Draftmas Colts

Indianapolis Colts 2017 NFL Draft Profile

Day 14 of TGH’s Draftmas takes us to the Indianapolis Colts. What will the Colts do in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Summary

After posting another 8-8 season, frustrations in Indianapolis are beginning to boil. With a legitimate franchise quarterback in place, the Colts still couldn’t make the leap with Andrew Luck in 2016. Plagued by inconsistency, the Colts could never get things going in 2016, winning back to back games only once.

But fans have hope for 2017 with the firing of General Manager Ryan Grigson. He will be replaced by former Kansas City Director of Football Operations Chris Ballard. After seeing the success of the Chiefs, fans are hopeful Jim Irsay made the right hire. And Chris Ballard has certainly given Colts fans hope.

Ballard has signed 10 free agents since he became the GM of the Colts. That is the most in team history, and certainly shows he’s willing to do whatever necessary to return the Colts to contention. But with most of the signings being more about depth and less about immediate impact, Ballard will have to make some savvy moves come draft day.

Colts Picks and Needs

The Colts have seven picks in April’s draft. With the opportunity to find some solid players throughout the draft, Indianapolis will need to make good use of each of the following picks.

1st Round: 15th Overall

2nd Round: 46th Overall

3rd Round: 80th Overall

4th Round: 122th Overall

4th Round: 137th Overall

4th Round: 144th Overall

5th Round: 158th Overall

The Colts have a solid offense, finishing 10th in the NFL in yards per game in 2016. But the offensive line is one of the glaring weaknesses of the Colts offense. After the offensive line gave up 40 sacks in the first 13 games of the 2016 season, they could use an influx of talent. But after finishing 30th in the NFL in yards per game allowed, the defense definitely needs some attention in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are the needs for both offense and defense.

Offense

Right Guard

Right Tackle

Running Back

Defense

Defensive End

Defensive Tackle

Inside Linebacker

 

Cornerback

Colts Targets and Thoughts

As with the previous Draftmas profiles, we will examine the first three rounds and there will be no trades.

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First Round:

15th pick: Derek Barnett DE, Tennessee

After starting three years at Tennessee, Derek Barnett would be an excellent pick for the Colts at 14th overall. He would give Head Coach Chuck Pagano a legitimate pass rusher on the outside, one that could put his hand in the dirt and also play standing up. Pro Football Focus had Barnett pressuring the quarterback on 20% of his rushes in 2016, so he is a more than able pass rusher. Barnett was also a solid run stopper in his time at Tennessee, giving him an edge over other outside pass rushers. If Barnett lasts to the 14th pick, the Colts would be wise to grab him.

Second Round:

46th pick: Dan Feeney G, Indiana

While Dan Feeney isn’t the top rated guard in the 2017 draft class, he would be a good pick up for Chris Ballard. Feeney had an up and down 2016 at Indiana, missing some games due to injury. But when he has been on the field, Feeney has been a wall in pass protection. Over 1,239 pass block attempts in the past three seasons, Feeney has only allowed two sacks and four hits on Indiana quarterbacks. He has also logged some time at right tackle, giving him the ability to play at right tackle if need be. But with his innate pass blocking skills on the inside of the offensive line, Feeney could help put Andrew Luck’s mind at ease.

Third Round:

80th pick: Sidney Jones CB, Washington

After tearing his Achilles at Washington’s Pro Day, Sidney Jones has seen his draft stock plummet. Once a first round talent, many are predicting him outside the first three rounds. But if Chris Ballard and Chuck Pagano are willing to wait to let Jones heal, he could be a major steal in the third round. Jones didn’t allow a single touchdown in 2016, and Pro Football Focus gave him an impressive 86.1 coverage grade. He would be an excellent addition to a depleted secondary, and would play well across the field from Vontae Davis. The Colts could get a potential top flight corner back in the third round, but Ballard and Pagano will have to be comfortable with using an early round pick on a player who might not play in 2017.

Conclusion

The Colts have some major holes to fill on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. If they can land some solid players in the early rounds, don’t sleep on the Colts to make some noise in 2017. And with a franchise quarterback already in place, all the Colts need are the pieces to help carry Andrew Luck and the Colts back to the playoffs.

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Reid it and Weep: Andy Reid is a Top Coach of His Era

Good coaching is hard to come by. When a team gets a good coach, they need to hold onto them as long as possible even if they have a down year or two at some point. Many owners and general managers are highly inconsistent when it comes to firing or retaining a head coach. Society is trigger happy when it comes to sports. Teams must win now and if they don’t, the course of the ship must change immediately, but is that the right move?

Most times, it’s not one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. However, the Kansas City Chiefs know it best this isn’t always the case. Kansas City took advantage of the Eagles getting rid of a great coach after two subpar seasons. That coach is Andy Reid, and he is the most underrated, underappreciated coach in the NFL. Reid is a hall of fame coach only missing one thing from his resume, a Super Bowl win.

Philly with Andy Reid

Andy Reid

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Andy Reid was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 NFL seasons. Before Andy Reid was named the head coach of the Eagles in 1999, the Eagles did not have a coach last more than 80 games since Dick Vermeil was the coach from 1976-1982. Reid would coach over 200 games with the Eagles and lead them to the best success the franchise had ever seen.

Andy Reid’s first season was an abysmal 5-11. After that, Reid went on a tear throughout the NFL. In his next five seasons, he made the playoffs and had a regular season record of 59-21. The first year of that five-year playoff run, the Eagles lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

What Reid did in the next four seasons with the Eagles was rare. He led them to four straight NFC Championship berths. They lost the first three before winning the NFC Championship in January of 2005.

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The Eagles had finally gotten over the hump of the NFC Championship but had to face the great Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Eagles lost the Super Bowl XXXIX 24-21. It was the Eagles second Super Bowl loss franchise history.

After the Super Bowl loss, there was a hangover and the Eagles finished the 2005 season 6-10. In the seven seasons from 2006-2012, the Eagles never reached the same kind of success but were still a playoff contender.

Overall in Andy Reid’s 14 seasons with the Eagles, he finished with a regular season record of 130-93-1. He made the playoffs nine out of his 14 seasons. Reid was fired after a 4-12 season in 2012 and two consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance.

Philly Since Reid’s Departure

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Since Reid was fired in 2012, the Eagles have had two head coaches and an interim head coach. Reid has been with the Chiefs during that entire time.

As an organization, the Eagles have gone 34-30 and only made the playoffs once in those four seasons. They lost their only playoff game at home to the Saints 26-24.

Personally, Andy Reid in those four seasons has gone 43-21 and made the playoffs three times. The Eagles felt life without Reid would be better, but the truth of the matter is because of two subpar seasons by Reid’s standards, the Eagles went in a different direction. It is speculation but had the Eagles kept Reid their franchise might be still one of the best in the NFL.

Kansas City Before Reid

Andy Reid

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The Chiefs were the worst team in the NFL the year before Andy Reid was hired to take over. In the 14 seasons Reid was with the Eagles, the Chiefs had a 99-126 record and had made the playoffs only three times. The Chiefs did not win a single postseason game in the three playoff appearances and hadn’t won a playoff game since 1993.

They also had a total of five different head coaches during Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia. There was very little stability and even less success. When the Chiefs fired Romeo Crennel, they were looking for stability more than anything. Reid was the perfect candidate for the job in providing both success and stability.

 

Chiefs With Reid

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Andy Reid and the Chiefs have been a match made in heaven. In his four years as the head coach, he has posted a better wining percentage than his time in Philly. His win percentage with the Chiefs is 67 percent and with the Eagles, it was 58 percent.

What was most remarkable about his first season in Kansas City was that the Chiefs went from 2-14 to 11-5 and made the playoffs. They lost the playoff game 45-44 to the Colts but the turnaround had the franchise and its fans optimistic.

Reid’s second year was not as successful as the Chiefs went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. The front office still believed Reid was the best man for the job.

His third season was vital in proving he could still lead an NFL team. After coming off a 9-7 season he was expected to improve and get them back to the playoffs as he did in his first year. The problems started in that third season when the Chiefs started the season 1-5 and Reid was officially on the hot seat.

Then everything changed. Kansas City finished that season on a 10-game winning streak and finished with an 11-5 record. Since that 1-5 start, the Chiefs are an unbelievable 22-4. He also led the Chiefs to their first playoff victory since 1993. His encore was finishing this season 12-4 with the Chiefs first AFC West title since 2010. The Chiefs also finished as the second seed and are contenders to make it to the Superbowl.

Hall of Famer?

Andy Reid

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It remains to be seen how this season will play out for the Chiefs but one thing is certain- Andy Reid sure can coach. Overall in his 18 years as a head coach, he has a 173-114-1 record in the NFL.

He has made the playoffs 11 out of 18 seasons and has gone 11-11 in the playoffs. He has yet to win the Super Bowl but there are always legendary players who don’t win a Super Bowl. It doesn’t take away from their greatness.

Regardless of how his career ends, Andy Reid will be a Hall of Famer one day. The Eagles thought they needed a new voice but the fans of Philly miss having a team in the playoffs nearly every season. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and the fans who pour into Arrowhead to see the Chiefs have been given a treasure when Andy Reid become the head coach.

 

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Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 17)

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The final week of the NFL season is already here. Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas and is ready to welcome in the new year. It seems like the season just started yesterday but after this week the 12 teams participating in the playoffs will become official.

Currently, the AFC teams are all clinched and the only thing that remains is the seeding. In the AFC, the division winners are the Patriots, Steelers, and Texans. The Dolphins are one of the wildcard teams. The two remaining teams that have clinched a playoff spot are the Raiders and Chiefs, but depending on how week 17 goes one will win the division and the other will be a wildcard team.

The NFC is much more complicated than the AFC. In the NFC, three teams have already won their division: The Cowboys, Seahawks, and Falcons. The Giants have clinched one of the two wildcard spots. The NFC North title is on the line when the Lions and Packers face off. The Redskins and Buccaneers are not in the playoffs at the moment but depending on how the week plays out they are two teams that still have a shot at getting a wildcard spot.

Last week was rough and there were a lot of games that surprised the NFL world. All of the week 17 games are on Sunday for the only time of the season. It is important to end the season with a good week and without further ado, here are Hagan’s Haus week 17 NFL picks.

Last Week: 7-9

Season: 139-97-2

Sunday Morning

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Chicago (3-12) 24 @ Minnesota (7-8) 31: Both teams are eliminated from the playoffs so this game is about pride. Earlier this season the Bears beat the Vikings on Halloween on Monday Night Football. The Vikings wish they had that game back and they might have made the playoffs. This game is in Minnesota and their offense is playing much better than it was during their last meeting. The Vikings’ season was littered with injuries and was a disappointment, but they will end it on a positive note.

Baltimore (8-7) 23 @ Cincinnati (5-9-1) 20: This is another meaningless divisional matchup with pride being the only thing on the line. The Ravens were a much better team than I had anticipated this season. Although they can’t make the playoffs, they should win this game.

Houston (9-6) 20 @ Tennessee (8-7) 14: Tennessee suffered a heartbreaking blow last week when Marcus Mariota broke his leg, but there is promise for the future. They have an upcoming defense that has enjoyed some success so far. Their two-headed monster in the backfield is one of the best in the NFL. If they can continue to grow next season, they will be in the playoffs. Houston will be using this game as a tune-up for the playoffs and should win this game on the road.

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Carolina (6-9) 17 @ Tampa Bay (8-7) 20: This game is meaningful for the Bucs who still have a shot at making the playoffs. Having this game at home will help their chances and they already beat the Panthers 17 to 14 earlier this season, which should make them confident. The Panthers had an extremely disappointing season after a Super Bowl appearance last year. Carolina would love to go out with a win on the year along with ruining the chances of a divisional rival. The Bucs will get the win and hope for help in making the playoffs.

Jacksonville (3-12) 24 @ Indianapolis (7-8) 27: Andrew Luck worked wonders this season to keep the Colts around .500. If this team wants to become a playoff contender, they need to build their offensive line and defense. Jacksonville got an upset win against the Titans after they fired their head coach. The Jags have a lot of talent on their roster and with the right coach they can make major leaps next season. Only one team can end the season on a high note and Luck will be the difference.

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New England (13-2) 27 @ Miami (10-5) 17: This game features two teams who are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. New England is looking to solidify home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They have something to play for. The Dolphins really don’t benefit from a win and they may rest their players to stay healthy for a playoff run. Pats will win this game in Miami.

Buffalo (7-8) 31 @ New York (J) (4-11) 29: The Bills thought this would be the year they ended their playoff drought but it did not come to an end. The Jets had a bad year as well and seem to have no direction. The Jets run defense has given up 100 yards per game over the season and the Bills are on of the best rushing teams. Bills should win to finish the season 8-8.

Dallas (13-2) 24 @ Philadelphia (6-9) 23: This is the game that the Cowboys will create whispers in. The Cowboys do not want their players to get hurt and thus they should rest them. This means Tony Romo may get a chance to start. If Romo starts and plays well, Jerry Jones won’t know what to do with himself. The Cowboys will still win this game and it may be because of Tony Romo.

Sunday Afternoon

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New Orleans (7-8) 31 @ Atlanta (10-5) 30: The Falcons have wrapped up the NFC South but are still looking to earn a first-round bye. A win and they will clinch that bye. The Saints are a divisional opponent who will be looking to spoil their rival in any way possible. The Saints defense has played much better than earlier in the season and there is an opportunity to pull off an upset.

New York (G) (10-5) 21 @ Washington (8-6-1) 23: The Giants are locked into a wildcard spot and there isn’t much room for movement in terms of seeding. The Redskins need a win and some help to get the final wildcard spot in the NFC but it is possible. The Giants may want to rest some of their stars to make sure they are ready for the playoffs and that will be the reason the Redskins win.

Arizona (6-8-1) 24 @ Los Angeles (4-11) 20: The Rams got swept by the 49ers and that in itself tells you how bad this team is. They finally fired Jeff Fisher and need a new head coach to set the team in the right direction. Arizona was not as good as most expected but their defense is still one of the best in the NFL. They will shut down the middle school offense that is the Rams to secure a win.

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Oakland (12-3) 17 @ Denver (8-7) 20: Oakland is the most unfortunate team to be guaranteed a playoff spot. The loss of Derek Carr is monumental and they will not be able to recover from it. The Raiders will lose this game and in all likelihood will be one in done in the playoffs. The Broncos would rather be in the playoffs but they will settle for ending the season on a high note.

Kansas City (11-4) 31 @ San Diego (5-10) 10: The Chiefs can still win the division and get a first-round bye with a win and a Raiders loss. With the injury to Derek Carr, the Chiefs have found some luck. They play great defense and do not turnover the football. Explosive rookie Tyreek Hill has been a great addition to the offensive and he provides big plays. The Chiefs will win this game, and get help from the Raiders to win the AFC West.

Seattle (9-5-1) 34 @ San Fransisco (2-13) 14: The 49ers are having an abysmal year and unless it is against the Rams they can’t get a win. Seattle is preparing for yet another run at a Lombardi Trophy. Even with this game on the road, the Seahawks can control this game.

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Sunday Night

Green Bay (9-6) 31 @ Detroit (9-6) 28: The biggest game of the week is between these two teams. The division title is on the line and the winner will be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Since Aaron Rodgers said the Packers could run the table they have gone 5-0. One more win will make him a prophet. The Lions are in the midst of a losing streak and it won’t end this week. The Packers have a legend behind center and he will lead them to the playoffs.

