NFL: Ryan Lipton’s Week 7 picks against spread (63% in 2016)

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After hitting on 63 percent (34/54) of his picks during the 2016 NFL regular season, The JR Report and Ryan Lipton are back with their top 5 picks against the spread for Week 7.

So far, Ryan Lipton has hit on 52 percent (17/33) of his picks during the 2017 NFL season.

Ryan Lipton’s NFL Week 7 picks against the spread!

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NFL: Top 5 Week 2 picks against spread

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After going 3-2 in during Week 1 of the NFL regular season, The JR Report and Ryan Lipton are back with their top 5 picks against the spread for Week 2.

Remember, The JR Report hit on 63% (34/54) of its picks during last year’s regular season.

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Week 2 picks against the spread!

Oakland Raiders (-13) vs. New York Jets

Arizona Cardinals (-7) at Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans (-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars 

Miami Dolphins (+5) at Los Angeles Chargers 

Washington Redskins (+2.5) at Los Angeles Rams 

Monday Night Football Bonus Pick:

Detroit Lions (+3.5) at New York Giants 

*** The lines are taken from ESPN’s scoreboard***

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

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NFL overreaction Monday: What’s right and wrong

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Tomorrow will be overreaction Monday in the NFL. Fans across America will have seen their team play one game (except for Miami and Tampa Bay) and will be making assumptions about the rest of the season based upon on one 60 minute sample.

As always, many of these conclusions end up being very far from the truth.

As such, here is The JR Report’s advice on what overreactions are legit after the NFL’s Week 1 action.

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Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) motions on the line during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Where it’s wrong to overreact

The Patriots will be the Patriots

The New England Patriots were without wide receiver Julian Edelman. Wide receiver Philip Dorsett was just traded to the team and it was WR Brandin Cooks’ first game with quarterback Tom Brady.

Moreover, all-pro safety Eric Berry had the evening of his life completely taking tight end Rob Gronkowski out of the game.

Offensively, everything went against New England. Brady will be fine and the chemistry between him and the rest of the offense will only improve as the season progresses. Remember, they still put up 27 points against an elite Kansas City Chiefs defense on an off night with many injuries.

On defense, there were also many new pieces added during the offseason that included cornerback Stephon Gillmore. There was also an unfortunate injury to stud linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

Coach Bill Belichick will turn around the defense and Brady will do the same with the offense. The rest of the NFL should not think this is the end of anything with New England.

The Patriots will be back and better than ever during Week 2’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

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Arizona will be OK

The Arizona Cardinals lost in ugly fashion as they gave up 20 fourth quarter points and quarterback Carson Palmer threw three inceptions. However, the Cardinals will not be a below .500 team like they were last season.

Arizona still has a good defense, a stellar running back and a pretty great duo in Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cardinals were a little unlucky on the road against a possible playoff team in the Detroit Lions. Don’t overreact. Look for Arizona to bounce back in a major fashion against the Luck-less Indianapolis Colts in Week 2.

*** Update: With Cardinals running back David Johnson injured for what could be half the season, the future is not quite as bright. Nonetheless, Arizona will still look to be an improved team in 2017 and will stay afloat in the NFC wild card race until Johnson returns. ***

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Jared Goff is still 1-7

Yes, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff looked great today, however, it was against the Colts.

Remember, Indianapolis had what many people thought was the worst defense in the league in 2016. Even with quarterback Andrew Luck, they only won eight games. Now, they don’t have Luck so their league worst defense is now joined by a league worst offense as they have no hope without their MVP under center.

Without a doubt, Goff is an improved quarterback in 2017. But no Los Angeles fan should get ahead of themselves.

Goff will look good early, but 2016 Goff will be present shortly as their schedule becomes brutal with the Dallas Cowboys, (Jacksonville Jaguars?), Seattle Seahawks, Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans all in the next 10 weeks.

(Next page, Where it’s right to overreact)

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

NFC West preview: Can anyone challenge the Seahawks?

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College football has begun which means we are only one week away from the start of the 2017 NFL regular season. The best of the best will be playing three days a week. Those Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays can’t come soon enough.

With the great days ahead, The JR Report thought will break down each division going into 2017. Let’s begin out west with the NFC West.   

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NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks look like the easy choice to win the division as they’ve played into the postseason every year since 2012, with three division crowns in that span.

Seattle’s biggest questions will come with their offensive line that had a tough time protecting quarterback Russell Wilson a year ago. Wilson was sacked 41 times in 2016 and it’ll be interesting to see if the offseason additions of Luke Joeckel (former No. 2 overall pick) and 2017 second-rounder Ethan Pocic (NFL draft) will help Wilson and Co. get back on track offensively.

The team has a new bruising running back to replace Marshawn Lynch in Eddie Lacy. The former Packer has been given new weight incentives to keep his weight down and his speed up. The defense looks to improve upon last season as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are both healthy and will be as ferocious as ever.

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Arizona Cardinals

After a great 2015 season in which the Arizona Cardinals made it to the NFC Championship game only to lose to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the team took a step back last season finishing 7-8-1. 

David Johnson had the best year of his career last season and will look to duplicate his success starting Sunday on the road against the Detroit Lions.

Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald should still be a feared duo as long as Palmer throws it up to one of the best wide receivers in NFL history.

After Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL in 2015, a shoulder injury forced him to be shut down after 10 games in 2016. He’s finally back and healthy alongside Patrick Peterson, where the Cardinals hope to reestablish their top-notch secondary.

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Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams had a miserable season in 2016. First-round pick Jared Goff looked downright awful in the games he did play in (7) and threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns (7 to 5). Head coach Jeff Fisher was finally fired after he set the record for most losses of any head coach in NFL history.

On the other hand, the 2017 season should provide a little more hope for the team playing by Hollywood.

Sean McVay, one of the brightest offensive minds in football, was hired to replace Fisher. McVay was the offensive coordinator who helped turn Kirk Cousins into an elite quarterback and Rams fans are hoping McVay does the same to Goff.

Todd Gurley is primed for a rebound season after his disappointing sophomore slump. Sammy Watkins was added via trade and should be the top target that Goff needs to feel confident in throwing the ball deep.

Look out for Cooper Kupp to be a sneaky wide out that Goff throws to a lot since Kupp looks to be comfortable in McVay’s new offense. 

After a 4-12 season, the Rams look like they might be finally getting on the right track as long as Aaron Donald ends his holdout. 

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San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers had a laughable year in 2016. Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick were the two quarterbacks for a 2-14 team that looked just horrendous all season long. 

Chip Kelly was fired and now the team has a brand new head coach in Kyle Shanahan as well as new general manager John Lynch.

Shanahan came to the West Coast after being the offensive coordinator of the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. He will look to get started right away with Brian Hoyer, who he coached back in Cleveland in 2014.

Lynch and Shanahan both wanted to redefine the franchise and have made that evident as the team cut Ahmad Brooks, Quinton Dial, and Jeremy Kerley. The Niners offense has two new starting receivers, Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon, as well as rookie tight end George Kittle.

The defensive line looks like it will get back on track as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Tank Carradine, and Solomon Thomas will try to put the fear in opposing offensives’ quarterbacks.

Shanahan and Lynch appear to know what they’re doing but the team is still years away from competing. 

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Division Champion: Seattle Seahawks

The  Seahawks will take the NFC West in 2017. Wilson is too great of a quarterback to lose enough games to rip Seattle out of contention. 

Will the Seahawks win the Super Bowl? Probably not, but the team appears destined for another NFC West title, especially with the defense regaining health.

Any team that has Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett and now Sheldon Richardson on defense is going to be ruthless.

Oh and that’s not to mention Doug Baldwin and the beast Jimmy Graham on offense. If the offensive line can step up, and Eddie Lacy can be productive (both big if’s), this team could make a very deep run in January. 

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Dark Horse: Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are my dark horse to win the NFC West in 2017. Before you squint or think I’m crazy, my logic comes in believing in Sean McVay. He took a backup quarterback in Kirk Cousins and made the former fourth-rounder into one of the game’s premier quarterbacks.

When Cousins becomes a free agent next summer, tons of teams will come calling and McVay is a big reason why.

Also, Jared Goff has shown flashes of brilliance before. I could see him completing 65 percent of his passes along with 25 touchdowns in 2017. 

Moreover, Gurley has the pure talent to get back to being one of the game’s best running backs and Watkins is waiting to finally have the monster-type year that has been expected.

In a relatively weak division, don’t be shocked if the Rams win a few surprise games and challenge the Seahawks for the crown.

Rob Werner is a contributing writer for The JR Report. For more news follow him on twitter @robwerner28.

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