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NFL Preview Week 15

The hunt for the Lombardi Trophy is in full force. December games are always ones that can make or break a franchise’s playoff hopes, and there are still 23 teams eligible to make it into the playoffs. There are a number of games this week that could be critical to a teams playoff chances. Let’s take a look at week 15’s top 5 match-ups.

Sunday 1:00

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Philadelphia Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens

After settling with a tough loss last Monday night to the New England Patriots, tempers flared this week at Ravens practice as veteran WR Steve Smith slammed his helmet in frustration and walked off the practice field. It will be interesting to see if the many veterans on the team can settle the squad and move to this week’s matchup with the Eagles. Philly looks to rebound from their four game losing streak and douse Baltimore’s hope at sneaking into the playoff picture. This game will definitely have a playoff atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow. Ravens will use some of that old magic and Coach John Harbaugh will have his troops ready, Ravens win.

Ravens 28-Eagles 17

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Detroit Lions @ New York Giants

The Giants are coming off  a huge win last week against the division leading Dallas Cowboys. Their defense seems to be firing on all cylinders and offseason acquisitions Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon seem to be worth every penny. Detroit currently has a two game lead in their division, but Aaron Rodgers seems to be getting back into his old self and the Packers are rolling . And trust me, Detroit does not want to let them back into the picture. This is a must win for both teams. Although Detroit is in better position to make the playoffs, my senses tell me that when Giants are in the playoff hunt, they’re probably going to win.

Giants 24- Lions 17

4:25

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New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

Mile High has never been a friendly place for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as it is one of the only places they have a losing record in the Belichick era. However, this is a much different Broncos team than what we saw in January of last year. No Peyton Manning and no CJ Anderson means that it is a whole new ball game and the advantage goes to the Patriots. Brady seems to have found comfort in rookie Malcolm Mitchell and newcomer Chris Hogan. The Pats also have Dion Lewis and Legarette Blount in the backfield this time and Denver can’t stop the run. Advantage Patriots. Although you can never predict what will happen in Mile High, I still think it’s pretty clear. Pats win

Patriots 31- Denver 14

8:30

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys

At the beginning of the season, no one would have guessed that the Bucs would be in the playoff hunt and the Cowboys would be at the top of the NFC. But they are and this is going to be a FANTASTIC football game. Dak Prescott vs. Jameis Winston. Two future star NFL QB’s squaring up for their first real December football game with playoff implications. If you look at the standings, this game on paper is needed more by the Bucs to keep their playoff hopes alive as they sit 6th in the NFC.

As we have heard from Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, he loves his quarterback situation and he sees both as potential Super Bowl winning players. This might give pause to Dak Prescott, making him feel as if he is on the hot seat after losing to the Giants in New York. If he loses again, Tony Romo might get the nod to go for the rest of the season. It will be very interesting to watch. I love Dak Prescott and I think his future in the NFL is bight, but the Bucs are on a roll and I think they keep it going Sunday Night in Jerry’s World. Bucs win.

Buccaneers 27-Cowboys 24

Monday Night 8:30

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Carolina Panthers @ Washington Redskins

Another good Monday Night match up will leave NFL fans happy as the Washington Redskins look to keep their playoff hopes alive with a big win at home against the reigning NFC champions Carolina Panthers. This game has A LOT more implication than that. Former Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman will be suiting up with the Redskins in his first game against his old team. He has shown a lot of animosity towards them due to this past offseason when they chose to part ways instead of making Norman the highest paid CB in the NFL. This would be a great way for him to show his old team what he’s worth. With a big victory as well as kicking the Panthers while they’re down after their abysmal season. Redskins get the W.YOU LIKE THAT!

Redskins 34- Panthers 24

 

 

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NFL: What to Watch in Week 8

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London Game:

Redskins vs. Bengals – Teams representing Washington and Cincinnati both travel to London this week for another morning game. There’s nothing like waking up hungover to find a morning football game that surprisingly looks competitive. The Bengals are looking to bring back their powerful offense with the addition of Tyler Eifert, potentially at 100%, for the first time this season. The 10 TD animal would love to spark the struggling offense against a Redskins D that could potentially be missing star player Josh Norman due to a concussion. So far, no coach has been fired this year after loosing in London; I don’t see the streak living on this week but I guess a boy can dream.
Prediction: Redskins win

1:00 Games:

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Cardinals @ Panthers – A.K.A a game that sounded way better at the start of the year than it did going into Week 8. Could Carolina start to turn things around? Will Bruce Arians finally punish a player who isn’t performing well? Coaches like Arians are allowed to make bold claims and statements when they’re winning, but I imagine how long he can keep loosing and making bold statements before he’s on the hot seat. One team has to prevail, but its possible Arizona tries to tie a game for a second week in a row.
Prediction: Panthers win

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Lions @ Texans – A big reason why this game is listed is because the Lions are quietly becoming a team to watch this year in the NFL. Although their identity was a huge question mark coming into the year, Matt Stafford has been able to lead the Lions to 4 – 3 early on. The most interesting aspect of this team is how close every game has been; the score differential in every game the Lions have played in have never been greater than a single possession (7 points maximum). That means they could either be 7-0 or 0-7. The Texans face a different scenario, as many fans and media personalities have expressed an increasing outrage towards the play of QB Brock Osweiler. To me, Quarterback play is a key indicator towards the outcome of this game.
Prediction: Lions win

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Seahawks @ Saints – This game could be incredibly boring or it could be incredibly fun. The Seahawks play the residential “shootout” team in the NFL this week. The Saints could either rise above the Seahawks defense or sink below it. If they have the defense’s number on Sunday I’d expect a shootout, if they can’t get started I’d expect a boring game. Let’s face it, the Saints have a crappy enough defense where the Seahawks can start miraculously and randomly airing it out if they need to.
Prediction: Seahawks win

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Patriots @ Bills – Arguably the most interesting game available this week, regardless of my fandom towards the Patriots. The Bills have been riding high so far in the season, collecting a couple divisional losses against Miami and New York but dominating the New England Patriots 16-0 on Week 4. Since Tom Brady has returned, the Patriots haven’t lost and don’t really look to be considering losing as an option. The team isn’t quite as fired-up and vengeance-filled as many expected, but they’re playing solid football all around. The storyline is there, and both teams are riding high. What’s to hate about this matchup?
Prediction: Patriots win

4:00 Games:

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Packers @ Falcons – A.K.A. the “Identity Crisis of Best Quarterback” Game. Usually we’d say the best Quarterback spot belongs to Aaron Rodgers, but this year it belongs to Matt Ryan? Don’t be surprised if that narrative starts to fade away, not due to Matt Ryan but due to Falcons Offensive Coordinator’s historical narrative of a steady decrease of wins as each season progresses. Seriously, all his teams have success early on and then begin to lose often. Eventually, this Falcons squad will loose too. I’m convinced. It probably won’t happen this week, as the Packers passing defense doesn’t create much of a challenge for the Falcons offense.
Prediction: Falcons win

Primetime Game:

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Eagles @ Cowboys – The two young success stories of the NFC East square off Monday night. The Eagles knocked down the only unbeaten team in the NFL last week; they could easily ride the high this week against Dallas. Dak Prescott could be playing for his starting spot, as it’s rumored Tony Romo could be coming back as the starter next week. The final storyline to look at is the tough Philly Defensive front 7 against the Cowboys offensive line and star rookie running back Ezekial Elliot. This could turn out to be the game of the week; it might even bring the NFL ratings back.
Prediction: Cowboys win

 

NFL: What To Watch in Week 4

There’s another week in the books for the NFL 2016 season. This week, set your alarms as the first game is located in the U.K. and begins at 9:30 in the morning back in the U.S.A. Let’s take a look…

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London Game: Colts @ Jaguars – Although this game doesn’t seem too exciting, it will be on first thing Saturday morning, so we’re able to watch football all day long. While both teams have struggled this season where perhaps the stakes during preseason indicated a better result early on, this game is still important because it is a divisional game. Can the Jaguars finally grab a win with their revamped roster? The rumor is coach Gus Bradley is on the outs, especially in his 4th year as head coach for the Jaguars. Owner Shahid Khan hired Bradley with an agreement of a 5 year-rebuild, but starting at 0-4 gives bad warning for the rest of the season. After all, the yearly London games have resulted in the losing coaches’ termination (Raiders coach Dennis Allen in 2014 and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in 2015). Maybe Khan is willing to keep the tradition going this week?

Jaguars over Colts

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1:00 Games

Bills @ Patriots – Can the Patriots do the ultimate “screw you” to the NFL by winning out without Tom Brady? With only rumors as to who will be starting at Quarterback for the New England Patriots, they remain favorites to win this game. Rex Ryan is surely licking his chops to get a chance to end the Patriots’ good fortune; I’d expect a solid and close game out of this matchup. Speaking of hot seats, things could get ugly for Rex Ryan if he were to loose to a Jacoby Brissett or Julian Edelman-led Patriots team. Perhaps the Bills fire another coach this season?

Patriots over Bills

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Panthers @ Falcons – What many would scoff at this being a key matchup may actually be one of the better games to watch this week. Somehow, the Panthers have had their early struggle so far in the season and the Falcons offensive has come off one of the best games of Matt Ryan’s career. Although both teams are on the opposite ends of the defensive-talent spectrum, there is potential for a Sunday Shootout here.

Falcons over Panthers

4:00 Games

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Broncos @ Buccaneers – Truthfully, the 4:00 games don’t interest me too much as great matchups, so I just had to pick one. The Denver defense is still the premiere force of the league, and the Bucs offense has potential to be explosive at any moment. There’s potential for a good game, but I’m not so sure it’ll come to fruition.

Broncos over Buccaneers

Primetime Games

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Chiefs @ Steelers – Although the Steelers struggled last week, they’ll be back at home against the Chiefs. Leveon Bell will be back in the lineup, and should have a decent opening game against a struggling Chiefs defense.

Steelers over Chiefs

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Giants @ Vikings – This is the first Monday night game of the season that I’m actually excited for. Like, really excited. Not only are the shockingly good Minnesota Vikings on primetime for the first time this season, but also they play the formidable Giants roster. Can OBJ, Eli and the crew sneak away with another win against the tough Vikings defense? Or will Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs and company keep surprising the masses?

Vikings over Giants

What to Watch in Week 3

As Week 3 of the football season approaches, we start to see some trend shaping form for teams. The Vikings appear to be able to survive without their leaders on offense from last year, Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. The Chargers seem to finally have an offense that works for Phillip Rivers. Matt Stafford has an offense built around him for the first time in his career. The Broncos defense is still winning them games, literally. Lastly, the Patriots seem to be able to walk away without their starting quarterback week after week. Lets break down what to watch for in week 3.

1:00 Games

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Lions @ Packers – This game is an interesting one for the realization that the Packers might not be the best team in the NFC North, and they might not be the 2nd best team either. The Lions, as I mentioned above, have some real magic going for them in Detroit. For once, Stafford has an offense of his own, and although they lost in the crunch time last week to an underrated and growing Titans squad, they might be able to spook the Pack and perhaps squeeze away with a win in Green Bay. Regardless of who wins, look out for a close game.

Prediction: Lions over Packers

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Vikings @ Panthers – In between the time of preseason to now, the Vikings went from division favorite to lottery pick favorite. After trading for Sam Bradford, the hype was suddenly and 8-8 or “brink-of-the-Wild Card” team, and after last week the hype turned into Super Bowl favorites. I’m joking about the last part, of course, but there’s a lot to applaud from Sam Bradford, who seemed to look like a king after only having 2 weeks to learn the playbook with a shaky offensive line and an injured star running back. Well if the hype is real, we will find out this week against the Carolina Panthers, who unsurprisingly smashed the 49ers last week. A note about losing Peterson; I think the Vikings will be fine. Although the injury timetable is uncertain, I think McKinnon is a solid option at RB. When Peterson was banned from the league a few years back for his whooping-room fiasco, the Vikings actually had statistically one of the best run games in the league in a committee of McKinnon and Asiata (ending up 4th in rushing Defensive-adjusted value over average – an efficiency stat that compares a teams every single play to the league average against said defense based on situation and opponent). Truthfully, the end of the Peterson era is coming to a close in Minnesota, and that’s not a bad thing. Still, I don’t think that means a thing this week against the Panthers.

Prediction: Panthers over Vikings

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Broncos @ Bengals – The Bengals are apparently the team to watch at 1:00 on a Sunday, as it’s my 3rd time in as many weeks mentioning them as a game to watch. Both defenses are solid (although one defense is likely to be historical) and both offenses can find ways to create plays. This will be a fun game. Simple & plain.

Prediction: Broncos over Bengals

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4:00 Games

Steelers @ Eagles – A.K.A. the Pennsylvania bowl. Carson Wentz looks like he’s establishing himself in this league, being the first rookie QB to start 2-0 without any turnovers. It rarely happens, but it seems it’s a good time to be an Eagles fan. Naturally, this also means the Wentz era will end in disappointment. Jokes aside, there’s not much disappointment to look for this coming week, as I believe this will be a solid matchup. The story, clearly, will be the Pitt high-powered offense against what I believe is an underrated and solid Philadelphia defense. The issue, as you readers could imagine, is the Pittsburgh wideouts against a shady Philly secondary. Last week Antonio Brown was held to under 50 yards receiving with Big Ben at QB for the first time since 2012, so I’d expect him to be ready to torch a set of cornerbacks known for blowing coverage. Good luck Nolan Carroll.

Prediction: Eagles over Steelers

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Jets @ Chiefs – The Jets are looking like a team to face in the AFC. After winning last week against the Bills, Rex Ryan got so mad he fired his offensive coordinator. Maybe Andy Reid will do the same this week. The Chiefs are a solid team, and I’ve been rooting for Reid-Smith era since it began because of the underdog story, a coach and a playoff QB down on their luck joining forces on a 2-14 team that ended with a player committing suicide. So it pains me to see the team struggle, but I think a tough road is ahead for the Chiefs. Time will tell, but this week is an easy prediction for me. Don’t expect Revis to get burnt this week, not because he lost a step but because I don’t think any of the Kansas City receivers are that speedy.

Prediction: Jets over Chiefs

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Primetime Games: Bears @ Cowboys – Honestly I had no idea who to choose between the Sunday night game and the Monday night game, both sound pretty boring. The Bears are a solid team, but they don’t have enough there to really blow people out of the water or make a splash in the NFC North. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have enough where they should be able to stay afloat without their starting quarterback. Perhaps this week Dak Prescott can throw a touchdown and Terrance Williams can learn about stepping out of bounds.

Prediction: Cowboys over Bears

NFL Week Two Breakdown

Week Two in the NFL left a lot of fans wondering if their teams were ready for the long haul as a myriad of big time players went down with injuries. This week, the running back position took a huge hit with six factor backs falling to injury including, Adrian Peterson (MIN), Doug Martin (TB), Thomas Rawls (SEA), Johnathan Stewart (CAR),  Arian Foster (MIA), Danny Woodhead (SD), and Ameer Abdullah (DET). The extent of there injuries are for the most part unknown, so keep checking for more updates throughout the week.

Thursday Night

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New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

After two bad losses last week, both teams looked to this division match-up to gain ground in the AFC East. The Jets came in with great performances from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who threw for almost 400 yards and RB Matt Forte who had another strong performance in Week 2 finding the end-zone three times.

Although the Bills put up 31 points, no one really stood out in what was a poor performance on both sides of the ball. The second straight loss resulted in a shake up within the coaching staff as the Owner and a number of offensive players had a meeting which resulted in the firing of Offensive coordinator, Greg Roman.

Jets 37- Bills 31

Sunday

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Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

The Patriots started week 2 on fire as Jimmy Garoppolo put 21 points up on the board in the blink of an eye firing a couple TD’s to Danny Amendola and new TE acquisition Martellus Bennett. Tom Brady fans were starting to get nervous that Jimmy might never let TB12 back on the field again. Unfortunately, late in the second quarter, Jimmy G rolled out to his right and completed a huge third down pass to rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell. In the process, Kiko Alonso crushed the QB and he landed awkwardly on his shoulder. The injury was first reported to keep him out six weeks, but later test show he could be back for week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. In his replacement, rookie QB Jacoby Brissett controlled the game and hang on for a narrow victory with the help of RB Legarette Blount (29 Car, 123 YDS, 1 TD)

Patriots 31- Dolphins 24

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Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers

In what is a commonly known as a dogfight among AFC North powerhouses, the first bout of 2016 was more tame than last years final match-up. The usual suspects Antonio Brown and AJ Green remained quiet for a majority of the game. The running backs Deangelo Williams (94 YDS rushing) and Giovanni Bernard (100 YDS and TD receiving) were the offensive leaders for both squads, but the Steelers were able to squeeze out the narrow victory at home.

Steelers 24- Bengals 16

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Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions

In a game between mediocre teams that was mostly capped by a six second vine of Matt Stafford running through a Titans linebacker, the game was actually one of the more entertaining ones of week 2. The Titans scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to snag a narrow one point win at Ford Field in Detroit.

Titans 16- Lions 15

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Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

What came as a surprise to about everyone watching on Sunday was the Browns 20-0 lead over the Ravens after the first quarter. Outstanding performances from RB Isaiah Crowell and WR Corey Coleman had Browns fans hoping for the first W of the 2016 campaign. Fast forward 45 minutes later and the Browns were held scoreless through the next three quarters and Joe Flacco led the Birds to victory.

Ravens 25- Browns 20

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Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

In another fierce division match-up, the Cowboys ponied up against the Redskins utilizing there talented RB to the fullest of their abilities. Ezekiel Elliot and Alfred Morris sunk the Redskins hope of winning this game with great days on the ground. That added with Dez Bryant’s 7 grabs; the Cowboys sealed there fate with a late 4th quarter TD run from former Skin Alfred Morris, who capped the TD off with his classic home run celebration.

Cowboys 27- Redskins 23

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New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants

Last year, this was a high scoring match-up where both teams combined for over 1000 yards. This year it was slightly different, both teams were driving up and down the field, but they had trouble finding the end-zone. Eli Manning was a spectacular 32 of 41 for 368 yards. He used that accuracy on the final drive finding all his weapons and putting the Giants in position to kick the game winning field goal as time expired, causing the Saints to lose there second heart breaker in a row.

Giants 16- Saints 13

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San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton set the Panthers franchise record for TD passes after throwing all over the 49ers secondary. Greg Olsen ( 5 REC, 122YDs, 1 TD) and Fozzy Whitaker (16 CAR, 100 YDs) helped the offensive explosion for the Panthers who, beginning to end wiped the floor with the 49ers defense.

Panthers 46- 49ers 27

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Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans

The Texans finally showed their defensive prowess, shutting down the Chiefs offense all day. They did a fantastic job containing Alex Smith and RB Spencer Ware, holding the Chiefs to 13 points. Texans QB Brock Osweiler continued to build his repertoire with his receivers Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller who each had over 100 yards receiving.

Texans 19- Chiefs 12

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Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams

In the Rams return to LA, a defensive battled ensued. The Rams stopped Russell Wilson and ended his streak of 17 consecutive games with a TD pass. Other than that stat, this game was a snooze fest. No one had a standout performance and Jeff Fisher may be the first coach in NFL history to under utilize one of the best RB’s in the NFL. However, the Rams are 1-1 but the only problem for them is they still haven’t found the end zone.

Rams 9- Seahawks 3

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals rebounded strong after a tough loss to the Brady-less Pats in week one. The defense showed what they could do nearly shutting out the Bucs and forcing 5 turnovers on top of scoring a defensive TD. Carson Palmer and David Johnson added TD’s in the Cardinals rout over the Bucs

Cardinals 40- Buccaneers 7

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Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers had himself a day with the Chargers offense connecting with Travis Benjamin for 2 TD’s. Melvin Gordon also added a score and 100 yards on the ground for his second straight week. On the flip side, Blake Bortles and the Jags offense struggled for the majority of this contest failing to reach the end zone until mid way through the fourth quarter.

Chargers 38- Jaguars 14

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Atlanta Falcons @ Oakland Raiders

It was a day for QB’s in Oakland as Matt Ryan led the Falcons offense to a victory going 26 of 34 for 396 yds and 3 TD’s. Derek Carr also had a solid day throwing for 300 yards and 3 scores. The Falcons used tandem backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to seal the Raiders fate, as they hung on to a tight victory.

Falcons 35- Raiders 28

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Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos

Broncos RB CJ Anderson led the offensive charge running for 74 yds and a TD. The star for Broncos was on the other side of the ball and it was the usual suspect, Von Miller. Miller recorded 7 tackles and 3 sacks along with a forced fumble. The strong defensive performance was capped off by Aqib Talib’s 46 yd INT return for a touchdown.

Broncos 34- Colts 20

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Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

It was the first game in the new stadium for the Vikings and it went as well as it could have. Newly acquired QB Sam Bradford led the Vikes on offense along with star wide out Stefon Diggs. The pair combined for 9 completions for 182 yds and a score. The defense did the rest of the work keeping Aaron Rodgers guessing and holding the potent Packers offense to 14 points. The victory may have come at a huge cost for the Vikings though as they lost there star RB Adrian Peterson to a knee injury.

Vikings 17- Packers 14

Monday Night 

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Rookie QB Carson Wentz lead the Philadelphia Eagles by defeating the Chicago Bears last night. Jordan Mathews had 6 receptions for 71 yards as the Eagles soared to a 2-0 record to start the season.

Eagles 29- Bears 14

 

 

 

 

NFL Week One Breakdown

It was a wild week in the NFL. A few nail bitters and upsets throughout the league sure too keep you on your toes. Sunday didn’t start off well for ESPN fantasy owners as the app crashed and left fantasy players in the dark of how there teams were doing. But it did not stop the majority from watching the first full football Sunday of the 2016 season.

Thursday Night Football

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Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos

Tipping off the NFL season was a rematch Thursday Night between the Carolina Panthers and the SuperBowl Champion Denver Broncos. Carolina was coming into the game with the loss of Josh Norman in their secondary, but the addition of Kelvin Benjamin off of an knee injury last year. Benjamin came back to form catching 6 passes for 91 yards and a TD. His counterpart Cam Newton however, struggled throughout the game getting hit often and only completing 54% of his passes while throwing an INT.

On the other sideline was second year QB Trevor Siemian, who managed the game well completing 18 of 26 passes for 178  a TD and 2 INT’s. Although Carolina forced the young QB to turn over the ball a few times, Siemian looked calm and collected in the pocket for the majority of the game.

The game ended in less than spectacular fashion for the Panthers as Graham Gano lined up for a 50 yard field goal for the win and pulled it left. Broncos sneak away with the victory.

Broncos 21- Panthers 20

Sunday Games

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Green Bay Packers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

What to some was a closer game than expected, the Jaguars held up with perennial NFC North powerhouse Packers well into the fourth quarter. However, Aaron Rodgers dazzled us with his arm strength and mobility inside the pocket completing an incredible 29 yard TD strike to Devante Adams to give the Pack the 2nd half lead.

Packers 27-Jaguars 23

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Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens

Rex Ryan returned to Baltimore once more with former Ravens backup, Tyrod Taylor. The Ravens are looking to put their injury laden season last year to rest with starters Joe Flacco, Steve Smith Sr., and Terrell Suggs all returning to action. It was a good start for them as free agent acquisition Mike Wallace hauled in 3 passes for 91 yards and score. The Bills offense was stifled only putting up a single rushing TD up in the second.

Ravens 13- Bills 7

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Chicago Bears @ Houston Texans

The new look Houston offense turned out a great performance for a few of their newcomers. QB Brock Osweiler threw for 231 yards and 2 TD’s, Lamar Miller racked up 106 yards on the ground and rookie wide receiver Will Fuller caught a fourth quarter TD pass to put the game out of reach for the Bears.

Texans 23- Bears 14

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Cleveland Browns @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Browns demise continued Sunday in Philly as RGIII got hurt diving instead of sliding. Eagles QB Carson Wentz added to their trouble having an impressive game throwing for almost 300 yards and hooking up with Jordan Matthews on a number of different throws. One being an impressive 19 yard corner route.

Eagles 29- Browns 10

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

It was a shootout down in Atlanta where both QB’s were trying to break their team into the win column. For Tampa, the sophomore slump is not applicable to Jameis Winston after week one where he threw for 281 yards and 4 TD’s. Matt Ryan also had a great game connecting with newcomer Mohamed Sanu and long time number 1 WR Julio Jones for a pair of TD’s.

Buccaneers 31- Falcons 24

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Minnesota Vikings @ Tennessee Titans

It was the Vikings defense that came through on Sunday recording to defensive scores in the second half to propel them to the victory. The rest of the players on the Vikes were pretty average as all pro RB Adrian Peterson averaged under two yards per carry. Demarco Murray might have been the only bright spot for the Titans scoring twice.

Vikings 25- Titans 16

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Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets

Todd Bowles was looking for the Jets defense to slightly improve after last season and they did for the most part recording 8 sacks of Andy Dalton through the course of the game. But miscommunication would be the downfall of the secondary who surrendered 180 in the air to AJ Green. A late Mike Nugent field goal broke the Jets back, who would drop game one of the season in heartbreaking style.

Bengals 23- Jets 22

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Oakland Raiders @ New Orleans Saints

It was a high scoring affair in the SuperDome where Derek Carr and Drew Brees traded punches for a majority of the game. The final blow however would come from Derek Carr as Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio decided to go for two and take the lead rather than settle for the extra point. His decision paid off as Michael Crabtree made a sensational catch in the corner giving the Raiders win number 1 on the season.

Radiers 35- Saints 34

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San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Another game that came down to the wire as the Chiefs scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. This is where Alex Smith took over and ran the ball in from 2 yards out for the score and KC comes out on top in this AFC West Clash.

Chiefs 33- Chargers 27

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Miami Dolphins @ Seattle Seahawks

What may have come to a surprise to some the Seahawks-Dolphins battled for a large part of four quarters until a Doug Baldwin TD put the Seahawks out in front late. The game might have come at a major cost to the Hawks as Russell Wilson appear to suffer from an ankle injury and his status has not yet been updated for next weeks game.

Seahawks 12- Dolphins 10

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Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck played his heart out throwing for 385 yards and 4 TD’s but it was not enough to keep Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions from pulling the early season upset. Matt Prater sealed Detroit’s victory when he nailed a 43 yard field goal with 33 seconds left in regulation.

Lions 39- Colts 35

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New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

What is now becoming a familiar sight at Jerry’s world a QB other than Tony Romo was starting for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott who had a solid game for America’s team could not seal the deal. Eli Manning found his old dancing partner, Victor Cruz, in the end zone as the salsa returned to its rightful place. Poor clock management by the Cowboys at the end of the game cost the Cowboys a chance to win it with an FG.

Giants 20- Cowboys 19

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New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals

An unfamiliar sight at QB for the Pats as Jimmy Garoppolo was the starter. Jimmy G went 24 of 33 for 264 and a TD, while the Pats also had some help on the ground from Legarette Blount who had 77 yards and a score. On Arizona’s side, it was Larry Fitzgerald who led the way catching 8 passes for 81 yards and 2 TD’s. This effort was not enough however as Cards K Chandler Catanzaro missed a 47 yard field goal for the win. Patriots sneak out of AZ with a huge W without Brady.

Patriots 23- Cardinals 21

 

 

 

2016 NFL Predictions: NFC South

This is my first of many articles that show my predictions for the upcoming NFL season. I broke everything down by divisions and went through everyone’s schedule to have a complete prediction of every game this upcoming season. Was this a little time consuming? Absolutely. Was it just as fun as a Slip n’ Slide? You bet. Is it accurate? I like to think so, I’m the football guru around here after all.

I did not account for unpredictable injuries (maybe they are predictable sometimes, but that’s not the point), and of course the random upset is still bound to happen so I doubt my predictions will be down to a “T”. Still, I think I have a pretty accurate thing going on here.

Without more delay, here’s how the NFC South will go down this year.

Tied for last place is the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons with a piss-poor record of 4 – 12.

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For the Saints, this record is very attainable. They lack a lot of things these days, a defense (in every aspect), a solid offensive line, and they also lack stud pass catchers (maybe aside from Brandon Cooks). So what do they have? Drew Brees at Quarterback. Brees can’t carry them on his back forever, he’s an old dude nowadays and his back may just collapse at any given moment. Still, I’d watch for Brandon Ingram and the rest of the running back crew to give them a solid year running the ball.

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With them at the bottom of the barrel is the Falcons. I doubt the Falcons record will be as poor as 4 – 12, but I just couldn’t see them winning a lot of their matchups. Look for a few upsets to come their way, but there’s still a very small chance they have over a 500% winning percentage. This is a team with a very young and raw defense, but they have a defensive minded coach who could eventually mold the D into something fun to watch. The issue I have with them is Kyle Shanahan as the offensive coordinator. He’s pretty simple and easy to pick apart as a offensive strategist (check out his past coaching seasons). Obviously, there’s some explosive pieces moving around like Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, but is it enough to translate into wins?

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Second in the division we have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, sitting at an even 8-8. They could easily surprise people and surpass this record, as they’re a team on the rise. With Jameis Winston at the helm and an all around young and talented team, this is a team on the rise in the next few years. I have the Bucs getting a few upsets this season, particularly Week 2 with the Arizona Cardinals and Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks. Why? Because even though this is a young team, this a team with hustle and tenacity. I think Jameis is the next star QB in the NFL, and I think he already showed us that last year. Expect things to get better for him.

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In first place, the Carolina Panthers take the division for a third straight year with a record of 13 – 3. Hold on folks, what about the fact that they lack anyone with starting cornerback experience? Doesn’t matter. Yet again, they have an insanely easy schedule, with only 6 games against playoff teams from last year, only 3 of those teams I’d consider Super Bowl contenders (Broncos, Seahawks, Cardinals). The rest is a cakewalk. Once again, I’m certain, we will see Cam be Superman and the Panthers’ defense crack some skulls. It won’t be until they get a true and worthy division opponent that their fortune might change. But until that happens, it’s their division to loose.

Next week I’ll show you how the NFC West will shape up. Stay tuned.