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Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode Deactivated

(photo courtesy Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

(photo courtesy Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the best teams in the NFL over the last four seasons. They are known for a dominant defense and a physical running game. This year, that formula changed a bit with the loss of running back Marshawn Lynch for half the season due to nagging injuries and sports hernia surgery. The responsibility of the offense fell more on quarterback Russell Wilson to run the show and make it happen. The offense was still successful, but there was no doubt that they could have been even better with a healthy Marshawn Lynch. The veteran running back has been the staple of their offense since their run started in the Great Northwest. Each game, you got used to seeing a physical run happen that would just amaze you. Many players said he was one of the toughest players to tackle in the NFL. But Marshawn has decided he has had enough of the NFL. At the age of 29, Lynch has decided to call it a career. Lynch tweeted out a picture during the Super Bowl that indicated that he was retiring and there were messages from teammates Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman along with Seahawks owner Paul Allen that all but confirmed it. The real confirmation came when Lynch’s agent confirmed it on Monday that Lynch was indeed calling it a career. So Beast Mode will now be leaving the game and headed on to a new chapter of his life.

Many will remember the things that he did on the field and the effect he had there on the Seattle team. One of the most memorable plays of his career had to be the run he had against the New Orleans Saints back in 2011. That run and the cheers led to an actual earthquake happening. And that memory will forever be in the minds of Seattle fans and NFL fans as well. But what will also be in the memory of many is that Marshawn did things his own way. Much was made of him and speaking to the media. When he was in Seattle, media was not something he did at all. If he could have his way, he would avoid it at all costs. But due to threats of being fined, he eventually made some appearances with media. Those appearances, however, were still done on his own terms. He said very little if anything and promptly told media why he was really there. Who can forget him saying that he was at the Super Bowl press conference last year so he does not get fined? Marshawn just was not about the media at all and could care less about talking to them. He was more about playing the game and having fun with his teammates on the field or as he says it “I’m bout that action boss.” And about the action he was with career numbers of 9,112 yards, a 4.3 career average per carry and 83 career touchdowns over nine NFL seasons.

Marshawn Lynch and his exploits on the field will be talked about for a while. And there will be a debate whether he is worthy enough to make the Hall Of Fame in the upcoming years. He put up some good numbers over nine years. But the reality is he has 3,000 less yards than Frank Gore and he also has 29 less career touchdowns than Adrian Peterson. Both Gore and Peterson will more than likely be Hall of Famers. But with the way he handled media, that could affect him getting in. Lynch, though, could probably care less whether he makes the Hall of Fame or not. To him, he got what he wanted out of the NFL and is now able to move to the next step of his life. And reportedly, he has not spent much of his money he made in the NFLl. Lynch can now devote his energy to causes that affect where he is from, Oakland, and things that interest him and create a new life and identity for himself away from the game. And more importantly, Lynch can now be as quiet as he wants to be. Of course he cannot live like a hermit because many know who he is. But he can get away from the spotlight that he really did not like anyway. And that seems to suit him just fine.

Lynch definitely was a guy that struck fear in defenses. And when Seattle began to become the power they are now, he was the face of that movement. But Lynch has made his decision and it is time for him to move on. And who can blame him? He is getting out with his health and a bunch of money to live with. And he more importantly got to go out the way he wanted to go out: on his own terms. Good luch in retirement Marshawn. Enjoy life after football.

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The Panthers Struggle To The Winner’s Circle Against The Seahawks

(photo courtesy of CBS Sports)

(photo courtesy of CBS Sports)

The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers was billed as one of the best of this past weekend. Both teams have physical defenses, run the football well and have dynamic quarterbacks. But only one of them could survive this weekend. Many were split on who would win this game. There were some that felt the Seahawks would get it done because of their experience and the way their offense can explode at any time. And there were others that felt the Panthers would win due to being at home, defense and the great play of quarterback Cam Newton. Well, it was a story of two halves in Charlotte Sunday as both teams showed us what they were made of. Carolina got off to a great start to the game and led 31-0 going into halftime. But the Seahawks came roaring back in the second half, getting as close as 31-24 with just a little over a minute left in the game. But in the end, the Seahawks just ran out of time and could not overcome the big lead Carolina got out to. And with that, the Carolina Panthers are in the conference championship and will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday night. But the Panthers almost lost this one. Playing conservatively the second half almost cost them. So in moving forward, they must remember what they did to build the lead against the Seahawks going into next week.

The Panthers have a scary defense. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis are the best tandem of linebackers in the NFL. But the key to this defense is definitely their front four. They were everywhere in the first half of the game. And the pressure they created helped the defense collect two interceptions, with Kuechly returning the first interception for a touchdown. Along with putting pressure on the quarterback, the Panthers defensive line also was able to get penetration against Seattle to stop the run in the first half. But in the second half, it seemed like their foot off the gas. With either the coaches getting conservative or the players getting tired, the pressure seemed to ease up on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. As a result, the Wilson started attacking the Carolina secondary relentlessly. In the second half, Wilson was able to get matchups that favored his wide receivers and mostly avoided Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (the last Seattle touchdown went to Jermaine Kearse as Josh Norman whiffed on knocking the pass down). The Panthers were still able to keep Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch under wraps, but Wilson began to figure the Carolina defense out. If the Carolina Panthers want to win next week in Arizona, they have to keep up the pressure. Of course they will probably mix up their blitzes more next week. But in this game, cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Robert McClain had some troubles because they relaxed a little as a unit. And if both Finnegan and McClain had some trouble in this game, then they will surely have trouble against the number one offense in the NFL and especially the wide receiver trio of John Brown, Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.

But the issues the Panthers had in the second half did not only stem from their defense. The Panthers came out aggressive offensively in the first half. The tone was set for Carolina when running back Jonathan Stewart ran for 59 yards on the opening play. The Panthers were running right at the Seahawks and there was nothing Seattle could do about it at all. And along with the running game working, Cam and the passing game were making plays as well. Cam’s passing was particularly solid in the first half of the game on third downs, going 3/4 on third-down throws. But in the second half, it seemed like all that aggression the Panthers had offensively had gone away. The Seahawks began to recognize the Panthers were playing conservatively and would not really take any chances on their defense. Cam completed two more third down conversions through the air for the game, but it seemed like the offense was struggling to the finish line. If they are to play like that against Arizona, then there will be some issues. Getting a lead on the Cardinals will not be enough because they are more explosive than the Seattle offense and have more weapons than them too. If Carolina is to win next week and advance to the Super Bowl, they have to keep their offensive aggression. That second half performance will not get it done.

Cam Newton and many of his teammates are in the conference championship game for the first time. And if they can take anything away from their game against the Seahawks, it’s that they must smell blood in the water. When you have a team down, you have to finish them off right then and there. If not, situations like Sunday can occur. The ante has now been upped and the competition is tougher. Can the Panthers respond to the challenge or was the regular season where their championship resided?

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Divisional Round

(photo courtesy of Associated Press)

(photo courtesy of Associated Press)

The Wild Card Weekend was indeed wild. We had a missed kick to win the game, a team lose their cool down the stretch, a team pulled a no-show and one team that ran out of steam. And just when you thought it could not get any better, here come the Divisional Rounds of the playoffs. We have some great matchups. In the NFC, we have two rematches. In the AFC, there is one repeat matchup and there also the hottest team in the NFL going against a banged-up Patriots’ team. This weekend, you can look for some unpredictable and mind-boggling plays. Welcome to the General Proclamations for the Divisional Rounds.

Kansas City at New England

  1. Alex Smith was solid versus the Houston Texans last game and that was all because of tight end Travis Kelce. Eight of Smith’s seventeen completions went to Kelce last week. Look for the Patriots to make him a focus. And because of that, he will not have more than 4 receptions in this one and no more than 40 yards receiving with no touchdowns.
  2. For New England, Tom Brady has two weapons that are limping into this one. Both tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman are both questionable coming into this one. But that means another guy has to step up. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell has had drop issues, but he has an opportunity to step up and make some plays. With so much attention to Edelman and Gronkowski, look for LaFell to have at least 5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown.
  3. The Chiefs have a star in defensive back Marcus Peters. The rookie quickly struck fear in opposing teams with his propensity to make big plays. And in this one, he will definitely make one big play. Look for him to pick off Tom Brady in a crucial part of the game.
  4. The Patriots are the walking wounded in this game and the Chiefs are not doing much better. In this battle of attrition, look for the Patriots to survive by the skin of their teeth, 22-17.

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

  1. The Packers were destroyed in Week 16 when they visited Arizona last time. Their offensive line was completely destroyed in the last game. In this one, it would be a logical conclusion to think Aaron Rodgers would be spending time looking up at the lights of University of Phoenix Stadium. But he will get sacked less in this game mainly because of the adjustments of Mike McCarthy. Look for the Cardinals to get to him, but only get to him roughly three times.
  2. The Packers also struggled defensively last time when they played the Cardinals. Their cornerbacks were exposed versus the wide array of weapons the Cardinals have on offense. Look for them to equip themselves better, but veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will still have himself a game. Look for Fitzgerald to have at least 6 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
  3. The running game for both teams will be paramount. For the Cardinals, they have rookie David Johnson leading the charge. For the Packers, they have a tandem of Eddie Lacy and James Starks with wide receiver Randall Cobb sprinkled in there some. Needless to say, the running could be rough for both teams. Look for both team to not get over 100 yards rushing in this one.
  4. The Packers looked like they found their rhythm last week versus the Washington Redskins. But of course, the Cardinals are a different breed of defense than they faced last week. Look for a closer game, but the Packers will still taste defeat. Cardinals win 27-17.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

  1. The Seahawks offense was dormant for almost all the game last week versus the Vikings last week. The biggest thing that held them dormant was the lack of a consistent running game. With Marshawn Lynch apparently ready to go in this one, the threat of the running game increases and will help loosen things up for Russell Wilson. Look for him to throw for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in this game. But don’t get too confident Russell and test Josh Norman. That would not end well.
  2. The Panthers have been relaxing, waiting to see who they were going to play. In playing the Seahawks, they face a team that is as physical as they are. And in that, the running game will be slowed down. Look for Cam Newton to supplement the running game with his running in this one, making plays out of no plays when Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett are bearing down on him. He will get at least 4 first downs with his feet in this one and run for at least 70 yards.
  3. Both defenses are aggressive, fast and physical. And both of them like to get to the quarterback. But sacking both of these quarterbacks is no easy task. Expect Russell and Cam to both be sacked only two times apiece. But of course the pressure will be on them both all game long.
  4. This one will be a physical ballgame with big plays made on both sides of the ball. But in the end, the Panthers will make more and behind the strength of Super Cam, the Panthers will march on to the Conference Championship Game, 23-17.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

  1. The Steelers offense is the walking wounded coming into this one. Running back DeAngelo Williams will be sitting out a second game in the playoffs due to a foot injury. Wide receiver Antonio Brown is out, still recovering from a concussion suffered in last week’s win versus the Bengals. And quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to play despite a couple injuries to his shoulder. But even in that, the Steelers still have weapons. Look for wide receiver Martavis Bryant to step up and be the man in this one. He will have at least one touchdown and have 100 yards receiving. He has accepted the challenge that Big Ben laid down for him to start the postseason. The Denver defense is tough, but Bryant can be a special player.
  2. The Broncos have decided to go with Peyton Manning at quarterback after the comeback he engineered in the season finale versus the San Diego Chargers in a relief role. It seems that people have hope that Peyton will lead this team to the win this week. But in this game, the running back tandem of Ronnie Hillman and CJ Anderson will be the barometer. Look for both to try and run the ball in this one, but not combine for over 100 yards rushing.
  3. The big matchup in this game for the Pittsburgh defense will be their secondary versus Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. But that matchup will not be decided by the wide receivers and secondary. The offensive line of the Broncos versus the Pittsburgh front seven will be the matchup to determine how the passing game attacks the Steelers. Look for the Steelers front seven to put some stress on the Denver offensive line. The Steelers will get at least three sacks in this one and cause some problems for Manning and his receiving threats.
  4. The Broncos are at home, but the Steelers are tough and battle-challenged. Roethlisberger is injured, but he seems to play better when he is injured, like Rocky used to fight better in his movies when he was getting pummeled. This one will come down to the wire, but the Broncos will succumb to the Steelers 20-17 in clutch fashion.

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The Vikings Lost The Game Before Blair Walsh’s Missed Kick

(photo courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

(photo courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

The Minnesota Vikings had the perfect opportunity to knock off the defending NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks. It was an extremely cold day in Minneapolis, reaching sub-zero temperatures. The Seahawks were again going to be without their leading running back, Marshawn Lynch. And the perception was the Seahawks were not quite as strong as they once were. To win a game like that against a defending champion, you have to come out and play strong, make no mistakes and capitalize on any and all opportunities. The Vikings came out and played the Seahawks tough. They matched the Seahawks’ physicality in the trenches, played their wide receivers pretty well and limited the mistakes against them. But unfortunately, the kick they had to win the game sailed wide left and the Seahawks will be marching on to face the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte next Sunday. Many have thrown the blame at the feet of kicker Blair Walsh. But there were a few plays that cost the Minnesota Vikings that game. And no, one of them is not the last play of the game. It was a case of Minnesota not taking advantage of their opportunities.

In the first half, the Seattle Seahawks had an issue receiving a punt. Punter Jon Ryan picked up a botched snap and tried to run for it. Unfortunately he did not make it and gave the Vikings the football in Seahawk territory in the first quarter. To beat a team like Seattle, you have to capitalize on those type of plays. But instead of making it happen after that turnover on downs, the Vikings could not get the ball in the endzone and they had to settle for a Blair Walsh field goal. If they were able to score a touchdown on that short field, they would have been able to gain momentum and also make things hard on Seattle. With the way the Vikings were playing defensively, it would have put a ton of pressure on the Seahawks with that score. But instead of doing so, the Vikings stalled and had to settle for three points. Whether or not they would have made the extra point is irrelevant there. But even if they score that one touchdown there instead of the field goal, that would have given the Vikings twelve points instead of nine total points for the game. At that point, pressure would have been on the Seattle to score two touchdowns against a stingy defense that was giving Russell Wilson fits.

Another momentum turn the Vikings missed was in the fourth quarter. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were driving down the field, trying to scratch their way back into a 9-0 game in the Vikings favor. It was 1st and 10 for the Seahawks at the Vikings 39 when the snap went right past Russell Wilson. He turn and ran to get the football, got control of it while getting back on his feet, scrambled to his right, away from oncoming Vikings defenders and found a wide open Tyler Lockett in the middle of the field. Lockett caught the pass and took it all the way down to the Vikings four yard line. And from there, the Seahawks would score on a touchdown pass from Wilson to wide receiver Doug Baldwin to bring them within two points of the Vikings after the extra point. Looking again at the play, the Vikings missed an opportunity to make a big play themselves. Vikings defensive back Captain Munnerlyn was within striking distance when Russell Wilson made that great play. But instead of running at him under control, Munnerlyn came out of control at Wilson and he escaped right around him. If he comes under control, the Vikings get the sack and the Seahawks are in a deep hole. But instead of that, Wilson makes them pay for not doing what they were supposed to be doing.

Despite all that had happened not in their favor, the Vikings still had the upper hand and the lead. But after that possession where Russell Wilson broke their hearts, Adrian Peterson made a crucial mistake. The Vikings needed a big possession to stem the momentum Seattle had after their touchdown. They started off well, gaining five yards on first down. But then on the next play, Teddy Bridgewater threw the football to Adrian Peterson out of the backfield. Peterson got the first down, but unfortunately he did not put the football away. Peterson has had fumble issues over his entire career and they snuck up on him at the wrong time. Seattle safety Cam Chancellor ripped the football from Peterson and the Seahawks recovered the ball. Seattle would take the turnover and turn it into three points, as they were able to get a field goal from Steven Hauschka. From there, the Vikings just could not get it going until the last drive of the game, which resulted in the missed field goal. And just like that, the Vikings squandered their home-field advantage they worked hard for this year. Their season was officially over.

The Vikings are a talented team. And they played the Seahawks tough the entire game. But when you are to beat a champion, you have to limit the mistakes and capitalize on the opportunities. The Vikings were not able to do so and that ultimately ended up in their undoing. Blair Walsh has to make that kick to win the game, but it should not have to come down to that. The Vikings learned a lesson Sunday and unfortunately it was a painful one. The Seahawks are the NFC champions for a reason and they Vikings were not ready to take the next step.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Wild Card Weekend

(photo courtesy of Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(photo courtesy of Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The regular season is over and the real games will now begin. The time that many have been waiting for is finally here. The playoffs present a different type of intensity. Gone are the times when players take plays off and preserve themselves. Now is the time when players play for keeps. They can see the ending in sight and that includes their shot at a ring. But of course these games will be decided by individual and team efforts. It’s time for the General Proclamations: Wildcard Edition.

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans

  1. The Houston Texans have been led by defensive lineman JJ Watt. And he will show up and play well in this game. Look for him to have one sack and countless quarterback hurries in this game.
  2. The Kansas City Chiefs have their own tandem of pass rushers in outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. And with Houston scheduled to play this game, look for the Chiefs to get at least three sacks as a team in this one.
  3. The Kansas City Chiefs have been solid in the running game without Jamaal Charles. Look for them to be solid in this one, just in an unconventional way. Quarterback Alex Smith will have at least 70 yards rushing to go along with his two touchdown passes in this game.
  4. The score of this game will be 24-14 and the Chiefs will come out the winner.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. Much has been made of the Steelers not having that strong a defense this year. But in this one, look for someone up front to step up. His name you may ask: Bud Dupree. The rookie outside linebacker out of the University of Kentucky will have at least one and a half sacks in this one and will be the force they expected him to be.
  2. The Bengals, not to be outdone, have a feared pass rusher in Carlos Dunlap. And in this one, he will get tons of pressure but will not get a sack. He will play hard and play well, but with Big Ben back there avoiding and shrugging off defenders, he will save his team a few sacks.
  3. The Bengals offense seemingly ran well with backup quarterback AJ McCarron in place of Andy Dalton. But the playoffs are a different animal. And in the playoffs, McCarron will have to play airtight football. But being that he is inexperienced, the Steelers will force him into that one crucial turnover that will cost the Bengals.
  4. This will be a close one, but the edge goes to the Steelers in Cincinnati, 28-24.

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

  1. The running game has been a staple of both teams for so long. But in this one, both teams will key on the running game, causing both the Vikings and the Seahawks to be rendered almost useless in the running game. And with Marshawn Lynch not able to play (abdomen injury), even trying to establish the Seattle running game will be harder. Look for both teams to not rush for over 100 yards as a team.
  2. The Seahawk defense has been known to be tough on opponents over years. Expect them to give Vikings’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a run for his money. And with that, Teddy will have a solid day but it will be one that has him hurrying to throw the ball more than usual, as he is sacked a minimum of three times in this one.
  3. The Vikings front four has been playing well. But in this game, the Seahawks offensive line is playing better than they have all year. Seattle will not give up any sacks in this game.
  4. This will be another close one, with the road team winning again. Seattle 23. Minnesota 17

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins

  1. The Green Bay Packers have been struggling to pass the ball to any of their receivers. With the combination of a bad offensive line and no separation when receivers run routes has made it a little harder for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to get some things done. Well in this one, he will have some trouble as well. Expect the veteran to let it all hang out in this one. Look for him to have at least two touchdown passes while he throws for 250 yards.
  2. Washington has their own gunslinger in Kirk Cousins back there at quarterback. And he has definitely been playing well down the stretch. But this is the playoffs and Kirk has never started in a playoff game before. So expect some mistakes to happen from him. And in this one, he will have one big interception that will hurt the Redskins down the stretch of this game.
  3. This game will be won in the trenches. Which team can protect the quarterback, run the football and pressure the quarterback best will win the game. The Redskins have the upper hand in protecting the quarterback better due to Green Bay’s offensive line issues, but Green Bay could have the upper hand in the other departments. Expect Clay Matthews to have at huge impact in this one along with Eddie Lacy running the ball for at least 80 yards for the Packers.
  4. This one will be a close one with Green Bay sneaking by Washington 27-24.


It’s the most wonderful time in the year for sports fans. Have fun watching the games. It should be fun to see how they all pan out.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 17

(photo courtesy of Bleacher Report)

(photo courtesy of Bleacher Report)

The last week of the NFL season has finally arrived. There are some teams that are glad that it is finally here. At last some can put an end to a season that was a lot less successful than they thought it would be. There are some teams that are trying to get it together for the postseason. Whether some are still trying to get themselves into the postseason or others trying to better their position, the urgency has arrived as the seasons have changed. It should be interesting to see how the end of the year effects the play on the field. Will some coast into the playoffs or will they button down the hatches and bring it for the last week? We shall indeed see on Sunday but for now, here are the General’s NFL proclamations for Week 17.

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

  1. The Jets are trying to ensure being in the playoffs, so expect them to play hard in this game. And with that being said, look for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and wide receiver Brandon Marshall to connect at least two times for touchdowns.
  2. The Bills have found their quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. And he will cement that he is their quarterback by throwing for a least one touchdown and 200 yards and running for one touchdown as well.
  3. The winner of this game will not score more than 24 points. Although the Jets may be capable of scoring over 24 points, the game will have some sloppy moments and that will slow down the pace of the game.

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Patriots are playing for the first seed in the playoffs, but they will still be resting some guys here. With that being said, expect them to eventually take Tom Brady out of this game.
  2. The Dolphins have not met expectations them and their fans had this season. And one guy that did not play as well as they expected is big free-agent signing Ndamukong Suh. Look for him to do his usual thing, and that means taking plays off and just being a bystander in this one. He will do more watching than making plays in this game.
  3. The Patriots, although they will take players out of this game, will still put up points against the hapless Dolphins. But they will not do it in the way that most expect. Look for them to use the ground game to the tune of running for 200 yards on the Dolphins this weekend.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

  1. The rivalry is still there although both will be out of the playoffs this year. Expect at least three or four scuffles in this game. There is no love lost between these teams.
  2. The matchup between Matt Ryan (Falcons) and Drew Brees (Saints) are always good. And in this one, Brees comes in a little banged up. That nagging foot injury will harm him in this one as he throws at least two interceptions and looks less like the Drew Brees we know.
  3. The Falcons will finish the season with an offensive flurry. That flurry will definitely include wide receiver Julio Jones. Look for him to have at least 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns to cap off his spectacular season.

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

  1. The Bears are trying to finish the season strong after the bad start to the season. And if they are to finish this season off right, they must get good play from quarterback Jay Cutler. Look for him to get at least 250 yards passing and at least two passing touchdowns.
  2. The Lions will also be trying to finish the season off strong. And in doing so, they will follow their leader, quarterback Matthew Stafford. The veteran quarterback will be looking to cap off a solid finish and he will have at least 300 yards passing and one touchdown.
  3. Both teams will commit at least two turnovers. Both teams have been bad for a reason and that will show in this game.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

  1. The Eagles have not scored at the clip they wanted to this season. And in this game with rumors abound that Tom Coughlin will be retiring as head coach of the Giants, the scoring will be even tougher. The Eagles will not score over 17 points in this game.
  2. The Giants want to send out Tom Coughlin with a solid performance if this is his last time on the Giants’ sideline. With that being said, look for Odell Beckham Jr to make up for missed time and score not one but two touchdowns in this game.
  3. The Giants will score over 30 points in this game. They are due for a big game and the Eagles are ripe for the picking in this one.

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

  1. The Redskins have won the division and are going to the playoffs. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to take it to the Cowboys. Look for quarterback Kirk Cousins to have at least two touchdown passes and throw for at least 250 yards.
  2. But not only will Cousins get it going, but so will wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Look for him to have at least three receptions for a total of at least 100 yards receiving and one touchdown.
  3. The Cowboys offense has been struggling. And most of that has to do with uneven quarterback play. Look for this game to continue the bad play offensively as the Cowboys will not score more than 16 points in this game.

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

  1. The Indianapolis Colts will be starting Josh Freeman at quarterback. No that is not an early April Fool’s Day joke. The fact that he will be starting says something about the ability of the Colts’ offensive line to protect their quarterback. And in this one, Freeman will see what Matt Hasselbeck, Andrew Luck and Charlie Whitehurst saw. He will be sacked at least four times and will be lucky to escape this game unscathed.
  2. The Titans are not going to be the only one getting after the quarterback though. They have not exactly protected the quarterback well either. And with Mariota out, Zach Mettenberger will be sacked at least four times.
  3. Seeing that both quarterbacks will be under duress the entire game, look for this game to have no flow at all. And that means that there will be little scoring in this one. The first team to 20 will win this game.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Ravens jumped up and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend at home. That win may have made the Ravens look good, but it also caught the attention of the Bengals. Look for Cincinnati to come out focused and that means they will be putting up at least 35 points in this game.
  2. In those 35+ points, look for the Bengals to raid through the air. That means AJ Green will be having a good time toasting the Ravens’ secondary. Look for him to get at least 140 yards receiving with two touchdown catches.
  3. The Ravens will have at least one highlight in this one and that will be Kamar Aiken. The young Ravens receiver needs 132 yards to get his first 1,000 yard season receiving. Look for him to get that in this game, as the Ravens will be playing from behind all game long and having to pass the football.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

  1. The Steelers’ offense looked asleep at the wheel last weekend and they lost the game they needed badly. Although it may be too little too late, the Steelers offense will come out and follow the lead of their leader, Ben Roethlisberger. The veteran quarterback will throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns.
  2. The Browns will be starting backup Austin Davis in this game versus the Steelers. And for a defense needing a break, they just got one. Davis will throw at least two interceptions in this game versus a defense that has struggled this season.
  3. The Steelers will put up at least 30 points in this one. Even though it may not even matter in terms of their playoff hopes, this game will help get the bad taste out of the Steelers’ mouths after last week’s game.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

  1. The Texans have come back from the dead to push towards the playoffs. To cement it, they need a good win versus the Jaguars. And that all comes down to the defense and how they play. Look for the Texans, behind JJ Watt, to get at least two sacks and one interception in this game.
  2. The Jaguars have been explosive in the passing game. And knowing the situation that awaits them, expect them to try and play the role of spoiler in this one. Look for Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson to connect on two huge plays of more than 30+ yards.
  3. The Texans will have multiple running backs touch the football in this one. Look for them to have at least two of those running backs score touchdowns in this game.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. The Raiders have been dangerous offensively this year. But in this one, the only danger will be Carr throwing interceptions in the direction of defensive back Marcus Peters. The opportunistic defensive back will get at least two interceptions in this game, as he continues his ball-hawking ways.
  2. The Chiefs have been impressive offensively over the last couple of months. And in this one, look for them to take advantage of the Raiders secondary (minus Charles Woodson of course). Jeremy Maclin will have at least 100 yards receiving and one touchdown. He has been everything they have needed in Kansas City this season.
  3. The Chiefs will score at least 30+ points in this game. The Raiders have gotten better, but this game they are running into a Chiefs team that is looking to finish strong.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

  1. The Broncos clinched their playoff berth last week, but they still have work to do. Winning this game could help them, so expect them to come out with energy on both sides of the ball. And being that the Chargers have had protection issues all season, look for the Denver defense to tee off on the Chargers offense. With that being said, the Chargers will probably be giving up at least 4 sacks in this game to Denver.
  2. Denver offensively got on track last game. This time, they started slow and ended fast. That trend will more than likely continue this week, as Brock Osweiler will finish with two second-half touchdown passes in this one versus the Chargers.
  3. The Broncos will not only terrorize Phillip Rivers by sacking him, but they will make him pay for errant throws. Look for the Broncos to take one of Rivers’ mistakes back to the house for a touchdown.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

  1. The Carolina Panthers took their first loss last weekend and many came down on them. Well, this week will show that it only thickened their resolve. The Carolina Panthers will come out and score at least 28 points this week as they recover offensively from one of their worst games of the season.
  2. The Bucs have been up and down all year long. But in this one, the stock will be pointing down. The Panthers will be fired up defensively and that will lead to the Bucs committing at least three turnovers in this game.
  3. The Bucs will not score over 10 points in this game. It may be the end of the year for the Panthers, but they will be fired up.

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

  1. The Seahawks and Cardinals will both be in the playoffs. Expect some players to make early exits because both are already in the playoffs.
  2. The Cardinals will not score more than 24 points in this game. The Seahawks will be as aggressive as they always are, but they will start shutting it down and that will change the outlook of this game.
  3. The Seahawks need to see what they have in their running game. And after this one, they will be glad to have Marshawn Lynch coming back next weekend. Christine Michael will not do much in this game. He will have only around 30 yards rushing and will not score a touchdown.

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers

  1. The Rams had a big win versus the Seahawks in Seattle last weekend. And in this one, they will try to finish the season strong. Look for them to come out and put it to the 49ers to start the game. The Rams will score at least 20 points in the first half in Santa Clara.
  2. The 49ers will be trying to finish the season strong as well. And the main guy that will be trying to leave a lasting impression is quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Look for him to come out and throw for 200+ yards and one touchdown along with one interception.
  3. The Rams and 49ers will have at least one scrum in this one. Both teams are physical and that can end up spilling over beyond the whistle too.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

  1. The Packers and Vikings will be playing for the NFC North title. With that being said, look for Aaron Rodgers to get it going to the tune of 300 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes.
  2. The Vikings have been playing well, but there is always the legend of Lambeau that happens to get teams. And in this one, the Vikings will come out offensively and not play to their standards. Look for the offense to score under 17 points.
  3. The Vikings and Packers will both give up at least three sacks in this game. Both defensive front sevens will have a good time trying to make things happen in this one.

The season ends on all these division games. The intensity will be high in a lot of them, but in some there will be no energy at all. The end of the season is finally here and the postseason is now coming up quickly.

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The General’s Christmas Gifts To NFL Teams

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(photo courtesy of Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It’s Christmas time and kids around the world are unwrapping gifts from under their Christmas tree. Some got gifts they were hoping for while others got unexpected surprises. All in all, the gift of giving was in full swing. In that spirit, every NFL team is in need of something. So why not gift them a few things that they need? Here is the list of gifts the General would give to NFL teams going into the end of the regular season.

Arizona Cardinals-A healthy Tyrann Matheiu

The Cardinals are a dangerous team heading into the playoffs. They have multiple weapons on offense and their defense can put pressure on you from all angles. Unequivocally, their best playmaker was defensive back Tyrann Matheiu. But unfortunately, the third-year defensive back tore his ACL in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinals are a still a threat to win the NFC, but that threat is less without Matheiu. If only they could be gifted a healthy playmaker like him at this time.

Atlanta Falcons- Better decision-making for Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan has always been said to be one of the great young quarterbacks in the NFL. But this year, he has definitely struggled. He is near the top in interceptions thrown in the NFL and he has just been off ever since the hot start by Atlanta. If he had some better decision-making, then maybe the Falcons win some of those games instead of taking a loss.

Baltimore Ravens- Health

The Ravens have struggled this season. They have also been hit with key injury after key injury. They have lost their top pass-rusher, wide receiver, quarterback and running back this season. Not many teams can overcome that one. Maybe they would have been better with some of their key pieces healthy. But all of that is pure speculation at this point.

Buffalo Bills- Some consistency

The Buffalo Bills are definitely a talented team. But their issue is they show up inconsistently. If they were a solid team, they would have been in the playoffs at this point. But instead, they are on the outside looking in. The key word is consistency with them and they have yet to find it all season long.

Carolina Panthers- A healthy Kelvin Benjamin

The Carolina Panthers have had a storybook season so far. They have won scoring a ton of points and won scoring very little. It just seems like they have the “it” factor. Cam Newton has stepped up as a passer and that is huge for Carolina. But he would probably much rather be throwing the football to Kelvin Benjamin than Ted Ginn Jr. The speedy veteran is having a career year, but he still has questionable hands and Benjamin was the closest thing they had to a sure thing at that position. Hopefully that does not catch up to them in the playoffs.

Chicago Bears- More defensive playmakers

Looking at the Bears, they are not badly set up offensively. Jay Cutler has not played bad this year for the Bears and Alshon Jeffrey has been solid this season. But on the defensive side of the ball, there are not many playmakers there. Besides Darnell McPhee, not many playmakers you can speak of there. Hopefully for them, they are able to bring in some defensive playmakers this offseason. They need them sorely.

Cincinnati Bengals-A postseason win for Marvin Lewis

The Bengals have been great in the regular season for a while now. That used to be something that could never be uttered ever. But now, the Bengals are a perennial participant in the playoffs. Making the playoffs is not enough anymore for the Bengals, as they have lost every playoff game they have had since Lewis has taken over there. For him, it is imperative that they get a win in the playoffs soon. If he doesn’t, he could potentially get the ax.

Cleveland Browns- A moment of clarity

The Browns have not been relevant ever since they reappeared in the NFL in 1999. And the most recent edition is a group that is much in disarray. It seems the front office and the coaching staff cannot ever get on the same page. So for them, a moment of clarity is needed. Maybe with that moment can come some people that actually can be on the same page and build that organization. If that moment never comes, they will continue to be known as “The Mistake By The Lake”.

Dallas Cowboys- A healthy Tony Romo

The Cowboys seemed like they never could get it going this season offensively. They had star wide receiver Dez Bryant get injured early and quarterback Tony Romo was injured early also. He meant a lot to that team because they have only won one game since he has been injured. The Cowboys are now on their fourth quarterback and they would do anything to have their star QB back. Alas, the Cowboys will go from division champs to potentially the cellar dwellers in their division in one year.

Denver Broncos- Consistency offensively

The Denver Broncos were one of the most potent offenses in the NFL last season. They could get it done whether it be Peyton Manning throwing touchdown passes or their running attack chewing up yardage. But John Fox and his coaching staff were let go after the season in favor of former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Ever since he has been there, he has changed the offense and not for the better unfortunately. The offense has not been consistently firing on all cylinders all year and if it were not for their defense, the Broncos would be in trouble. And no matter if it were Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler, there is just that learning curve that it takes to get comfortable in a new offense. Maybe Denver will get consistent one of these days offensively.

Detroit Lions- Some sense of direction

The Detroit Lions had a tumultuous start to the season. They lost six straight games and then there was a shakeup in their coaching staff and their front office. In all that, the Lions have played better since the changes have happened. But honestly, this franchise has no direction at this present time. Maybe with the next hires in their front office and coaching staff they will find some direction and be able to move forward.

Green Bay Packers- A consistent offensive line

The Green Bay Packers have had their issues offensively this year. Some would pin those issues on the loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. But their issues are much deeper than the loss of a veteran wide receiver. The offensive line has not been what it usually is. You can consistently see quarterback Aaron Rodgers running around trying to make plays while avoiding defensive players coming for him. A quarterback like Rodgers deserves to have someone consistently block for him. And if the line could block more consistently and the running game show up every week, the Packers may be a more consistent team.

Houston Texans- A consistent defensive playmaker opposite of JJ Watt

The Houston Texans are sitting in first place and much of the credit (at least defensively) should go to JJ Watt. He has fought through all kinds of things to still have an impact on the game. But the thing that is amazing is he has had no consistent threat opposite him most of his career. If they could only find someone to consistently be a threat along the defensive line with Watt, the defense would be even better than they are right now.

Indianapolis Colts- Offensive line help

The Colts have paid many people along their offense. They brought in veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore. They even gave an extension to wide receiver TY Hilton. But they have never really addressed their offensive line. And because of that, they now sit with two banged up quarterbacks and an offense that has been very inconsistent. Maybe they should look at the guys up front when it comes to spending money next offseason.

Jacksonville Jaguars- A defensive pass rush

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made some strides this season. Their young players have stepped up. Allen Robinson has become the receiver they thought he would. Allen Hurns has been excellent in his first two years. And quarterback Blake Bortles has taken a giant step forward. Defensively, they have the pieces, but they are missing one crucial element. The Jaguars need a consistent pass rusher that strikes fear in the opponent. Maybe this offseason, they will be blessed with one.

Kansas City Chiefs- Another wide receiver

The Kansas City Chiefs were known as a team that ignored their wide receivers when it came to the endzone in 2014. Last year they did not have one touchdown to their wide receiver. Coming into this season, they acquired wide receiver Jeremy Maclin from the Eagles to bolster that wide receiver corp. Maclin has done well for Kansas City. But for the Chiefs to get better, they need another wide receiver to expand their offense. If they are able to find that playmaker opposite Maclin, then watch out for what Andy Reid can do with them.

Miami Dolphins- A redo on the Ndamukong Suh contract

Let’s be honest. Ndamukong Suh has not had the impact that he was thought to have when he signed that megadeal in Miami. He has been seen loafing on plays and there have been reports that he has “gone rogue” a few times on the field. I don’t know what the Dolphins thought was going to happen when they signed him, but they have been utterly disappointed and are wishing they had a warranty on Suh so they could trade him in.

Minnesota Vikings-Another playmaking wide receiver

The Vikings have started to make strides towards getting it back on track there. They got Adrian Peterson back and he returned to form. But unfortunately for them, their wide receivers have not panned out like they thought. The trade for Mike Wallace was not as profitable as they thought and rookie Stephon Diggs has turned out to be their best playmaker. The team obviously needs another guy there to help Teddy Bridgewater and that passing game. If they get that added weapon, then the Vikings could be even better offensively.

New England Patriots-Health

The Patriots are always a perennial title contender. But this year, the team has had some health issues. Julian Edelman is currently out injured (although he is practicing now) and running back LaGarrette Blount is out for the year with a hip injury, joining third-down back Dion Lewis (torn ACL) on injured reserve. If the Pats were fully healthy, the team would probably still be undefeated and even more dangerous. But now they are not as dangerous offensively and they need some players to step up.

New Orleans Saints- A redo on Brandon Browner’s contract

The New Orleans Saints have not exactly been where they thought they would have been this season. The team has struggled and they will not be making the playoffs again. One piece that was supposed to make them better was cornerback Brandon Browner. He was brought in from New England to bolster their secondary, but he has nothing but create drama. The veteran corner set a record for most penalties in a season this year and has been a disruption for the team. If only the Saints could have seen the future before they signed him.

New York Giants- Holding on to leads

The New York Giants appear to be heading to another season sitting at home instead of being in the playoffs. They had a bunch of chances to make the situation better for themselves, but they just could not close the deal. If the Giants just could have held on to the leads they had in fourth quarters this season, they would be talking playoffs right now. But instead, they invented ways to lose in football’s most important quarter.

New York Jets- A redo of the Eagles game

The Jets are in the playoff race this year and could make the playoffs. And when you’re in that situation, there is always the thought of what games got away from you. The one that got away from the Jets was the game versus the Eagles earlier this season. They just seemed to be not in the game and when they tried to make a comeback, it was too late and the Eagles had the game at hand. If they had won that game, they would not be in the predicament they are in right now, scratching and clawing for a playoff spot.

Oakland Raiders- Defensive backs

The Oakland Raiders are trying to get it right. The progress is there. Khalil Mack is a wrecking ball defensively and the offense has definitely got the right pieces, led by quarterback Derek Carr. But as far as defensive backs, the Raiders need help there. Safety Charles Woodson was the lynchpin back there and took care of a lot of mistakes that were made. But he is retiring after this season and they will need someone to replace him. Along with that, the pieces they have there are not ones that prove to be a solid secondary. The Raiders may be shopping for cornerbacks this offseason.

Philadelphia Eagles-redo on the contracts of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell

The Philadelphia Eagles have plenty of issues going on that have affected their season. Two of them happen to be players they brought in to make them better. Byron Maxwell was paid handsomely to be their shutdown corner. He has proven not to be that shutdown corner. And although he has had some good moments, he has had others that make you wonder whether it was him or the Seattle defensive scheme. Offensively, Murray never fit the offense that Chip Kelly ran and it showed. He is more of a North/South runner in a scheme that does not cater to that at all. If they could have saw the future, they surely would have avoided these two in free agency.

Pittsburgh Steelers- Late-game adjustments and decisions

The Steelers have a high-octane offense and they have a defense that is growing with each week. But unfortunately, some of the adjustments and calls down the stretch from the coaching staff leave things to be desired. For example, the Steelers had the game won versus the Denver Broncos when offensive coordinator Todd Haley inexplicably called a pass play that was intercepted by the Broncos’ Brandon Marshall. Denver ultimately lost the game and could not capitalize on the gift, but these sort of gaffes and inexplicable coaching decision have happened a lot this year. If the Steelers could clean these decision up and continue to grow as a team, they would give some team fits come playoff times.

San Diego Chargers-A resolution to the stadium issues

It seems like the Chargers and the city of San Diego have been fighting over a new stadium for decades at this point. News is out that the team may be moving to Los Angeles with them getting the new stadium that they craved so much. The move still has to be voted on by the owners in Houston in January, but it seems like the stadium questions may finally be coming to an end for the Chargers and the city.

San Francisco 49ers- An end to the nightmare

The San Francisco 49ers season has been painful. They lost a few players to retirement and others to free agency. And all the while, the team did not really replace those players who left. And this season has some remembering the days when Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary were coaching the team. It is an endless nightmare that seems to have no end in sight currently. For the sake of the 49ers and their fans, they are hoping it ends soon.

Seattle Seahawks- a rebirth of the Legion Of Boom

The Seahawks are soaring right now and their offense is the one leading the way. Russell Wilson is playing at a level he has never played at before. However, the secondary needs to get it together like they have in years past. There have been some breakdowns that normally did not happen in past years. If they can get that together for the playoffs, then all is well. But that has to be alarming though. And it has to be fixed when crunch time comes around.

St. Louis Rams- Consistent quarterback play

The Rams thought they solved their quarterback issues when they traded for Nick Foles from the Eagles. But unfortunately, he has not been what they thought he would be and has been benched in favor of Case Keenum. But let’s not be fooled here, Keenum is not the answer either. If this team had a solid quarterback to depend on, then they would be ready to take the next step. Until then, they will continue to be pretenders.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Consistent pass rush

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made some improvements this season. The offense has become more solid and the running game has gotten better. Defensively, they have had games where they have looked solid and others where they have been missing in action. One thing that would make them more solid is a consistent pass rush. If they are able to add that and maybe more cornerback help, then the progression of this team can continue.

Tennessee Titans- Offensive line help

The Titans drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota with their first round pick this season and he made some headway as a starter. But he also was taking a lot of hits this season behind a makeshift offensive line. In order to protect their investment, the Titans need to invest in the offensive line and that starts in the offseason and in the draft. Once they do that, then maybe the offense will get better.

Washington Redskins- Defensive pressure

The Redskins have been surprisingly good this season. Many did not expect this, including me. But they are in control of their own destiny. If they continue to win, then they will be in the playoffs. But one thing they have overcome this season is consistent pressure up front. If they had that this season, they would be better. But going forward, that would be an investment worth making for them.

Merry Christmas to all and hopefully your NFL teams accept the gifts that await them. They sure could use them.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 16

(photo courtesy of Bleacher Report)

(photo courtesy of Bleacher Report)

Week 16 is upon us and many teams have called it a season at this point. There are some that will be sitting players, trying to position themselves for draft position. And while some teams will still play their regulars, we all know they are trying to get that best draft position available. On the flip side, there are some other teams that are trying to clinch a playoff spot this weekend. And while some may lose, there will be some that land in the playoffs because of what another team does. The difference between who wins or loses could be one play of ever one player. Without further ado, here are the General Proclamations for Week 16 in the NFL.

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

  1. The Oakland Raiders took a loss last week, but they stuck around with the Green Bay Packers. Thanks to quarterback Derek Carr, they will be in this game from the jump as well. Expect Carr to have at least 300 yards passing and at least two touchdowns.
  2. The Chargers got an emotional win last week in what some expect to be their last game in San Diego. Look for them to have an emotional letdown this week, as they score 17 points or under versus the Raiders defense.
  3. There will be a fight in the stands between Raiders fans and Chargers fans. Both are repping California and if these fans get rowdy like Raiders fans do when they see 49ers fans, then this may not be a pleasant experience for those that are not involved.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. The Redskins have been getting consistent offensive play as of late from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Well, look for him to take a make some shots in this one as well. Expect him to have at least 250 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
  2. The Eagles have been inconstant all season. And in this game, they have a chance to strike back against the Redskins. Unfortunately for them, they will be mentally exhausted coming into this one and it will cost them.
  3. The Redskins will have at least three sacks in this one. It seems like they have not had any consistent pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. That must change for Washington as I have an idea.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

  1. The Steelers showed the Broncos Lethal Weapon 3 with their wide receiver corps. In this one, the Ravens better put on their track shoes. Big Ben will throw for over 315 yards two touchdowns.
  2. The Ravens are depleted offensively and that is not good going up against the Steelers. Look for the Ravens’ offense to have at least two turnovers against Pittsburgh.
  3. The Ravens will score less than 14 points in this game. There is simply nothing there that scares the Pittsburgh defense.

Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills

  1. The Bills and Cowboys are essentially done when it comes to the playoffs. So all bets are off as to what will happen. But one thing we can look forward to seeing is Dallas quarterback Kellen Moore throwing at least two interceptions.
  2. The Bills offense has been in good hands this season under quarterback Tyrod Taylor. In this one, look for him to throw for over 200 yards and run for a little under 100 yards.
  3. The Bills and Cowboys will combine to score around 40 points.

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. The Bucs were looking solid until last week’s game versus the Rams. In this one, look for them to get back to having some success and that will start with the running game. Doug Martin will run for 150 yards and one touchdown in this game.
  2. The Bears have had success this season when throwing the football in the direction of wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey. In this one, look for the Bears to throw his way early and often to the tune of 7 receptions for at least 115 yards and one touchdown.
  3. The winner of this game will win by at least 15 points. Both of these teams have not shown consistency when coming from behind.

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions

  1. The Lions have been playing a lot harder since they made their changes organizationally and coaching-wise. And in this one, look for their defense to have a good game to the tune of at least one interception and holding the 49ers to under 250 yards of offense.
  2. Linebacker NaVarro Bowman has been very good for the 49ers this year. Expect that to continue in this one, as he will have double-digit tackles in this one, including a tackle for loss.
  3. The Lions will be out to at least a 14 point lead at the end of the first half. The Niners have shown a propensity for getting down big at halftime recently and there is no indication that trend will be changing anytime soon.

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

  1. Roddy White had something to say about Panthers cornerback Josh Norman this week. The veteran wide receiver spoke on Norman and it was not glowingly at all. Well, Norman paid attention and responded, but let’s not look for White to respond on the field. Roddy will not have three receptions and he will not have over 30 yards at all.
  2. The Panthers have been making it happen all year long in different fashions. But in this one, look for the Panthers’ defense to come out strong in this one. They will not allow the Falcons to score over 14 points.
  3. The Panthers have got a career year out of wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. In this one, look for him to have another two touchdown catches and go for over 100 yards receiving again. He and Cam Newton have been special through the air this year.

Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Colts’ season is on the brink, as they have fallen out of first place in their division and there is no guarantee they will recapture it from the Texans. In this one, expect them to play desperate, especially offensively. Look for them to put up at least 25 points on offense this week.
  2. The Dolphins looked sad last week versus the Chargers. One of their major things that has hurt them is not giving the football to running back Lamar Miler. In this game, look for him to get at least 20 carries to get a good lather going.
  3. The Dolphins have been horrible in stopping the run this season. Look for that to continue as veteran running back Frank Gore goes for at least 100 yards rushing against the Miami defense.

New England Patriots at New York Jets

  1. The Patriots have been making it happen despite losing pieces week after week. Look for Brady to make it happen again this week with the running game. Brandon Bolden will get at least 100 yards rushing against the Jets.
  2. The Jets have been efficient offensively this season and that comes directly from the quarterback play of Ryan Fitzpatrick. In this one, look for him to have a good game to the tune of 250 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes.
  3. Expect this game to go down to the wire between these two, as the Jets have gotten better since their last meeting.

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

  1. Marcus Mariota will not be playing in this game. With him out, Zach Mettenberger will get the start. And like usual, he will be a statue back there for the Texans to topple. Expect them to get at least five sacks of Mettenberger in this game.
  2. The Titans may have had issues offensively this year, but they have not been bad defensively. Look for them to get at least four sacks of their own against Houston and quarterback Brandon Weeden.
  3. This game has the potential to be ugly. And by ugly, I mean a low-scoring bore of a game. Get other activities ready during this one. It could be more boring than watching grass grow.

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. The Browns have been letting Johnny Manziel start at quarterback. The premise is they have to see what they have. And against the Chiefs, they will see what they don’t have. Manziel will throw at least two interceptions and will fumble the football once.
  2. Kansas City has been rolling, but this one will be a little tougher for one reason or another. Look for them to have struggle to reach 20 points in this game.
  3. The Chiefs will go back to being the Chiefs in this one. They will not have a touchdown scored by a wide receiver in this game.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints

  1. The Jaguars lost a close one to the Falcons last week. But in this one, expect them to play a little better offensively. The tandem of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns at wide receiver along with quarterback Blake Bortles will have the Saints putting up at least 30 points in this game.
  2. The Saints offense may have some issues this week with Brees reportedly having a foot injury. Look for the running game to be given more chances. But even with that, the Saints will not rush for more than 150 yards.
  3. The Saints will get booed this week at home. This game has the potential to get ugly for them and it just might do so by halftime.

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

  1. The Packers have been sporadic for the most part this last few games. Expect them to be inconsistent again this week, as the Cardinals’ defensive line will be hard for the Packers’ offense to handle.4
  2. The Cardinals’ offense has been dynamic this season with the multitude of weapons they have. Look for their newest weapon, running back David Johnson, to take center stage yet again. Twenty touches for 150 total yards and one touchdown is not out of the question for him in this one.
  3. The Cardinals will be missing safety Tyrann Mathieu. And although the Cardinals’ secondary is still tough without him, they will get hit up by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a big play.

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

  1. The Seattle Seahawks played the Rams in the first game of the season and they were beaten in overtime. The Seahawks have gotten things back on track as a team but they can still be susceptible to the running game. Look for Todd Gurley to get at least 100 yards rushing and one touchdown.
  2. Russell Wilson has been on fire, throwing touchdowns right and left. In this one, look for him to throw at least four touchdowns while not throwing an interception.
  3. The Seahawks defense will show a little glimpse of the past in this game, but that flicker will go away pretty quickly. Look for the Seahawks to give up at least 20 points in this one.

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

  1. The Vikings have been an interesting team this year. They have played good against the bad teams and been inconsistent against the good teams. Look for them to play well against New York, putting up at least 30 points against the New York secondary.
  2. The Giants will be without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. following his suspension for an incident last week. With him gone, look for the Giants to find their one mismatch they have on the field, tight end Will Tye. The young tight end has shown his ability to make plays and catches and will do so in this game to the tune of 5 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
  3. The Vikings and Giants will both have at least two turnovers in this game. More than likely it will be chilly in this one. And the cold weather tends to produce a slippery football.

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos

  1. The Broncos played well in the first half week and disappeared in the second half. The Bengals were paying attention and will bring pressure all game, trying to confuse Brock Osweiler. And in this one, they will also confuse the Denver offensive line to the tune of 4 sacks.
  2. The Bengals stalled a little out of the blocks but recovered enough to win against the hapless San Francisco 49ers. But in this one, if they stumble, this one will not end well. The Broncos’ defense is for real and will be holding this offense to 16 points or less.
  3. The winner of this game will not score more than two touchdowns. Both defenses are tough and will give each offense fits all game long.

This completes the General’s Proclamations for Week 16 in the NFL. It should be a fun week to watch some NFL action.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 14

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(photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Week 14 is upon us. Only four more weeks for teams to make the move towards the playoffs or be left out. Some teams are going to make that move and make it happen to see the postseason. But there will be others that falter under the pressure of the moment. The time is now. And just like teams have pressure, players do as well. There are some that respond to the pressure, but there are others that fall to it. Without further ado, here are the General’s Proclamations for Week 14.

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals

  1. Adrian Peterson was virtually invisible last game versus the Seahawks. Don’t look for him to be as invisible this game. He will get at least 80 yards on the ground and score one touchdown in this one.
  2. Arizona’s offense has been pretty good this season. And the impressive thing is no matter who they plug in, they make things happen. With Chris Johnson out for the rest of the regular season, look for David Johnson to make things happen to the tune of 100 yards rushing and a touchdown.
  3. The Vikings did not show up offensively last game and that was embarrassing for them (especially at home). In this one, they will come out and score at least 17 points and be more competitive.

Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. LeSean McCoy already feels some type of way about Eagles head coach Chip Kelly after his much-publicized comments following his trade from Philly to Buffalo. And in this game, he will take out his frustration on the field. Look for him to razzle and dazzle the Philly defense to the tune of at least 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
  2. Philadelphia really showed us all something last week with their convincing win in New England. They scored touchdowns in a multitude of fashions. This week, they will not score a touchdown like they did last week. However, one of they will make a play on special teams or defense that will have a big impact on the game.
  3. Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins have been special the last couple of weeks for the Bills. And in this one, they have Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell circled and in their sites. Look for Watkins to have at least 5 receptions (including a catch over 30 yards) and a touchdown versus the coverage of Maxwell.

Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens

  1. The Seattle Seahawks got it rolling offensively last weekend. They attacked through the air and on the ground. Look for the air assault to keep happening this week as Baltimore’s pass defense has not been that great. Look for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to get at least 300 yards and two touchdowns passing the ball.
  2. Baltimore’s starting quarterback, Joe Flacco, is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Matt Schuab has stepped in to replace him and we all know what he is at this point. Look for him to add to his totals of giving opposing defenses a touchdown pass this week. The Pick-6 king will strike again in this one.
  3. This Seahawks will hold the Baltimore Ravens offense to under 200 total yards of offense. Last week showed us just how dominant the Seahawks can be and the Ravens offense is more depleted than any offense in football.

San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns

  1. The 49ers have been without their starting running back, Carlos Hyde, for most of the season with a foot injury. And with that happening and running back Reggie Bush out for the year, the team looked for running backs to replace them. One they found is Shaun Draughn. And in the last few games, he has been solid. Look for him to make it happen in this game versus the Browns. He could get at least 100 yards rushing and a touchdown.
  2. The Browns will be starting Johnny Manziel this week at quarterback. Finally they are going to see what they do or don’t have in him. The good thing for him is he is playing against a 49ers defense that has not played all that great on the road this year. With that being said, look for him to throw for 225-250 yards, at least one interception and one touchdown pass.
  3. This game will not be pretty. Both teams are trying to find themselves and that has led to some uneven play. There will be some good play in this one. But the overall play here will not be something that is visually appealing.

Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams

  1. The Rams got bullied last week up front by the Arizona Cardinals. Don’t expect that same thing this week from them. The Lions have run the ball well the last few weeks, but this will be where it stops. Look for St. Louis to hold them to under 100 total yards rushing in this one.
  2. Running back Todd Gurley just could not get into a rhythm last week because of the flow of the game. This week, look for him to get his touches. He will get at least 20 carries in this game and get at least 115 yards, including one touchdown run.
  3. Detroit has been exemplary defensively the last few weeks. In this one, they have a little bit of a hiccup and give up some yardage.

Tennessee Titans at New York Jets

  1. The Titans found some offense last weekend and that was led by quarterback Marcus Mariota. He ran for over 100 yards and passed for over 250 yards as well. In this one, his numbers will not be as great. Look for him to not get near the 100 yards rushing and he will only have roughly 225 yards passing in this game.
  2. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall went bananas last weekend versus the Giants’ secondary. And in this game, he could have that same kind of impact. Look for him to go for another 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown.
  3. The winner of this game will not score over 23 points. Both teams have had issues scoring at times and both defenses can cause problems for the offenses. That amounts to sporadic offense and that is not conducive to great offense.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Bengals have hit a little rough patch in the season. But they seemed to have righted the ship last weekend versus the Browns. Look for them to have a little bit more of a struggle in this one, as they will not top 26 points in this one.
  2. The Steelers have the best receiving corps in the NFL. And in this game, the depth they have there will be on display. Look for Big Ben to showcase wide receiver Martavis Bryant in this game, as Bryant will go for over 100 yards receiving and one touchdown.
  3. Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill has been inconsistent this season. Unfortunately in this one, his tough season gets a little rougher. He will not top 60 yards rushing in this one and will not get in the endzone.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

  1. The Indianapolis Colts were beat down last week in Pittsburgh and backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was injured in the process. Although he is injured, he has said he will play Sunday and in that, I believe he plays well. Look for him to get at least 300 yards passing and two touchdowns.
  2. The Jaguars offensively got it going last week despite them not getting the win. One guy that showed up for them is tight end Julius Thomas. And in this game, he will show up again. Look for him to get at least six receptions, 80 yards receiving and at least one touchdown.
  3. The Colts will score a defensive touchdown in this game. The Jaguars have had some issues when it comes to ball security and it will come back to bite them in this game just like it did against the Titans last week.

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. The Chiefs are smoking hot right now and have vaulted themselves into playoff contention. And one player that has been doing his thing during this entire time is wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Look for him to go off on the Chargers this week with at least 140 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
  2. The Chiefs also have been getting it done defensively. The Chargers offensively? Not so much. And that has everything to do with the quarterback there in San Diego, Phillip Rivers. The veteran quarterback has not been as good as he usually has been in the regular season. And in this one, he will definitely make something happen….for the Chiefs. Look for Rivers to throw at least two interceptions in this game.
  3. The Chargers will commit at least eight penalties in this game. With the pressure the Chiefs can put on teams offensively and defensively, the Chargers will get some holding penalties, along with some false starts and things like that.

Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears

  1. The Redskins snatched a loss from the jaws of victory last week against the Cowboys. In this one, they will continue their bungling ways while trying to figure out how to win their first road game of the season. Look for them to commit at least two turnovers and one of them be of the head-scratching variety.
  2. The Bears had trouble closing out the 49ers last week and lost the game in overtime. In this one, the offense will get it going a little bit more and that will be because of the running game. Look for the Bears to run for a total of 150-175 yards in this one.
  3. The Redskins did not have much to write home about in terms of sacks. And in this one, this will be the story yet again. Look for the Redskins to get less than two sacks in this game.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

  1. Matt Ryan has had issues with consistency this year. He seemingly keeps forcing the football into spots that aren’t there. The results of those forced passes have been interceptions. And in this game, look for him to continue that trend. And of course, he will have an interception or two in this one because of it.
  2. The Panthers have had a solid running game this season with Jonathan Stewart. And in this one, he will get it going once again. Look for him to get at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown versus the Falcons’ defense.
  3. Cam Newton has been special this season. And in this game, he will continue to trend upward in his play. He will not get five touchdown passes, but he will get at least three and will not throw an interception.

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Drew Brees has been hot and cold as the quarterback of the Saints this season. In this one, look for him to be cold. Brees will throw three interceptions in this game.
  2. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been quietly doing well the last few weeks. And it has helped the team tremendously to have him running the ball well. In this one, he will pick up where he left off last week. Look for him to get 100 yards rushing and a touchdown versus New Orleans.
  3. The Tampa Bay Bucs will top 30 points this week in this game. The team has been playing well for a while now and have played their way into contention for a playoff spot. And New Orleans, despite their defensive play being better, is still bad defensively.

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

  1. The Broncos have been playing well under the leadership of Brock Osweiler at quarterback. And in this one, he will continue his string of good play. Osweiler will throw for 250 yards and two touchdown passes in this one.
  2. The Raiders have been solid offensively, but they are facing one of the top defenses in the NFL this week. Look for them to have at least two turnovers in this one. That Denver defense will make things difficult.
  3. The Raiders and the Broncos will both score less than 23 points. This game will be highly competitive and there will be some great plays made on both sides.

Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

  1. The Green Bay Packers have been an interesting team this season. They have played well at times and awful at others. And many of the inconsistencies have been directly tied to the running game of the Packers. Look for Eddie Lacy to show up this week and run for 100 yards at least.
  2. The Cowboys have found something at running back in Darren McFadden. He has been a consistent force for them over the last few weeks. Well, that consistency is stopped in this one. Look for him to run for less than 100 yards in this game as well as not get into the endzone.
  3. Dez Bryant has suffered without Tony Romo at quarterback. That will hurt him again in this one, as he only gets four catches for 30 yards. Matt Cassel just cannot get it done and take advantage of the Packers’ secondary.

New England Patriots at Houston Texans

  1. The Texans were on a roll until last week’s loss. They gave up 30 points as a defense and this one they will be fired up to not give up that much. Look for JJ Watt to have at least two sacks versus the Patriots makeshift offensive line.
  2. Tom Brady has less weapons due to all the injuries. But he will still make some things happen in this one. Look for over 300 yards passing and two touchdowns from him. And he will probably throw to a guy that many have not heard of nationally.
  3. The Texans will have some familiarity with the Patriots due to Bill O’Brien being a former assistant there. And with that being said, look for Hoyer, a former Patriot himself, to make some things happen in the passing game against New England. He will connect with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for at least 110 yards and one touchdown.

New York Giants at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Dolphins were playing good for a couple games after Joe Philbin was fired as head coach. But they have since reverted back to their old ways, And with that, Ryan Tannehill isn’t looking like a $100 million quarterback. But the cure for that is a bad defensive secondary and the Giants have just that. Look for Tannehill to have at least three touchdown passes and 275 yards passing.
  2. The Giants have one of the most explosive weapons in the NFL in Odell Beckham Jr. And in this game he will on full display. Look for him to get at least seven receptions for 150+ yards and a touchdown.
  3. The Giants will rush for at least 150 yards. The Dolphins have not stopped anyone in the running game this year and this will be on full display for the world to see Monday.

Week 14 is about to get started and it should be good to see what happens with the teams that are in the playoff hunt and the ones that are playing out the string.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 13

(photo courtesy of Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

(photo courtesy of Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Week 13 is here and teams have four weeks to get it together for the stretch run. Unfortunately for some teams, they will not get it together. But for others, they have to get it figured out and get it figured out fast. The postseason is approaching at very fast. Amazingly, there has been a lot of sloppy football this season. And as a result, there are a lot of mediocre records this far into the season. That can be taken one of two ways. The negative outlook is the league is down this year and that players are not living up to standards. But with the negative, there is always some positives. The NFL is looking like it will come down all the way to the wire once again to see who makes it and who is watching from home. This is the time where players step up and make a difference or fall back and disappear. Without further ado, here are the proclamations for Week 13.

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

  1. The last time these two teams played, Aaron Rodgers struggled at home against the Lions’ defense. Look for him to have another struggle this week as the Green Bay offense has sputtered along. He will throw for only 250 yards and will only have one touchdown pass. A far cry from what he was doing to start the season.
  2. Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah has been getting some more time in the backfield running the football. There is no doubt that Detroit sees him as part of their future. Expect him to get at least 15 touches and he will amass 100 total yards on the running and catching the football.
  3. Expect both of these teams to not score over 25 points in this one. Both defenses have been playing well and that will coincide with the respective offenses not getting much traction on the field.

New York Jets at New York Giants

  1. The Giants have an electric talent in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Earlier this season, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie sounded jealous when he talked about Beckham Jr earlier this year. Well, we know Beckham Jr heard it and will be ready to play. Expect him to get a matchup against Cromartie and he will definitely burn him a few times. Expect Beckham Jr to get at least 100 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a great game last time out against the Dolphins. And he must be foaming at the mouth to see the Giants secondary. Look for Fitzpatrick to have at least three touchdown passes on his way to 300 yards passing.
  3. Eli Manning had one of the inexplicably bad laterals we have ever seen last week when he lateralled the ball out of bounds to end the game. Well, expect him to throw one of those passes this week that makes the Giants’ fans go into a fit of rage. And when he throws it, it will be at a crucial time in the game and will be picked off by the Jets.

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

  1. The Arizona Cardinals have lost running back Chris Johnson for the rest of the season with a broken bone in his leg. With that being said, look for rookie David Johnson to take over and get more touches. He will get at least 115 total yards in this game along with one touchdown.
  2. The Rams have been struggling as of late and running back Todd Gurley has been absent. Well, expect him to get it going again against a team that started his rise to notability in the NFL. He will get at least 100 yards rushing and will score one touchdown.
  3. The Arizona defense got touched up a little versus the Cincinnati Bengals offense. Well, they can expect to get a little bit of a test from St. Louis and their run game this week. But eventually, the Rams will have to pass. And when they do, look for the defensive backs of Arizona to make some plays. I expect them to get at least two interceptions and three sacks in this one.

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Jameis Winston has been solid at the quarterback position for the Bucs over the last few weeks. And with Atlanta struggling a bit, look for him to have another solid performance. He will have at least 260 yards passing with two touchdown passes.
  2. Atlanta has been struggling as of late. And no one has been struggling more than quarterback Matt Ryan. Look for his struggles to continue as he ends up having two interceptions in this one while trying to force the ball in tight spots.
  3. The Tampa Bay defense will take one of those two interceptions that Matt Ryan will throw and will return it for a touchdown. Lovie’s defense is really starting to pick it up under his tutelage.

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

  1. Russell Wilson was spectacular last weekend versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing for five touchdown passes. Well, look for him to pickup where he left off last week in this one. He will run around Fran Tarkenton style and throw for at least 3 touchdown passes in this game and 225 yards.
  2. The Vikings have been getting it done and their focus has been the running game. Adrian Peterson has been out of control running the football. Well, the Seahawks have other ideas in this one. With linebacker Bobby Wagner and the defensive line of the Seahawks, Peterson will be under 100 yards in this game.
  3. The Minnesota Vikings have been saying that Teddy Bridgewater is not a game manager. It even infuriated head coach Mike Zimmer when someone in the media implied that about his quarterback. Well in this game, Teddy will break out a little bit. Look for him to throw two touchdown passes and get close or surpass 300 yards.

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears

  1. The 49ers had a tough loss to the Cardinals last week where their defense played well. But they are just a different defense on the road. They will give up at least 25 points this week and they will definitely give up more yards on the ground in this one.
  2. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler has been solid this season. And in this one, he will have some very good moments. But Cutler will not be able to escape some ghosts of the past, as he throws at least one costly interception.
  3. The 49ers have made it a pattern of starting slow offensively. In this one, they come out fast and keep it up all the way through halftime.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

  1. The Jags beat the Titans just a couple weeks ago in Jacksonville. And in that one, the Titans were right there the entire game. Look for this one to be another low-scoring nailbiter between these two teams trying to find themselves.
  2. Wide receiver Allen Robinson is a playmaker waiting to happen. And in this one, he makes a big catch for over 40 yards. The Titans secondary is the weak link of this defense and the Jaguars have the weapons to expose them there.
  3. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has been pretty solid this season. In this one, expect him to throw for around 200 yards and throw for at least one touchdown. And the touchdown will go to tight end Delanie Walker.

Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills

  1. JJ Watt has been a monster for the Houston Texans. But in this game, he will find it hard to get his hands on Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Look for Watt to get at least one sack, but he will be grasping for air when in the backfield a lot in this one.
  2. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been pretty good the last two weeks. And in this one, expect him to get it going again for the Bills. Look for McCoy to get at least 100 yards rushing and 1 touchdown.
  3. The Buffalo defense has not been as disruptive as they were last season. But in this one, expect them to get after Brian Hoyer. Look for Buffalo to sack Hoyer three or four times in this one.

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Baltimore Ravens had a big win last week in dramatic fashion. But the big issue that came up again was Matt Schuab throwing another interception for a touchdown. With Brent Grimes lurking on the other side of the ball, expect Schuab to throw another interception that gives the opponent six points.
  2. The Dolphins recently fired their offensive coordinator after the loss to the Jets. In this one, the change will appear to make a difference, as Miami will score at least 25 points on offense in this one.
  3. Along with the Dolphins showing up offensively, look for wide receiver Kamar Aiken to show up in this one to the tune of 5 receptions and at least 100 yards receiving.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

  1. The Cleveland Browns lost starter Josh McCown last week due to injury. And in this one, they will be starting their third starting quarterback this season in Austin Davis. The young quarterback had a good run last week versus the Ravens, but in this one he is playing a tougher defense. And because of that, he will have a long day. Expect him to throw at least two interceptions.
  2. The Bengals offensively are dangerous. They can go to any numbers of offensive weapons at any time. This week, the weapon of choice will be Marvin Jones., The electric wide receiver will have at least 100 yards receiving and one touchdown.
  3. The Bengals will score more than 35 points in this game. The Browns are struggling bad and there just seems to be no answer to how they get out of this tailspin. Add this one to the long list of games they will want to forget.

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

  1. The Chiefs have been on fire for the couple months. One piece that has paid dividends for the Chiefs has been tight end Travis Kelsey. Look for him to score at least one touchdown in this one and get at least 80 yards receiving.
  2. Derek Carr was clutch down the stretch versus the Tennessee Titans. But in this one, he will have a little bit more of a struggle. Look for him to be under 260 yards and he will also throw at least two interceptions.
  3. The Chiefs will score on a special teams’ touchdown. That has been all that is missing for the Chiefs at this point.

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers

  1. The Broncos have changed since Brock Osweiler took over at quarterback. In this one, expect more of the same from the Osweiler-led Broncos offense. They will put up 25 or more points in this one.
  2. The Antonio Gates-Phillip Rivers connection was back to usual last week. But in this one, they will go back to what they have been for most this year. Look for Gates to have less than three receptions in this game.
  3. The Denver Broncos defensive line and linebackers have been really good this season. In this one, expect them to feast on the Chargers offensive line. Look for the front seven of the Broncos to get at least five sacks.

Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

  1. The Eagles got 45 points put on them last week for the second week in a row. Look for the Patriots under the guidance of Brady to put up at least 35 points or more in this game despite missing key cogs in their offense.
  2. The Philadelphia Eagles will more than likely have quarterback Sam Bradford back for this one. But with Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez, it does not matter. Look for Bradford to add to his interceptions total for the season in this game.
  3. The Patriots are down some wide receivers, but that won’t matter when Byron Maxwell is out there defending for the Eagles. He will get targeted and will be taken advantage of by the Pats in this one.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

  1. Wide receiver Devin Funchess has been getting more and more opportunities to make plays for Carolina. And in this one, the light will finally flicker for him. He will have at least four receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
  2. New Orleans’ defense has been suspect all season long. In this one, however, they will step up to the plate and match the Panthers at home. Look for them to get two or three sacks and create pressure all day long.
  3. This game will be a low-scoring game between the Saints and the Panthers. Look for the first team to 18 to win the game.

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. The Colts have been playing well offensively behind the play of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. In this one, however, he begins to come back to reality. Look for the veteran quarterback to throw two interceptions to the Steelers.
  2. The Pittsburgh offense may be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. So without him, look for the Steelers to feed running back DeAngelo Williams. And when they do, he will run for at least 110 yards and a touchdown.
  3. This game is more important to the Steelers, but expect their secondary to have a malfunction or two covering the Colts wide receivers

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

  1. Quarterback Tony Romo exited the game last week with a season-ending injury. And with that, any chance for good quarterback play is now out the window for Dallas. Look for his replacement, Matt Cassel, to throw three interceptions.
  2. The Washington Redskins were solid last week through the air. Look for Kirk Cousins to try again through the air, but he will not have the same type of success. Cousins will have two interceptions in this one.
  3. The Washington versus Dallas game will have a lot of energy around, but not a lot of scoring. Both teams will not combine for over 30 points.

The proclamations for Week 13 are complete. Enjoy the games.

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