Zach Brown is playing at an elite level right now for the Buffalo Bills:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Buffalo Bills might end up coming up short when the playoffs roll around but there is one bright spot for the Bills. Inside Linebacker Zach Brown who has always been a good football player for the Tennessee Titans is really becoming a great player with Buffalo Bills. This is Brown’s 1st season in Buffalo and he currently has 116 tackles with 4 games remaining in the season. Brown has always been known for intercepting passes and making big plays for his team. However this is his first season that he has gone over the 100 tackles mark and he is currently 2nd in the entire league in total tackles. Brown is the type of player that you can build a defense around and now the Bills have to find a way to restructure Brown’s contract and add a few players around him. Buffalo is ranked 12th in the league defensively surrendering 346.7 yards per game, they should try to aim to be in the top 10 before the year is over and Brown will have to be at his best in order for that to happen. The inside linebacker position has an art form to it, you have to be able to play sideline to sideline and just scrape and make plays. It takes a tough individual to be able to do that and be able come up and fill holes. Brown does all those things better than most players in the world do and that is why he ranked number 2 in the world in total tackles. Brown is in his 5th season so he still should have at least 3 more decent seasons left in him. He only signed a 1 year deal with Buffalo so it will be up to the Bills to retain him this off-season. A 2 year contract would be ideal for the Bills however you have to think Brown would like to cash in on his big stats and that might mean Brown chases the highest offer in free agency. Regardless you have to respect Zach Brown because he worked hard and he earned his money.

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T.Y Hilton is 2nd in the NFL in total receiving yards with 1,088:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Indianapolis Colts are currently tied for 1st place in the AFC South and one player who is largely responsible for that is T.Y Hilton. Hilton is currently 2nd in the league in total receiving yards for the season with 1,088. Only Julio Jones has more yards than Hilton does and this is actually Hilton’s 4th consecutive season of at least 1,000 receiving yards. Only Antonio Brown has as many consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards and it’s clear Hilton has been the Colts best receiver for several years now. Hilton makes life so much easier for Andrew Luck and when those to are synced in they are a very productive duo. Hilton believe it or not is only 5’9 180 pounds so he is a slightly undersized receiver but that hasn’t had an impact on Hilton’s stat line. Hilton runs a 4.34 40 yard dash so he does have remarkable speed and he can take the top off of the defense. When you combine that with Luck’s arm strength you get a lot of deep ball strikes and Hilton makes a living off the vertical passing game. That has been the formula for success the last 5 years for Hilton and the Colts, don’t expect that to change anytime soon. It’s really a pleasure to watch T.Y Hilton play because he gives maximum effort on every single rep and makes it look so effortless in the passing game. Hilton could be a productive receiver on any team in the National Football League and the Colts are lucky to have this guy on their roster. Hilton will be under contract with Indianapolis until 2021, so expect this guy to be in the fold for years to come and it will be fun to watch how many more 1,000 yard seasons this guy can put up? He is making it look easy!

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Dak Prescott has been the best rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

There have been plenty of talented rookie quarterbacks that have come into the National Football League but maybe none more talented than Cowboys starting Quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has played well beyond his years and now the Dallas Cowboys have an 11-1 record to show for their efforts. That outstanding recorded was accumulated because Prescott has led this offense with a confidence that we’ve never seen from a rookie. Prescott currently has thrown for 19 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions on the season. The thing that stands out about that stat line is the efficiency on Prescott’s behalf. He has a +17 touchdown to interception ratio and 2 interceptions proves he rarely turns the ball over through the air. When you analyze Dak Prescott from his past experiences you start to wonder what makes this guy so good? One thing stands out and that’s the fact that Prescott slipped all the way to the 4th round after throwing for 70 touchdowns and only 23 interceptions at Mississippi State. Those numbers should have catapulted Prescott much higher in the draft but he was arrested for a D.U.I in Starkville, Mississippi. That most likely threw up a red flag for some teams and caused them to pass on Prescott. Jerry Jones have never been afraid to take a risk on a good football player with a damaged reputation and this risk panned out tremendously for Dallas. Now the Cowboys have the steal of the draft leading their team and arguably the greatest rookie quarterback of all time. Prescott has not only thrown for 19 touchdowns, he has also rushed for 5 touchdowns on the season as well. So he is getting the job done in multiple phases of the game and the Cowboys lucked up when they drafted this guy. It also should be noted that Prescott was later found not guilty for that D.U.I arrest as well so truthfully he isn’t a liability off the field either. It will be a lot to fun to watch the Cowboys as they progress on into the future with key young talents like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Those guys have completely revamped the Dallas Cowboys organization.

