I'm going to be adding Auburn to my list. If they can pull off a win against Clemson this weekend, I'd say that will be a pretty good viewing into the rest of the season for them.
Auburn is a good pick. If they can pull out that win, I wonder if that automatically makes them a #4 team? I would say yes. Especially since they have LSU, UGA and Alabama on their schedule still to play. So they will have to prove many times late in the season anyways.
One game was enough for me to declare the Super Bowl lock New England Patriots aren't going to be the AFC Champs this year. 19-0 hype? Over. Edelman, gone. Amendola, hurt. Defense, now looking much worse with Hightower sidelined and Mitch Morse hurt as well.
Of course this is early on. But that 42-27 loss to the Chiefs exposed the Patriots as a team that doesn't have their team figured out. Their offensive scheme is far from a well oiled machine. I think this team is going to miss Edelman much more than previously thought. He really was their chain mover. If Amendola can't stay healthy, that's a huge loss for Brady.
I think we will see many games this year that are super close, and coaching will go a long way to determine if they can have a winning season, let alone make it all the way. Luckily for them they have Belichik and Brady. But I see the Chiefs, now winning 23 of their last 27 games, and the Steelers as the clear favorites in the AFC. Still would call the Pats #3, but that's not good enough to be a lock by any means. And they aren't really necessarily ahead of teams like Oakland or even Denver or Baltimore.
Should be a really interesting year for the AFC.
Alabama started as #1. And unless they lose, those guys aren't moving. Which if you have ever read any of my other threads, I can't stand that fact. I will continue to root for their failure. But I digress.. want to keep a running tally of all the biggest changes in the AP Top 25 throughout the season.
First up, poor Florida State. Down from #3 to #10. They lost their starting QB for the season, and their first game. Given that, kind of surprising they are still in the top 10, ahead of 1 win teams like OK State and LSU. I expect them to fall even further, unless their rookie QB comes from out of nowhere at rights the ship.
Texas Longhorns fell out of the Top 25 with season opener loss. They just can't seem to catch a break in the 4th quarter; the trend continues.
Lastly for this first post, Penn State. Up 2 spots, from 6 to 4. That's in the playoffs vs not. So thought worth pointing out. Since it's Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, the usual suspects, I am rooting for Penn State this year all the way. A 52-0 beating down of Akron was impressive.
Well... not going to happen this year. Got very close. But Juan Martin del Potro upset Federer. Should be a really good semi finals. But definitely disappointing to see this headline:
Juan Martin del Potro again spoils a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal U.S. Open meeting
Six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott upheld, but Cowboys RB OK for Week 1
So the strangest possible situation happened. The suspension was completely upheld. And yet Elliott is battling the ruling in court now. And he also gets to play in at least week 1. Maybe that means he gets to play just one week. Maybe all year and the suspension never comes. Not looking good for the NFL right now on this. Apparently a judge is going to give a further ruling for week 2 on, on Friday.
It's never happened before. But both are in the quarterfinals, one win away a piece from squaring off in the US Open for the first time. Looked up the Nadal vs Federer head to head record:
Nadal - 23 wins (63%)
Federer - 14 wins (38%)
So clearly Nadal has the head to head edge. But then again, in 2017 it's been all Federer. He won when the 2 meet up at the Australian Open in January. And then 2 other times at lesser ATP tournaments. All 3 were on hard court surfaces, same as the US Open court.
Looking at it another way still, Federer has won the US Open 5 times (2004-2008), but none sense. Nadal only took the crown twice, but in 2010 and 2013. So much more recently.
Very interesting matchup between arguably the 2 best tennis players in the world, if it happens. My guess is it will. Any guess as to who takes it?
PowerPlay Wrote: I have a feeling Ben will stay healthy throughout the season, but I just don't see them winning the playoffs. I think they need to revamp and start to approach the field in a different way.
If they can keep Martavis Bryant on the filed all season, that could seriously change quite a bit about their already pretty stellar offense. Will be hard for anyone, even the Patriots to stop them from scoring at will.
Crazy how this is coming down so close to the wire. The suspension could hold completely, get reduced, be revoked or Elliott and company can drag this through the courts for the whole season.
If it holds, that means the repeal didn't give them confidence to protest further. This seems the least likely at this point after this came out:
NFLPA requests order to block any Ezekiel Elliott suspension
According to the filing, Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, testified Tuesday that she was the only NFL employee who interviewed the running back's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, during the investigation and that she would not have recommended discipline for Elliott based on what she found.
There actually is a scenario where it seems plausible they drop the suspension altogether because of that.
If they don't, and they instead decide to reduce, Elliott might still not take the deal. I wonder.. if he does bring it to the courts, does that mean he still gets to play until it's settled, or is he suspended until it's settled?
It's cool to take FF seriously with stats and projections, but it's also a lot of fun to play with players and teams that you enjoy.
Agree there. It's nice to just pick the guy you like to watch the most, if you can land him, even if he isn't the highest ranked necessarily. I have a #6 pick this year in my main league. I believe I will be choosing between Julio Jones, Drew Brees and LeVeon Bell or Lesean Mccoy, whichever RB is available. Of those choices, probably can't go wrong in any direction. But this year, I'm feeling a QB.