Chicago Can Only Go As High As Trubisky Takes Them

The Chicago Bears are currently one of the NFL’s most streakiest teams. One day they’ll look like one of the NFL’s elite behind a defense that is sure to frighten opponents but then some nights they may give up 30+ points while scoring below 14 and analysts alike will all be wondering what happened to the good Bears out of the Windy City.

Well, their problems begin at the quarterback position.

2017 first round pick Mitchell Trubisky has underperformed to say the least in his third NFL season. It’s crazy because usually players take a “sophomore slump” but in Trubisky’s second season (2018) he was able to lead them to a 12-4 record while tossing for over 3,300 yards and 24 touchdowns.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 7

The NFL is a wild league. One week a team may look like playoff contenders and the next they may look like nobodies. This is the case of the Dallas Cowboys who have seen the wheels fall off following a 3-0 start. Their divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles are 3-3 after back to back weeks of having an impressive win then a bad loss. At 3-3 they’re firmly tied for first in their division but who is actually the better team?

Check out where the Eagles and Cowboys rank this week in our power rankings.

Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (6-0)

2. San Francisco 49ers (5-0)

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

5. Green Bay Packers (5-1)

6. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)

7. Carolina Panthers (4-2)

8. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

9. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

10. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

11. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

13. Houston Texans (4-2)

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

15. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

17,Carolina Panthers (3-2)

18. Chicago Bears (3-2)

19. Detroit Lions (2-2-1)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

22. New York Giants (2-3)

23. Tennessee Titans (2-4)

24. Jacksonvillew Jaguars (2-4)

25. Cleveland Browns (2-4)

26. Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1)

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)

28. Atlanta Falcons (1-5)

29. Washington Redskins (1-5)

30. New York Jets (1-4)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-6)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5)

Exxedera’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 6

Week six of the NFL is set to kick off Thursday night as the undefeated New England Patriots face off against rookie Daniel Jones and the New York Giants. We’ve already seen some upsets happen this season so an upending of the Patriots wouldn’t be too surprising especially to the Giants.

Let’s take a look at how the entire league stacks up ahead of week six.

Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (5-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (4-1)

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

6. Green Bay Packers (4-1)

7. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

9. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

10. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

11. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

13. Houston Texans (3-2)

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

15. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

17,Carolina Panthers (3-2)

18. Chicago Bears (3-2)

19. Tennessee Titans (2-3)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

22. New York Giants (2-3)

23. Cleveland Browns (2-3)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)

25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

26. Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)

27. Denver Broncos (1-4)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-5)

30. Miami Dolphins (0-4)

31. New York Jets (0-4)

32. Washington Redskins (0-5)

The Colts’ Future Now Rides On The Arm Of Jacoby Brissett

The Indianapolis Colts’ 2019 season just took a major hit when seven-year veteran QB Andrew Luck announced his sudden retirement at the age of 29.

The Colts ended their 2018 season with Luck being the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after injury forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. The Colts suffered in his absence (4-12) yet rejoiced when he returned last year (10-6) and led them to a divisional playoff game. Now as he leaves there is a large deal of uncertainty at the QB position.. or is there?

Former Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett was the Colts’ starter back in 2017 when they went 4-12 and while that should raise some eyebrows as to wonder how well he will fare, you must remember that old situation is similar to this one. Both times Brissett was expected to be a backup who ended up starting in a short time span. So why should fans believe in him? Well, he was only a second year pro back in 2017. Now with a whole year as a starter under his belt and another backing up and learning from Andrew Luck, there’s no reason why fans shouldn’t be optimistic of what Brissett can do.

Brissett is no slouch either, he threw more TD’s than INT’s in his lone starting year (13-7) and now he gets the task of leading the Colts’ franchise for years to come. He’ll be surrounded by wide receivers T.Y. Hilton, Devin Fuchess, Deon Cain amongst others.

Chargers Take Another Hit Before The Season Even Begins

The Los Angeles Chargers have had the roughest offseason out of any team in recent memory. Star RB Melvin Gordon is holding out while he seeks a new contract, WR Keenan Allen is out with an ankle injury and tackle Russel Okung is also nursing an injury. Now Derwin James is set to be out for a few months after he has surgery on his foot. James’ injury places another hit on LA’s offseason and maybe their biggest one of all since their secondary got the boost they needed when the Florida State product arrived last season via the draft.

Derwin James’

Is It Too Early To Believe In The Niners?

The San Francisco 49ers have gone through years of futility following the departure of former head coach Jim Harbaugh. The current University of Michigan HC was only with the 49ers for four seasons but in three of those four his team reached the NFC Championship Game.

In the four seasons following his departure the Niners have only managed 17 wins, an abysmal total for a team that was close to taking home a championship six seasons ago. The team has been marred with quarterback problems since Harbaugh’s departure, beginning with

Is Holding Out Becoming A Trend Amongst NFL Stars?

Every NFL offseason fans are glued to their television’s to see which big names have made the biggest moves (Changing teams through free agency, draft, etc) but now they have to begin to watch for another reason. NFL stars are now beginning to hold out of training camp, part of the season or even the whole season (More on that later) in order to receive better contracts that fit them in regard to how much they individually mean to their team.

The Le’veon Bell Effect

New York Jets running back is basically the face of the holdout committee. He used his leverage as a superstar player to basically give the Pittsburgh Steelers an ultimatum a year ago: Pay me or I’ll sit for an entire season. The Steelers decided against paying Bell a salary exceeding $14 million per year, while Bell also decided against signing a franchise tag for the second year in a row.

