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Taylor’s NFL Picks-Week 3

by Taylor Hauck | September 17, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta looked awful against the Bengals after having a record day against the Saints just a week before. The Falcons’ defense has given up an average of 29 points over the first two games. They need to limit that to start a win streak. Meanwhile, the Bucs have lost both their games by a combined eight points. The Falcons should come away with the win.

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia will look to use their high-powered offense to outscore the Redskins. Washington could be without RGIII but that could be a good thing as Kirk Cousins has filled in nicely the last few years for Washington. Expect this to be a high scoring game with the Eagles pulling out a win.

San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills: Buffalo has started the season off well. They hope to continue their good start and move to 3-0. The Chargers have other plans though. San Diego will use the momentum they gained by knocking off the Seahawks and beat the Bills in Buffalo.

Dallas Cowboys @ St. Louis Rams: Dallas bounced back to reach .500. Tony Romo played significantly better and the defense was strong against the Titans. The Rams are coming off a comeback win over the Bucs. Look for the Rams to compete early, but the Cowboys will ultimately be too much for St. Louis.

Houston Texans @ New York Giants: Houston is 2-0 for their fifth straight season. They have taken care of business against their two opponents so far this season. The Giants continued their struggles losing Sunday to start the year 0-2. Eli Manning needs to regroup his team to save their season. Expect the Texans’ defense to shut down the Giants.

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints:New Orleans was upset in Cleveland on a last second field goal and currently stands at 0-2 on the season. The Saints will look to climb out of the hole and they will need Drew Brees to be more consistent and the defense to make stops. Minnesota is coming off a brutal loss to the Patriots and will need to play around distractions off the field. Expect the Saints to pick up the first win of the season in their home opener.

Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are a tough team to beat at home. They won all eight of their home games last season and opened this year with a win. Quarterback Andy Dalton is proving he was worthy of a contract extension. Tennessee played poorly against the Cowboys after upsetting the Chiefs a week before. Cincinnati’s offense should to be too much for the Titans.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns: Cleveland has played been surprising in the early going. They have hung with both their opponents and pulled out a late win over the Saints. Brian Hoyer needs to continue his magic for the Browns to make some more noise this season. The Ravens are looking okay on both sides of the ball, but the off-field distractions could eventually take a toll on the team. This game should be close.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions: Green Bay’s offense finally came alive against the Jets. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson looked sharp and hope they can have a repeat performance next week in Detroit. The Packers’ defense is a weak point and needs to limit scoring by the opponent. Detroit looked horrible against the Panthers. Their offense didn’t amount to much. They will need to average more points to win and keep afloat in a tough division.

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars: This game should be a blowout. The Colts can beat anybody when Andrew Luck is on his game. The Jaguars have scored 10 points in their last 4 quarters of football and don’t appear poised to win many games this season.

Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots: This is a new season but fans have seen the same Raiders team. Oakland is 0-2 and hasn’t even looked ready to compete. They have a young quarterback in Derek Carr trying to revamp the franchise. Oakland is still a few years away from contention. New England is back to 1-1 after a convincing win with superb offense and defense against the Vikings. Expect the Patriots to blow out the Raiders at home.

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals: Despite a 2-0 start by the Cardinals, their run ends there. The 49ers will look to rebound after a loss to the Bears after being up by 17 points to start the game. Arizona has looked good to start the year but this will be a big test to see where they stand in the NFL. Expect a good game.

Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks: The Broncos got out to a big lead again and held on for the win. They need to get ahead of teams and stay far ahead to keep on winning. Seattle hasn’t looked overly impressive so far this season on offense and will need to regroup their defense after a poor showing against the Chargers. Expect the rematch of last year’s Super Bowl to be entertaining, with the Broncos bringing home the win, on the road in front of the loud Seattle fans.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins: Kansas City is in a 0-2 hole to start the 2014 season. They played better Sunday but still need more work to compete for a playoff spot. Miami was shut down by the Bills to fall to 1-1. The Chiefs should get their first win of the season on the road against the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Carolina Panthers: The Panthers got Cam Newton back and played well to knock off Detroit and open the season with two straight wins. Pittsburgh played poorly against the Ravens Thursday night. Expect the Panthers to beat the Steelers in a close game.

