Week Two Game Picks

September 17, 2015
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5):
The Broncos have owned this rivalry in recent years winning all six contests since acquiring Peyton Manning but I believe this is the season where Kansas City finally breaks through and takes the AFC West. If that is to happen, the Chiefs need to pull this one out on their home field.

The pick: Chiefs 23 – Broncos 20

September 20, 2015
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (+.5):
This is one of the week’s most intriguing games. The Patriots are starting three rookies on the offensive line including a rookie-free-agent at Center on the road in a hostile environment against one of the most imposing defensive fronts in the league. That is a huge mismatch. Rex knows how to disrupt Brady’s timing and has the players to do it. On the other side of the ball, Tyrod Taylor makes his second career start. I suspect that he’ll make some plays with his feet but will ultimately fall victim to the “size” of this game and try to do too much. Turnovers will decide the outcome of this game and I trust Brady more than Taylor. Look for former Bill TE Scott Chandler have a big game as Rex focuses on shutting down the Gronk.

The pick: Patriots 20 – Bills 19

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (-3.5):
The Texans laid an egg in their opener and are now reportedly switching to Ryan Mallet at QB. Seems like an act of desperation to me. I had high hopes for the Texans this season and while they may be evaporating quickly, I’m going to (foolishly?) stick with them another week.

The pick: Texans 20 – Panthers 16

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears (+2.5):
The Bears were competitive against the Packers last week and Coach Fox will have them ready again. Call me crazy but I can imagine an upset here. Jay Cutler gets a lot of grief but he’s not all that different from Carson Palmer. They’re seen very differently, especially with Palmer now being seen as the Messiah after what the Cardinals went through last year. Unfortunately, I think its only a matter of time before Cardinals fans learn exactly how similar these two guys are.

The pick: Bears 24 – Cardinals 20

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5):
Perhaps none of my preseason predictions will turn out as wrong as my prediction for the Bengals this season. I totally expected them to be garbage but after one week they looked like they may be the best the AFC North has to offer. What can I say…I just don’t understand the Bengals. Their postseason ineptness never seems to carry forward to the next regular season. The Chargers rarely do well on these cross country road trips, especially when they’re played at 1pm local time. The league needs to reconsider their habit of doing that to the west coast teams.

The pick: Bengals 31 – Chargers 24

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns (+1.5):
Tough game to call. Manziel had some nice moments early on vs the Jets before putting the ball on the ground in the 2nd half. Mariota was unchallenged in the Titans blowout victory over the Bucs. This will be a closer contest.

The pick: Titans 17, Browns 16

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-2.5):
The Vikings looked terrible last week in San Francisco. The Lions blew a 21-3 lead in San Diego. I’m sticking with the home team here.

The pick: Vikings 24, Lions 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-9.5):
The Bucs took the early lead in the race for the top pick in next April’s draft with that demoralizing 42-14 loss at home in week one. The reigning top pick in the draft, Jameis Winston, threw a pick-6 on his first pass attempt. I suppose the Silver Lining is that once upon a time…Brett Favre also threw a pick-6 on his first pass attempt.
The pick: Saints 33, Buccaneers 20

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-2.5):
What a dopey explanation Eli Manning gave in trying to explain his dopey clock management that blew the game vs the Cowboys. Who knew that Tom Coughlin had it so hard trying to make Eli look like a competent QB? Seriously, how did Eli come close enough to sniff two Super Bowl trophies, let alone win them? Coughlin is a miracle worker.

The pick: Giants 30, Falcons 27

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5):
The 49ers looked much better than I expected. The front 7 controlled that game. Now they must travel to Pittsburgh to take on a Steelers team that’s been busy crying about voices in their headsets criticizing their lack of organization. It was a clever misdirection play. Otherwise they’d be hearing voices from their fans criticizing their lack of organization. But instead of witnessing their own flaws, they’re all imagining the ghosts of Bill Belichick’s past. Clever indeed.

The pick: Steelers 26, 49ers 21

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins (+3.5):
The Rams are legit. I picked them to be Best in the West and they took care of the defending NFC Champs. This week they hit the road to take on the mistake-prone Redskins.
The pick: Rams 31, Redskins 20

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (+6.5):
I thought we’d see a better performance from both of these teams last week. The Dolphins got all they could handle from a surprisingly game Redskins squad and the Jags barely put up a fight at home against Carolina. Both teams will play better this week but only one will get the “W”.

The pick: Dolphins 27, Jaguars 20

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders (+6.5):
Losing Suggs was a tough loss for a Ravens team I am very high on. Flacco really struggled out in Denver but will find less resistance in Oakland. The Raiders looked bad in their home loss to Cincy.

