Saturday, November 15, 2014

NFL Week 11 NFC East Preview & Pick

The rubber meets the road this Sunday for Philadelphia as it travels to Green Bay for one of its biggest matchups of the year along with the two upcoming games against the Cowboys. If the Eagles find a way to steal a win at Lambeau Field they would find themselves in the driver seat for not only another NFC East title, but a possible first round bye in the playoffs.

A loss to the Packers this Sunday would not be devastating, but it would definitely move the Birds down to the second tier of contenders in the NFC. I personally think the Eagles will come away with a win in this game, but everyone knows what a homer I am. The one good thing about this Sunday's matchup is that it will be a good test for Mark Sanchez after he went basically untouched in Monday night's game against Carolina. We need to see how he can perform in Chip Kelly's offense 'under fire' given his past reputation for turning the ball over when the heat did get turned up.

I did use the Packers' game for this week's NFC East 'pick of the week', but instead of taking the Eagles and the seven points I went with the OVER 54.5 on the total line. I see this one turning into old-fashioned shootout where both teams put up 30 points or more and the final score hinges on which team has the ball last.

In the other two games in the division this Sunday, Washington plays host to Tampa Bay in a game the Redskins should win with relative ease and the Giants welcome San Francisco to MetLife Stadium in a game they are almost guaranteed to lose.

The link below will take you to my complete preview of Week 11 in the NFC East as well as my 'pick of the week'. For those playing along, I come into this week with a 7-3 record in my first 10 picks.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 11

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NFL Week 10 NFC East Preview & Pick

The Mark Sanchez era in Philadelphia got underway last Sunday against Houston when Nick Foles went down with a broken clavicle. The results were encouraging as he led the Eagles to a rather comfortable victory in what was at first a very tight game.

His stint as the Eagles' starting quarterback for the next six to eight weeks while Foles in on the mend can only go one of two ways. The first would be a very shaky performance in which the Eagles lose enough games to put their playoff chances in serious jeopardy. The more likely scenario would be that Sanchez plays rather well to help the Birds win the majority of their games en route to a second-straight NFC East Division title. In true Philadelphia fashion, this would lead to a huge quarterback controversy that would light-up the air waves of every sports talk show in the city. You know, the kind of drama that Eagles' fans live for. I guess this would be a good problem to have, but I still see Foles as the future of this team despite a less than stellar performance in a few of his games this year. Something tells me that I am going to be in the minority if this scenario does unfold.

Right now I am simply focused on Monday night's matchup against Carolina. I really like the Eagles' chances to blow this game wide open early to make it a pretty easy night for the fans. So much so that I made Philadelphia winning by more than seven points my NFC East "pick of the week".

In other action, the Cowboys will look to snap a two-game skid against Jacksonville this Sunday in yet another NFL game in London. The big question in this contest is should Dallas go with Tony Romo as its starter despite the fact he is still suffering from an earlier back injury? All indications are that he is going to play, but do not be surprised if at some point he gets knocked out of this game as well. The Jaguars may only have one win on the year, but their defense is tied for third in the NFL in sacks with 27. Hopefully, we will all get a good close-up shot of Jerry Jones' face when that happens, considering that he appears to be willing to put his quarterback's health at an unnecessary risk against a team his beloved Cowboys should be able to beat no matter who is under center.

The Giants will also try and end a losing streak that reached three games with last Monday night's 40-24 loss to Indianapolis. Unfortunately, they are going to have to win on the road in Seattle to right the ship. This team has been the ultimate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this season with multiple losing and winning streaks and I do not see this current slide coming to an end on Sunday afternoon at one of the toughest place in the NFL to win a game.

Fortunately for Redskins' fans their team has a bye this week after posting a 3-6 record in their first nine games. Washington will be back in action next Sunday against Tampa Bay at home, which is a game that it should actually win.

The following is a link to my full Week 10 NFC East preview and pick of the week which is part of an on-going series for Doc's Sports.


Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 10

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NFL Week 9 NFC East Preview & Pick

It was a hard loss to swallow when the Eagles came up short against Arizona last Sunday in the final seconds of the game, but they never should have been in such a precarious position in the first place. In the end, turnovers, penalties and blown assignments proved to be just too costly to overcome to secure a win.

Fortunately the Redskins did Philly a favor by stepping-up to bring an end to the Cowboys' unexpected six-game winning streak. This kept the gap in the NFC East Division title race to just a half game. Dallas now has to hope that DeMarco Murray can stay hot running the ball with Tony Romo hindered by another back injury. There is a good chance that the Cowboys stumble again this week against a surprisingly good Arizona ball club, but I am not willing to bet on it with my NFC East 'pick of the week'.

The Giants are back in action this Monday night following a bye as easily the most schizophrenic team in the NFL. I think they can have some success against a Colts' defense that was torched for 51 points last Sunday against Pittsburgh, so if I had to make a pick in this one it would probably be the OVER on a betting line of 50.5.

Also back in action is Washington quarterback RG III. He went down in Week 2 with a dislocated ankle and earlier this week he was finally cleared to play in this Sunday's game against Minnesota. After the Kirk Cousins' bandwagon drove itself into the ground, first-year head coach Jay Gruden turned to Colt McCoy to get that much needed win against Dallas. It was not pretty, but the former Texas Longhorn played well enough to get the job done in his home state. Look for the Redskins to make it two in a row as RG III does just enough to help get his team another tight win this time around.

Turning to my NFC East 'pick of the week', I am relying heavily on two recent trends. First, the last time the Eagles lost consecutive games was back in Week 8 of last season and second, the Birds have won 10 of their last 12 games when they are listed as favorites. Last check, BetOnline had Philadelphia listed as a slight one-point road favorite against the Texans, although a few books out there now have this game listed as a PICK.

The following is a link to my complete NFC East preview and pick for Week 9 as part of my ongoing series for Doc's Sports.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 9

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NFL Week 8 NFC East Preview & Pick

After taking last week off, the Eagles are back in action this Sunday afternoon on the road against Arizona. Both of these teams come into this NFC showdown with identical 5-1 records and while the Cardinals have taken a much more conventional approach to posting their fast start out of the gate, our beloved Birds have made things extremely interesting from the opening kickoff of the Jacksonville game.

Philadelphia set a new NFL record for overcoming three-straight double-digit deficits to start a season 3-0. It was just two yards away from knocking-off San Francisco after special teams and the defense combined to score all the points in a 26-21 loss. The following week the Eagles built a 27-point lead late in the third quarter only to hold on for a six-point win. The good news is that heading into its bye Philly finally put it together in every phase of the game to wax the Giants 27-0. This was the Eagles at their best with six sacks on defense and 149 yards on the ground by LeSean McCoy.

I stayed away from this Sunday's game against the Cardinals when it came to my NFC East "pick of the week", but if I had to make a wager on the outcome I would go with the OVER on a total line of 48. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer returned to the starting lineup two weeks ago and the offense responded by putting-up 30 points in a win against Washington and 24 points in last week's victory over Oakland. Philadelphia is ranked third in the NFL in scoring with an average 30.5 points a game, so touchdowns and field goals should not be too hard to come by for either of these teams come Sunday afternoon.

I did make an official pick on Monday night's Washington at Dallas game in my weekly NFC East preview for Doc's Sports. Last week I went against the Cowboys and paid the price, but I believe that I am dead-on with this week's play. Check it out at the following link on Doc's.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 8

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NFL Week 7 NFC East Preview & Pick

The Eagles headed into this week's bye on a high note after last Sunday's dominating 27-0 shutout over the Giants. Despite a gaudy record of 5-1, it was the first time that this team played a full 60-minutes of football on both sides of the line. The best thing that this win accomplished was to dispel many of the football experts' opinion that Philadelphia was grossly overrated.

Hopefully this impressive performance will set the stage for continued success when the Birds do return to action, but for the purpose of this discussion we have to turn our attention to this Sunday's showdown between the Giants and the 5-1 Cowboys. This game could go in a number of directions, but I am banking on a close matchup that goes down to the wire. I am not saying that New York will win this game straight-up (although it is a distinct possibility) I am more than confident that the Giants will cover against the seven-point spread. They are not nearly as bad as they looked last Sunday against the Eagles and Dallas can easily get caught reading its press clippings about last week's stunning win in Seattle. Just as a side note, when you really start to breakdown the Seahawks they are probably even more overrated than the Cowboys.

The following is a link to my weekly preview of the NFC East as part of an ongoing series for Doc's Sports.

Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 7