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  1. Mike Gordan

    Week 7 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Okay, might as well put in my own weekly picks: Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals: Okay, this is one game the Broncos should definitely be able to win. I have no reason to pick them to win tonight, however, because let's face it; it's the Denver Broncos. On top of that, it's a road game. Something I noticed is that no matter who it is that we play, we never seem to win on the road nowadays. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if our last road win came in 2016 when we last had a winning record. As such, even though the receiving core is old as dirt and David Johnson hasn't been producing jack, the Broncos will find some way to lose this. It's probably for the best anyways since that will mean that Vance Joseph will be fired. Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers: I find it kind of funny that by the time I decided to start picking the Titans to win, they start losing and losing badly. Similarly, when I pick them to lose, they start winning and doing so convincingly. Want to know what I'm not convinced that they are? I'm not convinced that the Titans are one of the better teams in the NFL. I'm picking the Chargers to continue their catch-up pace of the Kansas City Chiefs. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Since this is a home game between two powerhouse offenses, I have to go with the home team on this one. Even taking into account the possibility of this being played on a neutral site, I doubt the Bengals can keep up, much less slow the Chiefs' offensive juggernaut down. Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The one thing working against the Browns is that this is a road game--which they have yet to win so far this year. But honestly, I doubt Jameis Winston is going to perform to his best of his abilities against that Browns defense. Yes, it got torched by the Chargers last week, but it was a fairly lopsided match-up anyways, and the only way they could have lost is by beating themselves anyways. I'm picking the Browns to pull off the upset this week. Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles: This is such a strangely difficult game to pin down because it's not as lopsided as one may think. Still, the Panthers are pretty much a two-man show on offense (with Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey), and the Eagles are starting to figure things out. It has sunk in that they won't be able to just continue with where they left off without consequence and whatnot. I'm picking the Eagles to win this one. Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets Detroit Lions vs. Miami Dolphins: I was kind of on the fence until I heard the diagnosis on the Ryan Tannehill vs. Brock Osweiller debate. It seemed pretty clear that Tannehill was playing with a chip on his shoulders during the first three weeks. But it's also abundantly clear that the Dolphins offense were significantly elevated by Brock Osweiller. And against an elite Bears pass rush no less. Ultimately, I'm going with the Dolphins to win this one. New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts: Honestly, if Josh Allen isn't ready to play, I don't even think this team would have what it takes to keep up with Andrew Luck's Colts, who finally end their losing streak this weekend. Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Because the Titans and Jaguars sucked the last couple weeks, the Texans have bounced back from an 0-3 start to make it a 3-team race for the AFC South. This is definitely a toss-up game since it all boils down to which quarterback makes the better plays. Even with their comeback, Deshaun Watson looks spooked. While Blake Bortles had suddenly regressed back to the Gus Bradley era Bortles. Eh, might as well pick the home team. New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens: Something worth noting is that the Ravens tend to struggle against teams that know how to spread the ball out quickly. This is because the Ravens rely heavily on blitz packages to overwhelm opposing quarterbacks. The downside is that there are always going to be some receivers that are going to be wide open. So if a quarterback is able to stay calm and throw a bomb downfield, they could beat this defense. I do think Drew Brees is one of these QB's that can take down the Ravens. Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers: I'm picking the Rams to win this one. Yeah, I've got nothing else. This might be a trap game, especially since the 49ers nearly beat the Packers last week. But I'm still going to pick the Rams to win this one. Should be competitive either way. Or not. New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons: The only reason why I'm picking the Falcons to win this one is because they're the home team and they are a multi-dimensional offense in spite having literally no defense whatsoever. Then again, the Giants have surprised me before, and they are simply greatly underachieving. It's not like the Falcons haven't been putting points on the board; they simply haven't been able to stop anybody. I'll pick the other games later.
  2. Mike Gordan

    Week 7 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Because they just got back from London, I am guaranteeing losses for the Raiders and Seahawks this week...oh, wait! Both teams have the bye this week. Oh, well. With that said, here are the Week 7 games: Denver Broncos (2-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (1-5) Tennessee Titans (3-3) @ Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) @ Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) Carolina Panthers (3-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) @ New York Jets (3-3) Detroit Lions (2-3) @ Miami Dolphins (4-2) New England Patriots (4-2) @ Chicago Bears (3-2) Buffalo Bills (2-4) @ Indianapolis Colts (1-5) Houston Texans (3-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) New Orleans Saints (4-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-2) Dallas Cowboys (3-3) @ Washington Redskins (3-2) Los Angeles Rams (6-0) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-5) New York Giants (1-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-4) @Mike Gordan: ARI, LAC, KC, CLE, PHI, ????, MIA, ????, IND, JAX, NO, ????, LAR, ATL @TecmoSuperFan: DEN, LAC, KC, CLE, PHI, NYJ, MIA, NE, IND, HOU, BAL, DAL, LAR, ATL @bruddog: ARI, LAC, KC, TB, PHI, MIN, ????, NE, ????, JAX, ????, ????, SF, ATL @gojiphen malor: DEN, LAC, KC, TB, PHI, MIN, DET, NE, BUF, HOU, NO, DAL, LAR, ATL @Knobbe: ARI, LAC, KC, TB, PHI, MIN, MIA, NE, IND, JAX, BAL, WAS, LAR, ATL @BigCat71: ARI, LAC, KC, TB, PHI, MIN, MIA, CHI, IND, JAX, NO, DAL, LAR, ATL @manYo720: ARI, @Miles Prower: DEN, LAC, CIN, CLE, PHI, MIN, DET, NE, BUF, ????, NO, ????, LAR, ???? @drummer4god: DEN, LAC, KC, CLE, PHI, MIN, DET, CHI, IND, JAX, NO, DAL, LAR, ATL Mike Gordan: 0-0 (57-36) TecmoSuperFan: 0-0 (49-43) bruddog: 0-0 (62-31) gojiphen malor: 0-0 (53-40) Knobbe: 0-0 (58-35) BigCat71: 0-0 (53-38) manYo720: 0-0 (35-58) Miles Prower: 0-0 (46-47) drummer4god: 0-0 (24-22) And can somebody give manYo720 an intervention, please? At this rate, drummer4god is going to have more wins than manYo720 in spite missing a month's worth of games!
  3. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    I stated that I was leaning on Indianapolis. I decided to go with the Jets a half hour before the game started. Aside from the KC gaffe--which was supposed to be NE anyways (I outright stated New England in my statement, and even wrote it down in my personal notes)--the choices I wrote down in my opening statements are final. The reason why I couldn't go around and update it last minute was because I didn't want to be accused of cheating or changing the rules (thanks a lot for waiting until the last possible second, manYo720). So I'm going to make it abundantly clear--5 minutes before game time from now on.
  4. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    1 more game to go. But either way, I think we can call the rankings for now: 1st. @bruddog: 11-3 2nd.: @Mike Gordan: 10-4 3rd: @gojiphen malor and @BigCat71: 9-5 5th: @TecmoSuperFan and @Knobbe: 8-6 7th: @drummer4god: 7-7 8th: @Miles Prower: 6-8 9th: @manYo720: 3-11 (and that's with his picks alone!)
  5. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Check the opening comment. I won't edit the opening topic until I am fully verified. If you want to know, I finished second behind you for the week at 10-4.
  6. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Okay, time for me to make some objective picks for most of the games: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons: Simply put, I'm gonna go with the Atlanta Falcons here. This is a duel between two high-powered offenses that have absolutely no defenses. And the Falcons have home-field advantage. I think the Falcons bounce back with a win here. Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders: The stakes are higher than ever for both clubs. But when all is said and done, the Seahawks come closest to being the most well-balanced team of the bunch. I know Jon Gruden intends on starting Marshawn Lynch to run the ball down the Seahawks' throats and to dominate time of possession and whatnot. But there's one big problem with his strategy: He outright stated that that is his intention. Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings: Honestly, even though Josh Rosen may have served to be a spark of sorts for the Cardinals, I still have to go with the Minnesota Vikings to win this one. Consider that one of my Survivor Picks for this week. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: One thing I feel certain about is that the Steelers have owned the Cincinnati Bengals ever since late in the 2015 season when they successfully took Andy Dalton out. And then the infamous Wild Card game in which several defensive players self-destructed in a contest of egos. So I consider picking against the Bengals here a challenge for them to rise up and prove me wrong. Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns: I was tempted to pick the Cleveland Browns here, but again, I feel they still need to prove themselves. They can indeed win this game. But it's not like they've beaten the Ravens in resounding fashion last week. They just barely pulled away with one on an incredibly lousy field goal kick. Which means they still have problems kicking the football. Which is bad as far as clutch performances go. Ultimately, I have to go with the Chargers here. Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans: I think the two biggest differences between these two teams is that the Texans at least have an offensive line and playmakers to make big plays--specifically JJ Watt. The Texans have simply been greatly underachieving is all. Specifically Deshaun Watson. I think if he can settle back down and try to resume where he left off last season, then nobody in the NFL is going to stand a chance against them. I believe in Houston to win this one. Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins: Nobody giving Miami a chance, I see? I mean they will probably need to wear those dark home jerseys down in Florida and whatnot. Aw, screw it! Khalil Mack and the Bears defense are going to continue to wreck havoc on another offense with shoddy stats. Los Angeles Rams vs. Denver Broncos: Yet another game where nobody is giving the home team a chance in spite some claims of this becoming a trap game for the Rams. I honestly do not believe it myself. For this to be a trap game, the Broncos need to have the will to win, and they simply do not have that. And even if they did, it's not like the refs are going to simply sit by and let the Broncos do their job in a league that is progressively making tackling an impossible feat. It's going to be the Rams that win this one, and I may even consider this as a possible Survivor Pick in spite the Rams being a road team. Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys: I thought about picking the Cowboys to upset the Jaguars and to really send doubt into peoples' minds that the Jaguars could be playoff contenders. But at the back of my mind, with the one-dimensional offense that they possess, I have my doubts that's going to be the case here. I see the Jaguars bouncing back from their ugly loss last week. Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots: The Chiefs are red hot and undefeated. But until we see Brady hit the proverbial wall, you pick against the Patriots at your own risk. Even if the Chiefs have owned the Patriots during the regular season since Andy Reid's arrival. But now, the Chiefs have a new quarterback and their defense has changed quite a bit. San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers: Yet another one of my alternate Survivor Picks. This one easily is going to have to go to Green Bay. And I have three games left to be undecided. I was originally going to pick the Washington Redskins over the Carolina Panthers in a classical trap-game situation, but with the injury sustained to Adrien Peterson, I am rather hesitant to pick them now. The Colts vs. Jets and Ravens vs. Titans games both simply feel weird to me as I simply do not trust the statistically better teams in either case. Do note that if I do not update these picks for tomorrow by game time, I am leaning more towards Carolina, Indianapolis, and Tennessee. If Adrien Peterson is back and healthy again, I may consider switching back to Washington. The injury in question was a dislocated shoulder though, I highly doubt it.
  7. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Tonight, I'm going to pick the New York Giants over the Philadelphia Eagles. Just a hunch.
  8. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Just as a heads up @bruddog and @manYo720; I do have to leave for work tonight by 3pm MST (which is also 2pm PST/5 EST). I wish to run this by the honor system. So unless nobody minds post-game edits so long as they're accurate, please try to get your picks in while you still can.
  9. Mike Gordan

    NFL 2018-2019 Season Discussion

    There are only 2 possible ways Todd Gurley is going to be named League MVP--either he rushes for 2000 Yards or he shatters LaDanian Tomlinson's Fantasy records. And as far as team MVP, yes, Todd Gurley shares his Team MVP with Jared Goff. Or you wanna challenge the assertion that you can plug any quarterback in this system and they'd still be lights out (let's try starting Nathan Peterman in this unit, or Josh Weedon, or even that one guy that started Week 1 for the Colts last year and see what happens). And as far as League MVP's go, if anything, Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey combined are proving to be far more substantial to the success of their team given the lack of talent that they have, than pretty much any other team in the league right now. Drew Brees is playing the best football of his career right now. And then we have Patrick Mahomes, who is currently the MVP favorite so far, even though he failed to score a single Touchdown Pass last week. Also, when you think about it, what would you rather have--a Super Bowl, or a League MVP? Don't you know that League MVP's are all destined to fall short of a Super Bowl title? The last time the League MVP had even won a Super Bowl was Kurt Warner way back in 1999.
  10. Mike Gordan

    Week 6 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Here's my brand new system of keeping track of everybody's records. First, here's the schedule: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins Los Angeles Rams vs. Denver Broncos Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers @Mike Gordan: NYG, ATL, WAS, SEA, NYJ, MIN, PIT, LAC, HOU, CHI, LAR, TEN, JAX, KC, GB @TecmoSuperFan: NYG, TB, CAR, SEA, NYJ, ARI, PIT, LAC, HOU, CHI, LAR, BAL, DAL, KC, GB @bruddog: PHI, ATL, WAS, SEA, NYJ, MIN, CIN, LAC, HOU, CHI, LAR, BAL, JAX, NE, GB @gojiphen malor: PHI, ATL, CAR, SEA, NYJ, MIN, PIT, LAC, HOU, CHI, LAR, TEN, JAX, KC, GB @Knobbe: NYG, ATL, CAR, OAK, NYJ, MIN, PIT, CLE, HOU, CHI, LAR, BAL, JAX, NE, GB @BigCat71: PHI, ATL, WAS, SEA, IND, MIN, CIN, LAC, HOU, CHI, LAR, TEN, JAX, NE, GB @manYo720: NYG, @Miles Prower: PHI, TB, CAR, SEA, IND, MIN, CIN, CLE, BUF, CHI, LAR, BAL, JAX, NE, GB @drummer4god: PHI, TB, CAR, SEA, NYJ, MIN, CIN, CLE, HOU, CHI, LAR, TEN, DAL, KC, GB Mike Gordan: 0-1 (46-32) TecmoSuperFan: 0-1 (41-37) bruddog: 1-0 (50-28) gojiphen malor: 1-0 (43-35) Knobbe: 0-1 (49-29) BigCat71: 1-0 (45-33) manYo720: 0-1 (32-46) Miles Prower: 1-0 (39-39) drummer4god: 1-0 (16-15) What do you guys think? I'll be updating this opening comment as requests come in. However, I will not be updating weekly scores until the end of the night (specifically, after I get off work), just so that I can avoid confusing myself. And the overall tallies won't be receiving any updates until the end of Monday Night Football.
  11. Mike Gordan

    Week 5 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    And here are the final results: 10-5: Myself and bruddog 9-6: TecmoSuperFan, Knobbe, BigCat71, and Miles Prower 8-7: gojiphen malor 7-8: manYo720 And here are the overall results so far: @Mike Gordan: 46-32 @TecmoSuperFan: 41-37 @bruddog: 50-28 @gojiphen malor: 43-35 @Knobbe: 49-29 @BigCat71: 45-33 @manYo720: 32-46 @Miles Prower: 39-39 @drummer4god: 16-15 (who did not participate that week) I'll be ready for Week 6 with a fully revamped system shortly.
  12. Mike Gordan

    NFL 2018-2019 Season Discussion

    Well, tonight's game is pretty much in the bag at this point, even with some struggles with the field goal game, the Saints have officially put the game away. Now it's time for the bi-weekly Power Rankings update: 32. San Francisco 49ers (1-4): With every team in the league with a win, it pretty much boiled down to the outcome of a game between the Cardinals and 49ers yesterday, in which case, the Cardinals traveled on the road to demolish the utterly devastated team. A good thing Jimmy G. helped secure a win for this team while he was still present, because this looks to be yet another really long year for the 49ers. 31. Arizona Cardinals (1-4): Congratulations are in order for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals for getting their first win of the season last week. Though your offense is still trash. I can't fault you guys; everybody over there is now old as dirt and well past their prime. It's a sad thing to witness, but that's how the cookie crumbles. 30. Oakland Raiders (1-4): This was a pretty tough call on my end, especially after the high-powered effort they put into their Week 4 victory over the Browns. Only for all of that to come crashing down against a Chargers team that has proven to not have much of a defense thanks to the absence of Joey Bosa. They couldn't even put up that much of a fight. It leads me to believe the reason for the explosion of points a couple weeks ago was due to it being a turnover fest from both sides. Perhaps a rarity an offense still prone to making mistakes facing a defense that otherwise can't stop a refrigerator from running, means the Browns were able to score a ton of points while simultaneously coughing up scoring opportunities to the Raiders. If that's how the Raiders are expected to win games going forward, then I have no faith in the Jon Gruden experiment working out. 29. Denver Broncos (2-3): Yes, believe it or not, the bottom four teams in the NFL come from the two Western Divisions And yes, as of right now, I can not imagine this Broncos team possibly coming in and defeating teams like the Colts, Falcons or Giants in spite possessing slightly better records than either of these two clubs. Not only are we bloody soft up the middle, but the playbook is so bloody shallow, and the playcalling is so bloody atrocious that even rookie teams that are works in progress are able to beat us up. The only reason I am not ranking them as the worst team in the league so far is because the Broncos still have additional games on their schedule against the 49ers, Cardinals, and Raiders. So with any luck, we might actually match our win total from last season. 28. Indianapolis Colts (1-4): The Colts are similarly bad to the Denver Broncos. The only difference is that I at least have more faith in the Colts ability to win games thanks to one Andrew Luck. Even though he had lost his best receiver due to injury. And if you want proof that the Colts could still bounce back, their next three games are all theoretically winnable games for the Colts. Then again, so too were games against the Texans, Bengals, and Eagles, and yet look where we are at. 27. New York Giants (1-4): Twice this team was undone by a ridiculously long field goal attempt by an opposing team. Could that possibly signal the Carolina Panthers as our next Super Bowl champions? Probably not. But given the current dysfunction of the NFC East, the Giants at least still have a pretty solid chance at stealing the division from the Eagles. Starting this Thursday night in fact when they host the Eagles and hope to pay them back for the close losses they had to endure by their hands. 26. Buffalo Bills (2-3): Perhaps one of this season's great overachieving football teams. Still, they did nab some quality wins against teams like the Titans and Vikings. The Bills offense for the most part still looks like shit, but at least their defense is now doing just enough to try and help them win games for them. That and rookie QB Josh Allen extending plays trying to make whatever he can work with the nonexistent offensive line and nonexistent playmakers. 25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)*: The Bucs have had their bye week this week, but the last couple games against the Steelers and Bears have shown just how spectacularly bad this defense was. And that's in spite being the league's top ranked passing offense thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick's gaudy early season stats. All coming to a screeching halt, by the way, thanks to the mountains of interceptions against the Steelers and Bears. Now he's getting benched, and in his place, we are going to get the return of Jameis Winston. What could possibly go wrong? 24. Atlanta Falcons (1-4): And here we are. The Falcons stared down a Steelers team that has finally begun to figure out its own shit on defense, while the Falcons were completely helpless in stopping the Steelers--much less anybody else--from running up the score on them. You can shift all the blame to all the injuries they sustained on defense all you want; it's next man up by this point. And this defense is complete and total garbage. The only reason I have not rated this team any lower is because honestly, I do think they can win against the Bucs this weekend. 23. New York Jets (2-3): Yeah, I'm only giving this team a slight boost because the Falcons, Giants, Colts, and Broncos have been utter trash as of late. While the Jets were able to seal a couple of blowout wins already. I honestly do not think this team is necessarily ready to make a deep run for the playoffs. Especially since Sam Darnold can make some rather foolish decisions with the football. 22. Dallas Cowboys (2-3): The Cowboys are just starting to lose control over their season. They lost a game they most certainly should have won, and now they are facing a fairly difficult stretch moving forward. It's hard to win games when all you have on offense is Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. At least with the Carolina Panthers, they are well coached; have solid defenses; and Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey are transcendent physical talents. I don't think Dak and Zeke are anywhere close to the same level as Cam and Christian; I know Jason Garret pales in comparison to Ron Riveira; and their defense cannot even come close to being capable of winning games for them. 21. Miami Dolphins (3-2): The Dolphins early perfect season was rather confounding. Especially given the fact that neither their offense nor defense have been anything worth talking about. It was pretty clear that the Dolphins benefited heavily from an incredibly light early schedule, as well as a dominant special teams unit. And ever since then, the Dolphins have been facing real teams week in and week out. What perhaps hurt this team the most was the fact that the Dolphins probably could have won yesterday had they not removed the foot from the gas. Definitely the most overrated team over the course of three games so far. At least the Bucs got the win over the Saints in their home opener. 20. Washington Redskins (2-2)*: As I suspected, that early bye week didn't do this team any favors. Not that the Redskins had much of a chance against a Saints team that was playing with history on the line. Regardless of their defensive talents, it's pretty clear that the Redskins would have a rather tough time winning games against loaded rosters. Especially since Adrien Peterson is this team's MVP by a long shot, and he didn't last long in tonight's game. And Alex Smith is definitely not the kind of guy that you would think of when you think of QB's that can carry a team on his shoulders. He rates higher than the Dolphins, Cowboys and Jets because through all intents and purposes, I consider the Redskins to be the kind of team that will likely be able to shape the playoff landscape with an upset here and a victory there. 19. Cleveland Browns (2-2-1): Could it be? The Browns not only have (for the time being, anyways) escaped the gutter of the NFL, but are now in the top 20 for the first time since 2014? Unfortunately, Baker Mayfield is still very much a rookie, and that kicking situation may continue to come back to haunt this ball club. So far, the Browns and Cardinals (and perhaps even the Packers at this point) have the worst kicking situations among all other teams currently in the NFL. Otherwise, their defense and playmakers are able to help Baker Mayfield do just enough to give this team a chance to win games week in and week out. Even as the refs attempted to do everything in their power to screw the Browns over yet again. 18. Houston Texans (2-3): The Texans have bounced back from an 0-3 start, and are now a game off from first place in their own division. We haven't had a team bounce back from an 0-3 start to make the playoffs since the 1998 Buffalo Bills. Deshaun Watson is still a little sluggish, but the team as a whole is starting to find its rhythm again. And as I predicted, DeAndre Hopkins and JJ Watt are definitely proving to be this team's co-MVP's so far this season. They were the ones that pretty much helped the Texans win their last couple of games in overtime no less. 17. Detroit Lions (2-3): Yes, it is true that the Lions benefited greatly from a complete lack of production from their kicking team. But at the same time, that win against Aaron Rodgers really confirmed my suspicions following their victory over the Patriots that the Lions might not have been as bad as their early record would have suggested. They're entering their bye week alongside the Saints, which might prove problematic. But then they come back from their bye with a chance to winning again--as their next two games are at Miami and against the Seahawks. So we'll see how things pan out going forward. At the very least, the Lions should be able to impact the playoff picture in the NFC. 16. Seattle Seahawks (2-3): Talk about a rough start for the once known Legion of Boom. Of course, their 2-3 start was the start that most people were projecting for the Seahawks. But again, Russell Wilson pretty much gives this team a chance to win every week. They even came within 2 points of winning an epic home shootout against the Rams no less. So even though the talent the Seahawks once had is largely gone, this team should still be rather competitive. At the very least, I expect this team to have an impact on the playoff race. 15. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3): Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Admittedly, their start to the season has been rather rough, and filled with all kinds of mental mistakes. From getting blown out by the Bucs to giving up a couple 4th-and-longs in OT against the Titans and now having lost far more convincingly than what the final score would lead you to believe against the Vikings. And now they have to travel on the road for a Thursday Night matchup against a Giants team that is hungry for some redemption. I have not lost all hope that this Eagles team could still win games. But they are in a rather strange and foreign territory by this point in time. 14. Tennessee Titans (3-2): Speaking of which, similar to the Miami Dolphins, the Titans are a very strange type of good team. They don't really have any offensive playmakers on either side of the ball; and their defense, while decent, is really nothing to write home about. In fact, it became so bloody apparent that there's definitely something very strange and unusual about the Titans that I decided to name QB Marcus Mariota the team's MVP in spite missing 1 1/2 games due to injury. That was because Mariota was the guy that was pretty much making everything happen all by himself. The only question remains as to whether or not that would even be enough to make it back to the Wild Card spot. Yes, they currently lead the division thanks to a head-to-head tie-breaker over the Jaguars. But the Titans are a very strange type of team for a 3-2 club. 13. Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1): With their backs against the wall following a disappointing tie and two brutal losses in a row, they finally got right back on track and are now back at .500 yet again. Outside of games against the Bears, Saints, Patriots, and possibly Seahawks, their schedule definitely lightens up a bit, too. Although they would have to win out against everybody else, and then win one or two other games on top of that if they wish to make it back to the playoffs. Because even with only really three or four teams to worry about, those victories are definitely are not going to come easy for this ball club. 12. Green Bay Packers (2-2-1): Sort of an honorary tie over the Vikings. Honestly, if I have to choose who the better team might be between the Packers and Vikings, then it really has to boil down to who I like best at QB. And that man happens to be Aaron Rodgers. Even with less weapons to throw to, Rodgers is one of those transcendent QB talents out there. And whatever happens, I do believe that the Packers will find a way to bounce back. Of course, they still have to play the Rams, Seahawks, Patriots, and Bears a second time. As well as the Falcons no less. But I have no reason to believe they can't win manage things from here on out and make the playoffs. At least not yet. 11. LA Chargers (3-2): Honestly, I consider all the other teams from here on out to be the cream of the crop. So far, I'd probably pick the Chargers to be that one team that does really well and still miss the playoffs because the Chargers are not allowed to have nice things, and their best players are not allowed to play in the playoffs, much less in the Super Bowl. They are getting a little better as of late and have since begun the process in cutting down on mistakes. The only question remains--can they take Cleveland? 10. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1): The funny thing about this is that the Steelers are still technically in last place in their own division. But the margins are very close, and the Steelers look like a team that is finally starting to get its shit together and is about to make some noise. A road game against the Bengals will go a long way in figuring out if the Steelers are any good or not. But they definitely still have it, with or without Le'Veon Bell. And if they do win, they get their Week 7 bye, and the rest of the league will have more than an ample reason to take the Steelers seriously yet again. 9. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2): Blake Bortles did Blake Bortles-type stuff on the road against the Chiefs, and their defense never had a chance because of that. That pretty much means their own quarterback is more of a potential hindrance rather than an asset. Maybe they really should consider grabbing another quarterback in the draft. Not in the first round, but maybe think of picking a mid or late rounder if possible. 8. Baltimore Ravens (3-2): The Ravens suffered the effects of the Overtime jinx. Basically, any game that goes into overtime, the team I pick ends up losing, or at least ending in a tie, which then costs me a game for a given week. They do have to travel on the road to face the Titans, and after that, they get a really brutal stretch in which they have to play the Saints and Panthers shortly afterwards. It wouldn't surprise me if Joe Flacco may potentially lose his starting job if the Ravens can't beat any of these teams. At the very least, he would find himself on the hot seat after the season ends. 7. Carolina Panthers (3-1)*: One of the reasons I decided to bump the Panthers so low is because this team is able to thrive in spite the lack of talent that they have on offense. Again, I cannot stress this enough that Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey are pretty much it as far as the Panthers are concerned (at least until Greg Olsen returns...hopefully). That, and the rest of the top six is rather crowded, and the next couple of weeks for the Panthers is going to prove to be rather challenging. They have to travel on the road to face a potential trap game in the Washington Redskins; then they have to go to Philadelphia to face an Eagles squad whose back may or may not be against the wall by that point; and then they have to host a Ravens squad that's also hoping to compete for a spot in the playoffs. 6. Chicago Bears (3-1)*: I think the one downside to this Bears defense is that they were given their bye week too early. The Khalil Mack trade was pretty much the biggest move in the offseason by far, as it single-handedly reshaped and restructured the entire playoff landscape. A team that was once considered a playoff longshot is now looking like a playoff contender. Right here, I am starting to see a possible Super Bowl contender from the NFC side of things so far. The only reason why they are not in the top five is because as far as I'm concerned, Mitchell Trubisky is far and away my least favorite quarterback out of the top six. Even following a career day a couple weeks ago. 5. New England Patriots (3-2): Top 5's looking pretty crowded. But at least the Patriots--so far, anyways--are looking to be back in a position that they would want to be in. Just in time to host the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. While it would be funny to see this team suffer a similar fate to the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday, I can't rule out Brady and Belichick. Not until Brady falls off the proverbial cliff. And who knows? Maybe that will begin to happen this week. We'll see. 4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1): The Patriots are not the only team with a big test. The Bengals have to host their sworn enemy in the Pittsburgh Steelers. A team that has haunted them since late in the 2015 season when the Steelers took out QB Andy Dalton with an injury, and then the end of the Wild Card game in which the Bengals bungled away their best shot at a playoff victory since 1990. Incidentally, had the Bungles properly finished that game, they probably would have set New England up to potentially defend their Super Bowl crown rather than the Broncos (believe it or not, I did not want my Broncos to face the Chiefs in the playoffs that year). The Bengals are another team with some rather peculiar rankings across the board, though at least they have a modestly good offense overall. Thanks in large part to Andy Dalton. 3. New Orleans Saints (4-1): Again, congratulations, Drew Brees for breaking Peyton Mannings' all-time passing record. If he hadn't cracked 72,000 already, then he's already on the brink of doing so. A truly dominant team and perhaps one of the three or so solid Super Bowl contenders in the NFC right now. 2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0): One of two perfect teams so far. But now you have a big test coming up. Going on the road to face the Patriots. Somehow, I have a feeling the Chiefs will begin to slip from here. After the Patriots, they then have to host the Bengals before getting their rematch against the lowly Broncos. And even then, history has a strange way of repeating itself, especially as far as the Chiefs are concerned. 1. LA Rams (5-0): The Rams look like the class of the NFC as of right now, and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon. Their next couple of games are going to be against the Broncos and Rams before they get the chance to host the Green Bay Packers. In other words, there's a good chance the Rams might end up at 8-0 heading into the halfway point. We know the reasons why. You know it. And I know it. The Rams are the current #1 team in the NFL. And no more talk about Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. I get it! We get it! I already made a whole topic about Team MVP's discussing why they're the Team co-MVP's. Good night, everybody!
  13. Mike Gordan

    NFL 2018-2019 Season Discussion

    Congratulations, Drew Brees for shattering my quarterback of 4 years' all time Passing Record. And with a touchdown pass no less. My Power Rankings are really starting to shape up considerably.
  14. Mike Gordan

    Week 5 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Yeah, I'm going to be working in a whole new system in which everybody can freely see their picks, and their scores. I figured rather than keeping track of all of my data from a Word Processor of some kind and leave it all up to me to keep track of everything by myself, I'm going to leave it out on the open. So update time: 9-5: Myself and bruddog 8-6: TecmoSuperFan, Knobbe, BigCat71, and Miles Prower 7-7: gojiphen malor and manYo720 Add or take away one based on the results of tonight's game. Regardless, bruddog and I are sharing the gold, and either gojiphen malor or manYo720 are going to take the rear (unless the Redskins vs. Saints game ends in yet another tie--in which case, they'll both share the last place finish).
  15. Mike Gordan

    Week 5 Pick 'ems 2018-2019

    Just so you guys know, I meant to choose the Cardinals yesterday, but for whatever reason highlighted the 49ers. I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing at that time because I didn't even select the winning team until after I typed up my statement. The Cardinals was supposed to be my weekly selection. The Cowboys game, on the other hand, I gave no reasoning behind. I just selected the team in a hurry because I had to leave for work, and I needed an extra point to hopefully get ahead.
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