. Buffalo over the Niners. Packers at home over the Panthers. Atlanta over the Chargers. Oakland beating KC and Houston over Jacksonville
Fantasy Picks of the Week
QB-Jay Cutler: Even though I think the Broncos will lose, I think this will be a shoot out with Cutler chucking the pigskin all over the field.
RB-Matt Forte: The Bears will stake their claim for first on the legs of their rookie back. 
WR-Anthony Gonzalez: The soft Nickel and Dime packages of the Browns will have their hands full with the Colts slot receiver.
TE-Kevin Boss: I’m a big fan of this TE who has a score in each of the last 3 games. As the season gets longer not only is he leaving his mark with his blocking but also showing he’s a complete player as a big target.
Defense-Titans: I see the Lions doing absolutely nothing.
Special Teams-Packers: Panthers on the frozen tundra=good things for the Packs return game.

NFL Picks – Week 13

26 November 2008

These picks are from 2008.
Click here for my2009 Week 13 NFL Picks.

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Last Week:   9-7 (HOU, TENN, JAX, DEN, CAR, ARI, GB) let me down
Lock Picks:  2-0

Previous Lock to Win Picks:  NE (W), NYG (W),  BUF (W), SD (W), DAL (W), WAS (L), HOU (W), NYJ (W), JAX (L), CAR (W), PHI (Tie), CHI (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  STL (W), BUF (L), CIN (W), KC (L), MIA (L), DET (W), SEA (W), NO (L), OAK (W), CHI (W), HOU (W), SD (W)

Overall Lock Picks: 16-7-1 (.688)
Season Total:  112-63-1 (.639)

Week 13 NFL Picks
Lock to Win:  Tennessee
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Philadelphia

Week 13 NFL Picks
Tennessee over Detroit (Winner Lock)
Dallas over Seattle
Arizona over Philadelphia (Loser Lock)
Buffalo over San Francisco
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Indianapolis over Cleveland
Carolina over Green Bay
Miami over St. Louis
Tampa Bay over New Orleans
New York Giants over Washington
San Diego over Atlanta
Oakland over Kansas City
New England over Pittsburgh
New York Jets over Denver
Minnesota over Chicago
Houston over Jacksonville

The LEV Report

22 November 2008




Written by LEV

Observations and Predictions…
LEV from Crazy Colored Glasses checks in with his look back at Week 11 and a preview to Week 12.

Last weekend the Cowboys saved their season. The return of Romo and Terrence Newman were exactly the shot in the arm that this team needed. Although it took the offense a while to get going, once the fourth quarter came, Marion Barber took over. Barber who led the league in fourth quarter rushing last year (this year he ranked 32nd coming into the game) touched the ball on nearly every play in the fourth as the Boys pulled one out against the Redskins. 

The Jets looked good in pulling out to a big lead, and then not so good in letting the Pats back in, they won a close one in New England to grab a hold of first place. The Steelers came back to win a weird one against the Chargers. Giants spanked the Ravens… ran all over them. Denver extended their lead out West in beating the Falcons. Packers beat a very flat Bears squad. The Eagles disappointed in playing to a tie against the Bengals (yes Donovan, a game can end in a tie).
Top Performers of the Week
QB-Peyton Manning: 300+ yards and two scores helped the Colts beat the Texans. Had the Pats found a way to beat the Jets, Cassel would have been an easy pick. I just think Peyton and the Colts have it clicking right now.
RB-Marion Barber: 150+ total yards and a score as well as complete domination of the Redskins top 5 defense in the fourth quarter. 
WR-Anquan Boldin: Has any receiver been better this season. 185 yards in a big game out West.
TE-Dustin Keller: Quickly becoming Favre’s go-to-guy. 
Special Teams-New York Jets: Leon Washington ran a score back for TD and a game winning kick in OT sealed the deal.
Defense-Green Bay: Kept the good Bears offense out of the endzone in allowing 3 points.
This week the Cowboys play the Niners which should be a closer game then most expect. The Niners have played tough as of late. I expect a healthier Romo to be the difference. I think the Steelers will beat the Bengals on Thursday night (oh, wait… that game already happened). Titans over the Jets in a very close game. Pats over the Fish in a close one as well (I think this weekend will have lots of close games). Cards upsetting the Giants at home. Warner gets his revenge. Colts over the Chargers on Sunday night.
The rest of the week should play out this way (11-5 last week). Browns beating the Texans. Bills over KC. Ravens beat a struggling Eagles team. Bucs over the Lions. In the disappointment bowl, the Vikings over the Jags. Bears over the Rams. Broncos over the Raiders. Panthers over the slipping Falcons. Redskins beat the sorry Seahawks. Packers over the Saints on Monday night. 
Fantasy Picks of the Week
QB-Kerry Collins: Teams have been stacking up to stop the run. Kerry has taken advantage as of late. The Jets have given up a ton of passing yards recently.
RB-Ryan Grant: Looked great last week against the Bears. The Saints defense is a little more welcoming. 
WR-Eddie Royal: Had a field day opening night. Nnamdi will lock up Marshall making Royal a much more inviting target. 
TE-Ben Watson: Starting to round into form after battling all kinds of ailments this year. The Dolphins put a lot of pressure of the QB, I expect Cassel to be checking down to Watson and Welker all day long.
Special Teams-Chicago: This is the weekend we see a big return from Hester.
Defense-Bucs: The Lions are awful. Bucs should tee off.

