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Steelers Vs. Texans: Monday Night Football Prediction, Preview, Betting Odds For Week 7

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NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first in 2020

We have talked a lot about the draft, biggest remaining needs for every NFL team, some breakout candidates and other stuff, so let’s now get back to more of a big picture and look at some teams from an angle of where could they go next season. In this article, I am analyzing those teams that finished fourth in their division this past year and why they could win it in 2020 or land at the bottom once again, plus an outlook where I actually see them.
Of course much of this is about these eight teams and how much better or worse I feel about them than the general public, but it was heavily dependent on their three division rivals as well. The top half I could certainly see earn a playoff spot and surprise some people if everything goes right. After that a lot of my faith is more built around the lack of great competition and giving some hope to these respective fan bases. As the cliché goes – everybody is 0-0 right now.


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1. Arizona Cardinals


Why they can win the division:
Let’s just start with the main point here – this Cardinals squad has all the ingredients to make a big jump in 2020. I expect Kyler Murray to enter the superstar conversation in year two, after impressing with his arm talent and ability to extend plays in a (somewhat controversial) Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign. Steve Keim managed to unload a bad David Johnson contract and basically acquire an elite receiver in DeAndre Hopkins for a second-round pick. Kenyan Drake now has a full offseason to learn this offense and make himself a major factor once again, following up an outstanding second half of the season once the Cardinals traded for him with Miami. He perfectly fits into this offense with a lot East-West based rushing from shotgun sets and his involvement in the pass game, including those quick throws as an extension of the rushing attack. Arizona’s defense should be a lot better with run-stoppers being added in the draft that fit their 3-4 base front with Utah’s Leki Fotu and LSU’s Rashard Lawrence, since they can stay in those packages against the other teams in their division running a lot of 12 and 21 personnel probably. Add to that a do-it-all player with ridiculous range and overall athleticism in Isaiah Simmons at eight overall, plus all the other guys being in their second year under DC Vance Joseph. I love Budda Baker as a missile from his safety spot and I think some of the other young guys on that unit will take a step forward, like second-year corner Byron Murphy, who I talked about last week. Now let’s get to rest of the West – every other team in that division has some issues. The 49ers are facing the objects of a potential Super Bowl hangover and some limitations with Jimmy G at the helm. The Seahawks have question marks on the edge on either side of the ball with Cedric Ogbuehi and Brandon Shell fighting for the starting gig at right tackle and Jadeveon Clowney still on the open market, with a bunch of draft picks these last couple of years having to step up. And the Rams had one of the worst O-lines in football last season and they lost some pieces on defense. The Cardinals already gave all these teams issues in 2019 and have now added pieces that were clearly missing when last matching up against each other.

Why they could finish last again:
Most importantly, I am still not completely sold on the Cardinals offensive line, with D.J. Humphries being signed to a rather expensive deal as a below-average left tackle, third-rounder Josh Jones – while earning a late first-round grade from me – still needing an overhaul on his footwork before he can slide in at right tackle and guard Justin Pugh finally having played a full 16 games for the first time since 2015 last season. NFL coaches had a lot of time to study Kliff Kingsbury’s Air-Raid offense, which when you break it down is pretty simplistic in the amount of schemes they run. Yes, he diversified it a little as last season went along, going under center and running some pro-style rushing plays, but at its core, you can learn how to create some issues for all those mesh concepts and spread sets. As far as the Cardinals defense goes, it is more about pieces than proven commodities. Patrick Peterson is seemingly on the decline, they are thin in the secondary and could Chandler Jones follow soon, after he has been one of the most underrated pass-rushers in the league for a while now? You are staring the reigning NFC champs in the eyes, a team that was a few inches away from earning a playoff bye and another squad that went to the Super Bowl just two years ago. This is probably the best division in the entire league.

Bottom line:
I still believe the 49ers have done enough to repeat as division champs, re-tooling for all the losses they have suffered this offseason. However, I’m feeling pretty good about the Cardinals earning a wildcard spot. While I believe in the Seahawks quarterback and the Rams head coach respectively to not allow their teams to not have throwaway seasons, I also see enough issues with those squads to make me believe the Cardinals could have the second-best year of anybody in the West. To me they are pretty clearly the best of these eight teams, because they have a young phenom at quarterback, stars at pretty much every position, a different type of system around them and what I’d like to call “juice” coming into 2020.


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2. Detroit Lions


Why they can win the division:
Matt Stafford is back healthy and when he was in the lineup last season, this was a team that defeated the Eagles, Chargers and only didn’t finish the job against the eventual Super Bowl champion Chiefs because of some crazy stuff going on late. The veteran QB stood at 19 touchdowns compared to five picks and was playing at a near-MVP type level. However, Detroit’s identity will be built on the run game with re-investments in the offensive line as well as adding D’Andre Swift to form a dynamic one-two punch with him and Kerryon Johnson. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones may be the most underrated receiving duo to go with Danny Amendola as a tough guy in the slot and T.J. Hockenson coming into year two as a top-ten pick a year ago, having shown flashes when he was healthy. The defense is finally starting to take shape with third-overall Jeffrey Okudah as an elite corner prospect being added to an underrated secondary, Jamie Collins being a chess piece in the front seven after already having worked well with Matt Patricia and some young guys up front trying to prove themselves to go with the versatile Trey Flowers. Maybe more importantly than the Lions themselves – Nobody else got that much better and none of the other three really stand out to me. Other than the Vikings probably – who had the advantage of making a record-breaking 15 selections – the Lions might have had the best draft within the division. Thanks to that last-place schedule, they get to face the Redskins in the East (instead of Eagles & Cowboys) and Cardinals in the West, who I just talked about taking a step forward, but are still a better draw than the reigning conference champions or possibly having to travel to Seattle. I believe that new regime in Detroit has finally built an identity on both sides of the ball with the heavy investments in the run game and back-seven on defense. Winning ten games might earn you a division title, if everybody plays each other tough.

Why they could finish last again:
Can these guys finally stay healthy? Matt Stafford to my surprise played a full 16 games in eight straight years before last season, but a lot of that had to do with his toughness to fight through pain and he had major issues with that shoulder early on in his career before basically breaking his back after putting the team on it for the last decade. Kerryon Johnson has missed 14 of 32 possible starts and he has never carried the ball more than 118 times a season. Their receiving corp has been banged up quite a bit too. More glaring even – how will all these additions of former Patriots players work out? Can Matt Patricia build a New England 2.0 in Michigan or is he just bringing in players he knows will listen to him and the way he wants things to be done? Detroit could also rely on a lot of rookies to be immediate impact players – possibly two new starting guards on offense, running back D’Andre Swift probably sharing the load with Kerryon, Jeffrey Okudah having to immediately become their CB1 and Julian Okwara being asked to become a much more consistent player if they give him major snaps. And I recently talked about how their uncertainty at punter could be an issue for their ball-control, defense-minded style of play. They also have an early bye (week five), which I’m never a big fan of, after facing the Bears, Packers, Cardinals and Saints, which probably includes three playoff teams. If Chicago can get any competent QB play, all these teams should be highly competitive.

Bottom line:
I don’t think any team in this division wins more than ten games. Unfortunately I don’t see the Lions go over that mark themselves either. The Packers won’t come out victorious in so many close games (8-1 in one-possession affairs), the Vikings have lost a few proven commodities and look for young talent to immediately replace those and the Bears still have a quarterback competition going on. So if Detroit can do any better than just split the season series with those three teams, I see them finishing above .500, but ten wins is the ceiling for me. In terms of the competition inside the division, the Lions may be my number one team in this conversation, but I see a much clearer path to things crashing down for Matt Patricia and them having another disappointing season than I do with the Cardinals. No team in this division may finish below that 8-8 mark.


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3. Miami Dolphins


Why they can win the division:
When you ask the general public, the Buffalo Bills right now are the favorites to win the AFC East, but they haven’t done so since 1995 and they still have to prove they really are that team. The Patriots lost several pieces on defense and Tom Brady of course, which probably leads them to starting a quarterback, who over his four career pass attempts has thrown more touchdowns to the opposing team than to his own. The Jets are still building up that roster, with GM Joe Douglas trying to plant seeds on burnt earth, and they face a BRUTAL schedule. So Miami has a lot of things going in their favor for an organization that I believe in what they are trying to build. Depending on what happens at quarterback, you could have a veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was by far the best inside the division in several key categories last season and/or Tua Tagovailoa, who had one of the most prolific careers we have seen from anybody in the SEC. They added at least two new starters on the O-line, they now have one of the premiere cornerback trios in the league with the all-time highest paid player at the position in Byron Jones and first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene to go with Xavien Howard and with some added beef up front, they are finally looking a lot like what Brian Flores had in New England. DeVante Parker really broke out over the second half of 2019 and Miami should have a much better rushing attack because of the additions up front and two quality committee backs in Jordan Howard and Matt Breida being added. They have two other young pass-catchers ready to break out this upcoming season in tight-end Mike Gesicki and a UDFA receiver from a year ago in Preston Williams. Whenever Tua’s name is called upon, he will be a perfect fit for Chan Gailey’s horizontal passing game.

Why they could finish last again:
As much as I like what I see from this entire organization, it is probably just a year too early for Miami. So many young players could be thrown into the fire and a lot of them I look at as needing that experience – 18th overall pick Austin Jackson (USC) is more of a developmental tackle still with his footwork and hand-placement issues, 30th overall pick Noah Igbinoghene (Auburn) has only played cornerback for two years and was bailed out by his athletic tools at times, third-rounder Brandon Jones has to develop more of a feel in deep coverage and at least one more rookie lineman will likely start for them. Even outside of this year’s draft class, they already had several players on their roster that are still moving towards their prime. Whether you look at last year’s first-rounder Christian Wilkins, a lot of second- and third-year pass-catchers or their young linebackers outside of Kyle Van Noy. The Bills are entering year four of that turn-around under Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, the Patriots still have the greatest coach of all time and will be a tough matchup solely based on that and the Jets at least have people playing for their jobs, plus a very talented young quarterback I still believe in. As much as I doubt Adam Gase, as long as Sam Darnold doesn’t get mono again, the offense should at least be competent, and the defense could potentially have a top-five player at every level with All-Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, an 85-million dollar linebacker in C.J. Mosley and my number one prospect in last year’s draft on the interior D-line with Quinnen Williams.

Bottom line:
As I mentioned before, the Bills are the front-runners in this division for me. As much respect as I have for Bill Belichick, I haven’t seen enough from Jarrett Stidham to make me a believer and he shrunk in some big moments at Auburn. The Jets to me could be a lot better than they were in 2019 and still go 6-10 just because of the type of schedule they are up against. So the Dolphins to me could easily finish anywhere from second to fourth, depending on how some of the players on that roster progress. I wouldn’t bet on them actually making the playoffs, but they could absolutely be a pain in the butt for some of the better teams in the AFC and in 2021 they might be the pick here.


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4. Los Angeles Chargers


Why they can win the division:
First and foremost, this Chargers defense is absolutely loaded with no real hole that you can point to. Derwin James is back healthy after a first-team All-Pro rookie campaign, Chris Harris Jr. comes in to make this secondary one the elite units in the NFL to go with two more Pro Bowlers among it and they have some guys I expect to break out like Jerry Tillery, Drue Tranquill and Nasir Adderley. In terms of having matchup pieces and a versatile pass rush to challenge Kansas City, nobody in the league may be on the same level as these guys. Offensively, Ihave talked about how the left tackle spot is concern for L.A. with a battle between Sam Tevi and Trey Pipkins for the starting job, but the other four spots are as good as they have been in a while, acquiring Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner via trade, signing a top five right tackle in Bryan Bulaga and getting Mike Pouncey back healthy. Tyrod Taylor can steer the ship and even if Justin Herbert is thrown into the fire – which I wouldn’t recommend – they have the skill-position players and willingness to run the ball to take pressure off those guys. While the Chiefs return 20 of 22 starters from a year ago, this wouldn’t be the first time we saw a Super Bowl champion have some issues the following season and as much as we want to hype up the Broncos and Raiders, both their quarterbacks (and other players of course as well) have a lot to prove still. Outside of KC, the Chargers likely have the smallest changes to what they do other than moving on from Philip Rivers and we saw that formula work the year prior, when they challenged Kansas City until the very end for the division crown and the conference’s top seed potentially. While they probably would have liked to bring in Tom Brady over the offseason, the fact they decided against signing Cam Newton to a roster that is ready to win right now, shows you the confidence they have in that quarterback room.

Why they could finish last again:
I’m not a huge fan of Derek Carr, but the Chargers will probably have the worst quarterback in the division in 2020. And their starting left tackle could be the worst in the entire league. As good as their defense will probably be, you can not consistently win games in which your offense doesn’t put up 20+ points in the league today – especially when all these teams in their division have spent so much on acquiring offensive firepower these last couple of years. I believe all three of their division rivals got better this offseason and the Chargers spent their top draft pick (sixth overall) on a young quarterback, who might not even help them win games this season. As I already mentioned, Kansas City brings back almost their entire starting lineups and they went 12-4 despite Mahomes seemingly having his knee cap facing the sideline while laying on his back. I have uttered my thoughts on Denver several times now, which you can read up on later. As for Las Vegas’ new team, they did start last season 6-4 and just heavily invested into their two major issues – wide receiver and linebacker. And while I don’t like to talk about it – injuries have been a huge issue for this Chargers team in recent years and I don’t really know what it is even, but I can’t assume that they all of a sudden can stay healthy.

Bottom line:
In terms of talent on the roster outside of the quarterback position, you could make a pretty compelling argument that the Chargers are ahead of all the other teams on this list. That’s the reason they have a pretty high floor of finishing around .500 and if everything works out, they could absolutely be a playoff contender. However, for this exercise in particular, I believe their upside is capped by what they have under center. Tyrod Taylor can be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL this season and in terms of upside, Justin Herbert has all the tools to become a difference-maker once he steps on the field, but they don’t have the explosiveness the Chiefs or the Broncos have for that matter. With so much continuity on a team that has the best player in the entire league, I can’t go against the Chiefs and in the end we are evaluating the chances to actually win the division.


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5. Washington Redskins


Why they can win the division:
These guys are very reminiscent of the 49ers with their defensive line, in terms of having invested a lot of high draft picks into the unit these last couple of years and now with that second overall pick bringing in a true stud from Ohio State – this time in Chase Young. When you look at all those guys up front – with the Bama boys patrolling the middle, Matt Ioannidis capable of moving around the front, Montez Sweat looking to break out in year two and Ryan Kerrigan still being there as a productive veteran – they will wreak some havoc this season. Ron Rivera could finally bring some structure to this organization and help them turn it around on defense with the addition of an old companion in Thomas Davis, plus some high-upside players like Reuben Foster and Fabian Moreau looking to prove themselves. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a very underwhelming rookie campaign, but he clearly wasn’t ready to be out there and found himself in a bad situation in terms of the support system around him. I like a lot of their young skill-position players the front office has surrounded him with, when you look at Terry McLaurin trying to become a young star in this league, who produced despite shaky quarterback play last season, Kelvin Harmon and Antonio Gandy-Golden being two big-bodied targets I liked these last two drafts, Derrius Guice hopefully finally being able to stay healthy to lead this backfield and this year’s third-round pick Antonio Gibson being a chess piece that you can manufacture touches for. Somebody I forgot to mention in this discussion recently is Steven Sims Jr., who is a jitterbug with the ball in his hands. New offensive coordinator Scott Turner will implement a system that should make life easier on his second-year signal-caller as well, while relying heavily on the run game.

Why they could finish last again:
Haskins is by far the least proven QB of the bunch, with Daniel Jones even being head and shoulders above him in their respective rookie seasons. No pass-catcher outside of Terry McLaurin had any major production to speak. Counting on a 37-year old Thomas Davis to not only be a leader for them, but also make plays on the field, could create issues, and Washington lost some pieces in the secondary. This offseason is a challenge for any team, that is looking to implement a new system on each side of the ball, but I think especially for a motivator like Rivera, who can give his squad a heartbeat and push them to success, not being there in person with those guys will hurt. Most importantly however, this division to me will be a two-man race between the Eagles and Cowboys – as it has been for a while now. They both will likely have top ten quarterbacks, better receiving corps, better offensive lines and more experienced defenses. The Giants may not blow anybody away coming into 2020, but looking at the two matchups from last year between them and the Redskins, Big Blue beat them 24-3 the first time around, when Daniel Jones threw one touchdown compared to two interceptions and then he diced them up for five TDs and no picks in week 16. The one area Washington would have had the clear upper hand was with their front-four, but New York just invested a lot of draft capital into their O-line to prevent that. Just go through the Redskins’ schedule and show me more than six wins. I dare you.

Bottom line:
These last two sentences really say it all. Even if Philly and Dallas split the season series and Washington can get a game off either one of them, it will be tough to turn around this squad as quickly as this season – with reduced practice time and team activities – to a point where they can finish above both of them. Both of them could easily win double-digit games in 2020 and while I think the Redskins are on the right track if Haskins looks more like the Ohio State version of himself, other than their defensive line, no unit for them is ready to compete for the division quite yet. Just going through their schedule in an objective manner, it is tough to find any lay-ups and say Washington has some baseline of wins they count on. To not have them any lower than this is more due to the respect for Riverboat Ron and how high I was on a lot of the guys they drafted recently.


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6. Jacksonville Jaguars


Why they can win the division:
I was going back and forth between my number six and seven teams, because the Jaguars are projected to pick first overall come next April for a reason – they did lose a lot of pieces. However, to me it came down to the fact that the AFC South might be won at 9-7 or 10-6 and this coaching staff actually has to win to keep their jobs. There is a lot noise about the Colts, but when you go back to last season, Philip Rivers was a turnover machine with serious questions about his arm strength. Bill O’Brien made some very questionable decisions for Houston and Tennessee is counting on a formula that is built on a 250-banger running the ball 25+ times and Ryan Tannehill finally repeating a career year, as they are coming off an AFC title game appearance. As far as Jacksonville goes, Gardner Minshew was the highest-graded rookie quarterback according to PFF and altogether I would have put him second only behind Kyler Murray. D.J. Chark broke out as one of the young star receivers and I had a first-round grade on Colorado’s Laviska Shenault if he can be healthy, because his talent is off the charts. I think the O-line would have benefitted from another tackle to kick Cam Robinson inside to guard, but those guys are some road-graders to make the run game work. Defensively the only real contributor from that Sacksonville group a couple of years ago who actually wants to be there is Myles Jack, but I really like their young duo off the edge in first-rounders Josh Allen last year and now K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU). There are some questions about the back-end, but they were built front-to-back with a lot of zone coverage behind it and depending on the development of ninth overall pick C.J. Henderson, they can roll away from him matching up with the opposing team’s number one receiver. Avoiding some of the better AFC squads altogether is pretty sweet as well, to go with facing no playoff team from last year outside their division until the middle of November.

Why they could finish last again:
I’m just not sure if all of these players are ready to fight for that coaching staff and organization. Two of their remaining veterans (Leonard Fournette and Yannick Ngakoue) have openly talked about how they want to be traded, they only have a few actually proven commodities on that entire roster and with the way they have unloaded big cap numbers, they have set themselves up for a true rebuild potentially, as they are expected to be in the Trevor Lawrence-Justin Fields sweepstakes come next April. Even if they can get a few breaks and the division is up for grabs, does this organization even want to win this season? If not for the injury to Jacoby Brissett in the middle of the season, all three other teams in that division would have almost certainly finished above .500 and the Colts are actually the team that improved by far the most among them. That Texans, who have actually won the South four of the last five years, including last season, may be the smallest challenge and still sweep Jacksonville. Vegas rarely misses completely and the Jaguars right now are the odds-on favorite to pick first overall come next April, with an NFL-low OveUnder of 4.5 wins on the season. And as favorable as the early portion of their schedule looks like right, check out this eight-game stretch after their week seven bye – at Chargers, vs. Texans, at Packers, vs. Steelers, vs. Browns, at Vikings, vs. Titans, at Ravens. Ouch. They might go winless over that period.

Bottom line:
The Jaguars to me are a very interesting team, because I believe they have accumulated a bunch of young talent, which gets lost a little when you see all the names that aren’t there anymore. There is a lot to like about this roster, when you look at what these players could develop into, but that doesn’t mean they will have success this year already. The Colts have the best 53 currently in the division (or 55 now), the Texans have the best quarterback and the Titans are coming off an AFC Championship game appearance. Gardner Minshew could make this kind of a tough decision if they end up picking anywhere after first overall and I think some of those other kids will put up pretty good numbers, but they are still pretty clearly fourth in the South as for now.


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7. Carolina Panthers

Why they can win the division:
Nobody knows for sure what Matt Rhule and his new coaching staff will throw at them. Joe Brady gets to work with Teddy Bridgewater once again, who he already coached in New Orleans – so there will be familiarity for him in this system and they already “speak the same language”. That young receiving corp with D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, free agency addition Robby Anderson and even an up-and-coming tight-end in Ian Thomas is pretty underrated actually, plus of course they have one of the truly elite weapons out of the backfield in Christian McCaffrey, who is probably set to break his own RB reception record once again. The Panthers defense-only draft has brought them a monster in the middle in Derrick Brown (Auburn), a really talented edge rusher in Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State) on the opposite of last year’s rookie stud Brian Burns, a super-rangy safety with linebacker size in Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois), what I think is a starting corner in Troy Pride Jr. (Notre Dame) and some other pieces in the secondary. The talent is clearly there and now you bring in a scheme that is probably going to be unique for the NFL level as well, when you look at that 3-3-5 Baylor ran under Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow. As much as we want to praise our legends of the game, the quarterbacks of the two front-runners in this division will be 41 and 43 years old respectively and let’s not forget that Atlanta started out last season 1-7.

Why they could finish last again:
Especially this offseason, without certainty if there will be anything like training camp or even a real preseason, that completely new staff with new systems they are trying to teach will certainly have some growing pains. Bridgewater has been a top-20 starting QB maybe one year of his career and even when he was applauded for the way he filled in for Drew Brees last season, he finished dead-last in intended air yards among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts. How will that mesh with a lot of vertical targets around him? When he has those guys running free on slants and dig routes, the ball will get there, but will he be willing to throw that deep post or give his guys a chance on go-balls? Defensively they are counting on a lot of young players and they have nobody to even come close to replacing Luke Kuechly, as well as making the switch to an unproven scheme possibly, if they actually use some of those 3-3-5 looks coming over from Baylor. When you look at Rhule’s track-record, it always took him until year two to show improvement and then in that third season is when those teams can really make some noise. And that was in the AAC and Big 12 respectively. Now he is in the NFC South with a team that just went 13-3 in the Saints and a Bucs squad that already was 7-9 and lost six of those games by one score, only because despite finishing fifth in takeaways, they ranked in the bottom five in turnover differential due to easily leading the league with 41 giveaways. That should get a lot better with Tom Brady coming in, who has never even quite thrown half of Jameis Winston’s 30 interceptions in any of his 20 years in the league. Even the Falcons – for as poorly as they started last season – went 6-2 after really coming together and making some changes in their bye week last season.

Bottom line:
The Panthers are clearly the most unproven team in this division. While new systems that haven’t been scouted yet certainly have an advantage in terms of game-planning early on, especially in this offseason with heavily limited live reps most likely, that might equal a net minus. You have to root for a guy like Teddy Bridgewater and the way he has worked his way up to a starting spot again, but I just don’t look at him as a surefire franchise signal-caller. The other three teams in the South all have top ten quarterbacks in the league in my opinion and much more continuity around them. Until the Panthers finally get to their bye week at the start of December, I don’t see them winning more than four of those twelve games. At that point they may have their eyes on a different goal already, if Teddy B isn’t the clear answer under center.


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8. Cincinnati Bengals


Why they can win the division:
We’re not that far away from 2015, when the Bengals won the AFC North with a 12-4 record as the fifth year in a row making the playoffs. Since then this is the first time I feel like there really is change happening with this team. Marvin Lewis was replaced by a young Zac Taylor, trying to prove himself to the league, they drafted Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow first overall to replace as average a quarterback as we have had over the last decade in Andy Dalton and the front office finally spent some money in free agency. While you would think a quarterback going first overall usually comes into a situation, where he is devoid of talent around him, Cincinnati suddenly has one of the better group of skill-position players in the entire league, assuming A.J. Green is back healthy. Tyler Boyd is a stud in the slot, who will be Burrow’s version of Justin Jefferson, a 50-50 ball specialist in second-round pick Tee Higgins (Clemson) matches perfectly with Burrow’s expertise of winning with ball-placement and if they get anything from former first-rounder John Ross at least as a decoy with his speed, that’s a plus. I expect Joe Mixon to be among the league leader’s in running back receptions and be more effective in space with those receivers around him as well. The signings the Bengals have made on defense gives them a lot more talent and complements very well what they already had. D.J. Reader is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league and frees everybody up along the front, they completely overhauled that linebacker group, which was a major issue these last couple of years, they brought in a starting CB2 and nickel from Minnesota to pair up with William Jackson III, who is ready to announce himself as one of the best corners in football, and Von Bell is a great match with the rangy free safety Jessie Bates.

Why they could finish last again:
As talented as all those guys throwing, catching and running the ball may be, it all starts with what’s happening up front and the Bengals offensive line is still in transition. They could have two of the worst starters in the league at both guard spots and right tackle once again, with the prior ones close to reaching that bust status and Bobby Hart still somehow having a starting job. As great as Joe Burrow was last year at LSU and how clean his evaluation was, how much better than Andy Dalton will he be right away, especially going up against those scary defensive fronts inside his division? Defensively they could easily have six new starters, which obviously can be looked at as a positive sign, considering they allowed 20+ points in all but two games last season, but there is also a lack of continuity and reduced time to fit all those pieces together. Cincinnati’s coaching staff hasn’t really proven anything yet and they will be facing a massacre of a schedule, with three occasions of back-to-back road games and while three of their final four games of the season are at home, they will face the Cowboys, Steelers and Ravens, to go with a trip to Houston in-between. If they don’t beat the Chargers in the season-opener, they probably don’t get that first W until week four against the Jaguars and then they have to hope they can sneak out another one until their bye week. Baltimore is tied with Kansas City for the highest projected win total with reigning MVP coming into just his third season, Pittsburgh is favored to make the playoffs with Big Ben back under center and Cleveland was the offseason favorite in 2019, while fielding an even better roster this year.

Bottom line:
I feel bad for putting this team last, because I thought Joe Burrow was the top quarterback and definitely worthy of that number one pick and the Bengals finally spent big money in free agency to retool the defense. To me this is less about them than the Ravens, who just were the number one overall seed in the playoffs at 14-2 and haven’t done anything other than get better themselves, a Steelers team that made a run at the playoffs with the worst quarterback play in the league now getting Ben back and a Browns roster that is among the top ten league-wide in most people’s opinion. Still, there is a lot to like about this team at the skill-positions, which is probably behind only Cleveland in terms all the weapons they have, some young standouts on defense and hope that all of this brings a fresh breath of air.


