Have the Chiefs Already Hit Their Peak?

Pretty much whenever it comes to Kansas City fans and me, it hasn’t been a pleasant history.  I don’t know why.  Getting into hotly arguments with Royals fans over 10 years ago to arguing about how I can’t consider the Chiefs a legit Super Bowl contender over the past few seasons because of their holes on parts of the team and the whole “playoff futility” factor that has dated back to the mid 90’s or wasn’t high on Patrick Mahomes (yes, I was way wrong on that one), for some reason I bring out the “best” in Kansas City fans.

So needless to say, this post may not be an olive branch.  

The Chiefs this year really proved me wrong in a lot of ways, notably through Mahomes who is a legit MVP candidate and perhaps the favorite to win it and I wouldn’t argue with the decision if he was (though right now his three losses were to the cream of the NFL-Rams, Patriots, Chargers…so it is somewhat of the Aaron Rodgers conundrum of not beating the top quarterbacks in the NFL).  The offense is fun and exciting.  Tyreek Hill is one of my favorite players to watch on TV and probably the most underrated receiver in all of football.  Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the game.  

But….

Did they hit their peak too early?  

The history is there….recent and the past 20 years.  In what feels like a same old song and dance, we see Kansas City jump to a hot start in the season, going 8-1, 9-1 10-2, etc. ending up 13-3, getting homefield throughout the playoffs or at least a bye, and then losing to a team really has no business being there (Colts in 1995, Steelers in 16, Titans last year).  

But one thing I come back to is when the Chiefs get off to that red hot start, near the end, there is always “that loss” or that “small run”  you go “how?”  The Chiefs in 95 were 10-1 and then lost to Dallas and Miami in a three game window where they only mustered 18 total points in those games to where the Colts kept them to only 7 points in the Playoff. Or in 2003 when KC started off 9-0, but finished 4-3 with the final two losses (Denver, Minnesota) being games where the defense was shredded all over the place only for Peyton Manning to break out of his playoff woes.  Or even in 2016 when the Chiefs took a rare home L to the Titans, where they could only put up 17 points and allowed nearly 400 yards; Pittsburgh a few weeks later followed suit by keeping the Chiefs to 16 points and shutting down all aspects of the Kansas City offense while the defense couldn’t get that needed stop.  Or last year with the inexplicable losses to the Giants and Jets where they faced off against a depleted Giants squad but somehow couldn’t punch it in or a offensively-challenged Jets squad and gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense.  And then Kansas City blows a 21-3 lead at home to the Titans in the Wild Card round.

This year we have seen an exciting Chiefs offense which prior to the Chargers game Thursday was one of the best in the NFL.  And I honestly thought despite the defensive hiccups, Kansas City has a great pass rush that could really cover up some deficiencies in the secondary.  However, in the NFL today, if your secondary is subpar, you won’t stand a chance.  And while Eric Berry returning is a big jolt, it is still not enough to offset the Chiefs struggles on defense.

The one thing that differs from prior years of the Chiefs playoff woes is at quarterback.  Mahomes is an MVP candidate-and a favorite (and despite the loss, I thought he played pretty well; it was just he wasn’t able to make those huge plays).  It’s a different take than when Kansas City had the likes of Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, Trent Green, and Alex Smith.  All of those quarterbacks were fine and more than serviceable, but they weren’t that quarterback you felt when the game was on the line could take over like Elway did, Manning did, etc.  Mahomes so far in his career hasn’t shown if he can, though the Ravens game was a “maybe it’s different this time” mentality for fans.  

Kansas City has been snakebit/cursed with their football team since the mid-90’s.  They are known as one of the best regular season teams and have held two great regular season winning coaches in Marty Schottenheimer and now Andy Reid (who is battling his own playoff demons).  The first reaction I had to their loss to the Chargers is, “did they finally hit their peak and from now until the end of January will they be in free-fall mode?”  The defense is suspect and the running game without Kareem Hunt who was released by the team for an off-field altercation really has soured the chances.  Kansas City’s best hope now is to keep the Chargers off their backs as they go to Seattle for a big game before returning back home to the hated Raiders.  But it has that feel of “here we go again” to Kansas City.”

-Fan in the Obstructed Seat

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PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 15 Picks, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the 15th edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 14 was really exciting as we continued to learn a lot about who will be the contenders as we head down the stretch. But as we head into the final stretch run of the season and beyond, playoffs are the thing on many teams minds as they crunch the numbers on their path to the postseason.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through 14 weeks of action!

