Royal Rumble Preview

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The 2017 Royal Rumble is upon us and this year’s contest is one of the most unpredictable in the pay-per-view’s 30-year history. Will a veteran such as Goldberg, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton or Brock Lesnar be the last standing? Will a young gun such as Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Braun Strowman, Rusev or Bray Wyatt use this night to catapult them to the biggest stage? Could a returning superstar walk away the winner?

And don’t forget there’s a full card of exciting matches before the actual rumble. John Cena and AJ Styles will clash as the Dr. of Thuganomics chases history. Bayley will get her shot at gold, Jericho will be in a shark cage and so much more is going down  at the Alamodome. Daisy Rivadeneira and Kyle Boris of YourSitch will attempt to cover it all as they make their predictions for the 2017 Royal Rumble.

Becky Lynch, Naomi and Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss, Mickie James & Natalya

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Daisy: How awesome would it have been if Trish Stratus had been in this match? Even though she will not be making it, I am still excited to see Mickie James in action. I’m excited to see her back in a WWE ring and I’ll be rooting for her to lead her team to victory as they defeat Lynch, Nikki, and Naomi. 

Result: Bliss, James & Natalya by pinfall

Kyle: Alexa Bliss may be the most underrated performer the WWE has right now. She doesn’t have the move sets that some of the other women wrestlers have, but what she lacks there she makes up for in her character and personality. That being said, she’s had the upper hand over Becky Lynch of late and this could be a good time for Lynch to pick up a win without pinning the champ.

Result: Lynch, Naomi, Bella by submission

Raw Tag-Team Championship

Cesaro & Sheamus(c) vs. Gallows & Anderson

Daisy: 

Step aside Cesaro and Sheamus. It’s Gallows and Anderson’s time. They will win fair and square seeing as though there will be two referees in this match. I am not a HUGE supporter of either team, but Gallows and Anderson have done their time and deserve to be in the spotlight especially with the resume they have.

Result: Gallows & Anderson by pinfall

Two referees will be used to prevent endings like the one seen above.

Kyle:  I like that this match-up is going to have two referees to continue their storyline. I think Gallows and Anderson could use a defining championship win on a big stage, but I just feel like it’s too soon to take the belts off Cesaro & Sheamus. They’ve just gotten it rolling and they’re fun to watch.

Result: Cesaro & Sheamus by pinfall 

Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax

Daisy: This one is tough just because both of them are my girls. I want Nia Jax to work her way up to possibly getting a chance to compete for the Women’s Championship, however, I don’t think her day has come yet. Sasha Banks will win by submission in this match even though it won’t be easy to knock Nia Jax down.

Result: Sasha Banks by submission

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Kyle: Like her theme song reminds us, Nia Jax is not like most girls. Honestly, she’s pretty darn impressive and if we want to take her serious as a contender for the belt, she’s going to need a win over a top contender like the boss. 

Result: Nia Jax by pinfall

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Rich Swann(c) vs. Neville

Daisy: These matches are always fun. I know these guys will pull out moves that will have my jaw dropping. Also, Rich Swann is impressive and I would really like to see him remain champion to see what else he can do. He’ll end the match with a spin kick to take down  Neville.

Result: Swann by pinfall

Kyle: Neville is on fire right now and deserves the strap. He’s put the cruiserweights back on the map with his new attitude and I think that’s exactly what the belt needs. Swann is a great performer, but he needs some fire in him and maybe a loss to Neville will do just the trick.

Result: Neville by pinfall

Raw Women’s Championship

Charlotte Flair(c) vs. Bayley

Daisy: The fans LOVE Bayley hence why she’s moved up the ladder rather quickly. That being said, despite how quickly she’s climbed, I think Charlotte will be too much for her at the Rumble.  Don’t worry Bayley fans, I don’t see this being the end of their feud just yet. 

Result:  Charlotte by pinfall

Kyle: Have you heard Charlotte is undefeated in title matches on PPV? Yeah, well that’s not going to change here. I don’t think it will be a clean win, but Charlotte will end up leaving the ring with a conniving smile as she laughs at Bayley which will further push the fire inside the underdog.

Result:  Charlotte by pinfall

 

WWE Universal Championship:

No DQ(Chris Jericho Trapped in a Shark Cage)

Kevin Owens(c) vs. Roman Reigns

Daisy: With Jericho locked away, these guys might actually  get a fair match in. Roman Reigns is capable of defeating Kevin Owens, but I don’t know if it’ll be his night. Unfortunately, I think Kevin Owens will remain champion, keeping me off the list, but I think Owens’ time will be up at WrestleMania.

Result: Owens by pinfall

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Kyle: This match is tough to dissect. Will Chris Jericho still be a factor from the shark cage? Will fans even pay attention to the actual match? Just think how entertaining the ayatollah of rock and rollah will be as he’s suspended in the air. When it comes to the match though, I think I’m going with Owens because it could ultimately set up a match with the first Universal Champion Finn Balor at WrestleMania.

Result: Owens by pinfall

WWE Championship

AJ Styles(c) vs. John Cena

685px-john_cena_2010_tribute_to_the_troops_3Daisy: Even if the crowd chants it, John Cena doesn’t suck. AJ Styles is pretty darn good himself. Both of these guys are a bit on the older side, but man do they know how to  put on a performance. Besides the actual rumble, I look forward to this match the most. I expect to be emotionally exhausted during this match until Cena wins by pinfall after each of them have near fall after near fall. 

Result: Cena by pinfall

Kyle: Boy, do these two know how to work the mic. They have killed it recently on Smackdown Live and I really can’t wait for the next installment in this series. This match really could go either way. I don’t think either man will go down without a little help though. The loser will probably fall because of outside shenanigans. (Please be Samoa Joe, please be Samoa Joe)

Result: AJ Styles by pinfall

2017 Royal Rumble Match

 Predictions

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Daisy: With so many spots still up for grabs, I would really like for a celebrity to be a part of the rumble. Maybe Shaq again? Or Josh Reddick… Gronkowski?… McGregor?

Kyle: Just picture this. The crowd is ready for the #10 entry. Give us the Perfect 10! 3…2…1…AWESOME! If the Miz came out at #10, he would gain SO much heat and it would really anger the crowd. And then you can have Tye come out at #11 and that can start a mini feud.

Daisy: I want to see Undertaker, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar in the ring at the same time. They teased it on Raw, so they better deliver in the match. I expect a long stare-down with each other before they go at it.

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WWE UK Champion Tyler Bate

Kyle: I really want to see Tyler Bate, the first WWE UK champion, compete in the rumble. He could use the national stage to get his name out there more and it would give him some time to shine and showcase his talents for a bigger audience.

Daisy:   I want to see KURT ANGLE return. If the crowd hears his signature music it will turn the arena into a frenzy. Let us chant ‘YOU SUCK’ because it’s a classic! I low key would also like for the last entry to be a WWE Legend like The Rock or The Rattlesnake. I would actually lose my sh*t!

Kyle: If James Ellsworth isn’t in the ring with Brock and Goldberg does anything really matter? I want an F5, a spear, 5 suplexes and a Jackhammer.

Daisy: Triple H enters the Royal Rumble and Seth Rollins screws him over. The Game screwed Rollins out of his Royal Rumble spot and now it’s Rollins’ turn to return the favor. You can’t leave the man out of one of the biggest nights in the WWE.

Kyle: I was trying to think of what Kofi could do this year to top his crazy saves in the rumble and all I could come up with is that he gets thrown over the ropes, but lands on top of Francesca #2 and stays alive. Hopefully he comes up with something better.

Final 4

Daisy: Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Goldberg, The Big Show

Result: Goldberg will continue his dominance by eliminating the Big Show who drew a late entry as Balor and Joe are there for the assist. Balor and Samoa Joe then team up to eliminate Goldberg.

The Royal Rumble will end with Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, former NXT rivals, squaring off and it couldn’t be in a more dramatic way.  I think, ultimately, Samoa Joe is eliminated by Balor earning the Demon King a shot at getting his title back! Samoa Joe will have an impressive debut as he eliminates the most superstars, but will fall just short. 

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Kyle: The Undertaker, Finn Balor, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt

Result: Give us the 4 creepiest guys in the final 4! Just picture the stare down of the Deadman, the Demon King, and the Wyatts. Balor will be the Raw rep, while the Wyatts represent the blue brand. Then you have The Undertaker to do whatever the heck he wants. I see an Orton/Bray turn that causes them both to get eliminated followed by a Balor win over the Undertaker setting up Balor and Owens for Wrestlemania.

How do you think the Royal Rumble will go down? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in Sunday, January 29th on the WWE Network.

Front 4: NFL Divisional Round

We’re down to eight! Four teams from each conference remain as they attempt to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 51 in Houston. With four matchups on this weekend’s slate, the Front 4 team will debate who they believe will walk away from each game victorious. Before we get to their predictions, let’s take a look at how they fared last week and of course the overall standings as the season nears its end.

Wild Card Round: 

Daisy: 7                                                                          Daisy: 47

Carlos: 6                                                                        Ryan: 46

Ryan: 5                                                                           Carlos: 46

Kyle: 4                                                                             Kyle: 44

Texans@Patriots

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Despite the Texans having the league’s top defense, I don’t think there’s any shot that they can go into New England and beat Tom Brady. The Pats are just better. Unfortunately they’re on their way to another Super Bowl appearance.

Carlos: Patriots

The Patriots are going to win this game rather easily because they have Tom Brady who is just stockpiling wins and championships at this point. 3500 yards and 28 touchdowns for a guy who missed four games is pretty darn impressive. The Texans defense has been good, but the Patriots have too much experience and too much power to overcome.

Ryan: Patriots

The Patriots beat the Texans 27-0 in week 3 this season with their third string quarterback. Add in Tom Brady and subtract JJ Watt and you have a game where a 15-point spread will be covered.

Kyle: Patriots

The Texans were able to figure things out for a week and pick up a playoff win against the Carr-less Raiders, but Brady and Belicheck will be in the driver’s seat this weekend as they end the Texans’ dreams rather easily.

Steelers@Chiefs

Daisy: Steelers

The Steelers head into this one with Big Ben nursing an injury, but that won’t hold this team down. When they’re clicking, they’re unstoppable. I think the Steelers steal one on the road.

Carlos: Steelers

The Chiefs were able to secure a bye in the playoffs, but their defense is ranked 24th in the league and their offense was ranked 20th so there is room for improvement. They weren’t lights out, but they have a good quarterback in Alex Smith and a good coach in Andy Reid. Good won’t be enough when it comes to Le’veon Bell. I see Bell running all over the Chiefs defense that was ranked 26th in rushing yards allowed. Antonio Brown and Big Ben are also too much for that defense to handle. There are too many weapons to stop and the Steelers are coming in hot on an 8-game winning streak.

Ryan: Steelers

I want to go Chiefs here, especially with news that Big Ben in a walking boot earlier in the week, but the Steelers just seem to get better and better each week (like the Packers). I’m not going to overthink this game and go Steelers. I can’t wait for the last second Tyreek Hill punt return, a la Desean Jackson against the Giants, to ruin this pick for me.

Kyle: Steelers

In the first match up between these two, the Steelers routed the Chiefs 43-14 thanks to an early onslaught. The Steelers got out to a 22-0 lead in the 1st quarter thanks to a KC fumble, muffed punt and interception from Alex Smith. Pittsburgh would go on to score 36 unanswered points to start the game and KC never stood a chance in what was probably their worst game of the season. The Chiefs will obviously want to use that game as motivation especially at home and I think they will come out with a better gameplan, but ultimately this game might come down to whichever team wins the turnover battle. I’ll take the Steelers to come out on top because of the 3 B’s: Ben, Bell and Brown. 

Seahawks@Falcons

Daisy: Falcons

The Falcons have looked great all season and I think Matt Ryan and the squad will show why they’re in the playoffs and why they were the second best team in the NFC.

Carlos: Falcons

We all know that Seattle has a great defense, but they are dealing with injuries. To add to that, they are playing on the road. That’s too many obstacles to overcome especially against a Falcons offense that was on another level this season as they scored 33 points per game which was best in the league.

Seattle can hang in there especially if Thomas Rawls has another big game. Against the Lions he set a franchise playoff record with 161 rushing yards. Atlanta was ranked 17th in rushing yards allowed so it could come down to Seattle establishing a running game, but my money is still on Atlanta. Ironically, Matt Ryan’s only playoff win came in 2012 against the Seahawks.

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Ryan: Falcons

I don’t like trusting the Falcons in the playoffs, but I think this game turns into a shootout and the Seahawks won’t be able to match the Falcons offensively. If Earl Thomas was playing, I’d probably go Seahawks, but it’s a huge loss to play without him. Matt Ryan’s only playoff win has come against the Seahawks so hopefully he can do it again this year.

Kyle: Falcons

This is a tough one to predict because it pits the Falcons’ high-powered offense against the Seahawks’ lights-out defense. If this game was in Seattle, I would’ve taken the Seahawks, but this game will be indoors allowing Matt Ryan to play in comfortable conditions which could lead to plenty of scoring even against the Seahawks defense. He threw for 335 and 3 touchdowns against the Seahawks in Seattle earlier this season so I expect even better numbers in Atlanta.

