NFL Prediction Playoff Game Preview/Pick- San Diego vs. Denver

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San Diego Chargers (9-7, 4-4 away) @ Denver Broncos (13-3, 7-1 home) 01/12- 4:40PM EST


Line: DEN -9.0

Over/Under: 54.5


The San Diego Chargers will travel into the Mile High city on Sunday evening feeling pretty good about themselves after last week’s road win and going against a Broncos team they defeated earlier on the road as well.


The Chargers (10-7) beat Denver 27-20 back on December 12 behind running back Ryan Mathews 127 rushing yards and holding the high-powered offense of the Broncos to their season-low in points. Denver had outscored their opponents by an average of 20.4 points a game winning seven in a row at home before their loss to the Chargers.


Beating them again may prove to a tougher challenge with the Broncos being healthier this time around.


It’s tough to say you’re confident knowing what you’re going against. You don’t wan to take that the wrong way,” San Diego Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle said.


“….. We have been the underdog all year. We are out to continue to believe in ourselves.”


Denver (12-4) averaged a whopping 37.9 points per game during the season and were held to under 30 points in only three games, but two of those came at the hands of the Chargers… a 28-20 win and 27-20 loss.


It taught us a lesson,” tight end Jacob Tamme said of last month’s loss. “We did kind of reboot after that and yes, I think we know that we need to play our best ball going forward and that’s what we are planning on doing.”


This Sunday’s game will mark a year since the Broncos lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 38-35 in double overtime, a game that the Ravens had tied with just 31 clicks on the clock.


You don’t harp on the first time you fell off your bike, but you remember falling off and you know you don’t want to do it again,” tight end Julius Thomas said.


San Diego is hot having won their last four regular-season games and then last week’s wild-card win at Cincinnati, despite Philip Rivers completing 12 of 16 for a season-low 128 with one touchdown and no turnovers, but he will need a better game if they want to leave Denver with a win.


Going on the road in a playoff game is not going to be easy, regardless of who you’re playing,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said.


The Chargers will try to keep their running game going were last week they ran wild on the Bengals accounting for a season-high 196 yards and are averaging 170.2 yards during their five-game winning streak. San Diego is 10-2 when they run for better than 102 yards a game and are 0-5 when they fail to reach that mark, but their top rushing producer Mathew is questionable for Sunday’s contest after suffering an ankle injury.


As for the Broncos… what more can we say about the year Peyton Manning has had setting an NFL-record for a single-season with 5,477 passing yards and 55 passes for paydirt, and will have his full core of receivers available to target including Wes Walker who’s been out action with a concussion he suffered back on Dec 8 against Tennessee. Walker still finished in the league with 18 receptions in the red zone.


Wes brings a lot to this offense and we’re excited to have him back,” said teammate Demaryius Thomas, who finished second in the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions.


Manning has lost his last three postseason games to the Chargers and is 4-6 overall, but this is a different Denver team and the oddsmakers have made the home Broncos a big (minus -9.0) point favorite on Sunday, but get the latest odds up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


Philip Rivers has a 99.1 QB rating and is 6-2 all-time in Denver and will be looking for another week of magic to help his advance.


They’re a No. 1 seed for a reason. This is a heck of a team and it’s rare to play an opponent three times in a season and being a division opponent, one we know well, they know us well. It’s going to be awesome,” said Rivers.


Do the underdog Chargers have what it takes to win another big game on the road against a healthy Denver Broncos team? Too many weapons I say, prediction… Broncos to advance to next week’s AFC championship game.


Prediction/Pick: Denver Broncos

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NFL Prediction NFC Playoff Preview & Free Pick- San Francisco vs. Carolina

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San Francisco 49ers (12-4, 6-2 away) @ Carolina Panthers (12-4, 7-1 home) 01/12- 1:05PM EST


Line: SF -1.0

Over/Under: 41.0


San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick will led his team into Charlotte on Sunday afternoon in an NFC Divisional playoff matchup against the Carolina Panthers as third-year quarterback Cam Newton gets set to make his postseason debut.


In a rematch of an earlier season game, which the Panthers won 10-9 at Candlestick, the 49ers will be shooting for their eighth straight victory that would sent them to their third straight NFC championship.


Back on Nov. 10, Carolina (12-4) dominated the 49ers defensively holding Kaepernick on 11 of 22 for a season-low 91 yards with an interception as he ran for only 16 yards and was sacked a career-high six times. San Francisco as a team was held to just 151 yards in total offense.


Following last week’s wild-card win in Green Bay, Kaepernick said “We owe ‘em,” in reference to his 49ers (13-4) playing again against the Panthers.


Kaepernick, 3-1 in postseason play, was effective running when needed to sustain drives against the Packers and it was his 11-yard scamper that made the difference on a third-and-eight play to set up kicker Phil Dawson’s 33-yards field goal as time expired.


In four postseason games, Kaepernick has gained 362 yards while averaging 11.3 per run.


Our defensive ends can’t get too far past the quarterback or he takes off and it gives him huge lanes,” Carolina defensive tackle Dwan Edwards said. “It’s important that everyone stays in their lanes and when someone does get out of their lane we have to cover that up quickly.”


And it’s that Panther’s defense that ranked second in the league with 301.2 and 15.1 points allowed per game with 60 sacks that will be looking to get the job done a second time against the San Francisco quarterback who has been on a roll during his teams seven-game win streak, averaging 231.7 passing yards, thrown 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions, averaged 6.7 rushing yards and has posted a 101.7 quarterback rating.


I expect the young man to come out and play well,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said of Kaepernick. “All you have to do is watch the way he has played down the stretch.


Carolina will be trying to end a two-game postseason slide as they seek their first playoff win since a 29-21 win at Chicago on Jan. 15, 2006 in the divisional round.


You don’t want to be overthinking things,” Newton said. “I have yet to experience a playoff game, but I know the atmosphere will be hectic to say the least.”


The Panthers have struggled to put points on the board in two of their past four games, being held to 17 or fewer points, while completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 330 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in their wins over New Orleans and Atlanta.


I need to be better, not missing throws that I am capable of making,” said Newton.


Although the Panthers have won seven-straight home games while outscoring their opponents 200-84, oddsmakers have made the 49ers a slim (minus -1.0) point favorite in Sunday’s game, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Tough one to call on this one…. two great football teams with the stellar defense of the Panthers going up against the experience of the 49ers. If Kaepernick can be successful mixing it up to keep Carolina on their heels, I like their chances.


This contest can easily be a pick-‘em game, but I am going to predict the 49ers winning on Sunday in a close one to advance to next week’s NFC championship game.


Prediction/Pick- San Francisco

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NFL Prediction Wild Card Game Preview/Pick- San Diego vs. Cincinnati

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San Diego Chargers (9-7, 4-4 away) @ Cincinnati Bengals (11-5, 8-0 home) 01/05- 1:05PM EST


Line: CIN -6.5

Over/Under: 45.5


On Sunday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals will be in search of their first playoff win in 23 long years as they take on the San Diego Chargers, a team that has not tasted the postseason in three years.


The AFC North champion Bengals (11-5) like their chances to notch their first playoff victory in moons as they are a perfect 8-0 at home, but the Chargers (9-7) have to feel good about their chances as well as they are also a team that has gotten hot at the right time.


San Diego won their last four regular-season games to finish third in the AFC West with the likes of the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs ahead of them… but with even with their third-place finish, the stars lined up to allow them to earn a wild-card berth.


It’s been a real long time so it feel great to be back in,” said Chargers quarterback David Rivers, who lead all quarterbacks in the NFL in completion percentage with a career-best 69.5 percent.


The Chargers were a staple in the playoffs between 2006-09 winning the AFC West under Rivers, but finished second in the years after to miss the postseason.


Cincinnati will making their fourth playoff appearance in five years and third in a row with quarterback Andy Dalton at the helm, but a loss on Sunday would extend their postseason drought to 24 years. The last two years, it’s been the Houston Texans who have knocked them out of any Super Bowl run.


Dalton had a good year touchdown wise finishing with 33 passes for paydirt, but it’s the picks he needs to improve on quick if they want to advance come Sunday. Dalton threw a career-worst four interceptions last week in their regular season-finale win over the Baltimore Ravens 34-17, and in his last two postseason games threw four interceptions with no touchdowns and was sacked six times.


