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2008 NFL Draft Order

Posted by in NFL Draft on December 31st, 2007 | Comment »

The draft order for non-playoff teams is set.  Here is the order that the teams will be drafting in  2008 NFL draft:

1) Miami
2) St. Louis
3) Atlanta
4) Kansas City
5) Oakland
6) New York Jets
7) New England (via San Fransisco)
8) Baltimore
9) Cincinnati
10) New Orleans
11) Denver
12) Buffalo
13) Carolina
14) Chicago
15) Detroit
16) Arizona
17) Minnesota
18) Houston
19) Philadelphia
20) Dallas (via Cleveland)
21 to 24) Wild Card Round Losers
25 to 28) Division Round Losers
29 to 30) Conference Championship Losers
31) Super Bowl Loser
32) Super Bowl Winner…

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Comparing the 2007 NFL Wide Receiver Draft Class

Posted by in NFL Draft on December 31st, 2007 | Comment »

The 2007 NFL Draft was the year of the wide receiver.  Six wide receivers were taken in the 1st round and 16 were taken in the first three rounds.  With the wide receiver (WR) position, a lot of players turn out to be busts, and at other times, teams can discover gold in the later rounds (e.g.: Marques Colston in the 7th round).  Here is a comparison of the wide receivers taken in the first 3 rounds of the 2007 draft and the impact they made on their teams their rookie season.

1.) Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – Round 1 No. 2
48 receptions, 756 yards, 4 TDs

2.) Ted Ginn, Jr. – Miami Dolphins – Round 1 No. 9
34 receptions, 420 yards, 2 TDs
Notes: Ted Ginn made a bigger impact returning kicks where he had 1,322 kick returning yards with 37 returns of 20+ yards and 2 returns of 40+ yards.  Ginn also had 23 punt returns for 224 yards with 1 return for a TD.

3.) Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – Round 1 No. 23
70 receptions, 995 yards, 5 TDs
Notes: Bowe was the most outstanding wide receiver out of the 2007 draft class and was almost the only rookie WR to record 1,000 yards.

4.) Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – Round 1 No. 27
Notes: No stats recorded.

5.) Craig Davis – San Diego Chargers – Round 1 No. 30
19 receptions, 173 yards, 1 TD

6.) Anthony Gonzalez – Indianapolis Colts – Round 1 No. 32
37 receptions, 576 yards, 3 TDs

7.) Sidney Rice – Minnesota Vikings – Round 2 No. 44
31 receptions, 396 yards, 4 TDs
Notes: I think Sidney Rice is going to turn …

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BCS Bowl Game Predictions and Picks Against the Spread

Posted by in College Football Picks on December 28th, 2007 | Comment »

What a suiting article for the 100th article here on THE PASS RUSH.  Here are my picks and predictions for the BCS Bowl games.  Here are my picks for the non-BCS Bow games.

ROSE BOWL: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. USC Trojans -13.5

I don’t know why the Illini are getting a lack of respect in this game.  I thought the spread should be USC -9.  I think Illinois is very capable of covering this one.  They were the team to top Ohio State and have impressive wins against Penn State and Wisconsin.  Their first game of the season was against should-be BSC Bowl contender Missouri, and they only lost that one by 4.  These teams match up pretty evenly.  Illinois has an average PF of 28.8, USC’s is 31.2.  Illinois has an average PA of 19.5, USC’s is 15.9.  Illinois’ 7-4 record against the spread is better than USC’s 6-6 record against the spread.  9/13 of the experts at covers.com are taking USC to cover, but I think the Trojans will win, but Illinois will cover.  Also keep in mind that USC has a huge advantage being in Pasadena.

Prediction – USC defeats Illinois – 34-24

USC Moneyline – Confidence 4/5
Illinois +13.5 Spread – Confidence 2/5

SUGAR BOWL: Hawaii Warriors vs. Georgia Bulldogs -7.5

When I first saw the Bowl games announced I was getting excited about this one because I expect the Bulldogs to stomp on the Warriors.  I thought the spread should be at least 10 points.  We all know about Hawaii’s offense, but they’ve been playing mickey-mouse defenses; they haven’t seen a defense like Georgia’s.  I don’t think Hawaii will know what hit them when they have to square off on January 1st.  Hawaii’s defense …

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Non-BCS Bowl Game Picks Against the Spread

Posted by in College Football Picks on December 28th, 2007 | Comment »

Here are a few picks for the Non-BCS Bowl games. My picks for the BCS Bowl games can be read here.

CHIK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL: Auburn Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers -2.5

I like Auburn in this one. They’ve beaten the likes of Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama. They also only lost to LSU by 6. Clemson has some big wins over crappy teams, but they haven’t beaten anyone impressive. The tough games they’ve had (Boston College, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech) they’ve lost. Clemson’s only somewhat impressive wins are by 34 over Wake Forest and South Carolina.

Prediction – Auburn defeats Clemson – 24-17

Auburn Moneyline – Confidence 3/5
Auburn +2.5 Spread – Confidence 3/5

CAPITAL ONE BOWL: Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators -10.5

I don’t think Michigan will have an answer for the Gators’ explosive offense. The Gators’ 43 PPG will be too much for Michigan. I think the Gators should win by 14.

Prediction – Florida defeats Michigan 45-24

Florida Moneyline – Confidence 5/5
Florida -10.5 Spread – Confidence 4/5

ALAMO BOWL: Texas A&M vs. Penn State -5

I like Penn State here. Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Miami, and Missouri have all beaten the snot out of Texas A&M. Both offenses are pretty even, but Penn State has a huge edge on Texas A&M with their defense: Penn State allows 17.5 PPG, Texas A&M allows 26.0 PPG.

Prediction – Penn State defeats Texas A&M – 31-20

Penn State Moneyline – Confidence 4/5
Penn State -5 Spread – Confidence 4/5…

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NFL Week 17 Predictions and Picks Against the Spread

Posted by in NFL Picks on December 25th, 2007 | Comment »

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday. Sorry for missing the week 16 picks. If you rode out the favorites such as the Colts, Jags, and Chargers you were in good shape. I think the only notable upset was the Bears over the Packers. I never like betting on Week 17 spreads because some teams are resting players and you just don’t know whether or not a particular team is going to show up to win or not, but regardless of that, there are a handful of Week 17 spreads to consider.

THE WEEK 17 NFL SPREADS I WOULD LOOK AT:

Tennessee Titans -6.5 @ Indianapolis Colts

You can count on Manning, Addai, and Reggie Wayne to only see a series or two. After that, I wouldn’t count on the Colts scoring too many points. I like the Titans to win and the Titans to cover with the Colts resting their starters.

Prediction – Titans defeat Colts – 23-10

Titans Moneyline – Confidence 5/5
Titans -6.5 Spread – Confidence 4/5

San Diego Chargers -8 @ Oakland Raiders

The Chargers will need to win this one to secure the 3rd spot in the AFC, which they definitely want to do in order to avoid the Jaguars and Patriots. The Raiders are in bad shape and have the worst run defense in the league, so L.T. should be able to run all over them. I was worried that the Steelers would be playing at 1:00 and if they lose, then the Chargers don’t have to worry about winning, but both teams are playing at 4:00, so that’s good news.

Prediction – Chargers defeat Raiders – 31-10

Chargers Moneyline – Confidence 5/5
Chargers -8 Spread – Confidence 4/5

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BCS Bowl Games Set: Time for the debates to get started

Posted by in College Football on December 3rd, 2007 | Comment »

Here is the BCS Bowl Game schedule (Final BSC standings):

BCS Championship:
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 LSU
January 7, 2008, 8 p.m. FOX

My take: I think this is who has to be in the national championship. I would argue that it should be LSU v. Oklahoma because the are, in my opinion, the two best teams in the NCAA and would make a better national championship, but unfortunately the computers like 11-1 teams more than 11-2 regardless of the way Oklahoma had lost game #2 (an injured quarterback and a controversial penalty call that cost them the game). Ohio State played a mickey-mouse schedule and it’s ridiculous that they get to sit back in the last 2 weeks of the season and watch teams lose so they could sneak in. There needs to be a Big 10 title game in the future, they just need to find 1 more team to join their conference, or at least add another game to the schedule!

Rose Bowl:
No. 7 USC vs. No. 13 Illinois
January 1, 2008, 4:30 p.m. ABC

My take: With the Rose Bowl, you have to keep it Pac 10 vs. Big 10, so 9-3 Illinois gets in by default. It’s too bad it can’t be Ohio State vs. USC with the national championship between LSU and Oklahoma.

Fiesta Bowl:
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 West Virginia
January 2, 2008, 8 p.m. FOX

My take: This is a game I’m really excited to watch. There should be a lot of offense.

Sugar Bowl:
No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 10 Hawaii
January 1, 2008, 8:30 p.m. FOX

My take: Hawaii may be 12-0, but I’m not drinking the Cool Aid yet. The Boise …

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