HAWK’s NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND PICKS: 2017 Edition
Picked 3 of 4 correct winners in the Wildcard Round last week. 4 more to pick this week as we enter the second round of the playoffs.
Saturday Night Divisional Playoffs
#3 Seattle Seahawks (11-5-1) at #2 Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
(-5.0) (O/U 51.5) 1:35 PM Fox
We start the second round of the playoffs with a good one. These two teams faced off during week 6. It was played in Seattle and the Seahawks pulled off a dramatic 26-24 victory.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Falcons leading receiver Julio Jones went toe to toe the whole game, but Jones got the better of him, statistically anyways. He had 7 catches for 139 yards and a Td on 9 targets. But it was Sherman that had a crucial stop on 4th and 10 in the final 1:39 of the game that would end the Falcons final attempt at a comeback.
Stopping the best receiver in the NFL is no small task but Seattle’s depleted secondary that is missing Earl Thomas will have to do just that. Sherman was not guarding Jones every play last game but he may have to be in this time. Atlanta struggled to run the ball against the Seahawks in the week 6 matchup, which is no surprise. Few teams in the league have been able to run against Bobby Wagner and company this season as they rank 7th best in the league.
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Dallas Cowboys (10-1) at Minnesota Vikings(6-5)
(+3.0) (O/U 44.0)
A battle between two teams going in opposite directions as Dallas is the winner of 10 straight while Minnesota has lost 5 of their last 6.
Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot continue to put up good numbers. Elliot’s 1,199 yards rushing currently leads the league while his 11 rushing TD’s are second. While I have picked against Dallas a lot this year and still don’t think they will get far in the playoffs with a rookie qb and running back, have learned to stop doubting them in the regular season.
Pick: Cowboys 24-17
By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) at Detroit Lions (3-7)
Line: DET -2.5
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
Rough start to the year as I followed up my 7-9 week 1 with a 6-10 week 2, but come on?
No one the planet predicted that the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Raiders, Redskins, and Browns would all win in the same week. I must improve on this 13-19 record now!
Thursday Night Football: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
After Dallas lost Tony Romo for 6-8 weeks with a broken clavicle, the NFC East is up for grabs.
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Hawk’s NFL Preview NFC East Edition, which The Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Last season Dallas went 12-4 and won a playoff game for only the second time in the Tony Romo era, before losing the next round to the Packers in the years most controversial call:
Cowboys fans are back to their cocky, over confident selves again, but they have reason to be optimistic. Romo had the best year of his career, leading the league in completion percentage (69.9) and passer rating (113.2), running back DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing yards…. handily with 1845, the next highest was Le’Veon Bell at 1361, damn near 500 yards less, which is unheard of.
Oh wait, they let Murray go which means injury prone Darren McFadden, who for the most part has underachieved his entire career will most likely get the start. Him, Lance Dunbar or Joseph Randle, who aren’t exactly household names.
Pundits are quick to say that because Dallas has the best offensive line in the league, their running game will be just fine. I’m here to tell you that won’t necessarily be the case. These are significant downgrades at the position. I don’t care how good your line is you still have to have a back that has enough strength and vision to succeed. Murray had it but I don’t know about the guys on the current roster.
Other issues that will face this team will most certainly be a questionable pass defense and having a roster that is chock full of trouble makers. Aside from being notoriously immature and whiny Dez Bryant
was at one point accused of assaulting his mom
and Pro Bowl D Lineman Greg Hardy
was involved in one of the most sickening domestic abuse scandals in NFL history
. Dallas also signed Undrafted rookie OT La’el Collins,
who was projected as a first round pick before becoming a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex girlfriend, but obviously he was not convicted
It doesn’t stop there though. LB Rolando McClain was arrested for resisting arrest, Joseph Randle was arrested twice in 4 months. Once for shoplifting and once for drug charges. He was also investigated for domestic abuse.
Unless Darren McFadden explodes this year and Dallas has one of the best counselors in the world on their staff all signs point to a down year for them. Sorry Cowboys faithful but I expect another 8-8 year.
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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.
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Seahawks take on a red hot Cowboys squad lookin’ to make a statement…
Welcome to The Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Week 6 Edition.
Since The Hawk started making his picks in week 2 he has a 35-20 overall record, including a stellar 10-4 mark last week (note that he generally doesn’t pick the Thursday Night games cuz he’s workin’ hard at his two jobs).
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