Friday, September 30, 2011
MLB 2011 ALDS & NLDS Predictions
Detroit Tigers Vs New York Yankees
This is going to be a fun series to watch. These two teams matchup really well against eachother, the first game will probably be the only low scoring game of the series since two of the best pitchers in the league, C.C. Sabathia and Justin Verlander, will be pitching. But other than that the rest of the games will probably be high scoring, both teams can score at any given time, steal tons of bases and even when they are down in the bottom of the 9th you cannot count them out! The edge to me is going to be The Yankees lineup because they have three of the best hitters in the game with Curtis Granderson who has 41 home runs this season, Mark Teixeira who has 39 home runs and Robinson Cano who has 28 home runs. And even though Alex Rodriguez has been injured most of the season you can't sleep on him because he can still get the job done. The Tigers have Justin Verlander who has had a great season and has been a consistent pitcher his entire career, but outside of him they don't have anybody who I think is going to step up and be able to win the series. But this season Verlander hasn't been that great against The Yankees both of his starts against them this season were no decisions and The Yankees had no problems scoring runs on him.
Yankees Over Tigers in 4 Games
Tampa Bay Rays Vs Texas Rangers
The Rays are a team that have been on fire the second half of the season and they've been doing it quietly with no hype. The main reason why is because of their dominant pitching and their batting lineup is finally healthy. The Rangers to me have a great batting lineup, but their problem like it was in the playoffs last year is their pitching. They lost Cliff Lee in free agency and he carried them all the way to The World Series, where he choked and The Rangers ended up losing to The Giants (sorry had to get that in there hehe). But their pitching is going to be a problem because we all know that pitching wins championships and I think The Rays lineup will be able to knock around The Rangers pitchers, while their pitchers will be able to lock down The Rangers batting lineup. The Rays are playing some really good baseball right now and I think they will be a team to watch out for in the playoffs who might cause some upsets.
Rays Over Rangers in 5 Games
St. Louis Cardinals Vs Philadelphia Phillies
The Cardinals were way out of the playoff race months ago! Their season did not start off well, Pujols got injured and they really didn't start getting it together until the last month (they should also send a big thank you down to The Atlanta Braves for choking hardcore!). But they definitely got it going at the best time of the year, that's the thing about baseball it does not matter how you start the season, it's how you finish. What sucks for them is they are playing the best team in baseball, The Phillies have been consistent all season long. Dominant pitching and a killer batting lineup. The Phillies haven't gone through much of a slump like the rest of the teams in the playoffs this year and I expect them to start the playoffs strong. Their pitching staff has some of the best pitchers in the league led by Roy Halliday and Cliff Lee, also Cole Hamels has had a great season! The Phillies pitching is much better than The Cardinals and it will be a huge reason why they win the series. Their batting lineup is also stacked so they should be able to give their pitchers some big leads to work with. The Cardinals lineup is banged up and their pitching is decent at best. I expect this to be a pretty easy series for The Phillies.
Phillies over Cardinals in 3 Games
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs Milwuakee Brewers
Most people are not going to give a flying fuck about this series because they're not popular teams, but this is probably going to end up being a really good series if you're a baseball fan. Both teams have been huge surprises this year and have been playing well since the All Star Break. Ian Kennedy of The Diamondbacks came out of nowhere and has 21 wins on the season with 2.88 ERA and is a Cy Young candidate. Their short stop Justin Upton has also had a great season offensively with 31 home runs and 88 RBI. The Brewers lineup has been dominant all season long, Prince Fielder has had one of his best seasons along with Ryan Brewer. I think The Brewers batting lineup is what will be the edge in this matchup and they will win a playoff series for the first time since the 80's!
