2018 NFL Week 15 Predictions

Man, there are a lot of playoff scenarios this week. Like, a lot. But now the race for the sixth seed heats up even more, as there are plenty of 5, 6, and 7 win teams that are in the hunt. However, more and more teams will be eliminated this week as we approach the home stretch. Let’s see who is next on the chopping block with my picks for Week 15

Playoff Scenarios

NFC

Saints Clinch First Round Bye: With win + Chicago loss, or tie + Chicago loss

Rams Clinch First Round Bye: With win + Chicago loss, or tie + Chicago loss

Bears Clinch NFC North: Win, or Minnesota loss, or tie + Minnesota loss or tie

Bears Clinch Playoff Berth: With tie or Washington loss/tie

Cowboys Clinch NFC East: With win, or tie, + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie, or Philadelphia loss + Washington loss

Seahawks Clinch Playoff Berth: With win, or Minnesota loss + Carolina loss/tie, Or tie + Minnesota loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie, Or tie + Carolina loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie

Eliminated Teams

Arizona, San Fran

AFC

Chiefs Clinch First Round Bye and AFC West: With a win

Chiefs Clinch Home Field Advantage: win + New England loss/tie

Patriots Clinch AFC East: win + Miami loss/tie, Or tie + Miami loss

Patriots Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Tennessee loss/tie, Or win + Baltimore loss + Tennessee loss, + Indianapolis loss/tie

Texans Win AFC South: win + Indianapolis loss/tie Or tie + Indianapolis loss + Tennessee loss

Texans Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Miami loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss, OR win + Miami loss or tie + Baltimore loss or tie, OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Miami loss OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore loss + Miami tie, OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore win + MIA loss, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Miami loss, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore loss + Miami tie, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore win + Miami loss

Los Angeles Chargers Clinch Playoff Berth: LAC win or tie, OR MIA loss or tie + PIT loss, OR MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie, OR MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie, OR PIT loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie, OR BAL loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

Eliminated Teams

Oakland, New York, Buffalo, and Jacksonville

Now with the picks

Last Week’s Score: 8-8

Overall Score: 127-80

Thursday Night Football: Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)

In a battle of the two top teams in the AFC South, the Chargers travel to Arrowhead in what will be a very tough game for LA. Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs survived the top Ravens’ defense, and despite Tyreek Hill getting hurt, he intends to play on Thursday. While the Chargers have had a very quiet 10-3 season, they won’t beat KC. I’m picking Pat Mahomes to further his MVP campaign, and clinch a first round bye.

Prediction: Chiefs

Houston Texans (9-4) @ New York Jets (4-9)

The Texans’ 9 game winning streak may have come to an end, but not to worry because they’re playing the Jets. They’ll crush the Jets without even trying. No further analysis needed here.

Prediction: Texans

Saturday Night Football: Cleveland Browns (5-7-1) @ Denver Broncos (6-7)

In what is a must win for both teams, the Browns travel to Mile High to play the Broncos. Last week, The Browns beat the Panthers thanks to Carolina not playing any defense. Speaking of not playing defense, the Broncos didn’t against the Niners, giving up 210 yards in the first half to George Kittle. The Broncos aren’t going to play defense this week either, letting Baker Mayfield sling the ball ad nausesam as the Browns stay afloat.

Prediction: Browns

Arizona Cardinals (3-10) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

It’s kinda weird to think that a few years back, these two teams were perennial Super Bowl contenders. Now, they’re riding the tanks hard. Although the Falcons barely have a better record, the Falcons are still a much better team than the Cardinals. I’m picking the Falcons to blow the Cardinals out of the water, because their defense doesn’t have an answer for Julio, Ridley, or anyone else Matt Ryan has at his disposal.

Prediction: Falcons

Tennessee Titans (7-6) @ New York Giants (5-8)

The Redskins did a solid job making the Giant look like Super Bowl Contenders, with NY hanging up 40 points in the first half and Saquon Barkley running for more than 150 yards in the first half. The Titans dominated last Thursday Night, with Derrick Henry racking up more than 200 rushing yards, including a record tying 99 yard run. This game is going to be a battle of who has the better running back, and that is the Giants. I’m picking NY to win thanks to a strong performance from Saquon.

Prediction: Giants

Washington Redskins (6-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)

It only took one half of football for Jay Gruden to realize how much of an idiot he was in playing Mark Sanchez, so he turned to Josh Johnson. He may have played okay, but I don’t care. Josh Johnson won’t win another game to save his life, and the Redskins’ season is sunk. The Football Gods have abandoned this team long ago, and they’re damned for the rest of this year, as well as the next year. The Jags are going to win in a blowout.

Prediction: Jaguars

Miami Dolphins (7-6) @ Minnesota Vikings (6-6-1)

Kirk Cousins can’t win in big games, despite the incredibly talented roster he has around him. Cousins is 0-7 in Monday Night games, and 4-24 against winning teams. Now I think I know why the skins were so hesitant to keep him. He can put up numbers, but can’t win. Now, they host the Miami Dolphins in what is a must win for both teams. The Dolphins may have beaten New England on a miracle play, but that won’t happen this week. I’m going to pick the Minnesota Vikings to win this game, and try to keep themselves alive.

Prediction: Vikings

Detroit Lions (5-8) @ Buffalo Bills (4-9)

Both of these teams have no hopes at the playoffs, so they’re playing the rest of these games out for pride. The Bills, despite another 100 yard rushing performance from Josh Allen lost to the Jets, who decided to abandon the tank last week. The Lions beat the Cardinals last week, but I’m not impressed. I’m going to pick the Bills to beat the Lions, with a great performance from QB Josh Allen.

Prediction: Bills

Dallas Cowboys (8-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Since the Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper, they’ve been on a five game winning streak, trouncing their rival Redskins, and most recently the Eagles, and Cooper’s been a huge part of that. Cooper reeled in 3 TDs, including the game winner. The Colts may have shattered the Texans’ 9 game winning streak, but they won’t beat Dallas. Their defense won’t have an answer for Ezekiel Elliot or Amari Cooper. Dallas is going to keep rolling, and

Prediction: Cowboys

Oakland Raiders (3-10) @ Cincinatti Bengals (5-8)

The Raiders derped their way to a win over the Steelers, and now travel to take on another AFC North opponent in the Cincinatti Bengals. Cincy has lost five consecutive games, and things are getting worse with Jeff Driskel at QB.

Prediction: Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Although the Ravens lost a close game to the Chiefs, it looks like rookie QB Lamar Jackson will remain the starting quarterback, meaning that Joe Flacco is out the door. Now, the top defense of the Ravens will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Famous Jameis actually finished a game without throwing picks, which is pretty surprising. Even without throwing picks, the Bucs are still losing. I’m picking the Ravens to blow out the Bucs, and Lamar Jackson will be putting on a hell of a show.

Prediction: Ravens

Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) @ Chicago Bears (9-4)

The NFL’s oldest rivalry just got a lot more interesting. The Packers are sinking fast, and have fired Mike McCarthy. Now, the Bears have a chance to clinch the NFC North, and all they have to do is overcome their kryptonite. This game is going to be a battle, because during while the Bears have a dominating defense, no defense is a match for Aaron Rodgers shenanigans. I’m going to pick the Bears to beat the Packers for the fourth time this decade and clinch the division.

Prediction: Bears

Seattle Seahawks (8-5) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-10)

Seattle’s had a very quiet, yet very good 2018. Thanks to some Russell Wilson shenanigans, a good defense and a surprisingly good run game, the Seahawks are a game away from getting back to the playoffs. They won’t have much opposition, because the Niners are awful. They aren’t going to win this game, and the Seahawks just earned themselves a playoff berth.

