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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 7 Preview

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Week 7 in the NFL is fast approaching which means another chance for you to win a Tag Heuer sports watch in the Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway.  Last week followed the trend of huge upsets and exciting endings.  Two of the early games last week went to overtime and many others came down to the last possession.   “TKAINE” won last weeks prize with an impressive 11-3 record; which seems almost impossible looking back at the crazy upsets (i.e. the Rams beating the Chargers and the Seahawks handing it to the Bears).

Week 7 may prove to be a make or break week for several teams.

After having Super Bowl aspirations, the Dallas Cowboys are off to a 1-4 start; obviously not what they expected.  They are hosting the Super Bowl this year and many analysts picked them to be the first team ever to have a home Super Bowl game.  If they lose this week you can kiss those dreams goodbye.  The Cowboys play the 4-2 Giants on Monday Night Football.

Another team in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs is the San Diego Chargers.  Once thought of as the most talented team in the league, it seems as if they are falling apart.  Their all pro receiver Vincent Jackson is still holding out for a new contract and their best pass-rusher Shawn Merriman is leaving the team.  After week 6 they stand at 2-4.  If they lose this week it is going to be almost impossible to come back and make the playoffs.  Although they do play in a weak division so I cannot count them out completely, but they will have a lot of work to do.  The Chargers are hosting the 4-1 Patriots at 4:15 on Sunday.

I think everyone would agree the most intriguing match-up this week is between the 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.

On paper it seems like a no brainer that the Steelers should win this game.  After all, they went 3-1 without their premier quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, and now he’s back.  And Ben had an impressive first week back last week (257 yds, 3tds) against the Browns. After only one game looks like he is in mid season form.  On the other hand you have the Miami Dolphins: a 3-2 team who have looked terrific in spots and horrible in others.  After barely beating an awful Buffalo team in week one, the Fins went on the road and beat a Minnesota Vikings team who were one of the favorites to win the NFC.  They were 2-0.  Week 3 they played well against the Jets at home but lost, and week 4 they were blown out at home against the Patriots leaving them 2-2.  After a week 5 bye week they went to Green Bay against a desperate Packers team and beat them at home; an unprobable win.

Now the Dolphins sit at 3-2 hosting the Steelers who are arguably the best team in the league.  But to say that the Steelers will win this game in any convincing fashion is impossible.  We’ve seen the Dolphins beat a good Vikings team, play well against the Jets, and beat the Packers.

Making this game even more interesting is the fact that the Dolphins are 0-2 at home.  In football there is usually a 3 point advantage given to the home team (Dolphins are home for this match-up).  But does home field advantage make a difference in this game?  Many would argue no, not only because the Fins are 0-2 at home, but also because Sun Life Stadium is usually half and half with home versus away fans.

So, in conclusion, although it seems Pittsburgh is the clear cut favorite I will still give the Dolphins a chance.  I think it will come down to a last second field goal but I am going to stick with the Steelers winning.

Good luck in week 7 everyone and I will see the winner next week to pick up their Tag Heuer.

Rest of My Picks:

Cleveland at New Orleans: Brees gets back on track
Jacksonville at Kansas City: one of these teams is going to be 4-2
Philadelphia at Tennessee: Chris Johnson will control the game
Cincinnati at Atlanta: upset special
Washington at Chicago: Redskins eek out another win
Pittsburgh at Miami: review above
St. Louis at Tampa Bay: St. Louis will be above .500 behind QB Bradford
Buffalo at Baltimore: lock of the week
San Fransisco at Carolina: 49ers win 2 in a row
Arizona at Seattle: ugliest game of the year but Seattle is tough at home
Oakland at Denver: Orton throws for 400+
New England at San Diego: Chargers need Vincent Jackson back ASAP
Minnesota at Green Bay: Packers are banged up and they never beat Favre
New York (Giants) at Dallas:  Dallas struggles to a 1-5 record

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 6 Preview

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Week 6 already!  Wow this season is going by quickly.  Last week was quite possibly one of the craziest weeks I have ever seen in the NFL.  Can you believe Oakland beat San Diego and the Cardinals beat the defending Super Bowl champion Saints?  Only one person in the Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway picked each correctly; and neither had both.  What’s even more surprising is “scottlaw97” had one of the best weeks yet this season going 11-3.  I think there were six or seven upsets last week which made for some ugly picks (including mine).

As we get deeper into the season we start learning a bit more about each team.  You would think it would make for better picks but the NFL is a funny league.  Sometimes the more you think you know about a team actually hurts you.   With so many injuries this year, especially at the quarterback position, it’s hard to pick who will win.

Week 6 looks like an exciting week with two special games that I would like to highlight.  Hopefully Michael Vick will be healthy enough to play for the Eagles this week against his old team the Atlanta Falcons.  He has been recovering from a shoulder injury.  The second game I am calling the “panic button bowl” between two “good” teams who are both 1-3: Cowboys at Vikings.  The loser of that game is going to have an extremely tough time coming back to make the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday.  Besides the obvious back story of Vick playing against his old team, this game should prove eventful.  The Falcons look like they have emerged as the favorite to win the NFC so far, however, if they falter this weekend, both the Eagles and Falcons will be 4-2.  It should also be noted that the Falcons are lucky to have 4 wins after a missed field goal to win the game by the Saints.  If the Eagles win they will be the favorites.  But I don’t expect the Eagles to win.  They have been extremely inconsistent all year and quarterback changes every week don’t help.  The Falcons have a great running attack that should take advantage of an inexperienced defense.  Falcons win this one on the road.

The “panic button bowl” is an afternoon game that may just play out as the first playoff game of the year.  Of course there are still 10 weeks left but the chances of making the playoffs after starting 1-4 are slim.  In fact, the odds average out to one 1-4 team making the playoffs every five years.  So it is almost safe to say the loser isn’t going far this year.  Interestingly enough, I don’t think either team will make the playoffs.  They both play in very tough divisions and it would take too many good things to come together.  At any rate, I am going to take the Vikings.  I have been saying since the preseason that the Cowboys are overrated and I am going to stick with that prediction.  The Vikings will use Adrian Peterson to control the clock and with another week of practice Randy Moss should be a factor.  Vikings at home.

I hope everyone is still enjoying the pool with no problems.  Remember to try to get your picks in by Saturday at the latest.  You are allowed to make your picks all the way up until Sunday at game time but I think it’s a good idea to leave room for any unforeseen problems.  That way I can call Alan and work on the problem.  Remember to tell everyone you know about the Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway and good luck!  Below are the rest of my picks for week 6.

Falcons at Eagles:  review above
Browns at Steelers:  this is a no-brainer right?
Seahawks at Bears:  Cutler is back and the Seahawks are awful on the road
Lions at Giants:  G-men will win this for 3 in a row
Ravens at Patriots:  Patriots win assuming their offense doesn’t sputter without moss
Chargers at Rams:  The inevitable future return of Vincent Jackson should spark a desperate team on the road
Dolphins at Packers:  I don’t want to pick this game until I know if Aaron Rogers is playing or not
Saints at Buccaneers:  Every year for the last four years the last place team has won the division the next.  I like the trend.
Chiefs at Texans:  I think the Texans are a playoff team.  If so they have to win this at home
Jets at Broncos:  After an emotional MNF win against Favre the Jets will have a letdown in Denver
Raiders at 49ers:  From 0-5 to division champs?  I think so.
Cowboys at Vikings:  review above
Colts at Redskins:  Peyton Manning.  Enough said
Titans at Jaguars:  Jags are much worse than their 3-2 record represents

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 5 Preview

 

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Welcome back everyone to another week in the NFL and another week for the “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway“.  Week 4 proved to be the closest in our contest so far.  Four people tied for first with a 10-4 record.  The final total score in the Monday Night Football game was the deciding factor and Boston Waterboy won the prize.

As a Patriots fan myself I can’t say I am too upset about my prediction last week.  I had the Dolphins beating the Patriots on Monday Night Football.  Oops.  Overall I was 8-6 which is respectable; although if you followed my pics you were two games behind the winner.

Is it just me or does week 5 in the NFL seem like boring week?  It doesn’t seem there are too many good games; although I may just be saying that because both the Patriots and Dolphins have byes.  There are two games, however, that do stand out.  The first is the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs vising the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts, which before the season would not even get a second look.  The second, of course, is on Monday night.  Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings are visiting the New York Jets.  Yes I said Randy Moss is back on the Vikings!