 

 

 

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Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 16)

Week 15 was wild in the NFL and there were surprises all over. It was another great week of football. The playoffs are just two weeks away and there is still much to be decided. Before getting into week 16, to everyone who celebrates Christmas, merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then happy holidays.

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Four teams have officially clinched playoff spots: The Patriots, Raiders, Cowboys, and Seahawks. Pittsburgh clinches a division title with a win against the Ravens this week. Kansas City can clinch one of two ways:(1) a win and they are in, or (2) a loss by the Ravens. Houston can clinch the division with a win and a Titans loss. The last team in the AFC with a chance to clinch a playoff birth is the Dolphins. They have three scenarios: (1) a win and a loss by Denver, and the other two scenarios involve a Dolphins tie so let’s not dig too deep into a tie since the chances of a tie are unlikely.

In the NFC the Giants have the most scenarios to clinch, with five. The Giants can clinch if (1) they win or tie, (2) a loss or tie from Detroit, (3) a loss or a tie from Green Bay, (4) a loss or a tie from Tampa Bay, and lastly (5) a loss by Atlanta. The Lions can clinch the division by winning and a loss by the Packers. Detroit also clinches a playoff birth with losses by both the Redskins and Buccaneers along with a Falcons win.

The Falcons can win the AFC South with a win and a loss by the Bucs. They can also clinch a playoff spot by just winning or a loss by both the Redskins and Packers. Green Bay has one scenario in which they can clinch and that scenario is a win plus a loss by Washington and Tampa Bay and Atlanta would have to win as well. The last team with a chance to clinch is the Buccaneers. For the Bucs to clinch they would need a win and a loss by the Packers, Lions and Redskins.

Last Week: 12-4

Season: 132-88-2

Thursday Night

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New York (G) (10-4) 27 @ Philadelphia (5-9) 24: New York has a Super Bowl contending team yet again and Eli Manning still doesn’t get the respect that most top quarterbacks get. He is having a great season with 3,491 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions in 14 games. Divisional games are always tough no matter what the records are. This will be a close one. Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard will both have big games and the Giants stay alive for the NFC East crown.

Christmas Eve Morning

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Minnesota (7-7) 16 @ Green Bay (8-6) 20: This game has major playoff implications. The Packers are hot and still in a position to win the division. Minnesota has no shot at winning the division but can still sneak in the backdoor with a wildcard birth. These two teams met in week two in the first ever game in the Vikings new stadium in which the Vikings won 17-14. In Lambeau, the Packers will have the edge and the Vikings will be all but dead in the water.

Miami (9-5) 24 @ Buffalo (7-7) 27: Matt Moore looked amazing against the Jets, but so has everyone else this season. Buffalo is holding onto slim chances for the playoffs.  The Dolphins won the first matchup of these teams 28-25. Buffalo is more desperate and Miami still doesn’t feel like a legit playoff team yet. Bills return the favor in Buffalo and win by three.

New York (J) (4-10) 17 @ New England (12-2) 37: Tom Brady is going to have at least four touchdowns in this game and the Jets will have no chance. Brady and the Patriots are looking to make sure the path to the Super Bowl runs through New England as usual. One more win will get them closer to that this week.

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Tennessee (8-6) 27 @ Jacksonville (2-12) 23: Marcus Mariota and the Titans got a huge road win last week to prove their legitimacy and in my mind became the favorites in the AFC South. The Titans need to win a road game against an underwhelming divisional opponent. Sometimes these games are the hardest to win. Jacksonville will be well prepared and scare Tennessee, but it will be just a scare and nothing more.

San Diego (5-9) 24 @ Cleveland (0-14) 25: The Browns will not be the second team to go 0-16. Traveling across country from comfortable San Diego to cold and frigid Cleveland will be a difficult task. The Chargers will be the one team incapable of beating the Browns. Cleveland has had enough go wrong and 0-16 won’t be added to that list of laughable failure.

Washington (7-6-1) 27 @ Chicago (3-11) 31: Matt Barkley has been playing great and the Bears have been competitive in their recent games. If it wasn’t for one deep pass to Jordy Nelson they might have upset the Packers. The Redskins have been faltering lately and it is because they are not a real playoff team, The Bears have been playing so hard it has to result in a win at some point. It hasn’t been a great year for Bears fans, but they will get a Christmas win.

Atlanta (9-5) 24 @ Carolina (6-8) 27: Atlanta has a chance to propel themselves to the playoffs with a win, but the Falcons are running into Cam and the Panthers. There is still a small chance the Panthers make the playoffs, which means they will do anything they can to win. Cam won’t let the Falcons win in his house.

Christmas Eve Afternoon

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Indianapolis (7-7) 31 @ Oakland (11-3) 38: If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would have never believed the performance the Colts put on last week. Their defense played as if they were the best of all time, which is uncharacteristic of the Colts. Two of the Raiders three losses are to the Chiefs and usually only struggle against teams with great defenses. The Colts performance on defense last week was one of a kind and it won’t happen again.

Tampa Bay (8-6) 27 @ New Orleans (6-8) 24: The Bucs need a win and a loss from the Falcons to get one step closer to winning the division. Winning at the Super Dome is no easy task, but the Bucs are more than capable. If Tampa wants to make the playoffs they will win this game. The Saints won’t be able to spoil the Bucs hopes.

Arizona (5-8-1) 13 @ Seattle (9-4-1) 16: These two teams played to a tie in their first matchup. That will not happen again. The Seahawks have secured the division and are just preparing to be ready for the playoffs. This may be another defensive battle, but the 12th man in Seattle will give the Seahawks the edge in this NFC West showdown.

San Fransisco (1-13) 20 @ Los Angeles (4-10) 24: In what could be considered the most boring game of the week, the Rams get a chance to avenge an early season loss. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-0 week one and haven’t won since. The 49ers rush defense ranks dead last in the NFL, giving up 176.3 rush yards a game. Todd Gurley should have his biggest game of the year to give the Rams their fifth win of the year.

Christmas Eve Night Game

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Cincinnati (5-8-1) 24 @ Houston (8-6) 21: Tom Savage went from unknown backup to most of the world to Texan superstar. Brock Osweiler was signed for $72 million with $37 million guaranteed this offseason. He was benched in favor of Savage, who came in and dominated. Tom Savage has since been named the starter and looks to help the Texans forge on towards a divisional title. Cincinnati will be ready for Savage and this game will end in an upset.

Christmas Day

Baltimore (8-6) 16 @ Pittsburgh (9-5) 19: This is the biggest game of the week in terms of division races. The winner of this game will end up becoming the AFC North division champions. The Ravens won the last matchup 21-14 on November 6th. The Steelers are on a five game winning streak and playing well. These two teams play great games and this will be no different. The Steelers get the three point edge at home to win the AFC North.

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Denver (8-6) 14 @ Kansas City (10-4) 17: The Chiefs are coming off a tough home loss to the Titans last week. Denver ran into mighty Tom Brady and New England. The Broncos will be fighting for their playoff lives this week, but Arrowhead is a tough place to play. Kansas City knows a win puts them in the playoffs and they will get the job done.

Monday Night

Detroit (9-5) 24 @ Dallas (12-2) 28: Monday Night football will be going out with a bang this season as the Lions travel to Jerry World. The Lions are looking to secure a playoff spot, but are running into the best team in the NFL. As usual, the Cowboys will run the ball down the Lions throats. If Detroit finds a way to stop Zeke, then Dak will light them up through the air. It is a lose lose for the Lions and they will lose.

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Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 15)

There are just three weeks remaining in the NFL season and the playoff races are tight. Six teams in total have been officially eliminated, with three coming from from each conference. In the AFC it is the Jets, Jaguars and Browns. In the NFC the three teams that have been eliminated are the Rams, Bears and 49ers. If you’re a fan of one of these teams check out a mock draft here.

