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Big Mike is due a big day - why not in the playoffs!

Some say Christmas begins 25 December, not true if you ask me, the real winter festivities begin today with the NFL 2011 Wild Card playoff games.

Having the two Super Bowl finalists from last season playing this weekend simply adds to the fun, and a 7-9 team in the mix makes this 4 games full of intrigue, mystery and intensity.

Saturday 8 Jan 2011

Saints @ Seahawks – This should simply be a no contest, a 7-9 team with two underwhelming quarterbacks against the current Super Bowl holders. Only problem is once you reach the NFL playoffs everyone is equal. That’s right the Seattle Seahawks must be respected and for some godforsaken reason I cant shake the idea that the Saints will come into this one thinking they have to do no more than turn up to take away the prize known as victory. For that reason I am going to test my own sanity and call a Seahawks win, on the back of some miracle catches from Mike Williams. After being out of the NFL in 2008 and 2009 Big Mike has had a great season, with 65 catches for 751 yards. Almost 2 in 3 of his catches have resulted in First Downs. With the Saints heading into the contest without their two best running backs (no I’m not forgetting Reggie Bush but I see him as a wide-back and not a running back) and with a lack of form, this could be an upset for the ages. The ‘Hawks are at home and whilst that means little for some games it is damm noisy in the chilly quarters of Washington State.

NFL Fan in England prediction – Seahawks 23-20 Saints – Game MVP Matt Hasselbeck 235 yards and 2 tds

Jets @ Colts – I don’t think ill make it much past the kickoff in term of watching this live (thanks Sky+ for rescucing my playoff experience) but this looks like a mouthwatering game between two bitter rivals. The Jets and the Colts have been divisional rivals in the past, and they met in the AFC championship game just over a year ago. The form books have shown that Peyton Manning looks like he is finally slowing down, finishing the 2010 season with his lowest rating in 8 seasons. Not that finishing with a 91.9 rating is acceptable for any mortal – but Peyton is no human being, he is a human CPU with a helluva arm. The Jets thought they were Super Bowl champions before the opening kickoff this season, but after their humiliating loss to the Pats they have proven they are not ready to be a champion yet.

NFL Fan in England prediction – Colts 33-16 Jets – Game MVP Jospeh Addai 101 rushing yards and 2 tds

 

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Ray Rice - my prediction for Super Bowl MVP in 2011

With a few days to go until my life finally has some meaning I thought it best to give my annual NFL predictions.

Super Bowl XLV is just 5 short months away so that’s around 20 weeks to tell me how bad my crystal ball gazing skills are.

I’m going for the following division winners and playoff entrants;

AFC

East – New York Jets

North – Baltimore Ravens

South – Indy Colts

West – Denver Broncos

Wild Cards – Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

NFC

East – Dallas Cowboys

North – Green Bay Packers

South – New Orleans Saints

West – San Francisco 49ers

Wild Cards – Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins

AFC Championship – Colts to lose at Ravens

NFC Championship – Vikings to win at Packers

SUPER BOWL XLV – Baltimore Ravens v Minnesota Vikings

SUPERBOWL XLV winners – Baltimore Ravens – MVP Ravens RB Ray Rice

League MVP – Aaron Rodgers Packers QB

Offensive Rookie of the Year – CJ Spiller RB Bills

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Rolando McClain LB Raiders

Comeback Player of the Year – Mike Williams WR Seahawks

Like poo on a shoe I have a feeling the Cardinals will not be removed from the playoffs this week as Kurt gets busy through the sky

There’s nothing like starting my divisional playoff predictions with a Kylie Minogue song reference, but ‘I can’t get the Cardinals out of my head’ and as long as Kurt Waner hasn’t been concussed and is lying in a heap on the Superdome floor I smell an upset.

I got three out of the four Wild Card games right last week, with my only mistake being predicting an Eagles win against the Cowboys. I have to admit the only reason I went with Philly was because they were my pre-season Superbowl prediction, and I didn’t want to be a hypocrite.

Well now its time to dust down the Mystic Meg costume and sprinkle so prediction powder on the 2009-2010 NFL Divisional Playoff round;

NFC – Cardinals @ Saints

If you thought you saw an unforgettable fireworks display last week in the desert, this could be bigger, better faster and even higher scoring (seriously). Bizarrely this game will not come down to the quality of the QBs or WRs, it will come down to the team that has the most convincing running game. Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush versus Tim Hightower and Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells. Momentum is a funny thing and the Cardinals will have it in bucket loads after their electric game last week, whereas the Saints looked awful after they lost their unbeaten record to the Cowboys (and yes I know the Saints were playing scrubs Week 17). Both teams have dominant All-Pro safeties in the form of Adrian Wilson and Darren Sharper, but both team CBs (as a unit) are not the best in the league. Providing the Cardinals offensive line keeps up the work rate then they have the ability to push Arizona into a 2nd NFC championship in a row.

Prediction – Cardinals 38-33 Saints – Game MVP Kurt Warner 307 yards passing 3 touchdowns.

NFC – Cowboys @ Vikings

I have even having to type the word Favre, seeing as he should have retired in the last decade, but here I am again talking about Mr Wrangler. The Vikings and the Cowboys match up pretty well, and I have to say this is going to be the biggest game of the weekend, with two star studded squads that can boast remarkable offensive lines, excellent quarterbacks, and defensive studs – exemplified by the Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and the Vikings mullet wearing nut job Jared Allen. Both teams have receivers that have had bonanza breakout seasons (Miles Austin and Sidney Rice), and both have some depth and ability to change the gears with their running games. Now the romantics will want Brett to take his weapons to the NFC Championship but I have Dallas showing why they are no longer a team to be laughed at when it comes to the business end of the season. That and the fact Felix Jones is just about the only human being I know that could keep pace with Chris Johnson in a running race. Wait for Felix to do something jaw dropping and then let others know you read it here.

Prediction – Cowboys 27-24 Vikings – Game MVP Tony Romo 311 yards and 2 touchdowns

AFC – Jets @ Chargers

It doesn’t matter what you wear, what you smell like or whether you know your tango from your Foxtrot, providing you have a ticket to the dance you can do whatever you like on the dance floor. Take a bow the Rex Ryan led New York Jets. The Jets have the number one defense and the number one running game, but they now face a team that has the hottest winning streak in the NFL. We all have to admit that Ladanian Tomlinson is no longer the same 20+ touchdown monster that he has been, but he still has a nose for the end zone. The maturation of Vincent Jackson has countered the decline in LT’s skills, and Antonio Gates continues to remain at top three fantasy TE for San Diego. This should be the game that signifies the Philip Rivers era in the AFC, but Jets CB Darrell Revis is that good that he can kill off Jackson and force Rivers to make passes that he might not want to attempt. This game will be the lowest scoring and it could come down to the kicking game (both field goals and field position from punts). It could be a bit of magic from Darren Sproles that blows this game open but I see the Jets leaving California with their Superbowl dream still intact.

Prediction – Jets 19-16 Chargers – Game MVP Thomas Jones 103 yards rushing 1 touchdown

AFC – Ravens @ Colts

The Ravens blew past the Patriots from the first offensive play and then like a skilled surfer dude they rode the wave of momentum to build up a lead that even Tom Brady could not claw back. The Colts will simply not allow this to happen as Peyton Manning will lock and load time after time to help Indy create an early lead. The Ravens running game is pretty special and Ray Rice was rewarded for his show of skills by gaining a 2nd Team All-Pro selection earlier this week. With support from Willis McGahee the Ravens running game has been  up there with the best. This game is in my opinion the Colts to win, with their home fans, home turf and NFL MVP. If the Colts get a 21 point lead this game could get ugly. I would love to see the unfashionable Ravens get the upset and set up a defensive slug fest with the Jets for the rights to go to the Superbowl, but this is Manning’s time. The Colts have no Steelers or Patriots to face and they just have to much speed to be stopped. Reggie Wayne to have a beast of a game and Dallas Clark to cause headaches to the Baltimore D all day long.

Prediction – Colts 30-19 Ravens – Game MVP Reggie Wayne 121 yards and 1 touchdown

Any thoughts???????

