NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 16

 

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 16
by Wayne Allyn Root
No the Green Bay loss to the Buffalo Bills was not a surprising loss. I had that pegged as my NFL Shocker Game of the Year. When your team has 3 great pass rushers lead by Mario Williams, look out! Peyton Manning went deep all day against San Diego and then balanced the game finding a late season running game. The Seahawks are peaking at the right time and are prepared to make their defense known to all! And then there’s New England and Tom Brady. It seems like 14 weeks ago this Pats/Dolphins game had a much different outcome. It’s too bad that Arizona suffered another QB injury and that Cowboys RB Murray broke a bone in his hand. Dr. Jerry Jones will no doubt have him playing Sunday whether he can hold onto the ball, block big guys or catch a screen pass. Indianapolis, Detroit and Philadelphia are teams that can get hot so sit back and hold on for the final two weeks of the NFL regular season. There’s so much to play for and bet on! The season to remember continues!!
1) NEW ENGLAND—The Pats are where they are supposed to be going into week 16; in first place and playing great. Gronk, Edelman and LaFell are playing catch with a very accurate passer every Sunday. Miami was no match in the re-match. The Patriots, as always, must be mind full of this weeks game against The Jets. Let’s see if the Pats can win and cover the 10 point spread!
2) DENVER—Peyton Manning is slowing down so what does he do? He burns the Chargers by going deep 7 times on throws of 15 yards or longer with 5 completions and 156 yards plus 1 TD. The Chargers had a bad scouting report that his arm was giving out somewhat and that he would have more of a rushing offense. Denver has a difficult road game this week at Cincinnati on Monday Night and the King of Primetime football will be there with the winner.
3) SEATTLE—The machine pushes forward. This team plays every game day exactly the same. Great defensive secondary, solid rushing attack, manageable QB play from Wilson, a cheerleading coach and the home town fans. The Seahawks travel to a defensive minded team this week to play banged up QB Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night.
4) GREEN BAY—The Packers leave the cold of Buffalo where they lost and go to the warmth of Tampa Bay where anything can happen. The Pack is tied with Detroit and cannot afford any letdowns if they want to play in Green Bay’s January weather. Cold and nasty!! Jordy Nelson’s once in a season drop was huge but keep in mind that was 1 of 7 dropped passes by others. Rodgers and Co. will put it behind them and head to Tampa.
5) DALLAS—The Cowboys won and won big at Philadelphia when they had to win. Many teams do not win “must win” games. Dez Bryant, will make the off season negotiations with Jerry Jones laughable. His 3 TD’s could never have been with better timing than in Philadelphia. They have an RB injury to consider this week as they play the Colts in Dallas.
6) ARIZONA—Will Ryan Lindley (QB) be a major part of the Cardinals game plan this week? We will see how practices go this week. They are not deep at running back in terms of success so how does a team win with just a great defense? Points still have to be scored in order to win. This may be a great time to play an under so as the week progresses, keep that in mind when visiting winningedge.com. As far as playing Seattle this week, they may need a few defensive scores!! This game has been circled for a year for the Cardinals.
7) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts are becoming a favorite team of many as Andrew Luck led a nice comeback against the Texans. The defense started it with a pick-six and Luck then took over the rest. This week it’s on to play the Cowboys. We need to see if there are any reasons for the Colt players to play hard as their destiny is pretty much locked up.
8) DETROIT—The Lions need to send a present to Buffalo as the Bills did them a huge favor last week. How can that Lions offense with their weapons rely on winning with field goals? This is the time of the year where Detroit shoots itself in the foot…so more TD’s and less field goals down the stretch. The Lions are on the road to face a dysfunctional Chicago Bears team. This should be interesting to say the least!!
9) PHILADELPHIA—Can you imagine that the Eagles could win out and not make the playoffs? That’s how big the loss to the Cowboys was last week. I doubt that it will happen so win out is all that the Eagles need to think about. Just defeat Washington this week and the Giants in week 17. This team has so much potential and all they need to do is to have all elements begin to peak at the right time; which is now!!
10) CINCINNATI—The Bengals caught a huge break in Cleveland against rookie Johnny “Football” Manziel. That was a gift. Their 9-4-1 record looms big against the Ravens and Steelers 9-5 record as we enter the stretch run. This week the Bengals host the Broncos on Monday night and history says that Andy Dalton plays poorly in big nationally spotlighted games. Is that going to happen this week? Stay tuned to winningedge.com for the answer.
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CAN THESE TEAMS MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
11) PITTSBURGH—As long as you have Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, anything can happen.
12) BALTIMORE—Flacco and the Ravens defense is peaking…should make it to the playoffs.
13) KANSAS CITY—Smith has completed 104 play action passes as the NFL leader. Good Job!!
14) BUFFALO–Nice win against Green Bay and nice way to close out your home season for great fans!
15) SAN DIEGO—Rivers had his chance. Playing Denver at home needing a win and it’s all down the river.

