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Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:30 am
 

Weekly Recap Week 5

Well, you could hear the champagne corks popping Sunday night as the old and tiresome ’72 Dolphins celebrated yet another season without an undefeated team. It is the first time since 1970 that the league didn’t have a team with a record of 4-0. What does that say about the current state of the NFL? Is it parity or is it mediocrity that is plaguing our most beloved sport?

Four teams are 4-1, two from each conference. It’s not a huge surprise who leads atop the standings; what is a bit of a surprise is who isn’t at the top. It seems the Saints and the Colts are both suffering from the Super Bowl hangover. You might have thought some other teams might also be right up there, for instance the Chargers, Cowboys and Vikings? The combined record for those three teams is a whopping 4-9. Some of the most concentrated talent in the league is found on those three teams. So what is the reason for their demise thus far in 2010? For one team it might be a 41-year-old gunslinger who’s taking too many risks. Another’s trouble stems from their coaching staff and the subsequent disciplinary problems. The last just doesn’t seem to have the talent that everyone thought they had. Can these teams turn it around? The Chargers have the best opportunity to make the post season since they are in the weakest of the three divisions. The Cowboys and the Vikings aren’t afforded the same luxury. And the loser of next week’s meeting between the two in Minnesota will certainly be in a lot of trouble.

Let’s discuss what went down in Week five and take a look at what is coming up in week six.

Clearly through five weeks the AFC has the two best teams in the league. The Ravens and the Jets share the best record in the NFL and they do it in similar fashion; defense, defense, defense. With a little bit of good old fashion smash mouth running. The NFC also has two teams with the same 4-1 record; however these two are not on the same level as the elite of the AFC. The Falcons are a legit contender in the NFC, not so sure about a Super Bowl though. The Bears on the other hand are a few steps below.

On the flip side there are three teams that are 0-5; San Francisco, Carolina and Buffalo. The latter two not a shock at all, the 49ers are, but no fear, owner Jed York has guaranteed that his team will win the NFC West. Usually it would be a pretty ridiculous thing to say; in this case though he may be right, maybe. Since realignment in 1990 no team has started 0-5 and made the playoffs, let alone won their division. The 49ers though, have played only one division game so far and are in by far the weakest division in the league. Couple that with non division games against the Panthers and the Raiders coming up and we just may have history made. Albeit improbable Mr. York will have to keep his quarterback and head coach from fighting on the sideline to fulfill his prediction.

Another disappointing team is the Cincinnati Bangles. Your father’s Bungles are back, but now they are stacked with talent at the skilled positions. You might think that their two wacky receivers are to blame. I am here to say it’s not their fault. There is something wrong with Carson Palmer and if he doesn’t fix it there’s going to be a lot of trouble in the Natti.

The Packers are a bit of a surprise. They were one of the sexy picks to win the Super Bowl this pre season. However injuries are mounting and there isn’t a team in the league that has been bitten by that bug like the Packers. Rodgers may not play next week due to a concussion and they are down to their third tight end. Not to mention Clay Matthews’ injury troubles. If the Pack doesn’t get healthy and quick, they’re in big trouble.

An undrafted rookie quarterback beat the Champs last week, with a little help from a very impressive defense. Max Hall led the Cardinals over the Saints for his first NFL victory. The Saints continue to struggle; it may get a bit easier though with three of their next four games against the Bucs, Browns and Panthers.

My favorite play from week five without a doubt was the tip, interception and run back for a touchdown by Kroy Biermann, the defensive end for the Falcons. Linemen aren’t the most athletic players on a football team and that is what makes it all the more enjoyable to watch when they chug down the field towards the end zone. All said it was quite an athletic play. Way to go Beer Man.

