SUPER BOWL XLVIII Prediction Game Preview/Pick- Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

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SUPER BOWL- MetLife Stadium- East Rutherford, NJ

 

Seattle Seahawks (13-3, 6-2 away) vs. Denver Broncos (13-3, 7-1 home) 02/02- 6:25PM EST

 

Line: DEN -3.0

Over/Under: 48.0

 

The stage is set come Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, two teams that have poured their blood, sweat and tears since training camp opened back in July will play for it all on the world’s biggest stage… Super Bowl XLVIII at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

 

Much of the story line leading up to Sunday’s big game in the league’s biggest media market has been the weather as these two teams will play in the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city. Will the weather cooperate? Will the game be moved to Friday, Saturday or Monday? None of that folks… the game will go on as schedule as the forecast calls for cold but nothing more. No snow, no rain…. Just cold and just football. Super Bowl Sunday! The way it should be here in America.

 

Let’s talk football now. The Seattle Seahawks (15-3) with the NFL’s best and most ferocious defense will look to deny the NFL’s best offense, the offensive machine that is the Denver Broncos (15-3).

 

While the Seahawks will be in search of their first ever Super Bowl victory… the Denver Broncos, no strangers to Super Bowl titles will be trying to help Peyton Manning with another ring and a chance to make NFL history by becoming the first starting quarterback to lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl championship.

 

To be honest unlike the Broncos, I was a nay-sayer most of last season with the Seahawks not believing they can win on the road, not believing they can win the big games, not believing they had what it takes to win it all…. I was wrong! I do believe they have the tools to win it all, but the test will be great as they will put their top-rated defense against the top-rated offense. A first since Super Bowl XXV when the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 following the 1990 season.

 

Sunday’s game will also mark the first meeting of two No. 1 seeds since the 2009 season when New Orleans beat the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.

 

It will be a great matchup,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

 

And while the Seahawks may not be the ‘marquee’ team that we wanted in the Super Bowl, there is no denying that they are a great football team that did what they had to do and deserve to be there with a chance to make history of their own by capturing their first Super Bowl title for the city of Seattle.

 

Seattle lost in their only other previous Super Bowl appearance in 2005 to Pittsburgh 21-10.

 

The Seattle offense averaged 26.1 points per game during the season but it was the defense that has carried them this far by allowing only 14.4 points per contest. Now just how well the defense can contain Peyton Manning who set league records by throwing for 5,477 yards with 55 touchdowns to pace an offense that averaged an NFL-best 37.9 points per game remains to be seen… but I like their chances.

 

Peyton’s been extraordinary,” Carroll said. “People couldn’t even dream to have the year that Peyton’s had before this season with all the numbers. We’re up against it.”

 

Manning has been picking teams apart all season long with his choice of offensive weapons, be it running back Knowshon Moreno (13 TDs), receivers Wes Walker (10 TDs), Eric Decker (11 TDs), Demaryius Thomas (14 TDs) and tight end Julius Thomas (12 TDs) and although the Seahawks lack the experience of not having one player with Super Bowl experience… they have great confidence in their defense.

 

I’ve never seen experience play in games,” said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman who has been making headlines all over the media with his trash talking, questions of sportsmanship and racial attitudes, but there is no denying he gets it done on the football field.

 

Sherman led the NFL with eight interceptions and has been the leader in a hard-hitting secondary know as the “Legion of Boom.”

 

I am just a guy trying to be the best,” said Sherman. “I am a guy who wants to help this team win. I am a fiery competitor who puts his life into his work and puts everything into his work.”

 

Tale of the tape for the Seattle defense is impressive… 14.4 points allowed per game, 273.6 total yards 172.0 passing yards, a league-best 39 forced turnovers and 44 sacks led by ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

 

They are as good as advertised,” said Manning. “Probably one of the most impressive things is how well they play together as a unit.”

 

Manning has thrown for 580 yards on 67.5 passing percentage with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his two Super Bowls where he is 1-1.

 

The Seahawks have a little bit of offense punch themselves backed by third-year quarterback Russell Wilson, who is the only QB to post a passer rating of at least 100.0 in each of his first two seasons and his 24 regular-season victories are the most by a quarterback for his first two years since 1950.

 

Running back Marshawn Lynch (1,257 yards 12 TDs) will try to open up the ground attack against a Denver defense that has stepped up allowing an average of just 15.0 points and 268.5 yards in their last four games, including the playoffs.

 

But, oddsmakers are counting on the experience and just the overall power of the Denver offense by making the Broncos a (minus -3.0) point favorite, but with anybody who is everybody betting on all things Super Bowl related and the line expected to move back and forth as game time approaches, stay up to date and in the know with the latest lines up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

This is the Super Bowl… everything is magnified… experience, numbers, stats, history and records are a thing of the past when these two teams take the field on Sunday night as it will come down to execution and taking care of the ball and whichever team does the better job and wants it more, wins… it’s that simple. Which team will make history? Seattle winning their first Super Bowl or Denver adding to Manning’s NFL legacy?

 

I’d like to have to be, like, 70 to have a legacy. I’m not even 100 percent sure what word even means,” said Manning.

 

I’m down the homestretch of my career, but I’m still in it. It’s not over yet. And so it’s still playing out.”

 

As good as the Seahawks defense has been and is, can they do enough to keep the Broncos at bay and give the offense a chance? Ball control may play a part but Denver can score so quickly… will it matter? So many questions, so many ways to dissect the biggest game of the year in all of American sports, but in the end as mentioned before… execution, taking care of the football and who wants it more will decide the winner. Who will do the better job to take home the trophy? All indications point to the Broncos which is hard to go against, but in the end, I favor the Seahawks doing the better job on both sides of the footbal and predict the Seattle Seahawks lifting this year’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship trophy as the NFL’s best team for the 2013 season.

 

Prediction/Pick- Seattle Seahawks

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NFL Prediction AFC Championship Game Preview/Pick- New England vs. Denver

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NFL AFC CHAMPIONSHIP- Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

 

New England Patriots (12-4, 4-4 away) @ Denver Broncos (13-3, 7-1, home) 01/19- 12:00PM EST

 

Line: DEN -4.0

Over/Under: 56.5

 

On Sunday afternoon, once again, two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks will square off…. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, as they will both try to lead their teams to an AFC title win and a trip to the Super Bowl.

 

Manning set the world on fire with a brilliant 2013 season surpassing Brady with 55 touchdown passes in a single-season to eclipse the old NFL-mark of 50 set by Brady in his 2007 season, but many believe the key to winning on Sunday will be the team that can run the ball most effectively.

 

Brady has beaten Manning 10 of 14 times including a 2-1 edge in the postseason with the home team winning each time. Included in those numbers was an earlier win by Brady in the season which saw his team rally from a 24-0 halftime deficit to win 34-31 in overtime against the Broncos in Foxboro. Brady finished 34 of 50 for 344 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.

 

It’s going to be a barnburner,” Denver executive vice president of football operations John Elway said.

 

Manning on the other hand in that game back on Nov. 24 was held to just 150 yards, a 52.8 completion percentage with a 70.4 passer rating, his worst numbers of his historic 2013 season.

 

In Sunday’s showdown, the Patriots (13-4) find themselves the underdog at (minus -4.0) points on the road against the Broncos (14-3) with oddsmakers setting the over/under at 56.5, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The fact that his Patriots are not favored does not seem to bother Brady, who returned to practice on Thursday after being ill on Wednesday.

 

I’m sure no one’s going to pick us to win on this week,” said Brady, who will be making his eighth AFC title game appearance with his third in as many years.

 

As mentioned earlier, many feel it will come down to a solid running game with Denver’s Knowshown Moreno coming off a career-high 1,038 yards rushing during the season, including a season-best 224 yards against the Patriots back in November.

 

He has just been a rock for us back there,” Manning said.

 

New England will counter with LeGarrette Blount who ran for 166 yards with four touchdowns in last week’s AFC’s divisional win over Indianapolis, but only had two carries for 13 yards in their win over the Broncos.

 

I think they do a good job with personnel and he’s obviously another different weapon but he’s big and physical,” Denver coach John Fox said. “He’s got skins on the wall in this league as far as a running back.”

 

Running back Stevan Ridley has also been a welcome relief for the Patriots to help Brady, who was sacked 40 times during the season.. his highest since the 2001 season.

 

Brady has had a less-then-Brady season in the passing department with Wes Welker playing for Denver now and losing All-Pro tight-end Rob Gronkowski to injury yet again during the year but Julian Edelman has stepped up accounting for 1,056 yards to lead the team.

 

Broncos tight-end Julius Thomas, who missed the first meeting, will be another Manning target along with Welker. Thomas had six catches for a team-high 76 yards last week in their 24-17 divisional win over San Diego.

 

Excellent player—size, speed, he’s a good vertical receiver, he gets down the field on seams and flags and over routes and wheel routes, like he caught last week and things like that,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “He’s also good on catch-and-run plays.”

 

But again, it all may come down to whichever team can run the ball to open up the passing game and I will have to favor the Broncos doing the better job and with a successful 7-1 home record during the regular-season and last week’s home win as well, I predict the Broncos winning the AFC title and punching their ticket to the Super Bowl for February 2nd.

 

Prediction/Pick- Denver

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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

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AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF

 

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 Wild Card Game Preview/Pick- San Francisco vs. Green Bay

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NFL NFC WILD CARD PLAYOFFS

 

San Francisco 49ers (12-4, 6-2 away) @ Green Bay Packers (8-7-1, 4-3-1 home) 01/05- 4:40PM EST

 

Line: SF -2.5

Over/Under: 45.5

 

Cold, cold, cold! With game time temperatures expected to hover around a blistering minus -19 degrees with the wind-chill on Sunday night, the San Francisco 49ers will travel into Lambeau Field to begin their quest for a return trip to the Super Bowl as they take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC’s wild-card game.

 

With the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers (8-7-1) have to be feeling pretty confident once again, but it’s the defense that will have to find a way to contain 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick who helped lead his team to six straight victories to close out the regular-season.

 

Rodgers, after missing seven-straight games with a broken collarbone struggled in the first half last week in their win over the Bears but bounced back and threw the game winner to Randall Cobb with 38 seconds left to give the Packers their third-straight NFC North division crown.

 

My arm felt good. Mentally, I felt good,” Rodgers said who went 11 of 17 for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the second half last Sunday. “I prepared hard all week, but there’s always going to be some sort of re-indoctrination period, if you will. It was kind of like the preseason for me.”

 

The Packers have to feel fortunate to be in the postseason after going 0-4-1 in a stretch when Rodgers got injured against the Bears back on Nov. 4, but they rallied to win three of their last four and take advantage of the Lions and Bears not being able to close out the season strong.

 

Green Bay has been anything but stellar on defense the past nine weeks ranking 29th allowing 30.0 points per game, 30th with 404.2 total yards allowed, 31st with 157.2 rushing yards allowed in that span… and with pass-rusher Clay Matthews out with a broken right thumb, dealing with a dual-threat quarterback such as Kaepernick will not bode well for the defense.

 

We’re a playoff football team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Our identity has changed. This team has embraced it, and we know it’s going to take a full game to get it done, and that’s the way we play.”

 

Kaepernick has been getting it done over the 49ers (12-4) six game winning streak completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,395 yards with ten touchdowns to only one pick and has lit up the Green Bay defense in his two career starts accounting for 895 yards and seven touchdowns.

 

The third-year quarterback ran wild on the Packers in last seasons NFC divisional playoff game setting a quarterback-rushing record 181 yards with two touchdowns to lead his Niners to a 45-31 victory at Candlestick. In this year’s season opener, he went to the air for a career-high 412 yards with three scores to beat the visiting Packers 34-28.

 

Green Bay is a completely different team than the team we saw in Week 1, as we are,” said 49ers’ receiver Anquan Boldin. “For us, we would like to carry that momentum. We are in a six-game winning streak.”

 

With weather conditions that are expected to be off the charts, how much throwing of the football can be expected remains to be seen, so look for both teams to try to establish the run to open it up, which means Frank Gore of the 49ers who is averaging 91.7 yards rushing in his past three games against the Packers and Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, who has 356 yards with five touchdowns in his last four games to be the go-to guys.

 

Green Bay is at home, but the challenge will be greater for them to come out on top as the 49ers rank third in scoring defense allowing 17.0 points per game and fifth in total defense giving up 316.9 yards per contest.

 

And, it’s with the 49ers being the stronger team that has oddsmakers making them a slight (minus -2.5) point favorite on the road, but get the latest lines on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The 49ers have beaten the Packers three-straight times and see no reason why, despite the elements cannot win again, and predict the stronger and better San Francisco 49ers winning Sunday’s wild-card game to move on to the next round.

 

In terms of a challenge, our guys know the challenge,” said coach Jim Harbaugh. “Being in the playoffs is a chance at the ultimate chance.”

 

Prediction/Pick: San Francisco

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Wild Card Playoffs Preview/Pick- Kansas City vs. Indianapolis

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NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS Free Picks Prediction Lines & Odds

 

Kansas City Chiefs (11-5, 6-2 away) @ Indianapolis Colts (11-5, 6-2 home) 01/04- 4:35PM EST

 

Line: IND -2.0

Over/Under- 46.5

 

Come Saturday afternoon, the NFL playoffs will kick off with the first of the wild-card games featuring the 11-5 Kansas City Chiefs at the 11-5 Indianapolis Colts in a rematch from the regular-season.

 

This will be the second meeting in three weeks for these two teams that saw the Colts win at Kansas City 23-7 back on Dec. 22 which saw the Chiefs commit four turnovers. Indianapolis feels they are playing their best football when it matters most as they have won three- straight.

 

I think if you check the last six Super Bowl winners, they got hot at the right time,” Colts defensive end Robert Mathis said. “That’s what it’s all about, getting hot at the right time.”

 

Kansas City is headed in the other direction as they have lost two-straight and will be trying to snap a seven-game playoff losing streak.

 

Health has been the issue with the Chiefs as of late and now will be counting on the return of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (concussion), linebacker Justin Houston (dislocated elbow) and left tackle Braden Albert (hyper-extended knee) to give them some pop back in the lineup.

 

In question though is still linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), who may give it a go if the swelling in his knee subsides. He did not practice on Thursday.

 

It’s the start of a new season. That’s how the playoffs work,” Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said. “You’re in the dance as they say. It’s another phase of the season. You’ve worked very hard as a team to get into this position. Now it’s important that you exhaust yourself to make sure you’re right.”

 

Andrew Luck went 26 of 37 for 241 yards in Week 16 over the Chiefs to improve his record to 2-0 over Kansas City in just his second NFL season that saw him finish with 23 touchdowns while cutting down his interceptions to nine.

 

The Chiefs were among the NFL’s best for about 9 weeks, but have struggled down the stretch which hurt their chances of winning the AFC West and earning a first-round bye. To be fair though, Kansas City rested some of their key players including quarterback Alex Smith in last week’s season-finale loss at San Diego 27-24. Smith went 16 of 28 for 153 yards and one pick in their home loss to the Colts.

 

Obviously, guys are going to be feeling pretty fresh, so that’s a good thing,” Smith said. “It will really help us as far as the week goes, having a great week of preparation.”

 

Smith will be looking for redemption against a Colts defense that has forced eight turnovers in their last three games while allowing the opposition only nine third-down conversions in 37 chances.

 

Defense is something that has not been consistent all year for the Colts, but players account for a players-only meeting that turned it around.

 

It was an important moment for us as a defensive unit, and the results are where they are now. We finished December strong,” end Cory Redding told the team’s official website.

 

The Chiefs through their first nine games were stellar on defense allowing only 12.3 points per game, but ended their last seven games giving up 27.7 going 2-5 in that stretch.

 

Both teams do a great job of holding on the ball with the Colts giving away the ball a league-low 14 times, while the Chiefs were tied for second with 18 turnovers.

 

Oddsmakers have given the Colts the slight nod at home making them a (minus -2.0) point favorite, but get the latest odds on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

I expect a closely fought game, ‘EVEN’ for the most part and feel it’s all going to come down to who makes the least mistakes as coach Reid says… “mistakes get magnified in the playoffs.”

 

Kansas City has not won a playoff game since 1993 and the Colts have dropped three-straight of their own, but will predict Indianapolis winning in a close one and advancing on in the playoffs.

 

Prediction/Pick: Indianapolis

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- Arizona vs. Seattle

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Arizona Cardinals (9-5) @ Seattle Seahawks (12-2) 12/22- 4:05PM EST

 

Line: SEA -10.5

Over/Under: 43.0

 

The stakes will be high for both the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon with the Cardinals looking to stay alive for the postseason and the Seahawks looking to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

 

For Seattle, the last time they accomplished that feat of home-field advantage, they reached the Super Bowl. For the Cardinals, a loss would all but knock them out of a playoff berth.

 

The Seahawks (12-2) have to be licking their chops with the possibility of playing the remainder of their games at CenturyLink Field, where they have won 14 regular-season home games since their last loss on December 24th, 2011 to San Francisco.

 

The year was 2005 when the Seahawks made their Super Bowl run in which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Here we come this week and there’s nothing new, which is a good thing. We’re going to make the most of what we got,” said coach Pete Carroll, who is striving to clinch his second division title with Seattle and the third of his career.

 

The Seahawks had a field day last week in New York against the Giants, picking off Eli Manning five times in route to a 23-0 shutout win. The Seattle defense was dominating, holding the Giants to just a paltry 181 yards… their season-low.

 

Corners Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell intercepted Manning twice last Sunday and Sherman, who has six INTs this season has shown his defensive might against the Cardinals where he has four interceptions and two fumble recoveries over his last four games against them.

 

All the guys contributed, the linebacker and everyone contributed,” Carroll said, and it’s that same contribution Carroll is looking for again against the Cardinals after the Seahawks sacked Carson Palmer seven times and picked him off twice in a 34-22 road win back in Week 7.

 

Since that home loss, Arizona (9-5) has won six of seven since, with Palmer showcasing a 106.0 passer rating during that stretch… among the best in the NFL.

 

We’re starting to get a lot confidence as a team,” Palmer said.

 

Palmer is 0-1 in Seattle having lost back in 2007 when he was with the Bengals and knows the challenge will be a difficult one on Sunday.

 

Obviously, they’re confident for a reason,” Palmer said. “They’ve won a lot of football games, they’ve won at home, but we’ve been playing well the past couple of months. It’s a big game for them, a big game for us.”

 

The Cardinals have already assured themselves a winning season, their first since 2009, but even they win their remaining games and go 11-5 during the season, they may still be left out of postseason play.

 

The last time we were there, obviously everyone knows what happened,” coach Bruce Arenas said of the Cardinals 58-0 shellacking at Seattle last year. “That wasn’t we, that was another team. So this is our barometer to see where we’re at”

 

Palmer will enter Sunday’s big game a little banged-up as he is nursing a high ankle sprain, but it’s his No. 1 target Larry Fitzgerald who may miss the game after suffering a concussion late in the Cardinals’ 37-34 overtime victory at Tennessee.

 

Fitzgerald is due to undergo one more concussion test before he is cleared to play, but Seattle has done a defensive number on Fitzgerald limiting the All-Pro receiver to just 82 yards on seven receptions over the last three matchups.

 

Throw in Russell Wilson’s undefeated home winning streak, recording a 119.2 passer rating with 29 touchdowns to only six INTs and we can see why the oddsmakers have made the Seahawks a huge (minus 10.5) point favorite at home, but get the latest lines on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Running back Marshawn Lynch will try to find some success on the ground against an Arizona defense that has limited opponents to only 69.4 yards rushing per contest with just two scores in their last seven games.

 

Receiver Percy Harvin is questionable (hip) and cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Browner has been out since week 10 because of the suspension.

 

The Seahawks have beaten the Cardinals five of the last seven times and I expect and predict another victory for a Seattle team that is for real this year.

 

Prediction/Pick: Seattle

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Week 13 Sunday Night Game Preview/Pick- Giants vs. Redskins

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NFL Prediction and Pick Giants vs. Redskins

 

New York Giants (4-7) @ Washington Redskins (3-8) 12/01- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 45.5

 

I’m sure when the television schedules were made, this game looked like a marquee matchup as the last two winners of the NFC East did not think they would be in this position so late in the season not fighting for playoff spot but trying to avoid last-place in what as been a disappointing NFC East this year.

 

Last year’s game in prime-time was for an NFC East title, this season’s game at FedEx Field is nothing more then for pride and trying to stay out of the cellar in what has been a truly disappointing season for both teams.

 

Everybody’s got a lot of pride in the NFL regardless of what your record is,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said. “Everybody wants to win and I’m sure the Giants feel the same way.”

 

The Giants (4-7) had reeled off four wins in a row leading up to last week’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys at home and we’re in a position to make some noise in the division, but after losing 24-21, their playoff hopes were greatly damaged as they suffered a season sweep at the hands of the Cowboys.

 

I think that’s something that we have to deal with a lot of times in this league,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “The pages have been turned. We’re already looking forward to playing a game and getting the preparation in for this week.”

 

The Washington Redskins (3-8) have been under the microscope all season long with Robert Griffin III coming back to play after having offseason reconstructive surgery on his right knee and without a doubt has not been the same player he was last year as a rookie.

 

Last season in his rookie year before his playoff injury, Griffin rushed for 815 yards and ran for seven touchdowns, but in 2013 has gained only 367 yards and has not reached the end zone to this point.

 

We had a dual threat. Now that threat is not quite there as strong as it was a year ago,” Shanahan said. “But now we go to a different direction. We run play-action, we still run some of the zone-reads.”

 

RG3 has already had a rough sophomore season in the NFL having to answer the critics about the true health of his knee and now seems to be involved in weekly controversies… be it clashing with Shanahan, playing the blame-game for on-field mistakes, his performance on the field or having his father visit him in the locker room following Monday night’s 27-6 blowout loss to the 49ers were he threw for a season-low 118 yards and was sacked for a career-worst six times by the Niners’ defense.

 

A good performance on Sunday night can at least deter the critics for another week, and going against a Giants defense that has produced only 18 sacks, which is the second-lowest in the NFL only to Jacksonville may be a good start to having a good game.

 

Griffin had a 105.9 passer rating last year in a series-split with the Giants… but he was healthy.

 

New York’s Eli Manning is also been the center of criticism this year with his horrific numbers of a 72.5 passer rating, which is his worst since his rookie year. Manning has also thrown 17 picks and the Giants offense as a whole has committed an NFL-high 30 turnovers.

 

With problems all year long with both teams, we can see why the oddsmakers have made it an EVEN game for Sunday night. Will the line move before kickoff? Check the latest spread here through Wonder Punter to find out.

 

With the Giants having a host of injuries going to Sunday’s game.. Jason-Pierre Paul, Trumaine McBride, Brandon Jacobs and Corey Webster…. I have to give a slight edge to the Redskins.

 

One bright spot for the Redskins this season has been Alfred Morris, who ranks third in the league with 970 rushing yards and had success against the Giants last year with 224 rushing yards.

 

PICK: Washington

 

 

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NFL Prediction Week 13 Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Denver vs. Kansas City

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NFL Free Pick and Prediction Denver vs. Kansas

 

Denver Broncos (9-2) @ Kansas City (9-2) 12/01- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: DEN -5.5

Over/Under: 49.0

 

For the second time in 3 weeks, the Denver Broncos (9-2) and Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) will be meeting again Sunday for the battle in the AFC West lead and both will be trying to bounce-back from disappointing losses.

 

Round 1 went to the Broncos at home 27-17 back on November 17th to give the Broncos the tie-breaker in head-to-head games and since then still find themselves tied but come Sunday, the Chiefs will be trying to avoid losing their third straight after winning nine consecutive games to start the season.

 

I know, look, everybody’s going to ride that roller coaster,” Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said. “Last week we’re the greatest, this week not so good. We’ll just keep working at it.”

 

Both teams can clinch a playoff spot this week with a win.. but it’s a complicated scenario.

 

The Broncos suffered a heartbreaking defeat last Sunday in New England by allowing a franchise-record 24-point comeback at the hands of the Patriots losing 34-31.

 

While I still believe the Broncos have what it takes to win it all… I’ve questioned the Chiefs all season long even while they went unbeaten as their defense has had two bad performances in consecutive weeks.

 

First losing at Denver 27-17, then last week giving up 41 points to the Chargers in a last-minute 41-38 defeat at home exposed some holes.

 

Kansas City has now allowed season-highs in points the last two ball games and now with the Denver offense coming into town may not get better.

 

Just like we were doing when we were winning, we need to go back and see what’s up and correct it and just keep going to work,” Chiefs safety Eric Berry said. “It’s not the end of the world. But we do have a sense of urgency this week to get the things corrected that we can see on tape.”

 

The Chiefs have had a dramatic drop off in sacks where now they’ve only had two in the last four games after accounting for 35 in their first seven contests.

 

Lack of quarterback pressure has led to quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers torching the defense for 715 passing yards in their last two after not allowing more then 300 yards through the air in their previous nine.

 

To add to the challenge of trying to slow down the Bronco offense, the Chiefs may not have Tamba Hali (9 sacks) and Justin Houston (11 sacks) for Sunday’s game.

 

Hali has a sprained ankle but may go and Houston suffered a dislocated right elbow and is questionable.

 

The duo of Hali and Houston account for over half the teams sacks on the year.

 

Losing that caliber of players, we have to step it up, make some something happen,” Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said. “That’s what we get paid to do.”

 

Here is the tale-of-the-tape in numbers with these two teams:

 

Kansas City is still tops in the AFC in scoring defense giving up only 16.3 points per game and best in the NFL with a 29.1 percent allowed on third down.

 

Denver averages an NFL-best 451.5 yards along with 39.0 points per game. 48.3 percent on third-down conversions (first) and red-zone efficiency is first at 78.7.

 

It’s those kind numbers that has the Broncos favored at a (minus) -5.5 point favorite on the road according to the oddsmakers. But, with a big game like this on Sunday, the odds may change, so get the latest up to the minute lines on the game up until kick-off here through Wonder Punter.

 

I don’t expect Manning to have another bad game in consecutive weeks where last he finished with a season-worst 70.4 passer rating on just 19 of 36 completions with a paltry 150 yards passing.

 

I also don’t expect the Broncos to commit another four turnovers as they did against the Patriots.

 

Hated the way that ended, not getting a chance to get our hands on the ball,” Manning said. “We helped them with some short fields. It’s hard to do that to our defense.”

 

Kansas City has a league-low 11 turnovers and the defense has created an AFC-leading 24 takeaways.

 

The injury bug has also plagued the Broncos…

 

Denver’s running back Knowshown Moreno and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are questionable but expect to have Champ Bailey (foot) back in action.

 

Like the first game.. too much Denver in the end and predict the Broncos winning as they send the Chiefs to their third-straight defeat.

 

PICK: Denver

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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

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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

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NFL Prediction Week 12 Preview & Pick- 49ers vs. Redskins

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NFL free pick and Prediction for Monday nights game San Francisco vs Washington

 

San Francisco 49ers (6-4) @ Washington Redskins (3-7) 11/25- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: SF -5.0

Over/Under: 47.0

 

Monday night’s game will feature two teams in the midst of a two game losing streak as the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins featuring their quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III meeting head-to-head for the first time as the two took the NFL by storm last year season as full-time starters.

 

Kaepernick and Griffin led their teams to division titles a year ago, however 2013 has proven to be a lot different as these two quarterbacks will now try to avoid having their teams lose three straight.

 

San Francisco (6-4) were strong favorites to return to the Super Bowl this year, but now find themselves 2½ games behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West and will likely need a strong finish in their last six games to earn a wild-card spot.

 

I think we are (surprised) but we still have six more to go,” Kaepernick said. “And we can still finish this season 12-4.”
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Kaepernick is ranked 31st in completion percentage at 56.2 with only 11 touchdown passes.

 

Griffin has completed 59.7 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as his Washington Redskins (3-7) are in last place in a bad NFC East.

 

The two quarterbacks share similar numbers as well with passing ratings and rushing yards… Griffin at 83.6 with 345 yards on the ground (third among QB’s) and Kaepernick at 81.8 with 335, good for fourth.

 

Kaepernick does have three rushing touchdowns to RG3’s zero.

 

As explosive as Griffin was last year, let’s remember he is coming off reconstructive knee surgery.

 

If your talking about Robert or a guy like Kaepernick, everybody comes from different systems and when you go to the National Football League and you’re working with a drop-back passing game and you’ve haven’t done a lot of that, it takes some repetition,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. ‘Whoever has been in those shoes realizes that it doesn’t happen overnight.”

 

Kaepernick’s passing game as really suffered this year where he has only 24 pass plays for 20 yards or more… third-worst total in the league.

 

But with the possibility of receiver Michael Crabtree making his season debut, that may help the 49ers offense stretch the field.

 

We’ll see,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I think he’s close.”

 

Robert Griffin’s leadership has come under fire following last weeks 24-16 loss at Philadelphia in which his attempt to rally Washington from a 24-point deficit ended with an interception. Following the loss, his initial comments didn’t set to well as he seemed to excuse himself from all blame, then clarified himself on Wednesday.

 

I feel like for myself, moving forward, I have to be more wary of the hostility,” Griffin said. “I was trying to give a compliment to Philadelphia’s defense and it was taken as shot against my coaches. It wasn’t.”

 

The oddsmakers have seemed to lost faith in the Redskins this year, where despite them being at home have made the 49ers a (minus) -5.5 point favorite going into Monday night. But as always, continue to check the latest spreads here at Wonder Punter leading up ‘til game time.

 

Washington is headed for it’s third last-place finish in four seasons under Mike Shanahan, who defended the direction of the franchise.
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In the future it will get better,” Shanahan said. “because we do have the ability to get more depth, we’ve got the ability to add some players on both sides of the football, and that gives you a chance to get better as a football team.”

 

It may come down to the better running game on Monday night where both teams do well running the ball.. Washington at 155.2 yards per game (first in the NFL) and San Francisco fifth at 141.0.

 

I predict the 49ers will play with more of a sense of urgency as they realize they have the wild-card spot within their reach if they can get it turned around.

 

PICK: San Francisco

 

 

By Mario Martinez- WonderPunter

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NFL Prediction Week 12 Sunday Night Pick & preview- Denver vs. New England

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NFL Free Pick and Prediction Week 12 Denver vs New England

 

Denver Broncos (9-1) @ New England Patriots (7-3) 11/24- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: DEN -2.5

Over/Under: 53.5

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The Denver Broncos will be facing another challenge for their second week in a row, this time on the road against the AFC East leading New England Patriots in a prime time Sunday showdown, here is my NFL Pick for the Denver vs New england

 

It will be another Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady matchup, and this time Manning will have former Patriots receiver Wes Walker ready for action after suffering a concussion last week as he looks to help lead the Broncos to a fourth straight win.

 

Manning, despite dealing with nagging injuries to both ankles will be facing Brady for the 14th time, including three playoff matchups and a 31-21 defeat in New England on October 7, 2012.

 

Denver (9-1) will seek to avenge that last loss Sunday night against the Pats after coming a off a big win last week, handing the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the season and tie with KC in the AFC West.

 

With 34 touchdowns passes in 10 games, Manning remains on pace to reclaim the NFL single-season record from Brady who had 50 touchdown tosses in 2007, three years after Manning amassed 49.

 

The early lines are giving the Broncos a (minus) -2.5 point favorite at New England, and a healthy Wes Walker could be a big part of that spread who has been cleared to play on Sunday.

 

I wan to be out there,” said Welker, who passed all concussion based tests this week. “I mean, there are not too many games I’ve missed in my whole career and I love playing the game, especially in big atmospheres like this. So, I’m doing everything possible in my power to make sure that I get the opportunity to play in a game like this.”

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Welker was a Tom Brady favorite for six seasons with 672 catches, over 1000 yards in five of those seasons and 37 touchdowns before signing a two-year deal with Denver in March.

 

(Welker) is a tough guy so he’s played through everything,” Brady said. “This is a big game for both teams so you have to expect their best players. I’m sure all those guys will be ready to go.”

 

Manning appreciates what Wes Walker has brought to the team where he has 61 receptions for 648 yards thus far.

 

He loves football. He’s a tough guy. He plays through injuries, Manning said. “And those are things that you appreciate about a football player, especially playing in that slot position where he’s taking a lot of hits.”

 

New England (7-3) will be looking to rebound after last Monday’s controversial ending in a 24-20 loss at Carolina in which an initial pass interference call in the end zone was reversed giving the Panthers the win.

 

It’s not really our job to call the game. It’s to play it and coach it. Whatever calls they make are the ones that we live,” Bilichick said. “We have to turn the page here quickly, get on to Denver. Good football team, playing well. Obviously, their record reflects that.”

 

The Patriots have won three straight over the Broncos and Manning is 2-9 all-time on the road against New England (including the playoffs) and 2-7 in visits versus Brady.

 

It’s pretty well documented my respect for Tom as a quarterback,” Manning said. “The way he prepares. The way he’s better each season than the year before. Those are the couple of the many things that are impressive about him as a quarterback.

 

Every time you play their football team, you’re playing a well-coached, disciplined team.”

 

Expect another great NFL game Sunday night, but with a banged-up New England defense, I predict the Broncos leaving Foxboro with a win.

 

PICK: Denver

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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NFL Prediction Week 11 Monday Night Preview/Pick- New England vs. Carolina

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NFL Free Pick and Prediction for the New England vs Carolina game, Week 11

 

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

 

Line: CAR -2.5

Over/Under: 46.0

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Monday night, the New England Patriots will go on the road to face a Carolina Panthers team that is riding a five-game win streak and now claims the NFC’s stingiest defense.

 

With new a new group of receivers under Tom Brady’s helm, the challenge of putting up the numbers of year’s past has been any but fun as his inexperienced targets have dropped 12.2 percent of catchable balls for the league’s worst mark.

 

Coming off their bye week after routing the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31, the Patriots (7-2) will now face a Panthers defense yielding only 12.8 points per game and last week beat the 49ers 10-9 on the road to move one-game behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

 

They’re one the best defenses in the league,” Brady said. “We have to play really well. I think our execution has to be the best.”

 

During their five-game win streak, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 140-57 as they go for six in a row… a feat that was accomplished back in 2005.

 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who earned conference defensive player of the week honors for an 11-tackle performance as part of a defense that sacked Colin Kaepernick six times will be facing Tom Brady for the first time on Monday night.

 

Tom Brady is a very cerebral guy, he’s been around a while, he knows where he’s going with the ball, he’s smart, he understands defenses,” Kuechly said. “So we’ve just got to do a good job of playing our job, doing our responsibilities and make sure we’re in the right spot.”

 

The Panthers defense also has 13 takeaways that tie for the league’s most and allows an average of only 82.0 yards on the ground for the NFL’s second-lowest mark.

 

On the Panther’s offensive side of the ball, third year quarterback Cam Newton is getting it done in all aspects.

 

He’s playing well efficiently. He does a good job,” said Panthers coach Bill Belichick about Newton. “He’s obviously a threat with the ball in his hands to run. He can make all the throws. He can put the ball on the sideline.”

 

With Carolina averaging 120.4 yards rushing per game, the running game is another aspect the Panthers will be looking to take advantage of against the Pats as they are third-worst in the NFL allowing 128.2 yards per contest.

 

Coach Bilichick believes his team will be well prepared for Newton having already faced Buffalo’s EJ Manuel and the Jets’ Geno Smith.

 

I think that a lot of the plays that Carolina runs we’ve seen from Buffalo and the Jets,” Belichick said. “The fact that we have seen some of those plays, we’ve worked on the basic blocking schemes and how to fit on them, where everybody needs to be.”

 

Yet, despite all the numbers pointing to the Panthers on the Monday night, the lines spread has them only (minus) -2.5 point favorites over the Patriots, but as always, be sure to check the odds here at Wonder Punter up until kickoff as they might change.

 

Defensively, the Patriots are getting it done with 29 sacks, which matches the Panthers. Chandler Jones for the Pats has 8 ½ sacks to lead the team.

