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  1. Carolina Panthers (17-1) - Previously: #1 - The Panthers are the better team in the Super Bowl. There's no doubt about that. However, there's a big concern I'd have if I were a fan, and that's the fact that the players are talking as if they already won the Super Bowl. They were yelling about proving everyone wrong and whatnot, and I fear that they might be overconfident about putting 49 on the Cardinals, who were considered the second-best team in the NFL.

    That said, I'm glad the Panthers are in the Super Bowl. They're fun to watch, though I still hate that the kids get all of the footballs. I guess my pleas about the fat guy memorabilia collectors being hurt by this trend will continue to be ignored.

    Also, Newton being in the Super Bowl gives us a chance to laugh at one of the many dumb things Skip Bayless has said over the years:



    Look, people say stupid things all the time. I've had my share of derp moments - Jimmy Clausen, anyone? - but Bayless is a douche troll, so let's all laugh at how stupid he and his racist partner Stephen The Smith are.



  2. Arizona Cardinals (14-4) - Previously: #2 - It's a shame we haven't seen much of Carson Palmer in the playoffs over the years; otherwise, I may have known not to bet heavily on him in the NFC Championship. Palmer is now 1-3 and hasn't covered a single spread in the postseason. A classic choke artist. Some will say that Palmer's injured finger played a factor, but that's crap. His finger had nothing to do with his horrible decision-making.

    Speaking of Palmer, his ugly performance was so bad that, well, you know where I'm going with this...

    The Adventures of Derek Anderson's Magic Flask!

    Cam Newton: Derek, this is crucial, It's the NFC Championship, and we're favored by only three points. The Cardinals are a great team, so it's your time to shine.

    Derek Anderson: Don't worry, Cam. I'm completely sober. It's terrible, but I've been preparing for this moment my entire life. Even my blonde friend Billy is sober.

    Billy Manziel: Yeaah mmanan mnnyy nanammem isisis Biklyl annddn I'mmm coommepellteey soosobberr hic!

    Cam Newton: He doesn't look sober to me!

    Derek Anderson: Billy, you didn't drink out of my flask did you!?

    Billy Manziel: I ddrranakk thhee whwhioole thtingng soorryryr hahahah I mmeanan I didndnndt dodood annyuthting hic!

    Cam Newton: DEREK!!!

    Derek Anderson: I'm sorry, Cam! I knew I shouldn't have dragged this idiot around!

    Cam Newton: Now we're going to lose for sure!

    Billy Manziel: Dunnn wooeorryr guguys. I hadd oonen ofofo myyy brrooss takakke caare oof thissis.

    *** Meanwhile, on the Arizona sidelines, Carson Palmer is handed the phone. He presumes his offensive coordinator is on the line... ***

    Carson Palmer: Hey coach, that was a rough first drive. What are you seeing out there?

    Unknown Man: Listen carefully, Carson. We are the same people who kidnapped Jake Delhomme's son years ago. Now, we have your son. You won't get him back unless you throw this game.

    Carson Palmer: What!? But I can't let my teammates down!

    Unknown Man: You will. And to make it convincing, please drink the substance in your Gatorade.

    Carson Palmer: Substance? What is it?

    Unknown Man: Nothing that will kill you. Just something from a blonde peer, of sorts. Drink it, Carson, or you'll never see your son again.

    *** Carson Palmer drinks his Gatorade, which tastes rather funny. Minutes later... ***

    Carson Palmer: OOhhh mamanan I canann't steeee straiiigighth.

    Larry Fitzgerald: Carson!? What the hell, man!?

    Carson Palmer: Ccarroson whhoo's Ccarrsonnn mmyyy nammeme isss Cammnn Nnenewwtoon annndd I'mm goonnana thtrorow itt toooo the gguuyss innn bllueue anndnd bllalalkckcc!!!

    Larry Fitzgerald: NO CARSON, NOOOOO!!!



  3. New England Patriots (13-5) - Previously: #4 - Everyone thought the Patriots were going to win. When everyone thinks something will happen, the opposite usually occurs. The public was simply misled by the media, which glorified the Patriots despite the fact that New England hadn't played anyone all year. That, and this photo was taken of Belichick during the week:



    Despite this, the Patriots were still the better team, and the fact that Denver pulled the upset means that we won't have as great of a Super Bowl as we should enjoy. Actually, the team that should be representing the AFC should be the Steelers, who led the entire way against the Broncos despite missing Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams.



  4. Denver Broncos (14-4) - Previously: #7 - The Broncos were the worst team of the four playing on Championship Sunday, yet they'll be in the Super Bowl. It's truly amazing that they won, considering that their offense averaged just 3.8 yards per play. To give you an idea of how bad that is, Brian Hoyer and the Texans maintained nearly the same figure (3.6) in their shutout loss to the Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs.

    Denver's defense is amazing, sure, but so is Carolina's. The difference between the two teams will be the offense, as there is a huge disparity between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning. The general public may not think so, but Manning nearly cost his team by missing numerous touchdowns against the Patriots. He's just not that good anymore.

    One person disagrees, as we can see in this picture, sent over by Shreyas R:



    At first, it appears as though Manning looks like he's dropping a deuce. However, if you look carefully, you might just see Matt Millen inserting a kielbasa into one of his 100-percent USDA Men. A special kielbasa that he saved for his Sheriff.





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Fantasy Football Studs and Scrubs


Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Cam Newton: 19-of-28, 335 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT. 10 carries, 47 rush yards. 2 rush TDs. 1 2-pt conversion.


  • Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • David Johnson: 15 carries, 60 yards. 1 TD. 9 catches, 68 rec. yards.
  • C.J. Anderson: 16 carries, 72 yards. 3 catches, 18 rec. yards.




  • Top Fantasy Wide Receivers:
  • Philly Brown: 4 catches, 113 yards. 1 TD.
  • Ted Ginn: 1 carry, 22 rush yards. 1 rush TD. 2 catches, 52 yards.
  • Devin Funchess: 2 catches, 21 yards. 1 TD.


  • Top Fantasy Tight Ends:
  • Rob Gronkowski: 8 catches, 144 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Owen Daniels: 2 catches, 33 rec. yards. 2 rec. TDs.
  • Greg Olsen: 6 catches, 113 rec. yards.
  • Darren Fells: 2 catches, 36 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.


  • Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Von Miller: 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT.
  • Luke Kuechly: 8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD.
  • Kurt Coleman: 4 tackles, 2 INTs.
  • Jamie Collins: 8 tackles, 2 sacks.


  • Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Carson Palmer: 23-of-40, 235 yards. 1 TD, 4 INTs. 2 fumbles.


  • James White: 5 carries, 11 yards. 5 catches, 45 rec. yards.
  • Brandon Bolden: 5 carries, 12 yards. 2 catches, 29 rec. yards.
  • Ronnie Hillman: 11 carries, 16 yards. 1 catch, 7 rec. yards.


  • Danny Amendola: 5 catches, 39 yards.
  • Michael Floyd: 3 catches, 37 yards.
  • Larry Fitzgerald: 4 catches, 30 yards.
  • John Brown: 2 catches, 23 yards.
  • Jerricho Cotchery: 2 catches, 17 yards.
  • Jordan Norwood: 2 catches, 16 yards.
  • Demaryius Thomas: 2 catches, 12 yards.





  • Run Defenses, Pass Defense, Pass Protection:

    Something new this year - I'm keeping track of precise run defense, pass defense and pass protection rankings in Excel. The benefit to this is that it'll be broken down by week. Here are the download links:


    2015 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet (2007 Excel)


    2015 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet - (1999-2003 Excel)




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    bias72 (Anonymous Poster)
    11 day(s) 14 hour(s) ago - hide
    This is the most bias ranking ever
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    billyisgone 5 Posts (18 )
    11 day(s) 23 hour(s) ago - hide

    "However, there's a big concern I'd have if I were a fan, and that's the fact that the players are talking as if they already won the Super Bowl."

    Almost every guy interviewed after the game said something along the lines of "we have 1 more game to win" Roman Harper, Jerricho Cotchery, Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, etc, etc, etc all said something like that.  

    This team absolutely murdered a team everyone (including you) said would beat them because they have "3 great WR's and Carolina can't stop them" of course they were happy during the moments after doing that.  There is 0 concern from real fans of the team that they aren't focused as hell to win the Super Bowl. 


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    Robert K (Anonymous Poster)
    18 day(s) 0 hour(s) ago - hide

    "The Steelers were robbed of a victory..."

    As a Steelers fan, I say no. They were beaten by a superior team. They had plenty of chances to put the game away and failed to do so. The 2016 Denver Broncos, even while starting the pathetic shell of Peyton Manning, are a better team than the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers.

    End of story.

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    Robert K (Anonymous Poster)
    18 day(s) 0 hour(s) ago - hide

    @Robert K Whoops...

    *2015 Denver Broncos

    *2015 Pittsburgh Steelers

    2    1 Reply
    Steelers fans (Anonymous Poster)
    18 day(s) 18 hour(s) ago - hide
    Get a life with that stupid picture. Nice "06" jersey, loser. Who is number 06?
    1    3 Reply
    Slim Jims (Anonymous Poster)
    18 day(s) 21 hour(s) ago - hide
    I don't think anybody would give a @#$@ if a fat guy got a football or the clap, hence it doesn't make prime time viewing 
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    Give it up (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide
    @dirkdiggler Your Chiefs suck and will be exposed soon.
    2    9 Reply
    This dumbass above me... (Anonymous Poster)
    25 day(s) 3 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Give it up How's that working so far you retarded chimp?
    3    3 Reply
    sdmcc (Anonymous Poster)
    25 day(s) 20 hour(s) ago - hide

    As for the Steelers/Bengals game, Burfict possibly could've been flagged for his hit on Ben.. and he could've been flagged for excessive celebration for running into the tunnel after the INT.. but he was definiately a Head-Hunter in the game and the Bungles deserved to lose for not reeling him in.  He was a first round talent who did not get drafted for This very reason.   Porter I don't know what that was about, but at least he exercised his right to remain silent, which Adam Jones did not do, once his instantgram was shown, it was proof the refs made the right call there! It is a good call not to fire Lewis, remember the late great Flip Saunders? he was fired from two playoff teams in the last 15 years, the Timberwolves and the Pistons.  and Neither team has made the playoffs since.  You just don't get rid of winning coaches.  I'm still waiting for the Rob Ryan/Buffalo Bills grade...

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    portland17 (Anonymous Poster)
    29 day(s) 18 hour(s) ago - hide
    @ProfOwl The Seahawks were in every one of those games and could very easily be 14-2. Their O-line sucked at the start of the season and their defense uncharacteristically let them down in the fourth quarter multiple times. Other than the Packers game, no one really beat them soundly, even though they were playing like crap. With Wilson on a hot streak and Marshawn Lynch back behind him again. I think a #2 ranking is not the least bit unreasonable, especially after they scored 39 on the Steelers and beat the crap out of Minnesota and the Cards down the stretch. 
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    Robert K (Anonymous Poster)
    25 day(s) 23 hour(s) ago - hide
    @portland17 They could also easily be 8-8 given those squeakers against Detroit and Dallas. It goes both ways.
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    Yenser (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 0 day(s) ago - hide
    So brady lives in a small house? Did giselle kick him out?
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    BBS Guru 74 Posts (120 )
    1 month(s) 0 day(s) ago - hide

    Here's where our Model ranks each play-off team (there are a lot more ties than usual)...P.S. this is all data driven, no bias (saying this because I know Patriots/Packers fans are about to jump down my throat :)

    1st – Panthers 
    T-2nd – Seahawks 
    T-2nd – Cardinals 
    T-4th – Broncos 
    T-4th – Steelers 
    T-4th – Vikings 
    7th – Bengals 
    8th – Chiefs 
    10th – Patriots 
    11th – Redskins 
    12th – Texans 
    14th – Packers 

    You can see them all at www.blackboxsports.net/DataCenter/Pwr ...including Offense, Defense and Special Teams.

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    Dr. Lionel Simpson (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide
    Sup Walt, i'll explain you in detail where dabbing comes from, Hash is an archaic form of "concentrated cannabis" and is as old as the use of cannabis itself and to dab is to extract hash out of cannabis, but the THC level and strength are in no way comparable to the concentrates used nowadays. Along with how it has assimilated itself as a sub-cultural phenomenon of sorts in such a short time, it is a bit of a mystery where, when, and who invented the "Dab" but the origins of Dabbing relates to Hash. Hash makes you fall asleep as far as i know and that's why you can see Cam Newton "falling asleep on his shoulder" after a touchdown, this is kind of a "thug inside".
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    No Way (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide

    @Dr. Lionel Simpson 

    @Dr. Lionel Simpson I think you made most of that up. While the term "dab" is used in the hash culture, by all accounts, this isn't associated with that at all and is just a silly dance craze made up by Skippa da Flippa and then made hugely popular by the Atlanta group called Migos, which then turned into a craze thanks to various sports stars like Jeremy Hill, Cam Newton, and Lebron James.

