The Picks are in (1-31-19)

1-31-19

Action Network – DerrikNoel (3-1)

Iona -1 against Marist (@MST)

North Texas -4.5 against Old Dominion (@ODU)

Over 141.5 in Temple at Houston

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Big Game Number 53

The matchup I dreaded to see will be. Vader and the Sith Lord (Brady and Belichick) will head to their 9th super bowl game together, winning 5 of their last 8 appearances. No doubt the greatest franchise the sport has seen. They will face an up and coming team in the L.A. Rams. As a loyal fan, I hate the matchup but as a fan of the game of football, I look forward to it. Also, Los Angeles still doesn’t deserve an NFL team, let alone two! Although if they do win then who knows maybe their fan base will double in size from 12 to 24.

Back in 2002, these same two teams (The Rams were in St. Louis) met in Super Bowl 36, New England winning 20-17. The Rams were 14! point favorites to a young Tom Brady who won this game on a Vinatieri field goal and a dominant defensive gameplan from Bill Belichick. This year, however, the Patriots are early 1.5 point favorites and that mark could move up to as much as 3 before the game. Everyone’s betting on the Pats, and after everyone betted against them the entire playoffs I’m not surprised. If I could, I would also bet on the Pats. Why? Because you don’t bet against Tom Brady, and the Pats aren’t facing an NFC East team, which have been his only super bowl losses (Giants, Eagles). This is where it’s hard to be a Patriot hater because those superstitious things will make you sway the other way. I want the Rams to win. Actually, I want to see the Patriots lose, but because of Stevie Wonder, I have my superstitions.

Maybe we’ll see a high scoring affair just like last years super bowl which was no doubt the greatest one I’ve seen. I love Nick Foles. The Rams average nearly 6 points more a game than the Pats but the Patriots also gave up 4 points less on average than the Rams. Brady and company can no doubt put up points at will and the Rams have a ton of weapons in Gurley, Cooks, and Woods. But, we could also see a low scoring game. The Patriots defense always tends to play better in the playoffs and the Rams have big name guys like Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler, and Aqib Talib. You would think the Rams would be significantly better on D but the two teams actually stack up evenly on paper for the most part.

Forget everything I just said because numbers actually don’t matter in the Super Bowl.

Rams win if they pressure Brady a lot better than the Chiefs did. Patriots win if Brady has time to throw. Maroon 5 wins if they also bring out Gucci Mane and the Migos with Travis Scott. It’s that simple.

Don’t forget the Saints got robbed.

The Picks are in (1-27-18)

1-27-18

3-2 on my blog picks. 10-5 on the week.

Michigan State -1 against Purdue (@Purdue) *bet your house payment on this game and win some moolah

FSU -3.5 against Miami (@Miami)

The Picks are in (1-26-18)

1-26-18

1-2 on my blog picks

Marquette -2 against Xavier (@Xavier)

Boston College -1.5 against Wake Forest (@Wake)

USC -1 against Arizona St (@USC)

The Wild Wild Wild Card

It’s the gosh dang Colts again. By golly what has gotten into them? I am so impressed with this team right now! A complete game from start to finish has this team heading to Kansas City next Saturday. Colts win 21-7 but it felt bigger than that. Deshaun Watson basically wet the bed and couldn’t do anything against the Colts defense. On the other side, Andrew Luck is a bloody general caveman wizard. Finally, this no-name Colts defense has been the biggest non-drama filled surprise the league has seen this year. And 2nd…the Colts offensive line, led by the juggernaut Quenton Nelson.

We can’t forget about who deserves a lot of this credit though. Getting Frank Reich as head coach instead of Josh McDaniels is like the Pacers trading a good Paul George away and getting two average players from the Thunder, I mean who would even think about making that trade? We all know how those events have turned out.

I’ve never been more excited about a Colts team in my life honestly. I can feel something in the air. I have nothing but good feelings.

The rest of my wild card predictions:

Seahawks over Cowboys, Chargers defeat the Ravens and the Eagles beat da Bears.

Other Notes:

The Rams and Patriots will not win their playoff game. The Colts will beat the Chiefs next week, once the Cowboys lose tonight they will fire Jason Garrett the next day and even though I love Nick Foles, I have a hard time rooting against history and Drew Bress.

My Colts fan Super Bowl prediction:

Colts v. Saints

My more reasonable Super Bowl Prediction:

Chargers v. Saints *shoulder shrug*

No more questions. We’re on to Kansas City. *Belichick voice*