Only one team has officially clinched a spot and that happens to be the Dallas Cowboys. Six teams have a chance to clinch a playoff berth in week 15, but most of the scenarios require a lot and won’t list them until next week. For now the focus will be on picking the games and last week was a great week for picks. Here are Hagan’s Haus week 15 NFL picks.

Last Week: 11-5

Season: 120-84-2

Thursday Night

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Los Angeles (4-9) 10 @ Seattle (8-4-1) 23: The Rams have finally made the right decision and fired Jeff Fisher. It only took them three years too long. Seattle is coming off of their worst loss with Russell Wilson who threw a career high five interceptions. A win by the Seahawks or a loss by the Cardinals will clinch a playoff berth for the Seahawks and with that much on the line they will win.

Sunday Morning

Miami (8-5) 23 @ New York (J) (4-9) 16: Ryan Tannehill is out for this game and the Dolphins allowed the Cardinals to come back once Tannehill went down. The Jets have looked very bad the past two weeks against the Colts and the 49ers. If Miami can run the ball and Matt Moore keeps the turnovers down they can still win this game. The Jets have given up an average of 193.5 rushing yards the past two games. The Dolphins run their way to victory.

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(Gregory Shamus/Getty Image)

Indianapolis (6-7) 22 @ Minnesota (7-6) 24: This is a big game for both teams as each still have a shot to win their division to make the playoffs. The Vikings offense has learned how to move the ball consistently, but can’t finish drives with touchdowns. Their defense is still stellar and can create havoc. Luck won’t have enough time to drop back in this one and the Vikings will keep their playoff hopes alive.

Green Bay (7-6) 41 @ Chicago (3-10) 24: Aaron Rodgers said the Packers would run the table and he might be right. The Bears do not have much to play for other than pride and hopes of ruining their biggest rivals chances at the playoffs. Matt Barkley has faired well so far, but the Packers are too hot and Aaron Rodgers is too good.

Jacksonville (2-11) 17 @ Houston (7-6) 27: Houston is a great team at home and Jacksonville is bad anywhere they step onto a field. Blake Bortles has regressed and he will struggle against a strong Texans defense. Lamar Miller is quietly having a great year with 1,010 yards rushing. This shouldn’t be a difficult game for the Texans, but anything is possible in a divisional matchup.

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Cleveland (0-13) 24 @ Buffalo (6-7) 27: Keep an eye on this game. The Browns have a chance to steal this game if Buffalo doesn’t come to play. The closer the Browns get to a winless season, the harder they will be to beat. No player wants a winless season on their resume. The Bills still have an outside shot at the playoffs and should win this game.

Philadelphia (5-8) 27 @ Baltimore (7-6) 26: Philly is a decent team that will put up a fight against anyone and Baltimore looked pretty good against the Patriots. Both offenses are mediocre as the Eagles rank 19th with 22.3 points per game and the Ravens rank 21st with 21.5 points per game. All signs point to the Ravens winning this game, but usually in the NFL when that is the case the other team wins. Philly steals one on the road.

Tennessee (7-6) 13 @ Kansas City (10-3) 17: This is going to be a great defensive game. Tennessee is underrated and their defense is carrying them in their fight towards the divisional crown. Kansas City is a legit Super Bowl contender and is virtually unbeatable at Arrowhead. The Titans are good, but they are young and won’t win this difficult game on the road.

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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit (9-4) 31 @ New York (G) (9-4) 34: This could be the game of the week in the NFL. The Lions love to put on a comeback, but the Giants defense is too good to let that happen. Detroit has a tough stretch of games coming up and this will be the first. Because this game is at the Meadowlands, the Giants hold on for the win.

Pittsburgh (8-5) 23 @ Cincinnati (5-7-1) 20: For so many years this was a great rivalry game with playoff implications. The Bengals haven’t been officially eliminated, but it is only a matter of time. Pittsburgh has a one game lead over the Ravens for the division title and needs to win to stay ahead. The Steelers need it more and that will be the difference as the Bengals will put up a valiant fight.

Sunday Afternoon

New Orleans (5-8) 21 @ Arizona (5-7-1) 37: Oh when the Saints, go marching in, they get beat by the Cardinals. The Saints defense is giving up the most points per game in the NFL and the Cardinals have an explosive offense. David Johnson is going to have over 200 all-purpose yards as the Saints stink it up in the desert.

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San Fransisco (1-12) 17 @ Atlanta (8-5) 41: Atlanta is catching a break playing the 49ers this week as the playoff races heat up. Atlanta’s passing attack is going to light up the scoreboard for about 40 points. San Fransisco’s offense will not be able to keep up.

New England (11-2) 22 @ Denver (8-5) 20: Tom Brady doesn’t typically play well in the Mile High City, which would typically suggest picking Denver would be the right choice. The issue is Denver’s offense won’t be able to win this game for them and Tom Brady will throw his name atop the MVP race after this game.

Oakland (10-3) 34 @ San Diego (5-8) 27: If the Raiders win, they will have officially clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2002 in which they made it to Super Bowl XXXVII. Their playoff drought is at 14 seasons and it is going to end. The Chargers aren’t good enough to win this game and Derek Carr will throw for 400 yards to finally put the Raiders into the playoffs.

Sunday Night

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(Photo: Matthew Emmons)

Tampa Bay (8-5) 23 @ Dallas (11-2) 27: Dallas is coming off their second loss of the season, but both have been to the Giants. The Bucs defense has gotten hot as of late and in their last five games they are only giving up 12.8 points per game. One of the issues with their defense is they are giving up 110 yards rushing per game on the year and it is well known that the Cowboys strength is running the ball. Zeke will have a big game and the Cowboys will win a dogfight.

Monday Night

Carolina (5-8) 34 @ Washington (7-5-1) 31: The Panthers looked great against the Chargers, but that doesn’t say a lot. Both teams are fighting to make the playoffs. Cam loves the spotlight and Monday night football is the time to shine. Kirk Cousins has the Redskins as the eighth highest scoring team in the NFL. Carolina can score if they have to and Monday night they will need to. NFL teams are all about the same caliber and are mostly separated by quarterback play. Cam is the better quarterback and will lead his team to a close win.

 

Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 14)

images-4There are only four weeks remaining in the regular season, which means each game matters more. There are a lot of teams in the hunt for the playoffs. In the NFC, the Cowboys seem to be a lock for the number one seed and have a three game lead on the Giants for the division. The Seahawks also have a three game lead in NFC West, and look positioned for the number two seed. As for the NFC North, the Lions look like the favorite to win it, but the Vikings and Packers are both only two games back. The NFC South is still pretty open as all four teams are separated by just three games. The two NFC Wild Card slots are owned by the Buccaneers and the Giants, but the Redskins, Vikings, Packers, Cardinals, Saints, and Eagles all have a shot.

The AFC race is just as exciting as the playoff race in the NFC. The number one seed is still very much up for grabs between the Raiders, Patriots, Chiefs, and even the Broncos. The two wildcard spots in the AFC are held by the Chiefs and Broncos, but the Dolphins, Steelers, Colts, Bills, and Titans all have legitimate chances at getting a wild card spot.

This is the most fun part of the NFL season as teams battle it out for these playoff spots. Last week was the final week for bye weeks so every team will be in action this week. Hopefully the season ends strong. Here are Hagan’s Haus week 14 NFL picks.

Last Week: 9-6

Season: 109-78-2

Thursday Night

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(D. Ross Cameron/Associated Press)

Oakland (10-2) 27 @ Kansas City (9-3) 24: This could be the best game of the week and there are a lot of great games. If the Raiders are able to go into Kansas City, of all places, and win, then Derek Carr should be a lock for the MVP. The Chiefs got the best of the Raiders in Oakland, winning 26 to 10. The hot Raiders offense is averaging 32 points per game over their last five. The Raiders win because Derek Carr leads a late fourth quarter touchdown drive.