Packers@Cowboys

Daisy: Cowboys

This is the most intriguing game of the weekend because both of these teams are pretty evenly matched up and are both coming in hot. It’s going to be a close one, but the Cowboys are home and will come out victorious to prolong their great season. 

Carlos: Packers

Not only are the Packers red hot, but they also have the experience. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks not only in the game now, but maybe all time. He has already won a Super Bowl and just looks unstoppable. The Cowboys are scary because of Dak, Zeke and the offensive line, but this team is young. They’re playing rookies at the QB and RB positions and that might hurt them. These teams are evenly matched so it should be a close game, but ultimately I see Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers to a win on their final drive.

Ryan: Packers

The Cowboys are the best team in the NFC, but the playoffs are all about who’s hot and Aaron Rodgers is on fire right now. Meanwhile, on the other side, Dallas is starting two rookies and as great as they’ve been it’s hard to pick rooks over A.A.Ron Rodgers. Also…Dez didn’t catch it.

Kyle: Cowboys

I don’t know if anyone can stop Aaron Rodgers right now. He put up 33 points against a Giants defense that was on a tear. The Cowboys defense has played well, but it’ll be extremely difficult to slow down the Packers offense. It should be interesting to see how Dak and Zeke perform in their first playoff games and the Cowboys will likely need huge days from both men if they want to move on to the Conference Championship. I could see this going either way, but I’m going to stick with dem boyz. 

Highest Scoring Game?

Daisy: Seahawks/Falcons

I am really banking on both of these quarterbacks to just go back and forth with touchdowns this week. The Seahawks have a tendency to show up in the playoffs so I think they’re going to try their best to keep up with the Falcons.

Carlos: Seahawks/Falcons

Atlanta is going to come out swinging. They want to prove they belong and Matt Ryan wants that second playoff win. The Seahawks are good on defense, but they are limping in with injuries. That being said, Seattle won’t just sit and accept a loss. They’re going to go down swinging and they’ll need to establish the running game to complement Russell Wilson in order to produce points. I see this being a back and forth battle.

aaron_rodgers_2014Ryan: Packers/Cowboys

Each team has offensive weapons that are borderline unstoppable in Elliott and Rodgers. Even if each team had an above-average defense (neither does), I would still expect those two to put up big numbers.

Kyle: Packers/Cowboys

We all know what Aaron Rodgers is capable of. We’ve also seen what the Cowboys’ stacked offense can do. This could be a back and forth game that might come down to the wire with both teams trading punches.

Will Zeke or Bell Have More Rushing Yards?

Daisy: Le’Veon Bell

I usually pick Zeke to out-run most backs, but I think Le’veon Bell has a better chance getting through the Chiefs defense than Zeke does against the Packers. Zeke will have still have a great game, but I just trust Bell more at this point. 

Carlos: Bell

I’m going with Bell because the Chiefs don’t have the greatest defense against the run. They were ranked 26th in rushing yards allowed with 122 rushing yards per game. Zeke will have to run against a better run defense that is ranked 8th and only allows 95 rushing yards per game.

Ryan: Bell

Big Ben is in a walking boot, but the Steelers will probably be fine without him at 100% because of Bell. Le’Veon is on fire and is coming off a 167-yard performance in the Wild Card game. Zeke is a monster, but the Cowboys might find themselves behind with a rookie QB under center.

Kyle: Ezekiel Elliott

Both Bell and Zeke lit up their opponents in their matchups against the Chiefs and Packers earlier in the season, but I’m leaning toward Zeke since he’ll be playing in better conditions. He rushed for 157 yards in Green Bay and now he gets to face that same defense indoors in Dallas.

Who Will Have More Passing Yards Between Brady, Big Ben, Rodgers and Ryan?

Daisy: Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan has been brilliant this season and I’ll keep faith in the better Ryan. 

Carlos: Tom Brady

Brady is on a mission to win another Super Bowl. The Texans were ranked 2nd against the pass this season so it won’t be easy for Brady, but he is able to just break down any defense and do as he pleases. I don’t see Houston playing with much spunk in this one which will lead to an onslaught from Brady and company.

Ryan: Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers is the best QB facing the easiest matchup of the four. I learned the hard way to never bet against Rodgers and I won’t make that mistake again.

Kyle: Matt Ryan

The Falcons have flown somewhat under the radar this season even though they finished with the 2nd seed in the NFC. If they lose to Seattle at home, it will really make people forget about their impressive offensive season. I think Matt Ryan has his best playoff game to set up a match-up with Dallas.

Which Running QB Will Have the Most Total Yards?

Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson or Alex Smith

russell_wilson_vs_vikings_november_4_2012Daisy: Russell Wilson

Out of the three QBs in this question, Russell Wilson has the most favorable matchup. I think Russell will definitely be able to throw the ball and use his feet to pick yards on the run as well.

That being said, I think Dak still plays well despite the evidence of past rookie quarterbacks in the playoffs. I think he will continue to play well especially with the team he has around him. He doesn’t seem to get flustered and Nothing makes him nervous… not even girls.

Carlos: Wilson

Wilson will need to be mobile and electric if the Seahawks have any chance to win so I am counting on Russell Wilson to make big plays including big runs that will complement the passing game. Plus, of the 3 quarterbacks, Wilson is facing the weakest defense which is the Falcons that was ranked 25th in the league.

Ryan: Wilson

Betting on Russell Wilson in the playoffs is a smart thing to do and I like to pretend I’m smart. Dak is great, but still a rookie and Alex Smith is effective, but not going to fill up the scoresheet. Wilson all day.

Kyle: Alex Smith

Andy Reid, Alex Smith and the Chiefs had an extra week to prepare for the Steelers(assuming they expected them to beat the Dolphins) and Reid has proven that he uses the extra time to the best of his ability. I think this bodes well for Smith who will rack up yards in small bunches, but I think those bunches eventually lead to a solid day for the veteran quarterback. 

Will the Texans/Patriots Game Be Decided By Less than 16 Points?

Daisy: Yes

Yes, I believe the Texans can keep this from getting out of hand, but only because of their defense. I mean you guys are representing the AFC South. Please don’t make us look worse than we already are. 

Carlos: No

As I said before, Tom Brady is on a mission to win. He is still mad about the suspension and it shows in the way he plays every week.

Ryan: No

Tom Brady vs. Brock Osweiler. One puts up a lot of points while the other does not.

Kyle: Yes

The only way this happens is if the Texans protect the ball. They CANNOT afford to turn the ball over and if they don’t they may be able to keep the game close because their defense is that good.

Closest Game?

Daisy: Packers/Cowboys

Both teams are coming in hot and like I said earlier, this will definitely be the most intriguing game of the weekend.

Carlos: Packers/Cowboys

This game has the ingredients to be a classic. You have a red-hot Super Bowl champ in Aaron Rodgers and you have great rookie playmakers in Zeke and Dak. It’s a tough game to predict and those kind of games usually make for close games.

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Ryan: Seahawks/Falcons

The Falcons are the better team, but they aren’t great in the playoffs. The Seahawks are money in the playoffs. That’ll make for a close game that will hopefully come down to the final possession. We gotta get interesting playoff football at some point, right?

Kyle: Packers/Cowboys

With Aaron Rodgers you can expect fireworks. Fireworks usually means late game heroics so I’ll go with the Packers/Cowboys.

Tiebreaker: Which Team Will Gain the Most Total Yards?

Daisy: Cowboys

Carlos: Falcons

Ryan: Patriots

Kyle: Steelers

Do you agree with the Front 4 team’s predictions? Be sure to comment below to let us know who you think will be one step closer to the Super Bowl!

Front 4: NFL Week 10

Ryan padded his lead atop the overall standings with a one-point victory over the rest of the Front 4 team in Week 9:

Week 9:                                                                    Overall:

Ryan: 5                                                                     Ryan: 21

Daisy: 4                                                                    Carlos: 19

Kyle: 4                                                                      Daisy: 18

Carlos: 4                                                                  Kyle: 17

As we look toward Week 10, there are plenty of exciting games on the slate. The Seahawks and Patriots meet in a Super Bowl rematch from a couple of years ago. Cowboys/Steelers, Broncos/Saints and Falcons/Eagles also headline this week’s action. Take a look as the Front 4 team gives their predictions for ten of the biggest games this week.

Seahawks@Patriots

Ryan: Patriots

The league is divided into two groups this year: the Patriots and everyone else. No team is even close to their level and I feel sorry for whoever has to play them. What’s that? The Jets still have to play them twice? *jumps into blender*

Daisy: Patriots

The Pats are home,  Brady has Blount, and Belichick is 11- 4 after a bye. All the signs point to a Patriots win.

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09Kyle: Patriots

The last time these two teams faced was in Arizona when Malcom Butler sealed a Super Bowl championship for the Patriots with a late redzone interception. The Seahawks obviously are going to be prepared for this rematch and are going to look to slow down Tom Brady and that offense in New England. I think they are able to rattle Brady and force him to throw his first interception of the year, but I think this game once again comes down a late drive and Brady is able to punch it in for the win.

Carlos: Patriots

The Patriots will beat the Seahawks because Tom Brady is still the quarterback in New England. Since coming back from his 4-game suspension there has been no mercy. Brady has thrown for 1300 yards, 12 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The best way to win games is to simply not turn the ball over. It won’t be easy for Brady as he will be facing a defense that only allows 16.8 points per game. 

Chiefs@Panthers

Ryan: Chiefs

The Panthers have quietly rattled off two wins a row against decent opposition after an abysmal start to the season. Unfortunately for them, the Chiefs have won four in a row and are expecting the return of four-time Pro Bowler Justin Houston. The Chiefs are dealing with a ton of injuries to the offense, but this Panthers D is nowhere near what it was last year.

Daisy: Chiefs

In this matchup, I am going to go with the Chiefs. Alex Smith and Tyreek HIll will make this fun. 

Kyle: Panthers

Even though they got off to a dreadful start, the Panthers have a shot to sneak into the playoffs if they’re able to put together a late run here in the second half of the season. If they want to realistically keep their hopes alive, a win against a good Chiefs team will get people thinking about the defending NFC Champions again.

Carlos: Chiefs

The Panthers defense has not been lights out when it comes to the passing game. Carolina has allowed 25 points per game. The best part of the Panther’s defense is stopping the run, but the Chiefs haven’t been a great running team and have found ways to win games. Kansas City’s running game isn’t amazing, but it will do enough to win the game.

Broncos@Saints

Ryan: Saints

I’m gonna get burned by the Broncos again this week. I can feel it. But after the offensive display against the Raiders, I have no faith that Denver can score enough points to win this one. That’s saying a lot since the Saints defense is unbelievably bad, but Drew Brees at home means tons of points and Denver’s offense won’t be able to keep up.

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Daisy: Saints

The Saints will walk away with the win here, but I feel it will be a close one. The Broncos defense has to step up against a pretty solid Saints offensive line.

Kyle: Saints

If there’s a defense that could beat the Saints in New Orleans, it would be Denver’s. They’re coming off an emotional loss to the Raiders and I think the Broncos will be able to limit the Saints’ offense, but I still don’t think they’ll score enough to pick up the road victory.

 

Carlos: Broncos

The Broncos will beat the Saints because of their defense. The Broncos defense has limited teams to 183 yards per game which is the best in the league. It will be a close game because New Orleans offense has been able to produce 326 yards per game which is number one in the league. So, we got a great defense vs a great offense, but the one problem the Saints have is that their defense has not been good. They have allowed 300 yards per game which is the worst in the NFL. Even though, the Broncos offense hasn’t been as good as they’d want, but it will be good enough to get the victory.

Vikings@Redskins

Ryan: Redskins

So the Vikings aren’t good? Or what’s up? I’m gonna go with what I know here and what I know is that the Redskins have lost to good teams but have generally played above league-average this season. With plenty of time to recover from their London trip, the Redskins will continue the Vikings’ free-fall.

Daisy: Redskins

The Redskins will extend the Vikings’ losing streak. Despite the Redskins’ average defense, I don’t think Sam Bradford will be able to do much.

Kyle: Vikings

I have no idea what to think of this game. Both teams have the potential to be great, but are nowhere near consistent. I’ll trust the Vikings defense over Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense and say the Vikings put an end to their losing streak.

Carlos: Vikings

The Vikings have only allowed 15 points per game which is best in the league. Washington’s defense on the other hand has not been as good allowing 23 points per game. Neither of the offenses have been great and even though the Redskins do produce a lot of yards per game, they have not translated that into a ton of points. The main focus of the game will be on the defensive side and Minnesota will come out on top.   

Falcons@Eagles

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Ryan: Falcons

Matt Ryan will throw for the most yards this week and lead the Falcons over the Eagles in the Battle of the Birds *CAWWWW*

Daisy: Falcons

More like Hotlanta Falcons! They’ve been killing it lately and I think Matt Ryan will continue to lead the way. The Eagles defense is good, but I think the Falcons will be too much for them to handle. It’ll be a GLORIOUS victory for the Falcons.

Kyle: Eagles

The Eagles are coming off two losses against division rivals and they’re going against the perfect defense to get Carson Wentz and the offense back on track. If Philly’s defense can control the passing game of the Falcons, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles pull off the upset at home.

Carlos: Falcons

The Falcons will beat the Eagles because Atlanta’s offense continues to be one of the best in the league and Matt Ryan has almost 3000 yards which is the best in the NFL. Philadelphia has not been bad at stopping the pass this year, but Matt Ryan has what it takes to bring in the win. The scary part for the Eagles is that week by week they are starting to look worse, currently on a two-game losing streak. Their offense has been below average and that means they won’t be able to keep up with Atlanta if they start scoring a lot of points.

Packers@Titans

Ryan: Packers

The Packers own the top run defense in the league and DeMarco Murray owns opposing defenses. If they can contain Murray, Rodgers will have no problem leading the Pack to a winning record.

Daisy: Packers

The Packers NEED to bounce back this week after their loss against my Colts!  *Go, Colts, Go. Hey, America what do you say? The Colts are gonna win today. * Aaron Rodgers will have a tough time against the Titans defense, but he’ll be able to move around them as the Packers win a close one. 

Kyle: Titans

The Titans’ offense has gone under the radar so far this season. They’re ranked 8th in the league in total offense behind Marcus Mariotta. The Packers will attempt to slow down Murray with their talented run defense, but we saw what Dak Prescott was able to do when the Cowboys faced the Packers. If the Titans can follow a similar formula, I think more lanes will open up for Murray and enable the Titans to put a mark on their playoff push.

Carlos: Packers

The Packers will beat the Titans because the Titans’ defense has not been good. The Packers offense will be able to take advantage during this game. Tennessee has allowed teams to score 25 points per game and produce a total of 3212 yards. The teams are pretty even when it comes to points they put on the board. Both teams have been able to put up 24 points per game, but the Titans defense might let them down in a close game.

Rams@Jets

Ryan: Rams

The Jets are not a good football team. That’s all I have to say about that.

Daisy: Jets

On paper, the Jets should win this, but I don’t trust them. The Jets like games getting ugly, but I am hoping this week is not the case. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Kyle: Jets

Even though both teams don’t look like playoff teams, the winner of this game could catapult themselves right back into the race. In a marquee quarterback duel between Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets should be able to pick up the win. The crowd at MetLife will be quick to let the Jets hear it if they get off to a poor start in this one. I think the Jets are able to pull out some magic and give their fans just a slimmer of hope.

Carlos: Jets

The Jets will beat the Rams because the Jets really need it if they want to be relevant the rest of the year. The problem this season for LA has been being able to put up points. They have only been able to produce 16 points per game which is the worst in the league. The Jets offense has only been slightly better scoring 19 points per game, but the Jets should be able to stop this offense. This should be another close and stressful game for Gang Green. Is it baseball season yet?

Cowboys@Steelers

Ryan: Cowboys

The Patriots are a lot better than the Cowboys, but the Cowboys might be the second best team in the NFL. Until they show me otherwise, I have no reason to bet against Dak, Zeke and this offensive line. Their defense has been solid too and is just as good as the Ravens’ D that held the Steelers to just 14 points last week.

Daisy: Cowboys

If the Steelers want to win they must stop Zeke. As solid as the Steelers defense has been, I don’t see that happening as Los Cowboys win.

Kyle: Cowboys

The Steelers are heading into this game knowing that the Ravens already picked up a win against the Browns. Pittsburgh needs a win to keep pace with Baltimore and their defense will certainly attempt to rattle Dak Prescott. If the Cowboys defense can make enough stops and prevent Antonio Brown from breaking out, I’m confident Dallas will continue their winning streak in a low-scoring affair.

Carlos: Cowboys

Dak is averaging 8 yards per attempt which is good for number 4 in the league. This guy is a rookie and has 12 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The Cowboys’ offense produces 27 points per game which is top 5 in the NFL and their defense is not letting them down either. The Cowboys’ defense has been Top 10 in the league. Pittsburgh has not had a good year defensively as they’ve allowed 375 yards per game.

Bengals@Giants

Ryan: Bengals

Don’t let their record fool you; the Bengals are a good team. Their schedule has been Jets-level of brutal so far this season and against a weaker opponent in the Giants I think they take their frustrations out on Eli Manning and keep pace in a crowded AFC North.

Daisy: Bengals

The Bengals have Geno Atkins. Expect to hear that name a lot when Eli Manning is on the ground as the Bengals leave New Jersey with a win. 

Kyle: Bengals

Following their tie in London, the Bengals have had 14 days to prepare for this Giants team. The Bengals are 0-2 so far against the NFC East, but the two weeks to prepare should give them the edge over the Giants.

Carlos: Giants

The Giants will beat the Bengals because New York is feeling good right now coming off 3 straight wins. The Bengals defense has not been great allowing 378 yards per game. Even though the Giants haven’t produced a lot of yards per game, they can do it against an average defense. The Giants defense hasn’t been the best, but they have held teams to 20 points per game which is better then the Bengals who are holding teams to 23 per game.

Dolphins@Chargers

philip_rivers_2013Ryan: Chargers

I am not usually a fan of either of these teams to do well during the season, but this year the Chargers are changing my mind on them. They have been competitive in every game and Joey Bosa seems legit. The Dolphins got lucky against the Jets (!!!) last week to earn their third straight victory but that ends in San Diego this week and I will continue to believe that Miami and Ryan Tannehill are overrated.

Daisy: Chargers

I am definitely in the minority here, but I genuinely like this Chargers team. Philip Rivers is great and Melvin Gordon is so explosive. I don’t think this is a walk in the park at all for the Chargers because the Dolphins are coming off a great week of football. However, I think the Chargers will even up their record this week.

Kyle: Chargers

The winner of this one will find themselves closer to the last wild card spot in the AFC. The Chargers have figured out how to win and should be able to take down this Miami team that has been up and down all season.

Carlos: Chargers

San Diego’s offense has been great and that will be the difference maker in this game. The Chargers have been able to produce 378 yards per game and score almost 30 points per game. Miami’s defense has been average and it will be difficult for them to stop Phillip Rivers.  

Tiebreaker: Which QB Throws for the Most Yards in Week 10?

Ryan: Matt Ryan

Daisy: Philip Rivers

Kyle: Carson Palmer

Carlos: Tom Brady

Be sure to let us know if you agree or disagree with our predictions and stay tuned for Front 4: NFL Week 11 predictions coming next week!

 

Front 4: NFL Week 9

Our newest member, Carlos, was able to win rather easily and climb the overall leaderboard:

WEEK 8:                                                     OVERALL:

Carlos: 7 points                                       Ryan: 16 points

Ryan: 4 points                                          Carlos: 15 points

Daisy: 4 points                                         Daisy: 14 points

Kyle: 2 points                                            Kyle: 13 points

As we reach the half-way point of the season, each passing week is getting more and more interesting. This week the Front 4 team will debate the huge AFC West showdown between the Broncos and the Raiders. Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, DeMarco Murray and Melvin Gordon are also all topics of discussion as Week 9 of the NFL season is set to kick off.

Will the Broncos or Raiders Win on Sunday Night Football?

Carlos: Broncos

The Broncos will take over 1st place in the AFC West. It will be a close game and even though the Raiders offense has been good, scoring 26 points per game, Denver’s defense has been outstanding and has carried them. Also, the Raiders are at home and for most teams that would be an advantage, but the Raiders’ only two losses have been in Oakland. They look way better on the road with a 5 – 0 record.

Ryan: Broncos

The Raiders always make it hard on themselves to win, but Derek Carr always finds a way to overcome the mistakes. That’ll be hard to do against the best defense in the league. I would love to see Derek Carr, an elite two-minute quarterback, get the ball down a touchdown late in the 4th. Barring that epic showdown, I’ll say the Broncos make the most of Oakland’s mistakes and get the win.

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Oakland and Denver are coming into Sunday night with quite a few similarities. Both share a 6 – 2 record in the same division [AFC West] and both are on a two-game win streak. Denver has one of the league’s best defenses, while Oakland has Derek Carr. Carr is coming off a great game against Tampa Bay and I think he will continue to add to his impressive 2016 campaign with a win against the Broncos. 

Kyle: Raiders

The Broncos are 8-2 in their last ten games against the Raiders dating back to 2011. However, the Raiders split the two meetings last year and the games were each decided by less than a touchdown. The Raiders have improved and I think this will be Derek Carr and Jack Del Rio’s biggest test by far. If the Raiders win, and I think they do, they’ll have to be considered one of the top teams to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

How Many Points Will the Cowboys Win By?

0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 30+, Browns will win

Carlos: 11-20

The Browns offense isn’t the greatest, but it can still put up 20 points a game. The defense has been the issue because they allow 30 points per game. Look for another solid performance from Dak Prescott who has a QBR of 81.4 which is good enough for number 3 in the league. 

Ryan: 11-20

Ah the Browns. The Browns make me feel good about my own football team. Ok, maybe not good, but the Browns are just terrible. Still, they are a professional team and they did just upgrade their defense so I’ll say they lose by a respectable 11-20 points.

Daisy: 11-20

I feel bad for the Browns because their schedule isn’t getting easier any time soon. As cool as it would be for the Browns to get their first win against the Cowboys, I have to be realistic. The Cowboys will stomp all over the Browns and win by 20 points.

Kyle: 11-20

Four of the Browns’ eight losses have come by six points or fewer. That shows that they’ve been at least competing in half their games. They’ll be going against a Cowboys team that’s on a role, but has been bit by the injury bug of late, especially to their defense. I think the Browns put up some points, but lose by two touchdowns.

Will Andrew Luck or Aaron Rodgers Throw for More Yards in the Colts/Packers Game?

Carlos: Aaron Rodgers

The Colts defense allows 402 yards per game which is 29th in the league. On top of that, Green Bay only allows 321 yards per game which is number 7 in the league. I’ll take Rodgers over Luck. 

Ryan: Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers has been rounding into form recently and is facing one of the softest defenses in the league. Luck has been fantastic this season, but he is constantly under pressure.

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Daisy: Andrew Luck

Luck is ranked 7th in passing yards so far this season. Even though I think Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have the advantage with their team returning to Lambeau Field, Luck will produce more passing yards. 

Kyle: Andrew Luck

I picked Rodgers last week against Matt Ryan and he let me down. Rodgers is only throwing for 248 yards per game and that doesn’t give me much confidence even against a poor Colts defense. I’ll take my chances with Luck.

How Many NY Teams Will Win?

Giants vs. PHI, Jets @ MIA, Bills @ SEA

Carlos: One

The Jets will be the only team from New York to win. The Jets are coming off two victories and need this game if they have any plans of making the playoffs. Both teams have similar numbers on both sides of the ball. The only slight advantage the Jets have is in total yards. The Jets have produced about 2700 yards compared to Miami’s 2400.

 

Ryan: Two

I think the Giants and Jets will both win this week so technicallyyyyyyyy *pushes up nerd glasses* no team that plays in New York will win.

Daisy: One

The only favorable outcome I see for New York this weekend is in the Jets game. There you go Jets fans. This is your chance. 

Kyle: One

All three teams are on the road against tough teams. I think the Bills have a shot to pull off an upset because we’ve seen crazier things on Monday Night Football. (I’m looking at you Vikings)

Will DeMarco Murray or Melvin Gordon Have More Rushing Yards in the Titans/Chargers Game?

Carlos: DeMarco Murray

Murray has the slight advantage because he averages more yards per attempt. Murray averages 4.7 yards per attempt and Gordon averages 3.6 yards per attempt. The numbers will be close because Tennessee and San Diego have both been good at stopping the run. 

Ryan: Melvin Gordon

With Derrick Henry proving a reliable Option B, look for the Titans to give DeMarco Murray a little less than his usual workload in this one, while Melvin Gordon continues his streak of games with 22+ touches.

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Daisy: DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray leads the AFC in rushing yards and is only second in the NFL behind Zeke. I don’t expect that to change this week as he rushes for more yards than Gordon. 

Kyle: DeMarco Murray

The Titans and Chargers have two of the best defenses when it comes to stopping the run. The Titans only allow 82 yards a game while the Chargers allow 86. Both running backs are going to have tough match ups, but I think Murray rushes for more yards to improve on his stellar season of 94 yards per game which is good enough for second place in the NFL.

Higher Total in LA on Sunday: Todd Gurley Rushing Yards or Lakers Points

Carlos: Lakers

The Panthers have not been a great team, but the one thing they have been able to do is stop the run. The Panthers have only allowed 561 rushing yards this season. The Rams have not had a good running game so this isn’t a favorable match up. As for the Lakers, they have been able to average 107 points per game and the Suns have allowed teams to score 112 points per game. 

Ryan: Lakers

The Lakers are averaging over 100 points per game this season and the Suns allow a preposterous 112 points per game. Suffice it to say that Todd Gurley will be facing a tougher defense even if the Panthers don’t show up. 

