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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Los Angeles Rams (4-9) at Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1)
(-16.0) (O/U 38.5) 
Its been an intense week but I am happy to say that I will be at this game, my first one of the year. I will be there, but one person that won’t be there will be Rams former head coach Jeff Fisher, after the team finally fired him. It only took 6 straight losing seasons before the organization made the call. Last week’s loss to the Falcons was his 165th, which tied Dan Reeves for the NFL record for most losses by a head coach in NFL history.

I’m actually kind of bummed. It would have really been nice if it was the Seahawks that give him sole possession of the record after what a pain in our asses he has been throughout the years.

Meanwhile the Seahawks were handed their biggest blowout in the Russell Wilson era in Green Bay last week with a frustrating 38-10 loss. This is actually only the second game in Wilson’s 5 year career in which he lost by double digits (Also against the Packers last year), Which is an incredible stat.
Clearly they missed Earl Thomas in that game, which is understandable. It will take a couple more games for the Seahawks defense to make the necessary adjustments. No Fisher should mean no problem!
 Pick: Seahawks 26-10
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Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Week 14 RAW

Week 14
A mediocre week 13 as I went 8-7. This puts me at 110–80-2 for the year. On to week 14 as we enter the final month of the regular season. The level of intensity for the this final month will be extreme and very exciting as multiple teams fight for playoff spots and seeding.
Its also one of my favorite times of the season. The NFL Playoff machine is up and running. ( http://www.espn.com/nfl/playoffs/machine)
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at Buffalo Bills (6-6) (+3.0) (0/U 45.5)
Pittsburgh is a team that could easily get hot and make a playoff run. They have to get in first though and the Ravens have a slight edge on them in the AFC North. With the AFC West playing as well as they have been, it’s very likely that the only team in the playoffs from the AFC North will be the divisional winner. So a lot to play for if you are Pittsburgh.
Pick:  Steelers

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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.
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AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
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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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.
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 Saturday Night Football
 Washington Redskins (7-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) (-3.0)
(47.5)
 
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
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Hawk’s NFL Picks: Week 14

 

Back to back weeks of 9-7 records puts me at 106-86 for the year as we enter the final month of the regular season. 

Seattle Seahawks (7-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-8) (+9.0) 

Seattle had their first signature win of the year against Minnesota last week, dominating on both sides of the ball and for the first time all year looked like the team that has gone to back to back Super Bowls. Hard to believe they started the year 2-4.

Undrafted rookie running back Thomas Rawls started in place of the injured Marshawn Lynch again and continues to impress, running 19 times for 101 yards and a TD. This puts him at 786 yards and 4 Td’s on the year in really only 6 games. He had a total of 15 carries in the other 6. He is a legitimate rookie of the year candidate right now. Rawls and Russell Wilson have sparked an offense that looked pathetic earlier in the year. Wilson has been on fire his last 3 games, completing 77% of his passes and throwing for 11 Td’s, 0 Int’s in that span.

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