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Week 3 NFL Football Power Rankings

September 23, 2015 by  
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Week 3 Football Power Rankings

With the games of Week 3 of the NFL regular season coming up soon, it is good to know where each football team stands, whether you simply want to cheer for your favorite team that has improved, or use the information to handicap more effectively. The Power Rankings are:

Team Week 3 Rank Previous Rank
New England Patriots 1 1
Green Bay Packers 2 2
Arizona Cardinals 3 5
Denver Broncos 4 4
Dallas Cowboys 5 3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 11
Cincinnati Bengals 7 14
Kansas City Chiefs 8 7
Carolina Panthers 9 20
Atlanta Falcons 10 16
New York Jets 11 22
Seattle Seahawks 12 6
Miami Dolphins 13 10
Minnesota Vikings 14 18
San Diego Chargers 15 15
Buffalo Bills 16 8
St. Louis Rams 17 17
Indianapolis Colts 18 9
Baltimore Ravens 19 13
Philadelphia Eagles 20 12
Cleveland Browns 21 27
Detroit Lions 22 19
San Francisco 49ers 23 23
Oakland Raiders 24 30
Washington Redskins 25 29
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 30
New Orleans Saints 27 21
New York Giants 28 26
Jacksonville Jaguars 29 31
Tennessee Titans 30 24
Houston Texans 31 25
Chicago Bears 32 28

No one would have imagined that some of the top rated teams in the NFL would be so low on the Power Rankings, especially at the start of the season when the players are fresh and healthy. For instance, the Indianapolis Colts are quickly becoming the League’s most disappointing team; after all of the hype they received during the preseason, to see them lose two straight games with poor performances. We also see the Chicago Bears being last on the list, when many expected them to be big contenders this year.

Most are surprised to see the Seattle Seahawks doing so poorly as well. With the 2013 and 2014 season they proved to be a solid team, yet they are taking a long time getting warmed up. Among the top teams, we will see the number 1 spot change hands evenly between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers, with the rest of the teams right on their heels. It is still too early to tell for sure, but if the NFL teams continue performing this way on the football field, we will have already picked the playoff match-ups.

Top Football Defensive Fronts Of NFL

September 16, 2015 by  
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Top Football defensive teams

For those football fans that want to know which NFL teams have the best defensive fronts in the league, look no further, as NFL.com has brought the latest rankings of the top 10 defensive teams. Surprisingly, the top ranked team on this list is the St. Louis Rams, although you would also be surprised that they managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks during the first week of the regular season. They beat them in overtime, 34-31, and it was mostly thanks to their defense being able to stop the number one ranked rush offense in the league.

Here is the list of the current Top 10 Defensive Fronts in the NFL:

  1. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Chris Long, Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis, and Akeem Ayers.
  2. Buffalo Bills: Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown, and Manny Lawson.
  3. Denver Broncos: Derek Wolfe, Sylvester Williams, Malik Jackson, Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, Danny Trevathan, and DeMarcus Ware.
  4. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Olivier Vernon, Jelani Jenkins, Kelvin Sheppard, and Koa Misi.
  5. Carolina Panthers: Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Kony Ealy, Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, and Shaq Thompson.
  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton, Connor Barwin, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, and Brandon Graham.
  7. Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett, Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, Cliff Avril, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and K.J. Wright.
  8. Kansas City Chiefs: Mike DeVito, Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Josh Mauga, and Tamba Hali.
  9. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Jared Crick, Jadeveon Clowney, Brian Cushing, Akeem Dent, and Whitney Mercilus.
  10. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Canty, Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Elvis Dumervil, C.J. Mosley, Daryl Smith, and Courtney Upshaw.

It is surprising to see some of these teams on this list, like the Rams and the Broncos. The Rams have had faulty teams for years now, but it seems they are now focusing on strengthening their core players and it is showing. The Broncos have been mainly an offensive team since Manning arrived, so this change in attitude could get them far this football season.

29 Top Players Of Week 1 College Football

September 11, 2015 by  
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Top college football players of week 1

With the College Football season starting strong, with huge rivalries playing each other, there will always be certain players that stand out more than others. Simply due to the fact that these players do an outstanding job on the field, which is why they are top prospects even when talking about the 2016 NFL Draft; there is still quite a long ways until this happens, but these players still deserve a mention.

The Week 1 Top players are:

Rank Player POS College Week 1 Performance
1 Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame 9 Tackles, 1 QB hurry
2 Ronnie Stanley T Notre Dame 0 sacks, pressures, hurries allowed
3 Cardale Jones QB Ohio State 10/19, 187 yards, 2 TD
4 Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida 3 catches, 23 yards
5 Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss 4 catches, 44 yards
6 Jalen Ramsey CB FSU 4 tackles, 1 pass defended
7 Laremy Tunsil T Ole Miss DNP
8 Jared Goff QB Cal 24/32, 309 yards, 3 TD
9 Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss 2 tackles, 1 QB hurry, 1 TD catch
10 Myles Jack LB UCLA 5 tackles, 1 TD run
11 Jack Conklin T Michigan State 0 sacks, pressures, hurries allowed
12 Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State 12 runs, 123 yards, 1 TD
13 DeForest Buckner DL Oregon 1 QB hit, 6 QB hurries
14 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State 11/25, 103 yards, 10 sacks, 3 drops
15 Kemoko Turay DE Rutgers 1 tackle, 1 sack
16 Taylor Decker T Ohio State 0 sacks, pressures, hurries allowed
17 A’Shawn Robinson DL Alabama 63% snaps played, 1 hurry
18 Leonard Floyd LB Georgia 8 tackles, 1 sack
19 Adolphus Washington DL Ohio State 5 tackles, 2 QB hits, 2 hurries
20 Keivarae Russell CB Notre Dame 1 catch, 48 yards
21 Reggie Ragland LB Alabama 9 tackles, 1 QB hit, 1 QB hurry
22 Kenny Clark DL UCLA 5 tackles, 1 QB hurry
23 Vonn Bell SS Ohio State 2 catches, 49 yards
24 Darron Lee LB Ohio State 6 tackles, 2 QB hurries
25 Su’a Cravens LB USC 1 catch, 4 tackles
26 Emmanuel Ogbah DE OK St. 2 tackles, 1.5 sacks
27 Anthony Zettel DT Penn State 5 tackles, 1 QB hurry
28 Cameron Sutton CB Tennessee 3 tackles, 1 pass defended
29 Michael Thomas WR Ohio State 2 catches, 46 yards, 1 TD

On top of these 29 players, there are five other players that have really stood out and should be on any fans watch list:

  • CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
  • EDGE Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
  • LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU
  • LT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  • WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

So, pay attention during the rest of the college football season, as you may see some of the top performers high on the 2016 NFL Draft list.

Football Predictions On Rookie Of The Year And More

September 2, 2015 by  
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Football Predictions for Rookie of the Year

As the preseason winds down, and the NFL regular season is about to begin, many are looking far into the future of football and making their predictions based on current performances. This is where the experts at NFL.com have come up with their very own predictions for three of the biggest awards that are given out at the end of each season. These three include: MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and the Rookies of the Year. Here is what the experts have predicted:

NFL.com Expert MVP Defensive Player of the Year Rookies of the Year
Gregg Rosenthal Aaron Rodgers J.J. Watt Marcus Mariota

Stephone Anthony

Kevin Patra Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Amari Cooper

Randy Gregory

Conor Orr Andrew Luck Justin Houston Jameis Winston

Shane Ray

Chris Wesseling Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Ameer Abdullah

Vic Beasley

Dan Hanzus Ben Roethlisberger J.J. Watt Devin Funchess

Leonard Williams

Marc Sessler Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Amari Cooper

Danny Shelton

It would seem that most of these sports analysts are placing a high value on certain players, like J.J. Watt and Andrew Luck, while they are having a much harder time agreeing on which Rookie’s will get the award. The main reason it is hard to know which Rookie will have a better season is due to the fact that they have no previous experience in pro football, and have to base it all on their current performances during the Preseason and their training camps.

For players that are already familiar with the NFL and have had longer careers in the sport, it is much easier to know from their previous season performance, as well as how good they are doing in the Preseason. Although, I wouldn’t put much stock into how a team or player is doing during the preseason, as it is basically friendly games between teams, another way to practice through experience.

Once the season starts, be sure to check on your favorite sportsbooks to see how good or bad the odds are for some of these players in the football futures. It may be worth placing a small bet that could pay off once the season ends.

Fantasy Football Watch: Running Backs Good At Depth

August 28, 2015 by  
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Depth Football RB

With just a few weeks until the start of the 2015 NFL regular season, fans should be getting ready to line up their best players for their fantasy football team. We are going to take a look at which running backs would be the best to put on your weekly roster, depending on whether you were able to draft any of them or not. It is no good to just pick any running back, but rather those players that have high chances of actually scoring in order to give you points.

This is why we’re going to take a look at the top running back for each professional team that has the ability to perform well near the goal-line and to score touchdowns; whether it is using their speed, quickness, or strength to do so. Here is the top pick for each team:

Team Player Reason
Cowboys Joseph Randle Quickness
Giants Andre Williams 38 carries inside red-zone
Eagles Ryan Mathews Strong for goal-line situations
Washington Alfred Morris Good offensive line
Bears Matt Forte Big and strong at line
Lions Joique Bell Between-the-tackles guy
Packers Eddie Lacy 20 rushing attempts at goal
Vikings Matt Asiata 9 touchdowns from 7 yards or closer
Falcons Devonta Freeman Best suited for short yardage situations
Panthers Cam Newton 33 career rushing touchdowns
Saints Mark Ingram 9 touchdowns in 2014
Buccaneers Doug Martin Powerful runner
Cardinals Andre Ellington Short yardage go-to player
49ers Carlos Hyde Better at closed spaces than Bush
Seahawks Marshawn Lynch He’s a beast, period
Rams Benny Cunningham Most success at goal-line
Bills LeSean McCoy
Fred Jackson
Both have impressive red zone stats, and either could fill the position
Dolphins Lamar Miller Stronger to break tackles
Patriots LeGarrette Blount Lead power back
Jets Chris Ivory Great yards-after-contact runner
Ravens Justin Forsett 7 red zone touchdowns in 2014
Bengals Jeremy Hill Strengthened lower body
Browns Isaiah Crowell Bell-cow back with 8 touchdowns in 2014
Steelers Le’Veon Bell Great at running and catching, deadly combo in red zone
Texans Arian Foster Wait for his return, as no one else has stepped up
Colts Frank Gore 49 career touchdowns inside of the 20-yard line
Jaguars Toby Gerhart Biggest back and tough inside runner
Titans David Cobb Bigger and stronger
Broncos C.J. Anderson Likely to get the most carries this season
Chiefs Jamaal Charles Good vision and patience for holes to open
Raiders Latavius Murray Good burst and push at the line
Chargers Branden Oliver Best option for red zone situations

So, when picking one of the two running backs, be sure to include one that is good in the red zone or close to the goal-line, as they will more than likely be put in to push the ball into the end zone. No need to worry, as your fantasy football team will perform quite well if you take these players into consideration when playing.

Top 5 Quarterbacks With Best Football Potential For 2015 Season

Top Football Quarterbacks

Each team wishes it had the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but not everyone has that football talent that others clearly do. With the preseason half way over with, with must come to terms with which teams have realistic odds of actually getting to the playoffs and ultimately to the Super Bowl. We have already previously graded the quarterbacks in the League, but a few things have changed since then. Fans should be looking for quarterbacks that are able extremely reliable on the field, especially with signal-calling.

Some may disagree, but their performance does not lie, as well as their potential to actually take their team far this season. This is why we have excluded QB’s like Robert Griffin III or Eli Manning, as they do not look like they would be able to perform up the hype that they have been given. Manning is trying to become the highest paid quarterback in the league, and he may actually get that deal, but his overall performance is not of a top ranking player.

The Top 5 Quarterbacks are:

Rank Player Team Reason
5 Tony Romo Cowboys Finally got team back into playoffs in 2014 and is looking good so far.
4 Russell Wilson Seahawks A dual threat that has taken the team to two Super Bowls.
3 Andrew Luck Colts Has talent and his performance has been improving exponentially.
2 Tom Brady Patriots Led team to Super Bowl victory, with great performance improvement over 2013 season.
1 Aaron Rodgers Packers Constantly accurate passes, keeping his performance at a steady high for years.

There are many reasons as to why other great QB’s did not make this list, like Peyton Manning. Manning is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame with his amazing talent and performance over many years, but this does not include the present, as his performance has been lacking; it could just be the old age. Despite Brady having the possibility of missing out on the first four games of the regular season, he has never been one to shy away from a challenge; just look at how his improvement from 2013 to 2014 led the team to a Super Bowl victory.

Football Players To Look Out For During Pre-Season Week 2

August 19, 2015 by  
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Football Players

During Week 2 of the pre-season we are seeing some great players show their football skills, which fans should be aware of and looking for them on the field, not only during this weeks games, but for the rest of the season. These will be game-changers, as they are proving to great on offense or defense.

Here are some of these great players to look for:

  • OL La’el Collins, Dallas Cowboys
  • CB Quinten Rollins, Green Bay Packers
  • WR Greg Salas, Detroit Lions
  • RB Josh Robinson, Indianapolis Colts
  • S Ed Reynolds, Philadelphia Eagles
  • LB Frank Clark, Seattle Seahawks
  • WR Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
  • QB Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos
  • DT Carl Davis, Baltimore Ravens
  • RB Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions

Each one of these players, whether they are rookies or veterans, have been showing amazing progress throughout the training camps this year. Some will get plenty of game time this season, while others will have to fine tune their talent while being on the second team, ready to play at any time.

During the next week of football games, see if the coaches put them in, and pay close attention to how they perform. Pre-season games are perfect for getting real-life on-field experience and practice, as the points don’t really matter anyways.

Top Senior College Football Prospects For 2016 Draft

August 12, 2015 by  
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College Football Prospects

With the start of the 2015 NFL season, many college football players are now looking forward for next year’s Draft. Becoming a top candidate to get drafted by a pro team is what every college player wants, especially for those that are in their Senior year.

Here, thanks to Chad Reuter a Draft Analyst at NFL.com, are the top 15 senior prospects for the 2016 Draft:

Rank Player POS College
1 Connor Cook QB Michigan State
2 Shawn Oakman DE Baylor
3 Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
4 Spencer Drango OT Baylor
5 Jordan Jenkins OLB Georgia
6 D’haquille Williams WR Auburn
7 Vadal Alexander G/OT LSU
8 DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
9 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
10 Nick Martin G/C Notre Dame
11 Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
12 Landon Turner G North Carolina
13 Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
14 Max Tuerk C USC
15 Jeremy Cash S Duke

To read about why these are being ranked so high, you can check the analysis here. This will help you determine just which players are more than likely to get drafted during the first round next year, and which teams would pick them based on this season’s performance.

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement

August 5, 2015 by  
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Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has just released the names and order that it will be honoring and enshrining several great contributors of the NFL. At their headquarters in Canton, Ohio, eight people will get their names and achievements placed into history forever, as fans present and future can see what they accomplished.

The ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 8, with the enshrinement order being:

  1. Executive Ron Wolf
  2. Defensive End Charles Haley
  3. Center Mick Tingelhoff
  4. Guard Will Shields
  5. Executive Bill Polian
  6. Wide Receiver Tim Brown
  7. Linebacker Junior Seau
  8. Running Back Jerome Bettis

Sadly, Junior Seau died in 2012, but the good news is that his daughter was given the opportunity to be part of the on-stage interview after Seau’s bust is revealed. This didn’t happen overnight, as the Hall had previously denied the Seau family from speaking live on stage. It is a good thing that they have allowed his family to be part of such a momentous occasion.

Many are already starting to predict which players, coaches, or contributors to the sport of football should be enshrined in 2016. It may be too early, but it is always good to test to see how well your predicitons can be.

Tom Brady Suspension Upheld, Patriots Football Future Uncertain

July 29, 2015 by  
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Tom Brady suspension

Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension is being upheld by the NFL, but he won’t let it end there are they go to court to try and seek an injunction. This could ultimately hurt the Patriots, as football season could be almost over by the time any decision is met regarding Delfategate and his suspension.

Not having their star quarterback, who is responsible for four of their Super Bowl victories, the players and coaches of the Patriots, and even the fans will have to prepare for a long season this year. The franchise will have to think long and hard about what to do in order to mitigate losses, with or without Brady on the field.

They could and will do these three things:

  • Continued Support for Brady. The Patriots have voiced their support for their QB, and as he goes to court against the NFL, he will need them; however, how much help could they provide.
  • Backup Quarterback. They will be preparing backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo for the best and worst case scenarios. Brady, depending on how things go, could either miss the first or last four games of the season.
  • Team Planning. Brady is an important player, but the Patriots are full of talent and will need to get their players to perform even better than before if they want to clear the hard games.

Whether Tom Brady is innocent or not should not affect them making the best decision based on current events. Would the Patriots rather him sit out for the first 4 or last 4 games of the season? As this is a possible scenario if the court appeal takes longer than expected, and whether the ruling is in their favor or not.

As you can see, there are a lot of variables that need to be considered. Football fans know the importance of having the captain and reliable quarterback on the field if they want to win games, so will Brady suck it up and take the blame to be able to come back strong or will he go all the way to clear his name? Although it shouldn’t be a big deal to be linked to Deflategate, especially if his plans to retire any time soon are true.

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