Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sports Opinions Podcast: Episode 8 with host Alex Cuesta



Host Alex Cuesta flies solo on this episode and discusses the NFL Playoffs, New York Giants, New York Jets, NBA, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Rutgers Football. Enjoy!

Friday, January 12, 2018

2017 NFL Wild Card Results & Divisional Round Power Rankings and Predictions

Saints QB Drew Brees

Wild Card Round

My Prediction
Games
Final
28-19 KC
(KC -8)
Tennessee Titans (9-7) vs Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
22-21 TEN
33-23 LAR
(LAR -6.5)
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) vs Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
26-13 ATL
27-13 JAX
(JAX -8)
Buffalo Bills (9-7) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)
10-3 JAX
44-36 CAR (CAR +6.5)
Carolina Panthers (11-5) vs New Orleans Saints (11-5)
31-26 NO

Wild Card Round Results: 0-4
Playoffs Results: 0-4

Recap:

An odd set of games to start the playoffs. Marcus Mariota guides the Titans past the Chiefs by throwing a TD to himself, Rams were a no-show and both the Jags and Bills were terrible offensively. The only game that lived up to playoff billing was Carolina vs New Orleans with the Saints holding off the Panthers in the end. As for my picks, I don't want to talk about them. 

Divisional Round Power Rankings

1.       Minnesota Vikings (13-3) +/-No Change
2.       New England Patriots (13-3) +/-No Change
3.       Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) +/-No Change
4.       New Orleans Saints (11-5) +2 Rise
5.       Atlanta Falcons (10-6) +5 Rise
6.       Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) +/-No Change
7.       Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6) +1 Rise
8.       Tennessee Titans (9-7) +3 Rise
9.       Carolina Panthers (11-5) -5 Fall
10.   Los Angeles Rams (11-5) -5 Fall
11.   Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) -2 Fall
12.   Buffalo Bills (9-7) +/-No Change

Division Round Predictions Against the Spread

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) vs Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) – 24-20 ATL (ATL -3)

Tennessee Titans (9-7) vs New England Patriots (13-3) – 30-20 NE (TEN +13.5)

Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) – 27-14 PIT (PIT -7)


New Orleans Saints (11-5) vs Minnesota Vikings (13-3) – 29-23 MIN (MIN -5)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sports Opinions Podcast: Episode 7 with guest Mat Santos


with guest Mat Santos

On this episode of the Sports Opinions Podcast, host Alex Cuesta touch on their Super Bowl picks, whether the CFP got it right, if Trae Young is legit and  an array of topics about the NBA. Listen, comment and enjoy!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sports Opinions QB Ranks vs Bleacher Report QB Ranks

Panther's QB Cam Newton

A few weeks ago on Episode 5 of the Sports Opinions Podcast, host Alex Cuesta (me) and guest Joe Hackett went through their list of the top quarterbacks this season. Recently, Bleacher Report let out a similar list, so I took it upon myself to do a side-by-side comparison of each list. As you will see below, I give you the Sports Opinions Pick, the Bleacher Report Pick (B/R) and then what the difference is between the two in terms of rank. So here is the two lists, I'll talk a little more about them down below.

Rank #
Sports Opinions Pick
B/R Pick
Difference +/-
1
Tom Brady (NE)
Tom Brady (NE)
None
2
Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Aaron Rodgers (GB)
None
3
Cam Newton (CAR)
Russell Wilson (SEA)
+5
4
Carson Wentz (PHI)
Drew Brees (NO)
+7
5
Jared Goff (LAR)
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
+1
6
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Matt Stafford (DET)
+4
7
Philip Rivers (LAC)
Carson Wentz (PHI)
-3
8
Russell Wilson (SEA)
Cam Newton (CAR)
-5
9
Kirk Cousins (WAS)
Jared Goff (LAR)
-4
10
Matt Stafford (DET)
Case Keenum (MIN)
+5
11
Drew Brees (NO)
Matt Ryan (ATL)
+8
12
Andy Dalton (CIN)
Kirk Cousins (WAS)
-3
13
Deshaun Watson (HOU)
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)
+5
14
Sam Bradford (MIN)
Philip Rivers (LAC)
-7
15
Case Keenum (MIN)
Dak Prescott (DAL)
+3
16
Alex Smith (KC)
Jameis Winston (TB)
+12
17
Dak Prescott (DAL)
Blake Bortles (JAX)
+10
18
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)
Alex Smith (KC)
-2
19
Matt Ryan (ATL)
Deshaun Watson (HOU)
-6
20
Josh McCown (NYJ)
Derek Carr (OAK)
+2
21
Eli Manning (NYG)
Josh McCown (NYJ)
-1
22
Derek Carr (OAK)
Tyrod Taylor (BUF)
+3
23
Joe Flacco (BAL)
Marcus Mariota (TEN)
+1
24
Marcus Mariota (TEN)
Andy Dalton (CIN)
-12
25
Tyrod Taylor (BUF)
Nick Foles (PHI)
+4
26
Jay Cutler (MIA)
Eli Manning (NYG)
-5
27
Blake Bortles (JAX)
Joe Flacco (BAL)
-4
28
Jameis Winston (TB)
Carson Palmer (ARI)
+4
29
Nick Foles (PHI)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB)
+8
30
Mitch Trubisky (CHI)
Mitch Trubisky (CHI)
None
31
Jacoby Brissett (IND)
Drew Stanton (ARI)
+12
32
Carson Palmer (ARI)
Brian Hoyer (NE)
+3
33
DeShone Kizer (CLE)
Jay Cutler (MIA)
-7
34
AJ McCarron (CIN)
Jacoby Brissett (IND)
-3
35
Brian Hoyer (NE)
Bryce Petty (NYJ)
+22
36
Tom Savage (HOU)
C.J. Beathard (SF)
+15
37
Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB)
Brock Osweiler (DEN)
+2
38
Trevor Siemian (DEN)
Brett Hundley (GB)
+4
39
Brock Osweiler (DEN)
Matt Moore (MIA)
+2
40
Blaine Gabbert (ARI)
Kevin Hogan (CLE)
+15
41
Matt Moore (MIA)
Tom Savage (HOU)
-5
42
Brett Hundley (GB)
Trevor Siemian (DEN)
-4
43
Drew Stanton (ARI)
DeShone Kizer (CLE)
-10
44
T.J. Yates (HOU)
Mike Glennon (CHI)
+5
45
Chad Henne (JAX)
Blaine Gabbert (ARI)
-5
46
Geno Smith (NYG)
T.J. Yates (HOU)
-2
47
Matt Cassell (TEN)
Paxton Lynch (DEN)
+6
48
Ryan Mallett (BAL)
N/A
N/A
49
Mike Glennon (CHI)
N/A
N/A
50
E.J. Manuel (OAK)
N/A
N/A
51
C.J. Beathard (SF)
N/A
N/A
52
Cody Kessler (CLE)
N/A
N/A
53
Paxton Lynch (DEN)
N/A
N/A
54
Derek Anderson (CAR)
N/A
N/A
55
Kevin Hogan (CLE)
N/A
N/A
56
Scott Tolzien (IND)
N/A
N/A
57
Bryce Petty (NYJ)
N/A
N/A
58
Kellen Clemens (LAC)
N/A
N/A
59
Nathan Peterman (BUF)
N/A
N/A
60
Jake Rudock (DET)
N/A
N/A
61
Sean Mannion (LAR)
N/A
N/A
62
Joe Webb (BUF)
N/A
N/A
63
Cooper Rush (DAL)
N/A
N/A
64
David Fales (MIA)
N/A
N/A

Clearly, Joe and I added more players to the list than Bleacher Report did, but the differences are interesting. They had both Bryce Petty and C.J. Beathard much higher than we did, and they omitted Geno Smith completely, to the dismay of Joe. Looking at the top, we both agreed with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, but then we start to differ. They obviously drink the Kool-Aid on Russell Wilson, like the rest of the sports world does, but if that's the case, maybe we're wrong? Bleacher Report also puts an old Drew Brees really high, which Joe made a point of disagreeing with my rank on the podcast, but I can't put a guy who is now reliant on the run and can't play in cold weather that high. Overall, I found making the list and doing the podcast lots of fun, and I was shocked we were so close on Josh McCown and Jimmy Garoppolo and completely agreed on the placement of Mitch Trubisky.

What do you think of our list compared to theirs? If you want to go listen to the podcast yourself go click on the drop at the top of the page!