This weekend we’ve got the big game Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. This is the first game in Minnesota since 1992 and the second overall. It is in the new stadium. Super Bowl LII is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX which was won by the Patriots, as of recent games which were rematches the winner of the previous game has won again. The Patriots are playing in their tenth Super Bowl over all and eighth since the turn of the century (to many for most fans besides those in NE) if they win they will tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins with six. For the Eagles this is their third time at the Super Bowl and they haven’t won yet, although they have won three NFL Championships the last was in 1960. History has stacked the odds against the Eagles this year but they have somehow gotten to the Super Bowl with a backup QB in Nick Foles yet they are facing Tom Brady and New England who have been here many times before. On to the prediction, while I am sure that New England will win somehow, it would be fun to see a new team win but many online are opining for a third option that it ends in a tie or that a meteorite comes and hits the stadium killing both teams involved.
On Sunday we have the Championship games for the AFC and NFC. It starts on CBS at 3 eastern time in New England where Tom Brady and company are going to try and win another Championship (10) this is their seventh consecutive time in the AFC Championship game. New England is playing at home and they will face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to win their first. Everyone has to be thinking that the Patriots are going to win given that, but maybe Jacksonville can eek out a win. These teams met in the first week of the Preseason and Jacksonville won but who really knows. After this game is over on FOX the NFC Championship will begin at 6:40 or so eastern time in Philly where the Eagles will face off against the Vikings. Both of which have made it to the Super Bowl in the past but have not won The Big Game yet. It has been 40 some years since the Vikings have won the NFC Championship game while it been only a dozen years for the Eagles. As for predictions I would love it if the Vikings win on Sunday and become the first team to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium. Minnesota also had one of the strongest defenses all season and we all know that Defense wins Championships. As for that other game It would be amazing if Jacksonville could win but I think we all know that New England will be winning number 10 and going to yet another Super Bowl.
This weekend everybody is in the pool as the “bye week” is over and everyone is playing. On Saturday we start with NBC offering up the Atlanta Falcons in Philly playing the Eagles, and later in the evening on CBS the Tennessee Titans are in New England facing the Patriots. These games seem pretty cut and dry with Atlanta and New England winning. On Sunday, we have some interesting games. We have rematches of game from earlier this season, we start in Pittsburgh on CBS where the Jacksonville Jaguars will try and do what they did a decade ago and beat the Steelers at Pittsburgh twice in the same season. Later in the afternoon on FOX in Minnesota the Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints hope to avenge a week one loss. If I had to pick these games I think that it will not go like it did during the regular season so I’m pulling for the Steelers and Saints.
Today the professional football season begins with New England facing off against Kansas City. Miami and Tampa Bay will have a bye week because of Irma heading towards Florida.
So New England will most likely go on and make the playoffs based on the previous several seasons as they try to win their ninth straight AFC East title.In the AFC North it will most likely end up between Pittsburgh, Baltimore or Cincinnati. The AFC South will be Houston with a slim chance for Indy. The AFC West is the biggest toss up for me right now It won’t be the new LA team for sure but Oakland, Kansas City and Denver might also be in the mix. So that’s 9 playoff teams for the AFC
NFC East will be won by some other team this year as no team has repeated as winner since 2004 perhaps the NY Giants will rise to the top this year, but it could be anyone but it should be anyone but Dallas. NFC North it seems like Green Bay is the safe choice but Minnesota and Detroit could have big seasons. NFC South has been the strongest division in the NFC producing the past two NFC Champions but both failed to win the Big Game will it be Atlanta or Carolina again or could Tampa Bay and New Orleans come up big. NFC West has been the Seattle show for the past couple of years but Arizona could have a shot as well. So that would make 12 NFC teams. I’m good at this picking thing.
As for the professional prognosticators have these as the winners AFC East: Patriots; AFC North: Pittsburgh; AFC South: Tennessee; AFC West: Oakland; NFC East: NY Giants; NFC North: Green Bay; NFC South: Atlanta; and in the NFC West: Seattle. For the Wild Cards it looks like Cincinnati and Kansas City in the AFC while in the NFC they have Dallas and four possible 9 win teams (Washington, Philly, Carolina and Tampa) that could claim the other spot. So they have the right number for the AFC but nine teams from the NFC.
Well the season started last Saturday with a “Week Zero” of games consisting of Hawaii traveling across the country and beating UMass, the biggest game of this week was Stanford tearing apart Rice in Sydney, Australia in a “Sydney Cup” game if this is going to continue I haven’t a clue. This upcoming weekend is the official kickoff of the season will Alabama once again make it to the Championship game or can someone else make it instead. Today Ohio State is the first real big team to begin their season. There are several other big games this weekend they are Alabama/FSU, Michigan/Florida, NC State/South Carolina, BYU/LSU, Virginia Tech/West Virginia and Tennessee/Georgia Tech these are all neutral site games and they look like big ones.
Most people are saying that the Playoff teams are already in the top 10 and it is widely speculated that some of the same teams will make it once again this year. If I had to fill out a bracket I’d pen in Alabama for sure although it seems like the odds are against Bama from a National Championship this year and I’d pencil in Ohio State along with Florida State/Clemson the biggest question is the other team in this quartet. SEC, Big 10 and ACC are represented but will it be the Big 12 or Pac 12 joining this year? The Big 12 now have a Championship game so there are better odds of them getting a team into the playoff discussion.
The SEC will be won by Alabama who will likely face Florida, Georgia or Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. I’ve got three teams from the East since who can tell from last year how this upcoming year will be everyone was big on Tennessee last year but they were hit with injuries and still played a decent season. Will Florida have an offense and is Georgia that good are still questions that need to be answered.
In the Big Ten experts are saying it’s a four team race with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan leading the way. Wisconsin only has to play Michigan this year so they have the best odds to make it to the Big Ten Championship game against one of the others.
In the Big 12 it boils down to Bedlam whoever wins that game will most likely will the Big 12 Championship. However when Tom Herman, who takes over in Austin has done good things after taking over a team. So perhaps Texas could be in the mix.
The ACC will once again feature the rematch of Clemson and Florida State and the long awaited Virginia Tech and Miami rivalry means something once again. These two game will decide who plays in the ACC Championship game.
In the Pac 12 it seems everyone is all in on USC to do big things some even have them going all the way to the National Championship game and winning it. The other team the make the Pac-12 Championship game has to be Washington or Stanford.
No huge shockers as the previous couple of year these seem to be safe choices. However the SEC, Big Ten, ACC and either Big 12 but more likely Pac-12 will be the final four teams.
There are a couple stories around about the NFL. The biggest one is that the Raiders are moving to Vegas in 2019 or whenever their new stadium is built. If you call this a story congratulations, “asshat owner moves team to get new stadium” is not a great story but it seems like the way the NFL works now as the Rams and Chargers also wanted new stadiums before the left for LA. Keep an eye open Jacksonville fans as you may be the next to move. If only they let the Raiders move back to LA and not the Chargers it would have made for a lot less headaches.
Another story is that Tony Romo, the former Dallas QB has retired and will be replacing Phil Simms in the CBS booth. Now Former Dallas QB will be the top guys on both FOX and CBS, unfortunately NBC and ESPN do not have former Dallas QB as color commentators. If we could only get rid of Joe Buck.
The third story is that Amazon will be streaming Thursday Night Football this upcoming season. Amazon payed $50 million for the right to stream these games, which will also be broadcast on the NFL Network, CBS and NBC. Amazon will have this as an “exclusive” to Prime subscribers. Hopefully at some point Thursday night game turn out to be good as the previous couple of years they have been lacking especially with those monochromatic Color Rush uniforms, if it were like a throwback uniform instead I believe that more people would enjoy the games.
