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Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys: Everything is on the Line

The Philadelphia Eagles are set to take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at 4:25 PM EST in Dallas, Texas. This is the game of the season for the Eagles. A win lands them tied atop the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. On the other hand, a loss all but guarantees the end of a playoff hope for the Eagles. With everything on the line, who is favored to win this game and this Division?

Coming into this game, the Philadelphia Eagles are 6-6, riding a two-game winning streak after getting demolished by the Saints 48-7. Although they’ve managed to win 2 games in a row, the Eagles have yet to get in a groove and really get into tip-top form. Furthermore, they still have a deeply injured and susceptible defensive secondary. The Eagles can best be summarized as being the most consistent sub-par team of the 2018 season.

On the other side of the field, the Cowboys sit atop the Division at 7-5 after capping off a four-game winning streak with an impressive 13-10 shutdown of Drew Brees and the Saints. This time of the season is all about getting hot and going on a roll and that’s exactly what the Dallas Cowboys are doing. They are on a four-game winning streak, with their team looking better and better each week. Just last week, their defense came into prime form against the Saints, keeping the #3 scoring offense to just 10 points and the MVP candidate, Drew Brees, to just 127 yards!

Overall, going into this game, the Dallas Cowboys have every single advantage possible. Other than their winning streak and prime defense, this game against the Eagles is in Texas. This season, the Cowboys are 5-1 at home while the Eagles are 2-3 in away games. Again, a clear advantage for a team heating up at the right time. Let’s also not forget how badly hurt the Eagles defensive secondary is, leaving them extremely susceptible in the passing game. Their whole starting defensive secondary and main rotational players, with the exception of Safety Malcolm Jenkins, are injured. Last but not least, the Cowboys have already figured out the Eagles this season, when they beat them 27-20 at Philadelphia back on November 11th.

To make matters worse for the Eagles, even if they win this game, they are still unlikely to win the Division. Currently, the Eagles are 6-6 and the Cowboys are 7-5 with this upcoming match-up left and then 3 more games for each team. If the Eagles win this game, they’ll improve to 7-6 and the Cowboys will demote to 7-6, making them tied atop the Division. In such instances of a tie, the Division goes to the team who has the better record in “head-to-head” match-ups. In this case, each team will have won one game against the other. Thus, the Division winner is then found by analyzing the record of each team for games played in the Division. Again, if the Eagles win at Dallas, their Division record will be 4-1 while the Cowboys record will become 3-2, thus giving the Eagles the Division.

However, there will still be 3 more games left in the season and that’s the real problem for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Remaining schedules for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles will still have to play the 11-1 LA Rams, 9-3 Houston Texans, and rival 6-6 Washington Redskins. Two out of the three games are away for the Eagles, leaving them at another disadvantage. In all likelihood, the Eagles are going to lose at least two out of the three games, leaving them at an 8-8 record. Winning against the Redskins is also not guaranteed, as we’ve seen Division rivals ruin playoff hopes in the final game of the year on many occasions.

On the other hand, the Cowboys will have to play the 6-6 Indianapolis Colts, 5-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 4-8 New York Giants. The Cowboys can win all three of these games and are favored to do so after their performance against the Saints. Even if the Cowboys go 2-1, they’ll end up with a 9-7 record, enough to win the Division.

Ultimately, the Dallas Cowboys control their own destiny and have all the advantages in their favor. It sounds like what a team would hope for, but the Dallas Cowboys have a sour history in such situations. It’s in instances in which they are favored that the Dallas Cowboys fumble apart and analysts know this. 

None the less, this Division is favored for the Cowboys and if the Eagles want to at least try to make a stand, they must get out with a win this Sunday. It’s strictly Division winner or bust for the Eagles and in order to represent the NFC East in the playoffs, the Eagles pretty much have to win out. If the Eagles fail at step 1 this Sunday and lose to the Cowboys, the season is guaranteed to be over.

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NFL: LA Rams vs Kansas City Chiefs Rematch?

On Monday, November 19th, 2018, two colossal giants’ crossed paths and left fortunate fans stunned at the rubble that was left behind. On that day, the LA Rams faced the Kansas City Chiefs in a historical game that will no doubt be viewed as one of the best ever.