Daisy: Lakers

The Rams are averaging 80 yards per game this season so I am going to go with the safe choice and choose the Lakers here to score a ton against the Suns. 

Kyle: Lakers

Despite the Panthers’ poor play, they’ve only allowed 80 rushing yards per game. The Lakers are coming off a huge win over the Warriors. In their two home games this year the Lakers have scored 120 and 117 against the Rockets and the Warriors. A match-up against the Suns should mean plenty of points once again.

Will the Saints or 49ers Reach Their Average Passing Yards Per Game?

Saints(1st): 326 PY/G, 49ers(Last): 161 PY/G

Carlos: Both

The 49ers defense allows 407 yards a game which means the Saints will easily be able to throw all over them. The 49ers will not be successful against the Saints, but will atleast be able to get to their average passing yards per game as well because of the Saints mediocre defense. 

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Ryan: Both

Both defenses are just awful. Just awful. Meanwhile, Drew Brees is not awful and Colin Kaepernick is not 161 yards awful. Kaep gets over the threshold in garbage time while Brees runs up the numbers in a must-win game for the Saints.

Daisy: Both

I think both teams will remain consistent and play to the averages. 

Kyle: Both

Colin Kaepernick threw for over 160 yards against the Bills in his last game so he should be able to do more of the same against this Saints defense. I also have confidence in Drew Brees to pick apart this 49ers defense.

Will the Steelers/Ravens Game be Decided by 7 Points or Less?

Carlos: Yes

Both teams come in with losing streaks so they’ll both be looking for a much needed win in a close game. Both defenses have been pretty good as Baltimore has a slight edge by allowing 19 points per game while the Steelers have allowed 21 points per game. Where Pittsburgh has the best advantage is in scoring. The Steelers score 24 points per game compared to Baltimore’s 19 points per game.   

Ryan: Yes

Divisional games are always close and a rivalry like Steelers-Ravens just brings out the best in the players. There’s no way either team is giving up an easy win one way or the other.

Daisy: Yes

In the past two years the Steelers have managed to defeat the Ravens just once and the last two times these teams faced each other the game was decided by a field goal. I think that pattern continues and the game will be decided by less than a touchdown.

Kyle: No

The Ravens won both match-ups last season by a field goal in low scoring games. The first match up this season between division rivals could be dependent on whether or not Big Ben takes the field. He’s currently a game-time decision. The Steelers have more play makers and that’ll be the difference in this one as Pittsburgh wins by 10 points.

How Many Times Will the Chiefs Pick off Blake Bortles?

Carlos: Three

The Chiefs defense will be too much for Bortles to handle and it will lead to a long game for him and Jacksonville. When he has faced teams that force a lot of takeaways, he has not played well. Oakland picked him off twice a couple weeks ago and Baltimore got him three times earlier in the season. 

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Ryan: Two

The Chiefs may be the best in the league at intercepting the ball, but Bortles has thrown three picks in a game this year just once. He’ll be dropping back a lot just like last week, but I say he does slightly better and only throws two picks.

Daisy: Two

The Chiefs will pick off Blake Bortles twice in this game and I think Marcus Peters will be a big reason why.

Kyle: Zero

This game screams upset. The Chiefes will be without Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware. On the other side of things, it seems like everyone on the Jaguars team, coaching staff and front office is on the hot seat. Bortles is due for a signature game and just maybe this is it.

How Many Last Place Teams Will Win?

Jets@MIA, Browns vs. DAL, Jaguars@KC, Chargers vs. TEN, Panthers@LA, 49ers vs. NO

Carlos: One

The Jets are coming off two victories and need this game if they have any plans of making the playoffs. This game will not be an easy task for the Jets. Both teams have similar numbers on both sides of the ball. The only slight advantage the Jets have are in total yards. The Jets have produced 2,700 yards compared to Miami’s 2,400. Of the Jets’ three wins, two have come on the road so this could be their chance to add their third road victory. 

Ryan: Two

I already picked the Jets to win, but none of these other teams inspire much confidence. I can see a desperate Panthers team rising to the occasion, but it’ll take a lot for these other teams to earn a victory in week 9.

Daisy: Three

The Jets, Chargers and Panthers should all be to help their chances of getting out of 4th place in their divisions.

Kyle: Two

If the Panthers want to keep any playoff hopes alive they HAVE to beat the Rams and I think they’re able to. The Browns and 49ers are going to have tough times finding a win. That leaves the Jets, Jags and Chargers. All three have winnable games, but I don’t trust any of them to actually pull through. I’ll stick with my upset, though, and say the Jaguars finally get a solid win.

Tiebreaker: Which Player Will Rush for the Most Yards in Week 9?

Carlos: DeMarco Murray

Ryan: Ezekiel Elliott

Daisy: Ezekiel Elliott

Kyle: Le’Veon Bell

Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments how you think Week 9 of the NFL will play out.


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Front 4: NFL Week 8

Week 6 came down to the wire and ultimately a tiebreaker decided the outcome:

Kyle: 6 points(+1 Tiebreaker)

Ryan: 6 points

Daisy: 4 points

Carlos: 4 points

After a one-week hiatus, the Front 4 team is back and our guest, Carlos, is a guest no more. After solid performances, Carlos has been asked to provide his NFL predictions for the rest of the season.

Quite a few teams have byes this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no drama from the teams taking the field. The Cowboys and Eagles battle for 1st place. The Browns look for their first victory. There’s also a battle between Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers. Take a look at how the Front 4 team sees things playing out and let us know if you agree with their predictions.

Will the Eagles or Cowboys Win on Sunday Night Football?

Kyle: Cowboys

The Cowboys have been on a tear lately and that worries me. This is usually the time that they mess things up. They’re at home against a division rival on national television. If this really is a different Cowboys team then they’ll come out and take care of business. The biggest match up in this game will be the Cowboys’ offensive line against the Eagles’ defensive line. Whoever wins in the trenches will probably come away with the victory.

Ryan: Cowboys

The Eagles defense has been fantastic so far but you could make the case that Ezekiel Elliott is the best running back they’ve faced so far and there is no debating the Cowboys’ O-line will be the best they’ve encountered. Add that to the fact that it’s in Dallas and I’ll give the slight edge to Cowboys.

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Carlos: Cowboys

Quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz are fighting for bragging rights and the rivalry between Philly and Dallas is always great. The Cowboys will come out on top in a close game.

Dallas has a great offense that scores 27 points per game which is only slightly better than the Eagles who score 26 points per game. The difference here will be the Dallas running game. The Cowboys come into the game averaging 161 rushing yards per game which is the best in the NFL.

Daisy: Cowboys

Which Defense Allows Fewer Points?

The Bills(vs. Patriots) or the Seahawks(@Saints) 

Kyle: Bills

Even though the Bills won’t shut out Tom Brady, I think the Bills prove their legitness by hanging tough with the Pats and keeping it a relatively close game through to the end. As for the Seahawks, I think they’ll be able to get their offense on track against a terrible Saints defense, but Drew Brees will still be able to put up points whether it be early touchdowns or late garbage-time touchdowns.

Ryan: Bills

The Bills won’t shut out the Patriots again but picking any defense to do well in the Superdome is something I try and avoid.

Carlos: Seahawks

The Seahawks are ranked third in the league in defense. They have held teams to 14 points per game and just 1800 yards total. The Bills defense, which sould be much better, has been just average this year as they are ranked 21st in the league. They are holding teams to just 18 points per game, but that won’t be good enough against the Patriots’ great offense that is top 5 in the NFL.

Daisy: Seahawks

How Many AFC West Teams Will Finish Week 8 with 2 Losses?

Raiders(5-2)@ TB, Broncos(5-2) vs. SD, Chiefs(4-2)@ IND

Kyle: One

All three teams are capable of winning and will be the favorites, but each team could walk away losers as well. The Chargers already beat the Broncos this season and the Chiefs have a tough game against the Andrew Luck. The Raiders have been lights out on the road and I think they have the best shot at getting a victory.

Ryan: Two

I am very sure all three of these teams will win this week which means it won’t happen so I’ll say two of the three win this week. The Broncos will stifle the Chargers and then either the Raiders or Chiefs will lose a game they should win.

Carlos: Three

The top three teams in the AFC West will all finish week 8 with only two losses on their record.

Daisy: Two

Which City Scores the Most Points/Runs?

Chicago(Bears & Cubs in Game 5) or Cleveland(Browns & Indians in Game 5)

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Kyle: Chicago

The Cubs are facing elimination in Game 5 and are playing their last game at Wrigley this season no matter what. I think that lights a fire under them and finally wakes up their offense. It ultimately could be the difference because I don’t see the Browns or the Bears scoring much at all. Look for the Cubs to put up a 7 spot and give Chi-town the win.

Ryan: Cleveland

One of these baseball teams might actually outscore their respective football teams. The Jets defense hasn’t been elite this year, but the Vikings defense has. The Browns are very, very bad but I don’t expect the Bears to do anything on offense this week against one of the best defenses in the league.

Carlos: Cleveland

The Bears offense has been awful, only averaging 15 points per game which is the worst in the league. Yes, the Browns have been bad, but they are averaging more points per game at 18. I have faith in the Indians’ pitching because they have been great in the postseason and I think that continues Sunday as they limit the Cubs.

Daisy: Chicago

Will Ezekiel Elliott or David Johnson Rush for More Yards?

Kyle: David Johnson

Elliott has been running rampid all over NFL defenses in 2016. The Eagles are fully aware of that and I think they attempt to slow him down and make Dak beat them through the air. Elliott will still have a solid game, but I think David Johnson eclipses the 100-yard mark again and rushes for more yards against a suspect Panthers defense.

Ryan: Ezekiel Elliott

Both running backs have rushed for over 100 yards in their past few games, but the Cowboys will be more dependent on the run to get the win this week so the edge goes to Zeke. 

Carlos: Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott is averaging 117 yards per game compared to Johnson’s 97. Also, Carolina’s defense against the run hasn’t been there biggest problem. Their problem is allowing teams to score too many points per game. They are 29th in the league with 29 points allowed per game. The Eagles, on the other hand, have an average defense against the run and Elliott can expose it during the game.

Daisy: David Johnson

Who Throws for More Yards in the Packers/Falcons Game?

Aaron Rodgers or Matt Ryan

Kyle: Aaron Rodgers

I’m going with Rodgers because of the Falcons backfield. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been studs for Atlanta and should get plenty of touches. The Packers have so many banged up running backs and Rodgers will be forced to throw early and often to keep Green Bay in the game.

Matt RyanRyan: Matt Ryan

On top of having the better name, Matt Ryan has looked like an MVP-type player this year while Rodgers hasn’t really looked in sync with his offense all season. Also in Ryan’s favor is the fact that Green Bay’s strong run defense will mean more play calls for the Atlanta signal caller.

Carlos: Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan will throw for more yards simply because he has been better than Rodgers this season. Rodgers is having a season we aren’t used to seeing. He has spoiled us with amazing football and even though 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions is good enough for most quarterbacks, people expect more from Rodgers. Matt Ryan is arguably having the best season of his career and I can see that continuing the rest of the way.

Daisy: Matt Ryan

Who Has More Tackles in the Lions/Texans Game?

Tahir Whitehead or Brandon McKinney

Kyle: Brandon McKinney

Both these men were in the top 3 in tackles heading into Week 8. I’m going with McKinney to record more tackles because I think the Texans defense will be on the field longer due to their mediocre offense. Whitehead won’t get many chances for tackles in this one.

Ryan: Brandon McKinney

To be honest I looked up which one was ranked higher in the IDP fantasy rankings this week and went with him. Come on McKinney!

Carlos: Tahir Whitehead

Tahir Whitehead will have more tackles in the Lions/Texans game because Houston’s offense isn’t great and the defense as a whole will be able to jump all over them. Even though Detroit’s defense hasn’t been lights out, I like the matchup and see them having a good defensive game.

Daisy: Tahir Whitehead

How Many AFC Teams Will Finish Week 8 with a 4-4 Record?

Bills(4-3)vs. NE, Bengals(3-4)vs. WSH, Texans(4-3) vs.DET,

Colts(3-4)vs. KC, Titans(3-4) vs.JAC, Chargers(3-4)@ DEN

Kyle: Five

Most of these games could go either way, but I’m going to take a chance and say that five out of the six teams will either fall to 4-4 or jump to 4-4. The Bengals and Chargers need a win to give their playoff chances a real boost. I think they both get it done to improve to 4-4.

Ryan: Four

Four teams will finish 4-4 in the AFC and my guesses are the Bills, Bengals, Texans and Titans. The Patriots will exact revenge on the Bills for the shutout in week 4. The Bengals will win an ugly game in London against a Josh Norman-less Redskins. Jim Bob Cooter will have the Lions’ offense rolling on all cylinders against the Texans and the Titans will run all over the Jaguars in another boring Thursday night game.

Carlos: Three

I think the Bills and the Texans lose to take a step back and fall to 4-4. However, I think the Titans get a clutch victory on Thursday Night Football to improve to 4-4.

Daisy: Four

How Many Interceptions Will Be Thrown in the Jets/Browns Game?

0, 1, 2, 3, 4+

Kyle: 2

Fitz has only thrown one pick in his last three games. The Browns have thrown seven interceptions in their first seven games so they’ll be good for at least one interception. It doesn’t matter if it’s Josh McCown, Cody Kessler or Kevin Hogan at QB. You can throw Terrelle Pryor in the mix too. I’ll take a total of 2 interceptions in this one from any combo of Browns quarterbacks.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

 

Ryan: 4+

The line on this game is only -3, which gives you a pretty good idea of how bad the Jets’ season has gotten. They are barely favored against a team that has the potential to end the season winless. The Browns will probably see this as one of their best chances to pick up a W and will come out hungry, while the Jets will take advantage of whoever the Browns put at QB. I would not recommend watching this game.

Carlos: 4+

This game will not be pretty, but the Jets will come out on top. Both teams are in the top 10 on the interception list and the Jets are number 1 so expect a lot of balls to be thrown to the wrong uniform.

Daisy: 4+

Will AJ Green or Jordan Reed Have More Catches in the Redskins/Bengals Game?

aj_greenKyle: AJ Green

Reed is questionable to play, but if he gets on the field this could get interesting. I’ll stick with Green though because, I mean, did you see that Hail Mary catch against the Browns last week? Sheesh!

Ryan: AJ Green

Reed won’t play. Therefore, Green.

Carlos: AJ Green

AJ Green is just a beast. I can’t pick against him. It will be close, but Green comes out on top.

Daisy: AJ Green

Tiebreaker: Which Team Will Score the Least Amount of Points This Week?

Kyle: Redskins

Ryan: Bears

Daisy: Bills

Carlos: Bears

Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments!

Front 4: NFL Week 6

Week 5 is in the books so let’s see how things played out:

Ryan: 4 points

Carlos: 4 points

Kyle: 2 points

Daisy: 2 points

Seeing as though Carlos was able to clinch a tie for first place after Ryan incorrectly predicted the Panthers would win on Monday Night Football, we decided to invite Carlos back to see if he could win all by himself during Week 6.

Week 6 has some great match-ups such as the Cowboys returning to Green Bay where the infamous catch that wasn’t a catch took place. Tom Brady will be playing in Foxboro for the first time this season and Colin Kaepernick will be playing for the first time in general this year. Here are the NFL Week 6 predictions from the Front 4 team.

Bengals(8.5) @ Patriots

Ryan: Patriots

Tom Brady will do Tom Brady things, but I also expect the Patriots to pressure Andy Dalton enough to comfortably beat the Bengals by double digits.

Carlos: Patriots

The Patriots will win and will win big by 17 points. The reason for this win is of course Tom Brady. He had a huge game in his comeback with 406 yards and 3 touchdowns. Look for more of the same from Brady against the Bengals. Also, the Patriots’ defense continues to be great, holding opposing teams to about 15 points per game. 

Kyle: Bengals

The Bengals are coming off a tough loss to the Cowboys in a game everyone expected them to win. The Patriots did what everyone expected and looked flawless against the Browns. Now, they return home with Tom Brady for the first time this season. The Bengals are treading water in the AFC which, I believe, will cause them to come out firing, but it won’t be enough to overcome the Patriots. The Bengals will cover, though. 

Daisy: Patriots

After losing a tough game against the Cowboys last week, I think the Bengals will fall short again against the Pats in week 6. All the boys are back together in New England and it will be tough for the Bengals to overcome them. 

Ravens(+2.5) @ Giants

Ryan: Ravens

The Ravens and Giants are a combined 1-5 these past three weeks and with both offenses struggling, I’ll take the points and hope for the best in this one.

Carlos: Ravens

The Giants will lose this game. The Giants started off the season on a good foot, but are now 2-3, coming off three straight losses. Losing can become a habit in sports and the Giants will lose their fourth straight. The Ravens have a top 10 defense holding teams to about 267 yards per game and 18 points per game. The Giants offense has not been great, only scoring about 18 points per game, good enough for 27th in the NFL. 

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Kyle: Giants

This game features two of the most non-elite, elite quarterbacks of all time. When at their best, Flacco and Eli are unstoppable, but when they’re bad, boy are they bad. I think more pressure is on Eli right now with Giants fans growing restless with every poorly thrown ball and with every awkward facial reaction from the two-time Super Bowl champion. I think the Giants win an ugly one, 24-21.

Daisy: Giants

I think the Giants will walk away with a victory in this game and give the Ravens a wake up call. However, I only see this happening if Odell leads the way and has a strong performance.

Colts(+2.5) @ Texans

Ryan: Texans

The Texans have too much talent on offense to be the second lowest scoring team in the league. Their new running back Lamar Miller has to find the endzone eventually, right? RIGHT? I can also see the Texans’ D-line putting Luck on his back all game so I’ll go Texans.

Carlos: Colts

The Colts will get it done this week and beat the Texans(Daisy, the Colts are still a bad team.) This will not be a flashy game. The Colts defense has been one of the worst in the league, but the Texans offense has not been great either scoring around 17 points per game. The Texans may be in first in the AFC South but with a point differential of -22 it will come back to bite them. The Colts are looking to take over 1st place in the division and this can be a start for them. 

Kyle: Texans

These AFC South match-ups could go either way most of the time. None of the four teams have really stood out yet and this division will probably be fought for until the very last week. I think this time around the Texans are able to steal a late victory over Luck and the Colts.

Daisy: Colts

If i lose this week, this will be why. I still have faith in the Colts and they need a win. Texans, overall, are the better team but they will make a mistake that Andrew Luck and the Colts will take advantage of. 

Browns(+7.5) @ Titans

Ryan: Browns

This was one of the hardest games to pick. On one hand the Titans have a great matchup at home against a team that DeMarco Murray can run all over. On the other hand, the Browns might have their best shot at avoiding 0-16 this week and I highly doubt they finish the season winless. This spread is just high enough for me to take a flier on the Browns this week.

Carlos: Titans

The Titans will win by more than 8 points. This will be a boring game, to be honest. Where do I start with the Browns? The team is 0-5. Both the defense and offense hasn’t been good. The Titans aren’t great, but they have had a top 10 defense allowing only 20 points per game. Given that any defense can stop the Browns this is no-brainer pick. 

NFL: Preseason-Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans

Kyle: Titans

Marcus Mariota finally looked on top of his game last week and hopefully for the Titans that can continue again this week against the lowly Browns. If only Cleveland could borrow some of the Indians’ thunder.

Daisy: Titans

Titans will add another L to the Browns’ record this season. The Titans defense can take advantage of a questionable Browns passing game.

49ers(+7.5) @ Bills


Ryan: 
49ers

This line is too high for me to pick the Bills. I can see Kaepernick thriving under Chip Kelly’s offense, and maybe that doesn’t start this week, but I have more faith in the 49ers covering than I do with a Buffalo offense without Sammy Watkins.

Carlos: Bills

The Bills will win and should be able to cover this spread. Buffalo is getting hot as they have won three in a row. I see them winning in Colin Kaepernick’s first game back as a starter. He will struggle, even though Chip Kelly’s offense in the long run may help out Kaep, but not against the bills. This Rex Ryan defense is a great weapon that has held opponents to 17 points per game. San Francisco has had an average offense and as Rex likes to think, defense wins games. 

Kyle: Bills

The Bills are on a hot streak and if they really want to be taken serious they need to start winning these games that they’re expected to win. Besides that, what I’m most looking forward to in this game is of course Colin Kaepernick’s start.

Daisy: Bills

I’m so excited to see Kaep back on the field, however, he’s facing one of the league’s toughest defenses and it won’t be pretty. The Bills will win by a large margin, but Kaep will keep winning at life.

Eagles(-2.5) @ Redskins

Ryan: Eagles

I think I would go Redskins at home if Jordan Reed was fully healthy but as of right now he’s still questionable to return from a concussion. Carson Wentz will bounce back from last week’s loss to give the Eagles the win in this one.

Carlos: Eagles

The Eagles will win by more than 3 points. The Eagles have had a good defense and offense this season and their 3-1 record reflects that. They are coming off a loss in which Carson Wentz threw his first interception. As Doug Pederson said, this isn’t the same team as last year that let the season spiral out of control. Sometimes giving your players motivation is enough to win. Wentz also wants to prove that his season hasn’t been a fluke. Washington is coming in hot, but there luck ends this week. Both their offense and defense have been average and they do have a point differential of -7. It is interesting that they have managed a 3 and 2 record. 

Kyle: Redskins

It shows a lot that in just in his 5th professional game, Carson Wentz is favored on the road against a division rival. I’ve loved what I’ve seen from the young quarterback, but the Redskins are 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Eagles at FedEx field so I think the Redskins get it done at home.

Daisy: Eagles

I think the Eagles will win by a touchdown on Sunday. The Eagles’ defense will be the main attraction of the game. I think Kirk Cousins will be spending a lot of time getting up from being sacked so much.

Chiefs @ Raiders (Pick ’em)

Ryan: Chiefs

It’s well known that Andy Reid has his teams ready to go after the bye week; he’s 15-2 all-time. Jamal Charles will allegedly be more involved in the offense this week and despite me being on the Raiders bandwagon, I say the Chiefs get it done in Oakland.

Carlos: Raiders

The Raiders will win this game. The Raiders come into the game with a 3 game winning streak. Oakland has a good offense and with a below average Kansas City defense, look for one of my favorite quarterbacks, Derek Carr, to take advantage and improve on his 11 touchdowns on the season.

Kyle: Chiefs

It really is amazing that the Raiders are 4-1 seeing as though they’ve allowed 452 yards on defense this year which is the most in the league. Combine that with the fact that Andy Reid is 15-2 after a bye week and I think the Raiders take a step back this week as their defensive mishaps finally catch up with them.

Daisy: Raiders

Maybe I just have a little too much faith in the Raiders this season, but I am really hoping this is their week once again. I think Derek Carr leads a very good offense, and despite the Chiefs getting back Jamaal Charles, the Raiders will win a close one.

Falcons(+6.5) @ Seahawks

Ryan: Falcons

Julio Jones + a free 6.5 points = Ryan taking Atlanta.

Carlos: Falcons

The Falcons will win in a close game by 1 point. You heard it here first. This game has the looks of being the game of the week. The Falcons offense has been on fire, putting up 35 points per game, but not so fast, the Seahawks are known for their defense and have held teams to 13 points per game. The Seahawks will have to try and slow down Matt Ryan who is leading the league with 1700 passing yards. Look for another big game by Matty Ice.

russell_wilson_vs_vikings_november_4_2012Kyle: Seahawks

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks had two weeks to prepare for a home game against Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ high powered offense. I think they come out with a great game plan and slow down the Falcons just enough to take home a 7 point win.

Daisy: Seahawks

In a battle between a great offense and a great defense, I will always pick the defense. The Seahawks will beat the Falcons, but both Ryan and Wilson will have great games.

Cowboys(+3.5) @ Packers

Ryan: Packers

The Cowboys have been relying on their running game to allow Prescott to ease into the position, but the Packers are too good against the run and will make them throw. I’ll take Rodgers’ arm over almost anyone else’s but especially over a rookie in week 6.

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Carlos: Cowboys

The Packers will win, but I think the Cowboys will cover the spread. I see the Packers winning by a field goal(sorry Kyle.) The Cowboys are coming into this with 4 straight wins, but their luck has to stop somewhere and the Packers come in with a 3-1 record and two straight wins themselves. You can never count the Packers out and even though Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a lights out season, he is still Aaron Rodgers. He has 9 touchdowns and look for him to have a big game that leads Green Bay to the win. 

Kyle: Cowboys

I honestly don’t care what happens in this game as long as there’s no important disputed catches. Cowboys cover.

Daisy: Packers

This matchup seems pretty obvious and I will will go with the obvious choice. The Packers will win, but Prescott will do his best to keep up with the Packers.

Jets(+7.5) @ Cardinals

Ryan: Cardinals

*Gruden voice*: “My word John Brown with his fourth touchdown! What can Brown do for you? What CAN’T he do man! Haha oh boy is he fun to watch!”

I have moved past the crying stage into the acceptance stage and will be watching Monday night’s game with a thousand-yard stare

Carlos: Jets

The Jets will bounce back and win a close game by 3 points. I will stick to the Jets all year no matter their record. Fitz will get us this win. He will throw 3 touchdowns and no picks. (If I get that right I should get 10 points and be back for the rest of the season.) 

Kyle: Jets

Crazy stuff always seems to happen on Monday Night Football. I expect more crazy this week as the Jets travel to Arizona. I think the Cardinals will dominate most of the game, but if the Jets can win the Special Teams battle, I see them having a fighting chance. As the great James Ellsworth once said, “Any man with two hands, has a fighting chance. ” Jets cover.

