Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Week 11

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
AFC BYE’S- Denver Broncos (7-3), New York Jets (3-7), San Diego Chargers (4-6)
NFC BYE’S- Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Back to a losing record after last weeks performances,  5-9 to be exact which puts me at 78-67-2 for the season. However I did pick the exact score of the Seahawks vs Patriots game, which is incredibly hard to do.

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Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5) at Cleveland Browns (0-10)
(+7.5) (0/U 48.0)
Pittsburgh has not looked like the dominant AFC force they were expected to be this season at all. But it’s the Browns, soooo…
Pick:  Steelers
Baltimore Ravens (5-4) at Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
(-7.0) (O/U 45.0)
Hard to believe that 5-4 is good enough to be in first place in the AFC South. Typically this is the strongest division in football. Nonetheless Baltimore is a well coached team that should give the rookie Prescott fits.
Pick: Ravens

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Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Week 3

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Really rough week 2 for me, going 6-10 and putting me at  15-17 for the season.

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After only two weeks it has already  been one of the most unpredictable seasons yet, especially in the NFC where 10 of 16 teams are 1-1 and only 3 teams, the Giants, Vikings and Eagles remain undefeated. On to week 3.
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
(-3.0) (O/U 41.0)
Denver has established themselves as having the best defense in the NFL yet again and harassed Andrew Luck all game last week with 5 sacks and two defensive TD’s. Rookie QB or not it’s hard to pick against that defense.
Pick: Broncos
Minnesota Vikings (2-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-1)
(-7.0) (O/U 43.0)

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Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Week 1

Picking winners in week 1 is a crap shoot. You just never know what good teams from last year will fall apart this and what bad team will step it up and become playoff contenders. But I am committed again this year so let’s get right to it.
Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars
(+4.5) (O/U 48.0)
Everyone always like picking the Packers. They have a high powered offense with Aaron Rodgers, and Jordy Nelson is back after missing all of last season.
But you know who else has a high powered offense? This Jaguars team. Blake Bortles threw for 4428 yards and 35 TD’s last year. Mainly to his two elite receivers Allen Robinson (1,400 yards, 14 Td’s) and Allen Hurns, ( 1,031 yards, 10 Tds) their defense needs work but they can keep up with the Packers high paced offense.
Pick: Jaguars

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Hawk’s NFL Picks: Divisional Saturday Edition

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
A great start to the NFL playoffs last week as we had two of four games have insane finishes. For the first time in history all four road teams won on wildcard weekend, which makes sense considering all the away teams were starting quarterbacks with playoff experience and all the home teams had quarterbacks starting in their first playoff games.
As is so often the case it was veteran leadership that won out. 7 quarterbacks left have played in and won a playoff game (Carson Palmer is the exception) and 5 of the 8 starting  quarterbacks left  have won a Super Bowl, so expect a dramatic finish to the season.  
It will be Tom Brady vs Alex Smith, Ben Roethilsberger vs Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson vs Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers vs Palmer. Talk about madness.
A last second change from the Packers to the Redskins prevented me from a clean sweep of picks, but 3-1 ain’t so bad. let’s keep it going.


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Hawk’s NFL Picks: Week 14


Back to back weeks of 9-7 records puts me at 106-86 for the year as we enter the final month of the regular season. 

Seattle Seahawks (7-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-8) (+9.0) 

Seattle had their first signature win of the year against Minnesota last week, dominating on both sides of the ball and for the first time all year looked like the team that has gone to back to back Super Bowls. Hard to believe they started the year 2-4.

Undrafted rookie running back Thomas Rawls started in place of the injured Marshawn Lynch again and continues to impress, running 19 times for 101 yards and a TD. This puts him at 786 yards and 4 Td’s on the year in really only 6 games. He had a total of 15 carries in the other 6. He is a legitimate rookie of the year candidate right now. Rawls and Russell Wilson have sparked an offense that looked pathetic earlier in the year. Wilson has been on fire his last 3 games, completing 77% of his passes and throwing for 11 Td’s, 0 Int’s in that span.

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Hawk’s NFL Picks: Green Bay at Detroit (Thursday Night Football)

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Green Bay Packers (7-4) at Detroit Lions (4-7)(+3.0)
(46.5 O/U)
Green Bay’s downfall continued as they lost to Chicago on Thanksgiving. Aaron Rodgers struggled for most of that game and the Packers were only able to muster up 13 points in a 17-13 defeat. He is currently in the worst two game stretch of his career as far as completion percentage goes.
Clearly Rodgers misses Jordy Nelson, whom tore his ACL in a preseason game and is out for the year.

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Hawks NFL Picks: Week 12 Thanksgiving Day Edition

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker


Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7)
Line: DET -2.5
45.5 O/U
As per tradition the Detroit Lions will be playing on Thanksgiving. Apparently the tradition started in 1934 and with the exception of 1939-1944 during WWII have played every Turkey Day since.
Detroit seems to have tightened up their defense as of late, holding down the Packers and Raiders in back to back games and finds themselves on a two game winning streak.
Philadelphia has not looked good all year and got shellacked 45-17 last week by an average Tampa Bay team behind poor QB play of Mark Sanchez, whom threw 3 picks and is currently playing in place of the injured Sam Bradford. Bradford is not expected to play in this game either.
Pick: Lions 23 Eagles 13