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Denver Broncos: 2015 Record: 12-4

2016 Projected Record: 7-9

Key Additions: Donald Stephenson, Russell Okung, Mark Sanchez?????

Key Losses: Peyton Manning, Danny Trevathan, Malik Jackson

With Denver their whole season depends on the QB play from Trevor Siemian (and if Mark Sanchez is still there). Although it’s preseason I haven’t seen anything that proves that Siemian can be a starting QB in this league. The Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the 1st Round but he’s a project at the QB position and I don’t believe he’ll be ready to start this year.

The Broncos almost lost C.J Anderson to the Dolphins in free agency but the Broncos decided to match the offer. The running game was vital for the Broncos in the 2nd half of the year & the playoffs. In week 12 last year C.J Anderson had 113 yards & 2 TDs against the Patriots with one of them being a 48 yard run in overtime to win it. I’m not worried about the Broncos’ receivers cause they’re one of the best groups in the NFL I’m worried about who’s getting them the ball.

Denver’s defense is definitely it’s strong point. Denver has the best defense in my opinion with one of the best pass rushes in the league. Their pass rush is of course led by Von Miller who has 60 sacks in his first 5 years. The Broncos also still have Demarcus Ware on the other side to wreak havoc. The Broncos lost Danny Trevathan to the Bears in free agency but they still have Brandon Marshall in the middle.

The Broncos’ secondary is labeled as the “No Fly Zone” and it shows. They’re led by arguably the best CB group with Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.,& Bradley Roby. The secondary of the Broncos had 4 INTs that went for TDs which was tied for the league lead (the other 2 teams were the Arizona Cardinals & Carolina Panthers). I see the Broncos being a .500 team solely on the fact there’s a big question at the QB position.

Kansas City Chiefs: 2015 Record: 11-5

2016 Projected Record: 9-7

Key Additions: Chris Jones (draft)

Key Losses: Sean Smith, Ben Grubbs

The Chief’s offense is still led by Alex Smith (is that a good thing?). I don’t know if I’m the only one but I think this offense is held back by the limitations of Alex Smith’s arm. He’s a QB that won’t lose you games by making bad plays but he also isn’t going to be a QB that can bring you back to win a game from behind. Alex Smith has yet to throw for 3,500 yards & 24+ TDs.

The Chiefs are hoping that Jamaal Charles can come back healthy this year. Charles in his 8 year career has NEVER played a full season & it’d be hard to think that he’ll start this year coming off a torn ACL. He is key to what the offense does with his dual threat ability out of the backfield. The Chiefs receivers are led by Jeremy Maclin… yep that might be about it. The main threat in an Alex Smith offense is the TE & Travis Kelce is one of the best in the NFL. Kelce was the 6th leading receiving TE with 875 yards in 2015.

The defense is also the strong point of the Chiefs. Their D-Line is led by Dontari Poe in the middle. Poe is one of the best nose tackles in the NFL. Of course the Chiefs still have Tamba Hali & Justin Houston on the outside to create their pass rush but it is unknown when Houston will play this coming off a knee injury in 2015. Houston has been one of the best pass rushers in the league with 56 sacks in his 5 year career.

The secondary of the Chiefs is led with Marcus Peters. Peters in his rookie year in 2015 had 8 interceptions to tie the league lead with Reggie Nelson. Chiefs are obviously hoping for similar production from him. The Chiefs lost Sean Smith to the Raiders and now start their 3rd round pick Steven Nelson opposite Peters. This Chiefs team is pretty good but that’s about it so I have them going 9-7.

Oakland Raiders: 2015 Record: 7-9

2016 Projected Record: 10-6

Key Additions: Reggie Nelson, Bruce Irvin, Kelechi Osemele, Sean Smith

Key Losses: Curtis Lofton

The Oakland Raiders have one of my favorite young QBs in Derek Carr. Last year Carr threw for 3,987 yards, 32 TDs & 13 INTs. In 2015 we saw the connection that him and Amari Cooper have. I see Carr having an even better season in his 3rd year.

The Raider’s running game is pretty good especially if Latavius Murray can do what he did last year. In 2015 Murray rushed for 1,066 yards & 6 TDs. Murray is a very dynamic back who also added 41 catches for 232 yards. The receivers of the Raiders are Michael Crabtree & Amari Cooper. Crabtree had 85 receptions for 922 yards & 9 TDs while Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards & 6 TDs.

The Raiders now have an improved pass rush with Bruce Irvin now on their roster. The Raiders now have Khalil Mack & Bruce Irvin to rush the passer which sounds scary. Khalil Mack had 15 sacks last year which was 2nd in the NFL only to J.J Watt’s 17.5.

The Raider’s secondary added 2 new guys in Sean Smith & Reggie Nelson. They also still have David Amerson who has shown signs of improvement. Reggie Nelson was tied for the league lead in interceptions with 8 with Marcus Peters. Sean Smith is a big physical corner that can help stop the run. Here’s another “Am I going insane?” predictions like I did with the Jaguars (check out my AFC South Preview). I have Raiders winning the AFC West at 10-6.

San Diego Chargers: 2015 Record: 4-12

2016 Projected Record: 5-11

Key Additions: Joey Bosa (draft), Casey Hayward, Travis Benjamin

Key Losses: Not really anyone

The Chargers have Philip Rivers at the helm still for his 13th season. Rivers has always been one of those good but not great QBs for me. The good thing for Rivers is that he’s played in all 16 games in every year of his career besides the 2 years he sat behind Drew Brees.

The running game for the Chargers was abysmal last year. They were ranked 31st in the league in total rushing yards with only 1,358 yards & had as many fumbles as TDs with 4. Melvin Gordon has to improve from his rookie year last year which shouldn’t be too hard to do. Gordon last year only had 641 yards on 184 carries & had 0 TDs. He also added 5 fumbles which is another thing he needs to fix. The Chargers get Keenan Allen back from injury which is huge for them cause he looked like he was on pace to have a top 5 WR year in the 8 games he played in.

The Chargers defense has a lot to be desired. The Chargers have a couple bright spots and one of those is Melvin Ingram. Ingram had his best year last year with 10.5 sacks & 3 forced fumbles. The Chargers also drafted Joey Bosa with the 3rd pick to bolster their defensive line. Of course everyone knows about the holdout that went on but now that is finally over so I expect him to make a huge impact on their defense.

 

The Chargers secondary should be improved with the addition of Casey Hayward from the Packers. One of the other bright spots on this team is Jason Verrett. A lot of people consider Verrett as a top 5 CB in the NFL. Verrett finished 2015 with 47 tackles, 3 INTs, & 1 TD. The Chargers are a below average & I don’t see that changing unless their run game & defense drastically improve.

Final Prediction: Raiders win the division at 10-6. What a time to be alive if Jaguars & Raiders make the playoffs.

I will be concluding my AFC review with the AFC East in my next article.

 

 

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Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram

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Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).

Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.

According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”

Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.

Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.

According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.

“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.

In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.

Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).

“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”

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Broncos’ Chad Kelly Arrested

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Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespassing by police in Englewood, Colorado for an incident that took place on Tuesday morning, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Kelly dropped in the NFL draft back in 2017 following character concerns causing multiple red flags for teams.

Kelly was kicked from the Clemson team back in 2014 for “conduct detrimental to the team”, and was arrested eight months later for allegedly punching a bouncer at a bar, threatening to open gun fire in said bar, and getting into a fist fight with responding officers during his arrest.

Kelly likely now faces serious charges upon investigation and the Broncos will likely part ways with the signal caller. Kelly also faces a potential suspension from the league.

 

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2018 Opponents Set For Each NFL Team

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Now that the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 season right?

Just like eating at some of the top restaurants in the nation, it’s good to know what’s on your plate next, regardless of how far away you are from your next dish.

Here is the rundown of the opponents for each NFL team in 2018:

AFC EAST

 

New England Patriots
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore Ravens
Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Cleveland Browns
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Tennessee Titans
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts
Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Houston Texans
Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

AFC WEST

 

Kansas City Chiefs
Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

NFC EAST

 

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

NFC NORTH

 

Minnesota Vikings
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears
Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

NFC SOUTH

 

New Orleans Saints
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Carolina Panthers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons
Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

NFC WEST

 

Los Angeles Rams
Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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