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NFL Playoff Picture Heading into Week 14

* = First round bye

^ = Wild card

 
AFC:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers* (10-2)
  2. New England Patriots* (10-2)
  3. Tennessee Titans (8-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars^ (8-4)
  6. Baltimore Ravens^ (7-5)

 

 

Game scenarios as of now:

Wild Card Weekend-

Ravens @ Titans

Jaguars @ Chiefs

 
In the hunt:

Buffalo Bills (6-6)- …. Colts, Dolphins, @Patriots, @Dolphins

Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)- …. Redskins, @Chiefs, @Jets, Oakland

Oakland Raiders (6-6)- …. @Chiefs, Cowboys, @Eagles, @Chargers

 

What’s Changed?

Nothing has changed in the AFC playoff picture. All teams won except the struggling Chiefs, however they still possess the division lead in the AFC West.

 

 

Prediction:

I think the playoff picture will stay the same in the AFC except for the Chiefs. I think the Chargers are the best team in that division and they’ll pass the reeling Chiefs. Other than that, everything will stay the same in this unusually weak conference.

 
NFC:

  1. Minnesota Vikings* (10-2)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles* (10-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
  5. Seattle Seahawks^ (8-4)
  6. Carolina Panthers^ (8-4)

 

 

Game Scenarios as of now:

Panthers @ Rams

Seahawks @ Saints

 
In the Hunt:

Atlanta Falcons (7-5)–…. Saints, @Buccaneers, @Saints, Panthers

Detroit Lions (6-6)–…. @Buccaneers, Bears, @Bengals, Packers

Green Bay Packers–…. @Browns, @Panthers, Vikings, @Lions

Dallas Cowboys–…. @Giants, @Raiders, Seahawks, @Eagles

 

 

What’s Changed?

The NFC is a little more interesting than the AFC this year. With a loss to the Vikings, the Falcons have fallen out of the playoff picture, and with their win against the Eagles, the Seahawks move up to the 5th seed.

The Panthers are still in the picture, but drop to the 6th seed.

And finally, what many people have probably noticed is that the Vikings are the new 1 seed in the NFC. They own the tiebreaker over the Eagles.

 

 

Prediction:

It’s going to be an exciting four weeks because all of these teams are tight, and could compete in the playoffs if they make it. Honestly I think the race that could go either way is between the Seahawks, Panthers, and Falcons. The Falcons have the toughest schedule remaining, playing the Saints twice.

Many people wonder if Brett Hundley can help the Packers stay alive until Rodgers (potentially) comes back, but let’s face it. Hundley just isn’t that good and it might already be too late for the 6-6 Packers to make it.

Click here for my Final Predictions using ESPN’s Playoff Machine

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NFL Playoff Picture Heading Into Week 13

* = First round bye

^ = Wild Card

AFC:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers*(9-2)
  2. New England Patriots* (9-2)
  3. Tennessee Titans (7-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars^ (7-4)
  6. Baltimore Ravens^ (6-5)

 

Game scenarios as of now:

Wild Card Weekend-

Ravens @ Titans

Jaguars @ Chiefs

 

In the hunt:

Buffalo Bills (6-5)– ….Patriots, Colts, Dolphins, @Patriots, @Dolphins

Los Angeles Chargers (5-6)–…. Browns, Redskins, @Chiefs, @Jets, Oakland

Oakland Raiders (5-6)–…. Giants, @Chiefs, Cowboys, @Eagles, @Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)–…. Steelers, Bears, @Vikings, Lions, @Ravens

 

My Prediction:

The AFC is unusually weak this season and I could see the playoff picture staying the same as it is right now. Based on the strength of the team and schedule remaining I could see the Chargers sneaking in as a wild card team or even as the AFC West Champions. They’re 5-2 in their last seven games and have one of the easiest schedules remaining this season.

No other team sticks out too much to me. The Bills still have to play the Patriots twice (two losses right there) and the Raiders and Bengals just don’t have it this year. However, all it takes is for a team to get hot and then ride the wave the rest of the way.

