Posts By: Bob Dunkel

Despite a disappointing season that has failed to live up to expectations thus far, the Cleveland Browns (3-6, No. 24 in the Dunkel Index) still believe they have a shot at the postseason following last week’s 19-16 win over Buffalo. To get there, they’ll have to go through the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4, No. 13) tonight in the 135th meeting between… Read more »

The Washington Capitals had their six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday by Arizona, but still managed to pick up a point in the 12th consecutive game after the 4-3 shootout loss. Tonight, the Caps (13-2-4) head up I-95 to face their Metropolitan Division rival Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-2), who have a four-game winning streak of their own. Face off is 7:30… Read more »

The Oklahoma City Thunder (4-6) have been trying to adjust to life without Russell Westbrook and showed some improvement recently during a three-game win streak that was snapped on Sunday against Milwaukee, 121-119. Billy Donovan’s team will try to get back in the win column tonight on the road, but faces a stiff challenge against an Indiana Pacers team (6-4)… Read more »

The Seattle Seahawks have long been the elite team in the NFC West. Now after several years of rebuilding, the San Francisco 49ers are back to challenge for that position. The two will meet tonight with a lot on the line, including the 49ers (8-0) perfect season. Seattle (7-2) comes in riding a two-game winning streak after beating Tampa Bay… Read more »

*Make sure to check out our Five For The Drive NFL picks for Week 10 and get our latest football podcasts by clicking HERE. Dallas’ Dak Prescott and Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins face each other for the first time since Cousins was quarterbacking the Redskins in the NFC East. Prescott got the better of Cousins back then with a 4-0 record and Cousins is just… Read more »

*Make sure to check out our Five For The Drive NFL picks for Week 10 and Ten To Talk About college football picks for Week 11.  You can also get our latest football podcasts by clicking HERE. And we’re starting a new NBA podcast called the Starting Five that will give our five best picks for Friday’s NBA card. You can listen to that HERE. The… Read more »

*Make sure to check out our Five For The Drive NFL picks for Week 10 and Ten To Talk About college football picks for Week 11.  You can also get our latest football podcasts by clicking HERE. And we’re starting a new NBA podcast called the Starting Five that will give our five best picks for Friday’s NBA card. You… Read more »

*Make sure to check out our Five For The Drive NFL picks for Week 10 and get our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. Kawhi Leonard’s “load management” is still in effect as the Clippers (5-3) sat their star last night against the Bucks in the first of back-to-back games. The move ended up costing Doc Rivers’ team as they lost… Read more »

After a big batch of opening day games in college basketball that included Duke holding off Kansas and Kentucky upsetting Michigan State in the Champions Classic, Day 2 has 26 more games on the card starting with an ACC battle between Wake Forest (11-20, No. 169 in the 2018-19 Dunkel Index) and Boston College (14-17, No. 119). Both teams are… Read more »

The 2019-20 college basketball season tips off today with a full slate of games headlined by the Duke-Kansas and Michigan State-Kentucky contests in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. But there are also some notable conference matchups, including an ACC tilt between Georgia Tech and NC State. The Yellow Jackets are hoping to bounce back from a… Read more »

It’s been a rough week so far in the NFL for road favorites as the teams have gone a combined 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS. The Dallas Cowboys (4-3, No. 13 in the Dunkel Index) will try avoid adding to that list tonight as they travel to New York to face the Giants (2-6, No. 27). The Cowboys are coming… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 9 and  make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Ravens’ Lamar Jackson has befuddled NFL defenses this season with his ability to run as much as throw the ball downfield. Jackson leads the league in yards per carry with 6.94 and is the first QB in NFL history to… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 9 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 10. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. Unlike in years past, there are no championship implications in today’s Miami-Florida State game. In fact, both teams are just struggling for bowl eligibility this year. But whenever these two teams… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 9 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 10. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Boston Celtics (3-1, No. 7 in the Dunkel Index) are finding life post-Kyrie Irving to their liking so far as they’ve won three of their first four, including… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 9 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 10. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The San Francisco 49ers (7-0, No. 2 in the Dunkel Index) continued to enjoy their best start since 1990 with a 51-13 win over Carolina last week that marked… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 9 and make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. Home field has had no advantage thus far in the World Series as the road team has captured the first six games. Last night, the Washington Nationals avoided elimination in Houston by beating Justin Verlander and the Astros, 7-2. Everything… Read more »

