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THE KEY MATCH UP IN SUPERBOWL 53

The story lines are abundant; Belichick vs. McVay, Brady vs Goff, Gurley vs. Michel, CJ Anderson vs. Weight Watchers, Edelman vs. Talib, you know, the big ones. Much will be made of how the Rams will try to cover Gronk, and how much he has left in the tank (he sure seems to have a pep in his step this week doesn’t he). There will be coverage on how healthy Todd Gurley really is. He’s had 2 weeks off since his incredibly low usage game vs. New Orleans. Do you really “save” your best play maker in the conference championship…

BRACKET BUSTERS: NFL EDITION

The NFL’s second season is upon us. 20 teams are booking their tee times for this weekend, but another 12 still remain. Is this the year of upsets? Or are we going Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk?! Some teams started out hotter than fish grease, I’m looking at you Rams and Chiefs, and rode that early success to some first round byes. Others like the Colts and Eagles made some second half pushes to snag the last playoff spots. It wasn’t all Luck though, the Colts were 9-1 in their last 10 games after starting out 1-5. The return of the Mack…

AND NOW, THE TIME HAS COME, THE END IS NEAR

For 20 NFL teams, their season comes to and end Sunday. Which means that Black Monday is upon us. The day where pink slips are more common than a Bird Box meme on Twitter. Two teams have already jumpstarted the process by ousting their head coach and finishing the season with interim guys. Some guys are all but a certainty to return, safe from getting the axe; Bill Belichick, Frank Reich, Mike Vrabel, Bill O’Brien, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, Anthony Lynn, Doug Pederson, Sean Payton, Mike Zimmer, Matt Nagy, Kyle Shanahan, Pete Carroll, and Sean McVay…

NFL POWER RANKINGS- MERRY CHRISTMAS EDITION

Its a holly jolly Christmas, and a bunch of time has passed since the last set of power rankings. Way back then Khalil Mack was a Raider, Patrick Mahomes was untested, and Adrian Peterson was a has been. Fast forward 4 months and the season is winding down. With just 1 and 1/16th of a season left on the regular schedule, lets take stock of where teams currently sit. This is not a direct reflection of where they are in the standings, but rather how they’re looking going into the playoffs. These rankings don’t care about your record, but it…

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW?

I intended to wait until the offseason had hit before punching this up, but circumstances this week have made the Patriots’ season look dire. I mean, the horrors of going 11-5?! After back to back losses though, some cracks have started to show. I still believe that the Patriots can get some stuff done, but either way, the end of the season is in sight. In that vein, lets review the roster, more specifically, who will be around for the 2019 season. Some guys will leave in free agency, some will be cap casualties, and some are all but guaranteed…

EVERYONE LOVES MUSICAL CHAIRS ESPECIALLY THE NFL

Who didn’t love playing musical chairs back in grammar school? Well, we’re coming up on the end of the NFL’s regular season. With 2 weeks left its now time for teams to take stock in what they’ve got, and what they need to do to reach where they want to go. Every off season sees some level of upheaval. This year though could be particularly interesting. The 2019 draft does not have any surefire instant starters, coupled with 5 teams having drafted their quarterback of the future (and present) in the first round last year. Add in that about 1/3…

THOUGHTS ON ALL 32 TEAMS I’LL BLAME ON ALCOHOL BY OCTOBER

  The NFL provided an appetizer to the main course that is kicking off Sunday morning with the Falcons at Eagles on Thursday night. In spite of the nail biting (unless you’ve watched the Falcons before, in which case it seemed like a forgone conclusion) finish, the game was right up Pepe Le Pew’s alley. Hopefully the rest of the league can shake off the pre-season stink and put on a show resembling good football. To wet your beak a bit we’ve got some wacky, weird, worrisome, wholly unsubstantiated oddball predictions for this season, along with playoff picks. Just some…

NFL POWER RANKINGS 1.0

I HAVE THE POWER………… ….… RANKINGS Week three of the pre-season is wrapping up. Its now all about figuring out the last couple spots on the back ends of rosters, some cuts, some waiver wire movement, and keeping the stars safe between now and the start of the regular season. Before we’ve had the chance to watch a down of real football (and make no mistake, pre-season football isn’t real football. Its like calling a McDonalds hamburger a hamburger. Yes technically its a burger, but I mean, c’mon now) we’ve got to arrogantly prognosticate who the best of the best…

POTENTIAL PATRIOT TARGETS

Following the releases of Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, and Jordan Matthews, along with the abrupt retirement of Eric Decker the Patriots receiving corps depth is thinner than an anorexic model sipping on cucumber water. Left standing in the wide receiver meeting room are Julian Edelman, who is suspended for the first 4 games of the…

2018 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ROSTER MIS-PROJECTIONS

In honor of the Taylor Swift concert tonight at Gillette, we’ve waited until today to unveil the pre-season roster projection for the New England Patriots. Why wait for Tay-Tay? Because the shelf life of this projection being accurate is about as long as a Taylor Swift relationship. There is about as good a chance of this projection being correct as there is of the Lakers winning the Larry O’Brien this year. Full honesty for  moment. When I hand wrote the projections out last night, I had Troy Niklas making the squad as a veteran blocking tight end. While working today…