Early Season Thoughts

Hello football fans!

The NFL is back, and… I’m still getting used to it as a fan.

Maybe it’s because there’s still basketball on, or the fact there wasn’t a preseason, but it doesn’t feel right yet… hey, it’s better than nothing.

I’ll begin to write more about the league in the coming weeks, and expect to see my world famous power rankings return very soon!

I also might do a weekly edition of thoughts/takeaways (similar to what Fredy has done in the past) too.

Anyway, here’s how I’ve felt about the season so far…

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State of the New England Patriots

For the NFL, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been different than the other major sports leagues in the country. The preseason has been cancelled, mini camps as well as voluntary workouts were not able to take place, but the league did not have to pause or reduce their regular season… yet.

The league had the benefit of time, yet it seems inevitable their plans (or lack thereof) for this season will be flawed.

No bubble. Teams travelling across the country for games as if things are normal, and possibly fans in stadiums…

As we have seen this year in life, and in sports with baseball, we are in a fluid situation where there needs to be flexibility and an understanding things are not normal.

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Divisional Round Predictions

Welcome to the divisional round!

Fredy and I will take another attempt at picking the playoff games slated for this weekend. Fredy went 2-2 last week, as opposed to me… I don’t want to talk about it (fine, I was 0-4, stop laughing). Hopefully things go better.

This will be the first divisional round in the AFC not to feature Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady since 2002. We’ll get to see the future of the position in full swing, as Patrick Mahomes (24), Deshaun Watson (24), and Lamar Jackson (23) will each be playing. In the NFC, Jimmy Garoppolo will be making his first playoff start, and Kirk Cousins will be appearing in the divisional round for the first time. Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are the old-heads of the group, as each has won a Super Bowl as a starting QB.

It should be a lot of fun, possibly the first of many times we see these QBs and teams during this time of year. Enjoy!

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