The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Heavy Investments in Free Agency

Thursday night the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put up one of the worst performances in the history of the NFL, falling behind the Atlanta Falcons 56-0 before the Falcons mercifully called off the dogs late in the 3rd quarter. The Buccaneers at 0-3 look to be finished for the season and may soon be a lesson in roster building for the rest of the NFL.

There may be no team in the NFL that was built more via outside organizations than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The philosophy is now funneling through two regimes. Last season the Buccaneers fired head coach … Read the rest

Zack’s Thurday Night Pick

So, I’ve improved to 9-10-1 this year in my picks, but it feels like .500 because the Jets game against the Raiders felt like a blowout, not a 5-point push.

Anyway, on to tonight’s pick…

I’m enticed by the over tonight at 47 points. Vincent Jackson GOES OFF against the Falcons and I think the Bucs do well tonight against a bad defense on a fast surface. I do think the Falcons win this game because their offense will be too good for the Bucs defense, so I think the over is safe in this situation because of my initial … Read the rest

NFL Predictions Week 3: Thursday Night Football

Well I had another week of a 10-6 SU record which is not great but did improve to 11-5 ATS which is a big improvement after last weeks disaster. Yearly records are now 20-12 SU and 17-14-1 ATS.  I’ll be back Saturday with the rest of the picks for the week.

FALCONS (-6.5) over Buccaneers- This is kind of a big game for both teams, but certainly much bigger for Tampa Bay who is already 0-2 on the season with both losses at home. The Bucs have looked inept on offense and if they can not turn it around … Read the rest

Podcast: Peterson’s Exempt Status and a Look Back at the NFL in Week 2

In our early podcast for the week I go over Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy being placed on the Exempt list, why its such a cop out by the NFL, and my thoughts on the the whole ordeal currently being faced by the league and their poor job of handling it. Plus I give my brief thoughts on all of last weeks games. Hopefully I’ll be back later in the week with predictions…

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Thoughts on Robert Quinn’s Contract Extension with the Rams

The numbers are now in for the Rams star Defensive End Robert Quinn and it’s a very interesting contract that I think benefits both sides. First let us go over the particulars of the contract. Quinn receives a signing bonus worth $4,776,774 to go along with a guaranteed base salary of $608,608 (prorated from a base rate of $646,646) and a guaranteed roster bonus in 2015 of $10,233,201.  That brings Quinn’s full guarantee to $15,618,583.  The reason for the small bonus and salary in 2014 is likely to maintain a near identical salary cap charge as the Rams are right … Read the rest

The NFL’s Best and Worst Values on Defense: Week 2

As a new feature I thought that every Tuesday or Wednesday during the season I’ll take a look back at the prior weeks games and pick out the best and worst values each week. To gauge values we’ll be looking at a players salary cap charge for the week and comparing that to Pro Football Focus’ grade for a player. I’ll alternate each week between offense and defense, with offense in week 1 and then turning our attention to defense in week 2. Feel free to leave any feedback in the comments or by email.

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