NFL Week 10 Against The Spread Picks: Separation Sunday Edition

A quick look at the NFL standings suggests a mad stretch run to the playoffs begins in Week 10.

Week 9 NFL Against The Spread: Mid-Term Edition

As the calendar turns to November and the cold starts to carry some bite, the NFL’s contenders will separate themselves from the pretenders. At the season’s halfway point, this weeks Against The Spread continues to evaluate trends along with other interesting nuggets.

Green Bay Packers: Is It Time to Stress Out Over 2014 Team?

I have a very special message for Packers Nation. It contains five letters: P – A – N – I – C.

Week 8 NFL Against The Spread: Raiders Chase ‘Perfection’

At least any talk about an undefeated season in the NFL ended early this year, as no team made it as far as 4-0.

But the Oakland Raiders still have a shot at going 0-16. I don’t see the excitement in it since the Detroit Lions pulled off the feat just six years ago.

NFL Against The Spread Picks Week 7: Cinderella Edition

Normally I do not cross into the baseball world while doing my weekly football piece, but I have to give props to the Kansas City Royals. I did predict them to make the playoffs (at 89-73, thank you very much), but their historic run through the postseason was even beyond my expectation.

Week 6 NFL Against The Spread Predictions: Hot Seat Edition

The 2014 season is barely a quarter of the way through, but the NFL has already seen its first coaching casualty in Oakland.

Since speculating and wishing for coaches to be dumped is a passion of many fans and writers, this week’s Against The Spread speculates on those sitting on the hot seat, or with eyes wandering to their next destination.

NFL Week 5 Against The Spread Picks: Employees of the Month

Against all better judgment, I have elected to do another special Employee Of The Month edition of Against The Spread.

Defending Derek Jeter’s Career

There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics.

There are also computers and the opinions of Keith Olbermann.

I actually agree with most of Olbermann’s near-seven minute rant on the nauseating year-long celebration of Derek Jeter, the parting gifts received at 18 ballparks and during the 2014 All-Star Game.

NFL Week 4 Against The Spread Picks

I had a very good Week 3, going 12-4 and now sit at 27-21 on the season. Maybe this a good time to bow out.

NFL Week 3 Against The Spread Picks

Robert Griffin III, Jamal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Knowshon Moreno, A.J. Green, Ryan Mathews, Doug Martin and Vernon Davis.

The attrition, epidemic of injuries and other issues has turned the NFL upside down in the last fortnight.

This week’s Against The Spread picks includes analysis plus fantasy and other ramifications moving forward.

NFL Week 2 Against The Spread Picks

This wasn’t what CBS and the NFL Network had in mind for their much hyped Thursday Night Football debut, as Baltimore stands at the epicenter of the Ray Rice/Roger Goodell fecal storm. By this point Keith Olbermann has called for the resignations of Goodell, Ozzie Newsome and practically everyone else in position of authority in […]

Week 1 NFL Against The Spread Predictions

Many people don’t know that I was once a semi-professional prognosticator on football. I will use those talents again this year to pick all National Football League games against the spread

Kurt’s Annual NFL Prediction Spectacular

Now that fantasy drafts have been completed (I think), I can get down to prognosticating the final win-loss records for all 32 NFL teams for 2014.

People continue to warn me against posting such predictions, since it only opens one up to ridicule come December.

All of this is true. But what is the fun of not making educated guesses and a writer putting his or her rear end on the line? Weather forecasters make a living off this daily.

Unlike Josh Shaw, Joe Delaney and Shannon Smith are Real Heroes

Hero and liar have become four-letter words thrown out far too often. In less than 48 hours USC football player Josh Shaw became both after making up a story of jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew from drowning as a cover-up for something else that resulted in two high-ankle sprains.

Did former referee Mike Carey really dodge “Washington” games?

Former NFL official Mike Carey claims that when he was still a referee, he asked out of officiating Washington’s games starting in 2006 over the name issue. He further claims that the league approved his request.