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
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
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
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
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
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
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
WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
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

SUPER PREDICTION

BY LAWRENCE EDWARDS

Here we are just three days away from Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots taking on the Atlanta Falcons. This matchup should be one of the better Super Bowls we’ve seen in a while. The Falcons and Patriots rank #1 and #3, respectively, on offense coming into this game and #1 and #2 in passing yards per game. On the flip side New England ranks #4 in total defense and #4 against the run and they boasted the leagues #1 scoring defense for much of this season. The defensive side of the ball is where Atlanta comes up short. Their best defender is second year man Vic Beasley who has had an outstanding season for Atlanta, finishing with a league leading 15.5 sacks but Atlanta is vulnerable to the run.

HOW NEW ENGLAND WINS:

The Patriots best chance of winning this game is to lean on the bulldozing Legarrette Blount. Tom Brady does have an assembly of play makers in Marttellus Bennett, Chris Hogan, Dion Lewis and Julian Edleman, but Blount should be the X-factor to get Tom Brady his 5th ring. The Atlanta Falcons offense is potent and deadly and if not held in check they can put the game out of reach in a hurry. Matt Ryan is playing like a man possessed and seems like he is on a mission to not let anything stand in his way. The Patriots can limit his damage and time on the field by using Blount to pound the rock early and often to keep the clock churning and Matt Ryan on the sideline as long as possible. If they do successfully run the ball to keep Matt off the field then the Pats will have to score TD’s and not settle for field goals, they can’t make it easy for Matt and that offense, controlling the clock and scoring will put pressure on the Atlanta offense to put up points and could force mistakes and slow down their offense. The Patriots defense has been praised all year but the test they face this Sunday is unlike any other they have face all season. The Falcons have many weapons that can sting you if you dedicate too much attention to one so keeping everything if front of them and playing a relatively mistake free game is key for the Patriots defense, they can’t afford to get called for holding penalties and PI all game trying to cover Julio and company. Pound the ball down their throats, keep Matt and the offense on the sideline… However, that’s easier said than done

HOW ATLANTA WINS:

For years Matt Ryan was criticized and frowned upon for being just another average QB who gets to the playoffs but with little success after that. Fast forward to the 2016 season and this Matt Ryan looks like a completely new man. He had an MVP worthy season and his best season, by a mile, as a pro in 2016. He finished with career bests; completion percentage: 69%, passing yards: 4,944, average yards per attempt: 9.26 TD’s: 38, INT: 7, and QBR: 83.1 and he has to thank the fact that he has a plethora of weapons around him. The Falcons can come out of this game victorious if they just continue to play the way they have been playing, and that’s getting everyone involved. Julio Jones is still the man on that Atlanta offense but the difference now is, if you focus all your attention on taking Julio out the game (which is almost impossible) then Taylor Gabriel, Mohammed Sanu, Devonta Freeman, and Tevin Coleman will make you pay for that mistake. Atlanta’s offense, I’m sure, gives opposing defensive coordinators nightmares and keeps them awake at night. There are just too many play makers on that offense to game plan against. In this game the Falcons defense will have to step up and get off the field, they cannot let the Patriots control the clock and keep this offense on the sideline. Vic Beasley must make life hell for Tom Brady but first they need to keep the running game in check and not give up big gains on the ground. Atlanta can use the same approach to control the clock because Brady can and will sling it, if he is forced into a shootout with Atlanta but ATL’s offense might be too potent to keep up with. The Falcons have not one but two running backs who are deadly dual threats coming out of the backfield, what success they don’t find running the ball they can find catching short passes and turning them into big time plays. The Falcons will have tough test going up against the leagues #1 scoring defense and 4th ranked running defense but New England hasn’t faced an offense like this all season so something has to give.

Matt Ryan is determined to get the monkey off his back this season and find post season bliss but Tom Brady has been here before and will his all to get his 5th and stop Ryan from getting his first. However, I think New England’s defense finally sees an offense that is just too much for them to match up with forcing Brady into a shootout in Houston. And if that’s the case, then I see Matt Ryan and Atlanta winning this game by no more than a TD in a high scoring game, with at least 65 points combined between the two teams.

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Each NFC South Team’s Biggest Draft Need

By Leo Silbert

It is getting to the point of the year that fans are trying to figure out who their team needs to draft or what position needs the most help. Some teams like the Patriots don’t have a glaring need so they are able to pick for desire and are allowed greater risks. Other teams like the Browns have needs all over the map so they are best suited to just take the best available player. I’m going to sort this out by division and within the divisions I’ll sort them by 2016 records.

Next up, the NFC South:

  1. julio-jones             Atlanta Falcons- The Falcons have made it to the Superbowl this year so calling anything a need is a little bit of a stretch since they didn’t need it this year so far.  They definitely were one of the surprise teams to win their division this season and even when they did not many people believed in them along the way.  I too am guilty of this, but they have continually proved me wrong.  Their offense is just incredible to watch.  Matt Ryan has re-emerged as a top 5 quarterback in the NFL, Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman combine for a great 1-2 punch at running back behind one of the 10 best offensive lines in the league and Taylor Gabriel and Mohammed Sanu have proved to be excellent complementary pieces to one of, if not the, best wide receivers in the league Julio Jones.  Their defense has been solid in the secondary led by rookie Keanu Neal, linebackers led by rookie Deion Jones, and a defensive line led by second year player Vic Beasley.  The defense is incomplete though.  The defensive line doesn’t have a great run stuffer and the linebackers haven’t been good at stopping the run either so I think that the better option for them would be to take a big interior defensive lineman who can stuff the run and help the linebackers by clogging up holes.  The Giants this year were a great example of how a run stuffing interior defensive line can mask deficiencies by the linebacker corps and can make a weakness at two places into a relative strength.  If the Falcons get a disruptive interior defensive lineman, then this year could be just the tip of the iceberg of their potential.
  2. mike-evansTampa Bay Buccaneers- This team looked for a while that it could arrive to the playoffs a year too early, but a late season mini-slide kept them out and sets them up to break out in Jameis Winston’s third season.  Their offense looks like it is just about there already with Jameis Winston and Mike Evans complementing each other greatly as a deep thrower paired with a guy who makes 50/50 balls seem more like 75/25 balls in his favor.  They also have 3 of their 5 offensive lineman performing above average and 2 capable running backs when they are healthy in Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers.  They also have some pieces on defense, but not a complete unit.  Their biggest weakness on defense is similar to the Falcons as they need run defense as none of their front 7 players are great in that area.  So since they have the same core problem as the Falcons, their draft need is the same as the Falcons in a disruptive interior defensive lineman.  The Bucs already have one disruptive interior lineman in Gerald McCoy, but he too doesn’t excel in run defense.  If they can get a guy in the mold of a Michael Brockers, then they can have one of the best defensive interiors in the league which will limit what opponents can do on offense and help out the rest of their defense against the run game.
  3. Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints- Does anyone remember the last time the Saints had a defense that could stop anyone?  That would be in 2013 when they were 4th in yards against and scoring against.  That is a long time in football terms, especially when at the time people were still more focussed on their offense.  But since then, it seems like Drew Brees has had to play 16 games worth of first to 40 wins every year and however great Brees is, he can only do so much.  The Saints are still the same offensive juggernaut they have been since Brees and Sean Payton arrived to the team in 2006.  Brees threw for over 5,000 yards yet again which has seemed to become routine for him, they had the best rookie wide receiver in the league in Michael Thomas, and their offensive line isn’t too good.  Their running back situation isn’t ideal, but the Saints pass the ball short often enough to simulate a running game with their short passing game.  Their defense though needs help at just about every spot not taken up by either Jordan Cameron or Kenny Vaccaro.  What they need more than anything though is someone who can match up with an opponent’s number one receiver and help to at least slow him down so the offense can maybe just play some games of first to 30 wins.
  4. cam-newtonCarolina Panthers- This team had one of the biggest negative turnarounds of any team in recent memory, going from 15-1 and losing the Superbowl to 6-10 and a top 10 pick.  Some people might be quick to overreact and say that the loss of Josh Norman made the team fall apart, but his replacement James Bradberry played pretty well in his stead and Norman, however good he was in 2015, was not worth 9 wins.  The biggest part of the Panthers’ regression was the regression of Jonathan Stewart as a running back.  The Panthers are at their best when teams aren’t able to key on whether Cam Newton will run the ball, throw the ball, or hand it off to the running back on any given play.  With Stewart showing his age this season, teams were able to key in on Newton and shut down the Panthers’ offense.  If the Panthers are able to grab a guy like a Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook, then you can see this team get back to close to their 2015 form really quickly.

Previous articles in this series:

AFC East- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/each-afc-east-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC North- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/each-afc-north-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC South- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/each-afc-south-teams-biggest-draft-need/

AFC West- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/each-afc-south-teams-biggest-draft-need-2/

NFC East- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/each-nfc-east-teams-biggest-draft-need/

NFC North- https://sportselite1.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/each-nfc-norths-biggest-draft-need/

Divisional Round Predictions

By Billy Clemmons 

I made this my first game because on paper it’s a total mismatch. I really give Houston little or no chance to beat the mighty Patriots playing at home, even though though the  Texans come in with the leagues best defense. The quarterback position for the Texans has been a big disappointment this year and I expect no more from the Texans than to just show up and go home. I could be wrong my prediction is Patriots 34 Texans 17

Now this is a game to get excited about. The Chiefs have been playing great football for most of the year and they are at home. Alex Smith has had a good season but the Chiefs are lead by defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the team we all thought would challenge the Patriots for this years “team to beat” but after Big Ben went down with an injury people began having doubts. Fortunately for Steelers fans they picked it back up and are a very dangerous team capable of beating anyone. With the three B’s I’m taking the Steelers I could be wrong but my prediction is Steelers 27 Chiefs 20

So we know Matt Ryan hasn’t really done well in playoffs past but I think this year they break the trend. The defense isn’t that great but they have a few up and coming stars I believe that could be the difference this year.

Seattle has been losing players over the years. The defense is still well respected and plays well but at times just isn’t what it used to be. The Seahawks have struggled offensively this year with the offensive line and the run game. Russell and the defense will still make this a competitive game but in the end the Falcons have to much fire power. I could be wrong but my prediction: Atlanta 31 Seattle 24

The Cowboys, as we all know, have been led this season by two rookies to the best record in the NFL with a bend but don’t break defense that has surprised even the fans this year. To me this is the hardest game to predict since they have already beaten the Packers this year. With a Packers team and a red hot Aaron Rodgers I expect this to be another high scoring game. I think these teams match up well and the outcome could very well come down to the last play of the game. I could be wrong my prediction: Cowboys 34 Packers 31

 

Wild Wilcard Weekend: Home teams stand strong

By Lawrence Edwards

What a weekend huh? If you had a horse in this race you either woke this morning smiling from ear to ear or you woke up with a real life crying Jordan face… especially Giants fans, womp womp… Anyway in what was a disaster for the visiting teams this week were dominant performances by all 4 home teams on wild card weekend.

Brock Osweiller won the battle of the backup QB (sorry Brock) and he didn’t look too bad doing it. He went 14 of 14 for 168 yards with 1 TD and did just enough to keep the lead while Houston’s #1 ranked defense made life miserable for Conor Cook, which started by Jadaveon Clowney – who’s started to show why he was a #1 overall pick since he’s been healthy – tipped a pass to himself to set up Houston in the redzone which Lamar Miller made Oakland pay for on the very next play, setting the tone for what would be a dominant performance from Houston’s defense. Osweiller showed accuracy in this game, something that he hasn’t been able to do all season. Houston survived another day and left Oakland fans wondering what could’ve been if only… Welp, next up for Houston, Tom Brady…It was fun while it lasted Texans fans

Not going to lie, coming into this game I thought Detroit had a shot at the upset here based off how well Stafford and the offense has played and how up and down the Seahawks season has been, but this was Seattle at home and upsetting them there is no easy task. Detroit moved the ball early and had plenty opportunity to change the dynamic of the game only if those early FG trips were TD’s instead. Letting Seattle hang around proved costly as Rawls had his best game of the season and Russ and Baldwin in sync led to a 26-6 rout.

What I thought would be a close game based off what happened in the regular season between these two turned out to be a show off game for Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell, who finished with two TD’s apiece on their way to a rout of the Miami Dolphins. Jay Ajayi was completely shut down and Pittsburgh’s defense made life miserable for Matt Moore, when the Dolphins showed signs of life and getting back into the game Brandon Albert whiffed on a block that got Matt Moore absolutely destroyed to force a fumble and suck any life left in the Dolphins right out of them. Pitt vs KC will be a great match up next week, Marcus Peters vs Antonio Brown will be a great battle to watch.

Wildcard weekend ended with the Packers beating the Giants 38-13. The game started out just how the Giants would have hoped, the defense was hitting and sacking Rodgers and shutting down their passing and running game and Eli was playing well and making good throws, there’s only one problem, the WR’s left their hands in Miami. Odell Beckham dropped a sure TD on the Giants second drive of the game that could’ve set a different tone to the game, on the very next play Sterling Shepard dropped another would be TD in the same part of the endzone leading the Giants to only 3 points. The Giants would hold GB to zero for the first quarter and half and hold a 6 point lead. But it’s only a matter of time before Rodgers breaks his chains if the opposing offense can’t reward the defense with points. For the great 1st half the Giants defense played they finally broke late in the 3rd. Even after a Green Bay failed 4th down conversion gave the Giants momentum on a quick TD from Eli to Tavarres King, Rodgers was already hot and took the Pack on a scoring drive to make up for McCarthy’s decision earlier in the quarter to go for it to put the game out of reach for good.

The home teams outscored the visitors 121-45 making it a bad weekend to not have won your division this season, maybe next year fellas! If your team survived this week or had a bye, then you get to rub it in the faces of your rivals for at least another week.

 

Well Hello Playoffs!: Wild Card Weekend

BY LAWRENCE EDWARDS

Week 17 ended in great fashion with an exciting finish with the Green Bay Packers taking on the Detroit Lions in the Motor City. The end of that game would determine who gets a home game against the Giants and who has to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks and their 12th man. The Packers defeated the Lions last night 31-24 off of 4 Aaron Rodgers passing TD’s. That set the stage for a Giants @ Green Bay and Detroit @ Seattle NFC wild card weekend. This years playoffs should be very exciting as we have a few new faces to the party. The Raiders, Dolphins, Giants, Cowboys and Texans all missed the playoffs last season with everyone except the Cowboys and Detroit missing multiple years straight.

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We kick things off this Saturday with Oakland traveling to Houston to take on the Texans and. The Oakland Raiders have had an outstanding regular season full of joy they haven’t experienced in over a decade, but it came at detrimental price. An MVP candidate before the injury, Derek Carr was playing some great football for the silver and black before breaking his fibula last week against the Colts. The Raiders have an OK backup QB in Matt McGloin but I’m sure losing Carr hit all the way to the soul. However, there is a silver lining for the Raiders this week, at least they don’t have to face a QB who could make it hard for the backup QB to keep up with scoring. Oakland’s defense will try to take advantage of the below average QB play from the Texans. Tom Savage is better than Brock and clearly more accurate but he isn’t a QB that would strike fear in you. Even with McGloin under center the Raiders have the better more proven QB heading into this game and if Tom Savage can’t get the job done I’m sure they have nothing to fear if Brock enters the game. Oakland will need to take advantage of a beatable opponent to at least advance to the divisional round. It won’t be easy however, they take on a Houston defense that ranks 2nd against the pass and 1st overall in total defense.

Seattle Seahawks vs Detriot Lions: How to Stream MNF

The Lions took the L to the Packers last night so they get to go face Seattle in Seattle, yikes! But not so fast, like we have seen all season the Seahawks aren’t exactly that team that strikes fear into their opponents like they used to do. First season without future hall of famer Marshawn Lynch in the backfield saw Russ struggle to run the ball like he usually does and somewhat saw the offense sputter at times and the defense has shown they can be beaten and give up points. This should be a great game here, The Lions offense can score with the best of them and they have plenty weapons to hurt Seattle, one of them being a former Seahawk, Golden Tate. I expect Seattle to do what they do best at home in the playoffs but I would not count out Detroit who could still be in the game in the 4th quarter. I do believe this game can go either way, a blowout win by Seattle, or a nail biter, whoever has the last possession type of game (which I am leaning closer to thinking will happen) Because the way Seattle has been playing up and down all season I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw an upset on Saturday night, a huge upset.

Report: Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi Needed X-Rays Following Loss To Patriots ...

The Dolphins have shown everyone around the league why it is an outstanding idea to have a backup QB who can play just like or better than your starter. Tannehill was lost for the season with a knee injury after what has been a successful year for Miami. Matt Moore has been around the league for a long time and he has been with the Dolphins for the past 4 seasons. He was signed by Dallas in 2007 as an undrafted FA before spending 4 seasons with Carolina. Out of anyone currently in the playoffs – except for Dallas of course – The Dolphins may have the best backup QB situation in the playoffs. Your starter goes out and your backup comes in the Jets game to relieve you and throws 4 TDs. Then he goes to Buffalo and throws for 2 more in that W and threw another 2 TD’s with an overall solid performance yesterday against a very good New England defense. It’s a good sigh when your backup can play the final 3 games against division opponents and go 2-1 in that stretch. That being said, this game against Pittsburgh will be a great one and closer than anyone thinks. Remember the last time these two teams played? Jay Ajayi does, he killed Pittsburgh’s defense with 204 rushing yards. If the Dolphins want to pull off this upset against the Steelers, they will need Jay Ajayi to get going early and open things up for Matt Moore and the passing game and they will have a shot, however they also have to try and slow down Bell and AB because I’m sure the Steelers didn’t forget week 5 either and they will be looking for redemption.

Preview: Packers vs. Giants – PACKERS NOTES

Wild Card weekend will conclude with the Giants taking on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau. Everyone is saying “You don’t want to see Aaron Rodgers and the Pack in the playoffs” or “You don’t want to see the Giants defense in the playoffs” Well this week Aaron Rodgers gets to see the Giants defense and the Giants defense gets to see Aaron Rodgers, who prevails? This should be a great game, the Giants and Eli Manning are certainly no strangers to going into the “Frozen Tundra” in the post season and coming out victorious, they did it twice, once against Brett Favre and once against Bad Man Aaron and both lead to Superbowl wins, however for how great the defense has been the offense has been, well, meh… The Giants are the fist team since the 94 Chicago Bears to get at least 10 wins and in the post without one single 30 point game. If the Giants want to win then the defense will have to set the tone early and the Eli and the O will have to reward them by putting up points whenever they have the chance. Unlike other QB’s, if you don’t score enough and let Aaron Rodgers hang around long enough, he will do what he does best and find a way to rip the carpet right out from under your feet, this will make for a good game, playoff games between these two lately have been fun to watch.

 

 

Big Week, 3 Big Games!

Here we are folks Week 15 of the NFL season with one team – The Dallas Cowboys – clinching  a playoff berth and a host of others look to lock up a trip to the post season this week. Last week ended with an outstanding defensive performance from the Cowboys and Giants game and this week we should see some more exciting games with playoff implications on the line.

Detroit Lions @ New York Giants Sunday 1:00pm

16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ... Both teams are coming off of statement wins and are looking to clench a playoff berth this Sunday with W. The Lions did what they have done all season long last week against Chicago with a 4th Q come from behind win that Stafford capped off with a 15 yard TD run and scramble to put the Lions up for good. Landon-Collins

Eli and the Giants offense have yet to put together 4 quarters of solid play instead relying on the defense and timely big plays from Odell Beckham Jr. The Lions are looking to take the NFC North with a win and the Giants are looking to keep a hold on the 5th seed in the playoffs and secure their spot. The Giants offense has no choice but to wake up (better late than never) and it needs to start this week because the last 3 games they face teams who can score. A loss on Sunday doesn’t knock either team out of the playoffs but it definitely will make things more difficult the last two weeks of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Sunday 8:30pm

Jameis Winston headed to Pro Bowl About 4-5 weeks ago this match-up would’ve looked like a small bump in the road for Dallas to easily get over on their way to the #1 seed and best team in the NFC, fast forward to now and you see two teams trending in opposite directions but not where you’d thought they would be. The Bucs have put themselves in the driver seat for the second wildcard spot in the NFC. Their defense has woken up and Winston just keeps getting better at the QB position. They’re hot right now coming off a win against Seattle and a Gritty win against Phillip Rivers and the Chargers.

Dak Prescott

Dallas on the other hand have shown signs of being stoppable. It started in week 13 against Minnesota where they struggled offensively to get anything going. A timely forced fumble by their special teams was the break they needed to escape that game. We thought it was a fluke but then they go into Metlife and their offense just goes dormant – thanks in large part to the Giants defensive performance – and now they limp back home to face a red hot surging Bucs team looking to punch their own ticket to the playoffs. Will Dallas bounce back and show people they’re still the team to beat in the NFC or will they continue to falter allowing other teams in the NFC to build momentum?

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears Sunday 1:00pm

Aaron Rodgers is the Greatest Quarterback of All Time - The Sports ...  This game only has playoff implications for one team and that’s the Green Bay Packers. The Pack are currently on the outside looking in at 7 wins thanks to an uncharacteristic slow start for the first half of the season. They can’t clinch anything here today but a win would keep them in the race and give them some hope, they need a lot of help to make it but we know Aaron Rodgers will do his part to dig them out and hope everything else falls in place. Believe it or not winning in Chicago will not be an easy task, their defense is pretty solid and they will not just roll over. Matt Barkley surprisingly looks comfortable out there under center for Chicago and Green Bay’s secondary has been abysmal all season. This a a division game and the Chicago Bears, I’m sure, would love nothing more to ruin any hopes of the Packers making the playoffs.