Mr. N’s #SuperBowl 51 Power Poll with Random HOF Thoughts #NFL


NFL Power Rankings

1.            New England Patriots (1) – The Pats came out flat and played worse than I have seen them in a Super Bowl since they lost to Chicago 46-10.  No D to speak of, Brady over and under throwing and even throwing a pick 6.  Down 28-3 at one point I kept uttering an F worded what the … – it was unbelievable.  Then they got 6 and it was down 19 at the half.  Then the Second half started and the Pats played D, Brady was on fire and the avalanche slowly picked up mo coming down on the huddled Falcons.  Before the smoke cleared the Pats had it tied and went into OT and put it away.  They are the first team to play a totally crappy first half and still win.  Congrats, you are the best this year. 

 

 

 

2.            Atlanta Falcons (2) – The Falcons had a first half for the ages.  Superb long runs, great passes and catches, Solid pass rush, great pressure, a pick six.  The party was on and they were up 25 and the game looked over.  They looked just like they did in the regular season when they took a big lead and put on prevent.  They played prevent and then their coaches did the stupidest things ever and gave away a Super Bowl.  When Jones made that amazing catch at the 22 they were up 8.  Run three times and kick a FG and they 11-point lead is insurmountable.  They ran once, they went for a pass and took a penalty then huge sack and had to punt.  The D continued its collapse into OT and they lost.  A huge embarrassing loss that will linger next year in the hangover of hangovers.

 

 

 

 

3.            Pittsburgh Steelers –

 

 

 

4.            Green Bay Packers –

 

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs –

 

 

 

 

6.            Dallas Cowboys – Their owner is in the Hall of Fame now which is kind of like having a Bank President reward himself employee of the month.

 

 

 

 

7.            Seattle Seahawks –

 

 

 

8.            Houston Texans –

 

 

 

 

 

9.            New York Giants –

 

10.          Oakland Raiders – So the Billionaire (no mention of his wife Mrs. Howell) pulled out of Vegas stadium and now Vegas and Oakland are up in the air.  Late info from Fox Sports Radio suggests San Diego is ready to offer the Raiders a home come 2019.

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins – Jason Taylor is in the HOF.  I remember one statement made about Taylor during his prime ‘he was a poor man’s Junior Seau’ – that doesn’t sound like a canton endorsing description but they are letting just about anyone except T.O. in these days.

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions –  

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

17.        Indianapolis Colts –

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints –

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings – With Bridgewater out likely til 2018 at least this is Bradford’s team and today it seems Dallas may want AP so that is the beginning of quite a face change for this franchise.

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos –  With Terrell Davis in the HOF it is official that good players get into Canton not just great ones.

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets – Rex Ryan wishes them luck!

 

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars –

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills – Rex Ryan uses F words to describe the Bills lol

 

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers – Kyle S now seems interested in Jimmy G from NE and not Cousins.  It is not certain if he will be able to keep track of the various Niner game plans during the season.

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

29.          Los Angeles Chargers –

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins –

 

 

 

31.          Los Angeles Rams – Kurt Warner will be in the HOF as a Ram.  Proof positive you can have 2 good years and that makes you a Hall of Famer.

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS –

 

 

 

 

There you have it, as always I would love it if someone just reads all the way through my ramblings and also will accept money, preferably tens and twenties!  Any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements are always welcome!

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s #NFL Conference Championship Weekend Power Poll #Rankings #Patriots #Falcons


NFL Power Rankings

1.            New England Patriots (1) – Came out with a simple game plan, beat the zone D of Pittsburgh.  There were holes that Jabba The Hutt could have run routes through.  Brady channeled his inner Darth Vader and tore them apart.  They scored and scored and scored.  Their D stopped them in the red zone over and over and even got turnovers.  The game was over well before the 4th Quarter and now The Evil Empire and Darth Vader are on their way to their 9th Super Bowl.

 

 

 

2.            Atlanta Falcons (4) – The Falcons got off to a fast start with a TD and a FG.  Their D played strong and kept getting turnovers.  Ryan was superb.  He spread the ball around and burned them with Sanu, he burned them with Julio, he burned them with Freeman.  By the half they were up by a ton and by the 4th quarter they had put up a 40 burger.  A dominating and powerful win that showed Atlanta at the top of their game.  If they play this way two weeks from now in Houston they could win the Super Bowl.  A great win.

 

 

 

 

3.            Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – Word of warning to rest of the NFL.  Even is your opponents are a bunch of A**holes -don’t call them that on social media.  Pittsburgh came in with that over their heads and then their D proceeded to play a weak zone that was tore apart again and again.  Big Ben overthrew deep balls and sometimes receivers dropped it too.  Down by a ton they got a little against prevent but too little too late.  A bad loss and they need to work on their D and find a pass rush with consistency.  A little better bulk on the O line wouldn’t hurt.

 

 

 

4.            Green Bay Packers (2) – From the start the Pack D was unable to stop Atlanta.  They fell behind early.  The Packer O missed a FG, fumbled in the red zone and were down 17 fast.  Aaron Rodgers tried to run a table but tripped over the leg and fell down.  He reared back to throw one of his classic ‘hail mary’s’ and he was picked.  The Pack couldn’t stop the run or the pass and fell down 4 or more TDs.  They got a little against prevent but when they went on side they turned it into a forty burger.  The Pack D has never been good and this game showed America how bad they are.  Rodgers was destroyed and the Pack lost and are ELIMINATED.  They get to go home and watch the Super Bowl and that is a happy thing for a BEARS fan even though I picked them.  Oh and Aaron…R-E-L-A-X!

 

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs –

 

 

 

 

6.            Dallas Cowboys –

 

 

 

 

7.            Seattle Seahawks –

 

 

 

8.            Houston Texans –

 

 

 

 

 

9.            New York Giants –

 

10.          Oakland Raiders – It is official *unless owners don’t agree* that the Raiders will be Gamblers.  It could work for Vegas but I think this could be the beginning of the death knell for pro teams in Oakland.  Oakland needs revitalization and crime control.

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins –

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions –  

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

17.        Indianapolis Colts – The Colts fired the GM, who they had just extended.  They stay still that Pagano is safe.  They also say they won’t say that Peyton Manning is in line for Head of Football Ops.  That isn’t a stone cold denial.

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints –

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings –

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos – 

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets –

 

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars –

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills –

 

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers – Evidently Kyle Shanahan will be the head coach.  It appears he and the Niners want Kirk Cousins so Kaep can start listing his lodgings in SF.

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

29.          Los Angeles Chargers –

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins – Washington might be able to pry a 1st round pick from SF for Cousins so that is something to consider if they are too stupid to sign him long term.

 

 

 

31.          Los Angeles Rams – Wade Phillips is the new DC.  He is a great co-ordinator but not much of a coach.

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS – They need a QB.  They can either get a vet like Ty Taylor or get a ND QB and have him back up someone not named Cutler until he’s ready.

 

 

 

 

There you have it, as always I would love it if someone just reads all the way through my ramblings and also will accept money, preferably tens and twenties!  Any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements are always welcome!

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s NFC South Preview #NFL #NFLThoughts #NFLTrainingCamp


NFC South

 

Carolina Panthers led the way last year and this year have somewhat of a nice schedule and most pieces back including Benjamin at WR to have another nice road to the playoffs.

If all goes well they could end up 14-2 and have home field throughout
If they lose a few then they go 13-3 and just win the division and maybe have no bye as there are a LOT of 13-3 NFC teams.
If they struggle they will still go 11-5

I like 13-3 and third seed so they are home against a Wild Card team.

New Orleans Saints have a superb offense but really need the D to show up some or this will not be fun and I don’t think the D will show up.

If they find D to go with scoring then 10-6 is on the plate
if the D does what it can then 8-8 is what they will be
If the O can’t work either then 5-11 is that nightmare

I say 8-8 and watch the fun as Brees throws for 5000 yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back with Winston a year older and maybe he can connect with his WR a bit better, especially with long passes. The D needs to step up to.

If they find it all comes together then I say 9-7 is their record.
if they have some Winston and D issues then 7-9
If the D is bad then 6-10.

I expect 7-9 which is one better than last year and perhaps playoffs in 2017.

Atlanta Falcons won their first 5 last year and I don’t think they may win 5 in 2016. This is a team led by a poor excuse for a QB and has issues at WR and O line and D. Boy do they have D issues.

If they have success then they could be 7-9.
If they are what they really are then 4-12 is it.
If it blows up then 3-13 is likely.

I give them 4-12 and another ugly year in Atlanta.

Thoughts?

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

AFC South 2016 Preview #NFL #NFLTrainingCamp


 

afcsouth

 

We have a changing of the guard in the AFC South…

Jacksonville Jaguars – a team with a great young QB and a superb group of receivers and now a solid run game adds some new depth on o-line. The big addition is a great amount of talent inserted into the woe-begone D. This team will have a pass rush now, they will stop the run and they can cover. They have a pretty easy schedule and this thing comes together in 2016.

If all goes well they are 11-5
if it’s more like 2017 then it’s 8-8

I believe 10-6 and they win the division.

Houston Texans – this team is banking on Brock to be their QB and that is a big maybe. They have added speed on WR and hope their D can keep it up or get better. I am not sold on the O and must see it to believe it.

If all goes well they are 11-5 and sneak the division
if their QB is crap they are lucky to be 7-9

I believe 9-7 and sniffing at a wild card.

Indianapolis Colts – They are paying Andrew Luck $$$$$ to have last year be an aberration and they believe Gore can still run, and their pretty worthless WR core can somehow be good. They have improved the O line. The D has one slightly over rated corner and a very old pass rusher. Their D will be ripped every week. They are like the old time Raiders with maybe scoring lots but letting in lots. Their approach to the D…use the same players and hope they are better reminds me of Einstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and hoping for different results. A poor team.

If all goes well they go 8-8
If they are battered they could be 5-11

I believe 6-10 and probably the end of Pagano in Indy.

Tennessee Titans – the rebuild continues with QB set and a good TE and, and, and well they have a QB and a TE. They have added Murray and Henry so they can power run but have no WR and their line is still poor. Their D is a joke and their schedule is hard for them.

If all goes well they could be 5-11
If it all falls apart they might be 1-15

I believe 4-12 and one more year of ‘wait til next year’.

Thoughts?

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

Thoughts from the #NFLCombine and the Past Week‏ #NFL


Combine

 

I had been meaning to write then the Atlanta Falcons inspired me.  Evidently when the Falcons, who’s secondary has been terrible for a long while, are faced with the prospect of drafting a top corner-back their first thought is his sexual preference.  For a team that can’t cover a WR even if they throw large blankets over them they need to worry more about drafting ball hawking CBs and Safeties who can cover and not worry about things that are not part of the football equation.

Evidently Peyton Manning is retiring tomorrow.  He can ride off into the sunset and follow his reputation and all his commercial endorsements that have already set in the west.  I could say you could stick a needle in him but I believe he has personally done that many times already.
From the Combine…there are a lot of solid Offensive linemen available including Tunsil who should go #1 to Tennessee.
You need a QB?  Wentz and Goff are pretty sure fire franchise options.  Someone may get a good one with Hackenburg and don’t over look Cook.
There is at least 1 good first round RB in Elliott.
There a a lot of good edge rushers again and teams can bulk up their D with this crop of draftees.
Free Agent frenzy hits March 7 and that will be interesting to watch.
Free Agent thoughts will come next week.
MR N the BEARS Fan

MR N’s #NFL NFC South 2015 Preview‏ #nflthoughts #nflpreseason


NFC South

New Orleans Saints – Last year I looked at the Saints, looked at their schedule and anointed them a 13-3, a first round bye, and then just a loss to one of the other top NFC teams.  They stunk out the joint and made that one of my least accurate predictions.  This year they have changed up the entire game plan and have Brees now using a variety of weapons while they concentrate on a running attack that will eat the clock and keep their D fresh.  Their O line has been improved some.  The Special teams needs help.  The D can’t be worse than last year unless they finish 32.  The schemes will work if there is nominal growth on the both the D line and at linebacker and secondary.  Still it isn’t all that bad as they only need to keep the opposition down a little while their team scores a lot.  The schedule is another gimme and they could almost run the table again.  I think if all goes well they will be 13-3 and have a first round playoff bye and be defeated in the division round.  If the D tanks then 6-10 is not out of the question.  I will drink the Kool-Aid once more and say 12-4 and they win the division and get a bye as the #2 seed in the NFC.

Carolina Panthers – The Panthers are now thought to be at a crossroads with the loss of Kelvin Benjamin in the preseason.  I say thee nay.  I think Caaaaaaam has a new O line anchor, a dedicated one man RB with a good rookie Sub, a super TE, and a cadre of receivers who will get the job done.  Add to that a fantastic D that has a great front 7 and a secondary that is coming on.  They have solid special teams and they have a pretty ridiculously easy schedule as a ‘reward’ for winning the division and a playoff game (how did that happen?).  I see them going 4-0 into their bye and then cruising through the remainder and not really getting a challenge.  If all goes beyond their dreams, they could be 12-4.  If the secondary falters and the receivers aren’t there then 9-7 is possible.  I think the ease of schedule helps settle them to an 11-5 and that may just be the division title.

Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons had the worst defense last year and they have made wholesale changes to stop that.  It may not come as fast as they hope.  Dan Quinn the new HC is a maven and Vic Beasley will add a pass rush but they need serious help at the secondary and are hoping a 2nd round character gamble will ignite an otherwise ordinary unit.  Matt Ryan is getting older but can still sling it.  Julio Jones can be elite at WR if he can be healthy.  Two kids are in the mix for RB and I don’t know doesn’t just play third base he plays TE for Atlanta.  The Schedule is tough pre-bye and better after.  If they have issues on D they could lose their first 5 to start.  I think if they struggle they might be 6-10.  If it all clicks *someone on ESPN radio says Superbowl lol* then 9-7 is possible.  I think it is rebuild and 7-9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs are starting from scratch with a new QB, 2 new Oline and a fresh start altogether.  Winston may be a superstar once he gets his feet under him.  The O line is working on growing together.  He has two great WR, a hopeful TE and depth at RB. The D is what it was but for the steal of the draft with their 4th round MLB Kwon Alexander, who is now captaining the D.  The special teams are ok but need kick return production to come out of the draft too.  The schedule is ok but this team is a work in progress.  If the team gets it together in the first 4 games they could have a spectacular 8-8 season.  If the struggles go past mid-season then 4-12 is possible.  I think they will be proud to go 6-10 after the 2-14 and be ready to be heard from in 2016.

MR N the BEARS Fan

MR N’s #NFL NFC South Preview‏


NFC South 

NFL Preview 2014

Division: NFC South
Team: New Orleans Saints
Coach: Sean Payton
QB: Drew Brees

Offensive outlook: Brees, although getting older, can still make any receiver look deadly. He gets big help with young Brandin Cooks and has Super TE Graham but his WR are nothing special. It is time for Mark Ingram to be a solid RB (I have him in fantasy because he’s OVER due) and their O line is decent to solid. I think for one more year this will be the Saints O everyone recognizes.

Defensive outlook: The Saints D has a couple of great pass rushers but the secondary is not without issues. Their D isn’t quite what it was just a few years back but good enough to win lots of games for them.

Schedule projection: This is a pretty easy schedule and the Saints could be 13-3 as they have a pushover division and a bunch of easy games. Let’s just say somehow the Falcons win one so the Saints go 12-4.

Division: NFC South
Team: Carolina Panthers
Coach: Ron Rivera
QB: Cam Newton

Offensive outlook: Cam has to be healthy and that will give them one weapon. They have Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams at RB but sadly it’s not 2009. They have a draftee at WR and a lot of nothing anywhere else. If they can score 14 that will be an accomplishment each game.

Defensive outlook: The Panthers have arguably the best front 7 in football and with tackling machine Luke Kuechly they are a formidable group. Alas their secondary is not very good and they need to stop the run and disrupt the pass because most attempted passes will be completed against them. Lucky for them their D can win some games for them.

Schedule projection: I think the schedule starts out very tough and gets easy post bye but they then it could be too late. I think 6-10 is likely but they could win 8 or win 5.

Division: NFC South
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Coach: Mike Smith
QB: Matt Ryan

Offensive outlook: Ryan is a decent QB who has many old weapons and his best weapon (Julio Jones) is coming off major injury that could linger. I don’t see much production out of Steven Jackson and he will likely be surpassed by Quizz. Roddy White is very well paid for what he has done as he is getting way old. Their best TE retired and their line is weak in spots. They may not score much.

Defensive outlook: The D is counting on older players bouncing back and they are more hopeful than counting on any sort of capable play from the secondary. This team could allow a lot of points too if it doesn’t have career years out of people.

Schedule projection: This could be a bookend 6-10 team in the division. They just aren’t good enough to win against their schedule. If it all somehow works they could win 9 but they could also collapse again and win 4.

Division: NFC South
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coach: Lovie Smith
QB: Josh McCown/Mike Glennon

Offensive outlook: They brought in McCown for no reason I can understand and they expect to have much more running production with a healthy return by both James and Martin. They have Vincent Jackson and Rookie Mike Evans and a decent line. I don’t know how productive McCown wil be i the long run (Glennon should be their franchise QB) but they have some weapons and can score some points.

Defensive outlook: Lovie is returning them to the Tampa 2 and this team’s D is their best asset. They have solid pass rushers, good linebackers and a secondary who can cover. They can keep it close for their O to have a shot.

Schedule projection: A schedule that will challenge them and we will see how they take playing a good team/bad team alternatively for much of the sked. I think 7-9 is likely. If they win a road division game they can be .500 and if they stumble out of conference on the road they could be 5-11.

AFC South projected:

New Orleans Saints 12-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9
Atlanta Falcons 6-10
Carolina Panthers 6-10

MR N the BEARS Fan