Let’s talk about the Chiefs at Colts first.  I do not think anyone had the Chiefs being the last undefeated team in the league.  I mean how could you?  Especially with the way they finished the season last year.  But they have been playing incredible defense and special teams along with a productive offense.  Also, the reuniting of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel has proven to work once again.  As you may or may not know, Weis and Crennel were the offensive and defensive coordinator in the early 2000’s for the New England Patriots.  On the other side of the field you have a prolific offense with arguably the best quarterback in the league, Peyton Manning.  And although the Colts are only 2-2 they have had no problem scoring points.  The emergence of Austin Collie, who is 3rd the league in receiving yards, gives Manning yet another option to throw to after Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.  Since the Colts are at home I have to assume Manning will carve up yet another formidable defense on his way to a 3-2 record.  We all know Manning and the Colts can score points, even against the best defense.  I’ll take the Colts to win this one at home.

Now as for Moss and the Vikings.  An abrupt trade by the Patriots sends Randy Moss to the Vikings for a 3rd round pick in next years draft.  Brett Favre and the Vikings (1-2) have been in dire need of a big play receiver throughout their first three games and I think they found their man.  Moss takes Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre and that offense to an entire new level.  The intriguing thing about their match up Monday night with the Jets is that Moss just played the Jets in week 2.  You all probably remember the one handed touchdown catch against Darrell Revis.  The Jets have won three straight after losing their opener to the Baltimore Ravens and they look like the team that was favored for the Super Bowl before the season.  Their offense, with Mark Sanchez leading the team, is clicking on all cylinders.  LaDainian Tomlinson looks like he did 5 years ago and they are getting Santonio Homes, their big play receiver, back from a 4 game suspension.  I thought a lot about this pick and I am going with the Jets.  Four days is not enough to learn the Vikings offense so I do not think Moss will be a huge factor in this one.  I’ll take the Jets at home in a low scoring affair.

Rest of my picks:

Jaguars at Bills:  After a huge win against Indy, Jags freeze up in Buffalo
Buccaneers at Bengals:  Last week was TO over 200 yards, this week is OchoCinco’s turn
Falcons at Browns:  This game will be closer than you think, both will run the ball with ease
Rams at Lions:  Mark it down – Most exciting game of week 5, no joke.
Chiefs at Colts:  Review above
Packers at Redskins:  After a big win the Redskins let up against Rodgers and Co.
Bears at Panthers:  Can the Bears really start 4-1?  Wow.
Broncos at Ravens:  Ray Rice.  Hello!  Where are you??
Giants at Texans:  Andre Johnson should be back and ready for a big day.
Saints at Cardinals:  I wonder if the Cardinals regret releasing Matt Leinhart
Titans at Cowboys:  This game might set the record for most penalties
Chargers at Raiders:  The Bolts look ready to make a big run
Eagles at 49ers:  I keep picking San Fran.  Don’t let me down!
Vikings at Jets:  If this game was in 2 weeks I’d take the Vikings, but it’s not.

Good luck in week 5!  If you haven’t signed up our FREE Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway yet, click here.  Tell everyone you know to sign up and take advantage of a great opportunity to win a stylish sports watch.

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 4 Preview

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I can’t believe it’s week 4 in the NFL already!  Time for my Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 4 Preview.  Last week was wild with another incredible game capping it all off on Monday Night Football.  Who really thought the Bears would win that game?  While 18 penalties didn’t exactly help the Packers, their coach did not manage the time at the end of the game correctly.  The Bears were the better team that night which surprised a lot of people.

As for my picks last week; I went 8-7.  I picked two upsets that did not pan out.  However, in my defense, the Broncos played without Knowshaun Moreno who I thought would have a huge game against the Colts.  The game had a different feel without him.   I also had the 49ers coming back and winning their first game of the season which did not happen either.  I guess they are not as good as everyone thought they were.

This week I am going to highlight the Ravens at the Steelers and the Patriots at the Dolphins (Monday Night Football).

The Ravens at Steelers is a fascinating match-up on so many levels.  Before the season, analysts were saying if Pittsburgh could just manage to be 2-2 without Ben Roethlisberger they would be in prime shape when he comes back.  Well, their defense has been dominant and if they win this week they will be 4-0; which begs the question: will they be as good with Ben Roethlisberger?  As for the Ravens, they have been wildly inconsistent.  They dominated the Jets opening week, then lost to a mediocre Cincinnati team, then barely beat a terrible Cleveland team; leaving them at a shaky 2-1.  They have so much offensive talent but haven’t seemed unlock it.   Their defense has been good in spots, but it is aging.  If they go into Pittsburgh and win I will be surprised.  I think the Steelers will shut down the Ravens’ offense, especially because Ray Rice is banged up, and improve to an impossible 4-0 without their 2 time Super Bowl champ quarterback.

