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NFL Week 2 Power Rankings:
August was another winning month for our complemenatry selections making it now three consecutive positive
months. We have been offering free winning seletions six of eight months in 2014.
Added 176.00 units last month. The MLB season is still profitable and now has a
62-47 (+351.46) record as of the end of August.
Seattle Seahawks (1-0):
A style we've come to expect from the Seahawks -- fast defense, bruising run game and efficient quarterback play.
Taking down a playoff contender in Week 1 will earn any team respect. Blowing out said team by 20 points on national TV during the
season opener, well, that makes a statement that the Seahawks are here to stay. Marshawn Lynch entered Beast Mode again, and the
defense swarmed a prolific offense that had weapons all over the field. With the defending champions heading to San Diego before
hosting Denver, they'll have plenty of other opportunities to stake their claim as the NFL's best.
Denver Broncos (1-0):
The Broncos jumped all over Indianapolis, but needed a late defensive stand to fend off a furious rally.
Peyton Manning won't let off the gas next time. Denver was able to escape the opening weekend with a win against the Colts
after holding off a late comeback. With the second-most difficult strength of schedule in the NFL, it won't be an easy road
ahead for Denver. Equipped with weapons like Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas, Manning will still lead the team to another
playoff run and potentially head in as the top team in the AFC.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0):
49ers defense looked good and Colin Kaepernick appears more comfortable out there with his full allotment of weapons.
Beating up on a defenseless Cowboys team simply shows the 49ers are exactly who we thought they were. Tougher matchups with the Bears,
Cardinals and Eagles in the coming weeks might give us a better glimpse of where San Francisco stands during the 2014 season.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0):
The Eagles looked prime for an opening-day upset, falling behind Jacksonville 17-0 before roaring back with 34 unanswered
in the second half. It wasn't the best of starts for the Eagles with Nick Foles turning the ball over three times before heading
to the locker room. After surviving a potential train wreck against the Jags, Philly takes on an Indy team coming off a
huge loss to the Denver Broncos. Depending on which Foles shows up, this Week 2 matchup could go in two very different
directions on Monday night.
Carolina Panthers (1-0):
No Cam Newton, no problem. The stingy Carolina defense didn't allow Tampa Bay to get on the board until the fourth quarter.
Anderson carved his way through a retooled defense that was expected to compete with the Panthers on the road. If Newton can find
similar success and the defense can remain dominant, Carolina has a shot to repeat as NFC South champions.
NCAA Football Preview
Alabama Crimson Tide:
The key to any successful run through the SEC is the right schedule, and the Crimson Tide’s is among the conference’s easiest.
Its Eastern Division tie-ins are Florida and Tennessee, both unproven teams, and Coach Nick Saban’s group has open dates before
road games against Mississippi and LSU. It doesn’t hurt to have Auburn visiting on the final Saturday of the regular season, where
fans will be craving revenge.
Michigan State Spartans:
The Spartans’ chances of cruising through the Big Ten schedule became much easier when Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. But the conference outlook, which includes a home game against Michigan, isn’t the issue.
That Week 2 contest at Oregon is a major test for quarterback Connor Cook and Co. that will propel the winner into early-season playoff
Florida State Seminoles:
Like Clemson, the Seminoles will have an idea where they stand after their fourth-week matchup against the Tigers in Tallahassee.
Heisman winner Jameis Winston, likely the focus of 12 weeks of aggressive game planning by opponents, is the nation’s best athlete —
but he’ll need to remain focused to avoid late-season surprises against Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami and Florida.
Strength of schedule will be a major point of emphasis for the new playoff committee, and even one-loss Oregon would be an
obvious choice for a slot after running the Pacific-12 gauntlet. Oregon and quarterback Marcus Mariota, now healthy and the
top Heisman front-runner not named Winston, will host Michigan State in Week 2, the first of four opponents ranked in the preseason Top 25.
Possible playoff sleepers
The Hawkeyes doubled their win total from 2012 during last year’s 8-5 season and return 14 starters,
including quarterback Jake Rudock, leading rusher Mark Weisman and top receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley. They also avoid Ohio
State, Michigan State and Michigan and play Wisconsin and Nebraska at home in what is shaping up to be a wide-open Big Ten race.
The Huskies’ defense remains intact and the hiring of former Boise State coach Chris Petersen has inspired optimism for 2014.
Washington gets Pac-12 contenders UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State at home, a slate that makes the Huskies an intriguing sleeper
nationally if they’re able to avoid the pitfalls of a deep conference.
Kansas State Wildcats:
The Wildcats won six of their final seven games last year, and that lone loss came against 2014 Big 12 favorite Oklahoma.
The development of second-year quarterback Jake Waters will be crucial, with an early test against 2013 national runners-up
Auburn and five conference road games. But if navigated successfully, that’s the sort of challenging schedule that would undoubtedly
impress the new playoff committee.
With the Trojans still dealing with NCAA scholarship limitations, crosstown rival UCLA has drawn much of the preseason hype.
But USC does not lack for returning talent on defense or at the skill positions, which helped it win six of its last seven games
following Lane Kiffin’s mid-season dismissal. The hope is new Coach Steve Sarkisian can sort out an offense that was less than the
sum of its parts in 2013.
MLB Power Rankings (last updated: 09/09)
Angels (87-55): Somewhat lost in a lineup full of productive hitters, Howie Kendrick is having one of the best seasons
of his career, at age 31. His .342 OBP is his best mark since 2007, and his .313 batting average with runners in scoring position
(entering Sunday) leads the Angels among players with at least 100 plate appearances in run-scoring opportunities. A four-game sweep of
the Minnesota Twins was enough to offset dropping a quick two-game series to the Houston Astros at the beginning of the week.
Orioles (83-59): This club is now a near lock to win the AL East. It was not the best week for the Orioles, as they closed things out
by losing a series to the Tampa Bay Rays after sweeping the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the week, but they have been playing well enough
overall of late to hold on to the No. 2 spot. They are now 23-12 since the beginning of August, building their lead in the AL
East from 1.5 games to 9.5 games during that span. They currently sit just four games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the best
record in baseball.
Nationals (80-61): Despite dropping a series to the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, the Nationals maintain the top ranking
among NL teams thanks to a series win against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the beginning of the week. The team has cooled off a bit since
its 10-game winning streak last month, going 7-8 in its last 15 games, but it still looks to have as complete a roster as any team in
baseball. Adam LaRoche getting hot at the plate will only help the offense, and the starting rotation is still one of the best around.
Adam LaRoche has four home runs and 10 RBIs in the Nationals' past four games.
Dodgers (81-62): After dropping a big three-game series with the Washington Nationals for NL supremacy to kick off last week,
the Dodgers bounced back nicely with a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Allowed only five runs in a three-game sweep of
the Diamondbacks, finishing 15-4 against them in 2014.
Adrian Gonzalez plated six on Sunday, giving him his seventh 100-RBI season in the past eight (he had 99 in that other season).
Matt Kemp since the All-Star break: .307, 11 homers, 33 RBIs.
The Cardinals are hitting their stride at the perfect time, going 8-1 in their last nine games and climbing from one game back to 4.5
games up in the NL Central in the process. "A lot of teams talk about playing their best baseball in September. The Cardinals actually
do it," wrote Mark Bauman of MLB.com, and he's absolutely right. Michael Wacha returned to the mound Thursday after missing 68 games
with a shoulder injury, allowing three hits and one run in three innings of work. The team will be careful to bring him along slowly,
with an eye on him returning to form heading into October.
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