Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017 NFL Week 5 Results and Recap

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette

Week 5
My Prediction
34-28 NE
New England Patriots (3-2) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
19-14 NE
30-25 NYJ
New York Jets (3-2) vs Cleveland Browns (0-5)
17-14 NYJ
24-17 DET
Carolina Panthers (4-1) vs Detroit Lions (3-2)
27-24 CAR
35-16 IND
San Francisco 49ers (0-5) vs Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
26-23 IND
28-27 MIA
Tennessee Titans (2-3) vs Miami Dolphins (2-2)
16-10 MIA
16-12 BUF
Buffalo Bills (3-2) vs Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
20-16 CIN
42-19 NYG
Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) vs New York Giants (0-5)
27-22 LAC
29-27 PIT
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
30-9 JAX
30-28 PHI
Arizona Cardinals (2-3) vs Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
34-7 PHI
14-13 LAR
Seattle Seahawks (3-2) vs Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
16-10 SEA
28-20 OAK
Baltimore Ravens (3-2) vs Oakland Raiders (2-3)
30-17 BAL
28-24 DAL
Green Bay Packers (4-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
35-31 GB
27-26 KC
Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) vs Houston Texans (2-3)
42-34 KC
21-13 MIN
Minnesota Vikings (3-2) vs Chicago Bears (1-4)
20-17 MIN

BYE: Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints

Week 5 Results: 7-7
Season Results: 42-35

Game and Predictions Results and Recap:

Thursday Night Football

This week's edition of Thursday Night Football featured two of the most high powered offenses in the NFL as the New England Patriots squared off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In spite of both teams moving the ball well, the game was a low scoring affair.

Buccaneers' quarterback Jameis Winston racked up 334 yards passing while running back Doug Martin made his return to the team and rushed for 74 yards, combining for two touchdowns. But the story was the defense, that held the high-powered Patriots' offense to just 19 points, their lowest scoring output of the season.

But it wasn't enough to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, New England was able to score just enough to get the win. The Pats defense has struggled in recent weeks, but showed up in a big way on this night. They still gave up a lot of yardage, 409 overall, but only allowed two touchdowns in the win.

Sunday Day Games

A surprise on the Sunday slate of games was how well the Philadelphia Eagles continued to play. They took care of the Arizona Cardinals with a 34-7 dominant performance at home. Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz is proving that he is the real deal, leading Philly to a 4-1 start to the season.

The other surprise of the day was the Jacksonville Jaguars and their bounce back performance after a terrible loss to the New York Jets. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field behind a great defensive performance. They forced Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw five interceptions and no touchdowns. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette continued his stellar rookie campaign, rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

The New York Giants were the disappointment of the weekend. Not because they lost to the previously 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers. Not because they dropped to 0-5 on the season. But because their season is effectively over with the season-ending injuries to wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall. They were a team that many picked to make the playoffs, but they are officially in crisis mode. Sorry Giants fans.

Sunday Night Football

The Sunday Night Football match-up pitted the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs against the upstart Houston Texans. This game had the early makings of a blowout, but got interesting in the end with the Chiefs holding off the Texans, 42-34.

Although the Texans lost, their fans should continue to be encouraged by the play of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson passed for 261 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. That gives him 12 touchdowns and four interceptions on the season, a great start. The loss was magnified by the news that an injury sustained by All-World defensive lineman J.J. Watt would need season ending surgery. A big blow to one of the best defenses in the league.

On the other side, the Chiefs are proving that they are the best team in football, stating 5-0. Quarterback Alex Smith continues to enjoy the best start of his career, passing for 324 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. That gives him 11 passing touchdowns and no interceptions to start the season. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt continues to impress, rushing for 107 yards on the day, giving him 609 yards for the season.

Monday Night Football

The big story line heading into the Monday Night Football was the first career start of first round pick, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the Chicago Bears. He was facing a Minnesota Vikings defense that has been stingy all season long, a tough first test.

Trubisky performed as one would expect, like a rookie. He threw a lot of safe passes and tried to limit mistakes. He passed for a touchdown and an interception, keeping the game close, but ultimately  coming up short. It was the start of a new era in Chicago and Trubisky showed some signs that he can be the franchise leader for the future.