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The Iggles WRs Jackson and Macklin will be geared up for a huge Week 9 output

It has been a while I admit but it’s time to get back to the crystal ball gazing lark and give some NFL predictions.

Plenty of juicy matchups for week 9 in the 2009 NFL season, but my personal favourite is the Philadelphia Eagles against the Dallas Cowboys.
 
Everyone loves a bruising NFL East battle, and this one looks set to be a humdinger.
 
My prediction for the top performers in Week 9 goes to the Iggles WR pairing of Jeremy Macklin and DeSean Jackson.
 
I am going for Macklin and Jackson combining for 200 yards and two touchdowns in a monster win.
 
Not so long ago the Eagles had strength pretty much everywhere apart from WR. They went and got TO and got all the way to the Superbowl.
 
Now they have invested big in two remarkably similar types of players on the outside, but ones that could dominate for many years and become the new Fitzgerald and Boldin or Stallworth or Swann (providing they pick up some Vince Lombardi trophies in the next five years).
 
After three weeks of predicting I was 28-20. Now for the business of the day…. 
 
Redskins @ Falcons – The Redskins officially suck. Yes this is a technical sporting term for teams who cannot reach 3 touchdowns against the Chiefs or Lions. Matt Ryan looks to have a big day, along with Michael Turner the Falcons low gravity work mule. I will be shocked if the Skins get 2 touchdowns, even though I expect Fred Davis the TE to have over 70 yards receiving – Falcons to win 37-13
 
Cardinals @ Bears – “They are who we thought they were.” The immortal words from former Cardinals head coach Dennis Green after a meltdown against Da Bearz a few years ago. This time I see the Cardinals stepping up and Kurt Warner atoning for his debacle last week. Look for both teams failing to establish the run, and the game becoming a shootout. Arizona to hang on with some Fitzgerald heroics – Cardinals to win 27-24
 
Ravens @ Bengals – Gotta love this game. The Ravens want revenge from the upset earlier in the season. Ray Lewis will be all over Bengals RB Cedric Benson so look for Carson Palmer to find seams in the passing game, as long has he throws to the polar opposite end of the field as Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed. I’ll take a bit of magic from Cincy WR Chris Henry – Bengals with the upset 24-20
 
Texans @ Colts – This is the opportunity for Houston to show that they are finally ‘for real’. If they can win this game they become contenders for the AFC. Peyton Manning will be aware that the Texans will be playing like men possessed and will try to exploit the aggression of the Houston D. Monster game from Reggie Wayne AGAIN I suspect – Colts win a close one 33-27
 
Chiefs @ Jaguars – This is not exactly the game you would show if you wanted to introduce someone to the joys of the NFL. KC are pretty awful, but they may get a spark from recently promoted running back Jamal Charles. The Jags rb Maurice Jones-Drew simply HAS to get more carries. The man had under 10 carries last week but he got two rushing tds of over 75 yards a pop. Wat has he got to do to get the rock? – Jaguars to win 29-17
 
Dolphins @ Patriots – Wow – this is gonna be a barn burner. Wildcat v The Emperor. Sounds like a trendy DJ battle. I love me some AFC East action and whilst I would love to see the Dolphins get the second win against the Pats I just can’t see past Chad Henne, and his lack of explosiveness. Ricky Williams can have another big game if he comes in to keep Ronnie Brown fresh. It wont matter as the Pats will have too much class – Pats to win 31-24
 
Packers @ Buccaneers – Ouch, ouch, ouch, the words that will come out of the mouth of Josh Freeman after he picks himself up off the floor for the tenth time. This is gonna be a car wreck. Pack to win 34-9
 
Panthers @ Saints – Saints will be tested more than a lot of people think. Don’t be fooled by Jake Delhomme’s errant arm, he has a supporting cast that can run all over teams. Ok I’ll do it here and now, sound the alarm this is my UPSET SPECIAL. Panthers can run and keep Drew Brees off the field – Panthers to eek by 23-21  
 
