Posts By: Bob Dunkel

Bullish On The Bears

It’s no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings are in the hunt for the NFC North Division crown. The Chicago Bears, however, are another matter. Under first-year head coach Mike Nagy and second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears have have surprised a lot of people with a 6-3 record and the top spot in the division race. They’ll get a chance… Read more »

Not East Being Green

It’s rare that the Golden State Warriors show a chink in their otherwise impenetrable armor, so it was no surprise then everyone jumped all over the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green skirmish. Green definitely got the worst of the criticism and ended up serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Other teams may view this schism as an opening,… Read more »

Tor Of Duty

Dwane Casey spent the last seven years as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, posting a franchise-best 59-win season last year that earned him coach-of-the-year honors. But all that didn’t earn him an invite back by Raptors management, who moved on to Casey’s assistant, Nick Nurse. For his part, Casey has landed in Detroit with the Pistons and will be… Read more »

Coyote Ugly

The Washington Capitals have not always resembled last year’s Stanley Cup champs with the most recent occurrence coming on Sunday when they dropped an ugly 4-1 decision at home to the Arizona Coyotes. Currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division, the Caps will try to find some success on the road tonight as they face the Minnesota Wild. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Nick Of Time

The San Francisco 49ers were down two QBs and had lost six games in a row when they were forced to turn to Nick Mullens to take over the offense. All Mullens did was rack up the most productive NFL debut since the merger in leading the Niners to a 34-3 thrashing of the Raiders. Mullens will be back under… Read more »

Collapsing Star

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to avoid the drama that came with last year’s losing season, but it looks to be back again after Dallas looked flat in a 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday night that dropped the Cowboys record to 3-5 on the season. In need of some signs of life, the Cowboys head to Philadelphia tonight to… Read more »

Screaming Eagles

Expect the scene at Boston College tonight to be raucous as the Eagles have a chance to shake up the college football landscape by hosting undefeated Clemson. The Tigers (9-0; No. 3 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) haven’t shown much vulnerability since switching to Trevor Lawrence at QB and are coming off a 77-point performance last week against Louisville.  But… Read more »

Orange You Glad

It’s not often Syracuse gets to be excited about its football program, but there is optimism in the Carrier Dome these days as the Orange have posted a 7-2 record and have their highest ranking in the AP Poll (No. 13) since the days of Donovan McNabb back in 1998. Dino Babers’ team gets a chance to build on that… Read more »

Carolina On Their Mind

After stumbling to a 1-2-1 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) have righted the ship with four straight victories, including a 23-16 win at Baltimore last week that secured their lead in the AFC North standings.  They’ll get another strong test tonight as the Steelers host a Carolina Panthers team (6-2) that has won three in a row. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Not OK

Just when the OKC Thunder were turning things around, they’ve hit a little bump in the road with Russell Westbrook’s ankle injury. The All-Star guard is expected to miss tonight’s contest against the Cavaliers as the Thunder will try to extend their five-game winning streak without him. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click… Read more »

Self Improvement

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks came up just short last season in their quest to win a national championship when they fell to Villanova in the semifinals of the Final Four. But returning starters Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick combined with Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson have Jayhawk fans thinking they can improve on last season’s effort and win it all this… Read more »

Golden Nugget

At least for now, the Golden State Warriors aren’t the only team to talk about in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets (8-1, No. 2 in Dunkel’s NBA rankings) are off to their best start since 1976-77 — their first year in the NBA. One of those wins came against the Warriors. Tonight, the Nuggets will get another chance to… Read more »

Get Your GOAT

Usually a conversation about greatest NFL quarterbacks of all-time includes both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. That debate will get a little extra juice tonight as the two QBs face off with the Packers heading to Foxboro to take on the Patriots. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click HERE. After posting a franchise-best 7-0… Read more »

