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The Game lives up to the hype this year as (10-1) Michigan traveled to Columbus to take on (10-1) Ohio State for the right to take on Purdue in the B1G Championship. After a grueling battle that took 2 overtimes to decide, it was the Wolverines who stood victorious 36-33 in what was possibly the best game of the season.


The Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos both won their games Sunday, setting up a week 17 showdown to decide the AFC West. The Raiders toppled the Chiefs 24-14 and the Broncos survived the Jaguars 27-23.


As the final week of the regular season wraps up, teams turn their attention to the conference championships and bowl season. There are some solid match ups to look forward to with big implications.


The Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts won this week, while the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings took losses, all becoming 6-9 on the season.


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  1. 9 points

    Canto I

    Hey everyone, Usually, I'd write a blog post as if it came from the Baylor Head Coach's desk; this time, however, I'm deciding to keep it here in the General Chat. I'd like to announce that I've finished my first short story. I've mentioned here in the past that I've been working on several ideas - a book, rpg, Pokemon: Be a Pokemon, and this. To those that helped me by reading my work, thank you so much! It really means a lot to me that you all took time out of your day to help me with this. I couldn't have done this without you all. @lucas95 @sleuthofbears @paperllamasunited @Quasar @Jieret @HAFFnHAFF So without further adieu, here is my first story. It is a fantasy story inspired by classical Greek Mythology. It's only the first, and I hope to continue to build upon what I've started. Again, thank you. I hope y'all enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it. https://medium.com/@CalebRose/canto-one-72eec5c8f679 TuscanSota
  2. 6 points

    We Are The MAC: Owen Walton

    Editor's Note: Ball State will be next. Any MAC coach who has a specific player they'd like me to do, please post here or message me. I'll probably keep this pace of about 1 every 5-6 weeks until the season ends. If no one makes a request, Miami will be next. Ohio's Owen Walton scored the go ahead TD with 1:30 left in the MAC Championship Game. He had 148 yards and 2 TDs. "If you would have told me halfway through the season that we'd win the MAC, I would've believed you." I thought he had misspoke, so I tried to clarify. But he doubled down. "Yes. I would've believed you. I believed with every fiber of my being that we were good enough to go the distance. I kept believing, my team kept believing, and Coach Beeznik kept believing, and we did it. We won the MAC. That was our goal at the beginning of the season, and it never stopped being our goal." It is a lot easier now to look back at Ohio's season and consider it a success. A MAC championship, a decisive bowl victory, and a 9 win season surpassed any previous season for the Bobcats, and toppled most prognosticator's predictions from before the season. There was a point, however, where the season looked completely lost. The Bobcats beat Wyoming in their opening game by a score of 24-14. Walton did not even start, instead ceding the role to Preston Griggs. However, he got the chance to show his worth from then on. After three non-conference games against the likes of Arizona State, Houston, and Georgia State, along with a in conference thrashing at the hands of Akron, the Bobcats were at 1-4 and at the cellar of the MAC standings. "It was frustrating for sure. I'm a competitor. I hate losing. And I love Preston [Griggs], but not playing that first game sucked. I hated watching from the sidelines. So when I got the start the next few games, I was even more frustrated that we were struggling, because I felt like it was on me. My first four games as a starter were all ugly losses." I reminded him of his game against Houston, only his second start, when he put up 129 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 carries. "That was an ugly loss, too. All losses are ugly." I didn't disagree. Walton emerges from a pack of Redhawk defenders on his way to a 2 yard score. Back up a week, before the Georgia State game. "We were all called a meeting. I think it was before the Georgia State game. Around that time, we were reeling, and I remember we didn't even have a head coach. Our coordinators were just splitting control of the the coaching duties, and so in the meeting they were tag teaming the gameplan for our game that Saturday. Then our AD comes in during the middle of it with some random guy we hadn't met. He wasn't a coach of ours, but he was wearing a Bobcats polo and some khaki shorts, and our AD said 'This is your new coach.' And I just kind of looked at him, like, is he gonna help us win? Because if so, I'm all in." The first week wasn't pretty. Coach Beeznik struggled with playcalling and acclimating to his new team, and the Bobcats couldn't seem to score. Despite holding Georgia State to only 17 points, Ohio lost by 5, due to their inability to find the endzone. "At that point some of the guys had quit. It was too frustrating to keep going. Coach called me and Stephen [Peters] in for a meeting the next week. Stephen hadn't even started a game yet. It was weird, I wasn't a captain or anything, he wasn't even a starter, but there we were, talking about how best to turn the season around." Walton didn't get any more specific than that. When pressed, he grinned. It was a cheeky, lopsided grin, the kind you give when you have a secret that you won't tell your friend simply because you like keeping it from them. "Hey, you know what happened next. I don't have to tell you," he said. The Ohio Bobcats lit the MAC on fire following the meeting. Peters was named starter just hours after they left Beeznik's office. Walton used the meeting as motivation; he was grateful that a new coach trusted him enough to have such a meeting with him. Their next game was a 34-7 drubbing of Central Michigan, in which Walton torched the Chippewas to the tune of 166 yards and 2 touchdowns. After that, he didn't slow down, as over the last six games of the season he had 10 touchdowns and 755 yards. They only lost one more time, to Western Michigan. A 1-4 season became a 7 win season, and a chance at the MAC championship. "I never lost hope," Walton reiterated. The Bobcats, though, were massive underdogs. Even the Bobcat faithful, who had received a jolt of life when the Bobcat season turned around so suddenly, overwhelmingly expected the magical story to come to an end. Toledo, their opponent in the championship, was the darling of the MAC and a 10 win team. Their offense was the most balanced and effective in the entire conference, while their vaunted defense featured more talent than any other team. "There was just something about that game. Going into it we had all the confidence in the world. Coach had a good gameplan for sure, but it wasn't anything special. We just refused to lose." Owen Walton during spring practice as the Bobcats prepare to defend their MAC title. At halftime, though, the Bobcats had been shutout. The defense had played well enough to keep the game at 10-0, but the first half results were not encouraging. "Stephen had thrown an interception," Walton explained, "on the only drive that anything was happening. I think I only had like 35 or 40 yards on 10 carries. For whatever reason, we weren't clicking." After receiving the ball to start the 3rd quarter, Preston Griggs ripped off a 65 yard return. The offense stalled after only one first down, a 17 yard rush by Walton, but it was enough. They came away with a 37 yard field goal and drew within one possession of the Rockets. Toledo answered back with a sustained drive of their own, capped with a field goal, and with just under 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Walton and the offense took the field. The score was 13-3 in favor of Toledo. Walton had only had 12 carries up to that point, but he would be used heavily over the remaining quarter and a half. In just 3 minutes, Walton carried the ball 4 times for 46 yards, and Peters connected with wide receiver Dwayne Simpson on a crucial 3rd and 9 to push the Bobcats into the redzone for the first time all game. Walton capitalized with his first touchdown of the game, and the deficit closed to 13-10. "We were amped. I was amped. Our fans were amped. On the sideline, I told Coach, 'no way we lose this.' He was amped too, and slapped my helmet and all, but I think he knew I meant it. I think we were on the same page. We wanted it too bad to let it get away." The fourth quarter was dominated by the Bobcats, but they still couldn't score. Despite an interception on the ensuing Toledo drive, the Bobcats offense continued to stall, and with 5 minutes left in the game, they were forced to punt. "The pressure was on the defense to get a stop. I told them before they went out there, if we got a stop, our offense would score. But they had to get a stop." 2 minutes later, Robert Mahoney intercepted Toledo's Benjamin Hanson. The Bobcats' sideline went nuts. "I jumped on Preston's back. We were all yelling and screaming and swinging our towels over our heads. I saw Coach Beeznik sprint down the sideline with his fists in the air, but even in all that excitement, we were focused. We had the opportunity we wanted. It was up to us to capitalize." The Bobcats had 3:50 to drive 62 yards and score. On the first play, Owen Walton took a handoff to the left, planted his foot in the backfield, and cut back across the grain. He made a mad dash up the sideline, shedding two would-be tacklers, before finally being pushed out of bounds after a 28 yard scamper. The very next play he carried again, spinning away from a Toledo linebacker and powering through a safety as he ran 11 yards for another first down. A pass and a timeout later, and the Bobcats were in the redzone. "Coach told us we needed a touchdown. We couldn't be satisfied with a field goal, we wanted to win in regulation. He said that we had one more timeout, and if we had to, we would go for it on fourth down. He wanted to win right there." Thankfully for the Bobcats, it didn't come to that. Walton's number was called three straight times. The fist was a 6 yard counter. The second was a 9 yard trap play that saw him juke a linebacker out of his cleats. What happened next was captured on camera for the entire country to see. With only 2 yards to go, Walton looked at Stephen Peters and tapped his chest. His lips were easily readable: Give me the f****** ball. While mothers gasped in horror and fathers chuckled softly in homes all across the nation, Walton lined up behind Peters and got his wish. The play was a simple power, and Walton took two steps and leapt over the line. A bone crunching collision occurred in the air, sending Walton helicoptering over the goal line. "It would've hurt if I wasn't so damn excited," Walton explained with a laugh. The clock wound down, and Toledo was unable to score. Ohio had completed the unthinkable- from 1-4 to MAC champions, and they would go on to win their bowl game as well. "This season was incredible, for sure. I'll never forget it, but now we got to defend our title. There's a target on our back now." I asked him if he was ready for that kind of pressure. His response came immediately. "If I tell you we're gonna win the MAC again this year, would you believe me?"
  3. 5 points
    After Jambo put out his ridiculously fun Hot Takes this week, I realized that about 85% of what he said is kinda what I wanted to say in this week's Power Rankings. So, go here for explanations to the rankings. Without further ado, just the rankings...if you don't know why, talk/bitch/complain/question about it in the thread. Remember, if you don't like where you are in the rankings...play better! 1. Carolina Panthers --> 2. Green Bay Packers --> 3. Los Angeles Rams +1 4. San Francisco 49ers +1 5. Detroit Lions -2 Mini-drop for a close one...Lions have two best losses, barely. 6. Seattle Seahawks --> 7. Jacksonville Jaguars --> 8. Dallas Cowboys --> 9. Oakland Raiders +1 10. New York Jets +1 The Kings of the Big Apple, undoubtedly. 11. Atlanta Falcons +1 12. Denver Broncos +1 Whew! Thanks, Artemio! 13. Miami Dolphins -4 14. Cleveland Browns +1 15. Indianapolis Colts +4 Colts might be done losing...? 16. Cincinnati Bengals +1 17. Houston Texans -3 18. Tennessee Titans +4 19. New England Patriots -3 Sweet "response" to a big win last week... 20. Philadelphia Eagles -3 See #19... 21. Pittsburgh Steelers +2 Unfortunate loss on a missed kick at the gun. 22. New York Giants +1 23. Arizona Cardinals -3 After a big win, you're gonna play like THAT?!?!? 24. Baltimore Ravens +1 Played better, probably should have beat the Jags. 25. Washington Redskins -4 26. Buffalo Bills --> 27. Kansas City Chiefs +1 B.S. bye week mini-bump... 28. Chicago Bears +2 B.S. bye week bump... 29. Los Angeles Chargers --> 30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1 31. Minnesota Vikings -4 32. New Orleans Saints -->
