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)
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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 Grahamfor 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.
Hawk’s Preview of theAFC West, which includes the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers.
Like they so often do the Ravens slipped into the playoffs as a wildcard team once again. In fact since John Harbaugh became head coach 7 years ago they have only missed the playoffs once, in 2013, and have been a wildcard team in 5 of those 6 playoff years. They would go to Pittsburgh in 2014 as a 6 seed and defeat the 3rd seeded Steelers 30-17, then fall to the Patriots in the Divisional round 35-31.
QB Joe Flacco will enter his 8th year as the Ravens QB and had his best year to date in 2014 throwing for 3,986 yards. 27 Td’s and only 12 Int’s for a QB rating of 91.0. Flacco’s numbers have never been eye popping but he limits his mistakes and has proven himself over and over again to be clutch come playoff time.
Fiery, shit talking veteran Steve Smith had yet another great year in 2014 with 79 catches for 1065 yards and 6 Td’s. After 15 years of consistently being one of the league’s best receivers, Smith has decided that he will retire at the end of this season.
Welcome to The Hawk’s 2014 NFL PicksWeek 17Edition. DouBle B is editing this on his dad’s Kindle (even the pic above), which he has never used but is loving. But that also means he might mess up a few cosmetic features like links and ish, but Hawk’s NFL PICKS, they’re 100% money.
Damn! Chargers look dangerous this year. Rivers is on a roll. Their sole loss was opening Monday Night Football, barely against an Arizona team that is tough when healthy. They were healthy in week 1. Not so much now.
2. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
Really wanted to put the Hawks at 1. but can’t because they lost to the Chargers week 2. Rivers and company took advantage of San Diego’s hot weather that day, and controlled the ball for 43 mins to Seattle’s 17 minutes, but Seattle still had a chance to win the game late.
3. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Denver looks even better this year then the team that won the AFC last year. Peyton will most likely break Favre’s career TD record of 508 in two more games. He is at 503.
The Hawk has already put in hard work to give you previews of all 32 NFL teams. Now he’s gonna give you some straight up wins and losses predictions…
With The Hawk’s NFL Preview: AFC Standings Predictions, I’m just gonna post em up raw and unedited (well, for the most part), cause as I’m typing this we’re about t-minus one and a half hours till THE MAHFUCKIN’ SEAHAWKS RAISE A SUPER BOWL BANNER. The Hawk himself will be attending the game and sending pics and updates that I (DouBle B by the way) plan to post on the Twitter feed (which will be embedded on the site).
Look for the NFC and Super Bowl predictions and a preview of the Packers vs Seahawks game before kickoff at 5:30pm PST. Which means yeah, I’ve got a fuckload of work to do.
CLICK ON THE PIC BELOW TO SEE THE HAWK’S AFC STANDINGS PREDICTIONS:
I know I’m excited to start making my top 25 picks + the Washington Huskies and WSU Cougars (no matter what on those last two, even if they’re not in the top 25).
I’m running short on time, buuuuut lets go ahead and look at Bleacher Report‘s season outlook on my Huskies before we get going with the picks for todays action. Look for the rest of the top 25 CFB picks before UCLA and Virginia kick off Saturday.