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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.




NFL Week 3 Film Review: Cowboys concerns & CJ Stroud is real

(3:00) Cardinals def. Cowboys: "This wasn't just Dallas asleep at the wheel." (20:00) Texans def. Jaguars: "C.J. Stroud is the REAL DEAL." (32:20) Colts def. Ravens: Why isn't the Todd Monken offense working? (39:55) Dolphins def. Broncos: "It was worse than I thought." (51:00) Coach of the Year odds: Should Mike McDaniel be the favorite? (53:45) Bills def. Commanders: Buffalo got to Sam Howell at a historic rate. (59:00) Big Butt Awards: A Seahawks & Browns pass rusher add the elephant to their trophy case.


NFL Week 3 Recap: "SEVENTY!"

(5:30) Dolphins def. Broncos (12:35) Cardinals def. Cowboys (18:45) Colts def. Ravens (22:30) Texans def. Jaguars (30:15) Packers def. Saints (34:30) Chargers def. Vikings (41:25) Chiefs def. Bears (45:50) Browns def. Titans (49:55) Bills def. Commanders (53:55) Lions def. Falcons (57:35) Seahawks def. Panthers (1:00:15) SNF: Steelers def. Raiders (1:04:35) Patriots def. Jets (1:10:30) TNF: 49ers def. Giants (1:15:35) MNF Preview: Eagles at Buccaneers & Rams at Bengals


NFL Week 3 Picks: "Did I say pot-cast?"

(4:30) TNF: Giants at 49ers (9:20) SUNDAY EARLY GAMES: Colts at Ravens (11:55) Titans at Browns (16:00) Falcons at Lions (19:25) Saints at Packers (22:25) Texans at Jaguars (24:40) Broncos at Dolphins (28:10) Chargers at Vikings (31:25) Patriots at Jets (33:55) Bills at Commanders (37:45) SUNDAY LATE GAMES: Panthers at Seahawks (41:40) Cowboys at Cardinals (44:05) Bears at Chiefs (46:30) SNF: Steelers at Raiders (50:15) MNF: Eagles at Buccaneers (52:25) Rams at Bengals (55:20) Best Bets & Folsom Prison Blues pick


NFL Week 2 Recap: Redemption!

(3:30) Seahawks def. Lions (9:15) Titans def. Chargers (14:25) Chiefs def. Jaguars (21:30) Bills def. Raiders (27:40) Giants def. Cardinals (33:10) Cowboys def. Jets (42:20) Ravens def. Bengals (48:00) 49ers def. Rams (56:00) Falcons def. Packers (1:02:50) Buccaneers def. Bears (1:06:55) Commanders def. Broncos (1:14:25) Colts def. Texans (1:18:05) TNF: Eagles def. Vikings (1:19:20) MNF Preview: Saints at Panthers & Browns at Steelers


NFL Week 2 Picks: "Stop torturing yourself"

(3:40) TNF: Vikings at Eagles (8:20) SUNDAY EARLY GAMES: Packers at Falcons (12:35) Raiders at Bills (17:10) Ravens at Bengals (21:30) Seahawks at Lions (24:30) Colts at Texans (26:55) Chiefs at Jaguars (30:35) Bears at Buccaneers (33:40) Chargers at Titans (36:20) SUNDAY LATE GAMES: Giants at Cardinals (39:20) 49ers at Rams (42:10) Jets at Cowboys (45:35) Commanders at Broncos (47:40) SNF: Dolphins at Patriots (50:00) MNF: Saints at Panthers (52:30) Browns at Steelers (56:00) Best Bets & Folsom Prison Blues pick


Aaron Rodgers fallout + NFL Week 1 Film Review

(2:50) MNF recap: Jets def. Bills: "I was distraught about Aaron Rodgers" (10:45) Dolphins offense vs Chargers defense: Did LA really leave Tyreek Hill & Jaylen Waddle 1-on-1? (21:30) Eagles offense vs Patriots defense: Does Philly have a weakness vs the blitz? (34:15) Packers offense vs Bears defense: How much have Green Bay's offense changed with Jordan Love? (41:15) Packers defense vs Bears offense: "It still feels like they're managing Justin Fields." (46:20) Bengals offense vs Browns defense: "They gave Joe Burrow NO schematical advantage." (59:45) Big Butt Awards: TJ Watt and Jalen Carter take the first elephant trophies of the season. (1:04:50) Ravens def. Texans: Zay Flowers, Will Anderson, and CJ Stroud impressed in their debuts. (1:09:25) Homie Playoff Predictions: Who did you guys have winning the Super Bowl?


NFL Week 1 Recap: Tua Thriller & 49ers Statement

(3:00) Dolphins def. Chargers (10:00) Eagles def. Patriots (15:30) 49ers def. Steelers (21:55) Packers def. Bears (28:00) SNF Cowboys def. Giants (33:00) Browns def. Bengals (37:40) Buccaneers def. Vikings (41:40) Rams def. Seahawks (46:20) Raiders def. Broncos (51:45) Jaguars def. Colts (57:30) Falcons def. Panthers (1:01:55) Ravens def. Texans (1:07:10) Commanders def. Cardinals (1:13:00) Saints def. Titans (1:17:45) Lions def. Chiefs (1:24:30) Bills-Jets MNF Preview


NFL Week 1 Picks: "I'm real. He's fugazi."

(4:30) KICKOFF: Lions at Chiefs (10:20) SUNDAY EARLY GAMES: Panthers at Falcons (13:30) Texans at Ravens (15:20) Bengals at Browns (17:50) Jaguars at Colts (20:30) Buccaneers at Vikings (23:20) Titans at Saints (25:40) 49ers at Steelers (29:25) Cardinals at Commanders (32:00) SUNDAY LATE GAMES: Packers at Bears (36:00) Raiders at Broncos (38:15) Dolphins at Chargers (40:30) Eagles at Patriots (42:50) Rams at Seahawks (45:00) SNF: Cowboys at Giants (47:55) MNF: Bills at Jets (51:10) Best Bets & Folsom Prison Blues pick


GUEST: Patrick Mahomes

Chris (@CSimmsQB) heads to Kansas City to interview the man and legend, Patrick Mahomes. The guys cover his transition from baseball to football, his heroics in last year's playoff run, how he compares to Steph Curry, and the secret to reaching the Super Bowl once again.


2023 Playoffs & Super Bowl LVIII Predictions

(2:05) Patrick Mahomes: Chris gives us a glimpse of his interview with the reigning MVP. (15:45) NFC Playoff Predictions: Are we buying the Lions hype? (32:45) AFC Playoff Predictions: It breaks Chris' heart to leave one team out. (49:45) Super Bowl LVIII: Chris goes with revenge, and Ahmed goes against the grain. (55:00) College Football Saturday: Tune in to see Chris and Ahmed on our first Big Ten Saturday.


AFC Win Totals

(5:40) AFC East Win Totals: Bills, Jets, Dolphins, & Patriots (21:05) AFC North Win Totals: Bengals, Ravens, Browns, & Steelers (31:50) AFC South Win Totals: Jaguars, Titans, Colts, & Texans (41:30) AFC West Win Totals: Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos, & Raiders


NFC Win Totals

(3:15) Unbuttoned announcement: Get ready for Sunday night episodes this season. (7:40) NFC East Win Totals: Eagles, Cowboys, Giants, & Commanders (20:45) NFC North Win Totals: Lions, Vikings, Bears, & Packers (33:15) NFC South Win Totals: Saints, Falcons, Panthers, & Buccaneers (46:10) NFC West Win Totals: 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, & Cardinals (57:25) Top 5 NFL Rosters: What teams did we leave out? And where does the Chiefs roster rank without Patrick Mahomes?


