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Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 9

Frank Coyle/ Head scout

Teams of the Week 
Bengals Drill 49ers
Lions Blast Raiders

Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – QB Dak Prescott – Cowboys
   Defense – Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux – Giants
 
 AFC
   Offense – QB Joe Burrow – Bengals
   Defense – Edge Josh Allen – Jaguars
  
Rookies of the Week
   Offense – QB Will Levis – Titans
   Defense – CB Mekhi Blackmon – Vikings
 
Games of Week 9
Sunday
Miami vs Kansas City – Frankfurt, Germany – 9:30 am
Seattle @ Baltimore – 1:00 pm
Dallas @ Philadelphia – 4:30 pm
 
Sunday night
Buffalo @ Cincinnati – 8:20 pm
 
Bye teams – Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville & San Francisco

 NFL Team Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ Staff – Frank Coyle/Publisher
Ranking / Team / Record

#1 – Eagles – 7-1
The Eagles hung on vs the Commanders. QB Jalen Hurts had a strong performance, passing for 4 TDs despite some knee issues.  Host the Cowboys Sunday in a rivalry that defines East leadership.

#2 – Chiefs – 6-2
Chiefs were handled by the Broncos with QB Patrick Mahomes struggling through health issues. Face the Dolphins in Germany in a major AFC matchup among strong SB contenders.

#3 – Dolphins – 6-2
Dolphins beat the Patriots behind their strong passing attack. Travel to Germany to face the Chiefs in a matchup that shows AFC title

#4 – Ravens – 6-2
The Ravens beat the Cardinals, playing up and down again to the competition. Host the Seahawks in a playoff atmosphere for both clubs.

#5 – Jaguars – 6-2
Jaguars won their 5th straight game to solidify first place in the AFC South. QB Trevor Lawrence has directed this club well. Regroup on bye week before stretch run to repeat for an AFC South title.

#6 – Seahawks – 5-2
Seahawks won a big game in Cleveland. Travel to Baltimore to face the tough Ravens with first place in the balance for both divisions.

#7 – 49ers – 5-3
The 49ers got drilled by the Bengals for their 3rd consecutive loss. Get their bye week to regroup with an emphasis on their struggling defense with new vet edge defender Chase Young.

#8 – Lions – 6-2
The Lions rebound vs the Raiders on Monday night. Get their bye week to prepare for a second half run for the NFC North title. QB Jared Goff has been a leader and highly productive.

#9 – Bills – 5-3
Bills edged the Bucs on Thursday night and is well rested to travel to Cinny for a crucial contest. QB Josh Allen is on the stage vs QB Joe Burrow in a classic matchup.

#10 – Cowboys – 5-2
The Cowboys crushed the Rams last week. Travel to Philly for major battle with Eagles for East leadership. QB Dak Prescott is coming off his best game of the season.

#11 – Bengals – 4-3
The Bengals attacked the 49ers last week, relying on a strong performance by QB Joe Burrow and their defense. Host the Bills on Sunday night in a major AFC battle on annual playoff clubs.

#12 – Browns – 4-3
Browns failed vs the Seahawks with a poor performance. Host the Cardinals and must rebound to stay in the North race. QB Deshaun Watson is still week to week.

#13 – Jets – 4-3
Jets won the MetLife debacle vs the GMen. They host the Chargers on Monday night with the winner staying alive for the postseason.

#14 – Steelers – 4-3
Steelers lost to the Jaguars in a physical battle. QB Kenny Pickett got beat up though will start vs the Titans on Thursday night.  This is a must win situation to stay abreast in the deep AFC North.

#15 – Chargers – 3-4
The Chargers blitzed the Bears last week. Face the Jets at MetLife on Monday night which will have huge impact on both clubs’ playoff aspirations.

#16 – Saints – 4-4
The Saints got back on the win column vs the Colts. Host the Bears in a vital game to stay in the race for the NFC South leadership.

#17 – Falcons – 4-4
Falcons lost a close game vs the Titans. Host the Vikings in an important NFC game with the battered secondary looking to recover vs a new Minnesota QB.

#18 – Bucs – 3-4
Bucs are on a three-game losing streak. Travel to Houston to face the young Texans. Bucs offense needs has struggled and must step up here.

#19 – Rams – 3-5
Rams were bombed by the Cowboys with their secondary failing in big spots. Travel to Green Bay this week with the loser making plans for 2024.

#20 – Texans – 3-4
The Texans lost to the winless Panthers last week. Host the Bucs in a gut check matchup expected to be a defensive battle. QB CJ Stroud needs to step up here.

#21 – Vikings – 4-4
Vikings jumped the Packers last week, though lost QB Kirk Cousins for the season. Travel to Atlanta for an important NFC contest to separate contenders from pretenders.

#22 – Titans – 3-4
The Titans got a huge boost lift from rookie QB Will Levis who threw for 4 TDs. They face the Steelers
Thursday night in Pittsburgh looking to get to the .500 mark.

#23 – Giants – 2-6
The Giants lost an agonizing game vs the Jets. Starting QB Daniel Jones returns and hopes to give this inept attack a boost. Travel to Las Vegas to face the collapsing Raiders.

#24 – Commanders – 3-5
The Commanders fell to the Eagles in a tough matchup. They moved their top edge defenders Young and Sweat for 2nd day draft picks this April. Travel to New England hoping to turn this season around.

#25 – Raiders – 3-5
Raiders cleaned house after getting bashed by the Lions Monday night. Both HC McDaniels and GM Zucker were fired. This club continues to fall mainly on five poor draft classes.

#26- Colts – 3-5
Colts came up short vs the Saints. Travel to Carolina this week in a crucial matchup to stay alive in the mediocre AFC South.

#27 – Patriots – 2-6
The Pats were outclassed by the Dolphins. Face the struggling Commanders this week in a must win situation to have even a remote chance to get into the playoff race.

#28 – Broncos – 3-5
Broncos beat the Chiefs for the first time in years. They get their bye week to determine starters going forward with a big turnover expected.

#29 – Packers – 2-5
The Packers were toasted by the Vikes last week. Young QB Jordan Love is struggling, though needs to play for management to make a long term decision. Host the Rams this week.

#30 – Bears – 2-6
The Bears were wacked by the Chargers last week. Rookie QB Tyson Bagent continues to start for the injured Fields. This club does not have a plan despite being active in the trade market.

#31 – Cardinals – 1-7
Cardinals lost a hard-fought game with the Ravens last week. Travel to Cleveland with Kyler Murray ready to start soon after the trade of Josh Dobbs this week.

#32 – Panthers – 1-6
Panthers get their first win over the Texans. Host the Colts looking to build confidence for this young club.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

 




2023 NFL Trade Deadline – Player Movement

The 2023 NFL Trade Deadline – Player Movement

 Frank Coyle / Head scout 

NFL 2023 trade deadline was fairly active this year with several deals involving top players who can make a difference over the 2nd half of the season. Most of the high-level trades involved defensive players with NFC West rivals, the Seahawks and 49ers landing impact edge defenders. Most other trades were for starters with many deals involving receivers and secondary players.    

