Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 4 of the 2015 NFL Season!

Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 4 of the 2015 NFL Season!

Nostrathomas, seer of Sayers, was feeling a correction in the force during the early games last Sunday but recovered in fine fashion to finish 13-3 straight-up and 10-6 against the spread, the third straight week that Nostrathomas has finished .500 or better against the house this season.

Record for the year is now 35-13 straight-up and 31-17 against the spread.

Week 4 is the first bye week of the season. The New England Patriots take a break from the Belichick/Brady screw Goodell and the NFL tour while the Tennessee Titans reflect back on the first three weeks of the Marcus Mariota era.

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 soothsaying is tough, thirsty work and beer ain’t exactly cheap these days.

Thursday Night

Baltimore Ravens -3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Ravens are 0-3 but favored on the road against their AFC North rival. The Steelers hold the statistical edge against Baltimore but that was with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback…

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…

Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 2 of the NFL Season

Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 2 of the NFL Season

Who the man? Nostrathomas the man! Nostrathomas can talk big after going 13-3 both straight-up and against the spread in Week 1.

As for this week, everyone starts Week 2 back at 0-0, unless you missed on Thursday night’s game, which, in that case you start 0-1

Thursday Night

Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs -3

Nostrathomas had no faith in Peyton Manning’s ability to win in Kansas City after his dismal performance against the Ravens. Even though Manning put up 256-yards passing and an 86.9 Passer Rating, Nostrathomas stands by that analysis. Manning was shot-putting passes all night. (Are receivers allowed to call for fair catches?)…

Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 1 Review and Start of Week 2

Nostrathomas Predicts: Week 1 Review and Start of Week 2

All you fans who have spent the past few days out of sight while counting your Week 1 winnings, welcome to Week 2. Nostrathomas rode the fumes of freshly fermented beer to a 13-3 record both straight up and against the spread. The were a few events that were cloudy and hard to see going into last weekend but nothing is invisible where hindsight is concerned…

The 10 Worst Draft Day Trades In NFL History

The 10 Worst Draft Day Trades In NFL History

In the offseason schedule the NFL Draft is the event that generates the most hope in fans. Free agency brings in players that team followers hope will improve a team’s playoff chances but the draft brings in a collection of talent that all hope will be the turning point in their team’s success.

Over the years trades have become an integral part of draft day activities. Teams may have their eye on a player but aren’t in position to draft him, may be pursuing an established player at an important position, or may trade down to receive more picks and add depth to a roster.

Some teams will win but there’s always the chance that one will set back their rebuilding efforts like these did…

The Top 10 Greatest NFL Head Coaches of All Time

The Top 10 Greatest NFL Head Coaches of All Time

On the surface, compiling a list of the 10 all-time greatest NFL head coaches sounds fairly easy to accomplish. There are 22 coaches enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That group can be reduced to a top 10 list but that option leaves a couple of important names out of consideration.

Judging solely on the basis of regular season or playoff wins short-changes coaches who built their careers in first 40-years of the NFL when 12-game schedules were the norm and the only playoff was the title game between the winners of the Eastern and Western Divisions to.

What earns a coach a place as one of the 10 greatest is on-field success combined with leadership ability, talent for innovation and their continuing impact on the NFL…

Pro Football Hall of Fame: Which Finalists Get Busted In 2015

Pro Football Hall of Fame: Which Finalists Get Busted In 2015

Tonight the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee announces the 2015 induction class from a list of 18 finalists. According to the rules the hall can elect a minimum of five and a maximum of eight for enshrinement each year.

Only five candidates will be selected from the 15 Modern-Era finalists. Add in the two Contributor Category finalists, Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, plus the one Senior finalist, Mick Tingelhoff, and there could easily be eight new Hall of Fame inductees wearing gold jackets next August.

Who will be the in the group introduced to fans at the Super Bowl tomorrow night? Here’s the rundown from least to most likely…

Patriots Survive Near-Death Experience Against the Ravens

Patriots Survive Near-Death Experience Against the Ravens

On the surface it’s easy to understand why the New England Patriots ’went into Saturday’s AFC Divisional Round game as seven point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens.

New England dominated the AFC for most of the 2014 season and coasted to their No. 1 postseason seed while the Ravens needed help to play January football. Also, the Patriots reigned supreme on their home field in 2014, outscoring opponents by an average of 16-points per game.

So, how did the Ravens come within five minutes of knocking New England out of another Super Bowl run? From a Quality Stats analysis this game was the prime candidate of the four NFL Divisional Round contests to produce an upset…

 

Redskins End the Eagles 2014 Season: Autopsy of an Upset

Redskins End the Eagles 2014 Season: Autopsy of an Upset

The Washington Redskins’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night is an instance of even the blind squirrel finding the occasional nut…

Chargers Slip Past Ravens for a Big Win: Autopsy of an Upset

Chargers Slip Past Ravens for a Big Win: Autopsy of an Upset

The Ravens controlled the game nearly the entire day before the Chargers scored 21 fourth quarter points to steal a victory.

The Ravens were 4-1 at home this season and 13-4 at home against AFC West competition since moving to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996. A win against the San Diego Chargers would have kept them in contention for the AFC North title while putting them in the driver’s seat for an AFC wild card slot heading into the final four weeks of the season.

The Chargers were riding a two game win streak to climb back into playoff contention but still went into the Sunday’s contest as five-and-a-half point underdogs…