The Final Score – NFL Weekly Pick’Em

Celebrating my 59% score like a Broncos Cheerleader!

Celebrating my 59% score like a Broncos Cheerleader!

DUBLIN, IRELAND - It’s only right to wrap up 2014 on The Sports Waffle with the final tally from my season long weekly NFL predictions that I have been making here. As I struggled through poor performance after poor performance in the Autumn months, even floating below a 45% correct prediction score at one point, I have some how managed to turn around the last few weeks of the season to finish close to the holy grail (otherwise known as the 60% target I had set myself.) My final prediction score was 151-103 which brings me in at an excusable, almost acceptable 59% success rate.

With the vast majority of NFL experts scoring in the 60% range, I think I can take that as a victory of sorts. Finally to close out the year and purely for fun, here’s my predictions on this weekend’s NFL Wildcard Playoff Games.  As always, betting on my predictions is not recommended!

Wildcard Weekend Predictions

Wildcard Weekend Predictions

See you all in 2015 and thanks for reading my sports waffle this year!

K.

2014 Blog Stats

DUBLIN, IRELAND - The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Thank you to everyone who visited in 2014 and a special thanks to all those who contributed to the blog during this time also. See you all in 2015, if not before!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Thanksgiving Special – Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League

DUBLIN, IRELAND – First of all, may I take this opportunity to wish all of my US readers, of which there are many, a very Happy Thanksgiving. I’m certainly thankful for the time you spend reading my sports waffle here and hope you enjoy a peaceful day with your families. Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s get down to football. Today’s NFL Pick’Em is a special edition covering just tonights Thanksgiving games.

Last week was my best NFL Pick’Em performance of the season as I secured a 11-4 record (or 73% correct in layman terms!) so I have a little swagger back this week. It brings my record to a more respectable 98-76 on the season. Can I continue this great run or will normal service quickly resume? All shall be revealed over the next 12 hours or so with three cracking games available tonight for your viewing pleasure.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Can Cutler and Marshall deliver for the Bears?

Thursday 27th November 2014

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are breaking my heart in the Fantasy world these days. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson aren’t exactly setting the world on light either in Detroit. Whichever QB and WR partnership shows up tonight may well make the difference int his one. I fancy the Lions at home though as you just can’t trust Chicago on either side of the ball these days. Verdict: Lions

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – It’s always interesting when two 8-3 teams from the same division go head-to-head on Thanksgiving. Both teams have playoff pedigree but only won can win the division outright. Since a shaky start to the season, Tony Romo has improved week-on-week and with DeMarco Murray and Des Bryant as weapons, the Cowboys are stacked offensively. It might come down to what Dallas do on the other side of the ball that decides this one. Can they shut down Sanchez and Co? I think it might be their night. Verdict: Cowboys

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers - Seattle looked more like themselves last week getting back on track with a win over the excellent Arizona Cardinals. The Niners on the other hand squeezed past a struggling Washington Redskins team. Both teams sit with 7-4 records and need a win if they want to catch the Cardinals at top of a very tough division. I’d usually fancy the home team on a short week like this but I think the Legion of Boom can shut down the 49ers in this one. Verdict: Seahawks

Stay up-to-date with The Waffle League on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

As always, please do pick responsibly (and maybe eat responsibly too!)

K.

Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 12

DUBLIN, IRELAND - I think we’ve established after 11 weeks of NFL Pick’Ems that I’m not exactly to be trusted when it comes to putting your life savings on NFL results each week. Last week, like pretty much every other week, was a complete disaster with only a 50% success rate. In my defense, their was some surprises with Denver losing to St. Louis and Tampa Bay winning in Washington but it’s still no excuse. This brings my season score to 87-73. At this rate, I would be happy finishing the season with a 60% correct score.

There's been a 'bit' of snow in Buffalo this week

There’s been a ‘bit’ of snow in Buffalo this week

Week 12, unsurprisingly, has started in a similar vein for me. Under pressure this week time-wise I tweeted out my prediction for Thursday Nights Raiders v Chiefs game. As you can see below, it did not go well. Expect similar levels of expertise as you read through my Sunday and Monday predictions below!

Thursday 20th November 2014

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings – The 7-3 Packers visit the Vikings this week and it’s difficult to not see Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson having a big day in this one Verdict: Packers

Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles - The Titans were beaten in a close game with the Steelers on Monday Night and it doesn’t get any easier for them with a trip to Philly to face the Eagles. Philadelphia were blown out of the park by Green Bay last week but I’m betting they turn it around this week. Verdict: Eagles

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts - The Colts got a bit of a hammering vs the Patriots last week but you’d expect them to bounce back against the struggling Jaguars this week. Trent Richardson might have a big game here and yes, I already hate myself for even suggesting that. Verdict: Colts

Detroit Lions at New England Patriots - The Patriots are in a good run of form and I just don’t trust the Lions week to week to deliver. I’m going with New England. Verdict: Patriots

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons  – The Browns were beaten by the Texans last time out while the Falcons edged past the Panthers. You could probably toss a coin on this one. If I did, I’d still pick the wrong one. So, eh, apologies people of Cleveland. Verdict: Browns

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears - I serially pick the Buccs to lose and the Bears to win. As we’ve learned I’m almost always wrong! Why change now Verdict: Bears

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans - Picking the Bengals is bad for your health. You just don’t know which version of Andy Dalton will show up. I love big J.J. Watt of the Texans on both sides of the ball. I think he leads the home team to victory in this one Verdict: Texans

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks - 12 months ago, you’d have been labelled a mad man and sent off to solidarity confinement if you suggested the Seahawks would lose at home. The men in white coats are waiting for me as I’m rolling with the 9-1 Cardinals this week Verdict: Cardinals

St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers - This could be a very good game as the Rams come into it in great confidence following their win over the Broncos last week. The Chargers need to win to stay alive in the AFC West. I think the home team will take it Verdict: Chargers

Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos - This is a big one in my family. My Broncos vs. my brother’s Dolphins. There can only be one winner. It has to be, for the love of God, Denver Verdict: Broncos

Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers - I just don’t like anything I see from the Redskins these days. I think the 49ers stone-wash them at Levi’s Stadium Verdict: 49ers

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants - Two great and iconic NFL franchises go head-to-head in New Jersey. The health of Tony Romo could once again be the biggest issue here. If he’s fit, the Cowboys win Verdict: Cowboys

Monday 3rd November 2014

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills - There’s been a ‘bit’ of snow in Buffalo this week. So much so that this game has been moved from Buffalo to Detroit and to Monday Night. The Bills have already won on the road in Detroit this year and I think they’ll manage to beat the Jets there too Verdict: Bills

Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints - Is it finally time for me to stop thinking Drew Brees will lead the Saints to victory every week. It is. I’m going with the Ravens to win on the road in New Orleans Verdict: Ravens

And that’s my lot for Week 12. Get involved with The Waffle League too right now on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

As always, please do pick responsibly!

K.

Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 11

DUBLIN, IRELAND - I’m under a little time pressure this week so there’s an absence of my usual extended waffle as to why I’m selecting each team to win or not this week. I apologise wholeheartedly and recognise the huge void in your life as a result! You can though still view all of my picks below, minus waffle,  for Thursday and Sunday of this week.

As you can see from the graphic below, I have already one win under my belt this week having correctly selected the Miami Dolphins to beat the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. All of my selected picks are indicated by the slider between the two team names and the highlighted blue names of the winning team.

Currently my record stands at 81-65 with a 55% success rate. Yeah, I know. Let not say too much about it. Anyway, here’s what I’m hanging my hat on in Week 11.

 

As always, please do pick responsibly!

K.