Recap of NFL trades made in October 2023 through the deadline
     We will update the complete list of traded selections this week   
 
NFL Trades

  Most recent trades – All draft selections in 2024 unless otherwise noted
 
Bills receive: Cornerback Rasul Douglas plus a 5th-round pick
Packers receive: 3rd-round pick
 
Lions receive: Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones
Browns receive: 6th-round pick (2025)
 
49ers receive: Defensive end Chase Young
Commanders receive: 3rd-round pick
 
Jaguars receive: Guard Ezra Cleveland
Vikings receive: 6th-round pick
 
Vikings receive: QB Josh Dobbs plus 7th-round pick
Cardinals receive: 6th-round pick
 
Bears receive: Defensive end Montez Sweat
Commanders receive: 2nd-round pick
 
Seahawks receive: Defensive lineman Leonard Williams
Giants receive: 2nd-round pick plus 5th-round pick (2025)
 
Eagles receive: Safety Kevin Byard
Titans receive: Safety Terrell Edmunds, 5th-round pick & 6th-round pick
 
Falcons receive: DL Kentavius Street plus 7th-round pick (2025)
Eagles receive: 6th-round pick
 
Chiefs receive: WR Mecole Hardman plus 7th-round pick (2025)
    Jets receive: 6th-round pick (2025)
 
Falcons receive: WR Van Jefferson plus 7th-round pick (2025)
Rams receive: 6th-round pick (2025)
 
49ers receive: LB Randy Gregory plus 7th-round pick
Broncos receive: 6th-round pick 
 
Dolphins receive: WR Chase Claypool plus 7th-round pick (2025)
Bears receive: 6th-round pick (2025)
 
Patriots receive: CB J.C. Jackson plus exchange 6th & 7th-round picks (2025)
 Chargers receive: 6th & 7th round picks (2025)
 




NFL Trade Deadline

NFL Trade Deadline

  Frank Coyle/ NFL Insider

 Playoff Clubs Working Deals at the 11th Hour
 Giants Trade DL Leo Williams to Seahawks

    The NFL trade deadline is today, Oct. 31 with clubs working the phones diligently seeking deals for the 2nd half playoff stretch run. Expect an active day of deals involving quality starters. The NFL trade date in 2024 opens in mid-March.   

 NFL Teams – possible available players

 NFC

 Bears
  CB Jaylon Johnson  
        Bills, Cowboys, 49ers and Chiefs interested in solid starter.
 
Commanders
   Edge Chase Young
       His name is in many conversations for a #2 pick. May remain in DC and get tagged in March   
   Edge Montez Sweat
      Playmaker can provide impact off the edge. Chiefs, Bears and Bucs interested
  
Cowboys
     Seeking runner like Derek Henry and Dalvin Cook before deadline 
 An OL is always on the agenda and LT Garett Bolles has drawn interest.

Giants

  CB Adoree Jackson
       Bills, Seahawks, Chargers and Bears have made calls with a 2nd day draft pick on the table 
 
   WR Darius Slayton
      Veteran can stretch the field and a few playoff clubs have inquired
 
  WR Parris Campbell
     Never settled into GMen offense
 
  DT A’Shawn Robinson
       Veteran will get interest from the Jets, Bucs and Falcons for a 3rd day pick
 
  CB Darney Holmes
    Veteran put up respectable grades in the nickel role
 
  Eagles
     Derek Barnett is being shopped around for a conditional late pick
 
Panthers
   Impact edge rusher Brian Burns getting inquires, though two #1 picks too high to move
 
  WR Terrance Marshall is on the block. The 3rd day pick gets it done. Chiefs and 49ers have made calls.
 
Cardinals
    S Budda Baker will cost a 2nd day selection with Jaguars, Bengals and Browns
    WR Marquise Brown has drawn interest with Browns, Falcons and Bucs in line.

Vikings
  DE Danielle Hunter – Playmaker can change games. Ravens, Chiefs and Chargers in pursuit  
 
AFC
   Jets
   RB Dalvin Cook
       Veteran could move with contenders like Ravens, Cowboys, Bucs and Bills interested
       Jets looking for OL after interior injuries last weekend.
 
   Patriots
     TE Hunter Henry getting interest from Bengals, Cowboys, Eagles and Seahawks  
 
   Dolphins
     Seeking offensive lineman and defensive players especially in the front seven. Like LT Garett Bolles for a 3rd round selection.
 
   Ravens 
     Looking to add a running back with Jonathan Taylor, Dalvin Cook and Derek Henry at the top of their list.
 
Titans
   RB Derek Henry
       Playoff clubs thinking he can be the difference in January. Ravens, Cowboys, Bills, Eagles and Bucs in pursuit
 
 QB Ryan Tannehill – Clubs with injuries especially contenders like the Jets, Falcons and Vikings making calls.  
 
WR DeAndre Hopkins is still a playmaker with impact talent. Clubs like the Falcons, Bucs and Cowboys offering a 2nd day selection
 
Broncos
    WR Jerry Jeudy
   Starting to become a problem child, though a talented playmaker who will command interest
 
    WR Courtland Sutton
   Quality possession receiver could move
 
    OT Garett Bolles
   Underrated LT with consistently good grades. Clubs like Jets, Cowboys, Dolphins and Bills interested
 
   CB Patrick Surtain
      Blue chip young cover man will command a huge price with Bills, Giants, Cowboys and 49ers at the head of the line
 
Chiefs
   Interested in adding playmakers on both sides of the ball. They will inquire for edge rushers, Brian Burns and Chase Young
 
  WR Richie James is expected to move for a late conditional pick.
 
Raiders
   WR Devante Adams is hoping to move. All-Pro performer would command #1 pick plus and maybe best to move on. Ravens, Bills, Steelers and Cowboys seeking difference maker in the passing game.
 

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He publishes an annual NFL Free Agency Report will extensive insight on NFL player evaluation.  He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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




Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 8

Teams of the Week 
Ravens Blast Lions
Vikings Shock 49ers

Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – WR  A.J. Browns – Eagles
   Defense – DT Dexter Lawrence – Giants

 AFC
   Offense – QB Lamar Jackson – Ravens
   Defense – Edge defenders, TJ Watt – Steelers & Myles Garrett – Browns

Rookies of the Week
   Offense – QB Tyson Bagent – Bears
   Defense – CB Dre Banks – Giants

Games of Week 8
Sunday
Jets @ Giants – 1:00 pm
Cleveland Browns @ Seattle Seahawks – 4:05 pm
Cincinnati Bengals @ San Fran 49ers – 4:30 pm

Monday night
Las Vegas Raiders @ Detroit Lions – 8:15 pm
 
Bye teams – None

NFL Team Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ Staff – Frank Coyle/Publisher

Ranking /Team / Record

#1 – Chiefs – 6-1
Chiefs manhandled the Chargers again to gain a three game lead in the AFC West. Travel to Denver for another AFC West matchup where they continue to dominate.

#2 – Eagles – 6-1
The Eagles benefit from ‘Homer’ calls to beat the Dolphins. QB Jalen Hurts making continuous turnovers which may turn to a heavy ground game through the rest of the season.

#3 – 49ers – 5-2
The 49ers lost a 2nd game in a row for the first time since Oct 2022. Injury concerns with Deebo Samuel out limits this offense with a few QB Brock Purdy key turnovers difficult to overcome. Host the Bengals

#4 – Ravens – 5-2
The Ravens drilled the Lions in a physical battle. Travel to the desert to face the Cardinals. They have their eye on the trade market over the weekend.

#5 – Dolphins – 5-2
Dolphins lost to the Eagles with a few poor key penalties deciding the outcome. Back to the drawing board with the Patriots coming to town in a key AFC East battle with first place in the balance.

#6 – Jaguars – 5-2
Jaguars won their 4th straight game to solidify first place in the AFC South. QB Trevor Lawrence has joined the elite in just his third season. Travel to Pittsburgh for key AFC battle of contenders.

