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NFL 2017 VegasTopDogs Playoff Info

The 2017 playoffs are almost here infesting our lives. The tears and the cheers begin now. The big payoff for the long tedious season, all the hopes and thrills that we shared with our teams, the end result is almost upon us. As we obviously know, not everyone can win the ultimate prize –  but we all can dream of our team winning the trophy – and for some fan base this will become a reality. For the majority of fans, it will be another letdown and another season – thinking about next year, and what our team needs to do to get to the next level, what they need to do to be better. In some instances, fans will complain about bad calls, some will cheer to having the correct call being made after the ever so dissected instant replay. The fact is, good calls and bad calls will always happen, and we all know this going in. We will now take a look at the teams that will be representing their conferences in the 2017 NFL playoffs, and a grade rating for their respective positions, and outlooks.
** AFC **
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New England Patriots
Coach: Bill Belichick
13-3
ppg; 28.6
oppg; 18.5
PASSING
Tom Brady; 66.3% completion pct, 4577 YDs, 32 TDs, 8 ints, 102.8 passer rating
Brady has put up his 4th consecutive season with 28+ TD passes and 9 or less picks.
Grade: A
RECEIVING CREW
Rob Gronkowski; 69 catches, 1084 YDs, 8 TDs
Brandin Cooks; 65 catches, 1082 YDs, 7 TDs
Chris Hogan; 34 catches, 439 YDs, 5 TDs
Cooks has proven his big play ability, Gronk has been what was expected, Hogan, when healthy, is always a TD threat.
Grade: B
RUNNING GAME
Dion Lewis; 5.0 YPC, 896 YDs, 6 TDs
Mike Gillislee; 3.7 YPC, 383 YDs, 5 TDs
Gillislee has struggled with getting off the line, Lewis brings a utilitarian ability out of the backfield with soft hands.
Grade: C+
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Trey Flowers; 6.5 sacks, 62 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Kyle Van Noy; 5.5 sacks, 72 tackles
Deatrich Wise Jr.; 5 sacks, 26 tackles
Malcom Brown; 2.5 sacks, 49 tackles
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 7th / 42 sacks
Grade: C+
SECONDARY
Duron Harmon; 4 int, 7 passes defended, 23 tackles
Malcolm Butler; 2 int, 12 passes defended, 60 tackles
Patrick Chung; 1 int, 9 passes defended, 78 tackles
Grade: C
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Pittsburgh Steelers
Coach: Mike Tomlin
13-3
ppg; 25.4
oppg; 19.3
PASSING
Ben Roethlisberger; 64.2% completion pct, 4251 YDs, 28 TDs, 14 ints, 93.4 passer rating
Roethlisberger has quietly put up 26 or more TD passes in 5 of the last 6 seasons.
Grade: B
RECIEVING CREW
Antonio Brown; 101 catches, 1533 YDs, 9 TDs
JuJu Smith-Schuster; 58 catches, 917 YDs, 7 TDs
Martavis Bryant; 50 catches, 603 YDs, 3 TDs
Brown is the best in the NFL, Smith-Schuster is becoming a very serious NFL player
Grade: A
RUNNING GAME
Le’Veon Bell; 4.0 YPC, 1291 YDs, 9 TDs
James Conner; 4.5 YPC, 144 YDs, 0 TDs
Bell is the best RB in the game, with his patient style, and with 7 games of 80+ rushing YDs or more in a game this season.
Grade: B+
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Cameron Heyward; 12 sacks, 45 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Vince Williams; 8 sacks, 88 tackles
T.J. Watt; 7 sacks, 52 tackles, 8 passes defended
Bud Dupree; 6 sacks, 40 tackles
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 1st / 56 sacks
Grade: B+
SECONDARY
Mike Hilton; 2 int, 6 passes defended, 54 tackles
Sean Davis; 3 int, 8 passes defended, 89 tackles
Artie Burns; 1 int, 13 passes defended, 54 tackles
Grade: C+
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Jacksonville Jaguars
Coach: Doug Marrone
10-6
ppg; 26.1
oppg; 16.8
PASSING
Blake Bortles; 60.2 completion pct, 3687 YDs, 21 TDs, 13 ints, 84.7 passer rating
Bortles still has problems – with 8 games of completing 60% or less of his passes.
