The NFL Honors are coming up, and I think that Alex Smith should be named comeback player of the year. After being injured last year, and then being cut by his team, I think that this was a great year for him. Alex Smith threw 23 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He also threw for 3,313 yards. And to cap it all off. So Alex Smith has definetly had a good year, and that is why I think he should be the comeback player of the year.
I think the most surprisingly good team this year is the Philadelphia Eagles. I would have said the Carolina Panthers, but here's why I didn't: We already knew that Cam Newton was a good player.
Nick Foles is new, though. With 19 touchdowns, 1,791 yards, and a 125.2 passer rating with no interceptions, Foles has definitely taken the football world by surprise. When he threw for seven touchdown passes against the Raiders, I knew that Foles was a special player. In the first half alone, he threw for 250 yards. Since their 3-5 start, the Eagles have won four straight with Foles. This mixed with LeSean McCoy rushing for 1,088 yards and five touchdowns, the Eagles are really starting to soar!
This Sunday night, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots battle it out against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. This time, though, there is something more to figure out. This is Wes Welker's first game against the Patriots since he was cut and signed by the Broncos. So this is more than just Brady and Manning playing against each other, this is Wes Welker's chance to prove that it was a mistake to let him go. If you ask me, he's already done that, considering he has sixty-one receptions for six hundred forty-eight yards, with 10.6 yards per catch and nine touchdown receptions.
Tom Brady, meanwhile, has not had the best season of his Hall of Fame career, but he has won seven games, and winning is the number one priority for any quarterback. Coming off of the controversial loss to the Panthers, the Pats have a bit of a chip on their shoulder, and will probably be very determined to win this game. Tom Brady possesses a 9-4 record against Peyton Manning, and is hoping to win his tenth game against The Sheriff. Personally, I think this could be the best game of the year. The Broncos do have a bit of an advantage, considering the comparison between the two QBs:
Touchdowns: Manning: 34, Brady: 14.
Interceptions: Manning: 6, Brady: 7.
Passing Yards: Manning: 3,572, Brady: 2,552.
Passer Rating: Manning: 118.3, Brady: 83.6.
This game is going to be so close that it's almost impossible to predict. I can see it going either way. Whatever the score is, I bet the game will be decided by no more than a touchdown. Truthfully, I can easier see the Broncos preforming a blowout than the Pats. But, if both the offense and defense can keep up, than the Patriots can definitely win this. But, that's a big "if." I can't give a good prediction, so I'll just leave it at this: It's going to be good!
My favorite team is looking pretty good this year! The Chiefs have won every game of the season. They have a league-high 36 sacks, which is an average of 4.5 sacks per game. If they keep that going, they'll end the season with around 72 sacks! The Chiefs have only allowed 98 points all season, which makes an average of allowing only 12.25 points per game.
They're not ALL good, though. Though Alex Smith has definitely brought some greatness to the team, but that can't erase the fact that he went three straight games without a touchdown pass. I think that if they give Alex Smith some more short passes (short meaning 5-9 yards), then he will succeed very well. The MVP (or more preciscely, the Co-MVPs) for the Chiefs would have to be Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Tamba Hali has 26 tackles, 9.0 sacks, and an interception on the season. Justin Houston has 29 tackles and 11.0 sacks on the season. I think that's a good MVP case for midseason.
The fan in me says the Chiefs are going to go 16-0 and make all the way to the Super Bowl and win it, but the NFL Reporter in me says that the Chiefs will be 13-3 or 14-2, and definitely make the playoffs.
Can the Jags pull off a win against the Niners, while playing in London. If you ask me, no. The 49ers offense will overpower the Jag's defense, and though Chad Henne has showed signs of greatness, his stardom will have to wait. Colin Kaepernick has an 85.0 passer rating, which, in case you didn't know, is pretty good. Chad Henne, meanwhile, has a 72.9 passer rating, with only 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also has 1,222 yards, which is actually pretty good for a guy who has only started 4 games this year. Also, there's just the simple fact that the Jags are 0-7, compared to the 49ers 5-2.
My prediction for this game:
On Sunday night, the Raiders played against the Chargers on Thursday Night Football Special Edition. The thing is, it started at 11:35 eastern time, and it went into REALLY early Monday morning for almost every time zone in America. I don't think that's a good idea. For one thing, the players will be tired by then, and probably won't play too well. Also, fans probably won't like it because they have to stay up even later to watch their team than normal. As for the coaches, they'll probably just not want to be coaching a football team at midnight. And the officials will be too tired to pay as close attention as they usually do. This is why I think it is a bad idea to play football that late.
My suggestions for your fantasy team right now are as follows:
For quarterback, Peyton Manning. After only 4 weeks, he has thrown for 16 touchdowns, with 1,470 yards and a 138.0 passer rating with 0 interceptions! Not only that, but he's led the Broncos to a 4-0 record!
For the running back, Adrian Peterson. With 92 carries, he has piled on 421 yards in four games with 4.6 yards per touch, and 5 touchdowns.
For your wide receiver, pick Julio Jones. With 33 receptions, he has 481 yards, creating 14.6 yards per reception and 120.2 yards per game! He also has two touchdowns.
For your tight end, Jimmy Graham is your man. He has 23 receptions, for 358 yards and 15.6 yards per catch, with 89.5 yards per game. That's a lot for a tight end!
Then, you should pick the Chiefs defense. They've held their opponents to 41 points total, which is only 10 points per game.
I'm going to leave the wild card to you. Good luck!
0-3 is NOT a good record for a team that was 12-4 two years earlier. If they win the next game and then continue that pattern for the rest of the season, they'll end up 4-12, the exact opposite record of the one they had two years ago.
Last year they were .500, or 8-8, four fewer games than in 2011. IF they end up 4-12, that would continue a pattern of 4 fewer wins each season, the first in the streak being 2011. The Steelers used to be really good, and were the team to beat in the AFC North. But now, they've gotten worse, and the Ravens have gotten better, and Baltimore has now taken over the team-to-beat position. With the Browns showing slight signs of improvement, and the Bengals going back to their relatively talented ways, the Steelers are on the path to being in only 3rd or 4th place in their division this year.
My first takeaway this season is that the Chiefs are definitely improving under new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith. They crushed the Jaguars, 28-2, in their first game of the season! That kind of a performance isn't just luck, and it also means the Chiefs defense is probably going to be pretty good this year. In Week 2, it was a lot closer, 17-16, but, again, it takes talent to hold Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and DeMarco Murray to 16 points, while still scoring enough to win yourself.
My second takeaway is that despite being 37 years of age, Peyton Manning is as good as ever, maybe even better, because he tied a NFL record for 7 touchdowns in Week 1, with 462 yards. Already 2 weeks in, Peyton Manning has passed for 9 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and 769 yards for a 131.0 passer rating. That's impressive for 37.
Though the Vikings and Jaguars both have cool new uniforms, The Dolphins made a much needed update to their uniforms, making them the coolest new uniforms in 2013.
The Dolphins originally had a uniform that didn't seem very threatening at all. Their logo looked more like a slap-happy catfish than a tough dolphin.
With their new uniform, the Dolphins will not only seem like a more intimidating team, but it will raise their fan's confidence.
My most memorable play of 2012 was when Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half of the Super Bowl 108 yards for a touchdown. When this happened, the Ravens became the first team to have two kickoff returns for a touchdown in their Super Bowl history. The first being Jermaine Lewis' in 2000.
With this play, Jacoby set the post-season record for longest kickoff return. Previously, the record was 102 yards, as done by Eric Weems of the Atlanta Falcons in 2010. Jacoby also became only the second player in NFL history to have two 50+ yard touchdowns in one Super Bowl. The first was the Washington Redskins' Ricky Sanders back in '88.
Jacoby had two kickoff returns in the 2012 regular season, a 105 yarder against the Oakland Raiders, and a 108 yarder against the Dallas Cowboys.
The amazing strategy this play took and the amount of history it made is why it is my most memorable play of 2012.
I believe the Kansas City Chiefs have the best chance of teams that finished last this past season to make the playoffs next year. With Alex Smith at QB, Jamaal Charles running the ball, a great overall receiving team, and Brandon Albert and possibly even Luke Joekel on the offensive line, the Chiefs are going to have one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL. On the defensive side, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are both great players, and in my opinion, two of the best linebackers in the NFL. They also have Eric Berry coming back from an injury and Javier Arenas. And last but not least, they have Corey Mays anchoring the defensive line. These are the reasons why I think the Kansas City Chiefs will be playoff-bound next year. I've got my fingers crossed!