1. NFL Playoff Picks: 49ers, Saints Headline Weekend's Top Plays

    With the Saints and 49ers in control of their games, Wild Card Weekend could have had a chance at featuring all four road teams winning outright, had it not been for a late comeback by Andrew Luck and the Colts ...

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  2. NFL Wild Card Picks: Why Nick Foles, Eagles Will Freeze the Saints

    It's rookie vs. veteran at quarterback this weekend in Philadelphia. But purely looking at the statistics, you'd think it was veteran vs. veteran. Second-year quarterback Nick Foles (27 TDs , 2 INTs and a 119...

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  3. NFL Week 16 Picks: Double-Digit Favorites, Underdogs Take Center Stage

    With just two weeks left in the NFL regular season, more than half of the teams are fighting for position in the playoffs...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about 7 months ago 2,371 reads 5 comments

  4. NFL Week 15 Picks: Redskins, Bengals Highlight Weekend's Top Plays

    With just three games left in the NFL regular season, teams like the Redskins are in rebuilding mode, while the Bengals are gearing up for the playoffs...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about 8 months ago 1,480 reads 1 comments

  5. Why Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles Will Ice the Lions in Week 14

    Nick Foles and Calvin Johnson have been hot lately. But this weekend in Philadelphia, something has to cool off. And it might be the Detroit Lions ...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about 8 months ago 3,638 reads 7 comments

  6. Iron Bowl: Why Alabama Will Beat Auburn by Double Digits

    College Football fans have been camping out since last weekend in and around Jordan-Hare Stadium. But don't sleep on Alabama. They've won 18 straight games away from Bryant-Denny Stadium...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about 8 months ago 4,365 reads 37 comments

  7. Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Gets a Third Crack Against Stanford

    Like a kid on Christmas Eve, Barry Alvarez's current state of anxiety seemingly matched the intensity of the wait leading up to the Rose Bowl. "I can't sleep" says the 65-year-old athletic director and interim coach...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 1 year ago 1,019 reads 3 comments

  8. NFL Week 15 Picks: The Aftermath of Seattle's 58-0 Win over Arizona

    Prior to the NFL 's Week 14 games, there were only two shutouts all season, but Seattle notched the third in the biggest way...

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  9. NFL Week 14 MNF Pick: Why the New England Patriots Will Send the Texans Packing

    After clinching a playoff berth at Tennessee last weekend, the Houston Texans probably felt like opening up a few bottles of bubbly in the moments that followed...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 1 year ago 2,806 reads 12 comments

  10. Week 13 NFL Picks: 'Reid' All About It, Unsuspecting Underdogs Take Center Stage

    NFL favorites ruled the last two weeks, winning the weekly "crown" by covering the spread in the majority of games on both occasions. Four teams in Week 11 were favored by a touchdown or more, and three were favored by the same in Week 12...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 1 year ago 1,938 reads 0 comments

  11. Week 13 College Football Picks Against Spread: A Midwest Delight

    Rivalry weekend is already halfway in the books, and some teams that had to win ended up losing on Friday (such as Marshall and Temple). Others, like West Virginia, played with poise late when they needed to and secured that sixth win...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 1 year ago 2,415 reads 0 comments

  12. CFB Week 12, NFL Week 11 Picks Against Spread: A California Dream

    Rivalry week in college football typically peaks over Thanksgiving weekend. But for fans in Southern California, it's already begun. Actually it started before the opening game of the season in and around UCLA...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 1 year ago 2,818 reads 0 comments

  13. NFL Week 10 Picks Against Spread: A Florida Double-Dipper

    Week 7 in the NFL featured a slew of close games as 11 of the 13 were decided by a touchdown or less. That theme did not continue in the two weeks that followed, as eight and nine games resulted in double-digit outcomes, respectively...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 1 year ago 3,680 reads 0 comments

  14. NFL Week 7 Picks Against Spread: Get Ready for Two Blowouts

    NFL underdogs continued to cash it in, as twelve of the 14 underdogs covered the spread in Week 6 culminated with Denver 's historic comeback on Monday night...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about almost 2 years ago 4,580 reads 1 comments

  15. NFL Week 6 Picks Against the Spread: Top Quarterbacks Hit the Road

    Welcome to this season's first prediction article in slideshow format, as we'll take a look at five NFL games across the Week 6 landscape...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about almost 2 years ago 6,651 reads 6 comments

  16. Straight and Arrowhead: Chiefs (+6.5) Headline NFL Week 5 Picks Against Spread

    When veteran football fans think of the year 1985, a few things likely come to mind. The Chicago Bears . Refrigerator Perry and that powerful Bears defense. The cool Jim McMahon and his head bands...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about almost 2 years ago 582 reads 1 comments

  17. RAMifications of Seahawks Drama Has St. Louis Rams at +2.5

    With the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers coming to Seattle early in the season, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks wanted to make a statement. Not only did they make a statement, they made a lasting impression...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about almost 2 years ago 889 reads 18 comments

  18. Rock Chalk Jayhawk: Kansas (+9.5) Leads CFB Week 4 Plays Against Spread

    The Kansas Jayhawks' coach and quarterback both come from Notre Dame, but they have yet to bring along the luck of the Irish. They are also yet to produce a win over an FBS opponent...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about almost 2 years ago 468 reads 0 comments

  19. Matt Barkley, USC (-8); Matt Stafford, Lions (+7); Two Bets You Can "Shake" on

    If there was ever a time when USC wanted a three-and-out from an opponent, it was at the end of last season's game with Stanford. That's three years, and out. This year, luck has everything to do with it...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about almost 2 years ago 308 reads 0 comments

  20. Patriots-Giants Super Bowl Prediction: A Tale of Ego, Revenge and Passion

    "You have to be half brilliant, and half crazy." That's how former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer recently described the modern NFL coach...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 2 years ago 702 reads 0 comments

  21. Saints vs. Lions Preview: Keys to UNDER-Standing the Wild Card Game of the Week

    Creole dishes. Crawfish. Cajun flavor. These are all the foods that help make New Orleans so famous, and those who travel there often leave with a delicious, spicy aftertaste in their mouths...

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  22. Rose Bowl Prediction: Wisconsin (+6) All Business, No Disneyland vs. Oregon

    Flying over the mountains of Angeles National Forest into LAX, it might be easy to miss the Rose Bowl stadium from above as the forest quickly turns to cityscape...

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  23. Patriots at Tim Tebow and the Broncos: Get Ready for a Mile High Blowout

    There's an old saying on The Sopranos that summed up the theme of the show: "You're only as good as your last envelope." For the Broncos lately, it appears you're only as good as your last drive...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 2 years ago 588 reads 2 comments

  24. NFL Thursday Night Prediction: Tim Tebow, Broncos Offense Hardly "Fox-Y"

    "It's a low-risk offense." That was Denver Broncos ' coach John Fox's description of his team's game plan in its win over Kansas City, where Tim Tebow attempted eight passes much like Army, Navy or Air Force in college football...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 2 years ago 673 reads 0 comments

  25. Oregon (+3) vs. Stanford: All About "Luck" in the Pac-12 Game of the Year

    Sometimes the best things in life really are free. And sometimes the best things in life aren't things. Sometimes it's a feeling, especially when it's a feeling so very few athletes ever achieve...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about over 2 years ago 374 reads 0 comments