Browsing Posts published in October, 2014

The New York Jets (1-7) have lost seven straight games. Given their recent struggles, New York has benched quarterback, Geno Smith and gave the starting job to journeyman, Michael Vick. Smith threw three first quarter interceptions and was promptly benched. Vick played the rest of the game, but committed three turnovers in the loss. Running back Chris Ivory scored two touchdowns in the loss, but New York’s quarterback play must improve if it wants to save face during this disasterous 2014 season. Don’t expect things to get any easier when New York heads to a raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) have won two straight games, including a 34-7 victory last week against the St. Louis Rams. Running back Jamaal Charles ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns while wide receiver Dwayne Bowe caught six passes for 64 yards. Kansas City is the NFL’s third best rushing team with 140.7 rushing yards per game. Kansas City’s defense is only allowing 195.7 passing yards per game, which will present a huge issue for New York’s porous passing attack. Kansas City is 2-1 in its home games this year. 

Current NFL odds list Kansas City as 10.5 home favorites over New York. While things have been porous for New York, I’ll be happy to take double digit points. I fully expect New York to bounce back. Vick will be given all of the reps during practice and will have an opportunity to develop some chemistry with his receivers. Vick also adds a dynamic rushing element to New York’s offense. Take the Jets for your NFL picks.

Official Pick: NY Jets +10.5

Every single fan of the New York Knicks has been extremely disappointed with the play of Amar’e Stoudemire since arriving a few seasons ago. Injury issues and inconsistent play have plagued him during his entire tenure with the team, but he seems to be showing at least a little bit of promise in the preseason so far. It is not out of the question to think that he could good together somewhat of a bounce back season in 2014-2015. If he is able to provide some decent value in fantasy basketball, the New York Knicks could be a surprising team in the Eastern conference.

It is just the preseason, but Stoudemire seems to be saying all the right things. He has been going on record saying that he feels happy and young again on the floor, and that is great news for a guy who has cost only been on the trainer’s table throughout his career. Despite all the wear and tear on his body, he is still just 31 years of age. His body is severely damaged, but it might not be broken just yet. He is never going to be that same highflying act in the paint, but he has talked about changing up his game and contributing in other ways.

The best players in the NBA are able to redefine themselves once they lose a little bit of their athleticism. Stoudemire is no longer able to dunk on the opposition at will, but he is working on his game on the other side of the ball in order to provide value on defense. New York desperately needs some inside defense now that Tyson Chandler is back in Dallas. It is still a work in progress, but he has shown some promise early on in the preseason.

On offense, Stoudemire has worked hard on his jump shot in order to space the floor it little bit more. He should be able to fit in nicely in the triangle offense if he’s able to knock down shots outside of the paint. With his career at a serious crossroads, he sees that this might be his last chance to really show that he still belongs in the NBA. For his team’s sake, hopefully he is able to have a pretty successful campaign.

Two AFC East rivals will square off this Sunday at Metlife Stadium when the New York Jets (1-6) host the Buffalo Bills (4-3). New York has lost six straight games and is coming off a tough 27-25 road loss to the New England Patriots. New York’s offense compiled 217 rushing yards against New England, but its defense could not stop Tom Brady. Running back Chris Ivory had for 107 yards and one touchdown while Geno Smith completed 20-of-34 pass attempts for 226 yards and one touchdown. New York’s defense yielded 261 passing yards and three touchdowns to Tom Brady. Expect Smith and Co. to bounce back at home against a team its had some recent success against.

The Buffalo Bills are coming off a thrilling last second 17-16 home victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Watkins second touchdown proved to be the game winner. Buffalo lost its top two running backs, CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury and will rely on Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to carry the rushing load. New York’s defense has only allowed 88 rushing yards per game, so expect the onus to fall on quarterback Kyle Orton, Watkins, and the rest of Buffalo’s passing attack. 

Current NFL odds list the New York Jets as 2.5 point home favorites against Buffalo. New York has won its last four home games against Buffalo, including a 27-20 win at Metlife Stadium last year. This spot is great for the Jets. Buffalo is coming off an emotional, last second home victory where it lost two of its best play makers while the Jets have been stewing over their lost to New England on Thursday Night Football. Lay the small number and select the New York Jets with your NFL Picks!

Official Pick: NY Jets -2.5 

The New York Jets (1-5), losers of five straight games, will travel to New England to face the Patriots (4-2) on Thursday Night Football. The New York Jets are coming off a rough 31-17 home loss against the Denver Broncos. Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, but also threw a fourth quarter interception during a potential game tying drive. New York’s running backs could only muster 16 yards on 12 carries as New York’s offensive line struggled to stop Denver defenders from penetrating into the backfield. While New York had trouble running, play calling wasn’t much better. Smith’s average pass attempt traveled just 6.4 yards, which indicates a very conservative offensive approach and an offense where receivers simply cannot get open. Things will be tough when New York travels to face the upstart Patriots.

The Patriots are coming off a convincing 37-22 road victory over the Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns on a bad ankle against one of the league’s better pass rushes. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell led the way with 97 yards and two touchdowns while Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman combined from 16 catches and 185 yards. The Patriots took to the air as they were unable to run the ball against Buffalo’s stout run defense. The Patriots ran for just 50 yards on 27 carries and lost running back Stevan Ridley to a knee injury.

Current NFL odds list the Patriots as 10.5 point favorites after opening as 7.5 point favorites. Expect a similar game plan from the Jets this week. The Jets put pressure on Peyton Manning and tried to make him uncomfortable. Expect them to put pressure on Brady. While 10.5 points is a lot, I expect the Jets to come out and put pressure on Brady. Take the points as the Jets try to pull the upset in New England.

Official Pick: Jets +10.5

Two teams heading in opposite directions will square off in New York during Week 6. The New York Jets (1-4) head home after a downright embarrassing 31-0 loss in San Diego to the upstart Chargers. Quarterback Geno Smith completed just 4-of-12 passes for 27 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. San Diego held a convincing 21-0 lead at halftime and out-gained New York’s hapless offense, 303 to 60. Smith was benched in favor of Michael Vick, who wasn’t any better in relief. New York’s offense was complete inept and didn’t cross into San Diego territory until midway through the fourth quarter. Wide receiver, Eric Decker, who is nursing a hamstring injury, didn’t play. Therefore, New York’s receiving core was made up practice squad players that couldn’t win their one-on-one battles. Due to the passing attack’s inability to get going, the running game suffered. Chris Johnson lost a fumble and Ivory only garnered nine carries. New York’s defense gave up 298 yards and three touchdowns to Phil Rivers. Their secondary was once again exposed. This may be a major issue with Peyton Manning coming to town.

The Denver Broncos (3-1) came off of their bye week with a convincing 40-21 home win over the Arizona Cardinals. Peyton Manning threw for a career high 479 yards. Manning tossed two touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas, who had 229 yards, and Julius Thomas, who had 66 yards. Running back Montee Ball ran six times for seven yards and left with an injury. Needless to say, Denver’s offense didn’t miss a beat without him.

Current NFL odds list the Denver Broncos as 8-point road favorites in New York. This number seems a little low given Denver’s strength lies with its passing attack and New York’s secondary has been gashed week after week. It’s easy to overrated or underrated teams after one week, but expect Manning to have his team ready to play. New York’s offense is in complete disarray. Lay the points and take the Broncos for your NFL Picks!

Official Pick: Broncos -8