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NFL Week 8 Picks


Jeremy Sneed & Xavier Cantrell

Thursday Night Football

7:25 Dolphins (3-3) @ Patriots (6-0)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Dolphins have been rejuvenated since Joe Philbin getting fired and Dan Campbell getting hired.  But, the Patriots have been unstoppable this season and haven’t really come close to losing yet.  This week will be no different and we think the Patriots will remain undefeated and take down the Dolphins 34-21.

Sunday Morning in London

8:30 Lions (1-6) @ Chiefs (2-5)

Xavier:  The Lions are coming off of a tough lose against divisional opponent Minnesota.  Despite the Chiefs getting their first win of the season, I think Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense will get a much needed win in Kansas City.  Final score:  27-18

Jeremy:  The Chiefs offense looked rejuvenated against the Steelers last week.  The Chiefs may have lucked out last week facing youngster Landry Jones, but I think the Chiefs will continue their momentum and pick up their second straight victory with a final score of 19-13.

12:00 Chargers (2-5) @ Ravens (1-6)

Jeremy:  I have picked the Ravens a lot this season and it hasn’t worked out for me too much, but I am confident in them once again this week against the Chargers.  The Chargers defense has been catastrophic throughout this season and I think Flacco and the Ravens will exploit that defense this week.  I think the Ravens improve to 2-6 this week with 35-17 victory in Baltimore.

Xavier:  The Chargers has been playing very well with the help of Danny Woodhead, Ladarius Green and Keenan Allen.  I think the Ravens, having lost three straight games, will not have enough momentum to take down the Chargers.  I believe the Chargers will win this game on the road with a 35-21 victory.

12:00 Cardinals (5-2) @ Browns (2-5)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Cleveland Browns are struggling with injured Josh McCown and trouble maker Johnny Manziel.  Despite this, the Cardinals have been very impressive this season and have proved that they can win through the running game and the passing game.  Even though the Browns are home this week, we think the Cardinals offense will be too strong for the Browns.  Final score:  31-17

12:00 Vikings (4-2) @ Bears (2-4)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Bears are coming off of a bye week, but they lost a tough game before that losing to the Lions.  The Bears defense has not been doing too well this year and isn’t even close to resembling the Bears defense we were used to seeing under Lovie Smith.  The Vikings offense is finding a good rhythm after a 28-19 win over the Lions.  We think the Vikings get their 5th win of the season riding an amazing performance from Adrian Peterson.  Final score:  28-17

12:00 Bengals (6-0) @ Steelers (4-3)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Steelers are in trouble either way this week.  If Big Ben comes back he will probably be rusty against a solid Bengals defense and if Landry Jones starts again he will struggle against their defense.  Andy Dalton is playing at an MVP level this season and we think he will have another huge performance and help the Bengals beat the Steelers and improve to 7-0.  Final score:  41-21

12:00 Titans (1-5) @ Texans (2-5)

Jeremy: The Texans released QB Ryan Mallett after missing the team flight last week.  With that distraction gone, I think the Texans luck out this weekend in playing the Titans who aren’t sure yet if Mariota will be starting or not.  I think whether or not Mariota or Mettenberger start that the Texans defense wins the game for Houston creating at least three turnovers.  I think the Texans win this game 17-3.

Xavier: Zack Mettenberger played decent in last week’s game just throwing an untimely interception late in that ball game.  I think the Texans are not a very good offensive team and I think the Titans offense does what it takes to win this game, with or without Mariota.  Final score:  21-14.

12:00 Giants (4-3) @ Saints (3-4)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Giants offense has looked really inconsistent this season and now Odell Beckham Jr. is becoming a liability on offense.  The Giant defense won them the game last week against the Cowboys.  The Saints are riding a two game winning streak and their offense is really starting to click on all cylinders.  We think the Saints take down the Giants and win their third straight game with a final score of 20-17.

12:00 49ers (2-5) @ Rams (3-3)

Xavier:  The 49ers are coming off of a rough 20-3 loss to Seattle in week 7.  I think San Francisco will bounce back this week and upset the Rams in St. Louis.  Final score:  23-17

Jeremy:  Todd Gurley is proving himself to be an elite running back in this league (yes, I said elite).  The Rams have been riding the success of Gurley and I think this week will be no different against a struggling 49ers defense.  I think Gurley runs for another 125+ yard game and the Rams easily beat the niners 24-6.

12:00 Buccaneers (2-4) @ Falcons (6-1)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Buccaneers offense has not been as strong as Lovie Smith and Jameis Winston were hoping for coming into this season.  With that being said, the Falcons offense has been much better than anyone though with the emergence of Devonta Freeman at running back.  We think the Falcons offense will roll all over the Buccaneers this week and improve to 7-1 with a final score of 42-20.