#7 – Seahawks – 4-2
Seahawks host the Browns in a matchup of two of the most physical clubs in the league. Geno Smith has regained his rhyme coupled with a strong ground game to challenge the tough Browns defense.

#8 – Lions – 5-2
The Lions came out flat vs the Ravens and never recovered. Host the Raiders on Monday night looking to maintain their short NFC North lead.

#9 – Bills – 4-3
Bills fell late to the Patriots as their defense came up short repeatedly. Host the Bucs on Thursday night in an important matchup for both clubs in very competitive divisional races.

#10 – Cowboys – 4-2
The Cowboys are well rested coming off their bye week. Host the Rams on Sunday with the loser facing an uphill challenge the rest of the season.

#11 – Browns – 4-2
Browns edged the Colts which keeps them in strong contention. QB Deshaun Watson is still week to week. Travel to Seattle for a key matchup where the winner gains strong postseason position.

#12 – Bengals – 3-3
The Bengals are coming off their bye week and travel to San Fran to face the struggling 49ers. QB Joe Burrow is the healthiest he has been all season. They look to escape the AFC North basement here.

#13 – Bucs – 3-3
Bucs are coming off back-to-back losses. Travel to Buffalo to face the equally faltering Bills. Bucs offense needs to step up here.

#14 – Jets – 3-3
Jets are well rested for the Giants contest with both clubs facing a must win situation. Their pass rush may be the difference here with limited offensive production.

#15 – Steelers – 4-2
Steelers were physical in their win over the Rams. QB Kenny Pickett does not blink and gives them the leader they want. Host the Jaguars in a major AFC test among strong contenders.

#16 – Falcons – 4-3
Falcons edged NFC South rival the Bucs last week. Playing hot and cold with their offense struggling weekly to establish an identity. Travel to Tennessee looking to maintain their divisional leadership.

#17 – Rams – 3-4
Rams failed in big spots to the Steelers. Travel to Dallas for crucial NFC matchup where a lose is a major hit to their playoff hopes.

#18 – Texans – 3-3
The young Texans come off their bye week and travel to Carolina in a battle of rookie 1st round QBs, CJ Stroud and Bryce Young.  This club is hungry and playing loss under new HC DeMeco Ryans.

#19 – Chargers -2-4
The Chargers are the biggest pretenders in the league. Host the resurgent Bears on Sunday night in a must win situation for their postseason aspirations.

#20 – Giants – 2-5
The Giants beat the Commanders behind backup QB Tyrod Taylor. Host the Jets in a gut check for any postseason aspirations. Offensive line faces a major test vs the Jets talented defensive front.

#21 – Commanders – 3-4
The Commanders fell to the GMen in a defensive struggle. Host the Eagles in a desperate situation for turning this season around.

#22 – Raiders – 3-4
Raiders were blasted by a rookie QB last week in a key opportunity to get into the AFC race. Travel to Detroit for a Monday night matchup which could define their season.

#23 – Vikings – 3-4
Vikings jumped the 49ers on Monday night.  Look to keep the momentum vs the Packers in Green Bay. QB Kirk Cousins continues to carry this club and stay competitive vs anyone.

#24 – Patriots – 2-5
The Pats won a must win situation vs the Bills. QB Mac Jones had his best performance of the season.  Face the tough Miami offense on the road this week and need Jones to continue to continue his hot hand.

#25 – Saints – 3-4
The Saints lost another close game this time to the Jaguars. Travel to Indy with a chance to get to the .500 mark entering the 2nd half of the year.

#26- Colts – 3-4
Colts lost a heartbreaker to the Browns. Host the Saints this week, hoping runner Jonathan Taylor begins to make an impact.

#27 – Titans – 2-4
The Titans comes off their bye week and announced rookie QB Will Levis gets the starting assignment vs
the Falcons. Their inept offense continues to struggle and looks to turn the page with an eye of the future.

#28 – Broncos – 2-5
Broncos edged the Packers last week. Host the Chiefs this week and face the trading deadline with a few more moves expected.

#29 – Packers – 2-4
The Packers lost to Denver last week. Young QB Jordan Love is going through the growing pain of starting in the NFL. Host the Vikings this week.

#30 – Bears – 2-5
The Bears shocked the Raiders last week with rookie QB Tyson Bagent directing their attack.  Travel to LA to face the desperate Chargers this week.

#31 – Cardinals – 1-6
Cardinals were drilled by the Seahawks last week. Host the buzzsaw Ravens this week. They could trade several veterans over the next few days to build draft capital for April.

#32 – Panthers – 0-6
Panthers come off their bye week and host the hot Texans. Looking for their first win for new staff and player leaders.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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




Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 7

Teams of the Week 

Jets Shock Eagles
Browns Surprise 49ers

Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – QB Jared Goff – Lions
   Defense – LB Bobby Okereke – Giants
 
 AFC
   Offense – TE Travis Kelce – Chiefs
   Defense – DT Christian Wilkins – Dolphins
  
Rookie of the Week
   Defense – CB Dre Banks – Giants
 
Games of Week 7
Sunday
Detroit @ Baltimore – 1:00 pm
LA Chargers @ Kansas City – 4:30 pm
Miami @ Philadelphia – 8:20 pm
 
Bye teams – Bengals, Texans, Jets, Titans, Panthers & Cowboys
 

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff – Frank Coyle/Publisher

Ranking / Team / Record

#1 – Chiefs – 5-1
Chiefs handled the Broncos. Stay in AFC West hosting the Chargers this week. Still the champ to someone dethrones them.

#2 – 49ers – 5-1
The 49ers ran into a defensive buzzsaw in Cleveland to lose their first game. Some injury concerns this week, though an extra day traveling to Minnesota for Monday night.

#3 – Eagles – 5-1
The Eagles were blasted by the tough Jets defense to taste defeat for the first time. Offense struggled when facing a strong rush. Host the Dolphins Sunday night in a major interconference battle.

#4 – Dolphins – 5-1
Dolphins blasted the Panthers last week. Rookie runner Devon Achane is out with an injury. Miami offensive line faces a huge test vs the Eagles strong front four.

#5 – Lions – 5-1
The Lions have played up to the hype and look the class of the NFC North. Travel to Baltimore Sunday in a battle of two physical clubs who take no prisoners.

#6 – Bills – 4-2
Bills hung on to edge the Giants. Travel to New England hoping to stay close to the Dolphins. They play up and down to the competition which must change to win consistently.

#7 – Cowboys – 4-2
The Cowboys came up big vs the Chargers Sunday night. QB Dak Prescott responded to the challenge. Bye week this weekend. Face a 7 game NFC schedule through early December.

#8 – Ravens – 4-2
The Ravens beat the Titans in London behind a strong defense. Host the Lions in a classic physical battle where the Ravens usually thrive.

#9 – Seahawks – 3-2
Seahawks were edged by the Bengals in a tight contest. Offense is struggling over recent weeks.
Host the Cardinals this week looking to stay abreast in the NFC West.

#10 – Jaguars – 4-2
Jaguars beat South rival, the Colts to take divisional leadership. QB Trevor Lawrence continues to make clutch plays in big spots. Travel to New Orleans for Thursday night battle of contenders.

#11 – Bucs – 3-2
Bucs fell to the Lions in an important NFC conference matchup. They host the Falcons in a key NFC South battle with first place in the balance.

#12 – Browns – 3-2
Browns wacked the 49ers behind their tough defense which shut them down across the board. QB Deshaun Watson was out and is still week to week. Travel to Indianapolis for a key AFC matchup most likely behind backup QB PJ Walker. He must cut down on his turnovers.

