First Round NFL Draft Talking Points

– There were big winners, moderate winner, moderate losers, and big losers in last night’s draft.

– One big winner was the New York Giants, selecting Prince Amukamara 19th overall.  Another big winner were the Lions, snatching up Nick Fairley.  A Avril/Fairley/Suh/Vanden-Bosch defensive line may just be the best in football.  My third big winner comes from the city of New Orleans.  In Cam Jordan and Mark Ingram, the Saints got two quality players in late round picks.

– There were also some moderate winners.  Among these were the New York Jets, the Bills, the Ravens, the Colts, and the Bears.  They all got quality players who could have been taken much earlier in the draft.  If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know how I feel about Wilkerson.  But I want to specifically talk about the Bills.  They need a quarterback badly.  If Andy Dalton is there when they pick next, take him.

– The moderate losers were the Patriots, Eagles, Dolphins, and Cowboys.  The Patriots lost two years of Richard Seymour to draft an offensive tackle?  C’mon.  And the Eagles could have gotten a star defender, yet they went with an offensive guard who isn’t much more talented than the ones in later rounds.  As far as the Dolphins go, I like Pouncey, I really do.  But you need a quarterback.  Chad Henne isn’t the answer.  As for the Cowboys, Tyron Smith projects to be a great tackle, but is he going to make an impact as much as someone as Watt or Fairley?

– Then there were the big losers.  The Broncos passed up on Marcell Dareus to go strictly for need in Von Miller.  Miller fits the need, but Dareus was the much better player.  The Falcons gave up way to much to move up and select Julio Jones.  He better be the next Larry Fitzgerald.  Then there was the 49ers who needed a quarterback, but passed up on one to reach for Aldon Smith.  A pick later, the Titans passed on Blaine Gabbert for Jake Locker.  Are you kidding me?  At 12 overall, the Vikings took Christian Ponder, who projected to be taken much later.  They could have easily traded down if they really wanted him.  Then came the Chargers who passed on a plethora of great defensive prospects to fill a need at defensive tackle.  Last but not least came the Seahawks, who took a guard projected to be taken much later in the draft.  They could have taken a really good defensive player, yet they passed up on all of them.

– One team you really could put anywhere is the Panthers.  The Cam Newton debate is a crazy one.  I think he, along with Tim Tebow, will be one hell of a player to watch and follow throughout the next few years.

– Overall, it was a crazy first round.  There are still many great players left such as Akeem Ayers, Da’quan Bowers, and Andy Dalton.  Anything can happen in rounds two and three, therefore it will be a great watch tonight.

A Look Back at My NFL Predictions

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AFC North

1. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
2. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)*
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)
4. Cleveland Browns (3-13)

I was wrong here.  I thought the Steelers wouldn’t be able to rebound from losing Big Ben at the beginning of the season.  I got the Ravens’ record correct though.

AFC East

1. New York Jets (12-4)
2. New England Patriots (10-6)*
3. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
4. Buffalo Bills (2-14)

I got the bottom of the division right, but the Patriots ended up beating the Jets out for the division.  The Jets got their revenge in the postseason.  I got the Dolphins’ record right as well.

AFC South

1. Indianapolis Colts (14-2)
2. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
3. Houston Texans (9-7)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

The Jags were a lot better than I thought, as they nearly won the division.  It was a really strange year for the AFC South, but once again Indy won.

AFC West

1. San Diego Chargers (10-6)
2. Oakland Raiders (7-9)
3. Denver Broncos (6-10)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)

Maybe the shocker of the year, the Chiefs came out of nowhere to win the division.

NFC North

1. Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
2. Green Bay Packers (11-5)*
3. Chicago Bears (8-8)
4. Detroit Lions (4-12)

Completely wrong.  The Vikings collapsed, and the Bears ended up winning the division.

NFC East

1. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
2. New York Giants (10-6)*
3. Washington Redskins (7-9)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (6-10)

The Cowboys collapsed, the Giants collapsed, and Michael Vick’s Eagles won the division.  Who would have thought that would happen?

NFC South

1. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
2. Atlanta Falcons (9-7)
3. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)

Wrong here again.  The Falcons won the division.

NFC West

1. San Francisco 49ers (10-6)
2. Arizona Cardinals (7-9)
3. Seattle Seahawks (6-10)
4. St. Louis Rams (3-13)

The Seahawks won the division.  Yeah, it was a crazy year for the NFL.

AFC

Ravens > Bengals
Pats > Chargers

Colts > Pats
Jets > Ravens

Jets > Colts

The Steelers (who I had out) beat the Jets in the AFC title game.

NFC

Cowboys > Giants
Packers > 49ers

Packers > Saints
Cowboys > Vikings

Packers > Cowboys

I was right about the Packers winning the NFC Championship Game.

Super Bowl 45

Jets > Packers

Packers > Steelers, but I came close.  Overall, I did pretty poorly.  But in reality, no one’s predictions were close.  It was an insane year for football.  Let’s hope next season, if there will be one, will be just as exciting.

Week 4 NFL Postgame

How about that for a Jets win?  The Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills today by a score of 38-14.  While the Jets shouldn’t get too excited over this win, they did dominate both sides of the ball  Mark Sanchez played well, and the running game almost netted 300 yards.  LT scored two touchdowns and both of the Jets’ feature backs gained over 100 yards.

Today was great, but next Monday night is the big game.  The Jets have to try to end Brett Favre’s career next week.  If the Jets can beat the Vikings, you begin to wonder just how good the Jets really are.  How many other teams can you consider better than the Jets if they win next week?  It should be a fun night at New Meadowlands Stadium.

