NFL Mock Draft 2015

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Hey there!

I haven’t been blogging about sports or the NFL for a few months, and I might not ever blog about it to the extent I did in 2014 again.

As we head into the Draft, however, I feel that I need to release my 1st Round mock draft – and give you my thoughts on who I want in Chicago. Here are my three favorite players in this year’s Draft: Marcus Mariota, Landon Collins, and Danny Shelton.

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NFL – 2014/2015 Playoff Predictions

After ending my regular season picks and predictions season I felt that a heavy weight was off my shoulders – but having seen how much I enjoy the playoffs this year, I’ve decided to give you my playoff prediction.

See, originally in my NFL 2014 Season Preview-post I called a lot of things wrong – though I still stand by the idea that Jay Cutler has had a great year, I did not see the Chicago-nosedive coming – and I definitely didn’t see the failure of the NFC South coming. Not at all.

In my season preview-post, however, I predicted that the Seattle Seahawks would defend their Super Bowl crown against last year’s opponent again – the Denver Broncos. Do I think that’s still possible? Yes. Is it my prediction? See below.

For the regular season picks and predictions, week-by-week, I ended up with a win-percentage of 61 (158-98). I’m actually very pleased with that, with the NFC South and Chicago-nosedives in mind.

Now, last week I went 2-2 in the playoff-prediction. I predicted that the Panthers & Ravens would lose – but that the Cowboys and Colts would defeat the Lions and Bengals respectively.

Here’s my prediction for the rest of the playoffs:

  Divisional Round:

  • New England Patriots over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Carolina Panthers.
  • Denver Broncos over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Dallas Cowboys over the Green Bay Packers.

    Conference Round:

  • Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots.
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Dallas Cowboys.

    Super Bowl:

  • Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

Enjoy the playoffs,

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.

NFL 2014 – Week 16 Preview

Power Ranking (It’s back!)

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

Predictions (61% accuracy so far)

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

NFL 2014 – Week 14/15 Preview

Next week I’ll probably update the power ranking.

Predictions (14):

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

Predictions (15):

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

NFL 2014 – Week 13 Preview

Happy Thanksgiving!

Predictions

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

 

NFL 2014 – Week 3 Preview

My overall prediction score is still at 75%, and I go into this week with four new week predictions. This week I’ll once again note an updated Power Ranking, and a pretender. New this week, I’m naming the best team of last week, as well as the worst.

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

Week 3 Predictions

  • Unbalanced Lovie: So far this season, Tampa Bay has not done anything truly spectacular. As we saw in Chicago, Lovie Smith is not a good coach for the offense – and one wonders if this trend will continue in Tampa. When the Bucs go to Atlanta, they will be beaten by a much better offense. Matt Ryan takes the win.
  • The Saints Are Coming: I predict that the New Orleans Saints will get back on track by beating Minnesota – and getting their first win.
  • Started From The Bottom…: I believe, and predict, that the Bears will beat the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, and keep control of their division – tied for 1st place.
  • Motor City Win: My final prediction of the week is that the Green Bay Packers will drop to 1-2, by losing to the Detroit Lions. I don’t see anything special in Green Bay, other than their no. 12. Detroit will win.

NFL 2014 – Week 2 Preview

After getting 75% of my predictions for Week 1 correct, I’m feeling pretty confident. Today, I’ll release my newest power ranking, as well as release the usual 4 weekly predictions. Firstly, here is the update power ranking – note that I’m testing some new team categories, this week I will name one ‘pretender‘ team that is overrated or will be sooner rather than later (I’ve overrated them, accordingly):

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

Week 2 Predictions

  • Nevermore: In what will be a tough matchup between the Ravens and the Steelers, the Ravens will ultimately beat the Steelers in Maryland. But as we now know, they shall see Rice play… Nevermore.
  • Kuechly Takes Over: Regardless of the starting quarterback, the Carolina Panthers will beat the Detroit Lions – due, in part, to a commanding defensive performance.
  • Titanium: In Tennessee, the Dallas Cowboys will once again look into the abyss – as they lose to Jake Locker’s Titans.
  • Melted Matty Ice: The cool Atlanta QB, Matt Ryan, will melt in Cincinnati as the Red Rifle will turn into the Red Hot Rifle, and liquify the Falcons’ QB. Bengals beat the Falcons.

