NC FBS Report Week 9

Week 9 Scoreboard

Week 9 was rough for picks.

#8 Miami (7-0, 5-0)

24

North Carolina (1-8, 0-6)

19

Larry Fedora’s beat up squad played their best game of the season Saturday. However, it wasn’t enough to beat eighth-ranked and undefeated Miami. The Tar Heels were competitive throughout the entire game and even had a chance to win the game after forcing a fumble late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Hurricane defense made a couple of key stops to secure the victory. Coach Fedora after the game: “They go out there, and they care about each other, they love each other, and they play hard together.” He added, “But we still made too many mistakes to overcome to win a football game, especially against a really good football team.”

From Fedora’s comments, it’s clear to see that the Heels are looking for silver linings during an extremely frustrating season. To add to Carolina’s injuries, QB Chazz Surratt left the game in the first quarter after taking a shot on a late hit. Sophomore Nathan Elliott came in and played like every other QB to take snaps for Carolina this season, terrible. Elliott threw three interceptions and one touchdown on 16/36 passing with 173 yards. The QB also ran the ball 21 times for 79 yards. Jordan Brown added 88 yards of his own on 19 carries. QB play was so bad, WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams attempted three pass attempts himself. He connected on two, including this 19-yard pitch and throw for a touchdown.


Louisville (5-4, 2-4)

32

Wake Forest (5-3, 2-3)

42

Louisville just isn’t the same team many thought would challenge to make the ACC Championship Game. At times they’ve struggled mightily. Their struggle was real in Winston-Salem this past weekend. Greg Dortch simply torched the Cardinal’s defense. The young wideout caught ten John Wolford passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns. On the day, Wolford tossed for 461 yards and five touchdowns on 28 completions and 34 attempts. Matt Colburn had a career-day as well. The junior RB from Irmo, SC carried the rock 24 times for 134 yards.

Though the final deficit was ten points, Wake Forest controlled the game throughout. “You’ve just got to find a way,” Demon Deacons Head Coach Dave Clawson said after the game. “Today we found a way, and probably got one of the biggest wins we’ve gotten in our four years here.” Though they still must face NC State and Notre Dame, Wake Forest is a great position to earn a bowl berth this season. A win versus Duke or Syracuse should secure the invite. It’ll be tough, especially after finding out Dortch will miss the rest of the season with an abdominal injury.


Appalachian State (5-3)

27

UMass (2-6)

30

Final/2OT

We thought Appalachian State was better than this. Too many times this season ASU has allowed a team to get a lead and needed late heroics to pull out a victory. In their past three games, App State has needed a come back to win. Unfortunately, on Saturday the Mountaineers let UMass hang around too long and the Minutemen sent the game into overtime. 

With 2:08 remaining in regulation, ASU had a 96.9%-win probability. All the Mountaineer defense had to do was make a stop and get the ball back. Instead, the Minutemen marched down the field in twelve plays and tied the game on a field goal with five seconds to go. In overtime, anything can happen. That was the case for the Mountaineers who fumbled the ball away on their second possession of overtime. Then they watched their chances of victory extinguished with a Logan Laurent field goal in double overtime. ASU Head Coach Scott Saterfield put it best, “It was a wild battle that went back and forth. We turned it over in overtime and they didn’t, and that was the difference in the game.”

The only other time these two teams met was in the 2006 FCS National Championship Game.


#14 NC State (6-2)

14

#9 Notre Dame (7-1)

35

NC State at Notre Dame was one of the biggest national matchups of the weekend. Leading up, everyone wondered if the Pack could hang with the talented Irish in South Bend. Had Nyheim Hines not gotten hurt early, the Pack may have had a chance. Instead, Hines sprained his ankle on the kickoff following Notre Dame’s first touchdown. After the game, Dave Doeren told reporters, “Losing Nyheim was a big blow. Fortunately, it’s not a big injury, just a sprain.”

While Hines wouldn’t have made a difference on defense, it’s possible that with Hines, the NC State offense had a chance to keep the Pack in the game. Without Hines, the unit struggled. Wolfpack runners mustered only 50 yards on 24 touches. Furthermore, Ryan Finley only completed 17 passes on 37 attempts. The QB totaled 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The loss serves as a piece of humble pie to NC State. They need to get their act together soon. They’ll face #4 Clemson in Raleigh on Saturday. The winner earns an inside track at the ACC Atlantic crown.