Going into the game, both the Kansas City Chiefs and LA Rams held records of 9-1. Both had young high-profile quarterbacks. Both had explosive running backs. Both had stout defenses. This was a game of equivalent matchups at every position and that’s what made it so compelling. Who wanted it more? Who was willing to go further?

The Kansas City Chiefs were already marveling the world with their play, only losing 1 game to the dynastic New England Patriots in a tightly fought 43-40 game. In the same note, the LA Rams were also marveling fans around the world with only 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints in a contested 45-35 battle.

“Are we about to watch a preview of the Superbowl?” That’s the thought that went through everyone’s minds and by the end of it all, boy do we wish there would be a rematch in the Superbowl.

To start the game, the LA Rams went up 13-0 with 5:35 left in the 1st quarter after two touchdown passes from Jared Goff and a missed PAT. It looked as if the Rams were the only team to show up that night, but that’s exactly when the Chiefs came around, with Patrick Mahomes finding Tyreek Hill on a 25-yard pass to make it 13-7 by the end of the quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, the Rams drove down the field and ended up having to settle for a 23-yard field goal to make it 16-7. Just like a classic heavyweight fight, the Chiefs came right back with a 21-yard field goal of their own to make 16-10. Then, after setting up the Rams with their jabs, the Chiefs drove down the field again with Patrick Mahomes finding Kareem Hunt for a 21-yard touchdown pass to take the lead 16-17. With 6:28 left in the 2nd quarter, the game was a 1-point difference, and this is exactly when we all knew this was going to be an all-time game.

Responding to the call, the Rams defense came up with a strip sack fumble return as DT Aaron Donald swam against the left guard to strip Mahomes of the ball. The ball tumbled and fumbled on the ground and found its way right into the hands of Samson Ebukam who ran it back for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 23-17 for the Rams. At this point, there was only 1:50 left in half, but that was enough time for the Chiefs. The Chiefs came charging back down the field with Mahomes finding Chris Conley for an 8-yard touchdown pass. However, the PAT was missed, making it tied 23-23 at the half!

At this point, everyone watching the game notified their family and friends of the history before their eyes. Everyone told all their loved ones to turn on the tv because this was just history in the making. The 1st half was a fight back and forth for the lead until it was all squared up. Just like a classic heavyweight fight, both teams gave it as much as they got it.

Going into the 2nd half, the Rams were the team who utilized the break better. They charged down the field for a 7-yard touchdown run by Jared Goff to make it 30-23. Right away, Mahomes returned the favor with a 4-yard touchdown run to Travis Kelce to tie it up again at 30-30.

In return, the Rams charged down the field in a 9 play, 50-yard possession to score a field goal, making it 33-30. The Chiefs tried to respond, but another key stop was made by the Rams as Samson Ebukam intercepted the ball for a 25-yard touchdown return, making it 40-30 to end the quarter. Was this it? Was this the turning point?

The Chiefs opened the 4th quarter with a 73-yard pass from Mahomes to Hill for a touchdown to silence everyone, making it 40-37. The Rams tried to answer, but this time, the Chiefs came up with the big stop! Justin Houston bull rushes the left tackle and gets a hand on the ball for a fumble. The ball goes right into Allen Bailey’s hands for a 2-yard touchdown return, making it 40-44. After clawing back and forth, the Chiefs had the lead again!

Well, not for long because Goff came right back to score a 7-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Everett, making it 47-44 with 9:38 to go. Things were heating up as each team continued to respond. Finally, the Chiefs were able to land a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Conley to take the lead again, 47-51 with only 2:47 remaining! Well, that’s 2:46 too much for the Rams as they again charged down the field for a 40-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Everett to reclaim the lead 54-51 with only 1:49 left.

The game wasn’t over yet. The Chiefs attempted to return fire, but Mahomes threw an interception that seemed to seal the deal. However, the Chiefs defense caused a quick 3 and out by the Rams, giving the Chiefs another shot. Unfortunately, with no time outs and less than a minute remaining in the game, Mahomes threw an interception that was the final end of a spectacular game.

At the end of it all, the Rams had 29 1st downs and 455 total yards with 30:23 of the possession. In such a fitting fashion for the competitiveness of the game, the Chiefs had 27 1st downs and 546 total yards with 29:37 of the possession. The key difference between the teams, turnovers. The Rams only had 2 while the Chiefs had 5.

The game might be remembered for its offensive battle, but when the defense needed to make a play, the Rams were able to come up with the key stop just a few more times.

Regardless of the outcome, both teams should be proud of the display of football put on the field. As fans, there’s nothing more that we want to see than a LA Rams vs Kansas City Chiefs rematch in the Superbowl! Let’s just hope the Saints don’t ruin it for us…

NFL: Does Bill Belichick or Tom Brady Deserve More Credit for the New England Patriots Success?

The New England Patriots are the most prominent NFL team of our time. Since 2001, when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady paired up together as the head coach and starting quarterback of the New England Patriots, the team has been able to earn a Regular Season record of 204 wins and only 58 losses. That’s a 0.7787 winning percentage!

Furthermore, in the Postseason, the Pats are 27-10 with 15 AFC East Division Championships, 8 AFC Championships, 8 Superbowl Appearances, and 5 Superbowl Championships.

It’s very difficult to think of a time in which a team was this successful for such a long period of time. The consistency of this duo is just absurd. Just take a look at the team’s record each season since the duo got together.

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They haven’t had a year with less than 10 wins except for once and that was Tom Brady’s 2nd year as a starter when he earned a 9-7 record. Furthermore, they’ve only missed the playoffs twice, once during that 9-7 season, and the other when they had an 11-5 record in 2008 when Brady missed the full season due to injury.

We don’t have to labor the point that the New England Patriots have been able to build a successful dynasty. That’s not up for question at all and I say that as a New York Giants fan. What is up for debate is who deserves more of the credit? Who was more valuable for this success, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The only way to figure this out is to consider what they were each able to accomplish without one another. What was Brady able to do without Belichick and what was Belichick able to do without Brady? Well, let’s look at how it all came together.

Prior to being named as the head coach of the New England Patriots, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for five seasons from 1991 to 1995. In that span, Belichick was able to earn a record of 36 wins and 44 losses. Out of those five seasons, he was only able to muster one winning record in the fourth season. In that year, Belichick earned an 11-5 record which led the Browns to a 1-1 postseason record. Unfortunately, in the following year, the Browns flipped their record and fell back to 5-11. Clearly, this was not a successful experience for Belichick.

Well, let’s look at how it all came together. Prior to being named as the head coach of the New England Patriots, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for five seasons from 1991 to 1995. In that span, Belichick was able to earn a record of 36 wins and 44 losses. Out of those five seasons, he was only able to muster one winning record in the fourth season. In that year, Belichick earned an 11-5, record which led the Browns to a 1-1 postseason record. Unfortunately, in the following year, the Browns flipped their record and fell back to 5-11. Clearly, this was not a successful experience for Belichick.

Well, let’s look at how it all came together. Prior to being named as the head coach of the New England Patriots, Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for five seasons from 1991 to 1995. In that span, Belichick was able to earn a record of 36 wins and 44 losses. Out of those five seasons, he was only able to muster one winning record in the fourth season. In that year, Belichick earned an 11-5, record which led the Browns to a 1-1 postseason record. Unfortunately, in the following year, the Browns flipped their record and fell back to 5-11. Clearly, this was not a successful experience for Belichick.

After this stint, Belichick was named head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000. At the same time as Belichick joined the Pats, so did Tom Brady. It was in this summer, in the 2000 draft, that Tom Brady was selected by the Patriots as the 199th overall selection.

Although the duo joined the Pats in the year 2000, Brady wasn’t the starter until 2001. During the 2000 season, Drew Bledsoe was the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots. In this season, Belichick was only able to earn a 5-11 record with Bledsoe, obviously not earning a playoff spot.

However, everything would change in the following year. After starting 0-1 with Bledsoe in the 2001 season, the 2nd game of the year would forever come to be known in history. In just the 2nd game of the season, Drew Bledsoe took a hard clean hit that would forever change his life. Bledsoe suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest, almost resulting in his death, that sidelined him for months. This hit would come to be known in history as the end of Bledsoe’s career with the Patriots and the beginning of Tom Brady’s.

As a result of the hit, Brady was immediately inserted into the game and would start the rest of the season for the Patriots. In this season, Brady would earn an 11-3 record as a starter, putting the Patriots in prime position for a Postseason run with an 11-5 record.

In the Postseason, Brady continued to lead the team to success. In fact, Bledsoe actually returned in the Postseason for a game-winning drive against the Steelers, when Brady got injured. None the less, Brady was selected as the starter for the Superbowl and would lead the team to a Superbowl championship. In the summer to follow, Bledsoe was traded to the Bills and Brady would forever remain the starter.

18 years later and the duo is still grinding for more success, but with the end nearing, the question remains, who was the more valuable of the two?

Well, Tom Brady has never had another coach in the NFL so it’s impossible to really assess Belichick’s worth, however, Belichick did have other quarterbacks and teams that he coached. In assessing his time with the Browns, who were a totally different team, Belichick wasn’t successful. Again, he only earned 36 wins while giving up 44 losses.

In assessing his coaching with the 2000 Patriots, who were much more like the 2001 Patriots, Belichick was again unsuccessful as he only mustered a 5-11 record that year.

None the less, there is one year that proves Belichick’s worth and that is the 2008 season. In the very first game that year, Tom Brady was injured and would miss the rest of the season. Matt Cassell was called upon in his place and started the rest of the year.

If Brady was the more valuable of the duo, this year should be a lost cause. The Patriots should have at best, an 8-8 record because Brady was done for the season. Well, shockingly, the Patriots ended with an 11-5 record! Does this mean that Belichick is that valuable or was Matt Cassell just that good?

Look, at the end of the day, it’s almost impossible to really assess each person’s worth. In a team sport like football where every man involved has a role, it’s impossible to compare and contrast. What we do know is that Bill Belichick is a master of putting together hard working individuals. He has a knack for bringing in talented individuals that no one else seems to look at. Furthermore, the New England Patriots are unique in their approach to the game and their professionalism and that is because of Bill Belichick. He puts an aura around that team and gives them a confidence and expectation to win that is not found in any other team.

In the same mindset, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback the game has ever seen. That’s not even up for debate. The guy has an all-time record of 231 wins and only 68 losses with a career rating of 97.5. He’s a 5-time Superbowl champion with 4 Superbowl MVPs and 3 NFL MVPs. Above the numbers, which everyone wants to argue about, Brady is the absolute competitor. He’s the ultimate underdog, the 199th pick in the 2000 draft, becoming a 5-time Superbowl champion! More than just himself, Brady gets his players focused and inspires them to strive for success. The guy is just the quarterback everyone wants and the teammate everyone wants.

At the end of the day, there’s no need to put Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at odds. Why does one have to be more valuable than the other? They practically started their tenures with the Patriots together and have both been a huge part in the success of that organization. It’s obvious that Tom Brady is legendary and in the same regard, it takes a skilled coach to utilize a legendary player properly. Not every coach will know what pieces to put around Brady or how to manage that situation. We’ve seen plenty of “good” coaches screw up talented teams and we’re seeing it right now with the Oakland Raiders!

Ultimately, Belichick and Brady are both responsible for the success. History should not aim to discredit one over the other. Rather, both should be remembered as the best duo this sport has ever seen. After all, football is a team sport.

Reaction to the 2018 NFL Draft Round 1

It certainly was an eventful Thursday Night. The NFL Draft felt kind of different this year, considering there was 5 QB’s taken in the first round, 4 being top picks.

The BROWNS drafted Baker Mayfield which surprised some fans wether they were Browns fans or other fans. It makes sense to me. With adding Jarvis Landry to an already set Josh Gordon, I think Baker will actually develop into a great QB. Baker could be the answer the Browns have been long searching for. He reminds me of Russell Wilson. Small, mobile, underrated. He has earned his hardware, but I think he can make the transition to a valued QB. I give it a A-

The GIANTS pulled the trigger on Saquon Barkley, which didn’t surprise me one bit. The man was wearing Giants apparel a month before the draft I’m pretty sure. It was so clear, the Giants don’t need a QB this year. If the G-men are committed to continuing to building around Eli, then adding Barkley should have been a no brainer. This keeps Defenses off balanced in situations accounting for Barkley on the ground, and OBJ/Shepard over the middle. Great pick. A+

The JETS passed on Josh Rosen with the 3rd overall and took Sam Darnold from USC. Sam Darnold was the highest rated prospect in this years class at the QB position. I think he needs to be polished heavily to become a great QB to compete in the NFL. I think Rosen will still be great, but Darnold will need some prep. Threw a ton of interceptions and fumbled the ball a lot, I’m a skeptic, real hard considering like Darrelle Revis; I am a huge Josh Rosen fan. If the scouts love Darnold, then let’s pray.. A

The BROWNS had the 4th pick as well, selecting Denzel Ward out of Ohio State. The CB was a great playmaker to go along with the Ohio State Defense. I love the pick. I think Ward going was a bit early, but the Browns need CB help. That #1 CB spot could soon be Ward’s if he’s not a bust. Which I don’t think he should be. A-

The BRONCOS picked Bradley Chubb out of N.C. State. I like this pick, goes well with Von Miller, will help the defense. Still plenty of wholes to fill on the Defense. Keenum was the reason no QB was targeted by the Broncos in round 1. Round 2 or 3, we’ll see. A-

Quenton Nelson went to the COLTS. I had him going here in the mock draft. I thought the Colts would target O-line considering Andrew Luck is getting healthier. This will made Andrew Luck very happy, in efforts to kickstart the great young QB who still hasn’t even flexed his muscle in the NFL. A+

Josh Allen went to the BILLS. I love it. I love it because the Bills fell for the trap. Josh Allen is not worth a Top 10 pick and I think most NFL exec’s would agree, I’m not sure. Josh Rosen was left on the board when the Bills made the pick. I am extremely happy that Rosen won’t be in the AFC East to haunt the Jets if he does truly pan out to be great. I think he’ll be amazing on the Cards, helping that team immediately. But for Allen, a lot of developing will have to go on here. Certainly has potential, but not worth the 7th overall selection. It makes me happy to see the Bills make this pick, I think he’ll be the next Brock Osweiler. I could be wrong, we’ll see. B+

The BEARS went with Roqan Smith with the 8th pick, a LB out of Georgia. It’s a great pick. The Bears Defense has not been great whatsoever and with a young QB in Mitch Trubisky, a Defense is absolutely needed in order to compete. This guy will be all over the field working hard for the Bears. A+

The 49ERS selected a lineman with the 9th overall pick in Mike McGlinchey. The scouts say this guy is an animal. He’s from Norte Dame which usually produces amazing lineman. I think this guy will be a surprisingly great pick for the Niners. Not flashy, but with an already franchise QB, there’s no panic to build around the O, considering they have more options to go in the draft. A

Finally, with the 10th pick, the CARDINALS traded with the RAIDERS and selected their QB of the future in Josh Rosen, which makes amazing sense. The Cards got Sam Bradford to bridge Josh Rosen along until Rosen is ready. Caron Palmer broke his arm and retired, developing a gaping hole in the QB spot for the Cardinals. Rosen fell to the Cards due to the fact that the other teams before the Cards already have franchise QB’s with a heavy amount of value invested into them by these teams. The first QB needy team, was going to take Rosen. The Bills BLEW IT. And I couldn’t be happier. I hope the guy kills the NFC West, he’s truly a great QB. He’ll prove them wrong. A

OTHERS

DOLPHINS – Minkah Fitzpatrick. A-

BUCS – Vita Vea. A

REDSKINS – Da’ron Payne. A

SAINTS – Marcus Davenport. B+

RAIDERS – Kolton Miller. B+

BILLS – Tremaine Edmunds. A-

CHARGERS – Derwin James. A+

PACKERS – Jaire Alexander. A-

COWBOYS – Leighton Vander Esch. A-

LIONS – Frank Ragnow. B+

BENGALS – Billy Price. ATITANS – Rahsaan Evans. A

PATS – Isaiah Wynn. B+

PANTHERS – DJ Moore. A

RAVENS – Hayden Hurst. B+

FALCONS – Calvin Ridley. A

SEAHAWKS – Rashaad Penny. B+

STEELERS -Terrell Edmunds. A

JAGUARS – Taven Bryan. A-

VIKINGS – Mike Hughes. A

PATS – Sony Michel. B+

RAVENS – Lamar Jackson. A+

Thoughts leading to the NFL Draft

As we inch closer to the NFL Draft, the scenarios for each team in the first round has been absolutely wild. Mock drafts keep our imagination going as this is Christmas time for many NFL fans, inching closer to the 2018-19 season.

The first 10 picks have been differently mocked by many analysts as well other sport fan fanatics. Over the last few months, players have been shuffled across the board. From Josh Allen going 1, to rumored Baker Mayfield: here is what I think will go down with the first 10 picks.

1. Browns – Baker Mayfield

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Mayfield leaped across the boars with his leadership and fearless attitude. He’s so confident, it comes across cocky. I think the Browns are also considering Sam Darnold at the 1. The Jets may be screwed here. Mayfield seemed to be a lock at 3 considering the Giants appeal to Rosen and Barkley. I think Josh Allen’s lack of experience as a glorified QB scared them away from the #1 pick, causing him to slide. With Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon, Mayfield will make things interesting in Cleveland when it’s time. It’s Tyrod Taylor’s spot to lose until than.

2. NY Giants – Saquon Barkley

I think the gmen go Barkley here. The Draft is loaded with QB talent and the Giants could make a push for a QB if the matchup is right. If they are truly committed to developing around Eli for his remaining years, a solid run game with boost the G-men on offense giving teams the consideration of stopping Barkley. With a solid run game, you could see the G-men repeat their performances with a glorified #1 RB once more. (Tiki Barber, Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs). If the Giants don’t go Barkley, Darnold could be a major play as well Rosen.

3. NY Jets – Josh Rosen

I am a huge biased guy when it comes to the Jets. I firmly believe if Rosen is there at 3, the Jets could take him. The Jets fit Rosen in with their Mixed West Coast Offense. I think Rosen is the most accurate QB in the draft and you can’t teach accuracy. It would be sick if the Jets take him. The Jets could make some trades benefiting to get ahead in this draft as well.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets took Darnold over Rosen. The Jets are notorious with these kind of picks. They hit the mark last year, let’s hope for even better this year.

4. Browns – Bradley Chubb

The Browns have stacked their offense adding Landry as well a QB for the future. I think the Browns will go Defense here with Chubb. Chubb is an excellent player who could help that Line with Myles Garrett. The Browns got rid of Danny Shelton so I think the browns are going to hard reset on that D-line. Lookout for a possible CB or LB if the browns don’t go DL. Minkah Fitzpatrick could also go early to Cleveland.

5. Broncos – Minkah Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick would fill a huge need with the depleted Broncos secondary. Losing Talib to the Rams will hit the Broncos hard considering their already concerning QB needs. Case Keenum is a solid starter that will benefit along with Thomas and Sanders. Even though Talib is an aging star, Talib was the rock that Broncos Defense needed. Keenum will lead the transition until Lynch is ready to go. The Broncos could possibly go Josh Allen also I think, or trade back. Denzel Ward could also be a target this early

6. Colts – Quenton Nelson

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The Colts are in desperate need of O-line help to protect their QB for the future in Andrew Luck who has struggled with injury through his whole career. The colts D is also a major concern, but Nelson is too good for the Colts not to pick him. If not Nelson, a Defensive player in Bradley Chubb would be good also if available.

7. Tampa Bay Bucs – Vita Vea

The Bucs added JPP along with the already established Gerald McCoy. Vita Vea would cap off that good D-line. The Bucs have a decent secondary that is being built slowly considering key vet Brent Grimes signed another 1 year deal with Tampa Bay. Wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa Bay goes for Denzel Ward this early, but I think it’ll ultimately be a D-lineman.

8. Bears – Denzel Ward

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Ward is a great CB that the Bears desperately need to help their young Offense. The Bears have a lot invested in the Offense, and haven’t really touched their defense. A star CB would help along with a possible d-lineman, but I can see Ward going here.

9. 49ers – TRADE – with Bills or Cardinals to acquire Sam Darnold – Or, they take Marcus Davenport.

The 49ers could trade with these teams in order to gain more additional picks to add to their arsenal. The 49ers don’t need a QB. They need Defensive help sure, but these teams are desperate for a QB and I personally think Darnold and Allen could slip if the Jets don’t take Darnold or the Giants don’t. Or Allen and Darnold slip to these teams somehow. The Top 10 teams in the draft all have Qb’s for the future so why not the trade? Just my take, I don’t think it will end up happening anyway but I feel like this would be a good scenario.

10. Raiders – Calvin Ridley

With Jon Gruden at the helm, I feel like he will try to help Derek Carr develop along with Amari Cooper. I also think this is a long shot but with Crabtree gone, I think the Raiders will like the upside at #10 with Ridley and the other players left on the board. Names to also watch: Trumaine Edwards, Roqan Smith, Orlando Brown, and Arden Key.

I think Josh Allen slips through the Top 10….

Alex Smith Traded to the Redskins

My Take

Last night Alex Smith was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins for a third round pick and CB Kendall Fuller.

I think it’s a terrible decision by the Redskins, but I kind of see the idea of what the Redskins believe Alex Smith can do for their team. Alex Smith is an amazing game manager, but he isn’t an a typical system QB. Alex Smith lead the Chiefs to a 10-6 record with the NFL’s fastest receiver, second best TE in the NFL today, and the NFL’s leading rusher. I don’t think for one second Smith with bring that playoff bound mentality with the weapons the Redskins have. I just feel bad for the Redskins fans who are debating weather or not Smith was worth trading the second best CB for.

Tyreek Hill,

Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt all helped Smith manage the game the best way he could. In this years playoffs, if Kelce didn’t get knocked out of the game, we could have seen a different result. The Titans shut down the safety blanket making Smith uncomfortable because that check down was gone. I don’t know why the Redskins think that Smith will be a good scheme fit. I could have seen Alex Smith going to a contender with set weapons. Like the QB situation in Minnesota, maybe the Jags could have made it work with Bortles and Smith? I’ll stop myself there.

The Redskins don’t have the weapons like the Chiefs did. Alex Smith will have to work with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, and Terrelle Pryor (if he stays). He’s also 34. Jordan Reed is an interesting target, if he remains healthy. Vernon Davis also provides TE depth at the position. Alex Smith is a good enough QB, but a lot of questions will come up next season.

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Kendall Fuller was an excellent CB for the Redskins, stepping into that solid 2nd string CB role under Josh Norman. He’ll have a better time in KC with Eric Berry and Marcus Peters the top safety and CB for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs make away like bandits securing Fuller to go with that heavy pass defense, as well trading away a veteran QB in order to start the future of the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes III.

Mahomes will be good. The Chiefs will be good. The Redskins will not be good. I’ll give them 6-10 next year, or 7-9. Unless the Redskins continue to make splashes with trades and free agency.

 

 

Ranking the QB’s from the 2017-18 NFL Season Part 3

#18. Dak Prescott

Dak lead the Cowboys to a 9-7 record, throwing for 22 TD’s and 13 INT’s. It was certainly the sophomore slump for Dak as he underperformed without Zeke mightily. Without their top tier RB Ezekiel Elliot, Dak managed to walk away with a 3-3 record while Zeke was suspended. Without having that constant RB threat, it exposed Dak more often. Dak threw the ball without precision in many games, which lead to his high INT count. The year previous, Dak had 4 Interceptions.

Hopefully Dak has a better season next year without having to worry about living life without Zeke.

#17. Derek Carr

Derek threw for 22 TD’s and 13 INT’s, leading the Raiders to a 6-10 record. A huge step back for Carr here as the once playoff bound Raiders blew it in 2017.  Amari Cooper underperformed and so did Michael Crabtree. Crabtree may be cut in the offseason, leaving a new WR spot for the Raiders.

Jon Gruden should change the culture in Oakland, as well develop Derek Carr into that elite QB status which I believe Derek Carr has the potential to be. Just a bad season for the Raiders in 2017, should be exciting to watch in 2018.

#16. Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota had a questionable 2017 for the Titans. He lead them to a 9-7 record throwing 13 TD’s and 15 INT’s. He played hurt for most of 2017. Could it have affected his play that much? Maybe. We will definitely see a different Mariota next year, hopefully a more confident one.

The Titans most likely will move on from DeMarco Murray an aging star. Derrick Henry will help Mariota as Henry moves into that primary position. The Titans need to add more receiving options for Mariota as clearly the options right now aren’t enough.

#15. Kirk Cousins

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Cousins threw for 27 TD’s and 13 INT’s leading Washington to a 7-9 record. Cousins didn’t have a bad 2017 as he did what he could to steer the dumpster fire that is the Washington Redskins. Cousins sometimes would mess up his mechanics which usually happens every year for him, calling attention to his footwork. His WR’s lacked the true talent needed for Cousins to be successful.

Cousins should have a potential top 10 2018 season depending on the team he goes too. Rumors have it the Broncos seem to be the main team which would make great sense with receiving options like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. There are also rumors they could be gone as well, which could spell trouble for the Broncos in 2018.

Cousins will have plenty of teams to choose from as free agency slowly but surely makes its way.

#14. Blake Bortles

Bortles had an interesting year throwing for 21 TD’s and 13 INT’s. He lead the Jags to an AFC Championship where they eventually lost to the Pats. The Jags went 10-6 based off the average play of Bortles.

The Jags Defense helped Blake immensely as the D gave Bortles chances to elevate his game basically every game. With Allen Robinson coming back next year, the Jags face an interesting offseason filled with many questions on how to build around Blake Bortles and continue to develop him. They could also try and find a franchise QB around their up and coming team.

#13. Jimmy Garoppolo

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Jimmy G only threw for 7 TD’s and 5 INT’s in 2017. After learning from TB12 in New England, Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers, a franchise desperate for a QB under new head coach Kyle Shanahan. I believe Jimmy G is better than Blake Bortles and Tyrold Taylor, which is why he’s #13 for 2017 in my opinion.

Jimmy G lead the 49ers to a 5-0 record to close out 2017. The 49ers were 1-10 before he showed up. Jimmy G showed his youth with the close TD/INT ratio. But he threw for over 275+ in 4 of the 6 games he appeared in.

2018 will be an interesting year for the 49ers as they hope to continue the success they’ve mounted with their new QB. They could also find themselves in playoffs if Jimmy G continues to lead them like a veteran on and off the field like he did with the short amount of time he had.

I can even see him landing in the Top 10 if Garoppolo continues his success next year.

#12. Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod threw for 14 TD’s and 4 INT’s as he lead the Buffalo Bills to a playoff berth for the first time since 1995. The Bills went 9-7.

I don’t like Tyrod Taylor. I don’t think he’s that good of a QB many portray him to be.

He threw for under 200 yards in 9 games. He also never threw more than 2 TD passes this season in a game. I think Tyrod is a very smart QB. The Bills Offense focuses on Tyrod being smart, making smart throws putting his team in the best position to win. With LeSean McCoy, Tyrod can pace the offense by giving LeSean more carries, or even checking down to him in order to avoid the big mistake down the field. You won’t EVER see Tyrod throw the ball for over 300 yards in a game, which differentiates average QB’s from Elite status. The Bills even traded Sammy Watkins. Was it because he was a bust? Maybe. Or maybe the Bills knew that even with Watkins, Tyrod still wasn’t going to throw all over the place. There is certainly room to improve and grow in Taylor’s game. With options such as Jordan Matthews and Zay Jones, Tyrod could grow into that eventual elite QB status.

Being safe and comfortable will only get you so far as a QB, like a first round playoff exit type far.

#11. Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben threw for 28 TD’s and 14 INT’s leading the Steelers to a 13-3 record. Big Ben didn’t look a typical Big Ben. looking more uncomfortable in the pocket, with nagging attention to footwork.

He did however have a good season. Plagued from a horrific game against the Jags where he threw 5 Interceptions. Big Ben has amazing WR talent with AB and JuJu Smith Schuster. Martavis Bryant even seemed to comprehend the Steelers and their game plan for him. The Steelers D anchored down Big Ben in an average way, letting Big Ben have the upper hand in scenarios important to the game.

The Steelers O is loaded with talent for 2018. If Big Ben finds the fountain of youth, the Steelers will be back in the playoffs playing for another Super Bowl.

#10. Jared Goff

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Goff had a bounce back year throwing for 28 TD’s and 7 INT’s. Leading the Rams to a 11-5 season.

Goff looked like the first overall pick the Rams invested in as Goff lead the charge with some above average receivers consisting of first and second year products. Todd Gurley also helped Goff develop as teams had no answer if Gurley got off to a good start, which was basically every game in the regular season. Todd Gurley was the #2 to Kareem Hunt for the rushing title.

Jared Goff looked really good this year. He made smart decisions down field, he used the RPO (Run, Pass, Option) all season which helped Gurley go off.

Goff threw to Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods all season. Rookie Cooper Kupp also was incorporated. They all played above average enough for Goff giving him better confidence in his throws. As opposed to last year’s Jared Goff stats.

5 TD’s and 7 INT’s. I expect the Rams to be better next year. The Rams stopped producing in the playoffs. They are so young. If the Rams draft more youth and make plays in free agency, the Rams could find their way back or even better.

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