<![CDATA[NFL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/06/25/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-toronto-argonauts-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts meet Sunday in CFL action at the BMO Field.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hope for a more consistent season after finishing 7-11 last year and losing in the East Semifinal. Hamilton has possibly the best 1-2 QB punch in the league with Zach Collaros and Jeremiah Masoli both playing well last season and proving they can lead the team. Collaros will be the go-to guy this year now that he's finally healthy. Wide receiver duo Terrence Toliver and Luke Tasker are back after combining for more than 1,900 receiving…

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts meet Sunday in CFL action at the BMO Field.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hope for a more consistent season after finishing 7-11 last year and losing in the East Semifinal. Hamilton has possibly the best 1-2 QB punch in the league with Zach Collaros and Jeremiah Masoli both playing well last season and proving they can lead the team. Collaros will be the go-to guy this year now that he's finally healthy. Wide receiver duo Terrence Toliver and Luke Tasker are back after combining for more than 1,900 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. C.J. Gable returns at running back after leading the way with 693 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton returns its leading tackler in Simoni Lawrence, leading sacker in John Chick and interception leader Emanuel Davis.

The Toronto Argonauts hope for a bounce back season after finishing 5-13 last year that included seven straight losses. Toronto's offense should always be in good hands as long as quarterback Ricky Ray is healthy. Ray has more than 54,000 career passing yards but has played just 12 games the last two years. The Argonauts lost their top-two receivers from a year ago but still have playmaking running back Brandon Whitaker, who caught 81 psses and rushed for more 1,000 yards. Unfortunately, there's not much clarity to this offense after hat with so much talent and production needing to be replaced. Defensively, the Argonauts return leading tackler linebacker Bear Woods and double-digit sack artist Shawn Lemon, a duo that will do what it can to pick up the slack.

The Tiger-Cats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Argonauts are 20-41 ATS in their last 61 home games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog and 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Toronto, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Hamilton has won six of the last seven meetings against Toronto, and you have to like its chances to continue to dominate this series. There's just so much turnover on the offensive side of the ball that you don't know what to expect from the Argonauts. Yes, having a healthy Ray does help, but it may take some time to get the ball rolling here. While I hate taking all favorites in week 1, this is a game the Hamilton Tiger-Cats should win on the road. 

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:58:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87933
<![CDATA[Edmonton Eskimos vs. BC Lions CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/24/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/06/24/edmonton-eskimos-vs-bc-lions-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions meet Saturday in CFL action at the BC Place.

The Edmonton Eskimos look for another successful season after a 10-8 record and losing in the East Final. Mike Reilly returns at quarterback after throwing for more than 5,500 yards and 28 touchdowns, easily his best season of his CFL career that began in 2011. Wide receiver duo Adarius Bowman and Brandon Zylstra returns after combining for more than 2,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The ground game will continue to get a boost from John White, who rshed for 886…

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The Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions meet Saturday in CFL action at the BC Place.

The Edmonton Eskimos look for another successful season after a 10-8 record and losing in the East Final. Mike Reilly returns at quarterback after throwing for more than 5,500 yards and 28 touchdowns, easily his best season of his CFL career that began in 2011. Wide receiver duo Adarius Bowman and Brandon Zylstra returns after combining for more than 2,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The ground game will continue to get a boost from John White, who rshed for 886 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Defensively, J.C. Sherritt is back after 77 tackles with Edmonton, Almondo Sewell had 11 sacks and Kenny Ladler had two interceptions. The Edmonton Eskimos return enough talent to be considered a serious Grey Cup title contender.

The BC Lions also look for a fast start after finishing 12-6 last season and losing in the West Final. Jonathon Jennings is back at QB after throwing for more than 5,200 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes in his first real season as a starting quarterback. Wide receiver duo Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham return after combining for more than 2,900 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Jeremiah Johnson also returns at running back after leading BC with 809 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the BC Lions return leading tackler Solomon Elimimian, defensive lineman Craig Roh and veteran defensive back Anthony Gaitor.

The Eskimos are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in June, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. West and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Eskimos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in BC and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The home team has won the last six meetings between Edmonton and BC, as the road team hasn't won a game since June of 2014. BC also lost just three home games last season and is 4-1 SU in its last five overall at the BC Place. Sometimes it's all about the trends when you have two solid football teams. The BC Lions should be able to protect home field like they have in the past and get the victory here. 

