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.
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By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Ouch!! 5-8 last week.
This year is nearly impossible to predict. 72-60 on my NFL Picks for the year. Must get better.
Team byes: Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints (4-5) at Washington Redskins (3-5) (+1.0)
The red hot Saints of the last month or so appeared to cool off last week, defeated by a very weak Titans team 34-28 in overtime.
Washington has a pretty good pass defense that ranks 9th best so if the Saints have indeed cooled off like I think they have, Washington has a good chance here.
Continue reading Hawk’s NFL Picks: Week 10
By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
A week 7 record of 9-5 puts me at 60-45 on my NFL Picks for the year. On to week 8
Team byes: Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Detroit Lions (1-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
Line: KC -3.0
Two teams expected to be playoff teams have had those aspirations all but dashed midway through the season. The margin of error is small in this league.
Rolling with the Chiefs in this one simply because I think Detroit has already given up and the Chiefs aren’t quite there yet.
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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.
Continue reading Hawk’s 2015 NFL Preview: NFC East Edition
Oh how things have changed since October…
*Once again DouBle B got locked out of his normal wordpresss editor and can’t log back in until about 10pm PST tonight, so expect a #MusicMonday post to go up sometime around then*.
Looking at Hawk’s Quarter Season-ish Power Rankings from back in October, CLICK HERE to see that, its crazy how much has changed. For instance he had the Chargers at number one, Eagles number four (see where they are now). But, for the reality of the current situation, here’s who Hawk (who in September correctly predicted the 49ers would miss the playoffs) sees as the pecking order heading into the playoffs:
1) Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
Hard to believe that this team was 3-3 to start the season and barely escaped falling to 3-4 in Carolina. Seattle has now rattled off 6 straight dominating wins to go to 12-4 and secure the #1 seed in the NFC. During that 6 game stretch their opponents are averaging under 7 points. The road to the Super Bowl once again goes through Seattle, a daunting task for anyone.
Welcome to The Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Week 15 Edition.
At this time we’re scrambling to get this posted before the Cards/Rams game so lets get right to it shall we?
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The lesser Manning is coming to town…
Welcome to The Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Week 10 Edition.
Since The Hawk, who just got back from Belize, started making his picks in week 2 he has a 66-41-1(? I don’t even know how to count a tie, really) overall record, including a 7-5 mark last week (note that he generally doesn’t pick the Thursday Night games cuz he’s workin’ hard at his two jobs).
CLICK HERE TO SEE HAWK’S 2014 NFL PICKS WEEK 10 EDITION!