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Eyes on the Competition : Denver Broncos

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

 

In what is likely Peyton Manning's final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

In what is likely Peyton Manning’s final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The sigh of relief from John Elway’s office once Peyton Manning announced he’ll make another go of it can be heard from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the East Coast.

Elway has done a nice job of building a formidable team behind Manning to compete for championships, but that would have all been for not after three Ring-less seasons and an abysmal showing in the divisional round vs Manning’s old stomping grounds Indianapolis.

The Broncos have been active players in the Free Agency market over the last few years, and have built a championship caliber team around Manning.  To understand their offseason this year and beyond, you must understand their 2014 offseason. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Miami Dolphins

Friday, April 17th, 2015

 

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Miami Dolphins.   The Dolphins have wheeled and dealed, as well as mortgage the farm in the process for some immediate success.

The crown jewel of the 2015 Free Agency class, Ndamukong Suh, bolted the Motor City for South Beach inking a cool six year $114,375,000 contract.  I expect Suh to have an obvious and immediate impact on the defensive front, making an already solid defensive front one of the best in the league.

That wasn’t the Fins’ best move this offseason though, not even close.  (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Baltimore Ravens

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

 

The Ravens almost stopped the Patriots' Super Bowl run before it got started in 2014.  Have they done enough to get over the hump?

The Ravens almost stopped the Patriots’ Super Bowl run before it got started in 2014. Have they done enough to get over the hump?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In the past it was the Colts.  The natural geography and Rex Ryan would scream it was the Jets.  But in recent playoff years, the Baltimore Ravens have been the Patriots’ biggest rival come January, and arguably the Pats’ biggest competition to earn the AFC crown.

Last year’s divisional round playoff game was arguably the greatest in Gillette Stadium’s history.  The only game to compare in my opinion was the 2011 AFC Championship game against…the Ravens.

I’m not sure if Joe Flacco is in cruise control throughout the regular season, or just simply doesn’t care.  Maybe he plays against himself every week in some undisclosed fantasy football league. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : San Diego Chargers

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
I am of the belief Phillip Rivers & Co. will reign supreme in the AFC West this season.

I am of the belief Phillip Rivers & Co. will reign supreme in the AFC West this season.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

In recent years, everybody has been focused on the Denver Broncos as the lone legitimate AFC Super Bowl threat from out west. The Chiefs have even gotten’ some love in recent years as a potential sleeper as well. Oakland.. eh, no need to mention.

However the way I see it, based on a nightmare cap situation in Denver combined with a (in my opinion) vastly overrated roster in Kansas City (losing Eric Berry is a killer), I believe San Diego will rise up as the AFC West Champs this year.

San Diego is in quite the unique situation. (more…)


Scouting Report: Tyrell Williams, WR

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
With Williams' impressive athletic traits, he could be an interesting option for the Patriots at wide receiver.

With Williams’ impressive athletic traits, he could be an interesting option for the Patriots at wide receiver.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Today, I look at another prospect that the Patriots have shown interest in and that Bill Belichick worked out personally.  Obviously coming from a small school out west, I had not heard of Tyrell Williams until the article that linked him to the Patriots came out.  After doing some research though, you can see why there would be interest from the Patriots. Here is what I saw from Williams. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Buffalo Bills

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
The hopes and dreams of the Bills rest on their new 40 million dollar man.

The hopes and dreams of the Bills rest on their new 40 million dollar man.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have reshaped their roster this off-season more than the Buffalo Bills.  It all starts at the top, as a new hard-nosed thorn in the Patriots side mentality will be in full swing as Rex Ryan is the new sheriff in Buffalo.

It now seems like forever ago, but Buffalo made one of the earliest moves of the off-season by signing the highly publicized Richie Incognito.  Incognito’s morals can be questioned, but he should help sure up an offensive line that struggled last season.  It seems even more evident today, as the Bills made the first big blockbuster trade of the off-season.  You may have heard about it.

This off-season is an anomaly.  Big time, big name players simply don’t get swapped for one another.  As far as straight up, player for player moves, I think back to the Clinton Portis – Champ Bailey swap in 2004 (feel old yet?) (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Indianapolis Colts

Friday, March 6th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

If Devin McCourty is not re-signed, the Colts will come knocking.

If Devin McCourty is not re-signed, the Colts will come knocking.

Welcome to a new segment here at NEPD that will be running throughout the off-season.  Throughout the elongated off-season process, I’m going to pick an opposing AFC or elite NFC team to highlight their off-season outlook, and how it affects New England.  As for the first time since 2004 the New England Patriots are looking down on the rest of the league.

What better team to start with then the team the Patriots beat (killed, crushed, destroyed, emasculated, ect) in the conference championship, the Indianapolis Colts.

Let me start by saying this – Andrew Luck is a baller, point blank.  In terms of ‘most important to his team’, I believe Luck is at the top of the list. (more…)







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