We will start with the bowl games. South Carolina will play the University of Miami(FL) in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. Miami is a pretty decent team, but I believe if you give Steve Spurrier this much time to prepare for one team, he will win it. I see USC by 10. Texas A&M plays West Virginia in the Autozone Liberty Bowl. A&M played like a top 25 team much of the season, but played down to other competition at times. Western Virginia is a decent team, but I think that A&M will win this one in a shoot out by 7.
The week started off with a bang. The Broncos came out and dominated the Chargers putting them squarely into the AFC lead. The Chargers should still make the playoffs, but they need to make sure that they stay steady. The Lions improved to 6-2 while the Falcons continue to go through a free fall. The Rams lost bad to the Chiefs. The chiefs have 3 losses and need to win the games they're supposed to win and a few they're not if they expect to get out of their tough division into the playoffs. The Texans got back on a winning track against the Titans.
Week 7 was certainly an exciting week. Two records were broken and we are starting to see the cream of the crop rise to the top. The Patriots proved they can still score a lot of points in a victory over the Jets. The Falcons continue to lose, as they fell hard to the Ravens. The Titans played the Redskins close, and Colt McCoy eventually took over for Washington. McCoy will start next week. The Seahawks lost a close one to the Rams. I'm not sure if this shows something about the Rams or is an inditement of the Seahawks and how their season is going. The Jags finally got a win, as they beat the Browns fairly easily. Blake Bortles continues to prove himself and the running game really helped the Jags out.
Week 6 started with a good game on Thursday night. The Colts beat the Texans, but the Texans made it close. Their ability to run and Fitzpatrick's ability to run the offense kept them in the game. If they could have defended Andrew Luck better early on, they may have won. The Colts are a team to deal with, but so are the Texans. The Jags are still without a win, just like the Raiders. Both teams played much better this week and the rookie quarterbacks for these two teams are showing how good they are.
The Thursday night game certainly revealed the Giants and Redskins for what they are. The Giants have the ability to beat anyone if the offense is in sink. The Redskins are going to hurt for points and on defense for the time being. They're an injured team without a lot of depth. If Griffin returns he is going to have to really play well to get this team back to it's winning ways. There were a lot of surprises this week. The Cowboys are starting to look really good. The Bears and Packers both went to 2-2 when the Pack beat Chicago. It's a division that's hard to make out. The Texans looked a lot better than many of us thought they would and the Bills are not going to start Manuel next week.
Thursday night did not surprise in week 3 in the NFL The Falcons showed up the way they should have from the beginning of the season and the offense played like gang busters. I truly believe the Falcons were the break out team of the week and will now take the NFC South. According to this week the Bills who are we thought they were and lost to a superior Chargers team. The Cowboys are yet to be defined while the Rams blew a lead. Are the Cowboys that good or the Rams that bad, probably the Rams are that bad. The Eagles have proven they are the class of the NFC East, while Cousins continues to prove himself as a starter, if not for the Redskins future, for someone.
The Carolina Panthers are one big surprise for me. I didn't see them going undefeated and I certainly didn't see them being two games ahead of the Saints. They have the possibility of winning the NFC South if they can hold off the Falcons and if the Saints don't pick themselves up and get rid of the rust. They are another surprise. The Saints looked great parts of last year and I thought they would have a great season this year, but they've got some improvements to make, especially on defense if they want to get in the playoffs.
Week one is in the books. I think we had some surprises from teams and some dissapointment from others. Obviously the big news has to do with Ray Rice and him being cut from the Ravens. When we look at this purely from a football point of view, the Ravens will be greatly hurt by this move. It was a move that they had to make, however. The Ravens may just circle the wagons and have a great season, but with little experience at the running back spot I don't see that happening without some sort of trade to upgrade at that spot.
Green Bay will play Seattle in the opening game on Thursday. Green Bay will prove to be tough for Seattle, but Seattle has the defense to hang with Rodgers and company, while their offense continues to put up enough numbers to win. This will be a tight one with Seattle coming out on top. New Orleans will play Atlanta on Sunday. Atlanta should improve in the run game, but I don't think they can put up enough points against New Orleans.
The NFC East is not what it used to be. The Cowboys and Giants are not near the teams that we saw in the 70's, 80's, 90's and early 2000's. It looks as if the Chip Kelley experiment has worked and the Eagles will sit up above the others in this once great division. I think that Washington will come away in second followed by the Cowboys and Giants. The third spot will simply depend on injuries. The Redskins could make a jump, but it simply appears they don't have the offense that the Eagles do at this particular point in the progression.
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