Sac State Homecoming Football Game


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Happy Homecoming!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I was so excited about the game. It was Sac State’s homecoming football game, and we won with a score of 41-21 against Idaho State. It is great to see our players make another big win. In the beginning of the semester, some students were afraid that our season was not going to work out. I wrote about this concern before when we lost a few weeks ago. However, the players made a come back and won another game for the season. Things are looking up for the hornets. I am appreciating the new members of the team as well.

Today the hornets played a great game, but there were a few names that stood out to me. Jaelin Ratliff, BJ Perkinson, Isiah Hennie, and Elijah Dotson. There were many other players on the field, but these names stuck out to me throughout the game.

Let me say during the second half of the game and Perkinson made a touch down, and the score was 24-7, I was sure that the game was looking positive for the players. Until Hennie dropped the ball and Idaho state got the ball. My energy began to increase when Ratliffe took three tackles. I don’t think anyone was expecting that from him. But it happened. And of course we made another touch down of score 31-14 soon after. It was also exciting to see Kevin Thomson give a 29 yard run soon after, the third quarter was over. In the end, we won the game with a score of 41-21.

I am so proud of the Hornets for winning their homecoming game. I was ready for the big “boom” sound every time there was a touch down, and I was definitely ready for them to win this game. What ever motivation the players had today, is something that they need each game. I am ready to watch more games in the future. Once again I would like to give the football players a shout out for winning this game this week. Good luck to the future games this football season. Good Luck Hornets!

 

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CSUS v. Weber State Recap


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Did you all catch the game today? We started off with a good game, but in the end we lost unfortunately. A score of 31-24. The score was so close which made me upset. We were so close to winning. Of course we are going to have loses during the season, but we have to make more wins. Luckily it is only the beginning of the season. Last week we won our first home game and we all celebrated. But I believe that we were so wrapped up in last week that the players forgot that we are in a new week. The team we played this week, Weber State, is a great team. Yet, Sac State is an awesome team as well. So hopefully we can make a come back next week.

I would like to give a shout out to a few players. Andre Lindsey, Jaelin Ratliff, and Isiah Hennie were doing a great job this game. They put in a lot of effort and tried their best. Andre Lindsey made a lot of great moves on the field, and there was a lot of team work to make touch downs. Last semester we were making a lot of progress, so hopefully this could be a game that will motivate the players to make a come back for this semester. I was honestly impressed with the team work that our team gave today. The third quarter things were looking good, but around the last quarter I was getting nervous. Weber players were making some great moves on the field as well. The best thing our team can do is be okay with their loss and move pass it positively. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s the beginning of the season as I mentioned before. We have time to make a come back so let’s make this season a good season for the player and audience.

I’m looking forward to attending the game next week. For me it is not just about winning. It is about two great teams going head to head to see who will win. If the other team was not good then it will not be a good game. That is what makes our players so amazing. They can go against any team and still play without any fear of being defeated. I am unsure about how well the team is that we are up against next week. But I cannot wait for that game. I want to see action and competition against the two teams. It’s our last home game for a while so I am ready to see the outcome. I’m sure the players will bring their “A Game” from both teams. Let us all hope for another win from the Hornets of course. Either way it goes we are not going down without a fight.So everyone get prepared for next Saturday at 6:05pm for the Hornets to play another home game. I will be in attendance and ready for another great game. See you all next week. Go Hornets!

Raiders Will Relocate From Oakland to Las Vegas


If there is one thing people can bet on is another NFL franchise will relocate in the coming future. The Oakland Raiders will pack their bags and play in Las Vegas in a couple years in a brand new stadium. Las Vegas also known as Sin City went from no professional team to two within one year (the other Las Vegas Golden Knights). This relocation started with a vote with the results 31-1 in the decision to allow Mark Davis to move the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The only owner who opposed the relocation was the Miami Dolphins owner named Stephen Ross.

The reason for this occurring is because the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams will receive a new stadium in a few years and the Raiders needed a new stadium to compete against other markets to gain revenue. Oakland stadium has been the laughing stock of the NFL. With unsafe conditions having the baseball field being in play during football games. Look at the reason why Chargers left San Diego. They left for the purpose of they were tired of playing in Qualcomm Stadium. Chargers needed a new stadium to play in to create revenue and boost the brand. When things did not go their way they swiftly went up north and relocated to Los Angeles. Raiders wanted to play in a new stadium and could not compete against other teams financially if they did not make a move to do something.

Las Vegas is the destination for gambling and nightlife so for the NFL to all of a sudden look past gambling as an issue shows that NFL doesn’t care as much as it seems to the public. At the end of the day it is all about the dollar signs. Fans think with their emotion, and owners think with their wallets. Overall, it is very sad for the fans of all these teams that have to deal with relocation, but it is business, whether we like it or not. With this move means the end of the Stadium Era, which is great but at the same time equally depressing for all the teams fans that were effected with the relocations. It blossoms the idea of giving people more ideas to go to Vegas.

 

Super Bowl LI: Thank You For Being Like These Guys


Before the big game we saw this past Sunday, ESPN 1320’s “Rise Guys'” host Mark Kreidler wrote about how he did not want the Super Bowl to be one of the most boring championship games in the history of the the NFL. Among that list was a game we just saw a few years ago in Super Bowl XLVIII when the game was pretty much over when Peyton Manning fumbled the snap on the opening drive, resulting in a safety for the Seahawks.

Honestly, when the game was 14-0 in favor of the Falcons, I thought we were heading for another sleeper. Even though the great New England Patriots were having of their worst performances in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, everyone still wants an exciting or at-least a good game if their team, like my now-Los Angeles Chargers, isn’t competing on of the biggest sports stages in the world.

So, in response to Mr. Mark Kreidler’s blog (http://www.espn1320.net/Dear-Super-Bowl-LI-Don-t-Be-Like-These-Guys/19475646?pid=531369&do=1&stnBlogPage=true), here is a list of why Super Bowl LI was like these guys.

The Five Most Exciting Super Bowls Ever:

5. Super Bowl XLIII. 2009

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Arizona was trailing 20-7 at the start of the fourth quarter but scored 16 consecutive points to take the lead with 2:37 remaining in the game. If Santonio Holmes doesn’t make the game-winning catch, everyone would remember Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard go-ahead touchdown catch. Unfortunately when you leave 2:37 remaining on the clock and Ben Roethlisberger in his prime is your quarterback, you should have nothing to worry about. Ultimately Holmes had the game-winning touchdown to give the Steelers a 27-20 lead with 35 seconds left and was named Super Bowl MVP. Even though it was the Pittsburgh Steelers winning their sixth Super Bowl, what a finish right?