  4. 4 points
    Burning Question: West Virginia's offense is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Will their defense come along for the ride and push West Virginia into contention? Last year's record: 7-6 (4-3) Key departures OT Owen Stover OLB Ahmed London CB Jack Weisensee Key returnees QB Mohammed Foster WR J.C. Weldon TE Jason Dupree OG Prince Calloway DT Hudson Adam FS Mekhi Cringle SS Julian Reid Impact newcomers DT Riley Reardon (true freshman) ILB Nathan Wilks (junior college transfer) OLB Julian Nolan (transfer) CB Lamont Carson (redshirted freshman) Four-Year Recruiting Rank: #97 overall, #10 in the Big XII Chicago Tribune Preseason Ranking: #30 overall, #5 in the Big XII Schedule and Projection Pittsburgh Penn State at Arkansas at Texas at Oklahoma TCU Kansas State at Kansas at Oklahoma State Iowa State Baylor at Texas Tech Projected record: 6-6 (5-4) Best-case scenario: 8-4 (7-2) Worst-case scenario: 4-8 (3-6) Bellwether game: Week 2 vs. Pittsburgh. The Backyard Brawl is going to feature two very high-powered offenses with the defenses playing catch-up. Grant McConnell, Adam Coles, and Samuel Ritter can stretch a defense both horizontally and vertically--and Mohammed Foster, J.C. Weldon, Jason Dupree, and Elias Langston can do the exact same thing on the other end. Pittsburgh has the stronger defense on paper, but West Virginia's offense is largely a known (and excellent) quantity--Pitt did hold them to 9 points last year, but Corey Davis isn't walking through that door. The real bellwether will be for the Mountaineer defense. If it can make Pittsburgh's offense look mortal, then the various additions it's made over the offseason will look like a real coup and the team will have a real shot at the Big XII. If Pittsburgh's offense punches through West Virginia's defense like a wet tissue, then the Mountaineers' strong schedule will put them in an early hole that'll be hard to crawl out of. Three Strengths Mohammed Foster will be throwing to J.C. Weldon, Elias Langston, and Jason Dupree. Need I say more? Mohamed Mustafa became a dependable runner as a sophomore, scoring 17 touchdowns and averaging nearly 4.5 yards per carry--and he should improve this year. Strong defensive line, including reigning Big XII DPOY Hudson Adam--but the addition of Riley Reardon and return of Samir Slade ensure that West Virginia will win the line of scrimmage. Three Weaknesses There's not a lot of proof that the defense will be able to stop anybody. The first team gave up 51 points in the spring game--and the second team gave up 21, which raises concerns about the team's depth. West Virginia should be able to handle the long ball, but fast-developing plays ought to give their linebackers and corners trouble. Offensive line will probably be the weakest portion of the offense, which will give the receivers less time to get open and force Foster to run for his life more often. Outlook When West Virginia took the field for a game last season, the over/under averaged out to 57.5 points per game--the highest mark in the nation. West Virginia ranked 17th in scoring offense and 95th in scoring defense, and there's not much to indicate that we'll see too much deviation from that. The offense is loaded with stars at the skill positions, and they lit up their own first-team defense to the tune of 51 points in the spring game. There are not a lot of offenses in the country that can keep up with West Virginia when they're playing their best, and that's the reason they were able to rally from a 2-5 start, beat Baylor on the road, and win 5 of their last 6 including their bowl game. That's their upside, and they're going to make a run at the conference title if they can stop anybody. And yet, that's a big if after losing Ahmed London and Jack Weisensee. They have a tough non-conference schedule with three consecutive offenses that pose a threat to them. They could very easily start 1-5 or 0-6 without much decline from last year just because their schedule is frontloaded. We may see them swoon early and then tear up the back half of their schedule to backdoor into a bowl game. Most Big XII teams have at least one question to answer at quarterback. West Virginia doesn't--instead, they have no shortage of questions everywhere else. Presented by the Big XII Network
  5. 4 points
    The University of Nevada-Las Vegas is pleased to announce its second coach hiring in 3 weeks. It seems the last coach was on board but realized this job wasnt where he wanted to be. The Rebels are proud to announce the hiring of a new Head Coach who wil hopefully lead the Rebels to prominence in the Mountain West. Please welcome Coach Numberonecoog to the Rebel Family! " I am very pleased for this opportunity. I have been waiting around for a job to open up so I can show off my coaching skills. I have been watching this UNLV team for a while and cant wait to get my hands on it. There will be a few things you can expect from UNLV football from here on out. 1) We will play fast 2) We will play tough 3) We will play smart I HATE bad football. i hate watching it and so do our fans. We will do the little things right. Thats how you win games. Low penalties and turnovers. I have set a prelimiinary depth chart based on my outside observations. With that being said all jobs are open. I will gladly start a Sophomore over a Senior. I want the best on the field. If you think you deserve more PT then earn it." Coach Numberonecoog is now available for questions
  6. 3 points
    Tennessee Volunteers 2019 Record: (13-1) (7-1) Conference Finish: SEC Champions Key Losses: QB Julius Thomas 6-3 212 (Sr) Chattanooga State Technical CC (Chattanooga, TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Scrambling] TE Charles Self 6-4 250 (Sr) North Hardin (Radcliff, KY) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] DT Ricardo Walter 6-4 294 (Sr) Powell (Powell, TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] DE Anthony Miller 6-3 253 (Sr) Station Camp (Gallatin, TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] FS Ethan Calloway 6-2 187 Sr Briarcrest Christian (Eads TN) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Michael Williams 6-2 187 (Sr) Lake Hamilton (Pearcy, AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] Key Returners: QB Adrian Goldson 6-1 215 (Fr) Watertown (Watertown, TN) 2.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] RB Nikita Crowe 5-11 226 (Sr) McClellan Magnet (Little Rock AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] FB Jesse Whitney 5-8 234 (So) Port Sulphur (Port Sulphur, LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] WR Marcus Holmes 6-1 172 Jr Dyersburg State Community College (Dyersburg TN) 4.0 of 5.0 [Speed] TE Arturo Negron 6-1 238 (So) Hargrave Military Academy (, VA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Blocking] OT Damian Mason 6-3 296 (Sr) Riverdale (Murfreesboro TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Anthony Krause 6-4 329 (So) Stockton (Stockton, MO) 4.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OG Donald Kendrick 6-7 272 (So) Alma (Alma, AR) 4.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] C Toma Malifa 6-1 258 (Sr) Hall (Little Rock AR) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] DE Eric Jamison 6-3 248 (Sr) So. Baptist Educational Center (TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] ILB Marcus Coles 6-2 230 (Fr) Stockton (Stockton, MO) 2.0 of 5.0 [Mike] OLB Nathaniel Jeffries 5-11 253 (Sr) Cumberland County (Crossville TN) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] CB Miles Gray 5-10 195 Sr Ellsworth CC (Iowa Falls, IA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] Strengths Offensive Line - Tennessee flat out has the best offensive line in the nation, led by one of the best tackles in football, Damian Mason. Then you look down the line, with Toma Malifa one of the top 10 centers, two of the top young linemen in Anthony Krause and Donald Kendrick, and a young, highly touted freshman in Jake Phelps. They're a wall that is going to abuse any defensive front this year. Linebackers - Nathaniel Jeffries is one of the super stars in football, and the outside backer looks to be a key piece in the post-Anthony Miller era of Tennessee defenses. Micah Singletary is an excellent player bringing the edge on the opposite side and Brian Gross has been a versitile guy able to hit the running back or play in coverage. The key guy to watch out for is redshirt freshman Marcus Coles, a prototypical thumper out of Missouri that has wowwed all preseason. Weaknesses Quarterback Change - Adrian Goldson is highly touted, but he's also the first quarterback not named Julius Thomas in the SageBow era for Tennessee. This season will make or break on Goldson's ability and how Coach SageBow schemes around his budding star. Defensive Line - Losing two key players in Anthony Miller and Ricardo Walter has been absolutely devestating for this defensive line unit. Eric Jamison is a guy that could be playing on Sunday mornings next year, but as a whole this unit is going to need a lot of help from blitzing linebackers to have a successful year in 2020. Season Expectations: Volunteer fans are coming off the most successful season in their history and one of the great all time stretches, 3 bowl games, 1 deep playoff run. They know a QB switch has happened, but with Goldson's credentials, there's strong talk in Knoxville about being title contenders. Season Prediction Best case scenario: 11-1, Tennessee meets LSU once again in the SEC title game, but the Tigers get the W this time. Worst case scenario: 6-6, Tennessee comes off disappointed as the Volunteers struggle just to make a bowl game. Realistic prediction: 9-3, Georgia LSU and Vandy give the Vols problem. Still a very strong season, but not the lofty championship the fans are hoping for.
  7. 3 points
    Is this the NFL power rankings or NFC playoff picture?
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  9. 1 point

    We Are The MAC: Owen Walton

    Awesome write up man!
  10. 1 point
    Huh, lose 35-17 to the Jets and are 1-4, still move up 1 spot. Not bad
  11. 1 point
    that NFC West is too good.
  12. 1 point

    Canto I

    Look forward to reading this during the weekend!
  13. 1 point
    it's rather seriously unbalanced this season. Not that aFC teams aren't good, just that NFC teams at the top seem to have fewer/better losses and certainly better wins.
  14. 1 point
    Heck, I'll take a B.S. bye week bump. Hopefully we can earn an actual bump soon enough.
  15. 1 point

    [2020] Jambo's Post-Week 6 Hot Takes

    Hello, it's 5:30 Eastern Time on the East Coast and welcome to ESPNHC First Take. On today's episode: Each NFLHC team is doing something. They have players that also do things. Is what they're doing good or is it bad? Here are some hot takes from each Week 6 NFLHC game. Broncos 31 - 25 Chargers The Chargers need to start Matty Swift ASAP. In 5 starts, Will Thompson's passer rating is in the league's bottom 5, and he's thrown 5 TD to 7 INT. Swift is in his second year now, and there are only 2 years left on his contract. At this point, Thompson isn't even producing, so what's the point in continuing to play him? Throw Swift into the fire. If he's even worse you just try again in the 2021 draft - even if its QB class isn't the greatest and you wait until 2022, you'll know whether Swift is worth it or not. Raiders 20 - 3 Patriots The Patriots need to start Brad Davis sooner than later. Ya sure my NEW YAHK JETS play the Patriots next week so maybe I'm a bit biased here, but Lawyer Johnson has been on a downward spiral ever since the start of this year. The Patriots are 2-4 and have a significantly hard schedule left. Once they pretty much fall out of playoff contention at 7 losses they should throw in Brad Davis. They didn't exercise Lawyer's option anyway so he'll likely be hitting free agency and if he continues to stink up the joint you may as well evaluate how Davis is as a starter for the QB situation going into 2021. Titans 29 - 22 Bills Kevin Williams is a top 3 receiver in NFLHC. As Bubada pointed out in the game thread, Williams has 97 receptions, 1,451 yards, and 11 TD in the combined 16 games he's had since last year when he first came in after Tommy Furrey tore his ACL, a higher number of yards than anyone had last year and only one fewer reception than last year's leader. And that's with elite QBs Kareem Taylor and Xander Williams throwing to him. At this point, it's hard to argue very many receivers you'd want to take over Kevin Williams, and he's currently in the midst of proving that last year wasn't a fluke, as he's #2 in NFLHC in receiving yards thus far. Who cares about his overall at that point? Browns 23 - 20 Bengals The Browns will win the AFC North. Everything is finally clicking in Cleveland. Ryan Clark and the offense are playing well even without a consistent run game, and the defense is playing well after adding two top 10 defensive players in this past draft. The Ravens are clearly not playing well enough this year, and with the Steelers missing Davenport for at least another 3 games and the Bengals starting Joel King, this division looks like Cleveland's for the taking (especially after this divisional road win). I think at this point, it's the Browns' to lose. Jaguars 31 - 28 Ravens Raheem Robinson will win Offensive Rookie of the Year. You may be wondering how this is a hottake, but Curtis Henry is currently top 5 in NFLHC in receiving yards as a rookie tight end. That's incredible. Nonetheless, Raheem's all-around work as a passer, runner, and receiver, and the Jaguars being surprisingly really good, plus him playing a more "premium" position will lead to his winning the award. Even if Henry ends up deserving it more. Panthers 17 - 16 Steelers Chester Henson will retire or not be starting in NFLHC within the next 2 seasons. Even when Paul Davenport was playing, Henson did not look too hot. Through 5 games, he has a 4.11 YPC, 5 TD, and 3 fumbles. Sure he is top 5 in rushing yards, but that's just because the Steelers are riding him. Whether he's out of juice, isn't effective with scramblers, or just isn't as good without Brian Vardell for defenses to focus on, Henson is in his 7th season and looks like he's on his last legs. Perhaps there have been too many carries in his illustrious career and the wheels are falling off. 49ers 28 - 16 Eagles The Eagles will miss the playoffs. Last year's #1 seed in the NFC is now 2-3 in 2020. With some tough games remaining including @ the Rams, @ the Jets, @ the Cowboys, and vs the Dolphins, Lions, and Seahawks, I have a tough time seeing Philly winning enough games to make the playoffs. This is especially true when taking into account the defense's current performance (bad) and QB Allan Taylor's current production (7 total TD in 5 games is not a good look for him). And with Taylor only getting older and having taken a significant beating in his career already, this should be concerning for the Eagles brass. Buccaneers 23 - 20 Saints Everyone not named Aaron Devereaux or Sean Jenkins must go. Listen, neovenator, ImposterCauster, and deandean are truly my close friends. And I say this with admiration, and I'd say that these are guys I would speak to about anything. But let me preface my comments by saying I know the men, those are my brothers, those are my friends, love them. HOWEVER, their roster is complete garbage. At the point where you're losing to the Bucs at home, you really need to reevaluate the whole roster. I'd throw overalls out the window and just start random players, and see if anyone performs. Hell, sign random street free agents and players from practice squads and see if you can find the next Kevin Williams. It's pretty clear you won't make the playoffs, so maybe you'll find a gem. What is there to lose? Dolphins 35 - 49 Cowboys The Cowboys made a potentially drastic mistake drafting Graham Burnett. This isn't a knock against Graham Burnett himself. But at this point, with their current performance and Taylor Rodriguez managing the game effectively once again after a weirdly down 2019, it's pretty clear that the Cowboys should have gone a different direction with the #7 pick. Think about how incredible the secondary could have been with Marquise Reed playing the nickel, or even how much more elite the offensive line could have been with Taylor Randolph bookending Justin Campbell. Burnett will probably be a nice QB and will likely take over for TayRod next year whether Dallas can trade him or not, I think their chances of another Super Bowl run would have been much greater using that #7 pick resource elsewhere. That offense put up 49 points on the Dolphins defense. 49! Texans 6 - 16 Colts The division is still the Colts' to win.... if they can find a running game. The Colts won despite Elijah Harden putting up a miserable 16 for 29 performance on the ground when Houston almost certainly sold out on stopping Aaron Shea. Shea, to his credit, is still putting on an amazing season and is currently 2nd in NFLHC in passer rating. After the Colts' 0-3 start, the defense is starting to pick up and Shea is playing even better. It's easy to see the Colts pulling off a winning streak and the current AFCS-leading Jaguars dropping a game or two due to inexperience and people figuring out how to defend trick plays. If Shea can get any help at all from his running game, I think Indy will take the AFC South once again this season. Washington [Redacted]s 10 - 35 Seahawks The [Redacted]s shouldn't look for Javier Fields' replacement yet. This may come as a surprise considering I trashed both Lawyer Johnson and Will Thompson earlier, and technically both are having better seasons as Javier Fields has the second worst passer rating of any QB to start a game this year (only ahead of Washington's own Yancey Musgrave). However, Washington's problem is much more drastic than Fields. This team needs talent in so many different areas that putting a rookie QB in at this point is destined to fail. And with a weak QB class upcoming, they'd more than likely be reaching for a QB in the draft. Fields has proven he can win in the past, though the landscape was different then. Still, I'd try to put at least some talent around a rookie QB before throwing them into the flames. Sam Hiller-Weeden is good and Fred Romanowski is good but name another Redskins player that's good. Go ahead, I'm waiting. Lions 15 - 21 Packers Your 2020 NFLHC Season MVP: Jason Johnson. Who'd have seen this coming? Considered a giant mistake by the Packers after they traded down from #1 to not have to choose between him and Skaggs, Johnson has seen a career resurgence this year as he leads all of NFLHC in passer rating and is 2nd in TDs. With the cast of players he has around him and with Lucas Hurd making the calls, and with the Packers one of the last two undefeated teams left in very unexpected fashion, the MVP's is JJo's to lose. And I don't see him falling off any time soon. Cardinals 0 - 45 Rams The Rams are the current Super Bowl favorites. The Rams only loss thus far is in Week 1 to the 49ers, the defending Super Bowl champions. On the road. In overtime. Starting their backup QB. In all other games, they've outscored their opponents 152 to 51 (basically 3 times the scoring), and that includes another one where the backup played. This team is absolutely ridiculous and is firing on all cylinders with Brandon Sauter looking like an early favorite for DPOY as well. Unless they choke hard like they did in last year's playoffs, I find it hard to see this team losing much this year at all. Jets 35 - 17 Giants R.J. Stanford... isn't the problem? Despite not too many TDs, R.J. Stanford is actually having a solid year this season now that the Giants have elected to run more. Here's the problem: they still haven't figured out that even though he's a hybrid, they should be using him where he's most effective anyway, as a pocket passer. O.J. Carano has struggled significantly this season with 0 TD and 3 fumbles (all lost), and I think it's partially because they're playing too much of a run-based system. If they let Stanford operate out of the pocket with Carano lining up in the backfield I'd think they'd see a lot better production out of the offense. Letting Stanford run is 1.25 years in and it hasn't worked yet. Why keep doing it? Falcons 17 - 6 Vikings Owner paperllamasunited needs to fire GM paperllamasunited. Everyone panned the Vikings' moves in the offseason, and what do you know? They didn't work out. Their kicker is bad because they traded their good kicker and their running game sucks because they trade their All-World RB, not to mention a draft that could only be considered "not good" at the time and looks possibly even worse. Llamas definitely needs some help from someone else, preferably with experience, that can teach him the ropes and perhaps help rebuild the team around Brian Vardell. I still don't understand why you'd mess so much with what was working relatively well. Anyway, if llamas truly cares about the state of the Vikings, I truly think he needs to take a step back and hire someone new to come in and fix the mess to their best ability.
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    [2019] Early Declarations

    The key to not having anyone leave early is to not have any talent on your roster. Where's the George Bush "Mission Accomplished" meme when you need it?
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