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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

Pigskin Picks: Week 12

November 21st, 2014 at 1:37 pm by chrischancellor
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This is not the most difficult week for picks — at least on paper — with the exception of the local NFL game. Similar to most, I expect a low-scoring game that could be decided by a deep touchdown pass to speedy Cardinals’ rookie John Brown. Or, I can envision a scenario where Drew Stanton throws an interception that is returned for a touchdown. Given Stanton’s accuracy issues — and the Seahawks’ secondary — I view the latter scenario as more likely. In the college ranks, Oregon State at Washington will be interesting because the loser will be thrust into a must-win scenario the following week in a rivalry game to achieve bowl eligibility. Not exactly an ideal scenario for either the Beavers or Huskies.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 12:
(Local high-school game)
Peninsula @ Bellevue
Chris: Bellevue 41, Peninsula 28
Dannie: Bellevue 31, Peninsula 21

Washington State @ Arizona State
Chris: Arizona State 42, Washington State 24
Dannie: Arizona State 45, Washington State 17

Oregon State @ Washington
Chris: Washington 24, Oregon State 20
Dannie: Washington 38, Oregon State 32

Arizona @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 13, Arizona 10
Dannie: Arizona 21, Seattle 17

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Dallas @ New York Giants
Chris: Dallas 27, New York 13
Dannie: Dallas 27, New York 21

Last week: Dannie 4-1, Chris 3-2
Season: Chris 34-21, Dannie 29-26

Pigskin Picks: Week 11

November 14th, 2014 at 12:38 pm by chrischancellor
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Upset wins by Shelton and Washington State hurt us last week, but we rebounded by correctly picking UCLA against Washington and both NFL games.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 11:
(Local high-school game)
Oak Harbor @ Peninsula
Chris: Peninsula 27, Oak Harbor 20
Dannie: Peninsula 34, Oak Harbor 17

Washington @ Arizona
Chris: Arizona 42, Washington 24
Dannie: Arizona 28, Washington 20

(Biggest national college game)
Mississippi State @ Alabama
Chris: Mississippi State 31, Alabama 27
Dannie: Alabama 27, Mississippi State 23

Seattle @ Kansas City
Chris: Kansas City 28, Seattle 24
Dannie: Kansas City 17, Seattle 14

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
New England @ Indianapolis
Chris: Indianapolis 35, New England 31
Dannie: Indianapolis 30, New England 27

Last week: Chris 3-2, Dannie 3-2
Season: Chris 31-19, Dannie 25-25

Pigskin Picks: Week 10

November 7th, 2014 at 1:16 pm by chrischancellor
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The Northwest games this week are interesting for a variety of reasons. South Kitsap will look to end its season on a positive note. Washington State will attempt to avoid a last-place finish in the Pac-12 North with a win at Oregon State. Washington only needs one more win to secure bowl eligibility, but a win against UCLA would only enhance the Huskies’ postseason destination. As for the Seahawks, they need a win against the struggling Giants to position themselves for a stretch run that features difficult road games at Kansas City and Philadelphia along with five tough divisional contests remaining. The least compelling game of the weekend might be the Sunday night match that features slumping Chicago at Green Bay.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 10:
South Kitsap @ Shelton
Chris: South Kitsap 16, Shelton 7
Dannie: South Kitsap 27, Shelton 7

Washington State @ Oregon State
Chris: Oregon State 41, Washington State 27
Dannie: Oregon State 31, Washington State 20

UCLA @ Washington
Chris: UCLA 28, Washington 23
Dannie: UCLA 27, Washington 25

New York Giants @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 27, New York Giants 10
Dannie: Seattle 24, New York Giants 17

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Chicago @ Green Bay
Chris: Green Bay 31, Chicago 10
Dannie: Green Bay 27, Chicago 13

Last week: Chris 4-1, Dannie 3-2
Season: Chris 28-17, Dannie 22-23

Pigskin Picks: Week 9

October 30th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by chrischancellor
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Outside of the Seahawks game — we both expect Seattle to dominate that contest — this is a difficult week for picks. Can Washington’s defense contain Colorado’s high-powered offense led by Bellarmine Prep graduate Sefo Liufau? Can South Kitsap earn its first road win since September with a playoff berth on the line? And the toughest selection might be the Sunday night rivalry game between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 9:
South Kitsap @ Timberline
Chris: Timberline 28, South Kitsap 24
Dannie: Timberline 28, South Kitsap 24

Washington @ Colorado
Chris: Washington 28, Colorado 27
Dannie: Colorado 31, Washington 21

USC @ Washington State
Chris: USC 38, Washington State 28
Dannie: USC 45, Washington State 7

Oakland @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 24, Oakland 10
Dannie: Seattle 35, Oakland 17

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh
Chris: Baltimore 31, Pittsburgh 27
Dannie: Baltimore 21, Pittsburgh 17

Last week: Chris 4-1, Dannie 2-3
Season: Chris 24-16, Dannie 19-21

Pigskin Picks: Week 8

October 24th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by chrischancellor
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All four state teams we examine from the high school to professional levels are looking to bounce back from losses. Will they? We are more confident in some than others.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 8:
Stadium @ South Kitsap
Chris: South Kitsap 20, Stadium 6
Dannie: South Kitsap 27, Stadium 14

Arizona State @ Washington
Chris: Arizona State 28, Washington 20
Dannie: Washington 24, Arizona State 22

Arizona @ Washington State
Chris: Arizona 31, Washington State 28
Dannie: Arizona 45, Washington State 31

Seattle @ Carolina
Chris: Seattle 24, Carolina 17
Dannie: Carolina 27, Seattle 23

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Green Bay @ New Orleans
Chris: Green Bay 35, New Orleans 30
Dannie: Green Bay 31, New Orleans 24

Last week: Chris 4-1, Dannie 3-2
Season: Chris 20-15, Dannie 17-18

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