WEEK 16 FOCUS STAR SELECTIONS

WEEK 14/15 RECAP AND  FOCUS STAYS ON TOP: 

Well not the best of weeks last week with the highest score being 29 from the foot of the table Greg so doesnt really make a difference anyway!!!! It was hilarious that Greg didnt even realise he had a double week to use……”no no no he says i used that in Australia” but thats what happens when you dont pay attention to the 2 most important aspects of picking NFL games against the spread:

1: Remember to do your picks……………….ROSS and 2 log onto phenomenalfocuspicks,com!!!! Yes i lost in the heads up battle with JP last week by 1 point and again some unbelievable luck was had in the process for JP.  All ill say on the matter is how lucky were the patriots!!!!!!!! Focus had another solid performance with 21 and is happy to take that in order to secure another NFL ATS championship.Its gotto be said Ross “forgot” to do his picks twice this year and scored 4 and 12 points respectively and is only 36 points behind……where would he be if he just remebered to do his picks…………no no no not first but maybe second!!!!!!!!!

Anyway lets get to this weeks NFL selections as that is why you are all logging on to read.

PHENOMENAL FOCUS WEEK 16 NFL STAR SELECTIONS:

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Denver Broncos (5-9) at Washington Redskins (6-8)

MY 5 Star selection for this week is the Redskins at home to the Broncos.  First of all, this spread is too short. I have Washington -10 over the Broncos. The Redskins are a solid team that has endured an extremely difficult schedule this year. They’ve also had bad luck with in-game injuries. For instance, they outgained the Cowboys and averaged more yards per play a few weeks ago, but lost because of several mistakes. Second i love betting against Osweiler when the spread is a field goal or less. Osweiler has yet to cover a spread this year as a starter. He played well against the Colts, but this is a big step up for him, and there’s no reason to expect him to succeed.  Finally Osweiler won vs the Colts last week but it was more like the Colts imploding rather than good play from the Broncos, i think there offense is pedestrian and the defense has given up at this late stage of the season.  I see all there veteren players treating this game like a probowl and not really putting in maximum effort. The Redskins on the other hand have a young team with a lot to prove. Easy pick for me this week as the spread is just way off the boundary……….

Skins win 27-13

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Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) at New York Jets (5-9)

My 4 star selection is the Chargers away to the Jets. How and why is this spread only 6 points?????? I have this spread as Chargers -13/14.  The Chargers’ elite defense has taken on two terrible quarterbacks this season: Nathan J. Peterman and DeShone Kizer. Those two players posted a combined 17 points and seven turnovers in six quarters of action. Petty will be the third terrible quarterback the Chargers will be battling this year. And I expect things to get just as ugly. The Jets had a super lucky cover at New Orleans last week – the Saints had two touchdowns overturned by replay and two lost fumbles inside the red zone – so unless the Jets have the same sort of great fortune in this game, I can’t see them covering. The Chargers are one of the best teams in the league and the Jets are one of the worst.  The Jets are stricken with poor cornerbacks who won’t be able to cover Rivers’ receivers. With plenty of time in the pocket, Rivers should be able to connect with them quite frequently.  I see Rivers scoring 5+ touchdowns with his offense and Jets will be lucky to get into double figures. I see defensive touchdowns and turnovers for the charger defense also.

Chargers win 41-9

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Seattle Seahawks (8-6) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

My 3 star selection is the hawks away to the Cowboys.  I don’t understand this spread at all as i have it at -3 to the other side!!!!!!  The wrong team is favored, as the Seahawks are much better than the Cowboys. Their defense is much better and Wilson is an elite QB will DAK is not.   Seattle’s scoring attack is so much better because of the quarterback play. Wilson has shown that he can will his team to victory against elite competition, while Dak needs a solid running game to open up the passing lanes but the problem here for the Cowboys is they will hit a brick wall in the running game and Dak will force some bad throws. The Cowboys are just an average team and in the last 3 weeks struggled to beat the Raiders and Giants,infact they should have lost last week if Derek Carr just held onto the ball 6 inches from the line with 28 seconds to go.  The last time the cowboys faced elite competition the lost by over 20 points vs the chargers on Thanksgiving day…………..wait a minute Focus predicted that one also!!!!!!! Seattle faced superbowl contenders in the last 2 weeks (Rams and Jags) but will have an easier run of it tonight. Surprise win for some of you but like i said the wrong side is favoured in this matchup and Russel wilson will have a big game

Hawks win 27-17 getting points!!

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New York Giants (2-12) at Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
My 2 star selection this week is Giants away to the Cardinals.  The Giants had some no-show performances prior to Ben McAdoo’s firing, but they’ve played hard in the two games since. They held a 10-10 tie with the Cowboys with eight minutes remaining in regulation, and they were a blocked field goal away from defeating the Eagles last week.  The Giants have put forth full effort for Eli Manning’s return the past two weeks, and I don’t see why that would change in this contest. New York seems hungry for a win. Eli was the top performing QB last week in the NFL and i see him having a similar passing performance this week.  The Cardinals on the other hand have no running game to speak of, so they’re going to have difficulty moving the chains. Larry Fitzgerald will do his thing, catching about six passes to move the sticks on occasion, but the offensive success will be very limited.  I also see Drew getting sacked more than 5 times today as the Gaints will be in the backfield blitzing him all night and day!!!!!

The more I think about it, the more ridiculous it seems that the Cardinals are favored by more than a field goal. Their offensive line is atrocious, and Drew Stanton isn’t good enough to compensate for it. He is not an elite QB by any stretch……..he is competent but by no means should he or the team be favoured by more than a field goal vs anyone in the NFL
Giants win  34-17 getting points!!

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Detroit Lions (8-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-9)

Last but by no means least my 1 star selection is the Bengals at home vs the Lions.  The Bengals have been blown out twice since losing their “Super Bowl” to the Steelers on Monday Night Football. They haven’t looked motivated, but such things are always temporary for teams because players are always trying to get new contracts and I think the Bengals will show better effort in this contest.  The other factor during the two losses has been Burfict’s absence. Burfict is Cincinnati’s version of Kuechly (Panthers or Lee Cowboys). The Bengals need Burfict to be on the field to have a functional defense and he is playing, he’s worth at least three points, as far as I’m concerned. This spread should be flat soim getting great value here with the home team. . I’m sure there will be some comments from JP, Ross and “Stats Sean” about football being a team game, yadda yadda, but we’ve seen the severe impact the absences of these star linebackers have had on their teams. The lions on the other hand are a bit of a fake this year.  The Lions are suddenly four-point road favorites against the Bengals. But, why? Check out their previous four victories: They beat the Bears, who self-destructed with 13 penalties; they squeaked the Buccaneers by three; they snuck by the Bears by only three even though Chicago was missing Danny Trevathan; and they beat the Browns by 14, but were trailing in the third quarter. During that span, Baltimore slaughtered them, 44-20.  They move the chains a lot with Stafford having a good performance and time in the pocket but will find himself in horizontal mode tonight!!!

Bengals win 27-24 getting points!!

FOCUS FINAL THOUGHTS FOR WEEK 16:

Other notables are the Bucs (10), the Browns +7 and the Patriots -12.  Ill make a final decision tomorrow but these will be my picks. Remember i release these picks at 5:30 every Sunday so be sure to log in as i dont always remember to remind you guys. I see a lot of you this week getting trapped by picking the Jags and the 49ers. I dont like either game and reckon there could be upsets on the horizon!!!!!!!!!

No other Final thoughts needed guys as its sticking to basics and my own analysis.  Good luck coaches

WEEK 14 PHENOMENAL FOCUS STAR SELECTIONS

WEEK 13 RECAP AND  FOCUS STAYS ON TOP: 

Well not the best of weeks last week with the highest score being 28 from the foot of the table Greg so doesnt really make a difference anyway!!!! The lowest score was from the towel boy Ross with all other coaches having an average score. A great night last Sunday at the Bardons establishment so we must have another night out before the Superbowl. JP got a bit drunk last week and challenged the 4 time NFL ATS champion to a match bet €150 H2H this week. He is eager to try and win some of his own money back but will find himself deeper in the Red when Focus is finished with him………Yes he did win €50 back from me last week however he got to pick one of my teams in the Saints which left me with the Panthers. I wasnt happy and before kick off had it checked as a loss. This week will be different as i predict JP will pick the Packers which is a trap game this week. Just to explain how lucky JP is 2 days ago at the cash league final day 1a JP knocked me out of the tournament on a 6 outer and this is what happened:

Focus has J,6 spades in the big blind 3 handed. The flop comes Q,4,2 all spades and checks, Player 1 bets 450 and JP calls, i raise to 3200 and get called by both players. The turn card is a 5 hearts and Focus goes all in for 18K, player 1 thinks about it for ages and folds his set as you should…………….JP on the other hand calls with Ace spades and a 5 diamonds (90% of his remaining stack) for a 6 outer so Ross thats 15% chance or 7/1 dog. Lucky John Paul spikes a 5 of spades and Focus is gone but hey thats how the luck goes sometines and instead of a potential winner in Focus having a 60K stack and blinds only 100-200 JP has the chips and probably wont even make the final 2 tables. Revenge this week as i take €150 off JP.

JP JUMPED ON THE BAND WAGON VS FOCUS, FELL OFF AND LOST €300. DID NONE OF YOU GUYS LEARN ANYTHING FROM SEANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FOCUS SPEAKS TOO SOON AND STARTS TO GIVE JP ALLLLLL HIS MONEY BACK!!! ANSWER: We will see!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway i didnt want to say to much and i know you are all eagerly waiting on the award winning, bookie bashing, phenomenal focus star selections for week 13 so lets get to it

PHENOMENAL FOCUS WEEK 13 NFL STAR SELECTIONS:

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Seattle Seahawks (8-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4)

MY 5 Star selection for this week is the Hawks away to the Jags.  I don’t understand this spread at all as i have it at -7 to the other side!!!!!!  The wrong team is favored, as the Seahawks are much better than the Jaguars. Their defenses are comparable, but the offenses aren’t even close. With Leonard Fournette hitting a rookie wall, Seattle’s scoring attack is so much better because of the quarterback play. Wilson has shown that he can will his team to victory against elite competition, while Bortles doesn’t really care about his professional career. The Jaguars on the other hand prevailed over the Chargers because Los Angeles made so many mistakes.  Jacksonville had just one legitimate scoring drive in that contest. The team also had a nice win over a lethargic Cincinnati team that couldn’t pressure the quarterback or get off the field on third down. Plus, the result would’ve likely been 16-7 if it weren’t for a punt return, which is obviously less impressive than 23-7. Beating the Colts wasn’t impressive at all. Blake Bortles still sucks, his receivers are pedestrian, and his offensive line is not good. The Jaguars are just an average team, so it’s no surprise they lost at Arizona. They remind me of the Giants from 2016. They’re overachieving, and they’re likely going to make the playoffs, but they’ll lose in the postseason right away and will win just 3-4 games next year once things stop going their way.  The Jags are a Fake and will be found out today by a true Superbowl contender:

Hawks win 27-17

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Baltimore Ravens (7-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)

