Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

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#10 Maurice Jones-Drew – He is feeding owners with 1 yard scores and getting involved in the passing game he’s a bust overall but is starting to be productive averaging about 14.5 points since week 6!

#9 Ray Rice – THANKSGIVING is a day of thanks and its time to thank the PIT DEF for being so nice to the screen play all season and Rice to put up Rice numbers.

#8 Lesean McCoy – The year of the screen pass and the bomb for PHI makes McCoy’s value stay high even against ARI

#7 Knowshon Moreno – He is only here because of his injury. Seems like he MAY miss this week and will be a game time decision. He was held to under 9 points against KC last time, but it looks like the books are going to change if he’s back healthy.

#6 Marshawn Lynch – The man can run and I expect him to run the living daylights out of himself even if it won’t be his best game of the season.

#5 Andre Brown – Been dropping double digits since he got the job and makes the Giants look like a contender even if they aren’t much anymore.

#4 Jamaal Charles – Yes Denver had his number when they played before, but he is a PPR monster this season leading his team in receptions with over 50 as a RB! Look for a score this time against DEN.

#3 Adrian Peterson – He is the best RB in the league now although now he is hurt. He is going against CHI who took him out of the equation last time they met. Look for him to be more involved this time in the passing game.

#2 Frank Gore – STL has the worst rush DEF out there. Coming off two eh weeks and Kaepernick is hot which will make the defense just worry about them too.

#1 Matt Forte – Going against MIN with weapons like Jeffery and Marshall seems like its going to be a day with heavy scoring and killing the clock.

Gary & Avi go over the game from Sunday night. From the conditions, to Peytons Arm, to the finals calls.

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As winter break quickly approaches, you’re going to need some extra money for all that time off. Here’s a way to make some money and add some excitement to your Sunday.

Game 1 NYJ +4.5- The Ravens have a better quarterback with a better receiving core than the Jets. To make matters worse, New York has one of the worst secondaries in the NFL giving up 8 TDs on passes over 15 YDs. With all that being said, take the Jets this week. Why? The reason is simply because the Jets lost last week and the rule this season is the Jets beat the good team and lose to the bad ones. I’m fairly confident that this trend will continue today.

Game 2 SF -4.5- Washington is an absolute mess right now. The Coach doesn’t want the Quarterback and the Quarterback doesn’t want the coach. In addition, the Redskins secondary is ranked in the bottom five of the league. Look for Colin Kaepernick and the entire 49ers team to have the bounce back game everyone’s been waiting for.

Game 3 NE +2.5- Tom Brady is mad and motivated. After the controversial call that cost New England the game. With all his pieces back and the weather conditions, look for New England to surprise many and beat the Broncos.

Game 4 CAR -4.5- This is the lock of the week. Despite not having Charles Johnson, The Panthers will still have an incredible pass rush against one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Ryan Tannenhill will be on his backside a lot in this game. Look for Greg Olsen to explode and watch the Panthers put another W on the board.

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In a season full of surprises, disappointments, and overall shocking moments, the amount of injuries in the NFL seems to be taking a back seat in terms of press coverage.

After 8 games, 45 players had suffered season ending ACL tears alone. In terms of shock value, these injuries have range from mild (Reggie Wayne) to disturbing (Dustin Keller). Furthermore, the players being lost to these injuries aren’t just backups and role players (not that that’s a consolation), but star players and crucial pieces for teams. Reggie Wayne, Sam Bradford, Maurkice Pouncey, Geno Atkins, and Jeremy Maclin are just a few of the players that have been lost to the knee injury this year.

With all the focus on concussions recently, people are missing the fact that there is a new epidemic of injuries spreading now. In comparison to the 45 this year so far, there were 32 ACL tears all of last year in the NFL. Teams and doctors are having a difficult time isolating the exact cause of the recent outbreak.

One hypothesis offered was that the plague of injuries is caused by limited practice time. The amount of conditioning required by an NFL to have his body sustain all the hits of a 16 game regular season is extremely strenuous and difficult. With training camps and practices being cut shorter and shorter for “safety purposes”, they may be inadvertently causing an even bigger problem.

A second hypothesis offered also flips the NFLs new safety rules on its head. Some believe that these injuries are being caused because players are lowering there helmets in order to avoid fines. The NFL has a rule now that invokes a $15,000 fine for helmet-to-helmet hits. This hypothesis ignores the even further penalties and fines that are handed out for hitting the Quarterback.

