NFL Division Predictions: AFC East

Originally, we here at Critics From The Couch wanted to do a 32 in 32 but things came up, and we were unable to complete the task, so to get out are NFL predictions we decided just to go straight to the divisions. The first division that we’ll be discussed is the AFC East.

Last Season:

New England Patriots: 13-3

New York Jets: 8-8

Miami Dolphins: 6-10

Buffalo Bills: 6-10

The AFC east will not go up for grabs, the Patriots will once again reign supreme in the East but the times are a changing there.

The Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins will be starting a rookie QB who I have little faith in, as well Chad Johnson was recently released after Zidaning his wife. This leaves the team without a big name Wideout, there only real offensive threat is Reggie Bush but he’s been borderline bust since being drafted. They have a new Coach in Joe Philbin, he’s  been trying to make a more humble Dolphins team, but humble doesn’t win games and the Dolphins won’t be winning a lot of games. The Dolphins will go 4-12 this season and finish last.

The Buffalo Bills: The Bills will be looking to improve off of last season, they started the season 4-1 but ultimately fell to 6-10. This however was a 2 win improvement from the past season and they were able to beat the New England Patriots who they had lost to 15 consecutive times. The Bills suffered some serious blows with injuries, the most serious being star running back Fred Jackson who was placed on IR. The Bills signed free agent Mario Williams who will make a major impact on their defense. The Bills already have a solid defense and now with Williams they’ll only be looking to improve. As well, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be looking to replicate his early season work. The Bills will be looking to  make a run for 2nd in the AFC East. I see the Bills going 8-8.

The New York Jets: The Jets at the moment are looking horrid, granted it’s only preseason but if you can’t score a TD in preseason theres something wrong with your offense. As well the Jets are in the midst of a QB controversy with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow both these QB’s have proven that their favourite targets are the ground, coming in close second are their opponents CBs and Safeties. Shon Greene will be the starting running back, he can be a solid starter but really is a crab shoot. They don’t have any standout wideouts, if their lucky Santonio Holmes will become the Holmes of old but that doesn’t seem likely. All those offensive woes aren’t a recipe for success. Now Sanchez will start but will be benched by week 8 when the Jets have only won 3 games. The Jets fans will be riled up by that time and demand for either Rex Ryan’s head or Sanchez’s, so of course Ryan will chose Sanchez and thus begins TEBOOOOOOOW Time. Now for the defense, we can still expect the Rex Ryan style but last year they proved they weren’t the Defense of old. Revis will still be a pro bowler and a shut down CB, so that is a plus. Even though I see the defense getting worse they still will be a menace to any offensive co-ordinator. I see the Jets going 6-10

The New England Patriots: The Patriots will still be dominant, sadly. Tom Brady will be the Brady we’ve come to know and expect. Gronk and Hernandez will be stellar TE’s even though personally I think Gronk is overrated. Belichick will still be the evil mastermind that he is, dissecting opponents defenses and offenses. Now there is one weak point that can be exposed, their defense. The Patriots defense was the 2nd worst defense in NFL history. That tends to say something. The Patriots did pick up DE Chandler Jones and LB Dont’a Hightower to improve their defensive woes but it will be hard for these players to make a sudden impact. Even with such defensive woes with an offense led by Tom Brady you know they can go into a firefight and win. The Patriots will still be stellar but I have them losing an extra game, they will finish 12-4

Season Outlook:

The New England Patriots: 12-4

The Buffalo Bills: 8-8

The New York Jets: 6-10

The Miami Dolphins: 4-12

 

 

 

30 Teams in 30 Days – Detroit Tigers

Hello everyone, and welcome to our first installment of 30 Teams in 30 Days. Everyday, a new one of us here, at Critics From The Couch will be doing a full report on a different MLB Team, we’re going to get it started with one of the most exciting teams, The Detroit Tigers.
Detroit Tigers
Record: 95-67
Finish: 1st AL Central
Playoffs: Eliminated in ALCS
Top Pitcher: Justin Verlander 24-5, 2.40 ERA, 250 SO
Top Hitter: Miguel Cabrera .344 AVG, 30 HR, 105 RBI
Manager: Jim Leyland
Important Acquisitions: Prince Fielder, Octavio Dotel, Collin Balester, Eric Patterson
Important Losses: Magglio Ordonez FA, Carlos Guillen SEA, Joel Zumaya MIN, Brad Penny Japan, Wilson Betemit BAL, Ryan Perry WAS, Victor Martinez Injury

Last Year, the Detroit Tigers came out of nowhere to capture the AL Central. They were eliminated in the ALCS by the Texas Rangers, but nonetheless, it was a very impressive year for the Detroit Tigers. They were led by 2011 AL Cy Young and AL MVP winner, Justin Verlander. Verlander really had an amazing season, easily the best of his career. Leading the way on offense was the always dangerous, Miguel Cabrera. Then in the off-season they signed one of the best home-run hitters in the league, Prince Fielder. So, as you can imagine, expectations are high this year . Can they live up to these expectations? To be honest, I’m a little skeptical. Justin Verlander will probably have another great season, but I think it’s unrealistic that he repeats what he did last season, he has a career 3.54 ERA, which is great, but nothing compared to last year. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Prince Fielder deal either, he is most known around the league for his ability to hit the long ball, yes he can hit for average (career .282), but his biggest asset is the Home Run ball, and Comerica park is certainly not a power friendly ballpark. They’ve lost Victor Martinez to injury, who had an absolutely incredible season last year, they still have yet to re-sign Ordonez, they’ve lost Penny to japan, and have lost Guillen and Betemit to free Agency. I just don’t see this team being as successful as last year. They should still take the division, but they should watch out for the White Sox, who underachieved last campaign, but still have a good team, and could come on strong with a new bench boss.

Prediction
Record: 88- 74
Finish: 1st in AL Central
Playoffs: Eliminated in ALDS
Top Pitcher: Justin Verlander 19-8, 2.96 ERA, 224 SO
Top Hittter: Miguel Cabrera .336 AVG, 34 HR, 111 RBI
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- Vernon Smells

The League- Basketball- Week 4 Recap

Every year, at the beginning of the four major sports seasons (Hockey, Basketball, Football and Baseball) the staff here at Critics From The Couch, along with other various other friends partake in some friendly Fantasy action. At the moment we are in the middle of the NHL and NBA seasons. We play on Yahoo Sports(wouldn’t recommend it however) therefor Yahoo rules are applied. Our NHL league is kind of messed up, because rather than head-to-head we used rotisserie , which in my opinion is much less fun, but for the record, I’m in second place. Anyways, our Basketball league is in full swing, and it is head-to-head, so as the commissioner of The League, I feel it is my duty to keep the public informed about our league. How the league works is there are nine major stat categories(FG%, FT%, 3PTM, PTS, REB, AST, BLK, STL, TO) and you change opponents every week, and each stat category counts as one game, for example if after the week is over you are beating your opponent in seven of the nine stat categories, and he’s beating you in 2, your record for the week would be 7-2. There are also trades free agents, and waivers. So let’s start with the standings

1. Kipling Ronald           30-6-0
2. Gonzo                         25-11-0
3. Vernon Smells (me)   24-12-0
4. Soulless Sensation   17-19-0
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playoffs
5. McFultz                       17-19-0
6. other A                         16-20-0
7. other B                         14-22-0
8. other C                         13-23-0
9. zookeeper                  13-23-0
10. other D                       11-25-0                    

As you can tell, the race for that fourth playoff spot is up for the grabs, where as Kipling Ronald is already all but assured a playoff spot early in the year. Gonzo and myself were tied every week until this one, as he won 1 more game than I did, but through the first 4 weeks of the season the top 3(Kipling Ronald, Gonzo and myself) have yet to face each other, but that’s all about to change, as I face off against Gonzo this week, followed by Kipling Ronald, and then 3 weeks later Gonzo and Kipling Ronald face off themselves. Even though it’s still early in the year, these 3 games will be key in determining the true identities of our teams. Let’s check out last weeks scores.

Vernon Smells 6
Other A              3

McFultz 5
Other B  4

Other C 2
Gonzo  7

Kipling Ronald 9
zookeeper        0

Soulless Sensation 7
Other D                      2

This was a pretty important week, as you can see. Just a couple weeks after being dead last in the league, the soulless sensation took home a solid 7-2 victory to boost himself up all the way to a playoff spot. Kipling Ronald came up with the first clean sweep of the season to secure his lead even more, and Gonzo had a nice 7-2 victory to claim sole possession of second place. Let’s take a look at the games this week.

Vernon Smells
Gonzo

McFultz
Other A

Kipling Ronald
Other C

Soulless Sensation
zookeeper

Other B
Other D

We have a big week, as Gonzo and myself fight for second place, McFultz and Soulless Sensation each fight in their own battles for that 4th playoff spot, and Kipling Ronald goes for another sweep.

I will be doing these posts weekly, as one will be released every week, sometime Monday-Wednesday. Follow the action week by week as the chase for the “we haven’t decided on a name yet” Trophy heats up. In case you’re interested, here are our rosters. In no particular order, but lineups are set every night with 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 G, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 F, 2 C, 2 Utility, 3 Bench

Vernon Smells
 Kyrie Irving, PG
Jason Terry PG, SG
Mo Williams PG
Russell Westbrook, PG
Danilo Gallinari, SF
Richard Jefferson, SF
Paul George, SF, SG
Paul Pierce, SF, SG
Carlos Boozer, PF, C
Kevin Love, PF, C
Serge Ibaka, PF, C
Joakim Noah, PF, C
Spencer Hawes, C

Kipling Ronald
Kyle Lowry, PG
Marcus Thornton, SG
Louis Williams, PG, SG
Gerald Wallace, SF, PF
Paul Millsap, PF
David Lee, PF, C
Samuel Dalembert, C
Pau Gasol, PF, C
Mario Chalmers, PG
Al Jefferson, PF, C
Luol Deng, SF
Ryan Anderson, PF, C
Elton Brand, PF, C

Gonzo
Deron Williams, PG
Iman Shumpert, PG, SG
Jrue Holiday, PG
Antawn Jamison, SF, PF
Deandre Jordan, PF, C
Joe Johnson, SG, SF
Chris Bosh, PF, C
Tim Duncan, PF, C
Tony Parker, PG
Brandon Jennings, PG
Marshon Brooks, SG, SF
Dwight Howard, C
Andre Miller, PG

Soulless Sensation
Monta Ellis, PG, SG
Ray Allen, SG
Devin Harris, PG
LeBron James, SF, PF
Josh Smith, SF, PF
Kevin Garnett, PF, C
Nene Hilario. PF, C
Tyson Chandler, C
Byron Mullens, C
Tony Allen, SG, SF
Andy Rautins, PG
Taylor Griffin, SF, PF
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C

McFultz
Darren Collison, PG
Nicolas Batum, SG, SF
Jason Kidd, PG
Shawn Marion, SF, PF
David West, PF
C.J. Miles, SG, SF
Marc Gasol, C
Andray Blatche, PF, C
Ricky Rubio, PG
Stephen Curry, PG
Steve Nash, PG
Jason Richardson, SG, SF
Dirk Nowitzki, PF

zookeeper
John Wall, PG
DeMar Derozan, SG, SF
D.J. Augistin, PG
Danny Granger, SF, PF
Thaddeus Young, SF, PF
Carl Landry, SF, PF
Blake Griffin, PF, C
Andrea Bargnani, PF, C
Tristan Thompson, PF
Leonardo Barbosa, PG, SG
Ben Gordon, PG, SG
James Harden, SG, SF
Al Harrington, PF, C

 

-Vernon Smells