NFL TOP 10 REPORT

THE NFL WEEK 7 TOP 10 REPORT

by Wayne Allyn Root
For week #7, let’s re-group and step away from the Seattle Seahawks. Maybe chemistry was replaced with cockiness. Maybe extra practice is now called extra interviews. They’re a great team and they have the remainder of the season to prove it. Denver has played the best and the Dallas Cowboys are making a fast track to the top. Excuse my bragging- but I was the only football expert in America who saw this coming. I predicted Dallas would shock the critics and doubters with a much improved D and perhaps the most unstoppable offense in the NFL. People laughed. Look who’s smiling now! San Diego showed it can rally on the road and the Eagles are back in many professional’s good graces. After-all, they could be undefeated as their only loss was a stranded 3 feet of real estate needed to defeat San Francisco a few weeks back. The rest of the Top 10 teams need to begin their countdown, get serious and avoid “bad losses” against inferior opponents. Those will not be forgiven and it will show in their standings and possibly keep some teams out of the playoffs all together. (Think Detroit Lions, 2013, games 15 and 16).
1) DENVER—Peyton, Demaryius and Julius. They struggled somewhat last week in New York but still had a win and cover. The MGM Sports Book Director kicked a hole in the wall during the final minutes after that Pick 6 from Geno. This week, it’s a real game and on NBC-TV against a great defense and an ever improving run first offense in the San Francisco 49ers.
2) SAN DIEGO—We might have to give the MVP game ball to Philip Rivers thru the first 6 weeks. His team would never in a million years be sitting at 5-1. Yes they had a road comeback win at Oakland but that was a rivalry game so those things happen. The AFC West is filled with these type of heated matches and another one is this week as the Chargers host Kansas City Chiefs.
3) DALLAS COWBOYS—There are folks that haven’t watched a football game in years that are now claiming to be huge Cowboy fans. They don’t know the difference between a chuck wagon and a bandwagon. But America is “OK” with that. What a “clutch” throw from Tony Romo on 4th and 20. A great win for “America’s Team”. Now, put away the six-shooter so you don’t shoot yourself in the foot Cowboy players. You have a division game against the New York Giants.
4) PHILADELPHIA—Chip Kelly runs everything fast. At the team photo shoot Monday, (where the Raiders took 3 hours), Coach Kelly set a record at 4 minutes and 40 seconds. One of his more proud moments. Speaking of fast, the Eagles soared high and fast as they dominated the Giants. They get a fast 2 weeks off to decide between a Nick Foles good passing game or LeSean McCoy’s 149 yards of rushing from Sunday. And they hope Darren Sproles heals fast!
5) SEATTLE—This may be a “bad” loss for Seattle. Russell Wilson lost for just the second time at home in his career. He was less than 50% on his passes and no touchdowns. But defensively, some blame has to come down on those cocky guys in the secondary. It was 4th and 20 for all the marbles….not a usual Seahawk result as the pass was completed for a first down. Now the hard part, back to back road games; ouch! Thru the first six weeks, the Seahawks have played #’s 1,2 and 3 (Denver, San Diego and Dallas) and ended with an OT win, a loss and a loss. Tuff schedule to say the least. Same story as past SB winners…It aint easy to repeat.
6) ARIZONA—The Cardinals are sitting on top of the NFL’s most difficult division. And without their starting quarterback. The won and somehow covered against Washington and now the travel to play Oakland. This team has chemistry and a will to prove that they should not have been left out of the playoffs last year. They have taken matters into their own hands.
7) SAN FRANCISCO—This is the third team in the top 10 from the NFC West. San Francisco turned it on in the second half of the Monday night game crushing the Rams after trailing by 14 points in the 2nd quarter. They are a “run first” offense team and now that Gore is averaging 5 ypc, Kaepernick can count on the running game and balance it with his passing and running ability. The 49ers have a great defense and will get even better when some of their injured pieces start returning in time for the stretch run.
8) GREEN BAY—Is a 15 to 1 ratio any good? When it’s 15 TD’s to 1 INT’s as in Aaron Rodgers we think it’s incredible. They did what championship teams do last Sunday: Win a game they shouldn’t have and steal a game one the road. They accomplished both at Miami and left town like the mouse that caught the cat. Now it’s time to host the Carolina Panthers and try to stop Cam Newton.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—It was a game that they were supposed to lose. It was for first place in their division. It was on the road and on Primetime Thursday. The Colts looked great defeating Houston Texans despite the tremendous effort of MVP candidate JJ Watt. All night long it was Luck to TY Hilton. When the dust cleared, Hilton had a career night of 223 receiving yards and Andrew Luck was a perfect 9 for 9 in passes to him. Now they entertain a wounded Cincinnati Bengal team.
10) NEW ENGLAND—Tom Brady has had vintage back to back games against Cincinnati and Buffalo. Throughout his career, he’s had Hall-of-Fame games in Ralph Wilson Stadium. In a one score deciding game, Brady had a 3rd and 16 and he made it by 1 yard. He then put the game out of reach the next play with a TD finishing the Bills off 37-22. The only games that count in this division are this week when the Pats host Rex and the Jets this Thursday. I really think that if Ryan ended the season 2-14, but the 2 wins were against New England, he would feel like he’s had a great season. Should be a war in New England!
by Wayne Allyn Root