Duke (4-5, 1-5)

3

#13 Virginia Tech (7-1, 3-1)

24

It was a gross day in Blacksburg. Duke players must have been miserable as Virginia Tech rolled over the Blue Devils in monsoon conditions. The rain didn’t seem to bother the Hokies. Virginia Tech outgained Duke 387-183 and converted 13 more first downs. Also, Duke struggled to take care of the ball. Daniel Jones threw an interception midway through the first. Then TJ Rahming fumbled on the very next possession. Overall, Jones had a rough day. He only completed 10 of his 24 pass attempts for 82 yards and the one interception. Jones led the team in rushing as well with 65 yards.

The Blue Devils have now lost five straight. Dave Cutcliffe on the losing streak, “At this stage, I’m sure everybody feels somewhat like I do. You’re physically tired, but right now, you’re pretty emotionally tired after what we’ve been through. But you pick yourself up, and we will.” When asked about his offense Coach Cut said,  “Offensively, we have had horrific times trying to complete passes. If you want to get down to the core, our completion percentage has fallen to the point where consistency, down-and-distance suffers. The rain and the combination of their pass rush made it almost impossible at times. Even when Daniel was getting the ball off, he was getting hit pretty often, so I think that combination was the biggest reason. It wasn’t just rain.” Duke has a bye week this weekend. Then they’ll head to West Point to face Army on November 11th.


NC FBS Power Rankings

1 NC State (6-2) (4-0)
2 Wake Forest (5-3) (2-3)
3 Appalachian State (5-3) (4-0)
4 Duke (4-5) (1-5)
5 East Carolina (2-6) (2-3)
6 UNC-Charlotte (1-7) (1-4)
7 North Carolina (1-8) (0-6)

 

Week 10 Games and Predictions

 

  • East Carolina at Houston (5-3, 3-2) – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • Houston Easy
  • Appalachian State at Louisiana Monroe (3-5, 3-3) – Saturday, 3:00 PM
    • App in a nailbiter
  • UNC-Charlotte at Old Dominion (2-6, 0-4) – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • Charlotte wins again
  • #4 Clemson (7-1, 5-1) at North Carolina St. – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • State keeps in close but Clemson holds on
  • Wake Forest at #3 Notre Dame (7-1) – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • Notre Dame

*RONGY: 35-21 (W9: 2-3) through Week 9 Picks*

Tiger Woods Return

Tiger Woods Set To Return

Guess whose back?

For many golf fans, the news of Tiger Woods return has seemingly become routine about this time of the year. The comeback begins for Woods at the Hero World Challenge on November 30th. His return (no matter how many times now) always comes with at least a little bit of excitement. The one true difference this time around has to be expectations. I don’t believe any golf fan is expecting Tiger to come out and be the polarizing superstar he once was.

Can He Win Again?

So let’s get to the question every Tiger fan cares about, can he win again? In all honesty, the answer is that it’s probably going to be a long shot for him to win an event of any significance. Yes, everyone hopes and dreams that the Tiger that dominated the circuit in the early 2000s is going to show up one day. However, it’s far-fetched to think that the Woods of that era will ever make an appearance on the tour again. Is it possible for him to win something again? Sure. Anybody that plays golf knows it one of the most peculiar games you can play. It’s so easy to go from a pin seeker to being unable to hit a green in a regulation.

Current Record Status

Every fan knows Woods has 14 Major wins in his illustrious career. Can he get another major win? It’s very challenging to see Woods as a legitimate contender come major time. All the young guns currently in the PGA make it difficult to see Woods getting any more majors. Even if he’s able to somehow pull off the biggest turnaround story in golf history and win another major you’re fooling yourself if you think he’s going to catch Nicklaus at 18.

On the other hand, he sits at 79 career tournament wins. That leaves him just three behind the all-time leader Sam Snead. Can Woods find a hot streak at a few tournaments and make a run for the record. This is the more realistic record rather than the majors record. The downside is that the last time Woods won a tournament was in 2013. The last time he won a major 2008. Also, all of these victories occurred before all the back surgeries. Seeing Tiger hold up a trophy one more time would be a dream for many but only time will tell how he’s recovered this time around.

Vegas Odds

As you may know, we like to do a little betting here at QuarterMaster. Anyone interested in the odds for Woods in his first tournament back needs to look no further. Odds he wins the Hero World Challenge start at 50-1. For those that aren’t aware of how that sits in comparison, favorites Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas sit at 7-1. For even fancier wagers, odds Woods hits an eagle are at 6-4. Hardcore Woods fans may want to go for the 11-4 odds he finishes in the top 10. For the doubter, you can take the 7-2 odds that he withdraws. If you’re a real bold gambler, go for the 300-1 wire to wire finish for Woods.

For the Nostalgic Tiger Fan…

Friday Night Spotlight 11/3

Week 12 Top 25

The time is now. It’s the final week of the regular season, week 12. There are so many things on the line tonight. Undefeated seasons, conference championships, playoff berths, and hometown pride all hang in the balance. Without a doubt, they’ve saved the best for last. Across the state, massive match-ups will change the landscape of the season.

Just north of Raleigh, two of the best teams in the state and fierce rivals, Wake Forest and Heritage, will battle for the rights to an undefeated season and the Northern 4A Conference Title. In another matchup between undefeated squads, Glenn hosts West Forsyth with the Central Piedmont 4A Championship on the line. Down in Wilmington, New Hanover and Hoggard put their undefeated records on the table for Mideastern Conference supremacy.

In one of two bouts between the top two teams in the classification, #1 Charlotte Catholic hosts #2 Marvin Ridge for the Southern Carolina 3A Championship. The other matchup between number one and number two features #2 Shelby (9-1, 4-0) at #1 South Point (10-0, 4-0). The winner of that heavyweight fight will earn the Southwestern 2A Championship.

We hope you are ready. Tonight’s games are going to be phenomenal. 


4A

School (Record) 

[+/-]

Week 12 Opponent 

1 Mallard Creek (10-0) at Mooresville (4-6)
2 Harding Uni. (9-1) +1 at Olympic (3-7)
3 Wake Forest (10-0) -1 vs #6 Heritage (10-0)
4 Scotland (8-1) vs #19 Richmond (7-3)
5 Glenn (10-0) +1 vs #8 West Forsyth (10-0)
6 Heritage (10-0) -1 at #3 Wake Forest (10-0)
7 D.W. Butler (7-2) at East Mecklenberg (5-5)
8 West Forsyth (10-0) at #5 Glenn (10-0)
9 Myers Park (9-1)  at Independence (2-8)
10 Providence (7-3) vs South Mecklenburg (2-8)
11 Page (9-1) at Ragsdale (7-3)
12 Z.B. Vance (8-2)  +4 at #17 Hough (7-3)
13 Hoggard (10-0) -1 vs 3A #5 New Hanover (10-0)
14 West Mecklenburg (7-3) +3 vs POBAT (1-9)
15 Hickory Ridge (9-1) -1 at #23 Porter Ridge (6-4)
16 Cardinal Gibbons (10-0) -1 at Enloe (4-6)
17 Hough (7-3) -4 vs #12 Z.B. Vance (8-2)
18 East Forsyth (6-4)  +2 vs R.J. Reynolds (6-4)
19 Richmond (7-3) +2 at #4 Scotland (8-1)
20 Seventy-First (7-3) -1 vs Jack Britt (6-4)
21 Sanderson (7-3) +1 at SE Raleigh (4-6)
22 North Mecklenburg (7-3) -4 at Lake Norman (2-8)
23 Porter Ridge (6-4) vs #15 Hickory Ridge (9-1)
24 Green Hope (8-2) NR at Panther Creek (0-10)
25 Middle Creek (8-2) vs Garner Magnet (6-4)

Dropped Out: #24 Davie


3A

School (Record) 

[+/-]

Week 12 Opponent 

1 Charlotte Catholic (10-0) at #2 Marvin Ridge (10-0)
2 Marvin Ridge (10-0) vs #1 Charlotte Catholic (10-0)
3 Western Alamance (10-0) +2 vs Northern Guilford (6-4)
4 Dudley (9-1) -1 at #6 Mount Tabor (8-2)
5 New Hanover (10-0) -1 at 4A #13 Hoggard (10-0)
6 Mount Tabor (8-2) +2 vs #4 Dudley (9-1)
7 Southern Nash (9-1) +3 vs Franklinton (4-6)
8 Havelock (9-1) -1 vs #9 Jacksonville (9-1)
9 Jacksonville (9-1) -3 at #8 Havelock (9-1)
10 Weddington (7-3) +3 vs Cuthbertson (4-6)
11 Clayton (9-0) -2 vs West Johnston 
12 Sun Valley (7-3) -1 vs Piedmont (3-7)
13 Lee County (10-0) +1 vs Southern Lee (5-5)
14 Kings Mountain (9-1) -2 at #17 Crest (7-3)
15 Terry Sanford (9-1) at #23 E.E. Smith (8-2)
16 A.C. Reynolds (9-1) +2 at T.C. Roberson (3-7)
17 Crest (7-3) vs #14 Kings Mountain (9-1)
18 J.M. Robinson (8-2) +3 vs Central Cabarrus (4-6)
19 Eastern Guilford (8-2) +1 at Southern Guilford (3-7)
20 Cape Fear (8-3) -4 BYE
21 D.H. Conley (9-1) +2 at 4A South Central (9-1)
22 A.L. Brown (8-2)  -3 vs Concord (5-5)
23 E.E. Smith (8-2) NR vs #15 Terry Sanford (9-1)
24 South Iredell (8-2) -2 vs Jesse Carson (3-7)
25 Eastern Alamance (8-2) NR vs McMichael (3-7)

Dropped Out: #23 SW Guilford, #24 Alexander Central


2A

School (Record) 

[+/-]

Week 12 Opponent 

1 South Point (10-0) vs #2 Shelby (9-1)
2 Shelby (9-1) at #1 South Point (10-0)
3 Reidsville (10-0) vs Graham (3-7)
4 East Duplin (10-0) at Clinton (5-4)
5 Wallace-Rose Hill (8-1) at James Kenan (3-6)
6 Hibriten (10-0) vs Patton (8-2)
7 Northeastern (10-0) at Pasquotank (3-7)
8 Mountain Heritage (9-0) +1 at Avery County (2-8)
9 North Davidson (9-1) -1 at #20 Ledford Sr. (8-1)
10 Franklin (10-0) at Smoky Mountain (5-5)
11 Mount Pleasant (8-2) +1 at West Stanly (3-7)
12 South Granville (10-0) -1 vs J.F. Webb (2-8)
13 South Columbus (10-0) +1 vs #22 Whiteville (9-1)
14 Maiden (10-0) +8 at Lincolnton (5-5)
15 Newton-Conover (8-2) -2 vs East Lincoln (6-4)
16 Randleman (9-1) -1 BYE
17 Hendersonville (7-3) at East Henderson 
18 East Bladen (9-1) vs West Bladen (4-6)
19 SW Edgecombe (9-1) -3 vs Beddingfield (6-4)
20 Ledford Sr. (8-1) vs #9 North Davidson (9-1)
21 Nash Central (8-2) vs North Johnston (5-5)
22 Whiteville (9-1) +1 at #13 South Columbus (10-0)
23 SW Onslow (7-3) -3 vs Heide Trask (8-2)
24 East Rutherford (6-4) +1 vs East Gaston (2-8)
25 Pisgah (5-5) NR vs Brevard (6-4)

Dropped Out: #24 Patton


1A

School (Record) 

[+/-]

Week 12 Opponent 

1 Tarboro (10-0)  vs South Creek (5-5)
2 J.A. Holmes (9-1) +2 vs Perquimans (2-8)
3 Mount Airy (10-0) -1 at #10 East Surry (7-3)
4 Mitchell (9-1) +1 at C.D. Owen (1-8)
5 East Wilkes (8-1) -2 vs Wilkes Central (8-2)
6 North Stanly (9-1)  at South Stanly (5-5)
7 Cherokee (9-0) vs #8 Murphy (8-2)
8 Murphy (8-2) +2 at #7 Cherokee (9-0)
9 T.J.C.A. (10-0) +3 at #25 Union Academy (6-4)
10 East Surry (7-3) -1 vs #3 Mount Airy (10-0)
11 North Duplin (10-0) -3 vs Hobbton (0-10)
12 Bessemer City (9-1) +2 vs Cherryville (4-6)
13 Swain County (6-4) +4 vs Carolina Gladiators (0-10)
14 West Montgomery (8-2) +4 at Albemarle (4-6)
15 North Rowan (7-3) -4 vs South Davidson (2-8)
16 Manteo (8-2) -3 vs Plymouth (5-5)
17 Polk County (6-4)  +4 vs Madison (4-6)
18 Northampton County (9-1) +1 vs Weldon (2-6)
19 Mountain Is. Charter (7-3) -4 vs HSoT (2-8)
20 Starmount (5-5) -4 vs Ashe County (3-7)
21 Robbinsville (6-4) -1 vs Andrews (1-9)
22 Lakewood (8-2) +1 vs Union (3-7)
23 East Carteret (6-4)  -1 vs Lejeune (0-10)
24 Elkin (4-6) NR vs Alleghany (4-6)
25 Union Academy (6-4) NR vs #9 TJCA (10-0)

Dropped Out: #24 Princeton, #25 Pamlico County


Games of Week 12

4A

  • #6 Heritage (10-0) at #3 Wake Forest (10-0) – FNS GoW
  • #19 Richmond (7-3) at #4 Scotland (8-1)
  • #8 West Forsyth (10-0) at #5 Glenn (10-0) – FNS GoW
  • #12 Z.B. Vance (8-2) at #17 Hough (7-3)
  • 3A #5 New Hanover (10-0) at #13 Hoggard (10-0) – FNS GoW
  • #15 Hickory Ridge (9-1) at #23 Porter Ridge (6-4)

3A

  • #1 Charlotte Catholic (10-0) at #2 Marvin Ridge (10-0) – FNS GoW
  • #4 Dudley (9-1) at #6 Mount Tabor (8-2)
  • #9 Jacksonville (9-1) at #8 Havelock (9-1)
  • #14 Kings Mountain (9-1) at #17 Crest (7-3)
  • #15 Terry Sanford (9-1) at #23 E.E. Smith (8-2)
  • #21 D.H. Conley (9-1) at 4A South Central (9-1)

2A

  • #2 Shelby (9-1) at #1 South Point (10-0) – FNS GoW
  • Patton (8-2) at #6 Hibriten (10-0)
  • #9 North Davidson (9-1) at #20 Ledford Sr. (8-1)
  • #22 Whiteville (9-1) at #13 South Columbus (10-0)

1A

  • #3 Mount Airy (10-0) at #10 East Surry (7-3)
  • #8 Murphy (8-2) at #7 Cherokee (9-0)
  • #9 T.J.C.A. (10-0) at #25 Union Academy (6-4)

 

Time to Press the Panic Button in Cleveland?

Time to Panic in Cleveland?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have come out to a surprising 3-5 record to start the year. They also are currently mired in a four-game losing streak to the likes of the Nets, Pelicans, Knicks, and Pacers. Is this cause for concern? The answer is simply no. It’s way too early in the young season to panic on a team with LeBron. Listen up Cavs fans. You still have the best player on the planet surrounded by a cast of supporting vets. You’re going to be fine.

One thing everyone points to instantly is the absence of Kyrie Irving. There really does not seem to be anyone else on the active roster that has the ability to take over a game outside of LeBron. Until the Cavs get Isiah Thomas back, they may have some struggles at times on offense. LeBron will always have the attention of every defense. That means the rest of the team just has to hit their shots. It’s not that they are not getting shots or taking bad shots, they simply are missing wide-open shots.

When you replace Kyrie Irving with Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade on the perimeter; neither of which has ever held anything sustainable behind the arc, you should expect some growing pains. You have to look at the Cavs defense outside of LeBron is there really anyone on the roster that is a lockdown defender? No, the cast LeBron has this year is essentially all scoring vets. The Cavs need to find some fire while creating some continuity.

Dwayne Wade Elaborates

Business As Usual at Practice

Another piece of the equation: do the Cavs really care about games in October and November? The answer: probably not much. Cleveland can go into the playoffs as a six seed and will still be favored out of the east. The main thing for the Cavs this season is their health. They are already without Isiah Thomas and there are multiple people on the roster with a history of injuries. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past few seasons is that LeBron will make it to the Finals. The King always finds a way to seemingly pick apart the Eastern Conference come playoff time. The only time you should ever hit the panic button if you are a Cleveland fan is if LeBron James sustains an injury, as long as he is in the lineup you always will have a chance.

Cavs Got Down on Halloween

Cannon: Trade Deadline Frenzy

NFL Trade Deadline

Recap

The trade deadline has come and gone yet again. Let’s look into all the transactions that occurred this year. To quickly recap, Jimmy Garappolo, the most prized quarterback asset available, goes to the Bay. Jay Ajayi, see ya later. He’s heading to one of the best teams in the league. Another move for a Panthers player to the Buffalo or as we call it Carolina North. Finally, don’t forget the deals of Duane Brown to the Seahawks for Jeremy Lane and a complimentary pick and Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars.

While all of these teams made moves to improve their rosters, one team fail miserably. You guessed it, the Browns. Cleveland had a deal in place and found a way to mess it up. The trade sent AJ McCarron to Cleveland for a 2nd and 3rd round pick. Both sides had agreed to the deal and all the Browns had to do was notify the league office. They didn’t by the time the deadline passed, no deal. Should we be surprised at this point? While the other winless team in the NFL secured their future at Quarterback, the Browns failed to pull the trigger, yet again.

Golden Boy to the Golden Gate

Let’s start with the Jimmy G deal. Out of all of these deals, the Patriots got the most value out of their player. A 2nd-round pick for a backup quarterback with only 600 yards passing to his name. The Patriots essentially always seem to come out on top of these trades, especially when it comes to Brady’s backups.

Begin by taking a look at Matt Cassell. Cassell was in a deal for a second-round pick in 2009. Sound familiar? Since then, Cassell has a career starting record of 28-40 and is back to being a backup again. Next, Brian Hoyer, who ironically enough now seems to be in line to regain his spot as Tom Brady’s back up. Teams highly coveted Hoyer when he left New England for free agency in 2009. However, injuries and inconsistent play have seen Hoyer become a journeyman and nothing more than a place-holder for a team’s next young QB. After Hoyer came Ryan Mallet. Mallet was traded to Houston for a seventh-round pick, but the troubled QB essentially did nothing in the league after, boasting a 3-5 record since the trade.

Yet to be determined: the fate of Jacoby Brissett. Sadly, Brissett may already have the best outlook of any former Brady backups. He was traded earlier this season for a 3rd round pick. The former NC State QB has yet to prove anything for a sustainable career in the league, but he also plays on one of the worst teams in the league. So if the future looks anything like the past, sorry Niner’s fans but you’re in for a bad go of it. At least you’re looking better than the Browns.

Breaking: Jimmy G to the 49ers for a 2nd Rounder

Ajayi Flys to Philly

The Dolphins have not been short for headlines this year. The latest, Jay Ajayi to the Eagle for a fourth-round pick. Let’s be serious, they essentially got the equivalent of a no-name, backup corner who will not see the field unless hell freezes over. Rumors have determined that Ajayi may have been a bit of a nuisance in the Dolphin’s locker room. To get rid of the 24-year-old running back for scraps, Ajayi must have hit Gase in the mouth after being called out by his head coach for being part of the issue with the offense. The Dolphins situation just seems to be a peculiar one this season. Tannehill gets hurt, they sign a rental QB for 10 million, coaches getting busted doing cocaine, trading away the running back of the next ten years for nothing. It makes you wonder what’s going on down there in Miami.

BREAKING: Jay Ajayi To The Eagles

Carolina North Bills or Buffalo Panthers?

Another trade of particular curiosity is that of Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills. It almost seems the Panthers have become some kind of a farm system for the Bills to funnel in talent. The Panthers got modest value for the top wideout gaining a third and seventh-round selection in next years draft. Yet this still doesn’t seem to sit quite right seeing how the Panthers are right in the middle of a playoff hunt. On the other hand, this deal makes the Bills look like a serious contender with a now solid number one wideout at the helm to run wild with Tyrod and the boys.

Breaking: Panthers Deal Kelvin to Carolina North (Buffalo)

Other Moves Around the League

Let’s not forget about the seemingly silent acquisitions that happened before the fire sale at the deadline. Marcell Darius will be a difference maker joining an already stout Jaguars defense. The corners are already elite. If there was a weakness, it was run defense. Now the Jags are in a good position to make a push to the playoffs. If Jacksonville can get anything going on offense, watch out for the Jacksonville the remainder of the season.

Lastly, the Seahawks finally get the offensive line help they need in Duane Brown. Another bold move for the Seahawks in letting Jeremey Lane go to the Texans. This seemingly is a quality trade value wise helping both teams without necessarily giving away too much. Look for both of these teams to be strong contenders in trying to secure an appearance in the postseason.

This has been one of the more aggressive trade deadlines in recent memory. Some of the trades were logical from a cap space or a needs standpoint. Others seem to leave their fans scratching their heads wondering what in the hell just happened here. All I know is the rest of the year shapes out to be a good one with so many teams battling for the playoffs. We at Quartermaster cannot wait to see how it unfolds.

 

*THE CANNON*

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