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Pigskin Picks: Week 20

January 16th, 2015 at 12:00 pm by chrischancellor
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Many analysts have cited the Seahawks’ 22-2 home record during the last three regular seasons as a reason why they are a significant favorite entering Sunday’s NFC Championship game against Green Bay. But that is not the only factor. Consider Green Bay’s home-road splits. The Packers went undefeated at home during the regular season and outscored opponents 40-20 on average. On the road, Green Bay had a 4-4 record and was outscored 23-21.

In addition to those statistics, the Seahawks are a much more balanced team. Despite the perception that the Packers possess a far superior offense behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay finished sixth in total offense — only three spots better than Seattle. On the other side, it was not close as the Seahawks ranked first in total defense, while the Packers were a pedestrian 15th.

Couple those factors with the fact that Rodgers is hobbled with a calf injury and I would be stunned if Green Bay pulls off the upset.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 20:
Green Bay @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 23, Green Bay 14
Dannie: Seattle 31, Green Bay 27

Indianapolis @ New England
Chris: New England 35, Indianapolis 28
Dannie: New England 27, Indianapolis 23

Last week: Dannie 4-1, Chris 3-2
Season: Chris 60-30, Dannie 52-38

South Kitsap names Rodriguez as new track and field coach

January 14th, 2015 at 11:47 am by chrischancellor
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South Kitsap School District officials announced the hiring of LaRae Rodriguez as the high school’s new track and field coach Wednesday morning.

Rodriguez has been an assistant coach for the Wolves since 2006, when she joined coach Joanne Warren’s staff. Warren resigned after the 2011 season to pursue an administrative position — she now is the assistant principal at Omak High School — and Kathy Ballew and Paul Zimmer co-coached the team the last three seasons. Ballew then announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year.

In addition to her coaching duties, Rodriguez teaches language arts at South Kitsap High School.

Pigskin Picks: Week 19

January 8th, 2015 at 4:54 pm by chrischancellor
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The playoffs are in full swing as the divisional round of the NFL season gets started Saturday, while the Football Bowl Subdivision championship contest is Monday. That should make for an interesting three days for fans, particularly with the Seahawks playing Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 19:
Baltimore @ New England
Chris: New England 24, Baltimore 17
Dannie: New England 17, Baltimore 13

Carolina @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 17, Carolina 6
Dannie: Seattle 27, Carolina 14

Dallas @ Green Bay
Chris: Green Bay 33, Dallas 28
Dannie: Green Bay 31, Dallas 27

Indianapolis @ Denver
Chris: Denver 28, Indianapolis 24
Dannie: Denver 31, Indianapolis 21

(College Football Subdivision Championship)
Ohio State vs. Oregon
Chris: Oregon 39, Ohio State 33
Dannie: Ohio State 38, Oregon 34

Last week: Dannie 5-1, Chris 4-2
Season: Chris 57-28, Dannie 48-37

Pigskin Picks: Week 18

December 30th, 2014 at 9:06 pm by chrischancellor
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The NFL playoffs begin this week along with the Football Bowl Subdivision four-team playoff on New Year’s Day: Alabama vs. Ohio State and Oregon vs. Florida State. The winner of those games meet Jan. 15 for the national championship.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 18:
Alabama vs. Ohio State
Chris: Alabama 35, Ohio State 27
Dannie: Ohio State 28, Alabama 20

Oregon vs. Florida State
Chris: Oregon 41, Florida State 30
Dannie: Oregon 35, Florida State 24

Arizona @ Carolina
Chris: Carolina 20, Arizona 17
Dannie: Arizona 21, Carolina 13

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh
Chris: Pittsburgh 27, Baltimore 20
Dannie: Baltimore 27, Pittsburgh 21

Cincinnati @ Indianapolis
Chris: Indianapolis 28, Cincinnati 24
Dannie: Indianapolis 30, Cincinnati 21

Detroit @ Dallas
Chris: Dallas 24, Detroit 17
Dannie: Dallas 30, Detroit 21

Last week: Chris 2-0, Dannie 1-1
Season: Chris 53-26, Dannie 43-36

Pigskin Picks: Week 17

December 23rd, 2014 at 12:28 pm by chrischancellor
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Not much happening this week as the major bowls do not begin until New Year’s Day. But the Seahawks can secure a second consecutive NFC West title — and as long as Detroit at Green Bay game does not end in a tie — the league’s top seed throughout the playoffs with a victory.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 17:
St. Louis @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 24, St. Louis 6
Dannie: Seattle 17, St. Louis 7

(Sunday Night Game)
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh
Chris: Pittsburgh 28, Cincinnati 24
Dannie: Cincinnati 21, Pittsburgh 14

Last week: Chris 2-1, Dannie 1-2
Season: Chris 51-26, Dannie 42-35

Pigskin Picks: Week 16

December 18th, 2014 at 1:51 pm by chrischancellor
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Light schedule this week with the Seahawks playing Sunday night against Arizona in a contest that could determine the NFC West champion. Even with a victory, Seattle might need to win its regular-season finale against St. Louis to clinch the division. That is because a loss against the Rams would leave Seattle with 11 victories if it beats the Cardinals. But Arizona still could win 12 games even with a setback against the Seahawks.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 16:
(Thursday Night Game)
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Chris: Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14
Dannie: Tennessee 17, Jacksonville 10

(Sunday Night Game)
Seattle @ Arizona
Chris: Seattle 13, Arizona 3
Dannie: Seattle 21, Arizona 17

(Monday Night Game)
Denver @ Cincinnati
Chris: Denver 31, Cincinnati 20
Dannie: Denver 35, Cincinnati 24

Last week: Dannie 3-1, Chris 1-3
Season: Chris 49-25, Dannie 41-33

Pigskin Picks: Week 15

December 11th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by chrischancellor
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The Seahawks appear well-positioned to sweep the 49ers for the first time since 2007. But given San Francisco’s recent struggles, that is not the most intriguing game of the week. That might come tonight when St. Louis, which has held its last two opponents scoreless, hosts Arizona. A Rams win — coupled with a Seattle victory Sunday — would move the Seahawks into a tie for first place in the NFC West. Seattle plays Dec. 21 at Arizona.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 15:
(Thursday Night Game)
Arizona @ St. Louis
Chris: St. Louis 20, Arizona 13
Dannie: Arizona 21, St. Louis 17

San Francisco @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 24, San Francisco 6
Dannie: Seattle 31, San Francisco 21

(Sunday Night Game)
Dallas @ Philadelphia
Chris: Philadelphia 31, Dallas 23
Dannie: Philadelphia 27, Dallas 21

(Monday Night Game)
New Orleans @ Chicago
Chris: Chicago 34, New Orleans 27
Dannie: New Orleans 20, Chicago 13

Last week: Chris 5-0, Dannie 4-1
Season: Chris 48-22, Dannie 38-32

Pigskin Picks: Week 14

December 4th, 2014 at 12:01 pm by chrischancellor
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Only one local team is playing this week with the Seahawks traveling to Philadelphia in what could be the most difficult game remaining on the schedule. The contest reminds me a little of the uptempo Seattle Sonics of the early 1990s that featured Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton facing the half-court oriented Utah Jazz highlighted by Karl Malone and John Stockton. In similar fashion, Sunday’s contest could be determined by whether the fast-paced Eagles or the defensive-dominant Seahawks are able to implement their style of play.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 14:
(Thursday Night Game)
Dallas @ Chicago
Chris: Dallas 27, Chicago 21
Dannie: Dallas 37, Chicago 17

(Pac-12 championship game)
Arizona vs. Oregon
Chris: Oregon 38, Arizona 31
Dannie: Oregon 31, Arizona 28

Seattle @ Philadelphia
Chris: Seattle 24, Philadelphia 20
Dannie: Philadelphia 21, Seattle 17

(Sunday Night Game)
New England @ San Diego
Chris: New England 35, San Diego 28
Dannie: New England 30, San Diego 21

(Monday Night Game)
Atlanta @ Green Bay
Chris: Green Bay 42, Atlanta 24
Dannie: Green Bay 35, Atlanta 20

Last week: Chris 4-1, Dannie 1-4
Season: Chris 43-22, Dannie 34-31

Live tweeting this week’s basketball openers

December 2nd, 2014 at 3:04 pm by chrischancellor
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The plan is to live tweet tonight’s South Kitsap at Highline boys basketball game and Wednesday’s girls basketball opener at Lakes. The frequency of tweets will depend on if I have reception in those gyms. Follow me on Twitter @outofwritefield for updates on those games and others throughout the season.

Pigskin Picks: Week 13

November 26th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by chrischancellor
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It is rivalry week with a pair of intriguing games for Northwest football fans. The Seahawks travel on Thanksgiving for an important contest against San Francisco that could determine which team remains in the NFC West championship race — or, more importantly, makes the playoffs. The Seahawks have not won a road game in the rivalry since 2008, but the last two contests have been decided by nine points — combined. I think that changes this season as the Seahawks are slightly better in most statistic categories and have a significant edge in point differential (plus-61 vs. plus-3).

As for the Apple Cup, I generally view it as a 50-50 game. The Huskies’ historical dominance does not support that, but the teams have split the last 10 games. And only two wins during the last decade — 2009 (30-0) and 2011 (38-21), both UW wins — did not come down to the waning moments. I expect a similar scenario this year. Because the Huskies secured a bowl last week, I think the Cougars could be the more motivated team. Regardless of preferred metric — passing defense, passing yards allowed per play or passing efficiency — both young secondaries have struggled. And I think WSU’s offense is in better position to take advantage of that weakness.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 13:
Washington State @ Washington
Chris: Washington State 38, Washington 34
Dannie: Washington 42, Washington State 37

(Top national college game)
Auburn @ Alabama
Chris: Alabama 27, Auburn 17
Dannie: Alabama 21, Auburn 17

Seattle @ San Francisco
Chris: Seattle 20, San Francisco 14
Dannie: San Francisco 24, Seattle 21

(Sunday Night Game)
Denver @ Kansas City
Chris: Denver 35, Kansas City 32
Dannie: Kansas City 28, Denver 21

(Monday Night Game)
Miami @ New York Jets
Chris: Miami 21, New York 10
Dannie: New York 27, Miami 22

Last week: Chris 5-0, Dannie 4-1
Season: Chris 39-21, Dannie 33-27

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