Bills & Bryce Concerns + Top 5 NFL Rosters

(2:00) Watching Preseason: Chris has finally gotten his wife on board the football train. (5:00) Browns: Could Dorian Thompson-Robinson take the QB2 role? (9:30) Eagles: As Marcus Mariota struggles, Tanner McKee shines. (14:25) Giants: The Daniel Jones-Darren Waller connection is already strong. (19:30) Panthers: Has Bryce Young looked like a #1 pick yet? (25:40) Falcons: Desmond Ridder looked "smooth." (28:00) Dolphins: What did Tua Tagovailoa see on his INT? (32:00) Texans: CJ Stroud "looks like he belongs more." (33:55) Bears: Tyson Bagent shows off...wait who? (37:35) Steelers: Kenny Pickett keeps the Pittsburgh offense hot. (43:15) Bills: While the rookies look good, is the offense still concerning? (45:20) Chiefs: KC is ready for primetime...except for one thing. (51:00) Packers: "Keep letting it rip, Jordan Love." (55:30) Titans: Malik Willis' talent still pops, but has he put it together? (1:01:45) 49ers: Brock Purdy returns, and Kyle Shanahan can't hide his praise. (1:07:15) Seahawks: Geno Smith looked "awesome" but not as good as an edited Pete Carroll video. (1:10:05) Raiders: Could Aidan O'Connell be their QB of the future? And some Josh Jacobs breaking news drops. (1:14:30) Top 5 NFL Rosters: Taking away the QB, what teams are the best on paper? (1:33:45) Best Non-QB of 21st Century: Our bracket is down to the final 8.


Dalvin Cook to the Jets + GUEST: Matthew Berry

(6:30) Dalvin Cook: Does he make the Jets the strongest RB corps in the NFL? (10:00) Zack Martin: Did the Cowboys early schedule play a factor in his raise? (14:00) Preseason Leftovers: Chris weighs in on Seahawks QB Drew Lock, Cardinals OT Paris Johnson, Packers QB Sean Clifford, Saints QB Jake Haener, Vikings LB Ivan Pace Jr & RB Ty Chandler, and Chargers RB Elijah Dotson. (34:15) Lions Defense: Were they that good, or was the Giants O-line just that bad? (35:45) 49ers Backups: Does San Francisco have depth issues? (40:00) Cardinals Defense: Have Isaiah Simmons & Zaven Collins finally found their correct positions? (42:50) Damn! Okay: Patriots DE Keion White, Seahawks LB Derick Hall, and Buccaneers LB Yaya Diaby all showed out. (45:10) Sean Payton: Despite Garrett Wilson trolling him, do his sideline rules make sense? (50:20) GUEST Matthew Berry: The king of fantasy football stops by to talk about Amon-Ra St. Brown, Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jahan Dotson, Nico Collins, QB strategy, Dameon Pierce, Dalvin Cook, Connecticut traffic, and having the highest-grossing actor average of all time.


Rookie QB WOW-O-METER + Trey Lance's mechanics

(5:05) Panthers QB Bryce Young: The Jets D-line made life hard for him and Matt Corral. (13:05) Texans QB C.J. Stroud: He gets an incomplete, but Will Anderson impressed. (17:55) Colts QB Anthony Richardson: Even his interception was a wow throw. (22:45) Titans QB Will Levis: He had some "eye-popping throws", but don't sleep on Malik Willis. (30:10) Rams QB Stetson Bennett: "I saw this coming. He's ready for this." (32:20) Cardinals QB Clayton Tune: "He's Colt McCoy." (34:10) Raiders QB Aidan O'Connell: "They need him to be ready." (37:30) 49ers QBs: Trey Lance has fixed some of his mechanics, but is he due for a trade? (43:45) Buccaneers QBs: Baker Mayfield looks comfortable, and Kyle Trask is on the right track. (47:00) Chiefs: Andy Reid keeps playing his starters in preseason. (49:15) Steelers: "They had the best drive of a 1st-team offense." (52:25) Saints: Derek Carr hits the ground running. (54:15) Bears: Justin Fields has a perfect debut...maybe too perfect for his coaches? (57:05) Packers: Jordan Love "threw the ball with authority." (59:50) Lions: Nate Sudfeld showed why Detroit needs Teddy Bridgewater. (1:03:25) Broncos: "Russell Wilson looks totally different." (1:07:10) Browns: Deshaun Watson looked more like his Texans version. (1:09:05) Commanders: Sam Howell looks good in Eric Bieniemy's offense. (1:12:05) Jets: Zach Wilson "is on the up-and-up." (1:13:30) Jaguars: Nathan Rourke already has one of the plays of the year. (1:15:45) Bills: Damar Hamlin returns, and James Cook could revive Buffalo's run game.


