Category Archives: Pigskin Paul

Week 3 Pre-Season Part 2

Despite the eternal optimism of the opening of Training Camp for almost every NFL fan the sad reality always creeps in and dampens the dreams of Super Bowl for all but a few franchises. Here are some doses of reality, as well as some causes for optimism. SEATTLE made the long flight down to San Diego and nipped… Read More »

Pre-Season Week 3

THis week I’m going to be a bit more brief with liner-notes about the games. With roster cuts already under way and the College Football (i.e. DRAFT scouting time) underway game by game wrap-ups are just not practical. BROWNS 31-7 over BUCS. After walking all over the other team from Ohio in Week 2 the BUCS got a… Read More »

Pre-Season Week 2 Final

I’d like to tell you that I saved the best week two games for last, but that s not the case. By and large these were as lackluster as the previously reported contests. Usually the starters played so briefly there wasn’t enough time to get truly excited and beyond that you’d have to be rooting for some young… Read More »

Pre-Season Week 2 cont…

If you were a fan wanting to see your COWBOYS faves in action against the 49’ers you likely wasted your time if you watched this game. TONY RORMO played a series, but DEZ, McFADDEN, SMITH, LEE, HARDY, WITTEN, and others never took the field. The only real value in this one was if you were watching to see… Read More »

Pre Season Week 2 Part 3

Some of these pre-season presentations are simply unwatchable when couched in terms of top level professional football. The JAGUARS visit to New York to play the GIANTS ended up being one such effort. That is unless you are a dedicated soccer fan and the idea of 9 combined Field Goals is your idea of offensive excitement. ELI MANNING,… Read More »

Pre-Season Week 2, Part 2

The BENGALS laid an egg on Monday Night Football and JAMEIS WINSTON looked a lot better than he had in Week 1. WINSTON, who left the field limping late in the 1st Quarter after getting rolled up on his left ankle during a sack, looked much better than he had at the beginning of the pre-Season opener last… Read More »

NFL Pre-Season Week 2

Before we lunge into Week 2 game observations I wanted to touch on some roster shuffling that impressed me this week. This past off-season was a personnel nightmare for GM TRENT BAALKE of the 49’ers. Premature retirements like that of CHRIS BORLAND and off-field issues going beyond League suspensions for off field indiscretions like ALDON SMITH have ravaged… Read More »

Pre-Season Games Part 2

The top 2 Picks in the 2015 NFL Draft were on stage as both started for their teams in Week 1. Both JAMEIS WINSTON and MARCUS MARIOTA have already been proclaimed as starting QB for the regular season by their Head Coaches. Welcome to the NFL boys! The BUCS traveled to Minnesota to face a resurgent VIKINGS squad.… Read More »

Pre-Season NFL

Technically speaking Training Camps are over and the pre-season/exhibition games have begun, with Week One’s games in the books. We have to be careful how much we read into the weekly game action until the real bullets fly in September. Every coach in the League has a different way of handling these games, but the bottom line of… Read More »


Having already stated that the RAVENS are far from a lock to capture this division in 2015 let’s take a look at the contenders and pretenders in the AFC North. The remainder of the AFC North features a group of tough teams to beat on Sunday, but an equally tough group to evaluate. The BENGALS have evolved under… Read More »


I’ve saved the AFC North until last to preview partly because the division mystifies me. No one is dominant, but most of them should be good. Remember, the RAVENS, BENGALS & STEELERS all won 10 or more games last season. Even the BROWNS are improving, if only they had a legit NFL starting QB to lead their Offense.… Read More »

NFC SOUTH Preview The rest

The remainder of the NFC South will be struggling to keep their collective heads at .500 again in 2015, But in this division that still gives them a shot at catching the PANTHERS if that club trips up. The SAINTS seem the logical, best of the rest, primarily because they still have SEAN PAYTON and DREW BREES leading… Read More »

PANTHERS 2015 Preview

It looks as though, almost by default, the PANTHERS are poised to retain their NFC South title. Heck, they might even do it with a winning record this season, say 9-10 Wins. The team has done some good things this off-season, but in reality it’s mediocrity and step-backs by their divisional opponents that give them the biggest edge.… Read More »

NFC West 2015 Preview

So if I see the SEA HAWKS as being good for at least one more year atop the Division is anyone closing the gap? Can any other NFC West teams battle their way into the play-offs as a Wild Card? Yes, I believe so and the name of that organization is the CARDINALS. Since the leadership triumvirate of… Read More »

SEA HAWKS 2015 Preview

Yes, I am indeed picking the Sea Hawks to capture the NFC West crown one more time in 2015. But I will also add that I think the clock is ticking toward midnight on this team as a serious Super Bowl contender. They are close to hitting the Salary Cap wall, especially with RUSSELL WILSON finally being in… Read More »

AFC EAST preview

Even though New England is due for some slippage I’m not convinced that anyone else in the AFC East is prepared to make a big enough leap to supplant them as division champs. The team most likely to chase should be he DOLPHINS, but not primarily because of the addition of DT/NDAMUKONG SUH. The biggest boost for the… Read More »

PATRIOTS 2015 Preview

Repeating as Super Bowl champions has become one of the toughest tasks in the world of sports. Today’s NFL era of Free Agency and a hard Salary Cap make each new season a starting over point for most teams. 2015 looks to be just that for the PATRIOTS, but for right now I still think they have enough… Read More »

PIGSKIN’s early Prospect list


NFC North Preview

Let’s call the rest of this division the Wanna Be’s and decide who, if anyone, is close to overtaking the PACKERS before AARON RODGERS retires, which isn’t likely to be any time soon from the looks of things. The VIKINGS look to me like the most serious competition for the PACKERS, and a team with a legit chance… Read More »

Pack preview

GREEN BAY PACKERS PREVIEW Clearly, the PACKERS have been the class of the NFC North for the past decade with a couple of brief exceptions. But when analyzing their roster heading into the 2015 NFL season I have to view their off-season a bit differently than most teams around the League. Under the guidance of VP/GM TED THOMPSON… Read More »

AFC South Preview 2015

So if the COLTS are serious Super Bowl contenders does that pretty much relegate the rest of the teams in their division to also ran status? In a word YES! The other three teams are all trying to establish/identify their Franchise QB to lead them out of perennial double digit Loss status. The best anyone in this threesome… Read More »

COLTS 2015 Preview

Because of the mediocre to poor teams in their division (JAGS, TEXANS, TITANS) it occurs to me that a good number of NFL fans don’t realize that ANDREW LUCK, in only his 4th season as a pro, has already turned the COLTS back into a double-digit win team, and serious annual Super Bowl contender that they were for… Read More »

NFC East Preview

So if the COWBOYS have stayed about the same on a roster talent level from last season when you balance gains with losses has anyone in the NFC East made enough gains to challenge them for the division title. I think the answer lies in the city of Philadelphia if you think CHIP KELLY is the mad genius… Read More »

COWBOYS Team Preview 2015

The COWBOYS made the leap in 2014 from being a perennial .500 team to NFC East Champs. In fact they were one questionable “catch call” away from heading to the NFC Championship game. It almost seemed prophetic when HC JASON GARRETT pronounced early in the season that the organization knew they had the right people on the bus… Read More »

AFC WEST Preview

So if the BRONCOS have lost some ground in roster strength has anyone in the AFC West gained ground with roster changes. The answer is, ‘yes indeed’ indeed in all cases, and IMO here they are in order of Play-Off potential. CHARGERS The guys in San Diego didn’t proceed with much fanfare, nor did they break the bank… Read More »