ATLANTA FALCONS SEASON PREVIEW

Last year the Falcons surprised some of us finishing 10-6, making the playoffs and losing at the last second in the divisional round vs Philadelphia. If you were with us reading last year you will remember that I was very concerned and was worried that new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would bring in a new system and said it would take a season for Matt Ryan to get used to the new system. I still believe that last year was that learning or getting used to the system season. Atlanta was up and down all season offensively. And truly is why they lost to Philadelphia.

To say this season is an important key for Sarkisian’s future in Atlanta is an understatement. The Falcons in the first round drafted wide receiver Calvin Ridley. This offense may be the most talented in the league. If it’s not the most talented it is definitely top 5 in the league. If this offense is anything less than mediocre Sark could be seeing his way out the door.

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The defense on the other hand is a different story. Vic Beasley is going to need to have a great season after the losses of Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn. I would be surprised if the defensive line does not take a step back. The Secondary will be the key to Atlanta’s defensive success. Desmond Trufant and Ricardo Allen aren’t shutdown cornerbacks but both are great in coverage.
PREDICTED RECORD: 11-5, WINS NFC SOUTH

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WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM DAY ONE OF NFL DRAFT

The NFL Draft is finally here and the first round is complete. Here’s some winners and losers from the first round.

WINNERS:
NEW YORK JETSThe jets were able to draft their quarterback for the future and possibly now in Sam Darnold.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Instead of (as reports were saying) going after Lamar Jackson in the first round. The Patriots decided to give Tom Brady some help by Adding Georgia Guard Isaiah Wynn and Georgia RB Sony Michel. Both improvements for that offense

LA CHARGERS: The chargers were able to draft one of the best defensive prospects in Derwin James. Not only did the Chargers get a player in the position that they needed. got one of the best in the draft.

OTHER WINNERS: CHICAGO BEARS, NEW YORK GIANTS, BALTIMORE RAVENS 

 

LOSERS: 

BUFFALO BILLS: The bills traded from the 12th pick to the 7th pick to get Josh Allen. Given the needs that the teams drafting between 8th and 12th had. I doubt that Josh Allen would have been drafted. The Bills gave up too much to get Josh Allen. That’s how I look at it right now

OAKLAND RAIDERS: The Raiders drafted OT Kolton Miller after trading down to 15th. There were other glaring needs for Oakland besides OT. The Raiders could have used Defensive Back or a Cornerback much more than a Offensive Tackle.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: The top need for the Dolphins was a Quarterback going into this draft. Miami failed to draft one or trade up to get one. With that being said, the Dolphins did not completely lose day one. They did get Minkah Fitzpatrick.

 

TOSSUPS: CLEVELAND BROWNS, DALLAS COWBOYS, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

 

FALCONS START TO FREE AGENCY AND WHAT TO EXPECT MOVING FORWARD

 

We are officially one week into are agency and the Atlanta Falcons have so far decided to make very few moves. The biggest impact player the Falcons have signed is guard Brandon Fusco. This move will shore up an offensive line that didn’t quite meet expectations last season. Also as expected the Falcons resigned Matt Bryant (K) and placed a second round tender on Ricardo Allen (S). Both players key to Atlanta’s recent success.

However, There were several Falcons that departed the team and left the team with some needs going into the draft. Starting with DE Adrian Clayborn (Signed a 2 year, $12 million deal with the New England Patriots). The Falcons also allowed DT Dontari Poe (Signed a 3 year, $10 million contract with the Carolina Panthers). Now, I know with the defensive line holes your wanting the Falcons to go look at Ndamukong Suh who was recently released by the Miami Dolphins. Well, That’s not going to happen. Suh is going to want top defensive tackle money. The Falcons have just over $7 Million in cap space left. It would be impossible for the Falcons to make that move.

I expect the Falcons to go after a Defensive Tackle in the first or second round. Another position the Falcons will looking for in the draft is the wide receiver position after Taylor Gabriel signed with the Chicago Bears. With the Falcons being out of salary cap space we can pretty much call this the end of the free agency season for Atlanta. At this point, I would be surprised if the falcons don’t pick in the following position order: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Wide Receiver. Later in the draft the Falcons could pick up a Guard.

OVERALL GRADE OF FALCONS FA SO FAR: B

NCAA TOURNAMENT- EAST BREAKDOWN

The time is finally here. The NCAA Tournament field of 64 has been announced. Today I will be breaking down the East. So without further ado here’s the bracket for the east.

1 Villanova Wildcats / 16 LIU Brooklyn OR Radford

8 Virginia Tech vs 9 Alabama

5 West Virginia vs 12 Murray State

4 Wichita State vs 13 Marshall

6 Florida vs 11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA

3 Texas Tech vs 14 SF Austin

7 Arkansas vs 10 Butler

2 Purdue vs 15 Cal St. Fullerton

 

Favorite: Villanova Wildcats. The Wildcats have been playing some of their best basketball as of late and when Villanova is playing at the top of it’s game their are only a few teams that will be able to pull of the upset.

Upset Alert: Arkansas Razorbacks. This will be a true test for the Arkansas defense. The razorbacks will have to defend the three point line well or this will be an upset waiting to happen against Butler.

Top Cinderella Candidate: UCLA. I don’t see any great candidates that will likely be a Cinderella team. So i will take UCLA. I see the Bruins beating St. Bonaventure and Florida. Other Candidates: Butler.

Sneaky Team: Alabama Crimson Tide. This is the best ninth seed. I really like the Tide’s chances if Colin Sexton can have a similar outing in the NCAA Tournament as he did in the SEC Tournament. That’s a huge if. Unfortunately for Alabama, It has a very tough path to the sweet 16. It will face VT in the first round. I like the Tide’s chances of winning. But then it will face the number one seed Villanova. It’s going to be very hard to pick Alabama in that game but I believe the Tide will keep it very tight.

Which team will represent the East in the Final Four? Villanova Wildcats. I just can’t pick against this team in this bracket. I see teams that will keep the Wildcats in tough games. But I don’t see a team that would upset Villanova.

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MARCH MADNESS: Conference Championship Predictions

It’s Conference Championship week in College Basketball (For all major conferences except for BIG TEN which crowned Michigan on Sunday). So without further ado, Here’s my predictions for each conference tournament

PAGE INDEX:

  1. ACC
  2. BIG 12
  3. SEC
  4. PAC 12
  5. Other Notable Tournaments

ACC:

FIRST ROUND (COMPLETE): 

#12 Boston College defeats #12 Georgia Tech 87-77

#10 Notre Dame defeats #15 Pittsburgh 67-64

#11 Syracuse defeats #14 Wake Forest 73-64 

SECOND ROUND: 

#9 Louisville defeats #8 Florida State 

#5 NC State defeats #12 Boston College 

#10 Notre Dame defeats #7 Virginia Tech 

#6 North Carolina defeats #11 Syracuse  

QUARTERFINALS:

#1 Virginia defeats #9 Louisville 

#5 NC State defeats #4 Clemson 

#2 Duke defeats #10 Notre Dame

#6 North Carolina defeats #3 Miami 

SEMI FINALS: 

#1 Virginia defeats #5 NC State 

#6 North Carolina defeats #2 Duke 

CHAMPIONSHIP: 

#1 Virginia defeats #6 North Carolina

2ND PSF MULTI MOCK DRAFT: CHRIS CHASTAIN AND ERIC JENSEN STYLE

Welcome to the 2nd ever Pro Sports Fandom multi mock draft. Chris Chastain and and Eric Jensen decided to draft the first round of this year’s NFL Draft . Chris won the number toss so he took the odd numbers and Eric Jensen took the even numbers. Here’s how the draft turned out. Enjoy!

  1. Cleveland – Saquon Barkley RB, PSU
  2. New York (Giants)- Sam Darnold QB USC
  3. Indianapolis- Bradley Chubb, Edge, NC State
  4. Cleveland (from Texans)  Josh Allen QB Wyoming
  5. Denver- Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York (Jets) – Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame
  7. Tampa Bay- Derrius Guice RB, LSU
  8. Chicago- Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
  9. Oakland- Derwin James S, FSU
  10. San Francisco- Courtland Sutton WR SMU
  11. Miami – Billy Price G, Ohio State
  12. Cincinnati- Josh Rosen QB UCLA
  13. Washington –  Roquan Smith LB, Georgia
  14. Green Bay- Vita Vea DL Washington
  15. Arizona – James Washington WR, OK ST
  16. Baltimore- Connor Williams OT Texas
  17. Los Angeles (Chargers)- Mike McGlinchey OT, ND
  18. Seattle- Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama
  19. Dallas- Ronnie Harrison S, Alabama
  20. Detroit- Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
  21. Buffalo- Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville
  22. Buffalo- Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
  23. Los Angeles (Rams)- Jaire Alexander CB, Louisville
  24. Carolina- Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
  25. Tennessee- Marcus Davenport DE, Texas-San Antonio
  26. Atlanta- Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado
  27. New Orleans- Trenton Thompson DT, Georgia
  28. Pittsburgh- Maurice Hurst DL Michigan
  29. Jacksonville- D.J Clark WR, LSU
  30. Minnesota- Marcus Allen S Penn State
  31. New England – Isaiah Wynn OL, Georgia
  32. Philadelphia- Taven Bryan DL Florida

 

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RANKING THE TOP 5 NBA TEAMS AND EACH TEAMS CHANCES MOVING FORWARD

Well, Now that the NFL season is basically over. It’s time to start talking about the National Basketball Association. Most of you know me for football at PSF. But I really enjoy the sport of basketball and look forward to writing more articles on the sport! But without further ado let’s introduce my top 5 NBA teams.

  1.  Golden State Warriors  RECORD: 39-10  OFF EFF: 1ST   DEF EFF: 21ST 

There’s not much of a surprise or debate here. When healthy, this team is the best and the margin between other teams isn’t that close.  If this team stays healthy and doesn’t defeat itself the Warriors will be NBA Champions. Debate about other teams having a chance is nonsense.

2.  Houston Rockets   RECORD: 34-12   OFF EFF: 2ND   DEF EFF: 17TH

RIGHT NOW, The only team even close to competing with the Warriors are these Houston Rockets (I know, The Rockets defeated the Warriors 116-108 the other night) but let’s be honest, the Rockets are another star away from competing with these Warriors. This Chris Paul/James Harden teamup has worked out better than any of us would have expected but this isn’t enough in the end.

3.  Boston Celtics   RECORD: 35-14   OFF EFF: 23RD   DEF EFF: 2ND

This is where the real debate could begin.  The Celtics are coming off a 4 game losing streak. Losing to teams that top teams shouldn’t be losing too (Lakers, Magic) in particular. But the overall body of work looks very good. The true test will come Saturday night at Golden State. Which COULD be a finals preview. The 2nd ranked defense against the top ranked offense.

4.   Minnesota Timberwolves   RECORD:  31-20  OFF EFF: 6TH   DEF EFF: 16TH 

This Timberwolves team has a lot of potential. No, I don’t believe enough to think they have a chance against the Warriors. But I believe we could see them upset any other team. IF Jimmy Butler is healthy.

5.  TORONTO RAPTORS   RECORD: 32-15  OFF EFF: 3RD  DEF EFF: 9TH 

It’s hard to buy into this Toronto Raptors team. I’d like to buy in but I feel like this is the same story as we have seen recently.  LeBron’s Cavaliers are 8-2 against this Raptors team (The 2 losses coming in the Eastern Conference Finals). Other than that it’s been sweeps. I believe this team would be competitive against either the Cavaliers or the Celtics but won’t be able to pull it off.

 

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

San Antonio Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder

Chris Chastain’s NFL Playoff Predictions and Analysis

It’s that time of the year! PLAYOFFS. Such an exciting time of year. With that being said, It’s time to get into the predictions. Enjoy!

WILD CARD WEEKEND: 

TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

To be completely honest, I don’t see a case where this game is very competitive. Tennessee’s strength is at their offensive line but you can make a case that this offensive line hasn’t even been a top 5 line. Expect Alex Smith to throw a couple touchdowns on this defense and the Chiefs to win by double digits

CHIEFS 33, TITANS 20 

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ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS

Sunday night we have the Atlanta Falcons going to LA to play the Rams. The match seems pretty good right? Well talent wise it is. Both of these offenses have a ton of talent and potential. But that’s only part of the game. You need to be coached well to have a chance and that’s the difference in this game. I don’t think the Atlanta Falcons have a good scheme offensively. Combine that with Matt Ryan not playing great this season and there you have it. An average offense. Then you look at the other side. The LA Rams, Words can’t describe what Sean McVay has done this season. He turned a team that was just dysfunctional into a contender. Offensively their averaging 30 points a game. Top ten in Passing and Rushing. Todd Gurley is starting to turn into a Superstar in this league. What he’s able to do in the Pass game is remarkable. I’m not sure if the Falcons are going to be able to contain Gurley. He’s going to get you in either the Run game or the Pass game. I don’t think Gurley will have a historic game but he’s going to have his share of yardage. If the Falcon’s offense is what it has been which is average. I don’t they’ll have a chance. Which I can’t predict that it will so I’m going to have to go with the rams in this one. However, I still think it will be a close game.

RAMS 29, FALCONS 23

BUFFALO BILLS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 

The real question for me in this game is what Blake Bortles will we see? He’s the difference maker in this game. I trust the Jaguars defense against the Bills. But when Blake Bortles is bad he’s historically bad. But when he’s good he can be pretty good. I’m leaning towards the ok Blake Bortles. Watch out for the upset here but I’m going to take the Jaguars.

JAGUARS 23, BILLS 16 

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CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 

3rd Matchup between these two teams this season. Saints won the first two matchups and I don’t see a change coming here. Cam Newton will have to play his best football for the Panthers to have a chance. And i just don’t trust him to do so. I’m taking the Saints

SAINTS 33, PANTHERS 19 

DIVISIONAL ROUND: 

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 

If Carson Wentz were starting at quarterback for the Eagles I’d give them a chance. But the facts are he isn’t. This is a easy pick for me. Rams

RAMS 26, EAGLES 14

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Now this is one of the best matchups in the playoffs. Drew Brees against a great Vikings defense. Case Keenum who I’m not sure about in the playoffs against a Saints defense that has looked a little flat at times. I’m really tossing on this game. It really could go either way

SAINTS 27, VIKINGS 25

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 

The Steelers have so much veteran talent on the offensive side of the ball. Against a Jaguars team with no playoff experience and the question of how Blake Bortles will play. I know the Jaguars won the game in the regular season 33-9. But that doesn’t matter here. The Steelers are so much better now than they where then.

STEELERS 33, JAGUARS 9 

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

The real question here is can the Chiefs repeat what they did in week one? I highly doubt it. Alex Smith isn’t that aggressive in throwing the football anymore. And oh don’t forget the Patriots are the Patriots.

PATRIOTS 39, CHIEFS 26 

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS

I’m not going to take anything away from the Saints, But I don’t see too many weaknesses on either Offense or Defense for the Rams. Sure there is concern on the Special Teams side but I don’t think it will effect them too much. I have the Rams in a blowout. If the Falcons can’t contain Gurley, I don’t see the Saints doing it. Yes, I believe the Falcons have a better or close to same defense.

RAMS 42, SAINTS 17

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

And it comes down to what most everyone wants, Patriots-Steelers for a chance at the Super Bowl. Tom Brady vs Big Ben. I still stand by the way i felt, The week 14 game played in Pittsburgh was for the AFC Championship. I really believed it then and I stand by the opinion. I just don’t trust Big Ben in Foxborough if he choked the game away in the final seconds in Pittsburgh. I was planning on taking Pittsburgh for awhile but I’m going to take New England

PATRIOTS 35, STEELERS 28 

SUPER BOWL 52: 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

For me this comes down to a couple factors. One, Tom Brady is likely to be coming to that game as the 2017 MVP. I know some are highly critical of this opinion but do you remember the last MVP to win the Super Bowl? Kurt Warner in 1998. I know Tom Brady makes history quite often. But i don’t see him making history in that aspect. But generally, I really believe the Rams are just a better all around football team that the Patriots. This Rams team is here to stay for awhile.

RAMS 34, PATRIOTS 29 

 

 

Thanks to everyone for reading, I hope you enjoyed it as much as i did !

-Chris

@ChrisPSF

Week 13 NFL Pick’em

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PSF Game of Week (Panthers at Saints):

Eric Jensen (@Eric18Utah): The Saints and Panthers will battle it out for first place in the NFC South. New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore is most likely coming back to the Saints. The Panthers are a gritty run first football team. However the Saints have a pretty underrated run defense. I’m going Saints in a low scoring slugfest.

New Orleans 20, Carolina 17

Jon Butler (@Dadsox) : The Panthers have been an interesting team all season with Cam Newton and the defense doing enough to win while seeing Devin Funchess develop. The biggest surprise of this season has to be how great the New Orleans Saints have been, especially on the ground with the duo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The Saints will be without both Ken Crawley and Marshon Lattimore for the second game in a row, but I don’t think it will affect them too much with how middle of the road the Panthers offense is. The Saints have been dominant on offense and they will need the offense to consistently score to win this game. Alvin Kamara will once again be the headline of this game once all is said and done because of his amazing versatility in the run and pass game.

New Orleans 31, Carolina 23

Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis): The clash of the NFC South titans. The Saints welcome in a Panthers team that got it’s Pro Bowl TE back last week… sorta. Although Panthers TE Greg Olsen has been cleared to play, he will be playing on an ankle that will require another surgery in the off-season. This gives the Saints defense the luxury of really only having to concentrate on pass catchers Devin Funchess and Christian Mccaffrey. Last time these two teams met Drew Brees hung three TDs on the Panthers and all Cam Newton could do was offer up 3 INTs. I see this game being more of the same.

New Orleans 41, Carolina 20

Chris Chastain (@ChrisPSF): This is one of the better matchups this week, A battle between two hot teams. This game will come down to the Saints returning Marshon Lattimore. He is what makes the Saints defense decent (as we noticed last week). Cam Newton has been inconsistent for most of the year and i expect that to continue. I see the potential for this to be a very low scoring game. Which is not normal for NFC South games. But the Saints seem to have it going when Marshon Lattimore is in the lineup. I’m taking the saints

New Orleans 23, Carolina 20

CFB PLAYOFF SCENARIOS AND SOLUTIONS:

Good evening, Normally we rank the top upsets but this week we’re changing it up a little. We’re going to rank the top Scenarios and Solutions for Who gets in the CFB playoffs, But before we do that, Who has a clear path? who will need help? Well here you go

TEAMS WITH A CLEAR PATH THE THE PLAYOFF: Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia, Wisconsin, Miami

TEAMS WITH A PATH THAT LIKELY TAKES THEM TO THE CFB PLAYOFF: Auburn

TEAMS THAT WOULD NEED SOME HELP TO HAVE A PATH TO THE CFB PLAYOFF: USC, Ohio State

TEAMS ELIMINATED RECENTLY (OR NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE PATH): Penn State, Washington, ND, TCU
#1 SCENARIO: Alabama wins SEC, Oklahoma wins BIG 12, Clemson wins ACC, Wisconsin wins BIG 10 (Loses to Michigan), USC wins PAC 12

SOLUTION: 

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. USC
  6. Georgia

EXPLANATION: This is our best chance of seeing a third rematch of Alabama-Clemson. Alabama is the clear number 1 in this situation. Oklahoma would top Wisconsin for the third place in the rankings based off of SoS. This would come down to a comparison of USC’s two ranked losses to Wisconsin’s one ranked loss.

 

#2  SCENARIO: Alabama wins SEC, Oklahoma wins BIG 12, Miami wins ACC, Ohio State BIG 10, USC wins PAC 12,

SOLUTION: 

  1. Alabama
  2. Miami
  3. Oklahoma
  4. USC
  5. Ohio State
  6. Clemson/Georgia

EXPLANATION: This Scenario doesn’t put it as probable that Alabama claims the #1 but based off of resume their still #1 and Miami claims #2.  Oklahoma’s one close loss to Iowa State doesn’t compare to USC’s two losses to ranked teams. USC’s conference championship puts them ahead of Ohio State.

 

#3 SCENARIO: Georgia wins SEC, Clemson wins ACC, Oklahoma wins BIG 12, Wisconsin wins BIG 10 (Loses to Michigan), USC wins PAC 12

SOLUTION: 

  1. Clemson
  2. Georgia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. USC
  6. Alabama/Miami

EXPLANATION: This Scenario is probably second most likely. Clemson’s loss looks alot better than Georgia’s and Clemson was without their starting quarterback during that loss. Georgia would have a real conference championship. Oklahoma’s one loss to Ohio State will look better than Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan. And Wisconsin’s one loss is a clear advantage for the Badgers over the Trojans 2 ranked losses.

 

#4 SCENARIO: Alabama wins SEC, Miami wins ACC (With loss to Virginia OR Pittsburgh), Oklahoma wins BIG 10 (With loss to West Virginia), Wisconsin wins BIG 10 (With loss to Michigan), USC wins PAC 12 

SOLUTION: 

  1. Alabama
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Miami
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State/Clemson/Georgia

EXPLANATION: This is the least likely and wildest scenario, but its still possible. Alabama clear #1, Wisconsin has the best loss of all so the Badgers take #2. Oklahoma’s win vs #6 helps in this situation. and Miami’s win vs Notre Dame will go along way in this Scenario.

 

#5 SCENARIO: Auburn wins SEC, Clemson wins ACC, Wisconsin wins BIG 10 (With loss to Michigan), Washington State wins PAC 12, Oklahoma wins BIG 12 

SOLUTION: 

  1. Clemson
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Auburn
  5. Miami
  6. Georgia

EXPLANATION: Clemson the clear #1. Oklahoma takes #2 with a better resume than a 1 loss Wisconsin. And then it’s.. Auburn. This is the second best case scenario if your wanting a two loss team in the playoff.  Auburn would have beat the #1 team twice and a top 5 team once. and oh yeah add on a Conference Championship. the Committee wouldn’t leave the tigers out.