NFL 2014 – Week 8 Preview

Pre-Week 8 Power Ranking

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

Week 8 Predictions

  • Denver Broncos over the San Diego Chargers
  • Detroit Lions over the Atlanta Falcons
  • Minnesota Vikings over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets
  • New England Patriots over the Chicago Bears
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Carolina Panthers
  • Miami Dolphins over the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals over the Baltimore Ravens
  • Houston Texans over the Tennessee Titans
  • Kansas City Chiefs over the St. Louis Rams
  • Arizona Cardinals over the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Indianapolis Colts over the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Cleveland Browns over the Oakland Raiders
  • Green Bay Packers over the New Orleans Saints
  • Dallas Cowboys over the Washington Redskins

 

… Big things are coming soon, as I’m preparing the next step in the Game of the Year section, preparing for new Movie Reviews (do check the List of Film Reviews) – and wondering about the possibility of a review section for books.

 

NFL 2014 – Week 7 Preview

Current Power Ranking:

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

Week 7 Predictions (58-33):

  • Patriots over the Jets
  • Ravens over the Falcons
  • Redskins over the Titans
  • Seahawks over the Rams
  • Browns over the Jaguars
  • Colts over the Bengals
  • Vikings over the Bills
  • Bears over the Dolphins
  • Saints over the Lions
  • Packers over the Panthers
  • Chargers over the Chiefs
  • Cardinals over the Raiders
  • Cowboys over the Giants
  • Broncos over the 49ers
  • Texans over the Steelers

 

NFL 2014 – Week 6 Preview

I have plenty of changes for today’s week preview – and I’m not just talking about a new power ranking. Starting this week, I’ll show you every single one of my weekly game picks (as I’ve picked every game since week one, privately). I’ll elaborate somewhat, by saying that I’ve gotten 60% of my predictions right so far. But before getting to that, here’s the new power ranking.

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

Week 6 Predictions

As of right now, I’m 47-29 picking games this season, and here’s how I’m going to pick games on the blog. I’m listing every game each week, and telling you who will win. Some games I’ll pick out, and give a single comment to or two.

  • Indianapolis Colts over the Houston Texans – I’m trusting one of the best QBs in the league right now.
  • Cleveland Browns over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • New England Patriots over the Buffalo Bills – Sorry Kyle, I don’t trust you.
  • Cincinnati Bengals over the Carolina Panthers.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars over the Tennessee Titans – Here we go Bortles, take home the win.
  • Green Bay Packers over the Miami Dolphins – sigh…
  • Detroit Lions over the Minnesota Vikings – I don’t see Minnesota taking the win without AP.
  • Denver Broncos over the New York Jets – L-O-S-S LOSS LOSS LOSS.
  • Baltimore Ravens over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • San Diego Chargers over the Oakland Raiders.
  • Chicago Bears over the Atlanta Falcons – “We’ll be fine”…
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Arizona Cardinals over the Washington Redskins.
  • New York Giants over the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • San Francisco 49ers over the St. Louis Rams.

F.P.: Overhyped, and Outdone

5 weeks into the regular season of the 2014 NFL season – and the Chicago Bears are 2-3. Now, let’s be clear, I didn’t completely expect the Bears to beat the 49ers at Levi’s, but, I expected them to beat Buffalo, Carolina, the Jets and then Packers at home. In my head, I saw the Bears as a 4-1 team after 5 weeks. But, no, we’re not there yet. And in today’s Foreign Perspective-essay I’ll focus on the Chicago Bears. They aren’t who they thought they were, who we thought they were, but they are who the Packers thought they were – overhyped. With that having been said, the world isn’t falling apart, this is football – not the end of the world. I’m not angry, I’m sad – but mostly I’m confused. The Bears should be better than this.

Let’s start by briefly analyzing each game this season – what did we expect, what happeneed, what worked – what went wrong? First up were the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. Going into the game everyone thought the Bears would destroy the Bills. Every piece of the Chicago offensive-machine was better than their Buffalo opposition. Michael Irvin had mentioned Jay Cutler as an MVP candidate, and the Bears were set to rule the NFC North. The Bears could only disappoint, and sooner rather than later the Bears were being executed on live television. Jared Allen had never won at Soldier Field, and this was not his day to break that record. Surprisingly, the Bills took the win in overtime – and the only memorable thing from that game was an active Matt Forté. 0-1 to start the season – trying to catch up.

Then came the big, signature Jay Cutler win at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calfornia versus the 49ers. The Bears were expected to lose, but did not, they prevailed after a tough beginning to the game. As Brandon Marshall planted a kiss on Jay Cutler’s head, every Bears-fan knew how it felt to win due to a team-performance. As Trestman said, the team played for four quarters – something you’ll later see being a problem for the Bears. The big thing for me, other than the Cutler-to-Marshall connection thriving, was the emergence of Kyle Fuller – 1st round rookie cornerback. These were the Bears we wanted to see, and they spoiled the Levi’s party.

Amazingly, though, the Bears could not run the ball with Forté versus the 49ers, and that problem would continue versus the New York Jets – as the Bears almost lost their win at the very end. The Bears weren’t perfect, they were good though – but it could’ve gone very wrong at the very end. Cutler was great for the second week in row, and during an interview he said that they needed to “ride the momentum” – and that was one thing the Bears did not…

2-1, at home, versus your biggest rivals. A. Must. Win. Game. You cannot lose at home to the Packers, and expect to win the NFC North. And the Bears started well, slinging the ball down the field well. Scoring points, and we looked like a top tier offense – finally. However, our defense? Well, they could not hang on. Aaron Rodgers destroyed our secondary – humiliated our team – and Mel Tucker could do nothing to stop it. Eventually, some bad referees would pulverize the Bears’ hopes for a lead at the half. In the second half? Well, the offense didn’t show up – and we were still out looking for a brand new defense. We were humiliated, detroyed – at home – versus the Packers. This time, Trestman, the Bears did not play for four quarters – and they were not awake. The only positive thing was the running game. Finally, it worked – but, it did so when everything else failed.

And that brings us to last week’s game versus the Carolina Panthers. Against Carolina we couldn’t stop shooting ourselves in our feet. But the thing is, even after going down 7-0 due to a stupid penalty-move on our Special Teams – we were actually playing well. The Cam Newton-offense is not bad, but the defense has been. At a certain point in the game we were up by 14 points – and were looking to score even more in the 2nd half… However, that was not really to be. Trestman likes to play the game for 4 quarters, as has already been highlighted today, but this was yet another game wherein we did not. Jay made mistakes, yes. Forte fumbled, yes. Gould missed the FG, yes. But we were too conservative offensively, and were only rushing 4 men defensively. Embarrasing to drop 2-3 when leading by 14.

We’re 2-3, and have a lot of tough games coming up. I feel worried, but I’ve been confident in Trestman and Emery for a while. Tucker and DeCamilis aren’t working out properly, and Emery needs to find someone else for their positions. But… This is still a work in progress, and it could be a lot worse than 2-3. Cheer up, fellow Bears fans.

NFL 2014 – Week 5 Preview

Last weekend was really tough for me, not only did Chicago lose to Green Bay – but my predictions were horrible – all but one. This week I’m hoping for a quick turnaround. Without further ado, here is the updated Power Ranking. However, due to too many shocking performances (Bears, Saints etc.), I’ve decided to do away with the specific performance color from last week.

  1. Seattle Seahawks
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Indianapolis Colts
  4. San Diego Chargers
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Arizona Cardinals
  7. Atlanta Falcons
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. Green Bay Packers
  10. Philadelphia Eagles
  11. San Francisco 49ers
  12. Chicago Bears
  13. Detroit Lions
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. Carolina Panthers
  16. Kansas City Chiefs
  17. New England Patriots
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Houston Texans
  20. New Orleans Saints
  21. Pittsburgh Steelers
  22. Buffalo Bills
  23. New York Giants
  24. Dallas Cowboys
  25. Washington Redskins
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. New York Jets
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  29. St. Louis Rams
  30. Oakland Raiders
  31. Tennessee Titans
  32. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Trestman’s Turnaround: Both teams desperately need this win, but the Chicago Bears are simply a better offense than the ones Carolina has been losing to. I predict a Bears win vs. Carolina.
  • Battle for Texas: In the battle for Texas, defense wins the state. I predict that the Houston Texans get an easy win versus the Romo-led Cowboys.
  • Crown Them: The Bengals are extremely good right now, and I don’t see them losing to a poor Patriots team. Sorry Brady.
  • Seattle’s King: They’re still the best, in my opinion, and I don’t see Kirk Cousins beating them. That would be insane.

NFL 2014 – Week 4 Preview

Following what was a perfect week for me, prediction-wise, we go into a week full of action – particularly over here in Europe – as the Oakland Raiders get ready to dismantle a stuttering Miami Dolphins team. We also enter a week wherein we’ll see the great rivalry of the National Football League – the Green Bay Packers versus the Chicago Bears – both are storied franchises, the former with one of the best quarterbacks in our day and age, and the latter with a stellar receiving team. Neither the Packers nor the Bears are without problems – and that’ll undoubtedly lead to turnovers. I will predict the outcome of the aforementioned matches, along with two other games that I find peculiar; but first, let’s look at the new and improved I’m Jeffrey Rex Power Ranking. As always a pretender, the best team of last week, as well as the worst, will be highlighted.