If you enjoyed this content, I would really appreciate if you could visit the original piece (with video clips) - https://halilsrealfootballtalk.com/2020/06/16/nfl-teams-most-likely-to-go-from-worst-to-first-in-2020/
You can also listen to my breakdown on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9kCcuPobNU
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2020 Anagrammed NFL Draft

In peak offseason form, I decided to anagram all the draft picks. I did have two rules, I could not use the original player's name (Example: Brian Burns, could not be Brain Burns), and I couldn't add a suffix to the name. There could definitely be better ones, I used this website.
I also, did this last year!

Arizona Cardinals A Lizard Ran Casino
Isaiah Simmons So I Smash A Mini
Josh Jones N/A
Leki Fotu Kite Foul
Rashard Lawrence Draw Lean Archers
Evan Weaver Never A Wave
Eno Benjamin Join Bean Men

Atlanta Falcons Tan Canal Floats
A.J. Terrell Jar Teller
Marlon Davidson Donor Vandalism
Matt Hennessy Neatest Hymns
Mykal Walker Mark Wall Key
Jaylinn Hawkins Lanky Shin In Jaw
Sterling Hofrichter Fresh Her Tiring Colt

Baltimore Ravens Irremovable Ants
Patrick Queen Quaint Pecker
J.K. Dobbins Bi DJ’s Knob (u/oprimaelocho)
Justin Madubuike Junkie Autism Bud
Devin Duvernay Nude Navy Diver
Malik Harrison I Shank Oral Rim
Tyre Phillips They Rip Pills
Ben Bredeson Bone Benders
Broderick Washington Jr Jacking Wind Or Brothers
James Proche Major Speech
Geno Stone Onto Genes

Buffalo Bills Fulfills A Bob
A.J. Epenesa Pee A Jeans
Zack Moss N/A
Gabriel Davis A Visible Grad
Jake Fromm Jam Me Fork
Tyler Bass Bras Style
Isaiah Hodgins I Has Indigo Ash
Dane Jackson Can And Jokes

Carolina Panthers Chaparral Tension
Derrick Brown Worn Red Brick
Yetur Gross-Matos Our Moss Strategy
Jeremy Chinn Me Rich Jenny
Troy Pride Dirty Rope
Kenny Robinson No Skinny Boner
Bravvion Roy Rob Ivory Van
Stanley Thomas-Oliver Antislavery Lost Home

Chicago Bears He Car Go Basic
Cole Kmet Elk Comet
Jaylon Johnson N/A
Trevis Gipson Pig Investors
Kindle Vildor Old Evil Drink
Darnell Mooney Modernly Alone
Arlington Hambright Lightning Bath Armor
Lachavious Simmons I Viscous Ham Salmon

Cincinnati Bengals In Incest Balancing
Joe Burrow Rue Row Job
Tee Higgins Genie Sight
Logan Wilson Slowing Loan
Akeem Davis-Gaither I Gave A Shrieked Mat
Khalid Kareem Mad Lake Hiker
Hakeem Adeniji Media Jean Hike
Markus Bailey I Mauls Bakery

Cleveland Browns Blend Low Caverns
Jedrick Wills Will Jerk Disc
Grant Delpit Pelting Dart
Jordan Elliott A Jointed Troll
Jacob Phillips A Spill Chip Job
Harrison Bryant Ran Barn History
Nick Harris Rink Chairs
Donovan Peoples-Jones Snoop On Develop Jeans

Dallas Cowboys Classy Wood Lab
CeeDee Lamb A Emcee Bled
Trevon Diggs Dog Rig Vents
Neville Gallimore Ever Legal Million
Reggie Robinson Sobering Region
Tyler Biadasz A Stylized Bar
Bradlee Anae Enable A Dare
Ben DiNucci Iced Cub Inn

Denver Broncos Born Conserved
Jerry Jeudy N/A
K.J. Hamler N/A
Michael Ojemudia I Had Ale Juice Mom
Lloyd Cushenberry Sorry Lynched Lube
McTelvin Agam Given Calm Mat
Albert Okwuegbunam But Unworkable Game
Justin Strnad Din Stunts Jar
Netane Muti Neat Minute
Tyrie Cleveland Evidently Clear
Derrek Tuszka Raze Dusk Trek

Detroit Lions Tried Lotions
Jeff Okudah A Huff Joked
D'Andre Swift I Dent Dwarfs
Julian Okwara Ruin Koala Jaw
Jonah Jackson John Jack A Son
Logan Stenberg Gargle Bonnets
Quintez Cephus Nut Speech Quiz
Jason Huntley Enjoy Lush Ant
John Penisini Join Ship Nine
Jashon Cornell Recalls On John

Green Bay Packers Grab Peak Scenery
Jordan Love Old Oven Jar
AJ Dillon A Jill Nod
Josiah Deguara Said Jaguar Hoe
Kamal Martin Main Ram Talk
Jon Runyan Jr Nun Ran Joy (N/A with Jr.)
Jake Hanson Sneak A John
Simon Stepaniak Mistaken Pianos
Vernon Scott Consort Vent
Jonathan Garvin Java Ran Nothing

Houston Texans Haunts Onto Sex
Ross Blacklock Rollback Socks
Jonathan Greenard And Rear Jean Thong
Charlie Heck Chick Healer
John Reid Join Herd
Isaiah Coultier Sea Oil Haircut

Indianapolis Colts Spinal Dislocation
Michael Pittman Jr Inject Primal Math
Jonathan Taylor Jot Than Any Oral
Julian Blackmon Jumbo Clink Anal
Jacob Eason A Canoe Jobs
Danny Pinter Dinner Panty
Robert Windsor I Borrow Trends
Isaiah Rodgers Sad Hair Orgies
Dezmon Patton Zap Tom Tendon
Jordan Glasgow Log Dragon Jaw

Jacksonville Jaguars Jail Vocal Gas Junkers
C.J. Henderson N/A
K'Lavon Chaisson I Shank Volcanos
Laviska Shenault Native Salsa Hulk
DaVon Hamilton I No Moth Vandal
Ben Bartch Bench Brat
Josiah Scott Jots His Taco
Shaquille Quarterman Tan Ham Equal Squirrel
Daniel Thomas Mad Hailstone
Collin Johnson Oh Conn Son Jill
Jake Luton Joule Tank
Tyler Davis Stray Devil
Chris Claybrooks Richly Book Scars

Kansas City Chiefs Satisfy As Chicken
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Sewed Elder Chairlady
Willie Gay I Wage Lily
Lucas Niang Suing Canal
L'Jarius Sneed Injured Seals
Mike Danna I Man Naked
Thakarius Keyes I Shakes A Turkey

Las Vegas Raiders A Visa Regardless
Henry Ruggs Shy Erg Rung
Damon Arnette Nematode Rant
Lynn Bowden N/A
Bryan Edwards Dew Barnyards
Tanner Muse Nest Manure
John Simpson Mops In Johns
Amik Robertson Not Smokier Bra

Los Angeles Chargers Gas Rose Challengers
Justin Herbert Thin Rub Jester
Kenneth Murray Hurry Men Taken
Joshua Kelley Easy Hull Joke
Joe Reed Jeer Doe
Alohi Gilman Hang Oil Mail
K.J. Hill N/A

Los Angeles Rams Angler Molasses
Cam Akers A Smacker
Van Jefferson N/A
Terrell Lewis Let Reel Swirl
Terrell Burgess Less Regret Blur
Brycen Hopkins Skinny Herb Cop
Jordan Fuller Full Drone Jar
Clay Johnston Jot Nylon Cash
Sam Sloman Slams Mason
Tremayne Anchrum Mean Than Mercury

Miami Dolphins Midshipman Oil
Tua Tagovailoa Auto Goat Avail
Austin Jackson Asks A Junction
Noah Igbinoghene I Bone Hanging Hoe
Robert Hunt Brother Nut
Raekwon Davis Invoked As War
Brandon Jones No Nerd Banjos
Solomon Kindley Old Lion Monkeys
Jason Strowbridge God Brews Janitors
Curtis Weaver Recruits Wave
Blake Ferguson Forsaken Bulge
Malcolm Perry Merry Mall Cop

Minnesota Vikings Mistaking Venison
Justin Jefferson Rejoins Jet Snuff
Jeff Gladney En Fed Jag Fly
Ezra Cleveland Even All Crazed
Cameron Dantzler Crazed Lemon Rant
D.J. Wonnum N/A
James Lynch Lynches Jam
Troy Dye Dyer Toy
Harrison Hand Ran Rhino Dash
K.J. Osborn Nork Jobs (u/oprimaelocho)
Blake Brandel Banked Baller
Josh Metellus Just Some Hell
Kenny Willekes New Elk Skyline
Nate Stanley Teen Analyst
Brian Cole No Caliber
Kyle Hinton Then In Yolk

New England Patriots Petting A Landowners
Kyle Dugger Gurgled Key
Josh Uche N/A
Anfernee Jennings Gene In Fern Jeans
Devin Asiasi I Invade A Sis
Dalton Keene Not A Kneeled
Justin Rohrwasser Injures War Shorts
Michael Onwenu Nice Humane Owl
Justin Herron Injures North
Cassh Maluia Has A Musical
Dustin Woodard Dad Riot Wounds

New Orleans Saints No Slant Weariness
Cesar Ruiz Us Crazier
Zack Baun N/A
Adam Trautman Mama At Tundra
Tommy Stevens My Venom Tests

New York Giants Knew Gyrations
Andrew Thomas Homeward Ants
Xavier McKinney I Even Mix Cranky
Matt Peart Tat Tamper
Darnay Holmes Harmony Deals
Shane Lemieux Exhume Aliens
Cam Brown Warn Comb
Carter Coughlin Crouching Alert
T.J. Brunson BJ Turn Ons (u/oprimaelocho)
Chris Williamson Choir In Sawmills
Tae Crowder Cowered Rat

New York Jets We Snot Jerky
Mekhi Becton No Meek Bitch
Denzel Mims Slimmed Zen (u/TimDunkan)
Ashtyn Davis This Shy Navy
Jabari Zuniga I Ruin A Zag Jab
La'Mical Perine Prime Alliance
James Morgan Major Men Gas
Cameron Clark Crackle Manor
Bryce Hall Belly Arch
Braden Mann Damn Banner

Philadelphia Eagles Illegal Headship Ape
Jalen Reagor A Jog Learner
Jalen Hurts Ten Lush Jar
Davion Taylor Toad Oar Vinyl
K'Von Wallace Clank A Vowel
Jack Driscoll Call Jock Rids
John Hightower How He Thorn Jig
Shaun Bradley Husbandly Ear
Quez Watkins We Stank Quiz
Prince Tega Wanogho Opera Ace Nightgown
Casey Toohill Loyalist Echo

Pittsburgh Steelers Brightest Slurp Tees
Chase Claypool A Locale Psycho
Alex Highsmith Thigh Leash Mix
Anthony McFarland Jr My Damn Jolt Ranch Fan
Kevin Dotson Invoked Snot
Antoine Brooks Rain Notebooks
Carlos Davis Saliva Cords

San Francisco 49ers 49 Carcass Infernos
Javon Kinlaw Know Van Jail
Brandon Aiyuk Okay Ruin Band
Colton McKivitz It Mock Volt Zinc
Charlie Woerner Heroine Crawler
Jauan Jennings In Jag Nun Jeans

Seattle Seahawks Weakest Hat Sales
Jordyn Brooks Sky Nor Rod Job
Darrell Taylor Lordly Real Art
Damien Lewis I Mind Weasel
Colby Parkinson No Skip Carbonyl
DeeJay Dallas Add A Sea Jelly
Alton Robinson No Barn Lotions
Freddie Swain Dawn Fireside
Stephen Sullivan Valentines Plush

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bet Cabana Supremacy
Tristan Wirfs Warns It First
Antoine Winfield Jr Final Twin Rejoined
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Shaven Hawk Gun
Tyler Johnson Only Horn Jets
Khalil Davis Kill Via Dash
Chapelle Russell All Lurches Sleep
Raymond Calais Irony Mac Salad

Tennessee Titans Nineteens States
Isaiah Wilson A Liaison Wish
Kristian Fulton Afro Tit Unlinks
Darrynton Evans Yarn Ant Vendors
Larrell Murchison Rim Roll Launchers
Cole McDonald Called Condom
Chris Jackson Hijacks Corns

Washington Redskins Rethinking Ass Downs
Chase Young One Cash Guy
Antonio Gibson Boasting Onion
Saahdiq Charles N/A
Antonio Gandy-Golden No Tango And Yodeling
Keith Ismael I Metal Sheik
Khaleke Hudson Hole Head Skunk
Kamren Curl Murk Lancer
James Smith-Williams His Wise Mammal Jilts
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Indianapolis Colts Top 5: Quarterbacks

Indianapolis Colts Top 5: Quarterbacks
With the season (hopefully) on the way I thought I'd put together some lists for top 5 players at each position in Indianapolis (not Baltimore) Colts history. I'll start with QB, and work my way through. This list is purely my opinion as a die hard fan since the early Manning days, and if you think I have no clue what I'm talking about, please feel free to let me know.
Fun fact, out of the 26 QBs to start a game for the Indy Colts there are only 7 players that have a winning record. Three of them are Colts legends Josh Freeman, Gary Hogeboom, and Craig Erickson.

5. Jack Trudeau

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Years Record Playoffs Comp % Yards TDs INTs Y/A Rating
198-93 18-29 0-1 52.9 9,647 41 62 6.3 64.4

How He Got Here

After the complete disaster that was attempting to draft John Elway #1 in 1983, the then Baltimore Colts stuck with Mike Pagel at QB, who had just led them to a winless season in 1982. Team owner Robert Irsay decided to move the team to Indianapolis before the 1984 season the team stuck with Pagel as their main QB despite him clearly not being their future at the position. This led to 2 season with losing records and last place finishes in the AFC East. Entering the 1986 draft, the Colts were clearly looking for a franchise player at QB. The obvious choice was Jim Everett out of Purdue, but unfortunately he was selected #3 to the Houston Oilers when the Colts had the #4 pick. Instead of drafting the only other franchise QB in the draft, Mark Rypien, the Colts decided to select promising Illinois QB Jack Trudeau in the 2nd round. Trudeau had shown a lot of promise in his career, leading Illinois to a Rose Bowl in 1984 and finishing 2nd in the Davey O'Brien Award (Best College QB) to Doug Flutie. Unfortunately for him and the Colts, this talent would not translate well to the NFL

Colts Career

After trading Mike Pagel to the Browns the starting job was set for Trudeau entering the 1986 season. Unfortunately the Colts were still a very bad team overall and Trudeau was not set to overcome that. In 11 starts he had 8 TDs, 18 INTs, and a 48.9% completion rate for an 0-11 record. It was immediately clear he was not the savior the Colts needed to bring legitimate football to Indy.
Fortunately, a contract dispute between Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson allowed the Colts to trade for Dickerson midway through the 1987 season. Dickerson was an immediate breath of life to the fledgling Indianapolis Colts franchise and helped lead them to their first playoff berth. Trudeau shared starting duties with Gary Hogeboom, and both were successful in not screwing things up too bad, giving the ball to Dickerson, and staying out of the damn way. Trudeau started in his only playoff game and actually played decently well: 251 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, but it wasn't enough as the Colts lost 38-21 to the Bernie Kosar led Cleveland Browns who would eventually lose in via "The Drive" in the AFC Championship.
It was clear the Colts would need a better QB to compliment their new superstar in Dickerson, and thus they drafted future Pro Bowler Chris Chandler in the 3rd round in 1988. However, Chris Chandler was most definitely not a Pro Bowler for the Colts. Chandler didn't impress despite an 9-7 overall record, and was replaced by Trudeau following a bad start to the 1989 season. Trudeau had his best year as a pro in 1989: 2,317 yards, 15 TDs, 13 INTs, but the Colts still finished 8-8 and outside of the playoffs.
Trudeau was improving, but was still clearly not the QB of the future, which they hoped to get by trading All-Pro Tackle Chris Hinton, Future All-Pro WR Andre Rison, and the #3 Pick in 1991 for the #1 Pick in 1990 which they used to draft QB Jeff George (Wow). Trudeau was kept as the backup and was a spot starter for the Colts from 1990-93. Despite the horrific play of George, Trudeau couldn't muster much better in his limited playing time and was released in 1994.

My favorite highlight

https://youtu.be/kM0APJieAME?t=678

Legacy

Jack Trudeau was at best a mediocre QB you could somewhat rely on to manage the game and allow more talented players to make plays. Unfortunately the late 80s, early 90s Colts didn't have too many of those so his play suffered as well. His numbers aren't great and he wasn't much beloved by Colts fans, but he did help lead the Colts to their first playoff appearance which helped me put him on the list over Matt Hasselbeck and others. Trudeau has actually hung around Indy doing various radio and TV appearances talking about the Colts and even has a couple of DUIs as well.

4. Jacoby Brissett

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Years Record Playoffs Comp % Yards TDs INTs Y/A Rating
2017- 11-19 0-0 59.8 6,042 31 13 6.6 84.6

How He Got Here

The Colts had their franchise QB in Andrew Luck, but leading up to the 2017 season it was revealed during the preseason Luck had a shoulder injury which would eventually lead to him missing the entire 2017 season. This left the Colts scrambling as they knew QB Scott Tolzien was not the answer at QB, so 8 days before the start of the season the new GM Chris Ballard traded 1st round bust Phillip Dorsett for 3rd string QB for the Patriots Jacoby Brissett. Brissett had looked at least competent spot starting for the suspended Tom Brady and hurt Jimmy Garoppolo in 2016, so he was the best option the Colts had available so close to the beginning of the season.

Colts Career

Bringing in a new QB for a team 8 days before the start of the season and asking him to play is like asking a train engineer to launch a rocket to the moon, so Tolzien started week 1 for Colts. He continued to not impress going into week 2, and was replaced for Brissett. Brissett was an improvement, but it was clear he was overwhelmed by the change of scenery and the rest of the Colts roster and staff was not talented enough to make up for it. He finished with competent numbers: 3,098 yards, 13 TDs, 7 INTs, 58.8% completion rate, 6.6 Y/A, but was merely a game manager for a bad team as the Colts finished 4-12.
Andrew Luck was ready to return in 2018 and the Colts were willing to give Brissett the benefit of the doubt and kept him on as the backup. The Colts saw a major resurgence with Luck and an incredible draft and free agent class by Chris Ballard, leading to their first playoff appearance since 2015, eventually losing to the Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs. The Colts were looking to improve going into 2019, but a now too familiar announcement led up to the season when it was revealed a calf injury was going to cause Andrew Luck to retire 2 weeks before the start of the regular season. The spotlight was once again shown on Jacoby Brissett, who was asked to take over Luck's team. Fortunately this time Brissett was able to get all the first team reps in the preseason leading up to week 1 and was much more familiar with the system.
That familiarity paid off as Brissett led the Colts to a 5-2 start, including wins over playoff teams like the Texans and Titans along with the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Brissett was not putting up All-Pro numbers, but had clearly improved from 2017 and was still not making game losing mistakes. Through week 9 he had 190 YPG, 11 TDs, and 6 INTs, and and the eye test had shown he was a good leader and could occasionally make big plays when needed. However, after a knee sprain in week 10 he was clearly not the same player. His injury either hampered his physical abilities or his confidence but his poor play for the rest of the season allowed the Colts to fall to 7-9, including an embarrassing 34-7 loss to the Saints that I made the trip over to New Orleans for and watched as Brissett sailed the ball over every receiver's head. Brissett will likely be the backup for the 2020 season behind free agent Phillip Rivers, but he's shown enough flashes of ability that his career is long from over, whether that ends up being on the Colts or somewhere else in the league.

My favorite highlight

https://youtu.be/Q1bFNE0CGXY?t=287

Legacy

I believe I'm with the majority of Colts fans in that when I see Jacoby Brissett I see somewhat of a tragic figure. He got thrown to the wolves in 2017 and did the best he could, but was basically set up to fail. It's honestly not too much of a stretch to say his play through week 9 of 2019 was the best QB play by an Indy Colts QB not named Manning, Luck, or Harbaugh. You could tell he was well-liked by both fans and teammates, especially through the first half of 2019, but his limitations as a player were clear. Colts fans have been spoiled in the 21st century by 2 all-time great QBs, so any deviation from that, especially when it's not by a QB we drafted #1 overall, will be seen as a major failure. I think people came down a little too hard on Jacoby by the end of 2019, and that he's still a solid pro capable of being the QB on a winning team in the right situation. However, he showed in the 2nd half of 2019 that situation is probably not in Indy going forward.

3. Jim Harbaugh

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Years Record Playoffs Comp % Yards TDs INTs Y/A Rating
1994-97 20-26 2-2 60.7 8,705 49 26 7.1 86.6

How He Got Here

The Colts had come out of the Eric Dickerson/Jeff George era looking like an absolute dumpster fire. The Colts had been in Indy for 10 years and Indy was still very much a basketball town. The only signature player the Indy Colts had was Eric Dickerson, and he had a very sour exit in 1992 after 2 bad years. The Indianapolis Colts were still in the woods, searching for the player that could give their franchise hope that they would be treated as a legitimate threat in the NFL and generate significant interest from the fanbase. That hope came from an unlikely source in Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh had led the Chicago Bears to 2 playoff appearances in the late Mike Ditka-era, but his play had fallen off and by 1994 he looked somewhat washed. The desperate Colts made a surprisingly wise decision in not drafting QBs Heath Schuler or Trent Dilfer. Instead they drafted future Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk to replace Eric Dickerson (this is the "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?" draft) and signing Jim Harbaugh.

Colts Career

Harbaugh didn't come out guns blazing in 1994 as he traded starting duties with Green Bay castoff Don Majkowski. Harbaugh put up decent numbers but the Colts finished 4-5 in games Harbaugh started, 8-8 overall. Harbaugh entered the 1995 season as no sure thing, the Colts actually traded their 1996 first round pick for young Tampa QB Craig Erickson in another baffling trade for an unproven QB. Erickson and Harbaugh competed for the starting position in training camp and Erickson was selected as the starter by head coach Ted Marchibroda.
Erickson played poorly the first 2 weeks, being replaced and outplayed by Harbaugh in both games. By week 3 Harbaugh was the full time starter and didn't look back. Harbaugh was showing that he meshed well with new Offensive Coordinator Lindy Infante as Harbaugh put up some of the most efficient passing numbers of any QB in the NFL in 1995: 2,575 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INTs, 63.7% completion rate, and a league leading passer rating of 100.7 (ahead of guys like Brett Favre, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, and Dan Marino). Even more importantly he was a becoming the tough effective leader to energize the entire team, leading the Colts to 4 game winning drives that season, including one over the 1994 Super Bowl champion 49ers. The Colts were just outside of the playoffs going into week 17, but Harbaugh led the Colts to a win over the Drew Bledsoe led Patriots in the RCA Dome to sneak the Colts into the playoffs at 9-7. Harbaugh earned his first Pro Bowl appearance along with NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
The Colts were going into the playoffs as 5.5 point underdogs against the San Diego Chargers, a team they had just lost to in week 16. However, thanks to 3 TDs from Harbaugh and an out-of-nowhere 147 yard, 2 TD performance from rookie FB Zach Crockett, the Colts overcame the odds. They were heading into a gauntlet of Arrowhead stadium against the best defense in the league and a Marcus Allen led 13-3 Kansas City Chiefs. In an ugly game where the wind chill was -15oF, luck worked in the Colts favor. Harbaugh didn't throw well, but picked up several key 1st down with his legs. He had 1 INT and 3 fumbles, but fortunately lost 0. Chiefs QB Steve Bono had 3 INTs and K Lin Elliot went 0/3 on field goals in a season where he made 80%. Colts K Cary Blanchard made 1/3, and that was enough to upset the heavily-favored Chiefs 10-7. Harbaugh's most defining moment as the Colts QB would come in the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Harbaugh's cinderella story continued on against Bill Cowher and Neil O'Donnell's Steelers. The Colts and Steelers traded scores throughout the game. With 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Harbaugh threw a dime to WR Floyd Turner for a 47 yard touchdown to put the Colts up 16-13. Unfortunately the Colts couldn't run out enough clock on their next drive and the Steelers rushed down the field for the go-ahead score to put them up 20-16. Harbaugh wasn't done yet. With 88 seconds needing 84 yards, Harbaugh willed the Colts down the field to the Steelers' 29-yard line for a hail mary shot with 5 seconds left. Harbaugh tossed up a prayer that was very nearly caught by Colts WR Aaron Bailey, but he couldn't come up with it. The Cinderella story was over, but it was a defining moment for the Colts franchise. The 1995 Colts were within a hair of making the Super Bowl, and that 1995 playoff run led by Harbaugh created a real fanbase for them.
Harbaugh's stats regressed some in 1996, but he still led the Colts to a 9-7 record and the playoffs, this time getting whooped by the Steelers in the wild card. In 1997 his stats improved some but the wheels fell off of the team as they started off 0-10, eventually falling to 3-13. Fortunately their record would net them the #1 pick in the 1998 draft. After it was clear the Colts were using the pick on QB they traded Harbaugh to the Ravens.

My favorite highlight

https://youtu.be/FT4vF24WanE?t=155

Legacy

“A lot of people use (the word) ‘culture,’ but the attitude, everybody was team-first, from the front office, together with the coaches, together with the ownership, together with the players, the equipment staff, the training staff, I mean it felt like we were family.” - Jim Harbaugh on 1995
I don't think enough can be said about the effect of Harbaugh and that 1995 team had on the Colts. He gave us our first source of pride in the Colts and set the tone for the franchise to not be the laughingstock of the league. He paved the way for the decades of excellence that came after. Harbaugh will never be a HoF QB, but his effect on the Colts is severely underrated.
For more details on the 1995 Cinderella season, read this IndyStar article: https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2016/01/21/1995-indianapolis-colts-jim-harbaugh-aaron-bailey-afc-championship-game-ted-marchibroda/78291676/

2. Andrew Luck

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Years Record Playoffs Comp % Yards TDs INTs Y/A Rating
2012-18 53.33 4-4 60.8 23,671 171 83 7.2 89.5

How He Got Here

After a serious neck injury to franchise stalwart Peyton Manning, the Colts went from perennial playoff contender to nearly winless in 2011. It was unknown if Manning would ever be the same QB again, so the Colts opted to release their most valuable player and use their #1 pick in 2012 on a QB. There was some debate on possibly drafting the Heisman winner out of Baylor, Robert Griffin III, but new GM Ryan Grigson made no doubt in the fact that he was drafting Andrew Luck. Son of former Oilers QB Oliver Luck, Andrew Luck blossomed under head coach Jim Harbaugh to revitalize the Stanford football program while also graduating with a bachelor's degree in architectural design. Luck was hailed by nearly every scout as a can't miss prospect, having nearly every physical tool you want from a QB along with a clear handle on the mental and intangible aspects of the game.

Colts Career

Expectations for Luck were high going into 2012, but not so for the team overall. Many experts put the Colts at or near the bottom of all power rankings. Not only had the team lost Peyton Manning that year, but also many key pieces from the Manning era such as Pierre Garçon, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, and Gary Brackett. To make matters worse, new head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed weeks 5-16. However, despite all odds, Luck led the Colts to an 11-5 record. Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians proved to be a diamond in the rough by helping Luck turn a 2-14 team that lost multiple starters into a playoff team. Luck's stats weren't always pretty: 23 TDs, 18 INTs, 54.1% completion rate, and a 76.5 rating, but he could clearly make plays happen with an absurd 7 game winning drives. The miracles came to an end with a shellacking by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs, but this season proved Luck would be no bust, he was a force to be reckoned with.
Luck continued to grow in 2013 and 2014, improving in every category to crescendo in 2014 with a league-leading 40 TDs, 16 INTs, 61.7% completion rate, and a 96.5 rating. In 2013 he led the Colts to his first playoff victory in spectacular fashion. After being down 38-10 early in the 3rd quarter to the Alex Smith led Chiefs, Luck led a furious and unbelievable comeback 45-44 victory. Any Colts fan could tell you after seeing all the comeback victories Luck had led to never count him out, and he cemented that in this game. In 2014 Luck led the Colts past their old god of Peyton Manning in Denver in the divisional round, but were given a thorough ass-whooping in the AFC Championship by the soon-to-be Super Bowl champions New England Patriots in what is now infamously known as the "Deflategate Game."
Andrew Luck was a very physical player and was known to take many hits, sometimes making spectacular plays through those hits. However, that punishment started to pile up and wasn't helped by GM Ryan Grigson's poor draft classes and inability to build a competent offensive line to block for Luck. This culminated in the injury plagued 2015 and 2016 seasons. Luck only played 7 games in 2015 and severely regressed in every statistical category, clearly hampered by various injuries such as a lacerated kidney. Luck's stats improved in 2016, but the team did not as they finished 8-8, partially due to an astounding 7% sack of Luck. Either some of Luck's good fortune had finally run out or the team and culture built by GM Grigson had completely failed to support their superstar QB. Owner Jim Irsay bet on Luck and fired Grigson after 2016.
Hopes were high heading into 2017, but unfortunately an unknown snowboarding accident aggravated a previous shoulder injury for Luck. News was very slow to come out, but fans were shocked to find out he would likely miss the entire season 8 days before week 1. New GM Chris Ballard made a quick trade for Jacoby Brissett, but fans were worried after 3 years of being hampered by injuries Luck may never be the same player.
In 2018 we believed those doubts were proven wrong. Luck had an incredibly resurgent season, leading the new look Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 with a 10-6 record. Luck's numbers were back to form: 39 TDs, 15 INTs, and career bests of 67.3% completion rate and 98.7 rating. Fans were pleased to finally see Luck playing behind a solid offensive line that prevented which prevented him from being sacked for 5 weeks and giving him a career low 2.7% sack rate. Luck led the Colts to a Wild Card win over the Deshaun Watson's Texans, but were stopped in the cold in Arrowhead against Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs. However, hopes were high leading into 2019 that the structure given by GM Chris Ballard would protect Luck and allow him to lead us to our Super Bowl.
Sadly that did not work out as Luck appeared to have a calf injury leading up to the 2019 season. Fans held out hope he would be ready to go for the start of the season, but after the years of rehabbing Luck had finally had enough. 2 weeks before the season opener during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears it was leaked that Luck planned to retire. Fortunately his backup Jacoby Brissett was put in a better position to take his place as opposed to 2017, but the sudden and unexplained retirement of their franchise QB right before the season led to some fans to boo Luck as he left the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the last time.

My favorite highlight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teNLH0p6WHs
or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBHhO2yWRMo
or

Legacy

Andrew Luck will forever be one of the greatest "what if?" stories in American sports history. Unlike many "what if?" stories, we got to see what we could have had with Luck. What the Colts had in Luck from 2012-14 along with 2018 was nothing short of incredible and it was clear he was improving to potentially become one of the greatest QBs in NFL history. Instead he's a tragic story where fans will forever be left to wonder what could have been with Andrew Luck. Would Luck have brought the Colts back to the Super Bowl if he he didn't play the majority of his career under the poor management of GM Ryan Grigson and HC Chuck Pagano? All we do know is that his sack rate under Grigson was 5.5%, and in one year on GM Chris Ballard's team it was 2.7%, coincidentally also one of his best statistical seasons. Peyton Manning's sack rate for his career? Tied for the NFL record with Dan Marino at 3.13%. Maybe if Luck had been better protected and coached better to avoid hits he could have made it up there with Manning, but as fans he'll forever be a "what if?" Luck seems like a smart and content man who's just starting a family, so I doubt he will ever return for any team. Even if he did we'll forever be robbed of what the best version of Andrew Luck could have been. However, in his short time here, he delivered enough incredible moments to give us hope and make us love the team. I, along with hopefully many other fans, will forever love Andrew Luck for his time with the Colts and am grateful for a helluva run.

1.Peyton Manning

https://preview.redd.it/5lr1v2heg3b51.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0b42edf31a7f2e4910e9adc0dcceb11b045a8630
Years Record Playoffs Comp % Yards TDs INTs Y/A Rating
1998-11 141-67 9-10 64.9 54,828 399 198 7.6 94.9

How He Got Here

The Indianapolis Colts under Jim Harbaugh had finally established themselves as a legitimate team, but the Colts knew Harbaugh wasn't the long-term answer at QB. He was 35 going into the 1998 season and had just led the Colts to a 3-13 season, bad enough for the #1 overall pick. There was some debate about drafting Heisman finalist out of Washington, Ryan Leaf, but new GM Bill Polian made no doubt in the fact that he was drafting Peyton Manning. Leaf had some incredible athletic abilities, but there were some doubts raised about his ability to handle the mental aspects of the game. He also basically made the decision for the Colts when he skipped their draft interview, a passive-aggressive declaration he wouldn't play for the Colts. Peyton Manning, son of former Saints QB Archie Manning, was also a Heisman finalist out of Tennessee. No scout doubted Manning's ability to become a franchise QB in the NFL, but some wondered about his potential ceiling due to a complete lack of running ability and some arm strength concerns. However, he was clearly one of the most mature and mentally ready players to ever come out of college for any position.
"I'll leave you with this thought. If you take me, I promise you we will win a championship. If you don't, I promise I'll come back and kick your ass" -Peyton Manning to Colts GM Bill Polian on the day before the 1998 draft

Colts Career

The 1998 Colts were still a pretty bad team overall, and the rookie Manning was not enough to overcome that. He had one of the best statistical rookie seasons ever: 3,739 yards, 26 TDs, 28 INTs, 6.5 Y/A, and a 56.7% completion rate, setting records for yards, TDs, and INTs (yards and TDs are currently held by Andrew Luck and Baker Mayfield respectively). However, the deficiencies of the team and Manning's record number of interceptions helped give the Colts a 3-13 record, including a week 5 win over Ryan Leaf's San Diego Chargers.
Fortunately Manning helped lead one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history in 1999, turning the 3-13 Colts in 1998 into the 13-3 Colts in 1999. People weren't exactly ready to give up on Manning after 1998, but 1999 was critical for showing Manning could improve and be at the helm of a winning team. Partially this was helped by sending Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk to St. Louis in exchange for the draft pick to select Hall of Fame RB Edgerrin James, who had a phenomenal rookie year. The Colts ended up losing to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs, who had just completed the Music City Miracle the week before and would come within an ass hair of winning the Super Bowl against the Greatest Show on Turf St. Louis Rams.
Manning was up and down from 2000 to 2002, still posting good stats but missing the playoffs in 2001 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oSFYxDGKy8 ) and having first round exits in 2000 and 2002. Whispers started turning into legitimate arguments about how Peyton Manning was a good stats, dome team, regular season QB that just didn't have it in the playoffs. In 2003 Manning started his absurd streak of 12+ win seasons (7 years) and picked up his first MVP award, the first (and still only) Indy Colt to win it. He also got his first playoff wins in 2003, but was quickly put to shame in a 4 INT performance in the AFC Championship against the Patriots, now known by Colts fans as "The Ty Law Game."
The 2004 season is well known by Colts fans for cementing Manning among the all time greats. Manning was white hot all year, throwing for 4,557 yards 49 TDs, 10 INTs, and a 121.1 rating while only getting sacked 13 times. The 49 TDs was a record, which has since been broken by Tom Brady and Manning again while a member of the Broncos. Manning won MVP for the 2nd year in a row, but once again disappointed in the playoffs with a 0 TD, 1 INT performance against the Patriots in the divisional round, losing 20-3. Those arguments of Manning's postseason jitters were starting to feel more and more like reality for Colts fans. They knew they had their franchise QB, but his inability to perform in the playoffs continued to be baffling.
2005 was supposed to be the season that changed all that. Manning's numbers came back to earth somewhat, but he still posted a very efficient performance (104.1 rating) for a much improved overall team. GM Bill Polian had proved his days building the "Four Falls over Buffalo" Bills dynasty was no fluke, he now had a team with the #2 scoring offense and the #2 scoring defense. This was the year to break the Manning postseason curse. Unfortunately in one of the most upsetting games of my life, the Colts could not break that curse against the Steelers in the divisional round. Manning played relatively well: 58% completion rate, 290 yards, and 1 TD with no INTs, but watching the game the Colts struggled to maintain momentum and get stops against the rookie Ben Roethlisberger. Despite the inconsistent play, the Colts still had a shot. Steelers HoF RB Jerome Bettis attempted to ice the game with a goal line carry, but fumbled for the first time all year. With the entire Steelers offense stuffing the line, Colts CB Nick Harper was free to pick up the ball with a nearly open field ahead of him. Normally Nick Harper is one of the faster players on the field, however, as every Colts fan knows, Harper had been stabbed in the leg by his wife in a "supposedly accidental" altercation the night before. This possibly allowed the falling down Ben Roethlisberger to catch Harper by his shoe strings, preventing the nearly sure thing TD by Harper to put the Colts ahead. Instead Manning led the Colts into basically chip shot field goal position for one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history (Mike "Idiot Kicker" Vanderjagt) to tie the game. We all know what happened next. It was a shocking loss to say the least, and it was hard to blame it all on Manning, but it still felt like there was some sort of mystical VooDoo curse hanging over Manning and our franchise.
If the Colts couldn't win it all in 2005 it felt like they never would. 2006 wasn't looking like anything special compared to the past few seasons, especially considering the defense regressed from #2 in scoring in 2005 to #23 in 2006. Manning was still putting up great numbers, but those were starting to feel like an exercise in futility. Fortunately the Colts caught fire at the right time, with oft-injured All-Pro Safety Bob Sanders getting healthy towards the end of the season and the trade deadline addition of Buccaneers DT "Booger" McFarland. That momentum pushed them to an AFC Championship, where Manning would match up against the source of his ultimate playoff failures, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Fortunately, this time it was in the RCA Dome, not Foxborogh, MA. Manning and the Colts started off cold, being down 21-3 at one point after a Manning pick-6, but the Colts rallied behind some incredibly orchestrated drives by Manning to finally get the monkey off his back. On a last second drive, Manning drove the Colts down the field to put them ahead 38-34 with 1 minute to go. A Marlin Jackson interception of Tom Brady sealed it, Manning and the Colts were going to the Super Bowl for the first time in Indy history. Manning played well in the Super Bowl, winning the MVP against the league-best Chicago Bears defense.
Manning continued his solid play in 2007 and 2008, including his 3rd MVP in 2008. Both seasons ended with heartbreaking first round playoff exits to the San Diego Chargers, 2008's being the "Sproles and Scifres Game." 2008 also showed the first signs of physical weakness from Manning, having a knee surgery before the season that led to a slow start for the Colts. That was not the case in 2009, as Manning led the Colts to start the season 14-0. In a decision that's still derided today, new head coach Jim Caldwell decided to effectively bench Manning along with many other starters rather than go for the perfect season to prevent any injuries. Many had seen the Patriots in 2007 nearly complete the perfect season, but fall in heartbreaking fashion in the Super Bowl against a less talented Giants team. Caldwell, like many others, decided that any rust from not playing for nearly a month was worth the decreased risk of injury to his stars. That decision nearly backfired in spectacular fashion as the Colts were behind the New York Jets (a team they effectively let into the playoffs by letting them win in week 16) in the AFC Championship game until Manning led a furious comeback. It all ended poorly in the Super Bowl however as Manning threw a pick-6 to Tracy Porter that still haunts my dreams to Tracy Porter, allowing the Colts to lose to Drew Brees and his stupid baby and the New Orleans Saints.
2010 was one of the first signs of weakness from Manning. He had apparently injured his neck on this play in 2006 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gjdmww3vgM ) on a hit that would now be extremely illegal. Manning apparently aggravated that injury in the lead up to the 2010 season, and it showed in the stats as he had how lowest rating since 2002 (91.9). For most other QBs a rating of 91.9 is a pretty solid season but for Manning it was a massive fall. This led to a quick playoff exit to the Jets in the first round. In the lead up to the 2011 season, Manning had several surgeries to relieve the pain in his neck which led to him missing the entire season. It was unknown if he would ever be the same QB again, or even play again. Manning's absence showed how incredibly important he was to the franchise, the only major difference between the rosters in 2010 and 2011 is Manning, yet the Colts went 10-6 in 2010 and 2-14 in 2011. This poor record led to the Colts earning the #1 pick in the 2012 draft, which fueled their decision to release Manning and draft a QB in 2012 (Chandler Harnish...and Andrew Luck).

My favorite highlight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttfyOeU3vw
or
https://youtu.be/al13DoOFp78
or
https://youtu.be/UE4UgMc2QqA?t=581

Legacy

"Fellas, if 18 goes down, we're fucked, and we don't practice fucked." -Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore on why the backup QBs don't get more reps
Nothing to me cements Peyton Manning's role in Indy as much as this quote. Even his first 5 years before he became an all-time great, that was still the best sustained stretch of QB play in Indy Colts history. Once he ascended to another level in 2003, it was clear we needed to put every egg we could find into his basket. Manning was the perfect franchise QB: a steady presence on and off the field, consistent delivery of either incredible numbers or game winning performances (usually both), and he made nearly everyone else on the team a better player. His drive and commitment to team victory made him the guy every franchise needs if they want to field a consistently great team. Peyton had somewhat of an authoritarian leadership style, my way or the highway, but you can do that when you show that you're willing and able to give every ounce of yourself to the team and deliver the kind of results that he can.
I think some people are disappointed in the Manning Era considering how historically great his stats are but he was 1-1 in Super Bowls in 12 years here. Honestly I think that's not too far off for any all-time QB. Drew Brees is 1-0, Brett Favre is 1-1, Aaron Rodgers is 1-0, Fran Tarkenton is 0-3, Jim Kelly is 0-4, Dan Marino is 0-1, all of these guys are all-time great franchise QBs but it's not abnormal for them to only win 1 or lose several. There are some exceptions: Tom Brady (6-3), Joe Montana (4-0), Terry Bradshaw (4-0), and Troy Aikman (3-0), but honestly you could trade any of the former QBs for Terry Bradshaw and they would also probably be 4-0. There's lots of luck in every playing career, and some get luckier than others. The only season I'd say the Colts were "robbed" of a Super Bowl is 2005, otherwise I think Manning's Colts career went about as good as it could have.

Honorable Mentions: Matt Hasselbeck (5-3 record, probably our best backup ever) and Dan Orlovsky (just for saving us from a completely defeated season).
Dishonorable Mentions: Jeff George and Kerry Collins (being very bad at QB isn't very uncommon for Indy Colts QBs, but these guys were so bad and toxic they dragged down the abilities of everyone on the team and are actively hated by most fans)
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Dear Vikings fan - I bring you the spoilers for your 2020 season.

Hello Vikings fans!
Disclaimer: A few years ago I made a lof of correct predictions (in fact the whole season) about the Vikings and last year i almost perfectly repeated it. So I have a (very small and unknown) reputation as someone who can predict the future if it regards the Vikings, so take this as a slightly humorous season prediction from me.
Since I can see into the future as obviously proven many times before and the Vikings fanbase is the best fanbase in the NFL (although I am a Steelers fangirl myself!) I bring to to you the results of the 2020 season of the Minnesota Vikings. After this post every other prediction will be obsolete and look rather dumb to my perfect recitation of the time now still called future.
Let us begin:
1 - vs. Green Bay Packers - Win - 1-0
You will open strong out of the gate with a 27-20 victory over the hated Packers and I will certainly be happy about this, too, as I hate the Packers as much as you, and I am not even a Vikings fan. The game will be won clearly but not super-dominant. But I bet (hehe, free money) you take that anyways.
2 - @ Indianapolis Colts - Win - 2-0
The Colts are weaker as expected, but this is a road game, so another 7-point win (17-10), but not utter domination as the Colts have still a solid body, but not the great head to use it properly.
3 - vs. Tennessee Titans - Win - 3-0
This game will be a bloodbath. The lead will change multiple times. In the End, the Titans will lose the game by fumbling a ball in the 4th quarter, that you turn into a field goal to put you up 22-20 to win your third game to start the season. You will have to pay a price for this one though as you will lose one of your starting corners to IR - sadly the view in my crytal bowl wasn't sharp enough to see which one. I mean I can see the future of the Vikings, but I'm not God.
4 - @Houston Texans - Loss - 3-1
Sadly every winning streak eventually ends, and I have bad news for you that this will be the game. The Vikings are known to have an absolute stinker sometimes where nobody knows why it happened and this will be such a game. You will score only 13 points yourself.
5 - @ Seattle Seahawks - Win - 4-1
Oh man, this game will be a nail biter as well. It's an interesting season for sure for you as there will be a lot of close games - but more to that later - anyways you come out with a VERY close victory and a walking-off touchdown in the last minute while a following Hail Mary from Russell Wilson will not connect. You probably didn't deserve this win and the media will continue to disrespect you, because while you are 4-1, your wins were not really impressive. And they actually have a point there, to be fair. But whatever, you will have a great season, so don't be mad at these punks, they don't know as much as I do (and now you do, too) - be the bigger man/woman and stay calm. They will eat their words.
6 - vs. Atlanta Falcons - Win - 5-1
Easy win, that will not be talked about really. It will also be your first blowout win of the season. I saw you posting 33 points vs their 17.
7 - Bye week - 5-1
I can say with 100% security, that your record will stay exactly the same here.
8 - @ Green Bay Packers - Loss - 5-2
I am sorry to disappoint you, but this game sadly will be a loss. And it will be a two-score one. Media will again fall in love with the Packers as they always do. Life will be bad after that loss until you realize that your schedule will be lighter in the coming weeks.
9 - vs. Detroit Lions - Win - 6-2
Yeah no shocker here that you will win by multiple scores. Actually I went to bed at some point here, so TECHNICALLY I haven't seen the end of this game, but I am pretty sure you can't blow a 4 score lead, so I assume this was a win.
10 - @Chicago Bears - Win - 7-2
Man this will be once again an ugly game where nobody seems to be able to score any points. The Bears will be stuck at 9 points at the end of the game and you will have 16. But a win is a win, even if the talkign heads doubt Cousins (again).
11 - vs. Dallas Cowboys - Win - 8-2
You will beat an overrated Cowboys team convincingly by two scores, but really it was one score until garbage time. This was a rather "normal" game without anything further to notice.
12 - vs. Carolina Panthers - Win - 9-2
Same thing as the week before. This is a pretty easy win for you guys. And NOW finally the media will talk about the Vikings "sneakily" being a really really good team and act like they don't know where this record suddenly came from.
13 - vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - Loss - 9-3
Let me be really honest with you - I only checked into that game right before the end, because I thought this was an easy one. Turns out Jacksonville wins by 2 scores. WHAT THE HECK MATE. I don't know what on earth you did in that game. I might have to rewatch the live version of the game to see what happened.
14 - @Tampa Buccaneers - Win - 10-3
You will be the team 2020, that will beat all of these overrated hyped teams - like the Buccaneers in week 14, but the narrative will be how the other team lost it, not how you won that. Don't let that phaze you. There will be at least one person outside of the Vikings fanbase - me - that will appreciate what you have done.
15 - vs. Chicago Bears - Win - 11-3
Another relatively easy win for you guys. Nothing more to say. Not a walk in the park, but a clear win.
16 - @ New Orleans Saints - Loss - 11-4
Sorry, to being the bringer of bad news, but the Saints seem to be a bad matchup for you. I spare you the details here, but it's NOT gonna be because of a referee f**ing it up. So there's at least that. Even if it isn't much.
17 - @ Detroit Lions - Win - 12-4
A last dominant victory by 3 scores to close out the regular season. Congratulations.
That means, that you will have another good season ahead of you, Vikings. I hope you enjoyed reading this, although I apologize for the Spoilers, if you are one of the people that prefer to watch games.
In love to the Vikings fanbase, Taari of Germany, fairy of wisdom and water, bringer of truth and honesty and spirit guardian of the turtles
PS: This has also been a fanpost of me posted to the dailynorseman.com a few days ago.
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"But Here's some Two Cent Maneuvers" -- Week 14 Rankings for Kicker, QB, and D/ST

This was the Tuesday post and now contains only my own updated projections.
I recommend you instead look at the...:

UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST HERE

Week 13 Accuracy Reports here. In short, my week 13 rankings for D/ST and QB were some of the "least bad". I was 3rd for D/ST and 1st for QB. Kickers, well..., meh.
Let's face it though: week 13 was pretty brutal for a lot of us. While it might be true that betting lines were even less accurate in a couple earlier weeks (week 4 and week 10), it nevertheless seems like week 13's notable busts stung a bit more.
I will try to make a point to update the tables with Week 17 estimates, but the update will come Thurs/Fri.

D/ST ("Defensive Maneuvers")

For proven, consistently accurate advice about the current week, go check out u/Seabruh 's post here.
D/ST Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 14 Opponent
Eagles 14.0 11.6 4.7 Giants
Packers 12.4 8.9 3.7 Redskins
Ravens 10.7 15.2 9.2 Bills
Jets 10.3 -2.0 5.0 Dolphins
Cowboys 9.4 4.6 8.5 Bears
Chargers 9.4 7.0 8.9 Jaguars
Vikings 9.1 5.7 5.8 Lions
Browns 8.3 6.4 1.1 Bengals
Buccaneers 7.8 7.4 7.2 Colts
Steelers 7.7 8.0 11.3 Cardinals
Texans 7.7 5.7 3.9 Broncos
Colts 7.2 4.2 9.1 Buccaneers
Patriots 7.0 11.1 9.6 Chiefs
Saints 6.8 9.2 9.1 49ers
Falcons 6.7 1.5 6.6 Panthers
Dolphins 6.6 9.5 6.5 Jets
Titans 6.2 7.3 4.2 Raiders
Rams 6.2 2.8 4.4 Seahawks
Giants 6.1 8.8 8.7 Eagles
Raiders 5.9 6.2 2.9 Titans
49ers 5.7 9.9 8.1 Saints
Jaguars 5.7 6.2 3.5 Chargers
Bears 5.7 7.4 6.3 Cowboys
Broncos 5.2 3.6 9.3 Texans
Panthers 5.1 5.2 6.9 Falcons
Redskins 4.6 7.7 12.3 Packers
Seahawks 4.4 7.8 9.5 Rams
Bills 4.2 7.3 4.6 Ravens
Chiefs 3.9 9.7 8.4 Patriots
Cardinals 3.1 2.3 -0.7 Steelers
Bengals 2.1 -0.5 6.2 Browns
Lions 0.7 2.1 5.5 Vikings

Kicker ("But Here's the Kicker")


Kicker Current Week Next Week Team Opponent Simple Eq.
Bailey 9.3 7.0 Vikings Lions 9.2
Koo 9.1 5.6 Falcons Panthers 8.3
Boswell 8.8 6.4 Steelers Cardinals 7.8
Lutz 8.6 9.8 Saints 49ers 7.9
Fairbairn 8.5 6.7 Texans Broncos 8.6
Lambo 8.2 6.4 Jaguars Chargers 7.2
McManus 8.0 6.4 Broncos Texans 6.5
Gonzalez 8.0 8.8 Cardinals Steelers 7.4
Crosby 7.5 6.4 Packers Redskins 9.1
Gay 7.4 9.5 Buccaneers Colts 8.2
Ficken 7.4 1.6 Jets Dolphins 8.4
Zuerlein 7.4 7.5 Rams Seahawks 7.8
Folk 7.3 6.7 Patriots Chiefs 8.3
Slye 7.2 5.8 Panthers Falcons 7.4
Maher 6.9 6.8 Cowboys Bears 8.0
Butker 6.8 8.2 Chiefs Patriots 7.6
Seibert 6.4 9.4 Browns Bengals 8.4
Elliott 6.2 4.8 Eagles Giants 8.8
Tucker 6.1 7.5 Ravens Bills 8.4
Badgley 5.9 5.9 Chargers Jaguars 7.9
Sanders 5.8 5.4 Dolphins Jets 7.2
Gould 5.6 8.3 49ers Saints 7.5
Pineiro 5.4 4.5 Bears Cowboys 7.2
Carlson 5.3 5.1 Raiders Titans 7.5
Bullock 5.3 5.3 Bengals Browns 6.7
McLaughlin 5.1 4.8 Colts Buccaneers 7.5
Succop 5.1 4.9 Titans Raiders 8.2
Prater 4.8 9.2 Lions Vikings 6.1
Myers 4.7 6.3 Seahawks Rams 7.8
Hauschka 4.4 4.9 Bills Ravens 6.9
Hopkins 2.9 4.6 Redskins Packers 6.0
Rosas 2.3 5.7 Giants Eagles 6.6

QB ("Two Cents for a Quarterback")


QB Current Week Next Week Team Opponent
Cousins 20.9 10.3 Vikings Lions
Jackson 20.5 29.0 Ravens Bills
Watson 20.0 16.0 Texans Broncos
Ryan 20.0 13.2 Falcons Panthers
Darnold 19.9 8.8 Jets Dolphins
Mahomes 19.2 18.8 Chiefs Patriots
Prescott 19.1 20.4 Cowboys Bears
Wilson 18.5 16.1 Seahawks Rams
Brady 18.4 22.9 Patriots Chiefs
Fitzpatrick 18.2 17.5 Dolphins Jets
Brees 17.4 18.7 Saints 49ers
Wentz 17.3 14.3 Eagles Giants
Mayfield 17.2 19.3 Browns Bengals
Hodges 16.8 14.5 Steelers Cardinals
Rodgers 16.4 16.5 Packers Redskins
Tannehill 16.4 18.3 Titans Raiders
Winston 16.2 24.8 Buccaneers Colts
Goff 16.2 17.6 Rams Seahawks
KyleAllen 16.0 13.5 Panthers Falcons
Murray 16.0 16.7 Cardinals Steelers
Carr 15.0 14.9 Raiders Titans
Trubisky 14.9 13.1 Bears Cowboys
Brissett 14.0 12.0 Colts Buccaneers
Garoppolo 14.0 21.6 49ers Saints
Rivers 13.9 12.2 Chargers Jaguars
Dalton 13.5 14.2 Bengals Browns
Minshew 13.3 13.3 Jaguars Chargers
JoshAllen 13.1 14.2 Bills Ravens
Blough 12.7 15.2 Lions Vikings
Lock 11.9 11.0 Broncos Texans
Manning 9.3 15.5 Giants Eagles
Haskins 8.5 8.2 Redskins Packers
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BFFL Week 11 Projections

Quarterbacks

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection Comments................................
QB Chuck Downfield Texans vs. Ponies 45 34 The Ponies are short, slow, and have been getting destroyed by opposing quarterbacks all season long. It should be a great day for Chuck Downfield.
QB Pablo Sanchez Melonheads vs. Colts 12 31 Pablo has scored less than 20 points twice this season: last week, and the week before. Despite the slide, Pablo is still tied with Amy for the highest scoring player in the league. The Colts have a notably weak pass defense and this should allow Pablo to return to greatness.
QB Amy Bostwick Vikings vs. 49ers 49 31 She may have single-handedly dragged you into the playoffs. Don't even think once about moving Amy anywhere out of your lineup.
QB Debby Nagasawa Cowboys vs. Bears 26 29 Debby has been great all season long and shows no signs of slowing down. She'll be locked into your starting slot as long as you're still in the playoffs.
QB Judy Abwunza Eagles vs. Wombats 25 26 Judy was unable to complete a pass last week but ran her way to a decent game. She should be just fine against a Wombats team that gives up a lot of points.
QB Steve McNair Raiders @ Armadillos 13 26 Steve was bamboozled last week but the Armadillos defense has been beatable. Steve could bounce back this week.
QB Betty Houstan Monsters vs. Giants 27 25 Betty is one of the hottest QBs in the league and might be worth a look this week. She's been doing great against tough opponents and now she's facing a not-so-great opponent.
QB Rich Gannon Packers vs. Falcons 24 25 Another day, another 20. Rich is possibly the most consistent QB in the league. If you need another 20 or so, plug Rich back into your lineup.
QB Thor Thwackhammer Rams vs. Hornets 25 25 Thor had a great game last week while throwing 4 interceptions. Now he's facing an awful defense in the Hornets. He could have a similar game, without the interceptions.
QB Holly Franklin Giants @ Monsters 24 24 Holly was impeccable last week and might be worth a second look in your lineup. However, the Monsters are hot right now.
QB Drew Bledsoe Chargers @ Browns 12 23 Drew has a juicy matchup here and might be worth a start, depending on the other QBs you have in stock.
QB Ben None Colts @ Melonheads 34 23 Ben showed us last week that he's still got it. But the Melonheads have a tough defense, although it has been shaken lately. This game could go either way, but it's hard to bet against Ben.
QB Brett Favre 49ers @ Vikings 26 21 Brett has been clutch all season long, but this is the toughest defense he's had to face. It could be a tough day for the gunslinger, but he'll certainly be slinging it.
QB Sally Dobbs Armadillos vs. Raiders 21 20 This game could turn into a shootout and Sally has the potential to go off. However, Sally has underplayed her worth a few times this season.
QB Andy Gibbons Titans @ Patriots 23 20 If you need a summary of Andy's season, look no further. The 23 ponts he scored last week were his season high. He's still in the bottom third of QBs and is not a good fantasy commodity.
QB David Wilco Falcons @ Packers 31 18 David was fantastic last week, but I think the Packers pose more of a challenge to him. You could do better in your lineup this week.
QB Lulu Legosi Jets vs. Steelers 17 17 This matchup could become a defensive chess game between both teams, as there are two strong defenses matching up. However, Lulu can commit to the run game, which leaves her with a high floor.
QB Debra Hannigan Steelers @ Jets 29 16 Debra has a tough matchup this week against the solid Jets defense. She also hasn't hit 30 points in three games, after doing so in 6 of the first 7 games. Might be a rough week for the Debster.
QB Bert Nicholson Browns vs. Chargers 11 14 Bert isn't trustworthy enough at this point in the season. He could have a nice game by his standards, which are probably lower than your standards.
QB Stuart Sullivan Hornets @ Rams 14 14 Chuck Downfield just passed all over the Rams defense. Stuart could have a similar game, but fewer weapons at his disposal make that tougher.
QB Zena Fromme Bears @ Cowboys 18 13 Zena is in for a world of hurt against the team with the top record in the league. I'd stay away from her here.
QB Matt Monday Wombats @ Eagles 19 12 Matt had a nice little run but don't think about picking him up now with 4 tough opponents coming up to finish his regular season.
QB Dan Doorknob Patriots vs. Titans 4 10 I wouldn't�and you shouldn't, either.
QB Sharon Crowe Ponies @ Texans 12 3 Yeah, it's not gonna be a good day for Sharon, I can tell you that.

Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection Comments........................................
RB/WR Armon Hammerstein Armadillos vs. Raiders 43 34 Looks like Armon is back, and just in time for the fantasy playoffs. He was outstanding last week and should be equally phenomenal this week.
RB/WR Knuckles McGhee Cowboys vs. Bears 20 34 Knuckles has been a stud forever and has a great matchup to take advantage of this week. Knuckles is set to have a huge performance.
WR Vicki Kawaguchi Chargers @ Browns 21 30 Vicki is the #1 fantasy WR by a pretty considerable margin. No reason to turn away from her now. She's got a great matchup and potential for a huge game.
RB/WR Florence Jackson Giants @ Monsters 36 28 FloJack is killing it right now and is a girl you want in your lineup. You need to keep rolling with her while she's got momentum.
WR Evan Lindstrom Monsters vs. Giants 55 28 Evan Lindstrom. What else can we say!? He just put up 55 fantasy points against the Melonheads, one of the toughest opponents in the league. He can get it done against anybody.
RB/WR Stephanie Morgan Raiders @ Armadillos 13 27 How nice of Stephanie to take a break before the playoffs and not during. She should be ready to go in full this week and is definitely worth a start.
WR Terrell Davis Rams vs. Hornets 36 24 Terrell has been on fire the last few weeks, I'd keep him in there while he's hot. Especially against a poor opponent.
WR Jorge Garcia Texans vs. Ponies 26 21 Jorge is the man and should continue to carry your team during the fantasy playoffs. He's got a great matchup here.
WR Ernie Steele Titans @ Patriots 19 21 Ernie played second banana to Pickles last week, but don't be alarmed. Ernie is still the top dog in this offense, he's got a great matchup against the Patriots, and he should still be in your lineup this week.
WR Maria Luna Falcons @ Packers 43 20 Mama mia! Maria was dominant last week and proved once again why she's a must-have fantasy wide receiver. She'll keep it up in the playoffs, just maybe not 40+ points every week.
RB/WR Frankie McDoogle Jets vs. Steelers 16 20 Frankie has been the backbone of your fantasy team all season long. He might be in a tough matchup, but it's Frankie Mac. He's gonna give it his all.
WR Rainbow Callahan Melonheads vs. Colts 10 20 Pablo hasn't had a good passing game in a while, but the stars are aligning against the Colts' poor pass defense. This should be a good thing for the likes of Rainbow.
WR Jimmy Rockfish Packers vs. Falcons 35 20 Jimmy has been absolutely incendiary the latter half of the season. He's scored 30+ in 5 of his last 6 games. He needs to stay out their to carry you through the playoffs.
RB/WR Victor Jones 49ers @ Vikings 22 19 In games like these, the 49ers depend on the dynamic duo of Brett and Victor. He may not be able to go off as much as he has before, but he should still have a decent game.
RB/WR Belinda Winters Vikings vs. 49ers 13 19 Belinda hasn't been amazing, but she's still been solid. Hopefully she can pick up the pace a little bit in the playoffs.
RB/WR Georgette Washington Wombats @ Eagles 43 19 Georgette has been unbelievable lately with 87 points in her last two games. However, the Wombats might hit a wall against an Eagles team looking for a win.
RB/WR Reese Worthington Eagles vs. Wombats 2 18 The Eagles pass game was invisible last week, but they should have a better time against the Wombats. Reese hasn't lived up to expectations this season but he's still a good fantasy RB.
WR Austin Carpenter Packers vs. Falcons 20 18 Austin has been turning it on the last few weeks and he might be a good fantasy start if you're lacking in the WR position.
WR Baloney Maloney Bears @ Cowboys 6 16 Baloney wasn't doing much last week but he's the most likely Bear to have a good game. But tread lightly here.
WR Mindy Weaver Steelers @ Jets 29 16 Mindy has the cards stacked against her this week, but she's been very consistent and is a pretty trustworthy start. But I wouldn't expect one of her best games in this one.
WR Yasmin Kristov Steelers @ Jets 10 16 It's a tough matchup, but all Yasmin needs is one deep bomb to be worth a fantasy start. She's got the best chance for that big play, or plays, that the Steelers will need.
TE Marky Dubois Texans vs. Ponies 5 15 This is a perfect matchup for Marky, there's really nobody on the Ponies defense to slow him down.
RB/WR Mikey Thomas Texans vs. Ponies 20 15 Mikey has been a solid contributor and is ready for more in a good matchup against the Ponies.
WR Neal Smith Colts @ Melonheads 0 14 Neal was shut out last week but he's still the most likely Colt to catch a touchdown. Hopefully he can bounce back, but if you've got better wide receivers, you might want to lean on them.
WR Nutzy Nussbaum Rams vs. Hornets 4 14 Nutzy could find his way into the end zone this week against a Hornets team that gets destroyed regularly.
WR Nate Kowalski Browns vs. Chargers 8 13 Nate hasn't been doing much lately, but the Chargers have been giving up a lot of points lately. Nate could see a little boost in numbers.
WR Dwight Frye Cowboys vs. Bears 15 13 Dwight could get some end zone looks this week against a poor pass defense. But he's a little too consistent to trust in your lineup in such an important game.
WR Hank Wilson Hornets @ Rams 13 13 These Hornets receivers could split the workload and neither one will be worth a start.
WR Omar Stephano Hornets @ Rams 12 13 These Hornets receivers could split the workload and neither one will be worth a start.
WR Amir Khan Raiders @ Armadillos 0 12 Amir was shutout last week but I think this matchup has more potential for all Raiders receivers.
WR Stinky Steiner Chargers @ Browns 2 11 I wouldn't trust Stinky in my lineup, but he could score this week against a bad defense.
WR Cade McNown Giants @ Monsters 13 11 Cade's fantasy output is just a little bit less than what you'd want to see before putting him in your lineup.
WR Kenny Kawaguchi Melonheads vs. Colts 0 11 Kenny has kinda been forgotten about in this offense but the Melonheads should pass the ball a lot, and mix it up. Kenny could be worth something this week.
WR Kim Esposito Patriots vs. Titans 0 11 If you follow Kim's pattern of scores throughout the season, she's gonna score double digits this week. If you follow your gut, you know she's not worth starting. Both can be true.
WR Nellie O'Neal Patriots vs. Titans 16 11 Nellie could find her way to the end zone but that's a big could. I would lay off of her.
WR Nickie Noodleson Armadillos vs. Raiders 12 10 Nickie could get involved in a game with a lot of passing, but Armon is still the target looked at more often.
WR Pinky Purton Bears @ Cowboys 20 10 Pinky was great last week but she'll be facing a rough defense in this game.
RB/TE Mohammed Springsteen Melonheads vs. Colts 5 10 Mohammed has been stellar and has a chance to do some damage against a less-than-perfect defense.
RB Georgia Doyle Ponies @ Texans 0 10 Georgia gets the start at RB this week, which means she could rack up the short receptions.
WR Lance Lundergaard Ponies @ Texans 14 10 I think the Ponies will have their hands full against this Texans defense. You might want to look elsewhere for WR's this week.
TE Jocinda Smith Rams vs. Hornets 0 10 Jocinda will be back in the fold, since they're not playing the Texans. That's good news for fantasy owners, Jocinda is a great start this week.
WR Petunia Young Falcons @ Packers 16 9 Petunia will always be second in line for receptions after Maria. She's just not consistent enough to be in your lineup in the playoffs.
TE Kimmy Eckman Texans vs. Ponies 10 9 Kimmy has been a solid tight end all season long and is still worthy of your starting spot.
WR Pickles Peterson Titans @ Patriots 30 9 Pickles' 30-point outburst last week represents about 1/3 of his entire season's total. Long story short, he's not doing that again. At least, not on this team.
WR Lola Linkletter Vikings vs. 49ers 6 9 Lola might be good for one long bomb, but that's about all she'll get against a tough Niners defense.
TE Needle Haystack Bears @ Cowboys 9 8 Needle has started to pick it up and is a great tight end to have right now during these fantasy playoffs.
WR George Coleman Browns vs. Chargers 23 8 George was the star of the show last week but he has been very up and down this season. Hard to predict a repeat performance for him.
TE Jevon Kearse Chargers @ Browns 16 8 Jevon has been amazing and needs to stay in your lineup.
RB/TE Travis Diamond Monsters vs. Giants 2 8 Travis had an off game last week but he's still a great TE candidate. You should keep him rolling.
WR Patsy Clinehurst Ponies @ Texans 14 8 It could be rough for all Ponies receivers involved here. Patsy isn't quite fast enough to have those long bombs the Texans often give up.
WR Angela Delvecchio Texans vs. Ponies 6 8 Angela could get a red zone look this weekend but would be a risky fantasy play.
WR Ronny Dobbs Texans vs. Ponies 0 8 Ronny could sneak in a touchdown if the Texans have some garbage times, but that's a big gamble.
WR Cullen Sullivan 49ers @ Vikings 22 7 I think Cullen's luck may run out here. He's facing a really tough matchup.
WR Liz Levin Monsters vs. Giants 8 7 Coming of a career day, the opposing defense might be centered on covering Evan, leaving Liz open. However, she's still a risky fantasy play.
TE Karla Karloff Raiders @ Armadillos 6 7 Karla might be a good TE to save your team if you still don't have a good one.
RB/TE Brace-Face Brixton Wombats @ Eagles 12 7 Brace-Face has been a solid tight end the last couple weeks, hopefully she can keep up the momentum throughout the playoffs.
WR Susie Townshend Wombats @ Eagles 2 7 Susie hasn't had to do much with Georgette stealing the show. She's not a very good fantasy player at the moment.
WR Tiffany Bosworth Eagles vs. Wombats 0 6 Tiffany may have finished her plateau for the season and is on the downward trend.
RB Karen Donato Patriots vs. Titans 2 6 Karen might get some more looks at running back this week.
TE Lisa Crocket Colts @ Melonheads 14 5 Lisa racked up 1/3 of her season total last week with 14 points. I don't think she's likely to reach the end zone again.
WR Annie Frazier Jets vs. Steelers 0 5 Annie has been all but nonexistent the last few weeks. I think it's okay to dump her before these playoffs begin.
TE J.J. Shetland Vikings vs. 49ers 0 5 J.J. has had his moments, but they haven't been very big or very frequent.
TE Oliver Ramierez 49ers @ Vikings 2 4 Oliver is not to be trusted in your lineup right now.
RB/TE June O'Shea Giants @ Monsters 4 4 Well it's now July, so June's time may be up.
RB/TE Ricky Williams Jets vs. Steelers 3 4 Ricky has seen an increased role the last few games, but I'd still be uneasy recommending him as a tight end for the rest of the season.
RB/TE Rose Watson Steelers @ Jets 2 4 Rose has been serviceable but as also been slipping more and more. You might want to pick up a better tight end to give you an edge in the fantasy playoffs.
RB/TE Carlos Ocampo Titans @ Patriots 0 4 Carlos has been quite the disappointment this season, hopefully you're not still relying on him for the playoffs.
RB George Anderson Browns vs. Chargers 4 3
WR Amanda Craven Colts @ Melonheads 3 3 Amanda is probably worth more as a kicker than a wide receiver at this point.
RB/TE Tony Delvecchio Cowboys vs. Bears 15 3 Tony finally showed up for once! But this makes me think it won't happen again.
RB/TE Dmitri Petrovich Eagles vs. Wombats 2 3 Dmitri is a shell of his former self and is probably not the tight end you want in your lineup right now.
RB Daphne Farrington Giants @ Monsters 11 3
RB Marcus Weiss Giants @ Monsters 4 3
TE Judy Place Patriots vs. Titans 3 3 Now is not the time or Place for Judy to be on your fantasy team.
RB Tina Herrara 49ers @ Vikings 1 2
TE Olive Hussein Armadillos vs. Raiders 3 2 Now is not the time to experiment with your tight end.
WR Cisco Kidd Bears @ Cowboys 4 2
TE Fred Sanders Browns vs. Chargers 0 2 Fred is not the tight end you want right now.
TE Tom Getz Hornets @ Rams 0 2 Tom just isn't worth a look at this point.
RB Chico Pappas Melonheads vs. Colts 2 2
TE Leah Wayne Packers vs. Falcons 2 2 Leah is best left on the waiver wire.
RB Kiesha Phillips Armadillos vs. Raiders 0 1
TE Craig David Falcons @ Packers 0 1 Craig's 4 points for the entire season is nothing short of remarkable, just for the wrong reasons.
RB Greg Bonnell Falcons @ Packers 0 1
WR Isaac Drummond Packers vs. Falcons 0 1
RB PJ Shareef Packers vs. Falcons 0 1
RB Hans R. Dirtywashum Titans @ Patriots 3 1
RB Stan Olafson Titans @ Patriots 0 1
RB Pete Montoya Vikings vs. 49ers 0 1
RB Jay Green 49ers @ Vikings 0 0
WR Sugar Stone 49ers @ Vikings 0 0
RB Bridget Oofar Armadillos vs. Raiders 0 0
WR Ricky Johnson Armadillos vs. Raiders 0 0
RB Chucky Flinder Bears @ Cowboys 0 0
RB James Zorn Bears @ Cowboys 3 0
WR Julio Henderson Browns vs. Chargers 2 0
RB Mark Epstein Browns vs. Chargers 0 0
WR Jane Davis Chargers @ Browns 0 0
RB Jenny Strauss Chargers @ Browns 0 0
RB Star Moonbeam Chargers @ Browns 0 0
RB Horace Young Colts @ Melonheads 2 0
WR Joshua Marriott Colts @ Melonheads 0 0
RB Mikey Tice Colts @ Melonheads 0 0
RB Cynthia Miller Cowboys vs. Bears 0 0
WR Mickey O'Connor Cowboys vs. Bears 0 0
RB Wing Kwan Cowboys vs. Bears 0 0
RB Andres Isben Eagles vs. Wombats 0 0
WR Gretchen Hasselhoff Eagles vs. Wombats 0 0
RB Luanne Lui Eagles vs. Wombats 0 0
WR Mike Schwartz Falcons @ Packers 1 0
RB Whitney Singh Falcons @ Packers 0 0
WR Spanky Simpson Giants @ Monsters 2 0
RB Ben Olds Hornets @ Rams 0 0
WR Crazy-Legs Calonzo Hornets @ Rams 0 0
RB Nestor Carpenter Hornets @ Rams 0 0
RB Bill Larsen Jets vs. Steelers 0 0
RB Esther French Jets vs. Steelers 0 0
WR Renee Matthews Jets vs. Steelers 0 0
WR Ashley Webber Melonheads vs. Colts 0 0
RB Eric Lebeaux Melonheads vs. Colts 0 0
RB Cathy Benitez Monsters vs. Giants 0 0
WR Daisy Dewchester Monsters vs. Giants 0 0
RB Olivia Harris Monsters vs. Giants 0 0
RB Clarice Reid Packers vs. Falcons 0 0
WR Nancy Martin Patriots vs. Titans 0 0
RB Wanda Hudson Patriots vs. Titans 0 0
TE Junior Seau Ponies @ Texans 2 0 Junior will be on the offensive line and won't get any receptions.
RB Kate Schwartz Ponies @ Texans 1 0
WR Pete Wheeler Ponies @ Texans 0 0
RB Dolores Lucio Raiders @ Armadillos 0 0
RB Fred Benson Raiders @ Armadillos 0 0
RB King Kirby Raiders @ Armadillos 0 0
WR Charlotte Allen Rams vs. Hornets 0 0
RB Jay Canasta Rams vs. Hornets 0 0
RB Winky Wojohowitz Rams vs. Hornets 28 0 Winky is back to second or third string, which is too bad.
WR Paul Applebaum Steelers @ Jets 0 0
RB Ray Tran Steelers @ Jets 0 0
RB Wendy Harmon Steelers @ Jets 0 0
WR Johnny Omar Titans @ Patriots 0 0
RB Dante Robinson Vikings vs. 49ers 0 0
WR Lorrie Peters Vikings vs. 49ers 0 0
WR Cory Barker Wombats @ Eagles 2 0
RB Marcie Mallow Wombats @ Eagles 0 0
RB Shermie Shannon Wombats @ Eagles 0 0

Defenses

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection Comments...........................................
DEF Cowboys Defense Cowboys vs. Bears 13 18 The Cowboys are facing the Bears and Zena Fromme, who is a great target for a lot of sacks. The Cowboys are a great defense this week.
DEF Jets Defense Jets vs. Steelers 15 16 Strength meets strength here. The Jets defense and the Steelers offense. Defense usually wins these battles. No reason to doubt the Jets now after trusting them all season long.
DEF Texans Defense Texans vs. Ponies 15 16 The Texans have been killing it on defense all season long, and lucky for you that in the first week of the fantasy playoffs they have a dream matchup against the Ponies.
DEF Vikings Defense Vikings vs. 49ers 22 16 The Vikings defense is amazing, but so is the 49ers offense. Two powerhouses are clashing here. But the Vikings can get it done against anybody.
DEF 49ers Defense 49ers @ Vikings 17 15 This is pretty fierce battle between two amazing teams. Amy Bostwick is a force of nature, but the Niners defense has a mind of their own. This one could go either way.
DEF Eagles Defense Eagles vs. Wombats 4 15 What is going on here? The Eagles are all out of sorts and need to regroup. The good news is that the Wombats are usually a good team to face when you're on the other side.
DEF Raiders Defense Raiders @ Armadillos 11 15 This matchup could go either way. This game features the two most inconsistent teams in the league. Both capable of greatness or epic failures. Anyway, the Raiders might be worth a start based on the upside.
DEF Rams Defense Rams vs. Hornets 15 15 The Rams have a nice matchup and are fresh off of a turnover fest against the Texans. They might be a sneaky pick-up if you need a defense.
DEF Chargers Defense Chargers @ Browns 8 14 The Chargers don't have a very good fantasy defense but facing the Browns is a good subsidy of points.
DEF Monsters Defense Monsters vs. Giants 6 14 The Monsters are firing on all cylinders. They've beaten three really good teams in a row and now they're facing an okay team. They should be able to put everything together into a stellar performance.
DEF Titans Defense Titans @ Patriots 13 14 Seeing the Patriots on the other side of the line of scrimmage is a good feeling for any defense. While the Titans aren't the strongest defense in the league, they could exploit this favorable matchup.
DEF Melonheads Defense Melonheads vs. Colts 4 12 The Melonheads defense has been slipping but they're still one of the best in league. However, Ben None has been tough to contain and thus won't get sacked as much as other QBs.
DEF Packers Defense Packers vs. Falcons 9 12 The Packers defense is just a touch below the rest of the defenses that are already owned in these fantasy leagues.
DEF Steelers Defense Steelers @ Jets 6 12 Last week was rough for the Steelers, who could not contain Ben None, although they were still able to win. This week they face a similar QB in Lulu Legosi, so the Steel Curtain will have to bring their A-game.
DEF Giants Defense Giants @ Monsters 12 11 The Giants defense is up against an opponent that has knocked off three straight good teams. Could be a rough day for the G-Men.
DEF Patriots Defense Patriots vs. Titans 8 11 The Pats don't actually have too bad of a matchup here. Still, there are plenty of other defenses that could serve you better.
DEF Armadillos Defense Armadillos vs. Raiders 16 10 The Armadillos had a great matchup and took advantage against the Patriots. But this week they face the Raiders, who can put up a lot of points and not care who gets in their way.
DEF Browns Defense Browns vs. Chargers 7 10 Starting the Browns defense would not be your wisest move, but teams have played well against the Chargers offense this season.
DEF Ponies Defense Ponies @ Texans 10 10 There could be turnovers galore against the Texans, but I don't think that's enough incentive to start the Ponies defense this week.
DEF Bears Defense Bears @ Cowboys 13 9 The Bears are facing one of the most unstoppable offenses in the league and I think they have little to no hope in stopping them.
DEF Falcons Defense Falcons @ Packers 9 8 The Falcons are facing a well-rounded offense this week and probably don't have what it takes to crack into your fantasy lineup.
DEF Colts Defense Colts @ Melonheads 10 7 The Colts could have a rough time trying to wrangle in Pablo Sanchez. I wouldn't trust them this week.
DEF Wombats Defense Wombats @ Eagles 7 6 The Wombats don't have any more bad teams on their schedule, so their defense can be safely left alone.
DEF Hornets Defense Hornets @ Rams 5 5 The Hornets have the worst defense in the league by far.

Kickers

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection
K Eric Lebeaux Melonheads vs. Colts 3 4
K Cullen Sullivan 49ers @ Vikings 3 3
K Cisco Kidd Bears @ Cowboys 2 3
K George Anderson Browns vs. Chargers 1 3
K Jenny Strauss Chargers @ Browns 1 3
K Wing Kwan Cowboys vs. Bears 3 3
K Spanky Simpson Giants @ Monsters 6 3
K Hank Wilson Hornets @ Rams 1 3
K Frankie McDoogle Jets vs. Steelers 0 3
K Karla Karloff Raiders @ Armadillos 0 3
K Lorrie Peters Vikings vs. 49ers 2 3
K Ricky Johnson Armadillos vs. Raiders 3 2
K Amanda Craven Colts @ Melonheads 1 2
K Reese Worthington Eagles vs. Wombats 1 2
K Cathy Benitez Monsters vs. Giants 0 2
K Jay Canasta Rams vs. Hornets 5 2
K Ray Tran Steelers @ Jets 0 2
K Marky Dubois Texans vs. Ponies 0 2
K Johnny Omar Titans @ Patriots 2 2
K Marcie Mallow Wombats @ Eagles 2 2
K David Wilco Falcons @ Packers 3 1
K Jimmy Rockfish Packers vs. Falcons 4 1
K Wanda Hudson Patriots vs. Titans 0 1
K Lance Lundergaard Ponies @ Texans 2 1
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