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Fact or Fiction: Beckham vs. Moss Rookie years


Odell Beckham Jr.'s rookie season was more impressive than Randy Moss' debut campaign in 1998.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -Beckham put up similar numbers (except touchdowns) in fewer games, so it was more impressive statistically. Here's the difference: Randy Moss put up those numbers on a team that went 15-1, and he had Chris Carter and Jake Reed taking some targets away from him. They also ran the ball pretty well with Robert Smith. The Vikings were the best team in football that regular season and should have beaten the Falcons in the NFC Championship game and gotten to the Super Bowl against the Broncos. For a rookie to be that effective on a team like that is truly impressive, so I give him the small edge over Beckham even if Beckham was more impressive statistically.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -I grew up and was living in Minnesota at the time, so I saw the Vikings' entire season. All Moss had to do was wave his hand, and it would be a touchdown from Randall Cunningham. Despite that, I'll still go with Beckham. He lifted an entire offense with his incredible ball skills and football IQ, catching 12 touchdowns in 12 games. By the bye week, he had all attention on him and only went on to record nine straight games of 90 receiving yards. If you projected his pace to an entire 16-game schedule – which Moss played -- he would have caught 121 passes for 1,740 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Super Bowl XLIX will be regarded in the top three of all time.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -What was it missing? Nothing. It had a comeback, drama at the end, great plays on the field, debatable calls from the sideline and the result wasn't determined until the final 30 seconds of the game. One of the best quarterbacks of all time led two game-winning drives against a great defense to take a lead, and then what would be considered an all time great catch almost turned the tide again. Then a fantastic interception by a most unlikely player clinched the game. Tremendous, tremendous game.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -I don't want to be a prisoner of the moment, but this one will be remembered for a long time as one of the best. There Tom Brady and the Patriots were, about to see another Super Bowl slip away due to a miraculous catch on their opponent's final comeback drive, but then the unthinkable happened and Russell Wilson threw an interception at the goal line. And aside from the finish, the whole game was tight and proved how tough it is to repeat as champions in the NFL.

Patriots at MetLife Stadium will be the most hyped game on the Giants' 2015 schedule.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -It is too hard to say what game will be until we see the schedule and when some of these games will take place. If the Giants play NFC East teams in December, I would think those games would be just as big/important. If the Jets are a good team, that will be an extremely hyped game as well. So if my choice here is the Patriots or the field, I'm taking the field.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -The NFC East always seems to boil down to a Week 17 divisional matchup, but the headlines write themselves when the Giants and Patriots play, especially now that New England will be the defending champ coming into MetLife Stadium. Eli Manning held onto the title as the only quarterback to beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl -- twice. And then you have Tom Coughlin vs. Bill Belichick. It doesn't get more hyped than that, and that's why it will probably be featured in prime-time.

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Of the seven teams with new head coaches in 2015, Atlanta will be the most improved in terms of record.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -This is an interesting question. The Falcons won six games last year and should be better simply because they'll be better on the offensive line. Their defense, however, still has personnel issues that won't be fixed right away. The question is, how much will Dan Quinn make a difference even if the talent doesn't get much better. The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, so I won't go there. The Bills won nine games last year and I don't see them being much better than that. The Bears have the potential to take a leap with John Fox as their head coach and get to eight wins or so. I'm a fan of Derek Carr, so I could see the Raiders taking a big jump from three wins. Then you have the Bucs, who have to win two or three more games after winning just two last year, right? I'm going to go out on a huge limb and say the team with a new coach that will have the biggest jump in wins will be the Oakland Raiders. Am I crazy? Probably, but it's February so let's have some fun.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -The pieces are more than in place on offense, but it was the defense that was unable to hold its own. If Dan Quinn, the Seahawks' former defensive coordinator, can bring over just a part of what he had going on in Seattle, the Falcons will contend for a division title in an NFC South that saw its champion finish with a losing record last season.

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