8 Takeaways From Super Bowl LI’s Thrilling Finish

February 7, 2017

Embed from Getty Images     1) The Patriots completed the greatest comeback ever on the NFL’s biggest stage. The Super Bowl was a laugher midway through the second quarter, with the New England Patriots down 21-0 following a pick-six thrown by this generation’s finest postseason quarterback. It was 28-3 Atlanta with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. ESPN’s Stats & Information department calculated the Patriots’ odds…

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SwartzSports 2016 NFL Awards & Playoff Predictions

Power Rankings: NFL Quarterbacks
January 7, 2017

This was an unusual season in the National Football League. Nobody ran away with a single individual award, as virtually every single race has two, three or even four legitimate candidates. No team established themselves as the clearcut favorite to win the Super Bowl, even with New England and Dallas running away with home-field advantage in their respective conferences.  Below are my picks for each of the awards across the…

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25 Observations for the 2016 Philadelphia Eagles at the Season’s Halfway Point

October 31, 2016

With a 4-3 record, the Eagles are nearing the halfway point of what has been a typical rollercoaster Eagles season. It started with extreme highs, but the last month has seen the Eagles come back to earth with losses in three of their last four games. If the season ended now, the Eagles would miss the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons.  Below are my 25…

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Recapping NFL Week 6: Brees, Shady McCoy, OBJ, Dak, Brady, Rodgers, & More

October 16, 2016

Embed from Getty Images 1. Dak Prescott is going to make it really difficult for Jerry Jones to bench him. Rookie sensation Dak Prescott finally threw his first interception Sunday, but he still turned in another strong outing in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns, posting a 117.4 passer rating while leading Dallas to their…

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50 Bold Predictions for the 2016 NFL Season

September 10, 2016

I’m pretty sure this was the longest offseason in the history of the National Football League. The calendar says it lasted about seven months, but it felt like seven years.  And now it’s here. Finally. The 2016 NFL season is starting tomorrow. Actually, it started on Thursday, but the main event is tomorrow. Below I will highlight 50 bold predictions for the 2016 season, in no particular order, and I…

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Predicting Major Award Winners for 2016 NFL Season

September 1, 2016

Embed from Getty Images   The start of the official NFL regular season is just one week away, and already, major injuries are set to play a significant role on the 2016 campaign. The losses of Tony Romo and Teddy Bridgewater make the NFC more wide open. Meanwhile, in the AFC, the New England Patriots are without Tom Brady for four games, the Pittsburgh Steelers are without Le’Veon Bell for…

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10 Bold Fantasy Football Opinions for the 2016 NFL Season

August 31, 2016

Embed from Getty Images   We’re at the point where we’re all just sitting back and waiting for the NFL regular season to start. The preseason is (thankfully) almost finished and for the most part, every major position battle has been decided.    Like usual, there has been a significant amount of injuries this preseason. The big ones, of course, are Tony Romo breaking a bone in his back, which…

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One Question for Each Philadelphia Eagles’ Positional Unit Heading Into 2016 Season

August 11, 2016

It’s been a relatively quiet training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles through the first two weeks. And that’s perfectly fine. This is a team that frequently dominates the headlines during the offseason, lately for moves that haven’t worked out the way they should.  A few months ago, the Eagles stole headlines when they engineered a massive trade to move up to the number two overall pick, where they selected North…

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Ranking the 50 Best Players in the NFL Heading Into the 2016 Season

August 5, 2016

Ask ten different football fans who is the best player in the game and you may truly get ten different answers. That’s not to say there’s not enough elite talent in the National Football League because there certainly is. But it’s worth noting that there’s in fact so much elite talent that a handful of players can stake their claim as the game’s best player.  Similar to the yearly NFL…

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Why Buddy Ryan Deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

June 28, 2016

The National Football League lost one of its all-time greats on Tuesday morning as former head coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died at the age of 85.  Ryan entered the NFL as a defensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills in 1961 and exited the league 34 years later as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. In between, he left behind an unparalled legacy as perhaps the greatest…

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