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Five NFL Questions

Here are 5 off-season NFL questions and my answers. Be sure to give your answers in the comments!


1- Was it a good call for the Lions to extend quarterback Matthew Stafford?           mattstafford

I think it was a smart move.  I don’t think many will disagree that it was but some may consider it a lot of guaranteed money.  Obviously the quarterback position is the most important on any football team.  It is almost impossible to win come playoff time without a competent signal caller.

If you have one that is in the top half of the league and aren’t in a position to add Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin in the draft you must lock down your QB.  Stafford had a big drop-off in 2012 from 2011 but he should bounce back in 2013.  Baltimore hesitated on paying Joe Flacco and it ended up costing them millions, but the again all of the Ravens organization are wearing rings now so doubt they are complaining.


2- Are the Dallas Cowboys legit contenders in the NFC?

I say no and here is why.  I just can’t see this team making the playoffs in a tough NFC with so many questions from the top down.  I will skip the Jerry Jones debate other than I think he left his team and his coach is a shaky position.

Jason Garrett is on a very hot seat and everything out of Dallas is completely confusing.  I am not sure why they pulled the play calling away from Garrett and gave it to Bill Callahan?  It seems Garrett did a good job of running a productive offense and game management was his real issue?   Tony Romo is Tony Romo, the running game is in question due to health concerns of Demarco Murray and their offensive line will always have question marks.

One bright side is the jump Dez Bryant made to being an elite NFL receiver but I still have questions that most have eliminated.  Has he truly matured as a person?  And what happened in the biggest game of the year week 17?  He got hurt again and was a non-factor.

One last thing.  I am far from sold on the defensive change made by Dallas bringing in Monte Kiffin, maybe his son brought him down at USC but it was very ugly.


3- Best Over win total NFL bet?

Going with the Seattle Seahawks at over 10.5 wins in 2013.  I think this team can win 11 games and win probably end up 12-4.  Maybe they lose both games versus the 49ers, but they can still hit 11 wins.  It would be a surprise if they didn’t go at least 7-1 at home this season.

I know the Rams should be better and teams will be more prepared for Russell Wilson but I don’t expect any drop-off from Pete Carroll’s crew.  Percy Harvin should help an offense which started becoming one of the league’s best by seasons end.  Although maybe it is best to hold off on this bet a few weeks in case the Seadderal Seahawks face any more suspensions.


4- Best Under win total?       NFL: OCT 17 Miami at Jets

Going with the New York Jets at under 6.5 wins in 2013.  Much like Dallas this is a situation where the coach should have been dropped after last season.  He wasn’t and now maybe he hopes running with the bulls can motivate him to get his team back in contention.  I just do not see it.

The offense has questions at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and across the offensive line.  Yes, they may have got a gift with Geno Smith in round two, but is that going to be a season changer in 2013?  Maybe the defense can carry them to some wins but I just don’t see it.  Time for the New Yorkers to start speculating on Gruden, Cowher, Sabin, etc.


5- If you ran team who was a borderline contender, would you draft a kicker first round, #10 overall if you were guaranteed that kicker wouldn’t miss from 50 or under for the next five seasons if you had average kicker already?

I think I would take it.  It means you’re winning any tied or down 1 or 2 game if you have the ball and can get to the opponents 27 yard line at the end.  I blindly went back a couple years and look at the 10th overall pick from 2007-2011 to see who went there.

Blaine Gabbert
Tyson Alualu
Michael Crabtree
Jerod Mayo
Amobi Okoye

I would probably only take Crabtree over that situation and I really would have to think about that over the field goal lock.

I looked at two kickers for example, Blair Walsh and Rob Bironas.  Walsh was very good as a rookie and only missed 3 field goals in that range but Bironas (one of league’s top guys in the past) was not very good in that range going 5 for 10 from 40-49.  Tennessee wasn’t good and needs parts to get back towards the top but a solid kicker could have made them a better team in 2012.  I think I would take the kicker.



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