NFL Prediction AFC Divisional Playoff Game Preview/Pick- Indianapolis vs. New England

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Indianapolis Colts (11-5, 5-3 away) @ New England Patriots (12-4, 8-0 home) 01/11- 8:15PM EST


Line: NEW -7.0

Over/Under: 51.5


Luck was definitely on the Indianapolis Colts side last week in their wild wild-card victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, but can they go into Foxboro on Saturday night and beat a team that handed them their worse defeat of the season?


The Colts (12-5) will be looking to carry that momentum after last week’s thrilling 28-point come from behind victory over the Chiefs, but second-year quarterback Andrew Luck will need another big game performance in which he threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns but also had three interceptions.


It was a tremendous effort coming back in the second half,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “They did good in all three areas of the game. This is a team that is well coached, that’s had a real good season. They beat some of the best teams in the league, in both the AFC and the NFC. They’ve just been impressive.”


Andrew Luck and the Colts are 14-2 in games decided by seven points or less but back on Nov. 18, the Patriots (12-4) blasted the Colts 59-24. Tom Brady was stellar in that game going 24 of 35 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. Luck was 27 of 50 for 334 yards, two scores and three interceptions.


I don’t want to dwell too much on last year,” Luck said. “They do a great job of forcing turnovers, getting to the quarterback. We know it’s going to be a dogfight.”


Luck will look to his main target, receiver T.Y Hilton on Sunday after he caught 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s game, but how effective he will be against two of the best defenders in the game in the likes of Aqib Talib and rookie Logan Ryan remains to be seen.


Even with the Pats having a first-round bye, they still have injury issues to their linebackers, who will dress only six for Sundays game including Dane Fletcher in place of Brandon Spikes.


Everybody has to step up,” Fletcher said. “Everybody’s role kind of increases on defense, especially in the linebacker unit.”


On offense, New England hasn’t been the same with Rob Gronkowski out for the year after seeing action in only seven games, and Wes Walker playing now for Denver. Brady had his lowest passer rating of 87.3 since the 2003 season.


So with Brady not having a typical “Brady” year, look for the Patriots to run, run, run as Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount combined for 1,545 yards and 14 touchdowns. Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen have also contributed to the Pats’ ground attack.


It’s a heck of a challenge,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of trying to stop the Patriots running backs.


Indianapolis is also suffering with some injuries on defense with starting cornerback Greg Toler (groin) and defensive end Fili Moala out and safety LaRon Landry dealing with a concussion, but is expected to play.


These two teams know each other well having met 10 straight times in the regular season and with the home team winning all three times in the postseason with the Patriots winning twice, the oddsmakers have made the home Patriots a (minus -7.0) point favorite, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


As much as I’ve liked the Colts this season, I will have to agree with the oddsmakers and also favor the Patriots to win and advance to next week’s AFC championship game.


Indianapolis signed former New England receiver and former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch in place of Darrius Heyward-Bay who injured his hamstring in last week’s game.


Prediction/Pick: New England

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- Colts vs. Chiefs


Indianapolis Colts (9-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) 12/22- 1:00PM EST


Line: KC -7.0

Over/Under: 45.0


With both teams already having earned postseason berths, the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City still have an outside shot of earning first-round byes in the AFC playoffs.


Sunday’s game can also be a preview of an AFC wild-card matchup as these two teams look to strengthen their playoff seedings.


Indianapolis is the AFC South champion and with the three division leaders all losing last week in Week 15—Denver, New England and Cincinnati, the Colts could claim a first-round bye by winning the remainder of their games and Baltimore wins their final two games against the Patriots and Bengals.


Regardless of what happens with anyone else, we want to win the rest of our games and kind of be catching fire here at the right time going into the playoffs,” left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. “We want to be playing our best ball regardless of what happens with any other team.”


For the last six weeks, it’s been a roller coaster ride for the Colts (9-5) who are alternating wins and losses every week and with that lack of consistency, it may cost them come playoff time.


Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano says he isn’t too worried about the teams recent play over the last six weeks.


I just think these guys are able to move on, win or lose,” Pagano said. “They are able to put the last game behind them, make corrections that you always have and stick to the process. It’s the next game. Stick to the process. Our guys do a great job of that.”


The Chiefs (11-3), they were able to snap their three game losing streak with two road wins by a combined 101 points and last week with a big 56-31 rout of the Oakland Raiders on the road.


Running back Jamaal Charles ran wild against the Raiders with 195 yards receiving and accounting for five touchdowns to help lock up a playoff spot for the Chiefs.


Anytime you can clinch a playoff spot, it’s special,” quarterback Alex Smith said.


For Kansas City to win the AFC West and earn a first-round bye, they will need Denver to lose one of their final two games, but if they cannot catch the Broncos, the Chiefs may end a fifth seed in the playoffs and could very well face the Colts in two weeks in Indianapolis.


I’ll probably tell you the same thing that I told you when we played Denver, you give it the best shot your first time and then you come back, two weeks later, and give it your best shot then,” coach Andy Reid said of the possibility of facing the Colts twice. “That’s how we’ll approach it.”


Expect a heavy dose of Charles this week who leads the AFC in rushing with 1,181 yards and also leads the team with 65 receptions. KC is averaging 5.3 yards per carry the last five weeks and with Colts middle linebacker Pat Angerer lost for the season with a knee injury, expect the Chiefs to take advantage of running the ball.


Kansas City is having issues on the defensive side of the ball where they have allowed 47 plays of 20 yards or more– the most in the NFL, so look for the Colts to open it up and go long whenever possible to take advantage of that porous defense.


Yeah, we have to cut down on that, Reid said. “Big plays can hurt you, obviously. We’re addressing that and we’ll get it worked out. I wouldn’t get hung up on it, too much now. The final score is what you’re at, that and turnovers.”


As are the oddsmakers, who are looking at the final score and have made the Chiefs a big (minus -7.0) point favorite at home, but get the latest spread right here at Wonder Punter up until kickoff.


The Chiefs are a plus-21 in the turnover department and have a league-high 35 takeaways. Both teams are tied for the fewest turnovers with only 14 all season long with the Colts doing an excellent job of giving it away only three times in seven road games.


I like the way the Chiefs have turned it around after losing three straight and with them at home, I predict the Chiefs winning and avenging last years loss 20-13 to the Colts at Arrowhead.


Prediction/Pick: Kansas City

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NFL Prediction Week 13 Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Tennessee vs. Indianapolis


Tennessee Titans (5-6) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-4) 12/01- 1:00PM EST


Line: IND -3.5

Over/Under: 45.0


The Indianapolis Colts at one point were one of the top NFL teams and on their way to running away with the AFC South, now after suffering two blowout losses in a months time, they suddenly find themselves in a division race with the visiting Tennessee Titans who now have their sights set on a wild-card spot and more.


The Colts (7-4) after suffering another blowout loss last week to the Arizona Cardinals has coach Chuck Pagano searching for answers and owner Jim Irsay telling his team to get it together.


The last two losses by the Colts weren’t even close, first they suffered their biggest home defeat in 20 years 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams, then last Sunday getting spanked on the road 40-11 to the Arizona Cardinals.


