NFL MVP Race Through 6 Weeks

Here we are through week 6 of the 2014 NFL Season. Some players have lead their teams to surprisingly good starts, while others have had the caliber season that you would expect. Through this point in the season here are the 5 players that are the most worthy to win the Most Valuable Player Award if the season were to end right now.

Demarco Murray

1. DeMarco Murray

Lesean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Matt Forte are three running backs you would expect to be sitting at the top of this list right now. One you might not expect to be up at the top is Cowboys tailback DeMarco Murray. Murray is off to a phenomenal start with 785 yards through six games. He is in elite company with Jim Brown as the only other running back with six straight 100 yard games through the six games. He is the primary reason that the Cowboys are the biggest surprise this year. Because of these factors he sits atop the list.

JJ Watt

2. JJ Watt

Its impossible to Deny that JJ Watt is the best defensive player in the NFL and possibly could be top 5 defensive player of all time. Through this point in the season the Texan’s lineman has 26 combined tackles, and 4 sacks. Alright that’s pretty good, but here is where he becomes mind blowing. Watt has 6 pass deflections which if you think about it could be 6 scores. DIFFERENCE MAKER is what comes to my mind with JJ Watt. Finally and most impressive is that he has three touchdowns. He has one fumble recovery for a TD, one offensive reception for a touchdown and most impressively an 80 yard interception for a touchdown. This a 290 pound defensive end with an arsenal unlike anyone else at this position, so for this JJ Watt comes in at number 2.

Philip Rivers

3. Philip Rivers

One of the NFL’s more pleasant surprises this season has been the San Diego Chargers. The main factor in the surge has been the play of QB Philip Rivers. Rivers currently leads the NFL in an astounding number of categories. These categories include completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passer rating. He also boasts a 15/2 Touchdown to Interception Ratio. Rivers also led the Chargers over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and their “legion of boom defense”. Rivers has been a very pleasant surprise this year and for his impressive season thus far he gets the spot at number 3.


4. Andrew Luck

Since the day Andrew Luck has come into the league he has been in the MVP Discussion. They were 2-14 before Luck came into the League and ever since the have had consecutive ten win seasons. Along with this he has had an incredible amount of fourth quarter comebacks. This year is no exception to this impressive repertoire this season, Currently Luck leads the league in yards. Along with this he averages 331 yards per game which is good enough to also put him in the first. It’s terrifying to think about how much more room he has for improvement because he is pretty darn good already. Andrew Luck sits at number 4 on the MVP chase list thus far.


5. Aaron Rodgers

What can you say? Aaron Rodgers in the best QB in the NFL. He makes plays like no one else and also throws the prettiest back corner fade in the league. Rodgers comes in as the only player who has already taken the award, as well as the only player on the list with a Super Bowl Ring. He boasts the NFL’s best TD to INT ratio in football at 15 to 1. It probably helps that he has the current best receiver in the NFL in Jordy Nelson. Aaron Rodgers last three weeks have been phenomenal and for this he comes in at a modest number 5 in the MVP Race

Top Five Teams In The NFL Through 6 Weeks

We are through six weeks in the 2014 NFL Season and boy has it been exciting. There have been some good teams that haven’t been just that, along with some teams that have taken the league by storm. That’s foreshadowing for our number one ranked team.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)


The five win Eagles have been winning in a lot of different ways. They started this season fourteen points down to the winless Jaguars, beat a good Colts team IN Indy, almost blew a huge lead at home vs. St. Louis, and shut-out the Giants 27-0. Their only blemish on there resume is a road loss to the 49ers. Philly has had contributions from every part of there team; offense, defense and special teams. They score the second most points in the league with 30.5, 7th in total yards, 2nd in total sacks, 1st in forced fumbles with 2 defensive touchdowns, AND to top it off 2 special teams touchdowns. The Eagles remaining schedule is really, really difficult so we will see how they navigate through, but for now, they are a contender to win the NFC.

4. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)

The leaders of the NFC West after 6 weeks reside in Arizona. The Cardinals have suffered SO many injuries, mostly on defense, and yet here we are with the Cardinals ahead of everyone. Carson Palmer finally returned this week and Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd both had there first scores. Andre Ellington has been the every down back the organization hasn’t had since Beanie Wells, which was quite a few years back. Arizona’s defense has forced 11 turnovers, which is 8th in all of football. Not only have they been a turnover machine, they have only given the ball away 3 times for a turnover differential of +8, which is good for third in the league. The Cards have three quality wins against San Diego, New York, and San Francisco, one lone loss to Denver.

3. Denver Broncos (4-1)

What do ya know, the Broncos crack a top 5 power ranking. With three quality wins versus Indy, Kansas City, and Arizona, Denver hasn’t slowed down a step from last season. Thomas squared have taken over the first 6 weeks with 13 touchdowns, 9 for Julius and 4 for Demaryius. There offense is elite and the defense is the fourth best team against the run. Peyton Manning is 2 TD’s away from the all-time record so it will only be a matter of time, aka the next game, before he is the all-time record holder. A big-time matchup on primetime television next week against the 49ers on Sunday night football will be a big test for Denver.

2. San Diego Chargers (5-1)

News flash: The Chargers are really, really good. Philip Rivers has been flat out awesome and has been a top 5 MVP candidate. He leads the league in completion percentage, 2nd in passing touchdowns, 3rd in yards, and has the highest QB rating in football. Losing Ryan Mathews was seemingly going to hurt, until they may have found a diamond in the rough with Brandon Oliver who has over 300 total yards in the past 2 weeks. I could rant and rave about how good there offense has been, but don’t think that’s the only reason they sit atop the AFC West. Their defense ranks 5th against the pass and 9th against the run. They’ve taken the ball away 9 times and have only given it away twice for a +7 turnover differential. They don’t have the most difficult schedule remaining, this could be San Diego’s season.

1. Dallas Cowboys (5-1)


Here we are, headed to Week 7, and the Dallas Cowboys are the number one ranked team in the National Football League. After a HUGE win IN Seattle, Dallas has the confidence, which is warranted, that they can beat anybody in the league. They have the best rushing attack in football as DeMarco Murray is on a record setting pace in almost every running category imaginable. Tied for first in what is turning out to be one of the better divisions in football, once again, Dallas doesn’t have that hard of an upcoming schedule and could be looking at a 9-1, 8-2 record headed into there Week 11 bye week. Tony Romo has been really smart with the ball and is completing passes at an elite level. My concern isn’t the Dallas offense, but the defense without a doubt has a lot of question marks. Rolando McClain has been GREAT in the middle of the defense, but secondary concerns always seem like a problem for Dallas, even though they have made plays whenever they’ve needed to.

New York Mets 2015 Primer

Well, the 2014 season is over for the Mets. It was a roller coaster ride of a year for the Mets, and another missed postseason.It is clear that there are a few things that need to be addressed in the off season. All of these hypothetical moves are what I believe would be the right step if the Amazin’s are actually serious about becoming a contender in 2015.

Coming into the 2014 season the Mets made a few moves in free agency in an attempt to boost the outfield. The first move was the signing of Chris Young. This move backfired and Young, who barely hit over .200 was designated for assignment during the season. The other move made last year was of course Curtis Granderson. Granderson who signed for 4 years/60 million dollars. Granderson came in this season and was more inconsistent than he had ever been. He hit .229 with 20 homeruns, which isn’t that great. There are three issues with Grandy. First of all he is wildly inconsistent, which is never good for a ballclub that is counting on his production. Secondly he doesn’t really have an ideal spot in the lineup. The 1 hole provided to much pressure, and he couldn’t get on base enough. Batting cleanup also seemed like a bad choice, which is what he was initially brought into this clubhouse for. Third, and finally the Mets are locked into his contract for three more years, so they better find a way to maximize his contributions.

Now looking ahead to 2015. Juan Lagares is the future in centerfield. He is one of the best defensively in the game and slowly but surely his offensive play is improving so hes not going anyway. As previously stated Granderson is locked in right field, which leaved a big gaping hole in Left. The Mets missed out big on Nelson Cruz, who ended up having a 40 homerun season in Baltimore. Mind you he only signed a deal worth 500k more than Chris Young who is no longer on the team. So if Cruz isn’t extended in Baltimore for the coming seasons take a shot. Certainly his price range will be higher but Sandy, you have to do something. Another option would be Melky Cabrera who had a fantastic season in 2014.

Now if free agency proves to be out of his price range you have to go to the trade market. Now with the emergence of a legitimate front line starter in Jacob deGrom, and the return of Matt Harvey, there is a surplus in pitching. Along with the hole in left field, there is also a hole at Shortstop. I beleive if Sandy Alderson addresses these wholes it will be via trade. In left field prime targets could range anywhere from Rockies oft-injured slugger Carlos Gonzalez to Newly Rejuvenated Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Now if the price tags on these two are too high, then there are smaller targets such as Shane Victorino.

At Shortstop the Mets clearly need an upgrade. Reuben Tejada has been subpar and the im not too high on Wilmer Flores. The ideal option would be Rockies Superstar Troy Tulowitzki. So here is a hail mary attempt at something huge. Deal Dillon Gee,pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and left field prospect Brandon Nimmo, and bring in Cargo and Tulo. Now realistically this is a very very long shot. But with the shortage in power and need for position upgrades, along with the Mets surplus in pitching, something needs to be done for them to be a legitimate condtender in 2015.

Facets Focus: NFC EAST

And so we begin! Training camps are off, and alas, it’s going to be another tough year predicting the NFC East. So here I am, ready to give my best effort!

1. Philadelphia Eagles


Signing Mark Sanchez puts this team over the edge to instant Super Bowl contenders. Joking, but all joking aside, the division winners from a year ago are likely headed towards the same result once again. There most notable signing, outside of Mark Sanchez, was safety Malcolm Jenkins who’s started 54 games in the past 4 seasons. That’s 13.5 games per season, fairly durable. He was second all-pro team in 2010, his most notable award, but sures up a Philly defense that, according to, ranked below league average. Philly also got versatile Mr. Do everything, Darren Sproles from New Orleans. Sproles can literally do it all. He’s a dangerous, dangerous player in the return game, running attack and can play out wide like a wide receiver and catch countless passes. Those passes, coming from 2013 standout, Nick Foles. Foles had one of the better QB seasons of recent years throwing 27 touchdowns and a measly 2 interceptions. Coming off that great season, Foles will be without his favorite target, DeSean Jackson, who took his talents to Washington. Foles and D-Jack connected on over 70% of passes thrown, and now the Eagles are looking to fill that void. With a healthy Jeremy Maclin returning, along with the resigning of Riley Cooper, the Eagles still have a potent air attack. Shady McCoy, in some peoples eyes may be the best back in the league, and has the numbers to prove it over the past couple seasons. It’s year 2 in the Chip Kelly system, and I believe Chip will be 2 for 2 in division titles by the end of the season.

  • Record Prediction: 10-6
  • Offensive MVP: LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy
  • Defensive MVP: Mychal Kendricks

2. New York Giants


Giants fans are in for a ton of new faces offensively, defensively and on special teams. Giants GM Jerry Reese didn’t get shorted on off-season signings and that’s for sure as he signed well over 15 players that will all contribute this upcoming season. Along with player signings, Big Blue brought in a new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, former Green Bay Packers QB coach. McAdoo has brought in the West Coast Offense to East Rutherford, New Jersey and seems to be very exciting. New Giants starting running-back Rashad Jennings said the G-Men could run the entire offense with no huddle. The key to the offense, no matter a new running-back in the aforementioned Jennings, or rookie wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants offense will rely heavily on two things; Eli Manning and the offensive line blocking for him. One of the worst lines a year ago, the G-Men have a few new starters up front and they’re the key to helping Eli get back on track. But, the bread and butter as it seems headed into preseason shortly, is the New York Giants secondary. The Giants brought back ball-hawk safety, Stevie Brown, acquired safety and return man Will Demps and two notable corners in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. The Giants now have one of the better secondaries in the entire NFL, but it’s definitely going to be needed during their divisional games with each team having impressive wide-out cores.

  • Record Prediction: 9-7
  • Offensive MVP: Victor Cruz
  • Defensive MVP: Prince Amukamara

3. Washington Redskins


We could go on for days about RG3, is he okay? Is he ever going to perform like he did his rookie year again? and so on and so forth. But the weapons around him are completely in place, so we might find out how good Robert Griffin III really is. New acquisition DeSean Jackson adds to the firepower of Pierre Garcon, Alfred Morris, Jordan Reed and company. One of the more potent offenses in the entire league you’d think are going to put up points. The question about the Redskins will be about their defense. Long time captain and middle linebacker London Fletcher is gone (retired) so now this has become Brian Orakpo’s defense. He and DeAngelo Hall are their 2 clear cut best defenders and they’re going to have to be defensive standouts if Washington hopes to compete for a division in 2014. Will they still be the Redskins by seasons start? I believe so, but that remains to be seen.

  • Record Prediction: 8-8
  • Offensive MVP: Alfred Morris
  • Defensive MVP: Brian Orakpo

4. Dallas Cowboys


It could be a really long season in Jerry World. We could see a head coach firing midway through the season in Dallas. Everything Dallas does, Tony Romo will be in the spotlight, good or bad. That being said, this season, it shouldn’t be. The Dallas defense is not going to be very good by any means. They lost there 2 best defensive players, DeMarcus Ware via free agency, and Sean Lee to a season ending injury. The 6th worst defense in the NFL from a year ago, with Ware and Lee for part of the season, isn’t going to improve by losing 2 all-pro players on that side of the ball. Their offense, on the other hand, is going to be just fine. Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams is a very nice 1-2 punch for Romo to throw too, along with Mr. Consistency, Jason Witten. I don’t expect Jason Garrett to make it through the entire season the head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Record Prediction: 6-10
  • Offensive MVP: Tony Romo
  • Defensive MVP: Brandon Carr

Ten Best NBA Offseasons To Date

In no specific order here are the ten BEST off-seasons so far.

Cleveland Cavaliers


The best player in the WORLD is on his way back home. LeBron James makes any teams off-season instantly great but that’s not the only thing we should zero in on. Cleveland landed the first pick in the lotto and took Andrew Wiggins, who has been compared to LeBron himself in the past. Dan Gilbert and management did a wonderful job dealing Jarrett Jack along with a few others in a trade to clear enough space for LBJ’s max contract. They gave their point guard of the future a big extension hoping he and LeBron can help bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. I can’t forget Cleveland went outside the states to bring in there new head coach, David Blatt, who was considered the best coach outside of the states.


Chicago Bulls



The Bulls have had a good draft and a good free agency thus far. They traded there two first round picks (16 & 19) for McDermott who was selected 11th overall. He’s played two straight dominant offensive games for the Chicago summer league team scoring 30 and than 20 points in consecutive games. But the draft isn’t the only thing Chicago can hang there hats about. They’ve attacked the free agent market, such a non-Bullsy thing to do. They made a serious play at Carmelo Anthony, ultimately falling short, but went straight to plan b when they scooped Pau Gasol right up on a three year deal. Not only did they acquire Pau, but they brought over the best overseas player in the game in Nikola Mirotic. A 6’10 stretch PF, Mirotic has a very polished offensive game and adds to the depth the Bulls have in the front-court.


Charlotte Hornets


The formally known Bobcats have had a wonderful off-season. Michael Jordan has been criticized for some of the previous moves he’s made in the draft or free agency but he’s nailed it on the head this season. Newly acquiring Lance Stephenson today really gives Charlotte a nice core with he, Kemba, and Big Al Jefferson. It allows Kemba to play off the ball more, which is only going to help them late in games, having two potent ball-handlers. They had a solid draft taking Noah Vonleh who A LOT of people were high on during the draft and sharp shooter P.J Hairston. Charlotte addressed needs that were imminent headed into the off-season and Jordan has pushed all the right buttons so far.


New York Knicks


Phil Jackson has started off his tenure very, very well. He even got Melo to take a five million dollar pay-cut! But in all seriousness, Phil has done well. Replacing Raymond Felton with Jose Calderon, huge upgrade, Sam Dalembert for Tyson Chandler who were VERY similar players based on offensive and defensive ratings last year and Dalembert is a lot cheaper! Cleanthony Early slipped to the second round and the Knicks didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on what I think, was the steal of the draft at pick number 32. Phil has Melo buying in to the future. Maybe it was for the money, Melo will never admit that, but resigning him and making these positive moves is a very good sign going forward for the Knickerbockers.


San Antonio Spurs


How can you even deny how masterful a job every single person in this organization does any longer? San Antonio has made zero major splashes but they’ve quietly kept there championship winning team together. Tim Duncan opted into his deal, Boris Diaw re-signed, Patty Mills who could have probably gone somewhere and possibly started re-signed as well. They drafted talented prospect from UCLA Kyle Anderson and scoring machine Bryce Cotton. There is no denying that guys that could leave to go get more money elsewhere, don’t care because how well they’re treated and how much desire the Spurs have to just flat out win.


Dallas Mavericks


Dallas got a borderline top ten player of all-time, still an elite scorer in the NBA, to take a paycut at eight million dollars per so he gets a final run at a championship. Kudos, Mark Cuban. But alas, that’s not all! They brought back Tyson Chandler, as I previously mentioned because Dirk simply needs support at the rim behind him. They put out an offer sheet, that wasn’t matched by Houston, on Chandler Parsons coming off a career year and a guy who can do anything and everything on the court in order to win games. The biggest asset Dallas lost is Jose Calderon but the re-signing of former All-Star Devin Harris will quickly fill that void left at the point guard position. What moves does Cuban have in store for the rest of Free Agency?


Utah Jazz


Utah has so much young talent. After getting combo guard Dante Exum in the draft along with combo guard forward out of Duke, Rodney Hood, the Jazz keep loading up on the young talent. After Charlotte offered Gordon Hayward a healthy contract, Utah decided it was in there best interest going forward to match the offer sheet to bring Gordon back. They brought in veteran three-point specialist Steve Novak who adds to the multitude of shooters Utah has, as well. A young core of Burke, Exum, Hayward, and Favors is very promising going forward. They may not thrive right this season, but in a couple of years I wouldn’t doubt Utah being a playoff team in a tough Western Conference.


Miami Heat


I know it’s hard to consider the Heat as one of the ten best offseasons to date losing the best player in the world, but every other move has been very productive. Up until this point, the Heat have signed eight players, and drafted one. The new Miami Heat core has two familiar faces, and one ex-Bull in Luol Deng. Although Shabazz Napier hasn’t performed well at all during summer league, the Heat got who they wanted in the draft and they haven’t shy’d away from it just because he’s struggled a bit. Adding two veterans in Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger are two very good pieces now that they’re not in any limelight type role, especially Granger. I don’t think Pat Riley and the Heat are done in free agency just yet, but he’s put together a very formidable team down in Miami.


Toronto Raptors


Like the Spurs, Toronto kept a lot of there own. They re-signed breakout point guard Kyle Lowry, backup point guard and one time starter Greivis Vasquez, and the always reliable Patrick Patterson. An underrated move by Masai Uriji who may be the best general manager in the sport, the Raptors acquired Lou Williams who a few years back was one of the best sixth men across the entire NBA. They moved him for John Salmons showing you how much of an upgrade off the bench that makes. Is Toronto content with their roster in place? Can they build on being the third seed in the eastern conference just a season ago?

Boston Celtics


The Boston Celtics have had another one of those quiet, but solid off-seasons. They haven’t lost anyone other than Kris Humphries via sign and trade but they’ve gained-a-plenty! Getting guards Marcus Smart and Jon Young in the first round of the draft were both solid picks by Danny Ainge and the C’s organization. Re-signing one of the better on ball defenders, who’s offensive game continues to get better in Avery Bradley was a solid move too go along with two nice pieces acquired in the trade variety: Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller. This team will go with Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green, but all the pieces whether they are used as trade bait or for the future are nicely put together.

MLB Awards On July First



Mike Trout – Fish boy has simply been all world since he arrived to the major leagues, the second time, on April 28th of 2012. 2014 has been no different. He’s 6th in average (.313), 3rd in runs (55), 5th in HR’s (19), 5th in RBI (62), 2nd in OBP (.407), 1st in OPS (1.022), and is a perfect 10 out of ten swiping bags. The endless things you can say about Mike start to get repetitive because how consistently great he is. He’s created the most runs in the AL based on everything he does and that’s a great contribution to the 2nd best record in the AL along with the 3rd greatest run differential at +55. Remember when people said he came into last season overweight? Right. Me neither.

AL Cy Young

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez - This AL Cy Young race is basically a 1a and 1b type race between he and Masahiro Tanaka. At this point, Felix and Tanaka and tied for 1st in ERA (2.10), the king leads by .03 at .92 in WHIP, 2nd in K’s (137), has only allowed 30 runs in 128 innings pitched and the opponents batting average against Hernandez is an outstanding .206, which is 3rd in the AL. The Mariners have the 4th best record in the AL and King Felix has been all that and more.




Troy Tulowitzki – Troy has flat out been the best hitter in the NL. He was up near .400 into June, has dipped to a slightly lowered average at .354, which is fairly decent. Tulo leads in a lot of major statistical categories including batting average (.354), OBP (.445), SLG (.618), OPS (1.064), and WAR (5.1). The Rockies after a hot start have fallen way out of contention in the National League but not because of Tulowitzki. When somebody is in the top 10 of every single major statistical category, you open your eyes and realize how great they’ve been.

NL Cy Young


Johnny Cueto – With Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright hot on his tail, Johnny is still ahead of the pack in the National League Cy Young Race. Clayton isn’t qualified, or he’d be in the lead thanks to his sparkling June, but Johnny has been healthy all year and has been producing every 5 days. Cueto leads baseball, not just the NL, in ERA (1.88), WHIP, (0.84) and BAA (.171). Cueto gets almost a full run less of run support than Wainwright and that’s such a telling sign to why W/L records is a very fluky way to judge a pitcher.

NBA Offseason: Who’s Going Where?

The two of us here at All Facets Of The Game give our opinions on where certain players land this off-season!

The_Real_Grande                                                 Jessedoyle7

  • LeBron James – 49-10066-Y           49-10066-Y
  • Dwyane Wade – 49-10066-Y         49-10066-Y
  • Carmelo Anthony – nyk       Houstonrockets_logo_old
  • Kevin Love – chicago-bulls-logo2           chicago-bulls-logo2
  • Chris Bosh – 49-10066-Y                49-10066-Y
  • Dirk Nowitzki – nbadallasmav_whang_500g       nbadallasmav_whang_500g
  • Kyle Lowry –  Los_Angeles_Lakers_Alternate_Logo        49-10066-Y
  • Eric Bledsoe – sunslogo_15_crop_exact     sunslogo_15_crop_exact
  • Luol Deng –   nbadallasmav_whang_500g
  • Pau Gasol – sunslogo_15_crop_exactsunslogo_15_crop_exact
  • Lance Stephenson –    
  • Gordon Hayward – CelticsLogo_History     CelticsLogo_History

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