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BY DELONTE WOOTEN

So, here we are yet again. The 2013 Pro Bowl. For those of you who may not know, the Pro Bowl has been around for quite some time. It all started back in the 1938 season where it was called the “Pro All-Star Game.” Here, the best of the best displayed their skills against, well, the best of the best.

Now, let’s get down to business. The NFC Pro Bowl is stacked with players that we all know and love. Of course, one in particular is Adrian ‘All Day‘ Peterson. Peterson tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) on Christmas Eve 2011 against the Washington Redskins. As many of us thought, he was down for the count. Boy, were we wrong. Somehow, Peterson came back the following season. Not only did he play well, but he led the NFL in rushing yards, coming up short of Erick Dickerson’s rushing record of 2,105 yards. It is amazing to know that he did this only a year after tearing his ACL. Look forward to seeing ‘All Day’ in the runnings for MVP. Get it. Runnings?

Moving on *cues soothing Hawaiian music*

The NFC squad is stacked.

For QB’s, the NFC has Aaron Rodgers, Drew ‘Cool’ Brees, Matt ‘Matty Ice’ Ryan and Russell Wilson. These guys alone

In 2012, Drew Brees set an NFL for 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass

In 2012, Drew Brees set an NFL for 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass

combined for more than 15,000 passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns this season. Talk about aerial dominance. On the other hand, those who pounded the rock did good as well. Toting the ball, we have Peterson from Minnesota. From Seattle, we have one of the best in the west, Marshawn Lynch. Last but not least, hailing from the state of the sunshine, he is in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Doug Martin.

Must I mention who’s at WR? Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Larry ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald and Victor Cruz.

Now to the other side of the ball. Unfortunately, the NFC squad lost majority of their defense because the San Francisco 49ers aka The Bullies of the Bay Area made to the Super Bowl. On the other hand, there are still plenty of guys who can stuff the run and play the pass. With that being said, let’s take a look at who is on defense:

On the defensive side of the ball, the NFC possesses athleticism all over the field. From the New York Giants, they have the young gunner Jason Pierre-Paul. Also, the veteran Julius Peppers and Jared Allen at DE. For interior lineman we have Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy and Henry Melton. At LB, the NFC has a plethora of tackling machines, particularly, Chad Greenway. Greenway is now a veteran and has a great nose for the ball. For the past few seasons, he has been top-5 in tackles, so he’s a great asset for the Minnesota Vikings defense. On the inside, they possess the upstart Paul Kerrigan who is playing along side teammate and ironman London Fletcher. Fletcher has yet to miss a game in his 15 seasons in the league.

Now last, but not least, we have the secondary. The NFC’s secondary contains of a slew of ballhawks and opportunist.

CT bears-lions44.jpgAt CB, the Chicago Bears’ Tim Jennings and Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman made their presence known this season. While Tim Jennings led the NFL in interceptions, Tillman stripped and deprived his opponents of the ball causing fumble after fumble. Though, this is an all-star game and everyone will be relaxed, just look forward to seeing a few turnovers. And at safety, Atlanta’s William Moore and Thomas Decoud.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff

Here are a few players to watch:

Russell Wilson – As a rookie, he shook the league. With his great arm and mobility, look forward to him throwing and running for one

Adrian Peterson – Does he know a second gear?

Calvin Johnson – Ok, we all know Larry Fitzgerald for making spectacular catches, but have we forgot about Megatron? He was only 52 yards away from becoming the first WR to post 2,000 yards in a single season.

Tim Jennings – Jennings has established himself as a ballhawk in the league.

As you can see, the NFC squad is stacked with a phenomenal talent. I’m just looking forward to who is gonna do what at tomorrow’s annual Pro Bowl game.

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My apologies for the delayed release. I assure you that Mr. Wooten had his predictions in before the game even started. Chalk this one up on me . Check out the AFC Championship prediction -Kelton

BY DELONTE WOOTEN

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How far will Kaepernick take his team?

Baltimore at New England – New England
Tom Brady is a BEAST at QB. I can’t stand that guy, but I will definitely pick him over Joe Flacco. Sorry Ray Lewis, but unfortunately I don’t see you riding off in the sunset unless you retire and play golf on a day-to-day basis.

The game is already final…

Just a few weeks ago, six teams entered the postseason with hopes to bring home the Lombardi Trophy to their respective cities. Unfortunately, some didn’t make it. And fortunately, some are making it. Today is the ultimate make-or-break for two teams to represent the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl.

Atlanta Falcons vs San Francisco 49ers
The Bullies of the Bay Area are a ruthless group of “in ya face” individuals on both offense and defense that are willing, able, and ready to eliminate anything that comes in their way. With their menacing defense and offense, you can expect for them to do some things against the Atlanta Falcons. With Colin Kaepernick calling the shots and Frank Gore to back him, you can look forward to these two to do some damage.

With all of the focus on Kaepernick, I think a lot if people forgot about a few guys named Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Delanie Walker and the great Randy Moss. The good thing about San Francisco is that they are stacked on both sides of the ball. With Atlanta’s slow LB’s and Vernon Davis’ 4.35 speed, look forward to a great game from him. On defense, well I don’t even know where to begin. Not only is the San Francisco 49ers defense are bullies, they are also a group of young and reckless guys with nothing to lose and are led by a veteran by the name of Justin Smith and his partner is crime Patrick Willis. Even with a  torn bicep, Justin Smith is still finding ways to cause problems. If he isn’t stuffing the run, he’s knocking down the QB. Led by Patrick Willis, San Fran’s linebacker corp. is mean!

*Rottweiler growl*

They say speed kills, well, I agree. Willis ran and probably still runs a 4.37 40-yard dash. Not to mention that Aldon Smith, Navorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks are all there to seek and destroy. Also, their secondary can hold their own. Their safety’s are true ball hawks with great ball speed and awareness.

Let’s move on, shall we.

With the 49ers looking favorable, let’s check out their opponents. The Atlanta Falcons are no pushovers. Well, they have been for the past two seasons, but things have changed now . . . . . somehow. If Matt ‘Matty Ice’ Ryan can win this game, you can look forward to his new nickname, which will be along the lines of Matt Ice Cold Ryan. Well, maybe not.

With Michael ‘The Non-Burner’ Turner and their crazy receiving trio, this game will be interesting. Julio Jones, RoddyKansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons White, and Tony Gonzalez are pro bowlers. With that being said, they know how to perform and can perform well. But, there is a flaw in this. Roddy White has a tendency of dropping passes. Hopefully, for Atlanta’s sake, this won’t be a problem. The receivers are fast, ruthless and physical. No other WR corps is as physical as Atlanta’s. Not to mention that they love talking trash.

On defense, they are anchored by the veteran Jonathan Abraham and Sean Witherspoon. With Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson, who can hold their hold own at CB, this game will be good.

In the end, I am going to say that San Francisco has the upper hand and have that uncanny will to win. Not to say that Atlanta doesn’t, but San Francisco is going to show up and beat Atlanta up. I don’t call them The Bullies of the Bay Area for nothing.


Thanks for reading.

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-Delonte Wooten

BY DELONTE WOOTEN (Twitter: @_SirWu)

Will Matt Ryan capture his first playoff victory?

Will Matt Ryan capture his first playoff victory?

Here we are yet again. And since we are here again, you guy know the deal.

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons

First of all, I don’t know where to began. This is the second time in three years that Atlanta has had a first round bye. The first time, back in the 2010 season, the Green Bay Packers came in drank all the kool-aid with a 48-21 loss. Back in the 2011 season, the Falcons hosted a wild card game against the New York Giants and they came in and cook themselves some cheese eggs by losing 24-2. I’m not sure as to whether or not I want to place my confidence in the Atlanta Falcons seeing as though Russell Wilson has more playoff wins than Matt ‘Matty Ice’ Ryan.

Now, according to nfl.com, the odds still may be in their favor. From the research that I have conducted, Atlanta went 7-1 at home. For those who know, the Seattle Seahawks went 3-5 on the road. One thing that I have noticed about regular season stats and postseason stats is that regular season stats do not matter in the post season. What matters in the postseason is your will to win the game. With that being said, let’s throw those stats away shall we.

*aims for trash can, hit the desk for a turnover*  

Now, as we all seen last week, the Seattle Seahawks have a dog in them. Not a yorkie or a golden retriever, but a full

Richard Sherman and company must contain the Falcons explosive offense.

Richard Sherman and company must contain the Falcons explosive offense.

grown, vicious pit bull and an uncanny will to win. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch performed their way out of an early slump against the Washington Redskins. Meanwhile on defense, you have Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas who makes sure that nothing gets passed them. Their ability to play the ball in the air is pretty good. And while they take care of business in the air, their front 7, highlighted by explosive rookie Bruce Irvin, is constantly laying the hammer on anyone who tries to get in their way.

With all of this being said, let’s take a look at the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Julio Jones and Roddy White, does all of these names ring a bell? For one, all four of them are, or were, pro bowlers. And no I did not forget about Tony Gonzalez. He will definitely be the x-factor in this game. The Seahawks LB’s are phenomenal at blitzing, but they lack man coverage. When dealing with Gonzalez, man coverage is required. On defense, they have John Abraham, Johnathan Babineaux up front and Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson in the secondary.

All in all, these two teams match up well. It will come down to their will. This game will make or break both teams, but I’m going to give this game to Atlanta. The weapons they possess on offense cannot be stopped, not to mention that they’re defense can hold its own. We all remember what they did to the Broncos.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

From Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers winning Super Bowl I, to Dwight Clark of the 49ers being the first one to make “The Catch.” Now, these teams are both distinguished for a plethora of reasons. For one, Green Bay has definitely made some noise being one of the top teams in the NFL. And who would think three seasons ago  San Francisco would be an elite team. I remember when many people thought 49ers LB Navarro Bowman was a draft bust, but that has all changed. Now, San Francisco is known for their nasty, physical, bully-like defense. Green Bay is known for their high-flying offense. Aaron Rodgers was the NFL MVP of the 2011-2012 season. His numbers in that year was video game-like.

Now, let’s get down to business.

Will Aaron Rodgers succeed against the 49ers vaunted defense?

Will Aaron Rodgers succeed against the 49ers vaunted defense?

If you don’t know, this game is one of the most anticipated games of the playoffs because you have one team with a great offense and one team with an even greater defense. Aaron Rodgers is a BEAST at QB. He can make a defense suffer for going up against him. San Francisco’s defense is one that will punch you in the mouth AFTER they beat you up.

As we know, San Francisco went to Green Bay in week one and came out victorious. Frank Gore made Green Bay’s defense look pathetic during that game, and likewise for Michael Crabtree. Green Bay has the opportunity to come into Candlestick Park and upset the favorites. With everything being said, I am giving this game to San Francisco aka The Bullies of the Bay Area.

-Delonte Wooten

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Will Andy Dalton win his first playoff game in his second attempt?

The race for the next Super Bowl Champion is here. While teams are scrambling to land a top tier head coach, 12 teams are aiming for the Lombardi trophy. We have a rematch of last year’s wild-card game, a third round matchup between divisional  foes, a possible last hooray for future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis and the “rookie bowl.” 

In the famous words of James Brown, “Let’s get it on.”

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

As I previous said, the NFL has a rematch of last year’s wild-card game. Though the teams are the same, their roles are reversed. Cincinnati has won seven out of their last eight and look to dominate the AFC North in the near future. They have a top 5 wide receiver in A.J. Green and a young, aggressive and tenacious defense featuring Geno Atkins and Vontaze Burfict. Not to mention a two year pro in quarterback Andy Dalton who has led his team to back-to-back playoff appearances.

The Texans do not have a positive outlook as they backed their way in the playoffs. They finished the regular season with an impressive 12-4 record, but Houston has lost three of their last four by a combined 57 points. That is a terrible sign for a team who has Super Bowl aspirations. Matt Schuab has all the tools to be productive in this league, but I don’t see him as a game changing quarterback. They are scary on paper spearheaded by the sound rushing attack of Arian Foster and dynamic wideout Andre Johnson. The defense is equally opposing highlighted by the NFL’s sack leader, J.J. Watt.

The upstart Bengals are the underdog in this matchup, but I have a gut feeling these Dalton led Bengals will pull off an upset.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Falling just nine yards short of the long standing rushing record, Adrian Peterson bulldozed his way into the postseason and a possible MVP. After 34 carries in the season finale, Peterson his ready for more carries, all day. As phenomenal of a year he had, rumbling for a victory in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in January is giant pill to swallow. Christian Ponder has to make plays if he wishes to keep his team in the game. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers torched the Vikings’ defense after Antoine Winfield went down with and injury. Terrible news for Minnesota as dual-threat wide receiver Randall Cobb looks to return for Green Bay.

Sunday Matchup 

Another game I’m looking forward to seeing is the rookie bowl. Robert Griffin III vs. Russell Wilson. RGIII vs RWI. The number two overall selection in the first round vs. the 75th overall selection in the third round. You get the picture. Seattle is arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now, but I don’t think Washington is getting enough credit. Both quarterbacks are sensational and capable of leading their team deep into the playoffs, but the bigger the stage for Griffin III, the bigger his performance.

One interesting fact, the Redskins last two playoff appearances were against the Seahawks. Seattle was victorious in both 2005 and 2007. Seattle is 3-5 on the road this season as they travel to Washington, but they have won their last two.

PREDICTIONS

Bengals over Texans

Packers over Vikings

Redskins over Seahawks

Ravens over Colts

Words from Wooten

One game to win, this is playoff football. In playoff football, only the best make it. Unless you’re the 2011 7-9 Seahawks (no one can explain this). There is no longer the phrase “we will improve next week.” Now it is simple; win or go home. This weekend is filled with many marquee match ups that we all want to see.

eagles-redskins-football.jpeg2-1280x960Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

This game is pretty much the most anticipated game this weekend. Here we two rookie quarterbacks leading their teams to a possible victory. The interesting part is that this is only the second time in NFL history where a pair of rookie QB’s will play each other in the postseason. We have Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks facing Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Let’s go back in time, shall we.

*cues random time traveling music* 

Russell Wilson was drafted 75th overall in the 2012 draft. Prior to him being drafted, the Seahawks inked a 3-year $26M deal with free agent Matt Flynn. Now, throughout practice during the summer and training camp, Russell Wilson showed the Seahawks why he should start. Let’s fast forward to now. Today, Russell Wilson is one of the best rookie QB’s, surpassing  Peyton Manning’s rookie record of 25 passing touchdowns in a season (Wilson has 26). Not only that, but he found a way to compliment Pete Caroll’s scheme on offense.

Robert Griffin III, or RGIII was the 2012 Heisman trophy winner, 2nd pick in the 2012 draft and the accolades can go on for days. Now about mid way through the Redskins’ season, they stood at 3-6. The Redskins named RGIII the team captain, and like all captains, he led his team. Not only did they make the playoffs, but they did it on a seven game win streak. Griffin III now has records such as most rushing yards by a rookie QB, highest pass percentage in a game by a rookie QB and the most rushing yards in a game by a rookie QB. This list can also go on forever.

Now with all of that being said, finally, let’s talk about the game.

Seattle will be meeting Washington in Washington. This is a problem for Seattle. In their last 5 road playoff games, Seattle is 0-5. What makes the problem worst is that Washington is 12-5 all-time at home in the playoffs. To make it better on the Seattle fans, they have a top defense. On the other hand, Washington has the NFL’s best rushing attack. All in all, stats don’t lie, and because they don’t lie, I’m giving this game to Washington. It won’t be an easy one for them, but they will come out victorious.

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

ray-rice Hey diddle, diddle, Rice up the middle…

First off, these two teams have a natural dislike for each. The Indianapolis Colts were once the Baltimore Colts. Sadly, they relocated to Indianapolis and that’s where it all began. Indianapolis is a team who won only two games last year. Thanks to a Lucky guy named Andrew Luck, he changed the team around immediately. Luck took the Colts from 2-14 to 11-5 in one season. If you didn’t know, Andrew Luck is a winner. He has the most wins at Stanford and as far as continuing where Peyton left, well, he has his own road to pave.

Now let’s get down to business.

Baltimore loss four of their last five games oppose to Indy who won five of their last six. This game will not involve Ray Rice and his rhyming skills, bit it will involve Rice’s ability to run and catch. Haloti Ngata and Terrell ‘T-Sizzle’ Suggs must step and handle business up front while Ed Reed take care of business in the air. Luck needs to continue to do what he does. That’s not being Lucky but that is playing like he has been there. All in all, Indianapolis will fall short.

PREDICTIONS

Redskins> Seahawks

Ravens> Colts

Texans> Bengals

Packers>Vikings

Thanks for reading.

#every7days

-Kelton Brooks; Delonte Wooten

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Already a lock for the Hall of Fame, will Peyton Manning win a second Super Bowl ring?

T’was the season of giving.

A majority of experts expected great things from the prized number one and number two overall draft picks, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Named Andrew ‘Clutch’ by his teammates, 7 out 10 of the Colts’ victories were in comeback fashion. For a team that went 2-14 last season, Luck has led the Colts back to the playoffs. They say a team takes on the personality of their head coach. The Colts did just that. Head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia Sept. 26. The way he battled and fought through the deadly disease, his persistence  latched on to the Luck led Colts and they haven’t looked back since.

The dazzling and charismatic Griffin III has taken the nation’s capital by storm. He is number 2 in the NFL in QB rating (104.1) and has 20 TD passes to only five interceptions (A stunning low number for a rookie quarterback). Not to mention his 752 yards on the ground with adding six more touchdowns. With a win against the Dallas Cowboys, Washington is in the playoffs.

But, perhaps one of the best gifts offered to the NFL  is draped in action green, college navy and an accent of wolf grey. Standing at 5 feet 11 inches (if that much), Russell Wilson has broken loose of the notion that short quarterbacks can not exceed in the NFL. This third round pick (75th overall) has the NFL’s hottest team in contention to win the NFC West with a win against St. Louis and a loss by San Francisco. With a sound running game spearheaded by Marshawn Lynch and formidable defense, the Seattle Seahawks are poised for a post-season run. Russell Wilson is leading all rookie quarterbacks with 25 touchdown passes with one game remaining. (I selected Russell Wilson to win OROY in my 2012 Season Predictions)

This roller coaster of a season is far from over. Who is going to win MVP? Peyton Manning? Adrian Peterson? Either of the two could win both MVP and Comeback Player of the year. Will Aldon Smith of the 49ers or J.J. Watt of the Texans break the single season sack record? What about the hapless Jets? Nothing at all.

This week holds a ton of playoff implications, and I will get to them. However, I want to take the time to reflect on my 2012 Season Predictions.

In the AFC, I went 4 for 4  in predicting division winners (Ravens, Texans, Patriots and Broncos are all leading their division). The NFC was a different story.

The Chicago Bears, who were once considered the best team in the NFL, now stand at 9-6 after starting the season 7-1 clinging on to their slim playoff chances. The Carolina Panthers, one of the league’s biggest head-scratches was plagued by the sophomore slump of last year’s number one overall pick and OROY, Cam Newton. And the Philadelphia Eagles? Let’s just say there is a lot of lost love in the city of brotherly love.

I’m switching my pick of San Diego’s OLB Melvin Ingram as DROY to Luke Kuechly of the Panthers for DROY. Depending on what happens in Seattle, if the St. Louis Rams can knock off the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s most hostile stadium, I will change my Coach of the Year pick Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher over the Denver BroncosJohn Fox.

One thing is for sure, I am standing firm in my pick with the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl.

In Peyton I trust.

Moving along…

Brooks’ Bits

Baltimore Ravens (10-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

As for playoff standings, this game doesn’t hold much implications. Cincinnati is locked in as the 6th seed, but Baltimore is still jockeying for position. The Bengals are looking to sweep the Ravens in divisional play after defeating Pittsburgh last week. This young team has to give the Ravens and Steelers nightmares. In the not so distant future, the AFC North will be dominated by the Bengals. Joe Flacco doesn’t have that it factor to lead Baltimore to the next level.

Green Bay Packers (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (9-6)

My pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, no one is talking about the Packers. And I bet they have no problem with that at all. With a win over Minnesota, Green Bay will clinch a first-round bye. Adrian Peterson ran through, over and around the Packers in their first match-up as Peterson galloped for 210 yards. On the heels of an ACL and MCL tear, Peterson needs only 102 yards to reach 2,000 and 208 to break the all-time mark of 2,105, set by Eric Dickerson. If Minnesota wins, they’re in. They are going to have to earn this one. I personally think reaching the playoffs is the only way Peterson can solidify the MVP.

Oakland Raiders (4-11) at San Diego Chargers (6-9)

This game has zero, zilch, no type of playoff scenarios. This game is must watch to me because all year long I have been screaming for the Raiders to start Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. Carson Palmer was never worth the contract. He is one of the worst quarterback in the NFL. His time is Cincinnati was highlighted off one, single year when he finally led the Bengals to the playoffs. It was unfortunate that he was injured during that game, but he shouldn’t have been playing quarterback anyway.

Words from Wooten

Well, from the looks of it, we have a week filled with divisional match-ups. Now, this is where it gets interesting. A lot of teams are in a “win and you’re in” situation. About half of the games played this week are meaningful to a lot of the teams because a win this week will result in a playoff berth. On the other hand, a loss this week will result in going home.

Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Washington Redskins (9-6)

A playoff berth is on the line in the nation’s capital. If the Redskins win, they are in the playoffs. If the Cowboys win, they are in the playoffs. The problem is that a lot of people do not think the Cowboys will win. I am one of those people who think they won’t win. I look forward to this coming down to the nitty gritty. The best part is that this game is being played in my backyard of Washington DC, okay technically Landover, Md. Either way, this one will be a great one.

Chicago Bears (9-6) at Detroit Lions (4-11)

This game may get interesting. Here’s the deal, if Chicago wins they’re in the playoffs. If Chicago loses, well, you know what’s going to happen. Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson is 108 yards away from becoming the first wide receiver in NFL history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark. I want Chicago to win(and I am a die hard fan), but I want to see if Megatron can have a mega performance. That will be difficult seeing as though BOTH of the Bears starting CB’s are starting in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

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Will Calvin Johnson become the first WR in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards?

Houston Texans (12-3) at Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

We have yet another interesting game here. No matter the outcome, both teams are going to the playoffs. The interesting part is that Houston’s defensive end J.J. Watt is 2.5 sacks away from breaking Michael Strahan‘s record of 22.5 set about 10 years ago. He now leads the league in sacks(20.5).

St. Louis Rams (7-7-1) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5)

Now this game does not involve any playoff implications, but everyone is interested to see what Seattle may do to St. Louis. In their past few games, Seattle has averaged 50 points. Behind rookie QB Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are looking to possibly clinch the NFC West with a win and 49ers’ loss this weekend.

Brooks Wooten
Buccaneers vs Falcons Falcons(L) Falcons(L)
Jets vs Bills Bills(W) Bills(W)
Ravens vs Bengals Bengals(W) Ravens(L)
Bears vs Lions Lions(L) Bears(W)
Jaguars vs Titans Jaguars(L) Titans(W)
Texans vs Colts Colts(W) Texans(L)
Panthers vs Saints Panthers(W) Saints(L)
Eagles vs Giants Giants(W) Giants(W)
Browns vs Steelers Steelers(W) Steelers(W)
Chiefs vs Broncos Broncos(W) Broncos(W)
Packers vs Vikings Packers(L) Packers(L)
Dolphins vs Patriots Patriots(W) Patriots(W)
Raiders vs Chargers Chargers(W) Chargers(W)
Cardinals vs 49ers 49ers(W) 49ers(W)
Rams vs Seahawks Rams(L) Seahawks(W)
Cowboys vs Redskins Redskins(W) Redskins(W)

In other news, this season was filled with a lot of surprises. Records coming down, coaches fired in the middle of the season, Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano missing a large portion of the season battlling leukemia, Adrian Peterson having a monster season that no one could have possibly fathom, and to top it all off, Peyton Manning coming back from a year off to play and succeed at it once again. All in all, this has been such a marvelous and illustrious season for fans all over the world. It has been a pleasure partaking in brooksweekly.com.  I look forward to next week when we have playoff predictions, possible award winners and off-season moves. – Delonte Wooten (@_SirWu)

Thanks for reading.

#every7days

-Kelton Brooks

Will RGIII and the Redskins catch up to the division leading and defending Super Bowl champions New York Giants?

Will RGIII and the Redskins finish the season on a seven game win streak propelling themselves to NFC East champions?

Numbers never lie, but they don’t tell the whole story either.

Adrian Peterson, an MVP favorite, is targeting a record that has stood for nearly 30 years. He is closing in on Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 yards mark set in 1984 when Dickerson played for the L.A. Rams. Peterson already has 1,812 yards with two remaining. In order for Peterson to surpass Dickerson, he will need to average 147 yards over his final two opponents (The Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers).

Even if Peterson finishes just shy of the record, what he has done is absolutely remarkable for a guy that had reconstructive knee surgery less than a year ago. He suffered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn medial collateral ligament and damage to the medial and lateral meniscus.

Another record at stake is Jerry Rice‘s 1,848. Calvin Johnson needs to average 91 yards over the Lions’ final two games of the season. Megatron is already at 1, 667. Johnson has a chance to shatter this long standing record set in 1995 as he aims for 2,000 yards. No receiver in NFL history has ever reached this feat. I believe Johnson is the most unstoppable force in the NFL.  At 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 236lbs, Johnson is a nightmare to defensive coordinators and any team’s secondary.

Let’s set aside the numbers. What’s going on with the New York Jets? They brought in Tim Tebow only to use him as media bait. He was seldom used throughout the season. Head coach Rex Ryan was hellbent on proving that Mark Sanchez was a franchise quarterback. Now sources say Sanchez is on the chopping block along with Tebow. This dysfunctional organization needs a complete makeover.

Perhaps the best division in football, the NFC East has three teams who have identical records. The Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and the surprising Washington Redskins are 8-6. The Cowboys need the most help to reach the playoffs, the Giants and Redskins are in if they win out. Many experts had the Redskins finishing last in the division, and so did I (Check out my 2012 NFL Predictions). I expect the Giants to reach the playoffs, they have been in this position before and know what’s at stake. Although, I can’t help but to think the Redskins will win the division. Robert Griffin III was not happy after he felt he was healthy enough to play in last week’s victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Last but not least, welcome back Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano has been medically cleared to return to the sideline as he was diagnosed with Leukemia in September.

Moving along…

Let’s not waste anytime here. You know the drill BrooksWeekly faithfuls, week 16 NFL Predictions, read ‘em and weep.

  Brooks Wooten
Falcons vs Lions Falcons(w) Falcons(w)
Saints vs Cowboys Saints(w) Cowboys(L)
Titans vs Packers Packers(w) Packers(L)
Colts vs Chiefs Colts(w) Colts(w)
Bills vs Dolphins Bills(L) Dolphins(w)
Chargers vs Jets Chargers(w) Jets(L)
Redskins vs Eagles Redskins(w) Eagles(L)
Bengals vs Steelers Bengals(w) Steelers(L)
Rams vs Buccaneers Buccaneers(L) Rams(w)
Raiders vs Panthers Panthers(w) Panthers(w)
Patriots vs Jaguars Patriots(w) Patriots(w)
Vikings vs Texans Texans(L) Texans(L)
Browns vs Broncos Broncos(w) Broncos(w)
Bears vs Cardinals Bears(w) Bears(w)
Giants vs Ravens Giants(L) Giants(L)
49ers vs Seahawks 49ers(L) 49ers(L)

Brooks’ Bits

New Orleans Saints (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

Constantly climbing out of the jaws of defeat, riddled with injuries on the defense and a tragedy off-the-field, the Cowboys have weathered the storm.  Winning five of their last six, can Big D continue their quest to the playoffs as they face Drew Brees and the Saints? The Saints look to be in spoiler mode as they are coming off an impressive 41-0 drumming against a talented Buccaneers team.

Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)

This is a big game for a young team. If the Bengals win they are in, and if the Steelers lose, they are out. Simple as that. A team that was shredded by Tony Romo of all people, how will the Steelers look to stop the dynamic duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Cincinnati may become the gateway to the AFC North in the near future.

Words from Wooten

Another record that looks to be brought down will be by the hands of J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers are both trying to grasp the NFL record for most sacks in a season. They both lead the NFL in sacks with 19.5. The record is 22.5 sacks, set by Michael Strahan.

Will J.J. Watt break the NFL sack record?

Will J.J. Watt break the NFL sack record?

Minnesota Vikings (8-6) at Houston Texans (12-2)

Here’s a good one right here. With Adrian Peterson being 294 yards short and J.J. Watt in a first place tie in leading the NFL in sacks (19.5 with Aldon Smith), will they get closer to their records? Of course, Minnesota isn’t winning this one.

San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5)

For once, I’m looking forward to seeing Seattle playing. San Francisco made a statement last week at New England. Will Aldon Smith move closer to that sack record? I’m sure of it. Also, I look for to this game to be a defensive battle.

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-Kelton Brooks; Delonte Wooten

Will Adrian Peterson break the all-time rushing record of 2,105?

Will Adrian Peterson break the all-time rushing record of 2,105?

As the playoff picture starts to unfold, this week’s games are packed with a lot scenarios and deciding match-ups that can end a plethora of teams playoff hopes.  This may be the most exciting week of the NFL season.

Let’s dive into the game picks.

Brooks Wooten
Bengals vs Eagles Bengals(w) Bengals(w)
Giants vs Falcons Giants(L) Falcons(w)
Packers vs Bears Packers(w) Packers(w)
Redskins vs Browns Redskins(w) Redskins(w)
Vikings vs Rams Rams(L) Vikings(w)
Jaguars vs Dolphins Dolphins(w) Dolphins(w)
Buccaneers vs Saints Saints(w) Saints(w)
Broncos vs Ravens Broncos(w) Ravens(L)
Colts vs Texans Texans(w) Texans(w)
Seahawks vs Bills Seahawks(w) Seahawks(w)
Lions vs Cardinals Lions(L) Lions(L)
Panthers vs Chargers Chargers(L) Chargers(L)
Steelers vs Cowboys Steelers(L) Steelers(L)
Chiefs vs Raiders Raiders(w) Chiefs(L)
49ers vs Patriots Patriots(L) Patriots(L)
Jets vs Titans Titans(w) Titans(w)

Brooks’ Bits

New York Giants (8-5) at Atlanta Falcons (11-2)

Remember last year when the Giants knocked off the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild Card round 24-2? I sure do. Even with the Falcons 11 wins, they feel like the underdogs to me in this one. The Giants finally resembled their Super Bowl form after dismantling the New Orleans Saints. I am completely dismissing the Falcons regular season success. I won’t consider Matt Ryan as an elite quarterback until he picks up his first postseason win.

Denver Broncos (10-3) at Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

What more does Peyton Manning have to prove? To me, he’s the front-runner for MVP (1. Manning 2. Adrian Peterson 3. Tom Brady). With the AFC West locked up, will the Broncos take a day off against the vulnerable Ravens? Baltimore recently released offense coordinator Cam Cameron and has replaced him with former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. Maybe he can spark the Ravens offense, but that remains to be seen.

Indianapolis Colts (9-4) at Houston Texans (11-2)

Amazing what the Colts are doing right now. This is a tight race for OROY. It will ultimately come down between Luck and Robert Griffin III. Figures. This may go down as the best quarterback class in history with Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill. With that being said, the Colts are galloping into Houston at a bad time. After that embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots, the Texans will look to take out their humiliation on the upstart Colts.

Words from Wooten

Green BayPackers (9-4) at Chicago Bears (8-5)

This will be a tough one for both teams. With a win for Chicago, the winner of the NFC North will fluctuate. With a loss, that will be seven straight against Green Bay. Sadly, I cannot see Chicago winning. What’s worst is that I think they are going to win, but hey, stats don’t lie.

Minnesota Viking (7-6) at St. Louis Rams (6-6-1)

Adrian Peterson has been steamrolling defenders and taking names later the entire season. Top defenses can’t even stop him! This won’t be a career day, but it will be a great day for him.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

Both teams needs this win. Dez Bryant is going to suffer this game because Pittsburgh will be all on him. He chose the wrong part of the season to fracture his index finger.

San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) at New England Patriots (10-3)

I’m scared for San Francisco because of what New England did to Houston. San Francisco has that dirty, in your face defense. Not to mention that Aldon Smith is 2.5 sacks from the NFL record 22.5 sacks, set by Michael Strahan. He is a sack machine! The youngest player in NFL history to reach 30 sacks. Now the question is will he catch Bruce Smith’s all-time record of 200? Its too early to say.

Thanks for reading.

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-Kelton Brooks

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How long will Mark Sanchez remain as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets?

How long will Mark Sanchez remain as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets?

First things first, I would like to send my condolences to the family of Javon Belcher, to the victim’s family, (late wife Kansandra Perkins) their three-month year old daughter and the Chiefs organization.

Moving along…

Four more games to go before the end of the regular season. Lets make it count, read ‘em and weep.

Brooks Wooten
Broncos vs Raiders Broncos(w) Broncos(w)
Rams vs Bills Rams(w) Rams(w)
Cowboys vs Bengals Bengals(w) Bengals(w)
Chiefs vs Browns Chiefs(L) Browns(w)
Titans vs Colts Colts(w) Colts(w)
Bears vs Vikings Vikings(w) Bears(L)
Chargers vs Steelers Steelers(L) Steelers(L)
Eagles vs Buccaneers Buccaneers(w) Buccaneers(w)
Ravens vs Redskins Redskins(w) Ravens(L)
Falcons vs Panthers Falcons(L) Falcons(L)
Jets vs Jaguars Jaguars(L) Jets(w)
Dolphins vs 49ers 49ers(w) 49ers(w)
Saints vs Giants Giants(w) Saints(L)
Cardinals vs Seahawks Seahawks(w) Seahawks(w)
Lions vs Packers Packers(w) Packers(w)
Texans vs Patriots Texans(L) Texans(L)

Brooks Bits’

Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)

Perhaps the most underrated game of the week, Dallas are winners of the last three of four and the Bengals are on a four game win streak. The Law firm (Best nickname in football), Benjarvus Green-Ellis has been very productive in recent weeks, and the return of DeMarco Murray adds more balance to the Cowboys’ offense. Not mention both teams have dynamic wideouts in AJ Green (Bengals) and Dez Bryant (Cowboys). Both of these teams are jockeying for playoff contention in their respective division. This one should be fun to watch.

New Orleans Saints (5-7) at New York Giants (7-5)

This game could turn into and old-western shootout. I am interested to see how Drew Brees bounce back from a horrific performance in the Georgia Dome. He may be up for another tough outing as he face the Giants’ relentless pass rush.

Baltimore Ravens (9-3) at Washington Redskins (6-6)

RGIII for MVP? Not out the question, and definitely up for the discussion for offensive rookie of the year. Winners of three straight with in large part of the spectacular play of Robert Griffin III and the supernatural chemistry between him and Pierre Garcon, Washing has found themselves in playoff contention. The Redskins need this game a lot more than the Ravens, and Baltimore is not as good as their record. RGIII dazzles again.

Words from Wooten

Denver Broncos (9-3)  at Oakland Raiders (3-9)

This rivalry dates back to the Marcus Allen and Tom Jackson days. Too bad Oakland doesn’t have that Marcus Allen-type of RB anymore. Denver has Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. I’m sure they easily suffice for Tom Jackson. This will be a shootout after what Peyton did in week 3 to them.

Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) at Cleveland Browns (4-8)

Here’s another sad match-up. Two very good RB’s on two depressing teams. I feel like this game will be in Brandon Weeden’s hands yet again.

Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3)

This is a game between two premier teams in the NFL. I can’t even tell you the teams they have loss to. In the end, I’m going to give Houston the edge because they went into Chicago a few weeks ago and won. With that being said, I believe they can do the same here in New England.

Thanks for reading.

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-Kelton Brooks

Did head coach Jim Harbaugh make the right decision to start Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith?

Did head coach Jim Harbaugh make the right decision to start Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith?

I’m getting closer to scheduling the BrooksWeekly Sports Podcast. This time the on-air podcast will be in debate style between myself and Randall Thomas. Follow us on Twitter @ijuswanawrite and @RandallKThomas for more updates. You can also look for updates on my Facebook page, Kelton Brooks.

It’s hard to believe we are already near the final quarter mark of the NFL season. So much has happened over recent weeks.

Once a Super Bowl favorite, the Philadelphia Eagles are in shambles and look to clean the house at season’s end. Tebow who? He’s inactive this week due to injury, but he wasn’t much of a contributing factor. Does anybody remember that the Arizona Cardinals started the season 4-0? If I were the Kansas City Chiefs, I wouldn’t dare think about tanking. Geno Smith of West Virginia? Matt Barkley of the University of Southern California (USC) Neither of them appear to be franchise changing quarterbacks to me, but both are an upgrade over incumbent Matt Cassell and Brady Quinn. Who said you can’t lose your job because of an injury? Ask Alex Smith. As phenomenal as Colin Kaepernick is playing, I should point out that the last game Smith completed, he finished 18 for 19, 232 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Just had to throw that out there.

Now, to the realm of predictions.

Brooks Wooten
Saints vs Falcons Falcons(W) Falcons(W)
Jaguars vs Bills Jaguars(L) Bills(W)
Seahawks vs Bears Bears(L) Bears(L)
Colts vs Lions Lions(L) Lions(L)
Vikings vs Packers Packers(W) Packers(W)
Texans vs Titans Texans(W) Texans(W)
Panthers vs Chiefs Panthers(L) Chiefs(W)
49ers vs Rams Rams(W) 49ers(L)
Patriots vs Dolphins Patriots(W) Patriots(W)
Cardinals vs Jets Jets(W) Cardinals(L)
Buccaneers vs Broncos Broncos(W) Broncos(W)
Browns vs Raiders Browns(W) Browns(W)
Bengals vs Chargers Bengals(W) Bengals(W)
Steelers vs Ravens Ravens(L) Ravens(L)
Eagles vs Cowboys Cowboys(W) Cowboys(W)
Giants vs Redskins Giants(L) Giants(L)

Brooks’ Bits

San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) at St. Louis Rams (4-6-1)

The tie-breaker. Will someone win this time? Since Jim Harbaugh has been the head coach of the 49ers, only one team has rushed for over 150 yards against them, and that came two weeks ago to the Rams. Rookies but key contributors, Chris Givens and Janoris Jenkins scored three of the Rams four touchdowns in last week’s win over the Cardinals. The two sat out the first meeting for violating team rules. Can this upstart defense put a stop to the NFL’s newest darling, Colin Kaepernick?

Philadelphia Eagles (3-8)  at Dallas Cowboys (5-6)

Remember the Eagles calling themselves the “Dream Team?” What about a “dynasty?” This once boastful team is now up for house cleaning. What about the Cowboys? Another season displaying their waste of talent. They are just an accident waiting to happen every game. This Sunday night game will still be highly televised, but this eye sore may be hard to watch.

Words from Wooten

Seattle Seahawks (6-5)  at Chicago Bears (8-3) 

With both Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner suspended, this is will very difficult for Seattle to come into Chicago and expect to get a W. On the other hand, I believe Jay Cutler is back so the Bears offense should be back to normal. Look for a good game with these two going up against each other.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) at Baltimore Ravens (9-2)

Hey diddle diddle, Rice up the middle. With Pittsburgh’s front 7, its pretty hard to do such. On the other hand, Ray Rice is da man so he will make it happen. Now I’m not sure if Ben Roethlisberger is playing. If he is, they still loss because he’s not at 100 percent, not even 70 percent. Look for Pittsburgh to struggle in this one. (ESPN has reported that Roethlisberger is OUT)

New York Giants (7-4)  at Washington Redskins (5-6)

First off RGIII has made a few defenses look pretty stupid. He’s better than what I expected, but I’m still apprehensive about RGIII and Andrew Luck because when two QB’s are drafted numbers 1 and 2 in the draft, somebody does really bad. Anyway, I got the Giants taking this one.

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-Kelton Brooks

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Moving along…

With the playoff picture starting to form, look for perennial powerhouse teams to take a stranglehold on their divisions.

You know the drill BrooksWeekly faithfuls, read ‘em and weep.

Brooks Wooten
Texans vs Lions Texans Texans
Redskins vs Cowboys Redskins Redskins
Patriots vs Jets Patriots Patriots
Vikings vs Bears Bears Bears
Raiders vs Bengals Bengals Bengals
Steelers vs Browns Browns Steelers
Bills vs Colts Bills Colts
Broncos vs Chiefs Broncos Broncos
Seahawks vs Dolphins Seahawks Seahawks
Falcons vs Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons
Titans vs Jaguars Titans Titans
Ravens vs Chargers Chargers Ravens
49ers vs Saints 49ers 49ers
Rams vs Cardinals Rams Cardinals
Packers vs Giants Packers Packers
Panthers vs Eagles Panthers Eagles

Brooks Bits 

Atlanta Falcons (9-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4)

A red-hot Bucs’ team who are on a four game winning streak take on the division leaders as they claw for a wild card birth. These two teams couldn’t contrast more in styles. Tampa Bay has a balanced offense by leaning on rookie of the year candidate, Doug Martin and third year ascending quarterback Josh Freeman. The Falcons high-octane offense soars with wideouts Julio Jones, Roddy White and Mr. Consistency Tony Gonzales. Who will stop who first? Hopefully Matt Ryan won’t throw another 5 interception.

Green Bay Packers (7-3) at New York Giants (6-4)

One of best matchups this week on Sunday night. For some reason I believe the Giants will do the opposite of what they did last year. I still think they will squeak into the playoffs because they will win their division. NYG picked a bad time to be in a funk as they face off a scorching Packers team who have reeled off 5 wins in a row. Will the Eli and the G-men dissect the Packers ailing secondary? Or will Green Bay continue to roll?

San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) New Orleans Saints (5-5)

My favorite game of the week. At Nevada, Colin Kaepernick was Tebow. I am not surprised by the move to implement him as the stater. That is why he was drafted early in the second round in last year’s draft, to replace Alex Smith. After starting the season 0-4, the Saints have won five out of their last six and look to seek revenge in last year’s divisional nail biter in Candlestick Park.

Words from Wooten 

Denver Broncos (7-3) at Kansas Chiefs (1-9)

Denver wins. Enough said. I still think the top 5 BCS teams can beat the Chiefs.

Carolina Panthers (2-8)  at Philadelphia Eagles (3-7)

This may be an interesting game here. Philadelphia is Turnover City and Carolina continues to beat themselves. Philadelphia will win because of their defense.

Thanks for reading.

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-Kelton Brooks