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  1. Voted for the Colts. They could easily go undefeated in their division, and three of their four toughest remaining games are at home.

     

    Week 5: vs. :Ravens:

    Week 7: vs. :Bengals:

    Week 8: @ :Steelers:

    Week 11: vs. :Patriots:

     

    As for the Saints, they play in a MUCH tougher division, and on top of that they play the very tough NFC North. Add these tough games to the mix too...

     

    Week 10: vs. :49ers:

    Week 11: vs. :Bengals:

    Week 12: vs. :Ravens:

    Week 13: @ :Steelers:

     

    That is an extremely tough four weeks ahead of them. Four hard-nosed teams that play black and blue football.

     

    Edit: Just felt like I needed to add one more "tough" to this post... :laugh:

    Agree.

    Saints defense is somehow underperforming. They likely win shootout style games but will struggle against "tough" defenses with decent offenses.


  2. :yep: Not all too confident in Reed and Mercilus as far as rushing the passer goes. Watt is consistently double and triple teamed, and yet nobody else is getting sacks with only one man to beat.

    I'm disappointed with Powe at this point - in preseason, it looked like he was gonna need doubling also.

    I am hoping Cushing will be up to speed very soon and he can start sacking the QB. This might help out Mercilus and Reed to a degree as well.

    Reed looked good against the 'Skins then went away against the Raiders.

    Crennel has got to come up with something if they want to keep up the pressure on the QB - experienced QB's like Eli will take advantage of time in the pocket.


  3. Texans could be this year'a chiefs. It all adds up. Good pass rush, game manager QB, offense runs through the back, cakewalk schedule... the targets are better and the QB is worse but it's a comparable situation. They could end the year with a PO berth on an inflated record.

    Sounds about right. They are relying on Foster a bit much at the moment though - if he gets hurt, it's back to the drawing board for OB.

    One point you didn't mention that is worth doing so with, is the much improved D.

    Still a tad soft against the run, but still getting it done.

    Watt is just magnificent.


  4. With some of the surprise 2-0 teams, and keeping in mind that the Texans (one of those surprise 2-0 teams) parlayed a 2-0 start into a 2-14 season I thought this would make for an interesting topic, I anticipate a few teams getting most, if not all, of the votes but I went ahead and included everyone, because if you want to say the Broncos are going to have a worse record than the Bills and Texans who am I to stop you? I'll add my thoughts later

    I voted Bills because I am a Texans homer, but I think their simple formula will win them a few more games yet.

    Btw, Texans will have a better record than Titans. :yep:


  5.  

    Thursday

    Pittsburgh @ Baltimore 8:30 ET

    Sunday

    Miami @ Buffalo 1:00 ET

    Jacksonville @ Washington 1:00 ET

    Dallas @ Tennessee 1:00 ET

    Arizona @ New York Giants 1:00 ET

    New England @ Minnesota 1:00 ET

    New Orleans @ Cleveland 1:00 ET

    Atlanta @ Cincinnati 1:00 ET

    Detroit @ Carolina 1:00 ET

    St. Louis @ Tampa 4:05 ET

    Seattle @ San Diego 4:05 ET

    Houston @ Oakland 4:25 ET

    New York Jets @ Green Bay 4:25 ET

    Kansas City @ Denver 4:25 ET

    Chicago @ San Francisco 8:30 ET

    Monday

    Philadelphia @ Indianapolis 8:30 ET

    Tiebreaker: 71

    How many points will be scored between the Eagles and Colts?

    My upset for the week is Minnesota over New England.

     

    With Peterson out, I'm changing my pick to New England.


  6. Thursday


    Pittsburgh @ Baltimore 8:30 ET



    Sunday


    Miami @ Buffalo 1:00 ET


    Jacksonville @ Washington 1:00 ET


    Dallas @ Tennessee 1:00 ET


    Arizona @ New York Giants 1:00 ET


    New England @ Minnesota 1:00 ET


    New Orleans @ Cleveland 1:00 ET


    Atlanta @ Cincinnati 1:00 ET


    Detroit @ Carolina 1:00 ET



    St. Louis @ Tampa 4:05 ET


    Seattle @ San Diego 4:05 ET


    Houston @ Oakland 4:25 ET


    New York Jets @ Green Bay 4:25 ET


    Kansas City @ Denver 4:25 ET



    Chicago @ San Francisco 8:30 ET



    Monday


    Philadelphia @ Indianapolis 8:30 ET



    Tiebreaker: 71


    How many points will be scored between the Eagles and Colts?


