Bro-Picks: NFL Week 15 Predictions

The play clock is winding down.

The start of the final four games of the NFL’s regular season brought plenty of surprises to the league’s best, ranging from devastating injuries to head-scratching losses. There’s little time for teams to feel sorry for themselves, as week 15 of the NFL season brings us another sizzling slate of games that will decide team’s playoff fates.

Last Week: 9-7

Overall: 131-77

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts (Thursday Night Football)

Oh the humanity of Thursday Night Football.

Winner: Colts

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Saturday Afternoon)

Both of these teams are coming off of wins in week 13, something that seemed improbable just weeks ago. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has shown flashes of competency, but the Lions need this one to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Winner: Lions

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (Saturday Night)

Kansas City suspended their best defensive player in CB Marcus Peters last week and somehow it paid dividends, as the Chiefs demolished the Raiders. The Chargers have won 7 of 9 after starting the season 0-4. In a battle for first place in the AFC West, it’s the home field advantage Arrowhead Stadium provides that will make the difference.

Winner: Chiefs

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Dolphins QB Jay Cutler looked like a competent QB against the Patriots and outplayed Tom Brady. Can he outplay any of the QBs Buffalo may trot out in unfavorable conditions?

Winner: Bills

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared to play, which should give Green Bay a boost in time for a potential playoff run. The Panthers, who are coming off a statement win against the Vikings, could be the team to benefit most from the recent slew of injuries in the NFC.

Winner: Panthers

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

The Browns were up by 14 last week against the Packers heading into the 4th quarter. The lost 27-21 in overtime. Even by Cleveland’s standards, that’s and ungodly choke job.

Winner: Ravens

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars boast a championship level defense and a stout running game led by offensive rookie of the year candidate Leonard Fournette. If QB Blake Bortles can avoid turning the ball over, Jacksonville could be a team no one wants to face this postseason.

Winner: Jaguars

Cincinnati Bengals at Minnesota Vikings

Vikings coach Mike Zimmerman was once on Marvin Lewis’s coaching staff in Cincinnati. Come next year, the reverse may be the case.

Winner: Vikings

New York Jets at New Orleans Saints

The Saints are now a run first team, as they’re 9-0 when they run the ball 22 times or more. The loss to Atlanta last week is somewhat startling, but it’s not like the Jets are a force to be reckoned with.

Winner: Saints

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered an ACL tear and is out for the season. Backup Nick Foles is good enough to keep the Eagles afloat, but their Super Bowl chances are now slim to none.

Winner: Eagles

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

Believe it or not, this used to be a classic NFC East tilt. The interesting story here is Redskins QB Kirk (*or Kurt?*) Cousins, who may be playing himself out of a long term contract after what has been a down year for him.

Winner: Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

If you had said at the start if the season a week 15 match-up between the Rams and the Seahawks would decide the NFC West, most would call you insane. The Rams are averaging 30 points per game this season, and head coach Sean McVay is in the running for coach of the year. The Seahawks are coming off a crushing loss to the Jaguars, and won’t be willing to give up their hold of the NFC West just yet.

Winner: Seahawks

Tennessee Titans at San Francisco 49ers

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo became the 2nd QB in the franchises’ history to win his first two road starts. There’s definitely some intrigue in the Bay Area now that he appears to be the QB of the future. The Titans are coming off a bad loss to an average Cardinals team, and need a win to keep pace with the Jaguars in the AFC South.

Winner: Titans

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

A game that will decide the top seed in the AFC comes at a time when both teams have major questions. The Steelers are missing LB Ryan Shazier badly, as the Ravens hung 38 points on them last week. The Patriots looked vulnerable in their AFC East tilt against the Dolphins, but do you really think the hoodie will allow the Pats to drop an important game such as this one?

Winner: Patriots

Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders (Sunday Night Football)

What was thought to be a potential Super Bowl 52 preview at the start of the season is now a battle between two teams on the outside looking in as it pertains to the playoff picture. The Raiders came out flat and got demolished against the Chiefs no thanks to  struggling QB Derek Carr, while Cowboys QB Dak Prescott may have finally figured out how to play without RB Ezekiel Elliott.

Winner: Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Monday Night Football)

Just when you think the Falcons are DOA, they find a way to make you believe they can make a deep playoff run. Atlanta won despite Matt Ryan throwing 3 interceptions last week, something the Buccaneers can’t overcome with Jameis Winston under center.

Winner: Falcons

 

 

 

 

 

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Bro-Picks: NFL Week 14 Predictions

The 4th quarter has begun.

Week 14 marks the start of the 4th quarter in the NFL season. While some teams have already started making vacation plans for January, other teams are either thriving or barely hanging on to their playoff hopes. One thing is for certain, the intensity of the NFL’s playoff races will only grow larger in these last 4 weeks.

Last Week: 12-4

Overall: 122-70

 

News Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (Thursday Night Football)

The Saints revival seems unstoppable due to the RB combo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and they still have a future hall of fame QB in Drew Brees. The Falcons playoff hopes took a damaging blow last week by losing to the Vikings, and a loss Thursday night would be the final nail in the coffin.

Winner: Saints

 

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

The Bills suffered a major blow last week with the injury to QB Tyrod Taylor. Back-up QB Nathan Peterman may get the chance to start again, but we all remember what happened the last time he started.

Winner: Colts

 

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

The Vikings are on a roll with a 10 game winning streak, and could be the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Panthers are clinging on to the 6th seed in the NFC, and need a bounce back win if they want to remain on the inside of the playoff picture.

Winner: Panthers

 

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are licking their wounds after another prime time game meltdown, while the Bears keep finding more ways to shoot themselves in the foot and lose. It may be time for a house cleaning in Chicago.

Winner: Bengals

 

Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is practice again in the hopes his collar bone will heal in time to play in the Packers’ final three playoff implicating games. If QB Brett Hundley can get past the Browns, the Packers could be primed for a playoff run.

Winner: Packers

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo made the inept 49ers offense look functional last Sunday despite red-zone struggles. He’ll need to be sharper against Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans vaunted defense.

Winner: Texans

 

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

With a three way tie atop the AFC West, this one could be an elimination game. The Raiders have been fortunate enough to have faced backup QBs the last 2 weeks, and the Chiefs appear to be falling apart. But Andy Reid can solve the Chiefs’ woes in time to win the division, right?

Winner: Chiefs

 

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers QB James Winston looked good in his return, but had another careless turnover that cost his team the game last week. You would think he’d be more careful with the ball after considering he’s in his third NFL season. The Lions got smacked by the Ravens last week, and QB Matt Stafford will be playing through pain with a badly injured hand.

Winner: Lions

 

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell signed a 5 year, $200 million contract extension, thus making Jerry Jones look like a dope for threatening to sue him and the league. After cleaning house by firing GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo, the Giants have reinserted Eli Manning as their starting QB. Years from now, we’ll ask what was the point of benching the two time Super Bowl champion, and we won’t have a good answer.

Winner: Cowboys

 

Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals

The Titans have a minus 16 point differential despite being in first place in the AFC South. The Cardinals are a shell of their former 2015 NFC Championship Game selves, but it’s mediocre teams like them the Titans have trouble beating handily.

Winner: Cardinals

 

New York Jets at Denver Broncos

In what was supposed to be a year in which they were tanking, the New York Jets have somehow already matched their win total in 2017 and still mathematically alive in the AFC playoff hunt. The Denver Broncos have three QBs on their roster, meaning they have no QBs. GM and Mr. Bronco himself John Elway called the Broncos season “embarrassing”, might we see first year head coach Vance Joseph gone after just one season?

Winner: Jets

 

Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers

The Washington Redskins have injuries piling up and are on their way to a below .500 record. The Chargers have now won 6 of their last 8 games after starting 0-4 behind a ferocious pass rush and borderline hall of fame QB Philip Rivers. Go Chargers, Go ! (*Arnold Schwarzenegger voice*)

Winner: Chargers

 

Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars

If you had told someone at the start of the season a wee 14 game between the Seahawks and the Jaguars would have major playoff implications for both squads, you’d had been labeled insane. A win for the Jaguars would implicate the Jaguars are the real deal, while a win for the Seahawks would be business as usual.

