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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

  Ravens The saying goes when you have 2 QBS you don’t have any. What if you have 5 QBS?
4 The D played very well last year. Can they continue to keep that going with new DC Don “wink” Martindale?
3 The run game was up and down. Can R Alex Collins revive the run game?
2 The WR group was totally reworked. Is this group any better than the one in 17?
1 Flacco has been down the last several years 29th in passing y 17. Can he get the O going to get back into the playoffs?
   
  Bengals
4 Will new blood help an OL that was decimated by losses over the last 2 seasons?
3 Can R Joe Mixon get the run game going?
2 Can the pass D survive the losses they suffered because of cuts?
1 RV Dalton has not won a playoff game in his career. Can he even get there this year?
 

 

Browns
4 CL retained HC Jackson with a 1-31 record. How long will he survive?
3 CL was 18th in rushing despite refusing to run & let R Isaiah Crowell leave in FA. Is there any hope for the run gm?
2 D was 31st in scoring D but the O turned the ball over and over. Will it play better this season?
1 How long will CL let Q Baker Mayfield sit before throwing him to the wolves? It will not be pretty!
   
  Steelers
4 Can the young DBS get the job done with 2 rookies in the group?
3 PT Traded WR Bryant. How will the reworked WR Group play this season?
2 Will PT ever get R Le’Veon Bell to sign a long term contract?
1 Q Ben Roethlisberger played well LY. How will he react to the drafting of Mason Rudolph?

 

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Ravens

The biggest issues are OL, Dbackfield & Flacco.
5 Will the two injured G’s from last year recover and solve the OL issue?
4 Was RB Collins a one year wonder or will he be able to average 4.8 yards/att that he had last year?
3 How will the new WR group solve the issues they had last year?
2 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield play better this year than they did last year?
1 Will Flacco ever get back to all pro level of play?
Browns
The biggest issue with CL is the head coach. How did he keep his job after going 1-31 in 2 seasons?
5 RB Hyde is the new RB but will Jackson allow him to carry the ball enough?
4 Will WR Josh Gordon stay clean & eligible to play this year?
3 Will the reworked Dbackfield produce better than last year?
2 Who will play LT since Joe Thomas retired?
1 Can Q Taylor get CL to win enough games to get him resigned or will the Rookie start next year?
Bengals
CN was bad last year. Unless the run game gets better, it will be worse this year.
5 Will the rebuilt Dbackfield recover from a very down year?
4 Will the WR group add a guy that can help Green get open?
3 Can the run game get going?
2 Will the OL get better or be as bad as last year? They did trade for LT Glenn from BF.
1 Can Q RV Dalton get back to a decent level of play & get
Steelers
The Dbackfield has played badly but the O is down too.
5 Will Bell play without a long term contract?
4 Can the OL get better ?
3 Can the D avoid the flood of injuries that it suffered last year?
2 CAN THE DBACKFIELD GET BETTER
1 Will Rothlesburger get them into SB?
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Ravens
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Will the Run D improve its level of play w/addition of DT Williams & loss of DE Guy?
4 Will the rebuilt O line protect Flacco better than last year?
3 Will Macklin help the passing game?
2 Will the pass D hold up with the additions of Jefferson, Carr & keeping Webb?
1 Will quarterback Joe Flacco be as productive as he was last year?
Bengals

5

Can a banged up and aging D compete with PT & BA?
4 How much heat is HC Lewis feeling this year about making playoff & win 1 game?
3 Will the run D improve its level of play w/addition of ILB Minter?
2 Will O line recover from loss of LT Whitworth & RG Zeitler?
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 staff get WR Britt & the 2nd yr WRS corps to produce with the loss of Pryor?
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 When will QB DeShone Kizer be ready to start?
Steelers

5

Does anyone but staff believe Landry Jones is capable of winning games?
4 Has the coaching staff realized that PT is now an O based team?
3 Can the D backfield hold up this year better than in 2016 w/addion of Sensabaugh?
2 Will Le’Veon Bell sign his franchise tag & play this year?
1 Can the O line protect Roethlisberger or will he be hurt again?

 

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AFC East AFC West DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
  NFC South          
NE w9 @PT HO 6 3 3 1 13
BF w6 @CN IN 3 2 2 0 7
MI w11 @BA TN 2 1 1 1 5
NJ w11 @CL JK 1 0 1 1 3
    12 6 7 3  
AFC North AFC South          
NFC North DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
PT w9 @KC NE 5 3 3 1 12
CN w6 @DV BF 3 2 3 1 9
BA w10 @OK MI 3 2 3 2 10
CL w9 @LC NJ 1 1 0 1 3
    12 8 9 5  
             
AFC South AFC North          
  NFC West DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
HO w7 @NE KC 4 2 2 0 8
IN w11 @BF DV 4 2 2 2 10
TN w8 @MI OK 3 2 2 1 8
JK w8 @NJ SD 1 1 1 1 4
  12 7 7 4  
             
AFC West AFC East          
  NFC East DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
KC w10 @HO PT 4 2 3 2 11
OK w10 @TN BA 5 3 3 2 13
DV w5 @IN CN 3 1 2 1 7
LC w9 @JK CL 0 0 1 1 2
    12 6 9 6

DIV wins within their division

NFC wins vs the NFC Division they play

AFC wins vs the AFC Division they play

EX wins vs the extra games listed next to the team name.

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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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