Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Cowboys’

fantasy football

We are FINALLY back, Ush is back in the states and we are casting again. Now that the Sports world has come to complete standstill, we decided to do a new episode of the PT Sports Debate. On this episode, we start off mentioning the NBA Finals just because it has been that long since a previous episode. Afterwards, we discuss some of the moves in the NBA Free Agency season. Then we go on to the meat and potatoes of this cast, FANTASSSSY FOOTBALLLLL!!!! If you love fantasy football as much as we do, then now is a time to listen to the Debate. We are going to be touching on all of the divisions in football. We are doing actual division previews/predictions here on the blog, and on our podcasts we will be discussing Fantasy Football. Specifically we’ll be identifying some players to watch from each team. This episode we discuss the lovely teams of the NFC East. Check it out, laugh, cry, drink. Hope you enjoy.
Listen here:

Check out all our podcasts at http://ptsportsdebate.podbean.com
Follow us on Twitter @PTSportsDebate

Until next time.

-Stiltz

Advertisements


Stiltz:
Ush, let’s start with the NFC East, one of the more talked about divisions in the NFL. There is always a lot of hype around the NFC East but lately it has been a battle of mediocrity. Let’s take a look at last season’s standings:
Philly 10-6
Dallas 8-8
NYG 7-9
Washington 3-13

2014 Schedule: NFC West(GIANT RED FLAG!!!!!!!!!! Potential four losses), AFC South
Eagles:
Last year was Chip Kelly’s first year in the NFL, and it was a successful transition for the former Duck. The Eagles will come out even faster this year, in my opinion, now that they are in year two of Chip’s system. Also, Chip is starting to build a team with his guys.
Even though they lost one of their stars in DeSean Jackson, they added some young blood in Matthews and Huff. Also, they made a nice trade acquiring Darren Sproles who should fit perfectly into Chip’s system. A concern for me is the Eagles’ secondary, they really didn’t get better this offseason. I’m not sure if Chip is trying to offset his subpar secondary with a strong front seven that will put a lot of pressure on the QB, but they need to be better this year. Last year they were ranked 32nd against the pass whereas they were a top ten team in rushing and passing offense, and rushing defense.

Dallas:
Dallas had a nice run at 8-8 the last couple of years and now it is time for a rebuild. They have some cap issues and really need to getter better through drafting and developing if they want to return to glory. I don’t know if Jerry will ever have patience for that, but that’s how the old Cowboys dynasty was built and it’s their only chance to get back in the playoffs.
Romo is coming off a back injury and fans are still coming off a disappointing draft that had the world holding its collective breath in anticipation of a potential JFF arrival into Jerry world. Is this a sign of Jerry changing? Nahhhh, he still has his hand up Jason Garrett’s ass as he controls the team from the owner’s box. After being stripped from playcalling duties, I would have just left if I was Garrett. This roster screams 4 wins to me. An already weak defense, suffered a major loss in Sean Lee and I don’t know where the playmaking will come from. Like always Romo will have a lot of pressure on his back, let’s hope it holds up.

New York GIANTS:
The Giants, can anybody figure them out? Everybody thought they were lulling us into their usual trap as a notorious late starter….just make it into the playoffs and then we’ll show up. Eli was the anti-Peyton last year and seemed on a mission to throw 50 interceptions. He ended up throwing 27! But still, he scares the hell out of all opponents in crunch time.
The Giants D should be even better this year, and their offense HAS to be better if they want to make the playoffs. Their O-line was atrocious last season and their running game was non-existent. I expect Eli to have a better year and like the addition of Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, and Rodgers-Cromartie. The Giants will surely need their Bye week in week 8 to prepare for a brutal three game schedule of home vs the Colts, @Seattle, and back home for the Niners. Seattle and the Niners in consecutive weeks, the football gods took a nice steamy dump on the city of New Yoooooorrk. Hey, at least they have two titles in the past 10 years.

Washington:
I love the hire of Gruden, and expect big things from their offense this year. RG3 obviously rushed back from his injury and he should be closer to the 2012 version that ignited the NFL world. He missed a lot of throws in the pocket last year, and it was hard to watch at times. He seems like a perfectionist, so there should be no reason for a repeat of that stinker. They gave up so much to get him in the draft and if he is not playing like an All-Pro they have ZERO chance.
The Redskins didn’t have a draft pick until the second round and they drafted some O-lineman to beef up that line. They really tried to add some defensive playmakers in free agency with Hatcher and Porter, in addition to the big signing of DJax. The Redskins have a formidable receiving corps now, and RG3 has no reason not to succeed. The Bengals offense rolled with Andy Dalton behind center, so I’m expecting the Redskins to be in the top 10 easily this year.
Prediction:
Eagles 10-6*
Redskins 9-7
Giants 6-10
Cowboys 4-12
*Playoff team

Tough pull for the NFC East, playing the NFC West is no easy task. I expect the Eagles to be better this year, even though their record remains the same. 10-6 is no reason to be ashamed. They would be in the driver’s seat again hosting a playoff game in January. What do you see happening in the NFC East this year, Ush?

USH:
Stiltz, great start to the NFL previews, and we agree for sure on the NFC East. I think this will almost certainly be an Eagles/Redskins race for the division, and I’m not sure why but as of now I’m going to give the nod to the Redskins here.

I really feel as though this division race can be decided by one or two key injuries for either team. These are especially of concern given the fact that these teams have to face the hard hitting, pain inflicting defenses of the NFC West. I’m giving the nod to the Redskins because of the new hire, and the impact that it will have on RG3. A blind man could see that RG3 and the Shanahan family had issues before, and even though they were able to say the right things in the media most of the time, the weight and impact of that relationship on their quarterback had to be extremely taxing, both on and off the field. Having a supportive and quarterback friendly coach is going to take RG3 to the next level this year. (Adding Desean Jackson doesn’t hurt)

So, this means that I have the Eagles coming in the two spot, but I do think they will compete for the lone wildcard spot left after the NFC West runner-up claims one. I could see it being the Eagles/NFC South runner-up vying for this spot, and it will really depend on Chip’s offense pulling one or two games out against their non conference opponents from the West. I’m still not sold on Chip’s philosophy that his system is greater than the parts, and that he can plug and play whoever into his system and still be successful. I don’t think there are enough playmakers at WR and TE to stress the great defenses they will face, and think that may be where they struggle. **For what it’s worth, I REALLY like the young kid Matthews, but think he needs a year or two before he’s ready to be an impact player against the best defenses in the league**

What is there to say about the Giants? I think their entire season boils down to the OL. If the OL can protect Eli, then Eli doesn’t get happy feet. If Eli doesn’t get happy feet, Eli doesn’t throw 4 picks a game and single-handedly sabotage my FFL work league. With the additions of OBJ and Rashaad Jennings, the Giants offense has plenty of fire power, but they’ll need the horses up front to play well.

I anticipate a fire sale happening in Dallas this year. Their, shall we say generous, defense will be even more so with the loss of Sean Lee to injury, and the departure of DeMarcus Ware to the Broncos, but who knows, maybe some unheralded young guys with massive chips on their shoulder will step in and be the feel good stories of the year leading the Dallas defense. (Don’t hold your breath) The offense will be among the highest producers for points and yards, but that will be mostly because they’re often playing from behind and Romo is throwing it 50 times a game. That’ll be an issue with his surgically repaired back standing back their susceptible to hits. I don’t anticipate the Cowboys approaching .500 this year, and think it’s entirely possible that Jason Garret is gone before the season is over.

Well that’s the NFC East, crazy how this division once dictated success in the league and it sure feels like one of the weaker divisions in the league this year.

Hey here are our picks for the week, you can listen to them on the latest podcast.

STILTZ: 13-3

Panthers over Falcons
Bengals over Ravens
Texans over Titans
Colts over Jags
Miami over Jets
Vikings over Lions
Giants over Redskins
Steelers over Browns
Broncos over Raiders
Pats over Bills
Saints over Bucs
Cards over 49ers
Chargers over Chiefs
Seahawks over Rams
Packers over Bears
Philly over Dallas

USH: 14-2

Panthers over Falcons
Bengals over Ravens
Titans over Texans
Colts over Jags
Jets over Miami
Lions over Vikings
Redskins over Giants
Steelers over Browns
Broncos over Raiders
Pats over Bills
Saints over Bucs
49ers over Cards
Chargers over Chiefs
Seahawks over Rams
Pack over Bears
Philly over Cowboys

ATS bets of the week:
Carolina -6.5
Jets +5.5
Detroit +3

Stiltz Picks: 9-7

McCoy 133 rush yds 2 TD/6 rec 29 yds

Sleepers:

Patterson 3 rec 8 yds/5 rushes 54 yds & TD/4 KR 143 yds

Pitta 4rec 34 yards

Earl Bennett 2 rec 12/2 pt conversion

Buffalo over Miami
Denver over Houston
Chiefs over Colts
Browns over Jets
Rams over Bucs
Bengals over Vikes
Panthers over Saints
Redskins over Cowboys
Titans over Jags
Pack over Pittsburgh
Seahawks over Cards
Chargers over Raiders
Ravens over Pats
Lions over Giants
Eagles over Bears
49ers over Falcons
Fantasy Sleepers:
Pitta, Earl Bennett, Cordarelle
High Scorer:
Ush’s Picks: 9-7 
Sleepers forgot to wake up today for Ush:
Greg Jennings finished with 4 rec 27 yards D Walker 4 rec 35 yds
Stacy had another nice day 105 rushing yards and a TD
Miami over Buffalo
Denver over Houston
Colts over Chiefs
Browns over Jets
Rams over Bucs
Vikes over Bengals
Saints over Panthers
Cowboys over Redskins
Titans over Jags
Pittsburgh (if no A-Rod) over Pack
Seahawks over Arizona
Chargers over Raiders
Pats over Ravens
Lions over Giants
Bears over Eagles
49ers over Falcons
Fantasy Sleepers:
High Scorer:
Zack Stacy

Growing up a Packers fan I really didn’t know how lucky I was until this season, 2013!  My earliest memories of watching the Packers involve witnessing one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Brett Favre, sling it all over the field. Success happened quickly when Favre was under center, but we couldn’t get over the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of people give fans shit for referring to their favorite team as we, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. The Fans invest a lot into the team and without the fans there is no NFL or professional sports for that matter. Anyway, the Packers would eventually make it to the Superbowl and win it when I was just 11.  I remember to this day how excited I was that entire playoff run. I’ll also remember the feeling of disappointment the following year when we fell short to the Denver Broncos.

What will stick with me the most during the Packers 1996 season, was my Dad’s reaction. When the Packers knocked out the Panthers to advance to the Superbowl I remember my Dad beginning to tear up as I jumped around in excitement. Life as a Packers fan to me was easy because we were winning, we had a great QB, a great coach, and one of the best defenders of all time. What I didn’t have to go through was the long drought of mediocrity in Green Bay that my Dad endured as a fan. My generation was spoiled and lucky to be born into Packers fandom.  Favre always kept the Packers as a playoff contender with Superbowl potential. Even as Coaches rotated in/out the Packers stayed relevant with Favre as the driving force.

We all knew Favre couldn’t play forever but he was our ironman. He never missed a game as a Packer and we never thought we’d see him suited up in anything besides Green and Gold.  When Aaron Rodgers was drafted, the clock unofficially started for Favre’s career in Green Bay. Even after a successful 2007 season, that saw the Packers fall short against the Giants at home in the NFC Championship game, the team was committed to Rodgers. Favre’s indecisiveness off the field on whether or not he was coming back the following year had run out. Nobody was happy, Rodgers handled the situation with class and let his play do the talking.

Aaron Rodgers went on to become the best quarterback in the NFL in just a 4 year span. During this run he led the Packers to a Superbowl, won the Superbowl MVP(something Favre didn’t accomplish) and regular season MVP. The 2008 season was a bust, but Rodgers still threw for over 4,000 yards as a rookie. The 2009 season was when the ghost of Favre came back to haunt the Packers. Actually, it was the real Favre in a purple costume torching the Packers and getting some redemption of his own. The Packers would go on to make the playoffs that year and be involved in quite a shootout against the Cardinals. I remember watching the game in Afghanistan, and riding a roller coaster of emotions. The Packers would eventually lose after a fumble bounced off Rodgers foot and returned for a TD.

The 2010 season, Rodgers third as a starter, would be his chance to exercise the demons against Favre’s Vikings. It would also be the year that Rodgers put himself on the map as a legitimate superstar. His play in the playoffs and Superbowl was a joy to watch. That Superbowl was different, I now understood how hard it was for a team to make it this far. I found myself sitting still on the chair following a game clinching interception, just letting it all soak in. My first reaction was to call my dad and we just sat there in amazement on the phone.

2011 was something special. The Packers offense was unstoppable and it all started with Aaron Rodgers. They didn’t have a running game and the defense was subpar but was always good for a couple of turnovers a game. The Packers would always manage to get a double digit lead and get teams to start passing the ball which lead to turnovers. The Packers could not stop the run for the life of them that season, but it didn’t matter since they were always playing ahead. The Packers would go 13-0 heading into a matchup with the Chiefs. Surprisingly, I attended the Chiefs/Packers game that year and got to witness
the Packers get their first loss while being berated by the fans. The 2011 Packers were flawed, but Rodgers greatness was enough to overcome it all up until the playoffs. The playoffs are when your opponents are good enough to expose your flaws. You have to be a well-rounded team in order to make it to the Superbowl.  The Packers knew how bad their defense was so they used their first five picks on defensive players.

2012’s Packers team had the same issues. The Packers still lacked a running game and their defense wasn’t playing much better. However, Rodgers was able to carry them to an 11-5 season and a divisional rematch against the Niners. The Packers defense was shredded on National Television and since they were one-dimensional, Rodgers never stood a chance against that defense
. In the offseason the Packers finally decided to address their needs at running back by drafting Eddie Lacy in the second round, and Jonathan Franklin in the fourth. Eddie Lacy has turned out to be everything and more for the Packers.

The 2013 Packers were an extremely fun team to watch with a two-headed monster on Offense. Aaron Rodgers throwing the rock and Eddie Lacy being the workhorse. The defense was playing the best ball it had been in years, gang-tackling and playing with a high level of intensity. The Packers were starting to look like serious title contenders and then it all came crashing down on the night of November 4th. Coincidentally the same day my son was born. As I stood in the Hospital holding my
son, telling him about the Packers, Rodgers was getting thrown to the ground and going back to the locker room.

There were injuries in previous seasons but the quarterback has never missed a significant amount of time. Favre played QB for the Packers for 16 years and never missed a game. Aaron Rodgers had missed a game here and there but nothing too detrimental to the season. Rodgers has been sidelined for 7 weeks with no return in sight. The man that was able to cover up all of the Packers flaws was now gone and the rest of the team was left to fend for themselves. Suddenly, the defense which was ranked in the top 10 fell to the bottom of the rankings. How were they supposed to stop anybody when they were spending so much time out on the field. The Rodgers/Lacy combo had the Packers winning the time of possession game. Now they are having to deal with three and out after three and out. A franchise that had 3 total QB’s start since 1992, suddenly had 3 in two weeks. Packers’ fans finally got a taste of what a majority of other teams’ fans had to live through during those past 21 years. Inconsistency at the quarterback position is tough to watch, and it makes you feel hopeless as a fan.

Nobody will give Packers’ fans pity, but we can now say that we understand your pain. I know one thing, my generation has been extremely spoiled and lucky to have two potential Hall of Fame QBs at the helm. Without Rodgers, the Packers didn’t win a game the entire month of November. When they beat Atlanta, I can honestly say I forgot how good it felt to win.  I can only hope that Rodgers plays a long career so my children can witness a great quarterback like I did when I was young.  If that means holding him out the rest of the year, then that’s ok with me. However, this was one of the hottest teams in the league in Week 7 and there is no limit to what this team could accomplish with Rodgers in the lineup. Whether Rodgers comes back this year or next, we should all just be grateful that Rodgers is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Two Superbowls in the 29 years I’ve been alive is a lot to be thankful for!

Randall “Stiltz”

This weekend’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Eagles and Bears can turn out to be a meaningless game for both teams. In the early afternoon games the Cowboys will play the Redskins, and if the Cowboys win then Week 16 doesn’t matter for the Eagles. The NFC East division title would be decided in Week 17 when the Eagles play the Cowboys in Dallas. The NFC East has been decided in Week 17 the past two years with the Cowboys playing both games. Last year: Cowboys 18 Redksins 28 for the Division. 2011 Giants 31 Cowboys 14 for the Division. Also, if the Lions lose against the Giants and Packers beat the Steelers then this game wouldn’t matter for the Bears. The NFC North division would be decided the following week in Chicago when the Packers come to town. Should be interesting to see how this plays out!

So, last week Stiltz went 10-5, and I went 9-6. Pretty respectable for both. This week we differ on A LOT of picks. We shall see what happens. Picks to be discussed in tomorrow’s podcast.

Stiltz Picks:

Buffalo over Miami
Denver over Houston
Chiefs over Colts
Browns over Jets
Rams over Bucs
Bengals over Vikes
Panthers over Saints
Redskins over Cowboys
Titans over Jags
Pack over Pittsburgh
Seahawks over Cards
Chargers over Raiders
Ravens over Pats
Lions over Giants
Eagles over Bears
49ers over Falcons
Fantasy Sleepers:
Pitta, Earl Bennett, Cordarelle
High Scorer:
Ush’s Picks:
Miami over Buffalo
Denver over Houston
Colts over Chiefs
Browns over Jets
Rams over Bucs
Vikes over Bengals
Saints over Panthers
Cowboys over Redskins
Titans over Jags
Pittsburgh (if no A-Rod) over Pack
Seahawks over Arizona
Chargers over Raiders
Pats over Ravens
Lions over Giants
Bears over Eagles
49ers over Falcons
Fantasy Sleepers:
High Scorer:
Zack Stacy
Catch our analysis on tomorrow’s podcast

Follow us on twitter @PTsportsdebate