NFL Week One Thoughts and Maybe Slight Overreactions

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So Sunday football is pretty much done. We have seen a majority of the teams play. With the exception of four that play tomorrow. The Cardinals .vs. Chargers (two evenly matched teams) and Lions .vs. Giants (another set of two possibly evenly matched teams).

After seeing a lot of these teams, I have a lot of thoughts…and maybe slight overreactions.

1. The Seahawks Have a Chance to Repeat

A no brainer here. They looked dominant against the Packers at home once again. Should be interesting to see how they do as the season progresses. They haven’t won at San Francisco in years, you can almost chalk that one up as a loss. They have to play Denver at home, who are tough in the regular season and in general. And they have to go play in Carolina, which I think could be a loss. Last years opening game in Carolina was very, very close. If this team gets in as a top seed, they could have a good chance to repeat. But there are a few teams in the NFC that they must be worried about.

2. The 49ers Are Still a Great Team

Many people thought this could be the year they regress, myself included. I saw them as a 10-6 team. They still look very good and sharp on defense. Tony Romo couldn’t get anything going. Their run game is still at the top of the league and they still can control the clock well. I hate to admit it but they will be battling Seattle for control of the division or as a top seed in the NFC. They still have a top five defense and guys such as Aldon Smith will eventually come back. There are a few tough games on their schedule but they look like they could be around 12-4 like they were last year.

3. Denver Has an Elite Defense This Year

Two years ago they had a very good defense and last year their defense flat out sucked. This year they have a good, clutch defense that can keep teams from scoring points. Their offense doesn’t look as crazy good as it did last year. I think they are once again the top team in the AFC and the team to beat there. Who will be their competition come postseason time? I’m not sure, but let’s not forget the Ravens were able to take them out two years ago. Any team can come in and take them out.

4. Atlanta and New Orleans are Two Evenly Matched Teams

I made the mistake saying Atlanta would be a terrible team this year. They look around the same level the Saints do. I predict both to be around 10-6 teams who are good on offense and not bad on defense. The Saints could have played much better on defense today.

5. Carolina Still Controls the NFC South

They picked up where they left off last year. They dominated Tampa Bay with their scrub second string quarterback Derek Anderson. Their defense is savage and physical as fuck. Cam Newton might not be the best player on this team; Luke Kuechly may be. I think the regression talk was exaggerated. They will win the NFC South division again in my eyes. Their defense can absolutely beat Atlanta and New Orleans at home and maybe on the road too.

6. Minnesota is a Good Team This Year

I was completely wrong about them. No way do they finish 2-14. They played great today and could be the team to give the Packers competition for the NFC north crown. I think the Lions and Bears are mediocre teams. The Vikings, if they play like they did today, can absolutely take out the Bears and Lions in the NFC North.

7. Houston Has a Top Ten Defense

They strangled Washington and looked strong on defense. They allowed just one touchdown. I am not so sure they will finish 4-12, they looked fine. They could be the best team in the AFC south along with the Colts.

8. Washington is the Worst Team in the League

I’m sorry but they looked like it today. RG3 has been figured out and I think by midseason we will see Cousins come in to play. Their defense is still awful and their quarterback is not a guy who was as dominant as he was when he first came in the league. I think they are the worst team after what I saw this week along with maybe the Cleveland Browns.

9. The Patriots Decade of Dominance May Be Nearing an End

I haven’t seen them play this poorly in a regular season game in years. Usually if they are down by a few points they are able to come back and make the game competitive. Brady and Belicheck just flat out gave up today when they were down. Miami beat them up in the trenches, on both sides of the ball. I think the game against the Vikings next week will be very interesting. For one, we will see if the Vikings are for real. And two, if the Patriots are bad this season. I saw a Patriots team that looked really poor today. They are a different animal at home but we will see…

The Seahawks Picked Up Where They Left Off

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NFL season started on Thursday and the world champion Seattle Seahawks faced off against the Green Bay Packers live from Century Link.

The champions did not disappoint. Many have thought they could be the first team in a while to repeat as NFL champions this year.

I’m a Seahawks fan myself and have been for a while. Do I think they can repeat? I will say, I don’t know. I don’t want to be arrogant and say it’s given to them off the bat. Many things can happen in a season. Russell Wilson can go down. Percy Harvin probably will go down. There are also other teams in the league who are damn good. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos control the AFC with the Indianpolis Colts rising as possible contenders this year. The New Orleans Saints made some fantastic draft moves this year and picked up Jairus Byrd. They will be better than last year, where they finished 11-5. The Carolina Panthers are also a question mark. They finished 12-4 and could either be just as good or come back down to earth.

Point being, the Seahawks played good. I wouldn’t say great. I’ve seen them play much better myself. The super bowl game against the Broncos is an example. But Percy Harvin showed how he elevates their offense. He stretches the field and is quick as hell. What a talent he is. And Marshawn Lynch is still just as good as he is last year. Even though the Packers defense is a joke, let’s not kid ourselves.

To me the real disappointment was Aaron Rodgers. I have respect for him and can see he is easily a top three quarterback in the league. But man did he not look like it yesterday.

It was 3rd and 4 or so and he could have easily ran it for a first down but chucked it out of bounds. That showed he was either mentally weak and not willing to take a hit, he was not making good decisions, or whatever the case may be. He did not look as sharp as he usually does. The Seahawks were good on the run. Their tackling could have been better. I’ve seen them play better defense. Rodgers looked mediocre.

Of course the Packers could bounce back next game. I still think they are the best team in the AFC north. It will be interesting to see the Bears against them this year. The Packers offensive line and defense need massive improvements and overhauls. Too injury riddled and not as effective as they both once were.

I think the Seahawks have a chance to get in as a high seed into the playoffs this year and possibly repeat what they did. They have to be scared of the Saints or 49ers getting in as higher seeds. Having to play the Saints at the superdome in the playoffs is a guaranteed loss. They are a different team at home. I also checked their schedule and honestly, they might be able to win at least thirteen of their games if they are better than last year.

Should be interesting to see how this season plays out.

Ranking Every Teams Starting Quarterback

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In terms of which quarterbacks will be starting on week one for their NFL teams next week, here is how I would rank them:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
8. Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
10. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
11. Eli Manning, New York Giants
12. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
13. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
14. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
15. Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions
16. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
17. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
18. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
21. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
22. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
23. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
24. Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders
25. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
26. Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns
27. Geno Smith, New York Jets
28. EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
29. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings
31. Shaun Hill, St. Louis Rams
32. Ryan Mallett/Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans

Aaron Rodgers to me has been the best in the league for a few years now. He is flat out dangerous, has a rocket arm, and wicked accuracy. He also has the ability to torch any defense. Besides the San Francisco 49ers for whatever reason. If he is not number one then it’s either Peyton Manning on Tom Brady, the two usual suspects. No quarterback has ever matched Peyton Manning’s success in the regular season and not many quarterbacks have matched Brady’s success in the post season. These are clearly the top three quarterbacks in the league without much debate.

After those three it’s clearly Brees and Big Ben. Without Brees the Saints do not have the same attack on offense. They have been dominant for years due to him and Sean Payton, one of the best duos in the league. As for Pittsburgh I really do think if they did not have Big Ben for the last few years they would have been a lottery team. The fact he can survive behind the offense line and a defense that has been getting weaker year by year speaks volumes. I commend him for making them even a near .500 team.

The next two I would say are the best from the 2012 NFL draft: Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. You could rotate either one. As a Seahawks fan I would admit Andrew Luck has the bigger upside of both. In a few years you will see Andrew Luck as the number one quarterback in the league. I am not over rating the guy. He is a generational talent. Like Aaron Rodgers he has the ability to torch any defense on any given night. I saw him do it against the Seahawks. In his first year he was reckless but learned a lot and I saw a kid with skills last year. The Patriots made a mockery of him and his team in the postseason but I doubt it will happen much more often. Him and Russell Wilson are elite and two of the top young quarterbacks in the league.

This is where the list gets complicated. After deciding who has the highest upside and who is the best, who should come after? There is really no good way to rank this. I would say from what I’ve seen Rivers is still top ten. He looked rejuvenated out there last year and damn good. You could rank him even higher than that. Matt Ryan and Tony Romo are also top ten in my opinion. They have not won super bowls like Eli Manning and Joe Flacco have but they have consistency in the regular season. Tony Romo is good but unfortunately the least clutch quarterback we have ever seen in the league. Poor guy.

Cam Newton is a guy I have said will be a top five quarterback one day. He just hasn’t surpassed those ahead of him. If he repeats his dominance this year I will rank him near the top five on next years list no questions asked. Until then I think it’s fine to put him behind Eli and Joe Flacco.

I think Ryan Mallett or Fitzpatrick are the worst starting quarterbacks in the league. Whoever the Texans name. Fitzpatrick is terrible and Mallet has little to no starting experience. I can’t rank him very high. Shaun Hill was considered one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league for years. Mallett never really was because he had to sit every game for Tom Brady.]

If Blake Bortles was a starting quarterback I would rank him much higher than Chad Henne without thinking twice.

The same could be considered for Derek Carr if the Raiders choose to go with him over Matt Schaub, which I doubt for now. Matt Schaub is alright, but he might be done as a quarterback. His last time with the Texans was an awful sight. And people have said he has not looked good in the preseason for the Raiders either. Keep your eye on him and the Raiders this year.

This Is Why I Hate the San Francisco 49ers

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Yes, I’m a Seahawks fan.

But even if I wasn’t a Hawks fan I would hate the San Francisco 49ers. Seriously, everything about them pisses me off. I felt like venting out just watching their preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.

Here is a laundry list on why they are my least favourite sports team next to the Miami Heat (who are not anymore since Queen James left them stranded just like he left Cleveland):

1. Colin Kaepernick is seriously over rated

Seriously, what is good about this guy? He’s not even a top fifteen quarterback in the league. Yet in his first year in the league I had to hear bullshit from people like Ron Jaworski (or whatever the hell his name is) say how he could be the best ever quarterback in the NFL. Are you serious? The greatest quarterbacks I have seen in the game can dissect defenses and could be surgeons had they not made it in the NFL. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers. Colin Kaepernick? That’s a nice joke. The guy couldn’t read a defense to save his life. I must admit, he can run. He’s quick. He has a pretty damn strong arm. But that’s completely it. If you put him on another team he does not last long in the league at all. He has Frank Gore to help him run the ball, who has skills and has for a while. He has Crabtree and Boldin to catch the ball who while I both don’t like they have some great hands. They are great. Vernon Davis is a top tight end in a league. AND his offensive line is the best in the league. What more can he get? Hearing fans call him the best ever or say how he had no weapons to start the year last year seriously annoyed me. The guy is a spoon-fed child and not good at all. That Dre beats commercial was laughable and didn’t last long when Sherman and Malcolm Smith picked his ass off in the NFC championship game. Let’s not forget how many times Anquan Boldin (who has some of the best hands in the league) has bailed this guy out. In the NFC championship game he threw a risky throw to Boldin right when Earl Thomas was there. It didn’t work when Sherman was there.

2. The Fans and the Organization Scumbagged Alex Smith

How can you hate on Alex Smith? He’s a smart, quiet quarterback who has some decent skills. The first year Harbaugh came in I must admit I didn’t dislike this team. It impressed me how quickly Harbaugh turned the team around. Alex Smith looked like he fit in really well. They were dominant and he managed the game well. Hell, it was him and Vernon Davis who took out the New Orleans Saints in that playoff game. The Saints were a powerhouse team that year. The bandwagonning fans in San Francisco cheered in the audience. The guy they complained about finally proved his worth and took them over the top. It was not him who lost that game against the Giants in the NFC championship game. The name Kyle Williams rings a bell. So what happens next year after Alex Smith took them over the top? Right as he goes out with a concussion they bring in Kaepernick, a gimmick quarterback who looked great in a league that wasn’t prepared for the read option. So of course Harbaugh leaves this spoonfed child in and sits out Alex Smith. And then sends him to Kansas City who takes him in with wide open arms. Of course after the fact Alex Smith turned around the Kansas City Chiefs, sports journalists and 49ers fans have the audacity to continuously bash this guy despite the fact he took their team to the NFC championship game. Is Kaepernick better than this guy? Nope. I don’t care what anyone says, I would take Alex Smith 9/10 times over the gimmick quarterback who had a few hot games a few years ago.

3. Their Fans Are Big Bandwagonners

In number two I described how the fans of the 49ers cheered when Smith helped them defeat the powerhouse New Orleans Saints in Candlestick park and they talked how great he now was. Yet when he gets concussed he all of the sudden is not as good as Kaepernick. Bullmeat sandwich. All these fans talk about are how the Seahawks fans are bandwagonners. Says who? It’s been the loudest stadium in the league for years. Even when Holmgren was there. I recall when Singletary was coaching the 49ers it was the quietest for a team with such a great history. Yet when Kaepernick comes in all of the sudden they are the most passionate. Yeah right. Biggest bandwagonners in the league bar none and I’m not being biased.

4. Their Defense is Annoying to Play Against

Not that I hate their defense or anything, they just annoy me because they are so good. Without this defense Colin Kaepernick would be seriously exposed. I have lost count the number of times I have seen Kaepernick throw a careless interception or fumble the ball yet his defense bails him out on the ten yard line or line of scrimmage. Come on guys, play worse so Kaepernick can be exposed and the bandwagon fans can go cheer for another good California team (if there is one). I have respect for them though. Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Navorro Bowman. Some bad dudes. That is the most clutch and best front seven in the league. Which is why they frustrate the hell out of me. Like I said, please play worse so Kaepernick can get exposed.

5. Jim Harbaugh is a Big Whiner

This is sort of like number four. Harbaugh is annoying to watch but he is a damn good coach. No shame in me admitting he is a top three-five coach in the league. The only bad decision he has made is dumping Alex Smith for Colin “me me me” Kaepernick. He will look back at that one day and say “Jesus, I was drunk the day I did that”. But seriously, Harbaugh is a huge whiner. Every freaking game I have watched the 49ers play he is whining. It’s good to be competitive but lighten up. He whines over the most ridicolous crap ever as well. Such as how much time is left on the clock. Good coach, huge whiner. The game against the Panthers in the playoffs was really tough to watch.

6. The Team is Arrogant and Classless

Which brings me from my last point talking about the game against the Panthers. The 49ers talk trash and are arrogant as hell. My Seahawks are definitely the same way. These guys talk just as much trash though. Even Troy Aikman had enough of it. Anquan Boldin’s antics were annoying to watch in the game against the Panthers in the playoffs. He is like a child. People don’t know it but Crabtree is just as bad. A big whiner. Whenever he doesn’t catch something he’s quick to say that it’s pass interference. Should be a politician with that type of whining aren’t I right? Surprised he didn’t do it when Richard Sherman ruined his career.

They are a good team but I won’t be losing sleep when they go downhill. Just have had enough of their annoying team and fans.

Sam Bradford’s Injury Brings Up Harsh Realities of Being in the NFL

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NFL: St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers

So Sam Bradford is done for the year, yet again.

As a fan of a division rival team of the St. Louis Rams in the NFC West, I honestly feel really bad for not only the St. Louis Rams but also Sam Bradford.

There have been polls out there that show Shaun Hill is who people think is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. So the Rams have that going for them. Is he as good as Sam Bradford? I don’t know about that.

Bradford reminded me a lot of Alex Smith when watching him play. He is not elite but he possess some skills. Not good at throwing it deep but he can be accurate and manage the game well. It sucks for the Rams losing him.

However, besides having Shaun Hill they do have a good, young defense going for them and talent everywhere. I picked them to go above .500 this year but I just don’t know if they can do it with Shaun Hill. Time will tell.

Anyways, you may be asking what is with the thread title. Well, this is a brutal league. I’m sure people who saw Bradford win rookie of the year in 2010 did not see this as his fate. People were questioning if the Rams should stick with him after this year. Well, unfortunately, now that this has happened again I don’t see them sticking with him. He is holding them back from improving by either: constantly being injured or even when playing, not taking them (the Rams that is) to the next level.

It may be time to see what Shaun Hill has to offer. If he’s not the answer, they can look into Ryan Mallett of the Patriots or Kirk Cousins of the Redskins (who both have shown shades of decency at quarterback yet are delegated to backup roles). They could also even draft a quarterback next year and groom him to take the starting spot on an already highly talented, young team in the St. Louis Rams.

I hate to say it but I think Sam Bradford is done being a St. Louis Ram.

The Seahawks Are Blowing the Roof Off the Building

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It’s preseason, but the Hawks are thrashing the Bears like it’s nobodies business.

Does this sound similar to last season? The Hawks went 4-0 and won the super bowl. They looked dominant in the preseason. They lost to the Broncos this preseason but it was a close game. These last two preseason games at home they have obliterated the opposition. The Chargers and the Bears…not the worst teams.

I won’t be too quick to say they can repeat as champions. But I really do believe they will be in the running again. This team is nasty and built well from top to bottom. I said their offense would be better this season. They have Lane and Tharold Simon as reserves, extremely talented guys on defense.

I think the ones who should be worried about the NFL regular season are the Santa Clara Forty Whiners, also known as the 49ers lead by crybaby Jim Harbaugh. They have gotten their asses kicked this preseason and the St. Louis Rams are clearly on the rise in the NFC west.

Ah, The NFL Preseason

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The Denver Broncos do realize this is the NFL preseason, right?

They should save this energy for the real actual games against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Trolling aside, TJ Ward and Demarcus Ware look like great additions for this team so far. Especially TJ Ward. Getting rid of Chump Bailey was a wise move too, that guy looked like an idiot in the last two postseasons for the Broncos.

The 49ers are also 0-2 and Phil Dawson missed two field goals apparently. I thought what? Phil Dawson always gets on my nerves. Without him kicking in his chip shots to bail out Kaepernick the 49ers would have been 7-9 last year. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and the 49ers are really in trouble. Good team, just can’t stand them and their constant whining.