The Patriots’s revenge tour is over. They won the Super Bowl, now if they can only shut up about how great Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are. Sure they play a relatively easy schedule this year and Brady played 4 less games so he was well rested I sure hope that someone other than New England in the AFC gets to the Super Bowl next year as they’ve been in 9 Super Bowl games since 2000 and have won five. It almost looked like the Falcons were going to win but clearly the NFL wanted to make up to New England for the whole deflate-gate thing. Anyway you put it the Patriots have been labeled cheaters several times in the past and nothing can really change that to the general public, sure the folks in New England will adore them even more as most of them have forgotten or weren’t a fan during those year where they were a horrible team. It will be interesting to see what happens to them when Brady or Belichick retire and they have to find a new QB/head coach to take over.
The commercials were pretty weak this year, and Lady Gaga’s halftime show was fun. It was nice that it was only her as the previous years they’ve always had special guests showing up at some time during the performance.
Yes, you read that right we are back to Roman Numerals for Super Bowl numbering. This year we have Tom Brady and the New England Patriots going into like their tenth (it’s only been seven) Super Bowl this century. This is the Patriots 9th Super Bowl and they have split their previous appearances last winning in 2014. Tom Brady is looking for Super Bowl ring number 5 and Super Bowl MVP number 4. On the other side of the field we have the Atlanta Falcons in their first Super
Bowl since XXXIII, when they lost to John Elway in his final game. I and most of America would love to see Atlanta win for their first time. Sure the odds are stacked against them, however the Patriots are only favored by 3 points. Atlanta has done a lot of scoring during the season and my only hope is that that game is competitive and not a blow out since that just make the game harder to watch. The game is on Sunday and Lady Gaga doing the Halftime show. It’s on FOX so we’ve got Joe Buck and Troy Aikman doing commentary.
This Sunday we have the big games the ones that matter and once again they are rematches from earlier in the season.
In the NFC we have the Packers traveling to Atlanta once again this time hoping to avenge an earlier loss where the Falcons squeaked by with a point win. This will be the last game ever played at the Georgia Dome as their new Stadium will open in July, so emotions will be high in Atlanta. The Falcons have the high powered offense, while the Packers have Aaron Rogers who seems to do just about anything. Over in the AFC we’ve got the Steelers traveling to New England now the week 7 game which the Patriots won was a long time ago and Big Ben wasn’t playing . This will only be the ninth meeting between Brady and Big Ben. This will be a challenge for New England as they face a team that has a chance to beat them, but also for Pittsburgh as they will need to score more than field goals to win.
It seems likely that both of these will be a good games whoever win. As for my picks it would be wonderful if Atlanta could make it to the Super Bowl for the second time and this time win, or the Packers and Aaron Rodgers taking home a second Super Bowl Title, or Pittsburgh bringing back another championship bringing their total to 7. In the NFC I’d call it a toss up as to who will win the game but over in the AFC since it’s a New England home game they have the slight advantage added to the fact they they been in every AFC Championship game since the 2011-12 season however they have only won two of those game so perhaps Pittsburgh should have the advantage. Vegas odd currently have Patriots by 5.5 and Atlanta by 4.
This weekend the NFL reaches the Divisional round in the playoffs and all the teams who had a bye last week play this week. This year all these Divisional games are rematches from earlier in the season.
The weekend starts off with Seattle traveling to Atlanta where they will try to sneak by the Falcons once again. However, the set up is reversed Seattle will be traveling to Atlanta and Atlanta will be coming off a bye week. This was a close game during the regular season with Seattle falling behind only to come back and win by two. Saturday night we have New England who will beat the Texans again, this was a shutout in week 3 when New England was forced to use a third stringer QB, as Brady was out with his suspension, and his replacement was out with a concussion. Will the Texans has a shot to score any points or will it be another shutout?
Sunday begins with The Steelers going to Kansas City, now Kansas City hasn’t fared well in the playoffs as of late, sure they beat the Texans last year but the Texans were a mess at QB where they used three interchangeably. This seems like to be another year where the brand name teams will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Later that afternoon we will have the most compelling, exciting game of the weekend as Green Bay travels to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. During the regular season the Cowboys outplayed the Packers but Green Bay has been on a winning streak as of late and they are the hot team entering the game.
As it looks right now the Steelers and Patriots will be playing in the AFC Championship game, and the NFC is up in the air I am hoping that Green Bay and Seattle can will so there is a chance for some snow in during the Championship game.