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NFL 2013 Season Week 1 Predictions

Posted: September 5, 2013 by fatz.maneli in Entertainment, Sports, Uncategorized
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Tonight’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens looks to be a great match up. The Ravens bounced the Broncos out of the playoffs on their way to a championship last season with a 70 yard bomb from Joe Flacco late in the game and an interception from Peyton Manning in overtime. I’ve waiting for the day football returned since Ray Lewis looked up into the sky after the clock stuck triple zeroes of the Super Bowl. Now to the business.

The Power Rankings have been released this week, and for the first time in a long time, the Redskins begin the season in the Top 10. The same Top 10 has been reported by both NFL.com and ESPN, although in a slightly different order. The Seahawks took the league by storm with a phenomenal balance of a bruising rushing game and one of the deepest defenses in the league in addition to the 49ers. This affirmation makes the NFC West which used to be one of the doormats of the league now one of its toughest with the rising St. Louis Rams and sleeper Arizona Cardinals. The NFC East is always pretty balanced, but this year can be a toss up. The Eagles are banged up and have Michael Pick under center. The Giants have lost a few pieces to injury and free agency. The Cowboys are surprisingly entering the season without hype which may work out in their favor. And the Redskins are throwing RG3 into the Monday Night opener without taking a single game snap since tearing ACL/MCL/PCL/URL/LLCoolJ or whatever. But, for now the ‘Skins look like the team to beat with a healthy Orakpo, an emerging star in Kerrigan and the ageless London Fletcher on defense. The NFC North is represented by 3 teams in the top 13 (most by any Division).

The AFC is a little tricky this season. Although Peyton and Brady are poised to lead their respective teams to the mountaintop this season, there are a couple of surprises. Mainly the new look Colts led by Andrew Luck with a damn near unrecognizable team from 2 years ago. Also the Bengals and their top notch defense and young and uber talented offense, followed by the Houston Texans and the depleted Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. One glaring omission from the top 15 was the Pittsburgh Steelers, ranked 16 and 20 on ESPN and NFL respectively. The AFC also boasts the 6 worst ranked teams in the league according to the Power Rankings making it the lesser of the two conferences. Four of those bottom teams have uncertainty at QB (Jaguars, Bills, Jets, Raiders), making it harder to trust them. Only one of those teams will be starting a QB who has experience as a starter.

League Awards:
MVP: Peyton Manning
Defensive Player of the Year: Aldon Smith
OFFensive ROY: Tavon Austin
Deffesive ROY: Tyrann Mathieu
Super Bowl Winner: 49ers

Week 1 Picks:
Baltimore at Denver – Denver
New England at Buffalo – New England
Cincinnati at Chicago – Cincinnati
Miami at Cleveland – Cleveland
Atlanta at New Orleans – Atlanta
Tampa Bay at NY Jets – Tampa Bay
Tennessee at Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh
Minnesota at Detroit – Minnesota
Oakland at Indianapolis – Indianapolis
Seattle at Carolina – Seattle
Kansas City at Jacksonville – Kansas City
Arizona at St. Louis – St. Louis
Green Bay at San Francisco – San Francisco
Philadelphia at Washington – Washington
Houston at San Diego – Houston

Seasons Greetings,
Fatz Maneli

Tis’ The Season (Football Back!!!)

Posted: September 5, 2013 by fatz.maneli in Entertainment, Sports, Uncategorized
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This is the day the Lord has made! Its definitely that time of year again for all that is Holy. I praise the Football Gawds for delivering me from the shadows of the Dead Zone that is none football season. I swear, I feel happier than Jean DeGrate in a club full of girthy women. He NEVER watches out for the big girl. the 2012 NFL season ended with Joe Flacco displaying one of the most efficient playoff runs (4 games: 11 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 1,140 yrds), leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl Championship against the San Fransisco 49ers. This performance propelled him to a six-year $120.6 million contract making him the highest paid player in NFL history.

Recap of 2012 NFL:
2012 was also the year of the young Quarterbacks. We saw record breaking/tie performances by some of the leagues rising starts at the most important position on the field. Whether it be Andrew Luck breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a season (4,374), RG3 breaking the rookie QB rushing record (815), or Russell Wilson tying Peyton Manning’s record as a rookie for TD passes (26). We also saw a bold move by Jim Harbaugh to switch to and stick with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith mid-season which paid off with a Super Bowl birth. 2012 was filled with great individual performances from players that were thought to be suspect entering the year, including Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, who were both coming off of injuries the previous season. AD fell just 8 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s NFL Single Season Rushing record finishing with 2,097 yards for the season and an MVP trophy. Peyton finished 2nd in the MVP race with 4,659 yards, 37 TD’s and 11 straight wins to end the season.

Off Season Moves:

This NFL Off Season was pretty tame compared to years past. There were a few moves that made a splash/ripple, but not many mountain moving shifts. Percy Harvin and his concussions moved from Minnesota to Seattle to add another weapon to that offense, only to then get injury the moment he arrived. Darrelle Revis moved his island from New Jersey to Tampa to take away half their defensive backfield. Alex Smith joins Andy Reid in Kansas City and their 6 Pro Bowlers and 2-win season from 2012. Ray Lewis ascended to the sports analyst chair and Ed Reed now patrols the secondary in Houston.

Off Season Headlines:
Well after the season was over we learned a few things about the NFL’s resident shoot’em up aficionado Aaron Hernandez. Apparently he was on the dipper’s and was noid all the time. After being charged with murder of a friend of his, he is now being connected to a double homicide in Boston from last summer. On top of that, earlier this year he allegedly he shot his man in the face in Miami after they got into an altercation with folks in a strip club. All of this to say, Aaron Hernandez ain’t playing no games.

College Preview;
The College football season started last week with controversy over my man Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Cash, aka Money Manziel. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is all about not following the rules and I love it. Dude might be the best thing sports has to offer right now. He comes from money, pops bottles, had the greatest statistical year for a freshmen ever and does what he wants because he knows they won’t do anything. He was being investigated for receiving money for autographs that he signed, which the NCAA doesn’t allow. Some wanted him to lose his eligibility, but the NCAA suspended him for the first half of his teams first game. We also heard a lot about Jadeveon Clowney after that crushing hit against the Michigan RB last season. Some NFL scouts have tabbed him as the best Defensive line prospect in 2 decades. His performance against North Carolina left a bad taste in some observers mouths as he appeared to not be in game shape and seemed to take many plays off. He is believed to be the front runner for the #1 pick in next years NFL Draft along with Teddy Bridgwater as a strong candidate. Other players to look out for this season, De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon), Marqise Lee (USC), Jameis Winston (FSU), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Braxton Miller (OSU) and Todd Gurley.

Here’s to a productive 2013 Football season.
Fatz Maneli