Jan 062014
 

Kiko Alonso2013 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)
Tyrann Mathieu, ARI (10-6, 68 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT)
Alec Ogletree, STL (7-9, 117 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD)
Sheldon Richardson, NYJ (8-8, 76 tackles, 3.5 sacks)
Logan Ryan, NE (12-4, 35 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5 INT, 1 TD)
Desmond Trufant, ATL (4-12, 70 tackles, 2 INT)

This award generated a wide variety of opinions among our contributors, as three different players accumulated first place votes, and one player who received a second place vote and three third place votes didn’t make the final cut (Logan Ryan), nor did another player who received a first place vote (Star Lotulelei). When all the votes are tallied, here are the top three vote winners:

Third Place: Alec Ogletree, linebacker, St. Louis Rams

Ogletree led a resurgent Rams’ defense with 117 tackles while forcing six fumbles. Ogletree also returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown, had a sack and a half and ten pass breakups. The first round sellection from the University of Georgia, coupled with defensive end Robert Quinn, give Jeff Fisher a solid defensive nucleus entering the 2014 season.

Second Place: Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, New York Jets (2 1st place votes)

One of our two selections from the AFC East, Richardson single-handedly made new GM John Idzik look pretty bright this season, as the budding star dominated the line of scrimmage and was a force against opposition running games. Despite being a rookie and joining a very talented defensive front, Richardson proved to be arguably the best defensive player on the Jets’ roster. Richardson closed the season with 76 tackles and three and a half sacks.

First Place: Kiko Alonso, linebacker, Buffalo Bills (4 1st place votes)

Jets’ fans may disagree, but we agree with Mel Kiper on this one. Alonso was the best defensive rookie in the NFL in 2013, nearly on par with Kuechly’s performance in 2012. Alonso recorded 159 tackles in 2013, while helping the Bills improve to the tenth ranked offense (in defensive yards allowed). The secondary proved to be the bane of Buffalo’s defensive unit, but Alonso quickly established himself as a dominant and disruptive presence, picking off four passes while breaking up another nine, and tallying two sacks, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Alonso finished third in the league in tackles, behind only Vontaze Burfict and Paul Posluszny.

Jan 062014
 

Rat's Awards ImageBeginning 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 our intent to predict who others were going to honor. Sticking with our purpose to be strictly a fan site, we are sticking only with with award nominees that our own contributors have nominated, which of course leaves room for some oversights and for some homerism along the way.  Of course, since I get to make nominations as well, I do try to make sure that our slate of nominees is broad and reflective of the many outstanding performances from the 2013 season.

Our schedule for post-season awards is as follows:

January 6 – Defensive Rookie of the Year
January 7 – Offensive Rookie of the Year
January 8 – Comeback Player of the Year
January 9 – Coach of the Year
January 10 – Defensive Player of the Year
January 11 – Offensive Player of the Year
January 12 – Most Valuable Player
January 13 – Rat’s Dropping Award
January 14 – Pied Piper Award

The last two awards are our new creations this season; the Rat’s Dropping Award recognizes an active NFL player as being the worst role model in the National Football league, while the Pied Piper Award recognizes the active player who serves as the best role model in the NFL.

Check back later today to see our first award.

Jan 072013
 

Rat's Awards ImageOur final award this season is for the Most Valuable Player. Here is where we take the statistically amazing years by some players and factor in their overall value to the success of their team. This year’s MVP vote was a close one, with the winner getting 4 first place votes and the runner-up receiving the other three. And we bet you can guess who those players are.

Our MVP nominees included: Tom Brady (NE), Arian Foster (HOU), Robert Griffin III (WAS), Andrew Luck (IND), Peyton Manning (DEN), Adrian Peterson (MIN), Aaron Rodgers (GB), Matt Ryan (ATL), Aldon Smith (SF) and JJ Watt (HOU).

Tom Brady3rd Place – Tom Brady, New England Patriots
The numbers: 4,827 yards, 34 TD, 8 INT, 12-4 record
Arguments for: Tom Brady had another stellar season as the Patriots’ signal-caller, with a TD:INT ration of better than 4:1 as he threw for over 4,000 yards and led the Patriots to yet another division title and second seed in the AFC playoffs. he did it with a revolving corps of receivers yet again as the Patriots struggled with injuries to key players throughout the season.
Arguments against: Despite some uneducated opinions, Brady is not the product of the Patriots’ system, but rather the driver behind it. None the less, the talent surrounding Brady is extraordinary, particularly the tight end duo of Hernandez and Gronk, the phenomenal slot receiver Wes Welker, and a highly competent group of running backs. Had Ryan Mallett been forced to take over this team due to injury, there is a very fair chance that the Patriots still win the division.

Manning2nd Place – Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
The numbers: 4659 yards, 37 TD, 11 INT, 13-3 record
Arguments for: All Peyton Manning did in returning from a missed season is lead a new team to a 13-3 record, division title, and first overall seed in the AFC Playoffs. He finished sixth in passing yards, third in touchdowns and co-led the league in completion percentage.
Arguments against: Tim Tebow led this team to a division title last season. While the Broncos had the fourth rated offense in the NFL, they also had the second rated defense, so there is a fair argument that another quarterback still gets this team to the post-season the weak AFC West, though it’s doubtful that the Broncos would have gotten the #1 seed.

PetersonWINNER – Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
The numbers: 2,097 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 217 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
Arguments for: Simply put, the Vikings don’t come close to the playoffs without the performance of Adrian Peterson this season. Minnesota had the 20th rated offense in the NFL and the 16th rated defense, so neither unit propelled this team to a 10-6 record and a very unexpected wildcard bid. Nor was it the performance of quarterback Christian Ponder, who had a passer rating of 81.2 and 18 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, but who was inconsistent in his performances throughout the season. By comparison, during the Vikings’ four game winning streak at the end of the season to make the playoffs, Paterson amassed 651 yards, or an average of 162.7 per game. In the Vikings’ ten wins, Peterson ran for 1,235 yards, or 123.5 per game. No Peterson, no playoffs, and likely another losing record in Minnesota.
Arguments against: We’re not sure there is a good argument against Peterson being this year’s MVP. While there is at least one other player who is arguably equally deserving, there is no one more deserving. Yes, the Vikes got bounced in the first round of the playoffs, but this is a regular season award, voted for prior to the playoffs.

Jan 062013
 

Rat's Awards ImageOur next to last award acknowledges the game’s offensive difference-makers. Adrian Peterson had an amazing season running the ball and seemingly willed the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs after a horrific 2011 campaign. Peyton Manning returned from a one year hiatus and multiple neck surgeries and looked to be in mid-career form as he led the Denver Broncos to a 13-3 record. Tom Brady was, well, Tom Brady and once again put up numbers that most quarterbacks can only dream of. Calvin Johnson had monstrous numbers in receiving yards, and Robert Griffin III breathed life back into the Washington Redskins franchise. Those were just some of the amazing offensive exploits for 2012 in the National Football League.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Our nominees in this category included Tom Brady (NE), Drew Brees (NO), Robert Griffin III (WAS), Calvin Johnson (DET), Andrew Luck (IND), Marshawn Lynch (SEA), Peyton Manning (DEN), Doug Martin (TB), Adrian Peterson (MIN), and Matt Ryan (ATL).

3rd Place – Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Ho hum. Another year, another 34 touchdown passes versus only eight interceptions. Brady threw for 4,827 yards as the Patriots won the AFC East yet again with a 12-4 record. And, as happens almost every season, Brady aired it out with seemingly a different receiving corps each week, as Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Julian Edelman all lost significant time to injuries. Through thirteen NFL seasons Brady remains the model of consistency for NFL quarterbacks, yet he is still tough enough to regularly grind out short first yard runs to keep the chains moving.

2nd Place – Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
We’ve noted Manning’s exploits in the Comeback Player of the Year piece, but the stats are worth repeating given the fact that he missed all of last season with multiple neck surgeries. Manning threw for 4659 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while leading the Broncos to a 13-3 record. He finished sixth in passing yards, third in touchdowns and co-led the league in completion percentage. So much for being washed up.

Adrian PetersonWINNER – Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Nine yards. That’s all that separated Adrian Peterson from the single greatest rushing season in NFL history. Peterson ran for 2,097 and 12 touchdowns, plus 217 receiving yards and one touchdown through the air. Even more impressively, Peterson did this even when other teams built their defensive game plans to stop him. He ran for 210 and 199 yards against the Packers in two games, for 182 yards against the Seahawks’ stout defense, for 212 yards against an improved Rams’ defense, and 262 yards in two games against the Bears. And all of this following a torn ACL and MCL, coupled with a highly inconsistent quarterback, makes Peterson our clear choice for this award.

Jan 062013
 

Rat's Awards ImageNow we get to the top three awards, beginning with the DPotY. For much of the season, media and fan focus on defense was directed at the pursuit of the sack record by Aldon Smith and JJ Watt, with Von Miller not far behind. And while some consider sacks to be an overrated statistic (as it is not reflective of the amount of total quarterback pressure applied by a team), it is certainly something that grabs our attention and keeps us interested in defensive players. But there were many good defensive stories in 2012, and our nominees reflect the best defensive accomplishments across the league this season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Our nominees in this category included NaVorro Bowman (SF), Chad Greenway (MIN), Tim Jennings (CHI), Luke Kuechly (CAR), James Laurinaitis (STL), Jerod Mayo (NE), Von Miller (DEN), Patrick Peterson (ARI), Aldon Smith (SF), and JJ Watt (HOU).

3rd Place – Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers
Smith finished second in the sack race with 19.5 sacks on the year, but is a disruptive presence well beyond his sack production. Smith tallied 66 combined tackles, one interception, and three forced fumbles in addition to his pursuit of Michael Strahan’s single season record. But playing alongside NaVorro Bowman, who racked up 149 combined tackles and who was also a disruptive presence for the 49ers’ defense, clearly hurt Smith in the voting.

2nd Place – Von Miller, Denver Broncos
Miller had 68 combined tackles to go along with his 18.5 sacks, one interception, and six forced fumbles as he helped bring the Broncos’ defense back to respectability after the unit struggled at the end of the 2011 season. Miller has quickly established himself as one of the game’s elite pass rushers, accumulating 30.0 sacks in his two NFL seasons.

JJ WattWINNER – JJ Watt, Houston Texans
If you look up “disruptive” in a dictionary, you just might see this picture next to the definition. Watt was an amazing force in 2011, particularly after the Texans lost defensive anchor Brian Cushing for the season. Watt amassed 81 combined tackles, 20.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and an incredible 16 passes defended as the Texans posted a 12-4 record and won the AFC South for the second year in a row. In his two seasons in the NFL, Watt has established himself as a player for whom game plans must be developed. Because of his knack for batting balls down at the line of scrimmage, he was nicknamed “JJ Swatt” by former NFL head coach Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.

Jan 052013
 

Rat's Awards ImageThis year’s crop of offensive rookies promise to reshape the futures of franchises in Indianapolis, Washington, Seattle, Cleveland, and Tampa Bay as we move toward the 2013 season. While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were expected to compete for this award, it was the surprising Russell Wilson who took away a near certain job from Matt Flynn in Seattle and put the Seahawks on the map.

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
The nominees for this award included Luck, Griffin, Wilson, Matt Kalil (MIN), Doug Martin (TB), Alfred Morris (WAS), Trent Richardson (CLE), Ryan Tannehill (MIA) and Brandon Weeden (CLE).

3rd Place – Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts didn’t suffer much in the transition from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck. In fact, other than a lost 2011 season and the end of the Colts’ reign in the AFC South, there seems to be little difference in the overall performance of the team, despite a rookie quarterback, a lack of a running game (still) and a change in defensive philosophy. Luck finished the season with 4374 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while leading the Colts to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth. Only Luck’s proclivity for throwing interceptions prevented him from placing higher, but Luck is clearly set as the next franchise quarterback in Indianapolis.

2nd Place – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. The 75th pick in the 2012 draft was expected to hold the clipboard for Matt Flynn, and instead displaced Flynn and led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth. As the year has gone on and the coaching staff has grown more comfortable with Wilson, he has become an even greater threat, running the Read Option offense and demonstrating that he is a threat to run or throw. Wilson finished the regular season with 3118 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 489 rushing yards, and four rushing touchdowns.

Robert-Griffin-III1WINNER – Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Talk about a game changer. Robert Griffin III turned around a long-suffering franchise in the nation’s capital, leading the Redskins to a 10-6 record and the first playoff game since 2006. Although Griffin had plenty of help from Alfred Morris, it was his double barreled threat of running and passing that opened up defenses and allowed the Redskins to put together the top rushing attack in the league this season. When Griffin was hurt, fellow rookie Kirk Counsins proved his worth, insuring that momentum towards the playoffs wasn’t halted. But there is little debate that it was Griffin’s prowess that set this team on fire this season, and Griffin seemed to mature before our eyes on the field, learning the lessons that previous running quarterbacks have been unable to grasp. Griffin finished the season with 3,200 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, only five interceptions, and he ran for another 815 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jan 052013
 

Rat's Awards ImageAlthough we ended up with a fairly clear winner for this award, the ten nominees drew sharply different rankings from our contributors. As a result, our second through seventh finishers were tightly packed in a competitive race.

