NFC Playoff predictions

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And you thought your NFL NFC team had a chance to get to the playoffs this year? You are probably wrong. Here are my NFC Playoff predictions.

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NO CHANCE
NFC East
NG Really hard to predict this team but they won’t make the playoffs.
WA QB Smith has less to work with than he did in KC.
NFC North
DT All Stafford has is his arm. No OL, no WRS and a bad D.
CH Heading in the right direction but not sure if they have the right QB
NFC South
CR Cam is a question mark but the D is fine. That is not enough to get them into the playoffs
TB Jameis Winston starts the season with a 3-game suspension in the worst part of the schedule for TB and the D is not good enough to rescue the O.
NFC West
AZ They find out how much they miss Mathieu and fail to make the playoffs.
Teams that are in the playoffs
PH The D will keep PH in the race no matter who is QB
MN Kirk Cousins has much better targets than in WA. He and the D will get it done.
NO Brees and an improving D get NO back into the playoffs
On the bubble
LR Could make it but needed DT Aaron Donald to sign but traded DE Quinn because they had no idea how to use him.
Needs some help
DA The O is fine. If the D comes around and develops a pass rush DA could make it to the playoffs
GB If the OL can keep Rodgers healthy and D figures out how to cover WRS & TES
AT Ryan can score a lot of points but can the D stop anyone? If they can AT can get in.
Very little hope
SE Wilson is wonderful but he can’t play D. Legion of book is dead. So is the D.
SF Garoppolo gives SF fans some hope but the D needs to be better to make the playoffs

NFC East starting lineup Grades

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Lets take a look at the NFL NFC East starting lineup grades. Get the grades before you make your trades.

