College Bowl Game Predictions, Pt. 1


New Orleans Bowl – Nevada Wolfpack vs Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns:
This game has obviously everything you want.  Two teams with pretty cool nicknames that will score a lot.  The New Orleans Bowl is usually a game that goes “over” in total points, but this is a home-bowl-game for the Cajuns.  The pick here is the Cajuns -1.
New Mexico Bowl – Utep Miners vs Utah State Aggies:
Utah State is one of those teams that you kind of love them as underdogs but not much as favorites.  This isn’t a sexy game at all, but  a final score of 21-13 favoring the Aggies isn’t too far fetched considered their isn’t much offense to be seen from both sides.  The pick here is Utep +10.5.
Las Vegas Bowl – Utah Utes vs Colorado State Rams
Utah started losing steam late in the year and Colorado State was ‘under the radar’ for most of the season.   Both defenses cause turnovers but Colorado State’s offense is a little more versatile.  Utah might be in ‘let down mode’ for this game.  The pick here is Colorado State +3.5.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Western Michigan Broncos vs Air Force Falcons:
The Broncos defense is a little more opportunistic than the Falcons’ but the Falcons are pretty careful with the ball and focus on the ground game more than anything else.  The pick here is Western Michigan +1.5.
Camellia Bowl – South Alabama Jaguars vs Bowling Green Falcons
Both teams looked better in the first half of the season than the second half – but it doesn’t matter because it’s brought both teams here to the Camellia Bowl (sponsored by a company called Raycom Media. . .?)  For the Jags it’s their first bowl game ever, and for the Falcons it’s their first since early 2000.  There is something to like about quarterback James Knapke of the Falcons, that his stats don’t show, but he’s been in some battles this year and should come away with one of his better games against the Jaguars defense. The pick here is Bowling Green +3.
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Miami Beach Bowl – BYU Cougars vs Memphis Tigers 
This a game that matches up two teams that love to run the ball.  BYU might be the stronger of the two teams, but Memphis, at least to the naked eye, just seems faster – Memphis has one or two big plays in them that make the difference in this one.  The pick here is Memphis PK.
Boca Raton Bowl – Marshall Herd vs Northern Illinois Huskies
In the BCS way of thinking – Marshall Herd would’ve been a BCS buster type of team until they stumbled against Western Kentucky.   Northern Illinois was the talk of the “BCS buster” town last season and many thought they would fall off but they put together a nice season.  Marshall seemed to be running out of steam late in the year, Northern Illinois has been in this spot and is well coached.  The pick here is Northern Illinois +10.
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Poinsettia Bowl – Navy Midshipmen vs San Diego State Aztecs
This is one of those games where your heart tells you to go with Navy but this is one of those games where that one dimensional offense loses steam late. This is a home game for the Aztecs and in bowl games, if you have the chance to take a home team, take it.   The pick here is San Diego State +3.
Bahamas Bowl – Central Michigan Chippewas vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Chips enter the inaugural Bahamas Bowl with the NCAA’s 16th ranked defense going up against Western Kentucky’s quarterback Brandon Doughty who threw for over 4000 yards and 44 touchdowns this season.  The Chips and Hilltoppers both beat the champions of their respective conferences and are both coached up well for big games.  Western Kentucky upsetting Marshall 67-66 leaves a memory in a lot of folks’ minds meaning that’s where most of the money will lean.  The pick here is Central Michigan +4.
Hawaii Bowl – Fresno State Bulldogs vs Rice Owls 
The expectation for Rice was that with a lot of returning starters, they’d have at least an 8 or 9 win season. They ultimately finished with 7 wins  and now get a free trip to Hawaii for it.  Fresno had a disappointing season after losing high profile offensive players to the NFL draft.  Fresno can handle the atmosphere at Hawaii, but these kids from Rice will be more in awe of their surroundings then the actual game.  The pick here is Fresno State +2.5.
Heart of Dallas Bowl – Illinois Fighting Illini vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech put on quite a display against Rice racking up 76 points but followed that up losing by three to the Marshall Herd the following week.  Tech will be missing three defensive starters in this game which will something to watch with this usually good Tech defense.  Illinois may be a “power conference” team, but they’ve limped all season long.  The pick here is Louisiana Tech -6.
Quick Lane Bowl – Rutgers Scarlet Knights  vs North Carolina Tar Heels
In Rutgers’ first season in the Big 10 it was clear they didn’t belong – where they should’ve played is the ACC – so playing against UNC should be more of an even game for Rutgers. Rutgers is a team that all season long, lost to good teams and won against bottom feeders.  UNC is neither bad nor good and are led by the dual threat quarterback Marquise Williams who ran for over 700 yards and threw for over 2800 yards.  With the drama that’s going on with the university, who knows when the next time we’ll see UNC in a bowl game – these players know that as well.  The pick here is UNC -3.
St. Petersburg Bowl – North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Central Florida Knights
For UCF this is a home game and although the trend here has been “take the home bowl team” this one is trickier.  Central Florida was expected to drop off a lot without Blake Bortles under center but they kept themselves relevant all year long.  N.C State is never really relevant as their is nothing that pops off the screen about them.  Central Florida lost to UConn, and I’m basing this prediction off that head scratching moment more than anything.  The pick here is NC State  +2.
Military Bowl – Virginia Tech Hookies vs Cincinnati Bearcats
The player to watch in this game is Gunner Kiel, the quarterback of the Bearcats.  If he plays well in this national stage, he might have “all eyes on him” next season to see if his game can project to the next level.  Virginia Tech has been hanging onto the fact that they beat Ohio State all year long but seriously they are just okay on defense and as usual, struggle to get points on the board.  Cincy does “just enough” in this game.  The pick here is Cincinnati -3.
Sun Bowl – Duke Blue Devils vs Arizona State Sun Devils
Pretty interesting match up of two teams that came in with higher expectations but ultimately find themselves in the Sun Bowl.  Arizona State late in the year had a slight (slight) chance of taking the Pac 12 conference, but ran flat to end the season.  Duke didn’t finish strong either, but this is more of a “let down” for Arizona State who is clearly the better squad.  Duke sees this more as a chance to prove itself as a legit football program against a strong Pac 12 team.  The pick here is Duke +7.5.
Independence Bowl – Miami Hurricanes vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Miami had their chances this year but couldn’t come through in big games.  The four point loss to Florida State resulted in them ending the season with a three game losing streak.  South Carolina showed that they lost a lot to graduation or the NFL draft as their only wins came against bad teams.   People are dumb and will watch reruns of ESPN documentaries about the Hurricane and feel that they’re back.  Vegas has the line right with this one.  The Pick here is South Carolina +4.
Pinstripe Bowl – Penn State Nittany Lions vs Boston College Eagles
The Bronx sets the back drop for the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium and both teams will have their fair share of fan support in New York.   Both teams are “grind it out teams” but Penn State entered this season thinking they’d be more balanced.  Quarterback Christian Hackenberg is supposed to be the kid with a nice future ahead of him, but 15 interceptions and bad decision making has made people think maybe the pressure has gotten to him.  Boston College has had close losses and nice wins against good teams – Penn State’s best try was a triple over-time loss to Ohio State.  The pick here is Boston College -3.
Holiday Bowl – Nebraska Cornhuskers vs USC Trojans
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It’s hard to compare the two considering the Cornhuskers come from more of a running offensive conference and the Trojans are coming out of a more pass-happy conference.  With that said, the Trojans might be coming back to prominence and expect to compete for the Pac 12 crown next season – they are going to approach this game as an insult and look to embarrass a Nebraska team, who has already shown disappointment in their team by firing their head coach.  The pick here is USC -6.5.
G.W. Gras
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College Bowl Game Predictions, Pt. 2