Brewers over Diamondbacks in 5 Games
Saturday, September 10, 2011
- Atlanta Falcons (13-3) 1. New England Patriots (13-3)
- Green Bay Packers (11-5) 2. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
- Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) 3. San Diego Chargers (11-5)
- St. Louis Rams (9-7) 4. Houston Texans (10-6)
- Dallas Cowboys (10-6) 5. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
- New Orleans Saints (10-6) 6. New York Jets (12-4)
Wildcard Round Wildcard Round
New Orleans Saints Vs Philadelphia Eagles New York Jets Vs San Diego Chargers
Dallas Cowboys Vs St. Louis Rams Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Houston Texans
Divisional Round Divisional Round
Dallas Cowboys Vs Atlanta Falcons New York Jets Vs New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles Vs Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Baltimore Ravens
NFC Championship AFC Championship
Green Bay Packers Vs Atlanta Falcons New York Jets Vs Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XLVI
New York Jets Vs Atlanta Falcons
Champions: New York Jets
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
NFC West (Worst)
St. Louis Rams (9-7)
The Rams are a team that is headed in the right direction, but not quite there yet. Sam Bradford looks to be the future of the team after the season he had last year. For a rookie with a barely decent squad he looked pretty good and everybody seems to be forgetting they also have Steven Jackson in the backfield. He is a threat both on the ground and through the air, if he stays healthy he is one of the most dangerous guys on the field. They picked up Mike Sims-Walker at wide receiver so that should help, but they still need a go to guy for Bradford. On defense they are pretty solid up front, but in the secondary will probably end up getting beat in coverage. The good thing for The Rams is, they are in the most pathetic division in all of football and it won't take much to sneak into the playoffs!
San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
I thought it was a great move for the 9ers to pick up Jim Harbaugh as their coach, but I think it's an absolutely STUPID move to hold onto this moron Alex “Sack Me” Smith! He sucks, that is all he has proven since day one! I figured this would finally be the year The 49ers would be rid of this dipshit, but apparently he took Harbaugh out on a few dates and one thing led to another and now Alex Smith is the starting quarterback. By the way Colin Kaepernick is not the future either! He is only a good quarterback in a college football system, the offensive system he had at UNR is not even remotely close to what is going on the NFL and he won't be able to adjust. On top of that he's a string bean, he will get beat the fuck up if he doesn't bulk up a bit, he's not really that accurate either. For some odd reason when I watch him play he's always reminded me of a ballerina, just prancing around and just tossing up the ball with barely any zip on it. The thing that sucks for the 49ers is they have quite a few good players on the team on offense and defense, but they are so fucked at quarterback that these weapons on offense won't be able to do much considering the quarterback will either be on his ass or giving up turnovers all day long!
Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
The Cardinals are so lucky that Larry Fitzgerald is a loyal ass mother fucker and signed an extension with them because that is all this team has going for them. I have no idea why everybody thinks Kevin “Corn On The” Kolb is so great? He has accomplished a butt load of.....NOTHING!!! I never thought he was going to be the heir apparent to McNabb in Philly, I never thought he could win the job back from Vick and I don't think he will do anything in Arizona! On defense they have some decent guys, but not enough to make them a good team. Let's all welcome The Cardinals back to mediocrity!!
Seattle Seahawks (5-11)
The Seahawks biggest mistake was not resigning Matt Hasselbeck, now they are stuck with that bum Tarvaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst, either way it's not good! Not much else is going on with the offense either, sure they signed Sidney Rice but he was never really relevant until Brett Favre became his quarterback in Minnesota, so it's not like Rice is going to be the savior of the team. On defense nothing is going on there either. All in all The Seahawks should have a shitty ass season!
San Diego Chargers (11-5)
Over the past couple of seasons The Chargers have started the season off slow and then start to get it going towards the end. I think their problem last year was that Philip Rivers go to guy Vincent Jackson held out the first half of the season, then came back and got injured. Antonio Gates also spent a good portion of the season playing injured. The Chargers weakness on offense could be the backfield, Ryan Mathews spent most of his season injured last year so it's not clear if he is going to be the guy who fills the spot that Tomlinson left, they also lost Darren Sproles to free agency. On defense they always seem to get the job done with guys that most people don't even really know. In the secondary they have Quentin Jammer and Eric Weddle, they also signed Bob Sanders in the off season and when he's healthy he is one of the best safeties in the league. The Chargers are in a weak division and should take advantage of that easily!
Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)
I've never understood why the media thinks Matt Cassell is so great? Sure he's a decent quarterback, but it's not like he's the next Tom Brady or something! Jamaal Charles has turned out to be a reliable back and along with Thomas Jones they make a great one-two punch in the backfield. On defense they aren't too bad, they have Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson leading the linebacking core and Eric Berry in the secondary, but outside of that not much else is going on. The Chiefs are a mediocre team at best I'm not expecting much out of them this season.
Oakland Raiders (6-10)
The Raiders lost their best player on the team to free agency, Nnamdi Asomugha, the cornerback who was the anchor of their defense for years. But losing is what The Raiders have grown accustomed to for many years now. They didn't do much in free agency at all and they drafted Terrelle Pryor for some odd reason? I don't know how he is going to help them out, but hey that's what Al Davis does, makes dumbass decisions and signs or drafts players at positions they don't even really need! The defense is not going to be the same at all now and they were actually pretty good last year on the defensive side. On offense McFadden did break out and have a good season on the ground, but The Raiders don't have much else on offense. Jason Campbell is a decent quarterback but he's not going to be anything to write home about and at receiver they don't have much going on there either. But even with all that said we all know every single dillusional Raider fan swears this team is going to win the Super Bowl, it's what they do every year! And the funny thing is they act like such die hard fans, but yet each and every home game or at least the last 7 home games of the season end up blacked out because nobody shows up!
Denver Broncos (4-12)
For The Broncos this off season has been all about their quarterback “competition” between Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn. In my personal opinion I don't think one of them is worth a crap, all three of them are the equivalent of a dirty sack of baby diapers, so really no matter which one they plays the result will be the same. They don't have much else going on with the offense either, the receiving core is weak and the ground game is decent, but nothing that is going to make a huge difference. On defense they are getting back Dumerville from injury last season, which will help them out since he is a damn good defensive end and they still have Champ Bailey in the secondary who has been one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the NFL for years. They also drafted Von Miller the top linebacker in the draft this season, who I think could possibly be rookie of the year. But even with that good of a defense, the terrible offense is what will hold The Broncos back and make this a long season in Denver!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
The Falcons were one of the top teams last season, but got killed in the playoffs by The Packers. I think that loss will only help them get better for this season. They traded up in the draft to get Julio Jones and that was one of the few things they were missing on offense, another quality wide receiver to go along with Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Matt Ryan has been a consistent quarterback for The Falcons since the day they drafted him all he does is win and that is the most important thing in all of sports! He is 33-13 in his career so far and only 2 losses total at home, 3 if you include the playoffs! The defense is solid and knows how to force turnovers and usually don't make stupid mistakes. I think The Falcons will not only rule their division but also The NFC, watch out for them this season.
New Orleans Saints (10-6)
The best thing about the lockout ending is I don't have to fucking see Drew Brees and the ugly growth on his face quite as much! Get rid of that shit dumbass, although that still won't get rid of the ugly from his stupid face! Anyways back to football heh, as much as I can't stand Drew Brees and his ugly face he is still a good quarterback and as long as he's around The Saints will be competitive. They got rid of that bitch Reggie Bush and upgraded to Mark Ingram through the draft. Running back was the only weakness on offense for The Saints because they didn't have a guy who can pound it through the middle (hehe), now with Ingram back there and picking up Darren Sproles in free agency The Saints should be scoring even more points. Their defense on the other hand is suspect, they lost some guys in the secondary which I think will be their biggest weakness. Up front they're not too bad, but they aren't going to be scaring anybody with their defense this season. The Saints should have a good year and be in contention for the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
The Bucs were a sleeper team last year, Josh Freeman came out of nowhere and looks to be the future of this team. LeGarrett Blount also busted out and had a good season and will now take over as the go to guy in the backfield. The defense is tough to gain yardage on as well, the defensive line got even better by drafting Gerald McCoy and the secondary keeps it locked down. The major weakness for The Bucs is their receiving core, they don't have that go to #1 guy and until they get that they won't be able to keep up with the top dogs in their division, The Falcons and Saints. The Bucs still have some growing to do and this season will be a lot of that, they will have some good moments, but they will have some bad ones!
