Monday, September 3, 2018

2018 NFL Season Predictions - Postseason


NFC

1.      Los Angeles Rams (13-3)
2.      Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
3.      Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)
4.      Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
5.      Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
6.      New Orleans Saints (10-6)

AFC

1.      Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)
2.      Jacksonville Jaguars (12-4)
3.      New England Patriots (10-6)
4.      Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)
5.      Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
6.      Oakland Raiders (9-7)

Wildcard Round

NFC

Saints Vs Eagles
Cowboys Vs Falcons

AFC

Raiders Vs Patriots
Colts Vs Chargers

Divisional Round

NFC

Cowboys Vs Rams
Eagles Vs Vikings

AFC

Raiders Vs Steelers
Chargers Vs Jaguars

Conference Championship

NFC

Cowboys Vs Vikings

AFC

Jaguars Vs Steelers

Super Bowl LIII

Vikings Vs Steelers

Champion

Pittsburgh Steelers

Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC West


NFC West

Los Angeles Rams (13-3)

Last season the Rams finally got it together. They’ve been building up their roster with a lot of young talent, but were never really able to turn that into any wins, until last year. During the offseason the Rams proved they are all in on a Super Bowl this year! They made a few big moves to add a lot more depth to an already talented squad. They signed Ndamukong Suh who has always been a beast, but his talent for the most part was wasted in Detroit and Miami. Now that he is with the Rams and the defense isn’t going to completely rely on him, I feel like he is going to have a monster season. The offense looked amazing last season and I expect more of the same this year. In my opinion the Rams are going to be one of the top teams in the league and will make a strong run at the Super Bowl.

San Francisco 49ers (9-7)

The 49ers have started moving in the right direction when they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo. He is no doubt the future of the franchise, but outside of him offensively the 49ers are vanilla. Their top receiver is Marquise Goodwin, who is a solid receiver but he’s not going to be a big time playmaker. The running back position is questionable at best and quite frankly so is the defense. The 49ers still have some work to do with this team, but they are definitely headed in the right direction.

Seattle Seahawks (6-10)

The Seahawks are no longer the dominant force they once were. The defense has lost the majority of their big time players who have carried this squad over the years and the remaining players are not happy, and are quite vocal about it. Russell Wilson is their only saving grace at this point and while he is an excellent quarterback I think he is going to have the same problems as Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and that is he has no help at all! Last year he was the entire offense and they went nowhere and I expect more of the same this season. I’ve also noticed that it seems Pete Carroll has lost control of the locker room, which in my opinion is one of the main reasons why they used to be so dominant.

Arizona Cardinals (1-15)

The Cardinals are going to be the WORST team in the league! Look for them to have the first pick in the 2019 draft!

AFC West

Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)

My surprise pick of the season is the Los Angeles (almost wrote San Diego) Chargers. The offense is going to be difficult to stop for any opponent. Philip Rivers has always been underrated because he plays for the Chargers, I think most people forget he even exists sometimes, but he’s solid and consistent. Melvin Gordon should have a great year as well because he has one hell of an offensive line in front of him. The defense started to show some promise towards the end of last season and I think they are going to be one of the best in the league this season. With Joey Bosa on one side and Melvin Ingram on the other coming at ya most quarterbacks are going to be on their backs and won’t even have a chance to toss the ball up to anyone.

Oakland Raiders (9-7)

The Raiders made a huge change this offseason by firing their coach Jack Del Rio and getting Jon Gruden to come out of retirement and get back to coaching the Raiders! While Gruden is inheriting a good team with some solid players, the Raiders still have some work to do. Derek Carr is a great leader and is fully capable of carrying this offense. The problem for the Raiders is their defense, it’s pretty solid when one of the best players in the league Khalil Mack is playing, but from what it sounds like the Raiders have no interest in paying the dude and may even trade him?! That would be such an awful move because I don’t understand what you could possibly get in return for a player like Mack. He is nearly irreplaceable, he is a one of a kind player, I mean I understand there is always a back and fourth when it comes to contract negotiations, but damn pay the man! He’s proven his worth not only as a football player, but also as an Oakland Raider! I feel like it’s going to be a bumpy road for the Raiders all season. They will show some life and have some big wins here and there, but overall I feel like they are going to disappoint.

Denver Broncos (7-9)

It’s really ironic to see John Elway, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, as a GM so far has failed to find a franchise quarterback to lead the Broncos. The Broncos have been playing quarterback roulette for years now and I don’t think that has changed with Case Keenum. He isn’t the worst quarterback out there, but I’m still not sure he’s a franchise guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he bombs out this season because the Broncos offense doesn’t have half of the weapons he had last year when he was with the Vikings. The Broncos defense is pretty solid with the linebackers so that should help get them some wins, but overall I think the Broncos are a very mediocre team.

Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)

The Chiefs have been on the downslide for a couple seasons now. They were a middle of the road team last year and this year I expect them to be even worse. Andy Reid should have plenty of time to show Patrick Mahomes around Kansas City and hunt for the best barbecue food in town! I have no doubt he is very knowledgeable in this area!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC South


NFC South

Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

The Falcons are probably one of the most complete teams in the league from offense, to defense, to the coaching staff. On offense they have the best receiver in the game with Julio Jones, he is a game changer in so many ways. On the opposite side of the field Sanu has been a great second option if Julio is in double coverage and if Matt Ryan has any trouble finding any one of his many receivers, he always has the option to hand the ball off to Davonte Freeman. The defense has been a silent killer over the years and actually helped drive their Super Bowl run from a couple of seasons ago. The Falcons are in one of the toughest divisions in the league and will have to battle it out for a playoff spot, but this deep roster is definitely an advantage over the rest of the teams in their division.

New Orleans Saints (10-6)

Drew Brees has turned into an ageless wonder. It seems his game is never off, and as long as that continues the Saints are always in it. Alvin Kamara set the league on fire last season in his rookie year and he will have to carry more of the load with Mark Ingram’s suspension to start the season. The area of concern with the Saints will be their defense because it’s a whole bunch of new guys and we have no idea how they are going to play together. Overall the Saints are a good team not only because of what Drew Brees brings to the team, but also the coaching staff. They have some of the best coaches in the league and that always makes a difference when the game is on the line.

Carolina Panthers (8-8)

The Panthers have not been the same since they lost the Super Bowl a couple of seasons ago. Ever since that loss they have lost the confidence and swagger they had, now this team is not intimidating at all. On offense Cam Newton can still ball, but he has no receivers and the ground game is all him. Cam is a great athlete, but the pressure can’t all be on him. The defense has turned to absolute shit and I really don’t see any improvement with them from last season. The Panthers will probably have another Jekyll and Hyde type of season where they are on one game and off the next. I expect nothing but inconsistencies from the Panthers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)

There is literally nothing good to write about when it comes to the Bucs! Even if Jameis Winston wasn’t suspended to start the season this team is a straight up dumpster fire!

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars (12-4)

The Jaguars are coming off of one of their best seasons in the history of the team and I believe they will continue to build off of that. Overall this is a solid team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive line has quarterbacks running for days, the linebackers are locked down in coverage, and the secondary has been known to not only cause a turnover, but also take it back for some points! The offense is not bad, but you definitely have to hold your breath when Blake Bortles is your quarterback. Leonard Fournette has proven he can carry this offense and if he stays healthy he will continue to be the work horse for the offense. The Jaguars look to be one of the teams to beat going into this season.

Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

The Colts finally have Andrew Luck back and from what it looks like he will have his arm strength back. I expect him to be a little rusty, but once he shakes it off I have a feeling he will have the Colts playing at a much higher level than last season. The problem will be on the defensive side of the ball. Right now the Colts defense is a bunch of no-names and that can change, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up holding them back in tight games. I have a feeling the Colts will be in the thick of the playoff teams battling it out to the end.

Houston Texans (8-8)

The Texans have accomplished one thing in their history as a team and that is…NOTHING! Every year people keep hopping on this band wagon like they are about to do something and they never do a damn thing besides disappoint. J.J. Watt is only getting older and seems to have a problem staying healthy, so trying to rely on him is not going to work anymore. DeShaun Watson looks promising and should have a good future with the Texans, but until this team proves they can be trusted I won’t be picking them for anything besides a top spot in next year’s draft!

Tennessee Titans (7-9)

The Titans are not a bad team, but overall they aren’t that impressive. They are going to be a good enough to win some upsets, but in the end they probably won’t even sniff the playoffs!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2018 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC North


NFC North

Minnesota Vikings (12-4)

I think the Vikings made the perfect move by letting Case Keenum go and by signing Kirk Cousins because while the Vikings were a damn good team last year, I think they are now even better! Kirk Cousins has proven he is a reliable quarterback with his time in Washington and now that he has signed with the Vikings he has quite a few weapons to work with on offense. The Vikings have a solid receiving core and Dalvin Cook is back from injury and ready to pick up right where he left off last season in the backfield. The Vikings defense is one of the best in the league and that will be a huge incentive for Cousins and the offense. I believe the Vikings will build off of what they did last season and continue to dominate again into this season.

Green Bay Packers (9-7)

The Packers continue to run through one player and one player only, Aaron Rodgers. Don’t get me wrong he is a great quarterback, but it’s been proven that he cannot win it all unless you get him some help. The receivers are mediocre, the running game is mediocre, and the offensive line is straight up garbage! The Packers will be lucky if he is able to avoid injury since the entire offense will run through him. The defense is old and has been shit for years now so there will be no help from them either. Good luck Aaron Rodgers this should be a fun season for you!

Chicago Bears (6-10)

I’m looking over the Bears roster and they should be lucky that I’m even giving them six wins on the season. It feels like the Bears have been rebuilding their team for the past 10 years and I don’t think things are going to get any better this year.

Detroit Lions (3-13)

I hope the Lions fans enjoyed those three seasons they were kind of competitive because that shit is over! It’s back to the dumpster for the Lions!

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)

I expect the Steelers to be one of the best teams in the league this season. They have two of the most talented players in the league with Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell, either of one of them can take over a game at any time. You can’t forget about Ben Roethlisberger who has already led the Steelers to two Super Bowls in the past and has always been one of the most solid quarterbacks in the league. Offense is not an issue for the Steelers, it’s their defense that is the issue. The Steelers used to be known for their amazing defense, but over the past couple of seasons they have been fairly mediocre on the defensive side of the ball. They really didn’t do much to improve that over the offseason so it should be interesting to see how that goes. Although, I still think the Steelers will dominate even with a mediocre defense because in the end they will be tough to keep up with on offense.

Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

The Bengals have always been consistent with one thing and that is being mediocre. They actually have quite a few really good players, but for some reason they have never been able to capitalize on that. Until the Bengals go out onto the field and prove they can actually compete with the big boys I can’t take them seriously.

Baltimore Ravens (5-11)

The Ravens seem to get older and more mediocre every passing season. It feels like they haven’t signed any noteworthy players since God knows when and it seems they still think Terrell Suggs is going to carry this defense like he used to. Unfortunately for them Suggs is a shell of himself, every time he gets healthy he gets injured all over again. The dude is a beast and I’ve always respected him as a football player, but it may be time for him to hang it up. The Ravens offense is just atrocious Joe Flacco has no one to throw to, no one to hand off the ball to, and I really question whether or not his offensive line will leave him standing upright? Overall the Ravens are going to be a sorry ass team this year!

Cleveland Browns (2-14)

For some odd reason the media is over hyping the Browns up like there is something going on here. Until the Browns win some games…they ain’t shit!