 

NFC:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles* (10-1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings* (9-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (8-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (8-3)
  5. Carolina Panthers^ (8-3)
  6. Atlanta Falcons^ (7-4)

 

Game scenarios as of now:

Wild Card Weekend-

Falcons @ Rams

Panthers @ Saints

 

In the hunt:

Seattle Seahawks (7-4)–…. Eagles, @Jaguars, Rams, @Cowboys, Cardinals

Detroit Lions (6-5)–…. @Ravens, @Buccaneers, Bears, @Bengals, Packers

Arizona Cardinals (5-6)–…. Rams, Titans, @Redskins, Giants, @Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys (5-6)–…. Redskins, @Giants, @Raiders, Seahawks, @Eagles

Washington Redskins (5-6)–…. @Dallas, @Chargers, Cardinals, Broncos, @Giants

Green Bay Packers (5-6)–…. Buccaneers, @Browns, @Panthers, Vikings, @Lions

 

My Prediction:

Unlike the AFC, the NFC has multiple teams that could compete in the playoffs. Unfortunately, there are only six spots. I’m going to stick with the playoff picture now with three teams from the NFC South getting a spot.

The Seahawks are a good team, but injuries have plagued them and they have one of the hardest schedules remaining, playing teams that are all already in the playoffs or in the hunt right now.

Detroit is another good team, but the others are just better… There’s always next year.

Fish’s Five Free NFL Picks: Week 8

Five free picks in week 8 around the NFL.

Carolina Panthers (4-3) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers this Sunday. Both teams have not started the season as they had hoped, both have had shades of success and brilliance but not consistently. The Buccaneers did not play badly last week in their close loss to the Bills, it was the cause of Shady McCoy finding the end zone for the first time this season and yet again later on in the game. The Buccaneers are better than their record appears and with the Jolly Roger with them, the Bucs will rally for a win on their home turf. Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons (3-3) vs New York Jets (3-4)

Falcons against the Jets, yes, the Jets. Time to Jet up? The New York Jets are the best football team in the Meadowlands this season after pre-season rankings and projections had them finishing 0-16. The Jets appear to be for real with a record of 3-4 but they have a tough test against the former MVP Matt Ryan and the super bowl runner-ups Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are coming off a bad week where they got embarrassed again by the Patriots in primetime. Clearly, the Falcons are favored and with their recent offensive struggles it will be a close game but they will take this game. Falcons

Oakland Raiders (3-4) vs Buffalo Bills (4-2)

The Raiders are coming off a huge and roller coaster of a win last Thursday night against the Chiefs. Marshawn Lynch getting thrown out of the game, Cooper’s 210 receiving yards, and three flags all three coming with zero seconds on the clock allowing the Raiders to keep getting plays off. The Raiders showed the league that they are back to compete after the first six weeks had many questioning their ability to finish out the season strong. The Buffalo Bills are coming off a win against the Buccaneers at home as well. Both teams are rolling with tons of momentum. The toughest part to get around for the Raiders will be the home field advantage of the Buffalo Bills. If the Raiders continue to run the plays they did against the chiefs and air the ball out, they will succeed again. Raiders

Houston Texans(3-3) vs Seattle Seahawks (4-2)

One of the biggest surprises of the year is rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and what he has been able to do for this Texans offense. The Texans are coming off a bye week as they should have plenty of rest entering the 12th man in Seattle. The Seahawks have been playing better however and it all starts with their quarterback in Russell Wilson. Wilson struggles the first couple of weeks in the season but as of late he has been phenomenal. The week rest for a young quarterback ready to get it going again will be enough to stop a good team in the Seahawks. Texans

Denver Broncos(3-3) vs Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)

Monday night football has a great game on its hands this week. The Chiefs are looking for redemption after last weeks fiasco against the Raiders. The Chiefs have dropped two in a row now and all they can think about is getting back on track. The Chiefs did not play awful against the Raiders, it was mainly the unexpected and unstoppable Derek Carr and his great play. The Broncos are also looking for redemption from last week after being shut out against the Chargers. The Broncos, however, are struggling to keep a steady quarterback and there have been conflicts all year. Alex Smith is having a great season so far and the team with the better quarterback will win this game. Chiefs

NFL Week 6 Game Picks

Week 6 in the NFL has some promising action for the fans. Five games stand out with none of the following having heavy favorite teams. These are the predictions for Week 6:
1. (TNF) Eagles @ Panthers

  • This Thursday we have a great matchup in front of us as the Eagles go on the road to face the Panthers. Both teams fall under the same boat in regards to schedule wise. Both teams have not had a real test to their abilities, however both offenses look like they can get the job done. With Cam Newton on fire the past couple of weeks, the Panthers should be able to get the job done at home on Thursday Night.

