By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Arizona Cardinals (1-3) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
(+3.5) (O/U 43.0)
Arizona is falling apart as I expected they would before the season started.
Here’s the truth, the Cards have a very predictable offense. They take deep shots down field over and over again. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. It worked out last season, often, but it seemed to have more to do with luck then skill.
This is the NFL. You can’t play like that. Defenders are too fast, skilled and in shape. It is essential in this league to mix it up and make short throws to be successful, and that is not Arizona’s skill set. Even worse for the Cardinals is that Carson Palmer is out
with a concussion this game and Drew Stanton
will start in his place.
That’s bad news because Stanton is absolutely terrible. His claim to fame so far is a stupid celebratory dance he did in a game against the Seahawks when he wasn’t even playing.
Continue reading Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Cardinals at 49ers
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.
Continue reading Hawk’s NFL Picks: Divisional Saturday Edition
Hawk’s preview of the NFC West, which includes the Arizona Cardinals, St Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and the Seattle Seahawks (who’ll get their own preview next)
Arizona was easily the most surprising team of the year in 2014. Through 9 games they were 8-1 and a favorite to win the NFC behind Carson Palmer, but in a week 10 game against the Rams the quarterback was done for the year with a torn ACL. Backup QB Drew Stanton started in his place, he looked good at times but was wildly inconsistent and he too would get injured, leaving Ryan Lindley as the starting QB and he was terrible. Arizona would drop 4 of their last 6 and finish 11-5, only good enough for a wildcard against the Panthers, where they would lose 27-16 in historically terrible fashion. As a team they only had 78 total yards, a playoff record low.
Arizona expects Palmer to be completely healthy and follow up a season in which he threw for 1,626 yards, 11 Td’s and 3 Int’s in only 6 games, and boy will they need him.
Continue reading Hawk’s 2015 NFL Preview: NFC West Edition (Sans Seahawks)
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, BOYS AND GIRLS IT’S NFL PLAYOFF TIME! Last week I racked up a 9-7 record in My NFL picks and finished the regular season year with a 139-86-1 record. I plan on a much better regular season record next year. It’s a new year now as the playoffs have officially started. So let’s pick some playoff games.
Continue reading Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Wildcard Edition
Rapid fire style…
Welcome to The Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Week 2 Edition.
Hawk is a very busy man but he still took the time to give us his opinion on who’s gonna rule the gridiron in the second week of this glorious NFL season. Like the College Football Picks, we weren’t able to post one last week, so welcome to the first edition! I was gonna put up a highlight video of the Seahawks 36-16 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, but I can’t really find one to embed. Just click on the hyperlink that says “36-16”
Enough effin’ around:
CLICK HERE TO SEE HAWK’S 2014 NFL PICKS WEEK 2 EDITION!
The Hawk has already put in hard work to give you previews of all 32 NFL teams. Now he’s gonna give you some straight up wins and losses predictions…
For the AFC Predictions, including who Hawk thinks will go to the Super Bowl, CLICK HERE.
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