Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sports Savant is Back!

Hello sports fans and welcome to The Sports Savant's Sports Blog!  In case you forgot or this is your first time visiting my blog, I'm Forrest Doran, a professional writer and sports guru who has a passion for NFL and NCAA football.  It has been nearly a year since I have created a new blog entry here and I apologize for disappearing on my readership last football season. Last NFL season, an unexpected set of circumstances that took priority over this blog left me no choice but to take a year hiatus and regroup.  Now I'm back and proud to announce that the Sports Savant's Sports Blog will be fully operating this NFL season and you can expect more of the same great NFL game predictions that made me the most accurate prognosticator of NFL outcomes on the entire World Wide Web!  I beat all of ESPN, CBS, FOX, Yahoo, HBO and all experts in 2011 and 2012 in win predictions and I'm ready to outdo them all once again in 2014!

Just as exciting as the return of this blog is to me and the many who relied on my NFL expertise in the two full seasons it operated in 2011 and 2012, I am very pleased to announce that I am reconnecting my partnership with my friends at Last Word On Sports!  I'll be featured on weekly radio spots with them through their online radio station, Last Word Radio, providing analysis, predictions and even fantasy football strategy throughout the 2014 season!(http://lastwordonsports.com/radio/)

Consider this blog post my reintroduction to the public and look for more than just game score and win predictions this year.  I'm planning on taking my blog to the next level with analysis and opinions on players, teams and NFL news. It's great to be back doing what I love and have a special talent for.  Stay tuned to my blog for NFL news stories and predictions starting this week!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NFL Week 1: Win, Spread, Over/Under and Game Score Predictions - 2013

Welcome Back to The Sports Savant's Weekly NFL Picks, 2013 Edition!


It's that time of year again!  It's time for the 2013 NFL season!  With the return of the season comes the return of my Sports Savant NFL picks!  We're set for another exciting and unpredictable year of NFL football, but that's why the Sports Savant is here to guide you through your NFL picks, every week, every team, to win, against the spread, and the over/under, for every game, through the Super Bowl, all year!

My picks last year were so accurate that an independent study done by the NSPL(National Score Predicting League) found that amongst all published records, of those who picked every game of the season in 2012, I finished first in the nation in multiple prediction categories including a first place finish in "Composite Winning Percentage", "Aggregate Composite Wins", "Aggregate Wins Vs. The Over/Under", and "Aggregate Perfect Games and Percentage of Total Predictions"! (See list of these results at the NSPL website...NSPL National Ranks)  Needles to say, the Sports Savant's NFL Weekly Picks was one of America's most trusted sources for NFL predictions all last year!  I'm hoping for even better results this season!

Enough of the 2013 introduction though.  Let's get to my Week 1 picks!


NOTE: The team with a negative number in parenthesis "(-3)" next to their name is the favorite to win the matchup and the number represents how many points the favorite has to score more than the underdog to count as a winning bet.  The over/under for the game is represented by a number in parenthesis with the letters o and u "(o/u 46)".  The number represents the amount of points you are wagering whether or not the two team's combined score will be in excess of or short of.  Official betting lines courtesy of www.footballlocks.com 





Baltimore @ Denver(-7.5)  (o/u 48)
Savant Spread Pick: Denver and the points to win ~ 31-21
Over/Under Pick: Over






Buffalo v. New England(-10)  (o/u 51)
Savant Spread PickNew England and the points to win ~ 34-17
Over/Under Pick: Over




 

Tennessee @ Pittsburgh(-6.5)  (o/u 42)
Savant Spread Pick: Pittsburgh and the points to win ~ 24-17
Over/Under Pick: Under




 

Atlanta @ New Orleans(-3)  (o/u 55)
Savant Spread Pick: New Orleans and the points to win ~ 34-28
Over/Under Pick: Over




 

New York(A) v. Tampa Bay(-3.5)  (o/u 39.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Tampa Bay and the points to win ~ 23-10
Over/Under Pick: Under




 

Jacksonville v. Kansas City(-3.5)  (o/u 42.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Kansas City and the points to win ~ 17-13
Over/Under Pick: Under






Cincinnati @ Chicago(-3)  (o/u 42)
Savant Spread Pick: Chicago and the points to win ~ 23-17
Over/Under Pick: Under






Miami @ Cleveland(-2)  (o/u 41)
Savant Spread Pick: Cleveland and the points to win ~ 16-13
Over/Under Pick: Under






Carolina v. Seattle(-3)  (o/u 45)
Savant Spread Pick: Seattle and the points to win ~ 24-13
Over/Under Pick: Under






