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
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The NFL got started this past weekend and here are my NFC west starting position grades.

NFC West starting position grades

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Cardinals
QB Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen
Bradford is a victim of bad coaching and being put in too soon after an injury. Rosen is green as baby peas. C+
RB David Johnson
He is solid IF he can stay healthy. Some decent depth behind him. B
WR Larry Fitzgerald & Christian Kirk
Fitz is older than rock and Kirk is a rookie. Behind them group includes Browns reject Greg Little. C-
TE Jermaine Gresham & Ricky Seals-Jones
Solid group here. Both can run and catch. B
OL lt D.J. Humphries lg Mike Iupati c Mason Cole rg Justin Pugh rt Andre Smith
The OL has been rebuilt again. This time it seems better. B
DL le Robert Nkemdiche nt Corey Peters re Olsen Pierre
This group has yet to prove they can play. D
LB solb Chandler Jones lilb Josh Bynes rilb Deone Bucannon wolb Markus Golden
Jones is all pro and outstanding. Rest are unproven and little to back them up. C-
DB lc Patrick Peterson rc Jamar Taylor fs Antoine Bethea ss Budda Baker
Peterson has lost a step. Any group that includes a former Brown can’t be good. C
Rams
QB Jared Goff
Goff was good last year but bad in yr 1. I am guessing he will be OK in 18. B-
RB Todd Gurley
Gurley has 2 good seasons sandwiched around 1 bad yr. No depth here at all. B+
WR Brandin Cooks & Robert Woods & Cooper Kupp
All three are in top 35 of the league. A-
TE Tyler Higbee
Decent guy and some depth with Gerald Everett B-
OL lt Andrew Whitworth lg Rodger Saffold c John Sullivan rg Austin Blythe rt Rob Havenstein
Solid group but a little old. B
DL le Ndamukong Suh nt Michael Brockers re Ethan Westbrooks
Huge piece of the DL missing in Aaron Donald. He is holding out for a new deal. C without him A- WITH HIM
LB lolb Matt Longacre ilb Mark Barron ilb Cory Littleton rolb Samson Ebukam
LR couldn’t figure out how to use Quinn and that hurts this group. C-
DB lc Marcus Peters rc Aqib Talib fs LaMarcus Joyner ss John Johnson
Peters has a lot to prove. Talib has lost a step. Joyner is on Franchise tag, B-
49ERS
QB Jimmy Garoppolo
He gave SF 5 wins to end the season. Could there be more this year? B
RB Jerick McKinnon
He came from MN and was good there. Not much of an OL here. C
WR Marquise Goodwin & Pierre Garcon
Goodwin is fine Garcon is average. Some depth B-
TE George Kittle
Kittle turned into a very solid TE as a rookie. C+
OL lt Joe Staley lg Jonathan Cooper c Weston Richburg rg Laken Tomlinson rt Mike McGlinchey
Rebuilt OL will be better with lg Cooper & c Richburg but not sure McGlinchey can play T. B-
DL le Arik Armstead lt Earl Mitchell rt DeForest Buckner re Solomon Thomas
Thomas and Buckner are OK Rest need a LOT of work. C-
LB solb Eli Harold mlb Korey Toomer wolb Malcolm Smith
When mlb Reuben Foster gets off his 2 game suspension this group will be better. Smith helps. D+
DB lc Richard Sherman rc Ahkello Witherspoon fs Adrian Colbert ss Jaquiski Tartt
If Sherman is healthy this group will be improved. If not group is below average. C-
Seahawks
QB Russell Wilson
He does more with less than any QB in recent memory. No OL, NO RUN GAME. A
RB Chris Carson or Rashaad Penny
Penny is a rookie. Carson played OK last year. C
WR Doug Baldwin & Tyler Lockett & Jaron Brown
Baldwin is solid. Rest are good. Not much depth except Marshall. B
TE Ed Dickson
FA from CR but can’t replace Jimmy Graham C-
OL lt Duane Brown lg Ethan Pocic c Justin Britt rg D.J. Fluker rt Jamarco Jones
OL got better with Brown but is not good yet D-
DL le Dion Jordan lt Jarran Reed rt Nazair Jones re Frank Clark
Clark is the only pass rusher here D-
LB solb Barkevious Mingo mlb Bobby Wagner wolb K.J. Wright
any LB group that has Mingo is bad. Wagner is fine, C-
DB lc Justin Coleman rc Shaquill Griffin fs Tedric Thompson ss Bradley McDougald
Legion of Boom is dead. 3 of the 4 are gone & SE needs to sign Thomas D
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Cardinals
AZ had no QBS as 17 ended. Signed Bradford but not much else. Lost players due to cap issues.
5 Can the OL stay healthy this year?
4 How will the WR group do without John Brown & an old Larry Fitzgerald?
3 How will the Dbackfield play without FS Tyrann Mathieu & CB Tramon Williams?
2 When David Johnson went down the run gm died. Can he stay healthy in 18?
1 Will Sam Bradford stay healthy & be the QB AZ needs?
 
