Steelers are Playing the Best Football in the NFL

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are without a doubt the best team in the NFL, though New England Fans will probably argue that idea. Sure, they had a sloppy start, but you only need to look at the NFL lines to know that the Steelers are definitely back at full strength.

Even this early in the season, everyone has to agree that Ben Roethlisberger is the top contender for MVP, and that isn’t the only arrow in the team’s quiver. They are basically playing the best football of any team around.

Certainly, you can always point to their loss in Philly; but you also cannot ignore the fact that their defense hasn’t allowed more than 16 points in any given game. Anyone that doubted Antonio Brown is now eating their words because he is definitely living up to the hype.

Martavis Bryant’s one-year suspension doesn’t even look as bad at the present, not with the way Sammie Coates stepped into his role and gave the Steelers an even deadlier edge.

Put simply, the Steelers are the team to beat in the NFL; they are presently 4-1 in a weak AFC North. They should be making another deep run into the playoffs soon enough. Of course, not enough people are giving the Steelers the attention they deserve, not when the Patriots are hogging all the attention.

That is all anyone can talk about right now, whether the Patriots can deliver on the hype and how Tom Brady will perform in the MVP race when he isn’t likely to play more than 12 games this season.

While Tom Brady continues to captivate fans, Roethlisberger is going unnoticed, this despite having performed so astoundingly in the season, essential to the success the Steelers have experienced so far.

The Steelers didn’t really warrant the attention at the start; sure, they did fine in their first three games, this despite Philadelphia ruining their September by adding a loss to their record.

However,Leveon Bell returned from a three-game suspension and the running back completely transformed the team. Just as Brady seems to be outshining Ben, Ben is also somewhat outshining Bell, who has played a crucial role in the amazing record Ben has amassed in the first third of this season.

Bell’s presence has had a notable impact on the Steelers; keep in mind the fact that Bell returned to the game just in time for the Steelers to take on teams like the Jets and the Chiefs, with Bell finishing with 210 yards for a 5.5ypc, this along with keeping his touches very low.

The Steelers weren’t floundering without Bell. His stand-in, DeAngelo Williams, did a decent job. At the very least, he was able to get yards, though mostly because the defense prioritized shutting down the passing attack.

Now Bell has returned to the Backfield and that puts opponents in a difficult position. With Brown and Coates in place, the Steelers definitely have the deadliest offense around.

Sure, all the hullaballoo surrounding the Patriots is probably deserved; however, the Steelers deserve even more love, boasting a full and healthy roster as well as a coach with playoff success and a quarterback at his peak.

The Flight of the 2016 NFL Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles seemed like a mess after the Chip Kelly experiment crashed and burned, and new head coach Doug Pederson inherited a team that had lost offensive weapons DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray because of Kelly’s incompetence.

The Eagles traded up in the 2016 NFL Draft to draft QB Carson Wentz from North Dakota State with the number two overall pick. Many questioned the move, especially for a new head coach to invest his future in a QB who was from an FCS school. Wentz has played exceptionally well through 3 games, leading them to a 3-0 record. His most impressive performance was last week’s 34 to 3 thumping of the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he thre for 301 yards and 2 TDs. The thing critics of Wentz did not take into account even though he played FCS college ball, is thatthe Bison ran a pro-style offense which has allowed for a much easier transition to the NFL with Doug Pederson’s west coast offense.

The Eagles have also emphasized running the ball to help the rookie QB, and they use a four headed monster led by RB Ryan Mathews. Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood are change of pace, “scat” backs that allow Wentz to hit easy checkdowns that can go for big yards. WR Jordan Matthews has become his favorite target, with 15 catches for 204 yards and 2 TDs. Nelson Agholor has also stepped up with 11 catches for 120 yards. Someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses is WR Dorial Green -Beckham, who is 6″ 5′ and could become a monster in the redzone. The defense is in the top 8 in total, pass and rush defense. The run defense has been especially impressive as they are 2nd in the league, led by the best interior DL Fletcher Cox. Cox was just recently NFC defensive player of the month.

The offense has proven to not be too complex for Wentz, as he has shown a knack to take what the defense gives him and not force it into coverage. He will eventually make some rookie mistakes, but if he shows resolve to bounce back and continue to improve and get his playmakers the ball, he could prove to be the answer at QB the Eagles have needed since Donovan McNabb. If the defense continues to play well, the Eagles should earn a playoff spot because the NFC East is so inconsistent and up in the air. Every team has serious issues, the Eagles are  the most consistent team in the division as of right now. They are ranked #12 overall in our NFL computer power rankings.

Future Isn’t Looking Bright for the Bills and Browns

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After the first week of the NFL season, the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are trying to regroup after losing their first games of the year. While some might think it’s too early to panic, fans in both cities are starting to entertain the idea that this is going to be another long season without a playoff appearance for their beloved teams. Neither the Bills nor Browns covered the NFL predictions against the spread last week, and they probably won’t cover again this week.

Before the season began, fans in Buffalo had a little hope for their team after coming close to making the playoffs last year. The team resigned promising quarterback Tyrod Taylor and head coach Rex Ryan promised the team would be more disciplined and cut back on the penalties that hurt them last year, but things apparently haven’t changed because the Bills were very undisciplined on Sunday and didn’t provide a lot of protection for their quarterback.

In the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bills were outgained 114-2 at one point, which isn’t going to cut it if you’re trying to win games. The secondary, which was supposed to be one of their biggest strengths, looked bad and blew a lot of coverage’s during the game.

In the second half, the Bills tried to mount a comeback and got close, but the team eventually imploded, making a lot of bad choices and getting penalized for them. At one point in the second half, the Bills had cut the lead to 10-7, and had the Ravens backed up deep in their territory. Instead of forcing Baltimore to punt the ball, the Bills committed two personal fouls in three plays, and gave Baltimore great position at midfield, which they converted into a field goal.

The Cleveland Browns have known more misery than most NFL franchises, but fans still fill the Dawg Pound every season, hoping this is the year the team turns things around. However, after the overhaul the team went through in the offseason, fans knew the Browns aren’t a playoff team, but remained cautiously optimistic the Browns would have a good season.

Cleveland signed former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to compete for the quarterback position during the offseason. Since new head coach Hue Jackson has had a lot of success reviving the careers of quarterbacks, many felt it was a good fit.

During the first half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Browns offense didn’t look very good, but Griffin seemed like he was comfortable in the offense. As the game progressed, the Eagles figured out Cleveland’s offense and essentially shut them down.

The Browns receivers had a really rough go of it in Sunday because the ball was either being overthrown by Griffin, who struggled in the second half, or they were dropping passes thrown at them. The running game was slightly better but not by much, which made it an easy victory for the Eagles.

To make matters worse for the Browns, Griffin was hurt late in the game, and on Monday, the team placed him on IR, which means he won’t be back on the field before week 10. The good news for Cleveland Browns is that the loss of Griffin all but guarantees they will have the first pick in the draft next year, hopefully they finally find their quarterback of the future.

2015-6 Super Bowl Odds Posted

Futures wagering on Super Bowl 50, set for Sunday, Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., is open in Las Vegas, and three of this season’s final four teams sit atop the odds board at the Westgate SuperBook.

The Seahawks (5-to-1 odds), Patriots (6-to-1) and Packers (7-to-1) open as the top three betting choices, while the Colts – this season’s other semifinalist – is tied for sixth at 16-to-1.

The Eagles, also at 16-to-1, have the shortest odds to win Super Bowl 50 of any team that missed this season’s playoffs.

The Broncos and Cowboys – both eliminated in the divisional round last weekend – open at 8-to-1 and 12-to-1, respectively.

The 49ers are 25-to-1 to win the Super Bowl in their home, Levi’s Stadium.

While it may seem early for odds to be posted on next season’s championship, bookmakers don’t worry too much about seismic shifts in balance due to the draft or free agency.  In the NBA, a move like LeBron James’ from Miami to Cleveland has a dramatic impact on futures prices .  Such a dynamic does not occur in the NFL.

“You’ll rarely find a rookie who will make a huge impact on the futures,” SuperBook VP Jay Kornegay told The Linemakers’ Micah Roberts. “Usually in the NFL, it takes multiple trades, multiple additions in the free-agent market to adjust the futures – but it will happen.”

ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL 50, SANTA CLARA, CALIF., FEB. 7, 2016
SEAHAWKS 5-1
PATRIOTS 6-1
PACKERS 7-1
BRONCOS 8-1
COWBOYS 12-1
EAGLES 16-1
COLTS 16-1
LIONS 25-1
SAINTS 25-1
RAMS 25-1
49ERS 25-1
CARDINALS 25-1
STEELERS 25-1
RAVENS 25-1
BENGALS 25-1
TEXANS 30-1
CHARGERS 30-1
CHIEFS 30-1
GIANTS 30-1
PANTHERS 30-1
FALCONS 30-1
DOLPHINS 30-1
BEARS 50-1
VIKINGS 50-1
BILLS 50-1
BROWNS 50-1
REDSKINS 100-1
JETS 100-1
BUCS 200-1
TITANS 300-1
JAGUARS 300-1
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Week 7 NFL Betting Trends

1. Andy Reid-coached teams are 10-5 against the number (66.7 percent) and 13-2 straight-up (86.7 percent) in the first game after the bye.

2. The Patriots are 5-3-1 against the spread (62.5 percent) and 7-2 straight-up (77.8 percent) on Thursdays in Bill Belichick’s tenure.

3. Since 1978, teams coming off a tie are 16-18 against the number (47.1 percent) and 13-21 straight-up (38.2 percent) in the next game.

4. Since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, Ken Whisenhunt-coached teams are 22-30-2 against the spread (42.3 percent). In the previous 54-game span, Whisenhunt-led teams were 30-23-1 vs. the number (56.6 percent).

5. The Ravens are 40-5 straight-up (88.9 percent) and 25-19-1 against the number (56.8 percent) at home under John Harbaugh.

Carolina and Denver open the NFL season

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Football is officially back! We just enjoyed the greatest opening weekend in college football history and on Thursday we will get a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers will travel to Denver to try and prove last year’s game was a fluke. The Panthers outgained the Broncos 315 to 194 but the game was decided by the Panther’s four turnovers. The Broncos stout defense stripped MVP QB Cam Newton and scored early on.

That game is in the past, and the Panther’s will be up for this one to prove all their doubters wrong. The Panthers return their star WR Kelvin Benjamin from injury and will be even more explosive than last year, which is frightening. The defense lost Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman, but the front seven remains intact and their zone coverage scheme should help mask the loss of Norman. The Broncos lost a legend in QB Peyton Manning, as well as DL Malik Jackson and LB Danny Trevathan. The defensive losses will have a huge impact on the Broncos, as it make it difficult for their defense to be as dominant as last year. The defense helped them win many games last year, and with a new a starting QB in Trevor Siemian they will rely on the defense early and often. The problem is the Panthers are hungry and out to prove they never lost a step. Cam Newton and all his weapons will be motivated and want to make a statement. The Broncos front seven, led by OLB Von Miller will get after Newton and make him uncomfortable at first.

PREDICTION: The game will be close at first, but the Broncos will not make enough explosive plays to keep up and the Panthers will pull away in the third and fourth quarters. The Panthers will make it a priority to stop the run and force Siemian to beat them with his arm. The Broncos will try to get the ball out of his hands quickly to WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. They will try to slice the defensive zone schemes and coverage with screens and curls, but it won’t be enough. The Panthers will win this game with a very good defense and an offense that will be even better this year.

[Analysis by NFL expert Preston Rowe]

FF-Winners.Com Reveals 2017 Superbowl Champion!

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The countdown to the 2016-7  NFL Season is just a few days away as the opening kickoff is set for September 8th. This season should provide us all with a ton of big time hits, spectacular plays and fireworks to keep us all on the edge of our seat till the final whistle at Super Bowl LI.

Now before we can crown a Super Bowl Champion, the 32 NFL teams must fight a grueling 16 game schedule before earning a chance to compete in the NFL Playoffs. That being said we take a look at both conferences to determine which team has what it takes to take home the Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.

Starting in the NFC: this Conference may be the weaker of the two as we can see two teams walking away with their respective divisions while the other two divisions being a battle between just two teams. The only question is whether or not we could see a sleeper team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Detroit Lions sneak into contention.

Meanwhile in the AFC: this should be a battle to the final whistle in every division as we could see as many as 10 teams take home playoff spots. This includes a new top team in the AFC East when it all closes out snapping the New England Patriots run of division crowns.

Here is how our experts and artificial intelligence computer see the AFC and NFC conferences shaping out in 2016:

NFC Champion – Green Bay Packers: As you look around the NFC the question marks arise for nearly every team in the division. The NFC East has no real favorite as it will come down to the quarterback position and how they play. The NFC South has the potential to be a four team race with the New Orleans Saints as our top team in the division. Then there is the NFC West as we see the Seattle Seahawks taking the division but don’t expect their defense to be as good as they once were.

Then there is the NFC North where just a week ago we could see the Packers fighting for the division with the Minnesota Vikings. Than a key injury to Teddy Bridgewater now leaves the Packers with a chance to walk a way with an easy path to the NFC North crown.

In the end the Packers offense will be too much for opposing defenses with the return of Jordy Nelson, the addition of Jared Cook and the newly shaped Eddie Lacy running the football. Add that with having one of the top three quarterbacks in the NFL and you have your NFC Conference Champions.

AFC Champion – New England Patriots: Yes we expect the Patriots to land in the second spot in the AFC East but still expect them to be the team to beat when it comes playoff time. Now that being said we wouldn’t be surprised if they won the division but we do like the Miami Dolphins at this point simply based on the fact the Patriots will be without Tom Brady for the first four games. A four game stretch against teams that are all built around defense including the Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans.
The good news for Patriots fans is all you need is a trip to the playoffs as wild card team and you can find a way to make it to the Super Bowl. Since 2000, the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers have each won the title as wild cards!

Super Bowl Champion – New England Patriots: In the end the Patriots will find a way to win it again as Bill Belichick continues to find ways to win in the NFL. Add that with the fact Brady will have a big time chip on his shoulder once returning from his suspension and that will be all the team needs to win.

Now looking a little deeper: this Patriots team has a ton of talent on both sides of the ball including a very deep running back crew. While their receiving corps lacks the big name star they still have guys that can make a big play while having possibly the best tight end duo in the NFL with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.
On the defensive side of the ball the team added a playmaker to their secondary in Cyrus Gray through the draft as well as Chris Long through free agency. The team also added former first round pick Barkevious Mingo to add another threat to the teams pass rush.

The end result should be another Super Bowl title and possibly the last of the Belichick/Brady era!

Broncos May Dominate the AFC West Again In 2016

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Mark Sanchez’s future with the Denver Broncos was decided when he fumbled, not once, but twice inside the San Francisco 15-yard line on August 20th. But that is unlikely to rattle the Broncos whose dazzling defense allowed them to come out ahead as Super Bowl champions last year, this explaining why they hold such favorable ground in the NFL Betting lines.

All signs point to Trevor Siemian taking the reins at this point, though, the future undoubtedly belongs to Paxton Lynch. The comparisons between Lynch and Siemian are quite curious. The problem with Lynch is this: all he has to show at the present is potential.

On the other hand, Siemian’s power, poise, and precision are on display for all to see. The Broncos managed to survive last year’s quarterback conundrum because of the spectacular performance of an amazing supporting cast.

It is because of this supporting cast that the Broncos are still favorites to win despite their quarterback issues; though, they cannot afford to take their eye off the goal, not with Kansas City and Oakland so close to their heels.

The Broncos couldn’t have so easily forgotten their losses against the Raiders and Chiefs, and it took the efforts of players like Manning to stem the tide of a San Diego Chargers assault.

With the departure of Osweiler and Manning, GM John Elway was looking to Colin Kaepernick as a potential solution to the Broncos problems, however, that is no longer a viable option. The fact that the team will face Carolina in September with a pair of quarterbacks that have never thrown a notable pass in the NFL should worry them.

Fortunately for Denver, they have shown time and again that they have what it takes to navigate adversity. The loss of DE Malik Johnson and MLB Danny Trevathan to free agency is unlikely to have hurt them in any way that matters.

And pass rushers like DeMarcus Ware, Shaq Barret, and Von Miller should adequately compensate for the team’s injury issues. Miller, in particular, looked amazing in the limited action he saw this summer.

The Broncos are undoubtedly the team to beat in the new season. Oakland, on the other hand, could do with a helping hand, though they are legitimate contenders for the playoffs.

In signing players like CB Sean Smith and S Reggie Nelson, and drafting the likes of DL Jihad Ward, Oakland hopes to rebuild its defense into something formidable.

Derek Carr will carry the weight of Oakland’s offense; Carr struggled in the second half of the previous season, though, his failings could be imputed to injuries to C Rodney Hudson and WR Amari Cooper.

Kansas City is more than likely preoccupied with LB Justin Houston’s recovery from a surgical procedure to repair a non-functioning ACL. Along with LB Tamba Hali and RB Jamaal Charles’ surgeries, the Chiefs’ injury issues are a cause for concern.

That being said, the Chiefs have never had as much talent under their belt as they do today; and, at the very least, they do not have to deal with the Chargers contractual dispute complications.

Having missed the playoffs last season, the Chargers cannot afford their conflict with Joey Bosa, not when they need him to more effectively compete against their rivals.

Fantasy Football News 08/27/14

Mario Manningham is anticipated to make the Giants Roster but he will certainly hold no fantasy value,

LeVeon Bell is slated to start in Thursdays pre-season video game however don’t expect much work for him or LaGarrette Blount.

Wes Welker is supposedly succeeding after suffering a concussion in his last pre-season video game. However the specter of his 3rd concussion in 9 months hangs over his season. I

f you are searching for a deep sleeper, John Brown could be your man. The Cardinals coaching personnel seems to have an excellent deal of faith in Brown and the word is that he will certainly get the possibility to play a great deal of snaps in the regular season. Of course, this might simply be speculation, however Brown has captured 10 passes for 165 yards and a TD in 3 pre-season video games, Brady Quinn was released by Miami with Matt Moore and Seth Lobato now healthy, Jay Feely is attempting to capture on with the Titans after a poor season with Arizona. It was reported by Jay Glazer that Tim Wright was obtained today by the Patriots in exchange for Logan Mankins. The plan is to obviously play Wright as a flex tight end which in the New England system would provide Wright some instant value in fantasy. He caught 54 passes for 571 yards and 5 TDs as a novice last season and at 64 possesses 4.6 speed. The Cowboys are in heavy negotiations with Dez Bryant but it is not most likely to get done before the season starts, Josh Brown has won the Giants kicking job however is not an amazing fantasy play. The Jets seem figured out to trade Stephen Hill who has not had a great camp, Navorro Bowman was positioned on the reserve/PUP list and has just an outdoors possibility of playing up until the 2nd half. DuJuan Harris has played effectively and is threatening to take control of the backup role for Eddie Lacy from James Starks, Although he is an injury danger, Aaron Dobson has actually been exercising over the previous two weeks and might be a sleeper pick in a New England passing video game where Julian Edelman is plainly the leader, Maurice Jones Drew has looked healthy in pre-season and while a go back to his prime time efficiency levels is not anticipated, he can pay dividends behind a better offending line and a run heavy Oakland offense.

Amazing NFL Betting Statistic

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No NFL Superbowl Champion(currently Denver)  has covered the pointspread for the first 5 games of the following year :).  Denver is 4-0 Against the Spread this year!