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NFL Week 11 Predictions

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Panthers @ Lions

Raiders @ Vikings

Cowboys @ Redskins

Bills @ Dolphins

Jaguars @ Browns

Bengals @ Ravens

Bucs @ Packers

Seahawks @ Rams

Cardinals @ 49ers

Titans @ Falcons

Chargers @ Bears

Ealges @ Giants

Chiefs @ Patriots

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Week 10 Predictions

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Cardinals vs Eagles

Bills vs Cowboys

Broncos vs Chiefs

Jaguars vs Colts (Yes the Colts!!!)

Steelers vs Bengals

Saints vs Falcons

Titans vs Panthers

Texans vs Bucs

Rams vs Browns

Redskins vs Dolphins

Ravens vs Seahawks

Lions vs Bears

Giants vs 49ers

Patriots vs Jets

Vikings vs Packers

 

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Overachieving Bears Handle Eagles Again

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The Bears proved once again on Monday night they have the ability to beat the best teams in the league.  Just like last season, the Bears went in to Philadelphia and showed that they are one of the few teams who can slow down Michael Vick and his high-powered offense.  They did it with fast, smart, and fearless defense.  The question now becomes whether the Bears can catch the Lions and wrap up the wildcard spot.

The Bears defense was all over the field on Monday night.  Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs showed why they are consistently one of the top linebacker duos in the league.  Both players were in on tackle after tackle, and were making plays from sideline to sideline.  One weak point for the Bears defense in recent weeks has been their secondary, especially the safeties.  On this night, the secondary showed up the Eagle’s receivers, who are thought of as one of the top receiving crews in the league.  The defensive line had probably their best game of the season as well.  They put pressure on Vick on almost every play, and were not afraid of him.  Many teams give Vick so much time and space because they are afraid to let him get out of the pocket and run.  Some teams even employ a “spy,” or one player who is assigned to Vick on every play to try and contain him.  The Bears defense is fast enough to play him straight up.  The d-line went right at him, constantly forcing him to roll to his right.  Even if Vick got past the d-line, Urlacher and Briggs were there to wrap him up immediately.

That being said, it wasn’t exactly a picnic for the Bears either.  Let’s not forget that if the Eagles punter hadn’t massively under-thrown his pass on the fake punt in the fourth quarter, it would have been a very different game.  Matt Forte, who has been phenomenal this season, can count himself very lucky that his first two fumbles of the season did not lead to a painful loss.  Even though the wide receivers outplayed the Eagles receivers (Earl Bennet in particular), they also dropped too many balls.  Roy Williams drew more hate from Bears fans as he dropped a bomb from Cutler that hit him right in the numbers, on stride.

Next week is a huge game for the Bears.  The Detroit Lions are coming to Soldier Field, and it’s going to be as close to a must-win game as a Week 10 game could be.  The Bears dropped the first match-up against the Lions in an embarrassing Monday Night loss.  The Lions are 6-2, sitting one game ahead of the Bears, who are at 5-3.  With a win against the Lions, the Bears will pull even with them, putting them right back into the mix for the wildcard.  I think it’s obvious now that no one is going to catch the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North Division Title.

As much as I dislike Lovie Smith as a head coach, you have to respect his ability to get his players to play.  He does do a lot of great things for the team, especially the defense.  If there is one thing we can always say about Lovie Smith’s football teams, it’s that he is constantly able to get them to overachieve.  Ever since their Superbowl run in 2007, the Bears have somehow been successful, even with a terrible o-line and sub-par receiving cores.  I can sit here and rant about the penalties, the terrible clock management, the wasted timeouts in close games, and the annoyingly calm demeanor, but at the end of the day, he seems to get the job done.  Maybe someday the Bears management might actually fix the line and sign some talented receivers, and the Bears might even get back to the Superbowl.  In the meantime, I am forced to reluctantly accept Lovie Smith as long as he keeps his team winning.

NFL Mid-Season 12 Team Mock Draft

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

The NFL season has reached the midway point, and I’m probably not the only one who would want a couple of rounds back to take different players.  Here’s a look at what the first six rounds of drafts should have looked like this season, this is based on standard scoring leagues , and a 12 team league.

Round 1-

1. Adrian Peterson RB Min

2. Matt Forte RB Chi

3. Arian Foster RB Hou

4. LeSean McCoy RB Phi

5. Darren McFadden RB Oak

6. Aaron Rodgers QB GB

7. Ray Rice RB Bal

8. Calvin Johnson WR Det

9. Fred Jackson RB Buf

10. Ryan Mathews RB SD

11. Maurice Jones Drew RB Jac

12. Tom Brady QB NE

Round 2

13.  Wes Welker WR NE

14. Andre Johnson WR Hou

15. Greg Jennings WR GB

16. Frank Gore RB SF

17. Cam Newton QB Car

18. Mike Wallace WR Pit

19. Steve Smith WR Car

20. Darren Sproles RB NO

21. Drew Brees QB NO

22. Matthew Stafford QB Det

23. Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG

24. Michael Vick QB Phi

Round 3

25. Michael Turner RB Atl

26. Beanie Wells RB Ari

27. Dwayne Bowe WR KC

28. Jeremy Maclin WR Phi

29. Ben Roethlisberger QB Pit

30. Jahvid Best RB Det

31. Hakeem Nicks WR NYG

32.  Jimmy Graham TE NO

33. Matt Schaub QB Hou

34. Eli Manning QB NYG

35. A.J. Green WR Cin

36. Steven Jackson RB Stl

Round 4

37. Pierre Garcon WR Ind

38. Larry Fitzgerald WR Ari

39. Jonathan Stewart RB Car

40.  Anquan Boldin WR Bal

41. Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Buf

42. Rob  Gronkowski TE NE

43. Mike Tolbert RB SD

44. Roddy White WR ATL

45. Mark Sanchez QB NYJ

46.Vincent Jackson WR SD

47. Pierre Thomas RB NO

48. Steve Johnson WR Buf

Round 5

49. Aaron Hernandez TE NE

50. Tony Romo QB Dal

51. Matt Ryan QB Atl

52. Tony Gonzalez TE Atl

53. Chris Johnson RB Ten

54. Willis McGahee RB Den

55. Philip Rivers QB SD

56. Brandon Pettigrew TE Det

57. DeSean Jackson WR Phi

58. Brandon Marshall WR Mia

59. Matt Hasselbeck QB Ten

60. Greg Olsen TE Car

Round 6

61. Eric Decker WR Den

62. Jordy Nelson WR GB

63. BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NE

64. Jermichael Finley TE GB

65. Joe Flacco QB Bal

66. Marques Colston WR NO

67. Victor Cruz WR NYG

68. Colt McCoy QB Cle

69. Shonn Greene RB NYJ

70. Nate Washington WR Ten

71. Owen Daniels TE Hou

72. Jay Cutler QB Chi

Let me know what you think of the first 6 rounds and if you disagree with what I have put out.

 

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October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Week 8 NFL Start Em Sit Em

Teams on Bye: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Bucs

QuarterBacks

Start Em-

Eli Manning- Manning is going up against the worst team in the league in the Rams, he should be able to carve up the defense all day in the Meadowlands.

Ryan Fitzpatrick- Fitzpatrick just inked a nice new long-term deal to be the Bills Quarterback of the future, he goes up against the Redskins this week, I think he’ll show why he’s the Qb of the future.

Andy Dalton– Dalton has probably been the 2nd best Quarterback to come out of the draft this year so far behind Cam Newton.  He has surprised everybody with his presence in the pocket, and his accuracy.  Seahawks have a good defense but I think with Benson out, Dalton will be on leaned on a little more.

Ben Roethlisberger- When the Steelers and Patriots go up together, it’s more times than not going to be a shootout.  Last year both Brady and Roethlisberger put up huge numbers when they played each other, I see this game being no different.

Sit Em-

Alex Smith– Smith has been playing good at home lately, especially the game against the Bucs.  Joe Haden is healthy for the Browns so that isn’t a good matchup for top receiver Crabtree, I expect the 49ers to lean on Gore in this game, while Smith will only throw for 1 TD.

Tim Tebow-  He keeps on showing to me why he isn’t a good QB at all, many people thinks he’s so great because of the comeback win last week against the Dolphins.  He only threw for over 100 yards, but ran for 50, this week against the Lions he should get a wake up call to why he isn’t a Quarterback in the NFL.

Christian Ponder- If your thinking about starting Ponder this week after his showing last week against the Packers, I wouldn’t expect the same numbers in this one.  The Vikes are probably going to give a heavy dose of AP to the Panthers in Carolina.

Running Backs

Start Em-

Chris Johnson- If this isn’t the week that CJ2k breaks out, then I don’t know what week it will be.  If he cannot have a great day against the terrible Colts Defense I have no hope for him for the rest of the season.

Frank Gore- Gore is going to have a huge day against the Browns this week, he has been playing lights out lately after getting off to a slow start, I expect 125+ in this one.

Jackie Battle- I like Battle again this week, as he seems to be the featured back for the Chiefs up against a weak run D in the Chargers.  I expect this game to be high scoring through out and Battle to get his share of touches and yards.

Pierre Thomas- The Saints are going to do what they did last week, this week against the Rams.  With Mark Ingram out, Sproles and Thomas’s carries and touches should rise even more.  Both of them should easily be in double digits at the end of this game.

Sit Em

Knowshon Moreno- McGahee is going to be out this week, so Moreno finally has a shot to get his job back for once.  Lance Ball is behind him though, where John Fox does like him.  Don’t expect too much out of Moreno here against a good Lions Defense.

DeAngelo Williams- Stewart has been getting more and more goal line carries and more touches than DeAngelo Williams.  The Vikes have been up and down this year on Defense, I expect Stew to find the end zone over Williams.

Montario Hardesty- If Hillis can’t go on Sunday, Hardesty would be in the place for him.  I wouldn’t expect much from either if Hillis was starting anyways, the 49ers have been great when it comes to stopping the run.

Wide Receivers

Start Em-

Anquan Boldin- Boldin has been on a roll lately, and you have to ride him while he is hot.  Until then keep him In your lineups.

Antonio Brown- Brown has been getting his share of targets, getting close to Mike Wallace for them.  I expect Brown to have a big game in a shootout with a suspect Patriots Defense.

Mario Manningham- Manningham is due for a good game, especially against the Dolphins this week.  I expect him to get near 100 yards receiving and a TD.

Sit Em-

Brandon Lloyd- The thing is the Rams will be throwing a lot since they will be down big against the Saints early this week.  Bradford is ruled out already with Feeley slated to get the start, Sit Lloyd.

Michael Jenkins- Don’t let last weeks game fool you, Jenkins isn’t that great of a receiver for him to be in your lineups this week against the Panthers.

Reggie Wayne- There is nothing Wayne owners can do but sit him now until a miracle of Peyton Manning coming back happens.  Owners knew had a risk coming into the season, and are paying for the repercussions.

 

NFL WEEK 8 Picks

Saints @ Rams

Dolphins @ Giants

Jaguars @ Texans

Cardinals @ Ravens

Vikings @ Panthers

Colts @ Titans

Lions @ Broncos

Redskins @ Bills

Bengals @ Seahawks

Patriots @ Steelers

Browns @ 49ers

Cowboys @ Eagles

Chargers @ Chiefs

NFL WEEK 7 Start em Sit em/ Predictions

October 22, 2011 2 comments

This week the Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles, and 49ers are all on byes, so obviously sit all the players on those teams.

Quarterbacks

Start Em

Philip Rivers- There are beginning to be doubters out there of Rivers who was probably taken high in most drafts, I was one of those people who took him 15th overall.  He has been the downfall of my team, but he hasn’t had a healthy Antonio Gates all year, and has never had Malcolm Floyd, Vincent Jackson, and Gates out there all year.  This week looks to be the week he finally gets some weapons out there, he’s going against a decent Jets defense this week, but don’t look for him to put up the numbers he has been.

Jay Cutler- Cutler had a good game against the Vikings last Sunday night, actually having time in the pocket because Mike Martz decided to put up more protection than just 5 offensive lineman.  The Bears play the Bucs this week in London and most people are worried about the jet lag for the Bears, I expect this to be a shootout of a game, and Jay to have a good game.

Josh Freeman- OK lets see if I could get him right this week, I had him starting against the 49ers and had a dud of a game.  Had him sitting last week against the Saints and had his best game of the year.  So this week I am deciding to put him on the start just for the fact the Bears defense besides last week has been getting torched for 350+ a game.

Matt Cassel- The Chiefs offense has been coming around the corner, especially after a bye, and a romping of the Colts two weeks ago.  That might be just what they needed to turn their season around from being really bad to just bad at this point.  The Raiders are giving up a lot of yards through the air and I look for him to have 300+ in this one.

Sit Em

Mark Sanchez- The Jets offense has no flow or rhythm to it at all, they are all messed up.  This week against the team that’s let up the least passing yards so far this year doesn’t bode well for Sanchez.  Maybe he’ll be able to throw for a TD or two, but don’t look for monster stats.

Kevin Kolb- He’s facing the Steelers, enough information at that.

Matt Ryan- Julio Jones looks like he’s going to be out again in this one, where they really do need him.  The Detroit crowd has been raucous these past couple of weeks, and I expect the same.  They have caused a lot of disruption with the crowd noise, and thrown a lot of offenses to have false start penalties.  Plus the Lions Defense is greatly improved from over the years, I’d sit him this week.

Matt Schaub- I said to sit Schaub last week and was actually finally a good decision of mine, he only threw for 220 yards and 1 TD without his best WR Andre Johnson.  Schaub has never fared well against the Titans, and I look for that trend to continue against them still without Andre.

Running Backs

Start Em

Mark Ingram- Ingram might actually to be able to rush for more than 75 yards this week, due to the fact that the Saints will probably be blowing out the Colts after the first quarter.  Look for him to actually get close to 20 carries, a score, and 100 yards this week.

DeMarco Murray- The rookie will have a chance to shine this week with Felix Jones probably out multiple weeks.  Cowboys are going up against a suspect Rams defense, where Murray should be able to find some holes and create offense.

Jackie Battle- Battle will be the featured back this week according to multiple Chiefs coaches.  Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster have not been getting it done since Jamaal Charles went down for the year.  I don’t have that much faith to start him over guys like Ingram or Murray, but he should be able to put up double-digit points against the Raiders this week.

Tim Hightower- Hightower looks set to play this week against the worst rush D in the league the Carolina Panthers.  Coach Mike Shanahan said between him and Torain, whoever has the hot hand is going to stay in there, which Hightower who catches the ball out of the backfield better, has a better chance of staying in longer.

Sit Em

Steven Jackson- He is going up against the Best run defense in the league, BJGE was able to find some holes last week, but that was due to the fact of Tom Brady.  Sam Bradford is out which means they will probably run it more, but I’d look for them to be blown out quickly in this one.

Peyton Hillis- Hillis is coming off of a disappointing game last week against the Raiders, where he injured his hamstring and quad.  He is still questionable and going up against a good run D of the Seahawks.  I’d look to avoid both and Hardesty this week in fantasy.

Shonn Greene- He was only able to rush for 74 yards last week against the Dolphins, which gives me no hope for him against the Chargers.  I’d look to stay away from him at all costs, and most of the other Jets players.

Wide Receivers

Start Em

Dwayne Bowe- Many people I know never have liked Bowe since he has been in the league, and is underrated to me as a receiver.  Look for him to have a big game against the Raiders this week.

Eric Decker- Decker should be helped by the departure of Brandon Lloyd, and with Tim Tebow at Quarterback now.  I have no faith in Tebow at all as a starter in the NFL, I still think he’ll be able to make a good receiver out of Decker for the time being.

Anquan Boldin- Boldin went off last week for over 100 yards receiving, and his best game of the season.  He’ll probably have Rashean Mathis on him, but I still like all of the Ravens this week on Monday Night Football.

Hines Ward- Ward should have a good day against the Cardinals this week in Denver.  The Cards upgraded their secondary this year with the drafting of Patrick Peterson, but that won’t help them this week.  Ward should grab a touchdown, and have 5+ receptions.

Sit Em

Pierre Garcon- Garcon had two huge weeks in a row, and finally came back down to Earth last week against the Bengals.  This week against the Saints, I doubt he’ll have the success he’s had in the previous weeks.

Mike Williams South- Until he has a big game again, I would sit him if I were owners of Williams South.  He’s playing in London this week, going to be going up against Charles Tillman, which I don’t see him having a great day against Peanut.

Lance Moore- Colston finally broke out last week against the Bucs, and Moore saw his targets decrease last week.  With Jimmy Graham being the best tight end in the game right now, and a healthy Colston, means less action for Moore.  Especially when the game against the Colts should be a quick one in the Bayou.

 

 

Predictions Week 7

Winners in Bold

Chargers @ Jets

Bears @ Bucaneers

Seahawks @ Browns

Falcons @ Lions

Texans @ Titans

Redskins @ Panthers

Broncos @ Dolphins

Steelers @ Cardinals

Chiefs @ Raiders

Packers @ Vikings

Rams @ Cowboys

Colts @ Saints

Ravens @ Jaguars

 

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Donovan Mcnabb’s Parents Up Close and Personal/Confrontation

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

My seat Sunday Night

I was at the Chicago Bears game this Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings, I sat in the United Club, which I think is probably the best seats at any venue in Chicago.  You get a buffet of food before the game, which is the best I’ve ever had in my life, then you get to go up to your seats right before the game.  I was pumped because I needed 5 points out of the Bears defense to win this week in fantasy so I had even more to root for in this game, instead of just the Bears in general.

As me and my Dad got to our seats, we sat 3rd row in the United Club, where we sat last year against the Patriots in the blizzard, which was not fun at all.  I noticed where the camera was last year, was now a place with seats, where a family of 3 was sitting.  This area is secluded as you can see in the picture here, I knew that this wasn’t just ordinary fans.  I turned to my dad and said I think that’s Adrian Peterson’s family.  He’s like no it’s not, then as I was watching the pre-game festivities, I noticed that the older man had a Campbell’s Chilli soup jacket on, and the first thing I thought of was McNabb.  As the Vikings game out before the game, the older man had binoculars and was looking right at McNabb so that gave it away to me that it was indeed the family of Donovan McNabb.  I told my dad, and we both thought it was the greatest thing ever since were right by Donovan’s family,

Donvoan McNabb's family

what are the odds?

 

Behind me was a guy wearing a Bears jersey, and 2 Minnesota fans.  The Minnesota fans did not know each other, one was a man, the other a woman.  They didn’t know each other because the guy said out loud, yes! a Minnesota fan sits right next to me what are the odds.  We started talking about how bad both of our football teams were, and how the Twins did bad this year in Minnesota.  As the game got underway he was very loud towards the Vikings, and how bad they were doing, particularly at Donovan McNabb.  He did this very early in the game, as he was saying things about Donovan, I could see the McNabb family turn around and give the guy dirty looks.  I told him that when he was saying things that they were looking up at him, so I told him that it was Donovan McNabb’s family.  He was like oh my god it really is Donovan’s parents, he then told me and my Dad he was going to get the most out of the night then, since the Bears quickly got out to a quck lead.

Throughout the game McNabb was getting owned, after a safety, and about 4 sacks later, you can imagine how crazy the guy behind me was going.  He was shouting McNabb you’re a bum!!! Don’t get on the plane McNabb, stay in Chicago!!! We want Ponder chants then came out quickly after the game turned into a blowout.  Donovan’s mom was shown on T.V. leaving after McNabb was pushed to the ground by Julius Peppers, this is when Donovan’s dad had enough.  After one final Donovan you’re a bum!! Donovan’s Dad got up turned around, points at the Vikings fan and says “are youthe one running your mouth?”  The Vikings fan then said “I can’t hear you what?”  Donovan’s dad then says “You better shut your mouth before I come up there”  The Vikes fan replies “I’m just saying what I’ve felt the whole game, I want Ponder in there, McNabb can’t play anymore.”  Donovan’s dad then says “Exactly you’re not a player, you can’t even play, so shut your mouth.”  The guy responds with one more smart comment, and Donovan’s dad just says “F#$^ you.”  That was the end of the confrontation with the Vikings fan, and Donovan’s dad.

The guy behind me kept screaming out for Christian Ponder the whole time, and still calling McNabb a bum.  I was just laughing the whole time because I thought it was hysterical what was going on.  What were the chances that I sat right by McNabb’s family, and a guy going nuts about their son.  After Ponder was put into the game, and Donovan was benched the guy went nuts behind me.  The whole rest of the time after Ponder would complete a pass, he would say “Why couldn’t we do that all game!!, McNabb can’t run like that anymore!! Bench that Bum!!”  Donovan’s Dad never turned around again after that, and just insisted on watching the game the rest of the time.  Donovan’s Mom never returned after he was pushed to the ground by Julius Peppers.

I would be surprised if this isn’t the end of the road for Donovan McNabb as a starter in the NFL.

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