Liberty Bowl – West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M made all of us scratch our heads this year.  A year removed from “Johnny Football” we all thought a new sun had risen in Texas with quarterback Kenny Hill.  After Hill found himself benched they turned to Kyle Allen and after starting out 5-0 they finished 7-5.  West Virginia is a good team who was dealt a tough hand with their schedule.  Quarterback Clint Trickett is questionable, and no disrespect to his fantastic season but his back up Skyler Howard looked tremendous against (albeit) Iowa State.  Texas A&M is pass happy and going against a very good pass defense.  The pick here is West Virginia -3.
Russell Athletic Bowl – Clemson Tigers vs Oklahoma Sooners
I kind of thought I was the only one who knew Russell Athletic was still around. Good for them they have their own bowl game.  It’s amazing they’ve stood the test of time with athletic apparel companies like Nike and Under Armour clearly holding weight in not just college athletics but all areas of sporting.  Oh, this game?  Both of these teams disappoint their fan bases every year – never take the favorite when it comes to Clemson or Oklahoma.  The pick here is Clemson +3 (but I might just take the over at 54).
Texas Bowl – Texas Longhorns vs Arkansas Razorbacks 
It was an up and down season for Texas’ first year head coach Charlie Strong, but that was expected.  Making any bowl game was a success to be honest and a win in the national spot light in their home state can be huge for recruiting.  Arkansas is a team who’s offensive line is massive.  They can control games at their own pace and although losing to Missouri was tough, this is a program on the rise.  The pick here: Texas +6.
Music City Fiesta Bowl – Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs LSU Tigers
This game has the potential to be very long and sloppy.  Coach Brian Kelly of Notre Dame was visibly frustrated towards the end of the season with the play of his defense and the carelessness of his quarterback Everett Golson.  LSU has a good running game and doesn’t try throwing the ball at all because they flat out can’t.  The pick here is REALLY the under at 52.5
Belk Bowl – Louisville Cardinals vs Georgia Bulldogs
Once again Georgia coach Mark Richt proved that he can recruit and make his team look good on paper – but he can’t win when it matters.  On the other side of things Bobby Petrino proved that it doesn’t matter the character of the man, he can flat out coach a winner.  No reason why Georgia should be a -7 favorite against a pretty well balanced Louisville team.  The pick here is Louisville +7.
Foster Farms San Francisco Bowl – Maryland Terrapins vs Stanford Cardinal
This game is interesting because the Terps think they’re on a program on the come-up, when in truth they are pretty terrible and Stanford is a team that has looked disinterested in playing football for most of this season.  Stanford will squeak by in one that – on paper – should be a walk in the park.  The pick here is Maryland +14.
Chick-Fil_A Peach Bowl – Ole Miss Rebels vs TCU Horned Frogs 
In what should be one of the more exciting match ups of this bowl season.  Ole Miss took a shot to the gut after losing to LSU and Auburn and TCU took the massive head shot after getting bumped from  the college football playoffs.  Both teams are coached well and will play up to the level of it’s competition.  As good as TCU’s offense is, this is an Ole Miss defense that has the speed to keep up.  Both quarterbacks, TCU’s Trevor Boykin and Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace will have to be careful with the football in what will be one of the most watched bowl games of the year.  The pick here is Ole Miss +3.
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Fiesta Bowl – Boise State Broncos vs Arizona Wildcats
Arizona really wet the bed against Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship game.  Linebacker Scooby Wright is one of those players who is everywhere all the time, and has helped make this Wildcats defense tougher.  Boise though can score at will it seems and is back to their home away from home the Fiesta Bowl.  The pick here is Boise State +3.5.
Orange Bowl – Georgia Tech Yellowjackets vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
What’s the record for the number of teams called “the bulldogs” in bowl games?  Because this year, there’s been a bunch.  This game is for those that love smash mouth football.  The over/under in total pass attempts should be around 20 combined by both teams.  Even when Mississippi was ranked #1 they weren’t blowing people out by 50.  The pick here is Georgia Tech +7.
Outback Bowl – Wisconsin Badgers vs Auburn Tigers
Wisconsin is still licking their wounds after being thoroughly embarrassed by Ohio State in the Big 10 championship game.  That game made us forget how amazing Melvin Gordon ran the ball this year.  Auburn has failed to cover in six of their last seven games and Vegas has the spread shrinking more and more. The pick here is Auburn -6.5.