Prediction: Seahawks

New England Patriots (9-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1)

Really Pittsburgh? Your kicker slips on the game winner and y’all lose to the Raiders? That’s pathetic. The Steelers are on a skid, losing their third straight game, which could spell doom for them, because the AFC North is wide open now. Things are getting worse because the Steelers are playing New England, who are undefeated at home. Yeah, this isn’t good. Even if James Conner is active, the Patriots are winning.

Prediction: Patriots

Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles (7-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-2)

The Eagles may sit Carson Wentz for the rest of the year, which essentially means that they’re giving up on the season, as well as the division. The Rams are going to win big, and try to clinch a first round bye.

Prediction: Rams

Monday Night Football: New Orleans Saints (11-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-7)

The Panthers have lost five straight games, and things aren’t looking that much better as they take on the division leading Saints. I mean seriously Carolina, what the heck is going on? Losing to the Bucs and Browns in back to back weeks? That’s just rough. NOLA exercised their demon last week, as they got their revenge on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and look to try to clinch a first round bye as they trounce Carolina on National TV.

Prediction: Saints

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WWE TLC 2018 Predictions

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already the final WWE pay-per-view of 2018. This year’s had ups, and a lot of downs, but we’ve finally made it to a chaotic end. There hasn’t really been much build to a lot of these matches, which means that this show will likely crash and burn. Let’s see who will get a healthy dose of tables, ladders, and chairs with my predictions for WWE TLC 2018.

Preshow: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Cedric Alexander

I slated this match on the preshow, because let’s be honest; this is going to be on the preshow. Cruiserweight title matches are always on the preshow. 2 months after suffering his first loss of the year, Cedric Alexander finally gets his rematch against the 205 Live juggernaut. They had a great match at Super Show-Down, and I’m sure that they’ll have another great match here. It’s way too soon for Murphy to lose his championship, so I’m picking Buddy to retain.

Prediction: Murphy Retains

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Finals where the winning team will gain the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Match: R Truth & Carmella vs Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal

Has anyone really watched Mixed Match Challenge? Me either. The finals of the MMC have massive stakes, because the winning team will have the #30 spot in their respective Royal Rumble Matches. Well, I’m going to pick the babyface team to win, because apparently everyone loves the dance breaks.

Prediction: R-Truth and Carmella

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs Dean Ambrose

I can’t believe that they made Dean Ambrose, a complex, and bitter character, into another generic WWE heel. The Ambrose heel turn finally happens, and after a couple of weeks he turns into a dude cosplaying as Bane talking about how dirty the fans are. Really? That’s how we’re going to portray Dean Ambrose? What happened to him feeling as the forgotten Shield brother? My frustrations aside, this is the biggest feud in the WWE right now, and has a lot of expectations to live up to. Their first feud in 2014, was the Dave Meltzer feud of the year. I feel like that this match is deserving of a stipulation, maybe a ladder match, or TLC, but Seth defended his IC belt on Monday. I’m going to pick Dean Ambrose to beat Seth Rollins, because this is his first match since his heel turn, and it needs to start off with a bang.

Prediction: Dean Ambrose wins the Intercontinental Championship

RAW Women’s Championship Match: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (c) vs Nia Jax

A rematch from Money in the Bank, Ronda defends her belt against the biggest threat on RAW (both literally and figuratively) in Nia Jax. If their match at MITB has anything to indicate, then we’re in for a treat. Nia won a battle royal at Evolution, and had a dominant showing at Survivor Series, being the sole survivor for her team. Nia is going to have a strong showing, and will most likely dominate the whole match. Just like their last match, I’m picking Ronda to pick up the win, just not by DQ.

Prediction: Rousey retains

Finn Bálor vs Drew McIntyre

This match was thrown together at the last minute, but it could be a potential show-stealer. Finn and Drew are two of the best workers on Raw, and should be in the main event picture. Thanks to Finn, Drew lost his first match on the main roster to Dolph Ziggler, and proceeded to pummel the Bullet Club founder backstage. There are rumors that he’s hurt because he was pulled from Mixed Match Challenge, and some house shows, but it looks like the match is still on. I’m going to pick Drew McIntyre to win this match, because he needs to continue looking dominant in case he gets to challenge Brock Lesnar.

Prediction: Drew McIntyre

Guitar Ladder Match: Elias vs Bobby Lashley

So, why is a guitar hung above the ring exactly? This stipulation doesn’t really make sense to me. Regardless, the first person to grab the guitar, can get to use it as a weapon. This hasn’t really been a feud, because it’s just been Bobby Lashley kicking the crap out of Elias alongside Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. As much as we all would want an Elias victory, because WWE need to do something with Elias, I’m going to pick Bobby Lashley to win this match, and continue his heel dominance on Raw.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley

Chairs Match: Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio

So, just because Randy Orton pummeled Rey with a chair means that they’ll be fighting in a chairs match? Makes sense to me. Regardless, this match should be nothing but Randy Orton demolishing poor Rey Mysterio, and just giving Randy Orton more and more heel heat.

Prediction: Randy Orton

Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships: The Bar (c) vs The New Day vs The Usos

The three best teams on Smackdown Live are competing for the tag team titles. This match has show-stealer written all over it, and we’re in for a treat. After the Usos beat The Bar on Smackdown, a triple threat tag match was sanctioned. The only real build this match had, was the rap battle on last night’s Smackdown. That rap battle, may not have had as many brutal jabs, but it was pretty hilarious. The Bar dressing up like Run DMC, and parodied Ice Ice Baby, while the Usos interviewed a turnbuckle on how it felt to knock Cesaro’s teeth down his throat. While this match is gonna be a classic, I’m picking Run BAR to retain the tag titles, and finish the year strong.

Prediction: The Bar Retain

Tables Match: Natalya vs Ruby Riott

This feud started over a busted pair of sunglasses. Seriously. And WWE exploiting Jim Neidhart’s death, isn’t really worth this feud. It doesn’t have the fire that it should. But since the Riott Squad powerbombed Natty through a table, it’s getting a tables match stipulation. This is going to be a quick match, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was under 10 minutes. I’m picking Ruby Riott to pick up the win, shenanigans or not.

Prediction: Ruby Riott

WWE Championship Match: Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles

Of all the matches that got stipulations, I’m surprised this one didn’t. After all, it is for the WWE Championship. The “New Daniel Bryan” is one of the best heels in the company, and I didn’t think it was possible to turn Bryan heel after he came back. He’s calling people parasites, and really using his eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle, to get heel heat. This is going to be a good match, because it’s two of the WWE’s best workers. I’m going to pick Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship, because it’s way too soon for the New Daniel Bryan to lose his WWE Championship, and he’s gotta get ready to fight the Miz at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Daniel Bryan retains

Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, where if Braun Strowman wins he gets a Universal Championship Match at the Royal Rumble & Corbin is stripped of power; if Baron Corbin wins, he becomes permanent General Manager of RAW: Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin

I’m not really sure if this match is going to happen, because Braun Strowman still isn’t cleared from his surgery. For the past couple of weeks, GM-Elect Corbin has said that he’s just going to win the match by forfeit, but Braun Strowman is going to show up at the last second, and fight anyway. Corbin will have some control targeting Braun’s surgically repaired arm, but Braun Strowman is going to overcome Corbin’s assault, powerslam him through a table or two, and get his shot at Brock Lesnar.

