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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 10

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Week Ten is upon us and the real contenders are starting to show up. They may not be playing at their peak each and every week, but they are finding ways to win games and that is what’s most important. On the opposite side, there are teams that are starting to show that they were pretending all along. They started out hot but now they have come back to reality. The thing for them is they still have time to try and convince us all that they are not pretenders. But that leap is made when those pretenders win games that make their critics be quiet. The contenders have another time to show that they are the cream of the crop. While the pretenders can step into the next class one game at a time. And just like teams can show up or disappear, players can do so also. This is the time of year where bigtime players step up or disappear. Let’s dive into the General’s Proclamations.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

  1. Bills’ running back LeSean McCoy comes into this one a little banged up. And because of that and the Jets defense, look for Shady to run for less than 50 yards rushing. In fact, quarterback Tyrod Taylor will probably have more rushing yards than he will.
  2. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been unexpectedly good this season as the starter for New York. And in this one, he will continue to be as good as he has been. Look for him to throw two touchdown passes and throw for 250 yards.
  3. Both the Jets and the Bills have been coached by Rex Ryan, so defense and turnovers are in their DNA. Expect both defenses to force a turnover in the other’s territory in this one.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

  1. The Detroit Lions are in shambles as an organization. And the face of the mess in Detroit is quarterback Matt Stafford. Look for the former University of Georgia quarterback to struggle in this one, throwing two interceptions and not really getting any kind of rhythm offensively the whole game.
  2. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been off a little the last two games. He caught his rhythm in the second half of last game, but that is two times he has not shown up the entire game. Expect The Surgeon to show up in this one and dissect the Lions’ secondary to the tune of 300 yards and three touchdown passes with no interceptions.
  3. Green Bay made the change from Eddie Lacy to James Starks at the running back position this week. And it will pay dividends for them in this one. Look for Starks to rush for 100 yards and score at least one touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant has been working his way back over the last two weeks. In this one, expect him to be in rare form. He will have at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
  2. Jameis Winston has been solid at quarterback for the Bucs the last few weeks. No one has noticed that he has a streak of not throwing interceptions going on as well. Expect that to end this week as the pressure of the Dallas defense will get to him and he will toss not one but two interceptions.
  3. Tampa Bay and Dallas are not offensive juggernauts as they are currently constructed. And because of that, they will both not go over 20 points. Expect some physical defense.

Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans

  1. The Carolina Panthers have been excellent defensively all year long. But at the end of last game, they showed some slippage versus Aaron Rodgers. Expect them to show a little more slippage with the Titans as tight end Delanie Walker will get lose against the Panthers’ safeties. Look for him to have at least one touchdown catch and 80 yards receiving.
  2. The Panthers have been running the ball right down the throats of teams this year. And in this one, look to try that again. But the one thing that will hurt them is the Titans defense is not that bad. Expect the Panthers to run for under 100 yards in this one.
  3. The Panthers and Titans are both physical teams. Expect this one to be a low-scoring affair as both teams will score under 20 points.

Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams

  1. The Rams took a tough one last week and Todd Gurley was not as spectacular as he had been. Expect him to get back on track this week with at least 130 yards rushing and one touchdown.
  2. Chicago has been riding with the arm of Jay Cutler the last few weeks. Expect them to do so again in this one, but he will throw at least two interceptions as he will be under constant duress from the Rams’ defensive line.
  3. Speaking of the Rams’ defensive line, they have been physical and can dominate a game. And in this one, expect them to take advantage of the Bears offensive line. They should get at least four sacks in this one.

New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins

  1. Drew Brees has found a little bit of a rhythm throwing the football and this week he will pick up where he left off. Look for the Saints’ veteran quarterback to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns against the Redskins defense.
  2. The Redskins’ running game has been hit or miss all year (more missing than hitting). Well in this one, they may get it going again. Look for running back Alfred Morris to get at least 100 yards rushing and get off the snide.
  3. Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins has been hit or miss the last few weeks. Well, in this one he will have a little of both. He will throw at least two touchdown passes but he will also throw two interceptions. And yes Kirk, plenty will like that.

Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. The Dolphins have been cooled off since the 2-0 start under interim coach Dan Campbell. Well, expect their offense to have some success against the Eagles this Sunday in Philly. That offensive success will be spearheaded by none other than wide receiver Jarvis Landry. He will have 70 receiving yards and a touchdown and he will make a big play in the return game.
  2. Philadelphia wide receiver Jordan Matthews has had some issues with catching the ball this year. But the big catch and score at the end of the Cowboys game gave him some confidence. Expect him to carry that into this game as he goes for over 100 yards and a touchdown.
  3. DeMarco Murray has not been as spectacular as some thought he may be in Philly this year. Well, expect him to get it going in this one to the tune of 90 yards and a touchdown. Miami has issues stopping the run.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. Ben Roethlisberger is out this week as he is nursing a foot injury. In will step Landry Jones at quarterback. And in this one, he will play well in Big Ben’s place. Look for him to throw for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. Cleveland has had issues being consistent all season long. In this one, the inconsistency will show again. Look for them to be terrible in the first half and come out like gangbusters in the second half. The only question will be is it too late for them to turn it on.
  3. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been spectacular this year when in the lineup. And with Jones there tossing him the football, he will continue his attack on opposing secondaries. Look for him to go for 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns as attention will be drawn away due to Antonio Brown.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens

  1. The Jaguars have shown improvement this year offensively. Led by Blake Bortles, the team is starting to take form as to what they will be on that side. And against the Ravens, this is a game they should be able to show what they can do. Expect them to go for 25-30 points in this one.
  2. Along with the Jaguars going for 25-30 points, they will have their fun in the air. Look for Bortles to throw for over 300 yards and throw for three touchdowns, with two going to Allen Robinson.
  3. The Ravens have been struggling to stop anyone this year, so the offense has had to try and do more. Expect them to handle their own in this one, as they will get at least 25 points themselves. Flacco will throw for at least 250 yards and one touchdown.

Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders

  1. Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been solid this year as the compliment to Amari Cooper. In this game, he will continue his season as he has 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
  2. Minnesota has been on a roll since their season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Part of that has been the solid play of the defense. The other part has been the solid play of the offense and Stefon Diggs. Look for Diggs to get off once again in this one, as he has 125 yards receiving against the Raiders.
  3. The Raiders and Vikings both have exciting running backs. But in this one, both will not rush for 100 yards. The defenses will be dialed in against them.

New England Patriots at New York Giants

  1. The Patriots are coming to New York on the same day that Jason Pierre-Paul makes his home debut. The man with the mangled hand was active last week versus Tampa Bay and he should be active in this one also. Look for him to get at least two sacks as he electrifies the crowd.
  2. Tom Brady has not been able to master the Giants secondary very many times. Well, look for him to light them up in this one. He will have at least 350 yards passing and two touchdown passes as he moves the Patriots offense up and down the field.
  3. Odell Beckham Jr. is probably licking his chops going into this one. The Patriots are a solid defense, but neither of their corners are a match for Beckham Jr. Expect him to go for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

  1. The Broncos were beat up a little last weekend by the Colts. Their defense was not as sharp as they usually are. Expect them to atone for last week despite missing cornerback Aqib Talib, who will be suspended for his actions last weekend versus the Colts. They will have four sacks and one interception.
  2. Kansas City has been dink and dunk for most of the year offensively. Well in this one, they will continue to do so out of necessity. Look for Alex Smith to complete 60% of his passes but for only 200-215 yards.
  3. The running back scenario for each team has not been great. The Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL and the Broncos have not found one running back to stand out. Well, the running games for both teams will not show up in this one either. Look for both teams to run for under 115 yards total.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks.

  1. Carson Palmer is having one of his best seasons as a pro this year. Look for him to be solid in this one as well. He will throw for 250 yards against Seattle and throw at least two touchdown passes.
  2. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has not really had a string of games where he has been a wrecking ball. Well, this isn’t the game that he gets started. He will rush for less than 100 yards but will score at least one touchdown.
  3. Arizona has been solid this year on both sides of the ball. But in the return game, they have not been as dominant. Well, look for them to have a spark in the return game in this one. Patrick Peterson will have a big return against the Seahawks in this one.

Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. Andy Dalton has been solid as the signal-caller for the Bengals. Look for him to continue his good season against the Bengals, as he will go for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. The Houston Texans have not been able to get going on the ground this year. Look for them to have the same bad performance running the ball in this one. They will not rush for over 100 yards as a team.
  3. The Bengals have been solid defensively and they have another challenge this week in wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Look for him to challenge them, but he will not get over 70 yards receiving. There is only so much Hopkins can do without a consistent compliment on the other side. He will score a touchdown though.

Week Ten is upon us and the proclamations have been made. It should be fun watching how all these game and proclamations shake out.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 9

(photo courtesy of Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

(photo courtesy of Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

Week 9 is upon us and the cream has started to rise to the top. Some teams are proving to be who they thought we would be. And because of that, some of them are closer to reaching the playoffs. But just like some have showed us who they are, others have shown us how bad they have been. And the race for those teams has begun for the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. But even with that, there is still half a season to play and many things to be decided. And Week 8 is the next step to see who will end up where in the NFL playoffs or who will be at home watching them. Just like there are teams that may give us some impactful performances, there are also some players that will give those performances for their team. And with that, here are Week 8’s General proclamations.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. Johnny Manziel is getting the start at quarterback this week. And he has a tough task ahead of him. Johnny Football will run around and try to make some plays for the Browns, but that will also backfire on him. He will get at least one big play that will lead to a touchdown, but he will also make some inexplicable mistakes that will lead to at least two turnovers.
  2. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton had a rough go at it last weekend versus the Steelers. Well, the Browns are the best medicine after a bad game. Dalton will throw for three touchdown passes and put up 300 yards passing as well. The Browns secondary will be in trouble.
  3. The Cincinnati Bengals will score on defense and offense in this game. The Bengals are finally going to be in prime time and in that slot, they will try and show the world why this year is different for them.

Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers

  1. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst performances of his career against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Well, he will be out for revenge this week against the Panthers. And although he will throw one interception, he will also throw for two touchdowns as he gets his mojo back a little bit.
  2. Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart has been sneaky good in the shadow of quarterback Cam Newton. Well this week, he will go back to the guy that some questioned as the starter in Carolina. He will rush for less than 70 yards and will not score a touchdown.
  3. The Green Bay defense got torched by Peyton Manning last weekend. This week, they come out with something to prove. And that means they will get at least four sacks and an interception.

Washington Redskins at New England Patriots

  1. The Washington Redskins have a running back rotation of Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. It has been productive for the most part for Washington. But in this game, it will harm both Jones and Morris numbers-wise. Both will go for less than 50 yards and there will only be one touchdown between both of them.
  2. New England’s defense has been disruptive but they have not put the ball in the endzone. Going up against Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins should help cure that. The Patriots will score a defensive touchdown this week.
  3. New England wide receiver Brandon LaFell has had a case of the dropsies to start the season. And in this game, it will continue. He will have at least four drops in this game. And of course, Tom Brady will give him a look of frustration.

Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints

  1. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has been solid the last few games at quarterback. And in this game, he will continue to find his rhythm. Look for Brees to have at least two touchdown passes against the Titans, who have some injury issues in the secondary.
  2. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota should be back this weekend. And with him back, the Titans will have some more explosion to their offense. Look for him to run for a touchdown and also throw for one.
  3. The Saints and the Titans will not score over 30 points in this game. Many saw the explosion the Saints had last week versus the Giants last week. But the Titans’ defense is better than the Giants’ defense and it will show this week.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

  1. The Miami Dolphins got brought back to earth in their last game. They will not put up huge numbers like they did in the first two games under interim head coach Dan Campbell, but they will definitely make it happen more than they did against the Patriots. They will put up at least 25 points in Buffalo.
  2. Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor has missed a few games with a knee injury but he will be back for this one. And with that being said, some normalcy will be brought back to the Bills’ offense. Look for Taylor to scramble for one touchdown and throw for two more.
  3. Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has not been as productive in the sack total as some thought he may. In this game, the silence will continue. He will not have one sack against Buffalo.

St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings

  1. Todd Gurley has been one of the best running backs in the NFL this season. The Vikings have not seen him yet, but they will sure see a lot of him in this one. Look for him to go for over 100 yards again and another rumble to the endzone.
  2. The Rams have are a tough defense and the Vikings love to run the football, but one of those must break on Sunday. Unfortunately, it will be the Viking rush offense. Running back Adrian Peterson will not run for over 100 yards even though he will have a touchdown.
  3. Both teams will not score over 20 points. The Rams are not the most efficient offensive team and with the run shut down, the Vikings will have to manufacture points a little more.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets

  1. The Jets’ defense stumbled last weekend in Oakland as they got their doors blown off. Look for the defense to rebound against the Jaguars as they limit them to under 17 points in this one.
  2. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a dynamic wide receiver in Allen Robinson. And in this game, look for him to make a couple spectacular plays. He will total at least five receptions for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown.
  3. Jets’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to play despite ligament damage in his thumb on his non-throwing hand. He is going to try and tough it out, but I believe he eventually will be taken out of the game. Good tough guy stand, but the pain will eventually get to him.

Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. The Pittsburgh Steelers had Ben Roethlisberger back for the first time in a few weeks this past Sunday. He was a little rusty as he threw three interceptions. Well this week, he gets it back going as he throws for three touchdown passes and no interceptions.
  2. The Oakland Raiders dominated the Jets last weekend offensively. Well, they are facing a fired up Pittsburgh team this weekend and they will not be as easily had as the Jets were. Expect them to score less than 20 points in this one.
  3. The duo of Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown finally have their quarterback on the field in Big Ben. And with that being said, they both will go for 100 yards receiving. With Le’Veon Bell out, the ball may be put in the air more in this one and these two wide receivers are licking their chops.

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Giants’ running back Rashad Jennings has done a little of everything for New York this season. And in this game, that will be on display. The veteran running back will rush for a touchdown and will also catch one out of the backfield. I know the receiving out of the backfield is usually for Shane Vereen in New York, but Jennings will show he can do a little bit of that too.
  2. Jameis Winston played well last weekend in his win versus the Falcons. And in this one, he should be expected to build upon that. The Giants’ pass defense is not very solid and Winston has confidence from last game. Expect him to throw for at least two touchdowns in this one.
  3. The Giants’ pass rush will get back defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul this week. And with his return, he will get two sacks. I know some may think I am crazy, but the energy he will be feeling will propel him to make a big impact in this one.

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers

  1. Blaine Gabbert is stepping in for San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick this game as Colin has been benched. But even with the change, the result will be the same. Blaine will throw at least two interceptions as he tries to get something going against the Falcons.
  2. Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones has been outstanding this season. He has torched many defenses this season and he will continue his assault on defenses in this one. Look for him to go for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
  3. The Falcons have not been quite as sharp offensively the last couple of weeks. And in this game, he will have the same type of moments. They will make a few turnovers that will keep San Francisco in the game a little longer than most expect.

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

  1. Peyton Manning got some of his mojo back last weekend. And against the Colts, he will continue to find himself. The addition of tight end Vernon Davis does not help the growing list of problems the Colts had defending the Broncos either. Look for Manning to throw for 300 yards and two touchdowns in this one.
  2. Andrew Luck has been struggling mightily this season and the Broncos’ defense has been on fire all season long. This combination equals trouble for Luck, as he will have at least 2 interceptions in this one.
  3. The Colts will be booed at home in this game. They are going against a superior team, but the way they perform against them will draw the ire of the fans.

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

  1. Ryan Matthews has been the best running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. And in this game, he shows it even more. He will rush for at least 80 yards on less carries than prized free agent DeMarco Murray and will score a touchdown.
  2. The Cowboys still have a minute until quarterback Tony Romo is ready to play. So the Cowboys will be subjected to the play of Matt Cassel again. And with that, get ready for him to add to the totals the Eagles have in takeaways. The Eagles will be presented with two gift-wrapped interceptions.
  3. Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant returned last weekend and really did not have that much of an impact on the game. Well this week, he will definitely test the cornerbacks of the Eagles. Look for him to get at least 100 yards receiving to help out his backup quarterback.

Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers

  1. Jay Cutler has been playing well for the Bears so far this year. Look for him to keep that up against the Chargers as he will throw for three touchdowns and only one interception.
  2. Chargers’ running back Melvin Gordon has been pretty silent this year running the football. And in this game, the silence will be deafening. He will not run for over 50 yards and will not score either.
  3. The Bears and the Chargers have not been very great defensively. Well, expect the offensive lines of both teams to make the defenses look better. Look for both teams to have at least three sacks apiece.

Week Nine’s action kicks off tonight in Cincinnati. Should be fun to see who shows up and who disappears with the bright lights on them.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations- Week 8

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Week 8 is here and the rough days of the season are upon some teams. And while some can handle it, there are others that wilt under the pressure. Now we come to the part of the season where the cream rises to the top and the bubbles fizzle on teams that were thought to be potential playoff contenders. The great part about all this action is there is no telling which team will show up and when. Someone may surprise us this week in the NFL. And others may surprise us in an unexpectedly bad way. We are all witnesses to this madness we call the NFL. Without any further wait, here are the proclamations for Week 8 in the NFL.

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

  1. The Miami Dolphins will score over 25 points in this game. The offense has been excellent the last two games for Miami although it has been against weaker competition than the Patriots. But in this game, the Dolphins offense will show that they are better than they were at the beginning of the year and they will test the Patriots.
  2. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been connecting on the regular on the field. And in this game, the Dolphins will try to take him away. But look for him to at least get one big catch in this one as he and Brady will connect for one touchdown. Although he will score, Gronk will not get more than five receptions.
  3. Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones has been making plays over the last two weeks and in this game he gets Tom Brady at least once. However, this week it will not go back for a touchdown. But you better believe that Jones is going to make something happen versus New England.

Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Matt Stafford and the Detroit offense are without their offensive coordinator due to him being fired recently. And with interim offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, the Lions will go back to slinging the rock all around the yard. Look for Stafford to throw the football at least 40 times and watch him connect on at least two touchdowns, with one going to Calvin Johnson aka Megatron.
  2. The Kansas City Chiefs have been known for their “dink and dunk” offensive style. Well, this week they take a few shots up top with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. And one of these shots will end up paying off for the Chiefs as Maclin will go after a questionable Lions secondary.
  3. The Lions and the Chiefs will end up getting at least five pass interference calls combined. Both teams have issues when it comes to defending the pass and both teams have weapons that can cause problems for the other’s defense. And as a result, there will be some flags flying in the secondary.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

  1. The Falcons have recently slowed down a little bit. But in this game, they will get it reeved back up again. Look for the Falcons to put up 35+ points against the Bucs defense in this one. And for the icing on the cake, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will get at least two touchdowns.
  2. Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin will get 100 yards rushing in this game. The running back formerly known as the Muscle Hamster has been good at times and bad at others. Something tells me Atlanta brings out the best in him this game.
  3. Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant will nail a field goal of 50 yards or more. Although he is getting up there in age, the dome does not present much of a distraction in regards to the weather and the wind. When he makes this one, he will make it with ease.

Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns

  1. The Cardinals ran the ball very well on Monday night versus the Baltimore Ravens. And in this game, they pick up where they left off. Veteran running back Chris Johnson will rush for over 100 yards and a touchdown. The speedster out of East Carolina has had a great time reviving his career in the Desert and he will continue to do so versus the Browns.
  2. The Cleveland Browns have a decision to make. Do they start Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel at quarterback? Well, in this game it may not matter because both will be looking up at the sky trying to imagine what shape the clouds are in. The Cardinals bring tremendous pressure and they will get to the quarterback at least four times on Sunday.
  3. Cleveland has a speedy wide receiver/return man in Travis Benjamin. And in one play, he will show how speedy he is. He will return a punt for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. And with that, the crowd will be electric.

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

  1. The St. Louis Rams have been tearing folks up on the ground behind rookie running back Todd Gurley. And in this one, he will eventually get the 49ers. Look for him to get at least 120 yards rushing and one touchdown.
  2. The San Francisco 49ers have been struggling offensively this season. Some can be pinned on the offensive line and some can be pinned on quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Well, this week the receivers help out Colin and make plays. Look for the 49ers to have at least six different players catch a pass this game.
  3. Both the 49ers and the Rams will not score over 20 points. This will be one physical football game, as it always is. And both teams will show their strengths and their limitations.

New York Giants at New Orleans Saints

  1. The Giants will have at least four sacks this game. The pressure and different looks Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnolo can create combined with the issues the Saints can have on their offensive line will lead to a long day for Drew Brees.
  2. Running back Mark Ingram had a really good game last week running the football for New Orleans. Well, this week he gets around 60 yards and scores one touchdown. And when he scores, maybe he does Drake’s dance again.
  3. Giants’ running back Shane Vereen has been dynamite out of the backfield this year. And in this game, expect him to pick up where he left off. Look for Vereen to get at least five receptions and three of those will be for first downs.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

  1. Stefon Diggs has been dynamite for the Vikings at wide receiver. It seems like he and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater have found something on the field. And the Bears will get to witness the next performance of these two as Diggs goes for two touchdowns and at 100 yards receiving on Chicago.
  2. The Chicago defense has not had much to cheer about this year. Well, in this game they will have at least one thing to rejoice about. The Bears will get at least one turnover in this game. That would be huge for defense that can struggle.
  3. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been solid since he returned to the team from injury. But this game he is about to have Sunday will remind those that were not fans of his why they don’t like him much. Cutler will end up with at least three interceptions, with one going for a touchdown.

San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens

  1. The San Diego Chargers were pretty embarrassing last week versus the Oakland Raiders. They will definitely be looking to redeem themselves this week versus Baltimore. Look for them to put up at least 24 points against the lowly Ravens defense.
  2. Steve Smith Sr. has been a warrior for the Ravens this season. And he will continue to do so versus the Chargers. He will have at least seven receptions for 90 yards in this one. The Chargers have issues in their secondary as well.
  3. Tight ends will be huge in this game. And with that being said, the Ravens will have two touchdowns from the tight end position. Both Crockett Gilmore and Nick Boyle have been good for Joe Flacco and will continue to do so in this game.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. The Bengals are still waiting on running back Jeremy Hill to get it going like he did in 2014. Well, this game may be the one he starts getting it going. Look for the young running back to get at least 80 yards rushing and a touchdown.
  2. It isn’t looking like Ben Roethlisberger will make the start this Sunday versus the Bengals. If that is the case, then the Bengals will be having a meeting at the quarterback. Look for Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap to get at least two sacks in this one and the Bengals to get five total.
  3. The Bengals have not had a return for a touchdown in a while defensively. Well, that changes in this game as Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick picks off a pass and runs it back for a touchdown this week.

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

  1. If Marcus Mariota plays, there will be some fireworks from the Titans offense. Look for the Titans to get at least three touchdowns this week through the air, with at least two going to tight end Delanie Walker and wide receiver Kendall Wright respectively.
  2. Houston has had one consistent bright spot this year and his name is DeAndre Hopkins. The exciting wide receiver will receive a lot of attention this weekend. But like other weeks when he received a lot of attention, he will find a way to produce. Look for another 100 yard game from the emerging star wide receiver.
  3. There will be a couple inexplicable turnovers in this game. And of course you can expect those turnovers to come from someone that you would not expect. And it will leave you scratching your head.

New York Jets at Oakland Raiders

  1. The Raiders were on fire last game versus the Chargers. But in this game, the fire will be consumed by a blizzard. Look for the Raiders to score 13 points or fewer against the Jets stifling defense.
  2. The Jets have a bull in a china shop at running back in Chris Ivory. When he gets going, he makes the Jets a tough team. Expect him to bring his hard-nosed style to this game and go for at least 100 yards rushing.
  3. Amari Cooper has been excellent this season. But in this game, he will be locked up at Revis Island. Cooper will not get more than three catches this game.

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

  1. The Seahawks got a little mojo back last weekend. And expect them to come out again ready to go. With Matt Cassel at quarterback for the Cowboys, expect them to get at least two interceptions in this game.
  2. The Dallas offensive line now has a main back to block for. Darren McFadden has been named the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys and will get the lion’s share of the carries. Look for him to go for 100 yards behind this massive Cowboys offensive line.
  3. The Dallas defense is in for a challenge this game containing Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. Well, with the shape of the Seahawks offensive line, they will at least make it home a few times. Greg Hardy will have at least two sacks and the Cowboys will have at least 4 sacks this game.

Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos

  1. The Packers have been surviving without wide receiver Jordy Nelson this year. Well, in this game they will feel the loss of him some. Expect Aaron Rodgers to throw at least one interception in this one and feel the pressure that Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and crew can bring.
  2. The Broncos have had some issues getting the running game going. And in this game, it will sputter yet again. The Packers will be solid in their play up front and make Peyton Manning have to beat them.
  3. Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews will have at least two sacks in this game. The Denver line is not very good at this point and the Packers can bring pressure from all angles. That is a dangerous combination for the Broncos.

Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers

  1. The Colts have been sputtering offensively and this game will be no different. They will be facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL and Luck appears to not be very healthy. That does not bode well for a team that likes to put the ball in the air. Expect them to not score more than 16 points.
  2. Cam Newton had a little rougher outing last week versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Look for the exciting Panthers quarterback to clean up the mistakes and make it happen for his team. He will not have an interception and will have three touchdowns total (one running and two passing).
  3. The Panthers’ linebacker duo of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis will combine for 20+ tackles. Both these guys fly all over the field and make a great impact. Expect them to star on Monday Night Football.

Week 8 is here and the excitement has arrived. Who takes advantage of the moment provided to them?

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The General’s NFL Proclamations- Week 7

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are looking to stay on a roll versus the Philadelphia Eagles (photo courtesy of Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are looking to stay on a roll versus the Philadelphia Eagles (photo courtesy of Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Week 7 has come and we are almost to the halfway point of the season. Some pretenders have shown themselves while others are still putting up a facade. And going into this week, there are some players that have shown to be better than they were thought to be. Unfortunately, there are some that have not lived up to the hype up to this point. Add it all together and we have one interesting season unfolding right before our very eyes. But there is more that is left for this season. More excitement, big plays and big blunders are left for us to observe as fans of the game. And week 7 starts it all in motion once again. With that being said, let’s get started with the General’s Proclamations.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

  1. Seattle and San Francisco both have offensive lines that have been susceptible to sacks. In this game, expect that to come to fruition as both teams will combine for at least six sacks. We will definitely get to see which quarterback can play Whodini best.
  2. Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham had a good game last week versus the Panthers. But in this game, expect him to go missing in action. He will have only three receptions and will not have over 50 yards receiving.
  3. San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde and Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will both have 50 yards or less rushing. This is not indicative of the players they are but of the lines that they run behind. Both will have one run that will look like it will go a long way, but something will happen to negate that run.

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

  1. Blake Bortles had some issues last weekend at quarterback for the Jaguars. And this week, those issues will continue. The young quarterback will throw at least one touchdown, but he will throw at least two interceptions and one of those will be him channeling his inner Matt Schaub while throwing an interception for a touchdown.
  2. The Buffalo Bills may be without Tyrod Taylor again at quarterback. And if that is the case, expect them to lean on running back LeSean McCoy. The veteran running back out of the University of Pittsburgh is getting healthier by the week and this time out he will get his first 100 yard game of the season while scoring a touchdown.
  3. The Bills will keep the Jaguars under 300 yards of offense this week. The Bills are still smarting from the loss to the Bengals and the Jaguars will bear the brunt of that frustration.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

  1. The Bucs have not been great defensively this season. Well, Kurt Cousins is about to come to their rescue. The Redskins quarterback will throw at least two interceptions this game as he is again underwhelming as the starting quarterback in Washington.
  2. Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston has had an up and down rookie year. Well, this one will be an example of that rollercoaster. He will have at least one touchdown pass and will throw one interception that will have you scratching your head. And to top all that off, he will get a rushing touchdown.
  3. The Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will both score defensively in this game. I don’t know if that is a product of good defense or a product of inconsistent and inept offense at times. We shall indeed see.

Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans

  1. The Atlanta Falcons are still smarting from last week and their loss to the Saints. Well, this week they get healthy versus the Titans. Look for the Titans to allow 30 points or more to the Falcons this weekend. And with that being said, the boobirds will be out again at Nissan Stadium.
  2. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota showed everyone how tough he was last week, playing through a knee injury. This week he will again tough it out and throw for at least two touchdowns (one to wide receiver Kendall Wright and one to tight end Delanie Walker).
  3. Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman has been dynamic this season. And he will continue to do so against the Titans. He will rush for 100 yards and he will also have one touchdown running the ball. But don’t forget, he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Expect him to get at least four catches for 50 yards there.

New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts

  1.  Drew Brees has been hot and cold for the Saints this season. And in this game, expect him to run cold. The veteran quarterback will have two interceptions and one touchdown as he tries to maneuver through the Colts secondary.
  2. Andrew Luck has been inconsistent as well as the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. In this game though, he will be have the mojo going. Look for him to throw for three touchdowns and no interceptions against a Saints defense that can be taken advantage of.
  3. The Saints will miss at least two extra points in this game. The change of extra points has made it more difficult on kickers and it will show even more in this game.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

  1. Teddy Bridgewater has been interesting as the quarterback of the Vikings this season. He has yet to really have a breakout game this year. Well, unfortunately for the Lions, this is the game he has a big one. Look for Bridgewater to have three touchdown passes and no interceptions while leading the Vikings offense.
  2. The Vikings offense has been sparked by rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs. And in this game, he will continue to be that spark. Look for him to have 100 yards receiving and one touchdown catch.
  3. Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford have not really gone off as the dynamic duo and done damage together. In this game, they go off just a little bit. Expect them to connect on two touchdown passes and both will be over 20 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell will not rush for over 100 yards. The young running back out of Michigan State will have some effect on the game, but the Chiefs will be tough on him in the running game.
  2. Alex Smith and the Chiefs have not been that great offensively this season and this game will not help that at all. The veteran quarterback has been a checkdown machine and will continue to be so in this game. He will have at least 20 completions, but those completions will not be over 200 yards.
  3. The Chiefs secondary has been bad all season long. And with Michael Vick not being out there, that means Landry Jones could be at quarterback for the Steelers. If that is the case, look for him to torch the Chiefs secondary and get at least three touchdown passes.

Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Rams

  1. The Rams have been tough this season versus the run. Look for them to continue to do so as they keep the Browns to under 100 yards rushing.
  2. Running back Todd Gurley has been special as the Rams feature back. Look for him to continue to be special as he rushes for over 100 yards and gets at least two touchdowns.
  3. The Browns will be in comeback mode again this game and that means that quarterback Josh McCown will be racking up the yardage again in this game. Look for him to rack up at least 300 yards rushing as he tries to pull the team back in the game.

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Miami Dolphins were fantastic last weekend defensively against the Tennessee Titans. Look for them to continue that momentum as they hold the Texans to under 16 points this game.
  2. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has not been the guy the Texans are used to this season. Well, in this game his struggles will continue. He will score a touchdown, but he will not reach the century mark on the ground again this week.
  3. The Miami running game got going last weekend, but expect the passing game to get some things going as week. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry will have at least 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown as the Dolphins raid the Texans through the air.

New York Jets at New England Patriots

  1. The Patriots have been on fire offensively this season. Well, this game they meet the team that cools them down. The Jets will hold the Pats to under 20 points.
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been more than adequate as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. In this game, he will continue to be solid as he throws at least two touchdown passes and stays away from the interceptions.
  3. While the Jets defense comes to play, so will cornerback Derrelle Revis as well. He will intercept Tom Brady once in this game.

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers

  1. Raiders’ wide receiver Amari Cooper has been good at some moments and invisible at others. In this game, he will definitely come out and show the skills that made him one of the top receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft. Look for him to get at least 100 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
  2. San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for over 500 yards and still lost the game. Well, he will not throw for 500 yards in this one, but he will get at least 300 yards passing and three touchdowns.
  3. There will be no running backs that score rushing touchdowns in this game. Look for the running backs to score more through the air than on the ground in this one.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

  1. The Giants were flat offensively last weekend and no one bore the brunt of that more than quarterback Eli Manning. Expect him to come back this week and make up for that game versus the Eagles with 300 yards passing and three touchdown passes. And as for those touchdown passes, one will be to special wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
  2. The Dallas Cowboys will be starting Matt Cassel at quarterback this weekend. And with that, the veteran will show the world that he is not the answer either when it comes to holding it down for Tony Romo. He will throw at least one interception that will make you scratch your head and he will also have one fumble that will help the Giants.
  3. The Giants will hold the Cowboys to 13 points or less in this game. The Cowboys are a shell of themselves offensively without some of their key ingredients. And with a backup quarterback in there, Dallas will not be very good offensively again.

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers

  1. The Eagles played sloppy but got the win on Monday night versus the Giants. But this week the mistakes will catch up to them. Look for the Eagles to have at least three turnovers as they get off to another slow start.
  2. Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has been solid all season long. Look for him to have a little fun with the Eagles’ secondary in this one. Cam will throw for two touchdowns and run for one as the Panthers get it rolling offensively.
  3. DeMarco Murray has started to run the football better for the Eagles the last two weeks. Well, all that stops when he sees the Carolina Panthers. Look for him to be held to under 40 yards rushing as the Panthers play physical up front with the Eagles.

Baltimore Ravens at Arizona Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals have sputtered some offensively as of late. Look for the Ravens to be the medicine their offense needs. They will score at least 30 points in this one and get back on track.
  2. Joe Flacco has made some head-scratching plays this season as the quarterback of the Ravens. And in this game, he will be running for his life as he faces a pass rush that will be after him all game. Because of that pressure, look for the veteran quarterback to throw at least three interceptions in this game.
  3. The Cardinals have not had much excitement in their return game this season. Well, in this game they will score on special teams and from at least 70 yards away.

Week 7 is upon us and the games are here. It should be interesting to see how all the games come out and who comes up big for their teams.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations- Week 6

Eli Manning is leading his Giants potentially to the NFC East crown. But the next step is to take on the Eagles on Monday night. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Eli Manning is leading his Giants potentially to the NFC East crown. But the next step is to take on the Eagles on Monday night. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Week Six has the race for the playoffs shaping up a little bit more. Many teams have had their moment to show they are for real. And others are just waiting to see if they even have that moment or know they time has passed. With that being said, there are many players that are looking for that moment to shine still while others have officially arrived. In Week Six, there will definitely be some performances that come out of nowhere while others disappear in the big moment. With that being said, here are the General’s Proclamations for Week Six in the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

  1. Wide receiver Julio Jones will not top 100 yards receiving in this game. The dynamic wide receiver has been dominating the NFL this year. But with the lingering hamstring issues that he has and the short week of rest before this game, it would not be surprising if he did not have a huge impact on this game. Despite his numbers and the Saints defense not being that strong, Julio’s hamstring will keep him from exploiting them.
  2. Mark Ingram will have under 40 yards rushing. The Saints re-signed Ingram to be their starting running back, but he has had some issues getting going. With the frenetic Falcons defense after him in Week Six, Ingram will not get it going in this one. He may score one touchdown, but he will not be dynamite in the running game.
  3. Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman will rush for at least 130 yards and will have a rushing and receiving touchdown. The second-year running back from Florida State has been on fire the last few weeks as the Falcons starting running back. And with the weakness of the Saints defense getting exposed every week, Freeman will keep on churning out the yardage.

Washington Redskins at New York Jets

  1. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will not have over 200 yards passing. The Jets defense is tough on quarterbacks and with Revis Island there, look for the passing game to take away the best weapons the Redskins have at wide receiver. That will leave Cousins forcing passes into tight windows and using his tight ends. That will eventually lead to not only under 200 yards passing, but an interception or two.
  2. New York Jets running back Chris Ivory will have 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. The hard-nosed veteran running back has been making a living of hitting the hole full speed with aggression. The Redskins gave up yardage to Devonta Freeman last week and this week’s running back adversary is big, strong and definitely more physical than Freeman could ever want to be. That spells trouble for the Redskins front seven and safeties in the run game.
  3. The Washington Redskins and the New York Jets will combine for at least five sacks. Both defenses will have chances to make some things happen with their pass rush. And both will definitely have a few meetings at the quarterback in what should be a physical game.

Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. The Arizona Cardinals will not score over 20 points. The Cardinals have gotten better offensively and they torched the Lions last week. Well, this week’s opponent brings more thump than they did. And because of that, the Cardinals will not score over 20. The Steelers pressure defense will take a little of that air out of their offensive sails.
  2. Pittsburgh quarterback Michael Vick has been erratic as a passer. Quite frankly, he has missed quite a few open receivers. In this game, he will continue to do so. Look for him to connect on only 50% of his passes in this game.
  3. Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has reportedly been frustrated with his production due to the change at quarterback (Michael Vick stepped in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger). In this game, he will definitely get his chances. Look for him to get 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in this one.

Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings

  1. Minnesota wide receiver Mike Wallace will go for 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Chiefs secondary has not exactly been great. Combine that with a burner at wide receiver in Wallace and that is a scary combination. One that will definitely allow Wallace to excite the Vikings crowd on Sunday.
  2. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith will throw for zero touchdowns. The veteran quarterback has had his struggles this season at the helm of the Chiefs. In this game, he will continue to have those same struggles. When you only have one wide receiver that teams have to gameplan for, it makes things hard on your quarterback.
  3. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson will not rush for 100 yards in this one. Peterson has had his moments this season so far. But the Chiefs front seven is very capable of getting the job done and they will surely be focused on making other members of the Vikings’ team beat them not named Adrian Peterson.

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills

  1. The quarterback position is uneasy in Buffalo. It is being reported that Tyrod Taylor may not play due to a sprained MCL in his knee. If he is able to go, then he will account for one touchdown rushing and one thru the air. If he does not play, then his backup EJ Manuel comes in to man the team. If he has to run the team, look for the backup quarterback to throw at least two interceptions.
  2. Cincinnati has not got it going in the running game yet with running back Jeremy Hill. He was dynamic last season. But this season, he has struggled to gain traction. This game will be the same story as last game. He will have under 50 yards receiving and no touchdowns.
  3. The Bills will rush for 200 yards as a team in this game. This may seem crazy to some, but the Bills can run the ball at you over and over again. And I would imagine they would do that this game considering they are on schedule with their running game.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

  1. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been pretty solid the last two weeks for the Bears, leading them to back-to-back wins.  Some are expecting him to fall back and stumble, but this isn’t the week that happens. Expect him to throw for at least 300 yards and two touchdown passes against a Lions defense that has not been getting it done.
  2. The Lions will score under 20 points. The offense of the Detroit is talented, but they just cannot get on track for some reason. This game would seem to be one that they could, but it just will not happen. For some reason or another, the struggles will continue for them in this one.
  3. There will be no interceptions in this game. I know many are probably not believing what they just read. But these defenses have not been great all year and they will probably force some turnovers this year, but just not interceptions in this one.

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns

  1. Peyton Manning has not been dominant like he usually is at quarterback this season. But in this game, he wakes up and has a very good game. Expect him to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns for the Denver Broncos.
  2. Running back Isaiah Crowell has been solid for the Cleveland Browns. And in this one, I expect him to have an impact yet again. Look for him to have 110 total yards in this one along with one touchdown.
  3. The Denver defense has been carrying the Broncos this season and this game will not be any different. Look for the Broncos to have at least five sacks as a team in this one. And one of those sacks will end up being a strip sack for a touchdown for the Broncos.

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

  1. Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles has been solid this season. And in this game, he will be solid and then some. He will account for over 300 yards passing and two touchdowns, with one going to wide receiver Allen Robinson.
  2. Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been excellent this season. He has been torching defensive backs this season and he will continue to do so in this game. Expect at least 150 yards receiving from him and a touchdown.
  3. Both teams will be over 25 points at the end of this game. Both offenses have had their moments, good and bad. But they both will do enough to make this affair at least appear interesting down the stretch.

Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans

  1. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will rush for a touchdown, throw two touchdowns and throw for 225 yards. The former University of Oregon quarterback is facing a defense that plays uninspired a lot. And despite the coaching change, the uninspiring play defensively will continue.
  2. Dolphins’ wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been the only offensive player playing with energy this season. And in this game, that will be on display again. Expect him to have 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown.
  3. Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Brian Orapko will have his first multi-sack game in this one. He has not had the affect he was thought to have so far and it is time for him to break out. And this game is the perfect one for him to break out.

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

  1. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will be back this weekend and fortunately he will be at home. The veteran running back will rush for 100 yards on his return and will score at least one touchdown. Rain down the Skittles Seattle fans, Beast Mode is rumbling to an endzone near you.
  2. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been special this season. Look for him to continue to shine as the quarterback of the Panthers as he runs for one touchdown and throws for two more.
  3. The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks will combine for only three sacks. Both quarterbacks are mobile and can make defenders miss. But both defenses will get to the opposing team’s quarterback at least once.

San Diego Chargers at Green Bay Packers

  1. The San Diego Chargers got a jolt offensively from the return of tight end Antonio Gates. Unfortunately in this one, he will be watching the tight end on the other side starring in this one. Richard Rodgers of the Packers will have at least one touchdown catch and will have 70 yards receiving.
  2. Phillip Rivers is firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback of the San Diego Chargers. He has had some good moments and some bad moments this season. Well, this game will show a little of the bad Rivers. He will throw at least two interceptions in this game against the Packers defense.
  3. Linebacker Clay Matthews has been excellent this season so far. And the Chargers are about to see how excellent he is. He will show up and get at least two sacks along with seven tackles. And with this one, it will help booster his claim for defensive MVP this season.

Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers

  1. The 49ers have been struggling in the passing game most of the season, but they looked better this past Sunday night in the loss to the Giants. And given the state of the Ravens defense, I think this week will help them take another step in growing together. Colin Kaepernick will have another two touchdown passes and will not throw an interception this week either.
  2. The Ravens offense has Steve Smith back. And even though he is not exactly the perfect picture of health, he can still cause some issues. This week he will definitely cause some problems for the 49ers defense as he gets at least five catches and scores at least one touchdowns.
  3. In this game, expect Carlos Hyde to rush for at least 100 yards in this game. The Ravens aren’t exactly the best tackling team out there and that will play right into the physical nature of Hyde, especially if he gets to the second level of the defense.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

  1. Tom Brady has been thinking on Deflategate for a while now. And now he gets to face the team that began the rumblings of it. Brady will no doubt be focused and that will lead to him going for 300 yards receiving along with four touchdown passes. The Colts better get ready
  2. Andrew Luck is expected to return at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He and wide receiver TY Hilton have been a very solid pairing. But in this game, they will go silent against the Patriots. And once again, Hilton will not break his slump against a team that apparently has his number. Expect Luck to have 300 yards passing but to have two interceptions or more and Hilton will not get over 70 yards receiving nor will he get a touchdown.
  3. The Patriots will be out for blood in this game and with that being said, they will put up 40 points on the road against Indy. Forget all the Deflategate talk, the Patriots are just a better team and they will flex their muscles on the Colts.

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Eli Manning has been getting it done the last few games to help the Giants right the ship. And in this game, the Giants have a big opportunity to take over the East for right now. With all that is at stake, expect Eli to have at least three touchdown passes and one interception. And yes, he will throw for over 330 yards against the Eagles secondary.
  2. Philly got the running game going last week against the New Orleans Saints. Some think that could be the springboard for more to come. But unfortunately, that was a mirage. DeMarco Murray will not get over 30 yards rushing in this game. And just like that, he will go back to struggling.
  3. The Eagles will have at least two explosive plays for touchdowns. Last week they put it in the air and had a few big momentum-capturing plays. Expect this week that they score at least two touchdowns from over 40 yards out.

Week Six is upon us and they proclamations have been made. Some may come true and some may not, but it sure will be fun seeing what happens.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 5

Phillip Rivers has a challenge this week versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. (photo courtesy of www.creatingculturewordwide.com)

Phillip Rivers has a challenge this week versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. (photo courtesy of http://www.creatingculturewordwide.com)

A quarter of the season has finished and we have some teams that have surprised us. No one thought the Atlanta Falcons would be undefeated at this juncture of the season. And to the surprise of everyone, the Falcons defense looks more solid than they have in a few years. On the flipside, there are some teams that have not reached the expectations that were set forth for them. The Eagles and the Lions come to mind when you think of teams missing the mark. Both these teams have combined for only one win as they try to figure everything out. And just like teams are trying to find themselves and figure things out, so are some players. Week Five could be the week teams and players figure it out. With that being said, let’s jump into the General Proclamations for Week Five.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

  1. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck will throw for at least three touchdowns versus the Texans. He was solid in his last start for Andrew Luck and should be better this time around with who he is facing. The Texans have not exactly been great this season defensively and they could be a site for sore eyes Thursday night.
  2. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson has been in a funk this season. But what better game to break out of it then to face your former team. Johnson will account for at least 100 yards receiving and will score one touchdown versus the Texans. He will be very hype for this game.
  3. Texans running back Arian Foster will rush for 100 yards versus the Colts. Indianapolis has shown that they can be run on and Foster will sure get to have his chances.

Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Alex Smith has had a rough go of it the last couple of weeks. But the Bears are like sunshine on a cloudy day for him. Expect him to throw for at least two touchdown passes (one to a wide receiver) and he will even get to 250 yards passing.
  2. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not want to be overlooked in this one and will try to make some things happen. But unfortunately, he will make things happen for the Kansas City Chiefs. Cutler will throw at least two interceptions against a Chiefs secondary that has been struggling. This game ought to make them feel better.
  3. Justin Houston has been a monster for the Chiefs rushing the passer. This week, he goes on the prowl versus the Bears. And unfortunately for Jay Cutler, he will have a successful hunt of him Sunday, getting 2 sacks of the veteran quarterback.

Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Bengals have been solid defensively and the Seahawks offensive line has been subpar. That combination will lead to the Bengals getting at least four sacks. Russell Wilson will help the line avoid more than four sacks, but he cannot make all the Bengals miss.
  2. Seattle is iffy on Marshawn Lynch playing. So with that being said, quarterback Russell Wilson will be the leading rusher along with leading them in passing this weekend. He is a talented young man at quarterback and his skill is undeniable. And his playmaking is Fran Tarkenton-esque.
  3. Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill got in the end zone last weekend and this weekend will be no different. The only difference is he will add 100 yards to that total. The second-year running back runs hard and is tough to tackle, which will prove a challenge to the Seahawks.

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

  1. The Atlanta Falcons offensive line has been better than advertised this year. With that being said, this will be the game that they give up at least two sacks. The Redskins have been solid defensively and the Falcons offensive line is due for a game where they show chinks in the armor.
  2. Redskins running back Alfred Morris is fan favorite, but he will not be a favorite this game for his team. He will not reach 50 yards rushing this game. The Falcons have been solid defensively and will continue to bring the pain to the Redskins offense.
  3. The Falcons offense will score over 30 points again. With the solid running game they now have and the weapons in the passing game, the Falcons may blow the roof off the Georgia Dome with the offensive display they will put on.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. TJ Yeldon had a 100 yard game last week on the ground. He has been solid in his performance and will continue to do so versus Tampa Bay. The Bucs are not great defensively and he can expose them.
  2. Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston has had his ups and downs. And this game will be an illustration of that. He will throw at least one interception in this game. But he will also throw for at least two touchdowns. With the length he has at wide receiver and tight end, there will be a play made at some point.
  3. This game will have a lot of penalties. The Bucs don’t play the prettiest brand of football and neither do the Jaguars. Both will battle hard, but there will be at least 10 penalties per team in this one.

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. New Orleans running back CJ Spiller got it going last week for the first time all season. And in this game, he will pick up where he left off. Spiller will get at least 100 all-purpose yards in this game and will add a touchdown to top all that.
  2. Philadelphia caught fire for a second last week versus the Redskins. This week they will capture a little bit of that fire against the Saints. Sam Bradford will throw at least one long bomb for a touchdown in this game.
  3. Both sides will not have a 100-yard rusher in this game. The Eagles have struggled to create lanes for any of their backs this season and the Saints just seem to never leave one back in there enough to get close to 100 yards. The running game will be ugly folks.

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

  1. The Cleveland Browns refuse to go with Johnny Manziel at quarterback. And in this game, they will continue to deny him playing time. Josh McCown will throw for two touchdowns and one interception as the Browns starter. And his interception will more than likely be a costly one.
  2. The Baltimore Ravens have been getting their running game going and this week they keep that momentum going. Running back Justin Forsett will run for at least 100 yards and will score one touchdown as well.
  3. The Baltimore receivers will more than likely be down Steve Smith this weekend. Look for receiver Sam Aiken to step up and make a few plays, including a long gain of over 30 yards.

St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers

  1. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his offensive squad were not as sharp as they usually are last weekend. Well, this weekend it will not get any better. He will get sacked at least 4 times this week and he will also get intercepted at least once against the Rams physical defense.
  2. The St. Louis Rams found a running game last week versus the Arizona Cardinals. And this week, they will find it again. Running back Todd Gurley will rush for 100 yards again but will score a touchdown this time.
  3. Green Bay’s defense may get gashed in the running game, but they will make some plays when Nick Foles throws the ball for the Rams. Look for Foles to throw at least two interceptions and one of them will go back for a touchdown for the Packers.

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

  1. Buffalo’s offense looked pretty bad last weekend versus the New York Giants. Well, this week they look good against the Titans. Expect quarterback Tyrod Taylor to lead this offense to at least 25 points while they get all the kinks worked out from last weekend.
  2. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has been solid but he is due for a bad game. And unfortunately for him, the Bills are that bad game. The rookie from Oregon is facing a Buffalo defense that is not very happy with how they played last weekend and they will be looking to take that out on Mariota and the Tennessee offense. Look for Mariota to throw at least two interceptions.
  3. Speaking of Buffalo’s defense, they are due for a good game. And this game will be it. Look for them to get back to their sacking ways, getting at least three sacks while giving the Titans offensive line fits.

Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions

  1. The Lions will not have a 300 yards of offense. The Cardinals are probably not very happy with how they played last weekend versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Look for them to get back to their dominant ways this weekend by stifling an inept offense that is struggling as it is.
  2. Arizona running back Chris Johnson was looked at as damaged goods after he was released by the New York Jets. Well, he was picked up by the Cardinals after thoughts of retiring and has revived his career. Look for him to continue looking solid running the football as he gets 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
  3. The Detroit Lions played well Monday night defensively. But this week, they get back to reality. The Cardinals will get it going again offensively and Larry Fitzgerald will catch a long pass over Lions cornerback Darius Slay.

New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys

  1. The Dallas Cowboys get defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain back this week. And with that, both will have a positive impact. Hardy will have at least one sack in his first game back and McClain will have at least 10 tackles.
  2. The Patriots have been on a mission since the season began. And this game will send another statement to everyone. The Patriots will register at least 38 points against Dallas in the house that Jerry built.
  3. Brandon Weeden will have to pass for the Cowboys to win. And when he does, Bill Belichick will go to work.  Look for Weeden to throw at least three interceptions and prove to us all that he may not be the guy to step in for Tony Romo.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

  1. The Denver Broncos have not had anyone step in and take over the running game. This week, that all changes. Running back Ronnie Hillman will take over the position and get at least 100 yards versus the Raiders this weekend.
  2. Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper has been special this season. But in this game, he will come back down to earth. He will have only two catches in this game and will not go over 60 yards receiving.
  3. Peyton Manning will have two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Last weekend he had two interceptions and that was uncharacteristic of him.

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants

  1. San Francisco has had a rough few weeks offensively. This week they get off the schnide a little bit. Look for the 49ers to score at least 20 points versus the Giants in New York.
  2. Eli Manning has had some good games against the 49ers and he also has had a clunker like he did last season. Look for him to get it going in this game a little with at least two touchdown passes, with one going to Odell Beckham Jr.
  3. The Giants and the 49ers have been erratic rushing the passer. In this game, both team will get at least three sacks. The pressure will be on for both quarterbacks to find their pressure outlet quickly.

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers

  1. Steelers quarterback Michael Vick was not as sharp as he needed to be last week filling in for Ben Roethlisberger versus the Baltimore Ravens. This week, look for his best friend to get going: the running game. Running back Le’Veon Bell will get at least 100 yards and one touchdown.
  2. San Diego gets tight end Antonio Gates back this weekend. And he will waste no time making it happen on the field. Look for him to score a touchdown and also have about five catches as Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers will be looking his way.
  3. Pittsburgh will go for two at least once in this game. Looking at the matchup and thinking on who their coach is, he will give it at least a try. And it will probably upset some Steelers fans when he tries that two-point play and misses it.

Week Five is upon us and there will definitely be some exciting games going on. But there will be also be some exciting plays. It will be fun to see what happens.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 3

Aaron Rodgers has another big game this week versus the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo courtesy of Matt Ludtke/Associated Press)

Aaron Rodgers has another big game this week versus the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo courtesy of Matt Ludtke/Associated Press)

The exciting second week had some great games filled with excitement and good finishes. And unfortunately it also had some games that left us wishing we wouldn’t have wasted those three hours watching. Within those games, there were some performances that were excellent and there were others that left a lot to be desired. And there were even some that made some things happen that many did not expect. You can always expect something interesting to happen in each week of the NFL. With that being said, here are the General Proclamations for Week Three in the NFL.

Washington Redskins at New York Giants

  1. Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon will go over 100 yards and at least one touchdown in this game. The Giants were torched last week versus supremely talented wide receiver Julio Jones. Garcon is not as talented as Jones, but he is essentially the only wide receiver that can threaten the Giants. And because of that, he will make some things happen despite all the attention on him.
  2.  New York running back Shane Vereen will have a touchdown running and receiving in this game. The former Patriots running back is very good in the passing game and he seems to be getting more chances to be involved in the running game. Matching him up against the Redskins linebacker corps is going to have him licking his chops at the prospects.
  3. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will have three interceptions in this game. The line last week for him may have shown you that he had a good game, but he essentially got lucky he did not get intercepted more than he did. Well this week, the Giants will get their hands on a few of those errant throws and reel them in. Just a matter of “if” and not “when” in the case of Cousins.

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

  1. Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones will have a fun time in Dallas. And that fun will include visiting the endzone twice and having over 150 yards of receiving. The man is on a mission and I don’t think the Dallas secondary will have anything for him.
  2. Dallas quarterback Brandon Weeden will show us all why he was let go in Cleveland. He will throw two interceptions this week and may even add a fumble to this one as well. The Cowboys will try to simplify the offense for him, but the thing is he has no solid running game to depend on. And that will hurt him in the end.
  3. The Atlanta Falcons will score at least one defensive touchdown. Weeden will give them a few chances to make that happen and eventually one of those chances will turn into six points.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

  1. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck will throw at least one interception. It’s starting to get alarming that he throws interceptions as much as he does these days. And if I am a Colts fan, I have to be somewhat concerned if this pattern keeps up in Game 3 of the season.
  2. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota will take a look at the tape out there on the Colts defense and go to work with his arm and his feet. He will have one touchdown running and another two throwing the football.
  3. Tennessee and Indianapolis will not have a 100 yard rusher. The Indianapolis line is porous and cannot block well enough for Frank Gore to get going. On the other side, the Titans rotate quick a few guys in their backfield, so not one particular guy will get the shot to crack the century mark.

Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns

  1. Oakland wide receiver Michael Crabtree had a great week against the Baltimore Ravens last week and I expect him to come out with a lot of confidence off that performance. But this week, that confidence will disappear. Cleveland will hold him under 100 yards receiving and he will not reach the endzone.
  2. Cleveland quarterback Jake McCown will not finish the game this week. McCown got cleared by the medical staff but if he slips up just once, the Browns should and probably will go to Johnny Manziel. The second-year pro was drafted in the first round. They may as well go ahead and let him play and see what they do or don’t have.
  3. The Raiders and the Browns will not total over 30 points. Both teams had a good week last week, but last week was an aberration. Both teams were not as good as they appeared last weekend. And this weekend will prove that thought correct.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

  1. Cincy wide receiver AJ Green will have 125 yards receiving and one touchdown. As bad as the Ravens secondary was last weekend versus the Raiders, they will be lucky if he only scores one touchdown against them.
  2. Baltimore running back Justin Forsett will get on track this week. Look for him to go for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens offensive line gets it in gear.
  3. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will end this game with 2 interceptions. And in Andy Dalton fashion, one of them will be one that will have you scratching your head.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

  1. New England quarterback Tom Brady has been on fire all season long. And in this game, he will continue his torrid pace. He will throw for 5 touchdowns against Jacksonville and systematically break them down while crushing their will.
  2. Jacksonville running back TJ Yeldon has been solid running the football. This week he has his breakthrough. He will have over 100 yards rushing and he will have at least one touchdown. Welcome TJ Yeldon to the masses folks.
  3. Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman are both known for being the go-to guys for Tom Brady. But this week it will be running back Dion Lewis. He will do damage to the Jacksonville in the running and passing game. He will amass at least 110 total yards and one touchdown.

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

  1. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will play, but he may not finish the game at all. The Panthers defense is the wrong defense to come in injured against. And speaking of injured, Luke Kuechly will be back this week reportedly. That does not spell good news for Brees and the Saints. Look for him to throw at least one interception before exiting the game.
  2. The Carolina Panthers will have a 100 yard receiver in this game. The team has not had the best track record at wide receiver since Steve Smith left, but the Saints are the perfect remedy for a receiving corps that has struggled. If I had to pick one wide receiver that will stand out, it should be Corey Brown.
  3. The Carolina Panthers will score more than 30 points. I know that might not sound like much for other teams, but the Panthers are a traditionally low-scoring team, so this is an offensive outburst for them.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

  1. If he plays, DeMarco Murray will get at least 30 yards rushing. Some may be laughing at that one but you would not be laughing if you see the total amount of yards he has on the season. He has less than 20 yards on the season so far.
  2. The New York defense will get at least two interceptions off Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford this weekend. The veteran quarterback from Oklahoma had trouble finding the green uniforms last weekend, so this week he will find the green uniforms. The problem is it will be the uniforms of the New York Jets.
  3. New York wide receiver Brandon Marshall will have 100 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. The Eagles made some changes in their secondary prior to the season, but they have yet to pay off. And this week free-agent signee Byron Maxwell matches up with Marshall. This one could get ugly for Maxwell provided Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can be accurate.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans

  1. Jameis Winston will follow up a solid second game with another solid performance. He will not throw an interception and he will account for three touchdowns (one on the ground and two in the air) versus the Texans.
  2. Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will connect for over 300 yards and three touchdowns versus the Bucs. Even though the Bucs won last weekend, their secondary is still suspect. And Mallett has an arm on him. If he is able to be accurate with that arm, then that could spell trouble for Tampa Bay.
  3. Houston defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney will get two sacks in this game. The Bucs do not have a great offensive line. Most of their attention will be on JJ Watt, so expect Clowney to get some matchups that will favor him and also favor him getting to the quarterback.

San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings

  1. San Diego wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been good for the Chargers so far this season and I expect this game to continue that trend. He will be over 100 yards receiving and catch at least one touchdown pass. He and Phillip Rivers seem to be on the same page.
  2. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace will go back to the Witness Protection Program this week. The speedy wide receiver the Vikings traded for this offseason will not even total 50 yards receiving in this game and will not sniff the endzone.
  3. San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram will be wrecking shop this week versus the Vikings. Expect him to get at least two sacks while causing many issues for the Vikings.

Pittsburgh Steelers at St. Louis Rams

  1. The St. Louis Rams have a fearsome front seven. Last week they were not as good as they were in Week One. Expect them to get back to the way they played against the Seahawks as they will collect at least four sacks and get back to their usual ways.
  2. Pittsburgh may give up some sacks, but the relief for that is having a running back to get some yards on the ground. Running back Le’Veon Bell will finally be back after his two-game suspension and he will be ready to show off a little. Expect at least 75 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving with at least one touchdown.
  3. The Pittsburgh Steelers secondary will go back to the way they showed up in Week One and the beneficiary will be St. Louis wide receiver Kenny Britt. The veteran wide receiver still has speed to get down the field and he will most definitely put pressure on the Steelers defense. Look for him to have 110 yards and two touchdowns.

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

  1. The Arizona Cardinals have scored 79 points in two games. They played against the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints, two of the worst defenses in the NFL right now. The 49ers defense may not be as bad as the Saints and Bears, but their secondary got torched last week. Expect them to continue the execution against an unproven secondary. They will put up at least 30 points against the 49ers this weekend.
  2. But not to be left out, Colin Kaepernick finally hooked up with free-agent acquisition Torrey Smith for a big play last weekend against the Steelers. Look for these two to pick up where they left off with another big-time play for a touchdown as Smith will have over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
  3. The defenses of Arizona and San Francisco will combine for five sacks this weekend. The 49ers have had offensive line issues and the Cardinals may have some issues as well. Combine those bits of information along with the division familiarity and there may be some big hits on the quarterbacks.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

  1. The Tyrod Taylor show will continue on for Buffalo. Expect him to run for a touchdown and throw for two as he is cool, calm and collective in the pocket and smooth outside of it. He will throw for at least 220 yards.
  2. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill will throw two touchdowns, but he will also throw at least two interceptions. Tannehill is solid, but the Buffalo Bills have some frustration to workout and Tannehill just seems to be the one in line for the release of their frustration.
  3. Ndamukong Suh will have at least one sack in this game. There has been talk that Suh is going rogue up front in the games. Well, whether he goes rogue or not, he will cause some havoc on Buffalo’s offensive line.

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks

  1. Jay Cutler is out this week for the Bears, so Jimmy Clausen steps in to take over the offense of the Bears. And this is just what the Seahawks needed to see. He will throw at least three interceptions in his start and continue the offensive misery for the Chicago Bears.
  2. The Seattle Seahawks got the leader of their secondary back this week in safety Kam Chancellor. And they shall celebrate this week by not only getting three interceptions but also three sacks. The Bears are not looking good and the Seahawks are thirsty for a win. That is a bad thing for Chicago this week.
  3. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will have at least 100 yards rushing and touchdown. His offensive line may not be as strong as he once was, but they don’t call Lynch Beast Mode for nothing. He will drag, carry and pull defenders into the endzone and up and down the field.

Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions

  1. Denver running back CJ Anderson will go out and get 100 yards rushing. It seems the Lions have lost their bite defensively and Anderson has not been able to get on track at all. But this game is one that Anderson gets some good runs and gets back on track.
  2. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will throw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Manning will continue to get his yards, but the offense has definitely changed. He is still Peyton Manning, but he is not the Peyton Manning of old.
  3. Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not go over 100 yards receiving this game. The Lions have been in a funk the entire season and this game on national television will show just how far they have fallen so fast.

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will throw for two touchdowns and 300 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are still reeling from the loss to the hands of the Broncos last Thursday. Unfortunately for them, they go from Peyton Manning to Aaron Rodgers.
  2. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith was not so good last week versus the Broncos. Expect him to come out this week with a better game.  He will finally throw a touchdown to a receiver (more than likely Jeremy Maclin) and he will throw for 225 yards. And he will not have any interceptions.
  3. The defenses in this game will combine for six sacks. The Green Bay defense will cause some issues for the Kansas City offensive line to the tune of four sacks while Justin Houston will get at least one sack and the Chiefs will get two total.

Week Three is upon us ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the game and enjoy the proclamations becoming reality.

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The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 2

Green Bay versus Seattle highlights the matchups in Week 2 (Photo Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Green Bay versus Seattle highlights the matchups in Week 2 (Photo Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The first week of the NFL session is in the books. There were some great things that happened and some bad things as well, depending who you were rooting for. And there were also some teams and players that did some things no one expected them to do. And that is what makes the game so special and so fun to watch. Along with that, predicting things that happen makes it even more exciting to watch. With that being said, Week 2 bring the debut of The General’s Proclamations for Week 2 in the NFL!

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. The Kansas City Chiefs will give up at least five sacks. The duo of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller strike fear in every opponent. Giving them defensive coordinator extraordinaire Wade Phillips is almost illegal as he can dial it up from any angle. With that being said, Alex Smith may be spending a lot of time looking up at the sky on Thursday night.
  2. Peyton Manning will throw for three touchdowns. We have heard all week about how Peyton Manning does not look the same. And believe it or not, Manning has been hearing the talk surrounding him. Like many great players, he wants to respond and send a message. And unfortunately for the Kansas City Chiefs, they are standing in his way.
  3. The Kansas City Chiefs will not have a touchdown by a wide receiver. The Chiefs were known last season for their scoring futility from their wide receivers. Free agent Jeremy Maclin was productive last week but did not get in the endzone. And I expect this week to be the same with Maclin and crew going against the cornerback combination of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. The Denver defense is tough!

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers

  1. The Houston Texans will not score over 14 points. This team has issues at quarterback and running back. The uncertainty at both positions will make it a long day for them against a stingy Carolina defense.
  2. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton will score a touchdown passing and rushing this week. Look forward to seeing the Superman celebration at least once as Newton will guide his team to the endzone a few times.
  3. JJ Watt will have at least two sacks. Cam Newton is going to have some success against this defense. But there is no denying that Watt is the single most destructive force in football defensively. You can try to contain him, but he will always be there to make plays.

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. The Steelers will give up three passing touchdowns to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick looked comfortable climbing the pocket and moving outside the pocket while making some nice throws. He still has some work to do, but he is looking as mechanically sound as he has in his career. Throw in that the Steelers secondary is having some issues and he could be in for a good day throwing the football.
  2. The 49ers defense will give up at least 24 points. For as impressive as the 49ers defense was last week, they face an upgraded offense this week in Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense. Antonio Brown will make some plays and so will tight end Heath Miller. And if the Steelers are able to block up the blitzes of the 49ers, there could be some big plays to be had.
  3. Carlos Hyde will again have over 100 yard rushing. The second-year back out of Ohio State showed more than many thought he would. Hyde’s ability along with the seemingly renewed focus on the 49ers to the running game could cause some issues for Pittsburgh defensively.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

  1. Tampa Bay will give up 40 points again this week. The Tampa 2 Lovie Smith still runs is outdated. It requires speed the Bucs do not have. With the speed New Orleans has offensively along with Drew Brees running the show for them, Tampa Bay fans may be looking for the Pepto Bismol for an upset stomach courtesy of Brees and the Saints’ offense.
  2. Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will have a better game than last week. Winston looked less energetic and not very ready for the game last week versus the Tennessee Titans. This week he comes out with energy. It may not be enough to win, but he will look better against the Saints along with being more energetic.
  3. Mark Ingram will have over 100 yards rushing. The former University of Alabama running back is finally the feature back for the Saints. And against this defense, he should find plenty of creases to make some things happen.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

  1. Lions quarterback Matt Stafford will have less than 300 yards passing and will throw two interceptions. The veteran signal-caller from Georgia seemed off toward the end of the game last weekend and this weekend he faces a Vikings defense that will be ready to rumble after the results in San Francisco Monday night. This one could get ugly for Stafford.
  2. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have at least 25 carries against the Lions. The Lions will not be let off the hook this week, as it is expected that Minnesota will give Peterson many chances to make things happen against the Lions. And with more carries, expect Peterson to eventually break off a big run.
  3. Blair Walsh will make all his field goal and extra point tries in this game. Walsh has been inconsistent at best for a while, but maybe this game is when he gets it back on track. For Minnesota, they better hope he does.

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears

  1. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was solid last weekend in his first regular season game after tearing his ACL last season. This week he continues his big return against a hapless Bears secondary that is ripe for the picks. He will pile up three touchdown passes against the Bears.
  2. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is one that is hard to read. But what isn’t hard to read is his inconsistent play. Expect that to continue as he throws at least three interceptions and helps the Bears to their second loss of the season.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

  1. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor will have 2 touchdown passes and have 275 total yards of offense. Taylor was the man last week for the Bills at quarterback. And this week it will continue as the Bills will be flooring it down the field with Taylor at the helm. And the backup-turned-starter will be the point guard of this offense, distributing while also taking some things upon himself.
  2. New England quarterback Tom Brady will throw for two touchdowns but also will be sacked at least four times. The Buffalo Bills have one of the most feared pass rushes in football. Expect the Bills to unleash a little bit more of that and then some when the Pats come to Orchard Park.
  3. Rob Gronkowski will have under five catches in this game. Although one of his less than five completions will be for a touchdown, there will also be some well-defended plays by the Buffalo defense.

San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers will have at least 3 touchdown passes and 300 yards passing versus Cincinnati. The veteran quarterback led a good comeback last weekend and this week he faces the Bengals, who beat up on another California team, the Oakland Raiders. It may seem like a tall order considering the Bengals’ defense, but Rivers is that talented when it comes to regular season play.
  2. Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill will be a 100 yard rusher with a touchdown this Sunday. The former LSU product runs tough and with speed and that can cause defenses headaches. And on Sunday, there may be a migraine waiting called Jeremy for the Chargers.
  3. Jacoby Jones will have a special teams touchdown. The former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver/ returner still has speed to burn and can make the best of any return. Look for him to electrify this crowd in Cincy when he gets his hands on the football.

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns

  1. Cleveland’s Joe Haden will have an interception of Marcus Mariota in this game. The rookie quarterback out of Oregon was sensational in his first game. But when facing one of the best in the NFL at the cornerback position, Haden may give him a welcome to the NFL.
  2. Tennessee running back Bishop Sankey will get to the 100 yard mark this weekend. If he can hit the hole quick and be decisive in his cuts, he will benefit from all the attention Mariota will get. And he just might break a long run to go along with his 100 yard performance. And to throw the icing on the cake, he will also score a touchdown this weekend.
  3. Johnny Manziel will throw and run for a touchdown versus the Titans. Of course that does not mean he will not have any turnovers, but with a full game, he will have some time to make some things happen. Whether he can make more positive things happen than negative will be the question in this one.

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants

  1. Rookie defensive end Vic Beasley will get two sacks in this game. With a hobbled Ereck Flowers vowing to start this weekend, this battle will be one that takes both Beasley and Flowers back to college (Flowers went to Miami and Beasley went to Clemson).  Beasley is fast off the corner and that means he will definitely be giving Flowers issues. Manning may be looking at the sky a few times in this one.
  2. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be better in this game. He will get 100 yards receiving along with one touchdown. And to top that off, he will make that one spectacular play that will have all of us talking after this one. And just for good measure, he will be dancing into the endzone at least once.
  3. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones will combine for at least two touchdowns. This duo has been torching defenses for a while now and this week will be no exception. Jones has the advantage against any defensive back from the Giants.

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins

  1. Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin will have one touchdown through the air and one touchdown rushing the football as well. The former 1st round pick out of West Virginia is finally starting to realize his potential and this week his progress will continue.
  2. Washington running back Alfred Morris will not get over 70 yards. Morris played well against the Dolphins last week, but this isn’t the Dolphins. The Rams have a physical front seven and two young physical defensive tackles in Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald. That combination spells trouble for Morris.
  3. The Redskins and Rams will combine for under 40 points this weekend. Both teams were very solid defensively last weekend and both offenses aren’t exactly great either. That should make for a game that becomes a defensive battle for the most part.

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will rush for over 100 yards. The former Alabama running back will more than likely get more opportunities this week after averaging four yards per carry when his number was called. And with what Alfred Morris did to the Dolphins last weekend, I expect this rookie to make some noise as well.
  2. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is obviously the best playmaker for this team. But this week, he will take a backseat to the veteran wide receiver that flanks him, Greg Jennings. The vet wide receiver will not make the flashy plays that many have known him for over his career, but he will be solid and give the Dolphins at least 1 touchdown along with around 75 yards receiving. If Jericho Cotchery can get some decent numbers against the Jags, then Jennings can as well.
  3. Neither quarterback will throw for more than one touchdown. Tannehill and Bortles are both going to be solid, but don’t expect anything spectacular from them in this one.

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders

  1. The Baltimore Ravens did not do well offensively last weekend. Well, the Raiders are a sight for sore eyes and their offense. Baltimore will follow up on what Cincinnati did to the Raiders last week and put up at least 30 points. It may take a while for head coach Jack Del Rio to implement what he wants out of his defense and the obliteration of their defense will be a byproduct of that until otherwise.
  2. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will throw for at least two touchdowns this weekend. The Raiders looked deplorable offensively last week and some of that can be attributed to Carr getting hurt. But Del Rio said he expects him to be in there this weekend and that will be a welcomed sign for the Raiders.
  3. Ravens running back Justin Forsett will continue to struggle this weekend. Although the Raiders defense is totally different than the Broncos, the Ravens’ offensive line seemingly has not got it together just yet. And that does not spell success for Forsett at all. He will barely get 60 yards rushing. And he will not reach the endzone either.

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will throw the ball 40 times in this game. The Cowboys came out last week and went away from what they did all last season to be successful: run the football. But in doing so, they won. I expect them to come out trying to do the same thing they did in Week One since they don’t have a dependable running game and Romo is their best offensive weapon. One way or the other, he will throw for over 300 yards and will have at least two touchdowns.
  2.  Philadelphia running back DeMarco Murray will have 100 yards rushing this weekend. He struggled mightily last weekend versus the Atlanta Falcons. I don’t expect Murray and the Eagles offensive line to have another subpar one in the running game. Murray also collects on one more touchdown this week to run his season total to three.
  3. The Philadelphia Eagles will have at least two turnovers this week. Last week they forced some action defensively despite some issues they were having. And with Romo having to throw the ball more again for the Cowboys to win, some interesting things can happen for them once again.

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

  1. Running back Eddie Lacy will get 100 yards and one touchdown this week versus the Seahawks. The former Alabama running back has been electric since he first arrived in the NFL and this week he gets to test his skills against one of the best defenses over the last few seasons.
  2. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch will not get 100 yards rushing this game. The issue is not Seattle’s veteran running back but his offensive line. They have not been the greatest up front and it will take some time for them to gel. This may gel as the season goes on, but they will not get it together in this game.
  3. Dion Bailey will play a little better than last week. Kam Chancellor’s understudy was pretty bad last week and some say he could have been nervous. Well, this is the week he has to prove it must have been nerves and although he will play better this week, his better performance may not be to the level Bailey needs.

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

  1. The New York Jets will not be as dominant as they were last weekend. In the end, we have to remember they played a Cleveland Browns team that lost their starter at quarterback early and looked shellshocked ever since then. They are playing against one of the best young quarterbacks in the league in this one and they will be looking to rebound from the awful performance they had in Buffalo last weekend.
  2. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made just one mistake through the air last weekend. Although the Colts were not very good defensively versus the Bills, the desperation of not wanting to face an 0-2 record will make them play better on that side of the ball and create havoc around Fitzpatrick. And when that happens, expect Fitzpatrick to have his hand in at least 3 turnovers.
  3. But as Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles, running back Chris Ivory will continue his success in green and white. Ivory runs hard and with purpose and that should lead him to at least 100 yards and one touchdown.

Week Two is upon us and the General’s Proclamations have been made. Let’s see how they all turn out.

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Relax NFL Fans! It’s Only Been One Game!

The Titans's offense celebrates a score in their 42-14 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Titans’s offense celebrates a score in their 42-14 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL football season is now officially started as Week One is in the books. Some teams had some surprising results. And for other teams, there were some downright disappointing play. Along with the wins and losses were some fans that were jubilant in victory. And of course, there were some that were dejected with the performances of their teams. But in all of that, there are always fans that take it above and beyond the normal reactions. And in this social media world, these fans show up everywhere and tend to go overboard. But there is some news they all may want to hear: it is only Week One. Teams have played either one bad or good game, but there is still room for change. After all, there is 15 more games to play.

One example of a team that played well in Week One is the Tennessee Titans. They won 42-14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and were the toast of Nashville, Tennessee with their performance. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota shined in his debut, going 13/16 for 209 yards with four touchdown passes. He dissected the Tampa Bay defense with his mobility and touch through the air. And likewise, the Titans defense was up to par, putting pressure on Tampa Bay quarterback and number one overall pick Jameis Winston and forcing him into two interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown. The team looked solid and did not make many mistakes and their performance caught the eye of many across the country. But let’s not get too caught up in the performance of the team and remember who they were playing. Despite the Bucs having some different parts and a new rookie at quarterback, they are still aren’t a good team. Outside of linebacker LeVante David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, there is not much team speed the Bucs offer at all. And this defense is largely the same one that gave up 56 points to the Atlanta Falcons on national television last season. Defensively, the Titans were going against an offense that has some talent, but has not shown up in a long time. And part of the reason that team has not shown up is because of the offensive line. Tampa Bay has thrown money time and time again at their offensive line only to be disappointed in the result. And this past Sunday, they really could not protect Jameis Winston at all. Of course he made mistakes that had nothing to do with them, but that Tampa Bay offensive line just is not very stable at all. The Bucs can get better over the year and may end up being better than last year. But the reality is the line is bad, the team was 2-14 last season and the Titans beat a pretty bad team. The Titans were a bad team themselves last season, but no way one game signals they are ready to make the playoffs, so their needs to be a tempering of some enthusiasm here about the Titans and also the performance of Mariota against the Bucs.

The Tennessee Titans weren’t the only team to experience the overreaction of fans. The Seattle Seahawks were the team many picked to again represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this season. They had defense, a running game and also solid special teams. And with Russell Wilson at quarterback, many expected them to handle business in Week One on their way to getting back on track from the Super Bowl loss. But the St. Louis Rams decided they had other ideas. They fought the Seahawks hard all game long and ended up winning in overtime 34-31 after a big fourth-down stop of running back Marshawn Lynch. The immediate reaction from some was to wonder if the Seahawks have fallen already. The teams did have some miscues and is missing their defensive leader in Kam Chancellor (holding out), but they were largely in the game and could have easily won. Many look at the Seahawks and what they are missing, but they also need to realize that the Rams are not as bad as some think. The Rams totaled six sacks on the game against the Seahawks. Many deemed that an indictment of the Seahawks’ offensive line. Their line may not be that great, but the Rams defensive line is near the top in the NFL in sacks. They have a collection of five first-round draft picks on their defensive line and they are also a team that can bring pressure from all different vantage points as well when they want to. So even though the Seahawks offensive line may be in limbo, it may also not be as bad as portrayed in the first game of the season either. Defensively, Dion Bailey stepped into the shoes of Chancellor at safety and he did not exactly play the best. He was out of position and was beaten time and time again by the St. Louis Rams tight ends, including on the game-tying touchdown by Lance Kendricks that sent the game into overtime. But all in all, the Rams do have two athletic and tough matchups at tight end. Kendrick can line up at any spot and wreak havoc on teams. And as far as the other tight end of the Rams, Jared Cook, he is pretty much a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. Those two will cause trouble for any defense let alone a young safety trying to feel Chancellor’s shoes. Bailey has a challenge next game going against Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, but he could definitely play better than he did in this one. And the whole Seattle defense has been known to rise up when doubt starts to arise in them. After one game, this defense has earned the right to get it going in the next game versus Green Bay. Surely Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the whole Seahawks defense are licking their chops to get back out there this weekend.

The NFL season has ebbs and flows. There will be some bigtime hurts and some bigtime triumphs. But in no way does one week make the season. In fact, it take a couple weeks for most teams to find out who they truly are and make adjustments to who they want to be. So those who are already speaking doom and gloom and those who are thinking Super Bowl already may want to pump the brakes. Give it some time. Not one Super Bowl was won or lost in Week One.

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The Future Of Tennessee Titans Quarterback Zach Mettenberger

Zach Mettenberger is a hot commodity in the NFL. (photo courtesy of James Kenney/AP)

Zach Mettenberger is a hot commodity in the NFL. (photo courtesy of James Kenney/AP)

The Tennessee Titans looked sharp in their second preseason game. They played tougher, harder and seemed to be flying around the field on their way to a 27-14 win over the St. Louis Rams. Running back Bishop Sankey ran hard the entire game and that was a great sight. But what was an even better sight was the play of the quarterbacks. Rookie starter Marcus Mariota was off on a few throws, but he looked much better in the pocket and he made a great play sprinting to his right to find a wide-open Craig Stevens 35 yards down the field. Zach Mettenberger was equally impressive when he received his reps. He matched Mariota by going 7/9 passing. And he also had an impressive throw when he threaded threw a dart between two St. Louis Rams defenders for a touchdown to tight end Chase Coffman. Both had good games and drew good reviews from those who watched them. But for Mettenberger, he knows all his play is only to lock up the backup quarterback job. When Mariota was drafted, that pretty much ended any chance Mettenberger had of being a starter for the Titans this season. So with that being said, there are many that are looking at Mettenberger and having thoughts of what he would look like on their team. With many thinking he would be attractive for their teams, the Titans have to evaluate what they should do with him. They have a commodity in Mettenberger and he could definitely help them should Mariota go down. But he could also help them in another aspect as well.

The Titans are a team that is still in the building phase. Last season, it seems like they hit rock bottom. And with the drafting of Mariota, there is hope that they are on their way to rebuilding the team. Any team that wants to rebuild needs as many weapons and draft picks as possible along with smart free agent signings. Part of gaining those picks they need is recognizing is getting what they can for players that are commodities. Mettenberger’s arm has many franchises intrigued. Teams like the Jets and potentially the Bills should be giving the Titans a call and making a play for him. If the Titans are to get rid of him, they should not move him for less than a 1st round pick. It may seem like a high ransom for a quarterback that has just shown flashes of talent, but the Jets and Bills could be at the mercy of the Titans. Tennessee could realistically hold on to Mettenberger until the trade deadline and trade him if they wanted to. But the one thing the Titans want to be careful about doing is holding on to Mettenberger too long. If they allow him to languish on the bench behind Mariota, the closer the 2016 NFL Draft will be. And at that point, the Titans could open themselves up for him to drop in demand. That could potentially mean they miss out on the talent they could have acquired like a first-round offensive lineman that could help make their line better. And at that point, the Titans could be stuck with him.

Just like it would be valuable to let Mettenberger go, it could also be valuable to keep him. Mariota is going to be the starter, but what if he ends up taking some hits early on that force him to the sideline. At that point, the Titans would have Mettenberger step in and be the next option. If the Titans were to get rid of Mettenberger, they would be stuck with Charlie Whitehurst as their primary backup. Nothing against Charlie Whitehurst, but he has been a career backup for a reason. Whitehurst knows the game and he knows Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s system from his time under him in San Diego. But when it comes to making the throws to win games, Whitehurst is not the answer to that equation. In Mettenberger, he could make the bigtime throws that winning quarterbacks can make. The only question mark about him is can he get it done consistently if he has to come in to relieve Mariota should he get injured. Judging how he looks form last season to this season, Mettenberger looks more mature and ready to take on the challenge of leading a team. But of course he will have to wait his turn while Mariota is tabbed as the franchise quarterback to lead the Titans back to relevance. If he is to get his opportunities, he must come through not only for his team but for his value as a quarterback in the NFL.

The talk about Mettenberger will continue as the season goes on. If Mariota does well, the talk will get louder that the Titans need to trade him. If Mariota struggles, then some fans may call for Mettenberger to come into the game. Eventually, the Titans will have to make a choice whether they need Mettenberger here or not. But one thing is clear: this will more than likely be his last year as a member of the Titans. Some team will be hungry for a quarterback after this season. And with NFL teams always looking for the next good quarterback, they will approach the Titans for Mettenberger. The only question will be if the Titans will trade him at the right time or not.

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