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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

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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

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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 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: Week 2

Crack open an ice cold Tab cola and get ready for a good week of football. Let’s see what games to watch for.

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1:00 Games:

Bengals @ Steelers

Of all the division matchups this week, this one is a surefire must watch. Yes, the Bengals make it into my column for a second straight week after capping off a 1 point win against the Jets last week on the road. You know what? Who says they can’t do it again? The Bengals look good again this year, and I may have to eat my words on their lack of weapons soon enough. Still, when we’re talking weapons, look no further than the Pittsburgh Steelers, who look like an elite team with their star running back riding the pine. Pound for pound, the Bengals are the better team because of their overall, talented, and well-rounded roster. But if we’re talking away, in Pittsburgh, I’m going with the Steelers.

Prediction: Steelers over Bengals in a close game.

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4:00 Games

Buccaneers @ Cardinals

Speaking of familiar faces, let’s welcome back the Cardinals to the weekly write-up. I was wrong last week about this team, and doubted my own squad led by Jimmy Garapollo. For that, Jimmy, I hope you can forgive me. This Tampa team is looking to make some noise this year, and I think they can. They have a pretty well rounded offense, and some key additions like Brent Grimes (who’s looking like his old self in a new uniform) could make the defense. With the facts on the table, Koetter isn’t Bill Belichick, and he also isn’t Bruce Arians. I doubt ol’ Brucie lets another loss fly by the tip of his Kangol cap.

Prediction: Cardinals over Buccaneers by 10.

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Primetime Game

Packers @ Vikings

Oh how I wish Teddy Bridgewater was here. Expect the newly acquired Sam Bradford to play this week, as he took all of the first team snaps this week in practice. Last year, I was insanely high on the Vikings, and it’s hard to be enthusiastic with their starting QB out for the season. But, Sam Bradford isn’t just some ham sandwich, he’s a firmly pressed Panini sandwich, and with what appears to be the first quality coaching staff behind him in his career, he may have a chance to shine. On the flip side, the Pack is the Pack, and if Rodgers wants to play there’s not a whole lot of stopping him to be done. Moving Clay Matthews back to his home at OLB actually has him looking good again, and the defense is starting to shine with some young pieces like Clinton-Dix. As much as my heart says Go Vikings, my brain says Go Packers. And for the second time in as many weeks, I hope I’m wrong about my primetime game prediction.

Prediction: Packers over Vikings by double digits.

Other games to watch:

Chiefs at Texans: The Chiefs defense didn’t look like itself last week, and the Texans are still itching for a chance to prove their worth. Apparently the familiar saying is now, “Never rule out Alex Smith”. I expect a good game here. Prediction: Texans over Chiefs.
That’s all I got for you. Enjoy the weekend ahead!

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.