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NFL WEEK 11 Game day headlines; Browns to interview Condoleezza Rice, Bell wants $17M/year, Jalen Ramsey on the move

This is not going to be anything normal, nor what you are expecting. There have been three big headlines this morning. For the average fan you probably have no idea why these are bizarre but for the normal fan you know why these headlines are so out of the norm. We are getting ready for week 11 of the NFL and three headlines, two to non-related to the week and one that is just like the icing on the cake.

Browns interested in Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is about as Browns as it gets

 The Cleveland Browns are interested in interviewing Condoleezza Rice for the heading coach job. First off, you probably have no idea who that is. Neither did at first. But Rice is the former Secretary of State under George W Bush from 2006-2009. Aside from her term in politics she also has some experience being the inaugural member of the college football playoff committee selection process and most recently sat on the college basketball commission that coined the new rule to the end of the one and done rule. Rice could be the first ever female in professional sports to be a head coach but not the first women in a higher up role in pro sports. Recently there have been an influx of women in sports, the 49ers offensive assistant, Raiders strength staff, Bills control assistant, Spurs assistant coach all our women in sports currently. Rice is a lifelong Browns fan and has been spotted supporting and watching many of the Browns games over the years. 

The infamous Le’Veon Bell, we all thought we were done with this guy making headlines since he did not report to the Steelers this past Tuesday making him ineligible to play the 2018-19 season.  But there is more news on Bell, a report came out that the Steelers and Bell made a late push for a deal and due to the nature of how late it was and the timing of the deal to take place the two never reached an agreement. Bell was so close to reporting this season on one contingency, the Steelers not use the transition tag or franchise tag on him, clearly they said no. The Steelers were interested in offering 9.5 million qualifying them to match any offer the star running back receives from other teams, but the NFLPA says that the offer sheet would be around 14.54 million, which is double the projected salary for Bell for the 2018-19 season. If the two continue down this road and the NFLPA wins, this opens up massive bargaining rights for players allowing them to skip seasons if they feel as if they are not being treated correctly.  This is essentially a win-win situation for Bell he does not end up winning the deal between the NFLPA and Steelers he still gets a chance to sign for a max deal elsewhere, if he does not the Steelers would still need to fork up some money to Bell’s salary and that amount could be 14.54 million and resulting in Bell not even playing for Pittsburgh possibly.

Ramsey and Jaguars parting ways?

Jalen Ramsey wants out. Cleary the guy does he is going to the NHL! Just kidding but Ramsey tweeted a pretty eye opening tweet last week something along the lines of “when I’m gone y’all will miss me. Watch” Not word for word that but it was along those lines. Clearly Ramsey wants out and now it has come out the Jaguars are going to more than likely deal the star cornerback in the offseason. This trade seems to be coming from higher ups though, the Jaguars administration and front office have not fared well with the cornerbacks outlandish remarks about other players in the league, his impudent opinions of things and the many other things he does to draw attention to the team and himself. Ramsey still has this season and the next season remaining on his contract, he is the highest paid corner in the league and now the Jaguars are most likely going to have to decide to move on from him or settle something with Ramsey. Odell Beckham for Jalen Ramsey?

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NFL News; What teams in the hunt will make the playoffs?

AFC Teams In The Hunt; 

Tennessee Titans: The Titans are tied for the second wild card spot right now. Coming off a big win vs New England and for the remainder of the year have the Colts (two times), Texans, Jets, Jaguars, Giants, Redskins. Looking at these match ups the Titans can easily win 4/5 of these games and punch a ticket to the playoffs. They have a very mobile QB and two solid running backs right now. Once they can get their passing game going, they should be fine. The biggest worry is teams offense being consistent, their defense is very solid. I see the Titans battling until the final week with the Bengals and the colts for the final wild card spot.

Miami Dolphins: Sorry, but no. The Dolphins have the Colts, Bills, Patriots, Vikings, Jaguars and Bills reaming. I see the Dolphins losing once the Bills of their two, losing this upcoming week and that would probably knock them out of contention.

Baltimore Ravens: Again, no. The Ravens have been struggling greatly and with Joe Flacco out, Lamar Jackson in it will be interesting to see if this team can rally around the rookie QB and perhaps make a push. The Ravens have Bengals, Raiders, Falcons, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Chargers and Browns. I have to say the Ravens lose this week vs Cincinnati this week, the Falcons, Chiefs and Chargers so yeah that knocks them out. 

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts are like the Lions a sneaky team that has an underrated team and many overlook. Sure they are 4-5 right now but the Colts have a pretty solid offense, Andrew Luck throws the ball 90 times a a game, TY Hilton is a solid receiver they have two pass-rushing running backs and an underrated defense. Plus they have 4-5 possible wins on the board right now. I see them taking one of the two vs the Titans, losing to the Texans and a toss up game vs Dallas. The Colts have the Titans(two times), Dolphins, Jaguars, Texans, Cowboys, Giants. They will be battling until week 15 for a playoff spot. 

