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Beefyfife


As many of you know, I am a Packers fan but really, I love football season in general. It's the feeling of the long summer nights changing into the cool fall weather and frigid winter months with a weekly clash of athletes in all types of weather.

I have been following the Around The League Podcast to increase my knowledge of each other team throughout the offseason and encourage you to spend about 2 hours over the course of the next week just listening to these primers.

AFC Preview and Browns QB situation
http://www.nfl.com/podcast/aroundthelea … 000/detail

NFC Preview
http://www.nfl.com/podcast/aroundthelea … 000/detail

Fantasy Football
http://www.nfl.com/podcast/aroundthelea … 000/detail

Projected Favorites for each Division

AFC EAST

There are young quarterbacks all over the AFC East in EJ Manuel, Geno Smith and Ryan Tannehill. But still standing at the front of the pack is Tom Brady, who had a challenging 2013 and still managed to get the Patriots to the AFC Championship game.

Brady is getting older, but he's far from finished. After all this time, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC East.

AFC EAST: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* New England 12-4 The AFC East is not ready to dethrone Tom Brady. Brady is 58-16 against his division and he should add at least four more wins to that total this year.
2. N.Y. Jets 7-9 The Jets are solid on defense and may have the best defensive line in the game. If Geno Smith falters, Michael Vick will get the call. Chris Johnson could reinvent his career in this run-oriented offense.
3. Miami 7-9 The Dolphins' offensive line is being rebuilt and just had a setback with the hip surgery for Mike Pouncey, which only adds to the pressure on Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins' first two games are against New England and Buffalo.
4. Buffalo 7-9 The Bills go as EJ Manuel goes and he may be a year away from being ready to lead his team to the division title. There's little doubt the Bills are headed in the right direction and could be better than anticipated.

AFC NORTH

This is one of the most interesting divisions in the NFL right now. The always-tough Ben Roethlisberger heads up a Steelers team that nearly fought their way into the playoffs in 2013 after a rough start.

Also in the North, the Browns have more attention on them than they have had in years thanks to a guy named Johnny Manziel, who -- for now -- will serve as Brian Hoyer's backup at QB, but will surely be a lightning rod for scrutiny all season long.

As if that weren't enough, you've got John Harbaugh's Ravens struggling to get back to the top of the league and the Bengals pushing for a division title.

AFC NORTH: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* Pittsburgh 10-6 Lots of people think the Steelers are old and over the hill. I'm not one of them. Big Ben took control of the offense in the second half of the season last year and finished 6-2 down the stretch. This year they win a close division race.
2.* Cincinnati 9-7 The Bengals have roster depth, which comes in handy in the rough AFC North. Losing both coordinators to head coaching jobs is a problem but there are enough play makers to make the playoffs.
3. Baltimore 8-8 There's always an adjustment after a Super Bowl win and it looks like the Ravens may need two years for their adjustment. There have been some off-the-field issues that are frustrating to the organization and their leader, Ray Rice, may be sidelined for a while.
4. Cleveland 4-12 Cleveland has solid leadership in the front office and on the coaching staff but they are not ready for prime time just yet. Look for a solid finish to the season and a glimmer of hope for 2015.

AFC SOUTH
There's a lot of building and re-building going on in the AFC South, a division that on paper looks like it belongs to Andrew Luck and the Colts.

The Texans hope to rebound from a very disappointing 2013 and will do it with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The Titans head into 2014 with a strong defense and big ambitions, and the Jaguars are building for the future with rookie QB Blake Bortles in the fold.

AFC SOUTH: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* Indianapolis 10-6 Andrew Luck gives the Colts a chance every week and the return of Reggie Wayne gives him so many weapons. Luck is already 10-2 against division opponents and his run at QB for the Colts is starting to resemble the Peyton Manning era.
2. Tennessee 8-8 The Titans are solid on defense, especially up front. New head coach Ken Whisenhunt will get the quarterback situation sorted out. The offense simply needs to score more points. Last year they had eight games where they scored 20 or less points.
3. Houston 6-10 The Texans are better than their 2013 record would indicate, but how far can they really go with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center?
4. Jacksonville 4-12 Gus Bradley has his young team pointed in the right direction but he needs more talent on offense. They had 13 games where they scored 20 or less points. This year Bradley brought over some of his former Seahawks players to fortify the defense.

AFC WEST
As long as Peyton Manning is healthy and productive, the Broncos will remain the team to beat in the AFC West. But that doesn't mean the Chargers and Chiefs will go away quietly.

The Raiders are still struggling and might be playing their final season in Oakland, with Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Tuck and promising rookie Khalil Mack among the many new faces on the team.

AFC WEST: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* Denver 11-5 The Super Bowl may prove to be a blueprint for playing against the Broncos offense, but it doesn't mean teams can stop Peyton Manning. Plus the division is nudging closer to Denver.
2.* San Diego 9-7 Philip Rivers had a great season last year and now he gets Malcom Floyd back to go along with Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates. The defense gave up under 18 points a game over the last seven weeks of the season including the playoffs. I think they return to the playoffs.
3. Kansas City 8-8 The Chiefs delivered under Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith last year but they were 2-6 over the last eight games, including the playoffs. It's hard to double down on 11-win seasons.
4. Oakland 5-11 This is a must-win season for the Raiders' coaches and front office but it would serve the organization well to give them contract extensions now and build this team the right way. I suspect we will see Derek Carr under center before the season is over.

NFC EAST
The Redskins and Giants are both looking for redemption, with Washington in particular needing to bounce back from a disastrous 2013. With new head coach Jay Gruden running the show, things could get interesting there.

In Philadelphia, Nick Foles will try to replicate a surprisingly productive 2013 effort under now second-year NFL head coach Chip Kelly. As for the Cowboys, well, things aren't looking very good in Dallas, particularly on defense.

NFC EAST: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* Philadelphia 9-7 Chip Kelly did a masterful job in his first season ever in the NFL on any level. Can Nick Foles throw just two interceptions again? If so, they win more games than the nine games I predicted.
2. Washington 8-8 I spent time with RG3 this spring and I was so impressed about his focus and leadership. The defense will be better. This could be a surprise team.
3. N.Y. Giants 8-8 The Giants brought in a lot of veteran players for experience and to plug holes. Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin have a solid history of rebounding from bad seasons. Do they have the pass protection and playmakers to do it again?
4. Dallas 6-10 The Dallas defense is going to be an issue once again. No DeMarcus Ware, no Sean Lee, no Jason Hatcher and as good as the offense might be, they will not score 35 points every week.

NFC NORTH

While the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers at QB, it could be the Green Bay defense that keeps them truly dangerous in 2014. The division-rival Bears and Lions both need to get their defenses cooking, but on the other side of the ball, the Bears have guys like Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall to help put up points.

Having left the Metrodome behind, the Vikings will face an uphill battle in this division while they wait out the construction of their new stadium. QB Matt Cassel now has rookie Teddy Bridgewater beneath him on the depth chart, waiting for an opportunity.

NFC NORTH: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* Green Bay 11-5 Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has a lot of 'jokers' on his defense now. Quarterbacks will struggle to figure out all the exotic pressures with Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Nick Perry.
2. Chicago 8-8 I might have this team undervalued with all the offensive weapons they have, but that Bears defense needs to make big strides.
3. Detroit 8-8 I don't think you can win by outscoring teams. Sooner or later the defense has to win games. The back end of the defense is the biggest question for me. Last year, Matthew Stafford only threw two touchdown passes in his last four games.
4. Minnesota 5-11 The Vikings aren't that far away, but this division is tough and they may have lost their home-field advantage by moving outside when the Metrodome closed for good. Minnesota was 25-15 at home since 2009.

NFC SOUTH
While the Falcons hope to bounce back from a difficult 2013, the Saints refuse to go away and they remain the team to beat in the NFC South. Cam Newton's Panthers might have a rough go this season if Newton doesn't get some help on offense.

The Buccaneers are pinning their hopes on new QB Josh McCown and coach Lovie Smith to right the ship.

NFC SOUTH: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* New Orleans 10-6 The Saints are led by Drew Brees and his arsenal of weapons, and that equals points. The defense is going to be much improved and home field means more wins. The Saints are 31-9 at home since 2009 and that includes a season without their head coach.
2.* Tampa Bay 9-7 Lovie Smith will get this team turned around in a hurry, especially on defense. The offense will be up and running quickly with Josh McCown under center and those giant receivers.
3. Carolina 8-8 Cam Newton needs more receiving weapons to keep up with the Saints and Falcons in scoring. Throw in the new offense in Tampa Bay and the Panthers offense comes up a little short.
4. Atlanta 7-9 There are still questions about the pass rush, pass protection and who replaces Tony Gonzalez. The season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon didn't help the defense.

NFC WEST
The NFC West is a very tough division and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks will have their work cut out for them if they plan to return to the big game.

The 49ers are still a formidable team despite many players being plagued by non-football issues. The Cardinals will have a tall task matching last year's success due to a hard schedule. In St. Louis, the Rams will attempt to fight through a season without injured starting QB Sam Bradford.

NFC WEST: PAT KIRWAN'S 2014 PROJECTED TEAM RECORDS
PLACE TEAM PROJECTED RECORD PAT KIRWAN'S TAKE
1.* Seattle 10-6 The Seahawks have a winning formula and should repeat, but like the Broncos, teams are focused on breaking down their offense. The Seahawks have five road games against 2013 playoff teams.
2.* San Francisco 10-6 It was and continues to be a strange offseason for the 49ers. Too many off-the-field issues to feel great about the upcoming season in the toughest division in the league. Kaepernick is 8-4-1 in division games.
3. Arizona 8-8 The Cardinals should have been in the playoffs last year with their 10 wins. They will not sneak up on anyone this year. Eight games against 2013 playoff teams isn't an easy task.
4. St. Louis 6-10 The loss of Sam Bradford for the season really hurts, but they're not completely without hope. The Rams defense will hold up their end of the bargain.
Last edited by Beefyfife on Sep 19th, 2015, 7:16 am, edited 4 times in total.
Wiing
good post Beefy, I will have to read it when i get time. I cant wait for the season to start. Been slack this season, haven't done any research
Docilus
Mate that is a read. Not gonna do Fantasy this year, just gonna enjoy the games and barrack for who ever I like at the time.
Beefyfife
Docilus wrote:
Mate that is a read.


okay, to shorten the read, if you have 45 mins, listen to this:
http://www.nfl.com/podcast/aroundthelea … 000/detail

then this (55 mins):
http://www.nfl.com/podcast/aroundthelea … 000/detail

On a side note, there is a reason I didn't update this thread on a weekly basis last year (32 teams and I had monday morning class). Now that my Monday mornings are free, I may be able to give a quick recap of what happened and my take!
Beefyfife
*insert length of time in bed having sex with spoon's mom here"

but seriously though, i usually have an hour drive home that i listen to this through tunein radio on my iphone, i imagine others might have the same
Beefyfife
final roster cuts made, Michael Sam, drafted by the Rams would have been the first openly gay player to make an NFL team was cut....if he clear waivers, he will prolly make their practice squad. Have to wait until tomorrow to find out if anyone takes him (unlikely, but possible)
Beefyfife
In a google chat for the start of the NFL Season.

Superbowl Champs Seattle Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers. Should be a good game. Here's the google hangout I'll be in for the game.

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/g3nf … er=0&hl=en

Link for the stream in the hangout. Game starts in 5 minutes, I'll be here for the next 3 hours!
Beefyfife
Well that was fucking disappointing.….My team has a long way to go to knock off the Champs. Seattle 36- Green Bay 16. More analysis come Monday morning after a lot more games are played.
Wiing
Massive game from Wilson, Lynch and Harvin. Seattle are going to be unstoppable if they can keep it up all season.

I was disappointed with the Packers, hopefully next week at home they come up with a win, (against the Jets, so they should). I was expecting more from Lacy, and i just read he has a possible concussion, have to see how it goes. Must of been why Starks played towards the end there.
Beefyfife
Wiing
http://www.sbnation.com/2014/9/12/61393 … ad-offense

Good atricle outlining some of the collage style plays during week 1 that are making there way into NFL.

The Pats game looked good, shame they lost. Still cant get over the Seahwaks Plays, they are going to be unbeatable, Beast mode and the Legion of Boom... So many fanbois now lol

Beefy I am lookign for a NFL app that has the latest news and shit. or even good news sites. I am using Prosport daily and SB Nation atm, I also use
http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootball

I trust CBS' rankings more then elsewhere
Beefyfife
bleacher report is my favorite, it live updates during the game as well as follows/posts the twitter responses from journalists as they live tweet the action
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