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Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

The Broncos, Saints, Chiefs remain undefeated; Seattle and San Francisco are Super Bowl contenders.  However, the one team we’re not talking about are the 4-1 Colts.  Now look I’m not crowning these guys (granted last year JD crowned Andrew Luck in his article); man I didn’t even pick them to make the playoffs.

The Colts remind me of the 2011 49ers, a physical, smash mouth team on both sides of the ball. Now those 49ers made it to the NFC Championship game, and yes I know the talent isn’t comparable but the mindset is.  The acquisition of Trent Richardson made a statement to the league.  That statement is, while we have an upcoming star in Luck we still believe in being physical.  This style works for Luck, because it’s reminiscent to how Luck’s Stanford teams played (enter Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamiliton).

Fans of Indianapolis have embraced the new style of play.  This style is much different than it was when The Sheriff (Peyton Manning) ran the city, who will be making his return in a few weeks.  Funny thing is that this style fits the image of the city better anyway.  Peyton had the team as more finesse team, where this Colts team is physical, grind it out, hard worker, Blue Collar attitude like the city.  The Colts have had victories over two extremely physical teams (if not the most physical teams in the league).  They just totally beat up the 49ers and outlasted the Seahawks (finally the Seahawks trash talk caught up with them), and with the way the Texans aka Matt Schaub, (who are number 1 in pass Defense and my pick to make the SB) are playing the possibility of them winning the division doesn’t seem so farfetched.  Could a Super Bowl appearance be on the horizon?  I don’t know, but the style they play can be played any and every where, the rest of NFL you have just been put on notice!

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Matt Schaub: How can you FIX him!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

“If it aint broke don’t fix it” is a saying we have heard over and over again.  What happens when your QB is broke?  And everything looks like it can’t be fixed?  Some are saying to bench Schaub, because T.J. Yates has own a playoff game.  Some are saying that Schaub is done and is having a career fall off similar to Jake Delhomme or Marc Bulger.  Regardless I have taken up the mission of “How do you fix Matt Schaub!”

This fix up job maybe the Wreck-It Ralph of all repair jobs I have tackled (I have written about Cam Newton last year, and the 49ers a week ago).  Majority of the time you look at what made the player successful and you try and see if the team is still doing that same thing.  In Matt Schaub’s case the Texans are still doing the same things for the most part.  Still running the ball effectively, still living in the play action pass world, and still using their athletic TE to dominate the middle of the field.  So what is hurting Schaub then?  One thing that needs to be fixed for Schaub to get back to being successful is limiting his reads.  I think he has been given more reads to make in the passing game, which accounts for indecisiveness and interceptions.  Schaub has always been a 2 read guy, basically Andre Johnson and then the TE and if nothing is there dump down to the RB.  Now with Hopkins showing he has amazing ability and seeing more two TE sets with an underrated Graham at TE, Schaub isn’t getting an easy read that he is used to.  Get him back to making the simple read and you will see the change.

Another issue that no one is talking about is the talent around Schaub.  Now pound for pound he has better talent then most QBs on paper, but really look at the talent for a second.  Andre Johnson is not the same player he used to be after all the injuries and years.  I know that’s blasphemy and majority of people have stopped reading at this point.  Yet, would the Johnson of 3 or 4 years ago been able to be covered well by Tramaine Brock?  A third stringer for the 49ers?  Don’t give me the Schaub argument because if you watched that game Johnson was getting no separation.  Look at Arian Foster, a few times during these games we expect to see that 5th gear burst through the hole that would ultimately result in 6 just is not there.  Ben Tate has been inconsistent at best in games, to the point that a not all there Arian Foster is still a way better back.  Some of the big plays that the Texans used to have protected the flaws of Schaub.  How easy was it for Schaub for the last 3 years to throw a screen and Foster took it to the house, now think about the last time you have seen the Texans even run a screen play at all?  They do have youth in Hopkins, Graham, and we know that the zone blocking scheme can make any RB look good (ask Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Mike Anderson, and may I dare say Alfred Morris) so picking up a younger, explosive RB shouldn’t be an issue.

