Posted by | C.J. | in Season Previews

For those of you who like your sports betting information in one easily navigated blog post, I figured I’d do a roundup of all of Ali and Maddy’s season previews of the last three weeks. So broken down alphabetically, by division…

AFC WEST
Broncos
Chargers
Chiefs
Raiders

AFC NORTH
Bengals
Browns
Ravens
Steelers

AFC SOUTH
Colts
Jaguars
Texans
Titans

AFC EAST
Bills
Dolphins
Jets
Patriots

NFC WEST
49ers
Cardinals
Rams
Seahawks

NFC NORTH
Bears
Lions
Packers
Vikings

NFC SOUTH
Buccaneers
Falcons
Panthers
Saints

NFC EAST
Cowboys
Eagles
Giants
Redskins

…Just trying to make your sports betting lives a little easier for you, boys.

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Posted by | Alikat | in Season Previews

Do you think the Pats were just a little mad this off-season watching the Colts get all this glory when they were kicking the Colt’s ass at halftime in late January?  So they went out and got Adalius Thomas from the Ravens, Randy Moss from the Raiders, Donte Stallworth from Philly, and drafted Brandon Merriweather from The U.  With the exception of the beast Thomas, all of their acquisitions have major talent that has been wasted the past couple of years.

It’s frightening what these guys are capable of because let’s not forget about Tom Brady who in my opinion is still the top gunslinger in the league.  I’d still pick him over Peyton Manning if I’ve got one last game to win.  Running back Lawrence Maroney is the real deal and should become a star this year if he stays healthy.

On defense, I think the Pats have a very good team, but not great yet. They haven’t had that dominance and total control since they won those three Super Bowls.  Once they get Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour back along with getting Asante Samuel up to game speed, this team looks to take off and do what they have always done - WIN!

Brady finally has major go-to receivers and a stud at running back.  With this in place and a defense that will only get better as the season goes on, I can say that the rest of the AFC has just awakened the sleeping giant.  I see this crew hoisting the Lombardi Trophy come February!

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Posted by | Alikat | in Season Previews

Da Bears are glad that the late, great comic Chris Farley isn’t around right now to make fun of all the Rex Grossman talk.  I swear that kid is a walking soap opera.  Sexy Rexy better get it right from the get go this season or I gotta feeling Lovie Smith will pull the plug on this kid half-way through the year.

Cedric Benson will take over full-time running duties now that former backfield mate Thomas Jones left for New York.  I think the Bears shipped the wrong guy packing as Benson tends to get bogged down at the line of scrimmage quite a bit.  I like that they drafted Greg Olsen whom I think will become a Jay Novacek type as his career progresses.

On defense we all know Da Bears have the best Cover 2 in the league.  It’s hard not to when you have someone as fast as Brian Urlacher.  He and Lance Briggs have so much speed and hitting ability it’s scary.  Getting Mike Brown back and healthy will be a great boost for the Monsters of Midway.

I look at this team going far into the playoffs again.  If Lovie can truly handle the Rex factor there is no reason, outside of injuries, that this team shouldn’t compete for the NFC Championship.

Oh by the way - I didn’t even mention they have the best Return Man since Billy “White Shoes” Johnson!

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Posted by | Alikat | in Season Previews

The 2007 Jets are looking to keep the momentum they established last year under Eric Mangini.  I think they are in for some more trouble this year as their schedule is much tougher than last year.  At some point Chad Pennington is probably going to go down to injury as last year was his first season as a pro that he played all 16 games.  Although they did get RB Thomas Jones in the off-season I don’t believe the Jets will be able to score the necessary points to win week to week in the tough AFC.

They are establishing a very good offensive line which should be good for the next half decade in D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold.  Both were starters in their rookie years and will only keep getting better.

On defense the Jets can play some very good games.  They need to develop more of a pass rush to help keep the pressure of their linebackers and secondary.  Their first round draft pick Darelle Revis should help bolster a promising squad on this side of the ball.

