Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 3 of the NFL Season!

Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 3 of the NFL Season!

Considering that favorites were dropping all over the NFL in Week 2 Nostrathomas was thrilled to finish the week 9-7 straight-up and 8-8 against the spread. Record for the 2015 season is now 22-10 straight-up and 21-11 against the spread.

Week 3 presents nine teams that will be attempting to stay undefeated, nine that will be attempting to win their first game of 2015 and a few that will try to keep their playoff dreams from dying until the leaves fall.

Remember, as always these predictions are for entertainment purposes only. If you lose money you have only yourself to blame and should have listened to your mother about the evils of gambling. If you win Nostrathomas reminds you that generosity is food for the soul…

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The 10 Absolute Worst Contracts In The NFC North

The 10 Absolute Worst Contracts In The NFC North

These are the contracts that keep NFC North general managers up at night with the phrase “what was I thinking” running through their heads.

Nostr-Thomas Predicts: The NFL Week 10

The week began with a surprise victory by the Minnesota Vikings over the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football. The rest of the league is heading down the backstretch of the season as the postseason scenarios begin to sort themselves out.

It’s time to pick the remainder of the Week 10 NFL slate.

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears -1

Jay Cutler returns this week after recovering from his groin injury suffered Week 7 against the Redskins. The Bears have won seven of the last eight games against the Lions played at Soldier Field. Look for at least one turnover by the Lions against one of the top turnover creating defenses in the league.

Bears cover in a tightly played game.

Seattle Seahawks -5 @ Atlanta Falcons

This one’s not going to be nearly as exciting as last year’s divisional round playoff game. The Falcons have struggled to a 2-6 record and are facing a Seahawks team that may not be winning as dominantly as they did in 2012 but is still 8-1.

Seattle throws a blanket over Matt Ryan’s targets and cover on the road.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers -1

Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone puts an entirely different spin on this game. Still, the Eagles aren’t playing the Raiders’ defense this week and the Packers are running the ball with Eddie Lacy better than they have in years. Along with what Seneca Wallace can give them after a full week of practice should be enough.

Packers cover at home.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans -12

The Titans get to feel like one of the big boys this season as they take a 12 point advantage at home in their game against one of the worst teams in NFL history. The Titans can play defense. The Jaguars can’t play anything.

Titans cover and feel good about themselves for a week.

St. Louis Rams @ Indianapolis Colts -9.5

Kellen Clemens has kept the Rams in the two games he has started so far but he’s facing one of the hottest teams in the NFL this week.

Colts win but the Rams keep it closer than 9.5.

Cincinnati Bengals -1.5 @ Baltimore Ravens

The Bengals are taking control of the AFC North. The Ravens have lost 4 of 5.

The Bengals win and cover on the road.

Buffalo Bills @ Pittsburgh Steelers -3

The Bills are playing tough and get E.J. Manuel back as their starting quarterback this week. The Steelers have earned their 2-6 record this season. The question is how low can they go.

The Bills win as underdogs on the road.

Oakland Raiders @ New York Giants -7

The Raiders are 3-5 but not playing as well as their record. The Giants are 2-6 but playing better and coming off their bye week.

The Giants win and cover at home.

Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers -6

The Panthers are playing some of the best defense in the NFL but they’re stepping up in competition against the 49ers and playing them on their home turf.

The 49ers win but the Panthers keep the game within 6.

Houston Texans @ Arizona Cardinals -2.5

Case Keenum has played very well at quarterback against a team that’s strong defensively but has trouble moving the ball on offense. The Texans win and cover.

Denver Broncos -7 @ San Diego Chargers

San Diego keeps this closer than the touchdown spread at home but don’t have the guns to defeat the Broncos.

Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints -6.5

Saints are world-beaters at home but 6.5 is more than they’ll be able to cover against the Cowboys.

Miami Dolphins -2.5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This might be the Buccaneers best shot at winning a game this season but home has not been a friendly place for them this season.

Miami keeps Tampa Bay winless plus covers.

 

Lions Overrun The Bears: 5 Things We Learned

Lions Overrun The Bears: 5 Things We Learned

The Detroit Lions started slow but rode a 27 point third quarter to a 40-32 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Nostr-Thomas Predicts: Week 4 Edition

The NFL will be a quarter of the way through the season after this week’s games. One game has already been played but here’s the word on how the rest of this weekend’s slate plays out.

