PSF’s Ultimate Multi-Man Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Welcome to the final, ultimate version of my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. Well with a twist at least. For this final try at mocking the first round of this year’s draft, I asked a few of my colleagues here at Pro Sports Fandom to help me out and participate in a multi man mock draft. We are exactly one week away from the draft and teams are winding down their list of roster needs. Scouts have traveled across the country to get great looks at some of the top prospects in this year’s draft class. After viewing all the tape I could handle from College Football to the Pro Days, I feel ready to release the final version of my 2018 mock draft.

So let’s get to the point right. Over the last few months, I scouted this 2018 draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now the final version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. This mock draft is marking my final thoughts as we are one week away from the NFL Draft kicking off. In my opinion, this feels like a very good mock draft. Right now, I’ve enlisted the help of three colleagues and we’ve worked together and projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (with no trading predictions). And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil the final version of my 2018 NFL Mock Draft! Don’t forget to go check out my colleagues and I on Twitter!

*Note: The initials in parentheses represent who made the pick for that respective team.

Tristan Beckmann (TB) (@TBeckmannPSF)

Brian Willis (BW) (@RealBrianWillis)

Eric Jensen (EJ) (@Eric18Utah)

Chris Chastain (CC) (@ChrisC_01)

And be sure to check out Eric and Chris’s amazing podcast on ITunes or Podbean, the Endzone Podcast, it’s a great place to listen to the guys just talking football! But enough of the talk, let’s get right into these picks.

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16) (TB):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

2. New York Giants (3-13) (EJ):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

3. New York Jets (from IND) (4-12) (BW):

USC QB Sam Darnold

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12) (CC):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

5. Denver Broncos (5-11) (TB):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen

6. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ) (5-11) (EJ):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) (BW):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

8. Chicago Bears (5-11) (CC):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10) (TB):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10) (EJ):

Florida State S Derwin James

11. Miami Dolphins (6-10) (BW):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

12. Buffalo Bills (from CIN) (6-10) (CC):

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

13. Washington Redskins (7-9) (TB):

Washington DT Vita Vea

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9) (EJ):

Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) (BW):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) (CC):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) (TB):

Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7) (EJ):

Texas OT Connor Williams

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7) (BW):

UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

20. Detroit Lions (9-7) (CC):

Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

21. Cincinnati Bengals (from BUF) (9-7) (TB):

UTEP OG Will Hernandez

22. Buffalo Bills (from KC) (9-7) (EJ):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

23. New England Patriots (from LAR) (11-5) (BW):

Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch

24. Carolina Panthers (11-5) (CC):

Maryland WR D.J. Moore

25. Tennessee Titans (9-7) (TB):

Boston College OLB Harold Landry

26. Atlanta Falcons (10-6) (EJ):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5) (BW):

Penn State TE Mike Gesicki

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) (CC):

UCF CB Mike Hughes

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) (TB):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

30. Minnesota Vikings (13-3) (EJ):

Georgia OG Isaiah Wynn

31. New England Patriots (13-3) BW):

UCLA OT Kolton Miller

32. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) (CC):

South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to share with your friends and family! Feel free to give me and my colleagues your thoughts on Twitter @TBeckmannPSF! Peace!

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Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft Version 6.0 (Post-Week 1 of Free Agency)

Welcome to the sixth version of my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. We are one week through free agency and players are making moves and teams are winding down their list of roster needs. College Pro Days have gone into full effect and coaches/scouts are traveling across the country to get an even better look at some of the top prospects in this year’s draft class. After viewing even more tape since the combine ended in Indy a few weeks ago, I feel even more obliged to release the sixth version of my mock draft series.

So let’s get to the point right. Over the last few months, I’ve been scouting this draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now the sixth version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. This mock draft is immediately after the first week of free agency and contains the reactions to some of the big free agency moves that we’ve seen thus far. In my opinion, this feels like a very good mock draft. Right now, I’ve projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (with no trading predictions). And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil version 6.0 of Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16):

USC QB Sam Darnold

2. New York Giants (3-13):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

3. New York Jets (from IND) (4-12):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

5. Denver Broncos (5-11):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

6. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ) (5-11):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

Florida State S Derwin James (Was: Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick)

8. Chicago Bears (5-11):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Was: Florida State S Derwin James)

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

11. Miami Dolphins (6-10):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen (Was: Texas OT Connor Williams)

12. Buffalo Bills (from CIN) (6-10):

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

13. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Washington DL Vita Vea

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8):

Louisville DB Jaire Alexander (Was: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield)

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7):

Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7):

Texas OT Connor Williams (Was: Ohio State OL Billy Price)

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Alabama DL Da’Ron Payne (Was: Iowa CB Josh Jackson)

20. Detroit Lions (9-7):

UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

21. Cincinnati Bengals (from BUF) (9-7):

UTEP OG Will Hernandez (Was: Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne)

22. Buffalo Bills (9-7) (from KC):

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5):

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans (Was: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander)

24. Carolina Panthers (11-5):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

25. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

LSU EDGE Arden Key (Was: Michigan DT Maurice Hurst)

26. Atlanta Falcons (10-6):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst (Was: Maryland WR D.J. Moore)

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5):

Maryland WR D.J. Moore (Was: Oklahoma State WR James Washington)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3):

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (Was: Alabama LB Rashaan Evans)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5):

Boston College LB Harold Landry

30. Minnesota Vikings (13-3):

Ohio State OL Billy Price (Was: UCLA OT Kolton Miller)

31. New England Patriots (13-3):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson (Was: LSU EDGE Arden Key)

32. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3):

Texas LB Malik Jefferson

Side Note: I used the NFL Draft Pick Value Chart to complete a trade between the Broncos and the Browns. Denver will send its fifth overall selection, its third round selection, and a third round pick from next year to Cleveland. Cleveland will send the fourth overall selection to Denver.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to share with you friends and family! Feel free to give me your thoughts on Twitter @TBeckmannPSF! Peace!

Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft Version 5.0 (Post Combine)

This weekend was a major weekend for draft implications as the NFL Draft Combine was in full swing in Indy. Prospects worked out in front of tons of scouts and attempted to raise their draft stock. Every NFL team has shifted its agenda into scouting each draft prospect and creating their draft board. The defensive backs will end off the Combine with their on-field workouts tomorrow. But I’ve seen enough to release the fifth version of my 2018 NFL Mock Draft.

So let’s get to the point right. Over the last few months, I’ve been scouting this draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now the fifth version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. This mock draft is immediately after the Combine and contains all of my reactions to some of the on-field workouts. In my opinion, this feels like a very good mock draft. Right now, I’ve projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (no trading predictions). And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil version 5.0 of Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

2. New York Giants (3-13):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12):

USC QB Sam Darnold

5. Denver Broncos (5-11):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

6. New York Jets (5-11):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

8. Chicago Bears (5-11):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

11. Miami Dolphins (6-10):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

12. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Texas OT Connor Williams

13. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Florida State S Derwin James

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8):

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7):

Ohio State OL Billy Price

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7):

UCF LB Shaquem Griffin

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

20. Detroit Lions (9-7):

LSU EDGE Arden Key

21. Buffalo Bills (9-7):

Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

22. Buffalo Bills (9-7) (from KC):

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph

23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5):

Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edwards

24. Carolina Panthers (11-5):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

25. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Washington DT Vita Vea

26. Atlanta Falcons (10-6):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5):

Oklahoma State WR James Washington

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3):

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5):

Boston College LB Harold Landry

30. Minnesota Vikings (13-3):

Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown

31. New England Patriots (13-3):

Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

32. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3):

Texas LB Malik Jefferson

And here’s an extra added bonus for you reading. So far, here’s my stock watch report for some prospects at the Combine.

NFL Combine Stock Watch:

Up:

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson

Alabama DL Da’Ron Payne

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

UTEP G Will Hernandez

UCLA OT Kolton Miller

Penn State TE Mike Gesicki

Florida State DE Josh Sweat

Washington DT Vita Vea

UCF LB Shaquem Griffin

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

NC State TE Jaylen Samuels

LSU WR D.J. Chark

Florida WR Antonio Callaway

Maryland WR D.J. Moore

Down:

Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown

USC RB Ronald Jones II

UCLA QB Josh Rosen

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

UCLA WR Jordan Lasley

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst*

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to share with you friends and family! Feel free to give me your thoughts on Twitter @TBeckmannPSF! Peace

An Open Letter to Alex Smith + What’s Next for KC and WAS

Kendall Fuller had an interesting evening. He went from denying him being traded, to potentially accepting it, to fully accepting it in a matter of a few hours. This series of tweets likely described everyone’s emotions surrounding all of the NFL drama on Tuesday. It started with this:

Then it progressed to this:

Then, this:

Finally, this:

All in the span of a few hours. The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a third-round pick and slot CB Kendall Fuller. None of this is official until the new league year begins on March 14, but it has been agreed to. One more tweet to give some background information about Fuller:

It seems as if Washington gave up a lot for Alex Smith, including money. Smith and the Redskins have agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension (with $71 million of it guaranteed). Smith’s new average annual value of his contract is sixth in the entire NFL. To say he got a healthy payday would be an understatement. The Redskins thought paying a 33-year-old quarterback for this season, then extending his contract for four more and adding plenty of money was a good idea, which we won’t be certain of until the next few seasons unfold.

What does it mean for Washington?

  • The Redskins have officially moved on from Kirk Cousins, whose ~$30 million per year asking price was too much for the front office to agree to.
  • Barring injury/a trade, Alex Smith will be the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins until he’s 38 years old. He will likely end his career a Redskin.
  • Washington will be without its stud young corner, Kendall Fuller. His film looked very good and he graded out as one of the best corners in the league last season, so the team will definitely miss him.
  • The third-round pick is not a huge loss but then again, Fuller was drafted in that same round.

What does it mean for Kansas City?

  • Looking at the trade on the surface, it’s not hard to tell Kansas City won this trade. The team traded up for Patrick Mahomes II in the 2017 draft for a reason. Alex Smith enjoyed a tremendous season (the best of his career), but it’s hard to carry a QB with a cap hit of ~$17 million and the guy you traded up in the draft for as a future replacement. The Mahomes era in Kansas City is officially here.
  • The Chiefs’ secondary made a huge upgrade. Kendall Fuller is better than any corner on the roster not named Marcus Peters. Whether Fuller plays in the slot or the Chiefs try to move him to the CB2 spot, he’s going to make his presence felt.
  • Kansas City has cap flexibility. Getting rid of Smith’s contract and considering Fuller is on his rookie deal, the Chiefs gained about $16 million in cap room. That’s huge.
  • A third-round pick is a bonus. Not huge, but there will be talented players for the Chiefs to take in the third round of the draft.

With all of this said, as a life-long Chiefs fan, I owe Alexander Douglas Smith the most sincere “thank you.” You brought the Chiefs back from QB purgatory and being a laughing stock of a franchise and made them a playoff team in your first season with the team. To make the playoffs in four out five years is extremely difficult, but you did it. You were the best quarterback in football this season. Thank you for everything you’ve done. The NFL has never appreciated you enough. I wish you nothing but the best in Washington.

For every play you kept alive:

For every time you took off and used your (criminally) underrated athleticism to break off a huge run:

For all the times you proved your “deep ball myth” wrong:

https://twitter.com/HerbMcDerb/status/905986652262293504

For every time you made a play to win the game. For every time you proved anyone wrong. For every single day you were a professional and a class act. Thank you.

For every playoff mishap, you’re forgiven. For every mishap in general, you’re forgiven. You gave Kansas City something they hadn’t had in years and for that, you’re respected and appreciated. Thank you.

 

Aftermath: AFC + NFC Championship Reaction and Analysis

Another Sunday is in the books and we now know exactly what two teams will be participating in the Super Bowl. The AFC Championship game was one for the ages while the NFC Championship’s outcome seemed to be determined halfway through the game. Nonetheless, these two games summed up the entire NFL season thus far: fun and completely unpredictable.

New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Final Score: 24-20, Patriots.

What went right: Lots went right in this game for both teams. Before the game, if you were to tell me Blake Bortles would complete 23 of 36 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown, I wouldn’t believe you. Yes, Bortles played a very solid divisional round, but let’s be honest: lots of his stats came in the fourth quarter and he struggled the majority of the Tennessee game. The Jaguars had a winning formula in place (run the ball and don’t ask Bortles to do too much), but it ended up biting them in the grand scheme. More on that later. Holding the Patriots to 10 points through three quarters is a testament to this Jacksonville defense. Amazing play by AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey.

New England didn’t play that great of a game through three quarters. Jacksonville had the majority of the momentum and it looked like Tom Brady wasn’t going to be able to bring his team back. We all know how that one ended. Saving his best football for the last quarter of the game (two TD passes), Brady showed everyone that his hand is in no way a hindrance to his play. Tom Terrific is still Tom Terrific. Also, Danny Amendola and Stephon Gilmore both stepped up in the fourth quarter after failing to make any plays earlier in the game. Championship teams have championship players that step up in big moments, and this game was the epitome of that.

What went wrong: Instead of keeping the pressure on New England by trying to score some points before the half, the Jaguars elected to take their 14-10 lead into halftime. Jacksonville completely shut down in the fourth quarter. There were downs where the ball could have been snapped later. Play calls were way too predictable. Blake Bortles’ weaknesses were exposed. The defense gave up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. What I said earlier about championship-caliber players making big plays when they matter, Jacksonville was the opposite. Penalties also killed the team.

For New England, the offense just wasn’t clicking in the first half. Tom Brady was practically on his own once Rob Gronkowski went down due to a concussion. Dion Lewis (34 yards) was the Patriots’ leading rusher. That’s pathetic. That’s about it for what went wrong with the Pats. Everything that went wrong was fixed in the fourth quarter, so there’s not too much to complain about.

Final Thoughts: What a game. Jacksonville will be back here. I’m not sure if it will be with Blake Bortles at quarterback, but they’ll be back. Perhaps with Eli Manning or Alex Smith? New England should also be back, assuming Tom Brady/Bill Belichick return next season. Overall, New England’s championship pedigree came through when the team needed it most. Jacksonville is still developing that trait.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Final Score: 38-7, Eagles.

What went right: Almost everything went right for the Eagles. Nick Foles had one of the best performances of his career (352 yards, 3 TD) on the biggest stage he’s been on so far. The team rushed for over 100 yards. The defense picked off Case Keenum twice. Overall, it was a dominant performance by the Eagles and many things went in their favor.

For the Vikings, about the only thing that went right was the team going up early 7-0 on a Case Keenum touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. That’s that.

What went wrong: Nothing significant to note for the Eagles. Moving on.

Minnesota shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions. Case Keenum was under constant pressure and threw two ugly interceptions, one of which that was returned for a touchdown. A top-two defense in the league gave up 38 points to… Nick Foles. It can’t get much worse than that for a team many picked to get to the Super Bowl when the playoffs began. Props to the Vikings for a great season, but everything collapsed at once in this game. Would the outcome have been any different with someone other than Keenum at QB? I don’t think so.

Final ThoughtsI haven’t been giving the Eagles enough credit this season. I waited for them to lose during the regular season and I’ve been waiting for them to lose this postseason. Nothing can stop this team (although the Patriots will likely be able to come Super Bowl time). I also haven’t given Nick Foles enough credit. After a shaky start in last week’s Divisional Round, he ended the game on fire and took home the W. This week, he was on point the entire game and made throws I had no clue he was capable of making. Minnesota has a lot to figure out QB-wise this offseason and the Eagles should be in the same position next year: competing for the NFC title.

That’s all I’ve got. If you guys have any thoughts, let me know! I’d love to chat with you. Reach out to me on Facebook (The Best Foote Forward) or on Twitter (@TheBestFooteFWD). Thanks for reading!

 

Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0

With the NFL Playoffs having been in full swing and the Super Bowl finally coming up in a few weeks, most playoff teams have found out their draft slots in the 2018 NFL Draft. And these 30 NFL teams have now shifted their agenda towards scouting and finding prospects to potentially draft with their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. 28 of those teams (sorry Houston and Kansas City!) either missed out on playoff berths or were sent packing in the playoffs already. They all mostly know exactly which position that they will be drafting from in the draft.

