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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 10



I love taking chances in fantasy football. Last week my team was 3-5 & I had Russell Wilson & Mark Ingram in my lineup. Wilson was coming off his 3rd straight week without a touchdown & Ingram was coming off a -2 point performance against Seattle where he was benched for fumbling the ball. But in Week 9 I said “what the heck I have nothing to lose” & played them both & it worked out in my favor. Wilson scored 26 points & Ingram got me 30 points in a victory. Now I have hope at 4-5! Now is it false hope? Maybe so but it is hope nonetheless. Alright remember my choices are based on PPR scoring.

Top 3 Performers of Week 9:

Mike Evans: 39 points

Matt Ryan: 35 points

Melvin Gordon: 35 points

QBs to start in Week 10:

Carson Wentz (vs. Falcons): Wentz has struggled the past four games throwing just 2 touchdowns & has 5 turnovers in those games as well. This week may be the week Wentz gets back on track as he plays the Falcons who have allowed the most points to opposing QBs & have allowed the most passing touchdowns (23). This week I like Wentz as a bye week fill in for guys like Tyrod Taylor, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, or if you’re QB has a bad matchup Wentz might be worth a look.

Carson Palmer (vs. 49ers): I know Palmer has struggled this season but he plays the 1-7 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Cardinals are coming off their bye week & I look for Palmer to improve on his disappointing season so far. I believe the Cardinals will easily be able to run on this 49ers defense & in turn will be able to set up their passing game through their running game. The 49ers have allowed the 13th most points to QBs this season. Again there are 4 fantasy relevant QBs on bye weeks so Palmer is a nice fill in option.

My Star QB of the Week: Aaron Rodgers (vs. Titans): Rodgers has been “struggling” to some but right now he is the 3rd best fantasy QB this season behind just Matt Ryan & Drew Brees. Rodgers has also scored a total of 101 points the past 3 weeks & I don’t see him slowing down this week against a middle of the pack Titans defense. Titans have allowed the 10th most points to opposing QBs.

Under the Radar QB: Joe Flacco (vs. Browns): This is strictly a matchup based decision. Anyone is a good choice to play against the Browns in fantasy. Flacco is struggling but if there’s any week you can shake off some rust it’s a game against Cleveland, who have allowed the 3rd most points to QBs & have allowed the 2nd most passing touchdowns to QBs as well.

QBs to sit in Week 10: 

Kirk Cousins (vs. Vikings): Cousins has been surprisingly good in fantasy this season but this week he faces a tough Vikings defense. The Vikings have lost 3 straight but their defense is still very good. The Vikings defense this season has allowed the 2nd least amount of points to QBs & have allowed just 8 touchdowns while also getting 10 interceptions. If I can avoid playing Cousins this week I am.

Blake Bortles (vs. Texans): Bortles is one of those players that isn’t good at all as an NFL QB but looks good at times as a fantasy QB. Bortles has 7 more points this year than Kirk Cousins but this week he goes against a stingy Texans defense. The Texans have allowed the 4th least points to QBs. I’m not starting Bortles unless you firmly believe he’s going to get you a bunch of points in garbage time.

RBs to start in Week 10: 

Jay Ajayi (vs. Chargers): I’m now a believer of Jay Ajayi. All aboard the Ajayi train! Ajayi has scored 82 fantasy points the past 3 weeks since being made the full time starter in Miami & has looked very good in those games. Ajayi started the season as the backup to Arian Foster & was actually told to stay home in their Week 1 game against the Seahawks because he didn’t handle the news of Foster starting well. Now he’s the starter & Arian Foster has been retired a couple weeks. Ajayi plays the Chargers who have allowed the 4th most points to opposing RBs.

Mark Ingram (vs. Broncos): Ingram is coming off a huge performance in Week 9 where he scored 30 fantasy points after being benched in Week 8. Yes, I know it came against the 49ers but guess what? Teams can run on this Broncos defense as well. Latavius Murray showed that in Week 9 where he rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries & also scored 3 touchdowns. The Broncos have actually allowed the 5th most points to opposing RBs this season. I’m no longer scared to start RBs against the Broncos.

My Star RB of the Week: David Johnson (vs. 49ers): Wow what a crazy pick from me. Johnson has been unstoppable this season having at least 100 yards per game this season in every game so far. Johnson is coming off a bye & will be going against the 49ers in Week 10. The 49ers have allowed the most points to opposing RBs & are tied for the most rushing touchdowns allowed (12).