Look I’m not saying that Matt Schaub is not the problem, I’m just saying its fixable and can be turned around.  Next week give him the bootleg easy read throws to warm him up.  Have him air it out down field a few times in jump ball situations for Johnson or Hopkins.  Just start building his confidence.  Every game minus the Baltimore game no team has been able to totally shut down the run game, so why not have a whole drive of running the ball with a shovel, screen, or swing pass in it?  These things build your QB mentally, with the loss of Daniels for a while it will hurt, but go back to the mantra of a young QB’s best friend is his TE.  Now Schaub isn’t young by any means, but you have to repair his psyche just like a young QB.  If all else fails we can at least make fun of Travis Johnson who claimed Matt Schaub could take a team over the hump and Tony Romo couldn’t.

Jason “Big J” Allen

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AFC NFL Predictions

By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller @BpRunSportsMenm (BP)

By:  Jason “Big J” Allen @UnSportsMenBigJ (Jay)

By: Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas @CR_UnSportsMen (CR)

Consensus is that the AFC is the weaker of the leagues, and that may be true, but when it come down to one game for all the Chips and Dips anything can happen.  So here is the UnSportsMenMic Crew predictions for the AFC.

AFC East

BP: Patriots Jets Dolphins Bills-

As long as #12 is at QB, the division will go by way of New England.  Rex’s scheme don’t lie, Jets will be better than you think, especially if QB’s limit turnovers.  Spending money don’t get you rings Miami and Buffalo is on the rise but not there yet.

Jay:  Patriots Bills Dolphins Jets-

I think the Pats will not be dominate but the division is not tough.  The Bills I think will come along late when EJ Manuel gets his bumps.  Don’t believe the Dolphins to many questions, QB? WR? RB? Pass Rush?  Sorry BP, but Jets are a dumpster fire, hell I’m considering starting Freeman in fantasy on them.

CR:  Patriots Dolphins Bills Jets-

Of course New England always find a way to win.  Miami might be that boring team you don’t want to see on Monday night, the Bills might do something when EJ Manuel gets back.  The Jets can’t figure out who their Quarterback is (shout out to Mr. Miller).  The division will be dominated by the Patriots.

AFC North

BP:  Steelers Ravens Browns Bengals

Tomlin will have the Steelers ready; missing the playoffs 2yrs in a row ain’t happening.  The champs will be in the hunt, but you can’t always replace leadership with just talent alone.  Browns will be competitive and wouldn’t shock me if there in the hunt.  The Bengels’ will take a step back, and learn the meaning of Hard Knocks.

Jay:  Bengals Steelers Ravens Browns

Bengals should win this Division FINALLY! If they can’t then they wont for another 10 years.  Steelers rebound especially with Hailey and Big Ben working together.  Ravens only a slight tumble as Flacco feels the weight and pressure of being the man (no Ray Ray to deflect attention) and the Browns will compete their butts off but they are just not there yet.

CR:  Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers

I think Joe Flacco might light it up for the Ravens. I believe in their vertical game with Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. One of my next articles is going to be titled “Bombs over Baghdad or Bombs over B-more”.  Cincinnati will make the playoffs and probably lose the first round.  Browns will be Browns, and Pittsburgh might be considering a new head coach after another disappointing  season without making the playoffs.

AFC South

BP:  Texans Titans Colts Jaguars
This has to be the year for the Texans it’s now or never a healthy Cushing and Super Bowl experience of Ed Reed will get them over the hump.  The Johnson and Greene combination will take pressure off Locker by slowing down the game for him; hey it helped Sanchez.  No sophomore slump for Luck but his Defense will fail him and Jacksonville is just Jacksonville.

Jay:  Texans Colts Titans Jaguars

I don’t like the Texans make up, just feel like they fold under pressure and have so much talent, but the division can’t put up a fight.  The Colts are the Andrew Luck show, and I’m sorry I think Luck doesn’t regress, but wont pull as many last second wins as last year.  Locker and Gabbert, the cancer of both Franchises’.

CR:  Texans Colts Titans Jaguars

I Have Houston leading the division followed by Indy, Tennessee, and Jacksonville. Houston will win second seed while the other teams will be sitting at home during the playoffs (nothing new for J-ville). I’m wit Jay on this one, I don’t believe Indy will make all those come backs like last year, now they are the hunted.

AFC West

BP:  Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders
The name Peyton Manning is good enough for 10 wins alone so expect Denver to win 12-13 which is more than enough to win the West.  KC will be in the hunt for a playoff berth.  SD and Oak may need a year or two to compete on a playoff level.

Jay:  Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders

Old man Manning is still the best regular season QB to ever play the game.  No one can touch him in the regular season, and while the Chiefs will be much improved they wont dethrone the Broncos.  Chargers are a straight dumpster fire, Thank You Norv Turner.  Oakland, should just hope and pray Run DMC can play a whole season, that will be their Super Bowl.

CR:  Broncos Chiefs Raiders Chargers

I can strongly see Denver going 14-2, Kansas City is gonna be the sleeper team that gets hot. If Jamal Charles stay healthy  he would be key. I’m thinking Brian Westbrook numbers for Charles.  Who cares about Chargers and Raiders, but we know we will get another boring Thursday Night Football game between the two.

Playoffs

CR:  I want to go first here; Call me Mr. Cleo or some kin to Miss Cleo the physic because I have some bold predictions for ya. Call me crazy or I don’t know what I’m talking about,but everyone said the same thing to me last year when I was driving the Seahawk fan bus.  I call it THE RETURN OF ANDY REID!  Yes you read it here first. The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl!  This is how they get there.

CRWild Card– Ravens over Patriots Kansas City over Cincinnati

We know the Ravens can beat them and Flacco turns into a different QB in the Playoffs.  Also I think the wheels are starting to fall off of the Brady Wagon.  Too Much Andy Reid and Charles for Cincy to keep up, this could spell the end of Marvin Lewis.

CR: Divisional Rd– Kansas City over Houston Denver over Ravens

Alex Smith playing mistake free will force the Texans Offense to produce which, will produce turnovers that the Chiefs will capitalize on to win.  Peyton Manning’s revenge, and it will be sweet, I expect a rout and that Manning will exercise the demons at least for one game.

CR: AFC Championship–  Kansas City over Denver

I figure the Broncos will beat the Chiefs twice in the regular season and you know how hard it is to beat a team three times in one season.  On a side note I think Kansas City will take it because who has more too prove than Alex Smith and Andy Reid?  Has Andy Reid ever had an accurate Quarterback?  With Alex Smith running the west coast offense I think its gonna be huge for the Chiefs.  We all know how Reid coaches his Quarterbacks. If Vick can somewhat do it, than why not Alex?

BP: Wild Card– Steelers over Jets, Texans over Ravens

Big Ben makes the plays that the Jets QB’s can’t.  This game will be a defensive struggle.  Ed Reed picks off Flacco to seal the win for Houston (Where is Kendrick Lamar when I need him “That sounds like Poetic Justice”)

BPDivisional Rd– Patriots over Steelers, Texans over Broncos

Tom Terrific continues to own the Steelers, while a windy day in Denver raises questions about Archie’s…  I mean Peyton’s decision to sign in Denver.

BPAFC Championship– Texans over Patriots

Texans get there revenge over the team that has dominated them over the last two postseason and get to the Super Bowl.  Texans just don’t wear dumb ass lettermen jackets this time.

JayWild Card–  Patriots over Ravens Steelers over Bengals

I think the youth of the Ravens will get exposed by the Sith Lord and Apprentice.  Big Ben makes everyone remember why he has 1 1/2 rings (we all know he didn’t do nothing but tackle a guy in the 1st Super Bowl run, so half a ring), and reminds the Bengals that the Steelers still run that division.

JayDivisional Rd– Steelers over Denver Texans over Pats

Steelers give Manning flashbacks to his Colt days with an 1 and done after getting the bye.  Texans get the edge with a Ed Reed and the rookie Hopkins comes up big to beat the Pats.

Jay: AFC Championship– Steelers over Texans

Welcome back to the Super Bowl Mr. Tomlin.  This will be a tight game and I think the Steelers win on last second Field Goal.

Jay:  Then we finally get that 49ers Steelers Super Bowl that never happened.

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Maurice "Cool Reece" Thomas @CR_UnSportsMen

Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas
@CR_UnSportsMen

 

 

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