The NFL schedule comes out tonight at 8pm, of course with a special on NFL Network and ESPN, where commentators will hammer out every game of the season for like, sixteen hours straight. I'm just gonna cut to the chase, and give you my top games I'm looking forward to this season.
Obviously this one is gonna be a big one that you will hear talked up and drilled into your heads nonstop leading up to the actual game. Saints fans might wanna look away, cause you'll see "the play" more times than you'll want to. The Cundiff kick/Lee Evans drop still makes me shut my eyes when I see it. Things to keep in mind: Will this ~actually~ be Drew Brees' last season? Will the Rams stop being so damn sketchy with Todd Gurley? How big of an impact will Clay Matthews have for the Rams? No matter what the outcome of this one is, it won't erase what happened last season.
This one is rumored to be the Sunday Night opener, and it's sure to be a good one. I'll be watching through my finger binoculars to spot the first sign of age on good ol' Tom Brady. I won't rest until I find it. Patrick Mahomes is coming off of a monster season, obviously. The Pats don't have Rob Gronkowski anymore, but don't worry -- Brady can throw to me or you and be fine. I hope this is a passing-of-the-torch game from Brady to Mahomes as the GOAT. I'm just so tired of it.
Baker Mayfield is becoming one of my favorite players in the NFL, and we all know the true test is beating Brady (bonus points if you beat him at home). The Browns can pass this test from being known as "just a good team on paper" to "an actual good team, who can be a threat."
As currently the biggest Denver Broncos fan of all time, this is a game on the schedule that Joe Flacco can show he's officially back (I already know he is, but he has to make the rest of you feel stupid as well). Not only could the Browns be actually good, but this is a team Flacco knows how to play, or at least, he used to. I still can't shake Baker, but maybe Von Miller will be able to.
Super Bowl rematch Twitter will be so alive for this one. There are some differences with this particular game, though. Carson Wentz will (hopefully) be healthy this time around with Nick Foles heading to Jacksonville. And of course Gronk is no more. Both teams are still good, and I think this one will be closer than most think.
The drama is sure to be at an all-time high for this one, with Le'Veon Bell facing his former team. This is a game you'll be tired of hearing about before it even happens. I think the Jets will be better than they were last season, but this is one of the games where they're gonna have to prove it.
Jalen Ramsey and Antonio Brown need to be miked up for this one, or the NFL has failed us all.
Earl Thomas is facing his former team, hopefully proving he's healthy and hopefully not flipping off Seattle anymore to give them any more bulletin board material. Russell Wilson said on Tuesday that he's ready to win more Super Bowls -- this is a good start. The Ravens are going to be missing Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, and Eric Weddle this season -- the core of that good defense of last year.
This may be one of the most unpredictable games of the season. Both teams have their good reasons why they can win -- and have just as many reasons why they could lose. Jared Goff could morph into either 'good Jared' or 'bad Jared,' and the same can be said for Mitch Trubisky.
Two words: Bruce Arians. He may be Jameis Winston's last chance at redemption and the Cardinals could have a flashy new QB or stick with future Hall of Famer Josh Rosen. Arians and new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury should be a good matchup, no matter who the QB is.
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1. Antonio Brown, slow down.
Antonio Brown has been going buck wild on social media, and frankly he needs a get back coach. I don't think this is an indicator of his future play for the Oakland Raiders, but you have to think they're worried about what will happen if he doesn't get what he wants there. I'm talking about Derek Carr. If he had problems with Ben Roethlisberger and getting the ball (aside from all the other drama), he's bound to have issues with Carr as well. He got what he wanted as far as the deal goes, he got out and all that, but what happens if he doesn't get the ball?
2. can jameis winston re-vamp his rep?
Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston has done some stupid shit -- I'm not gonna go over all of it, but you know what I'm talking about. He has a chance to prove to the Bucs this year that he's changed and if he's done doing stupid shit. I think everyone should be given the opportunity to change -- you live and you learn and all that. I think he can do it if he has his head on straight, but does he? I think there's fair reason for doubt. Will he be the QB the Bucs thought he can be? Or will he do more stupid shit? Will distractions get in the way? Or is he just not good and it doesn't matter?
3. johnny comeback?
Johnny Manziel still wants to play in the NFL, but he's been shunned from both the CFL and the now-tainted AAF, so will he ever show his face in the NFL again? Maybe he should go the Tim Tebow route and go play baseball? I'm not saying 100% no, because crazier things have happened (and teams would rather sign someone with multiple fuck-ups than someone who peacefully protests police brutality, for just a little example), but I think someone would have done it already. Teams are desperate but not that desperate.
4. demarcus lawrence is underrated. that is all.
The Dallas Cowboys locked up DeMarcus Lawrence this past week, with a five-year, $105 million deal and $65 million guaranteed. They were smart to do so -- I think he's one of the most underrated defensive players in the entire NFL. 25 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions (not his job) in just two seasons is literally insane.
5. Why does dwyane hASKINS' draft stock seem to be falling?
I'm admittedly not a "Draft Guru" and don't pretend to be one, so I don't really have a definite answer here. Enough teams need a quarterback, or could at least use one, so my question is -- is it because they have more glaring needs or is it something else?
6. did kraft pay off this spa place?
I joked around about this on Twitter, but it really seems like it could be true. Did Robert Kraft pay off the spa he got jerked off in to say they weren't involved in trafficking? It definitely seems weird that there was all this evidence of it and it just magically disappeared into thin air? This is purely speculation here, by the way, I'm not accusing him of anything, but it just seems extra fishy.
7. favre says green bay should have won more with rodgers/mccarthy duo.
I definitely see Brett Favre's reasoning here, but winning a Super Bowl is extremely hard to do, and the Packers have been absolutely decimated in injuries the past few seasons, and those are hard to predict. Aaron Rodgers remains the best quarterback in the NFL and will most likely continue to be until he retires, but it's fair to say Mike McCarthy could have held him back at times. I just think so much goes into winning a championship other than the quarterback and the coach.
8. if the seahawks don't pay russell wilson, they are idiots.
I don't feel like I have to explain this any further, but my question is: What would be the reason why they would pass on paying Russell Wilson besides being complete idiots? Someone else is going to if y'all don't. You wanna lose forever or have a high chance of winning it all each season as long as you have Wilson? He gave Seattle until tomorrow to have a deal done, and there have been rumors that he wants to play somewhere else. I'll be keeping my eye on this one.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn't having any of it. None of it. Wilson is due a new deal and he's making it quite clear that he's either gonna get it in Seattle, or get it elsewhere.
Wilson made it clear on Tuesday that he wants a new deal by April 15, which is when players report to Seattle for offseason workouts.
Wilson was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month, and he answered questions about his status in the NFL, including a question about himself possibly becoming the highest paid player in the league.
Now, it's clear that that's what he wants, and apparently the concussion water and football bread sales aren't cutting it. Wilson's current deal is a four-year, $87.6 million contract, which he will be in his final year of. It's typical of a team right now to lock a player down long-term, rather than playing on the final year of the deal and risk his future with the team and/or the dreaded franchise tag.
Another thing to think about -- if he doesn't get this deal but his so-called "deadline," does this mean he skips workouts (not that it really matters, as they're voluntary anyway)? Both sides have reportedly been negotiating recently, which is definitely a good sign.
The Seahawks are dumb as shit if they don't do this. There's no doubt that Wilson will get this deal, where he'll get it is the question.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell and Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen got into Twitter beef (I LIVE for this shit) on Monday over something so incredibly dumb (literally, live for this) -- Bell's newest rap song.
Bell posted this video of his new song on Twitter with said fire emoji (meaning, fire), and the trash can emoji (which I can presume to mean 'very bad') --
Maybe it was a rhetorical question, but Allen responded (and please don't watch the video again) --
I mean, he isn't wrong.
So.... uhhh.... WHY would you text him about a TWEET?!
And... uhhh... why the "check marks" comment when he...also.. has a check mark?
And WHY ask for an opinion if you don't actually want it? People give unsolicited opinions on Twitter all the time, so Rule Number One is do not actually ask for anyone's opinion.
What is 'buzz fuzz'?
And why does he spell the word "you" with two u's??
Also, this song, is in fact trash. I side with Allen.
Kinda. NFL teams with a new head coach can begin their offseason workout programs today, April 1. Those teams include the Browns, Bucs, and Dolphins. The Broncos will begin tomorrow (April 2) and the Packers, Jets, Bengals, and Cardinals will start next week. These workouts will consist of mostly strength and conditioning, as well as injury rehab -- no one should be hitting each other yet, or bitching about throwing. Every other team can start their workouts in two weeks.
One of the biggest teams to watch during this time will be the Cleveland Browns -- new head coach Freddie Kitchens should be good for a good quote or two, maybe about somebody named Odell Beckham, who should be looking to make a good first impression on his first day with his new team.
Another team to keep an eye on is Arizona -- and not just because Kliff Kingsbury is nice to look at. Do they keep future Hall of Famer Josh Rosen around, or are they preparing to draft Kyler Murray? You won't be able to tell anything based on if Rosen shows up for workouts, of course, and I doubt anyone will let a quote slip, but I've got my binoculars and my watchful eyes on and peeled.
Also, these workouts are completely voluntary (which means players are not required to show up, for those with a thin vocab), so please keep your hot takes to yourselves about how a ten-year veteran sucks now because he didn't show up to lift weights. Thanks!
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