3:05 Jets (4-2) @ Raiders (3-3)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Jets had opportunities to take down the powerhouse Patriots during week 7 but failed to do so.  The Raiders are coming off of a huge win against the Chargers last week.  But, we think that the Jets defense is too strong for the Raiders and the Jets will win this game easily 31-13.

3:25 Seahawks (3-4) @ Cowboys (2-4)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Cowboys should be getting Dez Bryant back this week which is great news.  Bu, with Matt Cassell at QB and going against that Seattle defense, the Seahawks are going to beat the Cowboys this week.  We think that Russell Wilson will have a big game and lead the Seahawks offense to the victory.  Final score:  29-18

Sunday Night Football

7:30 Packers (6-0) @ Broncos (6-0)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Broncos have relied heavily on their defense so far this season and we think that their offense will not be strong enough to take down the Packers.   Aaron Rodgers is performing at an MVP level with a mix-match of weapons.  We think the Packers will blow out the Broncos with a 42-21 victory in Denver.

Monday Night Football

7:30 Colts (3-4) @ Panthers (6-0)

Jeremy & Xavier:  The Colts have been inconsistent throughout the first half of this NFL season, but the Panthers have pretty consistent and proven their worth this season.  Even though Cam Newton struggled last week the Panthers still beat the Eagles 27-16.  We think that Cam and the Panthers improve to 7-0 with a victory over the Colts this week.  Final score:  31-21

World Series Game Two


By Max Zuiker

After yesterday’s crazy 14 inning affair, the Mets and Royals are set for game two of the World Series. The Mets Matt Harvey matched the Royals Edison Volquez as both pitchers would give up three earned runs apiece over six innings. In the bottom of the first, Kansas City’s leadoff man Alcides Escobar would start the night with a leadoff inside-the-park homerun! A costly error by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer in the top of the eighth inning would put the Mets on top 4-3. Heading in to the Bottom of the ninth inning the longest tenured Royal Alex Gordon blasted 442 foot home run to tie the game and send it to extra innings. It would take a full fourteen innings to decide this contest, as Eric Hosmer would make up for that error by driving the game winning run via a sac fly. This is the Mets’ fifth time in the World Series, and they’ve lost Game 1 all five times.

Game two is tonight, and for the Mets they have to feel very confident in Jacob DeGrom who has beaten all three of the top CY young candidates ( C. Kershaw, Z. Grienke, J. Arrieta) this postseason. DeGrom during the playoffs thus far is 3-0 with 27 strikeouts in 20 innings posting a solid 1.80 ERA. Only one player on the Royals has ever faced DeGrom and that is Daniel Butera who is 0-3 lifetime. I think this will be a total advantage for DeGrom. With the way he has been pitching he should be able to go deep in tonight’s contest. The key for Jacob tonight will be to get ahead of the count, he posts a 1.61 ERA when doing so.

Other key players for the Mets tonight- Daniel Murphy who is having a monster playoffs bit is just 3-for-17 in his career against Johnny Cueto, while first baseman Lucas Duda is 3-for-15 with 10 strikeouts.

On the hill for Kansas City to night will be deadline acquisition Johnny Cueto. Unlike DeGrom who has faced only on Kansas City batter, Cueto has seen all of the Mets hitters except rookie Michael Conforto. Cueto has not pitched will in the playoff in his career registering a 6.93 ERA across six postseason starts.  He is 1-1 with a 7.88 ERA during the 2015 playoffs. Looking for a big pay raise in 2016, Cueto needs to step up and pitch like an ace tonight.

Other key players for the Royals tonight- Alcides Escobar who had the inside-the-park home run last night to start Kansas City, should be looking to spark thing offensively tonight once again. Another guy to look out for is Wade Davis who has surrendered just one total run since the start of the  2014 playoffs across 22 innings pitched. If you can get the ball to him with a lead in the ninth inning it should be game over and a 2-0 Kansas City series lead.

NBA tips off


By Matthew Schneider

The NBA began the season on Tuesday with three marquee matchups. The Cleveland Cavaliers were in Chicago taking on the Chicago Bulls. The Detroit Pistons battled the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans took on the defending world champion Golden State Warriors. This season has many things to look forward to. New faces in different places and exciting rookies look to capture our attention but there are players that may be beginning their last season. Kobe, Duncan, and Nowitzki are on their last legs and this may be their last years in the league.