Grade: C
RECIEVING CREW
Marqise Lee; 56 catches, 702 YDs, 3 TDs
Keelan Cole; 42 catches, 748 YDs, 3 TDs
Marcedes Lewis; 24 catches, 318 YDs, 5 TDs
Jacksonville lacks a bigtime receiving threat for teams to be all that concerned about – with not onw WR with over 750 receiving YDs.
Grade: C-
RUNNING GAME
Leonard Fournette; 3.9 YPC, 1040 YDs, 9 TDs
Chris Ivory; 3.4 YPC, 382 YDs, 1 TDs
Fournette exploded on the league with aggression and power – Ivory brings the experience that the backfield needs.
Grade: B
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Calais Campbell; 14.5 sacks, 67 tackles, 3 forced fumbles
Yannick Ngakoue; 12 sacks, 30 tackles, 6 forced fumbles
Malik Jackson; 8 sacks, 39 tackles, 4 forced fumbles
Myles Jack; 2 sacks, 90 tackles
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 2nd / 55 sacks
Grade: A+
SECONDARY
A.J. Bouye; 6 int, 18 passes defended, 56 tackles
Barry Church; 4 int, 8 passes defended, 72 tackles
Jalen Ramsey; 4 int, 17 passes defended, 63 tackles
Grade: B+
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Kansas City Chiefs
Coach: Andy Reid
10-6
ppg; 25.9
oppg; 21.2
PASSING
Alex Smith; 67.5 completion pct, 4042 YDs, 26 TDs, 5 ints, 104.7 passer rating
Smith had his first season with 4000+ passing YDs, and a career high with 26 TD passes.
Grade: B+
RECIEVING CREW
Travis Kelce; 83 catches, 1038 YDs, 8 TDs
Tyreek Hill; 75 catches, 1183 YDs, 7 TDs
Albert Wilson; 42 catches, 554 YDs, 3 TDs
Hill is a real burner, but Kelce is the best threat for Kansas City.
Grade: B+
RUNNING GAME
Kareem Hunt; 4.9 YPC, 1327 YDs, 8 TDs
Charcandrick West; 4 YPC, 72 YDs, 2 TDs
Hunt is a great dual threat, West is a random carry guy who at one point himself was potential primary carry guy.
Grade: B
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Justin Houston; 9.5 sacks, 59 tackles
Chris Jones; 6.5 sacks, 32 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 7 passes defended
Allen Bailey; 2 sacks, 38 tackles
Daniel Sorensen; 1.5 sacks, 88 tackles, 6 passes defended
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 24th / 31 sacks
Grade: B
SECONDARY
Marcus Peters; 5 int, 9 passes defended, 46 tackles
Terrance Mitchell; 4 int, 17 passes defended, 52 tackles
Ron Parker; 2 int, 4 passes defended, 67 tackles
Grade: B
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Tennessee Titans
Coach: Mike Mularkey
9-7
ppg; 20.9
oppg; 22.3
PASSING
Marcus Mariota; 62% completion pct, 3232 YDs, 13 TDs, 15 ints, 79.3 passer rating
Mariota has regressed this season, with a terrible 13 TD passes and 15 picks.
Grade: D
RECIEVING CREW
Delanie Walker; 74 catches, 807 YDs, 3 TDs
Rishard Matthews; 53 catches, 795 YDs, 4 TDs
Eric Decker; 54 catches, 563 YDs, 1 TDs
The Titans lack a dangerous receiving corps, Walker and Matthews cannot carry the receiving attack this team.
Grade: C
RUNNING GAME
DeMarco Murray; 3.6 YPC, 659 YDs, 6 TDs
Derrick Henry; 4.2 YPC, 744 YDs, 5 TDs
Henry is becoming a good RB – the Titans have a pretty good duo behind the line moving the ball on the ground.