Cam Newton(3)

Panthers

 

  1. Steelers @ Chiefs
  • The undefeated Chiefs square off against the rattled Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are coming off a week where they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars at home with Ben Roethlisberger throwing five interceptions. Big Ben questioned himself in a post-game interview on whether he still has “it” or not. With the Steelers unsure about how their QB will perform, the heavily powered Chiefs will take home the W this week.

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Chiefs

 

  1. Rams @ Jaguars
  • The Rams go into Jacksonville this Sunday to face the Jaguars. The Jags are coming off a big week taking down the Steelers at Heinz Field. Leonard Fournette has established himself as a top RB in the league and all the Jags need is a steady QB which they have in Blake Bortles. The Rams did however have an off week last week with their bell cow Todd Gurley only held to under 45 rush yards. The Rams will not bounce back this week as the Jags will hold them off at home.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars

 

  1. Buccaneers @ Cardinals
  • Tampa Bay is coming off a long week where they played last Thursday night falling to the Patriots. The Bucs more than likely should have left that game with a W if it was not for a poor kicking performance from Nick Folk. Doug Martin returned to action last Thursday and made an impact with over 70 yards rushing and a rushing TD. The Cardinals fell to the Eagles on the road last week and added Adrian Peterson to try to fix the awful run game. Peterson will not have an immediate impact and the run game will still be a mess putting too much pressure on Carson Palmer.

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers

 

  1. Packers @ Vikings
  • The Packers are rolling into Week 6 coming off a big win in Dallas with a 4th quarter drive to beat the Cowboys. While on the other side the Vikings are coming off a win but barely beating the Bears with a poor QB performance and the early exit of top receiver Stefon Diggs. The Packers have been missing their top RB Ty Montgomery due to a rib injury. With Montgomery out, the Packers seem to have found their new RB in Aaron Jones coming off a great week on the ground. With the Vikings looking to bounce back this week at home, the Packers will march into Minneapolis and come out with a W.

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Packers

NFL Week 5 Pick ‘Em

PATRIOTS @ BUCCANEERS

I like the Bucs a lot on their home field with Doug Martin coming back, however, I can’t see the defending Super Bowl champions losing two games in a row.

  • Patriots

JETS @ BROWNS

The New York Jets aren’t tanking? Maybe? They are 2-2 entering week 5 playing a rattled Browns team who is yet to win a game. The Jets will come out on top this week in the Dawg Pound.

  • Jets

PANTHERS@LIONS

The Panthers have a lot going on with Cam Newton and his receivers’ health. The Lions have been playing good football with the roster they have. I believe the Lions will come out on top at home vs the Panthers.

  • Lions

49ERS@COLTS

Real barn burner here in Indianapolis this week with both teams trying to prepare for the future. With no timetable for Andrew Luck to return, the Colts are not thinking about a Super Bowl at the moment. The Colts have the better all around roster and they will come out on top in this battle.

  • Colts

TITANS@DOLPHINS

Titans were shaken last week when Marcus Mariota went down with an injury. While on the other side, the Dolphins have been struggling to perform. Back from London, the Dolphins want to make a statement on their home field however, the Titans were just embarrassed by a rookie QB and are looking to bounce back.

  • Titans

BILLS@BENGALS

The Bills are coming into this week hot sitting at 3-1 defeating the Falcons last week. The Bengals have finally found the connection in the passing game that was missing the first two weeks of the season and have been playing better. The Bengals will take this game at home vs the Bills because the Bengals passing game will be too much for the Bills to handle.

  • Bengals

CHARGERS@GIANTS

Who wants to win first? The battle of the 0-4 teams kicks off this week at MetLife Stadium. The Giants are definitely a better team than their record shows, however, I think the young pass rush of the Chargers will break the struggling offensive line of the Giants.

  • Chargers

JAGUARS@STEELERS

Big Ben at home? Finally? The Steelers are at home vs. the Jaguars who are looking for a bounce back week after falling to the Jets. However, the Steelers are known for their home game performances and Le’veon Bell is coming off a week where he had finally found his game. You can’t go against the Steelers at home here.

  • Steelers

CARDINALS@EAGLES

The Eagles have surprised everyone right out of the gate this year and do not appear to be slowing down. With a top TE in the game with Zach Ertz and solid receivers they have a good passing game. After David Johnson got hurt in week 1, the Cardinals still can not figure out a run game however their passing game has improved. I believe this will be a close game but the Eagles will come out on top.

  • Eagles

SEAHAWKS@RAMS

The Seahawks have not impressed me yet this season. With an overall team which is overrated whether it is their pass rush or their offense, nothing looks spectacular.  The Rams have been playing well and Todd Gurley has found his game again. At home the Rams will beat their division rival.

  • Rams

RAVENS@RAIDERS

Derek Carr got injured last week and is expected to be out for the next 2-6 weeks. Carr was nothing special the past two weeks and neither have the Raiders as a whole. Without Carr I believe the Raiders will not be able to function as fluently this week.

  • Ravens

PACKERS@COWBOYS

Rematch from last years crazy playoff game. The Packers have arguably the best QB in the game with a pass game that scares everybody. The Cowboys are home and want to show the Pack that last year was a fluke. Prescott playing his best football ever and Zeke returning to reality last week I think the Cowboys will win a hard fought battle this Sunday.

  • Cowboys

CHIEFS@TEXANS

The Chiefs are undefeated coming to play the Texans who just blew out the Titans. The Chiefs have a better team on the field and will take down the Texans.

  • Chiefs

(Mon.) VIKINGS@BEARS

The Vikings have had problems keeping their QB’s healthy and now their top RB went down with a season ending injury. The Bears are starting Mitch Trubisky this week and will spark the locker room at home in Chicago.

  • Bears

Week 4 NFL Picks

Week Four NFL Picks of the week! Going through FIVE, only five of the most favorable and noteworthy picks among the NFL this week. This week starts the bye weeks so take that into consideration as well.

Sunday 1:00 P.M. Jacksonville Jaguars(2-1) vs New York Jets(1-2)

NFL Week 4Despite the Jets being home, they have nothing going for them. Josh McCown looks as good as a High School quarterback starting his first game ever. The Jets defense although they have upside are out there on the field way too much for them to produce, therefore teams have found a way to expose them. After Jacksonville put the beat down on Baltimore 44-7, Blake Bortles and the Jaguars look to continue that once again. Easy choice go the Jaguars here, and even with a -3 spread, they will cover that no need to worry.

Sunday 1:00 P.M. Carolina Panthers(2-1) vs New England Patriots(2-1)

New England may be -9 in this game and although they did not cover the spread last week vs Houston, this Carolina team has not looked great. On the bright side though their defense does rank #1 in the NFL while the Patriots defense ranks #32, but the Panthers offense ranks 28th while the Patriots rank 1st. It’ll be a battle between Tom Brady and this Panthers defense, Cam Newton and the Panthers offense has not been able to help out at all this season and I’d rather put my fortune in Tom Brady’s hands. Go Patriots but not covering the spread.

Sunday 4:00 P.M. Philadelphia Eagles(2-1) vs Los Angeles Chargers(0-3)

NFL Week 4The attendance has been horrendous in Los Angeles, for this to be considered a home game is comical. It’s more of a meet up on the West Coast for these two, don’t let the Chargers home field advantage get into your head, there is none. With Melvin Gordon questionable and the Chargers offense led by Keenan Allen and Phillip Rivers, the Eagles defense has the ability to hold them off. If the Eagles protect Wentz and establish the passing game then it’s a possible Eagles win. The Eagles offense is ranked 9th while their defense is ranked 21st, the Chargers are an average team with a 18th ranked offense and 13th ranked defense. The Chargers hold the advantage here out of the last three matchups the Chargers have won two of the three dating back October 2005. Go with the Eagles, especially since the Chargers are minus two.  

Sunday 4:25 P.M. Oakland Raiders(2-1) vs Denver Broncos(2-1)

Despite the Raiders being 2-1, they have not been great on either side of the ball this season as their offense ranks 23rd and their defense ranks 26th, going up in a divisional game here Derek Carr will have a lot to prove to show his worth as a starting QB. Trevor Siemian has shown signs of reliability back there for Denver and has not played poorly at all, Denver’s offense is 10th and their defense is ranked 4th. At home in Denver, this will be a good matchup for the Broncos and a chance to take an edge over Oakland in the division. The Raiders hold the advantage here in their last three matchups the Raiders have won two of three dating back to December 2015. Go Broncos, covering the spread as well.

