JGood’s QB List Entering 2017

I’m ranking the projected 32 starting quarterbacks entering the 2017 season. Obviously, parts of this list are debatable, but (I believe) this is the most accurate list to date.

Bottom of the Barrel

Bryce Petty

32) Bryce Petty – NY Jets
You have to start somewhere.

31) Jared Goff – LA Rams
Can’t wait to see what he’s made of.

30) Cody Kessler – Cleveland
It’s the Browns (future starting to look bright though).

29) Brian Hoyer – San Francisco
Somehow he finds his way on the field.

28) Tom Savage – Houston
We’ll see. He has a lot of weapons around him though.

27) Trevor Siemian – Denver
Not sure how long this will last, but he had some good moments last season.

26) Mike Glennon – Chicago
Hopefully, he’s mentally tough. He’s in a lose-lose situation.

Hot Seat

Blake Bortles

25) Blake Bortles – Jacksonville
He has more career pick-6’s (11) than career wins (10). Let that sink in.

24) Alex Smith – Kansas City
It’s not his first time on the hot season and won’t be the last.

23) Ryan Tannehill – Miami
Something has to give. He’s getting paid too much money to be this inconsistent.

22) Sam Bradford – Minnesota
Even though Teddy Bridgewater is still recovering from his injury, the Vikings gave up way too much to not make the playoffs.

21) Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo
The Bills Organization may not believe in Tyrod, but he has enough talent to keep them in games.

20) Joe Flacco – Baltimore
That Super Bowl win seems so far away…


Carson Wentz

19) Carson Wentz – Philadelphia
He should be higher on this list when the season is over.

18) Kirk Cousins – Washington
It’s Kirk Cousins or bust for Kirk Cousins. He won’t be back next year.

17) Eli Manning – NY Giants
Good Eli. Bad Eli. Ugly Eli. Which one will show up this year?

16) Carson Palmer – Arizona
Even though the offense is talent, the end may be near for him.


Dak Prescott

15) Dak Prescott – Dallas
Dak has given Dallas “hope” to end their two-decade Super Bowl drought.

14) Marcus Mariota – Tennessee
This offense should be fun to watch. He continues to get better.

13) Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay
He may end up in the top 10 by the end of the season. He has the potential to lead the Bucs into contention.

12) Andy Dalton – Cincinnati
Just needs to get it done in the playoffs.

Very Good

Andrew Luck

11) Andrew Luck – Indianapolis
He has the talent to be an elite quarterback (just needs an offensive line). He just needs to get it done.

10) Philip Rivers – LA Chargers
He has been consistent over his career but has yet to get over the hump.

9) Russell Wilson – Seattle
Russell has championship-pedigree. Will he be able to put it all together again is the question.

8) Cam Newton – Carolina
Overall, he’s possibly the hardest quarterback to bring down (even with that bad offensive line). He still has accuracy issues (misses high) but he’s still dangerous.

7) Matthew Stafford – Detroit
He proved that didn’t need Calvin Johnson to put up big time numbers. Just need the organization to change its culture.

6) Derek Carr – Oakland
He’s knocking on the door of elite status. He was having an MVP-caliber season before the season-ending leg injury. Expect big things from him and the Raiders.


Drew Brees

5) Drew Brees – New Orleans
He’s been so good for so long. Just wished their defense would’ve been better over the years.

4) Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh
His window is closing to get his 3rd Super Bowl title with his elite offense. Super Bowl or bust right now.

3) Matt Ryan – Atlanta
He finally put his skills and potential together last season and lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl. Will they get back to the big stage?

Crème De La Crème

Aaron Rodgers

2) Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay
“The human cheat code” is way too talented to only have one Super Bowl ring in his career. The window will be closed sooner than later.

1) Tom Brady – New England
I don’t know how much more he has in the tank at age 40, but until we show signs of him coming down to Earth, he’s the best.

Tom Brady


NFL Week 2 Tips and Fantasy Picks





JGood (Green) 

16 Carolina
15 Arizona
14 Oakland
13 Green Bay
12 New York Giants
11 New England
10 Denver
9 Detroit
8 Jacksonville
7 Kansas City
6 Seattle
5 Pittsburgh
4 Chicago
3 Baltimore
2 New York Jets
1 Washington

D.Reed (Blue)

16 Carolina
15 Arizona
14 New England
13 Green Bay
12 Denver
11 Detroit
10 New York Giants
9 New York Jets
8 Oakland
7 Philadelphia
6 Baltimore
5 Kansas City
4 Washington
3 Jacksonville
2 Seattle
1 Pittsburgh

Week 1 Points and Results
JGood: 73 pts (8-8) record
D.Reed: 90 pts (10-6) record 

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

Eli Manning (New Orleans @ NYG)
Much like Derek Carr Last week, it is now Eli Manning who ends up with a tasty matchup this week. With a plethora of pass catchers at his disposal, mixed in with the Saints porous secondary, you have the makings of a wonderful fantasy day for Eli and company!!!

Matthew Stafford (Detroit vs Tennessee)
No Calvin Johnson??!! No problem!!! Many feared that Stafford would flop this year without his recently retired, future Hall of Fame WR, Megatron. But Stafford gashed the Colts secondary to the tune of 3 TDs, zero interceptions, and 340 yds passing!! Seeing how this is a home game, and Stafford is usually pretty good at home, I see this matchup being similar to his week 1 numbers.

C.J. Anderson (Indianapolis @ Denver)
Anderson dazzled in his week one matchup against a brutal Carolina defense, running for 92 yds and TD and adding another score through the air on 4 catches!!! Anderson was heavily involved in the offense, that was rolling on all cylinders, and did more than hold his own in this Super Bowl rematch. Now he draws a matchup made in heaven against a poor Colts run defense!!! It looks like C.J. is shaping up to be the RB we expected him to be in his 2015 campaign!!!!

Ezekiel Elliot (Dallas @ Washington)
“Zeke” called his first career game against the New York Giants an “average” one. Elliot rushed for 51 yds and a score in week one, but I expect his matchup with Washington to be anything but average. Washington was gashed by DeAngelo Williams Monday night for 143 rushing yds and 2 scores!!!! With Washington playing off a short week and battling that great Cowboys offensive line, I see one heck of a game in the works for Elliot!!!!

Kelvin Benjamin (San Francisco @ Carolina)
Last week I had Benjamin on my “Whats Not” list and. . .BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! The “big fella” had no problems giving the “No Fly Zone” fits as he caught 6 balls for 92 yds and a TD on a whopping 12 targets!!!! With his size and high target volume, I see Benjamin giving any opposing defense problems. If he could best one of the league’s top secondaries, what do you think he’ll do at home versus San Fran???

Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia @ Chicago)
I love Matthews this week for the same reason I like Kelvin Benjamin and that’s volume!!! J-Matt was targeted a ridiculous 14 times and turned that into 7 catches, 114 yds, and a score!!! He seems to be the clear first option in the passing game for rookie Carson Wentz so I can definitely see stellar performances in the near future for Matthews!! And with Philly drawing a very suspect Chicago defense this week, that stellar performance may come sooner rather than later.

Travis Kelce (Kansas City @ Houston)
The 6 foot 6 TE, with great speed, seems to be a matchup problem for anyone who dares to contain him,  especially for Houston in particular! In the last two meetings against Houston, Kelce combined for 14 grabs, 234 yards, and two scores. I think that alone is enough reason to give Kelce the nod at your TE slot!!!

Carolina (vs San Franciso)
San Francisco was able to move the ball quite well against the Los Angeles Rams Monday night, but it’s safe to say that won’t be the case this week!! I smell trouble for the 49’ers on the road against Luke Kuechly and company as Carolina’s defense is definitely among  “the crème de la crème”!!!

What’s Not❄️

Ryan Tannehill (Miami @ New England)
Tannehill could have ended up with a better stat line last week against a tough Seattle Seahawk defense if it wasn’t for Kenny “Butterfingers” Stills dropping a sure “would be” touchdown!!! I can see this week ending up much worse for Tannehill as he travels to Foxborough to face the Patriots where he hasn’t played particularly well. In 4 career games there, Tannehill has just 3 TDs and 7 interceptions!!!! I see a rocky road for Tannehill this week!!!

Frank Gore (Indianapolis @ Denver)
Denver’s defense held Jonathan Stewart in check last week for a measly 64 yards rushing!! I think Gore is in for a similar outing against a very stout defense!!! I don’t expect too much out of Gore besides warming my bench if I own him. Play at your own risk!!!

T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis @ Denver)
Looks like Hilton has a date with both Aqib Talib and Chris Harris this week!! That should draw some caution seeing how they’re the best CB tandem in the league!! In my opinion, Hilton is no more than a flex play on the road against the suffocating secondary!!

Jimmy Graham (Seattle @ Los Angeles)
What ever happened to the Jimmy Graham that once wreaked havoc on all that came in his path?? He’s been working his way back from a knee injury trying to rekindle his old ways to when he was Drew Brees’ go-to guy in New Orleans. Only being involved in 17 plays in week one, I don’t see the old Jimmy returning to true form anytime soon.

Minnesota (@ Green Bay)
Defensively, the Vikings played impressively against Marcus Marriota and the Titans, but this week they’ve got a tough matchup against one of the leagues best in Aaron Rodgers!!! Don’t get me wrong, I like the Vikings D, but I rarely bet against Rodgers, who’s known for lighting up defenses like the end of December!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

Buffalo Wild Wings Live Draft

This was my first time doing a live draft, and as the commissioner of my league, I’ve decided to host the event at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. The combination of friends, food, drinks, sports, and trash talking was exhilarating. Just being amongst good company in person enhanced the experience.

We were able to sit in the bar area with enough space to be comfortable. The restaurant supplied us with a draft kit that consisted of a draft board, a banner for the winner, a license plate cover for the loser, coupons, and other welcoming items.

Draft Board
License Plate
Player Names

The draft itself was interesting nonetheless. There were a few unexpected picks that made some people revise their strategy. Regardless of what happened during the draft, everyone enjoyed themselves and wants to do it again next year.

In this particular league, we start 2 quarterbacks, and personally, this was the best team (Nino Brown) I ever selected. This is a PPR (points per reception) format with 17 rounds in the draft. Just being able to take Antonio Brown with the second overall pick made everything else easier for me in the later rounds. I feel like I’m the team to beat but you need the judge. My team consists of:

Antonio Brown, Lamar Miller, LeSean McCoy, Ben Roethlisberger, Julian Edelman, Tom Brady, Randall Cobb, Demarco Murray, Sterling Shepard, Philip Rivers, Marvin Jones, Antonio Gates, Matt Jones, Spencer Ware, Zach Ertz, Jets D/ST, and Revert Aguayo.

3rd Round
Round 8
Round 15
Draft Complete


Fantasy Football Tips 2016

This is one of my favorite times of the year. From now until February, the NFL will be on every Sunday. With preseason starting up, fantasy football is just around the corner. With that being said, here are some tips that should help you on your draft day.

Antonio Brown Is Special

The golden rule in fantasy football is that you always take a running back in the first round. However, Antonio Brown has become an exception to this rule the past 2 seasons. In 2015, he scored 243 fantasy points in standard play by racking up 1834 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Brown has been the “go-to guy” for Big Ben and the number go to guy in fantasy football. It is okay to draft him with the first pick.

Don’t Waste Your First Round Pick On…

O’Dell Beckham Jr, Ezekiel Elliott, and Rob Gronkowski. As talented as ODB is, I rather draft Julio Jones. Atlanta’s only weapon in the passing game is Jones (He led the league in targets last season with 136). Eli Manning has the return of Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard to utilize as well.  Please be cautious if you do decide to pick him in the first round.

I have nothing against Ezekiel Elliott’s ability, but I’m not drafting a player who hasn’t played a signal down in the NFL in the first round. The Dallas Cowboys has the best offensive line in football so it does seem enticing to draft Elliott early. However, in the famous words of Stephen A Smith, “The Cowboys are an accident waiting to happen”.

Last year was my first time taking Rob Gronkowski and it happened to be in the first round. By week 4, I’ve learned that tight ends are becoming a deep position. Plus, Tom Brady will miss the first 4 games. Taking Gronk in the second round is okay.

My Sleepers Consist Of…

Lamar Miller, Donte Moncrief, Kevin White, and Markus Wheaton. In my opinion, Lamar Miller was underutilized in Miami. The last season and a half, Miller showed he can produce when he touches the ball. He’ll have his chance to shine in Houston.

With Andre Johnson departure and Andrew Luck, finally healthy, Donte Moncrief has a high ceiling to be productive this season. TY Hilton will see double coverage far more times than not. This will enable Moncrief for one on one match-ups in a pass heavy offense. Let that sink in.

We will finally see what Kevin White can do on the gridiron. After missing his first season with a shin injury, White looks to fill the void of what the Chicago Bears offense was missing last season. White is 6’3″ and runs under a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. With the attention on Alshon Jeffrey, the Bears first round pick in 2015 could be a playmaker.

When Martavis Bryant missed the first 4 games last season due to a suspension, Markus Wheaton didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. Now that Bryant is suspended all of the 2016 NFL Season, Wheaton will have all season to prove his value and explode on the fantasy football scene.

Just Stop

Matthew Stafford, Demaryius Thomas, and the San Francisco 49’ers. Stafford has talent, but he primarily benefited from having Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Now that Johnson is retired, Matthew Stafford has lost his security blanket. With the lack of talent on offense, he might consistently struggle. I rather draft Ryan Tannehill.

Demaryius Thomas has the ability to be a top 5 wide receiver in the league. He has exceptional hands and speed. The problem with him in fantasy football this year is his new quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez hasn’t been the most accurate quarterback and is known for his “Butt Fumble” (CLICK HERE TO WATCH). Unless Sanchez gets him the ball consistently, Thomas may be a flex option at best.

Last year, the Cleveland Browns was the team I said to avoid drafting any players from. Now, I wouldn’t advise drafting anybody from San Francisco. Carlos Hyde has some potential but the way their offense is presently constructed, teams might give him the “Adrian Peterson treatment” (putting 8 players in the “box” on defense to stop the run). We’re not sure if Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick will start, but neither is worth starting in fantasy football. Torrey Smith is a deep threat but the quarterback play is insufficient for Smith to be productive. At least Cleveland has Josh Gordon coming back week 5, pending reinstatement.

Always Remember

Simple but important tips:

  • Running backs are scarce (get them while you can)
  • Draft your quarterback between round 6 and 8 (they are a dime a dozen)
  • Do not draft a kicker until last 2 rounds (this should be a given)
  • Don’t reach for a player unless you think it’s absolutely necessary
  • Do your research before drafting (very vital)

If nothing else, have fun!


Top 5 NFL Quarterbacks Entering 2016

Note: This list is who is the best wide receiver right now.  Past accolades and accomplishments alone will not move you higher on the list.  This list is based on skill, talent, age, and the ability to perform.

Honorable Mentions: 

Andrew Luck (Colts), Carson Palmer(Cardinals), Drew Brees (Saints)

5) Ben Roethlisburger, Steelers


When Jerome Bettis retired “Big Ben” was given the keys to the offense.  Roethlisburger’s passing numbers have gotten better every season.  When Pittsburgh added weapons Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, Roethlisburger numbers started to excel.  Now the team is a contender again despite a subpar defense.

4) Russell Wilson, Seahawks



In the past, Seattle’s success came in the running game. However, with Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls being banged up last season, Wilson was forced to win games with his arm.  Doug Baldwin had a career year due to Wilson’s efficiency. You add that with his mobility and intangibles, the newlywed is hard to stop.

3) Aaron Rodgers, Packers


Rodgers is the most gifted passer in the NFL. As a Chicago Bears fan, I despise him, but he’s phenomenal. Last season, Rodgers struggled without his number one target, Jordy Nelson. With Nelson back, that offense joins the best in the league. We’ll probably see more discount double checks in the near future.
2) Tom Brady, Patriots



Brady has been elite for the past 12 seasons. System or no system, Brady continues to be consistent and dominate no matter what weapons he has around him.  However, he does have a great weapon this year in Rob Gronkowski.  Brady’s high football IQ and allows him to succeed no matter what obstacles. 

1) Cam Newton, Panthers


Newton is the true definition of growth. It’s hard to find any flaws.  Physically he is 6’5, 240 pounds. His running ability gives him leverage over the other quarterbacks on this list. Last season he took an big step with his passing despite not having his best wide receiver. He elevated the play for the wide receivers he did have.  Wide receivers who would not be starters on any other team. Without Von Miller, the Carolina Panthers are more than likely your defending champs.


Week 10: What Did We Learn?

Another week down, another week of excitement. New England barely stayed flawless, Green Bay lost to the horrific v Detroit Lions (3 in a row), and Tony Romo will be back next Sunday. What else did we learn?

Peyton Manning

The Ugly Great Peyton Manning
We probably all witnessed the greatest regular season quarterback to ever step foot on the gridiron. Peyton Manning has broken almost every statistical record that Brett Favre has set (wasn’t that long ago). The latest record of Favre’s to be broken was the 71,838 career passing yards. It was a monumental achievement, something we may never see happen again. The same day that Manning made history, is, unfortunately, the same day he played the worst game of his career. He completed 5 of 20 attempts for 35 yards with 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Then he was uncharacteristically pulled from the game in the 3rd quarter. Peyton hasn’t looked like Peyton this year. Presumably, this may be his last year. Even though he is having a dismal season statistically, number 18’s legacy could never be tarnished (unless he was shaving points or something).

DeAndre Hopkins

Bengals: Until they win an actual playoff game, they will always be a pretender!
Falcons: They are starting to revert back to the Falcons that we are used to. These next 2 games will determine what we can expect from them, starting with the Colts.
Raiders: Just when you think the Raiders would take advantage of a rare opportunity, they couldn’t get it done against the Vikings. They are young and talented, but that’s about it for the moment. Oh, and Aldon Smith is suspended for a year (shaking my head).
Redskins: The Redskins won’t make the playoffs because Kirk Cousins is their quarterback.
St. Louis: The team has a lot of potential but only random spurts of promise to show for it. Benching Nick Foles isn’t a good sign either.

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals: This is probably the most balanced team in the NFC with a veteran quarterback, a hall of fame wide receiver, and a stud cornerback. They are legit.
Panthers: It’s time to start believing if you haven’t already. The team consists of Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and their defense. And they’re still undefeated.
Broncos: The game against the Chiefs was a wash but they are still a threat this year all Thanks to their defense. If or when that offense can become consistent again, be afraid.
Patriots: Despite losing Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman, the Patriots are still the Patriots.


Don’t Be Surprised If…
If the Seahawks or the Bears make the playoffs.
If the Jaguars win the division.
If the Giants or Steelers make it to the Super Bowl.

Week 8: What Did We Learn?

Basically halfway through the season and this week was nothing like any other. First time in league history that 4 teams are still undefeated. The Lions got embarrassed jn front of half the world (not surprising). Atlanta doesn’t look as glamorous as they did a few weeks ago, and New England is still the team to beat. What else did we learn?


Injuries On Injuries On Injuries
That was the official theme this past week. Cameron Wake torn his Achilles on Thursday, Steve Smith Sr. did the same on Sunday, Reggie Bush torn his ACL on concrete, Le’Veon Bell severely damaged his MCL, Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury,  Ricardo Lockette was left motionless in “Jerry World” (All 5 out for the season), Keenan Allen injured his kidney, Matt Forte has a lower left leg injury, Calvin Johnson injured his ankle, Ryan Fitzpatrick torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand, 4 Cleveland Browns players had to leave the game for concussion protocol, and there were many more injuries. It is mind blowing how so many significant injuries affected so many (big name) players and teams.


Shredded Cheese
The Green Bay Packers are the latest of the unbeatens to go down. The stingy Denver Broncos defense held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing, the fewest of his career as a starting quarterback. I don’t expect the Packers to fold after this game. They are still playing good football. This game was more of a testament to the Broncos offense that actually came alive. The running game that has struggled all season came away with 2 touchdowns. Peyton Manning looked like vintage Peyton Manning, connecting on passes all across the field. If the Broncos offense can consistently play this well, don’t be surprised if you’ll see them in February.


Reintroducing Blaine Gabbert
You know it’s ugly in San Francisco when the 49’ers bench Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert. Blaine Gabbert was a former 1st round pick by Jacksonville in 2011. His last start was in 2013 when threw 1 touchdown to 7 interceptions. There’s a reason why he’s not a starting quarterback in the league anymore, and for the Niners to give him a chance speaks volumes on how far Kaepernick has fallen. I don’t think this is the end for Colin, but this is his lowest moment of his career. Good news for him is that the way to go is up!


Minnesota Going Ghost
So… the Minnesota Vikings have quietly gotten off to a 5-2 start this season. Adrian Peterson hasn’t been the AP we know but he’s been really productive. Teddy Bridgewater has shown flashes of progression this season. Their defense has played respectable thus far. The biggest surprise for them and my fantasy football team has been rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the University of Maryland. He was 5 yards short of his 3rd straight 100 yard performance and has found the end zone the past 2 weeks. He has seriously rejuvenated a suspect Vikings passing attack. I wonder will this hold up. What do you all think?

NFL Week 3: What Did We Learn?

Another week down in the NFL and things are starting to shape out. The richer getting richer (New England, Green Bay, Denver), the poorer getting poorer (Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit) and well..there’s Roger Goodell escalating his appeal. Besides that, what else did we learn?


Julio Jones For MVP
Usually, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Aaron Rodgers would be the leading candidates on this award. Brady and Rodgers have started this season flawless… but have you seen Julio Jones this year? When was the last time a wide receiver won MVP? Jones was able to get a contract extension done before the season began and has earned every dollar thus far. He has 34 receptions through 3 games (most in NFL history) for 440 yards and 4 touchdowns, including 12 catches for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns against Dallas. What makes his numbers matter most is the fact that he has made spectacular plays in the clutch to keep the Atlanta Falcons from losing.


The Return Of Michael Vick
Michael Vick being a starting quarterback in the NFL again has come at a price for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Big Ben out 4 to 6 weeks with a knee injury, Vick will be back in the limelight. Vick, who has played for Atlanta, Philadelphia, and the New York Jets, will have more to work with now than any other time throughout his career. The Steelers are made to win now. Hopefully, their fans will have a better response to Vick now than earlier this year (Click here for details).


Palmer Or Bust
So last season, the Arizona Cardinals were 8-1 until Carson Palmer was done with a torn ACL. The wheels came off quickly for the Cardinals as they went from a dark horse contender to the piñata of the postseason. With that being said, the Cardinals are off to a 3-0 start this year. Larry Fitzgerald looks like a top-tier receiver again, and their defense has been a turnover machine. Without an adequate backup QB again, the season rest of Palmer’s shoulders… again.


Fantasy Overload
Devonta Freeman and AJ Green won and lost people some fantasy football league games on Sunday (depending on what side you was on). In one league me, I went against both (tear). Freeman had 193 total yards with touchdowns against Atlanta. Green provided 227 yards with 2 touchdowns from 10 receptions versus their division rival Baltimore. If Arian Foster plays this Sunday, he should have fun against the Falcons.


Not So Fast
Just when you thought the New York Jets was going to take off… and just when you thought the Philadelphia Eagles were going to sink like the Titanic… the opposite happened for both teams as they faced each other. Not saying that the Jets can’t be elite or the Eagles can’t drown, but this game just left quite a few people scratching their heads. The Eagles, who were the underdogs and was missing DeMarco Murray, shredded the Jets prominent defense led by Darren Sproles. The same Jets team that gave Andrew Luck problems a week ago had a few miscues of their own. Hopefully, both teams can right the ship.


NFL Sunday: What Did We Learn?

Finally… the NFL season has come back to a television set near you! There is nothing like the atmosphere of opening week in the NFL. I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is the happiest person that the regular season has started (everybody’s attention is focused on football and not legal issues). We saw rookies making their NFL debuts. We witnessed incredible finishes. We even had a Johnny Manziel sighting! Even though we have a double-header for Monday Night Football tonight (I wished they did a couple more of those a year), we learned quite a bit on Sunday.

Romo Still Magical

If you watched the primetime Sunday Night Football game, you’ve witnessed something special. Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) was going the Giants way. How does Tony Romo and the Cowboys respond to unfortunate interceptions, unexplainable penalties, and their best player going down (Dez Bryant out 4 to 6 weeks, possibly longer, with broken bone in foot)? They took advantage of every opportunity in the final few minutes of the game. The Giants have played a great game until their final drive. Poor clock management was their downfall. Here’ a clip or the Cowboy’s Game Winning Drive.

Tyrod Taylor Might Be The Answer

Coming into this game we knew that Buffalo’s defense was borderline elite (Adding Rex Ryan to an already respectable defense just pushed them into that category), but there were still question marks on offense. Granted, they did trade for a top-tier RB in LeSean McCoy, there was uncertainty wish the quarterback position. Taylor completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards and a TD. He also ran for 41 yards on 9 carries. The most impressive play came at end of the first quarter; 51 yard TD bomb to Percy Harvin.

Tennessee’s Future Is Bright

The Number One and Two overall picks squared off yesterday featuring Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. The Titans routed the Bucs 42-14, led by a 4 TD performance by Mariota. The Bucs defense was supposed to help out Winston, but… they were nonexistent. Winston struggled going 16 of 33 for 210 yards, including 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. I believe Jameis Winston will be fine eventually (He was missing his number one target Mike Evans). Titans fans should be excited from what they saw from their newly franchise quarterback.

Chicago Looked Respectable

A lot of people expected Green Bay to run away with this game just like they have done in the past. Yeah… that didn’t happen. Chicago converted their 3rd downs, Matt Forte was an animal running the ball, and Jay Cutler actually played a decent game. Even though he threw one interception in a crucial point of the game, he made the right read (Clay Matthew’s defense was perfect on that play). Green Bay’s talent catapulted them ahead in the second half, and they never looked back. Bringing back James Jones was huge, but you did see moments where they missed Jordy Nelson and will continue to do so.

Baltimore Needs Help

It’s bad enough that I feel like Joe Flacco is the most inconsistent quarterback in the NFL, and the bad side showed yesterday (117 yards passing, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions). Denver’s defense doesn’t get enough credit. They are a borderline, top-tier defense in league, in my opinion. Baltimore NEEDS a number 2 receiver in the most desperate way. Maybe their rookie Breshad Perriman will be the answer whenever he gets healthy. Until then, their offense is going to struggle. OH…. just one more important detail: Terrell Suggs was carted off the field in the 4th quarter with an Achilles injury (Out for season).

Seattle Misses Kam Chancellor

Seattle’s hardball approach of not paying Kam Chancellor is starting to backfire. The “Legion Of Boom” didn’t look spectacular by any means allowing 297 passing yards and 2 TD’s to a mediocre quarterback by league’s standards. The Rams defense looked more dominant throughout the game than the Chancellor-less secondary of the Seahawks. Most importantly, Seattle is currently last in their division after Sunday’s loss. If Chancellor doesn’t come back, this division could have a new champion in December. I know it’s only the first week of the season but divisional games matter the most in the regular season. Their next opponent is Green Bay.


NFL’s Oldest Rivalry

Tomorrow (September 13, 2015), the Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers in the 191st meeting, including the postseason, between the two teams. Chicago leads the all-time series 93-91-6 which dates all the way back to 1921. The two teams have combined for 22 NFL Champions, 5 Super bowls, and 57 members of the hall of fame. Check out the history of their rivalry below:

NFL’s Oldest Rivalry

As a Bears fan growing up, the two things my father kept mentioning was the ’85 Bears team and beating Green Bay. He had the Super bowl recorded on VHS (Throwback!) so I’ve seen the game dozens of times. What I haven’t seen dozens of times, however, is the Packers losing to the “Monsters of the Midway”.

Chicago was dominating the series until the past 2 decades. Green Bay has featured two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks (Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers). Chicago’s defense has dramatically declined from its signature style over the past few seasons, and Aaron Rodgers has taken advantage of it. Last season against Chicago, Rodgers completed 40 of 55 attempts for 617 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, with a quarterback rating 149.0. In the last meeting, Green Bay demolished Chicago 55-14 at Lambeau Field.

As a Bears fan, I think John Fox has the perfect opportunity to set the bar high by beating the rivals on opening day. I’m not saying it’s going to be. We all know what Aaron Rodgers is capable of even without Jordy Nelson. If the Bears can convert on 3rd downs and not turn the ball over then they have a chance. Both defenses aren’t elite by any means so I expect at least one team to run up the scoreboard.

In order to stop Green Bay, you have to stop the run and you have to put pressure on the quarterback. Eddie Lacy can’t average 4 to 5 yards a carry, and he can’t have multiple big plays. You HAVE to pressure Aaron Rodgers. If you give him time, the game is over. If you force pressure, he’ll get sacked or rush passes and that may lead to a costly mistake. Also, you have to make them settle for field goals in the red zone. The Bears are losing this game if they turn the ball over, and if they don’t establish the running game.

All in all, I’m looking forward to every meeting between the two teams. I hope my Bears win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers come out on top. We only get to see this match-up 2 times a year (3 times if we’re lucky). Get your popcorn ready!! (Anybody catch that T.O. reference?).

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Bear Down!