Daisy: Cardinals

Carson Palmer returns this week! I think he will be a huge reason why they beat up the Jets on Monday Night Football. Sorry Ryan and Carlos, but those L’s are going to keep on coming. 

 

Which Team Will Score the Most Points in Week 6?

Tiebreaker

Ryan: Steelers

Carlos: Steelers

Kyle: Patriots

Daisy: Panthers

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YourSitch Predictions: No Mercy 2016

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After Backlash was a huge success, No Mercy will be asked to follow up as Smackdown’s second pay-per-view. The crowd in Sacramento, California will have a deeper card than that of Backlash so look for some big moments.

All eyes will mostly be on the two biggest matches. The first, of course, will be AJ Styles’s first title defense at a PPV against Dean Ambrose and John Cena in what should be a heck of a match. The other match fans will be tuning in for is the Title vs. Career match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler.

Kyle Boris and Daisy Rivers are here to break down those two matches along with the rest of the card as they make their predictions on how the card will go down.

Baron Corbin vs. Jack Swagger

Kyle Boris: The feud between these two big men started last week when Swagger made Corbin “tap out” even though Corbin was just crawling to the ropes. I might be able to get invested in a feud between these two men, but I’m not sure I’m quite ready. Jack seems to have gotten his Swagger back since his move to Smackdown, but I think Corbin gets the victory to make up for his loss last time out.

Match Prediction: Corbin by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Corbin once again appears to tap out, but this time the ref calls it correctly.

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Daisy Rivers: This isn’t really a match I am interested in watching, but the outcome could be. Both of these wrestlers really aren’t a ‘name’ on the roster, yet. I see what Daniel Bryan is trying to do here. He’s trying to bring back Swagger, while bringing up Corbin. After the controversial match between the two, I think Swagger will win this one fair and square with his Patriot Lock.

Match Prediction: Swagger by submission

Bonus Prediction: Swagger brings out the American flag with him

 

Carmella vs. Nikki Bella

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KB: Since her debut at the brand split, Carmella has come into her own and has used most of her time on the roster attempting to make Nikki’s life a living hell by frequently attacking her. However, The Princess of Staten Island isn’t quite on Nikki’s level in terms of wrestling just yet, so I think Nikki picks up the win rather easily.

Match Prediction: Nikki Bella by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Nikki calls out the champion after the match

 

DR: Carmella is one of my faves despite her recent heel turn. I’ve started to enjoy the story that’s been built up between her and Nikki Bella. That being said, Nikki has become an awesome wrestler and I think she walks away victorious after breaking out a new finishing move. 

Match Prediction: Nikki Bella by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Carmella attempts to cheat by using a weapon or distracting the referee.
 

Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt

KB: I really have high hopes for this contest. These two have been putting out some great promos over the past couple of weeks on Tuesday nights and hopefully they’re able to translate that into a stellar match. As for the result, a win for either man might be able to put them next in line to face the Smackdown champ.

Match Prediction: Wyatt by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Wyatt attacks Orton on his way to the ring.

DR: The buildup for this match has been fun, mainly because Bray Wyatt is awesome. I love all the creepiness and suspense with the promos on SmackDown Live. However, I can’t see The Viper losing this match. He needs a bounce-back match after his loss to Brock Lesnar and this is it. That being said, Bray Wyatt needs to get his chance soon because he’s still one of the more intriguing characters on SmackDown.

Match Prediction: Orton by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Orton will lose Wyatt for a moment when he disappears
 

Smackdown Tag Team Title Match: Heath Slater & Rhyno(c) vs. The Usos

KB: The Usos have turned into the biggest heels on Tuesday nights and the crowd will surely be against them as they attempt to take the belts from fan favorites, Heath Slater and Rhyno. As a fan, I’m hoping the Slater-Rhyno train keeps rolling on so we get more fun from the odd couple.

Match Prediction: Slater & Rhyno by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: American Alpha helps the champs retain their titles

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DR: The Usos are probably the better team in this match, but Heath Slater and Rhyno are just better characters and are the team the people want to see. I think they’ll stay champions because it’s so strange that it works and everyone loves it.

Match Prediction: Slater & Rhyno by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Heath Slater mentions his kids at some point
 

Smackdown Women’s Title Match: Becky Lynch(c) vs. Alexa Bliss

KB: Becky Lynch was crowned Smackdown’s first women’s champion at Backlash and now she has her first title defense. She should be able to take care of Bliss and begin a long reign as champion.

Match Prediction: Becky Lynch by submission

Bonus Prediction: Alexa Bliss focuses on Becky’s arm in her attacks in an attempt to take the Dis-Arm-Her out of play

DR: It’s a little upsetting how weak the women’s roster is on SmackDown in comparison to Raw. I haven’t seen much of Alexa Bliss, but her character can be annoying and fragile. Becky will win an easy one with her finisher, the Dis-Arm-Her, unless she is hurt and is unable to compete.

Match Prediction: Becky Lynch by submission

Bonus Prediction: Alexa Bliss starts crying and throws a tantrum after her loss
 

Career vs. Title Match: The Miz(c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

KB: Boy, I don’t even want to predict this match. I just want to watch and enjoy because that’s how good both wrestlers have done at getting the fans invested in their feud. On one hand, we might be seeing the end of the Miz’s reign as Intercontinental champion and on the other hand, this could be Dolph’s last match in the WWE. It really could go either way in a match that will have plenty of near falls to have the fans on the edge of their seats.

Match Prediction: Dolph Ziggler by pinfal

Bonus Prediction: The two men shake hands after the match

DR:  Intercontinental Title matches went 0 to 100… real quick. It was always assumed that The Miz would just pick up the win in a boring match, but ever since Backlash these two have made the feud personal. This whole thing with Dolph Ziggler quitting if he loses makes it so interesting. I think this is the chance Dolph has been waiting for and I think he’ll finally make it happen!

Match Prediction: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: The Miz gets desperate and “accidentally” knocks out the ref
 

WWE World Title Match: AJ Styles(c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. John Cena

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KB: This title match has the three biggest stars on Smackdown in one match and hopefully it will not disappoint. John Cena is chasing history looking to tie Ric Flair’s record while Dean Ambrose attempts to take back his title. The only problem for these two great superstars is that AJ Styles stands in their way. The Phenomenal One is on another level right now and I think he walks away STILL WWE World Champion.

Match Prediction: Styles by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Styles does a double Phenomenal Forearm to Ambrose and Cena

DR: Adding John Cena to this match makes it interesting, but again I feel like the WWE is lacking in building up the storylines into these PPVs. It feels like they just work PPV to PPV without creating a story. Maybe it’s because there are more events that it’s causing the quality to go down. ANYWAY, AJ Styles will make Cena and Ambrose look good thus making him Phenomenal and walking away as the face that runs the place.

Match Prediction: Styles by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Ambrose brings out the chainsaw, but won’t use it.
 

Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in to WWE No Mercy Sunday, October 9th on the WWE Network.


Kyle Boris and Daisy Rivadeneira are contributing editors for YourSitch.com

Twitter: @KyleNoStyle & @Day_zeeee

Front 4: NFL Week 5

Before reading the Front 4: NFL Week 5 article, check out our debut video for the Front 4 series and be sure to subscribe to the YourSitch Youtube channel!

 

WEEK 4 RESULTS

Daisy  4 points

Kyle:   3 points

Adriel 2 points

Ryan   2 points

After Daisy correctly predicted 4/10 questions in Week 4, she heads into Week 5 as the champion. This week the Front 4 team welcomes Carlos Delcid to the stage as he attempts to rise to the top against Daisy, Kyle and Ryan.

For Week 5, the panel focuses on the return of Tom Brady, match-ups between the AFC and NFC, upsets and, of course, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Let’s see what the Front 4 team came up with and let us know if you agree or disagree with their predictions.

In Tom Brady’s Return, How Many Points Will the Patriots Beat the Browns By?

0-10, 11-20, 21-30, 30+, The Browns will win


Daisy: 
21-30

In Tom Brady’s return, I definitely see a blowout coming against the Browns. That being said, it won’t be as bad as everyone thinks as the Browns keep the deficit below 30 points.

Kyle: 11-20

The last two times these two teams met, the outcomes are actually quite surprising. In 2013, it took two late touchdowns from Tom Brady to give the Patriots a one-point win. Then in 2010, a Browns team quarterbacked by Colt McCoy was able to come up with a 34-14 win over the Patriots.

That being said, I think the Browns put up a fight, but Brady is never in real danger and the Patriots win by 18.

urlRyan: 30+

Tom Brady is back for Week 5 and the NFL season is pretty much over. Put it in the books. Brady is gonna tear through the league and win the Super Bowl with ease. Could he have gotten an easier game to start off with either? Patriots will be outta sight by halftime.

Carlos: 21-30

The New England Patriots will have no difficulty beating the Cleveland Browns. Look for an angry Brady; a QB that is looking for blood to make up for the four weeks of stats he missed out on. Not only that, but the Patriots defense have held teams to an average of 16 points per game which is good enough for 4th in the NFL. Combine that with a poor Browns defense that has allowed close to 29 points per game and there is no way the Browns can stop the future Hall of Fame quarterback. 

Which Rookie Quarterback Throws For the Most Yards in Week 5?

Dak Prescott vs. CIN, Carson Wentz vs. DET, Cody Kessler vs. NE

Daisy: Carson Wentz

Wentz will beat out the rest of his rookie competition against a Lions team that looks great one week and then looks terrible the next. This could turn out to be one of those terrible weeks for the Lions.

Kyle: Cody Kessler

Kessler throws for the most yards, but mainly because he’ll be playing from behind most of the time so the Browns are going to need to throw the ball often. Garbage time passing yards look the same in the newspaper as close-game passing yards. 

Ryan: Carson Wentz

Wentz looks to be the most polished QB of the bunch so far and he’s coming off a bye week to face a poor Lions defense. The Eagles D actually hasn’t allowed a passing touchdown this season so his upside might be capped by a potential blowout but I still think Wentz has a solid day and throws for more yards than Prescott and Kessler.

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Carlos: Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is coming off a bye week and will be looking to keep that undefeated record intact. Wentz will throw for the most yards, but it won’t be by much because Prescott will put up a fight as well. In the end, the rest and and an iffy lions team will give Wentz the edge in yards this week. 

Will Either Team From Last Year’s NFC Championship Game Fall to 1-4?

Cardinals @SF, Panthers vs. TB

Daisy: Cardinals fall to 1-4

The Cardinals and the Panthers aren’t looking so good to start of the season. I think the Cards are going to continue that trend and fall short against Chip Kelly’s 49ers this week. Carson Palmer isn’t going to be available in this game due to the concussion he suffered last week, so they’re short at the Quarterback position  and their backup QB didn’t fare too well as he threw 2 interceptions once he came in late against the Rams. Also, Carlos Hyde has been fantastic for the 49ers with 5 rushing touchdowns through the 1st four weeks so look for him to continue his hot streak against the Cardinals.

Kyle: Neither

No. I don’t care who’s QB for the Cardinals, they NEED a win. A loss to the 49ers would almost certainly end their season. The same could be said about the Panthers. Even if Cam doesn’t play, that defense should not and will not allow Jameis Winston to end their season. 

Ryan: Neither

The Cardinals have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league so far but I believe that a date with the 49ers will be exactly what they need to get back on track. I expect the Cardinals’ offense to put up big numbers in this one and move them to 2-3 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Panthers take on a Bucs team that has been disappointing since their week 1 win at Atlanta. Jameis Winston hasn’t really taken that next step forward so far and while the Panthers D has been suspect, I expect them to take care of the Bucs, so no, neither team will drop to 1-4.

Carlos: Both

The NFC championship teams from a year ago seem to be fighting for the basement of there divisions. The loser from the Cardinals/49ers game will be in last place in the NFC West and the loser of the Panthers/Bucs game will be in last place of the NFC South.

Both the Cardinals and Panthers will lose again due to QB injuries. No Carson Palmer can be very bad for Arizona as they’ll be asking Drew Stanton to lead the team. With 12 touchdwons and 18 interceptions in his career, it’s going to be a tough task. As for the Panthers, Cam is having concussion problems and is OUT Monday night.  The quarterback is the most important piece and if that piece is missing, it is extremely hard to win.  

Which WR Ends Week 5 in 1st Place in Receiving Yards?

Julio Jones(488), Marvin Jones(482), AJ Green(468)

aj_greenDaisy: AJ Green

Out of the three defenses that these receivers are going up against, AJ Green has the best match up as he lines up across from the Cowboys defense. The Cowboys aren’t on the same level defensively as the Broncos or the Eagles so they could be in for a long day. Sorry Kyle…

Kyle: AJ Green

I have to go with AJ Green. The Cowboys defense is still suspect and with both Julio and Marvin going against some tough competition in the Broncos and Eagles, Green is the clear choice.

Ryan: AJ Green

Julio Jones faces a tough matchup against the Broncos and the Eagles D has been tremendous against the pass all year, so I expect AJ Green to lead the league in receiving yards by the end of Week 5.

