Sat. Nov 17th, 2018

College Football Week 12 Picks: Minnesota, Stanford, and BC Headline Michael Roth’s Selections

I went 6-6 last week and find myself sitting at 86-65 on the season, I’m hoping I bounce back in a week without many marquee games. As always all team rankings are from Bill Connelly’s S&P+ formula. Continue Reading!

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Life in Philly with Jake Arnoldy: The Eagles Coaching has been Pathetic, and They Won’t Get it Turned Around This Season

The Eagles come up short again in the fourth quarter for the FIFTH time this year. Every single loss the Eagles have taken this year has been by 7 points or less. That shows the Eagles are failing to get business done in the fourth quarter. Sunday night the offense came out flat against a mediocre Dallas defense, at best. Carson Wentz and company were only able to produce 3 points in the first half off a Jake Elliot field goal. I don’t put all the blame on the players, even though there was poor execution. I put the majority of the blame on the play calling of HC Doug Pederson and OC Mike Groh. The Birds have the ability  to be a high powered offense when playing to their strengths.  However, I strongly question the play calls, especially on third down. The Eagles didn’t convert on a single third down in the first half. That can not happen in the NFL if you want to be an elite team. DC, Jim Schwarts also has been struggling to stop offenses on third down. On third and long Schwarts will stack the first down marker with all the corners and safeties. Teams see this and will throw screens to wideouts or running backs and convert almost everytime. This is certainly not the best way defend on a third down. The Eagles not only need to make playcalling changes, but they also need to approach third down differently on offense and defense. These changes need to be made immediately because their season will be ending sooner than they had planned.

Which Western Conference Teams are Most Apt to Give the Warriors Trouble in the Postseason?

Denver Nuggets

Although they were one win away from earning a playoff bid last season, the Nuggets are sneaky contenders for the title of “Best Team in the West Besides Golden State” this year. Denver has been firing on all cylinders on both sides on both ends of the floor thus far, as they rank 9th in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency. What makes the Nuggets dangerous to a team like Golden State is their style of play. Denver features a soon-to-be All-Star at the 5 in Nikola Jokic, but the whole offense doesn’t revolve around him. Jokic has a phenomenal statline (17.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 6.9 apg), and he isn’t doing it alone. Alongside Jokic are FIVE other double-figure scorers, including Jamal Murray, who recently poured 48 on Boston. As dominant as Denver has been, the Nuggets are still nowhere near full strength. Will Barton, Isaiah Thomas, and Michael Porter Jr. are all currently out with injuries, so just imagine Denver’s potential with a healthy lineup. Continue Reading!

Recapping the First Week of the College Basketball Season: Duke’s Hype, Ohio State’s Big Road Win, and More!

Kansas’ Overshadowed Win Over Michigan State

Due to Duke’s dominating performance over Kentucky, Kansas’ win over MSU was largely forgotten. It was a very good game that showed a lot about two great teams. The Spartans did look sloppy and uncomfortable in the opening minutes and once they did settle in they went cold and couldn’t hit shots. Kansas took a 14-point lead into halftime, but Michigan State came out looking much better in the second half.  Kansas ended up holding on for a 92-87 win, looking impressive in the process. Continue Reading!