Chicago Bears @ New York Jets: Chicago has come alive after six quarters of poorly played football to start the year. The Bears were able to pull off an upset over the 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Expect the Bears to use that momentum to beat the Jets. The Jets have proven they can compete with the best of teams, but need improvements. Expect a close game with the Bears coming out of the game with a win on Monday Night Football.

No. 10/11 West Chester Holds off Chargers, 35-30, in Season Opener at DellaCamera Stadium

by Charger Athletics | September 10, 2014

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Before a crowd of 3,291 fans at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium, the University of New Haven football team was edged in its season opener, 35-30, by No. 10/11 nationally-ranked West Chester. Joey Bradley (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah / University of North Dakota) went 32-for-48 for 311 yards with one touchdown in addition to a rushing touchdown in his first career start for the Chargers. The outing marked the first game at the helm for Head Coach Chris Pincince.

Chargers score a touchdown!  (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Chargers score a touchdown! (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Following the narrow defeat, the Blue and Gold start the 2014 campaign at 0-1. West Chester, which reached the NCAA National Semifinals last season and is picked by the conference’s coaches to win the PSAC East this fall, moves to 1-0. The Chargers maintain an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series. Today’s contest was the ninth meeting between the two clubs to be decided by one possession (eight points or fewer).

The game also featured a 75-minute weather delay at the tail end of the third quarter as a severe storm passed through New Haven County.

Bradley’s 32 completions and 48 passing attempts are the most by a New Haven quarterback since Ryan Osiecki went 37-for-61 at Southern Connecticut State on Oct. 2, 2009. DeeJay White (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay / Bowling Green State University) was the recipient of seven balls for 83 yards, while Henry Adegunle (Rockaway, N.Y./Channel View) reeled in six passes for 54 yards and a score. Also on the outside, Ty Headen (Newark, N.J./American History) snagged five passes of 44 yards.

Brandon Fowler (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional / Connecticut) added three receptions, and Isaiah Austin (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) and Roshawn Wilson (Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge) each caught two. Rounding out the action for the receiving corps was Courtney Moshood (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) with a 16-yard catch.

Out of the backfield, Andre Anderson (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and Trevor Officer (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) had three grabs apiece for 34 and 30 yards, respectively. Officer was New Haven’s leading rusher with 42 yards and a touchdown, while Anderson picked up 32 yards and a score on the ground and Moshood scampered for 14 yards on an end around.

Defensively, three players making their New Haven debuts led the way. Matt Zakrzewski (Traverse City, Mich./Saint Francis / Indiana) made a team-best 10 tackles to go along with a fumble forced and recovered. Tarik Pusey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln / Rhode Island) also pounced on a pivotal fumble in the fourth quarter, and Matt Olivo (Carteret, N.J./Saint Joseph) reeled in an interception.

Tyler Condit (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added eight tackles from the linebacker position, and Dave Calderon (Neptune, N.J./Neptune) picked up a sack.

For West Chester, quarterback Sean McCartney went 17-for-31 for 262 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers. The Golden Rams’ defense was led by D2Football.com Preseason All-America Al-Hajj Shabazz, who had an interception, recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and later blocked a second punt.

The Golden Rams got on the board first, opening a fast-paced first half with a six-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. McCartney hit Mike Doty with a 38-yard strike to stake the visitors to a 7-0 advantage.

The Chargers responded in kind with an eight-play, 61-yard march to paydirt. A Bradley screen to Anderson for 26 yards was the big play on the drive, which ended with Bradley sneaking the ball over the line from one yard out.

After New Haven came away with the first defensive stop of the contest, the Blue and Gold scored again for the first of six lead changes in the game. The Chargers stormed into the red zone once again but, after a holding call erased a touchdown, settled for three points as Anthony Greenfield (Bloomfield, N.J./Paramus Catholic / Wagner) split the uprights on a 32-yard field goal to put the Blue and Gold on top, 10-7, with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter.

Olivo’s interception squashed the ensuing West Chester drive, but New Haven went three-and-out on its next possession and the snap on the punt attempt sailed over Greenfield’s head to put the Golden Rams in business at the New Haven eight-yard line as the first quarter expired.

After the squads moved to the other end of the field, McCartney connected with Shawn Driggins for a four-yard touchdown to put the visitors back in front, 14-10.

Each offense would stall in its next three possessions before New Haven took the lead once again. This time the drive consumed 3:34, spanning 10 plays and 80 yards, as the Chargers picked up five first downs through the air before Anderson finished off the march on the ground from three yards out. The Chargers did not convert the extra point but remained in front, 16-14.

West Chester would take a lead into the locker room, however, as McCartney hit Tim Brown with a 31-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the half. At the whistle, the visitors held a 21-16 advantage.

New Haven went three-and-out to open the second half, and West Chester’s Jeremy Irving broke through the line and blocked the ensuing punt from the Chargers’ end zone. Shabazz fell on the loose ball and, following the extra point, West Chester held the contest’s largest lead at 28-16.

The Chargers were undaunted by the special teams miscue, as they immediately set off on a 75-yard drive to paydirt. Bradley completed his final five passing attempts of the march, capped by a 29-yard hookup with Adegunle for a touchdown.

West Chester appeared poised to return the favor, as a McCartney scrambled would have set the Golden Rams up with a first down inside the red zone. However, Zakrzewski stripped the ball from the West Chester signal caller and recovered it to give possession back to the Blue and Gold.

The New Haven offense capitalized on the turnover, as well as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the visitors at the end of the possession change. The Chargers would benefit from a second unsportsmanlike conduct flag and a 15-yard pass interference call on the march, capped by a three-yard plunge from Officer. After the extra point, New Haven grabbed a 30-28 lead with 2:41 to go in the third quarter.

The Golden Rams responded quickly on their next drive as a 44-yard McCartney bomb to Erick Brundidge put West Chester back in front, 35-30, with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.

At that point, inclement weather halted the contest for 75 minutes.

Neither team would score again when action resumed, but the final 15 minutes of play were not lacking for drama. The period began with a Shabazz interception, but New Haven held on third-and-two from midfield to regain possession.

The Golden Rams, however, would get a stop and blocked another punt – this time with Shabazz getting his mitts on the ball – to set themselves up with a first down at the New Haven 21-yard line. West Chester would surge to a first-and-goal situation at the two-yard line before a big goal-line stand for the Chargers.

The defensive line stepped up to stifle Eddie Elliott in the backfield for a loss of three and, on the next play, Pusey jumped on an Adam Dempsey fumble to give New Haven another chance on offense.

The New Haven offense marched back down the field with 6:35 left and 94 yards away from paydirt.  Bradley would connect on four straight passes to move toward midfield, but the Chargers soon faced a fourth-and-eight situation at their own 45-yard line. Adegunle was unable to haul in a ball dropped in between a trio of West Chester defenders, and the visitors reclaimed possession on downs.

The Chargers defense would hold on the next drive, using their timeouts and forcing a punt. The boot off the foot of Rich Bruno settled again at the six-yard line, forcing New Haven to once again drive 94 yards – and this time with just 69 seconds to play.

A series of short completions moved the Blue and Gold as far as their own 32-yard line before Drew Formica came up with a strip and recovery to end the drive with just 28 ticks left. West Chester took one snap in victory formation to escape DellaCamera Stadium with a 35-30 decision.

The Chargers return to the gridiron next Saturday, Sept. 13 to open the Northeast-10 Conference slate at LIU Post. The Pioneers also stand at 0-1 after ceding 20 unanswered points to fall to East Stroudsburg, 43-35, in their home and season opener this afternoon.

