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The Best of the Summer Transfer Period

November 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The biggest names of the transfer season this past summer were Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United. But teams like Tottenham, who made a splash by selling star forward Luka Modric to Real Madrid made big moves towards the end of the transfer period as well.

Chelsea’s biggest move was for Brazilian youngster Oscar and Belgian superstar Eden Hazard. The North London club spent big money on the two and the investment already seems worthwhile; Hazard leads the league in assists, and Oscar contributed three Champions League goals, a club high. Spending almost $80 million on two players the North Londoners expect a lot out of the two young studs they signed this past summer and thus far they have not disappointed and expectations remain high.

The EPL runner-ups were involved in several rumors this summer, and though they were unable to sign Hazard or bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, they did manage to bring a regular visitor to the Theater of Dreams, this time in a United uniform. Dutch striker Robin van Persie (RVP) made the move from Arsenal late in August for around $30 million, which has shown to be a bargain for the highly sought after van Persie, RVP seems to be worth every penny and then some of his massive deal, with a league high seven goals in only nine games. The Red Devils also made moves for Bundesliga veterans Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Dutch defender Alexander Butner. Though both have a good amount of experience they are relatively young and join exciting teenage prospects Angelo Henríquez from Universidad de Chile and Nick Powell Crewe Alexandria. With the exception of Chilean striker Henríquez all of the summer signings have contributed a combined 11 goals and five assists.

After selling Croatian midfielder Luka Modric and Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, Tottenham had over $50 million to spend in rebuilding a team that had lost two key playmakers. Having already brought in striker Emanuel Adebayor from Manchester City earlier in the summer the London club made quick use of their newfound wealth by purchasing midfielder Moussia Dembele from Fulham and American striker Clint Dempsey. Yet, their biggest move was adding French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon.

All three of these teams have seen early success with their new transfers thus far, only time will tell if these moves will continue to be successful.

Week 7 NFL Picks

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Seattle at San Francisco:

These two teams are coming off opposite results from the past week. The Seahawks recorded an impressive win over the Patriots, while the Niners were embarrassed by the Giants. While both of these defenses are elite, the Niners have way too many weapons on offense for the Seahawks to keep up with. Pick: Niners

Tennessee at Buffalo:

The Titans had an impressive victory over the Steelers last Thursday, but I feel the Steelers lost that game more than the Titans won it. The Titans continue to be one of the worst teams in the league. Their offensive line is putrid and Mario Williams and co. will have no problems dominating them throughout the game, not to mention their defense, which won’t be able to stop Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller on the ground. Pick: Bills

Cleveland at Indianapolis:

The Browns, perennial laughing stock of the NFL, seem to be regarded as one again this season. Yet, the Browns have gone under the radar this season, competing with the Eagles, Ravens and Giants. Meanwhile, the Colts have two impressive victories (Vikings, Packers), but also two terrible losses (Jaguars, Jets). Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson take this one. Pick: Browns

Green Bay at St. Louis:

The Packers looked like the Packers of the previous two seasons last week and I see no reason why they can’t continue that level of play for the rest of the season. This is unfortunate for the Rams, a very solid team who were one less Legatron miss away last week from going to ot with the Dolphins and a 4-2 record. Pick: Packers

Arizona at Minnesota:

The Cardinals started the year hot, yet now have lost two straight, unimpressive performances both times. Meanwhile this Minnesota offense has been a revelation, with Kyle Rudoph and Percy Harvin making the best running back in the league take a back seat to them. The Cardinal still have a dominant defense, but I fear their offense can’t put points on the board. Pick: Vikes

Washington at New York:

I’m not sure the Redskins even need the other ten players on the field when RG3 plays, who wins games by himself. Yet their is a difference from running rampant on the likes of the Saints, Vikings and Bucs than the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Their is no team in the league hotter than the Giants right now and the injury depleted Redskins defense stands no chance to Eli Manning and the Giants. Pick: Giants