Rams
Rams were very busy signing & trading players.
5 Can Nickell Robey-Coleman replace Trumaine Johnson?
4 In 16 LR OL was bad. Signing Whitworth changed that. How many years will LT Andrew Whitworth continue to play?
3 Will the pass rush be hurt by the trade of OLB Robert Quinn.
2 Can Todd Gurley continue to play well or become the bust everyone thought he was after 16?
1 Can Q Jared Goff continue to play well or will he revert back to 2016?
 
Seahawks
The Legion of Boom is now a joke. CB Sherman is gone & SS Kam Chancellor may not play again.
5 Will SE ever focus on getting Wilson some protection by the OL?
4 Can SE get a run game going to take some pressure off Wilson?
3 Will the WR group play well without Paul Richardson?
2 Can the D survive despite the loss of CB Sherman?
1 How long can Russell Wilson survive behind the worst OL in the league?c
 
49ers
With 5 wins in the last 5 games, SF has it’s QB in Jimmy Garoppolo.
5The Dbackfield was bad last year. Will it get better or continue to give up big plays?
4 Can the WR group be better due to Garoppolo at QB?
3 Who will replace Hyde at RB?
2 Can the D play as well as it did in the last 5 games of 17?
1 Can Jimmy Garoppolo lead SF back to the playoffs?
 

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AZ 5 Can DT Robert Nkemdiche keep his nose clean for a full season?
4 Will RB David Johnson have the kind of season he has last year & play a full season?
3 Can AZ find a pass rush after losing DT Campbell?
2 Can the D backfield recover from the bad season and losing 3 starters?
1 Will QB Carson Palmer stay healthy all season?
LA 5 Will the Rams extend the contract of DT Aaron Donald
4 Will the new coaching staff get the D to play better? It was lousy last year!
3 Can LA find a run game with RB Todd Gurley after a bad 16?
2 Can LA rebuild an O line that was terrible last year by adding LT Whitworth (35) & C John Sullivan (31)?
1 Will QB Jared Goff ever become a quality starter?
SF 5 Can RB Carlos Hyde give SF a solid run game?
4 Will SF D be better signing Dumerville, ILB Smith, OLB Watson?
3 Can SF find an O line that can pass protect? Does that even matter?
2 Did SF do enough for the WR group by signing Garcon, Marquise Goodwin & Aldrick Robinson?
1 Who will play QB this year? Hoyer can’t stay healthy.
SE 5 Can HC Carrol figure out how to use TE Graham?
4 Can the Legion of Doom be more effective this year?
3 Can RB Thomas Rawls stay healthy all season or will Eddie Lacy be the guy?
2 Can SE find an O line to protect QB Wilson by signing G Luke Joeckel, Oday Aboushi & Rook C Ethan Pocic?
1 Can QB Wilson stay healthy all year?

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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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