This is the opening weekend of Premier League soccer. The Foxes are opening up the season against Arsenal at the Emirates. Fireworks are expected to fly in this first Premier League match of the season. This English Premier League duel will go down Friday, August 11, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. ET at Emirates Stadium. The match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Arsenal and Leicester City are two of the more offense oriented teams of the season in England. Seeing these two teams going against each other to kick off the season should make for some entertaining soccer. The Gunners have to be the favorites of this match, merely because they’re Arsenal. This is a big, strong Arsenal team in the midfield and at the back, and we just aren’t sure the speedy, finesse game that Leicester City is bringing to the table is going to play in North London on Friday night.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – Warriors with 3-1 lead in NBA Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers who were facing a sweep, defeated the Golden State Warriors on their home court to put the NBA Finals at 3-1. The Cleveland Cavaliers are under pressure and put together an inspired performance in Game 4. The Cavs rushed out to a big lead early and then cruised to the win. Cleveland picked up the win based to an unbelievably efficient offense. The Cavaliers buried 24 three pointers in Game 4, which set an NBA Finals record. They shot a blistering 53.3 percent from 3 point land. Irving, Kevin Love (6-of-8) and J.R. Smith (5-of-9) led the way. Cleveland led through out the whole game and has finally picked up some momentum in the NBA Finals. Cleveland has played much better in the past two games. The Cavs really needed a split to get back in this series.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors in Game 4, finishing with 35 points. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both struggled from the field. Golden State shot only 28.2 percent from three-point range in the contest. The Golden State Warriors are still favored to win Game 5. They are up 3-1 and is aiming to wrap up the series at home next time out. The Warriors have been dominant at home throughout the postseason despite struggling last time out. Best Sports Site Blog thinks there is no way the Cavs shoot that well again. The Dubs should be better from the field when they go home and should leave this one crowned NBA champions.
The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers square off Wednesday night
The Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 in the series after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 on Sunday night. The Cavaliers get to go home and aim to rally like they did on the way to last year’s title, but it won’t be easy against the elite playing level of the Golden State team.The game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are unable to keep up with the Warriors in the two games at Oracle. The Cavs return home for Game 3 and look lost and unsettled by Golden State’s movement on offense and defense. In Game 2 on Sunday Golden State shot 51.7 percent from the floor and 41.9 percent from three-point range, and if they continue to shoot that well the Cavs are going to have to be on fire to stay competitive. Kevin Durant who was acquired last year from Oklahoma City has become a huge asset for the Dubs. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, he scored 33 points while adding 13 rebounds and five blocks. Stephen Curry was also impressive, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
For Cleveland, LeBron James had 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for Cleveland, but Kyrie Irving struggled from the floor. Lebron James needs to be going at full throttle and could propel them to a victory. The Cavaliers are knowing their season is on the line. Another key thing will be good play from the role players on the team. Cleveland will probably lead most of the game. However, the Warriors are making their case as one of the best teams of all-time. Best Sports Site Blog thinks that Golden State should capture this game. This will give Golden State Warriors a 3-0 lead in this NBA final series.
Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI
Super Bowl LI is right around the corner and the Atlanta Falcons will be representing the NFC, while the New England Patriots compete for the AFC. The New England Patriots make their record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl and their seventh with both head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots will be going for their fifth Lombardi Trophy in this Super Bowl. The Atlanta Falcons will be going for their first ring. The Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has Super Bowl experience. He was defensive coordinator when the Seahawks went to Super Bowls for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Patriots lead the all-time series between the two teams, 7-6. The last meeting for these two teams was back in 2013. The showdown for Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at NRG Stadium in Houston Texas.
The New England Patriots made it to Super Bowl LI with a ninth consecutive win by pounding the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17. The Patriots continued their stifling defensive play in their victory over Pittsburgh, holding the Steelers to 367 total yards while forcing a two turnovers. The Patriots defense have allowed just 10.6 points per game over their past five wins and outscored their opponents by an average margin of 21.8 points. The Patriots have won with offense and with defense. The Patriots have a balanced offense and can hang with the Falcons if this game becomes a shootout.
This will be the Atlanta Falcons second Super Bowl appearance. The last time came in the 1998 season, when Atlanta lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. The Atlanta Falcons fielded have the league’s top scoring offense in the regular season with an average of 33.8 points per game, while the Patriots defense allowed an NFL-low 15.6 points per game on defense. One of the reasons the Falcons are in the Super Bowl is that their defense improved as the season went on. The Falcons have improved from an average of 25.4 points per game during the regular season to an average of 19.3 points over their last six games, including the playoffs. The Falcons defense rated 15th overall but it’s proving to be effective because of the speed, range and versatility of many of the young players. Even though the Falcons defense have improved they still struggle against the run. For this reason we give the Patriots an edge in what could be a high scoring event.