Owner Jim Irsay’s message was clear to his football team on Twitter… win the division, bring out the teams strengths, do away with the weaknesses and “get our heads out of r butts- WAKE-UP!”


Pagano aggress, but in a more subtle way…


We have to figure out a way, because something’s missing, and it certainly isn’t our players and their effort and the way they practice and the way that they prepare and the time they put in.” he said.


Indianapolis is two games ahead of the second-place Titans (5-6) and with a victory, can clinch the AFC South.


Tennessee is trying to make they playoffs for the first time in five years if they can get some W’s in the win column where they have lost five of six, but thanks to a bad AFC this season, are holding onto the sixth and final spot in the playoffs.


With the Titans having lost on their last five trips into Indianapolis, the oddsmakers have given the Colts the nod by making them a (minus) -3.5 point favorite over the Titans. Check the latest spread here through Wonder Punter for up to the minute odds leading into game time.


The Titans were looking like a good football team earlier in the year under Jake Locker, but went south quick when he was lost for the season.


Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick has done a descent job filling in for Locker, where had his best performance last Sunday going 30 of 42 for a season-best 320 passing yards with two touchdown passes driving his team for the winning touchdown 23-19 with just 10 seconds left at Oakland.


In his last three games, Fitzpatrick has connected on 71.8 percent of his attempts for 806 yards with five touchdown tosses and more importantly.. no interceptions.


If Fitzpatrick can continue improving and help his team win, they can maybe pull away from the other five teams all sitting with 5-6 records all fighting for the final playoff spot.


Hopefully we’ll capture some of the momentum we have… and use that to catapult us through the rest of the season,” Fitzpatrick said.


Despite the recent struggles of the Colts, the good news is they haven’t dropped back-to-back games in their last 26 regular-season games.


I expect a good bounce-back game from Andrew Luck, but he will need some help in the running department with Donald Brown and Trent Richardson needing to get back on track and the defense to step up where they are yielding 30.2 points per game in their last six compared to just 15.8 through their first five where they went 4-1.


With the Colts having won 17 of 21 in the series, including nine of ten at home against the Titans, I like the line spread and will favor the Colts.


PICK: Indianapolis



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


Bears at Rams: odds, prediction and preview

Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears operating back Matt Forte (22) breaks a sort out towards Baltimore Ravens strong security James Ihedigbo (32) to attain a landing through the second half at Soldier Area. Mandatory Credit score: Rob Grabowski-USA AT THE MOMENT Sports activities

The 6-4 Chicago Bears will try to improve their NFC North championship hopes after they travel to St. Louis to tackle the four-6 Rams Sunday.

The Bears will probably be without starting quarterback Jay Cutler for the third time this 12 months and if backup Josh McCown can defeat the Rams, he’ll be an ideal three-zero as a starter on the season. McCown has completed 61-of-one hundred and one passes for 754 yards with 5 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The Rams also had to flip to a backup quarterback in Kellen Clemens after starter Sam Bradford tore his ACL in a 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers again on October 20. Clemens is 46-of-86 for 634 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Bears are coming off an 23-20 extra time victory over the Baltimore Ravens while the Rams enjoyed a bye every week after dismantling the Indianapolis Colts 38-eight.

The Bears’ defense is taking part in a lot better than it did earlier in the season they usually might want to keep it up against a Rams’ offense that has discovered a few rookie playmakers in huge receiver Tavon Austin and operating again Zac Stacey. Austin had two catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown in that victory over the Colts. Stacy has rushed for 537 yards and three touchdowns on 129 carries this season.

Though the Bears have had an excellent passing attack that includes large receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey and tight finish Martellus Bennett, they could have hassle defending McCown in opposition to the Rams’ cross rushers, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Kyle Lengthy, Chris’ little brother, is a starting guard for the Bears.

Matt Forte, who has rushed for 774 yards and seven touches, will likely carry the load for the Bears again.

The Rams are a one-level favorite, but I just like the Bears to go away St. Louis with a detailed victory based on the improved play of their protection and strong play from McCown.

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Subjects: Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams

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Colts at Cardinals odds, prediction, and preview

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The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) tackle the Arizona Cardinals (6-4) this Sunday in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona is four-1 at residence and Indianapolis is four-1 on the road. The Cardinals are riding a 3 sport profitable streak, however the groups they have crushed throughout the streak have combined for 5 wins on the season. The Colts are their hardest opponent in over a month.

The Colts have a great file at 7-3, however their last three video games have been rocky. In week 9, the Colts needed a fifteen level fourth quarter to beat the struggling Houston Texans. In week ten, the Colts had their worst sport of the season with Andrew Luck throwing three interceptions in a 38-8 loss at home to the St. Louis Rams. Last week, the Colts bought again on track with a 30-27 win in opposition to the Tennessee Titans. It was a superb bounce again win, but a sample of first half deficits appears to be forming.

A obvious statistical difference between the 2 teams is their speeding defenses. The Cardinals are second in the league, limiting opponents to 81.4 yards per sport while the Colts are 28th , allowing 126.1 yards per recreation. Indianapolis’ dashing protection is probably not exploited by Arizona as a result of the Cardinals have the 25th ranked rushing assault at 85.6 yards per sport.

I believe predicting a winner in this recreation comes right down to the x-issue. Colts QB Andrew Luck is the x-factor. His leadership and overall talent level make up for being on the highway in opposition to a good staff. Not having WR Reggie Wayne will make it a close recreation, but the Colts will pull it out in the long run. Colts win 24-21.

Game data

Date: November 24, 2013

Begin time: 4:05 PM ET

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Line: Arizona -1

Over/Below: 45

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Strahan, Dungy, Bettis among HOF semifinalists


The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI) The 2014 Professional Football Corridor of Fame class will be announced Feb. 1. (USATSI)


In September, 126 modern-era football players made the preliminary list for the category of 2014 Pro Football Corridor of Fame. On Wednesday, it was whittled all the way down to a semifinal list of 25.

Listed here are the 25 that survived the lower, by way of the HOF.

Morten Andersen, Ok – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-ninety five Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Derrick Brooks, LB – 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-ninety three Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Proprietor – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Tony Dungy, Coach – 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts

Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-ninety five Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-ninety six Dallas Cowboys

Marvin Harrison, WR – 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts

Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Walter Jones, T – 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Payments, 2000 Washington Redskins

Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Soccer League

Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

Steve Wisniewski, G – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-seventy eight Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 Nationwide Soccer League

Eventually, this list will get knocked down to fifteen finalists (plus two senior nominees in Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey), and the HOF voters will talk about and determine in New York City on Feb 1. The election results will likely be introduced that night.

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NFL Week 12 Power Rankings Wonder Punter


Power Rankings NFL week 12


Last night’s Monday night game brought to an end of another exciting week in football in which some teams improved their Power Rankings and others continued to fall as quarterback injuries have taken their toll. Week 11 also brought the end of the NFL’s only unbeaten team when Kansas City fell to the Broncos.

Here is this week’s Week 12 Power Rankings for teams 1-32 with records and last week’s ranking.

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1 Denver Broncos (9-1 LW: 2)- Round 1 goes to the Broncos… rematch with KC in two weeks.


2 Seattle Seahawks (10-1 LW: 3) Other then a home game against the Saints, they should be able to run the table the rest of the way.


3 New Orleans Saints (8-2 LW: 4)- Undefeated at home so far… but the playoffs may mean winning on the road.


4 Carolina Panthers (7-3 LW: 6)- Beating quality teams now and only getting better.


5 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1 LW: 1)- Still a solid team on defense… but the offense will need to get better if they expect to make some noise in the playoffs.


6 New England Patriots (7-3 LW: 5)- Patriots are still looking for the flag… they got earlier in the year against the Saints. So…


7 Indianapolis Colts (7-3 LW: 7)- Good comeback win at Tennessee, but I still think Rams game.


8 San Francisco 49ers (6-4 LW: 8)- They were so close to being 8-2…. Two tough games in a row.


9 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4 LW: 10)- Their win on Sunday should put them in position for the AFC North crown and a first-round bye.


10 Detroit Lions (6-4 LW 9)- Can we do the fake field goal play over again?


11 Chicago Bears (6-4 LW: 12)- Big home win over the Ravens.. which Rams team will they face on Sunday?


12 Philadelphia Eagles (6-4 LW: 13)- Finally a team in the NFC East is playing like they want to win it.. Nick Foles getting it done.


13 New York Jets (5-5 LW: 13)- Jekyll and Hyde if you ask me… we just don’t know what team will show up on Sundays.


14 Arizona Cardinals (6-4 LW: 16)- Winning games despite no running game and a QB who’s thrown more INTs then TDs.


15 Miami Dolphins (5-5 LW: 21)- Gritty performance and win against San Diego with all the distractions staring at them.


16 San Diego Chargers (4-6 LW: 17)- If they could just finish games… but now they still have three games left against the Chiefs and Broncos.


17 Dallas Cowboys (5-5 LW: 15)- Big game against the resurgent Giants Sunday on the road.


18 Green Bay Packers (5-5 LW: 14)- No Aaron Rodgers…. No hope!


19 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6 LW: 25)- Is this the same Steelers team who we all left for dead earlier? Held the Lions scoreless in the second half.


20 Cleveland Browns (4-6 LW: 18)- Big home game on Sunday against the Steelers. If they win… maybe still a chance?


21 Buffalo Bills (4-7 LW: 27)- Winnable games coming up against the Bucs, Falcons, Jags and Dolphins… Wildcard? hmmm maybe.


22 Baltimore Ravens (4-6 LW: 19)- Failing to score on first-and-goal at the Chicago 5-yard line. Story of the year for the offense.


23 St Louis Rams (4-6 LW 20)- In a division with Seattle and San Francisco… it’s tough.


24 New York Giants (4-6 LW: 26)- Four wins in a row now with Dallas coming up.


25 Oakland Raiders (4-6 LW: 24)- Is Matt McGloin the answer at quarterback?


26 Tennessee Titans (4-6 LW: 22)- How big do the losses to the Jags and Colts look now in an AFC race that’s up for grabs.


27 Washington Redskins (3-7 LW: 23)- So much for running the tables like last year.


28 Houston Texans (2-8 LW: 28)- Still playing hard… that’s all you could ask for at this point.


29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8 LW: 31) Two in a row… and they had some winnable games throughout the season.


30. Atlanta Falcons (2-8 LW: 29)- Unlike the Texans, this is a football that has quit on everybody. Embarrassing!


31 Minnesota Vikings (2-8 LW: 30)- Playing for a quarterback in next year’s draft.


32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9 LW 32)- It was fun while it lasted.


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter






NFL Week 11 Recap and Scores


Scores for Week 11 NFL Games


With Week 11 of the NFL season almost in the books with the conclusion of Monday night’s game… we were entertained with some good ballgames between the 49ers/Saints, (Thursday’s) Colts/Titans, Ravens/Bears and Sunday night’s marquee match-up that saw the undefeated Chiefs lose their first game of the season to the Denver Broncos.

Here is a quick recap of each game through Sunday night and how they faired against the spread.


Thursday 11/14


Indianapolis Colts (7-3)- 30

Tennessee Titans (4-6)- 27


Line: IND -3.0

Over/Under: 42.5


Colts rally from 14 points back to beat Titans.



Sunday Games: 11/16


Oakland Raiders (4-6)- 28

Houston Texans (2-8)- 23


Line: HOU -10.5

Over/Under: 40.5


Oakland backup quarterback rookie Matt McGloin leads Raiders over Texans.


Arizona Cardinals (6-4)- 27

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)- 14


Line: ARI -9.0

Over/Under- 40.5


Carson Palmer throws for 419 yards and 2 TDs to lead Arizona to third straight win.


Atlanta Falcons (2-8)- 28

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8)- 41


Line: TB -2.0

Over/Under: 43.5


Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey rushes for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to their second straight win.


Detroit Lions (6-4)- 27

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6)- 37


Line: DET -3.0

Over/Under: 45.0


Surging Steelers rally late with two touchdowns to beat Lions.


Washington Redskins (3-7)- 16

Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)- 24


Eagles claim sole possession of first place in NFC East.


Cleveland Browns (4-6)- 20

Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)- 41


Line: CIN -4.5

Over/Under: 40.0


Bengals score 31 points in the second quarterback to snap two game losing streak with win.


Baltimore Ravens (4-6)- 20

Chicago Bears (6-4)- 23



Over/Under: 40.5


Bears kick 38-yard field goal in OT to hand Ravens fourth loss in last five games.


New York Jets (5-5)- 14

Buffalo Bills (4-7)- 37


Line: NYJ -1.5

Over/Under: 39.0


Bills force four turnovers and shutdown Geno Smith


San Diego Chargers (4-6)- 16

Miami Dolphins (5-5)- 20


Line: SD -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5


Dolphins win for only the second time in the last seven games.


Minnesota Vikings (2-8)- 20

Seattle Seahawks (10-1)- 41


Line: SEA -13.0

Over/under: 45.0


Seahawks record 13th home win in a row as Percy Harvin makes season debut.


Green Bay Packers (5-5)- 13

New York Giants (4-6)- 27


Line: NYG -3.0

Over/Under: 41.0


Giants win their fourth straight game to stay in contention in the NFC East.


San Francisco 49ers (6-4)- 20

New Orleans Saints (8-2)- 23


Line: NO -3.5

Over/Under: 50.0


Saints use three 4th quarter field goals to remain perfect (6-0) at home.


Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)- 17

Denver Broncos (9-1)- 27


Line: DEN -7.0

Over/Under: 49.0


The Broncos take the first of two meetings as they move into first place by virtual of the tie-breaker.


Monday 11/18


New England Patriots (7-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3) 11/18- 8:30 PM EST


Line: CAR -3.0

Over/Under: 46.5


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Two defenses fantasy football players must own for the playoffs

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus
Marcell Dareus will muscle OLs

In the event you’re in stable place to make your fantasy soccer playoffs, it is time to begin planning forward, stashing useful players in your bench.

Or on this case, defenses. Within the Fantasy Sports activities Writers Affiliation Trade Insiders League – a one hundred twenty-workforce, 10-division battle royale – it appears to be like like I’ll make the postseason, a 40-staff, multi-stage survivor collection, so to speak.

I don’t usually carry two DTs except it is a formidably deep league like this one. I’ve completed so now as a result of I need to save a hammer FAAB bid for the postseason, and it helps to get a bounce on any benefit doable.

Ergo, I’ve paired the Houston Texans with the Buffalo Bills. Take a look at their remaining schedules by means of the standard fantasy playoffs.

Check out all those Jacksonville Jaguars duels. Squee.

When picking a DT, I focus a lot much less on factors allowed and as an alternative on the ditch matchups, and for these two golf equipment, I’m optimistic on how their respective defensive traces will overpower their opponents’ front five for many of these contests.

eleven OAK NYJ
thirteen NE ATL
14 @JAX @TB
15 @IND @JAX

As for the midrange tilts: Geno Smith could torment the Bills’ secondary, however the New York Jets rook should be sacked a bunch within the process. The Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line ought to be weak enough to control, but with Roddy White transferring back into type, there’s extra threat than there was only a few weeks ago. Of course, smart betters usually go against Matt Ryan on the street.

The Indianapolis Colts’ absence of Reggie Wayne hasn’t stopped them in latest weeks, and T.Y. Hilton labored Houston the last time he confronted them. But with Gary Kubiak returning, it’s going to be helpful for Wade Phillips to give attention to simply D once more with out the crew being in second-half chaos.

I dig how the remainder of these matchups play out. Maybe the Denver Broncos will be in position to relaxation their playmakers, together with Peyton Manning (ankle), however I’ll wait on that one.

The Bills are still widely obtainable (sixty five percent of leagues I polled) and even Houston, who’s only unfastened in 22 percent, might still be snagged in a number of video games (for J.J. Watt alone).

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Colts erase early deficit, rally past Titans

Colts Escape With A Win


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Indianapolis Colts maintain digging themselves into early holes – and proving they know easy methods to come back and win.

Donald Brown ran for two touchdowns, Andrew Luck added another and the Colts rallied yet again, this time beating the Tennessee Titans 30-27 on Thursday evening.

The Colts (7-three) trailed 14-zero in the first quarter and have been outscored 35-zero in the first quarter in their previous three games – two of them victories. Additionally they have trailed in six games after the first quarter this season.

“At the finish of the day, successful is what matters,” Luck stated. “We were fortunate in this sport to outlive our errors and have a chance to win… But we all know that is acquired to be mounted.”

Adam Vinatieri kicked three discipline objectives, together with a 50-yarder, and Coby Fleener had a career-excessive eight catches for 107 yards to assist the Colts bounce back fairly properly from a 38-eight dwelling loss to St. Louis. They have yet to lose again-to-again video games underneath coach Chuck Pagano and are eight-zero coming off a loss.

“Clearly, beginning out like that’s one thing we’re all too conversant in,” Fleener mentioned. “That’s something we now have to work (on) and get corrected.”

The Colts are again in command of the AFC South, too, now having crushed all three divisional opponents on the road.

“We’re not nervous about that yet,” Luck said. “We’re fearful about this next sport.”

The Titans (4-6) misplaced their second straight and fifth in six video games, blowing the large lead. Chris Johnson ran for 2 touchdowns and 70 yards in the first quarter however had solely 16 yards after that.

“We have got to seek out that successful formula, no matter it’s,” Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick stated. “We have to find a approach to pull these games out at the finish. It’s a powerful locker room in there right now. That’s two in a row that type of slipped away from us. Two massive ones, two expensive ones for us.”

Fitzpatrick drove the Titans eighty yards in four performs, capping the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Delanie Walker with 1:54 left. But the Titans, identical to they did in becoming the primary group to lose to Jacksonville this season on Sunday, couldn’t execute an onside kick with the ball protecting not even 10 yards earlier than Colts linebacker Pat Angerer lined it up.

The Colts had the ball for less than six minutes in the first quarter and wound up holding the ball greater than 32:23. Additionally they outgained the Titans 366-340 after Tennessee opened with a 148-4 edge in total offense with its fast begin.

Indianapolis sealed the victory with an 11-play drive capped by Brown with an eleven-yard TD with 3:01 left, and the Colts ran on 10 of the eleven performs for 60 yards. That was the Colts’ fourth drive of 11 plays or more, and Brown praised the maligned offensive line for a phenomenal job. So did Pagano, who mentioned the linemen took it personally.

“They’d a degree to prove,” Pagano mentioned.

Luck completed 23-of-36 for 232 yards passing.

The Titans got here out with the start they only want they’d Sunday, once they lost to Jacksonville 29-27. Fitzpatrick didn’t flip the ball over as soon as in changing Jake Locker, who is out for the rest of the season with a Lisfrac injury to his proper foot.

The Titans were up 17-6 at halftime and appeared to be in control because the Colts had a mini-meltdown with three personal fouls, together with linebacker Erik Walden head-butting Walker after ripping the helmet off the Titans tight end.

The Colts gained their fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 video games over their divisional rival, with Vinatieri’s 30-yard subject objective as the primary half expired helping settle the Colts down. That was the first of 20 straight points, as they dominated within the third quarter, holding the ball for greater than 11 minutes in taking a 23-17 lead.

They opened the third quarter with an 11-play drive throughout which Luck accomplished all 5 of his passes for forty two yards, together with two on third down. Brown capped the drive with a 7-yard TD.

Then Devon Wylie, signed to the roster Tuesday for an injured Damian Williams at returner, bumped into teammate Craig Stevens and fumbled on the kickoff for Tennessee. Daniel Herron recovered for the Colts on the Titans’ 20, and Luck scrambled for an 11-yard TD two plays later.

It was yet another particular teams gaffe this season by the Titans.

“For whatever motive, we just can’t maintain on to the soccer,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “One other seven-level play really.”

The Colts pressured Tennessee to a three-and-out, and the Titans lastly held in forcing Indianapolis to a subject goal. Vinatieri kicked his third of the night, a 50-yarder that went just over the crossbar. That capped 17 unanswered points within the third quarter as Luck related on his first eight passes and was 9-of-11 for seventy one yards in the quarter.

Game notes

Vinatieri tied his career finest along with his fourth subject aim from a minimum of 50 yards this season. He is 4-of-6 this season in that vary… The Colts are eight-0 underneath Pagano when not turning over the ball… The Colts improved to four-1 on the highway this season… Walker caught a profession-high 10 passes for 91 yards… Titans WR

Justin Hunter

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NFL Week 11 Thursday Night Game Recap- Colts Rally Back To Beat Titans


Indianapolis Colts (7-3)- 30

Tennessee Titans (4-6)- 27


Line: IND -3.0

Over/Under: 42.5


The Indianapolis Colts rallied from an early 14-point deficit on Thursday night to beat the Tennessee Titans 30-27 and stay in control of the AFC South.


The Colts (7-3) had their problems once again the first quarter, where in their past three ballgames have been outscored 35-0—two of them victories. They have also trailed in six games after the first quarter this season.


