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If the NFL Playoffs started today...

Tuesday, Nov, 27 2012

After week 12's craziness, its time for another edition of "If the Playoffs Started Today!"  Here is a non-educated look at my thoughts of who will win it all!

NFC Seeds
1.) Atlanta Falcons (10-1)
2.) San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1)
3.) Chicago Bears (8-3)
4.) New York Giants (7-4)
5.) Green Bay Packers (7-4)
6.) Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

NFC Wild Card Round
Bears over Seahawks
Giants over Packers

NFC Divisional Round
49ers over Bears
Gaints over Falcons

NFC Championship Game
49ers over Giants

AFC Seeds
1.) Houston Texans (10-1)
2.) Balitmore Ravens (9-2)
3.) New England Patriots (8-3)
4.) Denver Broncos (8-3)
5.) Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
6.) Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

AFC Wild Card Round
Broncos over Colts
Patriots over Steelers

AFC Divisional Round
Broncos over Texans
Patriots over Ravens

AFC Championship Game
Patriots over Broncos

Super Bowl
Patriots over 49ers

***Changes, pretty much the only change from last week is the Bears and Packers flip-flop of spots***

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If the NFL Playoffs started today...

Tuesday, Nov, 20 2012

The time of the NFL season has come where all the bye weeks are over and everyone has played the same number of games!  The final six weeks of the season will be a sprint to the post season.  As previous years have indicated, it won't necessarily be the best teams from the regular season, but the hottest teams. 

For the next six weeks, I will bring you "what if the playoffs started today" where I will take a look at what the match-ups would be and give a current prediction to what will happen.  Of course, its early, but its fun.  That's the point of a blog, right?

NFC Seeds
1.) Atlanta Falcons (9-1)
2.) San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1)
3.) Green Bay Packers (7-3)
4.) New York Giants (6-4)
5.) Chicago Bears (7-3)
6.) Minnesota Vikings (6-4)

NFC Wild Card Round
Packers over Vikings
Giants over Bears

NFC Divisional Round
49ers over Packers
Gaints over Falcons

NFC Championship Game
49ers over Giants

AFC Seeds
1.) Houston Texans
2.) Balitmore Ravens
3.) New England Patriots
4.) Denver Broncos
5.) Indianapolis Colts
6.) Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Wild Card Round
Broncos over Colts
Patriots over Steelers

AFC Divisional Round
Broncos over Texans
Patriots over Ravens

AFC Championship Game
Patriots over Broncos

Super Bowl
Patriots over 49ers

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Miami vs Buffalo: YAY Football!!!

Thursday, Nov, 15 2012

Really?  I am a fan of the concept of Thursday Night Football cause I am an American Male, any excuse to drink beer and eat wings on a Thursday is a good thing!  HOWEVER, some of the match-ups this year have been BRUTAL!

I know, the NFL wanted every team to have one Thursday game for the competitive balance of the league.  I get that.  But as fans, we don’t want competitive balance!  We want GREAT MATCHUPS!  This one just sucks…

Good Thursday Match-ups:  Cowboys-Giants* (Week 1), Packers-Bears (Week 2), Giants-Panthers (Week 3), 49ers-Seahawks (Week 7), Texans-Lions** (Week 12), Cowboys-Redskins** (Week 12), Patriots-Jets** (Week 12), Saints-Falcons (Week 13)

Bad Thursday Match-ups: Ravens-Browns (Week 4), Rams-Cardinals (week 5), Titans-Steelers (Week 6), Bucs-Vikings (Week 8), Chargers-Chiefs (Week 9), Jaguars-Colts (Week 10), Dolphins-Bills (Week 11), Broncos-Raiders (Week 14), Bengals-Eagles (Week 15)

* I am aware this was played on a Wednesday
** Thanksgiving

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Are the Bucks sucking you in yet?

Thursday, Nov, 15 2012

I know, the Bucks aren’t the most popular sports franchise in the State of Wisconsin but with their 5-2 start and exciting style of play, the interest level is picking up steam.

Of course, there are 75-games left in the season and the likelihood of the Bucks continuing this pace to finish around 59-23 is far-fetched.  However, a competitive team is something Milwaukee will benefit from and fans WILL embrace.

Why is this team playing so well?  I think it’s fairly simple…

#1.) Solid Roster – I know, there is no Lebron James or Kevin Durant on the roster…however; there is no Jon Brockman or Marcus Haislip either.  Pretty much, 1-to-12, everyone on the roster is NBA capable.  I get that John Henson and Doron Lamb are unknown as rookies, but I am confident both will play in the league for years.  Credit goes to John Hammond for the team he has put together.

#2.) Scott Skiles – People were concerned about Skiles as a “lame duck” Coach this season since his contract expires at the end of the year.  This could be working in the Bucks favor, thought.  Skiles has been known for being a tough-nosed individual who will sit players regardless of contract/star power/ego if they aren’t selling out for him.  I think the last couple years, he got away from that in fear of being fired.  This year, he doesn’t care because if they don’t win and buy into to what he is selling, he is gone anyway!

#3.) Brandon Jennings – Two categories on the stat sheet that stand-out with him are steals and assists.  Jennings has stepped his game up in both areas and by doing so he has answered some critics (thus far).  He is averaging 3.1 steals (1.5 for his career), a stat that signifies a step up in defense (something that he was criticized for).  His assists are up as well to 7.9 (at 5.5 for his career).  He is being the floor general teams expect their point guards to be.

#4.) Larry Sanders – Have you seen Larry play?  His energy is magnetic but at the same time his game has taken a complete 180.  Sanders is averaging 10.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on the season; all up from the microscopic digits he posted his first two seasons.  Bucks fans for years have looked for that energy guy to get behind:  Ervin Johnson, Darvin Hamm, Dan Gadzuric (before his contract).  Sanders is killing that role this year.

#5.) Nothing to lose – Yup, I think everything points to this.  Hammond and Skiles don’t have contracts after this year.  Brandon Jennings did not get the contract extension he expected.  Monte Ellis is likely to opt out of his deal.  No one picked them to do everything.  So why not shock the world?  In fact, why not shock the nay-sayers in Wisconsin!

Plenty of room is available on the bandwagon!  Maybe I will see you sitting next to me sooner than later.

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QB Power Rankings - Week 7

Tuesday, Oct, 16 2012

My Week 7 QB Power Rankings... Wilson CATAPULTS while Kolb and Bradford PLUMMET

1.) Matt Ryan (ATL):  Another big week for the leading MVP candidate (-)

2.) El Manning (NYG): A HUGE weekend for Eli and the Giants in San Francisco (+4)

3.) Peyton Manning (DEN): One Word:  COMEBACK, Two Words:  SAN DIEGO (+4)

4.) Drew Brees (NO): Can the Saints make a run at 1-4 after the BYE (-)

5.) Aaron Rodgers (GB): “Shhhhh” but can  he do it again? (+5)

6.) Joe Flacco (BAL): a bounce back week for Flacco though he was outshined by some Super Bowl guys (-2)

7.) Tom Brady (NE): You have to score TDs in the NFL or you will get burned(-4)

8.) Matt Schaub (HOU): Completely unimpressed Sunday Night (-6)

9.) Robert Griffin III (WAS): Simply AMAZING performance against the Vikings (+5)

10.) Andy Dalton (CIN): Solid week but back-to-back loses to Miami & Cleveland? (-2)

11.) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Not a good week but not as bad as some (-)

12.) Jay Cutler (CHI):  Up four spots on a bye shows you how bad some were this week (+4)

13.) Alex Smith (SF): 4-2 but falling out of  favor in San Fran(-5)

14.) Russell Wilson (SEA): His 4th quarter performance warrants this high of a jump (+10)

15.) Matthew Stafford (DET):  Wonder if his 4th quarter performance was the start of what we expected from him this year (+3)

16.) Christian Ponder (MIN): 3-early field goals…if any are TDs, outcome may have changed (-4)

17.) Andrew Luck (IND): Rex Ryan made him look like a rookie (-4)

18.) Phillip Rivers (SD): I went to bed thinking the game was over…oops! (-3)

19.) Michael Vick (PHI): Vowed he would commit less turnovers, how did that go? (-3)

20.) Cam Newton (CAR): Wonder how the bye week might change things? (-)

21.) Tony Romo (DAL): Dez Bryant isn’t helping the Romo hate (+2)

22.) Ryan Tannehill (MIA): You win in this league, you make fans quickly (+5)

23.) Blaine Gabbert (JAX): Plain Blaine…bye week, nothing new (-1)

24.) Mark Sanchez (NYJ): Tebow who? (+4)

25.) Josh Freeman (TB): I had Tampa in the post season because of Josh…Sunday is what I thought we would see (+4)

26.) Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF): Team won but Fitzpatrick was subpar (-)

27.) Kevin Kolb (ARZ):  Dropped this far because it may be Skelton time soon (-10)

28.) Matt Hasselbeck (TEN): Feeling good after coming back on Pittsburgh (+2)

29.) Carson Palmer (OAK): You see flashes…the good and the bad (-4)

30.) Brandon Weeden (CLE): Finally down the turnovers and look what happened (+1)

31.) Sam Bradford (STL): Can you name one of his receivers (who didn’t play at Wisconsin) (-10)

32.) Brady Quinn (KC):  Fans may cheer for Cassel to return! (-)

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