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NFL Thursday Night Football; Who will extend their win streak, Carolina vs Pittsburgh

My favorite part about this game is that one, it is actually a solid Thursday night game, the last four weeks have been absolutely terrible. But the predictions and story lines leading into this game are always so awesome. Today on ESPN First Take (I believe) Stephen A Smith and the crew were talking about what team has the best chance to make it the Super Bowl? Like what a terrible story line jeez? That is what you come up with for this game? And these guys have been reporters for years now, we wonder why sports journalism is not the greatest. This story line sucks because neither of them are getting there and the reporters know it but they know people will watch that story line.

A REAL Storyline; Who will extend their streak? Christian McCaffrey vs James Conner?

This is going to be a great game, and a game that has a lot on the line. The Panthers are heading into Pittsburgh who are on a four-game win streak, and coming off a big win on the road vs Baltimore last week. As the Panthers are chasing the Saints tail playing every game like it is do or die, on a three-game win streak and have a big test in front of them.

Panthers vs Steelers in the air…

  • Cam Newton this season has thrown for 1,893 yards averaging 236.6 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has a QB rating of 100.8 a completion percentage of 67.3 and is 177/268 through eight games this season.
  • Big Ben has throw for 2,560 yards, averaging 320 yards a game, 16 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, he has a QB rating of 93.9 and a completion percentage of 64.5. On the year Big Ben has attempted 344 passes completing 222.

Panthers wide receivers;

The Panthers do not rank up nearly as well as Pittsburgh with deep threats JuJu Smith Schuster and Antonio Brown it will be a mess covering the field with those two out there. Brown is a clear top receiver in the league, just him alone will keep the Panthers secondary’s hands full. Looking at the Panthers top receivers, they do not have the numbers like Brown and Smith-Schuster. Although the Panthers seem to spread the ball out more evenly, Smith-Schuster and Brown still out perform the Panthers top four receivers.

  • Devin Funchess who has 36 receptions for 445 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • D.J. Moore has 19 receptions for 297 yards
  • Greg Olsen has 18 receptions for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • Torrey Smith has 16 receptions for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns (OUT)
  • Christian McCaffrey has 49 receptions for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns

Steelers wide receivers;

  • Antonio Brown 51 receptions 594 yards, 11.65 yards a catch and 9 touchdowns
  • JuJu Smith Schuster 53 receptions 672 yards, 12.68 yards a catch and 2 touchdowns
  • Vance McDonald 26 receptions, 346 yards, 13.31 yards a catch and 1 touchdown
  • Ryan Switzer 16 receptions, 88 yards, 5.5 yards a catch and 1 touchdown
  • Total: 146 receptions, 1,700 yards, 13 touchdowns

Panthers vs Steelers on the ground;

This may an area where Carolina has the edge, although James Conner and Christian McCaffrey are honestly very similar players, looking at McCaffrey’s numbers to Conner’s. Conner does edge out McCaffrey in total yards but McCaffrey has the edge in the receiving department and also compared to Conner’s 151 carries to McCaffrey’s 109, Conner has 702 yards vs McCaffrey’s 502, they both average around 4.6 yards a game but Conner blows McCaffrey out of the water with 9 rushing touchdown to his three. This will Conner’s first really big test going up against another prominent running back, has made a name for himself now, big stage. A Panthers rush offense that ranks 2nd, their offense in general does a job managing the clock. Either way this is a big game for Conner.

  • Christian McCaffrey 109 carries, 502 yards, 4.61 yards per carry, 3 rushing touchdowns
  • CJ Anderson 22 carries, 105 yards, 4.7 yards per carry
  • Steelers; James Conner 151 carries, 702 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, 9 rushing touchdowns
  • Stevan Ridley 10 carries, 30 yards, 3 yards a carry

Who comes out on top?

This may shock some but I think Carolina pulls one of their a** here and takes on in Pittsburgh, they seem to be gelling on offense lately, while their defense has not been all that great, they have the offensive fire power to keep up with the Steelers. Both these defenses are not great and it will be interesting to see this shootout tonight. I don’t know clearly the Steelers are the better team and at home, but Panthers I feel come in and make a statement here.

 

 

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NFL Thursday night preview: Texans look to extend win streak to five-games vs the Dolphins and Brock Osweiler

The Houston Texans are 4-3-0 ranked 1st in the AFC South, after starting the season 0-3, the Texans have won four straight, wins coming against the Colts, Cowboys, Bills and recently their most glaring win of the season vs Jacksonville. A game where they literally forced Blake Bortles out of the game. The Texans started winless through three games, and a lot of this was due to Deshaun Watson and his rocky start as well as many other factors but it’s easy to blame the quarterback. Every other commentator does, I might as well to. But, it seems the Texans have shook off the rust and are back to where everyone predicted them to be at the start of the season.

As for the Dolphins, a team who started out opposite of how the Texans did, winning their first three games vs the Titans, Jets and Raiders then losing to New England, Bengals and taking a big home win vs Chicago week six, and most recently falling short to Detroit last week, 32-31. The Dolphins have been tough to read this year they have won some good games but have also lost the games they are “suppose” to lose. With Ryan Tannehill out and Brock Osweiler filling in for the last two weeks, the Brocketship will continue his hot play with hopes of upsetting Houston on the road.

Dolphins vs Texans: Who has the upper-hand?

Nobody likes to look at numbers all day, god bless the analytic warriors who do it for a living and those nerds who all they care about is every .1, .2 percent, but nowadays you have to throw in some numbers or you are not “credible” cause god forbid you wrote an op-ed article. Automatically called a zealot.

Anyways take a look at these numbers losers.

  • Dolphins average 329.1 yards per game(27th) compared to Houston’s 372.1 yards,
  • The Texans also edge the Dolphins in passing yards per game 258.4 vs Miami’s 222.3.
  • The Texans hold the advantage in rushing as well 113.7 vs Miami’s 106.9
  • Texans edge the Dolphins by a hair in the points per game category Miami’s 22.1 vs Texans 21.6.
  • As far as defense goes this is no shocker to any fan but the Texans clearly hold the upper hand in that category, basically across the board in everything. At the moment they have a top-10 defense compared to the Dolphins bottom of the pack defense.
  • The Texans allow 329.9 total yards a game(9th) Dolphins allow 405.3.
  • Texans allow 237.7 passing yards a game vs Dolphins 268.6.
  • Texans allow just 92.1 rushing while Dolphins allow 136.7 yards per game.
  • As we can tell numbers suck and completely ruin articles because now I don’t even want to read that, sheesh.

My take on the Thursday night game

The Dolphins have been an inconsistent team since their first three wins and their first three wins came against mediocre teams at best so a lot of fans were on their high horse after the Dolphins came out flying 3-0. They then got put back down to Earth vs New England. Sure, Ryan Tannehill is out and that does not help but Brock Osweiler has not been bad at all thus far and how good can we say Ryan Tannehill is? Is the guy ever healthy? The Dolphins struggle tremendously on the ground going plus going against one of the bets rush defenses in the league, it will be hard for Frank Gore to get much going. The guy is 40-years-old so we can’t expect much form him. Along with Kenny Stills out, and really only having Danny Amendola, Rakeem Grant and Devante Parker the Dolphins are not so strong through the air either. While the Texans have a decent run game vs a bad rush defense and Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller, Deshaun Watson should have his way tonight in the air and scrambling out of the pocket. The Texans are an all around better team, while the Texans lost a terrible game at home to the Giants, they should be 3-0 on home field.Texans at home vs the pretenders Dolphins, my choice would be Houston tonight.

A look at the QB’s:

Deshaun Watson: 152/241 1937 yards passing, 10 touchdowns, 7 INT 89.9 QB Rating, 63.1 completion percentage, 4 games with 300+ yards passing, averaging 276.7 yards per game.

Brock Osweiler: 54/80 654 yards, 6 touchdowns, 2 INT, 107.0 QB rating, 67.5 completion percentage, 1 game with 300+ yards passing, averaging 218 yards per game.

A look at the RB’s 

Lamar Miller: 95 carries, 371 yards, 3.91 yards a carry, 1 touchdown, 61.8 yards per game and one 100+ yard game.

Frank Gore: 72 carries, 332 yards, 4.61 yards a carry, 0 touchdowns, 47.4 yards per game, 10 and one 100+ yard game.

Kenyan Drake: 58 carries, 282 yards, 4.86 yards a carry, 2 touchdowns, 40.3 yards per game.

A look at the WR’s 

DeAndre Hopkins: 47 receptions, 707 yards, 15.04 yards a catch, 4 touchdowns, 101 yards a game.

Will Fuller V: 27 receptions, 379 yards, 14.04 yards a catch, 3 touchdowns, 63.2 yards a game.

Kenny Stills: 16 receptions, 281 yards, 17.56 yards a catch, 4 touchdowns, 40.1 yards a game (Will not play Thursday night, with groin injury, week to week.)

Danny Amendola: 30 receptions, 294 yards, 9.8 yards a catch, 1 touchdown, 42 yards a game.