Time To Be Greedy

The Alabama-LSU game is always circled in advance as a contest not to be missed and this year’s version doesn’t look to disappoint. The Crimson Tide (8-0; No. 1 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) and Tigers (7-1; No. 7) both made the initial CFP rankings, giving the SEC-haters plenty to chew on. If the Tigers are going to stay there after… Read more »

Great Scott

It’s been a while since big football games were being played at Scott Stadium, home of the Virginia Cavaliers. With just one winning season since 2008 and two bowl appearances, including last year’s embarrassing 49-7 thumping against Navy in the Military Bowl, the Cavalier faithful have become accustomed to taking their lumps during football season and hoping for paybacks in… Read more »

Held At Bay

There was some excitement in the California Bay area before the start of the NFL season with the Raiders adding new head coach Jon Gruden and the 49ers anticipating a full year out of rising-star QB Jimmy Garoppolo. But that excitement has turned into major disappointment as the Raiders (1-6; No. 32 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have looked lost under… Read more »

Deflated Ball

Despite the addition of LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers have not shown a significant turnaround from last season’s woes. One of the disappointments so far has been the inconsistent play of Lonzo Ball. The second-year point guard is coming his worst game of the season on Monday when he scored just four points and tallied only one rebound and… Read more »

Everybody Beating The Wiz

The Washington Wizards were expected to contend in the LeBron-less NBA Eastern Conference, but so far look more like a cellar-dweller than a title-contender. A 1-5 record and the worst defense in the league (125.0 ppg allowed) have critics calling for head coach Scott Brooks’ job. He’ll try to deflect some of that heat and squeeze out a win tonight… Read more »

Bill Collection

The New England Patriots have dominated a lot of teams during the Tom Brady era, but none more so than the Buffalo Bills. The Pats are 28-3 against Buffalo since Brady took over at QB, which represents the most victories by any quarterback against a single team in NFL history. Brady and the Patriots will try to add another one… Read more »

Apple Of Their Eyes

The New Orleans Saints suffered one of the most devastating losses in NFL history when their secondary gave up a last-second TD to the Vikings in last year’s playoffs. Not surprisingly, on the cusp of this week’s rematch with Minnesota, the Saints made a deal to bolster their secondary by acquiring CB Eli Apple from the Giants. Apple is expected… Read more »

California Dreaming

It’s been a tough season so far for the Navy Midshipmen (2-5; No. 90 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) but they could shock the college football world tonight if they somehow find a way to knock off undefeated Notre Dame (7-0; No. 11) as the two teams meet in San Diego for their annual contest. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Trey-mendous

Steph Curry put on one of his best three-point shooting clinics ever on Wednesday — 11-of-16 from beyond the arc; 51 points total — as the Warriors crushed the Washington Wizards, 144-122. Curry and the Warriors will look for an encore performance tonight in Madison Square Garden as they travel to New York to face the Knicks. To get Dunkel’s pick… Read more »

Familiar Surroundings

There was a time when Brock Osweiler was thought the be the QB of the future in Houston. But Osweiler never lived up to his big contract and the Texans turned to DeShaun Watson to turn things around, which the former Clemson QB has done as Houston has reeled off four straight victories. For his part, Osweiler has landed in… Read more »

Spitting Mad

The struggle for supremacy in the NBA Western Conference is expected to be intense this year and we’ve already seen that play out on the court. On Saturday, the Lakers and Rockets got into a brawl after Chris Paul alleged that Rajon Rondo had spit on him. The result was a number of suspensions handed down by the league, including… Read more »

Money Ball

While small market teams like Oakland and Milwaukee made the MLB postseason interesting, in the end the World Series will be represented by the No. 1 payroll team (Boston Red Sox) and No. 3 (LA Dodgers). They’ll square off beginning tonight in Game 1 at Fenway Park with Boston sending Chris Sale to the mound against the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw…. Read more »

Giant Headache

A 1-5 start (No. 30 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) has the New York Giants asking a lot of questions, including whether QB Eli Manning is over the hill and WR Odell Beckham Jr. was worth all the money they gave him in the off-season.  Unfortunately, the problems have overshadowed the electrifying performance of rookie RB Saquon Barkley, who piled up… Read more »

Big 12 Reunion

Sunday night’s contest between the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2; No. 9 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) and Kansas City Chiefs (5-1; No. 2) is also a chance for the Big 12 to highlight two of its former QBs as Andy Dalton (TCU) squares off against Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech). Dalton has been his usual solid self (14 TDs; 94.4 QBR), while Mahomes… Read more »

Stark Challenge

If LSU (6-1; No. 8 in Dunkel’s college football rankings)  is overflowing with confidence after last week’s upset over Georgia, the Tigers only need to remember what happened in Starkville last year to be reminded of how quickly things can change. In that matchup, the Bulldogs manhandled the Tigers, 37-7, handing coach Ed Orgeron his worst loss since taking over the LSU… Read more »

Pelican Brief

Perhaps the most eye-popping opener of the NBA regular season was the New Orleans Pelicans going into Houston and demolishing one of the league’s premier teams, 131-112. Anthony Davis was his usual exceptional self with 32 points and 16 rebounds, while the addition of Julius Randle (25 points) off the bench yielded immediate dividends. Tonight, the Pelicans will carry that… Read more »

Cold Case

The Denver Broncos (2-4; No. 26 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have lost four straight games and all fingers are pointing at new QB Case Keenum as a big part of the problem. Brought in to finally resolve Denver’s QB woes post-Peyton Manning, Keenum has been substandard (7 TDs against 8 INTs) and the Bronco offense has been lackluster at best…. Read more »

Rocket Booster?

The Houston Rockets came up just short in their attempt to unseat the Golden State Warriors last year as the dominant team in the Western Conference. In an effort to get over that hump, the Rockets made an interesting move in the off-season by acquiring Carmelo Anthony. Anthony didn’t exactly mesh with superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George during his… Read more »

Lone Warriors

After back-to-back championships and three in the last four seasons, it’s clear the Golden State Warriors stand alone atop the NBA. Beginning tonight, the Warriors will try to become the first team since the 2000-02 LA Lakers to win three straight titles as they open the regular season at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Justin Time

The LA Dodgers were staring at an 0-2 hole in the NLCS series against the Brewers when Justin Turner changed the outcome with one swing of the bat. Turner’s 2-run HR in the top of the eighth inning of Game 2 propelled the Dodgers to a 4-3 win and tied the series at 1-apiece as the venue shifts to Dodger… Read more »

New Chief Meets Old Boss

The NFL world is enamored of new Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes, who has dazzled while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start and No. 2 spot in Dunkel’s NFL rankings.  He’ll get a chance to add to that lore — or perhaps temper the hype a bit — as he goes up against the 41-year-old reigning MVP, Tom Brady,… Read more »

Badgering Harbaugh

Michigan fans have been waiting anxiously for a return to the upper echelon of college football’s ranks under coach Jim Harbaugh. The anxiety level was raised several notches when the Wolverines dropped their season-opener to Notre Dame. Five straight wins have calmed things a bit, but the Wolverines (5-1; No. 14 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) will get their first… Read more »

Fresh Brew

It certainly wasn’t the most noticed trade during the MLB season, but the Brewers acquisition of pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals may have been one of the most effective. After struggling to a 7-12 record in Washington, Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA down the stretch for the Brewers. His performance was good enough to earn him a… Read more »

NFC Least

The NFC East isn’t exactly a power division right now with no one sporting a record above .500 and coming off a week when the teams went a combined 0-4 against the competition. But the good news is that barring a tie, one team should get a W tonight as division rivals Philadelphia (2-3; No. 3 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)… Read more »

Cup Runneth Over

The NHL takes center stage tonight with a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Caps (1-0-1; No. 1 in Dunkel’s NHL rankings) took last year’s series against the Knights (1-2-0; No. 6) in five games. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the full NHL schedule, click HERE.

No Boone For Business

Aaron Boone has already carved out his spot in Yankee-Red Sox history with his ALCS-winning home run back in 2003. But last night added a chapter of a less positive variety as Boone’s Bronx Bombers were trounced at home, 16-1, and now trail the ALDS 2-games-to-1 to the Red Sox with Game 4 set for tonight in New York. To… Read more »

Here Comes The Judge

If the New York Yankees were going to make a deep postseason run, they knew they needed slugger Aaron Judge to return to his pre-wrist injury form. So far, so good as Judge has socked three HRs in the playoffs already and has the Yanks two wins away from advancing to the ALCS with Game 3 of the ALDS against… Read more »

Eagles Have Landed

It didn’t take long for the Philadelphia Eagles to come back down to earth after their surprising run to the Super Bowl last year. A loss to Tampa Bay in Week 2 was compounded by a defensive meltdown in OT last week against the Titans that resulted in a 26-23 defeat and left the Birds with a 2-2 record (No…. Read more »

Book On The Irish

While Notre Dame’s defense started off the season playing up to expectations, the offense looked to be shaky behind QB Brandon Wimbush despite some early season wins. But that has changed since coach Brian Kelly inserted Ian Book as the starter at QB. Book has thrown for 7 TDs and no INTs over the last two games and has the… Read more »

Home For Sale

It seemed inevitable months ago as both teams were on a path to reaching the century mark in wins that the Boston Red Sox (108-54; No. 1 in Dunkel’s MLB rankings) and New York Yankees (100-62; No. 3) were destined to meet in the postseason. That hunch becomes a reality tonight as the Red Sox and Yanks open their AL… Read more »

In Need Of Some Luck

While the Colts-Patriots rivalry was very competitive when Peyton Manning was still in Indianapolis, it has gotten significantly less so since Andrew Luck took over at QB. In fact, Luck has never beaten the Pats, going 0-for-5 in head-to-head matchups against Tom Brady. He’s a significant underdog again tonight as the Colts (1-3; No. 25 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) head… Read more »

Power Through (and Through)

The Yankees a.k.a. Bronx Bombers were true to their nickname this year as they set an MLB record for home runs in a season with 267. They also became the only team to ever have 12 players with at least 10 HRs apiece as well as at least 20 HRs from all nine players in their starting lineup. Whether that… Read more »

Chicago Hope

The Chicago Cubs went from being tied for the best record in the NL as of yesterday morning to possibly facing elimination from the postseason tonight. After the Cubs lost the NL Central tiebreaker to Milwaukee, 3-1, they were forced to host tonight’s one-game, winner-take-all wild card contest against Colorado. Cubs fans are hoping it’s not more of the same… Read more »

Best Western

The battle for the NL West has come down to a one-game playoff this afternoon between the LA Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers are going for an unprecedented sixth straight NL West title, while the Rockies are still looking for their first. LA will send Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76) to the mound against Colorado’s German Marquez (14-10, 3.75). To… Read more »

Pitt Stop

The Steelers and Ravens are set to resume their bitter rivalry tonight at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Nine of the last 13 games between the two teams have been decided by 4 points or less and there’s a fair amount riding on this early-season contest as the Ravens (2-1; No. 5  in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)  come in tied for first place… Read more »

Happy Days

Happy Valley is truly happy once again under the leadership of coach James Franklin, who has Nittany Lion fans believing this is the year they make the CFP playoff. But to do that, Franklin and his team will likely have to beat Ohio State tonight as the Nittany Lions (4-0; No. 5 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) host the Buckeyes… Read more »

San Francisco Treat

A Dodgers-Giants series is always an event. But when it’s the last regular-season set with playoff implications, that’s a treat. While the Giants have been long out of it, the Dodgers are still fighting for either an NL West Division title or a wild card spot as they head into the season-finale tonight in San Francisco against their old nemesis,… Read more »