When the World Series left Houston after Game 2, things didn’t look too good for the hometown Astros as they dropped both games on their home field. But three straight wins in Washington by a combined score of 19-3 has Houston on the doorstep of their second title in three years. The Astros will try to complete the comeback —… Read more »

The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4, No. 19 in the Dunkel Index) dug themselves and early hole by dropping four of their first five games. But they showed some life in a 24-17 win over the Chargers two weeks ago and will try to follow that up tonight against the Miami Dolphins (0-6, No. 32), who appear well on their way to… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 8 and make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Houston Astros have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole in the World Series with two straight road wins against the Washington Nationals. Houston will have a chance to put itself in prime position for their second title in… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 8 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 9. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Houston Astros broke through with a 4-1 win last night in Game 3 of the World Series as Washington’s big bats — Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon — were a… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 8 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 9. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Houston Astros finished the MLB regular season as the top-ranked team in the Dunkel Index and came into the World Series as prohibitive favorites to win… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 8 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 9. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Milwaukee Bucks feel like they have some unfinished business after posting the best record (60-22) in the NBA last year, but failing to make the Finals…. Read more »

The Nationals pulled off the upset in Game 1 of the World Series last night as Juan Soto powered Washington to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros. Game 2 is set for tonight with Stephen Strasburg taking the mound for Washington, while Houston will turn to its ace, Justin Verlander, to try to tie things up. First pitch is… Read more »

The NBA regular season tips begins tonight with a pair of games, including the first installment of the battle for LA as LeBron James and the Lakers face Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. Tip off is 10:30 p.m. EST at Staples Center. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE. The World Series also… Read more »

The NY Jets (1-4, No. 30 in the Dunkel Index) looked like a different team last week following the return of Sam Darnold at QB. Out the previous three weeks with mono, Darnold made his return a memorable one with 338 passing yards and 2 TDs in a 24-22 win over Dallas that earned him the AFC offensive player of… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 7 and make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. As is often the case, first place in the NFC East is on the line tonight when the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3, No. 15 in the Dunkel Index) face the Dallas Cowboys (3-3, No. 17). Both teams are struggling right now… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 7 and Ten To Talk About college previews for Week 8. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The NY Yankees got a clutch performance out of starting pitcher James Paxton last night and avoided elimination with a 4-1 win over the Astros in Game 5. The ALCS… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 7 and Ten To Talk About college previews for Week 8. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. Houston’s bats came alive last night, powered by three-run HRs from George Springer and Carlos Correa, to post an 8-3 win over the NY Yankees and go up 3-1 in… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 7 and Ten To Talk About college previews for Week 8. And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Kansas City Chiefs (4-2, No. 3 in the Dunkel Index) haven’t been accustomed to struggling since Patrick Mahomes took over the quarterbacking duties last year. But after a 4-0… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 7 and make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. Gerrit Cole continued to be lights out in the postseason as he pitched the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Yankees yesterday. After taking Game 1, New York suddenly finds itself in a 1-2 hole heading… Read more »

Carlos Correa almost single-handedly kept the Houston Astros from falling into an 0-2 hole in their ALCS matchup with the NY Yankees. First Correa made a defensive gem in the sixth inning of Game 2 to get D.J. LeMahieu at home plate with what would have been the go-ahead run. Then Correa won it in the 11th inning with a… Read more »