People can say whatever they want because we haven’t won a playoff game,” Dalton said. “You’ve got to win. That’s what it comes down to. And for us to get where we want to go, we need to win. That’s the way it works. For me, we need to get a win in this one.”


Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis is 0-4 in 11 seasons come playoff time and had this response…


We’ve just got to go play,” he said. “We’re not going to get any of you to shut up about it until we win.”


On the other sideline is first-year coach of the Chargers Mike McCoy, who feels his team has played with their backs up against the wall all season.


We’ve been on a playoff run for the last month really, to be honest with you,” McCoy said. “We were 5-7 and no one gave us a chance.”


Sunday’s wild-card matchup will be a rematch from Cincinnati’s 17-10 victory at San Diego back on December 1, a game in which the Chargers committed three turnovers and were held to their lowest point total of the season. After that game, McCoy said the Chargers ‘owed the Bengals,’ along with many players shouting the famed Bengals chant ‘Who Dey.’ A clip Marvin Lewis showed his Cincinnati team to give them extra incentive on Sunday.


The Bengals have been stellar at home where they have accumulated 24 sacks while limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 60.6 passer rating with nine touchdowns to 15 interceptions.


And, if they wasn’t enough to contend with, the warm-weather Chargers will have to deal with the elements where game time temperatures will be freezing and close to zero with the wind-chill.


Throw that all in and we can see why the oddsmakers have made the Bengals a (minus -6.5) point favorite at home, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Yes, the Chargers are hot going in, but it will too much to overcome the way the Bengals play at home coupled with harsh weather conditions and predict Cincinnati ending their 23-year postseason success drought to advance to the next round.


They have to come here to ‘The Jungle’ and deal with our weather and our fans,” defensive end Wallace Gilberry said. “We’ll see if we get the best out of them.”


Prediction/Pick: Cincinnati

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NFL Week 14 schedule 2013

Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; A detailed view of the pylon with the army tribute logo through the recreation between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Necessary Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports activities

It’s time for another full Sunday of NFL motion, as we gear up for the final few weeks of the regular season and keep an eye on the divisional and Wild Card races. It'll be attention-grabbing to see how all the things plays out and what groups find themselves in one of the best position after the day involves an finish, so we now have all of the data you will have to know.

On top of the total TV schedule for Week 14, you will discover out who will probably be within the broadcast booth when your staff takes the field.

When and the place are you able to catch the motion and who will probably be calling your favourite crew’s sport? Right here is all the info you will need to know in order to enjoy the motion — hopefully you'll not need to look at the sport on mute:

Minnesota at Baltimore 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Kansas City at Washington 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Buffalo at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
Miami at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Detroit at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Oakland at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Wealthy Gannon
Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Cleveland at New England 1:00 pm CBS Invoice Macatee, Steve Tasker
Atlanta at Inexperienced Bay 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Tennessee at Denver four:05 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
St. Louis at Arizona 4:25 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Seattle at San Francisco four:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
N.Y. Giants at San Diego 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at New Orleans 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Dallas at Chicago eight:forty pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

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NFL Week 14 Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Seattle vs. San Francisco

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Seattle Seahawks (11-1) @ San Francisco 49ers (8-4) 12/08- 4:25PM EST


Line: SF -2.5

Over/Under: 41.0


On Sunday afternoon, San Francisco will be looking for revenge against their division rival Seattle, however, the Seahawks will be looking for their eighth straight win, an NFC West title and a first-round bye.


With a playoff spot already in their hands, Seattle can now focus on bigger playoff goals, but first will try to snap a five-game losing streak on the road to the 49ers.


The Seahawks (11-1) already own the NFL’s best record after taking apart the Saints last Monday night while running their home winning streak to 14 games.


We accomplished something; we’re a playoff team, which is great to know that,” coach Pete Carroll said. “But that’s not our goal, and we don’t talk that way.


We want to win this division, and that division gets us a chance to play at home, and that’s what we’re after. And then we talk about what’s next.”