Interesting fact: Mark Sanchez’s projected stats for this year are 2844 yards, 32 TDs, and 0 INTs.

Sanchez: 14/24, 161 yards, 2 TDs
Tomlinson: 19 carries, 133 yards, 2 TDs
Greene: 22 carries, 117 yards
Edwards: 4 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD
Keller: 4 catches, 28 yards, 2 TDs

The Giants had a great game as well, winning 17-3.  The pass rush was on all day, accumulating 10 sacks.  It was a good day for the Giants, but there is nothing to get excited about yet.  All they did was beat the Bears’ backup quarterbacks by two scores after Jay Cutler got hurt.  Still, tonight was a positive.  The Giants will take their momentum into Houston for a showdown with the Texans next week.

Manning: 18/30, 195 yards
Bradshaw: 23 carries, 129 yards, 1 TD
Nicks: 8 catches, 110 yards

And since the Bears lost, the Jets now lead the league in wins.

Week 4 NFL Preview

It’s that time of week again.  Are you ready for some football?  The Jets and Giants both have very important games this week.  A win or a loss could set either team on the  right or wrong path to the playoffs.  Let’s get started.

The Jets enter their game against the Bills at 2-1.   The key for the Jets in this game is to protect the football.  If Mark Sanchez limits his mistakes, the Jets should have this game wrapped up by halftime.

Even with both Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis out, the Jets defense should have no problem handling Buffalo.  If the Bills score more than two touchdowns, it will be a huge accomplishment for them.  I can’t see this game not becoming a one-sided affair.

Final Score Prediction: 34-7 Jets

The Giants are a little more desperate than the Jets.  Sitting at 1-2, this game is a must win.  The Giants will have to establish the run early against Chicago.  If they can’t, it will be a long day.  The Bears don’t have a great secondary, but Julius Peppers will get the quarterback in the pass rush.  If Eli gets banged up early, this game could take a turn for the worse for the G-Men.

The Giants defense may be the biggest question mark in the NFL right now.  For a defense that was so overhyped coming into the season, you’d expect much more out of them.  If they play well, the Giants will win.  If they don’t, the Giants will lose.  It’s that simple.

I see this game being close early, but I don’t think the Giants have the discipline right now to close out games.  A few late scores should help the Bears win this game.  Look for Jay Cutler to light up the Giants secondary.

Final Score Prediction: 31-10 Bears

Week 2 NFL Predictions

Week 2

1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
2. Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
3. Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
4. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
5. Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns
6. Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
7. Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
8. Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
10. Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
11. St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders
12. Houston Texans at Washington Redskins
13. New England Patriots at NY Jets
14. Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers
15. NY Giants at Indianapolis Colts
16. New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

Nick

Titans
Vikings
Falcons
Ravens
Chiefs
Cowboys
Eagles
Packers
Panthers
Seahawks
Raiders
Texans
Patriots
Chargers
Colts
Saints

Zach

Titans
Vikings
Falcons
Ravens
Chiefs
Cowboys
Eagles
Packers
Panthers
Seahawks
Raiders
Texans
Patriots
Chargers
Colts
Saints

Jets Postgame: Week 1

Words can not describe the pitiful performance put on by the Jets tonight.  The 10-9 Ravens win was a huge kick in the pants for Jet fans.  To not score one touchdown in any game is disgraceful, but to hype yourself and then choke like this is just terrible.

Some quick notes from tonight:

– The Jets were extremely overhyped.

– Sanchez was terrible. No excuse.

– Shonn Greene perhaps was a little overrated based on last year’s playoff performance.

– Releasing Alan Faneca was the WRONG move.

– The Ravens defense was no excuse to not score at least one touchdown.

– Realistically, the Jets are no more than a wild card team right now. The Patriots should be looked at as the frontrunners to win the division.

– They’re still better than the Dolphins, who could barely beat the Bills last week.

– They’re probably still better than the Giants, who are probably going to lose to the Colts next week.

– I don’t think the Jets will win next week and could very well start the season 0-3. Going to Miami is always rough.

– Brian Schottenheimer shouldn’t have a job.

Jets
Sanchez: 10/21, 74 yards
Tomlinson: 11 carries, 62 yards
Jenkins: Left early (knee injury)
Folk: 3/3 FG
Pouha: 2 fumble recoveries

Ravens
Flacco: 20/38, 248 yards
Rice: 21 carries, 43 yards
Boldin: 7 catches, 110 yards
Heap: 6 catches, 71 yards

After a performance like that, I don’t even know what to say.  This team had no problem talking in the offseason about cheeseburgers, snacks, their kids, leading the league in wins, ground and pound, and how great their team was.  Guess what, this is reality.  You lost.  In New York, you win first and then talk.  If you talk before you win, you better win the damn game.  The Jets didn’t to that tonight.  An absolutely overall pathetic performance.

Week 1 NFL Predictions

For every week of this NFL season, members of the New York Sports Zone staff will make predictions as to who will win each game.  At the end of the season, we will calculate who predicted the most games correctly.  Each winner is bolded.

Week 1 Games

Nick

1. Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
2. Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
4. Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
5. Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
7. Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
8. Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
10. Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
11. Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
12. Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
13. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
14. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
15. Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets
16. San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Zach

1. Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
2. Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
4. Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
5. Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
7. Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
8. Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
10. Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
11. Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
12. Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
13. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
14. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
15. Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets
16. San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Tom

1. Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
2. Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
3. Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
4. Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
5. Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
7. Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
8. Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
10. Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
11. Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
12. Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
13. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
14. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
15. Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets
16. San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs