Weekly Grade and Predictions

Boy, what a crazy week. From the bottom of the ocean to the top of the mountain, this division has seen just about everything. As soon as you think one team is taking off, they faulter and vice versa. This thing is turning into a flat out dog fight and I love it.
Let’s rock and roll.

GRADES

Chiefs
After being down 3 at halftime, the Chiefs came out and scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to blowout the WFT. Patrick Mahomes was 32 of 47 (68.1%) for 397 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions with 3 carries for 31 yards. Darrell Williams had 21 carries for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns with 3 receptions for 27 yards. Tyreek Hill had 9 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 3 tackles for loss with a interception and a fumble recovery. Harrison Butker was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 4 for 4 on extra points. Though they came out slow and turned the ball over three times, they finished this game like a freight train.
Grade: B+

Chargers
This was bar none the worse game of the season so far for the Chargers. They were flat out mauled by the Ravens in every aspect of the game. Justin Herbert was 22 of 39 (56.9%) for 195 yards with a touchdown and a interception. He was also the leading rusher for the team with 2 carries for 12 yards (Yep, you read that right). Keenan Allen had 5 receptions for 50 yards. The defense had 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions. Tristan Vizcaino was 0 for 1 on extra points (Kicking game still SUCKS). Overall, this was the epitome of failure.
Grade: F

Broncos
The Broncos started the season 3-0 playing teams that had a combined record of 0-6. After that, they are 0-3 against teams that have won a game. On Sunday the o-line and defense were flat out horrible and tried to get Bridgewater killed. He was 35 of 49 (71.4%) for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with 2 carries for 9 yards and a fumble. Javonte Williams had 11 carries for 53 yards and 3 receptions for 15 yards. Noah Fant had 9 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 sacks and a tackle for loss. Brandon McManus was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points. The coach challenged a few plays that were real head scratchers. The Broncos scored a few late touchdowns to make the score closer than the game really was.
Grade: D

Raiders
After the torrid week the Raiders went through, no one knew which team was going to show up for the game. Were they going to fall apart or were they going to come together. Well they came together and played a (66.7%) for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns. Josh Jacobs had 16 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown with 1 reception for 29 yards. Henry Ruggs had 3 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 5 sacks and a tackle for loss with 3 interceptions and fumble recovery. Daniel Carlson was 2 of 3 fieldgoals and 4 of 4 on extra points. Interim Head Coach Rich Bisaccia earned his first win as he turned the dogs lose and let his Coordinators actually do their jobs, Bravo!
Grade: A

PREDICTIONS

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns
This is really a hard game to predict. The injuries to both teams are going to effect the outcome. Which ever team is healthy will win.
Browns 23 Broncos 21
Spread: Broncos +4.5
Over/Under: 43

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans
This game will be all about weather the Titans can run the ball or if the Chiefs can throw it. This game is going to be a true slobberknocker.
Chiefs 35 Titans 21
Spread: Chiefs -4.5
Over/Under: 56.5

Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders
This should be a shootout and we should see fireworks from beginning to end. The team that can play some defense when it counts will win.
Raiders 31 Eagles 20
Spread: Raiders -3
Over/Under: 48.5
Last Week: 2-1 Season: 12-9 (Bye: Los Angles Chargers)

1 game separates the entire division. This ride is going to be fantastic or is going to make you break your remote. Either way, it is going to be fun.

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The Gruden Files (Grades and Predictions Too)

This has been one of the worst weeks for the Raiders and RaiderNation. This was the season that felt different, felt good, felt right. The first three weeks of the season had us all asking the question, is this the year? Will they really do it this year? Are they going to really get back into the playoffs?

Then the last two weeks happened and we were all left with that oh so familiar feeling in our guts, here we go again. Losing to a division rival is never good but to be down 21-0 at halftime says it all. You take the loss with a grain of salt and move on knowing you have a chance to bounce back the following week against a sub-par team in your house. Instead, you lose to a rookie quarterback and an offense that put up 252 total yards for the game and lose by double digits. Did I mention it was to a rookie quarterback?

