“It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.” – Nancy Thayer
As a child, you call it a ‘do over.’ In the film industry, it is known as a ‘remake.’ On the golf course, it’s a ‘mulligan.’ Here at Voodoobrown, I call it a ‘revisal.’ Now that the entire league has played half of their schedule, it is time to take a high level assessment and determine a more 2015-esque educated edition of the NFL Darrentees. As always, as my Dad would say, “you can take these to the bank, Jack.”
Darrentees I’m sticking with:
Seattle will not make the playoffs.
Amari Cooper will win offensive rookie of the year.
Bryce Petty will be the Jets’ starting quarterback on December 1st.
Final season of Peyton Manning’s career.
Tom Brady will win the 2015 MVP award. No one is close to this right now. Tom’s top wide receiver remains Julian Edelman.
I say it all the time…some guys are just coordinators and not head coach material. San Diego’s Mike Mccoy and Detroit’s Jim Caldwell are proving to be such and will be relieved of their duties come season’s end.
Oakland’s Derek Carr will be the Pro Bowl starter. Brady will be in the Superbowl so he won’t be able to make the game. Andy Dalton will be recovering from a heartbreaking loss in the AFC Championship game.
Carolina’s Ron Rivera will win the NFL Coach of the Year award. Just a few short years ago, his job was on the line. The defense has played well, even without star linebacker Luke Kuechly and the Panthers are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.
New England, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Denver. Wildcards: Oakland, Pittsburgh
Giants, Packers, Panthers, Cardinals. Wildcards: Vikings, Falcons
Superbowl 50: New England over Arizona
And now, YOUR Week 9 NFL Notes & Musings…
The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. Quarterback Andy Dalton is playing as well as anyone in the league.
Miami is now 0-4 against the rest of the AFC East.
Carolina has now won 12 regular season games in a row and have now rushed for 100 yards or more in 19 straight games. The Panthers sacked Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers five times on Sunday.
The Rams’ Greg Zuerlien’s 61 yard field goal on Sunday was only the 6th field goal in NFL history over 60 yards.
New England built a 14-0 lead on Washington on Sunday after running just 6 plays.
Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Hurns has caught a touchdown pass in 6 straight games, a franchise record.
Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown set franchise records with 17 receptions and 284 yards receiving. The Steelers racked up 597 yards of offense in their win against Oakland and Ben Roethlisberger moved in to 13th place, all-time, in yards passing.
San Francisco’s defense held Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman to an average yard per carry of just 1 yard.
I’m not sure yet if Tampa Bay rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is going to turn out to be a big time player in this league but he sure is fun to watch.
The Dallas Cowboys have lost 6 games in a row. That is their longest losing streak in 26 years. Let’s all take a moment to enjoy that.
Jay Cutler has now thrown 139 touchdown passes in a Bears uniform, a Chicago franchise record.
San Diego has now dropped 5 straight and sit at 2-7, good for the NFC West basement by 2.5 games.
And finally, I’m concerned about St. Louis wide receiver Wes Welker. I’m concerned that he doesn’t have a single person in his life that loves him enough to keep him from playing football, a sport that will surely land him in serious condition later in life. Welker has suffered a countless amount of concussions, so many that he wears a specially designed helmet to help protect what is left of his brain matter. The Rams signed Wes this week off the street with the hope he can be a valuable weapon to their struggling quarterback, Nick Foles. If Wes were a friend of mine, I would do everything in my power to keep him off the field. I can’t imagine he needs the money. What could he possibly have left to prove? Every time Welker makes a catch, you can bet I’ll be holding my breath. This can only end badly.
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