Daly Dose 3-13-18 Our March Madness trivia

Tuesday on the Dose, we look at a few news stories coming out of the NFL, and today we are playing some Daly Dose trivia! How well do you know some of the teams on your NCAA brackets? We have a simple test to find out for sure. We would also like to invite everyone to our group Daly Dose bracket challenge!

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Finally, with NFL free agency beginning tomorrow, we all know some of the most coveted players around the league. However, today we look at a few players that your favorite team might be better off avoiding!

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The Daly Dose NFL NFC East Preview 

We now move over to another division that has a history of winning. Some of the greatest teams and players in league history have played in this rough and tumble division.

The NFC East boasts 12 Super Bowl victories!

And also, the Philadelphia Eagles!

NFC East

1. New York Giants   

Predicted finish: 9-7   

Giants management decided that Tom Coughlin was the only problem on a team that has gone 6-10 the past two seasons and fired him after 12 seasons and two Super Bowl victories. And while the defense should be better, but Eli Manning has thrown 55 interceptions over the past three seasons. What I’m saying is maybe the Giants should have fired Manning and made Coughlin the starting QB. Is that so crazy? Yeah, well who asked you?

2. Washington Redskins   

Predicted finish: 8-8   

Washington somehow won the NFC East last year with a 9-7 record, and made the playoffs under QB Kirk Cousins, who set the franchise record for passing yards in 2015.  So you might think this team should be better this year, at least until you find out that Cousins is 0-26 as a starter in his career against winning teams. “You like that?!?!”

3. Dallas Cowboys

Predicted finish: 6-10   

We aren’t sure how the Cowboys would have fared with Tony Romo at the helm considering the atrocious defense down in Dallas. But with Romo injured again, it will up to rookie Dak Prescott to try and outscore opponents. Last season the Cowboys tried to do that with Matt Cassel, Keller Moore, and Brandon Weeden and wound up going 1-11. So what is a rookie like Prescott going to do over that bunch? Well…probably about five games better.

4. Philadelphia Eagles   

Predicted finish: 5-11   

The Eagles may have helped themselves in the long term, but in the short term, they drafted QB Carson Wentz to watch and learn under veteran Sam Bradford. So if Wentz is a quick study, he should learn how to blow out his knee very shortly.

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Daly Dose Sports Pro Football NFC East Preview

We move now to the NFC East.

Is Chip Kelly really smarter than everyone else? Can the Cowboys repeat their winning ways from last season? Can the Giants turn it around and save Tom Coughlin’s job? Can that team from Washington ? I think we know that the answer to all of these questions is “no”.

NFC-East

Team Predicted finish Outlook
NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

11-5 First Chip Kelly takes former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and then he deals QB Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford. Not bad. If Bradford can actually stay healthy he could be an improvement. Of course that’s like saying “if Philly fans can be polite” or “if Tim Tebow can complete a pass.”
Dallas Cowboys 10-6 The Dallas Cowboys finally got over the hump last year and made it to the Divisional round of the NFC playoffs. They made it by running the ball and taking some of the pressure off of QB Tony Romo to perform late in games. So what did they do in the offseason? They got rid of RB DeMarco Murray (1,845 yards) and replaced him with Darren McFadden (534 yards). Well of course they did.
New York Giants 9-7 The Giants suffered back to back losing seasons for the first time in the Tom Coughlin era as the Giants stumbled to a 6-10 record in 2014. To be fair they did have an insane number of injuries that they were forced to deal with. I was unsure exactly where to rank the Giants in this preview so I asked DE Jason Pierre-Paul to hold up fingers for where he thinks the Giants will finish in the NFC East. Okay Jason, three it is.
Washington Redskins 4-12 The Redskins announced that they would be starting Kirk Cousins in Week 1 after the Robert Griffin III fiasco but that RG3 “still has a future in Washington”.  I didn’t even know he was running for office.

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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • You just completed your final weekend without either major college or professional football for the year.
  • Say “hello” to not getting anything done on the weekends until spring.
  • We get some really good college football games already this first weekend. TCU vs Minnesota, Washington vs. Boise State, Louisville vs. Auburn, Arizona State vs. Texas A&M, and Wisconsin vs. Alabama are a pretty good slate for the Week 1.
  • There seem to be three or four major college football stories to follow this season.
  • Can Ohio State repeat as National Champions?
  • Can Jim Harbaugh return Michigan to dominance?
  • Can the SEC return to it’s traditional spot atop the college football world by winning another National Championship?
  • Can we combine the rosters of Colorado, Colorado State, and Air Force to make one team that could even get ranked?
  • Okay, that last one might not be on the national radar.
  • Probably just mine.
  • A week after trying to get Robert Griffin III killed, the Washington Redskins have announced that he will be benched for the always average Kirk Cousins.
  • When Griffin’s head clears he’s going to be really mad.
  • Did you see American golfer Brian Harman made not one but two holes-in-one in his final round at The Barclays, which was won by Jason Day?
  • Harman finished 30th in the final standings.
  • He may never be one of the great players of all time but you can’t take those two plays away from him.
  • He’s like Eli Manning.
  • Do you know how hard it is to play quarterback in the NFL?
  • Matt Cassel, Kellen Clemens, and Matt Schaub all still have jobs.
  • You barely have to do anything productive and if you can do even a mediocre job you have job security.
  • There aren’t many jobs like that.
  • Maybe a meteorologist.
  • Or a politician.