 

 

WEEK 15 NFL TOP 10

WEEK 15 NFL TOP 10

by Wayne Allyn Root
WOW! It’s amazing how the season revolves from the start to now with all the peaks and valleys. Green Bay began the season losing and opening up the NFC North. Seattle was written off until the “No-Mercy” Percy trade to the Jets and have now come roaring back to be a game behind Arizona and looking to defend their Super Bowl title. Then we got to witness New England get blown out at Kansas City and the downfall of the Bill and Tom duo.They have now won 7 of 8, only losing in a good road game to the Packers. The Denver Broncos have lost 3 games this season but are now poised to send it home in a mostly uncontested division. So maybe this seasons final four is set; Green Bay and Seattle in the NFC and Denver and New England in the AFC.
1) GREEN BAY—This says it all: The Packers have scored more TD’s (44) than having to punt (40) this season. They are unblemished at home and Rodgers has thrown for 20 touchdowns at home without a pick. If they get home field advantage, it’s a trip to Arizona for the Super Bowl.
2) NEW ENGLAND—The Patriots hold the tiebreaker over #3 Denver. What a great game they just won after dropping one to the Packers the prior week and having to travel 3500 miles to San Diego. Nice job in not losing back to back. Now it’s revenge time to the Dolphins.
3) DENVER—The Broncos let the Bills back in the game last Sunday allowing a cover but still got the win. This week it’s off to the races again as they will be tested in San Diego. Manning and the Broncos have won 11 straight divisional road games so it will be interesting to see if they can win and cover the 4 point spread.
4) SEATTLE—The Seahawks are poised to defend but need to keep the pressure on Arizona as they are still one game behind. But after defeating the Eagles, it’s looking much better for them. Their defense has been incredible limiting the Eagles, Cardinals and 49ers to season scoring lows. They are hosting the 49ers this week and are a huge favorite against the once mighty.
5) PHILADELPHIA—The Eagles surprised a few in their home loss to the Seahawks Sunday. Their running game is improving by having more designed plays so balance is set for Chip Kelly’s December run. This Sunday night is a very anticipated game against the Cowboys. That game will be the defining point in the NFC East.
6) ARIZONA—It was great to see the Cardinals get off their 2 game losing streak by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. Equally nice was seeing the return of Larry Fitzpatrick at wide out. That has to help any quarterback whether they get the ball to him or not. The Cardinals play a Thursday night game at St Louis. It’s no surprise that the Rams are favored the way they handle games within their own division. Maybe there’s a surprise in store for this contest.
7) DALLAS—The Cowboys took care of the Bears last week but didn’t close the show the way they should have on defense. Not sure if they became complacent in the 4th quarter but they need to play hard and smart for the entire game. This week is their biggest test so far this year by playing on the road at Philadelphia where they are a 3.5 underdog.
8) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts really have little reason to win. They are 8-4 and the Texans are 6-6. They have little shot at home field advantage during the playoffs. It should be a no-brainer in winning their division. But with that being said, they did squeeze out a win by 1 point against the Browns. Speaking of the Texans, maybe the Colts should put on their game faces as they play them this Sunday at home. They are a 6.5 favorite against a JJ Watts led defense.
9) DETROIT—Megatron, Reggie and Matt. Along with their strong defense could make for the rest of the season very interesting. They did a solid job against the Buccaneers and scored the win that was expected. This week they play a team that can win within their division in the form of the Vikings. They better not look past Minnesota even as they are the host. This is usually the time of the year where the Lions shoot themselves in their foot.
10) CINCINNATI—The Bengals dropped a big game to a team they seem to dominate. The Steelers came into town a stole a win from them. Andy Dalton better learn real fast how to win in December. The Bengal fans have enough talent so now they need leadership from the Coach and his top General. The meet the Browns in Cleveland where they may see Johnny Football get his first start.
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TEAMS PUSHING THE TOP 10
11) San Diego—The Chargers were up 14-13 for so long. How did you not shut down the Patriots?
12) Baltimore—The Ravens and Flacco looked good against the Dolphins keeping the pressure on Cincy
13) Miami—They are supposed to win at home. Now it’s a re-match at New England….Good Luck!
14) Pittsburgh—Ben and Company played great on the road and won big at Cincinnati. At Atlanta next.
15) San Francisco—The Seahawks put the 49ers out of their misery this week.

 

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK #12

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK #12

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
It seems that all anybody talks about when discussing the top NFL Football teams are New England, Denver and Green Bay. What about those desert rats from Phoenix? The team with the best record and the best defense. The only team that has been within 7 points or less entering the 4th quarter in every game this season. The Phoenix Cardinals- the only team that has also won 3 of 4 games this year with their backup quarterback under center. So let’s be fair and add Arizona into the conversation!
1) NEW ENGLAND—The Pats have the Chiefs to thank for their wake up call 6 weeks ago. That are playing at the highest level and are poised to continue with a healthy Gronk and Jonas Gray. Tom Brady looks like he’s reinventing his last Super Bowl run. They have the Lions this week coming in off a loss at Arizona. Not to worry, if you play like you did against the Colts, the contest won’t be close. Nice job Brady, game ball to you!
2) ARIZONA—Do you remember Harry Truman or the old Chicago Cardinals? That was the last time the Cardinals were 9-1. The Cardinals held Detroit to 6 points with their great defense and won their 6th game in a row. They can go all the way; but next up will tell the real story at they travel to play Seattle. Drew Stanton may make us forget about Carson Palmer.
3) GREEN BAY—What a great combo in the making: Aaron Rodgers produces a 30+ point lead…and over-paid career backup QB Matt Flynn performs mop up duty. This may be just the rest that Rodgers needs. Pile up the points and then sit for the rest of the game saving the body on wear and tear. Green Bay out played, out performed and embarrassed Philadelphia last week and now is on the road at poor, pathetic Minnesota.
4) DENVER—How can the Rams defeat Seattle, San Francisco and now Denver? How could Denver not have been ready, prepared and set to NOT over-look this team. A good win for St Louis, but a stunning and embarrassing loss for Peyton Manning and his entire team. This week it’s back home to play Miami. Another team with a better defense than offense. Let’s hope it’s not too frigid for those Manning thumbs, or the Broncos could be in for more trouble. Hint to Peyton: you might have to score more than 7 points this week to win.
5) KANSAS CITY—Let’s review: The Chiefs’ total number of touchdowns by wide receivers this season is zero. The Chiefs have not had a completed pass go for more than 38 yards this season (we’re talking catch and run combined). All the defensive safeties for the opposing teams need to do is move closer to the line of scrimmage. Jamaal Charles had his FIRST 100 yard rushing game this past Sunday. This team should be 4-6, not 7-3. With those stats in mind, who did they knock off last Sunday? The world champion Seattle Seahawks! This week they are in Oakland on Thursday so I’ll be shooting for my 5th Primetime winner in a row. That’s why they call me “The King of Primetime.”
6) DALLAS—This could be a great 3-week run for the Cowboys. A win against putrid Jacksonville; followed by a bye-week; and now a chance to pick off 2 or 3 passes from Eli Manning as they “cowboy up” in the Big Apple (or a little south of it in New Jersey). Jerry Jones stated “there was no curfew” in London. Let’s hope he smartens up with one in New York City. Southern cowboys can get in a lot of trouble in New York City! Dallas and the Giants play in the Sunday Night Game.
7) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers have posted back to back road wins and looked impressive in both games. Yes they had some help but that is part of the game. Thanks to Eli Manning, the 49ers swallowed up 5 of his passes and now head home to play the disgruntled Washington Redskins team. You’re on a roll, so don’t screw it up with a goal line fumble like the one on the 1 foot line against St Louis on the final play of the game.
8) DETROIT—The Lions defense has been the talk of the NFC North while Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson were out with injuries. So what do they do with both of them back? They allowed Drew Stanton to throw a career high 306 yards and 2 TD’s. That same effort this week will result in another “2nd half of the season doom” for the Lions as they get Tom Brady in New England.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Andrew Luck can only do so much. His defense has never been “top notch”. His rushing attack has never been “high enough quality” to offer Luck any balance. And millions of fans are pulling for him every week. With Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw out, the only player left to help Andrew Luck is Coby Fleener? Well Stanford boys stick together! Someone needs to step up and help, as the Colts remain at home against Jacksonville in a must-win game.
10) PITTSBURGH—The Steelers won the game in Nashville (but lost the cover- as Wayne Root clients know, because WE WON- but they also gained a locker room nightmare as RB LeGarrette Blount packed it in. It’s now the Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell show. Bell’s 196 rushing yards clearly bailed out Ben, who never looked like he was ready to play. Now they get a bye week to celebrate beating Tennessee and Blount moving on.
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11) PHILADELPHIA—Bad game at Green Bay, but that’s not uncommon, so beat Tennessee this week and you’re back in the Top 10.
12) SEATTLE—We’ll see what you’re made of this week: Champs or Chumps as you play the NFL’s surprise team Arizona.
13) CINCINNATI—Nice win where few prevail- at the Superdome. Houston will not be a push-over Sunday
14) MIAMI—You’ve had 10 days to get ready. If you want to be great, win on the road against Denver.
15) SAN DIEGO—Rivers and his wide receivers need to re-introduce themselves, or it’s “lights-out”.