Monday Night Football 8:30 P.M. Washington Redskins(2-1) vs Kansas City Chiefs(3-0)

NFL Week 4Kansas City’s offense in Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce has been off the charts they seem to find the open field and exploit defenses like it’s nothing. After shocking the Patriots in a come from behind win week one victory, the Chiefs have been steady sailing since then. The Redskins have seen their struggles in Jordan Reed, Terrelle Pryor and Kirk cousins along with finding a starting running back. The Redskins offense is nothing that scares one but with the Chiefs defense being ranked 28th in the NFL it may be a favorable matchup for Washington. The Chiefs offense is though ranked 3rd in the NFL going up against a defense that is ranked 5th. This will be a dual between the Chiefs offense and Redskins defense, whichever one edge the other one out could come away with this game, don’t sleep on Washington. Chiefs are looking to remain undefeated and I think that happens this week, go Chiefs but covering the -9 spread but be a bit difficult.

Pittsburgh Steelers: NFL Preview 2017-18, Weak Schedule, Depth at WR

Next Preseason game Saturday, August 26 vs Indianapolis Colts 7:30 P.M.

Current Preseason 2017 record 2-0

Win vs Atlanta 17-13 & Win vs Giants 23-20

 Pittsburgh Steelers 2017-2018 Prediction: 10-6

Is there somewhere out there that ranks NFL teams schedules? If not, then I’ll tell you right now the Steelers definitely have a favorable schedule, on the easier, per se. Ending and opening the season up with Cleveland are two sure wins. Then the next eight weeks they play two teams that pose a threat, Kansas City, and Baltimore, which are still possible wins. After their bye week, they face the Packers and Patriots, only two threats on their whole schedule. But it’s no surprise the Steelers have a chance to win 12 games and a minimum of 10 games next season.

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With an offense led by big-old, battered up Big Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers look to again make a deep playoff run. Roethlisberger, despite being 35-years-old and out of his “prime” continues to be the backbone to this teams success. With a ton of depth at the wide out position, on top Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell star power. These two are top players in the NFL, it can’t hurt to have them both causing headaches for opposing defenses throughout the season. The Steelers always play a consistent defensive game also(great fantasy defense option if you need a consistent 5-8 points a week), with a defense led by Stephen Tuitt on the offensive line, and a linebacker core of  Ryan Shazier and James Harrison, and a secondary of Sean Davis, the defense supports the offense quite well. The Steelers only managed to give up 68 rushing yards per game, ranking 4th among NFL teams(2016).

I think it’s fair to say Pittsburgh will handle their own and glide into the playoffs and even possibly win the division, the Steelers will be left right where they left off last season just this team and Steeler fans hope to see a win in the Conference Championships. Despite the obvious, some players on the offensive side and defensive side that will make a major impact for Pittsburgh next season are:

WATCH OUT

WATCH OUT FOR Martavis Bryant, after his suspension is up Bryant will more than likely serve a WR2 option, and Bryant has shown some great strides this preseason and hopes to make an impact after serving his suspension.

WATCH OUT FOR Sammie Coates, with Bryant suspended, Coates will be an undervalued WR for Steelers. Coates can still fly and be a solid WR2/WR3 option while Bryant is out.

WATCH OUT FOR Artie Burns: Burns had 52 total tackles, 3 interceptions during his first year with Pittsburgh, with a ton of tools on this defense, Burns will be an emerging CB to keep an eye this season as he will be a big part of the Steelers defense.

STEELERS 2017-18 NFL SCHEDULE

Week 1- @ Browns

Week 2- vs Vikings

Week 3- @ Bears

Week 4- @ Ravens

Week 5- vs Jaguars

Week 6- @ Chiefs

Week 7- vs Bengals

Week 8- @ Lions

Week 9- BYE

Week 10- @ Colts

Week 11-vs Titans

Week 12- vs Packers

Week 13- @ Bengals

Week 14 vs Ravens

Week 15- vs Patriots

Week 16- @ Texans

Week 17 vs Browns

Wins: Browns, Vikings, Bears, Jaguars, Bengals, Lions, Colts, Titans, Ravens, Browns

Loses: @ Ravens(week 4), @ Chiefs(week 6), Packers, Bengals, Patriots, Texans

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