Fantasy Football Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Preview

Despite zeroes from both Owen Daniels and the Texans defense/special teams, TBD TBD pulled out a win. Good call on picking Blake Bortles as the team’s quarterback. The Jaguars QB put up a matchup-high 28 points.

Fantasy Football Starting Lineup scores

Bench wise, Dion Lewis and Giovani Bernard both turned in respectable games, as did Zach Ertz, who turned in a solid game.

Z Bench Score

Moving on to the lineups, there are some interesting choices. Joseph Randle and Todd Gurley are obviously not playing because both the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams are on bye weeks, and Daniel put up a bagel on the score board.

Also, the tight end situation… Charles Clay is available, so is Jordan Reed and Richard Rodgers.

Ultimately, you decide how the team is run, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.

For more about TBD, as well as the current season in Fantasy Football, click here. 

#FantasyFootball Team: Week 3 Recap, Week 4 Lineup Decisions


The TBD TBD (you can still change the name if you want. Drop me a suggestion on Twitter @BenRosener or @knowhitter272 or in the comments, providing it’s not vulgar, spam or offensive) finally won a game! Week 3 around the NFL was kind to the TBDs as the team won 106-77. Despite underwhelming fantasy days from a number of starters, the team pulled through thanks to monster days from Joseph Randle and Randall Cobb. The duo combined for 55 points while Andrew Luck and Dion Lewis chipped in with 16 and 12 respectively.


While Week 3 was a solid result for the team, Week 4 is fast approaching. Lewis’s New England Patriots have a bye this week, so Lewis won’t start. The options are to slot Marshawn Lynch into the other running back slot and field a different FLEX, or start someone like Arian Foster, or another bench option in Lewis’ spot.

Starting Lineup

Should Foster start for his team, the Houston Texans, he would provide an appealing fantasy play this week against the Atlanta Falcons—the team that allowed Randle to run for 87 yards and three scores. Todd Gurley is another option to start. The rookie has massive potential, but could be stuck in a timeshare situation in St. Louis. Arizona’s David Johnson has been effective in limited touches for the Cardinals. Should he surpass Chris Johnson on the depth chart, he’ll have plenty of upside.

Voice your opinion below.

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TBD TBD: A Season (Mostly) With My/Your Fantasy Football Team

Hello all,

I’m going to try something a little different in this space. Normally I’ve posted analysis pieces, YouTube videos and snippets from Vine. I’m going to switch things up. Don’t worry, I’ll still keep the pieces/videos/Vines coming, but I’m going to write about my fantasy football team. I’m going to draft a team in an ESPN draft room in a 10-team league and provide weekly looks at the team. These updates will include roster decisions, starting lineup choices, etc. It’s my hope that some of these decisions help you in some way with your fantasy team, or just provide an entertaining read.

I’d also like to evolve you, the reader/football fan. Until further notice, my team will be called the TBD TBD. I want you all to pick the name, so leave suggestions in the comments—you know, providing the names aren’t spam/vulgar/offensive.

Additionally, I want your input on roster decisions throughout the season, so I’ll be posting polls and asking you to comment in the comment section with your suggestions and opinions. If you don’t feel like responding to any of these methods, give me a shout on Twitter at any one of these accounts with your lineup/roster advices: @BenRosener, @knowhitter272, @kingdomeSEA.

So, without further ado, here are my draft results.

(Note: I was out of the office during Week one, so everything will start from Week 2. Also this is a real draft on

First Impressions/Pre-Draft Strategy

I lucked out and received a high draft pick. I’ll be picking third overall.

(Another note, I’ll have to change my name after the draft. It’s “Team Ben” for now simply because of default. I’ll change it right after the draft.)

first image draft

Round 1
1 Team 1 RB Le’Veon Bell Pit
2 Minnesota 8 RB Jamaal Charles KC

As you can see, I like running backs, my draft strategy is to hoard as many top running backs as possible. I go with Marshawn Lynch with my first pick. The logic is pretty simple, Seattle’s offense is run-dominant and Pete Carroll and company will feed ‘Beast Mode’ the ball until the cows come home. My hope is that I can snag another elite RB in the second round.

