Four weeks in a row with double digit victories, including a 12-4 record this past week. Now we are getting down to the nitty-gritty where the final playoff spots and positions get settled. A lot of teams are on the bubble and are vying for position, so vast majority of the games being played this weekend have something of value at stake, whether it be a playoff spot or playoff positioning.
In any event, after this weekend, the road to the Super Bowl will be a lot more clear.
Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks
Maybe with Jeff Fisher gone, the Rams will be able to field an offense that ranks above horrid. And with Earl Thomas out of the picture, the Seahawks have proved susceptible to the deep ball. But come on. Teams rarely get better after firing their coach with only a few games left in the season. And while the Seahawks struggled mightily against the Packers, one has to believe that they will step up at home and dispatch the lowly Rams.
Seahawks get the win.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
The Jets have completely mailed it in. They lost to the Goddamn 49ers. The Jets at this point in the season may be the worst team in football. I actually have a morbid curiosity as to who would win a game between the Browns and Jets.
But to put it simply, there is no reason the Dolphins should lose this game. They have a better defense and a better offense (even with Matt Moore) and should walk all over the pathetic Jets.
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
The NFL’s oldest rivalry comes to a head as the Packers are fighting for a playoff spot and the Bears are fighting for… uuhmm… I guess nothing.
We can talk about stats and match-ups all we want, but the fact of the matter is that the Packers will win because they actually have something to play for.
Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills
I know the Browns do not want to go the whole season without a win. Unfortunately, their plan worked too well. They are a team that was built to lose, and in that they have succeeded. The fact is that the Browns will lose because that is what they were meant to do. The Bills will win despite the brothers Ryan who are as incompetent of coaches as you will find in the NFL.
Bills get a W.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens
Statistically the Ravens have the best defense in the NFL. After 14 weeks, that is not a fluke. The Eagles have a bright future, but that is not enough at this point. the Eagles will lose because they will be unable to score more than 10 points against the Ravens and I have faith in the Ravens to score more than that this weekend.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
Last weekend the Titans picked up a big time win against the Broncos. But the problem is that the Broncos do not have a legitimate offense, hence they cannot mount a legitimate attack against an aggressive defense.
The Titans will run well, and they will play tough on defense, but in the end the Chiefs can perform better than anyone when it comes to the three phases. Point being is that the Chiefs will win over the New York Giants.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants
Game of the week right here. Both teams need the win. The Steelers are on the outside looking in at the playoffs and cannot afford another loss in the closing weeks of the NFL season. The Giants put themselves in a great position with a big win against the Cowboys and control their own destiny, but if the Giants continue to win they could conceivably overtake the Cowboys for the division and get a first round bye. So both teams will be extra motivated.
Odell Beckem Jr. right now is the best receiver in football. In 40 games the dude has 34 touchdowns. But that being said, OBJ is the only consistent weapon they have and after the big win this past weekend I think the Giants are due for big let down.
I like the Steelers on the back of a dominant Le’Veon Bell.
Indianapolis Colts @ Minnesota Vikings
I have been saying it all season long, the Colts do not have an NFL caliber offensive or defensive line. Because of that, they are completely incapable of prolonged success.
On the flip side, the Vikings have been hit hard by injuries and it has significantly hindered their season. But with their defense and special teams, the Vikings have kept themselves competitive in every game this season.
I like the Vikings because their defense and special teams can score enough to win the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
A battle between arguably the two most disappointing teams in the NFL. Both of these teams entered the season with serious playoff aspirations. Brock Osweiler has been terrible for the Texans and the Jaguars will likely be looking for a new head coach after another season with little to no development.
At the end of the day the Texans can still play a little defense and that should be enough to beat a bad Jaguars squad in Houston.
New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals
If this was in New Orleans, I would like the Saints. But this is another matchup between disappointing teams and neither one of them evokes much confidence. The key here is the run game. David Johnson has emerged as one of the best running backs in the league, whereas Mark Ingram has battled injuries and had trouble getting his season off the ground.
And despite the various moves made by the Saints, their defense still sucks something awful. I like the Cardinals to win this one because they just have more talent.
San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons
Falcons win. Do I need to explain?
Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers
The Chargers were already a bad team, but with no Joey Bosa they will be unable to get pressure on Derek Carr and without Melvin Gordon they will have no offensive balance. Philip Rivers will still be able to move the ball a bit on that Raiders defense, but there is no way they will be able to keep pace with that offense, unless Carr’s hand is hurt worse than we know.
Raiders get a much needed win.
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
I predicted before the season began that the Broncos would not make the playoffs. I still believe that. They have an inconsistent run game and no quarterback that can shoulder the load at this point in time. While their defense is still great, they can only accomplish so much with mediocrity on the other side of the ball.
The Patriots are not as good as their record indicates either. They are a very flawed team that has had a fairly easy schedule. Good coaching and efficient quarterback play has guided them past a few teams that have more talent, but come playoff time I think they are in trouble.
With all that being said I am going with the Patriots because they still have Belichick and Brady. And that is a deadly combo.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys
Tampa Bay is the most unheralded team in the NFL. They are currently tied with the Falcons and are playing their best football of the season right now. The return of Doug Martin has helped to take pressure off of Jameis Winston and their defense is criminally underrated.
But the Cowboys are at home and will be looking to redeem themselves after a rough loss to the Giants. With Dak out of the cold and back at home, I like him to continue his efficient and effective play.
Cowboys win and solidify their playoff position.
Carlina Panthers @ Washington Redskins
A lackluster Monday Night Football game. The Redskins are still in the playoff race, so they will come out firing, but the Panthers are just trying to wrap up a very disappointing season. Honestly, if the Redskins can jump out to a quick lead, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cam Newton get pulled so as to avoid injury.
I like the Redskins to win. They are motivated and at this point in time, Kirk Cousins is the better quarterback.
Arizona Cardinals 2018 Season Preview
Last year in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals were one of three teams fighting for a playoff spot in the wild, wild NFC West. Thinking that with head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer at quarterback the franchise felt like they could go far in 2017.
They finished the 2017 campaign with a record of 8-8 which was third in the NFC West. When the 2018 offseason finally began, veteran quarterback Carson Palmer decided to hang his cleats up after playing 14 seasons with three different teams.
Now, entering the 2018 NFL season the Arizona Cardinals are without Arians and Palmer. Steve Wilks is the Cardinals next head coach. As an NFL head coach, he has no experience but in college, he has a record of 5-6.
As for quarterbacks, they have four players on the quarterback depth chart and of the four quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are the two veteran quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals are looking for Sam Bradford to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl
The Arizona Cardinals begin the 2018 season at home against the Washington Redskins on September 9. As for that game, Here is how I think the Cardinals will do as I predict the 2018 schedule.
|2||At Rams||L||1-1 (0-1)|
|4||Vs. Seahawks||L||1-3 (0-2)|
|5||At 49ers||W||2-3 (1-2)|
|7 (TNF)||Vs. Broncos||L||2-5|
|8||Vs. 49ers||W||3-5 (2-2)|
|16||Vs. Rams||W||9-6 (3-2)|
|17||At Seahawks||L||9-7 (3-3)|
It is unclear if the Cardinals will make the playoffs, we will have to see how the other three teams will do.
Is Kurt Warner Coming Out of Retirement?
Is Kurt Warner coming out of retirement? On the Dan Patrick Show, Kurt called into the show and said that he would consider coming out of retirement and play in the NFL.
Warner talked to his family about returning and even contacted the Arizona Cardinals but at this moment, Arizona has not called back.
Kurt Warner’s football career started when Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League signed him to the team. When he was with the Barnstormers, he won an AFL championship. Then, he became a backup in St. Louis until starting quarterback Trent Green went down. Now as the Rams starting QB, Warner, lead St. Louis to a Super Bowl title.
After spending 6 seasons with the Rams, Warner was the starter in New York with the Giants. However, he got benched in favor of rookie QB Eli Manning. Finally, from 2005-2009 he signed with the Arizona Cardinals where he leads the Cardinals to a Super Bowl birth.
Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season joining the NFL Network as an analyst. With over 124 games played, 3200 yards, and about 200 touchdowns, Kurt Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Would you like to see Kurt Warner back in the NFL?
One of Cowboys Wide Receivers is Going West In 2018
According to multiple sources, Cowboys Wide Receiver Brice Butler will not be with the team in 2018. Why may you ask? Because he was dealt with Arizona Cardinals due to Free Agency.
During the offseason, Butler went on shows like “Undisputed” on FS1 and then on NFL Networks’s “Total Access,” to tell teams (including the Dallas Cowboys) that he is a top wide receiver and if Dallas or whoever wants to pay him like one, then he would certainly play with that team. Well, apparently the Arizona Cardinals did.
At the age of 23, Butler went to the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted college free agent. During his years in Oakland, Butler was targeted 50 times and only completed 30 of the passes. Plus he only scored two touchdowns. Brice also played in 25 games and only started in 2 of them. Then in
Then in 2015, during his first season of free agency, Butler moved from the black and silver to the blue and silver as he signed a three-year deal with The Dallas Cowboys. During those three years, he had 43 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Butler also started more games than he did in Oakland, California. Now, in 2018, Butler is looking to continue to improve and look to take the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl.
No word on how much the signing is but according to James Jones of NFL Network, the new contract with the Cardinals is a 2-year deal.
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