The pick: Ravens 23, Raiders 16

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5):
How will the Cowboys respond to the absence of Dez Bryant? Thats a real tough loss for a squad with Super Bowl aspirations. Demarco Murray gets his first chance to stick it to Jerry & Co.

The pick: Eagles 30, Cowboys 27

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (-3.5):
The Rules of Irony struck again for Seahawks fans as they began the 2015 season losing in similar fashion to how they ended their 2014 campaign. This is a statement game for Green Bay. They know they let one slip away in Seattle last January and will come out on fire in this one. This game will be all but decided by halftime.

The pick: Packers 38, Seahawks 16

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5):
The Jets lost a big piece of their defensive puzzle when Antonio Cromartie went down last week.They could have used his services this week against Andrew Luck and the Colts. Luck struggled last week at Buffalo but the Colts will rebound at home.

The pick: Colts 30, NY Jets 16

Week 1 Record:     Straight Up: 8-8    Vs Spread: 8-7-1

Overall Record:     Straight Up: 8-8     Vs Spread: 8-7-1


Week One Game Picks


NFL Guru

Brent will share his thoughts on the upcoming games this week. All information provided is for entertainment purposes only.

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015

Brady is 7-2 in his career against the Steelers and has never lost to them at home. I don’t expect that to change. The Steelers are walking into an explosive arena against a team that will be jacked. I see a blowout. Take the Patriots giving the points.


Final Score: Patriots 28 – Steelers 21

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread-Push)

New England
Sunday, Sep. 13, 2015

The Bills are built to be a power team and Rex will try to follow the smash mouth blue print utilized by the Patriots against the Colts. The Bills will take an early lead and then hold on for dear life. I’m taking the Bills with the points and straight up.


Final Score: Bills 27 – Colts 14

(Straight Up-W; Vs spread-W)


Green Bay
The Packers have won eight of nine in this series and that trend will continue. Packers win big.


Final Score: Packers 31 – Bears 23

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread-W)


This will be a hard fought game. I expect both teams to have strong seasons but Hoyer and the Texans will pull this one out in the end. Take the Texans giving 1.5.


Final Score: Chiefs 27 – Texans 20

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)

Kansas City

The Jags pull off the upset at home.


Final Score: Panthers 20 – Jaguars 9

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)


This one will be one ugly game. Great defense or poor offense? Probably a little bit of both. The Browns are putrid on offense and might struggle getting a single first down. Take the Jets.


Final Score: Jets 31 – Browns 10

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread-W)

New York

St. Louis
I’ve got the Rams winning the West this year and that starts with an opening day upset over the Seahawks. Both defenses will control the game but home field will be the difference.


Final Score: Rams 34 – Seahawks 31

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread W)


The Dolphins are stronger on both sides of the ball and open with a convincing road victory. Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, and the rest of that Miami defensive front are going to make things miserable for Kirk Cousins. Take the Dolphins giving the points.


Final Score: Dolphins 17 – Redskins 10

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread-W)


The Cardinals are thrilled to have Carson Palmer back and will prove to be too much for the Saints.


Final Score: Cardinals 31 – Saints 19

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread-W)

New Orleans

San Diego
This is an interesting matchup. I have both teams pegged as “fringe” playoff contenders who will probably be within a game or so of making or missing the playoffs. Starting the season off on the right foot is pivotal for both of their chances. I’m taking the Lions.


Final Score: Chargers 33 – Lions 28

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)


If Baltimore wants to get back to the Super Bowl, they need to take care of business during the regular season so they can finally start hosting some playoff games. That begins on Sunday in Denver. Give me the points and the straight up win for the Ravens.


Final Score: Broncos 19 – Ravens 13

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)


I’m not high on either of these teams. I’m taking the home underdog. Give me the points and the Raiders straight up.


Final Score: Bengals 33 – Raiders 13

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)


Tampa Bay
It’s a battle between the two rookie quarterbacks taken first and second overall in the draft. I’m taking the Bucs to win but the Titans to cover.


Final Score: Titans 42 – Bucs 14

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)


The Cowboys are going for their fifth straight win over the Giants. Give me Romo in a shootout.


Final Score: Cowboys 27 – Giants 26

(Straight Up-W; Vs Spread-W)

New York
Monday, Sep. 14, 2015

Another high scoring affair. Atlanta will cover but the Eagles win.


Final Score: Falcons 26 – Eagles 24

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-W)


These are two teams trending in opposite directions. The Vikings have a bright future ahead of them. The 49ers prospects walked out the door when Harbaugh left and half the roster started retiring. Take the Vikings.


Final Score: 49ers 20 – Vikings 3

(Straight Up-L; Vs Spread-L)

San Francisco

Week 1 Record:     Straight Up: 8-8    Vs Spread: 8-7-1

Overall Record:     Straight Up: 8-8     Vs Spread: 8-7-1

2015 NFL Season Predictions

By Brent Michael

(BSN) After a drama-filled offseason, the NFL and its legion of followers finally get to return their attention to the on-field product as the league kicks off its 2015 season on Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Gillette Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Here are one man’s thoughts on how the 2015 season will play out.

Division predictions

* Indicates division winner

** Indicates wild card 

AFC East

* New England Patriots (13-3):  The defending Super Bowl champs are once again the team to beat in the AFC East, a division they’ve conquered in each of the last six seasons and twelve of the last fourteen going back to their magical run of 2001.

** Miami Dolphins (10-6):  With mega free agent addition Ndamukong Suh joining an already formidable defensive front, the up-and-coming Dolphins just might have enough to challenge the Patriots reign atop the AFC East standings.

Buffalo Bills (9-7):  The Bills have the talent and coaching to compete in the AFC East, but as with virtually all Rex Ryan coached teams, questions surround the quarterback position. Tyrod Taylor gets the first crack at it. Taylor spent the last four seasons backing up Joe Flacco in Baltimore and is slated for his first career start against the Colts on Sunday.

New York Jets (5-11): The Jets swapped one defensive guru for another but I don’t believe it was an upgrade. The defense should be competitive but I can’t see this offense having much success outscoring the other teams in the division. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Jets lose 14 games this year.

AFC North

* Baltimore Ravens (13-3):  Joe Flacco might be the most underrated QB in the league and Coach Harbaugh ranks only behind Bill Belichick on my list of the league’s top coaches. The Ravens have struggled within the AFC North the past couple of years but that will not be the case in 2015.

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7):  Its a new era of Steelers football fueled by an explosive offense and a leaky defense. The Steelers could surprise me but I think they take a step back as they retool the defensive side of the ball.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-11):  The Bengals have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons but I see this team trending in the wrong direction. I think the wheels fall off in 2015. Will Marvin Lewis survive another downward spiral?

Cleveland Browns (3-13):  The Browns were so close last season in making their climb back to respectability. They were right in the thick of the playoff hunt with journey-man QB Brian Hoyer at the helm but then they caved into public pressure to start the kid and ended up losing their last five games. Now they enter 2015 having to choose between the kid coming out of rehab and another journey-man QB with less ability than the guy they had. Browns fans will regret having treated Hoyer so poorly.

AFC West

* Kansas City Chiefs (10-6):  In a bit of a surprise, the Chiefs end the Broncos four year stranglehold over the AFC West.

Denver Broncos (10-6):  Father time continues creeping up on Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Broncos will be in the running for a playoff spot or division title but fall short on the tie-breaker. The silver lining is that Manning lovers won’t have to endure another one-and-done postseason storyline. Does Manning come back in for another go-around in 2016?

San Diego Chargers (7-9):  This is a team I may be underestimating a bit. They’re one of those fringe teams that could go anywhere from 6-10 to 10-6 depending on luck and health.

Oakland Raiders (5-11):  Not sold on Carr just yet but it wouldn’t shock me if the entire division has a down year and 7 wins keeps everyone in contention until the end.

AFC South

* Houston Texans (10-6):  Probably my boldest prediction and the one most likely to get mocked at the end of the season but I like the direction Coach O’Brien has this team headed. Brian Hoyer won’t be flashy or put up many fantasy league stats but he’s a good fit for this team. He also has the confidence of the Head Coach backing him and that will make all the difference. Texans win the South.

** Indianapolis Colts (10-6):  It must be like Groundhogs day in Indy. The Colts have been using the same formula for almost two decades now. Get steamrolled on the defensive side of the ball and then draft a receiver with their first pick. Luck may be the next great quarterback in the NFL but he’s not as good as Peyton Manning was during his time there and even Manning couldn’t win the big playoff games until he had help from his defense. The Colts will contend but the ending will be the same. They’ll get gashed badly in the playoffs and make you wonder how they made it as far as they did.

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10):  Baby steps. The Jaguars will be much more competitive this year and probably win a game or two that nobody expects them to.

Tennessee Titans (4-12):  Its going to be a long year in Tennessee. There will be growing pains for the rookie QB. The question is whether he shows enough improvement by the end of the year to make Titans fans feel excited by the future.

NFC East

* Philadelphia Eagles (10-6):  This might be the hardest division to call. It will be a dog fight until the end. I’m picking the Eagles because I think Bradford is due for a healthy season and if that happens, I think he’ll flourish in Chip Kelly’s offense.

New York Giants (9-7):  I expect this to be Coughlin’s last season and think the players will rally around him and have a good season. It might not be good enough to make the playoffs but the G-Men will be in the running.

Dallas Cowboys (9-7):  The Cowboys were painfully close to upsetting the Packers and advancing to the NFC Championship Game last year. I’m just not sure they have the mental toughness to get back there. Once adversity hits, guys like Dez Bryant become ticking time bombs. I just don’t trust this team. They have the talent, even with the loss of DeMarco Murray, to make me eat my words but my gut says the Cowboys will struggle with consistency this year.

Washington Redskins (4-12):  Kudos to Head Coach Jay Gruden for finally making the decision to send Robert Griffin to the bench but until he’s released outright the RG3 drama will surround this team. I’ve always liked Cousins’ potential but, truth be told, I like Colt McCoy even more. Always thought he got a raw deal in Cleveland. Some organizations are capable of ruining quarterbacks no matter how good they may be.

NFC North

* Green Bay Packers (14-2):  Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers will be the class of the league this year. 15-1 or dare I say 16-0 might even be possible. Few teams are even capable of challenging them.

** Minnesota Vikings (9-7):  Adrian Peterson returns to action after his year long suspension and for the first time in his career, he might have a decent quarterback in front of him. I really liked what I saw from Teddy Bridgewater last year. I think the Vikings will make some noise and earn a Wild Card berth.

Detroit Lions (8-8):  The Lions are going to have a hard time making it back to the playoffs for a second straight season. We should learn a lot about the Lions in their first five games. If they’re competitive in those five games and emerge with a winning record, they’ll be in good shape. Whether they make the postseason or not, it will probably be by a very slim margin either way.

Chicago Bears (5-11):  I don’t really know what to expect from the Bears but I’m not expecting much. I respect Head Coach John Fox though so they may be more competitive than I’m predicting.

NFC West

* St. Louis Rams (10-6):  I’m high on the Rams and don’t really know why. Its just a feeling. Head Coach Jeff Fisher is a much better coach than his recent record would suggest. I think this is the year he guides the Rams to the next level.

** Seattle Seahawks (10-6):  After a nice string of success, the Seahawks are learning exactly how hard it is to keep all your players happy when they all want to get paid. Figuring out which ones to pay and which ones to replace with younger players being developed is the name of the game. Succeed at that task and Seattle could become the next New England Patriots. Fail and they’ll be just like every other franchise who rides the roller coaster between excellence and mediocrity from season to season.

Arizona Cardinals (9-7):  Injuries are the ugliest part of the sport. Well, that and all the whining and crying from teams that get beat by the Patriots but lets keep our focus on the Cardinals. Its a shame we didn’t get to see how far this team could’ve gone last season with healthy quarterback play. Carson Palmer is back for 2015 but the defense that was so outstanding last year suffered numerous losses during the offseason. The Cardinals should have enough to be competitive but I’m not sure they’ll have enough to be special in what is probably the toughest division in the league.

San Francisco 49ers (3-13):  Wow…How quickly the mighty have fallen. Its going to be a long year for 49ers fans.

NFC South

* Atlanta Falcons (9-7):  This will once again be the weakest division in the league. The Falcons, Panthers, and Saints are all pretty close but I’m giving the edge to Atlanta. The guess here is that new Head Coach Dan Quinn will do just enough to improve their defensive woes for QB Matt Ryan and the offense to lead the team back into the postseason.

Carolina Panthers (8-8):  Carolina has won the NFC South the past two years and will be in the running to do so again.

New Orleans Saints (7-9): Head Coach Sean Payton made quite a stir during the offseason when he traded star TE Jimmy Graham to Seattle. It appears he’s trying to rebuild this team into a tougher outfit but I expect that its going to take more than one offseason to do it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13):  I’m not big on many rookie QB’s to begin with and have doubts that Jameis Winston has the mental maturity to handle playing QB at this level.  Vince Young was a much better talent but it didn’t take him long to wear out his welcome. I hope I’m wrong but I expect the same from Winston.

Playoff Predictions

WILD-CARD ROUND:  AFC – Houston over Miami; Kansas City over Indianapolis

WILD-CARD ROUND:  NFC – Seattle over Atlanta; Minnesota over Philadelphia

DIVISIONAL ROUND:  AFC – New England over Kansas City; Baltimore over Houston

DIVISIONAL ROUND:  NFC – Green Bay over Minnesota; Seattle over St. Louis

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:  New England over Baltimore

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP:  Green Bay over Seattle

SUPER BOWL:  New England over Green Bay