  1. Tristan Beckmann (135-72)
  2. Brian Willis (135-72)
  3. Obstructed Viewer (133-74)
  4. Ian Cusick (124-83)
  5. Alex Levin (123-84)
  6. Chris Chastain (122-85)
  7. Eric Jensen (114-93)
  8. PSF (109-98)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 15 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Houston Texans over New York Jets.

Baltimore Ravens over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Atlanta Falcons over Arizona Cardinals.

Cincinnati Bengals over Oakland Raiders.

Minnesota Vikings over Miami Dolphins.

Jacksonville Jaguars over Washington Redskins.

Seattle Seahawks over San Francisco 49ers.

Los Angeles Rams over Philadelphia Eagles.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the 15th week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Kansas City Chiefs over Los Angeles Chargers. Ian Cusick and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Chargers to win.

Cleveland Browns over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Broncos to win.

Chicago Bears over Green Bay Packers. Brian Willis was the only writer who picked the Packers to win.

New York Giants over Tennessee Titans. Ian Cusick was the only writer who picked the Titans to win.

Dallas Cowboys over Indianapolis Colts. Tristan Beckmann and Obstructed Viewer were the only writers who picked the Colts to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 15’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on the Detroit Lions @ Buffalo Bills. Tristan Beckmann, Alex Levin, and Chris Chastain all picked the Bills to win. Ian Cusick, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Lions to win.

IT’s BACK: Tristan Beckmann’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

I cannot believe that it’s finally here! It’s about that time of year where I start cooking up those NFL Mock Drafts and the people come to love them! Welcome to Version 1.0 of my 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, which I’ve newly improved with added analysis for all 32 first round projections. I’ve been scouting some of the top prospects over the last week or so and I’ve got a pretty good feel on who I like transitioning to the NFL more so than who I don’t like in that aspect.

This year’s draft class is loaded with interior defensive lineman as ten of them have first round grades from me, yet they all don’t even go off the board in round 1. Before we start, I’m going to discuss the elephant in the room. No, I didn’t put Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray in my board, because I feel like he’s still going to the MLB. But if Murray does choose football, he’d be the 1st or 2nd quarterback off the board in this draft class. NFL teams aren’t going to get their hopes up right now though as everything is merely just speculation.

With all of that said, it’s time to unveil the first version of my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, as we’ll start with the Raiders and end with the Packers, here we go!

1. Oakland Raiders (2-14):

Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa

Bosa was an absolute beast on the edge at Ohio State, and we would’ve gotten more of a glimpse of him if he hadn’t suffered a season ending injury earlier in the season. Bosa has the size, speed, and physical technique that should allow his game to translate quickly into the NFL stage and let him make an impact on whoever drafts him.

2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14):

Alabama DL Quinnen Williams

Williams is a guy who has jumped up everybody’s board with a tremendous breakout season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s been the leader of their defense and he can truly wreak havoc inside the line. He’s an impactful interior lineman with a bright future if the right team drafts him.

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-13):

Alabama OT Jonah Williams

Williams is a disciplined offensive tackle with a lot of experience at Alabama while protecting Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts. He shows great technique for a tackle in this day and age of the league, and he is the strong, smart, and quick twitch tackle that an NFL team will love to have protecting the edge.

4. New York Jets (3-13):

Houston DL Ed Oliver

Oliver was a lot of people’s preseason number one pick, but he’s fallen a bit due to a sudden struggle to make an impact when rushing passers. Oliver makes his impact against the run and most NFL teams would drool at the Houston product as a guy to plug up the middle of the defensive line and shut down opposing running backs.

5. Detroit Lions (5-11):

Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen

Allen took home plenty of hardware in terms of the College Football Awards this past week, but let’s not act like it’s undeserved. Allen was a force on the Kentucky defense and was arguably the best defensive player in all of college football in 2018. He will be able to play as both an edge rusher or an outside linebacker if the team that drafts him needs it.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11):

Oregon QB Justin Herbert

Herbert could definitely shake up the draft class by returning to Oregon for 2019, but right now I’ve got him declaring for the draft. Therefore, he’s the best QB in the draft and it’s not really close. Herbert is a young passer who still has a lot of room to develop, but could be the next great quarterback in this league.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

LSU CB Greedy Williams

Williams’ combination of great size at 6’3 with solid speed and high football IQ help him become the consensus top cornerback in the draft class. He’s smart in coverage and has consistently shown an ability to absolutely clamp down on opposing receivers. He’s a superstar shutdown corner in the making.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10):

Michigan DL Rashan Gary

Gary can play everywhere on the defensive line and the team that drafts him will get a big versatile player. He will make an impact in stopping the run game while also putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Despite some injury concerns, the Michigan star is a surefire first round selection as of now.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

LSU LB Devin White

White is a Deion Jones type linebacker. He is the fastest linebacker in the draft class and shows some of the quickest instincts I’ve seen in quite a while from a linebacker. He is strong, powerful, and has improved every aspect of his game in the 2018 season. He’s a do it all linebacker who will immediately improve the defense of the team who drafts him.

