Week 17 Power Rankings

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  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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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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Pettine and the Browns dropped the ball by sitting Manziel:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Cleveland Browns had a chance to go 2-1 this past Sunday when they took on the Oakland Raiders. They had just beat the Tennessee Titans 28-14 a week before and the Raiders were another winnable game on the schedule. That was before the Browns made the poor decision of starting Josh McCown as their starting quarterback for the week. The Browns have been 0-1 this season when starting Josh McCown at the quarterback position. While Manziel had just led the Browns to a 28-14 win over the Titans. It was clear who the better choice was to lead this team after last week, yet Mike Pettine has remained firm in his flat out dislike of Johnny Football. While all last year and even in the preseason this year it was clear Pettine didn’t like Manziel. This past Sunday marked the first time that Manziel had produced enough where it was undeniable that he was the better option. Pettine showed his stubbornness by neglecting to realize the situation and ultimately deciding to stick with McCown. That decision single handedly cost this Browns team a win. Putting the team at 1-2 with their backs against the wall, rather than 2-1 and feeling optimistic about the rest of the season. While Pettine has made it clear that he wants to put a lot of emphasis on leadership. It’s his poor leadership in the end that has the Browns playing below the level they are capable of. While all offseason and in the preseason it was discussed whether or not this team needs to make a quarterback change. It is clear now that the only thing the Cleveland Browns need is a head coaching change. The most important form of leadership in football. Browns fans deserve better and so does Johnny Manziel.

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The 0-2 Teams that are in the Most Trouble

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The 0-2 Teams that are in the Most Trouble No matter how you script it, there will always be teams that start the season slower than others. These sluggish starts sometimes can be attributed to injuries, personnel turnover, or just sloppy play. Many expected the Titans and Bucs to lose their first couple of games due to the fact that they have two rookies under center who are still trying to get the lay of the land. However, they’re both 1-1 and have looked decent thus far, with Jameis Winston outshining Drew Brees in New Orleans this past Sunday. The Titans and Bucs join a few other lower tier teams from last year in the 1-1 club, including the Jaguars and Browns. In fact, the only teams that are 0-2, with the exception of the Bears, had high playoff aspirations coming into this year. But after some turbulent starts, they’re just trying to stay afloat in their divisions. Out of the 0-2 teams, which include: the Seahawks, Colts, Eagles, Saints, Giants, Lions, Bears, Ravens, and Texans, there are a few teams in particular that should be hitting the panic button sooner rather than later.

Eagles- The Philadelphia Eagles are arguably the most disappointing team out of the gate. They have no running attack, even though they landed 2014 rushing champ DeMarco Murray in free agency, an average passing game with Sam Bradford, and a defense that has nothing too special about it. The additions of Bradford and Murray paired with the offensive mind of head coach Chip Kelly was supposed to elevate this offense to new heights but instead they’re ranked 25th in the league in total yards with 312.5. However, that number is a bit misleading due to the fact the Eagles have a pitiful 70 yards of rushing on the year. DeMarco Murray has 11 of those yards. 11. LeSean McCoy on the other hand has 130 yards rushing, who was traded by Philly to the Bills in the offseason for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who is now out for some time with a partial ACL tear. To sum it up, the Eagles have nothing going on offense, looking stagnant most of the time due to the issue that the offense Chip Kelly wants to run isn’t working because he doesn’t have the right personnel to execute it. The defense is giving up an average of 377 yards per game, which isn’t going to cut it with the offense averaging a mere 17 points per game. If Philly can’t right the ship within the next couple of weeks, we might be seeing a roster overhaul come midseason. However, if they can turn things around, they have a decent shot at winning the NFC East with the Giants at 0-2 and the Cowboys without Tony Romo.

Ravens- Last year, the Ravens were one interception away from reaching the AFC Championship. This year, they’ve lost to an aging Peyton Manning in week 1 and the Oakland Raiders in week 2, resulting in an 0-2 record. Their defense looked tremendous against Denver, allowing only field goals and one touchdown late in the game. However, they lost their anchor on defense, Terrell Suggs, for the year with an achilles tear, which is a huge blow to morale and performance overall. The loss of Suggs really showed in their next game against the Raiders, when they allowed 37 points to last year’s 26th ranked offense. Derek Carr picked apart the Ravens secondary, passing for 351 yards and tossing 3 touchdowns in the process, including a 68-yard bomb to Amari Cooper. This is obviously a concern, as the Raiders shouldn’t be able to dissect a defense that was supposed to be top 10 in the league. The offense is also an issue, as it has been very inconsistent over the past two games. Justin Forsett, who was one of the top rushers a year ago, hasn’t been able to get anything going on the ground, managing only 111 yards on 29 carries. If the Ravens want to capture that elusive AFC North Title, they’ll have to shore up their defense and run game and find a way to start winning games, as they have suffered last minute losses in both of their games.

Colts- “Finally their year to reach the Super Bowl.” “Andrew Luck is the favorite to win the MVP Trophy this season.” “This offense could possibly be the best we’ve ever seen.” All of these were things we heard before the season about the Indianapolis Colts. Each year they’ve had Andrew Luck, they’ve progressed one round in the playoffs, and this year was their year to reach the Super Bowl after falling to New England in the AFC Championship last year. They added proven skill players in Frank Gore and Andre Johnson in the offseason, hoping age wasn’t going to be an issue with either of them. They would be getting Robert Mathis back, who in 2013 had 19.5 sacks but missed all of last season due to injury. They added a couple more players to their defensive and offensive lines and of course, still had Andrew Luck, who led all quarterbacks in yards last year. The talent on the roster seemed like it was a recipe for success and Indy could book a plane ticket to Santa Clara, California. But so far, the Colts are living a nightmare instead of a fairy tale. The offense that was believed to be one of the best in the league has only scrounged up 21 points in two games, almost getting shut out by the Jets on Monday night. Andrew Luck has thrown 5 interceptions and coughed up one fumble. Frank Gore has shown to be ineffective so far and even fumbled on the goal line in the loss against the Jets. The defense is letting the opposing offenses walk over them, as they are giving up 343 yards per game so far. The offensive line can’t protect Luck at all, causing him to throw erroneous passes into No Man’s Land half the time. This team is anything but a Super Bowl favorite right now. The high aspirations Colts fans had going into the season are disappearing and some fans are surely pounding the panic button. Some boos could even be heard from the crowd on Monday night. Indy has got to find a way to get their offense back on track otherwise they’ll let Marcus Mariota and the Titans steal away the AFC South from them.

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Roethlisberger and the Steelers give the San Francisco 49ers the juice:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Even though the Steelers came up short against New England in their opener. Football analyst knew it was only a matter of time before the Steelers offense broke out and did great things. That finally happened in week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. In the match up which took place at Heinz field, the Steelers were able to get out in front early striking quickly against the Niners. Ben Roethlisberger looked in charge and in control all night and the Steelers had a commanding 29-3 lead at halftime. Roethlisberger would contribute 3 touchdown passes and 369 passing yards. Completing 21 of 27 passes and compiling a 155.8 passer rating. It was evident that his deep ball is a weapon to be feared at this point for the Steelers. Roethlisberger was able to complete a number of bombs against the 49ers really showing off his deep pass accuracy. He took advantage of the Niners secondary time and time again. Whether it was connecting with Darrius Heward-Bey on a 35 yard touchdown pass. Or hitting Markus Wheaton on a 48 yard strike which had Niners defensive backs arguing their assignments with each other. If you’re a Ben Roethlisberger fantasy football owner you’re likely going to be enjoying a fine year of production from the former Miami of Ohio Quarterback. Other notable performers for this Steelers offense were DeAngelo Williams who has been on fire for the Steelers so far. He has rushed for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns over the first two games of the season. Showing that maybe the Steelers ground attack is a result of the whole unit being strong rather than just Le’Veon Bell being the star. The offensive line seems to open holes no matter who is in the backfield. However Williams has been phenomenal with ball in his hands and has made the most of his opportunities. Antonio Brown was also a force for the Steelers in that match recording 9 receptions for 195 yards. Brown is showing yet again why he is one of the best receivers in the National Football League after his dominant performance in 2014. This season over the course of two games he has been able to haul in 18 receptions for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns. Good enough to have him right back in the hunt for the #1 receiver spot in the league. Keep an eye on all of these playmaker and what they are able to do throughout the regular season. Because of them they were able to finish this game against the Niners with a 43-18 victory. Thus far it’s been a lot of fun to watch!

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