It was a nice comeback and good bounce-back game from last week’s embarrassing home loss to the St. Louis Rams 38-8.


At the end of the day winning is what matters,” Cots QB Andrew Luck said. “We were fortunate in this game to survive our mistakes and have a chance to win… But we know that’s got to be fixed.”


The Colts are 8-0 coming off a loss and have yet to lose back-to-back games under coach Chuck Pagano.


Obviously, starting out like that is something we’re all too familiar with,” Coby Fleener (eight catches for 107 yards) said. “That’s something we have to work and get corrected.”


The good news is Indianapolis has beaten all three of their AFC South divisional opponents on the road.


We’re not worried about that yet,” Luck said. ‘We’re worried about this next game.”


After the first quarter slow start, the Colts rebounded and out-gained the Titans the rest of the way 366-340 and ended up 32:23 with time of possession to 27:37 for the Titans (4-6) who have now dropped two straight and five in six games.


We’ve got to find that winning formula, whatever it is,” Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “We have to find a way to pull these games out at the end. It’s a tough locker room in there right now. That’s two in a row that kind of slipped away from us. Two big ones, two costly ones for us.”


The Titans lost 29-27 last Sunday to the winless Jacksonville Jaguars and in the process lost Jake Locker with a Lisfrac injury to his right foot.


The only turnover for the game occurred when the Titans special teams fumbled on the kickoff which led to an Indianapolis touchdown two plays later.


For whatever reason, we just can’t hold on to the football,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “Another seven-point play really.”


Indianapolis put the game away with an 11-play drive that ended with Donald Brown (two touchdowns) running it in from 11-yards out for a touchdown. The Colts finished with 137 yards rushing and with the win improved to 4-1 on the season.


The return of the Colts running game came as a welcomed relieve where they have struggled in that offensive department.


They had a point to prove,” Pagano said regarding the Colts offensive linemen.


The Titans quickly struck back with a touchdown going 80 yards in four plays with 1:54 left, but they failed to execute on the onside kick when the ball did not travel the required 10 yards. Game over.


Luck finished 23 of 36 for 232 yards passing as the Colts won their fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games over their divisional rival Tennessee Titans.


Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri added three field goals on the night including a 50-yarder.

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter




Wonder Punter NFL Week 11 Power Rankings


NFL Power rankings for week 11 2013


With a 10 full weeks of NFL games in the books, let’s take a look at our new NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 which will begin on Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts who were a constant top 5 teams in our rankings took a hit with their bad loss at the hands of the Rams, as did some other teams after Sunday and Monday night’s game. The Carolina Panthers made the biggest jump with their impressive defensive performances win at San Francisco. And Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are in the win column… finally.


1 Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- Even with the bye week, I will keep them in No. 1 spot, however they will be challenged in the next two of three weeks with the Denver Broncos on the bill.


2 Denver Broncos (8-1)- Denver’s next three games…. KC, at New England, at KC. Things are about to get interesting in the AFC.


3 Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- Seattle put together a full road game against the Falcons on Sunday and dominated them. Much more impressive win.


4 New Orleans Saints (7-2)- World beaters at home… except in the NFL you only get to play half at home during the regular season.


5 New England Patriots (7-2)- Coming off their bye week, they will have a great road test at Carolina on Monday night.


6 Carolina Panthers (6-3)- One quality victory down with a road win at San Fran., can they duplicate another at home against the Patriots on Monday night?


7 Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- I don’t think anyone is sure what happened to them on Sunday’s ugly home loss to the Rams…. They couldn’t have been looking ahead to the Titans, could they have?


8 San Francisco (6-3)- A bounce here, a bounce there, who knows… but teams 6 and 7 beat them at Candlestick.


9 Detroit Lions (6-3)- Big road win at Soldier Field to take over sole possession over first place in the NFC North.


10 Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- Back-to-back road losses at Miami then Baltimore.. lose to Cleveland on Sunday and they may have a problem.


11 New York Jets (5-4)- Coming off their bye week with winnable game at Buffalo on Sunday.


12 Chicago Bears (5-4)- Can Josh McCown hold it together ‘til Cutler makes it back… whenever that is.


13 Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- Nick Foles has had two great back-to-back games. My favorites now to win a weak NFC East.


14 Green Bay Packers (5-4)- Despite their quarterback injuries, they have a winnable game at the Giants on Sunday.


15 Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- In what was probably their ‘rock bottom’ game on Sunday, they are still in first place in the NFC.. but barely.


16 Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- Too bad they have play in the same division as the Seahawks and 49ers.


17 San Diego Chargers (4-5)- Too bad they have to play in same division as the Chiefs and Broncos.


18 Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Win at Cincinnati on Sunday and they may have a chance to win what is now a weak AFC North.


19 Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- It’s a good thing the defense showed up on Sunday against the Bengals because the offense was nowhere to be found.


20 St. Louis Rams (4-6)- The Tavon Austin show and a blowout win at Indy.


21 Miami Dolphins (4-5)- In week one following the bullying-blowup, they lose to the winless Bucs.


22 Tennessee Titans (4-5)- First they lose Jake Locker for the year, then they lose to the worst team in the league.


23 Washington Redskins (3-6)- In a weak NFC East, they show no signs of wanting it.


24 Oakland Raiders (3-6)- Have now lost 12 straight on East Coast trips and now word Terrelle Pryor may be out for awhile.


25 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- What’s all this talk about trading away ‘Big Ben?’ Will that make them better… and will anybody take a banged-up quarterback?


26 New York Giants (3-6)- Must I keep talking about the NFC East anymore… they’re still in it but have some tough games coming up.


27 Buffalo Bills (3-7)- It’s all about building a foundation for 2014.


28 Houston Texans (2-7)- Still better then their record indicates.


29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)- I used to think they were better then their record indicated.


30 Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- With Christian Ponder’s status up in the air for Sunday’s game, will we see another quarterback change for the Vikings?


31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8)- Guess they didn’t want to be ranked last in the league.


32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- Well for about 32 hours they were ranked 31st….




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Week 11 Thursday Night Preview & free Pick- Colts vs. Titans


NFL Free Pick for the Colts vs Titans game


Indianapolis Colts (6-3) @ Tennessee Titans (4-5) 11/14- 8:25PM EST


Line: IND -3.0

Over/Under: 42.0


Two football teams coming off bad losses this past Sunday will be looking to get back on track this Thursday night in an AFC South showdown, but the bigger challenge may be for the Tennessee Titans who lost quarterback Jake Locker for the season and will rely on backup Ryan Fitzpatrick to keep them from losing four straight.


Jake Locker was lost for the season when he injured his right foot in the second quarter of a 29-27 loss to previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Locker, who has been limited to 18 career starts, could need surgery.


Fitzpatrick will now try to get the Titans (4-5) back to winning after what seemed like a promising start to the season before losing Jake Locker to a previous injury as the Titans sit two games behind the division leading Colts (6-3) in the AFC South.


We’re just concentrating on these seven weeks,” coach Mike Munchack said. “That’s all we’re concerned about. Next year is next year (with Locker). Right now we just got to go forward and try to win a game.”