NFL Picks – Week 12

19 November 2008

These picks are from 2008. Click here for my 2009 Week 12 Picks.
Click here to check out my fantasy football info.

Last Week:   11-4-1  (NE. ATL, PHI [half], WASH, BUF) let me down
Lock Picks:  0-1-1

Previous Lock to Win Picks:  NE (W), NYG (W),  BUF (W), SD (W), DAL (W), WAS (L), HOU (W), NYJ (W), JAX (L), CAR (W), PHI (Tie)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  STL (W), BUF (L), CIN (W), KC (L), MIA (L), DET (W), SEA (W), NO (L), OAK (W), CHI (W), HOU (W)

Overall Lock Picks: 14-7-1 (.659)
Season Total:  103-56-1 (.647)

Week 12 NFL Picks
Lock to Win:  Chicago
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  San Diego

These picks are from 2008. Click here for my 2009 Week 12 Picks.

Week 12 NFL Picks
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
Cleveland over Houston
Dallas over San Francisco
Tampa Bay over Detroit
Tennessee over New York Jets
Kansas City over Buffalo
Chicago over St. Louis (Winner Lock)
New England over Miami
Jacksonville over Minnesota
Baltimore over Philadelphia
Denver over Oakland
Carolina over Atlanta
Arizona over New York Giants
Washington over Seattle
Indianapolis over San Diego (Loser Lock)
Green Bay over New Orleans

NFL Picks – Week 11

12 November 2008

These picks are from 2008. Click here for my 2009 Week 11 NFL Picks.
Click here to check out my fantasy football info in the meantime.

Last Week:    10-4 (CLE, DET, HOU, PHI) let me down
Lock Picks:  2-0

Previous Lock to Win Picks:  NE (W), NYG (W),  BUF (W), SD (W), DAL (W), WAS (L), HOU (W), NYJ (W), JAX (L), CAR (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  STL (W), BUF (L), CIN (W), KC (L), MIA (L), DET (W), SEA (W), NO (L), OAK (W), CHI (W)

Overall Lock Picks: 14-6 (.700)
Season Total:  92-52 (.639)

Week 10 Picks
Lock to Win:  Philadelphia
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Houston

Week 11 Picks
New England over New York Jets
Atlanta over Denver
Philadelphia over Cincinnati (Winner Lock)
Green Bay over Chicago
Indianapolis over Houston (Loser Lock)
New Orleans over Kansas City
Miami over Oakland
New York Giants over Baltimore
Tampa Bay over Minnesota
Carolina over Detroit
San Francisco over St. Louis
Arizona over Seattle
Pittsburgh over San Diego
Tennessee over Jacksonville
Washington over Dallas
Buffalo over Cleveland

The LEV Report

8 November 2008

 




Written by LEV

Observations and Predictions…
LEV from Crazy Colored Glasses checks in with his look back at Week 9 and a preview to Week 10.

If you are a die-hard Cowboys fan (like myself), the last few weeks have been pretty difficult to watch. Watching a team that was widely considered to be Super Bowl favorites be decimated by injuries and now sit in last place in the NFC East (outside of the playoffs) has been painful. The loss of Romo isn’t the only thing that is holding this team back (although, his play did mask a lot of the teams other weaknesses). The secondary has been awful. The tackling dreadful. And short of DeMarcus Ware, is there anyone else who can rush the passer? Now of course once Romo returns and the defense is on the field less, they will make more plays. Here’s hoping that the pinkie is healing well, and Romo will be able to lead this team into the playoffs. The road will be tough, but as the Giants showed last year, being hot at the right time is key.
Week 9 was full of enjoyable close games as contenders started to move a way from the pack (Cards, Giants, Steelers) while pretenders started to fall (Bills, Browns, Jags) as well as providing us with feel good stories to follow for the remainder of the season (Falcons and Titans).
Top Performers of the Week
QB-Kurt Warner: Who would have thought when the season started that Warner would be on the short list of MVP candidates. His play has been great for the Cards this season. Now with Boldin back from injury, he could play even better.
RB-Brandon Jacobs: Brandon set the tone early in the Giants dismantling of the Cowboys. He ran for close to 120 while leading the way for almost 200 rushing yards against my Boys. Tim Hightower was a close second for me. I only mention that because Tim was a late round fantasy draft pick for me in multiple drafts that when selected often had other owners scratching their heads and saying “Who?”
WR-Donald Driver: Driver had his best game of the season in a playoff-like matchup against the Titans tough secondary. 
TE-Owen Daniels: The Vikings defense was once again atrocious in guarding the opposing tightends. Daniels caught 11 for 130+ yards.
Special Teams-Jacksonville: A special teams score (on a fumble recovery) as well as multiple Scobee field goals almost helped the Jags pull off a win.
Defense-Atlanta Falcons: More specifically John Abraham who had three sacks in helping the Falcons blank the Raiders.
My Cowboys have a much needed bye this week. Hopefully when they return both Romo , Felix Jones and Terrence Newman are all healthy. This week we have the first of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football games. A matchup between Denver and Cleveland. It should be a high-scoring affair as both teams are defensively challenged. I expect the Browns rallying behind Brady Quinn to get the win. With the Boys off, the main event in Casa Vega will be the Titans at Chicago. I think a low-scoring defensive battle will be the order of the day. A late Bironas kick will keep the Titans record spotless. The Pats should be able to hold off the freefalling Bills at home. I like Matt Ryan to light up the Saints defense in an Atlanta victory. I’m hoping the Colts (my fantasy squad needs Peyton to do well) can outlast the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Big Ben‘s health worries me, even though Byron Leftwich played well. The Giants should also continue their strangle hold on the NFC with a BIG win over Philly.
Here are my picks for the rest of the weekend (10-4 last week). Jags over Detroit (but it will be closer than people think). Houston behind Sage beat the visiting Ravens. Dolphins get over .500 beating the Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers pulls off a victory on the road against Minny. the Jets over the Rams. Panthers huge in Oakland. Chargers big at home over KC. The Cards showing America they are for real in beating San Fran on Monday night. 
Fantasy Picks of the Week
QB-Jake Delhomme: Panthers have a very favorable matchup against Oakland. 200+ yards and 2 scores are a given (if not more) against this hapless squad. The Raiders are also looking at getting rid of DeAngelo Hall, so their secondary will be even worse this weekend. 
RB-Maurice Jones-Drew: Detroit has been awful against the run lately. Forte had a field day last week. MJD should benefit this week.
WR-Brandon Marshall: He was very vocal about his lack of action last week. I expect Cutler to go his way early and often against the awful secondary of the Browns. 
TE-Kevin Boss: He’s been a blocking machine for the G-Men who has started to get a lot of looks in the passing game as of late. Plus the Eagles have had problems covering tightends this season. 
ST-Cleveland Browns: Josh Cribbs is scorching hot and the Broncos are not playing well. Look out!
Defense-Cardinals: I expect the Cards to blitz Shaun Hill into submission. The Cards have a very underrated front 4 which should plenty of pressure on the Niners and make this game a blow-out.