During the game, I kept saying that the team had quit on him. From the way they were playing it just seemed like their hearts were not into it. Like something was bothering them. Even the post game interviews seemed like they were just giving the company line with no real feeling.

Well, in the middle of Monday Night Football it happened. Jon Gruden resigned. The Raiders have been a sub-par team every since Gruden took over (22-31) but this clown show finally came to a painful and much needed end.

When the report came out that he had made racist comments about NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, a lot of his former players came to his defense to include Mr. Raider himself, Tim Brown saying “I’ve heard Jon use the term rubber lips before, meaning that this guy’s double-talking, or he’s doing whatever. That’s just a term that he uses.” Considering what Gruden actually wrote, “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires”, and knowing the content as to how he has used this term in the past, most of us gave him the benefit of the doubt. Boy, were we ever wrong.

The skies went from ugly to pitch black when the rest of the emails came out and were forwarded to Mark Davis and the Raiders. To know that this leader of men was so callous, bigoted, racist, homophobic and misogynistic is down right sickening. This team has suffered some lows but this is rock bottom. Al Davis turned over in his grave when this came to light. Did he forget what Mr. Davis and the Raiders organization has stood for over the years (While the AFL Commissioner, Mr. Davis drafted the first African American Quarterback in the first round in either league. He hired the first African American Referee. He hired the First African American Head Coach. He hired the first Latino Head Coach. He hired the first Female CEO)?

One of the things that I have always hung my hat on is the Raiders don’t care if you are purple, female and from Mars, if you can play and help the team, they will give you a shot. What am I and the rest of the fans to think not to even mention the team, executives and administrative staff that he has let down.

The shear thought that 59 of the 79 (74.6%) players on this team (Active, Practice Squad and IR) are Black, of color or gay. How do these guys feel now? To find out the guy that they have followed into battle and in a lot of cases came to play for, what he really feels about them. They all have to feel betrayed to a degree. The fallout to his actions will follow him but it will follow the Raiders as well and that is the part that really hurts especially when you consider that he did this while working for ESPN. The Raiders had to address the situation and will forever be the scapegoats for his actions but ESPN and the NFL are the real culprits and get to walk away smelling like roses which is straight BULLSHIT.

MS is a place where we come and know we are not going to agree, going to say some pretty bad things about each other and the teams we support and give any and everyone shit about everything. We are also crazy supportive of each other, helpful and crazy protective of this place. (I just got the feel of the old Under Armour commercials, “We must protect this house!”) With that said, this thing with Gruden and the Raiders is really a slap in the face and I expect you guys to give us shit about it for years. I also hope that this kind of crap comes to an end one day. In the end, we are all human…..well most of us.

GRADES

Broncos
They were shitty against a shitty team.
Grade: D

Raiders
They were shittier against a shittier team.
Grade: F-

Chiefs
They were shitty against a good team.
Grade: D

Chargers
They were good against a good team.
Grade: A

PREDICTIONS
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
This will be a great test for the Chargers as the Ravens have won 4 straight.
Ravens 30 Chargers 21
Spread: Chargers +3
Over/Under: 51.5

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team
The Chiefs are going to be out for blood in this game.
Chiefs 35 WFT 20
Spread: Chiefs -6.5
Over/Under: 55.5

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos
This is going to be flat out UGLY!
Broncos 31 Raiders 13
Spread: Broncos +3.5
Over/Under: 44
Last Week: 2-2 Season: 10-8

You all know this article would not be complete without me posting my tag line: FUCK GRUDEN!!!

Weekly Grade and Predictions

This division is going to be a roller coaster. In the first 4 weeks, there have been some crazy ups and downs. Things are really starting to get interesting. Let’s go!