#13 – Jets – 3-3
Jets beat the Eagles in a dramatic victory. The defense ranks with any unit in the league. They get their bye this week. They play five of the next seven games in Met Life.

#14 – Rams – 3-3
Rams drilled the Cardinals behind Matthew Stafford. Host the Steelers in a pivotal game for both clubs.

#15 – Bengals – 3-3
The Bengals edged the Seahawks in a tough defensive struggle. They get their bye week to get their offense right after a poor first half performance.

#16 – Chargers -2-3
The erratic Chargers lost to the Cowboys in a close matchup. They find a way to lose close games. Travel to KC this week in a must win situation.

#17 – Commanders – 3-3
The Commanders beat the Falcons behind a strong defensive performance.  Travel to MetLife to face the desperate GMen in a NFC East contest.

#18 – Steelers – 3-2
Steelers are coming off their bye week. Travel to LA to face the Rams who will test the Steelers defense to the limit.

#19 – Raiders – 3-3
Raiders are getting it done in big spots and on a short winning streak. Their strong defensive unit behind impact edge defender DE Maxx Crosby has been the difference. Travel to Chicago looking to get over .500 and into playoff contention.

#20 – Saints – 3-3
The Saints lost at home to the upstart Texans. Their offense continues to struggle minimizing a solid defense. They host the Jaguars Thursday night which can decide their direction through the 2nd half.

#21- Falcons – 3-3
Falcons came up short vs the Commanders especially their defense. Young QB Ridder faces a pivotal matchup in Tamp this week with his starting job in the balance.

#22 – Texans – 3-3
The young Texans came up big in New Orleans with a strong defensive performance. They get their bye week to prepare for a favorable midseason schedule. Rookie QB CJ Stroud continues to develop as a quality starter.

#23 – Packers – 2-3
The Packers come off their bye week and travel to Denver to face the struggling Broncos. Young QB Jordan Love needs to step up and get this offense moving.

#24- Colts – 3-3
Colts lost rookie QB Anthony Richardson for the season. Host the tough Browns this week. Runner Jonathan Taylor hopes to return this week.

#25 – Titans – 2-4
The Titans struggled again last week vs the Ravens. Their offense continues to struggle and gets their
bye week to prepare for the 2nd half of the schedule.

#26 – Vikings – 2-4
Vikings edge the Bears last week. Host the 49ers on Monday night. This club could move several players if they fall out of playoff contention in the next few weeks.

#27 – Giants – 1-5
The Giants played hard vs the Bills, but their struggling offense failed again in big spots. QB Daniel Jones may be back vs the Commanders where they must win to stay within reach of the postseason.

#28 – Patriots – 1-5
The Pats continue to struggle throwing the ball along with poor production from the running game. Host the Bills hoping to surprise them.

#29 – Bears – 1-5
The Bears lost to the Vikings in addition to losing QB Justin Fields. Host the Raiders this week looking to build for the future.

#30 – Cardinals – 1-5
Cardinals were toasted by the Rams last week. They could trade several veterans over the next two weeks to build draft capital for April.

#31 – Broncos – 1-5
Broncos were bashed by the Chiefs last week. Host the Packers this week. Club could be facing a huge turnover starting the next two weeks through the postseason after another huge disappointing performance.

#32 – Panthers – 0-6
Panthers were bombed by the Dolphins last week. This young club gets their bye week to regroup entering the 2nd half. Face a tough learning curve going forward.
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

 

 

 




Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll –

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 6

Teams of the Week 
   49ers Pounds Cowboys 42-10 in key NFC Matchup
   Jaguars Edge Bills 25-20 in London

Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – QB Brock Purdy – 49ers
   Defense – LB Fred Warner – 49ers
 
 AFC
   Offense – QB Trevor Lawrence – Jaguars
   Defense – DE Maxx Crosby – Raiders
  
Rookies of the Week
  Offense – RB De’Von Achane – Dolphins  
  Defense – DT Jalen Carter – Eagles
 
Games of Week 6
Sunday
Seattle @ Cincinnati – 1:00 pm
Detroit @ Tampa – 4:25 pm
 
Bye teams – Steelers & Packers
 

NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff – Frank Coyle/Publisher

Ranking / Team /Record
#1 – 49ers – 5-0
The 49ers are hitting on all cylinders and crushed the Cowboys on Sunday night. Explosive Christian McCaffrey and mature QB Brock Purdy have this attack rolling. Travel to Cleveland in a tough matchup.

#2 – Chiefs – 4-1
Chiefs handled the Vikings. Mahomes can pull the strings directing this attack. Host the desperate Broncos on Thursday night.

#3 – Eagles – 5-0
The Eagles edged the Rams last week. Their defense has benefited from the impact of rookie DT Jalen Carter. Travel to MetLife to face the Jets in a key matchup.

#4 – Dolphins – 4-1
Dolphins blitzed the GMen behind their explosive offense and aggressive defense. Host the winless Panthers this week, featuring two Bama passers.

#5 – Lions – 4-1
The Lions are focused weekly and taking care of business with a win over the Panthers. Travel to Tampa to face the resurgent Bucs in a key NFC matchup.

#6 – Bills – 3-2
Bills lost an important AFC matchup vs the Jaguars. QB Josh Allen made a few key turnovers while the defense came up short in big spots. Host the GMen on Sunday night.

#7 – Cowboys – 3-2
The Cowboys were bombed by the 49ers on Sunday night behind a poor performance by Dak Prescott.  Travel to LA to face the Chargers this Monday night in an important interconference matchup.

#8 – Ravens – 3-2
The Ravens came up short vs arch rival, the Steelers in an important AFC North contest. Travel to London to face the mediocre Titans. Ravens need to stay abreast in the tough AFC North playoff picture.

#9 – Seahawks – 3-1
Seahawks are rested coming off their bye week. They travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals who are looking to get to the .500 mark. Seahawks QB Geno Smith got an extra week to heal from his high ankle sprain.

#10 – Jaguars – 3-2
Jaguars won back to back games in London with a clutch victory over the Bills. QB Trevor Lawrence continues to emerge in year three into the elite QB class. Host the Colts in a matchup that will determine AFC South leadership.

#11 – Bucs – 3-1
Bucs are coming off their bye week and host the tough Lions in an important NFC conference matchup. This can have huge postseason ramifications over time with both clubs stepping up to compete for their division leadership.

#12 – Chargers -2-2
The hot and cold Chargers are well rested coming off their bye week. They host the Cowboys this Monday night before facing divisional rival the Chiefs the following week.

#13 – Browns – 2-2
Browns licked their wounds on their bye week after being bashed by the Ravens. QB Deshaun Watson has had two weeks to heal and prepare for the 49ers to come to town. Watson needs to become a leader now with the deep AFC showing many playoff clubs in the postseason race.

#14 – Saints – 3-2
The Saints shutout the Patriots to stay abreast in the NFC South. They had their best game of the season and need to follow that with another balanced performance at Houston.

#15 – Steelers – 3-2
Steelers came up big vs the Ravens with QB Kenny Pickett and their defense making clutch plays. They get their bye week to prepare for a favorable midseason schedule where they can gain position for a playoff run.

#16- Falcons – 3-2
Falcons came up big vs the Texans behind a strong performance by young QB Desmond Ridder. He answered the bell after a few shaky performances. Host the Commandeers hoping to show they are legitimate contender.

#17 – Colts – 3-2
Colts beat the Titans in an important divisional matchup. They face the Jaguars with the divisional leadership in the balance. Runner Jonathan Taylor hopes to return to the field.

#18 – Rams – 2-3
Rams fought the Eagles tough, but came up short. Host the Cardinals looking to reach the .500 mark.

