Archive for November, 2007

Colts vs Jaguars

November 30, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Sun, Dec 2, 2007 1:00 PM ET
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The Indianapolis Colts (-7) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (+7) this Sunday, at the RCA Dome, for some hard hitting NFL action. The Jaguars will be looking for revenge after the Colts beat them, 29-7, the last time they met. QB David Gerrard was injured early on in the game, so it wasn’t the Jags at their best.

Since the loss to the Colts, the Jacksonville Jags (8-3) have been on a 4-1 win streak. They rolled over the Titians, 28-13, Chargers, 24-17 and most recently a 36-14 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Jags don’t have the greatest pass game but they do have the 3RD best RUSH. They are averaging 331 TOT YDS and they put up an average 22PPG. Defensively they struggle against the PASS. They allow 246 PASS YDS and 17PPG. The best part of their defense is stopping their opponents RUSH.

The Indianapolis Colts (9-2) have back to back wins after suffering back to back losses in Weeks 7-8. The Colts recently beat the Atlanta Falcons, 31-13, which isn’t that hard to do. The game before the Falcons was against the K.C. Chiefs which the Colts struggled to a 13-10 win. The Colts offense has dropped lately. Their ranked 9th in PASS YDS (249) and RUSH YDS (123) and they’re averaging 28PPG. Defensively they can shut down their opponent pass game and they are ranked 2nd in TOT YDS allowed. They do however give up 102 RUSH YDS and they allow their opponents a measly 15PPG. The Colts defensive line has been plagued by injuries and it’ll be a game time decision to see who’s in or out.

Bottom Line: The Colts haven’t looked like themselves lately. Their plagued by injuries and they aren’t putting up their usual numbers. The Jags have nothing to lose and everything to wn. Awin gets them tied with the Colts for 1st in the AFC South Standings.

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Rockets vs Warriors

November 29, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Thurs, Nov 29, 2007 10:30 PM ET
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The Golden State Warriors (+2) will host the Houston Rockets (-2) tonight, at the Oracle Arena, for some NBA action.

The Golden State Warriors (7-7) are enjoying a four game win streak after their most recent, 103-96, road win over the Sacramento Kings. The Warriors have the highest scoring average in the NBA; they average 108PPG. They’re in the Top 10 for rebounds thanks to Andris Biedrins. They can be a top contender again this year if it wasn’t for their poor defense. They allow 108PPG and they give up to many points in the paint and from the 3-point line. Baron Davis leads his team with 24PPG, 6APG and 2 steals per game. Adris Biedrins leads in rebounds and blocks. The Warriors are 2-4 at home and they sit in 3rd place in the Pacific Standings.

The Houston Rockets (9-7) are riding a three game win streak after their most recent, 100-94, road win over the Phoenix Suns. Even winning three in a row can’t make up for their weak defense. Their good for a low 95PPG. In the paint they’re ranked 22nd and from the 3-point line their ranked 27th. What happened guys. Defense is where the Rockets make it up. They allow the second lowest 92PPG, they can shut opponents down in the paint and they’ve got the 8th best ranking at defensive rebounding. TheRockets are 5-4 on the road and they sit in 4th place in the Southwest Standings.

Bottom Line: The Warriors are riding high off their recent road win over the offensive power house Suns. With the Rockets great defense look for a lot of long bombs from the perimeter.

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Canucks vs Blue Jackets

November 28, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Thurs, Nov 29, 2007 10:00 PM ET
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The Vancouver Canucks (13-9-2) will host the Columbus Blue Jackets(11-9-4), at G.M. Place, for some hard hitting NHL action.

The Vancouver Canucks (-200) are ROLLIN large lately. They shut down Chicago, 2-0, then rolled over the Ducks 4-0. Every things going their way. G Roberto Luongo has back to back shutouts and Marcus Naslund’s producing like a star. The Canucks are getting goals from multiple players and their power play is very productive. They’ve managed to stay out of the penalty box, cause penalties instead, and THIS is the key to their success.

