Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 NFL Season Predictions - Playoffs & Super Bowl LI

2016 NFL Season Predictions

1.       Carolina Panthers (13-3)
2.       Arizona Cardinals (12-4)
3.       Green Bay Packers (10-6)
4.       Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
5.       Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
6.       Seattle Seahawks (10-6)

1.       Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
2.       New England Patriots (11-5)
3.       Oakland Raiders (11-5)
4.       Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
5.       Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
6.       Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7)

Wild Card Round

Dallas Cowboys Vs Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers Vs Seattle Seahawks

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Oakland Raiders
Indianapolis Colts Vs Cincinnati Bengals

Divisional Round

Dallas Cowboys Vs Arizona Cardinals
Green Bay Packers  Vs Carolina Panthers

Oakland Raiders Vs New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Conference Championship

Arizona Cardinals Vs Carolina Panthers

New England Patriots Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl LI
Carolina Panthers Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl Champions
Carolina Panthers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC West

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals (12-4)               Ever since Bruce Arians took over as coach for the Cardinals he has continued to build a solid team that continues to get better every year. I expect nothing but the same from the Cardinals this season. They are as explosive as ever on offense with tons of options for Carson Palmer to choose from. They have depth at every position on the offensive side of the ball, so even if they lose someone to injury there is always another guy to step up and play at a high level. The defense is full of talent led by Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, every quarterback that faces this secondary this season will have to make sure they keep their eyes on them or else they are sure to make you pay. They not only can cause the turnover, but have also been known to score points. The Cardinals are poised to make another playoff run, we’ll see if they are able to take it to the next level this season.

Seattle Seahawks (10-6)               Marshawn Lynch’s retirement is going to change this team. They relied heavily on Lynch to carry the ground game and he was extremely reliable. This is going to be a tough spot to fill and I don’t believe they have anyone currently on their roster at the running back position to fill it. Russell Wilson is going to have to play an even bigger role in this offense, which I don’t believe will be a problem, but his selection of weapons are very limited. The defense is still solid, so the Seahawks should still be a competitive team because of that, but it’s going to be interesting to see how this offense handles the loss of Lynch.

Los Angeles Rams (4-12)               The team may have moved half way across the country, but the problems still remain…The Rams are awful! At least they will be able to fill the stadium off of the hype of moving to LA, but they better hurry up and put a decent product on the field soon or else you the Rams will find out right quick how fast the fans in LA tune them out.

San Francisco 49ers (2-14)            The 49ers are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this season. Their starting quarterback situation is an absolute shit show! The choices are either Colin Kaepernick who literally has no more arm strength and is a complete shell of his former self or Blaine Gabbert. Even if they had a decent quarterback I’m not quite sure who he’d throw to since this has got to be one of the worst receiving squads in the league! This once dominant defense has turned into the nobody squad. The only positive I can think of for the 49ers is that luckily they should get a good draft pick next year.

AFC West

Oakland Raiders (11-5)                  This is usually the part of my blog where I rip into how awful the Raiders are going to be and how delusional their fans are for even thinking they have a shot at anything! Not this year! The Raiders have done a complete turn around from what they used to be. They were the laughing stocks of the league with no hope or future in sight, but they have drafted well and Jack Del Rio as the coach is only an improvement for this team. Defense is going to be their strength, the defensive line is stacked into the linebackers, which will make things a lot easier for the secondary. On offense Derek Carr has grown into the leadership role and I think will only get better this season with Del Rio as his coach. Overall I think the Raiders are a very good team and they are in an awful division so I expect to see them in the playoffs this year!

Kansas City Chiefs (7-9)                                The Chiefs are such a mediocre team on all levels. The defense has been a silent killer over the past couple of seasons, but have never been able to be dominant enough to get them over the hump. I imagine that’s because the offense is completely subpar. Alex Smith is such a bag of crap, he can manage a game and play good enough to not fuck up everything, but that’s not going to carry you into the playoffs, unless you have some decent guys surrounding him on offense. He is lucky if he can even find a wide receiver to score a touchdown and Jamaal Charles is so injury prone it’s tough to rely on him for an entire season. To top it off their coach is Sir Chokes A Lot Andy Reid, who has probably even lost in eating competitions because that’s all he knows how to do is eat and lose.

Denver Broncos (5-11)                   The Super Bowl Champs are going to have an exceptionally tough time with a repeat this season. Their quarterback situation was horrible last season and is even worse this year. I’m not sold on any option they have on the roster right now and I would not be surprised if they end up playing the Russian roulette with quarterbacks this season, by just constantly starting someone different every few weeks or so. Gary Kubiak is a crap bag of a coach who lucked out by inheriting John Fox’s team, so it should be fun to watch this team continue to crumble because that’s all that Kubiak can do to a team. The Broncos defense is still solid, but they will be way too tired from being on the field the entire game because of how awful this offense is going to be.

San Diego Chargers (3-13)            It doesn’t matter where the Chargers play they will always suck!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

2016 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC South

NFC South

Carolina Panthers (13-3)               The Panthers are coming off of one of the greatest seasons in their history and also one of the biggest let downs in team history. I feel like the Panthers will bounce back from that Super Bowl loss and use it as motivation throughout this season. Ron Rivera is a good coach and knows how to keep his team focused and also knows how to use your worst moment as motivation. Offensively and defensively the Panthers are by far one of the most complete teams from top to bottom. Cam Newton will finally have a wide receiver with Kelvin Benjamin back from injury and I’m not even worried about the loss of Josh Norman on the defensive side of the ball. I expect the Panthers to pick up right where they left off last year, with that chip on their shoulder ready to prove all the doubters wrong.

Atlanta Falcons (10-6)                    I never know what to expect from the Falcons. Are you guys going to be good this season or flat out shit? It’s always something different with this team and it’s not like they have a bunch of losers playing for them either, so what’s the problem?! Since they were mediocre last year, I imagine they will bounce back and actually be competitive this season. Offensively I really like what they have going on with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, they should be able to keep up with any high scoring offense in the league. I’m skeptical of their defense, but they have a few guys who can step it up and make some big plays. I don’t expect this team to make a Super Bowl run just yet, but they should definitely keep their opponents on their toes every week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)     The Bucs have a long way to go! They’re building and have a few pieces, but they will not be competitors this season!

New Orleans Saints (4-12)           I hope all you bandwagon Saints fans have your paper bags handy because you’re going to need them this season! The Saints are going to be so awful, they made no improvements at all to their team during the off season. So that idiotic slogan “Who Dat” you guys are always chanting will definitely be the question everyone will be asking themselves when the Saints are playing!

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts (10-6)              The Colts overall are a very subpar team, I only have them winning their division because it’s so weak. Andrew Luck is a beast, but the Colts refuse to upgrade this offensive line and protect him. They don’t have much of a ground attack to back him up either and this defense is pretty tame. Like I said before, they are in a weak division so that will help them get some wins, but I don’t see the Colts as much of a threat once the post season rolls around. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if they let another team win this division.

Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7)             The Jags have been making some big moves over the past couple of seasons and I think it will finally pay off this year. On the defensive side of the ball they drafted Jalen Ramsey, who is a beast and I feel was the missing link to complete this defense. Dante Fowler Jr. will also be making his debut, the previous seasons’ first round pick who spent last season rehabbing an injury. Both of these players should make a huge impact on defense because in my opinion they are the top two defenders from the last two drafts. On the offensive side I believe Blake Bortles will have a break out season. He’s going into his third year and has been beat up, but keeps his head up and has actually played well with what little offensive weapons he has had. This season he has an improved offensive line, he has a go to receiver in Allen Hurns and a quick shifty running back behind him, T.J. Yeldon. The Jags are a young team, so they are bound to make some mistakes, but I think they will be one of the surprise teams in the AFC.

Houston Texans (6-10)                  The day the Texans signed Brock Osweiler to a huge contract and named him the starting quarterback I could not stop laughing because this dude fits so perfect with this team and not in a good way! The Texans have been notorious since their inception for going all in on the worst possible choice of quarterbacks and this choice is no different. He got benched for beat up old ass can barely throw a pass Peyton Manning last year! That should tell you everything! I watched him play in the few games he was given the opportunity and he sucked out loud! So like I said this sack of crap fits perfect with the forever mediocre Texans. This offense is going to be horrendous and the defense won’t be much better. Hey speaking of the defense has anyone heard from the first pick from a couple seasons ago JeDeveon Clowney? Is he ever going to play an entire game or just keep riding that bench healing those wounds? What a bust he’s turned into. Keep up the good work Texans it should be another stellar season for ya!

Tennessee Titans (6-10)                               There really isn’t much to say about this team so I’ll just leave it at that!

Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 NFL Season Predictions - AFC & NFC North

NFC North

Green Bay Packers (10-6)             Unlike most of the sports analysts, I am not convinced the Packers are that great of a team. I know they have Aaron Rodgers and he can elevate any offense, but I don’t know about the rest of this team. On defense they’re pretty damn old and not getting any younger and weren’t even that good to begin with. On the offensive side of the ball Jordy Nelson is coming back from a major injury and the ground game is suspect. With all that said I still have them winning their division, I just don’t think the Packers will be as dominant as most people think.

Minnesota Vikings (7-9)               The injury to the Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater changes their entire season! I actually had them going to the Playoffs before the injury, but now that he won’t play a down this season they are left with absolute shit at quarterback! Adrian Peterson and their defense will help get a few wins, but overall this team will have no offense beyond Peterson and that will be a major problem. Sorry Vikings maybe next year, I know that’s a phrase that you are all too familiar with.

Detroit Lions (3-13)                         I hope Lions fans have enjoyed the past couple of seasons of semi decent competitive play from their team because they won’t even come close to that this season. I have a feeling this season is when the Lions go back to being one of the worst teams in the league. Even if Calvin Johnson didn’t retire this team was going nowhere fast so don’t try to blame it on that Lions fans! This roster is full of absolute trash too, it should be a fun year of follies when you watch a Lions game this season!

Chicago Bears (2-14)                       The Bears are going to be one of the absolute worst teams this season! They have absolutely nothing going for them and we all know that Jay Cutler sucks! It’s going to be a long season if you are a Bears fan!

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)            I think the Steelers will be one of the most dominant teams in the league this season. On offense they are lights out and have a lot of depth, so if someone gets injured (or suspended) the next man can step up in his place and actually be productive. I also think Ben Roethlisberger is going to have an MVP type of a season, he has always been a good player and over the years has only become a better quarterback and I think this is the year he takes over and absolutely dominates the league. Their defense is still very questionable, but with what they have going on with the offense I don’t think that will matter as much since they will out score everyone! The Steelers love to go for the two point conversion as opposed to the field goal, which I believe is a huge advantage if executed correctly. The Steelers look to be a team poised to make a Super Bowl run this season!

Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)             The Bengals are a team that can be really, really good if they can keep their mind right. They have a few loose cannons on defense who cost them big last season, but I think they can take that lesson and learn from it and build with it. The offense is unstoppable when AJ Green and Andy Dalton are completely in sync, they can run up the score against anyone. On defense is where they play some of their best football though. They play tough old school football, get after the quarterback and cause some chaos in the backfield. Then they have the secondary behind to clean up if any errant passes come their way. This should be a fun team to watch, but we’ll see what happens with them when the post season comes around.

Baltimore Ravens (8-8)                 The Ravens didn’t do a damn thing to improve upon their team this offseason.  The offense will be mediocre, the defense will be even worse and I expect the Ravens to be a garbage ass team this year. No need for any analysis outside of that. If you go take a look at their roster you will agree with me because you won’t be able to figure out who the majority of the players are on this team!

Cleveland Browns (4-12)              The Browns are the Browns. There is nothing that can really be said about them other than they suck! I’m sure the Browns will be participating in the annual ritual of wasting their top 5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft!