NFL Picks: Week 9 Thursday Night

Bengals -3 over Dolphins

Road favorites have done well on Thursday night this season so I’ll pick another one for a one-star pick. I would be more confident in the Bengals if this game wasn’t on a short week. Cincinnati looked great on Sunday but I can see a letdown tonight. I liked the Dolphins before the season but Ryan Tannehill looks like he has regressed.  Continue reading


2014 World Cup Draw Preview: Seeded Teams

We’re just over a month away from the important World Cup Draw for the tournament next summer. Mark your calendar for December 6, because it is an event all World Cup fans want to follow. The draw can determine how the tournament will play out six months in advance. So far 21 teams have earned a spot in Brazil and 11 more teams will qualify for the World Cup in mid-November.

There are four pots of eight teams for the draw in December. The host country Brazil and the seven highest ranked teams October’s FIFA world rankings be in a seeded pot while the other three pots will be based on geography. Right now Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are guaranteed to be seeded in Pot 1. The eighth team will likely be Uruguay if they beat Jordan in November’s intercontinental playoff. If Jordan shocks Uruguay, the Netherlands will be a seeded team. This would drop the Dutch to the pot of European teams that will also include Italy.

There are certain teams from the seeded pot that wouldn’t be a bad draw but most of them could be part of “The group of death.” Here is how I would rank the seeded teams from teams you want to avoid in the draw to teams you would want to play.

1. Brazil- The host our ranked 11th in the FIFA World Rankings because they haven’t played many competitive matches in the last three years. Brazil didn’t have to go through the grueling South American qualifying and were left to play international friendlies. When Brazil had the opportunity to play in competitive matches they impressed by winning the Confederations Cup in the summer. A young squad including Neymar, Oscar, Paulinho will be a force next summer especially playing in their home country. Continue reading

NFL Picks: Bears-Giants Preview

Thursday night the Bears host the terrible Giants. The Bears have lost two straight games to the Lions and Saints and the Giants haven’t won this season.

I’m usually never confident in the Bears to win comfortably but this game is an exception. The Bears did lose the last two games but they were against two quality opposition. The Saints are one of the best teams in the NFL with an improved defense.

The Giants are one of the worst teams in the NFL. They can’t protect Eli Manning, they have no running game and turn the ball over a lot. The Bears defense is known for forcing turnovers.  Continue reading