Each week the five of us are going to look at some of the biggest topics in the NFL and decide whether a statement is true or false.
The Vikings or Falcons will win the NFC.
Dave M – True. The Vikings have so far withstood the loss of the starting QB and the best RB of this century. That and the defence is awesome, Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith, they are stacked on all three levels. Also, it seems like every NFC team that finished above them last year has regressed and they have definitely improved. Carolina’s woes will see the Falcons make the playoffs, but I am not convinced they get a bye. This week is the first real test since they last real test, last week @ Denver!
John – False. As much as I want to believe that the Vikings will win the NFC I just know that they will blow it. Probably with a missed kick from Blair Walsh. As for the Falcons I’m still not sold on their defence. I would be surprised if either of these teams are in the Super Bowl.
Dan – True. I do think there’s another player in the divisional power struggle yet to present itself (looking in your direction Green Bay), but it does seem that currently these are the two top teams, with the Vikings edging it.
A team will fire their head coach before week eight.
Dan – True. I think there’s a few teams that could be in the running for this, but the Colts look like the front runners. It’s become fairly obvious they have little to no confidence in Pagano. Also Jim Caldwell could be a surprise candidate.
Ross – True. Sorry Mike but your time in San Diego is through, it’s not your fault that for two years you’ve had more injuries that points but these are the breaks sadly.
Dave M – False. Mainly because I think it would already have happened if it was going to. I feel like the obvious candidates such as Pagano, Jackson, Gase or Kelly all have the confidence of the front office for at least the whole season, so it would have to be someone unexpected, but I don’t really see it happening before season’s end. Unless it’s Rex. But he has a history of getting wins when he needs them most, so I think he makes it to week 17. But no further.
Dave G – False. I think it probably should have happened but every time a coach has looked one game away they have pulled out a win. There are a few teams that just need a new approach. Three of the four AFC south teams to start with could be much improved with somebody new at the helm.
David Johnson is the best running back in the league.
John – False. So far this season he has been but I really don’t see him being there at the end of the season top 3 at a push.
Ross – False. CC: a certain Mr Bell in Pittsburgh, he’s back and an extra few weeks to rest up have him as my top RB in the NFL, he does everything Johnson does just a little bit better.
Dan – False. I think he’ll probably end up with the best stats, but currently I think that Le’Veon Bell still holds that title, with Ezekiel Elliott looking through the window wondering what’s going on.
Dave G – True. I think. It’s hard to really split him and Bell with Elliot quickly catching them. I just think that as an all-round back, I’d take him if I was forced to pick.
The Bengals will make the playoffs.
Dave M – False. AFC playoff teams are: Pats, Broncos, Colts, Steelers, Raiders and Texans. The Bengals have not responded well to Hue Jackson leaving for the other side of Ohio.
John – True. And this year they will win a game in the playoffs also.
Dan – False (although don’t feel good about it). I’m erring on the side of them missing out because I think that there’s a chance that this team could need a massive rebuild on the offensive line. Also the continual loss of coaches makes Marvin Lewis’ coaching tree look great, but now they may have hit bedrock.
Ross – False. While nobody expected them to oust the Steelers as the power in their division, those same people I’m guessing didn’t expect the Ravens to be a legitimate force again this season.
Barring injuries, Jay Cutler will never play for the Bears again.
Dave M – False. Hoyer is better than Cutler. At least in this offense. But he’s been a backup for as long as he has for a reason. Lest we forget week 18 last season as well when he almost single handedly destroyed Houston’s playoff hopes. Hoyer might play the next few, but he’ll have a couple of bad games and Cutler will be back.
Ross – True. Hoyer is a more than serviceable stand in. All Cutler guaranteed money is paid and the Bears are no longer tied to the Cutler disaster. He’s gone in the off season and barring an injury to Hoyer he’s going to happen be very fresh for whoever wants to get on that rollercoaster next year.
John – True. I just don’t that he can now. Don’t get me wrong he is on the lower side of Okay as a QB. If your QB goes down and you need a replacement you could do a lot worse than him. I just think his time with the Bears is done now.
Dave G – True. I think they are done with him. I don’t even mind Cutler but the Bears need to move on. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. I feel like it has the Jets written all over it.