The ass kissing from the media over #4 continued after Monday night’s game. He threw his 500<sup>th</sup> touchdown (commendable) and he has now thrown for over 70,000 yards (also commendable). Both are milestones, but what you didn’t read or hear about was the milestone and record of 163 fumbles. Why does the media love this guy so much? He’s thrown for a ton of yards and touchdowns I know, but he’s been in the league since the 70’s. And to read how some writers called his performance Monday as “Magical” is sickening. What would the mainstream media label a performance by any other QB who lost two fumbles and threw an interception late in the game for a loss? Just sayin’.

Can you believe the Raven’s secondary hasn’t had an interception this year?

Lastly, Big Ben makes his much anticipated debut from suspension this week when the Steelers host the Browns. Not a bad first game for a possibly rusty quarterback. This game will also feature the first start for rookie Colt McCoy. One of these quarterbacks is going to have a lot more trouble than the other. Let’s just hope McCoy can come out of this game with his head still attached to his body.  

So long folks talk to ya next week.

Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:10 am
 

Weekly Recap Week 4

With most teams at the quarter pole of the NFL season we can now begin to evaluate where teams stand. There are some teams that are doing surprisingly well, while others are doing surprisingly awful. It was the first bye week so we had teams taking advantage of much needed rest, albeit early I’m sure the week off was welcomed. There was a block party Monday night in Miami and it wasn’t Calle Ocho. The Giants had a slew of sacks Sunday while the Champs spent much of their game on the ropes. The Ravens earned their second huge road win of the year, the Bills still stink, there is only one undefeated team left and what is going on in San Francisco?

Let’s discuss week four and see where everybody stands a quarter of the way through the season.

First off, the 49ers are toast. I picked them to win the NFC West (like everyone) and that’s on me. All the teams in this lousy division are 2-2 while the 49ers are 0-4. A couple things here: The Alex Smith experiment is over. San Fran needs to cut its losses and realize they are the most recent victim to yet another first round bust. Secondly they need to let go of Mike Singletary and start to rebuild yet again. There is no way they are going to win this division as terrible as it is, so I now predict that St. Louis will win the NFC West. Yep, I said it.

Staying with the NFC Worst division, how can Seattle look so good at home and so badly on the road? Since the Seahawks have to play eight games on the road that will mean at least eight losses and no playoffs, keep at it Pete.

Denver got a huge win in Tennessee this weekend and it was all on the arm of Kyle Orton. Want a good Bargument to have with your Buddies? “Who made out better in the Orton/Cutler trade?” For me there is no clear cut answer since Chicago’s offensive line is so poor. Cutler cried to get out of Denver; I don’t think he ever imagined that the grass would be brown on the other side.

Back to Kyle Orton for a minute; this guy has thrown for 817 passing yards in the last two weeks. He certainly doesn’t mind playing for Josh McDaniels. Let’s see if he remains the leading passer throughout the season.

The Champion Saints are having a tough time of it so far this season. I know they only have one loss, but wins are not coming nearly as easy this season. Hell, Jimmy “The Pickle” Clausen almost led the Panthers to victory in New Orleans. For all the criticism that Reggie Bush gets about what kind of back he is, or isn’t for that matter, I think it’s been proven so far with him sidelined that he is pretty important to the Saints.

The inaugural VickNabb Bowl went down this week with much fanfare. It didn’t last long as Mike Vick was the victim of the much feared Malachi Crunch. He injured cartilage in his chest in the second quarter and never returned. Mike, there’s a reason normal quarterbacks don’t run like you did on that play, now you know why. McNabb came out the hero going back to the place that kicked him to the curb. Philadelphia fans have shown a lack of class many times in many different sports, but the ovation they gave McNabb before the game was nothing but class.

What’s going on with Chicago? 10 sacks, three quarterbacks and one concussion. Who’s to blame? Is it Mike Martz for being too risky? Is it Jay Cutler for trading in interceptions for sacks or is it the sieve of an offensive line? Maybe it is all of these things. So long Lovie.

There is one undefeated team left in the league. And it’s who everybody had going all the way this year. You got it; the Chiefs are a perfect 3-0. I hope they can stay focused because their media coverage is about to blow up. Learn something from the Colts Chiefs; don’t sit your starters next week.

The league’s leading rusher doesn’t even need to play the whole game to prove his dominance. Arian Foster ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, he also caught three balls for 56 yards and a touchdown. Foster sat out the first 23 minutes of the game for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

 The Giants just recorded another sack on the Bears

The Ravens beat the Steelers at the Ketchup this week making it the second of two huge wins on the road, the Jets was the other win. Flacco showed a lot of poise coming back for the victory and I am sticking with them as my Super Bowl winner. Champions need to win on the road and this team has proven in just four weeks that they can.

I would like to thank the Dolphins for showing up for their home game Monday night against their arch rivals. Well I guess they showed up in the first half, but never came out of the tunnel after half time, the Patriots certainly did. Miami fired their special team’s coach the day after this game; why do you ask? Because of one man; Patrick Chung. Chung was able to break through the Dolphins’ inept line to block a punt and a field goal, the blocked field goal was returned for a touchdown. Not a bad day’s work, I hope his conscience isn’t bothering him having a grown man fired and all.

New England is the first team to ever accomplish the following in a single game, try to keep up: Score a rushing TD-score a receiving TD-run a kickoff back for a TD-block a field goal and run it back for a TD-run an interception back for a TD. That’s the way Hoodie draws them up.

Lastly, it was nice to finally see some people in the stands in Jacksonville, and they were rewarded with an awesome finish. A 59 yard field goal with no time on the clock to beat the AFC Champion Colts. That has got to be thrilling and not just for that little kicker running around with his helmet after he split the uprights. Let’s hope the fans continue to show up and not just when the Colts are in town.

That’s all I got this week folks, talk to ya next week.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:31 am
 

How Week 3 Shaped up in the NFL

Week three of the NFL season ended Monday night with a nail biter in Chicago. The much touted Packers played their sloppiest game this season and the Bears again took advantage of horrible mistakes. The Bears are not who we thought they were. Another home dog straight up winner in the NFL, this is a trend that all of you kids should be paying attention to.

There were some surprises this week, some shake ups, some redemption, some growing up and a nice come back story. Without further ado why don’t we discuss what was relevant in week three, maybe get a few things off my chest and hand out an award or two.

Dallas fans finally came off the ledge with their Cowboys winning in convincing fashion over the Texans. They played a lot more disciplined on both sides of the ball and the final result proved it. Let’s see how long it lasts?

Did anyone notice that Charlie Batch is still in the league? He threw three touchdowns at Tampa on Sunday and only needed 186 yards through the air. The way that the Steelers’ defense and running game are clicking Bubby Brister could lead this team.

The Game of the week was certainly Atlanta taking on the Super Bowl Champs in New Orleans. Drew Brees and company came out swinging and the Falcons matched them every step of the way. Matty Ice looked good for the Falcons, however the bruising running of Michael ‘the Burner’ Turner and Jason Snelling, proved to be too much for the Champs. These guys are loads. Give them the ball a combined 50 times and I don’t think there’s a defense in the league that can stop them.

The Not Living Up to Your Nickname Award goes to the Giants. The fact is here kids; the Giants aren’t very good. I know Eli got his ring, but come on, that was a fluke. Eli is more Cooper than he is Peyton. Now there’s another coaching staff in trouble in the NFC East. I’m looking at you Coughlin.

Dozens were on hand to watch the clinic that Michael Vick put on in Jacksonville. The announced attendance for the game was 63,256. Right, how many does the damn stadium hold; 180,000? Did you see all the empty seats?

Back to Vick, when did he find a touch passing the ball? I know it must’ve been prison. Another kind of touch pops into my mind when I think of prison. Vick accounted for four touchdowns in the game including three through the air. Might we have an early MVP candidate? Can’t wait to see McNabb return to Philly next week.

The All Growed Up Award goes to Little Sammy Bradford. Aren’t they so cute at this age? Just three games into his professional career and Sammy leads the hapless Rams to victory. Without Steven Jackson I might add for the conclusion of the game. Congratulations Sam, give ‘em hell.

The Crappy Kicker Award is a tie. Garrett Hartley and Sebastian Janikowski get to share this award. Hartley gets it because he missed a 29 yarder in overtime, at home, in a dome. Janikowski gets it because the Raiders lose again. Now he is usually one of the only bright spots on the Raiders, not Sunday. He missed three field goals including a 32 yarder. Enjoy the trophies boys.

San Diego fell on their face yet again. Man these guys are turning into the Cowboys of the AFC. 500 yards and five turnovers, not a bad gig; every time the Chargers go the length of the field that can’t score; they instead have to give the other team the ball. “Here ya go.” Stay classy San Diego.

Staying with that game; wasn’t it nice to see Leon Washington have a tremendous day. If you don’t know, he nearly had his leg ripped off last season. He had bone sticking out of his skin ala Joe Theismann. So what does he do Sunday? Only two kickoff returns for touchdowns; one 99 yards the other 101. Way to go Leon.

Of the three teams that desperately needed a win this week the 49ers were the only team not to step up. Something really stinks in San Francisco and it’s their football team. So the Offensive Coordinator is out and now things will get better. Right? You might say, “Wait a minute, they lost to the undefeated Chiefs.”  Exactly, they lost to the Chiefs.

I won’t take up too much more of your time I just want to get a couple of things off my chest. First, why the hell does Fox broadcasts have to exit and return to the game with that stupid little robot that dances; enough. Robots don’t play football. Yet.

Lastly, I heard Chris Berman speak for the first time this year during the Monday Night Football halftime show. I nearly had a seizure. I should have run when I had the chance. His fastest three minutes in sports was, to me, the longest three minutes I’ve had this football season.

That’s it folks I’ll talk to ya next week.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 21, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Weekly Recap Week 2

By BRAD DEGNAN

 

Some surprises are starting to unfold just two weeks into 2010 season. A couple of so called Super Bowl contenders have already dug a monstrous hole that statistically is almost impossible to get out of. Some teams are on their way up from the proverbial basement; while others haven’t lost a step from last season. We have an entire coaching staff on the hot seat and players throwing helmets into the stands. And we have the pleasure of watching quite possibly the greatest quarterback to ever play. I’ll have some Suicide pick thoughts and did anyone realize that seven underdogs won straight up this week? So why don’t we sort through week two and see what we learned and hand out a few awards.

 

I hope everyone appreciates watching Peyton Manning. It may be cliché, but this guy without a doubt is a coach on the field. The Colts trounced the Giants in Manning Bowl II by gaining huge chunks on the ground, this I am fully aware of, but to watch Peyton pick apart the Giants secondary is astounding. Cris Collinsworth described his performance the best way possible by comparing him to a surgeon. I don’t even think it’s arguable that there has ever been a more football intelligent player to strap on a helmet. I feel fortunate to be able to watch this guy. He also has a brother named Cooper.

 

Dallas fans have yet to come off the ledge from their week one loss. Now they have one foot off that ledge after they shot themselves repeatedly in the foot in Sunday’s game against the Bears. All the excuses for the pre season and week one was because of two starting offensive lineman were out. Well, they were back against the Bears and it was the same old same old; penalties, turnovers and the refusal to run the ball. That three headed monster in Big D’s back field isn’t looking so monstrous. Hey Dallas, why don’t you look at what the Colts did with far inferior talent?  Isn’t it great to see the expressions on Wade Phillips’ face? It looks like he’s saying, “Gee Whiz guys, Mr. Jones is gonna be really mad.”

 

It’s only week two, but to see Dallas and Minnesota at 0-2 is a bit of a surprise. On the flip side Tampa and Kansas City are a surprising 2-0. Let’s not get carried away. The Bucs and the Chiefs won’t win more than 10 games combined. San Fran is also 0-2, but they will still win their division. Dallas and Minnesota might have a bit more difficulty reaching the playoffs. They both are in divisions with some real competitors, unlike San Fran and the NFC West.

 

The Bills may never win a game again.

 

Break up the Texans. I’m going to hammer it every week that these guys will finally make the playoffs. If you can stop Foster on the ground he will hurt you in the air game. And who can stop Andre Johnson? There really is no question that he is in a class all by himself.

Let’s hand out some awards for week two.

Brandon Jacobs takes losing very well, so he gets the Sportsman of the Week Award. Dude gets mad at his coach and chucks his helmet in the crowd. He said he didn’t mean to throw it in the stands he was trying to hit the bench. The helmet landed 10 rows up. Now I don’t know if he was trying to hit someone, but how does it end 10 rows up? He then started jawing at Colts fans. No one was hurt; well except Brandon’s feelings were hurt. Nice job Jacobs, I hope the Giants don’t trade you and you continue to get five rushes a game.

This week’s Shut Up and Play Award has been modified. Tedy Bruschi on the four letter network this past week said that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez tends to tank it. Bruschi is supposed to be a professional broadcaster now, so if you have ill will toward your former rival don’t say it on the air; Shut Up. I’m not sure who gets more of the blame Bruschi or the four letter for airing what he spewed? Good for Sanchez for sticking it to Tedy’s former team. And Rex, you’re off the hook.

Jay Cutler gets the All Guts Award. This guy was getting absolutely pounded by Dallas’ defensive line. Cutler though, hung in there and ended up throwing for three touchdowns and surprise surprise, no picks. Nice job Jay.

The Game of the Week was definitely Houston at Washington. I’m not one to throw game stats in your face because I think that’s silly, I care about the final score that’s it, however, 947 yards combined, defense was just a rumor in this one. The Texans kicked and bit their way back from 20-7 halftime deficit to force overtime. McNabb looked like McNabb of old and if Joey Galloway had the speed he once had the Skins might have won that game. Did you see Matt Schaub just chuck that ball into the end zone for Johnson? Was there any doubt who was catching that ball? Man I am such a Texans apologist. Yo Dre!

Now, how about some Suicide solutions: Don’t pick the Cowboys or the Vikings. Also if you find a game that you think is a lock and that team is on the road, keep looking. Do not under any circumstances pick a team on the road, especially this early in the season. Look at the Chargers in week one for an example. How many people were kicked out with that pick? Not me because I don’t like picking road teams.

Now I will leave you with the Tweet of the week and is brought to you by my new favorite player in the league. It again comes from Darnell Docket. “I’m in the hotel HUNGRY as Precious!! OMG!! Room service won’t deliver and we got curfew so I can’t leave. this is terrible.” Darnell delivers again; more Precious humor.

So long folks enjoy some football and I’ll see ya next week.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Week 1 Recap

By BRAD DEGNAN

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Week one finally brought meaningful games to our lives and we get our first chance to get a peek at what teams are really about. What stands out for me is the amount of injuries all over the NFL. Do players really not try at all during the pre season? Don’t crown a super bowl champ yet it’s just the first week, but some players and teams have been exposed. I’ll share some thoughts about this past week, hand out a few awards and take a look at some things to keep an eye on in week two.

 

Keeping with the injury topic; this off season Bob Sanders was voted Most Likely to Be Injured by his peers. Someone needs to tell Bob he’s just a little bit of a guy and not Ronnie Lott. Seven years in the league and he has never played 16 games and the last two seasons he’s played a grand total of eight games. Well a torn bicep has him out again indefinitely.

 

Must See TV Award goes to the Cowboys. We all new Dallas was going to implode; we just didn’t think it would happen in week one. There is something really wrong in Big D and you can’t blame it on T.O. Jason Garrett makes a whole lot of money to be making calls like the play he called on the final play of the first half. The Dallas Debacle demands attention, you can’t look away.

 

The Shut Up and Play Award goes to the Jets. Nobody paid more lip service this off season than the Jets. When you start talking trash about the Ravens you better be able to back it up. Six first downs are not going to win you many games. I know the game was close, but these guys are convinced they are the best team in the league. They may not even be the best team in that city. I loved Fat Rex Ryan’s jaw flappin’ last season, it’s a new season though and can someone cover Anquan Boldin?

 

The El Duce Award goes to my man Arian Foster. He showed the Colts that he is the MAN. I tipped you off to this guy in the pre season and he went bananas in his first start of the year. 231 yards and three touchdowns; this guy looked like a man playing pee wee ball.

 

Calvin Johnson fell victim to one of the stupidest rules in the NFL. Do players now have to hold the ball until they get home after scoring a touchdown? Sorry Circus Dave the Bears should be 0-1.

 

The Ripping the Monkey Off Their Back Award goes to Houston. 2-16 now all time against the Colts. I know it’s just one win, but if this team is finally going to make it over the hump they needed this win. Besides, I predicted they make the playoffs this year so I have to talk them up. Go Texans!

 

The That Guy Looks His Age Award goes to #4. In the NFL every game counts that is why they have OTA’s and mini camps and training camps and pre season, so you can get into shape. If I were a Vikings fan I would be pissed off that the first four weeks of the season are this Diva’s training camp. Retire!

 

Speaking of Divas, Randy Moss out divaed the dynamic diva duo from Cincinnati. He gets the Diva Award. The presser after a week one victory is not the time to start complaining about your next contract. This guy is just a little kid; he saw Tom Terrific get paid and now he wants his. Tread lightly Randy; this organization doesn’t particularly care for their players. If there is a bottom line team in the NFL nobody is more so than the Patriots.

 

Your weekly Twitter update is brought to you by Darnell Docket of the Arizona Cardinals. “OMG!!!!! My body feels like Precious Fell on Me!! Wtf I can’t even Move!! “My neck! my back!, my neck and my back” Thank you Darnell and keep them coming, I love Precious jokes.

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers did as I predicted played great defense and pounded the ball and Dixon was adequate. I hope he wins their next three games so we could have a quarterback controversy with Big Ben. Who doesn’t like a quarterback controversy? As much as I hope it is very unlikely.

 

Across the state in Philadelphia there very well may be a quarterback controversy. With Kolb going down with a concussion, Vick came in and actually gave the Eagles a better shot. Andy Reid says though, there is no controversy. OK, we’ll see.

 

So, what do we have in store for us in week two? The Chiefs at the Browns is sure to be must see TV. There is the Manning Bowl Sunday night, can’t wait to see how many times NBC shows Archie. The Bears at the Cowboys is sure to be a grab ass fest. Which team will find the more interesting way to lose? Two games that I really look forward to are the Ravens at the Bengals and the Steelers at the Titans; both should be very physical games and all the talk in the Ravens/Bengals game should be really fun. Finally, how much is Rex going say after they lose to the Patriots and fall to 0-2?

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 7, 2010 4:22 pm
 

2010 Season Preview

By BRAD DEGNAN

 

Well kids, we’ve finally made it. The draft has passed, OTA’s and mini camps are done and even that silly pre season is finally over. Now we have real football to occupy our time until February. No games have yet been played and everyone has a clean slate and Super Bowl aspirations. Some fans have legitimate hopes while others simply have false hope. Let’s try to dredge through the muck that is each division and see who really has a legitimate shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy.

 

NFC East:

I have the Cowboys winning the East again. There has been a decline in this division and the Cowboys have the most talent. Washington is in a perpetual rebuilding year and Philadelphia is putting a lot of trust in a guy with no experience. New York has a good team, but I don’t see them contending for the East or a Wildcard, the NFC is too deep. So the Cowboys win the division their coach however, will prevent them from making the Super Bowl. This fact should scare the hell out of Wade Phillips because the Super Bowl is being played at Jerry World this year and you know he wants nothing more than to pad his already enormous ego with his team playing host in the Super Bowl. This is how the season plays out for Dallas: They roll off 10 to 12 wins and lose before the NFC Championship game in the playoffs, Wade Phillips never coaches again and Jerry begs Jimmy Johnson to stop playing Survivor and come back and coach for him.

 

NFC West:

Someone has to win this division right? Well Arizona is going to be much worse than the previous couple of years, St. Louis sucks and if Seattle plays like Carroll manages his roster they too will suck. That leaves San Francisco to win the division and bow out in the first round of the playoffs.

 

NFC North:

Minnesota were a interception away from the Super Bowl last year and again this year Brad Childress has showed his faith in Tavaris Jackson by begging and pleading the forty-year-old #4 to return. He has returned and the only question I have is how long will that forty-year-old surgically repaired ankle last? Not a whole season is my prediction. There are a lot of offensive concerns here most notably the wide receiver position. Their defense is too good to miss the playoffs so I have them as the first Wildcard. Chicago is stuck in the mud with no identity. I wonder how many picks Cutler will throw this year. Detroit will be better and Stafford will continue to improve, but they are miles away from the playoffs. That leaves Green Bay with North title. Aaron Rodgers has been anointed the next coming of [any great quarterback]. He’s got a lot of weapons to play with and he plays at Lambeau Field. The holes in the defense are going to prevent this team from going to the Super Bowl.

 

NFC South:

The Saints have too much talent not to win the division, so they will, even if Reggie Bush didn’t win the Heisman. Carolina is another team that is looking for an identity. DeAngelo Williams is a nice running back and they have “Crazy” Steve Smith who is tremendous, their problem though could be the guy leading the team. Matt Moore, the pride of Van Nuys, CA has attempted just 249 passes. Tampa might rattle off four wins this year, which will be one more than last year. My remaining Wildcard winner in the NFC is Atlanta. Matt Ryan is going to be a great quarterback in this league for many years to come and you need a great quarterback to be successful. Again, defensive concerns will prevent them from going far.

 

AFC East:

New England wins the division because that’s what Hoodie does. If Brady can stay on his feet they can go deep in the playoffs. Buffalo is a joke and just might be the best team in the CFL. Miami is still recovering from the Dave Wannstache and Nick Saban era, but are likely the third best team in the division.  New York overachieved last year and this year they will be exposed. They have a great defense, but their offensive woes will be their down fall. Not to mention the “Hard Knocks Jinx”.

 

AFC West:

What a pathetic division.  I can’t wait to see those Oakland v. Kansas City clashes. Denver has a little kid coaching them so they won’t be relevant, although they do have the savior Friar Tuck. So San Diego will again roll through the regular season, win the division and fizzle out somewhere in the playoffs.

 

AFC North:

This might be the best division in football, if they could only find a way to get rid of the Browns there would be no argument. Cincinnati swept the division last year and then took a crap. That’s not going to happen this time around. Baltimore will win the division and go very far in the playoffs. Joe Flacco is going to look very good. He has the deepest receiving core in the league now with addition of TJ Houshmandzadeh. How are they the only team to get this guy, and for cheap, 800 grand. So I’ll give the first Wildcard to Cincinnati and their wacky receivers. The Steelers won’t fool anyone anymore and without Big Ben for four games (as I predicted) they will fall behind early and never recover.

 

AFC South:

This is an interesting division. Some teams have made strides at catching Indianapolis, but they are clearly the division winners again this year. Tennessee is on the cusp of becoming a good team, they’re going to overuse Chris Johnson though and he will breakdown leaving them out of the playoffs. Does Jacksonville still have a team? There’s one Wildcard spot left and I have mentioned all but one of the 32 teams. That’s right kids; I have Houston winning the second Wildcard spot. Matt Schaub has the best target in the NFL in Andre Johnson. They were first in overall passing last year and they have a nice little running back in Arian Foster, watch out for this guy. Don’t forget the defense and Mario Williams. The Texans finally reach relevance.  

 

So, who’s my Super Bowl pick? I think picking the Super Bowl before a single game is played is stupid, but they’re making me so here it is: Baltimore v. New Orleans; with Baltimore winning by more than a point.

So long and enjoy the season.

Posted on: September 7, 2010 3:24 pm
 

Pre Season week 3

By BRAD DEGNAN

 

 

 

Three of the four agonizing pre season weeks are out of the way and this last week may actually be the worst. The coaches don’t even want to play this week, they already know what fat they’re going to trim to get to that magic 53 number. The only people who care about week 4 of pre season are those looking for a miracle to make the team and some bookmakers. So instead of looking forward to the final week of pre season let’s take a look ahead to the regular season. I’ll give you some things I’m looking forward to and some things I’m not, also I hope you didn’t have your fantasy draft yet, week three always has some pretty significant injuries.

Putting this column together something dawned on me; everything I am looking forward to is a negative. Take for instance me wanting nothing more than #4 to fail. I love when his last pass of the season is a pick. So it got me thinking “Should I not root against him in hopes that he will have an ok season and not throw a pick his last throw of the season and finally friggin retire?” This week though he threw two picks and had a fumble. I love it, retire.

Another thing I look forward to this season is the sociological experiment that is the Washington Redskins. With failure, they get everything they deserve. Time after time, season after season this organization makes horrible personnel decisions; the worst, probably, the Haynesworth signing. Have you ever seen a guy who cared less about playing after he got paid? I would love to see him get cut; the guy (in my opinion) shouldn’t even be in the league. Remember what this tool did to Andre Gurode? If you don’t a quick summary. Gurode had his helmet knocked off and was lying on the ground when the then Tennessee Titan, Haynesworth, stomped on his head with his cleats, twice. I feel just as strongly today as I did then; Dude should not be in the league.

How about some positives? Can’t wait to see the 9ers and the Broncos duke it out in London. Right? Who cares? If you’re a fan of those teams, you don’t want them to travel all that way. If you’re not a fan of either team you don’t care. I think Roger Goodell is about the only person here who cares about playing in England.

The Cowboys collapse is always fun.

Redskins at Eagles should be fun. The four letter network will go bananas hyping this one.

A lot of people can’t wait to see if the Jets can duplicate last season. When was the last time there was so much pub on the Jets? Was Drunky Joe still playing? (I wanna give you a kiss) Whatever Tony Dungy says I still think Rex Ryan is great for the NFL.

As I mentioned above I hope you waited until next weekend to have your fantasy draft. Week 3 in preseason is the only time before the regular season that guys play at 100% and you can just look at the injury reports to prove that.

Two notable injuries to check out happened to Donte’ Stallworth and Jason Campbell. Stallworth will miss about eight weeks. What makes this significant is you may recall; the receiver missed all of last season due to suspension for pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. Actually he wasn’t suspended for pleading guilty; he was suspended for killing a guy.

Campbell left Saturday’s game with a stinger, however, in the series prior to the stinger he hurt his wrist, which is of much more concern to the Raiders. They are awaiting the results of an MRI.

In Big Ben news: the Commish will meet with him after the Steelers final pre season game this Thursday. I see the sentence being reduced. Why? I ask the same question. Do you think Ben is less of a pervert today than he was six months ago? Doubt it.

Something I am not looking forward to this season is Chris Berman. I can’t take his shtick or his voice anymore. I haven’t watched the Homerun Derby in years thanks to this guy. Back-back-back, STOP IT, I would rather watch my kid run around with scissors. The times have changed and this guy is doing the same crap he was doing 20 years ago. Oh I’m getting annoyed just writing about him. Thank goodness for the NFL network, I’d rather put up with Deion.

For your weekly Tweet update, Dez Bryant broke the news via a tweet that he will be playing this Thursday. Thank you Twitter, don’t know how else we would have gotten that news.

 
 
 
 
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