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College Football Playoff Rankings - Week 4 - Oklahoma & Iowa Join Top 4

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College Football Playoff Rankings - Week 4

Clemson & Alabama Hold Top Two Rankings
Iowa & Oklahoma Jump Into Top Four
Notre Dame & Ohio St. Fall From Top Four

Team of Week - Michigan St.

Players of Week
Offense - QB Vernon Adams - Oregon
Defense – DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.
Special Teams - PK Michael Geiger - Michigan St.

Photo – RB Samaje Perine - Oklahoma

College Football Playoff – Week 4
Clemson and Alabama remain the top two ranked teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25. They were joined in the top four by Oklahoma and Iowa, two teams that continue to rise up the charts with key victories.

Oklahoma has won six games in a row since its lone loss Oct. 10 to Texas. The Sooners have beaten then #18 TCU and then #6 and unbeaten Baylor in the past two weeks with the Baylor victory coming in Waco, Texas. The back to back Big 12 wins moves the Sooners from #7 to #3.

Selection committee chairman Jeff Long said of the Sooners' jump from No. 7, "They've done that over the last two weeks, so we think adding that to their body of work really propelled them to that top three spot."

Clemson and Alabama have been ranked 1 and 2, respectively, for three consecutive weeks. Other than Clemson, which Long termed as "solidly in the No. 1 spot," Iowa is the lone unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Michigan State moved to up into the Playoff field following its 17-14 win at Ohio St, the Buckeyes' first loss in 23 games. Michigan State was ninth last week.

Last week's top four were Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Ohio State fell five places this week to No. 8, just behind Baylor and just ahead of two-loss Stanford. Notre Dame has a chance to improve its Playoff case this Saturday night when it faces Stanford in Palo Alto. Oklahoma can reinforce its position at the same time Saturday when it faces Oklahoma St, the Playoff committee's No. 11 team, in Stillwater. The Bedlam Bowl game, Oklahoma vs Oklahoma St takes on significant impact that will have major ramifications in the final Top four rankings.

The CFP Committee's 4th Top 25 Ranking of 2015:
1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Iowa
5. Michigan State
6. Notre Dame
7. Baylor
8. Ohio State
9. Stanford
10. Michigan
11. Oklahoma State
12. Florida
13. Florida State
14. North Carolina
15. Navy
16. Northwestern
17. Oregon
18. Mississippi
19. TCU
20. Washington State
21. Mississippi State
22. UCLA
23. Utah
24. Toledo
25. Temple

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Raider’s Amari Cooper Heads Rookie of the Year Class


Raider’s Amari Cooper Heads Rookie of the Year Class

The Raiders may have turned the corner as NFL contenders over the past two NFL Draft classes with a few vital offensive impact players in rookie wideout Amari Cooper and second year QB Derek Carr key additions. Carr has made fast progress as the triggerman on a club that has struggled for the past two decades to find a quality NFL starter. Rookie wideout Amari Cooper has been a difference maker over the first half of his inaugural season. He was begun to command double coverage in big situations and has the makeup of a top flight #1 NFL receiver.

Through 8 games this season, Cooper has caught 45 passes for 653 yards for a 14.5 yard average with 9 receptions for over a 20 yard and 4 over a 40 yard average and 4 TDs. He is cut in the mold of big play Raider receivers with size, speed and natural ability to be an upper echelon weapon. He was highly developed coming out of Alabama and our #1 receiver in Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook.