Under the Radar RB: Terrance West (vs. Browns): West has been through a rough stretch the past 2 games rushing for just 31 yards on 23 carries for a total of 4 points in those 2 games. But again if there’s a game you can end a rough stretch it’s against a team like the winless Browns. The Browns have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing RBs & have also allowed 12 rushing touchdowns.

RBs to sit in Week 10: 

Isaiah Crowell (vs. Ravens): Crowell is actually the 11th best RB in fantasy this season & as been one of the few bright spots on that team. Crowell has scored 39 points the past 3 weeks which isn’t too bad but his week he plays the Ravens who have a very underrated defense. The Ravens are coming off a game where they shut down Le’Veon Bell to just 32 yards rushing. The Ravens have allowed the least amount of points to RBs this season.

Christine Michael (vs. Patriots): I think it’s about that time to give up on Michael as being a legit fantasy RB. The Seahawks don’t seem to be relying on their running game to setup their passing game like they used to & therefore Michael has gotten a limited amount of touches. The past 3 week he has just 21 carries for 93 yards. Also Michael has been splitting the workload with C.J Prosise & will probably be even more limited when Thomas Rawls comes back from injury.

WRs to start in Week 10: 

Jordan Matthews (vs. Falcons): Matthews isn’t a particularly good NFL WR at least in my eyes but he’s the number 1 receiving threat for the Eagles. Matthews has had 37 points the past 2 weeks & I see him continuing his impressive performances against a struggling Falcons secondary. The Falcons have allowed the most points to opposing WRs.

Alshon Jeffery (vs. Buccaneers): Jeffery is finally fantasy relevant again with Jay Cutler back. We saw Jeffery finally get into the end zone for the first time in Week 8 before the Bears bye week in Week 9. This week Jeffery plays the Bucs who have not been good in the pass & have allowed the 5th most points to opposing WRs.

My Star WR of the Week: Mike Evans (vs. Bears): Mike Evans is an absolute freak. In Week 9 Evans had 11 catches for 150 yards & 2 touchdowns against the Falcons. The most impressive part is teams know he’s getting the ball & he still is able to put up big stats. Evans has also been the most targeted WR this season with 103 targets this year so the volume is there. The Bears have allowed the 4th most points to WRs this season so I expect another huge week from Evans.

Under the Radar WR: Kenny Britt (vs. Jets): I know the Rams offense has been horrific this season but the most consistent guy has been Kenny Britt. It’s hard to trust a guy with Case Keenum throwing him the ball but Britt has had 4+ catches in 7 out of the 8 games the Rams have played so far. Britt also plays the Jets who have allowed the 2nd most points to WRs.

WRs to sit in Week 10: 

Willie Snead (vs. Broncos): Yeah, I know the Saints are at home & are completely better on offense there but Snead is the 3rd WR on the Saints & seems to be the most fantasy irrelevant out of their top 3 WRs. Snead has also gone 6 straight weeks without a touchdown & this week he plays the Broncos who have allowed the least amount of points to opposing WRs this year so I don’t see him finding the end zone this week.

Jamison Crowder (vs. Vikings): Crowder the past 2 weeks has been impressive catching 16 passes for 215 yards & a touchdown which totaled 42 for him in those games. This week Desean Jackson is out with an injury so he could see more targets but I don’t see that helping him much. Crowder is playing the Vikings who have allowed the 2nd least amount of points to WRs.

TEs to start in Week 10: 

Zach Ertz (vs. Falcons): Ertz in Week 9 finally looked he did last season. Ertz finished with 8 receptions for 97 yards but was still unable to score a touchdown. This week he takes on the Falcons who have allowed the 4th most points to TEs & who have also allowed 6 touchdowns to TEs. I believe this Sunday is the first game this year he reaches the end zone.

Dennis Pitta (vs. Browns): Pitta hasn’t been that good this season but could change that against the Browns. Pitta, like Ertz has also been unable to reach the end zone this season which is kind of surprising with the fact he’s had Joe Flacco throwing him the ball. I might be crazy but I also believe he ends his rough streak of no touchdowns like I do with Ertz.

My Star TE of the Week: Travis Kelce (vs. Panthers): I’m not just putting him here because he did what every football player has wanted to do at some point: throw a flag on a ref. Kelce has been the 5th best TE in fantasy & has Alex Smith back from injury this week. They also play the Panthers who have allowed the 3rd most points to TEs this season.