For the Vikings, quarterback Sam Bradford tried to make the start after returning from a leg injury, but proved ineffective. He was replaced late in the first half by Case Keenum, who led three scoring drives in the second half and got the win, 20-17. Keenum has never been more than a backup throughout his career, but will get his chance if Bradford can't get 100% healthy.

Weekly Predictions

Another week of being .500 has kept me seven games up for the season. I am in better position this season than I was last season, but will need some strong weeks if I am going to beat my final results from last year. I'll be at the showdown for first place in the AFC East this weekend between the Jets and Patriots, so I really hope my prediction for that game is wrong (Spoiler Alert). Enjoy Week 6!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 NFL Week 4 Results and Recap

Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson

Another week of NFL football, and another week of unexpected results. Injuries mixed with some good young performances, highlighted Week 4. Here are the results.

Week 4

My Prediction
24-21 GB
Chicago Bears (1-3) vs Green Bay Packers (3-1)
35-14 GB
35-33 MIA
New Orleans Saints (2-2) vs Miami Dolphins (1-2)
20-0 NO
21-18 HOU
Tennessee Titans (2-2) vs Houston Texans (2-2)
57-14 HOU
21-17 NYJ
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) vs New York Jets (2-2)
23-20 NYJ
27-20 NE
Carolina Panthers (3-1) vs New England Patriots (2-2)
33-30 CAR
25-21 DET
Detroit Lions (3-1) vs Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
14-7 DET
33-20 ATL
Buffalo Bills (3-1) vs Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
23-17 BUF
16-13 BAL
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
26-9 PIT
33-27 CIN
Cincinnati Bengals (1-3) vs Cleveland Browns (0-4)
31-7 CIN
27-17 DAL
Los Angeles Rams (3-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
35-30 LAR
25-24 LAC
Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) vs Los Angeles Chargers (0-4)
26-24 PHI
38-36 TB
New York Giants (0-4) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
25-23 TB
27-21 ARI
San Francisco 49ers (0-4) vs Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
18-15 ARI
27-25 OAK
Oakland Raiders (2-2) vs Denver Broncos (3-1)
16-10 DEN
31-20 SEA
Indianapolis Colts (1-3) vs Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
46-18 SEA
21-17 KC
Washington Redskins (2-2) vs Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
29-20 KC

Week 4 Results: 9-7
Season Results: 35-28

Games and Predictions Results and Recap:

Thursday Night Football

The Mike Glennon Era is already coming to a close in Chicago, as the Bears have announced that they will start Mitchell Trubisky in week 5. The Bears offense was lifeless in the 35-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers and the rebuild is officially on in the Windy City.

The Packers were short in the backfield with Ty Montgomery out due to injury, but its okay because they still have this guy names Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers didn't throw for a lot of yards, but he didn't commit a turnover, passing for four touchdowns. That's always a recipe for victory.

Sunday Day Games

Two words for you. Deshaun. Watson. Holy cow! The rookie quarterback of the Houston Texans seems to be getting more comfortable with every start in the NFL. He absolutely dismantled the Tennessee Titans defense, passing for 283 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in a huge 57-14 win at home.

Switching gears, I am going to take a second and actually talk about my New York Jets, who looked like a real football team for the second week in a row. I know I picked them to win this week, but that was before the Jacksonville Jaguars scored 44 points the week prior in London. I am pleasantly surprised at how they have played, and although I want a high draft pick, I can't be mad at watching fun, competitive football.

My surprise of the week is just how bad the Miami Dolphins offense has looked for the second straight week in a row. They have now scored 6 points over their last two games, getting shut out by one of the worst defense in football, the New Orleans Saints. They are apparently staying with Jay Cutler as the starting quarterback, but I have to admit, I didn't think he'd be this bad.

Sunday Night Football

This was a close, competitive game in the first half, and in the blink of an eye it wasn't. An explosion of 22 points in the third quarter and a sign of life from Eddie Lacy blew this game wide open for the Seattle Seahawks against the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts' quarterback Jacoby Brissett has looked like the real deal in the past few weeks, but the veteran Seahawks' defense made him look pedestrian. Frank Gore was stuffed most of the night and the Colts' wide receivers struggled to get separation for Brissett to find them.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson struggled to get into a rhythm in the first half, but settled in in the second half and had efficient statistics. But the Seahawks were anchored by their defense, who returned both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns.

Monday Night Football

When the schedule makers were deciding which games to put on primetime, this was the type of game they hoped for. The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins put on a show  Monday night that kept everyone on the edge of their seat.

The Redskins did a lot right this game, but the big turnover late while trying to stage a comeback ended that effort. Quarterback Kirk Cousins wasn't on his A game, but he didn't make any huge mistakes. The running game didn't do him any favors as their three headed rushing attack of Perine, Kelley and Thompson were generally ineffective.

This win was big for the Chiefs, as they now have the title of being the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Quarterback Alex Smith was his normal efficient self with 293 yards, one touchdown on 27/37 passing. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt continued his amazing season by going over 100 yards rushing again, but no one outperformed tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce had seven receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown to remind the league why he is one of the premier players in the league.

Weekly Predictions

I have officially started off the year with four weeks of non-negative results. Going 9-7 this week was a pleasant surprise. Quarterbacks Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota and running back Dalvin Cook all went down for their respective teams, teams who I thought would compete for division titles. Cook is out for the season, Carr will miss 6-8 weeks and Mariota can be ready to come back this week. We'll see how this effects my predictions because I had all three of their teams (Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings) doing well this season.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Best College Wide Receiver Factories in CFB History

Hall of Famer Cris Carter at Ohio State University

With the college football season upon us it is only right that I do a post about college football, right? Only question is now, what to write it on? The answer, the divas of football, wide receivers.

I was watching the USC game this weekend because I was hoping to get a glimpse of my possible New York Jets future quarterback Sam Darnold. As I was watching the classic looking red and gold jerseys go up and down the field, I got to thinking, just how many great wide receivers have they had?

Being a Jets fan, I am familiar with Keyshawn Johnson and how great he was both in college and the NFL, but how many more came from SoCal? Time for some research!

I took a look at the schools that some of the current great wide receivers came from and also used to look up the top 250 wide receivers in receiving yards in NFL history. The results were interesting, and the shocker USC didn’t even make the list.

The criteria I used for this list is the number of players who appeared on the list against the greatness of the players who made it. The greatness factor was only really used in terms of ranking the schools who were tied with the same number of players. So without further ado, here is the list of the best college wide receiver factories in the nation.

(I included the stats of the players next to them, and also a * indicated that the player is still active.)

MSU WR Plaxico Burress

10. Michigan State - 4 Players

Andre Rison - 12 Seasons (1989-2000), 743 Rec, 10,205 Yds, 84 TD
Muhsin Muhammad - 14 Seasons (1996-2009), 860 Rec, 11,438, 62 TD
Derrick Mason - 15 Seasons (1997-2011), 943 Rec, 12,061 Yds, 66 TD
Plaxico Burress - 11 Seasons (2000-2008, 2011-2012), 553 Rec, 8,499 Yds, 64 TD

Starting off the list is perennial powerhouse Michigan State. The Spartans have produced four players in the top 250 and all four have had great NFL careers. Each player on the list has 60+ touchdowns in their career and only Plaxico Burress has less than 10,000 yards, although he did miss part of his career.

SDSU WR Darnay Scott

9. San Diego State - 5 Players

Gary Garrison - 12 Seasons (1966-1977), 405 Rec, 7,538 Yds, 58 TD
Haven Moses - 14 Seasons (1968-1981), 448 Rec, 8,091 Yds, 56 TD
Isaac Curtis - 12 Seasons (1973-1984), 416 Rec, 7,101 Yds, 53 TD
Webster Slaughter - 13 Seasons (1986-1998), 563 Rec, 8,111 Yds, 44 TD
Darnay Scott - 9 Seasons (1994-2002), 408 Rec, 6,193 Yds, 37 TD

Next up is San Diego state, which admittedly, I know little about. While I recognized some of the names just from knowing some NFL history, none of them really pop out at me. But numbers don't lie. When all five players have played for 9+ seasons in the NFL, they are doing something right. The Aztecs may not be as good in recent history, but they have a proud legacy with NFL wide receivers.