Hard Knocks Recap, plus 1 Player to Watch from each AFC team

(4:00) Hard Knocks recap: “Aaron Rodgers showed why he’s your favorite quarterback’s favorite quarterback” (12:30) Nathaniel Hackett gets a great piece of promotional rehabilitation (15:00) Ron Rivera discusses Eric Bieniemy’s tough-love coaching style and regrets it (26:55) AFC 1 Player To Watch in the preseason (27:35) Texans WR Jon Metchie: “I worry about lack of firepower for CJ Stroud”. Plus Ahmed’s first Big Butt goes to Will Anderson, Jr – will he show more than just a high motor? (33:40) Colts DE Kwity Paye: “Stops the run. Great. We didn’t get him to do that.” (37:00) Titans OG Aaron Brewer: “I’m interested to see how the shuffling of that o-line works.” And kudos to Mike Vrabel for giving Terrell Williams the chance to coach the first preseason game. (42:05) Raiders S Tre’von Moehrig: “The secondary is not something you’re gonna write home about” (46:10) Patriots WR Tyquan Thornton: “He’s the deep threat. He’s that guy” (51:30) Broncos LB Nik Bonitto: “F*** you OU!” (55:10) Steelers DL Keeanu Benton: “They need more youth and talent on their d-line” (1:01:45) Browns DL Jordan Elliott: “They couldn’t stop the run at all last year” (1:04:40) Jaguars OL Walker Little: “If they can’t protect #16, all of it means jack diddly squat” (1:08:40) Chargers MLBs & DTs: “The 28th run-stopping D in football? C’mon that can’t happen anymore” (1:13:20) Dolphins RT Austin Jackson: “Follow the money, follow the assets. Those have to be performing. And this one has not, yet” (1:17:00) Ravens LB Odafe Oweh (1:22:30) Jets DE Jermaine Johnson: “He should be a starter … and can he be a force off the edge?” (1:26:30) Bengals S Nick Scott & Dax Hill: “Who is this crazy #33 running around the field like he’s Ray Lewis?” (1:29:50) Bills CB Kaiir Elam: “He looks the part. But they need more from him this year” (1:33:30) Chiefs LT Donovan Smith: “He was not good last year. And it would have been way worse if they ever called holding on him”


Tales & Observations from Canton, plus 1 Player to Watch from each NFC team

(4:50) Dorian Thompson-Robinson performs well: “What you saw in the game is a natural playing football.” (9:15) Aaron Rodgers impact on the Jets: “It’s a ridiculous love fest.” (14:30) How Nathaniel Hackett’s presence should help Zach Wilson (19:30) Hall of Fame parties: fighting back tears, drinky-drinky-smokey-smokey, and Warrick Dunn saves the day (26:45) Ahmed had a front-row seat to the Jose Ramirez-Tim Anderson brawl (31:30) One Player to Watch in Preseason (NFC teams) (32:50) Cardinals CB Marco Wilson: “Has a chance to take a step to be an island-type CB” (36:55) Rams OL Steve Avila: “Last year, Matthew Stafford’s protection was beyond horrible” (40:40) Bucs DE Shaq Barrett: “The Bucs are one of those teams that need to win games 16-13” (43:55) Commanders DE Chase Young: “What is he gonna look like?” (46:30) Bears WR Chase Claypool: “He has superstar traits. He’s the guy that could take this thing to the next level” (51:30) Panthers WR Terrace Marshall: “He’s got to be the meat & potatoes receiver” (54:50) Packers DT Devonte Wyatt: “I don’t think he ever got to the point where he was hitting on all cylinders” (59:15) Falcons DE Bud Dupree: “He never got back to the guy he was when he signed the big deal in Tennessee” (1:02:30) Giants OT Evan Neal: “If he becomes dominant, the o-line will be a problem for people.” (1:06:30) Vikings CB Mekhi Blackmon & WR Jordan Addison: “They need someone to take the pressure off Justin Jefferson” (1:09:30) Seahawks OTs Abraham Lucas & Charles Cross: “If those two are right, they are a handful of a football team” (1:13:50) Saints OL Trevor Penning: “If Carr has time, they’re gonna carve some people up” (1:16:10) Lions DE Josh Paschal: “Who, other than Aidan Hutchinson, can make some splashes?” (1:20:30) Cowboys DL Mazi Smith: “Are they big enough up front to hang with the big boys?” (1:23:40) 49ers RT Colton McKivitz: “They haven’t had to worry about this position in a long time” (1:26:55) Eagles LB Nakobe Dean: “That defense is all about the middle and there are obviously some concerns about that part of the defense” (1:29:30) The best non-QB of the 21st century voting is down to the final 16


Devin McCourty on Brady, Belichick, and HOF QBs

(3:05) Retirement: Devin describes life after football (17:25) Trevon Diggs vs Dak Prescott: When does training camp trash talk go too far? (20:00) Tackling: Devin talks about taking on Marshawn Lynch and playing with Patrick Chung. (23:25) Tom Brady: How did Belichick push his buttons? (31:10) Steven Jackson & Adrian Peterson: The most intimidating players Devin even faced. (33:20) Making the NFL: Guarding Terrell Owens and facing Chad Ochocinco's trash talk. (36:05) Big Games: Which coaches gave Belichick the most trouble? (39:30) Peyton Manning: How did the Patriots change their defense against him? (49:20) Most underrated teammate: Rob Ninkovich deserved more credit. (51:15) Best Teams: What were the best squads Devin played for and against? (1:04:10) Idols: Devin talks about the teammates and opponents who he looked up to. (1:10:20) Best QB & WR: Matching up up vs Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, and Justin Jefferson.


Sean Payton, Jonathan Taylor, & #AskMeAnything

(5:35) Sean Payton: His comments were "shocking and reckless." (19:45) New Head Coaches: What would a successful season look like for the Broncos, Colts, Texans, Panthers, and Cardinals? (30:30) Jonathan Taylor: Jim Irsay needs to stop tweeting. (39:10) Chris the GM: Which positions would Simms build his roster around? (52:20) Joe Burrow: Does he have pressure to take a team-friendly deal? (58:00) Jalen Ramsey: How will the Dolphins defense adjust to his injury? (1:00:30) Training camp injuries: Should teams rest their teams more in August? (1:05:45) Jets: Are they making Aaron Rodgers more aggressive? And how much do they need Dalvin Cook? (1:11:50) Lamar Jackson: Why is his new OC asking him to ditch his wristband? (1:15:30) 49ers QBs: Should Brock Purdy be the unquestioned starter? (1:19:45) Steelers: Is their O-line good enough to bring back their run game? (1:22:05) Giants: Are they being overlooked? (1:24:35) Boom-or-bust: Which teams have the biggest range of outcomes this season? (1:28:15) Training camp stories: Chris gives us some of his best ones.


Top 5 Secondaries & Training Camp Questions

(4:00) Top Secondaries: The Dolphins, Broncos, Jets, Chiefs, Cowboys, Seahawks, Bengals, Chargers, and Ravens all get love. (26:10) Jets: Chris self-scouts himself on Garrett Wilson. (31:05) Patriots: Can the O-line protect Mac Jones? (32:40) Bills: What RB will pick up the slack for Nyheim Hines? (35:25) Bengals: Who will be Joe Mixon's backup? (36:25) Steelers: Did they overpay Alex Highsmith? (40:10) Chiefs: Forget the offense, can KC have a Top 10 DEFENSE? (43:50) Broncos: What is their plan is Javonte Williams isn't ready for Week 1? (45:40) Raiders: How worried should they be about their defense? (47:45) Colts: Can their O-line become dominant again? (50:35) Eagles: Will the Super Bowl hangover affect them? (52:05) Seahawks: Will they be a pass-first or run-first offense? (56:25) 49ers: What Trey Lance make the final roster? (58:50) Buccaneers: Will their QB competition hurt them? (1:00:30) Packers: Will they skew more towards the run game with Jordan Love?