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2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

By Ryan Crawford

The hot commodities of this draft include the two intriguing quarterbacks, two high level running backs, a batch of very good interior defensive linemen, three dynamite edge rushers and a group of wide receivers that just might rival last years extraordinary crop. Here’s my initial mock draft for 2015. There’s sure to be many changes before long.

1. TAMPA BAY BUCS – Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State
Lovie Smith and the Bucs badly need a franchise quarterback and Jameis Winston can be that guy. Questions about his maturity and too many interceptions are the major red flags. I think the Bucs jump at the opportunity to snag such a high level QB prospect and hope the potential problems work themselves out.
 
2. TENNESSEE TITANS – Leonard Williams – DT – USC
I do not think the Titans are enamored with developing Marcus Mariota at QB. Williams might be the top talent in the draft and fills a huge need in the middle of the Titans defensive line.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Randy Gregory-OLB- Nebraska
Jaguars are looking to upgrade on defense and Gregory is a stud.

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS – Amari Cooper-WR-Alabama
Take your choice between Cooper, White, Parker etc. but there is a clear need at the receiver position and the Raiders will have plenty to choose from. Cooper seems to be the cream of the crop.

5. WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Landon Collins – S- Alabama
Best safety in the draft fills a huge void for the Redskins.

6. NEW YORK JETS – Dante Fowler – DE/OLB – Florida
Bigtime explosive pass rusher is a welcome gift for the defensive minded new head coach Todd Bowles.

7. CHICAGO BEARS – Shane Ray – DE – Missouri
Watching the Bears play defense last season was somewhat frightening for Bears fans. Ray is a pure pass rusher who should put some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

8. ATLANTA FALCONS – Danny Shelton -DT- Washington
Another team with a bad defense…seeing a trend down here? Danny Shelton was a monster at the senior bowl and should anchor the middle of the Falcons line for years.

9. NEW YORK GIANTS – Brandon Scherff- OT- Iowa
The Giants most important job is to keep Eli Manning upright so he is able to get the ball to Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz and Ruben Randle. This load should help accomplish that goal.

10. ST LOUIS RAMS – Marcus Mariota- QB- Oregon
Rams are thrilled to see Mariota drop into their laps and will jump at the chance to replace the often injured and highly paid Sam Bradford

Could Marcus Mariota slip to the Rams at 10?

Could Marcus Mariota slip to the Rams at 10? (Via SportsChat)

11. MINNESOTA VIKINGS – Kevin White – WR- West Virginia
White ran a 4.35 at the combine. At 6’3″ with top flight speed, he can be a dynamic weapon for Teddy Bridgewater

12. CLEVELAND BROWNS – Devante Parker- WR- Louisville
Parker is another top weapon to be contended with and the Browns have major concerns at the wide receiver spot with Josh Gordon being a major question mark.

13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – Vic Beasley-DE-Clemson
Beasley is a prolific pass rusher who will be called upon to play OLB because of his size. Certainly the Saints will require some defense sooner or later. Had a great combine.

14. MIAMI DOLPHINS – Ereck Flowers- OT- Miami
Another massive body in front of Ryan Tannehill could be just what the doctor ordered for the Dolphins.

15. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – Arik Armstead –DE/DT-Oregon
New coach, new ideas but there will be a big need to retool the ferocious 49ers defense and Armstead is a mountain of a man for the defensive line.

16. HOUSTON TEXANS – Andrus Peat – OT- Stanford
The Texans need to build up their offensive line and Peat is great place to start

17. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – Eddie Goldman- DT- Florida State
With all the weapons they have on offense, the Chargers can use a little defense and this guy is a force in the middle of a four man front

18 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Dorial Green Beckham- WR- Missouri
Green-Beckham is just one of those guys who could not seem to find his niche in college but oozes talent. The Chiefs are a team that had no touchdowns last year from a wide receiver. Seems like a match to me.

19. CLEVELAND BROWNS – TJ Clemmings- OT- Pittsburgh
The Browns continue to build up their offense. Now if they can only figure out the quarterback situation then they can start to move the team forward.

20. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan St
Not sure how I got Waynes to drop down this far, especially after he ran a 4.30 in the combine, but the Eagles would be thrilled if he did and snatch him up quickly.

