Everyone wants an 8 Team Playoff

Everyone wants an 8 team playoff, but if that were the case then the conference champs would have to get auto-bids. It only seems fair, which puts Washington in the 8 teams. Do you bump an undefeated UCF for the Pac 12 Champ? In my scenario, its 2 lose Michigan that gets the bump out of the 8. We have to be realistic, conference champs deserve auto bids in this 8 team world, either that or we prove that conference championships mean nothing. Lets look at a playoff in this format. 

First Round

  1. Alabama vs. 8. Washington 
  2. Clemson vs. 7. UCF
  3. Notre Dame vs. 6. Georgia 
  4. Oklahoma vs. 5. Ohio St. 

Pac 12 champ versus SEC champ, I’m very passionate about this, conference champs need to be in. This will likely be a blowout, lets be real, but the same could happen to the SEC, Big10 and so on. There will be times that a conference is weak and possibly undeserving, but they need to be represented. Alabama easily wins. 

The underdog “defending national champs” versus the ACC champions. UCF wanted its chance to prove themselves…well here they go. This may be a hot take, but Clemson isn’t as good as everyone thinks. But lets be clear, they are way better than UCF, especially with their starting qb out. Clemson wins this by a few touchdowns and we can finally stop listening to UCF fans. 

Dawgs versus the Golden Domers, Notre Dame should go into this game with built up rage. People legit thought Georgia should have been in before them. Notre Dame went undefeated and played all FBS teams, no one else can say that. Notre has to go out looking to prove themselves and we’ve seen Georgia fall on their heads twice this year, Notre Dame wins a defensive battle.

Boomer Sooner vs the Buckeyes, this one makes the most sense, the two times that have a rightful claim to the 4th spot in the real playoff. The Sooners are a dynamic offense and are way better than Purdue who put up 49 against the Buckeyes. Haskins has himself a career day against a weak OU D, but the Sooners put up 60 to beat Ohio St. 

Semi-Finals / Finals

See what i did earlier? All the top 4 teams won, because I think the committee was right on their top 4. I predict Notre Dame vs. Alabama in the national championship. Lets see how this Final 4 plays out in real life, instead of predicting, that’s the most exciting way to do it. 

How Did Cleveland Become the NFL’s Biggest Story?

Damarious Randall intercepts a ball right along Cincinnati’s sideline, Randall runs directly over to his former coach Hue Jackson and hands him the ball. The savagery level is off the charts. How did we get here…

This all started with Cleveland being featured on Hard Knocks, you saw the cracks, you saw the tension between Hue and Todd Haley. People were invested in the Browns, but then they give people even more reason to talk. This team has been must watch, mostly for their off field issues. Baker seems to have revitalized  this teams image, but Jackson seemed to be a roadblock in the way of that.

Lets be real, the season gets a little boring this time of year, in terms of news. So the firing of both Todd Haley and Hue Jackson gave fans the drama they desperately sought after. THEN Hue Jackson takes a gig with the rival Bengals, a team Cleveland was set to play the next week. If this wasn’t fuel for the locker room, I don’t know what is. This is reality tv show shit were talking about here, then rumors that Hue could take over the Bengals if Marvin Lewis is fired. When does this show debut on E!? 

The reason the Browns are being followed by fans all over the league is because of the drama, its must see, and Baker Mayfield doesn’t shy away from the drama either. Its widely covered how much he fed off of it in college, just google his  game against Kansas.  If Cleveland fans don’t like it then they didn’t do their research. The pictures and videos on social media from the Bengals game are like getting on twitter after a series finale of your favorite show. It was the ending everyone wanted, but left them clamoring for more.  

Chiefs vs. Rams MNF Moved from Mexico City to LA Due to Field Conditions

This is reported to lose the NFL millions of dollars and could cost Mexico City even more. How did they allow this to even happen? Once news came out about players not wanting to go, this quickly was brought to the spotlight and forced the NFL’s hand.

