The New York Jets (1-2) are coming off a tough Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears. Geno Smith really struggled, as he threw two interceptions and Eric Decker left early with a hamstring injury. The Detroit Lions (2-1) will look to continue their strong play when they visit New York. Detroit is coming off a home win over the Green Bay Packers. Detroit’s offense struggled, but the defense bailed them out by creating seven points off a Green Bay turnover. Running back Reggie Bush led the way for Detroit’s offense, running for 73 yards and adding one touchdown. 

Despite Smith’s struggles, running back Chris Ivory has been a huge positive for the offense. Ivory is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and adds a whole tough, physical element to New York’s offense. Running back Chris Johnson has struggled over the last two weeks, rushing for just 40 total yards. Detroit’s run defense has been very good, limiting teams to just 63 rushing yards per game. New York is even better, limiting opponents to 55 rushing yards per game.

The key to New York’s game plan will be limiting a somewhat gimpy Calvin Johnson. Historically, Johnson has played through injuries and will likely play this week’s game with a bad ankle. The Jets are unlikely to have their top corner, Dee Milliner, so any limitation to Johnson will be welcome.

Current NFL odds have the Lions listed as a 2.5 point road favorite. Despite playing on a short week, I like the Jets in this spot. Everyone has begun to write-off Geno Smith and Smith has proven he can bounce back. The Lions are a very streaky team and I’m expecting a big Jet effort on Sunday afternoon. Select the Jets with your NFL Picks today!

Official Pick: NY Jets +2.5

 

The New York Giants (0-2) are facing a must win situation in Week 3 when they host the upstart Houston Texans (2-0). The New York Giants fell apart in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona utilized a special team touchdown to propel them to a 25-14 victory. Arizona’s starting QB, Carson Palmer, missed the game with an injury, so journeyman quarterback, Drew Stanton, started and guided Arizona to victory. Stanton hasn’t started a game in three years, but played well enough to win. Eli Manning played well, but he was plagued by numerous drops by his wide receivers. Victor Cruz dropped at least three first down throws and Rueben Randle dropped a deep post route that would have put New York in the red zone. Through their first two games, New York’s offense is averaging just 14 points while the defense is yielding 30 points per game.

New York may have a tough time scoring points on Houston’s upstart defense. Houston’s defense has allowed just ten points per game and are coming off a 30-14 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders, which was more lopsided than the final score indicates. Arian Foster rumbled for 138 yards on 28 carries while Ryan Fitzpatrick only needed complete 14 passes for 139 yards to secure the win. Through two games, Houston is the NFL’s most run-heavy team. Houston has called 43 passes and 78 runs. 

Current NFL odds have Houston slotted as a two-point favorite. While Houston has been very impressive, New York is in a must win situation. To beat Houston, New York must get out to an early lead and force Houston to throw. Houston has a dynamic pair of wide receivers in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, but New York’s restocked secondary should keep them at bay. Take a Big Blue for your NFL picks!

Official Pick: NY Giants +2

Fresh off their 19-14 Week 1 victory, the New York Jets will head to Green Bay to face the Packers. The Packers were embarrassed by Seattle, 36-16, on opening night. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 32 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Running back Ed Lacy suffered a concussion and his status is in question for this match-up. Seattle ran for 150 yards in their Week 1 over Green Bay so look for the Jets to run the ball to keep Rodgers and Co. off the field. The Jets ran for 175 yards in their Week 1 victory over the Raiders. Chris Ivory turned in the play of the day by taking a hand-off off left tackle for a 71-yard touchdown.

Oakland’s rookie quarterback, Derek Carr, completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets. Carr does not have Randall Cobb or Nelson at his disposal nor does he have the ability of Aaron Rodgers. Look for Rodgers and Co. to come out throwing during their home opener.

Current NFL odds list the Packers as 9.5-point home favorites. This spread seems a little light, but underdogs went 10-3 against the spread during Week 1. In addition, the Jets showed the ability  to control the clock with their run game. Expect a heavy dosage of New York’s ‘Chris Backfield’ and a cover at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field!

