It’s the last football friday of the 2016 season and I’ll have my prediction coming up in after a message from our sponsors. From an Eagles perspective, it was an interesting season to say the least. They were able to draft their franchise quarterback, managed to trade Sam Bradford a week before the start of the regular season for a 1st AND 4th round picks. The team started 3-0 and Carson Wentz looked like the second coming, but eventually the team came back down to earth due to a suspension, some injuries, and overall lack of talent.
Now Howie Roseman has been charged with building the team around Wentz, but with gaping holes on both sides of the ball, it’s going to take a few years to get where they want to be. First thing is to get Wentz some help at receiver and the first report came out yesterday, naming Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills as a potential free agent target. As I wrote last night, I’m a fan of Stills and would certainly make him a target if he becomes a free agent (the Dolphins hold exclusive negotiating rights until March 7 and could potentially sign him before the free agency period begins on March 9). I’m not sure he’ll ever become a star receiver, but at the very least he’s a durable playmaker that can stretch the field with his speed. It doesn’t surprise me that the Eagles would look at the crop of free agent receivers and target Stills, especially with the price tags the other top guys will have.
— Speaking of Carson Wentz, he’s at the Super Bowl and was on the NFL Network having a little fun and tossing some footballs at a giant head. Check it out
— GMFB (@gmfb) February 2, 2017
— I’m making my Super Bowl prediction right now. The Patriots have been a 3 point favorite since the line opened almost two weeks ago and it hasn’t moved at all, despite about 65% of the betting going to New England.
It’d be easy to pick the Patriots in this one, you can never go wrong with betting on Brady and Belichick. The Falcons, though, have something special about them and it’s more than just Julio Jones and Matt Ryan. The entire team has really hit its stride in the last quarter of the regular season and in their two playoff games.
So yes, I’m picking the Falcons and I’ll give you two reasons and neither are Julio Jones or Matt Ryan.
1. The Falcons running backs. The combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman has given the Falcons dual weapons in both the run and pass game. They combined for 1599 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns during the regular season, plus 85 catches for 883 yards and 5 more touchdowns. That’s a ridiculous 2482 in rushing and receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. If the Patriots want to key on Julio Jones, the Falcons can run the ball or use either back in the passing game.
2. The Falcons defense. If you look at the pure stats, you wouldn’t be that impressed with the Falcons defense, but as the season progressed, head coach Dan Quinn saw growth from his young players who were just getting comfortable. One thing I noticed against the Packers was the speed on defense. They fly all over the field. Their 2015 1st round pick Vic Beasley lead the NFL in sacks with 15.5 in just his 2nd season.
Too much Falcons offense and their defense will make enough plays and stops to get a win. Falcons 31 Patriots 26
— I’m not sure why, but Johnny Manziel still intrigues me. Maybe it’s like looking at a car accident when you drive by it on the highway. You almost have to look and see. When he was with the Browns, he didn’t appear to be an NFL quarterback, just didn’t look big enough or have enough of an arm. Not even mentioning that he was out all night partying. The year or so since he was in the NFL has been fueled with drugs, alcohol, and partying, He was involved in a domestic dispute, his agent fired him, and his parents begging for someone to help him before he’s dead.
Well, Johnny Football is back. Kind of. He’s apparently sober and trying (again) to get back in the NFL. The former Heisman winner was signing autographs and taking pictures at a Houston area mall last night. Some reporters were on hand after paying the $99 wait in line for their chance to meet the former Texas A&M great. He wouldn’t answer questions from reporters, but he was apparently very gracious towards everyone.
— Smiley Pool (@SmileyPool) February 3, 2017
Fan pays $99 to have a picture taken with Johnny Manziel in Manziel’s famous Halloween costume pic.twitter.com/mhZULP7kCk
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 3, 2017
— Tom Brady played Conan O’Brien in a fighting game called “For Honor”. I haven’t had a game system since Sega Genesis (and the Wii, but I only played Wii Sports), so I have no idea what any of these games are.