2018 NFL season begins

It is back to football for the professionals as the NFL kicks off tonight. Who will the Patriots face in the AFC championship game and what team will make it in the NFC? These are my vague predictions for this upcoming year as I’ve sort of given up on the NFL sure I’ll turn on the games on Sunday but there is no real parity in the league sure they all share money but I doubt the Browns are going to be going to make the playoffs this year.

Predictions:

AFC East: Patriots will win the division for the tenth time in a row, Tom Brady has just said that he wants to play until he is 45 so he can become the oldest NFC quarterback. Bills and Jets have real young QBs in Peterman and Darnold. The Dolphins

AFC North: It is still a three team division Steelers/Ravens/Bengals with the Browns in the cellar. All three could make the Playoffs

AFC South: Hopefully, the Texans can stay healthy it’s theirs to loose and could the Jaguars actually do good two years in a row. The Titans and Colts have new head coaches so who can tell what will happen with them.

AFC West: So I highly doubt that the Chiefs will repeat as champions as they have Pat Mahomes and Chad Henne at QB. The Raiders have an old new coach as Jon Gruden returns after over a decade and they hope to recapture what Gruden did last time.  The Broncos picked up Case Keenum, who lead Minnesota almost to the Super Bowl, and might have a chance and the Chargers still play in LA for some reason.

NFC East: It won’t be the Eagles as no team has repeated as division winner since 2005, so it could be any team, although I doubt that the Giants with a new head coach and still Eli Manning as QB will win, it could be The Cowboys or Redskins.

NFC North: The Vikings with Kirk Cousins might have a chance to repeat as division winner but that could become something different as the Bears signed Khalil Mack and the Packers still have Aaron Rogers. However the Bears and Lions have new head coaches so it looks like it’s between the Packers and Vikings again.

NFC South: New Orleans or Carolina I guess will win it, or perhaps Atlanta might make a run for it. Tampa will be looking at who to draft at the top of next years draft.

NFC West: This is by the eye test the most competitive division in the NFC with Seattle, the Rams, 49ers seem to all have good teams,

Playoff picks:

AFC: New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Denver with Baltimore and Cincinnati as the wild cards
NFC: Dallas, Green Bay, New Orleans, LA Rams with Minnesota or San Francisco and Seattle as the wild cards

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Super Bowl LII Prediction

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.

NFL Playoffs 2017 (Championship)

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.

NFL 2017 Playoffs (Divisional)

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.

NFL Playoffs 2017 (Wild Card Weekend)

This weekend the NFL begins the playoffs with Wild Card Weekend. There are some interesting games to watch. On Saturday there is the Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC on ABC/ESPN and Atlanta Falcons at LA Rams in the NFC on NBC. Then on Sunday we’ve got the Buffalo Bills at the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC on CBS and the Carolina Panthers at the New Orleans Saints in the NFC on FOX.  Of all the games only the Panthers and Saints will be a rematch of a regular season game the Panthers lost both times. As for predictions it seems like the home teams have the best shots at winning, however that Bills/Jaguars game looks like it will be a close one and the Falcons/Rams game might end with the Falcons coming out with a win since they were there last year. My predictions Chiefs, Falcons, Bills and Saints.

NFL playoff picture and MLS playoffs

With roughly half of the NFL season over it is pretty crazy that most of the league still has a chance to make the playoffs with about 21 of them likely to have upswings in their seasons. This is the results of parity throughout the league for better of worse. Hopefully nothing will be decided until at least December where it could make for some interesting division games to wrap up the season.

Over in Major League Soccer they have shifted to the Conference Finals. These four teams will play a home and home with the aggregate goal total advancing to the MLS Cup. In the East we have a match between the previous two winner of the Eastern Conference in Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC. So both teams have experience in playing in these gamesIn the West we have the defending Champions in the Seattle Sounders and a team from Houston the Dynamo matching up. Who knows how these games will go we might get to see another team from Houston playing for a Championship or Seattle could be the first to defend a championship since the LA Galaxy back in 2011-2012. It will be an exciting couple of games upcoming.

NFL Season begins

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.

Football news

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.

Super Bowl LI

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.

NFC/AFC Championship games

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.