Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 NFL Mock Draft

By Michael Schneid

1.Tampa Bay BuccaneersJameis Winston, QB, FSU
2.Tennessee TitansLeonard Williams, DT, USC
3.Jacksonville JaguarsShane Ray, DE, Missouri
4.Oakland RaidersVic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson
5.Washington RedskinsRandy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska
6.New York JetsAmari Cooper, WR, Alabama
7.Chicago BearsLandon Collins, S, Alabama
8.Atlanta FalconsDante Fowler Jr, OLB, Florida
9.New York GiantsBrandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
10.St. Louis RamsAndrus Peat, OL, Stanford
11.Minnesota VikingsDeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
12.Philadelphia Eagles* (from Browns) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
13.New Orleans SaintsAlvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
14.Miami DolphinsShaq Thompson, LB, Washington
15.San Francisco 49ersLa'El Collins, OT, LSU
16.Houston TexansTrae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
17.San Diego ChargersDanny Shelton, DT, Washington
18.Kansas City ChiefsDevin Funchess, WR, Michigan
19.Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo)Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
20.Cleveland Browns* (from Eagles)Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
21.Cincinnati Bengals Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
22.Pittsburgh Steelers TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh
23.Detroit LionsEddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
24.Arizona Cardinals Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
25.Carolina Panthers Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
26.Baltimore Ravens Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
27.Dallas Cowboys Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
28.Denver BroncosShilique Calhoun, DE/LB, Michigan State
29.Indianapolis Colts Benardick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
30.Green Bay PackersEli Harold, OLB, Virginia
31.Seattle SeahawksJay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
32.New England Patriots Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Forecasting NFL Head Coaching Changes

By Michael Schneid

Raiders: John Harbaugh (current 49ers HC)
It's been long known that Harbaugh has worn out his welcome in SF. Assuming he decides to pass on the Michigan job to stay in the NFL, he may choose Oakland for three reasons. 1) His wife reportedly loves the bay area. 2) Money. Oakland is desperate and will pay him. 3) Power. Oakland is desperate and would likely fire GM Reggie McKenzie and give Harbaugh power to make moves if that was a request.

Dolphins: Brian Kelly (current Notre Dame HC)

Miami may look to make a splash. Considering the success another Kelly has had (Chip), the Dolphins may look to the college game and hire Brian Kelly for his offense.

Jets: Darrell Bevell (current Seahawks OC)

Current Jets GM John Idzik used to work in Seattle and knows Bevell. Jets need a creative, offensive mind and Bevell has done a great job developing Russell Wilson

Bears: Mike Singletary
This job is one of the hardest to forecast. Marc Trestman has only been in Chicago for two years, but the Bears have been a disaster this season. A tough defensive-minded coach may be the way to go and Singletary's name has been mentioned. He has previous experience coaching the 49ers and is a former legend in Chicago. If nothing else, this hire can reinvigorate fans and excite them to see the Bears going back to their history. If not Singletary, Todd Bowles makes sense here.

Falcons: Rex Ryan (current Jets HC)
Rex may not be a bad coach. But he was constantly dealt a bad hand in NY. Even the two years he took the Jets to the AFC Championship games, his offense was simply average. A revolving door of offensive coordinators didnt help. But the Falcons have all the pieces in place on offense. They can leave OC Dirk Koetter in place and bring in Rex, who is known as a  player-friendly, disciplinarian, tough-minded coach. Sort of the opposite of Mike Smith. Falcons dont need to reset, per say, but they need to pull the plug on Smith and bring on someone who can regain the franchise's momentum. 

49ers: Adam Gase (current Broncos OC)
Jim Tomsula has long been considered the front runner. He is the current SF DL coach. Its quite possible the front office decides to move on from this season and the Harbaugh regime altogether. Gase is one of the younger, brightest minds in the NFL. He has been Denver's OC for two years and replaced Mike McCoy when the Chargers hired him, and so far that has worked out well.

