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Injury Updates For Wildcard Weekend/Divisional Round

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Author: Joey Carr

 

Peyton Manning Named the Broncos Starter for the Divisional Round

Probably the biggest storyline from last Sunday, Peyton Manning started the second half for Brock Osweiler after Denver coughed the ball up 4 times in the first half. After Manning stepped in however, the Broncos scored 20 points on some impressive drives, leading to the decision made today that the Sheriff will start Denver’s divisional playoff game. This came as no surprise, as Manning seems to be fully recovered from his foot injury. However, personally, I do not think this was the right decision. Brock Osweiler, prior to Sunday’s game, had performed quite well in Peyton’s absence, throwing for more yards and touchdowns than Manning in fewer games. And you might argue that Manning played well in relief of Osweiler, but I would counter with the fact that Peyton only threw for a handful of yards and let the run game do the rest of the work. So, while the Sheriff might play well in the playoffs, there’s a bigger chance that he’ll lay an egg.

Tom Brady Seems to be Fully Healed from his Ankle Sprain

The hearts of Patriots fans can begin rising up from the bottoms of their stomachs now that Tom Brady is walking without any noticeable limp, two days after he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. Seeing Brady go down after a dirty hit by Ndamukong Suh on Sunday surely made every heart in New England drop like a rock, but now, Super Bowl aspirations are now back on the table. It’s unclear if he’s actually “fully” healed from his injury, but now that he’s walking without a limp, a week and a half to get back to form is more than enough time.

Marshawn Lynch Returns to Practice, Should be the Starter for the Playoffs

Several weeks ago, a return for Beast Mode seemed bleak, but he’s now back on the playing field. When Thomas Rawls went down a few weeks ago, the Seahawks were extremely thin at running back, but during this time, Russell Wilson had a historic couple of games. So, when Lynch does return to the field, will it impact Wilson’s performance? Or will it make Seattle’s offense ever deadlier?

Andy Dalton is out of his Cast, A.J. McCarron Will Go Ahead as Starter

Many in Cincinnati thought their season was over when they saw Andy Dalton walk off the field with a misshapen thumb. However, his thumb is now removed from the cast, and should return to practicing late this week or early next week. For now though, second year quarterback A.J. McCarron will be presumed as the starter. He’s played well enough in his three games as QB, and will give the Bengals a fighting chance against the high-flying offense of the Steelers.

 

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Final Power Rankings

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Author: Joey Carr

1. Carolina Panthers
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Denver Broncos
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. New England Patriots
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Washington Redskins
11. Houston Texans
12. Green Bay Packers
13. New York Jets
14. Buffalo Bills
15. Atlanta Falcons
16. Philadelphia Eagles
17. New Orleans Saints
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. New York Giants
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21. Miami Dolphins
22. Jacksonville Jaguars
23. Oakland Raiders
24. San Diego Chargers
25. Detroit Lions
26. Chicago Bears
27. Baltimore Ravens
28. St. Louis Rams
29. San Francisco 49ers
30. Cleveland Browns
31. Dallas Cowboys
32. Tennessee Titans

against the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

Week 17 Power Rankings

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Author: Joey Carr

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals
  2. Carolina Panthers
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Denver Broncos
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
  6. Seattle Seahawks
  7. Cincinnati Bengals
  8. Minnesota Vikings
  9. New York Jets
  10. Green Bay Packers
  11. Washington Redskins
  12. Pittsburgh Steelers
  13. Houston Texans
  14. Atlanta Falcons
  15. Oakland Raiders
  16. St. Louis Rams
  17. Indianapolis Colts
  18. Philadelphia Eagles
  19. Buffalo Bills
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  21. New York Giants
  22. Detroit Lions
  23. Chicago Bears
  24. Miami Dolphins
  25. New Orleans Saints
  26. Jacksonville Jaguars
  27. San Diego Chargers
  28. Baltimore Ravens
  29. Dallas Cowboys
  30. Cleveland Browns
  31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. Tennessee Titans

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Score predictions for each week 16 game

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Author: Joey Carr

Redskins vs. Eagles: Saturday December 26th 8:25 p.m.
Prediction: WAS 30 PHI 22
Kirk Cousins: 280 yards 3 TD’s
Demarco Murray: 4 yards 4 carries

Colts vs. Dolphins: Sunday December 27th 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: MIA 20 IND 17
Lamar Miller: 115 yards rushing 1 TD
Matt Hasselbeck: 200 yards 2 INT’s

Bears vs. Buccaneers: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: TB 27 CHI 17
Jameis Winston: 250 yards passing 2 TD’s
Doug Martin: 100 yards rushing 1 TD

Browns vs. Chiefs: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: KC 34 CLE 20
Alex Smith: 300 yards 3 TD’s
Charcandrick West: 80 yards rushing 1 TD

Patriots vs. Jets: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: NE 27 NYJ 23
Tom Brady: 310 yards 2 TD’s
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 280 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT

Cowboys vs. Bills: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: BUF 20 DAL 13
Tyrod Taylor: 250 yards passing 2 TD’s
Sammy Watkins: 110 yards 2 TD’s

Panthers vs. Falcons: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: CAR 28 ATL 23
Cam Newton: 250 yards passing 3 TD’s
Julio Jones: 100 yards 1 TD

49ers vs. Lions: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: SF 23 DET 21
Blaine Gabbert: 200 yards passing 2 TD’s 1 INT
Calvin Johnson: 60 yards

Texans vs. Titans: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: TEN 21 HOU 20
Brandon Weeden: 180 yards 1 TD 3 INT’s
Zach Mettenberger: 230 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT

Steelers vs. Ravens: 1:00 p.m.
Prediction: PIT 34 BAL 14
Ben Roethlisberger: 340 yards 4 TD’s
Antonio Brown: 170 yards 2 TD’s

Jaguars vs. Saints: 4:05 p.m.
Prediction: JAX 26 NO 24
Blake Bortles: 260 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT
Allen Robinson: 110 yards 1TD
Drew Brees: 250 yards 3 TD’s

Rams vs. Seahawks: 4:25 p.m.
Prediction: STL 24 SEA 23
Todd Gurley: 140 yards 2 TD’s
Russell Wilson: 230 yards passing 2 TD’s 1 INT

Packers vs. Cardinals: 4:25 p.m.
Prediction: ARI 31 GB 28
Carson Palmer: 300 yards 3 TD’s 1 INT
Aaron Rodgers: 280 yards 3 TD’s

Giants vs. Vikings: 8:30 p.m.
Prediction: MIN 25 NYG 20
Teddy Bridgewater: 210 yards passing 2 TD’s
Adrian Peterson: 105 yards 1 TD
Eli Manning: 230 yards 1 TD 3 INT’s

Bengals vs. Broncos: Monday December 28th 8:30 p.m.
Prediction: DEN 21 CIN 17
Brock Osweiler: 220 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT
A.J. Green: 80 yards 1 TD

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on November 26, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

Week 16 Power Rankings

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Author: Joey Carr

1. Carolina Panthers
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. New England Patriots
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. Denver Broncos
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Green Bay Packers
10. New York Jets
11. Minnesota Vikings
12. Washington Redskins
13. Houston Texans
14. Philadelphia Eagles
15. New York Giants
16. Atlanta Falcons
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Oakland Raiders
19. Indianapolis Colts
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
21. St. Louis Rams
22. Buffalo Bills
23. Miami Dolphins
24. Detroit Lions
25. Chicago Bears
26. New Orleans Saints
27. San Francisco 49ers
28. Cleveland Browns
29. Dallas Cowboys
30. San Diego Chargers
31. Baltimore Ravens
32. Tennessee Titans

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NFL schedule: Quick hits from a wild NFL Sunday

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Author: Joey Carr

Odell Beckham Jr. Suspended 1 game for his Actions

Probably the most entertaining thing that occurred on Sunday was the near all-out brawl between Giants offensive star Odell Beckham and Panthers stud cornerback Josh Norman. There was a ton of hype surrounding this particular matchup leading up to Sunday’s game between Carolina and New York. Norman had made the star receivers of the league (Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Desean Jackson to name a few) irrelevant in his previous games, but Beckham is a different type of monster. This was no doubt going to be an engaging matchup, but what ensued was nothing less than disturbing. In the first half, Norman held Beckham to no catches, but that wasn’t the biggest story; the two young stars were going at each other’s throats all half long, pushing each other violently and knocking each other down on almost every play, and the second half was no better. Beckham began to gain some yards and get under Norman’s skin, but his mindset hadn’t changed; in the fourth quarter, on a running play, the former LSU standout charged at Norman, put his head down, and rammed into the cornerback’s head. He was not ejected, if you can believe that, but was suspended 1 game by the NFL today. He is expected to appeal, but I can’t see any way that he wins that appeal. The Giants have a huge game against the Vikings next week, and without Beckham, their chances of winning go down dramatically, which would effectively eliminate them from playoff contention.

Seattle, Chiefs, and Steelers all Stay Hot, Remain in Playoff Contention

If you can somehow believe this, the Kansas City Chiefs were once 1-6. The Seattle Seahawks were 2-4. The Pittsburgh Steelers were starting Michael Vick and Landry Jones at one point in the season without Le’Veon Bell in the backfield. However, here they are all, right in the thick of the playoff hunt. Seattle has already clinched a spot in the NFC bracket, but the Chiefs and Steelers both need to win out and get some help from their AFC foes in order for them both play January football. However, what they’ve all done is pretty amazing, and one thing’s for sure: no team wants to play Seattle, Pitt, or KC come playoff time.

Injuries Continue to Plague the League

Is it me, or does it seem like injuries have been more rampant than ever this year? Before the season even started, ACL injuries were making their way to nearly every training camp. Kevin White, Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, Orlando Scandrick, and Ryan Clady are just a few names that haven’t played a down in 2015 due to ACL injuries, and there are plenty more where they came from. Quarterbacks have been missing games more than ever (Big Ben, Andy Dalton Peyton Manning), and some teams, like the Patriots, have been decimated by the injury bug. For example: New England promoted running back Joey Iosefa from the practice squad for yesterday’s game. Iosefa is an undrafted rookie out of Hawaii who was cut by Tampa Bay because they felt he wasn’t good enough; but now, he’s racking up 51 yards in week 15 for the defending champs. Injuries have been the name of the game this season, and if it doesn’t end soon, we might be seeing an AFC South vs. NFC East Super Bowl this year (maybe not that extreme but you get my point).

Cam Newton has all but Shored Up the MVP Award

If I’m being perfectly honest, I do not like Cam Newton. I think he is a showoff and too cocky for his own britches that has some inflated stats; however, he is the MVP this season, hands down. Schedule and inflated stats (most of his touchdown passes are from 3 yards out) aside, Newton has played very well this year; he’s led the Panthers to an undefeated record and his offense is the best in the NFL, scoring over 30 points almost every game this season. Yesterday, he directed a perfectly executed 2-minute drill to set up the game winning field goal against New York after squandering a 28 point lead in the second half. Of course, Carolina hasn’t played the best teams this year (they’ve played 1…. Yes 1 team with a record of over .500) but Cam has done a good job of winning the games he’s supposed to win. It’ll be interesting to see how the Panthers play when they play a good Seattle team or a tough Arizona squad in the playoffs, where Carolina is not the best team; I’ll have my popcorn ready when it happens though.

The AFC South and the NFC East are Still Bad

Get this: the 5-9 Jacksonville Jaguars are still alive in the race for the AFC South crown. The 4-10 Dallas Cowboys were JUST NOW eliminated from the NFC East Title. Historically, these are two of the worst divisions in NFL history; we could possibly see a three way 7-9 tie in the NFC East, and who knows who’s going to walk away with the AFC South. The Houston Texans are currently in the lead after defeating the Colts yesterday, but we would be naïve to think that they’re going to hold onto it. Meanwhile in the NFC East, the Eagles, yes the Eagles, are in the best position to win the division, but only because they own the tiebreaker. They play the Redskins in the final game of the season, which could ultimately decide the division.

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