3 Team Ben RB Marshawn Lynch Sea
4 Team 2 RB Adrian Peterson Min
5 Team Winning RB Matt Forte Chi
6 Team 3 TE Rob Gronkowski NE
7 Team 4 RB Eddie Lacy GB
8 Team nicora WR Antonio Brown Pit
9 SWAGGY P RB Jeremy Hill Cin
10 Dallas Cowboys QB Aaron Rodgers GB


Mid-Round 1 Update

After taking Lynch, I see a number of players I wanted to fall to me get taken. These include Matt Forte, Rob Gronkowski, Jeremy Hill and Aaron Rodgers.

Round 2
11 Dallas Cowboys RB LeSean McCoy Buf
12 SWAGGY P WR Julio Jones Atl
13 Team nicora RB DeMarco Murray Phi
14 Team 4 WR Demaryius Thomas Den
15 Team 3 RB C.J. Anderson Den
16 Team Winning WR Emmanuel Sanders Den
17 Team 2 WR Dez Bryant Dal

Second Round Pick

I’d like to hoard running backs, but with the top back on the board being Mark Ingram, I need a quarterback. I take Andrew Luck.

18 Team Ben QB Andrew Luck Ind
19 Minnesota 8 WR DeAndre Hopkins Hou
20 Team 1 WR Odell Beckham Jr. NYG
Round 3
21 Team 1 WR Calvin Johnson Det
22 Minnesota 8 RB Carlos Hyde SF

Third Round Pick

I’ve got a number of receivers available to me with the third pick in the third round, including A.J. Green, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffrey, T.Y. Hilton and Mike Evans. I go with Cobb. Top wide out in a top offense, no brainer. Hilton was my second choice, but with Jordy Nelson missing the year due to injury in Green Bay, Rodgers is going to lean on Cobb a lot.

I’m looking at Joseph Randle, Jimmy Graham, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Russell Wilson with my next pick.

23 Team Ben WR Randall Cobb GB
24 Team 2 WR A.J. Green Cin
25 Team Winning WR Brandin Cooks NO
26 Team 3 WR Alshon Jeffery Chi
27 Team 4 RB Mark Ingram NO
28 Team nicora RB Alfred Morris Wsh
29 SWAGGY P WR Mike Evans TB
30 Dallas Cowboys WR T.Y. Hilton Ind
Round 4
31 Dallas Cowboys RB Lamar Miller Mia
32 SWAGGY P QB Drew Brees NO
33 Team nicora WR Keenan Allen SD
34 Team 4 QB Peyton Manning Den
35 Team 3 WR Jordan Matthews Phi
36 Team Winning QB Tom Brady NE
37 Team 2 TE Jimmy Graham Sea


Fourth Round Pick

Graham goes the pick before. I need another running back so I go with Randle. He’s going to dominate behind Dallas’ offensive line.

38 Team Ben RB Joseph Randle Dal
39 Minnesota 8 QB Ben Roethlisberger Pit
40 Team 1 RB Justin Forsett Bal
Round 5
41 Team 1 QB Russell Wilson Sea
42 Minnesota 8 WR Jarvis Landry Mia

Fifth Round Pick

Arian Foster is going to be a top-five running back once he’s healthy—and that will sooner rather than later. Another no brainer. Having Lynch and Randle affords me the opportunity to stash Randle on my bench until he’s healthy. Johnson, Todd Gurley, Gore, Davante Adams and Ameer Abdullah are next on my list. Abdullah gets taken just as I write this. I’ll try and trade for him after the draft or during the season.

43 Team Ben RB Arian Foster Hou
44 Team 2 RB Melvin Gordon SD
45 Team Winning RB DeAngelo Williams Pit
46 Team 3 RB Jonathan Stewart Car
47 Team 4 RB Ameer Abdullah Det
48 Team nicora WR Julian Edelman NE
49 SWAGGY P RB Frank Gore Ind
50 Dallas Cowboys WR Davante Adams GB

Fifth Round Update

There goes Gore as well. He has the potential to be a touchdown machine in Indy. He isn’t going to run for 1,500 yards, but in an Andrew Luck-led offense, he’s got huge potential. Adams goes right after Gore. I’ll try trading for them along with Abdullah.

Round 6
51 Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten Dal
52 SWAGGY P TE Travis Kelce KC
53 Team nicora WR Brandon Marshall NYJ
54 Team 4 D/ST Broncos D/ST Den
55 Team 3 WR Vincent Jackson TB
56 Team Winning TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
57 Team 2 WR DeSean Jackson Wsh

Sixth Round Pick

Todd Gurley is the best player available and atop my list. It’s risky taking two injured running backs, but Gurley has massive potential, especially on a St. Louis team who will rely on the run.

58 Team Ben RB Todd Gurley StL
59 Minnesota 8 TE Martellus Bennett Chi
60 Team 1 RB Joique Bell Det
Round 7
61 Team 1 TE Greg Olsen Car
62 Minnesota 8 WR Kendall Wright Ten

Seventh Round Pick

It’s a tough call here between Johnson, Sammy Watkins and Amari Cooper, but with Hilton out, Luck is going to have to rely on Andre Johnson. It doesn’t hurt that the former Texan had ten targets in Week One. Even with Hilton healthy, Johnson has the potential to haul in double-digit touchdowns. He’s essentially a receiving version of Gore in terms of value. Lot’s of TDs, not a ton of yards.

63 Team Ben WR Andre Johnson Ind
64 Team 2 WR Amari Cooper Oak
65 Team Winning WR Danny Amendola NE
66 Team 3 RB Latavius Murray Oak
67 Team 4 RB LeGarrette Blount NE
68 Team nicora RB Chris Ivory NYJ
69 SWAGGY P D/ST Seahawks D/ST Sea
70 Dallas Cowboys WR Sammy Watkins Buf
Round 8
71 Dallas Cowboys D/ST Titans D/ST Ten
72 SWAGGY P RB Bishop Sankey Ten
73 Team nicora RB Giovani Bernard Cin
74 Team 4 WR James Jones GB
75 Team 3 WR Golden Tate Det
76 Team Winning D/ST Bills D/ST Buf
77 Team 2 RB Andre Ellington Ari

Eighth Round Pick

I need a defense here. J.J. Watt and the Texans D is the pick. I don’t love some of the options at this point to I feel fine reaching for a defense.

78 Team Ben D/ST Texans D/ST Hou
79 Minnesota 8 D/ST Rams D/ST StL
80 Team 1 RB T.J. Yeldon Jac
Round 9
81 Team 1 WR Jeremy Maclin KC
82 Minnesota 8 K Matt Prater Det

Ninth Round Pick

Cardinals receiver John Brown is the pick here. Carson Palmer is going to throw a lot in the desert and Brown will be on the receiving end of a high-volume of those throws. He’s got breakout written all over him.

83 Team Ben WR John Brown Ari
84 Team 2 WR Mike Wallace Min
85 Team Winning K Matt Bryant Atl
86 Team 3 QB Matt Ryan Atl
87 Team 4 K Brandon McManus Den
88 Team nicora QB Tony Romo Dal
89 SWAGGY P RB Rashad Jennings NYG
90 Dallas Cowboys RB C.J. Spiller NO
Round 10
91 Dallas Cowboys RB Isaiah Crowell Cle
92 SWAGGY P WR Allen Robinson Jac
93 Team nicora TE Jordan Cameron Mia
94 Team 4 WR Larry Fitzgerald Ari
95 Team 3 WR Eric Decker NYJ
96 Team Winning K Stephen Gostkowski NE
97 Team 2 WR Nelson Agholor Phi

Ninth Round Update

People are starting to take kickers. Think I’ll wait on that.

Tenth Round Pick

Martavis Bryant is the pick here. Another stash player (given his suspension), but one with high upside and value relative to the draft spot.

