The San Diego Chargers had another electrifying year, winning five of their last six games, to go 9-7 for the season.
But who do you think is their Most Valuable Player?
Philip Rivers, QB - Rivers had another monster year, throwing for 31 TDs and 4,286 passing yards. Whoa!
Antonio Gates, TE - The wily veteran just doesn't slow down, racking up 821 receiving yards and an amazing 12 TDs.
Eric Weddle, S - Weddle led the defense in tackles with 91, pretty awesome for a safety. He also batted down eight passes and forced two fumbles.
Chargers Laundry Squad - It takes a LOT of work to keep those fantastic power-blue uniforms looking so pretty.
Did you watch the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl draft last night?
Captains Michael Irvin and Cris Carter picked some super-duper squads. Check out the highlights here.
Which of the two squads do you think will win?
The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl kicks-off this Sunday at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN.
|Team Carter||Team Irvin|
|Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Andy Dalton||Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford|
|Jamaal Charles, Justin Forsett, Alfred Morris, John Kuhn||C.J. Anderson, Mark Ingram, DeMarco Murray, Marcel Reece|
|A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown||Odell Beckham Jr., Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Randall Cobb|
|Martellus Bennett, Greg Olsen||Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten|
|Joe Staley, Duane Brown, Ryan Clady||Joe Thomas, Tyron Smith, Trent Wiliams|
|Evan Mathis, Mike Pouncey, Josh Sitton||Kyle Long, Zach Martin, Marshall Yanda|
|J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Calais Campbell||Robert Quinn, Cameron Wake, DeMarcus Ware|
|Marcell Dareus, Dontari Poe, Kyle Williams||Geno Atkins, Aaron Donald, Sheldon Richardson|
|Justin Houston, Connor Barwin, Tamba Hali||Elvis Dumervil Clay Matthews, Von Miller|
|C.J. Mosley, Lawrence Timmons||Luke Kuechly, D'Qwell Jackson|
|Patrick Peterson, Aqib Talib, Antonio Cromartie, Sam Shields||Vontae Davis, Brent Grimes, Joe Haden, Chris Harris Jr.|
|Antoine Bethea, Glover Quin, Donte Whitner||Eric Weddle, Mike Adams, T.J. Ward|
|Pat McAfee||Kevin Huber|
|Cody Parkey||Adam Vinatieri|
|Devin Hester||Darren Sproles|
|Justin Bethel||Darrell Stuckey|
|Jon Dorenbos||L.P. Ladouceur|
The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl players have been announced.
But what team are they on?
Remember, the Pro Bowl teams are now chosen via draft! The Pro Bowl Draft airs on Wednesday, January 21 on NFL Network (8:00 PM ET). Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin are this year's alumni team captains and they will take turns drafting player to their teams.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Demarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
John Kuhn, Green Bay Packers
Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
T.Y. Hilton of Indianapolis Colts
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos
Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints
Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
Nick Mangold, New York Jets
Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers
Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers
Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
Trent Williams, Washington Redskins
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens
Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills
Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams
Gerald Mc Coy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dontari Poe, KLansas City Chiefs
Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions
Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins
Marcus Ware, Denver Broncos
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills
Connor Barwin, Philadelphia Eagles
Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
Von Miller, Denver Broncos
C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks
Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Tashaun Gipson, Cleveland Browns
Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Chris Harris, Denver Broncos
Glover Quin, Detroit Lions
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos
Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers
Justin Bethel of Arizona Cardinals
Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Devin Hester, Atlanta Falcons
Kevin Huber, Cincinnati Bengals
Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthew Slater, New England Patriots
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
Catch the 2015 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET.
San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle was voted the 92nd-best player in the NFL by his peers on "Top 100 Players of 2013."
The NFL free agency frenzy has, for the most part, passed, and now football fans are looking forward to the next big event on the calendar- the NFL draft. Here are the best fits for each of my three favorite teams, by pick in the draft.