New Orleans at Tampa Bay:

New Orleans just haven’t been quite right this season. The offense still puts point up, but in an inefficient, un-Saints-like manner. Their defense is, in a word, atrocious. This Bucs team is much better than their record indicates and have been flying under the radar all season. Pick: Bucs

Dallas at Carolina:

This Panthers team has been a mess for much of the season, perhaps their bye week let them figure things out, but I doubt it. The Cowboys, as always, have been highly scrutinized and have received unwarranted criticism. This game is a case of a good team needing a win against a bad team that won’t put up much of a fight. Pick: Cowboys

Baltimore at Houston:

Houston was supposed to be the best team in the league, until being embarrassed by the Packers Sunday night. While the Texans aren’t the dominant team that they looked to be, they also aren’t the team that was embarrassed by the Packers. The Ravens, whose defense wasn’t very good to begin with, now face injuries to almost every star player on their team. These Texans are a very good team and will take care of business against this injury depleted Ravens team. Pick: Texans

Jacksonville at Oakland:

This Jaguars team may be the very worst team in the league. They have been blown out multiple times and don’t appear to have even a league average defense or offense. The Raiders, on the other hand, have been competitive against the Falcons and the Steelers. The Raiders have plenty of playmakers and the Jaguars can’t keep up. Pick: Raiders

New York at New England:

The Jets reminded everyone that they still are a competitive team, while dominating the Colts. However, there is a difference between beating the Colts and beating the Patriots coming off a loss. Brady and Belichick rarely lose off a loss or at home and now with Hernandez fully healthy the Jets don’t stand a chance against the Pats. Pick: Patriots

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati:

Two playoff teams from last year, both the Steelers and the Bengals seem to be reeling. The Steelers are banged up and haven’t gotten into much a of a rhythm, while the Bengals may just be bad. I see a shootout between Dalton and Big Ben in this one, with the Steelers wide array of weapons proving to be too good to keep up with for the Bengals. Pick: Steelers

Detroit at Chicago:

This Lions team is one late game comeback away from being 1-4 and being in a state of panic. The Lions overachieved last season, and aren’t even close to as good as a 10 win team. The Bears have been utterly dominant this season save one disastrous performance against the Packers, winning every game by double digits. This Bears team is going to walk all over the Lions, on their way to recording their 5th blowout of the season. Pick: Bears

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Week 4 NFL Picks

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Cleveland at Baltimore:

Baltimore is coming off a huge come from behind victory against the Patriots behind an inspiring performance from Torrey Smith. The Browns seem to be among the worst teams in the NFL. Baltimore should have no problems in this one. Ravens

 

Carolina at Atlanta:

These two teams are coming off opposite performances. Atlanta completely outclass San Diego and the Panther were outclassed by the Giants. The Falcons high flying offense will tear Carolina’s defense apart. Falcons

Minnesota at Detroit:

Detroit just lost one of the wackiest games in recent NFL history. The Titans luckily received 21 points from ridiculous plays to help them win. Yet even with this bad luck, Detroit has been thoroughly unimpressive through three games. The Vikings just recorded the single best win of the season, beating the Niners. The suddenly accurate Christian Ponder will take advantage of this porous Lions defense. Vikings

New England at Buffalo:

The Bills seem to have recovered from their embarrassing season opening loss, while the Patriots just seem to be off right now. Yet, no team should be ashamed from losing to the Ravens. This is the same old Patriots team, just an unlucky one. Pats get the win. Patriots

San Diego at Kansas City:

Kansas City may have won a seemingly impressive win against the Saints, but I fear the Saints may just be a terrible team after this bounty fiasco. San Diego was impressive up until that loss to Atlanta, but I think their defense will be able to contain Jamaal Charles and the rest of the Chief’s offense, letting Phillip Rivers to take care of business and get the win. Chargers

Seattle at St. Louis:

