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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Super Bowl XLV Features Two Premier Fantasy Defenses

When it comes to fantasy football, most people focus on the quarterbacks and running backs that are the so-called franchise players of your team. But as we do our deliberating, analyzing, examining and picking of the NFL spread for Super Bowl XLV, fantasy players might take notice that the big game will feature two of the premier fantasy defenses from the 2010-11 season.

As they say, defense wins championships and this year’s Super Bowl champ will definitely be led by a stellar unit.

For starters, these two defense were ranked first and second in scoring defense in the NFL. The Steelers allowed just 14.5 points per game while the Packers allowed a mere half-point more at 15 points per game. From week to week – in fantasy or reality – these were the two most reliable units in the sense that you knew you could start them and you probably weren’t going to see a negative number next to their scoring total.

As far as sacks are concerned, once again, both of these teams ranked first and second in the NFL. The Steelers led the NFL with 48 sacks while the Packers finished up 47. In leagues where defense was tag-teamed with special teams, which admittedly is most of them, these two teams still ranked top 10. Combined, they had just one special teams return for a touchdown, which was notched by the Steelers back in Week 2.

But when it comes to defensive touchdowns, that’s another story. The Packers finished with four defensive touchdowns, which was the third-most in the NFL. The Steelers were just one behind as they totaled three.

As Super Bowl XLV approaches, most of the focus is on the two quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers – and the two offenses – but clearly, we are going to see two premier units on the field on Sunday, February 6th.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Packers, Bears, Jets and Steelers - The 2010 NFL Playoffs has been Upset after Upset

Just a few weeks ago everyone was knocking the NFL playoff system after allowing a team with a losing record to enter the playoffs. To make it worse, that team got home field advantage.....what a joke! The Seattle Seahawks, all fired up, came out and put a C.O.W.A. stamp (Can of Whoop A$$) on the New Orleans Saints. Did anyone see that coming? Vegas did!

So now, what are your superbowl predictions? I originally picked the Cowboys and the Patriots....and I was obviously drunk when I made that prediction. But, these upsets just keep coming and coming week after week. If you're a betting man, wow, this is the best time of the year! There's nothing that makes these games more fun to watch. Who picked the Patriots -9.5 last night?
Just when you thought the charades were over, the New York Jets, mouths wide open and everything, put a beat down on the New England Patriots on the Pats' home turf. Ouch!  What a game though! I'm a Giants fan myself and while I'll never switch sides, I love being in the middle of the action when a New York team is in the playoffs. The passion and desperation Jets fans have for producing a winner is unmatched. No team has been crapped on more in their home town (well, maybe the Mets) than the Jets so its fun to watch people go nuts. On Friday, you can tune into the Fan and get people saying,"I don't know. I just don't think the Jets can do it this weekend. Bla bla bla".  Now today, Monday, it's, "I knew the Jets could do it! They we're destined to win!"  Man, I love New York!

Baseball hot stove, college basketball, mid season NBA, NFL playoffs..... it's a great time to be a sports fan! Enjoy it while you can! With four teams left, my prediction for Superbowl.....

Packers 27  vs. Steelers 24