Things really start to clear up going into December as far as the PlayOffs are concerned and teams are beginning to make their moves as far as the 2020 season is concerned. One of those is the Carolina Panthers who fired Ron Rivera as Head Coach and begin plans to decide who is going to take over in time for the next season.
It is a decision I think will also impact Cam Newton's future and the Quarter Back is about to head for surgery now that the Panthers season is all but over. He should be ready to compete by the time the new season officially opens and I would be surprised if Newton was to continue in Carolina.
Teams are going to be intrigued by him for sure, while fans of other NFL teams will be wondering if their team will follow the lead of Carolina and fire Head Coaches before 'Black Monday' that follows Week 17.
Washington are one team already searching for a new Head Coach, but I would not be surprised if as many as either other teams outside the Redskins and Panthers are also in the market. It might make Carolina's decision to begin the process now look very smart as they can do their due diligence on every Head Coach they want before the market becomes much tougher with more openings around.
In saying that I would be surprised if anyone committed to a Head Coaching role without waiting to see how things shake up at the end of the month too.
With four games left in the 2019 season it is also that time of the year when the ESPN PlayOff machine allows us to try and predict the remainder of the season.
A couple of Divisions look like they will be going down to the wire, although I did surprise myself when I still had the Philadelphia Eagles winning the NFC East despite going down to an awful defeat at the Miami Dolphins in Week 13.
Their game with Dallas is going to be pivotal to that outcome in Week 16, while I also had the Seattle Seahawks edging out the San Francisco 49ers for not only the NFC West Division title, but also for the Number 2 Seed in the Conference behind the New Orleans Saints.
I had the Ravens finishing with the Number 1 Seed in the AFC, but the surprise in that Conference was having the Oakland Raiders land in the final Wild Card spot despite their blow out loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week.
This is the NFL though and things can change very quickly through the end of Week 14 with an upset or two changing the outlook completely.
3) San Francisco 49ers- they lost to the hottest team in the NFL, but very narrowly and I still think they are better than an improving Seattle Seahawks team. It is very close though.
4) New England Patriots- Offensively things are not going right for the Patriots, but I know Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will right those wrongs before the PlayOffs. However they might need to head back to Baltimore to get to the Super Bowl and that is going to be a big challenge for them.
5) Seattle Seahawks- they are improving and with Russell Wilson they can always make the big plays at the big moments. A huge Week 17 game against the 49ers will determine Seeding.
MY PICKS: New Orleans Saints - 2 Points @ 1.91 Bet365 (2 Units)
Denver Broncos + 8.5 Points @ 1.91 Bet Fred (2 Units)
Baltimore Ravens - 6 Points @ 1.91 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Jacksonville Jaguars + 3 Points @ 2.05 Bet365 (2 Units)
Oakland Raiders + 3 Points @ 1.91 Bet Victor (2 Units)
New England Patriots - 3 Points @ 1.91 Bet365 (2 Units)
Seattle Seahawks + 1 Point @ 1.91 Bet Victor (2 Units)
Week 13: 5-3, + 3.26 Units (16 Units Staked, + 20.38% Yield)
Week 12: 4-2, + 3.20 Units (12 Units Staked, + 26.67% Yield)
Week 11: 4-3-1, + 1.48 Units (16 Units Staked, + 9.25% Yield)
Week 10: 4-3, + 1.10 Units (14 Units Staked, + 7.86% Yield)
Week 9: 4-4, - 0.64 Units (16 Units Staked, - 4% Yield)
Week 8: 2-4, - 4.20 Units (12 Units Staked, - 35% Yield)
Week 7: 2-4, - 4.10 Units (12 Units Staked, - 34.17% Yield)
Week 6: 6-3, + 4.84 Units (18 Units Staked, + 26.89% Yield)
Week 5: 4-5, - 2.72 Units (18 Units Staked, - 15.11% Yield)
Week 4: 3-6, - 6.54 Units (18 Units Staked, - 36.33% Yield)
Week 3: 5-2, + 3.28 Units (12 Units Staked, + 27.33% Yield)
Week 2: 3-4, - 2.70 Units (14 Units Staked, - 19.29% Yield)
Week 1: 4-4, + 0.16 Units (15 Units Staked, + 1.07% Yield)
Season 2019: 50-47-1, - 3.58 Units (193 Units Staked, - 1.85% Yield)