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NFL Weekly Weekend Review!! (week 3..plus a little extra)

Whew! What a wild weekend in the NFL! By wild I do mean slightly out of the norm events that will have the media “buzzing” until next week. Nothing really to surprising this week for me, but I do want to touch on a couple “hot button” issues. But I will get to that after the weekly weekend roundup…I think I’ve finally found a name for these!

Cowboys Texans started out strong, but did fade kind of quickly once we got to halftime. The hilarious referee issue was probably the highlight of the second half for me. What? Not the Cowboys finally living up to all the hype they seem to generate every single season? Nope. Not the Texans sputtering on offense and defense to look like the team everyone naturally expects from them? Nope. The Texans have a very winnable schedule going into their bye week in week six. The Cowboys had to win this game, and they did, but the gauntlet of their schedule is coming up, and they will certainly have to play this hard or harder to get victories.

The Saints Falcons game didn’t surprise me. A division game against the reigning Super Bowl champs is motivation enough to play your asses off.

Like I previously stated, I believe the Giants are over hyped this year. They pretty much proved it to me yesterday against the Titans. A truck full of yards, and only ten points? They’ll be a tough team to beat, but they won’t accomplish too many preseason goals if they continue to play like they have been.

Buffalo versus New England was a wee bit surprising. Surprising in the sense the Patriots couldn’t blow them out.

The Vikings Win!! Cash it in baby we’re going to the Super Bowl!! Who’d we beat? The Lions? Crap…. Sorry Minnesota, until you beat a worthy opponent, I still believe your average at best.

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs. 3-0! Could it be we are seeing the resurrection of the Chiefs? Potentially, but they will have to keep it up.

Also, a congratulation goes out to  Michael Vick. 2-0 as a starter and has the Eagles leading the division. I will touch more on this particular subject Wednesday, so be on the lookout for that.

Indy won again…not surprising at all considering who we’re talking about. Denver had there moments to close the gap, but they just couldn’t seem to convert when they needed to.

The Jets beat the Dolphins. For such a dominating defense they sure have given up quite a bit of points, except for the Monday night game. At least for them, they are finally living up to all the hype they gave themselves and seemingly everybody else in the universe.

There is one football related issue I would like to discuss briefly. That would be the arrest of Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards for DWI.

I think it is disgusting and reprehensible to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Accidents happen when not inebriated, so why would you add to the chances? I’m talking about everybody here, not just professional athletes or Hollywood celebrities or the TMZ celebrities. Please don’t give me that nonsense about “I drive better when I’m drunk.” If you believe in your idiotic selfish mind you drive better drunk than sober, you shouldn’t be driving at all. All it takes is one tragedy to completely change your perspective and outlook on the matter, trust me. As for all these famous because we make them famous people, you would rather risk your life and the lives of innocent people then take a cab or a limo service home? If you answered yes to that question, seek professional help as quickly as possible. Before I get off the soapbox I would just like to add this… taxi’s, limos and car services don’t cost nearly as much  as the alcohol or drugs your buying, and the cost is certainly less than that of an innocent life being taken away for your ignorance and stupidity.

Whew. Now that I got that off my chest I think I’m going to go ahead and wrap this up. I’ll be back with a special Wednesday post, so check that out. And as always, I will be back Friday for the NFL week 4 preview party!

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2010 NFL playoff predictions!! (a.k.a i called a do-over)

I’ve done a lot of soul searching and decided to re-hash my 2010 NFL postseason predictions. After watching a lot of the preseason games and doing a little more research I thought some of my predictions were a little premature, not to mention some were against the status quo. I’m completely alright with that aspect of my post because I honestly believe some of, if not most of the “favorites”  or the “elite” teams are a tad bit overrated. Some of the analysts on the major sports networks always seem to say the same things every year, almost like they are contractually obligated to mention these specific teams every single season, and quite honestly it has become my biggest annoyance against sports broadcasting. Are some of these so called “elite” teams actually good teams, yes, but to always say every year without a shadow of a doubt so in so is definitely a super bowl contender even though they just came of a terrible season and didn’t improve through the draft or free agency is obviously ridiculous. But on the flipside of the argument, if a team has added key pieces they were missing, either through free agency or the draft, the TV personalities continually dismiss them as contenders. The only examples I even need to use to demonstrate my point are these: Every analyst I can think of proclaimed last year the return of the New England Patriots dynasty, while those same analysts dismissed the eventual Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints as nothing more then a team that could potentially contend for a wildcard spot.

Enough of this slightly off topic rant, lets get to the predictions.

NFC

Green Bay Packers (13-3)

San Francisco 49ers (12-4)

Dallas Cowboys(11-5) better division record

New Orleans Saints (11-5)

Atlanta Falcons (9-7)

Carolina Panthers (8-8) sleeper pick

AFC

Indianapolis Colts (14-2)

New York Jets (12-4)

San Diego Chargers (11-5)

Baltimore Ravens (9-7)

Houston Texans (10-6)

Miami Dolphins (9-7)

Super Bowl XLV (45)

Green Bay Packers

Versus

Indianapolis Colts

Winner: Green Bay Packers

Are you ready for some football predictions? (postseason edition.)

Welcome to the final installment of my 2010 NFL predictions. I will be doing the playoffs for both divisions and the Super Bowl. I won’t be breaking down possible scenarios or favorable matchups, I will simply just do a sort of bracket style format. A couple of quick notes, the home team will be on top, and I will list the teams I think will get the byes at the beginning of each division. I will start first with the AFC.

Bye week teams

1.Indianapolis Colts

2.New York Jets

Wildcard weekend:

3. San Diego Chargers

Vs.

6. Houston Texans

4. Baltimore Ravens

Vs.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Results:

6. Houston and 4.Baltimore advance

Divisional Round:

1. Indianapolis Colts

Vs.

6. Houston Texans

2. New York Jets

Vs.

4. Baltimore Ravens

Results:

1. Indianapolis and 4. Baltimore advance

Conference Championship:

1. Indianapolis Colts

Vs.

4. Baltimore Ravens

Results:

1. Indianapolis Colts

NFC playoffs

Bye week teams:

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Dallas Cowboys

Wildcard weekend:

3. New Orleans Saints

Vs.

6. Minnesota Vikings

4. San Francisco 49ers

Vs.

5. Atlanta Falcons

Results:

3. New Orleans and 4. San Francisco

Divisional Round:

1. Green Bay Packers

Vs.

4. San Francisco 49ers

2. Dallas Cowboys

Vs.

3. New Orleans Saints

Results:

4. San Francisco and 2. Dallas Cowboys

Conference Championship:

2. Dallas Cowboys

Vs.

4. San Francisco 49ers

Results:

4. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLV   (45)

AFC: Indianapolis Colts

Vs.

NFC: San Francisco 49ers

Result: Indianapolis Colts

And in closing, I would just like to thank everyone one who checked the series of posts I have done about the coming season. It really does mean a lot to me. For anybody to actually take time out of their day to read these posts is really an amazing feeling.

Are you ready for some Football predictions? (part 4)

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for my final installment of regular season predictions for this NFL season. Don’t you put these out on Friday you ask? Yes, but this week I’ve decided to move this up to Today, and Friday I will post my playoff and Super Bowl predictions. This week I am doing the AFC and NFC West divisions. A popular saying is you always save the best for last, but honestly, I decided to save the worst for last. Remember to check Friday for my playoff and Super Bowl picks and predictions.

AFC West:

San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have been kings of this division in recent years. They posses a very high powered offense, with a very stout defense to boot. My complaints with this team really lie more with character issues rather than on the field ability. This team believes they are on that elite level, but when you reign over one of the weakest divisions, it’s pretty easy to get over confident, as evidenced by there recent playoff history. They will almost certainly win this division, but how far they go in the playoffs rests on them checking the egos at the coin toss.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland second? Really? Yes, for a couple valid reasons. First, they now have an experienced quarterback with a chip on his shoulder, not an overweight, over privileged bum..(too harsh?). Secondly, they do have one of the stronger defenses in the NFL, who can play with just about any team in the NFL. Third, and this is just my opinion, I believe this year is the year they decide to quit being a punch line on Sportscenter. Couple all this with the weakness of this division, and I believe they can come in second in this division. I won’t go as far as to say playoffs this year, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it did happen.

Denver Broncos

Denver comes in third, if only for this reason, they are better than Kansas City. Simply put, Denver is relying on a guy at quarterback who has been up and down his entire pro career. Granted, he did have a decent season last year, but he was also throwing to Brandon Marshall. And I won’t even bother going into detail about the obnoxiously early draft pick they used for Tim Tebow, or how I think he is really only a great college quarterback, and that he probably won’t become a good pro quarterback, or the idea that his character makes him a better player in some people’s minds,  no I won’t go into detail about any of that. Denver finishes the season with more questions than answers, and more losses than wins.

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City has seemingly been rebuilding for quite some time now. They won’t win this division, or make a lot of progress in regards to wins or losses, but I give them two, maybe three years and the right personnel moves to at least be relevant in this division. The foundation is there, they just need to add more skill position players for Matt Cassell to throw to, tighten up the offensive line, and a  few key defensive players, either through the draft or free agency.

NFC West:

San Francisco 49ers

If you like football and you don’t at least respect this year’s 49ers team, throw away your TV. and take up knitting. To me, this team is football, they aren’t  pretty or flashy, they simply punch you in the face for an hour. My only concern for this team is the Quarterback position, but the flashes I saw from Alex Smith last season at least quell those suspicions. With most of the skill position players returning to the same offensive scheme from last season, I feel this offense has the potential to be explosive. I’m not going to mention the defense, simply because they are one of the stoutest defenses in all of football. This division is crumbling, and San Fran is the only team I see getting out this season.

Arizona Cardinals

Speaking of crumbling, we have the Arizona Cardinals. Kurt Warner retired, Boldin is now a Raven, and Matt Lienart is now the starting quarterback. This guy is definitely the definition of great college quarterback. So far, he has not done anything resembling his former glory days at USC, and I honestly don’t believe he ever will. They still have good quality players, and one of the top receivers in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald, but I just see to many weak points for this team to even contend for a wildcard spot this season.

Seattle Seahawks

Oh Seattle, have the mighty have fallen. The once dominators of this division have been relegated to at or near the bottom of this division for some time now, and this season won’t be any different. The pieces just don’t seem to fall in place for this like they have in the past. I see rebuilding and retooling for at least a few more seasons. They can eventually get back to there previous winning ways, but it’s going to take some time.

St. Louis Rams

Finally we have come to the end of the line, literally. The Rams have a lot of work to do. Hell, they have a lot of work to do just to get off the bottom of the NFL ladder. Sorry St. Louis, this is not the year, but hey, there’s always The Cardinals…I hear Pujols is having another good season.

Are you ready for some Football predictions? (part 1)

Welcome to the first part of what will be a six part breakdown of how I see the 2010-2011 NFL season. I am making analysis and predictions based solely on last seasons results, the draft, and off-season assessments. I do have my favorite teams, as does anybody who enjoys the NFL, but my picks and predictions will be based solely on the criteria I have previously mentioned. I will also be picking who I believe will go to the playoffs, and eventually the Super Bowl. I would like to thank you in advance for checking out the posts, and remember, every Friday for the next six weeks I will be posting a new set of divisions, and eventually the playoffs followed by my Super Bowl picks. This week, we start off with the AFC and NFC east divisions.
AFC East:
New York Jets
The New York Jets proved last year that offense doesn’t always win games. The number one rated defense from last year returns this year with more quality pieces to an already outstanding lineup. My only concerns regarding the Jets  repeating last year’s success come in the form of a still unproven quarterback,  and how the team handles the enormous hype they are experiencing. If Mark Sanchez can play up to or beyond the standards he set for himself last year, and the team plays with swagger instead of arrogance, I have no doubt they can win this division easily.
Miami Dolphins
The great thing about the NFL is the way one addition or subtraction from a roster can affect everyone’s outlook. Take Miami for example, the addition of Chad Pennington and several other veterans propelled the Dolphins to division winners two years ago. Last year, Pennington goes down with an injury, and in steps Chad Henne. They missed the playoffs last season. And finally, with the addition of Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins seem poised to at the very least make waves in the AFC. With Marshall, Henne now has a definite number one receiver,  coupled with a tremendous backfield and offensive line that can protect him, I believe the Dolphins will contend for the division or a wild card berth this season.
New England Patriots
Let me get this out of the way first…I don’t like Tom Brady. There, I said it. I don’t like him for many different reasons, but the biggest is the sports media has anointed him the golden boy of the NFL. Don’t get me wrong, he is definitely one of the best in the game today, no doubt about it. But if last year was any indication, he appears to be on the back end of his career. Now I could be wrong about that, and only time will tell. But the Patriots have many more problems other than Tom Brady. Wes Welker is coming off major knee surgery and is already practicing again. Either he is a freak of nature, or he’s pushing way too hard. Also, the defense wasn’t even a fraction of its former self last year, and the offense won’t always be able to put up 30 a game to combat that. Not to mention Randy Moss, who seemingly gave up late in games last year. I believe if they don’t make the playoffs or make another run towards the super bowl soon, the once dynasty of the Patriots will fall into yet another rebuilding franchise.
Buffalo Bills
Speaking of rebuilding franchises, the Buffalo Bills seemingly have been rebuilding for several years now. I’m not going to spend a lot of time here, because lets be honest, the Buffalo Bills are missing way too many pieces to be a legitimate contender in this division this season. They are far from the worst team in the league, just the worst in their division.
NFC East:
Dallas Cowboys
I have to be honest with you, I am a Cowboys fan. I’m not a bandwagon guy, I’ve rooted for the Cowboys ever since I can remember. I guess growing up in Texas will do that to you. Anyways, lets move past that and get on to the predictions. In a division where almost every team had marquee moves, the Cowboys stayed relatively the same. With the addition of Dez Bryant, the offense is as formidable as any around the league. The defense to me is still suspect, but if they can do their part, I don’t see any reason the Cowboys can’t repeat as division champs.
Washington Redskins
The rest of this division is up in the air for me. In all honesty I feel like second place in the division is a toss up between Washington and the Giants. Washington added many veteran players, including Donavan McNabb, which should improve their offense by leaps and bounds this season. The defense was tough last year, but with no offensive support they tired down toward the 4th quarter. If the offense can put up points and keep the defense off the field, I see them doubling their wins from last year.
New York Giants
The Giants always seem to be around in the division. But I just feel like this year is not their year. Now I could be completely wrong about this but I feel they too are missing too many pieces to really compete in the division. The offense was decent last year, but nowhere near the quality of the superbowl team from just a few years ago. Not to mention the defense is also nowhere near that superbowl defense that made Brady look like a rookie. If they improve on both sides of the ball, they could end up with a better record than the Redskins, maybe even contend for a wildcard spot.
Philadelphia Eagles
High hopes and big dreams are in order for Eagles fans this season. They contended for the division up until the last game of the season, and were bounced from the playoffs by the Cowboys. During the offseason, they trade away their franchise quarterback to a division rival, effectively resting the team on the shoulders of an unproven quarterback in Kevin Kolb. Now don’t get me wrong, he does have weapons around him, but until he proves himself as a fulltime starter, I don’t have much hope in this team. It will either be a breakout year, or the beginning of the rebuilding process in Philadelphia.