I think the Jets are still a year or two away from making a serious run at the Patriots for the AFC East.  There is no doubt that they have a good nucleus in Mangini, the O-Line, and some young defensive players.  Look for the Jets to upset one or two teams this year despite their brutal schedule.

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Posted by | Madison | in Season Previews

I love that 100-year old Marv Levy is back in an active role with the Bills organization.  Levy took the Bills to the Super Bowl four straight years in the early nineties, so Gramps gotta know something about winning (and something about losing the big game).  It looks like Levy wants to build an East Coast, minor league version of the Colts - all offense with big play ability and a defense that is questionable at best.

Sure, J.P. Losman is no Manning, Lee Evans is no Marvin Harrison (yet), their four member running back committee is no Joseph Addai, and most importantly, their offensive line is not secret service material like the Colts’ line is.  All that said, however, if you don’t play some sort of 2-deep cloud/prevent D, Losman and Evans will beat you.  And if you do, they’ll hope to run at, around and through you with their running backs, each with the skill to do one of those tasks.

With the key losses of Takeo Spikes, Nate Clements, and London Fletcher-Baker, the margin of error on defense is paper thin.  They’re hoping that nothing goes wrong as this is not the dominating defense of two years ago and it’s certainly not the above average defense of last year.  Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will be employing a version of the Cover 2 which suits the skills of his young and inexperienced defense.  If they can keep games close, expect the Bills to challenge the Jets for second place in the East.

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Posted by | Madison | in Season Previews

Because we admit our mistakes, it bears mentioning again that last year, I predicted that with the signing of Daunte Culpepper, the Dolphins would make the playoffs and were my dark horse Super Bowl pick.

My bad.

While I like the Trent Green acquisition, I’m not making the same mistake this year.

New head coach Cam Cameron who got a lot of the credit for the Chargers offensive potency the last few years won’t have the same fire power in Miami.  The newly revamped offensive line under standout coach Hudson Houck may spring some holes for Ronnie Brown but that doesn’t put him in the same league as LaDanian Tomlinson or the same planet…the good news is that they are in the same same solar system definitely.

Fans in South Beach is hoping that the line can keep Green on his feet long enough to help perennially underachieving wide receivers Chris Chambers and Marty Booker play up to their potential.

Cam Cameron showed good judgment by not tinkering with the defense at all as it remains a force.  It may be a little long in the tooth but you can expect the D to keep games within reach.  With defensive end Jason Taylor and a solid linebacking corps made up of folks like Joey Porter, Channing Crowder, and Zach Thomas, the ‘Fins look to strong up the middle and will be able to create pressure with the Dom Capers schemes.

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Posted by | Alikat | in Season Previews

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T-Jack, A.P. and Rice! No, they don’t represent a gangster, the Associated Press, and something we send to Third World countries in times of strife to ease our conscious.

They are the nicknames (at least my nicknames) for Tarvaris Jackson, Adrian Peterson, and Sidney Rice, three guys who are going to finally bring back some offense to this touchdown hampered team in 2006 so long as Brad Childress doesn’t call the plays ever!

A.P. and Rice are rookies and even though T-Jack appeared in a few games last year, he’s essentially a rookie too. I’m expecting some fireworks from time to time against lower ranked defenses especially in the running game. Behind two of the best O-linemen in the game in Steve Hutchinson and Matt Birk, the Vikings will pound the ball with A.P. and Chester Taylor. Rice is going to have a very good rookie season at wide receiver. Trust me, he’s not Troy “Drop everything” Williamson.

On defense, they’ve got one of the best D-lines in the game anchored by Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. The linebacking crew is pretty good though not great. Chad Greenway is coming back off of knee surgery and will give us some added speed at the position along with some playmaking ability. The secondary is where the Vikings got burned up last year despite having CB Antoine Winfield and FS Darren Sharper. If this crew doesn’t patch things up, it will be another frustrating season watching close games in the first half go down the drain in the 4th quarter.

The Vikings have more talent on this team than most experts think. If T-Jack can read the blitz and A.P. is anything like he was at OU, then I look for the Vikes to upset a few teams this year and maybe qualify for the wild card. If not, then look out in 2008!

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