98 Team Ben WR Martavis Bryant Pit
99 Minnesota 8 QB Carson Palmer Ari
100 Team 1 WR Charles Johnson Min
Round 11
101 Team 1 RB Ryan Mathews Phi
102 Minnesota 8 RB Danny Woodhead SD

Eleventh Round Pick

I need a tight end. Zach Ertz has the chance to shine in Philly’s offense.

103 Team Ben TE Zach Ertz Phi
104 Team 2 WR Torrey Smith SF
105 Team Winning QB Cam Newton Car
106 Team 3 WR Michael Floyd Ari
107 Team 4 WR Roddy White Atl
108 Team nicora RB Darren McFadden Dal
109 SWAGGY P WR Steve Smith Sr. Bal
110 Dallas Cowboys RB Tre Mason StL
Round 12
111 Dallas Cowboys RB Doug Martin TB
112 SWAGGY P K Steven Hauschka Sea
113 Team nicora TE Delanie Walker Ten
114 Team 4 WR Terrance Williams Dal
115 Team 3 RB Shane Vereen NYG
116 Team Winning D/ST Jets D/ST NYJ
117 Team 2 RB Tevin Coleman Atl

Eleventh Round Update

I don’t love a lot of the options left at this point. I’ll be going for upside/lottery tickets with the rest of my picks.

Twelfth Round Pick

Donte Moncrief. Someone besides T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson are going to catch passes in Indianapolis. Moncrief has chance to be successful.

118 Team Ben WR Donte Moncrief Ind
119 Minnesota 8 D/ST Dolphins D/ST Mia
120 Team 1 WR Marques Colston NO
Round 13
121 Team 1 RB Devonta Freeman Atl
122 Minnesota 8 D/ST Ravens D/ST Bal

Thirteenth Round Pick

I really like the Colts offense. They’re going to score points in boatloads. That’s why I’m taking the team’s kicker, Adam Vinatieri.

123 Team Ben K Adam Vinatieri Ind
124 Team 2 RB Duke Johnson Jr. Cle
125 Team Winning TE Dwayne Allen Ind
126 Team 3 RB Andre Williams NYG
127 Team 4 TE Tyler Eifert Cin
128 Team nicora QB Marcus Mariota Ten
129 SWAGGY P QB Tyrod Taylor Buf
130 Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Blue Hou
Round 14
131 Dallas Cowboys WR Anquan Boldin SF
132 SWAGGY P D/ST Cardinals D/ST Ari
133 Team nicora QB Philip Rivers SD
134 Team 4 D/ST Chiefs D/ST KC
135 Team 3 RB Charles Sims TB
136 Team Winning K Justin Tucker Bal
137 Team 2 QB Ryan Tannehill Mia

Fourteenth Round Pick

Another lottery ticket. Percy Harvin is the pick.

138 Team Ben WR Percy Harvin Buf
139 Minnesota 8 WR DeVante Parker Mia
140 Team 1 RB Knile Davis KC
Round 15
141 Team 1 D/ST Lions D/ST Det
142 Minnesota 8 WR Pierre Garcon Wsh

Fifteenth Round Pick

I need a backup QB. I’ll take Sam Bradford. Something tells me he’ll do well in the Eagles’ offense. He’s much better than a number of the quarterbacks Philly has trotted out.

143 Team Ben QB Sam Bradford Phi
144 Team 2 K Cody Parkey Phi
145 Team Winning D/ST Eagles D/ST Phi
146 Team 3 K Dan Bailey Dal
147 Team 4 QB Matthew Stafford Det
148 Team nicora K Dan Carpenter Buf
149 SWAGGY P TE Antonio Gates SD
150 Dallas Cowboys WR Devin Funchess Car
Round 16
151 Dallas Cowboys K Mason Crosby GB
152 SWAGGY P K Blair Walsh Min
153 Team nicora D/ST Vikings D/ST Min
154 Team 4 TE Ladarius Green SD
155 Team 3 D/ST Patriots D/ST NE
156 Team Winning RB Toby Gerhart Jac
157 Team 2 D/ST Packers D/ST GB

Sixteenth Round Pick

Owen Daniels. Known fact: Peyton Manning likes throwing to his tight ends.