Carlos: AJ Green

By the end of week 5, AJ Green will be first in receiving yards. The Broncos and Eagles defenses are top 5 in the league this year and will hold both Jones’s to minimum yards. Look for Green to have a big to jump from 3rd to 1st as it shouldn’t be too hard with Mr. Regular Season, Andy Dalton. I’ll be bold and also predict 2 touchdowns by Green. 

How Many Interceptions Will Ryan Fitzpatrick Throw Against the Steelers?

0, 1, 2, 3+

Daisy: 1

Everyone has been killing Fitz and we have two Jets fans with us on this panel so I’m going to go easy on him and say he’ll get picked off only once.

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Kyle: 1

Fitzpatrick has thrown nine interceptions in his last two games. It’s unheard of. The Steelers still have a serviceable defense, but I think a part of me just doesn’t want to see another awful game from Fitz because if he throws multiple picks, his job could be in jeopardy.

Ryan: 3+

The Fitz Magic of last season seems to have run out and while the Steelers defense isn’t as legendary as in previous years, it won’t stop Fitzpatrick from throwing at least three picks in this one.

Carlos: 0

This week the Jets will surprise a lot a of people and bounce back. You heard it here first. Fitzpatrick is a team leader and doesn’t want to lose his job. He fought so hard to even get a contract and I doubt he wants to sit on the bench and let Geno Smith take over. The Steelers are a great team, but they are beatable as the EAGLES taught us. Gang Green needs to show their heart and Fitz will show why he deserved a contract. 0 picks because I have faith in Ryan.

In AFC vs. NFC Match-ups, Which Conference Picks Up More Wins?


Colts Ravens Texans Broncos Bengals Bills
Bears Redskins Vikings Falcons Cowboys Rams

Home team BOLD

Daisy: AFC

I think the struggling Colts will defeat the Chicago Bears, but only if they take advantage of Kevin White’s absence. The Ravens will bounce back from their loss to the Raiders last week. The Vikings will continue their hot start and beat the Texans. Denver will have a tough game against the Falcons, but will remain undefeated. I also see the Bengals and Bills pick up wins. 

Kyle: AFC

Realistically, I could see the AFC sweeping this. The Colts and Ravens have winnable games at home while the Bengals and Bills should be able to go on the road and beat the Cowboys and the Rams. The Broncos have a tough match up at home against the Falcons, but I think being at home helps seal the win. The Texans have a chance to pull off the upset of the week and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if they did it. 

Ryan: Tie

This is a tough one so I’ll go with a 3-3 split. I think it’ll come down to defense in most of these games, with the Vikings, Rams, Bengals and Broncos all coming out on top because of their D. The other two games are complete toss-ups and for your random stat of the week, since 2008, the Redskins and Ravens are tied for the most one-score games in the league with 24 so expect that game and the Colts-Bears game to come down to the final possession.

Carlos: Tie

In the AFC vs NFC matchups, the conferences will tie 3 to 3. It’s as simple as the home teams will win. Sometimes being at home just carries you to the W. 

Will the AFC East or NFC East Have More Wins?

Daisy: AFC East

The AFC East will get wins from the Patriots and the Bills while the only win from the NFC East will come from the undefeated Eagles so that means, unfortunately, it’ll be another week of hearing Eagles fans brag about their perfect season so far.

Kyle: AFC East

The Patriots are the only one of the eight teams that has an almost definite win. The rest of the AFC East is unreliable as the Jets have the Steelers, the Bills have the Rams and the Dolphins play the Titans. As for the NFC East, the Cowboys and Giants play the Bengals and Packers which will be tough. The Redskins and Ravens will do battle and that could go either way. It then comes down to the Eagles coming off a bye to play the Lions. The Eagles should be able to win, but I’ll trust Tom Brady over a rookie quarterback.

Ryan: Tie

The Patriots will roll; the Jets will roll over. The Bills will run into a brick wall and the Dolphins will get run over. 1-3 for the AFC East. Meanwhile, the Cowboys will fall short to the Bengals, the Eagles will beat up on the Lions, the Giants will throw a temper tantrum in a loss to the Packers and the Redskins will lose by one point to the Ravens. Not a good week for the East leads to one victory each.

Carlos: Tie

The AFC East and NFC East will both have 2 wins. The Dolphins aren’t good. The Bills are not consistent. The Giants are facing a tough Packers team that is coming off a bye. The Redskins have a good Ravens team in their way. I think the Pats, Jets, Cowboys and Eagles get W’s for their divisions.  

Which QB With Their New Team Will Throw For More Yards in the Texans/Vikings Game?

Brock Osweiler or Sam Bradford

Daisy: Brock Osweiler

Despite throwing some interceptions early in the season, I think Brock is able to turn a corner agains the Vikings. He has more potential than Bradford and should be able to throw for more yards on Sunday.

Kyle: Brock Osweiler

Brock Star. The Texans have allowed a league-low 163 passing yards a game and Sam Bradford isn’t known for his flashy numbers. I think Bradford finishes below 200 yards, while Brock eclipses the 200-yard mark. 

Ryan: Sam Bradford

The Vikings defense has been playing too well for me to have any confidence in picking Brock Osweiler so I’ll go with the efficient, yet unspectaular Sam Bradford to get the job done in this one.

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Carlos: Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford is doing what he needs to do in order to help the Vikings win. They are undefeated and I see Bradford having a nice 200 yard day along with one touchdown to lead the Vikings to another win. 

Will the Rams Score At Least 20 Points Against the Bills?

Daisy: No

I’m not sure if the Rams will even get 14 points, let alone 20. The Rams have gotten off to a great start, but I think they fall back to earth with a loss against the Bills.

Kyle: No

The Rams are 3-1, yet, they’ve only scored 20 or more points once. I say that continues and they score 17 points and that could actually end up being enough to beat Rex Ryan and the Bills. Dare I say the Rams will be atop the NFC after week 5? 

Ryan: No

Considering the Bills just shutout the Patriots I’ll say they keep the Rams under 20 but still lose the game. As strong as the Bills defense has been, I think the Rams D has the better game and helps them improve to 4-1.

Carlos: Yes

The Rams will score 21 points and be able to hold on for the win. This will not be a flashy, offensive game and expect a low-scoring affair. 

Upset of the Week

Daisy: 49ers over Cardinals

I’m sticking to what I said earlier and going with the 49ers to take down the Cardinals without Carson Palmer.

Kyle: Texans over Vikings

I’m going Texans over Vikings. Sam Bradford has been pretty much perfect so far. The Vikings have been almost perfect so far. All that perfection has to take a step backwards eventually. The Texans have a solid defense and it’s time for the Vikings train to slow down just a bit.

Ryan: Bears over Colts

It’s not so much that the Bears inspire confidence, but more that I don’t trust the Colts, especially coming back from London with a loss last week. I’m surprised they don’t have a bye this week and I think that means another L for them.

Carlos: Jets over Steelers

The Jets will defeat the Steelers. Man, that sounds good. As I mentioned before, the Fitz will have no interceptions and the Jets defense should be able to keep them in the game. The secondary has struggled, but the team has what it takes to bounce back this season and it starts with a win against Pittsburgh. 

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments who you think will be the champion after Week 5.


FRONT 4: NFL Week 4

Three weeks have gone by and the first month of the NFL season is in the books. We’ve got five unbeaten teams left, four teams still looking for their first win and plenty of surprises as well.

With Week 4 upon us, the Front 4 team of Kyle, Daisy and Ryan welcome special guest, Adriel “The Natural” as he attempts to out-predict them. This week’s topics cover the Jaguars’ London record, which Quarterback reaches ten touchdowns, the “Fitzpatrick” of the week and much more.

How Many Undefeated Teams Will Remain After Week 4?

Current Undefeated Teams: Vikings, Broncos, Ravens, Patriots, Eagles(Week 4 Bye) 

Kyle: 3

Besides the idle Eagles, I believe two of the four other undefeated teams head into Week 5 undefeated. The Vikings defense will be too much for Eli and co. allowing Minnesota to move to 4-0. The Giants also have the fourth worst record all-time on Monday Night Football at .377. The other undefeated team will be the defending Super Bowl champs who travel to Tampa Bay.

The Tom Brady-less Patriots have looked dominant so far, but uncertainty at the Quarterback position will come back to haunt them this week against the Bills. The Ravens have single-digit wins over the Bills, Browns and Jaguars to start the season so their first real test is this week against the Raiders and I don’t think they pass.

Ryan: 4

Three teams will continue their dominant starts to the season while the Eagles will coast through their bye week still undefeated. The Ravens will be the only casualty this week, losing a tight game to the Raiders at home.

Daisy: 2

The Broncos and I guess the Eagles, since they’re on a bye, will remain undefeated after Week 4. The Bills are itching to get back at the Patriots and I think this is their opportunity. The Raiders will step up too with their defense and take down the Ravens. I really think this is the week for them. Eagles are safe this week but only because of their bye.

Adriel: 4

The Vikings are playing Eli Manning. Enough said. If you remember, on my Top 5 overrated QB’s list going into the season, he was #2 on my list. He proved me right once again with that horrific 4th-quarter performance against the mediocre Washington Redskins. To me, the Broncos are the best team in the AFC right now. That all-time great defense might be  better than it was last year and judging from last week’s impressive performance against a quality Bengals team, we still have yet to see the best from young Trevor Siemien. The Ravens have been taking full advantage of an early cupcake schedule and I don’t see it being any different this week as they face the underachieving Raiders.

Will the Jaguars improve to 2-2 in England?

The Jags are currently 1-2, all time, in games played in London

Kyle: No

The Jaguars’ games in London over the past three seasons have had plenty of scoring. They lost 42-10 in 2013, 31-17 in 2014 and won 34-31 in 2015. This year their “home” game is against the Colts. A Colts loss will drop them to 1-3 and bring them to a tie with the Jaguars. Andrew Luck should be able to carry his team to the win giving the Jaguars an 0-4 record on the season and a 1-3 record across the pond.

Ryan: Yes

I think their experience with traveling and playing previous games in London will give them the advantage over a not-as-good-as-we-thought Colts team that’s pretty banged up at the moment. Another loss for the winless Jaguars would cement their place in the basement of the AFC South so look for them to come out of the gate swinging.

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Daisy: Yes

The Jags definitely have the advantage here since they are playing a banged up Colts team. They will improve 2-2 in London… Unfortunately.

Adriel: No

The Jaguars are another underachieving squad so far this season. Poised with talent across the board, the Jaguars have been sloppy and mistake prone. Gus Bradley might be the first coach to be fired once he loses this game.

How Many Winless Teams will Remain After Week 4?

Current winless teams: Browns, Jaguars, Bears, Saints

Kyle: 4

The Jaguars fall in London. The Browns still have no Josh Gordon and still won’t have a win agains the Redskins. Drew Brees heads to his old stomping grounds, but the Chargers don’t have a pleasant welcoming party. And the Bears, well, they’re turning into the ugly step-sister of the Browns. All four teams remain winless heading into Week 5.

Ryan: 3

Hard to pick the Browns to win no matter what, but on the road in DC is not a matchup that inspires confidence. Browns make it close, but remain winless. Jags will use their London experience to top the Colts. Jim Bob Cooter and Matthew Stafford will do unholy things to a terrible Bears defense. Bears stay winless. Saints defense sinks them again and Drew Brees can’t do enough on the road. Saints fall again.

Daisy: 0

I think all four winless teams have the potential to walk away victorious this week. The toughest matchup for me may be the Bears against the Lions because Detroit has looked like a pretty solid team. Ultimately, the Bears get the win. 

Adriel: 2

See question #2 about the Jaguars. As for the Browns, once again this organization can’t seem to get out of their own way. The recent news of Josh Gordon missing more time since he’ll be headed to rehab proves that whenever they take one step forward they go two steps back. I like Hue Jackson and I think he will soon have them going in the right direction; just not this week.

Who Gets to 10 Passing Touchdowns First?

9:30AM Start time: Andrew Luck(6)

1:00PM Start time: Matt Ryan(7), Matthew Stafford(7)

4:00pm Start time: Jameis Winston(8), Drew Brees(8)

Kyle: Matthew Stafford

As long as Andrew Luck doesn’t throw four touchdowns in London, which he very well might, Stafford should have the best chance to reach 10 touchdowns as the Lions face off against the Bears who have let up 29 and 31 points to rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott over the last two weeks.

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Ryan: Matthew Stafford

One of the early games will definitely produce a 10-TD QB so I’m going to go with Matthew Stafford who has a cake matchup against the Bears, is at home and, of course, is part of Jim Bob Cooter’s cooterific pass-happy offense. Winston and Brees will both be in double digits by the end of the day, but Stafford will be waiting for them before their games even start.

 

Daisy: Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck will reach 10 touchdowns first, but only because his game is on super early. Considering the team he has around him, he’s been doing pretty well, but this will come at a cost… 

Adriel: Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is playing the Bears; the worst team in the league. End of question. 

Who Leads the League in Rushing Yards After Week 4?