Friday, December 19, 2014

NFL Off-Season Preview: AFC East

QB and coaching changes

Status quo. Bill Belichik will walk away when he wants to, as will Tom Brady

QB - Yes
Coach - Probably not
Word in pre-season and training camp was that Doug Marrone was on thin ice and had a very cocky attitude to him with front office officials. The Bills finally have a new owner who may decide to clean house. But with the possibility of finishing over .500, it is unlikely a major change is made.

The biggest change will be QB. The Bills drafted EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2013 draft and benched him one month into his second season. Manuel was replaced by Kyle Orton, who is as about average as there is. It's unlikely Manuel will be given another chance and it's highly unlikely Orton returns, especially at his current $5 million salary. The Bills may not risk using another high draft pick on a QB so they could look for one in middle of the draft or pursue a veteran to go with their stout defense.

The Bills will certainly have plenty of veteran options. Jay Cutler, RG3, Brian Hoyer are among some of their options.

The Jets SHOULD clean house but likely won't. GM John Idzik is likely to remain in his current position, despite gutting a roster that was once a routine playoff contender. Rex Ryan is going to be fired next week and that's going to be a mistake. Rex was never give enough talent on offense and the GM gutted his defense, specifically in the secondary.

If Idzik remains as assumed, the Jets will probably pursue a coordinator or first time head coach. 1) Because Idzik is not much of a "splashy" kind of guy and 2) because hiring a first-time head coach buys him more time in his current role.

Head coach options: Adam Gase (Broncos OC), Kyle Shanahan (Browns OC), Pep Hamilton (Colts OC), Greg Roman (49ers OC)
Likely frontrunner: Darrell Bevell (Seahawks OC)

Bevell worked with Idzik in Seattle and has a strong background on offense. He has been credited with Russell Wilson's development and can work with a new, young QB in New York and focus on the running game.

Miami should make a change at head coach. Joe Philbin has been in Miami since 2012 and is 22-24. A few years ago they went bananas in free agency spending millions on just about anyone who would listen. The Dolphins haven't gotten any better but haven't gotten worse. They are stuck on neutral and need to accelerate their progress.

Bringing in a new coach, with previous experience would be a good way to light a fire under the franchise. The Dolphins could make a major splash. The Dolphins have previously expressed interest in John Harbaugh and he is expected to be available and could be interested in Miami this time around. If Miami strikes out on Harbaugh, perhaps they can pursue Harbaugh disciples such as 49ers OC Greg Roman or DC Vic Fangio. Or even current Stanford head coach David Shaw.

If the Dolphins turn to college to make a splash, someone like Brian Kelly would be a fascinating hire.

2014-15 College Football Bowl Predictions

By Michael Schneid

New Orleans Nevada vs. La.-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette
New Mexico UTEP vs. Utah State Utah State
Las Vegas Colorado St. vs. Utah Utah
Famous Idaho Potato Western Mich. vs. Air Force Western Michigan
Camellia Bowling Green vs. South Ala. South Alabama
Miami Beach BYU vs. Memphis BYU
Boca Raton Marshall vs. Northern Ill. Northern Illinois
Poinsettia Navy vs. San Diego State Navy
Popeyes Western Ky. vs. Central Mich. Western Kentucky
Hawaii Rice vs. Fresno State Rice
Heart of Dallas Illinois vs. La. Tech Illinois
Quick Lane Rutgers vs. North Carolina Rutgers
St. Petersburg NC State vs. UCF UCF
Military Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati Cincinnati
Sun Duke vs. Arizona State Arizona State
Independence Miami (Fla.) vs. South Carolina Miami
Pinstripe Boston College vs. Penn State Boston College
Holiday Nebraska vs. USC USC
Liberty West Virginia vs. Texas A&M West Virginia
Russell Athletic Clemson vs. Oklahoma Oklahoma
Texas Texas vs. Arkansas Arkansas
Music City Notre Dame vs. LSU LSU
Belk Louisville vs. Georgia Georgia
Foster Farms Maryland vs. Stanford Stanford
Peach Ole Miss vs. TCU TCU
Fiesta Boise State vs. Arizona Arizona
Orange Miss. State vs. Ga. Tech Mississipi State
Outback Wisconsin vs. Auburn Auburn
Cotton Michigan St. vs. Baylor Baylor
Citrus Minnesota vs. Missouri Missouri
* Rose Oregon vs. Florida State Oregon
* Sugar Alabama vs. Ohio State Alabama
Armed Forces Pittsburgh vs. Houston Pittsburgh
Gator Iowa vs. Tennessee Tennessee
Alamo Kansas State vs. UCLA Kansas State
Cactus Okla. State vs. Washington Oklahoma St
Birmingham Florida vs. East Carolina Florida
GoDaddy Toledo vs. Arkansas State Arkansas State
CFP Champ. Game Oregon vs. Alabama Alabama

