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bliponaship - Week 5 Picks
Rough week. No excuses. Texas and LSU are not who I thought they were. Good to know moving forward. Reminds me of Week 5 last season where I went -20.10u. But if you stuck it out last year, we were back into the black before too long, and I intend to do the same thing again! Let's roll with week 5.
Week 4 Picks Recap
1u - FIU +7 at Liberty for -110 = Win
1u - Tulane -3 vs Southern Miss for -110 = Win
1u - Virginia -5 vs Duke for -108 = Win
1u - UNT +20.5 vs Houston for -110 = CANCELLED
1u - LSU -17 vs Miss State for -110 = Loss
1u - 6 point teaser: Texas -10.5 / Notre Dame -12 / LSU -10 for +170 = Loss
2u - Notre Dame -18 vs Wake Forest for -110 = CANCELLED
2u - Texas -16.5 vs Texas Tech for -110
2u - Baylor -18.5 vs Kansas for -110 = Win
10U LOCK - TEXAS -16.5 VS TEXAS TECH FOR -110 = Loss Added Picks:
1u ML Parlay: Baylor (-815) / Texas (-855) / LSU (-795) / Florida (-575) / Virginia (-210) for +144 = Loss
1u Central Arkansas -11 vs Missouri State for -115 = Loss Week 4 Picks went 4-5 for -10.25 units
Season Total Picks: 9-10 for -9.65 units
Week 5 Picks
1u - Texas A&M +17.5 at Alabama for -110
1u - Baylor -2.5 at West Virginia for -110
1u - Ole Miss +7 at Kentucky for -115
1u - Virginia Tech -10 at Duke for -125
1u - Georgia Southern -17 at UL Monroe for -110
1u - Tulsa +21 at UCF for -110
1u - Auburn +6.5 at Georgia for -110
1u - Virginia +28.5 at Clemson for -110
2u - Cincinnati -21 vs South Florida for -110
2u - Oklahoma State -21 at Kansas for -115
1u - Ark State at Coastal Carolina Over 65.5 for -110
1u - Arkansas +17.5 at Mississippi State for +100
1u - North Texas -1 vs Southern Miss for -110
1u - Navy vs Air Force 1H under 23.5 for -115
1u - Abilene Christian +30 vs Army for -105
Hail Mary Parlay
Thanks to u/BrandPlanner for the suggestion. I'll share what I'm betting on for a money line parlay with really large odds. This parlay is just for fun and won't count towards weekly winnings. As a note, I typically round robin these picks. Baylor ML (-140) / Ole Miss ML (+190) / Air Force ML (+215) / North Texas ML (-120) for +2770 ------------- If you are opening an account at an online Sportsbook, I suggest Bovada or BetOnline. For Bovada, feel free to use my link to get a bonus: https://www.bovada.lv/welcome/P2A59D31C/join?extcmpid=rafcopy For BetOnline, feel free to use this link for a bonus: https://beta.betonline.ag/?RAF=YINTIRD5&product=SPO
NCAA Football Week 5 - Analysis, Predictions and Odds
NCAA Football Week 5 - MAC's Analysis, Predictions and Odds 2021 College Football National Championship Odds + Pick Clemson +200 Alabama +400 Georgia +2000 LSU +10000 Notre Dame +4000 Florida +1200 Oklahoma +2800 Texas +4000 Auburn +6600 Texas A&M +5000 (MAC's Power Pick) Miami (FL) +8000 Oklahoma State +10000 MAC's NCAAF Red Alert Action - 10/03 - No. 13 Texas A&M (1-0) at No. 2 Alabama (1-0) When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at 3:30 PM ET Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL TV: CBS Spread: Alabama -17 Money Lines: Texas A&M +605 / Alabama -855 Total: 51.5 Texas A&M Team Leaders - Touchdowns: Ainias Smith 1 Rushing: Isaiah Spiller 117 Passing: Kellen Mond 189 Receiving: Caleb Chapman 40 Sacks: Micheal Clemons 1.5 Interceptions: Leon O'Neal Jr. 1 Alabama Team Leaders - Touchdowns: Najee Harris 3 Rushing Najee: Harris 98 Passing: Mac Jones 249 Receiving: Jaylen Waddle 134 Sacks: Labryan Ray 1.0 Interceptions: Thomas Fletcher 0 Quick Trends: Aggies are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. Aggies are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game. Aggies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. Aggies are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games on grass. Crimson Tide are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. Crimson Tide are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. Texas A&M busted up Vanderbilt 17-12 last weekend as quarterback Kellen Mond aired it out for the small 189 yards and got himself a touchdown. A&M running back Isaiah Spiller grabbed himself the small 117 rushing yards in the unwatchable low scoring game. Alabama smacked up Missouri 28-19 Bama quarterback Mac Jones passed for 249 yards and put 2 in the end zone, while running back Najee Harris put in his 98 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. This week both teams meet up for a good ol boys SEC game in Tuscaloosa. The Aggies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games, but on the flipside 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Alabama has gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record. The Tide can go get it done but reports coming in from our affiliates are ambivalent to give all those points away on the road at best, our consensus is going with Texas A&M to cover the chalk mainly because of the edge at quarterback. MAC's Game Prediction: Alabama 31 Texas A&M 27 Play: Texas A&M +17 10/03 - No. 18 Oklahoma (1-1) at Iowa State (1-1) When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET Where: MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA TV: ABC Spread: Oklahoma -7.5 Money Lines: Iowa State +210 / Oklahoma -260 Total: 62.5 Quick Trends: Cyclones are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game. Cyclones are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog. Sooners are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. Sooners are 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. Sooners are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. Sooners Team Leaders: Touchdowns Seth McGowan 2 Rushing Seth McGowan 134 Passing Spencer Rattler 677 Receiving Marvin Mims 111 Sacks DaShaun White 2.5 Interceptions Delarrin Turner-Yell 1 Cyclones Team Leaders: Touchdowns Breece Hall 4 Rushing Breece Hall 257 Passing Brock Purdy 356 Receiving Xavier Hutchinson 69 Sacks JaQuan Bailey 3.5 Interceptions Mike Rose 1 Oklahoma ran through Missouri State 48-0 in their opener, then hit a wall on Saturday with a depressing 38-35 loss against K-State as a insanely obnoxious 28-point favorite. Quarterback Spencer Rattler some how passed for 387 yards with four touchdowns even with 3 costly interceptions. Iowa State laid down against Louisiana Lafayette in their opener, and bumbled a cover against a suspect TCU team, final 37-34 as 3.5-point road favorite they should have had no problem with a soft line like that. Quarterback Brock Purdy got off 211 yards 1 touchdown, running back Breece Hall got 154 yards and 38 attempts and 3 trips to the end zone. The Sooners are paying the books at 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall has Vegas building skyscrapers with bettors money, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games, I mean these guys are a bunch of bums when it comes to getting the money. Now if you've been putting your action on Iowa State as a underdog you've made some cash, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home dog, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games as an underdog and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up loss, I mean these guys are a golden egg if you play the line right. MAC is setting the standard and putting the business on the table, sharps and early money aren't making a dent in the line because oddsmakers made a tight one this week. MAC's looking at Spencer Rattle as the x factor, if he steps up this could very well be a easy win + cover for the Sooners, Iowa State is getting the 7.5 and MAC smells something fishy about the hook, play the over set at 62.5 up from 61.5 and don't be scared to give the points because Rattler will look like a stud this week against a mediocre Cyclone D. watch "Brock Purdy Lips" gets manhandled by DaShaun White. Iowa State Injury Report - T. Milton WR - Ques Sat - Milton was unavailable for the previous game due to a lower-body injury and it is unknown if he will line up versus Oklahoma on Saturday. R. Hudson OL - Ques Sat - Undisclosed T. Downing OL - Ques Sat - Downing missed the last game with an ankle injury and his status for Saturday's contest against Oklahoma remains up in the air. MAC's Game Prediction: Oklahoma 45 Iowa State 24 Play: Over 62.5 Play: Oklahoma -7.5 No. 7 Auburn (1-0) at No. 4 Georgia (1-0) Auburn made bacon out of the boys down in Kentucky 29-13 last weekend to cash in as a 6.5-point home favorite, big Bo Nix passed for 233 yards with 3 touchdowns, no interceptions, and looking like a god damn stud averaging 6.8 rushing yards a game, MAC would let his daughter and mother date a guy like this, and they got wide receiver Seth Williams coming in catching six passes for 112 yards 2 TDs. Georgia looked like decent, getting through Arkansas 37-10 last weekend was impressive but not really, QB Stetson Bennett threw for 211 yards with 2 touchdowns and surprisingly no picks. Georgia scored 22 third quarter points to take control after going into the half down 7-5, now that could be good football but MAC is saying fluke and calling shenanigan's. When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA TV: ESPN Spread: Georgia -6.5 Money Lines: Auburn +200 / Georgia -250 Total: 45 Auburn Team Leaders - Touchdowns D.J. Williams 1 Rushing Bo Nix 34 Passing Bo Nix 233 Receiving Seth Williams 112 Sacks Daquan Newkirk 1.0 Interceptions Roger McCreary 1 Georgia Team Leaders - Touchdowns Zamir White 1 (MAC's #BumAlert Prospect) Rushing Zamir White 71 Passing Stetson Bennett 211 Receiving Kearis Jackson 62 Sacks Nolan Smith 1.5 Interceptions Richard Lecounte 2 Auburn gets the money early in the season and has gone 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall, 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 October games, but be cautious because Bulldogs are money makers too, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a winning road record. The Tigers just can't get through Georgia and have sucked against the spread going 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Georgia and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. Now MAC would normally stay away from a game like this but it's hard to bet against big Bo Nixon and that up tempo offense. Georgia -6.5 is a suckers bet, take those points and ride Bo's back like the rest of the Tigers! MAC's Game Prediction: Georgia 17 Auburn 27 Play: Auburn +6.5 Play: Under 45.5 (Get That Hook)
Oddsmakers installed Ohio State as a co-choice to win the College Football National Championship. Teams will play eight game, conference only, schedules. The Big Ten Championship happens on Dec. 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State and Wisconsin are the favorites to play in the title game. Going back to the Buckeyes, no season may have happened if not for OSU quarterback Justin Fields. The Heisman Trophy candidate argued that the conference shouldn’t allow fear to dictate whether or not they play. College Football Playoff future handicappers side with Clemson, Buckeyes, and Bama Clemson and Ohio State are co-choices at +250. Clemson has already played two games. The Tigers blew out Wake Forest 37-13. They dominated The Citadel 49-0. On Oct. 3, Clemson takes on Virginia. On Oct. 10, they go against #12 Miami. Those two games will tell us more about Clemson. Three other games on the schedule could pose issues for the Tigers. Clemson faces #7 Notre Dame on Nov. 7. They finish the season with games against #21 Pittsburgh on Nov. 28 and #20 Virginia Tech on Dec. 5. Alabama is third choice at +350. The Crimson Tide start their season on Sep. 26 against Missouri. Nick Saban’s squad plays against six Top 25 ranked teams during the regular season: #10 Texas A&M, #4 Georgia, #16 Tennessee, #6 LSU, #23 Kentucky, and #8 Auburn. If Alabama makes the CFP this season, they will have earned it. The real 2020 College Football Season starts Sep. 26 In addition to Alabama and Missouri starting up on Sep. 26, the rest of the Southeastern Conference gets it going as well on that day. On paper, the top matchup is #23 Kentucky versus #8 Auburn. But the most intriguing SEC game could be Mississippi State at #6 LSU. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said most Louisiana State players had contracted the coronavirus. He believed most of his players were over it. Testing this week will prove it. Not only that, but Mike Leach now coaches Mississippi State. Leach convinced former Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello to play in Starkville. Miss State could be this year’s surprise team. Make sure to check that game out on Saturday and see if Leach has done enough for the Bulldogs to challenge the current champs.
Division: NFC West Record: 9-7 (3rd in Division, 7th in Conference) After a wildly successful 2019 season, the Los Angeles Rams had high hopes for 2020. It was truly Super Bowl or bust for the team, and unfortunately as high as the expectations were the end result was disappointment almost as high. Despite the shortcomings (and media doubt), the team is still in great shape to have another great year and playoff hopes are completely within shooting distance. Here's a brief summary of some of the positives and negatives on the 2019 season. Positives
Over half of our draft class showed real signs of being potential starters for 2020. Bobby Evans and David Edwards stepped in due to injuries and had success. Taylor Rapp was one of the leagues best rookie defenders, and will definitely start in 2020. David Long Jr filled in due to injury occasionally through the year and showed a glimpse of the player he could be after some development.
Cooper Kupp emerging as a potential top 10 WR. I'm just going to lean into the joke, because the dude is honestly the scrappiest WR we've had in a long time, and he puts in serious work. He can make a decent argument for being in the conversation as the best route runner in the NFL.
Despite the season being a disappointment as mentioned above, the fact that as a Rams fan I can look at a year where we went 9-7 and narrowly missed the playoffs as a disappointment has to be viewed as a positive. I've been a fan for my entire life, and wallowing in the years from 2006-2016 has been pretty rough. To have expectations again is nice.
Jared Goff, the most frustrating QB next to Jameis Winston. His rookie year can hardly be counted against him, so after seeing him have a pretty successful 2017 and then a flat out great 2018 was tremendous, and really set the bar high in 2019. To be frank, Jared Goff managed to disappoint in many games this year. Almost off of this disappointment can be attributed to overconfidence rather than bad decisions. Goff doesn't have an issue reading defenses consistently rather he has an issue with thinking he can fit throws in tight windows that he can't consistently place. Taking what the defense gives him has been a problem for Goff throughout his career and in 2019 it was on full display.
We had one of the most predictable defenses in 2019, and having star players like Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey would rightfully make fans think some level of razzle dazzle could be drawn up. We never really saw that in 2019 and teams took advantage.
Our run game never could be consistently established. Our offense starts with the OL and the zone blocking scheme, and with the decline of Todd Gurley, and many injuries sustained on the OL, the run game could hardly ever get established.
2020 Coaching Staff/Changes
Name (* indicates new coach)
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach
Assistant Defensive Line Coach/Defensive Quality Control
Special Teams Coordinator*
Previously with the Detroit Lions
Running Backs Coach*
Previously with the South Carolina Gamecocks
Assistant Quarterbacks Coach
Previously WRs coach
Defensive Quality Control*
Previously Akron CBs Coach
Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Defensive Line Coach
Run Game CoordinatoOffensive Line Coach
Offensive Quality Control
Assistant to the Head Coach
insert The Office joke here
Previously with the Washington REDACTED
Tight Ends Coach
Assistant Wide Receivers Coach
Was Assistant QB coach in 2019
Outside Linebackers Coach
Previously with the Denver Broncos as OLB Coach
Pass Game Coordinator
Wide Receivers Coach
The loss of Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips is a bummer, but something that was absolutely needed. This series I believe was the nail in the coffin for Wade's tenure with the Rams. And while the man has a historic legacy as a coach, ultimately he has a noticeable trend of running the same schemes and without much adjusting throughout the season, and opposing teams inevitably catch on to what he's doing and they counter. This same trend seemed to happen Denver as well. There is no doubt that the son of Bum will be missed, but ultimately I think Wade's hire was primarily to serve as a mentor for McVay while he figured out what it was like to be a head coach in the NFL. Now that McVay has three full seasons under his belt, that need is no longer there. Brandon Staley can be the energy the Rams defense desperately needs, and he could provide a similar spark that McVay set off when he first arrived.
The bigger bummer is the loss of Special Teams Coordinator John "Bones" Fassell. I know what you're thinking, how can a STC possible be more valuable than the legendary Wade Phillips? Coach Bones had been our STC since 2012, as well as serving as interim head coach in 2016 after the firing of Jeff Fisher. Bones was a true leader of men, and is in the conversation of the best STC in the league. In memorandum of this loss, I want to share my all time favorite Coach Bones moment
Free Agent Signings and Departures
3 y31.5 million
3 y30 million
1 y3.9 million
2 y17 million
1 y10 million
3 y7.5 million
1 y5.5 million
Dante Fowler Jr
3 y30 million
Las Vegas Raiders
3 y36 million
New York Jets
1 y2 million
1 y1 million
1 y1.35 million
Lets start our discussion with the departures, because we lost a lot of key starters. Dante Fowler, Cory Littleton, Clay Mathew, and Eric Weddle were four starters on our defense, with NRC being our primary slot DB. Weddle was more of a leader than an anchor on defense, and did a remarkable job mentoring his replacement in rookie Taylor Rapp. Clay Mathews had a nice season but at his age is certainly replaceable. What isn't going to be replaceable is Cory Littleton, who might be one of the most underrated linebackers in the NFL. His coverage ability is going to be sorely missed and leaves the linebacker room, which was already weak, almost defunct. The strategy regarding our free agent signings is a little mysterious. In early free agency we signed Floyd and Robinson, which filled two holes left by Fowler and Brockers, who had originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens. A few weeks afterwards Brockers offer was rescinded by the Ravens, and he resigned at a lofty amount. This effectively leaves the team with a log jam at defensive tackle, with two DTs that do virtually the same thing to be paired with Aaron Donald. I'll explain later in this post how I think our defense might look, but it's certainly a puzzling signing. Resigning Whitworth, in what should be his final contract, is a nice bonus even if it was for another larger than anticipated deal. It gives our numerous young OL talent a wonderful vet to learn from, and despite media reports our offensive line room actually isn't bad. It's just incredibly young, and we have many sophomores who look to make jumps this year.
2020 Draft Class/Undrafted Free Agents
Cam Akers and Van Jefferson are the only players on offensive who should make an immediate impact. Akers could battle for the starting position with Gurley out, and Jefferson could battle Josh Reynolds for WR3. The intriguing pick is Terrell Lewis, who could have been a 1st rounder if healthy. He fills a major need at EDGE for the team, and if he works out will be a massive value pick. Brycen Hopkins will battle with Johnny Mundt for the final TE spot, which may be a tall order given Mundt's proficiency on special teams. But he's a good prospect to replace Gerald Everett, who will demand a larger contract next year. Tremayne Anchrum is probably a longshot to make the team, especially with no preseason games considering we have a logjam of OL prospects with Bobby Evans, David Edwards, Joe Notebloom, among others. For more information on the UDFA list, check out this link. The interesting choices are Easop Winston, Josh Love, and Bryce Perkins. Easop I think may have a decent shot at making the roster, while Josh Love and Bryce Perkins may be able to battle it out for the backup position. The Rams will look to shed future salary cap space where ever possible, and both players have decent ceilings and could be a cheap backup alternative for Goff, but both will have to usurp AAF legend John Wolford who is the leader in the clubhouse.
Projected Depth Chart/Scheme Changes
Offense (* indicates rookie)
The first thing that I envision changing for this Rams offensive is to break out of our traditional 11 personnel into more 11 or 22 based packages. Sean McVay has made no secret about our change to a running back by committee team, which makes sense given the different types of backs we have on the roster. Malcom Brown probably gets the start due to his veteran presence, and because he's a traditional runner of the football. But Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are both Alvin Kamara-like backs and can open things up for McVay to get more creative. An interesting camp battle will be to see who makes it at wide receiver. Kupp, Woods, Reynolds, Jefferson, and Webster are all locks to make the team, but we will probably carry 6-7 on the roster. I'm partial to Easop Winston and Trishton Jackson to fill those voids but other guys like JJ Koski could also impress and camp and make an impact. As the season goes on, the Rams are going to hope that at least one of these rookies can manage to impress enough to replace Josh Reynolds, as both him and Cooper Kupp are in contract years and we probably won't be able to afford to resign both. On the offensive line front, I'm really excited to see the development that Bobby Evans, Joe Notebloom, and David Edwards show. Make no mistake, if our team is to have flexibility moving forward it is absolutely vital that one, if not all three, of these guys pan out. Luckily, due to injury Bobby Evans and David Edwards were given starting jobs and performed really well all things considered. Evans in particular was given the task to block Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack and really held those guys to minimal impact. As a quick update, the only member of the team to opt out of the 2020 season is OL Chandler Brewer, who was probably a good bet to make the team as a backup OL. In his place I slot Jamil Demby who's been a prospect on the team for what seems like a decade. In any other year, I'd slot a rookie to take over that slot but given the lack of a structured offseason I think the team stays with someone familiar for another year. Defense (* indicates rookie)
David Long Jr
John Johnson III
Our biggest change in identity is going to come from the defensive side of the ball. Losing Wade Phillips is a huge blow to the leadership of the team, but newcomer Brandon Staley may be able to provide a McVay-like spark in ingenuity that provides results. The way that the Rams targeted safeties in the draft, and avoided a massive need in linebacker, makes me believe that we are transitioning to a DB let system similar our neighbors in the LA Chargers. If you do film study on the Chargers, you can see them run a package that consists of 7 DBs occasionally, which works well when you have physical safeties like Derwin James. Luckily for us, we have two incredibly physical guys in Johnson and Rapp, and with the team clearly focusing on DBs I think its in the cards for us to roll this package out in 2020. One area that might be a struggle for us is going to be our defensive line, and generating pressure via the pass rush. Luckily again, we have the greatest defensive player in the NFL and the greatest defensive tackle of all time on our team. Another fortunate circumstance is that we no longer will be marred by Wade Phillips conservative play calling, and in fact may be able to use DC Brandon Staley's expertise as an OLB coach to get improvement out of guys like Okoronkwo and Ebukam, In free agency we signed A'Shawn Robinson, who paired with Michael Brockers can be a force against the run, but neither player is a threat to rush the passer. Leonard Floyd, another free agent signing, is another guy who is strong against the run but struggles in pass rush. This area of defense will be key to the success of the team, and these guys are gonna have to find ways outside of relying on Aaron Donald to generate pressure. Special Teams (* indicates rookie)
Losing Greg Zuerline is going to hurt, and he will always have a place in Rams history for making clutch kicks in the 2018 NFC Championship game. But he grew inconsistent especially inside the 40 yard line, and struggled with injuries since 2017. We drafted Sam Sloman in 2020 but also have two decent UDFA that will compete for the starting job..
Projected Game Results
Week 1: Win (1-0) Dallas Cowboys @ Rams - NBC Sunday Night Football Opening the season at the new SoFi stadium, with potentially no fans is going to be an odd experience. The last time the Rams beat dem boyz was in the 2018 Divisional round of the playoffs. Both teams will struggle early to find continuity, and I'd expect a relatively low scoring, run heavy game. In the end I think the Rams will get the season off to a good start with a win. Rams 24 Cowboys 17 Week 2: Win (2-0) Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles - FOX 10am PST We should finally get to see Goff vs Wentz healthy in full game for the first time. The Eagles have beat the Rams both times they've played Sean McVay, and I think they get things back on track in 2020. I believe our strength at the DL and DBs will be able to effectively manage the weaknesses of the Eagles WRs and aging OL, though the key will probably be Zach Ertz. Rams 30 Eagles 28 Week 3: Loss (2-1) Rams @ Buffalo Bills - FOX 10am PST Our first stumble will come against an underrated team in the Bills. I think having two close games in a row to open the season will leave the team waiting for a crash, and how else to crash than by facing what might be the best defense in the NFL. I expect Tre White and the rest of the secondary to handle Goff and company in a convincing loss. Bills 23 Rams 10 Week 4: Win (3-1) New York Giants @ Rams - FOX 1:05PST Home sweet home, the Rams get back on track with a convincing win over a struggling Giants team. I'll predict an offensive explosion from Goff, somewhere around 400 yds and 4 TDs in a blow out win. Sorry Giants fans, nothing personal. I'm expecting an early struggle for this Giants team as it adjusts to new coach, young QB, with little prep time.Rams 42 Giants 16 Week 5: Win (4-1) Rams @ Washington [REDACTED] - FOX 10amPST I think this gsme is much closer than most might expect. The [REDACTED] are my surprise pick of the year, I have them winning the NFC East. An already tenacious defense led by Ron Rivera and gaining a bona-fide star in Chase Young is going to be fun to watch. I think the key to this game will be quick passes to avoid that ferocious defensive line as much as possible. Rams 24 [REDACTED] 21 Week 6: Loss (4-2) Rams @ San Fransisco 49ers - NBC Sunday Night Football As much as I want to win this game, I think Shanny and those fucks take this one from us. Divisional games tend to be unpredictable and chaotic, and while I do think we split the series with them, being on the road for this one isn't going to favor us. Its going to be interesting to see how DC Brandon Staley chooses to defend Kittle. I dont think shadowing him with Ramsey is the best play, perhaps it's a combination of jamming him at the LOS and covering him in zone. Either way, its a tall order for whoever gets that assignment. 49ers 31 Rams 25 Week 7: Win (5-2) Chicago Bears @ Rams - ESPN Monday Night Football As it stands, McVay will be 1-1 on the year in prime time games. His record as a coach is , which leads me to believe he'll have an edge in winning this one. Of course the Ram fucker Foles might be in at QB, which could spell disaster for our team. I think that our offensive prowess will shine during this long week, and we win in convincing fashion. Rams 36 Bears 20 Week 8: Win (6-2) Rams @ Miami Dolphins - FOX 10am PST We continue this offensive success against a team that will probably be pretty good defensively. HC Tom Flores is a Bill Belichek disciple who learned something important from his former mentor; acquire as many great DBs as you can. The improved secondary will make things tough for Goff and gang, but ultimately working with a rookie QB is going to be hard against a defense with all pros scattered around it. Rams 17 Dolphins 0 ' Week 9: BYE Week 10: Win (7-2) Seattle Seahawks @ Rams - FOX 1:25PST And entering the second half of the season we have our first three game winning streak. Coming off a bye week will give McBae ample time to prepare for a Seahawks team thay frankly will have a struggling offensive line and holes on its defense. Even with Jamal Adams, I expect this team to take a step back in 2020. Rams 31 Seahawks 17 Week 11: Loss (7-3) Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN Monday Night Football Facing the best offensive weapons in the league is going to be a tough order for any team this season. Now that they have a QB that will make effective, eccifient decisions this Bucs team should take off. I dont think its particularly close, this is a complete team on both sides of the ball. Bucs 28 Rams 10 Week 12: Win (8-3) San Fransisco 49ers @ Rams - FOX 1:05PST The winning continues as the team really clicks into high gear. A brutal NFC West game will likely be a repeat of Week 6, but with a few more bounces going our way. Being at home will be a helpful factor. Rams 26 49ers 24 Week 13: Win (9-3) Rams @ Arizona Cardinals - FOX 1:05PST If there is any team in the league that McVay can be relied on to spank, its the Cardinals. McVay has yet to be beat by the team in his tenure with the Rams and I expect that to continue at least through this week. Despite a huge game from future MVP Kyler Murray, the Rams prevail, improving to 9-3 Week 14: Loss (9-4) New England Patriots @ Rams - FOX/NFLN/Amazon Thursday Night Football A short week against Belichek spells doom for almost every team, and McVay will continue his struggles against the GOAT. The Pats defense was able to throw Goff off his game on the Super Bowl a few years ago, I expect we see more of this on Thursday. Week 15: Loss (9-5) New York Jets @ Rams - TBD Every team had one puzzling loss, and this matchup with the Jets is ours for the year. I dont expect the Jets to have a grest year but I do think Sam Darnold is universally underappreciated and will have a great game against us. Week 16: Loss (9-6) Rams @ Seattle Seahawks - CBS 1:05PST And we are really ending the year on a slump. Losing to the Seahawks this late in the year isn't great for our playoff hopes, but its always a tall order to go into Seattle and leave with a W. This game may he one of the most important games going into the playoffs and I wont be surprised to see it get flexed. Week 17: Win (10-6) Arizona Cardinals @ Rams - FOX 1:25PST Luckily for us we end the season against our little cousins, and use this opportunity to get our chakras realigned. This game will move us into the 6th seed and bounce Arizona into the 7th seed, becoming the first division in history to have every team make the playoffs.
I think people have forgotten that the Rams were a mkssed field goal away from making the playoffs last year, and thats with playing very sloppy through most games. The only thing holding this team back is the fact that they play in the toughest division in football. I think that Goff has a bounce back year and ends up a top 10 QB for the season. This season will be critical for McVay to really show the new coaches and players that he's capable of not only calling proficient offense but leading an entire team of players. It will be an interesting season, so make sure to wear your damn mask so it actually happens. Thank you for reading, and bless all the knees and keep them healthy!! Thanks for reading!! Bless all the knees and keep them healthy. Link to hub
saw some twitter discussion on 20/21 ACC standings, quarantine sucks etc,
1 Virginia Loses 2 (Diakite, Key) of top 4 players from #42 team in the nation, but this is deceptive. Were #234 on offense, #1 on defense and finished the year trending up. Sam Hauser and Jabri Abdur-Rahim could replace Casey Morsell and Kody Stattman in the lineup, completely reversing the course of the offense. Kihei Clark and Thomas Woldentensae will see their lives improve dramatically now that Virginia can play 5 on 5 offense again. And I'm pretty sure Tony Bennett will figure out a way to coach up the defense... 2 Duke Probably not a classic Duke squad or even as good as last year, but the ACC is probably down again and there is more than enough talent to run the conference again. The question is how Coach K gets the frontcourt pieces to work - does Jalen Johnson really play the 3 in this offense so Matt Hurt can start at the 4? Does that mean Mark Williams or Patrick Tape start at the 5? Hurt doesn't seem like a viable option at the 5 to me, but I'm equally skeptical of Moore/Johnson as the wings... 3 North Carolina It has been a while since one could say the Tar Heels have as much talent as the Blue Devils, but this is the year where that is the case. The main question for UNC is how to handle 4 "modern era" centers in the frontcourt rotation. It appears only Garrison Brooks could be designated a 4, and even Brooks would play plenty of 5 on a lot of teams. 6'8 non-shooter Leaky Black is also a particularly poor fit at the 3 next to two post-oriented bigs. But overall this is a great problem for Roy Williams to have...