Tennessee WR Stanley Morgan

8. Tennessee - 5 Players

Stanley Morgan - 14 Seasons (1977-1990), 557 Rec, 10,716 Yds, 72 TD
Willie Gault - 11 Seasons (1983-1993), 333 Rec, 6,635 Yds, 44 TD
Anthony Miller - 10 Seasons (1988-1997), 595 Rec, 9,148 Yds, 63 TD
Carl Pickens - 9 Seasons (1992-2000), 540 Rec, 7,129 Yds, 63 TD
Peerless Price - 9 Seasons (1999-2007), 403 Rec, 5,281 Yds, 31 TD

Coming in at eight is the Tennessee Volunteers. Their numbers may not be as flashy as some of the other teams on the list, but they have had effective players come from their school. Their most proficient player is New England Patriots great Stanley Morgan who dominated the field for 14 seasons in the league.

Michigan WR Amani Toomer

7. Michigan - 5 Players

Anthony Carter - 11 Seasons (1985-1995), 486 Rec, 7,733 Yds, 55 TD
Chris Calloway - 11 Seasons (1990-2000), 386 Rec, 5,497 Yds, 30 TD
Derrick Alexander - 9 Seasons (1994-2002), 417 Rec, 6,971 Yds, 40 TD
Amani Toomer - 13 Seasons (1996-2008), 668 Rec, 9,497 Yds, 54 TD
Braylon Edwards - 8 Seasons (2005-2012), 359 Rec, 5,522 Yds, 40 TD

Michigan coming in only at seventh will probably surprise a few, but for my research method, this is where they sit. Highlighted by New York Giants great and Super Bowl champions Amani Toomer, the Wolverines have given the NFL some great players. With head coach Jim Harbough looking like the real deal, hopefully they can produce more standout wide receivers in the future.

FSU WR Anquan Boldin

6. Florida State - 5 Players

Fred Biletnikoff - 14 Seasons (1965-1978), 589 Rec, 8,974 Yds, 76 TD
Jessie Hester - 11 Seasons (1985-1995), 373 Rec, 5,850 Yds, 29 TD
Laveranues Coles - 10 Seasons (2000-2009), 674 Rec, 8,609 Yds, 49 TD
Anquan Boldin - 14 Seasons (2003-2016), 1,076 Rec, 13,779 Yds, 82 TD
Kelvin Benjamin - 3 Seasons (2014-2016), 136 Rec, 1,949 Yds, 16 TD *

Now onto one of my rooting interests in college football Florida State. I am all too familiar with their history. and happy to see them on the list. I included current player, and youngster Kelvin Benjamin on the list due to the fact that he has a chance at cracking the top 250. There is an award named after one of their greats, Fred Biletnikoff, that goes to the best wide receiver in college football, not too shabby. Go Noles!

LSU WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry

5. LSU - 6 Players

Carlos Carson - 10 Seasons (1980-1989), 353 Rec, 6,372 Yds, 33 TD
Eric Martin - 10 Seasons (1985-1994), 553 Rec, 8,161 Yds, 49 TD
Eddie Kennison - 13 Seasons (1996-2008) - 548 Rec, 8,345 Yds, 42 TD
Dwayne Bowe - 9 Seasons (2007-2015), 537 Rec, 7,208 Yds, 44 TD
Jarvis Landry - 3 Seasons (2014-2016) - 288 Rec, 3,051 Yds, 13 TD *
Odell Beckham - 3 Seasons (2014-2016) - 288 Rec, 4,122 Yds, 35 TD *

He may be a big baby, but man can he catch a football. Next on the list is LSU, who has current superstar Odell Beckham Jr. currently showing off his talent in the league. He is en route to becoming the most prolific wide receiver to ever play the game, if he can keep his head on straight. They have also produced NFL stars Eddie Kennison and Dwayne Bowe.

Florida WR Ike Hilliard

4. Florida - 6 Players

Nat Moore - 13 Seasons (1974-1986), 510 Rec, 7,546 Yds, 74 TD
Wes Chandler - 11 Seasons (1978-1988), 559 Rec, 8,966 Yds, 56 TD
Cris Collinsworth - 8 Seasons (1981-1988), 417 Rec, 6,698 Yds, 36 TD
Ike Hilliard - 12 Seasons (1997-2008), 546 Rec, 6,397 Yds, 35 TD
Darrell Jackson - 9 Seasons (2000-2008), 499 Rec, 7,132 Yds, 51 TD
Jabar Gaffney - 11 Seasons (2002-2012), 447 Rec, 5,690 Yds, 24 TD

The Florida Gators come up next in fourth, and they have some noteworthy names on the list. One in particular is in our houses every week as a color commentator on NBC's Sunday Night Football, Cris Collinsworth. Most kids growing up listening to his voice probably don't realize that he is one of the best wide receivers in Cincinnati Bengals history and player in Super Bowl XXIII while on the team.

Stanford WR Ed McCaffrey

3. Stanford - 6 Players

Chris Burford - 8 Seasons (1960-1967), 391 Rec, 5,505 Yds, 55 TD
Gene Washington - 10 Seasons (1969-1979), 385 Rec, 6,856 Yds, 60 TD
Tony Hill - 10 Seasons (1977-1986), 479 Rec, 7.988 Yds, 51 TD
James Lofton - 16 Seasons (1978-1993), 764 Rec, 14,004 Yds, 75 TD
Ed McCaffrey - 13 Seasons (1991-2003), 565 Rec, 7,422 Yds, 55 TD
Doug Baldwin - 6 Seasons (2011-2016), 368 Rec, 4,954 Yds, 36 TD *

The top three. Coming in third is the west coast powerhouse, Stanford. Stanford has been known for its high level of competitiveness as well as its high academic standard. Well they should also be known as a wide receiver machine. Producing greats like James Lofton and Ed McCaffrey, the names on the list and statistics speak for themselves. 

OSU WR Joey Galloway

2. Ohio State - 7 Players

Paul Warfield - 13 Seasons (1964-1977), 427 Rec, 8,565 Yds, 85 TD
Cris Carter - 16 Seasons (1987-2002), 1,101 Rec, 13,899 Yds, 130 TD
Jeff Graham - 11 Seasons (1991-2001), 542 Rec, 8,172 Yds, 30 TD
Joey Galloway - 16 Seasons (1995-2010), 701 Rec, 10,950 Yds, 77 TD
Terry Glenn - 12 Seasons (1996-2007), 593 Rec, 8,823 Yds, 44 TD
Santonio Holmes - 9 Seasons (2006-2014), 389 Rec, 6,030 Yds, 36 TD
Michael Thomas - 1 Seasons (2016), 92 Rec, 1,137 Yds, 9 TDs *

A school that isn't used to being second in anything, THE Ohio State University is the runner up on this list. But, wow, they have some great, Great, GREAT receivers in their proud history. Cris Carter highlights the stellar group that includes Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn, Santonio Holmes and a rising star in Michael Thomas. They may be struggling this season thus far, but if history is true, they will right the ship without a problem.

Miami WR Michael Irvin

1. Miami (FL) - 8 Players

Eddie Brown - 7 Seasons (1985-1991), 363 Rec, 6,134 Yds, 41 TD
Brett Perriman - 10 Seasons (1988-1997), 525 Rec, 6,589 Yds, 30 TD
Brian Blades - 11 Seasons (1988-1998), 581 Rec, 7,620 Yds, 34 TD
Michael Irvin - 12 Seasons (1988-1999), 750 Rec, 11,904 Yds, 65 TD
Reggie Wayne - 14 Seasons (2001-2014), 1070 Rec, 14,345 Yds, 82 TD
Santana Moss - 14 Seasons (2001-2014), 732 Rec, 10,283 Yds, 66 TD
Andre Johnson - 14 Seasons (2003-2016), 1062 Rec, 14,185 Yds, 70 TD
Allen Hurns - 3 Seasons (2014-2016), 150 Rec, 2,185 Yds, 19 TD *

The cream of the crop. The top of the heap. The kings of the mountain. THE U! Yes, The University of Miami is the best wide receiver factory in all of the nation. Brian Blades, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Michael Irvin. I really don't think I have to say more, but I will. The Hurricanes burst onto the scene in the late 90's and have continued to make their stamp on football. They currently have star Allen Hurns in the NFL and it looks like he will hold the U's proud tradition up with ease. 

So this concludes the list. Agree? Disagree? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It is Time for the SEC to Wake Up and Finally Clean House


Its football time in Tennessee. The beautiful smells of barbeque at the tailgate, the Tennessee River in the background, and Neyland Stadium packed to the brim with 102,000 passionate Volunteer fans...oh wait, Neyland wasn't full.

Even with a paid attendance of 95,000, Neyland was checkered, not with orange and white, but with empty bleachers in the 2nd half as Butch Jones and the Vols struggled to beat now 0-5 UMass. A team who has now lost 8 games in a row, by a score of 17-13. The fans there and at home on social media all agree on one thing, Butch Jones should no longer be the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.

This is not exclusive to Knoxville. In Lexington, Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats blew a 27-14 4th quarter lead to the Florida Gators to lose their 31st straight game to the folks from Gainesville. In a game where Florida played terribly.

In the Southwest Classic at Jerry World in Arlington, Kevin Sumlin's Texas A&M Aggies outdueled Bret Bielema's Arkansas Razorbacks in a game where it seemed both teams were trying to lose. Also, let's not start on the cases of Missouri and South Carolina, both whom struggled mightily, with Will Muschamp's Gamecocks barely beating Louisiana Tech at home by a final score of 17-16.

Right now all of college football is wondering to themselves, what the hell has happened to the SEC? With the exception of  Alabama (duh), Georgia, Auburn, and possibly Florida, the SEC has become a cesspool of terrible coaching and overall crap football.

From 2006-2012, every national champion came from the Southeastern Conference, with the 2011 edition being LSU vs Alabama. In 2017 however, most people can predict what the SEC Championship game can be and its only Week 4.

I am a student and fan of the University of Louisville and I have enjoyed the rise in quality of ACC football, but I will always cherish those classic afternoon games on CBS between powerhouses in loud stadiums (well also I've fallen in love with the University of Georgia overall as a school but we'll ignore that for now). The SEC's slogan is "It Just Means More", and this is my call for the ADs of the conference to start acting like it.

Coaches like Butch Jones and Kevin Sumlin are long overdue for their terminations, as they both respectively lost their locker rooms. In 2015 at Texas A&M with the sudden transfers of starting QB Kyle Allen and backup QB Kyler Murray right before their bowl game, and last season at Tennessee with players like Jalen Hurd quitting midway through the year.

It is absolutely disrespectful and a disgrace to these historic football programs that these Jones and Sumlin still have jobs.

Bret Bielema at Arkansas has misused his star talent after taking the job in 2013. It is time to move on and the Razorbacks need to get a new man to offically rebuild after the Petrino debacle. Will Muschamp has always been questionable as a head coach after getting fired from Florida in 2014, and has now proven to be less than admirable in Columbia as Steve Spurrier's replacement.

Arkansas and South Carolina were both powers that helped the SEC become the premier conference at the beginning of the decade, and are now just hollow shells of those teams.

The Mark Stoops experiment in Kentucky is offically dead and over. Stoops saved his job for the future and won over the fans by finally beating Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium last season. But he lost all of those fans with his fantastic chokejob to Florida this past Saturday in the final minutes.

Stoops has recruited star talent year after year to a non-football power, but in order for UK to finally sit at the dinner table, they need a head honcho who is ready to use this talent the right way and hit that 9 or 10 win threshold. just Missouri, we don't know how they are in the SEC, but we have to live with this and somehow they need to wake up and get with the program.

Ironically though, the school I have not mentioned is typically seen as the bottom feeder with UK, and that is Vanderbilt. Although they got stomped by Alabama 59-0 at home, Derek Mason has started the year hot at 3-1.

Mason may be getting the program back to where James Franklin had it before he bolted to State College. Besides, its Alabama, we should not measure a traditionally academic first university like Vandy on that one game.

The message is clear, the SEC needs to start being the SEC. No more coddling these mediocre head coaches. No more accepting 8 or 9 win seasons, and hoping that his 5 star laced recruiting class will be the one to compete with Bama.

It is time to scrap the zeros and get with the heroes. Heroes like Jeff Brohm, who has turned Purdue from a 3 win team to a bowl team in 1 season after winning countless Conference USA titles at Western Kentucky.

College football needs Tennessee to run through the Power T and be expected to kick some ass. College football needs Texas A&M's 12th man to be the most feared environment in the land with the team to equal. College football needs the real SEC back. What college football does not need is Alabama and a bunch of dudes.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 NFL Week 3 Results and Recap

Vikings' wide receiver Stefon Diggs scoring a TD vs the Bucs

This was one of the oddest weeks I've seen in the NFL, one that I like to call 'Bizarro Week.' With upsets galore, it was a week where some teams stepped up and overperformed, while others disappointed. Here are the weeks' results with the weekly recap below.

Week 3

My Prediction
20-14 SF
Los Angeles Rams (2-1) vs San Francisco 49ers (0-3)
41-39 LAR
27-21 BAL
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1)
44-7 JAX
29-20 IND
Cleveland Browns (0-3) vs Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
31-28 IND
20-16 PHI
New York Giants (0-3) vs Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)
27-24 PHI
22-21 MIA
Miami Dolphins (1-1) vs New York Jets (1-2)
20-6 NYJ
21-16 DEN
Denver Broncos (2-1) vs Buffalo Bills (2-1)
26-16 BUF
34-27 CAR
New Orleans Saints (1-2) vs Carolina Panthers (2-1)
34-13 NO
30-21 PIT
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) vs Chicago Bears (1-2)
23-17 CHI
41-33 ATL
Atlanta Falcons (3-0) vs Detroit Lions (2-1)
30-26 ATL
27-25 TB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) vs Minnesota Vikings (2-1)
34-17 MIN
23-13 NE
Houston Texans (1-2) vs New England Patriots (2-1)
36-33 NE
30-24 TEN
Seattle Seahawks (1-2) vs Tennessee Titans (2-1)
33-27 TEN
27-24 GB
Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) vs Green Bay Packers (2-1)
27-24 GB
16-14 KC
Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) vs Los Angeles Chargers (0-3)
24-10 KC
32-24 OAK
Oakland Raiders (2-1) vs Washington Redskins (2-1)
27-10 WAS
42-37 DAL
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) vs Arizona Cardinals (1-2)
28-17 DAL

Week 3 Results: 8-8
Season Results: 26-21

Game and Prediction Results and Recap:

Thursday Night Football

If you tell me that you thought that this game was going to be entertaining, then I will tell you that you are a bold faced liar. But entertaining it was, and it featured lots of offense and little defense. Which comes as a surprise, considering both the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are supposed to have good defenses.

But there was no question who shined on this weekday night, the quarterbacks. Youngster Jared Goff put up solid numbers again, passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns, showing why the Rams chose him in the draft. While journeyman Brian Hoyer almost got the Niners their first win by passing for 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Rams may have came out on top, but both teams showed that they belonged in the Primetime spot on this night.

Sunday Day Games

MY NEW YORK JETS WON A GAME! Now that I got that out of the way, I don't know how I should feel about the game. The Jets handily defeated the Miami Dolphins, but I have some real mixed emotions about the game. The fanboy in me is happy with how they performed and even happier that it was against the Fins. But the logical fan in me knows that winning games with a 38 year old stopgap quarterback isn't what the team needs. We need a top draft pick. But a wins a win.

Now onto the surprise of the day, and it came from across the pond. The game played in London between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars was supposed to be competitive, but no one told the Ravens that.

The Ravens seemed like they never got off the plane as they were taken apart in every facet of the game by the Jags. Is this performance by the Jags offense going to become the new norm or just a one time thing? If they can run the ball this well every week, then we will see Jacksonville in the win column often.

The disappointment of the week was how poor the Carolina Panthers played against the New Orleans Saints, well, actually all season. They are 2-1, but their record does not portray how bad they have played. Quarterback Cam Newton has no time to do anything, as his line continues to fail him time and time again. He needs help or his career will be cut short.

Sunday Night Football

The struggling Washington Redskins offense up against the rising Oakland Raiders all pointed towards a lopsided game, but probably opposite of what you would have predicted. The Redskins came out and took care of business against one of the early Super Bowl favorites.

Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins was sharp, passing for 365 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense held the Raiders offense at bay. The Raiders' defense couldn't stop anything that the Redskins wanted to do and need to fix that if they aspire to compete for a championship.

Monday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys got the win against the Arizona Cardinals, but there is a lot to be alarmed about in Dallas. The offensive line looked awful for the majority of the game, with running back Ezekiel Elliott hit behind the line on majority of his rushes.

The lack of run blocking and overall protection is the reason why Dallas had to run a lot of bootleg passes. It allowed quarterback Dak Prescott to make plays on the run while not worrying about pressure in his face. It worked this week, but the Cowboys need to fix their line issues or they will struggle all season.

Weekly Predictions

It was doom and gloom to start the week. I still haven't gotten a Thursday Night Football game prediction correct, and the early return for the Sunday games was not promising. But a strong rally in the late Sunday games and the Cowboys pulling off their win was enough to pull be even for the week. Three weeks in, and three weeks without a losing record, I'll take it.