 Minnesota @ Detroit(-4)  (o/u 46.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Minnesota to win ~ 28-24
Over/Under Pick: Over






 Oakland @ Indianapolis(-10.5)  (o/u 46.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Indianapolis and the points to win ~ 28-10
Over/Under Pick: Under






 Arizona @ St. Louis(-4)  (o/u 41.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Arizona to win ~ 23-17
Over/Under Pick: Under






 Green Bay @ San Francisco(-4.5)  (o/u 48.5)
Savant Spread Pick: San Francisco and the points to win ~ 27-21
Over/Under Pick: Under






 New York(N) @ Dallas(-3.5)  (o/u 49.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Dallas and the points to win ~ 27-23
Over/Under Pick: Over






 Philadelphia @ Washington(-3.5)  (o/u 52)
Savant Spread Pick: Washington and the points to win ~ 24-20
Over/Under Pick: Under






 San Diego v. Houston(-4.5)  (o/u 44.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Houston and the points to win ~ 27-21
Over/Under Pick: Over

Saturday, February 2, 2013

SUPER BOWL XLVII: Win, Spread, Over/Under, Game Score and Player Stat Predictions

Welcome Back to The Sports Savant's Weekly NFL Picks, SUPER BOWL XLVII Edition!

It doesn't feel like it was 12 months ago that we were all preparing for a Giants/Patriots Super Bowl, but here we are just a short countdown away to Super Bowl XLVII with last year's conference champion losing teams from last year's playoffs.  The 49ers and Ravens were teams that probably should have played each other last year in the Super Bowl if not for a couple of colossal meltdowns by 49ers WR/PR Kyle Williams and Ravens K Billy Cundiff who both completely blew their teams chance of winning their respective championship games.

Nonetheless, the teams got it together and gave us the Harbaugh Bowl we all thought we were going to see in Super Bowl XLVI.  It's a rematch of the 2011 Thanksgiving Day game the Ravens won 16-6 in Baltimore.  It was a defensive struggle for both teams, but the Alex Smith lead offense just couldn't finish off drives.  What goes unremembered was a 75 yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. that was called back by a highly questionable illegal chop-block call that would have given the 49ers the lead early in the game.  Despite the teams playing in that game last year, both are considerably different than they were when they played that short time ago.

With the final game of the 2012 season, it was another very successful year for The Sports Savant and my NFL picks.  I'm proud to have finished well above .500 picking every NFL game against the spread getting 52% of the spread picks correct with only the Super Bowl left to play.  I came up short of last year's monster record of 180-87 which was good for a 67.4% rate of success(which lead the nation of NFL experts) but with a winning prediction in this year's Super Bowl I will still finish the season with a solid 174-92-1 record.  That would be good for a 65.2% success rate to reach my personal standard of finishing better than 65%.  To top off a nice year, I was very successful against the over/under, picking the winner at a 54% success rate.

Before we look at my player stat predictions and pick SUPER BOWL XLVII, let's take a look at how last weeks picks shaped up and my overall record for the 2012 NFL regular season and postseason...

*Conference Championship Round RESULTS*

Winner: 1-1
Winner w/ Spread: 0-1-1
Over/Under: 2-0
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Trifecta: 0
Strikeouts: 0
Perfect Team Score Predictions: 0
Perfect Game Score Predictions: 0
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*2012 Overall Record*
Winner: 173-92-1 (.652)
Winner w/ Spread: 134-125-7 (.517)
Over/Under: 140-119-7 (.541)
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Trifecta: 69
Strikeouts: 44
Perfect Team Score Predictions: 31   [Week 1]: New England  [Week 2]: Indianapolis, San Francisco [Week 3]: Chicago, Washington, New York(A)  [Week 4]: Cleveland, Philadelphia  [Week 5]: Green Bay, Seattle, San Diego  [Week 7]: St. Louis, Tampa Bay  [Week 9]: Miami, Tennessee, Green Bay, Arizona  [Week 11]: Detroit, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis 
[Week 12]: San Francisco  [Week 13]:Chicago, Houston [Week 14]: Detroit  [Week 15]: Miami 
[Week 16]: Jacksonville, Washington  [Week 17]:Cincinnati, St. Louis 
[Wildcard Round]:Green Bay
Perfect Game Score Predictions: 2   [Week 9]: Arizona @ Green Bay  [Week 11]: Carolina v. Tampa Bay

NOTE: The team with a negative number in parenthesis "(-3)" next to their name is the favorite to win the matchup and the number represents how many points the favorite has to score more than the underdog to count as a winning bet.  The over/under for the game is represented by a number in parenthesis with the letters o and u "(o/u 46)".  The number represents the amount of points you are wagering whether or not the two team's combined score will be in excess of or short of.  Official betting lines courtesy of www.footballlocks.com 


Before I give you my SUPER BOWL XLVII score and player stat predictions, here is a look at the last 2 years of Super Bowl predictions I have made since the inception of The Sports Savant's Sports Blog.  This was my prediction and results of the 2011 Super Bowl...

Super Bowl XLV Winner and Final Score Prediction

Prediction: Green Bay Packers - 31  Pittsburgh Steelers - 24

-->Result:  Green Bay Packers - 31  Pittsburgh Steelers - 25



Super Bowl XLV MVP Prediction

Prediction: Aaron Rodgers wins MVP

-->Result:  Aaron Rodgers wins MVP



Super Bowl XLV Quarterback Statistics - Aaron Rodgers

Prediction: 29/38(76.3%)  312 yards  3 TD  1 INT

-->Result:  24/39(61.5%)  304 yards  3 TD  0 INT



Super Bowl XLV Quarterback Statistics - Ben Roethlisberger

Prediction: 16/26(61.5%)  189 yards  1 TD  2 INT

-->Result:  25/40(62.5%)  263 yards  2 TD  2 INT



Since I did so well on predicting the game score and individual statistics of the QB's in the 2011 game, I took on a prediction for last year's Super Bowl score and more individual player predictions and even I was impressed with how extremely accurate I was in my prognostications.  Here were my Super Bowl Predictions and the results in 2012...



Super Bowl XLVI Winner and Final Score Prediction

Prediction: New York Giants 27  New England Patriots 21

-->ResultNew York Giants 21  New England Patriots 17

New England Patriots
Prediction : Tom Brady - 28/42(66.7%)  282 yards  2 TD's  1 INT  1 Fumble
-->Result: Tom Brady - 27/41(65.9%)  276 yards  2 TD's  1 INT 

Prediction : BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 12 carries  68 yards/rushing 1 TD  2 receptions  14 yards/receiving
-->Result: BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 10 carries  44 yards/rushing 0 TD  2 receptions  15 yards/receiving

Prediction : Aaron Hernandez - 5 receptions  58 yards  1 TD
-->Result: Aaron Hernandez - 8 receptions  67 yards  1 TD

Prediction : Wes Welker - 8 receptions  96 yards
-->Result: Wes Welker - 7 receptions  60 yards

Prediction : Rob Gronkowski - 4 receptions  21 yards
-->Result: Rob Gronkowski - 2 receptions  26 yards

Prediction : Deion Branch - 3 receptions  16 yards  1 TD
-->Result: Deion Branch - 3 receptions  45 yards  0 TD


New York Giants
Prediction : Eli Manning - 23/34(67.6%)  337 yards  2 TD's  0 INT
-->Result: Eli Manning - 30/40(75.0%)  296 yards  1 TD  0 INT

Prediction : Ahmad Bradshaw - 19 carries  92 yards/rushing 1 TD  4 receptions  54 yards/receiving
-->Result: Ahmad Bradshaw - 17 carries  72 yards/rushing 1 TD  2 receptions  19 yards/receiving

Prediction: Brandon Jacobs - 6 carries  31 yards/rushing
-->Result: Brandon Jacobs - 9 carries  37 yards/rushing

Prediction : Hakeem Nicks - 5 receptions  114 yards  1 TD
-->Result: Hakeem Nicks - 10 receptions  109 yards  0 TD

Prediction : Victor Cruz - 8 receptions 124 yards  1 TD
-->Result: Victor Cruz - 4 receptions 25 yards  1 TD

Prediction : Mario Manningham - 3 receptions  28 yards
-->Result: Mario Manningham - 5 receptions  73 yards

Prediction : Jake Ballard - 4 receptions  39 yards
-->Result: Jake Ballard - 2 receptions  10 yards



THE SPORTS SAVANT'S SUPER BOWL MATCHUP ANALYSIS:

The 49ers and Ravens defenses are considerably the same as they were last year.  Most of the impact starters on defense are as they were in 2011, but it's the offenses that have changed.  The well documented story is the takeover of the 49ers starting QB position by Colin Kaepernick.  Alex Smith was forced to leave a game versus St. Louis with a concussion half way through the season and subsequently missed the next couple of weeks in which Kaepernick ran with the job and never gave it back.  He has since had the highest QB rating from his first career start through last week's Conference Championship game.

Where the Ravens made their big move was when they fired offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, and replaced him with former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach and OC(from the Peyton glory days), Jim Caldwell, who brought a new offensive strategy to the team.  His new system is what has helped transform Joe Flacco from a QB that had the two lowest single game Total QBR ratings since the statistic's inception in 2008, to the guy who has 8 TDs and 0 INT in the playoffs.  The genius in what Caldwell has done with Flacco is that he has improved his effectiveness in deep pass plays with his power run scheme he calls with their elite RB, Ray Rice.  The Ravens love the play-action deep ball and have used it a lot in this postseason with great success.

Where the 49ers defense is well suited for Jim Caldwell's offense is they have the dominant defensive line necessary to get pressure on the QB with just a four-man rush.  This leaves the linebackers free to roam the intermediate routes in zone and cover the flats for a check down to the RB or TE.  The domino effect of that is that the 49ers ball-hawking safeties can get deeper on routes and not have to worry about covering up routes in the intermediate.  The 49ers four-man pass rush will mean everything for how well the 49ers can neutralize Joe Flacco and Jim Caldwell's deep passing attack.

The real key to the Super Bowl will be the 49ers offensive line against the Ravens defense.  This 49ers OL is one of the most dominant in the NFL and will be the most physical the Ravens have faced the entire season.  The 49ers can stonewall any defensive line in the NFL with their enormous line that weighs in at 1,994 combined pounds.  For all of the focus that the media and Ravens have put on Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore will be the guy who has the biggest day for the 49ers.  The 49er line has been creating gaps so large in defenses of late, Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick are getting 5-10 yards down field before they are even touched.  We've seen how the Ravens can be susceptible to the run this year against teams that can create seals for talented running backs.  The Ravens gave up 4.0 yards per carry and was ranked 20th against the run in 2012.  The 49ers dominant offensive line versus the aging Raven defense will be the reason the 49ers get the edge they will need to come out of Super Bowl XLVII as champions.

And now the predictions you've waited for all year, The Sports Savant's Super Bowl - Super Game Score and Player Statistic Predictions...






Baltimore v. San Francisco(-4)  (o/u 47.5)
Savant Spread Pick: San Francisco and the points to win ~ 31-24
Over/Under Pick: Over


Baltimore Ravens - Player Statistics Predictions


QB Prediction : Joe Flacco - 21/34(61.7%)  247 yards  1 TD  1 INT
 
RB Prediction : Ray Rice - 19 carries  86 yards 2 TD - 4 receptions  36 yards

TE Prediction : Dennis Pitta - 3 receptions  38 yards  1 TD

WR Prediction : Anquan Boldin - 7 receptions  78 yards


WR Prediction : Torrey Smith - 4 receptions  54 yards

WR Prediction : Jacoby Jones - 3 receptions  27 yards

K Prediction : Justin Tucker - 1/1 FG  49 yards   

San Francisco 49ers - Player Statistics Predictions


QB Prediction : Colin Kaepernick - 18/26(69.2%)  259 yards  2 TD  0 INT - 7 carries 47 yards 1 TD

RB Prediction : Frank Gore - 16 carries  92 yards 1 TD - 1 receptions 11 yards


RB Prediction : Kendall Hunter - 6 carries  41 yards - 2 receptions 18 yards

TE Prediction: Vernon Davis - 3 receptions  47 yards


TE Prediction: Delanie Walker - 2 receptions  21 yards

WR Prediction : Michael Crabtree - 7 receptions  101 yards  1 TD


WR Prediction : Randy Moss - 3 receptions  61 yards  1 TD

K Prediction : David Akers - 1/1 FG  41 yards 

 



Thanks for visiting therealsportssavant.blogspot.com to check my game picks all season long and don't forget to check my picks every week of every NFL season on here and on lastwordonsports.com at The Sports Savant channel!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

NFL Conference Championship Playoffs 2012: Win, Spread, Over/Under and Game Score Predictions

Welcome Back to The Sports Savant's Weekly NFL Picks, Conference Championship Playoff Round Edition!


Before we look at my picks for the Wild Card Round playoff games, let's take a look at how last weeks picks shaped up and my final overall records for the 2012 NFL regular season...