Winner: Seahawks

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Ram

A battle between the number 1 and number 2 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft could potentially be a preview of the NFC Championship game. The Eagles are coming off a rough loss to the Seahawks, while the Rams throttled the Cardinals in an impressive road win. The winner of this one is in the driver seat for a playoff bye, and maybe even the number one seed in the NFC.

Winner: Eagles

 

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday Night Football)

AFC North football in December. Nothing is greater than a good ole’ fashioned showdown between two blood rivals who can’t stand each other. The Steelers look to keep rolling and remain the top seed in the AFC, while a win for the Ravens would make them a team no one would want to face should they make it to the postseason.

Winner: Steelers

 

New Englan Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Monday Night Football)

If there’s one place the Patriots have struggled to play over the last few seasons, it’s in South Beach. The Patriots have lost 3 of their last 4 games in Miami, and stumbling against them could cost them a number 1 seed in the playoffs. Luckily, the Dolphins are quarterbacked by Jay Cutler, meaning their chances of winning in Miami are considerably higher than previous seasons.

Winner: Patriots

 

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 13 Predictions

Winter is coming.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, signifying the end of Fall and the first 12 weeks of the NFL season. With the calendar turning to the month of December, winter is upon us. But while most of the U.S. gets colder, the NFL season begins to heat-up, especially with a Week 13 slate of NFL games that will heavily alter the playoff picture.

Last Week: 12-4

Overall: 110-66

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Thursday Night Football)

The Cowboys look so lost without RB Ezekiel Elliott to the point many are questioning whether or not QB Dak Prescott can competently play the position without him. The Redskins are still alive in the playoff race, and the winner of this NFC EAST smackdown will live to fight another day for a spot in the playoffs.

Winner: Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

Don’t look now, but suddenly the Atlanta Falcons seem to be regaining their Super Bowl form. Their schedule the rest of the season includes “prove it” games such as this one, but it’ll be Vikings QB Case Keenum who will prove he deserves to be under center for the NFC North leading Vikings.

Winner: Vikings

Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens seem to be reverting back to their classic form: a putrid offense combined with a pulverizing defense. The Lions need this game in order to stay in the playoff hunt, but their dreams of winning the NFC North may have sailed away last week by losing to the Vikings.

Winner: Lions

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

After proving head coach Sean McDermott wrong for benching him, Bills QB Tyrod Taylor led the charge in an upset win over the Chiefs. It’s wishful thinking to believe he can do the same against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Winner: Patriots

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo makes his much anticipated starting debut after leading a garbage time scoring drive last week. Only time will tell if he’s the franchise’s savior, but we know Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky definitely isn’t the answer for the Bears.

Winner: 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

Don’t let last week fool you, QB Brett Hundley can’t keep the Packers afloat in the NFC playoff picture until Aaron Rodgers comes back. Buccaneers QB James Winston finally returns after missing a couple of games due to a shoulder injury, but one must wonder how focused he’ll be with the recent allegation against him claiming he sexually assaulted an Uber driver.

Winner: Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars fell victim to the Blaine Gabbert revenge game against the Cardinals last week. It’s time to start envisioning Eli Manning in a Jags uniform if they have any hope of competing for a Super Bowl.

Winner: Jaguars

Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins

QB Paxton Lynch made the Raiders awful defense look ferocious last week and cried about it. Trevor Siemian gets the start for the impotent Broncos against the Dolphins, who are still convinced Jay Cutler is a competent QB.

Winner: Dolphins

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets

The once invincible Chiefs have hit a wall, losing 5 of their last 6 games. They’re lucky to be playing the self imploding Jets, who can’t get out of their own way.

Winner: Chiefs

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

It’s hard to take the Titans seriously when they barely beat hapless teams like the Colts. If only the Texans had Deshaun Watson to expose the Titans even more than he did in their Week 4 meeting.

Winner: Titans

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers look like the best team in the AFC West right now. They face the STILL winless Browns, whose only win last year came against the Chargers last December. Coincidence?

Winner: Chargers

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

The Saints fell back to earth last week in their loss to the Rams, while Panthers QB Cam Newton struggled against the Jets. The winner of this game more than likely rides that momentum all the way to an NFC South title.

Winner: Panthers

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals

The Rams showed they’re for real by knocking off the Saints, and are close to completing one of the most stunning turnarounds in modern NFL history. But even against a team down to their back-up QBs, the Cardinals won’t go away quietly.

Winner: Rams

New York Giants at Oakland Raiders

The New York Giants have benched QB Eli Manning for Geno Smith. GENO SMITH. THEY CHOSE NOT TO FIRE BEN MCADOO BUT CHOSE TO BENCH ELI MANNING. Let that sink in.

Winner: Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday Night Football)

The Eagles are the NFL’s best team, as they electric slid their way to a victory over the dreadful Bears. In what could be a potential NFC Championship game preview, they’ll need to overcome the NFL’s best home field advantage against Seattle’s 12th man in order to solidify themselves as the team to beat in the NFL.

Winner: Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Monday Night Football)

At 5-6, the Bengals still have a shot at the postseason. The Steelers made Packers back-up QB Brett Hundley look like Aaron Rodgers last week, and tend to play down to their competition. If they want to certify themselves as the class of the AFC, the need to take care of business against a desperate Bengals squad.

Winner: Steelers

 

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 12 Predictions

Turkey. Stuffing. And Thanksgiving Football.

Thanksgiving Day: A day in which we stuff our faces with food while watching the NFL mainstays of turkey day football, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, lose. The NFL on Thanksgiving has given us many memorable moments, including Dallas Cowboys DL Leon Lett’s ill fated fumble recovery attempt, Steelers RB Jerome Bettis’s botched coin toss at the hands of referee Phil Luckett, and Jets QB Mark Sanchez’s infamous “Butt Fumble.” Who knows what memories may be made with this slate of Thanksgiving Day games, but like Week 12 of the NFL season, they feature marquee match-ups that will alter the NFL’s playoff picture.

Last Week: 11-3

Overall: 98-62

 

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving Day)

The Vikings have gained control of the NFC North despite starting 3rd string QB Case Keenum. The Lions are still very much alive in the NFC Playoff picture, but it will be tough for them to beat this Vikings team a seconded time.

Winner: Vikings

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving Day)

This is a tale of teams going in opposite directions. The Cowboys look lost without RB Ezekiel Elliott, LB Sean Lee, and LT Tyron Smith. The Chargers, on the other hand, had five interceptions last week… in the first half. The Chargers have a tendency to let you down, so look for big D to rebound and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Winner: Cowboys

New York Giants at Washington Redskins (Thanksgiving Day)

The Redskins choked away a victory against an elite NFC team in the Saints, while the Giants somehow beat a superior Chiefs team last week. Go figure.

Winner: Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

Sure, the Bucs have won 2 in a row, but they’re not going anywhere. The Falcons have one of the toughest schedules remaining, and will need this win in order to remain a wild card team in the NFC.

Winner: Falcons

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

The 2nd battle of Ohio game this year means another “Oh- Why- No” joke.

Winner: Bengals

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have played valiantly this season without QB Andrew Luck, but they’re still in line for a top 10 draft pick. The Titans remain a confounding team, and they need this game to keep pace with the AFC South leading Jaguars.

Winner: Titans

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

Bills head coach Sean McDermott made the dopiest move of the season benching QB Tyrod Taylor for rookie QB Nathan Peterman, who proceeded to throw five interceptions against the Chargers… IN THE FIRST HALF ON 14 ATTEMPTS. Meanwhile, the once dynamic Chiefs offense has sputtered, and could only score field goals against a bad Giants team. Neither team is heading in the right direction.

Winner: Chiefs

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Dolphins QB Jay Cutler may be wishing he stayed retired after suffering a concussion last week.

