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Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 15

by Taylor Hauck | December 10, 2014

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
The Rams are on a roll lately but time is running out. They likely won’t make the playoffs this year. All the Rams can hope to do is spoil the Cardinals’ season. Arizona was able to get over their losing streak Sunday and still maintain the top seed in the NFC. Expect the Rams to pull off another upset on Thursday Night Football.

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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Atlanta Falcons
This game is a complete toss-up but come time for the playoffs the Steelers always seem to get on a roll. They are tough to beat late in the season and that could mean trouble for the Falcons. The Falcons are still alive in the playoff race due to the poor NFC South. Pittsburgh has struggled badly at times but seemed to have found their way into the fifth playoff spot in the AFC. Expect this to be a close game down in Atlanta.

Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
The Giants ended their seven game losing streak on Sunday while the Redskins continued theirs. Neither team has any hope for the playoffs. Both coaches might be playing to keep their jobs. Expect these two NFC East teams to play a close game with the Giants coming away victorious.

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
The Patriots rebounded Sunday after getting beat in Green Bay last week. They struggled but beat the Chargers on the road. New England still holds the lead in the AFC and could clinch a first round bye within the next two weeks. While Miami has had an impressive season, they have struggled lately and won’t be able to take down the Patriots in New England.

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs lost two weeks ago to the Raiders and they are hoping it is not the same outcome this time around. Kansas City is now out of a playoff spot after a loss Sunday to the Cardinals. To keep pace they will need to come out strong against the Raiders who are always looking for an upset. Oakland upset the 49ers at home on Sunday. Expect the Raiders to put up a fight with the Chiefs emerging as winners.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts pulled off a miracle Sunday coming from behind against the Browns. The Colts are one game out of a first round bye in the playoffs. They will likely need to win out to get a bye. The Texans are right in the middle of the playoff hunt as well. They only need to jump two teams to earn a spot. Expect the Texans to make this a very close game, but ultimately Andrew Luck and the Colts should be too much.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens sit in the seventh spot in the AFC and only trail the Chargers by a tiebreak for the last playoff spot. They have to avoid this trap game against the Jaguars who could potentially pull off an upset of any team overlooking them. The Ravens need to increase their passing game if they want to make the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers @ Buffalo Bills
The Green Bay Packers are a on a tear and should go into Buffalo and take care of business. Aaron Rodgers is leading his team to another great season. Expect the Bills to put up a great fight as they try and keep pace for playoff spot. The Packers will likely need to win out to get a first round bye in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
The struggling Panthers went into New Orleans and came away with a huge win over the Saints and pulled closer to the Saints and the Falcons. The NFC South is still up for grabs. The Panthers will need put on the points or the Buccaneers could come away with win.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Both these teams lost Sunday and are looking to bounce back with a win. The Bengals are holding on to their division lead but only by a tie over the Steelers. The Browns need to win to stay alive in the tightly contested AFC North. The Browns could be making a quarterback change this week. Expect a close game in Cleveland.

New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans
This will be the first game in awhile that the Jets could be favored to win. They played well enough Sunday to force overtime in an eventual loss to the Vikings. Tennessee seems to get worse as the weeks go on. Expect a sloppy contest between these 2-11 teams.

 

 

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 14

by Taylor Hauck | December 3, 2014

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Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
Both these teams struggled Thanksgiving Day. Dallas has the upper hand and needs to win to keep pace with the Eagles in the NFC East. Chicago is in need of a revamped offense. The Bears hope to play spoiler. Expect a victory from the Cowboys.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Neither of these teams have been playing well lately. The Bengals hold a lead in the AFC North and hope to extend their lead with a win. The Steelers defense continues to struggle and needs to win to stay alive in the tight AFC Playoff race. Expect a close game with the Bengals coming away victorious.

St. Louis Rams @ Washington Redskins
The Rams might be the best team that doesn’t make the playoffs this year. They have pulled off some impressive victories this season. Washington meanwhile has been inconsistent all year. They have tried three different quarterbacks and all have failed. Expect the Rams to continue their improved season with a win in Washington.

New York Giants @ Tennessee Titans
The Giants went from bad to worse Sunday when they blew a big lead to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Expect this game to be when the Giants finally get over the hump and get a victory. Both teams are on long losing streaks. One team’s losing streak will end; expect it to be the Giants.

