Where is the Next Stop for Le’Veon Bell?

Last year I wrote a post on where Kirk Cousins is going to end up, and I thought I’d do the same for superstar running back Le’Veon Bell. Le’Veon is one of the best running backs in the NFL, running for 800+ yards every year (except for 2015) and was one of the team leaders in both rushing and receiving. Le’Veon was a dominant force in Pittsburgh, and he is one of the top free agents available in 2019. However, his character could be a damper into his value. He sat out of the entire 2018 NFL season after a contract dispute, and rather than report to the team, or ask for a trade, he partied in Miami and made crappy rap tracks. Although he isn’t the best teammate, he’s still one hell of a football player and could help a team make a playoff push.
Le’Veon Bell’s Career Statistics
2013: 244 Carries, 860 Yards, 8 TDs. 45 Catches, 399 Yards, 1 Fumble (played 13 games)
2014: 290 Carries, 1,361 Yards, 8 TDs. 83 Catches, 854 Yards, 3 TDs, 0 Fumbles (played all 16 games)
2015: 113 Carries, 556 Yards, 3 TDs. 24 Catches, 136 Yards. (only played 6 games)
2016: 261 Carries, 1,268 Yards, 7 TDs. 75 Catches, 616 Yards, 2 TDs, 4 Fumbles (played 12 games)
2017: 321 Carries, 1,291 Yards, 9 TDs. 85 Catches, 655 Yards, 2 TDs, 3 Fumbles (played 15 games)
Total: 1,229 Carries, 5,336 Yards, 35 TDs. 312 Catches, 2,660 Yards, 7 TDs (played 62 games)

Like last year, I’ll be using https://overthecap.com/salary-cap-space/ to look at a team’s salary cap, and I’ll be using a 1-10 scale to rank the odds of them taking a chance on Le’Veon Bell, and their chances of winning should they sign him.
Baltimore Ravens
2018 Record: 10-6
Cap Space: $20,493,514
Chances of signing Bell: 3
Chances of Winning: 9
This is where I’d love to see Le’Veon go because it’d add more fire to one of the NFL’s best rivalries. In this scenario, Bell wouldn’t necessarily be chasing a paycheck but more of a personal want of revenge. The Ravens do a committee, mainly splitting between Kenneth Dixon, Javorius Allen and newly acquired Ty Montgomery. However, the latter two are unrestricted free agents. And Le’Veon would fit in Baltimore’s power run system, and he would make the options even more dangerous for defenses alongside dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson. If the Ravens were to coax Le’Veon to the Charm City, then they could be Super Bowl contenders. They already have the NFL’s top defense, but have several key players that are free agents. Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, John Brown, Za’Darius Smith and others. They have too many key players that are leaving to go out and pursue Bell, but man would it be entertaining to see.
Kansas City Chiefs
2018 Record: 13-3
Cap Space: $26,172,985
Chances of signing Bell: 5
Chances of Winning: 9
I know this would be stupid, but the Chiefs don’t really have a running game after the whole Kareem Hunt debacle. Spencer Ware is not the dude who can carry the reigns, so they might as well sign arguably the best running back in the game. The idea of Le’Veon Bell on the same team as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce would be a dream scenario for phenom Pat Mahomes. Bell would not only resurrect the Chiefs’ run game, but give the League MVP yet another pass catcher to his disposal. Bell could fit in Andy Reid’s system, being a power runner and being a dangerous pass catcher. Although it’d be smarter for the Chiefs to invest in defense, it wouldn’t hurt to try to sign Le’Veon, albeit he’d have a ludicrous asking price. Plus, they’re trying to make Pat Mahomes a $200 million man, so I can’t really see Bell going to KC, although that offense would be virtually unstoppable. The only thing stopping them from winning a Lombardi Trophy or two would be their bad defense.
Green Bay Packers
2018 Record: 6-9-1
Cap Space:$36,329,260
Chances of Signing Bell: 6
Chances of Winning: 5
Now, the Packers have a lot of things to fix after the disaster that was the 2018 season. They tanked WITH A-ROD. The Packers should use all of their salary cap and draft to invest in an offensive line, but the Packers haven’t had a 1000 yard rusher since Eddie Lacy. Aaron Jones has potential, but the thought of Le’Veon Bell on the same team as Aaron Rodgers should send chills up the spines of defensive coordinators. Now, the Packers need more than Le’Veon to get the NFC North back from the Bears, who were completely transformed by Khalil Mack. Bell would be a game changer on offense, but if the Packers want to get back to where they want to be they need to invest heavily in defense. With that in mind, I don’t really see the Pack signing Le’Veon, but it would certainly make the NFC North a lot more interesting.
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Record: 4-12
Cap Space: $69,293,622
Odds of signing Bell: 8
Chances of Winning: 6
The Niners have a lot of cap space to work with after completely tanking once Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. They have a lot of money at their disposal, and they need to invest in a defense, a line, and weapons for their golden goose in Jimmy G. Why not make a huge splash in Free Agency by signing one of the biggest names in the market? Don’t get me wrong, Matt Breida played pretty good this year, but
Le’Veon could be a perfect weapon for Jimmy G both as a runner and receiver. I think it’d be better for the Niners to invest in defense and receivers, but the Niners could feasibly do both of those things and nab Bell. The Niners would have a much better offense with Le’Veon and a healthy Jimmy G, but they wouldn’t be good enough to get to the playoffs. They’d contend with Seattle for second place.
Oakland Raiders
2018 Record: 4-12
Cap Space: $74,220,680
Chances of signing Bell: 9
Chances of Winning: 6
The Raiders have a notorious reputation of signing free agents for a stupid amount of money. The Silver and Black have almost $75 million at their disposal, and they could potentially make some noise, and even try to solve that pass rushing problem they have. On offense, they not only need receivers, but a reliable running back. Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch are free agents, and they’re also old. Bell would give Carr someone to dump the ball off to and help carry the load. Bell would most likely have a Saquon Barkley like season, in that he would get a ton of carries, as well as a ton of catches. If the Raiders do somehow sign Le’Veon, they’ll need to invest the rest of their salary cap into a D-Line, and an offensive line. They won’t be immediate contenders with Le’Veon, but they will be once they move to Vegas as long as they have solid draft picks.
Buffalo Bills
2018 Record: 6-10
Cap Space: $81,786,112
Chances of signing Bell: 9
Chances of Winning: 6
The Bills have Shady McCoy, but he’s slowing down and getting hurt. He is entering his 11th season in the NFL, and is turning 31. He ran for 514 yards in 13 games. Now, the Bills don’t really need to get rid of Shady, I think that they’d have more of a run game if they invested some of their $80+ Million in an offensive line and receivers for Josh Allen. Last year they had the league’s #2 ranked defense, and they could spend some cap space on signing some DBs or linebackers, but the bulk of Buffalo’s free agency spending should be on offense. The Bills have the money for Bell, and he’d certainly make the Bills a better team. Maybe they’d slip in the wild card, but they could be a force to be reckoned with once Brady and Belichick are gone.
New York Jets
2018 Record: 4-12
Cap Space: $98,084,882
Chances of signing Bell: 10
Chances of Winning:5
Signing Le’Veon won’t solve all of the Jets’ problems, but they could get some reliable weapons for Sam Darnold. Hopefully the Jets don’t give up on Darnold after only a year, because the Jets were pretty bad last year. They ranked 25th in defense, 29th in offensive yards, and 23rd in scoring. The Jets need a better secondary, better coaching, and a better offensive line. The Jets are considered to be the favorite to gain Le’Veon, although they have Isaiah Crowell, and a freshly ruined Bilal Powell. However, the Jets could fill a ton of holes that they have. They have almost $100 million at their disposal, and could sign a pass rusher and Le’Veon, sign a linebacker or two, then draft some receivers and lineman. As long as the draft picks pan out, the Jets could be a wild card team. Then again, this is the Jets. They’re probably gonna sign a couple of big names, then continue to tank. Le’Veon should avoid the Jets like the plague.
Indianapolis Colts
2018 Record: 10-6
Cap Space: $108,314,835
Chances of signing Bell: 10
Chances of winning: 9
The Colts are the best team out of all of these that Le’Veon would go to. Not only do they have the most cap space to give Bell that massive extension he wants, but they also have a GREAT offensive line. They gave up only 18 sacks last year. Although he’s been vastly overlooked, Marlon Mack actually had an alright year. In 2018, he ran for 908 yards in 12 games. It’s not exactly world beater numbers, but they’re still nothing to shake a stick at. Indy would be a match made in heaven for Le’Veon Bell, with a phenomenal QB in Luck, a solid offensive line, and a young, good defense. They’re his best chance if he wants to win a championship, and I imagine winning a title or two would help his legacy. If Le’Veon goes to Indy, he’d give Luck another great weapon to throw to, vastly improve the run game, and would even make the Colts a potential Super Bowl dark horse.

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2019 NFL Championship Sunday Predictions

We have made it to the ‘FInal Four’ stage of the NFL Playoffs. The Saints, Chiefs, Rams, and Patriots will battle it out for a shot at immortality. This weekend has 2 very high profile rematches, and should be very intense affairs. Now it’s time to see which matchup we will see on ‘Super Sunday:’ a rematch of the greatest game ever played, a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, a battle of high powered offenses, or maybe a battle between two of the greatest of all time? Only time will tell, and let’s get this show on the road with my predictions for Championship Sunday 2019.
NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams (13-3) @ New Orleans Saints (13-3)
The legend of Nick Foles ends in the Superdome, as The Eagles lost 20-14. They started out hot, quickly going up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Saints were dead in the water, with Brees throwing a pick on the first play of the game. Then in the second half, the Saints sat up like The Undertaker and scored 20 unanswered, alongside Marshon Lattimore getting 2 clutch INTs, including a game sealer. Now, I’m going to give where Foles credit where credit is due. The Eagles’ season was over, shutting Carson Wentz down after week 14 because he was hurt, and to play the last few games for pride. Nick Foles came back in, then turned the magic on and got wins over the Rams, Texans and Redskins to get in the playoffs. He beat the Bears in the Wild Card Playoffs, and the Eagles accomplished way more than they were supposed to. I don’t care what Doug Pederson said, Nick Foles has done way too much in the past couple of years to be a backup again. Carson Wentz may be a better athlete, but there’s something about Foles that changes the the team’s mentality, and makes them hungrier to win. While Nick Foles ponders his future, The Saints host a high profile rematch against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams dominated last Saturday on the ground, with both Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson racking up more than 100 yards as they helped the Rams beat Dallas 30-22. This is the Rams’ first appearance in the NFC Championship since 2001, and the Saints’ first appearance since 2009. Jared Goff didn’t play too hot the past few weeks, so Coach McVay transformed the Rams into a power run offense. If the Rams are going to go on to the Super Bowl, they need strong play from Jared Goff. The Saints have a good run defense, and Jared Goff might need to beat the Saints with his arm. This game is going to be a battle, and will come down to whoever has the ball last. I’m going to pick the New Orleans Saints to pick up the W, and finally get Drew Brees back to the Super Bowl.

Prediction: Saints

AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots (11-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
For the eighth consecutive season, the Patriots are going to the AFC Championship to play a familiar foe in the Kansas City Chiefs. They played each other earlier this year in week 6, with the Patriots edging out the Chiefs 43-40. Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and a TD, while Pat threw for 352 yards and 4 TDs. That game was in Foxborough, Mass. The last time the Pats played in Arrowhead? September 29, 2014, when the Chiefs demolished New England 41-14. Oh dear. Now, these are completely different teams since that point. The Patriots have been to 3 Super Bowls, and the Chiefs ditched Alex Smith and started transcendent QB Patrick Mahomes. Now, let’s recap their playoff games, which both teams won in dominating fashion. Let’s talk the Chiefs first. They played a very hot Colts team, winning 10 of their last 11 games including their Wild Card win over Houston. They got demolished at Arrowhead. The Chiefs very quickly jumped out to a 24-7 lead at halftime, then coasted through the second half as the Colts continued to struggle on offense. The Colts would score another TD in the fourth quarter, but it was too late, as the Chiefs advanced on 31-13. Meanwhile in Foxborough, Mass., The Patriots dominated a VERY good Chargers team by controlling the clock, not turning the ball over, and picking apart their zone defense by throwing underneath. The Chargers may have talent, but good luck trying to out coach the ‘Lord of Darkness.’ The Chargers dug themselves in a hole, going down 35-7 at halftime, but despite scoring 14 in the fourth, it wasn’t enough. The Patriots once again look as dominant as ever as they advance to their 13th AFC Championship Game appearance in the Brady/Belichick Era. That is straight dominance, and speaks to the overall greatness of Belichick’s coaching. Now he faces fellow coaching great in Andy Reid, for only the second time in the postseason. Belichick is 2-0 against the Walrus, beating him at Super Bowl XXXIX, and the 2014 divisional playoff round. This game is going to be very similar to their week 6 matchup, but unfortunately Andy Reid must once again don the ‘Choking Cap’ and blow the game against the Patriots, giving Tom Brady his ninth Super Bowl trip, and fourth in the past five years.
Prediction: Patriots

2019 NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

Wild Card Weekend was insane, and both #6 seeds pulled off big upsets, but can they do it again? We are now at the ‘Elite Eight’ stage of the NFL Playoffs, and the teams that got a week of R&R now have to fight on to the Conference Championship games. Who is going to get one step closer to immortality? Let’s find out with my 2019 NFL Divisional Round picks.

Last Week’s Playoff Picks: 2-2

Indianapolis Colts (10-6) @ Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

Wow, the Colts knocked the Texans’ teeth out in the first half of last week’s game, quickly going up 21-0 and preventing Houston from scoring up until the 4th quarter. The Colts now go to the loudest stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs and second year phenom and MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes. The last time these teams played, the Chiefs blew a 31-10 lead, and let Andrew Luck come back in an insane 2013 wild card game. As I stated in my Wild Card predictions last week, the Kansas City Chiefs have only won a single divisional round game since they won the Super Bowl back in 1969, and that’s a thought that’s lingered in my head, but the Chiefs have too much firepower to sputter and be a ‘1 & done.’ This game is going to be a shootout between two generational gunslingers, and will come down to whoever has that last shot in the chamber. While it’d be great to see Luck lead the Colts to the AFC Championship, the Chiefs are going to win this game thanks to Pat Mahomes throwing for a ridiculous amount of yards and TDs.

Prediction: Chiefs

Dallas Cowboys (10-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (12-4)

The Dallas Cowboys have won their third playoff game since they won Super Bowl XXX against a very good Seahawks team, who didn’t go down without a fight. The Boys came to play this postseason, and last week Dak proved that he needs an extension. Unfortunately, tragedy struck as WR Allen Hurns destroyed his ankle while getting tackled, I wish you nothing but the best in your recovery. Now the Cowboys travel on the road to take on the Los Angeles Rams, who have a high powered offense. The Rams have looked very mortal over the past month, suffering 2 ugly losses to the Bears and Niners as Pro Bowler Jared Goff reverted to his rookie form and the Rams have looked very mortal, but they’ve had an extra week to get in sync against a very good Dallas defense. This game will be a battle between two of the best running backs in the NFL, Todd Gurley and rushing champ Ezekiel Elliot, and whichever RB has the better day, that team will likely advance to the NFC title game. As much as it pains me to say it, I’m going to pick the Dallas Cowboys to pick up the upset over the LA Rams and make their first NFC Championship game in 23 years. God have mercy on us all.

Prediction: Cowboys

Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) @ New England Patriots (11-5)

After playing a sloppy game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chargers go on the road once again to take on the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots. The Chargers this year have been dominant on the road, posting an 8-1 record including last week’s playoff win. Their only loss on the road this year in a cross-town showdown against the LA Rams. The Patriots have been undefeated at home this season, despite boasting one of the weakest rosters they’ve had in years. Gronk hasn’t exactly been himself, with his second worst season of his career in terms of catches and yards, and a career low 3 touchdowns. The last time the Pats played the Chargers, the Patriots beat them 24-21. Another statistic, is that none of the remaining AFC QBs have ever beaten Tom Brady, including Philip Rivers, who is 0-7 in his career. The Patriots haven’t lost a home playoff game since 2010. This is the toughest game for the Patriots, because the Chargers have a very explosive offense with guys like Keenan Allen, a still reliable Antonio Gates, and Melvin Gordon. The strength of the Patriots is supposed to be their passing game, but they’re playing a team who can not only match, but out play them through the air. This game won’t be easy by any means, but I’m going to pick the New England Patriots to edge out the Chargers, and make their ninth straight AFC Championship appearance.

Prediction: Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) @ New Orleans Saints (13-3)

The legend of Nick Foles continues to grow as the defending Super Bowl Champions scraped out a victory in Soldier Field thanks to Cody Parkey whiffing on a game-winning field goal attempt. Both teams tried to piss the game away, but Nick Foles found his clutch gene and threw a game-winning touchdown pass in the closing seconds. Now they have another tough test ahead of them as they travel down Bourbon Street to take on the #1 seeded Saints. In Week 11, Philly traveled down to the Superdome and were absolutely thrashed, 48-7. As we’ve discovered last year, and last week Nick Foles is a beast in the playoffs, besting the league’s top defense 2 years in a row (Minnesota last year, and Chicago this year). Even with a banged up secondary, the Eagles defense looked solid, but let’s not forget that Chicago didn’t have a top tier offense. Now they’re playing Drew Brees with a banged up secondary. I’m sorry Eagles fans, but the legend ends here for Nick Foles, as the Saints advance on to the NFC Championship.

Prediction: Saints

2019 NFL Wild Card Playoff Predictions

Happy New Year Everyone! The tumultuous time that was the 2018 Regular Season is over, and now it’s time for the “Adult Swim.” Yes, 12 teams remain and will battle it out for a chance at immortality. The road to the Super Bowl just reached its rockiest parts while on the home stretch to the ship. It’s time to see whose season will come to an end this weekend with my predictions for the 2019 Wild Card Weekend.

First, let’s look at the teams that earned a First-Round Bye.

New Orleans Saints (13-3)

The Saints started out the year on a white-hot 8 game winning streak thanks to dominance from Drew Brees and standout running back Alvin Kamara. This season had Drew Brees break Peyton Manning’s passing record, and miss his 13th consecutive 4,000 yard passing season by a mere 8 yards. The Saints defense was middle of the pack, but their offensive dominance and precision more than made up for their defense’s shortcomings. The Saints are poised to make a Super Bowl run, and the road to the Lombardi runs through Bourbon Street. Good luck trying to win in the Superdome.

Saints play the winner of Seattle @ Dallas, or Philadelphia if they win

Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

For the third straight year the Kansas City Chiefs have won the AFC West, and are the #1 seed in the AFC for the first time since 1997. The Chiefs offense exploded with second year phenom Patrick Mahomes, who went on to throw for 50 TD passes and 5,000 yards in his first year as a starter. The Chiefs are looking dominant, but the playoffs have not exactly been kind to Kansas City. The Chiefs have won only three playoff games in the last TWENTY. FIVE. YEARS. Kansas City hasn’t won a divisional playoff game since Joe Montana was their QB, and that was the only one they’ve won since 1969. Let’s hope that Pat Mahomes can be the guy to finally end their playoff woes and make the Chiefs a superpower again. Hell, he may even be able to end the drought in KC.

Chiefs play the winner of Chargers @ Baltimore, or Indianapolis if they win

Los Angeles Rams (13-3)

The Rams have had two different looks in 2018. Over the first 12 or so games, they were 10-1 and their offense were putting up insane numbers, including 2 instant classics against the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs (which is the greatest game ever played). Then once December hit, the Rams looked like a very different team. They’ve lost 2 very ugly games to the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, then won their last 2 games against the Cardinals and Niners, which wasn’t saying much. The Rams get a week of rest, and should get their act together in the playoffs. The Rams have way too much talent to be one and done in the playoffs.

Rams play the winner of Seattle @ Dallas, or Chicago if they win

New England Patriots (11-5)

For the eighth consecutive year, the New England Patriots have earned a First-Round Bye in the playoffs. Pardon me if I sound shocked at this revelation. People are saying that Tom Brady’s in a slump, but he went out and had a surprisingly quiet 4,300 yard passing season. Yes, he threw 11 INTs this year, which is the most he’s thrown for since 2013, but he’s still playing well. The Patriots have been looking mortal on the road. Bizarrely this season, the Patriots were 8-0 at home and 3-5 on the road, and a road playoff game could be the key to beating the Evil Empire. Tom Brady has only played in 6 road playoff games IN HIS CAREER, posting a 3-3 record. Tom hasn’t won a road playoff game since 2006 against an upstart Philip Rivers. In his last 3 road playoff games, he’s lost them all at the hands of his rival Peyton Manning, once in Indy, and twice in Denver. The Patriots have a strong chance of making the AFC Championship, because they could play a Texans team with a bad O-Line, or the Chargers, who have looked mortal recently. Regardless, good luck beating the Pats at home, because the Pats have only lost 5 playoff games at Foxborough, in almost 60 years.

Patriots play the winner of Los Angeles @ Baltimore, or Houston if they win

Last Week’s Score: 14-2

Regular Season Score: 161-95

Now, on with the playoffs!

NFC Wild Card Game: Seattle Seahawks (10-6) @ Dallas Cowboys (10-6)

The Seahawks have had a very quiet 10-6 season, thanks to a surprisingly decent run game, and good defensive play. Like the Cowboys, they were 4-5, then went on a 6-1 run to sneak in the playoffs. Despite their defensive play, the Seahawks have relied on Russell Wilson to carry them to the postseason once again. The Dallas Cowboys have had a very ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ year. At the trade deadline, the Cowboys were 3-5 and everyone thought they were dead in the water. Then, Dallas traded a First-Round pick for Amari Cooper, then went on a 5 game win streak and played like they meant business (aside from a week 16 shutout against the Colts). Dak threw for 3,885 yards this season and really matured as a passer, while Ezekiel Elliot nabbed his second rushing title in three seasons. Although there’s a strong chance of Russell Wilson shenanigans, I’m going to pick the Dallas Cowboys to win their second playoff game in 23 years and move on to play the Saints in a high profile rematch.

Prediction: Cowboys

AFC Wild Card Game: Indianapolis Colts (10-6) @ Houston Texans (11-5)

Nobody thought the Colts would’ve made the playoffs at the beginning of the year. They were 1-5, with bad play on both sides of the ball. Then all of the sudden, Andrew Luck led the Colts on a 9-1 run to finish 10-6 and earn a playoff berth. Now, they go on the road to face a familiar foe in the Houston Texans, who have looked very mortal. Their offensive line has looked really weak, and their defense hasn’t been as dominant as they have been in the past, but still rank 12th overall. This is going to be another tight playoff game, but I’m going to pick Andrew Luck and the Colts to nudge by the Texans, then get ready to get blown out at Arrowhead.

Prediction: Colts

AFC Wild Card Game: Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

In a rematch from week 16, the Baltimore Ravens host the Los Angeles Chargers. Both of these teams have turned it on late in the year, especially the Baltimore Ravens. After Joe Flacco hurt his hip, Lamar Jackson took over after the bye week and led the Ravens on a 6-1 record to finish 10-6. They haven’t been throwing the ball a whole lot, but have been just playing old school, smash mouth football. Run the ball down opponent’s throats, and play killer defense. The Chargers have won 5 of their last 6 games, and despite the slump in the run game, Philip Rivers has done more than enough to keep LA alive, and prove that he’s an elite QB. This is going to be a close game, but I’m going to go with the Baltimore Ravens to get the W, and head on to Foxborough.

Prediction: Ravens

NFC Wild Card Game: Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) @ Chicago Bears (12-4)

For the second year in a row, Nick Foles will lead the Philadelphia Eagles into the postseason, and he has a tough test ahead of him on the road against the Chicago Bears. I’m a bit worried for Nick Foles, because he got knocked out of last week’s shutout win over the Redskins, but Doug Pederson says that Foles will play. The Eagles are true underdogs this year, barely squeaking in the playoffs and the question on everyone’s mind is, “can they pull it off again?” They still have many key defensive players from last year, it’s just that the secondary fell off a cliff. Last year, the Eagles had a top 10 unit, this year they rank 23rd, giving up 366.2 yards a game. Now they play the Chicago Bears, who rank 21st offensively, but have the NFL’s 3rd ranked defense. Since the Bears traded for Khalil Mack, the defense immediately got better. Mack has been nothing short of dominant, immediately making the Bears from an afterthought into a playoff team. I sure don’t wanna be Nick Foles right now. He’s going into frigid Chicago, against that defense with banged up ribs. Yeah, this is gonna be ugly. I’m going to pick the Bears to win a tight defensive contest and get ready for a rematch against the LA Rams.

Prediction: Bears

 

2018 NFL Week 17 Predictions

It’s been a long year, but we are finally at the end of the NFL regular season. There aren’t any Saturday or Monday Night Games, meaning only one day to determine the remaining playoff teams. It’s been an entertaining and unexpected regular season, but now it’s time to close out 2018 with a bang. Let’s see who will win and who will go home with my NFL Regular Season Finale Predictions.

Playoff Scenarios

NFC

Clinched: Saints (NFC South and Home-Field Advantage), Bears (NFC North), Seahawks (Playoff Berth), Rams (NFC West), Cowboys (NFC East)

Rams clinch First-Round Bye: win/tie OR Bears loss/tie

Bears clinch First-Round Bye: win + Rams loss

Vikings clinch Playoff Berth: win/tie OR Eagles loss/tie

Eagles clinch Playoff Berth: win + Vikings loss

Eliminated Teams: Detroit, Green Bay, Detroit, Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Washington, New York Giants, San Francisco, Arizona

AFC

Clinched: Chiefs (Playoff Berth), Chargers (Playoff Berth), Patriots (Playoff Berth), Texans (Playoff Berth)

Chiefs clinch AFC West and Home-Field Advantage throughout the Playoffs: Win OR tie + Chargers loss/tie OR Chargers loss + Patriots loss/ tie + Texans loss/ tie OR Chargers loss + Patriots loss/tie (Chiefs clinch at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Texans)

Chiefs clinch AFC West and First-Round Bye: Chargers loss + Patriots loss/tie OR Chargers loss + Texans loss/tie OR Chargers loss (Chiefs clinch at least as tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Texans)

Chiefs clinch AFC West: Chargers loss OR tie + Chargers tie

Chargers clinch AFC West and Home-Field Advantage throughout the Playoffs: win + Chiefs tie OR tie + Chiefs loss

Chargers clinch AFC West: Chiefs loss OR tie + Chiefs tie

Chargers clinch AFC West and First-Round Bye: Chiefs loss + Patriots loss/tie OR Chiefs loss + Texans loss/tie OR Chiefs loss

Patriots clinch Home-Field Advantage throughout the Playoffs: win + Chiefs loss + Chargers loss

Patriots clinch First-Round Bye: win OR tie + Texans loss/tie OR Ravens loss/tie + Texans loss + Titans loss/tie

Texans clinch AFC South and Home-Field Advantage throughout the Playoffs: win + Patriots loss/tie + Chiefs loss + Chargers loss (Texan clinch a tie in a strength of victory tiebreaker over Chiefs)

Texans clinch AFC South and First-Round Bye: win + Patriots loss/tie OR win + Chiefs loss + Chargers loss (Texans clinch in a strength of victory over Ravens) OR tie + Patriots loss OR Colts-Titans tie + Patriots loss + Ravens win (Texans clinch a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Ravens)

Texans clinch AFC South: win/tie OR Colts-Titans tie

Ravens clinch AFC North and a First-Round Bye: win + Patriots loss + Texans loss + Colts-Titans doesn’t end in a tie OR win + Patriots loss + Texans loss (Ravens clinch in a strength of victory tiebreaker over Texans)

Ravens clinch AFC North: win OR Steelers loss OR tie + Steelers tie

Ravens clinch a Playoff Berth: Chargers tie + Chiefs loss

Colts clinch AFC South: win + Texans loss

Colts clinch Playoff Berth: win

Titans clinch AFC South: win + Texans loss

Titans clinch Playoff Berth: win

Steelers clinch AFC North: win + Ravens loss/tie OR tie + Ravens loss

Steelers clinch Playoff Berth: win + Colts-Titans tie

Eliminated Teams: Cleveland, Cincinatti, Jacksonville, Miami, Buffalo, New York Jets, Oakland, Denver

Now with the picks!

Last Week’s Score: 11-5

Overall Score: 147-93

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) @ Houston Texans (10-5)

The Jacksonville Jaguars are terrible. They’ve lost 9 of their last 11 games, and things aren’t looking much better because they’re playing the Texans, who still don’t have the AFC South on lock. The Texans need to win this game if they’re going to win their division, but they also need a tie in the Colts-Titans game.

Prediction: Texans

New York Jets (5-10) @ New England Patriots (10-5)

Sam Darnold’s rookie year has been a bust. Although he’s missed a few games because he got hurt, he’s tied for Big Ben for the lead in picks with 15. Now they head to Foxborough, Mass for their bi-annual mugging at the hands of Tom Brady and the Patriots. This game won’t be pretty.

Prediction: Patriots

Dallas Cowboys (9-6) @ New York Giants (5-10)

The Dallas Cowboys have officially clinched the NFC East after teabagging the Bucs, winning their third NFC East Championship in five years. We’ll see if they can make it past their first game though. The Giants have lost two straight games after slaughtering the Redskins, and things aren’t looking too good for the G-Men. Cowboys-Giants games are always close, and this game will look to be a battle between two of the NFL’s top running backs in Zeke and Saquon. I’m going to go with Dallas to beat the Giants, and potentially end Eli’s career on a bad note.

Prediction: Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons (6-9) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10)

The Buccaneers crapped the bed against the Dallas Cowboys, once again putting up lots of yards, but not a lot of points. Thanks Tampa, you gave Cowboys fans a reason to be arrogant tools for a year. The Falcons have had a good season when it comes to offense, but their injuries on defense wound up costing them big time. I’m going to pick the Falcons to eviscerate Tampa’s bad defense, and end the season on a high note.

Prediction: Falcons

Detroit Lions (5-10) @ Green Bay Packers (6-8-1)

The Packers should’ve lost to the Jets last week, but A-Rod decided he wasn’t having any of it, throwing for more than 400 yards and 2 rushing TDs. The Lions have been awful this year, losing 2 straight games, including a humiliating loss to the Minnesota Vikings. In what has truly been a let-down for both of these teams, I’m going to pick the Packers to beat the Lions and finish what has been an awful year.

Prediction: Packers

Carolina Panthers (6-9) @ New Orleans Saints (13-2)

NOLA may bench their starters after they’ve clinched the #1 seed, but The Panthers collapsed after putting in Taylor Henicke. Even if the Saints don’t play their starters, they’re still winning this game thanks to a phenomenal showing from Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater. Taylor Henicke isn’t going to win in the Superdome.

Prediction: Saints

Miami Dolphins (7-8) @ Buffalo Bills (5-10)

A battle between two eliminated AFC East rivals to close out the year could be a good game, but the Dolphins and Bills are two teams that have bad defenses, and inconsistent passers. The season’s been a loss for both of these squads, especially the Dolphins, who after a 4-2 start, went on to win 3 of their last 9. The Bills season has been awful. Nathan Peterman opened the year as the starter, and when Allen eventually took over, he got injured and missed several key games, which made Buffalo’s season even worse. I’m going to pick the Bills to end their season on a high note thanks to a dominant rushing performance from Josh Allen.

Prediction: Bills

Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) @ Denver Broncos (6-9)

The Chargers may have crapped the bed against the Ravens last week, but they have a chance to secure the AFC’s #1 seed. The Broncos got a bad Christmas present when they got humiliated by Jon Gruden’s Raiders on Monday Night Football. I’m going to pick the Chargers to win this game in dominant fashion, and do their best to secure the top seed.

Prediction: Chargers

Arizona Cardinals (3-12) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-6)

The Seahawks are back in the playoffs thanks to a surprisingly strong run game, and a good defense, and they just knocked off Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs in what was a season defining win. Now they host the Cardinals, who currently have secured the #1 overall pick, and the services of Nick Bosa. Since they have the #1 pick, they might as well preserve the tank by letting Seattle run all over them.

Prediction: Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) @ Washington Redskins (7-8)

Why the hell did the Redskins cut DJ Swearinger? I get that he made critical comments, but so did Mason Foster and he’s a frickin captain. I would understand suspending DJ, but not outright cutting him. He’s a hell of a player, and was the leader of a Redskins defense that can’t tackle. Now they host the Philadelphia Eagles, who need to win this game and the Vikings to lose in order to sneak into the playoffs. The Eagles shouldn’t have any problem whatsoever in dispatching of the NFL’s perennial infirmary.

Prediction: Eagles

San Francisco 49ers (4-11) @ Los Angeles Rams (12-3)

The Rams aren’t losing this game. The Niners may have given them a scare last year because they rested their starters, but the Rams have a chance for a First-Round bye. Even if Todd Gurley doesn’t play, the Rams shouldn’t have a problem here.

Prediction: Rams

Oakland Raiders (4-11) @ Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

Pat isn’t going to sit because the Chiefs have a chance to get Home-Field Advantage. Not only will Pat hit 5000 yards, but he’ll throw for at least 4 TDs in the first half in what will be a bloodbath.

Prediction: Chiefs

Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (9-6)

The Cleveland Browns have had a great season, and if they hadn’t kept Hue Jackson and fired him after their 0-16 campaign, they could be in contention to win the AFC North. Instead, they could potentially play spoiler for the Ravens. This is a dream matchup between two Heisman Trophy winning QBs in Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. It’ll be an entertaining game, and will be down to the wire. I’m going to pick the Ravens to edge out the Browns and get in the playoffs.

Prediction: Ravens

Cincinatti Bengals (6-9) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1)

After losing to Saints last week, the Steelers now have a chance to miss the playoffs. However, they’re playing the Bengals. The Steelers always have the Bengals’ number, and since the Bengals have Jeff Driskel, this should be a walk in the park for the Steelers.

Prediction: Steelers

Chicago Bears (9-6) @ Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1)

The Bears have a chance to get a First-Round bye, and the Vikings NEED to win this game to get into the playoffs, but they host the dominant Chicago Bears. It’s kinda crazy how everyone had these teams completely wrong, myself included. Before trading for Khalil Mack, everyone had the Bears written off, and had the Vikings as a Super Bowl favorite after signing free agent star QB Kirk Cousins. This is going to be a tough pill to swallow for Vikings fans, because the Bears are going to win this game thanks to their dominant defense.

Prediction: Bears

Sunday Night Football: Indianapolis Colts (9-6) @ Tennessee Titans (9-6)

Just a couple of months ago, everyone had the Colts and Titans written off. Now they have a chance to punch their playoff ticket, and a division crown to boot. The Titans have won their fourth straight game, barely escaping a crippled Redskins team. The Colts beat the New York Giants The winner of this game could not only get a playoff spot, but win the AFC South as long as Houston loses. I’m going to pick the Colts to pick up the W over a mediocre Titans squad and end their season.

Prediction: Colts

 

2018 NFL Week 16 Predictions

Christmas time is here, and we only have one extra week of the NFL regular season before the playoffs start. The race for the wild card is still on, and there could be five division champions that are crowned this weekend, and the playoff brackets almost set. Let’s see which teams stay alive with my NFL Week 16 predictions.

Playoff Scenarios

NFC

Saints Clinch Home-Field Advantage: with win, OR tie + Los Angeles Rams loss/tie OR Chicago loss/tie + Los Angeles Rams loss

Saints Clinch First-Round Bye: with tie, OR Chicago loss/tie, OR Los Angeles Rams loss

Los Angeles Rams Clinch First Round-Bye: with win + Chicago loss, OR tie + Chicago loss

Cowboys Clinch NFC East: with win, or tie + Washington loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie, or Philadelphia + Washington loss

Cowboys Clinch Playoff Berth: with tie + Minnesota loss/tie

Seahawks Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Washington loss/tie, OR win/tie + Minnesota loss, OR win + Minnesota tie (Seattle clinches due to strength of schedule over Minnesota), OR tie + Washington loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie

Vikings Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss

Eliminated Teams: Green Bay, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, New York Giants, Detroit, San Francisco, Arizona

AFC

Chiefs Clinch AFC West and a First-Round Bye: with win + Los Angeles Chargers loss

Chiefs Clinch Home-Field Advantage: with win + Los Angeles Chargers loss + Houston loss/tie, OR win + Los Angeles Chargers loss (Chiefs clinch due to strength of schedule over LA)

Texans Clinch AFC South: with win/tie OR Indianapolis loss/tie + Tennessee loss/tie

Texans Clinch First-Round Bye: with win + New England loss/tie, OR tie + New England loss

Texans Clinch Playoff Berth: Baltimore loss/tie, OR Pittsburgh loss, OR Tennessee loss/tie (Houston clinches due to strength of schedule over Baltimore)

Patriots Clinch AFC East: win/tie, OR Miami loss

Steelers Clinch AFC North: win + Baltimore loss/tie, OR tie + Baltimore loss

Steelers Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Indianapolis loss + Tennessee loss

Eliminated Teams: Denver, New York Jets, Cincinatti, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland

Now with the picks!

Last Week’s Score: 8-8

Overall Score: 135-88

Saturday Football: Washington Redskins (7-7) @ Tennessee Titans (8-6)

The Redskins won last week? The Jags must be worse than I thought. Josh Johnson may have won one game this year, I still don’t think they’ll win again. It’s time for Tennessee to mercifully end Washington’s season, and keep their own playoff hopes alive.

Prediction: Titans

Saturday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens (8-6) @ Los Angeles Chargers (11-3)

Lamar Jackson has been named the permanent starter, and after a close win against the Bucs, they have to win out in order to maintain playoff hopes. Their problem is that they’re playing the white-hot Chargers, who just dethroned the Chiefs, completely shaking up the top of the AFC playoff bracket. I’m going to pick the LA Chargers to win in a close game, because despite them not having Melvin Gordon, Philip Rivers has been nigh unstoppable this year.

Prediction: Chargers

Cincinatti Bengals (6-8) @ Cleveland Browns (6-7-1)

The Browns can still make the playoffs, they just need a mountain of shenanigans. They’ve been dominant since they’ve fired Hue Jackson, winning four of their past six games. The Bengals on the other hand, have completely collapsed, snapping their five game losing streak against the Raiders. Well, get ready to lose again Cincy, and the Browns will have some hope in making the playoffs.

Prediction: Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) @ Miami Dolphins (7-7)

The Jags lost to a QB who has never won a game, or started an NFL game in seven years. SEVEN. YEARS. Jesus Christ, the Jags are so bad. They need to fire Bortles into the Gulf of Mexico and start fresh. The Dolphins, after upsetting the Patriots, got teabagged into annihilation by the Vikings. The Jags are going to keep on tanking, and I’m going to pick the Miami Dolphins to beat Jacksonville and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Prediction: Dolphins

Atlanta Falcons (5-9) @ Carolina Panthers (7-7)

It looks like the Panthers have given up on the season, with the team shutting down QB Cam Newton for the remainder of the season, meaning Taylor Henicke is the starting QB. Who is that? Nobody knows. The Falcons are taking this one.

Prediction: Falcons

Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) @ Detroit Lions (5-9)

After firing their offensive coordinator, the Vikings demolished Miami, with a strong game from Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook. Minnesota still needs some shenanigans to get in the post season, and all they need to do on their part is win against their rival Lions. The Lions barely beat Tampa Bay, and the Lions’ disappointing season continues. I’m going to pick the Vikings to pick up this win, because they’re a better team than the Lions despite the closeness of record.

Prediction: Vikings

Buffalo Bills (5-9) @ New England Patriots (9-5)

The Patriots lost to the Steelers last week, which all but confirms their first wild card game since 2009. The Patriots are still a good team, but now they’re looking mortal, and Father Time is starting to catch up to Tommy Boy. The Bills narrowly beat the Detroit Lions, eliminating Detroit from playoff contention. The Bills have given New England fits in the past, and they have trouble against dual threat QBs. Josh Allen is going to keep it close with some shenanigans, but I’m going to take the safe bet and pick the New England Patriots to win the AFC East for the 10th straight year.

Prediction: Patriots

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

In what will be another “win and in” game for the Cowboys, they host the Bucs after getting shut out for the first time in 15 years. Against the Colts. I know the Colts are rolling, but c’mon. Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliot, and that defense should’ve given Luck nightmares. Instead, the Boys crapped the bed, which made me laugh really hard. The Bucs lost a narrow game to the Ravens, but what’s crazy is that they have a top five offense, but still can’t win games. Their defense is bad, and their QBs throw too many picks to win games. I’m going to pick the Cowboys to finally win the NFC East, and punch their ticket to a home playoff game.

Prediction: Cowboys

Green Bay Packers (5-8-1) @ New York Jets (4-10)

How in the hell are the Packers tanking? Not only did their winning streak against Chicago end, but they’re officially eliminated from playoff contention. What makes this even sadder is that they’re tanking WITH A-ROD. That’s what they get for putting all their eggs in one Aaron Rodgers basket. But they’re playing the Jets, and we all know that the Jets are sadsacks and godawful. I’m going to pick the Packers to win a close game thanks to A-Rod shenanigans.

Prediction: Packers

Houston Texans (10-4) @ Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)

How on Earth did the Eagles beat the Rams? With a Super Bowl MVP backup quarterback that’s how. With Carson’s back injury, the Eagles have shut him down for the rest of the year, meaning that The Eagles are underdogs to make the playoffs. I’m not saying that Nick Foles shenanigans are going to happen, but I’m saying it’s possible. However, they have a tough opponent in the Houston Texans, who are still trying to lock up the AFC South. This is going to be an offensive cake walk for Deshaun Watson, as the Texans cruise their way to a win, and eliminating Philly from playoff contention.

Prediction: Texans

New York Giants (5-9) @ Indianapolis Colts (8-6)

The Colts shutout the Cowboys last week, and the Giants were shutout by the Titans in the same week. Now, the Giants are playing their second consecutive AFC South opponent. The Colts should steamroll over the Giants, and that’s exactly what’ll happen thanks to a strong performance from Andrew Luck.

Prediction: Colts

Los Angeles Rams (11-3) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-11)

I know the Rams look mortal, but need I go on here?

Prediction: Rams

Chicago Bears (10-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-10)

The Bears have won the NFC North, and have a chance to get a first round bye, which is just like what happened when they last went to the playoffs. The Bears have been steamrolling over everyone, and their defense is something to be feared. The Niners have surprisingly upset the Seattle Seahawks, and host the Bears this weekend. The Bears defense is going to have a field day on San Fran’s woeful offensive line, and coast their way to a win.

Prediction: Bears

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1) @ New Orleans Saints (12-2)

The Steelers have ended their losing streak after beating the Pats, but now are on the road to New Orleans. Oh dear. The Steelers defense rank third in sacks, and need to get pressure on Drew Brees if they’re going to have a chance in this game. The Saints narrowly beat the Panthers in a huge defensive showdown, and now have a chance to nab home-field advantage, while the Steelers try not to miss the playoffs. This game is going to be an offensive battle, with James Conner and Alvin Kamara playing a game of one-ups manship. Unfortunately for Steeler Nation, they aren’t gonna win this game. I’m going to pick New Orleans to win, and do their best to lock up the #1 seed.

Prediction: Saints

Sunday Night Football: Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) @ Seattle Seahawks (8-6)

2 hungry teams coming off of a loss are about to clash on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs were beaten by the Chargers, making their grip on the AFC even weaker. Which goes to show, that you can have the highest powered offense, but your defense has to get at least a couple of stops. It can even be on accident. The Seahawks got beat by the Niners in what was a shocking upset, but Seattle still has some shenanigans to make the playoffs. But this game will most likely eliminate them, as the Chiefs annihilate the Seahawks, and get Pat Mahomes closer to 5,000 passing yards in his first year as a starter.

Prediction: Chiefs

Christmas Eve Monday Night Football: Denver Broncos (8-6) @ Oakland Raiders (3-11)

The Raiders signed QB Nathan Peterman. With how bad the Raiders are tanking, that doesn’t surprise me at all. Knowing Jon Gruden this year, he’ll name Peterman the starting QB next year. The Raiders got humiliated by the Bengals, and that is absolutely sad. Now they host their division rival Broncos, who were annihilated by the Browns last Saturday night. The only thing these teams are fighting for is draft position, so I’m going to pick Denver to demolish Oakland, because nobody quite knows the art of tanking like The Raiders.

Prediction: Broncos

2018 NFL Week 15 Predictions

Man, there are a lot of playoff scenarios this week. Like, a lot. But now the race for the sixth seed heats up even more, as there are plenty of 5, 6, and 7 win teams that are in the hunt. However, more and more teams will be eliminated this week as we approach the home stretch. Let’s see who is next on the chopping block with my picks for Week 15

Playoff Scenarios

NFC

Saints Clinch First Round Bye: With win + Chicago loss, or tie + Chicago loss

Rams Clinch First Round Bye: With win + Chicago loss, or tie + Chicago loss

Bears Clinch NFC North: Win, or Minnesota loss, or tie + Minnesota loss or tie

Bears Clinch Playoff Berth: With tie or Washington loss/tie

Cowboys Clinch NFC East: With win, or tie, + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie, or Philadelphia loss + Washington loss

Seahawks Clinch Playoff Berth: With win, or Minnesota loss + Carolina loss/tie, Or tie + Minnesota loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie, Or tie + Carolina loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie

Eliminated Teams

Arizona, San Fran

AFC

Chiefs Clinch First Round Bye and AFC West: With a win

Chiefs Clinch Home Field Advantage: win + New England loss/tie

Patriots Clinch AFC East: win + Miami loss/tie, Or tie + Miami loss

Patriots Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Tennessee loss/tie, Or win + Baltimore loss + Tennessee loss, + Indianapolis loss/tie

Texans Win AFC South: win + Indianapolis loss/tie Or tie + Indianapolis loss + Tennessee loss

Texans Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Miami loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss, OR win + Miami loss or tie + Baltimore loss or tie, OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Miami loss OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore loss + Miami tie, OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore win + MIA loss, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Miami loss, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore loss + Miami tie, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore win + Miami loss

Los Angeles Chargers Clinch Playoff Berth: LAC win or tie, OR MIA loss or tie + PIT loss, OR MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie, OR MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie, OR PIT loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie, OR BAL loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

Eliminated Teams

Oakland, New York, Buffalo, and Jacksonville

Now with the picks

Last Week’s Score: 8-8

Overall Score: 127-80

Thursday Night Football: Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)

In a battle of the two top teams in the AFC South, the Chargers travel to Arrowhead in what will be a very tough game for LA. Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs survived the top Ravens’ defense, and despite Tyreek Hill getting hurt, he intends to play on Thursday. While the Chargers have had a very quiet 10-3 season, they won’t beat KC. I’m picking Pat Mahomes to further his MVP campaign, and clinch a first round bye.

Prediction: Chiefs

Houston Texans (9-4) @ New York Jets (4-9)

The Texans’ 9 game winning streak may have come to an end, but not to worry because they’re playing the Jets. They’ll crush the Jets without even trying. No further analysis needed here.

Prediction: Texans

Saturday Night Football: Cleveland Browns (5-7-1) @ Denver Broncos (6-7)

In what is a must win for both teams, the Browns travel to Mile High to play the Broncos. Last week, The Browns beat the Panthers thanks to Carolina not playing any defense. Speaking of not playing defense, the Broncos didn’t against the Niners, giving up 210 yards in the first half to George Kittle. The Broncos aren’t going to play defense this week either, letting Baker Mayfield sling the ball ad nausesam as the Browns stay afloat.

Prediction: Browns

Arizona Cardinals (3-10) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

It’s kinda weird to think that a few years back, these two teams were perennial Super Bowl contenders. Now, they’re riding the tanks hard. Although the Falcons barely have a better record, the Falcons are still a much better team than the Cardinals. I’m picking the Falcons to blow the Cardinals out of the water, because their defense doesn’t have an answer for Julio, Ridley, or anyone else Matt Ryan has at his disposal.

Prediction: Falcons

Tennessee Titans (7-6) @ New York Giants (5-8)

The Redskins did a solid job making the Giant look like Super Bowl Contenders, with NY hanging up 40 points in the first half and Saquon Barkley running for more than 150 yards in the first half. The Titans dominated last Thursday Night, with Derrick Henry racking up more than 200 rushing yards, including a record tying 99 yard run. This game is going to be a battle of who has the better running back, and that is the Giants. I’m picking NY to win thanks to a strong performance from Saquon.

Prediction: Giants

Washington Redskins (6-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)

It only took one half of football for Jay Gruden to realize how much of an idiot he was in playing Mark Sanchez, so he turned to Josh Johnson. He may have played okay, but I don’t care. Josh Johnson won’t win another game to save his life, and the Redskins’ season is sunk. The Football Gods have abandoned this team long ago, and they’re damned for the rest of this year, as well as the next year. The Jags are going to win in a blowout.

Prediction: Jaguars

Miami Dolphins (7-6) @ Minnesota Vikings (6-6-1)

Kirk Cousins can’t win in big games, despite the incredibly talented roster he has around him. Cousins is 0-7 in Monday Night games, and 4-24 against winning teams. Now I think I know why the skins were so hesitant to keep him. He can put up numbers, but can’t win. Now, they host the Miami Dolphins in what is a must win for both teams. The Dolphins may have beaten New England on a miracle play, but that won’t happen this week. I’m going to pick the Minnesota Vikings to win this game, and try to keep themselves alive.

Prediction: Vikings

Detroit Lions (5-8) @ Buffalo Bills (4-9)

Both of these teams have no hopes at the playoffs, so they’re playing the rest of these games out for pride. The Bills, despite another 100 yard rushing performance from Josh Allen lost to the Jets, who decided to abandon the tank last week. The Lions beat the Cardinals last week, but I’m not impressed. I’m going to pick the Bills to beat the Lions, with a great performance from QB Josh Allen.

Prediction: Bills

Dallas Cowboys (8-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Since the Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper, they’ve been on a five game winning streak, trouncing their rival Redskins, and most recently the Eagles, and Cooper’s been a huge part of that. Cooper reeled in 3 TDs, including the game winner. The Colts may have shattered the Texans’ 9 game winning streak, but they won’t beat Dallas. Their defense won’t have an answer for Ezekiel Elliot or Amari Cooper. Dallas is going to keep rolling, and

Prediction: Cowboys

Oakland Raiders (3-10) @ Cincinatti Bengals (5-8)

The Raiders derped their way to a win over the Steelers, and now travel to take on another AFC North opponent in the Cincinatti Bengals. Cincy has lost five consecutive games, and things are getting worse with Jeff Driskel at QB.

Prediction: Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Although the Ravens lost a close game to the Chiefs, it looks like rookie QB Lamar Jackson will remain the starting quarterback, meaning that Joe Flacco is out the door. Now, the top defense of the Ravens will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Famous Jameis actually finished a game without throwing picks, which is pretty surprising. Even without throwing picks, the Bucs are still losing. I’m picking the Ravens to blow out the Bucs, and Lamar Jackson will be putting on a hell of a show.

Prediction: Ravens

Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) @ Chicago Bears (9-4)

The NFL’s oldest rivalry just got a lot more interesting. The Packers are sinking fast, and have fired Mike McCarthy. Now, the Bears have a chance to clinch the NFC North, and all they have to do is overcome their kryptonite. This game is going to be a battle, because during while the Bears have a dominating defense, no defense is a match for Aaron Rodgers shenanigans. I’m going to pick the Bears to beat the Packers for the fourth time this decade and clinch the division.

Prediction: Bears

Seattle Seahawks (8-5) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-10)

Seattle’s had a very quiet, yet very good 2018. Thanks to some Russell Wilson shenanigans, a good defense and a surprisingly good run game, the Seahawks are a game away from getting back to the playoffs. They won’t have much opposition, because the Niners are awful. They aren’t going to win this game, and the Seahawks just earned themselves a playoff berth.

Prediction: Seahawks

New England Patriots (9-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1)

Really Pittsburgh? Your kicker slips on the game winner and y’all lose to the Raiders? That’s pathetic. The Steelers are on a skid, losing their third straight game, which could spell doom for them, because the AFC North is wide open now. Things are getting worse because the Steelers are playing New England, who are undefeated at home. Yeah, this isn’t good. Even if James Conner is active, the Patriots are winning.

Prediction: Patriots

Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles (7-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-2)

The Eagles may sit Carson Wentz for the rest of the year, which essentially means that they’re giving up on the season, as well as the division. The Rams are going to win big, and try to clinch a first round bye.

Prediction: Rams

Monday Night Football: New Orleans Saints (11-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-7)

The Panthers have lost five straight games, and things aren’t looking that much better as they take on the division leading Saints. I mean seriously Carolina, what the heck is going on? Losing to the Bucs and Browns in back to back weeks? That’s just rough. NOLA exercised their demon last week, as they got their revenge on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and look to try to clinch a first round bye as they trounce Carolina on National TV.

Prediction: Saints