Scott Shapiro’s AFC Championship Game Analysis – New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs

Championship Sunday continues with another rematch of a high-scoring contest that took place during the middle of the 2018 NFL season. The difference, though, is that the loser of the regular season showdown is now the host with New England visiting Kansas City with a Super Bowl berth on the line. When the Chiefs visited the Patriots on Sunday night in Week 6 it was all New England early, but ended up being a tight one late. Probable MVP Patrick [...]

Scott Shapiro’s NFC Championship Game Analysis- Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints

The first of two rematches on Championship Sunday in the National Football League pits the two-seeded Los Angeles Rams against the top-seeded New Orleans Saints, and like their first encounter, this contest is in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but unlike that first game, I do not anticipate this being as high-scoring as it was in Week 9 when both teams peaked on the offensive side of the ball. The Rams were the early favorites to win the Super [...]

Scott Shapiro’s NFL Playoff Selections and Analysis- Sunday’s Divisional Round

The second doubleheader in the National Football League divisional round playoffs gets rolling at 1:05 p.m. EST on Sunday. Much like with Saturday’s twin bill, I am going to attempt to buck the trend of favorites doing well in this round by backing the two dogs. Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots -4.0 (1:05 PM EST) The #NFLPlayoffs continues Sunday w/ #fightforeachother traveling to #GoPats. @ScottShap34 discusses the battle of veteran cubes w/ @EJXD2 pic.twitter.com/S084jbkfUd — BetAmerica Sportsbook (@BetAmericaSport) [...]

Scott Shapiro’s NFL Playoffs Selections and Analysis- Saturday’s Divisional Round

After a Wild Card round that was kind to those who backed underdogs, another great slate of playoff games is on tap this weekend in the National Football League. History suggests that relying on dogs to get the job done in the divisional round both outright or against the number can be a dangerous endeavor, but I think this season is unique. In years’ past, the majority of top seeds come into the playoffs playing their best ball, but I [...]

Scott Shapiro’s Week 16 NFL 4-Pack

I am hopeful to close out the 2018 regular season in style with this being the final “NFL 4-Pack” write up of the year. I will be off during the squirrelly Week 17, but back to share my thoughts once the playoffs commence. In the meantime, be sure to follow @BetAmericaSport on Twitter So without further ado…. Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) vs Houston Texans Is it happening again? When the defending champions looked dead to rights after losing to NFC East [...]

Scott Shapiro’s Week 16 Saturday Night Analysis- Ravens at Chargers

Much like in Week 15, there are two games on tap on Saturday in the National Football League. Both contests have playoff implications, but in reality, only the AFC confrontation between the Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers is likely to have an impact on who we may see in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Baltimore limped into its bye week off three straight losses, including a 23-16 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers on November [...]

Scott Shapiro’s Week 15 NFL 4-Pack

A challenging weekend of games in the NFL follows a thriller between the Chargers and Chiefs on Thursday night. Here is my Week 15 NFL 4-Pack Indianapolis Colts (-3) vs Dallas Cowboys The first-place Cowboys head north to Lucas Oil Stadium after winning their fifth game in a row last Sunday. Dallas has to be feeling pretty good about themselves after outgaining the Eagles 576 to 256 yards and controlling the ball for more than 45 minutes in a 29-23 [...]

Scott Shapiro’s Week 15 Thursday Night Analysis- Chargers at Chiefs

A big one in the AFC West between two of the league’s best teams starts the antepenultimate week of action in the National Football League. The Los Angeles Chargers enter Week 15 with an 11-2 record, but will need things to go their way over the last three weeks to avoid a road game to start the playoffs. Los Angeles has won three in a row and 9 of 10 after losing 2 of 3 to start the season. Their [...]

Scott Shapiro’s Week 14 NFL 4-Pack

After a one-sided Thursday night game dominated by Derrick Henry and the Titans to start off a week full of divisional battles, a plethora of meaningful games are on tap this weekend in the National Football League. Here is my Week 14 4-Pack: Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) vs Philadelphia Eagles The defending champions may have won two in a row, but do not be fooled by them outscoring their last two opponents and getting back into a position to potentially win [...]

Scott Shapiro’s Week 14 Thursday Night Analysis- Jaguars at Titans

Divisional matchups are the theme in Week 14 in the National Football League with 7 of the 16 games pitting pit teams that have already played each other this season. The first of these such games is on Thursday Night in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee has been a hard team to handicap this season because of their inconsistency. Just when you think you have a good read on the Titans they revert [...]