Week 15 NFL Pick: New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Jets
(9-4, 7-6 ATS)

Pittsburgh Steelers
(10-3, 8-5 ATS)

The New York Jets have dropped two games in a row and are starting to wonder whether they are really a lock to make the postseason or not. They have arguably the toughest game of their season on tap as well, as they travel to the Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL betting action in Week 15.

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New York could be in some real trouble when this one is over with, as there could be three teams within just a game of its playoff spot, which is likely to be the last one in the AFC. Catching the New England Patriots for the AFC East crown is now just a pipe dream, and it will likely become a mathematical impossibility this weekend whether the Jets win or lose. Trying to find a way out of this hole is going to be very difficult if QB Mark Sanchez doesn’t take care of the football. We’ve covered Sanchez’s struggles in recent weeks with his INTs, and last week’s no TD, one pick, and no real offense performance against the Miami Dolphins at home didn’t do anything to help him in that department. The former USC Trojan has thrown for 2,839 yards with 16 TDs against 12 picks. The problem he has is that his TD/INT ratio is an absolutely dreadful 8/12 since Week 5. The ground game is going to have its work cut out for it in this one, as we know that the Pittsburgh defense has one of the most stout units in the league, particularly against rushing attacks. Averaging 143.7 yards per game with essentially a three back system is fantastic, but if none of the three can get anything going, it is going to be up to Sanchez to make the most out of his pass attempts.

The Steelers are probably just two wins away from the No. 2 seed in the AFC side of the playoffs. Just like the Jets, they have a distance chance of being the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but the likelihood of gaining two games on the Pats in just three weeks is slim to none even if they win out. So instead, Pittsburgh must look at what is behind it. The Baltimore Ravens are right on its heels, a game behind in the AFC North race, and a loss in this one could put the men in black and gold in playoff trouble once again. However, a ‘W’ will wrap a spot up once and for all and let Head Coach Mike Tomlin and company breathe just a tad easier. The play of RB Rashard Mendenhall is going to be key against a very aggressive New York defense, but we all know if Pittsburgh is winning this game, its defense is going to have to be the unit that really steps up. This team has been virtually untouchable at home this year against all teams not named the New England Patriots, and if this isn’t an exception this week, there will be joy and celebration in the Steel City when this one is said and done with.

New York just doesn’t stand a chance in this one. We hate laying this many points against a team that is rock solid, even on the road, but the Steelers are playing too well right now to be beaten. Give the nod in NFL betting action to the black and gold on their home turf, as the Jets continue to flounder in the race for the postseason.

Pro Football Free Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -6

Dallas Investors Create glendonTodd Capital.

Health & Beauty Close-Up February 11, 2011 A group of seasoned investors announced the founding of glendonTodd Capital, a private investment firm based in Dallas, Texas.

Led by Managing Partner Todd Furniss, the private equity firm is focused on companies in the technology enabled business services sector and healthcare sector, according to the Company. The firm’s partners are Richard Toussaint, M.D., Derrick Evers and Wade Barker, M.D.

“We approach private equity a bit differently, firmly believing that operational insights and understanding are critical to genuinely understanding the risk profile and the opportunity of any given investment,” said Furniss. “For this reason, glendonTodd Capital only invests in companies where at least one of the principals of our firm has operated a company. With this thesis, we provide more than just capital by allowing the management teams of our investments draw on our experience, leadership, values and insight to accelerate the growth of the company.” Furniss added that glendonTodd Capital also believes strongly in focusing on those companies with attractive growth stories. The firm’s investment thesis informs hold periods and co-investment partners. Furniss said, “We do not hold investments based on an arbitrary three to five year time line, but rather hold companies based on our view of their value proposition in the marketplace. As importantly, we always seek to surround ourselves with value added lenders and co-investors, along with proven management teams of the highest integrity.” The company noted details of the partners: forestparkmedicalcenternow.net forest park medical center

Furniss is Managing Partner of glendonTodd Capital. Previously, Furniss was a co-founder of PlumTree Partners, a private investment firm he co-founded with former ACS CEO, Jeff Rich. Prior to PlumTree Partners, Furniss served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Everest Group, a global consulting firm. Previously, he served four years as Director of Corporate Business Development and Managing Director at EDS after holding several previous positions in operations, business development and legal roles. Furniss is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations and supports The Chiapas Project as well as several other local and national charities.

Dr. Toussaint is a Partner at glendonTodd Capital. Additionally, he is also the President of Forest Park Medical Center operations and the Managing Partner at Neal Richards Group. He has also led his own merchant banking, and has founded, developed or owned over 20 other businesses. Additionally, he has been involved in investment banking and consulting as a managing partner of Amherst Capital Corp., while developing, managing, and selling various commercial and healthcare-related businesses. A physician in Dallas for more than 20 years, Dr. Toussaint is the Chief Medical Officer of American Physician House Calls and Medical Director of the Surgery Center of Mesquite.

Evers is a Partner at glendonTodd Capital. Additionally, he is also CEO of NRG, an edge real estate development firm focused on the development of hospitals, medical office buildings and mixed use projects. In the past, Evers has served as Senior Development Manager with Trammell Crow Company, a national commercial real estate development company. Previously, Evers was an integral member of the Jones Lang LaSalle’s project design services team. In the field, Evers worked as a General Contractor with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company prior to moving to the real estate side of the business. here forest park medical center

Dr. Barker is a Partner at glendonTodd Capital. He is also a Managing Partner at the Neal Richards Group and a bariatric surgeon in the Dallas community. Dr. Barker is a member and Medical Director of the Bariatric Center of Dallas. He has been in private practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for more than 10 years.

glendonTodd Capital is a private equity firm focused on companies in the technology enabled business services sector and healthcare sector.

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glendontodd.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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