Sunday Morning

Minnesota (6-6) 34 @ Jacksonville (2-10) 16: This is the beginning of the playoffs for the Minnesota Vikings. If this team wants to get in the playoffs, they must run the table and finish 10-6. The schedule is favorable with none of the teams they face currently above .500. The Jaguars are just preparing for another top five draft pick. Minnesota gets the win on the road to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Pittsburgh (7-5) 37 @ Buffalo (6-6) 24: Pittsburgh’s defense looked great against the Giants last week. If the Steelers defense plays like this for the remainder of the season, they could be the most dangerous team in the playoffs. Buffalo seems to be stuck in mediocrity. Tyrod Taylor has regressed a bit and that will be the Bills downfall.

Denver (8-4) 23 @ Tennessee (6-6) 24: Before the season, I had the Broncos in third place in the AFC West and missing the playoffs and a lot of people laughed. Their defense is good but their offense is holding them back. They need better quarterback play to make the playoffs and that just won’t happen. The Titans have surprised many this year and are in the race to win their division. Because this game is in Tennessee, I see them stealing it. Titans win in an upset most won’t dare to pick.

Washington (6-5-1) 24 @ Philadelphia (5-7) 27: This should be an interesting game. A division rivalry in which both teams are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Redskins won the first matchup 27 to 20 in a back and forth game. This game will be as close as the first and the home team will win.

Arizona (5-6-1) 27 @ Miami (7-5) 21: The Dolphins were taken to the woodshed last week against the Ravens and it ended their six-game winning streak. They are still in the playoff race, but each game is going to be important. The Cardinals are also in the playoff race, but their chances are much more slim. Miami is a good team, but a year away. The Cardinals are going to get the upset win and keep their chances alive.

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San Diego (5-7) 31 @ Carolina (4-8) 34: It is still astonishing the Panthers are having this bad of a season after going 15-1 and going to the Super Bowl. The fact is their defense is pretty bad this year. The Chargers are a bit better than expected, but have no shot at the playoffs; at this point they are playing for pride. The Panthers still have a shot at their division title and are at home. Cam outplays Rivers in a shootout.

Cincinnati (4-7-1) 30 @ Cleveland (0-12) 19: Last week was the first week of the season the Browns didn’t lose and it was because they were on a bye week. Cincinnati looked like last year’s Bengals team against the Eagles last week. Nobody deserves to go winless, but the Browns are going to do it. Bengals win easily to send the Browns three games away from a winless season.

Chicago (3-9) 31 @ Detroit (8-4) 30: Snow games are always exciting and the Bears looked good in it against the 49ers. Granted it was the 49ers, but Matt Barkley has looked good in his two starts. If his receivers stop dropping the football, his stats may start showing how well he has been playing. The Lions are more lucky than good and there is a chance for an upset here. The Bears have nothing to lose and would love to hurt a division opponent.

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(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Houston (6-6) 24 @ Indianapolis (6-6) 28: Two of the three teams tied for first in the AFC South are facing off for a chance at first place. The Texans are 1-5 on the road and their offense is incapable of scaring anyone, even a Colts defense giving up 25.9 points per game. The Colts offensive line played great against the Jets. With that momentum, the Colts take the lead in the AFC North.

Sunday Afternoon

New York (J) (3-8) 19 @ San Fransisco (1-11) 17: The 49ers versus the Bears was predicted to be a snooze fest, but this game may be even worse. The Jets flat out quit against the Colts and the 49ers have lost 11 straight with no end in sight. It is really hard to pick who is going to win this game. After the Jets got embarrassed on national television, they will bounce back and get a win.

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New Orleans (5-7) 27 @ Tampa Bay (7-5) 28: There seems to be plenty of divisional matchups this week, which means important football games. This is a huge game for the Bucs and their playoff hopes. The Saints had a chance to take a step towards the divisional race, but dropped the ball against the Lions. The Bucs are at home and Jameis Winston will shine at home and push the Bucs closer to a division title.

Atlanta (7-5) 36 @ Los Angeles (4-8) 22: For weeks I have been saying the Falcons would falter at some point in the season and miss the playoffs. That time is coming, but it won’t come this week. The Rams offense is incapable of keeping up with the high-powered Falcons air attack. Matt Ryan has a big game to keep the hope alive for another week.

Seattle (8-3-1) 34 @ Green Bay (6-6) 27: Aaron Rodgers said he thinks the Packers could run the table and since then they have a two-game win streak. It is definitely possible when you have a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. The problem is the Seahawks are on their mission and destroying anyone in their path. Seahawks will continue the push towards the Super Bowl and send Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a loss closer to the offseason.

Sunday Night

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Dallas (11-1) 24 @ New York (G) (8-4) 27: New York got caught looking forward to this game and dropped one to the Steelers. The Cowboys only have one loss on the season and it is to these Giants. The Giants matchup well against the Cowboys. The Giants receiving corp will give the Cowboys defensive backs fits and it will be the difference in the game. Also, the Giants defense will rise to the occasion and slow down a tough Cowboys offense.

Monday Night

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Baltimore (7-5) 31 @ New England (10-2) 34: Monday Night Football was a snoozer last week, but this week it gets a major upgrade. The Ravens are fighting with the Steelers for the AFC North crown. Baltimore has been impressive this season, and by most accounts, have overachieved. Bill Belichick has the Patriots doing the usual and fighting for home-field advantage. Baltimore also has a great defense, but it won’t be enough to slow down the great Tom Brady.

Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 13)

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week! Picking games didn’t go so smoothly, but eating Thanksgiving Dinner sure did. As cold weather starts to cool down the country, the NFL playoff races are heating up. Week 12 shook up some of the standings. There are a lot of top headlines from the week as well. The Cowboys are the best team in the NFL and show no signs of slowing down. The Titans have a legitimate shot at winning their division. Atlanta has developed a pass rush and might have finally figured out how to finish a game and a season. Cleveland is still winless, and the AFC West is the best division in football.

unknownPlenty happened last week and this week could be just as fun. This will finally be the last week with teams on a bye and those two teams are Cleveland and Tennessee. Starting next week everyone will have played the same amount of games and the playoff picture will become more clear. The regular season is nearing its end so it is time to get this win total up. Here are Hagan’s Haus NFL picks for week 13.

Last Week: 8-8

Season: 100-72-2

Thursday Night

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Dallas (10-1) 23 @ Minnesota (6-5) 21: Dallas is clearly the best team in the NFL, which is why this is a trap game. The Vikings defense is not going to let the Cowboys run down their throat. Many times teams are upset on these Thursday night games, especially when going on the road. Minnesota is a desperate team and desperate teams are dangerous. Although this is a trap game, the Cowboys will just barely pull off the road win.

Sunday Morning

Kansas City (8-3) 26 @ Atlanta (7-4) 24: The Falcons better hope the Bucs lose because the Falcons are heading towards a loss with the Chiefs coming to town. The Chiefs are a good team with a great defense. The offense just needs to put up some points and take care of the football. Atlanta is a good team and they have finally found a pass rush, but the Chiefs are just better.

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(US Presswire)

Detroit (7-4) 38 @ New Orleans (5-6) 41: The Saints defense has trouble stopping a nosebleed let alone a defense. Their offense can score on anyone. Last season the Lions went into New Orleans and won 35-27. The Saints can’t let the Lions win another one in the Superdome, especially when the Saints need to win out to make the playoffs. Drew Brees outplays Matthew Stafford in a shootout.

Los Angeles (4-7) 21 @ New England (9-2) 37: Since the Browns have the week off, NFL fans need someone to feel bad for this week. Everyone needs to feel bad for Jared Goff because Bill Belichick always gets the best of rookie quarterbacks. The Rams defense gets pressure, but Tom Brady will get the ball out too fast for the Rams defense. Tom Brady and the Patriots will continue to roll towards the playoffs.

Denver (7-4) 31 @ Jacksonville (2-9) 17: Denver is coming off a heartbreaking loss. They blew an eight-point lead and lost on a field goal in overtime that bounced off the post and somehow went in. The Jaguars are looking to solidify yet another top-five pick. This game will be competitive for a while, but eventually the Broncos pull away.