Prediction: Braun Strowman

Triple Threat Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair vs Asuka

It looks like Becky has been cleared after all. After Charlotte turned heel at Survivor Series, this feud is finally the way it should’ve been. Now their feud got bumped up a notch, with a TLC stipulation. Then Asuka makes it even more interesting. I’m happy that Asuka is back in the title picture after being ruined for the better part of seven months. Although she’s in this match, Asuka doesn’t have a chance of winning. She’s just in this match to be a red herring. While Becky has been a phenomenal champion, we all know that Becky-Ronda is the money match for WrestleMania. With that being said, I’m going to pick Charlotte Flair to win this match, so Becky can win the Rumble match and face Rousey at WrestleMania.

Prediction: Charlotte Flair wins her 7th title

2018 NFL Week 14 Predictions

With finals out of the way, we can focus on football as the playoff race continues to heat up. There are three teams that can clinch their division, and one team with a first round bye this weekend, and there are also pivotal battles for division crowns. Let’s see which team will be on the chopping blocks with my Week 14 Predictions.

Before that though, here are some playoff scenarios for this weekend.

Playoff Scenarios

NFC

Los Angeles Rams: Secure first round bye with a win

New Orleans Saints: Clinch NFC South with a win

AFC

Kansas City Chiefs: Clinch Playoff Berth with a win

New England Patriots: Clinch AFC East with a win

Houston Texans: Clinch AFC South with 10th straight win

Eliminated Teams: San Fran, Oakland,

Last Week’s Score: 10-6

Overall Score: 119-73

Thursday Night Football: Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) @ Tennessee Titans (6-6)

The Jags snapped their seven game losing streak, beating the Colts 6-0. Really? 6-0? They got field goaled to death against a bad Jags team without Leonard Fournette, and a starting backup QB. Now, they could play spoiler to the Titans’ playoff chances, but probably not. The Titans are going to win, because Cody Kessler is horrible, and can’t finish drives.

Prediction: Titans

New England Patriots (9-3) @ Miami Dolphins (6-6)

The Dolphins may have beaten the Patriots last year, but they had Smokin Jay. Now, they have Ryan Tannehill and there’s no hope in Miami. The Patriots are going to win, and clinch the AFC East.

Prediction: Patriots

Atlanta Falcons (4-8) @ Green Bay Packers (4-7-1)

Happy 35th birthday A-Rod, as a present from the NFL, you’ll lose to the Cardinals and have Mike McCarthy fired. Now, the Packers are boned. It’s what they get for putting all their eggs in the A-Rod basket. They can’t get any better thanks to the albatross of a contract that Rodgers has. The Falcons are going to pick apart their horrible defense, and it won’t be pretty.

Prediction: Falcons

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) @ Houston Texans (9-3)

The Texans have become the first team in NFL History to rattle off 9 straight after starting 0-3. They’re playing the Colts, who just had their five game winning streak ended in a humiliating shutout. While Luck has rallied the Colts to five straight wins, the Texans are the better team. Watt and Clowney could have a field day, and give the Texans the W.

Prediction: Texans

New York Giants (4-8) @ Washington Redskins (6-6)

Colt McCoy broke his leg too? Jesus Christ, this team can’t catch a break. They had a chance to sign Kaepernick, but didn’t. Now, they’re riding the Sanchize. They’re beyond f****d. They’ve given up on the year, and if they win another game, I’ll be thoroughly surprised. I’m picking the Giants.

Prediction: Giants

New Orleans Saints (10-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)

This game will be interesting, because the Bucs were the only team to beat the Saints before they went on their 10 game winning streak. They host a very angry Saints team, fresh off a loss and after the collapse of Fitzmagic, and the return of Famous Jameis, the Bucs don’t stand a chance. I’m picking the Saints to crush their division rivals, and clinch the South.

Prediction: Saints

New York Jets (3-9) @ Buffalo Bills (4-8)

Sam Darnold is back this week, and he STILL leads the NFL in picks. We get to finally see the matchup between two rookie QBs on really bad teams. I’m going to pick the Bills, because the Jets are a dumpster fire.

Prediction: Bills

Carolina Panthers (6-6) @ Cleveland Browns (4-7-1)

The Panthers travel to Cleveland, and we get to see a matchup between two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, Cam Newton vs Baker Mayfield. After throwing 3 picks in the first half last week, Baker played a solid second half, but it wasn’t enough for the Browns to beat the Texans. The Panthers, lost to the Bucs because Cam decided to throw 4 picks. He still got me almost 30 points somehow, so I’m not complaining. I’m going to pick the Panthers to beat the Browns, and continue their playoff push.

Prediction: Panthers

Baltimore Ravens (7-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (10-2)

A battle between two of the biggest stars of College Football over the past couple of years, which will be sure to be a game to watch. Lamar Jackson is currently undefeated as a starter, but now he has his toughest test as a starter, in the Kansas City Chiefs juggernaut. This will be a fun game, because the Ravens’ #1 defense will try to slow down Pat Mahomes, and the Chiefs will have a tough time containing Lamar Jackson’s dangerous running ability. I’m going to pick the Chiefs, because the Chiefs’ offense is too tough to stop.

Prediction: Chiefs

Denver Broncos (6-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (2-10)

Can the Niners not be trash? Maybe if they get Jimmy G back. But for now, try to get Nick Bosa. The kid’s going to be a baller. Anyway, the Niners aren’t winning this game, although Denver is mediocre.

Prediction: Broncos

Cincinatti Bengals (5-7) @ Los Angeles Chargers (9-3)

The Chargers came back from down 16 at halftime to beat the Steelers thanks to some offside penalties. Now, they’ve got to hold on to their playoff spot as they host the Bengals. Even if AJ Green is playing, I’m still picking the Chargers. It’s a no brainer.

Prediction: Chargers

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1) @ Oakland Raiders (2-10)

The Steelers are on a two game losing streak, and now they play the worst team in the AFC, their former rival Raiders. These games used to be brutal and hard hitting, now they’re sad to watch. Although the Raiders came closed to the upset of the year, they couldn’t stop KC. Even though they don’t have James Conner, I’m going to pick the Steelers because the Raiders are so, so bad.

Prediction: Steelers

Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) @ Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

In a battle for first place in the NFC East, the Eagles will travel to Arlington to play their much hated rival Cowboys. The division is Dallas’ to lose, and I don’t see them losing another game. The Eagles strolled their way to a win after Colt McCoy broke his leg, and Mark Sanchez came in the game. IN what will be a close, and hard hitting game, I’m going to pick the Cowboys to extend their division lead.

Prediction: Cowboys

Detroit Lions (4-8) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-9)

Jesus both of these teams suck. Marvin Jones is out for the season, and Kenny Golladay is questionable. They lost to the Rams, but that’s the Rams. It’s understandable to lose to them. The Cardinals beat the Packers through an act of God, and will look to get their fourth win, but they won’t. I’m picking the Lions to get their easiest win of the year.

Prediction: Lions

Sunday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams (11-1) @ Chicago Bears (8-4)

Good news Bears Fans, Mitch Trubisky is back to play. The bad news, is that it’s against the LA Rams. The 10-1 Rams, who have been crushing everyone in their path. The Rams O-Line will have a tough time blocking Khalil Mack, and the Bears’ defense will keep things close, but I’m going to pick the Rams, because I don’t think LA loses another game.

Prediction: Rams

Monday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (7-5)

The Seahawks have been playing surprisingly good football, with 150 yards rushing per game, and boasting the fewest turnovers in the NFL. Which you don’t think about because the LOB has completely vanished in Seattle. Now, they host the Minnesota Vikings, with one of the best receiving corps in the NFL, led by Adam Thielen. For both of these teams, this game is a must win in order to stay afloat in the wild card hung. I’m going to pick the Seahawks to edge out the Vikings, and continue to ride on Russell Wilson.

Prediction: Seahawks

2018 NFL Week 13 Predictions

Happy December everyone! As the weather starts to get colder, finals are looming around the corner, you can get some relaxation in this weekend with some football and hot cocoa. Can the Rams and Saints clinch their divisions? Most likely. This will be a fun week of football, and full of shenanigans for the playoffs. Let’s get the ball rolling with my NFL Week 13 Predictions.

Playoff Scenarios

Los Angeles Rams: Clinch NFC West with a win over Detroit

New Orleans Saints: Clinch NFC South with a win over Dallas, along with a Buccaneer win

Last Week’s Score: 11-5

Overall Score: 109-67

Thursday Night Football: New Orleans Saints (10-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (6-5)

The white-hot New Orleans Saints have won 10 straight games, and now the Dallas Cowboys stand in their path. Both of these teams had a dominant showing over a division rival on Thanksgiving Day, and this is a pivotal game in both division. Dallas has to win in order to maintain their lead, and if the Saints win, they have a chance of clinching the NFC South. I don’t see anyone left on NOLA’s schedule beating them, but this won’t be a blowout. I’m picking the Saints to try to firmly claim the #1 seed

Prediction: Saints

Denver Broncos (5-6) @ Cincinatti Bengals (5-6)

Things can’t get worse for the Bungles. First, their QB hurts his thumb and will miss the rest of the season. Then, it was announced that Hue Jackson (who has the second worst head coaching record of all time), has been rumored to be the successor to Marvin Lewis. Yeah, it’s no wonder they got slaughtered by their rival Browns. Right now, Hue is assisting in running their abhorrent defense, but if he runs the whole show? The Bengals would be beyond boned. The Broncos lucked their way to a W over the Steelers thanks to Big Ben throwing a goal line pick to a D-Lineman. I’m picking the Broncos to pick up the win, because the Bengals are going to continue their collapse.

Prediction: Broncos

Los Angeles Rams (10-1) @ Detroit Lions (4-7)

Detroit doesn’t stand a chance. Marvin Jones is on IR, and Detroit’s defense can’t keep up with the sheer firepower of the Rams. Rams are winning in dominant fashion, and becoming the first team this year to clinch a playoff berth.

Prediction: Rams

Cleveland Browns (4-6-1) @ Houston Texans (8-3)

It’s kinda crazy to think that the Browns and Packers currently have the same record. The Browns got revenge over their old head coach Hue Jackson, by teabagging the Cincinatti Bengals into oblivion. Now, they play the Houston Texans who have won their eighth consecutive game

Prediction: Texans

Indianapolis Colts (6-5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)

The Colts have won their fifth consecutive game last week, getting a close win over the Dolphins, thanks to the greatest kicker of all time Adam Vinatieri. Good sweet Jesus, how have the Jags fallen so hard? They’ve lost eight straight, including a humiliating loss to the Bills. The F*****g Bills. Leonard Fournette is suspended this week for fighting, and the Jags decided to bench Blake Bortles for Cody Kessler. Yeah, Jacksonville is gonna lose their ninth straight. Indy could blow them out.

Prediction: Colts

Buffalo Bills (4-7) @ Miami Dolphins (5-6)

Ryan Tannehill had an okay showing in his return last week, throwing for 204 yards and 2 TDs. Maybe he can turn things around after Brocktober fell through. Now, they host the Bills, and I gotta admit. Josh Allen is playing a lot better than I thought. Yes, his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired, but he is a surprisingly good runner. Last week, he ran for 100 yards over the Jags, who surprisingly have a top 5 defense this year. I’m going to pick the Dolphins to beat the Bills, because Buffalo’s lack of a defense will cost them the game.

Prediction: Dolphins

Arizona Cardinals (2-9) @ Green Bay Packers (4-6-1)

The Packers may have a bad record, but the Pack also have the easiest remaining schedule, and Aaron Rodgers shenanigans mean that the Pack still got a shot at the postseason. They’ll get that rolling with a W over the sadsack Cardinals.

Prediction: Packers

Carolina Panthers (6-5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

If the Bucs win, then the Saints clinch. Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick have thrown a combined 23 picks, which is absolutely horrendous. Now, they play the Carolina Panthers. Oh dear. NOLA won’t be able to clinch this week, because Jameis is gonna turn the ball over so much, he’s gonna hand them the game on a silver platter.

Prediction: Panthers

Baltimore Ravens (6-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

Lamar Jackson is going to start his third consecutive game, as the Ravens go on the road to take on Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Speaking of Matty Ice, a buddy of mine retweeted a tweet that shows that Matt Ryan is having an even better season statistically than his MVP campaign in 2016. The difference is, that in 2016, the Falcons weren’t gutted by injuries. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. This will be a tough test for Baltimore’s #1 defense, but they should hold out. I’m picking the Ravens to beat Atlanta, with a strong showing from Lamar Jackson.

Prediction: Ravens

Chicago Bears (8-3) @ New York Giants (3-8)

The Giants may have lost a close game to the Eagles, but their only bright spot is how well the rookie phenom Saquon Barkley has been playing. He’s had 100 scrimmage yards in practically every game this year, and has the same catches as Antonio Brown with 71. The G-Men host the 8-3 Chicago Bears, coming fresh off of a hearty feast in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. Mitch should be back this week, which spells ‘doom’ for New York. I’m picking the Bears to decimate the Giants, and continue to show that they’re the real deal.

Prediction: Bears

New York Jets (3-8) @ Tennessee Titans (5-6)

The Titans got completely demolished by Houston on Monday, with Lamar Miller breaking off a 97 yard run, the longest in the NFL since he did it when he played for the Dolphins. Against the Jets. Speaking of, they got teabagged by the Patriots, and despite Sam Darnold not playing for the past few weeks, he still leads the league in picks with 14. Jesus Christ, the Jets have no hope for salvation at this rate. The Titans are gonna win big.

Prediction: Titans

Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) @ Oakland Raiders (2-9)

Oakland chose the wrong day to play the Chiefs. An angry Pat Mahomes coming off of a bye week after losing in a shootout means that no Raider will be spared, and his wrath will be boundless. Start everyone who plays for the Chiefs this week, because this game will be a bloodbath.

Prediction: Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1) @ New England Patriots (8-3)

In what will be a fun game to watch, many people’s (myself included) preseason pick for the Super Bowl will square off. The Vikings had a close win over the Packers, and a win here would be huge for their playoff hopes. Unsurprisingly, the Pats beat the Jets. Nobody cared, because it was to be expected. Anyway, this is going to be a close game, and a duel between Tom Brady and Kirk Cousins. I’m going to pick the Patriots to beat the Vikings, because the Patriots seldom lose at home.

Prediction: Patriots

San Francisco 49ers (2-9) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

The Niners aren’t going to win here. Seahawks win, and I don’t need to go any further than that.

Prediction: Seahawks

Sunday Night Football: Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1)

In a fun game that will determine who will be in the third seed, the LA Chargers take on the Steelers, who are on the verge of having 2 1000 yard receivers in JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Antonio Brown. The Steelers lost a close game to the Broncos, because Ben threw a pick to a D-Tackle. That pick made Brodie’s Sunday because not only did his Browns win, but the Steelers lost. In hilarious fashion. In what will be a shootout, I’m going to pick the Steelers to come out on top.

Prediction: Steelers

Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) @ Washington Redskins (6-5)

Can someone please tell me, how in the hell does a team go from having the #1 defense, to the #27 defense over the course of a month, despite adding an all-pro safety in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix? For the second year in a row, this team is gutted by injuries. Key guys like Paul Richardson, Derrius Guice, Fat Rob, Scherff, Lauvao, and QB Alex Smith, who may not even come back. Sweet Jesus Christ, the Redskins are up a creek and never had a paddle to begin with. The Eagles have beaten the arch-rival Giants thanks to Jake Elliot. This game is a very pivotal game in the NFC East, because with some shenanigans, the Eagles, Redskins, and Cowboys could be in a three-way tie for first place. The Eagles have won 4 of the past 5 primetime games against Washington, and will beat them again on Monday Night Football.

Prediction: Eagles

2018 NFL Week 12 Predictions

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It’s time to celebrate with your loved ones, eat a crap ton of food, and watch football before slipping into a food coma. We’re approaching the home stretch, and I hope that you’re in good fantasy playoff position. If not, better luck next year. Before you stuff your faces with turkey, have a look at my NFL Week 12 Predictions.

Before that, here’s a final look at the teams on by this week.

Los Angeles Rams (10-1)

In a battle for the ages with the other team on bye, the Los Angeles Rams barely escaped with a win, beating KC 54-51. In a game with 1,001 combined yards of offense, in the end it was defense that saved the day, with the Rams D picking off Pat Mahomes during their final two drives. The Rams are continuing to be the top dog of the NFC, and could decimate the rest of their schedule, being only the ninth team to have a 15-1 record

Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

The Chiefs matched the Rams blow for blow, but in the end, Pat Mahomes threw two costly interceptions at the end of the game. Even with this loss, Pat threw for 6 TDs and outgunned his fellow MVP candidate Jared Goff in what may have been the greatest game ever played. The Chiefs are still the #1 seed in the AFC, and will look to decimate everyone in their path en-route to a first round bye.

Now, with the predictions.

Last Week’s Score: 5-8

Overall Score: 98-62

Thanksgiving Classic: Chicago Bears (6-4) @ Detroit Lions (4-6)

One of the great traditions of the NFL, is seeing Detroit getting teabagged on national TV at least once. They’ll win every once in a while, but they’ll get crushed for the most part. They beat the Panthers last week, but that was purely on a botched 2-point attempt, rather than send the game into OT. The Bears, dominated the Vikings, picking off Kirk Cousins twice, and running one back for six. The Bears now have sole control of the NFC North, and are going to extend that lead by stomping the Lions out in Detroit.

Prediction: Bears

Thanksgiving Classic: Washington Redskins (6-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-5)

In a battle for first place in the NFC East, things just got very grim for the first place Redskins. Last week, during a rough loss to the Texans, QB Alex Smith broke his leg 33 years to the day former legend Joe Theismann did, with the same injury and all. Now, the hope of the Nation’s Capital lies in the hands of Colt McCoy. He led a comeback, but D-Hop’s kick was short. Now, everyone is saying that this is Dallas’ division to lose, and I agree. Colt may have beaten Dallas on Monday Night Football, but both of these squads are very different now. Washington’s lack of weapons will cost them dearly as Dallas decimates them yet again on Thanksgiving Day.

Prediction: Cowboys

Thursday Night Football: Atlanta Falcons (4-6) @ New Orleans Saints (9-1)

In a battle of top offenses, the Falcons travel to NOLA to take on the white hot Saints. The Falcons have eaten back to back losses against the Browns and Cowboys, while the Saints have won their ninth straight game, eviscerating the defending champions 48-7. The Saints are going to keep rolling, and crush their rivals and keep their stranglehold on the NFC South.

Prediction: Saints

New England Patriots (7-3) @ New York Jets (3-7)

The Pats are playing the Jets? Welp. The Jets are boned.

Prediction: Patriots

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) @ Buffalo Bills (3-7)

The Jags lost to the Steelers, and failed to make Big Ben look like a laughingstock. Instead, Ben led a comeback and the Steelers won 20-16. They’ll play the Bills in a rematch of last year’s AFC Wild Card game. The Bills may have Josh Allen back after spending some time on the shelf, but it doesn’t really matter. The Jags are going to pick up the win, and the Bills are going to continue to be mediocre.

Prediction: Jaguars

New York Giants (3-7) @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)

The New York Football Giants are playing their arch-rival Philadelphia Eagles, in a battle for third place in the NFC East. The Giants beat the Bucs, who put back in Famous Jameis because FitzTragic kept throwing picks.

Prediction: Eagles

Another Toilet Bowl: San Francisco 49ers (2-8) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)

Yet again, Jameis Winston is the starting QB, throwing 2 TDs and a pick, bringing his total to 11. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 3 picks, and lost his job while the Bucs lost 38-35. The Niners were on the bye this week, but they’re still completely awful. I’m going to pick the Niners because Jameis is going to throw a bunch of picks.

Prediction: Niners

Oakland Raiders (2-8) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-5)

The Raiders won another game! It was against the Cardinals, but still. And shoutout Marcell Ateman for getting 4 catches for 58 yards. I’m sure he’ll put up numbers if he gets an opportunity, but that may not come this week against the Ravens. We got to see a glimpse of the future as Lamar Jackson started his first NFL game, throwing for 150, and rushing for 117. If Lamar starts, he’ll get an opportunity to put up some big numbers against the godawful Raiders defense. I’m picking the Ravens to win, because the Raiders are so, so bad.

Prediction: Ravens

Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)

In this crap-fest, the Browns and Bengals re-ignite an old rivalry. Both of these teams suck, but that’s beside the point. After starting 4-1, the Bungles have fallen apart, losing 4 of their last 5. The Browns, are their typical selves. Before their bye week, they’ve beaten the Falcons after a 4 game losing streak. I’m going to pick the Browns to beat the Bengals, because Cincy is going to continue to fall apart.

Prediction: Bengals

Seattle Seahawks (5-5) @ Carolina Panthers (6-4)

Thanks to a botched 2-Point attempt, the Panthers lost to the Lions, but look to rebound against the Seahawks. Speaking of, Seattle narrowly lost to the Rams juggernaut, and showed that as long as Seattle has Russell Wilson, they always have a chance to win. I’m going to pick the Panthers to rebound after they beat themselves, and try to establish themselves as a playoff team.

Prediction: Panthers

Arizona Cardinals (2-8) @ Los Angeles Chargers (7-3)

How in the heck did LA lose to the Broncos? They didn’t even miss any kicks, they just lost. Maybe those 2 picks by Rivers have something to do with it. Now, they host the Cardinals who lost to the Raiders. Yeah, the Chargers are going to win this one, no doubt in my mind.

Prediction: Chargers

Miami Dolphins (5-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

The Colts have won 4 straight, and Andrew Luck hasn’t been sacked in 5 weeks. Huh, maybe the Colts are finally starting to care, as Luck is on pace to have a career year. The Colt play host to the Dolphins, which may finally see Ryan Tannehill’s return to action after more than a month. The Brocktapus hasn’t been doing well in Ryan’s relief, with the Dolphins winning only 2 games in his 5 starts. Regardless of who’s under center, the Colts are going to continue their momentum and win their fifth straight game.

Prediction: Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) @ Denver Broncos (4-6)

Big Ben finally exorcised his demon, as the Steelers beat the Jags 20-16. The Steelers are rolling, and now they travel to the Mile-High city to take on the woeful Broncos. Denver beat the Chargers last week by a point, thanks to Brandon McManus nailing the game winner. This should be a good game, as Von Miller will try to slow down the fast paced Steeler offense, but the Steelers are going to pick up the win and gain a bigger lead in the AFC North.

Prediction: Steelers

Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1)
In a battle of underwhelming teams, the Vikings host the Packers. Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers are two of the NFC’s top gunslingers, and will look to battle it out to see who reigns supreme. It’ll be the Vikings, because all of A-Rod’s weapons are hurt, and the Packers defense can’t stop Diggs and Theilen. I’m just hoping it doesn’t end in a tie.

