by Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos
(+3.0) (O/U 41.5)
Well, well well! Football Season starts tomorrow. Did you hear me? FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS TOMORROW! Its Christmas eve ladies and gentlemen and we are starting off the year with a good one.
A few years ago the NFL started a new tradition where the first game of the year is on Thursday and the reigning Super Bowl champ hosts it.
This year it happens to be a rematch of last years Super Bowl, which the Broncos won 24-10
in one of the most boring, defensive controlled Super Bowls to date. But Peyton got his second ring and than retired, which is what I think most of us wanted.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, their starting quarterback will be an unproven rookie from Northwestern named Trevor Siemian.
I don’t know much about this kid and in general don’t pay much attention to preseason, but expecting any rookie QB to be successful in his first career start is almost always a stretch.
By Brett Black aka “DouBle B”
Sunday, January 24th, 20
15 16 (still fuckin’ that one up): Hawk and I are obviously celebrating. Its the “greatest day of the year”as I like to put it. The Patriots, or “Cheaters” as Hawk will only call them from now on, lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship. And that meant their season was over. Done. Kaput, which translates to “broken, broken-down, malfunctioning, and INOPERATIVE.”
See, its kind of stressful each for me each football season, the amount of work I put in is best described as A LOT, with both covering the college game and posting Hawk’s NFL Picks, and, most importantly, the fact that the Patriots have another chance to win a Super Bowl. It weighs heavy on this sports fan. I don’t know how well I would be able to take Tom Brady
and Bill Belichick
hoisting a 5th (or it most definitely could have been more at this point) Vince Lombardi Trophy
Sooooo…yeah, we were getting shitfaced. And it was during this that Hawk came up with the idea that I should write my first NFL post of the year, in which explains why I think the same as Ballroom patron Mitchell Gilbert, the Carolina Panthers will win on Sunday.
Continue reading SUPER BOWL 50: A Case for the Carolina Panthers
By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
After several beers with DoubleB during championship Sunday and celebrating the demise of the New England Cheaters season like we do every year, we realized that we have different opinions on who is going to win the big game. Thus we decided this year that we would each write our separate case and compare/ debate the big game.
I’m riding with Sheriff Manning and his Broncos, and here is why:
A Case for the Denver Broncos
Sunday, February 7, 3:30 PM
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
1)Carolina Panthers (17-1)
1) Denver Broncos (14-4) (+5.5)
( 45.0 O/U)
In Seattle the consensus is that everyone will be rooting for Peyton Manning and, or, against Cam Newton.
But everyone also seems to think that Carolina will destroy Denver like Seattle did two years ago in SB48 because this Panthers team is built very similar to that Seahawks team. They have a dual threat quarterback, a great running game, a terrific defense and almost always win the turnover battle.
Here’s the thing: it is Denver’s defense that is most like that Seahawks defense, and we all know that defense wins championships. They absolutely demolished Tom Brady in the AFC Championship, sacking him 4 times and hitting him 19 other times, and it was awesome.
Continue reading SUPER BOWL 50: A Case for the Denver Broncos
By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Six of the twelve playoff spots are now locked in as we enter the final two weeks of the regular season. A slight improvement over the 3 straight 9-7 records to 10-6 puts me at 125-99 for the year. Should be an interesting week as several teams are fighting for their playoff lives.
Saturday Night Football
Washington Redskins (7-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) (-3.0)
Say what you will about how you feel about teams in poor divisions with bad records hosting a playoff game, but the rules are the rules, which means this game is HUGE for these teams. The NFC East title could very well be decided by the victor here. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is starting to play a little more consistent and overall the Redskins just seemed to be more balanced.
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.
Continue reading Hawk’s NFL Picks: Week 14
A 9-7 record last week puts me at 97-79 for the year as the season continues to fly by. On we go.
Seattle Seahawks (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (8-3)
(+1.0) (41.5 O/U)
Big playoff implications in this one.
Seattle won a shootout last week against the Steelers 39-30. In that win Russell Wilson had his best game of the year, if not his NFL career, completing 21-30 passes for 345 yards and 5 Td’s.
This is good news for an offense that has been stagnant, but it’s an offense that will have to change after losing Tight End Jimmy Graham for the year with a torn patellar tendon. Defensively the Seahawks gave up a franchise record 456 passing yards to Ben Roethilsberger, who torched them all game. While this is somewhat concerning, considering how dominant the Seahawks defense has been the last 3 years, one most also take into perspective the fact that Seattle was scoring so quickly the Steelers had more possessions than normal.
Minnesota is once again in first place in their division. The defeat of the Falcons 20-10 combined with a Green Bay loss to Chicago last week is why. Adrian Peterson had another monster game compiling 158 yards and 2 Td’s and remains the league’s leading rusher with 1,164 yards. AP remains far and away the best weapon the Vikings have so expect the Seahawks to stack the box up front and make QB Teddy Bridgewater beat them, which he won’t do.
Continue reading Hawk’s NFL Picks: Week 13