4. Super Bowl XXV. 1991

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I wasn’t born when this game occurred, let alone that my parents weren’t even married yet. However, watching the ESPN 30 for 30 series can make a young sports fan like myself feel like I watched some of the greatest moments in American sports history from the 1970’s, 1980’s and early 1990’s. The Four Falls of Buffalo episode went into heavy detail on this Super Bowl because the Bills were so close and the next three Super Bowls that they lost wouldn’t have been less of a discussion. Let me break this down to those who haven’t seen footage of this game; it’s 20-19 in-favor of the Giants, there’s only  eight seconds left on the game clock in the fourth quarter and Bill’s kicker Scott Norwood lines up for a potential 47-yard game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, the late January Tampa Bay wind forced the kick to go just left on the goalpost upright. Fast forward 26 years later and this is still the only potential Super Bowl winning field goal attempt missed by a kicker.

3. Super Bowl LI. 2017

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Do I really have to go into too much recap of a game that happened not even three days ago? You must really don’t care about football or sports in general if you didn’t hear about this game. Greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and the only Super Bowl to go into overtime. Must I say more?

2. Super Bowl XLIX. 2015

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I can’t put this past Super Bowl ahead of this one and my number one simply because Super Bowl LI was basically a blowout in the first half. This game was exciting from the start with no points scored in the first half, tied at 14 going into the half (Katy Perry halftime show I believe), the Seahawks having a 24-14 lead after three but due to some bad play-calling, on the 1-yard line to be specific, the Patriots found a way to win another close one on one of the biggest sports stages in the world. You’d think this would be history and everyone has forgotten (except Seahawk fans), but this Super Bowl is drawing a lot of comparison to this one. I wonder why?

1. Super Bowl XLII. 2008

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Maybe I’m still bitter over this one because the Patriots defeated the Chargers in the AFC Championship but I am forever grateful for the “helmet catch” of David Tyree. We don’t need perfection in the day and age of sports and we don’t need old records to get broken. If records keep getting shattered then what’s the point of keeping track and frankly what’s the point of watching anymore? As sports fans we expect the great ones to rewrite history sometimes but not every year. We want the excitement of the possibility but we don’t want it to happen. I’d be telling a lie if I said I fully supported the Warriors to have the greatest regular season record of all-time and win the championship. The reason for that is, look at NBA fans now. We are expecting the Warriors to achieve greatness and rewrite history but will it happen? Probably not. That’s why the 2007 New England Patriots with a record of 18-1 is a great part of sports history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No more football. Oh no!


indexFootball season for the 2016/2017 is now over. What are we going to do when football teams are on their offseason? Wait, I have to admit that every team did their best this season, such as Cleveland Browns that broke their winless streak when the won against the San Diego Chargers, which are now Los Angeles Chargers. It’s amazing to see that what the football teams have done from the beginning of the season until the end of the season.

First, the NFC teams that I am happy that made the playoffs were Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks, which all of the teams lost which was quite unfortunate because I wanted to see either Dallas or Seattle in the championship game that occurred on Sunday, February 5, 2017. The teams that competed in the championship game were New England Patriots from AFC and Atlanta Falcons from NFC. When I was watching the game, I thought that Atlanta had it, but they blew off a 28-3 lead that ended up with 34-28 New England at the end of the game. It wasn’t an easy game, but it was worth it because the first time in history the game went to overtime in which that almost does not happen in football championships.

Now that football is over, what do we do? Well, hockey and basketball are going on and soon baseball will be on too. One of the recent basketball games was when Sacramento Kings faced the Golden State Warriors at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA. I was impressed with the game, not that I didn’t watch it, but the fact that it went to overtime. Sacramento Kings won the game with 109-106 in an overtime. It was a surprise to see that the Sacramento Kings won that game, well they are the NBA team in Sacramento. When will Sacramento get a WNBA team? We never know.

Baseball is almost here. Now that football is over, who is ready for baseball? I know I am! My favorite baseball team is Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles Dodgers recently added Sergio Romo to their team roster for the season. I wonder what’s in store for Chicago Cubs this season whether or not they are going for another championship. We will wait and see how the season goes.

Super Bowl Heartbreak


ap17037035090294Well that was an intense Super Bowl we all witnessed! The Falcons got off to a blistering start which was clearly leaving the Patriots a bit bewildered. The first half was nothing short of surprising because the Patriots were not supposed to trail by that much; granted we all knew the Falcons had an explosive offense…but so to did the Patriots. The amazing thing though, was it was not the falcons offense that gave them that big lead, it was their defense. Brady threw two picks, one which was returned for an 82 yard touchdown. Coming into the game, the Falcons defense actually ranked closer to the bottom of the league (according to nfl.com), so when Dan Quinn’s defense came out with those 2 picks and the 3 or 4 sacks of Tom Brady, I was a bit surprised.

Then came the 4th quarter…and literally everything changed like I knew it would. The Patriots were just too good to play that poorly and I knew they would at least make a game out of it…and boy did they ever! As soon as Julian Edelman made that ridiculous catch, I knew the Falcons were going to lose. Everything was going the Patriots way at this point and there was going to be no way that the Falcons defense could with-stand the Patriots onslaught.

It was painful to watch the Falcons lose control of that game. As a 49ers fan, I was only rooting for the Falcons because their offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, was going to be our new head coach, which should be cause for excitement for Niner fans, but that is another blog for another time. The Falcons just simply ran out of gas, and against a team like New England, that is asking for trouble.

Overall, it was an exciting game to watch. This game seemed to have all the drama that a sports nerd could want. It had the excitement of the team you rooted for getting off to a sizzling start, then it had the moments of nervousness as you watched the opponent start to come back, and finally it had that disastrous moment of heartbreak, when you lose in overtime. This game had every emotion you could ask for. This is why we love watching sports. Yes, our teams will have moments of glory, but there are those other times when they (in this case the Falcons) must endure gut wrenching moments that sting you for the entire off season.

On the bright side, the Falcons still look poised to make another championship run, if they keep their core players intact and they can stay healthy, then I think they have a legit shot of returning to the super bowl. However, losing their offensive coordinator is going to be huge for them because Matt Ryan had a really good relationship with him and they both worked very well together. Whoever becomes their new OC will have to try and emulate the success that Matt Ryan and Kyle Shanahan built. Not an easy task.

Super Bowl


superbowlI am not a huge fan of football, but watching the Super Bowl last year had me interested in watching it this year. The half-time show was interesting to watch because I didn’t expect so much entertainment during the game. I was with my roommates at the time and they were telling me how they were ready to see the performers during the half-time show. I asked why were they so thrilled and they provided a video from the 2015 Super Bowl half-time show. It was Katie Perry performing “fireworks” and she put on a great show. Last year Coldplay, Beyonce’, and Bruno Mars performed. It was a great performance, I didn’t expect the Super Bowl to be so live. After watching the performances from last year and 2015, i was ready to watch the Super Bowl to see who will perform this year. Lady Gaga performed and she did an amazing job. However, I expected to more performers than one so I was kind of disappointed. That is my fault because I was more interested in the half-time show than the actual game.
In contrast, the football game was interesting to watch. Of course I didn’t pay attention to the  entire game, but it got heated at the end. Both teams were tied and that made me want to watch the game. The Falcons and Patriots were tied for ten or more minutes and I was curious to see how either team would win. Of course they would be tied once the game is close to being done. The Patriots won the game and many fans were happy that their team won. There are many other games coming up but this game as interesting as last year. I am going to look out for more performances and commercials for the Super Bowl half-time shows. Hopefully it gets more interesting than this one game and performance.

