NFL 2017-2018 Preseason Schedule


By: Will Stevenson

Can you feel it? Just imagine the droughts and sounds of the NFL season. Two-a-days, minicamps, veteran camps, seven on seven drills, torn acl’s, Non-contact injuries, position battles, and most importantly: Expert analysis of guys in shorts.

There are countless things that could irritate a football fan, but actual football isn’t one of them. So between now and the first preseason game, we have months to comb through every team, transaction and predict who will do what when the season rolls around. It will be exciting to see how the top drafted rookie quarterbacks find their footing on teams that made the playoffs last season: Chiefs and Texans. We all know how the preseason goes: Stars play in one or two games for a few series, then the backups. I also have an interest in fringe plays attempting to made rosters within the new safety guidelines for special teams.

So let us take a look at the preseason schedule. The competition will be early as starters make their way off the field after a few possessions, but don’t let that deter you from consuming the whole game. Position battles, overall team health, sheer talent, and a basic understanding of the team’s philosophy will be on display. So it’s not the Pro Bowl, but it’s damn near close for those first few series.

Not need to worry. Football is own it’s way, and it starts with the Hall of Fame Game on August 3rd with the Cowboys and the Cardinals.



NFL/Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
Thurs Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
Wed Aug. 9 Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 11 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00 PM (CT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM (ET) 1:30 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
Thurs Aug. 17 Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
Friday Aug. 18 Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 2:00 PM (CT) 3:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM (ET) 4:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
Monday Aug. 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
Thurs Aug. 24 Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 24 Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 25 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM (CT) 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM (ET) 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM NBC
Thurs Aug. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM (CT) 8:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM

Where Does Frank Gore Belong in the All Time Running Back Picture?

By Leo Silbert

For years Frank Gore has been one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL.  He has never been the best running back in the league during his career, but part of that has to do with how his career has overlapped with LaDainian Thomlinson and Adrian Peterson.  His breakout season of 2006 was the year that Thomlinson set the record for most touchdowns in a season and then the next year Peterson was a rookie who ended up rushing for an NFL record amount of yards in a game with 296 yards.  Gore though, has been steadily acquiring 1000+ yard seasons and right now he sits eighth all time in rushing yards with a good shot at passing Thomlinson this upcoming season for 5th all time.


Frank Gore has been an underrated player for a long time.  He was the running back at the University of Miami, following in the footsteps of guy such as Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee and Clinton Portis who all had played for the Hurricanes within a 3 year span, with McGahee and Portis being on the team at the same time as Gore.  Gore initially beat out McGahee as the starting running back for the 2002 season, until a torn acl kept him out for the season.  He played in 2003 and 2004, playing well each year, but he ended up not being considered as one of the top 5 running backs in his draft year, being taken behind Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson, Cadillac Williams, J.J. Arrington and Eric Shelton.  A few reasons hindering Gore’s draft stock was his slow 40 yard dash time and the fact that he’d be the 4th Hurricanes running back taken in the draft in a 4 year span.  His injury history also hurt his stock as the NFL still had Terrell Davis’ knee injury fresh in their minds.


The 49ers decided to make Gore the first pick of the 3rd round in the 2005 NFL draft.  The team had picked up Alex Smith in the first round so the 49ers looked to have their offensive core players set for the next decade to go with rookie center David Bass.  Gore was the backup running back behind Kevan Barlow.  Gore was 2nd on the team in carries with 127, but led the team in yards with 608 yards and he helped in the passing game with 15 catches.  This lead to Gore becoming the featured running back in 2006 and he took off with one of the best rushing seasons in the league, but he was overshadowed by LaDainian Thomlinson and Larry Johnson rushing for more yards and 20 and 9 more touchdowns respectively.  That was also Tiki Barber’s final season where he had his 2nd straight season of more than 1600 yards after the age of 30 and rookie Steven Jackson in Gore’s division had less than 200 fewer yards than Gore, while also catching the ball 90 times.  Gore definitely had a great season, but he didn’t have as good of a story going for him than any of the other top 5 running backs that year.  The next year he put up another 1000+ yard season but attracted little attention on another bad 49ers team where he was once again the main contributor of the offense.  That story repeats itself for 2008 and 2009 where Gore continued being one of the best running backs in the league on a team that didn’t have the talent to keep up with him.  He was on pace for another season like that in 2010, but he ended up missing 5 games and only totaling 853 yards (which for him is still the 2nd worst yardage total of his career).  Then in 2011, the 49ers finally had a good enough head coach to bring the entire team into the spotlight and Gore finally got some of the recognition he deserved on one of the top 3 teams in the league that year.  In his first postseason, the team made it to the NFC Championship game at home against the eventual champion New York Giants.  Then in 2012, Gore was the calming presence in the backfield that helped the team through a quarterback change that helped the team reach the Superbowl, eventually falling to the Ravens after the team attempted multiple goal line fade throws instead of handing the ball off to their bell cow.  In 2013 at the age of 30 he had yet another 1000 yard season on a run first team that made it to their third straight NFC Championship game, which was ended when their quarterback threw a game sealing interception into double coverage.  In 2014, the 49ers drafted Gore’s eventual replacement running back in Carlos Hyde and Gore responded with yet another 1000 yard season on a team where the rest of the offense fell apart around the desire to make Colin Kaepernick into a pocket passer.  After the 2014 season, the 49ers let go of Jim Harbaugh and they didn’t resign Gore which left the soon to be 32 year old as a free agent with a decision to make.  Did he want to continue playing for another team, or did he want to hang it up.  He decided to keep playing and joined a team that desperately needed a running game.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

Gore showed up in Indianapolis as a 32 year old running back who was looked at as the bell cow running back for a team that just lost the AFC Championship game.  Then, the Colts lost Andrew Luck to injury so Gore, behind a terrible Colts offensive line, was 33 yards away from his 9th 1000 yard rushing season.  He returned for the 2016 season where the Colts were still lacking in talent up front, but they had Andrew Luck back in the fold so their offense was quite successful.  Gore put up his 9th 1000 yard rushing season at the age of 33 and his pass catching and blocking skills helped the Colts’ offense rebound, but the defense failed the team, leading to another 8-8 record and he is set to return for his 13th season in the league on a team that now has a new general manager and will be looking to get back into their 2014 form.

Now, that I have summarized Gore’s career, where does that fit into the top running backs of all time picture?  Well, he has never been considered he best running back in the league during his career, so he isn’t in conversation for the top 5.  Him being in the top 10 would also be a stretch, but I think he could definitely fit into the top 15.  He isn’t a Barry Sanders or a Terrell Davis where he was considered the best over a period of years, but he had a stretch where he was consistently a top 5 running back in one of the more competitive periods of running back play in the history of the league.  His 13,065 yards all but guarantees him a spot in Canton already, but if he puts up a year where he rivals the amount of yards he had in 2010 when he missed 5 games, then he will be 250 yards clear of Thomlinson for 5th all time.  He is 6 rushing touchdowns away from 80, which would place him in the top 20 all time in that category.  He wasn’t an elite pass catcher at the position, but he has over 400 receptions for over 3000 yards, but it is good enough to put him in the top 20 in all purpose yards of all time.  Frank Gore is one of the greatest running backs of all time, and it is time we start appreciating him as such.



I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me ( or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.


Staying with Luck

By John Moore

A year ago, Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, called the year “Super Bowl or Bust.” After finishing with an 8-8 record, Irsay along with GM Ryan Grigson and Coach Chuck Pagano are taking a more measured approach going into the 2016 season.  Injuries played a huge role for the Colts’ last season, particularly those concerning quarterback Andrew Luck.  His loss was a setback, along with defensive tackle Art Jones and rookie defensive tackle Henry Anderson.

Eventhough Andrew Luck recently signed a contract extension to continue to be the face of the franchise, the Colts need Luck to be more of a game manager. Last season they continued to implement an offensive system that heavily relied on the passing game, in an attempt to maximize the use of Andrew Luck’s ability to push the ball down the field and TY Hilton’s ability to get separation from defensive backs. Due to this, the Colts’ were 9th in the league in passing attempts per game as they averaged 38.4 per game according to team rankings. While the Colts offensive system showed flashes of brilliance during last season, it prevented them from achieving their goal of winning football games. Due to the fact that Luck likes to hold on to the ball for a long period of time to give TY and the other wide receivers a chance to get enough separation to catch the ball. The offensive line isn’t strong or quick enough to hold their blocks to allow him to hold the ball, which leaves him more vulnerable to being hit or sacked. As a result, it increases the possibility that the offense has shorter drives which result in the defense having to go back on the field without the proper amount of rest. This leads to the defense being more vulnerable to giving up yards and points because they were not able to regain the energy needed between possessions to stop the opposing offense.


Therefore, it would benefit the Colts to turn Andrew Luck into a field general. Once the Colts made the opposing defense honor the running game by stacking the box, it will allow the Colts’ to run play action passes. This will the Colts’ receivers more man to man coverage and Andrew Luck more open space on the field to lead his receivers to the ball. Keeping drives alive while forcing the opposing team to put more players in coverage to decrease the chance of the offense scoring a substantial amount of points in a short period of time. This gives the running backs room to run the ball again. The combination of these factors decreases the likelihood of Luck being hit or taking a sack, while at the same time allowing the offense to stay on the field for a prolonged period of time. Meaning that the defense can rest between drives. If the Colts were to turn Andrew Luck into more of a game manager, they will most likely win more than 8 games.

Heading into the 2016 season, the Colts need to prove they belong in the conversation regarding the best teams in the AFC. Luck is back as the starter for 2016 and is hoping for a much healthier season than the one he had last year. Luck was inactive for nine games for shoulder and kidney injuries. A healthy and fully functional Luck will be crucial to any kind of success Indianapolis hopes to have this year. Luck has to show that he is back to the form that made him one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Even before all the injuries took hold in 2015, the former No. 1 draft pick was not off to a great start. Luck will also be working with his third offensive coordinator in his fifth season in the league, learning a completely new system under Rob Chudzinski. Can the pass protection improve? Pagano has faith that former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin can straighten out the Colts’ many offensive line issues. That includes providing more consistent pass protection for quarterback Andrew Luck.  It’s also a hope that Philbin can provide some stability to the offensive line in Indy.

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2016 NFL Season Preview and Predictions

By Brian Jones

For football fans everywhere there are certain points on the football calendar to look forward to and tomorrow is definitely one of them as training camp for all 32 teams gets underway. Before the first official whistle gets blown, however, I’m going to make some bold predictions and give some random opinions on this upcoming season. The Road To The Super Bowl officially starts tomorrow and only one team will win it all. Here is how I believe things will shake out, starting with the AFC and NFC West Divisions (all divisions in predicted order of finish with record):

AFC West

Oakland Raiders (11-5)

Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)

Denver Broncos (7-9)

San Diego Chargers (4-12)

No, that’s no typo and yes, I have Oakland winning 11 games and the division. Seriously. The Chiefs have key injuries on both sides of the ball, a game manager at quarterback and key injuries from players on both sides of the ball. The Chargers are still a mess unto themselves and the Broncos are deciding if Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez or Trevor Simian will be their starting quarterback this season (Von Miller can’t do it all). It all adds up to Oakland taking this division and making their first playoff appearance in 13 years.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals (12-4)

Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

Los Angeles Rams (6-10)

San Francisco 49ers (1-15)

So we got 2 teams that’ll contend for home field advantage and the Super Bowl, one team that’ll contend for pride and little else and one team what will likely be the league’s doormat this season. Seattle and Arizona will fight to see who wins the division while the Rams will look the part of a competitive team but have Jeff Fisher still leading them down the wrong path. Meanwhile, can San Francisco win a game this season (they have a chance to go 0-16)?

NFC South 

Carolina Panthers (10-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)

Atlanta Falcons (7-9)

New Orleans Saints (7-9)

Carolina ran away with the division and the NFC last season and still have the pieces in place to make another Super Bowl run as one of the NFL’s more competitive divisions continues to rebuild. Atlanta’s late season nosedive still has me concerned and New Orleans is in a bit of a transition on both sides of the ball. Tampa Bay’s successes will hinge on Jameis Winston and his continued development. With everything considered, Cam Newton and Carolina win the division with little trouble this season.

AFC South

Houston Texans (11-5)

Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7)

Tennessee Titans (6-10)

This division could go one of 3 ways – the Colts, Jags or Texans could win the division crown. Houston has the most talent and better overall roster (on paper) and they are the pick here. Andrew Luck can’t stay healthy and is turnover prone while Jacksonville has the pieces to win but may not be ready. Tennessee is still rebuilding and won’t be in the division basement for long. Texans should win the division for the second straight season but don’t at all be surprised if Indianapolis or Jacksonville find a way to pull it off.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers (11-5)

Minnesota Vikings  (11-5)

Chicago Bears (7-9)

Detroit Lions (5-11)

Another division with 2 playoff caliber teams and 2 doormats. Minnesota is a few players away from becoming a Super Bowl contender while Detroit and Chicago both have gunslingers at quarterback with Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler…but both teams have marginal defenses and little else to fall back on. Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers and that, along with a championship-caliber roster, will keep Green Bay in the driver’s seat in the division but Minnesota will be there all season to contend for the division crown.

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)

Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)

Cleveland Browns (4-12)

This division is about hard-hitting defenses and explosive offenses and this season will be no different. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco should recover from his ACL injury while Pittsburgh will bring back a healthy roster after injuries hampered them down the stretch last season. Both teams have the defenses and overall talent to win it all in 2016. The Bengals lost a lot of talent in free agency and didn’t do much to replace it. That will show this season as the Bengals will take a step back. Browns fans may want to have the Cavaliers’ championship parade on standby because there’s not going to be a lot to cheer about in Cleveland as another rebuilding project gets underway.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys (10-6)

New York Giants (9-7)

Washington Redskins (7-9)

Philadelphia Eagles (6-10)

Yes, you read that correctly, I said Dallas will win 10 games and the division. Until Kirk Cousins can beat a team with a winning record you can put much stock in Washington’s chances this season. The Eagles are in a full rebuild now so don’t expect much from them either. The Giants made upgrades on defense and possibly have Victor Cruz returning on offense but if Dallas can stay healthy and keep Tony Romo in one piece that will be enough for them to win the division this season.

AFC East

New England Patriots (13-3)

New York Jets (8-8)

Miami Dolphins (6-10)

Buffalo Bills (6-10)

This was the easiest division to predict. Most think that since Tom Brady is suspended for four games the rest of the division will get off to a fast start and take advantage, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. The Jets have all the pieces and no quarterback while the Dolphins don’t have enough talent to keep up. Buffalo has the talent but can Rex Ryan do enough with it to save his job? How will things play out? Brady comes back, plays angry on the way to 13 wins, league MVP and another AFC East division title in his pocket.

So there it is, my fearless predictions on how this season will play out…but before I wrap this up here are my predictions on how the championship games and Super Bowl will play out:

AFC Championship: New England over Houston 35-27

NFC Championship: Arizona over Carolina 38-33

Super Bowl LI: New England over Arizona 37-27 (Tom Brady wins MVP)

I’m aware that most, if not all, of what I’ve laid out here may  or may not come true (that’s why they’re called predictions)…but just to be fair we’ll revisit this the Tuesday after the regular season and the Tuesday after the Super Bowl to see how right (or wrong) I was. Football is FINALLY back and this season promises to be another good one full of big games, interesting storylines and excitement that only the NFL can provide. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how things play out this season.