158 Team Ben TE Owen Daniels Den
159 Minnesota 8 TE Kyle Rudolph Min
160 Team 1 K Phil Dawson SF

Just to recap, here is my starting lineup and bench. (Note, because of the draft’s time, I was unable to make changes to my team, hence Gurley being in the lineup even though he is out).

My Fantasy Football team starting lineup.

My Fantasy Football team starting lineup.

My Fantasy Football starting lineup

My Fantasy Football team’s bench.

Your Opinion

If you have any ideas for the team name, motto, color scheme, etc, please leave them in the comments section below. Same goes for roster and lineup decisions, trades I should propose, etc. I want your input.

If you don’t feel like responding to any of these methods, give me a shout on Twitter at any one of these accounts with your lineup/roster advice: @BenRosener, @knowhitter272, @kingdomeSEA.

Andre Johnson or Donte Moncrief?

Vote below, comment or get a hold of me on Twitter. Whichever avenue you chose, tell me who I should start at WR, Andre Johnson or Donte Moncrief.

Seattle Seahawks: 5 Stats to Know from Sunday’s Loss to the Kansas City Chiefs


Zero—the number of QB hits the Seahawks recorded versus Kansas City. By comparison, the Chiefs hit Russell Wilson nine times.


11—tackles by former Seahawk and current Kansas City safety Ron Parker. Parker’s 11 tackles tied him with Earl Thomas for the game high.


Four—the number of games Russell Wilson has now gone without reaching 200 passing yards. Seattle’s QB has partly offset this by rushing for 244 yards over the past four games. Still, Willson could use another monster passing game like he had against St. Louis when he threw for 313 yards. Even moderate passing numbers like he posted against Denver would be a nice change.


108—passing yards allowed by the Seahawks. 108 is also the fewest number of passing yards the team has allowed this season and the fourth time they’ve held an opposing QB under 200 yards. Of course, the team was done in by Jamal Charles more than the passing game. Charles ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.


124—the rushing yardage compiled by Marshawn Lynch. It marks Beastmode’s second straight superb rushing performance. The former Cal running back averaged 5.3 yards per run. He now has 264 rushing yards over the last two games after managing only 243 in his previous four games.

Next up for the Seahawks is a home game against the Arizona Cardinals.


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What We Learned from the Seahawks 50-17 Win Besides the Fact that Buffalo is Also Pitiful

It’s really not a joke. The Seahawks aren’t pulling the wool over the eyes of everyone who seems to miss their games (i.e. everyone who lives outside of the great state of Washington.) Yes, Buffalo is a bad team, and Arizona was/is too, but you can’t ignore 50-plus points in consecutive games.

  • The Record Book just won’t go away. Russell Wilson continues to take records and break them as if he was eating a sandwich for lunch. After strong play last week, Wilson now holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in a game for the Seahawks. Something he did in the first half with three rushing scores. No Seahawks QB has ever rushed for that many touchdowns in an entire game.
  • Read Option. The Seahawks continually used the “Read Option” to their advantage on Sunday. On the play, Wilson receives the snap with Marshawn Lynch to his right in the backfield. If it looks better for Wilson to run it himself, then he fakes the handoff to Lynch and goes behind Lynch with the ball. If the play looks like the team would get more out of it if Lynch ran it, then Wilson simply hands off the ball. The point of the play is that the QB makes the split-second decision on what would work best. Hence it being called the “Read Option.” The Seahawks used this play to continually rip off huge gains versus a porous Bills’ defense.
  • Passing Dan Marino. Last week I told you with one more touchdown Russell Wilson would pass Dan Marino in terms of number of passing touchdowns in a rookie season. With his TD pass to Zach Miller, Wilson moved his total to 21, passing Marino’s 20.
  • Win and You’re In. The Seahawks can clinch at least a wild card berth with a win on Sunday against San Francisco. The Seahawks would clinch the number two seed in the playoffs, and receive the first round bye that comes with it, if they beat the Niners and Rams to close out the year. And, if the 49ers lose both of their remaining games, and if Green Bay loses one of its last two games. Plus, they would get home field advantage at home in the divisional round (they’re 6-0 at the Clink this year.)
  •  50-50. The Seahawks are now one of three teams in NFL history to score at least 50 points in two straight games. This feat hasn’t been accomplished since the 50’s. This is fantastic for a team who was 28th in the league in total offense last year. Other quarterbacks who have yet to accomplish this or haven’t: Tom Brady (very surprising,) Peyton Manning (equally surprising,) Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Steve Young, Joe Montana, John Elway ( I think you see my point.)
  • Winning. The Seahawks now have tied their highest win total since 2006, the year before they went to the Super Bowl. That team was 9-7.