The race in the NFC North is ultra tight with all four teams coming into Week 6 with records over .500. The biggest surprise of the bunch is the Detroit Lions (2-1-1, No. 18 in the Dunkel NFL Index). who were coming off a disappointing 6-10 season in 2018. But QB Matthew Stafford (9 TDs, 2 INTs, 102.6 QB rating)… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 6 and make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4, No. 20 in the Dunkel Index) have been snakebit when it comes to the health of their QBs this season. First long-time starter Ben Roethlisberger went down for the season with an elbow… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 6 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 7.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Florida Gators (6-0, No. 8 in the Dunkel Index) put themselves in the national picture last week with their 24-13 win over Auburn in Gainesville…. Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 6 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 7.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The Houston Astros set the table for the league championship series with their 6-1 win last night over Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the ALDS…. Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 6 and Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 7.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. Three of the four MLB divisional series have been decided with the road teams clinching each time. Yesterday, the Cardinals used an early explosion and the… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 6 and make sure to listen to our latest podcast by clicking HERE. The Tampa Bay Rays avoided elimination for the second straight game last night with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros and forcing an ALDS Game 5 back in Houston on Thursday. There will be two NLDS… Read more »

Yesterday, three of the four MLB teams facing postseason elimination were able to survive. Included in that group were the Tampa Bay Rays, who roughed up Zack Greinke for six runs on five hits in just 3 2/3 innings en route to a 10-3 win over the Houston Astros. Still down 2-1 in the ALDS, the Rays will try to… Read more »

It’s a new postseason, but looks to be the same old story with the NY Yankees dominating the Minnesota Twins in the MLB playoffs. The Yankees took the first two games of the series by scores of 10-4 and 8-2 to extend their postseason winning streak to 12 straight against the Twins. For their part, the Twins have now dropped… Read more »

Four games into the NFL season, it’s clear the Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, No. 2 in the Dunkel Index) are among the elite teams in the league. What is not clear is where the Indianapolis Colts (2-2, No. 9) fall. Stung by Andrew Luck’s retirement before the season opener, the Colts have looked dynamic at times behind new starter Jacoby… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 5 and our Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 6.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. With a new head coach and quarterback taking over, Ohio State fans were uncertain what kind of team they’d see this year. Five games into the season and there’s a… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 5 and our Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 6.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcasts by clicking HERE. The MLB postseason got underway yesterday with the Cardinals and Dodgers both taking the first game of their divisional series. The AL will join the fray today, including the… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 5 and our Ten To Talk About college football previews for Week 6.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcast by clicking HERE. The MLB wild cards wrapped up last night with the Tampa Bay Rays pulling off the upset against the Oakland A’s, 5-1. The divisional round… Read more »

*Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 5 by clicking HERE.  And make sure to listen to our latest podcast by clicking HERE. The MLB postseason got started last night with the Nationals taking the NL Wild Card with a wild come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Brewers. The AL Wild Card is set for tonight with the… Read more »

The Washington Nationals (93-69; No. 8 in the final regular-season (Dunkel MLB Index) were red hot down the stretch, finishing the regular season with eight straight wins. While it wasn’t enough to catch the Atlanta Braves for the NL East crown, it did provide the Nats with a home field for tonight’s Wild Card game with the Milwaukee Brewers (89-73;… Read more »

Intensity has never been lacking in contests between NFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but it will be a different sort of intensity tonight — let’s call it desperation — as both teams come in with 0-3 records. For the Bengals and new coach Zac Taylor, the struggles are not that surprising, although the fact that they have not been… Read more »

*Check out our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4 and you can get our latest NFL podcast HERE. New Orleans fans heaved a sigh of relief last week when the Drew Brees-less Saints pulled out a 33-27 win at Seattle. It was the Saints (2-1) first win since Brees went down with a thumb injury and backup Teddy Bridgewater filled… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 5 and our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4. You can also get our latest college football podcast by clicking HERE  and our latest NFL podcast HERE. Despite losing to Georgia last week, Notre Dame fans felt pretty good about the Fighting… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 5 by clicking HERE. Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4 by clicking HERE. And make sure to listen to our latest podcast by clicking HERE. Week 5 of the college football schedule got started last night with the Memphis… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games for Week 5 by clicking HERE. Get our Five For The Drive NFL previews for Week 4 by clicking HERE. And make sure to listen to our latest podcast by clicking HERE. A healthy Carson Wentz was supposed to elevate the Eagles back into Super Bowl… Read more »