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Old 09-11-2018, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I think the AFC North is open at this point and I could see Baltimore taking advantage of a Steelers team with Big Ben starting to age before our eyes.
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Old 09-11-2018, 04:42 PM
 
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Interesting to go back and read this! Yes, Mack was good, all over the place 1st half, 2nd half not so much, but Bears can't live on their D alone. Now I've seen him play, having him on the Packers would have been good but not giving up the draft picks. He could have replaced Clay Matthews! I know they say a good D can win SB's, you need a QB that can hold their own and not make mistakes.

Saints lost, a surprise, so did the Falcons. One loss to start the season isn't the end of the world, but it does matter how teams bounce back from the loss! As it has been of late, the NFC will be interesting, the AFC not so much, not enough competition there, which is really too bad. I'd rather every single division be very competitive.

Addition: As Cat said, how about those Jets? Naturally, I picked the Lions!

Hey.. Bears damn near won a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman.. You think that wasn't due to defense? I've said it before.. Lovie Smith should be a HoF coach simply for getting to the Super Bowl with Grossman.

I don't think the Saints losing was the surprise. It was Tampa Bay winning.. And winning in a shootout. with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Anyone taking bets on Winston being the starter against the Bears? Right now.. Not a chance. Of course.. Only one game, but.. I don't think anyone expected that from Tampa Bay. Perhaps expected the Saints to score 40 points, but not that the Bucs would score 48.

Jets.. Darnold's first pass.. How many of the NY faithful were cussing a blue streak at that point?

The biggest play of the week.. How about that first TD run by Marshawn Lynch? Dragging half the Rams team across the goal line. Game didn't end well for them, but.. Loved that effort.


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I think the AFC North is open at this point and I could see Baltimore taking advantage of a Steelers team with Big Ben starting to age before our eyes.

NOT THIS YEAR.. But.. Next year.. Year after.. I think you're going to be talking about Cleveland. In a good way. Young team.. Fair amount of talent. I don't expect much above 6 wins this year, but.. Keep your eyes on them. Hopefully they get to work Mayfield in some, but don't start him. I'd have him sit and learn all year unless something bad happens to Taylor. Hell.. I'll say I don't expect more than 5 wins this year, because that tie vs the Steelers is a Win in my book.

Baltimore got Jackson in a bit on Sunday.. What was it? 2 series or 3? Flacco.. I'm not sure he's with Baltimore next year. Of course, you start saying things like that, he wins another Super Bowl and things get all higgledy-piggledy.
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Old 09-11-2018, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Emmaus, PA
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Which team is showing excellent promise for the new season - those Philadelphia Eagles.
They have already beaten a team expected to be a Super Bowl contender.
They had one of the best defenses last year and appear to have improved on D.
Carson Wentz is due back pretty soon - MAYBE Week 3.
Once the offense starts hitting on all cylinders, barring letdowns, they will be pretty unstoppable.
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Old 09-11-2018, 04:56 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Right now, the Ravens look tough as nails. Of course, they gotta get past the Patriots later.

I also like the Rams. I see 'em going 6-0 in the NFC West. Prob'ly my favorite right now, but we knew they improved during the off-season so it's no surprise.

I think da Bears will be the most improved from last year. Don't be surprised when they beat GB at Soldier Field. 3-3 in their division and maybe.....a wild card contender. Don't laugh, it's not a stretch. Vikings/Packers for the NFC Norris Division.


I think Tampa is going to give the NFC South a run for their money. But I don't see them or their divisional counterparts making it to the Conference Championship.
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Old 09-11-2018, 04:58 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Which team is showing excellent promise for the new season - those Philadelphia Eagles.
They have already beaten a team expected to be a Super Bowl contender.
They had one of the best defenses last year and appear to have improved on D.
Carson Wentz is due back pretty soon - MAYBE Week 3.
Once the offense starts hitting on all cylinders, barring letdowns, they will be pretty unstoppable.
I won't defend or argue your statement. But dang, that was a very sloppy game.
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Everywhere.
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Kansas City Chiefs- the potential is there for that explosive offense to put any of their opponents away early in a game, even when being the visiting team.
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I won't defend or argue your statement. But dang, that was a very sloppy game.
All the way around.
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Old 09-12-2018, 11:00 AM
 
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Which team is showing excellent promise for the new season - those Philadelphia Eagles.
They have already beaten a team expected to be a Super Bowl contender.
They had one of the best defenses last year and appear to have improved on D.
Carson Wentz is due back pretty soon - MAYBE Week 3.
Once the offense starts hitting on all cylinders, barring letdowns, they will be pretty unstoppable.

I suppose there's something to be said for teams that can't lose even when they try.


Wentz will likely have a transition period, getting his feet back under him. I still see the Eagles winning the NFC East, simply because I don't think anyone else will be able to mount a charge against them. I don't see them running away.. 10-6 is probably where i'd think they'd be.

Dallas looks bad.. Giants look bad.. Redskins look.. Well, let's see how it is after next week. They didn't look bad, but.. When you start picking.. They have a 33 y/o RB, oft-injured TE and a 3rd down specialist coming off a broken leg who made up 342 of their 429 total yards. The odds are just bad there. the only one of those that has a suitable backup would be Jordan Reed.. While Vernon Davis can't replace what Reed does, he tends to bring a different dynamic when he's in the game.
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Week One, too early to guess who is showing promise. The teams that look like it after one game could have a sub-.500 year. I tend to wait until after Week 4 when teams are settling into their identities...
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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You're right, Murk, which is why coaches talk about dividing the season into quarters. It is always one game at a time but they think in quarters, at the end of the 1st 4, they have a pretty good idea!
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