Wayne Allyn Root

 

WEEK #6 NFL TOP 10 REPORT

WEEK #6 NFL TOP 10 REPORT

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
So far, it’s been about last year’s Super Bowl teams; Seattle and Denver. San Diego and Dallas may have been somewhat of a surprise after 5 weeks of play. Both are 4-1 and are on the road this week. Cincinnati caught New England in a bad spot and got thrashed and Green Bay goes to play where the Pats have already lost; in Miami. San Francisco has the “key” gameon Monday Night as they visit St Louis. No telling what’s going on inside the lockerroom of the 49ers. One of the most disappointing losses (of 5 games) last week was in Detroit as Buffalo stole one from the Lions.
1) SEATTLE—The NFL is in trouble. We know the Seahawks can win at home. Now we know they can win and cover on the road, even if it’s in the final 30 seconds of the game. Russell Wilson put on a running clinic on Monday Night against Washington. Now it’s home sweet home where the Cowboys look to roam as an 8 underdog to the Seahawks.
2) DENVER—This was a great bounce back win for the Broncos after having their guts churning for two weeks following the Seahawks “almost win” and then their bye-week. It’s Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas as Denver fly’s high to New York to play the J-E-T-S. We’ll see how they perform on the road again as a 7.5 favorite.
3) SAN DIEGO—The Chargers are a solid 4-1 and except for a few point at Arizona could be the only undefeated team in the NFL. Philip Rivers is reaching the pinnacle of the passing game. The Charger defense scored that “rare” shutout and blanked the NY Jets. These guys are for real and head off to the hated Oakland Raiders.
4) CINCINNATI—Want to know the recipe for disaster? Hit the road against a team that was embarrassed the prior week and convert ZERO 3rd downs for the entire game. Now it’s your turn to come off an embarrassing loss as you are at home against Carolina. Seems fair enough with the “on any given Sunday” NFL.
5) PHILADELPHIA—This season the Eagles are living positively by the turn-overs and take-a-way’s. But last week it almost came back and bit them as they tried to blow a 27 point lead the Rams. I like Chip Kelly’s offense but it is so fast that the defense is on the field to long. They rank #28 in both pass defense and run defense. That may get them thru the NFC East but it won’t get them thru the playoffs. And with Dallas at 4-1 and the Giants winning 3 straight, that may not even keep them on the top in their own division.
6) DALLAS—America’s team is ON FIRE!! The Cowboys are on a 4 game winning streak and the bandwagons are filling up fast with old Cowboy fans jumping onboard. They have a great offensive line for DeMarco Murray to run thru. It also give Tony Romo an extra 1.5 second to pass. Murray joins OJ and Jim Brown as the only 3 players to open up the season with 5 straight 100+ yards of rushing. That must make Papa Jerry so proud. Now if they can pull out the upset of the season this week vs Seattle on the road.
7) GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers can throw and Eddie Lacy can run. They have had lots of rest since the blowout against the Vikings last Thursday night. They dominated in every facet. This week, they should find out how close they are to really playing well as they will be tested in Miami. A team off their London win and a bye week. The Packers need to remember that the Dolphins have already defeated New England at home.
8) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers played well enough to win against Kansas City. So is the question that great teams find a way to win and does the make San Fran great, or that San Francisco played a poor game and squeaked by to victory? At 3-2, this week will tell us a lot about the on and off the field 49ers. They play on Monday Night, on the road, against division foe St Louis Rams. Frank Gore should run for 150+ yards on paper against #30 against the run Rams. Now let’s see him do it on the field against a Jim Fisher coached team.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Luck is on fire. Last week against the Ravens, he was 8 of 9 for 129 yards in the 4th quarter alone!! And if that wasn’t enough, he was a perfect 4-of-4 for 107 yards on throws of at least 15 yards or longer. Now the first round of the home and home AFC South series championship is this week as they find themselves headed to play defensive minded Houston Texans to see who sits on top after week #6.
10) ARIZONA—The Cardinals would have liked to go into Denver without having to do it off their bye week. The Cards defense kept the game close for awhile but when in Denver and against Manning, you must score to win, not just keep it close. The Cardinals are back to the desert to play Washington, who will show up and give them a great test.
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DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THESE TEAMS
11) NEW ENGLAND—-Brady is declining but we’ll wait for more judgement after playing Buffalo this week.
12) NEW YORK GIANTS—Won 3 games in a row. Impressive. But this one is the most important at Philly.
13) BALTIMORE—This team is fickle. Win, lose and then win and then lose. Bad “D”!
14) DETROIT—It was defense and discipline for the first 4 games. Then the Bills came in and stole one.
15) PITTSBURGH—No one has thrown the long ball better than Ben R this year. He’s connected on 56% of throws at least 15 yards downfield. GO DEEP!

 

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 6

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 6

“The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
We are now separating the best from the rest but only if their teams continue to win. We see that after Oregon’s huge upset to Arizona last week, Marcus Mariota dropped down and may have trouble climbing back up. Nick Marshall, Auburn’s QB, has his team playing exceptional and will have something to say this week as they play Mississippi St. Speaking of Mississippi St, Dak Prescott has produced back to back wins against LSU and Texas A&M and if he’s dominant this week against Auburn, he could move into the top spot. Note that this is the first player from Mississippi St to be in this type of informal poll for the Heisman Trophy. On the opposite end of winning and trying to stay in the chase, Wisconsin’s great running back, Melvin Gordon rushed for 259 yards in a great individual effort but his team came up short and lost to Northwestern 20-14. Jameis Winston’s antics off the field have tarnished his name and is eliminated from my “straw poll.”
1) Todd Gurley, Georgia (RB)
2) Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (QB)
3) Nick Marshall, Auburn (QB)
4) Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
5) Amari Cooper, Alabama (WR)
6) Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (RB)
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REMEMBER THESE NAMES FOR THE “STIFF ARM” TROPHY
Everett Golson, Notre Dame (QB)
Bryce Petty, Baylor (QB)
Johnny “Thrill” Hill, Texas A&M (QB)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio St (QB)
Ameer “Ameer-acle” Abdullah, Nebraska (RB)
Wayne Root

 

 

COLLEGE TOP 10 FOR WEEK 6

 

COLLEGE TOP 10 FOR WEEK 6
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
The games finally get better. The college “preseason” is behind us. Now the Top 25 teams begin to play each other in the all-important conference games. This week begins the homestretch with some great key match-ups. Who wouldn’t want to bet the Texas A&M vs Miss St game, or Stanford vs Notre Dame? Even the Primetime Nebraska vs Michigan St game is intriguing from a pointspread point of view. Top ranked Oklahoma will be tested at TCU and a fan favorite is the Bama vs Mississippi battle. Put on your TV’s and crack open a beverage and get ready to WIN WITH WAYNE!!
1) OKLAHOMA—The Sooners are gaining momentum heading into the Big 12 Conference play. They had a bye week to enjoy their huge road win over West Virginia 45-33.QB Trickett passed for 376 and looked great. The replacement for injured RB Ford was better than most thought would be. RB Perine rushed for 242 yards, so it was more reloading instead of replacing as his results were up to Sooner standards.This week they play #25 TCU. OU opened up 5 and this is one of the most important pointspread numbers to follow. Stay tuned!
2) OREGON—The Ducks have had 2 weeks to let it sink in that they almost lost a game, as they squeaked by Washington St (on the road) 38-31. Marcus Mariota needs to take charge of this team as the season only gets more difficult. They host Arizona this week and are a huge favorite. This Thursday Night game can be a national statement game as it is the featured game of ESPN. The Ducks are 4th in scoring at 48 ppg so it’s time to put up and blowout the Wildcats if they are to be relevant on a national level.
3) ALABAMA—The Tide is coming off a bye week after beating Florida 42-21. Over-all they are #9 allowing points at 14 ppg and are ranked 16th in scoring at 42 ppg. This week the Tide travels to play #11 Ole Miss. It will be interesting to see how Bama QB Sims performs on the road against a good defense; ranked 3rd at 8 ppg. The way for Bama to win is by rushing RB Henry. Ole Miss is ranked #75 and Bama rushes for 258 ypg. The Crimson opened up at
- 6.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Seminoles had to use a 2nd half rally to pull away and win 56-41 against a below average NC State team. They may be winning but it’s hard to believe that this team is still #1 in many polls. An upset is in their future unless things change from the lockerroom to the field. The cupcake schedule continues. Again, they play a nobody as they host Wake Forest; a 39 point underdog.
5) AUBURN—Who knew that this may be the best team in the state of Alabama. They are 4-0 and off a blowout of Louisiana Tech 45-17. Their only weakness may be the passing of QB Marshall or maybe the conservative play calling of their OC. They are the typical SEC team as they love to rush the ball and play a stout defense. This week they entertain LSU as an 8 point favorite. The question answered this weekend is can they score enough points?
6) TEXAS A&M—This team can score! They are ranked #2 at 51 points per game. They had a nail biter last week as they were fortunate enough to win in overtime against Arkansas 35-28. This week they play Mississippi St; 2 weeks removed from their biggest upset in a long time as they defeated LSU on the road. Miss State as lucky to enjoy an off week, so the emotions are disseminated from that game and have had time to focus on this Aggie team. A&M’s defense is also top-notch allowing just 15 ppg. The Bulldogs opened up as a tiny 1.5 chalk.
7) BAYLOR—In what many thought would be a closer game, Baylor crushed Iowa Sate 49-28 on the road last week. What an incredible outcome considering they play Texas this week. There was no “look ahead” on the field. This team is ranked 1st in scoring and 8th in defense. Defensively you don’t know to play the run (#24) or the pass (#4) so that’s the formula for their 57 point per game average. This week it’s time to shine and take care of business in Austin as a -16 point road favorite.
8) UCLA—The Bru-Crew crushed Arizona St 62-27 last week in a much needed blowout. UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its first three games by a combined 18 points against non-ranked opponents, raising questions about just how good the Bruins are this season. QB Brett Hundley threw for 355 yards and 4 TD’s on 18 of 23 passing. The downside for the Bruins was the defense. Arizona State ran a staggering 105 plays and gained 626 yards against the young Bruins’ defense. The Bruins play Utah this week at home and are a double digit favorite.
9) NOTRE DAME—The Fighting Irish were impressive blowing out Syracuse last week to a tune of 31-15. Once again it was their #4 ranked defense that held their team together. They don’t score a ton of points and are lower than average at running the ball at 158 ypg and ranked 77th. It’s just solid football and “D”. This week they may have to score a few more points as they play #14 Stanford. The oddsmakers have this game around even so once again, Wayne Root will be following the money and seeing where it leads.
10) MICHIGAN ST—The Spartans have scored 129 points in their last 2 games since losing to Oregon. That’s how to impress the pollsters and rebuild their resume. This week we find Sparty playing at home with #19 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers come in at 5-0 so expect some fireworks as Michigan St gets another test. They opened up at – 8.5 and is a National TV game for ABC.

 

 

 

 

WEEK 4 NFL TOP 10

WEEK 4 NFL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
With a quarter of the season behind us there are only 2 teams that remain undefeated; Cincinnati and Arizona. It’s amazing that 3 teams usually at the top are just 2-2 with New England, San Francisco and Green Bay. The State of Texas is off to an awesome start as both Dallas and Houston are 3-1. The West Coast is well represented as Seattle, San Diego and Denver all have just one loss. So as this week progresses, many things, thought and theories will emerge as Week 5 is ready to reveal more about this year’s postseason contenders.
1) SEATTLE—Let’s all assume that the Seahawks enjoyed their bye week after pulling out an OT win against Denver. Now it’s off the DC in a Monday Night contest where they stand as 8 point chalk. Kirk Cousins better be more accurate than last week (4 INT’s) against a very talented Seattle secondary.
2) CINCINNATI—The Bengels had a great bye week and sit at 3-0. This week everyone is confused as they play at New England and it’s the Cincinnati talent vs the Patriots off an embarrassing national TV loss. Pat fans are panicking. We’ll see what Brady & Co. is made of after this game is over.
3) DENVER—The Broncos must have been in pain following their “comeback loss” 2 weeks ago at Seattle. Hopefully, Peyton Manning is the type of leader that can re-group his troops. This week it’s against a very good defensive team as the Cardinals come to Mile High. Manning will have to have his game plan together as Arizona remains undefeated.
4) ARIZONA—Maybe the Cardinals are still feeling burned from not making the playoffs last year and that’s the fuel they need to keep their fire lit. They had their bye week and with 2 weeks to prepare for the Broncos, just maybe they have a shocker in store for Denver. The Vegas oddsmakers are offering 7.5 points for anyone that dares to go up against Peyton Manning.
5) SAN DIEGO—This Charger team is the real deal. A one-point loss at Arizona in the season opener is the only thing keeping San Diego from 4-0. Philip Rivers’ 114.5 QBR is the best in the NFL. San Diego laid almost 2 TD’s to the Jags and then went out and won and covered. This week they are at home sweet San Diego playing the J-E-T-S. Now we get to see how they play as 7 point favorites.
6) BALTIMORE—The Ravens disposed of Carolina last Sunday as Steve Smith showed what a taste of payback is like to his former team. Smith has as many multi-TD games with Joe Flacco as he had in three years with Newton. This week he’ll be the centerpiece of the game plan again as the Ravens must compete blow for blow with Andrew Luck and his Colts.
7) PHILADELPHIA—The Eagles continue to set infamous records. Here’s another one to add to this years list: Foles was 0 of 10 with 2 interceptions on passes more than 20 yards downfield. They are also only the 2nd team in NFL history to lose a game with 3 defensive or special teams touchdowns. But the Eagles are 3-1 and last week versus San Francisco, they ended the game on the 1 yard line. This week they host the St Louis Rams as a 7 point fav.
8) DETRIOT—It’s still defense and discipline for the Lions. Some are still waiting for the shoe to drop and “the shooting themselves in the foot” to begin. They defeated the Jets on the road last week and get to host the Buffalo Bill this week. They need a healthy Calvin Johnson to continue to add wins to their record. Playing hurt last week, he finished with 12 receiving yards.
9) DALLAS—The Cowboys put a great game together on both sides of the ball and dismantled the Saints. DeMarco Murray is “the Man!” He freezes the defensive line for that extra second allowing Romo to get set for a pass. Bruce Carter and Barry Church were sensational on D. The ‘Boys better not let it go to their head as they are everyones team to bet after that game and they play in-state rival Houston.
10) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers had 14 rushes for 148 yards outside the tackles Sunday, the most rushing yards a team has had outside the tackles since the start of last season. That got them back on track at 2-2. Now it’s time to put the coaching issues behind and build on that win. They’ll have a chance this week as Alex Smith and the Chiefs return so it will be interesting to see if payback is still alive. The 49ers have an QB issue of their own to work on. They need to just focus on their game and leave the hard-ass Harbaugh alone.

 

WEEK 4 OF THE NFL TOP 10

WEEK 4 OF THE NFL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLY ROOT

Whether you agree, or agree to disagree, the NFL has achieved parity. Exhibit A is our latest Top 10 below. There’s a team not in the Top 10 that usually is near the top. That same team is not even in our Top 10. In fact, they missed out of our Top 15. Coming in at #16 is the San Francisco 49ers. If you agree or disagree, send your comments to my GM, hollis@winningedge.com. We’d like to know what you think. They play at home against the high flying Eagles, so this week’s game is critical. But remember, the Eagles are no pushover standing in the way. They are the UNDEFEATED Philadelphia Eagles!
1) SEATTLE—It sure wasn’t long before Seattle overtook Denver for the number one spot in our poll. And for those who missed this Super Bowl rematch, it was one of the best games this season as Seahawks won and covered in OT. This week they get a bye week, so it must be good to be a Seahawk!!
2) CINCINNATI—Here’s a testament to a great offensive line. Andy Dalton still has not been sacked this year. If that’s not enough, let’s move to the other side of the ball where their defense has the league-best “plus 6″ turnover margin. The two top rules for long term success are…A) Have a solid O-Line and B) Have a “D” that can take the ball away. We’ll be seeing Cincy make a long run into the playoffs this year…and if not coach and QB could be gone. There are no more excuses.
3) PHILADELPHIA—The “magic” of the high flying Eagles. Philadelphia is standing at 3-0 after the first 3 weeks of this season. But what you may not know is that they are the first team ever, in all of football history, to have trailed by double digits in all 3 games to start 3-0. I’m not sure if that was in Chip Kelly’s college to pro playbook. Now we know why Nick Foles is so important to the Eagles.
4) DENVER—You have to give credit when due and it goes to Peyton Manning in the final minutes of the 4th quarter in Seattle. Tough overtime loss in Seattle, but now the Broncos get two weeks to prepare for hosting the Cardinals. Peyton Manning’s next touchdown makes him the second with 500 career TD passes.The off-season additions have really made a difference and Denver is capable to end up where they ended last season- in the Super Bowl.
5) ARIZONA—About the time you become believers of this team, it may be too late. Most have missed a 3 game run as it went from “Let’s see how game 1 goes,” to “Uh oh, we’re on the road without Carson Palmer.” Then they beat the 49ers outright and find themselves at 3-0 and atop of the NFC West. It will be 2 more weeks of “bettor’s doubt” as the Cardinals get a bye week. Nice start Zona…(maybe winning 10 games and missing the playoffs last year still has you burning!!)
6) SAN DIEGO—Our helmets are tipped to the Chargers this week as so many thought (or over-thought) that a week removed from upsetting the Seahawks and having to travel to Buffalo and play the East Coast early game, collapse was their destiny. But hold all bets!! Chargers Win…Chargers Win…despite averaging 2.3 yards rushing. And speaking of rushing, that was the 3rd straight week they’ve rushed for fewer that 3 yards per carry. With ALL their starting running backs hurt, look for more of the same.
7) NEW ENGLAND—You have been alerted that this years Patriots are not the same team of 5 to 10 years ago. Brady is aging. He’s ranked #24 in the league that has many underachievers. If it wasn’t done with mirrors and takeaways (tied for 1st), the Pats would be in trouble. Barely defeating the Raiders at home is not a confidence builder. Now they travel to dangerous Arrowhead Stadium for a Monday Night Football game against Kansas City, who is just coming off a road win at Miami.
8) ATLANTA—Last Thursday against Tampa Bay, The Falcons put on Tampa one of the worst beatings ever witnessed and won 56-14. Let’s just call Julio Jones “Mr. Stud” for that outing, as he caught a career-high five passes thrown at least 15 yards down field, for 120 yards (most such receptions in a game by any receiver this season). The Falcons will be tested on the road again as they have been labeled road losers by many in the know. The are a 3-point chalk against Minnesota.
9) DALLAS—If the Cowboys can get re-established at home, they may be a force as the season progresses. After-all, they are coming off 2 road wins at Tennessee and the Miracle off the Mississippi where in St Louis after trailing 21-0, they found themselves going home will a victory. So far the one thing that we didn’t think needed fixing was Tony Romo. But he’s thrown for 2 TD’s and had 3 INT’s. But as experienced as he is, he’ll figure it out. Meanwhile, let DeMarco Murray, (a Las Vegas product), do it all. He drives linebackers nuts with the screen plays and safeties if he runs a pattern. As I said from day one, the Cowboy “D” is underrated. They lost their 3 best playmakers from one of the worst defenses in NFL history. But I studied this D. The players are young and hungry.
10) BALTIMORE—In back to back games, the Ravens have moved into the top 10 after defeating Pittsburgh and Cleveland, 2 divisional foes. Flacco is better than steady and the entire team has had to go thru the Ray Rice ordeal so it shows the importance of strong leadership (more than ownership). The Ravens entertain the Carolina Panthers this week and are a 3 1/2 point favorite. The catch of the off-season was Steve Smith, as Flacco to Smith is averaging 9.1 yards per catch.
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DO NOT COUNT THESE TEAMS OUT.
11) PITTSBURGH—Strong statement made at Carolina by Ben R.
12) DETROIT—”D” and “D” are the 2 thoughts for Detroit. Defense and Discipline. Their “D” is allowing
2.8 ypr, #2 in the NFL and they haven’t been beating themselves and are staying out of the headlines.
13) INDIANAPOLIS—Whenever Andrew Luck is on the field, most of America is pulling for his team.
14) NEW ORLEANS—Huge road game, (where they don’t excel), at Dallas this week. Win big and they are back in the race for the Super Bowl.
15) GREEN BAY—What a difficult schedule to start out with. We saw this a few years back and then they won them in bunches. Off to Chicago for another hard road game. Rodgers has to step it up!