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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Marching In For An Upset?

Anyone else had a manic last month or so? Just us? Well never fear, your favourite British linemen are back from our unplanned hiatus.

Last weeks playoff games were incredible, from the shootout in Indy to the frozen tundra of Lambeau we were wined and dined on a stellar four course spread, but this week should be even better. We've been handed a trio of rematches from the regular season and a classic Colts-Patriots showdown, but not quite as it used to be.

With Denver-San Diego, Indy-New England and San Fran-Carolina all looking like tight and tense games there's one that the form book suggests won't be all that close, so lets take a look at it...

Sunday, 8 December 2013

TPL Picks: Week 14 + Spread Bets

We've hit the three quarters mark of the season now. The night seems to last forever and for 20 teams there are just 3 or 4 games left.  How depressing.

So to brighten your day here are Toby's terrible spread picks and our weekly winners!!!

December Power Rankings

Another month, another power ranking!!! We're three quarters (and one game) through the NFL regular season now, and most of the playoff picture is set. The home stretch will see a couple of very tight division races and the awfulness that is the battle for the AFC's 6th seed.

We also have a clear front runner for most disappointing team of the year and the leader in the Battle for Bridgewater. We start with them, after the jump!!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

TPL Picks: Week 13 + Spread Picks

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! Happy Week 13 to the rest of you!!!

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops every game becomes more intense, even for those fighting at the bottom for draft position. Last week saw some truly amazing football, from a comeback for the ages that nearly killed Toby, to a shootout in San Diego and even the years first tie.

This week sees Denver Vs. Kansas pt. II, but this time without Justin Houston. Speaking of Houston, they're now in prime position for the first overall pick this year which is something no one saw coming. They host a buoyant New England team who's offense looks as deadly as ever. Meanwhile Buffalo and Atlanta play in Toronto, with the Bills still in with a chance of a playoff spot.

You can find our picks, Toby's spread picks and the best player battles of the week after the jump. Enjoy!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Cameron Jordan: The Latest Monster From 2011

By the end of last year, people were already hailing the 2011 draft class as potentially the best defensive class in NFL history. You had Von Miller & Aldon Smith terrorising QB's, JJ Watt had just submitted one of the best seasons by a defensive player ever. And it wasn't just pass rushers, both Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman came out of the 2011 draft.

This year's defensive studs include those 5 players but they've been joined by 4 more of their draft mates; the Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is dominating every offensive line he plays, St. Louis' defensive end Robert Quinn trails only JJ Watt in QB Hits this year, Kansas City's outside linebacker Justin Houston lead the NFL in sacks until recently, and then there's the focus of this piece, New Orleans' 3-4 defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

TPL Picks: Week 12 & Spread Bets

Week 12 sees the marquee match-up of any NFL season, Tom Brady against Peyton Manning. It will be their 14th game against each other (Brady leads by a staggering 9-4 margin). Thousands of words have been added to the library of Manning-Brady debates this week in the run up to it, but we won't be adding many more here. It's not our game of the week due to the sheer gulf in talent between the two teams at the moment. Just sit back, enjoy the game and know that Toby will be yelling and breaking things as Manning bounces untouched in the pocket before finding Wes Welker over and over and over again.

Instead of our normal weekly picks column which features a look at one game, we're going to go over some of the more interesting head to head battles that will take part across the field, be they pass rushers vs. tackles, corners vs. receivers or what have you. We realise not everyone has the ability to put 3 or 4 games on at once, but hopefully by highlighting some of these match-ups you might watch some teams you'd never normally consider.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

TPL Picks: Week 11 - Game of the Week + Spread Bets

While the real world continues to meddle and prevent us putting out pieces during the week we can at least still provide our readers with our weekly picks piece, this time including a game preview!

Last week didn't exactly go to plan with out picks, none of us went over .500 as the Jags and Bucs claimed their first wins of the year while Toby's No. 1 team Indianapolis were embarrassed by St. Louis. But as least Toby was once again 2-1 in his spread bets!

This week sees three monster games, and all at different times so we can sit and enjoy them all (well, apart from Monday Night where Jon Gruden will once again ruin it for everyone). The 49ers return to the scene of their Superbowl loss as they take on the Saints at 4.25pm ET while New England travel to Carolina to face the best defense in the NFL. But our game of the week is in Denver where the Broncos will host the AFC West leading and undefeated Kansas City Chiefs...

Saturday, 9 November 2013

TPL Picks: Week 10 + Spread Bets

Welcome to an upsettingly brief Picks piece. Sometimes real life commitments get in the way of talking football, even for us. So there's no Game of the Week this time around, but rest assured that we're very excited to watch Carolina's fantastic front 7 go against the 49ers O-Line, which still holds the title of best line in football.

Elsewhere there are NFC North honours up for grabs as the 5-3 Lions travel to the 5-3 Maybe-Cutlerless Bears. As well as Josh McCown has played since stepping in there's no doubt that a healthy Jay Cutler is a better option, it's just whether he's fully recovered from his groin injury or not.

We also have our No. 1 team, Denver, back in action this week on the road in San Diego. It's a good slate of games, and you can see our picks, as well as Toby's improving spread picks, after the jump!


TD's Spread Picks (Last week: 2-1, Overall: 8-15):

I'm clawing my way back toward respectability!

Seattle (-4) over Atlanta

The Falcons are completely banged up in their passing game. There's a real chance that Seahawks would be best served by putting Richard Sherman on Tony Gonzalez rather than Harry Douglas or a banged up Roddy White. The Seahawks are vulnerable to teams with a good ground game and good pass rush, the Falcons have neither of these.

Oakland (+7) over New York

The Raiders aren't as bad as they played against the Eagles, and importantly the Giants don't have it in them to be that good on offense. It looks like Terrell Pryor will play, so I feel good about this one.

Titans (-13) over Jacksonville

Even for the Titans, you can't make this line high enough. No Blackmon means even fewer options for a struggling offense.





Toby Durant 
Phil Gaskin 
Gur Samuel 
Redskins @ Vikings

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Seahawks @ Falcons

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Lions @ Bears

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Eagles @ Packers

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Jaguars @ Titans

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Rams @ Colts

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Raiders @ Giants

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Bills @ Steelers

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Bengals @ Ravens

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Panthers @ 49ers

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Texans @ Cardinals

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Broncos @ Chargers

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Cowboys @ Saints

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Dolphins @ Bucs



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Last Week:

8-5 
6-7 
7-6 
Overall:  
84-48 
80-52 
85-47 






Thursday, 7 November 2013

November Power Rankings

A new month, a new set of power rankings. That's the TPL way.

Through 9 weeks we still have one undefeated team and two who are yet to taste victory. There have been key injuries, surprise defeats and runs of form both fantastic and horrible. So who tops our latest power rankings? Who are the big risers and fallers? You can find out after the jump!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

TPL Picks: Week 9, spread picks & Game of the week

Firstly our apologies for not getting our picks piece out last week. The NFL Fan Rally in Trafalgar Square and all the other pre-game coverage for the Wembley game kept us busier than we thought.

Week 9 sees the Kansas City Chiefs maintain their spot as the NFL's lone unbeaten team (Congratulations if you saw that coming!) while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars remain winless, but for different reasons. All the stories coming out of Tampa are hilarious to watch as an outside (they're not so hilarious for Gur though), the most recent one was coaches trying to tell Gerald McCoy for helping an opposing player up of the ground after a play. Because gentlemanly conduct seems to have no place in Greg Schiano's system. That guy will be lucky to get a Division III co-ordinators job next year.