No matter what the cause may be, all signs point to the NFLs new rules as being a reason for the recent outbreak of ACL injuries. Ironically, the NFL invoked these rules to try to increase safety. This plan seems to be backfiring with terrible consequences.

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10 – Arian Foster – Because of his injury status he is only #10 on our list. If he is healthy he can be a wrecking ball against Luck and the Colts.

9 -Chris Johnson- Going against the worst defense against the run in the league, you can expect them to utilize him more than usual.

8 -Eddie Lacy – CHI has a good pass defense but not a good run defense. Expect Rodgers to us Lacy to play with the tempo of this game a lot to keep the play action hot and the Bears defense on their toes.

7-Demarco Murray- If he comes back healthy he is going against a friendly run defense. Could’ve played this week but they held him out. They were checking passes to the RB when he was there. You can expect that to come back to the offense with him bulldozing again ASAP.

6- Ray Rice – For them to succeed they need to run the offense around the talented back and finally realize that. Expect a nice week from the Ray Rice of old this week.

5-Matt Forte – New QB means extended check downs so look for Forte fill up the box score.

4- Marshawn Lynch- He is talented. You can see what he has been doing the past three weeks. Don’t expect him to stop. TB can stop the pass, but not the run.

3- Lesean McCoy – Shady is going against an OAK team who isn’t the best against the run. As it is, he is a talented back and may be with Matt Barkley who he worked well in the second half of last week’s game. He is also one of the most talented backs out there now.

2- Adrian Peterson – Going against Dallas they have no choice but to run the ball and make him a focal part of the offense. They have been losing because they aren’t utilizing him as much as they should. Expect a wakeup call from the talented back this week.

1- Jamaal Charles – Coming off a quiet week but still 8-0. He had a quiet week but still had over 100 all purpose yards. When that is a quiet week for you it means you are doing something right.

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As we hit the half way mark of the NFL season, it’s time to start giving out progress reports. We’re going to give grades to teams based on their performance on offense, defense, and overall play.

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Offense

A-

Once again a new coach has reformed the offense (and quarterback play) of a previously struggling team. Phillip Rivers has turned back the clock this year throwing for over 1,500 YDS with 15 TDs to only 5INTS. Ryan Matthews is finally starting to show the potential that so many people thought he had. Danny Woodhead has proved to be a fantastic signing producing in the passing and run game. Eddie Royal started off hot and Keenan Allen picked up where he left off. The offensive line has been providing Rivers time to throw the ball. Lastly, Antonio Gates has been rejuvenated and is having a comeback player of the year worthy effort. Mike McCoy has done an absolutely stunning job worthy of praise.

 

Defense

D+

The reason San Diego will likely not make the playoffs. The Chargers lack any sort of pass rush. They have a bunch of no name DB’s providing zero pressure against less than stellar offensive lines such as the Texans and Eagles. Dwight Freeney looked impressive until his injury, but that’s been about it. Top receivers have had field days against a putrid secondary and that doesn’t seem to be ending when they play Denver twice.

 

Overall

B-

Mike McCoy has turned this offense from middling embarrassment, into a minor powerhouse. However, San Diego will not prosper with this defense. They give QBs all the time they want to make a play and have no ability to stop big play threats. It is a shame because McCoy would otherwise be getting serious consideration for coach of the year. Expect the Chargers to stay about even the rest of the year and finish the year at 8-8.

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With Tip-Off fast approaching here’s an in-depth look at the league, Team by Team.

Orlando Magic

Where They Have Been:

They have been to hell and back all due to one big baby (and I’m not talking about Glen Davis). Dwight Howard treated this team like that crazy girlfriend who you hated but was always afraid to dump. Well after Dwight finally dumped them, they went all the way downhill, becoming the worst team in the league last year. They will likely remain there this year.

Who They Have: Starters

They have a god awful starting five, made up of almost entirely role players. Jameer Nelson, Aaron Afflalo, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, and Nikola Vucevic will be scaring no NBA team this season. Afflalo could hypothetically start on a few teams, but regardless this team is in for a world of hurt.

Who They Have: Bench

Here’s where things get interesting. The second overall pick in this year’s draft, Victor Oladiplo, seems to have true all-star potential. He has impressed everyone in the preseason and is now learning to play point guard. As far as the rest of this bench, it is slim pickings. J.J. Reddick, Mo Harkless, and Quentin Richardson (yes THAT Quentin Richardson) round out this weak teams weak bench.

What To Expect:

Expect utter futility from a team that’s tanking its season. With a mediocre starting five and an even more mediocre bench, this team is destined for a top four pick. However, that may not be the worst thing with the stacked draft that is ahead of us.

Record

20-62

 

Gary goes after the New York Jets after their 49-9 loss

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Earlier this week, our staff gave you their picks for this weeks NFL games. However, those picks won’t help you earn money. So I’m going to give you 6 NFL picks that will help you bring in some cash.

Gary’s Six Pack of Picks.

Pick 1. SEA -11.5 – A Rams team with Kellen Clemmons (remember him?) against one of the best defense in the NFL? I’ll take the easy money here. Count on a defensive touchdown here as well for fantasy owners.

Pick 2.  WAS +11.5 – RG3 is finally looking like the quarterback that the Redskins had last year. He is running more and is looking better in the passing game as well. This, matched with the fact that Denver has one of the worst defenses in the NFL this year, could lead to not only a cover by the Redskins, but an outright win.

Pick 3. GB -9.0 – I’m personally surprised this line isn’t higher. Even with all their injuries, Aaron Rodgers is going to light this team up like a Christmas tree.

Pick 4. DET -3.0- This game will probably be a shootout decided by a last second field goal, but that’s all the Lions will need. I’m trusting Stafford and Megatron over Romo and Dez.

Pick 5. PIT -1.0- This game, like the Lions game, could come down to a field goal. The reasons I take the Steelers here are because they have looked improved since they came off their bye. As long as Dick Lebaeu is the defensive coordinator, I trust the Steelers defense to pull out this win.

Pick 6. KC -7.0 (buy half a point) – A new quarterback against the best defense in the NFL once again equals trouble. Expect a wipeout against the Browns.

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The scene Thursday night in downtown Boston could have been taken straight from a bad sci-fi movie. The roles were reversed this time as it was the Red Sox suffering from an atrocious defense. The Cardinals capitalized off a bad throw by Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow, which led to the game deciding run to come across home plate. The Cardinals took game 2 by a final score of 4-2. It was a pitcher’s duel through six as both starters Michael Wacha and John Lackey were sending batters down with regularity. Wacha’s performance was slightly disappointing considering how well the rookie phenom has been pitching in the postseason, but he still only allowed two runs (a David Ortiz two run homer) on three hits, while walking four, and striking out five. Lackey was strong as well through six, but due to the seventh inning miscues, ended up being charged with three runs, on five hits.

Game three moves the series from the Green Monster to the Gateway Arch. At this point it is anybody’s series. As a bit of preview for game 3 here are the keys to the game for both teams.

Red Sox

Key #1- Wake the bats up! The Red Sox are hitting an abysmal .188 this series. To make matters worse, they will be without Catalyst Mike Napoli tonight, due to having no DH. Opposing pitcher Joe Kelly is not someone who is unhittable. In his last outing against the Dodgers, Kelly went five innings, allowing four runs, and taking a loss. He is someone who the Red Sox could, and need to hit around if they have hopes of taking game 3.

Key #2- Defense. The same rule that was stated to the Cardinals after game 1 has to be applied here. These teams are so evenly matched, that the series could very well come down to defense. The Red Sox exhibited stupid decision making in the aforementioned seventh inning, where the Cardinals put three runs on the board. If the Sox want to gain some momentum back, they need to make a statement with their bats and gloves tonight.

Cardinals

Key #1- Neutralize Big Papi. The sole member of the Red Sox who is hitting consistently right now is David Ortiz. He is 4-6 with 2 HR and 5 RBI this series. For the Cardinals to take game 3, they need to cool him off. Oritz hit .309 this season, with 30 HR and 103 RBI. It doesn’t help that Kelly is a right hander, which Ortiz feasts off of. Without Napoli protecting him, it will be easier for the Cardinals to pitch around him, but they need to avoid the mistake pitch that the Detroit Tigers and Michael Wacha know too well of.

Key #2- Get ahead early. The St. Louis Cardinals have the momentum right now. They are coming off a win, facing a pitcher who gave up 7 runs in his last start, and are playing at home with one of the best fan bases in all of sports. If the Cards can put a couple of runs on the board early, the sea of red may be able to carry them the rest of the way.

Game 3 starts at 8:07 on FOX (check your local listings)