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
Carolina has fallen this year after a good 2013 season. They can’t seem to get anything going. New Orleans is still in the hunt for a playoff spot, despite being under .500 on the season. Expect the Saints to make a push toward the playoffs. Anything can happen come playoff time.

New York Jets @ Minnesota Vikings
This game is sure to be sloppy. The Vikings should win easy in New York with rookie Teddy Bridgewater under center. The Jets are having a bad season and can only wait for it to be over.

Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins
Both these teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot in the AFC. They are both on the outside looking in and will most likely need to win out to make the playoffs. Expect a very close game with the surprising Dolphins coming away with the victory

Indianapolis Colts @ Cleveland Browns
Cleveland hasn’t been playing well the last few weeks and may change quarterbacks as a result. Andrew Luck for the Colts continues to show why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The Colts have the best passing offense in the NFL. Expect the Colts to go into Cleveland and shut down the Browns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions
Detroit is in the midst of a division battle with the Packers. They trail the Packers by one game. The Lions can’t overlook this game or the Bucs will win. The 2-10 Bucs can only hope and pull off the upset in this game.

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Texans are still very much alive in the AFC Playoff race. They will need to win the rest of their games and jump a few teams to do that though. Expect Houston to go into Jacksonville and take down the Jaguars. Jacksonville has played many teams close this year and could knock out the Texans.

Buffalo Bills @ Denver Broncos
While Buffalo has been very much improved this season, they don’t have what it takes to keep pace with Denver’s offense. The Broncos have slim lead in the division and for a first round bye in the AFC. Expect the Broncos to win big at home.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are the best team in the NFC on paper, but have faltered the last few weeks. Kansas City is coming off two losses and needs a win to hold on to their playoff spot. Arizona is not the same team without injured quarterback Carson Palmer. Expect a close game in Arizona.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 12

by Taylor Hauck | November 19, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
The Chiefs have won five straight games and look to continue their winning streak. They pulled even with the Broncos after a good win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Oakland hasn’t won a game this season and will look to play spoiler. Oakland is the first team mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Expect a blowout by the Chiefs in Oakland.

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Cleveland Browns @ Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta somehow leads their division despite a 4-6 record. The Falcons have won two straight games and are looking to extend that streak to three. They have a tough test in the Cleveland Browns who are in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Browns have been inconsistent at times. Expect this to be a close game with the Falcons pulling out a win and keeping their division lead.

Tennessee Titans @ Philadelphia Eagles
After being embarrassed by the Packers, the Eagles will have to bounce back. The Eagles still lead the NFC East despite their loss, but have a horrendous defense. The Titans are not a good football team this year. Expect the Eagles to win big at home.

Detroit Lions @ New England Patriots
New England is the hottest team in the league. They have won six games in a row, including three over current division leaders. The Lions lost Sunday but sit at second in the NFC. Expect this to be a high scoring game with the Patriots emerging as winners.

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
The Packers are on fire winning six of their last seven games. They trail the Lions by virtue of a tiebreaker in the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have scored a combined 108 points in their last two games. Minnesota is in the middle of the pack in the NFC and is virtually out of the playoff race. Expect Green Bay to put away the Vikings early in Minnesota.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts dropped to 6-4 with a loss to the Patriots. Indianapolis hasn’t proved they can beat the best teams in the league. Luckily, they take on the lowly Jaguars. Jacksonville is at 1-9 and a spot out of last place. Expect the Colts to win big at home, using their offense that has the most passing yards per game.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
The Bengals looked like the team everyone is use to on Sunday. Quarterback Andy Dalton played well and led his team back to the top of the AFC North. Houston is only two games out of a playoff spot and has a good opportunity to make the playoffs if they can string together a couple wins. Expect a good game with the Bengals coming away with the win.

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills are one of the most surprising teams in the league this year. They lost Thursday to the Dolphins but can regroup with a win over the Jets. The Jets are coming off a big win over the Steelers and a bye week. They should be well rested to make this a good game. Expect Buffalo to win and make the playoff race interesting in the AFC.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler and the Bears bounced back with a win after losing big to the Packers. Tampa Bay is last in the NFC, but is coming off their second win of the season. Chicago needs to win to stay alive in the NFC. Expect the Bucs to put up a fight, with the Bears winning.