The LEV Report

1 November 2008




Written by LEV

Observations and Predictions…
LEV from Crazy Colored Glasses checks in with his look back at Week 8 and a preview to Week 9.

Last weekend my beloved Cowboys showed they had a little fight still left in their injury (and drama) decimated team. They held on for dear life against a very good Bucs team. The defense looked very strong in limiting the Bucs to just a few field goals. Brad Johnson even utilized Roy Williams by finding him for a jumpball in the end zone. 

Carolina had a huge second half in beating a game Cardinals squad. The more I see of the Panthers, the more I like. They run the ball well, they pass well and they play strong defense. Could be a team to watch in the NFC for the ret of the year. Philadelphia benefited from a gift call late against Atlanta (refs completely blew a fumble call on the punt returner which would have given the Falcons the ball with a chance to tie the game with less then 3 minutes to go) and showed that teams better not have forgotten how good this team is when Westbrook is healthy. The Giants showed the heart of a champion in coming from behind with a strong fourth quarter and beating the Steelers. The Titans showed all of America on Monday night that they are for real in dispatching the Colts
Players of the Week
QB-Drew Brees: Has any QB been more consistent this year. The crowd in London was treated to a QB playing in an offense perfectly suited to his abilities. A trend that should continue what with Reggie injured, and Deuce getting ready to be suspended.
WR-Donnie Avery: Impressive new deep threat for Marc Bulger. Gashed the Cowboys for a deep score two weeks ago and ran through the Pats secondary for 160+ yards and a score.
RB-Brian Westbrook: Continues to be the most effective back in the league. 200+ total yards and a score. He is the engine that drives the Eagles offense.
TE-Dallas Clark: He was Manning’s most effective weapons against a tough Titans defense.
Defense-New York Giants: The Giants picked off Big Ben 4 times and sacked him 5 times. Another dominant performance by a strong defensive unit.
Special Teams-Houston Texans: Strong returns all day keyed by the 73 yard punt return for a score by Jacoby Jones.
This weeks main event is the conference matchup between the Cowboys and Giants. The Giants benefit from catching the Cowboys hurting and on the road. I simply don’t think the Cowboys have enough (especially at QB) to put up a fight. The Giants in a blitz induced laugher. The Bills shut down the ground attack of the Jets and expose them for the overrated mess they are. The Titans continue to let the good times roll in winning a close one over the Packers. The Colts should find a way to win one at home against the Patriots. If not they can pack their bags. Redskins keep the Steelers winless against the NFC East.
Here are my picks for the rest of this weeks games (8-6 last week). Jags keeping the Bengals winless. Browns getting to .500 against the Ravens. Vikings over the Texans in a close one. Bears huge over Detroit at home. Bucs over the Chiefs. Cards over the Rams. Miami over the Broncos in Denver. Philly over Seattle. Falcons beating the Raiders
Fantasy Picks of the Week
QB-Kyle Orton: The Lions are horendous and Orton shredded them the last time these two teams played.
WR-Anquan Boldin: Looked great in his return to the lineup last week. That should continue this week against the Rams inviting secondary.
RB-Michael Turner: He’s enjoying being the number one back. The Raiders defense has just enough holes up front for Turner to shred.
TE-Chris Cooley: Steelers and Redskins will pay a tough Monday night contest. Cooley should break free for a score and close to 100 yards.
Defense-Tampa Bay: The defense was strong against the Cowboys in a losing effort. They’ll be able to take out the frustrations of last week against the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
Special Teams:-Jags: MJD should break through against the awful special teams of the Bengals.

NFL Picks – Week 9

29 October 2008

These picks are from 2008.  Click here for the 2009 Week 9 NFL Picks.
Click here to check out my fantasy football info in the meantime.