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 12

 

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 12
“The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”
by Wayne Allyn Root
The 2014 Heisman went into over-load Saturday with some incredible performances resulting in a smorgasbord of choices as the season winds down. It seems that Marcus Mariota had things all locked up but then Saturday happened. Anyone can have an opinion but it’s usually about the money behind the votes and Bovada says it’s still Mariota by a wide margin. But there are a few games left and if last Saturday scrambled things up, let’s not give the Trophy out just yet. Bovada’s odd are Mariota at 1/5. Melvin Gordon is 6/1. Bovada also thinks that the off the field news concerning famous Jameis Winston and his upcoming hearing have dropped him to 40/1.
1) MARCUS MARIOTA–OREGON, QB—Oregon was off this past week. He has 2780 passing yards completing 67% of his passes and throwing 29 touchdowns. If that’s not enough, he’s the Ducks #2 rushing man with 524 yards and 8 more touchdowns. He goes against Colorado this week knowing the race is back on.
2) MELVIN GORDON—WISCONSIN, RB—How does rushing 25 times resulting in 408 yards and 4 touchdowns sound? It gets better. He never saw the playing field in the 4th quarter. His performance was the “game of the year” if not the performance of all-time. He averages 8.6 yards per carry for 1909 yards on the year. That certainly should be a wake-up call that the race is not over!
3) TREVONE BOYKIN—TCU, QB—He’s the Star of the Show. Last year, TCU ended the season 4-8 and this year they are in the Top 4. He’s the sole reason for this transformation. His 2nd half rally against Kansas was needed for stay on pace. He threw for 330 yards.
4) JT BARRETT—OHIO ST,QB—Who says freshman can’t perform? JT (off a huge game vs Michigan St) out played and out performed everyone in Ohio St’s win at Minnesota. He completed 15 of 25 passes with 3 TD’s and rushed 17 times for 189 yards. Can’t wait to see him next year.
5) AMARI COOPER—ALABAMA, WR—Cooper has made Bama QB Blake Sims look good and defenses look bad as he continues to burn up yardage and secondaries. He had 8 receptions and a touchdown to help defeat #1 Mississippi State. And all of that came against a very stout and physical Bulldog defense.
6) JAMEIS WINSTON–FLORIDA ST, QB—He’s impressive on the field and in the second half of most of his games as they have been forced to rally week after week. But his number are not as impressive as in 2013. I’m not sure if the Downtown Club wants to see him in The Big Apple in December.

 