(Credit: Rick Wood)

(Credit: Rick Wood)

Houston (6-5) 14 @ Green Bay (5-6) 27: All season I’ve been saying the Packers would eventually find their mojo. Last week I conceded that this may be the year in which they don’t find that mojo. Then what do the Packers go out and do? Play one of their best games of the year and get right back into the thick of the playoff race. Houston is pathetic on the road and the Packers are about to get hot. Green Bay wins this one easily.

Philadelphia (5-6) 24 @ Cincinnati (3-7-1) 17: Cincinnati is bad and it is time for the Bengals to fire Marvin Lewis. A new voice is needed. Philly is still a decent football team that is young and still learning. The Eagles defense ranks fifth in points given up and the Bengals offense ranks 27th in points scored. The Bengals won’t score enough to win this game.

Miami (7-4) 24 @ Baltimore (6-5) 21: The Dolphins are the hottest team in the AFC and have a six-game win streak. Ryan Tannehill is getting no credit for how well he has played. He has seven touchdowns to just one interception during the win streak. All year I have been saying the Ravens are a .500 team and they won’t make the playoffs. They will lose this week to get to .500 and they will slowly fall behind the Steelers in the division. Miami needs a big win to stay in the wild card race and they will get it to win their seventh straight game.

San Fransisco (1-10) 32 @ Chicago (2-9) 31: There may be about 20 total people watching this game, but it is an important game. The loser of this game will be in prime position for the second overall pick in the draft. This is a game that neither team should want to win to solidify that draft pick. It is hard to pick a game in which two horrible teams are playing. Because of a flip of a coin, the 49ers end their 10-game losing streak and get a win in the Windy City.

Sunday Afternoon

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Buffalo (6-5) 34 @ Oakland (9-2) 31: The Raiders look poised for a run at the Lombardi Trophy, but the injury to Derek Carr’s finger on his throwing hand will halt their progress a bit. The Bills are hard to figure out, but their offense is exciting. LeSean McCoy had a huge game last week. The Raiders have the seventh worst rush defense in the NFL and that will be their demise this week.

New York (G) (8-3) 34 @ Pittsburgh (6-5) 36: This is the best game of the week. Eli Manning and the Giants are playing great football at this point of the season and have a six game winning streak. Pittsburgh is fighting to win their division. This game could be an aerial display as the Steelers rank eighth in passing yards (263.9 yards per game) and the Giants rank 12th (256.5 yards per game). This game will be a dogfight and Big Ben will make one more big play to Antonio Brown than Eli will make to Odell Beckham.

Washington (6-4-1) 21 @ Arizona (4-6-1) 24: The Redskins have an impressive offense. Washington is second in passing yards (314.8), 11th in rushing yards (111.5), and ninth in points (25.5). The Cardinals are giving up the least amount of yards in the NFL (294). The Cardinals need Carson Palmer to take care of the football. This will be an upset and the Cardinals will get one game away from .500.

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(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay (6-5) 27 @ San Diego (5-6) 24: The Bucs still have a chance to win the division, but they seem to lose games they are expected to win and win games they are expected to lose. If the Bucs are serious about winning the division and making the playoffs, they have to beat the Chargers. The Bucs are going to do what they need to and put pressure on the Falcons.

 

Sunday Night

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Carolina (4-7) 20 @ Seattle (7-3-1) 24: The Panthers are struggling this year and it is hard to figure out why.  Seattle took a shocking loss on the road to the Buccaneers. The Seahawks have a good record, but they will not get to the Super Bowl if they continue to struggle along the offensive line. The Seahawks are still playing the best defense in the NFL by leading the league in points given up per game(17 points per game). Their defense will get to Cam and hit him hard to send Carolina to a surprising 4-8.

 

Monday Night

Indianapolis (5-6) 24 @ New York (J) (3-8) 27: The Colts versus the Jets may be the worst Monday night game of the year. The Jets have nothing to play for but pride. Indianapolis is still fighting for a chance to win the division. The Colts have the fifth-worst scoring defense in the NFL and have trouble stopping anybody. It is hard to pick a team to win this game, but the Jets are at home which is why they will win.

 

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Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 12)

Thanksgiving week has arrived which means Turkey and football. It doesn’t get more American than that. This year’s games are some of the best games we have ever been treated to on Thanksgiving. Two huge divisional matchups with first place at stake in one of them.

Last week had some great games. The biggest stories in the NFL from week 11 included: The Cowboys winning their ninth straight game, The Buccaneers ending the Chiefs five game win streak, The Vikings ending their four game losing streak, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers continue to falter and the Raiders winning on Monday Night Football in Mexico.

This week is definitely headlined by the Thanksgiving day games but the rest of the week should be fun as well. There are no byes this week, and only two teams have yet to have their bye. It was a good week last week for Hagan’s Haus picks and I will try and keep that momentum rolling. Here are Hagan’s Haus week 12 NFL picks.

Last Week: 10-4

Season: 92-64-2

Thanksgiving Games

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Minnesota (6-4) 24 @ Detroit (6-4) 20: In terms of division title races this is the most important game in week 12. The Vikings finally ended their four game losing streak but it took a 100 yard interception return by Xavier Rhodes and a 104 yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson. The Lions were in a dogfight with the Jaguars who are a bad road team. I am still not sold on the Lions this season and they stole one earlier in the season from the Vikings. Minnesota will get revenge in an exciting opening Thanksgiving Day game.

Washington (6-3-1) 24 @ Dallas (9-1) 27: Many people expect the Cowboys to lose this game. They won’t. The Redskins are a decent team but, the Cowboys are better. In this Thanksgiving Day game it is all about the big boys up front for the Cowboys. They deserve a nickname soon so if some of you think of one, let me know and we can find something to call these studs. They will open up big holes for Zeke to feast on Washington. Cowboys fans will have even more to be thankful for after the final seconds tick off.

Pittsburgh (5-5) 41 @ Indianapolis (5-5) 17: This was going to be an intriguing match-up but Andrew Luck is officially out and Scott Tolzien will make his first start since 2013. The Colts are bad pretty much all over without Luck. Meaning, they have no shot. The Steelers need this win to keep their playoff hopes high. Steelers will get the job done.

Sunday Morning

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(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)

Tennessee (5-6) 20 @ Chicago (2-8) 17: Jay Cutler might be out of this game which would actually be good news for the Bears. The Titans are still young and it shows in games they are suppose to win. Marcus Mariota is still having a great year and so is the should be comeback player of the year, DeMarco Murray. Titans will play great defense and get a road win in the windy city.

Jacksonville (2-8) 24 @ Buffalo (5-5) 34: Buffalo gets a home game against a Jaguars team that flat out stinks on the road. The Bills are trying to fight for a wildcard spot that almost looks guaranteed to go to the AFC West division. If the Bills lose this game they won’t make the playoffs. Rex Ryan will have his guys ready for a game in which a lot of players might lack focus.

Cincinnati (3-6-1) 24 @ Baltimore (5-5) 20: This is a trap game for the Ravens. I am still not sold on them and it is because of their offense. They are tied for seventh worst in the NFL in scoring averaging only 19.9 points per game. That won’t be enough to win this game and the Bengals play spoiler to one of their division rivals.

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(PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT PATTERSON/AP)

Arizona (4-5-1) 27 @ Atlanta (6-4) 24: Atlanta will continue to falter. Arizona suffered a tough lost last week in Minnesota and will be looking to right the ship. The Cardinals rank 10th in points given up and the Falcons have the number one scoring offense in the NFL. It will be a battle of wills and the Cardinals will come out on top.

New York (G) (7-3) 31 @ Cleveland (0-11) 13: The Browns are extremely close to a winless season. A match-up against the Giants will push the Browns closer. The Giants look like a team that will be a threat in the playoffs. Their offense will be too much for the Browns and the Giants defense will shut down any chance of a Browns explosion.

Los Angeles (4-6) 16 @ New Orleans (4-6) 27: This is a game where one team is all defense and the other is all offense. Defense wins championships but offense wins games and the Ram’s offense will not be able to keep pace with the Saints offense.

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(Lynne Sladky/Associated Press )

San Fransisco (1-9) 21 @ Miami (6-4) 34: With a five game winning streak the Dolphins have the longest win streak in the AFC and look somewhat formidable. The Dolphins are winning behind a strong running game averaging 118.1 yards per game. Ryan Tannehill is playing well during the five game winning streak throwing for six touchdowns to just one interception. There isn’t anything good to say about the 49ers. Their losing streak will go to 10 after they lose in Miami.

San Diego (4-6) 31 @ Houston (6-4) 37: This could actually be an entertaining game. The Chargers aren’t going to make the playoffs but they have been a competitive team this season. The Texans continue to play in tight ball games and they win at home and lose on the road for the most part. Expect this to be a high scoring game that the Texans end up pulling out.

Sunday Afternoon

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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Seattle (7-2-1) 31 @ Tampa Bay (5-5) 24: The Seahawks are just doing what they do best, winning regular season games and getting ready for the playoffs. The Bucs just came off a huge upset win on the road in Kansas City. Winston has been playing well as of late but now he gets to go against the number one scoring defense in the NFL. Russell Wilson is getting hot at the right time and he will help his team add another W to the win column.

Carolina (4-6) 27 @ Oakland (8-2) 26: There aren’t many teams in the NFL playing as good as the Raiders. They have yet to show their youth and sit in first place in their division. Cam and the Panthers have struggled throughout the season. There is going to be a point in which the Raiders lose a game they shouldn’t. This is the week it happens.

New England (8-2) 30 @ New York (J) (3-7) 10: Does there have to be a reason to pick the Patriots in this game? The Jets are awful and Ryan Fitzpatrick is worse. These teams are heading in completely opposite directions and the only way this game is close is if the Jets play a perfect game. The Jets will play like this is their Super Bowl and it won’t be enough to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots 27.1 points per game. Patriots win easily to take over the first seed in the AFC as the Raiders fall to the Panthers.

Sunday Night

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Kansas City (7-3) 10 @ Denver (7-3) 17: Two 7-3 teams in the same division on Sunday Night Football? Sign me up. Denver has had Kansas City’s number over the past few season as the Broncos have gone 7-1 against the Chiefs in their past eight match-ups. Kansas City will beat the Broncos this season, but it will be in Arrowhead. The Broncos will defend home field behind a spectacular defensive performance.

Monday Night

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Green Bay (4-6) 24 @ Philadelphia (5-5) 28: What is wrong with the Green Bay Packers? The answer is their awful defense, which ranks 27th in points given up, 18th in total yards given up, and 23rd in total yards giving up. Their rush defense does rank sixth but people don’t run on Green Bay because their pass defense is so bad. For weeks I’ve been saying the Packers will turn it around, but I am starting to believe they won’t. After they lose this game they will fall to 4-7 and the Packers will be on their way to missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 when they went 6-10.

Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 9)

It is already November and half the season is over. It makes you wonder, where has the time gone? The NFL trade deadline has passed with only one really stunning move. Jamie Collins was traded to the Browns for a conditional pick. It is time to watch the race towards the playoffs unfold. Last week there was yet another tie in the NFL.  It may be time to dedicate an entire article to ties and how they should be changed.

Week nine has a lot of big divisional match-ups that will surely make a mark on who makes the playoffs and who goes fishing early. This week will continue on last weeks large amount of teams on a bye featuring six teams. The teams on a bye in week nine are Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, and Washington. There is little room for error, so here are Hagan’s Haus week nine NFL picks.

Last Week: 9-3-1

Season: 68-47-2

Thursday Night

at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta (5-3) 33 @ Tampa Bay (3-4) 34: The Falcons are coming off a huge win last week at home against the Packers. This is a big game for the Bucs if they want to get into the NFC South race. Anything can happen in divisional games. The Falcons have the best offense in the NFL. The Bucs defense is struggling and are ranked seventh in yards and eighth in points given up per game. The Falcons should be able to put up a lot of points but the Bucs will find a way to steal this game at home.

Sunday Morning

Pittsburgh (4-3) 23 @ Baltimore (3-4) 22: This is one of the best rivalries in the NFL. Baltimore is led by its defense which is only giving up 19 points per game. Their offense is what makes this team average and the Steelers have a good defense. Mike Tomlin says that Big Ben may play in this game and if he does it will be a win for the Steelers. It is hard to believe he will play but Steelers are the better team and will win a classic.

(Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

(Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

Dallas (6-1) 31 @ Cleveland (0-8) 17: Sometimes there is a match-up that is totally unfair. This seems to be one of those. The Cowboys appear to be one of the best teams in the NFL and the Browns are certainly the worst. The only way the Browns win this game is if the Cowboys completely overlook them. The Browns are giving up the second most rush yards per game in the NFL. Expect a big game from Ezekiel Elliot, possibly 200 plus yards.

Jacksonville (2-5) 18 @ Kansas City (5-2) 24: The Jags were expected to be a much better team but it looks like they are another year or two away. The Chiefs just keep doing what they do under Andy Reid and that is win a lot of games. Arrowhead is one of the most difficult places to play in the NFL and Blake Bortles is 2-15 on the road in his career. He will get his 16th road loss of his career this week.

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New York (J) (3-5) 24 @ Miami (3-4) 27: Another rivalry game that should be a great contest. The Dolphins have been running the ball well in the past two weeks, racking up a combined 478 yards rushing and it has led to a two game win streak. The Jets currently have the best rush defense in the NFL, only giving up 74 yards per game. If the Dolphins can run the ball in this game they will win. They will run the ball for over 150 yards in this game.

Philadelphia (4-3) 24 @ New York (G) (4-3) 27: This is one of the biggest games of the week in terms of divisional races. Both teams are trying to stay close with the Cowboys, and the loser of this game will fall three games back of the Cowboys in the loss column. The Giants are coming off a bye week and have had two weeks to prepare for this game. That amount of preparation will be the difference in a close slugfest.

Detroit (4-4) 20 @ Minnesota (5-2) 23: The Vikings offensive line is really hurting this team. The offense can’t stay on the field long enough to give the defense some rest. The Lions are sitting at .500 and that is the type of team they are. There is a chance they win a game against the Vikings but their chances will be better in Detroit. This game is in Minnesota and the Vikings defense will make sure they win this game.

Sunday Afternoon

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) grimaces after getting hit by St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn during third-quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Panthers won, 30-15. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

(Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

Carolina (2-5) 31 @ Los Angeles  (3-4) 17: Last week Carolina was desperate to get a win. They got back to what made them successful last season, running the football. They ran the ball well and their defense was able to score. The Rams offense isn’t as good as the Cardinals. The Panthers will begin to make their run at the Falcons after they get this big road win to start a win streak.

New Orleans (3-4) 41 @ San Fransisco (1-6) 31: The Saints have looked much better than I expected them to this season. Their defense is still historically bad but got a big defensive stop against the Seahawks last week to win the game. Drew Brees is quietly putting together a phenomenal season with a career high 337.9 yards per game. He also has 18 touchdowns to just five interceptions. The 49ers don’t have an offense that can keep pace with the Saints and that will be their downfall.

Tennessee (4-4) 24 @ San Diego (3-5) 21: Do not sleep on the Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota is quietly putting up a great sophomore season. In 12 games he had 19 touchdowns last season and in eight games he already has 14 touchdowns this season. The Chargers have been competitive this season but ultimately are not a good team. Titans win behind a good defense and an improving Mariota.

 (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

Indianapolis (3-5) 28 @ Green Bay (4-3) 34: The Packers aren’t the same Packers we have been accustomed to seeing although Aaron Rodgers has gotten hot over the past two weeks. Andrew Luck is doing great things despite a weak offensive line. Luck is keeping his turnovers down compared to past seasons. It will be difficult for the Colts defense to stop Rodgers and they will be in for a long night at Lambeau.

Sunday Night

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Denver (6-2) 24 @ Oakland (6-2) 27: How can you not get excited for this amazing match-up? This is easily the game of the week and we are in for a tremendous treat. Denver is winning but not dominating in the same fashion as usual. Offensively they struggle with consistency. The Raiders are just finding any way possible to win games. Derek Carr should be discussed in the MVP race. Last week he threw for a franchise record 513 yards. On the season he has 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Oakland has been waiting for the Raiders to be good and the atmosphere in the black hole will be too much for the Broncos this time.

Monday Night

(David Richard / Associated Press)

(David Richard / Associated Press)

Buffalo (4-4) 30 @ Seattle (4-2-1) 35: Two weeks ago this game would have been one of the best in the NFL. The Bills got hot winning four straight games after an 0-2 start. Since then the Bills have lost two straight, both to divisional opponents. The Bills need LeSean McCoy healthy to help their offense. Going to Seattle is never easy but even harder when the Seahawks are coming off of a loss. Seattle will defend one of the best home fields in the NFL to move to 5-2-1 and send Buffalo into panic mode.

 

Hagan’s Haus NFL Picks (Week 8)

Ties are one of the worst things in this world. Why can’t the NFL just eliminate ties like the rest of the sports in America? Yes, there are ties in soccer but in soccer it makes sense with the point system leagues use. The NFL needs to look at going to an overtime system similar to the one in the NCAA football. That is another topic for another day. Picking a game ending in a tie doesn’t make someone right but it doesn’t make someone wrong. In the end, it is a tie and that is how it will go on the record.

Right on par, the NFL showed everyone that it is still so unpredictable. The Vikings played their worst game of the season and looked pretty bad in Philly.  Buffalo has looked unstoppable but lost to a divisional rival ,Miami, who has looked like the worst team in the NFL at times this season. One of the last surprises wasn’t really a surprise. Atlanta went full… well Atlanta and they are repeating their formula from last season.

Week eight is a brand new week and it will be the largest bye week of the season so far with Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (G), Pittsburgh, and San Francisco all missing in action this week. Here are the Hagan’s Haus week eight NFL picks.

Last Week Record: 8-6-1

Season Record: 59-44-1

Thursday Night

(Courtesy: Nike)

(Courtesy: Nike)

Jacksonville (2-4) 24 @ Tennessee (3-4) 27: The Titans lead the all-time series 24-19 against the Jaguars and this AFC South match-up is usually a dogfight. Nine of the last 10 games between the two have been decided by less than eight points and this game will be no different. The Titans have won four of the last five at home against Jacksonville. Tennessee has the better defense and being at home will give them just enough to get the big win.

Sunday Morning

Washington 22 (4-3) @ Cincinnati (3-4) 26: A.J. Green is quietly having a fantastic season. In just seven games, Green already has 50 receptions (first in the NFL), and 775 yards (second in the NFL).  The key match-up in this game will be seeing Green go up against Josh Norman. If Josh Norman can lock down A.J. Green, the Redskins will have a chance to win. Norman won’t be able to shut down Green.

New England (6-1) 32 @ Buffalo (4-3) 27: The Bills just lost to an inferior Dolphins team, but maybe it was because they were looking ahead to this game against Tom Brady. The Bills completely shut down the Patriots last time they played, but the Patriots were starting its third string quarterback. The Bills won that game 16-0. Tom Brady will not be shut out, nor will the Bills sweep the Patriots. The Bills haven’t swept the Patriots in a season since 1999. Tom Brady will not let that change this season.

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New York (J) (2-5) 20 @ Cleveland (0-7) 17: Cleveland has a chance to win this week. Just kidding, they will go 0-8. The Jets are a pretty average football team, but average is enough to beat up on the Browns. This should be a relatively low scoring game because the Jets only average 17 points per game and the Browns average 18.6 points per game. The Jets win because they have a better defense.

Detroit (4-3) 27 @ Houston (4-3) 31: This will be one of the most competitive games of the week as both teams sit at 4-3. The Lions are a hot team right now and have won three straight games. After a tough Monday night in Denver for the Texans, they get to go home where they are 4-0. Until it is proven they can lose at home, it will be hard to pick against them.

Kansas City (4-2) 30 @ Indianapolis (3-4) 21: Andy Reid is such a good coach that he is often forgotten about. Consistency is what you get with Andy Reid and maybe one day he will get the Super Bowl he deserves. This week Reid will be looking to beat the Colts. The Chiefs defense is too good for the Colts offensive line. Andrew Luck will get hit a bunch in this game and it will show when the final seconds tick off.

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Seattle (4-1-1) 23 @ New Orleans (2-4) 16: Pete Carroll and the Settle Seahawks just kissed their sister. The NFL seriously needs to look at getting rid of ties. The Saints come into this game giving up 32.5 points per game while the Seahawks are tied for first in scoring defense with 14 points per game. If the Saints want to win this game, they will have to count on their defense to keep them in it. That’s just not possible with this defense.

Oakland (5-2) 33 @ Tampa Bay (3-3) 28: It is fun to watch this AFC West race and the Raiders are at the top of it. Derek Carr is leading this young team like a seasoned veteran in just his third season. Carr has 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Because he is holding onto the football, the team is winning. The Buccaneers are a hard team to figure out. If they can find a way to stop turning the ball over, they would be better. The Raiders are a better team overall and that’s why they will win this game.

Arizona 23 (3-3-1) @ Carolina (1-5) 26: Before the season, the Cardinals had this game circled on their calendar. The Panthers completely beat them down in the NFC Championship 49-15. This is a trap game for the Cardinals. Last week’s tie may linger into this game for the Cardinals and the Panthers are also coming off of a bye. Time is running out on the Panthers to turn their season around and a desperate Cam Newton is scary. Cam finds a way to keep the Panthers on life support.

Sunday Afternoon

(Photo: John Leyba Denver Post)

(Photo: John Leyba Denver Post)

San Diego (3-4) 14 @ Denver (5-2) 23: These teams just played two weeks ago in a Thursday night shocker. Few, if any, predicted the Chargers would upset the Broncos and that is exactly what happened. That won’t happen again. The Broncos won’t lose at home to the Chargers. Denver’s defense will hold the Chargers to under 20 points to make a statement.

Green Bay (4-2) 35 @ Atlanta (4-3) 28: The Falcons are who we thought they were. The famous line from the great Dennis Green. Don’t ever get too high on the Falcons because just as soon as you do, they come back to reality. That’s what happened last week in their loss to the Chargers. Aaron Rodgers is going to put up video game numbers on this defense and the Packers win fairly easily in Atlanta.

Sunday Night

(AP)

(AP)

Philadelphia (4-2) 24 @ Dallas (5-1) 27: All eyes will be on the great rookie match-up of Carson Wentz versus Dak Prescott. The winner of this game will also be in first place in the NFC east. Both rookie quarterbacks have been playing well this season and both have a case for rookie of the year. This won’t be the only game in which they face one another, but it will go a long way in determining who the rookie of the year is. This dog fight will come down to a field goal. Dallas has the better kicker and will win because of it.

Monday Night 

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Minnesota (5-1) 16 @ Chicago (1-6) 13: Injuries are starting to catch up with the Vikings, especially on the offensive line. If the Vikings can’t protect Sam Bradford, he will struggle, or worse, get hurt. The Bears always play the Vikings tough no matter how good or bad they are. Jay Cutler should start in this game and if the Vikings defense can lay some big hits on Cutler, he will turnover the football. The Vikings win this game in a tight defensive battle.

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