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Kid Reporter Justin's Picks for the 2017 NFL Awards!

Who should get each award this season? That is what I am going to talk about in this article.

League MVP:
Tom Brady

Runner-Up:
Ezekiel Elliott

Offensive Player of the Year:
Ezekiel Elliott

Runner-Up:
Matt Ryan

Defensive Player of the Year:
Khalil Mack

Runner-up:
Von Miller

Coach of the Year:
Jason Garrett

Runner-Up:
Jack Del Rio

Offensive Rookie of the Year:

Ezekiel Elliott

Runner-Up:
Dak Prescott

Defensive Rookie of the Year:
Joey Bosa

Runner-Up:
Jalen Ramsey

Comeback Player:
DeMarco Murray

Runner-Up:

Jordy Nelson

There you have it! What picks do you agree with and which ones do you disagree with? Let me know by commenting down below.

-Kid Reporter Justin

Kid Reporter Justin: Soaring Seahawks!

This year the Seahawks are in trying to make their third Super Bowl in five years. Can they do it? Comment below on what you think? Here is a little bit more about the Seahawks in the playoffs.

As you all are probably aware of, the Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl again after winning Super Bowl 48. This time it was against the Patriots. The Seahawks finished 12-4 and got a bye, they faced a weak team to begin with; The Panthers. This wasn't the season when the Panthers were the team to beat. This was a team with a losing record in the regular season and the only reason they made the postseason was because they won their division. 

The Seahawks had five Pro Bowlers: Marshawn Lynch, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor that season, easily won 31-17. Next they faced Packers and won in overtime due to a mistake by Brandon Bostick on an onside kick. No Packer Fan will ever forget that. That gave the Seahawks a chance to tie it up by scoring a touchdown; which they did. In overtime, it was as if the game was already over. The Seahawks were dominating the Packers defense and the momentum was on their side. They easily dominated them in overtime and made it to the Super Bowl. They took advantage of a mistake against the Packers and then, they committed one of their own against the Patriots. Pete Carroll decided to throw the ball in the red zone, instead of running it with Marshawn Lynch but Malcolm Butler picked it off and that was it. The Patriots won the Super Bowl.

Last Season, the Seahawks did the opposite of getting a bye. They got the sixth and last seed. The Seahawks faced the Vikings in the first round of the playoffs. It was a very low scoring game and it was very cold at Minnesota. It ended up coming down to Blair Walsh, the Viking's kicker, who missed the field goal to win the game. The Seahawks survived a close one. Next up, they were against the Panthers, who were nearly unstoppable in the regular season. The Panther did what they normally did and that was start off strong. They were winning 31-0 at one point. The Seahawks scored 24 consecutive points, but it still wasn't enough. They couldn't take down the Panthers.

This season, they are the third seed and are facing the Lions in the Wild Card round. How far can they make it this season?

-Kid Reporter Justin

Kid Reporter Justin's Playoff Coverage: Wild Card Round!

The Playoff Bracket was official after last week's Sunday Night Football game when the Green Bay Packers beat the Lions. Here are my predictions for this week and more!

NFC
Packers 24
Giants 21

Seahawks 27
Lions 13

AFC
Raiders 10
Texans 14

Steelers 27
Dolphins 17

10 Booms: Players who I think will exceed expectations
1.Lamar Miller
2. Ben Roetlisberger
3 .Russell Wilson
4. Ty Montgomery
5. Odell Beckham Jr.
6. Davante Adams
7. Latavius Murray
8. Zach Zenner
9. Sterling Shepard
10. Jarvis Landry

10 Busts: People who might under perform
1. Connor Cook
2. Tom Savage
3. Matthew Stafford
4. Jimmy Graham
5. Jay Ajayi
6. DeAndre Hopkins
7. Randall Cobb (if he plays)
8. Golden Tate
9. Michael Crabtree
10. Alex Collins

Super Bowl Predictions this year

Week 1-Packers vs. Patriots (still could be right)
Week 13-Seahawks vs. Raiders (still could be right, but Derek Carr is out)
Current-Seahawks vs. Chiefs

-Kid Reporter Justin

In His Last Article of the Season, Kid Reporter John Made All the Right Calls!

Hey Guys! I’ve been writing for NFL RUSH for five years and have published over 100 articles and I’ve loved every moment of it. It's time for me to hang up the cleats and go out on a good note, so today I’m writing my last article. Thank you guys SO much for reading my work all of these years and for NFL RUSH for allowing my work to be published on a site that I go to every week! Today, I’m tackling the three games to watch in the last week of the regular season, Week 17.

X Option: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 8:25 PM ET
This NFC North rivalry, which was pressed into primetime action due to flex scheduling, has more on the line than any other game. The Packers, winners of their last five, take on the Lions, who have fallen twice in the last two weeks, with the NFC North crown on the line. If the Redskins win earlier in the day, the loser of this game will be eliminated from playoff contention.

I’d go with the hot hand in this game and choose Green Bay. Matthew Stafford has been phenomenal, especially in late-game situations, but he’s facing the best quarterback in the NFL on a roll in Rodgers. Neither team has a particularly solid supporting cast, but the receivers for Aaron Rodgers and at times stingy defense gives him the edge. I’ll say 30-21, Green Bay.

