Hey Alpe, I probably don't want to hear this but any chance of a quick resume of your thoughts on my boys the Dolphins this season (I see already you see them as a 4-12 team!)? Have they a decent starting QB yet?
Alpe d'Huez said:Is Ryan Tannehill a decent starting quarterback? Because he's your guy. He will be handing the ball off to Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden (cut by NE) and the ageless, but aged, Frank Gore. his best receiver is probably DeVante Parker, who is hurt. Danny Amendola is coming off two season where Tom Brady extended his career in NE. They have one very good left tackle on the OL (Laremy Tunsil) and that's it for their offense.
Their defense is worse, without question. I don't need to tell you who they lost, and that they didn't get anyone.
Think, rebuild, as their coach is still young and smart.
If there is one bright spot, it's that they play in a division with the Jets (rebuilding, new QB) and Bills (heading down into a rebuild). They also play Tennessee (new coach) at home in week 1, and the rebuilding Raiders in week 3. Later in the season they play the Packers, Bears, Vikings, Texans, Jaguars, etc. Here's a link you may like:
That's going to be a tough order - the Broncos have only lost 1 home opener this century. The last time Seattle played at the Big D was 2010 where they lost 31-14 with Hasselbeck at the helm. I think it'll be a much closer game and more low scoring this time around though. I'll take the Broncos by a FG We'll have to see how injuries play out also - I have a feeling this is going to be a bad year for major injuries in the NFL.jmdirt said:OK game for an opener, especially from two teams who really used the pre season for tryouts more than anything. It was sloppy with bright spots, but now these two need to use their 12 day gap to get ready for the season.
Hard to argue with Alpe's picks, but just for fun: DAL over CAR (Idaho kid plays huge), CHI over GB (Mack crushes), SEA over DEN (they're my team!
Alpe d'Huez said:That was a shock. Fitzpatrick threw better than he likely ever has, which makes me wonder if Winston will ever get his job back. The staff has even said as much before this game, saying they wouldn't put up with anyone's BS and were dedicated to winning, with or without Winston. Well, they sure showed it. Having said that, it was stunning how poorly the Saints defense played. They were quite solid all last season, and have young players you expected to actually improve (well, I expected). Still, credit TB.
Browns were still lucky. Their offense was anemic, but their defense looks for real. Between that, and the Steelers offensive mistakes with six turnovers, it's hard to call this a moral victory for them. They really should have won the game. Taylor kept drives alive with his legs, much more than his arm, though conditions were sloppy. Next week they play at New Orleans, then back home against the Jets. If we don't see something out of Taylor's arm, I think it's quite possible Mayfield plays, or even starts against New York.
Agree, lots of first game sloppiness. That was very evident on many teams, not just Saints and Steelers.
Tom Brady is the GOAT, another great game. But Aaron Rogers is just superman. What he did was once again, jaw dropping heroic playing. Overshadowed a generally solid game by the Bears defense and maybe Trubiski's best game as a pro. The Packers look stacked, and dangerous.
I wasn't right on all my predictions, but I was right on Barkley for the Giants. One very impressive run, some other flashes, mixed with struggles to get much done against the Jags defense. Decent game for Eli in a loss, as good as any last year, despite a couple really bad throws. He helped them move the ball and kept them in the game. I like the Giants to win some games this year and step up with Barkley. But that division is not a wash.
quite a few of those...Alpe d'Huez said:Gruden says that in so many words Mack didn't want to play for the Raiders, which is why he was traded. But he also said that what Chicago was offering was no where near what the Raiders could make happen. Still, when we watch the Raider defense struggle this season, we'll know why. Just sayin'.
Looking forward to see how well Sam Darnold plays tonight, and just how good the Rams are, and some of the grimaces on Gruden's face. Never the less, I'm still a Raiders fan and expect some good play from them at times. But the Rams are stacked.
:lol:the delgados said:Just want to say I'm really impressed by my team the Buffalo Bills.
I love the rope-a-dope strategy used in the first three quarters.
They basically lulled the Ravens into a stupor before...wait now...Bam!. A field goal as time ran down.
Can't wait for week 2!
Alpe d'Huez said:Funny! Unfortunately, the Bills don't have the luxury of playing the Browns this year. In fact, their schedule is pretty ugly. The division they face is the NFC Central. They play, in order: Chargers, @Min, @GB, Ten, @Hou, @Ind, NE, Chi, @NYJ, Jax, @MIA, NYJ, Det, @NE, Mia.
At best, at best, I see them winning 5 games. Maybe. They could easily go 2-14.
Convinced Thursday night games are the way to go for the entire season, and don't need to come after a rest week, I expect tomorrows game between the Ravens and Bengals to be messy, and I just hope no one gets hurt.