Winner: Patriots

Carolina Panthers at New York Jets

The Panthers may be the most quiet 7-3 team we’ve ever seen. This team has the a top ranking defense and a dynamic play-maker in former MVP QB Cam Newton. No one will want to face them in the playoffs should they continue there winning ways.

Winner: Panthers

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles shook off their bye week rust in the second half last Sunday en route to throttling the Dallas Cowboys and draining control of the NFC East. They have a “trap game” this week ahead of their match-up against NFC mainstay Seattle, but they should have no trouble dismantling NFC basement mainstay Chicago.

Winner: Eagles

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are continuing to start CJ Beathard, leaving many to wonder when we’ll see Jimmy Garoppolo. The Legion of boom defense may be coming to an end, but Seattle should continue their dominance against their NFC West rival with QB Russell Wilson under center.

Winner: Seahawks

New Orleans Saints at Los Angles Rams

The Saints needed s comeback miracle to beat the Redskins last week, but there’s little doubt they are among the NFC’s elite. The same can’t be said of the Rams, who were pummeled by the Vikings last week, and may be showing signs they may not be among the NFC’s elite.

Winner: Saints

Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals

The Jaguars are shockingly 7-3 and on top of the AFC South, but it’s tough to start believing in this team with QB Blake Bortles under center. The Cardinals may be mailing it in, but they’re still a tough out for most.

Winner: Jaguars

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

The Broncos fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy due their awful offensive output. The Raiders fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. due to their awful defensive output. Both of these teams are in a tailspin.

Winner: Raiders

Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday Night Football)

Packers coach Mike McCarthy may regret spending the last couple of seasons trying to develop QB Brett Hundley. He can’t play. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who threw 4 touchdown passes last week, can still play at a very high level.

Winner: Steelers

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (Monday Night Football)

The Texans got a nice win over the Cardinals last week and are mathematically still alive in the AFC playoff picture. If only the had QB Deshaun Watson, they might actually have a chance against the offensively inept Ravens. ESPN is wishing they could flex out of this game.

Winner: Ravens

Bro-Picks: NFL Week 11 Predictions

Another week, another slate of telling games.

Week 10 of the NFL taught us a lot about the contenders and pretenders for the Super Bowl this year. Just when we think we know everything there is to know about the league’s best teams, glaring flaws arise that make us question whether we should take those teams seriously. Week 11 of the NFL promises a plethora of telling games, and may be the final nail in the coffin for teams barely hanging on to their playoff chances.

Last Week: 10-4

Overall: 87-59

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday Night Football)

The Titans could easily be 3-6 this year considering their uninspired wins against the Browns, Ravens, and Bengals were close contests throughout. They end their stretch against the AFC North against the Steelers, who probably should have lost to the Colts last week considering their dreadful performance.

Winner: Steelers

 

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Bears coach John Fox challenged a play on Sunday against the Packers thinking they scored a touchdown. The call was changed to a touchback. If that isn’t a perfect encapsulation of the Bears season, then maybe a loss to the Lions will be.

Winner: Lions

 

Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers

The Packers seemed dead a couple of weeks ago, but they have a stretch of winnable games starting this week against the Ravens that could keep them in the playoff picture. Ravens QB Joe Flacco may no longer be elite, but his elite defense will stifle Packers QB Brett Humdley.

Winner: Ravens

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns

The Browns browned by trying a QB sneak at the end of the first half last week, only to have time expire and without points before halftime. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles Bortled by throwing 2 interceptions late in the game, and somehow the Jaguars won. Imagine if the Jags had an actual QB.

Winner: Jaguars

 

Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans

Both teams have had to resort to playing their back-up QBs this season due to their starters being injured. The Cardinals may have to start 3rd string QB Blaine Gabbert if Drew Stanton can’t go, but the Texans have to start QB Tom Savage, who can’t move to save his life.

Winner: Cardinals

 

Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings

This is the first of a four out of five game stretch that will tell us if the Rams are true contenders. Going on the road against a vaunted Vikings defense will be tough for the league’s top offense to overcome, and the Vikings may eventually have to re-insert QB Teddy Bridgewater into the lineup should QB Case Keenum revert back to his Jeff Fischer coached Rams days.

