2011-12 Football, AFC EAST

Posted: 01/02/2012 by levcohen in Football

The football regular season has come to an end, and I’m going over each team’s ending feelings in a sentence or 3, and if the team made the playoffs i’ll add their chances in it. I am doing one division per day.

#1 New England Patriots, 13-3: They ended up with the #1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. To get there, they relied on the usual guys, led by Brady and Welker. Rob Gronkowski broke the single season touchdown record for a TE, and ended with 17. The Pats running and defense needs work, but they got good play from middle linebacker Jerrod Mayo, and cornerback Kyle Arrington. However, this team wants to do more. They haven’t won a playoff game since 2007. They might have trouble with a team that plays offense and defense well, like the Steelers (who they already lost to), or the Ravens on some days. This team probably won’t be a favorite to advance to the Superbowl, but they won’t be far off from it.

NY Jets, 8-8: This year has been a disappointment for Rex Ryan and Jets fans. Mark Sanchez again proved that he isn’t a good enough QB, and things totally fell apart in the last game, with talented WR Santonio Holmes being benched after an in-huddle argument, with Ladanian Tomlinson saying, “”It’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner,” Tomlinson said. “You’ve got to lead by example, and you’ve got to play your tail off until the last play.” The Jets lost 3 in a row twice this year, including to end the season. There have even been rumors of Peyton Manning going to the Jets. While that probably won’t happen, it would be New York’s dream team scenario, with Sanchez absorbing as much stuff as possible from Peyton. Rex Ryan idolizes Manning, and Andrew Luck would be able to start immediately for the Colts. This year, the defense was again good, but the offense couldn’t carry them when they needed to.

Miami Dolphins, 6-10: They started the season 0-7, but finished strong with a 6-3 record in their final 9 games. They fired Tony Sparano near the end of the year, and they will be making a fresh start of sorts next year. None of the 3 QB’s on their roster now looks like the answer, and they have also been rumored to trade for Manning. They have two solid RB’s in Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas, and look for Thomas to become more of the feature back and Bush more as a 3rd down guy, and a great pass catcher. They have a stud WR in Marshall, and a decent defense. To improve on their record and eventually dethrone the Pats, they need a good 2nd WR to take pressure of Marshall, a good QB, and they need to continue building on the defense. They do have a potentially very good offensive line.

Buffalo Bills, 6-10: They started the year well, at 4-1. Not much positive to say from there. Stud RB Fred Jackson got hurt, and they fell into last place in the division. Jackson was putting up stellar numbers,with 934 rushing yards and 5.5 yards per carry before he got injured. They were the 7th worst defense in yards allowed, and gave up the 3rd most points. That has to change. They were in the top half in yards for offense, and would have likely finished top 10 if Jackson hadn’t gotten injured. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick started strong, but in 8 of his last nine games he had passer ratings of under 90. After Jackson got hurt, CJ Spiller proved that he was a good talent, and in the next year or two he may take over lead back duties. Stevie Johnson is a very good WR, but after him there isn’t much at that position. There is a tall guy, David Nelson who finished second on the team with 658 yards. This team is probably looking at a 6-10 or 7-9 season next year.

BOWL PROJECTIONS FOR TUESDAY:

Michigan 30 West Virginia 23

Going inside fantasy basketball last week and yesterday:

FANTASY BASKETBALL STAT OF THE DAY:

Kevin Love, MIN PF

Love had an awesome game yesterday, not only scoring 25 points with 17 rebounds, but also contributing in other cats. He had a steal and a block, hit 9-16 from the field, and a superb 5-6 from 3. He hit both of his FT

FANTASY BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK (in terms of playing better than expectation):

Spencer Hawes, PHI C

For someone who wasn’t even considered a top 200 player, Hawes put up great numbers in the first week. While he only scored 12 points per game, he added 12.5 rebounds, 4 assists, nearly 2 blocks, and almost 1.5 steals, which is stellar for any big man

FANTASY WW PICKUP OF THE WEEK:

JJ Reddick, ORL SG

He isn’t owned in most leagues, but he should be. He’s 15 points per game with 2 3’s to go with it. He is always a great FT shooter, and this year has a spectacular FG%

FANTASY DROP OF THE WEEK:
Lamar Odom, DAL PF

Dallas is looking a lot worse than anyone thought they would be. Lamar Odom is only playing 17.8 minutes per game, and he has put up horrible stats. 5 PPG, 4 REB and nothing else to speak of. He will probably rebound some but it is safe to drop him until he does. Just keep him on your watch list.

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