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Our nominees included (in alphabetical order): Morris Claiborne (DAL), Quinton Coples (NYJ), Lavonte David (TB), Casey Hayward (GB), Dont’a Hightower (NE), Janoris Jenkins (STL), Chandler Jones (NE), Luke Kuechly (CAR), Harrison Smith (MIN), and Bobby Wagner (SEA). One receiver of a first place vote (Hightower) did not end up in our top three, highlighting how competitive the field was.

3rd Place – Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis Rams
Jenkins finished with 73 combined tackles, four interceptions, three touchdowns, four passes defended in his first year as a cornerback for the resurgent 7-8-1 St. Louis Rams. Jenkins scored his first two touchdowns in a 31-17 win over Arizona on November 25th and added his third in a 28-13 win over Tampa Bay on December 23. Jenkins was considered a risky character pick for the Rams and was held out of the team’s first game against the San Francisco 49ers for violations of team rules, but the rookie had a solid season and set an NFL rookie record for defensive touchdowns with four, as he also returned a fumble for a score.

2nd Place – Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David wasn’t flashy in his first year as a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his play has already drawn comparisons to another Buccanneer linebacker, Derrick Brooks. While David had only two sacks on the season, one interception and five defended passes, he also led the team with 139 combined tackles as the Bucs put together the best run defense in the league in 2012.

Luke KuechlyWINNER – Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
All Kuechly did was to tally 164 combined tackles in his first year in the middle of the Panthers’ defense, along with one sack, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and eight passes defensed. In a 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14, Kuechly recorded a career-high 16 tackles and was honored as NFC Defensive Rookie of the Week. Kuechly received the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month award in December, recording a league-high 59 tackles over the final five games of the season.

Jan 042013
 

Rat's Awards ImageAlthough we nominated six players for this award in 2012, there were clearly only two possible winners. Peyton Manning returned to Pro Bowl form in 2012 after missing 2011, while Adrian Peterson bounced back from a torn ACL and MCL that shortened his 2011 season to lead the league in rushing and fall a mere nine yards short of the NFL rushing record for a single season, held by Eric Dickerson.

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Our nominees in this category included Manning, Peterson, Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne.

3rd Place – Andre Johnson. Houston Texans

Johnson played in only 7 games due to injury last season, catching 33 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012 he stormed back into form, catching 112 passes for 1,598 yards and four touchdowns. It was Johnson’s best statistical season since 2008, and Johnson played a key role in the fast start that the Houston Texans got out to as they once again took the AFC South. Johnson became only the second player in NFL history with three seasons of at least 100 catches and 1,500 yards.

2nd Place – Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Last season was Peterson’s career low point as he missed four games due to injury and rushed for only 970 yards. While a torn ACL and MCL is an injury that often takes players more than a full season to recover from, Peterson shattered all expectations by posting a career high 2,097 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, falling just nine yards shy of Dickerson’s record and exceeding his own best season by 337 yards. Peterson also caught 40 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown. He served as the main source of offense for the resurgent Vikings, whose own quarterback was a model of inconsistency throughout the season.

Peyton ManningWINNER – Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Taking six out of seven first place votes, Manning is our runaway winner for this award. He missed all of 2011 due to neck surgeries, and his return to form was anything but a given when he switched to the Denver Broncos in the off-season. Manning threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns (against 11 interceptions) while leading the Broncos to a 13-3 record and the first seed in the AFC playoffs. Manning’s stats for 2012 were eerily similar to his numbers in 2009 and 2010, save that he actually threw fewer interceptions this season. His 105.8 passer rating is his best since the 2005 season. The 36 year old wonder not only made Broncos’ fans forget all about Tim Tebow, he has them legitimately thinking about a Super Bowl title.

 

Jan 042013
 

Rat's Awards ImageToday we begin rolling out our first Gridiron Rats post-season awards, as determined by our contributing members. We are voting on the seven major awards given out by the NFL and by media entities. They include:

Most Valuable Player
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Comeback Player of the Year
Head Coach of the Year

We will give these awards out two per day until Monday, when we will give out our Most Valuable Player Award. So without further introduction, let’s give out our first award (drum roll please…).

HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

We had ten nominees for this award. In some cases we looked at head coaches who engineered big seasons after the team did poorly last season, while in other cases we considered coaches who either exceeded expectations or maintained a successful team despite all of the challenges of running a professional football team.

3rd Place – Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Yes, the Patriots dropped from 14-2 last season to 12-4 this season, plagued by early season losses to Arizona, Seattle and Baltimore. But then the team went 9-1 over the final ten games of the season, including victories over the Colts and Texans while going 6-0 in the AFC East this season. Since 2001, the Patriots are the winningest team in the NFL by a fair margin, and despite annual predictions of the Patriots’ dominance over their division coming to an end, the Patriots just keep winning. This season they did so despite injuries to Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and a host of defensive players, while the defense improved steadily over the course of the season and is clearly better than last year’s group that finished one play away from a fourth Lombardi Trophy. Love him or hate him, Bill Belichick simply knows how to teach and motivate his players to win.

2nd Place – Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

Bill Belichick’s predecessor in New England has made the Seahawks arguably the biggest surprise of the year, overshadowed perhaps only by the Indianapolis Colts. Russell Wilson has emerged out of nowhere to emerge as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate. Carroll and Wilson not only led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth, but registered wins over the Packers (thanks, replacement refs), Patriots, Vikings, Bears, and 49ers. In Weeks 14 and 15, Seattle outscored Arizona and Buffalo by a combined 108-17. The Seahawks feature the fourth best defense in the NFL, complemented by a brutal running attack led by Marshawn Lynch, in addition to the talents of Wilson. Say what you will about Carroll’s relaxed coaching style; he seems to know how to get the most out of his players.

Bruce AriansWINNER – Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts

Speaking of Indianapolis, we’re not sure that there is a better story in the 2012 season than that of the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts went 2-14 last season, and few people expected the Colts to win more than four or five games this season with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Even worse, Head Coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia in September, taking a leave of absence and turning the team over to Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians. All Arians did was lead the Colts to a 9-3 record during Pagano’s absence, and the Colts finished with an 11-5 record and the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. Arians returned to his offensive coordinator role last week in the Colts’ win over the Houston Texans. No matter what happens to the Colts in the post-season, this year will be remembered not only for Pagano’s recovery and return to the sidelines, but for Arians’ managing of a team in emotional turmoil over the loss of their coach. Arians handled the situation with grace and humility, and is to be commended for leading the Colts to a remarkable turnaround.

Jan 042013
 

GiRWow…more than a month since the last Rat’s Lair piece; where does the time go? I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful holiday season, and that your 2013 is off too a fantastic start.

Since we last met, the regular season has wrapped up and we are now anticipating four highly entertaining games this Wildcard weekend. And while I have a moment, I wanted to catch our readers up on some site business and revisit our contributors 2012 predictions. So let’s get right into it.

New Contributor

I want to welcome DJ Crash as a new contributor to Gridiron Rats. We got to know DJC through our GiR fantasy football league this season and found out that he does some freelance writing work in another sport. When we learned of his interest in our site, we jumped right on it. To date he has written three previews of this weekend’s games with another still to come, and I think our readers will see that his writing is outstanding. We look forward to seeing much more from DJC as we gear up for the rest of the post-season and transition into the 2013 off-season.

Our 2012 Predictions

I have gone back and examined our 2012 regular season predictions, as I am a big believer in revisiting to see how well or how poorly we did. Like Gandhi, But Taller (LGBT) had the best regular season by far, missing team records by only 70 games (about 73% accuracy). Here’s how we ranked overall, comparing total wins by team by projected wins per team.

Like Gandhi, But Taller (LGBT) – 72.7% accurate (70 game difference)
GiR Consensus Picks – 71.1% accurate (74 game difference)
Reyno Island – 69.2% accurate (79 game difference)
Fat Jesus – 69.2% accurate (79 game difference)
Country Preacher – 68.8% accurate (80 game difference)
Ghost Rat – 66.8% accurate (85 game difference)
Brodrick Kincaid – 66.8% accurate (85 game difference)
Flip Stricland – 63.3% accurate (94 game difference)
Rat’s Widow – 60.6% accurate (101 game difference)

Our writer by writer breakdown can be viewed here.

For the post-season, half of our Super Bowl predictions are still on the board. LGBT is out with his call for a Dallas victory. Fat Jesus missed by calling for a Bears’ appearance. Country Preacher missed with his irrational love of the Philadelphia Eagles this season, while the Widow banked on a Super Bowl rematch from last season. this leaves Ghost Rat, Flip Stricland, Reyno Island, and Brodrick Kincaid in the running to correctly call the Super Bowl (in addition to our consensus pick). Our pre-season Super Bowl picks included:

Ghost Rat: New England over San Francisco
Flip Stricland: Houston over Green Bay
LGBT: Dallas over Houston
Reyno Island: San Francisco over Baltimore
Fat Jesus: Denver over Chicago
Brodrick Kincaid: San Francisco over Denver
Country Preacher: Baltimore over Philadelphia
Rat’s Widow: New England over New York Giants
Consensus Pick: San Francisco over New England

That’s all for now… enjoy the Wildcard weekend and we will see you back here with our recaps next week!