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Vlog 20: Niners land Garoppolo and Brown heads to the Seahawks

The San Francisco 49ers landed their franchise quarterback? They traded for Jimmy Garoppolo sending the New England Patriots a 2nd round pick in the 2018 draft.

The Houston Texans traded offensive tackle Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Jeremy Lane, a 5th round pick in the 2018 draft and a 2nd round pick in the 2019 draft.

Check out my thoughts on the two trades.

Tom Brady to grace the cover of Madden 18

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The New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady will be gracing the cover of Madden 18 for the famed EA Sports series. Brady is fresh off winning his fifth Super Bowl. His teammate Rob Gronkowski graced the cover last season and didn’t escape the “Madden Curse” will Brady?

The release date for Madden 18 is August 25th, but there are other ways to get the game earlier this year the Forbes article that is embedded has more detail on that information.

3 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2016 season

With training camp set to begin within the next week or so, I figured what better time than now for me to make my 3 bold predictions for the upcoming NFL season. Now anyone and there dog can throw something out that they’ve heard around the league and brag they are correct come January, the real test of psychic abilities is to travel far beyond the perimeters of the metaphorical “box” and have those be correct. Here is my best attempt at just that.

Joe Flacco hits a stat line of 44Tds, 4000+ Yards and a trip to the playoffs

While some may say the postseason berth alone is a bold prediction, I laugh in the face of critics. Call it a homer pick, the truth is in the stats laid out in this paragraph and my previous article. I won’t go into the 2012 Super Bowl run, those reasons are known and I’ve written about this numerous times, no need to beat a dead horse. All I will say is, look at the previous seasons pace, which was headed towards a 4000+ yard season, all without Joe for the better part of 2015 and lacking any credible WRs. Add to the mix for the upcoming year, a vengeful Mike Wallace, a redemption seeking Breshad Perriman, two solid rookies in Chris Moore and Keenan Reynolds and the ever dangerous, Steve Smith Sr. All this making Mr. Joe Flacco locked and loaded for another spectacular run. Mark it!

Pittsburgh Steelers fail to crack the top 5 in offensive rankings

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

At the surface of this prediction, one would dare to say it isn’t bold to state a team misses out of a top 5 ranking. In this case it is. Heralded by many to have the most potent and deadly offense in the entire NFL, the Steelers are aiming for the top ranked team on one side of the ball. Leveon Bell will be back healthy for week 1, as will Big Ben. Antonio Brown will be poised for another gigantic season in yards and Tds, and the main cog in the OL, Maurkice Pouncey, should be ready to lead that line to greatness come September. Seems easy right? Wrong! The offseason saw the Pittsburgh organization lose two massive puzzle pieces to their previous success. Heath Miller went on to retirement while Martavius Bryant learned he will be sitting on the sidelines with a year long suspension. Although it does take more than two players to make a championship roster, it could take two players to break one. Big Ben found solace in Miller for the past several seasons, using him as his trusty safety blanket. Whenever he encountered trouble a check down to Heath would be the solution. This time around they look to former Charger, LaDarius Green. While never having an opportunity to shine in San Diego playing behind veteran, Antonio Gates, one is to wonder if the comfort level will even be somewhat existent between Ben and his new tight end. Also losing your second best WR who made some incredible catches to win games, for not one game, but the entire year is incredibly tough. The onus will be put on AB and Bell to carry the load, potentially causing the major health hazards in the RB to flare up, and causing an easy irritable AB to combust within himself. The end result? A rather mediocre showing, possibly 7th ranking. Oakland, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Arizona, Baltimore and the Vikings, are all on my list of teams to finish higher than the aforementioned Steelers.

The New England Patriots will NOT win division year thus causing them to miss the payoffs entirely

tombradySince 1999, the AFC playoffs have witnessed Tom Brady or Peyton Manning run rampant through teams cementing their legacies along the way. After Peyton announced his retirement following his magical SuperBowl win, the last hope left of this immaculate streak continuing would be #12 in New England. With the earth shaking suspension being upheld for the deflate-gate incident two playoffs ago, The Mighty Pats will be without their saviour for 4 rather decisive games to begin the 2016 campaign. Out of those four opponents they face only one beatable team in the Miami Dolphins, the other 3? Defensive juggernauts, Houston, Arizona and division rival Buffalo. All with legitimate shots of burying the Patriots chances of regaining their division dominance and their playoff predictability. They will in my mind, go 1-3/ 0-4 ultimately leaving them on the outside looking in come postseason time. The team to dethrone the Belichick led organization and take the AFC East? The New York Football Jets!

So in conclusion, call it crazy, clueless, confident or a bit of all of them, the fact of the matter is, these are my Bold Predictions made to envoke friendly debate and discussion among football fans. Have some bold predictions of your own? Leave them in the comments or hit me on Twitter!

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Mid-season Super Bowl contenders

With six weeks in the books, the picture has become more clear on whom the real contenders are in the race to Levi Stadium, to play in Super Bowl 50. After several surprising starts and a few that weren’t too shocking, five teams remain unbeaten. The Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals and the defending champions, New England Patriots.

Judging by the record alone, one would have to believe that all of these teams have a legitimate chance at playing in San Fran come February. Digging a little deeper will uncover the faults in the somewhat lucky success a few of these clubs have experienced.

Lets begin with the two most probable teams to crumble as quickly as they’ve risendalton-andy-over16, The Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals. First, the Bengals. The current leaders of the AFC North are poised to make yet another playoff run with Andy Dalton behind center, this time looking for their first postseason win. Now while they will almost certainly end up winning the division, barring a complete collapse mixed with a sudden resurgence in their three rivals, Cincy has had some close calls throughout their short win streak. Week three was a nail biter against the offensively challenged Ravens, a field goal in overtime won them the game against the Seahawks and their blowout wins have come against bottom dwellers such as the Raiders and the under achieving Chiefs and Bills. Coming off their bye in two weeks they will face a Steelers squad who will more than likely have Big Ben back at a 100%. Followed up by some hard hitting NFC games near the end of the season, the journey is anything, but smooth from here on out for the Bengals.

At 39, Peyton Manning has all, but conquered his dreams and ambitions in the NFL. One thing he hasn’t done is silence the critics when it comes to his postseason ability, or lack thereof. Starting off the year as he finished it in 2014, Peyton has looked nothing like his future hall of fame self. Throwing numerous pick sixes, incompletion after incompletion and basically providing Manning-Haters with enough material to make a comedy routine about, the former MVP has taken a back seat to his defense on their bumpy ride to the top of the AFC West. With a run game only existent in the past few weeks and a QB who is playing like a first year rookie, the defense has been forced and challenged to bring their “A” game to the table each and every week and they have, convincingly. If the offense doesn’t pick up the slack soon, it will only be a matter of time before the Denver team encounters their first loss.

Two other teams that are unbeaten, but have a great chance of continuing this streak for much more weeks, are the Carolina Panthers and The Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay has, and always will be, a perennial favorite to win the Lombardi as long as they have Aaron Rodgers leading the way. While most will assume that the CheeseHeads have the best chance of going 16-0, the odds are less likely than most will know. Allowing Philip Rivers to throw 60+ times for a staggering 500 yards and zero picks, shows that they need to buckle down on their pass coverage. Although the run game has recently regained momentum with the emergence of Starks, the lack of Lacy and his dominance has been a major breaking point. The Pack have The Broncos on tap following their bye week, it’s a guarantee one of those teams will be staring at a daunting 1 in the loss column. Look for both teams to strategize a win, most importantly by correcting their major mistakes in the run game.

The Car113013-NFL-Panthers-Cam-Newton-Celebrates-Touchdown-CQ-PI-CH_vadapt_620_high_0olina Panthers have made history for their franchise on way to their impressive 6-0 start. Cam Newton has firmly placed his name in the mid way votes for MVP, leaving little doubt that he is poised to be an elite superstar for years to come. Losing Luke Kuechly early in the season seemed like it would be a devastating blow to an already injury plagued team, this was not the case. They have cemented themselves as a top contender in not only the NFC South, but the entire conference. Also having a date with the powerhouse Packers team, they too have quite a difficult road ahead. As Cam continues to produce with little targets and the defense gets their heart and soul back when Luke returns, watch for the Panthers to make more than a statement in the following weeks.

Last and certainly not least, is the dreaded Patriots. Clouded in controversy since the conference final last January and let’s face it , for most of the decade, New England has taken that criticism, hate and negativity and transformed into major success. With the latest “defletegate” and non suspension of Brady, the heat hasn’t been more fierce for the New England team. As always, both Belichick and Brady have used this to their advantage and absolutely have laid waste to the competition this year. Matching an outstanding 2007 season so far, which seen the Patriots and Tom the terrible smash the history books cruising to a 16-0 regular season record, the Pats have all, but silenced every doubt cast upon them. With no clear favorites to upset Brady’s Bunch, New England fans can almost book a date by the golden gate with a 16-0 record at their side.

So who will be the last to fall? Will the Bengals continue their thrashing of the AFC North? Will the Panthers surprise everyone and stop the mighty Packers en route to an undefeated season? Will Peyton find the fountain of youth to help the obsolete offence in Denver? Will the Packers prove they are the NFC favorite for years to come? Or will the Pats be the first to repeat a Super Bowl win and ultimately become the dynasty to beat as they will be the only team to have two undefeated seasons? It won’t be long until we see the first loss out of this bunch of unbeatens, the real test is about to ensue in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned !!

Tom Brady joins the 400 passing touchdowns club

On Sunday afternoon the great Tom Brady joined the 400 touchdown club and it was on a 2 yard pass to Danny Amendola. With the rocky offseason behind Brady he’s been putting in work this year.

I could throw some slander shots in there, but that would be an act of a pure hater being that is a great feat.

Check out the play that got Brady on the 400 list.

Terrelle Pryor Gets a Workout with the New England Patriots

The often cut former quarterback Terrelle Pryor may have another opportunity to showcase his new found wide receiver skills. The best team in the NFL the New England Patriots came calling and offered a workout to see Pryor’s ability to play the WR position. Pryor made the Cleveland Browns 53 man roster, but he was waived to make extra space for running back Robert Turbin. Pryor had an injured hamstring for majority of the preseason, and he played sparingly in the final preseason game against the Chicago Bears. When Pryor was healthy he displayed freakish athleticism as well as good hands. Of course his route running wasn’t as crisp as the other wide receivers, but when you have a 6-6 240 monster he poses matchup problems for cornerbacks.

It may sound cliché’, but another man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If the Patriots decide to strike a deal with Pryor it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Bill Belichick is known for taking players that aren’t wanted by teams, and turn them into formidable prospects. As of now Pryor doesn’t have a deal with the Pats, but if he does be on the lookout.

 

 

Week 1 in the NFL was about the Tight Ends

As I’ve grown up I’ve seen the tight end position evolve to a position that was mainly used as an extra linemen (exceptions were made for some but you get the point) to now they are matchup problems for almost every defense.

Three tight ends stole the show during the first week in the NFL:

gronkowskiRob Gronkowski, New England Patriots- Gronkowski went crazy on the Steelers secondary for the tune of 5 receptions, 98 yards and 3 touchdowns. We know “Gronk” is the best tight end in the league just in case you forgot he reminded everyone on Thursday night.

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs- Kelce is a young gun who on Sunday torched the Texans secondary for 6 catches, 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. With the addition of Jeremy Maclin, Kelce becomes even more of a matchup problem for opposing defenses.

tylereifertTyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals- Finally healthy in his 3rd season Eifert was able to show the world why the Bengals drafted him in the first round in 2013. Eifert caught 9 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns.

A few others played well also at the tight end position, but these are the three who stood out week 1 in my humble opinion. I have Kelce in one of my fantasy football leagues and started him so he helped ya boy” out a lot and he’s a former Bearcats. I have Eifert in one of my leagues also, but I started Kyle Rudolph over him last week, Rudolph is solid, but that was a big time fail by the president (I’m the president, if you don’t get the joke).

NFL: 2015 Predictions AFC East

In this 8 part series I will be compiling my thoughts and predictions for each division in the NFL as they embark on their 2015 seasons. This article will focus solely on the AFC East, the home of the current SuperBowl Champs, the New England Patriots. Let’s begin.

tombradyWhen the confetti fell last February and the Pats were living on cloud 9, a horrible storm was brewing inside the metaphorical cumulus. “DeflateGate” as it is widely known, was the catalyst in a downward spiral of a summer. Knowing Tom Brady and potentially Bill Belichick could be in trouble, names started dropping from the roster, some on their own accord. Revis made his rapid return to The Jets, surprise breakout star Kyle Arrington was released along with veteran Brandon Spikes, to mention a few. Not much was brought in to replace these missing links to success for the team, that mixed with Tom Brady sitting the first four games is a disaster in the making for these defending champions. However, the last Patriots team to play more than back to back games without #12 was the 2008 squad that went 11-5 without their leader playing the entire season. A good omen perhaps?

ryan tannehillA few weeks back an article was published stating that brain trust from Harvard University have placed the Seahawks and The Miami Dolphins as this years final. Though I can see the accuracy of this prediction based solely on the defensive juggernauts they have in the backfield. The truth is that Ryan Tannehill just can’t win those crucial games. He’s the Matt Ryan of the AFC. Outstanding in regular season match ups, posting earth shattering numbers more than not. Therefore, the pressure on the Miami offense equipped with Tannehill’s arm, fail to gain any traction resulting in them being outside looking in come playoff time. The key factor in if the Dolphin’s sink or swim, will be the addition of heavily scrutinized, Ndamukong Suh. After setting sails to the sunny beaches of Florida, it’s truly time to see if Suh is the terror on the field he can be, without the cheap shots and dirty plays. Some believe this is the Dolphin’s best chance to win a few playoff games in a very long time.
NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York JetsBack in 2013, a gigantic news story broke out of The Jets locker room. The all star Darrelle Revis, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all fingers pointed to loud mouth Rex Ryan as the ultimate reason for his departure. Heated words were thrown from both camps and everyone believed the bridge back to MetLife was not only burnt but engulfed in flames. Albeit when word broke of Revis returning to his rookie team, shock was not a word that crossed many minds. With no more Rex at the helm, it was a clean slate for Darrelle. Two other superstar athletes that signed contracts with the Football Jets were Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. If Geno Smith can prove doubters wrong and not lose his starting gig yet again, the targets he had to choose from are plenty. He will have a solid defense behind him so the proverbial ball is in Mr.Smiths court.
Four. The most hated number in Bills history. Four times has Buffalo made it to the big dance, only to be rejected like a high school senior. Forget the fact that team led by Jim Kelly did it in four consecutive years, some clubs haven’t even experienced a Super Bowl date. For the first time in  years, this lowly bitter cold franchise will attempt to bring home the first Lombardi trophy for the city, stomping out the history of losses in the finals. Ranked in the top 3 defenses in the league, Buffalo has the secondary to do some serious damage. Their second week will be the most important game of the season as they look to expose a Brady-less squad against New England. Although the questions still surround their offense, LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin are enormous additions to a feeble offensive attack.
Final predictions are as follows:
Buffalo        12-4
Pats             11-5
Miami         9-7
Jets              9-7