Y Option: New York Giants at Washington Redskins, 4:25 PM ET
Washington controls its destiny- win and in. They’re taking on a Giants team that is a force to be reckoned with but is locked in to the five seed in the playoffs. Kirk Cousins has blossomed into a franchise quarterback, ranking second in the league in yardage, and his top receivers, tight end Jordan Reed and receiver DeSean Jackson, make this aerial attack among the most dangerous in the league. The match up to watch in this one is the Redskins’ run game against the stout the New York Giants defensive front. The Redskins average 139.9 rushing yards per game in victories against 73.2 yards per game in losses, per ESPN, while the Giants have allowed the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game. I don’t trust the Redskins, so I’ll say Giants 27-25.

Z Option: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, 4:25 PM ET

Yes, the Raiders are in the playoffs, and the Broncos are eliminated. But if Oakland wins with backup Matt McGloin at quarterback, the Raiders clinch the second seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye, which will help them acclimate McGloin to the starting duties. The Broncos have less to play for, though a win would at least give them a winning record.

For a backup like McGloin, no test is tougher than the Denver Broncos elite secondary, so expect a lot of Latavius Murray/DeAndre Washington action coming from the Oakland Raiders backfield. The Broncos have lost their last three games and are reeling, but a home game to finish the season with the chance to play spoiler to the Raiders could get them clicking again. Expect a low-scoring match, with the Broncos getting a 16-9 edge.

Checkdown: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 PM ET
This game has no playoff implications, as the Cowboys are locked into the top seed in the NFC and the Eagles are eliminated, but there are a lot of intriguing storylines. Dak Prescott can become the first rookie quarterback to win 14 games and the Cowboys could break their record for most regular season victories. More interesting is whether the Cowboys will rest Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and potentially put Tony Romo on the field. Even with the potential rest for the playoffs, I’d go with the Cowboys sweeping the Eagles in a 31-24 contest.

Who do you think will win in the Playoffs?

Kid Reporter John, signing off!

Kid Reporter Oren's Playoff Predictions!

Check out my playoff predictions. Let me know if you agree or disagree below!

NFC Wild Card Round

Byes:
1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Atlanta Falcons 

 Games:
3. Seattle Seahawks v. 6. Detroit Lions
4. Green Bay Packers v. 5. New York Giants

Seattle will win because the Legend of Boom (the Seattle defense) will take advantage of Matthew Stafford. Green Bay has beaten the Giants already this year, and the Packers are going to be on a 6-game winning streak. Green Bay will come out with the win.

AFC Wild Card Round:

Byes:
1. New England Patriots
2. Kansas City Chiefs Games:
3. Pittsburg Steelers v. 6. Miami Dolphins
4. Houston Texans v. 5. Oakland Raiders

The Steelers will win because the Dolphins’ defense will not be able to stop Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. It will be a high-scoring game, but the Steelers will win by double digits. The Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders will meet in the playoffs. The Oakland Raiders will win by a lot.

NFC Divisional Round
1. Dallas Cowboys v. 4. Green Bay Packers
2. Atlanta Falcons v. 3. Seattle Seahawks

The Cowboys are a very good team. They have a starting quarterback and running back who are both rookies. Because they have no playoff experience, the Packers will win. The second game is a very good match-up but the Seattle Seahawks will prevail. They have a very good defense that can stop Atlanta, the team that scores the most points per game and has scored the most points this season.

AFC Divisional Round
1. New England Patriots v. 5. Oakland Raiders
2. Kansas City Chiefs v. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The New England game will feature Tom Brady, who will have an amazing game, Julian Edelman, who will catch for over 100 yards, and Legarrette Blount, who will run for two touchdowns. The Patriots will kill. In the second game, Pittsburgh will win.

NFC Conference Championship Round
Seattle Seahawks v. Green Bay Packers

This is a rematch of the playoff game two years ago. This year, the Packers defense already forced Russell Wilson to throw five interceptions. The Packers will make their 8-game winning streak stay alive. The Packers will win.

AFC Conference Championship Round
New England Patriots v. Pittsburgh Steelers

New England has so many assets. Tom Brady will throw for 400 yards and a touchdown. The New England Patriots will kill Pittsburgh.

SUPER BOWL: New England Patriots v. Green Bay Packers
This is a very good match-up. Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers. Both teams have very good assets, but Brady can’t be stopped in this game. Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson will catch a total of three touchdowns combined, but it won’t be enough as Brady throws for 400 yards and three touchdowns and Legarrette Blount will score a touchdown. Brady will get his 5th Super Bowl win in the 2017 Super Bowl.

Who do you think will win the 2017 Super Bowl?

-Kid Reporter Oren

Justin's Rising Stars

It is Kid Reporter Justin here and I am going to say who I think has been the rising star on each offense this season. My definition of a rising star to me is last year's average becomes this year's hero.

For example, almost no one had heard of Malcolm Butler before his clutch interception against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl a couples of years ago. He went from a bench rider to the Super Bowl hero.

Patriots-Chris Hogan
Jets-Quincy Enuwa
Dolphins-Jay Ajayi
Bills-LeSean McCoy

Steelers-Jesse James
Bengals-Brandon LaFell
Ravens-Terrance West
Browns-Terrelle Pryor Sr.

Broncos-Trevor Sieman
Raiders-Derek Carr
Chiefs-Tyreek Hill
Chargers-Melvin Gordon

Texans-C.J. Fiedorowicz
Colts-T.Y. Hilton
Jaguars-Marqise Lee
Titans-DeMarco Murray

Eagles-Carson Wentz
Cowboys-Ezekiel Elliott
Giants-Sterling Shepard
Redskins-Rob Kelley

Seahawks-Jimmy Graham
49ers-Colin Kaepernick
Rams-Kenny Britt
Cardinals-J.J. Nelson

Packers-Ty Montgomery
Bears-Jordan Howard
Vikings-Adam Thielen
Lions-Matthew Stafford

Panthers-Jonathan Stewart
Buccaneers-Cameron Brate
Saints-Michael Thomas
Falcons-Taylor Gabriel

There you have it. Stay tune for my next article.

Ramsey Wins Packers Bonanza!

Top Points Earner Contest Winner Heads to Green Bay!

I’m writing about the Fuel Up to Play 60 prize I won for being the Top Points Earner on FuelUpToPlay60.com! I got to pick an NFL game to travel to and watch my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers play in their hometown!

The day before the game, I went to Lambeau Field and got to meet 2 alumni players from the Packers: Marco Rivera and Ken Ruettgers. I also took the stadium tour and got to go everywhere from the roof of the stadium to the tunnel and on the field. My favorite part of the tour was being on the roof because I felt like a giant standing above the entire field. When I got to the stadium that day, I was just shocked by how big it was.

When I walked through the Hall of Fame, my favorite part was the Brett Favre display. He was such a neat person. I also got to see some Super Bowl Rings and a couple of the Packers’ Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophies.
 
This was my first ever NFL game, and I couldn't wait to get inside to a stadium full of fans! When we got to the stadium for the game on Sunday, I was surprised by getting Sideline Passes to hang out on the sidelines during the pre-game. We got to see the players up close. That was so exciting! My favorite part of the game was running out of the tunnel before the National Anthem and standing on the field. I also have to say that another highlight before the game was when we were walking down the tunnel to go line up and Clay Matthews came up behind me and gave me a little shake on the shoulder as he jogged by. THAT WAS AWESOME!
 
The game was so awesome! The Packers fans I sat around were so cool. Every time there was a touchdown, they gave everyone around them high fives. The fans were so nice! Even though the snow was coming down it was still really nice outside and a perfect day for an outdoor football game.
 
So glad I got to see a Packers win at Lambeau Field. Man, I had an awesome time! I'd have to say that this was the best trip I've ever been on! Thank you Fuel Up to Play 60 for the opportunity to experience my first NFL game in style!

Ramsey
Student Ambassador
South Dakota
7th Grade

Courtney and Andrew on Packers Live!

Wisconsin Ambassadors on “Packers Live”!

Recently, we were invited by the Wisconsin Dairy Council to attend the Larry McCarren show as we have been very active for the last several years with the FUTP 60 program. Many of us started in this program back in elementary school. Now that we are in high school, we are looking for activities that interest high school participation.

Larry McCarren, AKA "The Rock", played for the Green Bay Packers as a center for 12 seasons and is now in the Hall of Fame. He hosts “Packers Live”, which is shot live at Lambeau Field in the Legends Club on Monday evenings. His guest that evening was Morgan Burnett, #42 Safety for the Packers. We took our crew of FUTP 60 Ambassadors, two who had never been to Lambeau before!

Before the game, we went to the Packers Pro Shop and saw Morgan Burnett shopping with his family! That was pretty sweet! He was a super nice guy and even let us get some pictures with him!
The Larry McCarren show was pretty cool. We weren't sure what to expect, but since we all really like football, we found the show to be really interesting.

Overall it was a great experience. Not only were we there to represent FUTP 60, but so were several other schools from around the state. It was great to talk with Mr. McCarren about FUTP 60 and let all of those who watched the show find out about it as well! We would definitely go to a Larry McCarren show again. Thank you FUTP 60 for partnering with the NFL and to the Wisconsin Dairy Council for your support (and for the tickets that night!).

Courtney and Andrew
Summit Ambassadors
9th Grade

Justin's Fantasy Football True-False Non Quiz

Hi, it is Kid Reporter Justin. Most of you guys reading this probably think this is a football quiz from reading the title. However, that is not what this is. Sorry if that is what you thought this is what this article would be about. Instead, I am going to mention some players and I will say True if I think they will reach at least 10 fantasy points this week and False if I think they will get under 10 fantasy points this week(standard scoring).

Jarvis Landry-True
80 receiving yards and a touchdown
14.0 points

Jay Ajayi-True
123 rushing yards and a touchdown
18.3 points

Allen Robinson-False
62 receiving yards
6.2 points

Terrelle Pryor Sr.-False
32 receiving yards
3.2 points

David Johnson-False
59 rushing yards and 26 receiving yards
8.5 points

Jonathan Stewart-True
74 rushing yards and a touchdown
13.4 points

Robbie Anderson-False
30 receiving yards
3.0 points

Rob Kelley-False
85 rushing yards and 8 receiving yards
9.3 points

Doug Martin-True
66 rushing yards and a touchdown
12.6 points

Tyler Eifert-False
74 receiving yards
7.4 points

Jimmy Graham-True
45 receiving yards and a touchdown
10.5 points

Todd Gurley-True
170 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards, and two touchdowns
30.5 points

Bilal Powell-True
73 rushing yards, 57 receiving yards, and a touchdown
19.0 points

Brandin Cooks-True
102 receiving yards
10.2 points

A.J. Green-True
120 receiving yards
12.0 points

Dez Bryant-True
42 receiving yards and a touchdown
10.2 points

It is Week 17 and the last regular season week of NFL RUSH Fantasy. Let me know what you think by commenting down below.

John's Big Huge Three Games

With the playoffs only one week away, every game counts for the teams still in the chase, whether home field advantage, the division title, or the last wild card spot is at stake. These three divisional games games will most dictate who will reach the playoffs.

X Option: Ravens at Steelers, Christmas Day
   The battle for the AFC North ended on Christmas. Pittsburgh locked up the division with the win!

Y Option: Texans at Titans, Week 17
   I never would’ve predicted it, but the Titans are on the cusp of the playoffs. Given that they take care of business against Jacksonville, Tennessee will enter Week 17 with a win-and-in scenario. Houston recently changed quarterbacks, sitting Brock Osweiler in favor of Tom Savage, which could dramatically improve the offense and give the Texans just enough to top the surprising Titans.

Z Option: Packers at Lions, Week 17
   A couple weeks ago, Detroit looked like they locked up the NFC North division. The Packers, on the other hand, looked finished. But if the Lions lose to the Cowboys, which is expected, and Green Bay defeats Minnesota at home, the Week 17 matchup between these two teams becomes a winner-take-all game. Though Matthew Stafford has played at an MVP-level, Aaron Rodgers has been heating up in December and it would be difficult to stop a streaking Packer team.


Kid Reporter Pranav's Playoff Picture

Hey guys Kid Reporter Pranav back with another article! Are you ready for the PLAYOFFS!

I am and I am gonna give you the playoff picture! Keep in mind this is of Week 16

AFC                                                                              
Divisional:                                                                                                           
Patriots - Clinched Playoff Berth, Division Title and First Round Bye                 
Raiders- Clinched  Playoff Berth                                                                        
                                                                                                                           
Wild Card:
Dolphins-Clinched Playoff Berth                                                                         
Chiefs-Clinched Playoff Berth                                                                             
Steelers- Cliched Playoff Berth and Division Title                                               
Texans- Cliched Playoff Berth and Division Title                                                  
                                                                                                                            
In The Hunt:
None                                                                                                                      

 NFC
Divisional:
Cowboys- Clinched Playoff Berth, Division Title, First Round Bye and Home Field Advantage
Falcons- Cliched Playoff Berth and Division Title

Wild Card:
Lions- Not Clinched Anything Yet
Giants-Clinched Playoff Berth
Seahawks-Clinched Playoff Berth and Division Title
Packers-Not Clinched Anything Yet
                                                                                                                  
In The Hunt:
Redskins
Buccaneers

Thanks for reading and I wish your team luck in the playoffs!

Kid Reporter John's Read Option: MVP Awards!

Hey Guys! With only a few weeks left, the playoff picture is shaping up, but the awards races are also getting more interesting. Today, I’ll tell my picks at this point in the season for three major awards and what each person needs to do to capture that title.

Most Valuable Player: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Runners Up: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders; Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions; Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Right now, the MVP battle is a tightly contested race between Dak Prescott of Dallas, Derek Carr of Oakland, and Matthew Stafford of Detroit.

I’d take out Tom Brady because his team went 3-1 without him, so though he’s done well, he’s not as valuable. Dak Prescott could be the first rookie quarterback to ever win the award and deserves the honor. Teammate Ezekiel Elliott leads the league in rushing by over 200 yards, but this is an offensive line that Darren McFadden rushed for over 1,000 yards behind last year. The difference between last year’s 4-12 team and this year’s 11-1 squad is the quarterback play. Prescott has stepped in from Week 1 and outplayed his 4th-round draft pick, ranking third in passer rating, fifth in completion percentage, and number one in ESPN’s statistic of Total QBR. He’s looked poised every game, especially in the fourth quarter (111.1 passer rating in fourth quarters). Carr and Stafford have more gaudy numbers, but Prescott has been the difference between the top of the draft and the top record in the league for the resurgent Cowboys.

Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack,
Oakland Raiders
Runner Up: Von Miller, Denver Broncos
The DPOY race is probably the closest of any race this year, though it is only between two AFC West rivals. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller had a stellar start to the year, but Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack has ended two games via strip-sacks and is trending towards the award. Miller has 2.5 more sacks, but Mack has four forced fumbles to where Miller only has one. Miller probably also has the better defense, but Mack currently leads the division. Like the Prescott pick, I’ll take clutch play.

Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders
Runners Up: Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys; Ben McAdoo, New York Giants; Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
From last year to this year, the playoff picture has seen a lot of turnover and new teams in contention. One team that has risen dramatically is the Oakland Raiders, who currently hold the top seed in the AFC with a 10-2 record, and their head coach is the number one reason. Jack Del Rio has made a ton of gutsy calls and they’ve paid off, and for the first time since the Super Bowl in 2002, the Raiders are back to January football. 

Tell me what you think below!

-Kid Reporter John

Kid Reporter Justin: If I Was a Coach in the NFL!

If I became a coach for the NFL, this is what I would do...

Offense-Ground and Pound
Unless you're Tom Brady, you need a running back who can run the ball effectively. Why were the Cowboys so dominant with DeMarco Murray? They fed him more touches than any other running back that year. They ended up making it to the second round in the playoffs that year and if it weren't for that they might not have even made the playoffs. The one time the Saints won the Super Bowl they had the fourth most in rushing yards. Running the football tires the defense out and eventually the defense will fold. If you have a running back averaging four to five yards per carry. You mathematically will get the first down if you just stick to it. Statistics show that the more you run it, the better you will do. The Falcons mostly win when they feed Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman the ball a lot and when ever they don't, they mostly lose.

Defense-Man Coverage/Blitz
If you are playing zone it leaves someone with at least a little bit of space. Someone will be open. Unless the QB makes a silly decision and it is a pick, it doesn't work too well. If there is a run and you play zone, the running back will have a successful run. There is too much space open to be able to stop their offense. You have to cover them man to man. If it looks like it is a pass I would use man coverage and if looks like a run I would do man blitz. I would tend to use man coverage on plays where there are six or more yards to go to get a first down and for plays where there are less than six yards to go I would do man blitz for the most part. Man blitz can be risky if you misuse it. So I would mainly use man coverage.

Let me know if you agree below!

-Kid Reporter Justin

Kid Reporter Justin's Tournament of Teams Finale!

In this article I am going to change my predictions for the divisions based on how the season has been going on since I made my predictions. I am then going to predict my Super Bowl champion!

AFC Seeds
1. Patriots
2. Raiders
3. Steelers
4. Texans
5. Chiefs
6. Broncos

NFC Seeds
1.Cowboys
2. Seahawks
3. Vikings
4. Falcons
5. Giants
6. Redskins 

Wildcard Round

AFC
#3 Steelers vs. #6 Broncos
Steelers 17-Broncos 13 

#4 Texans vs  #5 Chiefs
Chiefs 27-Texans 13

NFC
# 3 Vikings vs #6 Redskins
Redskins 24-Vikings 10 

#4 Falcons vs #5 Giants
Giants 21-Falcons 10

Divisional Round

AFC

#2 Raiders vs #3 Steelers
Raiders 20-Steelers 14 

#1 Patriots vs #5 Chiefs
Patriots 28-Chiefs 24

NFC

#1 Cowboys vs #5 Giants
Cowboys 24-Giants 20 

#2 Seahawks vs #3 Vikings
Seahawks 13-Vikings 10 

Conference Championships

AFC

#1 Patriots vs #2 Raiders
Raiders 31-Patriots 20

NFC
#2 Seahawks vs #1 Cowboys
Seahawks 24-Cowboys 16

Super Bowl
#2 Seahawks vs #2 Raiders
Seahawks 24-Raiders 14.


There you have it! I think the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl! Do you agree or disagree? Let me know by commenting down below.

-Kid Reporter Justin

Kid Reporter Jake Chats With Alec Ogletree!

As I pulled up to the Rams practice facility in Thousand Oaks, CA, you could feel a buzz in the air. The facility was swamped with media as just the day prior Jared Goff was announced the starter!

I walked through the Rams media room on my way to interview Alec Ogletree. I noticed the staggering amount of media that were present in the room. Some were editing clips from interviews that day. Others were simply eating lunch. One thing that stood out to me was where the interview podium was located. As I walked through this office looking room with plastic tables throughout I saw a Rams backdrop with a podium.

I had never imagined the podium being in such an ordinary and busy room. Next, I met Alec. We were standing in a courtyard. The players were in between meetings and had food trucks just a few feet over. There were some couches for the players to sit on, but mostly just regular picnic tables. I was surprised by how ordinary looking the scene was as the players sat at the tables together and were talking and laughing. Alec and I talked for a minute or so and then I began my interview. Here is my latest edition of Fourth and Goal with… Alec Ogletree.

Q: Since we are here at the practice facility and the fans only get to see what happens on Sunday, take me through what the week here is like Monday- Saturday?

After a game we come in Monday morning and watch the film and do some coverage stuff. Tuesday, we come in and it’s kind of a light day for us. We start our game plan for the new week and get on the field for about an hour. Wednesday is our hard day. We come in at 7am and we are here until 7pm. First, you have workouts and then you go to meetings. Then you go from meetings to practice. After that you have a break for lunch. After that there are some more meetings. Thursday is our day off, but most of the guys come into watch film. On Friday we like to call it fast Fridays. You come in and go through the game plan that you have been working on all week. And then Saturday is just a walkthrough.

Q: At 4-5 and with the dolphins on a 4 game win streak and with you guys being just 2.5 games back of Seattle, what's the approach to the second half of the season?

Just win 1 game at a time. It’s a long season, but it’s going to end soon and it ends even faster if you don’t win. So we just try to take it one game at a time and win that game that week.

Q: Does a change in quarterback affect the team as a whole at all? And if so, how?


I wouldn’t say it affects the team. It may affect the offense just based on who is calling the plays. But as far as team wise, we still have the same goals to go out and win games.

Q: Being a captain this year, what are some different responsibilities than you had last year?

I just have to be more vocal and be a centerpiece to come to if guys have questions.

Being on hard knocks, did it affect the way people behaved with cameras around all the time? I wouldn’t say people were acting differently. I felt everyone was pretty much themselves. But, there definitely were times that some guys realized that a camera was around. But for the most part everyone was themselves.

Q: What was the move like from St. Louis to LA? How do you like LA so far?

The move out here was fun actually. We got to go to different places out here. We were down in Oxnard, went out to Irvine, and now we are out here in Thousand Oaks. It’s been really fun. The Rams did a great job getting everybody out here.

-Kid Reporter Jake

Kid Reporter Justin's Tournament of Teams: NFC North Edition!

In this article, I will give my predictions about the NFC North. So next article, I can wrap my Tournament of Teams off by predicting the next Super Bowl Champion!

Vikings vs. Bears-NFC North Semifinals
What has happened to the Vikings? They lost three games in a row and started out 5-0. They loss to the Bears and Lions these past two weeks. Both of them were big rivals of the Vikings. Is their offense the reason why? Their trio include Sam Bradford, Jerick McKinnon (although he is splitting time with Matt Asiata), and Stefon Diggs. This definitely seems like a trio that would go 0-3 these past three weeks. Their defense has been the part that helped them start off 5-0. Some players like Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, and Harrison Smith lead the way on defense. The Bears have two average quarterbacks, which impacted them. Brian Hoyer and Jay Cutler are getting older. Quarterbacks are essential when it comes to winning. The Bears defense could be better as well. They have one of the worst defenses in the league. With two mediocre quarterbacks and a bad defense, it is almost impossible to rank the Bears over the Vikings. I choose the Vikings.

Packers vs. Lions-NFC North Semifinals

Is Aaron Rodgers still one of the elite? I would say so. He has Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams to pass the ball to. Although their running game is looking rough right now. At one point in the season Ty Montgomery was their starting running back. James Starks should be back this week. If their running game can't get going than neither will their offense. They have an okay defense with players like Clay Matthews, Morgan Burnett, and Sam Shields. They are also good against the run. The Lions have a bad running game as well with Theo Riddick. Theo Riddick is more of a pass catching running back. Matthew Stafford also lost his number one target in the off season and Golden Tate hasn't exactly been stepping up to the plate like Marvin Jones has been. They have a few gems on their defense like Ezekiel Ansah, Haloti Ngata, and Glover Quin. However their defense is towards the bottom half. I have to go with the Packers.

Packers vs. Vikings-NFC North Final
Wow! This brings memories from last year. We all remember that the division came down to a week 17 match up between the Packers and Vikings. The Vikings won that game. What happened in the playoffs though? Blair Walsh missed an easy game winning field goal to help the Seahawks move on. The Seahawks eventually lost to the Panthers in the next round. Meanwhile, the Packers beat the Redskins in the first round and then lost to the Cardinals in overtime. If I were the Packers coach I would have been happy we lost because I wouldn't have wanted to face the Seahawks.  I think the Packers will strive towards the end of the season and the Vikings will lose some ground. I choose the Packers.

Thanks for reading! Next time I wrap up this tournament by predicting how the playoffs will go down! Trust me you don't want to miss it.

-Kid Reporter Justin

Kid Reporter Theo's Playoff Predictions!

Hello everyone! This is Kid Reporter Theodore with my playoff predictions.

AFC East
New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins
Buffalo Bills
New York Jets

AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West
Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina Panthers

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams
San Fransisco 49ers

-Kid Reporter Theodore

Kid Reporter Drew Predicts the Playoff Picture!

Kid Reporter Drew’s bold playoff predictions are below. What do you think? Is Drew right? Tell where you disagree.

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are up in the division with the Giants right behind. The Cowboys must stay on a winning track to win the division as the season has proved it's going to be tough.

NFC North: Minnesota Vikings
Even though they're on a losing skid, I think the Vikings will pull through with the Packers and the Lions right behind.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are dominating on offense but yet to find cohesiveness on defense. Keep an eye on New Orleans; like always the Saints are finding a way to contend this year.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

Seattle is probably going to have a landslide win of the division but don't be surprised if the Cardinals push their luck.

NFC Wild Card: New York Giants, Green Bay Packers
The New York Giants will make it with 9-7 record and with stellar play on defense. As for the Green Bay Packers, lets just say this: there are no playoffs without Aaron Rodgers throwing a clutch Hail Mary to beat the Lions for the last spot in Wild Card.

AFC East: New England Patriots

I'm sorry Jets, Dolphins and Bills fans: when will Tom Brady not win the division?

AFC North : Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers will clinch the division off of a silly Bengals penalty.

AFC South : Houston Texans
The Texans and Colts will battle it out for the division and T.Y Hilton will drop a wide open touchdown and cost them the division.

AFC West: Denver Broncos
The Broncos will win this stacked division because of their defense: Von Miller and his orange crush defense.

The AFC Wild Card
Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders I'm a believer in Andy Reid who is the genius in turning around an offense without Jamaal Charles, and working Nick Foles and Alex Smith into a 6-2 team so far. Meanwhile, the Raiders are the future of the division with Derek Carr and Khalil Mack: the best young offense-defense combo in the league that will one day bring them a Super Bowl. But not Yet.

-Kid Reporter Drew

Kid Reporter Justin's Tournament of Teams: AFC North Edition!

Before I begin can I just say, I feel bad for the Browns. They are 0-8 and have had five different starting quarterbacks! Kevin Hogan, Charlie Whitehurst, Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, and Robert Griffin 3. If Kevin Hogan or Josh McCown get out this upcoming week, then I would consider putting in Terrelle Pryor Sr. lol. Seriously though, Terrelle Pryor can do it all. He can catch, run an throw. Did you know he played quarterback one year? What team did he for back then? Tell me by commenting down below.

Browns vs. Steelers

AFC North Semifinals

Well obviously you know I am going with the Steelers based on my comments above. First of all the Browns are 0-8, and even if they win eight straight games, they will probably miss the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger was out. The dude is as tough as can be, so he should be back soon. Landry Jones did a decent job against the Patriots. They lost, but he still played great. The Steelers are now 4-3. They have the best offensive trio in the whole league in my opinion. It is Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger. Their offense is just beast in general. However, their weakness is in their secondary. Ross Cockrell and William Gay are just average cornerbacks. The Browns are just 0-8 and are looking rough right now. No healthy quarterback has equaled no wins so far. I have to go with the Steelers here.