NFC Teams In The Hunt; 

Green Bay Packers: After the Packers lost last night to the Seahawks it seems as if all hope is lost in Green Bay they still have six weeks left but this is not a good sign for the Packers. Remaining schedule on the year is Vikings, Cardinals, Falcons, Bears, Jets and Lions and honestly who knows what can happen? The Packers can win all their remaining games or lose 4 of their six games. The Packers are clearly having issues on the defensive end of things and just not getting the production they would like on the offensive side of things. Looking at the Packers schedule and their current 4-5-1 record I see them finishing them going 7-8-1. 

Atlanta Falcons: Well the Falcons are going to win this week in Dallas so that will move them tied with Seattle for a game back for the final wild card spot. The Bears need to beat the Vikings this week for either the Seahawks or Falcons to have a chance of making the wild card spot. The Falcons have Cowboys, Saints, Ravens, Packers, Cardinals, Panthers and Buccaneers. The Falcons are currently 4-5-0, going to win this week vs Dallas pump to 5-5 and probably lose to the Saints and Panthers. I see the Falcons going 9-7 on the year. 

Seattle Seahawks: Big win for Seattle Thursday night over Green Bay, that moves them an inch close to the wild card spot. The Seahawks are a tricky team this year lost some bad games won some good ones and overall are a solid team when they feel like coming out and playing from the first to the fourth quarter. The Seahawks have Panthers, 49ers, Vikings, 49ers, Chiefs and Cardinals, a very easy schedule. I see them winning vs Minnesota, losing to Carolina and Kansas City. Therefore the Seahawks will be 9-7. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Terrible, terrible year for the Super Bowl Champs, their offense looks terrible, their defense is battling injuries and things have not been going well. After that loss to Dallas last week I think that puts the nail in the coffin, but luckily their division is terrible so their still a chance to win it. The Eagles will not get in by the wild card they need to win the division to have a chance. They have Saints, Giants, Redskins, Cowboys, Rams, Texans and Redskins. They need to win the rest of their divisional play for the year and take one from Houston. No shot they beat New Orleans this week or L.A. later in the year. Eagles can finish 9-7 and win the division to get in. 

Dallas Cowboys: No, shot the Cowboys have to win the division to get in and no chance they take another from Philadelphia and they still have Washington also. The Cowboys also play Atlanta, Saints, Eagles, Colts, Buccaneers and Giants to end the year. I think they lose to Falcons, Saints, Eagles and Colts and that loss to the Colts really does it. Just not enough offensive firepower in Dallas and just don’t see them edging a team like Atlanta or Seattle.  

NFL WEEK 11 PICKS OF THE WEEK

SOME SPREAD….

Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons: Falcons to cover a three point spread in Atlanta, please give me it. I don’t care if the Cowboys won last week, the Falcons are an overlooked team right now and they will for sure win this game by 3+ points. 

Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts: These two play each other two more times, one more in Tennessee and one now Indy. Both neck and neck in the standings and for the second wild card spot. I see the Colts taking care of business on home field after a big week ten win, the Colts will face a confident Tennessee team and cover a 1 point spread. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Giants: The Giants are home sure but the Buccaneers offense is going to have a field day with this team. Favored +1.5 to start the game, I like it a lot. Buccaneers will win this game upright anyways. 

Betting the under is boring, if you don’t like making money!

The Buccaneers game as noted above I said take the spread but the under is a good choice here too, the over/under for me is 52 no shot in hell that hits the Giants can barely score 20 points on the 49ers, the Buccaneers will have their way with the Giants but they won’t score 50 points. 

Oakland Raiders vs Arizona Cardinals: The over/under on this game is 41, the Raiders offense has trouble putting up 14 points, the Cardinals can arguably be capable of 20 here, either way I can’t see both teams putting up 21+ for the over to hit here. We saw the Cardinals put up 14 last week and the Raiders put up six. The Raiders average 16.3 points per game and Arizona averages 13.8, under, for sure.  

Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions: I see this game starting out a little slow the first two quarters will not be all that eventful or filled with much offense. In a game the Lions are trying to get back in the win column they are going to be smart with the ball and do their best to slow the Panthers offense down. The over/under is 49.5, I can see this under hitting score being around 21-14 Panthers. 

Life is too short to bet the under, go over!

Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears: I feel as if with two good defenses and two good offenses this will be a close one for sure, the Bears are battling to keep that #1 seed in the NFC North and the Vikings are a game out right now. This will be an intense back and forth game. With the over/under being 45, I think this will hit. Both teams just need to score 22+ each which is more than possible. 

Houston Texans vs Washington Redskins: The over/under is only 43 the Texans are more than capable of putting up 30+ therefore the Redskins just need to score 13+, I see this game being a back and forth game for the most part. I think the Texans come out quick and jump on the Redskins, this game will be similar to when the Redskins played Atlanta two weeks ago. 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have not been great this year but their only chance to get a good win is this week, will they do it? Probably not but still the Jaguars are going to need to defend home field here and make it a game. The over/under is 47 it will come close for sure but the Steelers score 50+ last week and hit the over by themselves. We see the Steelers score 37+ and Jaguars 14+ very, very possible. I like this over as long as the Steelers do not rest any guys when the game is out of reach for the Jaguars.