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks
While the Cardinals are 9-1 and leading the entire NFL, their magic could run out. They won’t be able to keep winning with Drew Stanton at quarterback. The Seahawks are coming off a loss in a close game against the Chiefs. The defending champs are having a tough season but still have time to turn things around. Expect this game to be close.

St. Louis Rams @ San Diego Chargers
The Rams keep surprising everybody by beating good teams in the league. The team is looking to build momentum going into next year. They are coming off a huge upset over the Broncos. San Diego is on the outside looking in. They are out of a playoff spot due to a tiebreaker and need to win to keep pace with the other playoff contenders. Expect a very good game out west in San Diego.

Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos
Denver was embarrassed in St. Louis on Sunday. They didn’t play well, sending them to their third loss of the year. However, the Broncos will be able to battle back with Peyton Manning. The Broncos lead the AFC west by a tiebreaker over Kansas City. The Dolphins hold the last playoff spot in the AFC and could strengthen their chances of making the playoffs with a win over the Broncos. Expect a close game with the Broncos prevailing in the end.

Homecoming 2014

by The Charger Bulletin | October 29, 2014

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The University of New Haven football team scored touchdowns on its first four drives and never looked back en route to a 42-14 win over visiting Merrimack on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers picked up their fifth consecutive victory before a Homecoming crowd of 4,358.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 9

by Taylor Hauck | October 29, 2014

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
The Saints finally looked like the team people have come to know them by the last few years. They played well on Sunday Night Football and took down the Packers in convincing fashion. A win by the Saints in this game would catapult them into the division lead. The Panthers lead the division with a sub .500 record and have played inconsistent at times. Expect the Saints to carry their momentum from last game over to this Thursday Night Football game and win.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns bounced back after an embarrassing loss to the Jaguars last weekend and took down the Raiders. They currently sit last in the division at 4-3, but have the potential for a playoff run. The Browns should be able to knock of the Buccaneers at home. Tampa Bay is 1-6 after an overtime loss on Sunday to the Vikings. Look for the Bucs to be competitive in a loss to the Browns.

Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are arguably the best team in the NFC and even in the NFL right now they sit at the top of the NFC East after an Eagles loss to the Cardinals last weekend. The Cardinals have their hands full with the Cowboys but have proved they can play with anyone in the league. Dallas will have to protect the deep pass in order to beat the Cardinals. Expect a great game between two of the best teams in the NFC.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston Texans
The Eagles will have to bounce back after blowing a late lead to the Cardinals. They sit at 5-2 and will now have to look up at the Cowboys in the division. The Eagles need to be better on defense if they want to compete come playoff time. Meanwhile, Houston is coming off a win and sits at 4-4. They are in the middle of the pack in the AFC and need a win against the Eagles. Expect a close game with a win from tthe Eagles.

New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are above .500 for the first time this season and have won four out of their last five games. Kansas City welcomes a New York Jets team that has played poorly all season. Expect a change in quarterback after Jets’ starter Geno Smith threw for three interceptions on Sunday. Expect the Chiefs to get ahead early and stay ahead.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are the clear favorite here. They are one of the better teams in the AFC and are coming off a good win over the Ravens. Jacksonville has only one win and can only play spoiler at this point. They have shown improvements and could build momentum going into next season. Expect the Bengals to blowout the Jaguars.

San Diego Chargers @ Miami Dolphins
Both these teams have probably exceeded expectations to start the year. San Diego currently sits in a wild-card position and Miami is right there in the playoff mix behind just a few other teams. The Dolphins look to win their third straight game by using their top ten rushing game to take down San Diego. The Chargers are coming off a loss to the Broncos and will need to bounce back and focus on the Dolphins. San Diego needs to win as other teams are on the heels of the Chargers for a playoff spot. Expect a close, hard fought game.

Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings
Neither of these teams have proved anything this season. They both sit in last place in their respective divisions. Minnesota has a top ten rushing game and has allowed the ninth fewest passing yards. The Redskins are fourth in passing yards. This game is a toss up and could go either way.

St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are coming off a bye week and should be well rested. They have work to do the rest of the season to make the playoffs. A win over the Rams will surely improve their chances. San Francisco sits two games back of the Cardinals in the NFC West. St. Louis had been playing well until their loss Sunday to the Chiefs. The Rams beat the 49ers three weeks ago at home. Expect a different outcome this time.

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
This is probably the game of the week. Both quarterbacks go way back, which creates an added rivalry between the teams. The Patriots have been playing well the last few weeks but only lead their division by a game. Denver has been lights out, currently sitting at 6-1 and they lead their division by two games. Both these teams can score a lot of points. Expect a shootout in New England with the Broncos emerging as the winners.

Oakland Raiders @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has had a rough start to this season despite their 4-3 record. They barely escaped the Panthers on Sunday. Amid personnel issues, the Seahawks will need to focus on football. The Raiders are 0-7 and don’t have a chance against Seattle. Oakland has not found an answer for anything this season. Expect the Seahawks to settle down and take care of business at home.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 8

by Taylor Hauck | October 22, 2014

Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons
Detroit came from behind after being down by 13 points to the Saints and pulled out a victory. They look to win their third straight game and hold their lead in the NFC North. The Falcons have struggled mightily this season. They have lost four straight games and hope to end that streak. Expect the Lions to go to Atlanta and take care of business.

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is officially the all time leader in passing touchdowns in the NFL. He led his team to an easy win over the 49ers. The Broncos continue to be one of the teams to beat in the league. San Diego saw its win streak come to an end with a loss to the Chiefs. The Chargers trail the Broncos by just one game in the AFC West. Expect the Chargers to make this a good game, but the Broncos will be too powerful.

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Both these teams are having bad seasons. The Vikings just missed out on beating the Bills on Sunday. Instead they gave up a last second touchdown in the loss. Expect the Vikings to bounce back and win their third game of the season. Tampa Bay is coming off a bye. Expect the Vikings to win a close game.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Despite the Jets’ awful record, they have played their last two opponents (Broncos and Patriots) very well. They are last in the AFC East and most likely will only be able to spoil other teams’ playoff hopes. The Bills stand at 4-3, good enough for one game behind the Patriots for the division lead. Expect the Jets to get over the hump and take down a surprising Bills team.

Chicago Bears @ New England Patriots
The Patriots are on a roll after a slow start to the season. New England has won three straight games and looks to make that four straight. They survived a close game against the Jets on Thursday Night Football, blocking a last second field goal attempt. Meanwhile, the Bears are 3-4 and still in the mix for a postseason start. They need to string a few wins together first. Expect the Patriots to win a close game at home.

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Seattle has lost two straight games and looks nowhere near the dominant team that won the Super Bowl last year. They suffered a loss to the Rams Sunday after the Rams pulled off two trick plays in the win. Seattle has the ability to bounce back and become dominant again. Carolina suffered an embarrassing loss to the Packers. However, they still lead the division as the rest of the teams lost or had a bye. Expect the Seahawks to pull away with a win and get back above .500.

Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Dolphins are at .500 and are in the middle of the pack in the AFC. They hope to win their fourth game of the season when they take on the Jaguars. The Jaguars won their first game of the season Sunday against the Browns, which could be considered an upset. Expect this game to be close with the Dolphins coming away with a victory.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens are on a hot streak right now, and they hope to continue that streak against the Bengals. Baltimore has a hold on the division lead. The Bengals meanwhile have lost two and tied once in their last three games. Expect both teams to have a good game, with strong showings from their quarterbacks. The Ravens should win this game and stretch their division lead over the Bengals.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has been awful this year and couldn’t close out a win over the Redskins on Sunday. The Titans are at 2-5 after somewhat high expectations this season with quarterback Jake Locker. The Texans have the ability to make the playoffs despite being near the back of the pack in some offensive and defensive categories. The Texans hope that a win over the Titans will improve their chances on making the playoffs.

St. Louis Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Rams are coming off a huge upset over the Seahawks, using their special teams to come away with the victory. In prior weeks, they came close to beating high-caliber teams. The Rams are underrated and look to win a second straight game. The Chiefs pulled out a win over a very good Chargers’ team. Kansas City probably has the upper hand in this game, but it is hard to pick against the Rams after their last few games.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals
The Eagles are having a good year and sit at 5-1. They are coming off a bye week and should be ready to go against a Cardinals team that has been good the last two seasons. The Cardinals also sit at 5-1, their lone loss coming to the powerful Denver Broncos. Expect this game to be exciting and close. The Eagles high-powered offense should prove too much for the Cardinals.

Taylor’s NFL Picks: Week 7

by Taylor Hauck | October 13, 2014

New York Jets @ New England Patriots
The Jets have lost five straight games and this week wont be any easier. The Jets did play the Broncos well and gave them a run for their money. New England is coming off two straight wins after a slow start to the season. Expect Tom Brady to follow up his four-touchdown performance with another good outing in New England.

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Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco is having a good season after a down year last season. He has the Ravens in prime position to qualify for the playoffs this year. He threw for five touchdowns in the Ravens’ easy win Sunday against the Bucs. Atlanta fell to 2-4 with a loss to the Bears at home. The Falcons need to figure something out fast or they will miss the playoffs again this year. Expect the Falcons to put up a fight, but the Ravens should win.

Tennessee Titans @ Washington Redskins
Both these teams are having bad seasons. The Titans are coming off a win over the lowly Jaguars. Meanwhile, the Redskins are 1-5 and sit at the bottom of the NFC East. Expect this game to be sloppy on both sides of the ball. The Redskins should escape with the win.

Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Seattle suffered another setback Sunday against the Cowboys. Seattle is normally unbeatable at home, and currently sits at 3-2 overall on the season. They look to get back to their winning ways, starting with the game against the Rams. St. Louis had a bye and should be well rested to try and pull off the upset over Seattle. Expect the Seahawks to come away with a win.

Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland is proving that they could potentially contend for a playoff position come December. They sit at 3-2 and have played well in most of their games. A win over the Jaguars would improve their chances. Their defense is ranked next to last, however their offense makes up for their lack of defense. The Jaguars are 0-6 and have the worst record in the league. Expect the Browns to win big in Jacksonville.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are back to playoff form after two tough losses to open the season. They are winners of four straight and Andrew Luck continues to rack up the touchdowns. He leads the league in touchdowns and passing yards. Cincinnati was involved in a tie Sunday, a rarity in the NFL. They failed to make field goal in the closing seconds of overtime. Expect a very good game between the first place teams in their respective divisions.

Minnesota Vikings @ Buffalo Bills
Buffalo sits at 3-3 and needs a win to keep pace with the Patriots in the division. The Bills will most likely go with Kyle Orton again after benching EJ Manuel a couple weeks ago. Minnesota appears doomed this year, especially playing in a tough division. Expect a close game between two mediocre teams.

Miami Dolphins @ Chicago Bears
Chicago looks to get over .500 with a win over the Dolphins. Jay Cutler has been playing well, sitting at eighth in passing yards on the season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins suffered heartbreak Sunday to the Packers. The Packers scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than ten seconds left. Expect the Dolphins to put up a fight, with the Bears winning.

New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions
Detroit leads the NFC North and looks to hold on to that lead with a win over the struggling Saints. New Orleans sits at 2-3, a surprising record for a team that usually wins a lot of games every season. The Lions are coming off a win over the Vikings and look to win their fourth game in their last five attempts.

Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers went with the fake spike to get the Packers close and eventually score Sunday in a last minute win over the Dolphins. The Packers are second in the AFC North by virtue of a tiebreaker. Green Bay has struggled at times but with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback they are always a threat. The Panthers were involved in a tie Sunday. They remain in the division lead despite the tie and hope to build on that lead with a win over the Panthers. Expect a good game with the Packers coming away with the win.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
Kansas City is well rested after a bye week and will look to get back to .500 with a win. The Chargers have struggled despite winning the last few weeks. They need to regroup and start playing better defensively if they want to continue their winning ways. Expect a close game, with the Chiefs coming away with the win.

Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland Raiders
The Cardinals are probably the most surprising team in the NFL this year. They are 4-1 and lead the AFC West. They have a good record despite a mediocre offense and defense. They simply have been able to get ahead and hold on for wins. Look for them to get another win Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders played better Sunday against the Chargers behind Blake Bortles’ good day. However, they have yet to record a win this season. Expect an easy win for the Cardinals.

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are playing their best football in years. They are 5-1 and remain at the top of the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys took down the Seahawks Sunday in Seattle. Whatever the critics were saying, they put behind them. The Giants looked awful on Sunday Night Football. They struggled to get anything going. Lots penalties did not help either. Expect the Cowboys to win easily in this division battle.