Official Pick: NY Jets +9.5

The New York Jets will host the Oakland Raiders to start the 2014 NFL season. Oakland will start their rookie quarterback, Derek Carr on the road against a Rex Ryan defense. The Raiders added Maurice Jones Drew in the off-season, so he’ll likely help in the run and pass game. The Jets are dealing with a plethora of injuries to their secondary. Top cornerback Dee Millner will not play, so that should help Carr. Carr’s WR options are not great, but expect a strong first effort in his first start. 

A lot of analysts are expecting a Jet route, which I don’t see. I think the Jets win a close game by 3-5 points. Since the Jets are laying 5.5 points, I’ll take the Raiders.

NFL Pick: Raiders +5.5

If the New York Yankees (72-66) want to stay alive in the race for the second American League Wild Card berth, they’ll need to beat teams ahead of them. That task starts on Friday night when the Kansas City Royals (77-61) head to the Bronx for a three-game set. The Yankees are coming off a dramatic walk-off win yesterday against the Red Sox. The Yankees scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up the series win. They’ll hand the ball to their burly RHP to keep up their momentum. RHP Michael Pineda (3-3, 2.09 ERA) will look to extend the Yankee win streak to three. Over his last four starts, Pineda has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his starts. Pineda was a ‘hard luck’ loser on Saturday, dropping a 2-0 decision to Toronto. Pineda won an earlier start against the Royals, tossing 6 1/3 innings and striking out five. Pineda is unbeaten at home this season, boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.50 ERA over three starts. 

Pineda will be opposed by RHP James Shields (12-7, 3.38 ERA). Alike Pineda, Shields was a tough luck loser last Saturday against Cleveland. Shields allowed just one run over seven innings as his team dropped a 3-2 decision. Two weeks ago, the Yankees tagged Shields for six runs and ten hits over 6 2/3 innings. Knowing how compeitive Shields is, he’ll want revenge.

Current MLB odds list the Yankees as a home favorite (-125). Despite being favored, I like Kansas City in this spot. The Yankees are coming off an emotional walk off win over the Red Sox and Derek Jeter’s number will be retired on Sunday. Expect Shields to have a big outing to propel his team to victory.

MLB Pick: KC Royals -ML

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The suddenly hot New York Yankees (68-61), winners of five straight games, will look to keep their momentum going as they head to Detroit for a three-game set. On Monday, the Yankees offense scored four runs in the seventh inning en-route to an 8-1 victory of the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals. The Yankees tagged James Shields, Kansas City’s ace, for six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Derek Jeter, who made his last appearance at Kauffman Stadium, drove in two runs. The Yankees received a strong pitching performance from the resurgent Michael Pineda. Pineda struck out five hitters over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Despite their recent string of success, the Yankees will need a strong showing to chase down one of their AL Wild Card foes, the Detroit Tigers. 

The Detroit Tigers (70-59) have won two straight games including a 13-4 beat down of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The Tigers currently trail the Kansas City Royals by 1.5 games in the AL Central and lead the Yankees by two games in a race for the second Wild Card berth. Earlier this month, the Yankees won three-of-four at home against the Tigers. Tuesday’s starter, Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10 ERA) was a hard luck 1-0 loser in one of the games. Porcello is coming off a complete game shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts. Porcello carries a 4.08 ERA at home and has given up seven earned runs over his last two home starts. Porcello will be opposed by Yankee starter, Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01 ERA). Alike Porcello, McCarthy is coming off of a complete game shut out of his own. Last week, McCarthy tossed a complete game shut out at home against the Astros. McCarthy beat the Tigers, 2-1 earlier this month. He struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings.

Current MLB odds list the Tigers as a small home favorite (-114). The Yankees have been traveling a lot recently, so I’m going to fade their recent hot streak. Take the Tigers with your MLB Picks!

Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers -114

Expect a physical battle when the Jets and Giants square in a battle between the Big Apple’s two major football teams. Trash talk has already begun as Giants’ rookie RB Andre Williams claimed that the Giants were ‘the real New York team’. Jets’ veteran offensive lineman did not respond to Williams’ trash talk. He’d rather let his play do the talking. The Jets and Giants are collectively 5-0 so far this pre-season, but as we’ve seen years past, pre-season performance does not correlate to regular season success. Both teams must fix issues on both sides of the ball.

For the Jets, establishing an offensive early on will be critical. All signs point towards Geno Smith starting under center, so Rex Ryan and Co. will want to see the offense move the ball. In addition, Ryan is hoping his team will clean up some of their play. The Jets were flagged for seven personal fouls last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, who scored 40 points on the Jets last year. The Jets first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor will get the start on defense. The Jets are hoping wide receiver, Eric Decker will suit up for the first time this season.

For the Giants, the first team offense must play better! Eli Manning is just 7-for-16 for 49 yards in his three pre-season games. The Giants are installing a  new ‘West Coast’ offense under first year coordinator, Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was the quarterbacks’ coach in Green Bay last season. Many are citing Manning’s physical limitations as the main issue surrounding the offense. However, Manning hasn’t had the luxury of star WR Victor Cruz or first round WR, Odell Beckham at his disposal. Beckham (hamstring) will not play on Friday night.

Current NFL odds list this game as a straight up Pick’Em. Overall, I like the Giants in this game. The offense needs to have a big showing and I think the team will play with a sense of urgency. Take the Giants with your NFL Picks!

Selection: New York Giants -ML

The Tampa Bay Rays (61-61) are playing great baseball…and will look for their sixth straight win over the New York Yankees (61-59) on Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay’s starting pitchers have not allowed more than two runs over a 7-2 stretch, which is easily the best in the Majors. The Rays will send their most recent acquisition, LHP Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73 ERA), to build on their recent string of strong starts. Smyly was Tampa’s main return in a three-team trade that sent ace LHP David Price to the Detroit Tigers. Smyly is coming off a dominant seven inning, nine-strikeout performance on Monday against the Texas Rangers. Smyly only has one career start against the Yankees that happened during 2012. Smyly only allowed one run in six innings in a 7-5 win.

The Yankees will counter Smyly with RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89). Greene hasn’t pitched since August 7th when he tossed eight innings a 1-0 victory over the Tigers. It’ll be interesting to see if Girardi opts to use Greene’s main battery mate, Francisco Cervelli, or opt for Brian McCann, who is coming off the disabled list.

The Yankees have lost five straight games and a loss on Saturday will give the Yankees their first six-game losing streak. The Yankees have only scored five runs during the losing streak. Jacoby Ellsburgh and Carlos Beltran have just one hit in their last 30 at-bats.

Current MLB odds slate Tampa Bay as a comfortable -140 home favorite. Baseball is a game all about streaks and trends. The Rays always play well against the Yankees in the Trop. Roll with Tampa Bay for your MLB Picks!

Today’s Pick: Tampa Bay -ML

After taking three of four games against the rebuild Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees (60-54) will look to keep the momentum going against the Cleveland Indians (57-57). After Thursday’s victory, the Yankees moved within one game of the American League’s second Wildcard berth and moved into a second place tie in the American League East. The Yankees trail the first place Baltimore Orioles by five games. The Indians split a four-game set against the Cincinnati Reds earlier this week, but only sit four games out of the American League’s second Wildcard spot. 

If the Yankees want to keep their winning ways up, they’ll need a strong start from RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, 5.84 ERA). Rogers has made two appearances out of the bullpen since joining the Yankees. Friday night will mark his first start in pinstripes. Cleveland will counter with RHP Trevor Bauer (4-6, 4.20 ERA). Bauer, who was once a highly touted prospect with the Arizona Diamondback, has had an up-and-down career. Bauer is only 23-years-old and has shown flashes of brilliance. Bauer has given up at least three earned runs in his last four starts. Bauer pitched seven innings and gave up only two runs a month ago against the Bombers.

Current MLB Odds slot the Yankees as a slight home favorite. The Yankee offense is coming through with timely hits and I expect that to continue. Take the Yankees with your MLB picks this evening!

MLB Pick: NY Yankees -ML