The Titans have dropped eight of nine to the Colts and will have to face them twice in three weeks. Their last win was Oct. 30, 2011.


Unfortunately for the Titans, Fitzpatrick went 0-2 as a starter for the injured Locker by losing to Kansas City and Seattle completing 54.3 percent of his passes with a touchdown and four interceptions. In relief for Locker on Sunday, he performed much better going 22 of 33 for 264 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and ran for a touchdown as well, in the loss.


When it’s your turn to step up, you’ve got to step up, and that’s where we’re at,” said tight end Delanie Walker.


He’s going to be the starting quarterback from now on because Jake is out for the year, so Ryan has no choice but to play (well). I feel like he did a great job against the Jaguars. This is his opportunity to be the man now.”


With Fitzpatrick calling the signals now, he will need all the help he can get in the rushing game which will open it up for him… which means running back Chris Johnson will have to step up as well, where on Sunday’s loss he gained just 30 yards on 12 carries.


For the Indianapolis Colts, a blowout 38-8 loss to the Rams at home ruined every ones picks as Indianapolis committed a season-high five turnovers on Sunday’s ugly loss. Andrew Luck had three passes picked off to match the total for his first eight games combined and was sacked three more times.


I think all we want is to never play like that again,” tight end Colby Fleener said. “The feeling after that game was just disgust.”


If the Colts want to find success against the Titans, they too will have to improve upon their running game where all they were able to muster against the Rams was 18 yards.


Tennessee ranks 21st in the league against the run allowing 114.9 yards per game.


We realize how important the important the run game is to our success,” Luck said. “We’ll improve, and we’re looking forward to the Titans.”


Despite the Colt’s woes from Sunday’s game, they still go into Thursday’s match-up favored with a line spread of (minus) -3.0 as they look to bounce back in a big way, but be sure to check the latest betting lines up until kickoff and place your bet.


Certainly we’re not going to going to bury our head in the sand on this past game,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We’ll address the issues like we always address them. We know there are things that need to be fixed and we’ll go to work on fixing those things.”


Expect the Colts to be a lot better on both sides of the ball on Thursday and see them being able to cover as the pressure will be on Fitzpatrick to led the Titans the rest of the way.


PICK: Indianapolis


By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Week 10 Recap/Scores and standings


Here is the NFL Week 10 games from around the league along with how they faired along with the betting lines.


Thursday 11/07


Washington Redskins (3-6)- 27

Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- 34


Line: WSH -1.0

Over/Under: 48.5


RB Adrian Peterson and QB Christian Ponder rally the Vikings back for a win against the Redskins.


Sunday Games: 11/10


Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- 33

Atlanta Falcons (2-7)- 10


Line: SEA -3.5

Over/Under: 47.0


The Seahawks get back on track with a solid road performance against the disappointing Falcons.


Detroit Lions (6-3)- 21

Chicago Bears (5-4)- 19


Line: DET -1.5

Over/Under: 52.5


QB Matt Stafford (3 TDs) and Reggie Bush (105 yards rushing) led the Lions to a big road win over their division rival.


Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- 27

Green Bay Packers (5-4)- 13


Line: PHI -1.5

Over/Under: 47.0


Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had another big day with three touchdown passes.


Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- 29

Tennessee Titans (4-5)- 27


Line: TEN -11.5

Over/Under: 42.0


The Jags opened the second half off their season by notching their first victory of the year on the road.


St. Louis Rams (4-6)- 38

Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- 8


Line: IND -8.0

Over/Under: 43.5


Bad, bad home loss to a team they should have beat. No excuses on this one.


Oakland Raiders (3-6)- 20

New York Giants (3-6)- 24


Line: NYG -7.5

Over/Under: 41.5


The Giants have now won three straight after a 0-6 start.


Buffalo Bills (3-7)- 10

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- 23


Line: PIT -2.5

Over/Under: 42.5


After hitting rock bottom last week, the Steelers bounced back with a solid performance at home.


Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- 17

Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- 20 OT


Line: BAL -1.5

Over/Under: 44.0


After the Bengals sent the game into overtime with a “Hail-Mary,” it was the Ravens who won it with a 46-yard field goal.


Carolina Panthers (6-3)- 10

San Francisco 49ers (6-3)- 9


Line: SF -6.0

Over/Under: 43.0


Carolina’s defense shuts down the 49ers as they win their fifth straight with a quality win on the road.


Houston Texans (2-7)- 24

Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- 27


Line: ARI -3.5



Arizona hands the Texans a franchise-record a seventh straight loss.


Denver Broncos (8-1)- 28

San Diego Chargers (4-5)- 20


Line: DEN -7.0

Over/Under: 56.5


Peyton Manning throws for 330 yards and four yards in the win and they now set their sights on the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs next week.


Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- 17

New Orleans Saints (7-2)- 49


Line: NO -6.0

Over/Under: 54.5


New Orleans bounces back from last week’s loss by putting a hurting on the Cowboys in a prime-time showdown.



Monday 11/11- 8:30PM EST


Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)


Line: MIA -1.0

Over/Under: 41.0


PICK: Tampa Bay Buccaneers




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter



Texans coach Kubiak released from hospital

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was launched from the hospital Tuesday, two days after struggling what has been identified as a transient ischemic assault.

The workforce updated Kubiak’s standing in an announcement, saying that the 52-year-old is expected to make a full restoration.

Gary Kubiak

Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the Reliant Stadium turf at halftime on Sunday night.

The Texans didn’t say when Kubiak will resume his coaching duties. Kubiak suffered the attack while leaving the sphere at halftime of Sunday night’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, happens when blood move to the brain is briefly interrupted, sometimes by a blood clot or narrowed blood vessels.

TIAs are sometimes called mini-strokes and might trigger stroke-like symptoms together with sudden dizziness, numbness, vision loss or unconsciousness, though symptoms last just a few minutes or a number of hours and no everlasting brain harm occurs. TIAs are often warning signs for a future stroke.

Kubiak additionally released a statement Tuesday, thanking Texans proprietor Bob McNair and the group.

“I wish to thank my household, the McNair household, the Texans organization, the medical doctors and staff at Houston Methodist and your complete Houston neighborhood for all the love and help we’ve got acquired over the previous three days,” Kubiak said in the assertion. “I’ve been by way of an ordeal, and my focus now could be to get back to good health.

“Docs have informed me I will make a full recovery, but we have not decided when I might be cleared to return to the office. Again, thank you for the assist and concern.”

Houston squandered an 18-level lead towards the Colts with out Kubiak, and the 27-24 setback was the staff’s sixth straight loss.

The Texans (2-6) haven’t named an interim coach as they prepare for Sunday’s game at Arizona. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, a former head coach for Dallas, took over after Kubiak was taken to the hospital, and he ran Houston’s apply Monday. The Texans might want to work out who’s calling the plays on offense since that was done by Kubiak.

Kubiak’s well being problems are the latest blow to a team already in disarray in an underneath-performing season crammed with quite a few injuries and the benching of quarterback Matt Schaub. The six-recreation skid is tied for the longest dropping streak in workforce history.

