A shocking ending that no one could have expected!
A shocking ending that no one could have expected!
If you really stop and think about it, RGIII is the archetypal quarterback for DC. He came to the district with such promise and hype. In his first year he had historic accomplishments and was bestowed honors and awards that now seem senseless.
But this early success came at a cost- something he would never fully recover from. Ultimately the longer he stayed in Washington, the more beaten down and dejected he became. Faithful followers lost their loyalty and even his own teammates distanced themselves from their leader.
His ambition and attitude can be partially to blame. But it’s the system that also brought him down. Corrupt billionaires seeking profit and their own benefit derailed his career. The league figured out how he operates and adjusted their defenses.
All that’s left are the same old words that he repeats to the media as we look at a man who has little resemblance to the one who first came here. Redskins fans painfully remember the hope and change that was once promised as they face the realization that the nation’s capital chewed up and spit out their savior.
Really, is there anything more Washington than that?
NFL Predictions 2014-2015
It’s the first week of the 2014-15 NFL season already?! That’s crazy. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m tired of being a dejected Washington Sports Team fan, but I haven’t paid attention to much of anything at all this off season.
September 4th – Thursday Night Game (8:30 PM ET)
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Andrew – Seattle. Tough game to start out with, but I think the Seahawks continue their streak of dominating at home.
Greg – Seattle. This should be an interesting game to watch and see how both teams come out this year. Last time they played, we had the insane ending with the replacement referees screwing everything up. This time I expect a defensive battle with some sloppy offensive play to start out, but the Seahawks ultimately winning by a touchdown.
Genesis – Seattle. Defending Super Bowl Champs. 12th man. Loud noises. Pete Carroll swag walk.
This is absolutely the best set of games that could have happened. The narrative surrounding the first game is a classic chess match between some of the best players and coaches in the history of the game. It is a matchup for those who love the “art” of the game – the finesse and strategy run through the quarterback position. The second game is the epitome of the recent movement within the NFL; utilizing dual threat quarterbacks to bring the speed and options typically seen at the collegiate level. In addition to these dynamic quarterbacks, both of these teams play at a physical level reminiscent of some of the great old school defensive units. Regardless of this week’s results, the contrasting styles will make for a great Superbowl.
Sunday, January 19th
New England Patriots AT Denver Broncos (3:00 PM ET CBS)
Andrew – Denver Broncos. I…. I don’t know…. This game could go either way, as evidence in the overtime game that was played earlier this year (not to mention the extreme swings that forced it into overtime in the first place). A Denver mishap on special teams was the only thing that prevented the game from ending in a tie. In addition to all the normal pressures of just trying to get to the Superbowl, there is also all the legacy talk – is BB the best coach ever (yes), is Peyton Manning the best quarterback of all time (technically – probably), however if Tom Brady goes to the Superbowl he would be the first QB to go 6 times, and how could you argue against that feat (and his playoff record)… and honestly, this was just off the top of my head, there are probably several other interesting nuggets that will come to light after this game – but no pressure! It’s actually kind of amazing, and for those of us without a dog in the fight, this could arguably be one of the best Conference Championship games that has been played in the past decade (or more). I realize there isn’t any analysis in this soliloquy, or even an argument for my pick but honestly, I imagine if the NFL scheduled a full season of just Broncos vs. Patriots games, they would end up 8-8, so flip a coin.
Greg – New England. I have been battling this pick all week — and changing it every day. I really don’t know how this game will go. If the Patriots can run the ball like the past few weeks, I think they will take this one. But that depends on how their defense plays against Manning, who could put up a quick 21 points and force the Pats to pass. I’m not sure how this game will go, but I’m taking the Pats coming in as underdogs to steal one. As a fan — sit back and enjoy seeing these quarterback greats play against each other, someday you’ll tell your kids you saw these two play.
Genesis – Broncos – NEEEIIIGGGHHHH
San Francisco 49ers AT Seattle Seahawks (6:30 PM ET FOX)
Andrew – Seattle Seahawks. I don’t know what to say. I picked the 49ers, starting to write out why, and thought “ah this sucks, the Seahawks are going to win.” So I switched my pick to the Seahawks and started to write something out and thought “ah shit, the 49ers are going to win.” So. again, here is my non analysis…. I am not going to enjoy this game. It’s going to chippy until the refs get overly involved, and then it’s just going to be frustrating and annoying. The thing is, I know people love this type of football too, so another ideal matchup for the NFL.
Greg – San Francisco. Wow, picking both road teams in a Championship game — not smart Greg. Yeah I know. But something about this San Francisco team has me hooked. Their offense and defense are clicking at the right time and seem to be unstoppable. Add into that mix that Seattle’s offense has looked pretty awful recently — mainly Russell Wilson not being able to do anything and making the wrong reads — and you have a recipe for a 49ers win. It’s key they get points on their first 2 or 3 possessions to quiet the crowd a bit and get their confidence. This game is going to be very interesting from the get go. While the AFC game will be interesting in the second half, the first half will be very telling in this one.
Genesis – Seahwaks – cawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
January 11th – Saturday Playoff Games
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (4:35 PM ET Fox)
Andrew – Seattle Seahawks. I imagine that when it’s all said and done, the final score will suggest the game was closer than it actually will be (that was a terrible mix of past and future tense). I don’t doubt that New Orleans will put up a fight at one point, but I think Seattle will be in control throughout the game.
Greg – Seattle. It is so difficult to not pick the Seahawks in this game. Even though the saints proved last week they can win outdoors, I just cannot pick them. I think New Orleans will come out with some trick plays here and there to throw off Seattle’s defense, but it won’t be enough in the end.
Genesis – Saints faint as the Seahawks walk – to victory!
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (8:15 PM ET CBS)
Andrew – New England. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s abilities have covered up the ugly underbelly of New England’s season. Aaron Hernandez, major injuries to key players on both sides of the ball, and lack of depth have plagued this team all season. Despite all that, I think these two teams come in pretty evenly matched. If New England can get out of its own way (meaning, not have a bunch of dropped balls, fumbles, penalties and other mental errors) than this is their game to lose.
Greg – New England. This game makes me nervous. The Pats are not a good team, but then again, the Colts aren’t very good either. Look for the Pats to try and establish the run early on.
Genesis – Colts bolt after New England wins. Give yourself a PATS on the backs
January 12th – Sunday Playoff Games
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers (1:05 PM ET Fox)
Andrew – Carolina Panthers. I can see this game going either way. The popular pick is 49ers because they should have more offensive weapons than what they had the last time these teams played (and the Panthers won on the road). This time around, the Panthers are dealing with injuries despite coming off a week of rest. All that said, (and this is why I keep going back and forth) I think this is will be a tough game for 49ers to go across the country and beat the top ranked defense in their own house.
Greg – Carolina. This should be a very fun game to watch. I don’t expect too much offense in it, much like their first meeting, but each possession will be crucial. The 49ers have the experience here so this game is certainly a toss up, but I’m going with Cam in the big situation to come through.
Genesis – Panthers claw their way to victory! Meow this should be interesting!
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (4:40 PM ET CBS)
Andrew – Denver Broncos. If you combine the two games these teams played during the regular season, the Broncos have outscored the Chargers by a combined total of 1 point. Each team lost at home / won on the road. However, despite these close games, I would be really surprised to see the Broncos struggle in this game. They should be coming back healthy, with offensive weapons that they didn’t have in the previous games.
Greg – Denver. I really like San Diego in this situation, but I can’t pull the trigger. I’ve been saying for weeks that the AFC is Peyton’s to lose. He is set up perfectly here. That said, he’ll have a few mistakes that will be covered up by Denver’s running game. Broncos win a close one.
Genesis – Chargers will SHOCK the world and cause the Broncos to BOLT out of the area. Zzzt
We are in the playoffs folks. This is where the big boys come to play, amiright?!
Saturday January 4th
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (4:35 p.m. ET on NBC)
Andrew – Indianapolis Colts. I don’t know how to feel about either of these teams. I do think the Chiefs have been over rated all year, but it’s not like the Colts are the most dominant team either, they barely got out of their own way towards the end of the season. I guess I just have to go with the home team here (that already won a few weeks ago too).
Greg – Kansas City. This is a tough game to pick, but I am going with the rested Chiefs here. Although the Colts are quite good at home and beat the Chiefs earlier in the year, I’m going with the 10th best rushing offense vs the 20th best rushing defense. If the Chiefs can maintain ball control with no turnovers, I think they win a close game.
Genesis – Da colts be boltin – da chiefs be beefin
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (8:10 p.m. ET on NBC)
Andrew – New Orleans Saints. I know that the Saints aren’t the same on the road, (although you could argue that the Eagles aren’t the same at home), and I know that dome teams don’t do well in the cold… that being said… I think this is the type of game the Saints like to play, high speed shootout, finesse, if you will. I think Sean Peyton is more experienced in these situations and will get his team right, not that Chip Kelly won’t be able to handle his own down the road.
Greg – Philadelphia. I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that whoever wins the horrible NFC East, will win their first playoff game just to sum up this year in the NFL. In playoff history, dome teams traveling outdoors for games are a combined 0-7. Combine that with temperatures around 20 at kickoff, and the Saints being a completely different team on the road, I’m going with the Eagles for semi “upset.” Plus, this guy might be there.
Genesis – Prayin’ for the SAINTS. HAIL MARY!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, January 5th
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals at 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS
Andrew – Cincinnati Bengals. This team should win, at home. I am going to get super angry if they don’t since the Bengals probably have the best team top to bottom. Andy Dalton, don’t screw this up.
Greg – Cincinnati. Man — I could easily see the Chargers taking this game. There is almost too much going for the Bengals right now that you think something bad would happen. This team hasn’t won a playoff game in forever — but were undefeated at home this season. I’m going to go with their ground game though, seeing as the weather will be almost zero and snowing. Fun game to watch and see which teams come out to play.
Genesis – The Bengals are gonna get CHARGED UP!!!!!!! (To lose)
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX
Andrew – San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco has had Green Bay’s number the past couple times that they have played (one of those being the playoff blowout from last year). I know that it may be a struggle for them to play in the cold, but it’s not like they can’t play defense and run the ball well, so I’m not too worried about that. Yes, Green Bay is getting healthy at the right time + increased confidence from Aaron Rodgers being back, but I don’t see this one going so well for them (I think their fans feel the same since they’re not even going to the game).
Greg – San Francisco. So I am pretty confident the 49ers will be able to come in and win this game in Lambeau. Yes, it will be frigid, and as Andrew points out, the 49ers have a strong defense and run game they can fall back on. The Packers struggled all year through injuries, and even with Rodgers back at QB, I’ll take the 49ers who are on a 6 game winning streak going into this one.
Genesis – Maybe if they were called the 50s, they’d have a chance. Can I get an AMEN?
It’s our final week!! Let’s see who will win this thing. This should be a fun week to see who makes the playoffs too!
December 29th – Early Sunday Games (1:00 PM ET)
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Andrew – Carolina. I would hate to see the Panthers drop the ball with this one.
Greg – Carolina. Onto the playoffs. Cam and crew get one final tune up for the playoffs, which I am very excited to see him in.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Andrew – Cincinnati. Don’t like this pick due to the extremely inconstant play of Andy Dalton, but I think they should be able to manage a win at home.
Greg – Cincinnati. I know I probably shouldn’t bet against the defending super bowl champs, but the Ravens are just not very good this year. Should be an interesting game for playoff seeding though.
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
Andrew Tennessee. On the road is a tough place to break a losing streak for any team.
Greg – Tennessee. What a year Houston has had. One to forget for sure. I just don’t see the streak ending here at Tennessee.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Andrew – Indianapolis. Don’t see the Colts struggling too much with this game.
Greg – Indianapolis. The jags have been playing better as of late, but final game in Indy, has me leaning to the Colts by 10+.