Prediction: Vikings

Monday Night Football: Tennessee Titans (5-5) Houston Texans (7-3)

The Texans have won their seventh straight game, in a close battle against the Washington Redskins. Now, they host the rival Titans on Monday Night Football. The Titans, after blowing out the Patriots, got completely eviscerated by the Colts. I mean, you never know what to expect with Tennessee. Anyway, the Texans are going to win their eighth straight came and continue to pull away from the pack.

Prediction: Texans

WWE Survivor Series 2018 Review

“The One night a year when RAW and Smackdown go head to head” has come and gone, and crapped the bed. Honestly, this show was “Raw vs Smackdown” but Smackdown didn’t even put up a fight. Some of the dream matches didn’t even live up to the hype. Let’s see who survived (I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t Smackdown), with my review of WWE Survivor Series 2018.

Prediction Score: 7.5-2

Preshow: 10 on 10 Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Smackdown Live (The Usos, the New Day, SAnitY, Gallanderson, & the Colóns) def. Team RAW (Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, the Ascension, the B Team, the Revival, & Lucha House Party) with The Usos as the Sole Survivors

The New Day come out with Smackdown Blue pancakes, and cut a promo trashing Raw. New Day introduce the rest of the tag teams, first being Gallanderson, then the Colóns, SAnitY, and finally The Usos. Team RAW don’t get as much of an introduction, with each of the teams coming out one after another. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode cut a small promo saying that they’ll have a Glorious victory to kick off Survivor Series. Kalisto starts out against Epico, and the former US Champion quickly uses his speed get an advantage, before Kalisto tweaked his knee. Kalisto and Lince Durado exchange a series of tags, but still can’t keep Epico down. Epico makes the tag to Primo, and Kalisto made a tag to Scott Dawson, but Primo didn’t see it. Kalisto tweaks his knee some more, and the Revival eliminate the Colóns after hitting a Shattered Machine. In comes Karl Anderson, as the B team take charge, before getting eliminated by Karl Anderson. Chad Gable squares off against Killian Dain, and flattens Gable with a crossbody. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable eliminate SAnitY after hitting a moonsault neckbreaker onto Eric Young, as Big E takes on Konnor, but the Ascension are quickly eliminated by Big E. Lince Durado escape the Magic Killer, and Durado counters a chokeslam with a stunner. Gran Metalik hits a Swanton onto Karl Anderson, and that leaves Usos/New Day left for Team Smackdown Live. The Lucha House Party use their speed to avoid the Usos, but the Lucha House Party get eliminated after an alley-oop Samoan Drop. Revival turn the tide for RAW, as they dissect Xavier Woods. Xavier takes out Team RAW, and makes the hot tag to Big E, who takes out the Revival. Gable and Roode hit a German Suplex-Neckbreaker combo, but it wasn’t enough to take down the powerhouse. Gable hits a massive suicide dive on the outside after a Big E midrope spear, but Jey Uso hits Bobby Roode with a super kick before hitting a suicide dive of his own. Gable hits a top rope German Suplex to the outside. Gable gets caught by Big E, and after hitting the Up-Up Down-Down, eliminate the RAW captains. Dawson takes it to the New Day, but the Revival eliminate New Day after hitting a midair Shattered Machine, leaving only the Usos and the Revival. Dawson hits a top rope bulldog, but Jimmy kicks out. Dawson hits a superplex, then Wilder hits a splash but Jey breaks it up for his brother. The Usos go on a superkick party, Jimmy hits the splash for the W for team Smackdown Live.

Women’s 5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team RAW (Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, Tamina, & Nia Jax) def. Team Smackdown (Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Naomi, Carmella, & Asuka) with Nia Jax as the Sole Survivor

Carmella and R-Truth come out saying “What’s Up,” and the fans couldn’t have cared less. Then everyone else comes out, Naomi, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and Asuka. Then, Alexa come out to accompany team RAW. Tamina and Naomi start things out, and the crowd already broke out in “Becky” chants. Naomi almost rolls up Tamina, who tried to take out everyone on Team Smackdown Live before chaos broke out. Naomi quickly eliminates Naomi, before Carmella eliminates Tamina herself. Carmella initiates a short dance break before tagging in Mandy Rose. Nia overpowers Mandy Rose, before tagging in Mickie James. Mandy Rose locks in the abdominal stretch, before Mickie counters with a submission of her own. Rose tags in Asuka, who decides that it’s time for Mickie to die with a modified Black Widow, but Asuka tags in Sonya Deville. Bayley made the blind tag, and immediately takes it to Sonya before tagging in her BFF Sasha Banks. Mickie tagged herself back in, and almost eliminates Sonya, before Sonya hits a spear and a knee to the head, before Mandy made a blind tag to get the elimination on Mickie James. Bayley eliminates Carmella after hitting a Bayley to Belly, then Mandy Rose attacks Bayley from behind. Bayley tagged in Sasha, who takes it to Mandy Rose. Sasha locked in the Bank Statement and eliminates Mandy Rose, only to get pummeled with strikes from Sonya. Asuka gets the tag, and continues to destroy Sasha. Sasha tagged in Bayley, who takes it to Sonya. Sonya hits a spinebuster, but Nia broke up the pin, to a chorus of boos. Nia gets taken out on the outside of the ring by Asuka, who got flattened by Sasha. Sonya and Bayley fight on the outside of the ring, but get themselves counted out and eliminated, leaving it down to Nia and Sasha vs Asuka. Asuka hits some stiff strikes, and even tried to take Asuka to Suplex City. Asuka took Nia out on the apron, then eats it on the apron thanks to The Boss. Asuka hits a missile dropkick, but doesn’t eliminate Sasha. Sasha escapes the Asuka Lock, and hits the double knees into the corner. Nia stabbed Sasha in the back, and allowed Asuka to make Sasha tap in the Asuka Lock. Nia hits three leg drops, before hitting a Samoan Drop to eliminate Asuka.

Champion vs Champion Match: WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura

This could easily be a WrestleMania caliber match, but I’m glad we didn’t get to wait to see it. Nakamura played some mind games with Seth Rollins to start out, before transitioning to chain wrestling. Nakamura took control with shots to the ribs of Rollins, but Seth exploded out of the corner, before the action spilled to the outside and Nakamura took control with some stiff knees and strikes, and controlling Nakamura’s neck. Rollins throws Nakamura in the turnbuckle, and starts to get going with some right hands and a slingblade. Rollins throws Nakamura out of the ring, and Rollins hits a suicide dive. Rollins hits another dive. Nakamura hits a stiff enziguri to the back of the head, and hitting more stiff kicks and knees. Nakamura tried to hit the reverse exploder, before hitting a one legged backstabber. Seth hit a superkick, but Nakamura kicked out. Nakamura continues to attack the back of Seth’s neck, before Rollins attacks Nakamura’s neck. Nakamura locked in the armbar. Rollins hit the buckle bomb, but it wasn’t enough to win. Nakamura goes up top, but Rollins meet him there and hits a superplex/falcon arrow combo. Rollins and Nakamura exchange blows, with Nakamura hitting more strikes, and the reverse exploder. Rollins missed the Kinshasa, and Seth almost won with the ripcord knee. Seth went for the splash but missed. Nakamura hit the Kinshasa to the back of Seth’s head, but Seth kicked out. Nakamura went for the Kinshasa, but Rollins rolled out of the way and hit the stomp for the win.

Champion vs Champion Match: RAW Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain def. Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions The Bar

Rezar overpowered Sheamus, but the Celtic Warrior used some uppercuts to come back and tag in Cesaro. Cesaro takes Rezar on a swing, before Rezar tagged in Akam, and pummelled Cesaro in the corner .Cesaro tried to come back, but Akam continues to destroy the Swiss Cyborg. Rezar and Sheamus have a skirmish, but the AOP aren’t deterred, and continue to beat down Cesaro. Cesaro hit a flying uppercut, and tagged in Sheamus. Sheamus goes off the top rope, but Rezar kicks out. Drake Maverick distracts Sheamus, but Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick and then Drake Maverick gets assaulted by The Big Show on the outside, and Drake Maverick peed his pants. While The Bar laughed at Drake, the AOP picked up the win, and bring the score to 3-0.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy def. Mustafa Ali

Buddy Murphy used his power right out the gate, and completely ate a stiff elbow from Ali. Ali used some speed and flips to get the advantage, and hit a Swanton from the top rope to the outside. The champion threw Ali into the barricade, and continued to beat down the challenger. Murphy hit a back body drop, and continued to overpower and ground Ali. Murphy threw Ali out of th ring and hit a suicide dive. Ali hits two superkicks, then spikes the champion’s h ead down. Ali hit a spinning DDT, but the champion kicks out. Ali tried to go for the 054, but Ali slammed his face on the ring apron. Buddy Murphy clears a table, then Ali hit a Spanish Fly from the table. Murphy hits two powerbombs, but Ali kicked out. Murphy hits Murphy’s law to retain the title.

Men’s 5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw (Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, & Finn Bálor) def. Team Smackdown Live (The Miz, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Shane McMahon, & Samoa Joe) with Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley as the Survivors

Team RAW has some miscommunication, and Samoa Joe locked in the Clutch on McIntyre, but Drew escaped and hit Joe with a Claymore Kick from out of nowhere to eliminate The Samoan Submission Machine. McIntyre tags in Dolph, and almost hit a superkick to Jeff Hardy, only for Brother Nero to tag in Shane. Shane kicked the crap out of Dolph, and hit a series of deep arm drags. Dolph hit a Zig-Zag from out of nowhere, but Miz prevented Shane from being eliminated. Braun tags himself in, only for Drew to tag himself in, before Braun and Drew start fighting and chaos broke out. All four members of Smackdown team up on Braun. Rey hits Braun with the 619, and Shane hits the elbow from the top rope through the table. Miz takes on Drew McIntyre, and the Scotsman refuses to tag in Finn, but Bálor tags himself in and takes on the Miz. Miz hits a double stomp, and hits a hits a dropkick to the outside before continuing to destroy Team Smackdown. In comes Rey Mysterio, who has an excellent sequence with Finn. Bálor missed the Coup de Grace, and Rey hit the 619, and Finn is eliminated. McIntyre continues to kick the crap out of Finn Bálor, but before Rey could hit another 619, Lashley overpowers Rey and throw him around. Rey tried to hit a delayed suplex, and Lashley tags in Ziggler. Rey tags in Jeff Hardy, who take out McIntyre before walking right into a DDT. Jeff countered the superkick, and hit the Twist of Fate. Dolph had his knees up from the Swanton. Jeff tags in Miz, who tags in Shane O’Mac who hits a Coast to Coast, and eliminates Dolph Ziggler, making it 4-3 RAW. Lashley manhandles Shane, pummeling him into the corner. Shane tags in Miz, and Lashley’s rams the ring post. Miz tags in Shane again, who gets taken out in midair by Braun Strowman. Rey breaks up the pin to eliminate Shane, and Jeff tags himself in. Jeff went for the Twist of Fate, which got countered by Braun into a Powerslam, and adios Jeff. Braun counters a 619 into a powerslam, and Rey is eliminated. Miz tried to run away from Braun, but Braun gets eliminated by Strowman. Shane tells Braun to bring it on, and Strowman eviscerates Shane O’Mac to pick up the win for team RAW, then Corbin attacks Braun afterwards, and ran away.

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Charlotte Flair by DQ

The crowd started chanting “Becky” again, and the two start fighting. Charlotte hits Ronda with a chop block, and shoved the champion to the ground. Ronda keeps trying to lock in the armbar, but Charlotte keeps rolling out of it. Charlotte threw Ronda into the turnbuckle, and Charlotte keeps using her power to keep Ronda down, and attack her leg. Charlotte busted Rousey open with an elbow to the face, and Rousey managed to lock in the armbar on the outside. Charlotte kicked Ronda down on the top rope, but Ronda countered a superplex. Ronda tried to lock in the armbar, which Charlotte countered. Charlotte locked in the Boston Crab, and kicked Ronda down. Charlotte rolls through the armbar, and kicks the champ down. Charlotte goes for the moonsault, but Ronda kicks her in the face. Charlotte locks in the figure four, but Rousey reverses the pressure and both women fall outside of the ring. Ronda kept hitting Charlotte with arm drags, and Charlotte answered back with Ric Flair chops. Charlotte tried to run away, but Ronda drags Charlotte back in, and charlotte once again breaks free from the armbar. Charlotte hits Ronda with a kendo stick, and gave the DQ win to Ronda. Charlotte continues to pummel Ronda with a kendo Stick, breaking one over Ronda’s back. Charlotte grabbed a chair, and hit Natural Selection onto the chair. She threw down the refs, and put the chair around Ronda’s neck and stomped on it. Charlotte is now a heel, and she’ll be much better for it, and the fans agree, chanting “Thank you Charlotte.”

Champion vs Champion: WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar def. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan

Bryan tried to chop down the Beast, and Bryan runs a lap around the ring. Brock chases Bryan outside the ring, and Bryan mocks Lesnar. Brock caught a kick and dropped Bryan down. Brock hit a German and Bryan landed on the back of his neck. Brock hit another German, and Bryan is slow to get up. Brock drags Bryan to the middle of the ring and throws Bryan over his head, and hits another belly to belly throw. Then another belly to belly throw, and Brock kicks the WWE Champion outside the ring. Brock throws Bryan into the barricade, and Bryan rolls back outside the ring. Brock throws Bryan again into the barricade, and locks in a bearhug, then he threw Bryan to the ground. Bryan hits another German before locking in another bearhug, and transitioning into another belly to belly throw. Brock said “Goodnight Everybody” before hitting Bryan with an F5, and lifted Bryan’s shoulder up at 2. Bryan kicked Brock in the head twice, before Brock hit another F5, but Bryan kicked the ref. D-Bry kicked Lesnar in the nuts, then hit the running knee. Brock kicked out and Bryan continues to chop the Beast down. Bryan tried to hit the knee, Lesnar caught him for an F5, then sent Lesnar outside. Bryan threw Lesnar in the post, and hit a suicide dive but got caught, and Lesnar rammed Bryan into the post. Brock grabbed the steps, but Bock hit himself with the steps after missing. Bryan hit the running knee again, but Brock kicked out again. Bryan slams Brock’s leg into the post, and hit a missile dropkick. Bryan hits the running dropkicks, and Brock’s knees gave out after trying to go for the F5. Bryan locked in the Yes lock. Brock broke out of the Yes Lock, but locked in a triangle choke, then Brock picked Bryan up into an F5, and picked up the win.

Final Score: Raw 6, Smackdown Live 1

Match of the Night: Bryan vs Lesnar

The thing is, this match was the only bright spot, while the other matches were underwhelming. Shoutout to Daniel Bryan, because I was pretty sure he was gonna die after seeing him take some of those Germans. Although Bryan needed to win his first match as champion, he was put over pretty strong in defeat.

