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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: Saints vs Cowboys: Who Needs the Win More?

The 10-1 New Orleans Saints are set to face off against the 6-5 Dallas Cowboys in less than 4 hours in Dallas, Texas. To this point, there has been a lot of hype placed around this game. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, stated that this game should be viewed as the Superbowl for the Cowboys, considering the team that they’re playing.

“Each play, we’ve got to think it’s the Super Bowl play. If every player on every play in this game says, ‘When we put that tape on Monday, it’s going to look like one of my best plays of the year,’ it’s really going to take that kind of focus to beat a team like this.”

Furthermore, there has been a lot of “trash talk” by the Cowboys with DeMarcus Lawrence starting it all. On Tuesday, Lawrence was asked if the Saints have the best offensive line and here’s his response:

“They’re going to have to match our intensity. S—, for 60 minutes straight. If you hit a m—–f—– in the mouth and then they ain’t doing what they’re regularly doing, putting up 50 points, they start to get a little distressed. Now you got them where you want them at, and then you f—ing choke their ass out.”

With so much hype and talk around this game, it’s without a doubt that both teams are more than inspired to play football tonight. The question remains, who needs the win more? Is it possible that the 10-1 Saints need this game more than the 6-5 Cowboys?

Well, let’s look at it from the Saints perspective. The New Orleans Saints are without a doubt, the best team in the NFL right now. They’re clearly the favorites to win it all, although there are other major contenders in the picture like the Chiefs, Rams, Patriots, and others. Taking this into consideration, this game is very important for the Saints playoff picture.

Right now, the Saints are 1st in the NFC because of their victory over the Rams. Although the Rams and Saints both have 10-1 records, that direct win over the Rams gives the Saints the #1 seed. With that in mind, the Saints want to make sure that they do everything they can to keep that home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Everyone knows how difficult it is for a team to come into the New Orleans Superdome and earn a victory. It gets that much more difficult when it’s in the playoffs and the crowd and intensity is just that much more amped. With that in mind, if the Saints lose to the Cowboys tonight, they will be demoted to the #2 seed with the Rams promoted to #1.

There’s still more football to be played and that could switch up again, but going forward, the schedule doesn’t favor the Saints either. After the Cowboys, the Saints still have to face the Steelers, Buccaneers, and Panthers twice. Other than the Bucs game, the 3 remaining games are all against worthy teams and the Saints can definitely end up on the wrong side of those games.

On the other hand, the Rams schedule is much easier. The Rams only have to face 1 team with a winning record, the 8-3 Bears. Other than that, they’re up against the Lions at 4-7, Eagles at 5-6, Cardinals at 2-9, and 49ers at 2-9. The Rams can definitely win out so even one loss for the Saints can be the difference between a home-field playoff game and an away game in the playoffs.

Furthermore, the Bears even have a shot at earning a Divisional-bye because their schedule is also easier than what the Saints have to go through. The Bears still have to face the 3-8 Giants, 10-1 Rams, 4-6-1 Packers, 2-9 49ers, and 6-4-1 Vikings. There are three difficult games in that schedule, but it is possible that the Rams end up with the 1st seed, Bears with the 2nd, and Saints with the 3rd. Thus, the Saints really have a lot to lose today if they don’t earn the victory.

On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys are 6-5 and leading the NFC East at the moment. This NFC East Division has been anything but consistent. Every team, even the 3-8 Giants, still actually have a shot at winning this division. However, if we are to put aside the long shots, the Cowboys are definitely favored to win this division. The Giants have problems everywhere and are 3-8. An 8-8 team is not going to win this division and more importantly, the Giants are not going to win out and finish 8-8.

In terms of the Redskins, they were the favorites to win this division until Alex Smith was done for the season. They have already lost grasp of the division after losing to the Cowboys last week 31 to 23, and are quickly losing hope of making the playoffs. Their schedule does’t include a team with a winning record, but without their starting quarterback, it’s just a losing situation. Furthermore, they have two games left against the Eagles. If the Redskins and Eagles each win one of those games, they ultimately both help the Cowboys remain atop. Only one other team can rise to contend with the Cowboys so if these teams beat each other, it will be great news for the Cowboys. A team needs to go on a winning streak to contend with the Cowboys and without Smith, the Redskins are not that team.

This leaves us with the Eagles, the most sub-par team of the year. After winning the Superbowl last year and getting back their starting quarterback, they were favored to run away with this division, yet they sit at 5-6 right now. The Philadelphia Eagles are done. They still have to face the Rams and Texans which will put them at 5-8. Even if they win the rest of their games, which they won’t, they’ll finish at 8-8. That’s not going to be enough for this division.