4 Florida State It is hard to know what to do with this team, as FSU loses Trent Forrest and hasn't even recruited a PG this offseason. This would imply the reigns will be handed to super frosh Scottie Barnes. Barnes is quite skilled for a 3/4, but I'm not ready to confidently claim he can run the show for an ACC contender. A whole stable of 6'4 to 6'8 versatile wing/combo types will keep the Seminoles in the top half of the standings either way... 5 Louisville Jordan Nwora will be missed, but so will Dwayne Sutton. Lousiville bounced back from the loss of stud JuCo Jay Scrubb with the addition of tr floor general Carlik Jones, who will combine with fast rising soph David Johhson to form one of the most dynamic backcourts in the nation. Samuell WIlliamson, Malik Williams and Aidan Igiehon are former coveted recruits that will be thrust into feature roles... 6 Miami After two year run dominated by health, recruiting and NCAA enforcement-related misfortune, it could be the time of the Hurricane once again. Miami's completely overmatched frontcourt gets a boost from Cincy tr Nysier Brooks, while touted forward recruits Earl Timberlake and Matt Cross will provide some of the positional versatility that was lacking. The backcourt was already a strength...
7 Notre Dame Probably the toughest spot to pick in these rankings, I'm gonna keep betting on Notre Dame bouncing back. John Mooney would appear to be a significant loss, but Mike Brey has never really struggled to find his next big man. Juwan Durham certainly appears capable, though there is some question about his fit for the system. The backcourt is filled with shooters who have struggled to shoot. Stanford tr Cormac Ryan adds another option... 8 Georgia Tech Mopped up the middle of the pack once the full rotation was eligible/healthy but the nation's #16 defense could struggle without its anchor in James Banks. Will Moses Wright continue to improve like he did his first 3 seasons? Can Bubba Parham find the shooting touch he apparently left at VMI 2 years ago? 9 Clemson The ACC featured three "horrifying offense, lockdown defense" squads last year, and Clemson rounds out the trio. Top offensive option Tevin Mack graduated, but how much worse could it possibly get? Perhaps little-used scoring specialists like Alex Hemenway and Hunter Tyson will get a little more run. Aamir Sims appears to be on the verge of a all-ACC caliber senior season, while PJ Hall gives him a bit of help in the paint... 10 Virginia Tech Putting the Hokies this high is a bet on Mike Young, whose tenure at VaTech got off to a hot start but was quickly reaching dumpster fire territory by the end of 2020. Landers Nolley's transfer could be addition by subtraction, but the ideal scenario would have been for Nolley to stick it out and learn how to be more efficient. Wofford tr Keve Aluma dazzled vs Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament two years ago and should mean the end of 6'2 PF lineups. KState tr Cartier Diarra certainly fits the mold... 11 NC State Top players Markell Johnson and CJ Bryce both graduated and stud recruit Josh Hall decided to head straight to the pros. This probably leads to another middle of the pack finish for NCST, though it still depends on the readiness of freshman PG's Cam Hayes and Shakeel Moore. There are a couple of athletic specimens in the frontcourt with DJ Funderburk and Manny Bates... 12 Syracuse Can the Orange get Alan Griffin eligible? If so, he replaces Elijah Hughes without a hitch and puts Syracuse at/near the top of Tier 4. If not, Orange fans get another taste of life near the conclusion of the Jim Boeheim era. 13 Pittsburgh Things appeared to be looking up, but Trey McGowens' decision to transfer leaves Pitt short bodies in the backcourt. The frontcourt is rounding into shape after Justin Champagnie's surprising freshman year and the arrival of William Jeffress. But can Champagnie shift to full time 3 after the loss of McGowens? 14. Boston College Look at the tier here, not the numerical ranking. Yes, BC missed an opportunity last season after Nik Popovic and Wynston Tabbs went down with injuries. No, Jim Christian probably can't afford to see players like Jairus Hamilton transfer out. But with the addition of transfers Makai Ashton-Langford, Rich Kelly, Fred Scott and James Karnik, this might be the most complete roster of Christian's tenure. Wynston Tabbs' health could be the wildcard as far moving up in the middle of the pack...
15 Wake Forest If anybody can scrape together a competitive roster in these conditions, it is Steve Forbes. But let's be realistic...
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A big project here that has been underway for a bit, with some tweaking as needed. I only made trades in the first round. Any trades you see are reflective of first round deals. There's usually a handful of them, so I tried to really push for trades, rather than a take a less realistic approach to it and be super conservative about. Additionally, I added a few 3rd round compensatory picks, based on the projections from over the cap.
1.1 - Cincinnati Bengals - QB Joe Burrow (LSU). Don't need too much explanation here. Burrow is the best QB in this draft, perhaps even the best player, given how Chase Young was a bit quiet against Michigan & Clemson. Bringing him back to Ohio is too good. 1.2 - Washington Redskins - EDGE Chase Young (Ohio State). Another very easy pick, as Young has the potential to step into the NFL as a game changer from the first snap. Explosive, smart, and incredible hands, he has franchise changing potential. 1.3 - TRADE: Los Angeles Chargers - QB Tua Tagavailoa (Alabama). Miami could perhaps outbid the Chargers, but I don't see Miami wanting to give up too much of their stockpile for one player, especially given how many needs the Dolphins have. Thus, their #6 pick, a 3rd, and a 2021 1st round pick to Detroit for LAC to get a QB who could get them back to the playoffs immediately. 1.4 - New York Giants - OT Andrew Thomas (Georgia). This feels like such a good fit. Thomas is incredibly powerful, and fits the MO of the Giants well, building a powerful run game behind Saquon Barkley. 1.5 - Miami Dolphins - QB Justin Herbert (Oregon). According to reports, the Dolphins have done the most work on Herbert, and with the Chargers jumping up for Tua, the Dolphins choose to tap Herbert as their new starting QB, and hopefully fill out the rest of their needs with their massive stockpile of picks. 1.6 TRADE: Detroit Lions - DT Derrick Brown (Auburn). The Lions move back and still have their pick of Brown or Okudah, the two most popular names here. Ultimately, I went with Brown, as Brown can solve both their struggles stopping the run, and provide an interior pass rush. 1.7 Carolina Panthers - CB Jeff Okudah (Ohio State). The Panthers are probably hoping to get Brown, as his explosiveness is unreal, but Okudah could be an excellent piece to Matt Rhule's new defense, with his lockdown coverage ability. 1.8 TRADE: New York Jets - OT Tristan Wirfs (Iowa). As the Cardinals debate OL vs. WR, the Jets ensure they land a top OT by offering them their 3rd round pick and a future 6th round pick. The Cardinals accept, and the Jets get Sam Darnold some much needed protection. 1.9 Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama). A great spot for the Jaguars, as Jeudy is arguably the best player left on the board, and also fills a big need for an offensive playmaker. Whether Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew starts for the Jags next season, Jeudy will make their lives easier. 1.10 Cleveland Browns - OT Jedrick Wills (Alabama). With Cleveland a sure bet to take a tackle, the Jets hopped them to get their choice. The Browns still take Wills, who has the athleticism to play either side, but either way is a big upgrade for Cleveland, as they attempt to rebuild their offensive line. 1.11 TRADE: Arizona Cardinals - WR CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma). With their decision now made for them, the Cardinals take perhaps the biggest playmaker on the board. Lamb is an exceptional fit for Kingsbury's passing attack, and he should give them a replacement for Larry Fitzgerald, whenever he chooses to retire. 1.12 Las Vegas Raiders - LB/S Isaiah Simmons (Clemson). With a big need to improve the speed of their LB spot, the Raiders take Simmons, which also fits nicely with Mayhew's affinity for Clemson players. Simmons' versatility is perhaps the best among any player in this draft. 1.13 TRADE: Philadelphia Eagles - CB Kristian Fulton (LSU). With teams like Dallas, Jacksonville, and Miami ahead of them, the Eagles act promptly to get the cornerback of their choosing. Sending their 2nd round pick and a 2021 day three pick to Indy, the Eagles land an elite cover corner in Fulton. 1.14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina). With the top 3 quarterbacks gone, the Bucs opt to do the smart thing, and take the disruptive DT from South Carolina. If they retain Barrett, this could be quite the deadly pass rush next season. 1.15 Denver Broncos - WR Henry Ruggs III (Alabama). The Broncos could use some speed to compliment Courtland Sutton at WR. Pairing the two of them should give second-year QB Drew Lock a promising group of pass catchers, as he attempts to bring the Broncos back to the playoffs. 1.16 Atlanta Falcons - EDGE A.J. Epenesa (Iowa). Almost too good to be true for the Falcons, as they get the second best pass rusher at 16 without having to move up. Thankfully the board falls well to them, and Epenesa gives them a powerful pass rushing presence to boost their DL. 1.17 Dallas Cowboys - S Grant Delpit (LSU). This pick seems almost too trendy, but that's because it's just a fantastic fit. Delpit's stock dropped a bit due to some poor tackling, but his ability to make plays all around the field is still unmatched at the safety position. A great fit in Dallas. 