Foreign Perspective – Chicago Bears – Week One 2014


In this ‘essay-like’ series under the name ‘Foreign Perspective’ – I’m trying to elaborate on views of a European, when seeing traditional American news or results. This includes, but is not limited to, potential political topics. My main focus, however, is the Chicago Bears – an American Football team that I love. How do I see the recent news and results lining up? Do I even understand this sporting mentality? Find out in the Essay Series ‘Foreign Perspective – Chicago Bears’.

On Sunday September 7th, the Chicago Bears opened their NFL Regular Season (2014/2015) against the AFC East Buffalo Bills. At Soldier Field, expectations were big – seeing as the Bears have been stellar against the Bills at home, and generally in the opening game. However, the Bears proved that this year won’t be as good as most people expected. I, perhaps infamously, predicted a 12-4 season – I drank the kool-aid, and believed the hype. But the Bears ultimately fell to the Buffalo Bills 23-20. Now, I have a couple of notes and views on the game. This week’s Bears Essay is entitled: The Good, The Bad and The Inexcusable.

Most of the things we saw at Soldier Field were bad, but it’s important to remember that it didn’t start that way. The Bears opened the season by forcing the Buffalo Bills 3-and-out. The Defense we wanted to see. When the Bears got the ball, they were fast and furious – an on-point Jay Cutler led the Bears down the field, and finished it off with a Touchdown to Martellus Bennett – a Tight End who had a big role to play in the opening week. It all went downhill from there.

Did the Bears think it was an easy win? Well, the game proved to be a trap-game. E.J. Manuel took his team down the field, by exploiting the Bears’ defensive holes – using Robert Woods to perfection, for one. The Bears let the Bills take an easy Touchdown. Tied at 7-7, I wasn’t panicking – not at all. But then the Bears offense made the same mistake that the defense did – thinking it was too easy? Sure, maybe. Hubris? Definitely. Trying that flea-flicker was obnoxious – and the playcalling was essentially terrible following the opening Touchdown-drive.

The Bills quickly went up 17-7, and the Bears were booed going into the half. And Cutler’s first interception of the season, directly led to a C.J. Spiller Touchdown. What happened during that play? I think Martellus Bennett was running a hitch-route, but failed to turn around and catch the ball Cutler was throwing – a missed play by Bennett. These missed plays continued, as Cutler was unable to lead the Bears back to a win. It wasn’t made easy for him, though – as Garza, Slauson, Morgan, Jeffery and Marshall all had injuries during the game.

Now, Martellus Bennett is not the bad, the good or the inexcusable. He had an average day, and his performance had both plusses and minusses at the end of the day. The Good was Matt Forte. He ended up with a total yardage of 169 yards – and was the one positive aspect of a game, wherein I expected very little from Forte following a mixed pre-season.

I label Jared Allen as ‘the bad’. But in reality, the defensive line should be labeled so. Jared Allen was particularly disappointing – and maybe both Allen and, the new Packer, Peppers are over-the-hill. As for the inexcusable? Jay Cutler. He did okay early in the game, and I don’t blame him for the first interception. But he did hold onto the ball too long, he did make two throws that easily could’ve been picked. And his second interception forced me to label him as inexcusable.He’s got his big deal, he’s got the big receivers – his type of coach. He didn’t take home the win – and he has no excuses when he throws directly to Kyle Williams. Throw it away, Jay.

Next week the Bears face the San Francisco 49ers, and they look good – like I expected – but it’s probably the best chance the Bears have had of pulling off an upset in San Francisco in a long time – with the defensive lack of health and new stadium in mind.

Go Bears.

NFL 2014 – Week 1 Preview

This year I’ll be trying to release a preview of each Regular Season week – and in these previews I’ll have a Power Ranking & a few predictions each week. Without further ado…

 

Power Ranking Pre-Week 1

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

Week 1 Predictions

  • Student Becomes The Master: I predict that Ron Rivera will outshine and beat Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay team.
  • Home Field Advantage: I predict that the Seattle Seahawks will defend their turf, and beat the Green Bay Packers in the opening round of the 2014 season.
  • Bad News Bears: I predict that while the Bears beat the Bills, Matt Forte will underperform severely.
  • Good Start: I predict that Bill O’Brien will lead his new Houston Texans team to a week 1 win against the Gruden-led Redskins.