Grade: C+
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Derrick Morgan; 7.5 sacks, 32 tackles
Brian Orakpo; 7 sacks, 44 tackles, 3 forced fumbles
Jurrell Casey; 6 sacks, 60 tackles
Wesley Woodyard; 4 sacks, 121 tackles, 5 passes defended
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 5th / 43 sacks
Grade: C+
SECONDARY
Kevin Byard; 8 int, 16 passes defended, 87 tackles
LeShaun Sims; 1 int, 3 passes defended, 30 tackles
Adoree’ Jackson; 0 int, 17 passes defended, 70 tackles
Grade: B
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Buffalo Bills
Coach: Sean McDermott
9-7
ppg; 18.9
oppg; 22.4
PASSING
Tyrod Taylor; 62.6% completion pct, 2799 YDs, 14 TDs, 4 ints, 89.2 passer rating
Taylor still hasn’t been the prime time QB that is needed for Buffalo.
Grade: C
RECIEVING CREW
Charles Clay; 49 catches, 558 YDs, 2 TDs
Zay Jones; 27 catches, 316 YDs, 2 TDs
Deonte Thompson; 27 catches, 430 YDs, 2 TDs
Buffalo is going nowhere with Charles Clay leading the team with 558 YDs receiving
Grade: D
RUNNING GAME
LeSean McCoy; 4 YPC, 1138 YDs, 6 TDs
Mike Tolbert; 3.7 YPC, 247 YDs, 1 TDs
LeSean McCoy having injury issues is the be all end all for this Buffalo team.
Grade: C+
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Jerry Hughes; 4 sacks, 44 tackles
Shaq Lawson; 4 sacks, 32 tackles
Lorenzo Alexander; 3 sacks, 65 tackles, 3 forced fumbles
Preston Brown; 0 sacks, 144 tackles
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 29th / 27 sacks
Grade: C
SECONDARY
Micah Hyde; 5 int, 13 passes defended, 82 tackles
Jordan Poyer; 5 int, 13 passes defended, 95 tackles
TreDavious White; 4 int, 18 passes defended, 70 tackles
Grade: A
** NFC **
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Philadelphia Eagles
Coach: Doug Pederson
13-3
ppg; 28.6
oppg; 18.4
PASSING
Nick Foles; 56.4% completion pct, 537 YDs, 5 TDs, 2 ints, 79.5 passer rating
Nick has a knack for putting the ball in the end zone, and has also struggled to push the ball downfield with the best.
Grade: C
RECIEVING CREW
Alshon Jeffery; 57 catches, 789 YDs, 9 TDs
Zach Ertz; 78 catches, 824 YDs, 8 TDs
Nelson Agholor; 62 catches, 768 YDs, 8 TDs
Ertz is the steadiest pass catcher on the team – but Agholor has had a great season, and Jeffery brings a huge catch radius.
Grade: A
RUNNING GAME
LeGarrette Blount; 4.4 YPC, 766 YDs, 2 TDs
Jay Ajayi; 5.8 YPC, 408 YDs, 1 TDs
Blount has been punishing on defenses, and Ajayi brought a big play ability to the team.
Grade: B
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Brandon Graham; 9.5 sacks, 47 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Fletcher Cox; 5.5 sacks, 26 tackles
Derek Barnett; 5 sacks, 22 tackles
Mychal Kendricks; 2 sacks, 73 tackles, 6 passes defended
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 15th / 38 sacks
Grade: B
SECONDARY
Patrick Robinson; 4 int, 18 passes defended, 45 tackles
Jalen Mills; 3 int, 14 passes defended, 64 tackles
Malcolm Jenkins; 2 int, 8 passes defended, 69 tackles
Grade: B
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Minnesota Vikings
Coach: Mike Zimmer
13-3
ppg; 23.9
oppg; 15.8
PASSING
Case Keenum; 67.6% completion pct, 3547 YDs, 22 TDs, 7 ints, 98.3 passer rating
Keenum has been Mr. Steady for Minnesota.
