BREAKING NEWS: The Cleveland Browns Won A Football Game!!!!

A lot has happened in the last 635 days.

No, I won’t make a list, just take my word for it….

It’s hard to fathom being as bad as the Cleveland Browns. But, despite walking around with that rancid, putrid, rotten taste of losing they can’t seem to wash out of their mouths, they won a football game Thursday night. A football game — in real life.

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When NFL teams look at their schedule for an upcoming season, they “circle” winnable games. Every team should circle every game by the way, but hey, what do I know?! Thursday night, the Jets circled the Browns, and the Browns circled the Jets. That’s what you get when two “bottom-third” teams play each other. While neither team is running to buy plane tickets to Super Bowl LIII, it made for an exciting game.

What started as a defensive struggle, ended with a 4th quarter comeback. Yes, Baker Mayfield, the #1 pick in the 2018 draft, entered the game and brought Cleveland their 1st taste of victory since December 24th, 2016.

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Was Mayfield impressive?? Absolutely. Should Browns’ fans rejoice?? Of course. Hell, I’d be dancing up and down the streets if I were them. BUT, this doesn’t mean Baker Mayfield is the next coming of John Elway. It doesn’t mean selecting Mayfield over Darnold was the right decision. And it doesn’t mean he will have a good career. It’s simply a really good performance in his 1st action in the NFL.

Don’t forget he was playing the Jets….

Ah yes, my Jets. The same way I’m not going to overreact to Mayfield’s efficient performance, I’m not going to overreact to Darnold’s perceived struggles. They’re undoubtedly talented, but they’re rookies. Now is the time to find the positives in Darnold’s performances. Now is the time to open your eyes and see that the Jets’ offensive line is terrible. Now is the time to recognize that Todd Bowles is the worst head coach in the NFL.

Darnold is scrambling for his life (showing off his spectacular footwork — a.k.a. his survival skills). Robby Anderson has no clue how to hold on to a football. Terrelle Pryor Sr. has forgotten everything there is to know about football. And, did I mention Todd Bowles is the worst head coach in the NFL????

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While the Jets lost 21-17 (the exact score I predicted hours before kickoff) to the Browns, wins and losses aren’t a concern.

SAM DARNOLD’S PROGRESS IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS!!!!

Envision 2020. Close your eyes if necessary. Picture Tom Brady’s retirement ceremony. The AFC East is up for grabs. And Sam Darnold, paired with a good offensive line, wide receivers who can catch, and a defensive line that gets pressure on opposing quarterbacks, stand atop their division.

Now that….is a world I can get used to living in.

 

What do you think of Sam Darnold?? Baker Mayfield?? Post your instantaneous reactions in the comment section below.

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The Browns; Making Stupid Look Easy Since 1944

With the 1st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft….

On Day One of the NFL Draft, 32 teams hope the 2nd half of that sentence will change their franchise forever. It undoubtedly will. Approximately half of the 1st round will be absolute busts, while the other half will have prolonged success in the NFL. The question is: Who swung and missed, and who hit a home run??

For a list of every pick in Round 1, click here.

Cleveland Browns (#1 and #4)

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The Cleveland Browns are the WORST franchise in sports (and it’s not even close). Their franchise has been in disarray since Jim Brown wore those ugly jerseys. They haven’t had a quarterback who can hit the broad side of a barn since forever. And they have ONE WIN in their last 32 games.

However, new general manager, John Dorsey, is hoping to turn this bus around. Two picks in the first four is an easy way to flip a U-turn. But, AS USUAL, the Browns turned a simple U-turn into four flat tires, causing the bus to flip over, and strand them in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and they somehow figured out how to shoot themselves in the foot (despite not owning a gun).

Baker Mayfield?!?! Really?? As a Jets’ fan, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. As a human being, who can feel feelings, I want to hug you and cry. And then, with the best player in the draft, Bradley Chubb, available at #4, you select Denzel Ward?! No offense, Ward, but Chubb is simply a more talented player, at a more important position.

New York Giants (#2)

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This is a shame. The Giants hit the NFL lottery. They landed an extremely valuable pick, while possessing a halfway decent roster. AND they have the perfect “bridge” QB in Eli Manning. Teams spend 10 or (wayyy) more years in NFL purgatory, hoping for a chance to draft a franchise QB. And the Giants, misconstruing Eli Manning’s “longevity”, took this opportunity for granted. Imagine if the Indianapolis Colts spit in Peyton Manning’s face and took Curtis Ennis (RB) instead?!

Now, I think Saquon Barkley is going to be the next Adrian Peterson, so it’s hard to completely bury the Giants. However, a franchise QB is so much more important than a franchise RB it’s not even funny. But hey, Eli Manning has three years left, right Giants fans????

New York Jets (#3)

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I’m a Jets Fan. This is the happiest I’ve been, the day after the NFL Draft, in 31 years (I’m 31 years old). The Jets traded up to the #3 pick, in hopes of finding a franchise QB. Boy did they ever. With the Browns and Giants both in need of a QB, the Jets were in danger of being left with their older brother’s, hand-me-down underwear. Instead, they wound up with a never worn, freshly ironed, 3-piece suit. Aren’t my analogies fantastic????

Sam Darnold is the best QB in this draft. He was also the #1 player on the Jets’ draft board. I literally couldn’t be happier with the way this played out. Now, all the Jets have to do, is not screw this kid up. Everyone knows the Jets are good at ruining careers. If they allow Darnold to sit, and learn, for the majority of this upcoming season, he’ll be groomed and ready to go in 2019. Then, when the immortal Tom Brady retires in 2020, the Jets can claim their spot atop the AFC East.

Everybody Else

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While Christmas came early for the Jets, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Denver Broncos’ birthday all fell on the same day this year. Landing defensive end, Bradley Chubb, at #5, is unreal. Like the Jets, the Broncos can thank the stupidity and ineptitude of the Cleveland Browns for that.

The Indianapolis Colts did their QB, Andrew Luck, a big favor Thursday night. Drafting offensive guard, Quenton Nelson, is music to Luck’s ears, and head, and arm, and spleen. Nelson is going to be a beast on the offensive line. Maybe Andrew Luck can scale back his health insurance plan….

Is there a rule you must trade up to draft players named Josh?? Both Josh Allen (#7 – Bills), and Josh Rosen (#10 – Cardinals), cost their teams extra draft picks. But, the Cardinals and Bills may have found their QBs of the future. As they say, only time will tell.

Check back with DaveTalksSports.com on Monday for a full Draft Recap.

 

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The Jets Make My Soul Hurt

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Painful.

That’s probably the best word to describe being a Jets’ fan. With another season in the books, it’s time to watch other teams play football in January and February — again.

5, 5, 10, 4, 8, 6, 8. Those would be the Jets’ win totals over the past 7 seasons. 1 of these things is not like the other. You’ll notice just 1 winning season (they still missed the playoffs) over that time span.

The Jets are stuck in NFL purgatory. Never bad enough to possess the #1 overall pick in the draft. Never good enough to make the playoffs. Their 5 wins earned the #6 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. If they don’t draft a quarterback, I will literally rip the hair out of my head!!

The world will collectively sit at the edge of their seat, awaiting general manager, Mike Maccagnan’s, draft choice. Maccagnan, as well as head coach, Todd Bowles, fresh off contract extensions, will remain at the helm through the 2020 season. Which brings me to my next point….

Everyone and their grandmother kept telling me the ONLY reason Todd Bowles refused to play Christian Hackenberg was because Bowles didn’t have job security beyond this season. And without job security, Bowles HAD to continue running the players onto the field who gave the Jets the best chance to win. Well if that’s true, what does it say when Bowles received a 2-year contract extension, and continued to walk the plank with the same old, tired strategy????

With the season in the rearview mirror, and the Jets trailing the Patriots 21-3 at halftime (OF THE FINAL GAME OF THE YEAR), how is it possible Christian Hackenberg doesn’t play in the 2nd half?!?! There is no logical, reasonable, rational explanation Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan, or any other genius in the world can give me that will ease my mind. I don’t care if Hackenberg is the worst practice player in the history of the NFL, PUT HIM ON THE FIELD!!!!

Apparently, the Jets plan to move on from Hackenberg without ever playing him in an actual game. That’s the definition of head-scratching. And the biggest indictment against the Jets’ current regime.

**Which is worse: Drafting a kicker in the 2nd round (Mike Nugent, 2005) or drafting a quarterback in the 2nd round and NEVER playing him????

Yeah. We should extend these geniuses for 2 more years. Sounds smart.

The Jets continue to boggle the mind, toy with emotions, and ruin Sundays.

Why is it again that I’m a Jets’ fan????

 

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The Jets Win — Again?

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This is the most conflicted season Jets’ fans have ever had. Should Jets’ fans be rooting for their team to lose?? Should they be happy when they win??

Being a fan sounds simple. Root for your team to win every game. Be happy when they win. Be sad when they lose. Well, being a Jets’ fan is never simple. Trust me.

The 2017, New York Jets’ roster was constructed in a way to lose games on purpose. This phenomenon is known as ‘Tanking’. The purpose of ‘Tanking’ is to sacrifice the present, to secure the best draft pick possible. This process, while painful, can produce a championship level roster in the future. Fans, players, coaches, and experts alike are torn on the subject (and whether it works).

Personally, I’m on board with ‘Tanking’. As a lifelong Jets’ fan, I’ve experienced more sorrow, despair, and misery than any human should. The Jets’ organization has a systematic defect that needs to be reset (or thrown in the bottom of ocean). Either way. Either way’s fine.

In today’s NFL, it is nearly impossible to succeed without a franchise quarterback. With a plethora of potential star quarterbacks in the upcoming draft, this is an ideal season to ‘Tank’. Only problem is, in typical Jets’ fashion, they can’t even lose right.

Jets’ Current Record: 2-2 (same as the Patriots)

With 2 wins, the Jets have already exceeded expectations. They’ve won 2 games in a row, against the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and will head to Cleveland to take on the hapless Browns next week. Yes, the Jets could be 3-2, but that doesn’t mean a top-5 pick in the NFL Draft is out of reach. Prior to the start of the season, I saw 4 winnable games on their schedule (Dolphins, Jaguars, Browns, and Bills). I assumed they’d win half of those games and finish 2-14. So far no good, but it’s a long season.

Injuries haven’t piled up yet, most notably for Josh McCown (who has a propensity of getting hurt). And their tough schedule hasn’t set-in yet. Don’t worry Jets’ fans, the Jets have a lot of losing left to get out of their system this year.

Speaking of losing, how bad are the Miami Dolphins?!?! They just got out shutout by the worst defense in the history of mankind (the New Orleans Saints). And if not for a garbage-time touchdown against the Jets in Week 3, the Dolphins would have been shutout in consecutive weeks. How are you enjoying that $10 million Jay Cutler?? Is it treating you nicely?? Did you sew those $100’s together to make a blanket to help you sleep at night?? Man, I bet the Dolphins want a mulligan on that one.

As for the rest of the AFC East, the Patriots lost their 2nd game, at home, proving they have the worst defense in the NFL. On the brighter side of things, the Buffalo Bills have sole possession of 1st place for the 1st time since Week 2 of the 2014 season (although they haven’t won the AFC East since 1995). I’d say they’re due….but I still like the Patriots chances.

Expect this division to straighten itself out over the next 2 months. Until then, Jets and Bills’ fans can enjoy their winning streaks….

 

How do you feel about the Jets winning games?? Are you happy or sad?? Let your emotions out in the comment section below.

 

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So Much For 16-0 Huh????

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Hey Tom, let me see your mad face….

 

I LOVE IT!!!!

Everyone in the world makes assumptions. Football fans assume the New England Patriots will win every game. It’s true. Everyday for the past 3 months, I’ve had to listen to “experts” tell me the Patriots could go 16-0 this season. How’s that workin’ out for ya?!?! 

Listen, the Patriots are a great franchise. They will be fine. They’ll still win the 12 games I predicted they’d win. Remember my AFC East Predictions?? But I must enjoy this moment. If you are like me, and fell asleep on the couch at halftime, you missed a thrilling game. Luckily, I DVR everything, so I was able to re-watch the Patriots “collapse”.

The Patriots gave up 21 points in the 4th quarter and lost 42-27.

Let’s start with some insane Patriots’ statistics to put this once-in-a-lifetime happening in perspective:

  • 42 points are the most a Bill Belichick coached Patriots’ team has ever given up — ever
  • Alex Smith became only the 2nd quarterback to post 350+ yards and 0 interceptions against the Patriots under Belichick (the other is Drew Brees)
  • The Patriots had won 9 consecutive home-openers
  • The Patriots gave up a record-setting 246 scrimmage yards to Chiefs’ running back, Kareem Hunt (a rookie record)
  • The Patriots had won 87 consecutive home games when leading at halftime

Yeah, love ’em or hate ’em, the Patriots are really really really good. That’s what makes the Kansas City Chiefs’ performance so impressive. Alex Smith did his best Aaron Rodgers impersonation (368 yards, 4 TD’s, and 0 INT’s). The aforementioned Kareem Hunt put on a show. After losing a fumble in his 1st NFL carry (he didn’t lose 1 in 4 years of college), Hunt was on a mission. He finished with 148 rushing yards and 1 TD and 5 catches for 98 yards and 2 TD’s. And we can’t forget the defense. The Chiefs’ defense held Tom Brady to 16 for 36 passing (44.4 completion %), just 267 yards, and NO TD’s. OH, and they sacked him 3 times.

Despite everyone thinking Bill Belichick is impervious to criticism, allow me to blame him for something. Woah, woah, easy now Dave. When the Patriots were up 7-0, and the Chiefs turned the ball over, Belichick decided to go for it on 4th and 1 on the Chiefs’ 10-yard line. THIS IS WRONG!! I don’t care who you are, or what you’re trying to do. In the 1st quarter, you continue to put points on the board. If Belichick chose to go up 10-0, rather than turn the ball over and downs (and gift-wrap some confidence for the Chiefs), this game may have ended differently.

Allow me to rewind to the Pre-Game:

After the Patriots put on an absolutely nauseating pre-game ceremony, the game looked like it could get out of hand in a hurry. Speaking of that ceremony, I’m wondering how many people actually threw up before they were able to change the channel….

You’re the Patriots. You win Super Bowls every other year. This isn’t new. So did you really need to have Mark Wahlberg drive half of the country to suicidal thoughts?? Did you really need to wheel your 5 Super Bowl Trophies onto the field?? “Hey everybody, come see how good I look!!” Did you really need to post the time and score of last year’s Super Bowl (ATL 28, NE 3 with 2:12 left in the 3rd quarter), just prior to your epic comeback, on every scoreboard in the stadium?? “Yes Frank, we know you had a good time. I think the whole town knows you had a good time.”

Now, as much as I’m reveling in this Patriots loss, I’ve been a Jets/NFL fan long enough to know what’s about to happen. Just like the time the Patriots lost 41-14 to the Chiefs (Week 4 of 2014), and everyone and their mother pronounced that the beginning of the end for Brady and the Patriots, something happened. And that something was the Patriots rattling off 7 straight wins, en route to a Super Bowl Championship.

Expect something eerily similar.

Man do I feel bad for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints….

 

Did you enjoy this Patriots’ loss as much as I did?? What do you think their record will be for the season now?? Admit you were wrong, and then post your new prediction in the comment section below.

 

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Patriots’ World Domination (AKA AFC EAST Preview)

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I’m so excited for football I may wet myself. With the NFL turning the corner toward Week 3 of the Preseason, teams are starting to take shape. Rookies are becoming acclimated with the speed of the NFL, while most veterans are simply going through the motions, attempting to avoid injury. Injuries, however, continue to mount, potentially changing the landscape of each division. Over the final 2 weeks of the Preseason, I will be dissecting each division, giving predictions for every team in the NFL. Today, we start with the most predictable division in the NFL; the AFC East.

Last Season’s Standings:

New England Patriots: 14-2

Miami Dolphins: 10-6

Buffalo Bills: 7-9

New York Jets: 5-11

 

Let’s start with my least favorite team in the NFL:

New England Patriots

I can respect and appreciate their dominance, even though they have been a thorn in my side for the past 16 years. Yes, I am a Jets fan. A dejected Jets fan who is impatiently waiting for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to retire. Everyone will have to wait AT LEAST 1 more year for that. 2017 will be no different than 2016, and 2015, and 20…well you get the point. The last time the Patriots didn’t win the AFC East was 2008 (they went 11-5 that year). Despite being 40 years old, Tom Brady will be at the helm, driving on cruise control to another AFC East Division Title.

Key Additions: Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore, Dwayne Allen

Key Losses: Martellus Bennett, Chris Long, Rob Ninkovich (retirement)

Miami Dolphins

The revolving quarterback door is at it again in Miami. After Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury, the Dolphins pulled Mr. Jay Cutler out of retirement to call plays under center. Hey, Miami, just because Cutler will be reuniting with Adam Gase, doesn’t mean this will end well. Expect Cutler and the Dolphins to do what they do best, define mediocrity.

Key Additions Jay Cutler, Lawrence Timmons, T.J. Mcdonald

Key Losses: Dion Jordan, Earl Mitchell, Jordan Cameron 

Buffalo Bills

It’s not a good sign when a kicker headlines your offseason additions. The Bills decided it was time to part ways with oft-injured, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, as they traded him to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines. I’m sure this didn’t have quarterback Tyrod Taylor jumping for joy. The Bills did sign Anquan Boldin on August 7th….only to watch him retire 13 days later. Good stuff!! Maybe Bills and Jets’ fans will get along this season. Misery does love company — right??

Key AdditionsSteven Hauschka, Vlad Ducasse, Micah Hyde 

Key Losses: Sammy Watkins, Stephon Gilmore, Mike Gillislee 

New York Jets

Boy, oh boy!! Where do I begin?! Taking this season in a vacuum, this will be the longest, most frustrating season Jets’ fans have ever endured — ever!! And that’s saying a lot. The offense the Jets will be running onto the field every Sunday is the result of a Tank Job for the ages. See, the Jets are like a car you want to rebuild. Any old, rusty parts that can be scrapped are taken to the junkyard. And any new, shiny parts will replace the old ones..only the new parts are on back order..for a YEAR. Buckle up Jets’ fans, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Key AdditionsDemario Davis, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum 

Key Losses: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Darelle Revis, Nick Mangold, David Harris, I could keep going, but let’s just agree the Jets are TANKING 

This Season’s Predictions:

New England Patriots: 12-4

Miami Dolphins: 7-9

Buffalo Bills: 5-11

New York Jets: 2-14

How do you think the AFC East will play out?? If you see it differently than I do, you may want to change your prescriptions. Just sayin’.

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I’d Ask, But I Know You Are Ready For Some Football!!

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Your birthday? Nope. Your anniversary? Nah. That day you randomly find a $20 in your jacket that you haven’t worn in 3 months? Almost, but no. So what is the best day of the year? It is today; Opening Day of the NFL Season. It is the day you’ve been waiting for ever since the unbelievably annoying Ray Lewis hoisted The Lombardi Trophy over is head in February. Well, the wait is over. You can have a snickers bar and you can watch some football. You can finally see how your fantasy picks will pan out. And, you all have a reason to sit on the couch and do nothing. Enjoy what should undoubtedly be made a National Holiday.

The 2013 NFL Season kicks off tonight, Thursday September 5th, with the defending champion Baltimore Ravens taking on the Denver Broncos (I think we all remember what happened the last time these teams met). To say The Broncos will be looking for revenge would be an understatement. The Broncos enter the season with extremely high expectations. Some have them in or winning The Super Bowl this year thanks to the additions of Wes Welker and others. Even with their best defender, Von Miller, suspended for the first 4 games of the season they are still looked at as the favorites in the AFC. On the other hand, the defending champion Ravens enter the season with a handful of question marks. How do they replace Ray Lewis and Ed Reed? Will Joe Flacco live up to the astronomically high contract he was given last year? Can you really win with just 1 wide receiver? That last one was a joke, but seriously how are you going to win with Torrey Smith and me at wide receiver? Despite his impressive Super Bowl performance and his wonderful (haha) showing on Dancing With The Stars, Jacoby Jones is actually not very good at football. These are some of the questions that will certainly be answered once the season gets under way. You can catch tonight’s opening game on NBC at 8:30 P.M. Who do you like to win this game? I have Denver (at home) winning a relatively close game 24-17.

The rest of Week 1 will be played on Sunday and Monday. So, clear your schedules for the weekend, find that ass groove in the couch that has missed you so dearly, and lets get ready for some football. I am now ready to give you some of my thoughts and predictions on the upcoming season. Everyone has an opinion on their own favorite team and who they think will win, but football more than any other sport is incredibly unpredictable. Players get injured at a very high rate, and every year we seem to have a completely unknown player climb out of the woodwork and land right in the limelight. Nonetheless, lets make some predictions. I shall start with my favorite “team”, The New York Jets. Their team can be summed up in one word: Joke. They are a complete and utter joke. I see them winning 4 games at most, but most likely will only pull off 3 lucky victories. With that being said, I still believe it is not fair for ESPN to rank the Jets as the worst team in the NFL. That distinction clearly should be held by The Oakland Raiders (Chris Berman voice). Anyway, I see the Raiders, Jets, and Jaguars all being very very bad, and I wouldn’t be surprised if any of these teams wound up as the worst team in the league. And now, I will provide you with the Division winners, Wild Card teams, and Super Bowl Champion that will make up the 2013 playoffs.

In the AFC East, I don’t see how any other team will come out of that division than The New England Patriots. Everyone can talk about how much better The Miami Dolphins will be, but I’m sorry Ryan Tannehill, I’m just not buying it. The AFC West is also a pretty easy division to figure out. The Denver Broncos will handily win this division. Most people are eager to hop on the Kansas City Chiefs bandwagon, but I’m also not prepared to do that either. Will they be in a hunt for the Wild Card with 3 games to go? It’s very possible, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they were 4-9 by then either. Oh, they have Alex Smith? Well then, that changes everything, they’ll probably win The Super Bowl. What was I thinking? The AFC North and South are a little tougher to figure out, and will probably provide the playoffs with the other 4 teams in the AFC this year. The AFC North will be a tightly contested division, but I feel that The Cincinnati Bengals will prevail. I also believe that The Ravens, not The Steelers will land a Wild Card spot this year. The Steelers have no running game, and Big Ben just isn’t good enough to win without a good supporting cast and top 10 defense. The AFC South is a fun division and should also bring 2 playoff teams to the mix this year. The Indianapolis Colts will win this division behind the strong play of Andrew Luck (he is the real deal and will be the best 2nd year QB in the NFL this season). The Texans will land the other Wild Card spot this year.

    AFC Playoff Picture

1.) Denver Broncos
2.) New England Patriots
3.) Indianapolis Colts
4.) Cincinnati Bengals
5.) Baltimore Ravens
6.) Houston Texans

I envision The Denver Broncos beating The New England Patriots in the AFC Championship (and giving everyone that one last Peyton Vs. Tom showdown everyone was looking for last year).

As for the NFC, I see this as the much harder conference to predict. The NFC East by itself is like flipping a 4-sided coin. But, here goes nothing. In the NFC East, as much as I hate them and love watching them crumble under pressure, I see the Dallas Cowboys narrowly pulling out the division title this year. I think The New York Giants will be in the fight for a Wild Card spot all season but will fall just short of the playoffs yet again this season. The NFC West, which is seen as the strongest division in the NFL should definitely bring 2 teams to the playoffs this year. I have The San Francisco 49ers winning the division, and The Seattle Seahawks winning a Wild Card spot. The NFC North should be a battle between 2 long time rivals; The Packers and Da Bears. I see The Packers edging out the Bears for the Division while Jay Cutler will once again be watching the playoffs from home this season. Last, but certainly not least, there is my favorite division in football, The NFC South. This division should also produce 2 playoff teams this season. The Atlanta Falcons will once again win the division while the New Orleans Saints will land the final playoff spot this season.

    NFC Playoff Picture

1.) San Francisco
2.) Atlanta Falcons
3.) Green Bay Packers
4.) Dallas Cowboys
5.) Seattle Seahawks
6.) New Orleans Saints

Let me repeat how unpredictable the NFC is going to be this season. Don’t be surprised if the Wild Cards consist of The Bears, Redskins, Giants, or Redskins. However, based off my predictions, I see The San Francisco 49ers beating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship in a rematch of last year. As for the Super Bowl, I see Peyton Manning prevailing to win his 2nd Lombardi Trophy, while Colin Kaepernick suffers his 2nd straight defeat in the Super Bowl. And that my friends, is how I see the NFL season playing out this year. It is a long road, and it all starts tonight. However it plays out, enjoy it!!

Please leave me your predictions for the upcoming NFL Season below in the comment section. Thank you.

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To Leave Or Not To Leave, That Is The Question (Either Way It’s All About The Benjamin’s Baby!!)

Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 P.M. marked the beginning of free agency in the NFL. It didn’t take long for teams to start signing and resigning players shortly after the 4 O’ clock hour. There were many moves that happened right away, and there are many moves that are still going to take place. I will give you a recap of what moves have been made and where your favorite players will be suiting up next season. I will also give you a quick rundown of some key players who have yet to sign a new deal. Some of these moves make you scratch your head from a football standpoint, but you need to remember these moves are about one thing and one thing only; money. With that being said, let’s take this thing for a ride.

One of the biggest signings so far has surely been Mike Wallace. Tuesday afternoon, the former Pittsburgh Steeler, signed the dotted line to play for the Miami Dolphins. The deal is reportedly for 5 years and 60 million dollars (30 million of which are guaranteed). It appears that the Steelers only offered Wallace 10 million per year, however Wallace was looking for a minimum of 12 million per year (cha ching). Another significant signing that occurred on Tuesday was the Cleveland Browns signing former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger to a 5 year, 40 million dollar contract. This is big money for a pretty unproven player in Kruger. He is a good linebacker but does not have the track record that would merit a contract of this magnitude. Only time will tell if the Browns made a smart move by signing Kruger (considering we are talking about the Browns I’m sure this move will backfire). There were a couple of moves at the tight end position Tuesday with Martellus Bennett and Anthony Fasano both on the move. Bennett, the former New York Giant, inked a 4 year, 20 million deal with the Chicago Bears, giving Jay Cutler another legitimate option other than Brandon Marshall. Anthony Fasano formerly of the Miami Dolphins signed with the already very busy Kansas City Chiefs. The deal is reportedly for 4 years and 16 million dollars. The Chiefs continue to improve their roster, and dare I say that the Chiefs might sniff at a winning record this season? Yeah you’re right, probably not. The biggest news at the tight end position by far was the decision by future Hall-Of-Famer Tony Gonzalez to come back to play one more season with the Atlanta Falcons. This season will be Gonzalez’s 18th, and based on his production from 2012, I’m sure the Falcons are giddy at the news of his comeback.

On the defensive side of the ball there hasn’t been as much noise, but there have been some moves that will impact the New York teams next season. The Giants had released Chris Canty who is now a member of the defending champion Baltimore Ravens. In his place, the Giants have brought in Cullen Jenkins formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York Jets made some noise a day prior to the free agent frenzy with the earth shattering signing of David Garrard, however they made a couple moves Tuesday as well. They restructured Santonio Holmes’ and Antonio Cromarties’ contracts and they can wave bye-bye to Mike Devito as he is off to the most popular place to live these days (apparently), Kansas City. Another noteworthy move from the defensive side of the ball was that the Eagles released Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha is one of the worst free agent signings in recent history (don’t worry Albert Haynesworth, your’e still #1 in my heart). Another notable release was Ryan Fitzpatrick being let go from the Buffalo Bills. At least they didn’t wipe their butt with all that money (haha). William Gay, formerly of the solid Arizona Cardinals defense will add some depth to an aging Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Also, Dunta Robinson, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, signed with the new and improved Kansas City Chiefs.

At this point there are still some big names hanging out in free agency that have yet to sign somewhere. Most notably Wes Welker, Reggie Bush, Ahmad Bradshaw, Greg Jennings, Rashard Mendenhall, and Steven Jackson. All of these guys will find a home in the coming days, it is just a matter of where. You also have Victor Cruz in waiting as a restricted free agent. For those of you who don’t know what it means to be a restricted free agent allow me to explain: A restricted free agent can negotiate with any team until April 19th. If another team presents said free agent with an offer, the original team has an opportunity to match or exceed the offer. If the original team decides not to match the offer, they will receive draft compensation based on the qualifying offer. While I like Victor Cruz as a player (and I’m sure the Giants like him too), it’s not about the player, it’s about the money. Can the Giants keep Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz? I highly doubt it.

Let us move on to the other New York “team”, the Jets. The New York Jets are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this year. They have two quarterbacks who are both completely useless, and they are losing players in bulk this offseason. They already released Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, and Erik Smith in February. As I mentioned earlier, they lost mike Devito to free agency, they waived Sione Po’uha, and it is likely that Darrelle Revis will be traded before this years draft. It is safe to say that they are in rebuilding mode.

All in all it has been a busy couple of days in free agency, and the fun has only begun. As it stands so far, you’d have to say that the Kansas City Chiefs are the big winner so far. There are big names still left to sign so that may change in a heartbeat. Stay tuned for the rest of the moves around the NFL.

If you enjoy my writing, follow me over to intheneutralzone.com where I am a contributing author there as well. Also you can follow me on twitter @DaveEttinger2 or like me on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/DaveTalksSports. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it!