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July 2017

The Best Player on Each NFL Team

Believe it or not, preseason professional football is less than one week away. One week!

Now is a perfect time to discover the best player for each NFL team in the 2017 season:

Arizona Cardinals- David Johnson

Atlanta Falcons- Julio Jones

Baltimore Ravens- Justin Tucker (A kicker…sad)

Carolina Panthers- Cam Newton

Chicago Bears- Jordan Howard

Cincinnati Bengals- AJ Green

Cleveland Browns- Jabrill Peppers (He has not even played a game yet)

Dallas Cowboys- The Offensive Line (They are all too good to pick just one)

Denver Broncos- Von Miller

Detroit Lions- Matthew Stafford

Green Bay Packers- Aaron Rodgers

Houston Texans- JJ Watt (Easiest decision I had to make)

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Top 5 NFL Teams This Season

Amidst all the buzz regarding Kyrie Irving’s shocking request to leave Cleveland and the MLB trade deadline, the NFL season is soon approaching. After a relatively quite offseason for the players, the business starts back up in a few weeks with preseason football and then the opening kickoff game on September 7th.

Let’s dive into my top 5 teams for the 2017-2018 NFL Season:

  1. New England Patriots- Most often than not, any defending Super Bowl champion is a good bet to have success the next year, nevermind the Patriots. New England has a consistent model of success with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. On top of that, offseason pickups Stephan Gilmore and Brandin Cooks are primed for great seasons on an excellent team. Sorry NFL, the Patriots are still the team to beat and this year is no different.
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers- The combination of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell is just plain nasty. Add in the return of Martavis Bryant, and that is one superpower offense. The defense will be a bit of a question, but the overall team is primed to go far.
  3. Green Bay Packers- As with the Steelers, the offense will be stellar, especially with a healthy Jordy Nelson. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ “run the table” philosophy at the end of the season proves just how talented and strong the team will be again this year. With Clay Matthews in need for a comeback year, the defense should be good enough to give Green Bay a deep playoff run.
  4. Atlanta Falcons- Even though the season is new, the Super Bowl has to be some thought in the Falcons’ minds. A small decline is expected here, but Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will continue to build on their amazing chemistry and keep Atlanta both afloat and thriving. Aside from end of the Super Bowl, the Falcons defense demonstrates it has extreme talent and will become a great asset for the team.
  5. Dallas Cowboys- It is hard to put an exact choice for the number five team, but the Cowboys present the best growing potential and talent out of the remaining 28 teams. The success for the Cowboys this year will hinge on an Ezekiel Elliot possible suspension and Dak Prescott’s second season. If both of those scenarios go in the opposite way, Dallas could be headed for a “2016 Carolina Panthers” type collapse. However, until any more information is released, Dallas can be expected to be a contender, especially with their unreal offensive line.

Notable Mentions: Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders

 

 

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My 2017 MLB Playoff Projections

This is a perfect time to discuss the teams in Major League Baseball as no other professional sports are truly prominent at this time. Basketball, hockey and football are all in their respective off-seasons, leaving Wimbledon tennis and USA soccer as the only options for avid sports watchers to see. In other words, this is baseball’s time to shine. Aaron Judge just finished off a monster event in the Home run Derby, the trade deadline nears, and the races between teams are tightening for the playoffs. This brings me to the question all baseball fans should be asking; who will be on TV when the playoffs start in September?

Here are my postseason projected matchups in both the American and National Leagues:

American League

#1 Houston Astros vs #4 Texas Rangers- The Rangers are a bit of a bold choice down the stretch, though considering their consistent playoff pedigree and veteran talent, it would not be a huge surprise to see Texas win the wildcard game and face their divisional rival, the Astros. Speaking of the Astros, it is no shock that they are here with a bucket-full of talent ranging from George Springer and José Altuve to Carlos Correa and Dallas Keuchel.

#2 Boston Red Sox vs #3 Cleveland Indians- The continued emergence of the Indians has been a great sight to watch since last year. Their division of the Twins and Royals behind them in the standings will create meaning and a relatively difficult finish for Cleveland, but I do project the Indians to finish out on top. The Red Sox on the other hand slipped a little before the all-star break, though it is a massive mistake to bet against Boston receiving this #2 seed. With Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel, the pitching staff is looking solid moving forward into the latter stages of the season. Lastly, the Sox will be more than happy to get revenge on the Indians from last season’s drama.

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The Celtics Luck Out

General Manager Danny Ainge took his fans on a rollercoaster ride through the offseason, but gave Celtics’ fans a moment to breathe when forward Gordon Hayward chose Boston and signed to a 4 year, 128 million dollar contract.

Let’s discover 6 major impacts of the Hayward signing:

  1. The former Utah Jazz player finally gives Boston a desperately needed “Big 3” that the team was searching for last year. With the combined efforts of point guard Isaiah Thomas and center Al Horford, the Celtics can emerge as a strong contender to win the East and possibly make a deep championship run.
  2. Hayward leaves the West at a perfect time, giving both the conference that already includes the Rockets, Warriors and Thunder less of a threat from Utah. At the same Gordon Hayward is able to emerge as a star in the East and play for a team that legitimately has a shot to win.
  3. The Celtics new player fills a huge void in terms of on court play. Even after drafting Jayson Tatum to play small forward, the Celtics were still missing another forward until now. The team no longer has to rely on Kelly Olynyk, who is currently an unrestricted free agent; this opens up room to sign another player.
  4. The Butler bond returns with the reconnect between Hayward and Boston coach Brad Stevens. This motivation enticed Hayward to come to Boston with the hopes of finishing off what had been started in college and winning an NBA championship.
  5. The signing is an incredible “win” for Ainge and the Celtics, however the question now relies on cap and space. With the huge contract the team owes to Hayward, Boston will most likely give up some combination of Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart, in the form of trading, to clear salary cap room. All together, the Celtics made a positive move to receive Hayward, but did not necessarily logistically discover his contract situation quite yet.
  6. Rumors have been floating around about a possible signing between the Celtics and center Marc Gasol. If the Celtics are not done, the Gasol move would be a huge plus in the rebounding category. The current Celtics’ starters struggle in that category including Gordon Hayward. Just when the Celtics appeared to make one big move…it is impossible to know when Boston is finished.

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