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Week 17 NFL, Black Monday, Hot Seat, Picks

Normally, I give a huge spill about what’s huge storylines, but this week there is only one storyline. It’s either win or go home.

AFC North

If you had asked me a few weeks if these two teams would make the playoffs I would have laughed in your face. Jeremy Hill seems to be a great compliment to Gio Bernard. With both in the backfield Andy Dalton should have more time to throw the rock. It is no secret that I have been a little mean to the Steeler Nation. I still don’t believe them however to go deep into the playoffs.

NFC North

There will be a huge game on the “Frozen Tundra” known as Lambeau Field. Green Bay has been unstoppable at home this season. They are 7-0 and averaging 41.1 points per game. Detroit is hot on offense. The question is will the front line be able to put some kind of pressure on Rodgers.

NFC South

Both the Falcons and Panthers deserve a playoff spot by the way they have both ended the season. Both teams are on hot and they have apparently saved both of their head coach’s jobs. I have no problem with a team under .500 making the playoffs as long as they have some type of positive momentum ending the regular season.

AFC Wildcard

Teams are still jockeying for the final AFC Wildcard spot. San Diego has the opportunity to serve out for the position. They will travel to Kansas City for a chance to do that. Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City are all still alive.

Josh Gordon

Earlier this week he was suspended by the Browns for the regular season finale against the Ravens.

Final Hot Seat

I can see the following teams cleaning house:

  • Chicago
  • Oakland
  • New York (A)
  • New York (N)

Last Week:    10-6

Overall:          169-80-1

Percentage:   .676

NEW ENGLAND over Buffalo

BALTIMORE over Cleveland

WASHINGTON over Dallas

MINNESOTA over Chicago

HOUSTON over Jacksonville

Indianapolis over TENNESSEE

MIAMI over New York (A)

San Diego over KANSAS CITY

TAMPA BAY over New Orleans

NEW YORK (N) over Philadelphia

ATLANTA over Carolina

DENVER over Oakland

GREEN BAY over Detroit

SAN FRANCISCO over Arizona

SEATTLE over St. Louis

PITTSBURGH over Cincinnati

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Week 16, Storylines, Picks, Cleveland, MVP, OROY, McDonald

There is a big bear in the room and we need to address it. I like Jay Cutler there I said it. (See week 11 post and week 8) Should he have been the highest paid offensive player in the league? No, but who else could Chicago have gotten to be their starter. This has been a let down season for Cutler, but this is not completely his fault. I blame coaching and defense. When the defense allows so many points, the quarterback must take more risks to catch back up. Matt Forte is one of the best backs in the league, why is he not touching the ball? It’s a shame Jay played better under Lovie Smith, a defensive minded coach, than Marc Trestman. The entire front office should be cleared out.

Jimmy Clausen will get the start this Sunday.

Week 16 Storylines

  • The Marcus Mariota Bowl will be on Thursday, as the Titans will face the Jags. Is that a reason to watch? Uh no.
  • Really, who wants to win the NFC South?
  • Can RG3 save his Washington roster spot?
  • Will DeMarco Murray play just days after having hand surgery?
  • Is Phillip Rivers healthy enough to lead his team to a possible playoff spot?

Offensive Rookie of the Year

  1. Mike Evans
  2. Kelvin Benjamin
  3. Odell Beckham Jr.

MVP Race

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. DeMarco Murray
  4. JJ Watt
  5. Peyton Manning
  6. Russell Wilson

I don’t understand the argument against JJ Watt winning the MVP. The Texans would still be a contender for the number one pick without Watt. According to ESPN Watt has 16.5 sacks, 64 combined tackles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 5 total touchdowns. I think of JJ the way I think of a pitcher in baseball A pitcher has a specialty but they can affect the scoreboard and momentum and the same applies to Watt. Clayton Kershaw (in the regular season) = JJ Watt.

Teams that have clinched a playoff berth:

Arizona, New England, Indianapolis, and Denver

Manziel

Johnny Manziel will never be mentioned in the MVP Race of peewee league. Anyone knows me knows that I am not one to brag. Refer back to last week’s article about the switch to Johnny Interception. Oh, I also mentioned it in Week 14. You may now call me Mr. Cleo.

Ray McDonald

Click here to read the article written earlier this week about him.

Jon Gruden

The former Oakland and Tampa Bay coach announced Monday night that he signed an extension to remain in the Monday Night Football booth through 2021. Hopefully, this puts an end to all of the rumors about him heading back to the sidelines. This is a huge announcement for the Gruden family. His brother Jay, coach of Washington, may need a new gig in the next couple of years.

Head Coaching Vacancies

These are the jobs that are certain to be open on Black Monday:

San Francisco

New York (N)

Chicago

New York (A)

Atlanta

Oakland

Possibly Tennessee & Jacksonville

Last Week:      12-4

Overall:             159-74-1

Percentage:     .679

JACKSONVILLE over Tennessee

Philadelphia over WASHINGTON

San Diego over SAN FRANCISCO

Baltimore over HOUSTON

Detroit over CHICAGO

Kansas City over PITTSBURGH

New England over NEW YORK (A)

CAROLINA over Cleveland

Green Bay over TAMPA BAY

MIAMI over Minnesota

Atlanta over NEW ORLEANS

Buffalo over OAKLAND

ST. LOUIS over New York (N)

Indianapolis over DALLAS

Seattle over ARIZONA

CINCINNATI over Denver

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NFL Week 15, Storylines, NFC West, Picks, and Manziel

Remember the phrase, “Any given Sunday”? Any team did win in week 14, Who would have believed that Carolina would go ahead and steamroll New Orleans in New Orleans? Oh, wait I did. Seattle only allowed fourteen points to the highflying Eagles. The Raiders yes the Raiders won the Battle of the Bay 24-13. Finally, Pittsburgh went into Cincy and doubled em’ up. The last three weeks of the season is sure to be exciting and action packed.

Storylines

  • Is the Legion of Boom really back?
  • Is Jay Gruden really on the hot seat after one season?
  • Can St. Louis continue its hot streak?
  • Will the Green Bay winning streak continue?
  • Can Derek Anderson lead the Panthers to another win without Cam Newton?

Arizona

The Cards were able to hold off the Kansas City Chiefs last week to capture they’re tenth victory of the season. I believe it was the teams last win. There are just too many holes in this boat and not enough gum. Carson Palmer and Andre Ellington are gone for the season. Tyrann Mathieu will not play this week. On the bright side it does look like Larry Fitzgerald will be on the field.

To finish the season, the Arizona must go to St. Louis, play Seattle at home, and then travel to San Francisco. That schedule should seem impossible for a team that is fourteenth in the league in passing and thirtieth in rushing.

Cleveland

I addressed this travesty Tuesday. Please click here to view my commentary about it.

Eric Berry

The Chiefs safety was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma earlier this week. The fifth year player only played in six games this season where he had thirty- seven combined tackles. According to the Chiefs website, Hodgkin Lymphoma is treatable and potentially curable. Get well, Eric!

Last Week:      11-5

Overall:           147-70-1

Percentage:    .674

ST. LOUIS over Arizona

Green Bay over BUFFALO

BALTIMORE over Jacksonville

Cincinnati over CLEVELAND

CAROLINA over Tampa Bay

INDIANAPOLIS over Houston

KANSAS CITY over Oakland

NEW ENGLAND over Miami

NEW YORK (N) over Washington

ATLANTA over Pittsburgh

Denver over SAN DIEGO

DETROIT over Minnesota

TENNESSEE over New York (A)

SEATTLE over San Francisco

Dallas over PHILADELPHIA

CHICAGO over New Orleans

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Week 15 (2013)

NFL shield
NFL shield

For a few National Football League teams Week 15 is there entire season.  There has already been an “upset” this week as San Diego Chargers defeated the AFC best, Denver Broncos.  Once fans and the media started “predicting” a Denver/Seattle Super Bowl both teams just crumbled.  Will Seattle bounce back after being defeated by their rival, the 49ers?

This could not help the Broncos win
This could not help the Broncos win

Other storylines that will come out Sunday and Monday.

  1. Brady with no Gronk- The Pats can lock up the AFC East, but they will have to do it without the best TE in the NFL.  They will be going against the Dolphins who are still playing for the Wild Card spot.
  2. The Red Tour- What a year for DC!  After the way the Redskins ended the 2012 season. People were on the band wagon and ready to see the Skins return to Championship form.  In case you didn’t get the memo the Redskins have have played like the Black Plague.  RG3 has proven to be a bust for the season.  His leg is not an excuse anymore.  Then there are the Shanahans.  Pops wanted to sit RG3 and his son said not so fast my friend.  Also, Mike Shanahan is rumored to not be coming back to the team.  Will he come back? Does anyone really care? The person caught in this storm is Kirk Cousins.  He has shown the ability to play in the NFL and he will have the opprotunity to show that Sunday at the sorry Atlanta Falcons.  This storyline would be a great sequel to Taylor Swift’s Red album.
  3. In the Game of the Week the Cincy Pussy Cats travel to the Pittsburgh Rust.  The Bengals never play good with their backs against the wall, but they will have the opprotunity to show that they are not the Chargers of the AFC North.  The Steelers must win out if they plan on playing on in January.

To the Picks

San Diego 27 over DENVER 20

ATLANTA over Washington

CLEVELAND over Chicago

INDIANAPOLIS over Houston

New England over MIAMI

Philadelphia over MINNESOTA

NEW YORK (N) over Seattle

TAMPA BAY over San Francisco

Buffalo over JACKSONVILLE

Kansaa City over OAKLAND

CAROLINA over New York (A)

DALLAS over Green Bay

Arizona over TENNESSEE

ST. LOUIS over New Orleans

PITTSBURGH over Cincinnati

DETROIT over Baltimore

Week 14 NFL Picks

As we come down the home stretch of the NFL season, there are a few teams that need to make a move, while others need to move out of the way.

Teams that need W’s this week

  • Kansas City- Yes, a win over Washington can go a long way.  Them having a banged up defense is no longer an excuse.  After three straight loses in a tough AFC, we will see how good KC really is.
  • Dallas- This game is set up to be be a “How ’bout them Cowboys” fail game.  They will be going against a Jay Cutlerless Bears team.
  • Carolina- Are they really a contender? There will be an opprotunity to pickup a W against a divisional tough rival.  To stay in the Wild Card race or take the division lead, a win must be put on the board.

Those pretenders that can stop pretending

  • New York Football Giants- If they want to make history, the time is now.  Take a dump or get off the toilet!
  • Detroit- The NFC North has been their’s to lose, and it appears that they are trying to do so.  Minnesota has wasted the great talent, Adrian Peterson, and Chicago and Green Bay are playing with 41st string QB’s.  If the want to go to the playoffs the time is now.
  • San Francisco-  After being blown out by Seattle in the first meeting San Fran is bound to make this a game.  If the 49ers want to have opposing teams playing at Candlestick Park in the playoffs, they need to win this huge game.

Week 14 Games

CIN over Ind

GB over Atl

NE over Cle

NYJ over Oak

PHI over Det

Pit over Mia

Buf over TB

KC over Was

BAL over Min

Den over Ten

ARI over Stl

SD over Nyg

Sea over SF

Car over NO

CHI over Dal

JAX 27 over Hou 20

(Home teams indicated by caps)

NFL Midseason Award Ceremony

NFL shield
NFL shield

As we have reached the half- way point of the NFL season it is time to give out awards and announce the Power Rankings

MVP– Tom Brady

The Golden Boy has done the most with the talent, or lack thereof, around him thus far.

Most Improved Team- New Orleans Aints, I mean Saints

Okay, it is apparent that I hate this team more than the Tea Party hates poor people, but I must give this team their just do.  For people who do not think that coaching is important, Sean Payton and Rob Ryan have worked wonders for the Aints.

Coach of the Year– Andy Reid

The Chiefs have the best record, and no one expected the team to be this good.

Biggest Disappointment (Player)– Larry Fitzgerald

No, he has played great, but the Cardinals franchise has failed Larry.  He deserves to be apart of a better team.  Maybe a team that would appreciate his efforts on the gridiron.

Biggest Disappointment (Team)– Tampa Bay

The team spent a great deal of money for an 0-8 record.

Rookie of the Year– Geno Smith

The J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS are 5-4 and this team has risen.

Power Rankings

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. San Francisco 49ers
  8. New Orleans Saints***
  9. Cincinnati Bengals
  10. Carolina Panthers
  11. Detroit Lions
  12. Chicago Bears
  13. Dallas Cowboys
  14. Philadelphia Eagles
  15. New York Jets
  16. San Diego Chargers
  17. Miami Dolphins
  18. Tennessee Titans
  19. Cleveland Browns
  20. Washington Redskins
  21. Arizona Cardinals
  22. Baltimore Ravens
  23. St. Louis Rams
  24. Buffalo Bills
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers
  26. Oakland Raiders
  27. New York Giants
  28. Atlanta Falcons
  29. Houston Texans
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  32. Jacksonville Jaguars

***Personally, the worst team ever, but they are far from #1.