NC College Basketball Review: Week 1

NC College Basketball Review

Week 1 of the NC College Basketball Season is in the books. Here’s a look at how each Division I team across the state faired.

Appalachian State

The Mountaineers are out to a 2-0 start. They have defeated Toccoa Falls 135-34 and Bridgewater 95-57. Star guard Ronshad Shabazz has averaged 24.5 points per game along with five assists per game. ASU next plays Iowa state on the 16th. The Mountaineers are heavy underdogs in this one and will be their first true test. Let’s see how they look against some real competition before deciding on their legitimacy.

Campbell

So far Campbell is 1-1. They beat Columbia International 108-44, but then lost by eleven to Penn State. Chris Clemmons is on fire averaging 33 points per game, good for second in the entire NCAA. He is literally carrying the Camels on his back. The Camels next matchup will be a true test to where the stand early in the season when they play UNCW on the 18th.

Davidson

Bob McKillop’s Wildcats look hungry, starting 2-0 on the season. Even better, both wins came against quality opponents, Charleston Southern (110-62) and UNCW (108-81). The trio of Peyton Aldridge (27.5 points per game), Kellan Grady (23.5 points per game) and Jon Axel Gudmundsson (21.5 points per game) have the team firing on all cylinders. They come into the next game at Nevada as an underdog, look for the Wildcats to pull the upset in this contest.

Duke

To no surprise, Duke has started the season 3-0 beating the likes of Elon and Utah Valley. They had their first true test of the year Tuesday night against Michigan State. They passed. Marvin Bagley; who has been nothing short of spectacular so far, left this affair early in the first half. Regardless, the Blue Devils had no issues getting past the Spartans behind senior Grayson Allen’s career-high 37 points. Next up is Southern on the 17th. Look for the Devils to stay out of the loss column at least until the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

East Carolina

Aside from exhibition games, the Pirates have only played in one contest so far. They defeated Coppin State 76-50. Even in that game, ECU really had no standout performances. Jeff Lebo’s squad plays Radford next on the fifteenth.

Elon

The Phoenix are 1-2, but the only real surprise is the loss to Furman. They need to find some scoring desperately. Their current leading scorer is Tyler Seibring, who averages a meager 13.7 points per game. Look for Elon to get back on track versus Florida International on the seventeenth.

Gardner Webb

A brutal start to the schedule has the Bulldogs at a 0-2 to start the year. Loses to Miami and Florida were inevitable and the Bulldogs didn’t put up much resistance in either game. The small bright spot is near double-double man D.J. Laster at 14.5 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. Gardner-Webb’s next game is no pushover either. They play UCF on 11/15, let’s see if the Bulldogs come out with some energy and pull out a quality win.

NC A&T

To slight surprise, the Aggies are 1-1 and didn’t get embarrassed by Clemson. Femi Olujobi has come out hot, scoring at a 27 per game clip. A&T’s next game is against Citadel on 11/15. If they can string a couple of wins together, the Aggies may be a surprise dark-horse to get earn an automatic bid into the tourney.

UNC Asheville

The Bulldogs have come out to a .500 start with a balanced attack throughout. The next game is against Vanderbilt on 11/17. They are a heavy underdog in this one versus an SEC school, but let’s see if the Bulldogs are able to hang around and have a shot at an upset.

North Carolina Central

Central is off to a disappointing start with losses to UIC and Evansville. The lone bright spot is near double-double man Raasean Davis (14 points per game and 9 rebounds per game). The Eagles need to find some more scoring as they have only averaged 55 points a game to start the year. Look for the Eagles to turn it around in the next contest against UT Martin on 11/15.

North Carolina

Carolina has only played once so far this season, an easy win over Northern Iowa. Luke Maye came out to a solid 26-10 line to start the year. Next up for the Heels, a  game against Bucknell Wednesday Night. We won’t learn much about the Heels until they play the PK80 Tournament next week.

UNC Charlotte

At 1-1 the 49ers have come out playing well. Their only loss was to no slouch in Oklahoma State, a fifteen point loss. The 49ers have a balanced attack led by Jon Davis at 15 points per game along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game. Next up they have Charleston on 11/18. They will be the underdogs in that game but will be a good indicator test of where the 49ers sit as a team this year.

UNC Greensboro

Greensboro lost their first game of the year to Virginia. It was a close contest at 48-60, but the Spartans couldn’t score enough points to make it really interesting. Marvin Smith led the team with a 12 and 9 performance. Wesleyan is next on the schedule, let’s see if the Spartans can get a little more offense going against a lesser opponent.

NC State

New coach Kevin Keatts has the Wolfpack playing well and beating the teams that they should be beating. They have a very balanced attack and seem to want to play hard for Keatts. Also, the Pack received the good news that guard Braxton Beverly is cleared to play and add more depth to the lineup. The first true test to see how good State will be this year is against #3 Arizona on 11/22.

UNC Wilmington

To my best estimation, the Seahawks are right where they should be at 1-1. They lost to a talented Davidson team and beat up on Wesleyan. The Seahawks have ridden Devontae Cacock’s 21.5 points per game and astonishing 16.5 rebounds per game. Jordan Talley has chipped in nicely adding 18.5 points per game. Outside of those two, not many contributions are noticeable. Let’s see if someone can step up as a third option and help propel the Seahawks to new heights. Their next game is against Campbell on 11/18, look forward to this one as two of the topmost unknown players in the state go at it in Chris Clemmons and Devontae Cacok.

Wake Forest

My biggest disappointment so far has been the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest started out the season with losses to Georgia Southern and Liberty. The Deacons are lead by Bryant Crawford at 20 points per game and Keyshawn Woods at 19.5 points per game. In all honesty, it’s the same story as last season. They need to find their defense because they have given up a ton of points to lesser teams. Look for the Deacons to take out some frustration against Drake on 11/17.

Western Carolina

A grueling early-season schedule has already seen the Catamounts play Clemson and Cincinnati. As expected, they’re 0-2. Not much can be determined regarding this team yet as they’ve played far superior opponents. They have no real production to speak of from an individual and simply need to score more. Let’s see if they can get something going against a lesser opponent in Hiwassee College Wednesday Night.


Power Rankings

Week 1 Power Rankings
1 Duke 3-0
2 UNC 1-0
3 NC State 3-0 +1
4 Davidson 2-0 +1
5 UNC-Asheville 1-1 +1
6 Wake Forest 0-2 -3
7 UNC-Wilmington 1-1 +1
8 UNC-Greensboro 0-1 +1
9 East Carolina 1-0 +4
10 Elon 1-2 -3
11 UNC-Charlotte 1-1 -1
12 Campbell 1-1 -1
13 Gardner-Webb 0-2 -1
14 Appalachian State 2-0
15 NC Central 0-2
16 NC A&T 1-1 +1
17 Western Carolina 0-2 -1

 

Check out our Preseason Preview Here:

NC College Basketball Preview

NHL Power Rankings (11/15)

NHL Power Rankings

So far this season we’ve tried to rank teams within their own division; however, that seemed like an extension of the overall record standings. In lieu of such realization, I’ve decided to take a broader look at the conference picture rather than the divisional picture. It’s still way too early to legitimately rank these teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings. Your input is always welcome.

Top 5

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (14-2-2)

  • After a three-game road swing out West, the Lightning return to Tampa riding a four-game win streak. A streak that includes a 5-2 victory over the Kings and a 2-1 win over the Ducks. Stamkos and the first line continue to set the work on fire with a combined 80 points.

2. St. Louis Blues (13-5-1)

  • St. Louis had a rough go of it last week. After squeaking out a shootout victory against the two-win Coyotes, the Blue then dropped games against the Islanders and the Flames. They’ll finish a mini Canadian road trip with matchups in Edmonton and Vancouver.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0)

  • Since dropping the last legs of a road trip to Los Angeles and St. Louis, the Maple Leafs have strung together four straight wins. In his three starts between the pipes over that span, Frederik Andersen has saved 93 shots out of 100 chances.

4. Winnipeg Jets (10-4-3)

  • Over the week, Blake Wheeler and the Jets dropped a game in Vegas (just like almost everyone else has) but then took care of business against Arizona in a home-and-home set. Up next for the Jets: Philly and Jersey at home. Then they head out on a four-game road trip that begins Monday in Nashville. 

5. Nashville Predators (10-5-2)

  • Pekka Rinne and the defending Western Conference Champions have been on a roll as of late, winning five straight. Third-shift winger Calle Jarnkrok has provided a jolt to the Nashville offense over the winning streak tallying five points and a plus/minus of +8. They have a big matchup with Winnipeg on Monday.

Bottom 5

27. Colorado Avalanche (8-7-1)

  • The Avs have no problem scoring the puck; they’re eighth in the league in goals scored (3.3). However, they allow more goals than they score (3.4). 

28. Edmonton Oilers (7-9-2)

  • Connor McDavid can do it all, but that isn’t translating to victories. They are the fifth worst team in the league in goals scored per game and second to worst at killing penalties. 

29. Buffalo Sabres (5-9-4)

  • Jack Eichel seems to think the Sabres can play with anyone. I’m not as optimistic. Yes, they theoretically have the talent but come on, its the Buffalo Sabers.

30. Florida Panthers (6-9-2)

  • Roberto Luongo has been setting longevity records all season, but that’s about the only thing the Panthers have to hold on to this season.

31. Arizona Coyotes (2-15-7)

  • Can they even get 15 wins this season?

NHL Power Rankings by Conference

Eastern Conference
1 Tampa Bay Lightning 14-2-2
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 12-7-0
3 Columbus Blue Jackets 11-7-1
4 Ottawa Senators  8-3-5
5 New Jersey Devils  11-4-2
6 Pittsburgh Penguins  10-7-3
7 Washington Capitals  10-8-1
8 New York Rangers 9-7-2
9 Detroit Red Wings 8-8-2
10 New York Islanders 9-6-2
11 Carolina Hurricanes 7-5-4
12 Montreal Canadiens 8-9-2
13 Boston Bruins 6-6-4
14 Philadelphia Flyers 8-8-2
15 Buffalo Sabres 5-9-4
16 Florida Panthers 6-9-2

 

Western Conference
1 St. Louis Blues 13-5-1
2 Winnipeg Jets 10-4-3
3 Nashville Predators 10-5-2
4 Los Angeles Kings 11-5-2
5 Vegas Golden Knights 10-6-1
6 San Jose Sharks 10-6-0
7 Calgary Flames 10-7-0
8 Anaheim Ducks 7-7-3
9 Vancouver Canucks 9-7-2
10 Chicago Blackhawks 8-8-2
11 Dallas Stars 9-8-1
12 Minnesota Wild 8-7-2
13 Colorado Avalanche 8-7-1
14 Edmonton Oilers 7-9-2
15 Arizona Coyotes 2-15-7


Last Week’s Rankings:

NHL Power Rankings (11/8)

NASCAR Cup Series Championship: Homestead Preview

NASCAR Cup Series Championship: Homestead Preview

In a sport loaded with young talent, four grizzled veterans will battle for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship on Sunday at Homestead. A grueling eight-month schedule comes down to 400.5 miles or 267 circuits around the mile and a half oval just outside of Miami. Left standing: three former Cup champions Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski. Fourth, the driver who has dominated this season with seven wins and 18 top fives, Martin Truex Jr. With the highest-finisher-take-all scenario, all bets are off. Regardless, we’ll take a look at each team’s outlook on a title come Sunday.

Kyle Busch

#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

2015 Cup Champion Kyle Busch will look to add to his extensive trophy case Sunday. His lone win at Homestead came in the 2015 championship race. In 12 career starts at Homestead, Busch has five top fives but also has an average finish of 19.8. In recent years, Busch has experienced success on the mile and a half raceway finishing seventh or better in four of the past five races at Homestead. Over the past five seasons, Busch has excelled at intermediate speedways finishing over two thirds in the top ten over that span. The Joe Gibbs #18 team will need to build upon that success this weekend if Busch hopes to lift his second Cup title.

Here’s how Busch earned his trip to Miami:


Kevin Harvick

#4 Stewart-Hass Racing Ford

What a tale that would be. In Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final race, the man who presumed his father’s ride wins the title almost eighteen years later. Out of the Championship Four, Harvick easily has had the most success at Homestead. In 16 races at the mile and a half, Harvick has finished in the top ten fourteen times including winning the race and championship in 2014. Since joining Stewart-Hass Racing, Harvick has never finished worse than third at Homestead. At intermediate speedways this season, Harvick has only finished outside of the top ten three time out of 17 races. Based on previous Homestead results, they have to be the favorites heading into the weekend.

Harvick sums it up after punching his ticket to Championship Weekend:


Brad Keselowski

#2 Penske Racing Ford

Keselowski took home the Cup in 2012; however, that was before the current playoff format was put into place. Since 2013, Keselowski has finished sixth, third, third, and thirty-fifth at Homestead, respectively. At intermediate raceways this season the #2 Penske Ford finished in the top five six times and notched a victory at Atlanta. In a mix full of wild-cards, Keselowski is as capable as any at taking home the title come Sunday. Trust me. Just like the other three fighting for the title, Keselowski will not hesitate to use his bumper when he needs it. 

If he wins, let’s hope he re-creates this moment:


Martin Truex Jr.

#78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota

Martin Truex Jr. may not have a championship like the other three drivers, but if anyone deserves the 2017 crown it is Martin Truex Jr. He’s put together the best season out of any driver, let alone the Championship Four, all season long. The #78 Toyota has won seven races and finished in the top five 18 times. However, out of the four remaining teams, Truex’s Furniture Row team has struggled the most at Homestead over the past three seasons. That includes 2015 where Truex made the Championship Four but wound up finishing 12th and had to watch Kyle Busch lift the trophy. On the other hand, at intermediate speedways this season Truex has finished in the top five thirteen out of seventeen races and has a top ten in all but one. His team has been the best at these types of race tracks all season long. 

Truex has come a long way since 2013:


Without a doubt, Sunday’s finale at Homestead is going to be thrilling.

 

NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Contenders, Pretenders, and the Rest

The season is finally starting to shake out. We can start sorting teams into who is legit and who is a joke. Here are the NFL Week 11 Power Rankings; contenders and pretenders style.

Already Looking to 2018

32. New York Giants (1-8)

  • Fire McAdoo already. Come on. The team has clearly quit on him.

31. Cleveland Browns (0-9)

  • You know things are bad in NY when a win-less Browns team is ranked higher. Looking at their schedule, the best shot at a win comes in Week 16 against the Bears.

30. San Francisco 49ers (1-9)

  • San Fran finally notched a victory in their belt against the lowly Giants. The 49ers head into the bye week with several questions. Will we see Jimmy G make his Niners debut in Week 12? One thing is for sure though. They are still really bad.

29. Indianapolis Colts (3-7)

  • Even if Andrew Luck was completely healthy, the Colts still wouldn’t make the playoffs. Their defense is that bad. They are bottom five in almost every team defensive stat category. Jacoby Brissett never had a shot with this team.

Borderline Out of Contention

28. Chicago Bears (3-6)

  • They’re in the same division as the Vikings and Lions and three of their last seven games are against those tough divisional rivals. Throw in a game against the Eagles in Week 12 and the Bears season is all but done. They do have games left against the Browns. 49ers, and Bengals so they have a solid shot at finishing 5-11 or 6-10.

27.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)

  • Like the Bears, Tampa plays in one of the toughest divisions in football. The Bucs still have to play each NFC South team one more time including the Falcons twice. They also have to play the Lions in December. With such a tough remaining schedule. look for the Bucs to finish around 5-11 as well.

26. Arizona Cardinals (4-5)

  • Without Carson Palmer this team is done-zo. Their game with Giants may be the only winnable game left on the Cards schedule.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6)

  • It looks like this might be the Bengals final ride. Though they have games remaining against the Broncos, Browns, and Bears, it looks like its just a little too late for Marvin Lewis and the Bengals to make the playoffs again. If they do indeed miss the playoffs, look for Lewis to finally get canned.

24. Houston Texans (3-6)

  • Losing DeShaun Watson looks like it will be too much to overcome for the Texans. Their once lauded defense is so banged up that they can not stop anyone anymore. At least Watson has the ability to keep them in games.

Pretenders

23. Los Angeles Chargers (3-6)

  • Knowing the Chargers, they’ll make a furious late-season run to finish 8-8 or 9-7 and still miss out on the playoffs. At that point, they’ll have to look back at the four games they’ve already lost by less than a field goal.

22. Denver Broncos (3-6)

  • It’s so strange ranking a Top 5 defense as almost out of contention. QB play in Denver is that bad. They just need someone to manage the game and let the defense do the work. Instead, whoever is under center at the time looks like a deer in the headlights and turns the ball over.

21. New York Jets (4-6)

  • The Jets have pulled off a couple of victories this season and only sit two games back of a playoff spot in the top-heavy AFC. However, their remaining schedule consists of Carolina, Kansas City, New Orleans, and New England should put the Jets playoff hopes to rest.

20. Miami Dolphins (4-5)

  • After their Monday night showing, this team looks hopeless. Jay Cutler is out their to collect a paycheck and that’s about it. They play three of their last seven games against the Bills and Patriots. They’re not completely out of it, but they’re damn close.

19. Green Bay Packers (5-4)

  • Brett Hundley may have led the Pack to a victory Sunday over the Bears, but without Aaron Rodgers, they’re done. There are too many good teams in the NFC and within their own division for the Rodger-less Packers to be considered a threat.

In the Playoff Hunt, But Not Title Threats Yet

18. Washington Redskins (4-5)

  • Washington would have to jump a bunch of good teams to hop into the playoffs, but they do have a favorable schedule the rest of the way. If Captian Kirk Cousins can get his act together. they could move into the contender’s category.

17. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

  • The bottom half of the AFC is so bad that the Ravens still have a shot even though they haven’t played all that well. Like Washington, the Ravens have a very favorable remaining schedule. They could realistically win nine or ten games this season.

16. Oakland Raiders (4-5)

  • Derek Carr and the boys are still in the mix even if it seems like their defense only has one player at times. If the Raiders want to make the playoffs, they’ll have to some good teams though. Still left on the Raiders plate: New England, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, and Philadelphia.

15. Buffalo Bills (5-4)

  • As of now, the Bills hold the last and final playoff spot, but they just got dragged at home against the Saints. The rest of the schedule is no cakewalk either. Next up, the Chargers followed by the Chiefs and Patriots. After a game with the Colts, the Bills end with Patriots sandwiched by two games versus Miami. 

14. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)

  • Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension couldn’t have come at a worse time. He should’ve just served the suspension to start the season. I’m almost certain the Cowboys would have a similar record but a fresh Zeke ready to run wild down the stretch. Instead, they must face the Eagles, Chargers, Redskins, and Giants without one of the games best-running backs. If they go 2-2 over that span, consider it a win. They need Zeke and a healthy Sean Lee if they want to be taken seriously. With three of those games in eleven days, the Cowboys are in trouble.

13. Detroit Lions (5-4)

  • Detroit needs to step up their defensive effort if they want to be taken seriously. There are several teams between them and a playoff spot, but they have a favorable remaining schedule. As of now, they only face one team with a winning record the rest of the way. Matt Stafford must build on his solid season if the Lions are going to make a playoff push. 

12. Tennessee Titans (6-3)

  • Marcus Mariota and the Titans have pieced together a nice 6-3 campaign. It hasn’t been easy. They’ve only won their last three games by a combined ten points; all where against opponents with a sub-.500 record. As of now, they own the tie-breaker over Jacksonville for the AFC South title, but that can all change in Week 17 when the two meet in Nashville.  

11. Atlanta Falcons (5-4)

  • It’s hard to not label the Falcons contenders. They did win the NFC Championship last season. Around this time last season were they considered contenders? No. Then they got hot as can be and made a Super Bowl run. However, they’ll have to survive one of the toughest remaining schedules if they want to get back to the playoffs. They play at Seattle, at home versus Minnesota and Carolina, and Tampa Bay and New Orleans twice.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) 

  • The Jacksonville Sacksonville defense is absolutely filthy; only allowing 14.9 points per game. Every week their credibility grows. As aforementioned, the AFC is so weak this season that the Jags really have to collapse to miss the playoffs. With games against Cleveland, Arizona, Indianapolis, Houston, and San Fransisco left on the schedule, Sacksonville has a legit chance to win 11 or 12 games. If Blake Bortles can protect the football, the Jags could be considered title contenders in coming weeks. 

Legit Title Contenders 

9. Seattle Seahawks (6-3)

  • The Seahawks suffered a myriad of significant injuries on Thursday night. They lost Richard Sherman for the season with a torn Achilles. Kam Chancellor and Duane Brown also went down in the game and the timetable of their return is yet to be determined. However, don’t doubt Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, they know what it takes to make a Super Bowl run and they’ll find a way to plug the missing holes.

8. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

  • Andy Reid’s Chiefs started out hotter than any other team in the league. They knocked off the Patriots and Week 1, put together an epic comeback against the Eagles in Week 2, and went on to win their first five games. Since then, they’ve cooled off a bit losing three of their last four. Don’t be fooled by what appears as an easy remaining schedule. The Bills, Jets, Raiders, Chargers, Dolphins. and Broncos may not have the best records, but all can make the road difficult for the Chiefs.

7. Carolina Panthers (7-3)

  • After an embarrassing loss to the Bears, Carolina seems to have fixed their issues on offense. Perhaps Kelvin Benjamin was clogging up the offensive flow and removing him was the key to jump-starting this offense. Monday night’s trouncing of Miami had all too many flashes of 2015. Their defense is one of the best units, top to bottom, in the league. After the bye week, Carolina travels to the East Rutherford to face the Jets (Greg Olsen returns from victory). Then they head down to New Orleans for a chance to take the driver’s seat in the NFC South. After that, they get the Vikings, Packers, and Buccaneers at home and finish up in Atlanta in Week 17. The stretch run isn’t easy, but if Cam Newton gets hot and Luke Kuechly is healthy, the Panthers could become a buzzsaw. 

6. Los Angeles Rams (7-2)

  • What a difference a season makes. A year ago, Jared Goff had all the signs of a bust and it looked as if the Rams were going to waste Todd Gurley’s career. Now, they’re beating the brakes off of teams. Over their four-game win-steak, they have outscored opponents 144-41. Everything has come together quickly for the Rams, but they must keep the pedal to the metal. In a stacked NFC, playoff hopes change drastically week to week. But if defense wins championships, this one is certainly capable.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)

  • While the Steelers have only lost two games this season, they haven’t been beating the snot out of anyone. Though Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are leading the league in receiving yards and rushing yards, respectively, Pittsburgh seems to be on cruise control right now. This could be the last ride with Big Ben and even Le’Veon for that matter, so they have to make it count.

4. New Orleans Saints (7-2)

  • After losing their first two games of the season to the Vikings and Patriots, the Saints have reeled off seven-straight victories. However, upon further review of their schedule, the beat a struggling Panthers team, the Dolphins, Rodgers-less Packers, Bears, Bucs, and Bills. The most impressive win was 52-38 shootout against the Lions. While they haven’t played the toughest schedule to date, things will get tougher. Their final seven games include the Redskins, Rams, Panthers, Jets, Bucs, and the Falcons twice. We’ll see what the Saints are truly made of down the stretch.

3. Minnesota Vikings (7-2) 

  • It’s apparent, it doesn’t matter who lines up under center, the Vikings offense is so loaded with weapons that its impossible not to score. In all but one game this season, the Vikings have scored at least twenty points. On the other side of the ball, the Vikings defense is championship-caliber for sure. They have all the pieces in place. If Case Keenum plays like he did on Sunday, the Vikings are a lock for the playoffs. if not, look for the Vikings to turn to Teddy Bridgewater to right the ship.

Current Super Bowl Favorites

2. New England Patriots (7-2)

  • Business as usual for Brady, Belichick, and the Gang. They’re right back in the hunt for another title. No one wants to go to Foxboro in January, but right now that’s what any team that wants to win the AFC will have to do. Tom Brady is still Tom Brady and unless Pittsburgh or Kansas City have anything to say, the guy is hellbent on getting a sixth Super Bowl ring. Left on the schedule for the Patriots: Oakland, Pittsburgh, New York Jets, and Buffalo and Miami twice. 

1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)

  • The Jay-train may also be the Super Bowl train. Carson Wentz is the odds-on favorite for the MVP right now and you know the Browns are absolutely kicking themselves right now for trading the pick that the Eagles turned into Wentz. They still have two games left against the Cowboys and also have to travel to both LA for a game with Rams and Seattle to play the Seahawks. But right now, Philly has legit Super Bowl aspirations. 
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