    Nice try with the "falling asleep on his shoulder" explanation though. It almost sounds believable. 

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    No way (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide

    @Dr. Lionel Simpson I think you made most of that up. While the term "dab" is used in the hash culture, by all accounts, this isn't associated with that at all and is just a silly dance craze made up by Skippa da Flippa and then made hugely popular by the Atlanta group called Migos, which then turned into a craze thanks to various sports stars like Jeremy Hill, Cam Newton, and Lebron James.

    Nice try with the "falling asleep on his shoulder" explanation though. It almost sounds believable. 

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    Apparently a Homer (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide

    I guess Walt thinks the only thing that really matters is having a QB that routinely throws long bombs.  KC is one of the higher scoring teams in the league & the D is top-tier, but none of that means much because the QB won't be in the Hall of Fame.

    I just hope walt actually bets his own money based on his rankings.

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    dirkdiggler (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide

    pretty stupid to discredit the chiefs for "barely beating" the raiders in oakland (by 14 points) while ignoring that the broncos just lost to that same raiders team in their own stadium. 

    so is ignoring the fact that the cardinals lost to the steelers with landry jones at QB.

    so is downplaying the steelers loss to the ravens as just another blown road game by the steelers and ignoring their horrendous defense while maintaining that they're top 10 team.

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    Hahahahahah (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide
    @dirkdiggler  Man, Chief fans are clueless! That rant made me laugh. Of course, there's not much else interesting in KC, so I can understand their excitement.
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    kjdjrr (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 7 day(s) ago - hide
    hmmm, seahawks, really ? seahawks ahead of Denver ? seahawks have played against 5 teams currently in the playoffs AND ARE 1-4 in those games, new England is 2-2 in those games, Denver IS 5-1 in those games. Really, Denver is 5-1, seattle is 1-4. Really, look it up. 
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    ProfOwl (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 2 day(s) ago - hide

    @kjdjrr 

    You're only looking at records, not how the teams are actually playing. To pretend that Seattle is the same team that lost those early games is little more than self delusion. Two months is a a lifetime in the NFL. How a team starts the season is zero indication of how they'll end it. Look at last year's Patriots, vs this year's Falcons and tell me why we should weigh early season records so heavily.

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    Cam (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide

    "as scum-bag owner Jeffrey Lurie is too incompetent to fire Kelly"

    lol

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    ASaintsFan 30 Posts (7 )
    1 month(s) 7 day(s) ago - hide
    @Cam And "Riley the racist receiver. Instead of all those r's how about he uses the one Riley would actually chuckle at: "Riley Kkkooper."
    3    6 Reply
    ASaintsFan 30 Posts (7 )
    1 month(s) 7 day(s) ago - hide
    Good win by the Saints...but...after seeing that Browner is only 5 mil per year? definitely want him cut after the season. PJ Williams or Damian Swann would definitely do a better job than him at outside corner next year. Unfortunately, this year both Williams and Swann are on IR.
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    Sdmcc (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide
    The kansas city chiefs with andy reid is barely WINNING against BAD teams??? Can the steelers trade Tomlin for him?????
    4    7 Reply
    TradeTomlin? (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide

    @Sdmcc 

    You're an idiot. Tomlin has been to two Superbowls and actually won one. Reid, has been to the playoffs...that's it. Don't make stupid statements.

    3    7 Reply
    Prof Owl (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide
    The Seahawks were playing a game that didn't matter, with a 3rd string running back, a makeshift and temporary o-line due to an injury, no Kam Chancellor, no Jimmy Graham,  and their biggest receiving target was playing off an injury. The Rams match up better against the Hawks than most teams, and nearly every Hawks game with the Rams including those during SB runs looked basically just like that. How much stock could you possibly put into that game? There were 4 fumbles, two on each side, all of them bouncing in favor of the Rams. Even with all those other factors set aside, that alone gives pause to caring much about the 7 point loss.
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    UKBroncosFan (Anonymous Poster)
    1 month(s) 8 day(s) ago - hide

    Hey Walt,

    I'm probably stumbling into a trap here, but you do know Al Jazeera is a well respected news network and nothing to do with Al Qaeda, right?

    :-)

    Tim

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