The Columbus Blue Jackets (+170) are 3 for 10 lately with not much hope in site. Although they did recently beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 (SO). Their offense is averaging 2.6 GAA and they mange to get off 32 shots on net (#11). If they do score it’s usually on the power play. They have great goaltending in Pascal Leclaire who’s 10-5-1 with a 1.88GAA and a .931SVPCT along with 6SO. The Blue Jackets are 4-6-0-2 on the road and they sit in 4th place in the Central Standings.

Bottom Line: The Canucks are just TOO DAMN HOT right now. Luongo’s peaking and so are the players. The Blue Jackets are on a downward spiral. Go Canucks.

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Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks

November 28, 2007

Todd Bertuzzi will play his first game against the Vancouver Canucks since being traded last year when the Anaheim Ducks visit the Canucks Tuesday night.

Big Bert, as he was known during the nine seasons he played with the Canucks, was traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goalie Roberto Luongo on June 23, 2006.

Tonight’s game marks the first meeting for the teams since the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, when Anaheim eliminated Vancouver four games to one. Anahein has been dominant head-to-head over the past 10, going 8-0-0-2. The Ducks are 5-1 SU in their past six against Vancouver, and 5-0 SU in their past five in Vancouver.

The total has gone under in four of Vancouver’s past six games at home.

In their last games, the Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at home on Sunday, and Vancouver beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 2-0, also Sunday.

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Hughes vs St.Pierre

November 28, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Fight Night: Sat, Dec 29, 2007 10:PM ET
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Fresh off the press, Matt Hughes will fight Georges St.Peirre in UFC 79 Nemisis, at Mandalay Bay.

The fight was originally supposed to be Matt Serra vs Matt Hughes but Serra suffered a herniated disc in his back and he’s unable to fight. When St.Pierre heard about what happened he personally called UFC President Dana White and said “Let’s get it on.”

George St.Pierre is pound for pound one of the most well conditioned, well rounded, strongest and most feared fighter in the UFC. He’s walked on guys like Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Sean Sherk, Karo Parisyan and Josh Koscheck. He either wins by TKO or submission. St.Pierre beat Hughes in UFC 65 by TKO. Hughes was dominated by St.Pierre the whole time. He was taking kicks, punches, jumping punches and Hughes couldn’t do anything about it. Every time Hughes tried to take down St’Pierre, he wouldn’t let him.

Matt Hughes is also a very tough fighter with many quality fights under his belt. He’s beaten St.Pierre, B.J. Penn, Royce Gracie, Sean Sherk and most recently, in UFC 68, Chris Lytle. Hughes domination of Lytle wasn’t unexpected but he showed something extra special. It looked like his training with Jeremy Horn paid off. Hughes beat St.Pierre in UFC 50 by submission, back in 2004.

Bottom Line: It’s going to be a serious battle in the Octagon with many hard punches and submission attempts. Both are great on the ground, but St.Pierre is better at not being taken down. Whether not having enough time to train is an issue for St.Pierre or not he is the favorite. To bet the MMA go to BodogLife now.

Packers vs Cowboys

November 27, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Thurs, Nov 29, 2007 8:15 PM ET
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The Dallas Cowboys (-7) will host the Green Bay Packers (+7), at Texas Stadium, for some Thursday Night Football.

The Green Bay Packers (10-1) are in for the fight of there lives Thursday night. The Packers #2 ranked PASS game will be up against the Cowboys #21 PASS DEF. The Cowboys put up 217 PASS YDS while the Packers are good for 298 PASS YDS. The Packers won’t be trying to rush against the Cowboys, or any other team, because QB Bret Favre‘s a throwing machine. They’ve put up the 5th best PPG with 26.9PTS. The Packers defense allows a low 16pts a game while shutting down the rush. The Packers are the underdogs and there out to prove everyone WRONG!

The Dallas Cowboys (10-1) are going to try and utilize their rush against the Packers. They are averaging 122 RUSH YDS. Their main bread and butter is their PASS game, which is ranked #5 with 265 PASS YDS. The Cowboys have the 2nd best 32PPG. Their defense is very weak at stopping the PASS, which is why their ranked #21 with 217 PASS YDS. QB Tony Romo‘s main receiver WR Terrell Owens is going to be watched like a hawk, and he’s going to have to go to other guys. Their defense only gives up an average 16 PPG.

Bottom Line: I’m going with experience over youth in this game. QB Favre has had way more tough gotta win games than Romo has. Romo was still making mud pies in his diapers when Favre was throwing TD’s. Favre has utilized more players on his offense than Romo has. With Favre doing lots of passing the Cowboys defense will be tiring faster, and Favre will take advantage of their second string. I’m going with Packers!

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Suns vs Warriors

November 26, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Mon, Nov 26, 2007 10:30 PM ET
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The Phoenix Suns (-5) make their way into Cali to take on the Golden State Warriors (+5) tonight for some slammin NBA action, at the Oracle Arena.

The Phoenix Suns (11-2) have won 8 straight games after beating the L.A. Clippers, 113-94, at home. Nash, Marion, Stoudemire and Hill had 20pts on the day. The Suns are all about offense. They’re currently ranked 1st in PPG averaging 108pts and they excel with their sharpshooters in the paint. Steve Nash has been nailing the 3-pointers lately. Defensively they give up too many points, which is OK since they sink so many. Steve Nash leads his team in points and assists, while Stoudemire leads in steals and blocks. The Suns are currently 6-1 on the road and they sit in 1st place in the Pacific Standings.

The Golden State Warriors (5-7) are enjoying back to back road wins over the Wizards, and most recently, the 76ers, 100-98 (OT). Monte Ellis had a huge night, contributing 30pt. The Warriors are good for 107pts per game, with the majority of them coming from inside the paint. Unfortunately they don’t have any decent 3-point shooters or free throw shooters. Defensively is where the Warriors are hurting. They give up a league high 109 PPG, and they haven’t figured out how to stop their opponents in the paint or at the perimeter. The Warriors are currently 1-4 at home and they sit in 4th place in the Pacific Standings.

Bottom Line: Without a doubt, i think the Suns will beat the Warriors but i don’t think they’ll beat the O/U 229 posted by BodogLife. Bet the UNDER 229!

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Weekly NHL rankings from The Canadian Press

November 26, 2007

November 20, 2007

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks appear to have turned around their seasons. A look at our totally subjective and weekly ranking of the league’s 30 clubs:

1. Ottawa Senators. They’re 3-0-0 against very good Habs team this year.

2. Detroit Red Wings. Again, can’t beat the Hawks!

3. San Jose Sharks. That’s the Sharks team hyped in pre-season.

4. Anaheim Ducks. Try 6-1-1 in November.

5. New York Rangers. Nice 4-0-0 road trip.

6. Carolina Hurricanes. What a year Cory Stillman is having.

7. Montreal Canadiens. Must improve five-on-five scoring.

8. Minnesota Wild. Loss of Mikko Koivu a big one.

9. Colorado Avalanche. Brutal road record.

10. New York Islanders. Loving their 3-0-0 record against the Rangers!

11. Vancouver Canucks. Is Markus Naslund back?

12. Philadelphia Flyers. Need a healthy Simon Gagne.

13. Chicago Blackhawks. Getting lots of offence from the D.

14. Tampa Bay Lightning. Vinny Lecavalier on fire.

15. St. Louis Blues. David Perron turning some heads.

16. Nashville Predators. Radek Bonk comes alive.

17. Boston Bruins. Can’t beat the Habs (0-3-0).

18. New Jersey Devils. Near the bottom on PP and PK.

19. Pittsburgh Penguins. Ilya Bryzgalov would have been a good fit.

20. Columbus Blue Jackets. Ron Hainsey having a decent start.

21. Dallas Stars. Sergei Zubov still one of the best.

22. Calgary Flames. At some point this stops being funny.

23. Toronto Maple Leafs. Best game of the year in win over Sens.

24. Buffalo Sabres. Convincing win over Montreal their turning point?

25. Atlanta Thrashers. Don Waddell for the Jack Adams?

26. Phoenix Coyotes. Great pick-up in Bryzgalov.

27. Los Angeles Kings. Rebuilding takes patience.

28. Edmonton Oilers. Goalie controversy?

29. Florida Panthers. How many games left in the season?

30. Washington Capitals. This was supposed to be their turnaround year.

Bears vs Broncos

November 23, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Sun, Nov 25, 2007 4:15 PM ET
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The Chicago Bears (-1) will host the Denver Broncos (+1), at Soldier Field, for some bone crushing NFL action.