San Francisco @ Denver Broncos
Denver didn’t play all that well last week despite a win and scoring a lot of points. They struggled in the early parts of their win over the Jets. Look for Peyton Manning and the Broncos to fix any kinks in their game plan and come out strong against the 49ers. The 49ers have struggled at times but have been playing good football the last few weeks. Expect a great matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston is a game behind the Colts for first place in the AFC South. The Texans most likely need a win to keep pace with the Colts. Expect the Texans to come out strong after a long week due to their Thursday Night Football game last week. Houston will look to use their intimidating defense to shut down the Steelers. The Steelers can’t seem to find a rhythm. They have had a win one week, lose the next week pattern all season. Expect that to end as they will lose two straight after a loss to the Texans on Monday Night Football.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 6

by Taylor Hauck | October 8, 2014

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
The Colts have won three straight games and are now above .500 after starting the season off poorly. They are surging behind Andrew Luck’s stellar quarterback play. The Texans dropped to 3-2 with a loss, and now only lead the Colts due to a tiebreaker for the division lead. This game will be a pivotal turning point in the division. Expect a very competitive game.

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Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Tennessee blew a 25-point lead to the Browns and will have to bounce back. They stand at 1-4 and desperately need a win to stay alive this season. They should pull out a win over the Jaguars, who have still failed to get anything going through the first five games of the season.

Baltimore Ravens @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Ravens didn’t play well on offense Sunday against the Colts and settled for a loss. They look to get back to their winning ways against the Buccaneers. The Bucs almost beat the Saints Sunday, having had a lead for most of the game. Teams need to take the Bucs more seriously as they hope to play spoiler the rest of the season.

Denver Broncos @ New York Jets
The Denver Broncos looked very good against the undefeated Cardinals and were able to pull away for the win. Peyton Manning threw for his five hundredth career touchdown. Meanwhile, the Jets still haven’t won since the first week and need a major change at quarterback, coaching positions, or in the front office. Expect a blowout win for the Broncos.

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Detroit stands at 3-2 after failing to hold on for a win against the feisty Buffalo Bills. The Lions need a boost in their offense if they want to compete for the division title down the road. Minnesota looked terrible on Thursday Night Football against the Packers. Expect the Lions to blow out the Vikings in Minnesota.

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
The Patriots made a statement that they were still a relevant football team as they handled the previously undefeated Bengals. The Patriots will look to build on this win amid distractions. Buffalo is having a good season and is currently tie for the division lead with the Patriots. The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place in the division. This game should be close with the Patriots coming out on top.

Carolina Panthers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Despite the Bengals’ setback on Sunday Night Football, they are still a good football team and should be able to handle the Panthers. However, the Panthers lead their division by one game and hope to stay atop the division. This game should be close with the Bengals edging out a win.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
This game is a complete toss-up. Cleveland has played just about every opponent down to the wire and has come back a few times this season. Pittsburgh is coming off a loss to the lowly Buccaneers and just won by a few points over the Jaguars. Expect the Browns to win a close game in Cleveland.

Green Bay Packers @ Miami Dolphins
Green Bay is looking to win their third straight game. The Green Bay offense has been really good, scoring a combined 80 points in their last two games. If they continue that offense, there are not many teams that will stop them. Miami is coming off a bye week and will turn to their sixth ranked running game to try and beat the Packers. Expect the Packers to win, but not without a good effort from the Dolphins.

San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
The Chargers continue their hot start and sit at 4-1, leading the tough AFC West. The Chargers are currently fifth in the league in passing yards per game and will use their pass game to handle the Raiders. The Raiders have yet to win a game this year and will desperately pull out any stops to try to get one in the win column. Expect an easy win for the Chargers.

Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
Both these teams are coming off losses. The Bears have struggled and rank outside the Top 15 in passing and rushing yards allowed per game, which doesn’t fare well for the Bears since the Falcons have a good passing offense. Expect a close game, with the Falcons winning at home.

Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is just way too good at home to even pick against them at home. The Seahawks are poised for another long postseason run this year. However, Dallas has been impressive in the first five weeks and is hoping to silence critics after a tough last three years. Expect a close game with the Seahawks coming away with the win.

Washington Redskins @ Arizona Cardinals
Washington has the edge in the game due to the uncertainty of the quarterback position for the Cardinals. Two of their quarterbacks are hurt and may need to start their third string quarterback. The Cardinals lost their first game Sunday to the Broncos, but look to bounce back. Washington is having another bad season, but could use this game to turn their season around.

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Despite the 4-1 and record by the Eagles, their season hasn’t exactly been pretty. Their running game has been poor, as well as their offense at times. The Eagles special teams has kept them around and in contention this year. The Giants are only a game back of the division lead and are coming on strong, having won three games in a row. This game should be exciting to watch.

San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams
San Francisco has found their winning way after a slow start. They can continue their hot streak when they face the Rams on Monday Night Football. Expect the 49ers to blow out the Rams. The Rams played a decent game against the Eagles last week, but have still struggled mightily this season.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 5

by Taylor Hauck | October 1, 2014

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers 

The Packers looked good in an easy win over Chicago. Aaron Rodgers came alive in their big win. Meanwhile, the Vikings played well offensively to get by the Falcons. Look for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to build on their win and roll over the Vikings at home in Green Bay.

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St. Louis Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia played poorly on offense in their first loss of the season against the 49ers. The offense only had one drive where they got into opponents territory. Their special teams were the only bright spots in the game. The Rams are coming off a bye week and will need to be prepared for the Eagles. Expect the Eagles to bounce back with an easy win.

Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers
The Bears look to bounce back after a blowout loss Sunday to the Packers. Chicago sits at 2-2 and is tied with two other teams in the NFC North. The Bears need a win to keep pace in the division. Carolina is atop the NFC South, despite losing two straight games. Expect this game to be close, with the Bears emerging with the victory

Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee Titans
The Browns record doesn’t show how well they have started the season. They are coming off a bye week and hope to get by the Titans. Tennessee hasn’t played well since Week One. They have given up a lot of points on defense and haven’t scored a lot of points on offense so far this season. Expect the game to be close with the Browns pulling out a win.

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants
Atlanta has been inconsistent in their first four games. They have either scored a lot of points or given up a lot of points. However their offense has looked better than most teams’ offenses. The Giants have won two straight games after starting the season with two losses. Eli Manning has limited his interceptions during their current win streak. Expect a high scoring game with the Falcons winning.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
The Saints have failed to show that they are a contender this year. The first four games of the season have been a disaster for New Orleans. Expect them to rebound and gain some momentum over the Bucs. However, the Bucs have momentum of their own after getting an upset win over the Steelers for their first win.

Houston Texans @ Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has been impressive and is currently silencing critics. Both teams have a 3-1 record, but the Cowboys have the better team. The Cowboys’ rush attack is tough to stop. They currently lead the NFL in rushing yards per game. Expect the Cowboys to win easily.

Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions
Detroit pulled out another close win on Sunday and their 3-1 record shows their hard work. They hope to run their win streak to three with a win over the Bills. The Bills started the season with two wins but have lost their last two. They hope to put up a good fight against the Lions. Expect a close game with the Lions improving to 4-1.

Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck and the Colts are coming on strong after a slow start to the season. Luck has thrown for four touchdowns in each of the last two games. Expect the Colts to continue their win streak against the Ravens. The Ravens are 3-1 and lead the AFC North, but they haven’t played an overly impressive team to date. Expect a competitive game in Indianapolis.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. They have played well some weeks and very poorly in others. They look to end their poor streak and rebound with a win over Jacksonville. The Jaguars looked improved with Blake Bortles at quarterback, but still need work. They are winless and look for their first win of the season. Expect Pittsburgh to come away with the much-needed win.

Arizona Cardinals @ Denver Broncos
Despite the Cardinals’ 3-0 record the Broncos have the better team. Both are coming off a bye and should be well rested. Peyton Manning is as good as other years and is tough to beat. Arizona is shaky at the quarterback position and doesn’t know who will start at this point. The Cardinals should compete but the Broncos will pull out a win in a tough, competitive game.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were able to end their losing streak Sunday against the Eagles. They played well on defense and moved the ball effectively on offense. They hope to build off their last game and beat the Chiefs. Kansas City isn’t off to the start they were last year. Expect the Chiefs to put up a good fight, but the 49ers should prevail at the end.

New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are 3-1 and off to their best start in recent years. Look for San Diego beat the Jets at home. The struggles of the New York Jets continue. Expect a major change in the coaching staff at the end of the season.

Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots
The Bengals are having another good season and hope to become 4-0 with a win over the Patriots. Andy Dalton is leading the way for the Bengals. New England doesn’t look like New England teams of the past, but their defense has played well. They lead the league in opponent passing yards per game. This game should be close, with the Bengals escaping with a win.

Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins
Seattle is coming off a huge win over the Broncos and a bye week. They are well rested and ready to start their stretch of games against NFC East opponents. Washington had a horrible Week Four, getting blown out by the Giants on Thursday Night Football. Washington has a little quarterback controversy, which they hope doesn’t come to a big distraction. Expect a Seahawks win on Monday Night Football.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 4

by Taylor Hauck | September 24, 2014

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
The Giants finally got their first win of the season over the Texans on Sunday in what was probably a must-win game. The Giants will need a strong showing on defense since Washington has put up a combined 75 Points in the last two games. Kirk Cousins has proven that he should be the starter for the Redskins. Expect a good game on Thursday Night Football between the NFC East rivals.

Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers
The Eagles’ defense has been very shaky in the early part of the season, but the offense has been able to overcome the poor defense. Meanwhile, San Francisco has lost two straight games and hasn’t looked like the same team that has been to three consecutive NFC Championship games. Expect the 49ers to look improved, but the Eagles high-powered offense should be too much to handle. Expect the Eagles to improve to 4-0.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Both teams haven’t looked very impressive in the early going, especially the Packers. An Aaron Rodgers led team hasn’t looked this bad in a few years. Expect them to battle to stay afloat in the division. Chicago has been inconsistent in the early going but look to beat their division rival. Expect a good, competitive game in Chicago.

Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans
Both these teams are 2-1 to start the season, however neither team has played a tough opponent. Houston lost a game they should have won against the Giants. Both teams surprisingly sit atop their divisions and one of these teams will stay on top with a win. Expect the Titans defense to be too much for the Bills.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finally found the win column after their blowout win over the Jaguars. Andrew Luck has found his form and looks to use the momentum to take down the Titans. Tennessee hasn’t looked good since their upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Look for the Colts to down the Titans at home.

Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are 2-1 to start the season, but it hasn’t been entirely easy. They needed a last second field goal to down the feisty Browns. Baltimore’s offense hasn’t been up to par and will need to turn that around to compete in the tough AFC North. Carolina joins a long list of inconsistent teams despite their 2-1 record. Look for the Panthers to get better and compete for the division crown. This game should be close with the Ravens coming out on top.

Detroit Lions @ New York Jets
The Lions have been up and down to start the season. They played extremely well in their two wins and will look to put together a win streak against the Jets. The Jets are not a bad team this year and have had bad breaks. Expect the Lions to improve to 3-1 with a win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers made a statement on Sunday Night Football that they are a true contender in the NFL. Roethlisberger didn’t throw for many yards but he was effective. If the Steelers continue to have a good running game, they will be tough to stop. The Bucs are 0-3 and looked bad against the Falcons. Expect the Bucs to change their game plan to compete, but the Steelers should win easily.

Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders
Neither of these teams have started the season well, but one team has a chance to turn things around. The Raiders continue to struggle early in the season and need a big change if they want to compete in their division. The Dolphins haven’t impressed since coming from behind against the Patriots in Week One. They are ranked twenty-ninth in passing yards and need to better that to have a balanced attack against opponents. Expect the Dolphins to rebound and beat the Raiders.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers
San Diego has looked extremely well in the first three games and was only a two points away from a 3-0 start. Instead they are 2-1 and look to continue their hot start against a Jaguars team that hasn’t played well since the first half of their season. Expect the Chargers to blow out the Jaguars.

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings
The Falcons are looking strong this year, despite their one lopsided loss. They have scored a lot of points in their two wins behind quarterback Matt Ryan’s stellar play. Minnesota has to turn to backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, after starter Matt Cassel went down with a broken foot. The rest of the season will be a glimpse into the future of the Minnesota Vikings. Expect the Falcons to win on the road.

New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys made history Sunday by having the biggest regular season comeback in team history. They were down 21 points to start the game against the Rams. Expect the Cowboys to have a much better start on Monday Night Football. The Saints got their first win of the season after having tough luck in their opening two games. Expect the Saints to put together a streak and climb back to .500. This game should be a good game on Monday Night Football.

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