Bengals vs. Ravens: AFC North Semifinals
If you looked at who was better in the first three weeks, there would be no question. At that point the Ravens were 3-0. However, now the Ravens have started to lose more and more. I expected it because I can't remember the last time the Ravens had a season where they won over ten games. I think it was 2011. The Ravens are clutch in the playoffs though. They went 10-6 in 2012 and won the Super Bowl. The Bengals are the complete opposite. They have been 0-7 in the playoffs since the Bengals hired Marvin Lewis. Last year might have been their closest. If it weren't for those penalties at the end, the Bengals would have won. I feel bad for the Bengals too. Fans of the Bengals and Browns haven't had a whole lot to cheer about in a while. Although the curse of Cleveland is starting to vanish. Anyway though, the Bengals seem to be the more talented team out of the two. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are healthy, so the Bengals are in good shape. The Ravens have decent talent, but I am taking my chances on the 3-4-1 Bengals here.

Bengals vs. Steelers: AFC North Final

For the past couple of years, the Bengals and Steelers have had some close battles. Some seasons the Bengals would win the division and some seasons the Steelers would win. The teams look somewhat similar to the way they did last year. Last year, both teams faced off in the playoffs and the Bengals almost beat the Steelers with their backup quarterback, A.J. McCarron. I probably would have to say that the Steelers have the edge on offense and the Bengals have the edge on defense. This match up then, comes down to who has had the better start. In that case, I pick the Steelers.

Thanks for reading and tune in next time!

-Kid Reporter Justin

Kid Reporter Oren's Week 8 Predictions- How Did He Do?!

Here were my predictions for Week 8. Tell me how I did below!

Washington Redskins Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals will win and A.J Green will get 80+ yards and one touchdown.

Detroit Lions Vs. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans will win and Lamar Miller will rush for 120+ yards.

Seattle Seahawks Vs. New Orleans Saints
The Seattle Seahawks will win and Russell Wilson will throw 3+ touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck will only throw 2 touchdowns and the Chiefs will win.

New York Jets Vs. Cleveland Browns
Brandon Marshall will score 2 touchdowns this week and the Jets will win.

New England Patriots Vs. Buffalo Bills
The Patriots will win and Tom Brady will throw for 4+ touchdowns.

Oakland Raiders Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Oakland Raiders will win and Derek Carr will throw for 4+ touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers Vs. Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon
will not score a touchdown and the broncos will win.

Green Bay Packers Vs. Atlanta Falcons
Ty Montgomery
will have the most rushing yards this week and the Packers will win.

Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys will win but both rookie quarterbacks will have very good games.

Minnesota Vikings Vs. Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler
will come back as the starter and throw for 3+ touchdowns but the Bears defense will do very bad so the Vikings will win.

Comment down below who do you think will win. Also, tell me what article I should write next.

-Kid Reporter Oren

Kid Reporter Peter: Career of Aaron Rodgers!

Hey NFLRushers today I will be looking at something interesting. Today I will be looking at the next 6 years for the career of Aaron Rodgers. Here we go!

2016-2017 Superbowl Win 38-35 vs Patriots
4,078 Yards 39 TDs 7 INTs

2017-2018 4,589 Yards 48 TDs 3 INTs

2018-2019 Super Bowl Win 42-28 vs Bengals
5,081 Yards 58 TDs 7 INTs
MVP Award

2019-2020 4,991 Yards 61 TDs 10 INTs

2020-2021 5,408 Yards 59 TDs 2 INTs MVP Award

2021-2022 Superbowl Win 56-49 vs Broncos

4,987 Yards 57 TDs 5 INTs
MVP Award
Retirement
Future Hall of Famer

Lets take a look at the stats I'm predicting him to finish with:
61,533 Career Yards
579 Career TDs 99 Career INTs
4 Superbowl Appearances
4 Superbowl Wins 5 time MVP. 

Do you agree with my predictions? Tell me below!

-Kid Reporter Peter

Kid Reporter Pranav's Week 8 Picks!

Hey NFLRUSHERZ! it's Kid Reporter Pranav back with another article! It's going to be about this weeks picks! Let's Get Started!

Underdog Pick Of The Week
Bears win against Vikings

Titans win against Jaguars
Redskins win against Bengals
Seahawks win against Saints
Chiefs win against Colts
Texans beat Lions
Jets win against Browns
Patriots win against Bills
Cardinals win against Panthers
Raiders win against Buccaneers
Chargers win against Broncos
Falcons win against Packers
Eagles win against Cowboys

That's my picks for the week! As always tell me if you agree! See you in my next article.

-Kid Reporter Pranav

Kid Reporter Noah's Visit to Gridiron Glory!

I had the chance to see the Gridiron Glory exhibit, which had come to Minnesota. I saw many cool things including numerous game used memorabilia.


Here is my tour of the exhibit:

After arriving at the Minnesota Historical Center, I saw the beginning of the exhibit. At the start was an interactive training camp. I played some of the games including the field goal kick, where you kick a football and then it shows where it would go on a screen. Also in this room was an NFL Referee simulator. Basically, you could go in the 'booth' where you review a real play after a challenge, and after you determine what you think based off of a variety of camera angles, you see what the official call was in the NFL. I really felt the pressure and excitement of what football referees feel. Here is what the booth looked like.

Next was one of my favorite parts, the Minnesota Vikings room. The room consisted of jerseys from past and present legends who wore the purple and gold. One cool part about the room is that they replicated the locker of Everson Griffen, a current defensive lineman for the Vikings.

I then got to view the unique history of the NFL before my eyes. Most of the influential eras were displayed, and I ultimately arrived at the breathtaking Champions Theater. The massive display showed off many jerseys worn and torn by NFL legends.

And yes, that is a Vince Lombardi Trophy in the middle.

One of the many jerseys that were inside, belonged to Devin Hester, which he wore in 2006. Hester had a 108 yard touchdown off of a missed kick which tied the previous NFL record. Seeing the legendary returner's jersey was really something.

For all you Patriots fans, I wanted to let you know that I saw the jersey of Rob Gronkowski, which he wore while tying the NFL's record for tight end touchdowns in one season.

And last but certainly not least, I got to see the ball that Jerry Rice caught for his 100th touchdown reception.

I very much enjoyed seeing all of this history in one museum. I look forward to learning more about everything I saw. Thank you for reading!

-Kid Reporter Noah O.

Kid Reporter John's Read Option: Week 7!

With six weeks of NFL action now in the books, the playoff picture is starting to round into form. The NFC picture is very intriguing, and the competition is wide open for playoff spots and the NFC title. Though they don’t have the track record of some of the other teams, these three NFC teams have established themselves as contenders.

X Option: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are for real. They came into Green Bay, one of the toughest environments for a visitor to win, and beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers by two touchdowns. Though he threw his first NFL interception, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has staked his claim as the Cowboy quarterback this season and running back Ezekiel Elliott should eclipse 1,500 yards. The Dallas’ Cowboys defense, though not great, has held up and is good enough for the Cowboys to be real playoff contenders.

Y Option: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings remain as the only undefeated team in the NFL and their early season performance indicates that they’re a team to beat in the NFC. Quarterback Sam Bradford has experienced a career renaissance and the defense is in the Denver-Seattle category atop the league. Most of all, the coaching staff has done an incredible job keeping Minnesota afloat amidst all the players out. With a possible return from Adrian Peterson later this season, the Vikings could be poised for a deep run in January.

Z Option: Atlanta Falcons
I thought the Falcons early success was a fluke, but after seeing their performance in a losing effort on Sunday, I now think differently. Atlanta held Seattle, arguably the best team in the NFC at the moment, and probably would have won the game if the referees called pass interference on Richard Sherman on the last Atlanta play. The Falcons have the best offense in the NFC, with an improved offensive line, the best one-two combination of any NFL backfield, and the game’s best receiver in Julio Jones. As Sunday showed, their defense has also taken steps forward. With all the struggles in Carolina, the Falcons are the favorite to win the NFC South and will be a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs.

My Picks
Last Week: 9-6
Ravens over Jets
Packers over Bears
Giants over Rams
Chiefs over Saints
Raiders over Jaguars
Lions over Redskins
Colts over Titans
Bengals over Browns
Vikings over Eagles- The Bradford Bowl
Bills over Dolphins
Buccaneers over 49ers Chargers over Falcons
Patriots over Steelers
Cardinals over Seahawks
Broncos over Texans- The Osweiler Bowl

-Kid Reporter John

Kid Reporter Noah: Rejoice Minnesota, the Vikings Are Winning!

I am not going to lie, and act like I predicted this all from the start; when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down. I also wouldn’t have predicted that the purple and gold would be 5-0 without former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. I don’t think anyone had us bouncing back from losing multiple key offensive lineman. And yet Minnesota has defied all odds and has gone undefeated. Some say it is Sam Bradford, others say it is the defense, many praise their special teams, I believe it is Mike Zimmer, the mastermind behind it all, who should be credited for their success. He is the heart and soul of this squad, and forged a great team in every aspect. Zimmer specializes in defense, which has been a strong suit for Minnesota so far this season.

The biggest X factor so far for this defense in my opinion has been cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Despite only playing three games, Rhodes has made all the headlines locally and across the nation. In his three starts, he has shut down star wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins. Things get a lot easier on defense when top wide outs aren’t performing, but the success of Rhodes is no coincidence, it was only a matter of time before he exploded. The Minnesota Vikings secondary consists of veteran slot cornerback, Captain Munnerlyn. Likewise, Harrison Smith contributes big time at safety. It also helps when your defensive line is dominating like the Vikings is. Lead by sack specialist, Everson Griffen, quarterbacks better watch out against Minnesota. The packages of Zimmer moving Brian Robison inside and out have been working really well with both Robison and second year stud, Danielle Hunter. Both Hunter and Griffen have totaled four sacks each. The duo was probably drooling when Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles, their week seven opponent, was being bothered by the Washington Redskins defense. Another key factor to the Minnesota Vikings success has been their quick and versatile linebackers. Two former UCLA linebackers, Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, have both caused chaos for opposing teams. Minnesota’s defense overall has little weaknesses. When Coach Zimmer lines them up in the gap on either side of the center, they cause a lot of problems for opposing offenses.

The Vikings offense has suffered many devastating losses with players being out. The front office made the decision to trade a first and fourth round draft choice to the Philadelphia Eagles after Bridgewater went out. In return we received quarterback Sam Bradford. At first many thought that this deal was a bit risky; putting our future into this player, but as the season has gone along, Bradford has stolen the heart of Minnesota. I even have heard some “Teddy who?” chants around town. Unlike many past seasons, this offense has become pass first in which Bradford has thrived in the playbook that offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, has created.

As I mentioned before, this upcoming Sunday is the showdown between Carson Wentz and Sam Bradford. Wentz, being a rookie, impressed many very early in the season, but has slowed down. Coach Zimmer definitely will throw a lot at the rookie. I can just imagine the many blitzes that will be overloading the young quarterback. Hopefully wide receiver Stefon Diggs comes back this week for the Vikings. The Minnesota Vikings offense has had a week to recuperate, and should be firing on all cylinders in Philadelphia. Coming off a bye week, I expect that Minnesota is hungry for another win!

-Kid Reporter Noah O.