 

Greg Hardy of the Panthers has six sacks to help the defense.

 

That’s our style of defense,” Hardy said. “We dominate. We take what we want. We do what we want.”

 

I expect a great game on Monday night, and give the Panthers the edge, however Tom Brady has an impressive 13-4 mark on Monday nights.

 

Monday Night Football is always pretty cool, especially when you play a really good team on Monday Night Football” he said. It’s a fun night.”

 

PICK: Carolina

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter 

 

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NFL Week 11 Sunday Night Game Preview/Pick- Kansas City vs. Denver

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NFL Prediction Kansas vs Denver Week 11 free Pick

 

Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) @ Denver Broncos (8-1) 11/17- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: DEN -9.5

Over/Under: 49.0

 

After much anticipation, the wait is almost over as the NFL’s only unbeaten team, Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) go into Denver’s Mile High Stadium to battle the 8-1 Denver Broncos in an AFC West showdown on Sunday night that will determine first place.

 

Sunday’s marquee match-up will be the first of two meetings in a three week period between these two ball clubs who have been amongst the league’s best all season long.

 

Denver’s Peyton Manning is expected to play despite a sore right ankle as an MRI preformed Monday showed no additional damage. Manning only participated in walkthroughs to preserve the ankle as much as possible.

 

It’s certainly my preference to be out (at practice), but I’m trying to do what’s best for the team in order for me to get healthy,’” Manning said.

 

Manning first suffered the injury last month after taking hits to the same area in back-to-back games and then last week against San Diego was hit again, but despite the beating to the ankle interim coach Jack Del Rio states Manning will be the starter on Sunday.

 

The Kansas City defense, which has been their ‘calling-card’ all season long will pose the biggest challenge for Manning to date as he must face a defense that has a league-high 36 sacks, with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combining for 20.

 

The Broncos have given up the second-fewest sacks in the league with only 13, but eight have come in the last three games with left tackle being the biggest concern where replacement Chris Clark has been inconsistent since Ryan Clady has been lost for the season with a foot injury.

 

(Manning) will definitely play this week so that’s good news,” Del Rio said. “We’re definitely on high alert in wanting to protect our quarterback. We didn’t do it as well as we could (against San Diego), and we have an even greater challenge this week in the team that’s sacked quarterbacks more then anyone in this league.”

 

For the Kansas City Chiefs, coming off their bye week are ready to go, however their star Pro-Bow wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was pulled over for speeding in Riverside, MO and also charged with possession of marijuana. Bowe posted $750 bond and is set to appear in court on December 18.

 

Although Bowe is not expected to be punished by his team for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy or face any penalties until after his court appearance, however, the NFL may decide to potentially hand down a one-game suspension or fine.
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There are rules and regulations put in place and we’ll abide by the rules and regulations, and we’ll make sure we take all the information that comes out as it goes through the process,” coach Andy Reid said. “That’s where we’re going with it.”

 

I addressed him, had that opportunity to talk to him, and I’ll leave it at that. There are laws, rules and regulations, and I’ll leave it at that.”

 

Defense has been the strong point for the Chiefs all season long as the offense has been sometimes shaky, but it will take a full effort to win at Denver on Sunday night as Kansas City will facing their biggest threat to keep them from a continued perfect season. Their 9-0 start ties the best start since the 2003 KC team.

 

Off-season acquisition Alex Smith has given the KC offense a much needed boost compared to last year’s team, but it’s been the defense that is doing the job.

 

But despite Kansas City’s success this season, many feel the Broncos are still the better team in the AFC West and not much respect has been given to the Chiefs including the oddsmakers who now have the line spread at Denver (minus) -9.5 and clearly feel they are the favorite going in on Sunday. But, as always with lines constantly changing up until kickoff, check the spread often here through Wonder Punter and place your bet(s) when ready.

 

Denver swept the Chiefs last season for the first time since 2007, but Andy Reid’s team have been historically successful returning from byes, such as in Philadelphia where his Eagles won 13 straight games after a bye week.

 

December 1st both teams will meet again, but for Sundays game, my money is on the Denver Broncos as I feel that they are indeed the better team and as long as Manning is able to be effective calling the signals… I predict the Broncos beating the Chiefs .

 

PICK: Denver

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

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NFL Prediction Week 11 Game Preview/Pick- 49ers vs. Saints

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49ers vs Saints Prediction and Pick

San Francisco 49ers (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2) 11/17- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: NO -3.0

Over/Under: 47.5

 

Making their first trip to the Big Easy since this year’s Super Bowl loss, the San Francisco 49ers will have yet another challenge to face when they must find a way to slow down the New Orleans Saints… a team that thrives under the Superdome lights in an NFC showdown Sunday afternoon.

 

New Orleans (7-2) has been dominating this year at home, outscoring their opponents 176-75 while going undefeated at 5-0 and looking to stay ahead in the NFC South over the hot Carolina Panthers.

 

In what will be another measuring stick for both teams, the 49ers (6-3) will be trying to avoid back-to-back defeats after dropping a tough 10-9 home loss to the Panthers last Sunday at Candlestick.

 

We’ve got a tough game coming up, and we’re not going to wallow in (the loss to Carolina),” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We’re going to move to New Orleans.”

 

New Orleans will be looking to win yet another home game after last weeks thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys on national television where they accumulated a regular season team-record 625 yards and recorded an NFL-record 40 first downs against the Dallas defense.

 

You don’t play many games like that, and every once in a while you find yourself on the good end and sometimes you find yourself once in a while on the bad end,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “You hope when your career is done you have more experiences on the good end.”

 

The Saints also found some balance against the Cowboys on the offensive side of the ball where Drew Bress passed for 392 yards and the running game came up big with 242 yards after going in averaging only 79.8 yards per contest.

 

It’s important for us to have that balance,” Payton said.

 

Bress is on fire at home where he has completed 74.4 percent of his passes and averaged 367.2 yards passing while tossing 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions… none in the last three home games.

 

If not that wasn’t enough, the Saints average 463.6 yards and 35.2 points per game at the Dome, but San Francisco’s defense ranks fourth in the league allowing only 17.2 points per game, so something as to give.

 

And, it’s that 49ers defense that the oddsmakers are banking on making the Saints only slight favorites with only a (minus) -3.0 in the latest line spread, but as always, Wonder Punter will provide the latest odds up until kickoff, so check back often.

 

With last weeks loss still fresh in their minds, San Francisco must focus their attention on the offensive side of the ball where the Saints defense is allowing only 18.1 points.

 

After averaging 34.8 points a game during their five-game win streak and 357.6 yards, the Niners could only put together 9 points on 151 yards total against the Panthers.
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The way we look at it as a unit. Offensively, we didn’t play well enough to win the game,” Harbaugh said. “Across the board, we take accountability for that and have fingerprints on it. I’m not going to go through and dissect position by position, raking anybody over the coals. I don’t think that’s the best thing for us.”

 

Coach Harbaugh added… “I think their mindset will be what it’s always been, it’s a blue-collar mindset. That involves fixing things, building things, sutures in our hands and the weapons are in our hands, our fate is in our hands.”

 

With Mario Manningham making his season debut last week, he will provide an added boost to an offensive looking to get back on track.