Last night featured six teams that are looking to make the playoffs. The Bulls and Cavs looks like an Eastern Conference finals waiting to happen. Last night did not disappoint as the Bulls won a close one 97-95. The defense came up big with a Gasol block on Lebron with 3.6 seconds to go helped seal the victory. It was a good win for new head coach Fred Hoiberg to impress fans and with President Obama in attendance he certainly did that. Lebron finished with 25 points and Mirotic lead the way for Chicago with 19 points. While this game was happening the Pistons began their season on the road againist Atlanta. Paul Millsap had 19 points and Schroder lead the way with 20 points but it wasn’t enough for the Hawks as they lost 106-94 to the Pistons. Caldwell-Pope had 21 points and Drummond and Marcus Morris each had 18 points. The Pistons looked like a team that wants to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The night concluded with a playoff rematch between the Pelicans and the Warriors. The defending Champs raised their banner and got their championship rings. They then decided to sing and dance to Drake and Future’s song “Big Rings”. Then the reigning MVP began his season by dropping 24 points in the first quarter. Even without head coach Steve Kerr, who is recovering from surgery in the offseason, looked the same as last year. Curry was playing like the MVP and the rest of the team was doing their part. Anthony Davis finished with 18 points but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors won 111-95. Curry finished with 40 points and 7 assists. He shot 14 of 26 from the field and 5 of 12 from behind the arc.

If last night said one thing it said get ready for the fun intense season ahead. We haven’t even gotten to see Lamarcus Aldridge and his Spurs play or the new look Los Angeles Clippers. We have yet to see the aging Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, or Dirk Nowitzki play. Will they be able to perfom at their usual levels or is this the end of the line for these future Hall of Famers. We haven’t seen any of the top rookies perform. Will they be making immediate impacts for their teams as they hope to change their franchise? This season is set to be exciting and it will be full of intensity and great plays. The only question is who brings the intensity and who makes those big plays.

 

NBA Season Prediction:

MVP: Lebron James. Forward Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach of the Year: Fred Hoiberg Chicago Bulls

Rookie of the year: D’Angelo Russell. Guard Los Angeles Lakers

Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis. Forward New Orleans Pelicans

Most Improved Player: Derrick Rose. Guard Chicago Bulls

Eastern Conference Playoff Teams: 1. Cleveland 2. Chicago 3. Miami 4. Washington 5. Toronto 6. Atlanta 7. Charlotte 8. Milwaukee

Eastern Conference Champion: Cleveland Cavaliers

Western Conference Playoff Teams: 1. Golden State 2. Oklahoma City 3. Los Angeles Clippers     4. San Antonio 5. Houston 6. Memphis 7. Dallas 8. Utah

Western Conference Champion: Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Finals Champion: Oklahoma City Thunder

World Series Game 1


By Max Zuiker

Here it folks the moment we have all been waiting for…THE WORLD SERIES! To me the World Series is why we all love the game of baseball. It is the immortalizing moments is each fall classic that we replay year after year. In 1986 it was the famous Bill Buckner fluke at first, in 1993 Joe Carters walk off to win the fall classic, those nasty 1995 Braves pitchers, in 2001 when Luis Gonzales walked off against the best relief pitcher of all time, remember the dramatic finish to the 2004 World Series? How about in 06’ when the Cardinals won the World Series with having the fewest amount of wins in the regular season to enter the post season (83). Or even last year with Mad Bum out dueling every single situation in the playoffs. It is in these moments that us baseball fans live for!  A fall classic champion must be dubbed and game one of the World Series starts tonight.

Let’s look at tonight’s starting hurlers for game one of the classic. For the Met’s it will be young ace Matt Harvey. Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in the regular season, and is 2-0 with sixteen strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings pitched. Harvey is a very over powering pitcher which is his key to success on the mound. The only thing I might worry about if you’re the Mets is Harvey’s inning limit and the soreness felt last week. Matt had Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2013 and missed the entire 2014 season. He was only supposed to toss 180 inning maximum, Harvey has already pitched 22 innings over that mark. He also was dealing with some shoulder discomfort after his last start against the Cubs in the NLCS.

Key Other Players for the Mets tonight- the monster Daniel Murphy who is hitting .421 with 16 hits, seven of those hits are home runs. Yoenis Cespedes was the Mets major trade deadline accusation and has proven himself Hitting over .285 and blasting 19 homers since being acquired. The player that I will focus on is the Mets captain David Wright. Davis is known as ‘Mr. Met’, this will be his first fall classic appearance ever.

On the other side of the equation, pitching for Kansas City will be veteran right hander Edison Volquez. Volquez on the year posted 200 innings pitched with a 13-9 record and a solid 3.55 ERA. He has not feared as well in the playoffs though, losing two out of three games in the post season.

Key other players for the Royals tonight- Ben Zobrist one of the most versatile players of this decade. He can play just about anywhere, and tonight he will man down second base in place of Omar Infante. Zobrist is batting .284 and has a .364 OBP since joining the Royals. The biggest spark will have to come from the heart and soul of the team … Lerenzo Cain. He is their five tool caliber star.