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With the NBA draft finally upon us, we can begin to see the draft board take its final shape. The first round of the draft is always good for some drama, whether it’s taking a bust at 1 or a stud at 30, the draft always gives us something shocking that we can look forward to next year. We have seen the best top 1-10 picks in the draft, but what about the Barry’s and the Parker’s that weren’t picked in the top 10 and still went on to have phenomenal careers? These are the best players to be picked at their respective draft spots since the lottery began in 1985.

30th Overall Pick

Jimmy Butler (2011)

By: Chicago

Jimmy Buckets may have been slept on in the draft, but now everyone knows his potential and want him on their team. A three time All-Star and 2015’s Most Improved Player, Jimmy Butler is on everyone’s radar.

Honorable Mention:David Lee

By: New York Knicks


While not an individual standout, Lee was a huge role player in the Warrior’s championship run in 2015. David Lee is a two time All Star and NCAA Champion after knocking off the Kentucky Wildcats in 2005.

29th Overall Pick

Toney Douglas (2009)

By: Los Angeles Lakers 


Known more for his defense than his offense, Douglas has shut down his fair share of names. Douglas put up incredible steal numbers all throughout his career, including setting school and conference records for steals while at FSU.

Honorable Mention: Nazr Mohammed (1998)

By: Utah Jazz

Shoving LeBron to the floor is a quick way to get noticed in this league, and that’s exactly what Nazr did in a meeting between Chicago and Miami a few years back. A two time NCAA champion and one time NBA Champion, Nazr has played big roles for every team he has played for.

28th Overall Pick

Tony Parker (2001)

By: San Antonio Spurs

Perhaps the most successful sleeper in the NBA, Parker is a four time NBA champion, NBA Finals MVP and a six time 6× NBA All-Star. He will go down as one of the most legendary point guards and go-to man of one of the greatest, if not, the greatest NBA coach of all time, Gregg Popovich.

Honorable Mention: Greg Ostertag (1995)

By: Utah Jazz

The unsung hero of the greatest pick and roll duo of all time, John Stockton and Karl Malone, Greg Ostertag did his fair share for the Utah Jazz. Ostertag retired from the game having more rebounds than points. In 2002, he donated his kidney to save his sister and returned to the NBA, he is the only player ever to play after undergoing a organ donation.

27th Overall Pick

Elden Campbell (1990)

By: Los Angeles Lakers

Elden Campbell, an NBA champion in 2004, hopped around a good amount during his stint in the pros, but always contributed to the teams he was a part of. He is currently sitting 31st all time in blocks.

Honorable Mention: Aaron Afflalo (2007)

By: Detroit Pistons

Voted Pac-12 Player of the Year, Afflalo chose not to go back for his senior year and was picked up in the 27th round of the NBA Draft. After bouncing around to six different teams in his NBA career, Afflalo has played big in pressure situations all through out his career.

26th Overall Pick

Vlade Divak (1989)

By: Los Angeles Lakers

Although his decisions now as a GM have not been the greatest, Vlade Divac was known for his great passing as a seven foot center while he was in the NBA. Divac is one of only seven players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots and was voted one of FIBA’s 50 best basketball players in 1991.

Honorable Mention: Taj Gibson

By: Chicago Bulls

A part of the NBA’s All Rookie Team in 2010, Taj Gibson was a major part of the successes of the Bulls during the Rose era. Gibson kept players on lockdown in college and was voted as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

25th Overall Pick

Shannon Brown (2006)

By: Cleveland Cavaliers

A two time NBA Champion, Shannon Brown is most notably known for his block on Mario West of Atlanta in his first game as a Laker. Brown would finish his career with two NBA Championships with the Lakers.

Honorable Mention: Gerald Wallace (2001)

By: Sacramento Kings

Gerald Wallace would win the Naismith Player of the Year in 2000 before entering the 2001 draft where he was taken by the Sacramento Kings. Wallace would have a solid career in the NBA, being the league leader in steals in 2006, he would go on to be an All-Star and make the All-Defensive First Team in 2010.