The Cowboys are primed to win this division, being the most complete and healthy team who are getting on a streak at the right time. The Cowboys have won their last 3 games and have the 5-6 Eagles, 6-5 Colts, 4-7 Buccaneers, and 3-8 Giants left on their schedule after the Saints tonight. If the Cowboys win tonight, they put extreme pressure on the Redskins and Eagles to win out. Remember, the Eagles and Redskins still have two games against each other so one team needs to win both games. If they beat each other, the Cowboys will for sure remain atop.

Even if the Cowboys lose tonight, they’re still favored to win this division because they’ll hold their own destiny. They’ll have the Eagles come in to town the following week for a match-up with the division on the line. It’s just extremely difficult to think that the Eagles are going to do anything with a secondary that has been injured all year long and doesn’t seem to be repaired. The Cowboys should stomp on the Eagles in that game and finish the final hope that the Eagles have. Thus, the Cowboys will still have their destiny in hand even if they lose this game. They aren’t going to do any better than a 4th seed so losing tonight isn’t going to affect their playoff seed.

Hence, if we really think about it, this hyped Saints vs Cowboys game is really more important to the Saints. If the Cowboys lose, it’s okay, they still hold their own destiny in their hands. If the Cowboys win, it’ll be an extreme confidence boost and pretty much guarantee them the division although they will not do any better than the 4th seed.

On the other hand, the Saints have much higher aspirations than a 4th seed. If they were to win tonight, they continue to remain atop the conference and keep the race for the #1 seed alive with a difficult road ahead. However, if the Saints lose, they give up the #1 seed with 3 difficult game still ahead, paving the way for the Rams and possibly, the Bears to lead the conference. The Saints need to win this game tonight to remain Superbowl favorites and keep their path to the Superbowl as easy as possible.

NFL: The End of the Philadelphia Eagles

On February 4th, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to become Superbowl Champions!

Ever since that day, Eagles’ fans have been celebrating and with reason. Not only did the Eagles beat the Patriots to become Superbowl Champs, but they did so without their starting quarterback. Remember, Carson Wentz was injured last year, tearing both his ACL and LCL on December 10th against the LA Rams. Since that injury, the Eagles have been riding with Nick Foles as their quarterback.

After riding with Foles to a Superbowl victory, this 2018 season looked very promising to Eagles fans. For starters, if the Eagles were able to win the Superbowl with their backup quarterback, how would they fare when Wentz came back? Also, let’s not forget that the Eagles were able to keep their team together, not really losing any key pieces in the summer. Putting the two together, everything looked setup for the Eagles to be contenders again.

Well, 11 weeks into the 2018 season and it’s obvious that the Eagles will not be repeating as Superbowl Champions and in all likelihood, will not even be making the playoffs. Thus far, each week, we’d all believe that the Eagles were going to be turning the corner and putting it all together to go on a winning streak. Well, it’s Week 11 and the Eagles just received a beatdown at the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, losing 48 to 7. This puts the Eagles at 4-6 with only 6 more games to play. The season is done for the Philadelphia Eagles.

For those who want to argue that the Saints are just that good and it’s not the fault of the Eagles, well let’s argue. Yes, the New Orleans Saints are argumentatively the best team in the NFL right now. After all, they have the highest scoring offense in the league, averaging over 37 points a game. But, the amazing level of the Saints’ play right now is not an excuse for the Eagles’ horrible play. If the Eagles are expected to contend for the Superbowl or even make the playoffs, they cannot lose 48 to 7 after 11 weeks into the season. It’s clear by their play that the Eagles are out of contention. It’s not official, but it’s quite clear.

Now, for those who argue that the Division is still up for grabs especially after today’s events, let’s argue. Yes, the NFC East always seems to be up for grabs in recent times. After all, the Eagles are only 2 games out of 1st place. Currently, the Eagles stand at 4-6, 3rd in the Division behind the 6-4 Redskins and 5-5 Cowboys. Furthermore, the Redskins did lose Alex Smith today, their starting quarterback, for the rest of the season. This all sounds positive for Eagles’ fans, but it’s false hope. The Eagles are just too injured to compete.

The reason that the Eagles are struggling so much, especially for their horrible showing today, is because they’re depleted defensively. The Eagles have been hit with the injury bug across all positions, but worst of all, in their secondary. After today’s injuries, the only Week 1 starter still playing in the Eagles secondary is safety Malcolm Jenkins. Everyone else in the defensive back rotation has been injured throughout the season with some confirmed to be missing the rest of the season.