Under the Radar TE: Lance Kendricks (vs. Jets): Kendricks is coming off his best week in Week 9 where he scored 16 points against the Panthers on 7 catches for 90 yards. Again it’s hard to trust a guy in this Rams offense but he plays the Jets this week who have allowed the 9th most points to opposing TEs.

TEs to sit in Week 10: 

Gary Barnidge (vs. Ravens): Barnidge is also one of those TEs that has failed to score a touchdown but unlike the other 2 I talked about he has the worst matchup. Barnidge plays the Ravens who are quietly a great defense & have allowed the 2nd least amount of points to opposing TEs.

Julius Thomas (vs. Texans): Thomas has been a boom or bust TE all season so far. He;s cored 11+ points in 4 out of the 8 weeks but in the other 4 weeks he’s scored 4 or less (0 in Week 4 because he was out with injury). If you intend to play Thomas you’re relying on him to get a garbage touchdown pretty much with Blake Bortles as QB. Texans have allowed the 4th least amount of points to TEs.

DEF/STs to start in Week 10:

Houston Texans (vs. Jaguars): This Jaguars offense has been absolutely terrible this season & mostly because of the bad QB play from Blake Bortles. Bortles will be going against the Texans who have Whitney Mercilus & Jadeveon Clowney rushing the passer & have Johnathan Joseph & Kareem Jackson in the secondary.

Baltimore Ravens (vs. Browns): It’s about time people start to realize that this Ravens defense is pretty good. They completely shut down the high powered Steelers offense. They play the Browns offense so I shouldn’t have to explain myself with this one.

DEF/STs to sit in Week 10:

Seattle Seahawks (vs. Patriots): I know the Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the NFL but they’re coming off a game where they allowed a Bills offense to score 25 points. If the Bills can put up 25 points I can’t imagine what the Patriots can do. It’s hard to bench the Seahawks defense but there’s probably defenses out there that you can pick up that will score more points this week.

Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Falcons): The Eagles have been a pretty solid defense this season but were unable to stop the Giants in Week 9. The Eagles face the best offense in the NFL with the Falcons so I would avoid starting the Eagles defense if I can.

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5 Fantasy Players To Roll the Dice On Week 1



Fantasy football is all about staying healthy, match-ups and a little bit of luck if you want to win your league. Remember, nobody at work wants to hear about who you drafted in the 8th round, (fantasy players included). One thing you can control however is doing your research and trying to take advantage of match-ups.

It is a given that guys like Laveon Bell, D. Johnson and Odell Beckham are going to be must starts every week. It is the tier two guys you really want to maximize. With that being said here are 5 players you might want to have active this week for your fantasy lineup.

Ben Roethlisburger, Pittsburgh Quarterback – Match-up: @ Cleveland Browns

Big Ben has the best receiver in the league as well as Le’Veon Bell back in the fold and they are going up against a Cleveland defense who just traded away their best player in the secondary. You can count on the usual suspects to eat but if you grabbed Ben in those later rounds he might be a sneaky play week 1 against a defense that will be less than stellar.

Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Running Back – Match-up: @ New England Patriots

New England will most likely win this game but look for Hunt to have every opportunity to make plays for the Chiefs. He is Andy Reid’s guy for now and in the past guys like LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles have benefited from being the guy for Reid. He can catch out the backfield which makes him a duel threat even in a PPR league. He’s got a low center of gravity which makes him hard to take down. Put Hunt in your lineup this week.

Alec Ogletree and the Rams defense might be a good play in week 1. (photo credit: USA Today Sports)

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Tight End – Match-up: vs New Orleans Saints

Last year Rudolph had 128 targets and ranked top four in receptions, yards, touchdowns and end zone targets (11). Rudolph finished second at the position in fantasy points. He is going up against a weak New Orleans secondary so do be surprised if Rudolph grabs a touchdown or two.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Wide Receiver – Match-up: vs New Orleans Saints

Last season the Saints had the worst pass defense in the entire NFL (yes there seems to be a pattern here). Diggs is the #1 guy at receiver coming out of camp so look for him to have plenty of targets against a less than stellar secondary. He does have big play potential and two 13 catch games on his resume from last year. I would rate Diggs as a must start this week.