Grade: B
RECIEVING CREW
Adam Thielen; 91 catches, 1276 YDs, 4 TDs
Stefon Diggs; 64 catches, 849 YDs, 8 TDs
Kyle Rudolph; 57 catches, 532 YDs, 8 TDs
Minnesota has great route runners in Thielen and Diggs – they are quietly one of the most dangerous WR combos in the NFL.
Grade: A
RUNNING GAME
Latavius Murray; 3.9 YPC, 842 YDs, 8 TDs
Jerick McKinnon; 3.8 YPC, 570 YDs, 3 TDs
Murray has carried the team with power running, McKinnon is the teams quick footed utility back.
Grade: C
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Everson Griffen; 13 sacks, 45 tackles, 3 forced fumbles
Danielle Hunter; 7 sacks, 45 tackles, 2 passes defended
Linval Joseph; 3.5 sacks, 67 tackles
Eric Kendricks; 1 sacks, 114 tackles, 6 passes defended
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 17th / 37 sacks
Grade: B+
SECONDARY
Harrison Smith; 5 int, 12 passes defended, 78 tackles
Xavier Rhodes; 2 int, 10 passes defended, 56 tackles
Trae Waynes; 2 int, 11 passes defended, 63 tackles
Grade: B+
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Los Angeles Rams
Coach: Sean McVay
11-5
ppg; 29.9
oppg; 20.6
PASSING
Jared Goff; 62.1% completion pct, 3804 YDs, 28 TDs, 7 ints, 100.5 passer rating
Goff has been fantastic, with a career high 28 TDs.
Grade: B
RECIEVING CREW
Cooper Kupp; 62 catches, 869 YDs, 5 TDs
Robert Woods; 56 catches, 781 YDs, 5 TDs
Sammy Watkins; 39 catches, 593 YDs, 8 TDs
Kupp is coming into his own, Watkins has been awesome as the big threat.
Grade: B
RUNNING GAME
Todd Gurley; 4.7 YPC, 1305 YDs, 13 TDs
Tavon Austin; 4.6 YPC, 270 YDs, 1 TDs
Gurley is a true workhorse, with 279 carries.
Grade: B
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Aaron Donald; 11 sacks, 41 tackles, 5 forced fumbles
Robert Quinn; 8.5 sacks, 32 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Connor Barwin; 5 sacks, 34 tackles
Alec Ogletree; 2 sacks, 95 tackles, 10 passes defended
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 4th / 48 sacks
Grade: B+
SECONDARY
Lamarcus Joyner; 3 int, 9 passes defended, 49 tackles
Mark Barron; 3 int, 4 passes defended, 85 tackles
Trumaine Johnson; 2 int, 13 passes defended, 65 tackles
Grade: C+
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New Orleans Saints
Coach: Sean Payton
11-5
ppg; 28.0
oppg; 20.4
PASSING
Drew Brees; 72% completion pct, 4334 YDs, 23 TDs, 8 ints, 103.9 passer rating
Brees has completed 70%+ of his passes for the 4th time in his career.
Grade: A
RECIEVING CREW
Michael Thomas; 104 catches, 1245 YDs, 5 TDs
Ted Ginn; 70 catches, 787 YDs, 4 TDs
Brandon Coleman; 37 catches, 364 YDs, 3 TDs
Thomas has shown the NFL he is a top ended WR in the league, and should be defended as such.
Grade: B
RUNNING GAME
Mark Ingram; 4.9 YPC, 1124 YDs, 12 TDs
Alvin Kamara; 6.1 YPC, 728 YDs, 8 TDs
Ingram and Kamara create the NFL’s most dangerous and dynamic backfield in the league.
Grade: A
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Cameron Jordan; 13 sacks, 62 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Alex Okafor; 4.5 sacks, 43 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Craig Robertson; 2 sacks, 77 tackles, 1 forced fumbles
Tyeler Davison; 0 sacks, 31 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 7th / 42 sacks
Grade: C+
SECONDARY
Marshon Lattimore; 5 int, 18 passes defended, 52 tackles
Kenny Vaccaro; 3 int, 7 passes defended, 69 tackles
Marcus Williams; 4 int, 7 passes defended, 71 tackles
Grade: B
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Carolina Panthers
Coach: Ron Rivera
11-5
ppg; 22.7
oppg; 20.4
PASSING
Cam Newton; 59.1 % completion pct, 3302 YDs, 22 TDs, 16 ints, 80.7 passer rating
Newton continues to struggle with being able to complete passes with his 5th season completing less than 60%
Grade: C
RECIEVING CREW
Devin Funchess; 63 catches, 840 YDs, 8 TDs
Ed Dickson; 30 catches, 437 YDs, 1 TDs
Russell Shepard; 17 catches, 202 YDs, 1 TDs
Funchess is becoming a good WR, but Dickson and Shepard cannot be trusted nearly enough.
Grade: C
RUNNING GAME
Jonathan Stewart; 3.4 YPC, 680 YDs, 6 TDs
Christian McCaffrey; 3.7 YPC, 435 YDs, 2 TDs
McCaffrey isn’t used enough, Stewart is used too much.
Grade: C
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Julius Peppers; 11 sacks, 33 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Mario Addison; 11 sacks, 44 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Kawann Short; 7.5 sacks, 49 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Luke Kuechly; 1.5 sacks, 125 tackles, 3 ints
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 3rd / 50 sacks
Grade: B+
SECONDARY
James Bradberry; 2 int, 11 passes defended, 85 tackles
Daryl Worley; 2 int, 8 passes defended, 63 tackles
Mike Adams; 2 int, 12 passes defended, 69 tackles
Grade: B-
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Atlanta Falcons
Coach: Dan Quinn
10-6
ppg; 22.1
oppg; 19.7
PASSING
Matt Ryan; 64.7% completion pct, 4095 YDs, 20 TDs, 12 ints, 91.4 passer rating
Ryan has put up 4 games with 300 or more passing yards.
Grade: C+
RECIEVING CREW
Julio Jones; 88 catches, 1444 YDs, 3 TDs
Mohamed Sanu; 67 catches, 703 YDs, 5 TDs
Austin Hooper; 49 catches, 526 YDs, 3 TDs
Jones doesn’t get in the end zone nearly enough as one would expect, Sanu gets in more
Grade: C+
RUNNING GAME
Devonta Freeman; 4.4 YPC, 865 YDs, 7 TDs
Tevin Coleman; 4.0 YPC, 628 YDs, 5 TDs
Freeman and Coleman are a tough combo to hammer against
Grade: C+
DEFENSIVE FRONT
Adrian Clayborn; 9.5 sacks, 21 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Vic Beasley; 5.0 sacks, 29 tackles, 1 forced fumbles
Deion Jones; 1.0 sacks, 138 tackles, 3 ints
Takkarist McKinley; 6.0 sacks, 20 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Team ranking in the league for sacks as a team; 13th / 39 sacks
Grade: B
SECONDARY
Desmond Trufant; 2 int, 12 passes defended, 41 tackles
Keanu Neal; 1 int, 6 passes defended, 116 tackles
Robert Alford; 1 int, 20 passes defended, 68 tackles
Grade: C+
This could be a really special playoff year – as the biggest games of the year are getting a lot closer.
The Steelers and the Patriots both have the proud history and look like the heavyweights, but they have both looked very beatable at times. With Carson Wentz out, the Eagles chances have changed drastically – they still are great in the trenches, but they are gonna be in for some tougher games after replacing Wentz with Nick Foles. No one other than Jaguars fans are seriously giving the Jags any real chance, but they need to be watched closely. The Vikings have become a dark horse favorite and they have had a quietly successful season themselves. Tennessee can struggle with not having a pounding 25 carry workhorse at RB and Henry hasn’t been entrusted quite yet to fully to get the gritty yards when it matters most for them.
This years playoffs are going to be amazing!
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