Wideout Amari Cooper’s 2015 Draft Insiders’ Scouting Report – March 2015

Photo – WR Amari Cooper -Raiders

1. * Amari Cooper #9 - Alabama - 6-1, 200 - Sp. 4.40 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Reggie Wayne

Gifted talented junior receiver capped off a fine three-year career with the Tide with a dominating performance in 2014. He was the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's most outstanding receiver and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Also named a unanimous 1st-team All-American and was SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Led the nation in receptions with 124 and finished second in yards with 1727 and TD receptions with 16. Though he does not have great size or exceptional speed, he is a premier talent in the very important categories of route-running, getting open, and catching the ball. Outstanding quickness and balance, which allow him to consistently get a clean release against press coverage and avoid tacklers in the open field. Accelerates to top speed in an instant and maintains speed at the top of his routes. Uses his fine burst to consistently separate vs the best corners. Makes difficult catches appear routine due to exceptional hand-eye coordination and awareness to high-point passes. Displays the ability to get defenders to commit prior to making his break in the opposite direction. Runs a consistently flawless post pattern. Uses a 2nd gear to create separation out of his breaks or after the catch. Fine ability to deal with congestion in the middle of the field on crossing routes and can consistently avoid big hits. Fearless over the middle and able to haul in the contested catches in heavy traffic. Sells his routes, makes his cuts without needing to gear down and shows a fine burst out of his breaks to instantly separate. Excellent feel for zone coverage, is able to find the soft spots and make himself available for his passer. Very competitive, hard working receiver who comes up big at critical times. Able to work effectively from the slot or the outside. Will track the ball well at all distances with the burst to run down the pass and take it to the end zone. Works the sidelines well and displays excellent footwork, body control and coordination to extend for the ball. Put on an excellent display of pass catching prowess during NFL Combine workout. Generally effective blocker in the run game, though could use a little more passion. Could improve using his body to shield defenders away from the pass. Occasionally will drop a pass due to lack of concentration, with 13 total in the past two seasons.
The Numbers: During the 2014 season, he caught 124 passes for 1727 yards and 16 TDs and a fine 13.9 yard average despite double coverage. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and caught 45 passes for 736 yards and 4 TDs for a 16.4 yard average. As a freshman, he played in 14 games and caught 59 passes for 1000 yards and 11 TDs. Over his career, he caught 228 passes for 3463 yards and totaled 31 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 211 lbs. and did not lift. He ran a 4.42 time with a 33” VL and 10’ BJ. He looked sharp in drills and added a 3.98 shuttle and a 6.71 three cone drill to complete an excellent overall performance.
The Skinny: Blue chip young athlete with speed, hands and run after the catch ability. This is a gifted receiver with the athleticism to be a difference maker. Very high LOD should enable him to come in and win a starting job. His big play ability will demand special attention in coverage and provide an offense a difference maker. Major factor in the red zone to command double coverage. Difference maker especially in big game situations. Athlete with well-developed and rounded skills who runs disciplined routes. He is similar to Reggie Wayne, Sterling Sharpe and Marvin Harrison in AA and developed skill set, though faster. Blue chip receiver with the talent and the development to be an early #1 playmaker. Clubs like the Raiders, Jaguars and Browns interested in the top five selections. Impact weapon.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Clemson Heads First College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings


College Football Playoff Selection First Top 25 Rankings

Clemson Heads first College Football Playoff Top 25 Rankings with LSU, Ohio St and Alabama forming the top four clubs.

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced today the first installment of its top 25 rankings. Clemson surprisingly holds the #1 spot after being undefeated entering November. The Tigers are one of 11 unbeaten teams entering the final month of the regular season. Following the Tigers are LSU, Ohio St and Alabama in the top four that will eventually form the Final clubs for the playoff semi finals. Clemson plays Florida St this week while LSU faces Alabama in two critically important matchups that will shakeup the top four and ten after this weekend. Most top ten teams face their sternest tests over the final month that keeps most clubs alive for the playoffs with the critical conference championship games the final testing ground for the final four.

The selection committee will prepare five more rankings this season, including the final set on Selection Day, Sunday, December 6. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2015, at the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Photo - WR/QB Braxton Miller - Ohio St.

“It’s exciting to be back as we kick off the second year of the College Football Playoff,” said selection chairman Jeff Long. “We are little more than half way through the season and a lot of football that remains to be played. This is the first of six rankings. They are the result of games that have been played thus far. Change is guaranteed and that’s what makes college football exciting.”

This was the first official meeting for the selection committee to issue rankings.
Note: Last season, the first official College Football Playoff Selection Committee Top 25 Rankings – of the top four ranked teams, only Florida St became part of the semifinal playoffs in January.

