Ebs’ Hot Takes: NFL Predictions. Steelers, Giants, Bills, Patriots, Packers

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Ah, it’s finally here. Football is back. And I’m not talking about that meaningless stuff. I’m talking about the regular season! It’s been a long six months without meaningful football, but the wait is over.

So, what better way to bring in the start regular season than some fresh, piping hot, hot takes!

Here’s the latest addition of Ebs’ Hot Takes!

The Buffalo Bills are making the playoffs. I sort of had to kickoff the hot takes with the Buffalo Bills, right?

And before you folks crucify me for including the Bills in my hot takes and therefore axing their season, remember, I did call the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the title. So there’s that.

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Look, this is the way I see it… Last year the Bills had a very good offense, while the defense often sputtered.

Buffalo’s offense should at the very least put out the same results this year, but will most likely be better. A healthy LeSean McCoy and a full offseason and preseason with Tyrod Taylor as the starter will do wonders.

As far as the defense is concerned, they can’t be much worse, right? Right. And it already looks that way after four preseason games. Teams have struggled moving the ball this preseason against the Bills starters. While many of you will probably scoff at the preseason, there are some things you can take away from these games. And the Bills have looked pretty good. Rex Ryan is a defensive genius, and I think we can all agree on that. There’s no way this defense can get worse, especially with the problem-causer that was Mario Williams removed from the equation.

I’m not going out and saying the Bills will win the AFC East, but a wild card is certainly not out of the question.

The G-Men will take the NFC East. While I admit, the New York Giants’ efforts this preseason have scaredeli me, I’m going to trust the process.

While the Dallas Cowboys were my pick for the division before the start of the preseason, the injury to Tony Romo has squashed that. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get on the Dak Prescott hype train. This reminds me too much of EJ Manuel.

With some additions to the defense, and another year together for Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., a bright future is ahead. It also helps that the Washington Redskins are without a run game and the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have many receiving options.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to win the Super Bowl. Yup, I called my shot.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most underrated quarterback in the NFL, in Ben Roethlisberger, and the league’s best running back, in Le’Veon Bell. That’s a deadly combo.

Big BenWhat? Big Ben is underrated you’re asking? Yes he is. When you hear analysts rattle off the top-5 quarterbacks in the NFL Roethlisberger is almost always left out, but he shouldn’t be. I’d take him over the likes of Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. But hey, that’s just me.

Not to mention, playing in the AFC North will only prime the Steelers for a Super Bowl run. I like them as a sleeper team.

Here’s how I see the season playing out:

AFC East – New England Patriots; AFC North – Pittsburgh Steelers; AFC South – Houston Texans; AFC West – Denver Broncos; AFC Wild Card – Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.

NFC East – New York Giants; NFC North – Green Bay Packers; NFC South – Carolina Panthers; NFC West – Arizona Cardinals; NFL Wild Cards – Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings.

AFC Championship: Pittsburgh Steelers over Baltimore Ravens

NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers over Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl 51: Pittsburgh Steelers over Green Bay Packers

Come back tomorrow for Bangin’ Ben Whitney and please follow us on Twitter at @DJEberle66 & @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

If you’re looking for something to jump-start your Monday… Check this out! Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos performed on America’s Got Talent this past Tuesday, did exceedingly well and made it to the finals.


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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.