AFC South predictions

Houston Texans: (6-2 home, 5-3 away) 

They’re quietly becoming one of the better teams in football. I mean, everyone knows their good, but they don’t get too much attention. 

They will have another successful season with Schaub under centre, but I cant help but feel they would be better with a different Quarterback. Foster and Johnson will keep carrying the offensive load as usual. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-11 (3-5 home, 2-6 away) 

This is a Blaine Gabbert projection.

If the Jaguars decide on not starting Gabbert, then their record will instantly rise in my eyes. The Jaguars have a generally solid offence, but they need a decent qb to help out the receivers. It is a wait and see type if season for the Jaguars. 

Indianapolis Colts: (5-3 home, 4-4 away) 

The young Colts were a lot better than most people thought they’d be last season. I personally thought they would have had a 5 or 6 win season. Turns out they’re ready to win games now. 

Luck will keep getting better and better as the years go on, and the Colts will soon find themselves back where they were with Manning: championship contenders. 

Tennessee Titans: (3-5 home, 2-6 away) 

The Titans have a tough schedule. I generously gave them 2 away wins in my prediction despite the fact I could only really see them winning 1. 

Don’t worry Titans fans, the season will be over before you know it. 


AFC West predictions

Kansas City Chiefs: 9-7 (4-4 home, 5-3 away)

Most improved team of the year.

They have done everything right in the off-season to make themselves a better team, mostly at the quarterback, and coaching position. Alex Smith will do wonders for this franchise.

San Diego Chargers: 7-9 (3-5 home, 4-4 away)

See you later Phillip Rivers.

A losing record is not good enough for the Chargers, and that will be it for Rivers. They will part ways after the 2013 season with the Chargers looking for a fresh new face at QB. It’s time for a fresh start at San Diego.

Denver Broncos: 12-4 (7-1 home, 5-3 away)

They are in an easy division. It’s as simple as that.

Forget about the off season, the Broncos will dominate at home, and dominate the division. Manning will lead the Broncos to another deep playoff run, and possibly a superbowl apperance.

Oakland Raiders: 4-12 (3-5 home, 1-7 away)

Flynn is better then Palmer, but the Raiders still aren’t good.

They have a tough away schedule which doesn’t help a bad team as it is. But at least the Raiders are trying to fix their organisation. Getting rid of Palmer and McClain are a good start.


AFC North Predictions

Baltimore Ravens: 9-7 (5-3 home, 4-4 away)

The Superbowl champs don’t find it so easy this season.

The Ravens still make the playoffs, but they don’t look as good as last season. Also, is anyone else sick to their stomach that Joe Flacco was the highest paid player in football for a while? A six-year $120.6 million contract is an absolute joke. He isn’t even a top 5 quarterback. 

Cincinnati Bengals: 7-9 (4-4 home, 3-5 away)

The Bengals miss the playoffs.

I know we are all starting to get use to the Bengals making the first round and then getting knocked out, but this year they just miss out. Their schedule is just a bit too tough.

Cleveland Browns: 5-11 (3-5 home, 2-6 away)

They still suck. Moving on.

Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-8 (4-4 home, 4-4 away)

They look better then last season.

This is good news for Steelers fans, but i still cant see them making playoffs. Dont expect the Steelers to be on the end of too many average seasons though, they will figure it all out. They will be back up to the 10 win seasons we are use to seeing them have sooner rather then later.


5 Quarterbacks under the spotlight

With the draft class of 2013 set to inject themselves into rosters throughout the NFL, it’s ‘out with the old and in with the new’. It is with this that I have decided to look at the top 5 quarterbacks going into the 2013-14 season that have to show improvement, otherwise they could soon find themselves stuck with a one way ticket out of their respective clubs.

5. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams


I hate to put my favourite player in the NFL on this list, but there is no question he does belong on this list. Yet to record a winning season, Bradford has had his ups and downs in his young career. Heading into his second and third season, Bradford was expected to break out, however this is yet to be the case. He would be a little bit higher on the list, but the fact that it is not entirely his fault to the Rams offensive struggles is why I have him at 5th. It’s a combined effort with Bradford, his offensive line, and his talent-lacking receiving group that has seen Bradford struggle.

Heading into the new season, Bradford’s line may have drastically improved with Jake Long signing, but his receiving group has taken a massive hit, losing both Amendola and Gibson (not to mention Jackson out of the backfield). Bradford is heading into a season where as a spectator you just have to sit back and see what happens. His season this year could go either way.

4. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


I feel like Freeman has copped a lot of unfair blame from Tampa’s struggles, very much like Bradford with the Rams. But the difference between the two is the fact that Freeman has been caught in the line of fire. People want him gone. The pressure is mounting for Freeman to produce in 2013, and if he can’t, the Buccaneers could part ways with the former 17th overall pick.

Freeman caught fire mid to late last year, becoming quickly one of the most underrated quarterbacks in my eyes. But, despite his good play, the Buccaneers could only manufacture a 7-9 season. If Freeman doesn’t measure up this season, I can’t see him remaining in Tampa Bay.

3. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings


I’m feeling like I might cop a bit of abuse for picking Ponder, and for putting him 3rd on the list, but I can’t help but feel like he should be better then what he is. He has Adrian Peterson. He had Harvin, who has now been replaced with Jennings. He has Rulfolph. He has the weapons to be one of the better quarterbacks in the league, but he isn’t. I get he is still developing, and compared to Webb, he seems like the right fit. But could you imagine the Vikings with a player like Russel Wilson?

Ponder obviously still needs time, and his contract still has him playing on past this season, but I can’t help but see 2013 as key to whether he will succeed in the NFL, or if it will just prove a waste of time for the Minnesota Vikings.

2. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars


This really is self-explanatory. He is a disappointing player. There really isn’t much else to say. Rumours are swirling that the Jaguars are looking at Geno Smith in the upcoming draft. This wouldn’t be a shock. But I can’t help but feel sorry for the kid, which has landed him on my list. If Gabbert does get one more shot to prove himself this coming season, it will no doubt be the pivotal point of his career. If he can’t make it with receivers such as shorts and blackmon, then not only could Gabbert find himself out of Jacksonville, but he could struggle to find a home anywhere.

It is sad to see a players career struggle to take off, and without some luck, Gabbert may not take another snap as a starter for the remainder of his career.

1. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys.


Forget about Romo’s new contract for a second and look at his career. He has one playoff win, and is a well documented player who can’t come up big in the clutch. Now, just to get it out there, I like Romo. I think he is a good quarterback, and perhaps has the potential to become great. But right now, he’s just a frustrating player, and everyone is starting to get sick of it.

Having a breakout season statistically in 2012, Romo lit up teams in his aerial assault on defences. Romo and Dez Bryant had found themselves as arguably the most dangerous combination in the NFL, and the Cowboys were beginning to look like legitimate dark horses to make a run at the Superbowl. But much like Romo’s career, he couldn’t get it done late in the season. They missed out on playoffs on the back of one mistake. Again.

Whether it’s throwing an interception, or missing a wide open receiver to ice the game, Romo has time and time again proven that he cannot deliver late when his team needs it most.

Lucky to still be in Dallas after last season, fans are tired of Romo’s inability to close out games. But 2013 is a new year. A fresh start. Romo has been given a new contract, and another chance to prove himself. And it’s about time he did. If he cannot deliver, fans will want blood. Expectations this season for the Cowboys will be mixed throughout the NFL community. But one thing is certain: If Romo can’t lead the Cowboys into the playoffs as a bare minimum this coming season, Dallas are going to be having some serious issues heading forward. But even a playoff appearance might not be enough to convince the Cowboy faithful. Good luck with all ofthat Romo.


NFL Fantasy Stock


On the rise:

Danny Amendola, New England Patriots, WR

I just want you to think about this for a second. Amendola (when he wasn’t injured) flourished as a ram with Bradford at quarterback, becoming one of the best slot receivers in football. Bradford was consumed by defenses constantly because of a struggling offensive line, which resulted in numerous sacks and aborted plays. It is these plays that could have boosted Amendola’s stats far greater then what they were.

This is why when Amendola got shipped off to New England, I couldn’t help but think that he could quickly become a top 3 scoring receiver in fantasy. Not only is his quarterback Tom Brady, which should boost any receivers fantasy value instantly, but the offensive line in New England is far superior then that of the rams in 2011 and 2012, giving Amendola far more time to set up for down field plays.

But it is not just this. Brandon Lloyd and Hernandez are gone and the Patriots receiving group is looking a lot  weaker. On top of that, the Patriots have put a fairly big investment into Amendola signing him to a rather generous contract. They are going to want Amendola to fit into the passing attack as soon as possible, and to establish a working relationship between him and Brady.

Look for Brady to be targeting Amendola a lot throughout the season. A lot.

Russel Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, QB

He has a defence that will get teams off the field quick. He has lynch in the backfield. Percy Harvin is catching his balls. He can run if he is in trouble and he doesn’t take the hits. Also, he rarely turns the ball over… And even when he does, the refs just give him a game winning touchdown anyway. I can’t even be bothered explaining how good he is going to be this year. It is all pretty self-explanatory. He will have an unreal season. 


 Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, QB

It’s dangerous times for Griffin and the Redskins. Coming off that horrific acl injury against Seattle in the playoffs, Griffin is pushing for a round 1 or 2 return after claims that he has had a ‘superhuman recovery’. I think this is fantastic news, but here are a 2 quick reasons why I think we will never see the same quarterback compared to his debut season, and why his fantasy value is on the decline.

Very minimal designed runs for Griffin: The redskins can’t afford to break the quarterback they gave up all those first rounders to get. They have seen what making him run so often can do. It isn’t pretty. So look for a considerable reduction in fantasy points coming from his legs.

Defences catching on: The Redskins last year were so heavily built on misdirection and ball fakes due to the fact that they had a running quarterback. This attributed heavily to Griffins success. However, now that Griffins running game could be drastically minimized to protect him, it could be just the thing the defense needs to figure everything out about the Redskins, making life that much harder for Griffin.

I strongly urge you to think before you draft Griffin if he was somebody you were considering. Being unable to assess his preseason form, you will have to draft him blind going into the season. I really don’t think he is worth the risk.

 New York Jets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuvz15OjCVc  (Just in case you all forgot about this).

Avoid everyone on this team like the plague. They’re bad news.

 One to watch:

 Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams, TE

With the loss of Amendola and Gibson, Sam Bradford will be looking for a new number 1 target, and now with the inclusion of Jake Long, he may finally have time to find his receivers.

But is Cook the guy? Right now I don’t know yet. Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey have been a very welcome inclusion into the Ram’s passing game.  However, regardless, reports indicate that Cook should still become Bradfords new number 1 target, but I’d wait and see.

If you keep an eye on him and how he fits into the Rams offense, you could find yourself getting a possible steal at the tight end position.