Saturday, October 11, 2014

College Football Week 7 Picks

By Michael Schneid

Cincinnati at Miami (FL) Miami
No. 1 Florida State at Syracuse Florida St
Texas vs. No. 11 Oklahoma* Oklahoma
No. 13 Georgia at No. 23 Missouri Missouri
Illinois at Wisconsin Wisconsin
West Virginia at Texas Tech West Virginia
Tulsa at Temple Temple
Indiana at Iowa Indiana
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky Kentucky
Northwestern at Minnesota Northwestern
Middle Tennessee at Marshall Marshall
Rice at Army Rice
Duke at No. 22 Georgia Tech Duke
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan Buffalo
Arkansas State at Georgia State Arkansas St
Bowling Green at Ohio Bowling Green
Massachusetts at Kent State Kent St
Miami (OH) at Akron Miami OH
New Mexico State at Troy New Mexico St
Western Michigan at Ball State Ball St
No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Mississippi State Auburn
No. 9 TCU at No. 5 Baylor TCU
North Carolina at No. 6 Notre Dame Notre Dame
No. 8 Michigan State at Purdue Michigan St
No. 12 Oregon at No. 18 UCLA UCLA
Boston College at North Carolina State NC St
Liberty at Appalachian State Appalachian St
North Texas at UAB UAB
Louisville at Clemson Clemson
Virginia Military Institute at Navy Navy
Toledo at Iowa State Iowa St
No. 16 Oklahoma State at Kansas Oklahoma St
Chattanooga at Tennessee Tennessee
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois Northern Illinois
No. 7 Alabama at Arkansas Alabama
Washington at California California
Idaho at Georgia Southern Georgia Southern
No. 19 East Carolina at South Florida ECU
Penn State at Michigan Penn St
Houston at Memphis Memphis
Florida International at UTSA UTSA
Charleston Southern at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
LSU at Florida LSU
Connecticut at Tulane Tulane
Old Dominion at UTEP Old Dominion
No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 14 Texas A&M Texas A&M
Air Force at Utah State Utah St
USC at No. 10 Arizona Arizona 
Colorado State at Nevada Nevada 
Wyoming at Hawaii Wyoming

Thursday, October 2, 2014

College Football Week 6 Picks

By Michael Schneid

Thursday, October 2
Arizona at No. 2 Oregon Oregon
UCF at Houston UCF
Florida Atlantic at Florida International Florida Atlantic
Friday, October 3
Louisville at Syracuse Louisville
San Diego State at Fresno State Fresno St
Utah State at No. 18 BYU BYU
Saturday, October 4
No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State Texas A&M
No. 20 Ohio State at Maryland Ohio State
Iowa State at No. 21 Oklahoma State Oklahoma St
SMU at No. 22 East Carolina East Carolina
Florida at Tennessee Tennessee
Purdue at Illinois Illinois
Marshall at Old Dominion Marshall
Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
Ball State at Army Army
Virginia Tech at North Carolina Virginia Tech
Eastern Michigan at Akron Akron
North Texas at Indiana Indiana
Massachusetts at Miami (OH) Miami OH
Tulsa at Colorado State Colorado St
Wake Forest at No. 1 Florida State Florida St
No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss Alabama
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 25 TCU Oklahoma
No. 7 Baylor at Texas Baylor
No. 14 Stanford at No. 9 Notre Dame Notre Dame
No. 17 Wisconsin at Northwestern Wisconsin
North Carolina State at Clemson Clemson
Ohio at Central Michigan Ohio
Buffalo at Bowling Green Bowling Green
New Mexico at UTSA UTSA
Navy at Air Force Air Force
Vanderbilt at No. 13 Georgia Georgia
Oregon State at Colorado Oregon St 
Kansas at West Virginia West Virginia
Kent State at Northern Illinois Northern Illinois
South Alabama at Appalachian State South Alabama
No. 15 LSU at No. 5 Auburn LSU
Texas Tech at No. 23 Kansas State Kansas St
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State Arkansas St
Georgia State at Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette
Hawaii at Rice Rice
Idaho at Texas State Texas St
Toledo at Western Michigan Toledo
Memphis at Cincinnati Cincinnati
Michigan at Rutgers Rutgers
UAB at Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
UTEP at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
Arizona State at No. 16 USC USC
Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh at Virginia Virginia
South Carolina at Kentucky Kentucky
No. 19 Nebraska at No. 10 Michigan State Michigan St
Georgia Southern at New Mexico State Georgia Southern
UNLV at San Jose State UNLV
Utah at No. 8 UCLA UCLA
Boise State at Nevada Nevada
California at Washington State Washington St

Thursday, September 25, 2014

College Football Week 5 Picks

By Michael Schneid

Thursday, September 25
Texas Tech at No. 24 Oklahoma State Oklahoma St
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern Georgia Southern 
No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State UCLA
Friday, September 26
Fresno State at New Mexico Fresno St
Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion Old Dominion
Saturday, September 27
Cincinnati at No. 22 Ohio State Cincinnati
Wyoming at No. 9 Michigan State Michigan St
Tennessee at No. 12 Georgia Georgia 
South Florida at No. 19 Wisconsin Wisconsin
UTEP at No. 25 Kansas State Kansas St 
Iowa at Purdue Iowa
Northwestern at Penn State Penn St
Tulane at Rutgers Rutgers
Vanderbilt at Kentucky Kentucky
Colorado State at Boston College Boston College
Western Michigan at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Army at Yale Army
Akron at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Maryland at Indiana Indiana 
Eastern Illinois at Ohio Ohio 
Bowling Green at Massachusetts Bowling Green
No. 1 Florida State at North Carolina State Florida St
Arkansas vs. No. 6 Texas A&M* Texas A&M
Western Kentucky at Navy Navy
Minnesota at Michigan Michigan
Kent State at Virginia Virginia
Florida International at UAB UAB
Wake Forest at Louisville Louisville
Miami (OH) at Buffalo Miami OH
Louisiana Tech at No. 5 Auburn Auburn
Colorado at California California 
Temple at Connecticut Temple
Texas at Kansas Texas
No. 16 Stanford at Washington Stanford
South Alabama at Idaho South Alabama
UTSA at Florida Atlantic UTSA
Missouri at No. 13 South Carolina South Carolina
North Carolina at Clemson Clemson
Central Michigan at Toledo Toledo
Rice at Southern Miss Rice
Troy at Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe
Boise State at Air Force Boise St
Memphis at No. 10 Ole Miss Ole Miss
New Mexico State at No. 17 LSU LSU
Duke at Miami (FL) Duke
No. 7 Baylor at Iowa State Baylor
No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Syracuse* Notre Dame
Texas State at Tulsa Tulsa
UNLV at San Diego State SD St
Washington State at Utah Utah
Illinois at No. 21 Nebraska Nebraska 
Oregon State at No. 18 USC USC
Nevada at San Jose State Nevada 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

College Football Week 4 Picks

By Michael Schneid

Thursday, September 18
No. 5 Auburn at No. 20 Kansas State Kansas St
Friday, September 19
Connecticut at South Florida Uconn
Saturday, September 20
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati Cincinnati
California at Arizona Arizona
Eastern Michigan at No. 11 Michigan State Michigan St
Troy at No. 13 Georgia Georgia
Bowling Green at No. 19 Wisconsin Wisconsin
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Iowa at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Western Illinois at Northwestern Northwestern 
Southern Illinois at Purdue Purdue
Old Dominion at Rice Rice
Maryland at Syracuse Maryland 
Tulane at Duke Duke
Maine at Boston College Boston College
Delaware State at Temple Temple
Marshall at Akron Marshall
Hawaii at Colorado Colorado
Florida at No. 3 Alabama Alabama
No. 6 Texas A&M at SMU Texas A&M
Virginia at No. 21 BYU BYU
Nicholls State at North Texas North Texas
Norfolk State at Buffalo Buffalo
North Carolina at East Carolina East Carolina
Army at Wake Forest Wake Forest
Louisville at Florida International Louisville
Central Michigan at Kansas Central Michigan
Rutgers at Navy Navy
Utah at Michigan Michigan
Indiana at No. 18 Missouri Missouri
Texas State at Illinois Illinois
Massachusetts at Penn State Penn St
San Jose State at Minnesota Minnesota
Florida Atlantic at Wyoming Wyoming
Presbyterian at North Carolina State NC State
Bethune-Cookman at UCF UCF
Georgia State at Washington Washington
Mississippi State at No. 8 LSU LSU
Northern Illinois at Arkansas Arkansas
Utah State at Arkansas State Utah St
Middle Tennessee at Memphis Memphis
Northwestern State at Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech
Appalachian State at Southern Miss Southern Miss
Ball State at Toledo Toledo
Idaho at Ohio Ohio
Murray State at Western Michigan Western Michigan
No. 4 Oklahoma at West Virginia West Virginia
No. 14 South Carolina at Vanderbilt South Carolina
Georgia Southern at South Alabama Georgia Southern 
No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State Florida St
Miami (FL) at No. 24 Nebraska Nebraska
UNLV at Houston Houston
New Mexico at New Mexico State New Mexico St
Southern Utah at Fresno State Fresno St
No. 2 Oregon at Washington State Oregon
San Diego State at Oregon State Oregon St
Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State Boise St

Thursday, September 11, 2014

College Football: Week 3 Picks

By Michael Schneid

So far through two weeks, MotleySports has predicted each College Football game, and has done so at over 85% accuracy. 

Week 1:
71/83 (85%)
21-1 - top 25 games
Week 2
64/74  (86%)
20-2  - top 25 games

Thursday, September 11
Louisiana Tech at North Texas North Texas
Houston at No. 25 BYU BYU
Friday, September 12
Toledo at Cincinnati Cincinnati
No. 8 Baylor at Buffalo Baylor
Saturday, September 13
East Carolina at No. 17 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech 
UCF at No. 20 Missouri Missouri
Kent State at No. 22 Ohio State Ohio State
Indiana at Bowling Green Indiana
Ohio at Marshall Marshall
Boise State at Connecticut Boise State
Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech Georgia Southern 
Pittsburgh at Florida International Pittsburgh
Syracuse at Central Michigan Central Michigan
West Virginia at Maryland West Virginia
Massachusetts at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
No. 21 Louisville at Virginia Virginia
Wyoming at No. 2 Oregon Oregon
Air Force at Georgia State Air Force
UC Davis at Colorado State Colorado St
Indiana State at Ball State Ball St
No. 6 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina Georgia
Alabama A&M at UAB UAB
Kansas at Duke Duke
Miami (OH) at Michigan Michigan
Arkansas State at Miami (FL) Miami
North Carolina State at South Florida NC State
Arkansas at Texas Tech Texas Tech 
Iowa State at Iowa Iowa
Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 14 Ole Miss Ole Miss
Mississippi State at South Alabama Mississippi State
Minnesota at TCU TCU
Illinois at Washington Washington
Army at No. 15 Stanford Stanford
Western Michigan at Idaho Idaho
Southern Miss at No. 3 Alabama Alabama
Eastern Michigan at Old Dominion Old Dominion
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 LSU LSU
Northern Illinois at UNLV Northern Illinois
Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky
UTSA at Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
Wake Forest at Utah State Utah St
Tulsa at Florida Atlantic Tulsa
Abilene Christian at Troy Troy
Purdue vs. No. 11 Notre Dame* Notre Dame
Kentucky at Florida Florida
Tennessee at No. 4 Oklahoma Oklahoma
No. 9 USC at Boston College USC
No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas* UCLA
Penn State at Rutgers Penn St
New Mexico State at UTEP UTEP
Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane Tulane
Navy at Texas State Navy
Portland State at Washington State Washington St
Rice at No. 7 Texas A&M Texas A&M 
No. 16 Arizona State at Colorado Arizona State
Nebraska at Fresno State Nebraska
Nevada at Arizona Arizona

Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 NFL Preview: 32 Team-by-Team Predictions

 By Michael Schneid

MotleySports makes bold predictions for each NFL team as the 2014 season begins. (Teams are in order by division.)

AFC Predictions

1. The Jets, with an improved offense, will make the playoffs as the NFC's final wild card team.
2. Tom Brady will break 5,000 yards and the Patriots will win 12 games.
3. Kyle Orton and another QB, not currently on Bills roster, will start more games at QB than EJ Manuel
4. Knowshon Moreno will lead the Dolphins in rushing and finish third on the team in receiving.
5. The Steelers not only return to the playoffs, but they will win the AFC North division.
6. The Ravens will miss the playoffs for the third straight season and part ways with Ray Rice at the end of 2014.
7. Bengals defense will finish top 5 in takeaways and Andy Dalton will have a Pro Bowl season
8. Johnny Manziel will be the Brown's starting QB beginning in Week 5 and will spark the Browns and lead them to 6 wins in 2014 (an improvement over 4 the last two years).
9. Andrew Luck will be the AFC MVP, as the Colts win the AFC South despite a bad defense and no running game.
10. The Jaguars will be one of the league's most improved team's - finishing in the top half of the league in defense and rushing.
11. The Titans will finish last in the AFC South and move on from Jake Locker in 2015
12. JJ Watt and Jadaveon Clowney dominate defensively and a rejuvenated Texans win 7 games.
13. The Broncos win the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning retires
14. Keenan Allen finishes in the top 5 in receiving yards in the NFL for the Chargers
15. The Chiefs take a major step back and only win 6 games
16. Derek Carr starts all 16 games for the Raiders and despite being the best rookie QB in 2014, head coach Dennis Allen will be fired at the end of the season

NFC Predictions

17. Lesean McCoy wins Offensive Player of the Year in the NFC as he leads the Eagles to record-breaking heights
18. Jason Garrett finally gets fired as the Cowboys, behind a historically horrible defense, fail to even finish .500.
19. The Redskins will struggle offensively, and Alfred Morris, specifically, will struggle without Mike Shanahan's system. 
20. 2014 will be Tom Coughlin's final season as Giants' head coach
21. The Packers will finish in the top 2 of the NFC, despite a poor defense
22. The Bears finally get back to the playoffs with Jay Cutler throwing for over 5,000 yards
23. The Vikings are the NFC's surprise team. Matt Cassel starts all 16 games and leads the Vikings back to the playoffs.
24. The Lions struggle with consistency on offense as they still cannot find a second option to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush begins to be phased out.
25. Saints defense is a big reason why they win the NFC South.
26. The Bucs are one of the league's most improved teams, behind a stout Lovie Smith defense, but QB play keeps them out of the playoffs.
27. Cam Newton will miss a game or two due to injury for the first time in his career and the Panthers will not replicate last season's success.
28. Mike Smith will be fired by the Falcons after the 2014 season as the defense continues to be a disaster, despite the offense being able to score lots of points
29. The Seahawks return to the Super Bowl and Percy Harvin plays 10 games, and has a major impact on the Seattle offense (and tons of fantasy football teams).
30. The 49ers miss the playoffs for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era.
31. Despite losing Sam Bradford for the season, the Rams finish 8-8.
32. Carson Palmer takes a major step back and the Cardinals flop in Bruce Arians' second season as head coach.

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