My 4 star selection is the ravens away to the steelers. How and why is this spread 7 points?????? Look i know it has been bet down to -4 but i still think this is too high. I have it as steelers -3 and the game to be settled by a field goal either way YES i give the ravens a chance to wn this game so its obvious who the pick is. Remeber this past Monday the steelers were losing 17-0 to one of the worst teams out there the bengals. The Ravens defense is phenomenal this year and i see this as a low scoring game. Big Ben is great and Antonio Brown is fantastic but i dont see them having much success today and here’s why: The Ravens defense is top 3 in the NFL for points allowed hard luck Ben and top 3 in the NFL for pass yards given up Hard Luck Antonio!!!!!!! The steeler defense is also at the top in relation to defensive statistics and are 5th points allowed, 4th in total yardage and 2 in pass yards allowed. With this in mind i see the ravens running the ball and thus running the clock down. Look for more field goals in this game than TD’s and will end in the teens

Steelers win 16-13

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Tennessee Titans (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (5-7)

My 3 star selection is the titans away to the cardinals. Just because the Cardinals pushed the Jaguars all the way all of you will overreact and think that the Cardinals have a good chance this week well you would be wrong and here’s why: Marcus Mariota will have more time in the pocket as the cardinals are terrible at rushing the passer, and he’ll take advantage of it by finding open targets going up the Cardinal’s secondary. The Cardinals have some shaky defensive backs starting for them. Meanwhile, the Titans should be able to run on the Cardinals with some success. The only potent ground game the Cardinals has faced in the last few weeks is the Rams and what happened: The widely rated number 1 running back Todd Gurley ran all over them!!!!!!!!!! Again i dont even see this as a tight affair as i see the titans winning by a touchdown or more.

Titans win 27-17

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San Francisco 49ers (2-10) at Houston Texans (4-8)
My 2 star selection this week is 49ers away vs the texans.  I don’t understand this spread at all. San Francisco should be favored. The 49ers have played in many close games this year despite having bad (Brian Hoyer) and terrible (C.J. Beathard) quarterbacking. Garoppolo, despite his inexperience, is infinitely better than those two signal-callers. He makes the 49ers a viable team for the first time since the Jim Harbaugh days.  With that in mind, why is Houston favored by 2 points???? It makes absolutely no sense to me. Savage is a horrible quarterback. He should not be laying points. Betting against Savage as a touchdown underdog has worked the past two weeks, but now we get to do it with him being a 2 point favorite? Sign me up!  The 49ers don’t have the best defense either, but unlike San Francisco, the Texans don’t have the quarterback to take advantage of it. Tom “Sloppy Knucklehead Savage ” had a mid-range performance last week – a relatively great showing for him – but I don’t expect that to happen again. He’s not a good quarterback, to put it nicely, and he could be responsible for several turnovers in this contest as he regresses to the mean. The 49ers win easily by double digits and there getting points!!!
49ers win  34-17

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Chicago Bears (3-9)
at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)

Last but by no means least my 1 star selection is the Bears away vs the struggling skeleton crew Bengals. This spread is nowhere near were it should be as i have it as a scratch match yes yes yes a scratch match. At most i might go to -3 to the Bengals because there at home but thats the max and yet we are getting incredible value with the visitor and 6 points. Thanks Vegas. Ok lets analise the Bengals, who nearly lost to the Colts at home a few weeks ago, will be missing Vontaze Burfict and several other defensive players and they could also be without Geno Atkins.  This is huge as both these top players are like QB’sfor the defense organising there players in the right positions and coordinating with the coaches as to what personel to use and there both OUT!!! The bears on the other hand have a very balanced team and will be able to move the chains quite easily all game and will score when they have the ball more times than they will punt. The bengals will struggle on this side of the ball vs a very capable defense and WHY: because they are in the top 7 categories as one of the worst offenses in the NFL (25th in points scored, 31st in total yardage, 26th in pass yards and 30th in Rush yards) I see a lot of you coaches getting trapped in this game by not recognizing the numbers and the value ive explained above:

Bears win 27-16 YES BEARS WIN ON THE FLAT GETTING POINTS!!!!!!!

FOCUS FINAL THOUGHTS FOR WEEK 14:

Other notables are the Bucs (0), the Browns +3 and the Patriots -11.  Ill make a final decision tomorrow but these will be my picks. Remember i release these picks at 5:30 every Sunday so be sure to log in as i dont always remember to remind you guys. Last week 4 out of 5 week 13 ULTIMATE PERFECTION 8/8, WEEK 11 3 OUT OF 5, week 10 PERFECT, week 9 PERFECT, YOU ARE WELCOME

No other Final thoughts needed guys as its sticking to basics and my own analysis.  Good luck coaches

WEEK 13 PHENOMENAL FOCUS STAR SELECTIONS

WEEK 12 RECAP AND  FOCUS GOES PERFECT: 

Well good weeks all round last week with the LOWEST score being 21 by Coach Cross.  3 coaches made it into the 30’s but only 1 coach made the 50 point mark and off course it was the superior, phenomenal HEAD COACH FOCUS!!!!!!! I had a comment on the website last week from NGOKU who predicted that i would go 0/3 for thanksgiving and 0/5 for the sunday star selections.  Ive a sneaky feeling that JP was responsible for the post as the exact opposite occured YES YES YES focus goes PERFECT as predicted. I had a quick look through the whatsapp messages from JP and Ross………..have a read, a laugh and a giggle:

I DIDNT WANT TO PUT IN ALL THE MESSAGES BUT ROSS GOATED ME INTO A BET BUT PICKED THE WRONG COACH FOR THAT. LIKE ROSS SAID WE CAN SORT OUT AT CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! €750 €750 €750 €750 €750

JP JUMPED ON THE BAND WAGON VS FOCUS, FELL OFF AND LOST €300. DID NONE OF YOU GUYS LEARN ANYTHING FROM SEANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FOCUS SPEAKS TOO SOON AND STARTS TO GIVE JP ALLLLLL HIS MONEY BACK!!!

Anyway i didnt want to say to much and i know you are all eagerly waiting on the award winning, bookie bashing, phenomenal focus star selections for week 13 so lets get to it

PHENOMENAL FOCUS WEEK 13 NFL STAR SELECTIONS:

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New England Patriots (9-2) at Buffalo Bills (6-5)

MY 5 Star selection for this week is the Patriots away to the bills.  I don’t understand this spread at all as i have it at -13 even -14.  The bills are terrible on both sides of the football and there up against the best QB in the league the best coach in the league and the patriot defense is showing up now. It used to be that the patriots would just outscore you but i dont see the bills having much success on Sunday and will give up before they even enter the 2nd half and here’s why: The patriots are 1st in pass yards, 1st in total yardage and 3rd in points scored this year. Defensivley since the bye in week 9 they have only conceeded 16,8 & 17 points which is phenomenal. I have always said it give me a great QB vs a poor team and i will bet them every day and twice on Sunday. These numbers are superbowl winning numbers and they are up against a poor team. I see the patriots winning by 20 with the exception of a backdoor TD to bring the number closer to 13 which is what i think the number should be.  In relation to the bills the last time they had a big game at home, the Saints walked into Orchard Park and absolutely demolished them, winning 47-10. New Orleans ran all over Buffalo, and Drew Brees completed all the passes he needed to in order to consistently move the chains. The Saints tallied nearly 500 net yards of offense, as they were completely unstoppable.   I don’t see why things would suddenly be different in this matchup, considering that the Patriots and Saints are very close in overall team strength. The Bills, who have struggled to stop the run will fail to contain Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, thanks in part to their attention being on Tom Brady.

Patriots win 40-17 (30-7 half time)

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Detroit Lions (6-5) at Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

My 4 star selection is the ravens at home to the Lions. In this matchup this is more of a pick against the Lions as i think they are a struggling team. The Ravens defense on the other hand is playing at a far superior level and are at home. I had this spread at 6 or even 7 and to my amazement its only 3 WHAT!!!!!!!!! Im all over this as the ravens and since there bye week 10 beat greenbay by 23 and the texans by 7 conceeding only 16 points in the process. In fact in 2 of there last 4 matches the ravens held the opposing offenses to ZERO points (Miami & Greenbay) There defense will create a load of short yardage situations for Flacco who is still a really good QB when called upon and needed. I reckon a defensive TD score or 2 will happen here as stafford will be running for his life for most of the game. Its also a big note that Stafford is not fully fit and will struggle to move the chains. I see it as a low scoring game with the ravens winning by 7+.