In Week 3, starting safety Rodney McLeod was put on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury. Since then, starting cornerback Ronald Darby tore his ACL and is out for the season, starting cornerback Jalen Mills has had foot injuries and is week to week, backup cornerback Sidney Jones is day to day with a hamstring injury, and starting safety (backup for McLeod) Avonte Maddox sustained a knee injury that could keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

Right now, the Eagles are being forced to start cornerbacks that aren’t intended to see the field. This includes CB Cre’Von LeBlanc, a player the Eagles cut before the season started. They’ve had to resign him and include him in their defense because of all the injuries. That’s how bad it is and it’s quite evident on the field.

Just last week, in a crucial game against the Cowboys, the Eagles gave up 270 yards to Dak Prescott and another 171 on the ground. This week, the Eagles gave up 363 passing yards and four touchdowns to the Drew Brees. This is just in the air, not including rushing yards! In total, the Eagles gave up 546 yards while managing only 196 of their own against the Saints. These numbers only tell us that the Eagles are done.

The defense cannot stop the pass and because of that, the Eagles are susceptible to the run too. Since they can’t stop the pass, more attention is being given to pass defense, which in return opens up the running game for their opponents. It’s a total disaster for the Eagles defense right now and to make matters worse, Carson Wentz and the offense aren’t providing any aid. If the defense is struggling, the offense needs to step it up and maintain possession of the ball and score more than usual. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true as the Eagles are just barely managing to get any yards or score.

With 6 games to go, the Eagles schedule includes the Giants, Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Redskins twice. They should definitely lose against the Texans and Rams, making them 4-8. At best, if they are able to win all the other games, they’ll end up with an 8-8 record. Remember, the Eagles will in all likelihood lose more than 2 of these games because of their struggles, but if they do go 4-2 in their last 6, they’ll still only be 8-8.

Even the Redskins without Alex Smith should be able to beat that record and remain atop the Division. If anyone other than the Redskins is going to win the Division, it should be the Cowboys. They’re in prime position to win this Division, knowing that the Eagles are defensively hampered, and the Redskins lost their starting quarterback. Regardless of who wins the Division, one thing is for sure, it will not be the Eagles. And that only means the Eagles will not be making the playoffs, much less, contending for the Superbowl. It was fun while it lasted, but this is the end of the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL WEEK 8 Takeaways: Bengals hold on, another day for Mahomes, Redskins run all over Giants, Panthers are back

A lot of action in the 1 o’clock games sheesh! There were 5 games that combined for 42 points or more, which is usually most overs on many sites. Therefore many overs probably hit today, anyways there was a ton of action. As the NFL year winds down and we are already heading into week 9, these games are crucial for a lot of playoff/wildcard teams. Speaking off…

Bears get back in the win column

The Bears do their job on home turf and walk over the Jets. Mitchell Trubisky meant business from the moment he walked into the stadium today dressed as Bears legend Mike Ditka. Trubisky threw for 220 yards for 2 touchdowns while Jordan Howard had 22 carries for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bears defense held all Jets receivers to 61 yards or less while the Jets running backs combined for 14 carries and 153 yards. The Jets Sam Darnold did not throw an interception which is a good sign but only 1 touchdown pass for 153 yards today. The Bears now improve to 4-3 and 3-1 at home. The Bears clearly have what it takes to play deep into the January but it is now staying consistent and winning the games they are suppose to win. The Bears now sit waiting for the Vikings and Packers to play and if both teams lose they will be tied for first place with Minnesota.

Bengals hold on after 4th quarter blunder

Bengals almost let the game slip form their hands. As the Buccaneers had their backs against the wall heading into the third quarter down 34-16 they went back to Ryan Fitzmagic and he connected right away on his first drive. The Buccaneers put up 18 points in the third to come back and tie the game up but the Bengals hit a late quarter filed goal to see the deal and give them the win 37-34. The Bengals scored just 3 points in the third. The Buccaneers are a tough to team to read with clear QB issues, they started out hot and now have simmered down moving to 4th in the NFC South with only hopes set on a wild card spot at the moment. The Bengal’s nail biting win gives them some separation from the Ravens as they are tied for first with Pittsburgh now.

Mahomes and the Chiefs improve to 7-1

Broncos certainly made it interesting and surprised a lot of fans today only losing to Kansas City by 10, but Patrick Mahomes had another day and another 4 touchdown pass evening. Mahomes although throwing for 4 TD’s and 303 yards has thrown now 4 interceptions over his last 4 games. There is a sign of some coming down to the earth for the young QB but definitely nothing to worry about as he continues to throw the ball downfield and be successful at it. This loss for Denver puts them now 3-5 on the year, in third in the AFC West and 1-2 in divisional play for them. The Broncos saw some more success from their running back Pat Lindsay rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown as well as Case Keenum throwing for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. The Broncos seem like they will be looking on from the outside come playoff time.

Redskins cover spread with easy win over Giants

Redskins cover the spread easily and improve to 5-2 on the year on a 3-game win streak heading back to home field vs Atlanta a team that is struggling greatly. It seems the Redskins run games was in full command today as Adrian Peterson broke for a 64-yard touchdown and had 149 yards on the day. Alex Smith had just 1 touchdown and 178 yards the Redskins for sure managed the clock well today and made it simple. The Giants are well definitely not doing anything exciting this season. For all the fans who believe Eli Manning is not the issue you are delusional the one interception he had thrown literally directly to a double covered receiver and into the safety’s hands is a prime example of how immobile and done Eli is. I hope you took this spread from my 1PM NFL week 8 picks article because this was a give me.

Panthers are BACK!

Panthers are back! Cam Newton did his signature showboat after a 14-yard touchdown run as he signed the ball for a fan. That is example one as to why the Panthers are back and ready to roll. The Panthers held the Ravens to 192 yards and all Ravens receivers to 54 yards or less on the day. While Newton threw for 219 yards 2 touchdowns and a rushing one. Christian McCaffery had a rushing and receiving touchdown as DJ Moore had 90 yards receiving the ball was spread out well against a good Baltimore defense another example as to why the Panthers are back. The Panthers stay in Carolina and welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a week 9 tilt. The Panthers now improve to 5-2 on the year one game behind the Saints who play in Sunday primetime vs Minnesota.

 

 

Kirk Cousins on the Move

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Kirk Cousins and his contract has been the constant talk of the Redskins offseason plans after an unsuccessful 7-9 season.

Cousins has always been valued and as a starting QB, and how joining a team with heavy weapons can progress him into that Elite Top 10 status.

The Broncos, Jets, and the Browns are the teams I feel are the most interested in Cousins as free agency looms.

Broncos Scenario

If Cousins does go to Denver, he will have Emmanuel Sanders and Demariyus Thomas for weapons on the outside. He’ll also have C.J Anderson available in order to establish the run.

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Demariyus Thomas is a toss up for the Broncos as his contract is pending per John Elway and Thomas’s agent. But if the Broncos can retain him, make more singings in accordance to their needs; Kirk Cousins can progress on the Broncos and maybe even give them a new identity since Peyton Manning made them relevant.

The Broncos D is anchored down by Von Miller who is surrounded with talent on D with Chris Harris Jr, along with Shane Rey who was hurt this season.

Jets Scenario

The Jets have $75 Million in cap so it makes perfect sense why Cousins could be targeted by the Jets. The Jets have been looking for a franchise QB since the Sanchez/Rex Ryan era. The Jets have the opportunity to sign Cousins, but should they?

Cousins is 29. He’s thrown for 99 TD’s and 55 INT’s for 16,000+ yards in his career. He’s taken the Redskins to the playoffs once in his 6 year career. He’s only started 3 years out of the 6, but that experiance is key in a short amount of time. Plus his time as the backup to RGIII.

NFL: New England Patriots at New York Jets

If Kirk Cousins signs with the Jets, he’ll have a healthy Quincy Enunwa, (Maybe) Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, ArDarious Stewart, and Chad Hansen. The WR options are very underrated, but the Jets must add another solid piece to the puzzle, maybe on the running game. Bilal Powell is excellent, but a 1-2 is perfect to go with Powell’s speed. The Jets have a young and upcoming Defense. They also have a coach Cousins likes in Jeremy Bates the new OC for the Jets.

Matt Forte’s future with the Jets is also a mystery.

Browns Scenario

The Cleveland Browns have the most cap room in the NFL as the 2018 NFL Free Agency looms. Even so, I personally don’t think he’ll go to the Browns where QB’s careers go to die.

 

The Browns do however have some interesting options at WR, enough for an established vet like Cousins to transform into viable targets. Targets such as Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, and Duke Johnson are good enough to progress along and build around.

The Browns need help on Defense as no doubt one of those top 10 picks will have to be a defensive player. A Veteran QB signee though, would help the Browns as far as growing their young team.

It’s either Allen, Darnold, or Cousins in Cleveland next year, count it.

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

NFL: Preseason-Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings

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.

Tomorrow’s Rankings

#1-9.