The complete rankings can also be found on the official website of the College Football Playoff at www.collegefootballplayoff.com.

Rank /Team /Record
1 Clemson 8-0
2 LSU 7-0
3 Ohio State 8-0
4 Alabama 7-1
5 Notre Dame 7-1
6 Baylor 7-0
7 Michigan State 8-0
8 TCU 8-0
9 Iowa 8-0
10 Florida 7-1
11 Stanford 7-1
12 Utah 7-1
13 Memphis 8-0
14 Oklahoma State 8-0
15 Oklahoma 7-1
16 Florida State 7-1
17 Michigan 6-2
18 Mississippi 7-2
19 Texas A&M 6-2
20 Mississippi State 6-2
21 Northwestern 6-2
22 Temple 7-1
23 UCLA 6-2
24 Toledo 7-0
25 Houston 8-0

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will match the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that will rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2015 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The national championship game will be January 11, 2016, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Packers – Broncos Clash in Battle of Unbeatens - New NFL Power Poll


NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Packers – Broncos Clash in Battle of Unbeatens - New NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - WR Amari Cooper - Raiders

Defensive Player - LB Eric Kendricks - Vikings

Players of the Week
Offense - RB Lamar Miller - Dolphins

Defense - CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie - Giants
Special Teams - WR/RS Dwayne Harris - Giants

Photo - QB Eli Manning - Giants

Team of Week 7 - Bengals
Matchup of Week 8 – Green Bay at Denver

Rank / Team / Record

1. Green Bay Packers (6-0)
Packers face a huge road game with the Broncos in the battle of undefeated clubs.

2. New England Patriots (6-0)
Patriots beat the Jets again behind the hot QB Tom Brady who currently has a 16 to 1 TD interception ratio.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Broncos’ have won with leagues’ top defense and few turnovers.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0)
The Bengals’ had two weeks to prepare for division contest at Pittsburgh this week.

5. Carolina Panthers (6-0)
The Panthers beat a talented but erratic Eagles club in last one and host the Colts on Monday night this week.

6. Atlanta Falcons (6-1)
Falcons’ just got by the Titans last week and face woeful Bucs at home Sunday.

7. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)
Cards were lucky to beat the Ravens who continue to fade.

8. New York Jets (4-2)
The Jets find ways to loss to the Patriots that keeps them from top of AFC East.

9. New York Giants (4-3)
GMen won a critical game vs Dallas, but travel to New Orleans for key NFC matchup.

10. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Rams’ are starting to gain momentum and host rested 49ers in key West contest.

11. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Vikings are much improved with young QB Teddy Bridgewater and a healthy Adrian Peterson.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles have their bye week after disappointing performance vs the Panthers that puts them under .500.

13. Seattle Seahawks (3-4)
The Seahawks face a critical road game with the Cowboys with the loser in difficult spot for second half of schedule.

14. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
The Colts have lost two in a row since QB Andrew Luck returned.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
Steelers’ lost to the Chiefs in last one and face divisional rival the Bengals in vital North contest.

16. New Orleans Saints (3-4)
Saints face NFC rival, the Giants at home in a huge conference matchup for both teams’ playoff aspirations.

17. Washington Redskins (3-4)
The Skins have their bye week after a dramatic last second win over the Bucs.

18. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins had their best offensive display of the season vs Texans and face AFC East leader, the Patriots on road Thursday night.

19. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
The Raiders host the Jets this week after a key win over AFC West rival, the Chargers.

20. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills lost to the Bucs last week with bye this weekend prior to diet of AFC East clubs.

21. Dallas Cowboys (2-4)
Cowboys have dropped four in a row without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and host Seahawks in must win situation Sunday.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
The Chiefs host the equally disappointing Lions this week.

23. San Diego Chargers (2-5)
Chargers lost another key AFC game vs Raiders last week with trip to Baltimore on this week’s schedule.

24. Baltimore Ravens (1-6)
The Ravens find ways to lost tight games this year that were signature victories of glory years.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5)
Browns have one of the lowest scoring teams in the league along with being mistake prone.

26. Houston Texans (2-5)
Texans struggle to score with little leadership at critical position.

27. Chicago Bears (2-4)
The Bears had two weeks to prepare for vital NFC North matchup with Vikings this week.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
The Jaguars think they have turned the corner with young QB Blake Bortles.

29. San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
The 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick continues regress after early career success.

30. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-4)
Bucs lost to Redskins and travel to Atlanta this weekend.

31. Tennessee Titans (1-5)
The Titans have just begun a long rebuilding process that will take a while.

32. Detroit Lions (1-6)
Lions are falling apart despite high expectations that could lead to wholesale changes this postseason.

Notre Dame Invades Death Valley in Game of the Week


College Game of the Week

Notre Dame Walks Into Death Valley for Top Ten Matchup
#6 Notre Dame (4-0)at #12 Clemson (3-0) - ESPN 8 pm Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Photo – LB Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame

Two top ten undefeated teams, Notre Dame and Clemson meet Saturday night in one of the pivotal early season college football matchups. The Irish face their toughest test of the young season vs a Clemson team that was undefeated last season at home. Both clubs are directed by young mobile QBs. The Irish look to freshman QB DeShone Kizer who was called in to replace injured Malik Zaire who is gone for the 2015 season. Kizer made a dramatic start to his career with only 12 seconds left with a bomb to pull out an apparent loss to lowly Virginia a few weeks ago. He helped beat a solid Georgia Tech club at home last week. He faces his sternest test with his first road game in Death Valley that has been a graveyard for countless young starters. ND is only 2-5 vs ranked teams on the road under coach Brian Kelly.

The Tigers have the nation's ninth-best defense, allowing 260 yards per game, though a soft early schedule helped this ranking. They will have to contain Irish tailback CJ Prosise who has rushed for over 600 yards in four games. He started the season as the backup but inherited the feature back role after Tarean Folston went down with an early knee injury. Kizer will continue to look to big play wideout Will Fuller to stretch the defense.

The Tigers will be directed by sophomore QB Deshaun Watson who combines mobility and accuracy to be a consistent double threat. He is without talented wideout Mike Williams who was lost for the season with a serious neck injury in the opening contest. Watson has relied mainly on his short game to move the chains.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney joked that ''I do think it's a little unfair that they brought the Pope into town just in time for the Clemson game.''

Clemson was the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title with Watson the favorite for player of the year. The Tigers are 3-0 for the fourth time in five years but will be tested by the talented, though erratic Irish defense.

It figures to be a huge week on Clemson's campus. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast from the school for the first time since the Florida State defeat in 2013. Tickets are nearly impossible to get yet requests continue to pour in.

The Irish are 2-5 under Kelly on the road against ranked teams, with both wins coming in 2012 at No. 10 Michigan State and No. 8 Oklahoma. Clemson is 41-6 at home in seven seasons under coach Dabo Swinney and have won 11 straight.

This matchup could be determined by the better ground game and which team makes fewer mistakes. The Tigers in Death Valley might prove too much for the young ND club especially at the key offensive positions. Tigers win a huge early season matchup to ride into their tough ACC schedule.

Clemson 31 Notre Dame 13

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

NFL 2015 Predictions - Packers-Chargers - Super Bowl L Matchup


DraftInsiders.com - NFL 2015 Predictions

Packers Picked as NFL Champion in Super Bowl L

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Defensive Player of the Year – Ndamukong Shu - Dolphins

Rookies of the Year
Offense - RB Melvin Gordon - Chargers
Defense - DL Leonard Williams - Jets


Philadelphia Eagles - 12-4 –

Eagles are among the best in the NFC after strong FA class. They are capable of winning the East and going deep into the playoffs behind veteran QB Sam Bradford.
New York Giants - 10-6 –
Giants can play with anyone on the league, but must stay healthy and play more consistently. They have a potent attack and a young defense that must prove itself in big situations and overcome a few key injuries.
Dallas Cowboys - 9-7 –
QB Tony Romo operates behind a premier line to utilize Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant. They have questions related their ground game that needs to balance this offense. Their defense is average at best and they must prove they can beat playoff caliber offenses.
Washington Redskins - 4-12 –
Skins start another new QB this season with RG3 demoted to a backup role. Their defense needs to improve after another subpar performance in 2014. Skins might again struggle to make .500 in a tough balanced division.

Green Bay Packers -11-5 -

Aaron Rodgers is still the premier QB in the game, though he will operate this season without veteran wideout Jordy Nelson. They hope to recover from a devastating playoff loss where the defense failed in big situations.
Detroit Lions - 10- 6 –
Lions should earn a playoff spot behind a potent attack directed by veteran QB Matt Stafford. Their improving veteran defense will miss DT Shu.
Minnesota Vikings - 8-8 -
Vikes look to premier tailback Adrian Peterson to provide impact for young veteran QB Teddy Bridgewater to continue to improve further in this young attack. Defense has improved steadily over recent seasons.
Chicago Bears - 6-10 -
Bears look to erratic veteran QB Jay Cutler to attack this offense. The defense was one of the worst in this league last season and new additions may be only adequate.

New Orleans Saints - 11-5 –

The Saints organization improved their porous defense that gives them the edge in one of the more balanced divisions in football. QB Drew Brees is capable of leading this club to the Show again.
Atlanta Falcons - 10-6 –
Falcons are thinking division title after a disastrous past two seasons. They face a very tough schedule that might be the equalizer. Their defense can only improve after a weak 2014 performance.
Carolina Panthers - 7-9 –
Panthers look to ride QB Cam Newton to the top of the division, though their roster has made little overall improvement. They face a very tough schedule and will go through some painful growing pains in 2011.
Tampa Bay Bucs - 5-11 –
The Bucs begin the Jameis Winston era with him operating a talented young offense that needs time to develop. HC Lovie Smith added young vets for a weak defense that could make big strides this season.

Arizona Cardinals – 11-5 –

Cards look to ride the return of vet QB Carson Palmer to rise to the top of the toughest division in the NFL.
They look to new veterans to improve their defense that has lost key front seven starters in recent offseasons.
Seattle Seahawks - 10-6 –
Seahawks may be hard pressed to win this divisional title again. QB Russell Wilson directs a strong run oriented offense while their defense still remains among the elite in the game.
St. Louis Rams - 9-7 –
Rams look to build off an improved offense directed by new QB Nick Foles. Their defense relies on their dominant front four that makes them dangerous to make the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers - 5-11 –
The 49ers sustained numerous key losses including HC Jim Harbaugh and half their defense. Young QB Colin
Kaepernick faces a difficult task with new starters in key positions. 49ers may struggle to attain the .500 mark.

Divisional Champs
Eagles, Packers, Saints and Cardinals

Wild Card Clubs
Giants & Seahawks

NFC Championship
Packers beat Saints in wild NFC title game.

Miami Dolphins - 10-6 –

Dolphins will be hard pressed to improve off back to back 7-9 seasons. QB Chad Henne is better than advertised and needs new vet Reggie Bush to become everything Ted Ginn did not become.
New England Patriots - 10-6 –
Pats look to premier QB Tom Brady to direct this changing potent offense. The new ground game and receivers could rank them at the top of the league. Their suspect changing defense will determine their final fate in key games.
New York Jets – 6-10 –
Jets look to vet QB Ryan Fitzpatrick can direct this offense after a horrible offensive showing in 2014. This defense can rank among the top five in the game.
Buffalo Bills - 5-11 –
Bills are still rebuilding and will look to their young players to establish themselves as quality NFL players. Their QB position continues to go through turnover and remains a mystery. Their defense ranks among the league’s toughest and continues to improve.

Cincinnati Bengals - 11-5 –

The Bengals look to QB Andy Dalton to step up and take this club further in the playoffs after one game exists over his career. Their defense has been the major culprit and rarely improvesd under HC Marvin Lewis.
Baltimore Ravens - 10-6 –
The Ravens will look to veteran QB Joe Flacco to keep this offense among the top scoring attacks in the game.
The defense is still at playoff levels, but must improve in pass coverage to go further in the postseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 8-8 –
Big Ben is coming off an outstanding 2014 performance leading this high powered attack. The Steel defense lost several key starters that will demand young players to step up if they intend to win in this tough division.
Cleveland Browns - 6-10 –
Browns continue to rebuild and look to young QB Johnny Manziel to get them to respectability. Their 1-6 finish produced another sub .500 season. Their defense must improve in run defense to make any overall progress.

Indianapolis Colts - 11-5 –

QB Andrew Luck carries this average club and that has dominated this division in recent seasons. This young club needs to improve to go further in the postseason especially their offensive line and ordinary defense. They get a favorable early schedule that should allow them to claim the divisional lead
Houston Texans - 9-7 –
The Texans returned to respectability last season behind a dominant performance by DE/TE JJ Watt. Their average offense looks to veteran QB Brian Hoyer to direct this mediocre attack. Marginal firepower may limit this club in big game situations.
Tennessee Titans - 6-10 –
The Titans look to top pick Marcus Mariota to bring this club to respectability. They have problems on both sides of the ball and probably go through difficult growing pains this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 5-11 –
Jaguars look for improvement from young QB Blake Bortles and rookie back TJ Yeldon to improve this low ranked attack. Club is probably a year away from challenging .500 mark.

San Diego Chargers - 11-5 –

The Chargers are a loaded club with QB Philip Rivers directing a veteran club. They can win the West title behind a young veteran defense that continues to improvebut needs their troubled special teams to improve significantly.
Denver Broncos - 10-6 –
Broncos hope to make a run at title in what appears to be Peyton Manning’s final season. They need their defense to recover from their late season collapse last year to retain AFC West rule.
Kansas City Chiefs - 8-8 –
Chiefs need their offensive weapons QB Alex Smith and runner Jamaal Charles to step up this season to challenge for the playoffs. They rely on their emerging young defense to continue to improve and rank among the best in the AFC.
Oakland Raiders - 6-10 –
Raiders look to young QB Derek Carr to benefit from the addition of top pick WR Amari Cooper to open up this attack. They need overall improvement on both sides of the ball to even challenge for a .500 season.

Divisional Champs
Dolphins, Bengals, Colts & Chargers

Wild Card Clubs
Patriots & Broncos

AFC Championship
San Diego over Indianapolis

Chargers go to Super Bowl behind veteran QB Philip Rivers

Super Bowl L Matchup
Green Bay Packers over San Diego Chargers

Packers win a wild Super Bowl showdown with Chargers.

NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, National TV Coverage


NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, National TV Coverage

Hall of Fame Game Date Time (ET)
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota Aug. 9 - 8 p.m. NBC Sports Live

Week 1 Date Time (ET)
August 13
New Orleans at Baltimore - 7:30 p.m.
NY Jets at Detroit - 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay at New England - 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland - 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Chicago - 8 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego - 10 p.m.
August 14
Tennessee at Atlanta - 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo - 7 p.m.
NY Giants at Cincinnati - 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville - 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Oakland - 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle - 10 p.m.
August 15
Tampa Bay at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston - 8 p.m.
Kansas City at Arizona - 9 p.m.
August 16
Indianapolis at Philadelphia - 1 p.m.

Week 2 Date Time (ET)
August 20
Detroit at Washington - 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Cleveland - 8 p.m. ESPN
August 21
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at NY Jets - 8 p.m.
August 22
Miami at Carolina - 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indianapolis - 7:30 p.m.
New England at New Orleans - 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at NY Giants - 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Houston - 8 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona - 10 p.m.
August 23
Green Bay at Pittsburgh - 1 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco - 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Tennessee - 8 p.m. Fox Sports
August 24
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 8 p.m. ESPN

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