Weekly NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 3

DUBLIN, IRELAND – If you had to pick one word to describe last weekend’s NFL action, you might pick one of these; ‘surprising’, ‘dramatic’ or even ‘outrageous’. Describing my NFL Picks in Week 2 however would have been much simpler. You would have just used the word ‘abysmal’. Granted there were a number of high profile injuries and unlikely shocks last week but having gone 10-6 in Week 1, it was without doubt disappointing to go 5-11 in Week 2 and leaving me to date with a overall 47% success rate. The beauty of the NFL though is that there’s always another opportunity waiting right around the corner and this is the week though to pull things back on track!  So without further ado, here’s my Week 3 NFL Picks!

RGIII was one of the high profile casualties of Week 2

Thursday 18th September 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – I’ve gone with the Bucs two weeks in a row and they have let me down on both occasions.  I can’t see past Matt Ryan and the Falcons in this one as they light up the scoreboard in the Georgia Dome with multiple passing TD’s Verdict: Falcons

Sunday 21st September 2014

Houston Texans at New York Giants – Last week saw J.J. Watt of the Texans catching TD’s as well as dominating quarterbacks and opposition defences for fun. I can’t see how that’s going to change this week even with the Giants at home in Met Life Stadium Verdict: Texans

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles - The ‘skins lost QB Robert Griffin III to a nasty dislocated ankle last weekend and while I’ve got lots of time for replacement Kirk Cousins I can’t see the Eagles messing this one up at home. I’m predicting another big night for running-backs Darren Sproules and LeSean McCoy on the ground. Verdict: Eagles

Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams - Against every ounce of common sense I have, I’m going for a Tony Romo led team to win on the road. And that’s largely due to DeMarco Murray’s running ability. I can’t see the Rams having enough to rack up the points they will need to win. Verdict: Cowboys

Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots  – Tom Brady and the Pats got back to winning ways in Minnesota last weekend and the Raiders, well, they were the Raiders we expected. They are going 0-3 in a bloodbath in Foxboro Verdict: Patriots

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints - It’s just inconceivable that Drew Brees and the Saints will be 0-3 after this game, while the Vikings of course are without star running back Adrian Peterson for the foreseeable future. I’m expecting Brees and Jimmy Graham in particular to have a big night at home in the Dome! Verdict: Saints

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags aren’t as bad as many would have you believe but I still don’t think they’ll do enough to shut down Andrew Luck this Sunday. It’ll be a hard-fought win on the road for Indy this week Verdict: Colts

Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals - The big issue in this one is whether the Bengals elite wide-receiver A.J. Green will be fit to play. If he’s out there, he’ll help lead them to victory along with their solid running-back Giovanni Bernard. Verdict: Bengals

San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills - This one could be one of the games of the weeks. The Bills sit 2-0 and the Chargers 1-1 after beating the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks last weekend. Can Antonio Gates have another big week for the Bolts or will the fairytale story continue for the Bills? I like the home team in this one. Verdict: Bills

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns - The Ravens surprised me somewhat last Thursday in the win over the Steelers as did the Browns and QB Brian Hoyer on Sunday. This one’s a close one to call and I’m going to take a risk on this one and plump for the Browns  Verdict: Browns

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions - The Lions were awful at Carolina last week but I do like Stafford playing at home in a Dome. On the other hand, I like Rodgers and the Packers too. A tough one to call but I’ll risk it for a biscuit and go with the Cheese heads! Verdict: Packers

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals - I like the look of the Cardinal’s at home so fancy them to snatch the victory for the Niners in this one. It’ll be a close one though.  Maybe even an overtime win. Verdict: Cardinals

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks - A rematch of last year’s Superbowl. One thing I’m fairly certain of is that it won’t be a blowout like that day or as least as a Broncos fan, I hope not. I got to go with my boys on this one. Let’s exorcise some demons! Verdict: Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins – The loss of running-back Jamal Charles will hurt the Chiefs more than the loss of running-back Knowshon Moreno will hurt the Dolphins this week I think. If Lemar Miller is fit, i’m expecting a big night from the Miami back. Verdict: Dolphins

Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers  – Carolina’s defense just looks immovable after two weeks. I can’t see the Steelers out-muscling them in this one. Verdict: Panthers

Monday 22nd September 2014

Chicago Bears at New York Jets - The extra days rest will help the Bears wide-receiver corps get healthy and they’ll be a serious threat to the Jets at Met Life Stadium. The Jets are no push-overs though so I’m expecting this one to go the wire with the Bears just shading it. Verdict: Bears

And there you have it for Week 3! Get involved yourself with The Waffle League on NFL.com at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

As always, please do pick responsibly!

K.

NFL Pick’Em – The Waffle League Week 2

DUBLIN, IRELAND - It’s week 2 already and I’m here to release my weekly picks for The Waffle League. Week 1, I’m delighted to report, was largely successful as I pulled off a 10-6 record while beating a host of NFL Analysts along the way! That’s 10 correct winners and 6 wrong ones – not bad at all.

So here’s the donkeys I’m pinning my tails onto this week!

 

Week 1 Picks

Week 2 Picks

Thursday 11th September 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – The Steelers looked good on offence last week at times last week and Baltimore ran the Bengals close. I think Big Ben will have the edge in this one though as the Ray Rice saga rumbles on for the Ravens Verdict: Steelers

Sunday 14th September 2014

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants – The Giants were awful last week and I don’t see it improving for them on this outing. The Cardinals will go 2-0 with a win after their close win over the Chargers last Monday Verdict: Cardinals

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins - I was impressed by what I saw of the Jags early on against the Eagles last weekend and I’m still not convinced of RGIII’s fitness so I’m plumping for Jacksonville in this one Verdict: Jacksonville

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings - I’t’s not often you’d be picking against Tom Brady and the Pats to lose 2 games in a row but I didn’t like what I saw from them against the run in Miami last week and if Peterson runs ‘all day’ it could another long afternoon for the New England men. Verdict: Vikings

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans – This one is simple. Whichever Tony Romo decides to turn up will have a major effect on the outcome of the game. I’m thinking it’ll be more of the same sadly for Cowboys fans. Verdict: Titans

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills - The Dolphins surprised a few last week with a win over the Pats and the Bills surprised many with a win in Chicago. That said, I can’t help feel this a good time of the year for a Miami team to be heading north to Buffalo. I’m picking the Dolphins to go 2-0 Verdict: Dolphins

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers - Does Cam play for the Panthers? Will Stafford be consistent for the Lions? This could be a close one to call but with the weapons at his disposal, I’m going for Detroit and Matthew Stafford for the W. Verdict: Lions

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals - Can we get two monster fantasy weeks in a row from Matt Ryan? The Bengals are a tough team to travel too and there’ll be no dome for Matty Ice to throw in against a solid defense. I’m nudging towards AJ Green’s Bengals in this one Verdict: Bengals

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns – The Saints lost a shootout in Atlanta last weekend but I’m expecting them to bounce back in front of the Dog Pound this weekend in Cleveland. Watch out for a big day from Drew Brees. Verdict: Saints

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Rams got tanked at home by the Vikes last week and I though Tampa looked good in spells against Carolina. The heat could be a factor in this one and as a result, I’m sticking with the Bucs! Verdict: Buccaneers

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers - Can anyone stop the Seahawks? Maybe but I don’t think it’s the Chargers this week. It’s another big day for the Legion of Boom! Verdict: Seahawks

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders - There’s more than one reason why the Texans will beat the Raiders this weekend but the biggest reason is Houston’s J.J. Watt. He’s a one man wrecking ball. Verdict: Texans

New York Jets at Green Bay Packers – The Packers will get the show back on the road this weekend with a hard fought win over the Jets at Lambeau. Expect a big day from the arm of Rodgers against that weakened Jets secondary Verdict: Packers

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos  – It’s the Peyton show again in Denver this year but watch him spread the passes this Sunday. Expect a quieter game from tight end Julius Thomas and a bigger one from wide receiver Demaryius Thomas this week. Verdict: Broncos

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers - This is one game the Bears wouldn’t have wanted after the debacle against the Bills at Soldier Field. It’ll be a close run affair but I’m expecting the Niners to win out at Levi’s Stadium! Verdict: 49ers

Monday 15th September 2014

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts - The Colts lost in Denver and the Eagles had to rally from behind against the Jaguars in Week 1. A tough one to call but I’m taking Andrew Luck to bounce back and give Indy the win Verdict: Colts

And there you have it! Feel free to get involved yourself with The Waffle League at any time at http://weeklypickem.fantasy.nfl.com/group/92810

Oh and please do pick responsibly!

K.

NFL Week 1 Round-Up

The Master and the Apprentice went head to head in Week 1

The Master and the Apprentice went head to head in Week 1

DUBLIN, IRELAND - The NFL season is back in full swing and here’s my round-up of what went down in the big games of Week 1

Falcons 37-34 Saints

Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant won a thriller in the Georgia Dome for the Falcons against Drew Bree’s New Orleans Saints as he first kicked a 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game before taking the spoils with a 52-yarder in overtime. A fumble from Saints’ Marques Colston gave Atlanta the opportunity to kick for glory in overtime and kick start the season for Falcons coming off a terrible 4-12 losing season in 2013. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan also broke a franchise-record by throwing for 448 yards in this exciting shootout.

Bills 23-20 Bears

Dan Carpenter was another kicker to leave the field on Sunday having won a game for his team with an overtime kick. The Bills kicker chipped home the field goal from 27 yards after Buffalo running back Fred Jackson had rushed for 38 yards to the 1 yard line to set up the win.

Steelers 30-27 Browns

A 24 point half-time lead seemed to suggest that this game was done and dusted early for the Steelers but for a rousing second half comeback from the Browns led by quarterback Brian Hoyer. Some brilliant play from Pittsburgh’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got the Steelers out of trouble though as he found wide receiver Markus Wheaton twice to set up Shaun Suisham’s 41 yard game winning kick

Bengals 23-16 Ravens

AJ Green caught a 77-yard touchdown pass for the Bengals while old timer Steve Smith grabbed an 80-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco for the Ravens in a close fought encounter in Baltimore. It was another good game for kickers as Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent hit five field goals to secure the Bengals first win in Baltimore in four games

Dolphins 33-Patriots 20

The Patriots Tom Brady and the returning Rob Gronkowski couldn’t stop a rampant Miami from victory in sweltering heat in South Florida. Despite connecting on a scoring pass the dynamic duo suffered all afternoon at the hands of a Dolphins defence that recovered two fumbles and sacked Tom Brady four times. Running backs Lemar Miller and Knowshon Moreno were the offensive stars for Miami along with wide receiver Mike Wallace in a result that sees New England sit alone at the bottom of their division after one week of action.

Broncos 31-24 Colts

The Master vs The Apprentice at Mile High – Denver’s Peyton Manning and Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck went head to head for only the 2nd time since Luck replaced Manning in a Colts uniform. It was the old dog in Manning who struck first finding tight end Julius Thomas three times in the first half for touchdowns as the Broncos racked up a 24-0 lead early. Luck responded well to get the Colts back into the game but it was the Master who came out on top in the end and joined Brett Favre as one of only two quarterbacks who had beaten each of the 32 NFL franchise teams

Elsewhere:

The Philadelphia Eagles overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-17 despite a shaky performance overall from quarterback Nick Foles. Jacksonville will be disappointed at throwing away what looked a comfortable 17-0 in the second half. In Houston, a JJ Watt inspired Texans defence lead them to their first win in 14 games. Watt had near perfect day which included a sack, a blocked extra point and a fumble recovery in his first game since signing a mammoth $100 million contract extension.

The Minnesota Vikings blasted the St. Louis Rams 34-6 as rookie Cordarrelle Patterson notched up 102 yards from 3 carries including a 67-yard touchdown run. New coach Mike Zimmer will have been delighted with the Vikings first outing and with all-pro running back Adrian Peterson in the mix also, this Minnesota offense look like they are headed in the right direction.

The Kansas City Chiefs were beaten 26-10 by the Tennessee Titans. The New York Jets beat the Oakland Raiders 19-14 in New Jersey while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell at home 20-14 to the Carolina Panthers and their back-up quarterback Derek Anderson. A disjointed Tony Romo performance in Dallas contributed to the Cowboys 28-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

On Thursday, the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks opened up their season with a comfortable 36-16 win over Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers.

Finally on a double header of Monday Night Football, the Arizona Cardinals won narrowly 18-17 in San Diego against the Chargers while Detroit Quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a 35-14 victory over the hapless New York Giants.

Stay tuned for my Week 1 pick’em review on Thursday and a look towards Week 2’s action!

K.

The Sports Waffle Podcast – Minisode 1

The wait is finally over….well sort of. Here’s Minisode 1 of The brand new Sports Waffle Podcast for your listening pleasure. In each mini episode (minisode for you cool kids!) I’ll preview what’s coming up in the major episode i.e. who my special guest will be and any other items we may have missed in previous podcasts. As this is the first one ever, I try to give you a flavour of what you might expect on The Sports Waffle Podcast in general and set the scene for my first guest, Ian Jenkinson!