New Haven returns to the Blue and Gold turf on the following Saturday, Sept. 20, to welcome Assumption for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Taylor’s NFL Picks – Week 2

by Taylor Hauck | September 10, 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers escaped last week with a win over the Browns after blowing a 27-3 lead. The defense has to improve next week to down the Ravens. Baltimore attempted a comeback against the Bengals but fell short. The Ravens need to play all-around better football this week to beat the Steelers. Expect a close game with the Steelers using their high-powered offense to start the season 2-0.

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills. Miami played with lots of energy Sunday in their upset win over the Patriots. The Dolphins should use that momentum and their running game to rack up another win. Buffalo had their own upset win over the Bears in overtime and should put up a fight. Expect a close game with the Dolphins taking home the win.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Redskins. Jacksonville played the Eagles well in the first half last week. The Jaguars need consistent play though for all 60 minutes to win. Expect the Jaguars to overcome a Redskins team that still has plenty of questions surrounding them.

Dallas Cowboys @ Tennessee Titans. The Titans pulled out a win in Week One over the Chiefs. If QB Jake Locker stays healthy, they could have a good year. Tony Romo threw three interceptions for the Cowboys in a dismal opening day performance. Expect Romo to make corrections next week, but fall to 0-2 with a loss to the upstart Titans.

Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants. Arizona just missed the playoffs last year. Expect them to have another good season and fight for a playoff spot. The Giants were improved toward the end of last season after a bad start but will need strong play this year from Eli Manning to contend in the NFC. Expect the Cardinals to shutdown the Giants.

New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings. Tom Brady should have his team ready this week after falling apart in the second half against the Dolphins. The Patriots failed to score in the second half last week. Expect the Patriots to win big over the Vikings, who played well in an opening week win over the shorthanded Rams.

New Orleans Saints @ Cleveland Browns. The Saints need to put last week behind them after losing in overtime to Atlanta and come out and shut down the Browns. The Browns fell short in coming back against the Steelers, after being down 27-3 at halftime. Expect the Saints to take care of business in Cleveland.

Atlanta Falcons @ Cincinnati Bengals. Matt Ryan had a career game throwing for 448 yards in Week One for the Falcons. The win was much needed for the Falcons after a down year. Atlanta needs an improved defense if they want to build a winning streak. Expect a close and exciting game with the Falcons coming out on top.

Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers. With or without Cam Newton under center for the Panthers, the Lions should escape with a win. The Panthers won their first season opener since 2008 Sunday, but will need to execute better against a tough Lions team. The Lions should handle the Panthers easily.

St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This could be a sloppy game. Both teams didn’t play entirely well to open their seasons. Without Sam Bradford again, the Rams don’t have much of a chance this season. Expect the Bucs to win the game.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Diego Chargers. Seattle picked up opening night against the Packers where they left off last year when they won the Super Bowl. They handled Aaron Rodgers and the Packers nicely. The defense lived up to expectations. Expect the Seahawks to go on the road and beat the Chargers in San Diego.

Houston Texans @ Oakland Raiders. The Texans snapped a 14-game losing streak by beating the Redskins last week. However, they did lose Jadeveon Clowney to a possible torn meniscus; he could miss some time. The Raiders didn’t show a whole lot in their loss to the Jets. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr was the only bright spot for Oakland. Expect an easy win for the Texans on the road.

New York Jets @ Green Bay Packers. Green Bay looks to rebound after an opening loss in Seattle to the defending Super Bowl Champions. Aaron Rodgers struggled at times with the offensive line failing to provide proper protection. The Packers should make adjustments and come ready to take down the Jets. The Jets played well enough to win in their opener at home against the Oakland Raiders.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos. Kansas City played poorly to start the season after last year’s incredible season. They were outplayed all game by the Titans. Peyton Manning and the Broncos looked good in their first game since their disastrous Super Bowl showing. Peyton Manning has his same form and worked well with his new receivers. Denver should win easily at home.

Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco took care of business of in their season opener in Dallas. They played well on both sides of the ball. Look for more of the same against the Bears. Chicago lost in overtime to a Bills team, a team the Bears should have beat. The 49ers look to make their fourth straight NFC Championship game this season.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis tried to mount a big comeback against the Broncos in their opener on Sunday Night Football, but fell short. Andrew Luck looked good in the latter parts of the game. Expect him to be even better against a shaky Eagles’ defense. Philadelphia had to rally against the lowly Jaguars to pull off a win. Expect the Eagles to play better, but Andrew Luck and his offense will be too much for the Eagles and their defense to overcome.

Staff Second Chances: The Game Plan

by Scott Iwaniec | September 3, 2014

Najae Brown Wins Rookie of the Year

by Chris Schnabel | December 5, 2013

We all know how hard it is to be a freshman, but Najae Brown knew how to adapt.

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Being a starting corner on a team that just won a conference championship the year before, he understood there was a big task that comes with a lot of responsibility— responsibility he was able to live up to as he was named Rookie of the Year for the NE-10 Conference.

Brown, out of Mount Vernon, N.Y., is the first player since AIC’s Justin Tervo in 2010 to win the award as a defensive player, and was one of four UNH Chargers to be all-conference rookies.

Brown jumped right into things this year taking on the best receivers the conference had to offer, getting nine pass breakups and three interceptions on a team that allowed little over 24 points per game this season.

This was the largest of his bundle of awards and honors that he took home this offseason, including all-conference team, and the all-rookie team being joined by tight end Michael Flacco, offensive lineman Zach Voytek and wide receiver Ty Headen.

The Chargers finished third in the conference this past season.

Chargers Ranked #1 by the APCA

by Chris Schnabel | November 20, 2013

The Association for the Protection of Collegiate Athletes has named the University of New Haven football team number one on their school ranking report for Division II Football in 2012.

APCA has ranked all 156 teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Football for the 2012 season.

The rankings are based on a formula developed by APCA and is done with interviews and surveys with current and past players. The formula emphasizes not only success on the field, but also treatment of players and academic integrity.

Out of 156 teams in the nation, New Haven’s formula number (0.3697) was the best. Last season, The Chargers went 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the Northeast-10 conference, and won the conference championship but were bounced from the Division II playoffs.

New Haven was joined by Bentley (3) as the two top five teams from the NE-10 conference. New Haven this year wrapped up its season with a victory over Assumption, finishing in third in the NE-10 with a record of 8-3, making it the fourth straight season with at least eight wins.

 

Men’s Athlete of the Week: Najaae Brown – #36 Football

by Chris Schnabel | October 30, 2013

Chris Schnabel: You’re back as player of the week. How does it feel to be playing so well? You have received this award multiple times.

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Najaae Brown: “It feels great knowing I’ve been playing well because you usually don’t see a freshman playing this well. It feels great knowing that myself and the team are doing good.”

CS: You were also named the NE-10 rookie of the week. How does it feel to be exceling at such a young stage of your collegiate career?

NB: “Oh, that feels great being acknowledged by the rest of the league. This is the second time I received this so it’s great knowing they’re seeing the way I’m playing.”

CS: How hard was this last loss?

NB: “That was tough; we just have to bounce back this week because last week we let the game get away from us on the defensive part, so hopefully this week we don’t let the game get close.”

CS: Although you didn’t win the game, you really stood out. Do you feel you have hit your “high point” of the season?

NB: “Yeah I think I’ve hit my stride of the season because now I sort of know everything. I’m comfortable with everyone on the team, so now I just go out there and try to give it my all every game.”

CS: You had a very big interception in the end zone right before the end of the first half on Saturday. What did coach say to fire you guys up before that play?

NB: “He just told us we needed to stop them because we don’t want to go into half time tied up. We turned it over before they started the drive downfield so we had to stop them because they had the momentum going down there.”

CS: What are you guys doing to get ready for rival SCSU?

NB: “We’re preparing just like any other game, but it’s a little more intense in practice this week. Everybody’s flying around; everybody’s hyped, so hopefully we just go out there and win!”

Men’s Athlete of the Week Najae Brown- Football

by Chris Schnabel | October 16, 2013

Chris Schnabel: Player of the week, how does it feel to get this honor, knowing you were awarded it because of your high level of play?