1.18 Miami Dolphins (via PIT) - OT Mekhi Becton (Louisville). The next tackle off the board comes to Miami, as the Dolphins need to rebuild this unit in a massive way. And what better way than to add a massive pass protector like Becton, who can keep Herbert clean for years to come. 1.19 Las Vegas Raiders (via CHI) - WR Tee Higgins. Wouldn't it be nice to grab a QB here Bears fans? Instead, the Raiders add a weapon on the outside in Higgins, whose elite body control allows him to come down with some insane catches. He gives the Raiders the outside weapon they're searching for. 1.20 Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) - CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama). The Jaguars could use a corner to play across from Bouye, and Diggs has elite size, and the ability to be a stud for them. 1.21 TRADE: Indianapolis Colts - EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State). I'd love to see the Colts target Arik Armstead in free agency to improve their pass rush, but if they don't, grabbing a high potential pass rusher like YGM would be an excellent move, especially after trading back for more picks. 1.22 Buffalo Bills - WR Laviska Shenault (Colorado). Shenault can make plays in so many different ways. He'd give OC Brian Daboll and QB Josh Allen a major boost with his play making. 1.23 New England Patriots - EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson (LSU). The Patriots would be best not using this on a tight end, as they are slow developers in their first seasons. Instead, go sign Hunter Henry, and then draft a pass rusher like Chaisson to help your defense continue to disrupt opposing offenses. 1.24 New Orleans Saints - LB Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma). The Saints could use some help in the middle of their defense, and Murray can make plays from sideline to sideline, a very well-rounded player. 1.25 Minnesota Vikings - CB C.J. Henderson (Florida). Death, taxes, Vikings drafting 1st round corners. Though this time, the need for one is very clear, given the potential exodus of corners they could have in free agency. Henderson has the ability to be a lockdown corner in Mike Zimmer's defense. 1.26 Miami Dolphins (via HOU) - RB D'Andre Swift (Georgia). Fans usually hate running backs in the first round, but the value of Swift here, compared to reaching on a pass rusher or guard here, is fantastic. He's a dynamic back, with play making ability both as a runner and as a pass catcher. 1.27 TRADE: Tennessee Titans - EDGE Curtis Weaver (Boise State) - The Titans hop ahead of the Ravens, landing the pass rushing OLB of their choice in Weaver. A strong pass rusher with plenty of moves, he and Harold Landry would form a scary good young duo in Tennessee. 1.28 Baltimore Ravens - WR Justin Jefferson (LSU) - Rather than reach for an edge rusher, the Ravens add Jefferson, whose electrifying season was a big part of why LSU are the national champions. He can help Lamar Jackson in a lot of ways, and is a pretty willing blocker in the run game. 1.29 TRADE: Seattle Seahawks - OT Lucas Niang (TCU) - Picking up a 2021 3rd round pick to swap with the Titans, the Seahawks use this pick to grab Niang, and give Russell Wilson some more protection, an upgrade over Ifedi in Seattle. 1.30 Green Bay Packers - WR Jalen Reagor (TCU) - Back to back Horned Frogs at the end of the first round, as the Packers add a big time weapon to their offense. Reagor's ability to take the top off of defenses would be a huge boost for Rodgers. 1.31 Kansas City Chiefs - RB Travis Etienne (Clemson) - Wanted to give the Chiefs some defensive help, but nothing stood out as a great fit. Instead, the Chiefs take the best player left on the board in Etienne, and continue to add elite weapons to an already dangerous offense. 1.32 TRADE: Carolina Panthers - QB Jordan Love (Utah State). The 49ers are low on picks in this draft, so a trade back to replenish their ammo would be great. And the Panthers land themselves Love, who can develop under Rhule and new Panthers OC Joe Brady, sending a 4th and a 7th round pick to the 49ers in return.
2.1 Cincinnati Bengals - OT Josh Jones (Houston). Now that they have their franchise QB, they need to protect their franchise QB. With Jonah Williams added in last year, the Bengals add a long, athletic pass protector in Jones. 2.2 Indianapolis Colts (via WAS) - WR K.J. Hamler (Penn State). The Colts used their first pick to add defensive help, and now this pick turns into the speedy Hamler to help the offense. 2.3 Detroit Lions - CB A.J. Terrell (Clemson). After taking a DT in the first round, the Lions land a great fit in Terrell to give them some needed cornerback help. 2.4 New York Giants - EDGE Zack Baun (Wisconsin). Continuing to build the team from the inside out, the Giants add an excellent pass rusher in Baun, who has risen immensely since last season. 2.5 Los Angeles Chargers - OT Austin Jackson (USC). Like the Bengals, the Chargers need to find protection for their new signal caller, and this comes in the local product out of USC. 2.6 TRADE: San Francisco 49ers - CB Jeff Gladney (TCU). After moving out of the first round, the 49ers add extra picks and now select a cornerback to boost their outstanding defense. 2.7 Miami Dolphins - G Soloman Kindley (Georgia). Miami needs to take multiple offensive linemen in the first two days of the draft, and they so here with a strong interior guard in Kindley. 2.8 Arizona Cardinals - DT Raekwon Davis (Alabama). After adding CeeDee Lamb in the first, the Cardinals add a long, powerful DT to give a boost to their defense, rather than reach on OL here. 2.9 Cleveland Browns - S Xavier McKinney (Alabama). The Browns should have plenty of opportunities to fill their biggest needs with elite prospects, and they do exactly that by adding McKinney here. 2.10 Jacksonville Jaguars - RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin). The theme here is continuing to add weapons to this offense, and Taylor can be a big boost either in tangent with Fournette, or as a pass catcher out of the backfield. 2.11 Chicago Bears (via LVR) - G/C Tyler Biadasz (Wisconsin). Back to back Badgers, as the Bears add some much needed help on the OL in Biadasz, who can easily slide to guard alongside Daniels. 2.12 Indianapolis Colts - QB Jacob Eason (Washington). The Colts may have waited a bit, but they do add a QB with immense potential in the strong armed-Eason. A season behind Brissett could do him wonders. 2.13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT Prince Tega Wanogho (Auburn). The Bucs find themselves a pass protector, and PTW may have the highest ceiling out of all these guys due to his immense athleticism. 2.14 Denver Broncos - OT Isaiah Wilson (Georgia). The Broncos too need to find some help at OT, and they get that with Wilson, another incredibly athletic SEC pass protector. 2.15 Atlanta Falcons - DT Neville Gallimore (Oklahoma). Didn't like a fit for any corners here, so the Falcons take Gallimore and provide a boost to their defensive line. 2.16 New York Jets - EDGE Terrell Lewis (Alabama). In need of pass rushers as well, the Jets take a chance on Lewis, who has immense potential, but has dealt with some injuries. 2.17 Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE Julian Okwara (Notre Dame). The Steelers enter the draft, and they pick Notre Dame's top edge rusher, a crafty and surprisingly strong pass rusher. 2.18 Chicago Bears - TE Cole Kmet (Notre Dame). The first tight end off the board is Kmet, who will provide Trubisky another weapon in hopes that he can get things figured out. 2.19 Dallas Cowboys - DT Justin Madibuike (Texas A&M). The Cowboys first two picks gives them two impact defenders to help straighten out their defense. 2.20 Los Angeles Rams - OT Trey Adams (Washington). If the Rams want another run at the Super Bowl, heck, even the playoffs, they need to upgrade their OL, and they do that with the massive product out of Washington. 2.21 TRADE: Indianapolis Colts - TE Hunter Bryant (Washington) Picking this up from the Eagles, the Colts reunite Bryant and Eason, giving them a natural replacement for Ebron as a pass catching TE. 2.22 Buffalo Bills - EDGE Jabari Zuniga (Florida). The Bills add a pass rusher here, as Zuniga's excellent play earns him a spot in the second round. 2.23 Atlanta Falcons (via NE) - CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah) - The Falcons add a corner with the pick they received in the Sanu trade. Johnson was a major asset for the tough Utah defense. 2.24 Miami Dolphins (via NO) - EDGE Jonathan Greenard (Florida). Just two picks behind a fellow Gator's pass rusher, Greenard fits Flores scheme quite well, and provides some pass rush help. 2.25 Houston Texans - RB Cam Akers (Florida State). Akers may be the most underrated back in this draft, as he managed to put up excellent footage in Tallahassee, despite playing behind that garbage OL. 2.26 Minnesota Vikings - T/G Calvin Throckmorten (Oregon). The Vikings run came to end as the 49ers obliterated their OL. They address that with the RT out of Oregon. 2.27 Seattle Seahawks - EDGE Darrell Taylor (Tennessee). The Seahawks will likely re-sign Jadeveon Clowney as a powerful SDE, but adding an edge rusher who gets after the QB a bit more would be great. 2.28 Baltimore Ravens - ILB Troy Dye (Oregon). Filling the void left by C.J. Mosley, Dye steps into to a Ravens defense, and could be a bit component for them going forward. 2.29 Tennessee Titans - RB J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State). This would change if the Titans re-sign Derrick Henry, however, with a very good offensive line, the Titans could likely continue rushing success without Henry. 2.30 Green Bay Packers - DT Ross Blacklock (TCU). Perhaps one of my favorite "sleepers" of the draft, Blacklock has a fantastic blend of size and quickness to him. 2.31 Kansas City Chiefs - CB Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi St.). A big, physical corner, Dantzler should step in and contribute for the Chiefs fairly quickly, given their needs at corner. 2.32 Seattle Seahawks - WR Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona St.). A big play waiting to happen every time the ball heads his direction, Aiyuk would give Russell Wilson an electric weapon.
3.1 Cincinnati Bengals - C Nick Harris (Washington) 3.2 Washington Redskins - WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan) 3.3 Detroit Lions - EDGE Bradlee Anae (Utah) 3.4 TRADE: Arizona Cardinals - G John Simpson (Clemson) - from trade w/ NYJ (via NYG). 3.5 Carolina Panthers - DT Rashard Lawrence (LSU) 3.6 Miami Dolphins - G Shane Lemiuex (Oregon) 3.7 TRADE: Detroit Lions - WR Michael Pittman Jr. (USC) - from trade w/ LAC. 3.8 Arizona Cardinals - OT Yasir Durant (Missouri) 3.9 Jacksonville Jaguars - S Ashtyn Davis (California) 3.10 Cleveland Browns - G Ben Bredeson (Michigan) 3.11 Indianapolis Colts - DL Marlon Davidson (Auburn) 3.12 Tampa Bay Bucs - CB Deommodore Lenoir (Oregon) 3.13 Denver Broncos - CB Lamar Jackson (Nebraska) 3.14 Atlanta Falcons - WR Bryan Edwards (South Carolina) 3.15 New York Jets - S Antoine Winfield Jr. (Minnesota) 3.16 Las Vegas Raiders - CB/S Shyheim Carter (Alabama) 3.17 Las Vegas Raiders - LB Jacob Phillips (LSU) 3.18 Dallas Cowboys - WR Tyler Johnson (Minnesota) 3.19 Denver Broncos (via PIT) - OT Robert Hunt (UL-Lafayette) 3.20 Los Angeles Rams - DT Leki Fotu (Utah) 3.21 Philadelphia Eagles - S Kyle Dugger (Lenoir-Rhyne) 3.22 Buffalo Bills - EDGE Anfernee Jennings (Alabama) 3.23 New England Patriots - QB Jake Fromm (Georgia) 3.24 New Orleans Saints - QB Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) 3.25 Minnesota Vikings - DL Nick Coe (Auburn) 3.26 Cleveland Browns (via HOU) - LB Malik Harrison (Ohio State) 3.27 Las Vegas Raiders (via SEA) - WR Devin Duvernay (Texas) 3.28 Baltimore Ravens - EDGE Khalid Kareem (Notre Dame) 3.29 Tennessee Titans - DT Jordan Elliott (Missouri) 3.30 Green Bay Packers - LB Jordan Mack (Virginia) 3.31 Kansas City Chiefs - LB Jordyn Brooks (Texas Tech) 3.32 Denver Broncos (via SF) - OT Scott Franz (Kansas State) Compensatory Picks (as predicted by OverTheCap) 3.33 New England Patriots - OT Ezra Cleveland (Boise State) 3.34 New York Giants - WR Gabriel Davis (UCF) 3.35 New England Patriots - TE Adam Trautman (Dayton) 3.36 Seattle Seahawks - S Hamsah Nasirildeen (Florida State) 3.37 Houston Texans - EDGE Josh Uche (Michigan) 3.38 Pittsburgh Steelers - TE Colby Parkinson (Stanford) 3.39 Philadelphia Eagles - CB Thomas Graham (Oregon)
4.1 Cincinnati Bengals - WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty) 4.2 Washington Redskins - CB Amik Robertson (Louisiana Tech) 4.3 Detroit Lions - RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU) 4.4 New York Giants - CB Damon Arnette (Ohio State) 4.5 Houston Texans (via MIA) - C/G Netane Muti (Fresno State) 4.6 Los Angeles Chargers - C Matt Hennessy (Temple) 4.7 TRADE: San Francisco 49ers - C Jake Hanson (Oregon) 4.8 Arizona Cardinals - RB Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma St.) 4.9 Cleveland Browns - OT Jack Driscoll (Auburn) 4.10 Jacksonville Jaguars - LB Akeem Davis-Gaither (Appalachian St.) 4.11 Tampa Bay Bucs - RB Eno Benjamin (Arizona St.) 4.12 Denver Broncos - DT Raequan Williams (Michigan St.) 4.13 Atlanta Falcons - CB Darnay Holmes (UCLA) 4.14 New York Jets - EDGE Kenny Willekes (Michigan St.) 4.15 Las Vegas Raiders - QB Anthony Gordon (Washington St.) 4.16 Indianapolis Colts - RB Kylin Hill (Mississippi St.) 4.17 Dallas Cowboys - WR Isaiah Hodgins (Oregon St.) 4.18 Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Ben Bartch (St. John's) 4.19 New England Patriots (via CHI) - LB Logan Wilson (Wyoming) 4.20 Los Angeles Rams - WR Chase Claypool (Notre Dame) 4.21 Philadelphia Eagles - WR Denzel Mims (Baylor) 4.22 Buffalo Bills - WR Jauan Jennings (Tennessee) 4.23 Baltimore Ravens - RB A.J. Dillon (Boston College 4.24 New Orleans Saints - CB Bryce Hall (Virginia) 4.25 Houston Texans - TE Brycen Hopkins (Purdue) 4.26 Minnesota Vikings - WR Lynn Bowden (Kentucky) 4.27 Seattle Seahawks - G Logan Stenberg (Kentucky) 4.28 Baltimore Ravens - Cesar Ruiz (Michigan) 4.29 Pittsburgh Steelers (via TEN) - OT Justin Herron (Wake Forrest) 4.30 Green Bay Packers - OT Matt Peart (UCONN) 4.31 Kansas City Chiefs - CB Kindle Vildor (Georgia Southern) 4.32 Denver Broncos (via SF) - LB Cameron Brown (Penn State) Anyways. That's my shot at one. Tell me why you hate it...
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Hi all, first of all thanks for all of the feedback on the last couple of posts dealing with Florida's bowl destination and a rooting guide for the rest of the season. I've been really excited to debate this with you and for the positive feedback I received. I figured it was worth doing things differently this week, instead of a bowl prediction post on Sunday, a new rooting guide on Sunday, and then this discussion post today, it seemed to make more sense to combine it all into one which is why I'm posting this today. Before we get into the discussion, a quick recap of last week's rooting guide:
Florida needs to BEAT FLORIDA STATE. No surprise here. Lose this game and everything written below is meaningless and you're going to the Citrus Bowl to play Minnesota/Wisconsin/Michigan/Penn State. LSU needs to WIN OUT. I wrote this ironically last time because, let's be honest, no one wants Georgia anywhere near the playoff that is reading this board. But, now, I really mean it. The Committee showed last night that sometimes it matters more who you lose to instead of who you beat by only dropping Penn State two places and putting them ahead of the Gators. LSU needs to be dominant against Texas A&M and Georgia to put LSU back on top of Ohio State and gain some value for what is, undoubtedly, the Gators best loss. This could help keep us ahead of a rising Minnesota or Baylor. Ohio State needs to WIN OUT. I've said it before and I'll say it again- Ohio State is your best friend. Ohio State needed to do more against Penn State, which hurt, but Ohio State really needs to beat Michigan and really needs to beat Minnesota/Wisconsin. Ohio State losing one of those games becomes a major headache and a possible major issue for the Gators' path to a NY6 bowl game. Just root for Ohio State to win, and win big, for the next two weeks. Clemson needs to WIN OUT. As I discussed on Sunday, this is more about eliminating bid stealers at this point and Clemson is the ultimate bid stealer if they lost the ACC Championship Game. Root for the Tigers to win out and just be done with it, it's easier that way. (I should note, the Tigers losing to South Carolina wouldn't be the worst outcome, at all, and would likely help as it would get a second SEC team in the playoff, possibly, but does anyone really believe that the Gamecocks can win on Saturday? I want this to be a realistic look at what needs to happen, not a fantasy.) Wisconsin needs to BEAT MINNESOTA. This takes care of a lot of the Big Ten "problem" the Gators have now and would also erase any concern about where Penn State is ranked. Minnesota is currently ranked ahead of the Gators and the fear, if Minnesota beats Wisconsin and then plays a closer than expected game against Ohio State, is that Minnesota, much like Penn State this week, could still find themselves slotted in front of the Gators. That would put Minnesota and Penn State ahead of the Gators and probably doom us to the Citrus Bowl. The best bet is to have Wisconsin beat Minnesota, then have Wisconsin lose to Ohio State. This would put a 2-loss Minnesota likely behind you and then a 3-loss Wisconsin definitely behind you, leaving Ohio State and Penn State ahead of you. Ohio State goes to the playoff, Penn State goes to the Rose Bowl, and the Gators have that slot in the Cotton Bowl all to themselves. Oklahoma needs to WIN OUT. This one is pretty simple, the goal is to get Baylor knocked back behind the Gators in case the Sooners miss the playoff because Utah gets in. In that case, Oklahoma would go to the Sugar Bowl and force Baylor into the at-large pool for the Cotton Bowl. It's easier to eliminate Baylor and have them pick up another loss to the Sooners, preferably one that would be ugly. Utah needs to WIN OUT. Another Baylor type case here, having Utah lose to either Colorado or Oregon is problematic from a bid stealing perspective. Oregon would be eliminated as a 3-loss team if they lose to Utah whereas, if the Ducks beat Utah, you would have a 2-loss Pac-12 Champion Oregon in the Rose Bowl and Utah another 2-loss team also fighting for that at-large berth in the Cotton Bowl. Utah's resume is weak, with the best win coming against either 7-4 BYU or 6-5 Washington, take your pick, but it's still dangerous to add yet another team to the mix for that Cotton Bowl slot. Just root for Utah to win out, go to the Rose Bowl, and get rid of a bid stealer. Auburn needs to BEAT ALABAMA. I struggled with adding this to the list because it's not really a NEED so much as its a good result to have happen because it likely would help us. I think, as we saw last night, Alabama's path to a playoff is basically not there anymore. The Tide are clearly a placeholder and, I believe, Oklahoma or Utah get in in front of them. If that is the case, then it's worth rooting for Auburn to beat the Tide because that strengthens your best win (Auburn) while putting real questions on Alabama's resume and their reasons for being ranked ahead of you. I'm not saying it would happen, but it's possible for the Gators to jump Alabama at this point, if Alabama struggles and loses to Auburn, and I believe that's more likely than Alabama being a second SEC team in the playoff. Again, not a need, but it's something that could help so here it is.
As you can see, LITERALLY EVERYTHING came up Orange and Blue on Saturday- the day could not have gone any better from a Gator perspective. Florida crushed FSU, Minnesota was handily dispatched by Wisconsin, Ohio State crushed Michigan, and Auburn beat Alabama. Quite literally, a perfect day for the Gators in every single way. So what are we looking at for tonight and what needs to happen?
Alabama should be ranked behind Florida. There's really no reason to justify the Crimson Tide staying in front of the Gators at this point, except for the name on the front of the jersey. Quite simply, Alabama need to be ranked behind Florida tonight.
Minnesota should be ranked behind Florida. I was originally concerned about this, as I noted in the rooting guide last week, but with the comprehensive way Minnesota lost to Wisconsin, I don't think there's really an argument here. Minnesota should slot in behind the Gators.
Those two things are really all we need to root for tonight with the rankings guide, because that should give us rankings that look like the below. Before that, though, one thing I should note is that you should expect Wisconsin to move ahead of the Gators. That is not concerning and, again, should be something you expect to see. As long as Ohio State beats Wisconsin pretty handily on Saturday, that is not a concern. The same thing should be said with Oklahoma and Baylor, as long as one of those teams loses by a decent amount on Saturday there's no concern. So, projected rankings for tonight- at least for the top 10:
Ohio State (or LSU)
LSU (or Ohio State)
As I mentioned above, I think it's safe to assume that Wisconsin jumps ahead of you this week, but they should promptly fall back next week after losing to Ohio State. Minnesota and Alabama should also fall behind you, as discussed above. One interesting point of debate will be what happens with Penn State- I think they remain above you (as I showed in my projection above), but what happens if the Committee drops Penn State because of their closer than expected game with Rutgers? Again, I don't expect that to happen, but it's something worth keeping an eye on tonight because it makes your path significantly easier. At this point, using the rooting guide above and my projected CFP Rankings for tonight, this is how I expect the NY6 to play out: Fiesta: Ohio State vs. Utah Peach: LSU vs. Clemson Rose: Penn State vs. Oregon Sugar: Georgia vs. Oklahoma Orange Bowl: Florida vs. Virginia Cotton: Baylor vs. Memphis So what's everyone expecting tonight?
1u - Texas State -2.5 vs Georgia State at -115 = WIN
2u - Oklahoma State +7.5 at Texas for -125 = WIN
2u - UCF -12 at Pitt for -110 = Loss
2u - Baylor -26.5 at Rice at -110 = Loss
2u - Ole Miss ML vs Cal at -103 = Loss
2u - Mississippi State -7 vs Kentucky at -115 = WIN
2u - App State +3.5 at UNC at -110 = WIN
10u - LOCK PLAY: BAYLOR -16.5 1H AT RICE for -110 = WIN
1u - UCF at Pitt u58.5 for -110 = Loss
1u - Parlay: Utah ML at USC/Washington ML at BYU for +121 = Loss
2u - Parlay - Baylor 1H -16 at Rice/Florida ML vs Tennessee/UCF ML at Pitt for +159 odds = Loss
2u - LIVE Texas A&M +14.5 vs Auburn at +100 = WIN
2u - LIVE Baylor -20.5 at Rice at -115 = Loss
Week 4 Picks went 8-7 for +10.24u Hydra System Week 4:
Florida ML vs Tennessee at -600 = WIN
Temple ML at Buffalo at -550 = Loss
Coastal Carolina ML at UMass at -950 = WIN
Troy ML at Akron at -950 = WIN
Nevada ML at UTEP at -550 = WIN
5u - ML Parlay for -102 odds Week 4 Hydra System went for -5.1u Adding together the +10.24 picks and -5.1u Hydra System, we're at: Week 4 Total: +5.14u Add in results from the first 3 weeks: SEASON TOTAL PICKS: 28-17 with 3 pushes for 20.81u SEASON TOTAL Hydra System: 1-2 for -6.35u
Week 5 Picks:
1u - Wake Forest -7 at Boston College at -110
1u - Washington -10 vs USC at -105
1u - Oregon State +3 vs Stanford at -105
2u - Temple -9.5 vs Georgia Tech at -110
2u - Fresno State -17.5 at New Mexico State University for -110
2u - Liberty -7.5 vs New Mexico University at -110
2u - SMU -7.5 at USF for -110
2u - Arizona State at Cal u40.5 at -110
10u- LOCK: North Texas -6 vs Houston for -110
1u - Arizona -6.5 vs UCLA at -110
1u - Clemson 1H -16 vs UNC at -110
2u - Liberty -7 vs New Mexico at -110 (yes, 2 additional units on Liberty).
Offseason Review Series: Day 21 - THE Miami Dolphins
Team Name: Miami Dolphins Division: AFC East 2016 Record: 10-6 (4-2 divisional record) Qualified for Playoffs with #6 seed Hey guys, the wait is almost over and boy am I anxious. I hope to find you all in good health. I don't like to have long, lengthy introductions, so I'll keep this brief. The Dolphins had a cinderella type season in 2016, with rookie head coach Adam Gase turning our team around. I think he can continue his success and turn this team into a juggernaut, just as Bill and Brady ride off into the sunset. Enjoy!
26 Fum.(8 Lost)
3rd Down %
16 FF(9 FR)
3rd Down %
New Additions: Coaches
After a VERY successful rookie coaching year, Adam Gase kept his job and was able to retain most of his staff. The one lone exception was now Denver Broncos head coach, Vance Joseph. To replace him, we've promoted former LB coach Matt Burke. Burke has promised to keep the defensive scheme more or less the same, as they don't want to try to overhaul our defensive personnel to fit a new scheme like a certain out of work coach would do. Burke has so far been highly praised as a bookworm type with high intelligence. Our LB group last year was substandard, but that had as much to do with our injuries as scheme, so we'll see how he can do with a healthy defense and a few new toys.
Key Players Lost:
Jelani Jenkins, LB
Dion Simms, TE
Branden Albert, LT
Jordan Cameron, TE
A big theme in miami this off season was retaining our players who knew our scheme. Thus, our list of important people riding off into the sunset is very short. We have a few other big names that left but they provided nothing to the team to be worthy of being mentioned. Special nod to Isa, who may have his career ended due to unfortunate injuries. Great safety, not going to be back this season, or possibly ever. Hope you have a full recovery dude. New Faces in Miami:
William Hayes, DE
Julius Thomas, TE
Lawrence Timmons, LB
Anthony Fasano, TE
Nate Allen, SS
TJ McDonald, FS
Ted Larsen, OL
Hayes and Thomas were acquired through trades for minimal assets. Thomas was a package deal with Albert, exchanging a 7th this year for a 7th next year. The rest were valuable signings with intent to be starters on our team at positions of need. The lone exception being TJ McDonald, who is currently slated to be suspended for the first 8 games of the season. The Dolphins see him as a potentially impact player once he is off his suspension. If Miami can repeat last year, perhaps he can help them advance in the playoffs?
Round 1, Pick 22 - Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Round 2, Pick 54(22) - Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State University
Round 6, Pick 194(10) - Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State
Round 7, Pick 237(19) - Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
Our draft this year was VERY defensive heavy. After a rough year in 2016, our defense needed some new faces to take it up to the next level. Charles Harris is prone to be our new pass rush specialist for the years to come and joins a stacked group to learn from. Raekwon McMillan is a deeply desired injection of talent into our barren LB group. Cordrea Tankersley was a bit of a surprise, as most of us saw our DB group as our strongest group, but in round 3 for a national champion, he is considered a steal and hopefully can develop into the natural prototype we're looking for in DBs. Isaac Asiata is going to be the draft pick watch the most, likely, as we are in desperate need of talent to fill in the gaps of our offensive line. Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor will likely be directly competing for a roster spot. We have 2 DTs locked into the starting positions, and now 2 rookies and 2 under 25 veterans competing to round it out. Both are considered pash rush experts. Isaiah Ford was another surprise, but in the 7th round you go for value, and Ford was value. He will have to show something special to make the team in a stacked group of WRs.
Training Camp Battles
GUARD-BOWL PART DEUX
Contestants: Isaac Asiata, Ted Larsen, Kraig Urbik I was hoping I wouldn't have to do this section again, but unfortunately, I have to do this section again. After a successful first year on the team, Laremy Tunsil is being kicked out of LG and taking over his natural position of LT. That said, it is very likely we will be keeping our RG spot the same with Jermon Bushrod. He had an interesting 2016, with PFF grading him among the worst guards in the league. The coaching staff has commented the opposite, however, stating he was vital to our offense's success at times. After some tape review, you can see he did lead the way on some of Ajayi's big runs last year. Now we're turning our attention to the left spot with two seasoned vets, one of which was on the team last year, and our newly drafted rookie guard. It is very likely Asiata will be resigned to a back up role to start the season, and Larsen is generally considered the favorite to win the position. Urbik was good in limited snaps, but there's nothing to suggest he has anything special to be above a back up. He is likely also competing for the back up center spot with Anthony Steen, and thus will see more snaps there.
Linebacker Group - 3rd Member
Contestants: Koa Misi, Raekwon McMillan, Mike Hull As said earlier, our LB group was pretty shitty last year. After injuries to 2/3 of our starters, and inconsistent play from Kiko, our team was slashed by the run repeatedly. Thus, this year, we decided to kick it up a notch and invest heavily in fortifying the position. Two starters are known, with Alonso returning and Timmons being signed to the unit. Both of these players are versatile, so we're just waiting on our third linebacker to get picked so we can an idea of who will be playing what position. Koa Misi is the seasoned veteran of the team, but has injury concerns, and doesn't wow the audience when he is healthy. Raekwon McMillan comes from a star studded college team and was grabbed with our second round draft pick, but at the end of the day is still a rookie and may not be able to handle the responsibilities from week one. Mike Hull was among a group of UDFA LBs we grabbed a couple years ago that all looked promising, but ultimately fell short. Reports are that he is the leading candidate for the third slot, but the fans aren't thrilled to hear that and hope McMillan can shine come preseason.
Stacks on Stacks - Wide Receiver Depth
Contestants: Leonte Carroo, Jakeem Grant, Rashawn Scott, Drew Morgan, Isaiah Ford This one is going to be damn near impossible to predict. Our starting WRs are all but set in stone, barring any unforeseen injuries. However, the depth could go anywhere. Last year saw disappointing seasons from returning players Jakeem Grant, who was used as a returner when he didn't fumble it, and Leonte Carroo, who was expected to be a steal of a draft pick but was unable to make the game day roster most weeks. His replacement, most of those weeks, was Rashawn Scott, who was an UDFA in the same draft we traded up for Carroo. No official game stats yet, but shows a direct comparison with one of his competitors. Drew Morgan and Isaiah Ford are both from this year's draft, and have been notable in camp. Drew Morgan has impressed coaches repeatedly, whereas Isaiah Ford had a much better collegiate career. It is unlikely both make the team, and are likely competing with each other for WR spot #6.
MATT "GOAT" DARR
Most of the starters are set in stone, with the few exceptions in the training camp battles listed above. I decided to go balls to the wall and try to guess our entire 53-man roster, and the ones I'm unsure of making the roster I have Super scripted. Rookies are italicized. Last year, we were worried more about starters and who would fill out. This year, we're worried more about the depth. That's a VERY good chance in roster status. A few of our starters are even going to be put in a rotation to keep them fresh. That's a testament to our coaching staff succeeding in their personnel decisions. Hopefully the improvement is shown in the records this year, and not just another preseason hype.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Defensive Line Talent
Our offense is absolutely stacked outside of the offensive line. Our guard position lacks superstars, but our tackles are very much solid and Mike Pouncey is looking to show the league why he's the best player on our offensive line. Our defensive line was good on paper before the draft with the trade for Hayes, but after drafting Cameron Wake Lite in Charles Harris, our rotation will be deep and nasty. Our cornerback group lacks the big name stars of the league, but Byron Maxwell played as well as he ever has last year and looks to continue his destruction of the league. If the rest of the group continues to improve, we may compete to have the best secondary in the division. Weaknesses:
Offensive line is weak
How hard can LS John flippin' Denney carry special teams?
As started above, our Linebacker group was piss poor last year and only improved marginally this year. Lots of us were looking to grab Reuben Foster in the draft when he fell to pick 22, but thankfully we didn't have reports continually came out pulling his draft stock down. McMillan will be more than serviceable in the future, but we need him now. Our offensive line has 3 positions that look formidable, and two that look shaky. Add into that equation our star Center, Mike Pouncey, having a long injury history, and our offensive line goes from decent to bad. If Bushrod doesn't regress at 32 and Larsen can come in and perform at 30, maybe some strain will be taken off Pouncey and allow him to not only survive, but thrive. As for special teams, Matt Darr is a damn good punter(how tf do we keep getting good punters?), but John Denney is but a mere demigod. He can't land the kicks for Andrew Franks, who struggled most of his career until landing a beautiful kick against Buffalo to send the game into overtime. That's not even counting the fact that our situation at punt and kick returning are atrocious. Grant was lackluster and had butterfingers, Kenyan Drake has been good but hasn't proved to be the answer just yet, and Jarvis Landry is too valuable to put back there.
Week 1: vs. Tampa Bay: Battle of South Florida(sort of). Tampa Bay is an up and coming team with a fantastic QB-WR combo and tons of talents on their defense. However, they have fallen short of the playoffs in the short tenure of Jameis Winston. This might finally be their year after a good off season, but their division is tough. Combine that with Gase not wanting another slow start to the year. Predicting a W to start the season. 1-0 Week 2: @ LA Chargers: The chargers are a weird team yo. Last year, I predicted they would bounce back and have a great year with their injuries not possibly happening twice in a row, but it did, and they didn't have a great year. This game is early in the year, and I predict they won't be an injured mess, but I also think they didn't get better substantially enough. Their offensive line is likely to start two rookies against our monsterous defensive line, and despite having some super stars, they also lack talent elsewhere. I see this as another win. 2-0 Week 3: @ NY Jets: The Jets are in full blown rebuild mode. They cut a lot of their stars, and their most important position is a giant question mark. Their defense, once feared even in the depths of Foxborough, has now become a laughing stock. The team lacks an identity at this point in time, and it's early enough in the year that I don't think the cold will hinder the Phins. I can't see anyway to not count this as a W. 3-0 Week 4: vs. New Orleans Saints(London Game): Oh boy oh boy oh boy. The Dolphins play the New Orleans Saints in London. I love these Sundays. Wake up at 9, get drunk by 10. Unfortunately, I believe the Saints will win a high scoring game as Brees obliterates our question marks on defense, while his defense stiffens up just enough to give them the edge. I can live with it, but it'll be a loss. 3-1 Week 5: vs. Tennessee Titans: I kind of like the Titans, in like a little brother way. We seem to exchange a lot of players, play a similar game, and have started rebuilding around the same time. Mariota seems to be a better Tannehill, but our receiving group is better. They can run the ball more reliably, but Jay Ajayi might be the best RB on the field. It'll come down to defense, and neither of our defenses are star studded. I think this is the type of game that ends 24-23, but I think the Dolphins will have something to prove after the game last year. 4-1 Week 6: @Atlanta Falcons: Look. I go on this subreddit. I've seen the memes. I know who we're playing though. The Falcons will be on a revenge tour this year, looking to get back to the Superbowl and redeem themselves. Their offense is still spectacular, and their defense was young and only got better. This WILL be a loss. 4-2 Week 7: vs. New York Jets: It's so lazy to do, but I'd like to point any and all readers to my previous section. It's still true. Their best QB is a back up on close to 30 teams in the league, and their RBs won't carry the team the way Barry Sanders could. They're a division rival, so they're supposed to play us close, but I KNOW they're saving their meme magic for the Patriots. 5-2. Week 8: @Baltimore Ravens: F' you Baltimore. Every year, I think we can take you on. I think we finally have your number and can beat you. Then, you embarrass us. Every. Year. The ONLY time we got you, was when you were carting out players from your practice squad due to injuries. That wasn't satisfying. Maybe it will be this year? I'm not betting on it though, we're still going to lose to your team and I'm not sure why other than history. 5-3 Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders: Damn. This is a hard schedule back to back. The Raiders are a team with talent EVERYWHERE. Their defense is stout, their offense is loaded, their coach seems great, and their QB just put up MVP numbers before being injured. In the NFL, you need to live, breath, and preach any given Sunday. However, today is Tuesday and I'm not in the NFL. We're getting back to back losses as the high powered Raiders blow the Dolphins out. 5-4 Week 10: @ Carolina Panthers: Carolina regressed hard after their superbowl trip. Some might even say the house is on fire. Now, I dont have enough info to put my opinion in on firing their GM, but I can see their team. I think they have some very high highs and some very low lows. I think the Dolphins will look like the contender on this day, despite being the visiting team. They don't want to give up 3 losses in a row and will have fire in the bellies. 6-4 Week 11: BYE WEEK As with every year, I freaking hope we don't lose our bye week. Week 12: @New England: Shit. Dude, like.... I want to say we'll win. I really do. One of my best friends from babyhood is a Pats fan, and it will bring me great joy to beat the Pats convincingly. Our team seems fired up to take them on, but how? The Patriots have a potentially GOAT Coach, GOAT QB, a STACKED offense outside of their line, and a strong defense. In New England? We don't win. 6-5 Week 13: vs. Denver Broncos: Hey Vance, it's me, your old team. How's it going? Having a good season? That's cool. Well... we're here to play, and having been embarrassed by a division rival the previous week, I'm not sure your team can handle it. Your defense is amazing, but we saw last year it can be exploited between the hashes. I think Gase is able to scheme against his former team, and out coach his former subordinate. 7-5. Week 14: vs. New England: It's weird that we play all of our division rivals consecutively. Like, usually they're spread out, but we go jets x2, to Pats x2, then finally we play the Bills. This time, New England is in South Florida, where they've historically struggled. This is a make it or break it game for Miami. Primetime, Monday Night Football against not only a division rival, but the defending super bowl champs. It may be crazy to call it, but usually we split with New England, and we get the win here. 8-5 Week 15: @Buffalo Bills: I have a lot less faith in Buffalo than most. I think they have a mediocre coach, an inconsistent QB, a strong run game, and an average defense. These do not add up well for Buffalo. Once again, any given Sunday, but I think the Bills will be outcoached, out ran, and out gunned at home. 9-5 Week 16: @ KC Chiefs: This is gonna be a tough one to predict. On one hand, the KC Chiefs are very consistently a good team. They have a fantastic defense, a good running game, versatility in their offense, and a good head coach. They lack a star QB however. I can see this game going either way, and I expect it to be a close one. However, I can't reasonably say the Dolphins are better other than at QB, and even that is debatable. Thus, this is another loss. 9-6 Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills: Last game of the year against a division rival. Oh boy, this will be fun. As I said earlier, I don't have a ton of faith in the Bills. Are they better than the Jets? Of course. Does that mean anything? Of course not. They have a similar schedule to us, but I just don't see them as having a competing year, and thus will be looking to play spoiler. However, vengeance is not a great motivator. I think this will be a bit more lopsided than the previous match up, and the Dolphins will walk out 10-6, hoping to secure a play off berth Final record: 10-6
I definitely added some homerism in my predictions, and for that I'm sorry. I know my team, and I've seen what Adam Gase can do with a depleted roster lacking fire. He turned our team around from 1-4 last year and took us to the Playoffs, despite losing our QB almost a month prior. I'm really excited for this year. I think our ceiling is 11-5, but our actual record will probably be 9-7 or 10-6. We're a good team with a good coach, and if we don't get the wrong injuries, we can compete with anybody. We have to play the Patriots twice a year, and last time they looked unstoppable, we stole the division from them. It's the best part of the NFL. I hope you all enjoyed reading whatever part of this you did, and as per usual I'll try to edit it throughout the day to make it more presentable or have better information. I invite any of you looking for a new NFL or AFC team to watch our games. We're a young team filled with fire and a great captain leading the ship. We have great personalities, and despite what you may read, Ryan Tannehill can fucking ball. Last year he started to show glimpses of being a strong NFL QB, and I'm hoping this year he continues to make strides. I don't know if he'll ever be a top 3 or top 5 QB, but I think he'll consistently be a top 10 with Adam Gase by his side. In Gase We Trust.
Shoutouts to People who helped
skepticismissurvival for organising 32 Teams/32 Days. Shoutout to /MiamiDolphins for being awesome, being a fun place to browse, and enjoying the ride whether it's the long offseason or the exciting regular season. Feel free to stop by if you're not a division rival(Bills can stop by).
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