Pick One !

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With both QB’s and their teams sitting at a surprising 0-2, which has the better opportunity of bringing their team out of the hole ? Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck ?

Take a look at each teams remaining schedule:

Seattle  : vs CHI , vs DET,@ CHI, vs CHA, @ SF, @ DAL, vs ARI,vs PIT,@ MIN,@ BAL,vs CLE, vs STL ,@ ARI

Indianapolis: @ TEN, vs JAC,  @HOU, vs NE, vs NO, @CAR, vs DEN, @ATL , vs TB, @PIT, @JAC, vs HOU , @MIA, vs TEN

Who has the better chance ? Cast your vote !

2015-16 NFL Preview :NFC

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By Stefan Anderson

Let’s continue our preview our 2015-2016 season preview with looking at the NFC conference.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals- The Cardinals look to continue after their 11-5 season in 2014-15. Arizona came out striking during the first half of the season but was unable to sustain that momentum when Carson Palmer fell to injury. The Cards roster was depleted, but still remained competitive but didn’t have enough to win the NFC. Coming into this season , Arizona addressed a major problem by signing RB Chris Johnson to help open up their rushing game which suffered a league’s worst 3.3 ypc. Johnson redemption alongside Andre Ellington could help out the Cards. Although they lost Antonio Cromartie, they still have two of the best young DB’s in Patterson and Mathieu.

St. Louis Rams- St. Louis has rebuilt through the draft over the past few seasons, acquiring talent after talent, and now have one of the emerging rosters in the NFL. The Rams have found some success in the run and game their great defensive line that was led by Robert Quinn. But the Rams have not been able to air out the ball completing just over 60 percent of their passes, with Nick Foles in the starting role, the former Philly starter has a lot to prove after failing to reach the same success after his 1st successful season with the Eagles.

San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers have witnessed a roster overhaul after the leaders like Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Anthony Davis, Michael Crabtree and HC Jim Harbaugh have left. Harbaugh was a part of the re energizing the franchise a few seasons and now the 49ers are getting ready to be under the leadership of Collin Kapernick. I expect the Niners to become a team that passes more after Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin get to reunite with speedy backs Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush.

Seattle Seahawks- The Seahawks return from that nightmare of Super Bowl 49, and look to bounce back to the greatness they have shown in the past two seasons. Seattle returns with a brand new weapon in Jimmy Graham to help solve their red zone issues and boost their 22 passing TD’s to a higher number. The top defensive unit has lost their coordinator and could lose their SS Kam Chancellor if contract issues are not settled, which will damage the “Legion of Boom”. The Seahawks can return to the same form but would prefer to have Chancellor alongside Sherman, Thomas and newly added Cary Williams.

NFC North

Chicago Bears: After the injury to Kevin White and trading Brandon Marshal, Chicago will now revert an offensive that allows for shorter passes and specializes in taking what the defense gives them. The new system implemented by Coach Fox and his staff will help to reduce Jay Cutler’s 19 interceptions thrown. As well Coach Fox  will help to improve the leagues 31st ranked defense in his 3-4 scheme.

Detroit Lions: Detroit will posses the same high quality offense as shown over the past few seasons with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and QB Matthew Stafford, but their offense will need some support from their running backs after finishing 30th in the league. Losing Suh will will be tough bu the Lions have found a solid replacement in Haloti Ngata to keep  their top tier rushing attack alive.

Minnesota Vikings: The return of Adrian Peterson and other additions will help boost Teddy Bridgewater into a prominent QB. On the defensive side the DB core of Newman , Exum Jr, Smith and Rhodes will play a huge part if t the Vikes look to have success this season.

Green Bay Packers: The loss of Jordy Nelson will be detrimental to Green Bay this season, but if there is one QB I trust to figure out a way it would be Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers still has two of his favorite targets Adams and Cobb, will be reuniting with former WR James Jones. The Packers front 7 contains talent with Peppers, Raji and Matthews spearheading it, but will have to contain the run if they want to make an impact after allowing over 4 ypc to opposing teams..

 NFC South

Atlanta Falcons- Last season, Atlanta struggled tremendously on the defensive side of the ball, allowing the most rushing TD’s and passing yards will not help your team no matter how good your offense is. The answer to solving that problem, get the Defensive Coordinator of the top ranked Seahawks as your head coach. Dan Quinn will find a way to revitalize Atlanta’s defense. They have switched their offense to west coast system and on defense moved to a 4-3. Atlanta’s air assault will keep them alive and if the defense plays on the same accord they can fight for playoff position.

Carolina Panthers- The Panthers are looking forward to having a healthy Johnathan Stewart , after the RB has failed to play a full season for over four years. Carolina will need Stewart’s effort to help score more than 10 TD’s especially after suffering the loss to top wide out Kelvin Benjamin.  The defense will continue to play solid under the leadership of Luke Kuechly and veterans Roman Harper and Charles Tillman. It would interesting to see Carolina win the division three years in a row.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Bucs will now have their franchise QB in Jameis Winston, two good wide outs in Evans and Jackson but will look to the company of RB’s to help lead them. Tampa Bay was only able to put up 85 ypg on the ground and Doug Martin and co. will have to step up their efforts in order to improve from last season. Alterraun Verner , Gerald McCoy and the rest of the Bucs defense will have a better chance of succeeding with a better offensive unit and look to expand on their 25 turnovers caused last season.

New Orleans Saints-The Saints have seen some pieces go but look to bounce back this season after revamping some positions. The Saints were able to add Brandon Browner and Jarius Bryd to their secondary to help defend after giving up 250 ypg in the air. Drew Brees will now have Mark Ingram as his feature back and a great backup in CJ Spiller to help replace what Darren Sproles once brought. Look for Brandin Cooks to see more action after the loss of Jimmy Graham and the Saints could return to the dynamic they were seasons ago.

NFC East

New York Giants- The Giants have a gem in Odell Beckham Jr, but the return of Victor Cruz will essential for the G-Men. Protecting Eli Manning from being sacked will be a priority, Manning was dropped nearly 30 times last season. The Giants will have to secure their secondary which has been brittle over the past few but hopes that Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara can stay on the field for New York.

Dallas Cowboys- The Cowboys return to seek more and reach the Super Bowl after falling short last season. The Cowboys have lost rushing leader Demarco Murray and now have a carousel of backs with Darren McFadden and Joesph Randle and newcomer will have to replace the effort Murray brought last season. On the defense end, Dallas has lost one of its primary defensive backs in Orlando Scandrick, but the return of Sean Lee and addition of Greg Hardy will keep the Cowboys amongst the elite.

Washington Redskins- Washington will now operate under Kirk Cousins and will not change the dynamic of the offensive but gives the Redskins a better option at QB. The Redskins hope to improve and open up the run game with Alfred Morris. The Redskins have a solid defense but will have guard receivers better but the addition of Deshon Goldson should help to patch up the problems in the secondary.

Philadelphia Eagles- Chip Kelly and Co. have made numerous move to create the team that can live up to the expectations. Philly has a good amount of RB’s and QB Sam Bradford who is under contract season and wants to make a statement after being down from injuries. The only concern for the Eagles would be their depth at WR. The Eagles however brought in a lot of bodies in that defensive back to help to move up from the bottom of the league in passing defense. The additions of Walter Thurmond,Malcolm Jenkins and Byron Maxwell will pivotal  for the Eagles success.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By Stefan Anderson

When Marshawn Lynch would not speak during this year’s media day, it made him like unprofessional and immature to the masses . But Lynch was certain in actions and had no second guessing as the Seahawks lived up to “Beast Mode” words in Super Bowl 48. The Seahawks dismantled the Broncos 43-8 in Sunday’s matchup.

Seattle’s as a whole came out from the start of the game and proved that they deserved to win the big game. Opening the game with a safety caused on a botched snap to repeatedly capitalizing on Denver errors. The Seahawks did what they did all season causing steady havoc on opposing teams offenses. After forcing nearly 40 turnovers this season, and with a 20 plus turnover to giveaway ratio this season, The Legion of Boom continued to their efforts. Initiating the record breaking Denver offense to have 4 turnovers in Sunday’s game. Forcing two fumbles and 2 Peyton Manning interceptions, including one taken the other way by Super Bowl MVP, Malcolm Smith. The Seahawks also reiterated the cliche that “Defense Wins Championships”.

On the offensive side of the ball, Russell Wilson led his offensive team on the offensive of the ball where he won the showdown that no one believed he could win against Peyton Manning. Wilson ended the game 18 for 25, 206 yards and passer rating of 123 for the big game. Russell Wilson did a great job of spreading the wealth by passes completed to 8 different targets. With the win, Wilson joins Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner as quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl in their second year in the NFL. The victory of the Broncos also propelled his coach Pete Carroll too. Carroll joined an exclusive club of coaches, being 1 of 3 coaches to ever win a Super Bowl and National Championship.

No one had Denver coming out looking like the young, inexperienced club that they had the Seahawks quoted as. Denver never at one point throughout the game showed any heart or tenacity toward playing in a championship game. This is another damper in Peyton Manning legendary career that will cemented as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and joining his rival Tom Brady, as one the greatest quarterbacks that made it to the big game lose twice and completing a fantastic season in horrible fashion. As good as the Broncos looked as the better team on paper with their record breaking season, the Seahawks showed and proved throughout the season they were the best team with their 6-2 record on the road and 7-1 record at home. Believing in Marshawn Lynch quote “I’m bout that action boss”.

Starting Point Super Bowl Picks

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With the big game coming up on Sunday, we have a great game with the NFC’s Champ , The Seattle Sehawks and the AFC’s Champ, The Denver Broncos. Us here at The Starting Point, have our predictions on the big game and who could win it all.

Greg Hudson – Broncos 20, Seahawks 16

 I think the Broncos defense stands a solid chance against Marshawn Lynch after shutting out Legarrette Blount and the Patriots’ running game in the AFC Championship game. My X-Factor is the weather. There’s been a lot of talk about Richard Sherman’s Legion of Boom against Peyton Manning’s all-star receiving core, but how much of an impact that battle has will depend on whether either team will be able to establish a passing game in the expected sub-freezing temperatures in the Meadowlands. A run-dominated game would be a very interesting showdown indeed.

Stefan Anderson – Broncos 28, Seahawks 20
The Broncos Rush Defense has ranked 8th in the NFL all season and only allowed 2 100-yd rushers all season. Although I believe that “Beast Mode” will earn his yards but the Broncos front 7 will contain him enough to force Russell Wilson to make plays versus Champ Bailey and that Broncos secondary. My X-Factor will be the Broncos Defense as well as Percy Harvin, who could give some that can cause damage to that Broncos secondary and change the outcome. With the temperature being the mid 20’s to 30’s for the Sunday evening matchup, I don’t see it being the “Snow Bowl”, ultimately it will be a classic grudge match between the two best teams and should be one of the best super bowls we have seen in years.
Maceo Lester – Denver 31, Seattle 27

It’s Peyton’s year, he’s been focused and determined all year he knows his legacy is on the line and he wants to go down as one of the greats. Nothing can stop him right now, he’s the x-factor he will have control of the game.
Kelsey Miller -Seattle 20 , Broncos 17
I choose Seattle because the defense is primarily the heart and soul of that team. gonna be tough to score on young healthy talent, and I feel the game will come down a field goal. Haushka has a good leg. Peyton’s gotta use Moreno because Seattle will heavily play the passing game and play option. My X Factor is Marshawn lynch. Broncos are without Von Miller so there’s a small gap in the pocket front line of the defense. Broncos secondary, Bailey and Rodgers-Cromartie will be playing the pass heavily so they have to run the ball.