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I’ve seen and read stories all day about the penalty called against Ahmad Brooks for the clothesline tackle on Drew Brees late in the 4th quarter. I’m going to get into my opinion on the penalty after I state some highlights from this game.
These two teams went into Sunday afternoon both fighting for their division leads, whether keeping it or trying to gain it. None the less it was a big statement game so a lot is on the line here. The Saints didn’t look as offense-heavy as they did against the Cowboys last week when they put up 49 points. Brees put up 305 passing yards, threw a pick and only one touchdown, hence the 49ers 10th ranked passing defense. He spread the ball out to it seemed like nearly every receiver on the team and had a good split with the running game. Marques Colston became the leading receiver in yards in Saints history, only needing 12 more before this game.
- The 49ers only had 12 first downs compared to the Saints 23.
- The 49ers posted 196 total yards of offense, yes I said total yards.
- Colin Kaepernick was 17/31 with 115 yards, 2 TDs and 1 pick. He continues to struggle leading the 32nd ranked passing attack.
- Kaepernick was sacked 3 times, I realize that’s not a whole lot but 1 of them came on the last drive of the game when they were backed up on their own goal line. He almost had a safety with the could have been penalty for intentional grounding in the end zone.
- Kaepernick ran for it on 3rd down on the last drive and ran out of bounds and stopped the clock, when he could have taken the hit to allow the Saints to burn their last time out before getting the ball back,
- The 49ers rushed for only 81 yards against the 17th ranked rushing defense.
- When the 49ers punted the ball on the last drive, Sproles called for a fair catch then Kassim Osgood decided to tackle Sproles enforcing a 15 yard penalty to bring the ball from the Saints 25 yard line to the 40.
Now I’ll get into the clothes line penalty. This is a extremely tough call to make from the field for a ref, especially with no replay for a call like this. Brooks comes around the corner and hits Brees in the top of the chest then finishes to tackling him with his around Brees’ neck. The penalty states a player cannot tackle another player around the head or neck area. It’s hard to say what the right call was because it could honestly go either way. I agree with everyone else I’ve listened to today that this rule is bad, it makes football not football and it’s softening up the sport. I get that, I promise. But while the rule is in place, refs will call it because his arm did make a lot of contact with Drew’s neck. 10 out of 10 refs would have made the same call and the league says it was correct. I’m not sure how it works because I obviously don’t play defense in the NFL, but odds are I think Brooks could have used his body or lowered his arm to his middle chest area to tackle Brees.
The point I was trying to make with numbering the flaws in the 49ers play in the middle of this article is this, pick your poison why the 49ers lost the game. That fumble could have led to a 3 and out then the 49ers are punting the ball because the Saints had plenty of time to make a comeback. The game could have went into overtime then it’s a brand new game. There are many reasons why the game ended the way it did and you can’t blame it all on one play, all of these are apart of the end. They struggled at the end. I get why it was a big play because it definitely would have been if there was no flag. However, I think people are losing sight of all the other plays in this game and you can choose any of these reasons why the Saints won and the 49ers lost. Plain and simple.
*Update 11/20/13: Brooks was fined $15,750 for the play today, and he absolutely did not deserve the fine.
We’re just about to be at the half way point in the NFL and with all the ups and downs, let’s go over some predictions and recaps of every team. Then I’ll state my power rankings as of now.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)
The Bengals lead the AFC North and I don’t see them stopping anytime soon. With Andy Dalton on fire, the possible breakout of another wide receiver in Marvin Jones and their defense being as unstoppable as it’s been, they’re clearly a favorite in the AFC. The Bengals can play with anyone and don’t have a very tough schedule coming up even though losing to the Dolphins last night. They have a guy named A.J. Green and yeah he’s pretty good. I really like their rookie running back Giovani Bernard. I like them to win this division and make a run in the playoffs.
Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
The Ravens are 2nd in the AFC North behind the 6-2 Bengals. There’s still time to get their running game back on track and for Flacco to be more consistent but they better move quickly because the Bengals look very good and can easily run away with the division. When looking back at last year when the Ravens took home the title of Super Bowl Champions, you just see this isn’t the same team.
Cleveland Browns (3-5)
The Browns are 3rd in the AFC North, but are better than their record shows. Last week they put up a really good fight against the Chiefs, if you’ve forgotten they’re still unbeaten. If they can get some kind of momentum going with their running game in Willis McGahee and have their defense allow less points (currently allowing 22.4 ppg), they could have a shot and being a team to beat in the AFC North. Also worth noting, Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are really good.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)
The Steelers are currently sitting in last place in the AFC North and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. What’s wrong with the Steelers? They’ve always been so good? Since last year it’s hard to believe in them and the reason rests with Ben Roethlisberger and the ability to not score. He’s been sacked quite a bit this year and this team just can’t find the end zone. They rank 28th in the league in scoring with just 17.9 ppg. With receivers like Antonio Brown and Heath Miller and a back like Le’Veon Bell, what’s the deal?
Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
The Colts are sitting at the top of AFC South and they will not lose this position. They just lost their best receiver for the season with Reggie Wayne tearing his acl, but this doesn’t make me lose confidence in this team. Andrew Luck proves over and over again to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The Colts have beaten the 49ers, Seahawks and the Broncos,… what more should I say? Well I’ll say this, They’re scoring an average of 26.7 ppg and only allowing 18.7 ppg, they have the formula to win and I like their chances deep in the playoffs. However, the Colts need a more consistent running game and with Trent Richardson I think it’ll eventually happen.
Tennessee Titans (3-4)
The Titans are second in the AFC South and are only leading by one game. I don’t believe this team has a real chance at being a leader or even a wild card winner. Their only chance is if Jake Locker can stay healthy and if Chris Johnson can be dominate like he once was. The Titans are scoring just as much as their allowing other teams to score on them.
Houston Texans (2-5)
The Texans are shockingly third in the AFC South and most people blame Matt Schaub; I blame Matt Schaub as well. He had a streak of throwing a pick six in four consecutive games then injured his ankle against the Rams. He’s ultimately lost his starting position unless Case Keenum just plays terribly. Keenum did look very impressive against the best defense in the league against the Chiefs. The Texans are ranked 30th in scoring with just 17.4 ppg and their pass defense is superb. If this team can’t start scoring more points are running the ball like they used to, you can go ahead and count them out.
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
The Jaguars are unsurprisingly last in the AFC South and have a really good chance at not winning a game this season. Their only hope is with their two star receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, but a good quarterback contributes to that and Chad Henne isn’t that quarterback. The Jaguars rank dead last in scoring and points allowed to opposing teams. I have no other words to say about this team.
New England Patriots (6-2)
The Patriots haven’t done this in a pretty way, but they are sitting atop the AFC East. This is one of the more interesting divisions in football because it can be close, just like it was at the beginning of the year. Tom Brady’s numbers haven’t looked incredible, but he’s getting it done when he needs to. The patriots defense has played a major role in the team this year only allowing 18 ppg. As soon as Gronk and Amendola get fully healthy and Stevan Ridley can get a little more consistent at the running game, expect this team to get back to how they usually play. Also something worth mentioning, Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins are quality receivers.
New York Jets (4-4)
The Jets are second in the AFC East race. I think everyone can agree with me that the Jets have played remarkably well for the expectations coming into this season, No one knew how the Mark Sanchez-Geno Smith situation would play out, well we all know Rex Ryan loves Sanchez, but still. Their defense has played well and if their receivers can get healthy and begin to make plays down the field, expect a possible run from this team since they’re only 2 games out of the division lead. Also worth noting, they need consistency.
Miami Dolphins (4-4)
It’s the year of the dolphin! Well not really. The Dolphins are currently 3rd in the AFC East and just don’t play consistent football. They started the season 3-0 then started slacking afterwards. Some people, like myself, had high expectations for receiver Mike Wallace and he hasn’t lived up to it. Lamar Miller has good games and bad games. But with beating the hot Bengals at home maybe they can get back on track and we’ll see that when they face the Patriots and Chargers down the stretch.
Buffalo Bills (3-5)
The Bills are sitting at the bottom of the AFC East without their starting rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. Thad Lewis has looked impressive from coming off the practice squad but they need Manuel back. If and when C.J. Spiller can get healthy and back to the way he played last year that could create some offensive momentum. Allowing 381.1 ypg doesn’t quite get the job done either.
Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)
What an incredible story with this team. Going from winning just two games last season, they bring in Andy Reid and Alex Smith and now all of a sudden they’re leading their division and remain unbeaten. The Chiefs aren’t a flashy offensive team, but they don’t need to be when they have the best defense in the NFL. Ranking 1st in points allowed with just 12.2 ppg and 5th in yards allowed with 309 ypg, no offense wants wants to play this team. Alex Smith is consistent, which is important in this league, Even with all of this, I don’t think they’re the best team in the league. I believe this team claims one of the wild card spots at the end of the year.
Denver Broncos (7-1)
I believe the Broncos are the best team in the NFL, even sitting at 2nd in the AFC West. They play the Chiefs in week 10 and will probably take them down. I have two words to describe this team, Peyton Manning. This guy has played like a freak and is arguably having the best season of his career. Everyone remembers his first game of the season when he threw for 462 yards and 7 touchdowns? His current numbers are 29 touchdowns, just 6 interceptions and 2,919 yards. The weapons he has on this offense are just ridiculous with Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and emerging back Knowshon Moreno. They rank first in scoring with an insane 42.9 ppg. Their defense will get better with returning Von Miller and when Champ Bailey gets fully healthy. The Broncos will win this division and are still my Super Bowl winners.
San Diego Chargers (4-3)
The Chargers are third in the AFC West with a great deal of thanks to Philip Rivers great season. They have a bit of a confusing backfield with Ryan Mathews being inconsistent but the emergence of Danny Woodhead as a pass catching back. Their defense only allows 20.6 ppg and the offense scores on average 24 ppg and racks up 402.9 ypg. I like this team to make a run for the 2nd wild card spot over teams in other divisions.
Oakland Raiders (3-4)
The Raiders are currently last in their division but aren’t far behind in my opinion. Just like everyone else, I was a little worried about their quarterback situation when they went with Terrelle Pryor, but I shouldn’t have been, I really like Pryor moving forward to get better and not to mention he’s a big quarterback who can run when he wants. Darren McFadden has been playing great as of late and will keep getting more consistent baring an injury setback. Denarius Moore is a quality receiver and I’m excited to see what they can do the rest of the season.
Green Bay Packers (5-2)
The Packers are on top of the NFC North. When you have Aaron Rodgers it’s hard to think they would be in any trouble. Earlier this year they struggled a bit but it seems as if they’ve found their rhythm. They went into this season’s draft looking for a running back and they’ve found a good one in Eddie Lacy which takes the Packers offense to a new level. They average 30.3 ppg to take the rank of 3rd in the league. The Packers had a recent scare with Jermichael Finley being taken off the field in a stretcher. Fortunately Rodgers has other weapons to cover till he returns, They have an interesting race to run with the Lions creeping up on them though.
Detroit Lions (5-3)
The great play of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson has rewarded the Lions with 2nd place in the NFC North. Megatron caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys, THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY NINE YARDS. In case you didn’t know that’s 2nd all time behind Flipper Anderson back in ’89. We can all agree Calvin Johnson is a freak of nature and could go down as one of the best receivers the NFL has ever seen. The Lions have a consistent offense and if they keep playing this way, they can put up a good fight against the Packers for the division lead or a wild card spot.
Chicago Bears (4-3)
Da Bears are currently 3rd in the NFC North and don’t have their starting quarterback Jay Cutler. They do; however, have Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery as their weapons, which is good enough for any quarterback to use. Even though the defense has plenty of takeaways, they allow 29.4 ppg. The Bears can score plenty of points to win but will they do it is the question. They should get Cutler back in the coming weeks so we’ll see if the Bears can make a wild card run.
Minnesota Vikings (1-6)
The Vikings are sitting in last place in the NFC North and I don’t see them making any kind of run this year. Their hope rests with Adrian Peterson and in this league that can’t be the case. The Vikings allow 32.1 ppg and don’t have a great passing game. With these two problems, they can’t and won’t have a successful rest of the year.
New Orleans Saints (6-1)
The Saints are at the top of the NFC South and have done so miraculously. Going from having the worst defense in the history of the NFL to having the 4th ranked in points allowed ,17.1 ppg, is a drastic turnaround. Last year the Saints were dealing with the bounty scandal and now they have their head coach Sean Payton back along side hiring Rob Ryan to take care of their defensive needs. Drew Brees has been fantastic and he spreads the ball out to all of his receivers. With weapons like Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Darren Sproles, Kenny Stills and Marques Colston, Brees has quite a few reliable options. If they can just get a more consistent running game going they would be almost unbeatable. They have a tough few games coming up facing the 49ers and the Seahawks so we’ll see what they’re made of but I like the Saints winning the NFC South and making a deep run in the playoffs.
Carolina Panthers (4-3)
The Panthers are 2nd in the NFC South and have been really good the past few games. If Cam Newton keeps playing the way he has I like them to make a wild card run. The Panthers defense only allows 13.7 ppg, which is ranked 2nd in the league, and allows just 79.3 rushing ypg. With Jonathan Stewart coming back, look for their running game to be a little more consistent.
Atlanta Falcons (2-5)
As good as the Falcons were last year, they sit at 3rd in the NFC South. Matt Ryan hasn’t been as explosive as he usually is and they simply can’t get the running game going. They’re in last place in rushing yards with 62.4 ypg but when Steven Jackson returns fully from injury this should change slightly I would assume. I don’t think the Falcons will be able to turn things around this season be beat out the Panthers for a wild card spot and it’s unfortunate being Tony Gonzalez last season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)
The Buccaneers are in last place in the NFC South and there’s really no hope for getting out of the slump they’ve found there selves in. With letting Josh Freeman go, they don’t have a reliable situation at quarterback with Mike Glennon which leaves a receiver like Vincent Jackson wanting more. The Buccaneers are only scoring 14.3 ppg. Doug Martin hasn’t been himself this season and we’ll see if he can come back full force due to his torn labrum. I don’t like their chances of turning their season around even though Greg Schiano says otherwise.
Dallas Cowboys (4-4)
The Cowboys are sitting atop one of the more interesting divisions in football. The NFC East is so back and forth and will continue to be. Tony Romo has been fantastic numbers wise this year and with a receiver like Dez Bryant and a tight end like Jason Witten, I can understand. DeMarcus Ware should come back soon from injury but I’m not sure if he’ll solve all of their pass defensive problems, even though they have been pretty decent. We’ll see if Dez can fix his problems from being a distraction on the sidelines. If they can get their running game going in the right direction and close out games, look for the Cowboys to close out the NFC East.
Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
The Eagles are in 2nd place in the NFC East and they are surprisingly close to taking the lead. This just explains how close this race is with the Giants and Redskins only 2 games back. Chip Kelly’s offensive has been.. let’s say interesting to watch unfold from coaching the fast paced Oregon Ducks last year. With Michael Vick constantly banged up and Nick Foles unsure at the quarterback position, I’m not sure what this team can do down the stretch playing teams like the Packers, Lions and Bears in the coming weeks.
Washington Redskins (2-5)
The Redskins are 3rd in the NFC East and only 2 games back is strange for how poorly they’ve played. Right now I think back to last year when they went on to win the East and I see them now and just shake my head. This isn’t the same team and much due to RGIII’s injury problems and always being thrown to the ground. If he can’t stay protected with his offensive line, don’t expect productiveness. I think they might have found a star tight end with Jordan Reed and have an impressive running game. They face the Chargers, 49ers and Chiefs in the coming weeks and all I have to say is good luck.
New York Giants (2-6)
This team has won two championships the past six years right? It’s kind of hard to believe when they started the season with six straight losses. They are sitting in last place in the NFC East but have a chance to turn it around. That’s the thing about the East, it’s pretty much wide open. The G-Men don’t score a whole lot and give up a ton of points, which happens to be the definition of a loss. Eli Manning leads the league in interceptions with 15 through the halfway mark. I like their receivers with Cruz and Nicks, but they have to get their running game on track and their defensive playing like they used to in the past years to make any kind of statement.
Seattle Seahawks (7-1)
The Seahawks are on top of the NFC West, just barely over the 49ers. They have been very impressive like they were last year. Russell Wilson constantly proves he’s a star quarterback in this league. Of course their defense is a big part of this team and once their two star tackles return from injury you won’t see Wilson on the ground as much as he was against the Rams. And still undefeated at home, no team wants to play the Hawks. Marshawn Lynch is a beast, hence his nickname, and once Percy Harvin returns from injury expect this offense to be even more explosive. I’m sticking to my pick at the beginning of the year for the Seahawks to make it to the Super Bowl to play the Broncos.
San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The 49ers are 2nd in the West and I’m not sure if they’ll catch up to the Seahawks. This is a great team but they definitely will have a wild card spot in their hands. Colin Kaepernick is still very good, but I don’t think he’s as good as last year. However, with Frank Gore having the year he is, I don’t necessarily see why Kaepernick needs to be as explosive as he normally is. Crabtree and Manningham will be back soon and have I mentioned how good Vernon Davis is playing? We’ll see how well they can play in Nola against the Saints, Panthers and Seahawks.
Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
The Cardinals are 3rd in the West and they’ll have an interesting race against the Rams to keep this spot. If Carson Palmer can be a more consistent quarterback and find their elite receiver Larry Fitzgerald, they might have a chance to do that. They have found a decent running back in Ellington because let’s face it, Mendenhall isn’t getting the job done with his injuries. i expect them to be about as productive as they have been this year.
St. Louis Rams (3-5)
The Rams currently are sitting in last place in the NFC West and have a chance to take the 3rd spot if they can get more consistent on offense. However, this is going to be difficult with losing their starting quarterback Sam Bradford. Zac Stacy has been impressive the pass few games though and their defense is a lot better than the numbers suggest. The did almost take down the Seahawks this past Monday night and held them to only 14 points. The defensive line can really get to the quarterback if they want to.
Power Rankings for Mid Season
- Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)
- Denver Broncos (7-1)
- Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
- Seattle Seahawks (7-1)
- New Orleans Saints (6-1)
- San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
- Green Bay Packers (5-2)
- New England Patriots (6-2)
- Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)
- Detroit Lions (5-3)
- Chicago Bears (4-3)
- Carolina Panthers (4-3)
- San Diego Chargers (4-3)
- Dallas Cowboys (4-4)
- Miami Dolphins (4-4)
- Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
- New York Jets (4-4)
- Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
- Tennessee Titans (3-4)
- Buffalo Bills (3-5)
- Cleveland Browns (3-5)
- Oakland Raiders (3-4)
- Atlanta Falcons (2-5)
- St. Louis Rams (3-5)
- Washington Redskins (2-5)
- Pittsberg Steelers (2-5)
- Houston Texans (2-5)
- Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)
- New York Giants (2-6)
- Minnesota Vikings (1-7)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)
Thanks for reading! Any opinions or thoughts? Comment and let’s talk about them.
Rockstar dished out a gameplay trailer for the multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto V on Thursday and just like everyone else, I was extremely impressed. I remember all the countless hours I put into Grand Theft Auto IV just driving around with friends, but this trailer sets the bar so much higher for future sandbox multiplayer games. I can’t fathom how much fun I’m going to have playing this game. Just take a look for yourself.
In the video Rockstar explains it will be a massive, 16 player experience. The player will be able to participate in a wide variety of activities with other players such as robbing banks, hanging out at each other’s houses, air/land/water racing, tennis, golf and of course classic modes like team deathmatch. The player can even create different race and deathmatch maps. One particular feature I’m excited about is creating and fully customizing your own character. This is something I really enjoyed about Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, but this will be times one hundred. It also seems like there will be actual playable missions too because you can see different interactions, as well as with Franklin.
Rockstar is also stressing this portion of the game is it’s own thing, completely separate from the actual single player story side. It will come out on October 1st, so 2 weeks after the release of the original game on September 17th. So in a way it will be it’s own multiplayer MMO. The user will receive a free code with the purchase of Grand Theft Auto V. The player will access this portion of the game as an additional character, switchable between Trevor, Michael and Franklin. Rockstar also announced the company will be constantly updating the multiplayer features. In an interview between IGN and Rockstar’s North American President Leslie Benzies, he spoke of additional details about the game. “Obviously it’s set in the GTA V engine, but it’s going to grow and evolve into its own thing. We’ve set this up so there are no limitations. The only limitation is the size of the disc and how much memory we’ve got.” This seems relevant because if you notice the title is Grand Theft Auto Online, not Grand Theft Auto V Online.
There is no doubt in my mind this will be the biggest, most profitable game in the series. I believe it is also a Game of the Year contender right next to The Last of Us. Grand Theft Auto V is my most anticipated game of 2013.
With only a few more weeks till the NFL season kicks off, everyone is previewing every team’s success for 2013. Every few days or so I’m doing my own preview of every division in both conferences. Today I start with the NFC South containing the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Atlanta Falcons: Last year the Falcons finished 13-3 to claim their division title and rallied to make it to the NFC Championship game to ultimately lose to the San Francisco 49ers. Atlanta finished tied for 1st in wins in 2012, 6th in passing yards per game, 29th in rushing yards per game, 23rd in opposing passing yards per game and 21st in rushing yards per game. Matt Ryan had a break out year throwing to his dual threat receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tony Gonzalaz played great and will return for two more years in Atlanta to add another weapon. And with the addition of Steven Jackson in the back field and DE Osi Umenyiora, they are sure to have another break out year. Here is the Falcons regular season schedule and my early prediction on wins and loses.
Sep. 8 at New Orleans Saints – L
Sep. 15 vs. St. Louis Rams – W
Sep. 22 at Miami Dolphins – W
Sep. 29 vs. New England Patriots – L
Oct. 7 vs. New York Jets – W
Oct. 20 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – W
Oct. 27 at Arizona Cardinals – W
Nov. 3 at Carolina Panthers – W
Nov. 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks – L
Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – W
Nov. 21 vs. New Orleans Saints – W
Dec. 1 at Buffalo Bills – W
Dec. 8 at Green Bay Packers – L
Dec. 15 vs. Washington Redskins – W
Dec. 23 at San Francisco 49ers – L
Dec. 29 vs. Carolina Panthers – W
New Orleans Saints: The Saints had quite a rough year in 2012. Suffering the effects of a bounty program, they lost head coach Sean Payton for the entire season, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and LB Jonathan Vilma for a few games. New Orleans tied for 2nd in the NFC South with the rest of the division at 7-9. The team led the league in passing yards per game, finished 25th in rushing yards per game, 31st in opposing passing yards per game and 32nd in opposing rushing yards per game. They also shattered the record of most yards allowed by defensive in 2012 with 7,042. But they have super bowl winning coach Sean Payton back at the helm, added defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, cornerback Keenan Lewis and safety Kenny Vaccaro. Last year Drew Brees set a record for throwing for 5,000 yards in consecutive seasons and throwing for a touchdown in 54 consecutive games. The Saints are ready to make a statement in 2013 even though they have one of the toughest schedules in the league. Here is the Saints regular season schedule and my prediction of wins and loses.
Sep. 8 vs. Atlanta Falcons – W
Sep. 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – W
Sep. 22 vs. Arizona Cardinals – W
Sep. 30 vs. Miami Dolphins – W
Oct. 6 at Chicago Bears – L
Oct. 13 at New England Patriots – L
Oct. 27 vs. Buffalo Bills – W
Nov. 3 at New York Jets – W
Nov. 10 vs. Dallas Cowboys – W
Nov. 17 vs. San Francisco 49ers – L
Nov. 21 at Atlanta Falcons – L
Dec. 2 at Seattle Seahawks – L
Dec. 8 vs. Carolina Panthers – W
Dec. 15 at St. Louis Rams – W
Dec. 22 at Carolina Panthers – L
Dec. 29 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – W
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers had a bit of a shaky year in 2012 with the trouble of closing out a few games. Cam Newton had some fumble problems and just wasn’t the quarterback he was in 2012. And of course we all remember him telling the press to put their suggestions in a suggestion box because he doesn’t know what’s going on right? This team should be better than their record shows. Carolina finished at 7-9, ranked 16th in passing yards per game, 9th in rushing yards per game, 13th in opposing passing yards per game and 14th in opposing rushing yards per game. A few offseason moves that were made include DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart both agreeing to re-negotiate their contracts and adding safety Robert Lester. Here is the Panthers regular season schedule and my predictions of wins and loses.
Sep. 8 vs. Seattle Seahawks – L
Sep. 15 at Buffalo Bills – W
Sep. 22 vs. New York Giants – L
Oct. 6 at Arizona Cardinals – W
Oct. 13 at Minnesota Vikings – L
Oct. 20 vs. St. Louis Rams – W
Oct. 24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – L
Nov. 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons – L
Nov. 10 at San Francisco 49ers – L
Nov. 18 vs. New England Patriots – L
Nov. 24 at Miami Dolphins – W
Dec. 1 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – W
Dec. 8 at New Orleans Saints – L
Dec. 15 vs. New York Jets – W
Dec. 22 vs. New Orleans Saints – W
Dec. 29 at Atlanta Falcons – L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers found out last year there is a lot of potential in their running back Doug Martin. Josh Freeman is also a growing quarterback who could have some promise if he can stay consistent throughout the season. Tampa Bay finished 7-9, ranked 10th in passing yards per game, 15th in rushing yards per game, 32nd in opposing passing yards per game and 1st in opposing rushing yards per game. This offseason the team has added names like CB Darrelle Revis, CB Johnthan Banks and WR Kevin Ogletree. Here is the Buccaneers regular season schedule and my predictions on wins and loses.
Sep. 8 at New York Jets – W
Sep. 15 vs. New Orleans Saints – L
Sep. 22 at New England Patriots – L
Sep. 29 vs. Arizona Cardinals – W
Oct. 13 vs. Philadelphia Eagles – L
Oct. 20 at Atlanta Falcons – L
Oct. 24 vs. Carolina Panthers – W
Nov. 3 at Seattle Seahawks – L
Nov. 11 vs. Miami Dolphins – W
Nov. 17 vs. Atlanta Falcons – L
Nov. 24 at Detroit Lions – L
Dec. 1 at Carolina Panthers – L
Dec. 8 vs. Buffalo Bills – L
Dec. 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers – L
Dec. 22 at St. Louis Rams – W
Dec. 29 at New Orleans Saints – L
My preview for the NFC South looks like this.
Atlanta Falcons 11-5
New Orleans Saints 10-6
Carolina Panthers 7-9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11
Thanks for reading. I’ll cover the NFC North in the coming days, so check back!
With E3 ending just days ago, many games were revealed at the gaming expo. Most were games we expected to see but there were a few surprises thrown in. This year will be one of the most exciting with the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4, but nevertheless the games are what we’re most looking forward to. These are the ones I’m most excited for in no particular order and I attached videos of trailers and gameplay so you can get a closer look.
Ryse: Son of Rome
Tom Clancy’s: The Division
Mirror’s Edge 2
Kingdom Hearts III
Killzone: Shadow Fall
The Order: 1886
Super Smash Bros.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
What games are you most excited for?