Carolina Panthers (2-14)
The Panthers are in rebuilding mode right now. I think by drafting Cam Newton that was definitely a move in the right direction, but they still have multiple spots to fill on the team before they become a contender. Usually having a rookie qb as your starter means it's most likely going to be a rough season especially when there is a new coach taking over. There will be a few veterans on the offense helping him out, Deangelo Williams at running back, Steve Smith if he can stay healthy and picking up Shockey and Greg Olsen at tight end in the off season will all be good for Newton's progress this season. On defense there really isn't much going for them and that's really going to kill them in this division. It's going to be another long season for The Panthers!
Houston Texans (10-6)
The Texans are a team that has been headed in the right direction the last couple of seasons, but have fallen short towards the end of the season. I think this year they finally break through. On offense they're solid, they have Andre Johnson who has been making big plays since the day he stepped on the field even when The Texans were garbage! Arian Foster had a break out season last year, but has been having a difficult off season battling hamstring injuries hopefully that doesn't haunt him all season. On defense they love to get at the quarterback and that's all thanks to the defensive end Mario Williams, he has been getting better ever since the day they drafted him and I think he is going to have a defensive MVP type season this year and they also added one of the top rookie defensive ends to help him out on the other side, J.J. Watt. They are stacked at linebacker, the secondary got the help they needed in the off season by signing Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning, and they also got a defensive genius as their new coordinator, Wade Philips. He's terrible as a head coach but when it comes to just focusing on the defense he knows what he's doing. I think The Texans will finally get to their first playoff appearance and division title in their franchise history this year!
Indianapolis Colts (9-7)
The Colts are in trouble mostly because of Peyton Manning's neck surgery. We aren't sure if he is going to play in the first game or at what point of the season he will be back. Knowing Manning it won't be long if he misses any time at all, but no team relies on one player like The Colts do Manning. He runs that team, he knows the offense inside and out and old ass Kerry Collins will not be their savior! Go back home Collins NOBODY missed you! Even if Manning does start he's not 100% and I have a feeling this is going to be a slow start to the season for The Colts. On defense they lost a few good players to free agency, which is not going to help them at all! Dwight Freeney is just about the only worthwile guy on that defense, so have fun with that! They might pick up steam towards the end of the season, but I think it'll be too late.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
There really isn't too much going on for The Jaguars, they did draft Blaine Gabbert who I think at some point will take over at quaterback for them this season. I think the whole David Garrard project is starting to run it's course and they need a change. Maurice Jones- Drew is really all else they have going for them on offense and on defense who knows what's up? I think Jack Del Rio is definitely on the hot seat to possibly lose his job after the season especially if they have another mediocre year. The Jaguars have shown promise at certain times, but also failed hard and really have accomplished nothing under Del Rio, it might be time for them to go in a different direction there too.
Tennessee Titans (4-12)
Who the hell knows what The Titans have been thinking lately? At least they signed Chris Johnson to an extension, that he deserved, and he will be ending his holdout, but other than that The Titans don't have much going for them. On offense the quarterback situation will be new, Matt Hasselbeck signed in the off season and looks to be the starter with the first round pick Jake Locker sitting for now at least. But they have nobody to throw to and with all the time Chris Johnson has missed I have a feeling his season is going to end up like Revis of The Jets from last year, he also held out and missed some time and ended up getting injured throughout the season I see this happening to Chris Johnson not only due to missing practice time, but also the offense is pretty much going be all on him! On defense they're still pretty decent but once again it's going to be a new system with a new coach so who knows how it will look now? I see this being a long season for The Titans.