*NFL WEEK 5 RECAP (2021 Season)

It was beyond distressing to watch our defense allowed score after score. I don’t know what Ron Rivera needs to do to address this problem, but this roster of top draft picks and big-name free agents has to start playing as a cohesive unit ASAP. 

The lackluster effort to defend the hail mary throw by Jameis Winston at the end of the 2nd quarter was embarrassing. 

The offense was inconsistent. Heinicke had a rough game throwing zero TDs and 2 picks. McKissick had 8 yards receiving and -1 rushing, a ridiculous stat for such a dynamic player. 

Week to week, Antonio Gibson continues to be our best offensive weapon. In addition, veteran receiver slash returner DeAndre Carter has emerged as a legitimate receiving threat to compliment Terry Mclaurin and Adam Humphries.

Ricky Seal-Jones is filling in nicely for Logan Thomas. But he needs to get more involved in the red zone.

Next Sunday, Washington hosts Kansas City. The Chiefs are a wounded team, with many deficiencies on defense. We should be able to move the ball and score on them; However, Patrick Mahomes might throw a party of our unreliable secondary; unless we make some urgent adjustments. 

A win over Kansas City could go a long way to change the course of our season.

WFT 22 — SAINTS 33

COWBOYS 44 — NY GIANTS 20

Dallas has got to be the luckiest team in the entire NFL. Daniel Jones left the game in the 2nd quarter when the game was 10-14. On top of all of that, NY had no Saquon Barkley, and because of injuries, they had to play musical chairs on the OL. So the Cowboys got another lucky break. Next week Dallas visits New England. Advantage, New England Patriots.

I root blue twice a year when the NY Giants play Dallas (the team I despise the most). The Giants will have no chance this season without Danny Dimes and Saquon Barkley. Next week, NY hosts the LA Rams. Advantage, LA Rams. 

EAGLES 21 — PANTHERS 18

The Eagles were able to hang on long enough for Carolina to self-destruct. Jalen Hurts showed how dynamic he could be with his legs. This was a massive win for Philly. Next up, Philly hosts Tampa Bay. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Not having McCaffrey and a banged-up OL is a big part of Carolina’s two-game losing streak. Sam Darnold threw 3 picks and looked shaky, trying to do way too much. Next up, Carolina hosts Minnesota. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings. 

LA RAMS 26 — SEAHAWKS 17

The Rams played a well-balanced game here. Darrell Henderson Jr and Sony Michel combined for 117 yards with 28 carries. This was a solid bounce-back game for LA. Next week LA visits the NY Giants. Advantage, LA Rams

Seattle lost Russell Wilson to a finger injury — Geno Smith came in and looked pretty good. Wilson will be out for at least 4 weeks, which will be interesting to see how this will impact Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle at the end of the season. Next week, Seattle visits Pittsburgh. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers.

BUFFALO 38 — CHIEFS 20

This was supposed to be the most challenging game for Buffalo on the 2021 schedule, but the Bills made it look easy. Monster game for Josh Allen; he threw for over 300 yards with 3 TDs and rushed for 59 yards with 1 rushing TD. The Bills are looking like the best team in the NFL. Next up, Buffalo visits Tennessee. Advantage, Buffalo Bills. 

Patrick Mahomes losing Clyde Edwards-Helaire to injury early in the game made a huge difference here. And their defense could not figure out a way to stop Josh Allen. So it is time for Kansas City to press the panic button. Next up, Kansas City visits Washington. Advantage, WFT.

CHARGERS 47 — BROWNS 42

The LA Chargers might just be the surprise team of the year, and Justin Herbert is looking like an elite QB. They are now 4-1 and the clear-cut favorite to win the AFC WEST. Next week, LA visits Baltimore. Advantage, LA Chargers.

Cleveland threw everything they had on LA, turning this game into a wild shootout. Baker Mayfield had a great game, but a couple of crucial 3 and outs was the difference maker here. There is no reason to overreact with his loss; the Browns are still a dangerous playoff team. Next week, Cleveland hosts Arizona. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals. 

CARDINALS 17 — 49ERS 10

Arizona was kept in check by a solid San Francisco defense. This game was close and came down to one score. The Cardinals are now 5-0 and looking like the most dangerous team in the NFC. Next week, Arizona visits Cleveland. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals. 

San Francisco should not be too concerned with this 3-game losing streak, and Trey Lance will be lighting up the league soon enough. Kyle Shanahan has a better version of RGIII in his offense. Next week, San Francisco has their bye week. 

BUCCANEERS 45 — DOLPHINS 17

It was a career day for Tom Brady, throwing over 400 yards with 5 TDs and zero picks. The Bucs are putting together solid wins and putting themselves in a position to run away with the NFC SOUTH. Next up, Tampa Bay visits Philly. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Brian Flores had a history of having Brady’s number, but Brady threw a party on Miami this time around. Jacoby Brissett needs to get some better help from the running game to have a chance at winning some games this season. Next up, Miami goes to London to take on the winless Jaguars. Advantage, Miami Dolphins.

BEARS 20 — RAIDERS 9

Chicago is alive and well in the NFC North at 3-2. Justin Fields didn’t have to do much to win this game. Chicago controlled this game by rushing the ball effectively and limiting any potential mistakes by their rookie QB. Next week, Chicago hosts Green Bay. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

Well, Jon Gruden is out as the head coach, and things will not be pretty for Raider Nation from now on. Also, The Raiders should be highly concern about their lack of running game and defensive woes. They have lost 2-straight games and risk falling behind in the AFC WEST. Next week, Las Vegas visits Denver. Advantage, Denver Broncos.

VIKINGS 19 — LIONS 17

The Vikings barely survived to win this game with a 54-yard field goal with a few seconds left in the game to save their season. Next week, Minnesota visits Carolina. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings.

This was a heartbreaking loss for Detroit, and they are now 0-5. They need to find ways to put together some wins and build towards next season. Next week, Detroit hosts Cincinnati. Advantage, Cincinnati Bengals. 

FALCONS 27 — NY JETS 20

Matt Ryan and Kyle Pitts are starting to click, and Atlanta has life at 2-3 for the season. Next up, Atlanta has their bye week.

The NY Jets put together some scoring drives late in the game to make things interesting, but Atlanta is just better than their record shows. Next up, the NY Jets have their bye week.

TITANS 37 — JAGUARS 19

Tenessee will most likely win the AFC SOUTH, and Derrick Henry continues to dominate on the ground, rushing for 130 yards with 3 TDs. Next up, Tennessee hosts Buffalo on Monday night. Advantage, Buffalo Bills. 

Jacksonville is 0-5, but not all is lost. They seem to be getting better QB play from Trevor Lawrence every week. The critical factor here is RB James Robinson; Jacksonville needs to continue to get him more involved as they did in this game. Next up. Jacksonville stays in London to take on Miami. Advantage, Miami Dolphins. 

PATRIOTS 25 — TEXANS 22

New England struggled, and it took a field goal in the final seconds of the 4th quarter to pull away and secure the win. Unfortunately, Mac Jones is not looking as good as he did early in the season. Next week, New England Hosts Dallas. Advantage, New England Patriots.

Houston let this game getaway. Davis Mills had an effective game throwing for over 300 yards with 2 TDs and zero picks. New England kept Houston’s running game in check for most of the game, but WR Chris Moore stepped up from the practice squad to put up some impressive numbers. Next week, Houston visits Indianapolis. Advantage, Indianapolis Colts. 

PACKERS 25 — BENGALS 22

Missed field goals were the big story here. Mason Crosby missed 3 field goals and finally made a 49-yarder to put this game away. The Packers are now 4-1 and on top of the NFC NORTH. Next up, Green Bay visits Chicago, Advantage, Green bay Packers.

Joe Burrow and Ja’marr Chase are becoming a dangerous combination. Cincinnati is now 3-2 and still in a good spot to challenge for the AFC NORTH. Next up, Cincinnati visits the 0-5 Lions. Advantage, Cincinnati Bengals.

STEELERS 27 — BRONCOS 19

Big Ben got some much-needed help from the running game, and it made a huge difference. Najee Harris rushed for 122 yards, and because of this, the rest of the offense was more effective. Next week Pittsburgh hosts Seattle without Russell Wilson. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Broncos have lost 2 games in a row, and their schedule is about to get a little tougher with upcoming games against Vegas, Cleveland, Washington, and Dallas in the next 4 weeks. However, Denver has some good pieces on both offense and defense to make things interesting. Next week, Denver hosts Las Vegas Riders without Jon Gruden. Advantage, Denver Broncos. 

RAVENS 31 — COLTS 25

It was a thrilling Monday night game. Baltimore got hot in the 4th quarter, putting up 16 unanswered points to take this game into OT. The AFC NORTH is becoming as competitive as the AFC WEST. Next up, Baltimore hosts the LA Chargers. Advantage, LA Chargers.

The Colts kicker, Rodrigo Blankenship, is one of the most reliable kickers in the league; however, he was dealing with a hip injury throughout most of the game, which cost him to miss a few kicks, and ended up making all the difference in the final score. Next up, Indianapolis hosts Houston. Advantage, Indianapolis Colts.

*NFL WEEK 4 RECAP (2021 Season)

The Washington Football Team wins 34-30. This was a make-or-break game for Washington, a game that could have sent our season spiraling down a black hole of misery. However, Washington found a way to win — it wasn’t a pretty win, but in the NFL, wins are hard-to-come and this was a must-win for us.

The legend of Taylor Heinicke continues with a solid performance, throwing for 290 yards with 3 TDs and zero picks. Terry McLaurin and JD McKissic are playing at an elite level. They are both making spectacular, game-changing plays. 

I sense we have something special brewing in our offense. I was happy to see key players like Adam Humphries, Dyami Brown, Curtis Samuel, and Ricky Seal-Jones getting more targets… we just need to get them more involved, and this offense will be special.

It was a bummer to lose Logan Thomas early in the game; I hope his injury is not severe and can come back soon. If Thomas is a no-go for next week, then expect Ricky Seals-Jones to get more targets, and I don’t think they will activate Sammis Reyes just yet. Also, Brandon Scherff is banged up and will be out for 2-3 weeks — it seems like our OL depth will be tested earlier than I expected.

Our Defense is obviously not playing up to the level we all predicted. But our secondary seems to be the biggest issue here. We are getting killed through the air, and the entire secondary is out of sync, and they have become our weakest link; they are not playing as a cohesive unit, and this needs to be addressed immediately.

We lost Jon Bostic and Terry McTyer for the season. We will see how Ron Rivera adjusts the defense around these two losses. 

Washington is now 2-2 and about to go through a murderous row of dangerous teams. Next up, we host an inconsistent 2-2 New Orleans Saints loaded with talent. The Football team needs to win this game convincingly. Advantage, Washington.

WFT 34 — FALCONS 30

and for the rest of the NFL…..

COWBOYS 36 — PANTHERS 28

Dallas caught Carolina without some of their crucial weapons and still struggled to pull away. Nevertheless, Dallas’s record is a mirage; they will crumble soon enough. Next week, Dallas hosts the NY Giants. Advantage, Dallas cowboys.

Carolina will continue to struggle without McCaffrey, but I believe Sam Darnold will figure out a way to win some games here and there. Next week, Carolina takes on Philadelphia. Advantage, Carolina Panthers. 

GIANTS 27 — SAINTS 21

The NY Giants got their first win of the year in overtime, overcoming a deficit and some up and down QB play from Danny Dimes. Next week, NY visits Dallas. Advantage, Dallas Cowboys. 

New Orleans is very close to pushing the panic button if they don’t start winning some games soon. Next week, New Orleans visits Washington. Advantage, Washington.

EAGLES 30 — CHIEFS 42

The Chiefs were supposed to win this game, but going into the 4th quarter, this game was close, which should cause concern for Kansas City. The defense is allowing 31.25 points per game, and the offense has to make up the deficit. Next up, Kansas City takes on the Buffalo Bills at home. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs. 

Jalen Hurts was excellent here, throwing for almost 400 yards with 2 TDs, zero picks, and rushed for 47 yards. The Eagles came out of multiple scoring drives with no points, and it made the difference at the end of this game. Next week, Philadelphia visits Carolina. Advantage, Carolina Panthers.  

CHARGERS 28 — RAIDERS 14

Justin Herbert looked fantastic against this highly regarded Raiders defense. Austin Ekeler was dominant running and receiving for a total of 145 yards and 2 TDs. The Chargers are 2-0 against their division, and when it is all set and done, they might end up winning the AFC WEST. Next week, LA hosts Cleveland. Advantage, LA Chargers.

The Raiders got behind early and could not catch up. Derek Carr tried to push some throws into difficult spots and got away from the run. They should have utilized Peyton Barber and Josh Jacobs better, but this wasn’t the case. Next week, Las Vegas hosts Chicago. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders. 

COLTS 27 — DOLPHINS 17

The Colts got their first win of the season against a Miami team slowly falling apart. Carson Wentz played well, throwing 2 TDs and zero picks. The running game was effective; both running backs Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack combined for 26 carries. Next week, Indianapolis goes to Baltimore. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens.

Miami was supposed to be better than what they’ve shown so far this season. They have good weapons on offense and what seems to be a solid defense. However, I still feel that Jacoby Brissett is a better QB option for Miami than Tua. The Dolphins have to commit to their running game better to give Brissett a chance. Only 8 carries for their top running back is not a recipe for success. Next week, Miami takes on Tampa Bay, and the good thing is that Brian Flores has a history of success against Tom Brady. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

BILLS 40 — TEXANS 0

Buffalo was too much for Houston and Davis Mills to handle. The Bills look like a well-balanced team; Buffalo’s offense averages 33.5 points per game and has allowed 11 points in the first 4 weeks of the season; extremely impressive. Next up, Buffalo has a primetime game visiting Kansas City. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

Embarrassing loss for Houston — and things will remain pretty bad for them unless they get Tyrod Taylor back. The Texans should probably consider bringing Cam Newton in to add some spark to their offense. Next up, Houston takes on Belicheater. Advantage, New England Patriots. 

NY JETS 27 — TITANS 24

Overtime victory for the Jets — Rookie QB Zach Wilson and rookie Head Coach Robert Saleh won their first NFL career game against a very good Titans team. This was a significant victory for a struggling team looking to build some confidence and rhythm this season. Next up, the NY Jets travel to London for an overseas game against 1-3 Atlanta. Advantage, Atlanta Falcons.

Tennessee should have won this game; they had plenty of red-zone chances but came out empty. Not having Julio Jones and A.J. Brown made a huge difference here. Next up, Tennessee visits the 0-4 Jacksonville Jaguars. Advantage, Tennessee Titans

CARDINALS 37 — LA RAMS 20

Kyler Murray is slowly but surely becoming an elite QB, and Arizona looks like a legit contender. They are now 4-0 and in an excellent position to win their NFC WEST Division. Next week, Arizona hosts a wounded 49ers team. Advantage, Arizona cardinals.

Matt Stafford wasn’t really the issue here in the loss; the Rams struggled in every area of this game. Depth will be an issue all season long for LA. When they were healthy, and at full strength, they looked unstoppable. They are missing key players, and Arizona was too much to overcome. Next week, LA visits 2-2 Seattle looking to get into the running for the division. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks. 

SEAHAWKS 28 — 49ERS 21

Seattle turned it up in the 3rd quarter and held San Francisco back from getting back into this game. The Seahawks caught plenty of breaks against San Francisco, and they seem to be getting a similar injury-riddled team next week against the LA Rams. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks. 

San Francisco lost Jimmy G to injury early in the game, and we got to see Trey Lance come in. Lance looked shaky at first but got settled as the game went on. The injuries will continue to plague San Francisco, but the addition of Trey Lance will add a different dynamic to Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Next week, San Francisco visits Arizona. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals. 

BUCCANEERS 19 — PATRIOTS 17

Tom Brady was thrown everything Belicheater could throw at him, and it almost worked for New England. Finally, it came down to a missed field goal to pull off the well-deserved victory for Tampa Bay. Next up, Tampa Bay takes on a Miami team coach by Brian Flores that knows how to rattle Tom Brady. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Mac Jones played well enough to keep New England within striking distance, but once again, I feel that Cam Newton would have won this game by a couple of scores. Next week, New England visits Houston. Advantage, New England Patriots.

BROWNS 14 — VIKINGS 7

It was a tight game, but Cleveland’s run game was the difference maker here. Minnesota had no answer for the Nick Chubb slash Kareem Hunt combo. The Browns are looking like an elite team. Next week, Cleveland visits the LA Chargers. Advantage, LA Chargers.

Minnesota got away from feeding Dalvin Cook, and it cost them the game. The Vikings have got to get more balance out of their running game and rely less on Kirk Cousin throwing the ball around. Next week, Minnesota hosts the 0-4 Detroit Lions. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings.

PACKERS 27 — STEELERS 17

Green Bay is putting together solid wins, but their schedule is about to get a little more challenging. We will learn how far this team can go in the next few weeks. Next up, Green Bay visits Cincinnati. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

Pittsburgh cannot provide adequate protection for an aging QB like Big Ben. However, I don’t think Roethlisberger is the main issue here; 15 carries for Najee Harris is not enough to get more out of this Pittsburgh offense. Their defense is pretty good, and they will keep them in tight-close games, but they need more from the offense to have a shot at winning the AFC NORTH. Next up, Pittsburgh Host Denver. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers. 

RAVENS 23 — BRONCOS 7

Baltimore scored 16 unanswered points on what is supposed to be a good Denver defense. Latavius Murray is becoming a good complement to Lamar Jackson. Next week, Baltimore takes on the Colts. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens.

Denver’s offense looks completely different without Terry Bridgewater, and Drew Lock is obviously not the answer at QB for Denver. Next week, Denver visits Pittsburgh. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers. 

BEARS 24 — LIONS 14

This historic rivalry is not what it once was, and both teams are trying to rebuild and get back to their winning ways. Chicago has been more consistent lately in terms of success but far from their glory days. Chicago has something special in Justin Fields, and building around him will be crucial for their future in a division with two aging Quarterbacks — and Jared Goff. Next week, Chicago has a tough test against the Raiders. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders.

Detroit cannot catch a break; they have lost some close games, and Jared Goff has actually played pretty well for them. However, they are still many pieces away from becoming contenders for the NFC NORTH. Next week, Detroit has another divisional game against Minnesota. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings.

*NFL WEEK 3 RECAP (2021 Season)

This was a disgustingly ugly loss — it felt like I was kicked in the nuts watching Buffalo run up the score on us.

We are three weeks into the season, and shockingly, the Defense is playing awful — simple as that. Everything surrounding this 2021 season was built around the idea that the Defense was supposed to be dominant. The talent assembled on Defense should collectively make for a top 5 Defense, but this is not the case. They cannot stop anybody through the air, and our third-down defense is pathetic. 

William Jackson III is not playing up to expectations. Chase Young and Montez Sweat are not as disruptive as we thought they were about to become in 2021. Hell, our defense single handily put Josh Allen back in the MVP conversation after having his way with our D. 

There were some bright spots here and there; Antonio Gibson and Heinicke showed flashes of toughness and grit, but Heinicke tried to do too much at times, and he ended up turning the ball over twice. 

McKissic and Gibson combined for 15 rushing attempts — this is not good. Washington has to commit to the run and keep Heinicke from trying to force things on his own. Anywhere from 17 to 20 attempts should be the standard for our leading running back. 

Both Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas continue to be our top receivers, but we have to get Dyami Brown and Adam Humphries more involved, especially in the short-passing game. 

Next Sunday, we visit Atlanta for what should be a must-win for our team. The Falcons are a dangerous team with underrated weapons; they still have a veteran QB in Matt Ryan who can exploit weak defenses. A win against the Falcons would go a long way for getting our mojo back — we have a murderous row of good teams ahead of us. We have to win — and win convincingly here.

WFT 21 — BILLS 43

COWBOYS 41 — EAGLES 21

The talking heads in sports media will rush to crown Dallas as a Super Bowl contender yet again. However, this win is just another smoke and mirrors type of victory for Dallas — beating up a young and inexperienced team. Next week, Dallas takes on a more formidable Carolina team. Advantage, Carolina Panthers.

Philadelphia is currently at 1-2 and will probably struggle to get another win for the rest of the year. Jalen Hurts needs better protection and better weapons. Next week, the Eagles will host Kansas City for what should be a bounce-back game for Patrick Mahomes. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

GIANTS 14 — FALCONS 17

The NY Giants led most of this game, but the difference here is that Atlanta has Matt Ryan, and New York has Danny Dimes. Next week, the Giants will visit New Orleans. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

Atlanta got their first win of the season with solid Quarterback play from Matt Ryan. Next week, Atlanta will host Washington. Advantage, Washington Football Team.

RAIDERS 31 — DOLPHINS 28

This was an edge-of-your-seat, up and down game. The Raiders are winning ugly, but they are finding ways to win; they are now 3-0 and looking like a dangerous playoff team. Filling in for an injured Josh Jacobs, Peyton Barber ran for over 100 yards and 1 TD. The signing of Barber paid off big-time this weekend. On offense, the combination of Bryan Edwards, Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller is becoming one of the best-receiving groups in the league. Next Sunday, Las Vegas visits the LA Chargers for a huge divisional game. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders. 

The Dolphins were leading by two scores at halftime, but the Raiders shutting Miami from scoring in the 3rd quarter was crucial for Las vegas to get back into this game. I thought Jacoby Brissett looked pretty good running Miami’s offense. I think Brissett seems to be more efficient than Tua, which Brian Flores and his staff need to consider going forward. Next Sunday, Miami takes on a winless but dangerous Colts team. Advantage, Miami Dolphins.

LA RAMS 34 — BUCCANEERS 24

At this point of the season, it is safe to say that the undefeated LA Rams are the best team in all of pro football. Matt Stafford looks phenomenal week after week. He threw for over 300 yards with 4 TDs and zero picks. It was awesome seeing Desean Jackson still running past defenders for a score. Next Sunday, the Rams host the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Advantage, LA Rams.

Tom Brady played great, throwing for over 400 yards with 1 TD and zero picks. However, Tampa Bay could not run the ball — Brady was their top rusher in this game, an insane stat. The Bucs have got to get more balance out of their offense to have a shot at repeating as Super Bowl champs. Next Sunday, Brady returns to New England. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PACKERS 30 — 49ERS 28

The Packers played an excellent game, getting ahead of San Francisco to 17-0 by the 2nd quarter. Joe Barry’s Defense was tested in the second half of this game, but Aaron Rodgers does what he always does; with only a handful of seconds left, Rodgers put Green Bay in a position to put this game away with a field goal — which they did. Next up, Green Bay Hosts a wounded Steelers team. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

The 49ers had some notable injuries and inactives for this game but still managed to be within striking distance of pulling off the win. Jimmy G played well enough but made some bad throws and fumbled at a crucial time of the game. I have a feeling that we will see Trey Lance on the field sooner than expected. Next up, San Francisco hosts Seattle for what should be a huge divisional game for both teams. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers.

CHARGERS 30 — CHIEFS 24

The LA Chargers delivered a powerful statement to the entire AFC WEST Division by sending Kansas City to the bottom of the standings. Justin Herbert continues to impress me. The Chargers are playing some well-balanced football. Next Sunday, LA will hosts the 3-0 Raiders for what should be a tough and close game. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders

Patrick Mahomes is an excellent QB; however, he seems to be playing from behind in most games this season. In addition, the Chief Defense looks shaky and unreliable. Next Sunday, Kansas City visits Philadelphia for what should be a very winnable game. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

SAINTS 28 — PATRIOTS 13

The Saints needed this win badly after last week’s humiliating loss to Carolina. Jameis Winston made a few wild, head-scratching plays but got lucky not to cost New Orleans the win here. Next Sunday, New Orleans hosts the NY Giants. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

Mac Jones played like an inexperienced rookie; he was sloppy and ineffective throughout the entire game. I think New England moving on from Cam Newton is proving to had been a big mistake. Next Sunday. New England welcomes back Tom Brady for what should be a long miserable night for Belicheater and company. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

RAVENS 19 — LIONS 17

Justin Tucker kicked a field goal for 66 yards to edge out the Lions and keep Detroit winless. Baltimore has put together back-to-back victories in extremely close games. Next up, Baltimore visits 3-0 Denver. Advantage, Baltimore.

The Lions lost another heartbreaking game. Jared Goff is actually playing pretty well for Detroit, but it will take some serious rebuilding around him to get Detroit to become a legit contender in the NFC NORTH. Next up, Detroit will battle their oldest and biggest rival, Chicago, for what should be a season-defining game for both teams. Advantage, Detroit Lions. 

BROWNS 26 — BEARS 6

Cleveland waited until the 4th quarter to explode offensively all over a worn-out Chicago team. The Browns struggled to get past an underrated Bears team, and things will get tougher next week when they visit Minnesota. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings.

Justin Fields had a rough day with barely 80 yards of total offense from this rookie QB. Chicago’s defense keeps them in games, but it will be a long-rough season for Chicago if Andy Dalton doesn’t return soon. Next week, Chicago takes on their old Division rival Detroit. Advantage, Detroit Lions. 

VIKINGS 30 — SEAHAWKS 17

The Minnesota Vikings look like a team beginning to find their rhythm. Kirk Cousins was solid, throwing for over 300 yards with 3 TDs and zero picks. The Vikings scored 23 unanswered points and made it look easy. Next up, Minnesota hosts Cleveland for what should be an explosive game. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings. 

Seattle could not get anything going on all sides of the ball. The NFC WESTis loaded with good teams, and Seattle needs to start winning games, or they will be out of playoff contention sooner than expected. Next up, Seattle visits san Francisco for what should be a must-win game for Seattle. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers.

BRONCOS 26 — NY JETS 0

The Denver Broncos made easy work out of rookie QB Zach Wilson. Denver is now 3-0 for the season and looking like the surprise team of the year. Next week, Denver will face their toughest challenge so far this season against Baltimore. If Denver wins, they should become immediate contenders in the AFC — but I doubt they can beat Baltimore. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens. 

The NY Jets look like they might go winless this season. This year, the only winnable game I see for them is against Jacksonville on December 26; It will be the battle of two rookie head coaches against two rookie first-round Quarterbacks. But who knows, a lot can happen between now and December 26. Next week, the NY Jets will have to slow down Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

PANTHERS 24 — TEXANS 9

Sam Darnold continues to impress me with his new team, throwing for over 300 yards and rushing for 2 TDs. Next week, Carolina visits the overrated Dallas Cowboys for what should be the game where Dallas gets exposed for the pretenders they really are. Advantage, Carolina Panthers. 

Houston needs to seriously consider bringing in Cam Newton or activate Deshaun Watson if they want to save their season. It is just not looking good for them right now. Next week, Houston visits Buffalo for what should be a complete massacre. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

TITANS 25 — COLTS 16

Ryan Tannehill overcame throwing 2 picks to pull away from the Colts. Derrick Henry is probably the toughest running back to stop in the NFL. Next week, Tennessee will have an easy day feasting on the NY Jets. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

This AFC SOUTH division is all about Tennessee at this stage of the season, and the Colts could still contend if they can just figure out a way to protect Carson Wentz better and get their offense going a little better. Their kicker Rodrigo Blankenship seems pretty reliable — they can count on some field goals. Next week, the Colts visit a hungry Miami team looking to start adding some wins. Advantage, Miami Dolphins.

BENGALS 24 — STEELERS 10

The Cincinnati Bengals are putting together some solid wins this season. They dominated the Steelers from beginning to end. Ja’marr Chase is quietly becoming one of the best receiving threats in the NFL and a favorite target for Joe Burrow. Next up, Cincinnati will take on Trevor Lawrence and the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Advantage, Cincinnati Bengals.

The Steelers were just awful. The OL for Pittsburgh does not provide adequate protection for an older and static quarterback like Big Ben. The run game is non-existent — they have to get more out of their running backs; Najee Harris was their best receiving target with over 100 yards receiving. Next up, Pittsburgh visits an inspired Green Bay team fresh from their come from behind win over the 49ers. Advantage, Green Bay Packers. 

CARDINALS 31 — JAGUARS 19

The Arizona Cardinals did easy work out of Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer. However, the highlight of this game was the 68 yard missed field goal attempt that Jacksonville ran back for 109 yards and the score. Gusty call, but not very smart from Arizona. Next week is the battle of the undefeated teams between Arizona and the LA Rams. Advantage, LA Rams.

It really does look like Jacksonville will finish the season winless. The schedule is pretty brutal, but as the saying goes, anything can happen in the NFL on any given Sunday. Next week, Urban Meyer reunites with Joe Burrow and the Bengals. Advantage, Cincinnati Bengals.

*NFL WEEK 2 RECAP (2021 Season)

Insane and ridiculously wild finish, the Giants were a difficult, scrappy, tough team to play, but we found a way to win. This is precisely what good teams do; find ways to win close games. Especially, Divisional challenging games.

It is obvious to me that NY. Giants have a good Defense, and they gave us a hard time moving the ball around, but Taylor Heinicke was able to rally back and get Washington in a position to put this game away. 

Heinicke threw for over 300 yards with 2 TDs and 1 pick. His TD pass to backup Tight End Ricky Seals-Jones was spectacular. The offensive game plan to spread the ball around to our top receiving weapons like Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas, Dyami Brown, and Adam Humphries was effective, but not where it needs to be; however, it is only week 2. This group will get better as the season progresses.

I was happy to see J.D. McKissic more involved in the receiving game, adding to a more balanced attack from our offense. But our running game was subdued, with Antonio Gibson only carrying 13 times. The rushing attempts need to increase in volume.

Our Defense looked anemic yet again, which is puzzling, considering all the talent assembled. My biggest issue was the lack of pressure on Daniel Jones — When the protection was solid, Daniel Jones looked pretty good. They gave Jones lots of room to throw the ball. This issue has to be addressed and fixed ASAP. 

Next Sunday, Washington takes on a dangerous Buffalo team with a dynamic QB in Josh Allen. This is the type of game where our Defense should shine. Advantage, Buffalo (on paper), but my heart believes in Washington to get it done.

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 30 — NY GIANTS 29

COWBOYS 20 — LA CHARGERS 17

Dallas got lots of help from the refs here. The Chargers got robbed with a bunch of bad calls, especially a sack call that wasn’t a sack. Dallas will crumble at some point this season. Next week, Dallas takes on Philly on Monday Night. Advantage, Dallas.

Like I said before, the refs stole this game from LA — I’m sure that Justin Herbert will get better as the season progresses, and they will contend in the AFC. Next week, the Chargers visit Kansas City for what should be an exciting Divisional game. Advantage, Kansas City. 

49ERS 17 — EAGLES 11

San Francisco had to adjust after losing running back Mosfert for the season. As a result, the offense struggled to get their running game going; however, Jimmy G relied on his legs in some crucial plays to keep the 49ers driving forward. Next week, Green Bay is visiting, and we will get a better sense of how the 49ers adjust to all the injuries already piling up on their roster. Advantage, Green bay.

The Eagles are all about Jalen Hurts; he seems to be their most dynamic and their most dangerous player at this early point in the season. Next week, they visit Dallas on Monday night for a big divisional game. Advantage, Dallas. 

RAIDERS 26 — STEELERS 17

I was initially very concerned about Josh Jacobs’s injury, and the signing of Peyton Barber did not really inspire much confidence in the running game. However, Derek Carr operated this Vegas offense effectively, throwing for 382 yards with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. Also, Henry Ruggs III is starting to get more involved in the passing game — getting Ruggs involved and getting Jacobs back healthy will be crucial for this team to contend in the AFC WEST. Next Sunday, Vegas hosts a Philadelphia team that lacks a balanced offense. Advantage, Las Vegas.

Pittsburgh was ineffective running the ball here. The Steelers have to get more balance out of their running game to have a chance in the AFC NORTH. Next week, the Steelers host Cincinnati with many questions on how the Bengals are running their offense. Advantage, Pittsburgh. 

LA RAMS 27 — COLTS 24

It wasn’t a pretty victory, but good teams find ways to win. The Rams scored late in the 4th quarter to put this game away. LA has got to get more out of their running game — the combination between Darrell Henderson Jr and Sony Michel needs to become more effective. Next Sunday, an overrated Tampa Bay team is visiting LA Advantage, LA Rams. 

The Colts were looking good until Carson Wentz got hurt, and their offense had to settle for field goals. Next Sunday, Indianapolis visits a resurgent Titans team. Advantage, Tenessee.

CARDINALS 34 — VIKINGS 33

Kyler Murray is electric; he threw for 400 yards with 3 TDs and 2 picks against a tough Vikings Defense. Next up, the Cardinals have an easier matchup against Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars. Advantage, Arizona. 

Anti-vaxxer Kirk Cousins, for once, did not cost his team this game. Instead, Minnesota struggled to contain Kyler Murray and company. Next week, Minnesota takes on a wounded Seahawks team looking to keep the Vikings winless. Advantage, Seattle.

TITANS 33 — SEAHAWKS 30

Tennessee pulled a victory out of nowhere. They looked like the dangerous playoff team we saw last season. Derrick Henry was dominant here, rushing for 182 yards and 55 receiving. Next up, the Titans host a Colts team with a questionable Carson Wentz. Advantage, Tennessee. 

The Seahawks did not have an answer for Derrick Henry, and next week they take on another tough running back in Minnesota’s Delvin Cook. However, I think Seattle will make the necessary adjustments. Advantage, Seattle. 

RAVENS 36 — CHIEFS 35

Lamar Jackson finally found a way to beat Patrick Mahomes. It was a thrilling game to the end. It came down to gutsy plays from both teams, but it was Baltimore’s night. Next week, the Ravens Host Jared Goff and the Lions. Advantage, Baltimore.

Kansas City let this game slip away as they got away from the run. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has got to get more than 13 carries per game. The Chiefs cannot put it all on Patrick Mahomes and the passing game; a better-balanced offense will be needed if Kansas City wants to get back to the Super Bowl this season. Next week, the Chiefs take on a dangerous LA Chargers team. Advantage, Kansas City. 

PACKERS 35 — LIONS 17

Aaron Rodgers silenced all his detractors with this Monday night performance; Rodgers threw for 255 yards with 4 TDs and zero picks. It was a shaky start for Green Bay, but Green Bay settled down and began to move the ball by the second half. However, I’m not sold on the Packers Defense under new coordinator Joe Barry. Next week, Green Bay takes on an injury-filled 49ers team. Advantage, Green Bay.

Jared Goff looked good and poised in the first half, but he began to unravel under Green Bay’s defensive pressure in the second half. Detroit got away from the run and relied on Goff for most of their rushing yards; this is not a good recipe for success. Next week, the Lions take on Baltimore. Advantage, Baltimore

PANTHERS 26 SAINTS 7

Sam Darnold continues to impress me, and he seems to be getting more comfortable under this new offense. Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore are finding solid balance with their new QB. Next up, Carolina visits Houston on Thursday night. Advantage, Carolina.

The saints were completely dominated here. Carolina took all of New Orleans’ top weapons like Alvin Kamara, Taysom Hill out of this game. Next Sunday, New Orleans visit Belicheater and his overrated rookie QB.; I think the saints will rebound here. Advantage, New Orleans.

BILLS 35 — DOLPHINS 0

Buffalo made a statement here by shutting out Miami, and this Bills team seems like the team we all expected them to be this season. Next Sunday, Washington is coming to town, and it will not be an easy day for Buffalo. Advantage, Washington.

Miami had nothing to offer here, and to make things worse, Tua got hurt but seems to be ok for next week. At some point, Miami needs to reach out to Cam Newton for a chance to save their season. Next Sunday, Miami visits the undefeated Raiders. Advantage, Las Vegas. 

PATRIOTS 25 — NY JETS 6

New England had their way with this rebuilding NY. Jets team. Next week, the Patriots take on a more balanced New Orleans team that looks to rebound after losing to Carolina. Advantage, New Orleans. 

Zach Wilson had a terrible game, throwing 4 interceptions and struggling to move the offense. I do not expect much this season from this rookie QB and rookie head coach. Next Sunday, things will not get any easier for NY as they visit the 2-0 Broncos. Advantage, Denver. 

BRONCOS 23 — JAGUARS 13

Terry Bridgewater seems to be finding his place in Denver. The Broncos are 2-0 and playing good football these first two weeks of the season. The balance on offense between Courtland Sutton, Javonte Williams, and Melvin Gordon III is pretty solid. Next up, Denver has a chance to go up 3-0 against a struggling NY. Jets. Advantage, Denver. 

Urban Meyer is learning pretty fast how different the NFL and the College game are. Meyer better get himself comfortable with losing because it will not get easier for them. Next up, Jacksonville takes on Kyler Murray and the Cardinal. Advantage, Arizona.

BUCCANEERS 48 — FALCONS 25

Brady threw 5 TDs and connected twice with Mike Evans and once with Rob Gronkowski — Gronk now has 4 TDs in two games. Next up, Tampa Bay will face their toughest test so far against Sean McVay’s well-balanced LA Rams team. Advantage, LA Rams.

Atlanta put up a good fight, but they just ran out of firepower to keep up with Tampa Bay. Next Sunday, the Falcons have a good chance to get their first win against Danny Dimes. Advantage, Atlanta. 

BROWNS 31 — TEXANS 21

This game was closer than the final score suggests. Cleveland scoring on every quarter and keeping Houston scoreless on the third quarter made the difference here. Next Sunday, Cleveland takes on a Chicago team with questions at QB advantage, Cleveland

The Texans struggled to get more out of Mark Ingram, and QB play was lackluster. Nevertheless, Houston was still pretty much into this game until the end. Next Sunday, the dangerous combination of Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey is coming to town. Advantage, Carolina.

BEARS 20 — BENGALS 17

Andy Dalton got hurt after throwing a TD to Allen Robinson in the first quarter. Justin Fields came in and did not do much. However, Chicago’s Special Teams and Defense chipped in with scores to pull this victory. Next Sunday, Chicago Visits Cleveland, and it will be a challenging game for the Bears if Andy Dalton doesn’t play. Advantage, Cleveland. 

Joe Burrow’s 3 interceptions and some of the questionable play calls on the offense were the difference maker here. Next Sunday, Cincinnati visits a dangerous Steelers team. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

*NFL WEEK 1 RECAP (2021 Season)

FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY!! 

Man, it feels good to say that. However, I pressed the panic button almost immediately when Ryan Fitzpatrick got injured and had to leave the game.

Taylor Heinicke came in, and the offense moved better with him under center. But we still struggled to put up any meaningful points. The running game was good but not as dynamic as I expected; Antonio Gibson ended up with 90 yards. Still, both Jaret Patterson and J.D. McKissic were not as involved as I expected them to be — we need more balance here and mix things up in the running game.

Terry McLaurin was insanely good, as always — and even made an incredible highlight catch. Logan Thomas was only targeted 3 times and had 1 TD — He needs to be targeted a lot more. Adam Humphries had a decent debut but needs to be utilized a lot more. Dyami Brown also needs more targets.

My biggest concern is the Offensive line. Charles Leno is shaky at best. Sam Cosmi struggled against Bossa, which was somewhat expected. Scherff is our best linemen by far, and the front office needs to pull up a dump truck full of cash to pay him and get him to stay in Washington. 

The defense looked tired and gassed for most of the game. I really hope this was just rust. 

Fitzpatrick is now on IR and out for 6-8 weeks. So next up, Heinicke will be the starter, and Kyle Allen will back him up.

We host the NY Giants on Thursday Night. This is a must-win game for Washington. We cannot afford to go 0 and 2 to start this season.

WFT 16 – LA CHARGERS 20

And for the rest of the league…..

EAGLES 32 — FALCONS 6

Philly is the only NFC EAST team coming up with a victory on week 1. They looked very good, albeit against the pitiful Falcons. Next week will be a different story against the 49ers: advantage, San Francisco. 

Atlanta is in rebuilding mode — they still have a very capable Matt Ryan, and Kyle Pitts looked really good. They have solid pieces in place, and they will be competitive this season, but don’t expect many wins. Nevertheless, Atlanta should be more dangerous than what they showed in the season opener game. Next week, they take on Tom Brady. Advantage, Tampa Bay. 

COWBOYS 29 — BUCCANEERS 31

More smoke and mirrors from Dallas. The story here isn’t how close the score was — the story here is how bad and inconsistent Tampa Bay was all game. Dak looked good, although most of his completions were short passes and screens, so I’m not reading much into his stats. The next game for Dallas is with the Chargers, and they are better than I expected — Justin Herbert is a legit starting QB. I’m pretty sure Dallas will struggle in this game. Advantage, LA Chargers.

The Bucs made costly mistakes that kept Dallas close in this game. If Tampa Bay wants to repeat as Super Bowl champs, they need to clean up a lot of stuff. The next game should be easier for Tampa against Atlanta. Advantage, Tampa Bay.

GIANTS 13 — BRONCOS 27

Danny Dimes did what he always does; Try way too hard and cost his team the game. NY Giants struggled against a rebuilding Denver team, which means they will have a more challenging time dealing with Washington. Advantage, Washington.

Denver has another easy mark when they take on Jacksonville Sunday. advantage, Denver

49ERS 41 — LIONS 33

San Francisco looked formidable. Jimmy G played a solid game throwing for over 300 yards. Deboo Samuel was a fantasy standout. The entire NFC WEST looks like the best division in football. Next up for the 49ers in Philly, they should expose them for how bad the Eagles are. Advantage, San Francisco

Detroit looked pretty good with Jared Goff as their new starting Quarterback. However, next week they have a huge divisional game against Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers needs to have a bounce-back game at Detroit’s expense. Advantage, Green Bay.

CHIEFS 33 — BROWNS 29

Kansas City is the most dangerous team in the NFL, and even though their defense looks shaky at times, they have so much firepower on offense to make things happen. Next Sunday, they take on Lamar Jackson and a Baltimore team looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss in overtime to the Raiders. Advantage, Kansas City.

Cleveland’s most significant obstacle to getting far into the playoffs will be to figure out hot get past Kansas City. Next week, things get easier for Baker Mayfield and company against Chicago on Sunday. Advantage, Cleveland.

RAMS 34 — BEARS 14

Matthew Stafford looks like a brand new quarterback under Sean McVay’s offense. The Rams are my NFC pick for the Super Bowl this season, and so far, they look the part. The Rams take on Indianapolis and their weak offensive line next Sunday. Advantage, LA Rams. 

Andy Dalton played most of this game, but when Justin Fields came in for a few plays here and there, he seemed to be as good as advertised. He will need a few seasons of building around him to get Chicago back to their winning ways. Next Sunday is the duel of the young Quarterback between Joe Burrow and Fields. Advantage, Cincinnati.

RAIDERS 33 — RAVENS 27

This was an excellent game to start the 2021 season on Monday Night Football. It was exciting and full of twists and turns. Las Vegas needs to get Josh Jacobs healthy to become a more significant threat in the AFC. The Raiders have to visit Pittsburgh next Sunday. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Lamar Jackson is electric, but sometimes he tries to do too much for his team. Baltimore needs to figure out ways to get Latavius Murray more involved and take some pressure off Jackson. Next week, things do not get easier for Baltimore as they take on Patrick Mahomes. Advantage, Kansas City. 

DOLPHINS 17 — PATRIOTS 16

Brian Flores and his Miami Dolphins team are pure Kryptonite for Belicheater. Tua doesn’t inspire confidence as a starter yet. This is a make-or-break year for this young Quarterback, or Miami will need to get back in the market for a new QB. I think if Tua struggles early this season, Miami needs to reach out to Cam Newton. Next Sunday, Miami Hosts a wounded Buffalo team that needs to avoid going 0 and 2 for the start of the season. Advantage, Buffalo.

Mac Jones had a decent game, but I’m not sold on him as a starter yet. Next Sunday, New England takes on a rebuilding NY Jets team with a rookie Head Coach and a rookie Quarterback. Advantage, New England.

STEELERS 23 — BILLS 16

Big Ben looks renewed and re-energized behind a crop of young players. The Steelers shocked all the talking heads on sports media by beating Buffalo. Next Sunday, Pittsburgh takes on a tough Raiders team, but with questions at running back and tons of injuries. Advantage, Pittsburgh.

Buffalo self-destructed with costly mistakes against Pittsburgh. Next Sunday, they’ll have a chance to get things right against a divisional foe in Miami. Advantage, Buffalo.

BENGALS 27 — VIKINGS 24

Joe Burrow and rookie Wide Receiver Ja’marr Chase were effective and will only get better together as the season progresses. The next game against Chicago will be an exciting game to watch. Advantage, Cincinnati.

Kirk Cousins wasn’t the issue here; the defense could not stop Joe Burrow from putting Cincinnati in good scoring positions throughout most of the game. The Vikings’ strength was supposed to be their defense, and next Sunday, they have a tougher test against a dynamic and dangerous QB in Kyler Murray. Advantage, Cardinals.

CARDINALS 38 — TITANS 13

The combination between Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins is becoming a lethal one. Next week, they will get a solid test against what is supposed to be a good Minnesota defense. Advantage, Cardinals. 

Tennessee was a playoff team last season, and this is not the ideal way to open up their season. Next week, another tough challenge against Seattle. Advantage, Seattle.

SEAHAWKS 28 — COLTS 16

Russell Wilson looked better than ever here, in a game where he threw for 4 TD’s and reminded everyone just how elite he still is. Seattle plays a Tennessee team next week that will try to get back to their playoff form from late last season. Advantage, Seattle.

Carson Wentz had a nice debut for Indy; however, the protection was horrible, and Wentz spent most of the game running for his life. The Colts have got to protect him better if they want to get back to the playoffs. Next Sunday, the LA Rams are visiting, and it is going to be a long and miserable day for Wentz if Indy cannot protect him. Advantage, LA RAMS.

PANTHERS 19 — NY JETS 14

Sam Darnold, surrounded with better weapons, looks like a pretty competent QB. McCaffrey seems to be back to his old form. I like what I see from this Carolina team. Next Sunday, Carolina hosts New Orleans for a tough divisional game. Advantage, New Orleans.

Zach Wilson had a mixed debut, throwing for over 250 yards with 2 TDs and 1 Interception. Not bad, not great, and not much should be expected from this rookie QB and this entire rebuilding NY Jets team. Next Sunday, Belicheater is coming to visit NY. Advantage, New England. 

TEXANS 37 — JAGUARS 21

No Deshaun Watson? No problem. Tyrod Taylor had a solid game, throwing for almost 300 yards with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. Mark Ingram looked great running for 85 yards and 1 TD. Let’s see how they play against Cleveland and Baker Mayfield next Sunday. Advantage, Cleveland.

Trevor Lawrence threw for over 300 yards with 3 TDs and 3 Interceptions. Unfortunately, Jacksonville has a tough schedule ahead of them. I don’t think the offense around Lawrence is built for success, but we’ll see how the season goes. Next Sunday, Jacksonville hosts Denver. Advantage, Denver.

SAINTS 38 — PACKERS 3

New Orleans put a historic beating on Green Bay and made Aaron Rodgers look awful. James Winston threw 5 TDs and looked like the best QB in the NFC SoUTH (looking at you, Tom Brady). Next week, New Orleans has a critical divisional game against Carolina. Advantage, New Orleans.

Green Bay was embarrassed, and the talk on Aaron Rodgers being done has already begun. Next Sunday, Green Bay has a chance to right the ship by making a statement against Detroit. Advantage, Green Bay.

*2020 NFL Season Wrap up and Super Bowl Recap

Well, the 2020 NFL Football season has come to an end, and it is time to wrap up the season for my Washington Football Team.

The first thing I gotta say is that the future looks extremely promising, more so than anything that I can remember in the last 30 years of being a fan of this team.

Once again, we find ourselves in a familiar spot, still looking and hoping for a stable answer at the Quarterback position.

Dwayne Haskins was a bust, simple as that. It didn’t work out, and we waisted a first-round pick on a player that most scouts and experts warned teams to avoid taking in the first round. The Haskins debacle should serve as a cautionary tale from now on for everyone in the front office of this team.

Alex Smith won the comeback player of the year, and what a comeback it was. 

Sports media wrote off Smith at the beginning of training camp. His comeback was the crucial turning point for Washington to be in a position to make the playoffs and win the Division.

Going forward, a healthy Alex Smith on the field means that there will be an efficient and capable Quarterback running the offense. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen add competent depth to the position.

We now know that we are not getting Matt Stafford, and Alex Smith has not yet decided on his playing future. I hope he returns for another season, and he becomes a bridge to whomever we draft in the off-season. I don’t think we should trade for a Quarterback if Smith decides not to retire. It will cost way too much to trade for Deshaun Watson, Marcus Mariota, or even Sam Darnold.

Hard pass on Carson Wentz, Mitch Trubisky, Jimmy G, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Nick Foles.

Dak Prescott might be available, but I have never been sold on him. However, Rod Taylor, Gardner Minshew, and Jacoby Brissett pique my interest.

Kyle Smith left for Atlanta as VP of player personnel… I was disappointed to see him go. But I guess the stink of the Bruce Allen era was a heavy burden for Smith to carry on and continue in Washington.

It feels like the time for crappy free agent signings is done and over with. Marty Hurney and Martin Mayhew have a strong connection to this Washington team and its glory years; I’m confident that they will have a solid draft and a productive approach to free agency.

Re-signing Brandon Scherff should be a top priority. Offensive Line depth will be crucial in 2021; maybe we can address the OL in the draft. I like what we are doing at the Running Back position, and it wouldn’t hurt to add another piece there. 

Chase Young was the runaway Defensive Rookie of the Year, and our Defensive front continues to be the star of the show. But we need to start resigning or figuring out how to keep most, if not all, of our core defensive players. Salary Cap issues are supposed to be Marty Hurney’s strength, and I hope he figures out a way to keep all of these guys here. Jonathan Allen should be the first in the defense to get some type of deal done.

Ryan Kerrigan will entertain free agency, which is sad; I hoped he would stay to finish his career here.

Our secondary needs to be addressed in the off-season, along with some upgrades here and here. I thought that Kendall Fuller and Ronald Darby were formidable, especially towards the end of the season — and Kam Curl filled in very nicely as Safety replacing Landon Collins.

I don’t get tired of saying that this team is one of the most attractive destinations for free agents who want to be part of something special. The NFC EAST is ours for the taking….The Eagles firing Doug Pederson was nuts, and even nuttier was their hiring of Colts OC Nick Sirianni as their new Head Coach. Philadelphia will be a mess next season. Dallas is in decline and will most likely finish 2021 with a losing record. Maybe the NY Giants might give us some headaches, but I still don’t think Daniel Jones is their answer at Quarterback.

In any case, my level of excitement is insanely high at the moment, and I cannot wait for the 2021 season to start. HTTR…or, I guess, HTTFT.

SUPER BOWL GAME:

BUCCANEERS 31 — CHIEFS 9:

There were dubious penalties against the Chiefs in the first half of the game that sank Kansas City pretty deep; those penalties were a big deal; they put Kansas City in a bad spot from the get-go, and the Bucs, to their credit, never relented. The refs should have allowed more latitude 

This game was not really about Tom Brady. He didn’t do anything spectacular or inspiring; He connected with Gronk twice. He connected with Antonio Brown once, and Leonard Fournette had a 27 yard run for a touchdown that pretty much sealed the game for Tampa Bay. 

The Bucs coaching assistants were the difference makers in 2020 for Tampa Bay. Effective and efficient game plans by Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich were the key factors here. This 2020 Buccaneers team came in loaded on both sides of the ball with better weapons than the 2019 Buccaneers team. The addition of Leonard Fournette was genius and paid big-time dividends on offense. Gronkowski found his rhythm by the middle of the season and never looked back.

Brady is considered the most successful Quarterback in NFL history, mostly because of his 10 Super Bowl appearances (7 wins, 3 losses). I, however, have my reservations. I do not consider Brady to be the GOAT by those standards, and I certainly, do not think Belicheater to be the Goat NFL coach, as some in Sports media have suggested.

Without question, Brady has created a remarkable career for himself, but most of his Super Bowl wins are surrounded by controversies. Most of those controversies are regarding some of the shady tactics employed by his former Patriots Head Coach Bill Belicheater. 

Mahomes backpedaling, scrambling, and even throwing as he was falling was impressive. He made terrific and accurate throws while in distress. He continually tried to produce any sort of spark and even threw a couple of end zone balls into the hands of his receivers that were dropped.

Kansas City came in with a reshuffled and patched up Offensive Line, which left Mahomes extremely vulnerable to Tampa Bay’s defensive front. The pressure was relentless, and Mahomes could never get any type of rhythm going. 

All in all, I get the sense that Kansas City will make the necessary adjustments in the offseason and will be back contending in 2021. 

On the other hand, Tampa Bay, I feel, is one and done, especially if they cannot keep their defensive unit in one piece — without a dominant defense, Brady’s decline will be much more noticeable in 2021.

See you all on Draft week.

*AFC-NFC Championship Games (2020 Season)

Well, folks, Martin Mayhew is our new GM. It’s full circle for Mayhew; He was part of Washington’s 1991 Super Bowl Championship team as a player and got his start as an executive working as an intern in Washington’s personnel department.

Mayhew’s previous General Manager job was with the Detroit Lions. His track record as the GM in Detroit was mixed with some hits and misses here and there. Drafting Matthew Stafford was the highlight of his time with the Lions, but he was also part of Detroit’s 0-16 disaster season.

Marty Hurney also returns home to the DC area as the executive vice president of football for player personnel.

Hurney was for many years a sportswriter for that rag of a newspaper called the Washington Times. Hurney’s first NFL job was with Washington; he was hired in 1989 during the Gibbs-Cooke era as director of public relations. Eventually, he followed Bobby Beathard to San Diego, where he learned the ins and outs of salary caps and player contracts. Hurney’s time in Carolina as GM has been well-documented, and his most notable move there was drafting Cam Newton.

I’m excited about these two additions; They both have a strong connection to this team and its glory days. I am looking forward to their first draft class. 

I still think that getting Matthew Stafford or Deshaun Watson will be too expensive. 

There is no official word on Kyle Smith and his current status or what his role will be under this new front-office structure. I hope they figure out a way to keep him here; I like what he has done rebuilding our roster without Bruce Allen around. 

Washington’s historical promotion of Jennifer King as the first Black woman to be a full-time offensive assistant in the NFL is exceptional.

Our old buddy Dwayne Haskins joined the Steelers on a one-year deal — happy he landed somewhere pretty fast. 

Washington has just become the first NFL team to land a sports betting license through a partnership with FanDuel. Now all the degenerate gamblers in DC and VA can officially bet games online. 

And for the Conference Championship games…..

BUCCANEERS 31 — PACKERS 26:

Tom Brady is going to his 10th Super Bowl — a game that will be played in Tampa Bay’s home turf. The road to the Super Bowl wasn’t easy. Brady and the Bucs beat my Washington Football Team, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, in their home Stadiums to get to the biggest game of the Football year… so, if Brady beats Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, then the GOAT argument should be set in stone.

However, this next generation of Quarterbacks like Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Deshaun Watson, Justin Herbert, and newcomers like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields might be in a good position to reach similar heights when it is all set and done for them.

I think there is a good chance Aaron Rodgers could leave Green Bay next season. San Francisco would be an ideal spot. I think the 49ers are one Quarterback away from getting back to the big game, and Jimmy G seems to be on his way out. Don’t rule out Denver also…. They have been looking for a Franchise Quarterback since Peyton Manning retired in 2015.

CHIEFS 38 — BILLS 24:

Buffalo got an early lead at 9-0, but it didn’t take long for Kansas City to start putting up points. The Bills did not establish any type of running game to slow down Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes looks like a sorcerer, sometimes making extraordinary things happen and putting his offense in scoring positions. 

The Chiefs are the reigning defending Super Bowl Champions and have an excellent chance to repeat as Champions again. This will be a blockbuster, cannot miss Super Bowl game between Tom Brady, who represents the recent past, and Patrick Mahomes, who is the present of the NFL and also represents the future. 

I’ll make my Super Bowl picks next week….

*NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS (2020 Season)

The Washington Football Team is currently conducting a GM search; they are interviewing a bunch of people from different teams — 49ers VP of player personnel Martin Mayhew looks to be a strong candidate. Also, former Panthers GM Marty Hurney is at play and has a previous working relationship with Ron Rivera.

It seems like Kyle Smith is not being considered for the job. Suppose Smith doesn’t get the GM job, in that case, he should stay in some senior executive capacity; he has overseen a few successful drafts and has the pedigree to be an effective executive for us.

After hiring a GM, finding a starting Quarterback should be the next priority. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen should stay as backups; they are both serviceable backups. A Deshaun Watson trade would be too expensive for us to pursue in terms of putting together a package of trades and draft picks. Maybe we should stick with a healthy Alex Smith and our two backups. 

As I said in last week’s NFL blog post, Washington is an attractive team for free agents who want to be part of a championship-caliber roster. The foundation is in place for something special; we just need to add some key pieces here and there. The Draft should be useful for finding some vital defensive pieces and adding wide receiver, offensive line, and running back depth. We’re drafting at 19th overall. We have one pick in the second round and two in the third…. not bad, plenty of options.

Everyone should watch the 60 minutes piece on Alex Smith…. it was an excellent piece.

And for the Divisional round of the playoffs…..

BUFFALO 17 — RAVENS 3: 

Josh Allen struggled to score until the 4th Quarter when he finally connected with Stefon Diggs to take the lead. Buffalo played excellent defense neutralizing Lamar Jackson and returning an interception for 101 yards and the game-ending touchdown. The Bills will take on the defending Super Bowl Champs in the AFC title game in a rematch from a 26-17 loss on week 6. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

Lamar Jackson was having a terrible game when he had to leave the game under concussion protocol. Baltimore relies way too much on Lamar’s legs and will continue to struggle against teams that can force him to beat them by throwing. The Ravens have to build a more balanced offense to become more successful in the post-season.  

PACKERS 32 — RAMS 18:     

Aaron Rodgers has been playing at a high level for most of this season, and Green Bay looked fantastic in this game, scoring on every single Quarter against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The NFC Championship game will be held in Green Bay against Tom Brady. The Bucs destroyed Green Bay 38-10 on week 6, but this rematch will be much different. Advantage, Green Bay Packers

Jared Goff was ineffective as usual, throwing for a mere 174 yards with 1 touchdown. The Rams have to figure out how to move away from Goff next season and find a Quarterback that better fits Sean McVay’s dynamic offense. The combination of Cam Akers, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson, and Cooper Kupp with a more capable Quarterback should make for a dangerous offense in 2021.

BUCCANEERS 30 — SAINTS 20:

At age 43, Tom Brady is playing like he is 10 years younger and making Belicheater look like a hack. The Bucs have a good chance to win in Green Bay, but they have to get all their offensive weapons involved often and early. Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and Gronk need to get going early to have a chance. The Bucs defense has to pressure Rodgers early and remain consistent. This is not the same team that Tampa Bay embarrassed earlier in the season. If Tampa Bay gets behind in the score, Aaron Rodgers will crucify them. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

I don’t think New Orleans took Tampa Bay too seriously for this playoff game, having swept them during the regular season. The Saints were careless with the ball, and Jared Cook made things worst. I hope this was not the final game for Drew Brees in the NFL. It wasn’t the prettiest game to end a hall of fame career — pretty sure Drew can still play for a contender next season if New Orleans decides to go with James Winston and Taysom Hill. 

CHIEFS 22 — BROWNS 17:

Kansas City was looking pretty good until Patrick Mahomes had to come out of the game with a concussion in the 3rd Quarter. It was a scary look for Mahomes when he couldn’t stand up on his own. Chad Henne, who has been around for 13 years in the NFL, came in for the last 20 minutes or so to effectively finish the game. The Chiefs will host Buffalo for the AFC Championship game and a ticket to the Super Bowl. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

Cleveland got away from their two-punch running back combination early in the game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for only 19 carries — way below average to control the game and keep Mahomes on the sideline. The Browns are still loaded in offense and defense, and they should still be contenders with a healthy Odell Beckham next season.

*NFL WILDCARD PLAYOFF WEEKEND (2020 Season)

This game was a lot closer than all the talking heads predicted. Washington played a solid game, taking Tampa Bay to the limit. This was a successful season for a Washington team that according to most analysts was supposed to be at the bottom of the Division. 

In his first game as a starter for Washington, Taylor Heinicke was incredible — throwing for over 300 yards with 46 yards on the ground and a gutsy rushing touchdown. He cemented himself as a legit threat for a starting spot in Washington next season. At the very least, he is a reliable number 2 QB next season.

Establishing a starting Quarterback should be priority numero uno for Washington in the offseason. A healthy Alex Smith would be ideal; however, we know that is highly unlikely. Smith has been struggling to remain healthy for most of the season. Even his mobility has been compromised due to his injury. If he is completely healthy, he should stay on the roster; if not, then it is time for Alex to retire and maybe join the front-office.

Antonio Gibson was still hurt and limped throughout most of this playoff game. A late season injury diminished his effectiveness to be the dynamic back he has proven to be. Next season, urgency should be placed on providing a complementary running back to Gibson. J.D. McKissic is a good option to keep around, but we need a more explosive option in this position. Bryce Love was supposed to be the answer but has not remained healthy for multiple seasons now. 

This was possibly Ryan Kerrigan’s last game in Washington. I would love for him to stay, and hopefully, they can figure out a contract that doesn’t jeopardize signing other younger free agents and extending some key defensive weapons. 

We should be testing the free agent Quarterback market, but we should be careful not to overspend on aging players, like in years past. This Washington team is attractive for free agents who want to be part of something special. Matthew Stafford is a great option if we intend to win now, but Detroit will probably ask for way too much. Deshaun Watson will be very expensive; mortgaging our future Draft picks to get Watson will be too costly. Cam Newton seems just about done unless he finds ways to return to form in the offseason, but I doubt it. 

Mitchell Trubisky and Dak Prescott might both be available, but I don’t want them here. Hard pass on Carson Wentz, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Foles, and Jimmy G. 

I’m curious to see what we could do with Sam Darnold, Gardner Minshew, Rod Taylor, or Jacoby Brissett. 

I believe that this team will be extremely competitive next season and for many seasons to come. We are now a legit playoff team and we have the makings of a Super Bowl team. We should all expect more wins and many memorable moments for years to come. 

WFT 23 — BUCCANEERS 31:

And for the rest of the league…..

BUFFALO 27 — COLTS 24: 

The Bills are a dangerous and dynamic team, but Indianapolis kept things close. Josh Allen lived up to the hype and delivered an excellent game. Next round of the playoffs, Buffalo takes on Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

The Colts seem to have found a short-term replacement for Andrew Luck in Philip Rivers. Indianapolis is only a few pieces away from making another deep playoff run like they did a few years ago under Chuck Pagano.

RAMS 30 — SEAHAWKS 20:

The LA Rams Came to this game with some questions on offense, mostly regarding the Quarterback position. John Wolford got the start for this game but was injured in the 1st quarter, prompting Jared Goff back into the lineup. Goff had been shaky and unreliable all season long, and he wasn’t very impressive here also. The Rams have many offensive weapons, but Goff is the weakest link here. LA visits Green bay for a challenging Divisional playoff game. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.     

Seattle needs to make some upgrades on offense and defense. Russell Wilson does way too much for this offense. The Seahawks need to find more options at running back and another receiving threat to complement DK Metcalf. They will be back in the playoffs next season.

SAINTS 21 — BEARS 9:

The Saints were supposed to blow out Chicago but struggled to put them away until the 4th quarter. Next for New Orleans is Tampa Bay and Tom Brady for the 3rd time this season. They swept the series and should be favorites to win again. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

The Bears limped to the post-season and were the most unimpressive team in the playoffs. Next season, Chicago needs to move on from Trubisky and find a Quarterback to build this team around. 

BROWNS 48 — STEELERS 37:

The Browns rocked Pittsburgh from the first play of the game and never looked back. Baker Mayfield played a great game, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDs. Kareem Hum and Nick Chubb are the best two-punch running back combo in the NFL, and Pittsburgh could not slow them down. Cleveland goes to Arrowhead and takes on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs for what should be an excellent game. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs. 

After Pittsburgh got exposed on a Monday Night game loss to Washington, they went on a losing streak and struggled to finish up the season strong. There are lots of holes in Pittsburgh, and those need to be addressed urgently. Cleveland, Baltimore, and even Cincinnati should be divisional contenders next season. The Steelers have to figure out a way to keep up with the rest of the Division. Big Ben might be close to calling it a career, and the need to find his replacement should be a top priority in 2021. 

RAVENS 20 — TITANS 13:

The Ravens found a way to neutralize Derrick Henry, making the most significant difference in the outcome. Next week, Baltimore takes on the red hot Bills and Josh Allen. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

Tennessee is very close to becoming a legit contender; they need to make some slight upgrades on both sides of the ball, and they’ll be right back in the playoffs.

*NFL WEEK 17 (2020 Season)

We are the NFC EAST Division Champions, baby! And it feels damn good to say that. 

There was some controversy in this game when Jalen Hurts was benched in the 4th quarter over third-stringer Nate Sudfeld, who played in Washington many years ago; I think he was in the practice squad….. In any case, we beat the Philadelphia Eagles — regardless of who they put out there to play Quarterback for them. You play whoever is out there playing against you — is that simple, and there should be nothing else to say about it.

I don’t care that we clinched the division with a 7-9 record. What matters most is that we earned this division title the hard way. The fact remains that this Washington team is better than the rest of the other NFC East teams. Look, I get the criticism regarding our record, and I get that we got swept by the NY Giants this season, but those two games were close, and come next season, things will be different when we play them again — I feel like we are poised to become the dominant team in our division for years to come.

The Giants can cry all they want about Doug Pederson benching Jalen Hurts over their 3rd string QB; at the end of the day, the lame-ass New York Giants did not control their own destiny, and they needed help to clinch. And on the other hand, Washington did what it was supposed to do, which was to win, and we did not require any help from other teams to earn a playoff spot.

This whole season has been full of emotions and headlines. The story behind Ron Rivera battling cancer during the season was compelling. Plus, all the issues Rivera had to deal with regarding the changing of the name, all the Covid protocols to implement, the Dwayne Haskins mess, and the insane ownership drama casting a dark shadow over the team. The way Coach Rivera dealt with everything was indicative of the type of leadership he has brought to this franchise.

And on top of it all, the story of Alex Smith almost losing his life and pulling this remarkable comeback is like something written for a Hollywood movie. 

All things considered, this 2020 season was a success. 

Now, our complete focus should be on the playoffs and on beating Tampa Bay. Our defense will challenge Tom Brady — the rush will be coming hard and often. This game will not be easy for either team, but we should be in good shape to make some post-season noise.

Bring on Tom Brady!!!

WFT 20 — EAGLES 14:

And for the rest of the league…..

NY GIANTS 23 — DALLAS 19:

The delusional Cowboys thought they actually had a shot of winning the division by winning this game. The reality is that Dallas is a disaster of a team, and they will be much worse next season.

The Giants struggled to win this game, but even at 6-10 for the season, they did not deserve to go to the playoffs.

SEAHAWKS 26 — 49ERS 23: 

Seattle finished the season at 12-4 and with the 3rd seed in the NFC playoffs. Next, they take on the Rams in the wildcard round. These two same division rivals split their two divisional games of the season. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks.

San Francisco finished the season at 6-10 and in last place of the NFC WEST. San Francisco has many roster issues to figure out in the off-season, but I think figuring out if Jimmy G is their answer at Quarterback should be their top priority. I still feel that Garoppolo is not the answer.

RAMS 18 — CARDINALS 7:

The LA Rams finished the season at 10-6 and with the 6th spot in the NFC playoffs, and they take on Seattle in the wild card round. Their defense is dominant and should make things difficult for Russell Wilson, but who will play Quarterback for the Rams is the x-factor here. John Wolford looked pretty dynamic, replacing Jared Goff. The Rams might have a Quarterback controversy brewing here. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks. 

The Cardinals were looking like a playoff team until Kyler Murray got banged up. They should be considered contenders in 2021.

CHARGERS 38 — CHIEFS 21:

The Chiefs rested their starters for this meaningless game. They have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and will play the lowest seed winner of the wild card round. 

The LA Chargers fired their Head Coach Anthony Lynn after four years. Although, he managed to win four games in a row to finish the season respectfully. But it wasn’t enough to save his job. The silver lining here is that the Chargers seem to have found their Quarterback of the future with Justin Hebert. Also, LA has a stud running back in Austin Ekeler and a couple of talented wide receivers. All those things should make this Head Coaching opening one of the most attractive in the NFL.  

RAIDERS 32 — BRONCOS 31:

The Raiders and Broncos had nothing to play for in this game. The Vegas Raiders were already eliminated from the playoff hunt weeks ago, and they were looking to finish up the season on a positive note at 8-8 for the year. Jon Gruden has many things to address in the offseason, most notably Derek Carr’s future as a Raider. 

Denver has been a disaster for a few years now under John Elway as GM. The good thing is that they will finally hire a General Manager to oversee football operations and put together a decent Draft in 2021. Finding a franchise Quarterback should be their top priority. 

SAINTS 33 — PANTHERS 7:

New Orleans clinched the number 2 spot in the NFC playoffs and will take on a Chicago team coming into the playoffs limping. Advantage, New Orleans Saints. 

The Panthers finished the season at 5-11 and hoping for 2021 to have a healthy Christian McCaffrey for the whole season and look for a franchise Quarterback to build their franchise around. 

BUCCANEERS 44 — FALCONS 27:

Tom Brady and company secured the number 5th spot in the NFC and will take on my Washington Football team. Tampa Bay is the favorite here, but My WFT will bring the heat to Brady. I predict a low-scoring game. Advantage, Washington Football Team. 

The Falcons will be in the market for a new Head Coach, and I think Raheem Morris should be seriously considered for the permanent job. But at 4-11 for the season, there is a good chance Atlanta might go in a different direction. 

PACKERS 35 — BEARS 16:

The Packers were hell-bent on securing the number 1 seed in the NFC, and the score proves it. Green Bay now has a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. 

Chicago backed into the playoffs with help from the LA Rams. The Bears will take on New Orleans in their first post-season game. But I think Chicago will be one and done in the playoffs. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

VIKINGS 37 — LIONS 35:

The Vikings were the most disappointing team this season. They finished at 7-9 and blew multiple chances to keep themselves alive in the playoff hunt. Their offseason should be focused on upgrading their offensive line protect Kirk cousins, who has shown capable of putting up big numbers. Their defense was a disaster all season, and it needs an immediate upgrade as well. Minnesota needs to do whatever they can to keep Gary Kubiak from retiring. 

The Lions finished the season at 5-11 and looking for a new Head Coach and a new GM. Also, Matthew Stafford might become available in the offseason. 

BILLS 56 — DOLPHINS 14: 

The Bills are rolling into the playoffs red hot and look like a very dangerous team to go up against. They finished the season at 13-3 and with the AFC EAST Division title. Buffalo will take on the Colts in the wild card round. Advantage, Buffalo Bills. 

The Dolphins had a chance to clinch a playoff spot by winning this game, and instead, they got blown out. The silver lining here is that Miami finished the season at 10-6 and seems to be the second-best team in the AFC EAST and with many pieces in place to give Buffalo a run for their money in years to come.

PATRIOTS 28 — NY JETS 14:

This game was the bottom feeder bowl. New England has a lot of things to figure out in the offseason. Belicheater will be under heavy pressure to bounce back after a disaster of a season. If the Patriots do not have another winning season in 2021, there will be a new Head Coach in New England in 2022. 

The NY Jets fired Adam Gase, and they are back in a familiar spot, looking for a new Head Coach. Sam Darnold’s future is also in question. 

BROWNS 24 — STEELERS 22:

The Browns are back in the playoffs since 2002 and will rematch Pittsburg in the wild card round. The Steelers should be at full strength for their playoff game, and Cleveland is coming in limping with some Covid related absences, including their Head Coach Kevin Stefanski. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers.

RAVENS 38 — BENGALS 3:

Ravens destroyed Cincinnati to clinch the 5th spot in the AFC, and they will take on Indianapolis in the wild card round. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens. 

The Bengals finished the last 6 weeks of the season without Joe Burrow, who played at a high level before getting injured against my Washington Football team and was lost for the season. Cincinnati seems to be on the verge of contending in the AFC North, a division that includes Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, and the veteran Big Ben. This entire division should be extremely competitive, come next season.

COLTS 28 — JAGUARS 14:

The Colts clinched the 7th spot in AFC by beating Jacksonville and getting help from Miami by losing to Buffalo. Ironically enough, Indianapolis will take on Buffalo in the wild card round. Advantage, Buffalo Bills 

Jacksonville finished the season as the worst team in the NFL at 1-15 and with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Trevor Lawrence should be their no-brainer pick, but many things can happen between now and Draft day. Doug Marrone was also fired, and Urban Meyer’s name has been floating around as a possible replacement. 

TITANS 41 — TEXANS 38:

The Titans struggled to pull this victory and clinch the AFC SOUTH Title. Derrick Henry looked unstoppable in this game, and with Tennessee taking on Baltimore in the wild card round, they will need another dominant game from Henry. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

The Texans finished up an extremely disappointing season at 4-12. No doubt most of the organizational damage was caused by Bill O’Brien, who was fired early in the season. Houston has hired a new GM, and the Head Coaching hunt should be their top priority heading into the off-season. The Texans have a uniquely talented Quarterback in Deshaun Watson, and their entire focus should be on building a competitive team around him.