Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Week 4 Predictions

New York Giants (1-2) vs Washington Redskins (1-2)

The Giants come in off a win while the Redskins come in off a loss. Giants QB Eli Manning completed 21-of-28 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Giants' Week 3, 30-17 win over the Texans, but the Giants have the 22nd ranked defense. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-48 passes for 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Philadelphia. Redskins defense is ranked 4th but the Giants have won the last two matchups. Prediction: Giants

Green Bay Packers (1-2) vs Chicago Bears (2-1)

Packers come in off a loss while Bears come in off a win. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 16-of-27 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in the Packers' 19-7, Week 3 loss to the Lions. Packers have the 20th ranked defense. Bears QB Jay Cutler completed 23-of-38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears' Week 3, 27-19 win over the Jets on Monday night. Bears have the 23rd ranked defense. Prediction: Packers

Tennessee Titans (1-2) vs Indianapolis Colts (1-2)

Titans come in off a loss while Colts come in off a win. Titans QB Jake Locker completed just 17-of-34 passes for 185 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Titans' Week 3, 33-7 blowout loss to the Bengals. Titans have the 5th ranked defense. Colts QB Andrew Luck completed 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards, four touchdowns, and no turnovers in Sunday's Week 3 blowout win over the Jaguars. Colts have the 29th ranked defense. Colts have won all three of their last meetings. Prediction: Colts

Miami Dolphins (1-2) vs Oakland Raiders (0-3)

Both teams come in off losses last week. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed 21-of-43 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 3 loss to Kansas City. Dolphins have the 9th ranked defense. Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 21-of-34 passes for 174 yards and an interception in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Patriots. Raiders have the 12th ranked defense. Dolphins have won all three of their last meetings. Prediction: Dolphins

Detroit Lions (2-1) vs New York Jets (1-2)

Lions come in off a win while Jets come in off a loss. Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-34 passes for 246 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions and a fumble in the Lions' 19-7 Week 3 win over the Packers. Lions have the number one ranked defense in the league. Jets QB Geno Smith completed 26-of-43 passes for 316 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Jets' 27-19, Week 3 loss to the Bears on Monday night. Jets have the number 2 ranked defense. Lions won their last matchup. Prediction: Lions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)

Bucs come in off a loss while the Steelers come in off a win. Bucs QB Josh McCown left their Thursday night loss with a thumb injury and has not been ruled out for the game. Bucs have the 28th ranked defense. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-30 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's 37-19 blowout of the Panthers. Steelers have the 18th ranked defense. Steelers have won all three of the last meetings. Prediction: Steelers

Carolina Panthers (2-1) vs Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

Panthers come in off a loss while Ravens come in off a win. Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 24-of-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Panthers have the 14th ranked defense. Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 19-of-31 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Ravens' Week 3 win over the Browns. Ravens have the 16th ranked defense. Ravens lead the series but Panthers won the last matchup. Prediction: Panthers

Buffalo Bills (2-1) vs Houston Texans (2-1)

Both teams come in off a loss last week. Bills QB E.J. Manuel completed 23-of-39 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers Week 3. Bills have the 15th ranked defense. Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 20-of-34 passes for 289 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the Texans' Week 3 loss to the Giants. Texans have the 15th ranked defense. Texans won the last two matchups. Prediction: Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) vs San Diego Chargers (2-1)

Jags come in off a loss while the Chargers come in off a win. Jags QB Chad Henne was benched during the halftime of last week's loss and rookie QB Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the rest of the season. Jags have the last ranked defense in the league. Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 18-of-25 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills. Chargers have the 10th ranked defense. Chargers have won all of the last three matchups. Prediction: Chargers

Atlanta Falcons (2-1) vs Minnesota Vikings (1-2)

Falcons come in off a win while the Vikings come in off a loss. Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 21 for 24 with 286 yards and three touchdown passes in Thursday's blowout win over Tampa Bay. Falcons may have the number one ranked offense but they have the 27th ranked defense overall. Vikings lost starting QB Matt Cassel for the season leaving rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater to make his first NFL start this week. Vikings have the 11th ranked defense. Falcons have won the last two matchups. Prediction: Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) vs San Francisco 49ers (1-2)

Eagles come in off a win while the 49ers come in off a loss last week. Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 28-of-42 passes for 325 yards with three touchdowns in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins. Eagles have the 26th ranked defense. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick completed 29-of-37 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown in San Francisco's 23-14 Week 3 loss to the Cardinals. 49ers have the sixth ranked defense. The teams have split their matchups with 49ers winning the last. Prediction: 49ers

New Orleans Saints (1-2) vs Dallas Cowboys (2-1)

Both teams come in off wins last week. Saints QB Drew Brees completed 27-of-35 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' 20-9, Week 3 win over the Vikings. Saints have the 24th ranked defense. Cowboys QB Tony Romo completed 18-of-23 passes for 217 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Cowboys' 34-31 win over the Rams. Cowboys have the 21st ranked defense. Saints have won all three of the last matchups. Prediction: Saints

New England Patriots (2-1) vs Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)

Both teams come in off wins last week. Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 24-of-37 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Raiders. Patriots have the third ranked defense. Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed 19-of-25 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins. Chiefs have the 19th ranked defense. Pats have won the last two matchups. Prediction: Patriots

Vikings QB Matt Cassel Out For Season

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been named the starting quarterback for the Vikings. The news comes in light of the injury to Matt Cassel.

Cassel is out for the season with broken bones in his left foot. The injury happened during the Vikings 20-9 loss against the Saints.

Cassel injured his foot on a scramble during a field goal drive early in the second quarter.

Bridgewater finished the game for Cassel and completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards and running six times for 27 yards.

The rookie will move into the starting position beginning this week while former starter Christian Ponder will move into the number two role.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Panthers DE Greg Hardy on Voluntary Leave

Carolina Panthers announced on Wednesday that defensive end Greg Hardy voluntarily agreed to go on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list. Hardy won't be allowed to participate in team activities or games until his legal issues are resolved. 

General manager Dave Gettleman said that Hardy will be allowed at the team facility.

Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim said he threw her in a bathtub and onto a sofa covered in guns before threatening to kill her. His appeal trial is set for Nov. 17. 
The NFLPA released a statement on Wednesday in regards to the case:  
"Today, Greg Hardy made a decision to take a voluntary leave of absence to resolve his pending legal issue. The NFLPA and NFL worked with Greg, his representatives and the Carolina Panthers on this matter. We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family."
Hardy will still continue to be paid his weekly salary of $770,588.23 while on the exempt list.

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Arrested; Deactivated

The domestic violence saga in the NFL as another players faces allegations of abuse.

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday for one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency and assault. Cardinals reacted swiftly by deactivating him from all team activities.

Dwyer spent a night in jail before making a brief court appearance and being released on a $25,000 bond early Thursday.

The arrest stem from incidents that occurred on July 21 and 22 at Dwyer's home in Phoenix. According to the police report the first encounter happened wind Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his his wife but she refused. Dwyer head-butted her and broke her nose. Someone who heard the argument called police. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and his wife denied the assault because he threatened to kill himself.

The next day Dwyer punched his wife in the face, punched holes in the walls of his home and threw a shoe at his 17 month old son though the child was not injured. As his wife tried to call police Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it from a second story. 

During the police interview on Wednesday Dwyer admitted hiding in the bathroom after the first incident and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats but denied an assault.

Dwyer will still retain his roster spot and be paid during his deactivation. 
He signed a one year $730,000 contract in the off-season with the Cardinals including a $65,000 bonus.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vikings Reverse Decision; Bar Adrian Peterson

After deactivating Adrian Peterson for the game this past Sunday, the Vikings reinstated him on Monday citing due process. However after receiving criticism from the Minnesota governor and losing sponsorship from the Radisson Hotel, the team reversed course and have placed Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List.

Peterson will  be barred from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved, the team said early Wednesday morning. Peterson's next scheduled court date is October 8.

Vikings owners  Zygi and Mark Wilf released a statement about the Peterson situation:

"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization.

We embrace our role -- and the responsibilities that go with it -- as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community."

 The NFLPA released their own statement:

"Adrian Peterson made a decision to take a voluntary leave with pay to take care of his personal and legal issues. The NFLPA and NFL worked with Adrian and the Minnesota Vikings to resolve this unique situation. We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family."

-- NFL Players Association
 
 
Peterson was indicted last week in Montgomery County, Texas, on a felony count of reckless or negligent injury to a child for a whipping incident that left his four-year-old son with wounds and bruises. Peterson's next scheduled court date is October 8.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NFLPA appeals Ray Rice suspension

The NFL Players' Association appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.

Rice was originally given a two game suspension in July for violating the league's personal conduct policy for a physical altercation involving his then-fiancé Jenay Palmer in a casino elevator in February.

On September 8 a video surfaced showing the actual violent confrontation. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the "new evidence." Both the Ravens and the league denied having seen the video prior to the release by TMZ Sports on Sept. 8.

The NFLPA released a statement regarding the appeal:

Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.
 
-- NFL Players Association
Additional information on this matter:
·       The terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement require a hearing date to be set within 10 days of this appeal notice.
·       Under governing labor law, an employee cannot be punished twice for the same action when all of the relevant facts were available to the employer at the time of the first punishment.
·       The hearing will require a neutral arbitrator to determine what information was available to the NFL and when it was available.
 
Both the NFL and players' association agree that Rice will remain suspended indefinitely while the appeal is resolved.

Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis on Short Term IR

The Jaguars have placed tight end Marcedes Lewis on injured reserve/designated to return because of the high ankle sprain he suffered during the team's 41-10 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Lewis cannot practice for six weeks and is not eligible to return to the active roster until two weeks after that making him unavailable until Week 10 against the Cowboys.

Jaguars promoted undrafted rookie Marcel Jensen from the practice squad to fill the void left by Lewis. They also have Clay Harbor and Mickey Shuler.