10. Washington Redskins (6-10):

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

Haskins and the next quarterbacks selected are mildly apart, as Haskins is way more talented in terms of his arm strength and accuracy than anyone else in the draft besides Justin Herbert. Haskins still has a shot to be the first QB taken in the draft too, but we will have to watch the pre-draft process. He’s a legitimate quarterback with the tools to develop into a Patrick Mahomes type thrower of the football. Yeah, I said it.

11. Cleveland Browns (6-9-1):

Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry

Harry is a playmaking freak of nature, and he is neck and neck with AJ Brown for the title of best WR in this draft class. Harry has unreal size at 6’4, and it seems like he can jump up and go get the ball from anywhere. He’s no slouch running either, as he’s displayed solid speed at Arizona State that should allow him to separate from some of the league’s best cover corners.

12. Buffalo Bills (7-9):

Ole Miss WR AJ Brown

Brown is the type of deep threat and playmaker that NFL teams are looking for nowadays. He’s got a solid frame at 6’1 and 230 pounds but doesn’t lack in the speed department. He’ll be a redzone threat immediately in the NFL on any team with his tough hands and outstanding route-running ability. He can fight through traffic as well, which is why he comes off the board early at number 12.

13. Miami Dolphins (7-9):

West Virginia QB Will Grier

Will Grier faces a lot of question marks due to playing against poor Big 12 defenses, but he’s got the potential to be a really good quarterback in this league. He’s likely a project for the first year, but with the way teams throw their first round QBs into the fire nowadays, I wouldn’t be surprised if Grier’s a Week 1 starter.

14. New York Giants (7-9):

Missouri QB Drew Lock

Drew Lock probably is the most further developed along out of the quarterbacks in the draft class, but his potential just doesn’t compare to theirs. He’s got pocket passer type size at 6’4 and 225 pounds, and he’s got an incredible arm with strength and accuracy always on display. He’s not afraid to hurl one deep and he’s certainly what NFL teams would call an aggressive deep ball thrower.

15. Carolina Panthers (7-9):

Alabama S Deionte Thompson

Thompson is one of the best all around players in this draft class. He’s been the center fielder for the Crimson Tide defense for a few seasons now and he’s ready to make the jump to the NFL. He has an unruly combination of speed, range, length, and instincts that should allow him to dominate on the back end of any defense in the pros.

16. Green Bay Packers (7-8-1):

Clemson EDGE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell is always the guy that everyone tends to forget about on that historic Clemson defensive line. He’s experienced and has been a leader for the Tigers throughout his career. He’s got the length at 6’5 to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and he also displays outstanding power to move around the offensive line.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8):

Ole Miss OT Greg Little

Little is a bit of a more raw offensive tackle prospect than most would expect from a guy going in the first round, but he’s shown flashes of his great potential at Ole Miss that cannot be overlooked. He’s a competitor and a dominant run blocker who will need to improve in the pass blocking aspect of his game. But Little’s outstanding athleticism, frame, and strength should help him become a weekly starter in the NFL.

18. Tennessee Titans (8-8):

Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown is a well-known commodity in college football perhaps due to his dominance at the WR position but also to his nickname Hollywood. He’s probably the fastest wideout in the draft, and he’s earned the Hollywood tag. He will be a popular pick in the new age NFL and he will undoubtedly be a day 1 deep threat in the league. He’s the closest thing to Tyreek Hill in this draft and a lot of teams would love that type of player on their team.

19. Indianapolis Colts (9-7):

Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons

Simmons has some off the field concerns that NFL teams may not like, but he’s one of the most talented players in this defensive line heavy draft class. He’s a great impact pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line and he could develop into a future All-Pro if drafted by the right team.

20. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

Alabama LB Mack Wilson

Yet another Alabama player goes off the board as linebacker Mack Wilson is selected. Wilson is fast, strong, and agile enough to cover nearly any tight end in the NFL. He’s a great player against the run, but Wilson can also step back into coverage and make plays in the passing defense as well. He will immediately slot into a significant role for the team that selects him.

