Pats trade Brandin Cooks to Rams

The Rams continue to make moves in this offseason. According ESPN’s Adam Schefter, The Patriotss will trade WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams for Los Angeles’ 2018 first-round pick(23rd overall) and a sixth-round pick.

Cooks, 24, was acquired last season by the Patriots from New Orleans.

This moves probably means the Rams will not go after the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.

The Rams have already added to their defense with the acquisitions of corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and added five-time Pro Bowl DT  Ndamukong Suh.

The acquisition of Cooks gives the Rams a deep threat as he replaces the departed Sammy Watkins.

Don’t look now, but the Rams are going for it all in 2018!

Rams, Suh agree on one-year deal

Los Angeles Rams and Ndamukong Suh agreed to a one-year deal today. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s a one-year deal worth $14 million.

The Rams will team Suh with stud DT Aaron Donald.  According to Rapoport, Suh did consider the Titans and Saints, but ultimately, he decided to join the Rams.

The 31-year-old Suh was released by the Dolphins this offseason after three seasons in Miami.

Rams to host Chiefs in Mexico City next season

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today at his press conference in Minneapolis in advance of Super Bowl LII.

The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring. The game in Mexico is the fourth international game confirmed for 2018, adding to the three previously announced games in London, and a testament to the NFL’s commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

In November, the NFL and Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced an agreement to play three NFL regular-season games from 2019 to 2021. The previous agreement covered games from 2016 to 2018.

“Over the past two seasons, we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in Mexico,” Goodell said. “We are excited for another memorable event at Estadio Azteca as the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs head to Mexico City in 2018.”

The Rams and Chiefs will both play their first regular-season game in Mexico next season. The Chiefs played a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys in Monterrey, Mexico on August 5, 1996, earning a 32-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

“Southern California and Mexico share strong historic and cultural ties and this game will provide an opportunity to celebrate the special connection between these two regions,” said Rams Owner/Chairman E. STANLEY KROENKE. “It is great to be participating in the NFL’s international games again and working with the league to grow the game abroad. Mexico has one of the largest NFL fan bases in the world and we are excited to bring Rams football to the millions of fans there.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the NFL’s international initiatives once again, and we are excited to face the Rams at historic Estadio Azteca this fall,” said Kansas C​ity Chiefs Chairman & CEO CLARK HUNT. “The support for the NFL in Mexico has grown significantly since our initial trip in 1996. We look forward to returning to Mexico and connecting with a new generation of fans this season.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for the game, which will go on sale this summer, should register their interest at http://www.nfl.com/mexico/registration. Season ticket members of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will receive information directly from the clubs once tickets are ready for sale.

Complete Wild Card weekend schedule

The NFL announced the scheduled for Wild Card weekend tonight.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, January 6

AFC   4:35 PM (ET)

 Tennessee at Kansas City (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC)

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)

 Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

Sunday, January 7

AFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

 Buffalo at Jacksonville (CBS)

NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)

 Carolina at New Orleans (FOX)

The Divisional Playoffs will be played on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14.

The AFC (CBS, 3:05 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 21.

The 2018 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and Super Bowl LII will take place on Sunday, February 4 (NBC, 6:30 PM ET) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

  1. New England (13-3), AFC East champion

  1. Philadelphia (13-3), NFC East champion

  1. Pittsburgh (13-3), AFC North champion

  1. Minnesota (13-3), NFC North champion

  1. Jacksonville (10-6), AFC South champion

  1. Los Angeles Rams (11-5), NFC West champion

  1. Kansas City (10-6), AFC West champion

  1. New Orleans (11-5), NFC South champion

  1. Tennessee (9-7)

  1. Carolina (11-5)

  1. Buffalo (9-7)

  1. Atlanta (10-6)

Eric Dickerson does not believe Jeff Fisher left the Rams in good shape

Coming into 2017, not many expected the Los Angeles Rams to win the NFC West and make the playoffs. However, they have exceeded everybody’s expectations and then some.

What’s the difference? Gone is former head coach Jeff Fisher. In is Sean McVay, who has helped QB Jared Goff become a big time QB in 2017.

According to their former coach Jeff Fisher, he left the Rams in pretty good shape.

Well, not everybody agrees.

Hall of Famer and former Rams’ great Eric Dickerson gave his thoughts on whether Fisher left the Rams in good shape:

“He left our defense in pretty good shape. Offense? No, absolutely not. Do I think he left the team in a good spot? No, I do not,” Dickerson told TMZ Sports. “Personally, I don’t. I don’t think he helped Jared Goff at all, I don’t think he helped Todd Gurley at all, and I don’t think he helped the offense at all.”

Dickerson gives the credit to McVay and GM Les Snead:

“It’s a totally different football team than what he left, so that credit goes to most definitely the head coach Sean McVay and Les Snead(GM),” Dickerson said. “They’ve done a very good job of putting new pieces in place, and that pieces are Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, drafting guys, Sammy Watkins, and also getting what we need out of Jared Goff.”

Dickerson and Fisher have not always seen eye-to-eye. Dickerson accused Fisher of banning him from the Rams’ sideline last season because of Dickerson’s criticism of the team.

Let’s be honest; Fisher did a lousy job with the Rams. He needed to go. Did he leave the team in good shape? I think he did. While he did not do a lot of winning, he was apart of the brain trust that drafted Goff, who looks like the real deal.  Also, he was apart of the organization when they drafted Gurley, who is having an MVP caliber season.

Therefore, argument could be made that Fisher has left the Rams in pretty good shape.

Week 16 playoff scenarios in the NFL

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East division title

Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

                     Jacksonville – Playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3) (vs. Buffalo (8-6), Sunday)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1)  NE win + PIT loss + JAX loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1)  NE win + PIT loss   OR

2)  NE win + JAX loss or tie   OR

3)  NE tie + JAX loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) (at Houston (4-10), Monday)

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win + JAX loss or tie  OR

2) PIT tie + JAX loss

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (10-4) (at San Francisco (4-10), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches AFC South division title with:

1)    JAX win or tie  OR

2)    TEN loss or tie

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-6) (vs. Miami (6-8), Sunday)

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:

1)  KC win  OR

2)  LAC loss  OR

3)    KC tie + LAC tie

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-6) (vs. Los Angeles Rams (10-4), Sunday)

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  TEN win + BAL loss + BUF loss

NFC

CLINCHED: Philadelphia – NFC East division title and first-round bye

                     Minnesota – NFC North division title

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (12-2) (vs. Oakland (6-8), Monday night)

Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) PHI win  OR

2) MIN loss  OR

3) PHI tie + MIN tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-3) (at Green Bay (7-7), Saturday night)

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

1)  MIN win + CAR loss or tie  OR

2)  MIN tie + CAR loss + NO loss or tie + LAR loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-4) (at Tennessee (8-6), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

1) LAR win or tie  OR

2) SEA loss or tie

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

1)  DET loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) (vs. Atlanta (9-5), Sunday)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1)  NO win + CAR loss

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  NO win or tie  OR

2)  DAL-SEA tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-4) (vs. Tampa Bay (4-10), Sunday)

Carolina clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  CAR win or tie  OR

2)  DAL-SEA tie

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5) (at New Orleans (10-4), Sunday)

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

1)  ATL win  OR

2)  ATL tie + DAL-SEA tie + DET loss or tie

Playoff scenarios for Week 15 in the NFL

AFC

​CLINCHED: Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-2) (vs. New England (10-3), Sunday)

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:​

  1. ​PIT win + JAX loss or tie​

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. PIT win  OR

  2. PIT tie + JAX loss

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) (at Pittsburgh (11-2), Sunday)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. NE win or tie  OR

  2. BUF loss or tie

New England clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. ​BAL loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (9-4) (vs. Houston (4-9), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. JAX win  OR

  2. JAX tie + BUF loss or tie  OR

  3. JAX tie + BAL loss or tie  OR

  4. BUF loss + BAL loss  OR

  5. BAL loss + KC-LAC game does not end in tie

NFC

CLINCHED: Philadelphia – NFC East division title

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (11-2) (at New York Giants (2-11), Sunday)

Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. PHI win + MIN loss

Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. ​PHI win  OR

  2. ​PHI tie + LAR loss or tie + NO loss or tie + CAR loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-3) (vs. Cincinnati (5-8), Sunday)

Minnesota clinches NFC North division title with:​

  1. ​MIN win or tie  OR

  2. DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. SEA loss + ATL loss + NO loss  OR

  2. SEA loss + ATL loss + CAR loss  OR

  3. SEA loss + ATL loss + DET loss or tie  OR

  4. SEA loss + ATL tie + NO loss + DET loss or tie  OR

  5. SEA loss + ATL tie + NO loss + CAR loss

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-4) (at Seattle (8-5), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. ​LAR win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie + NO loss + ATL loss

QB Austin Davis signs with Seahawks; Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned

Colin Kaepernick will miss out on another QB job. After a few weeks of speculation, the Seattle Seahawks went in a different direction, and signed QB Austin Davis. 

The 28-year-old Davis started 10 games, for the Rams and Browns during his career.

So, to recap, Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Nick Foles, Josh McCown, Landry Jones, Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Josh Johnson, EJ Manuel, Kellen Moore, Aaron Murray, Chase Daniel, Case Keenum, David Fales, T.J. Yates, Matt McGloin, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Fitzpatrick have been signed during this offseason.

All these quarterbacks are better than Kaepernick?

Yeah, okay…