 

Tight end Vernon Davis is questionable for Sunday after suffering a concussion against the Panthers and receiver Michael Crabtree is an outside shot for his season debut following his Achilles injury in May.

 

San Francisco has won two straight over the Saints, but come Sunday and the way the New Orleans plays at home, I would be hard-pressed not to go with the Saints as my favorite.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Predictions Week 11 Preview and Picks

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Free NFL Picks and predictions for Week 11

 

NFL Week 11 is going to be another great week of NFL games with the four big ones in my opinion being Cleveland @ Cincinnati, San Francisco @ New Orleans, Kansas City @ Denver (Sunday night) and New England @ Carolina (Monday night). Here is my quick preview for each game along with the spread and my pick/prediction for each match-up. Remember, you can check the latest lines and place your favorite bet(s) right here through Wonder Punter. Good Luck!

 

New York Jets (5-4) @ Buffalo Bills (3-7) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: Even

Over/Under: 40.5

 

With the Jets coming off their bye week, I have to think they will play the better game and expected a little from the Bills to this point. If Geno Smith is on…

 

PICK: NYJ

 

Baltimore Ravens (4-5) @ Chicago Bears (5-4) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -3.0

Over/Under: 45.0

 

The Ravens are coming off a big home win last Sunday against a Cincinnati team without much offensive production. The Bears will be without Jay Cutler. Still like the Bears in this one being at home.

 

PICK: Chicago

 

Cleveland Browns (4-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CIN -6.0

Over/Under: 42.0

 

The Bengals have lost back-to-back games in overtime and lost the last meeting with Cleveland but will go with Cincy in this one to get it done.

 

PICK: Cincinnati

 

Washington Redskins (3-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: PHI -4.5

Over/Under: 53.0

 

Too much at stake for the Eagles with a chance to get into sole possession of first place with a win and Nick Foles has been great the last two weeks.

 

PICK: Philadelphia

 

Detroit Lions (6-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: DET -2.5

Over/Under: 47.0

 

The Steelers have been playing better ball since their ‘rock bottom’ game a few weeks backs, but with a healthy Lions duo of Stafford/Johnson… I like the Lions on the road.

 

PICK: Detroit
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Atlanta Falcons (2-7) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: EVEN

Over/Under: 43.0

 

The ‘experts’ have it even.. I kind of agree. With a very disappointing Falcons team this year, can the Bucs win two in a row?

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Arizona Cardinals (5-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: ARI -8.5

Over/Under: 41.0

 

As long as the Cardinals don’t have a ‘let-down’ game, they should win easily.

 

PICK: Arizona

 

Oakland Raiders (3-6) @ Houston Texans (2-7) 11/17- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: HOU -7.0

Over/Under: 41.5

 

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is back, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is questionable…. seems like a Texans win to me.

 

PICK: Houston

 

San Diego Chargers (4-5) @ Miami Dolphins (4-5) 11/17- 4:05PM EST

 

Line: SD -1.0

Over/Under: 45.5

 

Always tough for a West Coast team to travel East and play but with the Dolphins in the midst of controversy… can they stay focused?

 

PICK: San Diego

 

San Francisco 49ers (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2) 11/17- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: NO -3.0

Over/Under: 47.5

 

I expect a better performance this week from the 49ers, but New Orleans is just a very good team in the Dome. Should be a good. Too much Saints.

 

PICK: New Orleans

 

Minnesota Vikings (2-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-1) 11/17- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: SEA -12.0

Over/Under: 45.5

 

After last week’s solid road performance, I think the Seahawks have shaken off their two-week funk with those close victories.

 

PICK: Seattle

 

Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) @ Denver Broncos (8-1) 11/17- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: DEN -7.5

Over/Under: 49.0

 

The first of two anticipated meetings is soon upon us.. can the much ‘talked-about’ Kansas City defense do enough to slow down the Broncos?

 

PICK: Denver

 

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

 

Line: CAR -2.5

Over/Under: 46.5

 

Monday night showdown. Tough one for me… Pats 2-2 on the road thus far but are still the Patriots and the Panthers have won five straight. If Carolina has another defensive performance like last week, I like their chances.

 

PICK: Carolina

 

There are my predictions and Good luck with your teams and picks!

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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

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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

 

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NFL Predicition Thursday Night Game Preview & Pick- Redskins vs. Vikings

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Washington Redskins (3-5) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-7) 11/07- 8:25PM

 

Line: WSH -1.0

Over/Under: 49.5

 

With the kind of season the Minnesota Vikings are going through… this just may be what the doctor ordered as the 3-5 Washington Redskins look to win back-to-back games for the first time all season and get themselves back into the race in a weak NFC East division.

 

The Redskins will be looking to second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III to bring more consistency on the offensive side of the ball and begin to make a run in their division where despite their record are only 1.5 games behind the Dallas Cowboys for first-place and second-place Philadelphia (4-5).

 

This time last year is when the Redskins ran off seven straight wins to win the division title for the first time in 13 years.

 

The fans want to have something to believe in, and the players want to have something to believe in,’ Griffin said. “And because of the way our division is set up right now, we have something to believe in and we know we can control our own destiny.”

 

The Redskins have to be feeling good about making a run after the way they played against San Diego with the defense stepping up to stop the Chargers on three straight tries inside the one-yard line and hold them for a tie before winning the game.

 

The way we won the game, that can be turning point for us,” Griffin said.

 

Griffin went 12 of 17 on third down conversions against the Chargers.

 

Washington coach Mike Shanahan says about RG3….

 

The great quarterbacks are the guys that are consistent on third down. Anytime you are over 70 percent on third-down conversions your quarterback is playing extremely well.

 

And that’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to do that consistently.”

 

The running game for Washington has been a bright spot with Alfred Morris leading all running backs with 5.2 average per carry and fifth in the league with 686 yards rushing.

 

We’ve always believed in the running game.” Shanahan said.

 

On the Minnesota side of the ball, they are coming off a tough loss against the Cowboys and will be trying to avoid their fifth-straight defeat.

 

Questionable defensive play calling at the end of the game which resulted in a loss has some Viking players speaking out.

 

I like for them to talk to their coaches (or) myself about whatever concerns they may have and try to get those worked out,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “But I do understand their frustration and I respect their opinions.”

 

The frustration grows with each loss with everyone involved,” Frazier said. “We need to put some wins together starting this Thursday night.”

 

Quarterback Christian Ponder seems to have won the starting position for one more week after last weeks performance (25/37 for 236 yards 2 TDs), but must improve in the interception department where he threw his sixth INT in five starts.

 

With the odds makers having the visiting Redskins favored at a -1.0 and an O/U at 49.5 on the betting lines… it will be a safer pick with the over/under as both defenses have their share of problems stopping anyone.

 

The Redskins rank 30th in total defense (398.8) yards per game and 31st in points allowed 31.6.

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NFL Prediction Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Saints vs. Jets

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NFL Prediction Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Saints vs. Jets

 

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

 

Line: NO -6.5

Over/Under: 45.5

 

Expected to be one of the better games on Sunday, New Orleans (6-1) defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will put his Saints defense to the test against his brother (and head coach) Rex Ryan and his New York Jets who look to rebound after last weeks road whipping at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

The new and improved Saints defense this year is in large part to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who has implemented a 3-4 scheme to apply more pressure on the opposing quarterback and it has shown in the stat sheet where the Saints are a plus-eight in turnover differential, lead the NFL with 3.4 sacks per game and among the best with points allowed (17.1).

