By Brent “The Hawk” Walker
Houston Texans (2-0) at New England Patriots (+1.5) (O/U 40.5)
Houston’s defense dominated the Chiefs last week in a 19-12 win, redeeming themselves from an embarrassing 30-0 loss in the Wildcard round last year.
still has a lot to prove, his stat line last week was 19/33 for 268 yards a Td and two picks
, which is pretty erratic. Turnovers will kill you in this league so he has got to clean it up.
Continue reading Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Texans at Patriots
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.
Note: Hawk’s picks for Sunday’s games will be released Saturday afternoon.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
QB Andrew Luck missed last weeks game against the Jaguars because of a shoulder injury so 40 year old and former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck got the start in his stead. Apparently the oldest non kicker in the league has still got some game left in him as he completed 30 of his 47 passes for 282 yards and a TD. Interestingly both quarterbacks are listed as questionable to play in this game, but Luck is expected to start.
Meanwhile in Houston, their QB health isn’t questionable, but their play sure is, as both Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer continue to be unimpressive. Mallett is starting this game but another performance like the one he had last week and we might see week 1 starter Hoyer get his job back.
I think this will be an intriguing match up. Indianapolis has a great QB in Luck but have had all sorts of offensive line problems. Houston defensive lineman J.J Watt is not only the best in the game, but has dominated the Colts in the past.
It should be a low scoring affar, and Luck will get harassed all game but will eventually throw himself out of it in the 4th quarter, which neither Mallett or Hoyer is capable of doing.
Pick: Colts 24 Texans 17
The AFC South, which includes the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Houston bounced back in a big way from it’s 2-14 by going 9-7 in 2014.
dominated once again, and did it with a smile on his face.
Aside from recording 20.5 sacks, (second only to Justin Houston‘s 22), he had 4 forced fumbles, and led the league with 140 yards lost on sack. He also had 2 defensive TD’s (One from an interception and one from a fumble) and 3 receiving TD’s as the Texans would put him on offense in red zone opportunities. No surprise Watt was not only chosen unanimously as a a first team all pro, but unanimously chosen as A.P defensive player of the year, which had never happened before.
Continue reading Hawk’s 2015 NFL Preview: AFC South 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.
One bird, stuffed into another, stuffed into another…
Welcome to The Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Week 13 Turducken Edition.
Note from DouBle B: This past Sunday Hawk and I were celebrating the Seahawks dismantling of the Cards and he said we need a picture of a Turducken for this week’s NFL Picks, in honor of Thanksgiving. So behind the text in the pic above? That’s a deboned chicken, stuffed into a deboned duck, stuffed into a deboned turkey. AKA “The Turducken”.
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Let’s get on to those NFL Picks from the Hawk!:
Continue reading Hawk’s 2014 NFL Picks Week 13 Turducken Edition