Friday, September 30, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
NFL Surprises, Deebo’s, and “I told ya Boys”!!
The NFL is the best league in professional sports because predicting its results is next to impossible.
Surprises- The Washington Redskins are 2-0. Okay they haven’t played expected Super Bowl contenders, but they are 2-0 with Rex GROSSman. The Skins have won the old fashioned way, playing team ball.
The Buffalo Bills are also 2-0. I predicted they would win 3 games for the year. They have played very well especially QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has begun his year with a pro bowl type attitude.
Minnesota has shocked the league with their 0-2 start. Of course everyone is blaming Mcnabb, but their real problems seem to be a defense that continues to make huge mistakes.
Deebo’s (Juggernauts, bullies, teams or players that beat you down)
The Jets are continuing to dominate and beat down their opponents. Teams are going into games against them knowing they’ll lose the physical battle.
Deebo’s don’t always come in big packages. Steve Smith (5-9’ 185lb) WR of the Carolina Panthers is overpowering his opponents. Cam Newton’s throws it up and he goes to get it.
Darren Mcfadden, #2 in rushing, is finally looking like the back the Raiders saw in Arkansas. His bruising style of running along with his top end speed is a recipe for fear to his opponents.
“I told ya boy”!
Cam Newton, has been exactly who I thought he would be. He’s an athlete unmatched in his ability. He has a top ten arm and about to play his third game. He’s a winner that is playing for a losing franchise, but that will soon change. Cam is a beast! Where are all the Blaine Gabbert fans? Still waiting……..
The Patriots are on a tear and ready for the Super Bowl. I’m sure no one else is wondering why their my Super Bowl pick.
I said the Chiefs would be 6-11, they may be worse than that. Last year was a fluke, and the rest of the league already knows it.
Kevin Lewis is a retired NFL linebacker who now trains, consults and gives clinics to coaches and athletes. He also does sports talk radio. Please contact him at klew59.com,firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-354-2134.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
College Football is underway and after getting the “preseason” over it’s now time to make my picks. My picks will only come from the Major six conferences, SEC, Big Ten, Pac12, Big 12, ACC and Big East. There’s other conferences out their but let’s face it, for almost the last thirty years no team has won the national championship outside of these conferences.
SEC- The last five national champions have all come from this conference. LSU and Alabama are the stars of this conference. After these two teams there’s a huge drop off. South Carolina was projected to be Champs of the East division but, they have struggled to win against 2 not very good opponents. Florida will surprise everyone and in Will Muschamps first year play for a SEC title. The West division has both juggernauts, Bama and LSU. BAMA will win games with their run game and great defense and LSU utilizes the same formula. They should play for the SEC title, but since they can’t. LSU will win the SEC title.
Big Ten- With Ohio State seemingly a much weaker team because of an tumultuous offseason, the Big Ten will be down. Michigan, Iowa, Michigan St, Penn State, and Purdue are not the teams we are accustomed to. Nebraska will easily win the conference title and the title game in their first year. Nebraska’s high powered offense will shock and awe the Big Ten into making huge changes around the league in order to compete. Notably, lookout for Wisconsin and Russell Wilson.
Pac12- With USC under probation, someone in the conference needs to step up. Oregon did it last year and will do it again this year. Also Andrew Luck and the Trees of Stanford will also compete. LaMichael James and Luck will meet at the Heisman ceremonies again this year while Oregon still has a chance to maybe slide into the BCS title game. Stanfords’ defense just doesn’t have enough strength to put them into the title game but the will have another great year.
ACC- This division has 2 really good teams and the rest mediocre at best. FSU and Virginia Tech are the class of the ACC. The Hookies are back with their dominant still of defense but aren’t as explosive on special teams. FSU has boasted consecutive #1 recruiting classes and it has paid off. They will beat OU this week after being humiliated by them last year and make a push for the conference and BCS title games.
Big East- South Florida will dominate this division and win the conference title game. They had a huge showing on the road at Notre Dame against a talented team. This will help the Bulls down the stretch in conference play and against a very talented West Virginia team. South Florida should go undefeated and at least be in the BCS title game conversation. Also, don’t be surprised to hear BJ Daniels name in the Heisman discussion.
Heisman Notables (Best Chance of Winning): Montee Ball, Jr., RB, Wisconsin, Matt Barkley, Jr., QB, USC, Justin Blackmon, Jr., WR, Oklahoma State, Michael Dyer, So., RB, Auburn, Robert Griffin, Jr Baylor, LaMichael James, Jr., RB, Oregon, Landry Jones, Jr., QB, Oklahoma, Andrew Luck, Jr., QB, Stanford, Taylor Martinez, So. Nebraska, Kellen Moore, Sr., QB, Boise State, Trent Richardson, Jr., RB, Alabama, Denard Robinson, Jr., QB, Michigan, Darron Thomas, Jr., QB, Oregon, Russell Wilson Wisconsin QB
National Champions: LSU, at every level defense wins championships and they have the best one in college football.
Heisman Winner***LaMichael James*** MVP of college football ***JUSTIN BLACKMON***
NFC North - The Packers won’t be able to repeat as champs because they didn’t make any free agent moves and didn’t get better in the draft. The Vikings will be steady all year behind the biggest move this year, Donavan McNabb and his calming influence. Lovie Smith will be on the hot seat early because the Bears will struggle out of the gate behind a lackluster receiving corp. Detroit or should we say Suh will dominate on defense, but Mathew Stafford has still yet to prove anything but he’s injury prone.
Green Bay 10-6
Minnesota 12-4 Division Champs
AFC North – Pittsburgh still stands tall in this division. The Ravens can’t win when it counts with Flacco. Colt McCoy will have a good year in Cleveland. Cincy? Who knows, bad ownership, bad management, bad personnel, bad free agency, just BAD.It’s time to bring the famous name back….The BUNGLES!
Pittsburgh 11-5 Division Champs
AFC EAST – Host two of the best teams in football. The Pats got better in free agency and the draft. The will return to Super bowl form and win it all this year. The Jets will have a good year, but Rex Ryan can’t win fall short because the best team in the league, is in his division. The Dolphins will continue making strides to get better behind a tenacious defense. The Bills will continue to struggle this year.
New England 13-3 Division Champs
New York 11-5
NFC East Philly will dominate this division and face Minnesota to go to the Super Bowl. New York will rethink the Coughlin’s extension behind players’ unwillingness to play for him. The Cowboys still don’t have what it takes to win their own division. Shanahan may not be the guy we thought he was. The Skins get rid of Mcnabb for Rex GROSSman!
Philly 11-5 Division Champs
New York 9-7
AFC West – In the year of the offense, the Chargers will fair very will behind Phillip Rivers and Vincent Jackson. The Raiders will steadily improve with the young talent that continues to grow. The Chiefs will faulter this year because they didn’t use free agency affectively. Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow, who cares? Denver won’t be any good.
San Diego 11-5 Division Champs
Kansas City 6-11
NFC West Sam Bradford and Mike Sims Walker will light up the league this year. Arizona will improve from last year behind new QB Kevin Kolb. Seattle won’t be that lucky this year. The 49ers are about to years away from new coach Jim Harbaugh making his mark.
St Louis 10-6 Division Champs
San Francisco 5-11
AFC South The Jaguars will surprise everyone with their division title this year. Houston still won’t be able to get it done, even though the colts are down. The Titans will need more than Chad Johnson to turn this ship around.
Jacksonville 10-6Division Champs
NFC South The Saints will cause havoc for defenses in the run game this year. Atlanta is just built the way a team should be and will have plenty of success. Tampa will continue to use young talent to improve their team. Cam Newton will have a good first year in Carolina.
New Orleans 12-4 Division Champs