Week 17 – Dallas @ Washington: Getting with the program

Steve Baker is sick of hearing the words “program” and “team culture” in post-game sport-speak (across a raft of codes). But when it comes to the impact of Rolando McClain on the Dallas Cowboys defense, there are no two words that sum up the difference between playing football in January or thinking about the draft and pre-season training between Christmas and New Years’.

About Steve Baker

Steve Baker cashed in his horses for choppers and went tear-assing around ‘Nam, looking for the shit. He’s been known to chopper in t-bones and beer and turn the L-Z into a beach party. Steve’s the defending ‘Most Pessimistic Dallas Fan’ champion and is in the midst of a life-long campaign to one day buy the Cowboys off Jerry Jones and end the madness. He’s also chief button-pusher for the Footy Almanac Podcast, so you can blame him.

Week 17 – Buffalo @ New England: The Pats look ahead as the Bills look to win

New England fan Sam Wilkinson watched his Patriots, missing plenty of starters, lose to Buffalo in Week 17. But he isn’t as upset as you would think, as the team tries to stay healthy for the playoffs.

About

Sam Wilkinson lives in Melbourne, Australia. His appreciation for the New England Patriots sees him awake at some ridiculous hours just to catch their game. Like all Pats fans, he refuses to admit that one day Tom Brady will get old and have to retire.

Week 17 – Detroit @ Green Bay: “Because they’re the Lions.”

Ed Wyatt says he never expected the Detroit Lions to beat the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s winner-take-all NFC North battle. Why? “Because they’re the Lions.”

About Ed Wyatt

Ed Wyatt grew up in Halfway, Maryland, following the Baltimore Colts like his football coach father. When he lost his Bert Jones #7 jersey at the Lincolnshire Elementary School playground, he should have taken it as an omen, since the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis. Ed has managed to avoid full time work by talking on the radio, smiling on the television and tapping on the keyboard of his computer. He won a number of local Emmy awards with the Seattle-based comedy show Almost Live! and hosted the Super Bowl live on Australian television for nine years. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

The departure of coach Jim Harbaugh from the 49ers

With San Francisco saying adios to its very successful head coach Jim Harbaugh, our man Josh Slocum tries to make sense of the mess that the 49ers front office has created.

About Josh Slocum

Born into the red and white of the South Melbourne Swans, I remember being amazed at age 7 to see a team with our colours that actually won something when the 1984 49ers won the Superbowl. I’ve been following the red, white and gold ever since. Of recent times my frustrations at not winning a Superbowl since 1994 can be heard occasionally on the aussieguysnfl podcast.

Matty Football Challenge: Week 17

This is it. Week 17 for our man Matty Football. He’s got some big-time picks this week and some fun facts too: did you know Carolina’s Ron Rivera has the second-best December record since 2011? Only Bill Belichick is better.

About Matthew Proctor

As a fan of American Football and gambling this is a wonderful time of year. Working for a large European betting firm for years covering NFL and College football I was lucky enough to go head to head with some of the planets best football gamblers. Each week I’ll do my best to tip you a winner but more importantly give you vital information for each game before putting down a wager.
Good Luck and Good Punting!!

Week 16 – New England @ New York Jets: Escape from New York

New England fan Sam Wilkinson is relieved. The Patriots got a hard-earned win over the pesky Jets and with Denver’s loss on Monday Night Football, the road to the Super Bowl will go through Foxborough.

About

Sam Wilkinson lives in Melbourne, Australia. His appreciation for the New England Patriots sees him awake at some ridiculous hours just to catch their game. Like all Pats fans, he refuses to admit that one day Tom Brady will get old and have to retire.

Week 16 – Indianapolis @ Dallas: December dreaming for Romo

James Caughlin says there’s something wrong in Dallas: no late season collapse by Tony Romo and no talk of sacking head coach Jason Garrett. Craziest of all, the Cowboys are headed to the playoffs.

About James Caughlin

Growing up in Brisbane Australia, James got into the NFL during the 2000 season thanks to the Madden NFL video game. His cousins told him to use the Patriots (as a prank on him) but 3 Super Bowls and multiple winning season’s later, he has had the last laugh. Now you will hear him yelling at the TV around 4am on a Monday morning watching every Patriots game live.

Week 16: Atlanta @ New Orleans: A funeral with music

Ed Wyatt calls for a “jazz funeral” for the New Orleans Saints, who instead of dancing into the playoffs, bumbled and stumbled their way out of the NFL post-season.

About Ed Wyatt

Ed Wyatt grew up in Halfway, Maryland, following the Baltimore Colts like his football coach father. When he lost his Bert Jones #7 jersey at the Lincolnshire Elementary School playground, he should have taken it as an omen, since the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis. Ed has managed to avoid full time work by talking on the radio, smiling on the television and tapping on the keyboard of his computer. He won a number of local Emmy awards with the Seattle-based comedy show Almost Live! and hosted the Super Bowl live on Australian television for nine years. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

Week 16 – Green Bay @ Tampa Bay: Just one more loss, please

Just one more week. Tampa Bay fan Declan Boffa can’t wait for this season to end and he’s ready for the team to draft a marquee quarterback and start rebuilding.

Week 16 – San Diego @ San Francisco: when losing is (painful) winning?

Remember that old Split Enz song “Conflicting Emotions?” That’s what’s going on with 49ers’ fan Josh Slocum, who’s trying to find the balance between being competitive and planning for next season.

About Josh Slocum

Born into the red and white of the South Melbourne Swans, I remember being amazed at age 7 to see a team with our colours that actually won something when the 1984 49ers won the Superbowl. I’ve been following the red, white and gold ever since. Of recent times my frustrations at not winning a Superbowl since 1994 can be heard occasionally on the aussieguysnfl podcast.

Matty Football Challenge: Week 16

Our man Matty Football makes his Week 16 picks, including a couple of surprises – the Jets at home plus the points? The Raiders at home against the Bills? Let’s see how he does.

About Matthew Proctor

As a fan of American Football and gambling this is a wonderful time of year. Working for a large European betting firm for years covering NFL and College football I was lucky enough to go head to head with some of the planets best football gamblers. Each week I’ll do my best to tip you a winner but more importantly give you vital information for each game before putting down a wager.
Good Luck and Good Punting!!

Week 15 – Miami @ New England: Pats dole out revenge on ‘phins

New England fan Sam Wilkinson is happy with the Patriots revenge win over the Dolphins, but says the team needs to win its final two games to ensure home field advantage during the playoffs.

About

Sam Wilkinson lives in Melbourne, Australia. His appreciation for the New England Patriots sees him awake at some ridiculous hours just to catch their game. Like all Pats fans, he refuses to admit that one day Tom Brady will get old and have to retire.

Week 15 – New Orleans @ Chicago: The Saints beat the ‘aints

When they were bad, the Saints used to be called the ‘aints and fans wore brown paper bags over their heads to remain anonymous. Ed Wyatt was stunned to see Chicago Bears fans bringing out the bags on Monday night.

About Ed Wyatt

Ed Wyatt grew up in Halfway, Maryland, following the Baltimore Colts like his football coach father. When he lost his Bert Jones #7 jersey at the Lincolnshire Elementary School playground, he should have taken it as an omen, since the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis. Ed has managed to avoid full time work by talking on the radio, smiling on the television and tapping on the keyboard of his computer. He won a number of local Emmy awards with the Seattle-based comedy show Almost Live! and hosted the Super Bowl live on Australian television for nine years. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

Week 15 – Dallas @ Philadelphia: Frustrations and realizations

After a tough home loss to Dallas, Philadelphia fan Scott Langford assesses the season so far and especially the role that “luck” has played in the Eagles wins and losses.

About Scott Langford

Australia’s Most Famous SUNY Cortland/Syracuse Alum

Melbourne boy who belongs back in New York.

Eagles fan who for some reason once wore a Giants Super Bowl ring.

Current US collegiate athletic recruiter and advisor.

Week 15 – Dallas @ Philadelphia: Embedded with the “screaming idiots”

It takes a brave man to wear a Dallas Cowboys’ jersey into Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. But Matt Walsh did just that and emerged from the madness to pen this story for us.

Week 15 – Arizona at St Louis: “That’s not a [defense]… THIS is a [defense].”

Steve Baker returns to the Pigskin Almanac with a shrewd analysis (with bonus socio/political commentary) of the Arizona Cardinals hard-fought win over the St. Louis Rams.

About Steve Baker

Steve Baker cashed in his horses for choppers and went tear-assing around ‘Nam, looking for the shit. He’s been known to chopper in t-bones and beer and turn the L-Z into a beach party. Steve’s the defending ‘Most Pessimistic Dallas Fan’ champion and is in the midst of a life-long campaign to one day buy the Cowboys off Jerry Jones and end the madness. He’s also chief button-pusher for the Footy Almanac Podcast, so you can blame him.

Week 14 – NY Giants @ Tennessee: Beckham can throw too!

Cody Royle loves what the Giants did to the Titans, but now has a message for the men in blue: don’t win too many more games.

About Cody Royle

A Melbourne-native, Cody packed up and moved to Toronto, Canada in 2009 largely to be closer to the NFL and his beloved New York Giants. He now coaches the Canadian Aussie Rules team and can be found tweeting @codyroyle.

Week 14 – New England @ San Diego: What is this Bieber Curse?

New England fan Sam Wilkinson was nervous when he saw some of the Patriots hanging with Justin Bieber. But fortunately the “Bieber Curse” didn’t affect the Pats in their game against San Diego.

About

Sam Wilkinson lives in Melbourne, Australia. His appreciation for the New England Patriots sees him awake at some ridiculous hours just to catch their game. Like all Pats fans, he refuses to admit that one day Tom Brady will get old and have to retire.

Week 14 – Seattle @ Philadelphia: ‘Hawks returning to championship form

We knew that Seattle @ Philadelphia would be a big game, and James Caughlin says the result may be ominous for the rest of the NFL as the Seahawks start to find some serious form.

About James Caughlin

Growing up in Brisbane Australia, James got into the NFL during the 2000 season thanks to the Madden NFL video game. His cousins told him to use the Patriots (as a prank on him) but 3 Super Bowls and multiple winning season’s later, he has had the last laugh. Now you will hear him yelling at the TV around 4am on a Monday morning watching every Patriots game live.

America’s craziest game show: “Who wants to win the NFC South?”

Ed Wyatt gives us an insight into the hottest new game show in America, “Who Wants To Win the NFC South?”

About Ed Wyatt

Ed Wyatt grew up in Halfway, Maryland, following the Baltimore Colts like his football coach father. When he lost his Bert Jones #7 jersey at the Lincolnshire Elementary School playground, he should have taken it as an omen, since the Colts left Baltimore for Indianapolis. Ed has managed to avoid full time work by talking on the radio, smiling on the television and tapping on the keyboard of his computer. He won a number of local Emmy awards with the Seattle-based comedy show Almost Live! and hosted the Super Bowl live on Australian television for nine years. He is a graduate of Stanford University.