Winner: Vikings

 

Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints

The Saints are winning the good ‘ole fashioned way: running the ball effectively and playing stellar defense. It’s a luxury for them to also have future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees, who finally does not have to carry the team on his back.

Winner: Saints

 

Kansas City Chiefs at New York Giants

The Giants have given up on coach Ben McAdoo after their embarrassing loss to the winless 49ers. Why the Giants haven’t fired him yet remains the most questionable coaching decision this year.

Winner: Chiefs

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins

Playing on what was supposed the bye week for both of these teams, both teams have failed to match pre-season expectations. This battle of Florida will come down to which turnover-prone QB, Jay Cutler of the Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buccaneers, commits the least amount of turnovers.

Winner: Buccaneers

 

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers

The Bills have benched QB Tyron Taylor for rookie 5th round pick Nathan Peterman, and are officially pretenders. The Chargers keep finding ways to lose, so this one is anyone’s guess.

Winner: Chargers

 

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos

The Broncos’ offense has officially reached rock bottom, with their lone highlight last week being QB Brock Osweiler plunking some guy on the sideline with an incompletion. Remember when this team trounced the Dallas Cowboys?

Winner: Bengals

 

New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders (Game in Mexico City, Mexico)

Raiders owner Mar Davis yuked it up this week at the ground breaking ceremony for the team’s new Las Vegas stadium, playing a shovel like an air guitar and looking like s fool in the process. Patriots QB may have the Raiders secondary looking foolish this week, as they have yet to record an interception this season.

Winner: Patriots

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday Night Football)

While all of us focused on the loss of RB Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys missed T Tyron Smith and LB Sean Lee even more against the Falcons last week. It’s too much of an ask for them to beat a scary good Eagles team coming off their bye week.

Winner: Eagles

 

Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks (Monday Night Football)

The Falcons toyed with the Cowboys last week, proving they’re the most inconsistent team in the NFL on a weekly basis. They should be able to move the ball on a Richard Sherman-less Seattle secondary, but given their aforementioned title, Seattle could sneak away with an important home game to keep pace with the NFC West leading Rams.

Winner: Seahawks

 

2017 NFL Season Preview

Football is back.

The NFL season is upon us. Every year fans get a newfound sense of hope. The hope that their favorite team may rise up and raise the Lombardi trophy as Super Bowl champions. While some teams are closer to accomplishing this goal than others, it’s time to separate the contenders from the pretenders and predict the 2017 NFL Season.

AFC North

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4

2. Cincinnati Bengals 8-8

3. Baltimore Ravens 7-9

4. Cleveland Browns 4-12

The Steelers are by and far the best team in this division, and their schedule will allow them to rack-up wins this season. The Bengals will be average, the Ravens don’t have enough offensive talent to be a contender, and Browns QB DeShone Kizer will showcase his talent whilst running for his life.

 

AFC East

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1. New England Patriots 13-3

2. Miami Dolphins 7-9

3. Buffalo Bills 6-10

4. New York Jets 2-14

It’s Tom Brady’s world. Every other team is just happy to be considered an NFL team in the AFC East. Jay Cutler won’t move the needle with the Dolphins, the Bills are rebuilding, and the Jets look like they could be one of the worst teams in a long time by tanking this season.

 

AFC South

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1. Houston Texans 9-7

2. Tennessee Titans 9-7

3. Indianapolis Colts 6-10

4. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13

Defense wins championships. Houston still has one of the best defenses in football, and rookie QB DeShaun Watson will be the starter for the Texans come the end of the season. The Titans are building something special in Nashville, the Colts will be lost without QB Andrew Luck, and the Jaguars are starting QB Blake Bortles because QB Chad Henne is the alternative. (*cough Colin Kaepernick*)

 

AFC West

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1. Oakland Raiders 10-6

2. Kansas City Chiefs 9-7

3. Denver Broncos 7-9

4. Los Angeles Chargers 6-10

The Raiders’ offense will carry this team to a division title, but the back seven of the defense seems to have regressed. The Chiefs will eventually start rookie QB Patrick Mahomes, the Broncos lack of offensive firepower will be mitigated by their stellar defense, and the Chargers play in a soccer stadium.

NFC North

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1. Green Bay Packers 10-6

2. Detroit Lions 8-8

3. Minnesota Vikings 7-9

4. Chicago Bears 3-13

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. The Lions have Matthew Stafford. The Vikings have Sam Bradford. The Bears have Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky. The quarterback situations for each team in this division tell you all you need to know.

 

NFC East

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1. Dallas Cowboys 11-5

2. New York Giants 10-6

3. Philadelphia Eagles 9-7

4. Washington Redskins 6-10

QB Dak Prescott is the real deal, and he’ll thrive with or without RB Ezikiel Elliot. The Giants’ defense is Super Bowl worthy, the Eagles will fly with their new toys on offense, and the Redskins still don’t know if their QB’s name is Kirk or Kurt Cousins.

 

NFC South

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1. Carolina Panthers 11-5

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6

3. Atlanta Falcons 8-8

4. New Orleans Saints 6-10

QB Cam Newton will see the Panthers rise from worst to first now that their Super Bowl 50 hangover is gone. QB Jameis Winston will help the Buccaneers take the next step towards contention, the Falcons will still be hungover from their Super Bowl 51, and the Saints still don’t play defense… ever.

 

NFC West

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1. Seattle Seahawks 13-3

2. Arizona Cardinals 8-8

3. Los Angeles Rams 5-11

4. San Francisco 49ers 4-12

The Seahawks tout one of the best defenses in the league, and QB Russell Wilson is one of the best QBs in the league despite taking snaps from a stitched-together offensive line. The Cardinals are another year older, the Rams are still trying to make QB Jared Goff happen even though it will never happen, and any progress the 49ers may make will be sabotaged because their owner runs every coach out of town, even when they make it to the Super Bowl.

 

AFC Playoff Picture

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1. New England Patriots

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

3. Oakland Raiders

4. Houston Texans

5. Kansas City Chiefs

6. Tennessee Titans

 

Wild Card

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3. Raiders over 6. Titans

4. Texans over 5. Chiefs

 

Divisional Round

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1. Patriots over 4. Texans

2. Steelers over 3. Raiders

 

AFC Championship

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2. Steelers over 1. Patriots

 

NFC Playoff Picture

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1. Seattle Seahawks

2. Dallas Cowboys

3. Carolina Panthers

4. Green Bay Packers

5. New York Giants

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Wild Card

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5. Giants over 4. Packers

3. Panthers over 6. Buccaneers

 

Divisional Round

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1. Seahawks over 5. Giants

2. Cowboys over 3. Panthers

 

NFC Championship

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1. Seahawks over 2. Cowboys

 

SUPER BOWL LII

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Steelers over Seahawks

 

 

Every NFL Team and Division in 3 Words

3 words can tell the entire story.

With the dog days of summer winding down, NFL training camps are officially underway. While most want to jump the gun and predict the NFL season now, let’s start with 3 words to describe every team and every division in the NFL.

AFC North: Beat ’em up.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger goes diva.

Baltimore Ravens: Binding Flacco contract.

Cincinnati Bengals: Picture of complacency.

Cleveland Browns: Hope? LOL. Nope.

The AFC North is a brutal division, one in which the teams beat each other up so much during the season come playoff time, they’re out of gas. The Steelers are the best team in the division, but Ben Roethlisberger discussing retirement this early smells like trouble. The Ravens will be competitive, but they’d be more competitive if not for QB Joe Facco’s contract. The Bengals never seem to aspire to be better than average, and the Browns are a doormat.

AFC South: First round exit.

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Houston Texans: Won with Osweiler.

Tennessee Titans: Rise of Mariota.

Indianapolis Colts: Out of Luck.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Gag on Coughlin.

The AFC South Division winner has the luxury of hosting a home playoff game and promptly losing. The Texans won with Brock Osweiler at QB, so rookie QB Deshaun Watson could be a step up. The Titans continued progress will depend on the health of QB Marcus Mariota, the Colts can’t continue relying on QB Andrew Luck to be a contender, and the “new look Jaguars” with Tom Coughlin in the front office will continue to be woeful until QB Blake Bortles is deported.

AFC East: Pats stand pat.

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New England Patriots: Please stop winning.

Miami Dolphins: One year wonder.

Buffalo Bills: Sabotaged by Pengulas.

New York Jets: J-E-T-S spells L-O-S-E.

Since 2001, only the Jets in 2002 and Dolphins in 2008 have won the division. The Patriots have nothing to worry about in this cakewalk of a division. The Dolphins won’t be able to replicate last years success, the Bills’ ownership prevents them from being even halfway competent, and the Jets are essentially tanking.

AFC West: Most competitive division.

Oakland Raiders: Just Win Baby.

Kansas City Chiefs: Kings of almost.

Denver Broncos: Mile High controversy.

Los Angeles Chargers: Soccer stadium tenants.

The AFC West is easily the NFL’s most competitive division, as 3 of the 4 teams posted records above .500 last year. The Raiders will want to continue their newfound commitment to excellence all the way to a division title. The Chiefs will sport a good team but aren’t legitimate contenders. The Broncos will be hindered by their QB controversy between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, and the Chargers were rewarded for moving to LA LA Land by being tenants in a 30,000 seat soccer stadium.

NFC North: Cold and predictable.

Green Bay Packers: Default division winner.

Minnesota Vikings: Bridge(water) too far.

Detroit Lions: Roar no more.

Chicago Bears: Should’ve ditched Mitch.

The NFC North is known for being a rather chilly division come late October, but its utterly predictable. The overrated, over-hyped, and overblown Packers will win the division. The Vikings need QB Teddy Bridgewater to come back if they have any hope of being a playoff contender. The Lions surprised many last season with a postseason appearance, but that seems unreasonable to expect this season. The Bears were swindled by the 49ers and picked a QB who started 13 games in his collegiate career, it’ll be a cold winter for them.

NFC South: Worst to first.

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Carolina Panthers: Dab strikes back.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Winston’s next step.

Atlanta Falcons: Super Bowl hangover.

New Orleans Saints: The final Brees.

This division always seems to have the worst to first syndrome, where a team that finished in last place the previous year ascends to first place the next. QB Cam Newton and the Panthers will continue this trend, as the dab will strike back. QB Jameis Winston could potentially lead the Bucs into the postseason, the Falcons won’t be over their epic collapse, and the Saints will be looking to move on from QB Drew Brees.

NFC East: Beasts in East.

Dallas Cowboys: Inmates running asylum.

New York Giants: Odell rights ship.

Philadelphia Eagles: Winners of off-season.

Washington Redskins: Kirk or Kurt?

The NFC East is always one of the roughest, toughest divisions in the NFL, and this year will be no different. While the Dallas Cowboys resemble more of a Federal prison than a football team, they’re the best team in the division. Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will overcome the ghost of his ill-fated boat trip and have an MVP caliber season. The Eagles impressed many with their off-season acquisitions, but will there be team chemistry? Meanwhile, the Redskins will continue to be petty and mispronounce their overrated QB’s name, Kirk (Kurt?) Cousins.

NFC West: One team matters.

Seattle Seahawks: Winning trumps animosity.

Arizona Cardinals: Gasp for Arians.

Los Angeles Rams: Scoff at Goff.

49ers: Still York owned.

This division has one relevant team. Despite the fact every player on the roster hates QB Russell Wilson, chief among them CB Richard Sherman, the Seahawks’ winning will mask their dysfunction. This season could very well be the Cardinals’ final run at a Super Bowl title. QB Jared Goff of the Rams will prove himself to be one of the biggest Draft Busts ever. Lastly, the 49ers are still owner by Jed York, who hired John Lynch, a former color commentator with no front office experience to be their GM (*Does Matt Millen ring a bell?*). Lynch went on to hire the man who called 5 running plays in the second half of Super Bowl 51 when he was up 28-3, Kyle Shanahan, the spoiled brat son of a tomato (*Mike Shanahan*).