Full10Lookaheads – Week 12

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

The business end of the season is here and the games get more important as the weeks go by. That is even the case for Bengals, Dolphins and Redskins fans as they are on the edge of their seats hoping their teams continue to lose so they don’t have to stay up as long come draft night.

For (pretty much) everyone else, your teams will still be vying for January football and we have some great matchups including Dallas, New England, Green Bay, San Francisco, Baltimore and the LA Rams. So let’s see what’s on the menu for week 12.


AFC South Battle

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Thursday Night Football sees one of the games that hold the most importance.

The Colts and Texans get it on in Houston in the first game of week 12 and the Colts must win otherwise the Texans will have a game lead in the division but also the tiebreaker, thus essentially giving them a 2 game lead with just 6 games remaining.

The Colts will be hoping that star wideout T.Y. Hilton can check in to the game after missing the past few weeks with a calf problem whilst the Texans will be hoping the epitome of boom or bust Will Fuller can return from a hamstring niggle.

Expect both teams to leave it all out on the field and let’s all hope that Quenton Nelson gets a legitimate touchdown this week!


The Hippy Hippy Shakes

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Dak and his pre match warmup routine head over to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro for a tasty match in the late window (why are there only 2 games on the late slate btw?!?)

Many are trying to nudge Dak into the MVP conversation considering how he has overcome the average defence, inconsistent run game and Jason Garrett captaining the ship.

The Cowboys are in focus over the next 5 weeks, either being in primetime or on America’s game of the week so we’ll get a real good look at his credentials to take the end of season award.

His toughest matchup to date awaits him though and will be fascinating what weapon Bill Belichick tries to take away from the no.1 ranked offence in the league. It will also be fascinating to see if Garrett and Kellen Moore try to utilize Dak’s legs a bit more in this one.

Dallas need the win to stay 1 ahead of the Eagles, whilst the Patriots need the win to cling on to the coveted #1 seed in the AFC.


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Browns response

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We don’t need to go back in to detail about what happened on TNF last week. That being said, it will be intriguing to see the Browns response to the adversity.

Freddy Kitchens, Baker Mayfield and the Browns have endured a lot of criticism this season for a varying reasons, and rightly so, but that can all dissipate if they can make a run (with a favourable schedule) at the playoffs which starts this week at home to the maybe tanking Dolphins.

Can Baker put a marker down and take the situation by the scruff of the neck and become the leader that the Browns need him to be, or will the Browns continue to be plagued by their continuing allegiance to underachieving?


Do the 49ers Pack a punch?

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Whenever you think of this matchup in recent times, you think of the playoff game between these two in 2012 where Colin Kaepernick ripped the Packers to shreds and the Fox commentators got rather excited about it.

No Kaepernick in this game, despite his efforts, but there is the small matter of the #1 seed potentially up for grabs in this one on Sunday Night Football.

Jimmy Garoppolo, fresh off his career day last week vs the Cardinals, travels to Wisconsin to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers fresh off their bye week in one of the games of the week. If the Garoppolo and the 49ers are able to take the W here, it will answer a lot of critics that they still have chomping at their ankles, despite their record.

A loss coupled with a Seahawks win however, could actually see the 49ers drop to the #5 seed. Fine margins, high stakes, all reasons we love late season football.


battle of the birds

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Talking of the Seahawks, in another fascinating battle on Sunday, the Eagles host the Seattle who are coming off a bye in the battle of the birds. Whilst there are many birds in the NFL, these two predators will be looking for easy prey on the football field.

Carson Wentz has not been able to show his MVP capabilities much this season, but this matchup poses a chance to get the better of a beatable defence that ranks bottom 5 against the pass in terms of yardage and a defensive line that averages only 1.5 sacks and 3 Quarterback hurries per game.

On the other side, the masterful Russell Wilson was eclipsed by Lamar Jackson in his bye week with regards to MVP consideration, maybe he’ll came and remind everyone not to forget about old Russ.

This game like another few this week, has implications for both divisions and the wildcard race so there is a lot on the line here for both teams.


Late Slate isn’t great, mate

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What is up with the scheduling this year?

This Sunday sees just 2 games in the late window. Unfortunately this isn’t the first time that the Sunday scheduling has seen the entertainment become very front heavy.

For those in the UK that do not have Sky Sports, the late window sees us being treated to an absolute classic between…the Titans and Jags.

The Eagles/Seahawks game was flex out of Primetime to the early games. Why?

Seattle are a mainstay in the late slate for the majority of their home games being on the west coast, so what’s changed?

The one saving grace is that you’ll still be able to watch the majority of the Patriots/Cowboys game on RedZone because there’ll be no highlights to show in the Titans game in the late slate, so there is that I suppose. Scott Hanson will be working hard to find the content filler, that’s for sure.


Ram Slam?

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The Lamar Jackson hype train steam rolls into the Los Angeles Coliseum on Monday Night Football.

Massive game for obvious reasons, but it can’t be understated how much more it means for the Rams. Loss here coupled with a possible SF and/or Seattle wins, could see them be cut too far adrift from the others in the wildcard race.

Just 10 months removed from the biggest game of them all, the Rams may even not have the chance of trying to get there once again, with questions being asked of McVay and his team. Funny how the NFL landscape changes so quickly.

Full10Lookaheads – Week 10

By Lawrence Vos and Tim Monk

Sunday night football


Massive game for those chasing the division titles in the NFC and NFC North as the Dallas Cowboys host the Minnesota Vikings.

With Philadelphia on a bye, the Cowboys need to win to keep their heads just in front of Philadelphia and it’s looking fairly likely that the 2nd placed team in the East could miss out on the playoffs.

Minnesota at 6-3 still sit one game behind Green Bay over in the North and whilst, this one is possibly less important for the #SKOL army, they don’t want to run the risk of running in to the cowboys for the wildcard and losing on the head to head tie breaker.

It may be a tight, cagey affair on Sunday Night Football, and that’s just Kirk Cousins we are talking about. Whilst Kirk most recently won vs the Redskins on Primetime television on TNF, it is more than well documented that Cousins can have the tendency to be a rabbit in the floodlights when push comes to shove.

Can Captain Kirk pull his socks up and lead his Minnesota team to a victory this week? His current record of 6-13 in primetime games suggests not.


Life after Cam

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It’s going to be interesting watching how Kyle Allen performs down the stretch now that he is going to be starting from here on out.

Cam Newton has recently landed on Injured reserve, leaving us to wonder whether Cam Newton will ever be seen in a Carolina jersey again (look out for an article on that coming your way) but now you have to debate whether the pressure is now more on Kyle Allen to perform as he is “the guy” or whether there is less pressure on him as he no longer has to look over his shoulder or live in Cam’s shadow.

Kyle Allen does have the pressure of getting the Panthers to the playoffs though as they are right there in the thick of the wildcard race and that adventure makes it’s next stop at Lambeau Field.


Lights, Kamara, Action!

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Some of the NFL’s biggest superstars should be returning to the field this week with Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes and New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara should be available to suit up for their respective teams.

It’s fair to say though that the rest of the roster and the Head coaches has performed admirably in their absences over the past few weeks.

It says a lot about the adaptability of these teams to be able to read off a different script and still pull out the level of performances that they have. Unfortunately now for the rest of the league, two of th most potent and high octane offences get arguably, their main cogs back.

Everyone beware!


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Will Wilson win in the West?

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MVP frontrunner Russell Wilson and the Seahawks travel to Levi’s stadium to face the last undefeated remaining team in the 49ers.

A win for the Seahawks here and the NFC West is all to play for. A win for the 49ers, and the NFC West is pretty much all wrapped up. Russell Wilson is coming off a 5TD performance vs the Buccaneers last week so confidence couldn’t be much higher, and Josh Gordon has just walked through the door.

However, he will need to be at the peak of his powers once again as he faces one of the best defences in the league away from home to stand any chance of picking up the win on Monday Night Football.


Nowhere for haters to Hyde any more

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We are just over the half-way point of the season and the general trend for feeding a lead back seems to be on the rise from twelve months ago, or maybe there has simply been less injuries at the RB position.

Standing at number eight in the 2019 rushing charts is a back that has bounced around the league and is now on his fifth team. This season, based on current projections, Carlos Hyde will break all of his own personal rushing records, and easily have his first 1,000+ season.

Hyde had two monster runs at Wembley last week, even if the longest resulted in a fumble on the goal line. His opening carry was as important as it was a tone-setter for the Texans – a 9 yard dart. That drive ended with Houston taking a 3-0 lead. Hyde ended the game with 160 yards rushing and the respect of over 80,000 fans.

For someone who never settled in Cleveland or Jacksonville, and didn’t even make it to the regular season in KC, this is a genuine comeback player of the year candidate. No need to Hyde in the shadows any more Carlos.


We’re all going on a Chubb-Hunt

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Two seasons ago Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing with 1,327 yards, outpacing Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell as a rookie.

Fast forward to Week 10 2019 and Hunt finally makes his season debut for the Cleveland Browns. His last NFL action was over a season ago in the game of the season as the Rams beat the Chiefs 54-51. Hunt was cut by the Chiefs for lying, when questioned, about an incident of domestic abuse that was recorded and went on to be shared on TMZ.

Many people are still divided as to Hunt’s ability to pick up his career after a half-season suspension, and the majority of teams would have stayed away from signing him because of what they saw. It does seem that in the U.S.A. and especially the NFL that players in the main get a second chance despite committing acts that are completely unacceptable.

Hunt has been out a year and starting Browns tailback Nick Chubb is no slouch, but Cleveland do need to snap out of their nightmare stretch and Hunt could offer that spark in the red zone.


Steelers storming back? 

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With Big Ben Roethlisberger out for the season it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Following an abysmal 0-3 start Steelers are on a three game win streak and beyond the Rams face the Browns twice, Bengals and Cardinals weeks 11 to 14. Mason Rudolph has been streaky but is hanging in there. The Steelers run game has been a bit under par and James Connor is ruled out of this weekend’s contest. Another big dose of Swiss army knife Jaylen Samuels is expected. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been underwhelming 33-459 and 3 touchdowns and the #2 and #3 WRs Dionate Johnson and James Washington have been uninspiring.

Despite all this adversity the Steelers are on a three-game win streak and have only lost once, in an epic tussle against the Ravens, since the start of October. 1-4 to a genuinely possible 9-4 record will save Mike Tomlin his job and put the Steelers in an improbable playoff position. Enjoy Sunday’s game it will be a barnstormer. 


Godwin and Evans epic season wasted

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What a shame that easily the best wide receiver combination in the NFL at the half-way point, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, are on a 2-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.

The Godwin/Evans combo has 104 catches, 1,608 yards and 13 touchdowns. Outside of this pairing any other WR combined have 14 catches for 145 yards and one score. Evans and Godwin have moved the chains 82 times between them to date and together are averaging 100 yards in the air each per game.

Under normal circumstances this pairing would equate to wins, but they are getting thrown the ball from an erratic Jameis Winston who goes from a 5 interception game (at Tottenham v Panthers) to a zero pick impressive display on the road at Seattle.

The Buccs offensive line is part of the problem, with Winston already on the receiving end of 30 sacks. It will be fun to watch this combo battle it out for the most impressive stat line. Who said both are going to the Pro-Bowl – I did right here! 


Doggedly avoiding a cat-astrophe 

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In a sports league filled with bears, lions, Bengal tigers, jaguars, broncos, rams, panthers, and colts it took a four-legged friend to stroll across an NFL field last week to create a media furore akin to a niptastic Super Bowl reveal.

Some of the best social media and digital activity includes a mocked up Madden 21 cover featuring the black cat along with the Panini Huddle digital trading card app that issued a special cat card with a paw-print autograph. There has been previous animal hijinx on NFL fields before, a simple YouTube search will reveal squirrels and pigeons causing chaos in recent years.

Reality is that there are canines that make it into the seating areas of every NFL stadium every week, even when teams play in London, after all where would we be without a delightful half-time hot dog !!!! 

Top 10 NFL games to look forward to in 2019

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y) 7/7/2019

Only single digit weeks now until the NFL season begins. Hurrah! So I decided to have a bit of a look at the games this season and start building up a bit of hype!

The NFL regular season is 256 games in total. I’ve tried to whittle it down to the top 10 games that are going to be the most anticipated. Bias dictates that these are all wrong unless your team is in involved in the rankings, but let’s be honest, no-one is excited about Miami @ NY Giants in week 15…nor will it be flexed. Moving on:

Listed in Week Order as quite frankly, I don’t want to provide a countdown. I’m already behind the 8 ball with the games I’ll miss out.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears – Opening Kickoff Week 1

Chicago could be the opening night for Aaron Rodgers’ “Flip the Bird to the NFL” Tour.

This game of course is the first game of the 2019 regular season which only annoys Patriots fans so that’s fine. Seriously though, this could kick the season off with a bang and it will be fascinating for many reasons; Are the Bears here to stay? What is the impact of the defection of Adrian Amos to the Packers? Is the Packers’ defence improved enough to get them back to January football?

These two teams met on primetime in week 1 last year on Sunday Night Football and Rodgers once again broke the hearts of the Bears fans, overcoming a 20-0 hole from late in the 3rd. Whilst that’s not quite Patriots vs Falcons levels, it was still pretty awesome to see the fireworks late on and Rodgers working his magic including that 75yd Randall Cobb TD pass.

If we get anything like that on opening night, the long offseason wait would already have been worth it.

Indianapolis Colts @ LA Chargers – Week 1

Both teams had a playoff win last season, and both fans will expect a few more this season. In what COULD be a dress rehearsal for the AFC Championship game come the end of January 2020, we get to see what shape two of the main protagonists in the hunt are in for this week 1 tussle. These teams were top 10 last year in both Points for and Points allowed. The Colts will be hoping to get off to a better start than they did last year whilst the Chargers have a history of starting slow except for last year. Who starts hot in the Stub Hub? Can the Colts defence take another step forward? Is this the year Anthony Lynn and the Chargers put it all together? Is this the AFC title game come January?

Game Pass lovers please pray this one won’t succumb to the Sky Sports blackout.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots – Week 1 (SNF)

In the first time since the early 2000s, the defending SB champions won’t be playing on opening night (see above). The Patriots are however, playing on the first Sunday Night football. Hosting the Steelers, the 2 AFC juggernauts go at it straight out of the gate and there are question marks to be answered by voids left on both teams. Can Pittsburgh survive without Bell and Brown (and Jesse James of course!)? What does a Rob Gronkowski-less Patriots look like? Add in to the week 1 hype and the fact that at this point we want all of the football stuffed down our throats, this will be a game that is eagerly anticipated. Week 1 makes up almost a third of this list. NFL is back with a bang, baby.

New Orleans Saints @ LA Rams – Week 2 (SNF)

This one will have 99% last year’s NFC Championship game footage and 1% 2019 week 2 game time if TV Broadcasters have their way. The rumblings over the PI challenge change has rumbled all the way through the summer and Vegas will be prop bet crazy for this one (as will the fans…insert Futurama Fry take my money meme). If the Saints have still not picked up their broken, stomped on hearts before this game starts, they may be sorry yet again with QB1 Blake Bortles Jared Goff looking to shake off his poor end to last season.

On the field, the Saints will want to confirm their dominance and lay down a marker in what could be Drew Brees final season and this potentially will be his last visit to South California, the place where it all started for him with the Chargers (ok, it was San Diego at the time).

The Rams will want to show that they are the dominant team in the NFC again in this game and lets not forget that both these teams were fighting for the #1 seed last year after being head and shoulders above the rest. It’ll also be a good indicator to see if both teams have plugged the losses they suffered over the offseason (Ingram/Unger/Suh etc)

McVay vs Peyton, Brees vs Goff, Kamara vs Gurley/Henderson/Brown. It’s gonna be a goodun’.

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders (London) – Week 5

The Khalil Mack Bowl in the 1st NFL game at White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur’s purpose-built NFL Stadium). What else is there to say?

Well, the Oakland Raiders didn’t travel too well to London last year. Gruden hates flying, they didn’t schedule the travel well from the front office and the Raiders could still be in rebuild mode. They have added a few nice pieces but I think that it could take another year or so before the Raiders are a noisy neighbour to the Chiefs and Chargers. Ranked bottom 10 in total offence and defence last year, they may fear the majority of their fixtures in 2019, but not as much as this one.

Mack and his Bears will be looking for a mauling here but it will be interesting to see the progression of Mitch Trubisky or if there is any and whether the Bears can stay hot. They have the talent to do so and they have Matt Nagy who took like a duck to water as a Head Coach last year. BUT, they have lost a few pieces on both sides of the ball, Vic Fangio has gone to Denver and this is a team that ranked 21st in Total Offence last year.

Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks – Week 11

2 games in Week 11 that are worth circling here. First up, we have another grudge match.

It’s perhaps not quite the Khalil Mack bowl, but Earl Thomas returns to the Hawk’s nest at Century Link Field to face his former team. It’s fair to say there was bad blood here with the way things ended for Thomas in Seattle and the whole contract situation, but there is more to this game. These two are expected to fight for divisions let alone Wildcard berths so this cross-conference battle has way more than the Earl Thomas storyline that the broadcasters will feed us in the 1st half. Expect this one to be a slobberknocker two with the two heaviest running games from 2018 going at it and you will have to use more than your fingers and toes to count the bruises that the lineman suffer in this one. One for the throwbacks, one for the old school NFL fans with the ground and pound. Should be a fun one.

Kansas City Chiefs @ LA Chargers – Week 11 (MNF)

Monday Night Football doesn’t always offer us the tastiest of games (or broadcasts, let’s be honest) but this one is the pick of the bunch.

It will have divisional and seeding ramifications as well as the usual head to head tiebreakers. These 2 served up two good divisional games last year (remember the Charger’s win in Arrowhead last season with the 2-point conversion?) and you have to expect more of the same here. LA at home never have the advantage but are now accustomed to playing at the Stub Hub which saw them banish the ghosts of their usual sluggish starts. Will Tyreek Hill be back at this point? Probably, which is unfortunate.

Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots – Week 14

Pretty sure UK fans will lose this one to the Sky Sports Blackout farce so set your VPNs to Venezuala or Brazil or whatever you can in order to get this game on the TV.

Brady. Mahomes. Belichick. Reid.

Potentially seeding ramifications with this one for the postseason and it will be interesting to see what Mahomes has learned from the AFC title game from just a few months ago.

Tyreek Hill will (hopefully not) be back for this game and if he isn’t, you have to wonder how the Chiefs have fared to this point. This game may be more difficult for the Chiefs being at Foxboro in December but this one will be just as much a slobberknocker as the last time these two teams met.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – Week 16

Many will expect this one to decide the division. The winner could be home and hosed for the playoffs whilst the other could still be scrambling for a wildcard spot.

Dallas swept the Eagles last season so Wentz and co will be looking to put that right. Well, if Wentz is still healthy at this point.

Arguably 2 of the most talented teams in the NFL let alone the NFC will be battling it out just a few days before Christmas. I’ll be hoping that Santa gives Dallas an early Christmas present with a little division title under the tree all wrapped in a nice blue ribbon. Dallas are looking for back-to-back playoff berths for the first time in over a decade whilst Philly will be looking to ensure their SB win wasn’t a flash in the pan and that they rule the East.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Jets – Week 16

By this point in the season, we’ll know exactly whether or not the move for LeVeon Bell was a good one. It’s more than likely the Steelers will be nearer the playoffs than the Jets at this point, but what if LeVeon Bell could stop the Steelers reaching the playoffs by helping his new team get the victory at home? Headlines are there to be written; “Bell ends Steelers SB hopes”.

It’ll be championship week in Fantasy too. Get the trophies and the popcorn at the ready.

 

So there you have it, obviously hard to fit 256 games into 10. Well, 240 if you take out the Miami fixtures (sorry for the hate guys!). If you feel there are any outrageous omissions, please let me have the heat! @Full10Yards on the social or you can bring your angry mob to me personally at @Tim_MonkF10Y.

Now we wait…

 

Draft Week – Take or Trade part 1

On the first of 2 episodes this week, we break down picks 1-16 looking at every team’s needs and players they could target or if they may perhaps trade back or even trade up!
1st down covers a few interesting snippets from the schedule release including a team playing alternate home and away games for all 16 games this year!
On 2nd down, Charlie from IceTheKickerPodcast joins us and tries to beat Adam Walford’s score of 7 in the Full10Questions.
3rd down is the 1st part of Take or Trade.
Slight delay from intro to my voice. Apologies for that!

Podcast 44 – Week 4 Preview

Fore! We steamroll into the Week 4 Sunday games and we have your angles covered!
Tim and Lee review the crazy Thursday Night Football game in LA and look ahead to all the Sunday games, giving you the injury news, starts and sits and the betting lines.
Tim and Adam then go through the best bets for week 4.
(No Kickers Corner this week, unfortunately).
Thanks for all your support and thanks for listening!