This Monday night, the 2-1 Dolphins are hosting the 2-1 Patriots.  This features one of the most prolific offenses in the league against one of the best defenses no one has ever heard of.  Tom Brady has never had so many weapons; from Randy Moss who still looks like he’s the fastest guy in the league, to Wes Welker, to the addition of two different but equally good rookie tight ends.  They should put up at least 30 points every game.  The Dolphins on the other hand have their strength on defense.  While you may not have heard of many of their players, they have one of the most physical defenses in the league.  Also, last week Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne finally seemed like they were on the page connecting for 10 catches, 1 touchdown, and over 160 yards.  As much as it pains me to say it, I think the Dolphins are going to win.  This Patriots defense is too weak to shut down anyone it looks like.  They are young and athletic but aren’t playing as a team yet.  It might be different the second time around but for now, I would bet on the Dolphins at home.

Rest of my picks:

49ers at Falcons:  The 49ers are looking more and more like last year’s 0-6 Titans.
Jets at Bills:  This will be closer than people think
Bengals at Browns:  If the Bengals are a playoff team this should be a blowout right?
Lions at Packers:  Packers should win easily, even with no running game
Broncos at Titans:  Titans improve to 3-1
Seahawks at Rams: Sam Bradford is goooooood
Panthers at Saints:  Are the Panthers the worst team in the league?
Ravens at Steelers: Review above
Texans at Raiders:  Should be tough if Andre doesn’t play, but not that tough
Colts at Jaguars:  Colts will struggle but pull it out in the end
Redskins at Eagles:  Vick will make Philly forget about McNabb
Cardinals at Chargers: October is when the bolts start lighting up
Bears at Giants:  The Giants aren’t this bad are they?
Patriots at Dolphins: Review above

Good luck in week 4!  If you haven’t signed up our FREE Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway yet, click here.  Tell everyone you know to sign up and take advantage of a great opportunity to win a stylish sports watch.

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 3 Preview

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Welcome back everyone for another exciting week of NFL football and our Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway!  Thank all of you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog and participating in the contest.

Week 1 was dominated by favorites; home teams won the majority of the match ups.  However, week 2 took a complete u-turn and 8 games were won by the visiting team (half of the games) which made for a very exciting weekend.  Coincidentally, the Monday Night Football game was the most exciting, as explained in my Week 2 Review.

Week 3 looks like a much more consistent week and I think there will be more favorite winners than losers.  However, there are two games I want to highlight: Colts at Broncos and Jets at Dolphins.

In the past the Colts/Broncos match up would never draw much attention, but this year is different.  Both teams looked terrible in Week 1 and amazing in Week 2.  The Colts opened the season with a rare loss to the Houston Texans, a team they always beat.  Then, they came back and clobbered a Giants team who looked impressive in week 1.  And the Broncos’ story is similar.   They got dominated on both sides of the ball against a mediocre Jacksonville team, then came back last week and destroyed the 1-1 Seahawks.  This match up intrigues me because of what the Texans did on the ground against the Colts in week 1, racking up over 250 yards with Arian Foster (an undrafted running back).  With the addition of Laurence Maroney last week, the Bronco’s running attack has the personnel to run all over Indy.  Look for Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, and Maroney be used a lot this week.  The Colts’ biggest strength is their passing game which I think will be held in check this week.  Champ Bailey is a multiple-pro-bowl-shut-down-corner who will limit Reggie Wayne along with the rest of the Colts’ receivers.  If the Colts manage to lose this week, which I think they will, it seems their reign atop the AFC South is coming to an end. My pick: Broncos over Colts.

The second game I’m fascinated by is the Jets at Dolphins.  Both on off the field reasons should work their way into the outcome of this Sunday Night Football game.  As you may have heard, the Jets’ number 1 receiver was arrested and charged with a DWI earlier this week.  It caused a huge distraction in the locker room, especially when coach Rex Ryan said he was not going to start Edwards but he will play.  Many Jets players, including Darrell Revis who is out with a hamstring injury, were confused by when and how much of the game Edwards will play.  This is the first home game for the Dolphins and should be a coming out party for free agent acquisition, wide receiver Brandon Marshall.  He has yet to put up huge numbers in the Dolphins first two wins and you can see he is dying to get the ball.  Without Revis I see the Dolphins taking advantage of Antonio Cromartie and rookie defensive back Kyle Wilson.  My pick: Dolphins over Jets

This should give you a little insight into two close games this week.  Below are the rest of my picks for week 3.

49ers at Chiefs: 49ers (upset special of the week)
Lions at Vikings: Vikings get their first win of the season finally in week 3
Bills at Patriots: Patriots confuse Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Falcons at Saints: Falcons come back to win in thrilling fashion
Titans at Giants: Titans‘ Chris Johnson runs wild
Steelers at Buccaneers: Steelers hand Bucs overdue first loss of season
Bengals at Panthers: Bengals make it 2 in a row
Browns at Ravens: Ravens’ Ray Rice finally gets it going
Cowboys at Texans: Texans move Cowboys to 0-3
Redskins at Rams: Redskins and McNabb win a shootout
Eagles at Jaguars: Jaguars hold Vick in check
Colts at Broncos: Broncos (review above)
Raiders at Cardinals: Pass (I’m not smart enough to pick this one)
Chargers at Seahawks: Seahawks limit Rivers without VJ
Jets at Dolphins: Dolphins’ air attack fly over Jets
Packers at Bears: Packers’ in another shootout

Good luck in week 3!  If you haven’t signed up our FREE Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway yet, click here.  Tell everyone you know to sign up and take advantage of a great opportunity to win a stylish sports watch.  Just ask the winners of week 1 and 2 how much they love theirs!

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Contest Information

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***Just a reminder, the “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” is now open to the public.  You DO NOT have to sign up in person; you can sign up online here.***

What is it?
The “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” is a free contest hosted by Raymond Lee Jewelers for football fanatics and jewelry and watch connoisseurs.  It is a weekly pick’em contest for NFL games.  Every week for the 17 game football season Raymond Lee Jewelers is giving you the chance to win a Tag Heuer sports watch; FOR FREE!  Again there is no entry fee and the retail value of the Tag Heuer sports watch is almost $1,000.

How it works?
The pool is run on Raymondleejewelers.net.  If you are familiar with a “pick’em” league then you already know how it works, although we have a few tweaks.  For those who don’t know, here are the rules:  Every week you must pick who you think will win each game that week.  There are anywhere from 12-16 games per week.  You get 1 point for every game you pick correctly and 20 points if you pick the Monday Night Football game correctly.  In order to be eligible to win the Tag Heuer you have to pick the MNF game right.  For example, in week 1, bus driver won with 48 points.  There were two MNF games in the first week and she picked both correctly adding up to 40 points.  She also picked 8 other games correctly totaling 48 points.  So, whoever has the most points each week, plus picks the MNF game correctly, wins a Tag Heuer.

At the end of the season we are giving away a Rolex to the person with the highest point total for the whole season!

What is the entry fee?  How do I sign up?
There is none!  It is absolutely free!  You do not even need to come in to the store to register.  You can register right here.  Just click the join tab, enter a few details about yourself, and you are free to participate.

Good luck to everyone participating and hopefully we’ll see you soon to pick up your prize!

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Week 1 Results: Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway

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The first week of the Raymond Lee Jewelers “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” is now over.  Last night ended an exciting week 1 of NFL action with the Kansas City Chiefs upsetting the San Diego Chargers.

The first week in the NFL is the toughest to pick because all the teams are 0-0.  Players have been traded, added, or released; there are new coaches and even new stadiums.  All of these elements make up for a confusing week of picks.  When in doubt it is best to go with the home team.

If you picked the home team this week you picked 12 out of 16 games correctly which would have been best in our pool.  The highest anyone had in the “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” was 10 picks correct; six people tied for first.

Week 2 should be even more exiting now that everyone seems to have a feel for the teams.  With more contestants joining the “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” every day the competition will be even better.  Monday Night Football features the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints at the extremely disappointing San Fransisco 49ers.  The 49ers really need a win to boost their confidence after loosing to Seattle last week.

If you would like to join our “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” please visit http://www.raymondleejewelers.net/footballpool.php.  Just enter a few details about yourself and make your picks.  That’s it, it’s free! Good luck!

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