Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Informer's NFL Thursday Night Pick and Mid-Season Review

The First half of the 2013 NFL Season belonged to Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

 Week 9 of the 2013 NFL Season kicks off tonight with the Cincinnati Bengals traveling to face the Miami Dolphins. This means we have officially reached the halfway point of the year.

Where did the time go?

Honestly it feels like just yesterday The Informer was saying things like “Andrew Luck will be in the MVP race” and “the Kansas City Chiefs will only win seven games.”

Since we are at the midpoint of the season The Informer thought he would take a gander at some of his bold predictions from the beginning of the year and see if any of them are going to come true before finishing up this article by handing out his mid-season awards and giving his pick for the Thursday Night NFL game.

Before we start, The Informer would also like mention that we are going to keep things positive today, so we will not be talking about terrible predictions such as; the Atlanta Falcons will be in the Super Bowl, the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets will not win four games, Maurice Jones-Drew will be a fantasy stud, or the Seattle Seahawks will miss the playoffs.

We are just going to pretend like those predictions never happened.

Don’t worry; we will talk about one of The Informer’s bad predictions, because it really has become one of his worst predictions of all time.

On that note let’s get this train rolling.

5. The Kansas City Chiefs will finish 7-9

Considering Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs are 8-0, it is pretty safe to assume The Informer will be wrong with this prediction.

In my defense: Who would have known Alex Smith was going to turn into the best game manager in football and Reid would actually use Jamaal Charles correctly after years of misusing LeSean McCoy?

Now, The Informer has already written on several occasions that he is eating crow with this Kansas City Chiefs team, but it needed to be pointed out again that he was wrong.

And even though the Chiefs' wins have come against teams with a combined 17-38 record, the important thing to remember is it is not easy to win NFL games; especially eight games in a row.

So while the 7-9 prediction does not look good in hindsight, instead of making excuses for the pick The Informer will be man enough to admit that he is a moron and move on.

The Chiefs are a very good and consistent football team, with a tremendous defense and as long as Alex Smith keeps playing like Alex Smith they will have a chance to make some noise in January.

Just saying . . . Cold weather, great fans and a team that can run the ball and play defense; it is time to start getting excited in barbeque country.

4. Andrew Luck will finish in the Top 5 MVP Voting

The Informer has already read numerous articles claiming Luck is the MVP of the first half of the seasons. So as a charter member of the 'Andrew Luck is the greatest' bandwagon, The Informer is feeling pretty confident this prediction will end up coming true.

Now The Informer will say one thing about said prediction; Luck is not and should not win the award. Peyton Manning has been the first half MVP and as long as the Broncos make the playoffs Manning should be the full season MVP.

Again The Informer drinks more “Andrew Luck Kool-Aid” on a daily basis then recommended, but even he knows this season belongs to Manning.

Then again if Luck leads the Indianapolis Colts to the #1 seed in the AFC, after losing his best WR Reggie Wayne, maybe The Informer will have to reconsider his vote.

For now Luck is in the top five, which is exactly where The Informer said he would be.

3. The New Orleans Saints will win the NFC South

The Informer may have gotten it wrong when he said the Atlanta Falcons would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but one thing he is looking pretty smart on is saying the New Orleans Saints would be the NFC South Champions.

In hindsight, The Informer really should have just gone all in with this Saints team and he would have looked really smart.

At least the Saints will win the NFC South this year, so The Informer has that going for him.

2. Division Winners

Here is who The Informer predicted for division winners at the beginning of the season; the Colts, Broncos, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.

At the halfway mark seven of those eight teams are leading their division. The Informer is not ready to “Crown their A**es” just yet, but he is feeling pretty confident in his preseason picks.

1. The Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl

The Informer is one hundred percent standing behind this prediction.

Some people are starting to waiver after the Donkey’s defense has looked mediocre over the past couple of weeks, but make no mistake about it The Informer is not one of those people.

This Denver Broncos team is going to finish the season with the best scoring offense in NFL history. Manning is going to break the record for single season passing yards and touchdowns. The Broncos will beat the Chiefs twice and earn home field advantage and best off all Manning will get to once and for all shut up the critics who say he can’t win in January.

Now that we have covered five of The Informer's preseason predictions, why don't we finish with one more prediction for tonight's game?

The Bengals will beat the Dolphins 31-14.

Happy Halloween everyone and happy birthday to Vanilla Ice --Kick it one time BOY!!!

The Informer’s NFL Mid-Season Awards:

MVP – Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning

Offensive Player of the year – Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles

Rookie of the Year – Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Defensive Player of the Year – Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston

Coach of the Year – Andy Reid

Best Team – Denver Broncos

Most Improved – Andrew Luck

Best Game – The Denver Broncos-Dallas Cowboys 51-48 shootout on October 6th

Worst Team Ever – Jacksonville Jaguars (No really The Informer heard on the radio that Vegas would actually make the Jags underdogs if they played the 0-16 Detroit Lions next week on a neutral field.)

Biggest Surprise – (Tie) New York Jets and Oakland Raiders

Best Division – NFC West

Worst Division – NFC East

AFC Best QB – Peyton Manning

NFC Best QB – Drew Brees

AFC Best WR – Wes Welker

NFC Best WR – Calvin Johnson

AFC Best RB – Jamaal Charles

NFC Best RB – Frank Gore

AFC Best TE – Antonio Gates

NFC Best TE – Jimmy Graham

AFC Best Defensive Player - Justin Houston

NFC Best Defensive Player – Ndamukong Suh

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