Thursday 9/26

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Sure you say, it’s easy to pick games three days after they’ve been played but I did have the 49ers going into this game. The Rams are only now beginning to realize they could have had an RGIII. Instead, they’re stuck with Sam Bradford.

Sunday 9/29

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Does the Bears’ defense take another turnover to the house today? The opportunistic defense they unleashed against the NFL last season has continued in 2013.

The key to the success of the Bears’ offense will be the match-up between DT Ndamukong Suh and RG Kyle Long. For the Lions, Matthew Stafford still has Calvin Johnson but will miss having Nate Burleson on the field.

The Bears improve to 4-0 with a win in Detroit.

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills

Joe Flacco finally played to his new contract last week against Houston but the Ravens scored two non-offensive touchdowns Texans committed 14 penalties.

E.J. Manual has done well learning on the job in Buffalo. The Bills are 1-1 at home with that loss being a hard-fought game against the Patriots.

This is my upset special for the week. The Bills win another tight game at home.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

The Browns gutted out a win against the Minnesota Vikings last week but their playing the best team in the AFC North today. The Bengals extend their record to 3-1.

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs

Can the Chiefs jump out to a 4-0 record after a 2012 shipwreck? The real question is whether Eli Manning can keep from having another multiple turnover game. He can’t and the Chiefs will.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings

I’m sure the NFL thought they had a playoff caliber game in this one when they shipped it off to London. Instead they export one of the stinkers of the week. Which team avoids dropping to 0-4 on the season. The Vikings are starting Matt Cassel in place of Christian Ponder and have enough defense to shut down big Ben.

Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman was still the starter for the Buccaneers on Monday. Mike Glennon is their starter today. Where else can Greg Schiano screw up his team next week. The Cardinals fly home as winners after this game.

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts dominated the 49ers on San Francisco’s home field last week. The Jaguars may be the worst team in football. Colts are feeling real good about their 3-1 record after this game.

Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans

The Seahawks have shot out to the start that says Super Bowl contender. The Texans have looked like anything but a Super Bowl contender so far this season. The Seahawks continue their domination of the NFL in 2013.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

The Jets are 2-1 behind an inconsistent Geno Smith. The Titans have the defense to hang on for a win at home.

Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos

The Eagles’ defense has sucked air in the second half of their first three games as their high-octane offense continues full speed ahead. Their in Denver this week which means the sideline oxygen tanks better be full.

Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders

The Redskins are winless but the Raiders are still the Raiders and that’s enough for Washington’s first win of the season.

Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers

The Cowboys continue their fast start and jump out to a big enough lead on the rest of the division to make their late season choke that much more dramatic.

New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons

The Patriots haven’t blown anyone away yet on their way to 0-3 but the Falcons have been worse on their way to an 0-2 start. The Patriots pick up another wind for the AFC over the NFC.

Monday 9/30

Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints

A battle of two undefeated teams and the first of a potential three consecutive undefeated teams for the Saints. The Dolphins are an improved team but New Orleans is not the place they want to be playing at this point in their development.

 

For 8 Awful Teams, The Race for No. 1 Overall Pick Begins

For 8 Awful Teams, The Race for No. 1 Overall Pick Begins

Week 1 kicks off the race to the Super Bowl for most NFL teams. For the eight highlighted in this slide show, the race is for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Vikings Beat the Packers to Earn a Playoff Spot

Vikings Beat the Packers to Earn a Playoff Spot

The Minnesota Vikings win over the Green Bay Packers puts them in the playoffs as the No. 6 seed while the Packers ready themselves for the rematch at Lambeau Field.

 

NFC North: It’s Decision Time for the Packers, Vikings and Bears

NFC North: It’s Decision Time for the Packers, Vikings and Bears

The playoff picture in the NFC North comes down to whether the Chicago Bears can beat the Detroit Lions and the result of the game between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

 

NFC North: Black & Blue Division Throwdown Weekend

NFC North: Black & Blue Division Throwdown Weekend

One thing’s for sure, these four teams don’t like each other. Throw out the record books and get ready for football as it’s meant to be played.

 

NFC North: the Packers Dominate the Undefeated Texans

NFC North: the Packers Dominate the Undefeated Texans

Aaron Rodgers kept the hammer down on the previously undefeated Houston Texans, The Detroit Lions overcame themselves and the Minnesota Vikings were RGIII’d.