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT, WEEK 12

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT, WEEK 12

by Wayne Allyn Root
This is what College football is all about. The highs and lows. The ebb and tide. The fumble by Utah turning a 14-0 game into a 7-7 momentum changer. Then rewarded as the Committee moves them into the Top 4. Incredible. To top it off, they even jumped Florida St. Alabama goes where few have returned with a W into Cajun Country just to see TCU jump them. Now that’s a high for the Horned Frogs but a low-blow for the Crimson. Notre Dame had no Irish Luck in the desert as the Sun set on ASU. They couldn’t give points away fast enough. For weeks it was said that Ohio St was going nowhere even if they defeated Michigan St. It’s not only Ohio St with all it’s history and alma mater but it’s URBAN MEYER’S Ohio St team (we know about juice in Vegas). They jumped 9 spots. This week we see Bama vs Miss St and Florida St playing old foe, Miami. Trust me when I say the following, before it’s Dec 7th, there may be 4 more different teams that we’ll be betting on in January.
1) MISSISSIPPI ST–The Bulldogs had the week off last week so they went to Tennessee and had a light workout with UT Martin. How did UT Martin score 16 points is the question? This week it’s THE BIG GAME. It’s time to travel to visit the Legend of Bear Bryant. There are no tickets for this game unless you have $5000 and don’t mind the end zone. Bama opened up a TD chalk. This will be a great game…..a high for one and a low for another.
2) OREGON—The Ducks ducked out of a 14-0 deficit with one of the strangest happenings in college football in a long time by grabbing a fumble and running 100 yards for a TD. It was a momentum changer and left Utah in total shock and disbelief. They turned it into a 51-27 win and a jump to number 2 in the polls. Now they get to bask in their glory and hang out on a bye week. Next up is Colorado on the road.
3) FLORIDA ST.—If they keep pushing back Jameis Winston’s hearing back any more, he’ll be in the NFL. Last week it was more of the same as FSU overcame a Virginia team and won 34-20. Other than The Citadel and Wake Forest, there have been no blow-outs and many games played from behind. No half-time lead is safe when playing the Noles. This week it’s Miami’s turn to outscore them in the first half and see what happens the 2nd half. The Seminoles opened up a small field goal favorite.
4) TCU—The Horned Frogs kicked the Wildcat’s butt last week. They sent them home no longer in the hunt for January consideration with a 41-20 huge win. TCU played a difficult well coached squad and played to their averages of 47 points scored and 22 points allowed. This week is a week to throw in some eye-candy for the Selection Committee as they are a 28 point favorite against Kansas…on the road.
5) ALABAMA—I thought for sure that Bama would move up if they grabbed a win at LSU. As it stands today, they would be left out of the party of the year. One would think that beating #21 A&M, # 11 Ole Miss and #16 LSU, would be enough. Well that’s OK says Nick Saban. They control their own destiny as they hosts Mississippi St. Wouldn’t that be funny if they get the win this week and forget to show up in the Iron Bowl vs Auburn?
6) ARIZONA ST—I was very proud of the boys from the desert just south of us. The Sun Devils kick Notre Dame where the Sun don’t shine. ND QB Golson gave it all he had including a ton of turnovers which the Devils turned into 21 points right from the start. After getting it close in the 2nd half, 34-31, ASU pulled away and won 55-31. This week they are a 10 point chalk on the road at Oregon St.
7) BAYLOR—Talking about highs and lows. When did it reverse course and have Baylor go to Oklahoma in Boomer Sooner Country and walk out of there with a 48-14 victory? Does Barry Switzer have to come back and return football royalty back to them? Total embarrassment unless you’re Baylor. This Baylor team is the same team that gave TCU it’s only loss. This week they’re on a bye week and then they host Oklahoma St.
8) OHIO STATE—When QB Barrett played his first game against Virginia Tech and lost 35-21 it was said that OSU was finished. But the Selection Committee in not as harsh. They take that into consideration along with the 3 offensive linemen that were out for the same game. Now let’s fast forward to a game that WAR saw coming for weeks. Wayne Root is a study and fan of Coach Urban Meyer. Hat’s off to a solid performance last week on the road defeating Michigan St 49-37. This week will not be the time for a letdown as much improved Minnesota, now ranked 25th, would love to kick your celebrating butt. OSU is a double digit road favorite.
9) AUBURN—The Tigers never saw it coming. Texas A&M quarterback, Allen, had an incredible afternoon as they upset Auburn 41-38. This is the same A&M team that big brother Alabama defeated 59-0. It won’t get any easier as they get to play between the hedges at Georgia. The Bulldogs opened up 2.5 favorite. It seems that there is more prep and attention given to the upcoming auction of Auburn’s Coach Gus Malzahn’s last years Iron Bowl Sweater vest up for sale. Do they know that Bulldogs can bite?
10) MISSISSIPPI—The Ole Miss Rebels got back in the win column after losses to LSU and Auburn. They defeated powerhouse Presbyterian 48-0. At least it was a shutout. Now they get to take a week off and rest after last weeks contest. (why would anyone schedule a week off after that game last week?). In two weeks, they play Arkansas. Their last meaningful win was October 4th against Alabama. Maybe the only thing left is the Egg Bowl.

 

Rocketman – Handicapping The NBA Injury Report! Friday 11-7-14

Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.
HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:
OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25
Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups for Friday 11-7-14!
Atlanta – 0
Charlotte – 2.8
Minnesota – 0
Orlando – 3
Chicago – 5.4
Philadelphia – 7.2
Indiana – 8.8
Boston – 4.3
New York – 4.7
Brooklyn – 0
Milwaukee – 0
Detroit – 0
Washington – 0
Toronto – 6.7
Memphis 3.9
Oklahoma City – 40.7
Sacramento – 0
Phoenix – 0
Dallas – 0
Utah – 0
Cleveland – 2.7
Denver – 0

Hope this helps out some. This system hits big percentages when we have a differential of 20 or more and the trends add up to leaning to that same team. It takes a little time to do this every day but it pays off in the end!   No plays for Friday fit the 20 point differential and the trend analysis I use.

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Thanks and good luck today!
Rocky Atkinson
Rocketman Sports