2016 Football Prediction
As I sit here mid-first quarter of the opening season game, itâ€™s hard to consider the future of the season without pontificating on the potential success of last yearâ€™s conference champions. So, letâ€™s start with them.
I never liked John Elway. I never thought Iâ€™d like him less as the GM for this team than the QB. The ridiculous hubris of this fucking guy. After watching some pregame crap, apparently after Cam Newton got his ass handed to him on soggy paper plate the last time these teams met, Broncos Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips is a fucking genius, and Gary Kubiak is a really good coach. So, congrats to Wade Phillips for taking credit for the team that was built well before he got there.
And Kubiakâ€¦ well, you only had one of the best quarterbacks in the league march merrily down the fieldâ€¦ oh wait. That guy did nearly jack shit. They converted 1/14 third downs in what was pretty much the most banal Super Bowl in history now that I think of it. Kubiak is the only guy dumb and/or masochistic enough to work for a team that fired their staff because they only went to one championship.
Oh, and one more thing. After they lost their 90-year-old starter, they let their real starter go. So they traded(?!) for Mark Sanchez. Then, a week before the season started, they realized what everyone knew three years ago: Mark Sanchez really sucks. Good timing, guys. Youâ€™re the first team to defend a Championship with a QB whoâ€™s never thrown in the league before.
To quote Dennis Green: â€œthey are who we thought they were.â€ Interesting, because Green said that about the Bears and their almighty defense, which Iâ€™m pretty sure was coordinated by Carolinaâ€™s head coach Ron Rivera. Most people donâ€™t remember that game and love to take the quote out of context to make Green look like a rambling old coot. But he was right.
(Oh, look, Peyton Manningâ€™s shilling shit on tv still. Thanks God. I was afraid he would be insolvent after being the biggest corporate whore for the last fifteen years. Where was Iâ€¦?)
Right, so Ron Rivera. The Panthers. Luke (why does everyone think heâ€™s the messiah of linebackers) Kuechly. Undefeated. Unstoppable. Got their balls stomped in the Super Bowl by a team that couldnâ€™t convert third down.
SuperCam showed his colors, didnâ€™t he? Look, I get it. No one likes to get their ass beat, but even less people like a sore, pouty loser. Fucking Poutin’ Manningâ€™s had more dignity losing games, and thatâ€™s saying something.
Speaking of loser, the one guy who should have been shot, maybe even before that game ended, but everyone still seems to think is a good person: Mike Shula. His game plan for the second half of that game: more. Wouldâ€™ve been a good idea if the first quarter was worth a shit, and the Broncos defense all simultaneously forgot to show up for the rest of the game.
The sad thing is, the Panthers were doing a good job of running the ball in both halves. Not surprising, since they had one of the best running games in the season. If they tried it more than twice, maybe Cam wouldnâ€™t have spent most of the game on his back. But, why look at whatâ€™s working? Just shove what you want to do down their throats. And when the score differential gets desperate, guess youâ€™re going to have to pass even more. Hey, Mike: next time, just post your play calls on the jumbotron so we know where Cam will get destroyed. Oh, and special shout out to your dad. We havenâ€™t forgotten about his post-season coaching genius either, the cunt.
Iâ€™m not saying the Panthers were all bad last year, but they were not as good as their record. A lot of talk, a lot of lip, and a soft schedule in a soft division.
Suffice to say, I donâ€™t expect the same for either team this season.
If the Steelers can pull their players out of rehab or the wheelchair, theyâ€™re the team to beat. If not, the Bungholes and Cravens can piss it out. On a side note, I donâ€™t know ifÂ Hue Jacksonâ€™s a bad coach: time will tell. But fuck, dude. The only player they kept was Josh McCown? I mean, hatâ€™s off for supplementing the Fedâ€™s Witness Relocation Program, but what the hell are you trying to accomplish? New rule: if any team this year does worse than Cleveland, that coach should have one of two options: kill himself or become the head coach of the Browns.
Division:Â New England
Goddamn I hate Roger Goodell. If the Pats can get their O-line solid, I think theyâ€™re legit contenders for the Bowl, even with a four game handicap. Barkevious Mingo will be the steal of the offseason, and I think the Patriots are going to be the darkhorse on defense that no one pays attention to. Consider the Jets for a Wild Card. Consider the Bills and Dolphins for your standard shadenfreude incompetence. (Now thereâ€™s two Rex Ryans on the staff?! HA! BTW, your dad was a fucking asshole, too.
Itâ€™s divisions like these that make me hate how the post-season works in the NFL. I dunno. Fuck it, Houston, Jacksonville, Indy and Tennessee, in that order.
Iâ€™ve said enough recently about the Broncos and in the past about the Chiefs to give this much thought. Oakland, Kansas City, Denver, San Diego.
Division:Â Green Bay
Um, Minnesota lost their quarterback, Chicago never had one. The Lions donâ€™t have a head coach. The Packers donâ€™t really have any receivers, but that didnâ€™t stop Aaron Rodgers much last year. Packers.
None of these teams deserve to be in the post-season. What the fuck: Dallas, Washington, Philly, Giants.
Division:Â New Orleans
Iâ€™m a little biased, but I really think the Bucs are the best sleeper team in the league. Not that theyâ€™ll be amazing, but I wouldnâ€™t be (massively) surprised if they pulled a wild card. Their week three preseason offense really displayed what these guys are both capable of and looking to do. Granted, they played against the Cleveland Witness Relocation Program, but still. And hell, even if Mike Smith is damaged goods, he canâ€™t possibly be worse than Lovie Smith and his nepotistical band of under-qualified fuckwits.
I have a big question mark over the Saints. I just havenâ€™t seen them replace the talent theyâ€™ve lost. And the Falconsâ€¦. yeah, um, no.
This is a two team division. If Seattleâ€™s o-line plays like last year, and without a running back, I expect a dominating defense, and not much else. Itâ€™s Arizonaâ€™s division to lose. After collapsing in the post season like they did, itâ€™s a make or break year to see if Arians has what it takes to be the difference between a good coach and a great one. I heard the Rams have a running back. Iâ€™m still boycotting my once favorite 49ers. If Chip Kelly was as smart as everyone said he was, he never would have taken a job from that (dis)organization. P.S. get a fucking quarterback.
Arizona over Green Bay
New England over Pittsburgh
New England over Arizona. Because fuck Roger Goodell.
Did I mention I’m a New England fan?