GRADES

Raiders
This was a flat out shit show. In the first half the Raiders had more penalty yards (53) than offensive yards (51). Derek Carr was 21 of 34 (61.7%) for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns and a interception. Josh Jacobs had 13 carries for 40 yards with 5 receptions for 17 yards. Darren Waller had 4 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 0 for 1 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. The offensive line gave up 4 sacks and so many hits on Carr it was ridiculous. Carr missed two touchdown passes and was really off his game. The play calling was the worse it has been since Gruden returned to the team.
Grade: D-

Chargers
This was almost the perfect all around game for the Chargers. They came out on fire and put this one away in the first half. Justin Herbert was 25 of 38 (65.7%) for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns. Austin Ekeler had 17 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown with 3 receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. Jared Cook had 6 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 4 sacks and 4 tackles for loss with a interception. Tristan Vizcaino was 4 for 4 on extra points. The Chargers have beaten the Chiefs and Raiders in as many weeks to take control of the division.
Grade: A

Chiefs
After back to back losses, the Chiefs came out on fire against the Eagles and played a really great game. Patrick Mahomes was 24 of 30 (80%) for 278 yards and 5 touchdowns and a interceptions with 5 carries for 26 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 14 carries for 102 yards with 2 receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill had 11 receptions for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense had 3 sacks and 3 tackles for loss. Harrison Butker was 6 for 6 on extra points. When you can surrender 30 points on the road and still win by double digits, that tells you how explosive this offense can be.
Grade: A-

Broncos
This game was bad with Teddy Bridgewater playing but when he got hurt and was out of the game it went for bad to worse with Drew Lock. Bridgewater was 7 for 16 (43.7%) for 65 yards and a touchdown. Drew Lock was 12 of 21 (57.1%) for 113 yards and a interception. Melvin Gordon had 9 carries for 56 yards with 2 receptions for 11 yards. Noah Fant had 6 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Brandon McManus was 1 for 1 on extra points. This was only the second time in his career that Lamar Jackson passed for over 300 yards in the regular season, NO BEUNO!
Grade: D-

 

PREDICTIONS

Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders
This is almost a must win for the Raiders after that abortion on Monday night.
Raiders 28 Bears 20
Spread: Raiders-5.5
Over/Under: 44

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
The biggest question on this game is who is going to play quarterback.
Steelers 21 Broncos 20
Spread: EVEN
Over/Under: 39.5

Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
This one will be all about which defense will show up.
Browns 27 Chargers 21
Spread: Chargers -2
Over/Under: 47

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
This is the game of the week. Which team will play a complete game.
Bills 34 Chiefs 28
Spread: Chiefs -2.3
Over/Under: 56.5
Last Week: 3-0 Season: 8-6

This should be a great week of Football. Buckle up and hold on, the rollercoaster is about to get really interesting.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

Week three is in the books and boy oh boy did it reveal quite a bit about the division and the ride we are going to be on all season long. Even though we are not a fourth of the way through the season, it seems like this is going to be a very, very close one.
Let’s roll……

GRADES

Chargers
Justin Herbert is getting it done and so are his teammates as they went on the road and beat the reigning AFC Champs. Herbert was 26 of 38 (68.4%)for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns with 4 carries for 16 yards. Austin Ekeler had 11 carries for 55 yards with 6 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams had 7 receptions for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns with a 2 point conversion reception. The defense had 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss with 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. Tristan Vizcaino was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 1 for 3 on extra points. When you go on the road and get 4 turnovers, that will pretty much get you a win.
Grade: A

Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense played well putting up 437 yards but turning the ball over 4 times is NO BUENO with one of them coming with the score tied and less than 2 minutes left in the game. Mahomes was 27 of 44 (61.3%) for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions with 4 carries for 45 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 17 carries for 100 yards with 2 receptions for 9 yards and touchdown with a lost fumble. Travis Kelce had 7 receptions for 104 yards. The defense had 1 sack and 5 tackles for loss. Harrison Butker was 1 for 1 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points. This was a classic example of a team shooting itself in the foot.
Grade: C-

Broncos
Teddy Bridgewater and company flat out crushed the Jets and it was not even close. This was the 3rd time in 15 years the Broncos pitched a shutout. Bridgewater was 19 of 25 (76%) for 235 yards with 4 carries for 24 yards. Melvin Gordon had 18 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown with 1 reception for 21 yards. Tim Patrick had 5 receptions for 98 yards. The defense had 5 sacks and 6 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions. Brandon McManus was 4 for 4 on fieldgoals and was 2 for 2 on extra points. This was a blood letting by the Broncos defense.
Grade: A

Raiders
Derek Carr and the Raiders started this game off horribly with 2 punts, a pick 6 and turnover on downs after going for it on their side of the field. Though they won the game, it was not a comfortable one. Derek Carr was 26 of 43 (60.4%) for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns and an interception. Peyton Barber had 23 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown with 3 receptions for 31 yards. Bryan Edwards had 3 receptions for 89 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. Daniel Carlson was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals and 2 for 3 on extra points. Getting the win was great but the play calling and defense has to improve.
Grade: B-

PREDICTIONS

Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles
The Chiefs will be out for blood after their close loss to a division foe. This will be a shootout.
Chiefs 34 Eagles 20
Spread: Chiefs -7
Over/Under: 54.5

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
The Broncos will finally face a team that has actually won a game this season. This should be a good one.
Ravens 24 Broncos 21
Spread: Broncos -1
Over/Under: 45

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
This game will be won by the team that can control the clock and play defense when it is needed most.
Chargers 31 Raiders 24
Spread: Chargers -3.5
Over/Under: 52.5
Last Week: 2-1 Season: 5-6

Enjoy and if my predictions are correct, STFU Lord!

Weekly Grade and Predictions

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on? If I would have told you going into the season that the only undefeated teams in the AFC would be the Raiders and Broncos after two games with their schedules, you guys would have said the old man has finally lost it (some of you fucks say that anyways) and had me committed.

This season is nowhere near over but the feeling is we are in for one hell of a ride. Buckle up boys!

GRADES

Broncos
Teddy Bridgewater is making this team his. The Teddy Bear started off slow but came to life in the second half, he was 26 of 34 (76.4%) for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns. Javonte Williams had 13 carries for 64 yards and 1 reception for 10 yards. Courtland Sutton had 9 receptions for 159 yards. The defense had 1 sack with 4 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions. Brandon McManus was 3 for 3 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. This was a complete team win for the Broncos.
Grade: A-

Raiders
Derek Carr and company came out and punched the Steelers in the mouth. The defense held them to 292 total yards. Carr was 28 of 37 (75.6%) for 382 yards and 2 touchdowns with 4 carries for 9 yards and 2 fumbles with one lost. Peyton Barber 13 carries for 32 yards. Henry Ruggs had 5 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 sacks with 4 tackles for loss and a interception. Daniel Carlson was 4 for 4 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. The Raiders have a defense, when is the last time that was true.
Grade: A+

Chargers
Justin Herbert and the Chargers played well enough to win but turnovers and what can only be called questionable officiating cost them this game. Herbert was 21 of 31 (67.7%) for 338 yards and a touchdown with 2 interceptions. Austin Ekeler had 9 carries for 54 yards and 9 receptions for 61 yards. Keenan Allen had 4 receptions for 108 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss with a interception. Tristan Vizcaino was 3 for 4 on fieldgoals. Too many mistakes and some crazy calls cost them this game.
Grade: C+

Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were in an instant classic with a lot off offense and not a lot of defense and it cost them. Mahomes was 24 of 31 (77.4%) for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns with a interception. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 13 carries for 46 yards and a lost fumble. Travis Kelce had 7 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 1 sack and 5 tackles for loss with 2 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. Harrison Butker was 5 for 5 on extra points. You just can’t turn the ball over on 2 of your last 3 possessions.
Grade: C+

PREDICTIONS

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
This is going to be a flat out scoring fest. The Chiefs are home after a loss and facing a division rival, that is not good for the Chargers.

Chiefs 38 Chargers 24
Spread: Chiefs -6.5
Over/Under: 55.5

New York Jets at Denver Broncos
The Broncos are playing another rookie quarterback but this time they are doing it in their home opener, NO BUENO!!!

Broncos 31 Jets 17
Spread: Broncos -11
Over/Under: 41

Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are going home to face the team that all but killed their playoff chances last year in the last seconds of the game, REVENGE!!!

Raiders 31 Dolphins 17
Spread: Raiders -4
Over/Under: 45.5
Last Week: 1-3 Season: 3-5

Enjoy and let’s get it.

Weekly Grade and Predictions

You unlock this door with a key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.
-Rod Serling

WTF is going on? The division starts 4-0, Now I have seen it all. This is an interesting beginning to the season for us all. No bragging rights for anyone to start. Lets get this party started.

GRADES

Chargers
Justin Herbert came out slinging it like he did last year. He went on the road and lit up what was suppose to be one of the best defenses in the league. He was 31 of 47 (65.9%) for 337 yards and a touchdown with a interception and fumble lost. Austin Ekeler had 15 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen had 9 receptions for 100 yards. The defense had 1 sack and 4 tackles for loss. Tristan Vizcaino was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 2 for 2 on extra points. This was a big win on the road in the eastern time zone against a quality team.

Grade: A-

Broncos
Doctor Teddy Bridgewater went to Jersey and surgically dissected the Giants defense. He was 28 of 36 (77.7%) for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns with 3 carries for 19 yards. Melvin Gordon had 11 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown with 3 receptions for 17 yards. Jerry Jeudy had 6 receptions for 72 yards. The defense had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Brandon McManus was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points. This was a great win on the road that featured them going 3 for 3 on 4th down.

Grade: A

Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes and company came to life in the second half to pull this game out against a good Browns team. Mahomes was 27 of 36 (75%) for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns with 5 carries for 18 yards and a touchdown. Clyde Edwards-Helaire 14 carries for 43 yards with 3 receptions for 29 yards. Tyreek Hill had 11 receptions for 197 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 sacks and 4 takles for loss with an interception. Harrison Butker was 2 for 2 on fieldgoals and 3 for 3 on extra points.

Grade: A-

Raiders
Derek Carr and company started slow and were down against a team that has not lost when leading by 14 points since 2004. Carr was great in the second half leading his team to the win. Carr was 34 of 56 (60.7%) for 435 yards and 2 touchdowns and a interception with 4 carries for 6 yards. Josh Jacobs had 10 carries for 34 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 reception for 6 yards. Darren Waller had 10 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 3 sacks with 4 tackles for loss with 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. This was one of the best wins this team has had in years.

Grade: A

 

PREDICTIONS

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Broncos are going up against a rookie quarterback, Von Miller is getting his BBQ pit ready for the feast.

Broncos 27 Jaguars 17
Spread: Broncos -6
Over/Under: 45.5

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Raiders are heading to the east coast to play a team with one of the best defenses in the game, OUCH!

Steelers 27 Raiders 20
Spread: Raiders +6
Over/Under: 48.5

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers
Strap in because this game is going to be a flat out scoring fest with the winning team having the ball last.

Chargers 31 Cowboys 27
Spread: Chargers -3
Over/Under: 55

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
This game is going to see some serious offensive explosive play and will not be close or pretty.

Chiefs 37 Ravens 20
Spread: Chiefs -4
Over/Under: 55.5
Week 1: 2-2

 

Football is back and this was a fantastic first week for the division. On a different note, fuck all you haters that sat up waiting, wishing and praying the Raiders would lose in primetime so you could talk trash all week (Lord or should I say Lady, especially you).

NFL Season Kickoff and Predictions

What an insane year. Corona Virus, masks and vaccines. The attempted coup at the Capital, politics…………enough said. It is all over and something REALLY important is about to happen, the start to a new year of NFL Football.

It is that glorious time where each and every fan has hope that his/her team will make it to the playoffs and maybe even a Superbowl run.

The AFC West has been owned by the Kansas City Chiefs of late. They are the back to back AFC Champions as well. They spent the off-season completely retooling their offensive line after being exposed in the Superbowl by Tampa Bay. Mecole Hardman will be moving into the starting line-up opposite Tyreek Hill. They are the odds-on favorite to repeat as champions if the offensive line holds up

The Denver Broncos biggest additions were already on the team. Getting Von Miller and Courtland Sutton back from season ending injury is huge for them. They then brought in Teddy Bridgewater who won the starting quarterback position. This is the team that is hardest to predict. They have the pieces to make it to the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Chargers found their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert, the Offensive Rookie of the Year. They also get a huge upgrade on defense with the return of Derwin James. This team does not have a lot of holes and will be in contention if they become more balanced of offense. The have stars at every level on defense.

The Las Vegas Raiders are the biggest wildcards in this division. They also retooled their offensive line in the off-season. The biggest addition was bringing in Gus Bradley to run the defense. This team will either be very competitive or a flat out shit show.

 

PREDICTIONS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team

This game will feature a great offense against a great defense. Going on the road to play in the humidity of the east coast equals a difficult task.

WFT 27 Chargers 21

Spread: Chargers -1

Over/Under: 44.5

 

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

This game will be won in the trenches, the Browns defensive line against the Chiefs offensive line. This one should be good.

Chiefs 31 Browns 24

Spread: Chiefs -6

Over/Under: 53

 

Denver Broncos at New York Giants

This return of Sutton and Miller will be the difference in this game. With that said, it will be a low scoring but highly competitive game.

Broncos 23 Giants 20

Spread: Broncos -2.5

Over/Under: 42

 

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders in primetime against a team that features a great defense and a incredibly mobile quarterback, NO BUENO!

Ravens 31 Raiders 23

Spread: Raiders +4.5

Over/Under: 51

 

Football is back and not a second too soon. No more politics and other bullshit, time for something important. Let the good times roll and let me start the season off correctly:

FUCK GRUDEN!

FUCK YOUR TEAM!

FUCK OFF!

The Weekly Bender

Most of the time when you here the words March Madness, you immediately think about the NCAA Basketball Tournament. This year, you will also think about the NFL, the salary cap and the number of teams that will be restructuring contracts, cutting seasoned vets and looking for every way they can get their team under the cap. Let the blood letting begin!!!

Today will mark the start of Free Agency (Legal Tampering) and there are some really interesting stories out there. Thursday, team will actually be able to have new players put pen to paper and make it official.
Lets look at a few hot stories within the division and Mock Draft 2.0. Each Article will feature a new Mock Draft until we get to the actual draft. Let’s get it.

NEWS
Broncos new GM attends QB Trey Lance Pro day

Trey Lance Pro Day draws several GMs, head coaches

After 2020, where do the Broncos need help the most
https://www.espn.com/blog/denver-broncos/post/_/id/37978/rewatching-broncos-2020-season-shows-where-help-is-needed-most

Patrick Mahomes restructures his contract to help the Chiefs cap space

Patrick Mahomes restructure will free up $17 million of cap room for Chiefs

Chiefs GM has work to do to protect QB Mahomes
https://www.espn.com/blog/kansas-city-chiefs/post/_/id/29766/chiefs-will-need-all-of-gm-brett-veachs-creativity-to-protect-patrick-mahomes

OG Kyle Long coming out of retirement and his first visit is to the Raiders

Kyle Long has visits lined up with Raiders, Chiefs

What’s next for the Raiders Offensive Line
https://www.espn.com/blog/las-vegas-raiders/post/_/id/25478/whats-next-for-the-las-vegas-raiders-offensive-line

TE Hunter Henry won’t rule out a return to the Chargers

Hunter Henry won’t rule out a return to the Chargers

Chargers release CB Casey Hayward
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31058782/los-angeles-chargers-release-cornerback-casey-hayward-jr-5-years

It is noteworthy to say that with the salary cap being cut and not increased (FUCK COVID), we have seen some interesting and head scratching cuts and trades on the offensive line within the division. Here is a list of guys that have been cut or traded:
OG Trai Turner – Released (Chargers)
OG Cole Toner – Not Tendered (Chargers)
OT Trent Brown – Traded (Raiders)
OG Richie Incognito – Released (Raiders)
OG Gabe Jackson – Released (Not Official as of yet) (Raiders
OT Eric Fisher – Released (Chiefs)
OT Mitchell Schwartz – Released (Chiefs)
OC Austin Reiter – Free Agent (Chiefs)

WTF! The weird part about this is the Broncos are the only team that will return its entire Offensive Line. That is completely WRONG!

 

MOCK DRAFT 2.0 – 1ST ROUND
Denver – (9th Overall) Caleb Farley CB, Virginia Tech
Nothing changes here. This guy is a great fit for this team and has the skill set to be a pro bowler.

Chargers – (13th Overall) Rashawn Slater OT, Northwestern
Again, nothing changes here. After his pro day, the only thing that change this pick is him going higher. This guy is a flat out MONSTER!!!

Raiders – (17th Overall) Zaven Collins LB, Tulsa
First Change. The Raiders need a “Sam” backer that can rush the quarterback and also drop into coverage. At 6’4″ and 260 pounds, this guy is the chess piece that DC Bradley covets.

Chiefs – (31st Overall) Alijah Vera-Tucker OG, USC
Nothing changing here either. This guy is a stud and addressing the offensive line has become a flat out necessity for this team.

The next week will be flat out nuts so enjoy the mayhem. Follow ups to come…….

The Weekly Bender

Well the season is over and the Chiefs were flat out smashed in the Super Bowl. It is that time of the year where we turn our attention to the Combine, Free Agency and the Draft. This article will focus on a few news update but mainly on the each team’s top needs, top target in free agency, and a mock pick. Let’s get this going

NEWS
Broncos promote Chris Beake to defensive pass-game specialist

Broncos promote Chris Beake to defensive pass-game specialist

Five-year-old girl injured in Britt Reid crash emerges from coma

Five-year-old girl injured in Britt Reid crash emerges from coma

Raiders resign DT/DE David Irving

Raiders re-sign David Irving

Hunter Henry set money, good QB as free agency priorities

Hunter Henry sets money, good QB as free agency priorities

 

TEAM NEEDS
Denver – CB, EDGE, LB, QB (Draft Network) QB, CB, IOL (PFF) QB, CB, OL (NFL.COM)
One thing is for sure, Drew Lock is not getting any respect. I think with a new GM, he will want to bring in his guy. I think they will end up giving him one last year if they don’t get mortgage the future for Watson.

Chiefs – IOL, WR, OT, LB (Draft Network) OG, EDGE, LB (PFF) OL, EDGE, WR (NFL.COM)
After seeing their offensive line get destroyed it is their top priority. The second level also has to be addressed as it is biggest need on defense.

Raiders -EDGE, IDL, IOL, LB (Draft Network) EDGE, IDL, S (PFF) DT, EDGE, S (NFL.COM)
The defense needs help at every level. Finding a Free Safety that can play cover 3 in Gus Bradley’s scheme is imperative. The defensive tackle position must be addressed as well. Finding a “Sam” linebacker that can rush the passer and also cover is also paramount.

Chargers – OT, IOL, CB, EDGE (Draft Network) IDL, TE, IOL (PFF) OL, TE, CB (NFL.COM)
Fixing the offensive line is a flat out must to protect franchise QB Herbert. If Hunter Henry departs via free agency, finding a starting Tight End will be a top priority. Secondary help and depth is also a priority.

 

TOP FREE AGENCY TARGET
Denver – QB Deshaun Watson
Right now Houston is standing their ground saying Watson is NOT available. Somehow, this is going to change. Denver will be one of the teams that will go all in to get him. The price will be crazy high but teams will be willing to pay it and the Broncos are one of them.

Chiefs – OG Brandon Scherff
This guy has been a stalwart at guard for sometime in the NFL. Adding this monster to the offensive line would be a great addition although a costly one. If OT Mitchel Schwartz decides to retire this off season, tackle will become the number one priority.