24th Overall Pick

Latrell Sprewell (1992)

By: Golden State Warriors

Sprewell was a major part of the Knicks team that reached the finals in the 1999 season. Sprewell preluded this season with four NBA All-Star games appearance and an All-NBA First Team nod in 1994.

Honorable Mention: Arvydas Sabonis (1986)

By: Portland Trail Blazers

Although his time in the NBA was short lived, Sabonis cleaned up in Europe, winning six Euroscar Player of the Year awards, two Mr. Europa Player of the Year awards, three USSR League championships, a Club World Cup championship, as well as being voted the Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year four different times!

Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) cannot catch a pass against Houston Texans strong safety Corey Moore (43) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) cannot catch a pass against Houston Texans strong safety Corey Moore (43) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The stakes are getting higher and higher with every win, and with only a couple games away from crowing the next Super Bowl Champion, it is all going to come down to who can finish in big situations. So far, the Packers have shown that they are never out and can win almost anywhere. The Patriots have everything clicking for them, and if Dion Lewis can stay in this form, then the Lombardi Trophy should be making its way back to New England. The Steelers got into a little bit of trouble early on, but they kicked their way to a Championship appearance, and Atlanta’s high powered offense is showing that nothing can stand in their way. Next week is sure to give us some of the best football we’ve seen this year, so let’s hope we are ready for the outcomes.

4.     dcy03myfhffbki5d7il3     Green Bay Packers

Last Result: W 34-31 @ Dallas

Just when Packer fans thought that Aaron Rodgers was being wasted in Green Bay, he goes and does something spectacular like win on the road against arguably the best team in the NFL. Rodgers and Jared Cook combined for one of the most memorable catches in post season history; one that will go down with the likes of Santonio Holmes in the back of the end zone or the David Tyree jump ball. Mason Crosby showed us that he has ice in his veins, hitting three field goals over 50 yards in the final minutes to give the Packers the win. Don’t take anything away from the Cowboys though, this was just two teams going at it for 48 minutes, but one team had to win. If Jordy Nelson can make a comeback this week, it would bring a much needed lift to this receiving core, but fractured ribs are tough to recover from in only a couple weeks and brings the risk of re-injuring himself and setting back his recovery even more.

3.    970    Pittsburgh Steelers

Last Result: W 18-16 @ Kansas City

The Steelers have faced their fair share of adversity this year and this game was no different. Neither Big Ben, nor Antonio Brown or even Le’Veon Bell were able to find the end zone, but luckily Chris Boswell was able to put up an NFL post-season high of six field goals in a game. The Pittsburgh defense held tight for the majority when on the field and were able to keep Tyreke Hill from becoming the playmaker that we saw the past few weeks. The Steelers have their toughest test of the year when they go to New England in January to play a red hot Patriots team.

2.     299    Atlanta Falcons

Last Result: W 36-20 v Seattle

The Falcons had this game from the first time they got the ball until the last kneel down. Yes, Seattle scored on their first possession, but the Atlanta offense is just too high powered to be stopped right now. Seattle couldn’t touch Matt Ryan all game and it allowed for him to have another typical 300 yard and three touchdown game that we have come to expect from him this year. The run game destroyed the Seahawks as Falcon running backs accounted for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons will stay at home as Aaron Rodgers comes to town this weekend.

1.     y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0    New England Patriots

Last Result: W 34-16 v Houston

Tom Brady didn’t look as perfect as we normally see him, throwing two interceptions this game, while only throwing two all regular season. Dion Lewis was the star of the afternoon, accounting for a rush touchdown, a receiving touchdown and the Patriots first ever post-season kick off touchdown. The Patriots will face off against the Steelers this week as two veteran quarterbacks try to lead their teams to one last Super Bowl.

Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas (13) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas (13) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Thanksgiving has given us a lot to be thankful for, unless you’re a Cleveland fan, then it’s just another Sunday. Josh McCown completed a 41 yard bomb to Terrell Pryor from his own five and on the very next play threw a pick-six to a one handed JPP. If that isn’t the Cleveland season summed up in two plays, I don’t know what is. The Cowboys dominated on Thanksgiving again, Antonio Brown danced his way to the end zone three times against the Colts and the Lions snuck through on a last second field goal. I don’t know how hard centers snap the ball, but after looking at Derek Carr’s finger it looks like he caught that ball being shot out of a cannon. Buckle those belts back up, wake up from your turkey coma and get ready for the playoff push, Week 13 is almost here.

32.     15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-12
Last Week: 32

Once again, Cleveland can’t catch a break. The game was close until the Browns forgot about Odell, which you can’t do and still hope to win. JPP showed kids everywhere that just because you blow your hand off in a freak fireworks accident doesn’t mean you can’t score against the Browns. JPP is officially the only player to score a touchdown in the NFL with less than 10 fingers, but I’m sure Cleveland fans were only showing him one.

31.     17994552009        San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-10
Last Week: 31

The 49ers’ season has had a lots of downs and very few ups, but on the bright side they were able to break a franchise record this week. They have now lost 10 straight games for the first time in franchise history. Kap did not have a terrible game, in fact it was by far the best game he had played this season.

30.     364        Chicago Bears    

Record: 2-9
Last Week: 30

Things have not been right in Chicago for a while now. Dropped passes were the highlight, including a drop to win the game with time dwindling in the 4th. Matt Barkley did not look bad at all, if only he had some skill position players to back him up. John Fox must be kicking himself right now, he went from a mediocre quarterback with great receivers in Denver to straight mediocrity all around in Chicago.

29.  15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-9
Last Week: 29

In the past few seasons, the Jaguars have had no luck. On paper, Blake Bortles was supposed to be the answer for the offensive deficiency. This team has all the pieces of the puzzle, they just can’t put it together.

28.  v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k       New York Jets

Record: 3-8
Last Week: 28


Things need to turn around in New York if this team wants to have any success in the future. Yes, this team has faced injuries this year, but it’s not nearly as bad as some other teams in the league. The QB situation in New York is still up in the air for the future and with Brandon Marshall on his last leg they might need to look at other options offensively going forward.

27.     f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u        Carolina Panthers

Record: 4-7
Last Week: 26

Down 24-7 at half, the Panthers decided to make this one a little bit of a game in the 2nd half before ultimately coming up short. Greg Olson dropped a pass that was a centimeter too high and a strip sack by Kahlil Mack ended the game before Carolina could reach into Riverboat Ron’s bag of tricks.

26.     594153172016       Los Angeles Rams

Record: 4-7
Last Week: 25

Jared Goff is the lone bright spot in a otherwise dark, dark, dark game by the Rams. The Jeff Fisher era has not turned out the way any Rams fan (either in St.Louis or LA) wanted. The Rams allowed a total of 50 points in the previous 4 games before this week when the Saints put up 49. The Saints have a high powered throw-first offense, but the defense performed sub-par.

25.     403        Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 3-7-1
Last Week: 24

Without AJ Green this Bengals season is over. It was going to be tough to make the playoffs even with Green, but now that their #1 receiver is gone, it is darn near impossible. Andy Dalton put up just a measly 5 yards per attempt this week, so the whole team has got to be reminiscing about last year when they finished 12-4.

Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) can't catch a pass while defended by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeated the Patriots 31-24. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 13, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) can’t catch a pass while defended by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeated the Patriots 31-24. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Week 9 is dead and gone and there was a lot to talk about. Seattle seemingly got away with a pass interference in the end zone,  Tom Brady didn’t throw a touchdown pass and the Lions are leading their division. Talk about a backwards season. I can’t think of a sugar coated way to bring it up, so i’ll just be blunt, the Browns still have yet to win a game. Terrell Pryor thought the Browns still had a chance at playoffs and which is similar to a child hoping for Santa Claus. We think it’s adorable that they think it could happen, but we don’t want to break their heart. We are more than halfway done with the season and the playoff picture is starting to take shape, the NFC road to Houston will go through Dallas and for the first time ever, Skip Bayless is onto something.

 

 

32.     15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-10
Last Week: 32

Cleveland has yet to win a game. As of now, they are still going to be competing for the first round pick next year and as unfortunate as it is, we can probably guess how it’s going to go down. Draft a QB, start QB, QB doesn’t live up to expectation, Browns go 2-14 next year.

 

31.     17994552009        San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-8
Last Week: 31

Chip Kelly should be mulling over his options, because the NFL might not be for him. The 49ers have been plagued by controversy this year, starting with who is going to be the starting QB and ending with Kap kneeling. If Chip can bring things together, they might have a chance, but odds are looking slim.

 

30.     364        Chicago Bears    

Record: 2-7
Last Week: 30

Jay Cutler was back to his usual shenanigans this week and it resulted in a beat down by the Bucs. Chicago is in the running for a top 5 pick next year and with the way the team has been looking, they are going to need all the help they can get.

 

29.  15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-7
Last Week: 29

The Jags are not having the best year, but Allen Robinson finally hit his stride this week, making fantasy owners furious. Robinson had his first 100-yard game of the year, but is still “upset with the production”. Robinson being upset is not unjustified, but at this point, it’s the pot calling the kettle black.

 

28.  v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k       New York Jets

Record: 3-7
Last Week: 28

In the barnburner of the week, the Jets lost 6-9 against the Rams. The Jets started Bryce Petty in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick this week and it was as ugly as you’d expect. The only exciting moment of the game came on a hook and ladder touchdown by the Jets in the beginning of the 2nd quarter.

 

27.     f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u        Carolina Panthers

Record: 3-6
Last Week: 23

Somehow Carolina managed to blow a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter against the red hot Chiefs. The Panthers gave up 17 points in the 4th quarter alone to give KC the win. Cam only has 4 rushing touchdowns this year.

 

26.     8e1jhgblydtow4m3okwzxh67k        San Diego Chargers

Record: 4-6
Last Week: 20


Just when you think San Diego has run out of ways to lose games, they go out and do something like Rivers throwing a pick-6 with a minute left. Rivers threw 4 interceptions in the 4th quarter alone. Antonio Gates needs just 2 more touchdowns to tie the record for most touchdowns by a tight end, held by Tony Gonzales at 1,111.

 

25.     17636702014        Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 4-5
Last Week: 27

Tampa made quick work of the Bears this weekend and they have Jay Cutler to thank for that. Cutler accounted for 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles to give the Bucs good possession for most of their drives. Jameis threw for 312 and 2 touchdowns that moved them to just a couple games out of first place.

Nov 6, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; A squirrel runs on a the field during the fourth quarter of a game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports

Nov 6, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; A squirrel runs on a the field during the fourth quarter of a game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports

 

Week 8 of the NFL is in the books and onto Week 9 we go. Quite a few teams were on a bye this week, but we were still given a couple upsets and a few twists to make up for not being able to cheer against Tom Brady and the Patriots. By far the most exciting moment of the week happened during the Colts/Packers game when a rogue squirrel took over the broadcast and caused the game to be paused until they could catch him, too bad the Packers run game wasn’t nearly as effective. The Rams returning to LA was supposed to be the beginning of a new era, and Jeff Fisher made that known during this season of Hard Knocks. Unfortunately for all parties involved, the last good offense to come out of LA was led by Aaron Eckhart and Ne-Yo. Even that was beat by a cartoon Johnny Depp, which for all intents and purposes is the Carolina offense this year. The Broncos were upset on the road to the Raiders in what was a pretty good game, nothing smart on this one, it was actually a solid game for the Raiders. Week 10 promises us some favorable match-ups including a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night, the only thing worse than the new SNF theme song is not running the ball on the 1.

 

32.     15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-9
Last Week: 32

Cameron Irving did what any Browns fan has been wanting to do for about a decade now. Irving got kicked out in the first quarter, honestly, he probably had more important things to do on a Sunday afternoon than sit on the losing sideline again. Jamie Collins was still wandering the sidelines looking for the elite QB that he lost, but was sadly only met by the likes of Cody Kessler and Josh McCown. If Cleveland can keep this up they will be adding to the QB jersey next season.

31.     17994552009        San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-7
Last Week: 31


The 49ers are in a tough fight this year, it’s not for playoffs or a division title, it’s for the 1st round pick. The QB situation is a joke, one of them has a terrible record as a starter and the other is more known for being stagnant off the field than for being effective on it. The 49ers had almost 500 yards, but lost by 3 scores. Classic.

30.     364        Chicago Bears    

Record: 2-6
Last Week: 28

The Bears could lose every game 100-0 for the rest of this year and no one in Chicago would bat an eye. Everyone is celebrating ending the 108 year drought and rightfully so. The city gets an extra week to celebrate before going into a match up against Tampa Bay.

 

29.  15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-6
Last Week: 30

Are we sure Jacksonville is a real franchise? We see them on the schedule every week but they can’t beat a team that is missing half of their starters. This team might be set up to just pad the stats of other teams. Jacksonville is in one of the weakest divisions in football and comfortably sitting in the cellar of that division as well. Imagine how this team would do if they had to play real teams 6 times a year.

28.  v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k       New York Jets

Record: 3-6
Last Week: 27

Todd Boyles just can’t seem to figure out how to get this Jets team to be good. He has tried everything from switching QB’s to doing a halftime rain dance to try and summon some sort of offense from his team, but as we all know nothing good happens in Jersey. The Jets are 3-6 this year and it isn’t for a lack of trying, if the Jets want to have any success at any point this year they are going to have to do something. Might I suggest transitioning Jobu from the Indian’s locker room to yours.

 

27.     17636702014        Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 3-5
Last Week: 26

Before this season had even started, Jameis was looking like an NFL ready QB, now that we are 8 weeks into the season we know otherwise. The only bright spot in last week’s game was Mike Evans who is on track to set a franchise record in receiving touchdowns this year. The defense let Matt Ryan pick them apart, but at least it was Julio picking them apart…

 

26.     594153172016       Los Angeles Rams

Record: 3-5
Last Week: 23


Jeff Fisher said he is not uncomfortable with his coaching position and he isn’t looking over his shoulder which is great and all, except that no QB who has ever played under Jeff Fisher can say the same thing. I have no idea how the Rams put up any points in a given week. Every game they play seems like they aren’t going to put up any points before what seems like a fluke leads to points. In what is looking like another patented 8-8 season with Jeff Fisher the Rams might need to look at making some front office moves rather than who starts under center next week.

25.     1053       Tennessee Titans

Record: 4-5
Last Week: 24


Tennessee had a rough outing this week, but it only seemed that way before the game started. Derrick Henry couldn’t even participate after injuring himself in warmups, Mariota started the game off like it was his first ever NFL game before finding his stride before the half ended. The second half began and Mariota reverted back to his old ways of not remembering how to play football. The Titans and Colts are in similar spots with a clear run to the playoffs, which team is going to be able to figure it out before then?

 

Week 9 of the NFL is almost upon us, but before we start talking about that we can recap a little bit of week 8. A lot of ups and downs, but none more shocking than the Vikings losing to the Bears. Tom Brady is a machine that no one should mess with. Cleveland did Cleveland things and blew a halftime lead to the Jets, which isn’t as shocking as it sounds considering they are the Browns. A few teams that were considered powerhouses took big L’s this week and are less power-housey, the Seahawks, Cardinals and Vikings were all upset this week and we are going to have to see if they can clean it up going forward. Week 8 was a scary, but we will see if it was a trick or a treat.

32.     15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-8

Last Week: 32

Cleveland was so close to getting the monkey off their backs this week, unfortunately a 13 point lead at half isn’t enough to get in the way of this team losing games. After a stunning trade with the Patriots to land Jamie Collins the Browns might have a change to pick up a win here in the next couple of weeks. I don’t know what’s more upsetting, the fact that the Browns haven’t gotten a win yet or that Robert Craft just ripped a potential ring away from Collins.

 

31.     17994552009        San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-6

Last Week: 31

The bye week for the 49ers was timed perfectly as the top seeded Cardinals and Seahawks lost to teams under .500. The 49ers have been looking really shaky in the last couple of weeks and the coaching staff needed a week off to figure things out. The 49ers are up against the Saints this week, who are coming off a big home win against the Seahawks. A win this week could set the season on the right path going forward.

 

30.     15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-5

Last Week: 29

 

It doesn’t matter what day or time the Jags are playing in, they are going to struggle. Granted they did win in London, but it was not an easy W. Unfortunately for everyone involved, including the fans, the Thursday night game was not the most thrilling. Twitter had the right idea buying streaming rights to Thursday night games; I was able to see everyone roasting the game without actually missing it.

