2014 NFL Predictions

After the popularity of last year’s NFL predictions, Tap-ins contributors Sean Meyers, Patrick Williams and Anthony Franco return, and are joined by Dan Scifo, to offer their predictions for the 2014 season. Each selected the standings for every division, wild card teams, and the matchup and winner of the Super Bowl. Also, the quartet chose NFL award-winners.

Five of the eight division winners, New England, Indianapolis, Denver, Philadelphia and New Orleans, are unanimous picks among the Tap-Ins experts. A year after each team earned a first-place prediction in the NFC East, the experts all agree that the Eagles have separated themselves from the rest of the division. Big things are expected from Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, as they earned votes as both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, while Jadeveon Clowney appears to be a heavy favorite as Defensive Rookie of the Year. San Francisco is the top choice to prevail in Super Bowl XLIX, as a pair of panelists picked the 49ers for their champions.

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Player Comparison: Cole vs Wacha

Player comparison will be a new installment for Tap-Ins, as two writers will state their case for their respective athletes. In the inaugural edition, new Tap-Ins contributor Pete Blais takes the side of Michael Wacha, while Sean Meyers argues in favor of Gerrit Cole.

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Ventrone hoping perserverence pays off with hometown Steelers

Written by Sean Meyers

Standing only 5-foot-8, safety Ross Ventrone may appear to be a longshot to make the Steelers 53-man roster. A quick glance at his journey to this point, however, will show it would be unwise to count out the diminutive Bridgeville native. Continue reading

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Steelers Season Preview

In 2012, the Pittsburgh Steelers missed the playoffs with a record of 8-8. With expectations always high in the Steel City, fans are hoping the Steelers can return to the postseason. Sean Meyers is joined by Dan Scifo, who covers the Steelers for the Latrobe Bulletin, to preview the 2013 campaign.

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With new players in the huddle in 2013, can the Steelers improve upon their 8-8 record from last season?

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2013 NFL Predictions

Tap-ins contributors Sean Meyers, Patrick Williams, Zack Chakan and Anthony Franco offer their predictions for the 2013 NFL season. Each selected the standings for every division, wild card teams, and the matchup and winner of Super Bowl XLVIII. Also, the quartet chose NFL award-winners.

The AFC shapes up similar, as all four pick New England, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver to make the postseason. Aside from Atlanta winning the South, and Green Bay and San Francisco making the postseason, the rest of the NFC appears up for grabs. Check in periodically throughout the season to see how the expects’ picks are shaping up.

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Former Mountaineer Could Play Key Role In Steelers’ Offense

Written by Sean Meyers

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Heading into the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers added a relatively unknown fullback to their 53-man roster. One year later, West Virginia University product Will Johnson could be a critical piece in the Steelers’ offensive gameplan. Continue reading

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Penn State Football Preview

With the 2013 college football season less than a week away, Sean Meyers and new Tap-ins contributor Anthony Franco preview Penn State. Can the Nittany Lions repeat their success from last season, or will their lack of depth prove costly?

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Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions won eight of their last 10 games in 2012

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SummerSlam Review: The Biggest Party of the Summer?

Written by Sean Meyers

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John Cena and Daniel Bryan battled for the WWE Championship in the main event of SummerSlam

For more than 20 years, SummerSlam has been the second-biggest event on the WWE calendar. Many fans had high hopes for this pay-per-view, which was headlined by two main events. Not only did the show live up to expectations, but it exceeded them. SummerSlam was filled with compelling storylines, incredible in-ring performances, and was capped off by a dramatic twist that will change the landscape of the company for months to come. Continue reading

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Pirates to Test Drive Lambo

Andrew Lambo led all Minor League players in combined homeruns this season.

Andrew Lambo led all Minor League players in combined homeruns this season.

The Pirates, coming off a sweep at the hands of the sub .500 Colorado Rockies, called up 25-year-old Andrew Lambo today.   Lambo, acquired from the Dodgers in a 2010 trade, will arrive with the Buccos just in time for their important three game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, who sit exactly three games back in the National League Central Division race.

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Former PSU Teammates Hoping To Catch On With Steelers

Written by Sean Meyers

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When rookie wide receiver Justin Brown steps on the field for Pittsburgh Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College, he sees a very familiar face. Brown, a sixth-round draft selection, is joined by his fellow receiver from Penn State.

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