A Celebration of Football: NFL Prediction 4

Continuing our series, my next prediction for the 2013 NFL Season is:

The Dallas Cowboys will win no more than 5 Games this season, finishing last in the NFC East and possibly claiming a Top-5 Draft Pick Next Year.

Actually, when I looked at Dallas’ roster and schedule, my first thought is that this team could very well go 3-13.  While they have talent at the offensive skill positions, they don’t have the offensive line necessary to let the the RBs and WRs accomplish much.  Their defense outside of DeMarcus Ware is suspect as well.  They also share a division with a talented Giants team, an exciting young Redskins team, and an Eagles team that has the talent to rebound from last years night mare.  Operating under my belief that the Eagles will rebound, while the Chiefs and Chargers will also improve under new leadership, the only truly bad team on Dallas’ schedule is Oakland.  While I think they will some games besides that (I’m looking at San Diego, Washington once, and Minnesota as possibilities), they aren’t good enough to win more than 5 of the games on their schedule and could possibly do worse.

A Celebration of Football: NFL Prediction 5

Today, marks the beginning of the Celebration of Football Series.  This week, I will give 5 predictions about how the NFL Season will turn out.  Today, I will be discussing:

Why this is the Year Cincinnati passes up Pittsburgh and Baltimore to win the AFC North.

First, lets look at these teams.  Cincinnati has Andy Dalton, who is probably in the top-half of QBs in the league, A.J. Green, one of the premier WR weapons in Football, and a new running game in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovanni Bernard.  They also have on of the top Defensive Linemen in Football in Geno Atkins.  Baltimore has Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, a hopefully improved Torrey Smith, and an aging defense.  Meanwhile, if Baltimore’s defense is aging, Pittsburgh’s is ancient.  The Steelers are also trying a new smashmouth RB for seemingly the 87th time and lost their top WR in Mike Wallace.  Cincinnati could without a stretch take 3 of the 4 games they have against Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and possibly 4 of 4 with a few breaks.

Next is the schedule.  Looking at the Bengals schedule, I think every game besides the Green Bay game is quite winnable.  I’m not saying they will go 15-1, but it is hard to see a floor for this squad below 10 wins.  Meanwhile 10-6 seems about the mean as opposed to the floor when looking at the Ravens schedule.  Looking at the Ravens schedule and roster, I would have to say 7-9 for them would not shock me.  While the Steeler’s schedule isn’t as bad as the Ravens, I think 10 wins is about where they should be to after factoring in the 2-4 games Roethlisberger inevitably misses.  They could be a Wild Card team.

Looking at the roster and schedule of these teams, the Bengals look to be in very good position for this season.  They are also built for the future, which Pittsburgh and Baltimore.  If they do well this year, it may be a few seasons before they relinquish the AFC North crown.  I believe there is good reason to think the shift to Cincinnati starts this year.


A Celebration of Football

Football Season is upon us.  In celebration, here is what we will be doing the next few weeks here at The Trading Bloc:

5 Predictions for the upcoming NFL Season

The Top Players Card Collectors Should Be Watching

The Top Rookies Card Collectors Should Be Watching

The Top Positions By Team Card Collectors Should Be Watching

Stay Tuned!

Blaster Break: 2010 Topps Football

I have two sets in my collection I have been trying to build.  One is the 2005 Topps Football Base Set.  The other is the 2010 Topps Football Base Set.  I went ahead and busted a blaster of 2010 Topps Football to see if I could make any progress on this mission.  Each box contains a patch card, and my hit was the card below (not the exact one) (http://comc.com/r19pOvZ).

Another good pull was one of these.  (http://comc.com/rS8dip)

Here is a list of inserts and Rookies I didn’t have previously:

Rookies – Nate Allen, James Starks, Devin McCourty, Sergio Kindle, Amari Spievey, Ed Dickson.

Peak Performance – C.J. Spiller, Michael Crabtree.

Rookie Replica – Tony Dorsett.

75th Draft – Ray Lewis.

Gridiron Lineage – Chris Johnson/Jahvid Best, Tony Dorsett/LeSean McCoy.

1952 Bowman – Colt McCoy, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Michael Turner.