So let’s get to the point right. Over the last few months, I’ve been scouting this draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft was on Monday, January 15th. That date has passed and now we have a definite amount of prospects who we know have entered the draft. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now the fourth version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. This mock draft is similar to Version 3.0 but I’ve changed up a few selections and this feels like a very good mock draft. Right now, I’ve projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (no trading predictions). The Senior Bowl is coming up this week as players practice and scouts watch from the stands. I will be watching and scouting some of the high level prospects that are participating in this year’s Senior Bowl. And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil version 4.0 of Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16):

USC QB Sam Darnold (Was: UCLA QB Josh Rosen)

2. New York Giants (3-13):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen (Was: USC QB Sam Darnold)

3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12):

Texas OT Connor Williams

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Was: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley)

5. Denver Broncos (5-11):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

6. New York Jets (5-11):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

8. Chicago Bears (5-11):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley (Was: Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick)

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

11. Miami Dolphins (6-10):

LSU DE Arden Key

12. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

13. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Florida State S Derwin James (Was: LSU RB Derrius Guice)

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8):

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (Was: Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk)

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk (Was: Boston College LB Harold Landry)

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst (Was: Ohio State OL Billy Price)

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7):

Ohio State OL Billy Price (Was: Iowa CB Josh Jackson)

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson (Was: Florida State DB Derwin James)

20. Detroit Lions (9-7):

Boston College LB Harold Landry (Was: Ohio State EDGE Sam Hubbard)

21. Buffalo Bills (9-7):

Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

22. Buffalo Bills (9-7) (from KC):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5):

Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

24. Carolina Panthers (11-5):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

25. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Ohio State EDGE Sam Hubbard (Was: Clemson DT Christian Wilkins)

26. Atlanta Falcons (10-6):

Washington DT Vita Vea (Was: Michigan DT Maurice Hurst)

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5):

Michigan C Mason Cole (Was: Oklahoma State WR James Washington)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3):

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5):

Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews (Was: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson)

30. Minnesota Vikings (13-3):

Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown

31. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3):

Texas LB Malik Jefferson

32. New England Patriots (13-3):

Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver

Jordan’s Conference Championship Picks and Analysis

Conference Championship week is here! Jacksonville travels to Foxborough and will face the Patriots on Sunday afternoon in what should be a thrilling matchup. Following the conclusion of that game, we’ll see Philadelphia host Minnesota as the underdogs (underdogs!) in a battle between two backup QB’s that are now NFC Championship competitors. It’s bound to be a fantastic Sunday of football; let’s see who I have slated to win!

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots (Sunday, 1:05 PM ET)

Many of you are going to pick New England rolling over Jacksonville, but not so fast. If Blake Bortles avoids turnovers and makes a couple plays down the stretch like he did last week, Jacksonville can keep this game close. If Bortles makes more than a couple plays and Leonard Fournette gets going, this game will be entertaining. If the aforementioned occur and the defense finds a way to slow down Tom Brady, Jacksonville will emerge victorious. That’s what I’m banking on, especially if the recent news of Tom Brady’s hand injury is legitimate. The drama surrounding the Patriots is going to be amplified immediately following this game, along with questions beginning to come to the surface about Tom Brady’s status for next year. Will the Patriots dynasty over? I’m not sure, but I think it’s going to be put on hold until next season, starting Sunday. I’m going out on a limb and picking the upset.
The Pick: Jaguars 28, Patriots 23
 

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, 4:40 PM ET)

Minnesota is simply the better team out of the two playing in this game. Case Keenum is better than Nick Foles. Keenum has equal, if not better weapons at his disposal and has a top-two defense to alleviate some of the pressure when things get intense. Philadelphia’s defense won the game last week. If Foles can’t throw a touchdown against the Falcons, he’s in for a rude awakening against Minnesota. Whether Foles throws 50 times or hands it off 35 times, it’s not going to make a difference. It’ll be close, but the better team will win and advance to Super Bowl 52. Case Keenum vs. Blake Bortles. Who would have predicted that heading into the season? Nobody.
The Pick: Vikings 24, Eagles 24
 
This concludes the Conference Championship edition of Jordan‘s NFL Picks. Have anything different? Reach out to me below and let me know!
 
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Jordan’s Divisional Round Playoff Picks

Who else is astonished that we’re almost at the end of the season? 2018 got off to a thumping start last week when four NFL playoff games took the world by storm and this week, four more are on the slate. The Falcons and Eagles kick off the weekend Saturday afternoon in a battle between two teams with the odds stacked against them. Later in the evening, Tennessee goes on the road as huge underdogs to square off against the Patriots. Sunday’s games start early in the afternoon in Pittsburgh as the Steelers will host the Jaguars in a week 5 rematch. The Divisional Round closes when the Saints march into Minnesota Sunday night in search of a win. It should be a great weekend of football. Let’s jump right into the picks!

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles (Saturday, 4:35 PM ET)

Nick Foles vs. Matt Ryan. The Eagles and the Falcons. Both of these teams have plenty of talent outside of the quarterback position and boast very intimidating rosters. There’s only one problem: Carson Wentz is not running out of the locker room and onto the field for the Eagles. Nick Foles is not a bad quarterback, but he’s no Matt Ryan. Atlanta played a very good game against a great Rams team last week and should carry that momentum into this contest. Expect another turnover or two to be the difference in the end and considering Matt Ryan is the better QB, Atlanta should emerge victorious in a close one.

The Pick: Falcons 28, Eagles 24

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots (Saturday, 8:15 PM ET)

Tom Brady’s TD:INT ratio in his past five contests is… 6:5. That’s not very good and certainly not what you’d expect from a player many call the greatest in the history of the sport. I anticipate a big game from Brady, who’s just leaps and bounds better than Marcus Mariota. Tennessee had a resurgent second half last week against Kansas City but in reality, it was Andy Reid’s conservative play calling that lost the Chiefs that game – it didn’t have too much to do with the Titans going out and winning it. New England is a better team than Tennessee. It’s that simple. This won’t be close.

The Pick: Patriots 34, Titans 20

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, 1:05 PM ET)

This is an intriguing game. The Jaguars picked off Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger a whopping five times back in week five (the last time these teams met). Big Ben has thrown just seven interceptions in his last 10 games. It’s safe to say that early-season disappointment was an aberration. Jacksonville has the defense to compete with Pittsburgh, but it’s going to be so difficult to shut down Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, JuJu Smith-Schuster and the returning Antonio Brown for the second time in the same season. Blake Bortles is no Ben Roethlisberger, and I’m rolling with the Steelers in this one.

The Pick: Steelers 27, Jaguars 17

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, 4:40 PM ET)

The second-best offensive attack in the NFL travels to Minnesota to face the best defense in the league. It’s a lot easier to pick the better quarterback to win in the postseason, which is what I’m doing again here. Minnesota has enjoyed a great season with Case Keenum under center, but all good things must come to an end. Yes, I know Drew Brees isn’t a cold weather QB. Yes, I know Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were shut down last week. I also know that Brees and Sean Payton have been here before and know exactly what it takes to get to the next round. I like Minnesota, but the Saints have too many weapons and a decent defense in their own right. New Orleans will come marching in and grab the W on Sunday.

The Pick: Saints 31, Vikings 24

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Jordan’s Week 17 NFL Picks

It’s already here, can you believe it? The regular season will conclude on Sunday when all 16 games are played. Sorry, fans of Thursday night, Sunday night or Monday night games. Every team will decide its fate by the end of the night, whether it’s draft position in the case of a bad team or playoff seeding in the case of good teams. We’re in for another treat this week. Last week wasn’t horrible in terms of record, but 11-5 for picks isn’t where we should be. Let’s shoot for 16-0 in the final week of the year!
 
Green Bay Packers (7-8) @ Detroit Lions (8-7) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Neither of these teams has anything to play for this Sunday after Detroit was eliminated from playoff contention last week. In a matchup of Brett Hundley vs. Matthew Stafford, I’m going with Stafford 99 out of 100 times. Hundley is nowhere near the QB the Packers hoped he was, and we already know what we’re going to get out of Stafford. It’ll be a bitter end to a rough season for the Pack.
The Pick: Lions 31, Packers 10
 
Chicago Bears (5-10) @ Minnesota Vikings (12-3) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Minnesota over Chicago in this one, and it won’t be close. The Vikings have been playing some very good football the past few weeks, but Case Keenum hasn’t looked like the world-beater he did to start the season. He’ll need a big game to get some confidence back (if any left) before the postseason. Heck, this team still has a first-round bye to play for. Mitchell Trubisky: you’ll head into the offseason a little down, but everything will be okay.
The Pick: Vikings 30, Bears 17
 
Houston Texans (4-11) @ Indianapolis Colts (3-12) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Don’t watch this game if you have a reason not to. Go scrape snow (if you have any), get gas, go grocery shopping or anything of the like. Jacoby Brissett vs. TJ Yates: who thought they’d be seeing that this year? Indianapolis isn’t the better team, but I’m going to pick them in this one. Houston is down in the dumps right now and it would be a fitting end to their season if the Colts finished with the same record as them. Closely contested battle, but I’ll take Brissett over Yates any day.
The Pick: Colts 23, Texans 21
 
Cleveland Browns (0-15) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Oh, how I want to pick Cleveland. I don’t want to sign myself up for an automatic incorrect pick, though. Pittsburgh is too good to lose to a horrible team like the Browns, especially with potential home-field advantage throughout the playoffs on the line. It’s not going to be close and Cleveland will become the second team to ever finish the regular season 0-16.
The Pick: Steelers 34, Browns 16
 
New York Jets (5-10) @ New England Patriots (12-3) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
New England is playing at home… in December… with home-field advantage throughout the entire playoffs on the line… and Tom Brady is still the QB? Yeah, I’m rolling with the Patriots in this one. With Josh McCown healthy, I’d be more inclined to give the Jets a few more points but with Bryce Petty under center, it’ll be a challenge for this squad to crack 10 points. Expect a solid, but not vintage Tom Brady performance and a big win for the Pats as they clinch the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
The Pick: Patriots 28, Jets 10
 
Washington Redskins (7-8) @ New York Giants (2-13) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
The NFL knows what they’re going to get in Kirk Cousins this offseason but for some reason, I have an inkling he’ll want to continue to play well. The truth about this game is, well, the Redskins are just a much better team than the Giants. Eli Manning has nothing to work with and his defense has underperformed, whereas Kirk Cousins’ team is trying to finish the season .500 and prepare for what will be an interesting offseason.
The Pick: Redskins 27, Giants 21
 
Dallas Cowboys (8-7) @ Philadelphia Eagles (13-2) (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
I’m going with the upset in this one. I will never know what it feels like to play a meaningless game, but I’m sure the Dallas Cowboys will find some desire to win the final game of the season and the last chance to upset the division-rival Eagles. I’m not sold on Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense this week, but I am sold on Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot ending the season on a high note. It’ll be close, but Dallas will improve to 9-7 on the season while Philly has to settle for a *still* magnificent 13-3.
The Pick: Cowboys 24, Eagles 19
 
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) @ Tennessee Titans (8-7) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Tennessee isn’t legit. Marcus Mariota has taken a huge step back this year, injured or not. DeMarco Murray hasn’t been himself, either. This team was expected to make a leap into the highest tier of AFC contenders this season but instead, the Titans find themselves fighting for their playoff lives this week. I think Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette have enough tricks up their sleeves to pull out the win. Jacksonville’s defense should look nothing like the same unit that allowed 44 points to San Francisco last week and Tennessee will fall to a mediocre 8-8 on the season.
The Pick: Jaguars 27, Titans 23
 
Buffalo Bills (8-7) @ Miami Dolphins (6-9) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Buffalo needs this win in Miami (and some help) in order to make the playoffs. The Dolphins are always an intriguing pick because, all jokes aside, Jay Cutler has randomly blown up and had big games this year. He usually follows them up with bad ones, but he hasn’t had a good game in a while and shouldn’t have one in the final week of the year. Buffalo needs this win too much.
The Pick: Bills 28, Dolphins 24
 
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) @ Baltimore Ravens (9-6) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Baltimore is going to be a scary team to face come playoff time, assuming it picks up the win this week. Joe Flacco has been playing good football as of late and the defense is eerily similar to recent Ravens D’s (yes, you know what I’m talking about). If January Joe shows up, this team is going to be a tough out. Sorry for jumping ahead, let’s talk about this week’s game. Cincinnati looked solid last week against Detroit and Baltimore struggled with the Colts, I know. Something about the playoffs being near makes me think we’re going to see a very good version of the Ravens this week. Andy Dalton may have a couple turnovers that could be the difference in this one.
The Pick: Ravens 24, Bengals 17
 
Oakland Raiders (6-9) @ Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
The Chargers are another team that needs a win and some help in order to secure a playoff spot. Oakland has disappointed everyone this year on the offensive end. Everyone knew the defense was going to be bad but when Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch struggle, you know there’s something going on. Philip Rivers should carve up the Raiders’ D en route to a 9-7 finish to the year.
The Pick: Chargers 34, Raiders 20
 
Arizona Cardinals (7-8) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-6) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
All Seattle has to do is win and hope for an Atlanta loss in order to make the playoffs. Even though this team is extremely banged up and likely wouldn’t be able to do too much damage in the playoffs, it’s dangerous to bet against Russell Wilson and company. He’s a magician, certainly capable of pulling out the W this week against an average-at-best Cardinals team.
The Pick: Seahawks 27, Cardinals 13
 
San Francisco 49ers (5-10) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-4) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
It’s tempting to pick Jimmy G getting to 5-0 as a starter with the 49ers but against the class of the NFC in LA, I have to go with the Rams. Jared Goff is playing at an elite level right now and Todd Gurley is among the frontrunners for MVP. Aaron Donald is a legitimate contender for Defensive Player of the Year. When you put all of that together, you get a team that is among the best in the NFL. San Francisco is a much better team than it was before Garoppolo, but not good enough to beat a hungry Rams team.
The Pick: Rams 34, 49ers 24
 
Carolina Panthers (11-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (9-6) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Cam Newton is going to bring his A-game on Sunday. I’m not sold on the Falcons being a consistent performer in the regular season, let alone the playoffs. Matt Ryan has been so-so as of late and Cam Newton is finishing the season on a high note. The Panthers have the clear advantage on the defensive side of the ball and if Cam continues his good play, they’ll have the advantage on offense as well. The Falcons will put up a good fight but in the end, the better team will win.
The Pick: Panthers 31, Falcons 21
 
Kansas City Chiefs (9-6) @ Denver Broncos (5-10) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Paxton Lynch vs. Patrick Mahomes, who would have thought that one up? It seemed like a real possibility before the season, but these teams have went in opposite directions. Denver is trying to get one last look at what it has in Lynch before the offseason while Kansas City is putting the much-awaited debut of Mahomes into existence. Denver is going to keep this close because Kansas City will rest its starters throughout the game but in end, I trust Mahomes in his debut more than Lynch (who doesn’t have much more experience than that). The Chiefs pull off the upset on the road in preparation for the wild card round of the playoffs.
The Pick: Chiefs 28, Broncos 24
 
New Orleans Saints (11-4) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Tampa Bay is no match for the Saints, who are still fighting for favorable position in the playoffs. Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara might be the best QB-RB-RB trio in the NFL (most teams don’t have two great RB’s, but that’s another talk for another day) and should hang quite a few points on the Bucs. Jameis Winston will have plenty to cry about after this one, but he’ll have to do so during the beginning of his offseason.
The Pick: Saints 40, Buccaneers 21
 
This concludes the regular season edition of TBFF’s NFL Picks! Stay tuned for playoff picks next week!

Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m a new addition to the team here at Pro Sports Fandom and I’m bringing my NFL Power Rankings with me. I’ll be doing them every week until the end of the season. I have each team listed, along with where they ranked last week, followed by the change in ranking. Comment down below if you have any questions or concerns!

There’s only one more chance for each NFL team to change its record, hopefully for the better. Last week was a mixed bag of action that changed the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC. Some teams are hanging on for dear life in the playoff race and are going to need some help next week in order to get in while others have clinched spots in the big dance. Let’s find out where your favorite team ranks in the Week 17 Power Rankings!

32: Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) 0

Well, I have to admit I was incorrect on multiple occasions when I picked the Browns to win this season, and last week was one of them. It’s become a reality that this team is going to finish the season winless. DeShone Kizer has done nothing this season to give the front office/coaching staff any confidence in him heading into the offseason. The Browns have found themselves in the 32 spot for quite a while, and this week is no different.

31: New York Giants (LW: 30) -1

The Giants are moving down a spot after getting shut out by the Cardinals on Sunday. Any time you fail to score a single point in a game, you’re going to fall in the rankings. Fortunately for New York, it’s hard to fall too far when you’re already 30th out of 32 teams. Eli Manning put forth another disappointing effort and now looks like a league-average QB at best. Maybe he’ll benefit from a change of scenery this offseason? That’s a question the Giants’ brass needs to begin thinking about.

30: Indianapolis Colts (LW: 31) +1

The Colts played a somewhat-close game against the Ravens and the Giants got thoroughly dismantled, so Indy moves up a spot. The team is beginning to look at other options at head coach, indicating that Chuck Pagano may be on his way out at the conclusion of the season. There have been contradicting reports about Bruce Arians’ future in Arizona – maybe he can reunite with his old QB in Andrew Luck and turn the Colts back into a contender?

29: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 28) -1

Jameis Winston’s sideline tantrum itself is enough to keep the Bucs here, let alone the loss. Tampa Bay did play the Panthers close but at the end of the day, you’re not going to be a successful franchise is your QB is only good for a small fraction of it, injured for another part and then throwing fits for the rest. There needs to be some serious soul-searching done by the Bucs – a team many expected to contend for the NFC South title – this offseason.

28: Houston Texans (LW: 27) -1

Houston looked completely done with the season on Monday night against Pittsburgh. If it weren’t for one of the best catches of the season by DeAndre Hopkins, Houston wouldn’t have scored in the entire game. This team desperately misses DeShaun Watson and can only play the waiting game until next season, when he’ll be healthy and ready to go.

27: Denver Broncos (LW: 26) -1

Brock Osweiler followed up his great game in typical Brock Osweiler fashion with one of the lesser performances I’ve seen this season. Until Denver gets the QB position figured out, there’s no way this team is going to be competitive. Paxton Lynch is getting the start this Sunday against the Chiefs, giving the team one more look at what it has in the young signal caller before the offseason.

26: Chicago Bears (LW: 28) +2 

It’s not hard to beat the Browns, and that’s exactly what the Bears did on Sunday. Defeating a winless team shouldn’t warrant moving up two spots in the rankings, yet here the Bears are. 5-10 seems like a fitting record for this team, with 5-11 or 6-10 both seeming appropriate after next week’s action as well. This defense has some pieces to build around and although he hasn’t been good, Mitchell Trubisky has done enough for the front office to not want to draft a QB in next year’s draft.

25: New York Jets (LW: 25) 0

Bryce Petty. Enough said. The Jets are one of the worst teams in the NFL but out of sheer respect for how well the team has overachieved this season, I’m going to try my best to keep them out of the bottom 6 or 7 spots in these rankings. Sunday’s game against San Diego LOS ANGELES (it’s still hard to picture) was an inspiring performance on the defensive end and a brutal one to watch on the other side of the ball. It looks more and more likely that the Jets are going to take a long, hard look at a QB in the draft next April.

24: Miami Dolphins (LW: 24) 0

Those poor ‘Fins. With Ryan Tannehill at QB, this squad might be in the middle of the playoff picture. Jay Cutler has been, well, Jay Cutler this season – resulting in the Dolphins sitting at 6-9 heading into week 17. There are a lot of question marks for this team heading into the offseason, with not too many answers readily available.

23: Green Bay Packers (LW: 19) -4

Aaron Rodgers = Green Bay Packers. Easier math problem than 2+2. Instead of doing his best impression of a starting QB on Saturday, Brett Hundley did his best local-grocery-store-bagboy-attempting-to-play-QB impression. There is going to need to be a serious overhaul of the Packers’ defense if the team has any hopes of being a serious Super Bowl contender next season, barring Aaron Rodgers playing MVP-level football for 16 games, which is a possibility.

22: Oakland Raiders (LW: 20) -2

Oakland continued its trend of being the most disappointing team in the NFL on Monday night, losing to the Carson Wentz-less Eagles by a final score of 19-10. Derek Carr continued to look like he took a step back and the morale of the team continued to look dismal at best. Jack Del Rio’s seat may not be steaming hot, but it’s got to be warming up a bit.

21: Arizona Cardinals (LW: 23) +2

The Cardinals continue to find ways to win games behind stellar defense and somehow-not-horrible offense. With David Johnson and Carson Palmer, this team may be competing for a playoff spot. This late-season consistency leaves hope for Cardinals fans that there will be a decent squad on the field at the beginning of next season. The only downside to this winning is… draft position.

20: Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 22) +2

Cincinnati eliminated the Lions from playoff contention on Sunday and looked like a decent football team. With Marvin Lewis departing at the end of the season, perhaps this is the wake-up call the team needed: there needs to be change. Cincy is the typical “there’s always next year” team but now, there really might be next year. New year, new faces, new Bengals. Grabbing another win doesn’t hurt.

19: Tennessee Titans (LW: 18) -1

Tennessee is starting to scare me. I wasn’t a believer in this team at the beginning of the year and after dropping three straight, I’m definitely not changing my mind. The Jaguars have already locked up the AFC South, so it’ll be interesting to see if they field all starters on Sunday in an attempt to knock Tennessee out of the playoff picture. Marcus Mariota is going to need to snap out of his season-long slump this week and keep it going into the playoffs if this squad has any hopes of winning a playoff game – let alone a Super Bowl.

18: San Francisco 49ers (LW: 21) +3

Jimmy Garoppolo is 4-0 as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers. If you were to predict that before the season, I’d bet you $1000 it wouldn’t happen. During Sunday’s upset over Jacksonville, Garoppolo passed Kurt Warner for first all-time in passing yards in a player’s first four games with a team. Is Jimmy G the next Kurt Warner? Maybe not. Is he going to be good in this league? It sure looks like it. San Francisco got away with highway robbery when it acquired Garoppolo from New England earlier in the season.

17: Washington Redskins (LW: 17) 0

Everyone knows what they’re going to get this offseason with Kirk Cousins – a solid-to-good QB who isn’t going to be great, but can get you into the playoffs. What he can do outside of that is questionable. Denver may have got a firsthand audition out of Cousins on Sunday. Washington is going to try its best to keep Captain Kirk but if all else fails, it’ll be back to the drawing board for this bunch.

16: Buffalo Bills (LW: 15) -1

For those of you who were/are mad about Kelvin Benjamin’s catch/no catch: the Bills were going to lose anyway. There’s no way that catch impacts anything more than the spread in this one. Tom Brady is Tom Brady. Glad we got that out of the way. On the bright side, Buffalo can still get into the postseason by winning Sunday, along with losses by the Titans and Chargers OR by picking up the win Sunday and Baltimore losing. It’s possible.

15: Detroit Lions (LW: 12) -3

Detroit is no longer a playoff team and as someone who supported the team throughout the season and wanted to see Matthew Stafford get another chance to win a playoff game, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. The running game in Detroit is nonexistent and the defense is not where it should be among the NFL’s ranks. Stafford is not Aaron Rodgers, meaning he is going to need a bit more help in order to qualify for and win playoff games. Until the Lions recognize that, they’ll be stuck in the 7-9 win range year in and year out.

14: Dallas Cowboys (LW: 11) -4

What a rollercoaster this year for Dallas. From Dak Prescott’s struggles, to Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension and now to Jason Garrett’s job security being questioned by the media, it’s been a wild ride. A team many wrote of weeks ago wasn’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs until Sunday against the Seahawks. Don’t expect this team to go away next year. Ezekiel Elliot will be back for the entire season and Dak Prescott will have a full offseason to work out the kinks in his game, so this squad will be fine.

13: Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 16) +3

It wasn’t pretty, but the Chargers beat the Jets Sunday and remained alive in the playoff race. LA needs to win, Baltimore to win and Tennessee to lose in order to get into the playoffs. If this team can get into the playoffs, it’ll be dangerous. Philip Rivers has enjoyed a good season and his defense is no joke. All LA can do is win this week and hope everything else falls into place.

12: Seattle Seahawks (LW: 13) +1

Seattle eliminated Dallas from playoff contention on Sunday when it defeated the Cowboys 21-12. The Seahawks can make the playoffs if they win vs Arizona Sunday and the Falcons lose to the Panthers. The fun thing about Sunday is that those two games happen at the same time, so it’ll be interesting to see if there is any scoreboard watching taking place

11: Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 9) -2

This team can be as good or bad as Blake Bortles makes it. When Bortles is playing efficient football, this squad can compete with the best in the NFL. When he’s throwing interceptions left and right (see Sunday’s game vs. San Francisco), the Jags are going to have a difficult time winning ball games. In the playoffs, Doug Marrone is going to need his QB to play at his absolute best.

10: Atlanta Falcons (LW: 8) -2

Atlanta is in the playoffs unless it loses and Seattle wins on Sunday. Both of those outcomes are possible, so the Falcons need to take care of business against Carolina in order to ensure they secure the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC. Matt Ryan has been playing some so-so football the past few weeks and needs to elevate his game in order to get this team past the wild card round, especially against such a stacked NFC.

9: Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 14) +5 *BIG RISER*

Kansas City seems to have found its swag and winning formula after losing it for a month. Alex Smith is back to playing great football, Kareem Hunt is back to his rookie of the year ways, Travis Kelce is getting involved and Tyreek Hill has emerged as one of the best young wideouts in the league. Not to mention, the defense has been playing a lot better as of late. Is this a product of the teams KC is facing? We’ll find out in the postseason.

8: Baltimore Ravens (LW: 10) +2

Joe Flacco in the playoffs is a scary thought. We’ve seen it before, and we might just see it again. The Ravens can get into the playoffs by winning or the Titans/Bills losing. If the season ended today, Baltimore would be facing the Chiefs in the wild card round of the playoffs. That’s a good matchup; here’s to hoping the Ravens can make it happen.

7: Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 7) 0

Last week, a certain someone (me), said the Eagles are going to be just fine with Nick Foles at QB. A certain someone (me) might have been wrong. Foles looked uncomfortable all night against the Raiders and the team mustered just 13 points on offense. If it weren’t for so many Oakland turnovers, Philly’s offense may have struggled even more. At the end of the day this team is still talented, but it’s getting harder to picture it beating the Vikings or Rams in a playoff scenario.

6: Carolina Panthers (LW: 4) -2

Bad Cam Newton showed up last week, and the team still won. That’s a testament to the talent and coaching of this squad. Perhaps the most frustrating thing in the NFL this season has been Cam Newton’s inconsistency. When he’s good, Carolina is great. When he’s average, Carolina is good and when he’s bad, the team is average. Average isn’t going to win playoff games, so Cam has to at least play somewhat well.

5: New Orleans Saints (LW: 6) +1

Everyone talking about Drew Brees’ falling off needs to relax for a minute. No, he’s not the 5000-yard force he once was, but he’s still one of the best QB’s in the NFL and one of the best to ever do it. Brees doesn’t have to pass for 5000 yards anymore because he now has one of the best running games in the NFL and a defense that has exceeded expectations. What began as another season down the drain has turned into one with legitimate Super Bowl hopes for the Saints, something not many of us expected.

4: Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 5) +1 

Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh. No one expected anything short of dominance against the Texans on Monday night. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the best QB, RB, WR trios in the NFL – and that’s forgetting the injured Antonio Brown (arguably the best WR in the league). The only thing to worry about for this team is James Harrison’s signing with the New England Patriots but other than that, expect the Steelers to be in a good position to compete in the playoffs.

3: Los Angeles Rams (LW: 3) 0

Another week, another win for the Rams. Todd Gurley has a legitimate shot at winning MVP and Jared Goff’s TD:INT ratio is now 4:1 on the season. If these two are playing great football, it doesn’t matter how the defense plays. When the entire team plays well at once, forget about it: this is one of the best teams in the NFL. Look out playoffs – Los Angeles is coming.

2: Minnesota Vikings (LW: 2) 0

It came against Brett Hundley and the Rodgers-less Packers, but a shutout is a shutout. Minnesota’s defense is one of the best in the league and it certainly showed up to play Saturday night. Case Keenum didn’t have to do much at all and the team ended up winning 16-0. As long as the defense remains intact, this team should be among the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

1: New England Patriots (LW: 1) 0

New England is going to be New England. Tom Brady hasn’t been single-handedly dominating games lately, but his squad is still one of the best in the NFL. Signing James Harrison is the icing on the cake for the Pats. Having home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is going to be huge for this team, so there is still something to play for next week.

Thanks for reading this week’s power rankings. Here’s to your favorite team rising a spot or two in next week’s rankings!

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