Overall Review

For a show without AJ Styles, this show wasn’t too bad. The preshow elimination match was pretty okay, with the action picking up toward the end when it was down to Usos and New Day. It was a solid preshow match, and a good showing for the Usos and the Revival. The Women’s match kicked off the show, and Mandy Rose actually had a strong showing before getting eliminated. But the main purpose of the match was to get more heat on Nia Jax, who let Sasha get tapped out so she could be the sole survivor. To be fair, it worked excellently because the boos for Nia were like a sea of disdain. Then came Seth vs Nakamura, and it was a pretty fun match. They both hit some stiff moves, and I didn’t expect Seth to win, because WWE needs to do something with Nakamura. AOP-The Bar didn’t live up to the expectations, and was a low point. Also, show Drake Maverick some love. I mean, I get he’s tiny, but don’t make him piss his pants. However, if you’re gonna have someone pee their pants, make sure it’s more than a trickle. The Cruiserweight title match was decent, and Buddy Murphy actually kicked Mustafa Ali in the head, but it was still a decent match. The Men’s elimination match, started out with Raw’s infighting, and Drew McIntyre eliminated Samoa Joe thirty seconds in, which was ridiculously stupid and underutilizing Joe. Team Smackdown tried to up a fight, but Braun eliminated 4 people, and single handedly annihilated Smackdown Live. The Charlotte-Ronda match was okay, but Charlotte turning heel is a perfect call, and should’ve been a heel a long time ago. The fans were booing Charlotte, mainly because Becky wasn’t on the show. Then, the main event happened. Brock murdered Daniel Bryan, but Bryan caught a second wind and delivered a pretty solid performance. I’m happy that Bryan isn’t dead, because I was pretty concerned throughout the match. Overall, Survivor Series was a pretty underwhelming show, especially compared to NXT TakeOver: WarGames. I’d rate Survivor Series at a 5.5 out of 10, the show was underwhelming, and RAW completely dominated, sweeping every match of the main show. The matches were decent, but were nowhere near how good they could’ve been. Also, no AJ Styles. Arguably the best wrestler in the company, wasn’t even on the show. That’s another huge reason Survivor Series crapped the bed. We’ll have to see if TLC will be any good, because it’s not looking like it will be.

 

WWE Survivor Series 2018 Predictions

This year’s Survivor Series has 2 dream matches that we’ve been wanting for a while, and a supposed WrestleMania main event a few months early. This is shaping up to be a pretty solid Survivor Series, and it’s good that WWE are trying to make the fans care about Survivor Series. Let’s see who will survive with my predictions for WWE Survivor Series 2018

Just like last year, for the elimination matches, I’ll be picking the winning team as well as the survivors.

Preshow: Tag Team 11 on 12 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team RAW (Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, The Ascension, The B Team, The Revival, and the Lucha House Party) vs Team Smackdown Live (The Usos, The New Day, SAnitY, The Colóns, and Gallanderson)

Hey, SAnitY and Gallanderson are back! It’s good to see them back on TV, Gallanderson haven’t been on WWE TV since June 19, and SAnitY haven’t competed in a match since the tag team tournament on July 24, so this is good that they’re finally getting utilized. Other than New Day tweeting about this match, I’m not sure that this match would’ve gotten any build whatsoever. But since this match is on the preshow, the fans are going to care somewhat even less than they already do. I’m going to pick Team Smackdown Live to win this match, since they’ve got a much better tag division.

Prediction: Team Smackdown with the Usos and New Day as the Survivors

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Buddy Murphy (c) vs Mustafa Ali

Buddy Murphy winning the Cruiserweight title at Super Show-Down was one of the biggest pops of the year, and a great moment for the Aussie crowd. Rather than have Alexander cash in his rematch clause, Mustafa Ali will step up as Buddy Murphy’s first challenger as champion. I’m happy that this match isn’t on the preshow, and it should be a fun, flippy match. I’m going to pick Buddy Murphy to retain the Cruiserweight Championship, and establish a good, long title reign.

Prediction: Murphy Retains
Champion vs Champion: WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura

This is one of the biggest dream matches left in WWE, as The Architect takes on The King of Strong Style. There hasn’t been much build to this match, with the focus for Seth Rollins mainly being on the shocking heel turn of his former Shield Brother, Dean Ambrose. This is the first time Nakamura has been in some semblance of a storyline since he won the United States Championship, which he’s held for 126 days as of Survivor Series. I’m going to go with Shinsuke Nakamura to pick up the win, because Nakamura needs it more, and I believe that Dean Ambrose is going to get somehow involved, and cost Seth the match.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair

This match was speculated to be the main event of WrestleMania, but instead we’ll be getting it a few months early. After Becky Lynch broke her nose and suffered a concussion during her RAW invasion, Becky hand-picked Charlotte to take her place. At one point, this was the biggest money match WWE could book for Ronda, and it’s still going to be a great match because both women are fantastic in-ring competitors. I’m going to pick Charlotte to pick up the win, because we all thought Asuka was going to beat Charlotte, and look what happened. Plus, if anyone is going to beat Ronda Rousey, it might as well be Charlotte, who is one of the top women in the company.

Prediction: Charlotte

Champion vs Champion Match: RAW Tag Team Champions Authors of Pain (with Drake Maverick) vs Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions the Bar (with Big Show)

It took longer than expected, but The Authors of Pain are finally tag team champions, and should be on a killing spree and hold the titles forever. This is going to be a brutal, hard hitting affair Although The Bar are one of the better teams in the WWE, The Authors of Pain need to pick up the W here, to establish themselves as the new dominant force in WWE.

Prediction: Authors of Pain

Champion vs Champion Match: WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs WWE Champion Daniel Bryan

Congratulations to AJ Styles, who has held the WWE Championship for 371 days, tying “Macho Man” Randy Savage for the eighth longest WWE Championship Reign of all time. Now, Daniel Bryan not only turned heel, but is the new WWE Champion. Wow. We get a dream match we never thought would happen, mainly due to Daniel Bryan and his history of neck and concussion issues. I’m a bit worried for Bryan, but this should be a great match nonetheless. This is going to be a David vs Goliath match, with Lesnar overwhelming D-Bry with his power, and Bryan fighting back with his precise strikes and submissions. I’m going to make the smart choice and pick the Beast, because he’s not going to lose after he murdered Braun Strowman in three and a half minutes.

Prediction: Lesnar Survives

Women’s 5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team RAW (Mickie James, Tamina, Nia Jax, Natalya, & Ruby Riott) vs Team Smackdown Live (, Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, and Asuka)

At least this has some build, as the Smackdown Live Women’s division obliterated RAW, and Becky even locked in the DisarmHer on the former UFC Champion. Now, we don’t know who is going to be the last member of team Smackdown Live going into Sunday, which will probably be Mandy Rose or Lana. This women’s match doesn’t have as much star power, and the mystique of Asuka has all but died. Asuka will end up being the final member of her team, but this time the odds will be too great for the Empress of Tomorrow, as Team RAW picks up the win.

Prediction: Team RAW with Nia Jax and Natalya surviving

Men’s 5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team RAW (Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Finn Bálor and Bobby Lashley) vs Team Smackdown Live (The Miz, Jeff Hardy, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, and Samoa Joe)

The men’s match doesn’t have as many legends as last year, but this should still be a fun night. Thanks to Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship, The Miz is the sole captain of Team Smackdown Live, and replaced Bryan with Jeff Hardy. On Team RAW, Bobby Lashley was added as the final member of the team, so I guess he isn’t hurt after all. Both teams are loaded with talent, and this should be the match of the night. I’m going to go with Team RAW to pick up the W, and establish their dominance over the Blue Brand.

Prediction: Team RAW with Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre surviving