Stadium Food Power Rankings: Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
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This week marks the final week in the NFL regular season, and our coverage spans three final matchups: the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field versus the New York Giants' MetLife Stadium, the Oakland Raiders' O.co Coliseum versus the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium, and the matchup featured here, the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field versus the Dallas Cowboys' Cowboys Stadium. (The teams are vying for the NFC East title.) With our record at nine wins and four losses, we are anxious to see how we’re looking as we head into the playoffs, and creep ever-closer to the Super Bowl finale in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
FedEx Field has now been home to the Washington Redskins, NFL team of the nation’s capital, for fifteen years. The team had previously played at RFK Stadium for over two decades. A new and improved DC stadium was first envisioned in 1987, though the project was moved to Landover, MD, in 1994, due to environmental and other issues within the District of Columbia. The new facility, where the first game was played in 1997, was originally named Jack Kent Cooke Stadium; in 1999, Dan Snyder bought the Redskins and sold naming rights Federal Express. It was originally the largest stadium in the NFL, seating over 91,000 fans, but seating reductions in 2010 and 2011 (for standing end zone/ “party zone” space, among other things), reduced the capacity to 79,000. My own allegiance aside — I'm a third-generation DCer, and my brother's godfather, Anthony Casolero, is the team physician — the Redskins' fan base is probably one of the most loyal win-or-lose bands of followers in NFL history — and this season there looks like there might actually be some hope for Washington. So I’m going to throw a personal “Hail” for my home team, and move on to the stadium food.
Famous Dave's Ribs at FedEx Field. Photo courtesy of Centerplate.
Local Skins fans favorites include The Ultimate Steak and Cake, a juicy sirloin-meets-Maryland crab cake, served on a pretzel roll with melted cheese, a tower of onion rings, and garlic fries; cheesesteaks on authentic Amoroso rolls with fried onions and your choice of cheese, as well as the grilled chicken sandwich from The Greene Turtle, a Maryland staple since 1976; and Boardwalk fries, a DC area staple since 1980, coming in one-pound servings of hot crisps fired with Old Bay and malt vinegar (essential Maryland and DC flavors). Other favorites include a selection of items from favorite, Phillip’s Seafood, including the Maryland crab cake sandwich with cocktail and tartar sauce on a potato roll; fried butterflied shrimp; the Crab Pretzel, which includes a blend of crab claw meat, cream cheese, hot sauce, and Phillips Seafood seasoning, with a mixture of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese all on top of a soft pretzel (described as “an authentic taste of Maryland”); and the seafood sampler, with Phillip’s famous Maryland crab cake, crab pretzel, and butterflied shrimp. Items from Ben’s Chili Bowl also grace the favorites list (a DC favorite started on U Street, and a stop of President Obama’s): Ben’s Half Smoke All-the-Way — a Bill Crosby favorite with a half smoked topped with Ben’s chili, shredded cheddar, diced onions, and yellow mustard; Ben’s Hot Dog All-the-Way, topped also with Ben’s Chili, shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, and yellow mustard; and Ben’s Chili con Carne, made fromf Ben’s secret recipe.
Ben's Half Smoke at FedEx FIeld. Photo courtesy of Centerplate.
Other popular stadium staples include Polski Polish sausage, a Polish Government-certified (according to the 1964 set standards) kielbasa, hand-crafted from an old Krolik family recipe and handed down through generations; Kayem franks, from a 99-year old company and premier manufacturer of some of the leading brands of meats; Papa John’s pizza and breadsticks served with garlic parmesan butter; Gordon Biersch garlic fries, coated with garlic and parsley; Johnny Rockets milkshakes in vanilla or chocolate and famous burgers, coming with buttered, toasted potato buns, fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese, and Johnny Rockets secret sauce; and Famous Dave’s BBQ's slow-cooked ribs smothered in Famous Dave’s award-winning barbecue sauce, along with french fries covered with Famous Dave’s chili and then coated with shredded cheddar. Hooters, which has an entire restaurant at the stadium, complete with full menu and Hooters girls, serves a gourmet chicken wing dinner with 20 wings and a bottle of Korbel champagne; half-pound bags of peel and eat shrimp; onion rings with Hooters Kickin’ Dippin’ sauce; garden salads; and shrimp po' boy sandwiches, including Cajun-seasoned shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and rémoulade sauce on a French baguette.
FedEx Field's Rocket Single. Photo courtesy of Centerplate.
FedEx also offers specialty beverages, tailored to the season. In summer, fans can get Redskins Rita, or “Hail to the Rita,” cocktails on tap, featuring Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade and Jose Cuervo Margaritas; Captain’s Dark and Stormy, with Captain Morgan’s spiced black rum, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice; Parrot Bay Coconut-Mango Daiquiris; and Ciroc Coco Loco — Ciroc Coconut Vodka with pineapple juice, club soda, and fresh lime juice. In the fall and winter, fans can get seasonal craft beers; hot chocolate spiked with Bailey’s; Liquid S’mores (hot chocolate spiked with Smirnoff whipped cream vodka and a graham cracker stirrer); Skins Spiced Cider (hot apple cider spiked with Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, stirred with a cinnamon stick); the DC Snowbird, a Parrot Bay coconut rum drink, served with hot chocolate whipped cream, and toasted coconut; and The Royal Treatment, with Crown Royal Maple and hot spiced apple cider.
FedEx also pays mind to vegetarian, gluten-free, health-conscious, and kosher fans. Items include gluten-free and vegetarian Greek salad, vegetarian hummus, vegetarian grilled veggie wraps, vegetarian Greek salad wraps, chicken Caesar salad, fruit and cheese platters, fresh strawberry salad, trail mix, milk, gluten-free Redbridge beer; and Kosher Italian sausage, hot dogs, falafel, and shawarma.
NFC Playoff Picture Roundup: Teams vye for spots
Next: vs Buccaneers Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 24 carries for 107 yards. It was his sixth game this season with at least 100 yards. Elliott's 1,392 rushing yards are the third-most by a player in his first 13 games in NFL history.
DETROIT LIONS (9-4)
Week 14: W, 20-17 vs Bears
Next: at Giants Quarterback Matt Stafford rushed for a seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Lions' 20-17 victory over Chicago. Stafford has led eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, the most such drives by a quarterback in a single season since 1970.
NEW YORK GIANTS (9-4)
Week 14: W, 10-7 vs Cowboys *
*Next: vs Lions Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tallied a 61-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Beckham's touchdown was his 34th on a pass from Eli Manning, the most by any receiver. Beckham had been tied with Plaxico Burress (33).
32.) Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 32) (1-5) BYE 31.) New York Giants (31) (1-6) 30.) Buffalo Bills (29) (2-5) 29.) San Francisco 49ers (29) (1-6) 28.) Arizona Cardinals (26)(1-6) 27.) Cleveland Browns (24) (2-4-1) 26.) Denver Broncos (27) (3-4) 25.) New York Jets (22) (3-4) 24.) Indianapolis Colts (28) (2-5) 23.) Jacksonville Jaguars (13) (3-4) 22.)Tennessee Titans (14) (3-4) 21.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25) (3-3) 20.) Dallas Cowboys (21) (3-4) 19.) Atlanta Falcons (23) (3-4) 18.) Seattle Seahawks (20) (3-3) BYE 17.)Detroit Lions (19) (3-3) 16.) Miami Dolphins (15) (4-3) 15.) Philadelphia Eagles (8) (3-4) 14.) Chicago Bears (16) (3-3) 13.) Houston Texans (18) (4-3) 12.) Cincinnati Bengals (10) (4-3) 11.) Baltimore Ravens (11) (4-3)
10.) Houston Texans (13) (5-3)
The Texans were off to a very slow start, beginning the season with three straight losses. They have since won five straight games and sit atop their division. Unfortunately, Will Fuller tore his ACL in their matchup against the Dolphins. Watt and Clowney are a force to be reckoned with, combining for 12.5 sacks on the season. The Texans have been banged up this season, but have been on a tear in recent weeks.
9.) Cincinnati Bengals (12) (5-3)
Even though Cincinnati has more wins than the Steelers, they currently sit behind them in the division because of the Steelers’ tie, and one less loss. The AFC North division is a close one and should be one to watch down the stretch. Cincy squeaked out a win against the Bucs this week, as FitzMagic came in and almost stole the show. The Bengals will be on bye this week, then come out to take on the Saints at home.
8.) Washington Redskins (9) (5-2)
Adrian Peterson rushed for over 149 yards against the Giants!? He also had a seven-yard touchdown reception. Peterson is showing that he still has what it takes to be a starter in the league. He is currently averaging 4.6 yards per carry, not too shabby for the 33-year old. The Redskins currently have a commanding lead in the division and take on the Falcons at home this week, who have struggled on the road this season.
7.) Los Angeles Chargers (6) (5-2)
Adam Schefter reported that Joey Bosa isn’t anywhere near ready to return. However, the Chargers should be getting Melvin Gordon back this week. Philip Rivers and the Chargers come off their bye to travel to one of the toughest places to play in the league, CenturyLink Field.