Seattle will also be looking for single-season-franchise-record sixth road win as they aim for three straight against the Niners. Do that and they only need to split their final four games to earn home-field advantage come playoff time.


However, the challenge of playing in Candlestick Park will not be easy for the Seahawks, where it’s really been a tale of two stadiums for Seattle:


In home games in Seattle, the Seahawks have held the Niners to 520 total yards while outscoring them 71-16 in the last two games at CenturyLink Field. On the road, Seattle has been outscored by 109-54 during their four- game losing streak at the Stick.


San Francisco knows they need to play well on Sunday to stay with their winning ways and keep momentum heading into the playoffs and aren’t too concerned about the revenge factor.


The 49ers were embarrassed 29-3 up in Seattle back on September 15.


I’ve never taken the revenge approach,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Validation, we want to play well, we want to win. … Your goal is to win the football game. That’s really all-consuming, you want to win.”


The 49ers currently have a one-game lead for the NFC’s final wild-card spot after outscoring Washington and St. Louis in their last two contests.


You definitely want to come and play well, at home, and show everybody what we can do against a really good team,” fullback Bruce Miller said. “Right now, our goal is finish out the year and keep winning games and get to the postseason.”


And one big reason for San Francisco’s recent success is quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has done a solid job of running the offense by completing 65.4 percent of his passes, throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions over his last two games.


Oddsmakers have given the nod to the Niners at home making them a (minus) -2.5 point favorite. It’s a close a spread and may move, so be sure to check the latest lines on the game up until kickoff here at Wonder Punter.


Expect a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch against San Francisco who has five touchdowns in his last two games against the Niners and is averaging 104.8 rushing yards in his last four. San Francisco ranks 11th in the league allowing 105.5 yards per game against the run.


San Francisco understands one key to winning on Sunday is keeping their emotions in check against a Seattle team that likes to ‘trash talk.’


Tight end Vernon Davis says… “Any time you play a team and lose, the next time you face them is definitely a statement game. Not just for us, but for anybody.”


Michael Crabtree will continue to be an added boost to the Niner offense since returning and for Seattle Percy Harvin hopes to return to action after missing the New Orleans’ game dealing with soreness in his hip.


Another close game to call… I like them both, but feel the 49ers will play with more of a sense of urgency to strengthen their playoff position.


PICK: San Francisco

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NFL Week 12 Recap


Here are all the NFL game recaps in Week 12 leading up to Monday night’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. The lines are also provided to see how you faired against the spread.


Thursday 11/21


New Orleans Saints (9-2)- 17

Atlanta Falcons (2-9)- 13


Line: NO 7.5

Over/Under: 52.5


The Falcons suffer their fifth straight loss at the hands of the Saints.


Sunday 11/24


Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)- 13

Houston Texans (2-9)- 6


Line: HOU -10.5

Over/Under: 43.5


The Jags beat the Texans for the first time in six games.


New York Jets (5-6)- 3

Baltimore Ravens (5-6)- 19


Line: BAL -4.0

Over/Under: 38.0


The Jets drop back-to-back games for the first time all season.


Carolina Panthers (8-3)- 20

Miami Dolphins (5-6)- 16


Line: CAR -4.5

Over/Under: 40.5


Panthers win their franchise-record-tying seventh straight game as Cam Newton tosses a touchdown pass with 46 seconds left.


Chicago Bears (6-5)- 21

St. Louis Rams (5-6)- 42


Line: STL -2.5

Over/Under: 46.0


Rams defeat the Chicago Bears for the first time since 2003.


San Diego Chargers (5-6)- 41

Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)- 38


Line: KC -3.0

Over/Under: 43.0


Chiefs lose their second straight game as Phillip Rivers throws the go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds left.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8)- 24

Detroit Lions (6-5)- 21


Line: DET -7.0

Over/Under: 48.5


The Bucs have now won three straight since starting the season 0-8.


Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)- 26

Green Bay Packers (5-5-1)- 26 FINAL/OT


Line: GB -6.0

Over/Under: 44.5


Packers rally form 16 points down to salvage an overtime tie as both teams can only manage field goals in extra time.


Pittsburgh Steelers ( 5-6)- 27

Cleveland Browns (4-7)- 11


Line: CLE -2.5

Over/Under: 40.0


Steelers move into the playoff picture as ‘Big Ben’ improves to 16-1 over the Browns.


Dallas Cowboys (6-5)- 24

New York Giants (4-7)- 21


Line: NYG -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5


Cowboys win 24-21 on a 35 yard field goal as time expires to snap the Giants four-game win streak.


Indianapolis Colts (7-4)- 11

Arizona Cardinals (7-4)- 40


Line: ARI -3.0

Over/Under: 44.5


Cardinals win their fourth in a row with a 40-11 thrashing of the Colts.


Tennessee Titans (5-6)- 23

Oakland Raiders (4-7)- 19


Line: TEN -2.5

Over/Under: 42.0


Titans get a 10-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left to get back in playoff contention.


Denver Broncos (9-2)- 31

New England Patriots (8-3)- 34


Line: DEN -1.0

Over/Under: 53.0


Broncos blow 24 point half time lead and lose in overtime on punting miscue that leads to game winning field goal.


Monday 11/25- 8:30PM EST


San Francisco 49ers (6-4)

Washington Redskins (3-7)


Line: SF -4.5

Over/Under: 47.0




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter






NFL Week 10 Game Recap- Carolina Stops San Francisco To Win Fifth Straight


Carolina Panthers (6-3)- 10

San Francisco 49ers (6-3)- 9


Line: SF -6.0

Over/Under: 43.0


Much hoopla was made about the Carolina Panthers winning streak with people saying they haven’t beaten a “quality” opponent during their run… well now the Panthers can put all the nay sayers to bed (at least this week) with a dominate defensive performance on the road against the reigning NFC champs San Francisco 49ers on Sunday by shutting them out in the second half and notching that “signature” win 10-9 and extending their winning streak to five games.


Colin Kaepernick had no answer against the swarming Panthers defense as he was held to only 91 yards on 11 of 22 with one interception. He was also sacked six times for a 42.0 passer rating.


Kaepernick’s interception to Drayton Florence in the final minute assured Carolina’s victory while putting an end to San Francisco’s five-game winning streak.


San Francisco now sits at 6-3… 2 ½ games out of first place in the NFC West behind Seattle (9-1).


I don’t think it really bothers us, it gives us the opportunity to step up to the challenge. We did,” said wide receiver Steve Smith. A win like this can boost us, a win like this can continue to give us life throughout the season, and make us feel like we’re working for something, and we are.”


The difference in the game for Carolina (6-3) was Graham Gano’s 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining in the game as the defense took over from there shutting down any 49er drive after that.


This game is a maturity jump for us, because in the past what I’ve been part of, we’ve been somewhat uncertain of how we will turn out in these types of games,” Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said. “We needed that type of game, just to be in a dog fight, in somewhat of a barnburner, to show what type of team this really is.”


Cam Newton’s numbers were only slightly better then Kaepernicks going 16 of 32 for 169 yards, an interception and four sacks for a 52.7 rating.


Not the kind of numbers you would expect from two quarterbacks who have been leading their offenses to put up some points this past month.


As the game went on, it got more and more intense,” Smith said.


The 49ers may be without the services of Vernon Davis and rookie safety Eric Reid to concussions as they get set to take on the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins in back-to-back road games.


We’ll do what we do, bounce back, regroup, refit and reorganize and come back this week,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.


San Francisco did however get All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith back, but played limited snaps after missing five games due to undergoing treatment for substance abuse.


Receiver Mario Manningham also returned to action, making his season-debut after nearly 11 months due to knee surgery. He ended the afternoon with three catches.


Not the kind of offensive performance we were expecting, but both defenses stepped up to keep it entertaining.


For the most part, I don’t really think they did anything that necessarily confused us, 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin said. “They only gave up nine points. It’s hard not to give them credit. We expected it to be a physical game. Did we expect to score only nine points? Nah.”


This one really did come down to the way the defense played,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Any time you put yourself in a position where you can force the other team to kick field goals, you get a chance to win.”


And that they did and with the win as Carolina now sits one game back in the NFC South behind New Orleans (7-2).



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter