AFC West Preview

Day four is the day I cover the last division in the AFC and this division is a complete toss up so I am expecting to be wrong! Oh well, let’s get to it!

4th-Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs get a trio of players back from ACL injuries, Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki. Matt Cassel is also back and healthy to start the season but which Cassel is going to show up? The 2010 version who threw 27 td’s to 7 picks or last year’s version who was injured and didn’t do anything that made you go wow.  Personally I don’t think Matt Cassel will ever be more than an average quarterback. I like the addition of Peyton Hillis to this offense and if he runs like he did last night against the Pack, they will have a great 1-2 punch with him and the return of a healthy Jamaal Charles. Last year’s first round pick Jonathon Baldwin needs to have a much bigger impact this year for this offense to be more balanced. His emergence will also allow Steve Breaston to be in his more suited spot in the slot.

The Chiefs defense was ranked 6th against the pass last year even without the young phenom Eric Berry. However their run defense was ranked 26th and gave up over a hundred and thirty yards a game. A lot of this has to do with the disappointing play of Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey. The two have only combined for six sacks in their young careers so they also lack the ability to rush the passer. So the Chiefs this year went with huge defensive tackle Dontari Poe in the first round to sure up their run defense. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact he has. Eric Berry returns to improve an all ready good secondary who have Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt at corner. Also the duo of Tamba Hali and second year man Justin Houston form a threat to get pressure from both sides of the field.

Win meter- 6-9

Biggest Question- How will the returning players from injury impact this team?

3rd-Oakland Raiders

It is a new era in Oakland. The Raiders went out and got Reggie McKenzie, who formerly worked for the Packers to be the team’s first GM since Al Davis. McKenzie fired coach Hue Jackson and hired former Broncos Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen. This is a new regime that will not put up with the same shenanigans and problems that have been part of the problem the Raiders have not made the playoffs since their Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2002.

There are several keys to this offense becoming the explosive juggernaut it could be. Darrius Heyward-Bey was a shock when the Raiders took him at 7 back in the 2009 draft over receiver Michael Crabtree. Up until last year DHB has been a major disappointment but put together a very respectable 2011 campaign catching 64 passes for 975 yards and four scores. Carson Palmer needs to cut down on his picks. He had 17 interceptions in only 10 games. Also Darren McFadden needs to stay healthy. Unfortunately I don’t think these things happen and the Raiders have another year in the middle of the pack.

On defense the Raiders were awful last year, finishing 27th against the run and the pass. Whenever Rolando McCalin gets back he needs to be a beast in the middle and give this defense the edge it needs. Other veterans such as Richard Seymour need to breathe some life into this defense because 27th against the pass and run won’t amount to a whole lot.

Win meter- 7-9

Biggest Question- Is this team ready to take the next leap?

2nd- Denver Broncos

Gone is Tim Tebow and some guy named Peyton Manning takes hold of the reigns to give the Broncos the best quarterback they have had since John Elway. Peyton looked like his old self in the third preseason game which is a phenomenal sign for this offense. This passing attack should be able to rank in the top ten this year and I look for Eric Decker and Demaryus Thomas to have breakout seasons. Joel Dreesen isn’t a big name but he had six touchdowns with the Texans last year and Manning has a couple familiar targets back with Brandon Stokely and Jacob Tamme. My concern for this offense is can Willis McGahee do what he did last year at 30 years old and stay healthy the whole year. I am wondering if former first round pick Knowshown Moreno or “No shoes” as one of my buddies calls him even makes this team.

This is a very talented defense but if you just looked at last year’s rankings you would not think that. The Broncos finished 22nd against the run and 18th against the pass. To help out the pass defense the Broncos signed the man who sealed the 2009 Superbowl win for the Saints with a pick six, Tracy Porter.  Do you remember  who the quarterback was he picked off? Oh yea, Peyton Manning. The Broncos also brought in the experienced Drayton Florence. Look for these guys to team with Champ Bailey and improve this pass defense. Elvis Dumervill is a stud along the d-line but they need someone else to help him and outside linebacker Von Miller create more pressure.

I think the Broncos get a wild card spot but I question how far.

Win meter- 9-11

Biggest Question- Will this team be able to make a deep playoff run?

1st- San Diego Chargers

Well, we all know what Ron Burgundy thinks of San Diego and it’s roots but let’s get to what I think about the Chargers going into this season. Gone is Vincent Jackson and steps in Robert Meachem. Meachem who was around a plethora of talent in New Orleans will have the chance to prove himself as the number two receiver with the Chargers. While he is not as big as Vincent Jackson, he does have more speed and Philip Rivers loves to go deep. Which leads me to my next point, Rivers cannot have another season of 20 interceptions. He ended the season strong but another season with twenty picks will be devastating to this offense. Ryan Matthews is out with a broken collarbone and should be back within a few weeks. He needs to stay injury free for the rest of the year to prove he can be a workhorse back. Another scary possibility- Antonio Gates is in shape and healthy. So maybe he will put forty fantasy points against Ruxin again this year.

The Chargers had the 13th ranked pass defense last year which is respectable. Quentin Jammer admitted personal matters affected him last year so this year I expect to see him be back to a legit number 1 corner. I like Antoine Cason and Eric Weddle as well but Atari Bigby is your starting strong safety? Yikes! I love the pick of Melvin Ingram in the first round this past season. He has looked like an absolute beast so far and I like him on one side with Shaun Phillips on the other. The addition of Jarrett Johnson from Baltimore also gives another nice veteran presence. The Chargers also have the getting better with age Takeo Spikes in the middle. And for one more point on the backers, will Larry English please stand up for this team? He needs to make an impact this year.

Win meter- 9-11

Biggest Question- Can this offense avoid costly turnovers?

Thoughts on the last preseason game.

Finally! The preseason is over and we are just a few days away from the start of the regular season next Wednesday night and a little more than a week away from the Packers opening game! All right, been a hectic week and another hectic day so time to get to my points from last night’s game.

Here is what I liked:

Graham Harrell- I don’t know if John Elway shot Harrell a text that said, “it’s time to pull the trigger” or what but man he looked like a completely different quarterback last night. Harrell had time to throw, got to play with starting tight end Jermichael Finley and most importantly was accurate with his throws.

Defense- While the defense gave up a lot of yards on the ground, the defense came up when it needed to and only surrendered three points. Sam Shields had a nice interception off Brady Quinn in the end zone to halt a Kansas City threat.

Here is what I didn’t like:

Fumbles- I love the addition of Cedric Benson but seeing him put the ball on the ground (recovered by the Pack somehow) the first play of the game was a little concerning. Maybe I am making too much of this but the Packers had a lot of turnovers this preseason. I am just hoping the trend ends here.

Run defense- Yes I realize up a bit on the page I was happy with the defense.  This has more to do with the fact I will be worried if B.J. Raji gets injured during the season for an extended period of time. He left last night with an ankle injury and the run defense seemed to fold a bit.

Overall the Pack went 2-2 and looked a lot better in their last two games. So hopefully they take this momentum into week one vs. the 49ers.

What I am looking for tonight.

I am a bit up against the wall today for time so I will make tonight’s keys nice and quick.

1. Graham Harrell progression- I realize Harrell has been running for his life in the preseason but tonight he will get extensive time and needs to prove that he can make all the throws. He has been behind on a lot of his throws so tonight he needs to get his timing down.

2. CB and safety spot- Mike McCarthy has stayed true to his word and has not named a regular season starter for the corner spot opposite Tramon Williams and the safety spot in the nickel and dime defenses. Casey Hayward and Jarrett Bush have the best chance to start at corner in the base with Sam Shields trying to make a late charge. Also look for Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings to battle it out for the starting safety spot opposite Burnett in the dime and nickel.

3. RB- I want to see how Cedric Benson runs this week. If he has another game where he is running tough and getting extra yards, then there is no doubt he is the starting back. Also Brandon Saine makes his preseason debut and will need a strong night to make this team.

4. Second string o-line- This is a unit that has one guy locked onto a roster spot, Evan Dietrich-Smith. The other guys need to play better, open up some holes and give Harrell some time to throw.

 

AFC South Preview.

Third day into my NFL preview article and today I focus on a division that has flipped in recent years. The Colts are no longer the heavy favorites to win the division every year but the once lowly Houston Texans are now the best team in this division. So let’s get it started!

4th- Jacksonville Jaguars

I love the trade up for Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. I don’t think he is Calvin JOhnson good, but I think he can be a better version of Hakeem Nicks. The combination of Blackmon and the addition of Laurent Robinson should help Blaine Gabbert improve. Gabbert never lost the deer in the headlights look at all last season. For this offense to improve Gabbert needs to learn how to hang in the pocket and take a hit. The big question mark for this team is the hold out of Maurice Jones-Drew. I just read an article on espn.com earlier today that Jones will NOT be traded. However the longer he holds out, the worse. Remember CJ2K and his struggles last year?

When I was doing research on the Jags, I was shocked with how good their defensive ratings were last year, 8th against the pass and 9th against the run. Jeremy Mincey had a break out year with eight sacks so look for him to continue that success this year. I loved the addition of Paul Posluszny who led the defense in tackles and tied for interceptions. What was more important was the fact he played all sixteen games for only the second time. If he plays in all sixteen again this year this defense will have someone to rely on. Where they can improve though is the turnovers. They had only seventeen interceptions.

Win meter- 4-6. Jones-Drew will suffer CJ2K syndrome.

Biggest question- Can Blaine Gabbert lose the deer in headlights look?

3rd-Indianaolis Colts

The Colts have had more reconstructive surgery in the past year than Joan Rivers has. Gone- Peyton, Clark, Addai and bring in Luck, Fleener and other vets such as Donnie Avery and Mewelde Moore. While the Colts will not compete for the division this year, their return to success will not be a long one. Andrew Luck is the real deal and seems like a great kid. With Luck at the helm this team will be competitive but not good enough to take out the Texans or pass the Titans. Reggie Wayne gets a lot of props in my book for staying with the Colts when everyone knows they are in a transition phase. He will be a nice veteran presence for a young offense. I am also excited to see Coby Fleener continue his success with his college QB at the NFL level. My concern for this offense is the offensive line and can any of their backs carry the load.

The defense is in a transition to a 3-4 defense so it will be interesting to see guys like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis standing up on defense instead of having their hands planted in the ground. Head coach Chuck Pagano had a few of his former Raven players join him including safety Tom Zbikowski and defensive lineman Cory Redding. The trade of Vontae Davis for next year’s second round pick and a conditional pick show owner Jim Irsay’s commitment to speed up the rebuilding process. However I think this team experiences too many hiccups to overcome along the way.

Win meter- 4-6. Too much transition this year.

Biggest question- Will Andrew Luck have a Cam Newton like impact in his first year? According to my buddy Cole, he will.

2nd- Tennessee Titans

The youth movement at quarterback is alive in the NFL and the Titans are jumping on board going with last year’s number eight overall pick Jake Locker to start the season over teammate and mentor Matt Hasselbeck. I think Locker will bring a lot of excitement to this offense but like most teams with young QB’s will make some mistakes that will cost their team. I think Chris Johnson will be closer to his pre-2011 form than the performance he put on last year. Johnson has had a nice preseason and with a whole offseason of workouts looks ready to go. Crazy how being their the whole offseason helps eh? The receivers are young and inexperienced but I see guys such as Damian Williams and Kendall Wright building a nice relationship with the young Locker. I think the big question mark is, will Kenny Britt get healthy and stay out of trouble?

The Titans need to get better on defense, especially against the pass (24th ranked). A big part of that could have been from a lack of pass rush and the paltry 28 sacks the defense put up. It is time for Derrick Morgan to step up and prove why he was a first round pick. The signing of Kamerion Wimbley will shoot energy into this defense that is desperate for a legit pass rusher off the edge. I also like the pick of linebacker Zach Brown out of North Carolina in the second round. Jason McCourty has played well and was awarded with a nice contract extension earlier this summer. He will need to keep playing at a high level to fill the shoes of the departed Cortland Finnegan. This defense needs to get pressure and get more than the eleven interceptions they got last season.

Win meter- 7-9

Biggest Question- Can the defense improve and help relieve some pressure off the young offense?

1st-Houston Texans

The Texans might be the most well-rounded team in the NFL. Yes I said, the Texans. You might ask, Ryan how the hell did you come to this conclusion? Well let’s talk about it. Matt Schaub might not be an elite quarterback but he is definitely in the top half of the league and when healthy is a smart QB with a good arm. Andre Johnson is still one of the best receivers in the game and Owen Daniels is a very underrated tight end. Also the Texans boast one of the top three running back duos in the league with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. My one concern for this offense is who will be the number two and three receivers? Kevin Walter has had more chances to capitalize on the number 2 spot than Sam and Ron from Jersey Shore have made up, then broken up again. Will draft picks Keshawn Martin or Devier Posey be able to step up into this role?

If I wrote this next sentence a couple years ago I would have been ridiculed without mercy. The Texans have one of the league’s top defenses. Yes that same Texans team that had not one recognizable name in their secondary a couple years ago. With the addition of Jonathan Joseph and the drafting of J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed to the breakout year for Connor Barwin, the Texans have an extremely fast and furious defense. However this defense lost some key players with Mario Williams leaving in free agency and the surprise trade of Demeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles. Having Brian Cushing as one of the middle linebackers and the progress of Brooks Reed will help this defense absorb those losses. I also want to see former first round pick Kareem Jackson get his hands on a few more footballs this year.

Win meter- 10-12. Well rounded team will not allow a slip up this season.

Biggest Question- Who will step up as another playmaker for this offense?

AFC North Preview

It is day two of my NFL review and today I focus on the division which features two of my home state teams. The AFC North is one of the best division’s in football and last year boasted four of the league’s top defenses.  Here is how I think the division will shape up this year.

4th- Cleveland Browns

While the Browns will struggle to win a decent amount of games this year they should be exciting to watch with a slew of young talent. The Browns drafted Alabama RB, Trent Richardson third overall and Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden at twenty-two. They also used next year’s second round pick on former Baylor WR Josh Gordon in this summer’s supplemental draft. Gordon is a big target and will form a nice duo with second year man Greg Little. Little will need to progress this year and have less drops to help out Weeden translate his game to the NFL. While I am curious to see how this young offense does, it is just that, a young offense which will be prone to making bone-headed mistakes but should give Browns fans something to cheer about.

While the Browns had a good overall defense last year (second against the pass), they were awful against the run, ranking 30th in the league. With injuries to Phil Taylor and Chris Gocong, the front seven will need a few players to step up and replace these guys. The secondary is led by third year corner Joe Haden and hard hitting safety, T.J. Ward. Add veteran Sheldon Brown to the mix and the Browns have a tough secondary but with few studs in the front seven the defense will struggle against the run this season.

Win meter- 4-6. Too inexperienced on offense to pose a legit threat to win the division.

Biggest question- Can the young offense produce enough to show a legit future?

3rd- Cincinnati Bengals

While the Bengals offense wasn’t ranked particularly high in either passing or rushing they still have one of the most exciting receivers in the league in AJ Green and a young, intelligent quarterback in Andy Dalton. The team also brought in Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis (the law firm) to take over for the recently departed Cedric Benson. The law firm was part of the running back by committee approach in New England, but now will be relied on to carry a much heavier workload. The team also lost Jerome Simpson and his ability to flip over anyone in the NFL, and released former third round pick Jordan Shipley last week. My biggest question on this offense is, who will be the number 2 guy? Brandon Tate? Third round choice Mohamed Sanu? This will be a huge problem for the growth of Dalton-Green if no one steps up and takes that role.  I like tight end Jermaine Gresham to take some pressure off but in today’s NFL you need three legit weapons.

I love what this team did on the defensive side of the ball in the draft. Drafting Dre Kirkpatrick who is returning slow from a knee injury was great value for them and at 6’2 has great size for a corner.  Also getting Devon Still from Penn State in the second round is another great pick up for this team. The Bengals have a strong defensive line, good linebackers and tough corners so look for this defense to pick up where they left off last season.  I also like the chance they took on former Arizona State linebacker, Vontaze Burfict who before the combine and his pro day was considered a potential first round pick. However after he reported out of shape and showed a bad attitude he fell out of the draft. If he plays well and sticks the Bengals got themselves some great value.

Win meter- 7-10- Can somebody else step up on offense?

 

2nd- Pittsburgh Steelers

I was torn between who I was going to put at second place in this division. I was really leaning towards the Bengals, but I think the Steelers have too many veterans to slip to third place. Also with the return of Mike Wallace this week, the offense should be in sync by a few games into the season. I love the emergence of Antonio Brown who recently got himself a nice contract extension. The running back situation is going to be an interesting story-line. I have read Rashard Mendenhall being out anywhere from a few weeks of the season to the whole month of September so I am curious to see when he gets back. I am also going to keep my eye on tight end, Heath Miller. Miller has had himself a very nice career and I look for new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley to make use of one of the better tight ends he has had the chance to work with. The loss of first round guard David Decastro will sting the offensive line. Also second round tackle, Mike Adams out of Ohio State needs to improve quickly or Ben Roethlisberger will running for his life.

The Steelers have drafted some young defensive linemen in the first round the last few years (Cameron Hayward, Ziggy Hood) to infuse into a defense that has plenty of veteran experience. The line-backing core is once again one of the tops in the league, with Lawrence Timmons, Lamar Woodley. and James Harrison laying some serious wood on opposing offenses. However the secondary concerns me. Whenever you have Troy Polamalu at safety it makes everyone better but he must stay healthy like he did last year. However the corner position is where someone needs to step up. Ike Taylor is not known for his ball hawking skills and the rest of the corners have about as much combined years in the league as Taylor does alone.

Win meter- 9-11. Roethlisberger needs to stay off the ground.

Biggest question- Can the young talent provide enough of a boost to help carry the vets?

 

 

1ST-Baltimore Ravens

I look for Joe Flacco to finally put together a season where he shows he can be considered a top ten quarterback. He has two legitimate receivers in veteran, Anquan Boldin and the second year speedster Torrey Smith. Even though it’s not Gronk and Hernandez, Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson give the Ravens a very respectable tight end combo. Plus anytime you have Ray Rice who is a duel threat out of the backfield you have the ability to put up big numbers. Plus Rice is a gentleman and holds an umbrella for the woman who interviewed him from FOX when it was raining. I really look for this offense to take off this year. I am also looking who will take the number three wide receiver job.

Even without T-Sizzle (Terrell Suggs for you who don’t know) I think this will still be one of the top defenses in the league. And for the first time since the days of Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister the Ravens have a legit duo of corners. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith give the Ravens secondary something it has been missing for a good five years. I look for these guys along with Ed Reed to help make up for the loss of Suggs. The battle for Suggs spot is intriguing. Will former second round pick Sergio Kindle get on the field and prove why the Ravens drafted him? Or will the latest second round pick, Courtney Upshaw take that spot? Or someone else? Whoever does has some big shoes and fourteen sacks to fill. Veterans Haloti Ngata and Ray Lewis will help teach these young guys what to do on the field and will be great leaders to follow. Plus they better do well since they are on one of my fantasy football teams.

Win meter- 10-12. The offense needs to take off.

Biggest question- Will Joe Flacco finally show why he is worth the big bucks?

Song of the week 8-28

The song of the week comes from a band that is not widely popular but they definitely have some great tracks that could throw them into stardom. So here is the song of the week! It’s called, “Halo” by the band Evan’s Blue. This song is a bit heavier and has some more screaming in it compared to their other big hits, “Cold” and “This time it’s different.” I head this song for the first time last week and was pretty blown away by it. So give it a listen and let me know what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq2K5gnBSGQ

AFC East preview.

Today I start my NFL Preview. For the next eight days I will be previewing each division (one a day). After I have previewed each division I will pick my MVP’s, Superbowl champion and all that good jazz. I will be going in alphabetical order and today I will be begin with the AFC East.

4th-Miami Dolphins

Have the Dolphins finally found their first franchise QB since Dan Marino in Ryan Tannehill? I am not completely sold on him but the Dolphins aren’t wasting anytime to find out if he is the answer since he will be the week one starter. One of my main concerns for this team is the talent around Tannehill. Who is going to be their go to guy? I like Davone Bess but he is better suited to be a slot guy. They also brought in Legedu Naanee and drafted B.J. Cunningham out of Michigan St. who both possess some good size so maybe one of them can become Tannehill’s security blanket. I love what Reggie Bush did last year. He proved he can handle a bigger workload and if Bush can do that again this year it will take a lot of pressure off Tannehill.

On defense I like the addition of cornerback Richard Marshall who is a pretty underrated player and with the recent trade of Vontae Davis they will need someone to step up in the secondary. The Dolphins are also going back to a 4-3 and I like some of the players they have to plug in. Former first round pick Jared Odrick made a nice jump last year registering six sacks so I look for his progression to continue. They also have two legit pass rushers in Koa Misi and Cameron Wake so the defense will have to keep this team in a lot of games.

Win meter- 4-6. Still not enough overall weapons on offense.

Biggest question- Will Joe Philbin be able to turn this offense into a juggernaut like he helped do in Green Bay?

New York Jets

I don’t see this offense being able to do a whole hell of a lot this season. I don’t see Mark Sanchez ever being an elite quarterback and with the way Tim Tebow has looked in the preseason, this team is going to rely heavily on it’s defense and special teams where Joe McKnight is one of the top kick return specialists in the league. This is an offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NFL, (21st in passing, 22nd in rushing). I think the best option for this offense is to pound the ball with Shonn Greene. I have always been pretty high on Greene and think he can be a top ten back in this league with enough touches but I am not sure if the Jets will stick with the ground and pound attack.

The defense boasts one of the best cornerback duos in the entire league with shutdown corner, Darrelle Revis and the athletic baby making machine, Antonio Cromartie. I like the addition of safety Laron Landry to be an intimidating force deep. They got great value with North Carolina standout Quentin Coples and have a strong group of linebackers. This defense will be relied on too much though this season.

Win meter- 7-9

Biggest question- Is this a make or break season for Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez?

Buffalo Bills

I am hopping on the bandwagon! While I think the Patriots are still too good of a team to leapfrog in the division I do think the Bills will have a great shot to make the playoffs. I love what this team did over the offseason. Signing Stevie Johnson to a long term deal was a great sign that this Bills team will reward players who have produced on the field. Another one of those players, Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to live up to his contract extension. Before his last season, Fitzpatrick had 12 touchdowns to only six picks in his first six games, then went on to throw 12 touchdowns and 17 picks in his last ten after signing the extension. Injuries had some effect on his play but Fitzpatrick needs to take care of the ball this year. The running game featuring Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller is another reason to be excited about this team. Jackson was one of the best all around weapons to come out of the backfield before injuries ended his season. Spiller filled in well and should provide a home run hitter out of the backfield.

I love what this team did on defense. They went out and got their best defensive player since Bruce Smith by signing former Texans defensive end/outside linebacker Mario Williams. Williams will return to the 4-3 where he will play with his hand on the ground where he is best. Mark Anderson is one of the more underrated signings of the summer and should be able to put up big numbers playing across Williams. Drafting Stephon Gilmore to pair with Aaron Williams will give the Bills a very young, but talented cornerback duo and with the resurgence of linebacker Nick Barnett this should be a very good defense.

Win meter- 7-10. Team needs to stay healthy.

Biggest Question- Can Ryan Fitzpatrick play at a high level the whole season?

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New England Patriots

Yes the Pats again reign supreme over this division but I will go ahead right now and say they will not go undefeated, (only if ESPN would stop bringing that up). In the last five seasons the Pats have two Super Bowl losses, missed the playoffs in 08, a wild card bounce in 09 and divisional round loss in 2010. I feel better, just tired of hearing about them running the table.

Here is why I like the Patriots bringing home the AFC East title this year. One big reason is this offense just got even better. The addition of Brandon Lloyd will spread defenses even thinner with Lloyd’s ability to go deep. Plus his circus like catches leave corners wondering how they could have played defense any better. Wes Welker recently said he will play through the one year franchise tag and let his play do the talking, so there won’t be any problems there. Oh yeah this team also has the best tight end duo in the league with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez who are both signed through 2019 and 2018 each. The question here is who takes over for the law firm and gives the Pats enough of a threat to run?

The Patriots had the same problem that my Packers did last year, awful defense. They couldn’t get off the field even with some talented guys on defense. Bill Belichick knew how much his defense let him down last year so he decided to go with an all defensive draft that has the potential to produce a couple studs. Chandler Jones has the potential to be one of the best pass rushing threats in the NFL when he becomes a football player and not just an incredible athlete. Dont’a Hightower comes out of Alabama, a school that favors fundamentals and form tackling. I look for both of these guys to improve a defense which ranked31st last year.

Win meter- 11-14.

Biggest Question- Can they get over the hurdle for another Superbowl win?

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Some goofy videos for a Sunday afternoon.

I love finding videos of on air talent in the television world who say something funny, dumb or stunning enough to make it on the blooper real. Since it is a crappy afternoon here in Green Bay, Wisconsin I figured I would share some of my favorite videos of TV anchors making fools of themselves. 

Here is one I just saw for the first time this morning. Before you go asking the cute weather women something, make sure you know what the word means. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPdthoQOtu4&feature=g-logo-xit

This second one had to have some massive repercussions to it. I wanted this to be our off-air slogan at the radio station, but I don’t think anyone was willing to go with it. This one drops the F-bomb so if you do not like profanity do not watch. or just watch on mute for some priceless facial expressions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss8LDBNcsWc

 

 

Antennas to Hell

So this past week I bought Slipknot’s compilation album, “Antennas to Hell”. If you are confused, yes I still buy CD’s, I think the sound quality is better and I love buying the whole album of my favorite bands. I got the special edition which included a second CD with a live performance by the band.

If you are a huge Slipknot fan I suggest buying it, plus it has 19 phenomenal Slipknot tracks that you can listen to on one CD instead of switching four CD’s to hear the songs you want. The deluxe CD only cost me $14.99 so I suggest going that route instead of spending twelve bucks for just one of the CD’s.

Here is one of my favorite Slipknot tracks of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66vpFyonYM8

Excited, but still, it’s the preseason

Last week I told everyone to relax, take a deep breath and stay calm because it is the preseason. I would be a hypocrite today if I did this blog entry about how great aspects of the Packers looked last night or wow this team has really come together. Instead I will take the approach I did last week and dissect the things I liked, and the things that I didn’t. 

First off here are the things I liked.

1. The defense- The pass rush looked like it had been injected with a five hour energy. B.J. Raji, Nick Perry and Erik Walden were a few of the guys I noticed who got some good pressure on Andy Dalton. AJ Green was held to one catch for only three yards. And lastly the takeaways. Granted they were against the Bengals back ups but nice to see Jamari Lattimore and Sam Shields to get their hands on the football. The defense still has a good amount of work to do but showed some nice strides this week.

2. Cedric Benson- Benson had 7 touches for a total of 48 yards last night, 38 on the ground. It was nice to see a Packers running back get hit and carry someone for a few more yards and break a few tackles. Benson looked strong so hopefully last night was a look of things to come.

Here is what I didn’t like.

1. The back up O-line. If one of the starting five goes down I really hope it’s an interior guy so Evan Dietrich-Smith can be the guy to go in. Or if one of the tackles goes down, TJ Lang gets moved there and EDS comes in because I have no faith in the other back up linemen. There were no holes to run through last night and Graham Harrell is running for his life every other drop-back. 

2. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers- The Packers have I believe 10 giveaways in three preseason games which is about what they had all of last regular season. I did not see Rodgers pick, (I was driving bro!) but heard from a few friends it was not Rodgers most flattering throw. Also the sure handed John Kuhn, who never fumbles has done the deed twice in his last couple games going back to last years divisional playoff game against the New York Giants.

Next Thursday’s game will feature the starters for one series, two at most but will give some of the guys on the bubble one last chance to prove why they should make the roster or are good enough to put on the practice squad.