- The New England Patriots Are Going To Go 16-0
Yes, you read that correctly. The Patriots will finish the season with an undefeated record. Just look at their remaining 12 games. (@ IND, VS NYJ, VS MIA, VS WAS, @ NYG, VS BUF, @ DEN, VS PHL, @ HOU, VS TEN, @ NYJ, and @ MIA) Who is going to beat them? Denver; a team that struggled to score 16 points against an awful Raiders’ team; I don’t think so?
The hardest remaining game on their schedule is in week ten against the Giants, and even then, that game will not be as difficult as it appears. The Patriots’ have rolled through their opponents thus far and nothing suggests that it will stop anytime soon.
After five weeks, I will say this, if a team not named the Cardinals or Packers win the NFC, I will be shocked. Both of these teams are light years ahead of the other 14 NFC teams.
The Packers have the best quarterback in the NFL, the most continuity between players, and are by far the most complete team in the NFC. They’ve dominated in all five of their games, despite getting little to no production out of their superstar running back Eddie Lacy. In addition to that, they’ve been hit with an abundance of injuries to their receiving core, and despite this, they continue to be the second best passing team in the NFL.
The Cardinals have arguably one of the three best coaches in the NFL, a rejuvenated Larry Fitzgerald, an underrated defense, and a hungry Carson Palmer, ready to prove his doubters wrong. Through five games, the team has scored the most points in the NFL, and has given up 90 points, good for the fifith fewest in the NFL. They have leap frogged Seattle as the best team in the NFC West, and nothing suggests that they are going back.
A record of 1-4, they look awful, and two of the six undefeated teams in the NFL are in their division. They are done. Brees looks old; he doesn’t have the same deep ball accuracy that he has had his entire career. Mark Ingram averages fewer yards per carry as the game goes on, suggesting a conditioning problem. The loss of Jimmy Graham is clearly evident, as the look anemic on the goal line. With the recent rumors that the Dolphins have their eyes set on Payton to be their next coach, it seems like only a matter of time before Payton and the Saints agree to go their separate ways.
- Seattle Is In Big Trouble
For the first time in the Russell Wilson era, the Seahawks are under .500 after their first five games. But, this isn’t a case of a team who is better than what their record says they are, in fact, I would argue, the Seahawks are worse than what they’re record indicates.
Yes, their 2-3 and have lost to two of the four best teams in the NFL, but just look at their offensive line. It is abysmal. Russell Wilson has been sacked 21 times this season, by far the most among any quarterback in the NFL. He also leads the NFL in fumbles. This falls on the shoulders of the offensive line. They are terrible. It seems like every time Wilson drops back to throw, an opposing teams’ defensive linemen is in the face of Wilson.
With the 4-1 Cardinals sitting atop their division, the Seahawks will have a hard time winning the division. Next week, they take on the undefeated Panthers, a game the Seahawks should win. If they manage to blow that game, than the Seahawks could very well be looking at a situation in which they miss the playoffs.
Think about this, two years ago, the 49ers were one play away from winning the Super Bowl. Their future looked extremely bright with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He was seen as the best young quarterback in the NFL, but now, two years later, Kaepernick looks like a completely different guy. He fires the ball into receivers five yards away, rather than through a softer touch pass, but then, when he should fire the ball to his receiver, he lobs it in. He is all over the place.
Now I know, they are coming off an impressive loss to the Giants, but still, Kaepernick is done. The team needs a complete over hall, starting with Kaepernick at quarterback.
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