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All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense

By on November 19, 2014 at 2:00pm
Calvin Johnson will be one of the best individual players the Patriots face all season when the Lions visit Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Photo Courtesy of bleacherreport.com

When the Patriots face the Lions on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, they will have to defend the NFL’s best wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson is in his eighth season and has been dominant in each of them. He has had over 1,000 yards in 5 of his previous seven seasons and has 520 yards and three touchdowns this season despite only playing seven games due to injury. His best season was 2012, in which he had 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big play machine who is averaging 16 yards a catch and has averaged the same number through the course of his career.

Johnson is routinely double and tripled teamed and is always the focal point of his opponent’s defensive game plan. He is 6’5” tall, 236 pounds, and is one of the fastest receivers in the league. He has great hands and high football intelligence, meaning that he is rarely out of position and does not make many simple mistakes that hurt his team.  In the GIF below, one of Johnson’s best plays of his career is shown. He is triple covered in the end zone and is still able to come up with the catch. The special piece about Johnson is plays like this are not once-in-a-career plays, but rather plays that he can make regularly. Continue reading All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 11's prediction for the Super Bowl

Coming up on Thanksgiving, races are still tight. Four teams in the AFC are only half a game behind the last Wildcard spot, for example. The Seahawks and 49ers are still hassling the NFC. Even the 2-8 Buccaneers are just two games away from their division’s lead. Other than the conference leading Pats and Cardinals, all divisions are led by no more than a game. The winless Raiders are now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, starting an interesting race for the top draft pick as well. A lot will go on in the final month and a half of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 19: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 11 »

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NFL Week 11 Betting Tips

November 16, 2014 at 11:00am in Featured, NFL, Opinion
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The first week of November treated the so called “Betting Expert” rather rude, as I recorded a 1-2 record last week. The one win as well was not pretty, as Kansas City just squeaked by Buffalo 17-13. I look to make this week a lot more memorable for winning reasons. I currently am saddled with a 16-16 overall record, and will pick three games once again in Week 11.

Take the St. Louis Rams (+9.5) over the Denver Broncos
This seems to look like a pick that could be troubling, as the Broncos are arguably the best team in the entire NFL, and the Rams currently sit in last in the NFC West. What the Rams have been doing the past few weeks is getting after the quarterback, and playing great defense. St. Louis even had the team with the best record in the NFL in Arizona on the ropes last week, until Austin Davis turned into a turnover machine. The Rams are going back to veteran backup Shaun Hill, which is a very good move for them. Hill is much less turnover prone than a young gun slinger in Davis, which will bold well for a team with a ferocious defense. The Rams tenacious front is exactly the type of defense that can cause Peyton Manning and the Broncos all kinds of problems. St. Louis will keep Denver in the 20’s, and cover in a tight 24-20 loss.

Take the Chiefs (-1) over the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is not nearly the same team when they are away from their home field. The Hawks have compiled an unimpressive 2-2 record on the road this season. Russell Wilson, who has been just about unbeatable at home in the regular season (19-2), is not the case when he hits the road (11-9), and winning in Arrowhead Stadium is no picnic. Last time a team came to Kansas City as a favorite or close to that, the Chiefs decimated that opponent in the New England Patriots (41-14). Kansas City is one of the hardest places to get a win, and the Chiefs have continued to stay hot. The Chiefs have won five of their last six games, and that trend will continue. Kansas City will put another impressive win on their resume 27-24.

Take the Minnesota Vikings (+2.5) over the Chicago Bears
The Bears have quit on their coach and themselves this season. The past three weeks, Chicago have lost by a combined 69 points to the New England and the Green Bay Packers, (were on a bye week in between). The Bears are playing like a team wishing their season was over, and the Vikings are playing like a team inspired. Since Teddy Bridgewater took over as Vikings starting quarterback, they have played really sound football. Bridgewater has started five games, and Minnesota has recorded a 3-2 record. The Vikings will go on the road and continue to give the Bears more 2014 season woes after a 28-21 victory.

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10 weeks into the season, and injuries continue to take their toll. Major suspensions are starting to expire, which should help the affected teams. The AFC North has only winning records, while the NFC South has only losing records. Wildcard races remain crowded, especially in the AFC. A lot is happening right now in the NFL, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 11: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 10 »

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NFL Week 10 2014 Betting Tips

November 9, 2014 at 10:15am in Featured, NFL, Opinion
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Week 8 in the NFL was not a pretty week, as I recorded a 1-3 record. I was desperately in need of having my own so called “Bye Week,” and so I obliged, (Week 9 I would have went 2-2). I am now sitting with a 15-14 overall record, and am now looking for a perfect week 10 after my bye. I will be picking three games rather than usual four, (less is more). Continue reading NFL Week 10 2014 Betting Tips »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 9's prediction for the Super Bowl

All teams are now at least halfway through their season. The NFC South has no winning teams, while the AFC North has only winning teams. Star power is throwing its way around, and with a no contest plea, Adrian Peterson could be on his way back relatively soon, if Roger Goodell allows it. Only the Cardinals have just one win, while the winless Raiders are still in line for the top draft picks. Dallas is heading to London, which finally gets a pretty good team to see, but it should be a slaughter against the Jaguars. Much of the standings remain close, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 4: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 9 »

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When the Patriots acquired Akeem Ayers prior to the trading deadline, they were getting a player that had shown pass rush prowess in 2012 but had disappointed in 2013 and early 2014. He had fallen out of favor with the Tennessee defensive coaches and the Patriots hoped a fresh start would help Ayers find his 2012 form. So far the move has worked out better than the Patriots had hoped.

Through two games, Ayers has two sacks and has been on the field in critical situations. His biggest play was a second quarter sack of Peyton Manning against Denver. It was a fourth and six play with Denver driving. Prior to the snap, the Patriots showed blitz but backed off when the ball was snapped leaving only three men to rush. Vince Wilfork took up two blockers and Ayers stunted around Wilfork and got a clean burst up the middle on Manning. The Patriots were able to score on their ensuing drive and did not look back, winning 43-21. Continue reading Akeem Ayers Contributing Early On With Patriots »

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