The Chicago Bears (4-6) are coming off a recent, 23-30, road loss to the Seattle Seahawks. QB Rex Grossman was 24/37 for 266 YDS. His offensive line caused him to be sacked 5 times throughout the game. In fact he’s been sacked a total 24 times this year. It’ll be up to LT John Tait to protect Grossman from the current AFC sack leader DE Elvis Dumervil. Grossman had no TD passes, last week, and it was up to his RB’s to get the job done. RB Adrian Peterson had 5 carries for 11 YDS with 1 TD and RB Cedric Benson had 11 carries for 89 YDS with 1 TD. The Bears offense is good for 219 PASS YDS, 81 RUSH YDS and they average 18pts a game. Their defense gives up an average 222 PASS YDS, 126 RUSH YDS and they give up 21pts a game. The Bears are currently 1-3 at home and their tied for last place in the NFC North Standings.

The Denver Broncos (5-5) are coming off back to back wins with their most recent, 34-20, win over the Tennessee Titians. QB Jay Cutler was 16/21 for 200 YDS with 2 TDS. RB Andre Hall had 7 carries for 89 YDS with 1 TD, his longest carry on the day was a 62 YD TD run. The Broncos defense is more than capable at interception their opponents QB’s especialy with Dre Bly and Ian Gold in the back field. The Bears offense is averaging 224 PASS YDS, 122 RUSH YDS and 18pts a game. Their defense allows an average of 206 PASS YDS, 149 RUSH YDS and they give up an average of 25pts a game. The Broncos are currently 2-2 on the road and they’re tied for 1st place in the AFC West Standings along with San Diego Chargers.

Bottom Line: The Denver Broncos have more at stake than the Bears, which means that they’ll be trying a lot harder than the Bears. The Broncos want to be in 1st place, their HUNGRY. The Broncos defense will put major pressure on QB Grossman which will cause him to fumble or throw interceptions. Da Bears will lose!

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Red Wings vs Predators

November 22, 2007

By Scott Burgess
Game Day: Thur, Nov 22, 2007 8:05 PM ET
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The Nashville Predators (+110) will host the Red Hot Detroit Red Wings(-130) tonight, at the Somet Center, for some Thanksgiving Day Hockey.

The Detroit Red Wings (15-5-0-1) will be looking for their third win in a row tonight. They recently shut out the St.Louis Blues 3-0. They got goals from the red hot Henrik Zetterberg, Mikeal Sammuelsson, and Daniel Cleary. The Wings are a offensive power house that has no troubles scoring 5 on 5 or on the power play. Their goalie Chris Osgood is on FIRE, right now. He’s 10-1 with a 1.65 GAA along with 1 SHO. He can thank his defense that’s excellent at stopping shots from getting on net and they’ve got one of the best penalty kills. The Red Wings are 7-3-1 on the road and their in 1st place in the Central Standings.

The Nashville Predators (10-8-2) are hoping to turn their game around after back to back losses. They recently lost to the St.Louis Blues 1-2. Their offense isn’t putting enough pucks on the net which is why their good for a low 2.8 goals a game. Their power play STINKS. They can thank their goalie for not allowing huge blowouts. Goalie Chris Mason is 6-8-2 for a 3.08 GAA with 1 SHO and Dan Ellis is a perfect 4-0 for a 1.35 GAA with 2 SHO. The Predators are 6-2-1 at home and they sit in 4th place in the Central Standings.

Bottom Line: The Red Wings have too much of everything to take out the Predators. The one thing in favor of the Preds is their goalie, so it might not be a blowout. But the Wings will fly away with this game.

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