Thursday, November 27, 2014

NFL Thanksgiving Day Breakdown!

We have a great slate of games to watch in between eating today!

Jay Cutler and the Bears go into Detroit to take on Matthew Stafford and the Lions. I personally like the Bears in this one.

The Lions have struggled to put up points lately, as they've failed to score a touchdown their last two games. There has been no consistency to the run game and I'm not sure if that has to do with Reggie Bush being sidelined but Joique Bell and Theo Riddick haven't been getting it done. This could be the reason why Matthew Stafford has been so awful this year. After throwing 29 touchdowns last season, Stafford just has 13 touchdown passes through the Lions 11 games. Calvin Johnson has been inconsistent due to injuries, but the lone bright spot has been Golden Tate, who has put together a great first season with the Lions.

Detroit will also have a tough time covering Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. They were torched by Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski last week. Matt Forte will be the X factor though. If he can find running room against the Lions stout run defense then Cutler will get the time needed to pick apart the Lions secondary.   


Bears 28 Lions 24

Next up we have a huge NFC East showdown between the Eagles and Cowboys in Dallas. Winner takes sole possession of first place and controls their own destiny moving forward. I like the Cowboys here. 

Tony Romo hasn't been turning the ball over and continues to come up big late in games, all while playing through some serious injuries. The Eagles will have a hard time containing both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray . One of those two guys will have a huge game for the Boys and be the difference maker.

I'm not a believer in Mark Sanchez, as I can see his bubble beginning to burst with 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions the past 2 weeks. Their receiving core does not excite me and should not put fear into any secondary. Jeremy Maclin is a good receiver and Jordan Matthews is a talented rookie, but neither guy is a game changer. The Eagles game changer is  LeSean McCoy, but he has been inconsistent. If Dallas is able to contain McCoy then the Cowboys win by a touchdown. 


DAL 30 PHI 23

Last but not least we have a rematch from the NFC title game. This year, I'm not a believer in either the Seahawks or the 49ers.

Aside from Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks have no real playmakers on offense. Russell Wilson has been struggling and has made more plays with his legs than his arm.  That can only take you so far. Trading Percy Harvin changed this offense and not in a good way. I'm not sure if Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette is a recipe for success.

The 49ers on the other hand have a ridiculous amount of weapons but the offense isn't clicking. Colin Kaepernick has been a disappointment in 2014, and so has his tight end Vernon Davis, who has shown very little interest in becoming a part of this 49ers offense. San Fran plays better when they feed Frank Gore and let him control the offense. If the 49ers keep the ball on the ground and mix in rookie Carlos Hyde then the big pass plays will be there for Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. 


SF 23 SEA 20

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Cuban Yasmany Tomas

The Arizona Diamondbacks and 23 year old Cuban OF Yasmany Tomas to a 6 year $68 mil deal, just slightly larger than what the Chicago White Sox gave to Jose Abreu. We all know how that worked out! He will join Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo in the heart of the Diamondbacks lineup.  

via Fangraphs

Upside: .275/.350/.480 with 25-30 homers, fringy defense & baserunning value in left field

Jets to Start Geno Smith on Monday Night Football

The New York Jets will take the field on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins with Geno Smith as their QB.  Michael Vick has been benched following an embarrassing 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills, in Detroit, on Monday Night.  Vick went 1-3 in 4 starts, completing 56 of 101 pass attempts (55.4%) for just 557 yards, added 130 rushing yards, with 3 TDs and 2 INTs.  He failed to throw for 200 yards in any game, something Smith has done 4 times this season.

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Smith finished the Bills game going 10-12 for 89 yards.  It was his first action since throwing 3 interceptions, on 8 attempts against the Bills, back on October 26th.  Smith will take the field against a Dolphins defense that ranks 5th in the league against the pass and tied for 4th in sacks with 31.

Percy Harvin had one big game since being traded to the Jets, gaining 129 yards on 11 receptions (13 targets.  He has gained just 47 receiving yards on 7 receptions (19 targets) in the 3 other games.  He has rushed for 69 yards as a Jet.
Eric Decker has not gained 70 yards since Week 1, and has just 1 touchdown reception over the Jets last 5 games.  Jeremy Kerley led the Jets with 5 receptions for 66 yards on Monday against the Bills.

Over the last 5 weeks, only the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans have attempted to run the ball less than the Jets. I get that playing from behind forces you to throw the ball, but the Jets have to feed Chris Ivory if they ever want to win a football game again.

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