#19 – Bengals – 2-3
The Bengals had a breakout offensive explosion behind Joe Barrow and wideout Ja’Marr Chase. Host the Seahawks this week in a vital inter conference matchup where the Bengals need to get to .500 prior to their bye week.

#20 – Raiders – 2-3
Raiders beat the Packers behind a strong defensive effort, relying on a dominant performance by DE Maxx Crosby. Host the Patriots this week and need to get to the .500 mark to start believing in themselves.

#21 – Packers – 2-3
The inconsistent Packers lost in tough matchup vs the Raiders. They get their bye week to regroup for a second half vs mediocre set of clubs. Young QB Jordan Love needs to refine his passing and take the next step in leadership.

#22 – Commanders – 2-3
The Commanders fell to the Bears on Thursday night in their worst effort of the season. They are at the turning point of first half with a key matchup in Atlanta. Young QB Sam Howell needs to step up in an important NFC contest.

#23 – Titans – 2-3
The Titans struggled vs the Colts in a key matchup. Their offense continues to struggle and faces the
tough Ravens defense in London. Time to step up if they want to maintain postseason dreams.

#24 – Texans – 2-3
The young Texans fell short in Atlanta with an inconsistent effort. Rookie QB CJ Stroud had an ordinary performance. Texans host the Saints in a pivotal game for both clubs.

#25 – Patriots – 1-4
The Pats were shutout by the Saints with another weak performance with QB Mac Jones struggling throwing the ball and poor production from the running game. Travel to Vegas to face a tough Raiders defense which is playing very well.

#26 – Jets – 2-3
Jets beat the Broncos behind a rejuvenated offense directed by OC Nate Hackett and young QB Zach Wilson. They face a major home test vs the Eagles with their shaky postseason hopes in the balance.

#27 – Giants – 1-4
The Giants continue to struggle with little protection for banged up QB Daniel Jones. Their defense gives up too many points and yardage. Travel to Buffalo with most key injured players most likely out another week.

#28 – Vikings – 1-4
Vikings came up short vs the Chiefs last week. Travel to Chi-town in a battle with the Bears of cellar dwellers. QB Kirk Cousins could be on the trading block if the Vikes continue to fall in the standings.

#29 – Bears – 1-4
The Bears got into the win column with a strong effort vs the Commanders. Host the Vikings looking to put a winning streak together for the first time in years. QB Justin Fields is starting to put it together with further confidence in each performance.

#30 – Cardinals – 1-4
Cardinals were blasted by the Bengals last week. Young QB Joshua Dobbs is gaining valuable experience vs contenders. Face the Rams in LA that may determine personnel moves soon.

#31 – Broncos – 1-4
Broncos were handled by the Jets in the Coaches bowl. Broncos’ defense has given up the most points in the league and QB Russell Wilson is past his prime. Face the Chiefs in KC as the meat grinder continues.

#32 – Panthers – 0-5
Panthers were bombed by the Lions. Young club is going through the growing pains especially an inexperienced offense. Travel to Miami to face the explosive Dolphin track team.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

 

 

 

 




Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 5

Team of the Week 
Bills Pounds Dolphins 48-20 in key AFC East Matchup

Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – QB Dak Prescott – Cowboys
   Defense – DT Aaron Donald – Rams
 
 AFC
   Offense – QB Josh Allen – Bills
   Defense – LB Khalil Mack – Chargers
  
Rookies of the Week
  Offense – WR Puka Nacua – Rams  
  Defense – CB Devon Witherspoon – Seahawks
 
Games of Week 5
Sunday – Oct 8, 2023
Jacksonville @ Buffalo – 9:30 am – London, England
Dallas @ San Fran – 8:15 pm – NBC
 
First Week for bye teams – Browns, Chargers, Seahawks & Bucs
 
NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff – Frank Coyle/Publisher
 
Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 49ers – 4-0
The 49ers smashed the Cardinals behind the explosive Christian McCaffrey and cagey QB Brock Purdy. Host the Cowboys Sunday night in the game of the week.

#2 – Chiefs – 3-1
Chiefs struggled vs the Jets, though they know how to win by memory. Mahomes is the playmaker that directs this attack featuring TE Jason Kelce. They are walking through an early soft schedule with Vikings up next.

#3 – Eagles – 4-0
The Eagles struggled through victory over the Commanders. Their defense has been inconsistent. Travel to LA to face the Rams in a key NFC matchup.

#4 – Bills – 3-1
Bills are hitting stride behind the hot hand QB Josh Allen who carved up the Dolphins overrated defense. Travel to London to face the tough Jaguars in a critical AFC matchup.

#5 – Cowboys – 3-1
The Cowboys are peaking after blowout of the Patriots. Face the acid test Sunday night vs the 49ers. Dak has to prove he can beat a major contender in big spot to merit top ten QB ranking.

#6 – Dolphins – 3-1
Dolphins were shocked by the Bills in key early AFC East matchup. QB Tua needs better protection to maintain his high level of play. Host the struggling Giants this week to get back on beam.

#7 – Lions – 3-1
The Lions are rested after drilling the Packers in key NFC North matchup. Host the winless Panthers looking to build a cushion in the mediocre division.

#8 – Ravens – 3-1
The Ravens crushed the Browns in an important AFC North contest. Travel to Pittsburgh in back to back AFC North matchups which have always proven critical in the AFC playoff picture.

#9 – Seahawks – 3-1
Seahawks drilled the inept Giants on Monday night. They get an early bye week which helps QB Geno Smith heal from his high ankle sprain. Face a tough schedule the rest of the way which will challenge them to gain a playoff spot.

#10 – Jaguars – 2-2
Jaguars win their first London trip over the Falcons. Stay in London to prepare for the Bills in a major AFC matchup with divisional leadership in the balance.

#11 – Bucs – 3-1
Bucs beat the Sains in New Orleans with a strong defensive effort. Get their bye week now to prepare for a favorable schedule through the remainder of the schedule.

#12 – Chargers -2-2
The Chargers edged the Raiders in another competitive AFC West battle.  Take their bye week to prepare for back to back games vs the Cowboys and Chiefs.

#13 – Browns – 2-2
Browns were bashed by the Ravens last week. QB Deshaun Watson sat out with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson throwing 3 picks. They get their bye at a good time for Watson to recovery.

#14 – Packers – 2-2
The Packers lost to rival the Lions in an early key NFC North matchup. They face the Raiders on Monday night with both clubs at the cross roads for contending this season.

#15 – Saints – 2-2
The Saints failed to score a TD in their loss to the Bucs last week. They put the game on the defense with equal subpar production from both passing and ground game. Travel to New England to face the struggling Patriots.

#16 – Steelers – 2-2
Steelers were trashed by the emerging Texans with QB Kenny Pickett injured in the process. They host the hated Ravens in a vital early game that can dictate their direction.

#17 – Rams – 2-2
Rams held on vs the Colts and won in OT. Host the Eagles in a battle of recent SB champions. Major test QB Stafford faces directing this offense vs the tough Philly defense.

#18 – Falcons – 2-2
Falcons were inept again last week vs the Jaguars. Young starting QB Desmond Ridder is on a short leach with Taylor Heiniche waiting in the wings for the starting call with the hot Texans coming to town.

#19 – Commanders – 2-2
The Commanders fought the Eagles tough but came up short. Host the winless Bears on Thursday night with a soft part in the upcoming schedule.

#20 – Titans – 2-2
The Titans jumped the struggling Bengals last week behind an excellent defensive plan by HC Mike Vrabel. Travel to Indy in a pivotal AFC South matchup where they need to step up and make a statement in a wide open division race.

#21 – Bengals – 1-3
There’s trouble right here in River city. And it starts with Joe Barrow’s health and a weak supporting cast. This club travels to Arizona for a must win game to stay competitive in the tough deep AFC conference.

#22 – Patriots – 1-3
The Pats lost to the Bucs with a struggling attack the main culprit. Host the Saints this week with both offenses failing in recent games.

#23 – Texans – 2-2
The young Texans blasted the Steelers behind rookie QB CJ Stroud. HC DeMeco Ryans has this club playing aggressively on both sides of the ball. Travel to Atlanta to face their struggling offense.

#24 – Jets – 1-3
Jets fought the Chefs to the wire with a rejuvenated Zach Wilson, though came up short with late mistakes. They travel to Denver with the much anticipated battle with the Sean Payton Broncos with both clubs in a must win situation to salvage the season.

#25 – Colts – 2-2
Colts lost to the Rams in OT. They host the Titans where their young offense will be tested to the fullest. They hope to maintain AFC South leadership with a home victory.

#26 – Raiders – 1-3
Raiders failed to close again this time vs the Chargers last week. Host the Packers Monday night and need a victory to stay pace in the deep AFC where 10 wins may fall short of the playoffs.

#27 – Giants – 1-3
The Giants are simply terrible. Evan Neal is the worst – put-up or shut-up. Travel to Miami for their next debacle.

#28 – Vikings – 1-3
Vikings got their first win vs the Panthers last week. Host the Chiefs this Sunday where their defense will be tested to the fullest to stay in the NFC North hunt.

#29 – Cardinals – 1-3
Cardinals were over their head vs the 49ers last week. Young QB Joshua Dobbs is gaining valuable experience in a rebuilding season that will determine postseason personnel moves.

#30 – Broncos – 1-3
Broncos edged the Bears for their first win. Host the Jets with the winner hoping to salvage their season.

#31 – Panthers – 0-4
Panthers lost tough game vs the Vikings. Top pick QB Bryce Young returned to the field and had a solid performance, though the lack of a ground game hurt the attack. Travel to Detroit to face the tough Lions this week.

#32 – Bears – 0-4
The Bears lost to the Broncos in a close contest. Young QB Justin Fields had his best passing game of his career, but the Bears lost their 14th consecutive game. Travel to the Capital to face the Commanders in another difficult test.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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

 




Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll

NFL Power Poll – Week 4
Draft Insiders’ – Power Poll – Week 4

Team of the Week 
Dolphins Smashes Broncos in key AFC Matchup

Players of the Week
  NFC
   Offense – RB Christian McCaffrey – 49ers
   Defense – DE Aidan Hutchinson – Lions

  AFC
   Offense – QB Tua Tagavailoa – Dolphins
   Defense – S Keith Hamilton – Ravens

 Rookies of the Week
  Offense – QB CJ Stroud – Texans & RB De’Von Achane – Dolphins
  Defense – S Brian Branch – Lions

 Games of Week 4

Thursday 
Detroit @ Green Bay – 8:15 pm Prime

Sunday
Miami @ Buffalo – 1:00 pm – CBs

Monday
Seattle @ NY Giants – 8:15 pm – NBC
 

NFL Team Power Poll

Draft Insiders’ Staff – Frank Coyle/Publisher

Ranking /Record /Team

#1 – 49ers – 3-0
The 49ers drilled the Giants behind the explosive versatile Christian McCaffrey and cagey QB Brock Purdy. Host the Cardinals in an NFC West matchup.

#2 – Eagles – 3-0
The Eagles wacked the Bucs relying on their deep strong ground game and tough defense to make the difference. Host rival the Commanders this week in their first key NFC matchup.

#3 – Chiefs – 2-1
Chiefs toyed with the pathetic Bears last week. Mahomes is the magic man. Their underrated defense has given up only 40 points in 3 games. Travel to MetLife to face struggling Jets on Sunday night.

#4 – Bills – 2-1
Bills regrouped with two game winning streak. Host crucial AFC East matchup vs the Dolphins for divisional lead. Huge challenge for divisional leadership which may define AFC playoffs.

#5 – Dolphins – 3-0
Dolphins smoked the Broncos with a record setting performance behind QB Tue and a potent ground game. That offense will be tested vs the Bills in Buffalo with clubs usually playing tight competitive contests.

#6 – Lions – 2-1
The Lions rebounded with a strong win over the Falcons. Edge defender Aidan Hutchinson is a game changer and team leader. Travel to Titletown in huge NFC North battle for leadership.

#7 – Ravens – 2-1
The Ravens fell asleep vs the Colts. Travel to Cleveland and Pittsburgh in back to back AFC North matchups which have always proven to critical in the AFC playoff picture.

#8 – Cowboys – 2-1
The Cowboys were spanked by the Cardinals again, exploiting their overrated defense. Host the Patriots this week where inconsistent QB Dak Prescott will be tested by a savvy Belichick defense.

#9 – Browns – 2-1
Browns bashed the Titans last week where in QB Deshaun Watson stepped up. Their defense has flashed dominant play. They host the Ravens in the acid test where they usually battle in very competitive matchups.

#10 – Seahawks – 2-1
Seahawks edged the winless Panthers last week. Travel to MetLife to face the GMen on Monday night. They rely on QB Geno Smith with their defense slow to come together in the early action.

#11 – Packers – 2-1
The Packers edged the Saints last week behind some clutch play of QB Jordan Love. They face a huge test at home Thursday night vs the hot Lions. Love gets his toughest test yet in his early starting time.

#12 – Saints – 2-1
The Saints fell to the Packers last week in a game they let get away from them. Host the Bucs in a huge NFC South matchup between strong contenders for the divisional title.

#13 – Jaguars – 1-2
Jaguars were bombed by the Texans, failing on both sides of the ball. Their defense was toasted by rookie QB CJ Stroud where they failed to cover with any consistency. QB Trevor Lawrence needs better protection to get this offense producing. Face the Falcons in London this week.

#14 – Bengals – 1-2
The Bengals got their first win on Monday night vs the Rams. Look to get to ,500 in a key early AFC matchup with the Titans. QB Joe ‘Cool’ Burrow has struggled with a leg injury, though needs to be the leader here to right this contender.

#15 – Chargers -1-2
The Chargers slugged it out with the Vikings and gutted it out for their first victory. They host arch rival, the Raiders this week where they need to get to .500 to stay close to the Chiefs.

#16 – Giants – 1-2
The Giants are well rested after a poor Thursday night loss to the 49ers. Host the Seahawks on Monday night in a huge game vs the Seahawks. Runner Saquon Barkley is probably out with an ankle injury. QB Danny Jones benefits from the return of LT Andrew Thomas which should improve their suspect protection.

#17 – Steelers – 2-1
Steelers edged rival, the Raiders on Sunday night. QB Kenny Pickett continues to be clutch, despite some inconsistencies. They travel to Houston to face hot rookie QB CJ Stroud where their defense faces a huge test.

#18 – Rams – 1-2
Rams came up short vs the Bengals last week. QB Stafford must carry the load with a subpar ground game currently. Travel to Indy for a key matchup to stay abreast in the tough NFC West.

#19 – Bucs – 2-1
Bucs fell from the unbeaten to the Eagles last week. They still hold the lead the NFC South along with the Saints and Falcons. They travel to New Orleans in key divisional battle which may determine early leadership.

#20 – Falcons – 2-1
Falcons were inept vs the Lions, struggling mainly on offensive. Starting young QB Desmond Ridder faces the Jaguars in London, looking to rebound from a poor performance.

#21 – Commanders – 2-1
The Commanders were toasted by the Bills last week for their first loss. Travel to Philly in another big matchup where they will get tested and must prove more than a paper tiger.

#22 – Patriots – 1-2
The Pats beat the struggling Jets with another strong Belichick game plan. Travel to Dallas for big matchup where their offense will be tested by quality speed. Belichick will have to put together great game plan to neutralize the savvy QB Burrow with both clubs needing a victory for their postseason hopes.

#23 – Jets – 1-2
Jets have been totally inept on offense behind young QB Zach Wilson. With few options currently, they need a new game plan. Host the Chiefs Sunday night in a very difficult matchup They need a stronger ground game to put their tough defense in better position to contain the Chiefs explosive attack.

#24 – Titans – 1-2
The Titans got crushed by the Brown last week. Host the Bengals this week where the loser goes a
discouraging 1-3. Titans are one of the lowest scoring clubs in the league which has negated a good
defensive effort. Their offense needs to step up and control the game behind runner Derrick Henry.

#25 – Colts – 2-1
Colts shocked the Ravens last week in OT. They host the Rams where their pass defense will be tested to the fullest. They hope to hold the AFC South leadership with a home victory.

#26 – Raiders – 1-2
Raiders failed to close vs the Steelers last week. Travel to LA to face rival, the Chargers in a key AFC West contest looking to reach the .500 mark. Offense struggling mightily currently.

#27 – Texans – 1-2
The young Texans played hard and shocked the Jaguars. Rookie QB CJ Stroud has brought fire to their struggling offense. Hout the Steelers in a battle of young passers with Kenny Pickett. They could surprise in the wide open AFC South.

#28 – Vikings – 0-3
Vikings failed to beat the Chargers in a close shootout. Their explosive offense continues to compensate of a vulnerable defense with major secondary issues. Travel to Carolina in a battle of the winless.

#29 – Cardinals – 1-2
Cardinals beat the Cowboys regularly with young QB Joshua Dobbs directing the upset. They travel to  San Fran for huge divisional test.

#30 – Panthers – 0-3
Panthers waiting for top pick Bryce Young to clear concussion protocol. This season promises growing pain, though valuable experience for the face of the franchise. Host the winless Vikings this week with Young likely to return to the field.

#31 – Broncos – 0-3
Broncos were annihilated by the Dolphins 70-20 last week. Things coming apart at the seam.
Travel to Chicago in week’s second matchup of winless teams.

#32 – Bears – 0-3
The Bears are equally inept on both sides of the ball and are on another losing streak. Who voted QB Justin Fields as the leagues’ #86th ranked player? They host the desperate Broncos this week.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in major college player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc. for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and 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 2023 Predictions – Bengals Ready for SB Challenge

NFL 2023 Predictions
Chiefs Face Heavy AFC Competition to Repeat
Bengals Ready for SB Challenge

Eagles and 49ers Hope to Hold Off NFC Risers

 DraftInsiders.com – NFL 2023 Predictions

  Frank Coyle/ Head scout

The 2023 NFL season is finally here with huge changes across the league giving fans hope their team can get to the elusive Super Bowl. Teams are hard pressed to duplicate the SB, just ask the Los Angeles Rams who fell significantly last season. The Chiefs will seek their third title in four seasons this year, though they will be pressured in the deep talented AFC Conference which is loaded with contenders with premier QBs from top to bottom.

Parity reigns across the league with both the AFC East and West and NFC East and West looking like powerhouse divisions which could provide multiple playoff teams each. New upstarts like the Jaguars, Giants, Jets, Lions, Saints and Chargers could all play a huge role in the playoff races while established clubs like Bucs, Packers and Rams may be pressed to return to the NFL postseason.  

2023 Season Awards

    MVP Award – QB Josh Allen – Bills
NFC

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Jalen Hurts – Eagles
Defensive Player of the Year – DE Aidan Hutchinson – Lions
Comeback Player of the Year – QB Baker Mayfield – Bucs

Rookies of the Year
Offense – RB Bijan Robinson – Falcons
Defense – DL Lukas Van Ness – Packers

AFC
Offensive Player of the Year – QB Trevor Lawrence – Jaguars
Defensive Player of the Year – LB T.J. Watt – Steelers
Comeback Player of the Year – QB Marc Jones – Patriots

Rookies of the Year
Offense – WR Zay Flowers – Ravens
Defense – LB Will Anderson – Texans

NFC
EAST
Philadelphia Eagles – 12-5
Eagles are still the team to beat in the NFC and rely on young QB Jalen Hurts and veteran defense to make another strong run at title.

New York Giants – 10-7
GMen are geared up to make the playoffs again behind an offense directed by young emerging talented Daniel Jones. Their offensive line made looks to RT Evan Neal to take a critical step up. They look to explosive Kayvon Thibodeaux to become a difference maker weekly.

Dallas Cowboys – 9-8
Cowboys are still a contender though need QB Dak Prescott to prove he can beat the top clubs. Their defense depends on big play defenders, LB Micah Parsons and corner Trevon Diggs to set the pace.

Washington Redskins – 6-11
Skins start another new QB in Sam Howell behind a very average line. Their defense loses DE Chase Young early to IR, though front four is one of most in the league.

NORTH
Detroit Lions – 10-7
Lions closed winning 8 of final 9 last season and looks to ride that momentum to a playoff appearance. HC Dan Campbell has them playing hard and their defense can step up behind dominant DE Aidan Hutchinson.

Minnesota Vikings – 9-8
Vikes will ride QB Kirk Cousin and wideout Justin Jefferson. Their changing defense will determine if they can repeat in the average NFC North.

Green Bay Packers -7-9
The post Aaron Rodgers ear begins with young QB Jordan Love. Young offense will be challenged. Veteran tough defense should keep them competitive weekly.

Chicago Bears – 6-11
QB Justin Fields was a threat to run and dangerous there, though only an average pocket passer entering his third season. Their young defense probably goes through painful growing challenges.

SOUTH
New Orleans Saints – 10-7
The Saints begin the Derek Carr era looking for an explosive offense with wideout Chris Olvie and Michael Thomas. Saints’ defense is a top five unit who keeps them in the postseason chase.

Tampa Bay Bucs – 9-8
The Bucs lose QB Tom Brady to retirement and look to new vet Baker Mayfield to direct this attack. Their veteran talented defense has faded recently and must return to prior levels for this club to challenge for the NFC South.

Atlanta Falcons – 7-10
Falcons have changed the face of this club recently, but improvement probably depends on first year starting QB Desmond Ridder. Their ground game behind rookie Bijan Robinson gives them a much needed new dimension. Defense ranked with the worst in the league and will have half new starters.

Carolina Panthers – 6-11
Panthers turns the page with top pick QB Lance Young starting behind a much-improved line. Their talented young defense should continue to improve. This club could be the surprise team here, though   probably a year away of turning them into victories.

WEST
San Francisco 49ers – 11-6
The 49ers look to young Brock Purdy to lead this balanced offense which ranks among the best in the league. Wideout Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle are among the best playmakers in the game. Edge defender Nick Bosa is the games’ best pass rusher. 49ers will challenge for the NFL title.

Seattle Seahawks – 10-7
Seahawks hope to ride the hot hand of Geno Smith for another strong offense. They have rebuilt their once renowned defense and will press for the NFC West division.

Los Angeles Rams – 9-8
Rams seem so removed from their SB title from just two years ago. Only a strong performance behind star QB Matthew Stafford can return this club to the postseason. Their once top defense still relies on DT Aaron Donald, though the supporting cast has slipped noticeably recently.

Arizona Cardinals – 4-13
Cards will start the season without injured QB Kyler Murray after the worst season of his career. They face massive turnover on both sides of the ball and have the makeup to challenge for the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft 2024.

Divisional Champs
Eagles, Lions, Saints and 49ers

Wild Card Clubs
Giants, Seahawks & Cowboys

NFC Championship
49ers beat Eagles in NFC title game

AFC
EAST

Buffalo Bills – 12-5
Bills are shooting for their 4th consecutive East title behind star QB Josh Allen. Receivers Diggs and Gabriel along with TEs Knox and rookie Dalton Kincaid form a strong contingent.  One of the league’s top defenses will have to prove better in big game situations to get that elusive SB title.

New York Jets – 11-6
Aaron Rodgers mania is at a high pitch with good reason. Jets’ offense will depend on their line to step up and protect Rodgers. This defense will rank among the top in the game, though must come up big in late key games to make the postseason. Capable of competing vs every NFL club.

Miami Dolphins – 10-7
Dolphins ride the health of young QB Tua Tagovailoa to direct this potent offense. They look to new DC Vic Fangio to improve this talented unit. Dolphins capable of returning to the postseason if Tua stays heathy. Must survive the tough AFC East race.

New England Patriots – 8-9
Pats are slipping in one of the best divisions. They look to new OC Bill O’Brien to help QB Mac Jones take a huge step up after a disappointing 2022. Bill Belichick will coax this young defense to further improvement. Pats are always in the playoff hunt, though the AFC may be too loaded this season.

NORTH
Cincinnati Bengals – 12-5
QB Joe Burrow is a difference maker again and capable of carrying this club to the SB. He goes to wideouts Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins both produced 1000-yard performances. Their defense needs to improve especially in coverage. They look for critical maturing to live up to SB hype.

Baltimore Ravens – 10-7
The Ravens look for a healthy QB Lamar Jackson to improve their passing game vs top competition. Their ground game is highly productive, though unspectacular. They made major changes in their secondary to improve coverage. Ravens will push to return to postseason, though need a big effort from Jackson vs top clubs.

Pittsburgh Steelers – 10-7
Steelers look to young QB Kenny Pickett to continue his fast progress. Wideout George Pickens is ready to emerge to an elite level in year two. Their offensive line must improve to play up to their potential. The Steel defense slipped noticeably especially vs the pass despite edge TJ Watt. This club is a borderline contender and needs offensive line and secondary to step up to make the postseason.

Cleveland Browns – 7-10
Browns started vet QB Deshaun Watson after his 11 game suspension where he was noticeably rusty. No excuses this season for their poor passing game. Back Nick Chubb is a workhorse. Their highly rated defense gives up too much air yardage and points and will have to improve for this club to contend.

SOUTH
Jacksonville Jaguars – 11-6
Jaguars rode the hot hand of young QB Trevor Lawrence to the divisional round. HC Doug Pederson can improve this offense further with new wideout Clavin Ridley joining a strong receiving group. Their young defense is loaded and looks to edge Travon Walker and Mike LB Devin Lloyd to become playmakers. This club can take another step up with Lawrence directing this club to another AFC South title.

Tennessee Titans – 9-8
The Titans slipped significantly last season and will be hard pressed to win a playoff spot. They need both QB Ryan Tannehill and premier back Derrick Henry to return to prior form. Their OL must improve after surrendering too many sacks. Their defense crashed last season and their young corners must improve especially vs playoff clubs. Tough team with limited playmakers on both sides of the ball. Long shot for postseason.

Houston Texans – 7-10
New regime and field leadership in HC DeMeco Ryans and QB CJ Stroud and edge Will Anderson. Stroud gets the starting call to begin a new era. Their defense ranks among the worst in the league and equally inept vs the pass and run. HC Ryans will continue their massive roster turnover, hoping he can turn more games into W while he develops their young talent.

Indianapolis Colts – 5-12
The Colts have fallen quickly attempting to maintain playoff levels with veteran passers. They turn the page with raw rookie QB Anthony Richardson. Stud runner Jon Taylor may move in a trade which could begin a bigger house cleaning. Their young defense has failed to improve and a big reason they could land in the basement.

WEST
Kansas City Chiefs – 12-5
Chiefs look for their 8th consecutive West title behind elite QB Patrick Mahomes. He will rely on TE Travis Kelce to lead a changing receiving corps. Their defense looks to CB McDuffie and edge rusher Karlaftis to become playmakers.  Veterans DT Chris Jones ranks with the best interior linemen in the league. SB contender plays in the toughest conference and will be pushed to the fullest with every team capable of West title.

San Diego Chargers – 11-6
The Chargers look to young QB Justin Herbert to lead this potent offense to the playoffs again. Herbert was outstanding and adds top pick WR Quinten Johnston. The line looks to a healthy LT Slater to stabilize their front. They can surprise for the West title, though need improvement from their young defense especially healthy vets, LB Joey Bosa, CB J.C. Jackson and safety Darwin James.

Denver Broncos – 9-8
Broncos have missed the playoffs since 2016 with vet QB Russell Wilson playing poorly. He must return to prior levels for this club to compete in the tough AFC. Their highly regarded defense performed only average with marginal pressure and average coverage.  Club is hoping new HC Sean Payton can get Wilson right and defense returns to prior levels.

Oakland Raiders – 7-10
Raiders parted ways with talented QB Derek Car and replaced by vet Jimmy Garoppolo. This club has fall significantly off horrible draft classes from 2019 thru 2021 with five of six top picks released or let go. Wideout Davante Adams and runner Josh Jacobs need to carry this offense.  Edge rushers Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones are difference makers, though have a marginal supporting cast. Raiders will be hard pressed to play over .500 in the tough AFC and probably a few draft classes from postseason.

Divisional Champs
Bills, Bengals, Jaguars and Chiefs

Wild Card Clubs
Jets, Dolphins & Ravens

AFC Championship
Bengals beat the Chiefs

Super Bowl Matchup
Bengals over 49ers
Joe Burrow drives Bengals to a SB title




NFL Opening Week Schedule

NFL Opening Week Schedule 2023

Thursday, September 7th – 8:20 pm EDT – NBC
Lions (0-0) vs Chiefs (0-0)

Sunday, September 10th

1:00 pm EDT – FOX
Panthers (0-0) vs Falcons (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – CBS
Texans (0-0) vs Ravens (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – CBS
Bengals (0-0) vs Browns (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – FOX
Jaguars (0-0) vs Colts (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – CBS
Buccaneers (0-0) vs Vikings (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – CBS
Titans (0-0) vs Saints (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – FOX
49ers (0-0) vs Steelers (0-0)

1:00 pm EDT – FOX
Cardinals (0-0) vs Commanders (0-0)

4:25 pm EDT – FOX
Packers (0-0) vs Bears (0-0)

4:25 pm EDT – CBS
Raiders (0-0) vs Broncos (0-0)

4:25 pm EDT – CBS
Dolphins (0-0) vs Chargers (0-0)

4:25 pm EDT – CBS
Eagles (0-0) vs Patriots (0-0)

4:25 pm EDT – FOX
Rams (0-0) vs Seahawks (0-0)

8:20 pm EDT – NBC
Cowboys (0-0) vs Giants (0-0)

Monday, September 11th
8:15 pm EDT – ESPN, ABC, ESPN2
Bills (0-0) vs Jets (0-0)