Atlanta Falcons host Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game
The Atlanta Falcons (12-5) take on the Green Bay Packers (12-6) for the second time this season when they host the NFC Championship Game as home favorites. This may be a high-scoring game with Aaron Rodgers dazzling us with fantastic throws each time he steps on the field and Atlanta scoring 71 more points than any other team did in the regular season. The Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay 33-32 in the first meeting during Week 8 of this season. The NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The game will be broadcast live on FOX.
When the Green Bay Packers have the ball it’s all about quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have not relied on the running game lately. With Rogers at the helm, the Packers have won eight in a row in order to make the playoffs. Rogers finally threw an interception for the first time in nine games, but there is no doubt that Rodgers is playing on a completely different level right now. Defenses are lining up in nickel knowing that Green Bay isn’t going to run the ball but still can’t stop him. If Atlanta does lines up in nickel, they may see running back Ty Montgomery get the ball more often. Montgomery only has one 100-yard game this year, but Atlanta is weak on stopping the run this year.
The Atlanta Falcons have the NFL’s best scoring offense with quarterback Matt Ryan who is favorite to win the MVP award this season. Ryan is nearly unstoppable with a healthy wide receiver Julio Jones on the field. Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the league but a nagging toe injury seems to have taken away some of his explosiveness. Jones is averaging 17 yards a reception. In his last five games, he has only one 100-yard game. The Falcons offense are still putting up points without a fully healthy Jones. Offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Shanahan uses his running backs in the passing game which makes this offense difficult to stop. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are constantly matched up against linebackers and they have made defenses pay. Freeman and Coleman combined for 204 total yards and two touchdowns against Seattle last week and half those yards came in the form of receptions. We know the Rogers has been magical lately, but we give Atlanta Falcons the edge to win this game in the end.
The NFL has decided to flex a bad game out of the Sunday night slot and put a new game in. The league announced that the Week 12 prime time game will be between Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. The Kansas City Chiefs or Denver Broncos will remain right behind the Raiders near the top of the AFC West division standings. The Kansas City Chiefs won the last meeting in Denver last November. Before that, the Denver Broncos have dominated the series against the Kansas City Chiefs with a seven-game winning streak. The Chiefs last two wins were both on the road playing as the underdog. The Chiefs are underdogs again on Sunday as the Broncos are a 3-point favorite. The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. ET at Sports Authority Field.
The Kansas City Chiefs have flown under the radar at 7-3 and currently sit atop the AFC West. The Week 12 battle with the reigning Super Bowl champs could be for the lead in the best division in football. The Kansas City Chiefs had a five-game win streak, but that came to an end with a 19-17 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Chiefs defense allowed 331 passing yards and a touchdown to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. The Chiefs offense had deficiencies in that game that cost them the win to the Buccaneers. Every team has to work around injuries and the Chiefs are no exception. The loss of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has hurt in the passing game. The Chiefs are having trouble scoring inside the red zone and are next to last in red zone touchdown efficiency. If it wasn’t for the accurate leg of field goal kicker Cairo Santos, the scoring average would be lower than their 19th ranked 22.2 points per game.
The Denver Broncos are also coming in with a 7-3 record. Denver has won three of their last four. Denver had a 25-23 win over New Orleans a couple of Sundays ago. During that game, Denver blocked a potentially tie-breaking extra point by the Saints and ran it back the other way for two points and an improbable victory. The Broncos played their last two games before the off week without cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive end Derek Wolfe. Talib and Wolfe both returned to practice this week. Also outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is returning into the rotation from his fractured arm injury. This means the Broncos could field their starting defensive unit together for the first time since Week 2. Even with the injuries, the Broncos are ranked fifth in total defense, second in sacks and top ranked in pass defense. We don’t think that Kansas City has the weapons to win this one against a Broncos healthy team.
Philadelphia Eagles travel to CenturyLink Field to visit Seattle Seahawks in Great NFC matchup
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off an emotional win last week at New England. Their offense seems to be coming together just in time for another charge at a division title and the postseason. The Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback has made quite a good impression this season. The Philadelphia Eagles is looking for its first away victory and has a difficult task in knocking off the Seahawks to get it. The Seattle Seahawks are the favorites after a colossal win in New England and a spotless 4-0 SU home record. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 4:25 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field.
The Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz hasn’t been affected by the big leagues and has had a lot of success in his first season. The Eagles are now 17th in total offense with 344 yards per game. They have been improving with 400-plus yards in back-to-back weeks and average 25.1 points which is 10th in the NFL. Philadelphia has scored 20-plus points in 11 straight games, which is the longest streak in the NFL. Philadelphia has one of the game’s best defenses as well. They are sixth with allowing just 323 yards per game, and are tied for third with allowing 17.8 points per game.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was hobbled by ankle and knee injuries for much of the season. The offense stumbled as Wilson looked uncomfortable in the pocket and didn’t display his usual effectiveness at extending plays and getting outside the tackles. During the past two weeks, Wilson looks like he got his mobility and elusiveness back and the Seahawks’ offense has thrived. On Sunday night the Seattle Seahawks had an impressive road win over the New England Patriots. Wilson had his best game of the season throwing for 348 yards and three touchdowns without a pick. The Seattle Seahawks is 21st in the NFL in scoring at 21.4 points per game and 20th in total offense at 341.9 yards per game. The Seahawks have a great defense and are ranked ninth in allowing 338.4 yards per game, and second in allowing just 17.6 points per game. If the Eagles had this game at home we would probably lean towards them, but it’s another story at the Link and have to give the edge to the Seahawks.
Pittsburgh Steelers open as favorites to host Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Heinz Field
The Dallas Cowboys (7-1) have seven straight wins, with quarterback Dak Prescott already playing about as well as Tony Romo ever has. The Dallas Cowboys have the best record in the NFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) aren’t used to losing three games in a row, but there are extenuating circumstances surrounding that slide, mainly an injured Roethlisberger. The Dallas Cowboys will be tested in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4:25 p.m. ET at Heinz Field.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin started Roethlisberger in last Sunday’s game just a few weeks after knee surgery. Big Ben didn’t look ready for that game but apparently Tomlin thought he was good to go. Roethlisberger threw for 54 yards, had a pick and a few others that should have been intercepted through three quarters. Pittsburgh’s offense failed to get on track amassing a total of two first downs to that point. Then the Steelers offense picked things up in the fourth quarter when Big Ben threw for 210 yards and made a late run. We think it took Big Ben the first 45 minutes to find his timing in the fourth quarter. We know Big Ben is tough as nails and we bet that it took that long for him to find his groove.
The Dallas Cowboys have been a bit surprising this season. I’m sure not many envisioned this after Tony Romo went down in the preseason. Quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott are getting all the headlines for their play in running the offense. Dallas averages nearly 28 points (fourth-best in the NFL) and tops the circuit in rushing. Add Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, along with a stellar offensive line, and the Cowboys look unstoppable. The Dallas Cowboys defense is only allowing 17.5 points per contest (fourth-best in the NFL). While Pittsburgh is expected to win games at home, it’s hard to go against the Cowboys right now. We like the Cowboys on the road to come out on top, but this could end up being a close game.
Dallas Cowboys are rested from their bye week and preparing to go toe-to-toe with their divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are two divisional rivals that will go head-to-head in what might be a crucial duel for the outcome of the NFC East. Both teams are here because of the stellar play of their rookie quarterbacks. Both Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz will have a chance to sway voters for the rookie of the year award. The game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. ET at ATT Stadium.
The Philadelphia Eagles have stunned the Vikings on their home field and is in a great position to overtake Dallas at the top of the NFC East. The Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz has shown that he is a rookie who has a future. The wide receiver Jordan Matthews is his only target in the passing game and the Eagles will need to address that in the future.
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a bye week and five straight wins. This round of rest gave them the chance to get some of their injured players back. The biggest name that is most likely to be back on the roster is Dez Bryant. The Dallas Cowboys offense has been pretty good even without him, but there is no question that quarterback Dak Prescott and his offensive line are even more dangerous with Bryant on the field. Dak Prescott’s success also has been made easy with another Rookie of the Year candidate in running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys have a good offense and the Eagles will have a tough time defending everyone, even though they’ve been pretty good at doing it. We give the Dallas Cowboys the edge for playing at home, but this game will be as close as the team’s are in the standings.
Minnesota Vikings (5-0) travel to play the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) in Week 7
The Minnesota Vikings are the only unbeaten team in the NFL thanks to their devastating defense. The Philadelphia Eagles have lost two straight and quarterback Carson Wentz doesn’t look like the golden boy any longer. As impressive as the Eagles 3-0 start was, two of their three wins were over the Browns and the Bears. The Eagles had been pretty good at stopping the run until last week as the Washington Redskins ran for 230 yards on 33 carries. The game between Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles will take place on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 1 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Minnesota Vikings were dealt a massive blow less than two weeks before the season when starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater blew out his knee at practice. The Minnesota Vikings went out and traded a first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford. Bradford is now the starting quarterback and has been playing some of the best football of his career. He has completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 990 yards and has six touchdowns in his four starts. Even more impressive is that Bradford has yet to throw an interception through 125 pass attempts and is currently second in the NFL with a 109.8 passer rating. Bradford found his favorite target in wide receiver Stefon Diggs, as he completed 18 passes for 269 yards in thee games to Diggs. Diggs missed the Vikings’ Week 5 win over the Houston Texans with a groin injury but is expected to return against the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles were not looking in good form last Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins don’t the best defense, but were able to hold the Eagles offense to just a pair of field goals. It looks like they may have figured out how to slow down quarterback Wentz and the Vikings have taken notice. The Vikings defense is good and have not surrendered more than 16 points in any game this season. Even though the Vikings are on the road we give the edge in this game to them because their defense flies around and makes plays. They can stop the run, the pass, force turnovers and get sacks. It’s going to be a long day for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.