Now the Texans will try to regroup and adjust to Kubiak’s doubtless absence Sunday. Players stated they believe Houston’s assistant coaches will prepare them nicely for Sunday’s sport.

“I think we’re in great arms with whoever has to step up,” linebacker Joe Mays mentioned. “You’re in nice hands as a result of now we have a terrific group of coaches.”

Kubiak was the second NFL coach with a severe medical concern this previous weekend. Denver Broncos coach John Fox underwent heart surgical procedure in North Carolina on Monday after being hospitalized on Saturday. Fox felt dizzy last week, and docs really helpful quick aortic valve substitute surgery.

Kubiak was employed in 2006 and is within the midst of a three-year deal that has him below contract by way of 2014. An eighth-round select of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway’s backup in Denver and has made his mark as an offensive guru and quarterbacks mentor.

Data from The Associated Press was used on this report.

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 10


Power Rankings for the NFL week 10 – WonderPunter


With 9 weeks of the NFL season in the books, let’s take a look at Week 10’s Power Rankings where a few teams made some jumps and others went backwards after this past weekend’s games.


1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- As much as I still think they are not deserving of the top ranking.. they are still the only undefeated team. Bye week then a showdown with the Denver Broncos.


2. Denver Broncos (7-1)- With the bye week out of the way, can they continue to play at a high-level without head coach John Fox on the mend for possibly two months for a heart attack? Chargers and Chiefs coming up.


3. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)- They have beaten some quality teams to this point, but remember no more Reggie Wayne to help the offense.


4. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)- Expected better from a team that has struggled against the Rams and Bucs for victories.


5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)- Big home game against the surging Carolina Panthers this Sunday.


6. New Orleans Saints (6-2)- Will look to bounce back against the Cowboys after Sundays loss to the Jets.


7. New England Patriots (7-2)- They head into the bye week after an impressive blowout win over the Steelers 55-31.


8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)- Can they avoid back-to-back road losses with the Ravens coming up?


9. Chicago Bears (5-3)- Big road win on Monday night in Lambeau gave them a big move up the rankings. Next up Detroit and possibly Jay Cutler returning to action.


10. Detroit Lions (5-3)- Coming off their bye week with a road game at Soldier Field.


11. Carolina Panthers (5-3)- All their wins have been against bad teams, now they visit the Niners on Sunday to prove their worth.


12. Green Bay Packers (5-3)- Dropped from last week and now with Aaron Rodgers out of action, they may continue to fall.


13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)- Still middle of the road for me but they are in first place in a weak NFC East. Will be tested against the Saints on Sunday night.


14. New York Jets (5-4)- Good home win against a good Saints team leading into the bye week.


15. San Diego Chargers (4-4)- Another fourth quarter loss last week, now next up is the Denver Broncos.


16. Tennessee Titans (4-4)- I still like this football team and have the hapless Jags coming into town.


17. Miami Dolphins (4-4)- Can they overcome all the bad press this week and beat a winless Bucs team on Monday night?


18. Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Is Jason Campbell the answer to Hoyle?


19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)- Next up is the Texans as they look to go above .500, unfortunately they have the 49ers and Seahawks to contend with in their division.


20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)- Back-up quarterback Nick Foles completely embarrassed the Raiders with seven touchdown passes, yet Vick may still get his job back when healthy.


21. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)- Offense must improve if they want to contend.


22. Washington Redskins (3-5)- With Minnesota coming up Thursday night, now is the chance to string some wins together in the winnable NFC East.


23. Buffalo Bills (3-6)- Tough road loss to the unbeaten Chiefs, but still like the direction they are going.


24. Oakland Raiders (3-5)- Horrible defensive performance against the Eagles. Next up is the lowly Giants, but it’s always tough for west coast teams to head east and win.


25. Houston Texans (2-6)- Defense is still there and had the Colts beat, but losing their coach proved too tough to overcome.


26. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)- Season is over and people are wondering why future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez wasn’t traded to a team with a chance to win it all?


27. St. Louis Rams (3-6)- Playing with a back up QB and heading into Indianapolis on Sunday.


28. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)- Was Sundays blowout loss to the Patriots 55-31 their rock bottom? The worst we’ve seen in years!


29. New York Giants (2-6)- They have a very beatable Oakland team coming into town on Sunday.


30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)- I guess the Josh Freeman quarterback of our future experiment is over after one game.


31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)- Gave Seattle all they could handle and showed some pride before falling in OT.


32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)- What hasn’t been said already? Next up at Tennessee.


NFL Picks Sunday Night Preview & Predictions – Colts vs. Texans

Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts

NFL Picks Sunday Night Preview & Predictions – Colts vs. Texans

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) @ Houston Texans (2-5) 11/03- 8:30PM EST


Line: IND -1.0

Over/Under: 44.0


Sunday night’s game was supposed to match two football teams that would be contending for an AFC South division title, but instead it’s been a one-team race as the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) will look to continue to run away with the division.


The Colts biggest challenge here on out will be trying to keep the offense moving with their All-Pro receiver Reggie Wayne out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.


Houston is in the midst of a five-game losing streak and headed into a downward spiral averaging only 12.2 points over the last five games.


There’s a saying—to be the champ, you got to beat the champ. They’re the champ,” linebacker Robert Mathis said, “In order to get it back, we’ve just got to go down there and handle our business. I’ve been a part of some division championship teams. They’re focused and they want it, it’s just a matter of taking care of business.


Make no mistake about it, we’re not looking at their record because they are the two-time AFC South champions and we respect them as such.”


Colt’s quarterback Andrew Luck will be looking to Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton to pick up their game in place of Reggie Wayne.


Though the Texans are 2-5, they have the top-ranked defense in total yards allowed with an average of 267.7 yards—145.6 passing.


They’ve got game-wreckers all over the place. They’ve got a front seven that is good as anybody in football. They’ve got probably the best defensive player in J.J. Watt, coach Chuck Pagano said.


Houston will be without Brian Cushing, who tore his left ACL for the second straight season.


We had to adjust to that last year,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’ll have to do that again. J.J. is already a leader, but I think it’s going to call for some other guys to be vocal. I think (middle linebacker) Joe Mays has got more confidence in what he’s doing.


Unfortunately, we’ve been down this road before and some guys will have to step up..”


Houston will look to Case Keenum to lead the offense for a second straight game in place of a healthy Matt Schaub.


I’ve got to make decisions I think are the best for the football team right now,” Kubiak said. “The decision I made was based on what I saw take place last week with Case and him taking advantage of an opportunity. I want to see him move forward.”


Houston will rely on a running game against the 29th ranked Colts defense against the run, however, Arian Foster (hamstring) is doubtful and back-up Ben Tate (rib) is probable which will dictate how successful a night they will have against the Colts.


Despite the Texans record, I like their defense and without Reggie Wayne in the Colt’s line-up… I like the Texans chances of a possible upset, but still see the Colts winning close.


My NFL Prediction for this weeks game PICK: Indianapolis Colts


NFL predictions Week 9 Preview & Free Picks


Here is a look at this Sunday’s NFL Week 9 games Predictions & Free Picks:


Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) @ Buffalo Bills (3-5) 11/03- 1:00PM EST


Line: KC -3.0

Over/Under: 40.0

PICK: Kansas City


Minnesota Vikings (1-6) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-4) 11/03- 1:00PM EST


Line: DAL -10.0

Over/Under: 47.5

PICK: Dallas


Tennessee Titans (3-4) @ St. Louis Rams (3-5) 11/03- 1:00PM EST


Line: TEN -3.0

Over/Under: 39.5

PICK: Tennessee


New Orleans Saints (6-1) @ New York Jets (4-4) 11/03- 1:00PM EST


Line: NO -6.0

Over/Under: 45.5

PICK: New Orleans


San Diego Chargers (4-3) @ Washington Redskins (2-5) 11/03- 1:00PM EST
Line: SD -1.0

Over/Under: 51.0

PICK: Washington

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Atlanta Falcons (2-5) @ Carolina Panthers (4-3) 11/03- 1:00PM EST


Line: CAR -7.5

Over/Under: 44.0

PICK: Carolina


Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) @ Oakland Raiders (3-4) 11/03- 4:05PM EST


Line: OAK -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5

PICK: Oakland


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (7-1) 11/03- 4:05PM EST


Line: SEA -16.0

Over/Under: 40.5

PICK: Seattle


Baltimore Ravens (3-4) @ Cleveland Browns (3-5) 11/03- 4:25PM EST


Line: BAL -2.5

Over/Under: 41.0

PICK: Baltimore


Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) @ New England Patriots (6-2) 11/03- 4:25PM EST


Line: NE -6.5

Over/Under- 43.5

PICK: New England


Indianapolis Colts (5-2) @ Houston Texans (2-5) 11/03- 8:30PM EST


Line: IND -1.0

Over/Under: 44.0

My NFL Prediction for this sunday is ? PICK: Indianapolis 

By Mario Martinez – WonderPunter



NFL Power Rankings- Week 9

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 9

Here is this weeks NFL Power Rankings as we head into week 9.


1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)- Still don’t know if they are the best all around football team but they do have a great defense and are undefeated.


2. Denver Broncos (7-1)- With a banged up Peyton Manning on Sunday, they showed their might after being down 14-points to the Redskins.


3. New Orleans Saints (6-1)- I like their chances in the NFC if they can secure home-field advantage.


4. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)- No Reggie Wayne but next up is the Texans.


5. Green Bay Packers (5-2)- Big home game on Monday night against division foe Chicago.


6. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)- Seem to have turned the corner before leading into the bye week.


7. Seattle Seahawks (7-1)- Struggled mightily on the road against a Rams team… was not impressed.


8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)- Quarterback Andy Dalton is making a solid name for himself.


9. New England Patriots (6-2)- Turned it on in the second half against Miami to win at home.


10. Detroit Lions (5-3)- Amazing performance by ‘All-World’ Calvin Johnson in their come from behind win over Dallas


11. San Diego Chargers (4-3)- Big road game on the East coast against Washington this week.


12. Carolina Panthers (4-3)- ‘Trap’ game this week against Atlanta before meeting San Francisco.


13. Dallas Cowboys (4-4)- Calvin Johnson punished the Cowboys on Sunday. Another late-game collapse.


14. Chicago Bears (4-3)- Big Monday night showdown at Lambeau Field against the Packers.


15. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)- Can get back to .500 with a win over a struggling Cleveland team Sunday.


16. New York Jets (4-4)- Talk about laying an egg last Sunday at the hands of Cincinnati losing 49-9.


17. Tennessee Titans (3-4)- Chance to get back in the hunt with Rams, Jags and Raiders on the horizon.


18. Miami Dolphins (3-4)- Have now lost four straight after winning first three games with Cincinnati on Thursday night.


19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)- Can Carson Palmer keep them in the hunt?


20. Oakland Raiders (3-4)- Chance to make a wildcard move with the Eagles, Giants and Texans coming up…. but they are they Raiders!


21. Cleveland Browns (3-5)- Lose at home Sunday versus Ravens and season may be over.


22. Buffalo Bills (3-5)- Tough home game against the Chiefs Sunday.


23. Atlanta Falcons (2-5)- Well I thought there was hope…


24. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)- Can still win some games…. but not this week with New England coming up.


25. St. Louis Rams (3-5)- Gutty performance on Monday night against the Seahawks… and without Sam Bradford.


26. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)- As bad as they have been, they are in the NFC East!


27. Houston Texans (2-5)- Next up… the Colts.


28. Washington Redskins (2-5)- Winnable game on Sunday with San Diego making the cross-country trip.


29. New York Giants (2-6)- Horrible record and yet still in hunt in the NFC East… Amazing!


30. Minnesota Vikings (1-6)- Who’s starting this week at quarterback?


31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)- Will firing their head coach now make a difference?


32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)- After last Sundays beating by the 49ers… even the people of London don’t want them.


There is this weeks Power Rankings as I see it. Good luck with your teams.

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Texans tab Keenum, not Schaub, as starter

HOUSTON – Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum will begin in Sunday night time’s game towards the Indianapolis Colts, coach Gary Kubiak introduced Monday.

The choice came although former starter Matt Schaub returned to follow after lacking the Texans’ final sport with a sprained ankle and foot.

“[Schaub] is clearly disenchanted,” Kubiak said. “I wouldn’t anticipate anything else.

“We talked for a long time. He is a competitor. He desires to be the man in there. I do know it is very difficult on him. It’s totally difficult on me, too.”

Kubiak said he informed both Keenum and Schaub of his determination last week earlier than the Texans broke for their bye week.

“Obviously very disappointing for me in any case we’ve been by means of right here and all we have achieved and done,” Schaub stated. “But I’m part of the rationale that we’re in this scenario as a soccer group, so it is his resolution. He is the pinnacle coach. Obviously as a player and competitor, I don’t prefer it. I need to be on the market.”

Case KeenumCase Keenum will remain the Texans’ beginning quarterback regardless that Matt Schaub has returned to apply from his ankle and foot accidents.

Keenum mentioned that the bye week was a welcomed break.

“It was good to be able to rest and reload somewhat bit and nonetheless have the mindset of being ready to go,” Keenum stated. “Really resting my body, however retaining my mind sharp. Continue to look at film. It was good.”

Keenum was energetic for the primary time in his NFL profession two weeks in the past against the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. The Texans misplaced 17-sixteen, but Kubiak said Keenum’s play provided a spark.

That spark was why Kubiak elevated Keenum forward of T.J. Yates, who entered the season as Schaub’s backup.

In his first start against the Chiefs, Keenum opened up a deep passing game that the Texans had moved away from lately. In line with ESPN Stats & Data, he accomplished three of five pass attempts longer than 20 yards, including one for a landing to DeAndre Hopkins. In the previous four weeks, the Texans had tried solely six such passes whole.

He completed with a passer score of a hundred and ten.6, finishing 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked 5 occasions – all in the second half – by maybe one of the best defense within the NFL.

Schaub struggled earlier than the injury he suffered on Oct. thirteen. He grew to become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw interceptions that had been returned for touchdowns in four consecutive video games.

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