HAWK’S NFL DIVISIONAL ROUND PICKS: 2017 Edition

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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HAWK’s NFL WILDCARD ROUND PICKS: 2017 Edition

Finished the regular season 7-9, Which puts my season record at 137-117-2. But just like that it is the best time of the year: The NFL playoffs.

DoubleB may disagree with me as he believes that March Madness is the best time of the year. He has a point, and a good argument, but in my humble opinion NFL playoffs get the edge, just slightly. That being said I still have gone to Las Vegas for March Madness for the last seven years, and it is a damn good experience.
So let’s rock and roll. ITS WILDCARD TIME!!!!

Saturday Night Wildcard games
#5 Oakland Raiders (12-4) at #4 Houston Texans  (9-7)
(-3.5) (O/U 36.5)
1:35 PM

Let me preface this by saying that I respect Raider fans as i’ve said many times before.
This is the first time in 13 years that they have had a winning season. Facebook wasn’t even invented last time they made the playoffs, yet “Raider Nation” has stood by their team the whole time.

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Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Bears at Packers

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Chicago Bears (1-4) at Green Bay Packers (3-2) (-7.5) (O/U 46.0)
Chicago quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 300 yards and no interceptions for the 4th week in a row, yet the Bears are 1-3 during that span. In his 4 starts this season Hoyer has completed 130 of 189 passes a 68.8% completion rate, for 1,396 yards, 6 tds and no interceptions. This tallies up to an impressive QBR of 100.8.

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Hoyer will get the start this game as well with Jay Cutler is still not practicing. Quite frankly even if Cutler was healthy I would start Hoyer. Not just because unlike Cutler he knows how to take care of the ball but because Cutler has always been awful when he plays the Packers. To prove this point here is a video of every pick Cutler has thrown against the Packers in his career. Spoiler alert! It’s 7 and a half minutes long.

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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 2015 NFL Preview: NFC North Edition

 

The NFC North, which includes the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings.

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Jay Cutler became something of a joke last season, He threw for 3812 yards and 28 Td’s but led the league with 24 turnovers.(18 picks, 6 fumbles). I don’t know those numbers will get much better in 2015 after Chicago traded Brandon Marshall to the Jets. . Cutler and Marshall had a rapport few QB-Receivers in the league do after playing together for 6 years, 3 of those at Denver from 2006-2008 and 3 together at Chicago from 2012-2014.
Marshall played through an ankle injury most of 2014 but suffered broken ribs and an injured lung and missed the final 3 games of the season. Because of these injuries  Marshall failed to top 80 catches and 1000 yards for the first time since 2006.
This loss will make 4th year player Alshon Jeffrey the unquestioned #1 target for Cutler. Jeffrey is a turning into a fine player. He had 85 catches for 1133 yards and 10 TD’s in 2014 and 89 catches for 1,421 yards and 7 TDs in 2012. With their first round pick, 7th overall the Bears selected West Virginia standout Receiver Kevin White whom was considered one of the top receivers in the draft and were hoping he would become the #2 receiver for them but unfortunately he may miss the season with a stress fracture in his shin.
Matt Forte will once again be the go to back for Chicago. Forte has been one of the best in the business for his entire 7 year career averaging 1,100 yards and 6 Td’s a season. He is a hell of a receiver too he was fantasy gold last season, not only piling up 1038 yards and 6 Td’s but catching 102 balls, an NFL running back record, for 808 yards and 4 Td’s.  Chicago added RB’s Jacquizz Rodgers from Atlanta in free agency and drafted Jeremey Langford but I don’t expect either player to take many reps from him.

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Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Championship Round Edition

 

This is where Champions are born…

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NFL final four is here. Nothing like it. Win and it’s on to the SuperBowl. 3-1 last week but only 2 games this week. Will it be a Colts-Seahawks Super Bowl as I predicted at the beginning of the year? We will know Sunday night.

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Hitler Realizes the Packers Play the Seahawks

They cannot be stopped.

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I’m about to head to work, but I thought I’d share this with you before I go. Hitler is not pleased that his Packers are going to play the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.