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NFL: Hope Day 2.0

Today is Free Agent Day.  General Managers… grown men, can make some curious decisions based on hope. They are all hoping that these players can and will play hard.

suhNdamukong Suh goes to the Miami Dolphins. Over $100 million.

The craziness of today was epic. Darrelle Revis, an all- world cornerback who helped the Patriots win the SuperBowl, is out with the Patriots. He signed with the New York Jets. Really? Darrelle is getting $70 million for five years with $39 million guaranteed for three years.

Julius Thomas goes to the Jaguars. I’m not sure what this is about. Oh, it is about money. Julius is getting paid. I have no idea what the Jags are thinking.  Julius Thomas is not going to pull this team out of the basement. (more…)

By |2015-03-11T22:15:30-04:00March 10th, 2015|NFL|Comments Off on NFL: Hope Day 2.0

NFL week 5 – predictions

The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs versus Indianapolis Colts – “… And this is why they play the game.” The Kansas City Chiefs have proven that they can run the ball fairly well through the first four weeks of the season. The Indianapolis Colts have proven that they really cannot stop the run through the first four weeks of the season. In theory, this should be a cakewalk for the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamaal Charles is averaging 7 yards per carry. The Chiefs almost have as many yards rushing as they do passing. Matt Cassel is completing 54% of his passes and has a passer rating of 75 which ranks him 21st in the league. Peyton Manning is completing almost 70% of his passes and has a passer rating of 112 which ranks him first in the league. I don’t see how the Kansas City Chiefs are going to stop the passing attack of the Colts. The Chiefs ranked 25th in the league in pass defense. They are giving up an average of 238 yards per game through the air. They have generated eight sacks so far and two interceptions but the Colts do an excellent job protecting Peyton. I just don’t see how Peyton Manning doesn’t pick them apart. Look for the Chiefs to try to control the game on the ground. The Chiefs must force turnovers in order to stay in this game. In the end, I just don’t think that the offense of the Indianapolis Colts is going to be stopped by the defense of the Chiefs. I’m going with the Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars versus Buffalo BillsDavid Garrard finally had a good game. He showed up and played against the Indianapolis Colts last week. He’s got have to show up again. The Buffalo Bills just aren’t doing much right these days. They have problems on both sides of the ball. If Jacksonville can limit turnovers they should be able to out muscle the Buffalo Bills. Look for MJD to have a great game.

Denver Broncos versus Baltimore Ravens – this is a classic matchup. The prolific offense versus the stingy defense. Almost always, the stingy defense wins. The Denver Broncos has the number one passing offense in the league. Kyle Orton has been sacked 11 times and has thrown three interceptions. Everybody knows the Ravens defense is stout. They are limiting opponents to 13.8 points per game. They’re only allowing 119 yards per game in the air. If Joe Flacco can prevent turnovers, I just don’t see how the Denver Broncos are going to be able to score. I look for the Ravens play an excellent game and try to prove to the league that they are still one of the elite teams.

Green Bay Packers versus Washington RedskinsAaron Rodgers is really playing well. I have no idea how the Green Bay Packers loss to the Chicago Bears. I still scratch my head over that game. The Packers need to find a running game. Well, I guess, the same could be true for the Redskins. Clinton Portis has been hobbled by injury. He was starting to run well before he got hurt. From my standpoint, the Redskins suffer from a lack of receiver production. Santana Moss was been playing extremely well but was held to NO catches last week. Donovan McNabb must find other targets but I’m not sure they’re available. McNabb has started off extremely fast in the last several weeks. Scoring early in games but then something happens in the second half. McNabb has had difficulty moving the ball and hitting receivers in the second half. In spite of the fact that they’re playing in DC, I’m given edge in this game to the Green Bay Packers. If they are planning on going to the Super Bowl, they have to get back on track.

St. Louis Rams versus Detroit Lions – I know that many people are jumping on the Sam Bradford bandwagon. I agree that he is playing pretty well for rookie but I’m not ready to jump on anybody’s bandwagon just yet. Sam Bradford has a quarterback rating of just 72. This ranks him 23rd in the league. He is behind Seneca Wallace and Josh Freeman. He has five touchdowns and six interceptions. Nope, I’m not ready for the bandwagon yet. Detroit Lions on the other hand are playing pretty well on defense. Their the seventh-ranked defense in the league. The Rams defense, of late, is playing better. They may be the difference. I’m the lean towards the Rams in this game.

Chicago Bears versus Carolina Panthers – I know that this is being billed as some Julius Peppers bowl but I think is a very important game for the Chicago Bears. Anytime you give up 10 sacks in a half, you have to be embarrassed. The Chicago Bears were thinking of themselves as one of the best teams in the league. Yet we have seen the problem with pass protection before. It is a combination of poor blocking and Jay Cutler’s tendency the whole the ball too long. The Cowboys had three or four sacks against the Chicago Bears in their first two series. So, can Carolinas defense take advantage of a relatively porous offensive line? Both the Bears and the Panthers are average on defense. I look for the Bears to continue to improve throughout the year but I’m not so sure about the Panthers. The Panthers offense is anemic at best. They turn the ball over way too much. They are averaging an anemic 11.5 points per game. I look for the Bears to win this one if they can figure out a way to keep their quarterback upright. By the way, Jay Cutler is out. Todd Collins is going to have to step up.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Cincinnati Bengals – Why? Neither one of these teams have shown the ability to do much of anything. Can the Cincinnati Bengals offense finally get on track? Can Carson Palmer finally look like a Pro bowl quarterback, again? Whatever happened to the great ground game that the Bengals resurrected last year? The Bengals are averaging 3.3 yards per rush. They also have four fumbles on the year. They are playing at home so I’m going to give them the edge. This game can go either way. Turnovers will decide.

Atlanta Falcons versus Cleveland Browns – it is games like these that make it hard or impossible to predict a whole weekend in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons are rushing the balll pretty well. They’re ranked fourth in the league. The Cleveland Browns, on the other hand, their defense are ranked 17th. They’re giving up over 100 yards per game on the ground. I think that Matt Ryan is going to throw to open up running lanes. I think that Matt Ryan is playing better than he did last year. He’s playing as we expected him to. I look for the Atlanta Falcons to win this one easily. (more…)

By |2010-10-10T00:44:09-04:00October 10th, 2010|Sports|Comments Off on NFL week 5 – predictions

NFL: week 3 predictions and comments

Tennessee Titans versus New York Giants — This will be hard-nosed, smash mouth football. Neither team has really gotten their offense cranked up. Both defenses have a very aggressive front seven. Momentum and turnovers will be the key to this game. The game is being played in the new Giants Stadium, which I think will give the Giants a slight advantage. Last week I was looking for Vince Young to really have a breakout game. It didn’t happen. Both teams need to get their running game going. In spite of the fact that the Giants are playing at home, I give a slight edge in this game to the Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson.

Cincinnati Bengals at the Carolina Panthers — I think one of the common themes in the NFL is what happened to the offensive production? When you look at the Cincinnati Bengals, you begin to scratch your head. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have combined for not much. You have to have more offensive production from these guys. This will free up the running game. I look for the Cincinnati Bengals to come out and throw the ball. If they’re able to complete some 15-20 yard passes, look for them to come back and pound the ball. I think this is a good plan in theory but Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengal offense has been anemic at best over the last two years. I’m not sure that the Carolina Panthers are going to get the much-needed adrenaline that they are looking for. I give a slight edge in this game to the Bengals.

Pittsburgh Steelers at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The Pittsburgh Steeler defense appears to be in championship form. I think it’s going to be a long day for Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay offense. Look for turnovers. In spite of the Steelers’ offensive woes I think the Steelers will win this one big.

Buffalo Bills versus New England Patriots — The Buffalo Bills continue to be a rebuilding team. They have yet to find a quarterback. They really just cannot win in this league without a viable quarterback. The New England Patriots will cruise to an easy victory.

Cleveland Browns versus Baltimore Ravens — I look for Joe Flacco to pull his head out of the sand and start playing good solid football. He’s been a turnover machine so far this year. If he is able to prevent turnovers, I think the Baltimore Ravens will roll. The Ravens’ front seven, on defense, are playing as well as anyone in the league right now. Look for their defense to create a couple of Cleveland Browns turnovers.

The San Francisco 49ers versus the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs — Do you believe it? The Kansas City Chiefs are currently undefeated. They’ve won ugly, extremely ugly. They have turned the ball over. They have somehow gotten their running game going and made just enough plays in the passing game to win. I don’t think it’s going to happen against the San Francisco 49ers. I think the 49er defense is going to stiffen. I think they’ll shut down the Kansas City offense. Kansas City’s defense has been plenty porous. I think the 49ers can move the ball. The pressure is on Alex Smith. He showed some flashes of brilliance in last week’s game and gave 49ers fans some hope that he can actually play the quarterback position at a high level. He must build on this performance. I look for the 49ers to dominate.

Dallas Cowboys versus Houston Texans — It is not impossible for the Dallas Cowboys to win this football game. They have to fix their problems inside the 20. Tony Romo simply has to play better. If he’s able to play better, this will open up the running game. The Houston Texans have been playing fantastic offense. They put on a show last week against the Washington Redskins. They simply didn’t show up in the first half and then crushed the Redskins in the second half. Matt Schaub has been on fire. All of the football gurus are picking the Houston Texans at home to beat the Cowboys. The Cowboys are 0-2. They cannot go down 0-3. I look for somebody on this Dallas Cowboys football team to step up. Everyone is talking about the Cowboys offensive line. Mario Williams, All-Pro defensive end, will have an opportunity to go up against new left tackle, Doug Free. This does not look good for the Cowboys on paper. Maybe Doug plays better in actuality than he does on paper. The Cowboys are probably going to have to give Doug some help. Look for the Cowboys to figure out a way to win. (Yes, I’m a diehard Cowboys fan, but also a realist. This is a longshot.)

Detroit Lions at the Minnesota Vikings — What is wrong with the Minnesota Vikings’ offense? We have seen the bad Brett Farve each of the last two weeks. Look for him to break out of his slump and have a good game. This should open up more running lanes for Adrian Peterson. Detroit has been playing better but I don’t think they have the weapons to stop the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings, like the Cowboys, have their backs against the wall.

Atlanta Falcons versus New Orleans Saints — Although the New Orleans Saints have been wanting to, they have not been able to unleash their much feared offensive machine. They just haven’t been able to sustain drives. This is a big rivalry. Anything can happen. In order for the Falcons to win, they have to run the ball well. Matt Ryan has to play like he did two years ago. He really needs to torch the Saints in order for the Falcons to win. Finally, the defense of the Falcons has to create turnovers. I’m not sure that the Atlanta Falcons are going to be able to do all of this. Look for the New Orleans Saints to figure out a way to win. (more…)

By |2010-09-26T12:04:26-04:00September 26th, 2010|Sports|8 Comments
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