Forget Power Rankings the NFL has 4 Tiers Week 10

Power Rankings seems completely pointless now, but lets bulk the teams into groupings. It seems as though that’s the point of the season we’re in.

Better Luck Next Year

These teams have all but tanked their seasons. Can they pull a miracle and upset a contender? Yea maybe, but those are the only thing they have to look forward to.

Oakland Raiders

Players don’t even want to be on the team, Gruden has a 10 year contract and probably a 10 year plan. So expect more guys to be dumped at the draft and off-season.

San Francisco 49ers

Does the outcome really matter, other than draft position? The 9ers really should have won this game, winning these games at least boost moral, but losing just keeps hurting. The team has to know things will be better when Jimmy gets back, but that’s a long ways away.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona legit gave KC some trouble, but KC was likely looking forward to next Monday against the Rams. The defense looked good, but the offense could never get anything going. A better offensive line and this could have been upset central. Poor Rosen got destroyed.

Detroit Lions

The Bears destroyed the Lions and officially put them in the bottom feeder region of the league. The potential is there in coming years, but this ain’t it Chief.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

How can this explosive of an offense be held to 3 points?! Fitz 3 turnovers, but 400 yards passing, they just can’t get it right. May be time for a new culture in Tampa aka new coach, new quarterback.

New York Jets

The Bills are also on this list and they beat the Jets by 31…31! At one point this team showed a lot of promise, but now they are on pace to ruin Darnold. I don’t think Bowles is fully to blame, but best for him to get out of there. The Jets could be way worse off then we thought.

Buffalo Bills

Great win for the Bills, and thank god they didn’t play Peterman. Matt Barkley looked great and LeSean McCoy looked revitalized. It shows that solid qb play and you remember why this team made the playoffs last year.

New York Giants

Too bad this is a weak qb draft, Eli may be staying around another year. This team barely beat a 3rd string quarterback and only has 2 wins. They still have a shot at the #1 pick, but they have to hope its at least top 5.


Maybe…Just Maybe…Probably Not

These teams have been a roller-coaster all season, can they go on some miracle run? Yes, but they all have some rough loses. This is the biggest chunk of the league. These teams can easily contend with the leagues best one week and then lose to a bottom feeder the next week. It’s possible for these teams to move up and down.

Miami Dolphins

Tannehill gave this team some hope but now that he’s out this team is a lost cause. I don’t think Tannehill is bad, but he’s hurt too much, its really time to start over in Miami. Brock isn’t the answer either…if I even had to say it.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals just can’t hang with the big boys, is it every going to be time to move on from Marvin Lewis?

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens needed a Bye week and needed it bad, 3 straight loses. They still are legit in the playoff hunt, but I have a feeling if they miss, its bye bye Flacco and Harbaugh.

Indianapolis Colts

The team was in the Better Luck Next Year, just a couple weeks ago, now they are right in the hunt for the division. The NFL season is a wild road, lets see if the Colts can navigate it.

Jacksonville Jaguars

I want to put these guys in the trash but they’re too talented. Honestly I blame the coordinators, which directs on the coach. These guys have no passion and no drive, time for someone to step up, it seems this team is void of a leader.

Denver Broncos

Honestly the Broncos are doomed, but they can still ruin playoff seeding by knocking off some upsets, because the talent is there. This team can easily click one week and ruin playoff hopes or positioning. They have 2 games left the the Chargers, that would be their target.

Dallas Cowboys

Big win against the Eagles but they have too many bad loses to turn the season around. They have to love playing spoiler to the Eagles, who hoped to get back in the race. They could still go on a run to the playoffs, but that would take some major upgrades in their overall play.

Philadelphia Eagles

They still have the Saints, Rams and Texans, good luck the rest of the way Philly. The defending champs are now chumps, how things can turn so quickly. Finishing .500 would look like a success at this point.

Atlanta Falcons

I knew the Falcons were a fraud, and Baker exposed them. They have a tough schedule moving forward so pulling some major upsets is possible but not enough to squeak into the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks

This team got so close to beating the Rams twice, but came up just short. That seems like a solid metaphor for the Seahawks entire year. The actually could make the playoffs still, just need to upset at least one of the 3 (KC, Minnesota, Carolina).

Green Bay Packers

This is not the same old Pack, to save their season they need to beat Seattle and Minnesota in back to back games. They need to start throwing some wins together or bench Rodgers and let him heal for next year, make the choice.

Cleveland Browns

Even if they win out they still won’t make the playoffs but they can spoil the party for multiple teams in the hunt. 5 of their remaining games are against teams with legit playoff hopes.


Who are you Really?!

Who are these teams? One week they look like the NFL elite, the next they can’t score any points. These teams are a mystery but very much are in the playoff hunt.

Washington Redskins

They lead their division, and should make the playoffs. But we know all to well  that the NFC East likes to beat each other up, no game against division foes will be a cake walk and the Redskins haven’t proved they are that much better than the rest of the teams. They have had close games with both the Cowboys and Giants.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have looked real good this season, but this last week against Pitt was embarrassing. They still have 2 games against the Saints so they need to make sure they win all the other games, but stealing at least one from New Orleans would be huge for a playoff push.

Minnesota Vikings

This team has a wild path the rest of the way, its a tough schedule for a solid team. The Vikings have been clicking other than a lose to the Saints, but half their remaining games are against top tier contenders. This won’t be easy, but the Vikings are good enough to do it.

Tennessee Titans

Before last week the Titans would have been in the lower tier, but they just pumped the Pats. This team proved they can be dangerous and when Mariota is on they can beat anyone. The Titans can easily end the season with 11 wins, but can also end with 7 or 8. We just don’t know what were going to get.


Playoff Bound

Crazier things have happened in the NFL, but these teams are locks for the playoffs.

New England Patriots

The Pats are the only team in this category to lose last week, but they’re still the Patriots and own a sizable division lead. The reaming schedule looks easy for the Pats other than the Vikings, so expect for the Pats to bounce back.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

After the first 4 weeks of the season the Steelers looked dead and people were calling for heads to roll. Now they have won 5 straight and look more dangerous than ever. The Chiefs crushed them in week 2, but if they meet in the playoffs now, the Chiefs would even have to be worried.

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Houston Texans

Another team that looked dead, the Texans have taken advantage of a weak division and now look like the South favorite. They still have a game against each division team left and a match up with the Eagles, so this is far from over. Its just hard not to put the Texans at the top with how they have bounced back. This is the worst of the Elite, but that’s not saying anything.

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Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs may have been looking past Arizona and it showed, but they got the win without question. That’s the sign of a great team. Next week vs the Rams, its two of the leagues juggernauts in what could be the game of the year. When the NFL schedule this Monday Night match up they couldn’t have expected it to be this huge. We will learn a lot about KC.

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Chicago Bears

The Bears season is far from over, they still have the Vikings twice and Rams once. Then there’s the always tough Packers, but this team is the cream of the crop in the North. They are the most complete team, but as the season goes on will a more veteran Viking team swoop in and steal the division? No matter what the playoffs are on the horizon for the upstart Bears.

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LA Chargers

The only team on this list that isn’t leading their division, but the Chargers have stayed so close to the league leading Chiefs that they still have that as a possibility. They would love to keep winning instead of heading to somewhere like Pitt or Houston for a first round match up. They fully control their own destiny because they still have one more game against the Chiefs.

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New Orleans Saints

The Saints left no doubt and buried the Bengals. On a down note the Dez Bryant experiment failed before it started and the team has signed Brandon Marshall. Its slightly surprising the team is so desperate for help, it makes you think they aren’t confident heading into the playoff push. The last 3 weeks of the season feature the Panthers twice and the Steelers, that’s a rough way to head into the playoffs so securing a first round bye is all but necessary.

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LA Rams

The Rams saw an amazing offense against Nola and lost, now they get arguably an even better offense. How will things turn out this time? The defense has to step up because these offense are going to be pedal to the medal. The Rams d getting to Mahomes could be the key factor to victory. They have had 2 close games and a lose in the last 3 weeks, the Rams have to prove they aren’t slippin.

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Why Do People Care About Dez Bryant?

Why is Dez Bryant still getting publicity? His signing with the Saints today got big media attention, for a player thats done nothing but decline. Add in that the Saints have a complicated offense, Dez just adds depth to the position, not a game changer. The Saints still play the Cowboys this year, that’s the only thing note worthy that comes from this.

Saints fans are looking at this like a block buster signing, but if Dez was so block buster…why did it take so long to sign? Dez is entertaining on social media, but on the field hasn’t had 1000 yards since 2014. Just so you know, that was 4 years ago. Wide receivers aren’t like wine, they don’t get better with time. I guess it was a genius business move for Dez to sign now when the NFL new stories are at their lowest, but check back with me in a few weeks and see how ole Dez is fairing. Also Bryant will bring a lot of media attention to a team that likes to stay pretty quite, how will that dynamic fit into the locker room while this teams attempts a Super Bowl run? People forget that Dez has hands of stone and a big mouth, lets see if this signing blows up in the Saints face.

 

Week 9 Power Rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (32)

Nick Mullens should forever be a Raiders fan, they may have just got him a starting job for the rest of the year. He looked like a super star against these guys, crazy theory but Mullens has “Gruden Guy” written all over him. Jimmy G will be back next year and Mullens might need a job…just saying.

31. New York Giants (30)

Giants had a BYE week, but the 49ers win boost them. Next week will be the battle for #31, The Giants have more weapons then the Raiders so San Fran should be in for a fight…if anyone cares.

30. San Francisco 49ers (31)

I’m giving the 49ers the bump because they won, but they beat the Raiders. Good for them but don’t ruin this high draft pick. The win was a good story, 3rd string qb puts up monster numbers, but it was more of a showcase of how bad Oakland is. They have a chance to keep this run going as they get the 1-win Giants. Nick Mullens for Pro Bowl!!

29. Arizona Cardinals (29)

‘Zona better have treated this BYE week as a vacation because they get KC next week. They also have a tough schedule the rest of the way, things aren’t getting better.

28. Buffalo Bills (28)

HOW DOES NATHAN PETERMAN STILL HAVE A JOB???  Honestly i’m done talking about this. The Bills are an absolute joke for still having him on the team. LeSean McCoy has been bad but its hard to be motivated playing for this team.

27. Cleveland Browns (27)

The Browns aren’t going to move in the rankings, no one should have thought they had a chance against KC. Greg Williams risk taking on 2pt conversations and 4th downs, just shows he’s not giving up on these guys. They aren’t expected to win, why not just go for it?

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25)

Fitz-Magic wasn’t too bad and should stay starter, but man, this defense sucks. Carolina is good, but they shit kicked the Bucs. This lose had to be a new low for a once promising start.

25. New York Jets (23)

Did Sam Darnold dress as Nathan Peterman for Halloween? Really though Danold is young and shown a lot of promise at times, but in New York you don’t get much time. He needs to grind out this year, cut back on the ints and give Jets fans something to look forward too.

24. Indianapolis Colts (24)

Colts had a BYE week, but get the Jags and Titans back to back. Either they turn the season around and climb back up the division or help either of these teams do the same.

23. Denver Broncos (22)

The Bronocs have an abundance of close loses, seriously look at the scores. One has to think what could have tilted those the other way. I say quarterback, but its really a team effort. That locker room can’t be a fun place to be.

22. Dallas Cowboys (19)

Ive been saying it, maybe this prime time failure is just what everyone needed. Dak isn’t the answer at qb and it seems time for a coaching change, don’t expect the Cowboys to figure anything out. They very likely could spoil a fellow division rival of their foes.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (21)

Jags have a BYE week, it was just in time to stop the bleeding, here’s to see if it helped.

20. Atlanta Falcons (26)

I bumped the Falcons because they’ve won 3 straight, but its 2 wins against bad teams and 1 against a decent Skins team. They have to win the next 2 weeks (Browns, Cowboys) because then they get New Orleans. If this win streak is real were going to find out soon enough, but as of right now, id still take the Browns next week.

19. Tennessee Titans (20)

The Titans were very impressive in handling the Cowboys. There isn’t going to be much time for celebration, however. The Titans fly home to prepare to take on the surging Patriots in Nashville, followed by an AFC South road trip to Indy and then Houston. The Titans have to come out of that three-game stretch at 6-5.

18. Miami Dolphins (18)

Best way to describe this game…they didn’t lose. They have a winning record, but after this game can you really think they have any shot at the playoffs? I have a weird feeling they may be eyeing a QB in the upcoming draft.

17. Detroit Lions (17)

The Detroit Lions raised some eyebrows earlier this week when they traded wide receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles. Sure, the Lions were 3-4, but they were hardly out of it in the NFC North. Perhaps the Lions knew something we didn’t. Or were at least able to admit something fans have trouble with. There was a point where I was

16. Seattle Seahawks (16)

It was a disappointing loss, but Seattle has precious little time to fret about it. The Seahawks’ next three games are brutal—at the Rams, home against the Packers and then at Carolina. It’s a stretch that could be the end of any postseason aspirations Seattle may have, but lets not count the Seahawks out just yet.

15. Green Bay Packers (12)

In a loaded NFC North it looks like the Packers are just about finished. They have a tough schedule and mounting injuries. Not even ARog can save them from this.

14. Baltimore Ravens (14)

Sunday’s home loss to the hated Steelers was Baltimore fourth loss in five games. And the reason for that loss was the same problem that has plagued these Ravens over the past few seasons. The offense isn’t good. It seems like only a matter of time before Lamar Jackson gets his chance.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (13)

The Bengals had a BYE week, now they get the Saints. Hope they used that week well.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (15)

The Eagles had a bye week, but they jump 3 spots…well because the Redskins got destroyed by the Falcons, that puts Philly right back in places to win the division. They benefited greatly from the lose. Philly has an insane line up of games to finish the season so this is really gut check time for the defending champs.

11. Washington Redskins (6)

I kept saying this team didn’t look top 10, and they got destroyed by a rough Atlanta team. A lot of things were exposed here and the Eagles are nipping at their heels. The problem is when they lose…they lose big, they also have some impressive wins. This team is tough to figure out and with injuries stacking up, this could be a rough stretch.

10. Minnesota Vikings (11)

The Vikings are still behind the Bears in the North, so they need all the wins they can get to keep up. This teams tough to figure out, they got blown out by the Bills, so no game should be a guaranteed win.

9. Houston Texans (10)

This team is on fire, but lets be honest, their wins haven’t came against great teams. The rest of their schedule sets up favorably if they keep at this pace. The Texans 1000% control their own destiny.

8. Chicago Bears (9)

The Bears did exactly what they should have, put the Bills out of their misery. Chicago has a chance to seize control of the NFC North with upcoming games against the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (8)

The Steelers avenged an earlier season lose to the Ravens and seem to be right where they want to be. Next weeks game against the Panthers is huge for both teams momentum moving forward.

6. Carolina Panthers (7)

Don’t look now but the Panthers are feeling themselves. Cam Newton is a weapon, but hes also surrounded by weapons and that’s scary. Carolina blew out Tampa and have an impressive 3 game win streak going. Big Ben and company will be a huge test next week.

5. San Diego Chargers (6)

We’ve seen this before from San Diego, they look like a lock for a wild card, but they have collapsed before and still have to play KC again. Also games against the AFC North’s top teams, this won’t be an easy journey, but Rivers always keeps it exciting.

4. LA Rams (1)

How did the Rams fall 3 spots? They got destroyed, none of the other teams ahead of them can say that. New England got beat early in the season by Detroit and it didn’t look great, but in no way did they get dominated. A bright spot of this team was supposed to be their defense and that said defense looks mediocre at best. Is the offense good enough to hang with the elite? Time will tell, and after the Rams were humbled, an they learn from it. Honestly this team could be scary if they use it as motivation.

3. New England Patriots (3)

New England looked great against Green Bay, but this match up was over hyped. This is exactly the result they should have had. The Pats have an easy schedule going ahead besides from Minnesota and Pitt, so we shouldn’t see them take their foot off the pedal anytime soon.

2. New Orleans Saints (4)

The top 4 of the NFL looks scary right now. Yes, someone can swoop in and ruin this, but right now the offensive juggernauts are must watch football. The Saints have a few tough match ups left on the schedule, they have to look past this win and keep pumping. The season very well could come down to the 2 late season games against Carolina.

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1. KC Chiefs (1)

The Chiefs picked apart the Browns, this was supposed to happen and did. The announcers during this game in now way sold the win like they should, instead pumped how promising of a future the Browns have. The Chiefs have to be getting sick of this, that’s a great chip to have on your shoulder. They honestly get the bump to number 1 because LA deserved to fall and Nola hasn’t done enough to show they’re that much better than the boys in KC. Next week is Arizona, they should use this as an opportunity to develop the defense on their road to meeting the Rams.

 

Who Should Gruden get to be his next QB?

John Gruden seems to be all out on Derek Carr, so lets look at this like he’s going to move on next year to a new QB. Who’s the next Gruden guy? Will Gruden bring in Brad Johnson to be his QB coach? You know damn well if he replaces Carr, his next quarterback will be outlandish…so here we go.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Come on! You know Fitz-Magic is a logical choice, he’s a pro-typical Gruden qb. Id also love to see Fitz and John smashing wings at Hooters, going over game plans. If this happens, the Raiders have to be next season of Hard Knocks. If Gruden really is done with Carr, this actually wouldn’t be a bad choice for Oakland until they draft someone.

Brock Osweiler

Just keep giving this guy a job, its hilarious. Signing Brock to a big deal then him playing just like he did in Houston would keep Oakland as the laughing stock of the league, but someones going to keep this guy around, why not Gruden.

Blake Bortles

Trade Carr for Bortles…straight up. Carr may win a Super Bowl in Jacksonville and Bortles will still be Bortles, but Gruden traded the best defensive player in the league, so this isn’t outlandish. In no way will this be an improvement for Oakland, but its something stupid that they would do.

Nathan Peterman

Yea I said it. Peterman sucks, but Gruden will think he can fix him. I’m not even kidding, he seriously would think that, he probably currently does think that. Peterman likely won’t get better under Gruden, but he would help the Raiders stock up on top draft picks, by landing them in last place.


Ok most of these have been a joke, but I’ll give you 2 picks I think would actually work. I was also kind of serious about Fitzpatrick being a good fill in until they draft someone.

Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater should have never been pushed out of Minnesota like he was, he was a promising quarterback until his injury. The Saints traded for him and he would be a great predecessor to Drew Brees, but this is a guy that could really help Oakland. The team has a lot to rebuild but a fresh start with Teddy could be just what Gruden needs.

Tyrod Taylor

This is another guy who could be a solid holding ground until Gruden drafts who he wants. Tyrod has been solid everywhere he’s been and never seemed to voice his opinion, even when in rough situations. Raiders fans would also love Tyrod he’s a gamer and has more flair than Carr. Either way a solid season for Tyrod before be gets booted for another 1st round quarterback isn’t the worst the he could do. He also fits Grudens mold of a cheap veteran qb, who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.