Hello NFL fans. I’d like to welcome you to the Chip Kelly Express. This is going to be a bi-weekly blog about everything that’s happening around the National Football League. As you can tell by my name, I am a die hard Eagles fan, but I promise that I will try to be as unbiased as possible (unless it’s about the Cowboys.)
I will be presenting weekly power rankings, offering opinions on certain players, coaches and teams, and predicting the following week’s games. Since I’m new at this blogging stuff, I am not 100% clear on all of the specific segments on that will be featured in my posts. Hopefully I can figure that out along the way.
I’d like to say that this blog will be a witty and insightful look around the NFL, but more likely, it’ll just be a madman screaming NICK FOLES for MVP over and over again. Whatever the case, please stick around. Here are the power rankings for week three.
1. Seattle Seahawks 2-1: Don’t let Phillip Rivers’ inhuman passing or Peyton Manning’s almost comeback confuse you, Seattle’s defense is still the best in the league. At the end of the day, Sherman’s still Sherman, Thomas is still Thomas, and Kam Chancellor is a 250 lb raging bull wearing a football helmet. The offense is also stocked with weapons,led by the more than capable Russel Wilson.
2. Cincinnati Bengals 3-0: The Bengals may very well be the most well-rounded teams in the league. The offense is clicking on all cylinders thanks in large part to the O line. Getting past them is like trying to break through a brick wall with a plastic spoon. Andy Dalton gets to sit in the pocket all day heaving 70 yard bombs to AJ Green while his defense shuts down the opposing offense.
3. Denver Broncos 2-1: On Sunday the Broncos showed that they can still hang with the best. With all the weapons around Peyton Manning, you know they’ll be putting up 50, but offseason acquisitions like DeMarcus Ware and TJ Ward will also boost the defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles 3-0:
Superman Nick Foles not only silenced all of his doubters on Sunday, he showed toughness and resilience. Under the rocket surgeon known as Chip Kelly, the Eagles will be scoring as often as NFL players get arrested. As long as the defense plays somewhat well, they’ll be fine.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Drew Stanton? John Brown? The Cards have come out firing this year beating very good Chargers and 49ers teams. No longer are Bruce Arians Cardinals the little brother of the NFC West, as they will try to ride that stingy defense to a playoff berth.
Picks O the Week: In this segment I will be picking only the most intriguing match ups of the week. You don’t need me to tell you that the Jags are going to lose this Sunday.
Carolina @ Baltimore: Panthers 17 Ravens 23. Carolina suffered some big injuries in a loss to the Steelers including Cam Newton. Look for Joe Flacco to have a big game as the Ravens squeeze out a close one.
Green Bay@Chicago: Packers 28 Bears 30. This is a tough one. The Packers are in a must win situation after an embarrassing offensive performance against the Lions. Eddie Lacy was doing his best Trent Richardson impersonation and the offense gave up more points than it scored. Bears get the edge since they’re at home.
Buffalo@Houston: Bills 23 Texans 13. Two surprise teams coming out of the AFC cellar should prove to be a good match up. The key match up is CJ Spiller against the Texans front 7. Houston’s has been prone to allowing big games from running backs this year.
Detroit@NYJ: Lions 28 Jets 12: The lions are looking good this year and proved last week that their defense has improved immensely. The Jets on the other hand can’t seem to get out of their own way. Lions win easily.
Philadelphia@San Francisco: Eagles 28 49ers 23: Come on, you didn’t really expect me to pick the Niners did you? Look For Shady McCoy to have a bounce back game and Nick Foles to expose a Niners defense that has been marred by injuries and suspensions.
Raunchy Rant Week 3
Eagles fans are known for booing anything that moves. They managed to even pelt Santa Clause with snowballs. Naturally, I have a lot of steam to blow off, and that is where this column comes in. Every week you’ll have the privilege of listening to me complain about pet peeves and other things that bother me around the NFL. Today’s topic is Thursday Football. What it is is essentially another way for the fat cat NFL execs to pull in more money. Because Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football were not enough, we get a rogue game in the middle of the week, between two teams that don’t want to be there, that fans don’t want to see. The main knock against them is that they are embarrassingly noncompetitive. The first three TNF games have ended with a combined score of 163-50.The closest was a 26-6 snooze fest between the Steelers and Ravens. The reason these games are so poorly played is because the teams only get three days to prepare. Players are forced to play grueling, bone shattering NFL games on Sundays, only to hop on a plane and do it again in the middle of the week. For a league that is all of a sudden super concerned about player safety, they sure missed the mark on this one. I guess as long as they’re making money, they’ll be willing to sacrifice some torn ACL’s and broken ribs from their players. As soon as Roger Goodell is done with the Ray Rice scandal, and the Adrian Peterson scandal, and the Bill Simmons scandal, and the Redskins name scandals, and all 150 other scandals going on, abolishing Thursday Night Football should be his first priority. I’d rather watch a documentary on paper clips than sit through two shoddy teams playing uninspired football on a Thursday.
And that concludes my first blog post. Hope it wasn’t too bad. I’ll be back on Wednesday.