NFL Divisional Playoffs Articles NFL 

NFL Divisional Playoffs

The Wildcard weekend certainly lived up to its name and now the Divisional Playoffs have been set. Here is a quick preview of this weekends games. Chiefs-Patriots Preview… Taking away one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets presented further damage to a New England Patriots offense that has been dealing with injuries to its line for most of the season. Julian Edelman’s return is coming at the perfect time, but protecting Brady still might be an issue against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has been stellar during its winning streak….

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Atlanta Falcons Receivers Facing Questions Articles NFL 

Atlanta Falcons Receivers Facing Questions

Julio Jones is obviously set in stone as Atlanta’s #1 receiver, and the monster free agent contract makes Mohamed Sanu the clear #2. But there are some interesting questions up and down the line, all the way down to the potential practice squad candidates. Let’s start with Julio… the pressing question involving him is whether offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will continue to focus the game plan on getting the ball to Julio and no one else or if he’ll start spreading the love with the play calls. I haven’t gone…

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2016 Wildcard Weekend Articles NFL 

2016 Wildcard Weekend

Its time. Its Wildcard Weekend. The NFL Playoffs are the best and its time to take a look at whats going to happen. Here, we will take a look at the match-ups and the schedules and maybe i’ll throw in a prediction or two… check it out… First up, its the Wildcard Weekend getting kicked off on Saturday and here are the games…   Sunday brings a double-header punch also, here are those games… Previews for all 4 Wildcard Games… First up, Chiefs-Texans Preview Alex Smith claims he didn’t know…

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Vikings Win North, 20-13 over Packers Articles NFL 

Vikings Win North, 20-13 over Packers

Here we go… again. The battle of the North will be played later today by two teams that have played some very memorable games in the past. This is the playoffs come early for both teams. Even though neither team can earn a bye, the North and a home game in the playoffs is up for grabs. RECAP… AP Jan 3, 2016 at 11:53p ET GREEN BAY, Wis. A smiling Adrian Peterson held the football high in the air as if he had just won a trophy. The Minnesota Vikings…

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Cleveland Browns: Waiting for Next Year . . . Again. Articles NFL 

Cleveland Browns: Waiting for Next Year . . . Again.

The 2015 NFL regular season still has five weeks to go but the harsh reality has already set in for the fans of the 2-9 Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns are mathematically still in the hunt for a Wildcard playoff berth, they would have to win out and get some help and no one in their right mind expects that to happen. Rather, the Browns are currently on target for a top 3 draft pick in 2016, perhaps even the #1 overall pick. Self-proclaimed “experts” that gather around watercoolers (do…

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NFL Draft – Race for #1 Articles NFL 

NFL Draft – Race for #1

We’re at that point in the 2015 NFL season where the chaff is being separated from the wheat. It’s only the start of week 9 and Head Coaches Joe Philbin in Miami and Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee have already been fired. Fans of under-performing teams have reconciled to themselves that they might just as well start making quilts out the scraps and have set their sights on, at least, salvaging the 2015 season with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. There are currently nine teams with only…

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Browns – At the Quarter Pole Articles NFL 

Browns – At the Quarter Pole

After four weeks, the 2015 Cleveland Browns’ season is now one quarter of the way through. When the Cleveland Browns schedule was released, even the most skeptical of fans believed the first four games of the 2015 season offered the possibility that the Browns could be no worse than 2-2 with a shot at a 3-1 record. Why the early season optimism? In 2014, the 7-9 Browns finished the season ranked 9th in Total Defense (8th in pass defense, 6th in scoring defense and dead last in the NFL in…

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Top 5 Decisions That Changed the NFL Articles NFL 

Top 5 Decisions That Changed the NFL

Quite often, when I stumble across an historical event, I wonder what would be different in the world if that event never happened. For example: In World War I, Japan was an ally of England, France and the United States. Yet during the Versailles Treaty that ended the war, the Japanese were, in essence, snubbed and failed to gain anything close to the “spoils of war”. Had they been treated as an equal partner in this treaty, would they have still gone on their imperialistic march which led to the…

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NFL Draft Diaries – The Heisman QB Crap Shoot Articles NFL 

NFL Draft Diaries – The Heisman QB Crap Shoot

The 2015 NFL Draft will have not one but two Heisman Trophy winners vying for a job with an NFL team in Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. It really isn’t that rare of an occurrence anymore as it has happened in eight prior drafts since 1950 with four of those eight since 2006 and in each of the eight occurrences, it was because one of the Heisman winners was at most a college Junior when they won the award. [Note: I elected to start with the 1950 draft as…

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NFL Draft Diaries – 1999, Let’s Make a Deal Articles NFL 

NFL Draft Diaries – 1999, Let’s Make a Deal

I would venture that even the most casual of NFL fans can recall when the New Orleans Saints traded every available pick from the 1999 draft (and then some) to the Washington Redskins in order to select Heisman Trophy winning running back Ricky Williams. For me, the images of Mike Ditka wearing fake dreadlocks and the cover of Sports Illustrated with Williams in a wedding dress are fresh in my mind still to this day. The fact that New Orleans compiled only a 3-13 record in 1999 is significant because,…

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