Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Hoser's NFL Postseason Picks 2014, Week 3

Green Bay (+8) at SEATTLE (46): We saw what happens when a quarterback plays on one leg last week. No, not Rodgers -- Manning, who probably shouldn't have even suited up. Now look at Rodgers, who has put another week of wear on that calf injury.
This is a much tougher defense than Dallas, and Rodgers is going to be forced to move around, and he'll be hit. Green Bay will make the cover, but I don't think this game is even that close. Seahawks 23, Packers 16.

Indianapolis (+6.5) at NEW ENGLAND (53.5): I simply can't pick against the Patriots and Tom Brady any more. If New England wins this Super Bowl, he is the greatest coach who ever coached. Not John Wooden, not Vince Lombardi, not anyone else.
If this roster were in any other city, fans would be howling for the GM's head, yet Belichick devises ways to make Brady as effective as possible and squeeze every drop out of the castoffs he has. I would love to see Belichick take over the worst Arena League team and see what he could do in a year. Or even better -- the Raiders! Patriots 29, Colts 20.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Hoser's NFL Postseason Picks 2014, Week 2

Busy with auctions, so just the picks this week.

Baltimore (+7) at NEW ENGLAND (47.5): Patriots 23, Ravens 17.
Carolina (+11.5) at SEATTLE (40): Seahawks 24, Panthers 14.
Dallas (+6.5) at GREEN BAY (52.5): Packers 30, Cowboys 16.
Indianapolis (+7) at DENVER (54): Broncos 31, Colts 17.

Lock of the Week: Denver
Trifecta: Denver, Green Bay, Carolina

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Hoser's NFL Postseason Picks 2014, Week 1

Arizona Cardinals (+6) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (38): This crushes me, but as much of a fanboy as I'd like to be, the Cardinals are one-and-done. Why in the hell didn't they go out and get another quarterback? Maybe the front office realized that unless Kurt Warner had a time machine, with the lack of a solid running game this team wasn't going to go deep anyway, so why waste the cash and/or pick? As long as Lindley checks down and avoids mistakes, it'll stay close for the first half, but the Arizona defense is going to be gassed by the end of the third. Panthers 26, Cardinals 13.

Baltimore Ravens (+3) at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (45.5): The Ravens are overrated. The Steelers don't have Le'Veon Bell and are starting Josh Harris, a undrafted rookie running back so nondescript that ESPN's story on the situation mistakenly links to Atlanta longsnapper Josh Harris. Is that a wash? No, because Pittsburgh still have Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger to throw for a bajillion yards, and the Ravens will find out between Harris and Dre Archer, Pitssburgh will be just fine. Steelers 30, Ravens 19.

Detroit Lions (+6.5) at DALLAS COWBOYS (48): Interesting stat -- Matthew Stafford is 0-16 in his career on the road against a team with a winning record. I'm not sure how much stock I put into that, but even Megatron went crazy the last time these two teams played, he still only scored one TD. Even with the ever-present spectre of a ROMOMENT (trademark pending), I like Dallas. Cowboys 27, Lions 20.

Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (49): After that recent primetime win, is the monkey off Andy Dalton's back? Probably not, but I'm taking the team with the kickass running game, and that ain't Indy. Bengals 24, Colts 22.

Lock of the Week: Carolina

Trifecta: Carolina, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh.