Carolina Panters vs Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday Night Football

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.



San Francisco vs Oakland Raiders NFL WEEK 9

NFL News: What the F*ck is Jon Gruden doing as rookie QB Nick Mullens shreds Oaklands defense in NFL debut

Who the f*ck is Nick Mullens and why is Jon Gruden still on the sideline for Oakland right now? This was probably one of the worst Thursday night games in recent memory. The only excitement and reason anyone watched this game tonight was probably because (A) they are die hard Oakland or 49ers fans, (B) Nick Mullens was making his NFL debut, so the whole area/college of Southern Mississippi was watching or (C) you housed the 49ers and wanted your bet to hit.

But seriously Jon Gruden has done a terrible job with Oakland sure they were never a “good” team to begin with but I don’t think they are 1-7, losing 34-3 to the 2-7 49ers bad. I mean does anyone on that Oakland team want to even be there? The Raiders do not have a terrible offense either, Derek Carr can move the ball and can move out of the pocket and find space. Doug Martin is good for 3-4 yards a carry, when Marshawn Lynch is healthy it is a serviceable tandem. Martavis Bryant, Jordy Nelson, Brandon LaFell and Jared Cook are the wide outs. How do you not score more than 3 points against the 49ers with that offense. It is obvious Carr absolutely despises Jon Gruden and does not want to play for this freak.

Derek Carr Oakland Raiders 2018Right now though the Raiders rank 24th in total yards(2588), 17th in yards per game(369.7), 19th in passing yards(1930), 28th in rushing yards(658) and 27th in point per game(19.7) plus 28th in total points(138). They are statistical a bad offense right now, on paper not so much. That tells us one of two things, (A) they are playing good defenses, maybe. They have played the Rams(good), Broncos(decent), Dolphins, Browns, Chargers(decent), Seahawks, Colts and 49ers so they have played three teams above .500, that means they have not played great teams. And (2) the coaching is terrible and no one wants to be there. Going with (2) here. I don’t know what it is like in the Oakland locker room but it cannot be pretty, especially when you sell a good wide receiver, one of the best defensive players in the league and continue to lose. Gruden has surely lost the locker room.

Anyways, this whole Jon Gruden move in Oakland was for probably two reasons, they thought he can actually do a decent job? Or probably this option they are moving to L.A. soon and a household name and long time game favorite draws attention to the Raiders market. Either way after this 34-3 loss to rookie QB Mullens and the 49ers is the last straw for Raiders fans, they are done and 1000 percent checked out.

On the bright side Nick Mullens in his debut threw for 262 yards, 3 touchdowns and went 16/22 in the passing game. He broke a 49ers record throwing 3 touchdowns in his debut becoming the first 49ers do so, as well he broke a NFL record since they started keeping track of this, by being the first QB to post a 151.9 passer rating in his debut. Unreal performance from the QB out of Southern Mississippi being told he may start on Monday and having only three days to really prepare, made the job look easy too. The real fault to Mullens game was his post game interview, as he almost teared up before even saying a word, as Erin Andrews asked him a question and he immediately got choked up before speaking. No crying in football Mullens, you’ll learn.

Either way Raiders are done, Jon Gruden you’re a joke, no one wants to play for you. Derek Carr coming out and saying in the post game interview that “he is in it for the long haul” is definitely not true. So…. just trade Derek Carr to the Giants in the offseason so they don’t draft a QB this draft and continue to be a mediocre team but with Carr they have hope and we can point and laugh at the Giants for thinking Carr was their savior. Jon Gruden literally ruined this team in just five weeks and made them all on the verge of quitting by week seven that has to be an NFL record by a coach. Or close to Hue Jackson’s “how many games will it take for this years team to quit on me?” record.

NFL TNF preview: Miami Dolphins vs Houston Texans

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.