The Seahawks shouldn’t be penalized from that horrific call, the real story stemming from that game is that the Seahawks are the real deal, especially their defense. The Rams will be lucky to get to ten points. Seahawks

San Francisco at New York:

No Revis, no contest. 49ers

Tennessee at Houston:

Texans are easily a top 5 team behind their dominant defense, meanwhile the Titans are easily a bottom 5 team behind their anemic offense. The Texans defense is going to toy with Jake Locker all game long for an easy win. Texans

Oakland at Denver:

Denver has followed up an exciting season opening win with two disappointing losses. The Raiders are the opposite, coming off a promising win after two disappointing losses. This Raiders offense finally started to click last week against the Steelers, I like the Palmer and Run DMC to lead the Raiders to an upset win. Raiders

Miami at Arizona:

Miami has been surprisingly competitive in a year that was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Yet, the Cardinals have surprisingly become one of the league’s best teams, with a lockdown defense. No way Tannehill can keep up with Kevin Kolb going up against the Cardinals defense. Cardinals

Cincinnati at Jacksonville:

The Bengals offense has been effective all season, while the defense has been somewhat lacking. That won’t be a problem against the Jaguars, with Blaine Gabbert running that offense. The Red Rifle and AJ Green will take this Bengals team to victory. Bengals

New Orleans at Green Bay:

New Orleans has been the biggest disappointment in the NFL. Their defense has completely fallen apart, while their offense hasn’t lived up to its sky-high expectations. There’s no way I can pick the Saints to beat any team right now, let alone the Packers. Packers

Washington at Tampa Bay:

Washington has been an exciting team thus far, but haven’t really played any solid teams, considering the Saints have fallen apart. The Bucs, on the other hand, have been competitive against two quality opponents, the Giants and Cowboys. The Bucs are still flying under the radar, but they’ll take this one with ease. Bucs

New York at Philadelphia:

As a Giants fan, the Eagles are the only team that scares me. They continually have picked apart the Giants time and time again. Yet, the Eagles offense has been downright terrible, while Andy Reid has mystifyingly refused to run the ball and Michael Vick insists on trying to win every game single handedly. At the moment the Giants offense is firing on all cylinders, with the pass rush finally coming alive against the Panthers. The Giants love playing on the road and are going to take this game. Giants

Chicago at Dallas:

Many looked at the Dallas loss to the Seahawks as the Cowboys reverting to their old self-destrictive ways. Yet, the Seahawks very well may be one of the best teams in the NFC. The Cowboys are a very strong team with two quality wins already. The Bears have spent their season beating up on bad teams and looking terrible against the Packers. Dallas is just a much more well rounded team than the Bears and Romo is more trustworthy than Cutler. Cowboys

Last Week: 8-8

Season: 27-21

Week 3 NFL Picks

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

New York at Carolina:

As the Giants travel to Carolina, they come with half an offense. They are down Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon and starting right tackle David Diehl. That’s three starters and their third receiver out. The Panthers are coming off a huge win against the Saints. The Giants defense seems primed to step up, as the pass rush hasn’t lived up to expectations yet this season. The Giants pass rush will force Cam Newton to make bad decisions and the Eli Manning will lead the Giants to a too close for comfort win. Pick: Giants

St Louis at Chicago:

While I really like this Rams team, the Bears are too good of a team to let this game slip away. They failed to impress against the Packers, but they still have a great defense and they now have weapons on offense for Cutler. The Rams are a lot better than they are given credit for, but they lack the firepower and the pass rush to keep up with the Bears. Pick: Bears

Buffalo at Cleveland:

In a bounce back week Buffalo demolished the Chiefs behind CJ Spiller’s explosive performance. Cleveland showed signs of life against the Bengals with Brandon Weeden looking like a competent NFL quarterback. Yet, I’m not sure how the Browns intend on containing Spiller or stopping this Bills offense. On the other side of the ball Mario Williams will make a statement game and harass Weeden all game long. Pick: Browns

Tampa Bay at Dallas:

Tampa is coming off a miserable loss to the Giants where their porous pass defense was exposed. Tony Romo will dominate this secondary all day long playing pitch and catch to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. The only way the Bucs can take this is if Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson go off again. It’s not going to happen. Pick: Dallas

Detroit at Tennessee:

What is up with Chris Johnson? The answer would be nothing, just that the Titans offensive line couldn’t block me off the edge. This Detroit defensive line will dominate the Titans, while Stafford rains passes all over this Titans defense. Pick: Lions

Jacksonville at Indianapolis:

This Jaguars team can’t be blamed for the beating they took from the Texans last week, the Texans are in another league than them. The MJD vs the always terrible Colts run defense is an appetizing matchup for the Jaguars, if they control the clock and keep Andrew Luck and the Colts offense off the field, they will take this game. Pick: Jaguars

New York at Miami:

In two games so far the only thing the Jets have proven is that we don’t know what to expect from them. Yet, while we don’t know what the offense will do, we do know that the Jets are going to lock down this Miami offense. Only a few points needed here for a Jets victory. Pick: Jets

San Francisco at Minnesota:

San Francisco has been simply the best team in the league this season. Minnesota on the other hand has had two close calls with the likes of Jacksonville and Indianapolis. The Niners’ defense will have no problems containing AP and the Vikings, while the surprisingly effective Alex Smith won’t have trouble with Minny’s defense. Pick: 49ers

Kansas City at New Orleans:

Over the past two games the Chiefs have looked like the worst team in the NFL. The blowout loss to the Bills was especially discouraging. As for the Saints, this week is do or die for them. A loss puts them in a very poor position to make the playoffs. Yet, there is no need to worry because this Saints offense is too good to let them lose this one. Pick: Saints

Cincinnati at Washington:

This Bengals defense hasn’t been anywhere close to last season’s defense, letting Joe Flacco and Brandon Weeden put up big numbers against them. I expect RGIII to do the same, but the Redskins defense won’t be able to stop the Red Rifle (Andy Dalton) either. Pick: Bengals

Philadelphia at Arizona:

Arizona has surprised many in their 2-0 start, while Philly has most disappointed, yet they are 2-0 as well. There is no way the Eagles offense can play this poorly for the third week in a row and I see no way Kevin Kolb puts enough points on the board against his former team’s defense. Pick: Eagles

Atlanta at San Diego:

The Chargers have quietly looked pretty good so far, while the Falcons looked great for a game and a half before letting Peyton Manning almost bring the Broncos to victory in a game they had no business winning. This Chargers defense will slow down Matt Ryan enough for Rivers to outshoot him. Pick: Chargers

Houston at Denver:

Peyton Manning’s first two games have been complete opposites, but I feel he is back to his usual self. Yet, even a rejuvenated Peyton Manning can’t stop this Houston Texans freight train. The Texans will pound the ball with Arian Foster and Ben Tate on offense and will lock down the Broncos on defense. Pick: Texans

Pittsburgh at Oakland:

Oakland has been a wreck so far this season, letting Reggie Bush completely dominate them last week and the week before giving the game away on special teams. The Steelers will take care of business and will tack on another win. Pick: Steelers

New England at Baltimore:

The Patriots offense has looked nothing like the offense of past years. They have become rededicated to the run game and it has not paid dividends. Yet, their defense has been greatly improved behind rookies Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower. The Ravens have been just as lukewarm, failing to take a game the Eagles practically gave to them. Look for Belicheck to revive the Pats passing game in this one. Pick: Patriots

Green Bay at Seattle:

The Packers have been disturbingly un-dominated this season after their 15-1 run last year. They needed a gimmick special teams play to beat the Bears last week and this Seahawks team was dominant in their win over the Cowboys. Yet, it’s very possible we have already seen Aaron Rodgers’ two worst games of the season, he and the Packers offense will get back on track this week. Pick: Packers

Last week: 9-7

Season: 19-13

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