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Will update throughout the season

1. 4-1
2. 3-2 (7-3)
3. 4-1 (11-4)
4. 4-1 (15-5)
5. 4-1 (19-6)
6. 2-3 (21-9)
7. 3-2 (24-11)
8. 2-3 (26-14)
9. 4-1 (30-15)
10. 4-1 (34-16)
11. 3-2 (37-18)
12. 2-3 (39-21)
13. 1-4 (40-25)
14. 2-3 (42-28)
15. 3-2 (45-30)
16. 3-2 (48-32)
17. 2-3 (50-35)

Winner sits around 55-57 wins each year. That’s basically 3 every week, plus a few 4 win weeks. Cannot have losing weeks, simple as that unless you can string together 4-5 win weeks. I started last year with 7 straight losing weeks somehow. My worst year overall.

2011: 42-41-2
2012: 47-36-2
2013: 35-42-3
2014: 50-35-0
2015: 42-42-1
2016: No comment

Let’s get 50 this year…

Update: It was my best year since I’ve started doing this. Can’t complain, fell apart toward end unfortunately. I got a little nervous, then Week 17 was away and didn’t put much into it. Just 13-17 in final 6 weeks. That’s poor and unfortunate…

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Being a Colts fan, here’s my take on their most recent playoff loss:

All right, obviously, a disappointing result.

I’m just gonna come out and say, don’t sit back and blame the refs. I did that a couple years ago when they lost at home to the 8-8 Chargers. It doesn’t make you feel better, get the ‘blame ref syndrome’ out of your system because it happens to everyone.

Instead, look at the Colts. They had at least five third-and-one’s that they did not get. Definitely, a problem. Maybe the first couple to understand the defense, but it shouldn’t keep happening over and over. Then they had some great runs on third and long, but they decided to get greedy against on a third-and-five and that led to a field goal. It was against a different defense, so running it didn’t really make sense.

Then there’s the decision to run the clock out before the first half ends. Up 7-0, with Manning, the Jets are getting the ball to start the 2nd. Fellas. A FG is easily within reach yet you think you have a good enough lead? Poor.

Now, we’re on the last drive. We have plenty of time, why are we rushing to get a play off? I feel like all the fans know Peyton will drive down the field and get into scoring position. Why are you running a play before the 2 minute warning when it isn’t needed on 1st and 10? Why are you running a play on the Jets 40 while the clock is running with 30 seconds left on the play clock, at about the 1:50 mark? Run the clock some, you need to rush it. Those two plays would have pushed the time left to about 20-30 if the same events occurred.

Then I’m pretty sure Blair White didn’t run the right route on the last play before the FG. Save that for another time. I wouldn’t have been mad with a run right there, force the Jets to use a timeout, but obviously you can’t foresee them not getting it. I actually would have loved a route to Reggie right there. Thrown at only once. I know Revis is good, but Peyton didn’t really look at Reggie at all.

Then you have the Colts last timeout used with about 30 seconds left. Inexplanible. Giving the Jets more time, and basically doing nothing for the Colts. I wonder what Caldwell will say about that. I doubted a lot of the things he did last year in the Super Bowl and I’ll doubt that TO. Still, can’t blame the game on that.

Instead, we sit here with another loss. Manning 9-10 in the playoffs. I think 1-6 now in first round games. Nine straight playoff appearances, but only two SB appearances, and one win.

Obviously, disappointing. I feel the worst for Peyton because he’s getting older. Still, the Jets came out and dominated the second half. We barely got the ball. They pounded it and barely had to pass. And our corners couldn’t really do anything. If Sanchez was better than terrible this would have been a higher scoring game because we couldn’t stop them.

But one thing I have noticed all season is that the Colts are playing worse in the second half of games. On offense mainly. Three FGs? Yeah, they moved the ball, but TDs are important. It always seemed that Peyton had a tough time getting points in the second half of games often this season. Coaching maybe?

Enough of that though. We’re all disappointed and sad. Just another playoff game to get out of our system. Let’s look at the team we brought to the field.

Defense: Conner and Angerer, two rookie LBs doing work. They missed tackles here and there and made mistakes, but overall looked great. Hayden, Powers, Bullitt, Sanders and more, are all gone. We had to go in with Tryon and Lacey as two starting CBs. Plus, Francisco got hurt and we had to bring in Hamlin who has been on the team for about two weeks. Then Antonio Johnson was out on the DL. Honestly, those guys played a great game. Although, it wasn’t enough, we have a good future if we have some of these guys on the second team next season.

Offense: With Diem out, it hurt a bit since Linchenbach is not really a fan of many. Had some good runs and had mostly great pass protection. Tamme and White played well, but with Clark and Collie in there, I feel like there would be no game-winning FGs. A couple bad routes and bad blocking by Tamme changed a lot of things.

Those are my first thoughts. If anyone actually made it through this entire ramble, feel free to comment. Do you agree with me or not?

I’m seeing too many people writing about the refs. Come on, we’re better than that.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @RotoZdroik

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NFL Locks Week 5

CHI/CAR Under 33
BAL/DEN Over 39
SF -3

9-3 on season
Upsets: Buffalo, Raiders

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After the first four weeks, this could be one of the most confusing starts to an NFL season ever. Can we even predict who will make the playoffs in the AFC right now? What about to win the NFC East or West? It’s a complete mess, but here are my 12 predictions for the playoffs. I won’t give the classic so-called power rankings that everyone compiles. It will be six from the NFC and six from the AFC.

Obviously, many things can change. Here are the seeds.

NFC
1. Saints
2. Packers
3. Cowboys
4. 49ers
5. Falcons
6. Vikings

Saints have a ridiculously easy schedule. Falcons could have 2nd best record in NFC. Cowboys are the best team in their division, don’t care what records are right now. Same with the 49ers. Vikings and Bears will be a tight one, but I think Vikes pull it out late in season with easier schedule.

AFC
1. Chargers
2. Ravens
3. Patriots
4. Colts
5. Steelers
6. Texans

Chargers have easiest schedule, as do the  Ravens. Patriots should be able to sweep rest of division games, same with the Colts. Both have their away games gone against harder teams (except for Colts @ Titans). Colts November schedule is brutal, but I’ll still take them. If the Texans stay healthy, I think they can take out the Jets in Week 11, but that is a stretch. Very difficult as I left off the Bengals, Jets and the 3-0 Chiefs.

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NFL 09 Predictions: A Look Back

Here’s what I had, division by division. And a few other things.

Mainly, I didn’t like the Jets, Broncos, or Cowboys very much. I’m one of the few people that picked the Jaguars to be last in the division. I only guessed three records perfectly (Texans, Packers, Panthers), but was 1/2 off on many. I liked the Bengals a lot, but not enough to get them to the playoffs.
8/12 playoff picks right (missed the Cowboys, Vikings, Bengals, Jets). I hated/hate Brett Favre too much to ever predict him to do well. Also, one of the few who didn’t pick the Bears to go to the playoffs.

Ended up in the 98 percentile on ESPN for spread pick ’em, if that says anything about the locks I was giving out. Pretty legit, right?

Anyways it’s basketball season, I’ll be around for March Madness and the NBA Playoffs, but still will post about the NFL.

Oh yeah, you can find me at RotoExperts.com or @azdroik

Keep it real.

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The “Experts”

Is ESPN really going to put this on the frontpage? Read this article, please. He picked Seattle and Jacksonville to win their divison, and that’s just a small part of it. He’s not good.
Here’s a quote from ESPN “Remember this? Back in September, our crack prognosticator predicted the way the NFL season was going to unfold. And he was right. Mostly. Some of the time. Well, a little”

Crack prog? Seriously, Gene is terrible. Another reason why “experts” suck.

Please.

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Week 9 Declaration

Okay, the 2nd half of the season begins this weekend.

A pretty mediocre week, but we’re going to find out a lot. In close games I have
ARI > CHI, BAL > CIN, NYG > SD, PHI > DAL, PIT > DEN

As much as I don’t like the Giants or Eagles, their opponents are even more suspect.

If the Chiefs win this weekend, I will officially claim that the ESPN experts are worthless and rank myself over them. Someone should tell them that Pick ‘Em and Accusore are beating…all of them!
The Sunday countdown picks look almost identical…

 Locks to come, riding a steady 66%.

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