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Cowboys
QB Dak Prescott is a capable leader who had an outstanding rookie campaign but regressed notably in his sophomore effort. Jury’s still out on whether the problem was him or his offensive teammates. C+
RB Zeke Elliott – Assuming he stays out of trouble and off the suspended list, he’s among the best in the NFL. A-
WR Allen Hurns was a good pickup. Terrance Williams is a perpetual underachiever. Cole Beasley is yet to develop into the Julian Edelman type he’s been touted as. Pain in the butt though he may be, this wasn’t the right time to cut Dez. C
TE Witten’s abrupt retirement put the team in a bad spot at TE. Geoff Swaim and Rico Gathers don’t look up to the task. D
OL LT Tyron Smith LG Connor Williams C Travis Frederick RG Zack Martin RG La’el Collins. Smith is having a great camp, but there are no standouts here and the whole group badly underachieved last season. C-
DL DE Demarcus Lawrence DT Datone Jones DT Jihad Ward DE Tyrone Crawford A decent group whose stats are handicapped by poor coaching. Will Taco Charlton ever improve enough to contribute more? C
LB SLB Damien Wilson MLB Jaylon Smith WLB Sean Lee Layton Vander Esch was the first round pick. Where does he fit? Lee is productive but cant stay healthy. C+
DB CBs Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie FS Xavier Woods SS Jeff Heath. Underwhelming as a group, with the CBs grading out slightly better than the safeties. C-
New York Giants
QB Eli Manning We’ll see both Good Eli and Bad Eli this season, as we do every year. The question is which one shows up more frequently, and can Good Eli do enough to help a Giants team coming off an incredibly embarrassing season? B
RB Saquon Barkley‘s skill set is legit, but can he carry the brutal load of an NFL RB1? B
WR OBJ is good but vastly overrated and has health concerns. Sterling Shepard also has health issues. The rest are just guys. C
TE Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison. Engram had an impressive rookie campaign. Can he continue in that vein? Ellison is a solid workhorse blocker. B
OL LT Nate Solder LG Will Hernandez C Jon Halapio RG Patrick Omameh RT Ereck Flowers. Hugely improved with the acquisition of Solder and the Hernandez pick, but carries concerns about L-R balance. C+
DL DE BJ Hill NT Damon Harrison DE Dalvin Tomlinson. The scheme change may help, but the entire defense lacks depth and talent, no more so than in the DL group. Where will the pass rush come from? D-
LB SLB Kareem Martin MLB Alec Ogletree MLB BJ Goodson WLB Olivier Vernon A tick better on paper than the DL unit, but will likely suffer at their hands. D
DB CBs Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins FS Curtis Riley SS Landon Collins Collins gets the job done. Jenkins was a disastrous underachiever last season. Apple is a problem on multiple levels. D
Philadelphia Eagles
QB Nick Foles/Carson Wentz Can Foles keep it together long enough to allow Wentz to safely get back to 100% before taking the field? Wentz has a ton of talent and Foles really stepped up in the playoffs, but Foles’ luck is probably running out and we don’t know how Wentz will look when he returns. B
RB Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles. I like both of these guys better than most do, especially Sproles. If Tiny Beast can stay healthy, they have a lot of creative options in the run game. B
WR Alshon Jeffrey, Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor. If Mike Wallace actually behaves in the best interest of his team, it will be the first time ever. Jeffrey has health issues, but the talent here is good. B
TE Zach Ertz. Among the best in the league and somehow still often undervalued. A
OL LT Jason Peters LG Stefen Wisniewski C Jason Kelce RG Brandon Brooks RT Lane Johnson A lot hinges on whether Peters plays or if Johnson has to move to LT. Among the best OLs in the NFL regardless. A-
DL DE Derrick Barnett DT Tim Jernigan DT Fletcher Cox DE Brandon Graham. Solid group with depth that also has Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and Haloti Ngata in the mix. A
LB SLB Nathan Gerry MLB Jordan Hicks WLB Nigel Bradham. The Eagles have almost unmatched depth across the entire front 7. A
DB CBs Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby S Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod. This is the defensive unit for the Eagles that I have the least confidence in, but they’re still better than 90% of the league. A-
Washington Redskins
QB Alex Smith is one of the league’s smartest at the position, but lacks the physical skills to mesh well with Washington’s other offensive weapons. B
RB Already lost rookie Derrius Guice for the season to an ACL tear, who many believed was the ‘Skins answer here. Chris Thompson is a capable pass catcher, but not an every down guy. Rob Kelley isn’t going to be anyone’s hero. C-
WR Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson.  Not a bad group but a poor match with Smith. Doctson is solid but has had injury issues. Richardson’s signing hurt Seattle more than it helped Washington. B-
TE Jordan Reed has injury issues and a highly contentious relationship with the coaching staff. Vernon Davis is too old to be much use. C
OL LT Trent Williams LG Shaun Lauvao C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff RT Morgan Moses. Williams is among the league’s best. Scherff is top 10 at his position. Roullier and Moses are learning but still have work to do. LG is a huge problem and the internal options aren’t good. B-
DL DE Jonathan Allen NT D’Ron Payne DE Matt Ioannidis. Allen is solid. Payne was a decent pick, he’s smart and has potential. Ioannidis, a 5th round pick in his third season, has a lot to prove. C+
LB SLB Preston Smith MLB Mason Foster MLB Zach Brown WLB Ryan Kerrigan. Brown played well last season and earned a new contract. Foster missed most of last season with a torn labrum but appears to be healthy now. Kerrigan has been incredibly steady and consistent throughout an 8-year career. C
DB CBs Quinton Dunbar, Josh Norman, SS Montae Nicholson FS DJ Swearinger. Norman’s play can’t keep up with his mouth. Swearing er is ok. The rest are unremarkable and the unit depth is not good. D
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Cowboys
DA fell badly last year. Part was due to Elliot being suspended but also Prescott did not play well. D is what cost DA PO.
5 Will the addition of W Allen Hurns means the end of Dez Bryant in DA?
4 Will the reshuffled OL be able to play better than last year?
3 The D was bad last year keeping DA out of the playoffs. Will it improve enough to get them back this season?
2 Can Ezekiel Elliott stay on the field to help the O & D with his rushing?
1 Can Dak Prescott get back to his level of play in 16 or will he continue to struggle this season?
 
Giants
Cap space cuts hurt but this team can’t be as bad as last year, can they?
5 Can the run gm be decent w/o Orleans Darkwa who is in CR?
4 Can the reworked OL get better under the new coaching staff?
3 Will the WR group include Beckham? Can that group recover from all the injuries?
2 NG SBS were based on Pass Rush. Where will it come from this year? Not from the LB group that was HORRIBLE.
1 Will Eli play better this year?
 
Eagles
The SB Win was great but cap issues & the satisfied feeling may be a problem.
5 Will LT Jason Peters come back or will Lane move to LT?
4 Can the D play as well this year as they did last year?
3 Can the run game survive the loss of RB Blount & Sprols?
2 Can W Alston Jeffery help PH O get better?
1 How many games will Wentz play this season?
 
Redskins
Can new QB Smith make the Skins a Super Bowl contender?
5 Can the rebuild WR group perform better with Smith rather than Cousins?
4 The RBS & TE groups were hurt last year. Will they all recover and play well this year?
3 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield be better with the addition of CB Orlando Scrandrick?
2 Can the rebuild D play better than last year?
1 Q Smith will not have as many toys as he had in KC. Can he make it work in WA?

NFC Win projections from NNR podcast

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NFC EAST AFC West          
NFC West D N A E T
DA W6 @AT GB 4 3 3 1 11
WA W5 @NO MN 2 2 2 1 7
NY W8 @TB DT 4 2 2 2 10
PH W10 @CR CH 2 2 2 2 8
    12 9 9 6  
NFC North AFC North          
  NFC South D N A E T
GB W8 @DA SE 5 4 3 1 13
MN W9 @WA LR 4 2 2 2 10
DT W7 @NG AZ 3 1 1 0 5
CH W9 @PH SF 0 1 1 1 3
    12 8 7 4  
NFC South AFC East          
  NFC North D N A E T
AT W5 @SE DA 4 3 3 0 10
CR W11 @AZ PH 3 2 2 1 8
NO W5 @LR WA 3 2 2 2 9
TB W11 @SF NG 2 1 2 1 6
    12 8 9 4  
NFC West AFC South          
  NFC East D N A E T
SE W6 @GB AT 4 3 4 1 12
AZ W8 @DT TB 4 2 3 2 11
LR W8 @MN NO 2 2 2 0 6
SF W11 @CH CR 1 0 0 0 1
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NFL Week 8 results

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DV DC Wade Phillips was hurt by a player running into him. Went to the Hospital but was OK & released.
CR QB Cam Newton is complaining to the NFL about not getting late hit calls.  Good luck with that!
SE DE Michael Bennett will get surgery for a cartilage issue & will miss 2-3 wks
KC QB Smith is in concussion prototcol after taking 2 hits to the head.
KC rb Spencer Ware is in concussion protocol.
KC RB Jamaal Charles will go to a knee specialist to get his knee checked.
DA CB Claiborn sports hernia & S Church broken arm.
AZ S Ty Mathieu shoulder injury MRI today & LT Veldheer needs surgery Tricep
NFL WR Andre Johnson retires after 14 seasons in the NFL.
WA24 CN24 WA missed a 34y FG in the last 2 min to send the game into OT.
4-3-1  3-4-1 RV Dalton lost a fumble in OT but Cousins couldn’t get into scoring position
Dalton 27/42 284 11 FL Hill 20/76 TD Bernard 11/52 TD Green 9c 121  Eifert 9c 102 TD
Cousins 38/56 458 21 Kelley 21/7 TD Crowder 9c 107 TD  Reed 9c 99 TD
NE41 BF25 Brady & Pats served the BF crowd buffalo meat as they sliced up the Bill D.
7-1      4-4 BF D looked confused and got very little pressure on Brady.
NE Brady 22/33 315 40 Blount 18/43 TD Gronk 5c 109 TD
BF Taylor 19/38 183 00 5r 48 TD Gilislee 12/85 TD Powell 3c 59y
AZ20 CR30 LB Davis returned a fumble 46 y for a TD & RB Stewart scored 2 TDs to lead CR over AZ.
3-4-1  2-5 CR D sacked Palmer 8 times & shut down AZ run game. Despite the pressure Palmer threw for 363y.
CR Newton 14/27 212 00 Stewart 25/95 2TDs Gomm 5c 53
AZ Palmer 35/46 363 31 Johnson 10/24 7c 84y
DT13 HO20 Osweiler took advantage of a bad DT Pass D to lead HO to a win.
4-4     5-3 HO Osweiler 20/29 186 11 Miller 17/56 TD Hopkins 4c 44
DT Stafford 27/41 240 10 Riddick 11/56 Ebron 7c 79y
KC30 IN14 KC QB Smith got the win but Nick Foles replaced him for the save.
4-2  3-4 Smith was checked twice & the second time benched for a potential concussion. Foles has the better arm.
KC Smith 9/19 127 10 Foles 16/22 223 20 West 14/52 Kelce 7c 101 TD
IN Luck 19/35 210 21 9r 60y Moncrief 4c 41y TD
SE20 NO25 S Thomas scored on a fumble recovery to start the scoring by SE
4-2-1 3-4 Brees was outstanding & took advantage of an injured SE D backfield.
NO Brees 27/35 265 10 Rush TD Hightower 26/102 Thomas 6c 63y
SE Wilson 22/34 253 01 Michael 10/40 TD Prosise 4c 80y
OK30 TB24 OK set an NFL record for accepted (23) penalties but overcame that to win the game. 5th road win for OK.
6-2 3-4 OK scored the wining TD pass Carr to Roberts 41y with 1:36 left in the OT period
OT OK Carr 40/59 513 40 Murray 11/48 Cooper 12c 173 TD
TB Winston 16/32 180 20 Rodgers 19/69 TD Humphries 3c 58y
DV27 SD19 Rivers should sue SD O line for lack of support. 4 sacks & a ton of hits beat him up.
6-2  3-5 SD couldn’t get an extra point. It was blocked by KC
Seiemian 20/38 276 01 Booker 19/54 TD Thomas 5c 79y
Rivers 20/47 267 23 Gordon 23/111 Inman 4c 72y
GB32 AT33 This was the most offensive (in a good way) game of the day.
4-3  5-3 AT took the lead for the last time with 31 sec left.  Rodgers tried to rally GB but failed on a 4th down throw.
AT Ryan 28/35 288 30 Ward 6/46 Freeman 11/35 TD Sanu 9c 84y TD
GB Rodgers 28/38 246 40 6r 60y Adams 12c 74y
PH23 DA29 Former HC of DT Jim Schwartz has made a HUGE difference on PH D.  It is very solid.
4-3  6-1 PH fell behind 0-10 but then took a 20-10 lead by QB Wentz.
OT DA tied the game at 23 with a late TD which was set up by a fumble by Smallwood deep in PH territory.
In OT, DA won the toss & drove the length of the field for a TD to Whitten.
DA Prescott 19/39 297 21 RTD  Elliott 22/96 Bryant 4c 113y TD
PH Wentz 32/43 202 10 Sporles 16/86 J Matthews 11c 65y TD
MN10  CH20 The Bears controlled the ball and the game.  MN D wore down in the 2nd half.
5-2          2-6 Cutler looked very accurate.  It seemed like the MN O didn’t want to play.  They were slow & uninterested.
MN is not going anywhere unless they can protect Bradford. He was harrassed by a weak pass rush.
Ian Rapport reports HC Fox & his staff are  on the hot seat in Chicago.
NJ31 CL28 It was the best of times (1st half).  It was the worst of times (2nd half).
3-5       0-8 Exhibit A the ball goes off RB Johnson hands to NJ defender, That gave NJ the FG for the winning points.
Fitzpatrick 16/34 228 10 Forte 25/82 2TDs Enunwa 4c 93y TD
McCown 25/49 341 22 Cromwell 11/29 TD Pryor 6c 101y
CL O Nobody but Pryor & Barnidge can catch the ball.
Good 1st drive. Nice to get out front for a change. 3rd & 10  throw 2 Pryor was the key.
Way too many 3rd and long for #Browns.
Pryor is becoming a #1 WR.
3rd & 10 throw for 4 yards will not get the 1st.  McCown predetermined the throw. On his left were 2 rec wide open.
McCown is still using pre-snap read to decide where to go with the ball.  Hawkins was doubled but McC threw it anyway.
Browns, Way too little & way too late.
CL D Davis & company played the run wide well -3
Taylor 3 PD.
Browns have never figured out how to stop the run on the edge. 35y TD run by Powell.
Memo TO #Browns. Man D works better if the S stays in the middle of the field.
Pryor was beating Revis but Marshall beating Haden worse.
Browns D is mailing it in from nowhere special.  Have to fix the D. 20-7 lead gone to 28-20 deficite
coaching Your 0-7 and have a 3rd & 2.  Go for it.  All that can happen is you will lose another game.  #Browns
What is with the wholesale changes in personell. Cost 5 yards for 12 men on the field.
Browns were doing well in man so why change to zone in the 2nd half?
WAY too many drops by WRs.
CL did not make adjustments NJ did on O and D.  How many times have I said that?
Thoughts The O is MUCH better with McCown than RG3 or Kessler. 50% on 3rd down conversions.
The D gets warn out.  On the field for 20 min in 2nd half.  Rookies have hit the wall.
Tackling is HORRIBLE.  4 missed tackles on Enunwa’s TD.
We are not seeing the improvement I expected by the young players.
Kessler is NOT the QB 4 the future. Heart of a lion, Mind of a coach & the Arm of a chicken.
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MI rb Arian Foster retires
nj QB Smith is put on IR
DV rb C J Anderson has meniscus damage out indefinately
OK lb Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement after a year susp for substance abuse policy violation
DA Tony Romo is throwing the ball at practice.
JK22 TN36 The Titans scored on 4 of their first 5 possessions. It was a very one sided game.
2-5  4-4 The issue with JK was as usual QB Bortles.  His mechanics & footwork are bad. That prevents accuracy.
The game was Col. Mustard vs the Smerfs
TN Mariota 19/22 270 20 Murray 21/123 TD Wright 4c 84y TD
JK Bortles 33/54 337 30 4r 22y Hurns 7c 98 TD
WA CN-3 CN has to get the run game going again.  Looked great last week but that was vs CL so it doesn’t count.
4-3  3-4 WA run game is solid but the pass game has not been as effective as last year.
CN pass game (4th) vs WA pass D (17th)
WA pass game (3rd) vs CN pass D (12th)
NE-6.5 BF In week 4 BF shut out NE. But that was without Brady at QB. Look for NE to crush BF for payback.
6-1      4-3 BF pass D is horrible.  Brady & co will take advantage of that.
Brady & pass game vs BF pass D (31st)
BF run game (2nd) vs NE run D (11th)
AZ CR-3 CR has lost more games this year than in all of last season.  This will be a HUGE test of CR pass D.
3-3-1 1-5 Both teams need this game.  CR is out with 6 losses.  AZ needs to keep up with SE.
AZ run game (5th) vs CR run D (7th)
CR pass game (8th) vs AZ pass D (3rd)
DT HO-2.5 HO O has struggled but so has DT D.
4-3     4-3 The issue with Osweiler is he is not accurate & has bad footwork.
The only reason HC O’Brien has not benched his QB is Savage & Weeden are his only other QBs.
HO run game (12th) vs DT run D (19th)
DT pass game (12th) vs HO pass D (2nd)
KC-2.5 IN There is nothing wrong with Luck that a better O line would not solve.
4-2  3-4 KC needs a run game because that is the best chance for a long TD.  Smith’s arm is below average.
IN pass game (7th) vs KC pass D (19th)
KC run game (18th) vs IN run D (25th)
SE-3 NO SE has the WORST O line in NFL.  Not only hurts Wilson but run game as well.
4-1-1 2-4 All NO can depend on is QB Brees.  Has nothing else on either side of the ball.
SE pass game (14th) vs NO pass D (30th)
NO pass O (1st) vs SE pass D (9th)
OK TB-1 OK O is doing well while TB O is struggling a bit.
5-2 3-3 OK D is REALLY struggling but TB D is getting better.
OK O (13th pass & run) vs TB D (13th pass & 20th run)
TB pass O (16th) vs OK pass D (32nd)
DV-5.5 SD DV is a fairly complete team.  All SD has is Rivers.
5-2  3-4 DV rush O (16th) vs SD run D (8th)
SD pass O (5th) vs DV pass D (1st)
GB AT-3 GB O has struggled.  The problem is WRs are not getting open & Rodgers is not as accurate now either.
4-2  4-3 AT started hot but lost @ SE and home vs SD.  SE loss was expected. SD not so much.
AT pass O (2nd) vs GB pass D (15th)
GB pass O (20th) vs AT pass D (31st)
PH DA-4.5 DA has won 5 straight games.  Rookie QB Prescott is good but run game is outstanding.
4-2   5-1 PH rook QB Wentz is OK but the problem has been his mechanics.  The D has been the difference.
DA run game (1st) vs PH run D (14th)
PH run game (17th) vs DA run D (10TH)
MN-5.5  CH Monday
5-1          1-6
NJ-4.5 CL Neither of these teams are going anywhere.  NJ has no QB & CL has used 6 of them.
2-5       0-7 The best chance for CL is Fitzpatrick continuing to be very giving throwing picks.
NJ passing game (22nd) vs CL pass D (29th)
NJ run game (21st) vs CL run D (31st)
CL run game (8th) vs NJ run D (2nd)
CL pass game (24th) vs NJ pass D (27th)
QB McCown will start for CL. Does that improve their chance to win?

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