It is week five and the Rams own first place with a record of 3-1, but will they remain in the sole leaders of first place in the NFC West? While you ponder that, the Cardinals will take on the Forty-Niners in the Thursday Night game. This will decide who owns the basement of the NFC West. Also, who do I think will remain undefeated at the end of week five. These are some of my picks that I will discuss in this post.
So who do I pick? I would sound biased if I say the Rams, but what the hey, I have to go with the Rams. If they can keep on throwing deep like they have been, use their passing deep to free up Todd Gurley, and their defense plays the way they did against Seattle then I have to give them the game. I do believe they will do all these things. I am also counting on Rex to open his mouth before thinking before this game which will fire up this team even more.
Now, we have tonight’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco Forty-Niners to see who remain the NFC’s Western Division basement. Both teams will be coming into tonight’s game with a record of 1-3. The Cardinals will be looking to end their two-game losing streak while the Forty-niners a three-game losing streak. Without having to go any further, I like the Cardinals in this game and why? While the Cardinals could be faulted with bad offensive play calling, they will correct that problem. Also, I feel the Cardinals are a much better-coached team than the Forty-Niners.
Now, for my picks for the three remaining undefeated teams. A lot of people are going hate me for this, but I think there will be two remaining teams at the end of week 5, and that will be Denver and Philadelphia. Why did I not include Minnesota? That would be because they will be going against Houston (3-1), and right now they are playing well enough to give the Vikings their first loss. You could make this same argument against Denver who will be playing Atlanta (3-1), but I just think Denver will pull out a very close victory over Atlanta. The other remaining team Philadelphia will be playing Detroit who has been called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team, so this is a given.
So these are my picks for week 5
Yes, you have heard it right! Quarterback Sam Bradford wants the Eagles to trade him. Wait a minute, didn’t the Eagles give him a $16 million dollar per year for a possible two-year contract? Didn’t they come out and say that he would be their starting quarterback right after their trade for the Browns number 2 pick the draft?
I know that the Rams made promises to him last year before trading him to the Eagles and I can understand that there could be some mistrust in promises being made. Yet, you have to look at the fact that the Eagles made a commitment to Bradford for at least two years. The Rams made no such commitment to him before trading him. So, there is no reason to use mistrust as a reason for a trade.
Just because the Eagles draft a quarterback this year, it does not mean that this quarterback will start this nor the next which means that Bradford will have his starting role for possibly two years. Also, there is no guarantee that this draft will ever start.
So, my suggestion for Sam is shut up and report to mini-camp. Act like you never mentioned any trade and hope that the Eagles forget your momentary lapse of good judgment.
While I may hope the Eagles would forgive him, I believe that Bradford had put a knife in the Eagles back and sometime in the future the Eagles will repay him in kind once Wentz or whoever they picked becomes ready to start. So Sam, take the time the Eagles give you to sharpen your image as a starting quarterback because you will be out in the open market in a year or two.
Here are picks for week three in the NFL. I have made picks for the Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games. Since this is a west coast blog, I have made my picks for the NFC Western Division games. Then I threw in one game that I thought interesting. So here we go.
In last night’s matchup between the Giants and the Redskins, I had the Giants who beat Washington 32-21. I have to admit that I reluctantly pick the Giants. I was not sure they would be able to over power Washington’s defense that looked really impressive in their game against the Rams. But, I picked the Giants anyway because I had to admit that the Rams’ offensive line made Washington look good, and I walked away with a win.
The Sunday and Monday night games were pretty easy to pick for me. In the Sunday Night game, I took the Broncos over the Lions, and in Monday Night game, I went with the Packers over the Chiefs.
The NFC West Division Picks
Even though I like the Rams, I went with the Steelers’ defense to handle the Rams’ struggling offensive line. I am not that optimistic that Gurley’s will have much of impact in this game for the Rams, as much highly prophesied. Do not forget that he has not played in a NFL game, so far this season, so we do not know what to expect from him. Also for me, the jury is still out in Nick Foles. So at the end of this game, I expect the Rams to have another loss.
This will be the NFC West’s first interdivision game. It pits the Cardinals against the 49ers. I like Carson Palmer much better than Colin Kaepernick in this game, so I am going with the Cardinals.
In this next game, unfortunately I have to go with the Seahawks to get their first win over the Bears who have their problems. Also, a Seahawks’ loss could mean there could be a new western division leader this year.
The game of interest:
This game is a rather interesting game because it has the Jets(2-0) up against the Eagles(0-2). So far, the Jets have surprised me. Who would have thought that they would win their their first two games .
But, the Eagle have me perplex. I anticipated a much more solid performance in their first two games. I expected flawless play from Sam Bradford, but his performance has left me rather disappointed. He has thrown four interceptions, so far.
So, who did I choose? I picked the Eagles for two reasons. First, I trust Kelly will make the adjustments needed to produce the Eagles first win. Second, I do believe that the Jets will produce a third win. I believe the Jets are good, but not better than the Eagles.
This is my picks for week three. Some of the picks were straightforward while others were made grudgingly. I do hope I am wrong about the Seahawks because being a Rams fan, I would like to see them dethrone as NFC West Champions. While, I hope that I am surprised by a Rams win. I guess I’ll have to wait for Sunday evening to find out.
While writing the post that asked the who would have a better year, Sam Bradford or Nick Foles, I started to wonder if Foles would go down the road as Kolb, McNabb, and Vick. So I decided to revisted these former Eagles quarterback to see where they are now.
I want to start with Kevin Kolb who would replace McNabb as the starting quarterback in 2010.
Kolbe was drafted by the Eagles in 2007 in the second round. He rushed three times in a regular season game Detroit that year. In 2009, he started two games when starter Donovan McNabb went down. His starting role would last one year before be traded to the Arizona Cardinals. He remained with the Cardinals for two years before being release in early 2013. He signed with the Buffalo Bills, but he ended up on injure reserve after suffering a concussion during a preseason game against Washington. During the off season of 2014 he retired after being released by the Bills. Post-Concussion symptoms was the reason for his retirement.
Next up we have Donovan McNabb.
McNabb was drafted in the first round by the Eagles. Under McNabb, the Eagles won the NFC east four times, five NFC championships, and loss their only Super Bowl appearance 2005. In 2010, he would be traded to Washington after 11 seasons as an Eagle. McNabb would then be traded in July of 2011 to the Vikings only to granted a release in December 2011. He officially retired as an Eagle in July 2013.
Last we have the controversial Michael Vick.
Vick was the first pick of the 2001 draft by the Falcons. He would remain with the Falcons until 2007 when was released after pleading guilty for his involvement in dog fighting. After 21 months in prison, he would be reinstated in the NFL with the Eagles in 2009. In 2013, he would sign with the Jets, and in 2015 he signed with the Steelers. As of this writer he is still a Steeler.
So out of the three former Eagles quarterbacks only Michael Vick is still playing, but has changed teams twice since leaving the Eagles. The other two have retired. All three quarterbacks have played together in 2009, and Andy Reid coached all three.
With a track record of one out three former quarterbacks still playing in the NFL, which path do you think former Eagles’ quarterback follow?
The Rams quarterback is Foles to lose. Just because he is a former Eagle that does not mean he won’t remain a Ram as long as he choses.