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Cotton Bowl – Michigan State Spartans vs Baylor Bears
The hope here is that neither team comes Arlington, Texas in “let down” mode.  Regardless, this will be the game that shows how the committee was correct in keeping out the Baylor Bears and how Michigan State is one of the most balanced teams in college football today.  The pick here is Michigan State +3.
Citrus Bowl – Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Missouri Tigers 
Missouri has proved that the jump from Big 12 to SEC was nothing for this program but they ultimately can’t wear the SEC crown. . . yet.  Minnesota is coming into this one as a considerable underdog for a team that was ranked nationally late in the season.  “Respect” for the Gophers and “disappointment” for the Tigers will play the biggest roles in this game.  The pick here is Minnesota +5.
Armed Forces Bowl – Pittsburgh Panthers vs Houston Cougars
Nobody knows how the Panthers beat Miami after for the most part having a pretty non-eventful season, but running back James Connor is going to touch the ball about 30 times in this game and help wear down a Cougars team that isn’t like the ones we’ve seen in recent history.  The pick here is Pittsburgh -3.
Taxslayer Bowl – Iowa Hawkeyes vs Tennessee Volunteers 
Nobody expected coach Butch Jones to have a 10 win season at Tennessee but 6-6 is a disappointment so having the chance to finish above .500 will keep them engaged for all four quarters.  The Hawkeyes bring a very experienced bunch to the table, most who will be playing their last game here.  The pick here is: Tennessee -3.
Alamo Bowl – UCLA Bruins vs Kansas State Wildcats
This will be the last time for UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley to try to impress on a big stage.  As he enters the draft this year he brings along his 29 total touchdowns but all in all a disappointing season for the Bruins.  The Bruins are capable of beating good teams, and Kansas State is very well balanced team.  Wideout Tyler Lockett of Kansas State will certainly get his against a UCLA defense who’s secondary has been shown out of position time and time again.  The pick here is Kansas State (Vegas currently has this game as a “pick ‘em.”
Cactus Bowl – Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Washington Huskies
Who knows where Oklahoma State pulled that win against Oklahoma from to end the season.  It was the sharpest they’ve looked all season but it took them to play their hated rival to do it.  Washington “ain’t got no beef” with the Cowboys but they do bring to the table a very good defense to keep this game close for a while.  The pick here is Oklahoma State +5.5.
Birmingham Bowl – East Carolina Pirates vs Florida Gators
Watching the Gators this year was straight torture.  Yes they have a good defense but they can’t score at all.  Ever.  They’ll get a couple of stops against this Pirate offense, but won’t be able to contain them for four quarters.  Field position will be key for the Pirates.  The pick here is East Carolina +7.
Go Daddy.Com Bowl – Toledo Rockets vs Arkansas State Red Wolves
The best part of any GoDaddy.Com bowl is seeing the numerous adds that feature Danica Patrick all dolled up and looking adorable with other dolled up and adorable females who are appealing to the eye.  I won’t even pretend as if I know anything about Toledo and Arkansas State.  The pick here is the over at 67.
Rose Bowl (Playoff Semifinal) – Florida State Seminoles vs Oregon Ducks
Last year’s Heisman trophy winning quarterback verses this year’s Heisman trophy quarterback.  This can be the game that separates the gap between Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta when it comes to the upcoming pro draft.  Florida State has been living off second half comebacks this season but try giving Oregon a 14 or 21 point lead and coming back. . .  This game ends the reigning champs undefeated streak.  The pick here is Oregon -9.5.
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Sugar Bowl (Playoff Semifinal) – Ohio State Buckeyes vs Alabama Crimson Tide
The best two coaches in the last 10 years of college football square off as it’s Urban Meyer against Nick Saban.  Nick Saban kept his cool throughout the season and has found himself ranked number one in the final polls.  Ohio State is one of the few teams that can match up with Alabama both physically and athletically – Urban Meyer may coach in the Big 10 conference, but he’s been recruiting SEC talented players.  Having a third string quarterback against a Nick Saban run defense is a tall task to over-come.  Whoever wins this game, ultimately becomes the National Champion because these two teams are just better than the teams in the Rose Bowl.  The pick here is Ohio State +9.5.
G.W. Gras
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NFL POWER 32

We have two games left on the schedule for each team.  It's getting close to playoff time as some teams are battling for a possible first round bye while others are scratching at the post season door.  Only the Broncos, Colts and Patriots have locked down a playoff spot by clinching their respective divisions in the AFC.  The NFC conference is still wide open as no team except for the Arizona Cardinals have locked down a playoff berth but haven't thrown away the key on the division as the Seattle Seahawks are alive and well in the NFC West and will play the Cards this Sunday night to determine who will have a hold on the division.

These are exciting times in the NFL and it's always fun to compare teams and make our own power rankings.  I'll participate with my power rankings for week 16.  Again, I go off the eye test mostly so their record isn't as indicative as to how I rank "POWER 32."  I project more than reflect.  But of course I take record and how a team won or lost a game into account which also weighs into the equation.  So here are The Sports Prophet's power rankings for week 16.

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1. Patriots
2. Seahawks
3. Broncos
4. Packers
5. Cowboys
6. Bengals
7. Colts
8. Lions
9. Cardinals
10. Eagles
11. Ravens
12. Steelers
13. Chiefs
14. Chargers
15. Bills
16. 49ers
17. Dolphins
18. Saints
19. Texans
20. Browns
21. Rams
22. Panthers
23. Vikings
24. Giants
25. Falcons
26. Bears
27. Redskins
28. Jets
29. Titans
30. Bucs 
31. Raiders
32. Jaguars
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Monday Night Football: Saints vs Bears

It's not often that when two (5 - 8) teams square off in week 15 that the game has any meaning at all.  Well this is true for one team.  The Chicago Bears are beaten and battered as this disappointing season comes to an end with more questions than answers once again.  The Bears are mathematically out of the playoffs because the Lions and Packers will finish with better records then them.

It's a different story for the Saints though as they hold the same abysmal record but can actually take the lead in the NFC South tonight with a victory in the Windy City.  That's right...(6 - 8) means first place for the Saints.  Pathetic!

So can the Bears play spoiler for the Saints?  Of course they can!  Even though Chicago is without Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffrey can control this weak New Orleans defense.  Then again the Bears defense may be even worse.  Neither D has a problem with giving up 35 plus points so we can expect a game like that tonight.  If the weather stays clean then we can expect fantasy madness between these two offenses.  Not because they're good offensively.  It's because the defenses are terrible.

The Bears are 29th in total defense and the Saints are 31st.  Unless a tornado comes through Soldier Field then we'll see the scoreboard light up frequently.  New Orleans has a lot to play for as I mentioned they control their own destiny by winning tonight they put themselves in 1st place by themselves.  The Falcons got beat up by the Steelers and the Panthers pulled out a win with back up Derek Anderson to temporarily take 1st in the South by a half game due to their tie against the Bengals a couple of months ago.

Jimmy Graham didn't even have a catch in last weeks loss to Carolina so I'm thinking he's pretty mad and is ready to roll in the spotlight of the Monday night lights.  Ironically, New Orleans has been a netter road team than home team this season as they dropped 3 in a row at the Superdome last month.  They may be happy to play on the road tonight, even if it is in chilly Chicago.

The only way the Bears win this game besides the Saints marching backwards is in the hands and on the feet of Matt Forte.  New Orleans will likely focus on Forte so in order for Fort to have a big night he'll need help from his teammates.  If Jay Cutler can keep his turnovers to one or less then they have a good chance.  But I expect the Saints to win because they need it more, they have the experience and they have a coaching staff who knows what they're doing despite their miserable record.

And let us not forget who's under center for N.O.  Yea, it's Drew Brees, one of the all time greats and a Super Bowl MVP.  I expect a very solid night out of him but Mark Ingram will have to run the ball well in a bad weather type of game.  The footing at Soldier Field has always been in poor condition in December.  The rain isn't helping.  We'll see who handles the conditions better between Forte and Ingram.  That could be the difference.
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Why the 49ers were Done Before they Started

The 2014 NFL season began in immediate turmoil for the San Francisco 49ers.  Talks surrounding the relationship between head coach Jim Harbaugh, upper management and the players were in the teams face daily.  They also kicked off their year without pro bowlers NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and other key players lost to injury like Glen Dorsey along with those who left via free agency.  Niners defensive tackle Ray McDonald was dealing with a domestic violence case that obviously caught the medias attention which only added to the negative publicity the long time great franchise was facing before the coin toss of the first game.

So right away the 49ers were dealing with a whole bunch of issues before they ever stepped onto the field.  With injuries to key players and losses in an already mediocre secondary, the Niners seemed doomed on defense.  But that wasn't the case at all.

Even without Bowman, Smith and Patrick Willis who hasn't played football in over a month and has been ruled out for the season, San Fran still played great defense all year and are ranked 3rd in the league.  Guys like rookie middle linebacker Chris Borland has done a tremendous job trying to fill the gigantic shoes of Bowman and Willis as Michael Wilhoite has also stepped up his game at linebacker to the point where it seemed like the Niners didn't miss a beat on defense.

The reason why the 49ers are out of the playoffs for the first time in 3 straight seasons, reaching the NFC championship three years in a row including a Super Bowl appearance and near victory has been because of their offense.  The Ravens defense was very good but to me the reason why the 49ers lost that game and have seemed to get worse lately is because of the offense where in that game alone the Niners couldn't score while inside the Ravens red zone with the season on the line.

All season long the 49ers have been bad offensively.  The offensive line has underachieved, they don't run the ball enough, Kaepernick can't read a defense or go through his progressions.  That's a problem not only for Kap's progress as a player but also the talent he has out there to throw to.  He tends to focus on one guy and if that guy is covered then the play breaks down,  He has Crabtree, Davis, Boldin, and even Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd.  Not to mention a pretty solid 1 - 2 punch in veteran Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde.

Before I rap about Kap in a second I must say that the play calling has been surprisingly bad this year.  They've taken away what made that offense become an almost unstoppable force.  The Niners were running the "Pistol" Read Option style offense to perfection.  They developed great plays and great play calling with Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman.  Then the Niners basically erased that offense from the playbook and that's when Kaepernick started to look and play poorly.  Kap was able to pass out of that formation as play action plays were working beautifully as well.

Now I will be the first to tell you that a quarterback has to be able to throw the ball accurately from the pocket and go through his reads.  But you have to do what works for your team and Kap was avoiding the big hits unlike other quarterbacks in the NFL.  Awareness is a key factor for being a QB as so many things are happening all around you at once.  It's not easy to control but like anything it gets easier over time,  Well Kaepernick has had that time so the franchise needs to make a decision after this season and move quickly.

We know Jim Harbaugh is going to leave which 49ers fans hate since he's the head coach who brought this organization back to glory.  So who's going to replace him?!  Now if you're Trent Baalke who is the 49ers General Manager and Jim Harbaugh's nemesis, do you want to keep Harbaugh's guy or go find your own.

The bottom line is if Kaepernick can get coached up and learn major quarterback rules to follow then he can become a Steve Young where you are a natural scrambler but first you learn how to play QB from the pocket and not on the run constantly.  We all know his major flaws.  He has a difficult time reading the defense, he allows the play clock to run down to 1 or less every time, he can't go through his progressions, he throws the ball too hard on plays where it's completely unnecessary, he has very little touch on his passes if any and now he gets sacked quite often and it's not always the offensive lines fault.  Kap just has poor awareness and no poise in the pocket.

He has a tremendous amount of skills but he doesn't use them right and I put part of the blame on the coaching staff for that.  I wouldn't give up on Colin Kaepernick just yet.  He's played roughly 3 seasons of professional football and while it appears as if he's regressing, I say there is still hope for him if the right QB coach can come in and help.  I also still say the Niners should go back to the "Pistol" package on occasion because they have the right personnel to do it.  They have too many weapons to be so bad on offense.  The running game has declined as a result of not using the "Pistol" in congruence with less rushing attempts.

Changes are coming, no doubt.  I just hope they make the right decision.  If you give up Kaepernick then you must have something better to offer than current back up Blaine Gabbert.  Ya know it's too bad the franchise drafted Alex Smith #1 back in 2005 when they could have had Aaron Rodgers.  That still burns 49ers fans.  Just imagine what could have been.
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NFL Week 15 Predictions

At the bottom of the post you'll see my predictions for a season breaking or breakthrough week 15, en route to possible playoff berths.  My picks are based on how these teams have either progress or regressed as the season goes on.  With only 3 games to go in the regular season, I do know a few things that have become clear given how far we are into the season.

First is that Bruce Arians is going to win his 2nd Coach of the Year award with two 2 different teams in a matter of 3 years.  That's impressive given the incredible quarterback carousel down in Arizona.  Second is that size doesn't always matter as Antonio Brown continues to put up the numbers of a big man.  Third is the Patriots will always be contenders as long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in New England.  Lastly, and there is a lot more, but the undisputed best QB in the league is Aaron Rodgers and will probably win his 2nd MVP award.  I'm sure we'll learn more by the end of week 15.  For now here's The Sports Prophet's predictions...
  • Steelers 35 - Falcons 28
  • Giants 23 - Redskins 20
  • Patriots 34 - Dolphins17
  • Chiefs 38 - Raiders 24
  • Colts 23 - Texans 16
  • Bengals 30 - Browns 17
  • Ravens 31 - Jaguars 10
  • Packers 27 - Bills 21
  • Panthers 20 - Bucs 17
  • Jets 9 - Titans 6
  • Chargers 24 - Broncos 23
  • Seahawks 33 - 49ers  16
  • Lions 24 - Vikings 20
  • Cowboys 31 - Eagles 25
  • Saints 27 - Bears  20

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