Los Angeles Rams – Match-up vs Indianapolis Colts

Without googling tell who is going to be at QB for the Colts this Sunday? … Exactly. We don’t know either. Furthermore, no disrespect to Frank Gore but is the starting tailback for this offense and this is year 13 for him. The numbers don’t really look good for this Colts offense. So yes, this post isn’t so much about the Rams defense as it is the lack of Colts offense. Defenses are a dime a dozen, pick the Rams up and see what the do for you this weekend.

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Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Team PPR



It is almost time for the Fantasy Football drafts to take place and many players are reading articles and doing mock drafts to develop their strategy.

We decided to do a mock draft and give you some insight as to some of the strategy that we use.

You’re welcome.

We decided to do a 12 team PPR mock draft.

If you are a beginner PPR simply means players get points per reception when they add up the scoring.

Every strategy is different based on where you are drafting and we randomly got selected to pick 12th.

Picking at the end of the first round is both a blessing and a curse because you get two picks back to back but after that it seems like you have to wait an eternity to pick again.

If you find out that you have the 12th and 13th picks your first two selections better hit.

You can’t afford to miss on either two.

Round 1 & 2 … Strategy: Best player available

At this position you can forget about Laveon Bell, David Johnson, Antonio Brown or any of those top 10 guys. Fill your que with players that are typically available around that area. (Jordy Nelson, Devonte Freeman, Melvin Gordon, AJ Green, Ty Hilton).

My pick: Demarco Murray … Jay Ajayi

I decided to go ahead and grab both my starting RB’s. There was still some good pass catchers available but if I focus on that the next round I should still be able to get some quality.

photo credit: yahoo sports …Murray rushed for over 1200 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.

Round 2/3 … Strategy: Best Pass Catcher available.

In the meantime since I have to wait for the snake to come all the way back I’m looking at my targets and filling my que.

Never just wait for the time to go by, always be working the draft pool.

My picks: Golden Tate .. Jordan Reed
I was hoping Brandin Cooks would be here but he got snatched up right before my pick.

Tate is in a very pass happy offense and caught 91 balls last year. In a PPR league such as this he is a good pick for a WR1.

Reed was a top 3 tight end and grabbing a guy like him is just as good as having a WR2 at this spot.

Round 3/4 … Strategy: Best player available.

My picks: Matt Ryan … Brandon Marshall
I typically wait to draft my QB but guys like Brady, Rodgers, and Brees if they are still there in the 3rd or 4th round I don’t think it’s a bad idea to jump for them.

Brandon Marshall will be opposite Beckham in New York but he is proven vet and as a WR2 he seems to be a solid pick.

Ryan was last years MVP. If you can grab him a round early, do it.

Round 5/6 … Strategy: Finish out starters / look for depth or handcuffs.

My picks: D.McFadden … Randall Cobb
McFadden will be a starter for the best O-line for the first few weeks of the season.

He should make a good RB3 or even a flex if he gets hot.

Cobb is coming off a 60 catch 4 TD season. If the match-up is right he might be a good flex play on a given week.

Round 6/7 … Strategy: Depth

My picks: Doug Martin … Cameron Brate

Ok these are my homer picks. Admittedly I am a Bucs fan but I think these are quality picks for this round.

Martin will miss the first three games but if he gets that starting job back and holds on to it then I just grabbed a starting running back in the 6th round. Brate will be a solid TE2 this year.

I don’t expect another 8 TD’s but if he gives you 6 that will be good quality at that position.

Round 8/9 … Strategy: Depth

My picks: Phillip Rivers … A. Bolden

Rivers is as about as solid a backup as you can ask for. He is as consistent as they come. Bolden is a bit old but he should still be a serviceable WR.

With Sammy Watkins gone in Buffalo there might be plenty of opportunity for him.

Round 10/11 … Strategy: Best player available

My picks: J. Whitten .. Mohammad Sanu
These are just picks for depth. At this point you just want football players that you wouldn’t mind sticking in on a bye week.

Round 12/13 .. Strategy: Kicker/Defense

I’m a believer of you always save your last two spots for your defense and your kicker. Reason is because nobody ever said that their kicker and defensive team carried them to a fantasy football championship.

My picks: Rams D/ST …. S. Janikowski

I don’t put much research into kickers or defense but I know the Rams have some playmakers and Janikowski has always had a strong leg. That’s good enough for me.

So to recap here is what my starting roster should look like day 1.
QB – Matt Ryan
RB – Demarco Murray
RB – J. Ajayi
WR – Golden Tate
WR – Brandon Marshall
TE – Jordan Reed
FLEX- D. McFadden / R. Cobb / D. Martin (depending on the weekly matchup)
D/ST – Rams
K – Janikowski

QB – P. Rivers
WR – A. Boldin
TE – J. Whitten
WR – M.Sanu

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2016 NFL Season Week 17 Pick ‘Em



We are finally here. Week 17. The end of the NFL season and the beginning of the playoffs.

In many ways, other than week 1, week 17 is the hardest to predict. With many of the playoff positions already determined many teams will be featuring backups or young talent in an effort to preserve their stars for the playoffs or to hasten the impending rebuild.

In fact, only a few games this week have any intrinsic value, and those will be highlighted further in the article. So without further ado, let us take a look at how this season is going to wrap up.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore just got eliminated from the playoffs by their arch-rivals and Cincinnati is desperate for this lost season to come to an end. Neither team has anything to play for, neither are going for the playoffs, nor are they jostling for a high draft pick. Both of these teams are in a hellish middle ground that drives sports fans up the wall.

So what this game comes down to is coaching. Who will get their team better prepared and better motivated to finish the season strong. In that case I will take John Harbaugh over Marvin Lewis. I actually am a big fan of Lewis, but Harbaugh is simply better at getting his players to always play hard and play smart.

I like the Ravens to finish the season strong.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

This game is very important to exactly one man: Tom Savage. Savage is not only trying to give his team momentum entering the playoffs, but he is also auditioning for a starting job next season. Brock Osweiler is obviously not the answer and the Texans are not about to sign another high-priced free agent at quarterback. So the Texans have two options: 1) draft a quarterback for the future, or 2) go all in with Savage. The problem is that Savage has yet to show any real leadership ability or offensive flare. The best that can be said is that he is competent.

Unfortunately, the Titans are in worse shape. Their entire offense is predicated on a strong run game supplemented by an accurate passer who minimizes mistakes. Neither of those two descriptors apply to Matt Cassel.

In the end this game will come down to defensive prowess and the Texans have the better defense.

Texans win.

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cam Newton wants this season to end…desperately. I do not care who the Panthers’ face, a Cam Newton without motivation will not be winning many games; especially behind that awful offensive line.

To make matters worse, the Bucs actually do have something to play for. If the Bucs win and the Lions and Redskins lose, then they would make the playoffs as the last wildcard (if my playoff math is correct). But even without playoff implications, Tampa Bay made some great strides this year and the team as a whole will want to keep that momentum going no matter if it is to the playoffs or to next season.

I like the Buccaneers to take this one.

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

So the Browns got a win. Makes the rest of the season kind of pointless doesn’t it? If you are going to suck that bad, then make history and be the worst ever. But leave it to the Browns to even screw that up. The Steelers do not have much to play for since they have locked up their spot in the postseason.

With all of that being said, Mike Tomlin has never been the type of coach to lay back. He is very aggressive, and in the words of Herm Edwards, plays to win the game. Because of that mentality the Steelers will win, since they are an infinitely better team at this point in time.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

Yet another game with nothing to play for. The Cowboys have locked up the #1 seed along with the first round bye. The funny thing here is that even if the Cowboys decide to rest Dak Prescott, then that means Tony Romo will get the start. For the Eagles it is damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

I do not think Dallas will rest its guys, but even if they do, the Cowboys will still win.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

Oh dear God, are they honestly allowing this game on TV? The Bills fired the brother Ryan and the Jets at this point in time may be the worst team in the league. The problem with the Jets is not talent or even coaching…it’s heart. It is a team full of individuals. There does not seem to be a unity of purpose and it becomes incumbent on the coach and GM to fix that problem.

The Bills’ problem is a much different one. They suffered a rash of injuries at the outset. Personally I felt that Rex Ryan deserved one more year (not Rob Ryan though). But be that as it may, both of these teams are entering the offseason with a lot of questions.

But as for this game, I will take heart over talent every time. Bills get one more feel good win.

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings

A major battle between two majorly disappointing teams. The Vikings started 5-0 and then spiraled out of control as the lack of offensive line help and the absence of a run game sunk what was a promising season for Minnesota.

On the flip side, many in Chicago were looking forward to the team’s progression under John Fox. While very few realistically expected a deep playoff run, many were hoping for at least a winning season with momentum heading into the heart of this rebuild.

Obviously that did not come true for the Bears who with a loss, would complete the worst season in Chicago history for a 16-game schedule.

The Vikings have won games based on defense and special teams and this Bears team is completely incapable of countering either of those. Matt Barkley just threw 5 interceptions last week and the Bears’ special teams are amongst the worst in the league.

The Vikings should win this one walking away.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts

Do not let last week’s performance fool you…the Jaguars still sucks. Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut and after four years Blake Bortles finally put together a decent 4th quarter. The sad thing is that even with the inspired play by Bortles, had Mariota not been injured the Jaguars still likely would have lost.

I would not be surprised to see Jacksonville take a quarterback in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft as an insurance policy.  Indianapolis has not been very good either, but they at least have a reliable quarterback and in this game that is all they are going to need.

I like the Colts to get the W against the lowly Jags.

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

Both teams have not only clinched a playoff spot, but both are locked into their positions as well. But here’s the rub: New England is notorious for resting starters. It was not that long ago that Bill Belichick started Doug Flutie in week 17 against the Dolphins and let Flutie do a drop kick.

Conversely, Adam Gase is changing the culture in Miami and is unlikely to rest anyone. I think Gase feels the team has momentum and wants to keep it going into the playoffs.

I expect the Dolphins to play hard and the Patriots to treat it like a preseason game; therefore I am picking the Dolphins to win this one.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers

There is a lot at stake for the Chiefs here. If the Chiefs win and the Raiders lose, then the Chiefs will be the 2nd seed and get a first round bye. That is huge motivation, especially for a team that has some seasoned veterans on their defense. Kansas City will be fighting hard for that bye.

The Chargers technically have nothing to play for, however; it may be the last game they ever play in San Diego. While southern California is not known for the ferocity of their sports fandom, I have a feeling there will be a good crowd there to send this team off. Furthermore, Philip Rivers loves San Diego and was outspoken in his opposition to the team moving to L.A. and I have a feeling he will come out slinging.

It won’t matter though. I have said repeatedly that the Chiefs may be the most well-rounded team in the NFL and with the motivation to win that they have I can not imagine them losing here.

Chiefs win.

Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams

Are the Cardinals good enough to score points? Yes, they are? Then they are good enough to beat the worst offense in the league. The Rams offense is an absolute joke and the GM should be on the street right along with their former coach.

Cardinals win in what may be the last game of Larry Fitzgerald’s career.

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

The poor Raiders. They looked like a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl, until Derek Carr had his leg broken. Now their hopes land on the shoulder of either Matt McGloin or Connor Cook. It does not look good.

The Broncos’ offense has been terrible, but they are at home and they have that great defense.

I have no faith in that Raider offense without Carr and their defense is not good enough to win them games. I like the Broncos to win here and cost the Raiders that 1st round bye.

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

The Giants are a better team and if they really want to make a push, then I think they would take this game. That being said, the Redskins can still make the playoffs and I have a feeling that the Giants will be conservative and sit some players, leaving it wide open for the Redskins.

Redskins sneak into the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

The Seahawks should rest Russell Wilson and that bad wheel of his, but even if they do the 49ers are not a match for the Seahawks. San Francisco has been horrid this year. Despite the “brilliance” of Chip Kelly they have been one of the worst offenses in the NFL and make no mistake they will be looking for a new quarterback this offseason.

When the only splash you have made all season is your quarterback’s pregame ritual, then you have a lot of work to do. Seahawks win and ease into the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are competing for a bye and have the home field advantage. The Saints are playing for nothing. Drew Brees is a great competitor who will go out and do everything he can to win, but in the end he is leading a team without a defense and a head coach that is seemingly checked out.

The Falcons have been the best offense in the NFL all year long and they shouldn’t have much trouble against the Saints defense. Falcons win.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

This is the game of the week. This game is practically win or go home. The winner is crowned NFC North Champion and the loser will likely be eliminated unless some other teams help them out.

Both of these teams have suspect defenses and are completely dependant on the play of their respective quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford has been incredible, constantly leading his team from behind in the final minutes of games. Whether it be throwing down field or lowering his head and taking on linebackers while running for the first down.

Aaron Rodgers’ accomplishments speak for themselves and over the Packers’ 5-game win streak there has not been a better quarterback in the NFL. This game should be a shootout and should be a great game.

Personally, I am rooting for the Lions, but I honestly think the Packers will win. You can’t bet against a team on a hot streak and there is no team hotter than the Green Bay Packers.



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