Blount 298, Crowell 274, Elliott 274, Miller 269, Freeman 265, Forte 261

Kyle: Ezekiel Elliott

The 49ers have allowed back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances from Foxxy Whittaker and Christine Michael. As the Cowboys travel to San Francisco, Ezekiel Elliot has an opportunity to not only eclipse the 100 yard mark, but also skyrocket to the top spot among all running backs.

Ryan: LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount, already with a 24-yard lead on the next closest back, will get plenty of touches in what will be an ugly blowout against the Bills. The Patriots own the Bills, winning 28 of the last 32 match-ups since the 2000 season and 13 of 14 games at Gillette Stadium. All that means is that the Patriots will get out to an early lead and coast (aka run the ball) the rest of the game.

Daisy: Ezekiel Elliot

Is this too bold to say? I’m going to go with Ezequiel Elliot. I think he’ll go off against the 49ers defense this week. He definitely has been one of the most exciting players in the league this season.

Adriel: LeGarrette Blount

It is my estimation that he will be the bell cow once again on Sunday. With an inexperienced Jacoby Brissett and an ailing Jimmy Garoppolo, Bill Belichick will call on Blount early and often to get the job done once again for the New England Patriots.

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Who’s the Fitzpatrick(Most Interceptions) of the Week?

Kyle: Case Keenum

The Cardinals are coming off a terrible performance against the Bills and are going to be looking to rebound. What better way to do that than against Case Keenum. Keenum has played well enough to get the Rams to two straight wins, but the Cardinals can’t afford to fall to 1-3 which should cause for some stronger play allowing the Cards to pick off Keenum a couple times.

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Ryan: Eli Manning

The Vikings defense has been playing out of their collective minds recently and meet an old friend in Eli Manning this week. Eli is 2-5 all-time against Minny and has thrown 14 INT’s in those seven games. This version of the Vikings D will definitely cause some headaches as they rank 1st in sacks and 2nd in interceptions this year, leading to a long day for the Big Blue play-caller.

Daisy: Andrew Luck

Like I said before he’ll get to 10 passing touchdowns first, but will get picked off three times in the process; let’s hope not, though. 

Adriel: Eli Manning

This one is so easy. Hey, I know it probably seems like I’m picking on the poor guy but hey, I call it like I see it. Eli Manning is a turnover machine. It’s nothing new. He’s been like this his entire career. I see that trend continuing against that vaunted Vikings defense which is easily one of the top two defenses in the league.

How Many Birds Win in Week 4?

Seahawks, Ravens, Cardinals, Falcons

Kyle: 2

As I mentioned earlier, the Cardinals will win and the Ravens will lose. Now, the Seahawks travel across the country to play the Jets in what could be a low-scoring affair, however, I believe they get the job done. The Falcons play the Panthers and could make a huge statement knocking off the defending NFC champions, but I think Cam Newton rallies the troops and takes down the Falcons in a shootout.

Ryan: 0

In what will be known as the worst day for birds until Thanksgiving, all bird teams will take an L this week, with the Cardinals’ last-second loss to the Rams being the most embarrassing.

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Daisy: 2

The Seahawks will defeat the Jets, but it will be closer than we think. The Ravens will get trampled by the Raiders defense; really hoping they go off. Arizona will beat up the Rams and the Panthers will walk away lifting the belt over the Falcons.

Adriel: 2

It’s no secret that I love Russell Wilson. He’s my favorite quarterback in the NFL and with good reason. Not only is he talented, he’s on a top organization with a top coach and a top defense. Being hobbled for basically the entire season so far, Russell will continue to tough it out against a vaunted Jets front seven. Bringing home the victory like he usually does, I look for the Seahawks to take advantage of Fitzpatrick and his turnover-prone self. As for the Ravens, they should continue to take full advantage of their cupcake schedule to start the season. I see them continuing their winning ways against the Raiders. There’s nothing special here, but Baltimore is just good enough to beat the disappointing Raiders in their friendly confines.

What Will be the Highest Scoring Game?

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Kyle: Saints @ Chargers

Drew Brees gets to face his old team as the Saints look for their first win of the season. It’ll be tough against a Chargers offense that has been clicking to start the season. Both offenses rank in the top 10 in points scored which should make for some fun football to watch between Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.

Ryan: Saints @ Chargers

It’s basically a given that the Saints will be in a high scoring affair week in and week out. This week will be no exception against the Chargers. Two elite QBs? Check. Two top-10 offenses? Check. Two atrocious defenses? Check. Yeah this         one is gonna be a barnburner.

Daisy: Bills @ Patriots

For my bold prediction of the week  I will go with the Bills-Pats game. I think there will be lots of touchdowns in this game, but the winner will be determined with a FG in OT.

Adriel: Panthers @ Falcons

Cam Newton and Matt Ryan are two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. They both feature some of the most talented pass catchers in the game in Kelvin Benjamin and Julio Jones. These division rivals will not disappoint as they move the ball up and down the field on that fast track in the Georgia Dome.

What Will be the Lowest Scoring Game?

Kyle: Browns @ Redskins 

This could turn into an ugly game and as long as the Browns don’t allow the Redskins to run up the score it could turn into a 17-6 win for Washington. In their two home games on the year, the Redskins only managed 16 points against the Steelers and 23 points against the shaky Cowboys defense.

Ryan: Seahawks @ Jets

Both teams have struggling offenses and incredible stout defenses. Ryan Fitzpatrick was abysmal last week and Russell Wilson is a little banged up so neither offense will really be expected to put up huge numbers. This will be a defensive battle in the swamps of Jersey.

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Daisy: Seahawks @ Jets

I am going to go with the Seahawks-Jets game just because both teams are defense-oriented teams. I am banking on the Jets to make this interesting and not embarrassing for themselves.

Adriel: Giants @ Vikings

Here we go again; a recurring theme here. The Vikings defense is on another level right now and Eli Manning’s offense should be no match for them. As for the Vikings, with Sam Bradford still finding his way and Adrian Peterson on the IR, I look for Minnesota to struggle against a much improved Giants defense.

Will the First Kick-Return Touchdown of the Season Happen in Week 4?

Kyle: Yes, by the Chicago Bears

Even though the new kickoff rules have prevented a kick-return touchdown thus far, the league is bound to see one sooner or later. The Bears will be giving up plenty of touchdowns to the Lions which will give them quite a few chances to deliver the most exciting play in football. Look for Deonte Thompson to break through and reach the end zone.

Ryan: No

Tom Brady, still drunk and under-clothed from his vacation in Italy, runs onto the field on the Bills kickoff, pushes Danny Amendola out of the way and fields the ball, running through the confused defense 105 yards into the endzone. Gronk goes nuts and his manic celebration in the endzone is enough to scare the officials into not throwing a flag, resulting in a touchdown. Other than that, no, no kick returns this week.

Daisy: No

Don’t think so, but if anyone does it will be ANTONIO BROWN. Mainly, because I’d love to see him run down the field juking everyone on the Chiefs. Would also love to see those points on my fantasy team.

Adriel: Yes, by the Seattle Seahawks

I believe.I believe. I believe. In only his second year in the league, Tyler Lockette is already the most dangerous return man in the game. Just as the doctor ordered, he’ll join the rest of the Seattle Seahawks that pick up the slack for an ailing Russell Wilson. I envision Lockette leaving the Jets on skates and leaving them in the dust on the first play of the second half. Do I get a bonus for predicting the time of game also? 

Do you agree with our panel’s predictions? Let us know your thoughts and who do you think will come out on top after Week 4 of Front 4?


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YourSitch Staff Predictions: BACKLASH 2016

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As the first pay-per-view since the brand split, Backlash is focused around the blue brand’s current championships, as well as the new titles that are on the line. Dean Ambrose and The Miz will look to continue their reigns as WWE World Champion and Intercontinental Champion, while many other superstars compete for the brand new Smackdown Women’s Championship and Smackdown Tag Team Championships.

Currently, only six matches are announced for the card taking place at the Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. Will Heath Slater finally get a Smackdown Live contract? Who will be crowned the first Smackdown Women’s Champion? Will Dean Ambrose be able to stop the Phenomenal one? Let’s take a look at each match-up as Kyle Boris and Daisy Rivers of YourSitch.com make their predictions for the return of Backlash.

Match #1: 2nd Chance Match: The Usos vs. The Hype Bros

Kyle Boris: After The Usos attacked American Alpha, Chad Gable strained his MCL and forced the team out of action which set up this match between two teams that were already eliminated. The Hype Bros apparently don’t get hyped, they stay hyped, but that won’t be enough as the new heels, Jimmy and Jey Uso, will find a way to cheat themselves into the finals.

Match Prediction: The Usos by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: The Usos pull Ryder or Mojo’s tights to secure the win.

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Daisy Rivers: The Hype Bros really live up to the hype. I enjoy watching them in the ring, however, that won’t be enough to beat The Usos.

Match Prediction: The Usos by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: The Usos cheat their way to get through this match.

Match #2: Smackdown Women’s Championship 6-Pack Challenge: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Nikki Bella vs. Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss

KB: This match really only contains three legitimate contenders to become the first ever Smackdown Women’s Champion. Alexa Bliss and Carmella are still developing and Naomi hasn’t been in the spotlight just yet. That leaves Becky, Natalya and Nikki. While the other three members of the Four Horsewoman are competing on Raw, Becky Lynch has almost become the forgotten one of the bunch. Becky can change that by becoming the first Women’s Champion on Smackdown.

Match Prediction: Becky Lynch by submission

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Bonus Prediction: Becky forces Natalya to tap out.

DR: The clear favorite for this is Nikki Bella because she’s been champion before and she’s great. BUT, while she was gone, Becky Lynch has held her ground and worked her way to the top of the women’s division. I think this is finally her chance to become Women’s Champion.

Match Prediction: Becky Lynch by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Carmella grabs the belt and tries to use it as a weapon, but it backfires and it costs her.

Match #3: WWE Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz(c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

KB: The Miz has so much momentum right now and I believe a victory over Dolph Ziggler could do a lot for his championship reign. Ziggler was just in the WWE Title picture against Ambrose so a win for The Miz would even further solidify his role as the company’s top heel and one of the company’s top champions.

Match Prediction: Miz by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Instead of always “wrestling like a coward”, The Miz does something dangerous such as putting Ziggler through the announce table.

DR: The Miz is awesome and we all know it. My respect for him has changed since the Talking Smack promo where he tells Daniel Bryan off. To be honest, I didn’t take him serious before this. The only thing I’m worried about for this match is that The Miz could lose, but only because he has greater things in sight coming for him… *cough cough* the WWE World Championship?

Match Prediction: The Miz by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Maryse distracts the referee and The Miz gets Ziggler with a low blow.

Match #4: Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match: Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. The Usos/The Hype Bros

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KB: In my prediction, The Usos will take on Slater and Rhyno. Slater and Rhyno are one of the best things going for Smackdown Live at the moment and their victory at Backlash could get one of the biggest pops of the night as the crowd will be delighted to see Slater receive a contract. I am worried, however, that the Usos could pull off the win and garner TONS of heat for preventing the fairy tale ending.

Match Prediction: Slater and Rhyno prevail by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Rhyno has picked up the pinfall in each of the first two victories. This time Slater gets the pinfall.

DR: Heath Slater will continue to be a free agent only because it makes for a great storyline. Slater and Rhyno will definitely hold their ground especially since The Usos will probably be tired from their first match, but The Usos will come away as the first SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

Match Prediction: The Usos by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: I want an American Alpha interference and the rivalry between these two teams really picks up at Backlash.

Match #5: Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton

KB: This has potential to be the match of the night. A very intriguing feud, the two have only had a couple weeks to promote this match and no matter how the match ends at Backlash, let’s hope the two continue their feud for the upcoming weeks.

Match Prediction: Randy Orton by DQ

Bonus Prediction: Outside interference plays a part in the finish of the match.

DR: The Viper needs a bounce-back fight and this is it. Bray Wyatt is fantastic and losing this match won’t affect that. He’s slowly but surely creeping his way into more important matches.

Match Prediction: Randy Orton by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Throughout the match, Bray Wyatt will disappear and reappear in different places to throw off Orton and add to his creepiness.

Match #6: WWE World Championship Match: Dean Ambrose(c) vs. AJ Styles

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KB: Styles may be Ambrose’s toughest challenger, yet. The two have only fought once before and it’ll be interesting to see if Styles can raise Ambrose’s game like he does with most of his opponents. Styles’s win over John Cena leapfrogged him into the title picture, but I don’t think he gets it done just yet.

Match Prediction: Ambrose by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Styles kicks out of Dirty Deeds at least once.

DR: The Phenomenal One has been around for years and it’s obvious when you watch him in the ring. He makes anyone look good in the ring even when he is kicking their ass. AJ Styles is the new face that runs the place on SmackDown and he deserves to be holding the belt.

Match Prediction: AJ Styles by pinfall

Bonus Prediction: Ambrose pulls out a chainsaw

 

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out WWE Backlash Sunday, September 11, on the WWE Network.


Kyle Boris and Daisy Rivadeneira are contributing editors for YourSitch.com

Twitter: @KyleNoStyle & @day_zeeee