Posts Tagged: NFL

Tenn Spot

The Tennessee Titans pulled out a come-from-behind victory over the Jets last week that got them back to .500 (6-6) and kept them alive in the race for an AFC wild-card spot. But they can’t look past tonight’s matchup with the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, who held the high-powered Colts offense scoreless in their last outing. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Heinz Pickle

The LA Chargers (8-3) have been a good road team this year — winning four of five away from home — but history has not been kind when they’ve traveled to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The Steelers (7-3-1) are 14-1 all-time against the Chargers at home and will look to build on that record tonight as the two teams meet in… Read more »

Ol’ Saint Nick

With the calendar turning to December and the holiday season, there’s a non-traditional Nick who also tends to do pretty well this time of year and goes by the last name of Saban. His Crimson Tide team (12-0) once again looks primed to defend its national title as they head to the SEC Championship game today against the Georgia Bulldogs… Read more »

Titanic Task

The Tennessee Titans beat Houston in Week 2 of the NFL season, 20-17, but it will be a different Texans team that they will be facing tonight. Houston has reeled off seven straight wins to vault to the top spot in the AFC South standings and has a chance to set a franchise record for consecutive victories as the Texans… Read more »

Carving The Bird

No team is hotter in the NFL right now than the New Orleans Saints. Just ask the defending-champion Eagles, who were picked apart by Drew Brees & Company last week, 48-7. It’s fitting on Thanksgiving that the Saints have an opportunity to carve up another bird as they host the Falcons tonight to cap off a trifecta of NFL action…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ram Tough

The LA Rams (No. 2 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have looked dominant while jumping out to their first 3-0 start since 2001. But if there’s one concern, it’s the tally of injuries that have hit the defensive secondary. Last week’s win over the Chargers cost LA Aquib Talib (high ankle sprain) and Marcus Peters (calf), forcing coach Sean McVay to… Read more »

Wild Guess

While the pairings for the AL wild card game are set — the Yankees will face the A’s a week from today — just which pitcher New York manager Aaron Boone will start has been the focus of much speculation. One of the likely possibilities is Masahiro Tanaka (12-5, 3.67), who will get the start today as the Yankees continue… Read more »

Fallen Angel?

Mike Scioscia is the longest-serving MLB manager by a full seven seasons and is the only manager the LA Angels have known since 2000. But there’s speculation that this could be the last season for Scioscia as his 10-year contract comes to an end and the Angels have made the playoffs only once in the last nine seasons. LA opened… Read more »

Fast Lane

The turnaround last season orchestrated at Florida Atlantic by new head coach Lane Kiffin was immediate. Taking a 3-9 team, Kiffin produced an 11-3 season that was capped off by a 50-3 win over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl and had many prognosticators predicting the Owls would be playing on New Year’s Day this season. A 63-17 loss to… Read more »

Brown Spot

The Cleveland Browns have become the most hapless organization in perhaps all of professional sports. A rotation of coaches and QBs, combined with a current 19-game winless streak, has Browns fans wondering if the misfortune will ever end. But there have been some glimmers of hope in the first two weeks of the NFL season with a comeback tie in… Read more »

Something Fishy

The pace of play in MLB has been impacted in recent years by the number of pitching changes managers are making. That has only multiplied in September with all the minor league call-ups and got to the point yesterday in the Marlins-Phillies game where Miami manager Don Mattingly said something had to be done. The contest was just the fourth… Read more »

Ravenous

The Baltimore Ravens came into this season hungry to get back to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year because of a Week 17 loss to the Bengals. Based on Baltimore’s 47-3 thrashing of Buffalo last week, John Harbaugh’s team looks to be well on its way. Tonight, the Ravens will get the chance to exact a little revenge… Read more »

Sock It Away

The Boston Red Sox became the first MLB team to clinch a playoff spot last night with their 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Alex Cora’s team will now begin the process of fine-tuning for the postseason beginning with today’s starter, David Price, who has been the team’s most consistent pitcher since the All-Star break (3-0, 2.30 ERA). Price will… Read more »

Hit Like A Mack Truck

The euphoria over Jon Gruden’s return to Oakland quickly dissipated into consternation when the Raiders decided to trade All-Pro holdout Khalil Mack. It probably didn’t help matters much that Mack played like an All-Pro last night in his debut with the Bears that included a strip-sack and pick-six. But the Raiders will have to put that in the past as… Read more »

Greener Pastures

Franchise QBs in the NFL are extremely hard to find, so the Green Bay Packers didn’t take it for granted in having arguably the best signal-caller of all in Aaron Rodgers. Last month, the Pack made Rodgers the highest-paid player in league history when they gave him a four-year extension worth $134 million. With that deal wrapped up, Green Bay… Read more »

Mo(n)d Squad

There’s excitement in College Station with Jimbo Fisher now at the helm of Texas A&M, but the Aggies (1-0; No. 42 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football rankings) will likely only go as far as sophomore QB Kellen Mond can take them. Last week, Mond looked sharp (17-of-25, 2 TDs) in A&M’s 55-7 whipping of FCS-opponent Northwestern State. But the competition gets… Read more »

Gray Matter

The Colorado Rockies have never won the NL West Division in the team’s 26-year history. But with a 1 1/2-game lead currently — the latest in a season that Colorado has ever been in first place — Rockies fans are starting to think this will be the season. Tonight, Colorado will open a big series at home against the second-place… Read more »

Hard To Bear

The Chicago Cubs threw a little gas on the fire of their rivalry with the Brewers yesterday when pitcher Cole Hamels suggested that the majority of fans at Milwaukee’s Miller Park were Cubs fans. If that in fact was true, it wasn’t enough to get Chicago a win as Milwaukee pulled out a 4-3 victory that cut the Cubs lead… Read more »

Burrow In

It’s no secret that LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is on the hot seat after a 9-4 season last year (No. 19 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings), which means that much of his future will rely on the play of new QB Joe Burrow. Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, will be making his first collegiate start tonight as the… Read more »

Taylor Made

Last year, the Wisconsin Badgers rode the legs of freshman sensation Jonathan Taylor (1,977 rushing yards, 13 TDs) to a 13-1 record (No. 7 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) and within a whisker of making the College Football Playoff. This year, Taylor is back along with an offensive line that boasts three returning All-Americans and QB Alex Hornibrook to give Paul… Read more »

Knight Shift

Taking over a college football program is never easy, but the most challenging job this year may fall to Central Florida’s Josh Heupel. Heupel steps in for Scott Frost, who left UCF after last season to head back to his alma mater at Nebraska. But before he left, Frost guided the Knights to a 13-0 record (No. 15 in Dunkel’s… Read more »