True or False: Matt Ryan is still the MVP.

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.

This week we are revisiting some of the statements from earlier in the season.

This week Dave Gray (@djg23), Dave Matthewman (@edwinrumbledove), Dan McLaughlin (@GridironGents), Ross Bell (@RossBell1984) and John Macdonald (@HeelMacca) will be the ones making the decisions.

Through eight weeks, Matt Ryan is the MVP.

Dave M – True. But only because of Tom Brady’s suspension. Ryan has been amazing this season, which is all the more apparent because of the way in which so many wrote him off as just another guy by so many; but Brady has been electrifying, it is easy to discount him as a player who has missed 50% of the season so far, but should he maintain the pace he is on (1319 yards, 12 TDs, 133.9 rating – so far) for twelve games, he will be difficult to ignore.

Dan – False. He’s certainly a candidate though. We talk about it on the pod this week, I went with Tom Brady, but Matt Ryan is definitely in the running.

Ross – True. He’s undoubtedly the MVP at the half point of the season he’s taken on some premier defences and just about come out on top in all these encounters.

John – True- Through the first 8 weeks he has been the best about. But this is Matt Ryan we have been here before haven’t we?

Dave G – False. I know he’s only played four games but I’ve got to give it to Tom Brady. Ryan has been great, but Brady is on another level to anybody.

 

 

The Patriots lose no more than one game over the rest of the regular season.

Ross – True. They’ll lose to the Seahawks in a weeks time (😉😉) and then they’ll stroll into the superbowl on the back of a big winning streak

John – True. They are playing outstanding football at the moment and it hard to see them losing any time soon.

Dan – True. I can’t remember a season as talent poor as this. There are so many bad teams out there and the Patriots just stand head and shoulders above them. That being said, anything could happen in half a season. The Patriots could start suffering a massive amount of injuries, or maybe a team emerges that we’ve not seen yet. A lot can change.

Dave M – False. They will lose in Seattle and vs Denver. When the Pats travel to Seattle next week, they will be facing a desperate Seahawks team that will need the win more than the Patriots will. And they’ll get it. Like the Seahawks, the Broncos strength is their defence, and both clubs will have the best chance of any teams to topple Belichick and company. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pats won both of these games, but my gut says they lose them both. They’ll still be the #1 seed though.

 

 

Both the Cardinals and Panthers will miss the playoffs.

Dan – False. The fact of the matter is, is that that the NFC is not very good this year and at least one of these teams should get  it together in the final part of the season to make a play off run. I’d be very surprised if one of them didn’t make it.

Dave M – True. I said true before, and it’s still true! The rest of the NFC caught up with them, a lot faster than anybody thought. The wildcard teams will be coming from the East and North and neither Cards nor Panthers will be winning their Division this year.

John – False. Cards will have to do a lot to get there but the Panthers seem to be on there way back. Not as good but should make Playoffs I think

 

 

Tony Romo will never start for the Cowboys again.

Dave G – True. I really didn’t think it would happen but I can’t see them going back to Romo now. How can they?

Dan – False. Did you hear Cowboys fans when Dak got off to a dodgy start last week? Yes all is well inbetween games at the moment because he has so far finished games particularly well. It remains to be seen whether the Cowboys aren’t a little curious about Romo if Prescott has 1/2 bad games. That being said I do think he finishes the season, but I’d be very surprised if Romo doesn’t get at least one run out.

Ross – False – It’s the Cowboys they can’t have nice things Dak will get a injury just on the verge of playoff victory and in comes Tony to save the day

 

 

The Rams will win 6 games or fewer this season.

Dan – True. I actually think fewer. With no run game thanks to a massive drop off in the offensive line the Rams are left with Case Keenum who is currently playing to the top of his ability (read into that what you will), Sean Mannion, who I think will get a run out at some point this season and Jared Goff, who came into the year having never called a play from the huddle. Even if you start your number 1 pick, you have to accept that he is a project with a massive ceiling. At this point it’s probably better to wrap him in cotton wool with a playbook and box him up for next season.

Dave M – False. I have them winning four more: home games against Carolina and Miami in the next three weeks and hosting San Francisco and Arizona to close out the season. How will they finish 7-9 if they only win six!

Dave G – False. Fisher will get them to seven wins one way or another.

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