The Duke’s Picks – NFL Week 10

13 11 2011


CINCINNATI BENGALS +4 Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver Broncos +3.5 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Buffalo Bills +5.5 DALLAS COWBOYS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +3.5 Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans +3.5 CAROLINA PANTHERS

ATLANTA FALCONS even New Orleans Saints

CLEVELAND BROWNS -2.5 St. Louis Rams

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -12 Arizona Cardinals


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +7.5 Baltimore Ravens

Detroit Lions +3 CHICAGO BEARS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers -3 NY Giants


NEW YORK JETS even New England Patriots


The Duke’s Picks: Season Kickoff!

10 09 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Pittsbrugh Steelers -6 1/2 Tennessee Titans

Great match up to kick off the NFL season tonight as the team with last year’s best regular season record, the Tennessee Titans (13-3) travel to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers team comes back largely in tact, while Tennessee lost DT Albert Haynesworth to free agency. In the 18 games Haynesworth missed due to injury between 2004-08, the Titans went just 4-14. The team ranked seventh overall and sixth against the run but the loss of Haynesworth will surely cause them to slip a bit in each category. The Titans did improve their receiving corps, adding Nate Washington from Pittsburgh and Kenny Britt of Rutgers through the draft. Washington is injured, however, and in the case of Britt, I don’t expect a rookie wideout to have great success against the league’s top defense. Pittsburgh should roll in this one and be able to handle the 6 1/2 point spread.

Pick:  Pittsburgh Steelers

The Duke’s Picks – Conference Championships

18 01 2009

mcnabb-709810by Michael DeLuca

Teams in bold are predictions with the spread, teams in CAPS are home teams.

Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 ARIZONA CARDINALS – I went through a large part of the year touting the Arizona Cardinals defense, claiming them to be the most underrated unit in the league.  It’s a very difficult point to argue, since their high octane pass offense, ranked #2 in the league in pass attempts, takes little time off the clock and leaves them on the field for such a large portion of the game.  In such a scenario, one must look beyond the yards against totals, where Arizona ranked 22nd against the pass and 16th against the rush during the 08′ regular season.  When you take a look at the team on a per play basis, you’ll notice that only 10 team’s had a better defense against the run when it comes to yards per carry, where opponents averaged 4.0.  Led by Karlos Dansby and his 119 tackles (95 solo), this unit can defend the run with the best of them.  Their pass defense, on the other hand Read the rest of this entry »