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New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense ended the year on a strong note. They went into the Superdome in a “win and your in” game and obliterated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-17. The game was highlighted by Drew Brees masterful performance against a fairly formidable Tampa secondary. Brees threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, while adding another one threw the ground. This was just another day at the office for Brees. The Saints captain threw for over 5,000 yards this season with 39 touchdowns. On a national scale, New Orleans was only second to Denver with 307.4 yards per game. This bodes very well for the Saints as the Eagles have allowed the single most passing yards to opposing teams in the NFL. 

            With all that being stated, New Orleans will have a ton of problems on Saturday night in Philadelphia. For starters, the Eagles are 7-1 ever since Nick Foles officially took over the starting role for Chip Kellys offense. Foles numbers have been scary good. Foles has thrown for almost 3,000 yards this year, but that’s not where he has shined the most. This year, the former Arizona Wildcat threw 27 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. With a mix of speed and possession reivers expect the Saints pass defense to have their hands full. 

            The problems only get worse for New Orleans. The Saints come into this game with the 19th ranked rush defense in the league. That’s not a terrifyingly bad number, but it does leave them towards the bottom of the NFL in that category. The real problem is the fact that the Eagles have the number one rushing offense in the league. Lesean McCoy led the NFL in rushing this year with a career high 1,609 yards from scrimmage with nine touchdowns. He also added 539 yards in reception yards with another two scores.  McCoy has been an absolute monster this year. With his ability to use his feet and turn on the speed in any weather, he has the ability to change the entire game in one play. His best game came in week 14 against the Detroit Lions. Despite beyond terrible conditions due to snow, McCoy put up 217 yards on the ground and added two scores.

            Speaking of snow, that will be bigger than any challenge the Eagles will be able to bring. With a blizzard hitting the east coast, the conditions will be less then ideal for a dome team like New Orleans. The Saints have struggled mightily away from the Superdome recently, losing for out of their last five on the road. In a week 15 game in Edward James Dome, against a middle of the road St Louis Rams defense, New Orleans came up completely flat. While Brees did throw for 392 yards, he committed three costly turnovers, including two red zone interceptions. The fact is this team is just not as good on the road.

            No matter who wins this game should be a shootout. With that being said, the Eagles should win this game.  With the expected temperature for the game forecasted to be about 18 degrees Fahrenheit, the Saints aren’t going to know what him them. New Orleans may keep it close, but at the end of the day, Philadelphia should end up in Seattle next week.

Final Score- Philadelphia 28 New Orleans 17

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After a season filled with excitement, the NFL playoffs are upon us. In the NFC, the race is wide open. All six teams have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. With that being said, lets preview this weekends game in Green Bay.

 

Green Bay Packers Vs. San Francisco 49ers: This is going to be a battle of two hot teams. Green Bay comes into Lambau Field on Sunday having won three of their last four games. To make matters even better, Aaron Rodgers is back under center for the Packers. Despite a rough start, Rodgers showed he is back to his old self with his game winning drive against Chicago.

            A weak spot for this Green Bay team is their defense. The Packers finished the year ranked  25th overall in both rushing yards allowed (125.0) and passing yards allowed (247.2). To make matters worse, Green Bay will be without their best defensive player, Linebacker Clay Matthews.  However, this may not be a big issue in reality.  Recently, teams who make deep playoff runs have had mediocre defenses. When the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI they did so with a 27th ranked defense. This isn’t an isolated incident. During their 2007 playoff run, the New England Patriots had the 31st ranked defense in the NFL. That team went 18-1, losing in the Super Bowl to the Giants.

            The bigger issue for the Packers will be the fact that San Francisco is on fire. Winners of six in a row, the 49ers are back to full health now with the return of Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. With these two receivers back in the fold, Colin Kaepernicks play has improved dramatically. Over the win streak, the 49ers signal caller is averaging almost 250 yards per game and additional 40 on the ground. In addition, Kaepernick has looked a lot more confident in both aspects of his games, leading to a better flowing offense.

Possibly more important than that, is the fact that San Francisco has had a top three running game this year. In his first full year in quite some time, Frank Gore had one of his best years as a pro. Gore rushed for 1,128 yards and scored 9 touchdowns. He did suffer a knee injury on Sunday against the Cardinals, but he has practiced so far this week an should be all systems go for the game.

            San Francisco and Green Bay met in week 1 and put on one of the most entertaining games of the year. 

The same should be expected in this game. With the dynamic offenses that these teams possess, look for a copy of the week one matchup. This includes a 49ers win.

Final Score 49ers 31 Packers 27

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With another regular season in the books, the infamous Black Monday is upon us. Coaches will be on pins and needles to see if they will be returning or on the unemployment line. With a bevy of head coaches on the hot seat, lets look at the presumed outlooks of these nervous head coaches.

Leslie Frazier-Fire. One year removed from a playoff bid, the Minnesota Vikings tremendously underperformed this year with a final record of 5-10-1. Despite having mostly the same personnel, this team could just not put it together. Expect the Vikings to start from scratch in hopes of returning to the playoffs next year.

Jim Schwartz-Fire. Reports surfaced before Sundays game that the Lions are leaning towards having Schwartz return. With that being said, Schwartz needs to go. Detroit has way to much talent to have gone 7-9 this year. They have the best Receiver in the NFL, a fantastic defensive line, and a potential franchise Quarterback in Matthew Stafford. The Lions collapsed down the stretch and it had a lot to due with the questionable and sometimes flat out odd play calling of Schwartz. The players are there, it’s the coach who needs to be upgraded.

Greg Schiano-Keep. Who would have thought that these words would have been uttered two months ago? However, there is credit due here. Schiano has taken a team on the heals of mutiny and has reinvigorated them. For that, he deserves to come back for another year.

Joe Philbin- Keep. Yes the Dolphins collapsed. They endured a horrific last two weeks, suffering embarrassing losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Despite all that Philbin deserves to stay. If for no other reason, Philbin deserves to keep his job for putting the Dolphins in a position to make the playoffs. After the Richie Incognito scandal, most people wrote off the Miami. However, Philbin was able to right the ship and keep the players focused on football. He deserves one more year to come in, with better personnel, and attempt to lead this Dolphins team one more time.

Jason Garrett- Fire. Everyone’s seen enough. America’s team has not made the playoffs in Garretts tenure. In similar fashion to his Quarterback, Garrett has choked when it matters most with ridiculous play calls that have cost Dallas full games.  He is just not an NFL Head Coach. He was a fine OC, but that’s it. Jones needs to clean out the entire coaching staff if he hopes to have a chance at getting to the promise land.

As we hit the half way mark of the NFL season, its time to start giving out progress reports. Were going to give grades to teams based on their performance on offense, defense, and overall play.

Chicago Bears

Offense:
B
The Bears offense has been surprisingly effective under new coach Marc Tressman. Before tearing his groin muscle, Jay Cutler was having one of the better seasons of his career. Cutler has so far thrown 12 TD, 7 INT, and has thrown for over 1600 yards. Matt Forte has come back from an awful year last year and has been one of the most productive backs in the NFL. Brandon Marshall is on pace for another 1000 yard receiving year. In addition, Alshon Jeffrey has been having a break out year and Martellus Bennet has proven to be a very good signing for this team. Look for this team to keep up the solid production under an offensive minded coach.

Defense
C-
Mixtures of injuries and disappointing seasons have plagued the typically feared Chicago defense this year. They lost two of their top defensive lineman in Henry Melton and Nate Collins. Julius Peppers, DJ Anderson, and James Anderson have been non existent this year. The retirement of Brian Urlacher has clearly hurt this team on and of the field. LB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman have been bright spots, but the rest of this team (particularly the safeties) has looked atrocious.

Overall
C
While the offense has looked impressive, the defense has looked the exact opposite. Poor play and disappointing special teams have plagued this team this year. Look for the Monsters of the Midway to disappear in the second half of the season.

Top 10!
10 I got 3 teams from the AFC West in the top 10, and the first one is the Chargers. Right in the thick of things if they didn’t have two teams with 6+ wins in their division
9 The Bengals: BEWARE, get ready for a playoff underdog
8 Packers: short a few weapons but still a great overall team
7 Saints: with just 1 loss all year you are a good team when that loss comes with 5 seconds left against tom brady
6 Patriots: Well its Brady himself. The Pats are getting right back on track injured players are slowly coming back. Gronk was needed for a while. Brady finally got a target now.
5 49ers: This defense is what is keeping them alive. Look for Kaepernick to get back on track ASAP.
4 Seahawks: Seattle is arguably the Superbowl favorite right now in the NFC. Best defense, amazing run game, and a young mature QB.
3 Chiefs: Well when you are 7-0 you don’t lose. When you don’t lose you are a good team. When your defense is playing lights out and your run game is becoming unstoppable you are a good team. You are playing with love for the game after a 2-14 season get it going!
2 Broncos. Yup they aren’t #1. They are an amazing team, but as of now they aren’t the best team in the league and not because they were just beat, but because that team has an edge.
1 Colts: So the last 3 teams have a better record and the next few have just as many wins. So why are they #1? LOOK WHO THEY BEAT! The Broncos, Seahawks, and 49ers. They caused TWO 6 win teams to have their only loss. Look out next week KC, if u beat the Broncos twice you still have to face the show stopping colts. Give them their moment to shine because next week they wont be here if they don’t solve the Wayne issue ASAP, maybe out of the top 10 in 2 weeks. You have the talent just put it to use. Lets hope a bye week helps them.

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DEF/ST

#10 NYJ DEF starts the list. The Jets aren’t a bad play they have proven they can stop the run and with Rex any situation is manageable.

#9 Atlanta DEF needs to step up after the bye week they will against Arizona. Start them with confidence.

#8 The no-fly zone. TB against Carolina get ready for a low scoring game.

#7 New Orleans is my next best DEF for this list going against BUF if they can stop the run they are in business.

#6 Well the Jets are good, but the Bengles DEF will show power all day. They are one of the most underrated defenses in the league and will be giving every team a fight. Watch this team make the playoffs and ride their DEF all the way there.

#5 NE is going against a divisional foe at home. Well that’s enough to put them in the top 5 even with all their injuries. The dolphins may be the best team in the division now aside for them, but the Jets are right in the rear view mirror

#4 This list can’t be complete without SEA defense. Arguably the best in the league and with a backup QB next week against STL well the only thing missing is playing at home.

#3 Without a running game just gotta play them like the winless team they were before losing their all star. Carolina DEF will have a field day against the Bucs this week.

#2 They are undefeated because of the running game and just as important the defense. KC is the place to be now in the football world right by their rival Denver.

#1 Well it has been almost as obvious as the sky is blue. The number one defense is always the one who plays the Jaguars and this week it is an elite defense. San Fran gets my play of the week on D