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Andrew Luck lights up the Jets 41-10 in a Monday Night Football blowout:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Indianapolis Colts headed to New York to take on the Jets in a Monday Night Football match up and it didn’t go well for the Jets. Andrew Luck ended up throwing 4 touchdown passes on the Jets and New York is a team plagued by many problems. New York literally looked undisciplined, heartless, and lackadaisical all at the same time versus the Colts and you have to wonder if Todd Bowles is on the hot seat? The Jets were 10-6 last year but since then they have regressed to a lackluster 3-9 on the 2016 season. That can’t sit well with Woody Johnson up stairs in the owner’s box and this team has to reel it in quickly. Dwayne Allen had an outstanding performance for the Colts, the 5th year tight end hauled in 3 touchdown receptions in the best game of his career. If you watched this game you really have to be impressed with Indy, they are hitting their stride at the right time and now they are tied for 1st place in the AFC South. The Colts are trending upward while the Texans are clearly regressing without J.J Watt. A healthy Andrew Luck could be the difference maker for the Colts down the stretch because when he is playing well you see how dynamic this team can be. On the defensive side of the ball Edwin Jackson led the Colts with a team high 7 tackles. While Mike Adams, Darius Butler, and Darryl Morris all had an interception for the Colts defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick started the game for the Jets but was eventually benched for Bryce Petty. Petty went on to throw 135 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. That 1 touchdown pass went to Robby Anderson for a 40 yard score. Defensively Rontez Miles led the Jets with 8 tackles and a forced fumble. David Harris also got in on the action contributing 8 tackles. The Colts are now in the thick of a playoff hunt, the Jets on the other hand take a step closer to the off-season where they will have to do some soul searching.

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Kansas City continues to prove they are an elite football team by knocking off the Falcons 29-28:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 9-3 after knocking off the Atlanta Falcons 29-28. In that match up Spencer Ware was Kansas City’s top player and Ware finished the day with 2 touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving) showing he can have a big impact for the Chiefs’ offense. To be honest the Falcons are no slouch either, they are now 7-5 but the Chiefs didn’t have an easy time beating Atlanta. The score indicates just how tight this match up was and you have to give credit to both teams for leaving it all out on the field. Travis Kelce also had a big day for the Chiefs, the Kansas City tight end hauled in 8 receptions for 140 receiving yards. That was a huge chunk of the Chiefs offense and anytime you have a tight end go over 100 yards receiving you know that player had an outstanding outing. Alex Smith was also extremely efficient for the Chiefs he finished the contest with 21 completions out of 25 attempts for 270 yards and 1 touchdown. Smith didn’t throw any interceptions but did fumble once which resulted in a turnover. Still Alex Smith played a good enough game to win and he deserves praise for his performance. Julio Jones led the way for the Falcons, the stand out wide receiver hauled in 7 receptions for 113 yards. Devonta Freeman also had a great day for Atlanta he rushed for 56 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Those plays kept Atlanta in the game and were ultimately why this contest came down to the wire. Defensively Eric Berry ended up being the hero for the Chiefs when he intercepted an Atlanta 2 point conversion and took it all the way to the house for a Chiefs 2 point score. That play ultimately won Kansas City the game and we seen the Broncos win in similar fashion just a couple weeks ago against the Saints. It’s clear the extra point changes have added some action to NFL games and it’s been great to watch from a fan’s perspective. In the end the Chiefs win 29-28 and take a step closer towards the postseason.

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The Seattle Seahawks hung 40 points on the Carolina Panthers in a 40-7 rout:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Seattle Seahawks continued their successful 2016 season by beating up on the Carolina Panthers 40-7. Seattle played extremely well in this contest and you have to like their chances heading into the playoffs. Seattle is easily the 2nd best team in the NFC and right now it feels like the Seahawks will meet the Cowboys in the NFC Championship. We have a lot of football before then but man does Seattle look strong after trouncing the Panthers. Cam Newton didn’t start in this game because of a dress code violation and on the very first offensive play Derek Anderson threw an interception. That was an indicator of what was to come for the night and Carolina looks atrocious after making it to the Super Bowl last season. Russell Wilson threw for 277 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception doing enough to secure the win for the Seahawks. The real production for Seattle came from the running game though. Thomas Rawls had a great day rushing for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Lockett also contributed 75 rushing yards and 1 touchdown to Seattle’s offensive efforts. Jimmy Graham found pay dirt when he hauled in a 1 yard pass from Wilson, Graham finished the night with 63 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively Kam Chancellor led the way for Seattle with a team high 7 tackles. Outside Linebacker Mike Morgan record 5 tackles and an interception for the Seahawks too. Cam Newton threw for 182 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions in a losing effort. Cam’s 1 touchdown pass was a beauty to Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn finished the night with 80 receiving yards and 1 touchdown pass proving to still be a viable option in his 10th season of pro football. James Bradberry led Carolina in tackles with 8 while Kony Ealy recorded 3 tackles, 1 sack, and a forced fumble. Seattle got some bad news in this game when they lost Earl Thomas with a broken leg. Thomas will likely be out for the season and has already tweeted that he is contemplating retirement. If Earl Thomas retires the National Football League will lose one of it’s marquee safeties and what a run it’s been for Thomas. Hopefully the Seahawks can put together a postseason run to honor their fallen teammate.

Charity of the day: Veterans Support Organization

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Flacco’s 4 touchdown passes lead the Ravens pass the Dolphins 38-6:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Baltimore Ravens took on the red hot Miami Dolphins but the Ravens had an equalizer in Quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco came out and tossed 4 touchdowns passes and 381 passing yards for a passer rating of 119.2. When your quarterback has that type of game it makes life so much easier on that player’s team and the Ravens can compete with anyone when Flacco plays like this. With how well Baltimore has played this season you have to believe they will win this division and make it to the postseason. They are neck and neck with the Pittsburgh Steelers but up to this point the Baltimore Ravens have been slightly better. Other notable performances for Baltimore went out to Dennis Pitta who hauled in 90 yards receiving and 2 touchdown passes. Breshad Perriman also had 59 yards receiving and 1 touchdown reception. Baltimore’s defense had a big day as 3 players were able to snag interceptions. Jerraud Powers, Lardarius Webb, and Eric Weddle were those players and those were 3 key takeaways for this football team. Ryan Tannehill struggled in this game for Miami. The Dolphins starting quarterback finished the game with only 1 touchdown pass and 3 interceptions. It’s tough to win with that stat line and Tannehill has to do a better job of protecting the football if he wants to compete in this league. DeVante Parker caught the Dolphins lone touchdown while Isa Abdul-Quddus led the Dolphins defense with a team high 10 tackles. In the end the Dolphins couldn’t get enough going offensively against the stifling Baltimore Ravens defense. The Ravens on other hand had their offense firing on all cylinders and that really ended up being the underlining story in this contest. Baltimore improves to 7-5 on the season and Miami falls to 7-5. Both teams will still have a shot at the postseason but Miami has to somehow find a way to beat out Broncos (8-4) while the Ravens will likely get in by winning their division. If Baltimore keeps playing like they did against the Dolphins they will be a force to be reckoned with entering the playoffs.

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The NFC East has been the best division in football up to this point:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The NFC East has been the toughest division in football this year where every team in the division combined for a total 30 wins on the season. The NFC East edged out the AFC West by 1 win (29 wins for the AFC West) and by the end of the year those 2 divisions could flip flop. Regardless for the time being the NFC East has put together the best brand of football and even the 4th ranked team the Eagles (5-6) were a contender at one point this season. When you look at how good the records are in the NFC East you begin to really appreciate how good the Cowboys have been. Dallas is playing in the toughest division in football and they have managed to put together an 11-1 record. They are challenged by the toughest competition each in-division contest and they still are riding an 11 game win streak. The Cowboys are clearly the best team in football at the moment and they have to be the favorite to win the Super Bowl when the time comes. The 2nd most impressive team in the NFC East and a team that would be in the playoffs if they started today is the New York Giants. The Giants have been a surprise team this season and that’s largely because of the defensive talent they acquired. The Giants now can get stops on the defensive side of the ball and that’s always a recipe for success in the National Football League. The Giants also have added a key piece to their offense in rookie Sterling Shepard and Shepard has had an outstanding first year as pro recording 5 touchdown receptions. We will see how far those additions take the Giants in the postseason but one thing is for sure they are certainly a much improved football team. The Redskins also have a shot to make the postseason with a 6-4-1 record. They are led by Kirk Cousins a competent quarterback who does a great job of facilitating Washington’s offense. If Cousins can elevate this team down the stretch of the season they might have a shot to get a wildcard spot and make some playoff magic happen. The Eagles are a long shot to make the postseason they would basically need to win out and get a little lucky. Philadelphia started the year off red hot before coming back down to earth, still first year coach Doug Pederson has this team trending in the right direction and they could be a contender soon as well. Together these 4 teams deserve a lot of credit for the production they’ve put up this season and if you want to play football at the highest level on earth you should go to the NFC East division. There are no easy games on those team’s schedules.

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Paxton Lynch has to come out and push Trevor Siemian for the starting quarterback job in Denver:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

With news coming out of Denver that Trevor Siemian will be sidelined Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars it’s now up to Paxton Lynch to validate the Broncos choice of taking him in the 1st round. Even though Lynch is a rookie quarterback the tools he has been giving athletically should have won him the job to start the season, however Siemian edged him out and has played well ever since. Now with another opportunity to start for Denver Paxton Lynch has a chance to push Siemian for the starting job and spice things up a little bit in the Broncos quarterback competition. Last year this team had Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler competing for the starting job, it’s only fitting that Lynch and Siemian battle it out this season. Competition brings out the best in both players because it will cause each guy to elevate them self in order to win the starting gig. That results in greater production on the field for the team and you want these position battles going on if you’re the head coach. Lynch did start a game earlier in the season against the Atlanta Falcons. He threw for 223 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in that contest. However Lynch fumbled the ball twice in that game and when you add that in with the interception those are just too many bad plays to be a successful quarterback in this league. In order for Paxton Lynch to have success he must first and foremost secure the football and avoid turnovers at all cost everything will fall in place after that. One bright spot for Lynch is he does have some mobility so expect to see him on a quarterback scramble or 2. We will get a better look at what this guy can truly do when he heads to Jacksonville Sunday, kickoff will be at 1:00 P.M.

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Von Miller has 5 weeks left to prove he is the best pass rusher in the National Football League:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller currently leads the National Football League in sacks with 12.5 and now with 5 weeks remaining on the schedule Miller has to come out and prove he is the best pass rusher in the league. Anything other than 1st place is unacceptable for Miller because the athletic talent Miller possesses is far superior than his peers at that position (Outside linebacker). You could tell from a psychology stand point Miller really understood what he was capable of achieving in this league last year after the Broncos won the Super Bowl and Miller won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. Since that time Miller has put a whole a lot effort into training regimens and really developed himself on another level physically. That makes this guy the top pass rusher in the league when J.J Watt is not playing. Now it’s time for Miller to live up to those expectations and go solidify that he is the best defensive player in the league by finishing the year with the most sacks. If Miller can intercept a few passes and force a few fumbles along the way that would be another testament to his abilities. These next 5 weeks and the playoffs could be what we remember Von Miller most for and he is playing for his legacy at the moment. Football careers tend to be shorter than anticipated in today’s era and while Miller has plenty of football left in his career. The Super Bowl last year and the things he does right after is what will be the highlight of Miller’s playing career. Miller knows that and that’s why he doubled down on his physical investment in himself fitness wise. Which now as a result makes Von Miller an unstoppable force in the National Football League. The moral of the story? Get in the best shape possible if you’re a football player and look out for Von Miller.

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