29.  593       Indianapolis Colts

Record: 3-5

Last Week: 24

Andrew Luck has been sacked more times than any other QB this year at 31, that number could be a lot higher if Andrew wasn’t the tank he is. While he has taken a ton of hits this year he always manages to get back up. The Colts offensive line has been struggling for about a decade now and fans finally making some noise. Change starts from the top and while firing Pep Hamilton last year might have calmed the storm for a bit, the winds are picking back up.

28.  364        Chicago Bears    

Record: 2-6

Last Week: 30

The Bears have to be feeding off the energy in Chicago because they looked a little impressive this week. Something in Cutler must have been knocked loose because I could’ve sworn I saw him smile at one point last game. Martellus Bennett had some harsh words for Jay a few weeks ago and it must have struck a nerve because he came out and looked like the life of the pigskin party.

27.     v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k       New York Jets

Record: 3-5

Last Week: 27

The Jets made it difficult on themselves this week, but a win is a win. They ran the ball over 30 times this week and I can’t blame them because although Fitz might believe in himself, no one else really does at this point. I’m not sure if the defense stepped up this week or if the Browns just fell back into their bad habits, but either way the Jets escaped.

26.     17636702014        Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 3-4

Last Week: 19

It’s almost like the Bucs were trying to lose this game from the start. They were given 200 yards in penalties and 2 missed game-winning field goals by Janikowski and they still lost in OT. Jameis Winston is a bull of a QB, but sometimes a bull isn’t the best option. The Bucs are stuck in a China shop and they need to be very careful with how they handle the upcoming games, or this once promising season could go down in broken plates and fancy cups.

25.     f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u        Carolina Panthers

Record: 2-5

Last Week: 28

Cam Newton is going to have a discussion with Roger Goodell over the hits he has been taking this year and it’s for good reason. He was a stud last year, but last year he said “If they don’t want to see me dance, keep me out of the endzone”, it seems that every defense took that challenge personally and he has been punished every game this year for it. Any other QB in the league would be protected from these hits, but Cam is a bulldozer in the back and people think he can take it, but come on, even bulldozers feel pain.

Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

 

Week 7 of the NFL kicked off in London and ended in Denver. There was a lot of drama around the league, but none more than the NFC West rivalry game between Seattle and Arizona. This was a defensive coordinator’s dream. If either team only allowed 6 points through 75 minutes, they would’ve had the defensive performance of the year, unfortunately for the fans, it was against each other on the same week. Brock Osweiler made his debut back at Sports Authority field since he left this postseason for “greener pastures”, it didn’t turn out the way he would have liked and the Texans couldn’t avoid the stampede that is the Denver defense. Week 8 is sure to bring us some more drama, just the way we like it.

 

32.      15578552015 Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-7

Last Week: 31

Poor Cleveland, they just can’t seem to catch a break. Week after week they desperately try to get that ever-elusive W, but just can’t seem to fit it all together. Kevin Hogan ran for 104 yards, but only threw for 100 yards. For the first time since 1960 a QB ran for over 100 yards in his first start.

31.       17994552009 San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-6

Last Week: 32


The 49ers couldn’t stop a faucet leak this year. They have allowed 734 yards on the ground in the last 3 weeks! The QB situation in San Fran is becoming the least of Chip Kelly’s problems.

30.        364 Chicago Bears

Record: 1-6

Last Week: 30

Matt Barkley had a tough outing last week. He has the opportunity to go against the red-hot Minnesota defense next week, but I mention the opportunity, because Cutler could come back. Who knows, Chicago is so enthralled by the Cubs right now that the Bears are just an afterthought.

29.       15988562013 Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-4

Last Week: 25

The Jags are on one this year, and it’s not the good kind. When the oppositions punter can run for a first down on 4th and 24, you’re gonna have a bad time. The defense has yet to get a turnover this year either. That’s not a problem, unless the offense can hold onto the ball for the rest of the year.

28.      f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u Carolina Panthers

Record: 1-5

Last Week: 29

Can the Panthers turn their season around after the bye week? The defense has been struggling and they play the Cardinals at home this week. Arizona is out to prove that putting up points is not a problem.

27.       v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k New York Jets

Record: 2-5

Last Week: 28

Fitzpatrick took a shot at the front office after his performance last week and now that Geno is out for the season, it looks like management has no other option but to hand the reins back to Ryan. Luckily for them, they have been relying on the run more and Forte is up to carrying the load.

26.       1053 Tennessee Titans

Record: 3-4

Last Week: 23

The Titans were so close to taking the AFC “Giants” downs this week. They haven’t beat the Colts since 2011 and baring any major changes, it looks like they will keep that streak going until 2017. The Titans had a shot at winning the game on the final drive, but a strip-6 ultimately put the game out of reach.

25.       907 New Orleans Saints

Record: 2-4

Last Week: 22

New Orleans has to keep Drew Brees as healthy as possible this year because without him the Saints are lost. Brees has lost a step the past couple of years and rumors of him and Sean Payton leaving the organization have been popping up since the offseason, but having a QB that can throw for 400 yards on a weekly basis is very nice.

Oct 16, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) defends a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Atlanta, 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 16, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) defends a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Atlanta, 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A long road remains for a lot of teams to make it to the playoffs, but there are a select few who have stood out from the crowd so far. The Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles have stood on top of the NFL this year and it looked like Atlanta was going to join them until a fateful no call sealed the victory for the Seahawks. While the call did decide the game, this has not been the first incident in Seattle that has been opportunistic for the Seahawks. I think Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson have a memory or two of some other rough (read horrible) calls that have cost them the game. That was the one call that stood out this weekend, but we can’t forget the other upsets that occurred including Denver being shocked by San Diego, Pittsburgh getting throttled by the Dolphins and Dak raining on Farve’s Ring of Honor ceremony. 6 Sundays down, 11 more to go.

32. 17994552009         San Fran 49ers

Record: 1-5
Last Week: 31

Kaepernick has proven that while he can create some buzz around what he is doing off the field, he is still not the answer to Chip Kelly’s QB problem. He had one magical play where he showed off his gazelle like running style that made him a threat 5 years ago, but unfortunately, he also showed off his decision making abilities that got him replaced by Blaine Gabbert.

31. 15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-6
Last Week: 32

Although it’s been only a rough start for the Browns, they have been fighting harder than any other team in the NFL. Cody Kessler has led this Cleveland offense in ways that the Cleveland faithful have been waiting for what seems like forever now. Terrelle Pryor has shown that he can be a formidable WR1, grabbing a couple touchdowns.

30. 364         Chicago Bears

Record: 1-5
Last Week: 28

The only thing exciting going on in the Windy City are the Cubs.

29. f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u        Carolina Panthers

Record: 1-5
Last Week: 26

The Panthers had high hopes to make it back to the Super Bowl after a record setting 2015-16 campaign, but the only thing this Panther’s team has in common with last year is Cam Newton’s press conference ability.

28.v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k        New York Jets

Record: 1-5
Last Week: 23

The Jets got torched by the Cardinals last night, so much in fact that Geno Smith got his first snaps of the season, also his first interception of the season. The Jets can’t seem to catch a break this year, pun not intended, because the Jets receivers are the only bright note on this team.

27.593        Indianapolis Colts

Record: 2-4
Last Week: 22

The Colts can’t seem to figure it out. Andrew Luck was supposed to be a once in a generation quarterback, but with an offensive line that has more holes than Yeezy Season 2 and a front office that would have an easier time managing a Steak ‘n Shake, that theory has been put to rest. Colts fans were hoping for another 9-7 playoff season, but the Texans might be that team.

26.15041052013        Miami Dolphins

Record: 2-4
Last Week: 30

Jay Ajayi had to be one of the most googled names on Sunday. He ran for over 200 yards and had 2 touchdowns against the Steelers. The offense didn’t look nearly as pedestrian as I made them sound last week, the question now is, can they keep this up?

 25.15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-3
Last Week: 27

Arrelious Benn managed to grab center stage in the thrilling contest between the Jags and the Bears. The last time you heard Benn’s name was probably in 2012.