2022 NFL Predictions:

AFC:

East:

Buffalo 13-4

New England 9-8

Miami 8-9

NY Jets 5-12

North:

Baltimore 11-6

Cincinnati 10-7

Pittsburgh 8-9

Cleveland 5-12

South:

Indianapolis 10-7

Tennessee 9-8

Jacksonville 5-12

Houston 3-14

West:

LA Chargers 12-5

Kansas City 12-5

Denver 11-6

Las Vegas 9-8

AFC Playoffs:

Round One:

#2 LA Chargers over #7 Cincinnati

#6 Denver over #3 Baltimore

#5 Kansas City over #4 Indianapolis

Divisional Round:

#1 Buffalo over #6 Denver

#2 LA Chargers over #5 Kansas City

AFC Championship Game:

#2 LA Chargers over #1 Buffalo

NFC:

East:

Philadelphia 11-6

Dallas 10-7

NY Giants 6-11

Washington 5-12

North:

Green Bay 13-4

Minnesota 9-8

Detroit 7-10

Chicago 4-13

South:

Tampa Bay 13-4

New Orleans 10-7

Carolina 7-10

Atlanta 3-14

West:

San Francisco 12-5

LA Rams 11-6

Arizona 9-8

Seattle 6-11

NFC Playoffs:

Round One:

#2 Green Bay over #7 New Orleans

#3 San Francisco over #6 Dallas

#4 Philadelphia over # 5 LA Rams

Divisional Round:

#2 Green Bay over #3 San Francisco

#4 Philadelphia over #1 Tampa Bay

NFC Championship Game:

#4 Philadelphia over #2 Green Bay

Super Bowl LVII:

LA Chargers 27 Philadelphia 24

Super Bowl MVP:  Justin Herbert

NBA Playoff Predictions (First Round)

Eastern Conference:

#1 Miami over #8 Cleveland/Atlanta 4-1

In a post this morning, I picked the Hawks to eliminate the Cavs. That said, I’ll take the Heat in five games in this series.

#2 Boston over #7 Brooklyn 4-2

The Celtics look like they are for real, but they will get a challenge from Brooklyn in this series.

#3 Milwaukee over #6 Chicago 4-1

The defending champs gets perhaps the most favorable draw in the first round, as the Bulls are trending in the wrong direction.

#4 Philadelphia over #3 Toronto 4-3

I question the Sixers’ depth going forward.

Western Conference:

#1 Phoenix over #8 LA Clippers/New Orleans 4-1

I picked the Clips in the play-in game, but they run into a buzz saw here.

#2 Memphis over #7 Minnesota 4-1

Ja Morant and company cruise in round one.

#3 Golden State over #6 Denver 4-3

Will the Warriors be able to physically hold up long enough to battle the playoff-tested Nuggets?

#5 Utah over #4 Dallas 4-3

Donovan Mitchell vs Luka Doncic. Should be fun.

Official Sully Baseball Picks for the 2022 MLB Season

I put out my predictions earlier today (although this is much more in depth than mine). Nice work! Let’s compare in early November!

Sully Baseball

The season is going to start in a few hours… time to get my picks down and make them official.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST – Toronto Blue Jays

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL – Chicago White Sox

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST – Seattle Mariners

AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD TEAMS – Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST – New York Mets

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL – Milwaukee Brewers

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST – Los Angeles Dodgers

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARDS – Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres

WORLD SERIES PREDICTION – Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 Games to 1

AL MVP – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays

AL Cy Young – Jose Berrios – Toronto Blue Jays

AL Rookie of the Year – Julio Rodriguez – Seattle Mariners

AL Manager of the Year – Scott Servaid – Seattle Mariners

First AL Manager Fired – Chris Woodward…

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2022 Major League Baseball Predictions:

Ah, opening day. Where all 30 teams and their fans have hope that this year is the year. Well, at least some of them. Here are my predictions for the upcoming season.

American League East: Toronto, New York, Tampa Bay, Boston, Baltimore

American League Central: Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland

American League West: Houston, Seattle, LA Angels, Texas, Oakland

AL Wild Cards: New York, Tampa Bay, Seattle

American League Championship Series: Houston over Toronto 4-2

National League East: Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington

National League Central: Milwaukee, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati

National League West: LA Dodgers, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona, Colorado

NL Wild Cards: New York, San Diego, San Francisco

National League Championship Series: LA Dodgers over Milwaukee 4-2

World Series: LA Dodgers over Houston 4-2

The Los Angeles Dodgers get their revenge over the Houston Astros and win their second World Series in three seasons.

NFL Divisional Round Playoff Predictions

AFC:

Cincinnati at Tennessee

The Bengals and their fans can finally celebrate a playoff victory after 31 years.  Their win against Las Vegas was a struggle at points during the game, however, Joe Burrow and company are moving on.  Cincinnati will have to push through a handful of injuries, especially to its defensive line.  Tackle Larry Ogunjobi is out, while tackle Mike Daniels’ groin injury would make him doubtful.  Meanwhile, impactful end Trey Hendrickson needs to clear concussion protocol.

The Titans have their own big injury question, namely running back Derrick Henry.  Tennessee’s head coach, Mike Vrabel, anticipates a “big week” for the burly All Pro, regarding getting back up to speed in preparation for Cincinnati’s defense.

The Bengals’ defense was middle of the pack before the key injuries to their line.  I look for the Titans to exploit that, with or without an effective Henry, managing the clock, and keeping Burrow, Ja’ Marr Chase, and the explosive Cincinnati offense off the field.

Tennessee 23 Cincinnati 17

Buffalo at Kansas City

The Bills looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders in their opening round rout of New England.  Indeed, after a lull earlier in the season, Sean McDermott has Buffalo firing on all cylinders, with quarterback Josh Allen portraying a world of confidence as he carves up opposing defenses.  This will be an interesting test at Arrowhead Stadium this coming week.

The Chiefs did nothing to quell Kansas City’s Super Bowl aspirations in their first-round matchup with Pittsburgh.  Andy Reid’s troops have won 10 out of 11 after a slide of their own.  While quarterback Patrick Mahomes, receiver Tyreek Hill, and tight end Travis Kelce garner the headlines, it’s the defense that has been responsible for much of this Kansas City run.

Playing at Arrowhead is a tough task for any offense, especially one that is facing a hot defense.  I like Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to utilize a scheme that will slow Allen down just enough and gives Mahomes and company the opportunity to outscore the Bills.

Kansas City 27 Buffalo 21

NFC:

LA Rams at Tampa Bay

Matthew Stafford enjoyed his first playoff win in the first ever Monday night playoff game.  He leads a Rams squad that spread the wealth running the ball (Sony Michel 58 yards rushing, Cam Akers 55 yards rushing, Cooper Kupp 5 receptions and a touchdown, Odell Beckham Jr. 4 catches and a score, Tyler Higbee 3 receptions for 46 yards) and must now go on the road against the defending champions.

Tampa Bay had an easy time with Philadelphia in the first round, but Tom Brady’s supporting cast is depleting.    Already having lost top wideout Chris Godwin to an ACL, the Bucs had to play against the Eagles without running back Leonard Fournette due to a hamstring injury.  Furthermore, running back Ronald Jones’ injury woes and the well-publicized termination of wideout Antonio Brown adds to Brady’s dilemma. 

I went 6-0 predicting first round games, in part because I took a road team (San Francisco) to pull an upset.  I would not head there with this game if the Bucs were at full strength.  That said, I think LA’s defense, especially their heavy hitters, can do enough to slow Brady and company down.  The question is will Tampa’s defense be able to do the same to Stafford and company.

This one is a coin flip.  I don’t want to be a home team homer, so…….

LA Rams 20 Tampa Bay 17

San Francisco at Green Bay

The Niners made me look good this past weekend via their controversial win at Dallas.  Not flashy, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo just wins games, leading a balanced offensive attack that features running back Elijah Mitchell, receiver Brandon Aiyuk, tight end George Kittle, and do-everything Deebo Samuel. 

Meanwhile, the Packers are just waiting to play a meaningful game, having clinched home field in week 17.  Everyone knows what the Packers bring, with Aaron Rodgers, backs Aaron Jones and Austin Dillon, and wideout DaVante Adams.  The difference just might be an underrated Green Bay defense that could pose problems for San Francisco.

I love the Niners.  I really do.  However, I think the Packers defense will do to Garoppolo and company what Dallas could not.  The 49ers struggle in a cold night game at Lambeau Field, while Rodgers and his cohorts feel right at home.

Green Bay 30 San Francisco 17

NFL Wild Card Playoff Predictions

The second season is here!  It’s one and done for the remaining 14 teams from here on out, with a trip to Super Bowl 56 at the forefront of everyone’s mind.  However, to get there, these 12 teams must win three playoff games, starting with the ever-exciting wild card weekend!  Here are my picks for this weekend’s games:

AFC:

Las Vegas at Cincinnati

The Bengals pounded the Raiders back in week 11.  And while I believe Cincinnati to be the better team, and on a bigger roll (week 18’s meaningless game notwithstanding), there is something about the Raiders that we all must respect.  With all the turmoil surrounded Jon Gruden and Henry Ruggs how did interim coach Rich Bisaccia get Las Vegas into the postseason?

I still like the Bengals to end their decades long postseason victory drought, however.  Expect it to be much closer than week 11, however.

Cincinnati 28 Las Vegas 20

New England at Buffalo

Round three for these bitter AFC East rivals, with teams splitting the regular season matchups, both winning on the road.  The Patriots rode their ground game in western New York, winning the “Wind Game” despite only attempting three passes.  In the rematch at Foxboro, the Patriots’ defense couldn’t get off the field, setting the stage for the Bills to repeat as division champions.

I like a close one here, as well.  I give Bill Belichick the coaching edge over Sean McDermott.  I like the Bills’ talent just a tad bit more.

Buffalo 20 New England 17

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

The Chiefs steamrolled the Steelers in week 16, and while Ben Roethlisberger’s impending retirement has been a nice sentiment in Pittsburgh’s last two victories, I believe it will end here, and it will end with a thud.  Kansas City’s defense, despite its struggles the past two weeks, will be the difference here.

Kansas City 27 Pittsburgh 13

NFC:

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

How in the world did the Eagles make the playoffs?  Is it me, or did they fly under the radar all season?  Good for them for making it.  Their reward?  Opening on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tampa Bay 31 Philadelphia 14

San Francisco at Dallas

Was Sunday (week 18) fun or what?  The 49ers had to climb out of a 17-point hole to win a topsy turvy overtime game on the road against the Rams to secure their spot, just one of many nailbiters with playoff spots on the line.

The Cowboys are frustrating.  They have dropped 56, 51, 44, 43, and 41 points in respective weeks, sandwiched around head scratching losses at home to Denver and a struggling Arizona team, as well as putting up 9 points in a dud at Kansas City. 

I like the 49ers here.  I believe the guts Jimmy Garappolo showed has earned the respect of an entire team coming together at the right time.

Upset of the week.

San Francisco 26 Dallas 23

Arizona at LA Rams

The division nobody wanted to win.  The Rams could have won it outright and taken the number two seed in the NFC with a win.  Alas, they blew a 17-point lead and lost to the 49ers in overtime.  That opened the door for the Cardinals, who proceeded to lose at home to 7-10 Seattle.

The Rams will be angry in this one and will take it out on an Arizona squad that has lost its way.  But it won’t be easy. 

LA Rams 27 Arizona 24

NFL Week 18 Predictions

Saturday, January 8:

Kansas City at Denver:

The Chiefs secure the AFC’s #2 seed.

Kansas City 27 Denver 17

Dallas at Philadelphia

The Eagles need this one more than the Cowboys.

Philadelphia 26 Dallas 23

Sunday, January 9:

Washington at NY Giants

Two teams that are playing out the string.  The Giants are a mess.

Washington 20 NY Giants 19

Cincinnati at Cleveland

Nothing to play for except for playoff seeding for the Bengals.

Cincinnati 33 Cleveland 27

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Two teams that need to win and get a lot of help.

Pittsburgh 22 Baltimore 17

Green Bay at Detroit

Aaron Rodgers says he’s playing.  The Packers have already locked up the NFC’s #1 seed.

Green Bay 31 Detroit 17

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

The Colts bolster their playoff seeding in this one.

Indianapolis 30 Jacksonville 9

Chicago at Minnesota

Two teams playing out the string, part two.

Minnesota 17 Chicago 7

Tennessee at Houston

The Titans have revenge and a #1 seed on their mind.

Tennessee 29 Houston 14

New Orleans at Atlanta

Two teams with a mathematical chance at the playoff, but an unappealing game just the same.

Atlanta 21 New Orleans 17

Seattle at Arizona

The Cardinals got the monkey off their back in Dallas this past week.

Arizona 23 Seattle 16

NY Jets at Buffalo

The Bills wrap up the AFC East for the second consecutive season.

Buffalo 37 NY Jets 13

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Bruce Arians says the starters are playing this week.  We’ll see how long. 

Tampa Bay 28 Carolina 15

New England at Miami

The Patriots could use this one for playoff seeding, but always struggle with the Dolphins.

Miami 24 New England 21

San Francisco at LA Rams

It’s the #2 seed for the Rams, while the Niners back into the postseason.

LA Rams 27 San Francisco 17

LA Chargers at Las Vegas

The Chargers grab the final AFC playoff spot.

LA Chargers 27 Las Vegas 24

NFL Week 17 Predictions

Sunday, January 2, 2022:

NY Giants at Chicago

Not much to say about this one.

Chicago 17 NY Giants 14

Jacksonville at New England

Suddenly, the Patriots must worry about their playoff chances.  The Jags will help.

New England 27 Jacksonville 11

LA Rams at Baltimore

The Rams have become hot again.  The Ravens?  Not.

LA Rams 34 Baltimore 24

Tampa Bay at NY Jets

The Buc’s final three games:  Carolina, Jets, Carolina.

Tampa Bay 35 NY Jets 13

Atlanta at Buffalo

The Bills must win out over Atlanta and the NY Jets to win the AFC East for the second consecutive season.  I like their chances.

Buffalo 31 Atlanta 20

Kansas City at Cincinnati

I really like what the Bengals have accomplished thus far this season.  But not this week.

Kansas City 33 Cincinnati 24

Miami at Tennessee

The Dolphins have won seven in a row, and suddenly own their playoff destiny.  The Titans have figured it out, though.

Tennessee 21 Miami 17

Las Vegas at Indianapolis

Or will the Colts overtake Tennessee in the AFC South?

Indianapolis 29 Las Vegas 18

Philadelphia at Washington

The Eagles still have something to play for and the Football Team has proven they are mailing it in.

Philadelphia 27 Washington 16

Denver at LA Chargers

The Chargers inexplicably lost to Houston in week 16.  They get back on track here.

LA Chargers 23 Denver 13

Houston at San Francisco

Speaking of the Texans, they have an opportunity to play spoiler again.  Not this time.

San Francisco 23 Houston 10

Detroit at Seattle

Yikes!

Seattle 19 Detroit 16

Arizona at Dallas

The Cowboys looked like world beaters in week 16, while the Cards are in a free fall.

Dallas 34 Arizona 23

Carolina at New Orleans

The Saints could use the Panthers right about now.

New Orleans 18 Carolina 7

Minnesota at Green Bay

Say goodbye to the Vikings.

Green Bay 31 Minnesota 24

Monday, January 3, 2021:

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

The Browns showed some fight against the Packers in week 16, but the Steelers?  Not so much against Kansas City.  This is the AFC North, however.  Trends go from week to week.

Pittsburgh 23 Cleveland 17

NFL Predictions Week 16

Thursday, December 23:

San Francisco at Tennessee

The Titans blew a chance to jump into the top seed in the AFC.  Now they get a 49ers team I am sneakily high on.

San Francisco 23 Tennessee 21

Saturday, December 25:

Cleveland at Green Bay

I’m not sure who will be playing for the Browns on Christmas Day, but I don’t think it really matters at Lambeau.

Green Bay 31 Cleveland 17

Indianapolis at Arizona

The Cardinals inexplicably were blown out by the Lions in week 15.  How will they fare against a surging Colts team?

Indianapolis 34 Arizona 21

Sunday, December 26:

Detroit at Atlanta

Are the Lions playing themselves out of the top draft pick?

Atlanta 22 Detroit 16

LA Rams at Minnesota

The Rams are going to run away with the division.  Is the top seed in the NFC next?

LA Rams 28 Minnesota 23

Jacksonville at NY Jets

Yikes!

NY Jets 19 Jacksonville 14

NY Giants at Philadelphia

The Giants are mailing it in.

Philadelphia 29 NY Giants 14

Buffalo at New England

First place in the AFC East is up for grabs.  The Bills will be extra motivated to revenge their embarrassing loss to the Patriots in Buffalo.

Buffalo 27 New England 24

Baltimore at Cincinnati

First place in the NFC North is up for grabs.  I like the Bengals’ defense; however, the Ravens’ offense is rolling no matter who is at quarterback.

Cincinnati 27 Baltimore 26

LA Chargers at Houston

The Chargers suffered at heartbreaking loss to Kansas City in week 15.  They rebound here.

LA Chargers 23 Houston 16

Tampa Bay at Carolina

Nothing like the Panthers to cure the Buc’s woes.

Tampa Bay 37 Carolina 9

Chicago at Seattle

Not much to write about here.

Seattle 17 Chicago 13

Denver at Las Vegas

This one may depend on if Teddy Bridgewater is suiting up for the Broncos.

Las Vegas 26 Denver 23

Pittsburgh at Kansas City

The Chiefs take one step closer to home field throughout the AFC playoffs while damaging the playoff hopes of the Steelers.

Kansas City 24 Pittsburgh 13

Washington at Dallas

The Cowboys are rolling again.

Dallas 24 Washington 6

Monday, December 27:

Miami at New Orleans

The Saints are currently sitting in a playoff spot.  The Dolphins are trying to claw into one.

New Orleans 21 Miami 11

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