Raiders – FS Malik Hooker
When healthy, this guy is one of the best true center fielders in the game. He is the perfect cover 3 safety, something the Raiders do not have on the roster. He will also be available at a reasonable price. Even if the position is addressed in the draft, signing Hooker is a no-brainer.

Chargers – OT Taylor Moton
This guy will be very expensive but he is well worth it. Protecting Herbert is priority one and adding Moton would be a HUGE upgrade. No quarterback in the NFL was pressured more than Herbert last year. Its time to give up on Sam Tevi and Trey Pipkins and get Herbert some real help.

 

MOCK DRAFT – 1ST ROUND
Denver – (9th overall) Caleb Farley CB, Virginia Tech
Denver recently released A.J. Bouye. In a division with Patrick Mahomes, adding cornerbacks who can cover will greatly benefit your team.

Chargers – (13th Overall) Rashawn Slater OT, Northwestern
Protecting Herbert has to be priority one for this team and drafting a offensive tackle of this caliber has to happen.

Raiders – (17th Overall) Jayson Oweh LB/DE, Penn State
This guy is a bit raw but athletes that play the way he does do not come along often. According to Penn State coaches, he run a jaw-dropping 4.33 40, vertical jumped 36 inches and broad jumped 10-7 all at 6’5″, 255 LBS.

Chiefs – (31st Overall) Alijah Vera-Tucker
The Super Bowl exposed the Chiefs’ interior offensive line. They have to protect their $500 million quarterback. This kid has the makings of an all-pro.

 

It is going to de an interesting off season with no combine, salary cap numbers and massive trades. Stay tuned for all the fun.

Have a great day!

The Weekly Bender

As the Chiefs prepare to play in Superbowl for the second year in a row (that thought makes me sick to my stomach), the rest of the division prepares for free agency and the draft. Here are some of the latest news on division and the the prediction of the season.

Denver Broncos
Sutton ready to prove it in his return from ACL Injury

Courtland Sutton ready to prove it in his return from ACL injury

Questions abound about the running game
https://www.espn.com/blog/denver-broncos/post/_/id/37754/denver-broncos-at-their-best-behind-a-strong-running-game-but-questions-linger

Broncos linked to quarterbacks
https://www.si.com/nfl/broncos/news/broncos-jameis-winston-tyrod-taylor-free-agency-interest-rumor

Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers hire Shane Day as Quarterback Coach

Report: Chargers hiring Shane Day as quarterbacks coach

Fixing Special Teams a priority
https://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles-chargers/post/_/id/28030/fixing-broken-special-teams-top-priority-for-new-los-angeles-chargers-coaching-staff

Joe Lombardi hired as new Offensive Coordinator
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/chargers-tab-longtime-saints-assistant-joe-lombardi-as-new-offensive-coordinator-per-report/

Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback rumors concerning Derek Carr and Deshaun Watson

Are Raiders plotting to trade Derek Carr, pursue Deshaun Watson?

Jason Witten retires and becomes a High School Head Coach
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30816423/retired-nfl-star-jason-witten-named-head-coach-texas-hs

The Safford trade could be big for the Raiders
https://www.silverandblackpride.com/2021/2/1/22260976/raiders-derek-carr-matthew-stafford-trade-rams

Kansas City Chiefs
GM says if he can make a deal work with Watkins he’ll try

Brett Veach on Sammy Watkins: If there’s a way to make it work, we’ll try

Bieniemy won’t dwell in pity
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30821716/chiefs-oc-eric-bieniemy-dwell-pity-not-getting-head-coaching-job

Chiefs have injury concerns prior to Superbowl

KC Chiefs have serious injury concerns for Super Bowl LV

PREDICTIONS
Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Old lion vs young lion. This game is truly a toss-up. The Chiefs great offense against a top 5 defense. The Bucs are the more complete team and the Chiefs are without their two starting offensive tackles. With that said, it is hard to pick against either team or quarterback.
Bucs 31 Chiefs 27
Spread: -3 Chiefs
Over/Under: 56
Season: 36-17

Chiefs win, Bucs win, either way it sucks.