21. Minnesota Vikings (9-6-1):

Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence

I saw my fair share of Dexter Lawrence in his career at Clemson when they played my Louisville Cardinals. He’s a big inside guy who plays tough against the run, but he’s still developing into being an every down pass rusher. He has an excellent combination of size at 6’4 and 340 pounds with some incredible game-wrecking power. He still needs to work on his moves to generate pressure as well, but he’s a good bet to develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

22. Denver Broncos (10-6):

Georgia CB DeAndre Baker

DeAndre Baker shouldn’t be available at 22, but Denver will be oozing if he is. He’s a physical man coverage cornerback who can compete with the best of the best. He’s an agile 5’11 guy with good tackling abilities as well as the instincts to match up with a lot of guys in the league.

23. Seattle Seahawks (11-5):

Iowa TE Noah Fant

Fant is a modern NFL tight end, with the ability to take the field on all three downs as a blocker and pass catcher. He is still developing into being an effective blocker at his position, but he’s miles ahead of any other tight end in the class. He shows flashes of great speed and looks like a complete red zone threat on the tapes he has at Iowa. Fant will be an easy choice for a team looking for a tight end on Day 1.

24. Los Angeles Chargers (11-5):

Ohio State DL Dre’mont Jones

Often overshadowed by Nick Bosa, Jones is a beast in his own right who would be gone way earlier if not for being in the midst of a defensive line heavy class. He’s a great inside pass rusher with solid technique and has a good amount of athleticism for a big man. In the long run, he could be a steal at #24 for the Los Angeles Chargers.

25. Oakland Raiders (via DAL) (9-7):

Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf

Metcalf is as close as N’Keal Harry as they come, yet he’s coming off the board 14 picks later. He’s got the lovable combination of size and speed as he’s 6’4 and 230 pounds. He’s a true outside receiver who has a tremendous nose for the football. He can go up and get it when Derek Carr really needs him to, and hearing that’ll be something Jon Gruden will love the sound of.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1):

Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen

Trayvon Mullen is a poor man’s Greedy Williams. He’s got solid size at 6’1 and shows great quickness on the field in tape. He could easily be off the board in the first ten picks or still be on the board during the last ten picks, but I think Mullen is definitely not falling out of the first round, barring a disappointing NFL combine showing.

27. Oakland Raiders (via CHI) (11-5):

Washington CB Byron Murphy

Murphy was also a breakout player in 2018 who a lot of people did not have ranked highly on their draft boards. After watching his tape, I can see why he’s now so highly touted. Murphy is going to play more slot than outside due to his small frame at 5’11 and 182 pounds, but he’s not to be messed with. He makes plays and can shutdown opposing wideouts if asked to do so. He’s got great fundamental cornerback techniques that should help him ease into a starting role in Week 1.

28. Houston Texans (12-4):

West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste

Cajuste is a guy who helped protect Will Grier for a long time at WVU, and he’s another guy who looks like he’s ready to make the jump to the pros, at least according to his tape. He’s powerful and big, but he can still move well like some of the best tackles in the league. He displays tremendous technique and should be able to dominate opposing edge rushers with all of this on his side.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (13-3):

Florida State EDGE Brian Burns

Brian Burns was a disruptive edge defender at Florida State and a lot of that has to do with his outstanding 6’5 frame. He’s not a thick bodied edge defender like most, as he only sits at 235, but he more than makes up for it with his generational athletic abilities as an impact player off the edge. He should do well rushing the passer in the NFL.

30. Los Angeles Rams (14-2):

Clemson DL Christian Wilkins

The Rams defensive line hasn’t been all of what was expected of it in the preseason, but Wilkins is the type of player billed to help patch those troubles up. He’s a versatile defensive lineman who has consistently shown an ability to disrupt the run game and pass game with his interior technique. He’s a proven winner out of college as well, which is always a nice bonus for NFL teams.

31. New England Patriots (13-3):

Alabama DL Raekwon Davis

Raekwon Davis is a physical freak of nature at 6’7 and 316 pounds. He has a lot of room for growth as player and a person but he’s developed a ton already under Nick Saban. He’s a solid defender against the run and he’s becoming a top flight interior pass rusher as we speak. He’s got the speed that will help set him apart from this loaded interior defensive line class.

32. Green Bay Packers (via NO) (14-2):

Stanford WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Arcega-Whiteside is the final pick in the first round but he’ll step into a role alongside Davante Adams where he’s bound to get looks from Aaron Rodgers. He’s not the fastest receiver in the class, but he’s long at 6’2 and he can go get the ball anywhere. He’s got a terrific catch radius, and he’ll need to use that to his advantage if he wants to keep up in this league.

Sunday Night Football Preview: Rams @ Bears

Week 14 brings NFL fans a very interesting Sunday Night Football game.  The Los Angeles Rams head into to Soldier field with a record of 11-1 to square off with the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears at 8-4.

The Bears are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Giants.  The Bears were without starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and it really showed.  Backup quarterback Chase Daniel threw 2 interceptions and had difficulties handling some snaps which really hurt the Bears offense in a tight game.  Trubisky should be back Sunday night against the Rams.  Head Coach Matt Nagy seemed optimistic about Trubisky playing this weekend, especially after being a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.  If Trubisky plays and is 100%, this Bears offense has potential to put up some points against a Rams defense that has given up over 30 points on 4 occasions this year.  I would expect the Bears to try to run early on the Rams with Jordan Howard and mixing in some touches for Tarik Cohen.  Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel have given the Bears a much more reliable receiving group this season, and they will need them to be at their best on Sunday night if they are to pull off this upset.  If the Bears go down early, I expect a lot of passing, which opens the door for Aaron Donald who is having a career year on the defensive line for the Rams.

On the other side of the ball, we will see if a good offense can beat good defense.  The Rams are easily one of the best offenses in the league this year.  Third-year quarterback Jared Goff is having his best year as a pro, and running back Todd Gurley is in the MVP race.  Throw in some very talented receivers like Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, and you get a team that is averaging 34.9 points per game.  Lining up across from the Rams is a top 5 Bears defense gives up 317 yards per game and only 20.1 points per game.  This unit is led by Khalil Mack who has been worth every penny for the Bears since trading for him before the season.  His presence on the outside has allowed for Akiem Hicks to become more dominant on the inside.  The Bear’s secondary is led by Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller who respectively have four and five interceptions on the season.  Although they can look shaky at times, the secondary is certainly capable of taking a receiver off of his groove.

Rams Keys to victory: For the Rams, it is simple.  Keep doing what they have been all year. Let Gurley get settled in and run him often.  If the Bears can’t stop the run continue to do it all night.  If the run game isn’t there, Jared Goff is more than capable than slinging the ball around the field and throwing for a couple hundred yards.  The only thing to worry about is the Chicago pass rush.  With Mack lurking every pass play can be a bit nerve-wracking for an offense.  I think Sean McVay is a smart enough coach to realize this and will give Goff quick and easy throws to combat the pass rush.  If the Rams take care of the ball against this pesky defense they should be fine.  The defense just has to be good enough and make the plays they should. The Rams can simply outscore the Bears and win without much of a worry.

Bears Keys to victory:  To keep it simple, the Bears pass rush needs to be firing on all cylinders.  If they can make Goff uncomfortable, the Rams become one-dimensional with Gurley and stopping him becomes that much easier when you can stack the box.  On offense, Trubisky needs to be solid and take care of the ball.  I think the X-Factor for the Bears is Tarik Cohen, who has fit in very well in Chicago’s new offensive scheme this year.  If the Bears can win the turnover battle and make some timely catches on offense I think they can pull it off.

Overall, this is the biggest matchup of the year for the Bears.  This is the best team they will face all year and they will get to do it on national television in primetime.  The weather could play a factor, and the home crowd will only help the Bears chances.  I look for them to come out with some intensity as they did against the Vikings last month on Sunday night.  In the end, the Rams are too talented offensively and will pull out a 33-26 victory on the road.  If the Bears hang tough they should gain a lot of respect around the league.  If they can upset the Rams, they are a team to be feared come January.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 13 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the 13th edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 12 was really exciting as Thanksgiving football commenced and we continued to learn a lot about who is a true contender and who might just be a pretender. But as we head into the final stretch run of the season and beyond, playoffs are the thing on many teams minds as they crunch the numbers on their path.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through 12 weeks of action!

STANDINGS:

1. Brian Willis (116-59)

2. Tristan Beckmann (115-60)

3. Obstructed Viewer (113-62)

T4. Ian Cusick (106-69)

T4. Alex Levin (106-69)

6. Chris Chastain (102-73)

7. PSF (100-75)

8. Eric Jensen (97-78)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 13 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

New Orleans Saints over Dallas Cowboys.

Denver Broncos over Cincinnati Bengals.

Chicago Bears over New York Giants.

Los Angeles Rams over Detroit Lions.

Indianapolis Colts over Jacksonville Jaguars.

Carolina Panthers over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kansas City Chiefs over Oakland Raiders.

Tennessee Titans over New York Jets.

Seattle Seahawks over San Francisco 49ers.

Philadelphia Eagles over Washington Redskins.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the 13th week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Houston Texans over Cleveland Browns. Brian Willis was the only writer who picked the Browns to win.

Green Bay Packers over Arizona Cardinals. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Cardinals to win.

New England Patriots over Minnesota Vikings. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Vikings to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 13’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Baltimore Ravens over Atlanta Falcons. Tristan Beckmann, Brian Willis, and Chris Chastain all picked the Falcons to win.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Los Angeles Chargers. Chris Chastain, Eric Jensen, and Ian Cusick all picked the Chargers to win.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’Em: Week 12 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the 12th edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 11 was an absolute slugfest for most of our writers, and they’ll look to continue their hot streaks on the stretch run as we head into Week 12 and beyond. We had a lot of fun in Week 11, as the Rams and Chiefs put together one of the greatest games in NFL history. If you missed it, I’d highly recommend finding some time to watch it to indulge in some great football with two high powered offenses. But as we head into the final stretch run of the season and beyond, the theme of high-powered offense is the norm of this 2018 NFL season.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion.

Here’s the updated standings through 11 weeks of action!

  1. Brian Willis (105-55)
  2. Tristan Beckmann (102-58)
  3. Obstructed Viewer (101-59)
  4. Ian Cusick (95-65)
  5. Alex Levin (94-66)
  6. Chris Chastain (93-67)
  7. PSF (90-70)
  8. Eric Jensen (84-76)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 12 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Dallas Cowboys over Washington Redskins.

New England Patriots over New York Jets.

Baltimore Ravens over Oakland Raiders.

Los Angeles Chargers over Arizona Cardinals.

Houston Texans over Tennessee Titans.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the 12th week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Chicago Bears over Detroit Lions. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Lions to win.

New Orleans Saints over Atlanta Falcons. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Falcons to win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over San Francisco 49ers. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the 49ers to win.

Philadelphia Eagles over New York Giants. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Giants to win.

Carolina Panthers over Seattle Seahawks. Chris Chastain and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked the Seahawks to win.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Broncos to win.

Indianapolis Colts over Miami Dolphins. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Dolphins to win.

Minnesota Vikings over Green Bay Packers. Tristan Beckmann and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the Packers to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 12’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Jacksonville Jaguars over Buffalo Bills. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Bills to win.

Cleveland Browns over Cincinnati Bengals. Ian Cusick, Obstructed Viewer, and Pro Sports Fandom all picked the Bengals to win.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 9 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the ninth edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 8 was an absolute slugfest for most of our writers, and they’ll look to continue their hot streaks on the stretch run as we head into Week 9 and beyond. We learned a lot in Week 8, including how good the Texans might really be, the Redskins are a sure fire contender, and the Saints-Rams game has a potential to be the game of the year. Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired as the Browns have been skidding down the AFC North standings as of late. The trade deadline was pretty fun as well, with Golden Tate being shipped to the Eagles, Demaryius Thomas headed to Houston, as well as many more trades. But as we head into the second half of the season and beyond, the theme of high-powered offense is starting to become the norm of this 2018 NFL season.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through six weeks of action!

STANDINGS:

1. Tristan Beckmann (76-44)

2. Brian Willis (75-45)

3. Ian Cusick (73-47)

T4. Obstructed Viewer (72-48)

T4. Alex Levin (72-48)

6. Chris Chastain (71-49)

7. Pro Sports Fandom (65-45)

8. Eric Jensen (62-58)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 9 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Chicago Bears over Buffalo Bills.

Carolina Panthers over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions.

Dallas Cowboys over Tennessee Titans.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the ninth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Oakland Raiders over San Francisco 49ers. Brian Willis and Obstructed Viewer were the only writers who picked the 49ers to win.

Kansas City Chiefs over Cleveland Browns. Chris Chastain was the only writer who picked the Browns to win.

Miami Dolphins over New York Jets. Eric Jensen and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Jets to win.

Los Angeles Chargers over Seattle Seahawks. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Seahawks to win.

Houston Texans over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Broncos to win.

New England Patriots over Green Bay Packers. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Packers to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 9’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Pittsburgh Steelers over Baltimore Ravens. Alex Levin, Ian Cusick, and Chris Chastain all picked the Ravens to win.

Atlanta Falcons over Washington Redskins. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Brian Willis all picked the Redskins to win.

The writers split on the Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints. Tristan Beckmann, Alex Levin, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Saints to win.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 8 Preview, Predictions, Analysis

Welcome back to the eighth edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 7 was an absolute week full of fun for most of our writers, and they’ll look to continue the stretch run as we head into Week 8 and beyond. We learned a lot in Week 7, including how bad the NFC West is, how great the LA Rams are, and the Chiefs once again showcased their dominance on the national stage with a blowout win against the Bengals. It’s starting to become the norm of this 2018 NFL season.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Pro Sports Fandom (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through six weeks of action!

Standings:

T1. Brian Willis (65-42)

T1. Tristan Beckmann (65-42)

3. Ian Cusick (64-43)

4. Chris Chastain (62-45)

T5. Obstructed Viewer (61-46)

T5. Alex Levin (61-46)

7. Pro Sports Fandom (56-51)

8. Eric Jensen (54-43)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 8 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Kansas City Chiefs over Denver Broncos.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland Browns.

Detroit Lions over Seattle Seahawks.

Indianapolis Colts over Oakland Raiders.

Los Angeles Rams over Green Bay Packers.

New England Patriots over Buffalo Bills.

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the eighth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Houston Texans over Miami Dolphins. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Dolphins to win.

Philadelphia Eagles over Jacksonville Jaguars. Ian Cusick was the only writer who picked the Jaguars to win.

Washington Redskins over New York Giants. Tristan Beckmann and Pro Sports Fandom were the only writers who picked the Giants to win.

Cincinnati Bengals over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brian Willis and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Buccaneers to win.

Chicago Bears over New York Jets. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Jets to win.

New Orleans Saints over Minnesota Vikings. Obstructed Viewer and Pro Sports Fandom were the only writers who picked the Vikings to win.

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for week 8’s games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on the Baltimore Ravens @ Carolina Panthers. Tristan Beckmann, Eric Jensen, Obstructed Viewer, and Pro Sports Fandom all picked the Panthers to win. Alex Levin, Chris Chastain, Brian Willis, and Ian Cusick all picked the Ravens to win.

The writers split on the San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals. Tristan Beckmann, Alex Levin, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Cardinals to win. Eric Jensen, Pro Sports Fandom, Ian Cusick, and Chris Chastain all picked the 49ers to win.

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 7 Picks, Preview, and Analysis

Welcome back to the seventh edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 6 was an absolute week full of fun for most of our writers, and they’ll look to continue the stretch run as we head into Week 7 and beyond. We learned a lot in Week 6. The Steelers looked really good as they took down the Bengals in Cincinnati. The Chiefs are not a fluke, and they figure to be a top contender in the AFC as long as Patrick Mahomes II stays healthy. Oh and yeah, Aaron Rodgers led another final minute game winning drive for the Packers, so all is well in the NFL.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex M (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through six weeks of action!

STANDINGS:

1. Brian Willis (57-37)

T2. Chris Chastain (56-38)

T2. Tristan Beckmann (56-38)

4. Ian Cusick (54-40)

5. Obstructed Viewer (52-42)

6. Alex Levin (51-43)

7. Eric Jensen (48-46)

8. Alex (47-47)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the week 7 games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Los Angeles Chargers over Tennessee Titans.

(Sun. 10/21, 9:30 a.m. EST, CBS, LAC -6.5)

Indianapolis Colts over Buffalo Bills.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, IND -7.5)

Kansas City Chiefs over Cincinnati Bengals.

(Sun. 10/21, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC, KC -6.0)

Atlanta Falcons over New York Giants.

(Mon. 10/22, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN, ATL -5.5)

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the seventh week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Philadelphia Eagles over Carolina Panthers. Alex Levin was the only writer who picked the Panthers to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, PHI -4.5)

Minnesota Vikings over New York Jets. Tristan Beckmann and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked the Jets to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, MIN -3.0)

Jacksonville Jaguars over Houston Texans. Alex Levin was the only writer who picked the Texans to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, JAX -5.0)

New Orleans Saints over Baltimore Ravens. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Ravens to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX, BAL -2.5)

Los Angeles Rams over San Francisco 49ers. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the 49ers to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS, LAR -10.0)

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for the seventh week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

The writers split on the Denver Broncos @ Arizona Cardinals. Eric Jensen, Brian Willis, Obstructed Viewer, and Chris Chastain all picked the Cardinals to win. Tristan Beckmann, Ian Cusick, Alex Mueller, and Alex Levin all picked the Broncos to win.

(Thu. 10/18, 8:20 p.m. EST, FOX, DEN -1.5)

Cleveland Browns over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tristan Beckmann, Brian Willis, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Buccaneers to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, TB -3.0)

Detroit Lions over Miami Dolphins. Brian Willis, Obstructed Viewer, and Chris Chastain all picked the Dolphins to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, DET -2.5)

New England Patriots over Chicago Bears. Tristan Beckmann, Alex Levin, and Chris Chastain all picked the Bears to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, NE -3.0)

The writers split on the Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins. Tristan Beckmann, Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Obstructed Viewer all picked the Redskins to win. Brian Willis, Chris Chastain, Alex Mueller, and Alex Levin all picked the Cowboys to win.

(Sun. 10/21, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS, WSH -2.0)

PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em: Week 4 Preview, Predictions, and Analysis

Welcome back to the fourth edition of the extravagant PSF NFL Weekly Pick’em. Week 3 was an absolute standings nightmare for most of our writers, and they’ll look to bounce back as we head into Week 4 and beyond. The Bills pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NFL history by dominating the Vikings 27-6. The Lions defeated the Patriots to push Tom Brady and company to a 1-2 record. And the Dolphins are still undefeated? The NFL has been all sorts of crazy so far this season and I expect a lot to settle itself out over the next few weeks.

The PSF NFL pick’em crew is in its second season, with a few new faces, a new indefinite leader, and some of your favorite pickers. Without further ado, let’s meet everyone on the crew. Be sure to check them out on twitter and give everybody a follow. They’re genuinely great people and are worth a follow.

  • Tristan Beckmann (@TBeckmann24)
  • Chris Chastain (@ChrisC_01)
  • Ian Cusick (@IanMCusick)
  • Eric Jensen (@eric18utah)
  • Heath Kyser (@RollCubsRoll)
  • Alex Levin (@TubaDeus)
  • Alex (@ProSportsFandom)
  • Brian Willis (@RealBrianWillis)
  • Tim (@ObstructedView2)

And before we start, I’m going to remind you of the format used in the pick’em. Each week of the season, the crew will pick every NFL games and we will publish our picks on Pro Sports Fandom. At the conclusion of the week, we will calculate the results and update our standings. At the end of the season, the picker with the best overall record will be crowned as the PSF NFL Pick’em Champion. Here’s the updated standings through three weeks of action!

Standings:

1. Chris Chastain (28-20)

2. Brian Willis (27-21)

3. Ian Cusick (26-22)

4. Tristan Beckmann (25-23)

T5. Alex Levin (24-24)

T5. Tim (24-24)

T7. Heath Kyser (21-27)

T7. Eric Jensen (21-27)

9. Alex Mueller (20-28)

Let’s start off with the game picks that everyone agreed on for the fourth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Jacksonville Jaguars over New York Jets.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, JAX -7.5)

Los Angeles Chargers over San Francisco 49ers.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS, LAC -10.0)

Now let’s see the game picks that mostly everyone agreed on for the fourth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

Los Angeles Rams over Minnesota Vikings. Brian Willis and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Vikings to win.

(Thu. 9/27, 8:20 p.m. EST, FOX, LAR -7.0)

Philadelphia Eagles over Tennessee Titans. Tristan Beckmann was the only writer who picked the Titans to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, PHI -4.0)

Houston Texans over Indianapolis Colts. Ian Cusick and Eric Jensen were the only writers who picked the Colts to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, IND -1.0)

Green Bay Packers over Buffalo Bills. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Bills to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, GB -10.0)

Chicago Bears over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ian Cusick and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the Buccaneers to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, CHI -3.0)

Atlanta Falcons over Cincinnati Bengals. Eric Jensen was the only writer who picked the Bengals to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, ATL -5.5)

Cleveland Browns over Oakland Raiders. Tristan Beckmann and Chris Chastain were the only writers who picked the Raiders to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX, OAK -2.5)

New Orleans Saints over New York Giants. Obstructed Viewer was the only writer who picked the Giants to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:25 p.m. EST, CBS, NO -3.5)

Kansas City Chiefs over Denver Broncos. Tristan Beckmann and Brian Willis were the only writers who picked the Broncos to win.

(Mon. 10/1, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN, KC -4.5)

Now let’s see the game picks that the group had mixed opinions on for the fourth week of games. (The predicted winners are noted in bold.)

New England Patriots over Miami Dolphins. Eric Jensen, Obstructed Viewer, and Chris Chastain all picked the Dolphins to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS, NE -6.5)

Detroit Lions over Dallas Cowboys. Chris Chastain, Brian Willis, Alex Levin, and Ian Cusick all picked the Cowboys to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 1:00 p.m. EST, FOX, DAL -3.0)

Seattle Seahawks over Arizona Cardinals. Tristan Beckmann, Obstructed Viewer, and Alex Mueller all picked the Cardinals to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX, SEA -3.0)

Pittsburgh Steelers over Baltimore Ravens. Ian Cusick, Eric Jensen, and Chris Chastain all picked the Ravens to win.

(Sun. 9/30, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC, PIT -3.0)