Super Bowl Worthy? I posed this question last week, and now it should be a given. The Seahawks are Super Bowl worthy. Finally.

The Best in World of Sports: An Atlas of Atlases

In Greek mythology there is a Titan named Atlas who held up the world, or held up the sky so that it didn’t crash down on the Earth.

In the world of sports, each team has its own “Atlas” who keeps the team from falling flat.

Some of the best “Atlases” in recent sports memory:

  1. LeBron James- Cleveland Cavaliers. During LeBron’s tenure the Cavaliers were essentially James and a never-ending roll call of role players. Shaquille O’Neal and Ben Wallace were the only really good players who James played with in Cleveland. And at that point both were in the respective twilights of their careers, and Wallace wasn’t scoring much (as per usual). Cleveland was so bad without “King James” that they set an NBA record for the longest losing streak: 26 games after he made the decision to go to South Beach.
  2. Derrick Rose- Chicago Bulls. A small sample size, but while Rose dominated Game One of the first round of the playoffs versus Philly, he tore his ACL towards the end of the game. After holding on for the win in that game the Bulls went on to lose the series 4-2 to the eight-seeded 76ers. As a follow up, this year with Rose out for an extended amount of time, most pundits and talking heads have Chicago in the 6-8 seed range in the playoffs. Quite a drop-off for the team who had the best record in the East last season.
  3. Luis Suarez- Liverpool. If you take away Suarez’s fantastic production, the Reds would likely be in the relegation zone if not in last.
  4. Dwight Howard- Orlando Magic. Orlando is so bad without Howard it compelled me to write an entire piece on it, you can see that here. Orlando is going nowhere fast.
  5. Steve Nash- Phoenix Suns. Obviously earlier on in Nash’s career he had Amare Stoudamire and friends, so the team wouldn’t be that bad off without him. However, the Suns of the past couple years have needed Nash to help them stay out of the cellar. With him they were camped on the stairs going to the cellar; now they’re the cellar’s likely tenants.
  6. Mike Trout- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout supporters love overusing the stat about the visible improvement of the Angels’ record with him, as opposed to their record without him. Take away Trout and a lineup that includes Albert Pujols, Kendrys Morales, Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells goes nowhere offensively. Continue reading

Taking the Wind Out of the 49ers Sails: Why They Aren’t the Best Team In Football, or Even Their Own Division

If I had a nickel for every time the San Francisco 49ers were lauded for praise for their play in the first two weeks of the season, I might have more nickels than Mitt Romney.

(See here, I can do political stuff, too!)

If you aren’t a 49ers die-hard fan who has the right to think their team is the best, as all die-hards do, then I’m going to stop you from ponying up any more money on them in Vegas.

Continue reading

The Peyton Manning-To-Seattle Proposition

I’m probably not the first to write about this, nor will I be the last, because to put it plainly, Peyton Manning is a free agent. PEYTON FREAKING MANNING IS A FREE AGENT.

As noted, everyone is writing about this. From teams who need a quarterback like the New York Jets or Arizona Cardinals, or teams who don’t and would like to see him as a backup so their team doesn’t have to play against him (cough New England cough).

Maybe this is a pipe dream at best, and Peyton Manning might be considering only AFC teams or whatever the case may be. But the underlying theme here is that he would be a good fit in Seattle.

For that matter any of the NFC West teams with Manning probably jump to division favorites. (With the exception of maybe St. Louis, sorry Rams fans.) That being said, it would seem like the NFC West would make sense in the fact that Peyton could probably win right away, where as in a place like Miami, there could be issues with facing Tom Brady as well as the Jets defense a combined four times a year.

But Seattle looks like the best fit, at least from my position. The Seahawks have some promising bullet points for Manning to consider:

  • One, the Seahawks have a running game that Peyton didn’t have recently in Indianapolis. (Not that Peyton Manning needs a running game to lean on. He’s Peyton FREAKING Manning.)
  • Two, the Seahawks defense is a piece (read pass rusher) away from being a top-10 and/or elite defense.
  • Three, and this may surprise people, but the weapons are there in Seattle. The receiving core is an underrated one. Sydney Rice thrived with Brett Favre and even Tavaris Jackson before he was hit with injuries. Think of the potential with Peyton throwing to him. Doug Baldwin was quietly one of the better rookie receivers in the league last season. Zach Miller will look to be more of a pass catching threat after spending bulks of playing time helping the pass protection area. Mike Williams also thrived with a good QB (read Matt Hasselbeck) and could regain that form if Peyton comes to Seattle. John Carlson will be back from injury if the team chooses to re-sign him (they should look into it.) Leon Washington is a game changer, plain and simple.
  • Four, the offensive line. The Seahawks have a really good young offensive line. The whole line, with the exception of Robert Gallery, has less than four years of experience in the league. While that may be a downside to some, it’s a plus here. The Hawks line is going to be good for a long time. The other key to the QB’s protection here is that the O-Line is surprisingly deep. Breno Giocamini, Paul McQuistain and Lemuel Jeanpierre provided and still provide Pete Carroll with invaluable depth up front.
  • Lastly, win now. The Seahawks, despite the 7­-9 mark, are going to compete. The aforementioned defense is there. So is the running game. So are the receivers. Look, San Francisco isn’t going to go 13-3 again. (If they do, jokes on me.)  Things are going to be more level this year. Even more so than last year. Now obviously Peyton Manning makes just about every team a winner, but to have a team that’s on the cusp of being a very good team, and add one of the best QBs ever. It makes for a very nice dilemma to have.

By process of elimination to get to Seattle, here are places where Peyton isn’t a good fit:

  • Miami- Lack of established running game could make for iffy situation. Then again he succeeded in Indy.
  • New York Jets- Media circus and uncertainty with team might be disastrous. Also lack of weapons and locker room questions.
  • Washington- Redskins don’t have much in the offensive weapons department outside of Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Chris Cooley. Also an equally tough division to play in.
  • Arizona- Larry Fitzgerald and a closed arena. There are the only draws in Zona. Good luck selling it outside of that.

So there you have it, Seattle and Peyton Manning, makes a lot of sense.

NFL Divisional Round Preview

Tebow-Mania, Big Blue, the Frozen Tundra, Houston’s First Playoff Appearance and Drew Brees’s passing records.

That’s what you’re going to hear a lot about this week as the NFL playoffs take somewhat of a center stage. Your ears will also tend to pick up a lot of the entire Josh McDaniels situation with New England, Baltimore’s surging defense and the offensively challenged San Francisco 49ers.

The first game that the nation, and world for that matter, will see is New Orleans versus San Francisco. The Saints have a prolific offense led by the record-setting Brees as well as big receiving threats Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem. Devery Henderson and Lance Moore provide very good fourth and fifth options for a team that can also role out a stable of talented running backs with speed man Darren Sproles, talented back Pierre Thomas and slam back Chris Ivory. All those weapons plus an underrated D make the Saints a sneaky Super Bowl pick.

Now to the other sideline: San Francisco. Due to my heavy biased approach to Seattle I have to bash the Niners a little bit, or a lot. I’d be an idiot to say San Fran’s D isn’t good. It’s a very good defensive team with some excellent linebackers like NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner were and are excellent free agent finds for Jim Harbaugh. Then we get to the other side of the ball, ehhh. Frank Gore is a perennial Pro Bowl player who consistently racks up big games. And he’s great, don’t get me wrong. But he’s the Niners’ crutch. Everything runs through him. If he’s off then the 49ers will have a lot of problems. Alex Smith is a game manager. I know it, you know it, hell even Harbaugh probably knows it. He isn’t going to light up the score board, more or less he’s going to lite it up. Smith hasn’t topped 300 yards once this year. That includes a schedule with teams like Tampa Bay, Washington, St. Louis (twice), Cleveland and the Eagles. Yikes. He has only put up 3 TDs once in a single game this season. That was in a 48-3 win over Tampa in which he managed only 170 yards. When you score 48 points you should probably have a little more than 170 passing yards. Vernon Davis is a solid tight end, Michael Crabtree is a viable option, but is likely only the third or fourth option if he were on the Saints team.

Prediction: Saints 48 49ers 21

Now we finally get to Mr. Tebow. Tebow prevailed against the defending AFC champs in round one. Granted the Steelers were banged up, a win is a win, especially in the playoffs. Denver takes its rag tag bunch into New England to face a Patriots team that made a hiring that is curious to say the least. First, let’s set it up for people who have lived under a rock for the last couple years. Denver’s head coach is John Fox. Denver hired him after firing Josh McDaniels. McDaniels went on to run the offense in St. Louis this season before he was hired by the New England Patriots as their Offensive Coordinator for next year seeing as they will lose their current one to be the next head coach at Penn State. Did I mention that McDaniels was hired after the season ended? And he will serve as an offensive assistant or something of the like for the rest of the playoffs. You make the call on the shady-ness of that one.

New England, amid all that hoopla, has a guy named Tom Brady. Not sure if you’ve heard of him. They also roll out an offense that might only be rivaled by those in New Orleans and Green Bay (certainly not San Francisco). The Pats do have a porous D that could pose problems for New England.

Denver has the underdog factor. That, Tebow, a resurgent Willis McGahee and a strong defense makes for a nice upset pick of sorts. The underdog’s luck has run out in the divisional rounds in recent years. It’s also hard to pick against Tom Brady and a full arsenal of weapons with the man they call Gronk at the forefront.

Prediction: New England 35 Denver 23

Houston and Baltimore, your playoff rookies and playoff vets, this one probably screams blowout for a number of reasons. One, the Ravens have one of the better defenses in the league. Two, Houston is down to their third string QB and has been forced to sign Jake Delhome and Jeff Garcia as a result. No typo there, Jeff Garcia is the Texans third string QB. But they do have a very effective running game with the dynamic duo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. That also gives them an extremely efficient play action attack that is one of the better ones in the league, TJ Yates or no. Oh yeah, Andre Johnson is also their number one receiver.

Baltimore’s defense is very good. Their offense is the key. Ray Rice, is the key to their offense. So to boil it down, Ray Rice is the key. In a loss in Seattle, Rice got five carries and lost 22-17. Rice needs to get it going if Baltimore is going to have any chance at winning. This is going to be a grind it out game, lots of running and lots of defense. Look for the Ravens running and D to prevail.

Prediction: Baltimore 23 Houston 17

The defending Super Bowl Champs are taking on the G-Men. The Giants held, or rather gave, the Falcons all of two points in the opening round. The Packers on the other hand sat and watched the wildcard round in the comforts of their own homes.  New York has a lot of weapons to surround Eli Manning, while they aren’t near the level of the weapons that Aaron Rodgers has, they’re good weapons. Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, upstart Victor Cruz and the two-headed running back monster of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.

The Packers roll out tons of weapons that go right at the other defenses: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, (go ahead catch your breath, there’s more) Donald Driver, Randal Cobb, James Starks and John Kuhn. So to sum that up, the Pack can score. Their defense on the other hand is the key. Their D has been a struggling unit. They are good against the run (14th), but their passing defense is last in the league. Yep, last.

This is going to be a passing clinic. The Packers are last in pass D and the Giants are 29th. It doesn’t help when the two guys at QB are both pro bowlers. Like I said, this is going to be a shoot out.

Prediction: Green Bay 42 New York 35