TBD TBD pulled out a win against a team with a number of players injured or on bye weeks. The team posted a mere 74 fantasy points, with Andrew Luck, Todd Gurley and Randall Cobb doing the heavy lifting. Adam Vinatieri chipped in with 12 points.
The Dallas Cowboys’ Defense/Special Teams put up a -5 while Malcom Floyd had a goose egg. On the bench, Martavis Bryant was the only player who could have helped.
It was a brutal week for injuries. Dion Lewis has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury while Luck will remain out for somewhere in the neighborhood of a month thanks to multiple injuries. Floyd may miss time as well.
Blake Bortles is obviously going to start at quarterback in Luck’s absence. Ben Roethlisberger is available. Should we claim him and stash him for later? The playoffs perhaps?
There is also a decision to be made at FLEX. Who should start?
Additionally, who should we add?
If a player is added someone has to go…
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.
Another week, another win for the TBD TBD. While Julius Thomas put up a zero, and the Houston Texans’ Defense/Special Teams Unit posted a paltry -3 points, the rest of the team performed well.
Despite two interceptions, Andrew Luck accounted for 23 points. Marshawn Lynch and Todd Gurley combined for 45 points while John Brown and Donte Moncrief put up a cumulative 21 points. Lastly, in what is likely his final game of the season (more on that later).
While their scoring output didn’t help the final score, the bench played its part as well. Zach Ertz turned in another respectable game, while Blake Bortles and Martavis Bryant both eclipsed double digits.
Week Eight Preview and Picks
With both Thomas and Ertz on bye weeks, a streaming tight end will be needed. Larry Donnell faces a fairly cushy matchup against the New Orleans Saints while Jordan Cameron could see a number of extra targets should the Miami Dolphins fall behind early against the New England Patriots. Eric Ebron could find pay-dirt for the second consecutive week as he faces the Kansas City Chiefs. Should Thomas or Ebron be cut to make way for this new tight end?
With Foster out, the team will need a new FLEX, who should start there? Joseph Randle is questionable to play against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense while Randall Cobb faces an equally challenging matchup with the Denver Broncos. With Dion Lewis uncertain to play, Bryant and Giovani Bernard round out the list of FLEX options.
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.
Week 4 was not kind to the TBD TBD. Due to Andrew Luck’s late scratch, Derek Carr was an emergency add to the team. You said in a previous poll that I should ship away David Johnson in a trade, so Johnson was the player who was cut to make way for Carr.
Outside of Carr and Adam Vinatieri, no other starter scored more than eight points. John Brown and Joseph Randle managed eight, but the rest was a general wash.
Here’s the current lineup and bench for the upcoming game.
Who should I start and sit? Foster is clearly a locked in starter at running back, but who else should start in the backfield? Marshawn Lynch? Joseph Randle? Dion Lewis? Giovani Bernard (who I added on your advice) ? Or should I go with Todd Gurley? Let me know in the poll below.
Additionally, Luck is unlikely to play. Do I add Eli Manning, Blake Bortles or Sam Bradford? Or should I stick with Carr? Let me know. Should Carr be cut to make room for a new QB to pair with Luck?
Elsewhere on the roster, there is concern at the tight end position. Eric Ebron is doubtful to play and in danger of losing playing time to Brandon Pettigrew. Zach Ertz has struggled all season to make a mark in Philadelphia’s offense. He’s a candidate to be cut. Additionally, there are a number of intriguing free agent tight ends available
One last nugget of note here. Tony Romo and Ben Roethlisberger are both on the free agent market. Do I add one as a stash player to keep as a future starter or trade asset? Let me know.
Ultimately, you decide what propositions I make, so put on your GM hat and send me your ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.
Early votes are in and Arian Foster is the current leader in the race for starting running back in the TBD TBD starting lineup for Week 4 in the NFL.
If you’d like to vote on that (other options include Marshawn Lynch, Todd Gurley and David Johnson) head on over to this link and find the schmancy/snazzy poll at the bottom.
This post, however, will be dedicated to trade targets. TBD TBD is dedicated to trade targets.
(I’m leaving most all of this up to you guys, even the team name. So long as it’s not vulgar or offensive, send me your suggestions on Twitter @BenRosener /@knowhitter272 or in the comments.)
With that in mind, here are some players that could make sense on the team. Vote and decide who you want TBD to try and acquire. If you want more info on the players, check out the bits below.
The Case for Melvin Gordon
Maybe a luxury given the team’s current personnel, but you can never have enough running backs. It would be a different story if Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch weren’t injury concerns, but here we sit. Additionally, Dion Lewis is in an offense that can be extremely fickle towards running backs. Another of the team’s backs, David Johnson, is low on the depth chart in Arizona while Todd Gurley is stuck in a time share.
Gordon hasn’t established himself as a pass catcher in San Diego’s offense yet, but he does seem to be ahead of the pack in terms of rushing. The rookie is extremely talented and could be in for a breakout if he receives the lion’s share of the snaps during passing and rushing downs.
The Case for Larry Fitzgerald
While Gordon is somewhat of a luxury, Fitzgerald is a definite need. Randall Cobb is a must-start every week, but outside of that there aren’t any other locks. John Brown could be in for a breakout here soon, and is clearly Arizona’s second receiver, but hasn’t put up the fantasy points many expected. He’s been respectable so far with 20 points in three games, but that isn’t going to cut it as a starting receiver. Adding Fitzgerald would allow Brown to be worked into the mix at the FLEX slot, where (given his current production) he is a much more appealing play. Did I mention Larry Fitzgerald has 333 yards and five touchdowns over his first three games? Yeah, guy’s pretty good.
The Case for C.J. Anderson
The ultimate low-buy candidate, Anderson has struggled out of the gate. The Denver Broncos’ running back has managed only 74 yards on 32 carries. He has six catches on ten targets for 30 yards. Anderson has zero touchdowns this season. There’s talk of him losing his starting place in the Denver offense, but personally I don’t buy it. Anderson has been banged up with injuries as of late. Once healthy, he should claim the majority of the touches. His production means he can be had for cheap.
The Case for Brandon Marshall
Very similar to Fitzgerald in the sense that TBD needs high-end receivers. Marshall has scored in all three games this season, while eclipsing 100 yards in each of the last two contests. Overall, he’s netted owners 42 points. Translation: He’s a lock for double digit fantasy points, especially when you consider that the Jets don’t have a ton of weapons. Marshall will continue to get looks in New York.
The Case for Tyler Eifert
Eifert seems to have established himself as a secondary target in a suddenly pass-happy Cincinnati offense. He’ll always play second-fiddle to A.J. Green, but that should be fine for fantasy owners as long as Eifert is a prominent pass-catching option in the Cincy aerial attack. He had zero catches last week, so now could be a time to buy low. Additionally, tight end is the weakest position on TBD TBD’s roster, so there is a definite need.
Here’s the team roster. Let me know who I should trade for any one of Gordon, Fitzgerald, Anderson, Marshall and/or Eifert.
(Note: At this point, Andrew Luck, Randle, Foster, Cobb, Lynch, Gurley and Brown are untouchable either because of production or potential. Everyone else is in play).
Ultimately, you decide what propositions I make, so put on your GM hat and send me your trade ideas on Twitter (@BenRosener / @knowhitter272) or in the comments.
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.
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.
Be sure to voice your opinion. Vote in one of the polls, send me a Tweet @BenRosener or@knowhitter272 or comment below. I want to hear from you!
Week 2 wasn’t TBD TBD’s best week. The team totaled 39 points and received underwhelming performances from fantasy stalwarts Andrew Luck, Marshawn Lynch and Adam Vinatieri. Randle Cobb was the only starter to make something happen points wise. In more troubling news, Zach Ertz and Andre Johnson continue to struggle. The only bench player who could’ve done the team any good was Donte Moncrief, who impressed with 18 points thanks to seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Changes are going to have to be made for the team to start winning games. I’ve already submitted a claims on a few players on waivers.
(Also, if you have any suggestions in terms of renaming TBD TBD, comment or hit me up on Twitter @BenRoseneror @knowhitter272provided they aren’t spam/vulgar/offensive.)
My fantasy football teams waiver claims Week 3.
Add Dion Lewis, NE RB
Drop Owen Daniels, DEN TE
Even with Arian Foster returning from injury soon, I’m a bit short on running backs. The Pats’ offense has looked prolific to start the year and Lewis has been a big part of it. Bill Belichick has a tendency to be fickle with his running back selection, so Lewis may have a down game or two, but he’ll play an integral role as the team’s receiving back out of the backfield.
Daniels hasn’t done much over the first two weeks, hauling in five catches for a combined 24 yards. That’s resulted in a singular fantasy point.
Add Eric Ebron, DET TE
Drop Sam Bradford, PHI QB
Ebron has scored in consecutive weeks while catching four passes for 53 yards in Week One and five balls for 43 yards in Week Two. Ertz has struggled, so Ebron will likely slot into the lineup once he’s claimed on waivers.
Week 3 Lineup
My Fantasy Football team Week 3 Starting Lineup
Since I’m dropping Bradford, Luck is my only option at QB. I’m betting he’ll bounce back against Tennessee.
Running back wise, it looks like my gamble on Foster could begin to pay off. Lynch and Randle also provide TBD with potentially three top running back options this week. Should Foster be unable to play this weekend, Randle would take his spot next to Lynch, and the FLEX position immediately becomes open for consideration.
I’m going to start Cobb pretty much every week given his status as Aaron Rodgers’ number one target. John Brown on the other hand, seems to have established himself as the number two receiver in Arizona. That means lots of targets from Carson Palmer.
Ertz is here for now, but Ebron will soon take his spot.
Houston face Tampa Bay in Week three, so there’s some potential there facing a rookie QB (even one names Jameis Winston).
Indy is bound to bounce back offensively, which means more kicking opportunities for Vinatieri.
Do you agree with my lineup changes? What changes would you make?
Your Opinion: Roster Moves?
Should I drop Vinatieri? What about Harvin and Bryant?
Because of TBD’s 0-2 record, I’m at the top of the waiver order, so I have top priority in terms of acquiring a player.
Going on this, Robbie Gould is available. He’s fantasy’s best kicker this season while Vinatieri may be one of the worst (statistically speaking). Should I drop Vinatieri for Gould?
Harvin struggled last week, is he worth a roster spot? What about Bryant? Is it worth keeping him around while he’s suspended, or should I give his spot to a player producing this season like Travis Benjamin, Allen Robinson or Cardinals running back David Johnson?
Should I drop anyone?
Should I add anyone?
Be sure to voice your opinion. Vote in one of the polls, send me a Tweet @BenRosener or @knowhitter272 or comment below. I want to hear from you!
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 ESPN.com.).
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.)
RB Le’Veon Bell Pit
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.
RB Marshawn Lynch Sea
RB Adrian Peterson Min
RB Matt Forte Chi
TE Rob Gronkowski NE
RB Eddie Lacy GB
WR Antonio Brown Pit
RB Jeremy Hill Cin
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.
RB LeSean McCoy Buf
WR Julio Jones Atl
RB DeMarco Murray Phi
WR Demaryius Thomas Den
RB C.J. Anderson Den
WR Emmanuel Sanders Den
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.
QB Andrew Luck Ind
WR DeAndre Hopkins Hou
WR Odell Beckham Jr. NYG
WR Calvin Johnson Det
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.
WR Randall Cobb GB
WR A.J. Green Cin
WR Brandin Cooks NO
WR Alshon Jeffery Chi
RB Mark Ingram NO
RB Alfred Morris Wsh
WR Mike Evans TB
WR T.Y. Hilton Ind
RB Lamar Miller Mia
QB Drew Brees NO
WR Keenan Allen SD
QB Peyton Manning Den
WR Jordan Matthews Phi
QB Tom Brady NE
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.
RB Joseph Randle Dal
QB Ben Roethlisberger Pit
RB Justin Forsett Bal
QB Russell Wilson Sea
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.
RB Arian Foster Hou
RB Melvin Gordon SD
RB DeAngelo Williams Pit
RB Jonathan Stewart Car
RB Ameer Abdullah Det
WR Julian Edelman NE
RB Frank Gore Ind
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.
TE Jason Witten Dal
TE Travis Kelce KC
WR Brandon Marshall NYJ
D/ST Broncos D/ST Den
WR Vincent Jackson TB
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
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.
RB Todd Gurley StL
TE Martellus Bennett Chi
RB Joique Bell Det
TE Greg Olsen Car
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.
WR Andre Johnson Ind
WR Amari Cooper Oak
WR Danny Amendola NE
RB Latavius Murray Oak
RB LeGarrette Blount NE
RB Chris Ivory NYJ
D/ST Seahawks D/ST Sea
WR Sammy Watkins Buf
D/ST Titans D/ST Ten
RB Bishop Sankey Ten
RB Giovani Bernard Cin
WR James Jones GB
WR Golden Tate Det
D/ST Bills D/ST Buf
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.
D/ST Texans D/ST Hou
D/ST Rams D/ST StL
RB T.J. Yeldon Jac
WR Jeremy Maclin KC
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.
WR John Brown Ari
WR Mike Wallace Min
K Matt Bryant Atl
QB Matt Ryan Atl
K Brandon McManus Den
QB Tony Romo Dal
RB Rashad Jennings NYG
RB C.J. Spiller NO
RB Isaiah Crowell Cle
WR Allen Robinson Jac
TE Jordan Cameron Mia
WR Larry Fitzgerald Ari
WR Eric Decker NYJ
K Stephen Gostkowski NE
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.
WR Martavis Bryant Pit
QB Carson Palmer Ari
WR Charles Johnson Min
RB Ryan Mathews Phi
RB Danny Woodhead SD
Eleventh Round Pick
I need a tight end. Zach Ertz has the chance to shine in Philly’s offense.
TE Zach Ertz Phi
WR Torrey Smith SF
QB Cam Newton Car
WR Michael Floyd Ari
WR Roddy White Atl
RB Darren McFadden Dal
WR Steve Smith Sr. Bal
RB Tre Mason StL
RB Doug Martin TB
K Steven Hauschka Sea
TE Delanie Walker Ten
WR Terrance Williams Dal
RB Shane Vereen NYG
D/ST Jets D/ST NYJ
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.
WR Donte Moncrief Ind
D/ST Dolphins D/ST Mia
WR Marques Colston NO
RB Devonta Freeman Atl
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.
K Adam Vinatieri Ind
RB Duke Johnson Jr. Cle
TE Dwayne Allen Ind
RB Andre Williams NYG
TE Tyler Eifert Cin
QB Marcus Mariota Ten
QB Tyrod Taylor Buf
RB Alfred Blue Hou
WR Anquan Boldin SF
D/ST Cardinals D/ST Ari
QB Philip Rivers SD
D/ST Chiefs D/ST KC
RB Charles Sims TB
K Justin Tucker Bal
QB Ryan Tannehill Mia
Fourteenth Round Pick
Another lottery ticket. Percy Harvin is the pick.
WR Percy Harvin Buf
WR DeVante Parker Mia
RB Knile Davis KC
D/ST Lions D/ST Det
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.
QB Sam Bradford Phi
K Cody Parkey Phi
D/ST Eagles D/ST Phi
K Dan Bailey Dal
QB Matthew Stafford Det
K Dan Carpenter Buf
TE Antonio Gates SD
WR Devin Funchess Car
K Mason Crosby GB
K Blair Walsh Min
D/ST Vikings D/ST Min
TE Ladarius Green SD
D/ST Patriots D/ST NE
RB Toby Gerhart Jac
D/ST Packers D/ST GB
Sixteenth Round Pick
Owen Daniels. Known fact: Peyton Manning likes throwing to his tight ends.
TE Owen Daniels Den
TE Kyle Rudolph Min
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’s bench.
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.
Will the record holder for most touchdown passes in a rookie season please stand up?
Russell Wilson continued to scribble out portions of the Seahawks’ record book, and the NFL’s for that matter, and write himself in. Wilson now has tied Peyton Manning for the most touchdown passes thrown in a rookie season. Not something people would have expected for a Quarterback who was selected after five other QBs, one of whom isn’t even starting (Brock Oswiler is Manning’s backup.)
It Doesn’t Come Cheap
(That sounds nothing like any kind of title, it’s mainly there to make my other bolded title look better by default.)
The Seahawks demolished the Cardinals, Bills and 49ers in recent weeks. Maybe you heard. Point is that another blowout probably wasn’t going to be beneficial, at least for the playoffs. The Seahawks had to work for this win. That will be nice when the playoffs roll around and teams won’t be losing by astronomical amounts.
“Playoffs? Don’t talk about—playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?!”
That would be Jim Mora talking about, you guessed it, the playoffs. Yes, the glorious playoffs are here. We all get to wait and see who delivers the play of the postseason. Last season it might have been Kyle Williams’ muffed special-team handling, maybe Mario Manningham’s Super Bowl catch. The year before that, gave us Marshawn Lynch’s brilliant touchdown run against the Saints. Hopefully this year someone will provide us with a play that belongs in the same breath as the Lynch run or David Tyree’s catch. Because frankly, as much as I just amped up the Manningham catch and Williams’ trouble holding onto the ball, those plays are summed up in one word: anticlimactic.
The playoffs are a different animal this year in the NFC and almost the same relative animal in the AFC. The “National” Conference returns only Green Bay, Atlanta and San Francisco from last years’ playoffs with Seattle, Washington and Minnesota as the newcomers. The AFC meanwhile has the exact same lineup (Houston and Cincinnati played in the 3-6 game last year and will do the same this weekend, they must love playing each other) with the sole difference being Indianapolis taking Pittsburgh’s slot.
In the first round of the playoffs, I think Andrew Luck is going to win many a playoff game in his career, but I can’t see the Ravens losing this game. Not with it being a home game, not with it potentially being Ray Lewis’ last game, not with it being possibly Lewis’ last home game period, win or lose. The Ravens will beat the Colts 33-21.
The Bengals will definitely be more competitive than in last year’s 31-10 romp. That being said, I don’t think the Bengals can keep up with the Texans top-ten ranked offense and defense. Houston wins 24-14 over Cincinnati.
Over in the NFC I like the Vikings to beat the Packers. The Vikings won last week over Green Bay, and nothing says momentum like beating a team and then playing them again. Adrian Peterson could very well have another field day. It will be a surefire win if the Vikings’ 9th-ranked pass defense can bottle up Aaron Rodgers, Bahia Verde’s (that’s Spanish for “Green Bay” for all you folks at home) 20th-ranked run offense could stick out like Clay Bennett in Seattle. Minnesota wins 27-21.
The Great Coaching Purge: NFL
It’s being dubbed “Black Monday,” but the day that a good portion of the league lost coaches was mainly due to lack of quarterbacks. Arizona, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego and Philadelphia all made changes. All of those teams, with the exception of Chicago (Lovie Smith probably got fired for not getting it done in the postseason, or even getting there) and maybe San Diego, have serious long-term questions at the quarterback position.
I’ll check in next week with the divisional round preview. See you then.
It just kept going and going and going and going…the score traveling north for the Seattle Seahawks when they used the Arizona Cardinals as a doormat in route to a 58-0 win on Sunday. This comes as perfect timing for Seattle as it gives them the ultimate confidence booster (cliché, but true) going into their last “road” game of the season as well as their final three games overall, which will be split between Buffalo (in Toronto) and the Clink (the 49ers and Rams come to town) respectively.
But, this is what we learned from the game-
Russell Wilson deserves due consideration for Rookie of the Year. Yes, Andrew Luck is great and RGIII lights up teams with his arm and legs, but that was expected out of the top two picks in the NFL Draft. I don’t think anyone outside of the Puget Sound expected this out of a quarterback who didn’t even have his name in the starting quarterback battle “hat,” if you will. (Remember Matt Flynn and Tavaris Jackson? Flynn got his first snaps of the year in mop-up duty and Jackson is in Buffalo.)
More Wilson praise. According to Pro Football Reference, Wilson has the same number of touchdown passes as Dan Marino had in his first full season. That number would be 20. That’s also more than Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, John Elway, Steve Young and Joe Namath had in their respective first full seasons.
The team is finally legitimate. The Seahawks were the laughing stock of the league when they qualified for the playoffs with a losing record at 7-9. But we took it to the league and the Saints in the wild-card round by stunning the defending Super Bowl champs at home. Nonetheless, the “laughing stock” talk is nonexistent as Seattle sits at 8-5 and will likely make the playoffs as either a wild-card team or as a division winner.
Quality Wins. Back in 2010, during the 7-9 season, Seattle beat one singular playoff team in the regular season, the Chicago Bears. Their only other out of conference win was against the pre-Cam Newton era Panthers. This season is loads different. The team walloped contenders such as the Cowboys, Jets and Vikings as well as securing close wins over Super Bowl hopefuls Green Bay, New England and Chicago.
Home Field Advantage. Seattle is really good at home. 6-0 in fact. Part of that has to do with Russell Wilson being phenomenal at home. He’s only thrown one interception there all season (Eli Manning had two picks at home last week alone.) And the other part has to do with the team being so good and the crowd being so loud. The Seahawks beat Green Bay, New England, Arizona, Dallas, New York and Vikings at home. I’d be cautious if I were an opposing team thinking they could come in to the Clink and get a win, especially in the playoffs.
So what do you think? Are the Seahawks Super Bowl worthy?