In the end, Bell forfeited his entire salary for the season while the steelers missed out on the postseason even after getting off to a 6-2-1 start to last season. Surely the Steelers missed Bell’s presence as a playmaker out of the backfield. Although rookie James Connor rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns, it wasn’t the same as having Le’Veon Bell pour in 1,300 yards as well as 85 receptions as he did in the 2017 season.

His decision to sit came as a reward to him and also his body when he signed a deal with the New York Jets that was in the same $14 million range as the Steelers offered but the difference was the Jets offered way more in guaranteed money which is a big deal to a running back that’s nearing 30 and just led the league in touches a couple of seasons ago. Now he may have taken himself out of yearly playoff contention, but he’s getting more money for the repeated beating his body is going to take over the next half decade+

How Long Can Tom Brady Play At A High Level?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has cemented his status in the National Football League (NFL) as arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

He won his first Super Bowl when I was just five years old and I’ve watched him continue to dominate the league over the years. He won his latest Super Bowl this year when I was 22 years old. It’s been wild to watch him grow before my eyes, literally from Kindergarten through college, and what’s even wilder is the fact that he’s won six Super Bowls in that span.

He and head coach Bill Belichick have combined for over 200 wins together as a pair together, leading the next HC-QB combo by almost 100 wins which means another combo (Brees-Payton or Roethlisberger-Tomlin) would need six perfect regular seasons to accomplish this and neither quarterback is going to even play another six seasons. Oh yea and Brady accomplished the perfect regular season in 2007, guiding the Pats to a 16-0 regular season while winning the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. He lost that year’s Super Bowl along with another one in 2012, however his dominance when it matters compares to the GOAT’s in other sports as well.

Brady’s Super Bowl record can be compared to Kobe Bryant’s NBA Championship record (6-2 for Brady, 5-2 for Bryant) and his chances to win it all can be compared to LeBron James (Brady has gotten the Pats to eight straight AFC Championship games, while LeBron had eight straight NBA Finals appearances which different teams. He won his latest Super Bowl at age 41, which leads many to believe a decline must be in order. But many also believed that for the past 3-4 seasons yet he’s won 3 of the last five Super Bowl’s. At age 40 he led the league in passing yards and attempted while winning his third NFL MVP award (2007, 2010).

If Tom Brady can continue his high play with how young of a roster they’ve built, Brady may very well play at a high level well into age 45 honestly. That’s crazy to even think about but he hasn’t slowed down yet and he’s also blessed to play in one of the weakest divisions in football. He has won his division 16 of the last 19 season and every other quarterback in the division is playing in their second NFL season. That’s alot of youth for teams expected to compete against a team that has been built to consistently beat them year in and year out.

Did The Seahawks Overpay Russell Wilson?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the owner of the richest contract in NFL history moment and he’s surely worth it. But did the Seahawks give him too high of a tab considering how many impact players they lost over the years?

Wilson led the Seahawks to a playoff berth in his rookie season and a super bowl title in his second. He got the Seahawks back to the promise land in his third season just to be denied at the goal line when he threw an interception in the end zone near the end of the game. Since that throw at the end of his third NFL season, Wilson has seen relatively little playoff success, although he’s been to the playoffs every year of his career besides one.

The fact that he continually gets to the playoffs leads many to believe that his four-year, $140 million contract extension was worth it. If you think about it, it sort of is. The fact that he went from super bowl appearances during the Beast Mode and Legion Of Boom era to playoff appearances following the departures of Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and others says alot about how great of a leader Wilson is. He’ll be in for a huge challenge next year as they lose their defensive leader, Earl Thomas to free agency. The Seahawks did make a great effort to improve their defense through the draft, drafting players on that side of the ball with three of their first four picks.

The biggest setback on the Seattle roster however falls on the offensive side of the football. Their offensive line is so terrible that Wilson is almost relegated to making most of his throws outside of the pocket and on the run. The Seahawks drafted WR D.K. Metcalf following the retirement of longtime receiver Doug Baldwin due to nagging injuries. Will the addition of Metcalf plus the running of RB’s Chris Carson (5th most yards in the league last season) and 2018 first round pick Rashaad Penny should be enough to will the Seahawks back to the playoffs. But is a super bowl run possible?

A run back to the Super Bowl may have been made more possible if the Seahawks had used some of that money from Wilson’s contract to sign impact players in free agency such as Eric Berry to replace Earl Thomas. Maybe they could have even pulled off a trade

Pay Me Or Trade Me: Melvin Gordon Edition

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has demanded that the Chargers either give him a new contract or trade him before the new season kicks off.

Gordon is set to make $5.6 million in the upcoming season however the four-year pro believes that he’s worth more due to his consistency out of the backfield and ability to stay on the field. He has an argument as he’s started at least 11 games in each of his four seasons which includes two pro bowl appearances (2016 & 2018).

The former first-round pick out of Wisconsin is one of the best workhorse backs in the league as he has tallied 5,205 yards from scrimmage and 38 total touchdowns over his four seasons. He ran for over 1,000 yards in the 2017 season and this past year he fell just short of that, but he missed four games and had 100 less carries. He made up for that by averaging over five yards per carry for the first time in his career (He averaged 3.8 before).

If the Chargers don’t pay him now they would be risking watching their best back since LaDainian Tomlinson walk away in next year’s offseason. Would that be a wise move? I don’t believe so. Gordon wants to be paid in the same range as the game’s best backs who have already gotten big paydays such as Todd Gurley and LeVeon Bell and quite frankly he deserves it, especially with Phillip Rivers nearing retirement.