Lions @ Seahawks – Two words – Matt Hasslebeck – ‘Hawks win 27-10
 
Chargers @ Giants – The Giants grasp on the 2009 playoffs is currently slippier than the plastic sheets covering the carpet in a pornographic cinema in Soho. The Chargers, like a 4 x 400m relay team, seem to put their worst performances first, and then just get better. If the Giants fail to get the W here their season could fall apart. I would love to predict a Giants loss, but I just can’t – Giants to win 19-17
 
Titans @ 49ers – One team has one win, and one team has faded after a false dawn. This again is not gonna be a beauty contest in terms of class, but I do like to see Frank Gore and Chris Johnson battling to see who is the better back on the day. Alex Smith – yuk! – Titans to keep rolling 23-20
 
Cowboys @ Eagles – My game of the week by a country mile. Romo v McNabb is worthy of being an NFC Championship matchup. I think the Vikings will have something to say about that, but it is possible. As you can see above I think the Eagles WRs are a classy young bunch that can do damage against the unfamiliar Cowboys secondary. Ill expect some turnovers and some hard hits, but the edge goes to the home team and the Eagles fans – Eagles to win 33-24
 
Steelers @ Broncos – Big fat balls – we don’t get to see MNF here in England so why should I waste my time predicting this game. I wont even see tv highlights until the Friday. This will be a great game. Josh McDaniels started the season looking like the men in white coats needed to cart him away. Now he is wearing a white coat, but it is as a scientist, who has found a formula for success. Steelers will bring the Broncos back to earth though – Steelers to win 31-21
 
Any thoughts ??
 
Felix Jones - my tip for Star of Week 3

Felix Jones - my tip for Star of Week 3

Another day another dollar. Well another week and another lowly 9-7 prediction score.

Two weeks gone and I am a rather abysmal 18-14. Lets hope Week 3 brings some stability to my crystal ball gazing skills.

My tip for performance of the week goes to Felix Jones of the Dallas Cowboys who I predict will go over 100 yards on the ground and 2 scores. Also look for Fred Jackson of the Bills to sign of his Week 3 game with another titanic performance.

KC @ PHI – Eagles to win 28-13 – Kolb gets his first big W as a starter, looks good

GB @ STL – Packers to win 19-13 – Rodgers has a quiet game but the contest never in doubt

SF @ MIN – Vikes to win 33-24 – Favre looks great in autopilot but the day is APs

TEN @ NYJ – Tenn to win 23-20 – The Sanchez bubble bursts here as wily vet Collins wins

ATL @ NE – Falcs to win 28-21 – Brady still not looking perfect, big day for Falcons D

JAC @ HOU – Texans to win 31-21 – Schaub in control, AJ off the hook, MJD bottled up

NYG @ TB – Giants to win 31-13 – Giants too strong on Oline to be denied the win, go 3-0

WAS @ DET – Redskins to win 21-20 – Campbell still looks awful, Clinton Portis has big day

CLE @ BAL – Balt to win 27-7 – Flacco will look exquisite, Quinn will look the opposite

CHI @ SEA – Bears to win 23-21 – Cutler is starting to settle in, Forte shows his skills

NO @ BUF – Saints to win 42-23 – Saints get another 40+ outing from Wizard Brees

MIA @ SD – Dolphins to win 27-21 – Fins will be mad from last week, capitalise on LT’s injury

DEN @ OAK – Broncos to win 24-14 – It just seems wrong but Broncos go 3-0 – a head scratcher

PIT @ CIN – Steelers to win 17-10 – Bit of a slugfest, Big Ben does it again with late heroics

IND @ ARI – Indy to win 33-27 – Manning just cant help himself, gets 4 td passes

CAR @ DAL – Cowgirls to win 29-13 – Felix Jones gets over 100 yards rushing and 2 tds

Agree? Or think I am wrong?

The Wee Man could have a BIG impact - Go Sproles !

The Wee Man could have a BIG impact - Go Sproles !

Well  I went 9-7 after week 1 – not exactly the stuff of legends, but hey it’s a winning record and in some cases 9-7 gets you in the playoffs as a wild card.

Week 2 has some fascinating games – the highlights being the Giants v Cowboys and the Eagles v Saints (minus McNabb). Also the Chargers get to bring out the pocket rocket Darren Sproles – that should be worth the admission fee alone.

Here goes with my Week 2 NFL predictions……

Sun, Sep 20

CAR @ ATL – Atlanta to win 27-10 – Ryan looking cool at home, but Turner is game hero

NO @ PHI – New Orl to win 33-27 – Reggie Bush looks like a world beater – anyone for Old man Garcia ???

STL @ WAS – Was to win 23-16 – Ugly win for the Skins, defense shows its quality with a score

HOU @ TEN – Tenn to win 24-20 – Kerry C tosses 1 td and the d does the rest, Slaton looks better

NE @ NYJ – Pats to win 31-21 – Brady’s bunch look like the team to beat, Moss is the boss

CIN @ GB – Pack to win 37-13 – Rodgers tosses 4 tds and the young d looks great

ARI @ JAC  – Jags to win 21-19 – The Cards look troubled – MJD has a monster game

OAK @ KC – Oak to win 24-17 – Russell the big oaf shows he can command a game, Mc Fadden gets the glory

MIN @ DET – Vikes to win 41-14 – Vikes purple people eat the Lions in one gulp, Stafford looks awful

TB @ BUF – Bills to win 19-16 – Bills eek out a W thanks to Freddie J and his legs and hands

SEA @ SF – Seahawks to win 25-24 – TJ goes off the hook with 12 catches, This is a terrific battle

PIT @ CHI – Steelers to win 21-20 – Bears look respectable but go 0-2, Cutler does his lemon sucking face

BAL @ SD – Chargers to win 23-14 – Sproles shocks the nation with a huge performance – UPSET OF THE WEEK

CLE @ DEN – Broncos to win 17-7 – This is one game I dont want to watch – yuk

NYG @ DAL – Giants to win 31-24 – Big bad Brandon dominates the Cowgirls but Romo keeps it close

Mon, Sep 21

IND @ MIA – Colts to win 31-21 – Manning in early season cruise control – look out for Garcon

Any thoughts out there?

My week 1 upset special - McFadden and the Raiders

My week 1 upset special - McFadden and the Raiders

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Yes its time to give my crystal balls a good old polish, remove the doom dust that has gathered over the past seven months, and get ready for some fooooootball.

One thing everyone loves to do is predict winners. Yes we all think we are experts, but I am prepared to put my money where my mouth (well my blog) is and give my weekly NFL predictions.

Here goes for week 1…………

Thu, Sep 10

TEN @ PIT 19-16 Titans. Titans to win a tight game with a last second fg (WRONG)

Sun, Sep 13

MIA @ ATL 21-28 Falcons. Matt Ryan shows he is more than a rookie phenom with 3 tds

KC @ BAL 03-23 Ravens. U-G-L-Y you aint got no alibi. Rice to score 2 tds.

PHI @ CAR 26-20 Eagles. McNabb shows after some 1st half jitters that he is MVP material.

DEN @ CIN 10-17 Bengals. Welcome back Carson, shame today is time to tune into Benson.

MIN @ CLE 23-13 Vikings. Favre throws an early INT but comes back smelling of roses.

NYJ @ HOU 16-31 Texans. Slaton does some serious damage with 160 total yards and two tds.

JAC @ IND 17-27 Colts. The Peyton by Numbers show looks awesome as Jax disappoint.

DET @ NO 10-31 Saints. Brees makes everyone look good, even Mike Bell.

DAL @ TB 24-17 Cowboys. Mr September Tony Romo starts season on fire with 2 tds.

SF @ ARI 19-28 Cardinals. Kurt is getting old but his supporting cast is hot hot hot.

WAS @ NYG 19-17 Redskins. Yep here is the upset, Giants to miss late fg for the loss.

STL @ SEA 27-26 Rams. You heard it here first, Rams score upset win with late Jackson td.

CHI @ GB 17-30 Packers. Rodgers may not be Superbowl bound but he looks great week 1.

Mon, Sep 14

BUF @ NE 10-29 Patriots. De ja vu – Brady again looks immortal, TO has a strop.

SD @ OAK 24-21 Raiders. The Chargers again start slowly as Raiders shock the nation.

Any thoughts????