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:27:12 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87930
<![CDATA[Calgary Stampeders vs. Ottawa Redblacks CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/06/23/calgary-stampeders-vs-ottawa-redblacks-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks meet Friday in CFL action at the TD Place Stadium.

The Calgary Stampeders hope to get back back to the big game after finishing 15-2-1 last season that ended with a loss in the Grey Cup. Calgary is always going to have a chance to win with Bo Levi Mitchell at quarterback, as he threw for more than 5,300 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, giving the Stampeders one of the scarier offenses we've seen recently. Mitchell will have most of his weapons back as well with Marquay McDaniel, DaVaris Daniels, Anthony…

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The Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks meet Friday in CFL action at the TD Place Stadium.

The Calgary Stampeders hope to get back back to the big game after finishing 15-2-1 last season that ended with a loss in the Grey Cup. Calgary is always going to have a chance to win with Bo Levi Mitchell at quarterback, as he threw for more than 5,300 yards and 32 touchdowns last season, giving the Stampeders one of the scarier offenses we've seen recently. Mitchell will have most of his weapons back as well with Marquay McDaniel, DaVaris Daniels, Anthony Parker and Jerome Messam all returning after being the key players on the offense. Defensively, Calgary returns its top tackler in Deron Mayo, its top sacker in Charleston Hughes and its interception leader in Jamar Wall. The Stampeders are favorites to win the Grey Cup with all their returning talent.

The Ottawa Redblacks hope to get off to a quick start after winning the Grey Cup despite a 8-9-1 record. Trevor Harris will takeover full time at quarterback after 3,300 yards and 16 touchdowns last season despite splitting time with Henry Burris. Harris has more than 8,000 career passing yards and could be great in this offense if he's able to manage his interceptions. Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli return after combining for more than 2,200 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Mossis Madu Jr. returns to running back after falling just short of 500 yards a season ago. Defensively, Khalil Bass will lead the charge at linebacker after 82 tackles, Arnaud Gascon-Nadon had six sacks last season and A.J. Jefferson had three interceptions. Ottawa isn't the same team it was last year, but there's still enough to make another run in its title defense.

The Stampeders are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games, 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games in June and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The RedBlacks are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Stampeders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Calgary Stampeders proved last year that they were the best team in the league last season and had no problem winning regardless of where the games were played. Calgary will also have a little extra fire in its belly after losing the Grey Cup to this Ottawa team. Of course, this is going to be a nasty home crowd with the title celebration and everything that comes with that, but there's no doubt Calgary is the better team here. I'll eat the small line in a game the Stampeders should win. 

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:22:31 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87927
<![CDATA[Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Montreal Alouettes CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/06/22/saskatchewan-roughriders-vs-montreal-alouettes-cfl-pick-odds-prediction#comments The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes meet Thursday in CFL action at the Molson Stadium.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have pretty much nowhere to go but up after finishing 5-13 last year and losing their last three games of the season. The biggest question for Saskatchewan is finding a quarterback in Kevin Glenn, Brandon Bridge or Marquise Williams, as Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale are no longer on the team. Unless one of those guys can become a difference maker, it's going to be a long season for Saskatchewan. The good news for…

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes meet Thursday in CFL action at the Molson Stadium.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have pretty much nowhere to go but up after finishing 5-13 last year and losing their last three games of the season. The biggest question for Saskatchewan is finding a quarterback in Kevin Glenn, Brandon Bridge or Marquise Williams, as Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale are no longer on the team. Unless one of those guys can become a difference maker, it's going to be a long season for Saskatchewan. The good news for the offense as a whole is that there are weapons to help whoever wins the starting job, including 1,000-yard wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, Ricky Collins Jr., who had 48 catches last season, and explosive running back Greg Morris. Defensively, the lost their three top tacklers from last season but does have a pair of quality defensive backs Ed Gainey and Mike Edmen to hold down the fort.

The Montreal Alouettes hope to take another step forward after finishing 7-11 last season and winning their last three games. Montreal’s offense should get a boost with QB Darian Durant, who is a two-time Grey Cup champion and threw for more than 3,800 yards last season. He’ll have a lot of weapons around him with Nik Lewis, Sam Giguère and Brandon Rutley all returning after being key contributors for the team a year ago. Having a consistent and reliable quarterback such as Durant makes Montreal an intriguing team heading into the new season. Defensively, linebacker Kyries Hebert returns after leading the Alouettes with 78 tackles, John Bowman is back after a 10-sack season and Jonathon Mincy should be able to build on a successful season.

The Roughriders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in June and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Alouettes are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Roughriders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Montreal, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the under is 16-4-1 in the last 21 meetings in Montreal.

The Montreal Alouettes want to get off to a strong start and have a great chance to do so now that they have a quarterback. For this game, it helps that Durant played for Saskatchewan last season, so he knows a lot of those guys and should be able to take advantage of that. The Roughriders have done a good job of covering games despite losses, but it's going to be tough hanging around in this game on the road when the offense can't score. I like Montreal to get the victory and the cover to start the season.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:24:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87924
<![CDATA[Cleveland Browns 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/05/24/cleveland-browns-2017-nfl-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Cleveland Browns won just one game in the first year under Hue Jackson and have won a combined four games the last two seasons. The Browns have not made the playoffs since the 2002 season and haven't won a playoff game since 1994. With the Indians and Cavaliers finding recent success, the city would love anything positive to come out of its football team so it can stop being the butt of the jokes throughout the league. The O/U win total for the Browns is 4.5, and there will be a party in Cleveland if that's topped this season.

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The Cleveland Browns won just one game in the first year under Hue Jackson and have won a combined four games the last two seasons. The Browns have not made the playoffs since the 2002 season and haven't won a playoff game since 1994. With the Indians and Cavaliers finding recent success, the city would love anything positive to come out of its football team so it can stop being the butt of the jokes throughout the league. The O/U win total for the Browns is 4.5, and there will be a party in Cleveland if that's topped this season.

Will this be the season the Browns show some sign of life?

Here’s the Cleveland Browns 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: The Browns watch veteran quarterback Josh McCown leave for the New York Jets, and they give up on the Robert Griffin III experiment. Playmaker Terrelle Pryor leaves for the Washington Redskins after often being the one guy on this Browns offense that can move the ball, while tight end Gary Barnidge is a free agent and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is now in New England. The only loss that really hurts is losing Pryor considering he was a 1,000-yard receiver and showed flashes of being unstoppable due to his athleticism and big frame.  

Key Player Additions: The Browns add wide receiver Kenny Britt, who has had his moments throughout his career and brings more than 300 receptions and almost 5,000 career receiving yards to this offense. Offensive linemen JC Tretter and Kevin Zeitler have combined for 81 starts and both come from winning teams (Packers and Bengals), which should help change the culture a little bit.

Draft: Myles Garrett is a game changer along the defensive line and somebody who will make the defense instantly better due to his ability to demand double teams and get to the quarterback. Jabrill Peppers is a versatile defender who can play many positions and has a nose for the football and big plays. Tight end David Njoku is a terrific athlete who can make plays after the catch. Quarterback DeShone Kizer could have been a first round pick, and he’ll have a chance to snap the Browns bad luck with QB’s in due time. Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is great against the run and should help improve a Browns D that struggled a year ago. Howard Wilson is a physical cornerback who will help in run support. Roderick Johnson is a long offensive tackle at 6’7” with long arms, making him an intriguing fifth round pick. Caleb Brantley is a quick defensive tackle who would have gone higher if it weren't for off-the-field issues and questions about his passion for the game. Kicker Zane Gonzalez is a college football record holder and Matthew Dayes is a quick running back with above-average hands.

Outlook: I love the Browns draft, as they landed three guys in Garrett, Peppers and Njoku who can be starters the first week of the season and contribute at a high level. Thats a huge step in the right direction and can speed up the rebuilding process of this franchise. A full season of Jamie Collins will also help a Cleveland defense that was 30th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed. There are positives with this football team, as the young talent is there and provides glimmers of hope for the future. The bad news is Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, Brock Osweiler and Kizer is the current quarterback situation. Of course, Kizer is the future, but those other three guys don't provide much hope for the now. Like I said before, if the Browns win five games, this season would be considered a success heading into 2018-19.

Schedule:

Sep. 10    Pittsburgh Steelers    1:00 PM

Sep. 17    at Baltimore Ravens    1:00 PM

Sep. 24    at Indianapolis Colts    1:00 PM

Oct. 1    Cincinnati Bengals    1:00 PM

Oct. 8    New York Jets    1:00 PM

Oct. 15    at Houston Texans    1:00 PM

Oct. 22    Tennessee Titans    1:00 PM

Oct. 29    Minnesota Vikings (London)    9:30 AM

Nov. 5    BYE

Nov. 12    at Detroit Lions    1:00 PM

Nov. 19    Jacksonville Jaguars    1:00 PM

Nov. 26    at Cincinnati Bengals    1:00 PM

Dec. 3    at Los Angeles Chargers    4:05 PM

Dec. 10    Green Bay Packers    1:00 PM

Dec. 17    Baltimore Ravens    1:00 PM

Dec. 24    at Chicago Bears    1:00 PM

Dec. 31    at Pittsburgh Steelers    1:00 PM

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Wed, 24 May 2017 14:40:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86133
<![CDATA[San Francisco 49ers 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/05/24/san-francisco-49ers-2017-nfl-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The San Francisco 49ers have nowhere to go but up after winning just two games last season and 15 games combined the last three years. The 49ers did a lot of spring cleaning during the offseason and hired former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as head coach. Expectations aren’t high for the 49ers this season, but this is still a prideful franchise that would like to see some progress made after last years dreadful performances.

Doubling up last years win total would be a nice step in the right direction if you're a 49ers fan.

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The San Francisco 49ers have nowhere to go but up after winning just two games last season and 15 games combined the last three years. The 49ers did a lot of spring cleaning during the offseason and hired former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as head coach. Expectations aren’t high for the 49ers this season, but this is still a prideful franchise that would like to see some progress made after last years dreadful performances.

Doubling up last years win total would be a nice step in the right direction if you're a 49ers fan.

Here’s the San Francisco 49ers 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: The 49ers lost both of last years quarterbacks, as Blaine Gabbert leaves for the Arizona Cardinals and Colin Kaepernick is still looking for a job. Wide receiver Quinton Patton leaves for the Jets after 73 catches in four seasons in San Fran, while Torrey Smith leaves for Philadelphia after two years and seven touchdowns. Most of the 49ers losses come on defense, as Antoine Bethea is now in Arizona, Gerald Hodges is a free agent, Nick Bellore is in Detroit, Tramaine Brock is a free agent and Michael Wilhoite is in Seattle. The 49ers also lost veteran kicker Phil Dawson, who made 86.1 percent of his field goals in four years with the team.

Key Player Additions: The 49ers add probable starting quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has bounced around the league and has 8,600 career passing yards and 44 touchdowns. The wide receiving corps gets a major upgrade with the additions of Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, a duo that's combined for more than 7,800 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns, making life much easier on the quarterback. The 49ers add Super Bowl MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith, who has over 300 tackles and eight force fumbles for his career.

Draft: Solomon Thomas is a game changer along the defensive line, and he'll be thrown into the starting rotation right away while being a cornerstone for this 49ers defense for years to come. Linebacker Reuben Foster is a thumper at the second level who also covers a lot of ground and will see playing time immediately. Ahkello Witherspoon is a big cornerback at 6’3” and makes a ton of plays on the football. Quarterback C.J. Beathard has the build and the attitude to possibly develop into a starting quarterback in a year or two. Running back Joe Williams has good hands and explosive ability to add a spark to this 49ers offense. Tight end George Kittle is a great athlete who could become a key special teams player. Trent Taylor is a quick slot receiver who could also return kicks to add value to making the team. D.J. Jones is a short defensive tackle but is solid against the run and could be a valuable backup. Defensive end Pita Taumoepenu doesn't have much football experience but there's a lot of upside in terms of pass rushing. Safety Adrian Colbert has elite speed and is versatile, but he must stay healthy.  

Outlook: The 49ers defense was dead last in points allowed and yards allowed. The offense has Hoyer as its starting quarterback and there's a new head coach who has never been a head coach in his career up to this point. I expect the defense to make strides with Thomas, Smith and Foster being added to the mix, and it doesn't hurt to have a healthy NaVorro Bowman. The offense made improvements at wide receiver and has a great offensive mind in Shannon leading the way. But while some may expect miracles, you must realize Kyle Shanahan had oodles of elite talent in Atlanta. That's not the case here on the West Coast. At least not yet. Winning four or more games would be considered a success this season for the 49ers.  

Schedule

Sep. 10    Carolina Panthers    1:25 PM

Sep. 17    at Seattle Seahawks    1:25 PM

Sep. 21    Los Angeles Rams (Thu)    5:25 PM

Oct. 1    at Arizona Cardinals    1:05 PM

Oct. 8    at Indianapolis Colts    10:00 AM

Oct. 15    at Washington Redskins    10:00 AM

Oct. 22    Dallas Cowboys    1:05 PM

Oct. 29    at Philadelphia Eagles    10:00 AM

Nov. 5    Arizona Cardinals    1:05 PM

Nov. 12    New York Giants    1:25 PM

Nov. 19    BYE

Nov. 26    Seattle Seahawks    1:05 PM

Dec. 3    at Chicago Bears    10:00 AM

Dec. 10    at Houston Texans    10:00 AM

Dec. 17    Tennessee Titans    1:25 PM

Dec. 24    Jacksonville Jaguars    1:05 PM

Dec. 31    at Los Angeles Rams    1:25 PM

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Wed, 24 May 2017 03:14:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86121
<![CDATA[Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/05/24/chicago-bears-2017-nfl-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Chicago Bears are a combined 9-23 in two seasons under coach John Fox, and the fans are hoping maybe his third year brings some better luck. The Bears have not made the playoffs since the 2010 season and Lovie Smith isn't looking bad right about now. Heck, Smith won more games his last season in Chicago than Fox has won in his first two years overall. Well, at least Chicago has the Cubs, right?

After cutting some dead weight during the offseason, the Bears hope this year can be a step in the right direction.

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The Chicago Bears are a combined 9-23 in two seasons under coach John Fox, and the fans are hoping maybe his third year brings some better luck. The Bears have not made the playoffs since the 2010 season and Lovie Smith isn't looking bad right about now. Heck, Smith won more games his last season in Chicago than Fox has won in his first two years overall. Well, at least Chicago has the Cubs, right?

After cutting some dead weight during the offseason, the Bears hope this year can be a step in the right direction.

Here’s the Chicago Bears 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: The Bears lose a pair of quarterbacks in Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer to the San Francisco 49ers, and Jay Cutler retires to become a broadcaster. Great wide receiver Alshon Jeffery finds himself in Philadelphia and Eddie Royal is currently a free agent. Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter finds himself in free agency after two years with the Bears and defensive end Cornelius Washington is with the Detroit Lions after three seasons with Chicago that included three sacks and 31 tackles.

Key Player Additions: The Bears found their new starting quarterback for the time being in Mike Glennon, who has 4,100 career passing yards and 30 touchdowns and has often been considered a backup QB with potential to be a legit starter. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton comes over from Pittsburgh after 107 receptions and eight touchdowns in four seasons. The Bears also improved their secondary with the addition of Super Bowl champion cornerback Prince Amukamara, who has 51 career pass deflections, and safety Quintin Demps, who has 299 tackles and 44 pass deflections.

Draft: Mitch Trubisky could become the franchise quarterback for the Bears, as he has a lot of promising tools, but he needs time to learn the ropes given his lack of college experience. Adam Shaheen is a massive tight end at 6’7” with solid athleticism and the ability to highpoint the football. Eddie Jackson is a versatile safety who can also play cornerback and has great ball skills. Running back Tarik Cohen is only 5’7”, but he's dangerous with the ball in his hands and could make for a nice change of pace back. Offensive lineman Jordan Morgan has very little football experience, but his size and ability to play guard or tackle is intriguing.

Outlook: Fox is a veteran coach and is going to do what he can to win games, as he's not a young guy who is into the whole process of rebuilding a team and looking long term. Problem is, this is a rebuilding year for the Bears. There’s just not much talent on either side of the ball and the Bears one lifeline is hoping Trubisky turns into something special within the next year or so. Until then, the Bears are looking up to every team in their division and dont have the difference makers to compete week in and week out. This is likely going to be another rough year in Chicago.

Schedule

Sep. 10    Atlanta Falcons    12:00 PM

Sep. 17    at Tampa Bay Buccaneers    12:00 PM

Sep. 24    Pittsburgh Steelers    12:00 PM

Sep. 28    at Green Bay Packers (Thu)    7:25 PM

Oct. 9    Minnesota Vikings (Mon)    7:30 PM

Oct. 15    at Baltimore Ravens    12:00 PM

Oct. 22    Carolina Panthers    12:00 PM

Oct. 29    at New Orleans Saints    12:00 PM

Nov. 5    BYE

Nov. 12    Green Bay Packers    12:00 PM

Nov. 19    Detroit Lions    12:00 PM

Nov. 26    at Philadelphia Eagles    12:00 PM

Dec. 3    San Francisco 49ers    12:00 PM

Dec. 10    at Cincinnati Bengals    12:00 PM

Dec. 16    at Detroit Lions (Sat)    3:30 PM

Dec. 24    Cleveland Browns    12:00 PM

Dec. 31    at Minnesota Vikings    12:00 PM

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Wed, 24 May 2017 02:23:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86118
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Rams 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/05/23/los-angeles-rams-2017-nfl-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Los Angeles Rams didn’t make a good first impression on LA, winning just four games and being forced to make a chance at head coach. Sean McVay will now lead the Rams after a couple of seasons as the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator. After an offense that was dead last in points and yards, the Rams can use all the help they can get. It's really all uphill from here considering things couldn't have been much worse than last season. This is also a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since the 2004 season.

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The Los Angeles Rams didn’t make a good first impression on LA, winning just four games and being forced to make a chance at head coach. Sean McVay will now lead the Rams after a couple of seasons as the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator. After an offense that was dead last in points and yards, the Rams can use all the help they can get. It's really all uphill from here considering things couldn't have been much worse than last season. This is also a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since the 2004 season.

Can the Rams speed up the process with a breakthrough season of six or seven victories?

Here’s the Los Angeles Rams 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: The Rams lose their leading passes from a year ago with Case Keenum leaving for the Minnesota Vikings. The Rams wide receiving corps will also look different with Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Lance Kendricks all finding different teams to play for in the 2017 season. Safety T.J. McDonald and defensive end William Hayes both leave for the Miami Dolphins.

Key Player Additions: The Rams made some big changes on offense by bringing in talented wide receiver Robert Woods, who caught 203 passes for over 2,400 yards with the Buffalo Bills and is a fan favorite considering he played for USC and is from Cali. LA also added a pair of offensive linemen in Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan, a duo that has a combined 258 starts, and Whitworth is a three-time Pro Bowler. Defensively, the Rams added former USC cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who has 167 career tackles and 28 pass deflections to his name. Linebacker Connor Barwin is also a terrific pass rusher that adds a spark to a defense that was 26th in the league last year with 31 sacks.

Draft: Gerald Everett is a tight end with high upside given the fact he started playing football a few years ago, and he has great hands and athleticism. Cooper Kupp is a reliable receiver who can become a security blanket within a Rams offense that needs improvement. John Johnson is a playmaking safety who could become a legit starter if he adds strength and bulk to his upper body. Josh Reynolds is a quick wide receiver and has size at 6’3”, adding even more depth and options to an offense needing direction. Linebacker Samson Ebukam is a speedy player who could develop into a good pass rusher. Tanzel Smart is a small defensive tackle, but he's quick off the snap and plays the game hard. Sam Rogers is a versatile fullback who can be used in creative ways, while linebacker Ejuan Price is a decent backup if he can just stay healthy.

Outlook: The Los Angeles Rams have some building blocks to be excited about, as the defense is talented and was ninth in yards allowed last season, and Todd Gurley has proven to be to be of the best running backs in the league. The offensive line should be improved and Woods is a nice option to go along with Tavon Austin. The bad news is that quarterback Jared Goff had very few positive plays last season, there's a new head coach and the Rams still play in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. Unless Goff makes ridiculous strides from a year ago, it's hard seeing the Rams come close to a .500 record this season. We’re talking about an offense that was last in yards and points. I like some of the players on this team and there's potential, but the Rams have to wait a couple of years to have bigger goals, as the QB play is not even close to being up to par.

Schedule

Sep. 10    Indianapolis Colts    1:05 PM

Sep. 17    Washington Redskins    1:25 PM

Sep. 21    at San Francisco 49ers (Thu)    5:25 PM

Oct. 1    at Dallas Cowboys    10:00 AM

Oct. 8    Seattle Seahawks    1:05 PM

Oct. 15    at Jacksonville Jaguars    1:05 PM

Oct. 22    Arizona Cardinals (London)    10:00 AM

Oct. 29    BYE

Nov. 5    at New York Giants    10:00 AM

Nov. 12    Houston Texans    1:05 PM

Nov. 19    at Minnesota Vikings    10:00 AM

Nov. 26    New Orleans Saints    1:05 PM

Dec. 3    at Arizona Cardinals    1:25 PM

Dec. 10    Philadelphia Eagles    1:25 PM

Dec. 17    at Seattle Seahawks    1:05 PM

Dec. 24    at Tennessee Titans    10:00 AM

Dec. 31    San Francisco 49ers    1:25 PM

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<![CDATA[New York Jets 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/05/23/new-york-jets-2017-nfl-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The New York Jets have won a combined 19 games the last three years and have not made the playoffs since the 2010 season. Few fan bases are as vocal and passionate than the Jets, so there’s without question pressure on coach Todd Bowles to show some sort of light at the end of the tunnel in his third season with the franchise. The problem is there's a ceiling on what you can do with a team that doesn't have a quarterback.

Can the Jets have a turnaround season after just five wins a year ago?

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The New York Jets have won a combined 19 games the last three years and have not made the playoffs since the 2010 season. Few fan bases are as vocal and passionate than the Jets, so there’s without question pressure on coach Todd Bowles to show some sort of light at the end of the tunnel in his third season with the franchise. The problem is there's a ceiling on what you can do with a team that doesn't have a quarterback.

Can the Jets have a turnaround season after just five wins a year ago?

Here’s the New York Jets 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: The Jets say goodbye to two quarterbacks in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, a duo that clearly had no future in New York and combined for 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions last season. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is now with the New York Giants after almost 2,300 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in two years with the Jets. The Jets also end an era by releasing offensive lineman Nick Mangold, who played for the Jets for a decade and started 154 games. Defensively, safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerback Darrelle Revis are still free agents. Gilchrist had 55 tackles last season and Revis is a HOF corner who may be a shell of himself now at almost 32 years old. Kicker Nick Folk is now in Tampa Bay after seven seasons with the Jets and making 81.3 percent of his field goals for his career.

Key Player Additions: The Jets try and bolster the offensive line by bringing in tackle Kelvin Beachum, who has started 54 games in his career. Almost 38-year-old quarterback Josh McCown comes over from Cleveland and could be the Jets starter given the lack of depth at the QB position. Cornerback Morris Claiborne comes over from the Cowboys and has 151 tackles, four interceptions and 27 pass deflections under his belt. The Jets also sign kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who made 84.8 percent of his kicks in three years with the Arizona Cardinals.

Draft: Jamal Adams is a safety who is polished enough to be thrown into a starting role and become one of the top players on this Jets defense. Adams is an athletic player who can help against the run and be physical in coverage. Marcus Maye is another good safety who covers a lot of ground and doesn't mind getting dirty in run support. Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart has some decent speed and can contribute on special teams, making him a third rookie contributor. Chad Hansen is a reliable wide receiver with above-average hands and plays the game hard. Tight end Jordan Leggett fills an area of need and has shown flashes of what he can do after the catch. Dylan Donahue is a hard worker at the defensive end position and Elijah McGuire is a playmaking running back who could be a steal if he can stay healthy. Jeremy Clark is a versatile defensive back coming off an ACL injury and Derrick Jones has experience at corner and wide receiver.

Outlook: The Jets have a respectable defense that plays hard and keeps them in games. For the amount of time this unit was on the field last year, the Jets still held four teams to 17 or less points. So, there’s some hope heading into the upcoming year. The point where you cringe is when you see Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are the Jets quarterback options. No, no and no. The Jets also lost their top receiving option in Marshall and still have a 31-year-old Matt Forte as their leading running back. It’s just all bad offensively and that's the reason the Jets will struggle all season long and will be lucky to top last year's win total. Nothing to see here until the Jets get a quarterback.

Schedule

Sep. 10    at Buffalo Bills    1:00 PM

Sep. 17    at Oakland Raiders    4:05 PM

Sep. 24    Miami Dolphins    1:00 PM

Oct. 1    Jacksonville Jaguars    1:00 PM

Oct. 8    at Cleveland Browns    1:00 PM

Oct. 15    New England Patriots    1:00 PM

Oct. 22    at Miami Dolphins    1:00 PM

Oct. 29    Atlanta Falcons    1:00 PM

Nov. 2    Buffalo Bills (Thu)    8:25 PM

Nov. 12    at Tampa Bay Buccaneers    1:00 PM

Nov. 19    BYE

Nov. 26    Carolina Panthers    1:00 PM

Dec. 3    Kansas City Chiefs    1:00 PM

Dec. 10    at Denver Broncos    4:05 PM

Dec. 17    at New Orleans Saints    1:00 PM

Dec. 24    Los Angeles Chargers    1:00 PM

Dec. 31    at New England Patriots    1:00 PM

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<![CDATA[Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/05/22/jacksonville-jaguars-2017-nfl-preview-schedule-prediction-depth-chart#comments The Jacksonville Jaguars have won no more than five games in each of the last six seasons and are fresh off a year in which they won just three games. It’s an uphill climb for coach Doug Marrone and will continue to take even more patience from a fanbase that hasn't seen a playoff appearance since 2007. The good news is that the Jags are in a subpar division, so there's always hope for stealing some wins here and there. Baby steps.

Will this be the year the Jaguars win more than five games for the first time since 2010?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have won no more than five games in each of the last six seasons and are fresh off a year in which they won just three games. It’s an uphill climb for coach Doug Marrone and will continue to take even more patience from a fanbase that hasn't seen a playoff appearance since 2007. The good news is that the Jags are in a subpar division, so there's always hope for stealing some wins here and there. Baby steps.

Will this be the year the Jaguars win more than five games for the first time since 2010?

Here’s the Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: Tight end Julius Thomas leaves for Miami after two seasons in Jacksonville where he caught 76 passes and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Jags lost one of their top tacklers in safety Johnathan Cyprien after four seasons in which he was a consistent contributor. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is now in Chicago after one year in Jacksonville, while defensive end Tyson Alualu leaves for the Pittsburgh Steelers after being with the Jaguars since 2010.

Key Player Additions: The Jaguars added a key piece to their offensive line in two-time Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert, who is a really good player when he's healthy, which he's struggled with the last two seasons. Tight end Mychal Rivera had more than 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns during his time with the Oakland Raiders. Defensively, Barry Church leaves Dallas after six seasons that included nearly 500 tackles, five interceptions and 16 pass deflections. Cornerback AJ Bouye had his moments in his time with the Houston Texans and defensive tackle Calais Campbell is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 56.5 sacks under his belt.

Draft: Leonard Fournette is a franchise running back who has an old school mentality and can come in right away and be the workhorse for the Jags. Fournette will take a ton of pressure off of Blake Bortles and bring a serious energy boost to this unit. Cam Robinson is a big offensive tackle who is a great run blocker and will have his chance to start right away. Dawuane Smoot could be a difference maker at defensive end if he improves his consistency and adds bulk to his upper body. Dede Westbrook is an explosive wide receiver who can contribute on special teams and brings big play ability to Jacksonville. Blair Brown is an athletic linebacker who could become a special teams contributor right away. Cornerback Jalen Myrick is on the small side, but his athleticism and speed gives him a shot to make the team, while Marquez Williams is a versatile offensive player who can run and catch.

Outlook: The Jaguars have not had a winning season since 2007 when David Garrard and Fred Taylor were carrying the offense. We’re getting old, folks. Anyway, given the way things have played out, I refuse to believe Jacksonville has the same Super Bowl odds as the Los Angeles Chargers or even the Buffalo Bills. Even with Fournette and improvement to the offensive line, the Jags had an offense that ranked 25th in scoring, and those upgrades probably won't make that big of a jump with Bortles at QB. The good news is that the Jags defense was sixth in yards allowed and there's room for improvement with Campbell and Church being thrown in the mix. The Jaguars are young and have a brighter future than some of the teams below them in terms of odds, but there's no value in terms of future bets with this franchise. Give Jacksonville a year or two and then we can talk.

Schedule

Sep. 10    at Houston Texans    1:00 PM    CBS

Sep. 17    Tennessee Titans    1:00 PM    CBS

Sep. 24    Baltimore Ravens (London)    9:30 AM    TBD

Oct. 1    at New York Jets    1:00 PM    CBS

Oct. 8    at Pittsburgh Steelers    1:00 PM    CBS

Oct. 15    Los Angeles Rams    4:05 PM    FOX

Oct. 22    at Indianapolis Colts    1:00 PM    CBS

Oct. 29    BYE

Nov. 5    Cincinnati Bengals    1:00 PM    CBS

Nov. 12    Los Angeles Chargers    1:00 PM    CBS

Nov. 19    at Cleveland Browns    1:00 PM    CBS

Nov. 26    at Arizona Cardinals    4:25 PM    CBS

Dec. 3    Indianapolis Colts    1:00 PM    CBS

Dec. 10    Seattle Seahawks    1:00 PM    FOX

Dec. 17    Houston Texans    1:00 PM    CBS

Dec. 24    at San Francisco 49ers    4:05 PM    CBS

Dec. 31    at Tennessee Titans    1:00 PM    CBS

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