Hawks 2017 NFL Picks Week 5 Podcast


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 Broncos vs Panthers Pick

by Brent “The Hawk” Walker 
5:30 PM West Coast Time
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 SiemianI 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.

SUPER BOWL 50: A Case for the Denver Broncos

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.

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Hawk’s NFL Picks: Championship Sunday Edition

It’s with a heavy heart that I write this as the Seahawks season is now officially over, which sucks, but I must remind myself that this team isn’t going anywhere and should be a Super Bowl contender next year as well. I knew before the year started that 3 straight Super Bowls would be a tall order but I still held on to hope. As hard as it will be to write this, the show must go on, especially with only 3 games left, just don’t expect me to ramble on like usual. still in Seahawks mourning.
Sunday, January 24, 12:05 PM, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
 2) New England Cheaters (13-4) at 1) Denver Broncos (13-4) (+3.0)
(45 O/U)
This will be the 17th time that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have faced off, I assume that ESPN is ranting about this every second of every day.  I haven’t had the heart to watch anything that will talk about this years NFL playoffs this week, but assuming this is a safe bet.

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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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The Hawk’s NFL Picks: Week 16

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.
Pick: Redskins