NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Predictions

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The Wild Card round did not disappoint despite the kickoff game being a blow-out by the Kansas City Chiefs (better luck next season Texans). So let’s preview this week’s match-ups.

New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs

With Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer and Danny Amendola all expected to return this week with fresh legs; Tom Brady has something to look forward to. However, Brady may find a hard time avoiding Kansas City’s pass rush. Kansas City has extended their streak to 11 straight after a convincing win in Houston.

Key Factor: Jeremy Maclin and Rob Gronkowski level of production will either considerably hurt or help their respective teams.

Pick: Kansas City in OT. 20-17.

Arizona Cardinals vs Green BayPackers

In their last meeting on Dec. 27th, Arizona was able to hold Green Bay to 178 yards; their second lowest of the season but it’s safe to say those aren’t the same Packers who won convincingly against the NFC East Champion Redskins. Although, Arizona is the overwhelming favorite, I smell a legendary game from Aaron Rodgers.

Key Factor: One word. Aaron Rodgers.

Pick: Green Bay 28-27.

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The Wild Wild Card: NFL Playoffs Saturday Predictions

article1Well the NFL 2015-2016 regular season has come to an end and the playoffs are upon us. With the mystical “Superbowl 50” dangling in front of 12 teams eyes; it all starts with this very weekend. The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals all have a bye this week and each get the treat of facing one the four teams who survive this weekend. And when I say survive I mean survive. So let’s get into some game previews and predictions for a weekend that will be sure not to disappoint.

(4) Houston Texans vs (5) Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are on arguably the quietest 10-game winning streak and The Houston Texans are seeming to be getting a rhythm and flow between Deandre Hopkins on offense and J.J. Watt on defense, as they a gear up for this Week 1 rematch.

Chiefs rookie CB Marcus Peters has had an outstanding season that just so happened to start off with a pick on Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer & Houston’s own  J.J. Watt and Whitney Merciless have combined for 29.5 sacks this season. Leading to the for both teams: Defense .

Pick: Kansas City Chiefs are just hard to bet against right now. Not only are they streaking, they have allowed the third fewest points of any team this season. Kansas City 23-17.

(3) Cincinnati Bengals vs (6) Pittsburgh Steelers

Sneaking through the back door of these playoffs, The Steelers are the overwhelming favorite in this match-up against a Cincinnati Bengal team who hasn’t won a playoff game since Jan. 6 1991 (I wasn’t even born yet!). The Bengals started off this season on a 7 game winning streak and were true Superbowl contenders until starting QB Andy Dalton broke his thumb in a Week 13 loss to none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers

Back-up QB AJ McCarron will start in his first playoff game against 2x SuperBowl champ Ben Roethlisberger; Steelers will clearly have the advantage here. Statistically, thats pretty much where the Steelers edge ends. The Steelers have allowed 7.5 yards per pass the worst of any of the 12 playoff teams and Bengals defense has given up only 279 points, second fewest in the NFL.

Pick: Although the “playoff curse” looms over the Bengals, I think they’ll still get the victory. Bengals in a tough OT win. 31-28

Put your seatbelt on because day one will take us for ride.#RoadtoSuperBowl50

 

 

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NFL: Superbowl Hopes Fading In Seattle?

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Falling to 4-5 after a crucial loss to division rival Arizona Cardinals; the Seattle Seahawks find themselves clinging to hopes of a third straight Superbowl appearance. After a devastating loss to the New England Patriots in Superbowl 49; we all expected the Seahawks to start this season with a chip on their shoulder and dominate the league.

Things have seemed to go in a different direction. Starting with strong safety Kam Chancellor holding out on training camp, the entire pre-season and the first two games of the season due to contract negotiations. Seattle’s secondary affectionately called “The Legion of Boom” looked less than intimidating without Chancellor’s presence. Chancellor returned in Week 3 leading Seattle in victory over the Chicago Bears but this team still seems to be looking for a rhythm to their season and their offense. Russell Wilson had the second worst completion rate of Week 10 at 43.8%.

All things considered, there is still something magical about this team; when all the chips are stacked against them they always seem to grit it out. The Seattle Seahawks will face the dismal San Fransisco 49ers in Week 11 in hopes of kick-starting a late season have one run at the post-season. My gut tells me that the world’s favorite underdog will be just that; the most feared Wild Card team in the playoffs; book it.

Inspiration: A Conversation With Jemele Hill

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Jemele Hill is one of the leading women in sports and a proud alumni of Michigan State where she studied journalism and started off her career as a beat writer. In 2006 she became a national columnist for ESPN.com and sort of fell into on-camera roles on ESPN’s First Take, Around The Horn and Outside The Lines. In her own words, she never ” intended on being on camera” but it’s proof that you never know what is in The Creator’s plan for your life.

Inspiring and transformational are the two words that come to mind when I reflect on our conversation. From our first interaction via private message on LinkedIn, I felt the humbleness of her spirit. I reached out to Ms. Hill seeking advice on how to navigate this “sports world” as a black woman. She agreed to set up a phone conference with me. To say I was overjoyed is an understatement. For at least the last 5 years I’ve been following Jemele’s career; studying her and above all else admiring her knowledge of the game; from basketball to football she shares her analysis with passion and accuracy.

When the date and time was finally set for our phone conference I was a nervous wreck. I practiced what tone I would speak in, what jokes I would make to break the ice; I practiced how I would say my own name like I haven’t been saying it for the last 20 years. But what was amazing was how all of that flew out the window when I heard her voice. Her genuine and authentic nature far surpassed my expectations. She began to share stories from her times at the Detroit Free Press to her days as a beat writer for her alma mater. She encouraged me simply by taking time out of her day to speak to me. An unknown freelance sports professional just trying to figure it all out.

What she taught me was that her success is not her own. She’s willing to share her success with young, ambitious people who are where she once was; at the beginning of the journey. She shared with me the importance of building genuine relationships and staying the course. That was my biggest take away and the most important thing I wanted to share to others who may never get a chance to speak with one of the best in their career field.

It’s easy to give up when your dream isn’t traditional and doesn’t come with a blueprint. My dream of being one of the best woman sports broadcasters & analyst is no easy feat and many times giving up and choosing a career path more “realistic” seems like a favorable option but to be something you never been you have to do things that you’ve never done. Thank you Ms. Hill your sacrifices will never go in vain.

She Was With Him Shooting In the Gym: Russell Westbrook Marries Longtime Girlfriend Nina Earl!

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Congratulations are in order for Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook, who wed his longtime girlfriend Nina Earl in a private ceremony in Beverly Hills over the weekend. It’s something about black love that just warms the heart.

The two met while attending UCLA where they were both student athletes. These two are giving me Monica and Quincy, Love and Basketball tease and I’m here for every single minute of it. Being that I’ve been following Nina on Instagram for about two years now which qualifies us as basically BFF’s, I couldn’t be more happier to see two young successful black people come together and form a strong union.

Athletes, especially star athletes get a stigma of marrying a certain type of woman (doesn’t look anything like his mama, usually knows nothing about sports, wasn’t with him while he was shooting in the gym , etc.). I could go on and on but you all get the point. So when athletes like Russell Westbrook, Lebron James, Monta Ellis and Donovan McNabb ,just to name a few, decide to marry the woman who was there before the money, the fame or the attention, its refreshing.

45.2% of black women have never been married which leaves lots of our youth without a model of what a strong union between a black man and black woman looks like. Without these role models the cycle will continue. Thank you to these couples for making the decision to become “one” and set an example because you never know who’s watching.

Congrats Again Russ and Nina!

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