Week 2 NFL Picks

Thursday, Sept. 14

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals (-5)

NB: Cincinnati Bengals. Both of these teams are in need of a “get right” game in Week 2. Neither give me a ton of confidence, but Cincy can’t go 0-2 at home to start the year. I’m hoping the Ravens’ defense is just that good and the Cincy offense bounces back this week.

RH: Houston Texans. I have no idea what to make of either team after they both laid an egg in Week 1. Maybe Deshaun Watson energizes this Houston team and the Bengals finally start to think about canning Marvin Lewis. I’ll take the points.

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Head & Heart 2017 NFL Predictions

Are you ready for some football?!?! It’s another wide open NFL season where only three things are certain. The Patriots will be good while the Jets and Browns will be terrible. Everything else is up for grabs so before the Pats and Chiefs kickoff tonight check our staff predictions for 2017. 

AFC Playoff Teams:

Nick Bair:

AFC East Champ – New England Patriots

AFC North Champ – Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South Champ – Houston Texans

AFC West Champ – Kansas City Chiefs

Wild Card – Cincinnati Bengals

Wild Card – Baltimore Ravens

Sean Demetrakis:

AFC East Champ – Miam….LOL JK – New England Patriots

AFC North Champ – Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South Champ – Houston Texans

AFC West Champ – Oakland Raiders

Wild Card – Kansas City Chiefs

Wild Card – Baltimore Ravens

Randy Haines:

AFC East Champ – New England Patriots 

AFC North Champ – Pittsburgh Steelers 

AFC South Champ – Tennessee Titans

AFC West Champ – Oakland Raiders

Wild Card – Houston Texans

Wild Card – Los Angeles Chargers 

NFC Playoff Teams:

NB:

NFC East Champ – Dallas Cowboys

NFC North Champ – Green Bay Packers

NFC South Champ – Carolina Panthers

NFC West Champ – Seattle Seahawks

Wild Card – Atlanta Falcons

Wild Card – Arizona Cardinals

SD:

NFC East Champ – Dallas Cowboys

NFC North Champ – Green Bay Packers

NFC South Champ – Carolina Panthers

NFC West Champ – Seattle Seahawks

Wild Card – Arizona Cardinals

Wild Card – Minnesota Vikings

RH:

NFC East Champ – Dallas Cowboys

NFC North Champ – Green Bay Packers

NFC South Champ – Carolina Panthers

NFC West Champ – Seattle Seahawks 

Wild Card – Philadelphia Eagles

Wild Card – Atlanta Falcons

Super Bowl Matchup:

NB: Seattle Seahawks over New England Patriots

SD: Seattle Seahawks over Oakland Raiders

RH: New England Patriots over Carolina Panthers

MVP:

NB: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

SD: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

RH: Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Offensive Player of the Year:

NB: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

SD: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Is there really any other option here?)

RH: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Defensive Player of the Year:

NB: Von Miller, DE, Denver Broncos

SD: JJ Watt, DE, Houston Texans

RH: Khalil Mack, OLB, Oakland Raiders

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

NB: Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

SD: Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

RH: Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings 

Defensive Rookie of the year:

NB: Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns

SD: Derek Barnett, DE, Philadelphia Eagles

RH: Reuben Foster, LB, San Francisco 49ers

Biggest Surprise Team:

NB: Arizona Cardinals

SD: Baltimore Ravens

RH: Los Angeles Chargers

Most Disappointing Team:

NB: Philadelphia Eagles

SD: Atlanta Falcons

RH: New York Giants 

-Nick Bair, Sean Demetrakis & Randy Haines

Photo Credit: SI.com

Champions League Preview: We have Groups!

For those dozing through their Thursday afternoons yesterday, UEFA held the Champions League draw for the group stage of Europe’s most prestigious tournament. The results gave us at least one group of death and also hope that maybe the Premier League can put more teams through this year. To help you get caught up, below is how everything shook out and some quick analysis.

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Premier League 2017-2018 Season Preview

For some reason, this particular summer break felt longer than those in the past. Maybe it was the never-ending Neymar gossip, or the fact that the Gold Cup was mostly tedious and underwhelming, but in any case, the PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK (as well as all your other favorite European Leagues). To get you even more ready for the kickoffs this weekend, we ran through some of top stories.

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Head & Heart 2017 MLB All Star Ballot

The All Star game is just around the corner! You’ve all filled out your ballot, now check out ours. Filled with mostly unbiased opinions, but I fully admit I have several ballots with an Adam Jones vote because who doesn’t love Adam Jones? Here’s our All Star squad:

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NBA Mock Draft 2017

The NBA offseason has been 100% bananas since last Friday when rumblings began of a Sixers-Celtics trade for the top pick in the draft. Since then, we have seen a few big trades already happen (Philly nabbing the top pick, Russell to Brooklyn, Dwight to Charlotte) and a few superstars being dangled as trade bait by their teams (Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, and somehow Kristaps Porzingis).

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