 

A huge improvement whereas the last five seasons (including their Super Bowl year of 2009) they have been second-to-last in yards allowed and gave up a league-record 7,042 last season.

 

When you have the league’s worst defense a year ago and you have the same players, people think that those players that were playing in that scheme were terrible,” said linebacker Curtis Loften. “So you get a new defensive coordinator that comes in and plays to the strengths of players in this locker room, and guys are playing out there confident, playing fast… like it’s a whole different team.”

 

Rob Ryan was fired after last season by the Dallas Cowboys, but has his 3-4 defense working this year which will spell trouble for Jets quarterback Geno Smith who has been sacked 28 times this year (second only to Miami’s Ryan Tannehill) and has thrown 13 interceptions… tied for third in the NFL.

 

Rob Ryan is 0-4 against his brother Rex in matchups with both as either coordinator or head coaches.

 

It’s a highly motivated group,” said Rob Ryan.

 

We all have egg on our face from last season and take that seriously. We want to be a hell of a lot better than what people think we are, so we’re just working hard to be a little tiny part of our success.”

 

After last weeks debacle against the Bengals… coach Ryan decided to skip the film session Monday.

 

I thought it would be more beneficial just to move on to New Orleans, get a start on them, and that’s what we did,” he said.

 

It’s no secret that the success of the Jets (4-4) this year is riding on the shoulders of rookie Geno Smith who must perform at more consistent level to give his team a chance to win. 93.7 passer rating in wins and 51.7 in losses.

 

I’m the type of guy that’s always going to put it behind me because you can’t get it back,” said Smith. “It’s come and gone. As bad as I want to take some of those throws back, to have some of those plays back, you can’t get them back.”

 

As for Drew Bress, he continues to remain of the league’s elite quarterbacks, leading the NFC with a passer rating of 109.2 and touchdown passes with 19. He currently ranks second in yards (2,290).

 

However, against the Jets, Brees is 2-2 with three touchdowns and five interceptions.

 

For New York to have a chance against the Saints, error-free football on both sides of ball must be played. Too much New Orleans I feel.

 

My Prediction for the Saints vs Jets game PICK: New Orleans Saints

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

Line: NO -6.5
Over/Under: 45.5

Expected to be one of the better games on Sunday, New Orleans (6-1) defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will put his Saints defense to the test against his brother (and head coach) Rex Ryan and his New York Jets who look to rebound after last weeks road whipping at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The new and improved Saints defense this year is in large part to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who has implemented a 3-4 scheme to apply more pressure on the opposing quarterback and it has shown in the stat sheet where the Saints are a plus-eight in turnover differential, lead the NFL with 3.4 sacks per game and among the best with points allowed (17.1).

A huge improvement whereas the last five seasons (including their Super Bowl year of 2009) they have been second-to-last in yards allowed and gave up a league-record 7,042 last season.

“When you have the league’s worst defense a year ago and you have the same players, people think that those players that were playing in that scheme were terrible,” said linebacker Curtis Loften. “So you get a new defensive coordinator that comes in and plays to the strengths of players in this locker room, and guys are playing out there confident, playing fast… like it’s a whole different team.”

Rob Ryan was fired after last season by the Dallas Cowboys, but has his 3-4 defense working this year which will spell trouble for Jets quarterback Geno Smith who has been sacked 28 times this year (second only to Miami’s Ryan Tannehill) and has thrown 13 interceptions… tied for third in the NFL.

Rob Ryan is 0-4 against his brother Rex in matchups with both as either coordinator or head coaches.

“It’s a highly motivated group,” said Rob Ryan.

“We all have egg on our face from last season and take that seriously. We want to be a hell of a lot better than what people think we are, so we’re just working hard to be a little tiny part of our success.”

After last weeks debacle against the Bengals… coach Ryan decided to skip the film session Monday.

“I thought it would be more beneficial just to move on to New Orleans, get a start on them, and that’s what we did,” he said.

It’s no secret that the success of the Jets (4-4) this year is riding on the shoulders of rookie Geno Smith who must perform at more consistent level to give his team a chance to win. 93.7 passer rating in wins and 51.7 in losses.

“I’m the type of guy that’s always going to put it behind me because you can’t get it back,” said Smith. “It’s come and gone. As bad as I want to take some of those throws back, to have some of those plays back, you can’t get them back.”

As for Drew Bress, he continues to remain of the league’s elite quarterbacks, leading the NFC with a passer rating of 109.2 and touchdown passes with 19. He currently ranks second in yards (2,290).

However, against the Jets, Brees is 2-2 with three touchdowns and five interceptions.

For New York to have a chance against the Saints, error-free football on both sides of ball must be played. Too much New Orleans I feel.

PICK: New Orleans Saints

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

Line: NO -6.5
Over/Under: 45.5

Expected to be one of the better games on Sunday, New Orleans (6-1) defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will put his Saints defense to the test against his brother (and head coach) Rex Ryan and his New York Jets who look to rebound after last weeks road whipping at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The new and improved Saints defense this year is in large part to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who has implemented a 3-4 scheme to apply more pressure on the opposing quarterback and it has shown in the stat sheet where the Saints are a plus-eight in turnover differential, lead the NFL with 3.4 sacks per game and among the best with points allowed (17.1).

A huge improvement whereas the last five seasons (including their Super Bowl year of 2009) they have been second-to-last in yards allowed and gave up a league-record 7,042 last season.

“When you have the league’s worst defense a year ago and you have the same players, people think that those players that were playing in that scheme were terrible,” said linebacker Curtis Loften. “So you get a new defensive coordinator that comes in and plays to the strengths of players in this locker room, and guys are playing out there confident, playing fast… like it’s a whole different team.”

Rob Ryan was fired after last season by the Dallas Cowboys, but has his 3-4 defense working this year which will spell trouble for Jets quarterback Geno Smith who has been sacked 28 times this year (second only to Miami’s Ryan Tannehill) and has thrown 13 interceptions… tied for third in the NFL.

Rob Ryan is 0-4 against his brother Rex in matchups with both as either coordinator or head coaches.

“It’s a highly motivated group,” said Rob Ryan.

“We all have egg on our face from last season and take that seriously. We want to be a hell of a lot better than what people think we are, so we’re just working hard to be a little tiny part of our success.”

After last weeks debacle against the Bengals… coach Ryan decided to skip the film session Monday.

“I thought it would be more beneficial just to move on to New Orleans, get a start on them, and that’s what we did,” he said.

It’s no secret that the success of the Jets (4-4) this year is riding on the shoulders of rookie Geno Smith who must perform at more consistent level to give his team a chance to win. 93.7 passer rating in wins and 51.7 in losses.

“I’m the type of guy that’s always going to put it behind me because you can’t get it back,” said Smith. “It’s come and gone. As bad as I want to take some of those throws back, to have some of those plays back, you can’t get them back.”

As for Drew Bress, he continues to remain of the league’s elite quarterbacks, leading the NFC with a passer rating of 109.2 and touchdown passes with 19. He currently ranks second in yards (2,290).

However, against the Jets, Brees is 2-2 with three touchdowns and five interceptions.

For New York to have a chance against the Saints, error-free football on both sides of ball must be played. Too much New Orleans I feel.

PICK: New Orleans Saints

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

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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

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NFL predictions Week 9 Preview & Free Picks

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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

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