1. Dallas Cowboys (16th pick)- The Cowboys need to start drafting well. They have not had good drafts for the past few years and have a lot to work on. The big hole is on defense, where the unit ranks as one of the league's worst. There should be plenty of defensive players available, but Jerry Jones's problem has been knowing which to choose (see Morris Claiborne).
Draft Picks that would Help- Because of the departure of DeMarcus Ware, the defense only has one proven player- Sean Lee, who is often injured. The defense needs great athletes, and two of the best are linebacker CJ Mosley out of Alabama and safety Calvin Pryor out of Louisville. Mosley would complement Lee as an inside linebacker and would be starting most of the time given Lee's injury history. Pryor would shore up one of the worst pass defending teams in the NFL and can be a leader. The defensive line is also an issue, as Ware, Jay Ratliff, and Jason Hatcher have left. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald would be the best fit for the Dallas defense, as he is the best interior player in the draft and can also be a leader.
Best Draft Pick: Given the Cowboys do not trade up or down, Pryor would have to be the best pick. Mosley will almost definitely be off the board by the time the Cowboys pick, so he will probably not be a Cowboy. Pryor has been desired by many teams so he could also go off the board, but if he is available he would help the worst part of the defense- the secondary. If he is off the board, Dallas should opt for Aaron Donald.
2. Baltimore Ravens (17th pick)- After a poor offseason in 2013, Ozzie Newsome made had one of the best in recent memory this year. The Ravens had multiple free agents but were able to resign a few major players, such as Dennis Pitta, Jacoby Jones, Daryl Smith, Terrell Suggs, and Eugene Monroe. Those resignings should help fill some holes, but there are still others made by the losses of other players.
Draft Picks that would Help- The offensive line definitely needs more help, so Taylor Lewan from Michigan or Zack Martin from Notre Dame would be solid picks if they are still available. Baltimore also has a need in the receiving core despite the signing of Steve Smith and would benefit from the addition of tight end Eric Ebron, wide receiver Marqise Lee, or wide receiver Mike Evans. The Ravens have traditionally had a stout defense but have a need in the secondary. Safeties Ha-Ha Clinton Dix or Calvin Pryor would be great picks for the secondary. Newsome has been known for picking the best available player, so if linebacker CJ Mosley falls to the 17th pick the Ravens could snatch him up.
Best Draft Pick: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame- The Ravens are trying to find an offensive identity. After the loss of Michael Oher, Baltimore needs a tackle to be a leader and a great blocker in pass and run. Martin has all of those qualities and should be available when the Ravens pick.
3. San Diego Chargers (25th pick)- Of the three teams that are included in this article, the Chargers went the farthest in the postseason, making it to the divisional round. Their needs are mainly on the offensive line, linebacking core, and secondary. The latter is the biggest need, but San Diego should be able to fix that even with the late 1st round pick.
Draft Picks that would Help- This draft is one of the best, and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Bradley Roby, Lamarcus Joyner, Jason Verrett, Kyle Fuller and Darqueze Dennard should all be available. Defensive tackle Louis Nix would also be a popular pick and would help stop the run game on a defensive line that is improving. On the offensive side of the ball, San Diego could pick receiver Marqise Lee or tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
Roby, a former Ohio State corner, would be the best fit. He is projected to go in the late first round and is the aggresive corner that the Chargers need. Roby would also be able to make plays in the secondary, which already has ball-hawk safety Eric Weddle.
NFL RUSH Kid Reporter
The first ever fantasy-style draft was held to determine the rosters of the two teams playing in this year's NFL Pro Bowl game. NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders served as the captains and took turns choosing players for each squad.
Take a look at the two teams below and let us know which team you think has the best chance of winning on Sunday.
|TEAM RICE||TEAM SANDERS|
QB Drew Brees, Saints
QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
QB Alex Smith, Chiefs
WR Josh Gordon, Browns
WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears
WR Brandon Marshall, Bears
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
RB Matt Forte, Bears
FB Mike Tolbert, Panthers
T Joe Thomas, Browns
T Tyron Smith, Cowboys
T Jordan Gross, Panthers
G Jahri Evans, Saints
G Ben Grubbs, Saints
G Evan Mathis, Eagles
C Ryan Kalil, Panthers
C Nick Mangold, Jets
DE Robert Quinn, Rams
DE Cameron Jordan, Saints
DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins
DT Jason Hatcher, Cowboys
DT Marcell Dareus, Bills
DT Kyle Williams, Bills
OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs
OLB Robert Mathis, Colts
OLB John Abraham, Cardinals
ILB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals
ILB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
CB Joe Haden, Browns
CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs
CB Antonio Cromartie, Jets
CB Alterraun Verner, Titans
S Eric Reid, 49ers
S Jairus Byrd, Bills
S Antrel Rolle, Giants
ST Justin Bethel, Cardinals
PR Dexter McCluster, Chiefs
K Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
P Johnny Hekker, Rams
LS Matt Overton, Colts
QB Andrew Luck, Colts
QB Cam Newton, Panthers
QB Nick Foles, Eagles
WR A.J. Green, Bengals
WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys
WR Antonio Brown, Steelers
WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
RB Eddie Lacy, Packers
FB Marcel Reece, Raiders
T Trent Williams, Redskins
T Duane Brown, Texans
T Branden Albert, Chiefs
G Marshal Yanda, Ravens
G Logan Mankins, Patriots
G Kyle Long, Bears
C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins
C Alex Mack, Browns
DE J.J. Watt, Texans
DE Greg Hardy, Panthers
DE Mario Williams, Bills
DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions
DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers
DT Dontari Poe, Chiefs
OLB Brian Orakpo, Redskins
OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs
OLB Terrell Suggs, Ravens
ILB Luke Kuechly, Panthers
ILB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars
CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
CB Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers
CB Brent Grimes, Dolphins
CB Tim Jennings, Bears
S Eric Berry, Chiefs
S Eric Weddle, Chiefs
S T.J. Ward, Browns
ST Matthew Slater, Patriots
PR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings
K Justin Tucker, Ravens
P Brandon Fields, Dolphins
LS J.J. Jansen, Panthers
Don’t miss the NFL Pro Bowl this Sunday at 7:30PM ET on NBC.
Now that it is 2014, the 2013 NFL season is having its playoffs. This week the wild card round will be played, with 4 games that will be on during Saturday and Sunday. It already looks wild, as all of the visiting teams are in cities that are two words. Here are my picks, in order of how they will be played.
1. Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have beaten 4 of the best teams in the NFL this season, including the Chiefs a few weeks ago. After starting 9-0, Kansas City has slumped a little bit and the defense hasn't played well. Quarterback Andrew Luck has very few dangerous weapons, but Alex Smith could have less.
My Prediction: Andrew Luck gets his first career victory in a 27-20 win over the slumping Chiefs.
2. New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Both of these two high-powered teams are built around their offenses, and it looks like the first NFC playoff game will be very high-scoring. One of the biggest headlines is the road woes of New Orleans, who are 8-0 at home and 3-5 on the road.
My Prediction: The offense of Chip Kelly is too much for the Rob Ryan-led defense and the Eagles win a thriller, 48-40.
3. San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Now that the Packers have Aaron Rodgers back, they could get on a roll and win the Super Bowl! Not so fast- they are against the 49ers, winners of 6 straight games. The difference could be the defense- San Francisco has a good one and Green Bay, well, does not.
My Prediction: Like they did in last year's playoff matchup, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners run off with a playoff victory.
4. San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals
On paper, this game looks like a blowout. The Bengals have averaged over 40 points in their last 5 home games and have Giovani Bernard, AJ Green, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Andy Dalton, Marvin Jones, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Alex Smith (not that Alex Smith). But the Chargers are on a roll and have a good running back duo in Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead and great players in the passing game including Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, and Antonio Gates. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game in 23 years, and quarterback Andy Dalton has performed poorly in his two playoff games.
My Prediction: Andy Dalton continues his late season struggles and a good performance by Eric Weddle helps the Chargers upset Cincy, 24-20.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter