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NFL Mailbag: NFL Wives and the Super Bowl

We are back once again to answer the questions that you have sent our way. From the popular Johnny Manziel topic to the most attractive wives/girlfriends around the league, you did well this week folks. Very well, indeed.

Your RGIII article named some teams who might want the qb, but what about the Dolphins if they dont reach the playoffs? – Marcus

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Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Tannehill will still be the Dolphins’ quarterback whether they reach the postseason or not. Compare Tannehill to Andy Dalton, except the fact that Dalton has made three post-season births and set franchise records.

Tannehill, like Dalton, is showing increasing numbers every season. In his third season, Tannehill is on pace for 4,153 yards and 26 touchdowns which would both be career highs and is also on pace for a career low 12 interceptions. Tannehill is showing this year, as the Dolphins are in contention, that he is getting better with more time under his belt, making the smart throws and playing turnover free. For the first time in his tenure, Tannehill has had a successful running game. After Knowshon Moreno only lasted two games, LaMar Miller is on pace to be the first Dolphins’ 1000 yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011.

Despite how the Dolphins’ season ends, Tannehill will be under center for the Fins in 2015, as the Dolphins hope they have found their franchise quarterback.

Bets on if GB/NE meet again in the Super Bowl? – Kurtis

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There aren’t many teams in the league as hot as these two teams in the second half. The matchups between the Packers and Patriots didn’t disappoint last Sunday, however the Packers could have blown the game out if they would have converted red zone drives to touchdowns, instead settling for four red zone field goals.

For both teams, it will be depend on them getting home field advantage in the post season. The Patriots seem unstoppable at home and have already defeated all of the other AFC divisional leaders so far in 2014.

Green Bay will have to overcome the urge from a strong Detroit team, whom they lost to 19-7 back in week three.

At the beginning of the season, I picked the Packers and the Colts to meet up in the Super Bowl. If I’m a betting man, I put my money on the Packers and Patriots meeting for the Lombardi Trophy in February.

Which resurgent team is the most dangerous – Seahawks or Chargers? – Jimmy

Richard Sherman (above) intercepted two passes on Thanksgiving in a 19-3 win over the 49ers.  Photo: ABCNews


Hard to go against the defending Super Bowl Champions, that’s why I’m going with the Seahawks. The Seattle defense has gotten healthy in the recent weeks and is now showing the same kind of play that won them the crown last year. Seattle held two of their division rivals to just three points in back-to-back games and with the offense led by Marshawn Lynch, is looking like one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.

With back-to-back close wins of their own, San Diego is also eyeing a post-season repeat, but their final four games are just overall brutal. If they want to prove they are destined to put up another playoff season, they will have to earn it with New England and Denver coming into San Diego in the next two weeks. They will finish their season with back-to-back road games against the 49ers and Chiefs, both teams with winning records.

Which rookie qb is going to see the field first Logan Thomas or Tom Savage? – George

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If you would have asked me this last week, it would have been Savage without a doubt. However, Savage was on the sideline when he watched previously-benched Ryan Fitzpatrick throw six touchdowns in a win over the Tennessee Titans last week. The same week, Arizona Cardinals starter Drew Stanton suffered his second consecutive loss, throwing a pair of interceptions against the 4-7 Atlanta Falcons in a 29-18 beating.

Overall, I still believe Savage will see the field first and here’s why:

Bruce Arians came out and said, “We can win a Super Bowl under Drew Stanton.” That indicates that he is going to continue to be behind Stanton even if he struggles. With four games to go and the Cardinals barely holding on to the NFC West lead, Arians isn’t going to risk it even more by throwing in Logan Thomas in the thick of a post season chase.

The Texans on the other hand sit at 6-6 and despite Fitzpatrick’s career day last week, don’t expect him to light up the score board for the final four weeks. Fitzpatrick despite being a Harvard grad has been known to struggle at times and the Texans could very well find themselves out of the playoff race pretty soon, which opens the door for Savage to start week 17 against the Jaguars, book it.

One week the AFC NORTH is the best division and the next week they are the most confusing. Cincy has brutal schedule left, will someone else overtake them? -Sean

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Well it may be unfair to ask a diehard Bengals’ fan this question… but there is a good chance they get surpassed. The Bengals have three more division games remaining and their only non-division game remaining on the schedule is a Monday Night showdown with the defending AFC Champion Denver Broncos. Cincinnati will hope to split with Pittsburgh in the final four weeks but the big game will be that matchup in Cleveland on December 14th.

But being a Bengals fan, I still predict they will win the division for the second consecutive year, and here’s a real bold prediction.

If the Bengals win this Sunday in Pittsburgh, they win the division. How so? The win would put them 2.5 games up on the Steelers. As far as the rest of the division goes, both Baltimore and Cleveland have tough games on the road (BAL @ MIA, CLE @ IND), there’s a great chance if the Bengals win this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, they could be looking at their second straight perfect week with all three of their division members losing AND their second straight division title. If this were to happen, the Bengals would have a 2.5 game lead over the entire division with three games to play, meaning they would have to win just one of their final three games to take the crown.

How do you fix the Panthers? -Derek

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I think you put on a tape from the 2013 season and you say, go do that. That’s how ridiculous it has gotten in Carolina because watching this team play this season, there’s no way you would think that this was the very same franchise that earned themselves a first round bye in the playoffs last season.

On offense, it once again is a head scratching surrounding cast for Cam Newton who has to do it all by himself. Newton is just 66 yards behind injury-plagued Jonathan Stewart for the teams’ leading rusher, and fellow running back DeAngelo Williams continues to miss extended amounts of time. Kelvin Benjamin has been the lone bright spot of the offense, and is going to be a candidate for offensive rookie of the year at season’s end.

On defense, it has been a complete 360 for the Panthers from a year ago. In 2013, the Panthers had the number two ranked defense in the NFL, ranking 2nd against the run and 6th against the pass, allowing an average of just 15.1 points per game. This season, Carolina is ranked 17th in the NFL, 19TH against the run and 17th against the pass, allowing a 31st ranked 27.5 points per game. A season ago, the Panthers only allowed just two opponents (Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints) to score 24 or more points. This year, they have allowed 24 or more points in eight of their 12 games and have lost six games by 18 or more points.

All that being said, it has to be time to cut ties with head coach Ron Rivera. That’s step one, to get a new face at the head coaching position. Next, you have to find some help on the defense which has one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL, maybe some proper coaching so they wouldn’t be over pursuing and missing tackles on nearly every run. Lastly, find some help for Cam Newton. After cutting Steve Smith Sr. in the offseason, rookie Kelvin Benjamin has been phenomenal, but underneath is 57 receptions, the next highest wide receiver catch total is 34 by Jericho Cotchery. The Panthers should maybe draft a wide out in the early rounds next season and have a deadly duo with Benjamin, or test the free agent market and find a reliable veteran that can be fit with Kelvin,wink wink….Vincent Jackson.

Manziel or Hoyer? -Jay

Who Will Quarterback the Cleveland Browns in 2015: Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel

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Hoyer to play quarterback, Manziel to party with.

Leave it to the Browns to bring up talk of benching their first winning quarterback since they moved back to Cleveland in 1999. Hoyer has struggled, throwing one touchdown and six interceptions in the last four games. However, Hoyer should still be given the benefit of the doubt and one more chance to prove himself when the Browns take on the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday. Hoyer is one of the main reasons the Browns are even in the thick of an AFC playoff spot this late in the season for the first time since Tim Couch quarterbacked the orange and brown. The Michigan State grad has been a game manager for the entire year, working in an offense without a lot of star power with the absence of Josh Gordon through the first ten games.

“I feel like this is my team and this is my job,” Hoyer said to reporters earlier this week. That’s because it is. If Hoyer remains the starter, his timing with Gordon will only improve and he will be benefited with the return of tight end Jordan Cameron who has missed the last month of action with a concussion.

Despite his struggles, Hoyer has still earned himself one second chance, and it should be this Sunday on the road against the Colts.

If he does struggle against Indianapolis, it will lead to Manziel’s first start of his career against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 14th. Dun Dun Duuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnn….. Who Dey

Ron Rivera should be canned in CAR, agree? -Steve (not Smith)

(See question about the Panthers above) Absolutely agree Steve not Smith, when you go from a 12-4 record and a first round bye in the playoffs to a team that has went 1-8-1 in their ten games since starting 2-0, you deserve to be canned. Simple as that.

Bortles and his woman broke up! There is hope for me! Who has hottest wife/gf in nfl now? -Brad

Woah, It will be hard for him to do better… I mean look at her. But when it comes to who has the hottest wife/girlfriend in the NFL right now, this is such a good question I have to give you a top three.

3.) Katherine Webb, wife of Bengals QB AJ McCarron

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2.) Leila Lopes, engaged to Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora


1. Candice Crawford, wife of Cowboys QB Tony Romo

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But when it comes to relationships, I beat all those guys.

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Shelby Dermer

Shelby Dermer

Editor-in-Chief at Sports Grumble
Shelby is a junior studying Journalism at Ohio University. A graduate of Waynesville High School, Shelby did football and baseball play-by-play for Waynesville and had his own sports column in the WHS Spartacus Newspaper while also playing basketball for the Spartans. Now at Ohio, Shelby covers Ohio University Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, and softball for Speakeasy Magazine where he is the sports' editor. He is an enormous fan of the NFL and MLB and writes Cincinnati Bengals/Reds articles as editor-in-chief of Find Shelby on, as well, where he also serves as editor-in-chief. Shelby is a frequent commentator on discussing sports-related news. Follow Shelby on Twitter @scdermer4
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