    My upset for the week is Minnesota over New England.



  7. Every year your team cuts someone you think should have made the roster going by excellent pre-season form.

    This year Texans cut some gems:-

    Max Bullough - ILB

    Travis Labhart - WR

    Uzoma Nwachukwu - WR

    Bullough could not have done much more to impress and certainly did nothing wrong. My bet is they will try to sneak him onto the practise squad.

    Labhart had two pick 6's in his games against two different opponents. He has flypaper on his hands and finds ways to get open. A real headscratcher for mine.

    Nwachukwu is very fast and also will get snapped up.

    Ricardo Mathews DL/DE is a 5 year vet and showed great versatility but still (shockingly) got cut.

    There were some others but these four were standouts.

     

    A faux pas on my part re- pick 6's - they belonged to DB Andre Hal, who Texans retained. (Thank goodness)

    Labhart still performed well and has many Texans fans scratching their heads as to why he was cut.


  8. Every year your team cuts someone you think should have made the roster going by excellent pre-season form.

    This year Texans cut some gems:-

    Max Bullough - ILB

    Travis Labhart - WR

    Uzoma Nwachukwu - WR

    Bullough could not have done much more to impress and certainly did nothing wrong. My bet is they will try to sneak him onto the practise squad.

    Labhart had two pick 6's in his games against two different opponents. He has flypaper on his hands and finds ways to get open. A real headscratcher for mine.

    Nwachukwu is very fast and also will get snapped up.

    Ricardo Mathews DL/DE is a 5 year vet and showed great versatility but still (shockingly) got cut.

    There were some others but these four were standouts.

     

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  9.  

    No, Manning wasn't at the top of the league, but he was doing things that were unheard of from a guy of his youth and was in the argument for being one of the top QBs in the league(5-8ish range). Dalton isn't even ranked in anyone's top 10 at this point. Stats are cool, but there's also the eye test that you have to pass. Manning passed it with flying colors in his early years. Dalton hasn't.

     

    Not that Dalton is awful. He's obviously not. But he's not what Peyton was. He's not what Luck and Wilson are. He's not a "I want to build my franchise around this guy" person. As a fan of a franchise who hasn't had a stable QB situation since McNair's MVP season in 03, I wouldn't go "omg sign Dalton" if he were a free agent.

     

    He's a solid QB that I can't blame the Bengals for wanting to keep because you can certainly do much worse, but he's not changing the NFL and he's not gonna set the world on fire unless he takes some huge step.

    Knowing what we know now, if you gave me the choice of a young P Manning or a young A Dalton, you would not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who I'm takin'...


  10.  

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    I'm here for you. When the Texans win 6-7 games I'll be here to console you. I remember the days when I had high expectations for this franchise. They do say ignorance is bliss, but just talk to some Browns fans and you'll truly know our pain.

    You can call me a homer - I'm a big boy now. :)


  11.  

    I take it you've never seen Ryan Fitzpatrick play before?

     

    I'm not exaggerating when I say he can't manage a game. He literally, and I mean literally, is incapable of doing so. If he's not out there playing like a gun slinger, he's not out there playing at all.

    He is getting better as he goes in these pre-season games.

    Looks like OB is making this system tailored to Fitz as much as possible.

    He does throw a little too much into tight coverage and this worries me, but he has a pretty decent receiving corp including Andre Johnson, Deandre Hopkins, Ryan Griffin, CJ Fiedorowicz (who some are saying will be a starter) and Mike Thomas in the slot with Foster out of the backfield.

    He will have weapons to throw to.


  12. Just a space to comment on what you see out there on the field from your team… or any team.

    Coaching is the biggest factor for any teams success and O'Brien has a different philosophy than Kubiak, and it is refreshing to say the least - so far he looks like turning the ship around. Romeo Crennel brings a lot of experience for the defense and Mike Vrabel has been working well with the LB corp.

    An excellent part of that philosophy is that all payers are equal, and all must earn their spots on the roster and this has really brought some competitiveness from the top to the bottom. The secondary improved and the front line is bolstered.

    The QB position has had an arguable upgrade with Fitzpatrick He has shown surprising mobility with his legs and the right time to use them. Matt Schaub was basically a statue and had lost what he had in previous seasons.

    The Oline will take time to gel but it should be better than last year.

    The RB corp is looking better with Grimes showing up in the preseason as well as 6th round Alfred Blue looking like a steal. Ronnie Brown adds some experience and is a decent blocker. Foster is said to be looking like the Foster of old, but his hamstring can be an issue at any time.

    The TE's are looking good with Mike Thomas showing his value, Ryan Griffin progressing nicely and CJ Fiedorowicz catching some nice passes.

    The LB corp has shown some better polish under Vrabel. Btw, Max Bullough is looking like a nice prospect. :)


  13. Fitzpatrick isn't leading a team to 9 wins.

     

    I'm sorry. He's just not capable. He will have a game or two that he carries the team himself and wins it for you, but a good 8 or 9 where he'll either A. be garbage the whole game or B. look decent enough til the 4th quarter and throw the game away.

     

    The guy is not, and never has been, capable of managing a game. To be as smart as he is, he sure is dumb.

    I don't see Fitz as Texans saviour and never mentioned his name.

    All he has to do is manage the game, which he can do, and keep the ints to a minimum.

    Special Teams looks like it has a heartbeat again and if the D does get it's mojo back and force more turnovers than they did last year (which shouldn't be hard), then Texans will be a handful for teams once again.

    I agree that it may take time for the team to gel, but lots of other teams have new players and coaches also.

    Texans schedule is easier than last years.


  14. Barring any unforeseen injuries, the Texans look like a six or seven win team at best. If they can draft Mariota or Winston next year, then things might turnaround for the better. There's only so much you can achieve with two backup caliber quarterbacks and a 4th round rookie...

    Agree that injuries always play a part however, Texans seem to have enough depth this year.

    The new coaching regime has given ALL players the chance to make the team and that has made everyone more competitive - gone are the days of the Kubiak cronyism.

    The secondary seems upgraded as well, and most importantly, the coaching.

    Mr. Clowney adds a new dimension to the pass rush and Jerrell Powe looks like a decent upgrade at NT.

    One has to be justifiably optimistic with Texans chances and as the season progresses, they will get better within the new system.


  15. Texans:-

    v Washington - W

    @ Raiders -W

    @ Giants -L

    v Bills -W

    @ Cowboys -W

    v Colts -W (Texans break the Hoodoo at home)

    @ Steelers -L

    @Titans -L

    v Eagles -L

    BYE

    @ Browns -W

    v Bengals - L

    v Titans -W

    @ Jags -L

    @ Colts -L

    v Ravens - W (Texans rally at home against their old coach)

    v Jags -W

    This is very doable for Texans. We may lose both games to Colts and lose to Ravens but could pick up the Bengals game and could also pick up the Jags at Jags.

    Texans could snag a wildcard. 9 - 7


  16. vs. :Browns:- W

    @ :Ravens: - W

    @ :panthers: - L

    vs. :Bucs: - W

    @ :jags: - W

    @ :Browns: - W

    vs. :Texans: - L

    vs. :Colts: - W

    vs. :Ravens: - W

    @ :Jets: - L

    @ :Titans: - L

    Bye

    vs. :Saints: - L

    @ :Bengals: - W

    @ :Falcons: - W

    vs. :Chiefs: - W

    vs. :Bengals: - W

     

     

    Sweep the division, go 11-5, :trophy:

    :dry:

     

    Could lose a game to the Ravens or Bengals. The Titans game is iffy. Jets is iffy as well, but it's following a Ravens game. I honestly don't think this is that tough a schedule. Could finish between 10-6 and 12-4, imo.

    Interesting you have Texans beating you at home - I have pencilled that game as a loss for Texans


  17. If you like, give a best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, and realistic expectation.

     

    :Eagles:

    Best-Case Scenario: The offense picks up right where it did last year and the defense is actually competent. We run over our division and the AFC South and split some games with the NFC West to finish 12-4.

     

    Worst-Case Scenario: Defenses adjust better to Chip's offensive tactics, Nick Foles regresses, the defense is still terrible, and maybe some injuries here and there lead to 5-11.

     

    Realistic Expectation: 9-7

    JAX, W

    @IND, L

    WAS, W

    @SF, L

    STL, W

    NYG, W

    @ARZ, L

    @HOU, W

    CAR, W

    @GB, L

    TEN, W

    @DAL, L

    SEA, L

    DAL, W

    @WAS, L

    @NYG, W

     

    Texans:-

    Best case scenario - key players stay healthy, Ryan Fitzpatrick is serviceable within O'Brien's system, defense is a beast. 10-6 record.

    Worst case scenario - opposite of above. 4-12

    Realistic - 7 or 8 wins.

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