Raven win 23-13

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Indianapolis Colts (3-8) at Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4)

My 3 star selection is the Colts vs the Jags. The Jaguars are one of the most overrated teams in the NFL and its  because of Blake Bortles and the offensive line. Bortles, as we were able to confirm this past Sunday, sucks. He never really knows what he’s doing, so he has to resort to checkdowns most of the time. Once he starts doing something different, he gives the ball away. He is useless and to be honest he should never be favoured by more than a field goal EVER. This spread is 9 which is 6 points off were it should be and i would not be surprised if the colts pulled the upset this week and won on the flat. Yeah i know its a big call but its revenge time for the colts as in week 7 went down 27-0. Since then they have covered every spread and won 2 of there matchups in fact every game was within a TD or less.  The colts are pushing every team they play all the way and i think will win today

Colts win 27-24 “shooting star selection”

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Carolina Panthers (8-3) at New Orleans Saints (8-3)
My 2 star selection this week is Saints at home vs the Panthers. This is another spread that i just dont get as i had/have it as the Saints -7 so im getting incredible value here with the Saints. Lets start with the Panthers………they should not have won last week vs the jets as the jets shot themselves in the foot twice in the 4th quarter and were very lucky to win the match. This was a case that the panthers didnt win the game the jets threw it away!!! In this matchup CAM will not be that lucky as Drew brees is a top 5 NFLsignal caller and will score a truck load of points today.  This is probsbly the most important game on the saints schedule this year as the winner will be top of the division. I feel like i am repeating myself with this team this year I have always said it give me an elite QB vs a poor opponent (Last week VERY POOR)  and i will take them every week and twice on Sunday. This spread should be saints -6 or even -7 and its only 4 (Well it is now currently) anyway thank you very much Vegas as Focus loves this pick. Back to the matchup the Saints are 6th in overall offense and 10th in Defense which is impressive. The Panthers on the other hand are 16th in offense and 8th in defense which would seem impressive but at a closer look who have they played with a winning record:  ANSWER 1 YES 1 and how did they do they lost!!  The Panthers are good vs losing teams but there up against it today. Saints win by double digits
Saints win  36-20

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Houston Texans (4-7) at Tennessee Titans (7-4)

Last but by no means least my 1 star selection is the titans at home vs the struggling skeleton crew Texans. This spread is nowhere near high enough as i would struggle to pick the Texans if they were getting double figures!!!!!!  I see the titans winning by double figures and with the spread being only 6 points hers’s why. Mariota is the far superior quarterback, the defense is far superior and the offense is far superior. Coaching is definetly better in the last few weeks. The titans have won 5 of there last 6 games and beaten some good teams in the process including the bengals and the Ravens. On the opposing side we have “Sloppy Savage” under centre which is good new for the Titans as he likes to give the ball away. There is not much more that we can say about the Texans until there elite QB is back……………..there awful

The Titans are the much better team, and I think they’ll dominate this game.

Titans win 36-16

FOCUS FINAL THOUGHTS FOR WEEK 13:

Other notables are the Broncos -2, the Chargers -13 and the bears -3 at home.  Ill make a final decision tomorrow but these will be my picks. Remember i release these picks at 5:30 every Sunday so be sure to log in as i dont always remember to remind you guys. Last week ULTIMATE PERFECTION 8/8, WEEK 11 3 OUT OF 5, week 10 PERFECT, week 9 PERFECT, YOU ARE WELCOME

No other Final thoughts needed guys as its sticking to basics and my own analysis.  Good luck coaches