 

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

 

Week 4 Predictions

  • Not so Eli-te, but still a Manning. Remember when the hot topic in the National Football League was whether Eli Manning was indeed elite, or perhaps if he was even better than his brother? If you don’t, then you’re one lucky camper. For two years, Eli Manning has been performing extremely poorly – and he can no longer call himself an elite quarterback. Thankfully, for the Giants, they aren’t facing one when they meet the Redskins. With Robert Griffin III out injured, the biggest position in sports will be filled by the Chad Pennington-lookalike Kirk Cousins. Don’t get me wrong, I like him – but I’m taking a Coughlin-led Giants team over a rookie head coach w/ a backup quarterback any day of the week.
  • Raiding London. A disgruntled Miami team goes to London to battle a rookie-led Raiders team. I see Derek Carr beat the Tannehill-led Dolphins.
  • Saint Survival. New Orleans have been poor, disappointing in truth, but I see them getting a tough win against a running-Dallas team.
  • Cutler’s Takeover. The Bears have a great opportunity this week. They are able to push Green Bay to a 1-3 record, whilst maintaining their own top position in the North. Aaron Rodgers will have to perform to his best ability if he is to beat the potentially deadly Bears offense. And I? I doubt the Packers will be able to handle it. Bears win.

Game of The Year Watch 2014: Update 5

Today I’m trying to get you caught up on the most highlighted games these last few months. Today I will address the remastered editions, as well as DLC reviews – how do they stack up, and can they really become ‘Game of the Year’? Also, the massively hyped Shared-World-Shooter Destiny has been played and reviewed. However, we begin with season two of Telltale’s The Walking Dead game. So, expect SPOILERS.


Season one is one of my favourite gaming experiences of all-time. So I had a lot of expectations for the second season – one wherein I would no longer be playing as ol’ Lee. Instead we play as Clementine, the girl every gamer saw as their surrogate daughter last year. This year you are to mold this girl into a survivor, choosing whether to learn from Lee’s mistakes, learn from his advices or fall into a role of a scared little girl. My Clementine was strong, she was perhaps somewhat cold – but she learned from the mistakes made by my Lee. Also, the one thing Clem needed to remember was not to trust anyone – my Clementine did not. Though I do admit to lean towards ol’ Kenny. This game was great, it taught me how much you actually loved Lee – and not Clementine. It gave you that warm feeling when remembering the past events, and its ending is strong, scary and very different from last year’s season. While this season did not top last year’s, it was really, really close to doing just that.

Now, to address something really important in my Game of the Year section – remember the games that have been released recently. Games like a remastered version of my favourite game, The Last of Us, or the great PS4 version of Minecraft. Games like the aforementioned will NOT be in the running for game of the year; even though The Last of Us is the best PS4 game by a mile. Also, I need to be clear. I loved the InFAMOUS Second Son DLC First Light, but it will not be in the running as a standalone.

Moving on, let’s talk about the shared-world-shooter Destiny. Not unlike Watch_Dogs, this game was hyped to death. Initially this game was not on my radar, but following a stellar alpha and beta version, everyone, and I mean everyone, were calling it the next big thing. Now, this is sad – because while I really love Destiny, it’s not a new Halo. It’s not a new Mass Effect. Destiny is an MMO, with RPG elements, set in the future – played like a Call of Duty. Perhaps one should just call it a Halo-Call of Duty mash-up MMO. Don’t expect a good story, expect something along the lines of Diablo. Not played for the story, but extremely fun to play. The game is beautiful, the game is fun to play – however, it does not have a great story, and really it needs to explain itself more. The game is flawed, but it’s the only game I want to play right now. It’s fun.

Game of The Year Watch:

  1. Mario Kart 8 – 9.7 out of 10.0.
  2. The Walking Dead: Season 2 – 9.5 out of 10.0.
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth – 9.5 out of 10.0.
  4. The Wolf Among Us: Season 1 – 9.3 out of 10.0.
  5. Child of Light – 9.2 out of 10.0.
  6. Valiant Hearts: The Great War – 9.0 out of 10.0.
  7. InFAMOUS: Second Son – 9.0 out of 10.0.
  8. WATCH_DOGS – 8.5 out of 10.0.
  9. Destiny – 8.3 out of 10.0.
  10. Entwined – 8.2 out of 10.0.
  11. EA Sports UFC – 7.0 out of 10.0.