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NFL: Week TWO Predictions

Week Two Predictions: 

Minnesota keeps it close with Green Bay but Packers come out on top. Late in this game I don’t think Kirk Cousins is going to be able to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers as we saw in week one with Rodgers.

A dog fight in New Orleans? I don’t think the Browns are going to go down as easy anymore. This will be a huge test for both teams. Browns come out after a tie, and Saints come out after a terrible loss. A big game, lets’ see if Tyrod can have a better completion percentage then 36 percent.

New England Patriots vs Jackonsville Jaguars Week 2

New England vs Jacksonville a repeat of the AFC Championship, this will be a fun one. Jalen Ramsey will be up this usual, Tom Brady vs Blake Bortles, Corey Clement was added to the Patriots roster. This is going to be either a shoot out or 30 point total game. Too unpredictable but the Jags in Jacksonville I think they get their redemption this game. 

Jets go 2-0 to start, home opener coming off a 48 point performance and Darnold now feeling a little more confident going up against a worse defense than Detroit. Miami and Jets always have good games as it is divisional rivals but The Dolphins offense and defense do not worry me too much for the Jets to handle.

Philadelphia tested on the road after a big win for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers had their way with the Saints defense but to do it against an Eagles defense that allowed 12 points and 299 total yards is going to be a test for Fitzpatrick and the Bucs. I don’t the Bucs offense having their way once again, a questionable start for Wentz, and with Nick Foles in this may be another 40 point total game.

Jimmy G and the 49ers bounce back, what a terrible start for the 49ers offense, Jimmy G threw 3 INTS and a measly 261 yards going 15/33 in week one. The 49ers come back home vs a shaken up Detroit team.

Giants in Dallas, the two offense struggled last week as the Giants put up 15 points and the Cowboys put up 8 points. A divisional rivalry game, could lead to a blow out. Two very good running backs going head to head, this will be a game of who can control the ground. The Giants have better offensive tools but if they cannot click on that offensive line it will be tough. Still I think with how the Giants played last week they will come out on top this week vs Dallas.

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NFL: Week 1 Takeaways: Josh Allen time in Buffalo? Sam Darnold and the Jets statement win in Detroit

What a start to the season, I mean whenever fantasy football kicks off it is a good thing. But we did not have many eye opening surprised but, some takeaways from this week and what we can expect heading into Week 2…

Takeaways from Week One: 

Who’s back field is it in Baltimore? Alex Collins or Kenneth Dixon? Collins had 7 rushes for 13 yards with 1 touchdown while Dixon had 13 touches for 44 yards and a touchdown. Collins also fumbled while Dixon did not… Spreading the ball in Baltimore was a week one theme, as 7 different receivers touched the ball 3 or more times. Ravens leading receiver was Willie Snead with 49 yards and 4 catches. It seems as Snead- John Brown- Michael Crabtree will be the core this year.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore RavensWas it the right call to put Josh Allen in? Throwing the rookie into a game where they were getting blown out of the water may have been a good or bad thing. As it seems Allen did not mind it throwing for 74 yards going 6/15, rushing for 26 yards on 4 attempts and no interceptions. This heats up the QB talk in Buffalo even more now as Nathan Peterman threw 2 INT’s went 5/18 and 24 yards total.

Cleveland for real? Ties are no fun, but if you have not won a game in a year plus, you have to be ok with it. The Browns welcomed the Steelers to Cleveland and without Le’Von Bell the Steelers may have struggled, although James Conner rushed 31 times for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns, is Bell done? Anyways the Browns went neck and neck with the Steelers while the Browns offense struggled their defense held the fort down. This is a good sign for the Browns as Tyrod Taylor threw for 197 yards but converted on just 15 of his 40 attempts. Taylor’s spot is up for grabs and Baker Mayfield breathes down his neck…

Tampa Bay?????????? Ryan Fitzpatrick????????? This is a fluke 1000% if Fitzpatrick can do this for even two games straight I’ll eat my dogs crap. Fitzpatrick went 21/28 with FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTEEN YARDS. Almost out performing Drew Brees… This game made Vegas a ton of money also. Other than the Fitzpatrick story the Saints D really sh*t the bed.

Sam Darnold and the Jets, how about it. His first drive is a pick-6, then he comes back and goes 16/21 with 198 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Jets was electric as Isiah Crowell had 10 rushes for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns, Quincy Enunwa had 6 catches for 62 yards, a ot of bright spots for the Jets on both sides of the ball. But it was Detroit, and the Jets do play Miami and then Cleveland, this shall be interesting…

 

 

Jack’s Super Bowl Prediction

Brady vs. Foles

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles meet in Minnesota to decide who will hold the title as the NFL’s best team….

New England is fueled by Tom Brady and his legendary performances. The Pats have found a way to win games no matter the score. From the Falcons in last years Super Bowl 28-3, to this year against Jacksonville in the 4th quarter.

As long as the Pats have Belicheck and Brady, you should never count out New England. The constant clutch performances by Tom Brady just makes it seem like the guy is unstoppable.

The Pats Defense plays well enough to fit Brady’s MO of typical comebacks. But the Pats Defense has molded around Dan Patricia and his smart play calling. At times the Pats D will look like a wet paper towel. But when they learn to stop the game plan of the O, they solidify giving Brady the edge he needs to win the game.

The Eagles will depend on the play of Nick Foles as he leads the heavily talented Eagles against the NFL’s best team/ defending Super Bowl champions.

The Eagles and the Pats matchup perfectly. Both Offenses are great, the Defenses are great.

Whoever’s Defense makes the most crucial stops, will end up winning the game. 3rd down plays, smart decision making, etc..

Either Tom Brady is picked off, or a play is broken up; the Eagles have to find a way to stop Brady from doing what he does best, keeping the Pats alive, and in front.

The Eagles will hang around with the Pats, weather it’s Nick Foles or the Defense; it’ll be close. Or the Eagles could see one of the worst performances from Nick Foles, considering his streak of success. It could be time we see Foles fall apart.

I personally think it’ll be a close game. The Pats have always kept it close in the Super Bowl, eventually winning it. I’d love to see the Vince Lombardi trophy in Philly, but I can’t see Brady letting this one slip considering how hard he has worked to get back to the Super Bowl. The Eagles are the best team to challenge them, and personally if the Eagles had Carson Wentz, I’d take the Eagles in this one. I just see Brady overcoming Foles and figuring out the Eagles in what should be another Super Bowl classic that Pats fans will once again enjoy. In the meanwhile….

I’ll be one step closer to seeing a new QB for the NYJ.

Pats 31 Eagles 28

My Take on NFL Wildcard Games; 1/6/18

Tennesse Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs 

To kick off the wild card round, we will see a matchup a majority of fans have no interest in, Tennesse Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs. This matchup would be a lot more interesting if the Chiefs continued their success and did not fall off. Anyways, this game is going to be the least exciting game for a couple of reasons, the Titans probably do not belong in the playoffs, and the Chiefs with Andy Reid as head coach will find a way to lose this game. The Chiefs offense is extremely exciting stacking up with Kareem Hunt in the backfield, Tyreek Hill at wideout and Travis Kelce banging around at the tight end position. The weapons are there and they should most likely win this game. Among the Titans roster, Marcus Mariota will be starting in his first playoff game ever. The young QB compares to Alex Smith decently, Mariota’s QB rating is 79.3, completion percentage is 62 percent, he’s only thrown for 13 passing touchdowns, but has racked in 3,232 passing yards this season. The Titans have a great defense and much of the reason they are here, some decent wideouts and two iffy running back the Titans are going to be relying on Mariota and their defense to win. I think this game stays close and we see a decent game but at the end, we all know how it will end up. Chiefs on top.

Atlanta Falcons vs Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are definitely the best team to be here among wild card teams and if they lose it would be devastating after how successful they were this season and how quickly they turned their fortune around. Todd Gurley posting MVP like numbers similar to Adrian Peterson did when he won the MVP in 2012. Gurley looks like an absolute train out there and has carried this Rams team to a handful of wins this season. The Rams finished 1st in the NFC West with an 11-5 record as the Falcons finished 3rd in the NFC South, 10-6. After a Super Bowl trip, last season the Falcons have the experience factor on the Rams and this will be Jared Goff(possible MVP) first playoff game. The Rams have not seen a playoff berth in god knows how long. But with this explosive offense, and solid defense I think this is the Rams game to lose. The Falcons have to get back to running a more versatile offense and using one of the best receivers in football Julio Jones, Matt Ryan will need to step up and play like he did last year in the playoffs. By no means do I want the Falcons to win, but there is something telling me they have a chance. I hope the Falcons lose because the Rams story is way more exciting then the Falcons and I’d much rather see the Rams play on. The Falcons had their chance to do something and they blew it, now the Rams chance is alive and hopeful, the first year in a new city, new stadium what’s a better story than that. Go Rams!

Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars

This is like the Super Bowl for these two teams as both of them have not seen the playoffs nor successful seasons in quite some time. The Bills last made the playoffs in 1999 and the Jaguars last made the playoffs in 2008 when David Gerrard was the QB! This is going to be probably my favorite game of the wildcard round. Blake Bortles and Tyrod Taylor battling it out, LeSean McCoy carrying the Bills to a victory, Bortles tossing the skin around for 300 plus passing yards. Anything is possible for this game, these two teams are a toss-up. I cannot even pick a favorite because neither team really has any x-factors that make them stand out. The Jaguars defense is a big factor but they are definitely beatable, and the Bills offense is a problem but again they have the weapons to get it done. I can’t say what will come of this game, I think we see a Jaguars win, but the Bills could easily upset them. Just go into this game, a bit tipsy and ready to continue that buzz into the night game.

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

In terms of talent wise and competition, this game is probably going to be the best game of the wild-card round. The Panthers had a blunder of a season after making the Super Bowl now bounce back into the playoffs vs a very experienced QB Drew Brees. The Saints one-two punch out of the backfield is about the best in the NFL right now, rookie Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram look to be running the table for the Saints. But Cam Newton and his amazing pre/post playoff game interviews are back. Newton will try and tear open his chest a few times this game and lead the Panthers to a victory in Superdome. The Saints home field advantage is major here and Drew Brees playing in his 12th playoff game, the veteran gun slinging QB will look to connect with Michael Thomas to lead the Saints to their seventh playoff win(since Brees has been QB). I think this game comes down to the wire, possibly a shootout, possibly a real low scoring, defensive game. It will be tough to see a low scoring game as both offenses are very strong, Christian McCaffery will look to match another rookie Alvin Kamara in both their first playoff games during their first season, as Cam Newton will look to outplay the veteran Drew Brees. A lot of headlines going into this game and smart they saved the best for last. I think Saints come out with this one and Brees is going to be wrapped up in a body bag moving onto to the divisional round.

NFL Playoff Picture Heading into Week 14

* = First round bye

^ = Wild card

 
AFC:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers* (10-2)
  2. New England Patriots* (10-2)
  3. Tennessee Titans (8-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars^ (8-4)
  6. Baltimore Ravens^ (7-5)

 

 

Game scenarios as of now:

Wild Card Weekend-

Ravens @ Titans

Jaguars @ Chiefs

 
In the hunt:

Buffalo Bills (6-6)- …. Colts, Dolphins, @Patriots, @Dolphins

Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)- …. Redskins, @Chiefs, @Jets, Oakland

Oakland Raiders (6-6)- …. @Chiefs, Cowboys, @Eagles, @Chargers

 

What’s Changed?

Nothing has changed in the AFC playoff picture. All teams won except the struggling Chiefs, however they still possess the division lead in the AFC West.

 

 

Prediction:

I think the playoff picture will stay the same in the AFC except for the Chiefs. I think the Chargers are the best team in that division and they’ll pass the reeling Chiefs. Other than that, everything will stay the same in this unusually weak conference.

 
NFC:

  1. Minnesota Vikings* (10-2)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles* (10-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (9-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
  5. Seattle Seahawks^ (8-4)
  6. Carolina Panthers^ (8-4)

 

 

Game Scenarios as of now:

Panthers @ Rams

Seahawks @ Saints

 
In the Hunt:

Atlanta Falcons (7-5)–…. Saints, @Buccaneers, @Saints, Panthers

Detroit Lions (6-6)–…. @Buccaneers, Bears, @Bengals, Packers

Green Bay Packers–…. @Browns, @Panthers, Vikings, @Lions

Dallas Cowboys–…. @Giants, @Raiders, Seahawks, @Eagles

 

 

What’s Changed?

The NFC is a little more interesting than the AFC this year. With a loss to the Vikings, the Falcons have fallen out of the playoff picture, and with their win against the Eagles, the Seahawks move up to the 5th seed.

The Panthers are still in the picture, but drop to the 6th seed.

And finally, what many people have probably noticed is that the Vikings are the new 1 seed in the NFC. They own the tiebreaker over the Eagles.

 

 

Prediction:

It’s going to be an exciting four weeks because all of these teams are tight, and could compete in the playoffs if they make it. Honestly I think the race that could go either way is between the Seahawks, Panthers, and Falcons. The Falcons have the toughest schedule remaining, playing the Saints twice.

Many people wonder if Brett Hundley can help the Packers stay alive until Rodgers (potentially) comes back, but let’s face it. Hundley just isn’t that good and it might already be too late for the 6-6 Packers to make it.

Click here for my Final Predictions using ESPN’s Playoff Machine

NFL Playoff Picture Heading Into Week 13

* = First round bye

^ = Wild Card

AFC:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers*(9-2)
  2. New England Patriots* (9-2)
  3. Tennessee Titans (7-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-5)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars^ (7-4)
  6. Baltimore Ravens^ (6-5)

 

Game scenarios as of now:

Wild Card Weekend-

Ravens @ Titans

Jaguars @ Chiefs

 

In the hunt:

Buffalo Bills (6-5)– ….Patriots, Colts, Dolphins, @Patriots, @Dolphins

Los Angeles Chargers (5-6)–…. Browns, Redskins, @Chiefs, @Jets, Oakland

Oakland Raiders (5-6)–…. Giants, @Chiefs, Cowboys, @Eagles, @Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)–…. Steelers, Bears, @Vikings, Lions, @Ravens

 

My Prediction:

The AFC is unusually weak this season and I could see the playoff picture staying the same as it is right now. Based on the strength of the team and schedule remaining I could see the Chargers sneaking in as a wild card team or even as the AFC West Champions. They’re 5-2 in their last seven games and have one of the easiest schedules remaining this season.

No other team sticks out too much to me. The Bills still have to play the Patriots twice (two losses right there) and the Raiders and Bengals just don’t have it this year. However, all it takes is for a team to get hot and then ride the wave the rest of the way.

 

NFC:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles* (10-1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings* (9-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (8-3)
  4. New Orleans Saints (8-3)
  5. Carolina Panthers^ (8-3)
  6. Atlanta Falcons^ (7-4)

 

Game scenarios as of now:

Wild Card Weekend-

Falcons @ Rams

Panthers @ Saints

 

In the hunt:

Seattle Seahawks (7-4)–…. Eagles, @Jaguars, Rams, @Cowboys, Cardinals

Detroit Lions (6-5)–…. @Ravens, @Buccaneers, Bears, @Bengals, Packers

Arizona Cardinals (5-6)–…. Rams, Titans, @Redskins, Giants, @Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys (5-6)–…. Redskins, @Giants, @Raiders, Seahawks, @Eagles

Washington Redskins (5-6)–…. @Dallas, @Chargers, Cardinals, Broncos, @Giants

Green Bay Packers (5-6)–…. Buccaneers, @Browns, @Panthers, Vikings, @Lions

 

My Prediction:

Unlike the AFC, the NFC has multiple teams that could compete in the playoffs. Unfortunately, there are only six spots. I’m going to stick with the playoff picture now with three teams from the NFC South getting a spot.

The Seahawks are a good team, but injuries have plagued them and they have one of the hardest schedules remaining, playing teams that are all already in the playoffs or in the hunt right now.

Detroit is another good team, but the others are just better… There’s always next year.

NFL Playoff Picture Heading into Week 11

AFC

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)
  2. New England Patriots (7-2)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
  4. Tennessee Titans (6-3)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
  6. Buffalo Bills (5-4)

As of now, The Steelers and Pats would have first rounds byes while the Bills would play in Kansas City and the Jaguars would travel to division rival Tennessee to battle it out on Wildcard Weekend.

In the Hunt:

Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

Oakland Raiders (4-5)

It’s unlikely the playoff picture will change much in the AFC. There’s just not many talented teams. Out of the three teams in the hunt right now, my bet would be on the Raiders making a run for a wildcard spot.

NFC

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
  3. New Orleans Saints (7-2)
  4. Los Angeles Rams (7-2)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
  6. Carolina Panthers (6-3)

In a tough NFC, the Eagles and Vikings would each get a first-round bye, while we have two divisions matchups with the Panthers playing in New Orleans and Seattle playing in LA… Sounds entertaining.

In the Hunt:

Atlanta Falcons (5-4)

Detroit Lions (5-4)

Green Bay Packers (5-4)

Dallas Cowboys (5-4)

 

All of these teams are still very likely to make a playoff push. They’re each only one game behind the wildcard spot with seven games left, however, I don’t see the Packers going far without Aaron Rodgers.