Last Week:  7-7 (Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Pittsburgh Indianapolis and San Diego let me down)
Lock Picks:  1-1

Previous Lock to Win Picks:  NE (W), NYG (W),  BUF (W), SD (W), DAL (W), WAS (L), HOU (W), NYJ (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  STL (W), BUF (L), CIN (W), KC (L), MIA (L), DET (W), SEA (W), NO (L)
Overall Lock Picks: 11-5 (.688)
Season Total:  74-42 (.638)

Week 9 Picks
Lock to Win:  Jacksonville
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Oakland

Week 9 Picks
Buffalo over New York Jets
Chicago over Detroit
Jacksonville over Cincinnati (Winner Lock)
Baltimore over Cleveland
Tennessee over Green Bay
Tampa Bay over Kansas City
Arizona over St. Louis
Houston over Minnesota
Denver over Miami
Atlanta over Oakland (Loser Lock)
New York Giants over Dallas
Philadelphia over Seattle
New England over Indianapolis
Washington over Pittsburgh

The LEV Report

25 October 2008




Written by LEV

Observations and Predictions…
LEV from Crazy Colored Glasses checks in with his look back at Week 7 and a preview to Week 8.

 

The Dallas Cowboys had an early game last week, so I settled in with a few burgers (thank you baby) and sat down to watch my favorite team. The game started the Boys drove the field and scored. I thought this just might be an easy game for the Boys. Not so much. The Cowboy got destroyed by a very game St. Louis Rams team. Therefore ruining the rest of my football Sunday.

Even though I was in a foul mood the rest of my football Sunday I was impressed by the Packers (complete dismantling of the Colts) the Bucs (dominating an injury ravaged Seahwaks) and Carolina (they continue to play great at home).  The Pats also showed a pulse in blowing out the Broncos on MNF.

Top Performers of the Week

QB-Matt Cassel: Nice game for the Pats at home against an overmatched Broncos secondary. A nice efficient game.
RB-Stephen Jackson: He took the fact that the Cowboys skipped him in the draft a few years go out on the Boys to the tune of 160 yards and 3 scores.
WR-Antonio Bryant: I’ve always been a big fan of his potential. Unfortunately he’s a knucklehead. He seems to have clicked in T.B. with Jeff Garcia. Once Galloway comes back this passing game could be a huge weapon.
TE-Owen Daniels: Daniels was a big weapon in the red zone for Matt Schaub. 60 plus yards and 2 scores in the Texans second consecutive win.  
Defense-New England: They shut down Jay Cutler and the Broncos while forcing 5 turnovers.
Special Teams-Chicago Bears: A couple of big plays in the punting game helped distance the Bears over the Vikings.
With the news that Romo will not be rejoining the starting lineup before mid-November I don’t have high  hopes for the next few weeks. With the Bucs this week and the Giants next, things could get very scary in big D. The Bucs haven’t played as well on the road as they do at home. I still think they pull out a close game and drop the Boys to .500. Panthers versus the Cardinals is a really intriguing game of division leaders. I like the Panthers at home. The surprising Falcons visit the Eagles in another very interesting game. I think the Falcons will play inspired football and pull out a shocker. I really like Matt Ryan’s composure (he reminds me of a young Tom Brady). The Giants have too much d-line for a porous offensive line of the Steelers. Expect a long day for Big Ben. Colts at the Titans might be the start of the death knell on the 2008 season for the Colts. I think the Titans could have 300 yards rushing in this game. Titans in a close one.
The rest of the weekend should break down this way (11-3 last week). Baltimore over the Raiders.  Redskins destroying the Lions (what’s new). Buffalo continues the good times against Miami. New England edging out the Rams. San Diego over New Orleans. Jets (behind Thomas Jones) over KC. Texans extend the winning streak to 3 in beating the Bengals. Jags over Browns. San Fran wins one for the new coach against the Seahawks.
Fantasy Picks of the Week
QB-Matt Schaub: A favorable matchup against Cincy as well as the confidence of two straight victories.
RB-LenDale White: The touchdown vulture should be able to gash the awful run-D of the Colts.
WR-Santana Moss: Detroit awful. I expect them to stack the box and try to stop the NFL’s leading rusher. Thus giving Campbell lots of time to find his favorite target.
TE-Antonio Gates: The Saints defense stop no one. With Chambers hurting I expect Rivers to Gates even more.
Defense-Baltimore: They will put way too much pressure on JaMarcus and the conservative Raiders. 
Special Teams-Atlanta: I can’t help but think this game will end in a last second field goal.

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