6.) Carolina Panthers (8) (5-2)
Cam Newton and the Panthers continue to be a step behind the Saints in the division, but are right on their tail. Newton is quietly having a great season, and CMC is showing that he can be an every down back. Jameis Winston was benched for FitzMagic, who almost came in and won the game for the Bucs. Fitz was named the starter this week, and the Bucs are coming to town to face Carolina.
5.) Pittsburgh Steelers (7) (4-2-1)
It doesn’t appear that Le’Veon Bell is returning to the team anytime soon. James Conner ranks third in the league for rushing yards. After a slow start to the season, the Steelers are finally finding their groove. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, their schedule the rest of the way isn’t pretty on paper.
4.) New Orleans Saints (4)(6-1)
In a rematch of the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs, the New Orleans Saints bested the Vikings. The Saints have now won six straight games after losing week 1 in a shootout against the Bucs. The Saints now get a showdown in their home stadium against the unbeaten Rams. Will they be able to contain Gurley?
3.) Kansas City Chiefs (3)(7-1)
Patrick Mahomes leads the league in passing yards and touchdowns. The Chiefs continue to put on an offensive clinic and are averaging a league-high 36.2 points per game. KC heads to Cleveland this week to take on the Browns with their newly appointed interim head coach, Gregg Williams.
2.) New England Patriots (2)(6-2)
The Patriots were in a dogfight early on against the Bills. The halftime score was 9-3, as neither team could put it in the end zone. James White eventually got in for the score and Derek Anderson threw a pick 6. Aaron Rodgers comes to town next week for a Monday Night Football showdown.
1.) Los Angeles Rams (1)(8-0)
In a hard-fought battle between the Packers, the Rams came out on top. Ty Montgomery fumbled a kickoff return, and Rodgers never got a chance to see the field to potentially ice the game, as the Rams bled the clock. Los Angeles takes a trip to New Orleans to take on the red hot Saints this week.
Big Ten Power Rankings Week 13: All Eyes On Columbus
- Post author: Daniel Girolamo
- Post published: November 21, 2018
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After weeks of "what ifs," the game college football fans wanted to see is happening. One loss Michigan will play one-loss Ohio State for a chance to represent the Big&hellip
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions run defense (or lack thereof) is currently allowing 28.2 fantasy points per game to RBs, 6.1 yards per carry and 3 rushing touchdowns so far this season. While Mike McCarthy and the Packers seem hellbent on deploying a three-headed committee, Aaron Rodgers expressed his endorsement of RB Aaron Jones ahead of Week 4 and he didn’t disappoint (65 rushing yards and a TD on 11 carries). His snap count increased from 17 to 29 from week 3 to 4, which implies that we could be seeing an end to the committee. If there’s any matchup for him to takeover the backfield, this is it.
NFL Predictions: How the Season Will End Through My Eyes
The NFL season has seen many surprises and storylines so far, with the Carolina Panthers going 14-0 trying to go 16-0, and teams like the Denver Broncos, who were Super Bowl favorites at one point this year, clinging to dear life for a playoff spot. Here is how I see the rest of the NFL season going down.
The Washington Redskins WILL Win The NFC East
Some people may say that the NFC East is the worst division in the league, but clearly they have yet to see the Houston Texans and any other team in the AFC South play a football game this year. In my opinion, this is what football needs, one division in which good teams may or may not be playing to their standards and yet look like a legit playoff threat. That’s the case with the Washington Redskins, who are leading the NFC East right now, and should remain in that position the rest of the way. I think Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is a true game-changer in this league, whereas Sam Bradford, Eagles QB, won’t seem to reach that point.
The Denver Broncos Will Survive
Yes, they will make the playoffs. All the distractions about Peyton Manning will be put to rest, as all they need to do is win one game, and they are in.
The Panthers Will Go 16-0
People may say that the Arizona Cardinals will win the Super Bowl, but they won’t. Cam Newton will keep ‘Dabbing’, and will go undefeated for the year (19-0)!
Odell Beckham Jr. Does Not Deserve His Suspension
Why suspend the most exciting player in NFL history? Part of the game of football is getting scrappy and trying to physically beat your opponent, and that was what he was doing. Anyways, they ain’t making the playoffs, but Odell is Odell, and the Panthers have wrongdoing in this, too. They had ball boys holding baseball bats pregame and tried to beat up Odell. How did he lose the appeal?
Cam Newton. No questions asked.
