2016-17 NFL Season: Case Study

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Here we are half way through the 2016-17 NFL season. Deflategate is finally over and Tom Brady is back in Foxboro. Cam Newton and the Panthers are mediocre, while the Minnesota Vikings are 5-0 on top of the NFC North. The new look LA Rams have been a pleasant surprise settling in nicely to their temporary home at the Coliseum. The 2016-17 NFL season is in full swing. A few thoughts as we head into Week 6. Denver Broncos Why start there you say? Why not start with last season's Super Bowl Champions. While Hall-of-Fame QB Peyton Manning spends his retirement becoming a commercial staple, starter Trevor Siemian has locked down the starting position in Broncos country. The Bronco's defense hasn't lost a step since last season and the running…show more content…
Five-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers will retire as an above average QB, in the hypothetical tier of QB's in the current era, Rivers would be on the second tier, the ultimate competitor with an average arm. The Rivers led Chargers have had their opportunities, and have continued to squander them. This year has been no different. The Chargers have had no problem scoring points this season. Even with the loss of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, further adding to their strife, the Chargers have made due. Between Travis Benjamin, Melvin Gordon and second-year receiver Tyrell Williams, there has been no shortage of points. Turnovers and poor defense plague the Chargers. Philip Rivers is watching his window close on his opportunity to win the Super Bowl. Right now, the odds are 200-1. Don't call your bookie anytime…show more content…
QB Sam Bradford stepped into the role behind a defense that has been a force to be reckoned with. Vegas has the Vikings at an 8-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. 8-1 odds to win the Super Bowl behind Sam Bradford, bet no one would have thought that. The Vikings defense is allowing a league-low 12.6 pts. per game. The solo remaining undefeated team in the league, the Vikings have a bye week in week 6. A week to rest before they play the Philadelphia Eagles. Bradford is undoubtedly up for the challenge. Drafted by the Rams in 2010, it is not surprising he didn't do well there. The lowly Rams went 1-15 the year before they drafted him. Bradford's mechanics have been compared to Philip Rivers, he has great accuracy and solid pocket presence. With no idea when Adrian Peterson will be back on the field, Bradford has been relying on Diggs, McKinnon, Patterson and Rudolph for offense. Thye have a pretty tough schedule ahead of them, however, they have already proven to be a team that can handle
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