50 Yard Line Blog

50 Yard Line Blog

The NFL is full of theatre and moments that you remember for a lifetime. A blend of physicality and strategy that is rarely seen in other sports. Therefore it’s a sport that we should all love. Let’s unpick those moments, not only see why these moments are so special, but also find other moments and players that are hiding in plain sight.


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The 2021 Dream Team

Teams have just finished creating their initial 53-man rosters for the upcoming season. As a result, it’s prediction season for the playoffs, awards and naturally, the Superbowl itself. With this, a question wandered its way into my head: what is the best team that could be made? Now this is not a full-on buffet whereContinue reading “The 2021 Dream Team”

2021-2022 NFL Record Prediction

After going through the schedule game by game, these are the prediction of team records come early January. Following that are the playoff prediction and the Superbowl Champion. AFC North Browns     14-3 Ravens     10-7 Steelers    8-9 Bengals    3-14 AFC East Bills           13-4 Patriots     10-7 Dolphins   10-7 Jets           6-11 AFC South Titans        15-2 Colts         4-13Continue reading “2021-2022 NFL Record Prediction”

Preseason Rookie QBs

With the preseason over, it’s time to dive into the rookie QBs and their outlook on the season. This year’s class featured 5 1st round QBs including the NO.1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Trevor Lawrence – Jaguars – Pick 1 “Sunshine” enters the season under the most pressure of the rookie QBs. Often thought toContinue reading “Preseason Rookie QBs”

Purr-fecting Success

In 1995 the Carolina Panthers played their first game in franchise history. Despite the 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Panthers became the most successful expansion team in NFL history with a 7-9 record before accelerating towards an NFC Championship game the very next year. The Panthers seemed to be a young team destinedContinue reading “Purr-fecting Success”

2021 Draft Recap

The draft is over. Optimism and dread are high among the different fanbases. Some have hope, some are full of despair. Whilst everyone has an idea of how well each team drafted, it will take 3+ years to find out. So, with that in mind, I shall refrain from grading drafts. Instead, I shall delveContinue reading “2021 Draft Recap”

Belichick Goes Shopping

It is often understood that the New England Patriots do not spend big in free agency. When they do, it’s on a proven game changer that becomes an anchor of the team (see Stephon Gilmore). Instead, the Patriots prefer to hold tight, wait for all the other teams to outbid each other for the availableContinue reading “Belichick Goes Shopping”

Case Study: How To Ruin A Team In 4 Easy Steps. Featuring The Houston Texans

In order to ruin a team, one must first have a team with promise to ruin. Indeed, the Texans had just that. For the first time in their short history (shorter than Tom Brady’s NFL career), the Texans were looking promising and then it all went downhill – fast. The Houston Texans were founded inContinue reading “Case Study: How To Ruin A Team In 4 Easy Steps. Featuring The Houston Texans”

NFL Awards 2020/21

Let’s take a look at who should win on NFL award nights. Defensive Rookie Of The Year: Chase Young (DE – WFT) Young has lived up to his NO.2 overall pick. He’s racked up 7.5 sacks and accomplished the 6th highest PFF grade out of ALL edge rushers in the league (87.2). Young has followedContinue reading “NFL Awards 2020/21”

Run Out of Jet Fuel

There are many great franchises throughout the NFL. There are many perennial Superbowl contenders – Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. All teams (even those just listed) do have their droughts, Patriots pre 2001 and the Steelers’ adventures between 1933 and 1969. However, there are some teams that make up the otherContinue reading “Run Out of Jet Fuel”

Week 3 Roundup

Superbowl Team’s Achilles Heel Currently, I am quite happy with my Superbowl picks (Chiefs and Seahawks). Both are sitting at 3-0, led by superstar QBs and top tier coaches. Both seem to be the class of their divisions and one (Seahawks) is home to the current MVP (Russell Wilson – also my MVP prediction). However,Continue reading “Week 3 Roundup”

Award Predictions

Offensive Rookie of the Year Joe Burrow QB-Bengals QBs have a stranglehold on almost all awards and this is no different. He is the only rookie QB that will see enough playing time. He has enough pieces around him to make an instant impact. Runner Up: Antonio Gibson RB-Football Team. Defensive Rookie of the YearContinue reading “Award Predictions”

Playoff Predictions

AFC Wild Card Bills (7) @ Ravens (2) – Ravens Broncos (6) @ Patriots (3) – Patriots Steelers (5) @ Texans (4) – Steelers NFC Wild Card 49ers (7) @ Buccaneers (2) – Buccaneers Cardinals (6) @ Cowboys (3) – Cardinals Saints (5) @ Vikings (4) – Saints AFC Divisional Patriots (3) @ Ravens (2)Continue reading “Playoff Predictions”

All Things RB

One position which has decreased in value over the length of the NFL is that of running back. Whilst teams have proven that a heavy rushing attack can still work in the NFL (49ers, Patriots, Ravens and Saints) but for all 3 of those teams, the individual running back is replaceable after a few seasons,Continue reading “All Things RB”

NFC South Offseason Grades

Atlanta Falcons (C-) The Falcons continue their fall from the top which started in the second half of Superbowl 51. They lost Austin Hooper to Cleveland, a good all-round tight end who was becoming a consistent safety blanket for Matt Ryan whenever Jones wasn’t open. Hooper had increased yearly in receptions, yards and TDs (75Continue reading “NFC South Offseason Grades”

NFC East Offseason Grades

Dallas Cowboys (A-) The Cowboys had a great free agency. They had to let Byron Jones and Robert Quinn leave due to the massive salaries they would have received (and did). Therefore, resigning Anthony Brown will massively help keep the cornerback play high, even if it won’t be dangerous like last year but they won’tContinue reading “NFC East Offseason Grades”