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Our Super Bowl Picks

Our Super Bowl Picks

Well Fat Jesus wrapped up the weekly picks contest last week, going 2-0 to open up a three game lead with just the Super Bowl remaining. So congrats to Fat Jesus! Of course, the Ghost Rat was the one contributor who predicted Denver and Seattle in the Super Bowl in our pre-season picks, so now [...]

Why Broncos Fans Shouldn't Worry About the Weather*

Why Broncos Fans Shouldn’t Worry About the Weather*

(*and what they should worry about instead.) So, it’s the Broncos and the Seahawks. For only the second time in the past 20 years, both of the top-seeded teams have made it to the Big Game. Huzzah. Broncos fans (myself included) are quietly bemoaning the fact that in this, of all years, the NFL has [...]

Championship Game Picks

Championship Game Picks

It looks like it’s going to be a Denver-Seattle Super Bowl, or at least says the consensus pick of our resident experts this week. The Denver versus New England match-up offers another chapter in the Brady v. Manning saga, and even with a Brady loss this weekend, the Patriots’ quarterback has dominated the head to [...]

Division Round Picks

Division Round Picks

Another week, and another leader in our Gridiron Rats weekly picks contest. Fat Jesus has pulled in to the lead by a game, and this Rat finds himself having a pick against his own team to try and make up the difference. I am hoping that the Patriots can pound the ball against the Colts, [...]

Manning > Brady

Manning > Brady

Barring a shocking development (which is not out of the question in today’s NFL), the league will get yet another Manning/Brady showdown come January 19. If it happens, it will be the fifteenth time they have faced each other, the fourth time in the playoffs, and the third time a trip to the Super Bowl [...]

GiR Awards: Defensive Rookie of the Year

GiR Awards: Defensive Rookie of the Year

2013 saw some outstanding performances among defensive rookies, and we have nominated eight for the award won by Luke Kuechly last season. This year’s nominees include (in alphabetical order): Kiko Alonso, BUF (6-10, 159 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 INT) Jarvis Jones, PIT (8-8, 40 tackles, 1 sack) Star Lotulelei, CAR (12-4, 42 tackles, 3 sacks) [...]

Here come our post-season awards!

Here come our post-season awards!

Beginning later today, the Gridiron Rats second annual post-season awards will start being unveiled. You will recall last year that we correctly predicted each of the NFL’s post-season awards winners, a feat unmatched on any website that we are familiar with. This season, we actually hope not to perform so well, because it was never [...]

Wildcard Weekend Picks

Wildcard Weekend Picks

After 256 games of the 2013 NFL regular season, the real football season is finally upon us! We have four wildcard playoff contests this weekend, and the NFL is likely to get four competitive contests, exactly what they are hoping for. Among our contributors, we have no unanimous picks this weekend, and a great deal [...]

It's Black Monday again...

It’s Black Monday again…

It’s that time of year… the day following the end of the regular season when NFL head coaches get shown the front door. We’ll keep a running commentary of any coaches fired over the course of the week leading up to the Wildcard Round. Here are our coaching casualties to date: Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans [...]

Week Seventeen Picks

Week Seventeen Picks

As we enter the final week of the regular season, DJ Crash maintains a slim one game lead over Fat Jesus and a two game lead over Ghost Rat. We maintain this competition through the post-season, so there are just 27 games left in our competition and in the 2013 season. Fat Jesus, Flip Stricland, [...]

Week Seventeen Power Rankings

Week Seventeen Power Rankings

It was a topsy-turvy week in the NFL last week, but the results didn’t affect our power rankings much. In fact, our top ten stayed constant, despite losses by Seattle, New Orleans, and Kansas City. Entering the final week of the season, there is still one playoff spot up for grabs in the AFC, with [...]

Week Sixteen Picks

Week Sixteen Picks

With just two regular season weeks and the playoffs remaining, DJ Crash is holding a three game lead over fat Jesus and Ghost Rat in the weekly picks contest here at GiR. Only DJ and the Quarter made it to ten wins last week, while seven of us tied at nine wins. Here are the [...]

Week Sixteen Power Rankings

Week Sixteen Power Rankings

There are just two more weeks to go in the regular season, and the Seattle Seahawks are maintaining a stranglehold on first place in our power rankings, capturing five of six first place votes. As always (almost) the Preacher dissented, sending his vote to the 49ers. But what we lack in unanimity at the top [...]

Week Fifteen Picks

Week Fifteen Picks

It was a banner week for several of our contributors last week. Brodrick and Fat Jesus led the way with 13-3 records, while the Preacher, Flip, Rat’s Widow and Reyno Island all scored twelve victories against four losses. DJ Crash and the Ghost Rat both came in at 10-6. So with just three weeks of [...]

Week Fifteen Power Rankings

Week Fifteen Power Rankings

How good are the Seattle Seahawks? They’re so good that even after a Week Fourteen loss to the San Francisco 49ers, they remain our unanimous #1 team in our power rankings. The Broncos and Patriots switched positions as the Broncos dominated the Titans while the Patriots pulled out a third straight comeback win, but lost [...]

GiR Articles by Division

AFC East

  • Manning > Brady
    Manning > Brady

    Barring a shocking development (which is not out of the question in today’s NFL), the league will get yet another Manning/Brady showdown come January 19. If it happens, it will [...]

  • GiR Awards: Defensive Rookie of the Year
    GiR Awards: Defensive Rookie of the Year

    2013 saw some outstanding performances among defensive rookies, and we have nominated eight for the award won by Luke Kuechly last season. This year’s nominees include (in alphabetical order): Kiko [...]

AFC North

  • 32 Previews: Cleveland Browns
    32 Previews: Cleveland Browns

    6. Cleveland Browns Head Coach: Rob Chudzinski 2012 Record: 5-11 2012 Offense: 302 points scored, 24th in points, 25th in yards (19th passing, 24th rushing) 2012 Defense: 368 points allowed, [...]

  • Browns Free Agency Review
    Browns Free Agency Review

    At this time of year we read about the winners and losers in free agency and analysts like to project how these additions or subtractions make teams better or worse. [...]

AFC South

  • Jim Irsay is an Idiot
    Jim Irsay is an Idiot

    We’ve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one [Super Bowl ring]. So, Jim Irsay decided to diss the man who built his fancy new stadium [...]

  • 32 Previews: Tennessee Titans
    32 Previews: Tennessee Titans

    10. Tennessee Titans Head Coach: Mike Munchak 2012 Record: 6-10 2012 Offense: 330 points scored, 23rd in points, 26th in yards (22nd passing, 21st rushing) 2012 Defense: 471 points allowed, [...]

AFC West

  • Why Broncos Fans Shouldn't Worry About the Weather*
    Why Broncos Fans Shouldn’t Worry About the Weather*

    (*and what they should worry about instead.) So, it’s the Broncos and the Seahawks. For only the second time in the past 20 years, both of the top-seeded teams have [...]

  • Manning > Brady
    Manning > Brady

    Barring a shocking development (which is not out of the question in today’s NFL), the league will get yet another Manning/Brady showdown come January 19. If it happens, it will [...]

NFC East

  • No, Virginia, Scoring is Not Out of Control
    No, Virginia, Scoring is Not Out of Control

    Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I stumbled across this gem: Broncos-Cowboys game underscores diminishing role of defense in NFL. OK, so that Broncos game Sunday was very exciting. [...]

  • 32 Previews: Philadelphia Eagles
    32 Previews: Philadelphia Eagles

    4. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach: Chip Kelly 2012 Record: 4-12 2012 Offense: 280 points scored, 29th in points, 15th in yards (13th passing, 13th rushing) 2012 Defense: 444 points allowed, [...]

NFC North

  • 32 Previews: Detroit Lions
    32 Previews: Detroit Lions

    5. Detroit Lions Head Coach: Jim Schwartz 2012 Record: 4-12 2012 Offense: 372 points scored, 17th in points, 3rd in yards (2nd in passing, 23rd in rushing) 2012 Defense: 437 [...]

  • Saturday Divisional Recap
    Saturday Divisional Recap

    Saturday was a great day to be a football fan. It was also a pretty good day to be a Harbaugh brother. The early game, and we use the term [...]

NFC South

  • 32 Previews: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    32 Previews: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach: Greg Schiano 2012 Record: 7-9 2012 Offense: 389 points scored, 13th in points, 9th in yards (10th passing, 15th rushing) 2012 Defense: 394 points [...]

  • Atlanta radio crew fired for tasteless Gleason skit
    Atlanta radio crew fired for tasteless Gleason skit

    Atlanta sports radio station 790 The Zone has fired hosts Stephen “Steak” Shapiro, Nick Cellini, and Chris Dimino for an unbelievably tasteless skit taking shots at former former New Orleans [...]

NFC West

  • 32 Previews: Arizona Cardinals
    32 Previews: Arizona Cardinals

    7. Arizona Cardinals Head Coach: Bruce Arians 2012 Record: 5-11 2012 Offense: 250 points scored, 32st in points, 32nd in yards (28th passing, 32nd rushing) 2012 Defense: 357 points allowed, [...]

  • A Rat's Take on Super Bowl XLVII
    A Rat’s Take on Super Bowl XLVII

    So the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 last night in Super Bowl XLVII. I can’t call it one of the best Super Bowls I watched, but rather [...]

Rat's Widow

  • Widow's 2013 NFL Predictions
    Widow’s 2013 NFL Predictions

    The Rat’s Widow is back and this year she is picking for real, taking on the “brain trust” of our writers and determined to kick our collective butts! It’s going [...]

  • Widow's Scorn: NCAA Bowl Games edition
    Widow’s Scorn: NCAA Bowl Games edition

    Widows and Fans, I totally get that this is an NFL site, although I can only assume that many of you also indulge in a little bit of college football [...]

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