Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 9

DUBLIN, IRELAND - Last week was the first week that I didn’t post up a written version of my Weekly NFL Picks instead opting for a short audio version! Well you guys certainly voted with your feet (or clicks!) on that one and I’ve abandoned it for Week 9 you’ll be happy to hear in favour of a return to the long form of writing. You guys are just big readers I guess!

It was yet another 60% average score for me in Week 8 as I posted a 9-6 record for the games and as always I’m looking to improve on that. My current season long score is 66-53 which is a 55% correct record. I’ve certainly picked up the average in recent weeks which to be fair, wasn’t that hard as there’s monkeys in a laboratory somewhere getting as many picks right as me I’m sure! Well anyway, on to Week 9 and my usual ‘C Grade’ quality picks in the National Football League

Two Fantasy Monsters embraced last week – can Big Ben do it again this week? (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Thursday 30th October 2014

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Of course, following weeks of being in the Drew Brees believer camp, I went against the Saints last week and they won against Green Bay. I’m not making that same mistake this week and besides, I just don’t trust Cam Newton and Carolina these days Verdict: Saints

Sunday 2nd November 2014

New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs won comfortably against the Rams last week while the Jets had a wild game vs. Buffalo. Can Michael Vick lead the Jets to a road win? Can he even hold onto to the ball this week without fumbling it? The answer is no, the Chiefs are too good are home to let this one slip Verdict: Chiefs

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings - This one is all about Washington’s RG Three Sticks (RGIII). If he’s fit, it’s likely he’ll start ahead of Colt McCoy who lead the team to an impressive win last week over the Cowboys in Dallas. Minnesota are also in form having beaten Tampa Bay last week and I think this game will be a close one to call.  I’m going for Washington though with or without Robert Griffin III. Verdict: Redskins

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals expect to have All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green back this week against a struggling Jaguars team. There’s only one winner in this one and they aren’t from Jacksonville. Verdict: Bengals

Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans - The Eagles return from their bye week with one thing on their mind. Can they beat a Texans team that won impressively in Tennessee last week? I believe the rest will have done them good and we might finally see The Real Shady McCoy this week. Verdict: Eagles

San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins  – San Diego will be reeling following their loss to Division rivals Kansas City last week while the Dolphins come in to the game in good form following their win in Jacksonville. It’s a cross country trip for the Chargers and the Dolphins are good at home but I think the Bolts might just shade this one. Verdict: Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns - I’m predicting the run heavy Browns have a field day in front of their home fans. Verdict: Browns

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys fell surprisingly to the Redskins on Monday Night Football and one of the last teams in the league you’d want to face after that is the Arizona Cardinals. I am expecting the Cowboys to bounce back but all may rest on Tomy Romo’s availability due to injury Verdict: Cowboys

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers - The Niners coming off a bye week will be favourites in this one at home in Levi’s Stadium but the Rams have surprised a few teams already this season including the Super Bowl Champs. Hard to look past San Fran though. Verdict: 49ers

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots - A visit to New England is never easy and with both teams in good form this one could be a shoot out. I’m going for the Broncos on the basis that they are the better side and having had the extra days rest from playing on Thursday Night Football. Verdict: Broncos

Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks - It’s not going to be pretty for Oakland again this week. Seattle don’t seem to be the team of last season but they still have too much for the Raiders. Verdict: Seahawks

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers were awesome against the Colts last week racking up an amazing 51 points at home. I’m betting that they’ll fall back to earth with an unsuspected bang this week as the Ravens come to town Verdict: Ravens

Monday 3rd November 2014

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants - The Colts gave up 51 points last week but there’s no chance of a repeat performance this week. There’ll certainly be a lot of scores in this one but I expect Andrew Luck to drive Indy to victory Verdict: Colts

And thats my lot for Week 9. Get involved with The Waffle League too right now on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

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Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 8

DUBLIN, IRELAND - A new direction this week as I give my mediocre NFL picks via the wonder of audio sound. Listen below as I give my thoughts on who the winners and losers will be in Week 8 of the National Football League. Will the Falcons beat the Lions at Wembley in London? Can the Cowboys keep their good run going? Will the Seahawks lose for the 3rd week in a row? Listen below to find out!  

And there you have it for Week 8! Get involved yourself with The Waffle League on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

As always, please do pick responsibly!


Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 7

DUBLIN, IRELAND – So here we go again with another week of wild NFL picks ahead of me. As I sip a delightfully fruity Chardonnay, we can only live in hope that my NFL picks are a bit more manly than my choice of drink in Week 7.

Week 6 was relatively successful for me, as my picks tend to go, with a respectful 71% win percentage or ten right predictions and four extremely dodgy ones for those who suffer from percentile dysfunction! It brings my season record to 49-41 which should indicate to you that you might as well flip a coin as to listen to my ‘crystal ball’ readings for inspiration!

You got to love NFL season though. That ‘Any Given Sunday’ shout is still as strong ever with some crazy outcomes each weekend. So without further delay, here’s my meandering thoughts on Week 7 in the National Football League.

I still believe in Drew Brees!

Thursday 16th October 2014

New York Jets at New England Patriots – At the time of writing, it’s bucketing down with rain in New England a few hours before kick-off. Those of you who think that’s good news for the Jets are wrong. They are still going to get pasted tonight. Why? Because I traded Tom  Brady in my Fantasy League two weeks ago and now he’s firing on all cylinders. You are welcome Pats fans! Verdict: Patriots

Sunday 19th October 2014

Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts  – The Andrew Luck Fantasy Show continues to look more and more impressive each week. The Bengals will likely have to do without their best threat in A.J. Green through injury while T.Y. Hilton could follow up last week’s monster game with another in this one for Indy. I’m taking the Colts at home Verdict: Colts

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams - Seattle were the surprise victims of the week last Sunday as they fell at home to the Cowboys. It’s inconceivable that it happens two weeks in a row, right? Yes. Seahawks win in style. Verdict: Seahawks

Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins - The consensus on NFl.com is that the Redskins take this one. I’m not overly convinced by them and having talked up back-up QB Kirk Cousins on this very blog a few weeks back, I’m jumping ship on him already. I think the Titans take this one in a close game Verdict: Titans

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers  – Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to a stunning last second victory in Miami last Sunday and it’s difficult looking past the Packers at home at Lambeau Field. Panthers QB Cam Newton looked more like himself last week but I’m not sure he goes into Green Bay and pulls off the win. Verdict: Packers

Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags are 0-6 coming into this game and I’m afraid to say it’s looking like they’ll be 0-7 come Sunday night. I’ve a soft spot for the Browns and the fact that hardly anyone is talking about Johnny Manziel means QB Brian Hoyer is doing a great job. Browns take this one easy and improve to 4-2 Verdict: Browns

Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens - Sometimes you just can’t tell which Falcons team will actually turn up. There’s no doubt Matt Ryan seems to struggle on the road and with Baltimore looking much better than I expected without Ray Rice, I’m running with the Ravens in this one Verdict: Ravens

Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills - The Bills couldn’t get the win last weekend in front of their new owners at home but this week should be different as the 2-4 Vikings come to town. If I’m selfish and I think we’ve already established that I am, I’m hoping for some big numbers from Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a blow-out victory Verdict: Bills

Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears - If Miami hadn’t grasped defeat from the hands of victory at home against the Packers last weekend I might have loved them more in this one. They didn’t and so I pretty much hate them this week. Expecting big things from Cutler and Marshall of the Bears at home. This isn’t a gimme though and could be another close one to call but I still think Chicago just edge it Verdict: Bears

New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions - It just feels wrong picking against Drew Brees and the Saints each week. It really does. In a dome and on the road this might be the big win New Orleans need to kick start their season. They’ll likely have to do it without tight end Jimmy Graham though and against one of the NFL’s best defence. I’m still a Brees believer! Verdict: Saints

Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers - It’s a big game in the AFC West as the Chiefs head to San Diego to face an in-form Chargers team. I just don’t see the Chargers losing at home and expect to see them sit top of the AFC West for another week at least as they move to 6-1. Verdict: Chargers

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys  - I’ll be the first to hold my hands up to say I jumped on the Tony Romo hate bandwagon early this season buy he’s been great in recent weeks and led the Cowboys to victory over the Super Bowl Champions last weekend in Seattle. I think they’ll have too much for the Giants this week. Verdict: Cowboys

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders - It’s going to get worse before it gets better in Oakland  I fear and with that in mind, there’s only one logical choice here. Carson Palmer leads the Cardinals to a 5-1 record on Sunday Verdict: Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos – When these two meet it always brings back great memories of Elway vs Montana in the late 80’s. The Manning v Kaepernick battle is not bad either in the modern era and this could be a cracker. Just can’t see past my Broncos at home though. Denver win and go 5-1 in the AFC West Verdict: Broncos

Monday 20th October 2014

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers - Each week seems to throw up at least one game that you could literally toss a coin on to decide the winner. I’m edging for the Steelers at home but I must say, the Texans J.J. Watt is probably the player I’ve enjoyed watching most this season. Pittsburgh take it in a close one at Heinz Field Verdict: 49ers

And that’s where my head is at for Week 7 of the National Football League. You too can get involved with The Waffle League right now on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

As always, please do pick responsibly!


Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 6

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Week  5 of the NFL Season was one of the better weeks so far this season when it came to my predictions as I called a respectful 60% of the match ups correctly. The 9-6 record I posted last week brings me to an overall season score of 39-37 and while not exactly setting the world on fire, it does give a base to build from with 12 weeks of the regular season still to play.  So with that in mind, here’s where I’m pinning all my Week 6 NFL Pick’Em hopes this time around.

Can Brian Hoyer lead the Browns to victory again in Week 6

Thursday 9th October 2014

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – A fantasy monster in Andrew Luck of the Colts going up against, well frankly, just a monster in J.J. Watt and his Texans defense. Houston lost to Dallas last week while Indy overcame Baltimore. I’m thinking Luck’s got too much for Houston on a short week. Verdict: Colts

Sunday 12th October 2014

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings got bashed on Thursday Night Football by the Packers last week and Detroit struggled at home against the Bills. This one’s tough to call especially if Calvin Johnson misses out for the Lions but I still think they’ll do enough to scrape by. Verdict: Lions

Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Ravens running back situation is breaking every fantasy owners heart that has one of the guys on their team but the run-by-committee hasn’t actually done too badly. They’ll fancy themselves against the Buccs but they do look improved in recent weeks. I’m going against them here so expect Tampa Bay to win easily Verdict: Ravens

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans - The Titans blew a 25 point lead against the Browns last week but it’s unlikely to happen two weeks in a row against a struggling Jaguars. There should be no surprises here Verdict: Titans

Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins  – Green Bay are coming off a big win vs the Vikings on Thursday Night Football while the Dolphins come back from their bye week following their London adventures. The Packers will fancy their chances in this one but I’m thinking weather might be a factor here and I’m going for the ‘Fins Verdict: Dolphins

Denver Broncos at New York Jets - One word: bloodbath. Denver head back to the scene of that Super Bowl failure in New York last February. Someone is going to pay and they’ll be wearing green and white Verdict: Broncos

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - Tom Brady and the Pats bounced back last week but going on the road to a divisional rival is always difficult. I’m thinking Buffalo’s Kyle Orton and Sammy Watkins might upset the resurgent Patriots on the day Verdict: Bills

Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals - The big issue in this one is whether the Bengals elite wide-receiver A.J. Green will be fit to play. It’s looking unlikely a this stage. Against my better judgement, I’m taking Andy Dalton to bounce back from a shocker against the Pats, with or without A.J. Green Verdict: Bengals

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders - San Diego win. I just don’t see anything going right in Oakland just yet and the coach shake-up won’t change that Verdict: Chargers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - Browns Quarterback Brian Hoyer led the Browns to an unlikely win last week against the Titans by clawing them back from the dead. The Steelers are so hit-and-miss that I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Browns take this one too  Verdict: Browns

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons - Toss a coin on this one. I’m taking the Falcons because they are home. I’ll probably be wrong. Verdict: Falcons

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks - Tony Romo’s done well in recent weeks to lead the Cowboys to a 4-1 record. The Seahawks are a very different proposition though than anything the Cowboys have faced yet. Only a fool would go against Seattle at home and I’m no fool. Verdict: Seahawks

Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals - I’m a Kirk Cousins admirer but I just don’t think Washington will  have enough to beat the Cardinals in Arizona.  Verdict: Cardinals

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – This one could be the game of the week. I think there’ll certainly be lots of scoring and it could go either way. I’m going with the home team though Verdict: Eagles

Monday 13th October 2014

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams - The Niners will have to watch out for Rams WR Brian Quick but he can’t do it all on his own. I think the team with more weapons wins this one and that’s certainly San Francisco Verdict: 49ers

And there you have it once again for Week 6! Get involved with The Waffle League too right now on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

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The Sports Waffle Podcast – Episode 2 Andrew Hussey

I’m joined on episode 2 of The Sports Waffle Podcast by Head of Football Logistics at Premier League Club, West Bromich  Albion FC and more importantly, my good friend Andrew Hussey. Listen in as we discuss working in Irish Football, life in the Premier League, lunchtime bowling leagues, Boston Red Sox and Andrew’s performances in our NFL Waffle League to date!

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