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS – Bud Dupree- DE/OLB- Kentucky
Called a physical freak of nature, this future NFL edge rusher will help the Bengals defense immensely. Ran a 4.56 in the 40 yard dash and has a 42 inch vertical leap and did a 138 inch broad jump. All while weighing in at 270 lbs. Oh My!!

22. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Malcolm Brown- DT- Texas
A mountain for the middle of the Steeler defensive line.

23. DETROIT LIONS – LaEl Collins – OT – LSU
The Lions have a few holes on their offensive line and Collins looks like he’ll be a pretty good one. At 6’5″ and 322 lbs, he projects at left tackle.

24. ARIZONA CARDINALS – Jaelen Strong- WR- Arizona State
At 6’4″, this blazer is another stud in the crop of highly sought after receivers. A local product, the Cards are thrilled to scoop him up at 24.

25. CAROLINA PANTHERS – Marcus Peters – CB- Washington
Regarded as the number two cornerback in the entire draft, Peters is a very physical corner who fills a major need for the Panthers.

26. BALTIMORE RAVENS – Melvin Gordon-RB-Wisconsin
The Ravens are in dire need of a top flight running back and Gordon is considered the best of a strong group.

27. DALLAS COWBOYS – Maxx Williams- TE – Minnesota
The heir apparent to Jason Witten, the Cowboys are on the lookout for a young tight end that they can develop. Williams has great hands and top speed. Reminds some of a young Jeremy Shockey.

28. DENVER BRONCOS – Devin Funchess- WR- Michigan
Broncos are in salary cap dilemmas with the Thomas boys. If they franchise Demaryius Thomas, they might lose Julius Thomas. Either way they should be in the market for a pass catching tight end with speed to play receiver and Funchess certainly fits the description.

29. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Cedric Ogbuhei- OT- Texas A & M
When you have a quarterback with the ability of an Andrew Luck, you must wisely do anything and everything to protect him. A big tackle helps and Ogbuhei oozes with potential.

30. GREEN BAY PACKERS – Denzel Perryman – ILB – Miami
The Packers just released veteran A.J.Hawk and Perryman is a highly regarded prospect who could step into that inside linebacker role.

31. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Kevin Johnson- CB- Wake Forest
The Legion of Boom was a little banged up by the end of the season and with Byron Maxwell slated for free agency, a young corner might be just what the doctor ordered.

32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Mike Bennett – DT- Ohio State
Another big body for the defensive front should help the Patriots continue to dominate the NFL.

Other Potential 1st Round Picks

Todd Gurley- RB- Georgia
Trey Flowers – DE- Arkansas
Shaq Thompson- OLB – Washington
Eli Harold- DE- Virginia
Breshad Perriman- WR- Central Florida
Quinten Rollins – CB- Miami (Ohio)

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Tom Brady—The Greatest Quarterback of All-Time

By Seth Schuster

After capturing his ever-elusive fourth Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks on February 1, New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has vaulted himself to the top of the National Football League’s All-Time quarterback pyramid. While unquestionably already on the Mount Rushmore of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks alongside the likes of Brady’s childhood idol, Joe Montana, the San Francisco 49ers’ great, Tom Terrific has finally become its centerpiece.

Yes, that’s right! Move over Joe Cool, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time.

Could this be argued? Of course! This debate could last centuries if we wanted it to—but I don’t want it to. I want to end this debate right now.

Up until this point, Montana held a slight advantage over Brady for the obvious reason—Montana had four rings, Brady had three. Today, Tom Brady and Joe Montana both have four rings. It can be argued that Montana achieved this accomplishment more efficiently than Brady did. Montana went 4-4 in Super Bowl appearances, while Brady managed a lowly 4-6.

That argument is a complete joke. Brady has led his team to SIX Super Bowls over the course of a 15-year career, winning three in a four-year span. It is about consistency, people say. “Montana was more consistent. He never lost a Super Bowl.” Well, actually that argument can be made two ways. Maybe Brady is more consistent because he was able to make the playoffs, and lead his team to the big game, more often than Montana did. It is ludicrous to make this argument against Brady, as Montana only appeared in four—perhaps he would have lost his next two Super Bowl appearances if given the opportunity.

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time? (Via AP)

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time? (Via AP)

Where else does Tom Brady eclipse Joe Montana?

Brady, for starters, is fifth all-time is passing touchdowns. Where does Joe Cool rank? Oh, that’s right…16th. Additionally, Brady has the highest winning percentage of any player in history, boasting an incredible .773. Montana posted a still spectacular .713, but ranks as second to Brady in all-time wins. This stat not only holds for the regular season, but for the postseason as well. Brady yet again outshines Montana, holding 21 postseason wins compared to Joe’s 16 wins.

In the postseason, Brady not only has the upper hand in wins, but a plethora of other categories as well. This past playoff stretch, Brady passed Montana’s record of 45 postseason touchdowns and finished with a total of 53. Brady also holds the record for leading the most game winning drives in the fourth quarter, with nine—his ninth coming in Super Bowl XLIX.

Leading the Patriots downfield with the clock ticking away, Brady connected on a late touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman to take a final 28-24 lead. Throughout the duration of the game, Brady threw 50 times, completing a record 37 passes. But that wasn’t the only record Brady set or tied that day. He threw four touchdown passes, setting a new record for most career touchdown passes with 13. Brady also set new Super Bowl records for career passing yards (1,605) and most career completions (164). This stellar performance allowed him to tie, none other than Joe Montana, for the most Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, with three.

All of these accolades have been achieved despite the fact that—apart from the 2007 season—the Patriots have been notoriously skimpy when it comes to importing talented wide receivers. That year Brady has wide-out Randy Moss.

That year, Brady set an NFL record for most passing touchdowns.

Every year Brady does more with less. He makes no name players into household names: Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski, just to name a few. The cast of characters in the Patriots locker room is a revolving door—one minute the top wide receiver is Randy Moss, next it’s Aaron Dobson. Who? Exactly. The only constant is Brady.

For Montana, the constant was the entire 49ers’ team.

Montana achieved his success in a much different era. There was no salary cap. There was no free agency. In and out, each year Montana won with the same group of players—they were able to grow and develop with each other. It also doesn’t hurt that Montana had the greatest wide receiver ever to play the game, Jerry Rice. For every Super Bowl run, Rice was always Montana’s top target

In Brady’s six Super Bowl appearances, he has had a different go-to-guy. In Super Bowl XXXVI (2001), the man was Troy Brown. In Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003) and Super Bowl XXXIX (2004) it was Deion Branch. In XLII, Randy Moss was Brady’s favorite. It was Wes Welker in XLVI (2011). And in the most recent game, Super Bowl XLIX (2014), Rob Gronkowski served as Brady’s safety blanket.

Not only does Brady do more with less, he has done it more consistently and for a longer time. Brady’s run has been sustained over a 15-year period. Joe Montana won four, but Brady, year in and year out has been competing for a title. Oh yeah, and Brady has won four also—and also holds almost every postseason record in the book.

Brady is the best. Case closed. Drops mic.


Seth Schuster is a student at Blind Brook High School in Westchester, New York. He is an avid sports fan, who knows it all when it comes to the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and Boston Bruins. Yup, that’s right – a Boston sports fan living in New York! Seth’s favorite all-time athletes include David Ortiz, Tom Brady, and Paul Pierce. Follow Seth on Twitter for all your Boston Sports updates at @Seth_Schuster

NFL Week 15 Predictions

By Brett Malamud

Cardinals (10-3) over Rams (6-7)

Steelers (8-5) over Falcons (5-8)

Redskins (3-10) over Giants (4-9)

Patriots (10-3) over Dolphins (7-6)

Chiefs (7-6) over Raiders (2-11)

Texans (7-6) over Colts (9-4)

Browns (7-6) over Bengals (8-4-1)

Ravens (8-5) over Jaguars (2-11)

Packers (10-3) over Bills (7-6)

Buccaneers (2-11) over Panthers (4-8-1)

Titans (2-11) over Jets (2-11)

Broncos (10-3) over Chargers (8-5)

Lions (9-4) over Vikings (6-7)

Seahawks (9-4) over 49ers (7-6)

Eagles (9-4) over Cowboys (9-4)

Saints (5-8) over Bears (5-8)


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

 

NFL Week 14 Predictions

Brett Malamud’s Picks

Dallas over Chicago

St. Louis over Washington

NY Giants over Tennessee

New Orleans over Carolina

Minnesota over NY Jets

Miami over Baltimore

Houston over Jacksonville

Detroit over Tampa Bay

Indianapolis over Cleveland

Cincinnati over Pittsburgh

Denver over Buffalo

Arizona over Kansas City

Seattle over Philadelphia

San Francisco over Oakland

New England over San Diego

Green Bay over Atlanta

 

 

Alex Horowitz’s Picks

Dallas over Chicago

St. Louis over Washington

Tennessee over NY Giants

New Orleans over Carolina

Minnesota over NY Jets

Miami over Baltimore

Houston over Jacksonville

Detroit over Tampa Bay

Cleveland over Indianapolis

Cincinnati over Pittsburgh

Buffalo over Denver

Kansas City over Arizona

Philadelphia over Seattle

San Francisco over Oakland

New England over San Diego

Green Bay over Atlanta

Studs and Duds: NFL Week 11

By Brett Malamud

After an interesting week, here’s week 11’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Jonas Gray, New England Patriots

It always seems that the Patriots have a running back that comes out of nowhere. Gray was another example of that. He finished the day with 38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns.

Jonas Gray had a huge week 11 (via AP)

Jonas Gray had a huge week 11 (via AP)

Dud: Eli Manning, New York Giants

Five interceptions will definitely land you on this list.

Stud: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans has become the top wide receiver in Tampa Bay. He had a huge day, hauling in seven catches for 209  yards and two touchdowns.

Dud: Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns

Tate was waived on Tuesday after rushing for minus-9 yards on just two carries.

Stud: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Charles was great against the Seattle Seahawks. He had 20 carries for 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Dud: Denver Broncos

Denver couldn’t get anything going and took a rough loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Stud: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger struggled a bit, but Bell picked up the pieces. The Steelers running back had 33 carries for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Stud: Green Bay Packers D/ST

The Packers brought back a punt return, an interception, and a fumble all for touchdowns. Green Bay ended up forcing four turnovers against the red hot Philadelphia Eagles.


 

Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week 11 Predictions

By Brett Malamud

This week has a lot of great matchups, especially in the later games. Here’s my week 11 predictions:

BYES: Ravens, Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets
-Bills 09 (5-4) at Dolphins 22 (5-4), FINAL on Thursday

The Dolphins took a big win that propelled them into second place in the AFC East.

-Vikings (4-5) at Bears (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Bears defense can make or break this game. I think that the Vikings will come out strong and take the victory. Verdict: Vikings

-Texans (4-5) at Browns (6-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Good matchup here as the Texans head into Cleveland. The Browns are riding a three game winning streak and show no signs of stopping here. I think they’ll take this one in a  close game. Verdict: Browns

-Falcons (3-6) at Panthers (3-6-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Panthers have not been able to get it together. Cam Newton has thrown one touchdown pass since week seven. I think that he’ll edge out Atlanta here though Verdict: Falcons

-Bengals (5-3-1) at Saints (4-5), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

I’m taking New Orleans, no question. I think that this one could turn ugly if Drew Brees is himself. Verdict: Saints

-Buccaneers (1-8) at Redskins (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Bucs enter week 11 with the 29th ranked offense and defense. They will probably lose this one on the road. Verdict: Redskins

-Broncos (7-2) at Rams (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Broncos should win this one easily. Look for Peyton Manning to have another great game. Verdict: Broncos

-49ers (5-4) at Giants (3-6), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Giants have won their last two matchups with the 49ers, the first of the two coming in the NFC Championship game a few years ago. However, I’m going to go with the 49ers on the road. I think that the Giants will make it a good game though and will stay close throughout. Verdict: 49ers

-Seahawks (6-3) at Chiefs (6-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

This game will be a battle of defenses. I think Russell Wilson takes over and that Marshawn Lynch runs in a pair of touchdowns.  Verdict: Seahawks

-Raiders (0-9) at Chargers (5-4), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

I expect the winless Raiders to stay winless this week. I just can’t see them taking down San Diego on the road. Verdict: Chargers

-Lions (7-2) at Cardinals (8-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Another fantastic matchup here puts Calvin Johnson and the Lions against the Cardinals secondary. I think that Megatron wins here and has a huge game. Don’t doubt Larry Fitzgerald. Even with the Carson Palmer injury, Fitzgerald could have a good game. Verdict: Lions

-Eagles (7-2) at Packers (6-3), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Rodgers takes on…Sanchez? A big game here sees one of the league’s top QB’s taking on the former butt-fumbler. Sanchez was good last week though. I just cannot see how he pulls one out in Lambeau though. Verdict: Packers

Mark Sanchez hopes to continue the Eagles winning ways this week in Green Bay (Via USA Today)

Mark Sanchez hopes to continue the Eagles winning ways this week in Green Bay (Via USA Today)

-Patriots (7-2) at Colts (6-3), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

Luck vs Brady. Now there’s a good matchup. The two QB’s will duel on national television in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts have the top ranked offense at the moment. I see that trend continuing this week as they take down the mighty Patriots. Verdict: Colts

-Steelers (6-4) at Titans (2-7), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

A strange Monday Night Football matchup sees the Steelers’ 4th ranked offense going head to head with the Titans’ 31st ranked offense. This game shouldn’t be close as long as Big Ben keeps his composure. I’m taking Pittsburgh. Verdict: Steelers


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week 10 Predictions

By Brett Malamud

This week sees a lot of boring matchups and few intriguing ones. It would be unfair to predict the Thursday night game, since this is being published on a Sunday. The Browns beat the Bengals, and I probably would have picked them, as they’ve been great thus far. Here are your week 10 predictions:

BYES: Texans, Colts, Vikings, Patriots, Chargers, Redskins
 
-Chiefs (5-3) at Bills (5-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM ESTSurprisingly this game is going to be really good. The Chiefs have the edge in my book, and I think that their run game will win it for them here. Verdict: Chiefs

-Dolphins (5-3) at Lions (6-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

This is my game of the week and I’m going to keep up with it. Both teams enter with a top-three defense. The Dolphins have been great on the run and the Lions have been great on the pass. Calvin Johnson returns this week, but I don’t think that he’ll be too much of a factor. I think that the Dolphins take win on the road in a shocker. Verdict: Dolphins

Calvin Johnson returns this week, but shouldn't be a huge factor. (Via AP)

Calvin Johnson returns this week, but shouldn’t be a huge factor. (Via AP)

-Cowboys (6-3) at Jaguars (1-8), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

We travel to Wembley Stadium in London, England for this matchup. It shouldn’t be much of a contest. The Cowboys will run right through the Jaguars. Verdict: Cowboys

-49ers (4-4) at Saints (4-4), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

A good matchup here sees the second ranked defense heading into New Orleans to face the second ranked offense. It should be a close one, but I’m taking the Saints. Verdict: Saints.

-Titans (2-6) at Ravens (5-4), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Titans enter week 10 towards the bottom of the league in virtually every major category. They will face the Ravens, who played a good offensive game last week, but were outmatched by Big Ben and the Steelers. I’m going with the smart play and am taking Baltimore. Verdict: Ravens

-Steelers (6-3) at Jets (1-8), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Jets are done. I think there’s a chance that they win here, but not a big chance. The Steelers have the third ranked offense and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger comes in with 12 touchdown passes in his last two games. The Jets will make it interesting, as they always do, but will ultimately fall to Pittsburgh. Verdict: Steelers

-Falcons (2-6) at Buccaneers (1-7)Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Falcons come in off of the bye week and head into Tampa Bay on a five game losing streak. Tampa Bay is ranked 31st in both offense and defense. That’ll be more of the same here, and the Falcons will win the game. Verdict: Falcons

-Broncos (6-2) at Raiders (0-8), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

Is this even a game? Not really. The Broncos will easily dispose of the winless Raiders. Verdict: Broncos

-Rams (3-5) at Cardinals (7-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Hmmm. This one isn’t really too hard to pick, I’m going with Cardinals at home. Verdict: Cardinals

-Giants (3-5) at Seahawks (5-3), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

The Giants will need all of their star power to take down the mighty Seahawks. I see Seattle’s defense taking advantage of Eli Manning and coasting to the victory. Verdict: Seahawks

-Bears (3-5) at Packers (5-3), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

A Sunday Night Football game that won’t be easily forgotten. This game will strictly come down to defense. Both of these offenses are projected to score a boatload of points tonight.  Whoever can step up on defense will take it. And I think it’ll be Green Bay. Verdict: Packers

-Panthers (3-5-1) at Eagles (6-2), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

Headed in with the fourth ranked offense, the Eagles look to continue their early season success. However, they’ll turn to Mark Sanchez at quarterback, following the injury to Nick Foles. This could prove to be the Eagles kryptonite as they have the 23rd ranked defense. I see them running the ball a lot en route to the victory. Verdict: Eagles


 

Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Studs and Duds: NFL Week Nine

By Brett Malamud

Here’s week nine’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Who saw this coming? Big Ben had yet another monster game this week, throwing six more touchdowns and a total of 340 yards. Over the last two weeks, Roethlisberger has racked up 862 yards and 12 touchdowns. He became the first quarterback in NFL history history to throw six touchdowns in two consecutive games. Fantasy owners will be pleased to find out that Big Ben’s next game comes against the New York Jets, who sit at 1-8.

Roethlisberger has been fantastic over the last few weeks (via USA Today)

Roethlisberger has been fantastic over the last few weeks (via USA Today)

Dud: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

Again I can say…who saw this coming? Rivers was 12-for-23 with 138 yards and zero touchdowns. Rivers also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.

Stud: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

The pair ends up on the Stud list for the second straight week. Highlighted by one of the best catches of the year, Brady and Gronkowski turned in a fantastic performance in a rout of the Denver Broncos.

Dud: Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

Stacy appears to have lost the starting RB job, finishing week nine with ZERO touches.

Stud: Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings

Asiata was a dominant force in the red zone this week. He had 10 carries for 26 yards and three touchdowns.

Dud: New York Jets

Not only did the Jets lose to push their losing streak to eight games, but when they arrived back in the locker room they got to see their former quarterback Mark Sanchez winning a game on the road for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Stud: Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

Coming in for the injured Giovani Bernard, Hill was amazing, taking 24 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns. With Bernard out this week, Hill will have the reigns against Cleveland on Thursday night.

Stud: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

Maclin scored another two touchdowns last week and finished with six catches, half the amount of catches he had in week eight, but finished with 158 yards


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week Nine Predictions

By Brett Malamud

BYES: Bills, Titans, Bears, Lions, Packers, Falcons
-Saints (3-4) at Panthers (3-4-1), Thursday @ 8:25 PM EST

The Saints come into week nine off of a big win against the Green Bay Packers. The Panthers come in with a loss to the Seahawks. Cam Newton looked bad. Plain and simple. I’m not sure that their defense will be able to stop Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks though. I’m taking the Saints. Verdict: Saints

-Buccaneers (1-6) at Browns (4-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Buccaneers are going to have a tough time here. Nothing has been clicking for them and the Browns have been playing well. Brian Hoyer will lead Cleveland to another victory. Verdict: Browns

-Cardinals (6-1) at Cowboys (6-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

This is shaping up to be a great matchup. The Cowboys and the Cardinals have both been great. The Cardinals took down the Eagles while Dallas was edged out last week by the Washington Redskins. I think that this week will be different though and Dallas win get the win Verdict: Cowboys

-Eagles (5-2) at Texans (4-4), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Eagles were taken down by Arizona last week. They’ll take on the Texans this week, who beat the Titans last week. Look for the Texans defense to give the Eagles trouble throughout the game. I’m still going with the Eagles though. Verdict: Eagles

-Jets (1-7) at Chiefs (4-3), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Jets announced that Michael Vick will start at quarterback. However, the move comes against a tough Chiefs defense that manhandled the St. Louis Rams last week. Kansas City’s crowd will be into it, especially after they watched the Royals lose in the World Series. The Chiefs will run right through the Jets.  Verdict: Chiefs

-Jaguars (1-7) at Bengals (4-2-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

This game doesn’t have much debate regarding the winner. The Bengals will take this one. Verdict: Bengals

-Chargers (5-3) at Dolphins (4-3)Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Dolphins are good, but are they good enough to beat the Chargers? I think that this will be a close one but San Diego will pull away at the end. Verdict: Chargers

-Redskins (3-5) at Vikings (3-5), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

RG3 returns in this matchup against the Vikings. The Vikings have the 29th ranked offense, which should lead to their downfall. Verdict: Redskins

-Rams (2-5) at 49ers (4-3), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

The 49ers enter with the second ranked defense. They’ll take on Austin Davis and the Rams who have the 22nd ranked offense. The Niners will take this one. Verdict: 49ers

-Broncos (6-1) at Patriots (6-2), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Brady vs Manning. It doesn’t get much better than that. This will be a QB deal throughout but Denver will come out on top Verdict: Broncos

-Raiders (0-7) at Seahawks (4-3), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Is this even a game? The answer is no. I see this more of a funeral for the Raiders’ season. The Seahawks will coast to the victory. Verdict: Seahawks

-Ravens (5-3) at Steelers (5-3), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

Could be a good one here. The Steelers put up 51 points on the Colts last week and according to the NFL, have the third ranked offense. I think they’ve got what it takes to beat the Ravens at home on national television. Verdict: Steelers

-Colts (5-3) at Giants (3-4), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

The Colts travel into Metlife Stadium with the top ranked offense. The Giants? Eh. They come in off of their much needed bye week after losing in the previous two weeks. I’m taking Luck and the Colts, no question. Verdict: Colts 


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Studs and Duds: NFL Week Eight

By Brett Malamud

It was a pretty disappointing week for me in fantasy football, as my opponent scored 149 points. That wasn’t even the top scoring team though as one team led by Ben Roethlisberger had 174 points. With that said, it was a great week for many fantasy owners after some huge performances. Here’s this week’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben had a monster game this week, throwing six touchdowns and a total of 522 yards. Fantasy owners must have been pleased, as Roethlisberger racked up 44 points in ESPN standard leagues.

Dud: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton finished Sunday’s game going 12-for-22 passing with 171 yards and a interception. He’s been great on the ground all season, but this week he had 24 rushing yards and a fumble. He’ll look to rebound on Thursday night against the Saints.

Stud: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots 

The pair was fantastic against the Chicago Bears this week. Of Brady’s five touchdown passes, three of them were to Gronkowski. In addition, the two hooked up for 149 yards.

Dud: Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

For the second week in a row, Thomas has failed to produce. This week, he caught a season-low two passes for just 23 yards. Coming from a team led by Peyton Manning, you’d figure that he’d make some great plays but has been quite a disappointment.

Stud: Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

Sanders has been great this season and this week was no different. He finished Thursday night with 120 yards and three touchdowns in Denver’s win over the Chargers.

Dud: Geno Smith, New York Jets

The worst possibility has set in for Geno Smith. He started against the Bills and was miserable. Smith was two-for-eight for five yards passing, plus threw three interceptions. He was pulled in the middle of the first quarter.

Geno Smith was replaced in the first quarter by Michael Vick (via AP)

Geno Smith was replaced in the first quarter by Michael Vick (via AP)

Stud: Arian Foster, Houston Texans 

Foster has been on fire lately. The Texans running back rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Foster also added a receiving touchdown. He now has six touchdowns in his last four games.

Dud: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Nelson had been great this season but came away with a bad game. Although quarterback Aaron Rodgers had 418 passing yards, Nelson had just 25 yards. The Packers head into the bye week so Nelson will have to wait a week before attempting to bounce back in week 10 against the Bears.

Stud: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles 

Maclin was put to work on Sunday with 16 targets. He finished the day with 12 catches for 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Stud: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals 

Larry Fitzgerald has been irrelevant for most of the season. He came into this matchup against the Eagles and came out with 160 receiving yards and a touchdown. Not bad. He’ll look to continue the success next week in Dallas.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy