I’ve been following sports and wrestling since I can remember. Not too much, aside from my family, gives me as much joy as watching my Raiders, Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox or WWE. Add in some honey Jack to sip on and that’s the equation for a perfect evening!
We are now one week into the new NFL season … all seems right with the world again!
The tone was set in Week 1 with several games going down to the wire. It is hard to imagine that a week can properly follow up that performance. But it’s football, it’s always a possibility. 10 out of 16 in Week 1 isn’t too shabby! Now that we have a week’s worth of information on the teams, I can see a perfect week in our future!
Week 2 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!
(HOME TEAM IN ALL CAPS)
16 – CAROLINA over San Francisco – The Panthers let a big week 1 win slip away last week. Hard to imagine them even being in the same situation this week.
15 – NEW ENGLAND over Miami – Miami cost the Pats the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs last season … … … Belichick remembers.
14 – OAKLAND over Atlanta – I can’t begin to describe how much fun it is to put the Raiders on the winning side of a line this high and have it be a legitimate pick rather than just a hopeful fan’s dream!
13 – NEW YORK GIANTS over New Orleans – These two had an epic offensive battle last season – expect more of the same again this year…with the home team again coming out on top.
12 – Seattle over LOS ANGELES –Congratulations LA, this is your team! Could have had the Raiders, just sayin…
11 – DETROIT over Tennessee – Life after Calvin appears to be a smooth transition for Stafford and friends. I don’t expect the Titans to put up much of a fight.
10 – PITTSBURGH over Cincinnati – Boy the Steelers look impressive. They’ll do what they can to win this physical matchup.
9 – ARIZONA over Tampa Bay – It was just a matchup against a motivated Patriots team last week…right?
8 – DENVER over Indianapolis – The Colts came close to pulling out a shootout win in week 1. Unfortunately for them, they won’t be able to score at will in Denver.
7 – Philadelphia over CHICAGO – Monday night on the lakefront. Should be an exciting atmosphere…until the game starts.
6 – Dallas over WASHINGTON – Two disappointing week 1 teams meet up in this divisional matchup. I, for whatever reason, still have faith in the Cowboys. So much so that this week’s BOLD PREDICTION is that despite losing to the Giants already, THE COWBOYS WILL COME BACK AND WIN THE NFC EAST.
5 – New York Jets over BUFFALO – The week kicks off in Orchard Park with Rex Ryan taking on his old team. I really don’t know what to think about the Bills, but it's mostly not good,
4 – MINNESOTA over Green Bay – The brand new U.S. Bank Stadium opens up with a Sunday Night Football matchup against the hated Packers. The momentum of the new stadium will overshadow the Vikings offense being led by ________________ (insert “quarterback” name here).
3 – HOUSTON over Kansas City – A potential playoff preview goes to the home team simply for that very reason.
2 – SAN DIEGOover Jacksonville – I don’t think it has been more difficult picking the Jaguars to lose a game.
1 – CLEVELAND over Baltimore – I really think things will be better for the Browns with Josh McCown under center. Not enough to put them higher than a 1 though.
Ladies and gentlemen, until the second week of February there will NOT be a Sunday that goes by without a full day of football!!
We are just days away from the Mile High City opening up the 2016 NFL season with a Super Bowl rematch – the first time that has happened since 1970! From there, it will just get better! Because, you know, there’s more than just one game played in an NFL season!
THAT…AND the return of the confidence pool!
For those who have not been with us the last two seasons, let me give you a quick rundown on what confidence pool is. First off, you pick the winner of every game in the week. After that, you assign a point value (1 through however many games there are that week) based on how confident you are that your pick will turn out to be correct. So you will want to assign a higher point value to those that you are more confident about. If you pick the game wrong, you don’t get those points. Whoever has the most points for the week wins! Some pools also have prizes for total score throughout the season.
So, without further ado, let’s get the 2016 season started!
Week 1 and 2016 season – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!
(HOME TEAM IN ALL CAPS)
16 – SEATTLE over Miami – I really expect Arian Foster to have a bounce-back year in Miami…though there is no chance of that success starting until week 2.
15 – HOUSTON over Chicago – It’s…um…it’s going to be a long season on the lakefront this year.
14 – KANSAS CITY over San Diego – The Chargers have quickly taken over the Joker's role in the AFC West away from the Raiders. This game could very well be the start of their trip to being the first on the clock next April.
13 – ARIZONA over New England – No Tom Brady – no problem! Well, expect for trying to score more points than one of the most exciting offenses in the league…THAT could be a problem.
12 – PHILADELPHIA over Cleveland – I really don’t think that there could be a smoother transition for Carson Wentz to go from college football to the pros than playing the Browns.
11 – INDIANAPOLIS over Detroit – The Colts obviously have some work to do to show that last season was a fluke. That process should easily begin this week.
10 – BALTIMORE over Buffalo – For this one, just re-read my last explanation, just replace Colts with Ravens…and it won’t be as easy…hence being rated lower.
9 – DALLAS over New York Giants – The NFC East seems to be wide open every year. Dak Prescott should be more than enough to bridge the gap until Tony Romo comes back for the final playoff push.
8 – ATLANTA over Tampa Bay – As open as the NFC East is equates to how, well, closed the NFC South is. It’s Panthers and Friends. The Falcons should be able to hold off the Bucs as they start to be the best of the others.
7 – Green Bay over JACKSONVILLE – I’ve said that the AFC title game could very well be the Raiders and the Jaguars in five years. The Jags are doing something right, but drawing the Packers in week 1 is something wrong.
6 – NEW YORK JETS over Cincinnati – A couple dark horse AFC candidates collide here to start the season. The Jets need to start the season strong before Brady is freed in Foxboro.
5 – DENVER over Carolina – Yes, the Broncos have a big change at quarterback from the last time these two teams faced off. But even having a guy named Trevor under center would be enough for the Panthers to consistently get passed the Broncos defense.
4 – WASHINGTON over Pittsburgh – The Monday Night schedule starts with a bit of a toss-up. Home field advantage and no Le’Veon Bell gives the ‘Skins the edge here.
3 – Oakland over NEW ORLEANS – Derek Carr should be able to shred a horrid Saints pass defense as the Raiders begin their road to redemption season. My BOLD PREDICTION for this week is NOT ONLY WILL THE RAIDERS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, THEY WILL WIN THE AFC WEST.
2 – Minnesota over TENNESSEE – The Vikings lost their quarterback…but lets’s be honest, 90% of a Viking’s quarterback job is handing off to Adrian Peterson and letting him do his thing…which he should easily do in Nashville.
1 – SAN FRANCISCO over Los Angeles – The 49ers will firmly be a part of this year’s “Teams That Should Only Be On The One Point Line If You Think They Will Win” list.
Accountability – you can’t escape it. Not even in the world of fantasy football advice!
All season I have been throwing out my BOLD PREDICTIONS and I am sure you were probably thinking “so what? This jerk probably won’t hold himself accountable for making such amazingly bold predictions!”
Oh you’re wrong, football fan…you’re wrong! Let’s take a look back at 17 weeks’ worth of BOLD PREDICTIONS and see how we did! Thanks for reading this season! Enjoy the playoffs and we’ll see you again in September!
BOLD PREDICTIONS…HERE WE GO!!!!!!
Week 1 – THE BEARS WILL END THE SEASON ON THE CLOCK WITH THE WORST RECORD IN THE LEAGUE and even with the Jordy Nelson injury, THE PACKERS WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL. We started the year with a double dose of predictions…neither of which will come to fruition. While the Bears gave a valiant effort for the #1 spot at times, they will be picking 11th. And seeing the way the Packers played in Carolina and Arizona this year, seems unlikely they’ll be in the Bay Area in February.
Week 2 – THE CARDINALS WILL OVERTAKE THE SEAHAWKS AND WIN THE NFC WEST. Nailed it! Keep in mind this was a prediction made all the way back in week 2. Pretty impressive if you ask me!
Week 3 – THE JETS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THIS SEASON. Oh so close! Even with all of their off-season turmoil the Jets remained in playoff contention until the last week of the season – thanks in most part to Brandon Marshall having a season that made Bear fans cry.
Week 4 – THE DOLPHINS WILL FINISH LAST IN THE AFC EAST. Nailed it! After making a big splash over the summer, the Dolphins were simply a disappointment.
Week 5 – THE FALCONS WILL WIN THE NFC SOUTH. Channeling my inner-Lloyd Christmas on this one – “The Falcons…I was WAY off!” Just amazing how fast Atlanta fell this year.
Week 6 – ARIAN FOSTER WILL HAVE OVER 250 TOTAL YARDS. 53 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards. Not a terrible game but not the promised 250 yards … or even halfway there.
Week 7 – CHARCANDRICK WEST WILL HAVE THE FIRST 100 YARDS RUSHING GAME OF HIS CAREER. Nailed it! 110 yards and a touchdown against a solid Steelers defense. West and backfield mate Spencer Ware replacing Jamaal Charles were a big reason the Chiefs decided to not lose a game from this point on.
Week 8 – if (Dez) Bryant plays, he will have over 100 yards receiving. Probably should have taken into account the possibility of slow-playing Bryant’s return. 2 catches for 12 yards – that’s what I get for putting faith into the Cowboys.
Week 9 – NOT ONLY WILL THE RAIDERS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, BUT THEY WILL WIN A PLAYOFF GAME. At this point the Raiders were on a hot streak that made it seem like they had finally come over the hump into relevance…then they went on a stretch that reminded the league that they are still at least a year away.
Week 10 – THE JAGUARS WILL WIN THE AFC SOUTH. Same deal here. After years of insignificance in the league, the Jaguars seem to have young talent that they can build around for the future…key word being “future.”
Week 11 – IN HIS RETURN GAME, ROMO WILL PASS FOR AT LEAST 300 YARDS. Close, kind of, but no cigar. Romo managed 227 yards against the lowly Dolphins in this one. I swear I hear someone recently saying something about putting faith in the Cowboys.
Week 12 – CAM NEWTON WILL HAVE ANOTHER 4 TOUCHDOWN (PASS AND RUSH) GAME. Only one touchdown, rushing, for Cam in this Thanksgiving matchup. When you’re defense scores multiple touchdowns, on consecutive plays no less, you can take a bit of a break and still get the win.
Week 13 – THE PANTHERS WILL FINISH THE SEASON UNDEFEATED! Once again, SO close! Somehow the Falcons woke up from their season-long nap and handed the Panthers their first and only loss in week 16.
Week 14 – THE GIANTS WILL PUT UP AT LEAST 40 POINTS AGAINST THE DOLPHINS THIS WEEK. Once again, close but no cigar…and once again against the Dolphins. 31 points is a solid performance, but not the 40 that I thought.
Week 15 – THE REDSKINS WILL WIN THE NFC EAST. Nailed it! No other way to respond to hitting on this prediction other than a subtle “YOU LIKE THAT!?!?!?!?” from Kirk Cousins.
Week 16 – ANTONIO BROWN WILL HAVE ANOTHER 200 YARD RECEVING GAME. Only 61 yards? Well I shouldn’t be surprised; he wasn’t the only member of my fantasy team to fail me in the DrinkFive fantasy championship game! Editor's Note: Bwahaha!
Week 17 – DREW BREES WILL NOT BE THE STARTING QUARTERBACK FOR THE SAINTS IN WEEK 1 NEXT SEASON. Obviously can’t say whether this one is right or wrong yet. Keep an eye on it though – if a new coach is on the sidelines in the SuperDome, don’t be surprised if they want to set things up their way.
In our last push to get that full season championship, we get a week of divisional match-ups with almost no playoff scenarios finalized – that is a Christmas present in itself. We don’t need to worry about the Panthers benching their starters – they are still playing for home-field advantage thanks to the Falcons. The Redskins have their playoff opening week set, but they play a depleted Dallas team, so no real need to think too much about that game.
It has been another exciting year of football. I think we can all agree that the biggest takeaway from 2015 to take into 2016…the Raiders will win Super Bowl 51!
Week 17 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!
(HOME TEAM IN ALL CAPS)
16 – CAROLINA over Tampa Bay – Remember how I said that the Panthers still have something to play for? That’s bad news for the Bucs.
15 – CINCINNATI over Baltimore – Baltimore just needs to look towards 2016 and the Bengals will be more than willing to help them put an end to a bad 2015.
14 – DENVER over San Diego – The Broncos always seemed to find ways to win a game in 2015…and the Chargers always seemed to find ways to lose a game.
13 – New England over MIAMI – Simply put, the Dolphins were a joke this year. Tom Brady and friends get to put the final punch line in Miami this season.
12 – Pittsburgh over CLEVELAND – In the spirit of the college bowl season, the Steelers get to play the equivalent of a mid-major college team.
11 – ARIZONA over Seattle – Wow the Cardinals are good! With such an explosive offense and a potentially dominating defense, the Panthers in the Super Bowl may not be a sure thing.
10 – INDIANAPOLIS over Tennessee – To say the season has been a letdown for the Colts would be an understatement. They can still sneak in the playoffs with a win and a Houston loss. They’ll do their part and …
9 – HOUSTON over Jacksonville – …well it won’t matter. Houston has been looking solid the last few weeks and should be able to wrap up the dreadful AFC South title.
8 – KANSAS CITY over Oakland – These two teams could very well rekindle their storied rivalry over the next few years. As for this year, the Chiefs look too strong.
7 – NEW YORK GIANTS over Philadelphia – At least the Eagles get to look forward to a non-Chip Kelly led team next year.
6 – New York Jets over Buffalo – The Jets have been a very pleasant surprise this season. A win here and some help will give them a seemingly improbably playoff berth.
5 – GREEN BAY over Minnesota – The regular season ends in Lambeau. The winner of this one wins the NFC North and hosts Seattle in the Wild Card round … the loser gets to play Washington … hhmmm …
4 – St Louis over San Francisco – Cheer up 9er fans – with the way the draft order is playing out, Jared Goff should be there for you to snatch up.
3 – Washington over Dallas – Kirk Cousins probably won’t play the whole game … shouldn’t matter against whoever is left to play for the Cowboys.
2 – Detroit over Chicago – The Bears have been horrible on the lakefront this year – why should this week be any different for them?
1 – ATLANTA over New Orleans – How the mighty have fallen! This game could have been an NFC Championship preview the last few years. My final BOLD PREDICTION of the season is that DREW BREES WILL NOT BE THE STARTING QUARTERBACK FOR THE SAINTS IN WEEK 1 NEXT SEASON.