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09-07-2017, 05:55 AM
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Happy first day of the nfl!

The first day of the NFL. Here's is my contribution to "32 Pointed and Pointless NFL Predictions":

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs – Can a team who’s biggest offensive threat is a tight end win a Super Bowl? Next question, can a team with nothing more than a game manager at QB win a Super Bowl. Ladies and gentleman of the court, the first statement describes the defending champions and the second statement describes the previous champions. Am I calling a Chiefs Super Bowl appearance? Hell no but they are winning the division. The Patrick Mahomes fan club will have to wait another year.

Las Vegas…errr…Oakland Raiders – “Carr again showed patience and poise in the pocket, even if he seemed to use flips of his wrist more than his legs when throwing the ball downfield.” That’s the ESPN quote about the QB recovering from a broken leg. This should worry you. It should also worry you that your featured back Marshawn Lynch is coming back from a one year retirement. The Raiders are a fun to team to watch cause they have to outscore teams to win (nice way of saying their defense is middle-of-the-pack at best) but it may take a few weeks before the fun starts.

Denver Broncos – Remember when the Broncos won the Super Bowl despite their worn-out version of Peyton Manning being at QB? Probably safe to assume that John Elway called him this off-season to come back and be their starter – hey, they brought back Brock Osweiler after a historically bad year away from Mile High. New coach Vance Joseph has former offensive coordinators Mike McCoy, Bill Musgrave, Geep Chryst and Jeff Davidson all on his sideline trying to give Von Miller and company on the defensive side some help.

San Diego…errr…Los Angeles Chargers – A revamped offensive line and return of number one target Keenan Allen should pave the way for QB Philip Rivers to throw for a 5th straight season of over 4,200 yards. The added protection in the pocket should also reduce the amount of interceptions thrown by Mr. Rivers. The Chargers will finish 8-8 tied for the cellar in the West.


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09-07-2017, 06:28 AM
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I think the Patriots and the Steelers are the teams to beat in the AFC. They feel so far out in front of the rest of the conference. The Chiefs are going to be good, but the south needs a surprising team like the Titans to make noise, and the Raiders to avoid the popularly picked "most overrated" award. The Chargers feel like they should be better, but we say that every year. The Broncos defense isn't what it once was, but they need to find a QB to get their offensive talent the ball. Ditto Texans. The same is also true, but with instead a rising Jaguars defense. This seems like the final stand for Marvin Lewis' Bengals, who have a ton of talent, but they've been just "good" every year. The Dolphins' defense is probably going to be bad, but they've got a ton of offensive talent, if Cutler can be the Cutler of old. The Ravens feel average in every way. The Browns aren't going to be good, but they're going to be better than people think. The Bills seem to have given up on this year, so it depends on how many games Taylor and McCoy can win. The Colts are a "team" built around their QB, and they aren't going to win many games Tolzien starts in. There is no way the Jets are going to have anything but one of the worst offenses in league history.

On the NFC side, the top seed feels like anybody's guess. The Packers are probably going to be in the mix. If the Seahawks can figure out how to block, they're going to be dangerous as always with a healthy Russell Wilson. Ditto Giants and Odell Beckham. I really think the Panthers are going to take a tough division after having possibly fixed their many holes at LT, CB, S, RB, and maybe DE. If they can stay healthy, I think they'll beat out the Falcons who do have a good team, but still only went 11-5 while not playing a first place schedule. Pryor was a great signing by the Redskins, who just need to figure out a running game and play better defense. The Bucs are a popular pick, but I'm not seeing a running game and that defense, though better, still doesn't scare me in an offensive division. This is probably the last stand for Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer, the latter of which I think might drop off this season, leaving the Cardinals in the hands of David Johnson. I actually think the same of Brees, but the Saints are a worse team overall. I'm not sure about the Cowboys this year without Elliott for a chunk. The Vikings' offense needs to come around, because Terrance Newman can't play forever. I think the Rams' offense could actually be decent this year. The Lions, Eagles, and Bears feel like the orbit of average. The 49ers aren't going to be terrible, but they still need some help in the secondary and on offense.

SB: Panthers over Steelers

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So happy to have NFL back ,, Hate the Patriots though

Agree with WTF that Steelers/Pats are class of AFC and on NFC side I think the Falcons and Seahawks are teams to beat but NFC is far more open and I could see GB , Dallas , New York or even potentially Bucs serious runs

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Title defense begins!

Hopefully for a clean game tonight, no injuries.

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I still stand by my Oakland vs. Green Bay Super Bowl pick. Glad the season gets going tonight even though I hope the Patriots are stopped.

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What the Faulk - you and me got pretty much the exact same outlook on this year bud.

The AFC West is going to batter the hell out of itself. The NFC is a toss up - that's where all the action is these days.

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