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Week 3 NFL Football Power Rankings

September 23, 2015 by  
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Week 3 Football Power Rankings

With the games of Week 3 of the NFL regular season coming up soon, it is good to know where each football team stands, whether you simply want to cheer for your favorite team that has improved, or use the information to handicap more effectively. The Power Rankings are:

Team Week 3 Rank Previous Rank
New England Patriots 1 1
Green Bay Packers 2 2
Arizona Cardinals 3 5
Denver Broncos 4 4
Dallas Cowboys 5 3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 11
Cincinnati Bengals 7 14
Kansas City Chiefs 8 7
Carolina Panthers 9 20
Atlanta Falcons 10 16
New York Jets 11 22
Seattle Seahawks 12 6
Miami Dolphins 13 10
Minnesota Vikings 14 18
San Diego Chargers 15 15
Buffalo Bills 16 8
St. Louis Rams 17 17
Indianapolis Colts 18 9
Baltimore Ravens 19 13
Philadelphia Eagles 20 12
Cleveland Browns 21 27
Detroit Lions 22 19
San Francisco 49ers 23 23
Oakland Raiders 24 30
Washington Redskins 25 29
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 30
New Orleans Saints 27 21
New York Giants 28 26
Jacksonville Jaguars 29 31
Tennessee Titans 30 24
Houston Texans 31 25
Chicago Bears 32 28

No one would have imagined that some of the top rated teams in the NFL would be so low on the Power Rankings, especially at the start of the season when the players are fresh and healthy. For instance, the Indianapolis Colts are quickly becoming the League’s most disappointing team; after all of the hype they received during the preseason, to see them lose two straight games with poor performances. We also see the Chicago Bears being last on the list, when many expected them to be big contenders this year.

Most are surprised to see the Seattle Seahawks doing so poorly as well. With the 2013 and 2014 season they proved to be a solid team, yet they are taking a long time getting warmed up. Among the top teams, we will see the number 1 spot change hands evenly between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers, with the rest of the teams right on their heels. It is still too early to tell for sure, but if the NFL teams continue performing this way on the football field, we will have already picked the playoff match-ups.

Top Football Defensive Fronts Of NFL

September 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Handicapping, NFL Football

Top Football defensive teams

For those football fans that want to know which NFL teams have the best defensive fronts in the league, look no further, as NFL.com has brought the latest rankings of the top 10 defensive teams. Surprisingly, the top ranked team on this list is the St. Louis Rams, although you would also be surprised that they managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks during the first week of the regular season. They beat them in overtime, 34-31, and it was mostly thanks to their defense being able to stop the number one ranked rush offense in the league.

Here is the list of the current Top 10 Defensive Fronts in the NFL:

  1. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Chris Long, Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis, and Akeem Ayers.
  2. Buffalo Bills: Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown, and Manny Lawson.
  3. Denver Broncos: Derek Wolfe, Sylvester Williams, Malik Jackson, Von Miller, Brandon Marshall, Danny Trevathan, and DeMarcus Ware.
  4. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, Earl Mitchell, Olivier Vernon, Jelani Jenkins, Kelvin Sheppard, and Koa Misi.
  5. Carolina Panthers: Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Kony Ealy, Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, and Shaq Thompson.
  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton, Connor Barwin, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, and Brandon Graham.
  7. Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett, Brandon Mebane, Ahtyba Rubin, Cliff Avril, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and K.J. Wright.
  8. Kansas City Chiefs: Mike DeVito, Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Josh Mauga, and Tamba Hali.
  9. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Jared Crick, Jadeveon Clowney, Brian Cushing, Akeem Dent, and Whitney Mercilus.
  10. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Canty, Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Elvis Dumervil, C.J. Mosley, Daryl Smith, and Courtney Upshaw.

It is surprising to see some of these teams on this list, like the Rams and the Broncos. The Rams have had faulty teams for years now, but it seems they are now focusing on strengthening their core players and it is showing. The Broncos have been mainly an offensive team since Manning arrived, so this change in attitude could get them far this football season.

29 Top Players Of Week 1 College Football

September 11, 2015 by  
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Top college football players of week 1

With the College Football season starting strong, with huge rivalries playing each other, there will always be certain players that stand out more than others. Simply due to the fact that these players do an outstanding job on the field, which is why they are top prospects even when talking about the 2016 NFL Draft; there is still quite a long ways until this happens, but these players still deserve a mention.

The Week 1 Top players are:

Rank Player POS College Week 1 Performance
1 Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame 9 Tackles, 1 QB hurry
2 Ronnie Stanley T Notre Dame 0 sacks, pressures, hurries allowed
3 Cardale Jones QB Ohio State 10/19, 187 yards, 2 TD
4 Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida 3 catches, 23 yards
5 Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss 4 catches, 44 yards
6 Jalen Ramsey CB FSU 4 tackles, 1 pass defended
7 Laremy Tunsil T Ole Miss DNP
8 Jared Goff QB Cal 24/32, 309 yards, 3 TD
9 Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss 2 tackles, 1 QB hurry, 1 TD catch
10 Myles Jack LB UCLA 5 tackles, 1 TD run
11 Jack Conklin T Michigan State 0 sacks, pressures, hurries allowed
12 Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State 12 runs, 123 yards, 1 TD
13 DeForest Buckner DL Oregon 1 QB hit, 6 QB hurries
14 Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State 11/25, 103 yards, 10 sacks, 3 drops
15 Kemoko Turay DE Rutgers 1 tackle, 1 sack
16 Taylor Decker T Ohio State 0 sacks, pressures, hurries allowed
17 A’Shawn Robinson DL Alabama 63% snaps played, 1 hurry
18 Leonard Floyd LB Georgia 8 tackles, 1 sack
19 Adolphus Washington DL Ohio State 5 tackles, 2 QB hits, 2 hurries
20 Keivarae Russell CB Notre Dame 1 catch, 48 yards
21 Reggie Ragland LB Alabama 9 tackles, 1 QB hit, 1 QB hurry
22 Kenny Clark DL UCLA 5 tackles, 1 QB hurry
23 Vonn Bell SS Ohio State 2 catches, 49 yards
24 Darron Lee LB Ohio State 6 tackles, 2 QB hurries
25 Su’a Cravens LB USC 1 catch, 4 tackles
26 Emmanuel Ogbah DE OK St. 2 tackles, 1.5 sacks
27 Anthony Zettel DT Penn State 5 tackles, 1 QB hurry
28 Cameron Sutton CB Tennessee 3 tackles, 1 pass defended
29 Michael Thomas WR Ohio State 2 catches, 46 yards, 1 TD

On top of these 29 players, there are five other players that have really stood out and should be on any fans watch list:

  • CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
  • EDGE Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
  • LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU
  • LT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  • WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

So, pay attention during the rest of the college football season, as you may see some of the top performers high on the 2016 NFL Draft list.

Football Predictions On Rookie Of The Year And More

September 2, 2015 by  
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Football Predictions for Rookie of the Year

As the preseason winds down, and the NFL regular season is about to begin, many are looking far into the future of football and making their predictions based on current performances. This is where the experts at NFL.com have come up with their very own predictions for three of the biggest awards that are given out at the end of each season. These three include: MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and the Rookies of the Year. Here is what the experts have predicted:

NFL.com Expert MVP Defensive Player of the Year Rookies of the Year
Gregg Rosenthal Aaron Rodgers J.J. Watt Marcus Mariota

Stephone Anthony

Kevin Patra Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Amari Cooper

Randy Gregory

Conor Orr Andrew Luck Justin Houston Jameis Winston

Shane Ray

Chris Wesseling Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Ameer Abdullah

Vic Beasley

Dan Hanzus Ben Roethlisberger J.J. Watt Devin Funchess

Leonard Williams

Marc Sessler Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Amari Cooper

Danny Shelton

It would seem that most of these sports analysts are placing a high value on certain players, like J.J. Watt and Andrew Luck, while they are having a much harder time agreeing on which Rookie’s will get the award. The main reason it is hard to know which Rookie will have a better season is due to the fact that they have no previous experience in pro football, and have to base it all on their current performances during the Preseason and their training camps.

For players that are already familiar with the NFL and have had longer careers in the sport, it is much easier to know from their previous season performance, as well as how good they are doing in the Preseason. Although, I wouldn’t put much stock into how a team or player is doing during the preseason, as it is basically friendly games between teams, another way to practice through experience.

Once the season starts, be sure to check on your favorite sportsbooks to see how good or bad the odds are for some of these players in the football futures. It may be worth placing a small bet that could pay off once the season ends.