*Divisional Playoff Round RESULTS*

Winner: 3-1
Winner w/ Spread: 2-2
Over/Under: 3-1
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Trifecta: 2
Strikeouts: 0
Perfect Team Score Predictions: 0
Perfect Game Score Predictions: 0
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*2012 Overall Record*
Winner: 172-91-1 (.654)
Winner w/ Spread: 134-124-6 (.519)
Over/Under: 138-119-7 (.537)
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Trifecta: 69
Strikeouts: 44
Perfect Team Score Predictions: 31   [Week 1]: New England  [Week 2]: Indianapolis, San Francisco [Week 3]: Chicago, Washington, New York(A)  [Week 4]: Cleveland, Philadelphia  [Week 5]: Green Bay, Seattle, San Diego  [Week 7]: St. Louis, Tampa Bay  [Week 9]: Miami, Tennessee, Green Bay, Arizona  [Week 11]: Detroit, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis 
[Week 12]: San Francisco  [Week 13]:Chicago, Houston [Week 14]: Detroit  [Week 15]: Miami 
[Week 16]: Jacksonville, Washington  [Week 17]:Cincinnati, St. Louis 
[Wildcard Round]:Green Bay
Perfect Game Score Predictions: 2   [Week 9]: Arizona @ Green Bay  [Week 11]: Carolina v. Tampa Bay

NOTE: The team with a negative number in parenthesis "(-3)" next to their name is the favorite to win the matchup and the number represents how many points the favorite has to score more than the underdog to count as a winning bet.  The over/under for the game is represented by a number in parenthesis with the letters o and u "(o/u 46)".  The number represents the amount of points you are wagering whether or not the two team's combined score will be in excess of or short of.  Official betting lines courtesy of www.footballlocks.com 

Don't forget to visit therealsportssavant.blogspot.com to check my game picks or right here on lastwordonsports.com at The Sports Savant channel.  And now for my NFL Conference Championship Playoff game picks...



Atlanta v. San Francisco(-4)  (o/u 48.5)
Savant Spread Pick: San Francisco and the points to win ~ 31-21
Over/Under Pick: Over





Baltimore @ New England(-7.5)  (o/u 51.5)
Savant Spread Pick: Baltimore with the points; New England to win ~ 27-20
Over/Under Pick: Under





Saturday, January 12, 2013

NFL Divisional Playoffs 2012: Win, Spread, Over/Under and Game Score Predictions

Welcome Back to The Sports Savant's Weekly NFL Picks, Divisional Playoff Round Edition!


Before we look at my picks for the Wild Card Round playoff games, let's take a look at how last weeks picks shaped up and my final overall records for the 2012 NFL regular season...

*Wildcard Playoff Round RESULTS*

Winner: 3-1
Winner w/ Spread: 2-2
Over/Under: 2-2
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Trifecta: 1
Strikeouts: 0
Perfect Team Score Predictions: 1 (Green Bay)
Perfect Game Score Predictions: 0
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*2012 Overall Record*
Winner: 169-90-1 (.653)
Winner w/ Spread: 132-122-6 (.520)
Over/Under: 135-118-7 (.534)
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Trifecta: 67
Strikeouts: 44
Perfect Team Score Predictions: 31   [Week 1]: New England  [Week 2]: Indianapolis, San Francisco [Week 3]: Chicago, Washington, New York(A)  [Week 4]: Cleveland, Philadelphia  [Week 5]: Green Bay, Seattle, San Diego  [Week 7]: St. Louis, Tampa Bay  [Week 9]: Miami, Tennessee, Green Bay, Arizona  [Week 11]: Detroit, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis 
[Week 12]: San Francisco  [Week 13]:Chicago, Houston [Week 14]: Detroit  [Week 15]: Miami 
[Week 16]: Jacksonville, Washington  [Week 17]:Cincinnati, St. Louis 
[Wildcard Round]:Green Bay
Perfect Game Score Predictions: 2   [Week 9]: Arizona @ Green Bay  [Week 11]: Carolina v. Tampa Bay

NOTE: The team with a negative number in parenthesis "(-3)" next to their name is the favorite to win the matchup and the number represents how many points the favorite has to score more than the underdog to count as a winning bet.  The over/under for the game is represented by a number in parenthesis with the letters o and u "(o/u 46)".  The number represents the amount of points you are wagering whether or not the two team's combined score will be in excess of or short of.  Official betting lines courtesy of www.footballlocks.com 

Don't forget to visit therealsportssavant.blogspot.com to check my game picks or right here on lastwordonsports.com at The Sports Savant channel.  And now for my NFL Wild Card Playoff game picks...




Baltimore @ Denver(-9)  (o/u 45)
Savant Spread Pick: Baltimore with the points; Denver to win ~ 27-24
Over/Under Pick: Over





Green Bay @ San Francisco(-3)  (o/u 45)
Savant Spread Pick: San Francisco and the points to win ~ 26-21
Over/Under Pick: Over





Seattle @ Atlanta(-2.5)  (o/u 46)
Savant Spread Pick: Atlanta and the points to win ~ 20-17
Over/Under Pick: Under






Houston @ New England(-9.5)  (o/u 48.5)
Savant Spread Pick: New England and the points to win ~ 31-21
Over/Under Pick: Over