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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 14

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In most leagues the fantasy playoffs begin this week so it’s do or die going forward for everyone who made playoffs. Good luck to all of you who have made playoffs, I wish fantasy goodness for you. For everyone who didn’t make playoffs don’t just let your lineups go, you’ve made it this far why quit now? My decisions are based on PPR scoring.

QBs to start in Week 14:

Andy Dalton (vs. Browns): I avoided starting Dalton in Week 13 after seeing him struggle in Week 12 where he was without A.J Green & Giovanni Bernard. In Week 13 he was without those 2 weapons again but he was able to throw all over the porous Eagles secondary. Of course I ended up sitting Dalton for Kaepernick this past week (Dalton had 21, Kaepernick had 2). This week Dalton faces the Browns who gives up the 2nd most points to QBs this season so he could be in for another good fantasy week.

Philip Rivers (vs. Panthers): Rivers has struggled a little bit the past few weeks but should be able to get back on track this week against the weak Panthers secondary. Rivers is coming off a 14 point performance against a Buccaneers defense that seems to be playing a lot better than they did earlier in the season. Panthers allow the 7th most points to QBs so Rivers should be able to have a nice fantasy performance this week.

Colin Kaepernick (vs. Jets): Yeah, I know he slapped everyone in the face who started him last week (including me) by scoring just 2 points & got pulled for Blaine Gabbert in that game. This past week against the Bears it was snowing so it was hard to pass but 49ers are at home this week.  Kaepernick has been announced as the starter for this week against the Jets. Again Kaepernick before last week was the 2nd highest scoring QB in fantasy the previous 4 weeks only behind Aaron Rodgers. Kaepernick should be fine again against a Jets defense that allows the 14th most points to opposing QBs.

My Star QB of the Week: Drew Brees (vs. Buccaneers): I had Brees as my star QB last week & he failed me by failing to throw a touchdown & also added 3 interceptions at home against the Lions. It was a bizarre day for Brees so I believe he comes back with a big performance this week against the Bucs. The Saints are essentially out of the playoff race so they could play spoilers for the Bucs this week by winning & Brees could be the reason for that. Bucs allow the 15th most points to opposing QBs.

Under the Radar QB: Carson Palmer (vs. Dolphins): Palmer is coming off his best fantasy week last week where he had 300 yards & 3 touchdowns for a total of 24 points. I’m not big on starting Palmer if you have a better option but in deeper leagues he might not be a bad option this week with his favorable matchup. The Dolphins have allowed the 5th most points to QBs this season so far.

QBs to sit in Week 14: 

Marcus Mariota (vs. Broncos): I’m not saying to absolutely avoid Mariota especially since he’s been very good this season but with his tough matchup this week I’d take a look at available QBs for a guy to fill in for this week. Mariota is the 4th highest scoring QB in fantasy this season so he might be a guy you must start but if a guy like Andy Dalton is available I might start him over Mariota. Broncos allow the least amount of points to QBs this season.

Blake Bortles (vs. Vikings): Obviously if you’re starting Bortles at this point in the season you’re most likely not in the playoffs. Bortles is continually a guy you rely on to get you most of his fantasy points at the end of games where he’s usually down double digits. With just the eye test Bortles is a poor NFL quarterback & this week I’m absolutely avoiding him against the Vikings who allow the 2nd least amount of points to QBs.

RBs to start in Week 14:

Jeremy Hill (vs. Browns): Hill has become a bigger part of the Bengals offense the past 2 weeks where they’ve been without Gio Bernard & A.J Green. Last week Hill might’ve had 23 carries for just 33 yards but he did score a touchdown & the volume is there. He also faced a tough front seven of the Eagles where as he’ll be taking on the Browns this week. The Browns allow the 2nd most points to RBs this season so far.

Spencer Ware (vs. Raiders): Ware is coming off a week where he scored 19 points against the Falcons in Week 13. Ware is heavily involved in the running & passing game for the Chiefs which helps him be a nice fantasy option. Ware is facing the Raiders this week who have allowed the 5th most points to opposing RBs.

Doug Martin (vs. Saints): Doug Martin has definitely been a focal point of the Bucs offense since coming back from injury. Martin has gotten 17+ touches since Week 10. Martin had only 13 points last week which isn’t too bad but he also played a surprisingly good run defense in the Chargers. This week he faces the Saints who allow the 7th most points to RBs.

My Star RB of the Week: LeSean McCoy (vs. Steelers): McCoy has had an impressive year yet again in his 2nd season with the Bills. McCoy is currently the 6th best fantasy RB this season. McCoy is coming off back to back 26+ point performances & faces a Steelers defense that allows the 6th most points to RBs.

Under the Radar RB: Darren Sproles (vs. Redskins): Sproles hasn’t been great or consistent this season but he is coming off a 16 point performance in Week 13. Sproles has a defined in this offense & that expands especially if Ryan Matthews is out with injury again this week. This week Sproles faces the Redskins who allow the 4th most points to RBs.

RBs to sit in Week 14: 

Rashad Jennings (vs. Cowboys): Jennings isn’t that viable of a fantasy option most weeks anyways but this week he faces a tough run defense in the Cowboys this week. Jennings has scored only 2 rushing touchdowns all season & with Shane Vereen likely being back he probably see less targets in the passing game. The Cowboys have allowed the 3rd least amount of points to RBs.

Terrance West (vs. Patriots): West has been a solid fantasy RB this season but is starting to see touches go to rookie Kenneth Dixon so he’s slowly losing value. West did have a nice week in Week 13 against the Dolphins but he faces a much tougher run defense in the Patriots this week. The Patriots allow the 6th least amount of points to RBs this season.

WRs to start in Week 14:

Demaryius Thomas (vs. Titans) This decision is based purely on the fact I believe Trevor Siemian will be back as the starter. If not totally ignore this decision. Thomas has had a solid year this year even with having QB injuries & issues. Thomas has had 5+ catches in every week since Week 2 so his floor might be one of the highest for WRs in PPR leagues. This week he faces the Titans who allow the 3rd most points to WRs.

Jamison Crowder (vs. Eagles): The Eagles secondary is absolutely dreadful. The Bengals walked in without A.J Green & Gio Bernard & allow Brandon Lafell to get 5 catches for 95 yards & a touchdown. No offense to Lafell but he isn’t a great WR in the NFL. Crowder on the other hand is a good WR that has played well all season. Crowder is the number 1 option in a pass heavy offense & they face the Eagles who allow the 6th most points to WRs.

Golden Tate (vs. Bears): Tate is coming off his 2nd best week where he had 8 catches for 145 yards & a touchdown. Tate has slowly become the number 1 receiver for Matthew Stafford as it seemed early on it was going to be Marvin Jones. This week Tate faces the Bears who don’t have a great secondary & who allow the 12th most points to WRs.

My Star WR of the Week: Mike Evans (vs. Saints): Evans is one of the only options Jameis Winston has to throw to & Mike Evans has solidified himself as one of the best WRs in the NFL in my opinion. Evans might be coming off his worst week where he had just 8 points in Week 13 against the Chargers but he faces the Saints this week who allow the 13th most points to WRs.

Under the Radar WR: Dontrelle Inman (vs. Panthers): Inman has been hot & cold all year but the last couple of weeks Philip Rivers seems to be looking his way more. The last 2 weeks he has 8 catches for 168 yards & 2 touchdowns. The Panthers are a mess right now & their glaring weakness is their secondary. Panthers allow the 7th most points to WRs this year.

WRs to sit in Week 14: 

Rishard Matthews (vs. Broncos): I know, Matthews has been a savior for a lot of people in fantasy but his matchup this week is really tough to go against. Matthews has scored 13+ points in the last 5 games & has had a touchdown in 4 out of the last 5. The thing is he didn’t face the Broncos defense in those games who allow the least amount of points to WRs.

Allen Robinson (vs. Vikings): Robinson is definitely up there for most disappointing player in fantasy this season. It’s not his fault though as he’s very talented but his QB is awful (same thing for guys like Marshall & Hopkins). Robinson has scored 8 or less fantasy points in 5 of the 12 games he’s played in. This week he faces the Vikings who allow the 2nd least amount of points to WRs.

TEs to start in Week 14: 

Antonio Gates (vs. Panthers): Gates is still a good TE in the NFL & just a couple weeks ago he had a streak of 3 games where he scored a touchdown. Gates has struggled the past 2 weeks where he’s scored 0 points & 7 points. The thing is that’s how a lot of TEs have been this season. He faces the Panthers this week who allow the most points to TEs so we might see him get back on track this week.

C.J Fiedorowicz (vs. Colts): C.J has been the most consistent receiving option for the Texans especially with Brock Osweiler struggling. He’s had 3+ catches in every game since Week 4 so his floor is pretty high for a TE in fantasy in PPR leagues. This week he faces the Colts who allow the 10th most points to TEs.

My Star TE of the Week: Tyler Eifert (vs. Browns): Andy Dalton is running out of weapons but one guy who is still healthy is Tyler Eifert. Eifert is coming off back to back games where he’s scored touchdowns & seems to be the go to guy in the red zone for Dalton. This week he faces the Browns so he could be back in the end zone for the 3rd straight week.

Under the Radar TE: Lance Kendricks (vs. Falcons): Kendricks seems to be a safety blanket for rookie Jared Goff in the 3 games he’s started in so far. Kendricks has 10 catches for 102 yards & a touchdown in those 3 games so his ceiling is low but his floor might be high for a TE. He also faces the Falcons who allow the 5th most points to TEs so that helps him.

TEs to sit in Week 14:

Dwayne Allen (vs. Texans): What the heck got into Allen on Monday Night? I believe this game was just a one time thing where you play the Jets & you go off. Allen scored 3 touchdowns in Week 13 which was more touchdowns than he scored the rest of the season (had 2 coming into the Monday Night game). Allen faces the Texans who aren’t the Jets & allow the 5th least amount of points to TEs.

Martellus Bennett (vs. Ravens): Bennett hasn’t been used nearly as much as we expected he would when Gronk when down with injury. Bennett in the 3 games he’s started since Gronk got hurt has just 6 catches for 40 yards for a total of 10 points. Bennett seems to be a decoy at this point. He faces the Ravens who allow the 4th least amount of points to TEs so it’s hard to see him get back on track this week.

DEF/STs to start in Week 14:

Detroit Lions (vs. Bears): The Lions defense is coming off an impressive performance against Drew Brees & the Saints where they didn’t allow a passing touchdown & intercepted Brees 3 times. The Lions defense seems to be getting hot at the right time as they see the Chicago Bears come to town led by Matt Barkley. Matt Barkley is all I need to hear to start the Lions defense.

Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Browns): The Bengals had a great defensive performance in Week 13 against the Eagles where they intercepted Carson Wentz 3 times. The Bengals defense has had an interception in 6 straight games & I see that continuing regardless of who starts at QB for the Browns.

DEF/STs to sit in Week 14:

Buffalo Bills (vs. Steelers): The Bills defense struggled to stop anything the Raiders were doing last week as they allowed 38 points & this week they face the red hot Steelers offense. Bills defense has only 8 turnovers forced all year & have gotten only 3 sacks the past 3 weeks I’m avoiding them especially if I’m in the fantasy playoffs.

New York Giants (vs. Cowboys): The Giants are coming off a game where they allowed 24 points to the Steelers but also got an interception & forced a fumble. They had a solid game against the Steelers & now they face the Cowboys who are running all over everybody. It doesn’t help that Giants will probably be without Jason Pierre-Paul the rest of the season.





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5 Fantasy Players To Roll the Dice On Week 1

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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

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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

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


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2016 NFL Season Week 17 Pick ‘Em

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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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