 

FIRST HORNET FOOTBALL VICTORY IN FIRST HOME CONFERENCE GAME


015051552528bd2a812536f64b5b3fd4_400x400In a game that the Hornets came into without a win, turned the ball over three times and were down by 17 points going into the fourth quarter; Sacramento State won its first game (1-4, 1-1 Big Sky) by a final score of 41-38 against the Montana State Bobcats this past Saturday at Hornet Field.

The Hornets kept the game close in the first half, having the lead 7-3 after the first quarter and only trailing by three heading into halftime. Montana State scored first in the game on a 38-yard field goal from the true freshman kicker Gabe Peppenger. The score would remain 3-0 in favor if the Bobcats until junior wide receiver Isiah Hennie caught an 11-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Nate Ketteringham with 31 seconds left in the first quarter.

 Montana State would go on to score twice to pull ahead 17-7 with 10:01 reaming in the second quarter until Ketteringham threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end John McGill to bring the Hornets within three with 6:34 left in the first half. Both teams would score one more touchdown before heading into halftime and Bobcats had a three point lead at 24-21.

The Bobcats seemed to put the game away in the third quarter in which they forced Ketteringham to throw two interceptions, not allowing the Hornets to convert on a third down and Montana State scored two touchdowns while Sacramento State didn’t have a touchdown or a field goal. The score was 38-21 at the end of the third quarter and with a majority of fans leaving during and after the third quarter, the game seemed all but over. However, the Hornets still had three timeouts remaining and they began the final quarter with possession as they recovered a fumble on the 4-yard line with five seconds to go in the third quarter.

On a quick drive that only took three-and-a-half minutes, senior running back Jordan Robinson was able to score for the Hornet’s on a one-yard rush to bring them within 10. The Bobcats and Hornets would then exchange possessions, both having to punt on fourth down. Montana State had the ball once again with 8:35 remaining in the game, but after senior running back Chad Newell rushed for a first down, the Bobcats had to punt for the second possession in a row with a little under seven minutes remaining. The Hornets took advantage of keeping the Bobcats within 10 points and Ketteringham finished a two-and-a-half minute drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to redshirt sophomore Jaelin Ratliff.

Montana State would receive the ball with 4:28 left in the second half but after two first downs, the Bobcats were penalized twice for a false start and holding, which brought them to their own 24-yard line with a second down and 24 to go. The Grizzlies had to punt with 1:35 remaining and the Hornets once again took advantage of holding the Grizzlies to no points allowed.

The Hornets began their drive on their own 32-yard line and within one minute and fifteen seconds; Ketteringham threw another touchdown pass to Ratliff, this time for 15 yards, to give the Hornets a 41-38 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the game. Montana State attempted a quick drive down the field, but they were unsuccessful and the Sacramento State Hornet’s football team earned their first win of the season and defeated the Montana State Bobcats for the first time since 2005. 

Ketteringham completed 34-of-54 pass attempts for 356 yards and threw for four touchdowns. Jordan Robinson had eight rush attempts for 60 yards and two rushing downtowns. Jaelin Ratliff led all receivers with seven receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns, both were the final two touchdowns of the game.           

Sacramento State will play again at home to face the North Dakota Fighting Hawks (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) this Saturday at 6 p.m. This will also be the homecoming game for the Hornets.

           

2016 NFL Predictions from Noah, Albert and Alec


The NFL is back and recently on Noah Alvarez’s show “Double Coverage”, Noah, Albert Delgado and Alec Romero shared their predictions of this upcoming 2016-17 NFL season with records, playoff picks and who is going to take it all this season in Super Bowl LI. Down below you will see every team name followed by Noah’s record predictions, Albert’s record predictions and Alec’s record predictions. Each prediction is followed by what place (first, second, third or fourth) each team is picked to finish within their respective divisions.

 

NFC EAST

Giants: 10-6 (second), 12-4 (first), 8-8 (second)

First season without Tom Coughlin and how much more does Eli Manning have?

Cowboys: 4-12 (third), 10-6 (second), 8-8 (first)

Tony Romo out six to 10 weeks and a rookie quarterback Dak Prescott running the show. The best quarterback out of the four NFC East teams wins this division.

Redskins: 11-5 (first), 6-10 (third), 6-10 (third)

RG3 days are over and defense needs work. Would be very surprising if they finish the season over .500

Eagles: 3-13 (fourth), 2-14 (fourth), 4-12 (fourth)

Carson Wentz named starting quarterback, Sam Bradford traded away and new head coach. They will most likely finish last in this division.

 

NFC NORTH

Packers: 12-4 (first), 15-1 (first), 14-2 (first)

They have very manageable schedule and Jordy Nelson is back after missing all of last season. Look for them to finish first for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Vikings: 10-6 (second), 11-5 (second), 10-6 (second)

Teddy Bridgewater out with injury, Bradford in after trade. They will take one of the NFC wild cards spots. Remember they did win this division last year.

Lions: 9-7 (third), 3-13 (third), 5-11 (fourth)

Calvin Johnson “megatron” is gone; Mathew Stafford keeps improving, but he needs more options on the offensive end.

Bears: 5-11 (fourth), 2-14 (fourth), 5-11 (third)

Jay Cutler locked in until 2020, should the Bears front office start regretting this decision?

 

NFC SOUTH

Panthers: 13-3 (first), 14-2 (first), 14-2 (first)

Panthers will be best team in football for a majority of the year, Kelvin Benjamin is back but they have a tougher schedule compared to last year.

Buccaneers: 9-7 (second), 8-8 (second), 7-9 (third)

Jameis Winston still young, new head coach. Maybe a draft pick or two away from contending in this division.

Saints: 4-12 (fourth), 7-9 (third), 7-9 (second)

Calling it now this is Sean Payton’s last year as head coach, how much longer can the team hold on to the Super Bowl championship won seven years ago?

Falcons: 6-10 (third), 2-14 (fourth), 6-10 (fourth)

Patrick DiMarco and Julio Jones. They shouldn’t be predicted to finish with this type of record but is Matt Ryan becoming the problem?

 

NFC WEST

Seahawks: 13-3 (first), 14-2 (first), 13-3 (second)

Marshawn Lynch “beast mode” has retired which means another key piece on the Super Bowl championship team is gone but they will still make the playoffs.

Cardinals: 12-4 (second), 13-3 (second), 13-3 (first)

Fought their way to the NFC Championship last year only to be met by the 15-1 Carolina Panthers. They will come back strong and either win the division or take one of the NFC wild card spots.

Rams: 1-15 (fourth), 5-11 (third), 4-12 (third)

Back in LA, back in the coliseum but unfortunately back to the bottom of this division.

49ers: 3-13 (third), 1-15 (fourth), 3-13 (fourth)

Toughest schedule in football, new head coach and no high hopes.

AFC EAST

Patriots: 13-3 (first), 11-5 (first), 11-5 (first)

Brady out for the first four games but the Patriots will continue their long streak of winning this division.

Jets: 9-7 (second), 9-7 (third), 6-10 (second)

Is this team ever going to have a stable and productive quarterback?

Bills: 8-8 (third), 10-6 (second), 4-12 (third)

I like their quarterback, their defense and the head coach but they’re still a few seasons away from contending with a young roster.

Dolphins: 8-8 (fourth), 9-7 (fourth), 4-12 (fourth)

One of the top ten defenses in football, but they need a better running game and another receiving option. Arian Foster is past his prime.

 

AFC NORTH

Bengals: 12-4 (first), 13-3 (first), 9-7 (third)

Bengals have a difficult schedule, they lost a very good offensive coordinator in the offseason and their window is closing to be strong contenders in the AFC.

Steelers: 10-6 (second), 12-4 (second), 13-3(first)

The heat is on head coach Mike Tomlin to make a legitimate push into the playoffs this year or the Steelers might start looking elsewhere for a new head coach.

Ravens: 7-9 (third), 6-10 (third), 12-4 (second)

They still have one of the top defenses in the NFL and Flacco can still surprise. Look for them to contend for a wild card spot.

Browns: 3-13 (fourth), 2-14 (fourth), 2-14 (fourth)

Well at-least the Cavaliers won the championship and the Indians will most likely make the playoffs.

 

Colts: 9-7 (first), 10-6 (first), 14-2 (first)

Andrew Luck will have an MVP caliber season. They will bounce back from a tough season last year.

Texans: 7-9 (third), 8-8 (second), 6-10 (third)

J.J. Watt is one of the best in the game, but his team won’t sneak into the playoffs again.

Jaguars: 9-7 (second), 6-10 (third), 5-11 (fourth

They are improving every year with this young team but this is still too tough of a division.

Titans: 2-14 (fourth), 3-13 (fourth), 8-8 (second)

The front seven on defense is one of the best in football, but the offense needs work with a young Marcus Mariota at quarterback.

 

Chiefs: 12-4 (first), 13-3 (first), 8-8 (third)

Alex Smith still has maybe a few years left in him and Andy Reid can still put in work. They have a strong chance at contending for a playoff spot once again.

Raiders: 11-5 (second), 8-8 (third), 12-4 (first)

This will be a turnaround year for Oakland with Derek Carr at quarterback. They will make the playoffs this year.

Broncos: 9-7 (third), 9-7 (second), 5-11 (fourth)

Manning’s gone and they’ve had too many changes in offseason. Still have Miller, Talib and Ware on the defensive end but it won’t be enough for them to contend for another super bowl

Chargers: 2-14 (fourth), 2-14 (fourth), 10-6 (second)

If injuries don’t plague them again, they will be the most improved team in football at 10-6. However, if injuries are a factor again this season they will finish at 2-14.

 

PLAYOFFS

NOAH’S PLAYOFF PICKS:

NFC Wild Card: (5) Cardinals over (4) Redskins

NFC Wild Card: (3) Packers over (6) Giants

 

NFC Divisional: (5) Cardinals over (1) Seahawks

NFC Divisional: (2) Panthers over (3) Packers

 

NFC Championship: (2) Panthers over (5) Cardinals


AFC Wild Card: (5) Raiders over (4) Colts

AFC Wild Card: (6) Steelers over (3) Chiefs

 

AFC Divisional: (1) Patriots over (6) Steelers

AFC Divisional: (2) Bengals over (5) Raiders

 

AFC Championship: (1) Patriots over (2) Bengals

 

ALBERT’S PLAYOFF PICKS:

NFC Wild Card: (5) Cardinals over (4) Giants

NFC Wild Card: (3) Panthers over (6) Vikings

 

NFC Divisional: (5) Cardinals over (1) Seahawks

NFC Divisional: (2) Packers over (3) Panthers

 

NFC Championship: (2) Packers over (5) Cardinals


AFC Wild Card: (5) Steelers over (4) Colts

AFC Wild Card: (3) Patriots over (6) Bills

 

AFC Divisional: (5) Steelers over (1) Chiefs

AFC Divisional: (3) Patriots over (2) Bengals

 

AFC Championship: (3) Patriots over (5) Steelers

 

ALEC’S PLAYOFF PICKS:

NFC Wild Card: (5) Seahawks over (4) Cowboys

NFC Wild Card: (3) Cardinals over (6) Vikings

 

NFC Divisional: (1) Packers over (5) Seahawks

NFC Divisional: (2) Panthers over (3) Cardinals

 

NFC Championship: (1) Packers over (2) Panthers


AFC Wild Card: (4) Patriots over (5) Ravens

AFC Wild Card: (6) Chargers over (3) Raiders

 

AFC Divisional: (1) Colts over (6) Chargers

AFC Divisional: (4) Patriots over (2) Steelers

 

AFC Championship: (1) Colts over (4) Patriots

 

 

NOAH’S SUPER BOWL PREDICTION: Carolina Panthers over New England Patriots

ALBERT’S SUPER BOWL PREDICTION: Green Bay Packers over New England Patriots

ALEC’S SUPER BOWL PREDICTION: Green Bay Packers over Indianapolis Colts

Show/NFL Preview


Hello blog readers, my name is Noah Alvarez and I am a new Volunteer DJ for KSSU radio this semester. I am a HUGE sports fan thus, my show will be formatted as a Sports talk show. Since I will talk about nothing but sports…I’m thinking of naming my show the “No.B.S. Hour” (acronym for Nothing But Sports of course). But I am still unsure about it.
A little background on myself, I was born in Santa Ana, CA and lived my whole life in Southern California. I went to Golden West JC where I declared to be a Communications major. After 2 1/2 years there I was able to transfer to Sacramento State University & am currently on my 2nd semester here.
I was always busy playing sports growing up as a kid. Football, karate, basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming, etc. any sport you can think of, I probably tried it, but I stuck with Football & Baseball  the longest. I played football through my freshmen year at Golden West and I am currently playing baseball still for the Sac State Club Baseball team (no not the D1 team but it is still competitive). Playing sports my whole life and following in my dad’s footsteps, I developed a strong passion for following professional sports.
Sports was not the only influence my dad had on me. my dad’s music also caught my attention as a child. One of my dad’s favorite genres of music(and mine as well) are Old School Hip Hop & Funk. Everything from Run DMC, Lakeside, NWA, George Clinton, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Public Enemy and many more were constantly played throughout my childhood. So during my show I plan on playing a couple of songs from that era as a tribute to my dad.

Now onto the second part of this blog post, a 32 NFL team preview. With the NFL season coming up I wanted to talk about what I like and dislike about each team and there chances this year. Lets get started…

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs past couple of years have had a really great defense and incredible run game headed by Jamaal Charles, but they’ve lacked the ability to really stretch the field vertically with Alex Smith at Quarterback. New WR Jeremy Maclin is a great deep threat but Alex Smith failed to throw a TD to any WR last season so Maclin might not get many targets. Like I stated earlier, Chiefs have a very strong defense that gets safety Eric Berry back from his battle with cancer. With dangerous offensive weapons in Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce, & Jeremy Maclin the Chiefs are a real threat to win 10 or 11 games and possibly the AFC West.
San Diego (possibly LA??) Chargers: The Chargers got a little younger this offseason drafting rookie RB Melvin Gordon to fill the hole at the position after Ryan Mathews left for the Eagles. Philip Rivers loses long time target Eddie Royal so it will be up to Keenan Allen & Malcom Floyd to really step it up at WR. Rivers still has old reliable in Antonio Gates at the tight end position. The Chargers have a solid defense this year with a strong secondary led by Saftey Eric Weddle. But in years past, the defense has just been average for the most part, nothing spectacular. We all know that Philip Rivers is capable of playing really great…but also really bad at times as well. If we see good Philip Rivers for the majority of the year, Chargers will be in contention for a wild card spot in the AFC this season.

Denver Broncos: Last few years Denver has easily been one of the best NFL teams but do not have any Super Bowl victories to show for. They still have WRs Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders but lost stud TE Julius Thomas to Jacksonville. New Head Coach Gary Kubiak will employ more of a run heavy style of offense than Denver has had in the past, in hope to take some of the workload off an aging Peyton Manning. Denver still has a star studded defense led by players like Von Miller, TJ Ward, Aqib Talib & Demarcus Ware. It will be interesting to see if Peyton can deliver a Super Bowl championship to Denver this season knowing that his career is coming to an end…
Oakland(maybe back to LA) Raiders: The Raiders are my candidate for Most Improved Team this upcoming season. Derek Carr in his 2nd year as starting Quarterback has new weapons at WR in Michael Crabtree & Amari Cooper. The RB position will be manned by Latavius Murray & Roy Helu Jr as former 3rd overall draft pick Trent Richardson did not make their 53 man roster. The Raiders defense looks to be very strong this year as young Linebacker Khalil Mack continues to take the league by storm. The secondary does still need some work but I think the Raiders this year are going to turn some heads and 8-8

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Arizona Cardinals: Cardinals the past couple of years have been plagued with injuries. Carson Palmer, Tyranna Mathieu, Darnell Dockett, Andre Ellington, & John Abraham just to name off a few impact players that missed chunks of last season with injury. When healthy though, the Arizona Cardinals are a really good team. They lost genius Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles this offseason as he took the Jets Head coaching position, but I am sure their defense will not take a dip in production. They have one of the most elite secondary groups which allows them to play man coverage a lot & blitz more rushers with confidence. As long as Carson Palmer & Andre Ellington can stay healthy this year and give some balance to that offense they can easily win 10 to 12 games. But being in the same division as the Seahawks, that might not be enough to win the NFC West.

Seattle Seahawks: Seattle was literally INCHES away from winning back-to-back Super Bowls last postseason, but I am sure Seattle fans have forgotten about that and are looking forward to this upcoming season. They still have Beast Mode (Marshawn Lynch), they still have the crafty Russell Wilson, they still have the Legion of Boom (Sherman, Chancellor, & Thomas), they still have an elite front 7, AND they just traded for Jimmy Graham this offseason…well, the rich just got richer. They are most people’s favorite to win the Super Bowl and it is hard to disagree. Pete Carroll has turned this franchise around since taking over as head coach. Russell Wilson continues to impress the nation as an underdog being drafted late in the 2012 NFL Draft. Seattle this year could easily win 15-16 games and could possibly go undefeated all they way, bearing any serious injuries. This will be a scary good Seahawks team this year.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams have been getting better and better the past couple of seasons and I think this year they will fully bloom to their potential. This offseason they swapped Quarterbacks with the Philadelphia Eagles bringing in Nick Foles to lead the team. Foles is still a young Quarterback and has shown inconsistency, yes, but they were very lucky to be able to get rid of Sam Bradford. The Rams have been playin with backup Quarterbacks most of the time in their ‘Sam Bradford era’ because he just simply could not stay healthy. This year Nick Foles has some very explosive weapons around him in Brian Quick, Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Tre Mason, Jared Cook, and rookie RB Todd Gurley. And just like the previous two NFC West teams, they have an elite Defense and possibly the best D-line in the NFL. Chris Long, Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn & Nick Fairley are going to wreak havoc on opposing backfields this year. If Nick Foles can take care of the ball and stay healthy, the Rams could win anywhere from 9 to 11 games this year and earn a Wild Card spot. If they weren’t in the tough NFC West, they would be favorites to win almost any other division.

San Fransisco 49ers: The 49ers probably just had one of the WORST offseasons that I can remember in recent history. They lost…well pretty much almost everyone. Where do I begin: HC Jim Harbaugh went back to Michigan to coach, Frank Gore to the Colts, Mike Iupati to the Cardinals, Dan Skuta to the Jaguars, Perissh Cox to the Titans, Andy Lee to the Browns, Chris Culliver to the Redskins, Stevie Johnson to the Chargers, Michael Crabtree to the Raiders, released Aldon Smith due off field issues, & lost Patrick Willis, Jonathan Martin, Anthony Davis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith, & Marcus Lattimore all to retirement. But lets look at some positives, they did bring in Reggie Bush and Torrey Smith to provide explosiveness for the offense. In reality, 49er fans have to accept their team is going through a rebuilding phase. A key player to watch this year is Colin Kaepernick. His production has slowly declined since taking over as the starting Quarterback, as NFL defenses are starting to figure out how to defend his style of play. Since Jim Harbaugh was the one who started Kaepernick & stuck with him the past seasons and is no longer head coach, will Jim Tomsula bench Kaepernick if he starts struggling again? We all know Kaepernick has incredible speed but last season he really struggled throwing the ball to his WRs. In fact, he did not throw a 4th quarter touchdown all last season and as a team, you won’t win that many games with that happening. 49ers will be lucky to win 5 games this year as a top 10 draft pick is in their near future next offseason.

Baltimore Ravens: Now on to the AFC North which I think will be the best division in the NFL this year. Last year the Ravens surprised most people by making the playoffs despite losing their best RB, Ray Rice, to a suspension in preseason. Justin Forsett stepped up into the starting position and rushed for over 1200 yards last season. This offseason Ravens lost deep threat Torrey Smith to free agency. Now Joe Flacco’s targets include veteran (my favorite receiver)Steve Smith Sr., and bunch of young unknown WRs and TEs. Ravens this year will have a really tough time scoring the ball unless these young WRs step up big time. The Baltimore defense should be really solid this year. They lost big nose tackle Haloti Ngata but they still have great Linebackers in Terrell Suggs, Courtney Upshaw, Elmis Dumervil, & CJ Mosely. The run defense will suffer a bit but I think their linebacker core and secondary can carry the defense. Because their options are limited on offense, I only see the Ravens winning 7 to 9 games which will not be enough to sneak into the playoffs this year.

Cincinnati Bengals: Who Dey nation! Bengals the last couple of years have no trouble winning in the regular season…it’s when they get to the post season when they (and by ‘they’, I mean mainly Andy Dalton), they seem to forget how to play football. They have the best RB tandem in Giovanni Bernard & Jeremy Hill and a top 5 WR in AJ Green. But when defenses take away those 3 options, Quarterback Andy Dalton doesn’t have that good of options to get the ball too. The Bengals defense is arguably the best in the AFC North. A great D-line led by Geno Atkins, a solid Linebacking core led by veteran Rey Maualuga, and a deep secondary led by cornerback Leon Hall. This team definitely has the talent to make the playoffs again, but unless Mohamed Sanu, Tyler Eifert or somebody else on offense steps up as a solid threat, I predict another first round exit for the Bengals.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are going to struggle the beginning part of season due to starters Le’Veon Bell & Martavis Bryant serving suspensions and center Maurkice Pouncey on IR/Designated to return. Once this offense gets all their starters back & healthy this will be one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. Antonio Brown tore secondaries apart last year with almost 1700 receiving yards. Le’Veon Bell is the best RB in the league (in my eyes), giving the Steelers great balance on offense meaning defenses can’t overplay the run or pass. And Big Ben…well he’s Big Ben & still one of the craftiest Quarterbacks in the league. The once “Steel Curtain” definitely has some holes now, especially in the secondary. Both Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor retired this off-season and the defense will miss their leadership. The Steelers do have some great young Linebackers and in a couple years, Pittsburgh will return to having a top 5 defense. Due to a slow start this season, I predict Pittsburgh will only be able to win 8-10 games which won’t be enough to win the division but possibly grab a wild card spot.

Cleveland Browns: As long as Josh McCown is the starting Quarterback in Cleveland, the Browns have a really good chance to go 0-16 this season. The Browns have a solid Offensive line and brought in new WR weapons in Brian Hartline & Dwayne Bowe…but for Johnny Manziel to lead the offense, not Josh McCown. McCown had a horrific season last year in Tampa Bay turning the ball over 24 times in 11 games and finished with a QBR below 33. I know Manziel was inconsistent last season in his limited playing time as a starter, but last years Browns team had no offensive weapons for him to work with. This offseason Johnny reported to have matured as a person, and I think his upside is to big for him not to be starting over McCown. Back to the rest of Cleveland, the Browns do have a sneaky good defense this season with new additions Danny Shelton and Tramon Williams. In addition, Joe Haden has emerged as a top 3 man-to-man cornerback in this league. Having Paul Kruger & Barkevious Mingo both rushing off the edge gives Cleveland a great pass rush as well. It’s too early to have any kind of playoff hopes for the Browns but if Manziel gets a couple starts later in the season, I predict them winning 3 or 4 games.

Green Bay Packers: It does not matter who you line up at Wide receiver, if you have the best Quarterback in the NFL, you have a pretty good chance to win it all. Jordy Nelson tearing his ACL this preseason would be a huge loss, but Rodgers can make good receivers out of average ones. Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, & (recently signed) James Jones are more than enough for Aaron Rodgers to work with. Biggest task for the rest of the Packers is going to be protecting Rodgers and giving up a  few amount of points. The defense did lose Linebacker AJ Hawk but they gained back Nose tackle BJ Raji from injury last season. This is a talented defense that has some big names such as Clay Mathews, Julius Peppers, Ha ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, & Sam Shields. Bearing any huge injuries, this Packer team could win 12 to 14 games easily and earn that #2 playoff seed in the NFC.

Detroit Lions: The Lions were robbed of a playoff win last postseason against Dallas but they look to make some noise again this season. They still have the best WR in the NFL in Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, but the past couple years he has struggled to stay healthy for a full season. Shouldn’t matter too much because Matthew Stafford has a solid backup #2 option in Golden Tate. They lost Reggie Bush this offseason but drafted Ameer Abdullah out of Nebraska University who looks to be a promising NFL running back. The Detroit defense did take some major losses this year. Both defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley departed this offseason but they somewhat replaced that void with big Nose tackle from Baltimore, Haloti Ngata. Deandre Levy and Stephen Tulloch are both really good linebackers that make tackles all over the field. In the secondary, Safety Glover Quinn led the league last year with 7 interceptions and looks to duplicate that production. All in all, this team will go as far as Mathew Stafford can lead them. Detroit won’t have an as dominant defense this season so that puts a bit more pressure on Mathew Stafford’s shoulders. 9 to 11 wins is a realistic goal for Lions fans and that could be good enough for them to earn a wild card spot.

Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater is the future! And guess what, the Vikings get Adrian Peterson back from  suspension last year. Remember the numbers AP put up that season after his ACL injury? Now he comes back with a whole year’s rest under his belt and looks to take back his title of best RB in the NFL. This Vikings team is going to be sneaky good. I don’t think they are ready to fully blossom just yet but in 2-3 years this is going to be an elite team. Having speed threat Mike Wallace gives Bridgewater a legit #1 target to throw too and it creates more running room for AP since defenses won’t be able to load the box. Kyle Rudolph is emerging as really good TE in this league as well. The Vikings defense was very underrated last year and is full of young players like Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, & Xavier Rhodes, that are only going to keep getting better. Realistically this Vikings team can win anywhere from 7 to 12 games. Don’t be surprised if this Vikings team beats out your team for an NFC wild card spot this season.

Chicago Bears: Remember when the Bears year after year had better defenses than their offense…well that’s not the case anymore. The Bears defense was sorry last year giving up over 6000 yards of total offense and finishing the year with a -5 turnover ratio. The low turnover ratio was all the defense fault as you can thank quarterback Jay Cutler for contributing to that number as well. Jay Cutler had a rough season last year and was benched in the last game. It looks like another rough year for Jay Cutler as he lost favorite target Brandon Marshall this offseason. New Head Coach John Fox has already publicly announced his dislike for Jay Cutler as starting Quarterback, but no team was willing to trade with Chicago because of Cutler’s extremely high contract. Sort of a lose-lose situation for both parties. The positive for this team is that they still have young pieces to build around in Alshon Jeffrey, Matt Forte, Kevin White, Kyle Fuller, Lamar Houston, & John Bostic. Bears fans may not enjoy a 2 to 4 win season, but will enjoy the upcoming off-season when the Bears get a top 5 draft pick.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Now onto the most “up for grabs” division in the NFL, the NFC South. Tampa Bay made a splash this offseaon drafting Jamies Winston as their new franchise quarterback. Say what you want about the guy, his off the field issues, or his work ethic, but this guy can flat out win. Tampa Bay already has a really really good defense with arguably the 2nd best defensive tackle in the league Gerald McCoy. Jonathan Banks and Alterraun Verner are both good young cornerbacks manning the outside and Linebackers Lavonte David & rookie Kwon Alexander look to be a promising Linebacker tandem. This team went 2-14 last year mainly because of one reason…McCown kept turning the ball over. If Winston can limit the turnovers and get the ball to his weapons in Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, & Doug Martin out of the backfield, this could be a playoff team. Yes I said playoff team because honestly I believe an 8-8 record wins this division.

Carolina Panthers: Speaking of 8-8 records, the Carolina Panthers won this division last year going 7-8-1 (YES their is ties in football!). I would say the Panthers’ playoff hopes ended when star WR Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL this preseason but all they have to do is reach 8-8. The Panthers still have a really solid & underrated defense. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis without a doubt are the best Linebacker duo in the NFL right now. The Panthers D-line is very deep as well but lost a big playmaker in Greg Hardy at DE. Keep a lookout for Cornerback Josh Norman to have a breakout year and emerge as a top 10 lockdown corner in the NFL. So no Benjamin this year means WR by committee on offense with guys like Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn Jr, Philly Brown, and rookie WR Devin Funchess. The biggest need this offseason for Carolina was addressed as they brought in Michael Oher at left tackle. Cam Newton did not look the same last season mainly because he was under pressure so quickly and so frequently. Remember that Monday night game where the Eagles sacked him 9 TIMES! Just horrific. If Cam gets the protection, Jonathan Stewart stays healthy, & the receivers step up, Carolina can reach 8-8 and win this division for a 3rd year in a row.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints shocked the nation this offseason by trading away pro bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks(…of all teams) for center Max Unger. Saints wanted to transition from a passing first offense to a run first offense this offseason and made moves accordingly. They resigned Mark Ingram to a long term contract & brought in CJ Spiller to play that “Darren Sproles” role they had a few years ago. Brandin Cooks looks to emerge as the Saints new #1 WR and is poised to have a breakout year. The Saints went with complete overhaul on defense bringing in Brandon Browner, Daniel Ellerbe, & Kevin Williams to help out Cameron Jordan & Kenny Vaccaro. Jarius Byrd also returns this year from his Achilles tear last season. Other than those names I mentioned, lots of these players on the defensive side are below average & not very well known players. It will be interesting to see how the defense meshes together and if Drew Brees can successfully lead a run first  offense to an 8-8 record.

Atlanta Falcons: Matty Ice and the Dirtybirds. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and…well really that’s kind of it. Not many household names in Atlanta this season. After Stephen Jackson didn’t work out at RB last year, Falcons are going with a platoon of young RBs such as Devonta Freeman & Tevin Coleman. Rookies Vic Beasley Jr. & Jalen Collins look to make an impact on an Atlanta defense that was not very good last year. The Falcons did bring in free agents like Justin Durant & Adrian Clayborn to help out the defense but who knows if that will be enough. The key to success for the Falcons is in the trenches. If their O-line or D-line can get some sort of push that they have lacked in the past years, they can bring some balance to the offense and the team as a whole. 8-8 is the goal for Atlanta although I think they are the least likely to win the division.

 Indianapolis Colts: Really the only team worth talking about in this division is the Colts. Andrew Luck has emerged as the second best quarterback in the NFL and is poised to have a huge year. The Colts brought in University of Miami teammates Andre Johnson & Frank Gore to help the cause. Along with T.Y. Hilton at receiver, the Colts have two good options at Tight end as well in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. The Colts’ defense isn’t spectacular but they do get elite pass rusher Robert Mathis back from injury this season. Vontae Davis has emerged as an elite cornerback in the NFL as well as help make the Colts’ secondary the strongest part of their defense. Maybe near the trade deadline they bring in someone else to help out that front seven. Even if they don’t, the Colts still have enough talent & potential to reach the Super Bowl and possibly win it all.

Houston Texans: The next best team in the division is the Texans but its not even a close race. The Texans do have a really good defense that contains a great front seven. Oh and don’t forget about JJ Watt. I think most people can agree he is the best player in the NFL right now. He did practically everything but play Quarterback for the Texans last year. But JJ Watt and this Texans defense can’t win many games on their own. The offense opening day will be lead by Brian Hoyer, not Ryan Mallet, as the starting quarterback. The Texans QB situation has just been a mess since the decline of Matt Schaub and Houston has not really been relevant since. Arian Foster is going to miss the first 4-6 games of the season too so they are already without their best offensive player. I think the Texans will be lucky to come away with 7 or 8 wins this season and miss the postseason for another year.

Tennessee Titans: Similar to the Texans, the Titans have been in a Quarterback carousel for a couple of years now. They hope they have found their answer in rookie quarterback out of Oregon, Marcus Mariota. Mariota is not surrounded by much talent as I’m sure he’s realized already. He’ll be sharing a backfield with Bishop Sankey & Dexter McCluster. His top targets are gunna be WRs Kendall Wright & Harry Douglas along with tight end Delanie Walker. Brian Orakpo, Jason McCourty, & Perrish Cox highlight the names they have on defense. Clear to say Tennessee is in rebuilding mode. Winning 3 to 5 games is what I predict the Titans will do.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars too are in a rebuilding phase but are one step ahead of the Titans because they got their franchise quarterback last draft. Blake Bortles had a pretty decent rookie season considering the weapons he was given to work with. The Jaguars added another stud rookie this year in T.J. Yeldo, running back out of Alabama University. Jaguars also gave Bortles a legit threat at tight end in Julius Thomas from the Broncos. On the defensive side, not too many recognizable names. Paul Posluszny has quietly gone under the radar but is a really good middle linebacker. Jaguars would be happy to win 3 to 5 games and get another top 5 draft pick to keep rebuilding.

Philadelphia Eagles: You want to talk about overhauls, then look no further at what Chip Kelly has done with the Eagles. In 3 years as head coach of the Eagles, Chip Kelly has gotten rid of:(be ready this list is long) Desean Jackson, Trent Cole, Jeremy Maclin, Lesean McCoy, Nick Foles, Byrce Brown, Evan Mathis, Michael Vick, Kurt Coleman, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Casey Mathews, Brandon Boykin, Cullen Jenkins, & Cary Williams. Phew that was a mouthful. Some Philly fans have faith in Chip Kelly trading for his own players, and others are a little skeptic and confused just like the rest of us are. Guys like McCoy & Desean Jackson I thought were perfect for that system. On to present day, the Eagles have a loaded offensive roster. Demarco Murray, Ryan Matthews, & Darren Sproles are all going to be sharing the load at running back. Sam Bradford is the new quarterback for this team and his main targets at WR will most likely be Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. Miles Austin, Brett Celek, & Zach Ertz round up the other targets Mark Sanchez can throw too. Yes I said Mark Sanchez because Sam Bradford can’t stay healthy to save his life. On the defensive side the Eagles aren’t elite, but they do have a sneaky good defense. Conner Barwin, Kiko Alonso, Fletcher Cox, DeMeco Ryans, & Bryon Maxwell are some big names to keep an eye out for. Eagles will go as far as Sam Bradford stays healthy, if he plays all 16, Eagles can 11 or 12 games. But if Bradford misses significant time, I don’t see Mark Sanchez winning more than 5 games as a starter.

Washington Redskins: Remember when RG3 was good…yea neither do lots of people. It feels like ages ago when Robert Griffin III took the league by storm his rookie season. Since his ACL injury at the end of that season, RG3 simply has lost his magic and cannot stay healthy. This preseason, Redskins announced they are moving on with Kirk Cousins as their starting Quarterback. Looks like the RG3 era is done and so might be his career. Cousins has shined in some games coming off the bench and has great weapons to throw to in Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed. If Cousins learns to stay within himself, this can be an above average offense. Washington’s defense is what fans should be worried about. They still have good Linebackers in Perry Riley Jr and Ryan Kerrigan but lost big time pass rusher Brian Orakpo. They brought in Chris Culliver, Dashon Goldson, Terrence Knighton, and Stephen Paea but the rest of this defense is still really young and inexperienced. This could be an ugly season for the Redskins. Best case scenario  I have them winning 5 games, but they should be looking forward to having a top 10 pick in this upcoming draft.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys really surprised some people this off-season by not resigning Demarco Murray and not really addressing the need at the position. Looks like they have faith in Joseph Randle and Run DMC (Darren McFadden) to fill the void. This Offensive line is great, and Dez Bryant is a great WR as well, but without a balanced offensive attack I don’t think Romo can lead this team to the playoffs. On the defensive side Cowboys get back pro bowl Linebacker Sean Lee back from injury. Later in the season they also get both Greg Hardy & Rolando McClain back from suspensions. So this can be a really good defensive team in the second half of the season. They did lose cornerback Orlando Scandrick for the season which leaves a huge void in their secondary that Claiborne & rookie Byron Jones will look to fill. But without Demarco Murray I don’t see this Cowboys team winning more than 8 games. Good news for them is that might be good enough to win division depending on the health of Sam Bradford in Philly…

New York Giants: Eli Manning reminds me of Phillip Rivers (except Eli has rings), they both can be potentially really great quarterbacks but then have times where they look worse than Josh McCown. Eli Manning flat out has a really really good offense this year. Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. (who only needs three fingers to catch a football), Rueben Randle, Larry Donnell, and then Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen & Andre Williams in the backfield. OBJ is the real deal out in New York as he took the league by storm last year. There should be no one but himself to blame if Eli can’t score 20 or more points a game with this team. New York’s defense does have some big question marks though. The front seven seems to be vulnerable especially if Jason Pierre Paul does not play for the Giants this season after a firework incident caused him to have a finger amputated. The secondary will have to carry this defense led by players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie & Prince Amukamara. Due to a lackluster defense, Giants win anywhere from 5-8 games this year which won’t be enough to top the Eagles or Cowboys for the Division.

New England Patriots: The AFC East should just be renamed the Patriots division am I right? Coming off a VERY lucky Super Bowl victory last season, Tom Brady and the Patriots look to duplicate their success. Tom Brady is also no longer suspended as he won his court case against the NFL for Deflate gate suspension. So the Patriots gets away with cheating (AGAIN) and have another controversial Super Bowl victory in their records. Patriots offense isn’t a concern this year and never will be as long as Brady & Gronk are still there. And minus the downgrade at Cornerback this year, the defense is still really good. I thought with Brady suspended a couple games this team would miss the playoffs, but now that he’ll be here all season, Patriots take the division (AGAIN) with 12 or 13 wins.

Miami Dolphins: I really wanted the Dolphins to win the division this year but seems unlikely now with Brady’s suspension overturned. They added  a whole lot of beef on defense in Ndamukong Suh. Add Suh to a Defensive line that already has Cameron Wake, Earl Mitchell, & Olivier Vernon…look out opposing Quarterbacks. On the offensive side Ryan Tannehill is loaded with weapons this year. I predict Lamar Miller will have a breakout year this season. Jarvis Landry, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker, Jordan Cameron, & Kenny Stills round up the targets Tannehill will have the pleasure of getting the ball too this season. This Miami Dolphins team can win 10 games this year and possibly sneak into an AFC wild card spot.

New York Jets: Great new coach, great defense, great offesnive weapons…but no Quarterback. Geno Smith literally got knocked out by a teammate this summer that is going to sideline him until halfway through the season. So it looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter right now. He has weapons like Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker & Chris Ivory so this offense can score, but it won’t if Fitzpatrick plays like the Fitzpatrick of the past. The Jets’ defensive line is scary good and they also brought Revis & Cromartie back this offseason. With Todd Bowles as Head coach as well, this could be potentially a top 5 defense. Bottom line, Jets are only a 6 win team until they figure out their Quarterback situation out… *cough Jay Cutler cough*

Buffalo Bills: Great new coach, great defense, great offensive weapons…but no Quarterback. Sound familiar? Well it should because the Bills are almost in an identical situation as the Jets. Tyrod Taylor beat out both Matt Cassell & E.J. Manuel this preseason for the starting job. This offense is going to have a lot of speed with players like Lesean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, Charles Clay, & Percy Harvin. On defense, the only weak point is maybe at the Linebacker position since they traded away Kiko Alonso this offseason. All around, this defense has the potential to be a top 5 defense, just like the Jets, but the Bills will only win 6 games this year until they figure their quarterback situation out.

So now my playoff predictions and I’ll make this quick:

NFC Seedings: 1. Seattle, 2. Green Bay, 3. New Orleans, 4. Philadelphia, 5. Detroit, 6. Arizona.

Seattle & Green Bay in NFC Championship.

Seattle advances to Super Bowl.

AFC Seedings: 1. Indianapolis, 2. New England, 3. Kansas City, 4. Cincinnati, 5. Denver, 6. Dolphins.

Indy & Kansas City (shocks New England)

Indianapolis advances to Super Bowl.

Colts beat Seahawks in Super Bowl 26-22

 

Noah Alvarez is a DJ with KSSU Sacramento States only student run radio station.