Thursday, September 4, 2014
Moose's NFL Preview
NYJ (9-7) - I was very low on the Jets last year, but was impressed with what Big Fat Rex was able to do with them. Their defense will keep games close, and the offense has added a few weapons in CJ2K and Eric Decker. It is all going to come down to the quarterback though, and the Jets don't have a good one. They just miss the playoffs.
Miami Dolphins (7-9) - Joe "don't call me Regis" Philbin has created a pretty toxic environment in Miami in only two years. They drafted lineman Ja'Wuan (file that under "new ways to spell Juwon") James and signed Brandon Albert from the Chiefs, but I still think this offense will sputter. The defense will be a question mark as well. The real question on this team is; who will step into the crucial roles of bully and bullied for a team that lost Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin?
Buffalo Bills (5-11) - Sammy Watkins is on this team, but the defense lost their two generals in Jairus Byrd and Kiko Alonso (injury). They only have scrubs replacing them. They are all scrubs and have a weird coach whose name eludes me at present.
Baltimore Ravens (10-6) - I like the Ravens this year. The Smith & Smith wide receiving corps is going to give defensive backs and announcers nightmares, and Ray Rice should have a bounce back season after he returns from his suspension. I also see the Ravens using him on defense with the way he hits (had to). They will be a challenger for a playoff spot.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-10) - The Steelers just refuse to help Big Ben out. His pump fake is easily the best move in the game though. Tough year for the black and gold.
Cleveland Browns (1-15) - The Browns don't deserve to win one game after they fired Chudzinski like that. But I have them winning 1.
Houston Texans (7-9) - Bill O'Brien will immediately inherit a solid defense that will only get better with Jadeveon Clowney. The offense needs a little work, but will be revitalized with a new scheme. A nice bounce back year from Houston.
Tennessee Titans (6-10) - This year they decide Jake Locker is not the answer on offense. Is their coach still Norm Chow? Was he ever their coach? Not sure.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) - Will Rackley is the best player on this team.
San Diego Chargers (11-5) - Big Phil Rivers will take this team to the playoffs with the help of his skinny-faced coach. The Bolts defense will be what limits them from being a Super Bowl threat.
Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) - Fat Andy and co. lost some big pieces in the offseason, and I think last season was kind of an anomaly anyway. Look for them to fall back in the pack this year.
Oakland Raiders (4-12) - Wide receiver Rod Streater just sounds like somebody that would play for a fake football team in a movie. I miss the silver and black from the 90s. Power team.
NYG (8-8) - Everybody is calling for the Redskins to make a run this year, but I'm not buying it. The Giants run game will be better this year, especially with the addition of the weird running Andre Williams. I can't put my finger on it, but he just runs weird. Dude you're getting a dell Beckham will help Eli throw it less to the other team as well. Defense is a large question mark, but the Giants will be ok this year.
Washington Redskins (6-10) - A lot of people (and a RAT) on the REDSKINS bandwagon this year, I'm not buying it. Every time I watch Robert Griffin, I feel like I am looking at a Vick/McNabb clone. Just can't figure out how to be a pocket passing QB. Also, every single throw he makes is off of his back foot. Look for the INTs to go UP UP UP UP UP UP this year. In typical Dan Snyder fashion, another Redskins season will go up in flames.
Dallas Cowboys (5-11) - Ick. Talk about a dumpster bonfire. The worst defense in the NFL lost their three best players (D. Ware, Sean Lee (injured), Jason Hatcher). That is not good. Romo will continue to be a bumbler on offense. Ugly year for Big D.
Chicago Bears (9-7) - Classic Cutler season. The Bears coach (above) is also a total weirdo.
Detroit Lions (8-8) - New coach. New attitude. Looks for the Lions to be players again in a year or two. Defense still needs work though.
Minnesota Vikings (5-11) - Theodore Bridgewater. Would not have guessed black QB. This team will suck.
Atlanta Falcons (8-8) - The Falcons were miserable last year. In the offseason, they shored up both lines and got healthy. This should be enough to get them back to at least .500.
Carolina Panthers (8-8) - Steve Smith was a huge loss for this team. He was a leader more than Cam in my opinion. They also lost several key pieces on defense to free agency/suspension and were only able to sign old grey mare Roman Harper. The same Roman Harper that needed an oxygen mask after failing to outrun Sam Bradford after a fumble. They take a step back this year.
Tampa Bay Bucs (6-10) - I really think the Bucs made a mistake letting Schiano go. Guy got the most out of his players. The Bucs QB is also a pipsqueak.
Arizona Cardinals (11-5) - The Cards were the best team not to make the playoffs last year. They have arguably one of the best secondaries in football, and added to it in the draft with S Deone Buchanan and in free agency with Antonio Cromartie. They also added a new weapon on offense for Carson Palmer in TE Troy Niklas. I like the Cards to make the jump into the playoffs this season.
San Francisco 49ers (10-6) - For every team that steps up, another steps back. Since losing the Super Bowl two seasons ago, the 49ers have gotten older on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. Couple that with suspensions to several defensive lineman and the 9ers vaunted defense is now in trouble. I also don't trust Kaepernick in such a tough division. I'm going with my instincts on this one. I smell a RAT.
St. Louis Rams (6-10) - The Rams defense will win them games straight up. It is a shame that Bradford went down again, but hopefully St. Louis can now cut the chord on him without any second guessing.
Super Bowl: Patriots over Saints