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Photo Provided by Charger Athletics

Najae Brown: “It feels great to receive such an honor.”

CS: That was a hard fought game and a hard fought win last Friday with the Chargers finding themselves down 7-6 at half. How did the team keep it together going in and coming out of half?

NB: “We knew that we had to keep fighting. We had to come out in the second half and make plays to win that game, and that’s what we did.”

CS: You had, what some consider, the play of the game with an interception late in the game to lock up the win. What was the feeling of getting that interception, knowing how big it was in the game?

NB: “I was excited when I caught the interception. I knew that we needed to make play to seal the win. I just happen to be in the right place at the right time.”

CS: You also had a big third and seven pass breakup that helped Assumption to a field goal instead of going for the game tying score. Did you feel you had to step up in this game knowing that the game was close?

NB: “The game was close and I felt like I had to step up and make a play if the ball was thrown my way.”

CS: The defense is really starting to step up after the week one loss. What’s going on in the locker room and at practice that turned the team around?

NB: “As a defense we all just started communicating more which made us more comfortable with each other on and off the field.”

CS: Being a freshman, do you feel added pressure to step up, especially playing a key role in defense?

NB: “I don’t feel any added pressure, I just feel like I have to go out and prove myself to the opposing team each and every week.”

New Haven Survives Assumption

by Chris Schnabel | October 9, 2013

Coach Rossomando must have had something to say to the Chargers as they walked into the locker room during halftime against Assumption Friday night, while they found themselves down by one point thanks to sloppy plays.

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The first quarter started slowly for both teams, with three straight drives of three and out, but then the fourth drive of the game, Assumption got something going, getting to the end zone in six plays as James Ward rushed in for a 10 yard touchdown and Assumption took a 7-0 lead.Then it was New Haven’s turn, getting the ball at their own 17. The first play was an eight-yard rush by Trevor Officer followed by a 24-yard rush by Mike DeCaro. After a conversion on the fourth down, the Chargers made it all the way to the Assumption 16-yard line, but went backwards due to a false start by Roshawn Wilson. A sack by Assumption’s Nick Valenti pushed them back to the 21 and they found themselves in another fourth down situation, but could not convert this time after an incompletion to DeCaro.

The second quarter got off to a bang as Assumption tried to add to their 7-0 lead with a field goal, but it got blocked by New Haven’s Tad Beuchert, and this momentum would lead to the first New Haven touchdown as quarterback Ronnie Nelson hooked up to Courtney Moshood for 27 yards, but the extra point was blocked. This lead to halftime, where Assumption was up 7-6, and New Haven had some adjustments to make.

The second half was a whole different story as New Haven scored first and took the lead after Nelson hooked up to Mike Flacco for a 17 yard score. After a two-point conversion, New Haven took a 14-7 lead.

The fourth quarter started with an Assumption field goal right away making the score 14-10, but with the very next drive, New Haven scored on a one-yard touchdown run by Nelson, putting the Chargers up 21-10. Assumption did not go away though; with six minutes left, they blocked a New Haven punt placing them on the New Haven four yard line and scoring on the very next play on Matt Heriveaux’s four yard run.

After a two-point conversion, the score was 21-18 New Haven, with about 6:11 minutes left on the clock. New Haven played the clock well and wasted four and a half minutes giving Assumption 1:42 to score. On the first play of the drive they went deep and got intercepted by Najae Brown, deleting any hope of coming back and helping New Haven walk away with a 21-18 victory.

Nelson finished the game 16-24 passing with 217 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He ran for 48 yards and had a touchdown. Moshood finished the game with 93 receiving yards and a touchdown and Flacco had 31 yards and a touchdown.

This win was New Haven’s twentieth straight NE-10 conference win. This puts them at 4-0 in conference play and 4-1 overall. Assumption falls to 2-2 in conference play and 2-3 overall. New Haven returns to action at Merrimack on Saturday, Oct. 12 in North Andover, Mass. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Taylor’s NFL Picks

by Taylor Hauck | December 12, 2012

Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have new life after a last second win over the Bucs. Nick Foles is gaining experience at the quarterback position. The Bengals are coming off a crucial loss to the Cowboys, but remain alive in the AFC Playoff race. Expect the Eagles to put a win streak together.

 

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

Both teams aren’t up to par late in the season. The Bears have lost two straight games and are barely holding on to the last playoff spot in the NFC. Green Bay played a good game on Sunday Night Football against the Lions. The Packers should continue their win streak and beat the Bears in a close game at Soldier Field.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

The Colts have won 6 of 7 games but face a tough team from Houston. The high-powered Texan team should put enough defensive pressure on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to slow his game down. Indianapolis should put up a good fight.

 

Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are struggling, even in games they win. They need to turn things around or an early exit from the playoffs is coming. Things won’t get easier when they face the AFC West champion Broncos. Peyton Manning continues his quest for another MVP.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Miami Dolphins

The Jags have dropped off the map after playing well for two weeks. Expect them to reappear when they face a very weak Dolphins team in a meaningless AFC matchup.

 

Washington Redskins @ Cleveland Browns

RGIII escaped serious injury and should be healthy for the game against the Browns. The Redskins are coming off a win in an overtime thriller against the Ravens. They are one spot out of the playoffs. The Browns have impressed all season long, but don’t have enough to beat the ‘Skins. Cleveland will look to play spoiler and ruin the hopes of Washington fans.

 

Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams

The Vikings upset the Bears last week and look to put a streak together. They need to win and get some help to move into a playoff position. The Rams haven’t been bad, but overall, the Vikings are a much better football team. St. Louis has won three straight and look to continue their good end of the season run.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints

The Saints have struggled a bit this season. They look to beat a Bucs team coming off a loss to a bad Eagles team. New Orleans is in desperate need of getting their players and coach back after the bounty incident. Too many distractions have cost the Saints a good season. Expect them to win at the Superdome.

 

New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons

The end of the season is when Eli Manning really shines. This is his time. The Giants look to gain more momentum going into the playoffs after destroying the Saints. Atlanta is good team, but didn’t perform well last week in a loss to the Panthers. This game should entail some drama while the teams lobby for playoff position.

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bills

The Seahawks put up 58 points last week in a shutout win over the Cardinals. Expect them to do much of the same against the Bills. However, the Bills have kept their recent losses close, losing by an average of five points in their last five losses. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will win easily in Buffalo.

 

Carolina Panthers @ San Diego Chargers

The Panthers are trying to gain momentum heading into next season, where expectations will be high. A win over the best team in the NFC last week helps. They will look to take down the Chargers, who have had an ugly season. The Chargers made things better by beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Expect a competitive game throughout.

 

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Nine. That is the number of losses the Cardinals have in a row after a 4-0 start. Last week was ugly in a 58-0 loss to the Seahawks. They Cardinals, however, may put up a good fight against the Lions, who have lost five in a row. The Lions will need Matt Stafford to shine behind center. Arizona needs to find a consistent quarterback that will give them a shot to win.

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

These teams are two of the worst in the league. This game will be ugly to watch from all aspects. Expect the Raiders to win, which would be their first win since Week 8 (against the Chiefs).

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys

The Steelers lost again last week despite the return of Ben Roethlisberger. Injuries continue to plague Pittsburgh. They barely hold on to the last AFC playoff spot. The Cowboys have won two straight games and need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. The game should be entertaining and close, but expect the Cowboys to win.

 

San Francisco @ New England Patriots

The 49ers don’t have the same powerful team they did last year. A win in New England would have them primed for a playoff run. The Patriots struggle defensively, which could prove costly against the improved offense of the 49ers. Both teams will be in the playoffs regardless of the outcome. Expect an enjoyable game on Sunday Night Football.

 

New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans

This game isn’t exactly the best game for Monday Night Football. Both teams haven’t played to expectations all season. However, the Jets have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They will need to continue to win and get some outside help to reach the playoffs. The Titans have struggled all season and are currently on a three-game losing streak. Expect the Jets to win in a close, sloppy game.

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