The Final AFC Wild Card Spots Go To…
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. Pittsburgh has some crazy fans waving yellow towels for 4 hours on game day, and the Chiefs haven’t lost in 3 months or something.
The Final NFC Wild Card Spots Go To…
The Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks’ playbook has no running plays now, and the Vikings somehow, and I mean somehow, with a terrible QB, just win (weird, huh).
2020 NFL Fantasy Football Defense Projections & Rankings: Patriots #1
Now that the 2019 NFL regular and fantasy seasons are over it is time to start looking ahead for the 2020 fantasy season. In 2019, the New England Patriots defense dominated their opponents early and often this season. Scoring 20+ fantasy points 5 times this season, making a case for the value a great fantasy defense can have for your roster. Quiet often fantasy defenses are one of, if not the last fantasy position to be selected. However, finding a fantasy defense as good as the New England Patriots can be an extremely valuable asset to have on your fantasy team. The Patriots defense scored more fantasy points this season than many skill position players such as Cooper Kupp, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Saquan Barkley, and Alvin Kamara. An impressive feat for a position that many don’t think of at all when it comes to their fantasy draft strategies. Below you will find the fantasy projections for every defense next season including their stats from this past season and their fantasy output for 2019. For weekly updates, see our fantasy football rankings pages that cover all the players you need to consider for your draft. All NFL team stats referenced can be found on our stats website.
1. New England Patriots
One of the most impressive and valuable fantasy assets of the 2019 season was the New England Patriots defense and special teams. Scoring a total of 225 fantasy points over the course of 2019, much credit can be credited to Stephon Gilmore and the rest of the Patriots secondary. Creating takeaways and shutting down the opposing offenses number 1 weapon has been their philosophy for years and was executed to perfection this year. Sitting at or near the top of every defensive category with little personnel turnover this offseason keeps the New England Patriots at the top of the food chain for the 2020 fantasy season.
2. Baltimore Ravens
A late bloomer of a defense on the season, the Ravens made some moves at the mid-season mark before the trade deadline. Marcus Peters traded from the Rams became one of the Ravens best playmakers on defense. Another defense that is sitting near the top of every statistical category after getting better during the trade deadline. The Ravens will be another top defense next season with little turnover in terms of personnel.
3. San Francisco 49ers
A straight up suffocating defense with one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Rookie Nick Bosa dominated ever since stepping on the field making an immediate impact. Nearly all of their defensive linemen are former first round picks, helping out the secondary which is a solid unit itself. The 49ers will likely be needing to help out the secondary, specifically the cornerback position, during this offseason and are going to continue to dominate and lean heavily on their defensive line to help them out.
4. Buffalo Bills
Allowing the second-fewest points, 3rd fewest total yards, and creating the 14th most turnovers in 2019. The Bills were no surprise to be a great defense this season. Ending the 2019 season as the 6th best fantasy defense, the Bills star cornerback Tre-Davious White was a key piece to this defense. Having the shutdown ability and limiting the opposing offense greatly aided the Bills defense. The Bills defense is the reason they have made it to the playoffs, keeping every game low scoring to give their offense a chance. Expect the Bills defense to continue dominating next season.
5. Los Angeles Rams
One of the defenses that could take off next season and be the top defense in fantasy football. Trading for star corner Jalen Ramsey before the trade deadline, the Rams have secured one of, if not the best shutdown corners in the NFL. Depending on what moves they make this offseason and what they do to control their cap space going into 2020, the Rams could take over the #1 fantasy defense spot next season with such an elite talent at the corner position similar to the way the Patriots did this season with Stephon Gilmore. Already having a solid rush defense and pass defense in 2019, the Rams could make some great improvements through the draft and bolster that defense.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers made one of the best mid-season trades in recent memory. Trading for former Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick who made an immediate impact on the Steelers defense. One of his best traits coming out of college was his leadership ability. Leading the Steelers to be a playoff threat even with their second and third-string quarterback in. The Steelers quickly rose to the top of the defensive statistical categories. Becoming one of the most feared secondaries in the NFL and one of the best against opposing fantasy wide receivers. Allowing the 3rd fewest passing yards, 8th lowest yards per completion, 5th lowest yards per attempt, and the 15th fewest passing touchdowns. Where the Steelers defense shined was in the turnover department. Leading the NFL in turnovers with 20 interceptions and 18 fumbles, for a total of 38 turnovers which is where defenses make their points. The Steelers are a great defense that deserves a ton of respect.
7. New Orleans Saints
Yet another team with a fantastic talent at the cornerback position. Marshon Lattimore is a shutdown corner with a ton of talent and a bright future ahead of him. After a tough start to the season for the secondary, the Saints defense put things together. The Saints also dominated at the line of scrimmage, allowing the 4th fewest rushing yards, and a yards per carry of 4.2 yards per carry. The Saints have also allowed the 13th most passing yards, 14th lowest yards per completion, 10th lowest yards per attempt, with the 11th most takeaways in the NFL. If the Saints can get some safety help or some more help at corner from the draft or free agency, the Saints will be a scary defense to face in 2020.
8. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have been one of the most banged up teams in the NFL. Losing players at just about every single position on the roster. The Eagles started off the season with none of their starters at corner having to start no name players. However, as the season continued, the Eagles got healthier and gained their secondary players back which helped immensely. The Eagles went from on the the best matchups for fantasy wide receivers to being more of a middle of the pack by the end of the season. Young players like Sydney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, and Ronald Darby have all been making great improvements to their game. Giving opposing wide receivers a run for their money, limiting players like Amari Cooper to disappointing fantasy game late in the season. With the young group of corners developing well, and Philadelphia’s elite run defense, allowing 3rd fewest rushing yards this season, the one part of the Eagles defense which was lacking was the turnovers, having the 14th fewest turnovers in the NFL. Going forward the Eagles should be able to make some moves to bolster that defense and try to improve and dominate their opponents.
9. New York Jets
One of the biggest offseason players before the 2019 season, signing players like C.J. Moseley, to contacts, drafting [3rd overall pick] in the 2019 Draft. This Jets team was being predicted to turn things around quickly. Unfortunately, the team did not, but the defense somewhat lived up to the hype. Allowing the 2nd fewest rushing yards, tied with the Buccaneers for the lowest yards per carry (3.3 yards), the 17th fewest passing yards, 13th lowest yards per completion, and the 13th lowest yards per attempts in the NFL. The Jets lacked in the turnover department, having the 16th fewest turnovers this season. An important part of the fantasy defense, turnovers are their money makers. If the Jets defense can continue to play as well as it did this season, and the offense can fix its issues they will finally be the playoff threat they were promised to be this season.
10. Green Bay Packers
Remember how I was saying how turnovers are where defenses make their money? Well that’s what kept the Packers in contention this season. Even though the Packers were an average to below average defense this season, in both rushing and passing statistics. This young secondary is filled with a bunch of playmakers. Having the 3rd most interceptions in the NFL and the 7th most turnovers in the NFL. This young Packers defense is looking to be promising and will most likely be a sleeper defense that will surprise a lot of fantasy players next season. A low risk and very high reward defense to draft in your next fantasy draft for the 2020 season, I cannot recommend them enough.
11. Chicago Bears
One of the tougher opponents to travel to this season. The Bears suffered some loss to injuries early on in the season which hurt this defense. No longer being a scary run defense to face in 2019. The secondary was still a great unit as a whole. Allowing 9th fewest passing yards, 4th fewest passing touchdowns, 7th lowest yards per completion, and the 8th lowest yards per attmpet in the NFL in 2019. However, injuries are only temporary, and this defense will be back to healthy for the beginning of the 2020 NFL season. Expect the Bears to continue to be a great defense that you can rely on nearly week in and week out for 2020.
12. Minnesota Vikings
Formerly one of the scariest defenses to face in the NFL, that façade has since faded over the past 2 years. The secondary is no longer as elite as it used to be. The Vikings, having their offense set up for the next few years should focus on bolstering that secondary, especially the cornerback position. Xavier Rhodes is no longer the shutdown type of corner he used to be. I expect the Vikings to address this need as their defense was one of the best matchups for opposing fantasy wide receivers. Having a middle of the pack defense in terms of both rushing and passing. The Vikings should have a heavily focused defensive draft to help out Kirk Cousins and his limitations. The coaching of the Vikings is still one of the best units in the NFL, instilling confidence that they will get this defense back to being an elite group very soon.
13. Kansas City Chiefs
Leading off the beginning of the streaming tier, or the teams that shouldn’t necessarily be drafted but should be a matchup-based decision for 2020 is one of the most improved units of 2019. The Kansas City Chiefs developed this defense, namely their secondary, beautifully. Still having a weakness against the run, they have greatly improved their passing defense. Allowing the 7th most rushing yards and the 5th highest yards per carry (4.9 yards) along with the 16th most rushing touchdowns. The running game has been their main weakness of 2019. Coming from being one of the best matchups you could ask for against opposing fantasy wide receivers to be a somewhat sketchy matchup this season. The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to develop their defense, with a little help from the draft and free agency this defense could be all around scary.
14. Cleveland Browns
One of the most overhyped teams going into 2019, with many professional analysts even saying that they will be making a Superbowl run. The Cleveland Browns have been mismanaged by Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey [Fact check john Dorsey as former GM of browns]. Even with this mismanagement, the talent as able to somewhat shine through. The Browns still have fantastic talent littered throughout their roster, just not on the O-line. Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward are the leaders of this defense. Having a solid pass defense this season along with the 9th most interceptions in the NFL. The area of improvement the Browns should focus on, besides the o-line, is the rush defense. Allowing the 3rd most rushing yards in the NFL this season, the Browns new Head Coach, which is undecided as of this time, will be smart to fill these major holes on the team. However, even with these holes, the Browns defense still have some great potential and fantastic talent littered throughout their roster and with a competent head coach will be able to live up to the hype.
15. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans have been one of the sneakiest teams of 2019. Having a sneaky elite running back in Derrick Henry, one of the most surprising quarterbacks of the year in Ryan Tannehill. This sneaky good offense is mirrored with a sneaky good defense. Allowing the 12th fewest rushing yards with the 7th lowest yards per carry at 4.0 yards per carry. The secondary however was lacking, sitting down in the bottom of the passing stats. Allowing the 9th most passing yards (just below the Oakland Raiders), 18th fewest yards per completion, 16th most passing touchdowns, and the 8th fewest yards per attempt. Making up for the passing deficiencies with being a top 12 team in turnovers in the NFL. Like many of the teams in this tier, the Titans will be a solid defense. Having their good weeks and their bad. Finding a good matchup will be the reasoning behind rostering the Titans in 2020.
16. Seattle Seahawks
Having one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2019, the Seahawks saving grace on defense has been their turnovers. Allowing the 6th most passing yards, 12th most yards per completion, and the 11th most yards per attempt in the NFL. Their rush defense, allowing the 11th most rushing yards, 4th highest yards per attempt (4.9 yards) and the 3rd most rushing touchdowns. This lackluster of a defense would normally be followed by a losing record. However, the Seahawks have been a master at getting turnovers. Having the 3rd most turnovers in the NFL at 32 with 16 interceptions and 16 fumbles. Having so many turnovers saved this team, being the sole reason, they are not on the avoid portion of this ranking.
17. Denver Broncos
A solid unit in each statistical category for fantasy football. The only downfall the Broncos defense has as a fantasy asset is their lack of turnovers. Creating the 8th fewest turnovers with 10 interceptions and 7 fumbles. Besides the lack of turnovers, the Broncos have had a great defense. Allowing the 11th fewest passing yards and 16th fewest rushing yards in 2019. A very talented defense with potential to continue to be the great defense that brought them to the Superbowl. However, until the offense is able to compete this defense is a matchup dependent one.
18. Atlanta Falcons
Similar to the 2018 season, the Falcons started off solid but then suffered an obscene amount injuries to their defense. The injury concerns make this Falcons defense makes judging this defense very tough. However, after their bye week this season and play calling was transferred to another coach. The Falcons defense seemed to have life breathed back into them, finally challenging opponents and giving the offense a chance to get ahead. This seemed like a whole new Falcons secondary in the second half of the season, making them a streaming option for 2020.
19. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts defense struggled against opposing wide receivers this season. Allowing the 10th most passing yards, 9th most passing touchdowns, 23rd lowest yards per completion, 12th highest yards per attempt, and the 10th most turnovers in the NFL with 15 interceptions and 8 fumbles. The bright spot of this defense was the rushing defense. Only allowing 7th fewest rushing yards, the 9th lowest yards per carry of 4.1 yards, and the 3rd fewest rushing touchdowns. The Colts need plenty of help in their secondary. With this weakness in the passing game but strength in the run game, the Colts are best used in certain matchups.
20. Dallas Cowboys
It seems like cap space has been one of the biggest issues for the Cowboys over the past few years. Trying to pay all the stars on the team is difficult. Considering having to pay Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, Demarcus Lawrence, and Byron Jones over the past year. Prescott and Jones still have yet to reach their contract agreements, leaving the Cowboys to decide who to pay. Jones is set to be a free agent after the season, being their top talent in the secondary is a big blow if he is to leave after this disappointing season. Being a good defense this season, losing such a key piece and having coaching changes could change a lot for this Cowboys team, leaving them as a streaming defense for 2020.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers defense has been polar opposite for the 2019 season. Having the top run defense in the league, but also having one of the worst passing defenses in the league. Allowing the 3rd most passing yards. This large range of differences can be explained through the game script of their games this season. Facing the most passing attempts in the league by 50 attempts and seeing the 4th fewest rushing attempts this season due to the Buccaneers high flying offense. Other than the total passing yards, the Buccaneers passing defense is more middle of the pack in other statistical categories. Having the 5th most turnovers in 2019, the Buccaneers will continue to be a good defense in 2020, especially if the game script evens out more for them.
22. Los Angeles Chargers
One of the toughest secondaries for opposing wide receivers. Allowing the 5th fewest passing yards, 9th fewest passing touchdowns, 6th fewest yards per completion, and the 13th most yards per attempt. The Chargers also had a middle for the pack rush defense that could be exposed from time to time. Allowing the 15th most rushing yards, 11th most rushing touchdowns, and the 16th highest yards per attempt. The biggest downfall of this defense is the turnovers. Having the least amount of turnovers in the league with just 14 total (11 interceptions, 3 fumbles). The lack of turnovers hurt the Chargers’ defense fantasy value.
23. Washington Redskins
One of the worst teams in the NFL, the Redskins did have a solid defense but suffered from a completely incompetent offense and coaching staff. The new hire of Ron Rivera as head coach of the Redskins is a great coaching decision. Having a middle of the pack passing defense, allowing the 15th most passing yards, 3rd most passing touchdowns, 11th lowest yards per completion, and the 10th highest yards per passing attempt. The Redskins were exposed in the run game, allowing the 2nd most rushing yards, 7th highest yards per attempt, and the 13th most rushing touchdowns. The Redskins were middle of the pack for turnovers at 22 with 13 interceptions and 9 fumbles.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
After losing star corner Jalen Ramsay, the Jaguars defense seemed to lose its mojo. Once Gardner Minshew was benched for Nick Foles, and then Foles failed, it seemed that the defense just gave up entirely. Ending the season as one of the worst rush defenses and a middle of the pack pass defense. This defense still has plenty of talent but could use some help in the draft. The Jaguars failed to create many takeaways, ending the season with the 10th fewest takeaways. This is a matchup dependent defense for the 2020 season.
25. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals ended the 2019 season near the bottom of every statistical category. Allowing the second most passing yards, 2nd most passing touchdowns, 9th most rushing yards, and the 12th highest yards per carry. Failing to create turnovers, having the 6th fewest in the NFL. The Cardinal will be a defense to avoid in 2020.
26. New York Giants
Another lackluster defense near the bottom of every category. Allowing the 5th most passing yards, 7th most passing touchdowns, 13th most rushing yards, and the 4th most rushing touchdowns. The Giants created the 4th fewest turnovers this season. Only getting 10 interceptions and 6 fumbles through 2019. This Giants defense will need a complete overhaul in order to be competent. Avoid the Giants defense in 2020.
27. Houston Texans
The Texans had one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL. Allowing the 4th most passing yards, 7th most yards per completion, and the 6th most passing touchdowns. One of the best matchups for fantasy wide receivers to face. The Texans rushing defense was lacking in 2019. Allowing the 8th most rushing yards, 6th highest yards per carry, and the 9th fewest rushing touchdowns. Without major moves this offseason, the Texans will be a defense to avoid in 2020.
28. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders defense was vulnerable in almost every facet. Allowing the 8th most passing yards, 3rd highest yards per completion, 2nd highest yards per attempt, and the 5th most passing touchdowns. Having an above average rush defense, allowing 8th fewest rushing yards, 5th lowest yards per carry, and the 9th most rushing touchdowns. Opposing teams took advantage of this awful pass defense, airing it out over and over again. The Raiders defense is best left off of your roster.
29. Carolina Panthers
The worst rushing defense in 2019, you couldn’t have asked for a better matchup than the Panthers. Allowing the 4th most rushing yards, highest yards per carry in the league, and the most rushing touchdowns. The Panthers passing defense was a solid group, middle of the pack defense. Losing their head coach is a big hit that will stunt this franchise for years. The Panthers defense is best to be avoided for the 2020 season.
30. Detroit Lions
The Lions have had one of the worst defenses for years now. A disappointing franchise that just can’t seem to get things right. Having the worst pass defense and a below average rush defense. The Lions defense is an asset to avoid for the 2020 season.
31. Miami Dolphins
The theorized tanking Dolphins started off as the worst team in the NFL. However, as the season progressed the team began to make strides in the right direction. This was truer on the offensive side than the defensive. The defense was still near the bottom at the end of the 2019 season in every statistical category. Trading away elite talents like Minkah Fitzpatrick is not going in the right direction. Avoid the Miami Dolphins defense in the 2020 season.
32. Cincinnati Bengals
Officially the worst team in the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals have secured the number 1 overall draft pick. The defense was equally responsible for the downfall of this franchise. Having one of the worst pass and rush defenses in the NFL in all statistical categories. The Bengals need serious work in order to become a competent defense. Avoid them for the 2020 defense, there is no hope.
Here are some scenarios for how the Buckeyes can make it into the College Football Playoff:
As of right now, the College Football Playoff committee has entrenched Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Clemson as the playoff teams. In the five and six spots are Oklahoma and TCU from the Big 12.
Notre Dame must lose another game
There are several other conferences who are feeling the same way as the Irish are hogging a spot that could be taken by a team with a conference championship. The Irish are Independents so they do not have a conference championship.
This means all the Irish have to do is win-out their regular season and they’ll more than likely stay in the playoff picture. The committee will take a Big Ten conference champion over a two-loss Notre Dame team without a conference championship, especially if their second loss comes this late. With the way the Big Ten is being viewed right now, a freed up spot in the top four is exactly what the Buckeyes need.
Notre Dame’s upcoming schedule isn’t exactly a cakewalk as they play an undefeated Miami FL team on the road and a strong Stanford team on the road that boasts one of the best players in the country in Bryce Love:
The SEC cannot have two teams represented in the playoffs
The Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide are currently taking up two spots in the top four. This is not a good sign for the Big Ten this late in the season as they are taking up a spot that the Big Ten would otherwise fill.
The good news is that there are a few ways that one of these two SEC teams will get kicked out by selection day. Alabama actually has a slightly tougher path to the playoffs in this situation.
Georgia and Alabama have to play two of their last three games on the road. Two of Alabama’s last three opponents are ranked beginning with #16 Mississippi State on the road. This may not look like too much of a challenge but the Crimson Tide are only favored by two touchdowns. That is the second lowest they’ve been favored all season.
Alabama and Georgia will likely play each other in the SEC Conference Championship. As of now, the loser of that game will likely still make the playoffs due to both teams being #1 and #2 while undefeated. However, if one of the two were to lose before they got there then the one with the loss would be eliminated if they were to pick up a second loss in the championship game.
Alabama or Georgia must lose to Auburn
-If Georgia loses to Auburn, then they need to lose again in the SEC Championship.
-If Georgia beats Auburn, then Alabama loses to Auburn, then one-loss Alabama must lose again in the SEC Championship in order to be eliminated.
-If Auburn beats Georgia AND Alabama, then Alabama will be eliminated because they won’t be in the SEC Championship game.
There is actually a very good chance that one of these scenarios occurs. Georgia and Alabama play at Auburn to finish their regular seasons. Auburn is currently ranked at #10 and has quietly been one of the nation’s best teams. Both of their losses have been very close and away from home. This includes a 14-6 loss at Clemson in their second game of the season.
Auburn has positioned themselves to win the SEC outright if they win-out. All three of their remaining games will be at home beginning with Georgia this weekend. Auburn will be just a 2.5 point underdog which shows how fragile Georgia is in the current rankings.
Washington must lose another game to keep the Pac-12 out
The Pac-12 has been long forgotten about since USC flopped after being groomed as one of the best teams entering this season. That is, until Washington reemerged. The Washington Huskies were the Pac-12 champs of last season and entered the playoffs where they actually gave Alabama a bit of a fight in the early goings.
The Washington Huskies took their first loss to Arizona State just three weeks ago which was looking like a knockout punch to the Pac-12’s chances of returning to the playoffs. However, the Huskies have become one of the most recent beneficiaries of the Big Ten beating itself up.
The Big Ten’s top teams have fallen behind the Huskies leaving the door open again for them to claim a playoff spot given they have just one loss. The way the playoff rankings are set right now and their one loss record gives good reason to believe that they’ll have priority over the Big Ten in the end and especially over the two-loss Buckeyes.
Another scenario for the Pac-12 making the playoffs could come from a final surge from USC. The Trojans lost three of their first four games to begin last season then went on to win the rest of their games which nearly slotted them into the playoffs. What is stopping the committee from finding a way to put them in if they impress toward the end of this season? Hopefully the Bucks won’t have to find out.
The Huskies’ remaining schedule is also a bit challenging as they will go on the road to face Stanford on Friday and they will also play #19 Washington State to end the season. If the Huskies win out, they will likely play #11 USC in the conference championship. The winner of the Big Ten would be much more likely to beat out the winner of the Pac-12 if its representative was a two-loss team.
Washington vs #19 Washington State
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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