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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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NFL Week 7 Results

Injuries
WA CB Norman in concussion protocol.
CL 5th QB Kessler in concussion protocol
NJ QB Geno Smith torn ACL injury & C Nick Mangold out with an ankle
BF RB McCoy out hamstring & WR Goodwin  in concussion protocol
NG17 LA10
4-3      3-4 On the 2nd play of the game NG turned the ball over & LA got a TD from it.
London But what LA gets it gives away.  Pick 6 by NG off of Kennum tied the score
Keenum would throw 4 pick to insure that LA did not get the win.
NG Manning 24/37 196 00 Jennings 13/25 Cruz 5c 55
LA Keenum 32/53 291 14 Gurley 15/57 Quick 4c 92 Austin 10c 57 TD
How bad could Goff be not to see action after Kennum threw 4 picks?
WA17 DT20 Stafford threw an 18 yard TD pass to Boldin with 16 sec left to win the game.
4-3   4-3 Neither team could stop the run DT had 94 y & WA had 134
DT Stafford 18/29 266 10  Forsett 8/33 Jones 4c 94 FL Tate 6c 93y
WA Cousins 30/39 301 10 FL Rush TD Thompson 12/73 Crower 7c 108y
OK33 JK16 OK RB Murray scored 2 TDs & OK D forced Bortles into 2 picks.
5-2       2-4 OK was scoring TDs but JK was kicking FGs.  JK still struggles to score 7.
OK Carr 23/37 200 10 Murray 18/59 2TDs Crabtree 8c 96y TD
JK Bortles 23/43 246 12 Ivory 5/48 Lee 7c 107
NO21 KC27 KC got a pick 6 off the hands of a NO reciever & an Ingram funble set up another score.
 2-4   4-2 NO QB Drew Brees became the 1st in NFL History to have 100 300+ yard games. He has NO HELP!
KC Smith 17/24 214 20 Ware 17/77 Ware 2c 54y TD Hill 1c 38y TD
NO Brees 37/48 367 31 Ingram 16/62 FL Thomas 10c 130
BF25 MI28  MI used an extra tackle to help the run game.  It worked BIGTIME.
4-3    3-4 BF run D played road kill. MI RB Ajayi ran for 214y Taking the ball out of Tannehill’s hands is a good idea.
MI scored TD with 2 min left but Taylor led BF to a TD & 2pt conver with 14 sec left. Did not get the Onside K
MI Tannehill 5/25 204 10 Ajaya 28/214 TD Stills 5c 100y TD
BF Taylor 14/28 221 10 7r 35y TD Goodwin 4c 93y TD
BA16 NJ24 BA O is still not working.  Flacco started but even with a ST TD, BA could not win.
3-4   2-5 Smith started for NJ but was hurt, Fitzpatrick came in to get the save.
NJ D shut down the BA run game (12 carries 6 yards) & made their O 1 dementional.
There is clearly something wrong with Flacco.  His vision is off & so are his mechanics.
NJ Smith 4/8 95 10 Fitzpatrick 9/14 120 10 Forte 30/100 TD Enunwa 2c 73y TD Forte 4c 54y TD
BA Flacco 25/44 248 02 West 8/10 Wallace 10c 120
MN10 PH21 There are no undefeated teams.  Ph knocked off MN.
5-1      4-2 PH D took advantage of a banged up MN O line to pressure Bradford with 6 sacks.
Both Ds Dominated. 4 turnovers by each O. PH ST got 98 y TD KR.
PH Wentz 16/28 138 12 Mathews 14/56 Huff 4c 39y
MN Bradford 24/41 224 11 2FL  Asiata 12/56 McKinnon 11/43 Patterson 7c 67y TD
IN34 TN25 Luck threw 3 TDs incliding a 7 y TD pass to TE Doyle to take the lead with 1:55 left.
3-4  3-4 The IN D helped for a change by scoring a fumble return TD by Mathis.
IN Luck 27/39 363 30 Gore 17/61 Hilton 7c 133 TD Doyle 9c 78y TD
TN Mariota 22/37 232 20 FL Murray 25/107 TD Walker 7c 84y TD
SD 33 AT30 SD QB Rivers was a one man wrecking crew. But SD D showed up to force AT to kick 3 FGs
“3-4  4-3 AT built a 17 pt lead but SD stopped RB Freeman on 4th down & took the ball at the 40yl
OT AT K Bryant tried a 58 yard fg to win with 1 sec left but it was off the crossbar.
SD Rivers 27/44 371 11  Gordon 22/68 2TDs Ty Williams 7c 140
AT Ryan 22/34 273 11 Coleman 8/64 TD Freeman 15/58 Jones 9c 174
TB34 SF17 Winston threw 3 TDs to lead TB over SF
3-3     1-7 Kaepernick threw for 143 & ran for 84 but he had very little help
TB Winston 21/30 269 31 Rodgers 26/154 Evans 8c 96y 2TDs
SF Kaepernick 16/34 143 11 9r 84y Harris 11/39 Draughn 5c 37y TD
NE27 PT16 The PT D did their best but Brady & Blount kept them on the field too long.
6-1    4-3 PT O struggled to move the ball with 2nd team QB Jones under center
PT D caused NE WRs to fumble twice setting the O up in good field position.
This win was likely for home field unless Roethlisberger is out longer than expected.
NE Brady 19/26 222 20 Blount 24/127 2TDs Gronk 4c 93 TD Edelman 9c 60y FL
PT Jones 29/47 281 11 in the red zone  Bell 21/81 Brown 7c 106
SE6 AZ6 What is wrong with the SE O?  In 2 words O LINE!  Penalties on O line called back the 6 best plays by Wilson.
4-1-1   3-3-1 The mobility of Wilson is gone due to injuries caused by bad protection.
The SE run game is a small % of what it was due to the retirement of Marshawn Lynch & the bad O line.
It is worse than last year. The entire front office shoud be fired for lack of support for Wilson.
SE Wilson 24/37 225 00 Michael 16/52 Baldwin 6c 69 Graham 5c 53
AZ Palmer 29/49 342 00 Johnson 33/113 Fitzgerald 9c 70
Both teams missed FGA that would have won the game.
HO 9 DV 27 DV lost 2 games in a row after starting 4-0. The D made sure Osweiler didn’t make it 3.
4-3   5-2 Osweiler was hurried all night. Without a run game, the O didn’t move the ball.
HO D could not stop the DV run game.
HO is still in the AFC South race because the rest of the division is so bad.
CL17 CN31 CN scored a TD with 0 time left in the 1st half. CL never recovered.
0-7    3-4 Neither of O lines are even OK.  Even though CN has given up 23 sacks in 7 games, they have started 1 QB.
Bengal alert!  They go to London next week.  If they are 2-6 after that game the HC will be left behind
CN Dalton 19/28 308 20 Hill 9/168 TD Bernard 17/80 TD Green 8c 169 TD
CL Kessler 9/11 82 00 Hogan 12/24 100 02 7r 104 TD Crowell 7/104 TD Barnidge 6c 66y
CL Coach Browns start out behind again after deferring.  They should either take the ball or get a better D!
CL O Good drive on the 2nd poss but CL can’t convert a 3rd & 2 because Crow was not in.
Delay penalty because they couldn’t decide what to do.
Browns QBs are like tissues.  They should be strong but disposable.
Browns Run game is better due to the threat of QB Hogan runs
CL D CL should have been 10 behind but CN K missed a short FG.
HOW do you let Green catch a Hail Mary????????? A prevent D never prevents anything!
Do you need to get your Run game going?  Play the #Browns and it will be great!
Green is smoking on the field.  It looks like he is smoking  #Browns DBs.
Shelton, Briean Boddy-Calhoun & Ogba are getting better The rest of the D not so much.
Thoughts Browns are consistant 7 losses in  games.  At least Jackson was ticked by the way the D was playing.
The “draft brain trust” screwed up not to take a QB with the 2nd pick. More picks only help if you choose wisely!
They have missed on almost as many QBs as they have started since 99
Kessler is NOT the QB of the future!  He lacks arm strength to succeed in Nov & Dec.
CL needs to change to a 4/3 to stop the run.  A 240 lb LB is NOT a DE & can’t contain the outside run.
CL lost its best bet for a win.  NJ QB Smith is out with a knee.
For the 1st time this year we saw the D QUIT!
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KC Traded RB Knile Davis to GB for a late round draft pick.
SF RB Hyde will not play vs TB
GB cb Sam Shields placed on IR & RB Lacy out with ankle surgery Pack placed him on IR out till wk 15
PT QB Ben Roethlisberger will be out 4-6 weeks. The meniscus is torn. He should be back vs CL.
MI S Reshad Jones out for the seaon Torn rotator cuff
BF rb McCoy suffered a hamstring injury in practice Wed. Doubtful for Sunday
ba QB Joe Flacco may not play Sunday
OK Owner Davis said he will file paperwork to move to LV
NG Signed k Gould to a deal he will go to London.
NFL The league is working with the city of Oakland to get something done so Raiders don’t move.

Reunion Sunday

CH10 GB26 The WR issue has affected Rodgers He has the 35th ranked pass comp %
1-6 4-2 Hoyer broke his arm in the 2nd Q replaced by Barkley
Hoyer had thrown 200 passes this season without a pick.
If you can’t get open vs Chicago, you are a bad WR
Hoyer 4/11 49 00 Barkley 6/15 81 02 Carey 10/48 Miller 2c 40
Rodgers 39/56 326 30 Montgomery 9/60 Adams 13c 132 2TDs

NG-2.5 LA The NFC East is back. Every team has a winning or even record.
3-3 3-3 NG pass game (3rd) vs LA pass D (16th)
London LA O (28th run & pass) vs NG D (22nd pass & 12th run)
The LA front office has a very warm seat. Goff was the wrong pick & LA paid a ton for him.
Signed k Gould to a deal he will go to London.

WA DT-1.5 WA O looks good on paper but QB Cousins gives the ball away too often & run game over rated.
4-2 3-3 WA pass game (5th) vs DT pass D (23rd)
DT pass game (14th) vs WA pass D (15th)

OK JK-1 HC DelRio needs to get his D working again. If not OK will not make the playoffs
4-2 2-3 OK passing game (10th) vs an improved JK pass D (8th)
JK pass game (18th) vs OK pass D (32nd)
OK is 32nd vs the pass and 30th vs the run. Del Rio is back in JK

NO KC-6.5 NO has the top pass game in the league. Too bad te D & run game are not at that level.
2-3 3-2 NO Pass game (1st) vs KC pass D (12th)
KC run game (14th) vs NO run D (26th)
KC needs to get the pass game up to the level of run game. Not likely to happen with Smith at QB.

BF-3 MI BF has won 4 straight games. If HC Ryan & coaching staff doesn’t screw things up BF might make the playoffs.
4-2 2-4 BF run game (1st) vs MI run D (31st)
MI pass game (23rd) vs BF Pass D (14th)
Not only is Tannehill on the hot seat, so is the entire coaching staff

BA NJ-1 The BA O is bad but at least Flacco doesn’t give the ball away like Fitzpatrick does.
3-3 1-5 BA O (P 16th R 18th) vs NJ D (P 28th, R 6th)
Ballanced NJ O (21st R&P) vs BA D (9th pass 1st Run)
If BA can get the O going, they should make the playoffs. NO chance for the Jets
Jets start Geno Smith at QB & NJ is favored?????

MN-2.5 PH MN is the only undefeated team & this is Braford’s shot at his former team.
5-0 3-2 Bradford & the MN pass game vs PH pass D (4th)
PH run game (8th) vs MN run D (4th)
Wentz is playing well but the loss of RT Lane will hurt the rest of the season.

IN TN-2.5 There will be a lot of HC opennings next season & IN will be 1 of them. TN might be open too.
2-4 3-3 TN run game (3rd) vs IN run D (25th)
Luck & IN pass game (13th) vs TN pass D (11th)
Dick LeBeau D will drive IN O line nuts!

SD AT-6.5 AT Offense looks great now but will the AT D hold up?
“2-4 4-2 AT pass game (2nd) vs SD pass D (24th)
Rivers & SD pass game (12th) vs AT pass D (26th)
SD has a vote on a new stadium. At 2 & 4 no chance it gets approved.

TB-2 SF Kaepernick is back but Hyde is out. HC Chip Kelly might not be back next year
2-3 1-5 Stinker game of the week
TB pass O (17th) vs SF pass D (7th only bevause it is so easy to run on SF.)
SF run game without Hyde (5th) vs TB run D (18th)
TB RB Rogers will be the main call carrier with both Martin & Sims hurt

NE-7 PT PT will start QB Landry Jones against a top AFC D.
5-1 4-2 Brady & NE pass game vs PT pass D (30th)
Bell & PT run game vs NE run D (9th)
NE looks like the AFC champ unless they have a lot of injuries.

SE AZ-2 Palmer is back but can AZ O line protect him vs SE pass rush?
4-1 3-3 SE pass game (11th) vs AZ pass D (3rd)
AZ run game (4th) vs SE run D (3rd)
SE has the same issues on O, Bad O line protecting Wilson & blocking for run game

HO DV-7 DV has lost 2 games in a row after starting 4-0 The O is the problem & Osweiler would not have helped.
4-2 4-2 Osweiler gets a chance to hurt his former team. But the DV pass rush will have a lot to say about that.
HO run game (10th) vs DV run D (22nd)
DV pass game (27th) vs HO pass D (2nd)

CL CN-10 Both of these teams are going down fast. CL it is the D. CN it is everything.
0-6 2-4 CN pass game (6th) vs CL pass D (27th)
CL run game (11th & falling like a rock off the side of a mountain) vs CN run D (20th)
CL is consistant on D. 27th against the run & pass
CN coaching staff is on the hot seat for the current record & not winning a playoff game since the 90s
CL HC Jackson goes back to CN where he coached last year

CN O Standard formation is 1 rb 1 te 3 WRS.
RV Dalton has improved his comp% each season. This year he is at 67.4
Yards per compl is down slightly from 8.4 last year to 8.1 in 16
Part of the decrease is due to CN allowing #2 & 3 WRs to leave in free agency.
AJ Green has 42 catches for 14.4 yards per catch
RB Bernard is 2nd in receptions with 29 but averages 8.8 yards per catch.
None of the RBs are averaging 4 yards per rush. CN has 4 TDs rushing.
Lots of O line split formations OTS wide to block on bubble screen passes.
TE Eifort has yet to play for CN. That has hurt CN O. He had 13 TDs last year
CN struggles to score TDs in the red zone. 4 plays from the 1yard line failed vs NE.

CN D Standard formation is 4/3 2 deep safeties vs NE but will go 8 in the box vs CL
Even in 3rd & 9+ CN uses nickel rather than dime D.
CN pass rush comes from DT Atkins & DES Dunlap & Johnson.
The key to CN D is the front 4 + Burfict

CL Injuries Both WR Pryor & CB Haden have not practiced all week and are questionable.

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AFC East

Bills

5 Will the Bills get the new stadium they need?

4 Can Rex Ryan survive another losing season?

3 Will the D be as good as in 2014 as it gets older at key positions like NT?

2 Can BF get a run game going with retread RBS and a rebuilt O line?

1 Can the offense offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC?

Dolphins

5 Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?

4 Can the rebuild O line protect Tannehill?

3 Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?

2 Can MI get a run game going without RB Lamar Miller?

1 Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?

Patriots

5 Is Jimmy Garoppolo a decent 2nd team QB?

4 When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?

3 Will the pass D be able to survive in the playoffs?

2 Can NE survive 4 games without Tom Brady?

1 Will a pass-rush-by-committee be enough to earn one for the thumb?

Jets

5 Will NJ sign DE Muhammad Wilkerson or will he play under the Franchize tender?

4 Can the D get back to near championship quality?

3 How many games can Geno Smith win if Fitzpatrick is not resigned?

2 When will the staredown with the Amish Rifle end?

1 Will QB Fitzpatrick continue to improve or fall back to normal?

AFC North

Ravins

5 Will the Run D regain its 2014 level of play?

4 Will the rebuilt O line protect Flacco better than last year?

3 Will WR Brent Perriman be able to play this year?

2 Will the pass defense hold up?

1 When will quarterback Joe Flacco be healthy?

Bengals

5 Can a banged up and aging D compete with PT & BA?

4 How much heat is HC Marvin Lewis feeling this year?

3 Can RB Jeremy Hill hold onto the ball this year?

2 Can Rookie WR Tyler Boyd take pressure off A.J. Green?

1 Can Andy Dalton the reverse vampire) ever win a playoff game?

Browns

5 Will WR Gordon ever play again for the Browns?

4 Can the coaching staff get the rookie WRS corps to produce?

3 Can the D ever figure out how to stop the run?

2 Can CB Joe Haden play up to his 2014 level or is he done?

1 Will RG3 Ever be a starting quality QB?

Steelers

5 Can the D hold up this year better than in 2015?

4 Has the coaching staff realized that PT is now an O based team?

3 Can the rebuilt D Backfield hold up against the AFC North?

2 Will Le’Veon Bell retake his RB throne?

1 Can the rebuilt O line protect Roethlisberger?

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Injuries

BA cb Jimmy Smith Thigh

BF RB LeSean McCoy knee WR Robert Woods HIP

CN WR A.J. Green Back

HO qb T.J. Yates knee

JK OB Telvin Smith FINGER

MN RB Adrian Peterson

NE WR Danny Amendola KNEE

NJ CB Dee Milliner ANKLE DE Muhammad Wilkerson WRIST

OK WR Michael Crabtree Concussion

SD OK SD Rivers is carrying the team on his back. Run game & O line are hurt.

4-10 6-8 D showed up last week. It has looked like it has already moved to LA.

Coaching staff has to win the last 2 to keep their jobs. If not the team will leave without giving them the forwarding address.

OK Carr showed his fear of inside rush last week by throwing picks. Run game is inconsistent.

D is coming. Mack is a BEAST. He had 5 sacks in a single game & leads the league.

Del Rio has the team heading up (unlike some teams in Northern Ohio).

WA PH WA WA leads the NFC Least but needs this win to stay there.

7-7 6-8 The O& D are in middle of the league. That is not good but MUCH better than expected.

PH Note to HC Kelly: the PH fans threw snowballs at Santa. They don’t take bad football well.

Many think that Bradford is perfect for KellyBall. He is not. There will be a new QB next year. (Kaepernick?)

The D has suffered because O can’t stay on the field. It has not been as bad as most think.

SF DT SF SF is a train wreck. Wrong HC, wrong QB, wrong O system. D suffered from desertions.

4-9 5-9 HC Tomsula is in WAY over his head. The record shows it.

DT HC Caldwell & Company are dead men walking. New GM will want to name a new HC.

Stafford has been average. He will stay because the top 2 QBS in the draft will be gone.

PT BA PT PT needs to win both games to get to the playoffs. With BA & CL on the schedule that will not be a problem.

9-5 4-10 No team in the AFC wants to face the PT O. It is as dangerous as any in the league.

BA The thought of BA having a top 5 pick is scary. WR or pass rusher will be on the top of their wish list.

Next year everyone (except Dumervil) will be back & BA will be back on top of the AFC North.

BA may have to adjust the practice & game rotations to keep the team healthier.

DA BF DA Jones will have some hard decisions to make. DA is not a good team even with Romo.

4-10 6-8 The big question is can Jones find a quality HC to take the job if he is the GM? Probably not.

At the very least they need a better backup QB for often injured Romo.

BF Ryan is on a warm seat. The D has disintegrated. That was supposed to be the hallmark of the team.

The O has been much better than expected. Taylor has been good but the run game is lacking due in injuries.

CH TB CH Cutler is a disaster & HC Fox won’t put up with him next year. Fox needs Forte to have a better season.

5-9 6-8 The run D has to get better. It will when Fox gets more 3-4 players in the draft.

TB Winston is getting better but needs to work on his pass game. Threat of QB run helps the RBS & O line.

D needs more Tampa2 players. Lovie will get that done.

CR AT CR Newton will be the MVP but should not be. CR is 23rd in passing y.

14-0 7-7 D is top 10 in all important areas. But giving up 35 pts vs NG is a problem.

AT AT has fallen & can’t get up. O is a disaster except for the pass game. Need a WR & O line help.

D has been middle of the league except against the pass.

IN MI IN GM & staff are history. Luck was hurt because GM didn’t get O line help for him.

6-8 5-9 D is really bad. This team will go nowhere until O line & D are fixed.

MI The GM & staff are history. Tannehill may be too. MI has under performed badly for several years.

Suh is over paid. It will take time to get this team out of salary cap hell & competitive again.

NE NJ NE Brady will get NE to the AFC title game. Despite injuries he has been outstanding.

12-2 9-5 D didn’t step as far back as expected after rebuilding DB group.

NJ NJ is 5 wins better than last year but face a tough game.

O has been decent but need a new QB. D is solid but needs help in vs the pass.

HO TN HO Leading AFC South is not an honor & TN is dangerous with Mettenberger at QB.

7-7 3-11 Hoyer was good but the O line got him hurt. Neither Yates or Weeden should ever see the field.

D is 4th in yards & 2nd vs pass but 13th in point allowed. They struggle to keep teams out of the end zone.

TN Mariota is out. That is good for TN. GM screwed up in asking too much from PH to make a trade for the 2nd pick.

A new admin may start Mettenberger over Mariota. Both O & D need upgrading.

JK NO JK The O has been decent. Bortles is getting better but is still inconsistent. WRS are no name but good.

5-9 5-9 The D is pathetic. Look for additions here to get this team out of the 5 win area.

NO The only thing NO has is QB Brees (1 in pass yds). It traded away all his weapons & resigned bad RBS.

The D sucks bilge water. 32nd in ppg & 30th or worse in the other stats.

GB AZ GB Who would believe that Rodgers would be 26th in pass yards? O has let the team down.

10-4 12-2 D is solid & is 5th in ppg. The O will struggle against AZ.

AZ As long as Palmer is healthy AZ is a Super Bowl threat. If he is hurt all bets are off.

The D has been good but injury to Mathieu is a huge problem.

ST SE ST Foles is a backup at best. ST made a mistake in trading for him. O is 31st in ppg & 32nd in pass ypg.

6-8 9-5 The D has been good. Donald is as good as any DT. Loss of DE Quinn hurt the pass rush.

SE No team in the NFC wants to face SE in the playoffs. Wilson has been near perfect for the last 5 games.

D has finally come close to 2013 play level. O is 7th in ppg. D is 2nd in ppg.

NG MN NG Eli has been OK. O is 8th in scoring 6th in pass ypg. Run game is on a milk carton in a store near you.

6-8 9-5 D has gone down hill. No pass rush & bad pass coverage has haunted NG.

MN Bridgewater took over when Peterson was hurt. He was responsible for 5 TDS.

Peterson has to be healthy for MN to do well in the playoffs.

An untold story of MN has been the D. 8th in ppg & 7th vs the pass.

CN DV CN McCarron looked good vs SF but will be pressured hard vs DV.

11-3 10-4 CN will be 1 & done again with either Dalton or McCarron at QB.

DV This is another team that suffers from pressure. The O has let the D down. Neither QB is even decent. Peyton is done.

D is 4th in ppg (thanks to pick6’s by O) & 1st in yards & pass yards.

CL KC CL Manziel did well 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately he can’t play SF every week.

3-11 9-5 The D gave up over 400yds last week. This could be a repeat.

KC Smith is Mr. Checkdown. To beat him CL needs to cover tight early in the play & apply pressure.

The KC D is solid in the front 7. They play a lot of zone behind a 4 or 5 guy rush.

QB 11 SMITH, ALEX T/SF 10 Daniel, Chase U/NO 7 Murray, Aaron 14/5

The key to get Smith to throw picks is to pressure him particularly up the gut. He panics.

Due to a lack of pass rush it is critical that the CL DBS provide tight coverage until the pass rush can get home.

Based on what we have seen so far this year that is not likely to happen.

LWR 12 Wilson, Albert CF14 13 Thomas, De’Anthony 14/4 85 Hammond, Frankie CF13

RWR 19 Maclin, Jeremy U/Phi 81 AVANT, JASON SF14 17 Conley, Chris 15/3

TE 87 Kelce, Travis 13/3 84 Harris, Demetrius CF13 82 Parker, Brian W/SD

Maclin is the stud receiver. CL must double him and go man on the other receivers. CL can’t afford to zone because the DBS get lost & have no idea when to close on a receiver.

Kelce is big & physical. He is a real threat in the red zone. I doubt that any CL LB can cover him.

RB 35 West, Charcandrick CF14 32 Ware, Spencer SF14 34 Davis, Knile 13/3

FB 42 Sherman, Anthony T/Arz

West has had at least 60 yds on each of his starts. That means he should get 150 against CL.

Ware is a power back. He is strong & hard to tackle. Davis is in the dog house due to fumbles.

LT 72 Fisher, Eric 13/1 79 Stephenson, Donald 12/3 75 Reid, Jah SF15

LG 73 Fulton, Zach 14/6 60 Pughsley, Jarrod SF14

C 61 Morse, Mitch 15/2

RG 76 Duvernay-Tardif, Laurent 14/6 73 Fulton, Zach 14/6

RT 71 Allen, Jeff 12/2 75 Reid, Jah SF15

The O line is very average despite a lot of high picks used to draft them.

KC uses a zone run blocking scheme & the team is much better blocking the run than the pass.

The O line struggles on pass blocking.

LDE 70 DEVITO, MIKE U/NYJ 99 Nunez-Roches, Rakeem 15/6 93 King, David W/Sea

NT 96 Howard, Jaye W/Sea 92 Poe, Dontari 12/1

RDE 97 Bailey, Allen 11/3 98 Williams, Nicholas P/Pit

LOLB 55 Ford, Dee 14/1 51 Zombo, Frank SF13 54 Moses, Dezman W/GB 50 Houston, Justin 11/3

LILB 56 JOHNSON, DERRICK 05/1 57 Alexander, DJ 15/5

RILB 90 Mauga, Josh SF14 53 Wilson, Ramik 15/4

ROLB 91 HALI, TAMBA 06/1

The front 7 is the best part of the D.

KC rushes 4 or 5 most of the time. Ford replaced Houston who is hurt.

The D has scored 7 TDS this year.

LCB 22 Peters, Marcus 15/1 31 Cooper, Marcus W/SF

SS 38 Parker, Ron W/Sea 27 Branch, Tyvon CC/Oak

FS 29 Berry, Eric 10/1 49 Sorensen, Daniel CF14 39 ABDULLAH, HUSAIN SF13

RCB 21 Smith, Sean U/Mia 30 Fleming, Jamell P/Bal 20 Nelson, Steven 15/3

Smith & Berry are the best guys in this unit. Peters is learning 7 has speed. Parker is OK.

Parker will sneak up to put an 8th guy in the box fairly often but only if CL can hurt them early with the run.

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SF CH-7 SF Gabbert has not been good but injuries to the run game has not helped.

3-8 5-6 D played well last week but has not been at all consistent.

SF has to win a game like this against a struggling team.

CH CH has won 3 of 4 recent games including a big win over GB. Cutler has been better

Cutler has been better & the run game has emerged.

But the real reason is an improved D that has finally mastered the Fox D system.

JK TN-2 JK Bortles is getting better. He had an outstanding game vs TN 2 weeks ago.

4-7 2-9 The D is 29th in ppg. But JK has won 2 of the last 3 games.

TN Mariota has struggled badly. O is 30th in scoring & 26th in pass yards.

The D has gotten better despite a lack of talent. That has a lot to do with the mind of Dick LeBeau.

Because of a loss to CL, TN holds the 1st overall pick as of now.

HO BF-3 HO Hoyer is playing solid FB with passer rating of 94.4 (15TDS 5x)

6-5 5-6 The D has been outstanding in the 4 game win streak. The key has been the D backfield’s multiple coverages.

DC Romeo Crenell has made adjustments to the scheme that have helped the D.

D has given up 38 pts in the last 18 quarters.

BF Taylor has been good. Despite injuries to the RBS, BF is 5th in rushing.

The D has been solid vs the run (14th) but has given up a ton of pass yards (22nd)

It will take Ryan a draft or 2 to get the D backfield up to the front 7.

BA MI-4.5 BA Flacco has had an off year for him but BA is still 10th in pass yards.

4-7 4-7 The pass rush has suffered from the loss of Suggs & issues in the D Backfield (24th v pass)

BA has 20 on IR. They will be much better next year.

MI Tannehill has been a disappointment so far. MI is 1-4 in the last 5 games & is 27th in scoring at 20.5 ppg.

The big additions on the D line have not resulted in better D. MI is 32nd v run & 27th in ppg.

There will be a total house cleaning at the end of the season.

CR-7 NO CR Newton has been much better in the recent games. But the run game (4th) has been the key to the O.

11-0 4-7 Newton is 29th in pass yards at 209.8.

The D has been outstanding. It is 3rd in ppg (18.6).

NO Despite the O fire sale the pass game has been solid (3rd 304ypg).

The run game has been a disappointment at 96ypg.

Firing DC Ryan has not helped. D is 32nd in ppg.

SE MN pk SE Wilson has been completing 76% in the last 2 games. The difference is the O line is getting better.

6-5 8-3 Experts have been down on Wilson but SE O is 8th in ppg.

TE Willson takes over for Graham. He is big & athletic.

The D backfield has not been up to previous years.

MN Bridgewater is continuing to grow as a QB. MN is 31st in passing due to having Peterson at RB.

Bridgewater is making critical throws. When D has shut down AP, Bridgewater comes through.

The D has been a huge story. It is 2nd in ppg but need to stop the run better against SE.

AZ-5.5 ST AZ Palmer continues to play outstanding FB. O is 1st in ppg (32.3) & yds (410).

9-2 4-7 Run game has suffered from injuries but still ranks 12th.

D has been solid but O has carried the team. Pass D has stood up to a lot of throws from teams behind in the game.

ST The O is the problem. 4 losses it has scored 51 pts. O is 31st in scoring at just 16.9 ppg.

The Keenum experiment is over. Foles is back but neither is a starting quality QB.

Gurley was outstanding early but has been stopped in recent games.

D has been solid but TOS have put it in bad field position.

AT TB-2 AT Ryan is late making decisions & trying to do too much. He has multiple picks in 5 games.

6-5 5-6 I wonder if he is hurt. Problems on the O line & injuries to the run game have added to the issue.

Since wk 6 AT has turned the ball over on 24% of their possessions. Scoring 16 ppg since wk 6.

RB Freeman should be back but will he be 100%? W White has been hurt. AT needs a 2nd weapon.

D is playing better but can not overcome bad field position due to TOS. 8Th v pass 21st v run

TB Winston has been growing at QB but still makes bad decisions & throws picks.

Martin has been inconsistent in recent weeks gaining 235y vs PH but only 63 vs DA.

The D has struggled but Lovie has yet to get Tampa 2 guys type players. 25Th in ppg.

NJ-2 NG NJ Fitzpatrick has played OK & HC Boles has done a great job with the team.

6-5 5-6 NJ is 7th in ppg but part of that has been due to D scores. 14Th in ypg

D has been good but not dominant. 9Th in ppg 3rd ypg 1st rypg

NG O line lost G Schwartz. Not good vs one of the best D lines in the league.

Eli throws picks more often if he gets pressured. But O is 5th in ppg.

D has been a huge problem. 22Nd in ppg 32nd in ypg.

DV-4 SD DV Osweiler will start again. He may start the rest of the season because Manning has 9 TDS & 17 picks.

9-2 3-8 He runs the O that Kubiac wants. Manning does not. Run game has been decent but inconsistent. 17Th

D has been solid 4th in ppg 1st in ypg & pass ypg.

Ware is back and could really help the pass rush. That will make life for Rivers hard.

SD Rivers has carried the team but struggles to get in the endzone. 6Th in ypg & 2nd in pass ypg but 19th in ppg.

Run game has not come around. Is Yeldon another Alabama RB bust?

D has already moved to LA. 30Th in ppg

KC-3 OK KC Smith has 7TDS & 0 picks in the 5 game win streak. O has not turned the ball over in those games.

6-5 5-6 D has come on as well. Pass rush has gotten better but could be without OLB Houston the rest of the year.

KC has the easiest remaining schedule & may get into the wild card.

OK Del Rio has the team coming on but KC will be a tough assignment.

Carr has been decent but he still hates pressure up the middle. KC’s pressure comes off the edge.

O is 11th in ppg & 8th in pass ypg.

D is better vs run than pass. Del Rio will get more quality D players soon.

PH NE-9.5 PH Sam Bradford is back. But will he continue to give the ball away like he has this season?

4-7 10-1 The other issue is can PH run the ball against the NE D?

D has given up 45 pts in each of the last 2 games. They just don’t get enough rest.

They have also been hurt by turnovers by the O. Field position is a sore subject in the D meeting room.

As Chip Kelly loses more games the heat on him is bound to increase. This is the city that booed Santa.

NE Brady & Belichick are not happy about the loss at DV. That spells trouble for the PH D.

Without all the NE weapons Brady will depend on no names to catch his passes.

The D has been outstanding. The loss last week was not the fault of the D.

IN PT-7 IN Hasselbeck is likely to start for IN this week. He is 4-0 and playing much better than Luck.

6-5 6-5 He will have to do it all because there is no run game.

PT Roethlisberger is likely to play this week. That is critical if PT is to get into the playoffs.

PT is 8th in rushing. IN has not been able to stop the run at all. They are giving up 115 ypg rushing.

PT D is switching CB positions. That is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

PT D is 30th in passing yards allowed.

DA WA-4 DA Cassel is they guy now that Romo is out for the year. Jones has no one to blame but himself for losing this year.

3-8 5-6 Run game is 11th in the league which was a surprise but O is 29th in ppg.

D has been better than expected 18th in ppg 7th in pass ypg.

WA 21st in PPG, 20th in ppg allowed 5-6 and they lead the division? Welcome to the NFC Least.

Cousins has been decent which is a great surprise. O 21st in ppg 19th in pass ypg.

Run game is inconsistent. Morris has 482y but just 3.6 ypatt

D can’t stop the run but is 20th in ppg.

CN-9.5 CL CN After 2 losses CN seems to have gotten its act together again at ST.

9-2 2-9 The HO loss was on the O but the D gave up 34 pts to AZ.

CL CL can’t run at all. Is it the O line or the RBS? YES.

D has been abysmal & ST have been worse.

QB 14 Dalton, Andy 11/2 5 McCarron, AJ 14/5

Dalton is the opposite of a vampire. He turns to dust in the dark not the sun. 1pm He will be fine.

He has thrown 23TDS & just 6 Picks & has a pass rating of 105.3

He is allergic to a pass rush. That too should be no problem because CL doesn’t own one.

LWR 18 Green, AJ 11/1 19 Tate, Brandon W/NE 15 Alford, Mario 15/7

RWR 12 Sanu, Mohamed 12/3 82 Jones, Marvin 12/5

TE 85 Eifert, Tyler 13/1 81 Kroft, Tyler 15/3

TE/H-B 89 Hewitt, Ryan CF14 87 Uzomah, CJ 15/5

Green is as good as any WR in the league. It might be an idea to double him since Haden is out.

Sanu has speed but less reliable hands than AJ. Jones is better than Sanu in my opinion.

Eifert has become a force in the red zone & on 3rd down. Hewitt is a blocker with OK hands.

Given the struggles of CL DBS, this could be a blowout early.

RB 32 Hill, Jeremy 14/2 25 Bernard, Giovani 13/2 30 Peerman, Cedric W/Det 33 Burkhead, Rex 13/6

Hill is a power runner but can fumble. Bernard is a pass catcher & reliable runner.

LT 77 WHITWORTH, ANDREW 06/2 70 Ogbuehi, Cedric 15/1

LG 65 Boling, Clint 11/4 74 Fisher, Jake 15/2

C 61 Bodine, Russell 14/4 60 Johnson, TJ 13/7

RG 68 Zeitler, Kevin 12/1 73 WINSTON, ERIC SF14

RT 71 Smith, Andre 09/1 73 WINSTON, ERIC SF14

Whitworth has been outstanding. Smith has been in & out of the lineup but Winston is a solid RT.

C Bodine & RG Zeitler are average at best but LG Boling is very good.

CL got no pressure on Dalton in the last game. The D rolled over & died in the 4th Q giving up 14 pts.

LDE 96 Dunlap, Carlos 10/2 99 Hunt, Margus 13/2

NT 94 PEKO, DOMATA 06/4 92 SIMS, PAT U/Oak

RDT 97 Atkins, Geno 10/4 98 Thompson, Brandon 12/3 91 Hardison, Marcus 15/4

RDE 90 Johnson, Michael CC/TB 95 GILBERRY, WALLACE SF12 93 Clarke, Will 14/3

Atkins is the best DT in the league. He makes everyone else on the D better.

CL O line will struggle unless they double Atkins on every play.

Johnson is back. He & Dunlap are the pass rushers.

SLB 50 HAWK, AJ CC/GB 59 Lamur, Emmanuel CF12 49 Carter, Chris SF14

MLB 58 Maualuga, Rey 09/2 57 Rey, Vincent CF10

WLB 55 Burfict, Vontaze CF12 57 Rey, Vincent CF10 47 Dawson, Paul 15/3

Burfict has been hurt a lot this year. He is the blitzer of the group. When he is healthy he comes 30% of the time.

Hawk has been better in CN than in GB. He is in a D that better fits his talent. He is primarily a run stuffer.

Maualuga struggles to cover TES or RBS in coverage. He too is solid vs the run.

LCB 27 Kirkpatrick, Dre 12/1 26 Shaw, Josh 15/4

SS 43 Iloka, George 12/5 36 Williams, Shawn 13/3

FS 20 NELSON, REGGIE T/Jax 40 Smith, Derron 15/6

RCB 29 HALL, LEON 07/1 37 Lewis-Harris, Chris CF12 24 JONES, ADAM SF10

Hall & Jones are the best CBS but Jones has been hurt this year.

Kirkpatrick is just OK but both S are solid.

CL Who plays QB? Davis did very well & Bengals ate Manziel as an entree.

CL O 28th ppg 26th T yards 11th Pass y 31st Rush Y

D 31st PPG 30th T Yards 25th Pass y 31st Rush Y

CN O 4th PPG 7th Yards 12th Pass y 9th rush y

D 1st PPG 15th Yards 17th Pass y 13th Rush Y

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