Cris Carter and Nick Wright are in for Colin:
The Cavs capped a fourth quarter comeback to win yesterday’s Christmas Day with their fourth straight win against the Warriors, dating back to the NBA Finals. Nick Wright says yesterday was as good as regular season basketball gets, and it’s clear that the Cavs are in the Warriors’ head. It’s hard to draw conclusions from a regular season NBA games, but Nick thinks it’s clear that these Warriors won’t beat the Cavs.
Cris thinks it’s hard to draw that definitive conclusion that it’s a lock for Cleveland to beat Golden State based on one regular season game. He thinks the Warriors still have a chance.
When it comes to the topic of NFL MVP, both Cris and Nick agree it should be awarded to a Cowboy, they just disagree which one. Nick thinks Dak Prescott should be a top contender for MVP, but the current Vegas odds don’t even list him in the Top 10. He thinks Prescott faces bias because of his late round draft status, and doesn’t get the respect he deserves.
Cris thinks that Elliott should win the MVP, because he has made the best player on the Cowboys all year and has made Dak Prescott’s transition to NFL starter easier by eating up 30 carries a game, which has allowed Dak to have less pressure on him.
In Nick’s opinion, Andrew Luck is overrated. He’s not saying Luck is a bad player, but it’s his opinion that he’s had to do less than earn his reputation than any other young quarterback in recent memory. His defenders say that he’s had a pathetic roster, but last year when he went down, back-up QB Matt Hasselbeck had a winning record.
Chris holds Luck in higher regard than Nick, but also believes that Luck needs to start consistently producing results to earn a spot in the tier of top NFL quarterbacks.
Michael Lombardi – Fox Sports NFL Insider is in-studio to explain why Aaron Rodgers is his NFL MVP, why Mike McCarthy deserves immense credit in Green Bay, which team has a shot to challenge New England in the playoffs, and how the Raiders should approach the playoffs now that Derek Carr is done for the year.
Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst year and 14 year NBA veteran is in-studio to break down the Cavs/Warriors Christmas classic, explain why Cavs have so much success against the Warriors, why Cleveland has been so effective shutting down Steph Curry, and why Steve Kerr taking out Steph Curry for the game’s final play was the right move.
Shawne Merriman – 3 time All Pro is in-studio to discuss if any team matches up with New England now that Derek Carr is out in Oakland, why Khalil Mack reminds him of a young shawne Merriman, why he thinks the Chiefs will struggle if they play the Pats, and his picks for offensive and defensive NFL MVP’s.